I shall not be moved

Psalm 16:8 King James Version

8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Today being the last day of spring, I took a walk to my happy place. This year has been more stressful than anything I went through last year. I needed some peace and tranquility, and no other than my happy place would do.

I haven’t been writing a lot; I’ve been doing one of my other favorite things, which is taking pictures. I found it is a good stress reliever.

Now for the reason for this post. I feel like God has given me a short lesson in life today. The last lesson he gave me was don’t stop praying. Don’t give up!

This evening I feel like he let me know if I keep my feet planted and stay focused, life would be okay. Do not get disheartened or distracted by others or the bad things that are going on. If you stay where God wants you, then everything will work out and get better.

We know this to be confirmed by reading the Bible but let me tell you why I feel God told me this personally.

Picture it Sicily 2021 lol just kidding when I started up the mountain; I thought I was taking a picture of a small black butterfly. When I looked closer and focused and zoomed in, it was a black-winged jeweled dragonfly. Then a little farther, there was a small bird that kept chirping. It seemed to be a regular bird till zooming in, and it was a little blue bunting. I think that was the beginning of God saying stay focused on me. I zoomed in and the pictures were amazing. If I took a picture of everything it would just be one of those pages in a hidden picture book. Trying to find different items, not knowing sure where it is, and when you do, it’s not that great. Staying focused on Jesus keeps you from random searching for things that are not worth the time you wasted looking. With Jesus, you keep your eyes on him and what he leads you to is always something perfect just for you.

So, we need to keep our eyes on the Lord so close that we only see him and not everything else. Take our mind off all life problems and things we can’t control. When you take a picture, there should always be a primary object that your eye focuses on. If you don’t focus on something in your photos, when people see your pictures, their eyes will be all over the place and not even know what they are supposed to be looking at. If we don’t stay focused on God, we will put unnecessary stress and problems in our life.

There is another part to this story. When I almost reached the top of the mountain, I saw an iridescent cloud (also known as Rainbow Cloud); it was like God said, keep coming this way. I got distracted by a little yellow moth, and then the wind came out of nowhere, and I was like, okay, the moth isn’t worth this. I kept going, and then I saw a female elk, and she stopped and looked at me. I was able to turn my camera on, focus it and get a great shot. Then when I got my picture, she went on top of the hill, and I still took photos by zooming in on her. She kept her eye on me the whole time I was there.

It was just amazing and a blessing for me to get to see an elk that close. I’ve seen elk four-wheeling, but it’s a different experience to see one up close and be on foot.

If I took my eye off the rainbow cloud much longer and focused on a tiny yellow moth which would have been a mediocre picture, I would of lost out on seeing the elk and getting a great photo.

That’s why we must keep our eyes on God and not be moved by anything because nothing in the world will ever compare to what God has for us.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it!

God Bless you ♥️

Don’t Give Up


I set out to get a picture of the bird I seen yesterday evening. It was black and had bright red wings. I looked it up and it’s called a red winged black bird. So I went to where these birds were yesterday with my telescope to get a close up of this bird. I find them fascinating because when they fly the red wings show up and I just think they’re beautiful.
They were right where they were yesterday and I ended up having trouble getting my telescope and phone hooked up then my dog had to scare them off so I was not doing very well. I got frustrated. Photography is only peaceful when what your taking a picture of does not move lol
I heard it chirping and started up the mountain and before I could focus , it flew away. By this time I was aggravated and really felt like giving up and going home. I was hot, tired, and my legs were wore out. Something said , you are 1/2 way to your happy place just keep going. I tried to shut that voice up because I was done tired and aggravated lol
It was such a struggle but I made it to the top gave up taking pictures with my telescope because my phone was about dead and I had to try and get a picture of the cross I just seen. That is in the post before this one.
I got to my prayer rock, said a little prayer and also asked God to forgive me for getting mad for not getting a picture of my bird, but explained I really just wanted one good picture lol 😂
Took a couple more pictures and headed for home.
Then it happened my bird showed up right before heading down the mountain. I put my telescope back on my phone and tried not to get my hopes up. Then it happened! I got pictures of my little bird. The next words I said was “Thank You Jesus!”
The moral I think of my story is to get that picture I had to go just a little farther than I wanted to receive my victory. If I would of gave up and went home I’d not got my pictures and I also would of missed praying to God where I feel him closer than anywhere else.
I know God sent that bird as a lesson to remind me, don’t give up on what you’re praying for because sometimes you just have a little bit farther to go before what you have been praying for happens.
Don’t stop praying for that one that’s lost, those that are sick, the ones that need help, Don’t stop because you’re answered prayer may be just around the corner.
I hope this touched someone, I know I was blessed with the experience. God bless you always 🙏🏻💜

Final Chapter Finding My Fairytale

I have everything but a happily ever after.
To live happily for the rest of my life.
How does one do that? We have no idea what our life is going to entail. There could be a lot of sadness or even much joy.


To say “they lived happily ever after” is forward-thinking on the writer’s part.
Movies that end happily leave us satisfied, knowing there are no more troubles for our characters, and we can rest easy.


Can we rest easy in our own lives? How can we imagine a life with a happy ending when we can not predict what comes next in our story?

John 14:1-4


Finding my happy ending is going to require some soul searching. I do not know what my end of life will hold.
To get even close to having a happy ending. I think one’s thoughts must be positive. My favorite saying is, “not every day is good, but there’s something good in every day.
I think to acquire a happy ending; one must have a positive outlook on life. We must find happiness in the storm. Life is too short to sit around and be depressed. We must uncover what makes us a happy person.
We may not know how much happiness the end of our life will have but, we can make every ending of every day happy.
I think that’s the secret to living happily ever after!

14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

The promises of Jesus!
We talk of a happily ever after in this chapter and finding it.
We can be happy on earth if we try hard and look for the good in any situation.
I know some moments can be absolutely heart wrenching that it makes it hard to find the good.
When those situations occur, the only way to get through the pain is to have Jesus. by your side. There is no one else that can give you the peace and understanding you need during those times of despair.


Sometimes, it’s easier to find the silver lining. You have to want to see it, though. Some would rather wallow in self-pity than to see the greater good.
I don’t wake up very often without some pain going on in my body. I could feel sorry for myself and stay in bed and have a poor outlook on life.
I choose life; I prefer to get out of bed and find my happiness for the day. I will find joy in little things because they matter as much as the large ones.
I feel it has rained here day in and day out. If it’s not raining, it’s snowing. The sun barely shows itself during this time of year.


So, I find happiness by seeing the birds out my window. Or I get out in whatever mother nature brings and take a walk to my happy place and pray to the one who made this day. There are so many things to be thankful for. Just look for the good instead of dwelling on the bad.
Then remember the scriptures above. Jesus has gone to make a place for us. He’s coming back for us to be with him for eternity.
That place, if we are ready when he comes, will be the ultimate happily ever after
Jesus loves you!
If for no other reason, smile about that!

What makes you happy? What do these verses mean to you?

Epilogue

In conclusion, life is good.
I know some of you are probably wondering why the fairytale outlook on life? I chose the fairytales and feel-good movies because they leave us wondering why our life isn’t that way. We tend to watch them when we are stressed or feel down and need a pick me up. Down deep, we all know that life isn’t that easy, but it doesn’t stop us from dreaming it was.


That’s why I added the scripture. Scripture lets me see what is tangible. It shows me that everyone has a life to live, and it really has nothing to do with what and how much you have.
In the end, it’s really about your relationship with God.
If we have God in our lives, we can be optimistic and find happiness in this world.


He doesn’t promise that our life will be easy, nor will there be no tears. There will be many problems and sadness, but we can get through anything with The Lord’s help. Then once our trial is over, we will find the blessing from it. I believe every triumph we conquer is for us to share with the world how the Lord helped us get through and survive.

There’s nothing too great that the Lord can’t get us through. We have to call out and let him shelter us through the storm.
Just think how wonderful life will be if we keep God the center of our life. The end of our life will be the beginning. We will have the best of everything in Heaven. More than we ever dreamed of trying to achieve on earth. No movie or fairytale can compete with that.
I hope you find your fairytale on earth until you get the real thing in Heaven.
Thanks for reading, and God Bless!

Chapter 5 Finding My Fairytale

Now I’ve got everything for my dream life except the perfect children. Let’s talk about that.
The children in fairytale life are so well-behaved, and even if they aren’t, they are so remorseful when they’re not. I do not find or have found this to be always correct with my children.


I have three children. Yes, they are blessings.
However, these three little blessings have caused more emotions out of me than I knew I had. I’ve yelled, I’ve cried, I’ve been embarrassed, and sometimes I even just been numb, wondering when the phase they were going through was going to pass.


Parenting is hard work. It also can be rewarding.
When a child loves you, they love you. You never have to wonder if it’s real. They are amazing to watch grow and celebrate each milestone they go through. Just as they have a first, there is also their last. The last time you carry them because they learned to walk and the last time they need you to hold their hand because they are now a big boy/girl.
We must cherish every moment and remember that they’re still your child no matter how old they get.
When they get older, you worry way more, and you realize you can’t control them as once before. Children have to learn to live for themselves. I believe that has been my most challenging trial with my children. You have to let go and let them grow.


No matter how big they get, you will still find those proud moments where you think to yourself, that’s my child!
My children are not perfect, innocent or, corrigible half the time. They are though the loves of my life. I’ve seen way more good than bad come from them. To me, they’re irreplaceable. They are perfect for my fairytale!

Proverbs 22:6
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

I know children are a gift from the Lord. If you have children, you have been blessed.
Sometimes, you find yourself wanting to exchange your gift or return it all together, but that’s a different story.
I found that raising my children had some rewarding moments and some difficult ones. The only way I got through the hard times was by praying for them.
They will never get too big for that. Pray for your children always. It’s the best gift you can give them.
His scripture means that if I do my best to raise them the way he would have me to if they do go off the right path, they will find their way back to the road they need to be on with help from the Lord.
That’s how I interpret this verse.
I am comforted by the fact that God watches over my children night and day, and when I can’t see them, he does.

What are some of your favorite qualities your child/children possess? What do they do that makes you smile?What does this verse mean to you?

Chapter 4 Finding My Fairytale

Prince, residence, castle, now what’s next? Hmmm, now it’s time for the best job ever.
I learned by watching feel-good movies and fairytales that the characters have the most extraordinary jobs.
They can make any job appear to be fun and exciting. I was watching a movie just the other day where the main character was a librarian. I kid you, not, I was thinking, wow, that is the job of my dreams. I find myself doing that a lot. They make everything look good.


I honestly never did go to school to fulfill my dream job. I had a few dreams. I wanted to be a dancer. I was going to college to get a degree in dance. My teacher said I was too old to be a dancer. I was only twenty. I quit going to school after that. I let an older woman tell me I was too old. I just thought it would be nice to have my very own dance school. I should of never let someone kill my hopes and dreams. I wish I kept going. Instead, I went in a different direction.
I love writing, I still dream of making a best new writers list somewhere. I published six children’s books, and I hope that if you’re reading this, it too is published. Not just in my blog or type of social media.


My next dream job was to be a stay-at-home mom. I was very blessed to be able to do this. I only had to work a couple of years here and there to help with bills. For most of my children’s lives, I have been able to be home with and for them.
I do not regret this decision. I have two still home. Within three years, I will be an empty nester looking for my next dream job.
I am not sure if others would see my life on television and dream they had one like it. I do know it was a very fulfilling dream with ups and downs. Because no matter what job you have or how much you love it. There are going to be days you want to close up shop or quit. We have to keep on going and remember tomorrow might be that big screen moment where your job is the most fun and most exciting of all.

Colossians 3:23-24 KJV
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Very few people are blessed with a job that they love going to everyday. Most of the time it seems that you’re working very hard for little money and you come home too tired to think about enjoying life.
This scripture reminds us in whatever we do, for the Lord, we need to do it to the best of our ability. I think it also lets us know that we need to do all things for the Lord no matter what it is.


I worked at the nursing home as a housekeeper. That job was anything but glamorous. It was hard work, and I’d come home very tired. I wasn’t happy, and I didn’t find any joy in cleaning. I did enough of that at home.
Then one day, instead of complaining all the time, I had to see how to give it my all. How did I do that? I had to pray a lot!
I loved the patients, and I found that a little kindness goes a long way. My job now didn’t seem so bad because I wasn’t just a housekeeper; I was a friend. I enjoyed seeing my friends at work and talking to them.
If you want to see the good in something, you have to let good come from you.


I would ask myself, what would Jesus do? I may not have always done everything he would have wanted, but I did my best to please him. No matter where you work, you can find what work the Lord wants you to do while there.
It might just be to show kindness to someone who never had anyone be nice to them till you came along. It might be more significant and lead someone to Christ.
God will put you where he needs you. Sometimes, we need to pray and ask what it is he wants us to do.
So, no matter what job you have to do today. Do it for the Lord, and do it with all your heart and give your very best.

What can you do for the Lord at your job? What part of your job makes you happy?what do these verses mean to you?

Chapter 3 Finding My Fairytale

I have my love and a city to live. Next on my list is a castle or dream house. Remember the Barbie dream house? I believe that was the first make-believe house I wanted. Then as I got older castles, and palaces in fairytales were the dream. Then the desire went to a big house with a big yard.
I do not live in either of these things. I live in a double-wide trailer. It’s not as fancy and elegant as I dreamed and still dream about from time to time. It’s not a horrible home. It’s quite homey and is cozy. I am a neat freak and, clutter brings out the worst in me so, it’s probably for the best my house is not the size of a castle or mansion. I do have a big yard that I do love.


I remember the day it was ready to move in. My husband and I came in and sat on the single step and was just so excited to own our first home. We thought the step down added character. I also was pleased to negotiate and get the chandelier. I learned early on that your home is what you want it to be.
We have a large room that has-been furnished in so many ways to fit our lifestyle needs.
We try to add or change something to our home each year to make it better. I’m still waiting on a bookshelf that has a door that goes into a quiet reading room. I also would like to turn my home into an Italian Tuscany house. That might take me awhile. When I figure how to slab rock on my walls, I’ll be good to go.


So, my house may not be what I dreamt of having. It did provide us with a roof over our heads. I also know that the first night in our home we were so happy. A larger house was far from our minds. It’s been a perfect home for us. Just like everything else you, must appreciate and take care of what you have. The more you care for something the, longer it lasts. My home can be anything I imagine it to be with a little work.
They say a man’s house is his castle. In this case, A woman’s home is hers.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I love these verses!
I love all parables, and they are my favorite thing to read in the Bible. This scripture shows us what to build our house on. We must have a good foundation for our home to stand, or it will fall when a storm comes.
This foundation rings true when it comes to our life. We must have a strong relationship with Jesus so that we can withstand anything. Without him, we will surely fall. It doesn’t matter if you have a castle, a mansion, or a little shack. Without God, you have an unstable shelter that will eventually fall with you inside.
Don’t let that happen to you and your house. Build that strong foundation and escape from the sinking sand.


🎶When the world all around me is sinking sand, on Christ, the solid rock I stand. 🎶I love this song!

Write down some ways you can make your foundation stronger with the Lord.
How has he blessed your home? What do these versus mean to you?

Chapter 2 Finding My Fairytale

Now that we have established that I have a Prince.
Where is this beautiful fairytale land? Where is this great town where everyone knows you and is nice?


Did you ever stop and notice how wonderful the towns are in the feel-good movies. Everyone knows who you are and treat you like family. Movies in the city have the characters going to places where people are pleasant and know them by name. They know where you live, your family members, and even your pets.


The scenery is always beautiful. The characters always seem to have this perfect spot for them where nobody is ever sitting. How is that possible? A bench that nobody is sitting on. A table that is always empty. No matter where the characters go, they don’t have to wait in line or change their plans due to other people occupying their favorite spots.
How unrealistic is that?


I don’t think I can spin my town to match the films.
Can I get close, though?
Let’s see, I do live in the mountains and there are some beautiful places.
I find myself walking to where I like to call my happy place. I don’t think nobody has ever been in my spot when I decided to hike there. I guess that is like the movie character’s favorite place being empty.
Most people know me or know of me. That can be good or bad depending on who told them about me. Let’s face it, no matter how good a person you are, everybody is not going to like you.


For the most part, people are polite. We have a few mean people that can quickly dampen your day. I will call them the Scrooge’s of our town. That way I’m still hopeful that one day they will awaken with a new outlook on life.
I do believe I have a wonderful place to call home. It may not be the best town. Some would be bored out of their minds here. Others love it here because it can be peaceful. I’m happy here for the most part. Most people are friendly and don’t care to smile at you. They will even help you out if you need it. Everyone may not be pleasant, but there’s more that are than not.


I need to try to be more friendly because how a stranger sees me is how they judge our little hometown. I’d hate to think because of me someone would not want to stop and visit our town.
My land may not be the fairest of all but it is pretty and peaceful.

Matthew 5:14-16 KJV

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In the second chapter, I talked about the city in which I dwell.
These verses explain what type of city is essential and what part we play in that.
If you are miles away and lost, all it takes is one light to shine for you to see how to get home.
I know that if my outside light is on and it’s dark out, that light will allow me to see to get inside.
My indoor lights allow me to see how to get around the house when it’s dark.


The light in these verses is much more than that. There is a light that shines from you that you can only get by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior.
I’m blessed Because I know many that live in my town that has this light. Together we can make our city stand out from those that may be in darkness.
If you see the light shine out from others, you see Jesus in them.
My prayer is for others to see Jesus in me.

In your city, who do you know whose light shines so bright?
Where is your favorite spot to go that makes you feel happy? What do these verses mean to you?

Chapter 1 Finding My Fairytale


How many of you watch the Hallmark channel? I love the Hallmark movies! Especially the ones at Christmas time. The movies are full of love, happiness, and happily ever afters.
Lives we all wish for only to find in fictitious characters.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having dreams. I want to know how far do we go before we decide something is unreachable.


I’m forty-six years old. When is it too old to dream of happiness that we see on television and read in books? I heard you’re never too old to dream. Is that true? If so, then what am I looking to find?
Let’s break down the things we look for and see if any, I have acquired.
First, how many frogs must you kiss before finding your prince?


Romantic movies don’t usually have more than two loves, then sometimes the first winds up being the second. Making it only one frog once again.
I would love to say there’s been only one frog I had to kiss, but this was not the case for me.
My heart had to break a few times before I found out what true love was.


There is always your first crush. It lasts maybe a week or so, and you’re just the happiest person thinking it’s going somewhere, but it’s not.


There was the high school sweetheart. The first love of your life seems to be the fairy tale dream, but you find out it was just your adolescent brain making you think things that were not true.


For me, I also had the rebound. The one that was going to fix your broken heart. Yeah, that never happens.
I also had a few dates here and there. None that lived up to the hype of being anywhere near a fairytale.


Finally, at the age of twenty-six, my love had come along.
However, no matter how much I looked, I’ve yet to find a movie that portrays our life. My Prince Charming is not like any I’ve seen in romantic movies or read in books.
If anything, I always felt we were more like the characters from Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle. Maybe, not how they live but attitudes somewhat.


The leading men in Hallmark movies and fairytales never make messes and not clean them up. They’re always perfectly groomed, and their hands are soft and clean. They wear the best clothes and don’t seem to mind going out to dinner all the time. Did I also mention they’re so romantic?
My prince has been these things a few times in our twenty years of marriage. I know I could make a two-hour movie filled with romance and perfection if I edited our life.

Would I want to do that? Take away from our life that made us who we are? Sometimes, what we thought should be on the cutting room floor is what made the movie. Then there are expectations, how high do they need to be? Higher than what we are planning on giving ourselves?


How can I expect the love of my life to be Prince Charming when I’m far from being a princess myself.
I have to say so far I do believe I’ve found my Prince and he’s perfect for me.

1 Peter 4:8
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”

We might find ourselves looking at the fairytale and wondering why our spouse does not have the qualities of the “perfect person” as we just saw in a film or read about in a novel.


That’s because what we witnessed was perfection, and perfection only exists in fairytales.


There is no perfect marriage. There are bumps along the way. It’s how we deal with our problems that count.
We should deal with them by loving like Jesus. We must love our spouses unconditionally and be forgiving of their faults.
If we want happiness in our marriage and have our prince, then we must accept them for who they are and not someone we made up in our minds. You chose your prince for a reason. Go back and remember why this was the man you fell in love with and married.


We also need to remember that sometimes it’s our crown that needs to be adjusted. It’s not always the man’s fault if you feel like there’s a problem in your relationship.
So love like Jesus, forgive mistakes, and pray for your relationship.

Write down positive traits about your spouse and why you are thankful for them in your life.

Write down what these verses mean to you.

I hope you enjoyed my first chapter! Have a Blessed Day!

Finding My Fairytale

Rachel Huddleston

Prologue


When younger, little girls find themselves dreaming of Prince Charming and finding a fairytale life to call their own.
At a young age, our eyes, brain, and heart are full with a notion that love is so romantic and life is complete bliss after finding such romance.
Fairytales are not the only thing we witness showing this type of unrealistic way of life. Within thirty minutes to as long as two hours, we have been mesmerized and left wondering why my life is not like the one I have just seen or read in a book.
Unfortunately, most will find that a fairytale is just that an unreachable dream.
I am one of those that found early on that those kinds of dreams don’t come true. Or do they?

Okay, that was a preview of what’s to come! I hope it makes you want to come back and read more!

Have a Blessed Day!