Daily Encourgement, Life in General

All Saints Day

In honor of All Saints Day, here are the Eight Beatitudes as a reminder of how to attain happiness. I hope you all have a blessed day.

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven
  2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
  5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  6. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
  8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Lord, make us all instruments of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, let us sow pardon; where there is doubt, let us show faith; where there is despair, let us have hope; where there is darkness, replace it with light; and where there is sadness, replace it with hope.Ā I pray that we can especially offer love to all, forgiveness where needed, and mercy to all in our paths today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Daily Encourgement, Life in General

Beatitudes Post #8

Alas, we have come to the last Beatitude. Before introducing it, I would first like to say thank you for all who have followed the postings. I hope they have, in some way, helped or encouraged another.

Without further ado, Beatitude #8

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

By living a life devoted to God and doing His good works, He promises life ever-after in His kingdom. Doing good is not the ticket to heaven, but through belief and faith in Him one wants to do good, feels heavily laden to do right by God and His people. When doing for God just for the sake of doing for God, because He is asking us to do good, He sees that selflessness. He sees the humility, the love that He teaches. Our devotion to Him is present in our actions to, for, and against others. When one is willing to die for belief in God, He will recognize that. As simple, yet hard as that devotion is, that’s really all He’s asking.

As always, comments are encouraged and welcomed. If you follow me, thank you. If you don’t then I hope you start. If you choose to ignore, that’s acceptable, too. However, if you feel lost when reading, don’t worry. The previous links are found below.

As always, I hope you have a wonderful, blessed day.

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/07/18/beatitudes-post-7/

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Life in General

Exciting News!

I know! I haven’t posted in forever! With good reason, though. My father-in-law, my husband and I wereĀ at the annual Bernina University conference. It’s quite exciting! The theme for the conference was Unmask Amazing which is tell-tale of the location.

New Orleans!

Mardi Gras!

Masquerades!

Overall, I learned quite a bit about BerninaĀ products, the history of the company, and the different products offered through partner companies that includeĀ fabrics and other notions. You can’t very well create and completeĀ a sewing project without fabric or thread with as much ease as you can with quality products such asĀ scissors, cutting mats, or rulers of all shapes/sizes and tons of other gadgets.

bernina

The registration booths at the conference. Each dealer for Bernina whoĀ attended the conference received a welcome package from Bernina headquarters in Switzerland and Bernina of America at these registration booths. As you can tell, the booths are arranged by dealer last name alphabetical order. And, of course, the main event, Bernina Masquerade Ball (pictures provided at the end of the post).

During the conference, BerninaĀ revealedĀ new product and/or changes to current product thatĀ will be available to consumers within the next few months. As required by Bernina, when a store owner chooses to become a Bernina dealer, he/she must be certified on Bernina machines for installation, repairs, and teaching how to use the machine to customers. At the conference, classes were offered to dealers and/or employees of dealers to educate on the machine (about, how to use, how to repair if needed, etc.) If you are a sewist, seamstress, or quilter, then you probably know of Bernina. If not, I’d like to briefly introduce Bernina to you. Bernina is “theĀ world’s premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering state-of-the-art sewing and embroidery systems, sergers, and embroidery software” (Bernina website) with familial rootsĀ and manufacturingĀ in Switzerland. The company itself has been in business for almost 125 years and has remained within the same family since the beginning. It is a company that promotes family values while providing the most up-to-date products such as the 3, 5, 7, and 8 series sewing and embroidery machines, the long arm quilters such as Bernina Q 20 and Q 24 (which, by the way, provide a fun experience with quilting), as well as Bernina L 220 and L 450 Overlock and Cover/ChainstitchĀ machines plus sewing notions such as needles, foot controls, and suitcases or bags for the machines.

Go ahead, keep reading as even more interesting information can be found further down.

As promised, more Bernina. I haveĀ to mention that my father-in-law, a Bernina dealer in the densely populated state of North Dakota (located in Mandan), owns and operates the store Sewing Machines Plus! (not to be confused with a separate sewing machines plus website). TheĀ storeĀ offers a variety of fabrics, threads, sewing/embroidery systems, and serger machines as well as the long-arm quilting machines with friendly service and an inviting atmosphere. They also offer sewing classes to anyone who is interested and even rent the use of their long arm quilting machines located in their sewing studio, connected to the store. Their website is foundĀ here so stop by and check it out (again, the Mandan store is not to be confused with another SewingMachinesPlus.com website as the two stores are completely separate and do not tie into one another).Ā If you have questions on product or services offered, shoot Jim or Angie an email or call the store.Ā For a memorable conversation,Ā if at all possible, swing on into the store as face to face communication is always so much more friendly and encouraging forĀ all involved. Speaking with the owners and/or the employees offers a wider range of conversation and is surely to answer more of your questions plus actually seeing, touching, or even hands-on practice of the machines will definitely grab theĀ interest of experienced quilters as well as those who are not so experienced but have a willingness to learn.

Building
Photo courtesy of Mandan, NDĀ Sewing Machines Plus!Ā website.

But, we didn’t make the trip all about business šŸ™‚

We can’t possibly go to New Orleans without seeing and experiencing the city, known for its crawfish served in a variety of ways, music of the city: Jazz, and the infamous Bourbon street. The culture in the great state of Louisiana is quite simply amazing. The three of us (my father-in-law, my husband and I) were easily entertained during our stay. I’m sure you’ve heard of the most popular district in New Orleans – the French Quarter (Mardi Gras!). The atmosphere in the French Quarter was relaxing, expressive, and enjoyable. We even rode in a Pedi-Cab!

french quarter

Other areas may not be as entertaining, but most certainly are just as fun to see, such as the Garden District which is like walking back in time. The “antebellum mansions” (http://www.neworleanscvb.com/visit/neighborhoods/garden-district/) are rich with history of Louisiana and are beautiful to look at. Sadly, these two districts are the only ones we were able to visit due to time constraints, but it’s a trip not soon to be forgotten. Our mode of transportation throughout our stay consisted of the trolley ride. I’ve never been on a trolley to get from one place to another soĀ it was quite exciting for me. I boasted the unforgettable smile of the ever-popular kid in the candy store the whole time I was in New Orleans.

trolley

And the buildings, skyscrapers! Beauty. Creativity. Artistic abilities.Ā All tied into one unforgettableĀ city.

buildings

Another big bonus to me was the warmth. You see, I am from the south and currently (and for the better part of the last 20 years) live in the north. Being back in the south, among the trees, southern plant life, the people and yes, the heat was quite refreshing for me. Ā I told my husband I could stay there forever, but ahh, here I am, back home with God’s greatest blessings, my children who we missed terribly throughout the trip. North Dakota is simply unbearable to me, but I love my kids and my husband which is reason enough for me to stay. It’s unfathomable to even think about leaving here since their (my husband and children) family ties are here, this is where I shall remain. It’s not to bad, but most definitely not my cup of tea.

OMGoodness, I can’t sign offĀ without mentioning the fine Louisiana cuisine. My husband and I didn’t eat one single foodĀ that we normally eat at home (either home or out dining).Ā For every meal, we triedĀ a new dish. The foods are absolutely to die for. Some of the foods that we tried are right out of my childhood (a southerner by birth) thatĀ I haven’t eaten in years. Such foods include red beans and rice, grits (the hubby likes his with shrimp but I’m not a shrimp person so butter, milk and sugar is my choice for grits which is the way that mama made it when I was a kid), and boiled crawfish (I never ate these in my childhood so completely new to me but delicious!). And spicy! Louisianans definitely like their spice! They don’t call it Cajun food without reason šŸ™‚ Much to my dismay, most places didn’t offer my drink of choice: Dr. Pepper! Since most southerners (at least all the ones I know) prefer Dr. Pepper when not enjoying a cold glass of sweet tea, I was quite perplexed and disappointed that DP was not a popular drink choice in many places we dined. Honestly, I was sad about this šŸ˜¦

Oh, but I managed to enjoy the trip regardless.

food

As with any major city and/or tourist attraction, you can’t enjoy such a visit without engaging in a least one guided tour šŸ™‚

Ours just so happened to be a paddle boat cruise on the third longest river in North America and theĀ major river that flows through that part of the country, the mighty Mississippi aka “Big Muddy”. Riverboat Natchez carried us along the river and provided fine dining for those who paid the extra, a New Orleans history lesson, and entertainmentĀ with what else other than music that was created in N’Awlins: Jazz. I fell in LOVE with the music and who am I kidding, the city itself!

paddle boat

So, as promised, a few extra pictures from our visit:

opening and ball

As enjoyable as the trip was and as memorable as the experience of New Orleans will always be, my without-a-doubt, hands-down most favorite part of the trip was getting home to our little people. We were gone for almost a week that felt like months, years even. We were undoubtably happy to see our youngins and bring them their treasures we got while in N’Awlins.

lil people

The trip was fun and captivating, but home is where my heart is and will always beĀ ā™„ā™„ā™„

 

 

Life in General

Lord’s Day Sunday Post #3

Message of the Mass this fine Sunday:

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”

He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied,
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

In other words, be helpful, kind, merciful, and loving to everyone every day. The acts that we commit each day do not secure us a spot in the heavenly kingdom, but allowing God to show His love through you is what He’s asking of each one us. The most important part is that God is asking us to be all of these things despite how another is being in return or when another’s lifestyle, beliefs, actions, etc are different from our own.

The other day, my hubby and I went to someone’s house to help tear down and haul away an old, delipidated building that is a hazard to the property owner, her family, and others in the community that may visit her home, invited or otherwise. He’d agreed to removed the building quite a while ago, but hasn’t had time to get to it. While we were there it seemed as if this individual was upset at us about the building so my husband and I decided to leave and not worry about the building. I mentioned to him in frustration later in the evening that if said individual wanted to be so rude and ungrateful for the help that we offered then after the building is completely removed then the individual and her household can do the clean-up of the remaining rubble. I was quite frustrated with that situation. Today’s message reminded me in order to show my love for God and God’s love for me (for all), then my attitude has to be one that says, “Okay, we will get the building removed and then continue to help with the clean-up.”

I am eternally grateful for the wisdom of the Lord.

Anything Goes, Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

I Am Exactly That Girl……

Who I am now is not exactly who I used to be, but I Am Exactly That Girl.

I am exactly that girlĀ who will stand up and take the side of the little guy even when the little guy is wrong just because he/she is the little guy. And everyone picks on the little guy!

I am exactly that girlĀ who will fight for what I believe in even when it means proving that I am in the wrong because admitting our faults is (or at least should be) commendable.

I am exactly that girlĀ who will love another with all my heart and soul through most anything. I say most because I haven’t been through everything that one can go through.

I am exactly that girlĀ who will admit that I’m wrong after fighting for minutes or hours just to proveĀ otherwise.

I am exactly that girlĀ who will say what I think because thinking comes later although I am getting better at thinking first and controlling the urge to say exactly that.

I am exactly that girlĀ who forgives over and over and over again only to forgive again. I can’t fathom a life in which forgiveness is withheld. They say to grant forgiveness to another is to make oneself feel better, more at peace. But (and it could be skewed), in my way of thinking, I forgive another not only because God forgives me, but also because –in some small way — it gives the other person the ability to grow the relationship. For instance, if I wrong my husband in some way for him to grant forgiveness to me, he is opening his heart to the Lord, but it also opens my heart to him again as well as to the Lord. Does that make sense?

I am exactly that girlĀ who may not offer the most eloquent advice to another in times of need, but I will offer the kindest piece of advice that I can in hopes of making said person feel better. I am not knowledgeable in the ways of the world so my advice will seem like the small state of Rhode Island as akin to the large state of Alaska, totally dwarfed by more worldly people than myself, but you can bet whatever I do say comes from deep within my heart meant to make the other person feel better and aren’t just words to fill the void.

I am exactly that girlĀ who will argue over absolutely nothing if I feel that another is trying to pacify me, but is not really hearing me. Oooh, that’s so frustrating.

I am exactly that girlĀ who will get the stupidest grin/blank stare on my face, or just giggle at another in moments whenĀ I don’t know what to say in response because no matter what I say, it’s not going to do any good. Ask my husband, he will tell you. And it drives him nuts!

I am exactly that girlĀ who will cry with happiness, laugh with nervousness, and get angry with hurt feelings. It’s all backwards!

I am exactly that girlĀ who enjoys dancing in the rain, sitting outside in 90 degree heat, or listening to country music. All. Day. Long.

I am exactly that girlĀ who looks at my children in awe that God blessed me as their mother. To explain, they are the blessing that I received.

I am exactly that girlĀ who looks at the world with a child’s innocence, seeing everything with excitement for the first time. For example, my husband and I traveled to St. Louis a few years ago for a short stay and during this trip, I got to see Denver for the first time (a quick layover). And I was like a child in a candy store! Being in a city that size was exhilarating and eye-opening.

I am exactly that girlĀ who makes a hasty decision which often times goes bust and is considered strike 1, or 2, or 10 until lesson learned. 10 may seem like a lot, and it very well may be, but sometimes, 10 is needed. No examples right off handĀ though šŸ™‚

I am exactly that girlĀ who carries more in my heart than anyone close to me will ever really know. What I am saying out loud is probably not even half of what is actually in my heart (feelings, thoughts, dreams, hopes, etc).

I am exactly that girlĀ who may say a whole lot at times, but not really be saying anything at all or vice versa.

I am exactly that girlĀ who will try to avoid confrontation with others (this doesn’t always pertain to family — I’m more mouthy with them).

I am exactly that girlĀ who is shy until I get to know you then you can’t get me to shut-up.

I am exactly that girlĀ who can be silly and weird, but serious and stern when needed.

I am exactly that girlĀ who thinks the push, the fight for women’s rights has taken or forgotten the very heart of what makes us women, the very heart of what separates us from the male species to make us the equal of that same population. We are not meant to be a man’s equal in the way that it’s pushed. Women and men were created differently because the roles each sex fills requires the strengths or weaknesses of the sex it applies to. God created all humans equally in terms of His likeness, but He created male and female in order to populate the earth andĀ to live the relationship of and as such as that of Christ and the Church. Quite simply, the two roles are not and not meant to be interchangeable. Appreciate God’s wisdom and gladly accept the role you’ve been given as you are the only one that can fulfill the duties of that role. Women are not less, women are not more than their male counterparts. They simply fulfill the demands of their given roles, as do men. If male and female roles were meant to be interchangeable then God wouldn’t have seen to it to create a male and a female.

I am exactly that girlĀ who, through devotional readings and daily prayers, strives daily to be the kind of person that God created me to be, the very best version of myself.

I am exactly that girlĀ who digs in her heels at the most inopportune moments for reasons that make no sense to another, but make all the sense in the world to me.

I am exactly that girlĀ who is easy to get along with but just as hard to deal with once in a disagreement with.

I am exactly that girlĀ who lives every aspect of life with the same gusto: emotionally charged and mentally relaxed. I am an intelligent person who can hold my own when needed, but excitement of me is not found so much in my intelligence as it is in my emotions. There are few things in this life that get me riled and most all of them stem from my relationships with others (the more important I consider the relationship, the more riled I get).

I am exactly that girlĀ who is loyal to those closest to me. If you are someone I hold close to my heart (friend, family or even foe depending on nature of being foe), I am loyal to you regardless of how loyal you may be to me. My loyalty stems from my own beliefs of you, my faith in God, and of myself. Your loyalty to me has no bearing on that.

I am exactly that girlĀ who keeps most, if not all, commitments that I make. I hate to let people down and I hate not following through on my word. If I have any doubt as to whether or not I can or will do something, rest assured I will not say that I can or will.

I am exactly that girlĀ who will take what is said to me with a grain of salt from someone who doesn’t know me. I firmly believe that those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter, but more importantly, God matters at all times so what He minds always counts.

I am exactly that girl:Ā that woman with all them kids, that friend who shows up unannounced just to make you feel better, that wife who is not perfect in any way but loves her husband with all her heart, that daughter who needs her mother during moments of heartbreak, that sister who will tell it like it is because sometimes that’s how it needs to be said, that child of God constantly asking for His forgiveness while seeking His love, and that girl who appreciates kind words, big hugs, and quiet time.

Yes, I am exactly that girl.

 

 

 

 

Daily Encourgement, Life in General

Tender Tuesday Post #1

I like the letter matching names for each of the given days such asĀ TenderĀ Tuesday. However, with this given day, I have been going back and forth on names. However, I like the sound of Tender Tuesday so from this day forth, Tuesdays are designated as days that will possibly lean to the emotional side of life, which tends to happen with most of my posts because I don’t know. It’s just who I am, I guess.

Anyway, today’s topic is loss of a loved one.

I, fortunately, have not suffered a great loss in my life because nobody I’ve been really close to has past on. My grandpa and my uncle passed away about 10 years ago, give or take. Honestly though, I wasn’t real close with them. When they passed, I did cry because it’s sad. Generally, it’s sad when anyone leaves this world. Right?

Anyway enough rambling there.

Recently, as previously mentioned, someone I knew many years ago passed away and he was quite young, only 40. Four years ago, someone a little bit closer to home, so to speak, passed away and she was younger yet. These deaths are the ones that have hit me the hardest. Maybe it’s because I knew them. Maybe it’s only because of the death itself. Either way, these have really sunk into my heart and made an impression there. I think about their families. I think about what gets left behind. I think about the change that their homes must now endure. My heart goes out to their families. Their children. Their spouses.

And then, inevitably, my thoughts start racing with worries of my own children and my husband in the event of my death. Or even worse, in the event of my husbands’ death.

Thoughts of being without the other.

Thoughts of my children being without a mother or a father.

Thoughts of emotional acceptance, grieving.

Thoughts of life continuing after such an event.

Thoughts of money, how to survive.

How does one even prepare for such sadness? Where does one even begin to heal after such a loss? The anxiety begins to set in. My nerves get bound and my breathing quickens or shallows depending on the thought itself. Oh, life is scary sometimes.

I have to constantly remind myself to have Faith. To keep Faith.

Because God is with me at all times. He is the strength we need. He is the healer of all. He is the Everything.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Ā – Isaish 41:10

A prayer to all who have lost someone:

Bless those who mourn, eternal God,
with the comfort of your love
that they may face each new day with hope
and the certainty that nothing can destroy
the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful,
their days enriched with friendship,
and their lives encircled by your love.
Amen.

Say ‘I love you’ to the ones you love.

Every day because you just don’t know when it will be the last time.

Make every moment in your life count, spend time with loved ones, make friends, spread love all around you because these are the memories worth making.

My heart goes out to the family of the person whom I mentioned above. I didn’t know him anymore, but I am certain that he was loved by all who did.

Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

Meaningful Quotes

Okay, Day 2 of the 3 day 3 a day Quote Challenge. I know! It’s so terribly late. I’m sorry I didn’t post sooner, but I really have been busy. My children and I enjoyed an annual hunt for treasure troves — a highway sale that begins at one end of the highway and continues down the highway about 70 miles, maybe more — then we became last minute participants in this highway sale by setting up our own quickly put together sale (the kids did anyway) and then my oldest son and his girlfriend arrived so I spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with them.

It was an awesome day!

And since God is always so good to his children (me, you, every single person alive), then He will get the glory for this day as well as the first recognition here. But before I start with my encouraging, uplifting quotes for Day 2, I would again like to thankĀ Good, Beautiful and TrueĀ for the 3 day quote challenge nomination. Anytime she makes a comment, she’s always positive and encouraging which, if you haven’t heard me say already, the world needs more of.

Quote #1 is attributed to all of God’s goodness, never-ending love, and unfailing forgiveness. Having a faith outside of myself is the best thing I can do for my husband, my children, the world around me, and for myself.

The will of God will never take you, where the grace of God cannot keep you. So trust and believe in God without a doubt. – unknown –

Quote #2 focuses on life. Life isn’t easy, but it’s well worth it. It’s about trusting something bigger than myself. By doing so, my eyes open to a completely different view. My fear is present. My doubts weigh heavy on my mind. And my heart gets broken, but my faith keeps me going. Living His love and spreading His goodness is what I must do.

Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how theyā€™ll turn out. –Ā Randall Munroe –

Quote #3 is all about summer for no other reason that it’s my most favorite season. What more can I say than that. I am one of those whose emotions are in cahoots with the seasons. Winters bring the doldrums and summer brings the excitement. Fall is a welcome distraction until the winter comes again. Happy summer!

Hey, that’s the way we do it
New friends and blue skies that never end
Hey, that’s the way we like it
Good times, sunshine and summertime
-Faith Hill –

More awesome quotes to encourage and inspire! If you’re reading, I hope these quotes have somehow brought you a smile, a kind thought, or made you feel better about something in some way.

Today’s 3 nominees are:

From Emma With Love

Painting Beauty With Ashes

Courage From Within

I have to be honest, I am a little unsure of the rules in regards to number of followers for this challenge so if any of my nominees have surpassed that number (if any required), then please accept my apologies. However, I do want everyone to know that the nominees each have something good to offer the blogging community and are well-worth the nomination. So again, my most sincere apologies.

ForĀ the nominees: Please donā€™t feel obligated to participate if this isnā€™t your thing. Itā€™s fun and I do encourage it, but it’s not required.

 

Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

Praise

Hey yall, I just want to say Praise the Lord! God is so good! Praise the Lord!

Today was a hard day for me, but after pretty much 1/2 the day sending up my prayers, God has healed my broken heart of today.

I am ready for whatever trials and/or triumphs that I may endure or enjoy tomorrow.

Praise the Lord!

I’m so excited with His presence in my life, I don’t really even know what to say

other than…..

Praise the Lord!