This morning I woke up still thankful and rejoicing over how the Lord smoothed our path on Thursday! (You can read about that here.) As I sat down and finished the last two slices of my gluten-free bread (you can read about that here), for which I’m also still thankful, I was also thinking of… Read More Day 24 – Thankful for a diagnosis that gives validation
As I mentioned this summer in this post, my youngest daughter and I have been going through the process of trying to get a diagnosis for the conglomerate of unpleasant symptoms that she has been suffering. This Thursday we get to go see a geneticist. In filling out the forms, I’ve had to contact family… Read More Day 20 – Thankful for deeper bonding in trying times
Have you ever thought what the night sky would look like if there were no stars and no moon? Every night would be blackness in the entire expanse! The other night I spent a very relaxing bit of time close to midnight just staring up at the stars as they became more and more visible.… Read More Day 15 – Thankful for the Stars
Scripture is full of examples of prayers that others have prayed, which God apparently thought were so important for us to know about that He had them written down for us to read all these centuries and even millennia later! Sometimes, when we sit down and read these, the words fit our situation perfectly, and… Read More Scripture prayers #9
Today, I had the opportunity to decide what I would do with the few minutes I had free between tasks. I decided to go visit with a good acquaintance of mine who works across the street from where I did my shopping. It was so good to see her again, and we enjoyed catching up… Read More Day 10 – Cheerful interactions
You know, we have so much for which to be thankful. We could probably sit down and write 50 or a hundred things in one sitting if we really tried. But sometimes when everything seems gray and cold and we become wearied by the trials of life, a fog seems to descend on our spirit,… Read More Day 8 of 365 Days of Thanks
Today I’m thankful for encouraging notes from friends in far away places. Today I got notes from two different sisters in Christ with encouraging words, asking how I am and how things are going, assuring me they are thinking of me. One sister gave testimony of the Lord answering prayer and offered to help with… Read More Day 6 of 365 Days of Thanks
Today I’m thankful for my eyesight. Because of sight I can read, write, drive, and move about without bumping into things or falling and getting hurt. Because of sight, I have many happy memories of sunsets, beaches, waterfalls, campfires, star-filled skies, blue skies with fluffy clouds, canyons, gorges, smiles of loved ones and the sparkle… Read More Day 4 of 365 Days of Thanks
That 2 looks so small next to the number 365. Is it really possible to remember to be thankful every day? Well, I’m pretty sure many people have done it before; now it’s our turn to give it a try! We have to start somewhere, right? “…with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27 Day… Read More Day 2 of 365 days of Thanks
Lord, I thank You for surprise visits from family members who live so far away! It’s so good to see them and spend time with them! Thank You for the good times we can have together, however long or short it may be! Thank You for family love and laughter, for walks in the park,… Read More Worship with me #64
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Cor. 13:12 Have you ever seen a baby trying to touch and kiss that baby in the mirror or the… Read More Reflections of the Real Thing
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?
For millennia a bountiful harvest has caused great rejoicing in countless communities across the globe! Seeds planted in good soil have come to fruition, and another year of plenty to eat is at hand! How much greater will be our rejoicing when we see the amazing, bountiful harvest of righteousness and praise that God is… Read More Garden of Righteousness and praise
What is your focus when you look at this photo? The murky-looking waters? The gray clouds? The darkness of the tree line? The fence? Or are your eyes drawn first and foremost to the light and the colors, which are produced because of the reflection of the light off the clouds? In life, also, we… Read More It’s a Choice to Rejoice!
Welcome to Worship with me! I invite you to pray this prayer with me to the Lord from your heart and use it as a springboard to continue with your own prayers and draw closer to the Lord! Thank You, LORD, that You are the God who sees! Sometimes we may think that You don’t… Read More Worship with me #54
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. Psalms 139:23-24 NASB Yes, Lord, we open our hearts to You today and invite You to do whatever cleaning needs to be done… Read More Scripture prayers #1
The best beauty product cannot be bought. It is an attitude of the heart that shows up on the face. It costs nothing and yet everything, that is, it costs the laying down of self, the surrender of pride to the Lord.… Read More Beauty from praise and joy
Welcome to Worship with me! Would you join me in praying this prayer? Oh Lord, You are my Lord and my God, and I will seek You earnestly. When I rise up in the morning, You are there! As I walk through each day, You are with me! And as I yawn away those last… Read More Worship with me #46
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
God is big enough, strong enough, compassionate enough, and near enough to each of His children, and He will carry us through all the difficulties of our lives.… Read More Thank you for your prayers!
Have you ever noticed how a little variety in life keeps things, even routines, from getting boring? Sometimes even meal planning can get so routine that we get tired of eating the same thing again and again. The other day my daughter and I were driving to the store to get candy for our church’s… Read More Mix It Up!
I try so hard and struggle In this race of life for God I pedal hard, get going fast, As I travel down the road. But then I turn a corner And I lose a little steam, Pedal harder once again To do well for my team. Even when the sun is shining, And the… Read More Life’s Race
He doesn’t know that he could drop song for worry. He doesn’t know that he could drop peace for hurry. He doesn’t know he could stop trusting You with his life. He doesn’t consider giving up joy for strife. He doesn’t know that heavy burdens he could carry, For he knows that in God’s care… Read More The Simple-minded Songbird
“I never thought things would turn out this way. I would have never in a million years imagined myself in this crummy job,” thought the jailer of the Philippian prison. “Every day I work in filth with mean, nasty people, and there’s nothing I can do about it. And, if I don’t do my job… Read More Jailer’s musings
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