“Trust yourself,..dig deep down and ask yourself who you want to be? Not what, but who?”
I’ve always loved the wisdom of Arnold S. For a body builder, he’s one smart cookie. Body builders usually get a bum rap in the IQ department but they have to have unbelievable self discipline to succeed. Can you say that about yourself? I can’t.
God has always been in charge of my life and I just realized it about 20 years ago. I’ve always been a believer, because hey, I grew up going to Catholic school and church and was raised Catholic and learned to fear the consequences if I didn’t, but it didn’t hit home until I had some challenges and realized that I have only so much control, especially when I’m fighting the Big Guy’s will.
So HE brings us where we are meant to be and that is in the most interesting and incredible life I could ever have dreamed of living with a family I am blessed to call my own, amazing friends, a fabulous pastor who can explain the ins and outs of scripture that the nuns missed. Unfortunately I have not been to church for a while to hear what he has to say so I can’t remember if he went over this very familiar verse about children leading. It’s not what it says apparently. It means that when we all wise up and listen to God’s word, peace will be here and sin will be no more and we won’t have to worry about the lion eating the lamb and a child will be able to lead them. It doesn’t mean that adults should follow the children. That’s taking it out of context.
BUT! I have to share an instance that we did let God lead through our child, and when we Let Go and Let God, goodness blossomed! Parenting today is all about thinking you’re in charge and if you do A, B will automatically happen. NOTE TO PARENTS AND MY FAVORITE TUCKER CARLSON: your child has a destiny that God has already planned. Pay attention and you’ll see it. We watched our only child literally navigate the world we knew nothing about which WAS the plan and then he met this fantastic young woman and they joined forces to strengthen that plan. They are both such blessings and I can’t tell you how much I love them both!
Check out the good things (and the humility) that they share in this Article in the Tribune Democrat by Russ O’Reilly. Good stuff. And what does Madison say? It was already here. That’s why they came. So glad they did. Thanks for letting them have the platform and capturing it so well Mr. O’Reilly! Talk about a little town that has survived more natural disasters and gotten up to talk about it. Now if only the natives could build it up instead of tearing it down. Yeah, maybe follow the example of these two young adults. They’re not kids anymore and have created a great safe space that includes all of us who want to be part of what’s happening downtown. She even curates a really unique collection of artworks and other items that are for sale in the shop, including yarn and fiber pieces that I’ve made in the past. A great eye that girl has and she never ceases to amaze me in the things she chooses. I usually consult with her on colors and am really starting to get into more muted tones. She’s even got me using natural dyes that I find in my garden. You know me. I LOVE bright! It’s a real shake up and a learning curve and it’s all in His plan.
Can you see the number one? I was at H.Wonder Coffee and Records yesterday and saw this piece of whatever on the floor. Plain as day. Just remember who is number one. It’s God.
That’s my post. Back to alpacas tomorrow. Right now I’m camping and of course I packed my bathing suit, blow up kayak and my navy wool dress. Oh and clean undies. It’s all I need. My heart is full. And our bellies.
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!
*If this post is wonky, it’s because the reception isn’t great. If the photos are not uploading. You’ll have to check back later!