(Reposting this from Facebook, written today, simply so it does not get lost in the noise of all else.)
One year ago this morning, my friend and brother in Christ, Josh Zamira, experienced a brain aneurysm that would result in his death two weeks later, at the young age of 47. Those two weeks were a time of prayer warrior intensity like none I had experienced in life. People gathering to pray for this man who lived his life unabashedly for Christ, sharing the message of salvation with anyone and everyone God put in his path. Some of you knew him as the chef at Josh's at Davisville, others from Cape Cod Church, and still others from his morning breakfast Bible studies at Panera - what he lovingly referred to as his 'office.'
While Josh passed on to his heavenly home, and we know - WE KNOW he is just fine - and spoke to many of how much he knew heaven would be an awesome place - we here on this earth miss him dearly. May the legacy he left be an example of how we might witness to our faith - to stop being afraid to speak up - to reach out - to share the news of Christ's death and resurrection and the forgiveness and eternal life it offers, in this world that so struggles to find love. If you want to know more - if I have never shared my faith with you - please - just ask me, ok? I would love to speak with you - to share the story of how my life has been changed in these past several years. And Josh - oh my dear friend Josh - I had only started to get to know you. But you live on through so many others who shared that love of you. I don't have to say "rest in peace" because I KNOW you were greeted in heaven with a "well done, my son." Miss you.
And please - no need for "I'm sorry Mimi" posts - that is NOT the reason I've written this. I do so simply to honor his legacy - and to remind us of what it means to live fully for Christ. Josh certainly did!
Remember the line from Forrest Gump - Run Forrest, Run! Well, I've been running for the past year - and now it's on to PAINT Mimi, PAINT!
Even as I work to claim it as my livelihood, it still feels like a treat and indulgence. Last night, as I prayed before sleep about how I should spend today, the nudge was "be Mimi the artist."
Sounds like it should be so simple, but life intervenes.
I did spend the first hour or two at two different beaches, painting Mini-Mimi's in the front seat. Three new ones (below.)
Why did Forrest run? At first it was to run away from the bullies. Until he realized he was good at it.
I don't thinking I'm painting to run away from anything, but who knows, maybe on some level I am. Painting to run away from part-time job after part-time job that I thought would do the trick for me financially, and constantly fell short. Maybe when I paint more, I'll discover that it IS what God put me on this earth to do.
Gosh, I sure hope so.
Thanks for reading. Stay tuned.
Been here before, though this time is different.
November 1, 2019. Today I announce to my radio sales clients that I am retiring at the end of this year to focus fully on Mimi the artist.
Different this time because I've prayed about it for the past two years, a fervent "what is it you want me to do, God?" and every time the quiet whisper of an answer has been "paint."
That's it. Just 'paint.'
Asked so many times that when I re-read my bullet journal from January 1 of this year, I tired myself out in hearing the question asked over and over and over and over again, like a whiney child in the backseat asking repeatedly, "are we there yet?"
I am thankful to God that God is patient with me, because even I got tired of hearing my same question repeated. To the same response.
So, wild as it may be, and quite honestly terrifying at times to ponder, I am retiring from the sales gig I have clung to for the past five years to re-focus my marketing and sales experience on Mimi's Art.
What will this decision look like a few months or years from now? Your guess is as good as mine. I simply know that I honestly have no choice but to listen at this time, because yes, Mimi, I think we are there now.
Time will tell.
Thank you for reading.
Here. I. Go!!!!!
PS - The photo? That's Dora, sitting on the table this morning as I wrote letters to my sales gig clients, watching the Secret Lives of Pets 2, totally intrigued by the cartoon cat!!! #toofunnyDora