Love And Laughter 

Good morning! 

Famous last words. The famous last words I use to close my blog each day are love and laughter.

A friend of mine ever so kindly had this necklace made for me. Using my famous last words. It’s a gift I’ll always cherish!  ❤ & 😁

That’s pretty much how I’d sum up my life. With those two words, love and laughter. The two things that make me happy. Loving others. Others loving me. And laughing. At life. Through life. WITH others, not AT others. Mostly at myself.  It beats crying. With those two words starting my day, there are no bad days. Ever. 

How about you? What are your famous last words?

Jesus spoke his famous last words at the cross. It is finished. 

He knew the score. He had already won. And we, too, will someday be winners right along with him. No bad days. Ever. 

Until then, here’s to love and laughter. May you have a little of both in your day. Until it is finished.

Today one of my best friends is getting married. Doug and Kara, I wish you both a life time full of love and laughter. God #1. Each other #2. ❤💍🕇

It is finished.                                               John 19:30

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

Moving Right Along

Good morning! 

Moving. It’s something none of us enjoy doing, but many of us are faced to do more frequently than we care to. There is an art to moving. Moving stress free that is. 

The key is organization.

I’m not moving. Thank God! But I have been moving. Stuff.  Stuff out. Decluttering. 

But two households very dear to me are both in the process of moving. Within the same week. 

One moving interstate. Back to their home. The land they call home. And one moving intrastate. To their own home. The land they will call home.

There’s boxes and paper and tape and scissors involved. There’s packing and tossing and donating and cleaning involved. Then there’s waiting if professional movers are doing it for you. Lastly is the unpacking. Finding the perfect place for everything in your new home.

What are you moving to or away from in your life?

Whatever it may be, remember that no matter where you may go, God will always be with you. That’s one box you don’t have to remember to pack. Unpack Him today. He has the perfect place for you to put Him. In your heart. ❤ Let His spirit permeate every room of your home. 

For those of you moving, may it be stress free! And may you find the perfect place for all your belongings. Especially Jesus!

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.                       Genesis 28:15

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

Summer Refreshment

Good morning! 

Tuesday was the first day of summer, the summer solstice. 

I can’t think of anything better to kick off summer than a refreshing Starbucks cold beverage. And on Tuesday I had found a Starbucks gift card to spare in my purse for just the occasion. It was one that a student had given me on the last day of school. What perfect timing! It called out to me to try their new summertime drink. 

The Ombre Pink Drink. 

It was beautiful! It was delicious!  And oh so refreshing!

And if you want to get really crazy, you can request something off their secret menu. An Ombre Rainbow drink. Mix two of their summertime Ombre drinks. Pink and Purple I hear are a good mix.

What else can you add together in the summer time to make a good mix?

Summer evenings and lightning bugs. Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. Kids and swimming pools. The list goes on. And you and me and Jesus. And not just during the summer time, but every day. 

Let’s all mix a little Jesus in our day to keep us refreshed. When the going gets a little heated, He offers us a cool drink of water. Living water. And Starbucks hasn’t quite mastered reproducing that liquid gold just quite yet.

Here’s to summer! Here’s to Starbucks’ Ombre Drinks! And here’s to Jesus!

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.                                                 Psalm 19:7                   

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

Leap of Faith 

Good morning! 

Sunday evening we watched a travel show on New Zealand. Breathtaking scenery I might add. One of the favorite attractions was bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge. 

It was said that in 1888 A.J. Hackett opened the first commercial bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge, some 43 meters or 140 feet over the Kawarau River.

It’s still there today. And it takes someone with guts to try it. 

Are you a risk taker?

For NZ $150 you can take a leap. A leap that lets you plunge head first into the river. Or you can be like Matthew and take a leap of faith into the water. Feet first. One step at a time.

Someone very near and dear to me is a risk taker. Probably not a bungee jumper, but all the same about to take a leap of faith. To let go of the familair way of life and start a new beginning. A fresh start. A new career in a new state.

It’s not easy. Being a risk taker. But, the rewards are usually oh so much greater! It usually just takes a little faith. A little trust. For New Zealanders that means faith and trust in the rope tied to their ankle. For Matthew it meant in the hand that reached out and took a hold of him.

For you and me that same hand is still there today. To catch us as we take risks each and every day.

I encourage each of you to put your hand in the hand of that man.  I know I do every day. 

 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, Lord save me. Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?           Matthew 14:30-31

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

Shhhhhhhh!

Good morning!

Listen. Silent. Two words. Both used to express our audible world. 🙉

Have you ever really thought about it? They both are made up of the exact same letters. Coincidence?  I don’t think so.

Sometimes we just need to be quiet. Be still. Be silent.  And listen.

We can’t learn a thing when we talk. We are only spewing our own knowledge. That which we already know. To learn we must be silent. And listen. To others. Only then can we truly learn something new. 

When life is coming at you full force, from all sides, and you feel overwhelmed. Be silent. Listen. And you can learn something. From God. He speaks to us in the silence. Loud and clear. If we’ll just listen with our souls. 

What’s God trying to tell you today?

As I sit here and drink my morning coffee, in silence, I listen. And today God tells me to listen. To be silent. To slow down, pull up a chair, and spend some time alone with Him. To engage. In relationship. To let Him be my guide. Oh, the path He lays out is not one I would imagine in my wildest dreams. But when I see it unfold, it is magnificent! And my soul is full. 

And all it takes is to listen. And be silent.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! 🙊

Be still, and know I am God.           Psalm 46:10

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

The Cobbler’s Children Go Unshod

Good morning! 

You’ve probably heard the old saying, the cobbler’s children go unshod. Meaning the cobbler stays so busy looking after his customers it leaves no time for his own children. Many of us go through life as such outward looking people.

This is my bathtub. A retro 1970’s chocolate brown jacuzzi tub. Except the jacuzzi part does not work. It was disconnected years ago. When you rang the doorbell, the jacuzzi would go on in the bathroom upstairs. Is that not a hoot?! 😂 I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box,  but I do know you don’t want the electrical in your bathtub to be faulty. And I also might add, it leaks.

My dad was a builder. He had his own construction company all my life. He built our home. I’m the cobbler’s child. 😔

On the bright side, I do have shoes. Lots of them! 👠👡👢👟 But my home is falling apart! 

I’m on it. Taking over where my dad left off. I’m now putting on the builder’s hat. And slowly but surely taking care of my own. One step at a time. As I have the means to take care of it. 

What in your life or community needs repair? What has been overlooked to take care of others outside of your circle?

I often hear of mission trips serving third world countries when our local folks are starving and homeless here on the homefront. Outward looking people. There’s nothing wrong with looking outward. But someone needs to look inward. To help their own.  Those that cannot help themselves. Help, not enable.

My goal is to lose the brown tub. The faulty wiring. The leaky pipes. But save the integrity of the house that my dad built. Where he and I still live. And while I’m doing it, fill his pills, provide some meals, and listen to a few stories of days gone by. Again. And again.

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliver.                        1 Timothy 5:8

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

Juneteenth

Good morning!

There are plethora of holidays being celebrated today, June 19th. If you don’t believe me just Google it. 

Check out Checkiday.com. There is Garfield the Cat Day, Juneteenth, National Eat An Oreo Day, National Martini Day, National Pets In Film Day, Ride Motorcycles To Work Day, World Sauntering Day, and World Sickle Cell Day just to name a few that you can celebrate just today.

The bottom line is you don’t have to try very hard to find something to celebrate about. 

We all like to celebrate. To be happy. To have cause to eat, drink, and be merry! Some of these are a little far fetched. Why not instead wake up every morning and celebrate? Without checking your calendar.  Celebrate life. Celebrate love. Celebrate Jesus.

I hope that today you will help find a cure for sickle cell anemia, watch an episode of Garfield, eat an oreo, drink a martini, ride a motorcycle to work if it tickles your fancy, but never stop celebrating our God. His son Jesus Christ. That’s something worth celebrating every day! 

Let the celebrations begin! 

Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord, throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.                               Exodus 12:14

Love and laughter, 

Sandy