After Christmas Miracle

Good morning! 

Meet Tucker! My grandson. I had lunch with him just yesterday. 

It wasn’t just any lunch shared with family over the winter break.  It was a very special lunch.  

It was an after Christmas miracle! ♡

You see, some of my family members have chosen to live their lives without the presence of each other in them. 

All is well. 🙂

For them they say. Everyone’s happy. Everyone except for mom that is. 😦 That’s my family. And family is the glue that holds the world together. It’s right there under God as the second most important thing in my life. 

I’ve suffered through three holidays so far with this estrangement,  so when Christmas rolled around this year my only Christmas wish was for all of my family to be together. 

I had total faith that God had this. But I was beginning to think His timing and my timing may just not be on the same page. I might not see such a sight this side of heaven. 

Until today. 🙂

I was meeting two of my daughters for a big, steaming bowl of Pho, one of all of our favorite go to dishes, when who should walk in, but my other daughter and my two grandchildren.  

Random? Most certainly!  Expected? Kind of now that I think about it. By me anyway. I knew it was bound to occur. Eventually. Once I finally took my hands out of it, and totally abandoned it to God. You see, I had prayed for it. I just wasn’t so sure of God’s perfect timing. But the funny thing is, He was. And today was the day!

My thoughts flashed back to a text I had received at 12:00. As I was leaving to go to the restaurant.  It read, “Wanna go have lunch with us?” It was from my oldest daughter. The one I was not having lunch with. 😦 My heart sank as I read it. Sure, I’d love to was what I wanted to reply. But instead I replied nothing. Out of respect for the sisters’ estrangement. 

My heart pounded. I quickly assessed the situation. We were in public. All I knew was that I had to stay out of it. Let them  work it out.

We quickly moved to a bigger booth and all six of us ate Pho and shared in the holiday cheer! My heart leaped for joy! ♡

My four year old grandson dressed in his camo, spiderman, ninja wear slid in between his mother and aunt. My two year old granddaughter crawled up in her aunt’s lap and didn’t budge through our entire meal. It was as if God had leaned down and whispered to her to be His little angel on earth, the buffer between them. The two sisters. Who sat side by side in a booth. Leave it to God to use two little children to be the glue that held this family together on this December afternoon. A family who had not seen or spoken to one and other as a whole for many months. 

Words were still not spoken between them directly. But there was no need. Not today. There was a constant flow of small talk. The children. Their Christmas took center stage. And it was MY Christmas miracle!  It was what I had asked for. What I had prayed for. To be together. And they were exactly that. All together.  This mama was happy. 🙂 My soul smiled. And I know God must have looked down and winked. 😉

The kids kept us entertained as we ate. One ate the noodles and one drank the broth. Of Pho. A food we ALL love. And today it was the magical food. Like manna. It offered the spiritual nourishment this family needed. Straight from God. Pho and God had brought us together. My Christmas wish had come true.  Thank you Jesus! 🙂 

Maybe my wish came a little late in the eyes of my children. But not to me for I see Christmas every day. Baby Jesus may no longer be out in His manger, but He lives in my heart each and every day. And my miracle came less than a week late according to my timing. My trust in the Lord didn’t even have to be very patient at all. Once I took my hands out of it, He put His in. i absolutely love God’s timing. Those moments when you just know He’s stepped in. Without a doubt you experience the fingerprints of God  ♡

How about you?

Do you have any Christmas wishes that were left unfulfilled this year?

My advice to you is to never give up. Never stop believing. God’s timing is not our own. He works everything for our good.

I may not have hit the after Christmas sales this year, but one thing I dId do was get my after Christmas miracle! That was by far better!

I encourage each of you to wait on God’s timIng. It’s perfect. Your time is coming. You just have to trust God. He’s working it all out for you!

The next time I may question God’s timing,  I’ll remember this day. And I’ll ever so confidently remind myself, “Why are you anxious? What fo’  (pho)? You know God’s got this. 🙂

P.S. If you’ve never tried pho, it’s delicious! It’s a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, several fresh herbs that you add yourself, and meat. And sauces. You add your own to your liking. 

Give me a shout, I’d love to join you for a big, hot steaming bowl of it anytime! And you never know who might just drop in! 🙂

 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day                                                             2 Peter 3:8

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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It’s Bowl Time!

Good morning! 

It’s bowl time!

We’re talking football bowls here not toilet bowls. Although before it’s all said and done, I’ll bet a few teams would like to wash their scores down the nearest toilet bowl if given the opportunity.  

Christmas may be behind us, but there are many a football fan whose Christmas list included tickets to go see their favorite team play at their perspective bowl game across the nation. 

Last night we watched my alma mater, OSU, defeat Colorado 38-8 in the Valero Alamo Bowl 2016. Or I should say I was given regular updates by others watching it. I was working in the PICU of the Children’s Hospital.  I was watching cardiac telemetry monitors as Rudolph joined with the others in the reindeer games. Quite well from what I understood. Mason Rudolph is OSU’s quarterback.

There will be bowl games today and tomorrow and the next day. There will be the national championship game on January 9th. We have the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Roll Tide!), the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic,  the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the Capital One Orange Bowl. There are more bowl games than there are toilet bowls in the Super Bowl stadium! There are even teams with losing records playing in one bowl game or another.

A bowl in this case is a stadium or arena for athletic or musical events. But a bowl also can be a round, deep dish or basin used to hold such items as food or liquid.

Did you know that God’s word speaks of bowls too?

Not football,  although I know an awful lot of people that choose to believe there is football in heaven.:)  The bible speaks of golden bowls that are filled with incense which are the prayers of God’s people. As our prayers are lifted up to God, the golden bowls are filled until they reach a point when the bowls tip and pour out God’s power and provision on the earth.

Let’s all offer up our prayers to God in heaven. Let’s offer Him the sweet aroma of our prayers, so His power and provisions will pour out on us on earth. 

And while you’re at it, I’m sure God will understand if a few prayers happen to go up for favor for your favorite team.

Go Pokes! Go Bama! 👍 Fill your bowls with dip and chip and chili and find a comfy spot to watch and let the games begin! 

And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.                                   Revelation 5:8

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Let Them See You In Me

Good morning! 

My prayer.  My wish. For 2017 would be, “Dear Jesus, let them see you in me.”

 This time of year brings reflection on the outgoing year. The things I did right. The things I need to change. 

We all so often make resolutions.  Resolve to eat less. Exercise more. Spend less. Give more. Stress less. Love more. 

How about resolving to be more like Jesus? We can all look in a mirror and see the physical changes we need to make. What about those spiritual changes we could improve upon? 

I, for one, could get closer to God.  Speak less. Pray more. Walk the talk more consistently. Follow God’s path better than my own. I want others to see more Jesus in me.  

How about you?

May this upcoming year reflect more Christ in each of us. To a hurting world. In a year of unknown possibilities.  May God’s glory reflect through each of us. Today. And this upcoming year. 

A new year is coming! Let us glorify God!

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.                                                                   2 Corinthians 3:18

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Year In Review

Good morning! 

2016 will soon be drawing to a close. We will soon be celebrating the arrival of another new year, 2017. Before we celebrate the new, let’s take a moment to celebrate the old. 

No doubt, it’s been a year! But there are still reasons to celebrate 2016. 🙂

For one. My dad always taught me,  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”. That’s why I still have my old faithful Samsung  Galaxy Note 2 from 2012. That’s reason to celebrate. I DON’T have the 2016 Galaxy Note 7!

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, finished his Olympic career at the Summer Olympics in Rio with 23 Olympic gold medals.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

Union won state in 6A football. 

We voted on a new president. 

The UK voted to leave the European Union.

We witnessed the Dow Jones industrial average close above the 19,000 barrier for the first time in its 120-year history.

The first stand alone entry in the Star Wars saga, Rogue One, hit the big screens. 

Legos still a hit, but drones were a common Christmas gift found under many a tree.

We saw the lives of many well loved celebrities draw to a close in 2016. Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, John Glenn, Merle Haggard, Florence Henderson, George Michael, Arnold Palmer, Prince, Leon Russell, and Gene Wilder just to name a few. Some athletes, some actors, some musicians,  and some plain old really good people that meant a lot to each of us were celebrated as they left us in 2016. 

2016 is soon to come to its end. Many are in protest to it’s outcome.  There is not a thing we can change about it. We cannot change our past. Only our future. Starting today. Most of the memories we will carry with us of 2016 are due to someone doing their best. Leaving their mark. 

I encourage each of you to embrace 2017. Leave your mark. Don’t waste your time looking back at 2016. We can’t change the past. 2017 lies before us. Move forward. Make it be the best it can possibly be.

After all, looking back can be detrimental.  Just ask Lot. 🙂

But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.     Genesis 19:26

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

The Best Presents Are Your Presence

Good morning! 

Christmas as we celebrate it is now over. The presents are all unwrapped from beneath the tree.The unusually warm weather came in perfect timing for taking down the Christmas lights from the rooftops and bushes. The live Christmas trees will be drug to the curb for trash day pick up. This week will bring all the decorations being packed away until the holidays once again return next year. Shoppers this time are enroute for the great deals to save for next year’s Christmas. Or the returns from this year’s presents. Presents that were not the perfect fit.

We are left now to enjoy our gifts. Our presents. But why not also enjoy the presence? The presence of the season. Let it linger. The love. The joy. The presence of others. Truly engage with them. Spend some quality time not just quantity time with family and friends. 

Now is the time when we can slow down, get alone, and enjoy His presence.  The presence of the one who brought us the ultimate gift. The best present of all. Our Savior. In our hearts, our souls, and our homes, let’s be present in His presence. 

A new year is coming. It’s just around the bend. It offers us a time to renew. What better time to bask in God’s presence? To reflect on our old ways and plan for the new ones that offer the pleasures God holds dear for us. 

Let’s all enjoy every gift. Every one of our presents. But let’s remember the best gift of all is your presence.  ♡

I thank each one of you for your presence. In my life. Your crossing the path of my life has made me who I am today. And for that I’m grateful. ♡

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.                                                       Psalm 16:11

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Cold Today, Hot Tamale

Good morning! 

That’s Oklahoma weather. Cold today, hot tamale! 

This was my Christmas stash this year. On the last day of school. Gifts from our students. ♡ This doesn’t include gifts from my family and friends. If you notice in the bottom right corner, I even got homemade hot tamales! They were literally so fresh, they were still hot! Now that’s a woman after my own heart! I do love mexican food!   ♡

Thank you to all! For your generous gifts. ♡ You each hold a special place in my heart.

As I look back on my Christmas this year, my thoughts drift to just how blessed I truly am! I have students and their families that are so thoughtful to come bearing me gifts. There were sweet treats and tamales and candles and wall decor and lotions and socks and mugs and ornaments and a blanket and gift cards galore! I even had past students who came bearing gifts! I especially adore those items handmade with love.♡ Like my cross. And my tamales.

A tamale is a Mexican dish of seasoned meat wrapped in cornmeal dough and steamed or baked in corn husks.

I kind of feel like a tamale. Definitely well seasoned over the years with a little kick of spicy All wrapped in love. The love of my students, my family, my friends, and the love of my God. The God who gave me the ultimate gift of all for Christmas. His son. All wrapped in love. For you and for me.♡

As you reflect on your own Christmas season, may you too feel wrapped in the love of Jesus. The baby that came to change the world. Wrapped in swaddling cloths.

Whatever your plans may include for the remainder of this winter break, I encourage us all to stay focused on the one that’s got it all under wraps. The one that has each of us wrapped in His eternal love. The one that came as the best Christmas gift there ever was and ever will be! May you continue to unwrap that love every day anew! And give it away. Like the hot tamales.

And never forget, we’re in Oklahoma! The weather’s always changing. Stay wrapped up when you need to. Unwrap when you don’t. It may be cold today, but you never know, it may be hot tamale!

And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.                            Luke 2:12

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Good morning! 

That’s Oklahoma weather. Cold today, hot tamale! 

This was my Christmas stash this year. On the last day of school. Gifts from our students.  ♡ This doesn’t include gifts from my family and friends. If you notice in the bottom right corner, I even got homemade hot tamales! They were literally so fresh, they were still hot!

Now that’s a woman after my own heart! I do love mexican food! ♡

Thank you to all! For your generous gifts. ♡ You each hold a special place in my heart. 

As I look back on my Christmas this year, my thoughts drift to just how blessed I truly am! I have students and their families that are so thoughtful to offer me Christmas gifts. There were sweet treats and tamales and candles and wall decor and lotions and socks and mugs and ornaments and a blanket and gift cards galore! I even had past students who came bearing gifts! I especially adore those items handmade with love.♡  Like my cross. And my tamales.

A tamale is a Mexican dish of seasoned meat wrapped in cornmeal dough and steamed or baked in corn husks.
I kind of feel like a tamale. Definitely well seasoned over the years with a little kick of spicy 🙂 All wrapped in love. The love of my students, my family, my friends, and the love of my God. The God who gave me the ultimate gift of all for Christmas. His son. All wrapped in love. For you and for me.♡ 

As you reflect on your own Christmas season, may you too feel wrapped in the love of Jesus. The baby that came to change the world. Wrapped in swaddling cloths.

Whatever your plans may include for the remainder of this winter break, I encourage us all to stay focused on the one that’s got it all under wraps. The one that has each of us wrapped in His eternal love. The one that came as the best Christmas gift there ever was and ever will be! May you continue to unwrap that love every day anew! And give it away. Like the hot tamales. 🙂

And never forget, we’re in Oklahoma! The weather’s always changing. Stay wrapped up when you need to. Unwrap when you don’t. It may be cold today, but you never know, it may be hot tamale! 🙂

Love and laughter, 

Sandy