Archive | February, 2016
Gallery

If We Were Having Coffee

28 Feb

 

IMG_3832[1]If we were having coffee. we would be sitting out on my patio.  I am in Texas and it was in the low seventies today.  The sun was shining and it was like a beautiful Spring day.

If we were having coffee. we would be talking about my two grandsons who are ages one and two and all those boys are doing.  I would talk about my day with them last week on Wednesday when they were both here keeping me on my toes.

If we were having coffee. I would tell you that we met the one year and his parents and picked up my mother-in-law for a trip to the Dairy Queen for hamburgers, chicken strips, and ice cream blizzards.  The one year old is calling is PaPa, TaTa.  So as we were all getting in our cars leaving he said TaTa from his car seat and put his little hands together which means more in sign language.  The girls taught both the boys “more” and “all done” in sign language before they could talk.

If we were having coffee, I would be sharing about the current Bible Study I am in called, “Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl” by Lysa Terkeurst.  It ends this week and well next week we start “I Know His Name” by Wendy Blight.

If we were having coffee. I would tell you about the weekend girl’s getaway this weekend. It’s called “His Girls Gather”.  I learned a whole lot about what I need to do to change my blog.

If we were having coffee, I would have to share all about church this morning and how missionaries from all over the world joined us today.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

Joining #IfWeWereHavingCoffee

Gallery

GOOD MORNING

26 Feb

Good morning or should I say GREAT morning.  I’m joining Kate Matoung this morning to write for only five minutes on the word – morning.

blog Isaiah 601

He makes an ordinary good morning and extra-ordinary great morning.  I love sitting here doing my Bible studies and writing in the early morning  after my husband leaves for work.  Not sure how I will fit that in when he retires later this year.  Maybe with his wit he will help me write.

I love mornings like today when He shows up with beautiful sunrises.  I’ve sit here lately enjoying them, and all the doves that have gathered around on the cool mornings.  I snapped this picture of them Monday morning.   I loved it when I walked in the kitchen to pour another cup of coffee and my eye caught something I had never seen and there they were.  God showed up and showed off.  I had just shared with a group I’m in how the day we came home from a nephew’s funeral so sad and pulled in the driveway and our first dove was sitting on the eave over our door – now there are at least eight.

doves2

Ask God to show up today.  Ask Him to show up in your dark, weak and sad moments.  He offers hope. He offers peace.

Why are we so surprised when He shows up?  Why are we surprised when He goes above and beyond what we have prayed for and about?  When God shows up in the midst of all life’s circumstances,  the impossible becomes a possibility – a miracle right in front of us. He shows up over and over and over.  Don’t miss Him today!

 

Gallery

Our Scars Are Beautiful

25 Feb

blog-heartbyme

Scars can be horrible, scars can be beautiful.

Somehow God brought me through my teenage years with no scars.  My scars all began in my late twenties – ugly scars, happy scars and sad scars.

My first big ugly scar was in my late twenties – a trampoline scar.  To this day I can’t stand trampolines.  My son used to beg to go next door and jump on the neighbor’s.  NO!  That big giant, ugly scar down the side of my leg brought too many reminders of how when two people jump on a trampoline and are acting crazy one can be thrown off and break her hip (fortunately the doctor said it was not her neck), requiring a pin down the side of the leg and months of therapy).

Another ugly scar in my early 40s happened when I was coming down our stairs, and me, the one that is always rushing was trying to come down with two big Rubbermaid containers of winter clothes on a cold January day.  Well, I missed the last couple of steps coming down backwards and bam – broken wrist with compound fractures, bones sticking out and two surgeries and nine months later, I could use that wrist again.

My first happy scar was when my son was born about 37 years ago.  He was coming breach – bottom first, and a c-section was in order.  Several years later I had toxemia with a pregnancy,  and a little girl only 2 pounds and 6 ounces had to come early.  She was also breach and required a second c-section.  Happy scars because of the joy they brought.

The older we get the more we have those sad scars – scars that cut deep and they may or may not be seen by others, and they can plague us for years and years to come if we don’t let Jesus take hold, and if we can’t find forgiveness.  These are scars that life brings like childhood abuse, divorces, miscarriages, infertility, abortion, death of family members, loss of jobs, loss of a business, infidelity, alcoholism, drug dependencies, and that list of scars goes on an on.

How do we heal those sad scars?

First, we can’t let those scars define us.  For me, it is only by His strength and leaning into Him when I feel like I can’t go any further.  How others get through things like losing a child or parent I do not know if they don’t have Jesus to carry them through.

Second, show your scars.  Jesus never hid his scars.  He came back and showed them. He wants you to show yours and let Him comfort you.  He wants to heal you.  When we show others our scars and what we have been through, those scars can become a ministry to others and help us to heal.  Let Him redeem you from those scars, wear them, and use them for His glory.  Tell your stories and show others that God can heal.  I’ve seen it.  I’ve watched him heal friends and family from so many of those things I’ve listed above, and He can you too.

Let Him mend your shattered hearts.  Take a moment to listen to this song.  It truly walked me through one of the hardest times in my life.

And this song I just heard this morning while writing this blog.  I think God wanted me to hear it and you too.

Joining Suzanne Eller today on Live-Free Thursday and the prompt is “Our Scars Are Beautiful”.

 

 

 

Gallery

52 Lists – Things That Make Me Feel Healthy: Mind, Body and Soul

24 Feb

I got a late start with 52 weeks, but starting right where they are in week 7 and this week the list is the things that make me feel healthy:  Mind, body and soul.

family

The things that feed my mind, body and soul are:

  • God
  • Family
  • Being thankful
  • Knowing He is my strength and my song when I am weak.
  • Praying for myself and others
  • Memorizing scripture
  • Savoring moments
  • Reading the Bible
  • Bible study.
  • Church
  • My faith.
  • Healthy eating
  • Pedometers
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Worship Music
  • Reading
  • Researching my family tree
  • Steaming cup of coffee with a friend
  • Lunch with friends
  • Playing with grandsons
  • Naps
  • Snuggling with my hubby

92ac0-522blists

Gallery

DON’T FORGET TO ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

19 Feb

Joining Five-Minute Friday today and the word prompt is FORGET.

love2

Have you encouraged someone lately?  Do people look at you and see Jesus?  Sometimes, we as Christians, are so busy we don’t even take time to stop and look at others when we are out and about.  We should be smiling and greeting wherever we go shining our lights because we have been with Him.

Don’t forget to encourage others today.  Here are just a few things you can do.

  1. Talk to your cashier and say thank you when they are finished.
  2. Pause and peak to the cashier, to a teacher, to a police officer, to a military person – all who serve us.  Tell them thank you.  I stopped outside of Target a few weeks ago with my 2-year old grandson and talked to one and let my grandson see his car introducing him to authority.
  3. Treat a fellow worker to a cup of coffee, a candy bar, or the whole office with bagels/doughnuts.
  4. Get some mason jars or baby jars and pick some flowers or buy some and carry them to a nursing home.
  5. Write or type a letter to someone and put it in snail mail.
  6. Text or PM someone today and tell them you love them.
  7. Tell your family thank you when they do chores around the house.
  8. Take someone who is sick a meal.
  9. Send someone who is hurting a card.
  10. Share some plants you dig up while cleaning your flower beds.  Don’t throw them out.
  11. Buy someone’s coffee or meal behind you in a drive-thru.
  12. Help an older person with their groceries.
  13. Put a grocery cart back in it’s place that someone else has discarded.
  14. Offer to watch someone’s children so they can go out.  Many couples don’t have parents nearby and perhaps they aren’t in church yet.  Be a light.
  15. Pick up the phone and really talk to someone rather than texting.
  16. Tell you pastor and his wife you appreciate them.  Don’t forget to do the same with your Bible study teachers.
  17. Rake leaves for someone.
  18. Let someone in a hurry go ahead of you in the grocery line.
  19. Hold your hubby’s hand or better still lay your head in his lap watching television.  He’ll love it.  I KNOW.
  20. Sit aside a box today and start putting one item a day for thirty days and donate.

encourage one another

 

 

%d bloggers like this: