My Eventful Weekend 💜 Grandprix Boat Races in Gulfport, Fl

***GOOD NEWS ALERT***

Though I am paying for it today, this weekend was probably the best weekend I have had in over a year!

Not to mention, it has rained every weekend for weeks here in Pinellas County, Florida, but 😇 God must have been shining down on us this weekend 🌞 the Grand Prix boat races came into Gulfport, Florida for the 2nd year. And it was a free event! Probably the best part about it was it was on the beach 🏖 Y’all it really doesn’t get much better than digging your toes in the sand and watching some cool ass boats racing by!

We were blessed with a beautiful Breeze and though the first day we didn’t plan as well as we should have

I love these guys!
Side note: Rarely do I admit my mother-in-law is right, but my word is she right about my husband being his father’s clone
A cute collage of Saturdays fun. We were without shelter, and found ourselves “shade hopping” for hours 😴

the 2nd day we were ready!

Look at that gorgeous Florida sky!

Cooler full of water ✅ bag full of snacks ✅ chairs for our butts ✅ umbrella ✅

#chiari#chiaristrong#chronicliving
I am so blessed y’all!💜😇
Setting up shop to watch “the big race”

I hope you enjoyed a little snippet of my great spoonie weekend!

And if you’d like to see more videos and pictures of the Grand Prix boat races, or if my #chiarilife please head on over to my IG and give me a follow 😘 I look forward to seeing you there! Now, back to the couch😴😴😴

P.S. I follow back! I love supporting “the little guy” small businesses owners, authors, bloggers, in general, others like me, those just trying to make their way in this crazy, beautiful world, chronic illness or not 😘

Much love!

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to stop by and give my blog a read!

Keep on smiling thru the pain!

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Burdens to Share

The pain of life can be unimaginable, but the magnitude of His love for us is immeasurable. And the love so freely given to us, with such sacrifice, should be shared with others. Our world is hurting. Share the burden of this life, comfort, care, LOVE!

A simple act of kindness, even the smallest of things, a smile for instance shared with a stranger in passing, has the power to change that persons whole day! 

The way we treat people has a domino affect on the rest of the world! Choose love. Kindness. Humility. We are, none of us, better than the other. In His imagine, for His glory and purpose! Amen!

Shine your light today! This world needs it.

Meet Mr. Kitty 

Always by my side. A little blessing in disguise. Who’d have known a year ago how dear you’d be to me. My tiny fury friend. You are an awesome companion indeed! We almost didn’t bring you home that day..but my heart tugged back to your cage. I’m so thankful I followed my heart that day! 

My favorite fury friend 😻

Animals love us in a way that people simply cannot. I am not faulting people, we are all flawed. I am saying, the love of an animal is pure, no motives, except possibly an extra treat, they simply adore us! 

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur, happy kitty 🐱 sleepy kitty, purr purr purr 😸

I must admit I have never loved an animal the way I love my cat! He always knows when I need him! It may sound crazy to you, but I simply do not care, I believe the good Lord placed Smokey in my life for a purpose. There’s a reason my heart would not let me leave that shelter without him. He makes me smile 😃 he loves on me when I cry 😢 and he rarely leaves my side. 

My cat is awesome!

If you suffer from a chronic illness/chronic pain, I highly recommend, from experience, that you find yourself a pet! One that fills your heart and brings you Joy! 

We don’t have to suffer alone💜

The Lord is My Fortress


Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord , supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side— leaders whose decrees permit injustice? They gang up against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide. God will turn the sins of evil people back on them. He will destroy them for their sins. The Lord our God will destroy them.
Psalms 94:16‭-‬23 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.94.16-23.NLT

When I feel my body failing I turn to the Lord, who is my everlasting strength and comfort.

Nature Helps to Fill My Cup

Enjoying the beauty of nature with one of my favorite guys

We made it out to one of our favorite places today, Sawgrass Lake. This is something we were supposed to be doing all summer, but, unfortunately I can rarely find the energy for outings like this unless my husband is along for the ride. I was determined today! And thankfully mother nature abliged and kept the rain at bay.

Serenity at it’s best!

We had lofty hopes the heat wouldn’t be to terrible.. Who were we kidding?? It is the end of June in Florida after all. We were just lucky to have a breeze that was not carrying a storm straight for us!

He is no longer amused, and I don’t blame him.

We decide after an hour that it’s best we start heading back to the air conditioning. We saw two baby gators, a handful of turtles, a few birds I’d like to call ducks but they don’t quite fit the bill, and one rather large racoon who is clearly not having any trouble finding food.  

Small black “duck” in the distance
I plan to have as many good days as possible before surgery becomes an even larger reality. With an uncertain future looming in the distance, I am at least able to rest assured on some very lovely truths; 

  1. I am deeply loved
  2. I will not ever be alone, no matter how alone I may feel
  3. And, His Grace is sufficient for me

I find the truth in that, for even as I write I can hear the sky coming to life. 

The sky is coming to life, and we are safe inside.

I like to believe the good Lord knew how badly I needed into nature today, and it was He that kept the rain at bay so that I could refill my cup today.

Finding Favor

Who finds favor with God? According to Isaiah, the people who “are humble and contrite in spirit, and tremble at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). Favor is not something that can be earned by our performance. Rather, favor comes to those whose hearts are right in God’s sight. After all, Isaiah also said that “all our righteous deeds are like dirty clothes” (Isaiah 64:6). If favor with God depended on our perfect obedience to God’s will, then none of us would have very much favor with Him at all, would we?

A person whose heart is right before God is a person who desires to walk in His unfailing, unending, steadfast love. “Steadfast love,” in the verse today, eludes to our relationship to God and to others. Deuteronomy 6:5 says that “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” and Leviticus 19:18 says “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

When we choose to get our hearts right, before God our desire will be to love Him and His people. We may not always love as we should, but it will be the desire of our hearts. The person who has a heart for love receives God’s favor – and also the favor of people.

A person whose heart is right before God will be a person who desires to walk in His faithfulness. “Faithfulness” can also refer to our relationship to God and to other people. The faithful person stands firm when others give up. They DO NOT quit on God or people (Thus includes ourselves)! When our hearts are right before God our desire will be to stay faithful to Him and His people. We may not always be as faithful as we desire to be, but as long as it is the desire of our hearts, the Lord will be pleased.

Let steadfast love and faithfulness rule the course of your life. People will look upon you with favor – and so will God.

Contentment with Nothing or Everything

     The Lord takes us through many seasons in our lives. From abundance to famine; from much too little; He shows us, teaches us, that threw it all the only thing that we need is our confidence in Him; with him there’s nothing we cannot accomplish as long as it is a part of His will. 

     My faith has been shaken many times throughout my life, through it all one thing is certain, there is one thing I hold true to, the Lord has brought me through all of it and the things that He has taken me through have made me the person I am today. You may be going through trials right now; find the lesson in them, learn it so that you never have to go back to that place again. Maybe you are in a time of abundance; look around you, be tender and compassionate, and remember the times you were in a famine; share with those who have less than you at this time. For one day you may be in a position of famine again, and your kindness will be remembered; give thanks and be joyful no matter what season you are in! You are being molded into the person you were created to be.

     Be content and thankful for what you have, no matter how great or little it may be.

     Be still and know that you are loved no matter what you are going through; nothing can take away the love of God! So let it beam  into your life; let it fill you; let it mold you; let it grow you; learn to be content no matter what you have, because, no matter what you have, you will always have the love of your Father.

Irreparable

I’ve been through some things. The kinds of things that would break most people. At times I was broken.

Helpless

Useless

I’ve been through some things.

These things I have been through have created the women I am today.

Even though some of these things broke me. Brought me to my lowest..It is those very things that have guided and molded me.

I truly believe I would not be who I am today had I not been irreparable at certain points of my life. 

You see it is in those times when we see no light, when there is no way out, when we just want to give up, those are the times we find out what we are made of.

Who we want to be

And what we aim to do about it.

Our worth is not found in people or things.

Our worth, our purpose is found within us.

It is imprinted on our souls.

Sometimes you must be broken

 Because the treasure is buried under the burdens of this world.

Under all the lies you have been told about who and what you are and how you are supposed to be.

I believe 

Sometimes

 The powers that be must break us so that we may find who we truly are…