ANTSY

Last Friday, everything seemed to be “off”. I got stopped at every light, someone was in my park and I left my spoon for applesauce. On my way to my car (after my supervisor was late returning from lunch, delaying my departure), I saw a rainbow on the asphalt. I was amazed at how two little sticks could be perfectly positioned in a circle rainbow…in the middle of a busy, windy parking lot. It was as if it was placed there for me!

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” -Proverbs 16:9 NIV

The vision of my Friday didn’t include being antsy or slurping up applesauce with a straw. However, my idyllic day also didn’t include seeing a wonder of God in the parking lot either!

Ten days, ten months, ten years from today, I have mental pictures of where I want to be and what I want to be doing. Yet, my mental pictures don’t include all the pre-arranged blessings that God has already interwoven into His plan for my life.

God had unimaginable ideas when He was creating you and as He guides your steps, He reveals them to you!

Until Sunday,

Quiet Time

I am somewhere between being a busybody and an intellectual junkie! Although there are benefits to seeking intellectual challenges and mentally-stimulating activities, there must be a balance. Spoiler alert: I haven’t found it yet, but everyday I know that I am getting closer 🙂

Today, God told me that I need more “quiet time”, time that I am not contemplating life, planning my life 10 years from now or doing any other mentally-draining activity.

We all have counterproductive habits that sometimes seem impossible to kick. However, whatever those weaknesses may be (mental/overthinking, physical/under exercising), you can be confident of two things:

  1. Jesus experienced the same struggle and was successful as a man (Hebrews 4:15)
  2. God is more than willing to supply wisdom and advice, when you ask (James 1:5)

Here’s the good news, you already have the victory and dominion over your bad habits! The process of changing them won’t be easy, but you can find comfort in knowing that you win in the end!

Until Sunday,

GRATEFUL

Happy Memorial Day!

My heart is appreciative to all the families that have lost loved ones and/or made sacrifices, so that my family and I could live in peace! It takes special people to willingly sign up for the military, knowing the (potentially fatal) risks involved.

There are many things we could complain about, but our blessings will always outnumber our gripes. Your life was ordained for a purpose, one that Jesus and soldiers both felt was worth dying for! We could never compensate for the price of a life, but we can govern our lives with intention and gratefulness!

Life is precious but expensive…I am so thankful that I didn’t have to pay the price!

Until Thursday,

Disposable

God am I disposable, or are you shielding me from those that don’t mean me well and are incapable of loving me the way I deserve?

God and I have been having discussions about my social life ever since I found my books to be more reliable than human beings! I hate to be bleak, but after a few not-so-pleasant encounters with some of God’s special children, I tend to keep to myself!

Sometimes, I feel like people only think of me when they need or want something. It’s like I am some sort of unfeeling, robotic voice-machine that is available at their disposal. However, it’s not my feelings that govern my life but what I know, which is that Jesus always prioritizes me and he never asks for anything in return!

Not everyone is interested in getting to know you or developing a relationship (business, platonic, romantic etc.) with you. Not everyone will be able to see past how advantageous you are to them. And that’s okay!

God always has a way of revealing people’s true intentions and protecting us from them. You’re not disposable, but irreplaceable and anyone who can’t perceive that, can be escorted out the door they came in 😉

Until Sunday,

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Dawn at Drawing Closer to Christ for the Sunshine Blogger Award. In the (almost) three years since I have been doing Anomalous Darlings, I have never been nominated for ‘blogger award’, so thank you Dawn! It truly is an honor and I am ecstatic!

Visit out Dawns’ blog at:

Drawing Closer to Christ

(She always has something interesting and refreshing to read <3)

Here are the rules:

• Thank the blogger who nominated you.

• Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

• Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Questions for me to answer:

1. 1. If you could move to another country, where would you go? A Spanish-speaking country, probably the Dominican Republic.

2. Are you a morning person? If I get eight hours of sleep, yes!

3. What is your favorite color? Anything in the red family.

4. Tell something about yourself you would want others to know? This is silly…when I was four, I ‘sharpened’ my finger…ouch!

5. Do you have a pet? No.

6. What is your favorite number? 13!

7. What is your most memorable vacation? Disney Cruise during my 8th grade Fall Break.

8. What is your favorite memory? Ones that involve my family, those always make me smile.

9. What is your worst memory? Getting lost and dropped by my GPS when I was 16.

10. What do you enjoy most about blogging? Three things: 1) Being vulnerable, 2) Connecting with others and most of all 3) Allowing God to speak through me.

11. What do you like most about yourself? My creativity, sometimes I think to myself, “Wow, you did that!”

I now nominate the following:

Joining the Human Race

https://joiningthehumanrace.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/review-quitter/

Fractured Faith Blog

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/129439239/posts/4490

Missionary Gamer

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/109020977/posts/776

Wizzymedpower

Laura Bon

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/38053813/posts/2265739285

Remnant Post by Sandy Gregory

Mrs. Holliman

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/153592232/posts/595

God’s Whispers of Truth

https://godswhispersoftruth.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/easter-brings-hope/

Pure Glory

Visionary

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/91364355/posts/2255451631

+- Life

https://plusminuslife.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/lifes-biggest-enemy/

Here are my questions for you to answer:

1. What is your favorite movie?

2. Paper books or e-books?

3. You’re snowed in, what are you going to do?

4. What is your favorite historical time period or event?

5. What is favorite pass time/hobby?

6. If you could be an animal/insect/plant, what would you be?

7. What life advice would give to others?

8. What is your go-to drink?

9. Who inspires you to get better?

10. Are you always 5 minutes early or 5 minutes late?

11. What is/was your favorite childhood treat?

Remember participation is optional. But thanks for your blog. You are an inspiration to me!

Huge thank yous to my family of readers and my fellow bloggers and for supporting Anomalous Darlings! ❤

With love,

Just an Ember

During Microbiology lab last year, my partner and I were required to light our Bunsen Burners and complete our lab work with them on. The fire was believed to purify our lab stations and kill the airborne microbes in the room.

After almost roasting my fingers a couple of times, I finally became comfortable around the fire. However, I was always fascinated with how one small innocent spark could ignite a large destructive fire.

Just as we happily roast marshmallows and hot dogs around fires, despite the dangers, we can still enjoy life, regardless of the unpredictability.

I don’t have all the pieces of my life together, but I am learning to enjoy the chaos of that! God knows what He is doing and when I walk through the fires of life, He shields me so that I don’t even smell like smoke (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3:27)

If life is a little uncomfortable, be reassured that God is working in your favor and embrace the journey!

Until Sunday,

XYZ Days

On the great days and iffy days, Jesus is consistent. Despite my best efforts, I always fail to obtain and maintain stability in this life. As soon as I get close, it seems to slip through my fingers and I am left with the one thing that remains…Jesus.

“Jesus, the Anointed One, is always the same—yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 TPT

Today, tonight and tomorrow, Jesus’ priority is us and our well-being! You can be confident that he is fully dedicated and heavily invested to you (blood, sweat and tears)!

Until Thursday,


Not a Fixer

I am the oldest of three with 10 years between my sister and I, and 3 years between my brother and I. Since, I don’t have an older sibling, I’ve always tried to be the big sister who keeps my younger siblings from harm’s way and teach them the hard lessons that I had to learn. Although, my intentions are always good, my executions are sometimes…abrasive. The love I have for them is often lost in my misguided attempts to “advise” them.

“Meet people where they are and do not attempt to remake them or “help them” but love them and allow Me to work through that love.” -God

I prayed about my conduct and that is what God revealed to me. Essentially, it is not my job to do the refining, but His. We all have someone (or someones) that we care for deeply and want God’s absolute best for them, but we cannot do for others the very things that we cannot do for ourselves. I didn’t remake myself, God did, so I can’t remake my siblings. You didn’t save yourself, Jesus did, so you can’t save your loved one(s).

Now, there is a thin line between a) loving and praying for them and b) loving and enabling them! For example, my siblings are candy addicts, so buying them a jumbo bag of lollipops would be enabling them. However, if they received candy at school, it would be better to pray that God (not me) would remind them that their bodies are the temple.

The beauty about trusting God with our loved ones is that He loves them exponentially more than we do and has an intimate knowledge of them that we don’t. We can be confident that they are in marvelous hands…the Hands of their Creator.

Until Sunday,

choices

What is empowering and incomprehensible? The fact our lives are basically the sum of choices. The smart, reckless and good-intention choices. Some are life-changing like going college and getting your first job, while others are minute such as your outfit from one day to the next.

And just as we make carnal decisions, we make spiritual ones too! Will you view your days through lenses of joy or sadness? Praise or complaints? Love or hate? God has given us sovereignty to choose what we do with our lives and how we choose to feel while doing it! That is why He set before us the options of life or death…

“I’m calling on the heavens and the earth to be the witnesses against you. I gave you the choice today between life and death, between being blessed or being cursed. Choose life, so that you and your descendants may live!” Deuteronomy 30:19 VOICE

Here’s to making choices that will foster all the things that God had in mind when He created you!

Until Thursday,


happy days

“This is the day the Eternal God has made; let us celebrate and be happy today.” -Psalm 118:24

GOOD NEWS: Happy days are ahead today, tomorrow and evermore!

There’s an old saying about how the sun is always shining, above and behind the clouds. You may be experiencing rain, snow or hail with cloudy skies, but through all of that, you can be sure that the sun is near!

Some days the sun shines bright for you and on other days, you have to go searching for it. Nevertheless, a daily amount of sunshine joy awaits you.

May we find an internal bright bliss this week that is undeterred and unaffected by the external factors of our lives!

Until Thursday,