Showing posts from April, 2010

Random Smiles

I have to tell you about the neat dream I had! I dreamt that I lived next door to John and Diana Hagee. They were the neatest neighbors! Diana gave me the warmest hug in my dream.
Have you been watching Dancing With The Stars? I changed my allegiance to Erin and Maks after seeing her do the swing dance with her long legs and arms!
Oh, by the way, clean the hoses in your car with fabric softener sheets. The mechanic who changed my oil said that a pack rat made a nest in my air filter! To prevent this, he told me to wipe down the entrance hose to the air filter; they dislike the smell . See what you learn at Pile of Smiles!
I helped my daughter with her garage sale when I was in Ca. We prayed that morning and asked God if we could at least make $300. Everything was purchased by Noon that Saturday and our profits totaled $300.20.

I miss my family in San Diego after having over 2 weeks with them and it flew by because we went everywhere! We attended the praise and worship mid-week event at t…

A Rainy Day in Cardiff by the Sea

It was raining hard the day we woke up with plans to drive to Carlsbad, CA. I wondered if our plans would change to staying home and watching a DVD and eating a bowl of popcorn! The rain stopped and the sun peeked out mid morning for about a minute and it was all we needed to get in the car and we were on our way for a pleasant drive up north. My day in Carlsbad will forever be one of those special memories of my life. The day was a gift to me, an early Mother’s Day gift, and one of those “mother-daughter” times we moms cherish. I’m blessed!
Besides walking through the mall, we went to The Flower Fields where the flowers extended forever like blankets of color as far as the eye can see. Hay rides take you through acres of flowers. We were thankful the rain held off, but it was cold. There’s a park for children that looked like fun and we got lost in the Sweet Pea Maze. It was wonderful to see the Poinsettias growing in the greenhouse; it made me think of Christmas.

When we left Carlsba…

The Life of Christ In Us

I'm linking to Kat's Bible Study today covering Lesson #7 in Sheila Walsh's Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God. I'm smiling big that Kat used a photo of a waterfall because I snapped a waterfall at the zoo last week. So I'm copying Kat; call me a copycat!

This week, the lesson covered several points about trusting God using Psalm 16 as a backdrop. A focus for me was verses 9 through 11:

9. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.

10. because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay,

11. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Try re-writing this passage honestly to express your own trust level in God. Here are my thoughts: When this journey on earth ceases and my earth suit is traded for a resurrected body, I will bask in the Lord's presence. I've made my decision in this life to fo…

Friday Funnies: The Real Story of the 3 Bears

A far more accurate account of the events of that fateful morning...

Baby bear goes downstairs, sits in his small chair at the table.
He looks into his small bowl. It is empty. 'Who's been eating my porridge?' he squeaks.

Daddy Bear arrives at the big table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl and it is also empty. 'Who's been eating my porridge?!?' he roars.

Mummy Bear puts her head through the serving hatch from the kitchen and yells, 'For crying out loud, how many times do I have to go through this with you scoundrels? It was Mummy Bear who got up first. It was Mummy Bear who woke everyone in the house. It was Mummy Bear who made the coffee. It was Mummy Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night and put everything away. It was Mummy Bear who swept the floor in the kitchen. It was Mummy Bear who went out in the cold early morning air to fetch The newspaper and croissants. It was Mummy Bear who set the darn table.

'It was Mummy Bear …

Happy 101 Award

I'm thanking my friend, Diana, from Bits and Pieces today for honoring me with this cute award. I think the best way to introduce Diana to you would be: "Meet my friend, Diana.
She is a domestic diva who cooks, bakes and gardens and blogs about her love of it! Diana is great wife and mom and grandmom. Please visit her soon and say hello."

This is a fun award and requires me to share what I'm joyful about with you. I'm currently visiting my daughter in San Diego and would love to tell you about some joyful times:

My husband in AZ called and left a message on my cell to pray about his frustrations with getting the lawn mower to work. He couldn't finish cutting the grass so the job was only three quarters done. You won't believe how the Lord answered this prayer. The next morning, I got a call from hubby. Four bulls got loose and ended up on our property. They ate all the grass hubby couldn't cut. They managed to get into the vegetable garden, but didn'…

Into the Darkness to Find the Light

I found three interesting points Sheila Walsh speaks about in Chapter Six of her book, Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God, which are 1) Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus, 2) Stephen's conversion and bold walk of faith and 3) God's extravagant love. I have these thoughts:

I love the way God channeled Saul's passionate behavior after his conversion. I think about how the Christians had to hear from the Lord telling them it's okay to trust Saul. His bulldog determination to destroy them beforehand switched to his determination to lead many to salvation in Jesus afterward. Think about the characteristic that God has had to refocus in your life. For me, it would be loyalty. I have a strong loyalty within me, but of course now it is focused on Jesus and not my own pursuits that do not give life.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us i…

Spiritual Sundays ~ The Rock Church

A wonderful benefit of visiting San Diego is attending The Rock Church with my family. Pastor Miles' sermon today was one of my favorite topics: Keys to God's Will, using the basis of Matthew 7:21:
Not everyone who says to me, "Lord Lord," will enter the Kingdom of Heaven but only he who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven.
I'm sharing thoughts that I don't want to forget about this message:
God's will is worth finding out! 1 Cor. 2:9 -10 says: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit." The world and people will not always reveal what I'm to do to be in God's will, but His Word will. Let it speak to me! God will never contradict Himself. His will brings life!
God's will is a process. It is not a science; it requires practice. I'm realizing as a methodical thinker, I need to flee "pattern…

Friday Funnies

Gracie Allen's Classic Recipe for Roast Beef

1 large Roast of beef
1 small Roast of beef

Take the two roasts and put them in the oven.
When the little one burns, the big one is done.

For more funnies this Friday, be sure to visit Kim.

Why The Pain?

When disappointments or troubling circumstances come your way, how do you handle them? Do you tend to be more emotional or quiet? Do you take action or remain reserved? These are key questions in study five of Sheila Walsh’s book, “Beautiful things Happen When A Woman Trusts God.” A special thanks to Kat who is leading this study at Heart to Heart this week.

I remember how unhealthy the early years of my marriage were when I kept all my emotions bottled up inside of me. I became physically sick with migraines because I did not want to address all the anger I felt, or any of my emotions for that matter. You can only do that for so long, and then you explode. My husband called it the “pressure cooker effect.”

This study speaks of the necessity in our relationship with God of the importance of crying out to Him instead of just crying! Sheila reminds us of Peter getting out of the boat in Matthew 14: 22-23 and how bold he was to take a step on the water to Jesus but then lost his confidence…

Happy Easter


Mary's View

No one could have prepared me for the experience this afternoon in the old city of Jerusalem. It is Good Friday and pilgrims from all over the world travel to the Via Dolorosa to experience the re-enactment of the Way of Suffering. My husband anxiously shouted to me in the midst of the frenzied crowd: “Don’t let go of my hand! I’ll lose you!” But it was impossible to stay connected. Oh, no, he’s gone. I panicked and the next thing I knew he grabbed me to his side and locked arms with me. I had never been in such a tight capsule of humanity as this. I could not move. At times, I could not feel the pavement beneath my feet. It was like I was lost at sea. Waves carried me this way and that. I lost control. The streets are so narrow and there are so many people; all I heard was singing and emotional wailing.

This was my Good Friday journal entry a few years ago. I returned to my hotel room in Jerusalem. I needed to relax after having been sandwiched by a crowd of tourists much like myself …