Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Day #1659

July 17, 2018

When there is opportunity to have a conversation with someone who has become a soul-encourager, it is a joy and privilege. Thank you to one who brings a lift to others just by the sound of their voice! 

Are you that someone? If so, don’t hesitate to make a call. It could mean way more than you know. 

Blessings.

Day #1658

July 16, 2018

A prayer for the week:
Almighty God, thank you for those who serve others, who have the heart and calling to be involved in helping those with needs. Thank you, especially, for the leaders of these organizations. Give them wisdom, courage, direction, tolerance and endurance for their tasks. Help us all to support them and their work. Amen. 
Blessings.

Day #1657

July 15, 2018

It’s National Ice Cream Day! Yay!!!

Except I think that each day should be ice cream day! It is one of the joys of life, isn't it?! What is your favorite favor? I can't think of a flavor I don't really like, but chocolate chip, huckleberry, pistachio almond, butter pecan and coffee anything are some of my favorites. 

With that said, however, there is another joy of life. Worship on Sunday! Combine the two - oh, what a great day!!

Blessings.

Day #1656

July 14, 2018

This from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation is certainly worthy of sharing. It’s the refrain of a song by Father James Marchionda that Richard shared: 
It’s not up to God alone to listen to prayer.
It’s not up to God alone to answer.
But when the people of God become what we pray,
the kingdom of God is revealed. 
Being the hands and feet of God - that’s our calling. Wow - what a privilege and a burden, right!?! Prayer is certainly powerful!

Blessings.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Day #1655

July 13, 2018

This just seemed to speak to me today:
I surely believe this - God does give us strength! And also gives us folks who help lift us up. It's called the Body of Christ. I am grateful!!

Blessings.

Day #1654

July 12, 2018

On the third day of Vacation Bible School, we were reminded once again that Jesus is with us always and with the world, helping us provide for the needs of others.

We did a service project - packing lunch bags for those who are hungry…

Before - the items:

During - the packing:

What a blessing - 150 bags are ready to be given to folks! 

With that, another Vacation Bible School is in the books. Thanks to all who came, who donated, and especially to those who worked hard to make it all happen!

Blessings.

Day #1653

July 11, 2018

On the second day of Vacation Bible School, we learned that Jesus was with the disciples in the boat - calming the sea. And he is with us when we feel nervous or afraid, happy or sad. Jesus is with us always!

And we played games...
Blessings.

Day #1652

July 10, 2018 

On the first day of Vacation Bible School - Jesus and Me Camp - we were reminded that we are never alone, that Jesus is always with us!

And we sang… 
Blessings.

Day #1651

July 9, 2018 

A prayer for those who are grieving:
Almighty God, we trust your promises to gather together all your believers into your eternal Kingdom. We look with faith toward the day we will join our loved ones who have gone before us. We do not live without hope. Yet, we grieve the loss of their physical presence with us in this world. Give us peace in our grieving, comfort in knowing that we are not alone, and patience with ourselves to work through the process. Amen.
Blessings.

Day #1650

July 8, 2018

On Sunday Morning, broadcast journalist Steve Hartman told quite the story about a young man from Seguin, TX, by the name of Gerald Hodges. Gerald is a good athlete who participates in many sports, yet he joined the one team that gave him the biggest challenge. He joined the swim team - when he couldn’t swim! 

Seems crazy, but Gerald’s idea was that “if [he] couldn’t handle not being good at something, then how could [he] consider [himself] a successful person?” So he worked hard, really hard, and ended up helping take the team to the state finals. Quite the victory!

I believe there’s a lesson in there for me, too. If I don’t challenge myself in ways that push the edges of my comfort levels or try things that I don’t think I have ability for, then am I actually limiting the work of God through me? 

Maybe you are wondering the same.

Blessings.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Day #1649

July 7, 2018 

I heard last night that today is World Chocolate Day. It is a good reason to enjoy a little of this food gift today. But then I think every day could be chocolate day. 

Also, this prayer from Rachel Wrenn in the God Pause devotion is well-worth sharing:
Jesus Christ, your love-upon-the-cross is humbling. Bring me to my knees in adoration and confession, then raise me to my feet to thank and serve you. Amen.
Blessings.

Day #1648

July 6, 2018 

We could say it got hot here today! And we would be right about that!


My thoughtful husband took me for a ride into the countryside today. The views of the mountains are healing and the green grass covering the pastures is beautiful. Oh, and a little ice cream along the way never hurts. :-)

Thank you, sweetheart. You are good to me!!

Blessings.

Day #1647

July 5, 2018

There was quite a bit of excitement in our town today - the president of the U.S. came for a rally. Traffic was crazy. Roads were closed. Parking lots of businesses blocked. The town’s security personnel at the ready with all hands on deck. A big day.

Me? I was doing what I do and making some home visits, spending holy ground time. 

Blessings.

Day #1646

July 4, 2018 

Here's wishing everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Blessings.

Day #1645

July 3, 2018

For nearly three years, Cindy fought against cancer. What started as trouble breathing was found to be much more than asthma or allergies. She was diagnosed with lung cancer, and it spread quickly, eventually going to her brain. 

She tried most everything and thanks to the doctors in Houston and the good care of many, she had some good times. Cindy was a nurse who was actually a very compliant patient. Her attitude was great, but her pain was also great and often she would say she didn’t pray for God to take away the pain completely, just make it a little easier to bear that day. 

Early in her diagnosis I sent this to her that I pirated from a store:



This was true for Cindy - cancer took much, as you will see below, but it never took her faith, her spirit, her laugh, her friendship. 

Cindy’s battle ended today. Words cannot adequately express how much I admire her and how I was awed by her strength. She taught me so much during the years of our friendship - how to laugh at myself, how to be more comfortable meeting folks, how to care for someone, how to have fun, how to talk to someone deeply about faith and trust in God, and so much more. To say I will miss her cheapens what I feel, but as long as I live, I believe her impact in my life will grow. 

Here are a few pictures that show who Cindy is:


This is one of the best pictures ever, I think, of Cindy. This is B.C. - before cancer.


She always had a thing for pirates. Who knows? 


A little taste of her sense of humor while enjoying one of her favorite meals - 
she called them crab ribs.


We spent some time together not long after her treatments began 
at her happy/peaceful place - the coast


The foursome (well, it only shows half of her hubby so maybe we should say 3.5 of us) 
took a trip to see the west coast (her 1st time) in sunny Southern California. 


And one of my favorites - her laughing. 
I'll always hear her laugh in my mind. Can't you almost feel her joy!

Cindy, I will always love you! Thank you for being my friend. Rest in peace!

Blessings.