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Thank YOU for good coffee. 

 Thank You Jesus for good coffee, comfortable shoes, un-bunchy underwear and laughter.

Thank You Jesus for deep breaths, warm fuzzy blankets, hugs that mean something and good coffee.

Thank You Jesus for positive attitudes, good coffee, things that sparkle and color coordination.

Thank You Jesus for soft hands to hold, good deeds for no reason, caring coworkers and good coffee.

Today is a great day to be thankful.

I cannot stop saying thank You Jesus!  He helps me, guides me and sustains me daily, but I don’t thank Him enough.

As I end my afternoon with a good cup of coffee plus two creamers from a place I usually don’t stop at but it was much less crowded than my usual favorite, I am overwhelmed by the constant happiness Jesus provides in my life. From a simple cup of coffee to the awesome blessing of song He gave me today… I THANK HIM!

I sang at a dear sweet lady’s funeral today. She was a constant at our church and she will be missed. Women like her are easy to love.  Those are the kind of people we should definitely thank God for!  It was very hard to hold back emotion through that funeral, but I had to in order to sing.  The first song I sang was one I had never sung except the last couple of days in practice.  I knew God would take care of my nerves and He sure did.  I can’t even remember singing that song really, because  I know it was Him doing it. Not me. That feeling is one I wish all can have. I hope that there is something in your life that you can do (or participate in) and experience that kind of power.  It truly is something HUGE to be thankful for. Wow.

The coffee is almost gone, but my thankful heart will continue. I love that God grants us all these blessings!  How can we not be thankful!?!?

It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are HAPPY.

Love, God


The last few days, God has revealed so many things to me.  He has made awesome things happen in my life.  These things cannot be explained or held to circumstance.  THESE THINGS ARE FOR REAL, AWESOME AND UNIQUE TO ME MIRACLES.  You can’t tell me any different.  No need in explaining in detail, but just know… to me, THEY ARE MIRACLES. Amazing showers of blessings is what I’m talking about!

Finding something you want after sincerely praying to God for it…that is an awesome miracle to me.  You’ve never had it happen to you?  TRY IT!  You might like it!  It is truly truly seriously, I’m for real… the best feeling.  It’s just like that little note above …a little letter to say “I LOVE YOU.”  He tells us in so many ways–we just have to recognize it!


I sooooooooooooooooooo thank God especially in the last few days (I know he does it all the time) for letting me know how much He has got me.  He’s got my back, covered me, protected me, helped me and held me up by His strength and power…


A reflection: I’m not ugly.

I thank my God for OPTIMISM.  I thank God for moving me forward.  I thank God for allowing the past to be the past.

There was a time in my life where I thought I was so ugly.  I didn’t think anyone really liked me.  I seriously was physically and mentally ugly. Checking out the pictures from that time, I can see and feel my attitude, my pain.  I was pitiful.  I remember feeling gross.  I remember feeling worthless.  I remember continuously questioning why I was born.  I really don’t know exactly what started all of it.  I had great parents and I always felt safe.  I know puberty hitting and my lack of self-confidence created this negative self-image, but it just seemed bigger than that.  I was so sad.

Looking back …I was young and seriously dumb.  I had no true concept of what this life is supposed to be.  I was ignorant to so many things.  I know that comes with being young, but I was allowing all that uncertainty and immaturity to consume me and create an attitude of self-loathing.   I’m not saying all this because I am trying to put myself down …it’s truth.  I’m painting the picture of what I WAS so I can recognize the difference and realize that there is a huge chasm between then and now.  There’s no need in ever feeling that way again.

I’m so glad I am no where near that point in my life.  I’m so thankful God created OPTIMISTIC people who modeled that type of attitude for me.  I thank God that he has allowed me to learn more about what this life is to be.  I’m so thankful He pushed me forward.  MOST OF ALL…I praise HIM for sending Jesus so that I (AND EVERYONE) can have hope in him right now and in days to come.

I’m not ugly.  I know I’m liked by those who truly matter.  Physically, I am beautiful because GOD made me.  MY ATTITUDE–wow, has that changed!?!  I’m not pitiful, I don’t feel gross and I’m no where near worthless.  I don’t ever question why I was born.  I know God has always guided me to do the things I’m doing right now.  I’m not saying I always realized that He was with me, but looking back, I know it now.  The overwhelming-ness of that “ugly” time in my life is gone.  The overwhelming LOVE I feel now has totally wiped away any of those past questions and feelings.

I’m mainly writing this to remind myself that GOD LOVES ME, I have purpose… AND I’m not ugly.

Things are going to be much better…

…if you only will.

I love James Taylor.  Hope you listened to the song.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Show love everyday.





Jesus loves you and so do I!


Sometimes I forget all of the things I am blessed to be able to do.  God gives me the ability to do so many things.

I GET to make the bed, sweep and mop the floor AND do the dishes.  I GET to vacuum, scrub the shower and toilet AND dust.  (I detest dusting…so very much…but still I’m blessed that I CAN DO IT. SOMETIMES I forget.)

I GET to bleach the sinks and wipe toothpaste off the basins.  I GET to pick up shoes, clothes, basketballs, toys of various sorts up from the floor.  i GET to sweep out the garage and take the recycling to the dumpster.

I GET TO DO ALL THOSE THINGS!  I am so blessed!!!  …but…SOMETIMES I FORGET. *sad face here*

You may think I’m being a total sarcastic idiot right now AND IF YOU KNOW ME, you know sarcasm is one of my favorite tones at times.  It’s another gift God gives me, I think.  BUT HERE, I PROMISE YOU, I’M NOT BEING SARCASTIC.

Although everything that I’m listing isn’t the absolute funnest things to do and do get a little overwhelming at times due to the consistency that I have to do them….

I AM TRULY THANKING GOD FOR THEM…I thank Him that I am able to do them.  Sometimes I FORGET that it is a blessing.  It is a blessing to have a house to clean, to have a messy family to pick up after and to chase dust bunnies who seem to truly be ALIVE in my house at times.  They are all blessings.  …but…(whispering) sometimes, I …forget. 😦

SOMETIMES I FORGET!  Sometimes I hate that I have to do them.  Sometimes I feel stressed out, because I have to do them.  SOMETIMES I wish I could just snap my fingers and some kind of little crew would come in over night –like apparently the Elf on the Shelf does –and instead of reeking havoc as he does, they clean my whole house spotless.  AND WHILE THEY ARE AT IT, they can make lunches for the next day and create home made dinners I could just pop out of the freezer and warm up.  SOMETIMES I forget that being able to do all the things I do…IS A BLESSING.

I could be sick, depressed or even dying.  I could be disabled and not physically able to do these things.  I truly am blessed.



God allows me to be able to do all I do.

…and I’m sorry, Lord, that sometimes, I forget.

Thankful Week

As any other red blooded American, I’m looking forward to the upcoming thankful feast.  I’m even getting prepared for the discomfort dressing will give me after consuming way over the legal limit and the involuntary afternoon slumber the turkey will no doubt induce.  I’m stepping up this year and not only going to cook mac-n-cheese for our feast (my husband’s family cooks EVERYTHING), but I’m also planning to try and create a dish I never have and pray that it’s outcome looks something like the picture I’ve downloaded from Pinterest.  Time will only tell.


As this week begins, I am trying my absolute best to keep my eye on the things I’m most thankful for.  We are so blessed in so many ways.  I am very much aware of this and try and keep in a state of constant thankfulness.

I have to admit, though, it’s been a hard start due to the gloomy, cold, wet and windy weather.  I seriously believe I may be solar powered.  I’m not sure where God placed the solar panel, but I’m almost certain I have one.  I’ve not really seen the surface of the sun (there have been glimpses of rays) since last Wednesday.  Today is Monday.

I know, I know, someone reading this right now is thinking OH COME ON, SUCK IT UP…there are tons more things in this world that could be getting ya down.  I really do know this.  As an OPTIMISTIC thinker and all around HAPPY GAL…days like today don’t come often.  I don’t tend to get really down about things.  I mean, I’m sad when I watch the news or hear of yet another person who has been diagnosed with cancer, but I try not to watch the news and I always pray for the ill.  I believe in God and know He holds our future.  I believe He will give me joy in all circumstances just as long as I remain in thanksgiving and look to Him for guidance.  I know this to be true.  I’ve been revealed this in the past and know this joy will always be available to me.  There are just some days like today…

So, as I start this THANKFUL WEEK with an outlook less happy than I believe I should, I am well aware that I just need to SUCK IT UP and pull out of this funk.  And I will do it!  I know the sun is still shining no matter the weather and God will pull back the clouds soon and show it to me once again.  He will sustain me, He will reward me and I WILL HAVE A THANKFUL WEEK.

Thank You Lord, most of all for JESUS!


Don’t hold back!

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  –Ephesians 5

I’m not going to talk about alcoholics today.  Ha!  I read this chapter of Ephesians and these verses popped out to me and not because it talked about being drunk; although, I have been effected by alcoholism in many different ways in my past.  It’s something I dealt with in my family from about the age 11.  It’s something I have to be conscious of now.

Anyway!  I’m not talking about that today (not to say it won’t come up sometime) …

I see this verse as a wake up to what WE NEED TO DO… It’s more of a DO than a DO NOT message to me.

Look at the part where it says “INSTEAD.”

We are to be HIGH ON THE SPIRIT!  Once we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can then be free to do what we are really here to do.  We are meant to sing and speak praises.   Don’t let anything of this world hold you back.  Look toward the good–praise God for all he provides.  Don’t be oppressed by things around you which are not of God.   SING AND MAKE MUSIC FROM YOUR HEART TO THE LORD!  (my favorite part)

If you read the verses before the ones I’ve posted, in Chapter 5, it talks about other things we shouldn’t do, but also about how we should always be THANKFUL just as the end of these verses.  I love the way Paul tells us what we shouldn’t do to emphasize what we SHOULD DO.

So be thankful in all you do because you have the SPIRIT in you and don’t forget to…

open that mouth up and …

Animal-gottalent! SING…pic_1343731079_3 SING….twi_sing_by_really_unimportant-d66k1gtSING!!!



I am just in awe…consistent and constant awe of the fact that the Lord meets our needs and allows us all He does.

We really don’t want for anything. We have food, we have water, oxygen, a comfortable home with nice beds and an air conditioner. Oh Lord, my God, thank you for AIR CONDITIONING!

He is the reason we are able to do what we do. The fact that our body works as the miracle it is…wow!

I am dedicating this blog today to HIM as I should everything I do. He gives me all the abilities I have. Actually, they are His abilities. I believe He just allows them to flow through me in order that I give HIM praise.

We are not blessed by ourselves nor should we boast about things we have or do. We are blessed by God. It’s only through Him that we can function–correctly.

I’m ALWAYS thankful for the blessings. I don’t always voice it, but I pray and pray and pray that I tell God enough. I can’t really tell Him enough. Nothing I do can amount to anything close to what He does for me or my family. He is in constant motion to provide and protect and guide. I praise Him. I thank Him.

He is the reason I smile.
He is the reason I have a job.
The reason I can breathe. Walk. Talk. Sing. Blink my eye lids!

He constantly and consistently shows me I am loved, I am somebody and I matter.

Thank You Lord. Thank You my God.

The Little Things.


Little things I love that I thank God for blessing me with…

Drinking out of a straw
Super cold water right out of the frig
Crosses, keys and small blue birds
White puffy clouds in a bright blue sky
Sitting in a booth
Soft socks
A front row parking spot

God continues to bless us all the time. It could be a small happy or a big one. They all come from HIM. Be thankful.

I saw a former student who told me that I was one of the teachers who helped influence her decision on becoming a teacher. Wow! Oh how God blessed me through her!

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