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Rough Start, Sweet Ending

This day started out rough, and had all the earmarks of ending rougher, it almost did. the typical family stress, nothing unusual, but there is always a heaviness after arguments/flare-ups, at least I can sense it. Similar to visiting with friends or family and the atmosphere “is so thick, you can cut the tension with a knife”.

Well, that’s the sort of evening it was turning out to be. Everyone had gone into the separate corners, if you will, and it was just QUIET; an uncomfortable quiet. With lights off I decided to see if I could “find my muse”, not likely in that atmosphere. I couldn’t concentrate. Then a few moments later, I hear my #3 (18 yr.) sniffling. Thinking she had come out of her room after thinking about the evening, and being saddened by it, I called to her. She had her earphones on, but I couldn’t see them in the dark. When I asked her what was wrong, she said,

“I’m just listening to a song.”

Relieved, I asked her what it was and she handed me her mp3 player and I heard this:

I patted the sofa cushion next to me, and she sat, with her head on my shoulder (she hardly ever does that anymore), and wept. And suddenly I felt so privileged to, not only spend a “little girl cuddle moment” with her, but most importantly, I was able to see, after a very rough night, a young lady who loves JESUS so much, who was being touched by the HOLY SPIRIT.  No doubt she was receiving a “little girl cuddle moment” from HIM, too.

For most of us, we can relate to the lyrics of this song, based on The Parable of the Prodigal Son; either with the  Prodigal himself, or the son who stayed and felt unappreciated and unnoticed by the FATHER:

“You’re doing this for him?! I stayed, I was good, why didn’t you give me what you are giving him?!” (we have our moments when we question GOD, or there was a moment in time when we did once.)

and the FATHER replied,(paraphrased)

“I would have given, if you would have asked me.” (which reminds me of what Jesus said, “you have not because you ask not”) There are so many facets to this parable.  

How sweet an ending to this night…

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Photo Challenge: Workplace Blog Hop

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, and this photo challenge really sounded like fun.  So I want to thank Aquileana from https://aquileana.wordpress.com for nominating me.

This particular photo challenge consists of taking a photograph, or 2, or 3, or infinte, of the space you create your blog posts. As well as, nominate a few other bloggers. And of course, we need to mention and link back to to blogger who nominated you. Cool, right?! :D Actually, it’s a great way to connect with the blogs you follow.  :)

I’d like to nominate the following bloggers to join me in this photo challenge:





As for myself, I don’t have any one particular place, other than leaving the house to blog.  It’s rare that I blog from home because I love being outside so much.  (Must be the Cherokee in me.) :)  Today found me at one of my favorite coffee cafes, in order to stay out of the cold air.  I just couldn’t bring myself to stay home though. :D

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Sometimes, I like to sit in that corner for privacy, but not very often.

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© Hodppodge4theSoul ™ ~ 2014 ~ All Rights Reserved


As you can see, I had a wonderful view of the sunset!  See you guys tomorrow. :D

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Throwback Thursday: Oldies But Goodies

Well, in honor of #tbt #ThrowbackThursday, I’m sharing a couple of my favorite posts:


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After Glow and Confessions of an Instagram Addict

Happy reading! :D

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Do you ever think you’re unworthy?

Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™:

I read this post before, but my fellow blogger re-posted and I feel it’s worth sharing with y’all! :)

Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:

This is an older post but it has a great message so…

No matter who you are, God can use you.


Ever feel like you are not worthy of being called by God?

There are many reasons why God shouldn’t have called you but, don’t worry. You’re in good company.

-Moses stuttered
-David’s armor didn’t fit
-John Mark was rejected by Paul
-Timothy had ulcers
-Hosea’s wife was a prostitute
-Amos’ only training was in the school of fig tree pruning
-Jacob was a liar
-David had an affair
-Solomon was too rich
-Jesus was too poor
-Abraham was too old
-David was too young
-Peter was afraid of death
-Lazarus was dead
-John was self-righteous
-Naomi was a widow
-Paul was a murderer, so was Moses
-Jonah ran from God
-Miriam was a gossip
-Gideon and Thomas both doubted
-Jeremiah was a bullfrog (kidding), he was depressed and suicidal

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Well I’ve Gone & Done It

After a few years of blogging here on WP, I’ve finally got up the nerve to get a Facebook page.  I had one shortly after I started here.  But got rid of the page after a few weeks.  And lately, I haven’t been using Facebook that much.  It always seemed so “Senior Square”, “cool-kid-lunch-table” to me; was never my seen!  I’m an everybody person, always have been, always will be.  And as of a few days ago, I was contemplating deleting my presence there, all together!

So why, all of a sudden, did I decide to make a Facebook page for my blog…again???  Well, for 2 reasons:

  1. You guys :)
  2. Tired of Hiding

First, let’s face it, most of us are on our smartphones more than our laptops, or computers.  And if that’s the case, most of the smartphones users are using the Facebook app.  So, why not make it easier on you guys who are on Facebook, by having a link, to catch up on a blog post, or two. :)

And secondly, I’ve been hiding behind my words, on this blog, long enough.  And it’s time for me to come out of the wood-work and truly connect, instead of hiding behind my posts.  So a few minutes ago, I stepped to the edge of the pool, plugged my noses, and jumped in! :D

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All are welcome to cop a squat at my lunch table! :D 




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Woman Blog-crush Wednesday

Woman Crush Wednesday, #wcm, I see it on Instagram a lot and really don’t understand the fascination, other than we women should be united instead of hating on each other.

So in honor of this hashtag, I’ll be crushing on a couple of blogs today because I’m random and that’s how I roll.  :)

I’ve only been following this first blog for a few months, and it’s a blog that I find myself coming back to daily.  She doesn’t know it, but she has inspired me to be a better moi, as well as being a better blogger.


The next blog I have been following for a very long time, and is one of the reasons I’m addicted to Instagram. :D  Her photo challenges are fun, and they stretch my photo creativity, too. :)

I highly recommend paying these blogs a visit.  And while you’re there, why not chime in on a conversation or two.

To be honest, I should be crushing on all of the female bloggers I follow because all of you inspire me to be a better moi! :D ♥






My #3 & I, after hitting the gym together! ♥

My #3 & I, after hitting the gym together! ♥

This past few weeks have been very eventful for my family.  My #1 & #2 daughters came back home, after being away for some months.  I won’t go into the details of it because they simply wouldn’t want me to.  However, I will say, It was wonderful having my 3 daughters at Service yesterday! (I should have asked someone to take our picture…DANG IT!)

And Saturday, my Little Drummer-girl & I had a workout date; a first for us and I loved it.  It’s been awhile since I hit the gym, but it didn’t feel the least bit awkward.  (Yeah me! :) )  We didn’t talk much at all, but it was the fact that my daughter wanted to share part of her day with me, that warmed my heart.

In an earlier post, I mentioned that the soda habit would be going bye-bye. So, I’m debating about chronicling my “fitness journey.”  But I don’t know.  The thought of that makes me feel very naked.  It means I would have to be very courageous and candid. (I can’t write any other way.)

Hmm…no pain, no gain, right?  Ok, I talked myself into it.  So from time to time, I’ll be sharing this part of the journey.  (Why are my hands shaking, with the thought about doing this? :) )


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