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Yay!! It’s Walking Into Someones House And Saying We Live There Now Day!!! Go Christopher Columbus!!

columbus day1000I’ve always loved Columbus Day. My birthday is October 11th, so depending on how the week fell over the years, sometimes my birthday was on the holiday. That was always kinda exciting to me as a kid, a special day to have a birthday. But when I was a child I spake as a child, and when I became a woman I put away childish things. The idea that Columbus Day is presented to us as a day of celebration is something I have to leave in my youth because I know better now. Today believing Christopher Columbus quietly came over and discovered a “new” land is beyond ridiculous.

The lessons in those elementary classrooms never included a Q&A session, like what happened to the Native people who were already here when Columbus arrived? But in the few cases that Native Americans, (I refuse to call them Indians), were even discussed, it was presented to us school children as a peaceful negotiation between cultures, and that trades were made over food. I suppose our imaginations were left to assume that the Native people just gave up their land because it was asked for. However, the undeniable, and unadulterated truth is the Native people were slaughtered by the masses for their land. Columbus was a murderer who was credited for founding America through peaceful means because there was no one there to record otherwise. Period. So while this time of year is and will always be special to me, Columbus will not be in any way a part of my celebration. 

#RethinkColumbusDay #Miseducation #ColumbusDay #NativeAmericans #1Corinthians13:11

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Stones

IMG_5922You wouldn’t be under attack if you were not a threat. If they didn’t see your gifts, they wouldn’t have reason to slander you. If they could control you, they wouldn’t have reason to complain that they can’t box you in. When people lie, accuse, when they throw stones, take it as a compliment. It says much more about their lack of character and integrity than it says about you. What they are really telling you is they wish they could stand in your shoes. They wish they could survive what you have and still thrive. This is the business of the Lord making your enemies your footstool. Be built by their attacks, not broken by them. Don’t let your enemies see more in you than you see in yourself. Take the stones that they’ve thrown and build roads to your future with them.

Psalm 118:22 (VOICE)
The stone that the builders rejected
  has become the very stone that holds together the entire foundation.

WORTH HUNG HIGH

We live in a digital world. We store photos in our devices and then forget about them. We say we will go back and review them, those countless moments passed, but we rarely do. I have always loved pictures, taking them, being in them. I love to look back and remember times passed. I have been called the paparazzi at more than one social event. I love capturing sunsets and candid moments. However for the last several years I have felt less of the desire to capture life’s moments because those moments were filled with so much loss. Yet I cannot allow the loss of my past to arrest me from enjoying my present.

celecbrateThose moments are far too precious, my only child’s first moments, first days, first years. I have captured many of them in spite of pain that filled those days, oftentimes taking them through tears. So for the first time in my son’s young life, I put those pictures on a wall. That’s a big deal!  It is a direct and bold declaration to celebrate life and not be buried by it. It is the choosing to dedicate time and energy to something not dire to today’s survival, yet essential to the survival of esteem and well being. Those lasting moments of self reflection and overcoming, those reminders on how far we’ve come while remaining unbroken.  After the loss of our home and possessions, after a nasty divorce, after sickness, after homelessness, after the abandonment, lies and character assassination of those I once called family, and even after coming to terms with my son’s Autism diagnosis, life is still worthy of celebration.

So this weekend, a year after I purchased their frames, I created a small monument to what we’ve overcome. Those moments when we laughed and smiled in spite of the circumstances around us. Those moments of growth, of reaching, of becoming new. Caleb will grow up with a monument to his life, to his mother’s life, to his late grandmother’s life. He will have what I did not growing up, an account of his worth hung high. We frame what we want to celebrate, what we want to remember, and sometimes we decorate those moments with fairy lights.

#FairyLights #Pictures #Photos #FrameWorthy #LifesMoments #MomentsCaputred #Worthiness #Perspective #Thankfulness #Loss #Autism #Divorce #Newness #Hope #PlantedNotBuried