Passion



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)


Saturday, October 31, 2015

31 days of love - from Colorado

So it's been a great 4 days! Love and friendship and visits are more than just sight seeing... It's living real life.

Picking up the boys from school, great snuggles, youth ministry, Big Party, movies, and Halloween trick or treating. 

It has been some great days. Days that I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures. 

Today the boys and I had our normal trip to the movies and lunch. We went to see Hotel Transylvania 2 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) and Chic fil a (with a stop for noodles for Levi). Now, I'm the Auntie, so we also had giant slurpees, chocolate covered marshamallows (with sprinkles), and popcorn... And we rode the escalator up and down for no reason (seriously we did, because they like it). And while that was all fun and good, Levi and I sat a snuggled in the booth while Judah and Zion played was one of my favorite moments of the day. We talked about life :) and I told him about 15 things I really loved about him.  And then later trick or treating, I got to snuggle with Judah and another time Zion. 

Colorado is one of the most beautiful places that I've ever been, the landscape is MAGNIFICENT!!! But the truth is that the best view is up close with three boys... Telling them I love them so so so so much. Or driving around with my friend talking about real life. 

Coming here is so good for my heart. It's not about seeing new things it's about living life with my friends even if i have to get on a plane to do so. The truth is our houses may be far apart but our hearts are always joined  together. 

Sending love from Colorado!

Meal planning - November 1 - 13

Sunday (1) - crockpot chicken cacciatore (Phyllis putting it in the crockpot so we have dinner when I get home)

Monday (2) - eggplant parm at bible study 

Tuesday (3) - chicken tacos 

Wednesday (4) - beans and rice (Haitian style)

Thursday (5) - lettuce wraps (leftovers from freezer)

Friday (6) - stirfry

Saturday (7) - gluten free version of this...  http://www.skinnymom.com/recipe-chicken-pasta-primavera/

Sunday (8) - Haitian chicken & rice

Monday (9) - Mbk (leftovers)

Tuesday (10) - crockpot meal (pork & cilantro freezer meal)

Wednesday (11)  - rice and beans

Thursday (12) - leftovers

Friday (13) -  http://www.skinnymom.com/feta-stuffed-chicken/

Saturday - ? 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

31 days of Love - Loving the Sabbath


Loving God is easy, right, it’s not hard to love someone who loved you first.

But this Sabbath thing kicks my butt! It’s a lesson that’s been  something I’ve had a hard time with… I don’t know how… to make it work

I know it’s what I need.  I know rest is good, but how does one work full time and serve and run a household and take a full day Sabbath.  I mean I guess if you count my errand day my day off, then sure… but that is not really rest.

And maybe I shouldn’t care, but I feel like when something stumps me, I have got to work on it until I get it.  Especially is God has said so.  Because, well, afterall, He’s the boss of me.

So I did like I always do in the end of one month, I make the calendar for the next month on the Dry Erase board (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!)  And I looked at it, and you know what I noticed??

Monday is my Courage Girls.

Tuesday sometimes is MBK (My Brother’s Keeper)

Thursday is EQUIP/Cleaning the church

Friday there is no telling… 

Saturday and Sundays are just busy handling life stuff!!

Wednesdays. There is nothing on Wednesdays after work! 

It might not be perfect or the exact “law” that was originally intending but it’s a start.  Isn’t that the best place to begin is at the start? : )

I know that if I want to make changes that last I stick… little by little.

 

It’s not hard to do the things the person who loves you most, asks you to do.  It’s called love.

And it’s not hard to love someone who loves us first

Doesn’t that sound GLORIOUS!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Lessons from someone who loved me

Be faithful with what you have...

My Aunt Dee could make a meal that was the best you ever tasted with 2 pieces of asparagus, some milk, and some salt and pepper.

She taught me about the deliciousness of making dinner "in season". 

I think of anyone taught me the value in a little adds up along the way it was my aunt dee. There might be a little meat leftover, freeze it, then next time, a little left over... And then before you know it, you've got a feast.

Isn't it true that's how it works... Every month we put a little away, and before you know it, you've got a nice little nest egg.

I can't say I'm always the best at this but I try. And then try again... Until I get it. 

I think that there are so many lessons that come from food. I learn some of my best lessons from cooking!

Monday, October 19, 2015

write31 - 31 days of love... in a song


Hillsong has always been one of my favorite Christian artists.  Their music has always taken my heart to a place that loved God and needed to express it but couldn’t find the words.

But there are times when I ride the struggle bus, I don’t believe the truth about what God says about me (I’m a Masterpiece!! Eph 2:10 NLT), or sometimes doing the right thing isn’t always easy, or maybe I don’t want to wait… or maybe I don’t want to be kind…  and I have a few go-to songs that remind me who I am, and who I want to be, and who God is to me (EVERYTHING).  Sometimes I have to listen to the songs more than once, but this song… it takes me to a place, a place when I remember.  And maybe I sing the chorus quietly the first time around but by the second time… I’m belting it out. 

You see I love Jesus, and He loves me.  But sometimes I forget how much (On both accounts) or maybe I’d rather do what’s easy, for just a second, but I know that when my heart is stirring, when its uncomfortable, worshipping Jesus through song, takes me to that place.  When I remember.

This song…  it takes me to a place, a Good Friday service, when we sang this song all the services, and each time, it was like this giant build up in my heart that just screamed it out. 

Man, I love Jesus, I just really do.

I’ll stand, my soul to You surrendered, because all I am is Yours, and that’s enough.



You stood before creation
Eternity in your hand
And You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand
You stood before my failure
And carried the cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon your shoulders
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart oh God
Completely to you

So I walk upon salvation
Your spirit alive in me
This life to declare your promise
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart oh God
Completely to you

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart oh God
Completely to you

So I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all
So I'll stand
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is yours

So I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all
So I'll stand
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is yours

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart oh God
Completely to you

Sunday, October 18, 2015

31 days of love - the Sabbath

God has a funny way of getting my attention.

Thursday nights we have prayer night called Equip. Every week someone new leads it. I seriously love it so much, hearing other people's hearts. 

Last Thursday Chris lead it. He introduced us to three different types of prayers and one was just to throw praises up at God (my translation). But can I tell you? It was the sweetest time with God. I was so tired, it was such a crazy day, and all I did was tell God I loved Him. Not for any reasons, just that I love Him and I can't do life without Him.

I knew that today was gonna be a rough sermon because I ride the struggle bus to the Sabbath. I do try to rest but since April I have not taken a Sabbath. It was Sunday's before I committed to a church again, I took my Sunday's at home, relaxed.

Now I am committed to my church and that means "I am in" and I serve on Sunday's (because I love it!!!) but that also means that Sunday's are not a day of rest. At least not the full day at least.

So today we had this amazing service, and let me tell you, I've heard MANY sermons about the Sabbath. I've read about it, but this time maybe my heart just knows it's time. It's time to really take the sabbath seriously. I'm not sure how. 

Serve on Sundays, work Monday through Friday, and Saturdays are used for errands.

But there were some things that made me just stop in my tracks. 

"The sabbath is Gods way of bringing us back to the reality that we are nothing without Him".

It's so true... I am nothing without Him. And our pastor also said "if you can't turn off from what you think that gives you value, you will never turn on to what actually gives you value.

For a long time I really struggled and still do when people say "you're awesome" for what I do, not for who I am because who I am. And really I don't think I'm all that awesome anyway lol, but people who are doers, busy, are known for what they can get done. And for a long time that was me, I found value in what I accomplished, which isn't really true anymore of me.

The truth is God is clear about the Sabbath, and it's for my own good, and God loves me, and even God took a rest so who do I think I am to think I don't need a rest. On the 7th day He rested, for Himself. And I haven't yet figured out how but I love God and if He says it's important, than it is, and I don't get to choose how I follow, I'm either in... Or out... And I'm in.  All in.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

31 days of love - loving like a parent

A lot of people ask me what I think will save the city. (And by "the city" I always mean Detroit). 

Relentless Love

Nothing else.

The kind of love that those really great parents you hear about have for their kids.

The kind of parents that go without, they sacrifice, they give, they never give in to that "I'll never be good enough" mentality.  The kind of parents who lean on God and say to themselves when they are tired and the laundry has to be done "suck it up buttercup"

The kind of love that when they're  tired of whatever is going on they say "I Loveyou everyday no matter what". The kind of love that gets its strength from God. The kind of love that looks at a picture drawn by a 5 year old and sees a masterpiece. The kind of love that says "knock it off with your poor choices, you're better than that". 

The city needs the kind of love that is compassionate and gritty.  It's needs long hug kind of love. The kind you know it when you feel it. A genuine kind of love that loves the sparkle but knows it has a beautiful heart in the hardest times. 

It needs the kind of love that earns it. The kind of love that doesn't wait for someone else to do it. The kind of love that strives to be better. The kind of love that invests, not just gives. Even when money is involved, it's given with love, no expectation of return on investment, and if there is its the kind that's paid forward not back. There is no entitlement in that kind of love from anyone.

I think of my own dad, I can tell you a million times he could have given up, and maybe a lesser man would not have stepped up to the single dad challenge of his only living daughter. The man endured more heartbreak than anyone should have to. But that's the hand he was dealt. And then add that I was a heartbroken girl who didn't know what to do with all that hurt and was quite a handful. And then came home with a "surprise" and my dad said "I'll support any choice you make" and that gave me enough strength to make the right choice. And life has not always been easy, but love often isn't. My dad taught me by example what it's like to love, to work hard, to sometimes endure to ride out the big wave coming right at you. My dad loves with a relentless love. And he passed that on to me. 

As a parent we don't always know what to do, but I know this, we do what we can.  So what do I think will change the city? 

Relentless Love.

The city needs the love of a Father, the kind of Father that would sacrifice it all.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

31 days of love! A friend who loves!



I’ve been sick and haven’t written, and I am not gonna stress about it…  But this morning I was praying for my friend Katie on my way to work and I was thinking about how no one (except maybe God) loves better than Katie.

I was thinking about how she has loved me and walked with me through the ugliest times in my life.  How in one of my darkest hours she said to me “I loveyou every day, no matter what”.  And those words, probably saved my life in more ways than one.

I remember the time when I was dreaming about being married and she said “can I come to your wedding?”  LOL like she wouldn’t be invited.

And I remember right before she moved, I went over her house trying to suck up every bit of her friendship before she left for Colorado… and every time I looked at her, she was crying. And we all know, I am a crier…  I was trying so hard not to cry, and there she was… and to ensure I was gonna be at Zion’s birthday she had him ask “Auntie Margie, will you come to my birthday party?”  Oh, that was ruthless, but she knew, there was no way I was saying no to that face or that sweet sweet voice. 

In just 13 short days I will be in Colorado visiting my friends who are family to me, and I can’t wait!

There are people in your life that you just can’t thank God for enough, the kind that love and live and breathe Jesus. The kind that teach us about grace, and the kind who offer it to us, so that we can learn to receive it so that we are able to give it.

Thank you my friend!  I loveyou. And thanks for loving me.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Write 31 - His great Love for us (and socks)

Yesterday I had one of the worst migraines I can remember having.  Not only did my head feel like it was going to gush out my ears while my head simultaneously cracked open and my left eye exploded... I couldn't get warm. 

My feet were so cold. I just felt like a big pile of frozen poop.

Let me tell you I was surrounded by friends in a beautiful house.  I had access to blankets! Socks! Medicine! A bed, a couch....  So as bad as I felt, I know it could have been so much worse! 

Even in the midst of my splitting headache, I was greatful.

I started thinking about so many people without socks. Maybe it's because I bought socks for homeless people instead of buying my friend a gift, well, I bought him a gift that was going to be given away. A pair of socks that I'll pray for my friend and his family and the receiver. 

But just imagine, it's getting cold... Winter is coming and it's only going to get colder.  Imagine cold feet. Seriously cold feet suck, and maybe I'm just super simple but when I put on a pair of warm new socks, for a minute all seems right in the world.

Even with a headache (I still have it!) I'm so thankful. I'm thankful for this weekend, I'm thankful for friends, and headaches subsiding, I'm thankful for warm socks, a place to go home to, a beautiful daughter who will be there, and I'm thankful for the Father's great Love for me.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1 NIV

Friday, October 09, 2015

31 days of love - Better together

This morning I went for a walk. It was a beautiful day for a walk. I mean I could have walked a lot faster however I kept stopping to take pictures. 

I prayed for so many and for directions. I thought about the past summer and so much that it held. I thought about hot summer rain, and hot days when the garden was starved for water. I wondered what lessons would come from the garden because I know God, He's teaching me so much about relationship even more than task. That getting things done are so important but people, people are what really matter.

Today as I walked I looked at all the different trees and flowers and I thought... All the differences, they are better together. 

I thought of those really skinny trees that grow in sandy soil. All alone, they don't do much... They aren't strong enough to withstand the wind and storm, but together they are better.  They can stand together, provide shelter, and grow together.

We are better together. We weren't made to go it alone. That was the best lesson I learned from that garden. 

I loved this quote from this new book by Kara Tippetts called "just show up" which after 3 pages... I LOVE!!!

Friends. Community. It is the only way to know and be known. It's where we see our own humanity and frailty, our gifts and our weaknesses. When we show up for one another, we invade each other in love and become witnesses to the truth that trials and sickness and pain are not the whole story. There's more, so much more. We can remind one another that our lives are not a mistake. And most importantly, that we are loved with an everlasting love. ~Kara tippets #justshowup 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

31 days of love - buckets weekend


Even though we didn't plan this trip until the last minute, i hoped(!!!!) we'd go, and here we are. 

This is a silly thing to pray for when there is so much need out there. People are sick, souls are lost, addiction... You know, I don't have to tell you, but I prayed for this trip and almost screeched (ok maybe I did) when I got the "hey so are you in?" Email. But sometimes my soul just needs a break, rest, laughter, friendship. I know...

But we are leaving today, and I hoped, I waited with great expectation, for this trip! I've had it counted down in my phone for awhile. And here we are!!!! It's "we're actually leaving day" and our friends from Florida are here too!!!

I can't help but think of that song "I have decided" (it's a long funny story)... To follow Jesus, though none will follow... The best part is that these friends, my empty bucket family, they don't follow, they walk the journey with me!

Love... 

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Write31 - Love packages


Love God, Love people.

I have to answer for a lot of things in my life but I do not want to answer for this…

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:34-46)
 
Today I saw this picture on FB about a care package for homeless people.  I love this!  Things they need, and some good stuff.  Who doesn’t like a package of applesauce :) or a warm hands and feet? 

It’s getting cold, and it’s only going to get colder.  I love the City of Detroit, but you know what I love more?  It’s people.  His people.  I can’t bring every homeless person to my house and cloth and feed them, but those who come into my sight, I can give them a bag of love. 

So instead of presents, I want things to fill up these bags.  I’d like to make 400.  100 for every month to give away.  That seems a lot but not really.  I can’t do it alone, but I know I am not alone, because I know together we are better so I know I don’t have to…  I’ve already reached out to people for toothbrushes and toothpaste, crackers and peanut butter, and applesauce, and other things needed J

I am excited to see God move <3 o:p="">

Write 31 - Day 5 (late) Gotta get this right!


Day 5 and I already messed up… 
Love… thank goodness it forgives.  So to make up for yesterday’s post, I will write about what I shared at the prayer meeting on 10-1-15. 

I'm so jacked up. I mean like I have a terrible temper, I make poor choices... I love Jesus and yet sometimes if my insides were changed my outsides wouldn't be this way.... So the deal is that I think everybody's got something. And the church has gotten a terrible wrap because in some ways we deserve it. As a whole we can be judgmental, and I'm sorry if that offends you, but if you've got Facebook you see how hateful the world can be, or maybe it's just me. I don't know, and I don't mean to put my own "things" on any of you, but sometimes I'm just a jerk, oh if you don't believe me, just leave knives full of peanut butter and jelly or nasty dirty dishes in the sink downstairs and watch...

All that to say that I strive to be more like Jesus.

I want to Love God and love people.  And I want to do that well because isn't that what God called us to do?  I want to get that right, and even if I love and somehow get it wrong, I want to know I did all I could to love someone.  One of my favorite sayings is “I’ll never be sorry I loved”

I want to reach people, I want them to know Jesus.  I want them to know that God loves them no matter what, like somehow if He can love someone like me, He can love them too, I always hope to lead people to see all Jesus can do, experience His grace, and let Him do that saving. 

I want to give up all the things in my life that doesn’t make me like Jesus.  I want to give up all the things that don’t point others towards Jesus.  And so about 3 years ago, I started studying the fruit of the spirit.  Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and SELF CONTROL. Those things, they attract Jesus. 
I’m not at all perfect, but He, He is.
So on Sunday's I walk around the neighborhood and chat it up with God about the people in our neighborhood. How do we reach them? What can I do?  I've had mornings when I've seen no one, mornings where I almost had to change my pants because some dog scared me, or there was one morning that I spent with an abuelo and two kids, and taught the little boy a very important life skill... How to spit. Me and my broken crappy Spanish. I offered talk to the cashiers at e&l and ask them how they really are... They always ask me if I live around here, i point to courage and say "that's my church, I hope to live here soon" sometimes they look at me weird.  I’m proud to be a part of this church, we are small but mighty.

One of the things I pray for when I walk around the neighborhood is that we are a beacon of hope for the people around our church, jobs and restaurants are great, and that provision from God is needed but people need Jesus, and so that's how I want us to pray tonight. That we set aside all the stuff in our lives, to become more like Jesus, and shine Him and let Him get to saving.

I take seriously love one another. Even if I get it wrong, there's a lesson in how not to do it next time.  But I still struggle.  It’s hard when people aren’t nice, or the fake homeless people on the side of the freeway.  I know that so many people need help in so many ways but sometimes, a lot of times, I am a jerk.  Its easy to love a child, but for me it’s much harder to love someone who lies straight to our faces, is dirty (or not), but they need Jesus too.  I gotta get this part.  I gotta love, no matter what. Me smaller, Him greater like it says in John 3:30.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

31 days of love!!! MY CHURCH!!!

I LOVE MY CHURCH!!!

And today I'm reminded why I love my church or at least one reason.

“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.””
Matthew 22:37-40 NIV

I love that my church is a church that accepts people right where they are (and today it meant that I could attend in running pants and a sweatshirt after doing a 5k with friends) and that our church (everyone in it) loves people enough to not leave them where they are. 

One the pastors speaks truth. It might be hard for people to hear but if we want to love Jesus with our whole hearts and lives, we've got to hear the parts of the bible that help us to really open us up to the parts that will take our brokenness and find healing in Him.  Today's message was no exception. Funny how we (I) can struggle with something just 4 days before and God says "here's what's My Word says about your struggle, and here's now you're going to be healed of that struggle." It's not hard but it does take obedience (and self control). 

Today in the message our pastor reminded us "It's getting colder. It's only going to get colder."

The reality of our lives is that there is never on absence of need. But God is the God of abundance.

I want to love open heartedly and open handedly. And In that I have to remember that all I have is His, and freely He gave and freely I must give. 

We need to hear truth.  I also love that our pastor was honest about something he needs to work on too. Truth, real hard, truth. 

Let's love Jesus and strive everyday to live Jesus. God gives us new opportunities everyday to be faithful.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.””
Matthew 25:35-46 NIV
http://bible.com/111/mat.25.35-46.niv




Saturday, October 03, 2015

The princesses

A couple weeks ago I saw a woman standing on the corner of livernois and  75. Clearly she had some kind of issue with drugs and dressed like a prostitute. It was sad. As I drove on, my heart was saddened. How do I do something? Street ministry is not my "thing". 

We will just call her "princess". 

Then last week as I drove up to dragoon to turn left to drive to church "princess" was sitting on a crate, not
Really paying attention that anyone was there and she was scratching herself in some undesirable places. Again it saddened my heart. And once she realized I was there she started making sad faces and but I didn't have anything for her. I don't give money because I don't want to be responsible for their next overdose. When she realized I was going to give her money she became vulgar and yelling. Again I just thought "what is it that i can do?"

A couple of days ago I was listening to 105.1 about sports (I don't always know how that happens) but somehow the story changed to the raffling off of a 20 year old virgin. The radio people thought it was HIL-arious, I... Did not. I kept listening waiting for someone to say "April fools" on the last day of September.  This time I wasn't saddened, I was sickened. Well, I was sad too.

What is the difference between that 20 year old selling herself and the princess? Both selling their precious bodies and souls for money.

The thing is that both of the women are loved by God. Made in His image just like you and I. They are somebody's daughter, maybe sister, and friends. One bad choice away from a life they wouldn't recognize or not one they dreamed of.

What's my role in this? What did God call ME to do? Because writing a blog post isn't enough. I've been praying about it. The 20 year old virgin, not sure I can do anything, but Princess? She's the daughter of a King but she doesn't know, or believe it. Maybe nobody told her, or treated her like royalty.  How do I help Princess realize her beauty? How do I tell her? I'm not one of those awesome street ministry people. I'm just a baking, cleaning, ex-youth admin. I really don't know, but I'm going to start small. Maybe a new shirt, or some snacks, all with notes, I'm starting with small smiles and notes. 

These women are beautiful, loved, chosen, and valuable. 

Love. Everyone needs love. 

Princess, your Father King loves you. And I hope that He allows His servant to tell you all about it.

Now that I have seen, I am responsible.

31 days of love - belle isle

 
It's a beautiful island that holds more memories than I could ever write about. Every time I am there, my heart rejoices. God paints the perfect days for me, even on the cloudy days 


Friday, October 02, 2015

31 days of LOVE! Day 2!!!


Do you LOVE getting mail?  Not like bills, but a letter or an unexpected wedding invitation?  Or what about when someone sends you a present?  OHMYWORD!  I love that! Sometimes I even do it to myself because I’m so crazy I can’t remember what I ordered two days ago when it ships Amazon Prime!  Or if I preorder a movie or book!  And SHAZAM!  One day it shows up on my porch!

Giving and receiving gifts is a love language!  One that I definitely love!  I actually LOVE LOVE LOVE giving gifts!  Doesn’t matter how big or small but I love it!

Today… someone will be getting a gift!  I can’t say who because it will ruin the surprise!  But I am so excited for them to come home and receive it! 

It’s gonna be so great!!!

I LOVE GIVING GIFTS!!!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Beginning 31 days of writing!


Today is my first day of #write31.  31 days of love.  I’m nervous!  I hope I can make it all the way to the end and have posted 31 times!

Love is my favorite.  I always say “I’ll never be sorry I loved” so that is why I decided to write about love.  I feel like if I really love, I can’t go wrong. 

Jesus said “love me, love others” and those are the two more important commandments, so I really want to get that right!  Though often I mess it up.

I am leading prayer this week and that is my focus, loving God and loving others. 

Here are a few of the scriptures to guide us tonight!

Romans 12:9-10 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[a] and take delight in honoring each other.

Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Eph 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

 http://write31days.com/2014/09/inspiration-faith/