Faithful Forty: Day 40

Faithful Forty: Day 40 (Azra)

Ok folks, my mom nearly twisted my arm to write this thing called, blog post.

She said people might listen to reason coming from me, because I’m adorable. So, here goes:

I understand Jesus Christ fasted, I guess, didn’t eat much – which I find hard to imagine, for 40 days and forty nights . The way Jesus talks about it to me, is, sometimes, you need to empty in order to fill up again with better things. Like, when my food bowl is empty. I’m flying by the seat of my pants here…

I guess, you can also hear better with all the silence… Heaven to my sensitive ears. I imagine walking alongside with Jesus keeping Him company… I would have scared that awful snake that tried to tempt Him. I look small, but my bark is big.

When I observe humans around me, I think it’s possible to mentally, spiritually, and emotionally fast. But humans don’t understand this simple concept: listen more, talk less; love unconditionally because this is true love; help others, because trust me, you’d want them to help you; listen to silence, it’s your best council. Simple.

I think I like writing blog posts… I’m asking my mom to let me write another post soon. So humans, are you listening?

Many blessings πŸ™πŸΌ, Azra

Faithful Forty: Day 39

I know it’s in there somewhere

Little Nia knows… You just gotta keep looking.

The irony is, it’s right in front of my face: my eyeglasses, my sunglasses, my wallet, my keys; but I don’t have the luxury of looking in my slippers!

What about the really important stuff?

In the last two days, as I near my fortieth day of celebrating and observing lent 2021, I’ve noticed a plethora of emotions: from deep contemplation, to light, and fun stuff.

Today, Nia reminds me, that my life does have deep and spiritual richness, but also, a light, funny and child-like innocence. Thank you little Nia, for reminding me: some days it’s really about letting loose, laughing, and looking for missing objects in my slippers!

Many blessings – Sandi, Nia, Benji, Azra, Missy, and Gandy, to name a fewπŸ™πŸΌ.

Faithful Forty: Day 38

Be Love Not Fear

This post is dedicated to my brother Reve. I miss you little brother. R.I.P.: 8/28/2010.

Today, 3/27/’21, I’m thinking about my brother – he would have turned 43 today. πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³πŸ€—β™ˆπŸ’ž.

Things I learned from my younger and only brother:

  • Don’t be stupid
  • Don’t judge other people
  • Don’t turn someone away; especially if you’re the only one that can help them
  • It’s ok to talk about the bad shit
  • It’s okay to speak your mind; just be decent about it.
  • Pray more, worry less
  • Listen to music
  • Dance to music
  • Sing a song, even if it’s off-key
  • Spend time in nature
  • Love on your animals
  • Rescue animals
  • Be kind, don’t be blind
  • Wear sunglasses that protect you from the blinding sun, but that also look cool
  • Do things that feel good, but don’t harm yourself or others
  • Don’t do drugs
  • Say no when you want to/or should
  • Live your life your way
  • Accept yourself
  • Laugh, laugh harder
  • Forgive others
  • Forgive yourself
  • Love yourself FIRST πŸ™πŸΌ

β™ˆ is the first sign of the zodiac. Both of us are Ariens… He was the kinder one! I learned so much from him. There’s so much more I could list here. But for now, these things live in my heart, and Reve, you will always live in my heart.

Thanks for stopping by! May your day be sweet, safe, happy, and strong! Many blessings πŸ™πŸΌ – Sandi

Faithful Forty: Lenten Poetry

Lent 2021 Poetry

The falling leaves

have drifted gently in

the breeze

Mixing with the earth

the ground fertile

mixing with air

Becoming one with

the sun

and being dipped into soft

burning embers

a spring filled with light

and in all I can delight

Why then, does my heart tear?

A look around,

my empathy flares

a look around,

beauty surrounds

Where too then shall my

Thoughts go,

If not with you in the end?

Β©Sandi Martinez

Faithful Forty: Day 36

Northern New Mexico

Did you know Jesus Christ has a wonderful sense of humor?

While on their recent visit, my nieces encouraged me to share my dreams about Jesus. I needed to check my gut on this. I know I’m not the only who has dreams about Jesus, and the prince of darkness.

I’m focusing on the most recent dream I had about Jesus: I was outside. The sun was brilliant. To my left, as I looked up to the sky, I saw a cloud with amazing rainbow-like colors. An angel appeared to cradle a woman in distress. Just as I began to sharpen my focus on the scene, my attention was drawn to activity in front of me, up toward the sky. The angel and woman to the left disappeared.

Jesus’ face came into view. I had been holding a camera. At this point, Jesus smiled, and began posing for a picture, well, several. As He turned His face left and right, tilting His chin slightly up and down, I started snapping away. His smile contagious, I started smiling too. His brown hair fell in soft waves above his shoulders. His mustache and beard perfectly trimmed.

I couldn’t believe my eyes. The dream as much as I can remember, ends there. The next morning, a feeling of peace and happiness permeated my being; setting me free for a time, of burdens, worriess, and fear.

I’m hoping sharing this dream will bring you peace and solace. If Jesus can smile through earthly disaster in all its forms, can’t we too? Maybe, just for awhile?

Many blessings, Sandi πŸ™πŸΌ

faithful forty: day 35

Azra (LF) and Nia

β€œLet there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
― Khalil Gibran

Faithful Forty: Day 33

Hyacinths

My mom and I went plant-shopping today… I’m so looking forward to planting these beauties. I also bought a rose bundle. Soon, it will sprout beautiful and vibrant petals; proof that spring is here.

Very rarely do I intentionally shop for plants and flowers. I just felt inspired and couldn’t ignore the warming and gorgeous days as of late out here in northern New Mexico. Who could?!

I like planting bulbous plants because they’re perennial – in this case, hyacinths. They bloom once every year, and it’s great to have something to look forward to. I’m not a plant pro, but I like getting my hands dirty, and seeing the results right before my eyes!

I am looking forward to updating my handiwork, but in the meantime, what are you going to plant this spring? Can be literal or figurative…

Happy planting! Many blessings, Sandi.

Faithful Forty: Day 31

Two chickpeas in a pod: Marissa, (left) and Ana.

Whooooosh… what a day! I’ve been enjoying my time visiting with my sis and her family. These two chickadees, gave me a run for my something… I laughed pretty hard today. Something I really needed and find I don’t do often enough.

Marissa is 16, going on 35. Ana, is 13, going on 25. I learn so much from these two. Today, we learned (as I was reminded) that sweating the small stuff distracts you and makes you forget the big stuff. If you don’t handle the small stuff with as much oooomphh as you can, what about the big stuff?

We chatted about how easily broken human beings can be. How easy it is to break skin; getting seriously ill; breaking bones; and a slew of other ailments. As depressing as this may sound (and it is), we realized that humans weren’t guaranteed endless amounts of strength and miraculous instantaneous healing, or snap-to-it genius.

We’re all just trying to figure it out as we go along.

This is my biggest, most important reminder as of late. Human, just trying to figure it out along the way.

Many blessings folks, and remember: You Are Only Human. We are heroes only to ourselves… unless you’re my nieces doing and saying amazing things that are surprising, coming from such young ladies! πŸ™‚

Faithful Forty: Day 30

Ana, Azra, (brown spot) and Benji

As I reach my 40th post into celebrating and observing lent 2021, I’m reminded of how often I need to express gratitude. My sister and her family are visiting, and I don’t see them often. Benji is high-fiving Ana my niece, and his actions say it all!

I have 10 more posts to go. Already more than knee-deep in my spiritual observance, I don’t know what future posts will look like. I do know that I’m more aware than normal, of the sun as it gently brushes across my face; soon will turn to a bit of burning.

I’m aware of the kindness I see from strangers to other strangers. Of the support, sympathy, empathy, and caring through these difficult, stressful times.

I express great gratitude to my higher power, for all I receive and am able to give.

Many blessings folks! – Sandi πŸ™πŸΌ

Faithful Forty: Day 29

It’s all in the details

Today, I realized how fuzzy my mind can really get. Some might even call it, absent-mindedness. This pic was taken today. Can you guess what is really in this image?

That’s how life can be. We are extraordinarily stretched. So too can be our perception. What is our reality, can be someone else’s insanity.

It’s the same with what I think I heard. Just recently I was on the phone chatting away, while waiting for my car to get fixed. The person on the other end was watching over my fur-kids. I heard: ‘they’re a problem.’ What was really said: ‘I’m having fun.’ How did I get that so mixed up?

Well, I don’t like being human, but there it is. I’m only human. Next time you find yourself berating yourself: DON’T. πŸ™πŸΌ

Many blessings, Sandi