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CAN YOU SEE JESUS

CAN YOU SEE JESUSThis is a block of wood that I bought at least 30 years ago at a craft fair. It is a simple block of wood with some lighter strips of wood glued to it in varying patterns. But, when looked upon in just the right way you will see the message of Jesus.

This plaque sits in my kitchen window so that I look on it every day. I would like to say that I look at it and remember its meaning every day but I’ll be honest and tell you that most days I don’t even notice it sitting there.

Isn’t that just like life? Jesus is always with us just waiting for us to notice him. However, in our busy and crazy life, we run around and never take the time to focus and to see Jesus. We can find Jesus in even the smallest events and He is there in the major events also.

Some mornings I will go outside before Joe wakes up and just sit out on the back porch. I just sit and listen to the birds chirping, and the cars going down the road and I find that it is so peaceful. In that moment I will see Jesus. I will thank Him for all of His creations and the beauty that is all around me. Then life starts to happen. Breakfast needs to be fixed, emails need to be answered, phone calls need to be answered, and it is time to get to work doing something. Whoops, where did He go? The answer is He didn’t go anywhere, we did.

When things are going great it is so easy for me to be thankful and praise His name. I am diligent about thanking the Lord through the day and at night for the smallest of blessings. I thank Him for my health, for business at work, and even for a good hair day. But, I am not so diligent in thanking Him for my struggles. I don’t thank Him for the growth that I have achieved in going through a difficult time, I don’t thank him for the friends that might have supported me when I am in pain, all I do is wallow in my misery.

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Have you ever noticed that we can seem to find the Lord in the BEST of times and in the WORST of times but in everyday life, we sometimes lose sight of him? I call out to Him in times of stress and need. I beg Him to heal the sick and to comfort the widows. When times are tough you can find me calling out to Him even though He has been with me all along.

Acts 17:27

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

It can be difficult to see the Lord in all of our life’s event when our eyes are on ourselves. However, faith teaches us that He is present despite our jumbled and messed up circumstances. Just like this plaque, JESUS is there whether we see Him or not.

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Have A Blessed Day!

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I AM CRUSHING ON GINGHAM

50 IS NOT OLD | I AM CRUSHING ON GINGHAM | FASHION OVER 40I know a lot of you saw that movie with Robert Redford called the Horse Whisperer. If you didn’t then you need to check it out, it was a great movie. And, I bet a lot of you have seen the television show called the Dog Whisperer with Caesar Millan. I wish he would come and train my Lucy to not growl and bark when a new person comes into the house. But, I bet you have never heard of the Turtle Whisperer. 

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A MAXI DRESS AND A LONG VEST

50 IS NOT OLD | A MAXI DRESS AND A LONG VEST | FASHION OVER 40I have been dying to tell everyone about my Monday evening. A couple of months ago I got a message from one of my blog readers who said they were starting a blog and wanted to talk. I love talking about blogging so we jumped on the phone and talked for over an hour. We were so much alike and had a ton of things in common. It actually got to be quite comical when we would say, “me too.” We did that like 5 or 6 times. Lol!!! Anyway, before we got off the call we started talking about Rodan + Fields and she soon joined me in the business.

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COLD SHOULDER FLORAL WITH JEANS

50 IS NOT OLD | COLD SHOULDER FLORAL WITH JEANS | FASHION OVER 40Joe knows that I will tell anything about him so he is never really surprised when one of his antics is talked about on the blog. This one, however, might get “ME” in the doghouse. Lol! Husbands sometimes do things that make you shake your head and think, “there is no way on earth that I would ever do that.” Let me set the stage for what happened.

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A COLORFUL FLORAL MAXI DRESS

50 IS NOT OLD | A COLORFUL FLORAL MAXI DRESS | FASHION OVER 40I think that I might could get used to this retirement stuff, or in my case this week, semi-retirement. Lol! Today was a whirlwind and before I knew it the day was almost over. It started with me sleeping in which was such a treat. I took a shower and got dressed really early so that I could meet up with a blogger friend of mine. (You’ll hear all about it on Friday)

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CROCHET DETAILS AND KICK FLARE PANTS

50 IS NOT OLD | CROCHET DETAILS AND KICK FLARE PANTS | FASHION OVER 40I think my husband might have pulled a fast one over on me. Monday was SUPPOSED to have been my first official day in retirement and instead, I ended up going to work (twice) and helping out to make sure that payroll was done correctly. We figured that people don’t care as much if inventory is off or a price is entered incorrectly, but that they get ill when their paychecks are wrong. Lol! So, I went and guided her through the process again to make sure it went smoothly.

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I AM YOURS

What I believe is not the same thing that the Lord believes. My thoughts get convoluted with thoughts from the devil which is not what I want to happen at all. The devil tries to create havoc and doubt and the Lord tries to give calmness and faith.

I was going to the bank and post office the other day and I heard an interview with Lauren Daigle. In the interview, she was talking about the new album that she just released. I was excited to hear that she had come out with a new album because I love her music. Then yesterday, when I went shopping for some groceries I saw the single, “You Say,” on her Facebook page and it had been released. I pulled it up on YouTube and started listening to the song as I was driving down the road.

You say I am loved
When I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong
When I think I am weak
You say I am held
When I am falling short
When I don’t belong
You say I am Yours
And I believe
I believe
What You say of me
I believe

This song hit me like a ton of bricks. As I was driving down the road I had tears streaming down my cheeks. Every time I would hear the words being sung, “When I don’t belong You say that I am Yours” I would start weeping all over again.

How many times have I thought to myself that I didn’t belong, that I was not good enough? It is probably a ridiculous number and one that I don’t even want to think about. All those times, it has been the devil talking to me and “I” was choosing to listen to him.

So, today, I am choosing to BELIEVE the Lord. I believe that He is my fortress and that makes “me” strong. I believe that He holds my hand and that makes “me” brave. I believe that He takes “my” burdens and that gives me comfort. I BELIEVE in the Lord!

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

It is not easy to keep doubts and worry from creeping into our thoughts. The devil prays on our insecurities and he knows what buttons to push. A visual reference can help, so take the time to print out this picture and put it somewhere that you will see it when you wake up. Start the day off by knowing in whom you believe. If you need, print off more than one and put them around your house until you feel the joy from knowing that “I Am Yours!”I would love to spread the love of the Lord. Please share this post with others.

Have A Blessed Sunday

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SPENDING MY SATURDAY SHOPPING

Today is my first official day of retirement and how do I spend it? I spent hours and hours on the Nordstrom website looking at the Anniversary Sale. lol! Here I said that I wasn’t going to be buying a lot of things and instead I have a cart full of items. It dawned on me after I had been on there forever that I should show you the items that caught my eye and that way YOU wouldn’t be on there near as long as I was.

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EVERYONE NEEDS A GOOD HANDYMAN

50 IS NOT OLD | EVERYONE NEEDS A GOOD HANDYMAN | FASHION OVER 40Guess what??? The dishwasher is back up and running! Joe is such a mechanically minded kind of guy that he can usually fix almost anything. He started to doubt himself for a little while but he just couldn’t stand the thoughts of the dishwasher besting him. Lol! He started fiddling with it and before long the motor started running again. I am crossing my fingers that it is a permanent fix.

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