2021 Green Thumb! Hyacinths planted today, and will bloom in the coming years🌼.

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 few🙏🏼.

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. 🎉🥳🤗♈💞.

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 🙏🏼

♈ 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 🙏🏼 – 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?

©Sandi Martinez

Faithful forty: day 32

3/20/201 – Spring New Mexico

“I don’t know why you are writing that.” BlueOne said blandly.

“I don’t know why you keep interrupting me.” Replied BlueTwo

“They won’t believe you.” BlueOne’s tone became rigid.

“You seem worried?” BlueTwo’s tone became kinder; softer somehow.

“I’m not worried. I’m thinking you’re wasting your time writing that.”

BlueTwo continued tapping at the keys. Sometimes making notes on a brilliant white piece of paper. And then switching back to the keypad.

“Do you see these flowers?” asked BlueTwo.

“They are right in front of me. I don’t think I became blind in the last five minutes.” BlueOne became sarcastic and sour.

“They are the product of God’s great gift. And, if they can’t be denied by other humans, then why are you so bored with God’s creation?”

BlueOne paused, deep in thought. “I don’t see flowers BlueTwo, you know that.”

“What do you see?”

“Humans stop seeing things that are beautiful – God’s blessings. In every shade of color, in every drop of water. In each sliver of blinding light in sun rays. In every fragrant breeze that carries the earth’s breath. That’s what I see.

“This is why I write this. To remind humanity of the goodness of every living thing around them. Including other humans. Animals. The earth. Why should we give up?” BlueTwo’s tone became both somber and compassionate at the same time.

“The word GOD, doesn’t impress many people.” BlueOnes’s tone became increasingly bland.

“Go then BlueTwo. We are not here to judge and scamper all over humanity. Today is marked as the first day of spring. When flowers start to bloom, and leaves begin their descent into their own 3D world. When humans start planting their gardens and flowers, and laying down grass and celebrating the new and all things ‘beginning’. I don’t need your help. I don’t need your pessimism. Humans already struggle with this daily – every second. Those who have a relationship with God/supreme being/higher power/great spirit/buddha/Dalai Lama, and so on, have one thing in common and never changes: God lives in everything, and in everyone.” BlueTwo reached to touch the pink and vibrant flowers. Their glow emanated a strange effervescence.

Speechless, BlueOne also reached down to caress the petals, and looked up to the sky. When he looked back at BlueTwo, his eyes had changed to a yellowish gold, with yellow streaks shooting across his face.

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 🙏🏼

faithful forty: day 19

Spring flowers March, 19, 2021

Lent (which is my entire – well mostly – reason for writing Faithful Forty posts) is a time to figure out what you’d like to give up. It’s also a time when we are reminded and most significantly, that Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights prior to his ministry. I’m not a Catholic or Christian. Though I was baptized and received holy communion and all that jazz, when I was a young girl.

Most, if not all believers of these faiths, take part in the rituals connected to lent. So, you may be wondering why am I observing and celebrating lent, if I don’t actively practice Catholicism or Christian beliefs? If I’m talking to a select few of individuals who do practice lent as said faiths, I might be judged. I might be told that my attempts here are not worthy of God’s divine smile and approval. And no judgement by the way if that happens to be people’s opinions. I create blog material for myself, and hope others’ will enjoy it.

I don’t have any logical or religious affiliations regarding my spirituality. I have a connection with God/higher power, etc., and welcome all who happen by this post; all 40 of them. As such, I have a sacred relationship with the divine. That is my reason. I’ve given up, giving up. not much, but it’s a start.

I’ve been wondering what Jesus would be doing now. During His time in meditation: conversing with God. Is Jesus sitting down on a mound full of wonderful desert flowers? Is he walking along a river, or stream, and gently patting His face with a few droplets? What is God telling Jesus? April 3, 2021 is Easter. The day that a miraculous resurrection took place.

I wonder what my 40th post will be? Will I share my own experiences with the endings and beginnings I have achieved during this 40-day observance and celebration? That’s my goal after all. To share. To my future self: way to go on your spiritual climb. Keep climbing.

And so I’ll pass that on to you – with or without religious affiliation – keep climbing, don’t give up. You are not alone. I’m wishing you all many blessings as I continue on this challenging task.

Many blessings, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day 17

Image: Josemdella-Pixabay

Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children cast ourselves into her arms with perfect confidence. — Saint Francis de Sales

Many blessings, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day 13

Unplugged

Really! On a Monday?

Unplugged. Undone. Underscored. Uneven. Understood. There really is no assigned day to be unplugged. If it’s not physical/electrical/digital, it’s mental.

And the mental connection is what matters to me today. It’s nice when you can pull a plug from the wall. Or, power off your phone and digital devices. But my brain? Your brain? How? How to unplug? Do you even want to?

I want to. Meditation is always the best and quickest way for me. But performing mindless tasks is also effective. Washing dishes, laundry, sweeping, vacuuming… Anything that has a repetitive movement feels great. It’s that time when my mind wanders. When I’m free to flow mentally and physically at the same time.

That’s my goal today; my first day of March. How else will I welcome and make space for new growth? Many blessings, Sandi. 🙏🏼

Faithful Forty: Day Eight

Faithful Forty Poetry

The churning
and burning
of bright light
leads me here in great delight

Test of time
is the first
poetry line
your inspiration purely divine

I gather my
hands in prayer
as I peel through
every layer

And humbly show
gratitude
for every word
comes from you

@ovehlu