Posted in family, Melanie, memories, sisters

One More Step

I found this song and immediately fell in love with it. One More Step-Lindsay McCaul

Truth be told ~ I cried like a baby!  It reminded me so much of my sister, Melanie.

We did life together…I mean, everything.  We would talk or text every day…we prayed together in the morning, we argued and fought, she was my sandpaper and I was hers. We were always there for each other, walked through this life together.  She was the most beautiful person I know and I was blessed to spend my life as her sister and best friend.

In the last few months of her life she would often talk about what it would be like in heaven, who she would see, how she couldn’t wait to see God and she wanted to dance.

One day when we were sitting in her living room she asked me if I thought she would know all the steps. I asked her what steps and she said to her dance in heaven.  I told she would, it would be natural and she would be very good at it. A few days before she passed away she took the hands of one of her nurses and danced the best she could from her hospital bed. She swayed their hands, moved her feet and shook her shoulders.  She was really enjoying her little dance and then she looked at me and said ‘this is how I will dance in heaven.’

It wasn’t too many days later and she left earth and took One More Step onto heavens streets……

And then she danced!

Winnie

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Posted in memories, nana memories, nostalgia

no-stal-juh

I’ve spent quite a bit of time going back over memories, fun family times and sentimental moments these last few weeks. I guess you can say I’ve been feeling nostalgic.


Today I found myself reading some of my older blog posts. I came across one I posted about my sweet lil man, Emery, and his dislike for haircuts!  I laughed a little, then when I looked at the picture of him winking at me…yep, tears came. I love this lil guy so much!  

It probably won’t mean anything to the average reader, but if you are interested in reading it, click here.

Have a blessed Friday!

Winnie

P.S. He doesn’t mind a haircut these days! 
Posted in Be You, encouragement, faith, goals, serving

Dream

Lord, help me to focus on your dream for me…to live out your purpose…to continue on with my story, the one You wrote for me.  

Keep my heart pure and focused, remembering that I was created to live out my story for Your glory, not mine!

His Glory!

Amen & Amen! 

Winnie

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
 He has planted eternity in the human heart, 
but even so, people cannot see the 
whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 
Ecclesiastes 3:11
Posted in devotions, encouragement, Melanie, sisters

Upside Down~Inside Out

Our lives have been a little topsy turvy for the last few months.  

Life has been turned upside down and inside out for me with the death of my best friend and baby sister, Melanie.  We are home now and I am working to find my ‘new normal’.  

I found this devotion in my email and it gave me some encouragement today.  

Everyone can use a little encouragement……


This is from Christine Caine’s First Things First email devotion:

Life will eventually turn every person upside down, inside out. No one is immune.

The day that I unexpectedly found out that I was adopted was one of those times. For thirty-three years I thought I was someone else, and then, just like that, I discovered I was not who I thought I was.

But just as life will upend us, so will love.

God’s love, which knows us and claimed us before we were even born, can take us beyond ourselves, as it did Jesus, who left heaven to go to the cross and pass through the grave in order to bring us back home. His love can bring us through emotional earthquakes.

Love like Christ’s can lift us out of betrayal and hurt. It can deliver us from any mess.

Lean into and receive the unconditional, unfailing, indescribable love of our precious Savior. When all else is shaken and fails, HIS LOVE never fails.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

His Love never fails!

~Winnie~
Posted in encouragement

Whew~Whoa~Wow…Finally

Whew-smack dab in the middle of 2014 I was like Whoa, Wow…you are more than your past…more than what the mirror says…more than the things you did or were done to you…finally…I am free to be me! And, hey…I like me! I like my loud laugh, that I cry easily and all my freckles. (spots as the lil people in my life call them). These are a part of who I am! 

Finally…my yesterday is not defining my today!

But forget all that, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18-19

Finally…I am happy with who I am and who I see in the mirror
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it! Psalm 139:14

Finally…I am not ashamed of my past, but walking into my future
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Finally…I can mark my past with a period and start my today with an exclamation point!
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 
Philippians 3:13

It took me about 54 years to accept these things about myself and I don’t ever want to fall back into that rut. So, going forward I will stand on His promises and these reminders*:

1. Never think or speak negatively about yourself.

2. Meditate on and speak positive things about yourself.


3. Never compare yourself with anyone else.


4. Focus on your potential not your limitations.


5. Find something you like to do and that you do well – then do it over and over.


6. Have the courage to be different. Be a God-pleaser, not a man-pleaser.


7. Learn to cope with criticism.


8. Determine your own worth – don’t let other people do it for you.


9. Keep your flaws in perspective.



This is a list I will keep close by to keep me always moving forward! After all, the best is yet to be! 

Blessings!
Winnie

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, 
but rarely admit the changes it has gone 
through to achieve that beauty.” 
~Maya Angelou