Paradise

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I was sitting at my desk, searching for my next post, and I looked up at an insert of a beach resort I have hanging on my wall. I started day dreaming about how beautiful this place is, then it hit me, it’s just like paradise!!

Just look at that clear, ice blue water, it’s so amazing!! Can’t you just see yourself and the love of your life sitting on the beach here, I know I could!! This is not someplace you want to go by yourself, you want to spend the time here with your family or someone special.

This paradise, may be a dream come true for lots of people. A once in a lifetime vacation!! You’ve worked hard all your life, saved, planned and now the time is here, excited, I know I am….lol!! You can’t wait to see the white sand beaches, feel the cool ocean breeze on your face, and swim in the clear blue water.

The weather is great when you get there. There’s so much to do in a short period of time. How do you choose what you’re going to do first, swim, golf, shopping, or sightseeing? Everyone wants to do something different, all at once!! First, let’s unpack and then make our decision. The room erupts with cheers and laughter!!

You look at them, so happy, it makes you smile. You wouldn’t change this moment for anything in the world. You love your family and want them to be happy, looks like you’ve achieved your goal. This vacation was your vision to give to them. All the hours you worked, late nights, weekends, sometimes missing ball games, dinners with the family, and most important of all, date nights with your wife.

You love them all so very much, and you want them to have the best you can give them, but is that all you can give them? There’s so much more you can offer them, it’s another type of Paradise.

The Paradise I’m speaking about is the one that God offers us. This Paradise can belong to all of those who believe in Jesus. His paradise, is one you don’t have to work long hours for, miss ball games for, or miss date night with your wife. To get there, all you have to do is believe, it’s so simple. As Jesus told the criminal who was hanging on the cross along side Him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

It’s a beautiful thing knowing there’s a Paradise we all have access to. Better than the paradise we visit on vacation, this Paradise is forever.

Where is your Paradise?

Blessings Always,

Mary

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Football

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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

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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

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Heart Song

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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

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Puffy Clouds

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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