23 Nov

Psalm 11824

Giving thanks with a grateful heart is not just something we do during the Thanksgiving season.  On Thursday, as we in the United States, gather with family and friends to give thanks, many of us will go around the table and name one thing we are grateful for, or at least my family will.  We also join hands and recite The Lord’s Prayer – a tradition we’ve been doing I know since I was five at my grandparents house.

Oh, if only we could stop and pause and just be thankful for one thing each and every day.   Just one thing like we waking up this morning, our spouse, our children, our family, our neighbors, friends, a job, a home, a meal, a beautiful sunshine, leaves whipping through the air, a beautiful crimson sunset, a beautiful bird, a babies smile, a child’s hug, water, that I can walk – yes some folks can’t and one day we may not be able to walk, or see, or hear and any number of things – but TODAY be grateful for all the little things which are really BIG things.  I’ve learned to be intentionally grateful every single day about so many things.

There is ALWAYS something to be thankful about no matter what life is handing us.  We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we CAN change our attitudes to attitudes of gratitudes.  I love this verse that spoke to me this morning.

Isaiah 54101 Chronicles 2913

Even in the hard times, Lord, help me remain thankful. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thankful for God’s abundant grace and mercy as he continues to work in my life.

Let’s be aware of of what we have today and not what we do not have.



PROVERBS 16:9 – His Plans or My Plans

16 Nov Blog - Proverbs 169


 Blog - Proverbs 169

OBSERVATION:  Every day we make plans and choices and they determine our destiny.  We make choices of who we are going to marry, where we are going to live, having children or not, jobs, schools, where we are going to go etc..    How often do we plan and plan and those to-do lists grow and grow because God has a different course and “stuff” happens – good “stuff” and bad “stuff”. Sometimes we make plans and our plans fail, but guess what sometimes those plans fail and you will gain the greatest blessing of your life.

Read about my trust fund babies and how God took those failed plans and gave me the greatest blessings of my life here.

APPLICATION:  Sometimes I want this or I want that, but only God knows what is best for me.  My plans are not necessarily God’s plans.  What is His will, what is His plan?  I have to spend time with Him in prayer, daily trusting Him to show me His will.

Blog - Proverbs 163

KNEEL IN PRAYER:  Father thank You that You know how to work through our mistakes if we trust in You.  Thank You for being in my midst when I pray about my plans and decisions.   Show me the steps I need to take Father. and Father when I am about to make a mistake please slam that door.  Amen.

You can read my past blogs on Proverbs below:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 7

Proverbs 8

Proverbs 9

Proverbs 10

Proverbs 11

Proverbs 12 

Proverbs 13

Proverbs 14

Proverbs 15


DANCE – #Five Minute Friday

6 Nov

When that word dance popped up for the writing topic today on Kate Motaung’s Five-Minute Friday, I had no idea what I was going to write about, but then I started reading over some of the other bloggers posts, and an idea or two popped in my head so here goes my five minute write.  GO!

I did not grow up dancing.  I went to the Jr./Sr. prom with my high-school sweetheart (now my husband of 46 years) and we danced a couple of slow dances.  I try to get him to dance sometimes, but he won’t unless our grandson is here and he can’t resist.

As Southern Baptists we did not grow up dancing in church, and today we go to the conservative service because the other one just is not worshipful to us “old” people.   I do find myself though worshiping in tears, in my thoughts, in prayers and yes sometimes this girl has chill bumps and raises one hand to the Lord during church service.  I have found myself worshiping in the car with music and raising my hand.  Sometimes I throw open my window blinds in the morning in my kitchen and raise my hand or hands praising Him while I pray.

I am learning to dance these days.  Yea you do that with a grandson who loves Mickey Mouse and that hot-diggity dog song. He comes over and we play an episode on that DVR, and the song comes on, and he is pulling his PaPa and me by the hand to dance with him every single time and we do it, and it’s FUN.

Our oldest grandson (2 yrs) loves Mickey Mouse and Mickey goes with us.  Recently we went to the coast and Mickey fished with us, Mickey got a chip dipped in hot sauce and he was looking out the truck window at the boat being pulled behind us and looking at barns and cows on the way.



He adores Mickey.  He and his PaPa drew Mickey in the sand.

Isn’t that how our Father in Heaven is pulling us to worship to dance with Him?  It is about intimacy with Him in whatever form all day long in all we are doing.  It is getting to know Him and letting Him take us by the hand just like that little one and leading us to worship and adore Him.



31 Oct

joy countdown

It’s the last day of October, the last day of #write31days and I have to admit it has been hard blogging every single day this month.

You know what the last day of October means.  It means Thanksgiving is only four weeks away and Christmas is eight weeks.  WOW!  Where did this year go?

Tonight is Halloween and yes our porch light will be on and our door open to pass out candy and some cutesy little coloring pages with pumpkins on them and a Bible verse telling the Jesus loves them and He is the light of the World. I have done similar things previous years but usually cards and may print some of those in a bit. I did this last year and wrote about it here.  It’s a hard decision to make as a Christian, and for me it’s a time to meet my neighbors and it’s a time to share God with someone who may never hear about Him.  Our grandsons will be over – one will be wearing a little leopard costume my Mom made 34 years ago for my son.  Neither will be dressed in evil costumes.  The years I have carved a pumpkin it has had a cross lit up in it when people arrive.  Granted in my neighborhood the treaters are few because we are out in the country.

And you know what else is about to happen today?  The Hallmark channel is starting their Christmas movies.  The DVR is on and ready to record and I’ll be watching movies for weeks after Christmas since my hubby doesn’t love them like I do.

And tonight we set our clocks back.  Now that’s one thing I don’t look forward to.



30 Oct

I love this time of the year.  It’s just relaxing isn’t it?  At least it is here in Texas.  We aren’t having to mow much anymore on this acre and a half, and the flower beds aren’t haven’t to be tended to, and well there is some time to read a book.  I read my Bible every day, and most days I am in an on-line Bible study or a study at church.  Sometimes I just want to grab a good novel or suspense Christian book so I’ve been looking through the bookshelves to choose from so many I bought when I retired and haven’t had time to read.

I love getting in a big comfy chair with a blanket in my sweatshirts and sitting by the fireplace reading.  I love fall more than winter because well in the winter I just can’t get warm.  Being born and raised in Texas will do that to a girl.

Coffee and book are quiet the combination this time of the year.  How can you resist pumpkin spice or gingerbread creamers for your coffee?

Right now I am going thru a study at church called The Battle Plan for Prayer.  IMG_3827[1] and next week on November 2 we are starting an on-line Bible study with Proverbs 31 called Unglued.  Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions  -     By: Lysa TerKeurst

There is still time to sign up if you are interested in that one.  You can do that here.

I love on-line Bible studies.  I have met so many women through them not only on-line but for lunch, for coffee, for a retreat.  My life has been blessed so very much through them

During the Fall/Winter I hope to read a few books by Terri Blackstock, a Christian suspense author.  Can’t wait.  I picked up a number of her series of books when I retired.  I also have some Christian Christmas novels to read, and I recently got  the book Fervent that I’m about to start.

I have a bookcase of books I’m just wanting to delve into.  Looking forward to more rainy days and time at home to enjoy and cozy up with these books.

You can find my other 31 days posts at the links below.

Day 1 – Autumn Cool, Crisp Mornings

Day 2 – Autumn Sunsets and Sunrises

Day 3 – Autumn Lunchbox Free Printables, Fall Festival Cards, Game and Coloring Pages

Day 4 – Autumn Thankfulness Ideas For Celebrating

Day 5 – Autumn – Throw Open the Windows and Do Some Fall Cleaning

Day 6 – Autumn – Candles

Day 7 – Autumn October – Think Pink – Cancer Month

Day 8 – Autumn Candies

Day 9 – Autumn Decorating My Porch

Day 10 – Autumn Decorating The Kitchen

Day 11 – Autumn Means Pumpkin Bread

Day 12 – Autumn Decorating the Rest of the House

Day 13 – Autumn Songs

Day 14 – Autumn Lunch Box Notes – Free Printables

Day 15 – Autumn A Great Season for Bible Studies and a Giveaway

Day 16 – Autumn Prayer Time Is Any Season and a Giveaway

Day 17 – Autumn Did Someone Say Grilled Sandwiches Please

Day 18 – Autumn Trips To The Coast and Autumn Thankfulness

Day 19 – Autumn Lessons On Being More Devoted To Prayer

Day 20 – Autumn My First Trip To A Pumpkin Patch

Day 21 – Autumn Time To Buy A  Planner For 2016

Day 22 – Autumn Brrrr It’s Cuddle Weather

Day 23 – Autumn Soups

Day 24 – Autumn I Love A Rainy Day

Day 25 – Autumn Planning Faith-Filled Holidays

Day 26 – Autumn A Whole Lot of Coffee and More of Jesus

Day 27 – Autumn Small Acts of Love and Notes for Your Husband

Day 28 – Autumn Thankful Bible Verses

Day 29 – Autumn Leaves


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