After scoping out the Dunedin Downtown Market on Saturday, I strolled downtown towards the Marina. I was drawn to the pier as there were people fishing, sailboats and tour boats coming and going. A couple of brown pelicans in hot pursuit of breakfast caught my attention and I watched one pelican, in particular, successfully capture and swallow 10 whole fish. He never came up empty, not once! The Pelicans would casually ride the waves, only to spot a nearby fish below and then suddenly dive on them. Amazing to watch, especially considering it sometimes takes fisherman all day to catch only one or two fish!
This amazing photo of two brown pelicans was taken at the Downtown Dunedin Pier by Jazzersten.
Even at the very beginning, God said, “It is not good for man to be alone” (Gen. 2:18). But situations in life leave us separated from others. Most of us don’t like being alone for extended periods of time. And sometimes we simply feel lonely, even when we live with a family member or friend. But whatever our situation may be, if we are a believer, we’re never alone.
I am constantly being asked what my favorite essential oils are. You would think there was a quick and easy answer to this question, but it depends on so much … the season, the condition, and the timing! We all have health-related issues at some time or another, and I have found an essential oil for just about everything that concerns or ails me, and I continue to be amazed at all the new uses I discover for them.
No matter whether we are looking to naturally support … healthy skin, sleep cycles, overall immunity, or hormonal balance, there is an Essence Oil for EVERY single health concern. Likewise, I have accumulated quite a collection. Always looking for the best price, I prefer more economical 4 oz bottles, but 1 oz bottles are readily available as well.
I tried to hold back my tears, but it was like trying to hold back the ocean. I would hear others say… “She sits in the chapel and cries… What a tender heart!” If they only knew. The loss of my firstborn, a love that had captured my heart and given me something greater than my own life to live for, was gone. And my heart was filled with deep despair and disbelief. Although I felt as if my candle flame had been temporarily snuffed out, I soldiered on. The trauma of losing my beloved first born led me into a closer relationship with Jesus, and a deeper dependence on this eternal connection. I started a new season of life with hopeful anticipation of what was to come …
To begin anew, to start over, is something we all look forward to January 1, but I have a feeling most of us are looking forward to it this year more than ever! I personally, am beyond excited to turn this particular page on the journey we call life as I have made the decision to downsize from our family home of more than 20 years.
I have prayed, reflected, and journaled about this for more than a year and feel confident it is the right time for this new chapter in my life. Even as I write this blog, my home is being cleaned, painted, and primed to put on the market. This is not an easy decision or one taken lightly, but I have complete trust and confidence in the Lord.
I don’t have definitive plans, but I trust that the Lord is going to pour grace after grace into this new chapter as I seek his will and not mine. When given the chance, he will light the way, leaving me free from stress or worry. And with the proper amount of detachment and preparation I can begin the search for the new place I shall call home, leaving the timing in his hands.
I can’t wait to see what he does in my life. His fresh grace is at our fingertips, and we simply have to respond with a yes to receive what he has in store … love and mercy and new life in my case!
This is one of those bigger, life changing decisions, but for all of you who are contemplating any change, whether it be great or small, I wish you great happiness and good health! Happy New Year!
For those of you who didn’t overeat or over drink yesterday, kudos to you! For those of us who did, keep reading! With all the restrictions in life, work, and play during 2020, the one thing that didn’t slow down for many of us was our appetite for food and drink. I’m going to start this blog by suggesting a drink detox and then follow up with an easy soup recipe for restoring a healthy balance in our gut, digestion, and metabolism.
As we give thanksgiving on this national holiday for all that we have been blessed with … including life, family, and a country founded under God, “there can be little doubt that the world we live in today is very different from ancient times. Having said that, it can be quite fascinating to hear and read stories of times gone by and learn from them for our own well-being. I remember hearing a story once about a king who married four wives. Yes, we have heard of the six wives of Henry VIII and the six wives of Herod the Great, but this king apparently had only four wives.
What are the essential oils you can’t live without? In the past decade more and more people have turned to natural remedies in their approach to healthcare in an effort to be free of the worries of unwanted side and long-term effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Essential oils offer a healthy alternative for inflammation and pain relief, boosting the immune system, preventing and maintaining certain illnesses, enhancing relaxation and sleep, and purifying the air around us to name a few.
If you ever find yourself hungry and in the quiet Appalachian town of Dahlonega, Georgia, then we suggest spending some time at The Smith House. Open since 1899, this historic inn also has a restaurant tucked away inside that serves up traditional southern fare. Featuring family-style meals in true Southern fashion, enjoy a feast at The Smith House in Georgia.
One of the most meaningful songs ever written about what it looks like to be a true friend in a relationship centered in God is the song “Friends” written by Christian singer and songwriter, Michael W. Smith. He wrote in the chorus of the song:
“And friends are friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of them. And a friend will not say “never” ’cause the welcome will not end. Though it’s hard to let you go, in the Father’s hands we know, that a lifetime’s not too long to live as friends.”