Posts Tagged ‘inspirational’

This entry is going to be very different from all the previous ones…
I usually have a photo, and have humorous things to say about it,
or I have some project I’ve been working on that I want to tell you about.
Not today…

The last few months have been a bit trying.

I’m not going to sugar-coat it or make it sound happy.

The main reason I started this blog
was because I wanted a place where I could have an outlet
for my creative projects, including photography, sewing, etc.

But also, I wanted to make new friends,
be a blessing to others,
and be able to write about whatever was on my heart.

Well, the last couple of weeks, I have had no desire to even open this page.
Or sew, or write, or do anything creative…
My health hasn’t been great, (severe migraines)
along with other challenging situations.

Dealing with a variety of things at once is a lot of what life is like
for most of us.  It isn’t easy, or pleasant, and there are times we may feel
overwhelmed and even too weary to deal with one more thing.

Where does strength come from in times like these?

Looking back,
throughout most of my life, (from the age of 13),
I can honestly say that there has been a  constant
that has carried me through very difficult times,
even those of great grief…

I’d sit with the Bible open on my lap,
the tears streaming down my face.
I’d pour my heart out to God
and knew and felt that He heard me
that He was with me.
I was not alone.
His strength and His comfort got me through so many
very difficult times.

And so it is still true today.
Whether severe physical pain,
in the ER, not knowing what’s going to happen the next minute…
or just simple challenges that come up everyday,
nothing too earth-shattering but still feeling the need
for wisdom and guidance,
for everyday strength and joy.

I was reminded this past weekend of a verse you’ve probably heard before…
“My grace is sufficient for you,
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)

As I was writing here now, a song came on and I’d like to share it with you:
by Steven Curtis Chapman,  His Strength is Perfect (click to listen).

I’m so thankful that some of you actually emailed me or commented
to tell me you missed me and wondering how I was doing.
That meant so much to me.
Thank you so very much!
I value your friendship more than you know.

May God bless you this week in a wonderful way!
Love to you all,



“His strength is perfect.”

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“…I  will  joyfully  sing  of  your loving  kindness  in  the  morning…”

Psalm 59:16

Have a blessed Sunday!


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More from Amy Carmichael


Art thou disappointed?  Come to Me;
I will never be a grief to thee.

Hurt by hand thou trusted?  Come to Me;
Leaves of healing I will lay on thee.

Art thou broken?  Come, My child, to Me;
I, thy Comforter, will comfort thee.

Even friends can sometimes changeful be;
I will always be the same to thee.


Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Psalm 36:5

Have a blessed Sunday!


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I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite authors, Amy Carmichael.
She was born in 1867 in Northern Ireland and became a missionary to India.

This is one of my favorites of her poems…


Flame of God 

From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climb higher
From silken self, O Captain, free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
(Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified)
From all that dims Thy Calvary
O Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire;
Let me not sink to be a clod;
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God



Have a blessed Sunday!


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Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord,
the Creator of the ends of the earth

Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Isaiah 40:28, 29

Have a blessed week!

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Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

In everything give thanks
1 Thes 5:18

Have a terrific week!


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This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, each day I’d like to “feature” different things I’m thankful for.  I’d like to start with my family, of course…


I am so grateful for my parents.  The older I get, the more I appreciate them and their wisdom!  Here they are with my brother, many years ago.  My Mom passed away 25 years ago but I’m still learning from the things she tried to teach me.  And my Dad… well, he’s pretty terrific.  He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.  He’s been a fantastic Dad and though we don’t live close, I call him everyday and catch up on how he’s doing and what he’s up to.  I tell him everyday how much I love him!



I’m thankful for my wonderful husband.  I think he gets more handsome the longer we’re married.  He’s sweet, kind, thoughtful, loving… all the things a woman dreams of in a husband.  I am so very blessed to have him!  Through all our 28 yrs of marriage, in exciting & wonderful times as well as in times of grief and loss, he has always been my closest friend and confidant.  I love being his wife!



My daughter… I call her my sunshine.  She is a joy and a delight and I am so thankful for her.  I am very proud of her.  She is beautiful not only on the outside, but especially on the inside.  She is very smart, she forgives easily, she loves deeply, and laughs often!  She is thoughtful & kind.  She is a gifted teacher in High School, and seeks to make a difference in those young people’s lives.  More than just mother/daughter,  we are best friends.  We have so much fun together!

Three years ago she graduated from college and 2 wks later was married…



We welcomed our new son into the family.  They recently moved about 8 hrs away… we miss them so much!  Good thing we have skype, texting, cell phones, facebook…



My son… he is my treasure.  He is a gifted musician and speaker.  He plays several different instruments, sings beautifully, and writes music.  He is sensitive, kind, thoughtful.  I am so proud of him.  He has a terrific sense of humor and is always making us laugh!  He cares a great deal about people and goes out of his way to make them feel special.  From the moment I first saw & held him, I have been thanking God for him!

This year he graduated from college and a week later was married…



Now we welcomed a new daughter into our family! They are enjoying married life and not having to go to school!




This year at my son’s and daughter-in-law’s graduation.



Recently we were all able to get together…

We sure do have a good time when we’re all together!!  Lots of fun, laughter, and TLC!

Yes, I am most thankful for my family.  I realize everyday anew, that I am truly blessed beyond measure!!

What are you most thankful for?

Enjoy this week!


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