Monthly Archives: November 2016

Advent, the Gift of Simplicity

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Our little Vineyard Church is full of powerful men and women. We love deeply and we really are one another’s champions.

Here is a link to our Advent Writings. So many of my friends will write posts for this Advent Season. Today is only Day 2, so feel free to either follow us or check this link for my other amazing writer friends:  https://thevineyardadvent.com to read as the season progresses.

My post is on Simplicity.

Simplicity needs to encompass my soul while I am at work, and for the rest of my days.

Challenge accepted!

Hope this encourages you.

Much love to you!

Your friend,

Delana

 

 

Keep Swimming

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Well, it’s certainly been a while since I posted something. Life has been so crazy! There’s been so much that has happened, and I didn’t want to whine, so I just kept swimming.

HOPE pizapThrough all of the ups and downs, David and I have remained. We have one heart and it is in tact.

Here is some of the stuff:

May – Sept. 2016:  David’s jeep broke down. He fixed it.  David’s jeep broke down. Decided to take it to the shop.  My car broke down on the same weekend.  Friends came to our rescue and loaned us a car!!!!  David opted to fix his jeep and we took my car in.  Taking my car in was a monthly $$$ occurrence from May through Sept.  We are currently committed to paying off that debt before we investigate getting me a new-to-us set of wheels, but sadly that time is quickly approaching.

June 2016: David got a concussion.  Too long of a story but he keeled over on one of those blistering hot Saturdays while he was working for his BBQ grill cleaning business.  Check out http://IndyBBQgrillcleaning.com.  It took David until Sept. to really begin to function well. You can also find his page on facebook as Indy BBQ Grill Cleaning.

July 2016: Celebrated 34 years of marriage!  Brightspot!!!

Sept. 2016: I was told my job would be reduced to part time, no benefits.  WHAT!?  I’d been there almost 10 years!  Went on scheduled vacation after that news, because if we cancelled that vaca we would have given in to fear. Going away was a miracle cure for our hearts. Went back to work and found out they made a mistake and gave me my job back!

October 2016:  Don’t remember it. Not because I’m old and just celebrated a birthday but because it went by too fast! But I did celebrate my birthday with some dear friends and got my love-tank filled!

Now we are in to November.

What conclusions have I come to after walking through those months of stress?

The Love of God is my strength.

Jesus is my only Source for anything and everything.

David is my everlasting soul-mate and eternal best friend.

I need my friends.

I can’t control anything. None of us can. If we try to do that, we only make things  worse for ourselves internally. 

I may want to isolate but I need my friends.

Don’t waste time by being sad, whiny, isolated. None of that is helpful. Go to the Source.

Breathe.

Sleep.

Drink good wine.

Take time for myself and for us as a couple.

Laugh.

And, finally, keep swimming.