24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 24, 25)

It’s that time of the year again—MY BIRTHDAY! 

FunnyBirthday HOORAY!!

Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to celebrate another year of life. I’m grateful for every single experience because, without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today, feeling more alive than ever. Isaiah 26:3 says, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

No explanation needed, right? Our God is AWESOME!! Trust Him!!

I pray that every person who reads this post will walk in His peace & strength, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in every area of your life. Receive His love, grace, and mercy. In Jesus’ mighty and matchless name. AMEN!

If you find yourself frustrated, depressed, or feeling defeated, #CheckYourHeart. There’s hope in Christ, but you have to focus and connect with Him daily. He’s our lifeline and source.

I’m not exempt, I’m just . . .

Blogging It Out!!


Guts Not To Fight Back

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. (Romans 12:17-18)

Aloha! My husband and I just got back from Hawai’i, which explains the picture. For the first time in years, I traveled without a laptop and social media. It felt good to be completely present and focused on why we were there—my nephew’s wedding and to spend time with friends and family.

We had a great time. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that my nephew, whom I still call Li’l Brian, is married. Seems like only yesterday I was giving him a wedgie. LOL

And now the #checkyourheart topic . . .

I’ll try to make a very long story as short as possible. In a nutshell, I decided to give Airbnb a try based on a couple of recommendations. The place I chose turned out to be disgusting. My reaction in my mind when I walked in.yuk gif  Nice area and place, but the owners obviously learned how to clean in Bizarro World. LOL We weren’t expecting luxury accommodations, but we expected the place to be clean and fresh. In case you’re wondering if I checked the reviews before booking, I did. They had a high rating in March when I booked, but most of the reviews in April and May aren’t good. No, I didn’t check the reviews right before we left. 

I’m usually pretty good at planning our trips, but I’ll file this incident as a learning experience. People post their best pictures, and who in their right mind would say, “Oh, by the way, my house reeks of death and butt.” It all boils down to the fact that our cleaning habits are different. We clean, and they don’t. 😊

A decision had to be made. We either stay and risk contracting some kind of infection like MRSA or LEAVE!! Of course, we chose the latter.

Side note: My sister arrived in the middle of the night because her flight was delayed. When she realized the iron they had provided didn’t work, she bought one from the local Walmart along with a small ironing board. End of side note.

A few hours after my husband and I arrived, we politely spoke to one of the owners to let her know we were checking out. We also let her know my sister was leaving them a brand new iron and board for their future guests. Her less than professional attitude and her snappy confrontational tone were enough to make anyone’s eyebrows raise. #checkyourheart It seemed like she was looking for an argument.

Bait of Satan? Maybe. We didn’t fall for it, though. Lord, thank you for Your strength.

Here’s the thing. Sometimes you have to have the Guts Not To Fight Back. Why argue about something that’s out of our control? Yes, we could’ve told her a thing or two or 100 about what was wrong with the place, but I guarantee she already knew. It would’ve turned into a screaming match because that’s how she presented herself. Instead, we left the place cleaner than it was with a brand new iron and board.

Fortunately, my nephew’s place was available and close by. I called Airbnb a few days later to report the incident and requested a full refund. I just got the refund this morning minus a small service charge. The Airbnb reps asked if I had taken pictures or a video. We live in a world where your conversations are secretly recorded, and your most embarrassing or heinous tragedies are posted on every social media outlet for entertainment purposes. Documentation is definitely important, but I didn’t think about taking any pictures or video. Me getting out of there.running

However, I will eventually post a review to let people know what to expect. 

We had a fantastic time in Hawai’i, and this incident won’t stop me from using Airbnb in the future. As I said above, this was a learning experience. I’m glad we kept our cool. It all worked out without us getting all worked up. LOL

If you find yourself in a situation that is out of your control and the person standing in front of you is tripping, take a deep breath (unless it stinks 😉) and #checkyourheart!

I’m not exempt, I’m just . . .

Blogging It Out.



Isn’t Enough

I’ve been trying to write this post for months. Literally. It’s been sitting in my draft folder like,

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I think “trying” is the problem, so I’m just going to write and see what happens. I pray whoever takes the time to read this will be blessed!

First up, transparency.

My husband and I had to make a significant change in our lives. Since I’m honest, we waited a year because…uh, we didn’t want to do it. We were comfortable in certain areas of our lives, and we feared the unknown. By the time we decided to be obedient to the Lord, things had gotten pretty interesting, to say the least. You all know that changing churches can be kind of a big deal. I think what made our situation teeter toward shocking is that we didn’t say anything until it was time for the mandatory evacuation. LOL

Will-Smith-Goes-From-Happy-Laugh-To-Very-Serious I’m laughing, but I’m serious.

Finally, we knew what we had to do. We met with our then pastor twice and was very clear that our leaving had nothing to do with the ministry and that we would recommend the church to anyone. (And we have.) He asked questions which made us discuss things that had nothing to do with why we were leaving. Again, had we let him know a year prior that it was coming, things would’ve been different. To be honest, my husband and I didn’t want to leave which is why it took an entire year for us to go. (Maybe I’ll post the whole story one day.) Check this out. During the 6.5 years we were there, I probably learned and grew more than all the prior years I had been saved, combined. I won’t bore you with any more details except that we left on a good note. Unexpected, but good as evidenced by the nice email the pastor sent out regarding our departure.

I thank God for His mercy and grace because we chose to be disobedient by staying as long as we did which shows that we clearly didn’t trust God in that capacity.

Of course, the enemy will try to use anyone who will allow him space. Ephesians 6:12 says it best, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

No matter what people have said, boldly in our faces or cowardly behind our backs, we have kept our eyes on Jesus and our mouths closed. (Character/integrity before feelings.) Because of that significant and unexpected (though delayed) change that we HAD to make, we are at a point in our lives where we WOULDN’T be had we not listened to the Lord. It’s not for anyone else to understand.

Now, onto the #CheckYourHeart topic.

I know that was a long introduction, but trust me it was necessary.

Lately, I’ve had several conversations with people who are contemplating leaving their church. Most of them have been Christians for over a decade and operate in some leadership capacity. The reasons varied, but the leading and most commonly stated was they were no longer being fed.

A good friend of mine told me to post what I told her because it gave her a different perspective for attending church, so here it goes.

You definitely have to hear from Jesus and listen when making any decision including staying at or leaving a church. Whether you decide to stay or leave, you have to focus on Jesus and connect with Him daily, more than ever. If He hasn’t told you to go, then there’s a reason for you to stay. Take in more of Him than ANYTHING, so when the pastor (or whoever is speaking) miss it in his message, you won’t be affected by it. Go Full So That You Won’t Feel Unfed!

I go to church to worship Jesus and to serve. Do I expect to hear a word from the Lord? Yes, of course. Does it matter who delivers it? No. Here’s the thing. It’s not the goings-on at the church that gives me strength, peace, joy, validation, life, breath, ability, etc. It is my relationship with Jesus. I must consume more of Him than anything else in my life. What I used to do Isn’t Enough.

It took me a long time to realize that I had been doing a lot in my own strength and I think there’s a lot of people…God-fearing people who are doing the same. We have to rely on the Lord. The people I mentioned are all super busy with their lives as well as serving in their churches. If we don’t leave ample time in our schedule to connect  (pray, study, read & meditate on the Word, etc.) with our Source (God), feeling empty and unfed is inevitable. He’s our lifeline.

I may be going out on a limb with my next statement. For those of us who have been in the Lord for a while, the messages we hear at church should be a confirmation or a reminder of what we’ve studied. Ask not what your church can do for you, ask what you can do for your church. LOL (Yeah, I know JFK said country. Country didn’t fit so I improvised.)

On another note, sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from serving/activities in church and outside of the church. We have to take care of ourselves. The word “no” is a complete sentence. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about needing a break. It’s all about finding the right balance.

I’m not exempt. I’m just…

Blogging It Out!! Oh, and I guess since I stopped trying, the end happened. LOL

I can’t wait to read your comments. 🙂

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Turn It Around

Here we are 11 days into spring and 21 days into good old Daylight saving time. Don’t cha just love losing an hour of sleep. Yippee! 🙂

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If you sense a bit of sarcasm, you’re absolutely correctamundo. I’m not a fan of daylight saving time at all, but I’ll get over it. LOL

What are your thoughts on daylight saving time?

On another note, Southern California is officially out of its drought. YIPPEE!! No sarcasm there at all. The wildflowers are in bloom, our lawn is greener than it has been in years, and the monarch butterflies paid us a visit on their way to Oregon. In my area, the poppies are all the rage, but my favorite wildflower is the tidytips (Layia platyglossa), featured in the photo. I love their simplicity. Although I’m not the type of person who enjoys receiving flowers as a gift, I appreciate their beauty in their natural habitat.

Now on with the topic, #CheckYourHeart!

I recently had a conversation with someone who I haven’t spoken with in a long while. Honestly, I was a little leery about returning the phone call. As a matter of fact, I didn’t until the next day. The call started off with the usual catch up questions: How are you? What’s new? Do you still live in the same place?

The latter is always surprising. How often do owners sell their home’s and move away? LOL Anywho, as the conversation progressed, she got down to the nitty-gritty. Complaints! I knew they were coming.

Usually, when we choose someone to vent to, it’s because we know the person will be able to relate to what we’re talking about, or at least we hope they will. We want someone to say we have a right to feel a certain way, or our reaction was justified. It’s a normal part of being human.

Here’s where I had to check my heart. Her stories were all TOO familiar. I felt the sting of disappointment as she poured out her heart. The conversation could’ve quickly turned into a backbiting session, and I’m sure the enemy was sitting right there waiting like. . .

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I Thessalonians 5:11 says, So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

It’s so easy to join a negative conversation. I mean, we can all tell stories about people who have wronged us and it’s quite exhilarating. However, as Christians, we need to Turn It Around.

I could’ve added A LOT of negativity to that conversation. I mean A LOT. Instead, I listened (to a point) to show her that I cared and then I encouraged her. I let her know I could definitely relate to how she was feeling. The last thing people need is for us to act like nothing bothers us. Transparency is essential.

Engaging in a conversation like the one I had can be kind of tricky. Because the person wants so badly for their feelings to be validated, they may drop hints that some bad things have been said about you too. Know what I mean? That’s when you really have to #CheckYourHeart. You have to recognize that it’s all derived from their hurt. In my Forrest Gump voice,

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At the end of the conversation, she told me she felt better and encouraged. She realized she needed to focus on the Lord. I’ve been there…we’ve all been there.

If you find yourself complaining and irritated about everything under the sun, or deliberately trying to hurt someone with your words, you may need to #CheckYourHeart.

I’m not exempt. I’m just…

Blogging it out! Have a blessed week and keep on praying!!

He’ll Do It Again

In the midst of a rainy morning, a rainbow appeared across the cloudy sky during our usual Saturday errands. No matter how I angled the camera, the rainbow hovered over a muddy construction site. At least from our view. Ideally, the mud, the puddles of water, and the machinery would be cropped, but the more I looked at the photo, the more they grew on me. If nothing else, the chaos on the ground makes me appreciate the rainbow even more. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Reminds me of life. It’s never perfect, but there’s always a reason to be grateful.

Now, back to the topic, #CheckYourHeart.

First, let me say I had NO INTENTIONS on writing about this, EVER!!

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But since I’m dealing with it at this moment and have had to check my heart, I thought I’d give it a go. I pray this helps whoever needs it. So, here it goes. 🙂

There’s a situation in my life that is very difficult, and I have absolutely no control over it. My natural problem-solving abilities are no match and walking away is not an option. Believe me, I’ve tried. I’ve done nothing to cause this situation except be born, of course, I had no control over that either. LOL This week, I began to feel a bit stressed as I researched, made phone calls, and read stories of other people who are dealing with the same behemoth.

As I thought about the past effort I made to avoid this very situation, anger tried to rear its ugly head. Who am I trying to fool? I got pissed. If the word “pissed” offends you, I’m not sorry, I’m just keeping it real. I said it to God, and I also told Him how much this situation SUCKS!!! But I’ll get back to that in a minute.

I spent a couple of hours trying to figure out a plan. The more I tried, the angrier I became. Every person I spoke to on the phone transferred me to their colleagues in different departments. They all said the same thing which was equivalent to NOTHING. The stories of people in similar situations wrote the same thing, there’s no help for us. Unfortunately, I started to agree with them after all, I hadn’t gotten any closer to a resolution than they did. And that’s when I said, “THIS SUCKS!!!!” Because it does!!!

Then I realized that once again my deeply-rooted, independent, problem-solving self needed to check my heart. Why? Because it’s out of my hands and I have to trust God instead of getting angry and stressed out. I decided to stop making phone calls, close my laptop, and worship the Lord. He’s done so much already, and He’ll Do It Again. I love that song by Elevation Worship. Click the link to listen.

I have no idea how this situation will turn out. However, I do know Jesus is with me every step of the way, and even my most significant challenges are no match for Him. If I depend on Him, I’ll have peace. If I rely on myself, well, I won’t. LOL Two Bible verses came to mind while writing this.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (James 1:2,3)


Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13)

That’s it for now. Short and vague. LOL I look forward to your comments.  🙂

If you find yourself stressed or angry about a tough situation, #CheckYourHeart. He’s got you. Trust Him. I’m not exempt. I’m just . . .

Blogging it out!





Good Old Freedom

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23)

In a world where everything is accepted, personal gain is a dominant driving force, and the goal is stuff, one of the best things you can do on a regular basis is #CheckYourHeart. Whew, that’s a mouth full, but it’s true and for our good. Have you watched or read the news lately? We deal with isms and schisms daily along with our personal challenges. Take all that and then go to work, school or even the grocery store where we encounter other people who are dealing with their own stuff. Our responses are a reflection of what’s in our heart, right?

#CheckYourHeart means precisely what it says. Our feelings/flesh can lead us down a dark path. We have to examine our hearts to make sure God is on the throne. If He is, our actions and reactions will fall in line with His word. If not, well, you know. 🙂

As I mentioned in the previous post, 2018 was one of the most fulfilling years of my life. Most people equate fulfillment with attaining something tangible like a promotion, a raise, a degree, accomplishing a childhood dream, or a championship. Those things are great, and I’ve achieved quite a few throughout my life. But nothing really compares to what I gained throughout last year.

We had the pleasure of seeing a couple we haven’t seen in over two years. They noticed a difference in me in which the husband summed it up as Good Old FREEDOM. freedom

I have to agree with him. Examining my heart led me to that freedom. (#CheckYourHeart) I’m extremely grateful to our Lord, Jesus Christ for freedom in Him!

Confession time! One of the most significant heart issues I had was loving God’s people. Before you gasp, hear me out. 🙂 I loved, but I allowed certain behaviors to hinder that love, and I was comfortable with it. I said things like, “I can’t stand people,” and other variations. I allowed the behavior of people to influence my feelings. I think one of the biggest tricks of the enemy is that he uses valid situations to keep us bound. What do I mean? I’ll tell ya.

Have you ever gone out of your way to help someone in need? Maybe you made a considerable sacrifice to make sure that person had what they needed. Then, POW! That very person intentionally does something hurtful to you. The operative word here is intentional. Maybe what you did for them wasn’t enough in their eyes. Or perhaps someone lied on you or betrayed you. Those are valid situations of hurt in which the enemy can use to keep you bound if you’re not careful. 

The enemy will use ANY opportunity to steal your joy and to change your focus. That’s why you have to #CheckYourHeart even more than you check your phone. HA!! (I’m included.)

Since I’m honest, I’ll tell you this too. I had a terrible habit of venting to other creations. LOL I know that doesn’t make sense yet. Let me explain. One of the reasons it took so long for my heart to heal is that I discussed my situations with people (creations) more than I did with the Lord (Creator). God is the one who made us. He knows us inside and outside. God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s wombs. He is our source and our lifeline. If we’re connecting more with people than we are with God, we will lose our focus. Just about everyone I knew gave me a valid reason to not trust them. I WAS SPENT!! I really don’t know what that means exactly, it’s just something I say about the empty feeling I experienced. 🙂 I was done!! Exhausted! I no longer wanted to interact with people and began to be comfortable in my loveless state of mind. But the word of God says, But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8) 

But I did love God so, I finally asked Him to help me have a heart for ALL people, not just the ones who didn’t get on my nerves. LOL Just keeping it real. It’s tough sometimes, but the ultimate goal is to be obedient.

I love this part!!

About eight months post healing while I was walking Scout, our dog, I began to ask the Lord what He wanted me to tell His people about what I learned during my experience. The answer was clear! Love even when it’s hard for you to love. 

Genuine love. Not that bad thoughts and actions covered by smilingsmiley clap stuff. That’s phony and is a product of our strength. We’re not going to be able to love like Christ through our own strength or with our friends and families. We have to rely solely on the Lord’s divine, infinite power.

I no longer say any variation of “I can’t stand people.” It’s not acceptable in my life anymore and doesn’t reflect Christ. I take my issues straight to my Source. Do I talk to people (creations) about what I’m going through? Yes, of course. The Bible makes it clear that we need each other. My connection with God (Creator) is my priority and is the only way to freedom.

I have so much more to say, but I’ll save it for the next post. 🙂 I’ll leave you with a couple of Bible verses.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6) 

I look forward to reading your comments. That’s my subtle way of asking you to please tell me about a recent #CheckYourHeart experience. We can help each other. 😉

I pray you’re walking in His love, strength, peace and GOOD OLD FREEDOM. Don’t forget to #CheckYourHeart.

I’m not exempt. I’m just . . .

Blogging it out!!



Let the countdown begin!! In less than 100 hours we’ll bid adieu to 2018 and say “happy new year” to everyone we come in contact with for the next couple of months. You know it’s true. Never could figure out the expiration date on the phrase. I usually stop greeting people with it after about a week, but I continue to reciprocate for as long as people say it to me. LOL

How long do you say it?

Anyway, reflection time! Overall, this year has been one of the most fulfilling years of my life. So much so that I’m starting a new blog series called #CheckYourHeart. I thought long and hard about what I should write in this blog. I’ll begin with a confession. One that I pray will help whoever takes the time to read this post. Here goes!

I’ve been a Christian for over two decades and was the biggest sucker-upper.

Sucker-upper: one who sucks up hurt and denies the feeling of pain rather than dealing with it and allowing the Lord to heal his/her heart. 

Not always, but quite often. Sucker-uppers are usually pretty strong people and can take a lot of crap without missing a beat. They disregard their feelings to get the job done and are not big complainers. When they do speak up, aww man!! They usually wish they hadn’t, and so the next time something goes down, THEY SUCK IT UP instead of speaking up to AVOID drama.

That’s not good for the heart, folks. I’m not talking about the hunk of muscle that’s pumping blood throughout the body. I’m talking about the mind or the subconscious. That place where we feel emotions, make decisions, make choices, reason. Know what I mean? I didn’t have a problem with dealing with the big things because they made sense to me. Dealing with people was hands down the most challenging. And since I’m honest, I spent a good 2-3 months being a people pleaser in 2017. If you know me at all, you know I am not a people pleaser by nature. LOL In the whirlwind of sucking it up and people pleasing I lost myself. Something (s) HAD TO CHANGE!!!

I made several necessary changes, but the most important was surrendering to the Lord. Yeah, yeah I thought I had surrendered before, and I did. Don’t forget what the Bible says about dying to self daily, renewing our minds, guarding our hearts, etc. It’s a constant thing. If you think where you are is enough to get you through the rest of your life, think again.

Carnal Justification (I think I just made that up. LOL) blinded me. Everything that pissed me off or caused me pain, I could always find someone who could relate. You know, validating my feelings. Afterward, I would suck it up and carry on as if nothing happened. As for the people who would try to come at me with Christianese or with correction, it went in one ear and out the other. Ever heard of the expression, “Pot calling the kettle black”? My heart wasn’t open to receiving. I’m talking rock solid!! I had a heart condition, but I didn’t see it until I looked harder.

One day in all my fed-up-ness (LOL), I told the Lord, “Okay, okay I give up!! I’m tired of me!!” And the transformation began. What happened, you say?

I realized there were areas in my life where I was comfortable with leaving Jesus out. I DIDN’T SEE IT, THOUGH. Before you start gasping at my ungodly behavior, you may be doing the same thing so get off Seabiscuit. (Your high horse.) LOL

We call them pet-peeves or preferences. I guess they can be harmless, but if they’re keeping you from showing love to others, you may need to #CheckYourHeart. But hey, I’m writing about my experience. I made changes immediately such as:

  • No longer confess pet-peeves like, “I don’t do women because they are messy.” Started going to Women’s fellowship to shock the enemy.
  • Absorb more Jesus than anything. Turned off the TV & shut down social media (Read, study, pray, meditate on the word, etc.)
  • Choose the Word! Character over my feelings no matter the foolishness I faced or heard.
  • Walk in love and offer grace (Grace doesn’t give us a license to sin.)
  • Go to the Creator (God) rather than to other creations (people) for validation.
  • And many, many more!! Daily!!

Two thousand eighteen has been an excellent year for me. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences in the 2019 blog series, #CheckYourHeart. I’m also looking forward to your comments sharing your experiences too. Remember, we are all made in His image, and we all need Him because we are all damaged even if you won’t admit it. I’m not exempt.

I’m just blogging it out, Oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Check out this funny quote. “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” ~Joey Adams


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

May you continue to find hope in our Lord, Jesus Christ. And may His peace be with you and your family as you celebrate His arrival.



I have three questions for you. What irked you today? What was your initial reaction? How did you handle it?

My day started off great and on schedule. I even had time to walk the dog.  I used that time to have a long chat with the Lord. Sang some praise songs and then . . .

WHO LET THEIR DOG POOP IN OUR YARD, AGAIN?!? That was the question that popped into my mind as I looked up and down our street trying to find a medium size dog (according to the size of the doodies) walking with the human being who allowed such a tragedy. Now mind you, I noticed the pile of dog doodie right after I tossed my dog’s doodie into our trash can. (Today is trash day, so our trash can is sitting in front of our house.) I’m not going to lie, seeing that doodie in our grass stirred up a little some anger.

As I reached for the extra poop bags in my pocket, I mumbled to Scout all of my feelings about the person who so rudely left that doodie. Seriously, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to pick up after your dog. But, I get it. Picking up dog doodie is pretty gross, but it comes with the territory, right?

Why do some people think it’s okay to:

  1. Let their dog walk in someone’s yard?
  2. Poop in someone’s yard?
  3. Not pick up after their dog?

I’m not ashamed to tell you that I wasted a little time looking out of my window hoping to see the doodie leaver walk by with their doodie maker. I remembered seeing a guy walking two dogs while I walked Scout and thought I would politely ask him if he was the doodie leaver. THAT’S A LIE!! I wanted to say, “Yo, I caught you, foo. Don’t be letting your dog doodie in our yard!!!!!” LOL

I considered making a “do not leave doodie in my yard” sign. Then I thought I should check with our HOA (Home Owners Association) to see if I could actually put the doodie sign in our yard. Then I thought about posting something on our neighborhood community page about my recent doodie incident. So many things came to mind. Then I realized 30 minutes had gone by.

I had to laugh at myself because I let something minor distract me. The doodie had been done, and there was ABSOLUTELY nothing I could do about it except what I did. I picked up the doodie. LOL I picked up someone else’s mess because I didn’t want it there. I can still try to find a solution but allowing it to distract me from what I needed to do and allowing it to annoy me is something that didn’t have to happen.

So what am I really saying?

Whether they’re planted by the enemy or a test from the Lord, distractions are inevitable. The only thing we can control is our reaction. Don’t get me wrong!! We ain’t called to be punks!! LOL There are times when we will have to deal with stuff, but BEWARE of our desire for instant gratification.

Okay, I’m going to share a funny story that someone told us as an example of instant gratification.

One of the young pastors (not the senior pastor), let’s just call him Pastor N, at our church, told us a hilarious story about how he reacted to someone, let’s call him Dude, who taunted him while he pumped gas one day. After enduring many insults including “big boy,” Pastor N offered Dude a few choice words which included profanity. BOOM, INSTANT GRATIFICATION! Later, when Pastor N told a trusted friend about the incident, although the friend empathized, he said Pastor N was wrong.

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Pastor N knew he was wrong. As he told the story, he confessed that he’s sensitive about his weight and a few things had happened that day that left him distracted and not focused on the Lord. I love his transparency, though. I have great respect for a pastor who’s willing to tell a recent story of transgression. That takes a lot of guts. And it was one of his better sermons if I say so myself. By the way, Dude rolled up his window in fear and drove away.

The commonality in these two stories is disrespect. Pastor N and I felt disrespected, and we both desired to handle the situation to feel better. Here’s the part where people may disagree. As followers of Christ, we should choose character/integrity over our feelings. Again, we’re not called to be punks. But if our actions cause more conflict to feel instantly gratified, then we need to dig a liiiiiiittttlllle deepa (deeper). In other words, we need to check our hearts.

I guess my point is, love even when it’s hard for you to love. We can handle a difficult situation without causing irreparable harm to our character.

Will there be a POOP WARS pt. 2? I sure hope not, but I have a feeling I’ll be scooping poop out of our front yard for as long as we live here. I can’t control what people do, but I can definitely control my actions.

I’m not exempt, I’m just  . . .

Blogging it out. Oh, and don’t forget to tell me what irked you today. By the way, that sign can be purchased at www.dogpoopsigns.com. LOL

I just may buy this, or maybe they’ll send me one for free for promoting their website.











I’m Thankful!!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Psalm 100:4,5)

<In my Michael Bublé voice> It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. LOL 33 days until Christmas, folks. Thanksgiving is just about over, and the shopping has begun. Well, not for us. Toine is watching football, of course, trying not to fall into a food-induced nap, and Scout is right here. scout thanksgiving 2018 🙂 I’m sitting here in front of my laptop thinking about what I’m most thankful for.

It’s simple. I’m thankful that Jesus loves me. Yeah, I know He loves you too, but I’m talking about me right now. LOL No, seriously, there was a time when I didn’t understand how much He loves me like somehow I had to earn His love. Hmmm, maybe I’ll tell you the whole story one day.

For now, I’ll say I’M THANKFUL!!

Just Blogging It Out . . . Oh, and Have a Blessed Weekend!

P.S. I hope you’re still praying for the world.