Wordless Heart

When no words can be found within your heart, and the weight of life seems unbeatable, or the sadness begins creeping in where joy once was, step outside. Go for a walk, sit down and listen to nature, enjoy good company or even stand in front of a waterfall.

Often, to find the peace your soul needs, you will have to move beyond the four walls in which you live. You will have to leave the agenda, the busyness, and all the cares and strife behind for a moment, or even, for several hours, and move out of the daily grind.

Go watch a sunset. Climb a mountain or a hillside where you can see the valley below. Sit by the lake or the ocean, or stand before a rushing river or near an avalanche of a waterfall and just listen.

You will hear His voice on the wind, calling your soul to peace. You will feel His presence surround you as you just simply soak it all in. Even if you don’t know Him yet, your soul remembers…

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Tuesday’s Treats #126

Dutch Kitchen

Location: Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This place is in the middle of the airport, and has plenty of seating to spread out and chill for a bit. We did not eat a meal; so, I cannot speak to that. However, we stopped here on 2 different layovers, and the staff is very friendly, even when they don’t speak your language well, and the coffee and desserts are amazing!

You have to get the Dutch Delight coffee! You will send me a Christmas card! Lol! It is so delicious!! If coffee isn’t your thing, they milk, tea, juice and plenty more to choose. There are several desserts from which to choose, and we love this little cookie with an almond on top. To be honest, I don’t know what kind it is, but it’s scrumptious!! We have also had an apple tart, a stroopwaffle and their “pancakes” and syrup. The pancakes are more like crepes, and they are tasty. The syrup they put on top is almost like sorghum, and it is delicious!

If you have a little time in your layover, be sure to stop by. There are comfy chairs to sit, cute teacup tables and even a big “teapot table” table with a tv for Kids. The restrooms are nearby, and if you’re a smoker, the smoke room is right next to it. There is also a little “Dutch market” around the corner if you need to pick up some chocolates or other goodies before your flight. Happy eating, and Happy flying! 😊

Hey don’t have a website that I can find, but here is the foursquare connection.

We Are Moms

The “news of the day” in this blog is old news; yet, as I read through my social media feeds this week, the message is the same. Why do you bicker among yourselves over things the media brings to light? Haven’t you learned by now, they are not covering news for our best interest! They cover the news in the way they believe will bring the most outrage and division. So, go ahead and listen to them if you’d like. They will tell you every Monday morning (and throughout the week) who to be mad at today and with whom to take up your next debate. But for those of us who call ourselves Christians, we should remember our True focus and get busy winning souls and taking care of our own households, not theirs. 😉 There’s a harvest out there, people. On what and whom do we have our focus??

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Ok, so, if you’ll indulge me, I’m going to rant for just a moment. I am so sick of all the bickering across social media, blogs and other “news” mediums, and I just want to shout this from the rooftops: STOP IT!!  *Please note before I start, I am not looking for a debate, and I am not trying to offend. I just feel the need to say something, and I hope you will read till the end…

There is so much shaming, fingerpointing and backbiting that, too often lately, I feel as if I’m back in kindergarten, or better yet, I’m back in junior high listening to the 12 year old girls bickering over who’s fault it is that the popular girl doesn’t like them anymore! 😁 It’s silly, and it’s really becoming annoying.

We have had several MAJOR tragedies in our country over the last several weeks, and the…

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Tuesday’s Treats #125

Bravo’s Cantina and Grill

Location: Sugar Hill, Ga

(Note: this is the location at 5965 Cumming Hwy. There is another Bravo’s, but it is a smaller, more fast food type restaurant.)

The atmosphere here is good, and the wait staff are friendly. It seems they went through a bit of a slump last year and had a few rude waiters, but it seems they’ve gotten past that now.

The fajitas and this chicken pictured is delicious. I’m sorry I don’t have the name, but it’s chicken on top of grilled veggies, topped with cheese sauce, served on a sizzling platter. It is absolutely amazing! The steak tacos, rice and beans and chips and salsa are all great, but that is all we’ve had on the menu; so, if you like something else, you might just have to drop by and see for yourself. 😉

I haven’t found a good website for them; so, I am sharing the Facebook site, as well as, the trip advisor rating page. Maybe these will help you with locations and other interests.

Tuesday’s Treats #124

Depot Grille

Location: Lynchburg, VA

This place is really cool, set in an actual train depot that was once a hoppin’ place. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual. The wait staff is friendly, and the food is delicious.

We got the potato skins as an appetizer, and they were absolutely yummy. The buffalo chicken salad was spicy and tasty. The sirloin was good, but seemed a bit on the small side for the price, and the Philly Cheese steak was delicious! We enjoyed our meal and might just stop again if we’re back in the area.

Hope you enjoy!

Find all their locations and the menus here.

Look Inside

You wonder why she did it. She had a man. She had the money, and she had the babies. What more could she need? But what’s inside, we never see.

You ask why he pulled the trigger. They were innocent. They had dreams, and they hoped for a brighter tomorrow. Why the hate that he would breed? But what’s inside, we never see.

You question why so many are broken. We search for an answer. He squanders his years on sex, drugs, power and an alibi. She relinquishes her rights for deceit, slander, lies and control. How are they consumed with what others have decreed? But what’s inside, we never see.

Inside is a hopelessness. Broken hope brings the promise of life, when below the surface, the reality is death. Lost hope promises beauty, strength and all riches; yet, behind the veil lies only destruction. Forgotten hope declares a better future will surely come; although its well worn path is only a graveyard of mud and bones.

Come beyond with me, and I will show you a better way. I will show you life in abundance, joy overflowing and hope everlasting. Come inside, and you will see.

Penned – MG – 6/6/18

The Sweet Perfume

Over the last month or so, I’ve been trying to get consistent with walking daily through my neighborhood. I’m not crazy consistent, but I’ve definitely done better than before I started. Ha!

Our neighborhood is beautiful, and it has plenty of curves and hills; so, I feel I’m getting quite the workout, and the whole thing, all cul-de-sacs (5) included, is just shy of 1.5 miles. So, I try to make 2 loops, which gives me right at 3 miles. Woohoo!

The weather was absolutely perfect today. The humidity was extremely low, and the temp was maybe in the high seventies by the time I stepped out my front door, right at sunset, to try and get in a full 2 loops of walking before it was too dark. I asked my youngest son to go with me; so, I wouldn’t be by myself, and he wouldn’t be left home alone. So, he rode his bike alongside, while I walked. Well, to be more accurate, he rode past me and waited at the top of the hill before crossing the main road while I tried to speed walk to catch up! Lol! 😂

We crossed the road and proceeded to the other side of the neighborhood and down the hill. The sun was shining; the birds were singing, and the breeze was blowing just a bit; so, it felt glorious as I tried my best to catch up to my son who had coasted and proceeded to fly, down the moderate incline to the next cul-de-sac.

As I reached the cul-de-sac, the most beautiful fragrance reached my nose, I closed my eyes, and it was as if I was transported right back to my 5th grade year and my 10 year old self. I was standing in my front yard taking in the beautiful fragrance of the giant magnolia tree standing 100 feet tall (or at least, that’s what my 10 year old, little girl mind believed). I remember standing beside that tree, climbing way up in it’s branches and, sometimes, just staring up at it for hours, believing I was just as big and strong as that lovely green giant.

When it bloomed, we would take down one bloom at a time, bring it in the house, set it in a small bowl of water, and place the bowl on the dining room table, letting the fragrance fill the house. We would repeat this everyday, as the former flower would begin to wither, until the tree had no more blooms to share. It was glorious.

As I made my loops through the neighborhood today, I would pause beside that big lush tree each time, savoring the wonderful aroma, while cherishing those sweet childhood memories, and then I’d continue on my way to finish the tiring, but rewarding, three miles before dark. I even had my son go by and savor the beauty, hoping he would make a little memory, too.

As I finished my walk, I was reminded, again, of the sweet perfume of the beautiful magnolia tree, and I thought of several sweet friends who are walking through a tough journey right now. Their journey is hard and painful, and it even seems to grow a little darker at the moment; yet, they hold on tight to their faith, and we all hold onto the Hope, believing a brighter day is just around the corner for them.

That Hope is sweet perfume in the midst of struggle. That faith is the sweet fragrance of the magnolia tree in the midst of the sweaty, tiresome walk they are walking at this very moment. And I know, as they hold onto their faith and that blessed Hope, one day soon, this journey is going to be but a memory, with those sweet fragrances of the magnolia tree, to remind them of His grace and love in the midst of their storm. 💗

Be encourage, sweet friends. Enjoy the fragrance of beauty along this most difficult journey, and know I am here praying for you, and believing for your brighter tomorrows!

Tuesday’s Treats #123

Pest Pub

Location: Lavina Mall (inside), Kiev, Ukraine

This restaurant is located in the upstairs food court in Lavina Mall. We missed this on our first visit, and we went to the open food court where you sit with everyone, and if it’s busy, it’s loud and crazy. This is a nice and quiet, almost a “no kids allowed” type atmosphere, but not really, cuz there were a few children. However, this is definitely away from the hustle and bustle, and chaos that the other food court can sometimes present.

The atmosphere is very cool, very masculine, and the staff is friendly. There is a plethora of drinks from which to choose; however, if I might suggest the lemonade (non-alcoholic), it was amazing!! Made fresh with s slice of lemon, a slice of grapefruit, a touch of ginger, with a sprig of mint…with ice. 😉 Oh my! It was so light and refreshing. This was so good!!

We just ordered a little snack of Focaccio with 3 sauces: garlic butter, four cheese and branded tomato sauce, and the waiter had brought the sweet and sour by mistake. The garlic butter was my favorite, and the cheese was second. The sweet and sour was definitely an Asian twist, and the branded tomato just tasted funky, more like a canned tomato paste with basil. The bread was so delicious, I ended up eating six pieces before I even realized it!! I felt like a piglet for sure, but it was so tasty!

They have several other choices on the menu, including full pizzas, pasta, etc., but we were just looking for a snack of sorts, and this hit the spot! (The menu below has more food choices on back.)We will definitely return here on our next visit to Lavina Mall.

I couldn’t find a website for them, but I did find a Facebook page, and they have it listed on Google.

Fight the Good Fight

For a few friends who have been fighting a battle. Keep up the good work! He’s fighting for you!! Love you!! 💗

the grizzle grist mill

This life will have it’s ups and downs. We will have our good days and our bad days. We will have our moments when we feel on top of the world and then the very next moment, we can feel as if our world has come crashing down around us. This is the journey called LIFE. It is what it is.

Sometimes, the lows will be in physical form, maybe a ridicule from a friend, a sickness/disease or an actual assault from an enemy. Other times, it will be an emotional conflict or a spiritual confrontation that we must face. However, the times I have found to be the most difficult are those mental battles the devil will try to wage.

He knows our weak spots, our vulnerabilities, our tender places we try to hide. You know, the ones we so eloquently maintain and cover up that they seem to no longer exist. Yes, when we are…

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I’m an Alien 👽

I’m an alien. I don’t belong here. This is not my home. I am walking this path set before me but a moment.

I am a traitor. I turn on you and myself. I make promises I can’t keep. I claim the best when the worst shows its face.

I am a monster. I am not myself. The beast feasts on flesh; it’s so hard to quench it’s thirst. I must never give in.

I am a child in my Father’s arms. I am bruised, wounded, and scarred. I cannot walk this journey alone. I must keep my eyes focused on His heart, mine in His hand.

I am an alien. This is not my place. I am only here to show you what I have found. Come with me someday soon to our new home abound.

Penned – MG – 6/2/18

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…” Philippians 3:20

“All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:13-16

*I do not own or possess this video. It inspired this post, and it was only found by google search.*