Last week I did a post that asked for comments about what were some of your favorite things about 50 Is Not Old. Notice that I didn’t say leave a comment about 50 Is Not Old, I said your FAVORITE. Haha! That way I didn’t receive any negative feedback. It may take me a while, but I am figuring out this whole blogging game. Anyway, I had a lot of nice comments, thank you very much, but one of the prevailing thoughts was color. Several of you commented that you liked that I dress in different and bright colors.
Today I chose a dress for my Memorial Day fashion statement. It is not often that I wear dresses. I am not sure why; they are quick, easy, and comfortable. There is only “one” item to pick out of the closet, instead of two, and all you have to add is accessories. But for some reason, unless it is church, I choose to wear something else.
Faith is a hard concept to grasp. It asks you to take a leap, often without you knowing why or what the outcome will be. It asks you to believe, without seeing. It asks for complete trust and confidence, without showing you proof.
I am just like most of you, I want to see a miracle. I want to know that God is real and that he knows I exist. My heart says yes, but sometimes I let the devil wander into my thoughts and ask, “Where is the proof?” Where is the person who was dead, and now is alive? Where is the person who could not walk, and just by a single touch has now been made whole? Modern day miracles happen all the time around us, but we have become really good at explaining how they came about. A person is shot 6 times at close range and survives, explanation is they are lucky. A person who is in a coma for years, just suddenly awakens, explanation is modern medicine. A person (I actually know) was held by her husband with a gun to her head. He pulled the trigger three times, with a fully loaded chamber, and yet the gun never fired. Explanation was that when you push the barrel into something really hard, it won’t fire. REALLY??? You want to be the one to demonstrate that?
When I started reading Draw The Circle – A 40 DayPrayer Challenge, I had one prayer that I prayed daily. I prayed for my “Water Into Wine” girl, a modern day miracle. I wrote about this sweetheart back in February, explaining about the terrible disease that she has lived with since the age of two months. Our entire community has been praying for her healing, but the disease is a terrible one and the prognosis was not promising. About a month ago, her mother announced that the hospital was going to be entering her into a clinical trial for a new drug that might show some promising results. With a new found optimism, pictures were taken with the hope that there would be visible improvement. After one month, the results were UNBELIEVABLE!!! The tumors had shrunk dramatically. Here’s the thing, the doctors are astounded. The medicine has never worked for someone with her type disease. They are now doing case studies on her and her results. She is nowhere near cured, but there is no doubt in my mind that the Lord has touched her, and she is now on her way to being cured. Did he use the medicine to heal her? Maybe, but that is alright with me.
Do you have faith? Will you take that leap with complete trust and confidence? Please add my little Water Into Wine girl in your prayers. Let’s show an entire community what the Lord can do.
Have a blessed weekend!
Memorial Day is celebrated this weekend. There will be lots of sun, fun, and sales. A large number of people take this opportunity to head to the lake, while others will hold cookouts. Women know that Memorial Day is a time when some of the best sales are going on, and we usually take full advantage of them. BUT, let’s at least take a couple minutes to remember the meaning of Memorial Day. This is a day when those who died in active military service are remembered. Please say a small prayer for those who lost their lives, and the families who grieve for them.
Before I give you tips on looking your best, I want to give you a tip on winning some Plunder jewelry. Today I am hosting a FaceBook giveaway!!! To enter, you must 1. Like my FaceBook page. 2. Leave a comment on the FaceBook giveaway page about what your favorite thing is about 50 Is Not Old. (fashion, hair, stories, giveaways, faith inspiration, etc) and finally, 3. SHARE the FaceBook post. That’s it. Next Wednesday on my blog post I will announce the winner. Start picking out your Plunder items you would want.
First off, I want to thank all of you who participated in my first Wednesday’s Wardrobe link-up. It was a complete success!!! My only goal was to have it actually work, the fact that several of you joined, is just icing on the cake. If you looked at the post yesterday, you still might want to check back periodically through the week. The link-up will be open till next Tuesday. So, more bloggers might still join in. I will send out a few invitations in the coming week, and hopefully we will have more participation next week.
I am always linking-up with different blogs that I like, so I thought I might try my hand at a link-up. If you are not sure what I am talking about, it is a place where bloggers can get together and you, the reader, can go to find a whole host of bloggers all in the same spot. It is wonderful for everybody. Bloggers have an opportunity to reach a different audience and the reader gets to see blogs they might have never seen before.
It is always nice to visit everyone in Tennessee, but I am really glad to be back home. I haven’t seen Joe in a week. I think he might have forgotten what I look like. He left last Sunday, going on a little golf outing, and came home on Thursday. I left on Thursday and came back on Sunday. But all is good; at least there was someone home every night and we didn’t have to get a “doggie” sitter. If we travel without the dogs, we have a lady come and spend every night at the house. Most people would call this a house sitter, but the house can take care of itself. We want the dogs looked after, and kept company. Lol!
It has rained for days. The rain and cold weather have started to take a toll on my normally sunny nature. I have found myself being gloomy, tired, and borderline hateful. There might even be a few people who would say that there was no borderline. Lol! I got to noticing that my wardrobe was reflecting my mood. Here I wore gray, and here I wore black. So, today I thought I would change my mood through color.
Kindness, a simple act that can mean so much. In church last Sunday our Preacher talked about kindness, and then in my woman’s study group, we once again talked on the same subject. That was twice in one 2 hour period of time. Kindness is not something that costs a lot of money, and it is easily given. So why would my Preacher and Sunday school teacher both feel the need to have a lesson plan based around the subject?
If you saw my post on Wednesday, you read about me talking about negativity. I had a couple of anonymous commenters that left less than kind comments. That is not a random occurrence. I have heard many bloggers talk about this same issue. Celebrities experience unkind comments on a regular basis. Is this because people on the internet, or on television and movies, don’t seem like “real” people?
Do you practice kindness is your daily life? How many of us will let someone pull in front of us when you are in a long line of traffic? How about when you see someone with only a few items in the checkout line at the grocery store? We can extend small acts of kindness easily, so why do we let the enemy bring out the worst in us?
There has been a small movement recently, where strangers “pay it forward.” I have only experienced this once in my life, and I was shocked when it happened. I was traveling to a woman’s club meeting, and I had to go on a toll road. When I pulled up to pay my toll, the toll booth worker handed me a slip of paper that said someone had paid my toll. I thanked them, gave them my toll and told them to pay the driver’s toll behind me. I have no idea how many other drivers in the line did the same thing.
A small act of kindness can create a large ripple. This week lets start the ripple. Let’s send waves of kindness across the world. I would love for you to share acts of kindness that you have received or forwarded to someone else. It would be inspirational, and others might like to extend the same acts in other parts of the country.
I leave you with a prayer written by Mary Stewart in 1904. This is the woman’s club collect that is recited at every woman’s club meeting I attend.
Keep us, O God, from pettiness;
let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and
leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense and meet each
other face to face — without self-pity
and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment and
Let us take time for all things;
make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is the little
things that create differences,
that in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to touch and to know the great,
common human heart of us all, and
O Lord God, let us forget not to be kind!
Have a blessed weekend!