Detours, Roadblocks, and Departures

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I usually enjoy catching up on reading during the summer months. My local library always provides a reading challenge for bookworms of all ages and this year is no exception for me. I have had time to read about three or four different books and even began reading a couple of resource type books for writers. I have been able to participate in a summer tradition and it has been lovely.

What hasn’t been so great are the plans I had for my summer that will not become a reality. Due to my need for surgery, I am not able to vacation the way I would have liked to. I also cannot garden and create a beautiful display of fragrance and flower and herbs like I would love to do. I also can not really enjoy the sunshine as I have to recover and participate in physical therapy in order to be well. There are lots of disappointments I consider as I reflect on my summer.

Photo from Summer Book Club 2019

As a believer in Jesus and as one who tries to follow His teachings, I know that even in my disappointment, God can still bring something beautiful from my broken dreams and hopes. I think of scripture from Romans 8:28,

” We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…”

I am reminded that with God there is always hope and that He promises to be with us/me always in life. God’s truth is just as He states in Romans, “He will and does make all things good” and so, I wait to see how God will surprise my life in the days ahead. I also choose to be grateful for those things He has provided for me so that I am a more healthy person. I can be thankful for a surgery that, though painful, brought healing. What a praise!

What about you, friend? What gives you hope today? Where do you turn for guidance when disappointments come? What has your summer been like? Can you count your blessings instead of grieving what you couldn’t have? Believe me, I am also speaking to myself as I write this.

I pray and hope that whatever events are taking place in your life this summer, you can still find reasons to rejoice and to be grateful. Choosing to praise may not be the easiest thing to do but, I am sure time spent in the narrow path of faith with God will lead us to peace. Isn’t such peace, hope, and joy as God gives priceless? Enjoy your summer and be blessed.

“Call to Me”

“Call to Me”

Sometimes a picture can say a thousand words. So, today’s blog is all about what I am needing this weekend; some answers to the many questions and concerns in my life. I need some “R &R.”

As someone who enjoys being creative and often lacks the time to participate in those fun, crafty, artsy projects; I am reminding myself that spending time with the one, true artist (God) is the most important thing to do before anything else this weekend/day. If I don’t spend the time and effort to be with God and with His Word then, I miss the benefits of His presence.

I hope this short blogpost gives you the permission to spend time with God today (and every day) so I can enjoy a life of more peace, love and joy. I am sure I will find the answers I need for my life when I do what God’s Word urges me to do.

Happy Weekend! Enjoy your time with God as well.

A picture can say a thousand words. What does this photo say to you?

“Too Blessed To Be Stressed?”

These are gifts I won from author, Debora Coty, who has a series of books with the same title as above; Too Blessed To Be Stressed. 🙂 I have been following her blog/newsletter/BFF Club for a few years. I have also written a few reviews for some of her books and I am happy to brag on her a bit for this blog post. 🙂

I can’t remember how I came to love Debora Coty’s books. It may have been while I was “liking” and “following” another author or friend who posted something about her. At any rate, the very first words of her series with the same, “Too Blessed to Be Stressed“, caught my attention. Those words she wrote, how they captivated me and caused me to respond (to myself), “really? how can I live life too blessed to be stressed?”

So from there, I was hooked. I have read a few of her books and gave at least one to a friend who told me later, “she makes me laugh,” so I know her words make a difference in our lives (My friend had read, Too blessed To be Stressed for Moms & More Beauty Less Beast). Debora’s perspective urges me to take notice of those things in my life that are good, beautiful, a blessing to me, and positive. If I can keep my eyes on “Papa God” (Debora uses these words to describe God), I will be okay no mater what life seems to hand out.

Her words, “Too Blessed to be Stressed” is NOT a slogan for a tee shirt but, it is a way to live life so my emotions and attitudes do not become sinful. If you are looking for some encouraging words, I suggest you give Debora Coty a look. Between her cookbook, coloring book, and devotionals and calendar planners, something is bound to strike your fancy! I leave her social media information below for your convenience.

On another note, my blog posts may be a little sporadic in July due to me having knee surgery on the 6th. I am able to write a few articles in advance of that procedure so, maybe my friends and family won’t forget about me while I take a “break” to recover with my new knee. I will be praying for you and your family. I hope you can take time this summer to do those things you can’t get to in other seasons of the year. Or, take time to read a book. Do something fun! Have a refreshing summer! Keep your perspective up! 🙂

You can find Debora on FB with her name: Debora Coty