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April’s Random Ramblings

Today is my 335th day of daily posting. Back in 2020, right after the world shut down, I decided to create a gratitude journal. My goal was to journal daily for one month. Well, not even two weeks in, I had missed several days of journaling. Honestly, I just wasn’t dedicated to writing daily. It was one of those things someone suggested and I thought it would be fun. I just knew because I loved blogging, and had been journaling for years, it would come easy. Well, it didn’t. Actually, it was a struggle. I had taken on the task but my heart wasn’t in it.

Y’all, one thing I’ve learned over the years about taking on tasks and setting goals is my heart has to be in it. I don’t know about you, but when my heart isn’t in it, tasks and goals are rarely accomplished/achieved. With that said, if it’s something I really want.. you know, just can’t shake.. I don’t give up. I take breaks and try again.

Fun Fact – Thirty years ago, April 1992, I entered the Delayed Entry Program for the Air Force.

Next month my son will be graduating from high school and I feel like my life is starting over. As if I’ve been given a second chance – a fresh start. The dreams and goals I had back then haven’t really changed. They’ve just been on hold for 30 years. Talk about mind blowing to say 30 years. I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous; however, I’m also super excited! Y’all, why am I hearing “A Whole New World” from Aladdin playing in my head. Shaking my head.. My life.

Thanks for reading my ramblings. Enjoy your weekend!

Shaun

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WAIT

Have you ever wanted something so badly only to hear, “Wait”? Not “No,” but “Wait”? However, instead of waiting, you try to shorten your wait by helping God. Secret – the more you “help,” the more obstacles you encounter, which usually prolongs your wait. If it’s not prolonged, it will never be as good as God intended. ~ Shaun

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Wednesday Writings

At this very moment, my daughter and I should be preparing to leave for France. We were scheduled for a noon departure from New Orleans arriving in Paris tomorrow morning, January 27 – my daughter’s 27th birthday.

In September, my daughter casually mentioned that she wanted to spend her 27th birthday in Paris. Well, as a mom who absolutely LOVES birthdays, I started planning. Long story short, we were booked and ready to go then Omicron happened. Although we are both vaxed and boosted, a couple of weeks ago we decided to postpone our trip because we didn’t want to be either denied going (a positive diagnosis seemed almost inevitable) or one or both of us stuck and quarantined in Paris because of a positive diagnosis. It was just too risky, especially since my son wasn’t going (he didn’t want to miss a few days of school.. he’s so responsible – Lol).

I wish I could say we are really disappointed about not going, but honestly, I can’t. The truth is neither of us wanted to leave my son behind and he didn’t want to be left behind. So I guess you can say it all worked out for the best. When we go later this year, he will be going with us. And my daughter, she’s not missing a thing. After canceling our mother-daughter trip, she planned a solo trip to another destination. At the end of the day, I know everything worked out the way it was meant to be.

À Bientôt Paris!

Shaun

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Hello Sunday

The wait…

Word of advice– you probably should keep breathing while waiting. Hold your breath and you might not make it. Just kidding. God is full of surprises. You never know what He’s up to.

Y’all, the wait can be long and tedious. Been reading past journal entries and scrolling through Facebook memories. There were so many instances where I believed I was prepared to receive one thing or another, only to find I was not prepared at all. There was always a waiting period. Sometimes I waited three or four years. Sometimes longer. I noticed that during those periods of waiting, God was pruning and prepping me to receive. During those periods, I became stronger– things that intimidated me before no longer intimidated me. I became wiser– I began making better choices. I was more appreciative– I appreciated every little blessing I received and still do. My relationship with God also became stronger– I prayed and praised more.

The wait…

Be patient during the wait. Be patient with God and be patient with yourself. If you have not received what you believe you are ready for, you are not prepared to receive it. Believe me, when it’s the right time, God won’t keep you waiting– You will receive it!

Lesson– Waiting was and is necessary. I can wait. You can wait. We can wait. God is working.

Shaun