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Today is the first day of my favorite season- Autumn!  However, I  want to share one of the highlights of my summer which was a two week visit from my niece, Mariah.  She has already started back to school and is in her Jr. year of high school.  I’m certainly the proud aunt and both my sister and I were thrilled to have her come up to the Carolinas!  Of course, we did the usual- shopping, going to the movies, pedicures, and hanging out at the beach, but we also ventured out to Myrtle Beach to visit Hard Rock amusement park which opened this past spring. Here are a few of the pix from our time together!
Of course, fresh flowers, a personalized gift basket, and welcome signs all make for the start of a lovely visit!

Of course, fresh flowers, a personalized gift basket, and welcome signs all make for the start of a lovely visit!

After a home inspection by brother, Al, and a few pix we went out to dinner...the two had driven 8 hours!

After a home inspection by brother, Al, and a few pix we went out to dinner...the two had driven 8 hours!

We're going to MYRTLE BEACH!

We're going to Myrtle Beach!

 

First Stop- Broadway at the Beach- Look at these two Motorcycle Mamas!

First Stop- Broadway at the Beach- Look at these two Motorcycle Mamas!

While at B@B, We ate at the Crab House...Rose & Mariah before Caviar...Rose & Mariah after Caviar- YUCK!

While at B@B, We ate at the Crab House...Rose & Mariah before Caviar...Rose & Mariah after Caviar- YUCK!

Next Stop... Hard Rock Park!

Next Stop... Hard Rock Park!

 

We saw some STRANGE things at the Hard Rock!

We saw some STRANGE things at the Hard Rock!

...Including this guy who was all too glad to stop and strike a pose!

...Including this guy who was all too glad to stop and strike a pose!

 

VERY strange things, indeed!

VERY strange things, indeed!

There was also a live band, and an ice skating show (Too Cool!), and of course we made our own entertainment as well!

There was also a live band, and an ice skating show (Too Cool!), and of course we made our own entertainment as well!

 

So Long, Hard Rock!

So Long, Hard Rock!

Back home and time for some days and nights at the beach!

Back home and time for some days and nights at the beach!

 

Of course, we went out to eat at a few places.  Here we are on Mariah's last night in the Carolina's at Hiro's Japanese Steakhouse with friend, Pearline.

Of course, we went out to eat at a few places. Here we are on Mariah's last night in the Carolinas- Hiro's Japanese Steakhouse with friend, Pearline!

 

We managed to squeeze in making shirts on this trip (I opted for pajamas).  It turned out to be a lot of fun and we decided to do one every year when my niece comes to visit.

We managed to squeeze in making shirts on this trip (I opted for pajamas). It turned out to be a lot of fun and we decided to do one every year when my niece comes to visit.

I was making a comment on my friend Coni’s blog when my next blog topic hit me.  Christ, Undercover!  Coni was saying how she had a completely different view than another sister in Christ who had asked her how she reconciled being a Christian with working on the set of a t.v. show which had a lot of promiscuity in its storyline.  Coni saw it as an opportunity to shine for Jesus, to be a light in a dark place.  She also stated that she believed God opened the doors to get her the job working on the set of that show.  To quote Coni, ” I still believe that we are called to go into the big, wacky world and touch peoples lives.”  I agree wholeheartedly with that! 

Oftentimes,  I see myself as being on secret assignment from the Lord- being a light in a dark place.  I often look for ways I can be a blessing to someone- seeing it as another opportunity for the Love of Christ to shine through.  What I love about it is I can do it anywhere– at home, in my workplace, at the hair salon, in the grocery store, etc.  My assignment may be someone I know, an acquaintance, or a total stranger- it makes no difference.  The only thing that matters is obeying the Holy Spirit and letting the Love of God shine through. I may have an unction to give a particular gift, make a card or a sign, lend a helping hand or a listening ear, etc.  There are so many ways you can make a difference in someone’s life, simply by looking for opportunities to bless and being attentive to those around you. 

Love is always looking to bless.  Just read the Love chapter in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and you will see so many ways to let the Love of God shine through.  Meditating on the traits of Love found in this chapter will change your life if you’ll let it.  What would happen if we all decided to look for ways in order to bless others today…if we decided to listen to that inner witness to act…if we were attentive to the needs of those we came in contact with- not looking at them as, perhaps, we customarily do, but as recipients of this wonderful love we have inside us- what would happen? 

…Perhaps, seeds sown for a changed life?- 

 Mission accomplished! 

I was blessed to experience the glorious multi-media theatrical production Imagine Christmas this morning.  It was breath-taking, beautiful, and awe-inspiring all at once.  It was more than a theatrical treat-  it was a glorious account of the birth of Jesus, Lord and Savior.  If you’re anywhere close to Wilmington, NC and didn’t make it this morning, you still have an awesome opportunity to do so at 6:00 p.m. tonight!  Don’t miss it!  In less than two hours, you will be able to take part in this awesome event!  Now, imagine that!

Wow!  Less than 14 hours until Imagine Christmas at The Rock of Wilmington!  I am soooo excited!  If you’re anywhere in the area of Wilmington, NC on Sunday, December 16th, please join us at The Rock for a Christmas Extravaganza the likes this area has never seen!  We hope to see YOU there at either 10:00 a.m or 6:00 p.m.  Arrive early- you’ll want to get just the right seat!    We’ll see you soon!

Imagine Christmas at The Rock of Wilmington.

 

I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

You are Cordially Invited… 

Imagine yourself in Wilmington, NC

on Sunday, December 16th

and having the opportunity to witness and take part

in the most celebratory and life-changing Christmas Extravaganza

this area has ever seen…

Imagine yourself at the Rock of Wilmington at either

10:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. 

Imagine yourself arriving one way and leaving another.

Imagine yourself being affected in the most wonderful way…

Imagine yourself touched by Jesus…

Imagine Christmas at the Rock of Wilmington. 

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.

Luke 2:15