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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stitches, Funeral and Wedding

It's been a crazy couple of weeks and this one is a busy one as well. Almost two weeks ago I had surgery for a release of a trigger finger... and no, I didn't get it from shooting a gun. If all goes well I'll have the stitches removed in a couple days. I definitely am looking forward to having the use of my hand back again. Although being hindered these two weeks has made me much more grateful for many things I had taken for granted.

After six months of waiting, we'll be having the funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for my mother-in-law. It will be a mix of sadness, remembering, and time of rejoicing as a family. What a joy to know she is no longer in pain and is in heaven with her Heavenly Father.

I'm especially looking forward to time with both of my sons. It's been a while since we've all been together.



Then to top off the week, my youngest son will be getting married to the love of his life. Our hearts are overflowing as we reflect upon the many blessings God has bestowed on us.

What struggles and blessings do you have for this week?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Family of Her Dreams by Keli Gwyn

Tess Grimsby longs for a family of her own. Instead, she must be content with being a caretaker to a recently widowed man's children. Raised in an orphanage, Tess is well aware of the trauma and stages of grief that children go through and hopes to make a difference in the lives of her two young charges.


Spencer Abbott has his hands full as a stationmaster and trying to create some semblance of order for his children. He hadn't counted on a headstrong nanny that questions him on what seems like every decision. But he can't deny the good Tess has provided either.

Is Tess worth the trouble?


This was the second book I've read by Keli Gwyn, and I found it quite enjoyable. She provides a sigh-worthy happily-ever-after. You won't be disappointed.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Crazy Life

It's been a crazy couple of weeks with lots of activities that have prevented me from posting. It's been a whirlwind of doctor appointments, medical tests, an ultrasound, a biopsy, imminent hand surgery... not to mention attending two writing workshops, searching NUMEROUS retail and thrift stores to find a dress for my son's upcoming wedding in a few weeks.

Then throw in a sprinkling of family times, preparing for and teaching a Ladies Bible Study, trying to arrange the rehearsal dinner and location, and I'm not sure what else...

I'm thankful that even in the midst of whirlwind days, God knows about each day and its activities, even before I do. I can trust Him.

Do you ever feel like you are in the midst of a whirlwind?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Immersed in History

I've stepped back in time today. I know this isn't a great photo, but it shows my town from years ago. I actually have a list of businesses and townspeople from 1878, and I'm charting them on a map of my own making.

The more I chart the town, the more I can see my character walking past each of the businesses. Once I finish this, I'll be able to finalize my characters too... at least to some degree. :)

This book has taken a lot of detailed research to make sure I get things accurate. I'm getting excited as I get one step closer to actually beginning the writing process. Hopefully within a day or two I'll actually be able to start the novel.

For now.... you'll find me immersed in history.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A New Look

I saw this video on FB this morning.

New Face on Dolls

It made me think of this verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here! All this is from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ’s death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ. (NIRV)

What a sweet reminder of the new life Christ gives us when we ask Him to forgive our sins and ask Him to enter our hearts. He provides us with a totally new look.

Is your face showing the 'new look' you have in Christ? 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Stepping Up

My husband is participating in a Men's Bible study and they are studying the book Stepping Up by Dennis Rainey. That imagery of stepping up has been on my mind lately.

Perhaps you are more like me and you thrive on NOT being in the forefront. You're happy to be in the sidelines. I have to ask myself though, when it comes to the things that are important in my life and in my faith, am I stepping up or shrinking back? Am I like an ostrich, sticking my head in the sand and pretending nothing is going on around me?

I'm reminded of this verse in Hebrews 10:38-39.
“But my righteous one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.”
But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

I know my natural tendency when faced with opposition or a stressful situation is to clam up.Not necessarily a good thing.
So the question I have to ask myself... and perhaps you too... Am I stepping up in the areas that count? If not, how can I change?


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Family

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Ephesians 1:4-6

I've been thinking lately about the blessing of family. It could be because I have a new grandchild and also that we'll soon be adding another daughter-in-law to our family, but I find my life to be full of blessings because of loved ones in my life.

Perhaps when family is mentioned, it brings about sadness or a sinking feeling. For me it's such a sweet reminder that while I love and appreciate my earthly family, my heavenly family is even more important because Christ gave His life for me so that I might have life to abundance. (John 10:10) Christ adopted me into His family on the day that I gave Him control of my life.

Do you have that assurance of being adopted into God's family? I'd love to tell you how you can.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ever Have One of Those Days?

Have you ever had one of those days or few days where things aren't going the way you'd like? Maybe you feel like the person in the photo above... hanging on for dear life.

It's been one of those weeks in my household. Monday the car died and left my husband sitting. Yesterday I went downstairs to switch laundry loads to find water in the garage, downstairs bathroom, hallway, as well as two other rooms.... all coming from the sump pump that had died.

It was a rough day trying to clean up the mess and move things into a dry area. My already aching back was put to extremes as I continued to bend and lift.

Today I find myself thankful that I don't need to be burdened down by the situations I face. Instead I can rest in the following encouragement. 


Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31



Friday, March 20, 2015

Winter's Last Grasp Before Spring Gives Way

If you've known me for any length of time, you'll realize that I love snow. Although the calendar says it's the first day of Spring, we are to have snowfall. I can't say that I'm disappointed to see the white stuff. There's just something about watching the flakes fall and coat the ground that always reminds me how Christ has washed away my sins and made me as white as snow.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:" (NIV)

As winter releases its grasp and spring soon makes an appearance, I rest in God's faithfulness. I love these verses from Isaiah 55:9-11 (NIV)

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."





Happy First Day of Spring

Please share one of your favorite sights for this new season. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Birthday

It's a day of celebrating. My dear husband, David turns 49 today. I love this precious picture of him with our granddaughter last Easter.

I'm blessed to have married such a wonderful man of integrity. I hope you have a special birthday, Sweetheart.