Monthly Archives: January 2008

Thankfulness from a Heart full of HOPE

Iris has labeled today’s thankful journey “HOPE“. “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:5-8

I am numbered among the “ungodly” that Christ gave His life for. I am one without strength…that He freely gives strength to in my time of need. I am one with the glorious HOPE that fades not away…(1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.)

I am thankful for peace and protection. I am thankful for love of family. I am thankful for healing for Wanda—(HOPE is what He gives—-TRUST is what we do)
I am thankful for the blessings of my Father—freely given to one so undeserving as I. God bless you tremendously today!

Visit Iris at Sting my Heart for more thankfuls!


Where You Will Find Me Wednesday

“Sin will take you further than you wanted to go; Cost you more than you wanted to pay; And make you stay longer than you intended to stay.” Tommy Moore

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26 (NIV)

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Time for Prayer

Last night before I lay my completely (still) exhausted body down, I read several wonderful blog posts. A very urgent need this morning is found over on my sidebar. Living in Grace with Kelli has a special need in her life and body. God can direct this situation in such a manner that He will be glorified and Kelli can be whole.

If you are a regular visitor here, I appreciate your prayers for Wanda. She is home….and miraculously, God is doing wonders daily! Please continue to lift her up in prayer to the Father.

This morning I had a phone call from a young wife and mother who needs the power of God to move in her family. Not only in her home, but in her personal life in Christ. She is struggling but striving. Aren’t we all? I can’t give her name, but we will call her “young mother”. I have another special friend that needs prayer in a broken relationship. So many hurting. So much pain. Only our Father has the answer. Lord, help us to listen.

In several conversations that transpired over the weekend…some in hushed tones, some loudly, I heard some of the same words. It was funny to begin with…then not so much as I realized we do the same thing…. The conversation went something like this:

Zackary to Rylan: “Wylan, can I have deese caars? Say yes Wylan.” “Wylan, tell Nana that you gave me deese caars.” “Wylan can I have dis twuck? Say yes.”

Rylan to Zackary: “Zakry, tan I hab your finch fies? Say yes.”

Back and forth…all weekend long they went. Fortunately, they didn’t try and persuade Cy to give up anything. When I would scold Zackary about trying to get Rylan to give up something that had been given to him as a gift…he would continue, only in quieter tones (hoping I would not hear).

Do we do that? In prayer, do we pray about a specific need and then tell God what He should say or do on our behalf? I think I probably have. As a matter of fact, I do remember a time when, out of frustration in a certain situation, I prayed that God would just “do this or that”…

I’m not the Creator of this vast universe. Nor did I breathe life into anything. I have no business telling God what to do with what He created. I am to obey. Trust. Believe. Have faith that He knows what is best….and what to do.

I know where the boys get this from. This deal of telling the other what to say in response to every question. Us. In teaching them how to talk, we constantly are saying “Say Mama”, or “Say Nana” “Say bye-bye”. When they repeat us, it’s cute. But when we start trying to tell God what to say or do in a situation, it’s not cute.

I am more focused on what comes out of my mouth to my little ones. I need to be a Christlike example. They will mimic us. We need to be careful of the things we do and say. It will show up in them. Whether now or in the years to come….in many cases, they will live the way they have been shown. I want them to see Jesus. In me. All the time.


The Blessing of a Sister

Sisters are special. To have one is a blessing. To have more than one is incredible. Although growing up….you may not think so…you will reach a time in your life that your sister will be your very best friend. Mine are.

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Your sister knows your faults….and loves you anyway. I have tons….and they love me anyway!
(Jodi…why don’t I have a picture of you???)


My Earrings are HERE!

My earrings arrived! Thank you Chris!!! I am blessed to have found her! If you (my sweet readers) would like some new treat for yourself….go to my sidebar and find Chris Kerr Jewelry. She creates and sells “one-of-a-kind” treasures!

If you know me, you are thinking….what is wrong with your face??? Well, sinus problems jumped on me in full force last night…along with lack of sleep (have I told you about the night sweats? Have I told you that I don’t sleep….but instead flip from on top of the covers to under the covers—with a ceiling fan on…and the window partially opened and it’s about 40° outside at night)…anyway…for the past SEVERAL nights….this has caused the “lack of rest” look. Or maybe that’s just the way it is at this stage/age…..
ANYWAY….this is about the earrings…not me! Thank you Chris (they match my glasses!) (Which I wear only when I want to see)

A Camping We Will Go!

I did tell you we were having the boys (some of them) this weekend….well, we had this bright idea! Set up the tent in the living room….
Well, sounded good…on the surface….but then there was the size….and the fact that you could watch TV from only one other place in the living room….and then there was the noise…that the zipper made…CONSTANLY….open-closed-open-closed-open-well, my hair is barely hanging on….but they had fun. That’s what counts right? Matters not that I didn’t get any cleaning done…they are only 6, 4 1/2 and 1 1/2 once in their lives!

We made “ninja food”…because, of course Zackary wanted to play Ninja….and trucks…and trains…and Legos….and he was something I never could quite make out…Monja Man—or something…and Rylan was Bondo Boy…whatever that is…does that mean his drives a Bondo car???

What was funny, in listening to them was, Zackary would stand outside the tent and “ring” a pretend doorbell (by the way, the tent was also called a “cave”)—do caves have doorbells? Anyway, Rylan would say “just a minute”…in a cute voice — all the while little Cy was trying his best to “play where he could”…

Zackary was quick to “tell” me if someone was not playing right. He is the little tattletale of the bunch that was here.

All in all…Papa and I are pooped. No, for this bunch I did NOT clean house before they got here. The cleaning is done after they leave.

Stop back by, once my sanity returns…I will post a devotion.

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I WON! I WON! I WON!

I am amazed! Okay, so Loni, over at “Writing Canvas” had this drawing for a book, I was so interested in….and I went to Barnes and Noble after work to see if they had it….they were out. They’d order me one…but I decided to wait and check out “Life Way Christian Supply” the next day. Well, with things as they are in life….I forgot.

But I recieved this awesome e-mail from Loni tonight…..and ….did I tell you I won?
I can’t wait to begin! (Well, I guess I will have to wait until she sends it!)
Thank you Loni! And, if you are one of my regular readers and know your way around this place a bit….take a look at my side bar…you will notice some new places to go and be refreshed in the Lord!