More Happy Things From Today

Faith requires trust.
Absolutely.
LOVE this local storefront Christmas window display!!!
So cool.
Burlington finds. I somehow have magically destroyed all my wine glasses with stems.
Gonna go with stemless from now on. 🙂
I couldn’t believe the box, but this one glass holds an entire bottle of wine.
NO I did not drink all this! LOL. #JustTesting
You know your men need a haircut when they can look like this!!! LOL
#PhotoEditingFunny

A few of my favorite things!

Flamingos!!! If there was such a thing as a “spirit animal”,
this would be mine.

My “Walk In Love” bracelet from the Discipleship Walk I just went on.
Plus, multi-(bright) colored silicone wedding bands!
A visual representation of where I am in my life right now.
So tired of doing what I “should” or “ought to” or what everyone expects me to.
So tired of doing what everyone else is doing.
So tired of going with the flow, blending in, trying not to stick out.
Afraid people won’t like or accept me if they knew the real me.
**Well I’m getting off this crazy train.**
I’m starting to live the life that God has designed for me!!!
Found this at the public library today! Can’t wait to delve in!!!
When your sweater tag brings you warm fuzzies cuz it’s absolutely perfect.
#Love+Joy
The cutest children’s books I just discovered.
Pikachu socks!!!

#WalkInLove #RejoiceAlways

What in the Duck?!

The stuff that happens in my home in any given day… I just can’t make this stuff up, ya’ll. It’s so crazy funny– gotta share all the ducky-fun that’s going on over here. Hopefully you’ll find the humor in it as well.


#1- I was standing by my teenage daughter the other day… and, well, I smelled her BO. Yeah, she totally smelled like teen-spirit. I very gently & kindly said, “I smell you.” Her reply: yeah I know, mum, but I just shaved & I can’t put deodorant on right away because then I break out into a rash & then I REALLY can’t use deodorant & that’s really bad. From that, we proceeded to talk about how you can use clear aloe vera after shaving to stave off rashes. To which we got onto a conversation about aluminum in antiperspirants & how that could be one possible contributor to breast cancer. Which led to a convo about how breastfeeding can actually help reduce the chances of breast cancer. To which my middle son, who was overhearing this entire lengthy conversation about breast tissue, spouted out: Gee mum, I’ve been thinking… you’ve nursed SEVEN babies… I mean, I’m so surprised your boobs aren’t all shriveled up like raisins.
…………… Um………….. I was left absolutely speechless.
I mean, *how* does one seriously respond to that?!
Do I say “thank you”?!
Bwha ha ha ha!!!

#2- I called a dear friend of mine the other day & left a voicemail. Just as I was finishing up my message, my teenage son let out a HUGE, LOUD, how-was-this-humanly-possible belch. I was slack-jawed– & in slow-motion I pulled the phone from my ear & quite visibly to my son clicked the “end call” button. To which he was then slack-jawed with surprise & oops as he realized said impressive belch was ON MY GF’S VM!!! Great job, son. I give you a solid 10. Though he was initially embarrassed, he said with great accomplishment in his voice, “go big or go home.”

#3- Why why why do my kids insist on asking each other the infamous & ridiculously silly question: WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!
I mean, like, where do we begin????????
How much time do we have here????????

#4- I made a really yummy stir-fry for dinner the other night. But of course, my Little’s all threw their noses up at it. I mean, why have a fancy Asian dinner when there’s PB & J or hotdogs or cereal to eat instead, ya know? To them, my dinner was utter yuck. Well, after sitting for a while refusing to eat “the pestilence”, I causally looked up at my little daughter who was chewing away on the strings of her shirt. I asked her what she was doing & she responded, “I’d rather eat my shirt than this food.”
YIKES. Perhaps I should rethink my menus. LOL

More to come…

This is How I Fight My Battles

“Surrounded (Fight My Battles)”
(“To The One” version)

There’s a table that You’ve prepared for me
In the presence of my enemies
It’s Your body and Your blood You shed for me
This is how I fight my battles

There’s a table that You’ve prepared for me
In the presence of my enemies
It’s Your body and Your blood You shed for me
This is how I fight my battles

I believe You’ve overcome
And I will lift my song of praise for what You’ve done

This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how

In the valley I know that you’re with me
Surely Your goodness and your mercy follows me
My weapons are praise and thanksgiving
This is how I fight my battles

I believe You’ve overcome
And I will lift my song of praise for what You’ve done

This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how

This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

My weapons are praise and thanksgiving.”

Our weapons are also God’s Word, prayer, community with other believers, music…

Even the weakest Christian is stronger than Satan. We have the victory!

Scripture says Satan prowls about the earth like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). Get that: he’s not really a powerful, roaring lion– he’s LIKE a lion. De-fanged. De-clawed. On a leash. Defeated.

At the name of Jesus, Satan & his demons will flee. Even if you can’t think of anything to pray, just say the name “Jesus!”. It’s the most powerful one-word prayer ever!

Walk in Love today, my friends. And Rejoice Always.

Where would I be without God?

Love Love Love this song. Dancing to it this morning on this frosty fall day. After yesterday’s blog post about Following God, this song has become a follow-up anthem running through my mind.


“Me Without You”– TobyMac

Raindrops rollin’ off my brim
Streetlights got the pavement glistenin’
Touchdown, I fall into Your arms
Right where I belong
Your everlasting arms

And where would I be
Without You…

I’d be packin’ my bags when I need to stay
I’d be chasin’ every breeze that blows my way
I’d be building my kingdom just to watch it fade away
It’s true
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
Don’t know where I’d be without You
(Wooooah, without you)

Flashback, step into the scene
There’s You and there’s a very different me
Touchdown, You had me at believe
You had me at believe, You did

And where would I be
Without You, without You…

I’d be packin’ my bags when I need to stay
I’d be chasin’ every breeze that blows my way
I’d be building my kingdom just to watch it fade away
It’s true
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
Don’t know where I’d be without You

(Where would I be…)

[WHISPERING]
(I was so deep,
So incomplete
Til’ You rescued me
Yeah, You rescued me)

You rescued me
You are mine, I am Yours
You rescued me
And I am Yours forever
You saved me, remade me

And where would I be

I’d be packin’ my bags when I need to stay
I’d be chasin’ every breeze that blows my way
I’d be building my kingdom just to watch it fade away
It’s true
That I’d be packin’ my bags when I need to stay
I’d be chasin’ every breeze that blows my way
I’d be building my kingdom just to watch it fade away
So true
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou
Don’t know where I’d be without You

That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou
That’s me without You-ou-ou-ou
Don’t know where I’d be without You

#WalkInLove #RejoiceAlways

I Will Follow

I WILL FOLLOW: by Christ Tomlin

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow

All your ways are good
All your ways are sure
I will trust in you alone

Higher than my side
High above my life
I will trust in you alone

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I’ll love
How you serve, I’ll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you

Light unto the world
Light unto my life
I will live for you alone
You’re the one I seek
Knowing I will find
All I need in you alone
In you alone

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I’ll love
How you serve, I’ll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you

In you, there’s life everlasting
In you, there’s freedom for my soul
In you, there’s joy, unending joy
And I will follow

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow
Who you love, I’ll love
How you serve, I’ll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I’ll love
How you serve, I’ll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you

I will follow you
I will follow you
I will follow you


While I listened to this song, I caught a vision of the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years. They went, they stayed, & they moved based on God’s movements. By day, He guided them by a pillar of cloud. By night, He guided by a pillar of fire. (See Exodus 13:21-22.) The Israelites had a VISUAL leading of God, like an actual real thing to see with their very own eyes.

Sometimes I think it’d be great to see God’s direction so clearly like this for myself. I mean how cool would it be to physically see God’s movement & direction & calling on the earth?

But hey, He DOES show us. Maybe not in such a flashy style. But He def leads & speaks to us clearly.

*Through His word. When we read it & spend quiet, contemplative time thinking about it & how it can be applied & believing it.
*Through music. It brings images & visions to mind, stirs within us feelings, helps us memorize God’s word. It moves & encourages & fills us with hope & peace.
*Through meditation. We sit quietly thinking on God’s word & listening for Him.
*Through journaling. Written prayers & pouring out our hearts to Him.
*Through sermons, podcasts, & Christian speakers. They have an amazing way of helping us make sense of God’s word.
*Through fellowship & sharing life with one another. The conversations that bring sweet encouragement & perspective (& sometimes loving rebuke).
*Through nature. It brings inner tranquility & rejuvenation.
*Through Christian literature & devotionals. They help give us clarity & perspective & bring truths to our remembrance.
*Through coincidences. Things/situations that only God could have orchestrated.

God’s leading is all around us when we have spiritual eyes & ears that are open to His prompts. Are we looking? Are we listening? And will we follow?


Following is hard– I’m not gonna lie. Maybe because as an American we are proud of our *independence* & we take that into all areas of life? Maybe some of us are just natural born leaders & we want to be out front? Maybe it’s our sin nature that wants to shake it’s little fist at God & do things “our” way? Perhaps it’s a combo of all three. But whatever the cause, following can be hard.

It means we have to put our wants/desires to the side.
It means we have to put our complete trust in the leader.
It means that we’re not “in the know” concerning all the nitty-gritty details.
It means we have to have faith that the leader not only knows what they’re doing– but that they’re capable of doing it.
It means we’re not in control.
It means surrender.

These are NOT easy things to do.

But our God is not like man. He’s not fallible. He doesn’t make mistakes. His ways are only good. He knows all things. He holds all things. He IS capable. He IS trustworthy 100%.

And He loves us– oh, how He loves us (John 3:16).
He has plans to prosper us, not to harm us. Plans to give us a hope & a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
His way is perfect & His word is flawless (Psalm 18:30).
He abounds in goodness & truth (Exodus 34:6).

Follow Him.
Go where He goes.
Stay where He stays.
Move where He moves.
Serve where He serves.
Love who He loves.

In you, there’s life everlasting
In you, there’s freedom for my soul
In you, there’s joy, unending joy
And I will follow

#WalkInLove #RejoiceAlways