Sunday dawned a beautiful Autumn morning. My husband got up early and left to run the sound system at both church services. I followed alone in my own car for the second service. (Our teen daughter was not feeling well, so I felt it better to leave her at home.) Our songs for the morning… Read More Day 240- Thankful for those who rejoice in trials
During the first couple of months of the shelter-in-place directive, I found my heart stirred by the magnitude of people who were out of work and how that would affect them and their families. I also became aware of people I knew who had become ill with COVID-19, and concern rose up in my heart… Read More Day 236- Thankful God helps us notice the needy
I remember as a child getting to go to McDonald’s and eating a regular hamburger and small fries; it was a huge treat for me as it almost never happened. Mom and Dad didn’t have a lot of money. They had to make what they did have stretch as far as they could, so eating… Read More Day 199- Thankful for the opportunity to share with others
Halfway through January I started reading the book of 2 Kings. I found myself wanting to know more and checking cross references to help me understand better. This does wonders for understanding, but not for actually completing the prescribed reading! Saturday I found myself with plenty of time to just sit and catch up with… Read More Day 107 – Thankful that God forgives us of idolatry of self when we repent
I think that in the past, January is the month where I have just trudged through the month. Christmas is over, and spring is at least 2 months away. So, this looking for something to be thankful for in January has me reaching a little farther, beyond my normal, beyond my negative feelings about coldness,… Read More Day 96 – Thankful for wind chimes and for the Spirit wind ringing out His love
More friends are dying, And we’re why-oh-whying, In Heaven they’re HI!-ing, So glad to see each other again! Why are we crying, Continually trying To keep them from flying To more beauty than we’ve ever seen? Up there no more sighing, No more aye-aye-aying, No more me-oh-mying, Reuniting with gone-before kin! No more they’re good-bying,… Read More Heaven Poem – Day 45
It’s been a good day, really! But you know how sometimes you can feel fine, but you have this little rock in your shoe that’s really bothering you, and you just have to stop asap and get it out? Sometimes that’s the way I feel about unkind things that people say. Maybe they’re not even… Read More Day 35 – Thankful that Jesus loves me even when others do or say unloving things
As our family was driving through the beautiful mountains of Tennessee a couple of years ago, we happened upon this sign. It struck me as funny that somebody would embrace their grumpiness so much that they would make a sign introducing themselves as such, so I quickly took a picture of it! In the region… Read More Grumpy or Grace?
Lord, I Thank You for this day, for my family and friends, for our home, and for a car that runs every time I try to start it. Thank You for clean water and grocery stores full of fresh produce and all the food we need to be healthy. Lord, sometimes we take all Your… Read More Worship with me #58
A while back my teenage son and I made liver and onions together. We used the cast iron skillet on top of the stove to cook it in. After the food was very much all gone, I scraped the pan and gave the scrapings to our always-begging-to-be-fed beagle/terrier mix, Lilly.Then I left the pan sitting… Read More More Doggie Lessons
A few weeks ago I finally went out to the apple tree in our back yard and picked and knocked down the rest of the apples. I had not been able to get to them because of the tyranny of the urgent that caring for my mom had brought in addition to all my other… Read More Rotten to the Core?
I love my mom, perhaps more than ever. My mom has dementia. I’ve talked about it before HERE. I know that her days on this earth are numbered. (Although technically, all of our days are numbered; we just don’t think about it when we are younger.) When I was a child, Mom and I didn’t… Read More Mothering Mother
Is Jesus Lord of all? The short answer is yes. The Bible says He is, so, of course He is! But what does “Lord” even mean? In the New Testament, almost every time we see the word “Lord”, it is from the Greek word, “Kurios”, which means “supreme in authority”. * So, yes, as Christians… Read More Is Jesus Lord of All?
They march across the bed In various colors and hues; The army of the Mismatched Socks In reds, yellows, greens, browns, and blues. Their partners have been lost, (Hmm, that sounds familiar.) Some temporarily, And some are gone forever. But how could they be gone? By what stroke of fate have they fled? These are… Read More Army of Mismatched Socks
Have you ever found yourself saying something like this: Crumbs don’t have any calories. Hahaha (as you eat them). I know this junk food is bad for me, but doesn’t God want us to enjoy ourselves? One little puff won’t hurt. If I say I’m sorry, they’ll take advantage of me. If I confess that… Read More What God thinks about Rationalizing
Thank You, Lord, that this is the day that You have made. I will rejoice and be glad in it! Lord, You didn’t attach any conditions to these verses. You didn’t say that there are some days that You didn’t make, and you didn’t say we don’t have to rejoice on days when everything seems… Read More Worship with me #18
Do you love anyone? I’m guessing your answer is “yes!” But how well do you love them? If we look at God’s love as the perfect example of how we can love well, we see: “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not… Read More Antithesis of Love – 1 Corinthians 13
I remember playing this game when I was a child. Did you ever play it? One person was “it”. She got to give the commands: “Red Light!” And everyone had to stop. “Green Light!” And everyone got to go again. The first person that reached the person who was “it” got to be “it”, and… Read More Red Light! Green Light!
It was so real, it was as though I was actually there. Dreams can be that way sometimes. The early morning sun lit up the entire eastern sky and streamed into my hotel window which looked out over the vast, immeasurable ocean. It was going to be a beautiful day! I looked out the window… Read More Tsunami! Sound the Alarm!
I remember when I was 13 years old, mowing the grass in the front yard at my parents’ house. I was just becoming very aware of myself, and I hoped that the neighbors across the street noticed what a good girl I was. I also remember as a teenager being in the chapel at camp.… Read More Glory to Whom?
I have a neighbor who gives me a bit of insight into what David felt like being so hated by Saul for no fault of his own. She dumped on me today for the first time in a long time; I normally try to avoid her because nothing good ever comes out of my talking… Read More Saul vs. David — God wins
I can no longer move forward quite like I need to; I guess I’ve forgotten what the Lord and I agreed to, Forgotten the warnings that I should take heed to—- And, oh dear, oh my, what this just might lead to! I don’t always know just what could have caused it, But it’s surely… Read More Arthritis of the Soul