Posts Tagged ‘Reflection’


“Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made…

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee, How great thou art!”



A blessed Sunday to you!




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He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Proverbs 16:32



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Not Surprised

I have shingles.


Not fun.

I’m very, VERY thankful that so far it is a mild case.
I don’t have a rash on my back
(although I have itching & soreness),
but I’ve had pain for several days now.
(that’s why I wasn’t surprised when the Dr. said it was shingles).
It has been getting a little worse each day
but it’s still not as bad as other people have had.

If I sit and do nothing (very hard for me to do)
the pain subsides, but as soon as I start doing something
it keeps increasing until it feels like a knife in my back.

It was interesting trying to make dinner last night.
By the time I finished cooking,
I thought I was starting to look like
the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

I’m hoping I’ll still get to do some sewing.
I’m working on finishing some projects for my granddaughters.

Last night I tried to work on my new “Happy Planner”.
I reasoned to myself, “I’ll be sitting down.  I’ll be writing.”
But after a few minutes, the pain in my back was saying,
“Stop it.  Go relax.”  I thought I was relaxing…

I’m praying it will not get any worse.
I’m taking these HUGE pills (I hate taking even Tylenol!)…
We have a big conference coming up in two weeks.
I’m not worrying about it.
Seriously.  Not at all.
I’ll be there, Lord willing.
And I’ll be done with another chapter of
“Stories to Tell My Grandchildren”.

Here’s the “Happy Planner” I was working on last night…
It’s really more like a Scrapbook, Planner, Journal rolled into one.
You can customize it to fit what your needs & likes are.
I’ll post some pictures of the inside as I work on it.
It’s a lot of fun adding pictures, stickers, and quotes.

Thanks for reading.






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My husband brought me roses recently…

There was no special occasion…

He just wanted to brighten my day,
Remind me that he loves me.

I’ve been dealing with some personal things lately,
needing to intentionally focus on the Lord
and not on my frustrations/problems/pain…
It’s not easy, nor a five-minute, “Ok, I’ve got it” type of thing…
It’s a constant, giving-it-over-to-God, type of thing,
an act of the will that says, “I trust in you, Lord”.

I am blessed, more than most people;
I’m always aware of that,
and I try not to take it for granted.
Even right after my mother passed away,
I kept reminding myself that I was blessed to have
such a mother for 23 years…most people don’t even have
that blessing.
You see, there’s always something to be thankful for.
I grieved, but at the same time, I knew that I had been blessed.

I don’t know why I wrote all this… I just let myself type
and stopped deleting entire sentences.
I guess I’ll hit the “publish” button and not worry too much
whether someone will find it boring, objectionable, or read it at all.

I thank the Lord for a fresh new week ahead, “with no mistakes in in”,
as Anne Shirley would say, and I look forward to all the blessings
God has in store. 🙂

Have a blessed week!




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But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? …You of little faith! Do not worry then… for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:30-33



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image(The view from the hotel lobby!)

This wasn’t my first time in Colorado, but oh…
How beautiful the mountains all around!

Every morning when we came down to the lobby for breakfast,
the view was spectacular.

I guess people who live here are pretty much used to it
and don’t pay much attention to it…
But I couldn’t take my eyes off the beauty!  🙂

When I lived close to the Smoky Mountains,
I never got “used” to it.

Every time I went outside, I couldn’t help but smile.
The fall colors!  The Spring!  The summer greens!
It didn’t snow except maybe twice a year,
but everything looked so beautiful!

During the week in Colorado,
the temperatures were pretty cold (at least for me!)
But I walked across the street to a shopping area
where I had lunch everyday.
It was 26* and windy, so I was cold!

I didn’t take my “real” camera with me,
but I managed to get this photo with my cell phone.

I spent the week in a personal prayer retreat during the mornings.
Those times of pulling away from everything
and just being alone with God
was something I longed for.
I feel like it’s “recharging”, literally.

In the evenings, my husband & I got together with friends
for some wonderful times of fellowship.
It was fun and refreshing to spend time with them,
since we rarely get the chance to just relax together
and not be problem-solving or counseling for
serious situations.

It was a blessed time and I’m so thankful I was able to go!

Now it’s back to “real life” but every now & then I remember,
and I just smile.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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Time stands still

It’s been a while since my last post.

I just couldn’t bring myself to write.

I tried to “suck it up”, talk myself into posting,
maybe write about something like what I usually do —
photography, cooking, sewing, …
but I just couldn’t do it.

My youngest granddaughter, who is doing fine now,
was in the Pediatric ICU.



I don’t want to dwell on all that happened those days
but it was heart-wrenching, literally.

We are so very thankful and grateful
that she is doing fine.
Words cannot express it.
I still cry sometimes when I see a new picture of her
that my daughter texts me, or a video of how she’s
laughing and chatting away.
Even now, as I write, I find myself overcome with tears.
So thankful for her life.

Some of you may know what I’m talking about when I say
there are pictures in our minds that we try to forget,
mainly seeing loved ones suffer.
Again, I’m so thankful she’s doing fine.
I try to replace those images from the hospital
with new ones from this past week, yesterday, today…
She’s growing so fast and she’s so cute,
I pick up my phone and scroll through videos
and photos, making new memories with her.

It’s really amazing how a little person,
so young, so small,
so wonderful,
can become so loved and such an important part
of what makes our heart flip with joy
whenever they smile at us
or laugh at one of our silly faces.



Please pray for her continued healing.

Thank you to those of you who wrote me
and let me know that you missed me.
It meant a lot to me.

I will post as much as I can the next few weeks.

I pray your December is filled with many blessings!



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“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

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Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

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I took my blood pressure today in one of those machines they have set up at the pharmacy center in the nearby Walmart…

I’ve done this many times in different pharmacies, stores, etc…

My doctor wanted me to keep tabs on my blood pressure
and check it regularly.


While the test is going on, there’s a video of a nice lady
telling you what to expect,
(“the cuff on your arm is going to tighten”)…
she’s very polite and nice.

I sat there taking the test today
(repeating to myself, “Relaaax, R-E-S-T, Relaaax…”)
and trying to think of sweet, peaceful thoughts
(so my blood pressure will be lower —
I wonder if that really works??)

As I felt the cuff tightening considerably on my arm,
I actually listened to what the nice lady
was saying in the video…
It went something like this, “If the pressure is too much,
just hit the stop button and the test will stop immediately.”

She was, of course, referring to the tightening of the cuff
on the arm during the blood pressure test.

But in my profoundly thoughtful mood,
I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice if sometimes
we could do that in life?
When there’s a “test” going on and my “arm” is
getting too tight for comfort,
just hit the stop button and immediately the cuff
begins to deflate and my arm feels so much better.
Then I could go on my merry way and my arm
won’t hurt anymore.

There is, of course, no such “stop button”.

but I looked up some words that help me…


“Truly, my soul waits upon God;
from Him comes my salvation.
He only is my Rock and my Salvation,
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.
My soul, wait thou only upon God
for my expectation is from Him
In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all times; ye people,
pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us.”  Psalm 62:1,2,7,8

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I pray you’re doing great.
But just in case you’re feeling overwhelmed,
I pray those words will encourage your heart
and bring you joy.





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