My Eventful Weekend πŸ’œ 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 πŸ˜‡ 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 πŸ– 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 βœ… bag full of snacks βœ… chairs for our butts βœ… umbrella βœ…

#chiari#chiaristrong#chronicliving
I am so blessed y’all!πŸ’œπŸ˜‡
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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Do You Know You Are Not Alone?

Do you know how important you are?

Did you wake up this morning in pain?

Maybe like me, you wake up in pain everyday.

Do you know you are not alone? Do you know you don’t have to face this pain alone?

Even when your friends and family flake under the pressure of your chronic illness, did you know God is always with you?

The very thing we have been searching for in others, we can find in Him;

He never changes so our identity is rock solid; as long as we wake up everyday with an unwavering determination to stay connected to Him we’ve nothing to fear.

We don’t have to face the trials of this life alone! Our Mighty God is always with us; the nearer we draw ourselves to Him the safer we feel in the storms of this life.

He is my strength; He is my rock and my deliver; He carries me when I cannot carry myself; He loves me unconditionally, and He feels the same way about you.

Be strong today SpooniesπŸ’œπŸ’ͺ

Give your battles to the one that made you.

Keep on smiling through the pain πŸ’œ

Taking the Time to Listen

God put it on my heart to write this today. I hope it reaches it’s intended audience!

Taking the time to listen. Listen to the silence. Listen to the whisper in your soul.

The world continues to grow busier and busier, so how do we learn to listen?

I’ve experienced first hand what not listening can do to a person. The chaos it causes in our hearts and souls and in turn our lives. I’ve experienced what listening can do for a person as well. Thankfully I’ve spent the last five years of my life making listening a goal. The dramatic change it makes is well worth the work it takes.

By now you may be wondering what exactly I mean by listening. What I mean is learning to listen to your soul. That whisper inside us all. There are many names for it, I personally choose to believe the whisper inside me is God. It is him speaking to me. And learning to hear him, to listen to myself, my gut, my true self, has caused me to grow more than I ever thought I could! If we would all just stop and take the time to be still and quiet, and stop listening to what everyone and everything around us is telling us about ourselves! And start listening to what our God is telling us about ourselves! You see all the power we need is inside of us and we allow noise and fear and obstacles, we allow life to get in the way of listening.

Trust me it’s not easy learning to listen and it doesn’t happen everyday but my God the days it does!! The days it does makes all the effort worthwhile.

The day we stop asking “why is this happening to me?” and start asking “what is this trying to teach me?” That’s the day we become free.

πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

I woke today with my heart shouting ✨Thanks be to God, the Creator, the Great Redeemer, Father of  All things good! ✨ 

How blessed I am to be called His ☝

How grateful I am for His mercy and love! 

How thankful I am to learn the lessons He seeks to teach me and to walk the path He has laid for me πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

How Great is our God!

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule. Treat people like you want them to treat you. The Golden Rule. With a bit of effort it’s not that hard to do. The Golden Rule. When you make a mistake, how would you like someone to treat you? When you are feeling ill, what would you want your loved one to do? The Golden Rule. 

Follow the Golden Rule.

Don’t treat others in a way you wouldn’t want them treating you.

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. KittyΒ 

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 πŸ˜ƒ 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 aloneπŸ’œ

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, β€œI 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 sideβ€” 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.