IF – And It Is So!

When we said our vows so many years ago none of them included the word if. When we birthed three babies we never included in our adoration of those babies the word if. Those words have never come up in all these years of conversation. My husband is my soul mate – it’s just so. Our kids are our kids – it’s just so. Yet IF is in Scripture! Was God giving a caveat to His Word? Was He holding back? Oh beloved, God speaks volumes in a two-letter word this morning! He speaks to you! He wants to stop …

God-Our Friend

It is overwhelming to believe that the God of the universe, who created all mankind, would want to call me His friend. I think of all the amazing people out there, the ones who are funnier, cooler, more successful and more beautiful than I am. I think why would God want to include ME in His circle? But, just as fast as I begin to think these crazy thoughts, God does something amazing to remind me of the friend I have in Him. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother – even in my wandering. Even when …

You Need The Real Thing

Guitars have been part of my family since before I was born. Uncles, cousins and my own children play them. Our middle daughter and our son started playing when their grandmother gave them a small guitar when they were young. That daughter now has one of the best guitars made, given to her by her husband for Christmas. So I laughed as I looked at a portable pocket guitar for sale. It’s just the upper part, the fret of the guitar and it was called a guitar gadget trainer. But I know it can’t do much for you because it’s not …

Rumors of Wars

Yesterday we had a great day together. In spite of wars and rumors of wars. Just sayin. My sweetie and I took the beautiful sunny day as an opportunity to go do some things and spend a Christmas gift card from one of our kids. During the day stuff happened of course. We had a phone call that didn’t go well. But one of the main things was we got word that Danny’s best buddy since early elementary went home to be with Jesus. Frustration and sadness threatened to totally take over our day. The sun kept shining, the weather …

God Gives Us Signs

The office where I work is in the same building as some federal offices. They are not open. And there are more than enough signs on the doors entering the building and their office door that you would know that. Yet yesterday I watched a man come inside the building and attempt to go in that door. The office is dark and the door would not open and again, the signs were there. But he kept trying to go in. Finally, he turned and left. I’m not sure if he ever read the signs. He looked rather perplexed. God gives …

The Giver of Gifts

Since the weekend was sunny for a change, we spent most of the two days outside. After church we came home and ate a quick lunch. After we did some gun siting (well Danny did, lol) we went to Iron Mountain marina and enjoyed spending a gift certificate that I had. We had forgotten all about that certificate, which was given to me spring of last year as I won a t-shirt design contest they put on. What a blessing for the New year! It reminded me that we should never forget the good gifts God gives us. We need …

Childlike Wonder

I think what I like most about Christmas is that it opens our hearts to childlike wonder. Christmas is definitely for children especially. After all it centers around Christ who was born a babe in a manger. I am glad to be like a kid again with fun and enjoyment of decorating, wrapping and preparing. But I am also glad that Jesus is no longer a babe in a manger. Oh beloved! Emmanuel has come and God is with us! Our risen King! He was resurrected into power and gives us all of Himself to celebrate every single day! Most kings …

The Word is Loyal

First, let me say loyal doesn’t apply to a handful of people on this planet.  Not really. And second, let me tell you I pray to be a loyal person, loyal to God first and loyal to my loved ones, friends and family. The most loyal person I’ve ever met is Jesus.  When He introduced Himself to me it was forever and He has never left me or failed me. He won’t rat me out, in fact He talks fondly to the Father about me. And He rebukes the enemy on my behalf.  He is a loyal friend who has …

Bad Things and Good People

This week we will be having a family funeral. I’ve been processing this incident for several days. It’s been very hard. Danny’s precious cousin lost her life at the hands of someone masquerading as a friend. She walked into heaven, not as a special needs woman of 66 years, not as a beaten and battered victim, but as a completely whole woman of God. For that we are forever thankful. Her father, Danny’s Uncle, has been a minister of the Gospel for well more than 50 years. He has held hands with the dying, comforted the grieving and married and …

Coffee and Life Can Jolt Us!

I was intrigued by the new brand of coffee I spied. 50% of proceeds goes to veterans. Loved that! So instead of picking up our usual brand I picked up a bag of this new brand’s Rise and Shine light roast. Well when I made the pot of coffee it was delicious. But within a few minutes My chest hurt and I found myself jittery. I realized that this coffee actually has more caffeine, so I got a jolt to start my day! What do you drink of first thing? The troubles of the day, the losses you have had, the …

Don’t Be Alarmed

I woke up this morning to the phone alarm and a loud truck driving by. The alarm is mine and the truck is a neighbor’s. In fact, that neighbor heading to work was a little boy who came to play with my older grandkids a few years back. Amazing how time rolls on. Waking up to alarms and roaring trucks is okay but I can think of more peaceful ways to enter into a new day. Oh beloved, what kind of alarms are you waking up to? Is your mind repeating the lies of yesterday? When you get up do …

Stop and Rest

A friend of ours used to travel back and forth across the country as an evangelist. He and Danny were talking one day and he asked if he had ever seen the Grand Canyon. He told Danny that he had been through there many times, but never had the time to stop and look. Too busy traveling to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. Even such a sight as the Grand Canyon couldn’t get him to take a short stop to see the treasure and beauty of God’s creation. We can be like that. We can get so busy …