Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, April 20, 2018

A day off

I decided to take today off from work. I am spending the day in the sunshine, doing things i love, with people i love.

I don’t like to describe myself as tired or exhausted but i feel like that is my current state. I fell asleep under the dryer i was so tired while getting my hair done today. I don’t even remember thinking “I’m tired”

My car is a mess, I’ve got a pile of clothes that need to be put away. This is my real life people and it ain’t pretty 

I took a week off from the gym because i just can’t get up in the morning and there is no time at night.

There’s a good chance you’ll find me on belle isle walking or sleeping in my car.

I’m taking the day off because frankly i might not make it one more day. Not dramatic just truthful. 

So far I’ve loved spending time working on the park with some of the greatest people i know❤️

Here’s to a good day!

Sending love!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Staying Afloat

My life isn't without the absence of troubles. 

I promise you, I'm in over my head.  Way over my head. 

I feel like someone swimming, treading water, in rough seas, and every so often something comes by like a bully at a pool and pushes me under.

When I think about all that is going on, I sing, I remember the Word's of God, and I just keep going and hold my breath as the water and troubles try to take me down.

In our old house I literally had scripture written on pieces of paper, index cards.  The one of above the toilet was this:

 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

I have literally read it 1000s of times.  And I remember it when things get too tough, I say... God, give me Your peace. 

When I think I am not strong enough to deal with whatever is next, I remember this:

2 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Most days I don't even know how I am getting through them.  Today it was another phone call, another decision. 

I have no power at home but there are worse things.  I promise you, I can go to a warm place whether it's a hotel or a family member's house, and I am pretty sure I have 100s of people I could call to stay at their house. 

So yes, this life is not without trouble, but most importantly it is filled with more love than I deserve.

I will remember this scripture too

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:20

This world may be filled with trouble, but it is filled with love, and that's life I choose to live.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

From Sunday to Sunday

Last week around This time i was driving over to pick up my daughter to possibly say good bye and i loveyou to her grandfather for the last time. I expected to be awaken in the middle of the night by a phone call telling me my dad was “gone”

I can’t even explain to you the past week, I’ve been a walking zombie. 

But God. 

So it’s been raining for the last couple days and we don’t have power. 

I’d like to just say that this inconvenience is nothing compared to last week. 

I realized i can’t open the garage door because we don’t have power and don’t have another way in so i couldn’t get to the coolers i was praising God earlier for. But for some reason i had some of those big drink coolers in the basement and we have storage containers and lots of ice and we will make due. 

My kitchen countertops were supposed to be done yesterday so everything is out of them and my kitchen (besides the coolers and Ice) looks like a giant disarray.

And you know what? 

I’m sitting here, typing away, thankful. 

We’ve got clothes and clean water, and food and a grill and places we could go if we needed. And even if i had to throw away all the food in or fridge and freezers, i can afford to buy everything to replace it. There have been times in my life when i couldn’t say that.

We have each other. 

And the creator of the universe loves us.

Like most days, there’s nothing to complain about. People matter, things don’t.

“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
Psalms 119:37 ESV

Friday, April 13, 2018

Governor race! And the water crisis

We have an election for governor coming up, so I’ve been doing my research.

I hated having to vote for a President, both candidates sucked pond water.

There are a few issues that are important to me.

One of them is clean water. I think our current governor and Lt Governor should have to bathe and drink water full of lead until they fix the problem.

There are 18 candidates running for Governor.

I emailed all 18 asking for their plan to fix Michigan’s water crisis after reading this article:

Guess how many responded? 2

One within 24 hours and had a plan
One said we needed to do something about it, no plan.

There are important issues to each of us. Maybe water isn’t important to you (if ask you to try living without it for a week if you think it’s not.

Ask those running for state reps, governors, etc what they believe and how they are going to execute.

This is no time to sit by the sidelines and hope these politicians are going to represent us.

If you’d like to know my findings, you can message me privately.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Even tired i can see God’s masterpieces

Today is a rest day from the gym. Not because i wanted it to be, people, I’m tired.

People are worried about me and quite frankly maybe they should be. Im so tired 

Not like oh i need a good nights sleep more like i need a good weeks sleep.

I’m doing my best to keep it together and put clean clothes on everyday. I don’t even say crazy because i know i can get my point across without it (Plus i will reserve it for when i really need it).

There isn’t much anyone can do for
Me (thanks everyone for asking).  Getting texts from people who love me really is just what i need to feed my weary heart and body.

I’m trying to drink water and make good food choices.  

Please keep praying.

I do see God’s blessings all over the place... look at the sky. It’s a masterpiece 🎨 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Chicken Veggie Gumbo

My friend Netta is an inspiration to me in so many ways.  Sunday, I found myself following her advise of breathing in the name of Jesus when I was stressed out. Jes (in) - us (out).  She used to update a blog with funny things and recipes and meal plans (I miss it).  One recipe she made that I loved can be found here --->

I adapted it a little and made it this week!  So good!!

CHICKEN GUMBO (Chilton Style)
1 onion chopped
1-2 Tbl minced garlic
2 carrots, sliced thin
3 stalks of celery, sliced thin
1 lb. pkg frozen sliced okra
1 quart size can of tomatoes
1 bag of cauliflower rice
2 cans water
1 Maggi boullion cube
1 pound of chicken
2 T of Tony's Creole seasoning

Stove Top instructions:
In a stock pot cook thawed chicken, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic on high for several minutes.

Add all other ingredients and cook on low 1-2 hours

Saturday, April 07, 2018

The swipe

I know a lot of people who have been successful at on line dating. I don’t happen to be one of them unless you count the lessons I’ve learned.

Recently I’ve used Bumble which i didn’t think was that bad. Define bad 😂

However i was listening to something... podcast, sermon, or radio and the speaker talked about how flippant we swipe left and right and how whether we do it on purpose we devalue people.

For me, a light bulb 💡 went off. It hit me right in the gut. I don’t EVER, in ANY way, want to devalue anyone.

It was true. Don’t like this - left, don’t like that - left. Like this or that - right. Won’t even talk about the crazy after I’ve started talking to someone. So i deleted my Id and the app

I know plenty of people that on line dating has worked for, i just don’t happen to be one of them. I guess, I’ll wait to meet someone in person

To be honest, i don’t want to be devalued either. I’m the daughter of the King!  I always want to remember that!