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Happy New Year... MY WORD for the coming year... and a prayer...

I've done a WORD for the year for a long time... mostly because I am not a resolution maker (rather, I'm a great resolution BREAKER! ha!), yet I still wanted a focus for the year. I'd seek God for that word, praying, fasting, reading, meditating on what He was showing me. The process is much the same today!  My mind has been swirling. Mark and I are on the cusp of changing our health, and as I read the book The Daniel Plan (Warren/Hyman/Amen), different words are dashing through my mind. Change. Eat. Focus. All words I've prayed about - and dismissed.  I'm actually a bit humored by the word that God's given me to focus on this year!  I think He planted the seed for this year's word in the last year. Having recently made our 3rd move in 4 years (not counting the apartments in between!) my heart is having a hard time embracing any place as "home". I had called my time in the Ozarks my "18 years in the desert" but the reality is th

Almost JEANuary!! Celebrate Freeset!!

The month of January is being hijacked for FREESET - an organization that provides jobs for women set free from the sex-slave industry in India! In honor of them, we are wearing JEANS daily, and calling it JEANuary instead!! All we ask is that you go to the website for FREESET and SHOP! How hard is that? At this time it's the best way to show our support - and give them some job security - so shop away!!  Lord,  We pray for FREESET and the women they are assisting in India. Thank You for opening doors, and arms, for these women to escape to from their lives in sex-trafficking. We ask that during JEANuary you will open the eyes, hearts, and pocketbooks of people around the world to the work that FREESET does. Father, provide people to shop from them, to order quantities from them for in the future, and to bring glory to You through the work that is being done there. Thank You for being our Redeemer, our Rescuer! For saving each one of us!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From the FR

Oh Goodness!... and a prayer to bless my husband on his birthday...

I used to be so good at keeping my blog going on track, and then distractions came up - like kids' schedules and traveling and were no big deal to handle. But this, THIS... my goodness... I've been very bad. I'm so sorry. Life is happening and my personal blog (here) has been on the back burner. That's one of my major challenges in this coming near future! Scheduling and writing and sharing more what God is teaching me (because there is SO much!) and it's important to keep it in written form... even if just ONE of you read it, ONE of you are encouraged by it, ONE of you will be inspired to write, or paint, or take to your knees and pray... Tomorrow is my husband's birthday! I'm SO blessed to be married to him! It's not always easy, but it's always worth it, and the hard work pays off. We will celebrate our 30th anniversary soon, and get away next month for an early celebration with friends. But tomorrow is the day I thank God for him, for his b

Hello Christmas... And a prayer...

Like most of the country, we are traveling to visit family before Christmas. We've left the frigid part of one part of the country, to go to a snow covered area that is expecting a warm front - who knew? I want to be out taking pictures of the snow blanketed woods before it all melts off... But there are grand kids to hold and grown kids to talk to and I just don't want to miss this, THIS, for a few good photo opportunities... Lord, change my heart and make me sensitive to where You want me to be. Help me to see You and feel You - in the clutter of my grand kids hugs and in the solitude of the silent, moon lot night. Help us to remember that this season is not just about the tinsel, the gifts and lights, but about the stable, the silence if the stars and the rejoicing angels... We praise You for sending Jesus to earth... Happy Birthday to our Saviour!

Photo (and Prayer) of the Day...

And the  Lord  was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things.   As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:21-22 Father God, help us to live in thankfulness and let us see the benefit and blessing of Your seasons... 

Photo (and Prayer) of the Day

We had a lot of sunshine today... but then clouds moved in this afternoon. The birds were going crazy... several cardinals were at my back porch, and it was delightful.  The roads are still frozen, as is our driveway, but I managed to get out and run an errand just before dark. It was one of those feelings to walk in and be glad to be home. Lord, we know many who are traveling, many stranded beyond our imagination because of the storms. Please bring comfort to them, to their loved ones, and allow the flights and highways to all move smoothly soon.  I pray that You will direct the storms, and keep people depending on You for their needs. You are the only Light we truly need. Be our source. Draw people close to You.  Thank You for the beauty of the winter snows, and let it remind us how You cleanse us white as snow. Thank You for being our Light, and giver of Life. We love You and need You.  Amen.

snow days - a haiku

In response to The Sunday Community... Have a blessed week!

More Snow - What a difference a day makes...

 Today's wanderings around the neighborhood... and around the house...

The Snow...

LOVE my Love Came Down Lanterns in the front of my house...  you can find them here , but use the DaySpring  link on the right side of my blog to order them please... so I can earn a little commission... ((thanks)).   All around the country (and my Facebook feed) people are talking about the frigid snow that's taken us all by storm... Here in Kentucky it started a little slower last night with a bit of ice, and then a lovely snow fell all day long. I was able to get early snow pictures this morning, but by the time we had enough snow to make it look much different, it was too late for me to take photos. (I admit, I took a nap while waiting!) While I'll get out in the deeper snow tomorrow morning, I wanted to post some of the photos that I took this morning. I hope you enjoy God's creation, and the blessing of this season... The perfect contrast...  God decorates for winter perfectly! the back fence the house The golf course in our back yard... s

disconnect(ed) - a prayer request and a prayer -

This was all started by making our move in the end of summer… and it's odd that it's lasted this long… but it has… for better or worse. You might misconstrue this for depression… not really that kind of feeling… as I've been there before… but the feeling got words to it as I read (and re-read) Jennifer Dukes Lee's posts from Haiti… especially this one.   So this is what it initiated - putting words to my thoughts - my feelings - to Jennifer, and below, my prayer request and prayer...  I keep reading this post. Speaking Alleluia in my moments, my days. I can't shake the uneasy. The unsettled. This house is too big, empty of memories, of laughter. We've had company, family, small group. It still doesn't fit. I'm typing in my room, instead of one of the empty rooms that could be an office. No matter - I'm not inspired to write. No words. No tears. I don't long to be anywhere else, I just don't feel at ease HERE. I'm not sure what to do

The Sunday Community... Winter's Haiku

winter's cold is here to stay i like warm weather spring can't get here soon enough