This man went back to work today. He had a recording session and it went really well. He has been offered some gigs downtown for later this week but I think the restaurants are closing. He’s still in quite a bit of pain. I wonder how long it will be before he is back to his regular physical strength. I have depended on his strength so much since I was 20 years old. I haven’t quite known how to navigate life without him being able to do things for me. It’s made me physically exhausted, to be honest, and made me realize how much I depend on him. I’m just glad he’s on his way to being out of pain. Seeing him in pain is worse than being in pain myself. I would rather be in pain myself than watch anyone I love suffer. Trying to be thankful for every good thing right now because there is still so much to be thankful for, even when life feels like it’s falling in around us.
If you need a lifting of your spirit, watch our church service from this morning. We didn’t meet in person but God showed up anyway! Search YouTube for Christ Church Nashville and you’ll see it. Love these people so much and I’m thankful for the faithfulness of our worship team and pastors.
If you have a fearful heart, here’s a song you can sing to Jesus. He’s as close as the mention of His name. Love this by the incredibly anointed @jonathankennethbutler. We need you, Lord, right now.
Turning photos black and white for a layout and I love Instagram filters more than any other so I have to post them here to get a copy with a filter. These are my maternal grandparents and these two photos were taken about 25 to 30 years apart. I called them Granddaddy and Grandmama and I barely recognize them in the first photo. I never saw my Grandaddy without his glasses and he normally wore a hat. He was a tobacco farmer or as we say in the South, “he grew baccer.” ❤️
I finally got to go to Trader Joe’s. Yay! I wanted a bunch of flowers but they didn’t look very fresh today. Instead, I got some English Toffee and organic Maple Syrup. Mike got some $2.99 wine he likes. Love this cute Nashville bag! I wish we had a Trader Joe’s near me!
This is Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. Caroline and I are going there in a few weeks. If anyone is from there or has been there, I would love to hear your suggestions for a lovely lunch spot or something I should definitely see!
This quote just took my breath away. Wow. I had some major breakthroughs this week after realizing I have been failing to put every ounce of my hope and happiness in the hands of God. I cried on the way to dinner with Mike tonight and poured my heart out to him about all that God has spoken to me this week. He encouraged me even more, as he always does. I am not wired to process this life on my own. The world is too weary. Life is too hard. BUT when I get in the presence of God, my soul is restored and as the old song says, “because He lives, I can face tomorrow.” My friend, if you are struggling, I encourage you to turn on some worship music and get alone with God. Read Psalm 91 out loud. Start thanking God for everything He has done and what He will do. Trust Him with your tomorrow. This is no time to try and face life on our own. Give it to God.
We’re in full blown cruise prep here at the Claiborne house. Printing, cutting, designing, prepping, ordering, calling, deciding, talking for hours with Tiffany about every little detail. It takes weeks to plan and execute our events but it’s always worth it in the end! So happy to be counting down the days and also happy the sun is shining today!