Siblings

Good morning! 

It’s ironic. There are two different individuals that are very close to me that have both recently been united to siblings. Siblings they knew nothing about until they were grown. Half brothers and sisters sharing the same father.

Sometimes life isn’t pretty. Sometimes it gets complicated. Different people deal with different circumstances in different ways. 

The sins of the father, so to speak, don’t necessarily have to be carried down to their offspring. But oftentimes they are.

Both of these individuals are ecstatic to have found a new sibling! Someone they can call their own. Someone that shares a bond of DNA, and hopefully a relationship to go along with it. Sure they both have suffered the loss of years, but think of the stories! The memories they can now create together!  

The day will come when we all will experience that same feeling of reunion and reconcilliation as we are reunited with our fellow siblings in Christ. Let’s all enjoy our earthly siblings until that time comes. Then we’ll all unite once and for all with our Heavenly Father to live for eternity in heaven.

Look how good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. Psalm 133:1

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

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Surgery

Good morning! 

A dear friend of mine had hip surgery yesterday. Another dear friend’s husband had knee surgery very recently. For me, it was eye surgeries.

We’ve reached that age. Either ourselves or our parents. Where these old bodies are just wearing out. From the years of wear and tear we’ve put them through.

Modern technology offers us numerous options to repair and replace that which is no longer functioning as designed in our bodies. For some it’s mere meds. For other’s  a pair of reading glasses. For others still it’s surgery. Often involving artificial or transplanted body parts. The options are endless.

No matter how we look at it, we still only get one body. And with it, one chance at this life we live. Let’s take care of it. And if it needs repair, just like our cars, let’s fix it. 

We can start first with the one who created our bodies. With prayer. And we can supplement that with the skill of the physician or the surgeon if necessary.

Today I send out prayers to all of you out there who are or know someone who might be suffering or recovering from a health issue. Here’s to doctors. Here’s to surgeons. Here’s to all my nurse friends who I love dearly. Thank you for all that you do! 

But let’s all always remember, our God is the great healer. 

But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord, Jeremiah 30:17

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

Plans

Good morning! 

I’m presently in a season of change in my life. With my changing career path, it has opened up many doors and closed a few. 

Part of my becoming a special education teacher entails passing three state tests and completing a master’s program. 

I’m slowly but surely rehabbing a house. 

Lots going on. Lots to keep track of. So I splurged and bought myself a brand new teacher planner to stay on top of things. 

And my middle daughter gave me this cute little Kate Spade pencil case to go along with it, full of black and white striped pencils that match perfectly and even a sharpener, so I CAN be the sharpest crayon in the box! 😉 

Organization is key to keep track of my plan.

Always remember: if you fail to plan, plan to fail.

God, too, has a plan. For each of us. As of recent, He’s taking me on a journey that has surpassed my wildest dreams. I’m so thankful! I’m so excited! And at the same time, fearful. Fearful of failure. But I know fear is not of God. And I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  So can you!

I encourage each of you today to not let fear cripple you. Be victorious! Trust God. Trust His plan. Then execute yours. 

As for me, I plan to enjoy this blessed ride God has me on to its fullest! Hands in the air! Sometimes screaming as I go! Here I come! I can’t wait to see what my future holds! 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.               Jeremiah 29:11

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

Flexibility

Good morning! 

Flexibility.  Yesterday I received an email that stated flexibilty is a key word around the elementary school where I’ll be teaching.

It got me thinking. Am I flexible? Am I willing to change? To compromise?      I’d like to think so. 

I’ve learned to live life in pencil. Not pen. I can change my plans at a moments notice if necessary. For the record, I may pencil YOU in on my planner, but not God. He’s a pen guy all the way! 

Just how flexible are you?

Do you bend easily when it comes to your relationships with others? Or do you break when you don’t get your way? Or do you bend so much and so often that you never stand for anything? Do you adapt well to change? 

Flexibility is a quality that comes from within. God has called us to glorify Him. To be the salt and the light in this world. That means carrying out His will not OUR will. That calls for some pretty serious flexibility. Without flexibility we fail to experience how others can help and challenge us with their different cultures and viewpoints. 

Let’s all show a little more flexibility in our lives when it comes to others. Let’s all bend and not break. And let’s all learn to write more in pencil. It’s much easier to change and correct.✏ 

But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?” So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know. For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.” Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!” Acts 25:9-12

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

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 

The Ice Cream Man

Good morning!

As I was driving out of my neighborhood Saturday  evening,  I passed this blast from the past. 

The ice cream man!🍦

As a child I remember the melodic sound of the ice cream truck as it slowly meandered from street to street in my neighborhood. We often played outdoors from morning ’til dark. We, being the kids in our neighborhood.   Once a child recognized that sound, they went running home to get some change from mom or dad for the ice cream man. What memories! 

Just one note of that oh so familiar melody sent my thoughts back to simpler times, all the magical childhood memories of summertime came rushing in.

What triggers warm fuzzies for you?

Saturday it was the sound of an ice cream truck for me. Today it may a smell. Or a sight. Who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Did you know that when Jesus left this earth He sent us a helper to help us remember all that He taught. The Holy Spirit to live in our soul as a gentle reminder. Our trigger to bring back memories of Christ. 

Whatever triggers warm fuzzies for you, may you experience it abundantly. We all need good memories of things from our past to remember.  But in the meantime make new memories!  And while you’re at it, eat lots of ice cream! It’s summertime! 😎

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you                                                         John 14:26

Love and laughter, 

Sandy