Hole In The Roof

We went riding around for a while yesterday. Danny wanted to see where a tree had fallen on the power lines near our house the night before. He also wanted to check a couple of creeks out to see just how much flooding we had. While driving on one highway I noticed a house that was falling in. We used to know who lived in that house and I was surprised. There was a huge hole in the roof. Danny said he had heard they were preparing to burn it as practice for the fire department. The huge hold in …

The Doll

I love baby dolls. So I had the most awesome time hunting for the perfect baby doll for our youngest granddaughter, complete with all the sounds and effects of a real baby. Not long after Christmas she was visiting at our house and I asked where her baby was. “Oh she’s turned off” was the reply. You can turn the sounds of that baby off with just a flip of a switch. Being able to silence the baby doll meant that nobody has to hear all those noises at her house and granddaughter can leave it all behind when she …

Paralyzed

When my husband was temporarily paralyzed from a stroke, I got paralyzed too – by fear. Although hubby’s paralysis left and it’s never recurred, my paralysis tries to come back on occasion. Can anyone relate? Oh beloved, fear is the ultimate “paralyzer”. It will grab you and keep you from moving forward. It will tie you to the bed of sorrow and cause you to remain immobile and unmovable. But our God is a forward God. His momentum is to compel us to live a forward facing, continually moving in the Spirit life. No one is ever meant to succumb …

Final Resting Place?

Where my hubby grew up you can see for miles and miles and more miles. At night is especially so. The lights of Danny’s hometown can be seen from just outside the larger city, roughly 45 miles away. So it’s no surprise that we could see the yellow house of his aunt and uncle long before we got there. It has changed, but it remains the same. Good memories dwell in the yard and house. Our daughters’ first horse rides happened there along with other family fun. One can also see the cemetery where his father is laid to rest …

Snooze Button

Recently the snooze button on the alarm was far too easily hit. As I went to hit it one more time I realized just how many times I had hit the word “Snooze”. It’s always amazing to me just how good the sleep is right about time the alarm goes off. Oh beloved, there are times when you and I would like a snooze button for life. The only problem with trying to snooze through life is that it keeps going. Alarms are for our good. Without them we’d sleep right through till who knows when. We definitely would miss …

Injuries Happen

It was Senior night for our oldest grandson a couple of weeks ago. He and his parents were on the field along with the other seniors all of them being honored. We’ve been watching the games on tv but went to see the festivities last night. Imagine our concern (horror?) as our grandson was injured. The word we got was broken arm. The rest of us went home and waited while grandson and parents went to the hospital. Finally we heard the news. And the injury was slight enough that he wanted to go back and finish the game. Doc …

Post The Word

With some of my grands in tow I went over to see a friend’s house still under construction. She invited us along with several others to write Scriptures and encouragement on the studs of the building before the sheet-rock and trim went up. What a cool idea! Even the grands, who know her and like her a lot, took a marker and wrote! It was so much fun! To know that through the years the words written will remain as a hidden reminder of the blessings of God is quite wonderful. Oh beloved, the Word is Spirit and life! When …

Blessings In Motion

Waking up this morning to central heat is wonderful. We have a fireplace and we can use it. But modern conveniences are such a gift. Oh beloved it’s so cold outside. But we have much to be thankful for. From the heat in our homes to the cats in our driveways we are blessed. But we don’t take anything for granted do we? We wake up thankful! Thankful for God’s gifts to us. Thankful for the ability to use those gifts. Thankful even for the opportunities to work so that we can give to the Lord, pay our bills and …

Changes?

I just happen to love fall and especially November. I even love the time change. Don’t shoot me! I am a morning person so I’m thrilled to see the sunrise while I’m at home. And the sun is just right for the beautiful leaves in the afternoon on my way home. I don’t like every change that comes in life. Some changes show up right out of nowhere. You and I can prepare somewhat for seasonal changes. But other things we have no control over and no prep time. Oh beloved, Whatever change you are going through you can know …

Fearlessly Stand Our Ground

Coming back from an early morning trip to town last week I spied one of the biggest buck deer I’ve ever seen. He was just majestically standing in an open field. Must have been at least a 10 point. He looked so fearless with his head up and standing completely still. Oh beloved, that encounter reminds me of God’s provision and promises. Both are linked to our walk with Him. As we fearlessly stand our ground against the enemy we have nothing that can stand against us. He provides all our needs. He remains faithful to us. He walks us …

Choose Your Battles Well

There’s a big discussion going on social media between the early decorating versus waiting to decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. We have been in both camps. One year early in our marriage I was pregnant and having some problems so there was no going into the woods. Thankfully my hubby bought our tree just a day or two before Christmas while he was training In Little Rock. We’d never had pre cut tree! We finally decided to use artificial trees later because we couldn’t agree on which tree to cut. I always wanted a tree that truthfully was too big …

Being Transformed

I love reading underdog stories. You know the type where the not expected to win people become the big winners. I read about a young woman who started gymnastics as a way to help build much needed muscle tone as a small girl. Through that decision she was transformed from being unable to execute simple muscle maneuvers to a four-time national championship at the Special Olympics. Oh beloved, what is God saying when He brings a story like this to our focus? He is saying that your weaknesses have nothing to do with your abilities. He’s saying that Christ is …