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Be patient, He said.

Patience, defined: An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. 
Patience, synonyms: Endurance. Humility. Poise. Restraint. Self-Control. Composure. Diligence. Persistence. Perseverance. 

Patience, used in a sentence: I HAVE NO PATIENCE!
"By your patience, possess your souls" - Luke 21:19
Let's face it, patience is not something many of us have, no matter how hard we try. We are so busy living our lives, trying to fit as much as we can into each day. Its no wonder why its hard for us to be patient! It seems like no matter where we go or what we are doing, we have to hurry up to hold on. Whether its getting stuck in traffic, standing in line at the grocery store or waiting on a call back from the doctor's office, there is always a time to wait. 
So why is it that it takes so much out of us when we have to have patience? 
I'm fairly sure that having patience isn't a new struggle for folks. But I am also fairly certain th…

Flies love poop

Have you heard the song Keep Making Me by Sidewalk Prophets? If not, here are a few of the lyrics so you may follow along:

Make me broken, so I can be healed...  Make me empty, so I can be filled...  Make me lonely, so I can be Yours...  'Til You are my one desire 'Til You are my one true love, 'Til You are my breath, my everything Lord, please keep making me. 
This thought keeps coming to me like a fly to poop - "make me broken, so I can be healed.." In fact, I'd say its been recurring daily for many, many months. But, what does it mean? How can you break something to fix it? And why would you want to? 
We all need "fixed" in some way. We spend so much time blurting out our problems to the first person that will listen. Or we drive to the nearest bookstore, spend money that we don't have on self-help books only for them to sit on our bookshelf and provide a place for dust to land. Really? Is that actually accomplishing anything? The answer is likely, NO…

Change in direction

"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." ~ James 4:14
I think that verse says it all. We do not know what will happen tomorrow - or even an hour from now. We are here for a short time... Life. Is. Short. Unfortunately, its too easy to get caught up in day to day life and in our routines (I am extremely guilty of this) and forget about what - or who - is important.
I had a flashback this morning as to where I was this time last year. I was living in Pittsburgh and around those parts, Memorial Day weekend signifies the official start of Summer. My partner and I had made the spontaneous decision to drive to Lake Erie (along with about 10,000 other people). If you have never been there, for a Florida girl living in the midwest, Lake Erie was about the closest thing to a beach I had seen in a long time. It was BEAUTIFUL, calming and relaxing.

We sat down on a blanket in the sand and ju…

Congratulations on your trip!

Congratulations! Ding, Ding, Ding! You just won a chance at a game called LIFE. 

To begin, you must select a path to follow. But, first, please note that the following items are provided, no matter which road you choose: a mind, a heart and emotions.
Road Number One. 

This road is long and treacherous, with dangerous encounters. This road does not come with all basic needs included. Food and shelter will have to be sought after, clothing, too. Struggles and various tribulations will occur. No steady income. If you are on this path at the right place and at the right time, you may encounter someone who will give you an opportunity. This is called a lucky break. There may be people to help you and there will definitely be people to hurt you. Most who are on this road have great stories to tell - of life, adventure and heartache. 

Road Number Two. 

This road has some trees down, a few road blocks or speed bumps. You will likely have a roof over your head and a bed to keep you warm at night. S…

Look straight ahead

She knew she shouldn't expect anything more from him. After all, feeling small was what she was used to. Its her. It has always been her. They have all treated her like a crumb on the floor - that's what she is. The only common denominator with all the men in her life is, well, her. So she must be the reason that causes the abuse; the pain, right?

Sandy was used to this thought pattern. She had spent most of her life bowing to the upper hand of men. It started with her father and continued in every relationship she has had with a man since. 

Looking back was something she never wanted to do. Her past was as painful and dark as her present. Sitting on the bathroom floor of the one-bedroom apartment she shared with her latest man, Rob, she started to cry. She didn't dare look in the mirror. She felt the pain - it was everywhere. Her head, her right shoulder, both of her sides hurt. The pain in her right leg was so incredible that she didn't even think she could stand. But …

You are being watched.

Something I thought about today -- God sees and hears everything. Did you get that? EVERYTHING! Obviously this is something that I already know. Im sure you did, too. But did you ever really think about it? Everything we say, everything we cast our eyes on, even everything we think. Wow. This could sound sirens for many people. In fact, probably for all of us. 
This is what prompted this thought for me today: I spent a huge chunk of my day in the hospital with my mom, while she was going through pre-op for an upcoming surgery. Naturally, tensions run high in hospitals and the fact that we were surrounded by folks who were either having surgery today or who were, like my mom, getting prepared for it, our waiting area was no exception.  
As we sat there - very, ahem, patiently - there was a man who felt as though he should voice his opinion on ISIS and police brutality, as well as the corruptness of our police chief. It momentarily made me feel safe and secure to know that this man was wi…

Are you going to win today?

If I could tell you there are 3 things that you can do to be a winner today, would you believe me? A winner of what, you say? You win happiness and a sense of fullness. There are really and truly 3 things that can make your day and have you walking around like a winner.
We have all heard the following things many, many times... and we all know what we need to do to make ourselves reach contentment - and happiness. But its a matter of actually working towards it. Its easier to hide your smile, to dwell on the things you don't have, and complain. But the truth is, it probably takes more energy overall to be negative that to be happy.
So, since this is nothing new to you, I am not going to beg you to read. BUT, do it anyways... because you never know when something may just change your outlook. Or maybe it will just pass time during a boring spot in your day... its up to you!

1. Smile. If you don't believe me, try it! Its amazing when you put a smile on your face how much it affect…


When it comes to reading, I am the slowest. It takes a certain book to grab my attention for me to not have to read, and re-read, and re-read again just to comprehend what I just read three times over! Perhaps that is why I am a slow reader! haha Or maybe that's why I jump head first into a book when the book and I finally click! 
The reason I am mentioning all of that is because  I stayed up last night finishing the 2nd book in a series called Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury. These books are just awesome... and really get you thinking. She writes of angels coming down to perform "missions" and make sure things happen in the manner in which they are supposed to in order to reach an overall goal.  
This would mean that there are no coincidences. Is that possible? Come on, now, follow me here... 
Two cars are pulled off the side of the highway for a fender bender. Every car on the highway is hitting their brakes trying to see the who, what, when, where and how of the accide…

Define Humility.

So I always start my day by reading a few things - my devotional on my phone, the desk calendar when I get to work, etc. I almost always take something away from what I read. Or, at the very least, I try to. Hopefully. I mean, after all, that would be the purpose. 
So what happens when everything I read in my morning routine follows the same theme? I knock myself slightly in the head and say... "HELLOOOOOO, are you listening?! Im seeing a pattern here!" It could clearly be coincidence, right? Or perhaps Christian writers and publishers work together to make sure the universe comes into alignment with the same theme across the board - no matter what you read or what day you started reading it. Seems highly unlikely, in my opinion. Or, here is a thought, maybe its God actually trying to tell us something. Sneaking ideas in our head like a subliminal message when you play a record backwards. Maybe? 
Im not going to lie. I am very new to my faith. I dont claim to know a lot about …


Ok, I have thought and thought about what I could possibly say to grab your attention and get you to stay on this page and subscribe to my blog. I mean, I could say, "HEY! READ ME AND I WILL GIVE YOU $50!" Or maybe "If you dont read me then you will have bad luck for the next 6 years!" But, in all honesty, Im just not going to pay you, nor do I have any say in your status with the one who gives out luck. What I can tell you though, is that I have a lot to say about a lot of things. No script. No set idea. My life has so many various aspects and my mind - its all over the place. So I have created this place to reflect on all of the colors in my life and how they blend together to form my perfect painting. Multifarious Blends. 

So, welcome. Kick off your shoes ... Be still. AND READ!