Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool's Day and Spring, Random Thoughts

I think nature is playing the biggest April Fool's joke of all--it's SPRING, no it's's SPRING...not yet...ok, ready for a little sunshine now! :-) In other news:

  • my 7 year old neice, Gracie, wants to take up yoga.

  • Looking forward to revival service tonight with one of my college professors, Rev Mark Cravens.

  • Just finished Week 5 Day 2 of the Couch to 5k plan. Should be day 3 but had to repeat one day.

  • Daisy is suddenly certain that the boogie man resides in our bedroom ceiling fan. She cowers on the floor and barks at the ceiling. Nothing will dissuade her.

  • A group from my alma mater Independence Bible School will be at church Sunday.

  • I'm not a big fan of lace but I LOVE eyelet. Glad that it's spring (by the calendar, anyway) so I can wear my new eyelet skirt.

  • Thankful for an abundance of blessings.

  • Oh, and thanks to living with Mr. Bob for the past 13+ years, I am pretty well immune to April Fool's jokes--those who know him will understand.

  • Happy Spring to all ya'll!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rx for Church Problems

Ambitious title, huh? Sounds bold, but I believe I have found the real cure for church problems.

I recently started focusing on memorizing some scripture. I was drawn to Romans 12. I have always loved that chapter, even my blog name is taken from Romans 12. I've memorized bits and pieces of it through the years. Now I wanted to be able to quote the entire chapter as a unit. As I have pondered and meditated on it. I have come to realize that it has shaped my life in many ways. In fact, I think it sets guidelines for our conduct in the marketplace, at home and in the church.

....focus on your own gift and appreciate the gifts of others.
....let love be without dissimulation (deception/ ulterior motives).
...not slothful (lazy, haphazard) in business.
...given to hospitality (entertaining vs. hospitality: entertaining focuses on the hostess and everything being just right. Hospitality can even be done in a messy house--is focused on the guest and their needs and comfort.)
...bless them that persecute you.
...weep with them that weep.
...rejoice with them that rejoice. not wise in your own conceits. (hmmm.....)
...provide things honest in the sight of all men. much as possible, live peaceably with all men.
...overcome evil with good. honor preferring one another.
...instant in prayer.

If every member of every church tried diligently to live by these guidelines, I think church problems would be obsolete. What say you?

Thursday, October 14, 2010



Alone. Darkness. Cold hard stone surrounds me. Darkness, the absolute darkness.  Trapped. No way out. Scared. Hopeless.  No solution. Voices. Voices taunting-you’ll never make it out. No one cares. Give up. No hope. Strength is gone.

Tapping. Tapping. Tapping.  Louder, louder. Desperate spirit, clouded mind.  Struggle. To understand, to see, to hear.  

Silver cord, tiny beam. Pierces darkness.  Reaching. Unable to move. Paralyzed by choices. Choice. My own. My forefathers. Longing. Desperate. Desperate for hope.

New voice. Kind. Gentle.

Filthy pit. Meager rations. Darkness. Desperation.

God. Encapsulated. Human Flesh. Strong arms. Lifting.  Impassable bridged.  Pure love. Holiness. Light. Sweet light. Peace. Wholeness. Forgiveness. Hope. Mercy. Abundance. Rest.

“When I could not come to where He was, He came to me.”

Sunday, September 26, 2010


revitalize: To impart new life or vigor to.

Blog revitalization in progress. Stay tuned!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving ABC's

A~Abba Father who is with me always, loves me unconditionally, and patiently molds me into His image.
B~Brothers and sisters making the effort to stay connected; giving and taking to make it work. C~Crazy about my honey.
D~Doughnut shop which I usually manage to avoid...except every other Saturday...
E~Evenings spent with friends and family, laughing and playing games.
F~Fruit, juicy and sweet. Especially strawberries....yummmmm...
G~Goals marking an accomplishment...hope to reach it soon.
H~Hope. Definition: the expectation of good things.
I~Icicles dangling from the eaves, twinkling in the sunshine.
J~Jokes told by my neices and nephews.
K~Kindness shown by friends or strangers.
L~Lingering over a spinach-artichoke souffle at Panera bread, savoring a visit with a friend. M~Music which expresses better than words at times.
N~Napkins which I like to always have in reach at mealtime.
O~Oven, stainless steel, double-oven. An unexpected blessing after starting our Total Money Makeover.
P~Photos that preserve special moments with special people.
Q~Quilts mulit-colored, hand-sewn by caring hands.
R~Reading which opens new worlds for young and old alike. Forges bonds between the same. S~Shopping for Christmas presents all year long. Finding just the right thing for each person on my list.
T~Talking with a friend, sharing burdens, jokes, experiences. Finding you are both strengthened for the journey.
U~Unicycles which fascinate me, but have no plans to ride!
V~Value. Learning what really matters in life.
W~Water delicious and nutritious to drink. Swimming, tubing, fishing, boating-relaxing recreation.
X~eXamples. Consistent, faithful lives seen lived in front of me. Through good times and bad. Y~Youth camp. Which helped form my belief system, build my foundation, establish friendships. Z~Zoo displaying God's great imagination and creativity.