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