Friday Fun Day

It’s finally feeling like Fall around here!

How about you?

We built a campfire in our fire pit the other night, and it was amazing! I love to watch the fire “breathe” beneath the logs. It wasn’t even a huge fire, but the flames blue and sweltering hot.

It’s just another reminder of how amazing my God is. He creates something so beautiful and dangerous and comforting, even healing at times. His creation is always amazing me.

How about you?

What do you love about the Fall and this time of year?

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Whimsical Wednesday

Sometimes, the day doesn’t feel so whimsical

And you wonder what to form beneath your pen

In that moment of indecision and doubt

Just turn to your old faithful friend, Winnie the Pooh

And He can always help you out 💗

… think I might need some tea and honey now, too…🍯

Tuesday’s Treats #185

Rushing Trading Co.

Location: Sugar Hill, GA

This place is great and has a lot to offer beyond just a wonderful cup of coffee. It’s contemporary in design, and the staff is friendly. It’s located right next to a new theater; so, it’s great for grabbing a beverage before or after the show.

First, let’s start with the coffee… I’ve had coffee here several times, and it’s always delicious. They have lattes, cappuccinos, iced, cold brews and more with an assortment of flavors to add, as well as, coconut, almond and soy milks. Coffee is definitely their business. If it’s your thing, they also serve a variety of alcohol.

One day, I took my son here for breakfast, and honestly, I was quite surprised by the menu selection. It’s not a huge selection, but what they have lacking in quantity, they make up for in uniqueness. They have made from scratch butter biscuits, complete with egg, sausage, cheese and bacon selections. They have açaí bowls, an assortment of toast (with toppings), a few full breakfast plates (eggs, meat, grits, etc.), and French toast. My personal favorite was The Bonfire. Four slices of wheat toast topped with almond butter, strawberries, bananas, nuts and honey. Oh. My. The waitress said they do switch this up from summer to fall and change it to almond butter, (some fruit, I forget), bananas, pumpkin seeds and chocolate drizzle. We visited at the end of summer; so, I haven’t yet tried the fall feature, but the one I had was scrumptious!

I look forward to going back here and trying a few more things. Hopefully, you will too! 😉

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Live Life BOLD

Sometimes, I think we get so consumed with the agendas we keep and the responsibilities placed upon us that we forget who we are. We step into the whirlwind of calendars, appointments, wishes and desires, and we forget our purpose, our progress and our potential. We simply lay down who we were meant to be and pick up all the expectations of someone else.

STOP IT! LET IT GO! REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE!

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think so. In this modern culture, Christians are relegated to being these hyper, over-the-top, radical, nonsense-speaking idiots simply because we do not want to conform to the liberal mindset of the world. Just because the louder voices among us hate who we are doesn’t mean we should listen to them. Just because those voices threaten to disagree or spew ridicule doesn’t mean we should lay down every bit of goodness and righteousness simply because they can’t see.

Who gave them that kind of authority? Who released their judgement as right and true? Unfortunately, WE DID. We’ve got to STOP!

We were never called to be like this world. We were never destined to yield our beliefs and our standards to the crowd who disagrees. They oppose our very being, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t exist.

We need to stop listening to the lies of hatred and start reading again. We need to shut off the news and the media and get back to our prayer closets and our houses of worship. We’ve stayed in the mainstream so long, we’ve forgotten who we’re called to be. We’ve sought after man’s approval for far too long, and we’ve neglected Whose affirmation matters most: His. We need to return to our first live and forsake our worldly adorations.

Does that mean we become hermits, shut off from the world, never listening, never speaking, never approaching the differences around us? NO. Does that mean we become relics, hovering over our Bibles, never engaging in intellectual conversations, never debating our faith, never communicating the gospel to those who dispute our every move? NO. Does that mean we become hate-filled and ridiculously unapproachable, “preachy,” and “religious minded.” NO.

It simply means, we return to Him, and allow His light to shine once more. It means we remember our purpose, our calling, our destiny. It is not to settle into this world nor the things of it. It means we recollect our history, our heritage and our home, and we seek to live in Him and not of them! It means we go out, take this story He has given us and all we’ve learned of Him and share it, sprinkle it, “seed” it into the ground He places before us. It means we recollect those promises He’s given, we reminisce those moments of victory He has delivered, we relive those miracles He’s brought to our everyday life, and we share them with this world around us.

Stop trying to fit in and follow, and start standing out and LEAD!

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” 1 John 4:4-6

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Friday Fun Day

Sometimes, you just need a bath…

Wash away the muck and mire of life’s journey. Purify. Purge. Expunge.

Blot out the ugly and the waste of living experiences. Scour. Sanitize. Refine.

Wipe off and polish up for a new beginning.

Fridays are a good day to accomplish a good cleansing. It’s the end of the work week, right before the free weekend.

Great time to make anew.

How ’bout it? Are you ready to let it all go?

Whimsical Wednesday

Where does the trail of life lead you?

Do you run down it, trees and grass, asphalt and people, just a blurt around you?

Do you saunter down it, the environment just there for your parade?

Do you drag your feet behind, dreading every step as you draw closer to your destination?

Or could you possibly walk, pausing along the way to take in the sights, breathe in the air, let it consume you in the moment?

Could you possibly stop to smell the roses and count them, one by one?

Don’t miss out on what’s right in front of you because you’re looking too far behind or searching too far ahead… ❤️

Penned – MG – 10/9/19

Tuesday’s Treats #184

Best Donuts

Location: Buford, GA

OK, so this place is AHHH-MAZING!! It’s quaint, simple and not open all day, but the truly homemade doughnuts and care from the owners is truly worth the drive over! The donuts are made fresh every day, and they are incredible. I have been looking for a bakery like this since I had doughnuts at my hometown bakery, and so many bakeries are simply lacking.

This place is not only not lacking in quality, but it is also very unique. They have many organic teas and beverages, and they even fill the jelly doughnuts on site, which was totally new to me. I was standing there at the counter about to pay, and I noticed these two large containers on the back counter. I asked the lady what they were, maybe lemonade or juice or something, but it looked a bit thick for that. She said, “No, those are jellies for the doughnuts. I fill for you when you want. We have two more I already put up. We have chocolate, lemon, [and two more I’ve forgotten, maybe cherry/fruit of some sort].” How neat that was!

One more neat thing about this business, the day I found it, it was actually closing time when I entered the door, but they hadn’t locked the door or shut off the sign; so, I didn’t know they were supposed to be closed. The lady waited on me graciously, never complained or even gave me a dirty look. She was so sweet, smiling the whole time, and her husband (I assume) came out as we were leaving and greeted us with a smile. She even gave me a free doughnut. She said because I had ordered so much.

Oh, and the prices are amazing, and the place was immaculately clean! We will definitely be back; although, to save a few pounds, I may not return as much as I would definitely like!!

They don’t have a website, but I will place the google link here; so, you can find the address.

Tuesday’s Treats #183

Brookwood Grill

Location: Roswell, Ga

Ok, so where do I begin? “What’s good?,” you ask. I would have to counter ask, “What’s NOT good?” Holy smokes! This place is absolutely amazing!

The salmon critters are a must to begin. I’m not at all crazy about the alfalfa sprouts on top, but to each his own; they’re easy enough to knock off. I don’t even know what the three sauces are that are beautifully displayed on the plate, but swipe your fritter right through all three before taking a bite, and you’ll thank me for it! The Caesar salad is delicious with homemade croutons atop and a honey-buttered croissant to the side. Oh. My.

A fresh catch is available everyday; so, be sure to ask if the server doesn’t, which isn’t likely. The swordfish and snapper were the feature the two different days we ate, and each one was incredible. The menu original salmon is also delicious, and we always opt for the grit cake and grilled corn for the sides. Wow. They also have great burgers and many other choices you will love.

Now, for the “crème de la crème.” Dessert. Three words: Key Lime Pie. Remember, we visited The Florida Keys and became quite the connoisseurs, and this one passes the test, especially with the mile high, homemade whip cream on top, a dash of blueberries and a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Drop. The. Mic. …I know there are a few other desserts on the menu, but my dreamy state has made my mind forget. 😂

UPDATE:

Just revisited the other day, and it was still amazing!! Need to mention, the Key Lime Pie is, evidently, a seasonal dessert. So, they had just switched that day. Pumpkin pie and Georgia Peach Cobbler. So, our friends ordered the cobbler, and our son had the NY Style Strawberry Cheesecake. Everything was still phenomenal. Note, I’m not a crazy fan of peach cobbler, but this is NOT your ordinary peach cobbler. It has pecans and ooey-gooey-goodness on top! And that cheesecake? It was almost as high as that key lime pie, and it’s all cheesecake. No fluff. 😉 Here’s a pic…

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Tell Somebody

I love this little conversation between Pooh and Piglet. It speaks volumes on so many levels. It speaks to both the depressed and the friends of those who may be struggling.

It truly breaks my heart when I hear of a person who remains in depression, or due to that depression, a person who has committed suicide, and in the current cultural push of awareness, we hear so many blogs, posts and notices that we should check on our friends, we should reach out, and we should be there for those suffering. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree, and I believe the awareness should be alive and well. However, what I see happening in this push, and what I wish would also be pushed at the same heightened state, is those who are struggling desperately need to speak up just as much as friends need to be aware!

I love what Pooh says to Piglet, he had a difficult day, but he didn’t really want to talk about it. Too often, it seems the focus of awareness is so pivoted on those left behind, but if we say anything directed toward the one who remained silent, then, we are relegated as being insensitive, cold and even cruel in our approach.

Yet, if I could intervene with this blame (and justification) game, I wish I could. Speaking truth into someone’s life, especially, someone who is in trouble and may even become dangerous to themselves or someone else, is not being cruel and heartless. Sometimes, it can be a lifesaver!

If I am standing in the street, and a Mack truck is flying down the road, and I am just too sad, too depressed or even too blind to see it, please, someone scream, yell, or run over to me and yank me out of that street!! Because sometimes, the best thing for a person is not a coddling and pampering but a spoken word of truth that helps to bring them back to reality.

Whimsical Wednesday

Be like the butterfly

Float on the air

Search out the beauty

Light gently and with ease

Fly away from drama or danger

Penned – 9/24/19 – MG