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December 16, 2016

Live Long and Prosper

I just finished reading the book Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. And now I have started reading The Map of Heaven by the same author. Very deep and very good. I recommend them both. The only thing I would ask is just try not to be critical because Dr. Alexander doesn't have the "Near Death Experience," that some think he should have had or what some people believe is a "traditional" NDE. I believe that God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, the Creator, El Shaddai, Yeshus, among many other names. I also believe that He meets us where we are. He creates a journey custom made for each and every person. Seems like a big task I know, but I believe his love for all of us is great and powerful and mighty. That we have no clue how much we are loved.

I also just watched a new documentary on Netflix called For the Love of Spock. I don't want to spoil it, but I learned this, in his autobiography I Am Not Spock, Leonard Nimoy wrote that he based the Vulcan salute on the Priestly Blessing performed by Jewish Kohanim with both hands, thumb to thumb in this same position, representing the Hebrew letter Shin (ש), which has three upward strokes similar to the position of the thumb and fingers in the salute.

The letter Shin here stands for El Shaddai, meaning "Almighty (God)", as well as for Shekinah and Shalom. Nimoy wrote that when he was a child, his grandfather took him to an Orthodox synagogue, where he saw the blessing performed and was impressed by it. Not much of a Star Trek fan (please don't stop reading my blog) I have become entranced by the old series. I just thought, what the heck, I will watch. Now I am hooked. Where have I been all my life? Anyway, that's about all I have for today. just wanted to throw some thoughts down and wish everyone a happy Friday. Live long and prosper.

December 12, 2016

Monday Musings

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith..." Galatians 5:22



I have been concentrating on things that are good for me. Things that bring peace because I know that come January I will be in the midst of the legislative whirlwind, which is okay because it's what I signed up for and I know there is a high level stress involved. That being said I thought I would read a little bit in Galatians about the Fruit of the Spirit and I never noticed one of the fruits was long-suffering. WHAT? That doesn't even fit in that sentence to me at all. How in the world do you have joy and peace and gentleness and faith while in the midst of suffering long? I don't want to write a sermon here, so I am just asking God how in the world long-suffering could be one of the fruits of the Spirit. Suffering is something I am most certainly avoiding and unless it means something else in the original biblical text I am somewhat perplexed about that. Any comments from anyone on this?

I had a weird dream last night. And I have a little headache and my throat hurts this morning. When I got up this morning I put on a pot of joe and turned on all my Christmas lights. Maybe I will feel better here in a bit. Maybe I will swallow some Tylenol. Wolfie is laying next to me in my chair and he sure is warm. I will head to Little Rock in the morning and work for the rest of the week. I have some bills I am working on and some committee meeting to attend and then the best thing is some children in my district will be singing in the Capitol Rotunda. For the last three years I have met them over there and listened to them sing and given them a little bit of a tour. It is one of my favorite things every year. They are always super cute and their teacher is a wonderful lady. I absolutely love her.

I have spent too much money on Christmas this year, but the wonderful thing about it is that I have started after 17 Christmas' (I don't want to talk about why I hated Christmas so long) to love it again. The lights, the joy, (except in NWA traffic, stop being so mean people) the sounds, the smells, my huge tree which I love, love, love and my husband who has encouraged me to love it. I love him for that.

Well, not a lot more happening. I am going to take a bunch of pictures of the Capitol this week and I will put them on here for you to see. And other than that I will leave you with some Christmas music while I work on this long-suffering thing. Be blessed today ya'll.


December 10, 2016

Welcome

I haven't done this in a long time, written a blog. I used to do it often but life seemed to have gotten in the way. Now it's time to write again. I have always been a writer and I love sharing my thoughts, aspirations, dreams, and the occasional bit of humor. I want to do posts like having the Saturday Shoe of the Week and Wordless Wednesday. I will talk about my hobbies and job. I will talk about my sweet husband and share the many adventures we have together. He's the best and those of you who don't know him will learn to really like him. He's as cute as the day is long and the most loyal and kind-hearted person I know.

I love to kayak. I am a wannabe photographer. I think I'm pretty decent, so I will share some of my images on this new blog and you can judge for yourself. I played roller derby from 2008-2013. I got tired of getting beat up and being sore all the time so I stopped playing. My goal is to start skating in just some regular sessions for fun and not getting knocked down. I just have to figure out a way to juggle that with my busy work schedule. Also, something I am pretty proud of is that I have a viral video of some baby birds hatching in a nest in my backyard. It's super cool!


I am a state legislator. However, I do not think I will get very political on this blog because I need this space to just talk about the fun parts of myself and my life with my new husband and not have political debates. I feel for the last two years our country has been flooded with political drama and I will save that part of my life for my legislative district and serving the people in Arkansas. So that's that.

I will share a few pictures and be done with my first blog post. Welcome and enjoy my little part of the world.

William and me on our wedding day June 1st 2015 in St. Lucia, West Indies. It was so beautiful.