Saturday, November 28, 2009

Spiritual Sunday


This, of course, is not a picture of my dinner table taken on Thanksgiving! It is a table set in the presence of my enemies, a favorite verse of mine in Psalm 23:5. Matthew Henry comments about this verse:

The Lord's people feast at his table, upon the provisions of his love. Satan and wicked men are not able to destroy their comforts, while they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and drink of the cup of salvation which is ever full.

Thank you, Charlotte and Ginger, for hosting Spiritual Sundays, a place of great encouragement.




Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Funnies





Thank you, Kim, for hosting Friday Funnies, a great place to find health and humor and not take this life too seriously (it's not permanent, you know!)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday ~ Life


The Spirit of God has made me,

The breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Job 33:4


I pause on this journey called "life" and give thanks today first to Father God who gave His only Son so that I can have life and have it to the full!

I thank Jesus for healing that flows from Him. My daughter is recovering from her illness and I know God is restoring her joy. I, too, am trying to help her smile. I took her to Mission Beach and encouraged her to ride "Chaos", a fun amusement ride that helps forget all the chaos that life sometimes brings.



Thankful Thursday is hosted by Iris at Grace Alone. Her chosen theme today is Life.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook ~ Nov. 16



Outside My Window...a tree lined canyon that allows a wonderful cross breeze in the home.

I Am Thinking...about Pastor Miles McPherson's sermon at the Rock Church yesterday and how he described Jesus as the living logos, the living word and how every need, every answer to any situation or relationship is found in the Bible.

I Am Thankful For...my daughter's neighbors on this street and how they all help one another like one big caring family!

I Am Wearing...my grey sweatpants and a coral tee shirt. No shoes!

I Am Remembering...the conversation I had with my DH yesterday afternoon on the phone. He found a seller of a used crib at church and purchased it. However, it needs assembling and he wasn't too thrilled about all the pieces layed out on the back deck while we were on the phone.

I Am Going...to a puppet show at the San Diego library for toddlers tomorrow.

I Am Reading...The Overcomer's Anointing by Barbara J. Yoder.

I Am Hoping...that my daughter, my friends and my blogger sisters who are in pain will get well quickly. I continue to pray for each one of them.

On My Mind...thinking how nice it will be to get out in the sun at Mission Beach with the baby this afternoon!

I Am Learning...that God's timing is not my timing and His ways are not my ways.

Noticing That...many Americans are getting involved politically to keep our consititution and freedoms intact.

Pondering These Words..."Therefore, when darkness comes over you, you can be sure that God is making something new because His new things are always conceived and developed in darkness." Barbara Yoder

From The Kitchen...a turkey-mushroom casserole and a plan to make homemade Challah bread tonight.

Around the House...toys and children's books...makes me feel young again.

One of My Favorite Things...the high speed of take off in the plane at the airport. It was fun landing, too, this time with a window seat and seeing Balboa Park and the Zoo in practically arm's reach!

From My Picture Journal...





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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Spiritual Sunday

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6


The pharmacist told my daughter that the excessive vomiting reaction from medication requires hospital emergency care. How could she go to the hospital? Who would care for Susanna? The neighbor across the street forfeited three hours of sleep before going to work to feed the baby and put her to bed. Another neighbor dropped off some Pedilayte and Gatorade. Others wanted to help too, but one had the flu, another just had surgery and couldn't get out of bed, and another was over 90. That's when my husband frantically searched the airlines to find me a seat on the next available flight. I packed my suitcase. I heard his command to make a decision right now. He found one available seat left on a flight. Do I want it? "Yes," I replied..."No," and then "Should I?" "Never mind," he exclaimed. He booked it.

Why couldn't I decide quickly? I'll tell you why. With only one seat left, I didn't trust that it would be mine. What if someone else was booking simultaneously? I wouldn't have any seats to fall back on; what was my guarantee? And I bet this seat was in the last row right next to the toliet. I'm embarassed to say I had no peace that night. I entertained thoughts of traveling all the way to the airport only to find the check-in clerk at the airline tell me that no seats were available. Would I have to negotiate my way to my sick daughter in San Diego like some loopy people I've observed when confusion arises? Peace came the next day. I printed out my electronic ticket and noticed not just a seat but a wonderful seat, 15F, in the middle right by the window. Whew, relief!

I wish I could write that anxiety does not exist in my daily life. I wish I could fill my blog with how I pray and trust that "all things will work together for good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose." When will that day arrive when I can make decisions quickly and be less tossed around like a wave in the sea?

A special thank you, fellow bloggers, for your loving response last Thursday in my cry for help. I loved hearing your prayers and your comments and getting your loving emails. Just like Jesus, my Rock, you steady me with your support. My daughter is healing from a nasty viral infection. And I know the wonderful airline seat was favor from above!

Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Funnies

A couple who were both 98 years old and were lovers since high school filed today for divorce. When asked why they waited so long to get divorced, they said they wanted to wait until all the children were dead. Jay Leno

For more Friday Funnies, visit Kim at Homesteader's Heart.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thankful Thursday ~ Military/Veterans

Let Christ’s peace rule in your hearts…and be thankful.
My husband served two tours in Viet Nam. Today, a few members of our family, and also a co-worker, called him to thank him for his service. He was grateful for their sentiments. What a different attitude today than back in the 60’s when people harassed him for his service to our great country. My thoughts of thankfulness intensified as I pondered our military theme for Thankful Thursday. I, too, want to express my thanks to all who served our country and fought for our freedoms.

I’m thankful for my savior, Jesus Christ. His passionate love for mankind and obedience to die on the cross so I can be free is something I never want to take for granted. Talk about freedom!

I’m thankful that Jesus heals today. My daughter has been battling a cold for over a week. I’m thankful that she was able to get into her doctor’s office yesterday and I’m thankful that a compassionate neighbor down the street was able to watch Susanna for her. My daughter started feeling much better today and then I got a call that she can’t keep anything down. She is terribly weak. I don’t know if she is having a reaction to the antibiotics the doctor gave her or if she now caught the flu. I’m praying for her and thanking God for a flight that I was able to book for Friday morning. I got the last available seat. I’m trusting God for strength and healing for her and protection for the baby. San Diego, here I come again!

May you have a peaceful, thankful Thursday today. For more thankful posts, go to Grace Alone.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~November 9th Edition


Outside My Window...
I see an empty parking lot with no cars parked with eager-to-buy customers. Sigh.

I Am Thinking...
I have been unsuccessful finding a used baby crib at the thrift stores and garage sales.


I Am Thankful For...
The prayer time with my DH this morning using Stormie Omartian's books praying for your spouse.
I Am Wearing...
Tan slacks and a black top and a beige sweater.

I Am Remembering...
all the exercise I got stacking firewood that my DH cut yesterday afternoon. The joy of country living.
I Am Going...
To the beauty shop tomorrow to get my hair cut and colored! Yippe.
I Am Reading...
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
I Am Hoping...
for a big cash sale this week. Can you tell?

On My Mind...
my family in the midwest and all the pretty colors of fall at this time of year.

From the Learning Rooms...
realizing again the significance of my faith as I ask Jesus to heal many I'm praying for and do miracles for my family and friends just like in the gospel of Mark today where I read He required faith in their asking.

Noticing That...
many stores in town are closed and not as many people seem to be shopping.

Pondering These Words...
"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth - everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." Isaiah 43:5-7

From The Kitchen...
homemade chicken noodle soup and homemade pumpkin bread for supper when I get home from work tonight.

Around The House...
realizing my pantry needs organizing.

One of My Favorite Things...
is planning my Thanksgiving menu and writing out my shopping list.

From My Picture Journal...

Other Daybook writers can be found at A Simple Woman's Daybook.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Spiritual Sundays ~Thanksgiving Prayer


A Thanksgiving Prayer


Dear Father in Heaven


Please lend me Your ear


'Cause I've got a prayer


You'll be happy to hear.


Lord, there's no request list


This time when I pray


I just want to give thanks


This Thanksgiving Day.


First, I want to thank You


For gifts from above:


Your unending mercy,


Your undeserved love.


And thank You for sending


Your Son down to earth,


For now those in Jesus


Can have second birth.


Lord, thank You for saving


Your children from Hell,


And giving Your Spirit


Who comes to indwell.


And thank You for choosing me


To be Your own,


For now that You're in me


I'm never alone.


Lord, thanks for forgiving me


When I'm untrue,


And last, but not least, Father,


Thank You for You!


--Connie Cook




"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."(I Peter 1:4 NASB)




My attempt at capturing fall this year is weak in comparison to some of the hues I’ve seen on blogs in the east! I tried!


Thank you for stopping by and visiting me! I wish you a love-filled Sunday. For more inspiration this day, log on to Spiritual Sundays, with Charlotte & Ginger.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Funnies

Two tourists were driving through Louisiana. As they were approaching Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked the employee, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are...very slowly? The cashier leaned over the counter and said, "Burrrrrr, gerrrrr, Kiiinnnggg."

To enjoy more humor, visit Kim at Homesteader’s Heart.




Let me also mention that Kim will be hosting a recipe exchange on her cooking blog next week for those of you who like to try new recipes for Thanksgiving. Should be fun! I'm looking forward to participating with my cooking blog.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thankful Thursday ~ Trials


Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. James 1:2,3

Being a thankful person did not come easy to me. I can remember when I was a young girl and my mom would tell me to smile more and not take life so seriously. It seemed like everything frustrated me. Things didn’t change until I met Jesus. I was set free and thankfulness took on a whole new meaning. I felt thankful for everything. I saw the world in a whole new way.


I named my blog Pile of Smiles because Jesus gave me my smile back. I hoped this place would be a place of encouragement for others to stop by and be refreshed. But I’ll tell you, it’s been the other way around as well! I’m very thankful for the wonderful Christian friends I’ve met on line who inspire me with their heartfelt writings. I am thankful for the way people care about one another offering uplifting words and prayers. I’ve been going through a difficult trial of late. I thought about changing Pile of Smiles to Morose Moorings. However, I have found writers who write about the blessings of similar pain and share the victory that I believe in faith for every day! You can’t place a price tag on this kind of friendship. I’m thankful for each person placed strategically in my life.


I’m thankful this week for a sale! That is a big praise in this economy!


I’m thankful for my kids. My daughter, Amy, rejoices in God’s blessings. Her husband needed back surgery since last March. Finally the insurance company authorized it and he is now recovering beautifully. It does make you thankful when you are pain free. Thank God for answered prayer!


I can’t end my list of thanksgiving without talking about my plumbing problems over last weekend. It took my husband and I two days to resolve everything, but I am most thankful for showers that flow and toilets that flush! And I am thankful that we could fix the repairs ourselves avoiding expensive plumbing costs.


I close with a “plumber joke”. Did you hear that someone broke into our local police station and stole the toilet? Right now the cops have nothing to go on.


Thankful Thursday is hosted by Grace Alone.