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!
You know it’s interesting how we can go and go and go for so long, trying to be the strong one for everybody else, and then, “pow!” We hit our limit. That’s where I’ve been the last week or so. After having a very nice Christmas with family, (thank You, Lord), life got really crazy… Read More In Need of Prayer
We adopted our dog as an already 11 year old whose prior owner could no longer take care of her. This came with perks – she is already potty trained! Yay! 😊 She also doesn’t chew on things, and she is quick to obey. However, she also had apparently received some not-so-desirable training. She seems… Read More Doggie Lessons on Thankfulness
My oldest daughter was 9 when her father abandoned us. For many people, being abandoned by their father has a tendency to drive them away from faith in God. My daughter had already believed on Jesus in a little-child sort of way. Her faith could have been shattered. I’ll let you her tell you in… Read More From Abandoned to Accepted
“All the days of the afflicted are bad, BUT a cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15. NASB (emphasis mine) A sweet, petite, elderly lady in our church lost her husband about a month-and-a-half ago. She was understandably very sad. But very soon afterwards, she decided that she was going to be an encourager… Read More Finding Joy Even in the Hard Times
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
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve always thought of dog lovers as being the type of people who love to be with dogs, who snuggle with dogs, and some who even want to have lots of dogs. But I’ve discovered that there’s a different kind of dog lover. We have a dog because my… Read More Dog Lovers
Today I closed a chapter of my life and opened another. It may not seem all that important to some, but to me it did strange things to my emotions. I didn’t even sleep well in anticipation of the big change. I mean, am I the only one alive that is sad to say goodbye… Read More New Chapters of Life
Today an old, unwelcome acquaintance came to visit and brought along some of his unwelcome buddies. I’m going to call them self-pity, hurt feelings, rejection, lies, slow burn, unforgiveness, blindness, and unthankfulness. They all ganged up on me after I spent some time with a large group of people, most of whom made me feel… Read More Overcoming self-pity, hurt feelings, and rejection
Hi, everyone! I hope you are all doing well today! Now that VBS is over, I’m trying to check the things off my mental checklist that I had been saving till later. One of those is this competition with my teens to memorize the book of John. I can hear many of you sighing, and some… Read More Memorizing John
Hello, friends! I just wanted to take a few moments to let you all know what has been going on with me in case you had wondered why I wasn’t writing or visiting your blogs or commenting like I used to. So sorry, by the way! Please forgive me? Back in May, I was helping… Read More Hi! I’m back!
Night has fallen, and My hands have stopped their trembling. But inside, my heart trembles still. I left a part of myself Back in that classroom with you, My dear friend. My heart weeps with you For a dear, suffering man, And his courageous wife. The thought of what they face Brings tears to my… Read More Rest in the Storm
Not long ago I was chosen to sing the tenor voice in a duet to be performed with the choir at our church. My duet partner and I practiced our parts separately, each with our own CD, for weeks before we arranged to practice together. On the evening that we met to practice, we decided… Read More The Lord is my “Chauffeur”?
When my first husband left me and the kids on the mission field, I was devastated. I totally did not see it coming. It was a shock. I felt like I was less than worthless. I was far from home, far from family, alone, but not really alone. I had God. I had my kids.… Read More Secrets of Tomorrow
It’s spring! And I’m glad. But suddenly there is so much to do! My husband and I tilled the garden, which, my muscles kicked back the next day, so I didn’t get it planted. Then it began to rain. And rain. And rain. Our region has been hit with flooding. And we personally had three… Read More When Life Overwhelms You
I don’t like to travel through life in the darkness. Do you? It seems to me that we generally do not like the unknown. When the way is flooded with light from the sun, ah! now we love that! But when everything is visible, it is so much easier to get distracted by all that… Read More In Times of Darkness
I was thinking about some very difficult trials that I went through about 25 years ago. A short time after my first husband left, suddenly, with maybe a couple of days notice, I was praying fervently using some verses from the Psalms. My prayer from the depths of my heart went something like this: Lord,… Read More A Different Miracle
Life is full of storms. Some of them are over quickly, while others seem to drag on forever. The Apostle Paul went through a lengthy storm on the Mediterranean Sea during which time those on the ship gradually gave up hope of their being saved. But God sent an angel to Paul and reassured him… Read More Hope in the Storm
Who is the real you? There’s the you that strangers see. Hopefully, if you are sincere and honest in how you behave in public, this is a part of the real you, the outer layer so to speak. Then there’s the you that your friends see. And depending on which friend you are spending time… Read More Layers of Real