Happy Father’s Day

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I am thanking God for my dear dad today. 🙂 My dad has been one of the pillars in my life and I’m greatful for his influence over me.  Just like my Heavenly Father, he chose to adopt me into his family.  (I was adopted when I was 9 years old.)  Maybe today is a bitter/sweet day for you because your dad didn’t love you like he was supposed to.  You have a Heavenly Father who wants you, cares for you, and loves you!

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Choose Well

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Life is full of choices.  I’m constantly learning from my mistakes and thankful for the few things I’ve done right. 😉 I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately in regards to friendships – people who are the closest to me.  My husband is one of those people in my life.  We are coming up on 5 year anniversary this year!  It’s still few months away, but I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting already.  We dated for over 2 years and during those (loooooooong) months, we became best friends.  I watched him make decisions that were godly.  Over and over again.  Not much has changed in the last 5 years.  Surround yourself with people who you respect.  Healthy relationships are the best gifts. 🙂

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Salvation Mountain

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Have you been there?  The husband and I took a trip to this amazing location recently and I was not disappointed.  It was everything I had expected and more!  This colorful oasis in the desert spoke so much happiness, hope, and love to me. 🙂  Here’s more info from the official website — “Salvation Mountain is Leonard’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: “God Is Love.” Leonard’s passion has lovingly created this brilliant “outsider art ” masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner’s Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of “Love” is everywhere at Salvation Mountain.”

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God’s Always in Control

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What a week it’s been so far.   My mom and dad are visiting from Colorado and it’s been a huge blessing.  Love having them staying with us!!  Everything was going perfectly until my dad got sick — so sick that he was hospitalized for 3 days.  He was discharged yesterday.  We are so grateful that he is going to be okay.  As I write my post this morning, I can see my dad in the recliner snoring away. 🙂 What a sweet sound.  When life doesn’t go exactly as planned, I want to encourage you to embrace it for what it is.  Let go of old expectations and look for new blessings.  And remember, God is in charge.  I don’t know about you, but knowing that brings me peace, joy, and so much comfort!

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Basket of Happiness

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The room was quiet.  Everyone was typing away on their cell phones.  In anticipation of a long wait at the doctor’s office,  I brought my basket of happiness.  This consists of colorful yarn and my crochet hook. 😉 It was no more then 5 minutes when a sweet girl asked me what I was making.  I told her “hats…lots of hats for the orphans!” 🙂  All of sudden, everyone else started asking questions and it was so much fun to get to know these strangers.  We were laughing and having great conversations!  One of the guys had played the piano for 65 years.   Another guy was a jazz musician.  One of the girls just started a new job as a business analyst.  Everyone seemed eager to connect.  There are benefits to social media, but there is no substitute for the real deal.  When was the last time you had a great conversation (face-to-face) with your mom, friend, neighbor, or a stranger? 🙂

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Quotes and Thoughts

IMG_6638Here are some thoughts I’ve been pondering recently.  What’s been on your mind lately? 🙂

“What others think of me is none of my business.”  Interesting statement, huh?  I love it.  It’s so freeing.  My worth and value come from my maker – God.

“Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.”  Ha!  Let’s smile more – teeth or no teeth. 🙂  It’s such a good way to spread joy and communicate love to others.

“An honest answer is a sign of true friendship.”  Amen. Does it hurt to hear the truth sometimes?   Absolutely.   But how else am I going to learn and grow?  I want to be the best version of me. 🙂

“If it’s worth worrying about, it’s worth praying about.”  I spend way too much time worrying.  I have two girlfriends who were given some tough news about cancer this month.  Worrying is unproductive and stressful.  Praying always strengthens my mind and calms my anxious heart.

“If you want to be wise, spend less time on Facebook and more time with your face in The Book.”  Although I’m not on Facebook, I love other social media.   Balance is the key (in everything).   I don’t always feel inspired/wiser after spending time on social media, but I always feel inspired (and a teeny bit wiser) after spending time with God.  He never fails.

Happy Easter week dear friends! 😉

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Our Story

IMG_4390.JPGI was asked to share my testimony at the Calvary Chapel Bible College recently. Honestly, I was nervous and scared to say yes, but thankful, thankful, thankful I didn’t chicken out. 🙂  If you ever get an opportunity to share your story – whether at your job, grocery store, taxi cab, airplane, neighborhood, retreat, or school – do it. 🙂 I can’t begin to express what a blessing it was to tell others about God’s mercy, grace, kindness, and love in my life.  Like you, I’ve experienced some really tough times and some really wonderful times.  Good times are easy, but those times when we are hurting can make us bitter or better — please choose better. 😉 Perhaps you have never even thought to write down your story.  I want to encourage you to think about it and write it all down.  Mine was about 2 pages total.  Yours might be shorter and that’s okay – just write until you’re out of words. 🙂

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