Monday, May 21, 2012, Lafayette, Louisiana, 5:05 a.m., D.S.T.~
Good morning, world!!
This is your friend, Ronee' Le-Anne Reaux, writing. Sorry I haven't written in several weeks (my last entry was May 3, 2012), but I have been incredibly busy. School, work, taking care of my personal affairs, therapy/doctor appointments, and some singing engagements have kept me well grounded. Yet I am grateful. Very grateful. I am grateful because I am alive and well, and God has allowed me to accomplish so much in my nearly 19 years upon this earth.
Life is good. Very good. I am at my happiest, the happiest I have been in quite some time. I am still very much ln love with my fiance', Michael Abraham Stinkowitz, who treats me like a goddess. He treats me with much in the way of dignity and respect, which I greatly appreciate. I also have my friend, Britnee Rowlett, and I think she is on the verge of accepting Christ as her Saviour because she has been asking lots of questions and has been coming to church with me the past month. The change in her attitude has been nothing short of extraordinary: Britnee is no longer the mouthy, self-centered person she once was.
My family is well: no complaints on the home front. Mama and daddy are busy working at their respective jobs and taking care of a shrinking household, as more and more of my brothers and sisters get ready to leave the nest. Their health has held, and for that I am grateful. Johnny and Rebekka are busy with school and church/temple activities, so I don't hear from them as much as I would like.
I worry a lot about Johnny because of his MD; his health has gotten so fragile, yet, somehow, he manages to surprise doctors and others with his tenancious spirit and insatiable will to live. I pray for Johnny and his wife, Rebekka, every day; there isn't a day where I don't miss being with them. I love my brother Johnny so much; he and I have always shared an extremely close (and loving) relationship.
I must call Maman later. Somehow I feel in my spirit that something is wrong. I can't put my finger on it, but the Holy Spirit has put an imprint of my family in my mind's eye and I hear the Holy Spirit whispering: "Call home. Call your mother. Do it without delay". So I will call Maman during my lunch break, to make sure things are okay. I can only hope and pray that they are.
Anyway, one of the main reasons why I am writing is because of the solar eclipse last night. Actually, I personally didn't get to see it (I was at church at the time), but I sure heard about it from friends and family, and of course, Facebook. I have a page there and all my friends have been talking about the solar eclipse and putting up pictures. Pretty amazing stuff. Plus I am in Louisiana: the eclipse was visible from west central Texas to California (I think), so we were out of the target viewing range.
I have never really seen a solar eclipse, so I was a bit disappointed to find out that I wouldn't really get to see it. That would have really been something! Maybe I'll et another opportunity, but then according to Spaceweather.com and Noaa.gov, the next significant solar eclipse isn't until 2017. So I have five years to wait ... that is, if the Rapture doesn't happen before then. :)
I have been helping out at my church, mentoring teen girls who have been in trouble, and it's amazing what some of these young ladies have endured in their lives. One girl, in particular, has truly touched me. She lost her parents and is being raised by her grandmother. She has been in and out of juvenile detention since she was ten years of age and is very angry and bitter about things. I truly believe that she is lonely and needs a friend, so I have been spending time with her on my days off and trying to encourage her. She seems to be a really sweet kid, but she has so much anger in her; it breaks my heart. I have been praying for her and she is starting to open up a little, which is encouraging.
Her name is Anna. She is 15. Nearly four years younger than me.
I am getting ready to go on a missions trip in July. We're going to go to Mexico. This is going to be my first time in going on a missions trip, so I am truly excited. I am going with some of the young people from my church and I have been praying about it. I pray we reach souls with the love of Christ and I pray that we can let them know in some tangible, simple way that God truly does love them, no matter what they are going through. I have been saving up my money for this trip and I gave the amount needed to the youth pastor, so my trip is paid for, thanks to God and His soverignty upon my life.
Not to mention, I am seeing Loretta Lynn in a week. I will be going to Nashville (home) probably Wednesday; Michael and I will be driving up, so that is another thing to look forward to. She (Loretta) is performing at her ranch in Hurricane Mills on May 28th; I am really looking forward to it! Maybe while I'm up there, I can swing by the ol' homestead and drop in on my family; they'd love that! (I last saw them at the Crawfish Festival.)
The Crawfish Festival, speaking of, was a total blast! I had a ball!! I ate so much crawfish and Cajun fare it wasn't funny; it's a miracle I didn't gain 1,000 pounds! LOL I danced my legs off and heard lots of wonderful Cajun and zydeco music! Also had a ball performing; the people were really diggin' the Cajun sounds of my band! The members of my band, "Cajun HEAT!", had as much (if not more) fun as I did! It was great! :)
Well, it's time for me to eat my breakfast and get into the shower so I can bathe and get ready for school. Glad today's my short day (I go from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., then I work at the campus bookstore from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.. So I have a busy day planned. I will write in here again; just say some prayers for me and Michael; I would greatly appreciate them! Pray about my upcoming trip to Tennessee as well as my missions trip, and for Anna, and also for my family, in case something is going on! Thanks in advance! May God bless you as much as He's been blessing me! Love y'all!
~As always, your friend in Louisiana, Ronee' Le-Anne. :D
P.S.: The pic of the solar eclipse is one I got off of the Internet. I didn't take it. :/