A Day Like Today

The joy of The Lord IS MY Strength
Title: Strength
Medium: Colored Pencils
Artist: Alicia R. Shipe

Many moons ago, on a day like today (in Virginia), I happened to be bored as an anti-social teen. It was a day (again, like many others throughout my life thus far) that I discovered a few loves. No co-incident that today is one of my fave artists AND Icon’s birthday (Madonna). Lightning struck our home on that day. Somehow the circling events go hand-and-hand through my memories. That isn’t the wow of this particular (or peculiar) day. On my side of town the sky was pitch black, it was raining, and I was admiring the awesomeness of nature as a rainbow appeared against the darkness. By my memory, it is also the day (or time frame…what’s the difference, really) I came to know of another infamous blonde, Marilyn Monroe. I also became familiar with Elvis Presley and began a never ending journey into the history of music. (That was also when MTV played music…🧐). Back then television honored the Kings and Queens of music, the Kings and Queens of the silver screen (for you millennials that’s movies), and of television. The month and date of that day are not important to me. The image and the events of that time are.

Philippians 1:3-8 –  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

Memories are just as important to me as the air we breathe and the water we drink. I don’t know how or why that lightning bolt struck the back side of our home. I don’t know why I was and still am fascinated by the rainbow being set against the darkest sky I’ve ever seen. I know I am and always will be. For me, it’s just another sign and wonder of God Almighty for HIS Love for me. Materialism is a state of mind that can be transformed, transferred, and transfigured into something magical. Too many times our judgments and pre-conceived notions get in the way. Straight talk on this glorious day.

Philippians 2:1-4 – Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

LOVE is always LOVE even through the harshest of times. To one of my idols: 🥰: Happy Birthday LadyLove (I’m naming her that because I’m silly and possibly the best of the past at playing with Barbies). 💋💝