Saturday, July 4, 2015

stars & stripes & puddle ducks

Started the day with 1 John 4. We love because He first loved us.

Listened to Ray Charles sing "America the Beautiful" (Miami FL 1999).

Three sweetlings splashing happily in the pool.
Laughter, so much laughter, play fueled with imagination,
a snack of fresh, cool pineapple, a day at home all together.

Hotdogs, fruit cups, ice cream and sparklers in a little while.

Later there will be fireworks with beautiful community, arms
around sweetlings, holding hands with Jamie, joyfully whispering
our ooohs and aaahs.

Thankful, more thankful than I can express to be where I am today.

Happy, happy 4th, friends ♥

Friday, July 3, 2015

choose, then

I choose. I am gifted with choice. I am neither slave, nor am I mindless.
It is up to me, for I am that well loved.

God made us. He wants relationship with us, and so He gives us the choice
of loving Him, obeying Him, following Him, walking with Him. He chose
to create each and every one of us, and He loves us so well that He allows us
to choose Him in return --or not.

I cannot make you choose, and you cannot make me choose ^_^ My choice is
my own responsibility, and your choice is yours. One day we will all stand
before Him in the choice that we have made.

But we must be sure! We must be very sure that we understand that no matter
what the world may say, there are only two choices. We choose Him, or we do not.

As we think, as we speak, as we act... we choose. We honor God with our lives,
or we do not. Either we are obeying Him, or we are disobedient. There is no way
to choose a middle ground or a gray area when there is none.

And so, we choose this day, and it's a forever choice ♥