Traveling to NW Arkansas for a memorial service, and it has been thirteen years since Carmen was here.
This was a wonderful moment in our travels yesterday. Twelve hours in a car, to attend a service for essentially my little brother has been difficult to say the least.
He would be turning 50 the 24th of this month. Far to young to be gone. Tony was fun, engaging, strong minded, mean, and loving. I will miss him something fierce.
We were out of touch for about fifteen years, but have been talking every couple of weeks recently.
Life is short. I am grateful I knew him and that he was a part of my life.
See you on the other side cowboy. I love you.
I had dinner with a precious friend one night last week, and we discussed our journeys. She had been asked why she doesn’t share her journey? What is hers? Is it God’s chosen purpose? She was conflicted because she doesn’t want to reflect on the past. She is done with it, and chooses to share it privately. I told her that she didn’t have to share it. It can be hers, Gods, and no one else.
We chose who to share that story with, and who to confide in. He brings people in our path to love, hate and grow, and maybe even someday share that experience with others. I think we have lots of journeys. The journey of friends, school, work, weight, hobbies, marriage, divorce, family, children, and all of it can be a journey. All of these stories are for God’s purpose. I believe that He uses our daily experiences to show Him through us. His grace. We all have battles going on. We chose the path to take…chose the journey.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord
, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11
This past weekend was a down weekend for me, and I ended up not posting anything. So, getting back on track with a little Monday motivation.
Today I turn 53. So cupcakes, chocolate, and wine are all acceptable especially today.
I have earned every year, and happy to be here. No regrets. How do you handle your birthday, with joy…sorry…or denial?
Again, a reminder to myself that I have come so far, and it is okay to rest. Feel like I am growing a bit…hopefully, more than I realize.
I have some friends that are going through times of uncertainty. I say that it will get better as it did for me but they are still unsure.
God takes us through something, I believe, to help those that go through it later. He brings you into their lives to show that His grace is enough.
Circumstances might be different, but the pain and healing are the same.
Looking back on my life, I never thought that I would be one to encourage others.
I am feeling blessed with my past (as difficult as it has been), because of who He has placed in my path. It is my choice if I assist, encourage or help. He places those that might need me to help…I feel anyway.
My thoughts for today…maybe even a reminder for everyday.
Carmen and I flew home yesterday to 74 degree weather. We unpacked our bags, changed clothes, and headed to the beach.
We live about 15 minutes away so it’s not a long drive except during everyone’s spring break! It took about 40 minutes to get there but so worth it.
We ate some oysters and crab claws, and our bodies were thankful.
My mind and heart are thankful as well. I had a wonderful experience with Carmen. I love our friendship and the way it has blossomed with her aging.
Thankful to God for both of my adult children even with the trials and tribulations. They continue to make my heart happy.
“I thank God every time I remember you.” – Philippians 1:3 NIV
What are you thankful for today?
Be a best friend. Simple, right? This is hitting home today. I feel as though I don’t have enough time to be the best friend that I should be.
Looks like this will be mindful goal for next year.
Have you been thinking about your goals, and what you need to work on for next year?
Passion Planner motivation for last week. Crazy simple idea, right?
What have you learned through your No’s and Yes’s? Sometimes it is hard to reflect…but it is so important, isn’t it?
Happy to have my no’s and my one yes. Happy to be able to reflect.