So much more

#330 praise circles....but so much more in my life and in my heart to praise Him for!

A Simple Vision and A Dream....

Father, you made her dreams come true and I am asking the same for me, according to your will.

My Lord, I want to list them because you are a BIG God and I rarely ask for "stuff." I have asked to stay in North Beach and I have asked for an awesome and fun job after I retire from the police department. I've also asked for some of the below things over the years, but I'm getting close to printing this blog book and therefore, I want to list my dreams so that when they come true, I can reflect on this very day and this very post. I'm not only trusting and believing in YOU, BUT I'm trusting and believing that if you say no to these dreams it's because you have something MUCH better in store for me.

Help me to take steps toward these dreams and make the timing yours. Time concerning people, places and things that would make it all come together and ONLY for your Glory. Let all these things that I've asked for ONLY BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO YOUR HOLY NAME. In Jesus' precious name, amen!

Here we go.............
To always live on the water
To sell my greeting card phrases
To sell my sky photos of you
To have my poems turn into praise and worship songs
To have one of my short stories turn into a play
To publish more books
To speak publicly in forums where women need encouragement
To sell mugs, plaques, book markers, etc...adding scriptures to my art
To work with seniors
To work with youth
To counsel the broken hearted
To hold bible study for young single girls and women

Feeling So #Loved

People who know me know that pennies are my #thing.  It's God's way of saying, "trust me!"

Here are some pennies from my sister Marty, Kathy Tuttle, Jackie Amick and Jackie Marceron!  Feeling the love!!!!!!!!!

What makes me happppppy pic #100

This Truly Says It All :-)

What makes me happy pic #99

I love surprises. I came home to find this gift and penny in my doorway.  I couldn't wait to see what it was and who it was from.  However, there was no signature.  I thought the cop in me could do a handwriting  analysis, but I just couldn't figure it out.  Whoever it was loves me and knows that pennies are my #thing!  I was truly overjoyed and smiling so wide!

What makes me happy pic #98

In the back of my mind, I'm always concerned about my weight.  I'm always thinking about ice cream, but I rarely buy it because I don't want it in the house, tempting me to eat the entire container.  And the cost for a small one is truly overpriced. 

But on this day, as I said my final good-bye to Lesley, {pause:  Father, I praise Your name because she is with You!}

I stopped at the Diary Queen and bought a brownie sundae and I basked in the deliciousness of every single spoonful.  It was a beautiful and sunny day filled with possibilities :-)

What makes me happy pic #97

I remember seeing this photo last year and wishing that I had someone in my life that could relate to this very thing.  When I saw it again a few weeks ago, it resonated with my Spirit that JESUS is the Lover of My Soul.  That was the theme for my portion of the GBC Ladies' Retreat.  I love how He loves me.  Unlike anything I've ever experienced before.  And I'm certain without a shadow of a doubt that nothing and no one will ever come close to the #love that He and I share!  Yes, I've found the One that my soul loves.

What makes me happy pic #96

I went into my "not so secret place" at work to talk with a sweet friend and there this was on the floor.  Not a quarter, but oh yes..............25 pennies!

YES, I trust you JESUS!

What makes me happy pic #95

Knowing, trusting and #believing this promise!

What makes me happy pic #94

Not only did I forget the fact that I got paid this past Friday, I also forgot that I gave my sweet friend money to get me this beautiful blue leather jacket.  I'm usually a Wal-mart, Target and Payless kind of girl.  Yep, I so am.  But when I saw this on her, I just had to have one. She got me a great deal and I so #LOVE her for it! It will not keep me warm this winter, but it's so cute! Lol
#HIS grace abounds...

What makes me happy pic #93

This was my very first bible, purchased in 1996.  I didn't quite understand it at first.  I tried to read it from time to time, but I had "other" things that occupied my attention.  YOU get that way when you're living in survival mode, couple with control issues. 
In 1997, I because a Muslim.  For 10 quiet years.  Didn't understand that either....
In 2008, Jesus wooed me into a loving relationship with Him.  Upon receiving the gift of salvation, the bible came to life for me.  He is the bread of life and the living water.  MY LIFE IS #PROOF!

What makes me happy pic #92

This little "not so secret" place is where I go when I'm having one of those "moments" at work!
PRAISE THE LORD for HE is #good!

What makes me happy pic #91

My sweet sister Anna made this for me in February and I can't stop making it, again and again and again.  I even get a bit disappointed when I can't find strawberries.  So not cool :-)

So, so yummy!  Dannon yogurt, greek yogurt, oatmeal, granola and fresh fruit!  Blissfully delicious!

What makes me happy pic #90

I love Domino's Spinach pizza (way tooooo much)  and I love our study of Thessalonians more than that!  This was my Wednesday night bliss :-)

What makes me happy pic #89

I love this pic because when I get off work, she is my happy place.  This is my sweet friend Casey :-)

What makes me happy pic #88

I was not feeling well yesterday and I called out at the last minute.  My boss is very understanding and flexible.  PRAISE God!

What makes me happy pic #87

I got to ride to Ocean City, fellowship and room with my little sister, Kara! So so much fun!  And, we had a yummy time on the beach and at dinner! PRAISE TO OUR FATHER!

What makes me happy pic #86

I always get a bit nervous when I have to pray.  It's such an honor and I feel so privileged to have to ability to petition to the Father on behalf of others.  I went into the prayer room on Saturday morning, just before breakfast and there was a bright copper penny on the floor.  I burst into tears.  And, then I went into the powder room to get a tissue and there was another one on the floor by the sink.  I cried like a baby.  "Trust me Denise."  That's what God was speaking into my ear with His gentle voice.

What makes me happy pic #85

Our Ladies' Retreat was amazing beyond words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What makes me happy pic #84

Got this message and pic via e-mail from my new sister in Christ, Denise Michelle Fuller :-)

Hey Denise,

I took this picture especially for you! It reminds me of when Jesus said to His disciples, "Suffer the children to come unto me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

​Your friend and sister,

What makes me happy pic #83

Pennies are my thing.... yes, you already know that. Lol
On this day, it was rainy, dark and cold. My new sister in Christ, Michelle, found this on the ground when we went out for coffee.  I stayed in the car and when she came back with her coffee, she had this in her hand.  It was on the ground as she was walking back toward the cruiser.  So cool, so God!  You have no idea how special this penny is!!!!!!!

What makes me happy pic #82

I am a World Vision sponsor and only #Jesus would gift me with a loving and beautiful step-son named, Sunny!  He loves school and writes to me all the way from India. I'm sunny and he's Sunny. Yes, a match made in heaven :-)

What makes me happy pic #81

This is my big sister and just like me, she LOVES Jesus! <3 class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">

What makes me happy pic #80

This was in my Beth Moore study guide.  I have a ministry in Christ Jesus.  Yes, me. A girl with no college education and no creditials from man!  How cool is that?!?!?!  :-)

What makes me happy pic #79

So so so so #yummy!  So true! So addictive!

What makes me happy pic #78

This is my bible collection and it doesn't include the one in my den, the one in my car and the one on my desk at work.  Yes, I love me some JESUS and I hope and pray to be a forever student of the word.
These are bible studies that I have participated in over the past 6 years and because my heart is committed to Him, I am forever grateful to those who have enhanced my knowledge and understanding of God's word and how to apply it to my life and share it with others!

These are resources to guide, direct and correct my footsteps according to His word.

These are future studies that I've collected and some that have been gifted to me by friends to assist me in my #thirst to have more and more of JESUS and His #truth.

What makes me happy pic #77

Trust did not come easy for me.  Actually, I was unaware that I lacked the ability to trust others.  Jesus has proven to be trustworthy and therefore, I have chosen to put all of my trust in Him!  So freeing :-)

What makes me happy pic #76

Just got this not afraid.  GOD knows and His will, will be done!

What makes me happy pic #75

Was going to my car to get my tennis shoes for a search warrant and saw this penny on the ground next to the trash can.  HE put that there for me.  HE so knows my #love language!  "Trust me sweet child."  Yes, that's what He's saying..................

What makes me happy pic #74

This is a photo of me and my future husband.  I love that God already knows his name and his heart! <3>

What makes me happy pic #73

We have a space in our hall at church that we know as the "help yourselves to anything on this table" and yesterday, in the midst of my busyness, I noticed these gorgeous flowers.  I was rushing and my hands were already full, but I could not stop staring at these beautiful white roses.  So I picked a few, took them home and put them in some fresh water and yes, they are in my bathroom so that I can see them several times a day.

What makes me happy pic #72

Although it was raining, I still went out for coffee.  But before I exited my car, I was reminded by the Holy Spirit to text my sweet sister Laurie.  Just wanted to remind her of something important.  There was a car parked beside me at the coffee shop and after I hit "send" the car beside me had pulled off.  As I exited my car, there was a penny where the car was parked.  If I hadn't been texting, I would have missed it :-)

What makes me happy pic #71

God knows that pennies are my thing. Yes, I said it in pic #66 and I'm saying it again. Lol
I found this one while waiting at the pharmacy having a perscription refilled.  In my ability to "help" keep things organized, I was fixing the candy on the shelves by the counter and found this :-)
Dr. Charles Stanley, my second favorite Pastor once said, "There is a blessing in the waiting!"

What makes me happy pic #70

Pause:  WOW!  I'm at picture #70.  It's so much fun being of the moment of what makes me happy.  The list can go on and on and on, but I'm committed to just 1 picture a day...and trust me when I say that it's not so easy to choose!  So, today it's this.............these are so freaking yummy, especially when you keep them in the fridge.  Sad face:  I'm all out for now, but I'll be happy again tomorrow when I go to Costco to get me some more.  Yes, His grace abounds even when it comes to #chocolate!

What makes me happy pic #69

These are all true and it is truly how I feel.  In Christ Alone, my #freedom is found!  Hallelujah!

Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."

2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

John 8:36 "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

What makes me happy pic #68

This is Nathaniel.  The doctor's told his mom that she could never have children.  Lo' and behold....God's grace appears! Imagine that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What makes me happy pic #67

This is my new friend, Denise Michelle Fuller and her husband, Mark.  Yes, she and I have the same name.  How cool is that?!?!  I found her on the internet.  Story forthcoming.......

What makes me happy pic #66

God knows that pennies are "my thing!"  He's placed them in very significant places for me and me alone.  He gifted me with one this past Thursday after I'd sat with a sick friend.  I held her hand for 2 hours and went I was headed home, I stopped to get gas and there was a penny on the ground.  She passed away the next morning.

And today, there were 8 cars parked in front of my office and as I got out of my car and put my foot on the curb, there was a penny.  Just for me!  I'm so his little girl and he so delights in me! :-)

What makes me happy pic #65

My son is my #2 guy!  Well actually he's tied w/my dad!  Jesus is so my #1. But anyone who knows me, already knows that! :-)  I'm sooooooooooo loved!

What makes me happy pic #64

Love these shoes. I bought them in Miami last year when I went to visit my sweet son. They remind me of "Sex In The City!"  I'm Carrie, minus all that "sex!" Lol