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 Darkest Hour (KGI #1) by Maya Banks

The Kelly Group International (KGI): a super elite, top secret, family-run business that handles jobs the US government can’t. Qualifications: Military background, high intelligence, and a rock hard body…

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive.  Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he’s built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond…until he receives an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

There is nothing I like more than a good hero saves the girl and they ride off into the sunset together forever. lol Maya Banks did not disappoint! Ethan is so lost in the beginning until someone gives him a glimmer of hope to get his “dead” wife back. So what does this Ex-Seal do? Yeah, he goes and saves his lady, but can she ever forgive him for the past that she is starting to remember…

It was a little slow at first, and there are many twists, but I WILL be finishing this series soon!

Four stars from me

Redemption River: Men of Mercy by Lindsay Cross

Hunter James didn’t want or need redemption.

Until one mission turns his world upside down.

He left Mercy to fight for his country and escape a broken heart. Years later, he is hard. Cold. A man without mercy. Part of an elite Task Force, he tracks a brutal terrorist to his home town. And runs into the woman who betrayed him…

Evangeline Videl was destroyed when Hunter left. Determined to move on, she finds another man, but discovers too late the monster hidden beneath his smooth smile. Struggling to find the conviction to live, Evie finds her life spinning out of control.

Then Hunter returns…

Forced to band together to find the terrorist before its too late, Hunter and Evie must learn to forgive or risk losing the promise of redemption and their lives…
***This is a stand-alone love story. It is book 1 in the Men of Mercy series.***

This was a free book I downloaded thanks to an ad on Facebook. The blurp had me really wanting to read this one. This is a new author for me. She writes VERY detailed, however, that is sometimes needed when writing a book that has a lot of twists and turns. I found myself liking the characters even if I did get frustrated with the back and forth. I am woman that once I make up my mind, I usually don’t waffle around. (side note: There is nothing wrong with a strong woman deciding to give the love of her life a second chance) It seemed like she would change her mind every other paragraph and that just gave me whiplash.

I have been drawn to military books lately so I had high hopes for Hunter. The only time he felt real to me was when he went hunting for the bad guys in the woods. Evie just couldn’t decide whether she had a backbone or not (and it only seemed like it showed up with Hunter)

I gave it three stars because I like my heroines just as strong as my heroes!

That being said, I am not convinced to read book 2.

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…

 

Possessive Daddy by B.B. Hamel

I want my stepdaughter.
I know it’s wrong.
But my marriage is just a business deal and nothing more.
I don’t care if I’m a bad man.
I’m going to make her call me Daddy.

I refused to get involved with Julia Hall at first. She couldn’t pay me enough to be her pretend husband.

Then I caught sight of my future stepdaughter and the word “yes” slipped off my tongue.

I need to keep my hands off sweet Sydney. Taking her could ruin everything. Not to mention, she’s twenty years younger than me. Maybe I’m messed up, but when she parades her tight little body around the house, I can’t stop thinking about tasting every inch of it.

I know she wants me too. She gives me those bedroom eyes every day, even though we both know it’s so wrong.

I don’t care if this ruins everything; I can’t resist her anymore. I know she’s waiting for me to sneak into her room in the middle of the night. I’ll open the door, step inside, and whisper in her ear:

You belong to Daddy now.

Possessive Daddy is a dark romance with steamy scenes and bad language. It’s only recommended for readers 18+. 

If you are only looking for hot steamy scenes, then this is your book. If you actually enjoy reading and getting into a story then this book will be disappointing. It was a nice distraction and a very short read but the book felt rushed with no depth.

2 stars from me

Now if we are rating hot factor it would be a solid 4 fires for me. (I think I will start adding hot meters to every book from here on out!)

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!