Prayer helps me when I'm sad. I often pray for others when I'm hurting. This is my prayer today:
It's just a week before Christmas and so many of my friends are hurting. They are missing loved ones who are no longer living on earth.
Please, Lord, fill them with Your joy and peace. Remind them of Your love. Fill our hearts with sweet memories of Christmases past and hope for the future.
Help us all to remember what Christmas is all about: You love us so much that You gave Your Son that Read more [...]
Thank you for all the seasonings we have to use and all the flavors we get to experience in our food. But I know that nothing compares to You. As verse 8 of Psalm 34 says, Taste and see that the Lord is good." You alone are good. You alone are worthy of my praise. I praise You today for who You are.
Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
Of David, Read more [...]
On the Border
Salt & Pepper (local spot)
Pasqual (local spot)
When we travel, we eat out almost every meal. I am grateful for good food and restaurants where I can make healthy choices. I don't always eat right, but I'm glad I have choices.
Thank you for those who serve others. For the restaurants and other businesses that make my life easier. Help me to Read more [...]
And all the colors in between. God could have made the world in grey-scale. We would have never known the difference. He loves beauty. He loves us. So He shared beauty with us. I am grateful.
Thank you for making the world so full of color and beauty! Even on dark days, help me to look around. Help me to look for Your beauty in the things and people around me that I might remember You and Read more [...]
This week my big brother and a friend are moving in with us.
I am excited to have Bob and Gretchen stay at our house for the next 6-8 months. They will be fun to have. Fun to cook with, eat with, decorate with and just be with. I love them both! Having fun family in the house again will be wonderful! But...
She never knew Andrew. She doesn't know our family history or our difficult relationship with one of our kids. I don't know her well. We will get to know each other, and I'm sure we will Read more [...]
I am grateful for my hearing and the sounds of the world around me.
Rain falling on my roof
Birds chirping in the morning
The baby hawk screeching for food in the summertime
Silence on my porch after a heavy snowfall
Motors running, tires squealing, horns honking as we navigate city traffic
My grandsons' voices when they call to tell me the latest news
Voices lifted in praise of our Creator
Acoustical worship music
A crowded auditorium filled with the sound of Read more [...]
The past few days my stats have been soaring. This happens every month or so. And I hate it!
You see, the reason my stats are soaring is because someone shared What bereaved parents want you to know (but may not say).
Last month someone shared What parents with a baby in Heaven may want you to know (but may not say) causing my stats to soar.
People share these two articles on FB, usually because they have lost a child. That is why I hate to see my stats soar: I know another Read more [...]
The activities of the last six weeks have been both wonderful and hard. I have enjoyed parts, but they have also reminded me of what I have lost.
As often happens when we are worn out, I have felt a bit down the last few days. When I am down, I begin to doubt.
The solution for me when battling discouragement is always the same: prayer and looking again at the truth found in the Bible.
Many years ago I began memorizing scripture.
I like to study whole chapters because it's too easy Read more [...]
When first began homeschooling, a curriculum that we used suggested we memorize entire chapters of scripture rather than a verse here or there. It said to read a passage out loud twice in the morning and twice at night.
We tried it and in just a few weeks, we had memorized all of Psalm One! Even our two year old knew Psalm One with hand motions.
Memorizing Psalms helps me in that when I want to pray, I can use the words of the Psalmist.
I can use Psalms 23 to pray when Read more [...]
I have seen this type of thing on FaceBook often over the past few months.
But here's the deal: It is NEVER TOO LATE TO FORGIVE SOMEONE ... UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD!
Even after they are out of your life or dead themselves, you can still forgive those who have hurt you! Unforgiveness affects you as much or more than it affects the person against whom you are holding a grudge. It eats at your insides. It makes you angry at things which should not make you angry. It can make you a bitter old person Read more [...]