Just Hop In and Go

Just Hop In and Go

  We hadn’t taken a back-roads trip in a while. So last month we took off. Danny chose a road that had a sign reading “state maintenance ends in 12 miles”. I wasn’t so sure about that road. But we went the 12 miles and found ourselves facing a dirt road. My caution took over. I didn’t think we should do it. After all we didn’t know where that road was going. Except Danny was sure where that road was heading. He said where we’d come out. I said no way. I doubted it. But guess what? We came out …

Knock Down the Pests

Knock Down the Pests

    When we went to get ready for bed last night I noticed two areas where those lovely Asian beetles were wadded up. I decided that we didn’t need those little creatures in our bedroom. So I got the vaccum cleaner out and began to dispose of them. Once they were gone I finished getting ready for bed. But now more of them were in the room and they were everywhere. We discovered a small hole where the phone line went through the wall. Danny got his ladder and plugged the hole. But he moved the curtains and the …

Oh Pioneer!

Oh Pioneer!

  While we were hitting the back roads we came upon some campers. Now these campers were in a remote part of the area and had no electricity or running water. It was primitive. We’ve seen these types of campers in this area before. They were probably living in a tent and their vehicle. We didn’t see them at first. We did see their cardboard sign. That’s what made us stop. “Need $5 for cigarettes. Will trade for Firewood.” About the time we got the sign read we saw a woman in a long black dress moving through the thicket …

No Brakes No Steering

No Brakes No Steering

  Danny decided our car needed washing, so we pulled in to one of the newest ones while we were in a nearby town. This one was different than any I’ve ever seen. You pull up, choose your wash, pay the money and then you put your car in neutral, take your hands off the steering wheel and remove your foot from the brake. It then compels you forward and take you through the entire wash by itself. It sure felt weird neither to steer nor to put on the brakes. But when we were through we drove out the …

Need

Need

  I’m in shock. This Word NEED. I’ve been reading another online faith friend’s battle with her husband’s illness. He’s been stricken with a viral infection attacking his nervous system. This morning as I read I prayed even more. And she was specific with their needs. Financial, healing, pain relief, etc. Specific. I have needs! My husband has needs! We’ve been through this season of sickness that we’ve never had before. Not in 44 years of marriage have either of us ever been very sick. Danny has not been in the hospital since he was 9 years old! You too …

Weary In The Season

Weary In The Season

  On top of everything else we have going on, I managed to “catch” a cold. Mind you, I was not looking for it, neither did I chase after it, but it was caught nonetheless. Did I mention I don’t like colds, neither do I want the nuisance of it. We have enough to do that I did not have time to be down for the count. I knew though that I would feel better soon. I was sure that it would not last forever. And I am thankful for that knowledge. So too when seasons of trouble come our …

What Is A Perfect Christmas?

What Is A Perfect Christmas?

I must confess the picture in my mind of my house decorated for Christmas looks far different from the actual situation at this time. In my mind there are no dishes in the sink and no sale papers on the coffee table. In my mind the mantel is absolutely perfect. In reality it’s well… it’s getting there. What used to take hours now takes several days. I feel like my theme this year is Random Acts of Décor. LOL Sometimes it feels like God’s design is Random Acts of What? We see chaos, mismatch, and a continual mess that needs …

What Do You Want for Christmas?

What Do You Want for Christmas?

Danny asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I was hard pressed to think of anything. While I was thinking about it, he said I don’t want a thing. I’ve got what I want. That’s how I feel too. Now there will probably be something under the tree, but we received so much this year and we are very grateful to still have one another. Oh beloved, what are you longing for this Christmas? Do you have a list ready? Are you frantically hoping your list gets filled? Maybe you’re hopeless. Nothing has ever turned out right on Christmas anyway. …

Heart Warming Is God’s Specialty

Heart Warming Is God’s Specialty

Last night I went to our 10 year old grandson’s Christmas concert. After the balmy weather we’ve had I was freezing. I know, it’s not even winter yet, but I am already anticipating spring. Chilled to the bone, I was wishing I had at least worn a sweater. I rode with his family to the concert and back to their house. The three grands showed me the Christmas lights in their bedrooms and I got hugs from them all and headed for the car. As I approached I heard the motor and wondered if I’d forgotten to turn it off …

God’s Presence Unwrapped

God’s Presence Unwrapped

Wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do. I get a lot of joy out of thinking about the reaction each person will have over the gift picked especially for them. Sometimes I get busy wrapping and forget whose gift is whose. I’ve even been known to unwrap something to see what it is. At any rate wrapping a gift is fun. But watching each loved one unwrap those gifts is absolutely joyful! Oh beloved, God has already given you the best gift anyone could have. He has given you the gift of Salvation. This gift tops all …

Victory at The Nativity

Victory at The Nativity

I love nativities, so when Danny found another one we had purchased on an after Christmas sale I was thrilled. I knew the grands would enjoy putting it together because it was made like LEGO’s. When they came over they were indeed excited. The box showed what it would look like and they opened it up and began to work. The only problem was the size. The pieces to this nativity were so tiny! Not regular LEGO size but so small pieces fell down into the carpet. It wasn’t going to be easy at all. It was rather complicated. They …

A Place For You

A Place For You

A place for everything and everything in its place. This phrase comes to mind this morning.  It’s so very true.  But once you’ve lived somewhere for 20 plus years you start to burst at the seams with everything.  I’ve found that I have more things than places.  It might be time to start downsizing, at least on the stuff.  One thing is for sure there is always room for what I hold dearest.  I just find that my dearest possessions are dearer and less possessing. Oh beloved, God speaks to our hearts this morning.  There is a place for you …