Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thoughts/Confessions

I am terrible at waiting.  I want instant gratification.
Joy is forever.  Happiness is fleeting.
In darkness, choosing light is paramount.
My thoughts ought to reflect the One in which I put my faith.
I'm repeating the Serenity Prayer as I type this.
The main detractor from joy is myself and the expectation I have of myself.
God Bless,
R

Monday, December 28, 2015

2016

New year...not new me.
Sure, I'd love to lose a few pounds, which will be a goal.  I'd like to improve a few things about myself, but not force myself to change drastically.
I want to be led by God.
So we will see what the New Year brings.
God Bless,
R

a great day

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Mine was great.  Looking forward to the New Year!
God Bless,
R

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Prayer request

could you please pray for Abby!
God Bless,
R

On my heart

I'm unworthy of all my blessings.
For me, embodying Christ is having the heart of a child.
In a broken world, it's only hope comes from a Savior who experienced a brokenness on Earth, on a Cross for all of us.
It's a Merry Christmas because His pain brought joy to a world needing it.
Merry Christmas!
God Bless!
R
If you like to know more, let me know.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

saturday night

I was watching a movie, thought about some things and turned on my music. In this Christmas season, what is I want. I want things people can't give me. And part of me loves that; yet detests that. God knows. I want to trust and not question Him.
A thought on this Saturday night.
R

Friday, December 18, 2015

weekend

Have a great day!
So blessed!
Relaxing this weekend.  You?
God Bless,
R

Thursday, December 17, 2015

His child

Yesterday, I spent some time with someone dear to me, and I was reminded of some things.
1.  Being around good people makes all the difference
2.  Having a discussion is good for the soul.
3. I am not responsible for others' happiness.
4. Love is key

I am blessed. Every day I live, I'm a success. Waiting on God is a painful exercise of faith.  I can't give up on dreams, they rob God of his Omnipotence and my faith in Him.  If I give up, I'm robbing God.  I'm okay with disappointing self, but God, it's not negotiable.

When I was born in this country, I won the lottery.  It pains me to think of what life could've been had this not been.  How far I've come?  It's remarkable.  Remembering the pain is a necessary evil for me.  It reinforces my thankfulness, it fuels the fire of who I need to be.
I bought a bangle yesterday.  It reads:  Blessed

Two of the places I've been blessed to see are Washington, D.C. and Assisi, Italy.
The nation's capital used to give me hope, now it just brings me cynicism.  I need to believe that the capital of the nation I love, can be a nation under God.  Where our legal tender, with its In God we trust means something.  Where we stand firm, yet love one another.
Assisi, Italy- The country I most wanted to visit as a teen.  As I walked into that town, walked into that church, heard the music play, and let myself feel the love of the God.  After walking out and finding a German father, who was not an American because he spoke English, yet reassuring us because we could understand him was a blessing.

Venice was a close second because it's a place I originally didn't want to visit, and yet it was one of my favorites.

I have two dreams on my heart, but I will not let them go.  I need to trust God will fulfill the desires of my heart.

I hope that God will give you what you need.
R


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Blessed

I hope you had a great weekend!
Pizza and movies for me!
Have a blessed day!
R

Friday, December 11, 2015

Blessings

Have a blessed day!
Relaxing is on tap for me.
God Bless friends!
R

Thursday, December 10, 2015

a thought

I heard this song just now, and it's perfect. "I'm no longer a slave to fear, for I'm a child of God".
No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music

God Bless,
R

any recommendations

Still on the mend.
Any recommendations for food, books, entertainment?
God Bless,
R

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Confessions

I'm having trouble enjoying each day, because I'm always in the next one.

I worry about things I can't control.

I've got caught up with material things this season, and left Him off my list.

Am I ashamed to let you know?  No.

God Bless you,
R

Christmas wishlist

What's on your Christmas wishlist?
This prayer:  Return to me the joy of my salvation.
God Bless,
R

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Grateful

Grateful for:
Soup
Lozenges
Hope
Joy
and Love

Grateful for all of you.
God Bless,
R

Monday, December 7, 2015

Under the weather

my posting has been lackluster.  I'm sorry.  If there is one thing about being sick, it forces you to relax, and I'm thankful for that.
What are you thankful for today?
R

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rest

I'm in December now, and it's scary.  My body is worn out, I'm mentally tired. I'm spiritually empty. I need to rest. In this time, I just need to be able to lean on "the everlasting arms".
God Bless,
R

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

some q's

Did you do any Cyber Monday?
What's your favorite way to give back during the Christmas season?
R

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving

This year so far I've learned:
That they're really can be joy in suffering.
That love is anywhere and everywhere.
That kindness means so much.


Have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Don't take it for granted.  God Bless you all, and may your hearts be merry.
R

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful

Thank you for always trying to encourage my soul, who will pray for me.  You who will think of me, who will make me absolutely thankful.  To all of you, THANK YOU!
God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving.
R

Monday, November 23, 2015

Where He meets you

Sometimes the hardest posts to write are the ones where you have an epiphany with self.   Better yet, Jesus had a way of showing me truth, love and grace.  I've been struggling.  Accepting CP is one thing, accepting its effects spiritually, mentally and physically are quite another.  I accepted the word, CP, but not what it meant for me as I got older.
And that is a bitter, ugly pill to swallow quoting my pastor.  I'd rather get a shot and get it over with, CP for me is a gradual exercise.  To revamp my physical health, my mental and spiritual self are under attack.
Only until yesterday in Bible Study, was i able to see the problem.  Sometimes God allows you to answer the question.
Today, God showed me that my suffering could be used for good, and when I saw it, I just had to thank Him for the grace that He gave me.
It's a peace, I needed.  Will I still suffer?  Yes.  I just need to remember today, though.
R

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I'd rather

Sometimes the words flow and sometimes they don't.  I'm afraid to offend people, and someone once told me a writer's job is to offend you, to make you think.  Scrolling social media has left me sad.  It's left me mad.  I think, however, that in this democracy, I can respectfully disagree.  Frankly, my time is not well spent being mad.  It's not well spent cussing people out as we say in the South.  It's not worth arguing with a proverbial fence post.  I can't change your mind.  Accept it, I have.  One of my political science professors told me this:  "Your rights end where mine begin."  So I'll leave it at that.  I'd rather focus on what I can change.  I'd rather focus on all my blessings.
God Bless,
Regine

memories

Favorite Christmas memory?
Favorite Thansgiving memory?
One thing you're grateful for?

Christmas with my siblings and nephews and now niece.
All the good food.
A blessed life that keeps getting better.
I have some unspoken prayer requests.

God Bless,
R

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

The vine

Today, I choose to be grateful.  And it's a hard choice.  Sometimes the best things for us are the hardest to choose.  I am putting together a puzzle depicting a Paris scene.  I have not processed my feelings on Paris.  As I'm putting together the puzzle, I'm less frustrated than I thought I'd be.  I'm realizing that I am capable.  That puzzle mirrors me, being put together piece by piece.  I read John 15, and it spoke to my heart.  "No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  John 15:4  Jesus is the vine.  I am useless without him.  I need to back to the vine.
God Bless,
R

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paris

My beloved city, my heart cries out with you!
God Bless you and keep you!
Je t'aime toujours,
R

Friday, November 13, 2015

today

Yesterday was a rough day, but today is a new one!
God Bless y'all.
R

Any weekend plans?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

red cup

Today could've been a day I despised, but it wasn't. It wasn't comfortable.  It was a true moment of humility and acceptance.  I promised I wouldn't, but what I experienced today was Christ.  Christ wasn't defined by man's opinion of a cup.  Christ is in the doctor's office. Christ in the dental office sharing God's love. God allowed man to make that cup.  Christ is in that red cup whether or not it says Merry Christmas.  Sure, I'd like it to, but maybe there is a reason it's not. Glory will be God's.  He will get what He needs.

God Bless,
R

Saturday, November 7, 2015

lessons

Some lessons tonight:
I will not compare myself with other.
I will rejoice for others happiness.
I will wait.
God help me.
R

Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday thanks

Happy Friday y'all!  Hope you are doing well.
My Thanks list for Friday!
Elise and Hope:  Thank you for your wonderful posts that make me smile.
My nephew Andrew, who fills me joy.
My nephew Will who's demeanor is bliss.
My nephew Mason, who is so bright.
My nephew Zachary, who's fiery.
My niece Hailey, that demeanor is sweet.

God Bless you all,
R

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Grateful

when God gave me  Cerebral Palsy
He gave me compassion.  I wonder if I would have had it otherwise
He rendered me special.
He still gives me battles.
He gave me perspective.
I never imagined how He would be glorified
He only made one me.
He would give me Christ.

What did He give you?

R

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Glamourous

There is a lot of my heart, and so I'm asking for your prayers.  I used to hate doing or asking for them, but my pride has to take a back seat.  I'm wanting to fight the what I want syndrome, versus what is necessary.  It's not glamorous.  Life isn't always glamorous, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have value.
R

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Reality check

I didn't see this post coming, but when a post comes, you write it.  I'm listening to So Long Self by MercyMe, its a great song to listen to in this moment.  The gut check we had in Sunday School just happened.  I was simply told to stop trying so hard, and let God work through you.  Seems easy.  I always think some big work of God is necessary for us to feel that God uses us.  And right now, I see it doesn't have to big in your eyes.  Maybe it's big in God's eyes.
I want what I do to matter?  That may be the problem.  I still have wants, a want to be validated by another human being.  No human can truly validate me, only He can.

What do you want validation of in life?
R

My favorite things

Being in the Holiday season.
The decorations
The family time
The joy
Have you started listening to Christmas music?
Baking sugar cookies?
Ordering Peppermint drinks at Starbucks?

Favorite Christmas places to visits?
R

a whole lotta grace

My heart is grateful.  When life shows you you're learning, you rejoice. When life shows you have more to do, you're grateful to see that. I'm grateful to know how much I'm loved. I'm grateful to God, that I started to listen.

Grateful to let the tears fall.
Grateful to have legs that push me higher.
Grateful to look at a glass half full.

What are you grateful for today?
God Bless,
R

Monday, November 2, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

What have I learned

What have I learned:
That comparison is the thief of joy.  I'm too busy counting other peoples' accomplishment that I can't see my own.

The moment you think you've got it all figured out, God brings you back to reality.

You don't get what you want, you get what you need.

You never know what a day will look like.

The hardest part of my day is exercising my faith.

The best part of your day is realizing how in need of Savior I am.

Exercising faith is not an exercise in futility, but one of obedience

Obedience requires waiting.

Waiting brings upon perserverance

Some lessons need to learned over again.

God Bless,
R

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Birthday blog

Happy Birthday blog!  3!  Here's to many, many more.
This verse has been on my mind:  I came not to be served, but to serve.
God Bless you all!
Regine

Thursday, October 29, 2015

guilty pleasures

Craving:  sweets
Reading: A Sophie Kinsella novel
Watching The Amazing Race

How about you?
R

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jesus Christ

J is for joy
E is for exalted
S is for saved
U is for understanding
S is for submission

C is for confidence
H is for Hope
R is for resurrection
I is for inspiration
S is for sufficient
T is for tremendous

A Savior who became flesh, to suffer for my sin.
God Bless,
R

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Getting to know you

1.  What is your middle name
2.  Which continent do you want to visit?
3.  Any unusual talent?
4.  Any Halloween traditions?
5. Favorite Bible verse or quote?
6. Last purchase
7. Favorite candy to give trick-or-treaters?


Talia
Europe again
Don't know of any
Eat candy
John 3:16
A new boo
Kit Kat

Can't wait for your answers!
God Bless,
R

Three years

On Halloween, I will celebrate three years of blogging. Three years of sharing myself with the world. This blog has changed my life.  I couldn't have imagined how my life would change.  I've met great people.  God has amazed me.  My pain has purpose.  My life has purpose.  This space has allowed me to bear fruit.  Without this space, I wouldn't share my thoughts, my pain.  I would continue to suffer.  God has allowed me to see life, my life as a blessing.  I can no longer deny the obvious.  Many have questioned what possibly my life would be, and I can't say I didn't either.  My job is to no longer question, it is to believe.
I used to hate the word special, but I will no longer renounce it.  You are special when you feel loved by Him.  You are special when you are chosen by Him.  You are special when you see God answering your questions.
I'm special!
God Bless you all
Regine

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thanks

I'm sitting here listening to Pandora, hoping something great will come.  All I can think is of all the great ladies who have passed, who enriched my life. I'm crying now.  Thank you for living well and loving the Lord.  Thank you for loving me.
R

Poll

Have you started Christmas shopping?
If so, where?
What do you want?

R

all about you all

Happy Monday!  Just in a reflective mood.  How are you?  What's on your heart and mind?
God Bless,
R

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Ugly Truth

Yes, it's the title of a romantic comedy I've watched too many times.  I got to thinking how many times do we put our wants in front of our needs.  The generation of FOMO and YOLO leave us wanting something more.  We have got one heck of a lexicon these days.  We live in a world that seeks fairness and leveling the playing field.  I might be a heretic, but life was never to be fair.  Because for all my blessings, which are many, fair is in the eye of the beholder.  Is it fair that my legs are sore after walking in braces all day.  Is it fair that some of us don't have legs.  Whatever the definition of fair is, throw it out the damn window.
I'm tired folks, I'm tired of sugarcoating life.  Life doesn't suck, it's just a story with too many plot twists.  We want straight and narrow.  What we get is a jagged fork that leaves us mouths as wide as it is in the dental chair.

I've pleaded with God too long, and been left at His mercy.

What do I need?
To Trust-in God perfect will for my life.
God Bless folks,
R

Friday, October 23, 2015

thoughts

Confessions:
You never know who will touch your life.  RIP Granny
For the first time I'm proud of the person I'm becoming.
For the first time, I'm accepting without questioning.
That happens when you finally let God take over.  Somebody once told me this is where my calling is.  I see it.  I don't know what God sees in me, but thank you.

He made us for greatness.

R

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Help

i need help finding affordable yet stylish bedroom furniture.  Any good websites fit the bill. I have expensive taste, without that kind of budget.
R

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

the things I never thought I'd say

I've felt God these past few weeks.  Following the will of God is rewarding.  My heart is at peace.  The burden I feel is diminished.  Life didn't get easier, my perception changed.
I have spent many years and countless tears fighting myself, and I'm tired.  If the endeavor lacks merit, I won't fight it.  I finally let go.  I thought I was invincible, but I did get tired.  Folks, without God, my energy is limited.  I have to allocate it differently.  I have to decide what is best for me.
Look, would I change anything, sure.  The amount of time I spent hating self.  It is physically and mentally exhausting to write this post.

Some advice
I spent years fighting the wrong fight.  Pick a battle worth fighting.

I will tell you that God and I don't agree on everything, but I do know, He knows best.

God Bless,
R

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

God in a shoe store

I just came from Charleston yesterday.  I got to spend some time with my sweet boy Andrew, and his baby sister, Hailey.
Hearing Andrew scream Gigi so many times made me so happy.  Seeing Hailey's sweet countenance was precious.
These kids make me see Jesus's goodness.  And He is good!
This trip I saw God in a shoe store.  The choice I made weeks ago is proving to be a right one.  I never thought I would be having a conversation about braces, Cerebral Palsy, and life in a shoe store. It's God.  By the end of a shopping trip, the lady helping us asked if she could give me a hug.  I didn't feel like I did anything.  I was just myself.  For God, that is enough.  I wondered why she wanted to hug me in that moment.  But folks it felt good to be hugged and thanked.  My life is no longer about me, it's what you do.
I found my place, now I just have to learn to let myself accept it.
From a babe, to a toddler to a lady in a shoe store, God leads.
Will I follow?
God Bless,
R

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday faves

Sore muscles care of the treadmill
Raisin Bran for breakfast
Forgiveness of sin from Him
New season to enjoy
Friendship

R

Thursday, October 15, 2015

fun post

Today has been a long day.
So today is a fun post.
Favorite Halloween costume?
Favorite Halloween candy?
R

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

grateful

I'm so grateful that God resides within me.
I'm grateful for my niece and nephews
I'm grateful for that treadmill walk.
I'm grateful for my dog.
Grateful for it all.
R

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Head Ball Coach

Steve Spurrier is in the news a lot today.
What can it teach us:
People can and probably disappoint you.
He does not owe anyone an explanation
He was great at what he did.
God knows your heart, and that's all that matters.
People won't remember what you accomplish, but the man or woman you were
As long as you give it your all, that's all you can ask for.
Human nature loves to diminish you, not celebrate you.

For every great thing said about you, there will be tons more that will question you.  Spurrier was not my favorite, but he was himself.  If you can achieve greatness, while still be authentic and humble, you've done something.

Spurrier wasn't perfect, but we aren't either.

Look up for validation, hope and love
God Bless,
R

My thoughts

With God, life is precious.  As I look at my niece and nephews, I see God's Handprint.  My goal for today is to love at Christ loves.  The world we live in is one of despair and hopelessness, but every time I see a child, I see a ray of sunshine.

Every time I walk on the treadmill, I am hopeful that perseverance is in me.  I saw a clip of a man crossing the finish line.  He fell many a time, but he got back up.  Falling is not a bad thing, it's how you get up.

Do we tell people we love that we love them.  The greatest gift we can give or receive is love.

I've often thought have I loved enough, have I ceded my life to the One and Only.  Have others seen Jesus in me.  Has He allowed me make you think.

Have I become like a Sour Patch Kid.  I'm serious.  Has my sour exterior become sweet as time passes.

These are just some of my thoughts.
God Bless,
R

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pass it on

After sending a note of Congratulations and Blessing, a simple thought came to mind.  Could we send encouragement or a nice thought someone's way for no reason at all, just to let someone know you care.

Q&A

Getting to know you:
Pet's name
Your nickname
Name of High School
College you attended
Best place you visited

R

monday

Happy Monday!
I hope your weekend was great!  Mine was transformational. My last post will let you know.  This morning I got in a workout.
Looking forward.
God Bless,
R

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A swift kick

I went to church today, and got a swift kick in the ass.  One I needed.  The community God put me in needs my voice, they need to see me.  I need to provide hope.  They need to see me, one of them, do well.  An-abled body can't relate to them.  I can't abandon my community.  They didn't ask for disability, neither did I, but how will I respond.  Jesus has waited years for me to acknowledge the obvious.  It has one year with braces, and I didn't even know it if Facebook didn't remind me.  I have to remember that I should take walking a mile for granted.  I've lost sight.  My call has been right in front of my face, and I denied it.  It's not the call I wanted.  I was ashamed.  I wanted something neat. I didn't want the call that would cause me pain.  A friend told me I would have to choose.  I still didn't think so.  She was right.  Because the only pain it would cause me is my pride.  And I thought that is too much, but how much pain did He endure for me?
We were talking today in Sunday School about God's sense of humor, and He really has one.  He has used people and this blog to show me.  And right i want to cry and laugh at the same time.
You don't get to pick a calling, it picks you.
The pastor mentioned this Scripture:  Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and pay a ransom for many.
God Bless you all,
Regine

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday fun

champagne or merlot
French or Spanish
Halloween or Thanksgiving
Sweet or sour
Run or walk
R

friday

Happy Friday!
Any weekend plans?
R

Thursday, October 8, 2015

me and Jesus

This is a post I didn't want to post.  I feel like the cross on my neck is reminding me, I'm not in control.  I'm simply a human in need of a Savior.  I'm a girl who is learning when you got baptized, it means you ceded control to a being greater than self, one that died so you could live without remorse.
Folks, I am human, in need of a Savior.  A Savior who seeks to release me from every anxious thought.  I am realizing I can't save you.  I can't save myself.  As much as I wish everyone could experience the love of Christ, I know some will reject Him.  I did for years.  I was scared.  Finally, I got tired.  I'm tired of fighting a battle, I can't fight.
When you get tired, give Him a call.  A friend told me when you get so tired, you will give it to Him. You will be freed.  Last night at church the kids sang the Lord's Prayer, and it was so fun to sing along with them.  Everything I learned, I learned from a child.
The joy of singing off key
The wonder of blue painted fingers

How badly do you want Him?
This is a take on the Kennedy quote
Ask not what Jesus can do for you, but rather what can you do for Jesus?

God Bless,
R

need advice

It's Thursday.
need some help.
Best jeans for a curvy yet petite woman
Best book you've read
Best healthy food
Best indulgent food
Best hostess gift

R

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

hands and feet

When God directs, you go.
After all of these events, seeing my Facebook feed filled with stories of loss, and beautiful hope as well, will we as God's people stand as one.  Will we be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Will we love as He loved.  Will we live as He lived.
This is my hope and humble prayer.
He is with us, He will not forsake you.
Thank you for choosing me, Lord!
R

Joy returneth

My emotions are running high with all this devastation, but I'm determined to bring some joy back in this space.
I am loving eating frozen grapes
I am looking for a new book to read, but for now The Bible it is
I peruse Amazon way too much
It is amazing to think that the holidays are so near.
It is amazing to meet new friends and connect with old ones.
What is bringing you joy this morning?
God Bless,
Regine


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Grateful

After this weekend grateful takes on a new meaning. Social media is inundated with pictures, and they are sad.  But I also see humanity at its finest.
God Bless,
R

Monday, October 5, 2015

Blessing others

This weekend was one for the books.  My heart breaks, and yet is grateful.  The only thing I can think is how can I bless others.
What are you grateful for?
In the spirit of blessing others, do any of you have any prayer requests?
Thank you for reading and praying.
South Carolina and I appreciate it.

God Bless,
Regine

My state

the scenes are amazing.  I haven't seen that much water in a long time, if ever!
South Carolina could use your prayers.
I am fine, but some not so much!
#prayforsc
God Bless,
R

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday

I wanted to a Friday fun post, but I can't.
Pray for those in Oregon, who were persecuted for their faith.
Pray for those bracing for Joaquin
Unspoken prayer requests
R

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Christianity

After reading The Daily Tay, I've been thinking:  What is it about Christianity that is losing its luster for Christ?  I sincerely want to know, because it would be wonderful if Christ were known, fully known.  It took me years to surrender, and it is my hope that it doesn't take you that long.  For me, I refused to believe God could love me like He does.  I also never could fathom why I was made in this way.  Last week, as I saw the Pope, I was amazed.  To see faith not only spoken, but displayed.  The Pope is a messenger, Jesus Saves.  It took everything within me not to bawl seeing the Pope blessing those children in wheelchairs.  I saw hope.  I felt joy.  And I realized how merciful Our God is.  Thank you for sparing me.  When perspective is shown to you via a Vespers service in St. Patrick's Cathedral, you respond.  I'm not Catholic, but I appreciate seeing a man living for Christ.
I ask this question because I want others to know the joy that Jesus brings.
R

TV shows

It's Fall and that means TV is back!
What do you watch?
I love the Amazing Race and the Big Bang Theory.
R

Change

Truth:  I've been dealing with anxiety lately.  Change and I don't get along.  It's the necessary evil that requires my attention.  Something I've wanted now scares me, but I know I can do it.  I'm repeating Philippians 4:13 right now.  "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  Please pray for me.
Thanks and God Bless,
Regine

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A little Tuesday morning Q&A

Favorite vacation spot
Favorite fruit
Favorite vegetable
Favorite 80's show
Favorite 80's style

Too many
cantaloupe
carrots
game shows on Nickelodeon
the kool aid socks

R

rainy day

Another rainy day here.
Where are you located, and how is outside?
Prayers going up for some friends!
God Bless,
R

Monday, September 28, 2015

destination

Favorite place you want to visit that is not well known
Iceland
Romania
Finland
Mustique
Wisconsin

R

gratefulness

It may be gray and dreary today, but I'm grateful.
What are you grateful for today?
R

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lessons from a Pope

We all should strive to be like Jesus
Humility is essential
The least of these are truly blessed.
We all have something to give.
Loving Christ means me love others.

R

Friday, September 25, 2015

A little Fall fun Friday

scarf or brooch
Jeans or leggings
Coat or cape
Apple cider or pumpkin spice latte
Donuts or pie

Brooch
Jeans
Coat
Apple cider
Donuts

R

Thursday, September 24, 2015

God's love

I read Luke 12:48 this morning, and it got me thinking do I fulfill the requirement according to what I've been given. Do I give God His due?  Am I a good example of His mercy, as the Pope has mentioned many times?God never ceases to teach me.
Love in Christ,
R

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My thoughts

a friend reminded me it's the first day of Autumn. It's a new day, a new season.  My soul needs it. Will I seek renewal through Him. I am watching the Pope, and I admire the man,for he displays Christianity in it's purest form.   My desire for the season is to enjoy it.
God Bless,
R

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The journey

The journey to independence is one that is testing me in every way possible. I have to remember whatever worth achieving takes time. I'm reminded of my commitment to the goal.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Favorite fall destinations

what are your favorite fall destinations?
I would love to hear!
R

on my mind

Thank you Jesus, for the presence of mind to agree to disagree.  Thank you for being with me.  Thank you for your committed sacrifice.  In you, I can do all things.

Your opportunity to serve Him is right in front of you.

Children are a blessing.

Friendship is a blessing.

As I look at my life, it's a multitude of blessings.


Cerebral Palsy has made me examine who I am.  It has given me wisdom and perspective.  It makes me realize that what I have, I must give away.  I must operate with hope.  Life is going forward not looking behind you.

I hope you can see your life as a blessing.
God Bless,
R

Friday, September 18, 2015

Any weekend plans

any weekend plans?
R

friday

Some thoughts today:
Pray for Thomas at 11:45 am
It's fall y'all.  Ready for chili and cornbread.
Looking for new jeans. Any recs for curvy girls.


Have a blessed day!
God Bless,
R

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

UPDATE ON THOMAS

I told you yesterday about Thomas, Christina's sweet baby boy.  Christina posted an update on her blog, Carolina Charm.  As I was reading her post, I recalled my surgeries, the fears of having a normal life, which was my main concern.  I still have a hard time thanking God for all my struggles, but I know it would make me the person, I am today.
My prayer for Thomas is that one day this baby boy to live an extraordinary life focused on the Lord.

Please keep this special family in your prayers.
Thank you!
God Bless you and keep you,
Regine

Pray

After yesterday's post and my own pleading for prayers, I realize how many us need or could use prayer.  In light of realizing this, if anyone would like prayer, let me know.
The power of prayer works.
God Bless,
Regine

Ten Things

Ten Things about me

1. I like to have a dance party every afternoon for exercise
2.  I try to go on the treadmill at least three times per week
3. Quiet time for me is best found for me when I am on the treadmill
4.  I am really looking forward to Christmas this year
5.  This year has been very trying, yet very rewarding
6.  When I'm in line with God, my life seems better.
7.  Being told thank you never gets old
8. I like listening to music when I blog
9. I love receiving trinkets from around the globe
10. I like fashion

What are some things about you?

God Bless,
R

Also PRAY FOR THOMAS

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

PRAY FOR THOMAS

Whatever I had planned to post today has changed.  There is a family in North Carolina that needs every prayer we can offer.  I read Carolina Charm this morning, and my heart broke.  Christina's post can explain it better, but I know God can and does work for those who love Him.  As someone who has had five eye surgeries, I can empathize with this sweet boy and his family.
Father, I know you can heal Thomas.  It is my prayer that in this difficult time that you give Your ever present love, support, guidance and Your comfort dear Lord.
In the holy name of Jesus.
Amen
Would you pray for this sweet and precious family?
God Bless,
R

Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday thoughts

1.  You will learn patience when you least expect it.
2.  There is always something to learn.
3.  Part of being human is to know you will fall
4.  Part of being extraordinary is getting up
5.  It doesn't take much to change the world
6. If you really want something, you will ask
7.  Saying NO is not a bad thing
8.  The world owes me nothing.
9.  God does His thing
10. Tampering with His will does not mean you will get what you want.

Here are some fun ones

Southern food is so yummy...I'm talking Mac and Cheese and Fried Okra
Entering giveaways and winning them is addicting
Blog friendships are the best
It's not the quantity of friends.  it is the quality
Why does Diet Coke have to taste so good

God Bless,
R

An about face

First of all, Thank you for all the prayers!  They were and are very much appreciated.  At the moment, I can't adequately put into words what my heart is feeling.  I'm just purely grateful and truly humbled.  Control is not something you have, and all you have is faith.  My faith has been the mustard seed.  As the pastor said yesterday, faith is a commitment.  When my faith is not my commitment I'm up a creek without a paddle.
Faith requires humility.  A gut-wrenching about face.
The TobyMac song about gaining the whole world yet losing my soul comes to mind.
God Bless,
R

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Prayers please

if you would, I have an unspoken prayer request, could you pray?   Thank you!
Love,
Regine

Friday, September 11, 2015

Prayer

i have spent the last day and a half with some of my favorite people.  My sweet Andrew and beautiful Hailey.   Andrew amazes me with his kindness and love. I marvel at this kid's imagination, intelligence and wit. The best memories are made with barrel of monkeys and explaining about the Cross and Jesus. 
My dear Hailey, to see you yesterday is to love you. That sweet face is to the Hand of God!  That brown curly hair and those dark blue eyes gave my heart such joy at first glance. 
My prayer for both of you is to one day know how much I love you and more importantly God's love for you.  
Would you pray with me for the new family of four. 
I love you all!
God Bless you,
Regine

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Children

Children are the blessings that keep giving.
Today has been a great day!
God Bless,
R

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Thank you

Today's post is one of appreciation.  Thank you dear readers for rejoicing, laughing and crying with me. Thank you for loving me.  Thank you for encouraging me.  Thank you for the friendship.  I could never imagine what this space has become. It is a blessing God has bestowed upon me. I'm thankful to my best friend who suggested and help set up the blog.   My prayer is follow God regarding this space.
God Bless you all,
Regine

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday thoughts

On my heart today:

Independence:  is something I've longed for.  And as I attempt to do some things on my own, I am realizing how hard it can be, and yet how rewarding as well.  I want to jump for joy.

Reading the Bible has enriched my life immensely.

Hard work can lead to pure joy.

I can get frustrated and despondent, but I have to choose not to let it get me down.  Staying there is not something I can afford.

In Matthew 20, I was reading this verse that has stuck with me.  Many are called, few are chosen.  I want to be worthy of the latter.

God Bless,
Regine

Monday, September 7, 2015

Confession session

I haven't read a book lately that's held my attention.   I have read the Bible so this one counts.  It's held my heart.

I see the Labor Day sale posts and yet I'm still not buying.

I've contemplated joining Instagram, but i don't take pictures, so I don't see the point.

Forty minutes on the treadmill and exhaustion is upon me.

Grace and Humility- what I need

God Bless,
Regine

On my heart

On my heart today:
The song I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
Seeing pictures of my friend's hike along the Carpathian mountain range.


These two things reinforce God's goodness, and how much I am indebted to Him for His grace.
God Bless you all.
Regine

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday musings

I went to church today, and it did my heart good.  For one hour, I put my thoughts away.  I wasn't of the world.  I worshipped, and I let the pastor's message sink in.  I'm realizing that I'm only at peace in God's Word.  Being of the world has left me angry, and sad beyond tears.  It felt good to be wanted and loved.  It felt good to see the Christian flag and the cross that adorns it.
I'm learning that:
Christ asks to be loved.
The pastor said "He doesn't move, we do"


From Dubrovnik to Paris
the mountaintops to the sea
May Your love reign

Happy Sunday,
Regine
2:Timothy 3:16:17

Friday, September 4, 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Favorite things

Favorite things

This Bible verse has been on my heart.
Romans 12:2
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
NIV

College football-  It gets me every time.  My Saturdays will be spent with ESPN and the College Gameday crew.  Go Tigers!

Music-  I try to start out my day with some worship music.  I'm listening to Jeremy Camp's "He Knows" right now.

Long walks in the crisp air of fall to come.  Not to cold, not to hot, just right.

Blogging friendships-  They add richness to my life.

What are your favorites?

Be blessed,
Regine

prayer

Thinking of the Serenity Prayer today.  The reminder is necessary for me.  Need to be in prayer today!
God Bless,
R

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

School

College Football Season is almost upon us...where did you go to school?
Go Bearcats!
R

What we need

What we need:
Sheri at Red Rose Alley, posted a comment of my post yesterday that had me thinking:  Does this space need changing?  Do I need to change?  Do I need to conform?  This space is not glamorous, but it is honest.  Would I rather be glamorous or honest?  I mustn't conform.  I am who God made me to be.  I want to learn, whatever it happens to be.  Thank you, Sheri!
God Bless y'all!
Regine

Your thoughts?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Restoration in Christ

Christ makes us whole. He does this in His time. I could never imagine that I would recall the testimony I gave in 2003.  Those four R's are still with me. I'm thinking now how in the past I was fully cured.  The fact is:  we are never fully fixed. As long as we live, we will fail, fall, and need his Face.   Restoration not only comes when we accept Him.  We are constantly being restored.  When you think you're done learning is the time in which you really learn.
My prayer is to lean on Him in ALL things!
God Bless,
Regine

A little humility

I've been reading alot of Blogging Q&A's and I feel bad.  There are people who have been doing this for less time, have beautiful layouts, great pictures and the like, and I don't even know how to post a picture.  I am not tech savvy.  For the first time, I want to know how to do these things.  So I am tinkering.  My blog posts aren't up to par, but it's okay.  I know I shouldn't compare, but I do.  I want to grow this space of mine.  Almost three years, my best friend suggested a blog to me, so I could express my thoughts, and basically, its stayed that way.  Now, I want more.  I don't want to change as much as I want to expand/grow.
So, thank you for bearing with me.
God Bless,
R

Monday, August 31, 2015

Favorite things

Reading The New York Times.  www.nytimes.com
Catching up on blogs.                 recentsomethings.com
Walking on the treadmill.
Talking with a good friend.
Reading the Bible.

R

Faith

Feeding 5000 off five loaves and two fishes requires great faith. Trusting God to supply your needs is hard.  Everything that has worth requires faith.  Lord, it is my prayer that I have the faith necessary to do Your will.
Have a great day,
R

Sunday, August 30, 2015

mustard seed

I used to look down on the mustard seed, but I realized how much wrong that was. The meekness of a mustard seed doesn't define it, it merely describes its size. God defines, people describe.  Reading His word is giving me something I've been lacking.  The Love of Christ leaves me in tears.
R

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday fun

two week vacation.
Where do you go?
Angkor Wat
Botswana
Seville
Costa Rica
Texas


My pick would be Seville or Texas.
R

Faith filled Fridays

As I'm reading Matthew 11:28, my heart feels unburdened.  It is so good to know that despite it all, "He will give me rest."  
It is a great comfort to know how much He loves me.


The Greatest Man
Came to save a fallen world
That through Him
Life everlasting
Could be found.

God Bless yall.
R

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Grace

Faith is the best to have and the hardest thing to keep. As a friend told me keep fighting and keep the faith.  I'm passing this wise advice. 
Have a blessed day!
R

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My heart

Folks,
This is on my heart:
I am a Christian. One that is broken and flawed.  The only true happiness I can have is oneness with Him.  I've been saved, and this fact is the one that gives me pure tears of joy.  I can't mourn what I don't have.  Waiting is the hardest thing to do.  The fact is I never thought alot of things, and they have come true.  One of the hardest things of Christianity is obedience.  Waiting is obedience.  God's timing is perfect, mine, not so much.  I'm not a Bible scholar.  I have to remind myself that reading the Bible is not a chore, but a pleasure.  I don't know what easy is.  And that is a blessing.  I complain about going to doctors, but I want to look at it as a blessing.  I don't want to look at life as a chore.  Life is a blessing.

God Bless,
R

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Living and loving

What I've learned lately:

I am loved beyond comprehension.
The depths to which God amazes me leaves me awestruck.
Being still equals contentment.
Not thinking too much for me takes effort, but it's worth it.
I'm learning to prioritize.
I am learning to smile.


What I'm loving lately:
Sweets- any and all kinds
Being at home
Pizza
Candy Crush
Two Dots

Verse for the day
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 3:14

Have a blessed day,
R


Monday, August 24, 2015

Fun in the sun

I just got back from a long weekend trip to the Sunshine State.
Here are some thoughts:
That Florida sun is strong!
The food is good.
Children are very funny.
There is nothing like a good pool to relax
I got to feel like a child.

God Bless,
R

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Unspoken prayer requests

I have some unspoken prayer requests,  if you would pray, please do. I will do the same for you!
Thank you so much!
God be with you,
R

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Favorites

Favorite Etsy shop?
Favorite book?
Favorite song?
R

Thoughts

Dear friends,
What's on my heart is the Serenity Prayer.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.  My heart is bitter and angry and it's because I haven't adhered to this simple prayer.  The most simple prayers are sometimes the hardest to follow.
James 1:19:20

"Dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,"

What a verse I need to follow.
Have a blessed day!
R

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Reminders

It is never to late to learn.  You never know what someone is going through.  I have been taught today.  Or just merely reminded, but I am so grateful!  If you're going through something today, I'm thinking about you and praying for you!  And if you would, do the same for me.
Sometimes we need gentle reminders!
Have a great day and be blessed!
R

Monday, August 17, 2015

Things I'm loving

Ice cubes in lemonade.  So good and refreshing.
Gum-  what are your favorites?
Scented soaps- Hermes is my favorite
September issues of magazines
Sales on summer clothes and accessories.

What are you loving these days?
R

Journaling

Happy Monday!
I have a question about journaling.
Do you journal?
Any do's and don't' about journaling?
Have a great day folks!
R

Saturday, August 15, 2015

My younger self

I just finished listening to "Dear Younger Me" by MercyMe, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.  What would I tell a younger me?

1.  Enjoy the struggle-Those OT and PT lessons.  If you'd of asked me as a child, I disdained those days.  Now I miss them.  Thinking back on them now, there was joy in those days.  I enjoyed it.  Putting the square peg in the round hole makes me laugh as I remember my frustration mounting enough to jam that peg in a place it didn't belong.

2.  You will never get those years back, but alot of memories.
3.  Say thank you!  Thank you to my parents, family, and every medical professional I've had the pleasure of acquainting.

4.  Your life is not your own.  Once you learn this, every part of you will change.  The selfish part of me would have led you to believe this.  People are the biggest investment you will ever make.  Make it the best one.

5.  Don't fight God.  You will lose every time.  It's the gamble that never pays a dividend.  He loves you more than you ever can or will.

Make mistakes, just not ones that you can't repair.
Que Dios te bendiga.
R

Friday, August 14, 2015

Climbing a mountain

I climbed a mountain, really!  And I conquered the mountain in my head.  It feels so good!  I realized how much doubt has consumed me.  I realized how much I have missed childlike faith.  In my mind as I was climbing, I remembered how I relished a challenge.  My heart and soul needed a change of scenery.
Just because we get older doesn't me sometimes we can be a child.
R

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ten things about me number three

Ten things about me
1.  I love key lime pie
2.  I want to eat at Husk in Charleston next.
3.  If my dog could dog, I wonder what he would say first.
4.  Comfort is key
5.  Mimosas are so good
6.  I've tried to walk in heels, but cannot.
7.  I still like them
8.  Pearls are just great
9.  So are gift cards
10.  I dislike shoe shopping

R

matters of the heart

What's on your heart today?
Be blessed friends!
Regine

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tell me yours?

Fun facts
1.  I love checking Amazon for their "Today's Deals."  Right now I'm wanting some Jag Jeans bermudas and Vineyard Vines gear.

2.I'm craving Diet Coke and Pop-Tarts lately. To get on my healthy bandwagon, I'm making some spaghetti squash from the garden with marinara sauce tonight.

3.  Wanderlust has hit me.  Where's the plane when you need it.  Taking votes...Greece, Paris or Nice?

4.  My favorite uniform as of late is sweats and a tank.

5.Football is almost here!  Music to a Southerner's ears.  Just miss that my Pop Pop and I can't have our spirit chats about it anymore!

God Bless,
R

Some things about my life as a Christian

I read Kelly's Korner's blog this morning, and it got me thinking.

These are some things about me and my time as a follower of Christ.

I am a Jew by birth, a Christian by the Grace of God.
Acceptance is becoming more bearable with Jesus.
I was singing "Let it Rain" by Michael W. Smith, when I accepted Christ.
Your answers to questions aren't all answered once you believe.
In fact, I may have more, but if He wants me to know, He'll let me know.
Being a Christian is a calling for me.
There are things, I don't understand, and that's okay.
I never really understood when the pastor told me it's the most important decision you will make, and the best one.  It's the one decision I've made that influences every decision I make since that day.

R

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

humble plea

I'm going to ask something today.  I'm struggling with many things. Could you please pray for me?
Humbly, thank you!letting my pride go.
God Bless,
R

Monday, August 10, 2015

Heartfelt confessions

Trusting God's timing can be frustrating and the mustard seed of faith feels like it gets smaller.

I miss being an optimist.  I seem to see life in a very realistic way these days, and I want to see the glass half-full more times than I see it half empty.

I disdain writing this for fear of what you might think of me.  And yet I'm not supposed to care.

I really dislike being so open for the world to know, but I need to do it.

I liked at posting quotes of others at one point, but I want to make my own, plus there is a thing called laziness.

I'm scared.  Change and I don't get along.  Yet, it's a constant in my life.

John 16:33

R

Gratitude Mondays

It's Monday!  Another new week!  A new week to make a difference.
I'm grateful:
For wet green grass between my feet
A cool morning breeze
A calming shower
A spritz of perfume
Good praise and worship music

God Bless,
R

Friday, August 7, 2015

I'm free

In this moment, I'm free.  God loved me too much, that I shouldn't love myself.  In this moment, I will say I love me out loud.
I LOVE ME
Happy Friday!
R

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ten Things part deux

1.  I love the French language
2.  I would love to visit Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut
3.  My heart is blessed by you all
4.  Jesus is in us all!
5.  I like word searches
6.  I want to see the good in everything
7.  God amazes me
8.  I listen to Christian music most of the time
9.I love school supplies
10. I like the song Only Thing  by Ronnie Freeman
R

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

10 things about me

10 Things About Me
1.  I am still figuring out life
2.  My first word was said in Spanish
3.  I dream of Paris often
4.  I like to subscribe to magazines, but rarely read them anymore
5.  John 16:33 is a verse stuck in my head after I saw it on a blog
6.  I am guilty of trying to speed up life and then abruptly trying to halt it
7.  I need to read the Bible more.  I am lazy or have things I'd rather do...read blogs or enter giveaways.
8.  I am shy, until you get to know me
9.  Pandora is the way i listen to music most often.
10.  I love romantic comedies
R

be still

I am sitting here at the desktop letting gospel music infiltrate my soul.  It is in this moment that I feel the chains of my heart loosen.  I'm letting myself get lost in this moment.  In this moment, after having showered, I feel refreshed.  Right now, it feels good to be still.
I pray you can be still.
R

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Q&A

favorite summer trip
Favorite summer treat
R
Have a great day!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Gratitude list

God- you never cease to amaze me.
My nephews- Children make the world better.  I love you!
My body- you take all the punches I give you.
My friend Shelby- thanks for the encouragement.
Christ- the love of Christ keeps going and giving me what I need.
this blog- for the outlook and outlet.
God be with you,
R

Birthdays, beignets and blessings

This birthday weekend was a learning experience.  It's not a good birthday if you can't learn, right?  I enjoyed so much good food, it was great!  Loved eating at Page's Okra Grill in Mount Pleasant.  The mahi!  Highly recommend.  Had beignets at Angel Oak restaurant along with a bacon, egg and cheese croissant.  And a great mimosa.  Loved it!
The blessings were being alive to see another birthday, and the many birthday wishes.  Thank you very much!  Happy Birthday to anyone celebrating today!
God Bless and keep you,
R

Friday, July 31, 2015

#beblessedlovelies

I need my life to exemplify your life.  I want my focus to be on You and not external forces.  If I can do this, it will be the gift that keeps going on and on.  I don't want to take birthdays or life for granted.  I want to rely on God, not only in word, but in deed as well.
#beblessedlovelies
Rest in Peace, Leslie
R

It's almost here!

saying hi to 32!  Tomorrow is the day!
Have a great weekend!
R

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My desire

It was quite fun to give you my birthday list yesterday.  Today, I'd like to do something different.  If on my day, I did something for others or requested that gifts intended for me go to others.  I would love it if time or money were given to charity of my choice or others choosing.  Leslie of A Blonde Ambition's death has me thinking.  If you are so blessed to enjoy birthdays, every year, mark them with kindness.
In Christ's love,
R

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

birthday

My birthday is coming up and my friend Shelby voted that I share my wishlist.

1.  Amazon gift card-  I'm finding so many things I like.
2.  A pedometer-  I need to start tracking my steps again.
3.  A Paris vacation-  needs no explanation.

Happy Wednesday y'all
R

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sometimes we fight because it's ultimately who we are.  We aren't meant to quit.  We are molded when we are held against the flame. We find that faith is shown when our minds and bodies tire from the strain.  The emotional toil of knowing control is the illusion.  The physical toll that is on the horizon.  It's going from merely surviving life to fighting to maintain it.  It's from knowing and believing.  Roger Federer said at Wimbledon, his main hindrance was believing.  It's true.  Without belief and a faith that withers not, you are doomed to fail.  So, I'm on a mission, to believe again.  It is rough to realize that you can no longer encourage others until you can encourage yourself.  I am having to be painfully selfish.  And it hurts me so much.
God Bless.
R

Monday, July 27, 2015

my wants

Today, I want to believe that I am worth it.
I want to not judge myself by my waistline.
I want to fully believe that God loves me as I am, not who I want to be.
What do you want?
R

Thursday, July 23, 2015

celebrate

I am realizing how much life has been good to me.  I have the best gift on Earth!  Being one with Christ is the best blessing.  As I soon celebrate another birthday, I am ever so grateful!  I am realizing that who I am is enough.  I realize, I am never alone.  I realize, I have no control.
My desire for this birth year is to love self more.  Take more risks.  Be fearless.  Have a joy that people don't understand, but want for themselves.
I could tell you the material things I want, and there are a few, but I won't.  I am human after all.
R

Monday, July 20, 2015

this weekend

I was going to wait until tomorrow, but after seeing Elise's post on love thy neighbor, I just had to.  This weekend was one of babies and too much food.  As I look back on it now, it was a great weekend.  It is so great to be loved, and love others.
R

Friday, July 17, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Recalling His goodness

I'm sitting here crying this morning.  Grateful tears.  Jesus has given my life meaning.  He makes it worthwhile.  I am learning how strong I am mentally and physically, and the most part; I can accept that fact.  I will not fight how or whom God made me.  Every part of me is worthy of love.  Without God, I am not me, not whole.  God makes me whole.  I have to remember that I no longer seek the validation of man to make me whole.
I will fight battles that need to be fought.  As much as I say I don't want to fight anymore, I will.
R
I am a child of God, and so are you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

good things

A post workout burn
birthday coming up
diet coke
God
The Lord, Jesus Christ
R
What are your good things?

God is good!

God is good!
Happy Monday!
R

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

my thoughts

some truth:

I'm a Francophile admittedly.
My body is a temple.  Eating well has to be a part, but I need to be thankful for my body, and the beating I give it.  My feet have calluses where I never knew could get them
The more you battle, the better you learn to fight.
I should enjoy reading the Bible as much or more than I do chick lit.
I like the way Old Navy clothes fit me.
The mark of a champion is one who doesn't know they are themselves one.
Admitting that you are more than enough is a wonderful thought.

R

A broken one

I come today
as a broken, anxious one
My soul aches
It cries out in intermittent tears
My heart abandoned You
I'm coming back
You're the Only One
who can mend
the heart of mine

Pray for me!
Thank you!
R

Monday, July 6, 2015

la vida

Age and experience must be the charm.
In a few weeks, I celebrate another birthday.  I will not dread the day.  I will not contemplate all I don't have.  I want many things, but there must be a reason, I don't have them yet.  Yes, I'm human.  I get frustrated.  I get frustrated with God's timing.  I get frustrated with my braces, my thick thighs, my sense of humor.  I can't question God.  When something lacks no reason, I stop.  Questioning the Almighty left more scars than surgeries could.  God knew and still knows.   To this day, I can find flaws, but I know that's me.  God's placed people in my life who remind me to find beauty and joy.  Laughter is good for the soul!  I don't have the luxury to ask why.  It depresses me.  Life is a glass half full, a silver lining, a joie de vivre.  I need a raison d'etre.   I do not cut myself slack.  I know I should.  One of the hardest lessons for me to fully accept is that I will not be like everybody else.  I longed for normal, but I got extraordinary.  Self-deprecation is not good for me.  In finding Christ, I've finding who I am.
R

the difference

When Christ loves you, you are blessed.  When you love Christ, you love others.
Have a joyful day!
R

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Good things

Some good things
a good meal
Old Navy sale
Cherry coke zero
sore legs
God
R

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

task

A new month.  A task of mine is to enjoy each day as it comes.  What are yours?
R

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teach

 It has been a grueling day.  Sometimes you have to learn and sometimes teach.  While i don't want to have to explain my disability, sometimes I must be uncomfortable so others can learn.  If they don't know, it doesn't serve me.
R

Monday, June 29, 2015

Time flies

Almost July?  Wow!  It just reminds me how fast time goes, and to just enjoy it.  Every day is a gift.  I have to remind myself.  I tend to forget easily or take it for granted.  Coming into July, I just want to be more present.  I tend to be a projector and a have a negative attitude toward self.  This is what I'd like to work on.
What would you like to work on?
R

meaning filled monday

Have a blessed day!  Going to make this day wonderful.  Positive thinking!
R

Friday, June 26, 2015

The mystery

This week is coming to a close, but I'm proud of myself.
What I've learned this week:
It's okay to shed tears.
Not everyone will give you praise.
Not everyone will care.
The ones that do will give you love.
He came down to save us All.

Life is a mystery, I am experiencing for the first time, eyes open.  When your eyes are open, so too is your heart.  For an idealist, with the world, and a realist with self, I can't treat the world better than I do myself.  Thank you to a reader who pointed that out to me.  I still hope for the good.

Have a blessed day filled with love and joy.
R

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday Confession Session

I'm tired. Rest is what I need.
Diet Pepsi. Major Yes
Blogging relationships:  what a blessing
South Carolina>Texas in heat.  Don't think I was ready
Dreaming of a pool and a cold beverage

R
What are yours?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

the truth

I usually don't address this, but I will.  Disability.  That darn D word.

What has it cost me?
Independence-  Asking to be driven everywhere.  To the doctor, to the bank, etc.  I just can't decide, oh i'd like to get an ice cream today.

Privacy-  I need help with ordinary tasks like cutting my toenails, doing my hair or flossing my teeth.

My pride-It is extremely embarrassing to ask for help for some of the things I need help with sometimes.

Folks, on the outside, I look fine, and maybe I've helped emphasize this fact so fellow humans couldn't see reality.  For that, I'm sorry.

What I've gained

Christ-  I don't know if I weren't disabled, if I could embrace Christ and accept his gift of salvation.

Perception is not reality, it's all in perspective.
I'm doing now what I swore I'd never do.
A small glimpse into my life as a disabled individual.
R


Blooming

Letting the light of Christ shine through me.
Forgiveness is a gift.
Smile folks.
As my dad said today
Life is too short.
The best revenge is a kind heart
Let the light of Christ shine through you
Kindness is everywhere if we let it bloom
It's a new season
Make it count

R

Wednesday thoughts

I don't know God's reasons, but I must trust.
I caved and had ice cream last night, and it didn't taste that great
I need to drink more water, even if I don't like the taste.
Love the idea of online shopping, but don't do it.
How are y'all doing?
R

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A request

I am proud of who I am. I am proud of who God made me.  I used to hate me, and hate God. Who I am is a human being who deserves respect. I do not ask for much, I just ask for decency and compassion. I am realizing that may be too much. I have too many questions and no answers.
I'm tired.
Please pray for me.
R

Monday, June 22, 2015

the lessons learned painfully

This past week, I've had to confront that that confounds me.
For every person that upset me, there was another to reaffirm the best of humanity.
I am not God, but I am learning who He made me to be.
God tests us, when we don't want to be.
Relaxing now

Home

home
R

Friday, June 19, 2015

'how you live'

In light of these week's events in Charleston and in my life, here are some thoughts:
Love reigns
My heart longs for peace
The Point of Grace is in my head. It's really How You Live.


Have a blessed day!
R

Texas Friday five

dallas or Austin
Cowboys or Texans
Tex-Mex or barbecue
Country or folk
Horses or cows

R

Pray for South Carolina!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Prayer Warriors

Unspoken prayer request.  God knows the need.  When two or more are gathered.  Let's start a prayer movement. Share, yall.
R

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday five

Five pieces of gratitude

Advil, Aleve- to helps with minor aches and pains
A smile- the upside down frown makes a big difference
Music- So I can worship and or be encouraged anytime
Diet coke- As someone blogged yesterday- so bad yet so good. i agree!
Jesus- Who makes everything work in unison.

do you have five or one one?
I'd love to hear!
R

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer survey

What says summer to you?
Road trip or day trip
sunscreen or tanning oil
pool or jacuzzi
bocce ball or paddleball
soda or beer

R

Summer dreams

Dreaming of a relaxing summer day.  Where is yours?
R

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Thank you

You know how to make this girl feel beyond special.  Thank you for giving and giving again.  You make a girl beyond humbled.  Thank you!  May God Bless you all.
Regine

humming

The body is sore, the mind clear, the soul satisfied.   Have a great, blessed day!
R

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

proud moment

Today's been one of those days that leaves me awestruck.  All I can think is wow.  I've come so far, and yet I feel there is more to be done.  It leaves me speechless that this in South Carolina.  I've been so blessed.  As I was reading a devotional this afternoon, I couldn't help but be put in my place.
I've never thought that living my life would be my testimony, and that people would be watching how I live my life to see all the greatness of Christ.
I've not thought much of myself, but I have to think:  how many times has God allowed my life to be a light of what He can do.  I've been blessed with parents who knew how to love me, push me and nurture His greatness in me.  Do, I take it for granted?  Yes.  I am grateful for this gift to write.  It has helped my soul heal.  It has allowed me to meet and communicate with wonderful people.
When I look at my college degree from Lander University, I smile with pride.  Five years of hard work and more tears than I can count.  It was one of the most humbling times in my life.
I don't want to be ashamed of Cerebral Palsy or not being able to drive.  It makes life a pain in ass sometimes, i will never sugarcoat that.  Living for me now is a blessing i now can recognize with eyes anew.  He knows my dreams, and if you want to know ask me.  In that church in Assisi those years ago, my heart fluttered with wonder, and it flutters now.  I'm afraid for the world to see me, but here it is.

one with God

In the love of Christ, I bask.  It's in His love, we are set free. No more chains, no more sown seeds of self-doubt. We are made whole in Him. Today, seek Him. Today, let Him have the one thing He truly wants:  YOU!  I am utterly human, HE is utterly God.  I'm releasing all my pain, my plans, all of it. My whole being needs a holy cleanse.
R

Monday, June 8, 2015

Favorite blogs

i love blogs.  What are your favorites?
R

my monday thoughts

I am one with you
I'm tired
Weary bones
Weary heart
no more
i refuse
to feel powerless
in my own body
my own mind

i am yours
You are mine
God, Father, I surrender


My heart feels so much.  Sometimes, Lord, I want to give up. I know you made me for more, so I continue on.  Some battles, I won't fight, for it is unnecessary for me.  It is very clear that life is beautiful.  It's all in perspective.

Be blessed,
R

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday five

mojito or martini
Tea or coffee
Yoga or running
Bike or walk
Summer or spring

Mojito
Tea
Running
Walk
Spring

R

Thursday, June 4, 2015

When I look at your creation
What do I see
the bluebird
the deer
or
the darkness
that is ever present
We all have a light
We need to show it
Make your voice heard
in the end
what will be said about you
I lived
I saw
I conquered
the fear that had no rhyme
i found peace
when I stopped looking
I have to trust God
That His will in perfect
I ceased fighting a battle
that couldn't be won
the pain I endured
is something i wish for no one
pain is a necessary evil
sometimes through pain
we find a reason
it molds us
Our character made whole
When pain is made purposeful
Making life matter with meaning

Happy Birthday Mom

It's my Mom's Birthday today!  If you'd like wish her a Happy Birthday in the comments.
Thanks,
R

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What a gift

To think my ashes could be used for beauty
is something I never thought possible
to experience joy
rather than pain
is quite divine
the thing i consider my burden
is becoming something to embrace
to think I'd write again
be in a place to do so
is a blessing I can't take for granted
i really never or anytime soon
Think I'd come to a place
where I wouldn't be ashamed of how
He made me.
For once, I will not question
Sometimes the greatest gifts
require no explanation
Right now, my heart is filled with a joy
My eyes, tears
Knowing He is there


Thank you!

very happy

Very happy!
Thank you, Lord!
R

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Would you rather

a fun post today.

Would you rather?
Visit a winery or a brewery
visit a city or countryside
See a monument or lounge poolside
Read a book or watch Netflix
Climb a mountain or a spa day

Winery
two days city, then retreat
monument
book
both

R

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer plans

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Travel
Swimming
Reading...any good recommendations?
Reveling in God's Goodness

R

thoughts

Good morning!  I hope all is well.  It's been a great weekend.  It's June.  I've been reading some blogs this morning, and I realize there is so much loss, yet so much hope.  All I can say is that Life is short.  Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.  Soren Kierkegaard
I hope you have Hope today!
God Bless,
R

Friday, May 29, 2015

Question

Growing is painful.  Some days, I feel like I'm figuring it out, some days not so much.  I'm a people pleaser.  I want to be liked, loved.  I feel guilty sometimes.  I try too hard, and maybe I'm being paranoid.  So forgive me, please.  I'm trying not to beat myself up because it does no good.  I want to be the best me, whomever that is.
Regine

Some questions

what is your greatest hope?
What makes you smile?
What dream do you have that nobody knows?


R

Friday five

shorts or pants
Spring or summer
Sweet or Savory
Car or train
New England or New Zealand

Pants
Spring
Lately savory
Train
New England

R

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In Christ

My heart is full, my heart with peace
For in Christ
I have found everything
Hope
A future
A dream

It's all there!
Call him:  John 3:16

R

one good thing

Name one good thing today?
R


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Five Dinner Guests

I'd have dinner with:
Helen Keller
Theodore Roosevelt
Pope Francis
St. Francis of Assisi
Jesus

This list encompasses luminaries who have used their God given abilities greatly to impact the world past or present.
Jesus, my Savior needs no explanation, but I'd love to see His Face and Faith in action.

Confessions

I've seen these on so many blogs, and I like to see and read them.

Skinny Pop isn't so skinny, when you want to eat the entire bag. White cheddar, looking at ya.
I haven't had coffee in a while, and as I write this, I want some.
I love Diet Coke, but it's not mutual with my waistline.

R

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Have a blessed day!

hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!
Thanks to all servicemen and women who serve, served, and will served!
R

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy day

Have a blessed weekend!
Be safe!
Thank you to the Armed Services!
God Bless you and keep you!

Regine

Thursday, May 21, 2015

thought for the day

Thought for the day:  Amazed and grateful for the community of bloggers I know!
Regine

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gut check

I just listened to a song "Grace is Sufficient" by Shane and Shane.  My gut reaction is:  Is God's Grace Sufficient for me.  Sure, Yes, should be my immediate answer.  Often not, it isn't.  I was reading yesterday in Journey magazine on a topic of perfection.  While I sought perfection, I let all the good stuff go, trying to attain something I couldn't.  Do I feel shame?  Sure.  Every time I screw up, it just reinforces my need for the Perfector and Finisher of my Faith.

When a friend told me I was "killing it at life"; I had to smile, for it's not what I feel.  It's beyond flattering and motivating.  But then I think, God, You must be doing something right.

God Bless you all.
Regine