Showing posts from February, 2009

A New Car for Women

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Thankful Thursday - The Basics

The Bible teacher at church was making a point about the Holy Spirit. He used a network analogy comparing the Holy Spirit to a computer. When we boot the computer and search the web, we connect to the world. When we receive Christ as our savior the same Holy Spirit that connects us to God connects us to each other.

Today at Thankful Thursday we are thanking God for the basic things in life. I have been so blessed by the Christian blogoshere that I need to take this day and thank the Lord for the good influence that bloggers have on my life. I work in the housing industry and business has been slow. The upside of my predicament is that I can log on to inspirational blogs that encourage me and uplift me. Hours at the office no longer drag not to mention the hope that uplifts my spirit. Thank you, blogger friends, for sharing your love for the Lord and touching the lives of others.

I started my blog six months ago and in just that short time, I have made some wonderful godly contacts. My …

A Vintage Costume for a Vintage Birthday

One of the writing prompts at Writer’s Digest suggests writing about a time you got dressed up in your favorite costume and describe why it was your favorite.

This was a hard one for me because I’m part of a family that loves to party and I’m embarrassed to admit how many times we’ve celebrated events with themes and costumes. But one event does top all the others. Months before I turned 50, my oldest daughter approached me with an offer I couldn’t refuse. She told me to think about how I would like to celebrate my special birthday and she would do anything possible within her means to make my dream come true. I told her my secret desire that I pondered often was to host an elegant Victorian high tea party and would she be my maid?

The girls in my Bible study responded to my tea party invitation with girlish glee. To my amazement, three of them found Victorian patterns and began to sew their outfits. A few of the others began to team up and go “thrift store shopping” hunting for vintage…

Be Who You Are

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body.
1 Cor 12:12, 17-20

I like scriptures that talk about the body of Christ. I like to think about how different we all are as members of Christ’s body. When we accept Jesus and God fills us with the Holy Spirit, we become necessary like a unique piece of the puzzle that He can use for His purpose. I like to think about how important every piece of the puzzle is and how we need each other to complete the picture. The power of God flows when we all work together. Whether it’s working together in the church, the community, the workplace or in our homes, I’ve …

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A Beary Humorous Tale
A priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop. One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn’t really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear. One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment: they would go into the woods, find a bear, preach to it and attempt to convert it.

Seven days later, they’re all together to discuss the experience. Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first. “Well,” he says, “I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and Holy Mary, Mother of God! He became as gentle as a lamb. This bishop is …

Thankful Thursday -~ The Little Things

It’s Thankful Thursday and I’m thanking God for all the blessings of this past week, especially the little things. It is the little things that amaze me of how much God cares for me. You expect Him to do the big hard things, but the little details seem to matter to Him too, and that makes me feel loved.

I’m thankful for friendships of women. My friends, Peggy & Mary Jane invited me out for breakfast after church last Sunday. It was fun to be a part of what was happening in that restaurant. So many of us Christians were enjoying a meal and reuniting with old friends from various churches. It felt like a preview of Heaven to be in that restaurant that everybody seems to like on Sunday mornings.

I’m thankful that the same day that my coffee pot broke, my husband surprised me with a brand new Cuisinart coffee maker. I can’t imagine not starting my day with coffee and what a blessing to have such a nice appliance!

I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to take a week off and…

Photo of the Week

Cabo San Lucas is a nice place to be in February. This was 2006.

A Delivered Memory

It was four years ago this month that we were packing our suitcase for Cabo San Lucas. Tom decided to indulge in a few new shirts and a light jacket for our trip, but when he came home from the mall, I wasn’t real thrilled with the style of the new jacket. “It looks like the kind of thing a delivery man would wear to work,” I lovingly exclaimed. “Don’t you want a tropical look?” He said that he liked it and he seemed very proud of his independent selection of new clothes. “Okay, but you look like you’re going to deliver a UPS package.”

Tom wore that jacket everywhere we toured in Cabo. It’s on all of our vacation pictures. Even after we returned home and went back to work, he wore his boring brown jacket. Then something funny happened when he went to the grocery store during lunch one afternoon. When he returned to the office he told me about the guy that approached him in the parking lot and asked him, “Is UPS hiring?” He never wore the jacket again.

Yesterday, Tom had to pitch his cur…

Who is Your Master?

I think it's a great thing when people seek truth. I can remember my early 20's and seeking the meaning of life for myself. The other day I traveled home from the airport on the shuttle and it was packed with people from everywhere in the nation: Minnesota, Oregon, Georgia, New Hampshire and California. Every seat was taken and several conversations were going on at the same time. I was most interested in four young college students excited about their ride to a retreat in Sedona, the mecca of spiritual curiosity here in Arizona. Sedona draws followers of the Metaphysical to its sanctuary. The students talked at length about their interest in Yoga, meditation, and brain exercises and yearning to discover their inner tao, which is a Chinese philosophy for finding your path. They used words like amazing and awesome when they described their masters. One passenger, closer to my age, told them about a Yoga finger exercise he knows to use when he feels angry. The starry-eyed studen…

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Photo of the Week

With Susanna Jane who just turned four months old. You should see all that she can do!

Let's Keep our Love Alive

Valentine's Day is almost here. I've been reading so many blogs addressing ways for us married couples to stay in love, communicate better and celebrate with our spouse.

Last year, our book club read Lynn Seller's novel, Once Again I Fear, and we asked Lynn to join our discussion of her book. My question was about the lead character's parents, a long-time married couple.

Whenever they had a heated disagreement, one of them would suggest: "let's go out for ice cream." The ice cream usually ended the tense feelings and they would talk their way back into a loving relationship. So I asked Lynn if this was the secret to her marital success. "No!" She replied! "I made all that up!"
What is the secret in your marriage for happiness? It takes work to keep love alive. Don't let yours grow cold, especially with Valentine's Day just around the corner.

Like Daughter, Like Mother

There's much to do in Balboa Park with its restaurants, museums, Japanese Gardens called The Friendship Garden. But today the International Cottages were opened to view! The Houses of Sweden, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Puerto Rico, Poland were filled with artifacts and samples of native food. There were so many cottages we didn't even have the time to enter. Carrie's warning to me was: "Mom, the smell of the food in Balboa Park is tempting, but let's remember that we're here for exercise." "I'll support you in that," I responded, halfheartedly.

It was a wonderful walk in the park observing guitar players, singers and dancers, an outdoor organ recital in the amphitheatre, a cup of Black Chai at the Tea House, to name a few points of interest, and, of course, green foilage and flowers everywhere. Being a lady from the desert, I loved it!

Carrie, Susanna, Mirriam the dog and I were happy to return home to make an early supper. While we cooked a…

Weekend Highlights

My US Airways flight to San Diego arrived safely. No birds flew into the engine, but we needed maintenance while on the tarmac for over an hour before leaving Pnx. I felt sorry for the elderly gent next to me who worried that he would miss his surgeon's appointment at the Naval Hospital.

It's been raining! This is the much needed rainy season in San Diego and it's chilly.

We've been entertaining ourselves indoors with Susanna, Netflix and home cooking!

Just turning four months, Susanna learned to grasp her rattles and teething rings. She drools and gives us the raspberries a lot. She loves her bouncer where she kicks her right leg and makes it go fast! Her big smiles warm my heart.

Mirriam, the family dog, is very protective of home and family.

I love these visits where I can enjoy my role of grammy!

Dove on Glass

I left a comment on a blogger’s website about the dove that crashed into my picture window. Simultaneously, another blogger left the same message and the author of the website did a double take. It’s happening frequently. Doves seem to be everywhere. I began noticing this last year at this time. Every time I would enter my driveway, doves were flying from one pine tree to another in front of my home. I thought to myself: “How nice these birds are; they are like a welcoming committee.”

I don’t know if you can make out this photo. It was taken on the inside of my home looking out. We discovered a pile of feathers in front of the window outside when we found the poor bird that lost his life in flight. Judging by the imprint of the dove’s beak, eye, breast, tail feathers and bent wing in flight, I don’t think he felt a thing!

I got an email from an author of devotionals who wrote about the people who contacted her in amazing numbers about the doves in their yards. She went on …

Photo of the Week

I took this pic a few weeks ago when Nadine, a missionary friend in Spain, was in town. Nadine is center with dark, curly hair. A few of us met her for lunch and listened to wonderful stories about her students and her interesting life in Spain.