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Memorial Day Storms

He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭107:29‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Good Morning and happy Memorial Day!  Say hello to my little subtropical storm friend, Alberto.  The eye of the storm is expected to make landfall about 70 miles from where we live, but so far we’ve only seen scattered showers and light wind.  Thanks be to God!  After a week of rain many are concerned about flooding.  The local businesses depending on tourism and the economy in Florida will definitely feel the storm.

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I started feeling the low air pressure Friday evening before I realized there was a storm. This morning I thought it might be good to sleep in, but let’s just say that Dominic had other plans for me.  I woke up to my fur ball cat wrapped around my head pulling my hair.  The mighty hunter awoke us night before last when he pushed my husband’s bread machine onto the floor.  I’m glad he’s cute.   Even as I type this post, he is climbing over me like a toddler needing attention.

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I love to watch the weather from the safety of our glass enclosed porch.  Today, I am reminded that our soldiers do not have that luxury.  Whatever the storm, they fearlessly face the elements.  Memorial Day is not just a day off from work.  It’s a time to be thankful for the sacrifices made so that we can enjoy freedoms often taken for granted.  It’s a time to remember those who have given their lives for our country and to celebrate those willing to defend it now.  Over the years I’ve had many family members and friends willing to serve, including my son-in-law, two nephews, father-in-law, uncles, and cousins.  Today, I pause to say thank you.

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All of us face storms in our lives.  Some may be overwhelming and seem insurmountable, but we are never alone.  Remember that even in our most hopeless moments, we are surrounded by God’s love.

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The wind is picking up a bit, so I’m going return to the safety of reading on my porch with Dominic, who has now been joined by our very scared and drooling Great Dane, Singer.  God bless you all.

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Spread the Love Friday – Blown Away by Faith

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.  Isaiah 58:11

Happy Friday!  It feels good to be back.  I apologize for my brief time away.  I will spend the day trying to catch up with everyone.

Over the last five to six weeks I’ve been working very long days at work, usually going in at 7 in the morning and rarely leaving before 9:30 in the evening. Plus, I’m a student, I’m active in my community and church, and I’m a grandmother who loves being involved.  So, I’ve been busy.  If you don’t know, I’m a City Planning Director of a small town in north Florida.  A little over a year ago we submitted an application to the American Planning Association (APA) for a Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) to visit our city and provide a plan to improve economic development.  Our city has been plagued by negative publicity related to abuses which may have taken place years ago in a reform school that has now closed.  Unfortunately, our city has felt the pain of job losses, and citizens moving away.  Now, it seems we have a bad reputation, which makes it hard to attract new businesses and visitors.

 

I felt God’s blessings when our application was selected. I remember dancing around the City Manager’s office with excitement when I learned the news.  To me this has been a big deal, so I began immediately planning to take advantage of this opportunity.  After entering into a contract, the team leader and program director visited our city last April.  The visit went well and my excitement escalated.

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At the end of January, I was notified that the team would be arriving February 25th, and would stay through March 2nd.  With not much time to plan, a staff of four (one employee on vacation and another at training for over a week), along with working with another agency, we had to move quickly.

I don’t know if you have ever experienced this type of event, but it hinges on public participation.  One of the suggestions the team leader made early on was to host a community-wide, public function that would bring people out to participate in feedback.  I met with my colleague and we decided to use a model similar to one used in Durham, North Caroline.  Our city, county and community would get married.  After the name  “Marry Marianna” was approved by both agencies, the real work began.

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I want you to know that things like this don’t fall into place.  I can honestly say that my colleague and I are very strong in our faith, and we both tried to select others who felt the same.  The funny thing is, we didn’t have to try hard because all along God brought the right people into our lives.  A close family friend joined efforts with a very sweet lady, who I now call my friend, to manage the entertainment.  They took care of everything free of charge and were a joy with which to work.  I never gave much thought to what they were doing, because I completely trusted them.  All the entertainment was provided free of charge and was inclusive.  I had a surprise at the event, when I saw my father was part of the crew!

 

Along our journey to complete this nuptial, we worked hard, but I found many people stepped up to help without much effort on our part.  Wedding cake, drinks, money and many more items along with time were donated.

During the planning of Marry Marianna, I was also very busy setting up and confirming meetings with what would be more than 150 stakeholders, and writing three newspaper articles a week.  That was time-consuming, so I relied heavily on my assistant to take care of details such as ordering supplies for the team and organizing what would become a week-long community event.  My colleague and I were also very busy with public speaking engagements, which placed a heavier load on my other Continue reading Spread the Love Friday – Blown Away by Faith

Try Something New Tuesday – Walk by Faith

For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.
‭‭2 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Good morning.  I’m celebrating the completion of a class today.  Woohoo!  We are all on different journeys, but we can’t forget to celebrate the milestones along the way.

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At times it can be difficult to see the end of a struggle.  I have a friend who is going through a divorce.  Every day she calls me crying.  It’s so sad to hear the struggle.  I can’t count the number of times or length of times she has told me she has prayed.  Her heart has been hardened and she has not forgiven her husband.  While it might be difficult and take time, forgiveness is important to receiving answered prayers.  It is also important to have faith.  That’s why I chose 2 Corinthians 5:7 for our verse to learn.  We have all experienced hopelessness and despair.  After making a petition to God, thank Him for the outcome and have faith. You don’t need to beg God for endless hours.  He hears you. Just praise him and believe.  It’s easy to have faith after you see the results.  Christian faith is believing before you see.

Today, start practicing your faith and take a few moments to learn this easy verse.  God bless you.

All of the memory verses can be found in the ScriptureTyper app under the group Hisperfecttiming.