I pledge to LOVE THE LIFE I LIVE…

watching aloneFor many, too many, years of my 61 years on earth, I have watched life from the sidelines.  While others LIVED, I watched.  I was the one who made things happen for others.  I’m a giver, not much of a taker.  That life is OKay for a while but sooner or later you want to be OUT THERE.  You want to participate, too.  You don’t want to be the last kid who is chosen for the team.

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The man who runs the Merry-Go-Round has a great view… he pushes the buttons that give the riders so much joy and pleasure.  He stands in the center of the action and watches those beautifully painted horses go round and round and round about him.  As long as he follows the instructions, everything runs smoothly.

But IMAGINE!!! What if one day he pushes the buttons and instead of the horses going round and round and round… the horses decide to JUMP OFF!!!

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That’s me… those horses who are going to jump off from the dizzying merry-go-round.  I’m going to be the girl who grabbed the BRASS RING!!!

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NO MORE SITTING OUT IN THE FIELD ALONE!

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Life truly was meant to be lived.  God made it that way…

He created this beautiful earth for us to ENJOY!

God doesn’t care if we get our clothing dirty.

He doesn’t care if we play in the creek where the cows pee.

He will protect us from the snakes that might nip at our feet.

So bye-bye Merry-Go-Round… it’s been a good ride but I’m tired of spinning in circles and going nowhere.

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God has plans for me… plans to prosper and not to harm… plans filled with HOPE and a FUTURE… but I can’t grab that life if I sit and do nothing.  I need to do my part.  So WATCH OUT WORLD… HERE SHE COMES!!!

MORE of … LIVING LIFE and LOVING it, too!!!

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Soooo… when God “needs” them back it leaves those of us who choose to TRUST God in ALL things wondering… well, just wondering.  And sometimes wandering.

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And you think… feel… believe that you just can NOT go on.  But you do.  You take one step at a time… one foot first then the other… not too much different from doing the Hokey Pokey.  Actually it’s nothing like doing the Hokey Pokey but I like to throw that into my conversations every now and then… AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT…

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YES!!!  You are DANCING… you are LOVING… you SING!!! and you LIVE again!!!

And you find a reason to keep on going for one more day because you love Him so very much, you trust in Him and He is holding your hand… and that is priceless.

pricelessand… next thing… you know… you are willing to…

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When being a “freak” isn’t so bad…

I’m going to get straight to the point here.  No pussy footing around.  No beating around the bush.  No going round robin’s barn as my Daddy used to say.  I have NO IDEA what he meant when he said that phrase!  haha  So the point is… I AM A FREAK.  I am a Jesus Freak.  I am a religious freak – not really but that is what I was called this week so I’m going to state it here

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Yes.  I was singled out, set aside, ridiculed and pointed at when I was pronounced as being a religious freak.  That’s okay.  I can think of no higher calling than to be a freak for Jesus.  jesus freak 1

God has been so amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaZINGly awesome in my life lately that how could I be anything other than crazy about Him?  Not to say that He has to always be showering me with blessings and the good “stuff”, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve had plenty of the not so great “stuff” in life and have learned that during those times is when God has grown me the most.

The world is filled with people who have little tolerance for those who are different from themselves.  But those people need to be loved and shown the love of Jesus, too.  Perhaps they need it more than those of us who already understand that incredible love.

So, YES!  I AM A JESUS FREAK!!  jesus freak 2

I am in LOVE with the one who saved me from myself.  And I will continue to love those who believe there is something wrong with me.  There IS something wrong with me.  There is a LOT that is wrong with me.  But the Son of God loves me with a crazy love and He is doing a good work.  And maybe that is freaky to some people but to me it is all good.  Amen!

Dear God, I truly do want to be “hopelessly devoted to you”,

Yes, I know.  That phrase was made popular back in the late 70’s in the movie “Grease” which is far from good Christian material.  I “Binged” the lyrics and, in a strange way, the words from that love ballad could be a song sung by God to me.  He is HOPELESSLY devoted… I mean HOPELESSLY devoted to me.  Am I devoted to Him?  I want to be, I really do want that in my life.  I even want to be HOPELESSLY devoted to Him!

Before you can be something, you need to know what that thing is, what it means.  I looked up “devotion” in my Bible’s concordance.  There’s not much there but what is there is solid and to the point.

  • Get rid of anything that hinders your devotion (loyalty) to God… Joshua 7:10-12
  • Are you loyal to God only when other believers are present… Joshua 2:16-19
  • The women after Christ’s crucifixion… Mark 15 and following
  • After Lazarus was raised from the dead they swarmed Jesus but their fascination quickly faded… John 12

I could go to Webster’s dictionary to find the definition of the word but, in all honesty, I have enough of the true meaning of the word.  These four references alone are enough to convict me at this point in time that I am far from being the fully devoted follower of Christ that I want to be and should be in my life.

This isn’t meant to be a confession.  I’m not Catholic and don’t understand the whole confession process but I had to admit this morning that I am a real mess.  The past few days I have awakened with a sick, strange feeling in my heart and stomach.  This morning, God called to me and said, “Yoohoo?  Remember me?  Remember our special times together?”  He was calling me to join Him and to come away with Him.

Not that I have totally forgotten God.  But have I been hopelessly devoted to Him?  Nope.  Have I given Him the time in each day that He truly deserves?  Nope.  Have I kept my eyes on Him?  Nope.

I’ve “done” my devotions each day… read the scriptures & the commentary… I’ve prayed off and on… mostly off…  Heck, one day I actually looked at my “to do” list and said, “Well, I will wait to do my devotions until I do” (insert whatever it was that was more INTERESTING right here) “and then I can give God my full attention.”  How dumb is THAT?

Every time I have started to type “HOPELESSLY” (it just happened again!)… my fingers have tried to type HOPEFUL.  God is winking at me.  He’s telling me that He is HOPEFUL that I will return to the “best friend” relationship we have had in the past.  He hasn’t given up on me.  I’m not giving up on me, either.

Those four scriptures have kicked me where I need to be kicked this morning.  So, off I go to that quiet place where only God and I are invited…  because I want to be HOPELESSLY devoted to Him.

Amen.

Memo to self (and everybody else, too): Life is short. Period.

Tonight brought the news that yet another loved member of our extended family had passed away.  Jean was Grandma to three of my grand-kidlings in Pennsylvania.  I hate using the word “was”… it really should be that she IS their Grandma & always will be their Grandma.  She’s my daughter’s “mother-in-love”, the mother of my son-in-law…

This was totally unexpected.

So, tonight I go to bed with a heavy heart and promise to try harder in this thing called life… Rest in peace, Jean.  You will continue to be so well loved…

Some more of my “Simple Things”

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… I just really like that song… 🙂

OKay… so a few for today since I’ve been a slacker the past couple of days.  I have a good reason and you’ll just have to trust that I am telling the truth!

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So this is a long “simple” one…

  • kites… specifically my snowflake kite just like they have in the Starbucks commercials from a few years ago 🙂
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  • The beach and warm sunshine and no snow or sleet or rain.  Unless you count my kite which is a snowflake!
  • Doing something constructive for a change and making a little bit of a difference in my corner of the world.
  • Candy bars
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  • No hashtags in my world.  LOL  I don’t even understand that language!
  • Tomorrow.

And THOSE, my friends, are what I am simply thankful for at this very moment in time after a lovely day 🙂  I hope yours was lovely too!!!  God Bless 🙂

Prayer – Three Ways

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After the worship service this morning, we were invited to pick up this Prayer reminder that is so much more than a cute little silicone bracelet.  You’ve seen them everywhere, I’m sure… every color known to mankind and most of the colors represent something.  I can’t tell you how many pink bracelets I have been given in the thirteen years since my cancer diagnosis!

But this bracelet is so special.  It will serve as an ever present reminder to PRAY FIRST, PRAY OFTEN and PRAY RIGHT.  Now, I can do the first two MOST of the time… I’m learning, let’s put it that way.  The third part… PRAY RIGHT… I’m not so sure…

Too often my prayers sound like a shopping list or a list that a child would give to Santa Claus.  God, will you do this for me… God, will you make this happen… God, will you heal this person… or how about the prayers that go something like a “wheeler dealer” exchange with God… “God, if you do X, then I’ll do Y… I promise…”

But I will wear this pretty blue bracelet proudly and ask God to use it for His honor and glory and maybe it will start a few conversations with some people.  And maybe those “somebodies” will be needing my prayers.   I sure hope so!

My Favorite Things for today – A Blessed Sunday

Today’s list is almost like going to a buffet… it has a lot of variety!

  • Worship this morning… will 10:45 never arrive?
  • My Bible – every day it is the BEST read
  • The phone – a new number being added to the list of callers 🙂
  • LAUGHTER – sometimes for no reason at all!
  • Our world – God’s omniscience over all of it.
  • HOPE – FUTURE – PROSPER

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Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…

Thank you Lord.  Amen.

The most important of “My Favorite Things” isn’t even a “thing”…

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a YouTube link entitled, “God’s Love Letter For You”.  Let me tell you, it brought me to tears but wonderful, blessed, gut-wrenching tears.  It’s ALL good.

God’s timing continues to totally astound me.  Here is the link for the video.  It is more moving than anything I have seen in a long, long time.  I also am moved by this whole “thing” because the sender is a “new” friend of mine.

God uses each of us in wonderful ways if we will just allow Him to do so.  Imagine what a blessing each of us could be if we only said, “Yes”, when God calls out our name or moves in our heart or does whatever He wants to do in and through us.

I guess I had better attach the link before I forget…

There are so many parts of this video that spoke to me but the most important part was this… “I am your Father and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus.  John 17:23”   Now THAT, my friends, is love.

He is waiting… Luke 15:11-32

Amen.

Kindness, Respect, Wisdom and Gratitude – powerful words

Powerful words – yes.   Doable ? – absolutely   Will you pledge, too? – hopefully…

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I am imagining how much my little corner of the world is going to change because I have made the choice to be intentional in the way I treat others with Kindness… Respect… Wisdom… Gratitude… this is the way God created me to be in the first place.

Blessings, my friends 🙂