Friday’s Sobering Notions; Celebrations🎈🎉🎊🎈 

July 8, 1998 Elias Kenneth Ortize blessed us with his presence into this world. God gave us the greatest gift in that of Eli. He is witty, charming, and has a huge heart for family. He has the sweetest spirit, and kind heart. He is insanely sarcastic, and goofy (not sure where he gets that) 😀. 

Tomorrow will be the first birthday that he will not have to retrieve my gift from that of an electronic e-card or the mail box from Washington State to Florida. 

 It has been 4 years that I have waited to spend my most favorite young man’s birthday with. That is what I call a Sober Celebration. Without Sobriety in Christ this would not be taking place. All God’s grace!!

Growing up I was always my kids birthday party planner. Elias’s, 1st year birthday was Veggie Tales. He could even say veggies. He loved Bob, and Larry.  Eli also loved dinosaurs. So he had 2 dinosaur themed birthday parties 2 years in a row. I remember he could not get enough of Toy Story at the time so at 3 years old we got him his first pair of his must have cowboy boots. He did not want to take them off when it came time for bed😂.  He had an Indiana Jones themed birthday (I made the cake, and was so proud), and Terminator too. He is a huge Star Wars fan too. So for 4 years to pass without me being part has been hard to say the least. Lots of tears, and many prayers! Patience has been essential! 

Last night I cried a very deep emotional cry for the celebration we get to share tomorrow (praising and thanking God)! Almost sobbing for all that God has done. 

He is too big for a kiddy party (well he thinks so). We will be dropping off a commuter/mountain bike, and balloons. Also Beats Earphones for the music junkie in him.  Then from there we will be taking him to his restaurant of choice. I am on top of the world to be able to take part in Eli’s birthday celebration. 🎈🎂🎊🎉🎈 

It took 4 years for us to be reunited for good. He got in a car leaving Florida, and all the mess of that life behind (his dad & sister). I am so proud he did. He knows I am for real, and consistent. Other than God at this time I am the constant in his life. So you better believe as I pull up in front of us his place with gifts in tow, I am going to run to give him the biggest bear hug ever. I am sure it will be hard to hold back the tears. I have waited patiently in my sobriety on God for these moments to unfold. Lo and behold they are here. That is quite a Sobering Notion!    

Eli has to work harder than most to get to where he needs to be. He lacks in education, and even a license. Life has been rough on him. From both the dealings of myself, and his dad. It is uphill for him everyday, yet he is doing it. Despite all life has handed him he wakes, and begins again. I am here in his healing, to show him what change in Christ looks like. I get the chance again to show him what love is, and Eli’s love for me well simply a miracle!! 

All this celebration is God accredited! He has brought this all to fruition, and helped me stay founded at the cross daily. It is a daily battle. We are strong, we are His!! 

So let’s get this partay started, we are gonna party like it’s 1969…Wohoo!!! God is so good!! He is faithful to complete the work he started, and tomorrow the proof is in the cake. 😂🎂 

Romans 12:12

Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.

Amazing Grace

My chains are broke I have been set free, you were tethered there on Calvary
I owed a debt I could not pay, you paid the debt. You died for me, bound by your blood. The worlds sin you wore

Fastened life so that I could know, your love for me is much greater than any I could ever know

Had to drink from that bitter cup. Your hands and feet struck with nails bind. Crown of thorns pushed into you head, whips and lashings. Leashed for me, streamed blood

Secured the salvation of all who believe with the blood soaked cross you bore. Until your head could no longer hang your last words said “it is finished”

Your ties were cut. You lifeless blood drained body placed in the tomb. Mary grieved her son. Tears were shed, you were dead. All this upon a cross for the lost

This is not the end of the story. Proof of life, and stamp of love. You rose again, restrained no more. Mercy reigns forever, love walks. Walks on water, and all the earth. The good news spreads, “He is Risen”

Tomb was rolled away, and your gospel shared without fetter. Disciples of you in sandals trekked eager to speak of amazing grace, and endless love, 

Amazing Grace

Word Prompt: Tether

Chris Tomlin; Amazing Grace

“Dude, where’s my car?”

“Dude, where’s my car?” 

This quote always makes me laugh, as this is me everytime I go into the much dreaded Wal-Mart. With the greatest of intentions to remember where I parked my car, I wonder aimlessly the parking lot looking for it. As it is blue, there are often quite a few blue cars too. 

In Olrando it was worse because Wal-Mart parking lots were just about as big as the theme parks (not really), but looking for your car in the humid heat of the day was not fun. So maybe I should start using my phone, and take a picture of a landmark I park by. That picture/quote is an exact interpretation of me, and what I say on a dreaded Wal-Mart day. 🚗❓


One Liner Wednesday

Plucked from the decomposing garden

I was plucked from the decomposing garden that was my life, it was all over grown a wretched perception. It needed pruned, and somehow from ruins and decomposition God heard my cries

The gate was rusty, and the weeds so many they intertwined toppling me with every step. Scathed from the thicket. My body bruised, battered, and scorned. The gate began to screech open. Jesus was my ticket out

I had been prisoner of this unkempt land for years. It was all I knew. I just assumed it was my lot for life. I even chose my burial spot within. I lived within the decay, and rot. My memory forgot of any other way of life

Just upon the gardens gate was life. It was colorful, delightful, and free. I was scared I did not belong there. As my hue was lacking for any color. A corpse walking Amoung the dead. I was unkempt, and a dreadful sight

Yet the garden gate remained open calling me into the light. Wanting me to get out of the tall grasses that held me captive blocking my view. Poison Ivy was taking over, it was now or never. My endeavor was to make it through the gate. Even if I crawled, focusing on the tree of life. It sat just on the other side. It was giving me strength to leave

Scared to death. I wriggled my body through the posiness plants. My flesh wanted badly to stay. I knew no other way of to live. The dark was what my eyes had become accustomed too. The light was blinding

There He was taller than the grass surrounding me (Jesus). He came through with wrath, and a gardeners hoe. He illumated the garden. Snakes slithered and hid. Toxic plants began to wither. As I kept inching toward He was clearing my path. It was my Lord and Savior. He came for me

My cries were heard, and understood. He translated every sob. He then picked me up from the dirt filled floor, and carried me the rest of the way through the gate. Sat me in front of the tree, and shut the door tight. He then sealed it for no entry. I was plucked from the decomposing garden that was my life. Sat underneath the tree of life, grace dripped like sap into my lap. Napped there for rest was real

Upon waking I  looked up, and He gently kneeled wiping the tears from my eyes. My vision was clear. Just then a deer was a passer by panting for the water close. So my soul too, longed for that same water, and I could cup into my hands as much as I wanted to. In an instant I was made clean, I gave all my shame to Him. He cleansed me from within. 

I was filled with color, and was motioned to go drink from the living water until I got my fill. This was my life being created brand new. For He rescued me, heeded my pleas. He had the keys to unlock my imprisonment. Unkempt I did not stay, free to be in Jesus I was

My Favorite Psalm 116

116:1 I love that the Lord should hear my voice and my supplications. 

116:2 Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him all my days. 

116:3 The cords of death compassed me, and the straits of the nether-world got hold upon me; I found trouble and sorrow. 

116:4 But I called upon the name of the Lord: ‘I beseech thee, O the Lord, deliver my soul.’ 

116:5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is compassionate. 

116:6 the Lord preserveth the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. 

116:7 Return, O my soul, unto Thy rest; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. 

116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling. 

116:9 I shall walk before the Lord in the lands of the living. 

116:10 I trusted even when I spoke: ‘I am greatly afflicted.’ 

116:11 I said in my haste: ‘All men are liars.’ 

116:12 How can I repay unto the Lord all His bountiful dealings toward me? 

116:13 I will lift up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. 

116:14 My vows will I pay unto the Lord, yea, in the presence of all His people. 

116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. 

116:16 I beseech Thee, O the Lord, for I am Thy servant; I am Thy servant, the son of Thy handmaid; Thou hast loosed my bands. 

116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. 

116:18 I will pay my vows unto the Lord, yea, in the presence of all His people; 

116:19 In the courts of the Lord’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah.


Stars and stripes forever…

Happy Independence Day America, Stars and Stripes forever. Besty Ross you were clever. Your story my favorite by far back in grade school. You stitched the first flag with that of your hands with great pride
One country under God, I hold proud to. Yes we all have political views. Bashing our leader who took the oval office. I can not take part in the political jargon. At face value, it takes away from our sea to shining seas. For God will forever reign over our land, in this truth I stand 

So I hold my head up high no matter who takes oval office. I am an American through and through. We are from the home of the free, and the brave. We have more freedom than most do. Yet all you hear is grumbling all day through. Bashing, and talking bad about America, and its leaders. The land we should all be proud of. This land was made for you and me 

I hold on to my stars and stripes this day. Very Proud to say, Happy Independence Day. If we are not independent who do we have to point the finger at, only ourselves. Because this land was founded on “In God We Trust”…Give back the allegiance do. No taking God out of our Country or schools. For He made this land for you and me, we should all be on bended knee

“In God We Trust, America the Beautiful, One Nation Under God, From Sea to Shining Sea.” This land was made for YOU and ME!

Setting Sail, and taking flight for in you Lord I delight 

You took my very broken wings, and gave me flight. I soar swiftly, yet gently across the skies. Day and night

You took my broken heart, and were the ultimate surgeon. Purging the old, and replacing it with new. Your hands were that of Uncondtional Love. No greater love known to man

You took my eyes that saw no hope, and gave me a new forecast. Taking off my mask, and giving me perfect vision. Opened my ears so I might hear, and allowed for my life purpose 

You took me when I was lost, and were my compass. Drawing me out my map. Nudging me along the path. Giving me ample supplies to me survive, you heard my cries

When I was shipwrecked at sea you Lord came for me, and salvaged the wreckage. Crafted with the best of carpeterners hands giving me a new boat. Set me back out to sea declaring victory in your name. I will never be the same 

So I have set sail, and have also taken flight. For in you Lord I delight. With your mighty hands you drug me to safety, and I need not fear anymore. You steer me in flight, and at sea. Amazed in awe of the beauty I see in me. Potential to be anything you want me to be 

Alas I have set sail for greater things this life has in thee, you are captain of my ship. From my mouth drips words I am eager to share. For your love, grace, and compassion for nothing compares  

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Photo credit me; Daytona Beach Florida. As the sun was going down over the sea, I sat with my feet dipped in the tide. Taking pride that I am His. The Sea so vast, and serene. Not a single tone coming from the waters deep. Just sweet serenity. For He walks on water, for us His feet are gentle like a deer. We need not fear. The sea, and all its blue, hues of proof He is real. 

 Word Prompt: Sail

A little dash of Jesus, the very best of ingredients…

“A little dash of Jesus will make every day good, there is always time no matter how busy your schedule for the very best ingredient of our day, Jesus!”

~L.M.R

I am in a mad dash this morning, yet again to work on the house with Aaron. He gets 2 days off, so we have to take full advantage of them. Hey we put in a full 12 hour work day yesterday. I don’t sleep awesome these days as a side effect to my seizure meds, but last night (Praise God) I slept the best I have in months. 

So as always I have coffee to get a drinking, and the Lord awaiting us before we begin yet another very busy day unto him! 

✌out Lisa

~Charlie Pride

Take time out for Jesus He took time for you!

Take a little time in the mornin
And You’ll feel better all day
Take a little time for Jesus
To get down on your knees and pray
He took the time to die on the cross
So all the soles couldn’t be lost
If you find your self slippin and the pain to do
Take time out for Jesus He took time for you