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The Little Things

I love going to get pedicures.  Who doesn’t?  It’s a wonderful little treat for my feet and when done right it is also very relaxing!  But my feet are REALLY SENSITIVE and TICKLISH!!  So when they scrub, scrub, scrub – I giggle, giggle, GIGGLE!!

The result is ALWAYS worth the pain and tickles though :)  I would never be without regular pedicures again.  So great for overall foot health!

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But for years – they have been asking me – “are you getting a manicure too”?  And I ALWAYS said “no thank you”.  I play piano – have to keep my nails short so they don’t click on the keys – wash my hands a lot and basically am really hard on my hands.   Bad ripped and torn cuticles – jagged nails – the works.  I always thought, “at least I can have pretty toes :)”  And it never bothered me.

 

Oh I’ve had the occasional manicure – I even had acrylic nails one time – and I HATED THEM!  But without them my nail polish never stayed around for more than a couple of days – lots of nicks – it never seemed worth it.

 

But….

 

I learned about gel nails.  This polish is heavy duty and even lasts a long time for tough customers like me!!  I was skeptical to try them – but they insisted that they would last me several weeks.  Here are my french gel nails after three weeks:

photo1 photoI must admit – I’m AMAZED they lasted more than ONE WEEK!!  I was instructed to always put nail oil on my cuticles and that has really helped.  I keep a bottle of it on my desk and every time I go to my desk, one of the first things I do is put oil on each nail cuticle.  These pictures are untouched with no oil on and to me they look so much better than they ever have.  A professional manicure is worth it.  I highly recommend the gel polish.  Not a chip on them!  In three weeks!

 

It’s such a little thing.  But this little thing brings a lot of happiness.  Little things are important too!  What is your little thing?

 

God Bless

The Great Unseen

 

IMG_5568Yesterday Greg found this colorful beetle.  He picked it up and brought it over to me – and my immediate response was to take a few pictures.  I’m afraid they do not adequately capture the intricacy and detail.  The color is a metallic green – and actually has sparkles in it!  So unique and beautiful.  People pay good money to have this color painted on their cars – bodies and other personal belongings.  The beetle has it on for free.  It is dressed in splendor for no particular reason.  Just because.

Reminds me of these scriptures in Matthew 6:

27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

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If God cares so much for things – most of which are unseen by human eyes – how much more must He care about us – what happens to us, where we go, what we do, where we live, how we manage life day by day, who we touch, influence, love and encourage?  Our simple day-to-day worries seem small when we remember how much God cares about the tiniest detail of His creation.

Greg remembers a time when hunting with his family years ago, they climbed up to a place where few had ever gone.  Well, except the mountain sheep – and if they saw beauty in God’s creation they weren’t telling :)  He remembers details in the rock formations, plants and flowers that no one would ever see.  Creatures that would live and die up there in just a few feet of space.  Here today and gone tomorrow with no witnesses that they had been.  And yet, God still created them and saw fit to make them stunning!  The creative, imaginative God spinning colors and details for His enjoyment.  The Great Unseen.

And that inspires me.  This God who sees all, creates beauty whether seen or unseen – lives within me.  Every detail and intricacy of my life, finely woven together for His pleasure.  Whether others see or not.  He is still working, creating, molding, weaving His legacy through me.  Whispering, “it’s okay – relax, I’ve got you”.

And He cares about you in the same way.  So don’t worry, don’t fuss and fume.  If your faith is in Him – you don’t need to be afraid of the future.  He’s got you.  You can trust Him and let it go.  He will come through.  In seen and unseen ways.  Caring more for you than the beautifully detailed flowers of the field.  He cares.  He sees.  He is.

 

God Bless

 

 

Products I LOVE Enough To Sell

There are certain products that I love. We all have them – those that we continue to buy, long after other newer products are introduced.

I love anything scented with lemon. Candles, perfumes and cologne that have a hint of fruit and especially orange and lemon.

Years ago I discovered a lemon body cream that smells so yummy, when I put it on my face each night – I want to wrap myself up in it and eat it too! The brand is:               C.O. Bigelow – and the lemon cream I love can be found here: Lemon Collection

C.O.Bigelow also makes yummy peppermint lip gloss 

I am in love with it.  They use real peppermint extract and tastes yummy too and it even freshens breath!

These two products that I use and LOVE are enough to make me want to go into direct sales again and SELL THEM – and rarely do I say that about anything.  I have done direct sales in my past life, used and loved products I sold – but there is nothing like the long-lasting relationship I have with these!

C.O. Bigelow has many other products and can be purchased online here:  C.O. Bigelow or any Bath and Body Works store – where I first discovered them.

I receive nothing from the company for talking about these products today (although it would be really cool) – I just LOVE them enough to pass it along.  Hope you will discover them too!

Enjoy and God Bless

Finding My Sense Of Humor

A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
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I totally agree with the above quote.  Ever know someone who wasn’t on the same page with you – as far as humor goes?  Instead of smiling, or laughing and seeing the joke – they criticize and try to “correct” you?

Ah – the value of seeing the lighter side of life!  Sometimes the ones that have the best sense of humor are those that have been through much in their lives.  I’m reminded of stand up comedians – and very funny entertainers.  Usually there is a story there that propelled them into channeling hurt and frustration into laughter and making people laugh.  And usually it is those that have been through the most in life – that have the best grasp on it.

I don’t know why we are made the way we are – we all have different personalities, work ethic, family traditions and backgrounds – and yet, somehow we all have the ability to laugh and feel joy.  And when we lose that ability to laugh – especially at ourselves, we lose real meaning and our lives become very heavy indeed.

I believe that God created each of us with that special gift of laughter and conversation – unique to human beings – so that we could express and experience His nature to the full.

Do you ever find yourself losing your sense of humor?

If so – you are not alone.

There are MANY things in this life that will rob you and me of that joyous laughter and appreciation for the little things.

Life is hard.  There are bills.  And worries.  And illness.  And teenagers.  And aging parents.  And more bills.  And relationship problems.  And on and on and on and on it goes.

We can’t change them.  They just are.

But true joy comes from knowing Jesus as your personal Savior.  We were hopelessly lost in sin and death – and then Jesus…

That’s enough to bring a smile and a laugh – but if it’s not enough for you – try taking a walk today and looking around at the trees and nature.  Take a deep breath and whisper a prayer, “Thank you Lord – for all of this BEAUTY today – thank you for providing a release from stress and the burdens of life – and help me to find that laughter and deep joy that only comes from you – help me to find that laughter again – help me to find that much-needed humor that YOU created for me”

It may not change any of your circumstances – but it will change YOU!

I am praying for you today.

Laugh at something or someone today.  Take a chance.  Have a belly laugh.  Laugh down deep – laugh until you cry.  You will be glad you did.

God Bless

A Note From My Husband

On the occasion of my milestone birthday – I asked my wonderful husband and best friend to be a special ‘guest blogger’ today.  Hope you enjoy and will be encouraged as you read his note to me –  that even after almost 30 years together – he still is romantic and knows how to keep the love alive.

God Bless

To my lovely wife Cindy on her special 50th birthday;

Good morning my love!  I trust you had a wonderful sleep.  I was watching you this morning just before you opened your eyes and thinking about how thankful I was to have the love of such a beautiful woman in my life.  Funny how so many put an emphasis on youthful looks these days and fight frantically to somehow attempt “time travel” to spin the biological clock backwards.  I loved it when we saw the title of a new book recently, “fifty is the new fifty” – it garnered a laugh from both of us, but even without reading the book we understand the sentiment.  Being authentic to yourself and your life experiences, being comfortable in your own skin, is a large part of remaining beautiful; a glow that comes from within and radiates outward.

Cindy, you are beautiful, both inside and outside.  You not only are an extremely attractive woman physically (insert tiger growl here), but you are true and authentic to your core values, which is what makes you irresistible.  In this way you have become more gorgeous to me over time.  I love it how you are passionately interested in how others feel and think, and have an uncanny way of connecting to them, especially in their time of need.

This year we will celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary.  We have seen much of life and have weathered both good and challenging seasons together – more and more I see in you a beauty and strength that I both admire and envy; a depth that time has only served to reveal and prove.

There’s a section of 1 Peter chapter 3 that echo these very values that I love about you.  It describes a woman of uncompromising beauty, and where lasting attractiveness comes from;

3 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self,5 the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.6 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God7 used to make themselves beautiful.”

Cindy my love, this “milestone birthday” (at least that’s what we call the ones that end in a “0”) is simply another occasion that displays what those who really know you already have been celebrating; your authentic love for others, emotional balance, and spiritual centeredness.  This is what makes you attractive to others and to me.

And, you’re just plain hot looking!

Happy birthday my love!

Greg

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