Labor of Love…Right? Right.

Smile, it’s Labor Day!

Here in America it is Labor Day, which is a day to honor the working man. So I would like to take a moment to shout out to all the hard working people. To all, but especially to the everyday laborer. The construction worker and iron worker, the factory worker and service industry worker, the farmer and farm hand, the rancher and the cowboy, the welder and the home grown tinkerers of the world! You all work so hard for your families and for the most part go completely under our families attention radar and that’s okay. That is the way it is supposed to be. After all we do it for them because that’s who we are. We are hard working, family loving, strong people. Who the Lord, in His grace, saw fit to grant another day to praise and glorify Him in all our ways! The way we live our lives is an act of worship to the Most High. The Lord loves a soul willing to work hard for family and friends and others. When we do this we are serving the Lord in a truly beautiful way! Stay strong my wonderful everyday people! The Lord sees your good works.

Over the last week I have really been reflecting over the past. The shoulda, coulda, wouldas of life can come visit without warning! Horrible house guests too, they leave your mind a mess! Throwing regret, pain, guilt and despair around like pixies sprinkle glitter. There are a million things I could have done better in the past. At times I find it difficult to forgive myself for the things I have done against the Ancient of Days. I know that others must have this same issue, listening to the lies of the devil. The important thing to remember is that Jesus came to this earth, lived a righteous life before God, shed His blood, died and on the third day… rose again! Why did He do this? So that people who know they are sick can have a Great Physician! The only thing that is happening when the devil reminds me of who I was before Christ, it reminds me why I need Jesus! Yes, Lord, I admit I was _____________ , but You shed your blood to cover that sin! Thank you Jesus for the blood!

Yes, I still have a ton of growing to do but the point is that I am growing and if you are still moving forward, still waking up every morning with new grace, well beloved, you’re growing too! Sometimes we can get stuck in the regrets of yesterday, as one does when youth begins to fade and old age is knocking. Sadness can over take even the happiest of souls. Yes, I struggle but the Lord has seen me through so much and He is not done with me yet. There is a saying among smokers “Never quit quitting.” but a thought came to me, at some point we have to quit quitting. I cannot continue in the bad behaviors, no matter what that bad behavior is. If we come to the understanding that everything we do is an act of worship… well for me that puts another light on it. I want to do what is pleasing in the eyes of God, I want Jesus’ sacrifice not to be in vain.

It has long been said that house plants come to my home to die. Which is true but in my defense… people know this AND still give me plants in the hopes that I will somehow come to my right mind and care for the living thing. The thing is that I never water myself so I completely forget to water other things. That is one of the things that I need to change. The goal is to drink enough water to equal my body weight in ounces, daily, to start working out, and walking nightly. It is true that this life is full of moments where we die to ourselves in one way or the other. For now, in this season, I am going to be kind to myself. One of my favorite bloggers is doing these 30 day challenges to love herself and I am going to join 100%. Who doesn’t drink water at least? I mean talk about toxic traits…

I need to have my ducks in a row, my peas in their pods and what not. I want to live a life that is full of life and Love! I never want to stop loving the gift that is this life, no matter how hard it gets. In order to do that, I need water in my body, it’s kinda a big deal… I also need to be able to function if I want to play with my grand kids someday. Simple as that. So maybe I will come up with a way to hold myself accountable to all of you. Until next time my beloved family, have a blessed day and I pray you have had a chance to relax even if just for a moment today.

See you guys next time feel free to like and share if the Lord leads you to do so and I would love to hear what all of you do for a living! Where do all of you work and what do you do for a living? I am a stay at home mom that is currently floundering her way through home schooling my children. I am learning through trial and error how to homestead. I have a long list of everything NOT to do when homesteading…so there is that. I love you all, stay peculiar!

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