Walking the Walk, #5 Slow Walk

Dear Lord, how behind I am on blogging so many things You have blessed me with! Like the day back in August when You allowed me to go back to the Arboretum for a new walk. You allowed me to discover this place back in Walking the Walk, #4 Smell Walk and it immediately had became a favorite spot! I meant to blog about it to keep doing the challenge our Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness had created in her Walking the Walking challenge back in December of last year to do 50 walks.

I know You remember our lovely Anita who always signs…

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day

So while You are giving me the chance, I want to thank You for allowing me to get that next walk in!

#5 Slow walk – Go as slowly as you can manage. Pay attention to your five senses as you walk to the end of of the block and back. Note what you’ve noticed for the first time.

Walking the Walk, # 5 Slow Walk was so beautiful even if it was so rainy and had a very challenging end. You were so worth it!

There were such beautiful flowers inside and out! This was a great surprise as You know last time it was winter brown. I called it an earthy wonderland, and was just as breathtaking then. But You certainly decorated my walk with a little color this time.

 

 

There was an awesome quilt pattern for a garden!
I would love to be a part of doing one! 🙂Arb2.25

 

I was blessed to come across this little fish swimming in a fountain.Arb2.23

Then more flowers to decorate my path.

Then there was the Fragrance Garden.. in a fountain! 🙂
These fountains have me thinking on your word:
“For with thee is the fountain of life:
in thy light shall we see light.” – Psalm 36:9 KJV

The rain started picking up, so I went for shelter. As I stood under the roof, I noticed I was still getting wet. I looked up and saw wood beams, and a very cloudy sky… oh and a flag pole that was very wisely barren for this rain soaked day. I went for better shelter.Arb2.12

I passed by the gift shop… nice pillows.

Then look over down into the lobby.

I see signs for a Plant Sale.

 

After checking out their plants for sale in the green house, I head on out to the parking lot. I cannot find the car and the rain is pouring. While it’s not a huge parking lot, it is on a couple of big hills, and I know I strategically parked near landmarks to remind me where the car is. Because of my health, I am unable to run in this rain… I am actually struggling to walk up and down the hills of the parking lot… and after circling twice I am so weak I feel like I could fall at any second. I am lost and soon become so disoriented I don’t even remember where or who I am for a few seconds. I am broken and scared, and having inner conversations with You.

I walk up the hills one one more time, as I keep recognizing the landmarks I know You wisely had me thinking on. Standing where I know I left the car in the rain that has not let up for one moment, but instead has only gotten heavier, I am leaning on You more than ever, just as scared that I am… Losing It… altogether.  And then RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES (LITERALLY)… I see I am standing RIGHT BESIDE IT!! I am so relieved, but as I get in the car wringing wet, I am horrified to think I could be getting worse.

You help me to think on the beautiful walk You have given me, along with the peaceful joy that You allowed me while walking on the beautiful journey with You this morning. It was a slow walk. It had to be with my health. But praise Your Holy name I can walk. You have allowed my doctors to help me do that much. You make me think on one of my favorite hymns of Yours…

In the Garden by Charles  A. Miles

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

Refrain:
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

It has been worth it to have spent time with You! ❤

Thank You for spending the time with me! ❤

I love You, Jesus!! ❤

Light of the World Award 5.25.18

Oh, Light of the World! How lovingly tender and personal You always are to me! In a world that gets so dark that my mind begs to go to sleep to escape, You faithfully send You whispers of love, and boldly shine Your Light of Love into my day. Brooke was one of those strong rays of Your shining Light when You allowed her to nominate me for the Light of the World Award. You already touch my soul with her motherly love for her precious little ones, her generous love in sharing with others, and her passionate love for You each time I visit her blog Noes to Knows. I loved reading You being so personal for Brooke on her journey from Labor to the Police Academy. Tonight, You allowed her to pass on a personal note to me from You in this nomination! A light still shines from the Light of the World into this blog You have given to me and You! And this will allow You to use me to shine Your Light to others.

Thank you, Brooke, for allowing God to use you to shine a little of His Light my way, and to those who will pass by as they read, or receive a nomination to keep sharing the Light through their blogs! ❤ Me and God love you!

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Light of the World Award Rules:

  1. Save and add one of the award images on your blog. (Here is the link for the award post with images and rules of award.)
  2. Create a page/post to mention the award nomination and thank the person/blog that nominated you. Make sure you provide a link to their site.
  3. Give credit to the creator of the award (Lighthouse Devotions) and provide a link to the site as well.  (http://www.Lighthousedevotions.blog)
  4. List the rules.
  5. Answer the next four questions on the same post:
    1. What three words would you use to describe your blog?
    2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?
    3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?
    4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.
  6. Nominate 7 or more people/blogs to receive the award. Briefly explain why you think they should receive it and provide a link to their sites.
  7. Contact them and let them know that you nominated them.
  8. Provide them with a link to the Rules page.
  9. Say a prayer thanking God for His light and ask that He continue to shine it through you and your blog.
  10. Keep shining the light of Christ wherever you go and in whatever you do!

Answering the 4 Questions:

  1. What three words describe you best?

    God’s, Christian, Writer

  2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?

    In whatever way God asks, leads, or gifts… just to name a few. If it is allowing His light into their own life, and then pouring rays of light into the lives of others, then no one will be able to hide or mistake the glorious light shining from the Light of the World Himself! His love shines so brightly! It cannot be overshadowed!

  3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?

    “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” – Matthew 4:16 KJV

  4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.

    A Light Still Shines was the first thing You brought to my mind as soon as I read those words Light of the World. You reminded me of when You used singing A Light Still Shines in a Christmas Cantata at church to get me through one of the most horrendous heartbreaks I have experienced. I cried every time we sang it! I praise Your Holy Name for Your music and Your people! I’ll always cherish the Light You shone into my darkness then, and that You shine into any darkness that appears!

It is hard to find this song as a single.
I will post the lyrics below the video.

A light still shines. It will always glow
In the hearts and minds of the wise who know
That a King has come and His life defines
What His love has won. A light still shines.


Nominees:

Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness is always trying to bring a ray of Your light into the lives of others. You led me to do her 21 Day Self Care Challenge at a time that my doctors and therapists were emphasizing self care needs in my own life. I use to blow that off as ungodly, thinking it was selfish and self centered. You opened my eyes and my mind to trust You in trusting the doctors You gave me. You not only used her to teach me how vital self care is to the vessel You gave me, but You blessed me with a dear friend for life… a sister in Christ… my Croatian-Australian Sister… Lovely Anita! ❤

Hayley of Red Letters has the loveliest voice that You have gifted her with. It beautifully compliments her love for sharing You with others. You led me to a song of hers that is still my favorite to this day… Know You.

I can sit and listen again and again (and I do)! Thank You for my Brummie Sister Hayley… my Brummie family! Our family loves being able to say hello to and pray for the whole family! Thank You for the gift she is to me! ❤

Lene (aka LeneinJapan) of Song of Virginity shines a light on celebrating and encouraging those choosing Christ first through abstinence, and she does it with a loving and nonjudgmental heart. I was delightfully surprised when You had her invite me to write my testimony on her God honoring blog. But I trusted prayed and trusted You as I did so with Love of My Life – I am His Song.  I’ll always be grateful just as much for the friend You have given me in my American- Japanese Sister in Christ… beautiful Lene! She also has her other site… Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus. A place to find blessing and inspiration, and her testimony. ❤

Arnya of Walking With The Way is one of the dearest and passionate young ladies I know that You have introduced me to on WordPress. I constantly have to remind myself that she is just 14! The wisdom You give her through the Your Word as she shares it faithfully shines through each post. Just recently I was encouraged by her post A Verse for Anyone Struggling. It was Your encouragement for someone with anxiety… like me! 🙂 Thank You for my young sister in Christ… sweet Arnya! I am so grateful You make us family! ❤

Margaret of The Word shines a light on Your Word every day! She literally posts verses from Your Bible all the time! What better way to share You than to share the very Words You lived and left us!  She also shares some poetry like Is It? and loves sharing Your encouragement with as many as You will allow her. She emphasizes to others the benefits of reading Your Word for themselves because she wants everyone to know that pure joy personally. Thank You so much for my sister in Christ… dearest Margaret! ❤

Karen (aka KJ Smith) of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face shines Your love through a smile each day for those You allow her to be seen by on her blog. Her recent post He Restores My Soul touches on one of my favorite passages to think on… Psalm 23… because that particular thought alone makes me dreamy and lost with joy in You! You make me to lie down in green pastures…. *sigh*… beside those still waters *sigh*… where You restore my soul… *SIGH*! Oh I so need that place to be lost in… so often! I love You for putting that in Your Word! And in my heart! ❤ Thank you for putting my smiling Sister in Christ… Happy Face Karen… in my life! ❤

Shae of Teen, Meet God is another young lady who You have blessed me in knowing who is constantly shining Your light through verses, music, notes from her Sundays in church, and the beautiful thing You are doing with her through the gift of dance! Her recent post Stories of the Bible – Manoah’s Wife especially touched me as Manoah’s Wife was also given a son by You and a personal one on one message on how to raise Him just as You allowed me the same gift in my son! What a light You shed on our way! Thank You for my dancing Sister in Christ from Illinois… bright Shae! ❤

Also nominated are so many others who simply love to shine Your light to others! Whether boldly or softly, PLEASE make them feel encouraged enough to accept and to keep sharing the nomination with others! I went to the beginning of the list under Followers and used the first seven names You gave me!

Congrats to all of the nominees! Me and God love you!


Thank You, Light of the World, for shining Your personal light into my life, into this blog, and into every place You allow me to receive it and give it! May this blog always be Yours, and continue to shine YOU! 🙂
❤ I love You! ❤

This or That Tag 4.24.18

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
– James 4:13-15 KJV

Ok, Lord, You know that’s where my mind went when I read
THIS OR WHAT! 😉
Here Miss Lovely of Discovering Your Happiness has created…

  This or That Tag.
this-or-that-tagWhat kind of conversations are going on between You and our Lovely Anita to keep these tags and nominations coming?
Of course! Creative ones! 😉

So off to the questions You and I go.

Rules:

  • Thank & tag the person that has tagged you…
         Thank you, Miss Lovely! ❤
  • Attach the tag photo
  • Answers the ‘This or THAT questions
  • Tag a 10-20 friends.

LET’S GET STARTED!

  • Dog or Cat?
    • Cat
  • Netflix or YouTube?
    • both
  • Phone Call or Text?
    • Text
  • Toast or Eggs?
    • EGGS!
  • Cardio or Weights?
    • Cardio
  • Facebook or Twitter?
    • FB
  • Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone?
    • Ice Cream
  • Mobile Games or Console Games?
    • mobile
  • While walking: Music or Podcasts?
    • podcasts
  • iOS or Android?
    • Android
  • Cake or Pie?
    • neither
  • Swimming or Sunbathing?
    • Swimming
  • Big Party or Small Gathering?
    • Small gathering
  • New Clothes or New Phone?
    • New clothes
  • Rich Friend or Loyal Friend?
    • Loyal friend
  • Football or Basketball?
    • Basketball
  • Nice Car or Nice Home Interior?
    • Nice Home Interior
  • What’s worse: Laundry or Dishes?
    • DISHES!
  • Jogging or Hiking?
    • Hiking
  • Bath or Shower?
    • Shower
  • Sneakers or Sandals?
    • sneakers
  • Glasses or Contacts?
    • Glasses
  • Hamburger or Taco?
    • taco
  • Couch or Recliner?
    • couch
  • Online Shopping or Shopping in a Store?
    • Shopping in store
  • Receive: Email or Letter?
    • either
  • Passenger or Driver?
    • Driver
  • Tablet or Computer?
    • computer
  • Most important in a partner: Intelligent or Funny?
    • a love for Christ
  • Car or Truck?
    • Car
  • Blue or Red?
    • blue
  • Money or Free Time?
    • Free Time
  • Amusement Park or Day at the Beach?
    • Day at the Beach
  • At a movie: Candy or Popcorn?
    • candy
  • Pen or Pencil?
    • Pen
  • Toilet paper: Over or Under?
    • over
  • Cups in the cupboard: Right Side Up or Up Side Down?
    • Upside down
  • Pancake or Waffle?
    • waffle
  • Coke or Pepsi?
    • Pepsi caffeine free
  • Coffee Cup or Thermos?
    • thermos with something other than coffee
  • Blinds or Curtain?
    • Curtain
  • Train or Plane?
    • Plane
  • Phone or Tablet?
    • depends
  • Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee?
    • yuck on coffee at all
  • Meat or Vegetables?
    • veggies
  • International Vacation or a New TV?
    • International Vacation
  • Save or Spend?
    • save
  • Honesty or Other’s Feelings?
    • honesty
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Tea
  • TV or Book?
    • TV
  • Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater?
    • movie at home
  • Ocean or Mountains?
    • mountains
  • Horror Movie or Comedy Movie?
    • Comedy
  • City or Countryside?
    • Countryside
  • Winter or Summer?
    • Summer
  • Mac or PC?
    • PC
  • Console Gaming or PC Gaming?
    • PC gaming
  • Soup or Sandwich?
    • soup and a half sandwich (my usual order)
  • Card Game or Board Game?
    • depends
  • Camping or Binge Watching Shows at Home?
    • binge watching
  • Working Alone or Working in a Team?
    • alone
  • Dine In or Delivery?
    • dine in
  • Sweater or Hoodie?
    • Hoodie
  • Motorcycle or Bicycle?
    • Bicycle
  • Book or eBook?
    • book
  • When sleeping: Fan or No Fan?
    • fan
  • TV Shows or Movies?
    • both

My Nominees:
The Graced Citizen
Therapy Bits
Not Easily Broken
God’s Anointed Princess
Just a Quiet Girl
Words of a Little Heart
BUniq
Sophie Harris
Peacock Poetry
Jessy
Girly Christian
Invisibly Me
The Godly Chic Diaries
Caution District
Tamie’s Alcove
Reading Between the Lyme
Dreamer’s Outlet
Whosoever Will May Come
Removing the Vail
My Thoughts Exactly
Life With Jesus
Nana’s Love Notes
Defining Yellow
The Nerdy Lion

Congrats to all the nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate.
If you do, please do not rush. It’s meant to give you a light hearted smile! 🙂
Do it in your time. God loves you!

Thank you again, Miss Lovely! Me and God love you!

The “Would You Rather Tag” 4.19.18

Would I Rather???
❤ I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today!
Now, Lord, You know I couldn’t see that kind of question and not think of Your great hymn I’d Rather Have Jesus. ❤
And You know how much I love Your dear Son! ❤
Yet here You have allowed Lovely Anita of Discovering Your Happiness to create another new tag… The “Would You Rather” Tag…  to quote her, “as a BOREDOM BUSTER!”the-would-you-rather-tagThe ‘Would You Rather’ Tag gives you two options to choose from
– it’s funny to see what people will choose.

** Either/Or questions always leave 4 options…. Either, Or, Neither, Both 😉 LOL **

 

Rules:

  • Thank & tag the person that has tagged you
  • Attach the tag photo
  • Answers the ‘Would You Rather’ questions
  • Tag a handful of friends

My Answers:

  • Would you rather have all dogs try to attack you when they see you or all birds try to attack you when they see you?
    • neither one thank you
  • Would you rather be unable to move your body every time it rains or not be able to stop moving while the sun is out?
    • unfortunately I know both the feeling of not being able to move my body and the feeling of being restless, but at least being restless with the sun out I would mean I could be active with a lifetime of living to do 🙂 making for a sweet peaceful rest.
      “The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.”
      – Ecclesiastes 5:12 KJV
  • Would you rather spend the rest of your life with a sailboat as your home or an RV as your home?
    • RV for me! Keep me on solid ground please! 🙂
      “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
      – Matthew 7:26-27 KJV
  •  Would you rather walk around work or school for the whole day without realizing there is a giant brown stain on the back of your pants or realize the deadline for that important paper / project was yesterday and you are nowhere near done?
    • I’ve met many a deadline as an Editor and a student. I love a challenge!
  • Would you rather eat a sandwich made from 4 ingredients in your fridge chosen at random or eat a sandwich made by a group of your friends from 4 ingredients in your fridge?
    • I would rather control what I eat! I want to know what I am eating!
  • Would you rather have plants grow at 10 times their normal rate when you are near or for people and animals to stop aging when you are near them?
    • The more people who know that Jesus went away to prepare a place for them, the more people there will be to stop aging… someday 😉
      “Never grow old, never grow old,
      In a land where well never grow old
      Never grow old, never grow old,
      In a land where well never grow old.”
      – Never Grow Old, lyrics by James C. Moore
  • Would you rather have chapped lips that never heal or a terrible dandruff that can’t be treated?
    • being I have dealt with both of these I choose NEITHER!
  • Would you rather have out of control body hair or out of control body odor?
    • Doesn’t everyone have out of control body hair as we get older? LOL
  • Would you rather know all the mysteries of the universe or know every outcome of every choice you make?
    • God reveals the mysteries of His world to us every day! ❤
  • Would you rather never be able to wear pants or never be able to wear shorts?
    • Never able to wear shorts.
  • Would you rather only wear one color each day or have to wear seven colors each day?
    • one color each day. I use to wear everything color coordinated when I was younger.. earrings and makeup included.
  • Would you rather eat rice with every meal or eat bread with every meal?
    • rice
  • Would you rather have no eyebrows or only one eyebrow?
    • I’ll keep both thank you, but I have had friends born without eyelashes or eyebrows.
  • Would you rather your only mode of transportation be a donkey or a giraffe?
    • donkey
  • Would you rather live in a cave or live in a tree house?
    • I go to the rock! ❤  😉
      “He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
      That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
      He hideth my life with the depths of His love,
      And covers me there with His hand,
      And covers me there with His hand.”
      – He Hideth My Life, classic hymn”Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee;”
      – Rock of Ages, classic hymn
  • Would you rather never sweat again or never feel cold again?
    • my body hates both, but never sweat again
  • Would you rather never have to clean a bathroom again or never have to do dishes again?
    • No dishes! We use all paper products already, and that would be one nasty bathroom!
  • Would you rather move to a new city or town every week or never be able to leave the city or town you were born in?
    • Stay home. There’s a difference between traveling and constantly having to move. We moved over 20 times when I was growing up.
  • Would you rather live a comfortable and peaceful life in the woods in a small cabin or a life full of conflict in a mansion in a city?
    •  I already live in the country.
      Just give me the cabin and praise the Lord for peace!
  • Would you rather be in debt for $100,000 or never be able to make more than $3,500 a month?
    • 3,500 a month. I hate the stress of owing.
  • Would you rather be the best in the world at climbing trees or the best in the world at jumping rope?
    • Double Dutch!! ❤ I LOVE it!! Which makes me think of a old favorite that is ALWAYS fun! We use to listen to this all the time. I’ve listened several times, singing all the way through each time just to get this for you!
      Do do do do do do do… 😉
      Thanks for putting a smile on my face!! I have had a HORRIBLE time of fear, stress, and a tear or two tonight! So thank you! 🙂

  • Would you rather never run out of battery power for whatever phone and tablet you own or always have free Wi-Fi wherever you go?
    • I was going to say never run out of power because you can’s use WI-FI on a dead computer, but then I remembered I am typing on a laptop that requires my power cord to stay plugged up to use the WIFI that’s letting me type! LOL
  • Would you rather 20 butterflies instantly appear from nowhere every time you cough or 100 butterflies die somewhere in the world every time you cough?
    • give life! don’t kill it!
  • Would you rather never be stuck in traffic again or never get another cold?
    • never get sick!!
  • Would you rather know the uncomfortable truth of the world or believe a comforting lie?
    • The cold hard truth! ❤
      A comforting lie can haunt you for the rest of your life! 😦
  • Would you rather every shirt you ever wear to be kind of itchy or only be able to use 1 ply toilet paper?
    • Isn’t this what cheap toilet paper is? Double fold the 1 ply
      I have an autoimmune disease that breaks out for months and makes life miserable if I aggravate my skin or allergies. 😦 No thanks!
  • Would you rather have no fingers or no elbows?
    • I’ll keep everything the good Lord gave me thanks! 🙂
  • Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again?
    • My spinal damage makes it hard to stand for too long. Besides, if all lights were green there would be major accidents. Traffic lights have a purpose.
  • Would you rather have a flying carpet or a car that can drive underwater?
    • I want to fly! ❤
  • Would you rather find five dollars on the ground or all of your missing socks?
    • $5 🙂
  • Would you rather live on the beach or in a cabin in the woods?
    • I take one of each please. Gotta have somewhere to go during a hurricane, and somewhere to get away from slick mountain roads in the winter.
  • Would you rather lose your left hand or right foot?
    • Again I will keep what the good Lord gave me! 🙂
  • Would you rather face your fears or forget that you have them?
    • Face the real ones, forget the irrational ones.
      Said like a true hypocrite.
  • Would you rather snitch on your best friend for a crime they committed or go to jail for the crime they committed?
    • I’ve watched too many people go to jail for someone who never changed, nor gave one ounce of care about the one who took the fall for them.
      I’ve also seen people continue to get away with hurting others because none of their victims not being able to say anything or those aware of their guilt not  speaking up.
  • Would you rather eat a box of dry spaghetti noodles or a cup of uncooked rice?
    • let’s cook them both and enjoy! 🙂
  • Would you rather humans go to the moon again or go to mars?
    • I’d rather us all go to heaven! ❤
  • Would you rather never get angry or never be envious?
    • I don’t like to be either one.
  • Would you rather go to any theme park in the world for free for the rest of your life or eat free at any drive through restaurant for the rest of your life?
    • free food! 🙂 Free Cheddar’s Spasagna! A dream come true!
      Free Chick-fil-A. ❤ I get this alot because they are so generous!
  • Would you rather never lose your phone again or never lose your keys again?
    • I can easily buy a new phone and switch my number over!
      It took me forever to break the habit of losing my keys.
      Praise the Lord for overloaded fobs! LOL
  • Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?
    • Neither! I would be so sad! 😦
  • Would you rather live under a sky with no stars at night or live under a sky with no clouds during the day?
    • a sky with no clouds! It’s coming soon! What a Day That Will Be! ❤
      Oh, the land of cloudless day
      Oh, the land of an unclouded sky
      Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
      Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day”
      – Unclouded Day, classic hymn
  • Would you rather have constantly dry eyes or a constant runny nose?
    • Neither. They’re both miserable.
  • Would you rather never be able to eat meat or never be able to eat vegetables?
    • I can do without meat.
  • Would you rather always be able to see 5 minutes into the future or always be able to see 100 years into the future?
    • I can see into an eternal future with my Jesus! And I yearn for it so! ❤
  • Would you rather be married to a 10 with a bad personality or a 6 with an amazing personality?
    • An amazing 6…. He’s in love with me and Jesus! ❤
  • Would you rather never be able to drink sodas like coke again or only be able to drink sodas and nothing else?
    • no soda
  • Would you rather have amazingly fast typing / texting speed or be able to read ridiculously fast?
    • Read fast! I struggle to read things… even blogs because of my eyes. But if I typed any faster the mess I tend to make would be much worse!
      Praise God for my favorite compute keys… delete and backspace! 😉
  • Would you rather sell all of your possessions or sell one of your organs?
    • All my possessions
  • Would you rather never have to work again or never have to sleep again (you won’t feel tired or suffer negative health effects)?
    • It is so tempting to say No Sleep! Boy, I could just live life to the fullest. But I am reminded of the Breathe Bible Study the Lord allowed me to do.
      Breathe: Making Room for the Sabbath by Priscilla Shirer reminds that God created the sabbath for a purpose… not just for our health, but to allow to enter into that beautiful thing called… REST. Oh how wonderful the feeling of kicking up one’s feet and remember to Be still and know that He is God! ❤ Such sweet fellowship! ❤ He promises His people rest for a reason!
  • Would you rather get one free round trip international plane ticket every year or be able to fly domestic anytime for free?
    • If the Lord allows me to actually cross the pond, I need the International plane tickets. I can drive anywhere domestic.
  • Would you rather be balding but fit or overweight with a full head of hair?
    • Fit with hair! 🙂
  • Would you rather be able to be free from junk mail or free from email spam for the rest of your life?
    • No Spam! I have to rescue messages from friends out of the junk mail all the time.
  • Would you rather know when you are going to die or how you are going to die? (You can’t change the time or method of your death.)
    • I’ll leave that one up to the Lord.
  • Would you rather never be able to use a touchscreen or never be able to use a keyboard and mouse?
    • bye bye touchscreen
  • Would you rather be able to control fire or water?
    • I’ll let God keep control of those.
  • Would you rather have everything you eat be too salty or not salty enough no matter how much salt you add?
    • unsalty… my blood pressure will love me for it
  • Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life? (both are amazingly delicious and can be any type of sushi / taco you want)
    • Tacos! I’ve never had Sushi.
  • Would you rather be unable to use search engines or unable to use social media?
    • both are so valuable
  • Would you rather give up bathing for a month or give up the internet for a month?
    • Give up internet
  • Would you rather donate your body to science or donate your organs to people who need them?
    • to science… it’s too diseased to help anyone, but maybe the research could save and or prevent others
  • Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds?
    • my lack of trust in others says read minds, but to be able to transport away from danger is much more helpful
  • Would you rather never use social media sites / apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?
    • no social media or apps. TV is too vital for local news and weather, and the Internet is too unreliable… the connection, the speed, and the information
  • Would you rather have an easy job working for someone else or work for yourself but work incredibly hard?
    • Work obediently and faithfully for my Lord
  • Would you rather be locked in a room that is constantly dark for a week or a room that is constantly bright for a week?
    • I’ve been locked in dark rooms. That’s too cruel.
      Give me Jesus and you give me Light! ❤
  • Would you rather be poor but help people or become incredibly rich by hurting people?
    • Help others
  • Would you rather live without the internet or live without AC and heating?
    • If I want to be able to breathe and not freeze to death, I better say the net!
  • Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
    • early! Being late throws things off.
  • Would you rather your shirts be always two sizes too big or one size too small?
    • 2 Big! 😉 Baggy!
  • Would you rather live in the wilderness far from civilization or live on the streets of a city as a homeless person?
    • In the wilderness. John the Baptist, Moses, and Jesus thrived in the wilderness.

WHEW! I’m finally done! God bless you 10 times over if you have actually read this far along with me! Lord, help me to choose the ones who love and live for doing these. I want to be a blessing, not a burden!


My Nominees:
Pennies for Dreams
A Fractured Faith
Dreamer’s Outlet
The Word
Quiet Girl, Noisy World
Sophie Harris
Real as the Streets
The Shower of Blessings

PTL! Congrats to the nominees! Please do not filled bound to do this Tag. If you do, us the same questions as above, and in your own time. That is between you and God.

Thank you, Miss Lovely!
❤ I still would rather have Jesus! ❤

TMI Tag 4.16.18

Tag, Lord! You’ve made me it! You used Lovely Anita of Discovering Your Happiness to nominate me for the TMI Tag! You open her heart to me so often! Thank You for thinking of her with a nomination too! Bless her, Lord.

So ok, Father. I sense a little fun is what You seek to share with me. 🙂
So I will be sure to pass it on! Everyone needs a smile! 🙂


TAG QUESTIONS:

  • What are you currently wearing?
    • clothes.. *GASP* I know! Shocking right! 😉
  • Have you ever been in love?
    • I still am… with a wonderful and beautiful Savior! ❤
  • Have you ever had a terrible breakup?
    • unfortunately I have… if only we would obey God first and always!
  • How old are you?
    • hanging onto my 40s by the hair of my chinny chin chin! 😉
  • How tall are you?

    • tall enough to duck, but short enough to stretch
  • How much do you weigh?
    • I could qualify as a heavyweight if I were a fighter 😉
  • Do you have any piercings?
    • Yup… my ears took one for the team years ago… lol
  • What’s your favourite drink?
    • Nesquik Chocolate Milk
  • What’s you favourite song?
    • Sweet Hour of Prayer and LOTS of other hymns
  • What’s your zodiac sign?
    • one of those horoscope creatures 😉
  • How long does it take you to shower?
    • I tend to take 15-20 mins 🙂
  • What’s your favourite show?
    • Jeopardy... I like seeing what I can guess… AND learn! 🙂
  • What’s your favourite band?
  • Something you really miss?
    • swimming 😦
  • Where do you go when you’re sad?
    • to the arms of God… with my head on His Word! ❤
  • How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
    • 10 -15 minutes to awaken.  15 -30 to be ready to go
  • Have you ever been in a physical fight?
    • unfortunately
  • What turns you on?
    • the Love of Christ ❤
  • What turns you off?
    • anything that hurts my Jesus 😦
  • Qualities you look for in a partner?
    • the man whom God has chosen to be my guide that has such a love for Christ that He will lead me closer to God every day, not leading me further away by the minute. He won’t be perfect, but as long as He is making sure we keep our Savior first, He will have my whole heart and complete trust. And we will love the one who created that trust in both of us! ❤
  • What’s your favourite colour?
    • lavendar
  • Loud music or soft?
    • soft
  • Favourite quote?

    God loves you! ❤

  • Favourite actor?
    • Ernest Borgnine
      ❤ (my two favorite roles are as Marty
      and as the Centurion in Jesus of Nazareth)
  • Do you have any fears?
    • I’m human. Of course I do.
  • What’s the last thing that made you cry?
    • an unpleasant memory 😦
  • Last time you said you loved someone?
    • to my stepdad as he was headed off to bed
      (poor little guy, his medicines win the war too 😉 )
  • Last book you read?
    • Besides my daily reading of God’s Holy Word aka The Holy Bible
      (which I am in the book of Exodus right now),
      it was either
    • Breathe: Making Room for the Sabbath by Priscilla Shirer
    • or Hearts of Fire: Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith by The Voice of the Martyrs
  • The book you’re currently reading?
    • Again Exodus in my daily reading
    • Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
    • and Jesus Led, I Simply Followed by Blanca Mesias Miller
  • Last show you watched?
    • Lion
  • Last place you were?
    • Ingle’s (our local grocery store and gas station
  • Last sport you played?
    • It’s been so long that I don’t remember. 😦
  • Who’s the last person you talked to?
    • my sister
  • The last song you sang?
    • This Is My Father’s World hymn lyrics by Maltbie D. Babcock
    • Be Thou My Vision hymn lyrics by Dal­lan For­gaill
    • All for Jesus hymn lyrics by Mary D. James
      We sang all 3 of these for family devotions tonight.
  • Favourite chat up line?
    • May I ask you to pray for me?
  • Do you have a crush?
    • No but I have a Caffeine Free Pepsi 😉 LOL
  • The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
    • A longtime dear friend
  • Favourite food?
    • spasagna at Cheddar’s
  • Place you want to visit?
    • wherever God wants me
  • What’s the last time you kissed someone?
    • 15 years ago
  • Last time you were insulted?
    • don’t remember
  • Favourite sweet?
    • ice cream
  • What instruments do you play?
    • little piano… very little
  • Favourite piece of jewellery?
    • don’t have any
  • Last time you hung out with anyone?
    • a dear sister in Christ treated me to Wendy’s
      I ate a chocolate Frosty with taco chips 🙂
      Was a blessing to catch up with church family ❤

My Nominees for the TMI Tag:
Arnya of  Walking With The Way
Caz of Invisibly Me
Hayley of Red Letters
Stu of Something to Stu Over
Siphe of God’s Anointed Princess

God bless you each one.
Feel free to tag yourself if you would like to do this!

Thank you for thinking of my, Lovely A!

❤ LOVE YOU FIRST AND MOST MY WONDERFUL SAVIOR! ❤

Versatile Blogger Award 4.3.18

Lord, You continue to amaze me with how much You think on me! With such love and faithfulness! Grace and generosity! Mercy and longsuffering! With any and every way You choose… You shower me with such love! ❤ Thank You! I love You! ❤versatile-blogger-awardThank You, God, for my sister Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness! Thank You for my name into her ear with this nomination for The Versatile Blogger Award! ❤ Bless her, Father, as You so richly bless me. I can see You have been doing that quite a bit with her blog! I love seeing signs of You and her! ❤

Thank you, Miss Lovely, for your thoughtfulness!
And congrats on your own Versatile Blogger Award!


THE RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award, and include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate 15 blogs that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  3. Share 7 things about yourself that people might not know.

7 FACTS ABOUT ME:
1. I am so in love with God! ❤ And am so glad I am!
2. I am grateful for Him being there for me every day of my life… even when I didn’t know it… or I foolishly pushed Him away! ❤
3. I love reading His Holy Word! ❤
4. I love singing His Holy music! ❤
5. I love sweet fellowship with His! ❤
6. I praise His Holy name! ❤
7. It’s not about me! It’s all about my Lord and Savior! ❤


MY NOMINATIONS:

  1. Missionary Gamer
  2. Justified and Redeemed
  3. The Graced Citizen
  4. Chaotic Shapes
  5. Unshakable Hope
  6. The Ascender’s Touch
  7. Grace, Grit, and Glitter
  8. Tamie’s Alcove
  9. As He Is… So Are We
  10. One Stone Away
  11. One Mountain at a Time
  12. Enjoying the Single Life
  13. Help From Heaven
  14. My Father’s Symphony
  15. Blended Hope

Congrats to all of the nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate! If you do, please don’t rush. Do it as God leads you! Just wanted to share a little of His love! ❤
God loves you! ❤

SPECIAL THANKS AND CONGRATS AGAIN TO LOVELY A! ❤

Walking the Walk, #4 Smell Walk

OH how fabulously wonderful You are, Lord. Absolutely fabulous! In who You are! In where You are! In how You are! I am so blessed to have met You here in this new favorite place You have given me. You have been whispering this place to me for quite some time, and I have tried to research as much as possible on how to meet You here. Yet today, You have spoken clearly, and delightfully surprised me!

It’s known for its gardens, but this is winter, so it was “barren” of the flowers everyone brags about. Yet I feel like it’s an earthy wonderland! It’s so beautifully designed. A beautiful use of concrete and earth in perfect blend… if there can be such a thing. It’s outdoors and yet so clean! Pristine! You are beautiful… wonderful… in Your time… in Your place! ❤ I go inside.

You first catch my attention with heritage… and have me think.

Ar1

What is an important tradition in my family or community?
The only thing that comes to mind are family dinners we use to have at my grandmother’s house. My mom’s family use to have holiday dinners there. There was no certain time of day. Aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren and several family friends would come and go throughout the day. When my grandmother passed in February of 2000, we no longer saw each other much, unless it was a funeral.

What have I learned by being a part of it?
Family can be so precious… even dysfunctional families. Enjoy the time while you can. It won’t last. It makes me think of one of my favorite gospel songs every time I lose someone I love…. I’ve Got More to Go to Heaven For (Than I Did Yesterday).

I’VE GOT MORE TO GO TO HEAVEN FOR
I’ve been on my way to Heaven… For a long, long time.
And many things have happened… That clouded up my mind.
But I am more determined… To walk the narrow way
For I’ve got more to go to Heaven for… Than I had yesterday.
CHORUS:
There’s a golden street to walk upon… A bell I’m gonna ring,
A brand-new angel in the choir… I wanna hear her sing.
There’ll be a lot of friends a-waiting… When I walk through the gate
I’ve got more to go to Heaven for… Than I had yesterday.
I’ve been through lonesome valleys… I’ve climbed the highest hill,
I’ve known the joy of living… In the center of God’s will.
I’ve watched the angels come and take… My loved ones home to stay
I’ve got more to go to Heaven for… Than I had yesterday.

You continue to have me think on family tradition.

Ar2

Banana Pudding was our family tradition…
for every holiday… sometimes every meal.
Banana Pudding and Sweet Tea! ❤
“O taste and see that the Lord is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

– Psalm 34:8 KJV

Now You turn my focus to water… Your gift to life.

Ar3

Seeing this makes me think of the struggle I have with dehydration, and this makes for a great motivator and reminder! It also reminds me of when I was doing Lovely A’s 21 Day Self Care Challenge on her Discovering Your Happiness website. My response was noted on Self Care Challenge Day 8: Water. I actually took the picture thinking of her! ❤

Chewing Gum comes from a tree! Wow! I did not know that! 🙂

Ar4

I love corn, beans, and squash! A tasty dinner to me, Lord! 🙂

Ar5

After hearing some Native Americans narrate different nature topics and traditional stories, I venture outside. I have no pictures. I started just enjoying things when I sat down for the stories. I’m walking where there are normally gardens and flowers, so says the guy when I came in and every touring person that passes me. Yet I am not the least bit disappointed. Perhaps because I have not come to see them. I have come to see You!

Again the place just seems like the most tenderly fabulous earthy wonderland! I find one of the many beautifully designed areas to sit in, and just take You in. The sun is so bright and beautiful on this winter day, and the wind just does what it wants with my hair. But it’s OK. It’s comforting… because it’s You… being playful… being tender… being loving… being personal… being You! This place reminds me of places people have introduced to me in the past. For some reason I start thinking of those special faces.

Counselors, teachers, friends who have taken moments out to sit and talk with me… knowing that I am claustrophobic… and very uncomfortable with talking inside closed walls… while a clock ticks… reminding of how unimportant my words are, so make it quick for the one who is listening. But not here. Outside in a warm sun… with no clock hovering over me. It makes me miss them so. I have so much I wish I could talk to them about. They broke protocols and rules to go out of their way to help save me from things in my life when I did not know I needed saving from anything. My heart aches for them. I miss them as much as I miss family… even if some them were dysfunctional as well.  How human we all are. Yet we are Your humans! Thank You, Lord, for going out of Your way today to meet me here. I will be back!

As I start to walk away from this area, a smell permeates my air. And I can smell how beautiful it is! So pleasant! So comforting! There’s just something about it that smells like… You! I see nothing but barrenness until suddenly I see a sign that says Lily of the Valley! *GASP* Oh dear Lord! My favorite song! My grandmother’s favorite flower, and a name sweetly referenced to You!

Lily of the Valley – hymn lyrics by Charles W. Fry
I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll. 
CHORUS:
He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tow’r;
I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His pow’r.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.
[CHORUS]
He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face,
Where rivers of delight shall ever roll.
[CHORUS]

It’s not visible, but I can smell despite the darkened earth. Praise Your name I can smell! I have been trying to do the Smell Walk, #3 of the 50 Walks within the Walking the Walk Challenge with Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness, but have just not been able to smell! I had done Walking the Walk, #3 Delight Walk in its place. But I smelled that lovely Lily of the Valley! ❤ And this was before I had the occipital nerve block last week, of which I felt it opening my sinus within minutes.

As I continue to walk, I smell another familiar aroma… Spruce… everywhere! It smells so good! And just as I think of touching out of curiosity, You remind me of my allergies and sensitivities. I’ll never forget Scratch and Sniff 203! That was my Botany class. In lab exercises we walked the college campus scratching and sniffing twigs, flowers, branches (that we were warned not to touch because of chemicals to protect them). I had the worst allergic reaction I have had involving a fever. A high fever that did not break until the 9th day of a 10 day antibiotic course. No more Scratch and Sniff, Professors! 😉

All of this beautiful smell within a seemingly lifeless foliage makes me think on how filthy I must have looked to You underneath all of my sin when my soul laid beneath the dead and broken leaves, the barren dark branches, and this uninviting view. Yet You saw beauty in me. You saw You in me! Again I think of my counselors and teachers You used to save me, to clean and toil the surface, to dig out the roots and choking weeds, to rid me of that one dark blot…. multiplied by a thousand. Thank You for coming for me! Thank You for the souls You blessed me with. Help me to thankful for those I still have!

One last sign on the way out… is a Fabulous answer to prayer!

Ar7

I continue to walk around and then find this sign telling me of several small trails! Could this be answer to prayer, and a guide for the 50 Walks in the Walking the Walk Challenge! Absolutely! Thank You for this day! For this intoxicating scent! For these fond memories of people I miss so much! Thank You for just being You! As Always! ❤