Heart wants to sing

 

What brings you joy? I have a love of music. It transcends from the hills to the mountains. Well, I’m listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack right now. It just makes me smile and of course, sing along.

When I was classified as legally blind, music just took on a whole new meaning for me in my life. I could cry, laugh, be happy it all depended on how the music made me feel. Another thing that makes my heart sing is my love of baking! Hence the picture of the cake in my blog post. I love it!

This time I wanted to try my hand at making an old-fashioned yellow cake. No box cake for me! I’m not mad at ya if that’s what you use. Trust me I have made plenty of box cakes but I’m venturing into making cakes from scratch. The people that I hold near and dear to me love yellow cake. So I thought I’d give it a try. For my first old-fashioned yellow-cake I think it turned out good. Now I have to admit the chocolate buttercream icing was DELICIOUS! Could it be that I’m a chocolate fan! Oh yes! I love baking! My favorite time to bake is the holiday season! Christmas cookies! Love! Love! Love! Be on the lookout for a future post about holiday baking. I’ll have some recipes for you and awesome gift ideas.

What makes your heart sing?  Yes, I know for a lot of you it’s coffee, hence the Grace and Coffee sign in the photo. I’m thankful for God’s grace everyday.

Be Blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

Matters of the Heart

When I’m in my “Happy Place” or shall I say my heart is full of joy. Now in my heart, “I’m Claiming It” for prosperity and abundance in my life and others. I’m staying steadfast in my faith. I’m going to another level in my relationship with God. I listened to a podcast that talked about being “committed to consistency” in our relationship with God. To be consistent in prayer and reading God’s word. I listed just two but they branch out to other areas in our Christian walk. Am I putting on the full armor of God before I walk out the door?

Ephesians 6:13-17

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

My heart is full and cup runneth over. I know that God has plans for my life and yours. We just have to believe and be steadfast in our faith. I’m Claiming It! As I walk out the door each morning.

 

God Bless!

Winter Moments

Good Morning! Happy Fri-Yay! Sun is shining bright this morning. Its been quite the winter here in the midwest. You feel like it’s never ending at times. I hear a warmup is on the horizon 40’s-50’s degrees, and I’ll take it!

I have to say, I’ve seen some awesome photos capturing the snow and ice. How the snow delicately covers a tree branch or ice glistening to the point that it resembles diamonds. As most of us are ready for winter to be over. Take some time to look at nature and all its beauty during the winter. It amazes me how certain animals can withstand the winter cold. A deer walking around in my parent’s backyard that’s grazing and another one just resting for the moment. Wish I would have captured those moments in a photo. My country town that I’ve learned to appreciate its beauty.

The photo above is a picture of a local lake here in my town. I love photos of the lake during each of the four seasons.

Be Blessed!

 

Valentine’s Day Idea For Your Music Lover

Amore! Honestly, Valentine’s Day is becoming one of my favorite holidays. For a woman like myself who loves chocolate. Clearly, a holiday made for just me. Okay, enough about me let’s get to the topic at hand. If your sweetie loves music! Maybe you can relate to me…you have a sweetie that randomly sings…possibly turns into a full concert. The Echo Dot 3rd generation is a wonderful gift for a music lover. The sound quality is great! It’s not hard to set up. Of course, the Echo Dot has a lot more functions.  I am mainly focusing on the music feature. I’m not endorsing a product and this isn’t a paid advertisement. Just a Valentine’s Day gift idea and to make it more personal make a playlist for your sweetie. You can include songs that have meaning to the two of you. I remember the first song that my love and I sang together. It has a special meaning takes your love right back to that moment. Enjoy making the playlist it really sets the tone for the week. Amore!

 

Christmas Time

I know you’re busy with all the holiday festivities going on these last couple of weeks. For any last minute shopper…well…yes that would be me. You’re not alone! For those that already did your shopping…one day…I might join the I already done my Christmas shopping group…until then…I’ll stay with my last minute Christmas shoppers group.

So before I take off to finish my shopping. Please take a moment to remember “Jesus Is The Reason For The Season”. I’m incredibly grateful and my heart is full. My faith is even stronger and deeper.

Check your local area churches for Christmas Eve Services. It’s a wonderful time to fellowship and focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

Blessings

 

 

Morning Thoughts

I’m currently looking outside my window and see snow covering the grass. Morning thought it’s too early for snow already! Yet it’s pretty to look at for the moment. I never take for granted that I can see each snowflake falling from the sky. I didn’t exactly think that would be my morning thought on this autumn day!

As I’m typing this realizing your morning thought might be let me get these kids out the door for school on time. Please don’t let me get that phone call where one has forgotten something at home. Let me just have 5 minutes to enjoy my cup of coffee! Maybe that’s your morning thought of the day.

I’m quite sure this discussion could get quite hilarious with all of your responses. Some might say please let me leave the house with matching shoes on. Where are my keys? Why am I the only one who everyone seems to think I know where everything is in this house?! What’s for dinner?

For some maybe today it might be TGIF!

Happy Friday!

Good Morning!

Happy Saturday! Do you have 5 minutes to chat it up for a few? I’m sure many of you are busy as summer comes to an end. At the same time, the school year has begun in many households. You’re getting back to regular weekly routines. I tend to like routines mainly just helps me to be more organized and it’s good for my mindset. Just something about the beginning of the school year that makes me want to get more organized and focused in my life. How about yourself…do you find a time in your life that makes you want to make some changes?

You might make changes for your family. Since it’s the beginning of the school year some changes might be to help your child/children to be more prepared and ready for school. What about changes you’re making for yourself? We all can take a self-inventory and reflect on some improvements we can make for our overall well-being.

For me, I want to get more out of my comfort zone. It’s an opportunity to shine my light and I never want to miss an opportunity to provide encouragement and hope to someone. My faith is very important to me and I don’t want fear to hinder me.

Just my food for thought on this lovely Saturday morning!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!