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walking with me

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stepping in time

we walk in stride

 thankful you 

are by my 

side… 

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with no one else

I’d rather be- 

all is right 

when you’re walking

with me

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I came home the other day to BOTH tv’s sitting on the floor- unplugged.

I’m not ashamed to admit that a wave of panic came over me.  Watching the Today show in the mornings for a short while is a guilty pleasure of mine.  Feet propped up, coffee cup in hand..that is a good morning!

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My hubby had tried to switch tv’s around, but it wasn’t working… there was a missing piece that was needed to mount the television on the stand.  So, there would be no tv until we got the part.  IMG_1580

And I have to say- it was one of the best weekends I have had in a long time!  We spent more time talking and sitting with each other than we had in months.  And while the girls were at a sleepover, we woke up early and walked a trail together.  It was a perfect morning.

I have walked this trail many, many times- but I noticed something I had never seen before… IMG_1577

The tree in the above picture is one of my favorites.  It marks the end of trail- the point at which we turn around and go down the mountain.  As I walked past it the other morning, I noticed for the first time that it isn’t just one tree- it is a combination of many trees.

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It takes all of them standing side by side to make one GREAT BIG beautiful tree!

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

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I am so thankful for the  many “trees” that have stood with me and supported me throughout the years.  And I am grateful to be walking this journey of life-

with my husband

my family

and my family in Christ…

and you!

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I didn’t know what I was missing

 

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I didn’t know what I was missing… 

all those years that I spent 

looking at the ground

like there was no one else around-

everything came to life when I found You

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I didn’t know what I was missing…

the times I failed to see

the beauty of this place

God’s majesty and grace

I began to see in Living colour

when I saw You  

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I didn’t know what I was missing…

all the time I longed for

someone’s company

there You were- walking right along with me

a better friend I’d never known 

till I met You

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I didn’t know what I was missing…

until the day You

reached down from above

and overwhelmed my heart with Love

I found contentment, I found joy

when I found You

Friends come and friends go,
    but a true friend sticks by you like family.  Proverbs 18:24

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I began jogging for exercise when I was about 15 years old out of desperation to lose weight.  I squeezed into a pair of cut-off jean shorts, in hopes that one day they would become too loose to wear- as I jogged around the block.  I stared down at the ground, afraid of making eye contact with anyone.  I didn’t want anyone to see me, so I counted the cracks in the pavement…huffing and puffing and praying for it to be over with quickly.

I was so focused on myself, on my short-comings, on my own hang-ups- that I was oblivious to the entire world around me!

I didn’t know what I had been missing out on all that time.

But somewhere along the way, He got my attention.

When I finally changed my focus and made walking about spending time with Him– the whole world around me began to look different.

I started hearing birds singing

I saw other people walking- smiling and ready to give a cheerful hello! 

 Sunsets and sunrises became vibrant. 

I finally realized that I was not alone- He was walking with me!   

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.  

Isaiah 9:2

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bulletproof

I have a confession…I am a coffee addict. Not a shocker for anyone who knows me.  I am also a flavored coffee creamer addict, too.  Until I heard of bulletproof coffee.  I began drinking my coffee this way after the New Year- you simply brew a cup of hot coffee and blend it in a blender with 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil and grass-fed butter.  I use the Kerrygold butter which they have at most local grocery stores.  If you haven’t already done this- you have to try it!  Why bulletproof coffee?  Because it is loaded with good, healthy fat and it keeps me going all morning!

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Speaking of bulletproof–  the Lord used a song recently to encourage me- “Titanium” by Sia.  It’s a beautiful song,  written about self-empowerment against criticism and negativity.  But I heard it a little bit differently. You see, Ephesians tells us this-

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13

The battle that we are in is NOT against people, but against the enemy.  And the battle against good and evil is NOT one that I am equipped to fight in my own strength!  But He empowers us through His Spirit to withstand any attack from the enemy.  He equips and prepares us for anything satan throws our way- no matter what that may be-  criticism…discouragement…negativity…

But we have to be intentional about putting on His armor- making sure we are listening and  being obedient to Him, reading the Word, praying, and seeking His will in all areas of our lives. The Holy Spirit give us the strength and power to withstand any bullets the enemy fires our our way!

 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:14-18

He is my armor, my shield, my truth, my salvation…

He is my “Titanium”.

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waiting for a song

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I sit here waiting 

anticipating 

for company 

i do long

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for friends that I 

watch soar on by 

I’m listening 

for their song 

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After a morning at church, we settled in for a restful afternoon.  From my bedroom, I heard hustling and bustling coming from the kitchen.  Curiously I got up and went to see what was going on…

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“Mom- look what I did, ” my oldest daughter smiled proudly as she opened the cabinets.  All organized and tidy.  And on the floor- probably more stuff than was in the cabinets.  All expired canned foods, old tupperware, and junk, junk, junk!

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“That is wonderful, babe!  But make sure you put all the junk in the trash.”  I tried my best to hide my disapproval of the huge mess in the floor.  I knew that I was going to be the one to finish this project…when all I wanted to do was take a nap!IMG_1464

“And guess what else I did, Mom- I found a bag of birdseed and put it out on the patio for you!”  She was all smiles, knowing how much I love to watch birds- something I have not done much lately.

She always knows how to make my day. Simply knowing that she thought about me and did something she knew would make me happy was the highlight of my afternoon!  As I finished cleaning up the kitchen this morning, I realized that even in the middle of a mess, there’s always a reason to be blessed!  IMG_1462And so this morning, after I got the girls on the bus, I found myself running to the kitchen window every time I heard a noise- anxiously waiting for my feathered friends to make their first appearance!

They’re on their way 🙂

He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.  

Psalm 136

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The first gleam of dawn…

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The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
    which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
 But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.
    They have no idea what they are stumbling over.

My child, pay attention to what I say.
    Listen carefully to my words.

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Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil.- Proverbs 4:18-27

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So often I sidetrack myself with my own mind.  Thinking instead of praying.  Talking instead of listening.

I was in a battle with myself yesterday.  You see- for nearly 3 years, I’ve written on here every single week- sometimes twice a week.  That once a week deadline (that I’ve tried to live up to) was yesterday.  I know others who write daily and even more often than that.  But for me- I have a hard time making myself do tasks such as these because- well, I have to have the time, and I have to be inspired!  You can’t “make” yourself be inspired to write!

The girls are home on Spring Break and there are lots of Mom things that still have to run as usual.  And I knew that if I didn’t “write” yesterday, that my once a week post standard that I have set would be broken forever. But you know what I did?  I allowed myself to feel like a failure for an entire day because of it. I did that to myself!!

And you know what? The sun still set last night.  The girls had a mini slumber party on the couch (their favorite non-school way to sleep), and I woke up this morning to my cuddly dog snuggling with me.  My hubby kissed me goodbye on his way out the door for work this morning.  And not a single one of them knew I labeled myself a “failure” all of yesterday. Life still went on as usual.  The only person who made me feel like a failure was ME!

The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.  Psalm 37

It brought me great comfort to read the above verses this morning.  When I delight in Him, I have no room for unpleasant thoughts about myself.  When I fall, He picks me right back up. And when I take my negative thoughts and surrender them to the Lord- I immediately feel the peace of Christ reign in my heart once again!

So, stop being so hard on yourself…surrender those thoughts to HIM! It’s a new day to love the Lord and to recognize how much He loves YOU!

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

 2 Corinthians 10:5  

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