There is NO “I” in “Servanthood”

This is a great post from a friend on having an attitude of serving!!

A breezy nip was in the air on that April 1 morning when I had the distinct pleasure of accompanying a veteran on the Honor Guard Flight to Washington, D.C. We had been well trained about our dutiesas guardians of these outstanding ladies and gentlemen who had served our country in WWII, the Korean War,or the Vietnam War.This was not to be a tourist visit forus to these great memorials, but we were to beservantsof our assigned veteran and do everything within our means to make that day a wonderfully memorable day.”This day is about the veterans, and not you,” we were told over and over again. I got the message loud and clear.IHF Baker April 1, 2017

The day was long as I picked up my veteran at 4:00 a.m. and I didn’t return home until after 11:00that night. Beingfocused on the needs of another was not hard when we started out the…

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One Lovely Blog Award

Hello and happy Saturday morning! It is a bittersweet morning as I enjoy the quiet moments of the morning before my family is awake knowing that my vacation time is coming to an end. That being said, I am trying to finish some things up before I jump back into the day to day busy routines of normal life.

One of the things that I want to do this morning is to take a few minutes to thank a wonderful blogger for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” This award is all about honoring and supporting one another in sharing our stories with each other. Talasi Guerra over at  Braver than Before    has graciously chosen me as one of her recipients for this honor. Her blog has offered inspiration to me and reminds me that I am certainly not alone in the struggles and journey over anxiety and fear.

As part of the One Lovely Blog Award honor, I am asked to share seven facts about myself.

1. Mornings are my absolute favorite time of the day. I will willingly sacrifice sleep for some quiet time during the early still hours of the day. I love to spend quiet time with God and read, write, and reflect over coffee or tea before the rest of the world is awake and moving.

2. One of my passions in life is serving older adults. I have worked with older adults in some capacity since I was a freshman in high school. I have always had a close relationship with my grandparents. I love the wisdom and stories that elders have to share.

3. If I had to choose mountains or the beach, as difficult as this decision might be, I think my heart is in the mountains. There is something peaceful and quiet about the beauty of the mountains.

4. I started this blog as an avenue to share about my frustrations and hope with my food related issues but realized that my journey of food issues had much more to do with my spiritual growth than simply learning about healthy eating. I discovered quickly that I am not a food blogger.

5. I married at the young age of 18 to my high school sweetheart. We have been married almost 20 years and are still learning things about each other. It’s been a good life and it grows sweeter with time.

6. I love music. Although I can’t sing well, I listen to music much of the time. I have also been known to have new “favorite” songs every few days and then listen to that same song over and over…

7. I love dark chocolate…the darker the better. 🙂 But as much as I love chocolate, Jesus is the absolute love of my life. Without my faith and relationship with Christ, I would be lost. He provides hope and healing daily.

And now for the honor of sharing some of my favorite blogs that have inspired me and encouraged me in this journey of life. I nominate the following blogs for the “One Lovely Blog Award”…

Heartandsoul974

Hand Washed Grace

Fearfully Made Mom

Beauty Beyond Bones

Help Me Understand

Girly Christian

Quiet Confidence

My Parallel Life

Bloggers, if you choose to accept the One Lovely Blog Award and pass it along, you will find your instructions below:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 people
  • Tell your nominees the good news!

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Have a great weekend!

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New Year, New Opportunities

Life is all about perspective. I believe that to be so true. Looking back, 2016 was full of changes and life transitions for me. I changed jobs. My husband lost his and registered for college. College plans fell through and he ended up back to work. Our daughter left for college. Our son started junior high. We had to buy a new vehicle. 

Each of these challenges have brought life lessons. Some, we continue to learn and grow from. Growth has been painful at times.

During my morning devotions, this verse captured my attention. 

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. – Philippians 3:13-14 
Pressing on… Looking ahead. It’s a new year filled with new opportunities. God has been working in my life. This past year has been a time of spiritual, professional, and personal growth. One area I have really grown is my trust in God.

This is my wrist.

See the faint reddened line on the right? My Keep Calm, Trust God bracelet was a little too tight. It is now MIA. And the thing is… I’m not panicking. 

Here is my bracelet the day I received it. At that moment in time, my anxiety was at an all time high. I needed the visual reminder to stay focused on God. 

Tonight, when I realized that the bracelet was missing, it was as though God was whispering to me.. you’re okay, my child. I am still here.

I am by no means healed of my anxiety struggles, but I have grown immensely in my trust in God to carry me. Today during a situation, I took it to God, remembered what was in my circle and outside of my circle for God to carry. He placed a supportive coworker at my side. He continues to carry me every day, every hour, every moment.  

With or without my bracelet as a visual reminder, I am pressing forward in 2017 trusting whatever comes my way to God as the author of my story. Every opportunity this year is another chapter in my story. 

I am looking forward to whatever comes my way this year. God will never leave nor forsake me.

 Look forward with hope that the same God who created the sun, moon, stars, oceans, and mountains, is the same God writing your story. Every experience is an opportunity to trust God deeper!!

Joy

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Through the fig tree may not blossom,

Nor fruit be on the vines;

Though the labor of the olive may fail;

and the fields yield no food;

Though the flock may be cut off

from the fold,

and there be no herd in the stalls

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength;

He will make my feet like deer’s feet,

And He will make me walk on my high hills.

Habakkuk 3: 17-19

 

Alzheimer’s & Gratitude: A Matter of Perspective — The Long and Winding Road…

Great blog post on gratitude!!! I spend my days working with elders and their families so this really touches the heart!!! And, it’s just a great general reminder on perspective and gratitude!!!

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in the United States, and I’m grateful to my new friends at the worldwide Network for Grateful Living for helping shine the spotlight on Alzheimer’s! After being introduced to their site, I was inspired to write a piece about Alzheimer’s and gratitude, two things we don’t necessarily see as going […]

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