From Sabbatical to Service

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REBRANDING TO LA DONNA L. LEWIS

REBRANDING TO LA DONNA L. LEWIS

Sabbatical [ suh-bat-i-kuh l ]- an extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.

Yep, Dear Hubby took a Sabbatical...a looooong one. Spent some time with God, had some interesting experiences, learned some new things and made some changes which were alluded to awhile back. Dear Hubby has evolved into what it was always meant to be... La Donna L. Lewis, living out the purpose God has called me to and loving every minute of it! I'm now providing Coaching & Consulting Services to support people in gaining clarity in everyday life and through difficult circumstances.

So technically, nothing has really changed except a name. Content will still be themed on positivity and relationships, especially the relationship between God and self. I hope you'll continue to join me on this journey. If so, please visit the rebranded site at LaDonnaLLewis.com for current content, coaching and consulting services. See you there!

*The Dear Hubby website will remain indefinitely as a historical reference.

The Beautiful Ones... There'll Never B Another Like U!

I've been in a writer's slump for some time now. But today my lyrical world was rocked. Prince is one of my most favorite artists of all time and his death shook me up in a way I wasn't quite expecting. I don't often get emotional over people I don't know, but Prince laid the sound track for most of my life. The creativity and musicianship he embodied greatly inspires me. Music "moods me" and Prince knew how to set my atmosphere with many different moods. Whether it was Funk,
Jazz, Classical, or Blues, Prince was able to tap into all of those genres with ease. He played multiple instruments extremely WELL. He wrote, produced, arranged and performed some of my most favorite songs of all time. I won't even begin to list them because I probably wouldn't be able to stop...there's just that many. His genius spanned multiple decades. Decades! He was still making music and building a lasting legacy at the time of his untimely death. He was only 57. Which brings me to how I was unexpectedly shook.

You make me so confused
The beautiful ones
You always seem to lose.
— Prince Rogers Nelson

Today I was compelled to write. When I got home from work, I went into my own personal archives and looked back on some of the things I've written over the years. Now that was some good 'ol motivation! Sometimes, life has a way of stifling creativity....if you let it. This week I've been reminded that I can't continue to allow that to happen. On Monday, a dear family member passed away. However, she left behind people whom she poured into with immense love and "Joy". Prince leaves behind a phenomenal catalog of music and people who will never forget how his music makes them feel. (And let's not forget the vault of music he's yet to even release....I really hope they find a way to share it with us!) It made me think about what I'll leave behind. What will my legacy be? Who have I impacted, and how? Death visited me this week. Although I'm sad, I'm also glad that it is the death of my stagnation as it relates to pursuing my passionate purpose of creating. What will I create? You'll have to stay tuned to find out.

Rest in Peace Joy Rubin and Prince Rogers Nelson. You will be truly missed!

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I want to leave you with this. A poetic piece I wrote in 2008 after a special night of being serenaded by Prince. Oh to be fly on the wall that night!

I'M A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

The intrigue that is you

Dates itself

And travels back into time

In your world

I didn’t really exist

However your entry into mine

Should be labeled a crime

The mere presence of you

Stole my attention

Moments passed

Days gone by

Months and also years

A memory thought to be forgotten

But in the blink of an eye

It reappears

Curiosity still reigns in my spirit

A wondering oh so deep

Is it possible to come and go?

And come and go

And come again

My heart’s palpitations

Hardly even skip a beat?

Finding your way into my dreams

Affecting my subconscious

Yet keeping my reality in a bind

Tapping into my wildest fantasies

As if you’d read my mind

You and all of your allure

Lingering

Idly standing by

Ever so cautious and patient

Savoring every second’s high

Subtly seducing

Causing even more attraction for sure

It’s an enduring itch

That wants to be scratched

The desire extremely pure

Trying intently to redirect my focus

Not even acknowledging anything’s there

Except when I get around you

I wish I could help it

But I can’t

So I start to stare

Looking beyond your exterior

Pit-stopping at your soul

It takes everything in me

To show restraint and self-control

It’s a high stakes game we’re playin’

I know you see it

As observant as you are

Unable to hide what’s in plain view

Upon each and every encounter

I yearn to arrest

The intrigue that is you!

© 2008-2016 LyricLL Expressions - La Donna L. Lewis

The Greatest Love-Gift of All!

Christmas is a time traditionally spent with family and friends. What if you're single? What if you're sick? What if your loved ones have passed away? What if you don't have money to buy gifts? What if you can't cook? Our human emotions tell us these circumstances should prevent us from celebrating and "feeling" the joy of the season. God has shown me over the the years that none of those things really matter as much as I thought they did. Why? Because they all take the focus away from His Son.

There is only ONE reason for this season and that's Christ. He is what makes this Christmas day. Without Him, it's just another day. I'm so very thankful for both the birth and death of Christ. Because of Him I walk in freedom from sin and will have eternal life with Him. The gift of Salvation! I didn't have to buy it. And no one else spent any money to give it to me. It truly is the greatest gift of all!

This season let's be certain to share the greatest love-gift of all which is Jesus Christ. May His offering of salvation be received by everyone with whom we come in contact. May He comfort the lonely, heartbroken, and grieving. May the joy He brings overcome all sadness. May His peace impact the world. May His Love pierce our hearts.

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:10-14"

Merry Christmas!

A Thanksgiving Moment...

Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was one of my favorite days of the year. I loved the food, fellowship and simply being around family. Then as I got older and our family didn't/wasn't able to come together as often, things changed. Thanksgiving became hard for me without MY OWN individual family to share it with.

Being single and without children was magnified and seemed like the worst thing ever. My perspective was flawed. Instead of recognizing all of the wonderful opportunities I had when friends would invite me to share with their family, I was bitter about my own temporary circumstances. I'm so grateful for growth and a transformed mindset because being UNthankful on Thanksgiving was miserable.

I pray for anyone who is feeling alone today regardless of the reason. I pray for all who are grieving a loss and this day is difficult without your loved one(s). I pray your hope is not lost and your joy is restored. Allow yourself to be loved on by others. People really do care about you. And most of all, may God's love and peace overwhelmingly comfort you today and always!

Are you PRAYing or are you the PREY?

Lay a proper foundation for a solid relationship structure.

Lay a proper foundation for a solid relationship structure.

Fellas are you PRAYing with her or PREYing on her. Ladies are you laying with him or laboring before the Lord on behalf of your relationship. Most people know they want a mate. Why? Probably because they're lonely. Thoughts of marriage may not occur, but companionship is high on the list of must-haves. Often it's simply to fill a void. Sometimes people are looking for someone to have sex with and gain an immediate "feel-good" ROI-- return on investment. But what exactly has been invested? How much have you actually given to another person. What value is the deposit that has been made in your life? Let's quickly break it down.

THE most valuable investment you can make in your relationship from the start is taking it to God in prayer. It's easy to waste a lot of time in "romance" with a person YOU have chosen but whom God has not chosen for you. As you are submitting your relationship to God in prayer, trust and believe He will reveal to you if the person you're interested in is His best for you. Ladies, if a man is able to pray with you and for you, it reveals his true heart's desires. That's what you want to see above everything else. Fellas if she is able to cover you in prayer now, then she has a greater potential to be able to do so later...as your wife.

No romantic or sexual relationship will fill the void that only God can fill. Often times people feel lonely and want someone else around to decrease those feelings or the amount of time they spend alone. Instead of learning how to be alone, we hop from relationship to relationship seeking something that can never be found in another person. Contentment is what we are seeking and it can only be found in Jesus Christ. Contentment is listed in the dictionary as freedom from worry or restlessness; peaceful satisfaction. According to Philippians 4:11, contentment is learned: "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content." When you learn to trust God, and allow Him to be Lord over your life, you will be content and fulfilled--even when you are alone.

Prayer creates a solid foundation that invites God into your relationship. When you allow God in, He will strengthen and protect the relationship. You are submitting your plans in exchange for God's plans. It allows God to be in the driver seat of your relationship and you will only go where He wants to take you. Conviction will come quickly and your relationship is less likely to succumb to the temptations that are designed to tear the relationship apart. It will be difficult for a committed Man or Woman of God to fall into sexual sin and continue to pray to God at the same time. Prayer is the ultimate accountability partner!

Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you." All these things includes companionship and ultimately contentment. Seek God first, through prayer, in every relationship. If you are praying, you will not become the enemies prey!

Looking For Adam (Video)

This is one of the sweetest things a son could do for his mom. I loved watching his video and seeing how active his mom is in LIVING her life! Regardless of the fact that she doesn't have a husband, she is still enjoying herself and doing the things she likes to do. She isn't sitting around somewhere pining away for a husband and waiting for him to arrive before she gets out and does those things. She's doing them NOW, without him. As a result, she will attract the man who enjoys the same things. So that later, they will have wonderful things in common to do together.

I would like to introduce you to my mother, Eva, who´s single and deserves a good man. If you are that man or know someone who could be, than please contact us at: icouldbeadam@gmail.com

The other thing to note is the fact that mom's age has not stopped her from leading a very active life. Keep living folks! Love is everywhere you are. Love happens as you encounter others. Love is YOU. It's all just so LOVEly!

This woman's life is truly a love letter to her Dear Hubby. Kudos to her son for recording it!