A Smile Fills The Gaps

Your Smile Lights Up A Room
The Atmosphere seems to Shift
Then Your Face Comes Across
Bridging Gaps
Bringing Us Together
Making My Heart Leap
It Even Skip A Beat
It’s Like Music, You will Catch
The Off Beat of My Heart
Yonnie💜
InHisCare 🙏
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Prompted By a Fortune Cookie 🥠 my daughter receive during lunch.

Photo by Melancholy Sky

OKRA’S

Birthday Celebration, Louisiana Style.

It was Sunday, the Sun beamed. It was Pat’s special day. The rain stopped, the sun beamed in glee. Friend’s, who are like family meant at Okra’s in Old Town Manassas. It was like being transported to Bourbon Street, New Orleans. Okra’s offered a nice variety of Cajun and Creole Appetizers, Entree’s and Desserts. Blackened Catfish is their top seller and they were out. The menu, music vibe, the decor, plus hospitality gives you that Southern feeling.

The Alligator and Crawfish appetizers were so delicious. Shrimp and Grits were a hit, along with Blackened Salmon and Jambalaya. We had a wonderful time of celebration fun, food and fellowship.

Next time your in the Northern Virginia or even passing through, stop in.

OKRA’S

COMFORTABLE. CASUAL. CAJUN. CREOLE.

Click the Weblink below:

okras.com

Barnabas Award

Thank you Stu for the nomination. Stu is a kind and encouraging friend, father, writer and blogger. He endeavors to help and serve others, allowing God’s love and light to shine though. Please check out his blog, there is something for everyone.

You have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.

The way this works:

Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog.

Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them.

List five things about yourself.

Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because is the number that signifies grace.

1. Who in your life is your biggest encourager?

I’m truly humbled and blessed to have many wonderful people throughout my life, who are encouraged. God has had allowed them to leave footprints in my life. I’m blessed to have spiritual parents who encourage and pour into me. I’m thankful for my special friend and also my best friend Z, who are big encouragers.

2. How do you see yourself as being an encouragement to others?

Being an encourager is an expression of God’s love. It is apart of who I am, it is God’s love shining through. Expressing words of affirmation, acts of kindness, a smile, touch, sharing and caring.

3. When was the last time someone gave you words of encouragement?

Just before answering this question, beautiful words of encouragement poured out. They were heartfelt and thoughtful, overflowing message. Encouragement comes in many faucets and all around. Many times we can miss, if we are not listening or have eyes to see. Focusing on distractions can blind us from hearing.

4. When you are down, what encourages you to get back up and keep pressing on?

Knowing God’s love is unconditional, he cannot fail. His word and promises are sure. When chaos is pressing, trying to get me down, it is important that like David, I encourage myself in the Lord, pressing onand to never give up. Listening to music and singing reading the word

5. Who was your greatest encourager when you first accepted Christ?

My Mother was my greatest encourager when I first accepted Christ Jesus. She embraced it excitedly with thanksgiving and gratitude.

The after my baptism was a Monday, we took a bus to the Goodwill Store on Lancaster Street. She let me pick out two Bibles, that was a big deal. The first bible I choose was a black leather King James translation, it had beautiful pictures, with maps. The other one was a Paperback Good News Bible, which was a small paperback, it read like a book. I even took it to school. The cover looked like magazine, with blocked red letters. That day will always be remembered.

5 things about Yonnie

1. I’m an encourager by nature.

2. Love God

3. Love People

4. Enjoy anything Pumpkin.

5. Enjoy walking

I am giving this award to…

Dawn – DrawingClosertoChrist

Richard – bigskybuckeye

Sadje – Keep It Alive

Big Brother – Jesusluvsall’sBlog

CaralynBeautyBeyondBones

Here are my questions:

1. Share a time when you felt, as if you were alone and why?

2. How do you encourage and embrace a strangers?

3. When you are down, what encourages you to get back up and keep pressing on?

4. Name two things ways you encourage others?

5. Who was your greatest encourager when you first accepted Christ?

Shine brightly, reflecting light. Congratulations to each of you. Looking toward to reading your response.

Right On Time

Venetia was anxious, yet calm as she drove through the storm to pick up Sara. This tempest Tropical Storm had knocked the power out. Flood waters, poured in from both sides of the sliding glass doors. The force was great as the raising waters, rapidly filled the basement. Waters now reached about three feet and was up to the third step. This storm was expected to continue the next 48 hours.
Driving with extreme caution was difficulty. Forceful Winds were unleashed, blowing at a speed of 40 miles per hour. It was making it almost impossible to see, but Venetia treaded the waters carefully, driving across town, paying close attention to signs.
Determined to arrive safely, pick up Sara, then check in to the Hotel 20 miles down the road. She knew it was a miracle they happened to have one room left.
Meanwhile, Sara moved her things closer to the door, putting them on the shelving as to keep everything dry. She made sure to unplug every electronic device in an outlet placing them on the third level in a high place to save as much as possible. Somethings had sentimental value.
Taking a deep breath, whispering a prayer under her breathe. She begin to sing out loud, dancing and twirling. Water had reached the second level, it was enough to splash. That is exactly what Sara did. Suddenly, the door opened, it was Venetia. Both smiling, they embraced one another, crying tears of joyous relief.
They did a Splash Dance as they went towards the front door, and grabbed Sara’s things. It was still raining, the winds had died down. Exhausted, they pulled up to the Valet, at the Singermont Hotel.

Written By: Yonnie🌸InHisCare

July 17, 2019