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Just because you don’t see the sun rise doesn’t mean it hasn’t.

Have a little faith…believe.

Blessings.

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Help–Hurricane Michael

I live in the Panhandle of Florida, approximately 75 miles from where Hurricane Michael devastated Mexico Beach, and Panama City.  Other much smaller communities were destroyed as well but aren’t talked about right now.

I have posted pictures of my family and I having fun, with no damage.  It so could have been us if the storm hadn’t turn.  We were blessed by a cold front coming from the North, that’s it.  We are helping by donating items that we purchased for the storm and didn’t use.  If you feel the need to help but don’t know where to start please see below.  If nothing else, please pray for those affected and those helping.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Many of us are being contacted by family, friends, church groups and community members wanting to do something to help in regard to Hurricane Michael.

On a consolidated effort we are recommending Volunteer Florida. They are located in Tallahassee and are the lead agency for volunteerism in Florida. Their board of commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

They can be reached at www.volunteerflorida.org info@volunteerflorida.org   https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerFlorida and 850-414-7400.  If you go to their website, you initially have 2 options, “donate” money or “volunteer” to choose from. Those links will take you to other pages to fill in information.

There are a lot of people that want to deliver supplies. For law enforcement, public safety, emergency workers, residents, animals, etc. We are trying to determine needs, the receiving point and coordinator for those efforts. It’s a huge effort and could sometimes cause significant logistical complications on site, and please don’t recommend anyone just head that way without coordination. They may arrive and not be allowed to enter the area, nowhere to deliver and the community doesn’t know it’s there to collect.

Blessings.

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Faith

“Faith is as sure as the taste of an apple, the fragrance of a rose, the sound of thunder, the sight of the sun, the feel of a loving touch.  Hope is a wish, a longing for something not now possessed, but with the expectation of getting it.  Faith adds surety to the expectation of hope.”

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
Whatever you are struggling with…there are these: faith, hope and love. Talk to someone.  Be there for someone.  Have faith.
Blessings today and always.
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Stay

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Lately I have been struggling with what others say I don’t have.  Today I woke up with what I have accomplished.  My positivity came back.  I am staying in the direction that I feel God has led me on since the beginning.  Just because I don’t like what I am hearing, or what others are saying doesn’t mean that God may lead me to stay the course instead.

College has been hard (for me with working full time).  Most of the time it is too much work, that it is too hard.  I want to walk away –sometimes (okay most of the time).  But I come back to “I am not a quitter.  I am a finisher!”   I need to put blinders on and concentrate on the end goal.  Just because I won’t finish college in the typical four years doesn’t mean I won’t finish.  A seven-and-a-half year college plan is a goal, right?  Semester after semester, just to keep plowing way, one class here, maybe two classes there.  Then one day, I will wake up and realize I have a degree.  But I won’t get there if I quit.

I won’t get to my weight goal if I keep thinking that eating cheese puffs and Chardonnay for dinner is healthy either.  I need to put the green, leafy vegetables in my mouth, drink water, and exercise for the plan to work.  Again, the goal of weight loss isn’t easy.  My gastric sleeve surgery was a tool to help me lose the weight, not for me to gain it back in a year.  I didn’t go through surgery to fail.

Every day is a new opportunity to succeed.  I felt deflated yesterday.  I cried yesterday.  Self pity is not pretty, but we all go through it.  Today is a new day.  I am planting new seeds.

Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. — Galatians 6:9 ESV

Beginning again.