Fill Me Up

This past Wednesday was my birthday. It tipped me over that half a century mark. This used to concern me, but looking at all the changes that have taken place in my life the past 2 years, the second half is going to be awesome.

blog1I believe it took the first half of my life to discover what happiness is. I am still learning and refining the definition. This plaque is hanging in the hallway of my home, and it’s the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning, if I look outside my peaceful retreat.

They are the first words I speak, as I just lay there and ponder all the blessings in my life.

Wednesday morning my phone was notifying me early of activity on Facebook. While I slept, my friends were wishing me a Happy Birthday, so I awoke to a lot of love. This has got to be one of the best uses for Facebook ever! People I hadn’t seen or spoken to in years were on my page, sending love. It was and still is a phenomenal feeling! Love fills me up.

Do we take love for granted?

blog3I know I have in the past, but I try hard not to anymore. It can be refreshed so easily, but extinguished just as easy. We have to give it freely to receive. God loves us unconditionally and is always there to give His love to us if we seek Him. Every touch on my Facebook page Wednesday was like a touch from God. He worked through all my friends to love me up good that day, and I am blessed.

My daughter was so excited for my birthday. She was willing to do anything I chose to do that day, and was anxious to see what that would be. Well, I pretty much do whatever I want to do each day, so this was going to be a challenge. We hopped in the truck to go toward town and see what would bring us joy. The surrounding area where we live is on fire, literally. As we drove closer to town, the Texas sky hung heavy with smoke. Sadness.

blog2Bastrop was like a ghost town, with hardly any traffic, which is eerie for a town filled with so much life. If you are reading this, I ask that you hold these families, firefighters and everybody associated with these fires in your prayers and heart. This area was hurt by fire just a few years ago, so this fire needs to be extinguished. My daughter and I just drove around Wednesday evening and prayed.

The fire in my heart burns bright this week, thanks to all my friends who shared their love. I will have plenty of love to give to these hurting people when it becomes evident who all needs it. These pictures are some items that were given to me on my birthday that made my heart smile. My daughter writes a card for me every year, and this year she hand drew a Mandala.

Thank you for reading and sharing this Blog. Thank you for loving me even when I wasn’t doing a good job of loving myself, and thank you for praying for these precious people going through fire.

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Life becomes really beautiful after 50. Everything before then is practice. xx #alcoholic #breastcancersurvivor #singlemom #lifeoverfifty

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