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11/11/11: Thoughts on Wonder and Veteran’s Day November 11, 2011

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I love today because it is all elevens. My wonderful friends and I are having a fun, magical-filled day that we are creating. I love having friends that love to be imaginative and creative in childlike ways. I highly recommend remembering how to do this. It creates such simple, happy, fun-loving spirit. It has been so awesome already. Now that it’s nap time I decided to have some peaceful computer time.

I also realized, after checking my Facebook, that today is Veteran’s Day. There are lots of quotes and pictures and experiences being posted and this got me to thinking.

I grew up respecting and being thankful for and to the people who have gone to wars and battles in the name of freedom, and I still do respect them. To believe in something so strongly you are willing to die for it— that is a bold and amazing thing.

But, I have been thinking about “freedom” lately. Where does freedom come from? How is one free? What makes us not free? Our minds make us not free. When we allow someone to have power over us, to create bondage over us, we lose our freedom. I had an “enlightened” moment yesterday (some of you may have read it on Facebook) and I want to share it again:

“Freedom is a state of mind. Don’t let anyone make you think otherwise. You ARE free. God didn’t create bondage, humans did.”

We are beings created to love and be loved. THAT is freedom to me. We are free when we love each other. When we love each other with that deep, tender, nurturing, chest-aching love. Even when we give that love to someone who isn’t giving it back. That is STILL freedom! It feels to me that we have let borders, wars, violence, and “powerful people” define whether or not we are free. And we have believed it.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to believe that I AM free and start living as that. I am going to do whatever The Spirit moves me to do because God is my king, Love is my master, and Heaven is the kingdom I am living in. This may be vocabulary you do not identify with, but I hope that you understand my point. We are creating bondage and boundaries around ourselves every time we let someone else tell us we are in bondage to them. And you know what? It is all in your head. It is only true because you believe it! When we believe we are free and start loving freely, lives will be changed. Life will change.

I know this may seem a naive way of thinking when attributing it to things such as governments, countries, and war. But, think about it. If we would deeply love everyone we come into contact with, we would quickly and significantly change the whole world.

I’m not trying to be a hippie, a religious side-taker, new ager, or anything else with a stereotype. I just want to be real. A real human with a soul and who loves in the way that God loves all.

I hope this “magical day” is bringing you wonder-filled blessings!

Love,

Alisha

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Ode on October November 1, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lovepaintingrainbows @ 11:46 pm

Once again, it has been awhile since I last posted on here. Was procrastination part of it? Yes. However, October was a very busy month for us. So, I am writing a little summery of all that it held for us.

To begin, it was the month of my friend and sister-in-law’s wedding. I was given the honor to be one of her maidens and so I had much to do in preparation. We had so much fun, though, making flower arrangements, partying last bachelorette days, and wearing pretty dresses while feasting and dancing in the beautiful room we spent hours preparing. It turned out to be the fairytale wedding she had hoped. (Thank goodness!) (:

Also, there were several birthdays to celebrate. My habibi, Ben, turned 26. Our good friend Sam turned 26 as well, and our very good friend David turned the big 3-0. We had a wonderful/fantastical celebration for the trio. And, my baby boy, my first born, Mathias turned one.

It seems like so much more has happened, but all that is coming to mind is park playing, fall feasting, pumpkin pastries, easy evenings, and fun fellowshipping. I’ll take that! Sounds great to me. And, we’re in my favorite season with all sorts of holiday festivities in the near future.

Here are some pictures to sum up the busy month. Enjoy!

Love, Alisha

Jenny's Maidensthe newlyweds, Brandon and Jenny

the cake I made with Meringue Mushrooms!!!

Birthday Boy!Birthday Boysgatherings and games

more gatherings and games with beautiful friends