I am feeling so blessed
on this July 24th.
So many friends have reached out
and so much of my family was there early
to celebrate this milestone 80th birthday.
No act of kindness is ever wasted…
And this heart of mine overflows
with gratitude for all the good wishes.
God has blessed me with
a wonderful husband for 57 1/2 years.
God has blessed me with friends
who are thoughtful, loyal, and kind.
He has blessed me with health
to enjoy all these eight decades.
No act of God’s kindness goes unnoticed!
Thank you for visiting JanBeek today,
dear WordPress blogging friends.
Your kindness is appreciated.
I am ready to soak in the sunshine
of this joyful day… with gratitude.
God bless you!
See ya tomorrow!
Happy 80th Celebration
Do you know polo?
We watched a game on Sunday.
A beautiful day!
Looks gray, but that’s just poor photography. It was really a bright blue sky!
Beautiful, fast, and graceful –
Failed on the race track!
Most polo horses
Were intended as racers,
But didn’t make it.
They are thoroughbreds –
Quick and lean, agile and smart.
See their potential –
Successful polo ponies…
Purchased, groomed, and loved!
Across the driveway
El Dorado Polo Lake
Home to duck family
They swim unaware
Of the drama in the air:
Score tied five to five.
Cheer their horses and riders
On to victory!
If you get a chance,
Try to watch a polo match.
Love that horse finesse!
We returned to the polo area in La Quinta, CA today and watched the groomer shave this beautiful thoroughbred, getting him ready for next weekend’s game.
Bob, my husband, talked to one of the horse trainers.
Bob had a million questions.
So much to learn!
Do you love horses?
What do you know about Polo?
Baptism in Christ
A choice you can always make
It’s never too late
Are you baptized? Or did you miss that ceremony as a child?
If it was like my baptism, you were an infant and don’t remember it. Does that make a “dedication” by your parents rather than a baptism for you into the family of God? Does it make a difference?
If you went through confirmation classes as a pre-teen and received your Holy Baptism at 12 or 13, you remember the occasion. But, was your confession of faith then done with the same understanding you would have if you confessed your faith and were baptized today?
My friend, Loleta, has always been a loving person. She has identified herself as a Christian for many years. But, she did not recall ever being baptized. She knows it was unlikely her parents had her “sprinkled” as an infant. So, in her enlightened “senior years,” God put it upon her heart to be baptized.
When my husband and I learned of her decision, we were thrilled. We asked her if we could attend the baptism ceremony.
“Why?” she asked. “Why would you want to travel so far to be here when I am baptized? Isn’t it just a private thing between God and me?”
“Because we love you!” we told her. “It is your PUBLIC acknowledgement of your faith. We are thrilled that you have decided to do this – and we want to be there to support you.”
We were not alone in our presence. Loleta had people from three states come to witness her baptism… and then we all celebrated together at a rental house in a lovely spot in southern California where we are sharing the time for awhile. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in this place!
Here are a few of the celebrants.
Do you remember your baptism?
Mine was a sprinkling as an infant.
I wonder if I would have the courage
to be “dunked” if the Holy Spirit nudged me
to do so today.
How about you?
If you look for Me at Christmas
You won’t need a special star-
I’m no longer just in Bethlehem,
I’m right there where you are.
You may not be aware of Me
Amid the celebrations-
You’ll have to look beyond the stores
And all the decorations.
But if you take a moment
From your list of things to do
And listen to your heart, you’ll find
I’m waiting there for you.
You’re the one I want to be with,
You’re the reason that I came,
And you’ll find Me in the stillness
As I’m whispering your name.
Merry Christmas, dear Blogging Friends.
May your day be filled with
love, hugs, and opportunities
to reflect on the real Reason for the Season.
Bob, Ray, and Bernice –
Counting over a hundred.
With friends who are very dear
It makes them more fun!
Talented and fun-loving Ray
Me with a couple of dear friends.
When is YOUR birthday?
Tell me your favorite way to celebrate.
Years add up
You can celebrate
You can choose to deny them
Or you can realize that
Age is more Joyful
Than death is!
Partners add dimension
To our self-focused lives.
They draw us out
To form a bigger circle.
If we are blessed indeed
With a loving partner who
Accentuates our strengths
And helps us build up
Our areas of weakness,
Then we have cause to
Celebrate with abandon!
Everyday is a gift
Of celebration with
My life-time partner,
I wish for you
the blessing of
in your life!!