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Now for the deeper thought…. While at the beach, I observed my daughter and her “almost” sister as they both are only children and have been as close as any sisters since college. They laughed; they giggled as they looked for shells; they recalled old stories of concerts; they traded ideas and philosophies; and the biggest part is they stepped back into the younger days and left the current world of being grown ups with all of the responsibilities and even though they would not trade anything it was the stepping back to step forward to the next phases in their lives. Again, they stepped backward to step forward. All of us in life could use some stepping back to step forward. It is perfectly okay to share times with good friends from the past; okay to remember when life was simpler; okay to act like a silly teenager; and very okay to accept that life is what we make it and how we have made it. Once More Life Requires One Step Forward and Two Steps Back! Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the Fullest by Loving Each Step Backward and Forward!
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Psalm 16:9 ESV Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
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TODAY THE WORDS are SHINING STAR. Years ago, my daughter and I would ride around in my little sports car with the T-tops out and would listen to music. We would sing along to a lot of the songs and it was a great bonding time and fun. One song, and it became “my” song was “You are my shining star” by the Manhattans (okay by now, some link to my age should be showing). This song has somehow stayed “my song” and my daughter loves it too. She sent it in a link not too long ago. This morning, this song was in my head and it brought my thoughts to how we should be a shining star to our spouse but also we should shine to our other loved ones. When life becomes difficult, we can be a beacon in the dark, a star to guide our partners in life to safety, and a light of love that is so brilliant it will fascinate our spouse. Some of the lyrics are “I will never leave you lonely” and this is the plan God had in mind; a lifetime together building and nourishing a family.
Over the years, this song has become a special symbol for me and my daughter. When we are together and it starts playing; we smile at each other. Our bond is a very strong bond and we make the most of our “star” time. We use our time to be there for each other, taking the time and making it shine as a beautiful memory. We support each other and cheer each other when we are reaching for the stars. She is definitely my shining star and I look forward to seeing her soon.
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TODAY THE WORDS are SOUTHERNERS TAKE OUR FOOD SERIOUSLY. If you want to get into a spitting match, tell a Southerner “Southern food is not tasty”. Boy, have you stepped on our toes! You might can say, “It may not be healthy” and get away with it. Yesterday I heard my husband say he had an errand to run by the location of where a local business, Hardy Farms, sells Hot Boiled Peanuts. Immediately, I asked him to pick up some boiled peanuts and he laughed. I didn’t ask for a rich, gooey ice cream dessert or cake or pie but boiled peanuts to satisfy my good ole southern heart. During the last couple of years, I have had to change my southern roots eating habits so trust me, when I think of a treat or cheat; I think Southern cooking.