Hey Friends!!

How are you??! I have missed you! Our family was hit hard with the flu this month. Last week I spent 4 days completely in bed. Ugh!

(Although waking up to notes from my family (like the one shown above) sure made being sick a little easier.)

We’ve also had the joy of 5 of our 6 family members being infected with lice. What a nightmare!

But, the good news…the lice is finally, completely gone!! Yippee!! My family is healthy. I am healthy. Woo Hoo!! I feel like the Lord has restored me ~ physically, emotionally, and spiritually!! My *joy* is back!! THANK YOU, my friends, for praying me through! πŸ™‚

Here’s a super quick update of what we’ve been up to….

***We had a super fun St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Thursday. Here’s a self-portrait to capture my Irish roots πŸ™‚

And a super fun picture of my husband John. He went to the store real quick, and this is what he came home wearing. I think my celebrating is rubbing off on him. What do you think??

Last night we had a great time at Bible Study. I am so blessed to journey with the most amazing, beautiful, authentic women on Monday nights! πŸ™‚

My teaching was based on Rev 3:18 ~ Gold Refined in the Fire. I encouraged the women to all wear their best GOLDen outfits. Here are Kristy & Erica ~ two dearly loved gals in their GOLD . What fun! πŸ™‚

I loved, loved, loved teaching on the *riches* that are ours in Christ! How I long to see us all tap into the spiritual resources that are available as dearly loved daughters of the Lord Most High! πŸ™‚ No more cold oatmeal for us, right Monday night friends?! πŸ™‚

Next week I’ll be teaching on the robe of righteousness…..can’t wait! πŸ™‚

And lastly….during our Spring-like weather here in Michigan last week, my daughters and I made a super long hopscotch outside of our house. I tried to capture a picture of it for you….

Our hopscotch went all the way from 1 to 77! At the end, I wrote, “Woo Hoo! You made it! Please sign your name“. Our hope was to share our spring-time joy, and have other neighbors join in on the fun! πŸ™‚

Imagine my delight when I received this e-mail last week….

Hi, Cindy! I arrived here by way of your fabulous blog…. I just wanted to introduce myself since I read your blog and am so blessed by it! I am your neighbor, and my girls and I walk by your house VERY often. 2 of my girls, along with myself, did your hopscotch tonight and signed our names (so fun!) Anyway, I’ve seen your husband and have spoken briefly with him in a general neighborly way, but have never met you. If I see you outside, I’ll walk up and introduce myself. Until then, know that you are such an inspiration and a blessing to me! Thanks for living your life outloud and not being afraid to proclaim Jesus!

~Your Neighbor

Isn’t that so fun?! I just love sharing my *joy* with others. It’s Jesus, friends, it’s Jesus! πŸ™‚

What have you been up to lately?? I would love to hear from you!!! πŸ™‚

Thanks again, my dear bloggy friends, for praying me through a really loooong past couple of weeks!! May God fill *YOU* with a fresh measure of His joy, power, and peace as you seek Him
this week!!

Sweet blessings ~
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