The Storm Is Coming

A storm is coming and it’s not a small one either. As Christians, what are we doing about it? It has not been very many times that we have faced a Cat five hurricane with winds climbing past 175 mph. I have for the last couple of minutes read about the devastation that’s coming… I will ask you again, as Christians, what are we doing?

Fear. Desperation. Anger. Sadness. Are just a few of the emotions the world is feeling as they watch this storm approaching.

Have we forgotten that Jesus gave us the power to speak to the storms?

What would this storm look like if every Christ follower stood up, raised their hands and SPOKE to this storm?

Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.

Psalm 107:28-29

The Bible says HE CALMS THE STORMS, and the waves are still! Jesus does not expect us to sit back and watch as people need His deliverance. We as His people are called to speak to the storm no matter what that storm looks like or how scary it may seem. We know the Maker of the waves and the Master of the storms.

and said: “ Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

2 Chronicles 20:6,9

Today let’s speak to this storm in the name of Jesus #stormspeaker #HolySpirit #Masterofthewind #Peacebestill

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.

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.

Dreaming with my eyes wide open

Have you ever wanted something so bad that your mind and heart speak to you in dreams? Do you do this? Sometimes I will be in the middle of the day and find myself dreaming of you.

Tonight I saw glimpses of a future that was never meant to mine but one that I have wanted since I was a lil girl. As I lay down to sleep my mind is restless and I know that when I give up and let go you will be there waiting for me smiling hand extended as if leading me down to the madness of my own doing. It’s 3:45 am, I know it’s time. There’s really no use fighting my need to see you even briefly. The dreams are never the same but always end the same way with my heart racing knowing our time is coming an end.

The minute my eyes close I’m instantly there with you and it’s like no time has passed and a thousand years have gone by.

…..

I know our time is running out. I can hear my alarm in the background the panic must show in my eyes so as things start to fade you reach out to touch my cheek saying “It’s ok, I’ll see you soon.”

When I open my eyes, I can’t help but feel the leap of my heart. It takes a minute to know that’s a dream and you are gone.

My reality starts all over. I miss you sometimes more than i need air.

Does fortune truly favor the bold?

Does fortune favor the bold? Do you believe in fate? Do you want it bad enough? What’s the absolute worst that can happen?

So I have this ongoing debate with a friend… He says intimidation plays into whether or not someone asks you out. Here’s my thoughts on that.

Does fortune favor the bold? I believe it does. Sometimes the opposition is just as nervous as you are.

Do you believe in fate? Absolutely! If you are meant to be in someone’s life then you will be there.

Do you want it bad enough? Now here’s where it gets tough. It’s not easy putting yourself out of the limb where you can be exposed and vulnerable, but if you don’t then you won’t get what you want (and that’s a 100% guarantee). They can not read your mind.

What’s the worst that can happen? Hmmm REJECTION yeah i know that’s never fun. But what happens if you get that promotion or if that special person says yes? Is it worth the risk? If you say no it’s not then that job or that person is not meant for you. (IMO) If it is worth the risk then I challenge you to be bold! And remember this they are probably just as scared to say yes and you are to ask.

The older I get the more i realize that life is too short for someone to not know your worth.

#bethemouse #youcandoit #ibelieveinyou

Today my demons are screaming….

First, lets take a step back in the past, so you can better understand what is going on in my world today.

I was married in 2000 to a man that was not my knight in shining armor. We were NOT good for each other. Although he was never abusive, the effect was the same. November 2002 just two days before Thanksgiving my ex came into our house at 1:30 am and informed me he had filed for divorce.  My world was shattered… This man who had become the air I breathed was leaving me. He sat on the couch after that bomb, while we talked about things for a minute. We agreed to still celebrate the holidays at his grandparents house on Thanksgiving , mostly because I LOVED his family like they were my own. And then he left.

Present Day: November 2017

I still talk to his grandmother and cut her hair. She truly is an amazing woman. However, she is no longer able to drive. She asked me to come to her house to cut her hair so today I drove to the house that I have not been to since that November so long ago. Not much has changed but as I sat in my car trying to process why this house held so many demons for me, a thousand memories flooded my mind. Playing football in the front, gardening tips in the back, antiques in the basement, garage sales out front, pecan picking, and family time on the porch.

I learned today that the past is ok to visit but you can NOT live there. Emotions are a funny thing coming and going when they please. Its cliche’ to say everything happens for a reason but the statement is still the true. Sometimes toxic relationships/people are just that toxic! Cut those people out. Life is too short, for feelings of inadequacies. Choose your people carefully because even when you cut someone out they still leave a forever scar that can seep even years later. Even as my demons taunt me, I am thankful today that though she is not MY “mamaw” she always claimed me as her own!

How do you celebrate?

Good Morning! I hope today finds you awake and rested from a great nights sleep. Today we celebrate Veterans Day. What does that mean exactly? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

“Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:

ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN
The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of inter national relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half. – With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we re modeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations. ”

WOW! I love this and not sure I have ever looked up the why behind Veterans Day (other than the obvious) I am a history lover. Combine that with the love of my country and I am in heaven.

When I was a lil girl I can remember sitting on my grandpa’s knee, while he told me stories about how great our country was. He looked at me straight in the eye from as early as 3 years old and said a lot of brave people sacrificed so we could live in this great country so I had two choices I could love it too or I could leave. Now that I am older I understand that what he meant is we as Americans are not perfect by any means, however, I would rather be here than anywhere else.

SO if you woke up in the greatest country in the world Thank a Vet! Without these brave men and women who go into the military we would not be where we are now.