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I can't think of any words to title this entry....except the symbols above....

Some days there seems to be waaay more of "US" then Him......I get overwhelmed in my head with thoughts of , "What am I going to do about?......What will happen when?"...and then there are days like today....Tomorrow is Rio's birthday. They will come here to celebrate with us, today.....I'll get Rio an Ice Cream Cake...He and Papa LOVE ice cream ♥.Rio and Doug have been close since the day he was born in our home, 14 years ago! One of the reasons we came to Missouri was because Doug missed Rio so much.

Today.....will be one of Doug's hardest days to date......not knowing how many more birthdays he will celebrate with Rio is more then Doug can handle...alone.....He needed God's promise of strength and courage...and God's love for him, GOD put some powerful EXCLAMATION MARKS on and around Doug's heart and mind as we read His word! After each scripture, Doug asked me to read them again...and I did so...with tears of joy, for the Truth and the power of that TRUTH to our lives.

We were reading our "Jesus Calling" devotional, and were a day behind. Yesterday, Doug slept a lot, so I did my own quiet time and let him rest. This morning we are both up early, so did our quiet time together. Here is the reading for Nov. 10th:

"Focus your entire being on MY living Presence. I am most assuredly with you, enveloping you in My Love and Peace. While you relax in My Presence, I am molding your mind and cleansing your heart. I am recreating you into the one I designed you to be......Every moment is precious IF you keep your focus on ME! ANY day can be a good day, because MY PRESENCE permeates ALL TIME!

Yes, EVERY moment will be precious today....and we will keep our eyes on Him....even through the tears......and His Presence will permeanate our time together today.

Here are the scriptures that went with the devotional:

1 JOHN 3:19 -20

. 19) Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20) Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 
 (Yes Doug.....just My gentle reminder of My Truth.)

JUDE 1: 24-25
Oh...and Doug, if the one above isn't is another promise ♥ )
24 To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy25 "to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."

Thank You Lord for Your powerful reminders in Your Word, of Your Love, Grace and Mercy ♥ for ALL OF US......Thank You Lord for these personal experiences that continue to  fill us with Your strength and courage.

.So this morning we personalize the Jesus Calling devotional for us.....

"......most assuredly HE IS, enveloping US in HIS Love and Peace. When we relax in HIS Presence, HE IS molding OUR minds and cleansing our hearts. HE IS recreating US into the one HE designed US to be......Every moment is precious AS WE keep OUR focus on HIM! ANY day can be a good day, because HIS PRESENCE permeates ALL TIME!"

We claim this as fact...even as the tears run down our cheeks....tears are a gift from Him...they bring His healing into the very depth of our hearts...........I'm off to get Rio's Ice Cream Birthday Cake  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

rio b day Here we are...minus Renee....(she's taking the pic) It was a good ice cream cake...and a precious time together ♥ Love you Rio....and Happy Birthday ♥

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Happy Birthday to Rio! We love you all! Uncle Doug, you are one of the strongest men I know! Hold tight to that <3

OK...Ya all gotta sign your names...pretty please...cause "Uncle Doug has an inquiring mind"....and he WANTS TO KNOW who all loves him and sends him messages♥ ♥

We have been planning for a few weeks now, and each week one of us has been sick. Now it's me. But, I still saved my days specifically to come see you. We were thinking of coming in January when Uncle Curt and Aunt Elaine come up since the holidays are so close now. Would that be okay?

Signed: Leah Christine Smith ;)

Leah, you all are welcome any time ♥ We are so looking forward to seeing you all ♥

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