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Tuesday Thoughts

This is powerful huh?!

Good Morning ~ Happy Tuesday! I’m sipping my coffee ( Seattle’s Best Port Blend is my favorite!!)

This image really caught my attention! My fears are just as aggressive and dangerously inhibiting as these alligators! I’m sure you can relate.

Thankfully, when we recognize the alligators in the swamp, we can hold on to faith and hope to keep us. I personally believe I would literally lose my mind if not for my faith.

What are these ideas anyway?

Hope is believing in what can’t be seen.

Faith is believing the unseen to come to being!

They’re might might ideas… and they’re for everyone. Spiritual, religious, atheist or whatever.

If we all practiced putting hope in situations and faith into ourselves, I know we’d build self confidence and overcome. I know we’d be victorious and feel proud.

Maybe it’s worth a try? Maybe the possibility is worth another chance? I know you’re worth having faith. I know you’re worth keeping hope!

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Urgent Request: Update

I’m asking for continued prayer please.

His condition hasn’t changed, although we do know minimal swelling and no neuro damage.

I’m needing prayer to keep the irrationality of my anxiety at bay. I need to be hopeful and strong in my faith.

Thank you so much everyone 🦋🌺

In the Mess of Things

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In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to hold on,

Don’t lose hope in the best of society.

So many already have, and we need it.

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to smile,

Too many faces have forgotten how,

Replaced by tears and anguish.

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to keep being kind.

So much has been buried

Brokeness and bitterness now reside.

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to love.

It’s the element that sustains life.

The light in the path of darkness.

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to have Faith.

Not necessarily solid at all times,

But remains existing in a world of chaos.

Finally, In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to Self Reflect

All that ever is, was, or will be

Can NEVER BE YOU. 💙

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Year in 6 words

The evening of December 23rd is upon us. Where has this year gone? It’s true, what they say, the older you get, the faster time goes.

As I sit here reflecting on this year, I am in awe of what a single year can do. Not only what it can do but that it’s time I’ll never get back.

I can say I’ve had my highest of highs, as well as, my lowest of lows in 2018. The words that come to mind when I think of this year are

  • Patience– My daughters are of ages that require so much more patience. I didn’t always have it. Many experiences this were “first time”s. Those required extra patience as everyone involved adjusted.
  • Hope– This saves me every time. I know what I’ve been through. I know there’s an ending to all beginnings. I know that hope is the only thing that produces results sometimes. I’m thankful for the instances where I recognized I was losing hope and others reminded me.
  • Faith– This walks hand in hand with hope. It’s the belief that the truths you hope for will come to be. Faith brings it to be. (Which leads me to my next word)
  • Be– Be … in the moment, not mentally worrying about the past, not fretting about the future, mentally be where you are. Phones have become a horrendous distraction. I’m going to work on this next year. Along with “being “, I was able to accept what is as what is. Wether I liked it or not. Sometimes, that’s what I need, to learn to accept rather than manipulate (obviously unintentionally but yes that’s what I’m doing) to have things done for my pleasure. Being also teaches patience. It allows me to choose in each moment how I feel. It can remove the path of negativity or grief in my mind.
  • Consistent– Wow, where to begin? Consistency is essential for my life, as hypercritical as that is sometimes. I’ve learned the messages of consistent or inconsistent. I’ve learned how that defines a person and have adjusted relationships because of it. It’s so under appreciated, and I know I will always appreciate that blessing.
  • Laughter– The endless joys of my girls. So many times we spent laughing and tickling. I’ve discovered new comedians that were-are actually funny. I have a special memory of watching one comedy special with my love.

I think these are most symbolic. What about you? When you think about this year, what terms come to mind? What thoughts do you associate with them?

I’d love to read your feedback:)

I’ve heard there was a secret chord

I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch

And love is not a victory march,

It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.

Many years ago, I heard this song for the first time. It made not a lick of sense. It took some growing spiritually and numerically, to understand anything of it.

I’ve googled the song, intrigued about it’s lyrical meaning. There’s seems to be some controversy even now.

To me, this song is saying prayers and praises need to be lifted in every storm. It’s saying that love, faith, and lust are all apart of one another, and that regardless of circumstances, love isn’t ready. It takes work. It’s not ever a victory without some sacrifice.

That’s my interpretation, anyway.

~ Nova

Preference or Absence

Absence makes the heart grow fonder …. or does it? Is it the absence of another individual that strengthens love, with time? Or is it the choice to love from both individuals that sustains through distance and time?

When others die, they don’t return. Does this make our hearts less fond of him/her? Or is it the choice to hold on to the love and let go of the pain?

Absence may indeed make the heart grow fonder, but I believe it’s a deliberate choice to love that sustains the relationship. When someone truly understands what love is…. And what it feels like, … I don’t think someone would allow anything to interfer.

… Or maybe I’m just a woman, insanely in love…

Affirmative 🌺 #5

Preset: Stand up tall. Place yourself infront of a mirror. Repeat after me.

” I am no longer going to live in fear, speak negatively about myself and others, blame myself for past mistakes, downplay my abilities and talents, cheat myself, lie to myself, live in denial, and feel guilty for things that are not my fault. I will not procrastinate, worry about things I have no control over, and suffocate my feelings and emotions. I will not put roadblocks in my path, make excuses, put myself down, fail to try, allow others to decide for me, lack accountability, and spew negativity out into the vibration of energy connected to my life. I will not sit in pity, expect nothing to change, and blame others for my choices. Instead, I am going to love myself, first! I’m going to give myself unconditional love, mercy, grace, and respect … Because I deserve it. ”

– by build your confidence

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#FOWC: Center

” I believe, in the center of it all, all that lives, all that grieves, and all that matters… In the center of all the hate, the unexpected blessings, and the prayers unanswered.., in the sunrises and early birds’ song, in the second guessing, second chances, and second half of life…love is all one sees. Love is what makes everything and anything “be”💕

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From a child, to a grown “man”….

His life has been a fusion of diverse expierences.

A story of bumpy roads, secure places, some

questionable choices. But they were his.

Early on, he owned his life.. He decided what it’d be…

With a willingness to follow his Almighty,

In obedience and faith, authentically with love and mercy.

He wasn’t a King, in a big castle, not the owner of a

Lamborghini, He wore simple style and drove with

practicality. Time took him to a chapel, and to a sweet hospital nursery,

Forced him to face truth, death, and suffering.

He’s seen hate, unexpected seizure, and secession of soldiers in war.

He’s seen the most horrid shifts in the major corporate industry,

And shades of every color,  brushed effortlessly into lives that crossed paths with his.

His story’s is like all the others, far from perfect, flawless, or

Finished.

This man was born to a Jewish woman…. To a German man…

He was born unable to hear well, though that allowed for imaginative

Internal dialogs. His childhood allowed for him to see new places,

To explore that which was in his immediate surroundings.

He traveled to the assisted living residence, the library, and animal

Shelter. He volunteerd at the Homeless Shelter soup kitchen; and occasionally

Visited the halfway house. He spent endless time in observation, a powerful

And undervalued talent of most.

Throughout his life, the spice he’s always craved, the true

meaning in his pages, has been this uncanny acceptance

of what is…

He has spent his life embracing the acceptance of what’s

different, respecting that this spice is simply the truths,

That varies from one to the next.  He hasn’t been granted

authority to conceptualize and label the thoughts of  those

who disagree.

He understands his life as reality, seeking to continuously

grow and enrich it further. In doing so, kindness and

compassion has lead him to unimaginable moments.

These have always been his greatest treasure.

Breakfast

So , I’ve been waiting for SOME kind of sign that God’s listening to me whining about the struggles I’ve had lately …

(POOF)

Here it is😁 Canned pears and peaches, covered in sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla… Chilled and eaten with this cheesecake spread!!!

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This vs That

You know what I love about theory? It can be proven to be truth, by some tangible evidence. Likewise, it can be debunked by tangible evidence.

Trial and error produces results that either support or debunk a theory. In the case of spirituality, though truth relies on personal beliefs for the majority, the same CAN still happen.

Let’s say a trial is set up to determine whether or not a concoshtion of drugs can cure Hodgkinson lymphoma. Through studies, researchers have reported this cancer ills middle-aged African Americans more so than other group. Coincidently, spiritual beliefs also reign strong in the African American Society.

The two possible outcomes of the trial are

  1. The cancer is gone.
  2. The cancer is still present.

Science, evidence of tangible blood tests, provides some answers as to a cure. Now, what about faith… and spirituality?

The cancer is a condition that enters the Petri dish called prayer. The testing machines are belief, faith, and obedience. For the individuals who live deep in faith, the power of a Greater Being has provided tangible evidence.

Through prayer and praise, rebuke of the Devil, and other spiritual practices, the two results are:

  1. The cancer is gone.
  2. The cancer is still present.

In the Biblical day’s, Jesus rose from the dead. He turned water into wine (one of my MOST appreciated gratitudes;), and cured a woman from Leprosy. Those are tangible results. To the followers of Jesus, that’s the belief that God’s able and capable.. despite the unseen. In modern day, tangible evidence could be a crippled standing up and walking back to his/her seat.

In both scenarios, the theory was born through a belief in possibility. By testing a theory, the results showedq either successful or unsuccessful. Based on the tangible results, each scenario will tweak the procedure and try again. Should there be no other possibility (probability), the testing has been completed.

Evidence is a result of theory… an idea that took on life because one person believed it.

Neither was proven more valid than the other. Neither was proven better than the other.

Both were proven to be systems that produced results based on belief.

What you choose to believe is your life. All that’s happening around you is a system of particles swirling to and fro, appearing in the formation of recognizable objects. What truth is in it? What theory are you testing? Are you testing the theories you belief? Do you even know what you belief? Are you seeing the results that you desire? Are you opened to the possibility of alternative results? Are you willing to tweak and try again?

Something to think about 🧡

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Fabulously Female

She was strong enough to lift other women up.

She was kind enough to help other women in need.

She was brave enough to defend other defenseless women.

She was humble enough to appreciate elderly woman.

She was patient enough to guide younger women.

She was pleasant enough to teach trouble women.

She was mature enough to listen to in-prisoned women.

She was inspired enough to follow historical women.

She was dedicated enough to work with business women.

She was Fierce … Fabulous & Fearless…

She is a Female!

Written in honor of all women who have ever been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Whether the best has been laid to rest or continues to get strong every day, this is for you. You’re never alone 💕 PINKTOBER!!💕

I see the weekend😁

Every bit of my body and soul is so excited that today’s Friday! I’m not even sure why:D I think I’m going to take my little sweet pea and look into spending time in nature! I need some refreshing inspiration. Sounds lovely, 🙂 Have a good day!!

Lettrs: Hoorah

Gretchen is like so many others, above and beyond what’s asked of her, selflessly giving, dedicated worker, loyal to work and family. She managed, though, to trip into some sticky situations with a monster of a spouse, and a greedy employer.

We’ve been in situations that have been sticky, haven’t we? Our choices have gotten us in a bit of a mess, but hindsight is 20/20. Her instance was rather serious. She needed to act fast, and finally put herself first… To protect her life! Are you in that position? Are you holding on to something that’s destroying you, your happiness, and your family? What will it take for you to let go of it, despite your unhealthy reliance and fear of the detachment? I would hope you’d look in the mirror and give yourself the awesome peptalk you deserve.

Adventure awaits, a new and prosperous life awaits, real love awaits, positive friendships and healthy connections await, a better you awaits, all that you’ve dreamed of awaits… You just have to take courage and stepped out the door.

God, Have Mercy

I hear music all the time. Songs from generations ago, and stuff that’s on the radio today. I’ve heard such a vast mix of genres, artists, and types of music.

It’s been my diary, my best friend, my voice, and my blanket of safety. Anytime I needed healing, I replied on music to work it’s magic… And it ALWAYS prevailed.

But, as years passed, and Ive grown from a child to a young adult… And a young and inexperienced foolish newly wed, to this wise and refined concept of beauty, I’ve listened to old familiar songs and heard them for a very first time.

Lately, as if something greater is drawing me nearer, I’ve become obsessed with one particular song.

The artist’s voice caught my attention. The beat of the song is fast paced, and almost angelic.

But, what does Kyrie mean? What was the inspiration for this moment in my life, when a song steals my attention as if trying to tell me something.

So, I looked it up:

Kyrie- Mr Mister * You can listen to it here*

The wind blows hard against this mountain side, across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide, setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old, it holds my memories, my body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine, is where I find myself again

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

When I was young I thought of growing old, of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road, or only wished what I could be

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

A Beginner at an Ending

Right now, I’m watching a Netflix Original Series , “The L Word”.

In this particular segment, Jenny, a compulsive and inspiring author, is meeting with an editor. She’s been diligently writing from the moment her character was introduced in Season 1.

Her script has finally landed in the hands of a publisher, who’s desire is to put her story out “there”. Jenny’s in tears; she celebrates out loud… In the very moment she opens the envelope of her first advancement.

The plot twist: Jenny’s story is dark. As her words formulated on paper, she relived every single haunting detail of childhood. Unfortunately, this munipulated her mind and lead her to self destruct.

The editor argues Jenny’s portraying herself as a victim, who’s encouraging young girls to cut themselves to handle the agnony.

To Jenny, as her life spins undeniably and profusely out of control, this choice… is a moment, when she feels some control of it.

The editor proclaims that despite her adversity, Jenny is here. She’s survived. Her strength has brought her to this meeting, where Jenny’s sitting with an editor, discussing a nightmare that happens to be her life.

Our lives are a tangled mix of victories and mistakes. We are individuals that have faced life that appeared completely uphill… and we doubted everything we ever thought to be true. We’ve seen questionable behavior. We’ve heard gut wrenching confessions. We’ve testified that no one else could possibly understand what “this is like!!”…

Haven’t we?….

We’ve felt like we’ve lost it… that we aren’t making sense, and that our sanity has abandoned us. We’ve felt this universe, or God has officially acted on some conspiring vendetta against us… and that for unbeknownst reasons, we MUST deserve it… where the ONLY thing that seems to make sense… and the only person that understands is the lie “pick up that razor blade”, ” go buy another 24 pack”, “you know where to find heroin.”, or ” You are just a pathetic nobody that fails at everything.”

Our hearts are strong enough to accept what’s happened to us. Professionals, religious affiliates, nature, and even children can help… do help. WILL HELP.

Our CHOICE to begin the process is how we change though. No one can force us to believe it’s possible. No one should ever hold that responsibility for our life.

Jenny survives so much ugliness, and the editor is pushing her to see it… But, it’s Jenny’s life… and it’s her perspective. When the final day ends, does she want to be seen as a victim… carrying around her past, avoiding all roads that lead to hope and transformation? Or will she choose to withdrawal the shades, push open the windows, and allow the wind to dust off the cobwebs?

You get to decide.

You are Enough

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You are the author of your story. You decide when chapters are over and how they end. You decide who stays and who fades, what details matter and which do not, what points deserve recognition and which are insignificant. The pen is in your hand. The story is yours: choices, thoughts, storyline, characters and ending  .. What will it say? Who will you be?  Embrace the creativity that life is and the freedom that you’ve been given 😘💜🐢

I’m Thinking About You

Don’t those words usually feel warm and fuzzy! It’s one of the “perfect moments” in life, as I call them. To know someone had you in mind, hoping you’re doing at least ok, but lovely enough to tell you as much. Life is this one shot…. Right now it’s all we’re promised… I want you to know I am thinking about you this evening. A few of you have become dear to me, and I sure do appreciate you! As the weekend comes to a close, and we get ready for a sleep ( or have already awakened to a beautiful day), I just want you to know I wish you all the happiest of moments, when unexpectedly, you smile and or laugh… And it’s genuine a release of endorphins. I wish you lots of energy, and strength to do what you can do, and no more. I wish you peace that you’re content with right now, and that your faith guides your steps. I wish you a happy Monday, and a productive yet enjoyable week😘

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Woman survives cancer, not once, but twice.

Teacher shields her students in a school attack.

Child decides to raise money for a parent’s bill.

Man pushes himself to regain independency.

Young man assists an elderly across the street.

An employee encourages a special needs customer to help.

Volunteering with disaster relief

Donating blood.

Registering as an organ donor.

Praying

Hugging

Listening.

There’s angels that walk this earth…

That blend in with all of us…

They don’t wear capes.

They’re deciding to be kind.

They’re demonstrating how to lead.

They’re dedicating time to others.

Not all heroes wear capes,

Many of them, though they feel “ordinary”,

Made a decision,…

……………

………….

……….

……

That was extraordinary.

In that moment … They became a hero.

Take Some Give Some

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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me🌺

  1. I am a twin.
  2. I love rainbows.
  3. I’m 5’5″ tall.
  4. I could live without bacon and the beach.
  5. I only drink Pure Leaf and Gold Peak Tea.
  6. I was born in the evening.
  7. My first pet was a dog.
  8. I played the Saxophone and Clarinet in high school.
  9. I prefer nights.
  10. The only Broadway show I’ve ever seen is Cats.
  11. I want to do Private Investigation work but feel to late to begin.
  12. I am attracted to both genders (Bisexual) and personality (Demisexual).
  13. Seven o’clock is my favorite hour of the day.
  14. I’ve never been drunk.
  15. I’ve been on a cruise.

Now I will tag 5 people who I hope would share about him /herself. If you choose to participate, please tag 5 people at the end of your post. Have Fun 😄🙃😄🙃

Retrospective

This past week had lots of ups and lots of downs. I felt some things I hadn’t ever before, and they were profound! Much of the week, I was so sleep deprived that I couldn’t see the big picture.

This morning, when I opened my planner, this quote summarized it perfectly… And my heart felt an abundance of peace.

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In my personal life, this determined soul opened my eyes to a very real spiritual miracle! God lead me to the right people, in a matter of a few hours. Under His name, In 48 hrs, someone I love rose from ventilation and weakness, laying enraged in a hospital bed, to oneriness and all the familiar color I remember 💖, doing therapy and flabbergasting the hospital staff!

In addition to physical healing, there’s been emotional healing. I’ve been in communication with a family member of my loved one. It’s restoration of a relationship I’ve wanted for quite some time.

My sleep schedule has also tried to work it’s crap on my soul. My baby needed a doctor visit. Thursday night I got 4 hours of sleep, and I felt I was going to be too tired to drive. I made it, though. God’s the provider of Strength. Yes, I would go to the moon on no sleep if my kids needed something… But, God’s Strength sure is welcoming.

I am in awe of this insight. The timing of our lives’ events are EXACTLY as they’re meant to be. They are in the proper order… Though we don’t always see and/or understand why. If we were to CHOOSE when, where, what, how, and with whom every moment, how would our humanness make a mess of things. What blessings would we miss? Would we gain wisdom and healing? Would we voluntarily do things, that resulted in AWESOME WONDER, if we knew we’d hate doing them? Would we have be good people? Would we be humble and grateful? Would there be balance? Would this world know peace?

My mind is a constant movement, piecing connections together, to feel the bigger picture. With Hope, Faith, and God’s gift of a Determined Soul, I walk my life. It’s a challenge, but the rewards are unexplainably extraordinary 😍

Affirmative :

No one is ever able to say God isn’t real when Faith is bigger than fear!