Having to leave home…

I say this every time, but I don’t want to leave. Have you ever been to a place where your soul just rests and is at peace? That’s how I feel when I cross the state line to Louisiana.

I’m going to share a few pictures with y’all to share the beauty I see.

The Cabin

The Houmas House is always a fav of mine to visit and I highly recommend it. It’s privately owned but they have restored it perfectly.

Stately Oaks with Spanish moss hanging from the branches

ah lets not forget the swamp it’s as beautiful as it’s dangerous

New Orleans! If you can’t find the beauty in this city you are not looking hard enough. From Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, River Boats, and The Mississippi River walk.

This particular place has flown a 50ft flag since I was a lil girl and it’s something I look forward to EVERY time I get into town. It is a beacon welcoming me home!

Visiting Mike the Tiger is a MUST! (For one and all and you don’t just have to be a tiger fan)

Downtown Baton Rouge. Old capital building, USS Kidd, and of course my fav view of the Mississippi Bridge (“new one” I still can’t go over the old one without needing to loose my cookies 😂 Seriously though the old bridge is hard core) “Red Stick”

I hope you have smiled or at the very least have experienced a new side of Louisiana that you have never seen before. I wish I could have taken you along the way or could have stopped and taken a picture of everything I found beautiful a long the way.

Louisiana might not ever be my home again but it will always be home in my heart. It will forever be the place where my heart goes to rest and recharge and I am thankful.

Worship on Palm Sunday

“Worship the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for God.”

It’s Palm Sunday (quite possibly the happiest Sunday in history) Jesus is welcomed in the city and people are singing His “praises”. They didn’t know Friday was coming… it’s easy to praise when everything is going the way you think that is the plan.

But Friday was fast approaching when Jesus knew that these same people would turn on Him and He would be alone. His own disciples couldn’t stay awake and pray with Him. I know that we have all felt that way lonely and rejected when despair is all we have felt.

Worship is hard. Worship is what comes when praise disappears. Worship is bone deep and emotional. I love Palm Sunday. I mean LOVE this Sunday. For some reason today I just didn’t want to get up get going so when I got to church and the music started I will confess that I was not in a “worship” kind of place. Here’s what I was reminded of. When I raised one hand I could feel vibrations of sound reach to my finger tips. When I raised BOTH arms towards the heavens my whole body becomes a tuning fork reaching for the Presence of Lord! That’s when praise turned into worship!

When praise turns into worship that’s when peace reigns, it’s just you and the Lord. So the next time things go bad and you just want to stop the enemy is scared you are about to see the face of God. Know that his lies are just that, LIES! Sunday is coming! Worship, even when you think you have nothing left.

You don’t have to fight the battle to walk in victory

I ran across a saying the other day, it grabbed me and refuses to let go.

Now you take the “him” away and insert your own struggle or battle and this short sentence becomes so much more profound. How many times as Christians do we carry the weight of whatever we are fighting on our shoulders? That bill you are worrying over, the toxic relationships, the feelings of not belonging, that work situation, that betrayal, that health problem… Friend LET IT GO it’s toxic! We forget that God has already won over that struggle!

I will leave you with this song and I urge you to read the words to the song. Sing it over your life, your kids, this nation, and your friends. God is our Defender!

You go before I know

That You’ve even gone to win my war

You come back with the head of my enemy

You come back and You call it my victory

You go before I know

That You’ve even gone to win my war

Your love becomes my greatest defense

It leads me from the dry wilderness

And all I did was praise

And all I did was worship

And all I did was bow down

And all I did was stay still

And hallelujah, You have saved me

So much better Your way

And hallelujah, Great Defender

So much better this way

You know before I do

Where my heart can seek to find Your truth

Your mercy is the shade I’m living in

You restore my faith and hope again

When I thought I lost me

You knew where I left me

You reintroduced me to Your love

And You picked up all my pieces

Put me back together

You are the defender of my heart

And when I thought I lost me

You knew where I left me

You reintroduced me to Your love

And You picked up all my pieces

Put me back together

You are the defender of my heart

When I thought I lost me

You knew where I left me

You reintroduced me to Your love

You picked up all my pieces

Put me back together

You are the defender of my heart

Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,

my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Palm Sunday

“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.””

‭‭John‬ ‭12:12-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Isn’t this sometimes how it is as Christians, everything is good so we are shouting Hosanna praising His name. We forget that Friday is coming the darkness WILL threaten our peace of mind. So much of the time that we forget and react just the way the Jewish people did and condemn the very one we hailed as our Savior just one week prior.

I am so grateful that this is not the end of the story. The Lord doesn’t promise us a life full of no trails, what He does promise is to never leave us or not give us His peace while the darkness tries to steal our joy.

Palm Sunday is a great reminder that Jesus WILL be back and EVERY knee will bow to the King Of Kings, there will be worship like the earth has ever seen! (Doesn’t that just make you want to shout?!?!) Until that day we are to worship even though we may feel like we are wondering in the darkness, we ARE NOT ALONE! You are are son or daughter to the King Of Kings the enemy has no power… NONE! Need me to say that again? You are are son or daughter to the King Of Kings the enemy has no power!

Song that I am singing today is “Great Are You Lord”. What a powerful song with powerful words. Need prayer? Drop me a line I would love to pray for you!

Great Are You Lord

And all the earth will shout Your praise

Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing

Great are You, Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise

We pour out our praise

It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise

To You only

The door is closing and you are sad

Life is a funny thing, one minute everything is great then you feel the winds shift. Surely this is not my life’s plan.How do you pick yourself back up when a door closes in your face on your favorite dream?Image result for inspirational memes

How true is this? Would we ever appreciate the light if there was no dark (no disappointments)

For me life has been confusing lately, do I stay, do I go, am I making the right decisions for my lil one… But I have a friend who is going through much worse and my heart hurts for that situation. My prayer is, that although you feel like the door is closing and the dark is settling in, DON’T GIVE UP! I know that it is sometimes hard to find your way back but do not give up because someone is waiting for you. (friend, family loved ones, etc) I will be here for you, always.

In the end, when you see the light you will know that everything was as it was supposed to be. So chin up, Baby Girl, be the storm! If you need help, I got you. lol  I have no trouble being the storm. You are strong, intelligent, talented, beautiful daughter to The King, and I am blessed to call YOU friend!

#betheStorm

Could you sacrifice it all for true love?

That’s kind of a heavy question for a romantic at heart, but lets explore this concept just a bit more. I recently re-watched all of the Star Wars movies, and I couldn’t help but think that most of the trouble was caused by people that thought people should just fall in line with little to no explanation. (Side note if you are training, mentoring someone and they ask you a question it is YOUR JOB to answer them. If not someone else just might and the results could be catastrophic.)

The first movies (1-3) tell the story of a boy who did not grow up in the ways of the Jedi’s but they were pretty sure he would be the one to restore balance to the force. He meets his true love but they were forbidden to marry. Anakin decides to risk it ALL of love, setting into motion events that no one sees coming. (Darth Vader is born, arguably one of the BEST villains ever) He looses everything: Padme, his children, and his grandchildren are even now affected by his decision. My question is what would you risk for true love?

In a day where people fall in and out of love like they change their clothes, giving your all seems like a thing of days past.

For the sake of argument, lets say you met THE ONE. I mean toe curling can’t breathe without them love. Then someone tells you, you can’t be with them, could you walk away and leave them and sacrifice your happiness? I wonder if Anakin knew what would happen, the devastation he would cause, if he would still make the same decision.

I will tell you I consider myself a pretty strong woman, but I do not see myself walking away for any reason other than my son…

 

Motivation: What keeps you going?

For the last two years I have been on a quest to get back to being more healthy. I am a single mom with a very active lil boy and need to be the best I can be for him and me! This is me right before I started this journey. 

I was about 55 lbs overweight, facing  back and wrist surgery. I ate nothing healthy. I knew the time had come to do things differently. So July 4, 2016 I put down Dr. Pepper for good… (I went from drinking 6-8 a day to none and started a healthier diet) I made it a point to NOT cheat the first six months. This is different for everyone, but I knew if I cheated I would not have the willpower to stop.  I was doing no workouts at this point either. December of 2016 I had lost 30 pounds but I still had 25 to go. It was time to get really serious. I hired a trainer.

This route is not for everyone, but I found having to answer to someone and send my measurements to him was a HUGE motivator. (I will find a pic to put here just for yall) January 2017, I had joined his six week program. I had forgotten just how much I LOVED the working out. I loved the feel of my muscles being sore. Six weeks flew by. At the end i had lost three inches and was well on my way to loosing the last of my weight.  I tried to make it on my own, I really did.  I ended up messaging him and asking about longer term programs. Having a trainer keeps me grounded, motivated and focused on what I should be doing.

Around April I met another  fitness junkie. I know what you are thinking, what happened to D? Nothing, I kept him, while I started incorporating MORE stuff from my new friend and the results were amazing! I found that he challenged me to do things that I normally would not have even attempted to do. I have NO quit in me when someone challenges me! (I may have fussed a lil though) In all my years I can say that I loved the way I felt and looked during this time the best. I could not have been more excited about my new muscle definition. (Pics of my baby shoulders) 

October- December 2017 was when I got a lil sideways (so if this happens to you don’t panic you can get it back!) I spent these months BUSY with family holidays and only occasionally did I hit my downstairs gym. I will say that getting back in the groove is the hardest part but now two weeks into January it feels like I haven’t left!

The question I get asked the most is, well what’s your goal? I don’t know if I have just one… I want to reach for the stars and never look back. Size matters not to me, I mainly try to focus on how I feel at the end of the day and can I keep up with my four year old! My goal is too motivate people the way my friends motivate me! My advice to you is NEVER give up. Start small and move from there. Need help? There’s no shame in that either. There are a lot of programs out there that you can do alone or online trainers that will help you, because I know better than most how intimidating “going to a gym” can be!