Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beware of the cocoon.

I've had 3 different friends this week, refer to "the cocoon".

What cocoon? And why does this word keep popping up?

"you know, she likes to slip into her cocoon when life gets hard, and not let anyone in"

"she has closed herself off from everyone, and only comes out of her cocoon on occasion"

"it's almost like if I could stay in my cocoon, then I don't get hurt. No one knows I'm there, and no one can hurt me"

*that* cocoon.

And then I read this very long and so heart wrenching blogspot from Heidi Swapp, just days after her son took his own life.
She blogged the events that unfolded in those days....probably so she could record them for her own keepsakes, but if I know her passion for memory-keeping like I think I do, she blogged this so that maybe it would keep someone else from slipping too far into their own cocoon / dark hole!

And so I'm not sure why, but God has impressed this word on me, over and over.

And then tonight Rick Bezet spoke at church, and his message of words was so very spot on. (funny how God does that).

But he mostly spoke about using the tongue to pierce.

But my heart kept saying "use the words to love. use the words to nourish. use the words to help"

And then on the way home, that word cocoon came again, but God reminded me, that from the cocoon comes something beautiful. Something with wings. Something with passion and purpose.

I pray today that I can be much better at using my words to help someone else find their wings and their passion...and even if they find themselves in the cocoon they can know it's not the end, but just the beginning of such a greater place!

After all the cocoon is a part of new birth, the beginning of a new season. A fresh start!

God has so much wonder planned for us all....if we will burst forth from the cocoon...and let Him use us for His glory.

What a great word for today.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Your life tells a story

I just received the sweetest compliment.

My day started off rocky to say the least. 
Bit a little piece of everyone's head my house. 

Traffic trying to get to an appointment.
For. An. Hour!

And my insides ache, just because I woke up today. 

So. I drop Chappy at his appointment and go down the block to grab a cup of coffee. 
They are closed. 
Power outage. 
Of course they are. 

So. I go about 10 minutes down the way, to another. 
They are open. 

And everyone said amen! 

So. I'm getting my coffee. 
In a personalized cup, that my sweet friend Diane bought me. 
The lady next to me began to compliment the cup. It's so cute with Mickey on it.

You like Disney?! 
"I do. And I'm a Disney Travel
planner, so my worlds collide. And I love it."

Oh wow. Fun! 
As we are talking, she noticed my shirt. Oh I love that verse.  That's my favorite scripture. 
I tell her that my friend Jennifer gave this to me for my 40th birthday. 

And because it celebrates Kayla, and her verse as she continues her cancer journey. 

I instinctively refer to my purple bracelet, as I speak of Kayla

Then the lady, "oh my word. Look at that bracelet. How gorgeous" (referring to my Lucy's Locket cuff. 

And I begin to brag on Lucy, and her success and her gorgeous jewelry. 

And then I point out that my necklace is also a Lucy's Locket.

And the lady squeals, "your entire life tells such a lovely story" 

Gah. It sure does. She snapped me back into check so fast. 
I'm blessed with great friends and sweet treasures. 

What a lovely compliment. 
My life tells a lovely story. 

So much better than boring :)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Serve Day 15

Where love covers a city. 
Wearing red shirts. 
131 churches came together to pour love into the communities. 
The hands and feet of Jesus put to action. 
131. That's incredible. 131!!! Not to promote a church. But to promote Jesus. 
Love people. Love people.  Love people. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fathers Day and money?! What?

I've always heard that people that work in the treasury department don't study fake money. But they study U.S. Currency so well, that they can spot an imitation in an instant. 
Yeah. That's how I know a good guy when I spot one. 
I watched this guy closely while I was growing up. And I didn't even know it. #EveryGirlNeedsAHero #OneRaisedMe #OneMarriedMe #FathersDay 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jack in the "band aid" box

I woke up Wednesday morning to blood everywhere! 
All over the ground, in the garage...puppy shaped blood prints! 

Alarming, to say the least. 

I found Jack in his spot in the garage crying. 
Bless him. 

As I finally convinced him to let me check him, he limped toward me, as I discovered he had cut his paw. 

What seemed like gallons of blood later, and the vet stitched his paw, and back home we go. 

Yes...with prescription pain meds. I kid not. 

This little guy will be fine, after lots of snuggles and TLC. 

The Westin - Birmingham, Alabama

Just a few weeks ago, we were "local tourists". 
Kind of a neat spin on things. 

We were attending our LIFE retreat for the weekend, and we decided to be "all in" to the process. 

So we decided we would stay at the Westin, in Birmingham, AL just next to the BJCC where the retreat would be. 

We thought it best to not drive home, do laundry, give in to the "real world" just for the entire 36 hours. 

So, I arrived a bit begged check in, but much to my surprise, they were able to secure a room for me, early. 
So, up to the pool on the rooftop I went. 

It's a small pool, with a little patio bar adjacent. A nice break for a small getaway. 

And the patio would be a great spot at night. 

Our room was lovely. Nothing over the top. But pleasantly  quaint. And quiet. 

We've stayed in a few cities at the Westin and in always pleased. 

Birmingham is no exception. 

We will be back. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Selfie Stick Ban

Let's call this "the gasp heard 'round the world" :)

Yes, when you say to a teenager.....or adult, for that matter.......Disney just banned selfie sticks....the reaction is quite amusing!

So, no! DO NOT panic. I repeat! Do not panic!

You may still bring your selfie stick into the parks! You may still have them in your Walt Disney World resort! And yes, you may selfie until your little heart is content!

Welllllll, the last part isn't completely true!

The Selfie Stick is banned from rides / attractions! And, it's for the safety of all guests. Not just you, but the guest in front of you, or behind you on the ride.

Imagine with me for a go up with the Selfie Stick, in the dark on Space Mountain, with a low-lying track just ahead, and BAM! The stick flies from your hand, and hits the guest behind you!

I know, I know, you have it secured with that little safety strap on your wrist, right?
Ok...things happen. Accidents happen!

And for the safety of all guests, they are banned from the attractions.

You may still take selfies in the parks, during the parades and in all common areas.
But, where it is not safe, you will be asked to refrain. an effort to help, the Memory Maker photographs are now available on many of the attractions, so maybe you won't miss that perfect photo opp after all :)

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