We are celebrating the life and homegoing of a dear friend today, who has been like a mother to some of us, and has touched not only our lives, but the lives of countless others with the love of God. I would like to share with you a poem that was written by a young woman whose life was obviously impacted by our friend.
Cranky people are annoying. Especially if they are loved ones. If you are the cranky one, it's worse. I love that song by Pharrell Williams - Happy. I totally get into it. I want to play it when others are cranky. Lately, my husband and friend had been cranky. Normally, I wig out and try to make things all better. This time, I was like, "What ever", talk to me when your normal!
Life happens to all of us. My wonderful friend and co-blogger Jeanne has suffered the loss of her home and belongings. That is a horrible life event that isn't just a pain in the butt, it's a real tragedy. God works all things together for the good to them that love Him, and are called according to His purpose. She will come through this like the champion God made her to be, but it still sucks.
So my question to you is, why are you cranky at times? Make the joy of The Lord your strength. Sing a song to God and see what He does. Even when things are not great, God can do great things in the midst of it. Since others have been cranky, I have begun like five future blogs, instead of barely getting them in at the last minute. Yes, you poor people will have to endure me for at least five more blogs, and who knows how many more, peace be with you...lol. Seriously though, most people are giving up things for lent. Why not give up being cranky and intentionally make an effort to be Happy instead. Imagine what would happen if you did something wild and crazy, like walk up to a complete stranger and say, "You look really nice today", to someone that looks like they really need a compliment. You may just save someone from killing themselves, or turn their crappy day around, then they may be kind to someone else. Imagine the possibilities. If you have trouble, ask God to see through His eyes. You never know, compassion and love may just flow from you. If God can make a dead person live, He can do anything. Enjoy today, you just may find you like it.
When I heard about Jeanne's house fire I was terrified at first until I got to the words, "We're all safe." A house fire brings such terrible losses, some of them irretrievable, but we'd all been spared the worst. One more day to pretend there's a happy ending somewhere, hopefully in nearby proximity to us.
|This is my friend, Jeanne Kincaid Miller's house that burned down recently.|
As things stand now, the insurance company has put them up in the hotel, and is working on locating temporary housing on a more long term basis. The children's clothing needs seem to be well in the works, and they are still determining whether Gene and Jeanne's clothing are salvageable. Gift cards to local restaurants and other stores could be helpful at this time. If you are local to the Cumberland, MD area, items may be dropped off at Calvary Christian Academy in Cresaptown, MD. If you are out of the area and would like more information regarding this, you may email me directly: email@example.com.
For anyone who may be interested in helping them, their band, Longing For Eden, has set up a fund at their online store where donations can be made to assist Gene and Jeanne. The link is http://www.longingforeden.com/store/#!/Help-Gene-and-Jeanne-Miller/p/47522109/category=0
This is an excerpt from an Ann Voskamp writing. It is relevant AND thought provoking and I wanted to share it. Only three days later, people go around with these crosses right on their foreheads.It’s only three days after the world found out that The 21 died for being The People of the Cross, three days after that incomprehensible video stated they were “chopping off the heads of those that have been carrying the cross illusion in their heads” —-that people all around the world wear these sooty crosses right there on their faces, right above their eyes. Right there on their heads, the shaping of their minds.Like they want to be known and marked and counted as one of those. One of His.
My husband, daughter and I went to the beach. On our way, Paul asked, "Did you bring towels"? I had forgotten, and instantly became upset. We were not going to swim, the water was too cold for us. We were simply walking with our feet in the water. Paul and I fussed, and each of us laid blame on the other. Then I simply said, "Lets forget it, it's done, we can do nothing about it now".
After that, God gave us an absolutely lovely day. It was warm & sunny, but just slightly overcast. Perfect! I was even able to pull off a yearly picture of Sarah, while we were there. I drank it all in, wile thinking of the vitamin D3 & C we received from the sun. Also, the magnesium and all the minerals from the water, and the salt air that cleared up, my little bit of a cold. We returned and were inside our home just as it began to rain. I mean, it poured down the rain. We were truly blessed of God.
So yes, we all have the occasional, forgetting of towels, rain or even snow in our lives. However, when God gives us many blessings, it's best to realize it. Then be thankful any time we have, a good day!
- No meat may be eaten on days of abstinence.
- Catholics 14 years and older are bound to abstain from meat. Invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.
- Fasting means having only one full meal to maintain one's strength. Two smaller, meatless and penitential meals are permitted according to one's needs, but they should not together equal the one full meal. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
- Catholics from age 18 through age 59 are bound to fast. Again, invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.