Friday, July 3, 2015

Be Safe Out There!

Fourth of July is our busiest weekend of the year, so I am off and running early this morning. Fourth of July is a day of picnics, water and fun, but for some of us, it's also bittersweet. Roxie's best friend from high school lost her life in a car accident on the 4th of July. My daddy went to heaven on the 4th of July.

Roxie has been going strong with her doggy rescue, maybe over the top, but she's happy and I'm glad she has something to occupy her mind in a more positive way. However, she got bit the other night. This has been one of my concerns about the whole rescue thing. I feared for my grandson's welfare, however, now that she got bit, I fear for hers.

It hasn't even been a month since she finished radiation. Her immune system will not probably ever be 100 percent again. So, let's pray this dog bite does not compromise her health. I pray she can recover without any issues. (Mutha, remain positive and optimistic!) AND, give Roxie wisdom so she is able to keep those little biters from taking a chunk out of my grandson!

She's looking pretty dang happy and healthy! So, Happy 4th of July everyone and be safe out there!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Anything is Possible!

While in the shower this morning, I was singing a little chorus and thinking about home. Home is where your heart is. Home is where your folks and family are. After one is orphaned, or after one's parents pass on, it seems like you think about heaven a whole lot more than you ever did before. Grandma is there. My mommy is there. My niece and cousins are there, as well as all the other relatives, but home is now way beyond the blue! And, I really can't wait to be with them once again.

That all being said, I haven't been to Florida since mommy passed. Thinking about it this morning, I wondered if perhaps it might be a bit painful to return there, It didn't take me long to remember that I've never been to Arizona. Besides, I have a school chum in Arizona. Yeah. Maybe a trip to visit her would be more fun and a lot less painful!

The doors and opportunities we have been given may seem impossible, highly unlikely to come to pass, but this morning, I'm not looking at what I see, I'm looking at someone who is able to accomplish the impossible. I'm looking up and saying, "Yes! You can do anything!" Funny. He actually says the same thing, "They can do anything they put their minds to!"

Whatever you have brewing in your head this morning, do not focus on the obstacles, but rather focus on the truth. You can do anything through the power of Christ! He is with you, therefore anything is possible!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Few More Poems!

May 7, 2009 was the date of my very first blog post. That's number 1 of 1837 posts in six years. Ironic that it was an encouragement to seize the moments! I still struggle trying to accomplish that.

Then I noticed that I had 447 hits or readers on a post. Crazy! It's for one of my poems. What? I thought that no one ever reads poetry. (That's why I quit posting them.) That just blows me away. Four hundred forty-seven people have read at least a line or two of one of my poems. Who'd have thought?!! 

Well, that not only blows my socks off, it encourages me just a little. Maybe I'll write and post a few more poems.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Look Up and Gladden!

Lest you think I'm a bit crazy to say we should pump ourselves up and do so often throughout the day, the Bible puts it this way.

Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on pure, lovely virtuous, excellent truth and in fact to fix our mind on such thoughts. He wants us to dwell on truth, so it's not just me saying, "Pump yourself up!"

I had to remind myself several times yesterday as I trudged through my physical difficulties that He loved me and that He cared about my weaknesses and physical struggles. The cool thing is that not only was I reminding myself, I was reminding Him as well. 

Philippians 4:4 is one that we almost speak without thinking. Rejoice in the Lord always. In light of this mindset, however, I believe that it gives a whole new meaning to rejoicing in the Lord. The truth is very good news. It is soothing to the soul. By repeating truth, by fixing it in my head, I remind my heart which does, indeed, delight us and gladden our hearts. It makes us look up and "gladden".

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pump Up with Truth!

Sometimes we have to pump ourselves up. I mean, I hate running on empty. I hate feeling unfueled. I hate feeling like God isn't there. You know what I mean? But, the truth is that it's just a feeling. A feeling that is not based on truth.

I mean, I can do all the right things and still not feel like God is there. After several days of company and visiting, I needed to do some refueling this morning. I needed to regain my peace. Once I wrote truth, I just kept going:

Truth is: He is there!
Truth is: He does care!
Truth is: He cares about our physical difficulties.
Truth is: He cares about our strength (or lack thereof).
Truth is: He care about you!
Truth is: He loves you!
Truth is: He gave Himself up for you!
Truth is: He cherishes you!

Yes. He cherishes you! Remind yourself frequently by repeating truth throughout the day. Yes. Pump yourself up with truth!