Every year I try to journal what I’m thankful for. This year, it just felt like the same old song and dance. Womp womp wooooomp. Yes, I’m thankful the Lord has sustained us, our family is in good health, we have a lovely home, we’ve made some new friends since moving, the kids have transitioned VERY well to their new school, etc. But still, something was missing. UNTIL. Until y’all. I’ve been journaling, blogging and writing for YEARS. For over a decade. But I’ve wanted to do more. Go bigger. I’ve started an outline for a book. I’ve started a small group. But recently I’ve finally been afforded an opportunity, a forum, the chance to really do what I’ve wanted to do for so long and I’m sooooooooo THANKFUL. Even if it doesn’t work out (which I’m praying it will), even if it doesn’t bear the fruit I’m hoping for (though I’m praying it will), just being given the opportunity was the little “pat on the back” I’ve prayed for, hoped for, and wanted for years and years. So for 2019, I want to say that I’m thankful for each of you that have read my blogs, shared my blogs, and encouraged me along the way. I’m so very thankful that I’m able to pursue my personal passions and use my God given gifts and talents in this manner. Thank you all.
Kanye West has been in the news almost daily since his faith conversion and the release of the Jesus is King album. Which got me thinking about some of the other secular artists who share spiritual messages in their music like Avril Lavigne.
A few months ago a neighbor was over and we were playing some of our new favorite music and she showed me this video. I had not really listened to Avril Lavigne since the Skater Boi area but I sure do now. Here is the video she showed me: I Fell In Love With the Devil by Avril Lavigne. The very first line says “Angels and Devils fight over me” and she continues to sing about falling in love with the devil. Any female who has ever fallen for the wrong guy will totally understand that song. But this actually isn’t the song that GOT ME and made me take notice of how spiritual some of her new music is now. This one. This one all day. It’s Head Above Water.
I host a secular blended family small group and this song immediately made me think of some of the ladies in that group. One had a stem cell transplant this year and is battling cancer, one lost an adult son, one lost her husband. I could see their faces in my mind when Avril sang “God, keep my head above water”. Sometimes this faith walk is absolutely victorious and you’re having a power house day, week or month but other times you’re doing good to just breath air, right?
I’m not sure who else needed to hear this song or see this video, but this blog has been nagging at me for DAYS so if it’s you, enjoy.
Coffee cheers your way peeps.
I was chatting with the God of the Universe the other day just thanking Him for sustaining me, blessing me, and mentioned that I would just like to hit PAUSE on this moment in life for a few minutes. It was one of those days where the sun seemed to shine brighter, I’d slept great, I was fully content and just so unbelievably thankful for making it through some of the darkest moments of my life. It was a … I am HEALED moment. And I loved that.
Then I remembered that little Prayer of Jabez book I read 15-20 years ago but had forgotten about. Yet there I was remembering that God HAS truly blessed me indeed, enlarged my territory, and kept me from evil. As a human, sometimes we cause others pain and sometimes we endure pain from others. But God y’all. He really does use all things for our good and doesn’t allow the dark times of life to take us over. Though we WALK THROUGH the valley of the shadows of death, He is not only with us but blesses us whether we deserve it or not. Mercy. Grace. Love. Again and again. I am so glad that I’m no longer agnostic and remember that God is Real.
I went to my annual Women’s Wellness Visit at the clinic a few months ago and found out that my Vitamin D level was extremely low. My doc prescribed me a very large dose of prescription Vit D for 2 months followed by the reminder that I need to continue taking OTC Vit D combined with exposure to sunlight (20-30 minutes a few times a week while using sunscreen of course and avoiding prolonged exposure …. yada yada yada).
I found it interesting that sunlight is so good for your Vitamin D levels so I did what any modern day woman would… “Hey Siri, look up vitamin D and sunlight” and found this article about how Vitamin D is called the Sunshine Vitamin.
And then I remembered Hubs used to say that all plants, tress, and living things grow toward the sun (all life points back to the sun) like eternal life points back to The Son. We need the sun and we need The Son.
I’ve heard that before but the doctor’s appointment was just a little reminder to always remember that. Sometimes it’s the daily life lessons that mean so much.
Iced Tea Cheers Your Way~
Hubster and I decided to move this summer so that our future high school freshman can start school at a smaller, different campus than the huge one we are currently zoned in. We LOVE our current house. It was actually our dream home and we fully intended it to be our “forever home” but the kids are really needing a school campus change. We are all needing a change. So we sat down to talk and discussed the things we’d change or add to our new dream home if we could (things like no carpet in the living area due to our dog, an extra parking space so kids and guests don’t have to park in the street, a bench in the shower so I can stop shaving my legs on the shower floor, etc.) And low and behold, the VERY FIRST house we looked at had just about every single thing we had said we wanted and needed as well as 3-4 other personal touches that Hubs and I had mentioned “would be nice” to have (like a desk area in the open living area, a closet in the office, etc.) and it really made me think…
We sometimes eavesdrop on our kids to see what they are saying. One day we overheard one of the kids say he really wanted to save the money to buy a certain item. Then a few months later, that’s exactly what we gave him for his birthday gift. He was so excited! As parents, we knew the desires of the child’s heart and decided to give him that gift knowing how thankful he would be (for the moment anyway haha).
So, what if God overheard our conversation on the patio that evening and just so happened to lead us to that particular house, in that particular school, in that particular neighborhood knowing that it would be the perfect place and perfect home for us for this season of life? What if God is an eavesdropping Father – like we are – who decided to bless us just because He can?
And if that is the case, isn’t that the sweetest, best thing ever?
Coffee cheers your way 🙂
I found myself reading Psalms 35 (NLT version) again this week and just love it. It showed up in a social media memory so I pulled it up again and, without fail, I find something that applies to daily life each and every time.
Do you ever feel like someone has tried to trap you? I sure have. People – if you let them – will push, push, push, push, poke and then when you finally respond or snap they sit back and say “haha… got ya”. I’m learning through trial and error, life experience, and life lessons to STOP RESPONDING to people whose only goal is to do me and my family harm. Instead, I’m attempting to – very imperfectly – turn my frustration into prayer.
Psa 35: O Lord, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me… Prepare for battle and come to my aid. Lift up your spear and javelin against those who pursue me… humiliate those who want to harm me. Blow them away like chaff in the wind – a wind sent by the angel of the Lord. Make their path dark and slippery… let sudden ruin come upon them! Let them be caught in the trap they set for me! Malicious witnesses testify against me (oh yes, I’ve been lied about in court more than once…). Repay me evil for good… Rescue me from their fierce attacks. Protect my life from these lions!
I think we all have lions and enemies. If that’s you or you are going through a major trial or struggle, check out Psalms 35. Hopefully it will give you as much peace as it gives me during the treacherous moments.
Coffee cheers your way.