Cornerstone: What a God-centered life can mean

“Christ alone–Cornerstone; the weak made strong in the Savior’s love.” A great modern worship tune, and a true statement. A God centered life is most often a life of contentment, peace, and love. Let’s explore why. Mosey on down this path with me a while.

When a Christian, a true believer, observes a person who lives without God, what do they see? I know in my own life before I became acquainted with the ‘heart knowledge’ of Christ, I was uncertain and anxious a great deal of the time, especially in regards to my final destination. I was unable to face the inevitability of my life ending without becoming almost visibly upset and anxious–we’re talking ants in the pants, sweating, scared, unable to breathe , nearly panic attack status. Why? Because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Plain and simple. I was utterly, tragically, bereft of “the peace which surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7) which can only be found when Christ is the sovereign King of your life.

Now, praise be to God, I am not only at peace with my mortal life terminating, but am prepared and ready. Anticipatory. What awaits me is more beautiful than any volume of words can describe–all because I have joyfully accepted the Hand that bears the scars of my salvation.

Can believers doubt, or ever experience turmoil, suffering, and uncertainty? Of course. But we are never alone in our darkness. We can lean on the Man of Sorrows (Is. 53:3) who knows exactly what we are dealing with, our unique situation, and can empathize with us. He cries when we cry, rejoices when we rejoice. What a Friend we have in Jesus, indeed! Amen. He remembers (knows) we are naught but dust, and upholds us when we can’t stand on our own (Ps. 103:14). What would we, I, do without Him?

All that to say this: when our world appears to be crumbling, or when everything is indeed sunshine and rainbows, all we need do is whisper the Name that is above every name , and He will uphold us with His mighty strength (Ps. 71, 63, Is. 41:10). Our faith, belief, and trust is in Jesus, who holds the future in His hands. Talk about standing on the Rock, our Cornerstone!! We can get on with living life rather than be crushed beneath the weight of our earthly troubles. Praise be to Jesus!!

I am so blessed to have the ability to share this message of hope and peace with you today, in the light of these unprecedented times we are in– the end times, amen? God has filled my soul to brimming with light this day, and I had to let it shine! HE is our light, strength and our song!! (Ps. 118, Ex. 15:2, Jn. 8-9). May the peace of the Lord be with you– always. Blessings!!

Two devotionals as we usher in autumn!

Limitless Love

Praise the Lord, all nations! Glorify Him, all peoples! For great is His faithful love to us; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. Hallelujah! ~Psalm 117

Because God’s power is limitless, it’s far beyond the comprehension of mortal minds. But even though we can’t fully understand the immensity of God, we can be open to His love.

God’s ability to love is not fettered with temporal boundaries or earthly limitations. The love that flows from the heart of God is infinite–and today presents yet another opportunity for you to celebrate that love.

As you carve out quiet moments of thanksgiving and praise for your heavenly Father, open yourself to His presence and His love. He is here, waiting. His love is here, always.

You are a glorious creation, a unique individual, a beautiful example of God’s handiwork. And God’s love for you is limitless, Mom. Accept that love, acknowledge it, and be grateful.

“I’m convinced our hearts are not healthy until they have been satisfied by the only completely healthy love that exists: the love of God Himself.” ~Beth Moore.

With You Always

I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. ~ John 16:32.

Where is God? God is eternally with us. He is omnipresent. He is, quite literally, everywhere you’ve ever been and everywhere you’ll ever go. He’s with you night and day; He knows your every thought; He hears your every heartbeat.

Sometimes, under the crush of your maternal duties, God may seem far away. Or, when the disappointments and sorrows of life leave you broken hearted, God may seem distant to you. But He’s not. When you earnestly seek God, you will find Him, because He’s right there by your side, waiting patiently for you to reach out to Him… Right now.

“What God promises is that He always, always comes. He always shows up. He always saves. He always rescues. His timing is not ours. His methods are usually unconventional. But we can know, what we can settle in our soul, is that He is faithful to come when we call.” ~Angela Thomas

Have a wonderful week, friends! Blessings!!

Fall feels and God’s grace

Well folks, autumn has come around again to grace the (my) world with her beautiful presence. I am in my element and make sure to get outside every day to absorb the crisp renewal she lovingly provides! Wore boots for the first time yesterday–funny enough, they are my eldest girl’s, not mine! Size five, which is even crazier. I laughed all day. Hopefully I will eventually find my other ankle boot in the bottomless pit that has overtaken my closet. Haha!!

Moving on. So, this summer I have seen my in laws more than anyone else, and have grown quite close to my FIL and step mom in law especially. So many enlightening theological conversations , and yesterday’s won’t leave me alone. It saddens me to no end that some professing folks will manipulate God (well, try to!!) and use His grace and mercy against Him. Yes, they twist His goodness and say things like, “I can sin (any variety) and God will have to forgive me . I have Bible on that and that’s the way He is.” False. You don’t think God can’t figure out that you’re using Him?! Abusing His inherent grace and mercy? Grace is not a license to sin. Never has been or will be.

Newsflash: manipulating God is just another sin. He will forgive only if we are truly repentant and strive to walk in His will and righteousness of the Spirit. He will not be fooled or duped, as we fallible humans can be. Just a word for the wise, discerning, teachable disciples like me out there. I love talking with folks more learned than me, who have been walking with Christ longer and can shed light on His person and ways for me. Communion and fellowship are so precious, even for introverts!! Amen? Amen. I hope you discover something new and exciting about our Creator this week!! Blessings!!

Fall tarts-reviewing two of three!

Our house and its occupants are most eagerly awaiting the turn of the season! I am ushering it in with two new tarts and one tried and true winner from Yankee. My old reliable is Autumn Wreath, and my two new treats are Honeycrisp Cider and Warm and Cozy. Haven’t used W&C yet–I will edit the post once I do.

Autumn Wreath is fabulous, all spice and cozy warmth. Here are the scent details from the YC site:

Top note:

Green Leaf, Apple

Mid:

Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg

Base

Woody Notes, Vanilla

Top note is the initial impression of the fragrance, middle note is the main body of the scent, and base is its final impression.

Autumn Wreath™ is Fruity.

For me, the greenery isn’t too apparent in the top note, nor when it’s in use. Happily, sweet apple is very pronounced and delicious.

Also my opinion, but the spices in the mid note are the most prevalent in the scent, and not just when it’s melting/melted, but when it’s dry. Not complaining, just enjoying!!

As for the base notes, I don’t detect vanilla at all–only the woodsy element. Again, not complaining, just breaking it down as I subjectively experience it.

Autumn Wreath is perfect for a blustery fall day, peaceful and brisk evening, or any time you want the essence of the season to fill your home!

Honeycrisp Cider is quickly becoming a contender for favorite autumn scent ever–even higher on the list than pumpkin!! Here is YC’s descriptor:

Top note: honeycrisp apple

Middle note: apple cider and honey

Base note: musk. 

This scent is more nuanced. I can pick up all notes except the sweet honey. Perhaps the heady musk drowns it out? If you have this scent, let me know what you think!! A real winner in my book!!

🔥🍃 Edit: Ok folks, I have used Warm & Cozy quite a bit since this writing and am here to give you the goods!!

Warm & Cozy

Here is the description:

A beautiful bonfire night ends wrapped up in a soft blanket as you breathe in crisp, fresh notes of cedar, cashmere, and eucalyptus. 

Top note: cedar wood

Mid: cashmere.

Base: eucalyptus.

I personally notice the smoky cedar and the silky, decadent cashmere up front. I may have to use it again to try to detect the normally pungent eucalyptus element. Strange I haven’t picked it up yet, and I have used it often!! It is an extremely relaxing scent; a big favorite, as I predicted when I first smelled it before my initial use! I urge you to pick it up in any format and let me know what you think!! All of these scents are great for both women and men who want to bring all the loveliness and beauty of autumn into their homes. Bless!!

Ps: have been baking as well!! Tried and loved double chocolate reese’s cup cookies with, yes, a mini Reese’s cup inside!! Brill. Next up will be pumpkin snickerdoodles!!

Where are my rockers? Here’s a post dedicated to Linkin Park & Killswitch Engage!

Listing my top five faves from these hardcore yet provocative groups.

🎶 Faint

🎶Crawling

🎶 What I’ve Done

🎶 In the End

🎶 Heavy

These choices reflect my state of mind from 2014-2017. Worst phase of my life, and these groups got me through some of it. When artistry is of this caliber, when it can navigate the waters of depression and anxiety so succinctly that outsiders can know what we experience, the artists deserve their accolades. I have just seen theories online that hypothesize that Chester didn’t kill himself–that’s neither here nor there, but I could certainly understand if he did. Mental illness is insidious and is Satan’s wheelhouse. He can make us do and believe anything.

Now for Killswitch:

🎶 End of Heartache

🎶 Rose of Sharyn

🎶 Arms of Sorrow

🎶 My Curse

🎶 My Last Serenade

Love these melodies and lyrics . Again, extremely therapeutic and quite an outlet for that negative energy . I don’t need these groups much any more in my life, because, thank God, He has brought me to a great place and I now love and am kind to myself and am on great terms with where I’ve been, where I am and where I’m going. Also, I’ve learned communication skills to keep my relationships well oiled. Hallelujah, praise God!!

I do still admire them and give them some ear time though, and today is one of those days. Enjoy!! Be blessed.

Sharing two devotionals with you today!!

They are August 13th and 14th. Here we go!

Never Distant

“The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.” ~ 2 Chronicles 15:2.

If you’re a busy mother with more obligations than you have time to count, you know all too well that the demands of life can, on occasion, seem overwhelming. Thankfully, even on the days when you feel overburdened, overworked, overstressed, and underappreciated, God never stops trying to get his message through… Your job is to listen.

Are you discouraged, fearful, or just plain tired? If so, be comforted by the knowledge that God is with you. In whatever condition you find yourself– whether you’re happy or sad, victorious or vanquished, troubled or triumphant, you can carve out moments of solitude to celebrate God’s gifts and to enjoy His presence. When you do, you’ll be reminded of an important truth: God is not just near, He is here. And He’s ready to help you right here, right now.

God walks with us. He scoops us up in His arms or simply sits with us in silent strength until we cannot avoid the awesome recognition that yes, even now, He is here. ~Gloria Gaither.

How Much Love

“The Lord is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.” ~ Psalm 100:5.

How much does God love you and your family members? More than you can comprehend. God’s love is as vast as it is timeless; it is a boundless ocean that defies human understanding.

Yet even though we cannot fully fathom God’s love, we can respond to it… and we should.

It’s a personal decision that only you can make–you must choose whether to accept God’s gift. Will you ignore His love or embrace it? Will you reciprocate it or neglect it? Will you invite your heavenly Father to dwell in the center of your heart, or will you relegate Him to the outskirts of your life? The decision is yours, and so are the consequences. So choose wisely… and choose today.

Before anything else, above all else, beyond everything else, God loves us. God loves us extravagantly, ridiculously, without limit or condition. God is in love with us… God yearns for us. ~Roberta Bondi

Favorite Nintendo 64 games, ranked

This is my favorite system! It features whimsical, engrossing games with fabulous story lines and addicting gameplay. Haven’t played on one since… the mid 2000s, before my sister took the system we had as kids with her when she moved out. I should have taken it myself, but never thought of it. She has enjoyed it all these years, but now it’s my turn for fun!

Just received ours two days ago, and the two games we have at the moment are Super Mario and Yoshi’s Story. I will rank my favorite games from 1-6. (There are many titles, as with any system, but I am only covering my favorites out of the ones I’ve played.)

1.) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Fabulous and addicting. Wonderfully detailed story with gorgeous worlds and nonstop action! Epona the pony is the cutest character!!

2.) Yoshi’s Story

Lovely art and full of whimsical fantasy. The Yoshis are adorable!!

3.) Super Mario 64

The epitome of user friendly gameplay–relatively easy and engrossing. Fun worlds and nonstop action!!

4.) Mario Kart 64

A great racing game. Hours of entertainment! Battle mode with multiple players is awesome.

5.) Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Sort of but not really a sequel to Ocarina. Harder, which is frustrating– but still a great game.

6.) Pokémon Snap

Not a massive Pokémon fan, but this game was entertaining. Different environments brought you different varieties to photograph. More fun for kids than adults, I’d say.

What are your favorite games? Maybe your listings will jog my memory. Haha!! Blessings, and have a great weekend!!

Another ‘little of this & that’ post!

Today I’m covering school, some relaxing coloring I’ve done, a writing update, and who knows what else!

Still don’t know what to expect with the girl’s schooling this year, and I guess we are far from the only ones. I imagine that since they are homeschooled through a private school, they should (key word) still get their materials, especially since we pay for them. Makes sense, right? We shall see.

🍂 Edit: Since this writing, we have gotten in touch with the school. Not sure what’s taking place with their live teaching at the academy, but apparently the girls will be receiving their materials on time at the end of the month. I’m glad. Less we have to worry about!

Here are some pretty pages I’ve done since I received this little book for Christmas (thanks to my sister)::

Writing. I have uploaded my story to my laptop by emailing it to myself. Took me forever (stop tittering!) To open it after, but I finally managed it. Much easier to work in now than typing on a tablet. Still on chapter 11, because typing on a small kindle is quite tedious. Thank goodness those days are over.

If I neglected an area, I will edit this post–haha. Till next time, faithful readers! Be blessed!

Some (disputably) classic Green Day for y’all !

~wake me up when September ends? Naw, wake me up when 2020, even 2021, ends. Please. Jesus is coming for His Bride the church literally any day. Not conspiracy theorizing. Not hysterical. It’s true. Wake up and look around you. God is in His heaven facepalming all day long . The end has never been closer. Stick your noses in your Bibles and educate yourselves. Read. Meditate. Pray. Pray harder than you ever have. Ask for wisdom, understanding, strength, and leadership, the guidance to help those that are floundering and suffering in this climate of uncertainty, fear, division, anger and hatred. Join me, for that’s exactly what I’m doing.

Congrats to that MLB pitcher (forget his name) for doing the right thing. I applaud him and pray he is strengthened for his own battle ahead, as he is mocked and ridiculed for following God’s instructions and the Spirit working in his heart. We are in a war and mustn’t forget that. (Eph. 6:12)

I know people close to me and strangers alike will alienate me for this post. I don’t care. As long as the Most High God has my back, I will prevail. He is to be praised forever. Blessed to spend all my time in Paradise doing just that. Amen.

Birthday festivities~ 7.21.20

Twas a great day yesterday, culminating with a nice fire out back. Chose to forgo a nice dinner and instead bought a deep cycle battery for our pond. Priorities, am I right? Adulting and all that. Tired of having a green tinted pond.

Anywho. Here are some pics!

Anyone else sensing a theme to my gifts? Haha. Been a sucker for mermaids ever since Ariel captivated me ~age 3. Thanks, Jodi Benson and Disney!! Love the beach and mermaids forever now.

Yes, there is a wedding picture included because yesterday was also our anniversary. It is probably my favorite capture of that day 13 years ago. Phew!! What a journey God sets His chosen on, eh? Every day, every moment, is an adventure. We ought to remember that!! Blessings!!