July 2016 is almost over and there are only 148 days until Christmas. 😀 I spent the evening taking turns reading pages from book 2 of my Autumn Moon series. (Book 1 available Oct 2016) Although book 2 is a full story including an ending, I haven’t made my word count goal yet. BUMMER!! Or is it? Not really. I’ll keep working on it until I’m done.  It’s talking longer to finish than I planned, but as long as I stay focused on the Lord I will finish.

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Not Focused
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Focused

 

Just blogging it out . . . OH and Have a blessed weekend! 😀

P.S. Don’t forget to pray for our country.

 

With all the foolishness going on in the world, I’m so happy to have a peaceful home. There’s no place on earth I’d rather be. I thank God for blessing me with my wonderful husband, Antoine. That’s all.

 

 

card.png Just blogging it out . . . OH and Happy Tuesday Night! 😀

P.S. Don’t forget to pray for our country.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Don’t let this election make you lose focus. When the time comes, cast your vote and have faith in God not man (or woman). Focusing too much on politics may lead you to mourn instead of rejoicing; to curse instead pray; and to complain instead of giving thanks.

Just blogging it out . . . Oh and Happy Monday Night!! 😀

P.S. Verse 17

Pushing The Off Button . . .NOW!

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8,9)

It’s been a busy week . . . busy month actually. Sometimes I find myself thinking too much. LOL God is in control and I will continue to trust Him. Tonight I’m going to push the off button for a change. Good night and be safe.

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Just blogging it out . . .Oh, and Happy Friday Night! 😀

P.S. Keep praying!

Home or Hindered?

Life is full of scary moments that are completely harmless. When I was child living in the Midwest, thunder used to scare me so much I would lie under my blanket practically suffocating. The thunder that started with the crackling sound like the earth was being ripped apart would send me under my bed. LOL No matter how many times my mother told me thunder was harmless, I was still afraid of it.

Today, a big bugasaurus flew into my car while I was driving. Okay, it was a big o blue beetle. It freaked me out. I safely pulled over the first chance I got. The idea of it landing on me gave me the creeps which made me consider leaving my car. LOL Technically, the bugasaurus was harmless, but I almost allowed it to hinder me. Instead of leaving my car there, I covered my head with a sweater, then drove home. LOL I was still concerned about the bugasaurus landing on me, but I pressed because I wanted to go home. So what’s my point?

As long as we have breath in our bodies, we will run into situations that may freak us out a little bit. We have to think about what’s important and not let harmless situations hinder us. Keep moving forward no matter what. I know my story is a little silly tonight.

Just blogging it out . . . Oh, and Happy Thursday Night!! 😀

P.S. Pray!!

 

On A Lighter Note

I made a decision not spend any money on clothes, shoes, or accessories for one year starting the day after my birthday which was July 12th. The reason for my decision is simply because I don’t need anymore of those things. I really don’t. I’m not in credit card debt and my husband didn’t demand I stop shopping. (Although, I’m sure he appreciates my decision. LOL) It’s definitely going to be a challenge especially since I do the bulk of my shopping online. You can’t visit a site without seeing an advertisement from your favorite stores. Yikes!

I believe this decision will influence me to make more positive changes. So who’s with me? 😀

Just blogging it out . . . OH, and Happy Wednesday Night!

P.S. I’m still praying for this country. Are you?

The Power of Love

Like a lot of couples, Antoine and I were tagged on Facebook to participate in the “Love Your Spouse” challenge. Basically, you post a picture of you and your spouse daily for seven days and tag two couples. We were tagged by four different people, but I’ve been so busy that I kind of ignored the requests until the forth invite. I knew I wouldn’t remember to post pics for seven days, so instead I posted a picture montage with seven photos. The challenge is a fun way to flood the Facebook newsfeed with positive images instead of the negative we’ve seen for the last few weeks.

To me, the “Love Your Spouse” challenge is a small example of how powerful love really is. We have a long way to go as a nation, but if we stay focused on the Lord we can experience peace in the midst of chaos. That of course depends on us. I’m not saying walk around like the world is a perfect place because we all know it isn’t. I’m saying seek the Lord. And let’s not forget 1 Corinthians 13. . .

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

WOW! THE POWER OF LOVE!

Just blogging it out . . . OH, and Happy Tuesday Night!! 😀

 

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
 if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

Just blogging it out . . . Oh, and please keep praying.

Just What We Need

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Just blogging it out . . . Oh, and Happy Thursday Night!!

Something Is Seriously Wrong

I’ve been having a little battle with my blog. I usually post Monday through Friday, but as I was typing these last couple of days, the words were unexpected. I thought this week I would go back to my lighthearted posts. I thought last Friday’s post was the last time I would discuss current events. After all, I spent most of my life ignoring them with a simple click of the television remote or by pressing the scroll button on my laptop. A friend texted me this morning, “No blog this week?” I have to admit, each day it gets easier to skip a post. Monday I struggled when the clock struck 12 am. I continued to write and decided it was okay that I was posting late. Eventually, I said forget it, but it wasn’t easy. Last night I threw in the towel at 11:30 pm.

Well, it’s 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. I’m not going to quit! Here’s my post for today (Monday & Tuesday actually):

There’s an obvious problem here in America– several, but one has been brought to the surface more so than it has in a long time. Why can’t we talk about it? All lives matter, YES, without a doubt AND there’s a problem that can’t be ignored. There’s something seriously wrong when black parents have to remove certain clothing from their children’s closets so they won’t be mistaken for criminals. There’s something seriously wrong when black parents have to teach their children, specifically their sons, how to respond when they are pulled over or approached by those who are supposed to serve and protect them. There’s something seriously wrong when I have to remind my black husband to not wear a hoodie when he’s walking the dog at night. You see, we live in a mixed neighborhood where there’s only a sprinkle of black people, so that hoodie may pose a threat even if it’s chilly outside and the man underneath that hoodie is bald. Well, he can just put on a hat then, right? Why should he have to change his wardrobe to make our neighbors comfortable? Because I love him and I don’t want anyone to hurt him because they thought he was a bad black person wearing a hoodie. There’s something seriously wrong.

Racism is a subject that makes just about everyone cringe. Some people nod in agreement and some people roll their eyes while either saying or thinking, “Here we go again.” By the way, there are some inaccurate statistics floating around Facebook. People aren’t even checking the facts before they post things nowadays. There’s something seriously wrong when people are trying to prove there is more black on black crime than any other crime. Or that more black people are killing police than police are killing black people. I guess somehow the injustice is justified by those false statistics. Is it really okay that those men were killed because according to statistics, black people kill black people?  Lord, we need you more than ever!

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One of the great things that’s floating around on FB.

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31)

We need the police! I have an uncle that was married into our family when I was 10 or 11. He was a Chicago police officer, but I think he’s retired now. I wanted him to be my father because when he was around, I knew I was safe. I knew he would do whatever he could to protect and serve. I believe most police officers are like my uncle. It’s crazy to think all police are bad, but the reality is their badges don’t tell us whether they’re good or bad. People are scared and rightly so.

We have to put our trust in God. As Christians we are to be led by the spirit. We are to love one another, but that doesn’t mean we ignore the problems, does it? We all matter! Does that mean when one of us have a problem we say, ‘we all have problems’? Loving each other means being able to focus on others instead of ourselves even for a moment. It’s not always about us. It can’t be.

We have to do better. We have to be different even if it makes us uncomfortable. If we are uncomfortable perhaps we should explore why. I’m not exempt . . .

I’m just blogging it out . . .Oh, and ask someone how they are doing and really listen!

Continue to pray for peace for our country and the families of Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Philando Castile, and Alton Sterling.