life as it is seen from my heart and soul

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potential storm brewing

so in Texas they have had ice storms this week and i do feel for them.
ice is scary. snow can be too, but not like ice.
and now they say we are going to have a storm. 6-12″ of snow and blowing.
and i am hopeful i won’t have to get in my car and drive to work.
i love the ‘hunker down’ feel of winter.
because Spring is under the snow.
Resurrection of my garden and the grass and trees and bulbs.
and the Resurrection of Jesus. the Hope of the World.
so what storm are you in? what waves are you riding on?
remember you are not alone. Christ is with you if you believe.
He will not leave you to crash on the shore.
be strong. have faith. no matter how dark. no matter the howling winds.
you. are. not. alone.

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the smell of Spring?

oh my. Sabbath walking. my gardens. my yard. my neighborhood.
i raked, picked up sticks, kept all of the crocuses (note pic) and looked in the vegetable beds.
the elderberries have buds!!! and there are bulbs peeking through the mulches. the chipmunk was out today as well.
i wondered if the remedy to keep us well might be fresh air, vitamin D, sunshine, and some garden work. and washing hands.
so now i dream about what to plant, where to plant it, and how much to plant. thank you Jesus for my gardens.
oh. and sunshine. and church today. and my hubby. and my family. and my job. and my sister. and Your Grace and Mercy.
it is a day to be thankful to the Lord. Blessings!!!

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storms…. & obedience

oh this weather. it is crazy. people say well, we do live in Ohio, but this year has been interesting. much like life. oh the storms ~ work, kids, house, cars, job, people drama, stupidity, and so much more. but it is the Sabbath day. watching early morning church and listening about being obedient. that even in the storms to live in obedience to Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. that we all choose to either be obedient or not. the world will not change, the evil one is after us all, and we choose to obey.  i think of what my therapist used to pray – oh Lord, help her to be obedient and not sacrifice anything. that is I Samuel 15: 22. “But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.”   Two big words that people don’t like today ~ Obedience and Submission.
I am rereading several books. Hinds Feet on High Places i read every year. oh i am such a Much Afraid. quivering, trembling, anxious, woe-is-me. i hate that i am like her. it is so very apparent to me with what i deal with at work. so right now i am trying to be more obedient. ride the bike after dinner, no television, reading/writing more, more quiet time and some other things. because my time is short and i have wasted enough on this world.
in other news, my birthday was this past week. how does this happen? that you keep going every day and then one day you are an old lady? i mean, really? so the prime of my life has past? and i am approaching the 3rd act of my life? holy moly. what happened? i mean, i have too many things to do. there is too much yarn to use up, too many books to read, too many thoughts to write out. like why does my body not cooperate with me? I am a well educated nurse, but really???? and why doesn’t anyone talk about sex at this age? **blush** don’t ask me because i can’t talk about it without turning red. and no one talks about how your brain turns to mush – like a sieve with huge holes. retention of facts is out the door!!! and if you get on the floor there has to be a plan for getting off the floor!!! and my attitude totally sucks – like i have become negative. don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying this stage – but i miss the other stages. and darn, i wish i knew then what i know now!!!!
February is coming to a close – i pray for Spring, but yes, this is Ohio. so don’t plant anything too early!!!!