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Prayer Changes Things!

Do you believe prayer changes things?

I mean, do you really believe prayer changes things?

Do you have Faith that when you pray, God is listening, and not only listening, but that He will also answer you?

Hmmm…consider this…

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, ”
and…

16 “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

Prayer Changes Things
So, today, live your life beautifully, do good, do what’s right, and don’t do what’s wrong; seek God’s heart. And pray – for yourself, for your family, for your friends. And pray with belief that God attends to your prayers; pray with Faith,
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.”
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“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.”
Hebrews 11:1-2
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 So, have Faith and Pray
because
Prayer changes things!
Have you prayed yet today?

Revive Your Heart Today!

Is your heart heavy today? Feeling a little lonesome, maybe missing someone special? 

Here’s an idea to help: Jewlry Box Treasures

Take a walk down memory lane with a photo album, a scrapbook, Photo Memories an old jewelry box, a closet laden with old clothes, a trunk in the attic, a shelf in the garage – wherever those old, treasured life memories are quietly tucked away. Pull one out – touch it, run your hand over it, feel the texture, smell the fabric, hold it, let it speak to you; close your eyes and remember; live again that moment, that event, that person, that time.

Allow that special memory to kiss your heart with gladness, with warmth, with love!  With memory of a special moment in time. Go ahead and Wedding Dresslet that smile spread across your face. Laugh! Let your heart breathe and beat with treasured memory!

Revive your heart!

Remember those special, heartlifting moments that made life worth living. That’s what life is all about – and what your life yet holds in the future!  No matter your age, or stage in life, there are still beautiful memories to create, to live, to savor! To make you smile in reflection in years to come.  And to pass down to the next generation. 

So go on, relive those past exquisite moments.  And then let your mind drift; dream, plan, create! Sing, dance, paint, play, write, cook, shop, make a phone call, travel, work a homeless shelter, babysit, teach, whatever makes you feel good!

Step out and create a new beautiful memory and share your heart today.

After all, the world needs the very special gift that is uniquely

YOU ❤

I love you board

#Goodness

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Psalm 139:13-14

             Because I believe and know this deeply within my heart – that I am fearfully and wonderfully made – I also know that I am ok; I have good in me; my body, my soul, my spirit – all that makes up who I inherently am – is good, is right, is wonderful.  The very basis for who I am is good, right, and wonderful.  Because I was made – I was created that way, from the beginning, and with love.  By You. Baby Tommy for Blog

 “I have loved you with an everlasting love;

Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.

 Jeremiah 31:3

             I will dwell on this, I will recite this, I will ingrain this FACT, this knowledge into my brain, my heart, into the whole fabric that is me.  Until I believe wholeheartedly, with all of my heart, soul, and spirit, without hesitation, that I was in the very beginning – good!  My basis is GOOD! (Not bad, wrong, off, by mistake, flawed, evil, in error, etc.)

             And if my BASIS is good, no matter the circumstances of my conception and/or birth, if my beginning is GOOD, then I can always go back to that beginning good.  I can always choose to tap back into that good that has always been there inside of me since the beginning.  I can claim it and drag it out!  Yep, I can drag it out, pour it over my head and let it wash all down and over me, washing off all the years of grit and grime I have wallowed and covered myself in! Oh yes I can!

             No matter what I have done, no matter how unloved, unworthy, or unlovable I am feeling, I can go back – back to that good.  I can dress myself in that good.  I can walk in that good.  I can make that beginning good in me a real thing – once again.  And again.  And again.  I can allow that goodness within me to take over my mind, my heart, my body – covering over all the hurt, the betrayal, the negative.  I can allow it to mend, to heal, to relieve all the regret, the brokenness, the pain.  I can allow myself to feel that goodness within me!  I can become that goodness in me – I can BE  that GOODNESS – again!  Yes, once AGAIN 

 I CAN!

YOU can!!

Just #Believe

           …#Believe you have that goodness within you and that it’s been there since the day of your conception! Go look for it –dig down in there if you have to – find it! Take it out, dust it off and put it on!  Yay!!!  And then #Commit to allowing #goodness, #love, and #mercy into your heart, allowing them to reign over all else in your life.  #Commit to being and doing #good for yourself.  #Commit to being and doing good for others.  #Commit to #love, patterned after the #greatestlovestoryofall

 And if you don’t know what this love is, here are some fun explanations:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=MSG

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=NASB

            This is what’s on my mind and heart today.  As I did this morning, I hope you will too, take this truth and push it deeply within your heart and soul, soothing your scarred and torn self-worth and shoring up your strength to start each day with GOOD!  Because you were intended for this!

 #Peace and #Goodness to you ❤

 If you don’t know what the #greatestlovestoryofall is, you can find out here: https://www.biblegateway.com/

           If you don’t believe this man is who this book says he is, then try to see it this way: the story of him, his life, and his love is still a perfect template to trace and model in our own lives.

 Here’s to living out #Goodness in 2015!

#Commit to #goodness, #love, and #mercy, allowing them to reign over all else in your life. #Commit to a #love patterned after the #greatestlovestoryofalltime.   

Peaceful, Nice Veteran’s Day to You!

Peaceful, Nice Veteran’s Day to you all!

In reflection today of those in my family, and those from around our Country who have served, and yet serve, and in thinking particularly of the changes that serving can and does make in our troops and their family’s lives, I came across this song Stand With Me by the band Downhere. It carries the message I wish to say to each of these faithful, serving in our Armed Forces –

I will stand with you!

May our entire Country stand with each of you, today, and always – God bless you and your families, and thank you for putting yourself out there for your Country and each of us. I appreciate each one of you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0yOzDptjWs#t=15

Tiff and Chris in Uniform

Welcome Home Son-in-Law

Richard Aaron in Uniform

Brave Nephew

Chas

Brave Neice

Nikki

Brave Niece

Billy, Mindy, Cyndi in Terminal

Welcome Home Brother

Dad in Uniform

My Korean Veteran Dad

Billy in Guard Uniform

Hero Brother

Billy in Navy Blues

Awesome Brother

Honor Guard at Dad's Funeral

Veteran Honor Guard

Salute at Dad's Funeral

Veteran Honor Guard Salute at Dad’s Funeral

  Billy Taking Navy Oath

God is My Bowl of Cream of Wheat

Full Fur Lined Slippers   After experiencing my first dry, HOT Nevada summer, I am definitely enjoying this week’s burst of cooler, fall weather – yay!  How about you?  Waking up to a brisk 49 degrees (and after pulling out my warm, fur lined slippers), I find myself longing for a bowl of hot, satisfying Cream of Wheat! Mmmmm…Rich and creamy, made with milk and a touch of pure maple syrup for just a hint of sweetness, topped with dried cranberries and cinnamon toasted walnuts or pecans – oh yes! Just what my tummy is hungering for. 

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Mmmmm…that was SO good! Soothed me right up!

     As I was eating, I got to thinking this: my rich, delicious, soothing bowl of cream of wheat does for my tummy and body, just what my relationship with God does for my soul and my life. Oooooh yeeeeeaah!  Here’s how:

The thick, hot cream of wheat itself serves as my breakfast foundation; it’s the soothing, nutrient rich filler that lines my tummy and satisfies my hunger.  Just like my relationship with God.  Believing in God, allowing myself to love Him, and having deep faith, fills me up with goodness, satisfies my hunger for belonging and self-worthiness, soothes my battered soul and creates the rich foundation for everything in my life.

Maple Syrup 2The little touch of pure maple syrup serves as the wholesome little bit of sweetness I need to not crave delicious and tempting super fats like fried donuts and pies in the morning!!  This is like prayer – my conversations with God.  Talking with God fills me up with sweet love from my Maker, satisfying my craving for acceptance and love and all the very tempting but bad-for-me things in this world.  After imbibing in a little prayer time, I feel loved and renewed and good about myself, and relieved of the need to go out and seek the wrong kind of acceptance socially.Cranberries 1 comp

The cranberries lend a little bit of tartness just to liven things up. They get my orneriness and backbone going, just like God’s Word or Scripture does.  When I need a little strength and courage to do what needs to be done, I can always go to the Book and find that encouragement and backbone, and even a little direction for my day to day living.  Plus, cranberries are loaded with anti-oxidants and help improve immune function.  Scripture is also loaded with anti-oxidants for life, and applying God’s words to my life definitely improves my immunity to temptation. (smile smile)

Cinnamon compThe cinnamon adds a little spice for variety and flavor.  Just like my Christian service and ministry work.  I love the sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy flavor of cinnamon, and I love the sweet feelings and spicy variety I find in helping/doing nice things for others.  People and physical work can be great fun, but they can also be quite spicy!  But like cinnamon, mission work is full of variety and adds so much robust flavor to my life!Pecans

And, finally, the nuts give a little shot of protein, a little “meat” to cling to my tummy, which helps the rich cream of wheat fill me up, making me feel that much more satisfied and content.  This is just how I feel when I visit (fellowship) with other believers, whether socially or in church.  They back up and affirm my faith, helping to enrich and shore up my confidence and satisfaction in serving God.  And when I might falter, they are there to help carry me through the empty spots. These friends are God’s little helpers in making my life rich, happy, full and satisfying.

So there, you have it – God is my bowl of cream of wheat 

Yum!

Morning Grace

Good Morning!

Morning Grace Cropped

What are you thankful for today?

…I know, some days it seems very hard to pinpoint even just one thing to be thankful for.  But for today – I am so thankful and grateful for each and every person in my life who grants and gives me so much wonderful love, unconditionally and always, whenever I need it.  I am blessed far beyond what I deserve!

So, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart – each one of you – for loving and supporting me – I am truly thankful ❤

Mindy