Wrong Phone Number

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Day 15; posted 10 out of 15 days so far.  It has been raining SO hard!  Random showers, like the sky is full of tears and can’t decide whether or not to cry..anyway!

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So, to keep it short because I’ve been rambling lately and it’s late!!  This morning at work I was attempting to call my sister, but I forgot the order of the last four digits of her phone number.  I remembered the numbers, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember the correct order (I didn’t have my personal phone with me to look it up).  So, because the number wasn’t coming to mind, I took a wild guess and it was the wrong guess.

The phone rang 1, 2, 3 times, then a lady with the most joyful tone of voice answered and said “This is Diane!” (she may have said Diana…I can’t remember!?!) and I said “Oh, I am sorry!  I think I called the wrong number!” and she replied “Are you sure?  Maybe you needed someone to tell you to have a wonderful day!” I thanked her so much and wished her the same, as joyfully as I could, and hung up.

It was lovely!  The way she said that like an angel, instantly using that situation to encourage and bring a little sunshine to someone.  It was very inspiring and encouraging and, Ms. Diane/Diana, wherever you are, I thank you so much for the most pleasant wrong number phone conversation I’ve ever had!

We don’t think about it all the time, but do you know how simple it is to show little acts of kindness like answering a wrong number and genuinely wishing someone to have a wonderful day?  It takes nothing; nothing but a little kindness which, depending on the day, might take a TINY bit of effort!  It is so simple and easy and I believe necessary to be kind in our responses to people.  What’s the point of being blessed with the ability to speak if we don’t speak in kindness?  If we don’t encourage each other?  We was our breath on ugly words or short speech and phrases because we don’t want to talk to people, and we miss opportunities to give someone a smile.

Anyway!  Now that I’m rambling (ha ha!  I just have to get to bed which is why I didn’t want to ramble), I encourage you to take up the opportunities that come your way to show a little selflessness and share a little love and happiness and encouragement to your family, friends, or strangers (as long as it’s safe to do so; you know what they say about talking to strangers).  You never know what someone may be going through or experiencing and if you get that urge or feeling to say something to someone, it just might be the thing they need to hear to comfort, uplift, or even give hope to.

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Okay, time for bed!  Have a blessed rest of your week.  Thank you for stopping by!  I intend to post tomorrow and so on for the rest of June, then I’ll cut back.  It’s been very nice for myself to start blogging again and share random things (almost) everyday.

Much love,

Jenny~

Sunday-Fun Day!

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June 5th, 2016: Blog Entry…

So, today wasn’t really a “fun” day, but fun day rhymed with Sunday and, well, you gotta love a good rhyme!

Today I played ukulele and read my bible.  I’d say it was a very good day that I was content with.  After bible reading, ukulele playing, going through some emails and running down the stairs to eat the last orange cinnamon roll, I washed my hair and painted my nails.  Oh yeah!

Honestly today has been super lazy and laid back.  Can’t complain, won’t complain.  Tomorrow is the start to another week, and BOY will I have something to report about tomorrow!  Just wait, if there’s anyone out there reading…

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Hmmm…God is so good.  Every time I am fearful or doubtful of humanity, I can turn to the Bible and find so much truth and reassurance!  Thank you, Lord, for your reassurance and truth and most of all for your desire to have a relationship with you people!  You’ve created humans in your image, with almost limitless capability.  You are amazing, God, and I am truly honored to be a part of your creation!  Thank you, Father!  I love you and ask for your blessings upon us this coming week, be with those who do not know you as savior and open their minds and hearts to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  I pray in Jesus name, Amen!

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Have a wonderful evening and a glorious Monday!  Let’s see what this week has in store for us.

Jenny~

Merry New Year?!

Merry Christmas!

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Wait a second…..it’s January 2016!

Lets start over…

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Happy New Year!

Hello Blog!  Long time no…type?!  Have I used that before?  Well, it doesn’t matter.  Life has kept me busy, and things have happened and sadly my blog has been the one thing I put on the bottom of my list to do and usually don’t have time to.  I have so many ideas for posts too (yeah yeah, I’ve said that before!), so it’s been hard not having time to post my ideas.  But!  I am working on a “schedule” where I’ll write out my ideas, choose one, and post it weekly or bi-weekly.  And most likely randomly post when I have thoughts to share.

So, how is the new year treating you?  Good I hope!  It’s January 20th!  Although I can’t say it has necessarily gone by quickly, it is a little strange how it’s the 20th already and I haven’t started anything, changed anything, done anything different, etc etc etc…why has it been so hard for me to manage my time?!  *sigh*

Here are my main “resolutions”:

  1. Have a time of prayer and bible reading every day.
  2. Start exercising more consistently.
  3. Be open to opportunities and trying new things.
  4. Get my room situated and peaceful.
  5. Wait, be content, and trust God to lead me through my life.  But do stuff that I love while waiting (if that makes sense).

When I write out goals or resolutions I use to be very hard on myself about accomplishing them and I usually never would accomplish anything.  But nowadays I set a few things to accomplish at my own pace; although I do try to push myself because lately, especially, I have been SO lazy and , like I mentioned before, managing my time horribly.  Anyway!

It is a new year…memories come and go, new ones are made, you decide to start over or start for the first, and live in the moment, or at least try to.  Looking back at the year that flew by SO fast it really wasn’t even funny, here are some things I have learned:

  1. Communication is very important.  Really and truly.  Not only actually communicating with people, but the way and the circumstances of communicating are important!  There were multiple times last year that I communicated “wrong” or not at all and it didn’t end well.  It’s so important!
  2. Trusting God.  That may sound silly or elementary, but it’s something, if I may be so bold, that is not very easy for everyone, including me!  Here’s what I learned; who created the world?  God.  Who loves us more then anything that He sent is Son to die for our sins and give us the gift Salvation?  God.  Who knows our whole life before we are even born?  God.  So WHO is going to be in the “future”, the unknown, preparing the way for us?  GOD!  So do we need to be afraid?  No!  Do we need to trust Him 100% and then some?  YES!  So lets do just that!
  3. It’s okay to think and try to figure things out.  Don’t isolate yourself 24/7, don’t be afraid to share your thoughts with someone else, and don’t feel like you’ve wasted time spending it on getting to know yourself by thinking and being idle for a little while.
  4. People don’t care.  I mean this in the way of being self conscious or embarrassed about something.  Just do the things you want to do and you love to do and never allow someone else’s assumed or supposed opinion stop you!  Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”.  Live it.  Be confident.  Don’t care about people’s negative opinions.
  5. Time (seems to) passes fast!  I believe that God is in control of all time, therefore there is always enough time, but visually for us we have time mapped out in 24 hour days, 7 days a week, and we usually try to micromanage every, single, second…it’s overwhelming and stressful and MAN I just want to give my time to God!  Father, allow me to use my time wisely, for Your will, to be open and willing to do and go where You are leading me.  Thank you for everything.  I trust you, Lord, with my life.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

So, no matter what happens, no matter where He leads you, no matter what decisions you make, no matter how a story ends, God is so gracious, merciful, loving, caring, healing, powerful, strong, mighty, and awesome, that we have nothing to fear and I want to encourage you, as well as myself, to keep going.  Just keep on going no matter what life throws your way.  Keep going.  And with your eyes on Jesus, I can very assuredly guarantee you will be blessed, provided for, protected, and loved every step of the way.

God bless you, and thank you so much for stopping by whether you’ve been here before or not!  It means a lot.  Have an amazing rest of this week.  Stay warm and safe!

Jennafifi just might be getting a makeover soon, and I am going to set up my posting schedule so I can get this blog back up and running!  It’s a new year and I’m excited about it!  Bye for now!

Jenny~

Devotions

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Today I woke up to a sky full of dark clouds who seemed to be in deep conversation as they grumbled across the sky.  After stretching my curled up limbs from a nice deep sleep, I reached over and grabbed my Bible and devotionals (NOTE: this is a VERY good habit I’ve gotten in to…reading my devotions right when I get up, that is).  I started out this year waking up and then praying and getting into the word first thing and it really helped set the tone for my day.  Of course like anything you try to do consistently, sometimes you get discouraged or your schedule gets thrown around, etc, and I went a few weeks not doing this and BOY I have been able to tell such a difference!

So, back to this morning.  I opened Oswald Chambers and here what it said:

Moral Decision about Sin

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”  Romans 6:6

…Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and blood?  ‘I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.'”

That was the intro verse and last paragraph.  It was talking about realizing God’s ultimate gift of giving us His Son and of Jesus’ sacrifice for out sins and really realizing and thinking of what an amazing and great honor we have to have had Christ Jesus give His life to save all of us from the sin of this world and give us the chance to accept Him as our Savior and Lord and live with Him all through eternity!  So that was eye opening and encouraging.

Then I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (these two devotionals are my favorite at the moment) and it went along hand in hand pretty much with Oswald Chambers saying…

“…While you were still living in darkness, I began to shine the light of My Presence into your sin-stained life.  Finally, I lifted you up out of the mire into My marvelous Light.  Having sacrificed My very Life for you, I can be trusted in every facet of your life.”

That was also the last paragraph of Jesus Calling.  Before that it was saying to trust in the Lord in and with every detail of your life knowing that He knows what’s going to happen and we do not need to be afraid or sit here wasting our energy away on worries and woes!

Anyway, I thought it was neat how those two devotions today fit together and my conclusion is, or the point that I guess I’m trying to make, is that it is SO worth it to give whatever time you have to God because He’s in charge of all time anyway, so enough with the excuses and JUST DO IT (yes, I’ve taken Nike’s motto for this year…my goal is to just DO things!)!  Don’t be afraid; don’t worry, for the Lord God is with you (Isaiah 41:10).

Blessings to you all and if anyone, young women or older women, is looking for a nice uplifting book to read, try Set Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy (I’d recommend it to teens-young adults, but it’s a great book and so encouraging if you’re one who may struggle with the cares and worries of the world).

Have a wonderful weekend, Happy April (yay pollen!), and enjoy this lovely spring rain, although it keeps us from the sunshine, it’s beautiful and well needed to wash away the first coat of pollen.  Thank you for stopping by!

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Much love,

Jenny~

Late Night Thoughts

Some nights so many thoughts flood into my mind that I can’t sleep…thoughts, literally, about everything!  Hopes and dreams, passed events, troubles and sorrows, joys and inspirations; everything.

Life is confusing and so much time is spent not looking further then the distance of your personal bubble.  Does that make sense?  We think we know so much, or I do sometimes, but really our perspective is such a short distance and so blinded by the distractions of life and this world and everything we “have to do” and all the things we “don’t have time for” etc.

We have plenty of time.  We have nothing to fear or fret.  We have full lives even when they seem completely empty.  We have a choice in everything whether we think so or not.  In order to do something you either choose to do it or your choice is not to do it!  As long as we do and seek the things that bring joy to our hearts our lives are full.  There should be no fear at all because Jesus has saved us and the evil one has been defeated and can do nothing more but toil with our minds.  And we always have time because all time is God’s and He is infinite and eternal and everything is done in His perfect timing whether it seems that way or not.

A goal, if you will, that I have for this year and for my life really, is to just DO things!  Start meeting people and getting involved with things.  Start exercising and taking care of myself because as the Bible says my body, the body, is a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and you deserve to feel good and be healthy!  Apply for a job that may be different but is something you want to try.  Take up any opportunities whether they be great or small.  Stand up for what you believe in.  Most importantly do not fear because fear will get you no where and will keep you stuck forever if you allow it to hold you back and control your every opinion, decision and action.  Just do it!

That has been put on my heart so heavily and my friend actually found a shirt that says “Just Do It” so we both bought one and it’s very encouraging.

It’s so easy to look at all the bad things and outweigh the bad from the good especially when you are a pessimist…like me.  I’m a pessimist and an extremely negative person when I leave God out of my life and allow my thoughts and feelings to take over and OTHER peoples opinions; I strongly believe it is so important to have a mind of your own and to think for yourself.  Think for yourself, be respectful to other people about there opinions, and be confident in your own opinions.  That’s something I am definitely still working on.

Seek the goodness in every moment.  It is easy to immediately find the crappy things or moments in life when you are doubtful, depressed, fill in the blank, but it is SO worth it when you seek the good things that make you happy and bring you joy and peace.  Just take a deep breath and do it.  You never know, most likely there is a friend, a relative or even a sibling or someone who is super close to you who may be struggling with the same thing.  I say that because we don’t have to be discouraged about being “alone” because we are not!  Even if we don’t know if anyone around is is or has been going through the same things, we always have GOD who is there, He IS there, and we don’t have to worry or anything.  I wish these simple words could be more convincing and I hope they are encouraging!  I’m saying these things to encourage myself as well someone who happens across this post.  (Also to add on to not being alone…don’t be afraid to talk to people or ask for encouragement, accountability or help!  Communication is KEY!  I’m pretty sure that’s why we, humans, talk is because it is necessary and important to communicate!  Anyway…)

The truth is, God is good, He has overcome and loves us and is always there for us, and we need to realize that!  No matter what your situation is or circumstance or problem, etc etc etc, we have to remember and realize that He loves us, oh how He loves us…if you have come across my blog, hello and welcome first off, secondly if you do not know Jesus I just want to kindly encourage you that it is worth everything in life and more to know Him.  Blessings to you and may God bless and direct your life down His path and in His perfect timing.  Much love.

Jenny~

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body.”

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 ” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-7

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Here’s the best picture I got during the meteor shower on October 22nd.  All together we (Josh, Sylvie, Esme and I) saw about 10 meteors, or shooting stars.  And yesterday there was a solar eclipse but I missed it!  Alas.  If you saw any of these events please let me know!

Much love and God bless!

Jenny~

Rubber Balls and Letting Go

I was going to post yesterday about how crazy the weather was, but I decided to post today!  It was crazy yesterday.  Sunny and HOT then sunny and breezy then breezy and cloudy, then it started raining!  Today there have been a few sun showers but mainly really pretty breezy weather.

Ok, so a few days ago (Friday, to be exact) I thought it might be fun to do a little experiment with Eli, John and Cael…so here’s how it went.

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We found a recipe online for how to make rubber bouncy balls (The 36th Avenue).  The ingredients were cornstarch, Elmer’s glue, Borax, warm water and food coloring.  Sounds easy, right?

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Everything started out fine.  We actually didn’t have any Borax so I THOUGHT I could substitute something for it, but apparently, as you will soon find out, it wasn’t a Borax substitute.

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With that said, we mixed our cornstarch and glue together and got out the food coloring and were having a great time!

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All the boys were so excited about it!

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Who wouldn’t be excited to make your very own bouncy ball?!

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Well, once all of our colors were mixed in it was time to pour it into the warm water and “Borax”.

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I went first.  Here I go pouring it in to the water and everything is fine.  I let it sit for 10 seconds and then take it out of the water and start forming it into a ball…

Oh…my…gosh!

All of a sudden it was like my hands had turned purple and my skin was melting off!  It was SO sticky!!!  So sticky in fact that it just kept smearing all over my hands and dripping down my arms and I couldn’t even wash it off (hints why I don’t have a picture of it)!  It was crazy!

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Turns out you were suppose to keep it in for more then 10 seconds and you really should use the right ingredients!  Oh well!  The boys made a mess and John almost got his to stay in the shape of a ball, but once it dried it fell apart.  So much for bouncy balls!

Still it was fun, but next time I will be sure to have everything we need for our crafts and experiments.

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Lately I have noticed that I have accumulated a lot, a mean a lot, of stuff!  My closet seems to be bulging with boxes and clothes and my desk has a never ending supply of already-written-on paper and I just can’t seem to keep it all under control!  I used to be (and still am) very sentimental with certain things and sometimes I wish I wasn’t, but I have found that recently it has been easier for me to let go of certain objects and items that I really just don’t need to keep.  It is hard but also so necessary!  You can’t be relaxed or happy with your living environment when things are all cluttered and piled up!

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It has been four years, which is hard to believe, that I haven’t been a dancer.  But, I have ALL of my dance stuff still!  Leotards, tights, ballet shoes, pointe shoes, costumes, etc etc etc!  And all I’m doing is attaching myself to it for all of the memories I have made from that time in my life, and in reality it’s just taking up a lot of space in my little square room and collecting a ton of dust!  I have had at least 9 pairs of pointe shoes and I wanted to keep them all and make some sort of collage out of them, but I haven’t and most likely won’t, so I have decided to keep my very first pair and maybe my very last pair and then get rid of the others.  Phew!  What a relief!  It feels so good, even though it’s hard, to let go of them!

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I went through a box of childhood items that I used to play with every day.  The star above was given to me by one of my Mom’s friends who came to visit once.  I believe I was six or seven years old when she came.  Well I still have this star and found that it started leaking the liquid that’s inside it and I had put it in a plastic bag because I wanted to keep it, but really I’ve had so many years with it and for a lot of them it has been in a box where no one can see it, and now that it’s broken, it is time for me to say goodbye!  That was hard because I always loved that star (see!  I’m sentimental about plastic stars!).

One of the main reasons I think I am so sentimental and hang on to items and letters, pictures and clothes, etc, is 1.) Because I’m human!  and 2.) Because I fear that I won’t remember those times when I had those things.  I think to myself “if I don’t have that star, even though it’s leaking, I won’t remember when I was a little girl!” or “what if I get rid of all of my ballet stuff and forget the whole five years I was a dancer!” it’s a little bit ridiculous but true!

If I really want to remember these things and if they are really important to me then I need to give them to God and store up my riches in Heaven!

 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21 (John 16:33 also)

I’m not sure what kind of riches exactly will be in heaven, besides being with Jesus and living eternity with Him, and I don’t really know if God will give us new pointe shoes or non-leaking plastic stars when we get there, but I do know that we are not to trouble about the things of this world.  We are not to idol over the latest fashions or trends or focus entirely on the things we can get more of and that we want.  We should be content with the necessities and thank God for the extra stuff that He has blessed us with and give it to Him!  That’s what I believe Matthew 6:19-21 means; to give thanks to God for all of the things we have and while we have them we should love and take care of them but not make strong emotional attachments to everything and try not to be greedy about having more.

We live in a world that is constantly updating so it is beyond easy to “want” or “have to have” the latest whatever and not even realize our actions as ungrateful or a bit greedy.  As an example, my family, all twelve of us put together, amounts to a LOT of stuff in one house!  Even though we have a decent sized house and very decent space, it still looks and feels as if stuff just pours out of the walls!  Granted, it is troublesome with little boys who don’t instinctively think about putting their toys away after every time they play with them, and having older kids who are starting to keep bigger items and stuff for when they move out or get married, but it all comes down to being sentimental about things that are simply unnecessary to hold onto or wanting and having to have things.  But we will all learn the importance of being responsible for our things, and my family and I are so grateful and thankful for the many things we have!  I’m just stating that it easy to keep stuff and get bonded to it in one way or another and then all of a sudden you can’t put anything away!

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Don’t worry about letting go.  Especially of material items!  First aim for the things you truly need and then try and be good about going through things and really making decisions about holding onto every little thing you come by!  If it’s something you really don’t need or even don’t want but still have a hard time getting rid of it, just pray and ask the Lord to allow you to trust Him and know that we can store our riches and desires of our hearts in Heaven and give your bond to Him and thank Him for your blessings.  We live in cluttered lives, but I assure you it is good to declutter.

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Well, I was not planning on writing all of that!  It just came to me while I was sitting here watching, yet again, the sun come out and the clouds go away!  I guess it’s not going to rain this evening?  Well good, we need the sunshine.

I hope in some way what I had to share was inspiring or helpful to someone.  It’s just something in my life right now that I am learning and have found it to be beneficial for taking a load off and being able to relax and live in a nice organized room.  I have not even gone through my whole closet or the boxes next to my bed full of papers and random things, and the thought of it is a little intimidating, but I know that it will be a really good thing to do to go through and weed out the stuff I’ve been keeping month after month and year after year.  You just got to let go!

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Cute little mushrooms!

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a wonderful evening!  Again, don’t be afraid to let go and if you are inspired or motivated to go through stuff and weed out then good luck to you and have fun!  Keep the things dearest to your heart and praise the Lord for the many blessings in your life and provisions He has given you.

God bless,

Jenny~

P.S. Jana Alayra is one of my FAVORITE Christian kids artists.  Her songs are energetic, really good and all in all awesome. 🙂  The song below I wanted to share.  Kind of goes with my post!  Please enjoy!

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