There are storms in life sometimes so great that we feel the very boats we Captain might capsize. The sky darkens, the seas pick up, and we start to take on more water than our boats can handle.
The storms come in so many forms.
Relationships gone so wrong they are unrecognizable.
Finances stretched so thin they just might snap under the pressure.
Health issues so overwhelming it makes it hard to breath.
Pain so great the thought of being alive another day makes our sweet souls ache.
A sign so amazing that it fills the sky and makes the very breath we breath catch in our chest.
In a moment. In an instant. In a flash.
The sea is calmed.
He is here… Not like he ever left… We just became aware again.
Whatever your storms- take heart.
He is here. Hands of Heaven outstretched in colors so vibrant they cannot be masked. In Him you will find His promise so deep, so profound, so incredible that you will be amazed you ever breathed a breath without it.
Live grateful. Be thankful. Count your blessings.
No, those aren’t silly cliches people say. They are words to build your life on.
The more thankful you are the more your life literally changes before your eyes.
Be thankful for it all- even the crummy things that make you cry.
In gratitude there is infinite blessing.
I sat on the couch nestled in with Bella curled up on my lap reading a fascinating book for one of my classes. My sweet Hubbz, outside doing his weekly mow on the lawn that he loves to keep so pristine. I could hear the speakers on the deck filling the summer evening with tunes. One song ended and up popped none other than Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. (Since it dropped we have added this song to our list of love songs. It’s accompanied by Let’s Get It On, When God Made You, Sandstorm, Commitment and of course Sexual Healing… Don’t judge us for our epic taste in music… It’s awesome, quirky and totally fantastic. I digress.)
I was comfy in my little couch cocoon but threw off the covers- much to Bella’s dismay. I headed outside because we have a little unspoken tradition… Our songs come on and we stop what we are doing and we dance to them… No matter when. No matter where. To appreciate this fact you have to also know that it hasn’t always been this way. There were a couple years in our 8 year run of marriage that the thought of us having a song was so distant of a thought that it was truly non-existant.
He turned around as I opened the patio door and instinctively put down the hose he was washing the grass off the deck with and walked toward me and smiled. As I danced with my sweet Hubbz on the deck, I was reminded that these moments are what make a marriage. In between him singing and acting out the words to the song and me giggling because he’s the funniest man I have ever met, the lyrics resonated so deep.
People fall in love in mysterious ways,
The wonder of love will always blow my mind. The ways we can love another human being and feel that love in return is incredible. Don’t get me wrong, marriage is not always easy… But it is the most worth it thing we have ever done… In the History of Ever.
Maybe it’s all part of a plan,
I believe to the depths of my soul in God’s sovereign plan over life. I believe the bad things that have happened have opened our eyes to the good things we weren’t paying attention to (Thanks Good Will Hunting for that notion.) I believe our lives are part of a grand plan- the things we do, the people we meet, the good things that happen and even the bad choices we make. There is a reason for it all.
Well, I’ll just keep on making the same mistakes, hoping that you’ll understand
Because we are ridiculously human and we need grace like we need air to breath. We make mistakes. Sometimes they are little and sometimes they are justifiably unforgivable… They are mistakes nonetheless and for that there’s Grace.
…And we found love right where we are
We found love in the midst of a marriage that we had collectively ripped to shreds.
We found love in the midst of total brokenness and decay.
We found love right where we are.
That’s just me thinking out loud.
I’m coming at you with another great product review from my friends at chewy.com… The place where pet lovers shop! They were all kinds of amazing this month and in addition to Bella’s dental chews they threw in a surprise prezzy… Um, hello and thank you for knowing how to make my heart happy!
Natural Balance: Because Balance should be, well, Natural
I am kind of a freak when it comes to what I allow to go in my pup’s belly and Natural Balance has been on the list of “yes please, immediately” for years! Natural Balance started in Burbank, Cali-for-ni-a in 1989. My dear Dicky Van Patten created an absolute winner when he dreamed up foods that were scientifically sound and nutritionally full of truth. Coming from a background like this it’s no wonder that the Sweet Potato & Chicken with Mango Dental Treats kept Bella McGoo begging (literally, she was begging) for more.
Who trained this dog anyway!? I digress.
The treats encourage natural chewing instinct to help support the teeth and gums- which for her is amazing because she is a little dog with teeth probs…
99 problems and her teeth are one of them… Serious.
There are grooves molded into the treat to help assist in reducing plaque and tartar and the formula is easily chewed and digested. It freshens her stinky dog breath and delivers nutrients to keep her immune system on the up and up. Check them out today- your pup will thank you… And then you will thank Natural Instinct and Chewy.com because your pups stinky breath will get a little less, well, stinky!
Dogs Love KONG… Even a Finicky 5lb. Maltese
If you are at all familiar with dog toys you will probably have heard of The KONG. It’s basically an indestructible chew toy. They have since branched out from that rockin’ red one. The KONG Squeezz JELS Koala Toy definitely got Bella’s attention! I squeaked it once and she looked out the window, twice and she looked at me, three times and she came sunning to investigate! It’s fun animal shape allows for crazy bounces that you don’t get from a ball. The toy a bit on the heavy side and kind of bulky for her little frame and mouth to carry around but for a dog bigger than 5lbs, I am sure they would love a game of fetch! All in all, this squeaker is a Winner with a capital “W”!