Treasures Hidden In Plain Sight

TREASURES HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

Matthew 6:19-21 New International Version (NIV)

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

 

Time, life and experiences change the way we look at things… such as our definition of Treasures …
The best things in life are not things. That’s one of my favorite quotes.
We all have treasures hidden in plain sight.

Some treasures are in heaven  and some are on the earth: Buried Treasure is a treasure that can’t be seen

 

 

Mama Laura
I remember my husbands’ grandmother, whom I loved very much. We called her Mama Laura. She said that one day she looked in the mirror and thought, ” Where did that old woman come from?” Mama Laura was very active all her life. She loved sewing, working in her yard, decorating, cooking, fashion, makeup and she was good at all of it! Her signature color was a deep pink and she was pretty in pink!
Inside her house had a lot of pinks, she surrounded herself with things she enjoyed.  I learned a lot from her. One thing she taught me was how to hang wallpaper and so much more. She told me I was like a daughter to her, she made me feel loved and welcomed. What an amazing lady she was.

Her activity level changed when she was no longer physically able to do the things she loved due to a surgery that changed her ability to be independent. She was a strong woman who had been through so much in her life but never let any of it break her. As long as she was able to she decided to enjoy life.
My Mother
My mother was always energetic! If she was sitting in the living room, watching T.V. she would be cleaning out a drawer at the same time! It was hard for her to just sit still. How she loved thrift shopping. Most of my family can take something old and make it look very nice. How she enjoyed family gatherings, cooking and collecting dishes and teapots.
Ancestry also was of great interest to her as well. I remember how excited she got when she found out we were related to the Dalton brothers!! “But they were bad guys”, I said, and she responded, “but they were still famous.” we both laughed and  I replied,” Yea, they were very infamous.”
I told her they were bad boys except for their brother Emmett. I have to smile a little because she always seemed to be attracted to the James Dean type. Just to make things clear ancestry says their Dad is my 1st cousin 5x removed so they are not close relatives. I am prouder of some of my other “relatives”… such as cousin George or The Queen.. lol…of course she never knew about them. I treasure all my current family the most.
The best though was her love for God, his word and being part of the family of God.
Her energy level changed when she was only able to go as far as her oxygen tank cord would allow. She said that in her mind she still wanted to rearrange her room or go shopping but couldn’t because she got so short of breath so quickly. She went from being on the go all the time to not being able to go at all. The best treasure is to know they made it to heaven. 

 Still Me On The Inside

No matter what changes in life due to age or health, who we are inside will always want to go and do the things we have always enjoyed. This is a reminder to take care of yourself because time waits for no one and the clock is ticking. You can’t turn back time so the time to begin is now. Treasure yourself enough to take good care of your body, mind, and spirit. Decide today to make better choices. 
I love these photos, they are so true and a great visual.
♥ **Look closely at each photo.  

mirror mirror

Treasures Stored Up in Heaven
I was talking to my son the other day and he said the fact that we get older every day and will die someday is kind of sad if you think about it.
This morning I was thinking about that conversation again. I miss the people who used to be part of my life so much.  My Grandmother who raised me, her grandchildren called her Mama Grace I called her Mama. I  loved her so much, she was pure love in human form. My Grandfather who always seemed so proud that I was a teacher even though I would always say, “I’m a substitute”, and he would say,” You are still a teacher” and smile.
Another special lady, my sister/aunt Annette she was so talented. Annette was crafty and she loved to dance to the oldies, I remember her and my mom dancing the jitterbug! What a great cook she was. Anette loved the mountains and the beach, just like me. She was very good to me and I loved her very much.
My mother Connie loved to give, you can’t walk in a room in my house without seeing something that she gave me. She loved to dance, cook and give to those she loved, she adored Christmas and so do I.
My uncle/brother who said I reminded him of his mother and he always asked me to pray for him because I sounded like her when I prayed. I still remember holding his hand praying for him and at one point I opened my eyes and he was looking right in my face with the sweetest expression on his face. He had cancer at that time. He was a such a talented author, artist and engaging conversationist. He is missed.

My Yorkie, Molly,
I rescued her and she loved me for it, she was a true gift from God, He literally gave her to me!  She was such a good companion, I needed her as much as she needed me. Little Molly got to the point she couldn’t hear or see, and she stopped jumping up on the sofa because of arthritis. She slept in her cozy bed on the floor beside my bed. It’s still hard to see a bare floor where so much love used to sleep. When I first got her the Vet said she was around 4 or 5 years old. I had her for 12 years, she weighed about 5 lbs and was my sweet little friend. I asked God to have her waiting in heaven for me. 

Missing Pieces 
That’s quite a treasure trove of missing pieces. It’s also a lot of missing pieces of my heart. One thing that changed in all these people and even my pet was their health. Good health is such a treasure and often taken for granted.  We need to maintain good health as long as we can, which means not partaking in things we know can harm our bodies or minds to the best of our ability.
We can’t change what we have done in the past but we can start right where we are today, by making better decisions and choices. One day at a time.

The scripture that says for us to store up treasures in heaven reminds me of all my loved ones, they are part of those treasures awaiting in heaven for me. It is true that part of my heart is in heaven. Not to mention Jesus, my Lord, and Savior, our creator of all things beautiful and good.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Matthew 6:19-21 New International Version (NIV)

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
** Things break, wear out, rust and can be stolen. People do not last on earth forever either so our most important treasures are to be stored in heaven.
God and the spirit of people who choose Christ will live together forever. If you win souls for Christ you are wise (Proverbs 11:30) and someday we will all be together in heaven and will never be separated again. Those gone before us are treasures stored up in heaven just as everyone who has accepted Christ as their personal savior will be there one day as well. 

The Good News Is

As I thought about my earlier conversation with my son, I was thinking again about the fact that our bodies are temporary.
The good news is that our spirits live on forever, it would be terrible for our bodies to get older and unable to do the things we enjoy and be trapped in that kind of body. When a person passes because of physical problems or because the body can no longer function their spirit is set free from the boundaries of that body and move on to their forever home… We all need to be reminded this world is not our home… we have a forever home waiting, to reach that home is our goal.  If we look at it like this, we realize it’s a blessing for them.. and a blessing for us especially if that person was suffering.
If their home is heaven it’s better than we can fathom. It’s hard to say goodbye to anyone we love, even if it’s not forever. You miss them and you feel like a part of you is missing because it is. When we all get to heaven we will have those missing pieces of our heart back together again, including our creator the chief cornerstone and our family will be complete.

Now, I understand even more that the human body is temporary, the losses have made me appreciate those in my life so much more. The knowledge that they may not always be with me or me with them encourages me to spend time loving them while I can. Don’t sweat the small stuff in life… we need to try to fulfill the calling on our life. Life is but a vapor John 14:4… have you ever said,” Wow, this year has just flown by!”?
Time is short and we need to use every moment wisely. Stop wasting time alone or always working. Share your life with those we love, make new friends and experience new things.

Boundaries Can Be Treasures Too?

A lot of people do not like boundaries, they think it prevents them from having a good time… but the boundaries we find in the Bible actually do the opposite. Boundaries keep us from getting hurt in so many ways…it’s like telling a child not to touch a hot stove or don’t get to close to the fire, it’s for their own good, protection, and safety. Boundaries may keep you healthy, safe, extend your life as well as increase the quality of your life.
Abstaining from some things can protect you from things you really don’t want to experience. Examples like drinking alcohol can lead to Cirrhosis of the liver and lead to an early death not to mention becoming an alcoholic. Cigarettes can lead to COPD, lung cancer, and cause heart attacks all of which can limit what you are able to do. Gluttony can cause obesity which leads to a lot of health issues. The Bible may not mention some things by the name we know them as but it says our bodies are the temple of the holy spirit. We need to honor our bodies to the best of our abilities.
Premarital sex can lead to life-threatening STD’S and unplanned pregnancies which can both alter your life in some capacity. Our goal should be to live and preserve good health so that we can enjoy living for as long as possible. You have one body and unfortunately, it can’t be replaced. Take care of the one you have, your body is part of your treasure.

 

Be Thankful For The Treasures Both, Lost and Found

I think I have just reached the point that when I have a memory about one of my treasures in heaven, I can cherish that memory instead of it just being a sad reminder that they are not here. I cherish those memories because for now, they are all I have.
My grandmother gave me her recipe for banana pudding from scratch and when I make it, people compliment me on it. My thoughts and reply are all about her. I am thankful for all my treasure in heaven and looking forward to the day we are all reunited.
I can walk around my home and see items that were given to me by my mother, each attached to a memory.  One such item is a picture of a framed black evening gown. She did not have extra money at that time, so she took this picture off a writing tablet and put it in a frame for my birthday. It still brings tears to my eyes at times. I can’t walk in a room of my home without seeing something she gave me.
She loved giving to those she loved so much and it brought her so much joy.
Many times she would say,” I got you something for Christmas and you are really going to like it!” Then she would say, “Do you want to know what it is?!” She was so excited to see your face when she gave you whatever it was. By the way, we were not children when this happened, we were grown. We would have to say no that we want to have something to open on Christmas day and she would seem so disappointed and so sometimes we would go ahead and open it.
I have to remind myself that those who are no longer here are part of my treasure stored up in heaven. I have the promise of seeing them again. They are very missed. I have to include grief because it affects our ability to move on or enjoy our life. I know how hard it is but they would not want you to stay where you are. You will always miss them and you will mourn in different degrees. Get up and keep moving forward because that is what you have to do to survive. You will be able to enjoy life again with those who need you in their lives. 

I am thankful for my family that”s still here. My family has grown and I now also have grandkids! We need to make sure they know how much we love and treasure them.
We will have lost treasures in our life and we will continue to find new treasures. Keep looking for your new treasures and keep being thankful. It’s like the saying, “Make new friends but keep the old, for one is silver and the other is gold!” Don’t get stuck in the past, move forward. Keep living and investing in those you love.
The best treasure you can give someone is you, and your time.

People, Places, and Things

I want to say again, The best things in life are not things. The most precious gifts can never be replaced, such as family, friends, pets.
Enjoy the gifts that God created for us to enjoy such as nature and people.
This is a life lesson and some do not learn this until they have lost it. Don’t be that person, take time to enjoy the people you love. Share and make memories with each other that will last a lifetime. Memories last even after the loved one is gone, you want the memories to be good ones. Don’t have the regrets of… I wish I had done this or that… Live life to its fullest, Laugh with each other, Walk-in Love, loving each other and being loved. Build relationships together. Beloved let us love one another 1 John 4:7.

Treasure the treasures you have on earth and the treasures you have in heaven. Our family, friends, places we love to visit, the pets who adore us, and good health are all treasures hidden in plain sight.

 

Take Time To Breathe, Can You See The Treasures Now

Don’t forget to recognize the gifts, blessings, or treasures that are still right in front of you.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Don’t look past your presents, they are all gifts from God.
If you can breathe without an asthma attack, you have a treasure. Can you walk outside during allergy season without meds or difficulty breathing you have a treasure? Perhaps you can walk, talk, see, or hear, you have a treasure trove and your possibilities are endless.
Some treasures are looked over because you take them for granted until you lose them. Some treasures are things such as running water in your home, air conditioning when it’s hot, heat when its cold. Do you have a way to get to work, a job, a house for shelter? I am sure you can think of more to add to this list. Honestly, there are people who do not have many of these treasures. I think about all the displaced people in Florida and South Georgia because of the recent Hurricane. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and I encourage you to help in some way if you can.
We should count our blessings, our treasures every day. We should also become a treasure or a blessing to someone else every day too.  Offer hope to the hopeless, and help if you are financially able. A smile, a hug, volunteering your time, and listening are all free. Be a friend to someone in need. 
Pray and ask God to help you recognize your treasures. Ask him to show you how you can become thankful and how to help others less fortunate. Some people have no family at all, they are alone.  They may have no hope unless someone reaches out and offers them some. 

I Hope You Dance
My daughter danced at her wedding with her dad to a song I gave her. The name of the song is,” I hope you dance.”  I connected a link at the end of this blog if you would like to hear it.  The song says if you have the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.
Don’t take life, health, family, friends, pets, places you love, or your home for granted, they should all be treasured. In return be someone who can also be someone else’s treasure. Starting today let’s go on a treasure hunt in our own yard so to speak.  I wonder how much treasure we overlook.
The first place I want you to look is in the mirror! You are a treasure, a one of a kind, you are alive! Perhaps your health has already diminished and at times you feel useless. Do not allow the lies of the devil to steal what you have inside. You can mail a card of hope to someone, lend an ear to listen and offer prayers. Give an encouraging word to someone who needs it.
As long as you have breath in your body you are blessed and can be a blessing. Do not underestimate the power of prayer.  Let someone know you were thinking about them because they will not know unless you tell them. Hold on to your joy, your hope because they are treasures.
Put yourself on your treasure list, and add any person, place or thing that brings joy to your life. You may find that you have a treasure trove of your own still on earth. Be Thankful, and give thanks with a grateful heart to God for all he has done. No one lives forever but God will help you when you need it.
Make every day a day of Thanksgiving. Don’t sit on the sidelines watching life go by. If you have the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you choose to dance.
I say this because if you have ever lost someone it’s harder to enjoy life at first because grief is hard. Losing those you treasure is hard…. but keep moving forward, keep living life.
The Bible says there is a time to mourn and cry … but it also says there is a time to laugh and dance. 

Ecclesiastes 3:4 New International Version (NIV)

    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,


Collecting Beautiful Moments

I read this and had to share it, I created this picture to showcase it I like this a lot!
Let’s start collecting beautiful moments! We need to do this all year long.
This Christmas I would like to give a gift that will create a beautiful moment with those I love. I may give a dinner card or theatre tickets…. something that could create a family experience, a memory or special moment.
Use your imagination and let’s create a few treasured moments on purpose. I love this idea. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, it could be a cookout or picnic. Be creative and see what you can come up with. Plan a night to drive around and see Christmas lights, or smores in your backyard.
Don’t forget to take photos, so your treasured moments are frozen in time.
Perhaps a daughter date just you and her going to a special event, movie or brunch. Some time out with your son, at a park or something you both enjoy. You get the idea, you have to plan it on purpose and customize it according to things they enjoy. Make it a special moment, custom-made by you just for you and a member of your family, a child, grandkids, husband, father, mother. You can do the same for a friend. ♥
Remember you are also a treasure, so share your love, laughter and your time making precious memories which are priceless and start collecting beautiful moments! The clock is ticking and time waits for no one. 


Now Share Your  Treasure,

She Chose Grace 

Link to I hope you Dance

 

 

These Are A few Of My Favorite Things
 

I am so blessed to have my family, my treasures! I love you all and I thank God for you!
List of treasures... God, my family, and friends are the most precious of all.
Spending time with family or friends, having a phone to stay in touch with the ones I love but can’t see very often.
Looking at the beautiful creations of God, beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains, sunsets, sunrises, colored leaves, babies, people, and animals.

Enjoying seasonal changes

Fall
I like the nip in the air, building a fire in the fireplace and the leaves changing color. Even simple things like wearing my boots, jackets, and scarves. It is a perfect time to go for walks around a pretty lake. Time for making smores in the backyard around a fire pit with my family. Going to the pumpkin farm and enjoying a hay ride. Drinking Pumpkin Lattes. Fall decor.

Winter
I have to look a little harder to find things I like in the winter. Its boot time again, cozy blankets and fuzzy socks.  Enjoying more frequent fires in the fireplace. Winter is a great time to watch movies or catch up on reading since its too cold to go out as often.

It is also time to make homemade soups again.
I must say I do enjoy the holidays, such as Christmas just driving around looking at the decorated houses. Walking around my home seeing all the twinkle lights, it really has a cozy feel. Family outings and dinners. I get nostalgic this time of year… it is bittersweet a mixture of joy and sadness.
I still like watching the cartoons I grew up watching, which only came on during Christmas. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and Frosty the snowman were two of my favorites as a child. We didn’t always get gifts growing up, but I enjoyed the love and the memories. Sitting around the T.V. watching these programs and drinking hot chocolate. 

I would like to have a white Christmas at least once in my life, I enjoy watching the snow falling as it blankets the ground. I like how it feels so quiet when you walk outside. There is a hush that covers the land along with the blanket of snow. It doesn’t snow often where I live and once during a rare heavy snow, we went for a drive. I loved it even though it was not Christmas time. We drove in the country and it was so beautiful. The snowflakes were huge, it felt like we were inside a giant snow globe. What a wonderful memory.

 

Summer
I love going to the beach, sipping on an early morning cup of coffee while watching a sunrise over the ocean, then a long walk down the beach looking for sea shells. The blue skies and the seabirds flying high. I think the way the sun reflects on the water looks like sparkling diamonds is very beautiful. Trips to the lake. Flowers, butterflies, birds. Homemade ice cream.. cookouts, fresh vegetables, and homegrown tomatoes.

Spring
 I love how everything comes to life again. The trees that were bare begin getting their leaves back. The budding flowers.  The birds singing early in the morning. Preparing the porch and deck for outdoor time again.

I’m sure I could think of more but I am truly thankful for life and all the things God has brought me through and blessed me with. I hope this will encourage you to recognize all the treasures hidden in plain sight… they are only hidden when you do not recognize them as a treasure.
We will not forget the treasures already stored up in heaven but we will enjoy all the blessings that still remain and are to come. Please continue to Dream. 

 

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