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 …

Out Of The Shallows

Not long ago I dreamed that we took visiting friends to the lake. When we arrived at the lodge we could see a bit of water that wasn’t very deep and lots of people swimming. They were not very impressed. “Is this all there is?” I told them the area we were at was just the tip of the iceberg. If they’d get out in the water and look beyond the swimming area, they’d see the expanse of the beautiful lake and be amazed. Oh beloved, truth is we often don’t go beyond the swimming area do we? We are …

Heavy Burdens

We bought a dresser over the weekend. It is one of the heaviest pieces of furniture I’ve ever seen. But where we bought it was like a treasure shop to me. Everywhere I looked I saw things I liked. There was even a huge old kettle like the one that used to sit on the stove at an aunt’s house. I told the woman that she might be my new best friend! Although that dresser was so heavy it could hardly be moved, my husband and that little woman moved it out of the storage building, across the yard and …

Real Mansions and True Riches

I read an article about famous singers and the homes they live in. It was titled “Take a Look Inside Mansions of your favorite celebrities”. One of the most expensive home belonged to Jon Bon Jovi. Some of you may not even know who he is, but the $42 million-dollar home spells out just how well he’s done, both as a singer and as an investor. I think about my precious cousin who passed away just about a month ago. He was always saying he didn’t want a mansion; he just wanted a cabin on the back side of heaven. …

Breaking Barriers

On this day headlines are something that really caught my eye this morning. The first from October 11, 1947 was about Chuck Yeager, who became the first person to pass the speed of sound while flying the experimental Bell X-1 plane at an altitude of about 43,000 feet, going 700 miles an hour. As kids we all heard planes making a sonic boom. Now you don’t get to hear about it anymore because noise abatement regulations halted supersonic flight (by civil aircraft) over U.S. land. Oh beloved, I hear the Lord speaking to my heart this morning. As believers are …

Searching The Headlines

The headline reads “After decades of searching Mark Twain’s signature was found inside a famous cave”. The authorities go on to declare that they are 99% sure it’s authentic. Imagine spending decades searching the walls of a cave. Not hieroglyphs or petroglyphs from thousands of years ago but a kid’s signature. Maybe. Oh beloved, what have you been searching for? For some of you it’s been indeed decades. Are you hoping that it will make a difference in your life – this thing you are searching for? God wants you to know this morning that He is the Searcher – …