Wednesday, August 19, 2015

North Beach Meets Michigan

Took my gran-girls to Life Action Camp in Michigan and the butterflies would not leave me alone.  It is an #awesome Christian Ministry and it was an #awesome week of loving fellowship!  This #gorgeous girl was stuck in the sand and of course God used me to rescue her.  Yes me, a former caterpillar :-)



He has a plan for every moment of our lives and one of my moments was to meet and save this beautiful creature.  I was supposed to go in June and it didn't work out.  So I switched my date to the week of August 1st.  He knew exactly why I needed to be there! #Psalm 139:16 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Forever A Free Spirit

Ecclesiastes 3:1 states that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

With that very profound truth, I have decided to retire my "Free Spirit Butterfly Blog."  Compliments of "google"  I have printed this blog along with all of your loving and heartfelt comments.  It is so very cool to have a created a book which has captured my authentic and transformative life's journey with people that I've never met but have grown to know and love immensely! You are forever inside my heart!!

I will always be a #FreeSpirit and I will forever be a "beautiful butterfly," but my truth and my passion are over at my other blog:  "His Princess Bride!"
Day to day you will find me sharing my Jesus Journey at:
 my-one-true-love.blogspot.com

I am a beloved disciple and committed follower of Christ Jesus; my Lord and my Savior.

I love to publicly journal about my journey with Jesus and all that He's done, is doing and will do in my life. 

And just as I type that, I am reminded of a scripture that has surfaced in "my life" at least 6 or so times in the past two weeks.

Matthew 16:25 "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it."

Mark 8:35 "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it."

Luke 17:33 "Whoever tries to keep their life will lost it; and whoever loses their life will preserve it."

John 12:25 "Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life."

There has to be a very profound reason why Jesus put this scripture in all of His gospels and a very profound reason that God is speaking this truth to me at this "season" of my life.

Maybe it's because my retirement is approaching and His plans for me are bigger than anything that I could have imagined..... 

Whatever the reason....I'm #listening my Lord.  I'm listening.

#POETRY is still one of my other passions and I'm still inspired to post something there as well.
denisefuller.blogspot.com  "Poetry and Prose!"

Love, peace and blessings for all that your heart desires!
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart! 

Oh yes He will!

#mylifeisproof

-Free Spirit Butterfly

(always a prayer and an e-mail away: prayer.request2010@yahoo.com)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WOW --- I CANNOT BELIEVE IT's HERE!

This is going to be a very exciting year for me.  Lord willing I will be retiring from law enforcement in December.  I'm so excited.

I will have been a police officer for 25 years of my life.  That's so incredible to me.  And what is even more amazing is the fact that Jesus, My Lord and My Savior, has walked with me the entire time and I was completely unaware until 6 years ago.

He sustained me then, as He does now and will continue to do so when I turn in my badge and my gun! I will continue to put my future in His hands as walk toward His faithfulness and away from a more than generous annual salary.

HIS PEACE is Priceless!

I will trust Him as I hope to transistion into the public school system.  YES, my new dream is to become a substitute teacher.  I'm doing cartwheels inside my heart knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of many, many children.

If that's not His will for the next chapter of my life, I'm wide open to the possibilities in which He will direct my path. #Jeremiah 29:11-14

He is the only one who wants the very best for me and the only one who can give it to me! 

After all, I am His belove Princess Bride :-)



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome To #2015

"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ ESV)

God is up to something! I can just feel it!!!

Get ready for your blessings, if you've been obedient!

Get ready for your judgement, if you have not.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas blogger friends, family and those of you who just stop by for a brief moment.

Life gets busy and we oftentimes get distracted with our many tasks and to-do list.  I for one am guilty of that.  But the bulk of my time is spent serving My Lord and My Savior.  He is My King and He is the reason that we have life to begin with.

Happy Birthday Jesus <><

If you don't know Him or if you do not believe in Christ as Lord, I pray that you will open your heart to receive Him.  He is the Deliver of sin and the Redeemer of all things that seperate us from Christ' righteousness.  This life is a good one and we have all received one blessing after another....BUT soon, this life will perish and where will your soul rest? John 10:10

Hell is for real.

I pray that you will not delay in making a decision that will greatly affect where you spend eternity.  John 14:6

I for one will be at the feet of My Lord.  I anticipate the day when I will see Him face to face and humble myself in His presence.

Sending love and praying that on this Christmas Day, you and your loved ones will feel His overwhelming grace, protection and presence as you move about celebrating a day that HE gifted to us.  No other reason than the fact that He loves us.

In Christ,
Free Spirit Butterfly

#2015 Expect God's Best but in return....give Him yours!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

If You Don't Know Him...

If you do not have a relationship, [not religion] BUT a relationship with Jesus, you will not understand the bible.  Come to Jesus and get an understanding of His word and His ways.  Not over night, but yes my friends...over time He will gift you with wisdom, discernment, peace, joy and hope unlike the world.

"When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ."
(‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭13-16‬ NLT)

He is the ONLY ONE who wants the very best for you.  His best is way better than your best!  Trust me beloved, I've experienced it for myself.  NO GREATER LOVE!

sent w/love
fsb

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MY Twin Sister

This is so amazing to me.  Only JESUS! :-)

This is Denise Michelle Fuller. I was searching google a few months back and there she was. I like to search my name every now and again just to see if there is anyone out there pretending to be me. You never know with the increased risk of identity theft and all the predators searching the world wide web. And, as trusting as one can be, there are still some crazy and desperate people out there waiting to seize their moment. I just #Praise God that she isn't one of them.

Not only does she have a gorgeous smile [just like me] but she's also a Christian. I just love her to pieces. She and her husband, Mark travel from state to state in their RV and she also blogs about her journey. Imagine that!
Does God had a great sense of humor or what?. How freaking awesome that there are two godly girls with the same exact name loving on the same Lord and trusting Him with their whole hearts!

I'm so anticipating the day that we will meet, hug, laugh and cry! I'm just as excited to see what the Lord will reveal in her her life as she is continually traveling and trusting in Him to provide, comfort and protect their journey.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ask Me About Jesus

His Spirit indeed lives in me!

* Romans 8:11
* 2 Timothy 1:14
* 1 John 4:13
* 1 Corinthians 6:19
* 2 Corinthians 5:17

His word is alive and active!

Hebrews 4:12-13

There are so many more truths that you can read and discover for yourself. Please don't delay. Invite Him into your heart <3>
1 Peter 4:7-8

The below photos are just a glimpse of our awesome and amazing Grace Brethren Ladie's Retreat in Ocean City, Maryland.  This was the weekend of October 24th-26th!

#COMPLETELY Unforgettable





Sunday, October 19, 2014

He Is a MIGHTY Redeemer!

What I know for #sure!

Jesus Christ is a Mighty #REDEEMER

I have been through many trials in the past. And although I celebrated my 50th birthday this past July [pause: HALLELUJAH!] I've only been saved for 6 years.

But I am here to tell you that all that "stuff" I suffered, endured and experienced was not in vain.

Isaiah 61:3
"...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."

Yes, I am so very proud to be a display of spendor for the Lord's display :-)

Yesterday He used me in the most amazing way and as I reflected on it last night before turning in and again this morning, I'm reminded of His word and His truth that He had it planned long ago. #NOTHING is new to God!

Psalm 119:16
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

How incredible is He to know all things and to have always known all things?!?!

We could get stuck on that...who He is and if He in fact exist.....OR we can choose to #believe.

And since I have chosen not only to believe, but to surrender. These past 6 years have been the most amazing journey of my life. And knowing my Father, He ain't finished yet!

He has blessed me with one blessing after another and His promise in John 10:10 is so very true.

All of His promises are true, but as long as we live apart from Him, we will never know the goodness of His heart and the love that He wants to so graciously lavish on us.

And, speaking of love, He is using me to speak at our upcoming Ladies' Retreat. I am overjoyed to be sharing "the joy of being single" with some of the women in attendance. The title that I have chosen to give my session is: The Lover of Your Soul.

That's what He is to me and that's what He can be to you; male or female. We were all created with a longing in our hearts. Yes, a spouse or significant other can meet those needs, but not every single need and not all the time. Jesus is the only one that can fill any empty space or place in your soul. He created us for fellowship with Him.

God thoroughly delighted walking in the [garden] with Adam before sin came into the world. Therefore, He sent His Son to die on the cross and redeem us back into a loving and intimate relationship Him.

Choose to walk this life's journey with Him and open the door as well as your heart to the endless possibilities and the endless blessings that the world simply cannot match.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This Song Is My HAPPY Place!

A Pocket Full Of Sunshine -

I got a pocket,
got a pocket full of sunshine
I've got a love and I know that it's all mine
oh.oh,oh
Do what you want,
but you're never gonna break me,
sticks and stones are never gonna shake me
oh,oh,oh

Take me away (take me away)
A secret place (a secret place)
A sweet escape (a sweet escape)
Take me away (take me away)
Take me away (take me away
To better days (to better days)
Take me away (take me away)
A hiding place (a hiding place)

I got pocket,
Got a pocket full of sunshine
I've got a love and I know that it's all mine
oh,oh,oh
Wish that you could,
but you ain't gonna own me
do anything you can to control me
oh,oh,oh

There's a place that I go
That nobody knows
Where the rivers flow
And I call it home
And there's no more lies
And the darkness is light
And nobody cries
there's only #butterflies

The sun is on my side
Take me for a ride
I smile up to the sky
I know I'll be alright

-Natasha Bedingfield

Sunday, October 5, 2014

How I Met My Father(s)

My new friend, Denise Fuller, recently asked how I met my father. I cannot talk about how I met my dad without talking about how I met my Father, Jesus Christ.

I may have written a post about it in the past, but just in case I did not, I'd love to have this story in my blog book for my children to one day treasure.

If I could go back in time, I would love to remember the moment when I realized that my step dad was not my birth father. I simply have no recollection of how that came to light. I do remember most of my life, longing to meet "my real dad." My step father was and is a good man and he has always loved me and still loves me like his own. He's a retired police officer and I remember seeing him in his uniform many times when I was a young girl. However, I think my pursuit of law enforcement came from watching way too much television. I was introverted and had very few friends. I was best friends with my diary and I enjoyed being alone and being inside.

I was so in love with "Columbo," an old detective who solved every case before the cops even gathered all their evidence. And my second favorite was "Charlie's Angels." It was so cool to watch those women solve cases and look so cute while doing it. (Looking back, I had no idea about how real the crime was and how endless the paperwork could be.) Lol

Anyway, in 2003, I had seen the movie, Antwone Fisher. There were so many parts in the film where my heart was connected to his, (Antwone's heart). I could feel his pain and I could so relate to wanting "answers." I knew how the ending would turn out and I wanted that for myself. I somehow believed that I would get it. And lo' and behold, I did.

I found my dad with the help of an employee at Andrew's Air Force Base, a woman who stole his identity, my ex-husband and a website called, phonenumbers.com. All of those resources helped me to discover that my birth father was alive and only 6 1/2 hours away, living in Hartville, Ohio.

I called him on July 8, 2003, we spoke and I made an announcement that sealed our hearts forever. I said, "Hello, my name is Denise and I'm your daughter." The rest unfolded like a fairytale. We met, hugged, cried, shared, laughed and cried some more. We introduced long lost relatives, exchanged numerous photographs and settled into a loving relationship, just like a pair of comfortable shoes. Not only that, we have so much in common that it's not even funny.

Strangely enough, apart of me always felt that if I found my birth father, I'd be at peace, I'd be happier and I'd somehow feel complete.

Well that was not the case. After the happiness settled in and the formalities began to fade, I still felt a longing. However, I had no idea what it was or how to fill it. Three years after meeting my dad, my marriage ended. I am not one to advocate for divorce, but it was truly the best thing that could have happened to me. I was free to be still and not have to please anyone else. The kids were grown and on their own and my need to be the "good wife" was no longer a need. I could sit still with myself and discover who I was and what it was that I wanted.

In walks Jesus. Not that soon, but over the next two years, he was wooing me into his loving arms. Truthfully speaking, I believe that He was wooing me all of my life, but because of my deep rooted fears and insecurities, I did not adhere to His voice. But at the age of 42, He was calling out to me in the quietness of the day and in the subtleties of the night. Having been in "relationships" since I was 16, I was finally alone with myself and my thoughts and I could hear a voice unlike any voice I'd ever heard before. It was soft, gentle, caring and compassionate. When he called out my name, it was kind of familiar but then again, it wasn't.

God used Dr. Ed Young, Dr. Charles Stanley, Stacey Earl, and a man named Kenneth to witness to my heart. I was sitting in my family room in Waldorf, Maryland, on May 4, 2008, and Jesus knocked on my door. I answered, open up and let him into my heart and my life.

I slowly began to trust him....something I had never fully done before. I was slowly shedding my old self, my old beliefs and my old way of living in exchange for his love and his promises. The main promise being to never leave me. Of all the boys and men in my life that left me, Jesus promised to never do that. Now what girl could say no to that?!

I have not one single regret about giving my life to the Lord. I have seen what he can and what he will do to someone who wholeheartedly trust in him and who has a longing to obey him. He did not say that this walk with him would be easy, but he did promise that I would not have to go it alone. He promised that my sins and my past would be forgiven if I repented with a pure heart and he promised that if I allowed him to be the Lord of my life that my name would be written in the Lamb's Book Of Life. And that when this earthly life is over, I'd be with him forever.

HOW FREEING! I don't have to struggle anymore, I don't have to people please, I don't have to place all my hope in man, only to be disappointed, and I don't have to be the queen of worry. God's in control and all I have to do is #believe and to #trust.

I choose to believe and I have faith that He was and is and is to come! He is coming back soon! Revelation 1:7-8

Yes, he is my Father and I am his beloved daughter.

(Just know that I can talk all day about My Father and how he's completely changed my life, but you can have the same #great experience by surrendering and going directly to the source...The Holy Bible is all the hope you need).

Sent w/love
Free Spirit Butterfly
<><

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

From My Poetry Blog

I hope and pray that you are enjoying every moment of this life He's gifted you with.  Someone I care about is close to going home to be with the Lord.  We each have a day that we will leave this earth, known only by the one who created us.  And, until such time, I choose to bask in His Glorious sunlight and His Glorious Son's Light!

sent w/love free spirit butterfly <3>
Rohobeth Beach, Church By The Chesapeake annual women's retreat!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

100 Pics

I have joined my fellow blogger and brother in Christ, Wynn in a 100 picture journey.  We are taking a picture a day of the things that make us happy.  He is posting his on Facebook as am I.  However, since I like to turn my blogs into books, I am also posting mine on one of my other blog sites.  So, if you'd like to take a peek or tag along, you can go here: theotherbutterfly.blogspot.com

Writing is my passion and photography is my pleasure :-)

And of course, anyone who knows me knows that JESUS is my-one-true-love.blogspot.com

Be blessed as you continue to seek his joy!  Not happiness but joy, as it's much more sustainable!  :-)

w/love
fsb