Football

Hello!

Hey everyone!! It’s almost the best time of the year again….Football season!! I can’t wait, I’m so excited for the year to start…YEA!!!

Whether you’re a college fan or a pro team fan, it’s all exciting to watch. I’ve been a football fan since I was a little girl. I used to watch with my Mama, I guess that’s where I got it from. My Mama loved football!! I was in the marching band in Middle School, so I got to go to all the football games with the band, it was great!!

My oldest brother, (he’s younger than me, but the oldest of the boys) played in High School. My Mama never missed any of his games. I would laugh when he said he could hear her yelling from the bleachers!! Most of my family likes football, but out of all the girls, I think I’m the most expressive about it.

I didn’t have a favorite team until the early 80’s, so I picked the Washington Redskins. They have been my team ever since. Mind you, I lived in Kentucky at that time, we didn’t have a professional team, plus I liked the team colors. Little did I realize at that time what a good team they were.

Some seasons weren’t as good as others, but win, lose or draw, I didn’t give up on them, they were my team, no matter what. I didn’t consider myself a “fair weather fan”, like some people are when their team has a loosing season. Overseas in countries like England, football takes on a different appearance, here in America we call it Soccer.

Soccer is a fast paced sport, like our version it’s a team event. Two teams, one ball trying to score and win the game. There are visible differences between the two sports. None the less, it’s still a great sport to watch.

In both of these sports, there is one common goal, to be able to work together as a team in order to achieve a win. We all join some type of team, bowling teams, softball teams, tennis teams, golf teams and the list goes on. We join these teams because of the fun and togetherness they bring. We also join because of the love of the sport.

There’s something else that brings like minded people together, being in the body of Christ!! There’s also a love of people, togetherness, and fun in the body. I know you’re probably thinking, “do Christians really have fun?” I can answer that with a big….YES!! We’re people that like to have fun, but we also love Jesus. He died so we could enjoy life to the fullest, that includes having fun in life, while giving Him glory!! How much better could it get!!

What team do you want to be on for eternity?

Blessings Always,

Mary

Roads

Hello!

We all have to travel down different roads in life, some are long and winding, some short and direct. We just have to make up our minds how far and how fast you want to go.

We travel the same roads every day, to and from work. The same roads to the grocery store, to school with the children, and we never see exactly where we’re going, we just go. Blindly driving the same roads day after day, never seeing the sights and scenery around us.

The roads are made to get us from one place to another, hopefully we’re enjoying the ride along the way. Roads are made for the purpose of travel.  Think about the travelers before cars, buses or trains for that matter. They traveled by horse, by covered wagon, for many miles and often many days. It wasn’t as easy as it is today. They had to go by trails that people made before them. If they traveled at night, they had to navigate their way by the stars.

The didn’t have hotels along the way to stay in when they got tired, from a long day of riding. They either had to make a bed on the ground, or in the wagon, they may have been traveling in. It wasn’t easy, it could be very dangerous!! They had to be aware of wild animals, Indians, and a host of other predators, on their trip.

These travelers had the only navigation they were used to, their sense of direction. They didn’t have the luxury of an in dash navigation system, like the vehicles have today. We just push a button, or speak our directions and it automatically sets our course, and the direction we are to go in. Technology is great, but what if that system breaks down, then what?

We old folks still use the road signs to navigate our way, even without an in dash system!! Just think, before navigation systems, we had fold up maps!! Everyone had one in the glove compartment. I remember my Mama unfolding that map and seeing what road she needed to be on, and what direction to go in. If you followed that map, you were able to get to your destination without fail.Roads, maps, road signs, navigation systems, and even stars can chart a course for where we need to go. There’s one more thing we can use to navigate our way through life, it’s the Bible. It teaches us the directions to take, in order to keep us on the right spiritual road.

We all need guidance, on the road of life. Have you opened your guidance system today?

I’m getting ready for my road trip, are you?

Blessings Always,

Mary

Please leave me a comment, I love hearing from you. Thanks.

Heart Song

Hello!

When you were dating the love of your life, you had a favorite song, that when you heard it, you automatically thought of them. This was your song. The one that was playing when you asked her to marry you. This is your heart song.

We all have that one song that reminds us of a time in our life, when love was in bloom. When you looked into each others eyes, all you could see was the love you have for them. It can go much deeper than that.

Our heart song can come from the sounds of nature, from the breeze in the trees, from the sound of ocean waves, against the sand of the shore. It can also come from deep within us, the very core of our soul.

This heart song doesn’t play music, as one would think, it’s your own heartbeat!! If you’ve ever heard you own heartbeat, it has a specific sound, called a lubdub. I know it sounds a little silly, but if you listen closely, you can hear it.

Most expectant mothers, when they hear their babies heartbeat for the first time, it overwhelms them. It signifies that there is a new life growing inside them. It makes it real!! As the baby grows, the beat gets stronger and stronger!! At that particular time, there are two heart beats, the mother and the child, bonded together by one heart song.

If you notice, when the baby is born, they lay the baby on the mother’s chest, so the baby can feel her heartbeat. It calms both the baby and the mother. The same bond they had in the womb, now exists outside her body. Two people, mother and child, separated by birth, always connected by one heartbeat.

The music we listen to daily, has its own beat. The drums, the rhythm of the song lyrics, all contribute to the song. Some songs are a poem of sorts. The words rhyme, they can make a melody all their own, when sung with music. We need music to take us away from the burdens of the day, to energize us, while we are working out, and to calm us even to put us in a romantic mood.

I think music is a vital part of our everyday life. Without music, the world would be silent. As long as we have music, we have songs. As long as we have love, we will have a favorite song, that song will always be your heart song.

Always listen to your heartbeat, that’s Gods heart song to you.

Blessings Always,

Mary

Please leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you. Thanks

Puffy Clouds

Hello!

The summertime sky is blue and so clear, you could literately see for miles. Then there are some days that the sky is filled with puffy clouds.

These are the kinds of clouds that children love looking at, to see if they can see an image of a particular animal, car, or even a face. They are beautiful, with so many different shapes. No two are alike, just like snowflakes.

To me, when I was a child, they looked like big puff balls of cotton!! So soft and welcoming, enough to take a nap on. I thought there was nothing softer than a cloud! When I grew up, clouds took on a different meaning.

I learned that clouds were the sign of the weather changing. The winds brought in more clouds, and then they changed from puffy and white to dark and threatening.

Clouds can closely be associated with our lives. I know you’re asking, “how are clouds associated with my life?”, I’m glad you asked.  When we’re younger, we’re carefree children, like the white puffy clouds, bringing happiness to whoever we meet. Playful, not a care in the world, merrily floating along, laughing and playing with those around us.

As we grow older, the clouds change, we start to live life for others, our families, careers, daily things imposed on us. The clouds have gone from white to grey, the wind starts to blow, the storm is on its way!!

You hear the thunder, an argument with your spouse, your children, a coworker, maybe even your boss!! There’s always thunder before lightning strikes!! Then all of a sudden, the lightning hits, you explode. Every thing and everyone around you feels the lightning strike!! No one is safe from your storm!!

The storm rages, rain starts to come down, you suddenly realize that your storm has almost destroyed someone you love, something you cared about, something you have worked hard for. The wind starts to cease, the rain soon stops, the clouds start to change.

As you look at your life, you will see these things. Storms will come and go, but we must be careful and diligent, not to let them destroy us, or those around us. Look up at the sky, what do you see? Do you see a clear sky, do you see puffy clouds, or do you see a storm coming? Keep watching the sky, the clouds will change.

Are you ready for your next storm?

Blessings Always,

Mary

 

Mountains

 

Hello!

This time of year, people are out exploring the world. Seeing new places and doing new and different things. I was thinking about my Mom and the trip we took to California by train. It was fantastic!! One part of the trip took us through the Rocky Mountains, they were spectacular!!

We were both in awe of their beauty and the massive size of them. We went on this trip in June and there was still lots of snow on top of them!! We took so many pictures of them during the trip, you may have thought we didn’t take pictures of anything else…Lol!!

Being from Kentucky, we don’t have mountains, just large hills. We couldn’t stop talking about them. There was one point where we actually went “through” the mountain. Yes, you read it correctly!! There was a 6 mile long tunnel through the mountain, that the train had to pass through to get to the other side of it. Now that was a sight to see…or not! Before we entered the tunnel, there were two large iron doors to the entrance, the conductor told us they only open on one end at a time.

This was for the exhaust from the train to be pulled in as the train traveled through, when the entire train was inside the doors closed, trapping the exhaust inside the mountain, only to be expelled on the other side when the doors opened to let the train pass. Depending on where you were on the train, you could see the smoke billowing out when the train came out of the tunnel.

That was our experience with mountains, but there are people that will go to great lengths to climb them. They train for months, sometimes years for a particular mountain climb. Why….because it’s there, that’s what I’ve always heard. I guess for some it’s a matter of accomplishment, a goal they wanted to achieve in life, or to scratch it off their bucket list. Whatever the reason, these particular people don’t stop until they have reached the summit.

Mountains hold a particular mystery for us all. The beauty, danger, thrill, of them temps us all to want to see what’s there. Different plant species have been found on mountains that were no place else on earth. Fossils that are hundreds, even thousands of years old. Even a prehistoric man, was found perfectly preserved in a glacier on a mountain. He was so in tact, they examined the contents of his stomach and could tell what he ate before he died, that’s amazing!!

Different animals, call the mountains home, like the mountain goats.

They live high on the sides of mountains, as you can see. They even rest without the fear of danger or harm from other animals. They are extremely surefooted, and agile on the rocks. We humans are not this surefooted even on flat land…lol!! We tend to trip and fall over almost anything, if we’re not paying attention.

Life can be considered a mountain, of sorts. We start at the base, learning the terrain along the way. Then we get to our first obstacle, there are so many different routes we could take, but which one? The mountain isn’t going to help you, you have a specific route to take, a guide, a compass and supplies. All these things to keep you moving in the right direction, but along the way you decide not to follow the route, guide or directions.

You get lost, low on supplies and you’re stuck on a ledge. What do you do now? All of a sudden, you remember you have a crank type signaling system, you crank long enough to get enough energy, to send out a signal for help. After waiting for it seems like hours, help comes and safely gets you back down to the base of the mountain.

All this seems like a movie, but it’s real life. We do get lost along the way, and wind up on a ledge. All because we didn’t follow proper directions that the guide gave us. The guide is Jesus and the directions are the Bible. We all have done this at some time in our lives, and He’s always there to get us off the ledge, and back on solid ground.

Let’s be surefooted, like the goat and follow the Guide. He will get us safely to where we need to go in life.

Are you ready to climb your mountain?

Blessings Always,

Mary

Please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you. Thanks.