Monday, December 28, 2015

Any Bad Habits?

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!

What is a habit anyway? A habit is anything that we do that has a controlling influence on our lives...it becomes part of us. It could be smoking, drinking, excessive eating, chewing gum, twisting paper clips as we listen, saying "you know" every few words, drinking coffee every half hour and so on...

QUOTE: St. Augustine said, "A Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes a necessity." 

My doctor told me that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit or begin a good habit. She was encouraging me because of a new food regiment she was about to put me on and if I stuck to it for 21 days, it would become a good habit. For some reason that seemed possible when she put it that way.

I feel for people who are addicted to bad habits because I know how difficult it is to give up something that is bad for us. It almost seems crazy when you can't give up something that will eventually harm you right? But the bondage is so great so I thought my doctors motivating words might motivate someone else.

Habits are first cobwebs, then cables. 

The good news is that chronic worrying is a mental habit you can learn how to break.

 This is a picture I took of a lizard that lives in our yard in 2012.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Attitude Needs Daily Adjustments

Hebrews 4:12  "For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Read this and thought it was worth sharing:

Dear Lord,
So far today, I am doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, cursed, or eaten any chocolate. However, I am going to get out of bed in a few minutes, and I will need a lot of help after that. Amen.

I would like to read just a few inspired statements that will help us to understand how important attitude is. Here is one from the book Reflecting Christ, 303. "The character we cultivate, the attitude we assume today, is fixing our future destiny." What is it doing? It is fixing our future destiny. Here is another one. "His spirit, his attitude and actions, are delineated on the record above, and will determine whether or not he can be trusted with the eternal riches of heaven." Signs of the Times, February 20, 1896.

Attitude is important, of life-and-death importance.There are many things in life that reveal our attitude.The Word of God goes right to the heart to discern the thoughts and the intents of the heart. Now the intent of the heart is your attitude.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: To choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way.   
                                                                   Viktor Frankl, concentration camp survivor.


This was taken of my grandkids at the playground June 2013.


Friday, December 11, 2015

The Unseen Path of Life!

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path - Psalm 119:105

Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see. ~ Corrie ten Boom

The story of Corrie ten Boom who survived a Nazi death camp is a great example of courage and strength in the midst of the most horrific circumstances. Most of her family died in those death camps but yet she realized that her life spared was a gift from God. She stated that "there is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still" and "God will give us the love to be able to forgive our enemies." At age 53, Corrie ten Boom began a world-wide ministry which took her into more that 60 countries in the next 33 years! She testified to God's love and encouraged all she met with the message that "Jesus is Victor." Take time to read her website: http://www.corrietenboom.com

When life seems hard take time to remember those like Corrie ten Boom who took their sacrifices of life and shared God's love, mercy and grace. We don't always see what God is doing in our own life to make us a better reflection of Him.

Traveling with the Lord is not about being able to see where our journey leads but trusting in the one who leads!

This is a picture I took of my grandkids that I had sitting on top of my desk at home, September 2013.
 


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wonderful Gifts from God!

God gives us the gift of forgiveness. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9

God gives us the gift of salvation if we will trust in Him. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 

Another one of God's gifts to us is the Holy Spirit the moment we become a believer. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, self-control and faith. These are the qualities that God says, I put into your life when you let me live through you. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

God also gives us the gift of special abilities which are called Spiritual Gifts. They are the abilities you need to get the job done that God wants you to do. “Each of you has been blessed with one of God's many wonderful gifts to be used in serving of others. So use your gift well.” 1 Peter 4:10 

Spiritual gifts produce spiritual results! 

This picture was taken January 2014 when I was teaching the kids a few 
weeks ago at church and we made these bracelets to help in memorizing John 3:16.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

We Are Never Alone!

 John 14:15-18 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.


God's gift to us is the Holy Spirit who indwells in us and gives us peace that passes all understanding; which means we are never alone. The Holy Spirit is like a suit of armor that prepares us for life's daily battles. The Holy Spirit goes out into our daily conflicts and protects our front, backs, sides and insides; our whole being.


The Holy Spirit is God’s moment-by-moment provision for strength, courage, boldness, victory and the abundant life. It’s for us and it’s God’s plan for our life! 

Focusing on worst-case scenarios won’t keep bad things from happening. It will only keep us from enjoying the good things we have in the present.


"A godly woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her."



This picture was taken at sunrise on the beach!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

~What I Like About Christmas~

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year because of the festive decorations, parties and most people just seem to be in good spirits....I don't care for the shopping and spending money on things we would not normally purchase any other time of year but overall it is still one of my favorite holidays! With my kids and grand-kids I try to just spend time in celebration as much as possible and on the 25th I cook up a traditional southern breakfast.

This is something I have done all of their lives and it is the only tradition that we still carry on today. I am so grateful because it is a wonderful family time and we are in agreement to keep it going.  I feel it is the BEST part of our day together!

Some years my mother travels from Spain to spend the holidays with us so that makes it even more special. Also, I use as many family members things to add to the tradition such as my dads dishes, my grandmothers goblets & my mother n laws trays so their memories live on with us....It's just a magical time of year for us as a family ~ 

  It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
- W. T. Ellis

 This picture was taken of one of my grandbabies in 2012!

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Category 5 Storm

2 Corinthians 4:8-9,
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

According to the weather report all is quiet in the tropics right now and as I was reading this I thought how great it would be if we all had a radar to watch to see when a storm of life is about to come our way personally. Unfortunately life is not that way at all so we have to be prepared spiritually each and every day as we may face a new day where all may be quiet or we may face a day where we have a Category 5 coming. One never knows what each day may bring but we can take comfort in knowing that God knows and watches over us and is able to protect and prepare us for the storms we will be facing.


Life is so full of storms it seems, just like hurricane season they come when you are not ready and when you least expect it and you are never prepared. Who can prepare for the day to day dramas that affect all of us in one way or the other except to trust in God to take care of us in the midst of each crisis. The hope we have that he is continuously holding on to us as the storms of life are knocking us down and that we will be able to get back up and go on with our life once again.


I think about the young men and women giving their life in the war for all of us here to have a better quality of life and the men and women before them. Personally, I have not had to give up my life for anything or anyone. I feel blessed and privileged to know that there are people I do not even know who are fighting for you and me. That encourages me to keep going no matter what storm I may be facing today. These are people who see something bigger than themselves and are willing to take a risk daily for something they believe in.


During the last few years of hurricanes, like everyone else has experienced, every plant in my yard died except one bougainvillea. It actually bloomed even more after the hurricane and that reminded me so much of people in my own life that persevere through it all. They are such an encouragement  to me and my family as they bloom in this garden called life!


My prayer and challenge today is to be more like the bougainvillea and that I may bloom more after the storms passes. (written in 2006 during Hurricane Season)


I took this photo when Hurricane Sandy 2012 was miles 
from our shores on it's way North.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Mind Has Mountains!

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31


Sometimes, like mountains, our mind can seem overloaded with too much to do, fears, struggles, and heartaches. We can feel overwhelmed from all the noise in our heads. In those times, however, remember that we have a remarkable resource. We have a heavenly Father who stands ready to help us climb that mountain.  God is capable of handling the mountains in our minds that overwhelm us.

Dear Lord, I have too much going on in my mind and in my life. I have no idea where to begin or how to get it all done. I am tired, frustrated and worn out. Lord, give me the strength to do all that needs to be done and help me to know what I need to eliminate from my life in order to have the right balance. I am trusting that with your strength and wisdom, I will be able to conquer this mountain in my mind.

 This picture was taken when I visited Ronda Spain in 2012. Around the city of Ronda are remains of prehistoric settlements.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Wait!

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry. 
 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps. 
 He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
 

And will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3
David is praising God for the time he waited for his prayers to be answered. How many of us are waiting on God for the healing of a loved one, for a prodigal child to return, for a family member to change, for our hearts to no longer grieve. Waiting is hard! As David looks back on his wait on God, he praises God for a hymn of praise in his heart. 
 
When God keeps me waiting I find that my prayer may not be answered but my heart changes and He does give me joyful endurance. God is able to help us to love and trust Him enough to wait with joy and to see it as an opportunity to praise Him anyways. 


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay;
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still. 
 This picture was taken in my backyard of one of our 
little kittens napping in my coal bucket flower pot, October 2012

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Final Frontier

Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 

There used to be a frontier of exploration in this country. In this day and age it may seem there is nothing new to discover. I truly believe that this is probably how they felt during the Roman Empire and every generation before and after. 

God has still so much more for us to learn and we need to continue searching. Every day we hear and see new things being built and created. We need to realize that there is still a frontier of discovery within our own grasp! God created and continues to work in and through us. We need to be open and receptive to the gifts which He can bring into our lives each and every day. Imagine the possibilities! God is not done yet. 

We need to have the faith of those before us and not be defeated by the lies of defeat from Satan. Our God is still in the business of miracles if we will allow Him to use us as He did all those we read about in the scriptures. We are not in the "final frontier" of life so keep on working towards whatever it is that He may have for your life! Never give up, or give in to the thought of failure. God has our back!
  
Satan wants to keep you looking back so that he can keep you from moving forward. -Tony Evans.

This picture was taken when we visited Charleston, South Carolina ~ March 2013

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Seasons Of Life

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1


There are dozens of seasons in our life. Here are some of the seasons according to Ecclesiastes 3:2-8.

A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
    And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
    And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
    And a time to speak;
A time to love,
    And a time to hate;
A time of war,
    And a time of peace.


Ask yourself in whatever season of life you are in today, "What can I learn from this season of my life?"  

Prayer: Lord, I want to trust you in every season of my life ~ good and bad!


This picture was taken at my work 
when it was decorated for Christmas in 2008.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Good or Evil?

Romans 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Everyone has the feeling they are always fighting the good angel and the evil demon on their shoulders. When I hear the evil demon telling me what to do, I know it is my own wicked flesh talking. When I hear the good angel telling me what to do, I know it is the Holy Spirit living within me.When I give in to my flesh it always gets me into trouble. When I listen to the Holy Spirit it leads me to a path of peace.

We don't always know the right thing to do but the Holy Spirit living inside of us does so we need to  listen and obey. Pray for God to make all things clear and it will be made clear. Listen for God's voice in your heart and life to direct to what is right. It will never be contrary to God's Word. Listen carefully and completely. 

How do we hear? 
 Through prayer, God's Word and obeying His Word!

 This picture was taken when I was traveling on 
the coast of Mississippi in 2009.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One Too Many Things To Do

Why is it so difficult to say no to people? Most of us want to be able to do everything and anything to be a help. I'm sure it is probably not a healthy motive but probably a common reason why most people take on too much responsibility. We enjoy being needed and involved especially when it is a cause or occasion that we like but too much of a good thing can some times be difficult to manage.

When we take on too much it can affect our outlook on everything. Personally I would sign up for everything so I usually ask my husband for his input before I make any decision. I sure wish I had done that early in our marriage because it would have eliminated so much stress in my own life. Unfortunately I believed then he was a "kill joy" so most of the time I would volunteer without his approval only to end up needing his assistance to help me accomplish the task. It's a wonder he didn't suffocate me in my sleep with all the added stress I'm sure I caused him but he instead took care of the situation and always made my work look better, now that's a good husband.

Everyone wants a life that is manageable and peaceful! It takes careful organizing and planning of our time. This is an area where I have always struggled and work on daily with the help of my husband who is more realistic of my accomplishments. God's plan for our life is not chaos and stress so let's pray for daily guidance and direction!

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

 This picture was taken of the Jupiter Lighthouse in May 2010.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Reflecting God's Love!

Let's LOVE Him and LOVE others because of the LOVE He has for us.

I Corinthians 13:13 tells us that LOVE echoes into eternity. It's the only thing that we do that will last for eternity. “Three things will continue forever: faith, hope, and LOVE. And the greatest of these is LOVE.”

People will forget all our work, our wealth, our hobbies, our trophies, our awards, etc. The only thing that will last forever is the LOVE we show for Him and for others. 

After work, pop pop still takes time to play! January 2014

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Perfection!

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8


God is more interested in our love for Him and our love for others than he is in our trying to be perfect.  It is impossible to be perfect. No matter how much we try, we will fail at perfection. It simply isn't possible to be perfect but it is possible to love.


Yet, we all strive to be perfect at something. Such as our jobs, in our churches, with our hobbies, in our academics and many other areas. These are all good things and we can be great at some and not so great at others. Yes, we should all strive to do our best but the Bible tells us that “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” 1 Cor. 13:3


Nothing can take the place 
of love and relationships!
 A picture taken of my Aunt and Uncle taken December 2013. They have always made me feel loved and adored.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wearing Woes!

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8

We need to remember that everyone has problems, fears, anxiety, betrayal, and this list is endless. No one is immune to difficult circumstances. No one has the monopoly on problems and issues in this world either. There is enough to go around. We can't control the difficult circumstances that come into our life and we can't always control how we wear our woes.

woes

definition
1. grievous distress, affliction, or trouble.

All the positive thinking in the world will not work to help overcome the wounds life may bring but God can heal us in ways we don't expect.

When in the midst of conflict or problems in my own life, God sends reminders to me of all that is good. For example, I can hang around one of my grand kids who hugs me so tenderly and tells me they love me and all is well in my world. My husband and I have moments when the young adults at church will say or do something for us that our hearts become overwhelmed with joy. God has provided nieces and nephews in our life that lift us up just by hanging around them. We thank God constantly for the sweet relationships He gives us each day. My husband and I remind ourselves to take time to reflect on all the good that God has provided and we want to wear our gratefulness. Is our life perfect? Of course not, but most days it feels pretty close because of the relationships God gives to us who become the hands and feet of Jesus in our life.

My prayer today is to thank God for all that is good today and to trust Him with all that is not...

 This picture was taken by my mom in Spain of a poppy field in 2006.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Courage and Blessing!

Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel, and the man was very rich. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings. He was of the house of Caleb. I Samuel 25:2-3

Abigail was intelligent and beautiful but her husband Nabal was a fool and cruel according to these verses. How many times have we seen two people married where one is delightful and the other grates our nerves? 

David was still on the run at this time from King Saul and was in the area where Nabal had his sheep so they protected them from any harm. It was customary at that time to be compensated for the protection of your flock but instead Nabal was rude, critical and refused to do anything for David and his men.

David was upset and set out to go up against Nabal for his foolishness. Abigail met him on the road with her servants and compensation for David and his men's protection of their flock without her husband knowing. When she told her husband the next day about what she had done he was so upset he had a heart attack and died. David found out what happened to Abigails husband and asked her to be his wife and they were married.

This is a great love story but more than that it is about a woman who had the courage to do right and God blessed!

This picture was taken while visiting Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, October 2014.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hope For Tomorrow....

for the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” Joshua 4:23-24

God performed a miracle at the Red Sea and at Jordan by removing the waters so the Israeli nation could cross over on dry land. 

Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’  Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:4-7

Today we have many ways to share God's goodness and blessings. For me personally I have my photos to always remind me of His blessings. I love to look at them and smile at all the good times of those I love even if they are no longer with me. My prayer journals where I have marked answered prayers is another reminder. I write about His blessing in my blogs to share His blessings with others. 

We really need those reminders of blessings when we are under attack emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc. When the darkness tries to take us we have all the blessings of the past to remind us of the hope for all our tomorrows.....

This picture was taken by my niece Theresa at Sanibel Island, August 2014. Her photos are a work of art!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Teach Us To Pray

Luke 11:1 "Lord, teach us to pray."

We pray when we need something from God and it is always our first request when all is lost. Prayer is not about getting what we want but instead about getting to know God. Oswald Chambers described it like this: When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get into touch with Reality.


Prayer is not so much about changing circumstances as it is in changing us. When we are changed then God gives us what we need to change things around us. For example, when I went through my own divorce God did not restore my marriage. Instead, he restored me to Him and I was able to accept the loss and move forward in the direction God had for my own life. 


God continues to watch over me and I understand more about unanswered prayers. They have all been answered much like a parent with yes and no. As parents we can't give our children everything they ask for but we do try to give them everything they need. God is our parent and understands what is best but through prayer he always changes us. Prayer is more about that change in us than the change of circumstances. 


The change in us is more about our relationship with Him personally. Pastor Rick Warren's son committed suicide and he continues to minister to those around him. God has not failed Pastor Rick but instead taken that misery and created more ministry. I believe God wants to do the same with all of us ~ pray for everything and expect the prayer to change you more than your circumstances.


Adversity is what strengthens us when we pray! 



This picture was taken on my vacation on the beach, May 2013.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Step By Step

He does not lead me year by year
Nor even day by day.
But step by step my path unfolds;
My Lord directs my way.

Tomorrow's paths I do not know,

I only know this minute;
But He will say, "This is the way,
By faith now walk ye in it."

And I am glad that it is so.

Today's enough to bear;
And when tomorrow comes, His grace
Shall far exceed its care.

What need to worry then, or fret?

The God who gave His Son
Holds all my moments in His hand
And gives them, one by one.

-Barbara C. Ryberg


As soon as I pray, You answer me; You encourage me by giving me strength. Psalm 138:3
 
This picture was taken at the beach in Jupiter May 2010.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Strength For Each Day!

Each day brings us new challenges; some good and some not so good! We really don't need to prepare for the good things but how do we prepare for the "not so good" that comes at any given moment? We've all been there when we have gotten bad news regarding our health or the health of a loved one. Daily on the news we hear about accidents, job losses, death and so much more. What about all the news regarding the economic uncertainty of our country with all the doom and gloom coming from our politicians? It's no wonder anxiety is so prevalent in our society.

If worry and anxiety helped or did something beneficial I would be the first to tell you since I do both so well. Instead I find it begins to defeat me almost immediately and is of no benefit to us going into any kind of difficult situation.

Judges 6:14-16
Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.


 This is a picture I took of a Hibiscus in my garden in 2006.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Hand Of God



written July 8, 2009:
I went to watch the sun rise....but it was struggling! Then it was as if the hand of God "embraced" it and the sun began to shine. Amazing! The pictures I took above were just within minutes. 

A reminder when we struggle~God's hand is there to guide us.


Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10 







Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Weaver

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow,
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.

Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

-Grant Colfax Tuller


John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled.


This picture was taken in Savannah, Georgia when we visited in March 2013.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

If I Had My Life To Live Over - Erma Bombeck

(written after she found out she was dying of cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you' More 'I'm sorry's.'

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it, and really see it .. live it and never give it back.



This is a picture of a parrot in my yard taken in 2009.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Where Is God In The Hard Times?

Hebrews 13:5b I will never leave thee...

Everyone faces difficulty and no one is exempt from hard times in their life journey since the beginning of time. God has given us the Bible packed with stories of all the difficulty of the saints before us. It shows us how they handled their life circumstances as we face our own trials and tribulations. It is to encourage us no matter what life may throw at us so that we are able to work through and overcome any and all hopeless situations that we may have to face now or in the future.

A quote from German theologian Otto Dibelius, a leader of the anti-Nazi resistance movement in World War II: “God does not lead his children around hardship, but leads them straight through hardship. But he leads! And amidst the hardship, he is nearer to them than ever before.”


God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him ~ Hudson Taylor




This is a picture I took of my brother at the beach when he was visiting Easter 2012.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Negative Nuggets

And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.” Joshua 3:13

There is always someone in our families, in our church and in our community that carries the mother load of "negative nuggets" for anyone who will take time to listen. We have to purposefully keep those negative messages from our ears so that we do not make decisions in our life because of them.

I have seen my family, my church and my country suffer because of all the "negative nuggets" that have been allowed to infiltrate those who want to hear. 40 years prior to the scripture written above there were those who spread their "negative nuggets" to the Israeli people. They believed those who spread the negativity more than the God who had removed them from Egypt and helped them to cross the Red Sea. Because they chose to listen they were not able to enter the Promised Land for another 40 years.

Before we judge the carelessness of the Israeli people let's remember that we ourselves have done much the same thing. We believe the one's who spread rumors or those who are mean to others with their words more than those who are pure at heart. We have many times missed the blessings from God because of those we choose to listen to instead of the Holy Spirit within us or the Word of God. 

The Israeli people were sent the direction of the Jordan River to get to the Promised Land and God once again removed the water so they could cross on dry land. How many Jordan Rivers in our life have we come to where we choose to believe the negativity of those around us and miss the blessings of God? 

Here are some ways to eliminate those "negative nuggets" ~ eliminate much phone time unless it is an emergency and there are not as many of those as we think. I find that phone conversations ultimately lead to negativity. Eliminate much tv time and especially the news. Eliminate much time with those we know that spread their nuggets especially in jest and sarcasm because it causes the same damage to our minds and our decisions.

The best way for me personally to eliminate negative nuggets in my own life is to spend as much time with children as possible ~ they keep my mind uncluttered!

This quote was written by George Bernard Shaw. The picture was taken when my husband was watching and singing along to the movie "Frozen" with our grandkids.