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! ❤

 

Sunshine Blogger Award 2.14.18

Lord, what a thoughtful Valentine You sent me through dearest Lovely A!
Yes, Lord, I will absolutely be Yours! As I am now and forever will be!the-sunshine-blogger-award-1Thank you, Miss Lovely, for letting God using you to send me such kind thoughts on such a lovely day! How fitting! 😉 You are as lovely as the wishes you send out with every post you make on Discovering Your Happiness! I enjoy watching God help you grow into such a wonderful young lady! I am blessed to call you friend! My Croatian Australian sister in Christ! Thank you for my bright valentine in this Sunshine Blogger Award! 🙂
❤ Thanks for challenging me and keeping me thinking! Me and God love you!  <3.

 


RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to her/his blog.
  2. List the rules and display Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post or blog.
  3. Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 questions.

My Questions from Lovely A:

  1. What is a motivating quote you live by?
    Keep God first! Above everyone and everything! No matter what!
  2. If you had to share one piece of life advice, what would it be?
    ❤ God loves you!  ❤
  3. Do you live with any regret?
    Unfortunately, but God uses them to help me to be thankful and wiser.
  4. Are you happy where you are right now?
    God makes me happy!  🙂
  5. What is your dream job?
    Whatever God asks of me!
  6. What is your favourite movie of all time?
    Jesus of Nazareth
  7. If you had to live off one food forever, what would it be?
    spasagna
  8. If you were an animal, what would you be?
    a bird… so I could fly and sing for God all day  ❤
  9. What is your favourite thing to cook?
    pizza
  10. Where did you blog name originate from?
    I love God and want everyone to know it!  ❤
  11. Do you have any holidays planned for 2018?
    random days and events that God allows

My Nominees:

God’s Food Heals
Fractured Faith Blog
Eclipsed Words
God’s Anointed Princess
Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)
Life As We Have Never Known It 
BUniQ
Payte
Rashellbud
My Life with PTSD & Bipolar
Life With Jesus
Real Christian Women
A Bowl of Sunshine


Questions for My Nominees:

  1. What was your last post about? Tag it for others to see.
  2. What was your first ever post about? Tag it too.
  3. What is the theme for your blog?
  4. Do you have more than one blog? If so, link each one for others to know.
  5. Do you have a favorite verse?
  6. Where in the world do you live?
  7. What is your favorite color?
  8. Who has influenced your life?
  9. What have you given to God?
  10. Cheerios or Corn Flakes?

Congratulation to each nominee! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no rush! Do it in your own way, and in your own time! The Sunshine Blogger Award is meant to be a blessing, not a burden. Thank you for allowing God to use you to bring Sunshine into my day! ❤ God loves you! ❤ 🙂

In Love With The King of My Heart

My Dearest Lord, how incredibly awe-inspiring You are! How lovingly You pursue me! So faithfully woo me! You amaze my heart every single day! And night! Every safe and troublesome night! Just last night we had some very dangerous weather come in, leaving some very slick roads. Yet Anthoni had to get on those roads to get to work. I knew he had 4 Wheel drive, but after the fog storm that iced over the entire western part of our state so unexpectedly, not even showing up on radar as it kept adding layers of black ice, in broad daylight, leaving thousands stranded, and hundreds of accidents everywhere.

One of those accidents involving 2 jackknifed tractor trailers left my brother, brother-in-law, and family friend stranded on the Interstate for 7 hours. Even after they got off safely, the car had idled so long on the ice that when they stopped for gas, the car would not come out of park, and had to be towed home. Records were created or broken over that mysterious foggy ice storm (mysterious to us 😉 ) just a week or so before. And so I wanted to see Anthoni off on this night, encourage him, ask him to text when there safely, and just let him know I love him. But that was not how things happened.

My meds were making it hard to even open my eyes for more than a second, a very brief and blurry second. My brain struggled to gain consciousness. As Anthoni was letting me know he was leaving, I was trying hard to awaken, but all I could get out was, “I’m sorry I can’t seem to wake up, Anthoni. I do love you. Please be safe. Let me know you made it when you do.” And I did not get that out all at the same time. I couldn’t stay awake to make sure he heard me, or understand what he said when I could tell he was trying to talk to me, and seemed frustrated that I couldn’t stay awake enough to hear him.

As he started warming up the car, I began to pray to You. “Lord, please help me. Please be with my son. I’m sorry I can’t seem to stay awake even enough to pray. Please keep him safe. Help him get to work safely. Help him not to forget to let me know he did.” Again, I didn’t get this out all at one time, and I didn’t “vocalize” any of it. At one point all I could say was, “I love You, Lord. I love you.” And kept repeating it any time I had consciousness. I made the decision to trust You, to know You wouldn’t punish me, or take it out on Anthoni, just because I couldn’t stay awake. The night was holding on to me, but that’s not the kind of God You are. You are our most loving and protective Father who loves when we trust You. It’s what You desire most from us. So that’s what I did. I counted on You. And got those few words out any time my brain would allow, while making the decision to stop fighting so hard to think, but instead trust You and go onto sleep. And just before I was falling off to sleep I heard those words.

“You are good, good, oh. You are good, good, oh.
You are good, good, good, good.”

Even as I heard them, they touched my heart in such a way. You were comforting me, assuring me, that You were good and loving. You were tenderly letting me know You well understood about my meds and my concern for my son. You were a doting parent caressing my forehead as You were singing me off to sleep. When I awakened, I immediately smiled. I remembered how tender and wonderful You had been to me. And there was a text from Anthoni. That song kept coming to mind all day long. Something told me I knew the song, yet I couldn’t figure how. Good, Good Father by Christ Tomlin was close, but I knew it wasn’t what You sang me to sleep with. So I went to my YouTube playlists.

I didn’t really know what title to look for because as much as I felt I knew the song, I also had a certainty that I didn’t know it well and would have to figure it out. So I asked You to help me find it. A song titled King of my Heart by Kutless kept coming up, but I would say, “Oh that can’t be it, Lord. I don’t know that song. I know it’s in my playlist, but that’s just because our church sang it a few times during the year so I saved it to be familiar with it. It never really did anything for me. I mean, I know the message was good and godly, and I know friends on WordPress introduced it to me as well, but it just never stayed with me. I don’t even know the words.” So I Googled what I did know… the words You played in my mind as I decided to trust You… to fall asleep and let go of the night.

“You are good, good, oh. You are good, good, oh.
You are good, good, good, good.”

Again! King of My Heart by Kutless came up! So I played it, and listened… and *GASP*!!! It was it! EVERY SINGLE WORD just touched my heart! So many things that You and I personally talk about… were in those words! Here I had trusted You, but You were comforting me! In every single word!

Let the King of my heart
Be the mountain where I run

So often I struggle with getting that walk on that beautiful Blue Ridge mountain… walking the Parkway bridge. I wish so badly that I could run that mountain like so may of my friends… Joe and his girlfriend Joy, Tina… or cycle it like my friends Tony and his friends, a few of my doctor friends, Jonathan… or at least walk the trails like my dearest Cousin Kimberly (who was the first woman to YOYO the Mountains to Sea Trail in 2016 and will hike  The Pacific Crest Trail in March of this year…. Shout out to “Legs!”!! 🙂 ). Kimberly was the one who the Lord used to inspire me to walk on the Parkway. Yet as I wrote in Walking the Walk Challenge, #1 Color Walk and  Walking the Walk Challenge, #2 Texture Walk for Lovely A’s Walking the Walk Challenge, I often end up here in this bed, and have to do that walk with You right here. You help me find joy in “letting the King of my heart be the mountain where I run.” That’s right! With You… I can run! On any mountain! On any bridge! Anywhere! ❤

The fountain I drink from

I struggle too with getting hydrated enough. It’s affecting my health in so many ways, as I have noted in Self Care Challenge Day 8: Water when I was doing Lovely A’s 21 Day Self Care Challenge. So as I hear this line, I am encouraged to “let the King of my heart be the fountain I drink from.” 🙂  “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” – Psalm 34:8 KJV

Oh, He is my song

OH, does this ever make my day! The testimony that You finally helped me to get down when Lene invited me to write on Song of Virginity was titled The Love of My Life – I am His Song, so immediately this came to mind with an overflowing emotion that You would give me those words… He is my song! I am Your song, and You are mine! Your banner over me is Love! How loved I am!! ❤

Let the King of my heart
Be the shadow where I hide

How often I close my eyes to escape the world and its unpleasantness. How I run to You for shelter… seeking a place to hide. “Let the King of my heart be the shadow where I hide” reminds of the tender hymn You taught me years ago during storms of the Tornado Outbreak Season of 2011 that I could not hide from but found shelter in You… and every word of He Hideth My Soul! ❤

The ransom for my life

You remind me of the cost You have paid for my life. Yet instead of conviction, it is assurance that though I sometimes long for Home so much that it is all I can think about, You remind me of things You have brought me through, and things that vie for my life and soul, but You… the One who gave me my life.. is the King who paid “the ransom for my life…” because You love me! ❤ You have rescued me… for Yourself! ❤

Let the King of my heart
Be the wind inside my sails

You know, dear Lord, how much I yearn to fly! I want to just soar through the air… enjoying Your majestic beauty… feeling the breath of Your wind in my hair… and supporting my lifeless body. “Let the King of my heart be the wind beneath my sails.” ❤ Let’s fly, Lord! Let’s sail! ❤

The anchor in the waves

Again, I think of those terrible storms, and the rocky waves of this world. Yet You whisper in those words that You are “the anchor in the waves.”

Let the King of my heart
Be the fire inside my veins

As I have learned the Lymphedema that I was diagnosed with is a breakdown of my veins from the pressure of the fluid, these words definitely feel like an anthem… a cry… a determination to “let the King of my heart be the fire inside my veins.” You make me grateful all over again for the therapists. They were definitely The Gift of the Year 2017: Therapy… and are still very much a gift from You! ❤

The echo of my days

When I question… Has there been a point to my life? Have I given You a testimony? Do I let You down? Or give You a reason to smile? You remind me my life is not about my whiny little self. It’s all about You! As it should be! Again, another anthem to gladly state and pray that You would be “the echo of my days.” Let them see You! ❤

You’re never gonna let
Never gonna let me down

Whether it’s trusting You with my son, or that You won’t punish me because I cannot fight my medicines or the sleep they induce, or not be able to give You the respect You deserve to sit up or address You reverently when praying, or pray on any of the above mentioned issues… “You’re never gonna let, never gonna let me down!” And yes… that was worth repeating! That’s how much I believe it! Here I was worried about letting You down, and yet it’s just like Your great love to be tender and caring to me! ❤

When the night is holding on to me
God is holding on

Last night really tried to steal my peace of mind. It certainly fought for my consciousness, as much as it wouldn’t let it rest either. Yet as I chose to trust in You, to trust in the words I could pray to You, as well as the ones I couldn’t even vocalize to You, You heard every word… including how much I love You. You remind me that as I chose to trust You and started to close my eyes for the night, regardless of the fear of letting You down, You remind me of how thoughtful You were to comfort me, but this time the words are, “When the night is holding on to me, God is holding on.”

You are good, good, oh
You are good, good, oh
Yes, You are good, good, oh
You are good, good, oh

No wonder my soul was in love with those words. “You are good, good, oh. You are good, good, oh. Yes, You are good, good, oh. You are good, good, oh.” No wonder my soul was in love with You… the King of my heart! How wonderfully good You are to me! I love it when You give me a song or a word like this in my sleep! When only You have access to me! Thank You for letting me know You were there… that You were listening… that You were moved by my trust in You. Thank You for just being You! You ARE good! ❤

Sunshine Blogger Award 1.31.18

Dear Lord, How lovingly kind You continue to be to me… to this blog You thoughtfully allowed me! Here I pour out my love to You, as much as possible, as I would anywhere You will allow… yet You shine Your light of love all over. Thank You for allowing Lovely A to continuously be that ray of sunshine You send my way, by nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank You for the never ending ray of Light that Your Son shines in my life! ❤ Thank you for all the ways You shine Your light! ❤sunshine-blogger-awardLovely Anita, Thank you for the nomination of this Sunshine Blogger Award. You are always so generous and thoughtful to me. God has gifted you in helping others with Discovering Your Happiness. How rich your blog has grown, as you continue to seek Him first. He’s been there all along, and He’ll never leave you! He loves you! ❤ And so do I! ❤
If you don’t mind I want to share this in memory of another ray of God’s sunshine.


Mr-Spence-450x450Willie S. was a very godly man whom God used in the life of many. My son and I met him as my son’s principal at his Christian School, which was also a part of the church we attended. Through the years, we were blessed to become friends with him, his beautiful wife, and his loving daughters. He passed away the day before I was nominated for this award. That day had a lot of challenges in it, but I was finding God’s rays of sunshine all over the place (and I am going to nominate those rays). It was not until later when I got to the computer… to finally catch a breath from that day… to accept the award and nominate others… that I read the sad news.
I took a long pause and prayed it wasn’t so. But it was. I’m surprised in some ways that it meant so much… to have to take a couple of hours to even move from where I was. I thought about his dear family, and how invaluable they have each been… to me… my  son… my family… our friends… and so many. How hard and faithful my stepdad and I (along with family quite often) had been praying for him. We were so hopeful. But our loss is his gain, as I posted in The Loss and Gain of a Godly Man. They each have shone a strong ray of God’s light into our lives. So may the Lord allow this to be a candle for Willie S. and his family. Ψ


The Rules:

  • Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or blog

Questions I Am To Answer:

What would you do on a rainy day? enjoy it from an open window, or open porch.

Coffee or Hot Chocolate? hot cocoa <3

Safari Holiday or Tropical Island Holiday? Tropical Island Holiday

Whats one experience that has changed your life? salvation ❤

What is your hidden talent? writing/poetry 😉

What is one thing that people don’t know about you? I was a cheerleader for 3 years. 🙂

Bananas or Apples? Both 🙂

What is your dream job? whatever pleases God/Lord willing, writing for Him

How do you de-stress? prayer/hymns/alone time with God

What is your bedtime routine? falling asleep at the computer 😉

What is your favourite candle scent? lavender


My Nominees:

  1. Lovely Anita of Discovering Your Happiness
    Your nominations are always God’s personal whispers! (If I can for you too, I do!)
  2. Lene of Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus
    You made my day! Your surprise came that morning and prepared me for my day!
  3. Hayley of Red Letters
    Your CDs arrived the next day. God’s perfect timing!
  4. Pat of Beholding Him Ministries
    Thank you for the hugs and prayers!
  5. Rach of The Faithful Mommy
    Thank you for the Big Love and Prayers!
  6. Pastor’s Wife of Created and Called
    Thank your for your kind and encouraging words in your Liebster post! ❤
  7. Harotian Essentials
    Thank you for your loving kindness on your Awesome Blogger Award post!
  8. This Beautiful Life
    Thank you for the words of blessings! They flow both ways!
  9. Not Easily Broken
    My Sister in the King! What words of life you speak! Thank you for being you!
  10. Brenda of Becoming His Tapestry
    Praise the Lord indeed for His taking out the guesswork! 😉
  11. Deborah Ann of Chrisitan Poetry – by Deborah Ann
    Hallelujah! Our Savior does surely live! Thank you for the blessings!
  12. Mary Ann of Pennies for Dreams
    It is a wonderful blessing to have a child who serves the Lord! God is SO good!

Yes… I can count! But just in case it seems unfair to renominate the one who nominated me, and to keep her from feeling bad about my doing that, I added one more!
There are rays of God’s sunshine all over WordPress! I thank God for each of you! 🙂


My Questions for My Nominees:

  1. Is the sun shining in your neighborhood today?
  2. What do you like to do on a sunny day?
  3. Who has brought sunshine into your life?
  4. What’s your favorite flower?
  5. Do you have a favorite verse/quote regarding sunshine?
  6. What food(s) remind(s) you of sunshine?
  7. Have you visited Discovering Your Happiness?
  8. Have you ever tried Sunny D orange juice?
  9. Have you ever tried Sun Drop soda?
  10. Do you like Sunflowers?
  11. Do you like eating sunflower seeds?

PRAISE THE LORD AND CONGRATS ON YOUR SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD!
Please do not feel obligated to participate, nor rush if you do!
Do it in God’s perfect timing!
I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your ray of sunshine! 🙂
Me and God love you! ❤

GOD BLESS YOU, WILLIE S. AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY!
❤ I HOPE YOU KNOW HOW MUCH YOU MEAN TO US!

The TMI Tag 1.30.18

How interesting, Lord. You have allowed Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness to tag me in The TMI Tag. Thank you, Lovely Anita, for thinking of me. This tag is as interesting and intriguing as your site, filled with answers to so many questions. 😉 God loves you!

  1. WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WEARING?
    clothes 😉
  2. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?
    Yes
  3. DID YOU EVER HAVE A TERRIBLE BREAKUP?
    Yes
  4. HOW OLD ARE YOU?
    knocking on 50
  5. HOW TALL ARE YOU?
    taller than average, but not enough to be considered tall
  6. HOW MUCH DO YOU WEIGH?
    too much
  7. DO YOU HAVE ANY PIERCINGS?
    yes
  8. DO YOU HAVE ANY TATTOOS?
    No
  9. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK?
    chocolate milk
  10. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SONG?
    right now it’s King of My Heart by Kutless 
  11. WHAT’S YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?
    I don’t do astrology.
  12. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO SHOWER?
    15-20 mins
  13. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SHOW?
    preaching
  14. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BAND?
    Red Letters right now
  15. SOMETHING YOU REALLY MISS?
    being smaller/healthier 
  16. WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU’RE SAD?
    to my Lord and Savior ❤
  17. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO GET READY IN THE MORNING?
    30 mins to 1 hour
  18. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A PHYSICAL FIGHT?
    unfortunately
  19. WHAT TURNS YOU ON?
    a genuine love for the Lord ❤
  20. WHAT TURNS YOU OFF?
    the lack of a relationship with the Lord 
  21. QUALITY YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER?
    Christ focused instead of self focused
  22. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
    lavender
  23. LOUD MUSIC OR SOFT?
    soft
  24. FAVORITE QUOTE?
    God loves you! ❤
  25. FAVORITE ACTOR?
    Kirk Cameron
  26. DO YOU HAVE ANY FEARS? WHAT THEY ARE?
    Yes… quite a few…
    but fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge
  27. WHAT’S THE LAST THING THAT MADE YOU CRY?
    the movie LION
  28. MEANING BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME?
    gaillovesgod means I ❤ God!
  29. LAST TIME YOU SAID YOU LOVED SOMEONE?
    To my son
  30. LAST BOOK YOU READ?
    sad to say Love by Lang Leav… very disappointing… didn’t like it at all 
  31. THE BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?
    -Jesus Led, I Simply Followed by Blanca Mesias Miller (long time close friend),
    Hearts of Fire: Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith by The Voice of the Martyrs forward by Gracia Burnham,
    -as well as my daily reading of the Holy Bible: Authorized King James Version
  32. LAST SHOW YOU WATCHED?
    McLintock (John Wayne movie)
  33. LAST PLACE YOU WERE?
    right here
  34. LAST SPORT YOU PLAYED?
    sack race
  35. WHO’S THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO?
    the Lord
  36. LAST SONG YOU SANG?
    Does Jesus Care? (hymn)
  37. FAVORITE CHAT UP LINE?
    God loves you!
  38. DO YOU HAVE A CRUSH?
    no
  39. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND THE PERSON YOU LAST TEXTED?
    friends
  40. FAVORITE FOOD?
    spasagna and ice-cream
  41. PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT?
    Australia
  42. WHAT’S THE LAST TIME YOU KISSED SOMEONE?
    my son
  43. LAST TIME YOU WERE INSULTED?
    family pettiness
  44. FAVORITE FLAVOR OF SWEET?
    Chocolate
  45. WHAT INSTRUMENTS DO YOU PLAY?
    very little piano
  46. FAVORITE PIECE OF JEWELRY?
    I don’t have any.
  47. LAST TIME YOU HUNG OUT WITH ANYONE?
    watching TV with my stepdad

WHO SHOULD ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS NEXT? TAG THEM……
Because these questions are so personal (Too Much Information) and so lengthy, I will leave the tagging up to you, the reader. PLEASE TAG YOURSELF if you want to do them.
Otherwise, thanks for putting up with my post of answering them.

What To Do If You’re Tagged:
You can participate if you want, if not, you can totally decline it.
Mention the person who tagged you.
Answer the questions from above.
Let the person you tagged know by commenting in their post.

Walking the Walk, #3 Delight Walk

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“He casteth forth his ice like morsels:
who can stand before his cold?”

– Psalm 147:17 AKJV

Lord, This is how our walk was today. I was going to do walk number #3 Smell Walk, but I was absolutely distracted and excited by the beautiful ice all over the place! I thought about scents at different times, but honestly could not smell anything. But oh I was taken by Your delightful sights. So since #4 is Delight Walk,

  1. Delight walk- Look out for things that delight or tickle you. You may use these as destination points for future walks. You might share these with others to enjoy, via social media. 

I have swapped them for now to share the delightful pictures You allowed me to get. So this will be Walking the Walk, #3 Delight Walk.  Only 47 more to go 🙂
You even allowed a couple of quick videos, which I’ll post at the end of this post.

Thank you! It was such a delight spending time in Your wonders! 🙂

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“Out of whose womb came the ice?
and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?”
– Job 38:29 KJV

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“He giveth snow like wool:
he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.”
Psalm 147:16 KJV

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For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
– Isaiah 55:10

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“The earth will soon dissolve like snow,
the sun forebear to shine,
But God, who called me hear below,
Will be forever mine.”

Amazing Grace – hymn lyrics by John Newton

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For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth;
likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
– Job 37:6 KJV

walk“His countenance was like lightning,
and his raiment white as snow.”
– Matthew 28:4 KJV

“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
and his eyes were as a flame of fire.”
– Revelation 1:14 KJV

“By the breath of God frost is given:
and the breadth of the waters is straitened.”

– Job 37:10 KJV

Thank You for such a wonderful day with You, Oh Lord.
You are magnificent! ❤ I love You! ❤

“NEW” Series, #1 Walking the Walk

“and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,
This is the way, walk ye in it,
when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

 – Isaiah 30:21 KJV

Ok, Lord. It’s time to begin our new journey of walking through this new year. You had me to choose this path that You allowed Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness to create in her post Walking the Walk. As she says, “Walking is such a great thing for the mind but I also think walking for a purpose is a good idea.” And that’s exactly what this walk is all about… an intentional walk following You wherever You lead for the purpose of growing closer to You every step of the way, knowing that in each step You have a purpose for me in that particular walk. I am eager to join You in each walk.

There are 50 different walks to look forward to enjoying with You. The first one Colour Walk has me using a camera to capture some colors and making a photo collage. I have been mindful of this, but with the frigid temps and the problems that I mentioned in “NEW” Series #1, Introduction, the best that I could do was this photo hanging on the wall at lymphedema therapy.

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My Alcatel smartphone camera did not do a good job of holding the rich colors, but I will have to learn to make it work, or know why it will not. This will have to do until You allow me that walk where You have rich colors waiting on me, Lovely A, and all those who will witness the walk with us, as they journey alongside.

As You assign and provide each walk… I will walk, photograph, note, color, or whatever is on the list, and will be sure to blog about it along our Walking the Walk journey. Thank You for giving me yet another special way to spend time with Lovely Anita, and Lord willing, encourage her in her own walk with You. I know You love her so much! Thank You for using her 21 Days Self Care Challenge last year to teach me, encourage me, motivate me, and help me to really be more mindful of this temple You have given me. Bless her Lord for every time You used her. ❤

Choose Life

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV

This is the verse you have given me, Lord, for this year ahead. Weeks ago I began asking if there was anything you wanted me to focus on, making sure to be careful not to make promises I cannot keep or that you were not asking of me. You lovingly taught me the value of not making resolutions, and the peace of following you instead of the world the first year you led me not to make one, and not to let the world make me feeling guilty.

You brought to mind things that happened through the year, and how this battle for my health was following your instruction to fight! At least you would know I was trying to do all you asked of me. Even if I lost the fight… I would go down obeying. Now you are saying CHOOSE LIFE. You used Caralyn’s broadcast to confirm it with Deuteronomy 30:19, and explained why with verse 20.

Choose Life… not just to live… but to love you… to obey you… to cleave to you… because YOU are my life… and the length of my days.

So…. by your grace… in your strength… according to your will… I will choose to live…
to love… to obey… to cleave… to my life… which is all you!

Some things you have encouraged me to use as a source of strength and Motivation are:

  1. Writing down the bible word for word as you lead.
    (I was so motivated I already began in December.)
  2. Continue to fight for my health. (Philippians 4:13)
  3. Lovely A’s Walking the Walk, and blogging it as you give it.
  4. Blogging (both blogs)
  5. Writing poetry
  6. Color Therapy (You gave me plenty of materials for Christmas!)
  7. Music (You use Hayley to make it enjoyable! ❤ )

None of these are in specific order. And there may be some I have forgotten, or that you will add along the way. But whatever the journey has ahead you have assured me…

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.” – Psalm 32:8 KJV

Unique Blogger Award 12.13.17

 

the-unique-blogger-awardGod, You have surprised me with a new award… the Unique Blogger Award. You, Oh Lord, make this blog Unique! There is No One like You! How truly honored Lovely A and I are to have Your whispers come our way! How blessed we are for the Holy Spirit to guide us in being wise to listen… and obey. Thank you for whispering my name into her ear. May You receive all the glory and praise this award allows and shares. 🙂

Congratulations, Lovely A (aka Discovering Your Happiness) on your Unique Blogger Award! And your 44,000 views! God is certainly “shining sunlight” all over your followers through your posts. It shows in your views… consistently growing so well. You might hit 45,000 before I finish this post! 50,000 is just around the corner! 🙂

Just keep letting His “Son shine” in and through you, and the Lord will keep whispering! Keep obeying and He will never cease to amaze you! ❤ He loves you! And He always will!

PS. I love discovering my happiness in your surprise messages! 😉 Thank you!


Answering the Questions:
1. What are your 2018 goals?
Lord willing, follow God and choose life.
2. What are your top 3 ways to reduce stress?
alone time with God, prayer, writing
3. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Wherever the Lord leads me.

Nominees:
Elan Mudrow
Frank Solanki
Inner Man Theatre
The Word
Red Letters
Oaken Reed
Song of Virginity
Comeback Pastor
Beauty Beyond Bones
Invisibly Me
My God Speaks
Blue Heron Cove
The River Walk
Kristi Ann’s Haven
Walking With the Way
Lebana’s Journal
Table 41
Single and Redeemed
The Joy of Menopause

My Questions for Nominees:
1. How did you first learn about WordPress?
2. Where in the world do you live?
3. Do you know how much God loves you?
You are so Unique to Him! ❤

Congratulations to the nominees! May everyone who reads this post know how unique you truly are… especially to the One who made you! ❤ He loves you!