We’re Living It

 Marrying the right person makes it harder for me to socialize with others. LOL ~Tanya M. Saldana

The above quote is funny and absolutely TRUE!!

Antoine and I just celebrated our nineteenth wedding anniversary on October 16th. That’s right, folks. NINETEEN YEARS!! We thank God every day for blessing us with each other. 🙂 To celebrate, we went camping, one of our favorite activities. RV style, of course, along with our pooch, Scout. scout camping Besides getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we enjoyed hiking, eating, playing games, and listening to hungry coyotes howling right outside our camp. Okay, the howling coyotes part was a bit eerie, but it comes with the territory. 🙂

Toine and I also like to reflect on the previous year and set goals for the next. I think one of the biggest things we noticed about our 18th year of marriage is that we took a lot of time to enjoy our lives. More time than usual I guess because I’m writing about it. LOL We slowed down and made lots of necessary changes. God has truly blessed us for it! You have to get rid of the old to make room for the new. #focuscheck

On another note, my nephew, Brian, called me a few weeks ago to tell me he’s getting married next year. I’m not sure when it happened, but my nephew is a grown man. <sigh> He’s currently in the Navy and living in Honolulu which is where his wedding is going to be. I’m looking forward to it! Anyway, like most married people, I asked if I could give him some unsolicited advice. He quickly said yes, and so I offered him the following three tips:

  • Don’t ever lie to each other and if either of you has lied, come clean now. If you can’t be 100% with the person you’re planning to be with forever, then you shouldn’t get married.
  • And speaking of lies–It isn’t your spouse’s responsibility to make you happy and vice versa. That’s a lie straight out of the pit Hell. (I can say Hell in this context because it’s a place. :)) Going into a marriage with that expectation will land you in a vicious cycle of misery. If you please the Lord and seek Him, your spouse will reap the benefits. Of course, you should love your spouse, be kind, grow closer, etc. But your happiness should not depend on whether or not your spouse is giving gifts or stroking your ego. They’re not God, and neither are you. I know some people may have an issue with this one. Lol
  • Get comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations. I know this is a bit of an oxymoron and may cause you to clench your cheeks, but hear me out. Ha! Things happen that aren’t so pleasant, and we make mistakes. We’re human. Ignoring issues don’t make them disappear. No one likes the tough times, but they sure make us stronger if we stay focused on the Lord. Remember, it’s just a season, not permanent.

Welp, that was it. Yes, I could’ve gone on and on, but the above is what popped in my mind. He’s got a whole lot of married folks in his life who will offer advice. I’m proud of him and will continue to pray for him and his fiancee.

Get a load of this picture of him. It’s part of my refrigerator decor.

 

lil brian
I wonder what he was thinking. LOL

 

Now back to our anniversary. We thank God for our life together and look forward to every minute He gives us. I’m so grateful for the bond we have that is locked solid with Jesus. People often wonder if true love exists. We say, of course. We’re Living It!

 

sunset lake jennings 10-18
Antoine took this picture with his cell phone. Can you believe I forgot my camera? LOL

 

 

Just blogging it out!

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

 

 

Custom-Made

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)

Nothing beats hanging with my hubby and pooch. No frills. Just us, a pooper scooper, and good conversation.

Be thankful and enjoy the blessings God has given you. They were Custom-Made and exactly what you need. Have a wonderful weekend!

Blogging It Out!

P.S.

Continue to pray for the world.

NOW THAT’S LOVE

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. (Matthew 28:5,6)

Today is a reminder that there’s always hope in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Trust Him!! He made the ultimate sacrifice for us. NOW THAT’S LOVE!!

HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY!!

Just blogging it out!

P.S. Continue to pray for the world.

 

 

We Believe

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21)

If you’ve never read any of my blog posts, I pray you will take a minute to read this one.

I met the guy in the photo, Gene Vantrease, over twenty years ago at a church I attended in Chicago, Illinois. As a matter of fact, he was a cast member in one of the first stage plays I wrote and I’m pretty sure we got on each other’s nerves. LOL

Unfortunately, in 2013 Gene suffered a stroke, which left him paralyzed. For almost five years, he has been praying and working hard to regain his mobility. His goal is to walk before the end of 2018, but extra therapy sessions are needed to accomplish his goal.

Will you please join my husband, Antoine, and me in helping Gene reach his $4000 goal to pay for the extra therapy sessions? No amount is too small. Click here to give.

Gene has been diligent in posting his progress on Facebook along with a short video on the GoFundMe page. My husband and I usually give anonymously, but for the sake of this post, we’ve decided to give publicly to encourage others to give. We know Gene is going to walk again because We Believe in the power mentioned in the scripture above.  Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post.

God bless you!

Just blogging it out!

P.S. Please pray for Gene and continue to pray for the world.

 

 

Get To Steppin’!!

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages of the world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21)

I couldn’t let this month end without posting about the awesomeness of Jesus. The short version is: He can and He will. Everyone’s story is different, so embrace yours. It’s up to you to finish and try not to tell your story too soon. Okay, the inspiration for the last statement is one of my favorite stories in the old testament: Elisha and the Shunammite woman. I’m sure you’ve read it, but if you have some extra time, reread it. (2 Kings 2 & 8) You can even share your thoughts if you’d like.

Anyway.

Stay encouraged while you encourage someone else. There’s a whole lot of people out there waiting for you to cross their path, so GET TO STEPPIN’!! 🙂

I’m not exempt. I’m just . . .

Blogging it out . . . Oh, and Happy Wednesday!!

#Prayfortheworld

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalm 34:8)

Happy New Year! One week down and 51 weeks to go. In case you’re wondering, there are 325 days until Thanksgiving and 351 days until Christmas. 🙂 I hope you’ve had a blessed first week of 2018.

Well, I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, and my goals are pretty much the same. However, shortly after I woke up last Monday, the 1st, I had an incredible urge to clear our house of everything we’re not using, a task that would take about a week to complete. Literally! LOL It felt good, though. I found old pictures, awards, souvenirs, and old letters/cards. I also found journals from years ago. Now, that’s entertainment. Ha! My primary goal was to donate the new and slightly used items and throw the rest away. The featured picture is what’s going into the trash. Of course, we kept everything we love.

Although we’re not super-hoarders, we were slowing becoming prisoners of the “we may need it later” statement, especially since we have a lot of space. Know what I mean? You keep something just in case you or someone else may need it later. Yeah, I thought about sifting through that stuff plenty of times, but the idea of doing it was overwhelming. That is until last Monday. I ran across an interesting quote by author, Francine Jay:

“Your house is living space, not storage space.”

True!! It feels good to have the extra space again. And I no longer have to tell guests not to open the closet. LOL

closet

Seriously, decluttering was liberating and even a bit therapeutic. If you’ve noticed your closets are filling up with stuff you may need later, consider donating or just throwing it away. Of course, decluttering isn’t limited to things. We should all ask the Lord to help us declutter our lives. We can do it at any time, but since it’s a new year, there’s no better time like the present. Right? Antoine and I got rid of a lot, but we know the Lord is in control and we’re trusting Him, completely.

That’s about it for my first blog post of 2018. I pray we’ll all draw closer to God, seek His face in everything we do, live purposefully, and Live a Big Day Everyday!

I’m not exempt. I’m just . . .

Blogging it out!! Oh, and Happy 2nd week of 2018!!

Continue to pray for the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Right now, we’re watching A Christmas Story on TNT. Ralphie just decoded his Little Orphan Annie message. His father is trying to fix the furnace and his mother just broke the leg lamp. LOL Watching this movie reminds me of Christmas when I was a kid. It was all about receiving as many gifts as I could. I think we received the first Christmas catalog in the mail in September and I believe it was from Sears. The closest I got to a sermon about the real meaning of Christmas was Linus’ speech in A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s funny, but I’m TOTALLY serious.

Of course, as an adult, things are different. Although we know Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th or even in the winter, we celebrate the fact that He was indeed born and He is our hope. So now, for me, it’s not about presents. It’s about His presence in my life. See what I did there? LOL

I pray you’re having a blessed time with your friends and family. Even though the holiday season is considered the most wonderful time of the year, most of us have some form of drama going on in our lives. (I didn’t say you’re affected by it, I said it’s there.) If you don’t have your own, just watch the news. My point is, we all have something going on that can upset us. But there’s ALWAYS HOPE IN OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST and it goes beyond the end of the year.

May you carry the hope of Christ with you everyday of your life.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Just blogging it out!!

 

2017 Christmas blooper with Scout
Scout doesn’t like the camera.