Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Who Me, Versatile?

My friend, Deborah, surprised the heck out of me by giving me this award today. If you haven’t visited Deborah at With All My Heart......Deborah, you are missing out on a beautiful blog with gorgeous photography! Be sure to drop by soon and meet this special lady.

I want to thank Deborah for this and share the rules:
* Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
* Share 7 things about yourself.
* Pass the award along to 15 other bloggers who you recently discovered and think are fabulous.
* Contact the bloggers you chose and let them know about the award.

Here are my 7:
1. I grew up learning about Jesus in a text book but met Him personally 38 years ago through a women’s neighborhood Bible study. He is the love of my life.

2. I married a Navy man 39 years ago and we have two daughters, 35 and 32.

3. My favorite topic to study is prayer. I’m amazed at the power of prayer!

4. I was a middle child. Any other middle children out there?

5. I have been blessed to travel to some wonderful countries in this beautiful world!

6. I manage a sales dealership here in AZ along with my husband. We sell a beautiful upper-end manufactured home.

7. Two years ago I was blessed to become a grandma. Susanna is a treasure.

Now I am suppose to share this award with 15 others. Every one of you who visits me deserves this award. I’m blessed with blogger friends who are some of the dearest people on line! I could never pick just 15! I love your blogs and your versatile styles. So I pass it on to all of you. You are all chosen! Just leave a comment and follow the rules, receive the award and you are in!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spiritual Sunday ~ Paradise

God is so kind to usl! It all worked out well that I'm with Carrie and Susanna this week because Kathy died. Kathy is her girlfriend's mother and Carrie was able to attend the memorial service and comfort her friend while I stayed home and cared for the baby.

Last week, I found it interesting that I photographed "Birds of Paradise" when I strolled through Liberty Station. In my opinion, it is the perfect flower when I think of a memorial. I'm enjoying the photo now as I reflect on this day.

This morning I read an interesting passage in 1 Timothy 1: 9 and 10. God saved us and called us to be holy, not because of what we had done, but because of his own plan and kindness. Before the world began, God planned that Christ Jesus would show us God's kindness. Now with the coming of our Savior Christ Jesus, he has revealed it. Christ has destroyed death, and through the Good News he has brought eternal life into full view.

I'm reminded that Jesus destroyed death. Kathy is alive and perfected. That is God's kindness!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Funnies

Wishing everybody a happy Friday. Kim at Homesteader's Heart has more laughs for you. Be sure to visit her!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

San Diego Daze

Our days have been busy with fun places to enjoy with a toddler, but we have shed a few tears this past week as well. Here's some highlights.

We had a special mother-daughter outing last Saturday when Susanna spent the weekend with her dad. We went to Coronado and visited some of our favorite shops, had lunch, bought some old-fashioned candy and enjoyed the beach, too.

I always enjoy going to The Rock with Carrie and listening the Pastor Miles' sermons. After breakfast at Panera's, we went to the park in Liberty Station. Isn't it beautiful? Carrie loves to roller skate there; it's perfect.

One day last week we went to the zoo and then out to lunch at Denny's.

We visited Carrie's former neighbor, Daisy, in the nursing home. I loved seeing the faces of the elderly as we walked with Susanna, carrying her little purse and bringing joy to them.

Yesterday was sad. We got the call telling us Carrie's best friend's mother passed away. We've been praying for her for over a year. She's with Jesus; but we mourn for the family.

My days with Carrie and Susanna are fulfilling. It is a joy to share our faith together and pray together. I smile as we drive in the car talking about the Lord, forgetting the little one is in the backseat until she waits for our pause and shouts "Amen!"

Sending you lots of love from San Diego!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pacific R&R

The Ocean beckons me again! I’m flying to San Diego tomorrow morning. My blogging habits are going to be hit and miss for the next few weeks. I treasure, you, my blog buddies! You may not see me as often, but I’ll be thinking about you and remembering your requests in prayer!

Your throne was set in place a long time ago. You are eternal. The ocean rises, O LORD. The ocean rises with a roar. The ocean rises with its pounding waves. The LORD above is mighty- mightier than the sound of raging water, mightier than the foaming waves of the sea.
Psalm 93: 2-4

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Spiritual Sundays ~ Lunch With Al

Ever since Al Slusser was a kid, he has wanted to walk across the United States. He was waiting for five things to materialize: 1) a relationship with the Lord that would be intimate and solid, 2) finances, 3) his feet to be physically ready for the task, 4) total support of his family and 5) fortitude. Last October, 2009, Al felt he was ready. He asked the Lord months before to close the doors if this wasn’t His will. They swung wide open for Al and in October with his feet standing in the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, he began his trek across our great country. He arrived in Maryland reaching his destination just three weeks ago when he touched the Atlantic Ocean. He did it!

Today I enjoyed having lunch with Al and four of my girlfriends. We were uplifted to hear the stories of all the great American families Al met on his long walk. He was able to encourage many people and even lead a lonely man to Jesus Christ. Many were drawn to the cart that Al pushed with a sign on it that spoke of his passion for senior citizens and disabled Americans and veterans. On this sign was also the scripture: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13.” “The Lord was with me every step!” Al exclaimed. We marveled at the kindness of the mayors in each town that Al entered. Some of them put him in four star hotels for the night and purchased his dinner. People were supportive along the route. Americans all across the country befriended him and several families invited him into their homes for the night!

We wondered what the greatest lesson was that Al learned during this adventure. He told us two things: 1) God is faithful and totally trustworthy and 2) American is made up of kind people. Every evening Al would pray these two scripture verses in his nighttime prayers: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Ps 91:11 and
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Ps. 4:8

Imagine having a dream of this caliber and depending solely on the Lord to bring it to pass! Al has exciting stories to tell of how God orchestrated this walk and how He protected him from danger. Al speaks enthusiastically to groups at senior citizens homes as well as churches. And yes, he is writing a book! You can learn more about Al’s coast to coast walk at www.c2cw.com .

It did me good on this day of 9-ll to have lunch with Al and my friends. From the time I awoke, the TV as well as bloggers have been commemorating the tragedy that struck our great nation nine years ago. Despite the turbulence that American is going through politically, socially, and economically, it remains the greatest country on the face of the earth. God bless America!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Funnies ~ Barry

Happy Friday, everybody! Any Barry fans out there? Have you seen this? I love it! Need more smiles? Head over to Kim's at Homesteader's Heart for more Friday Funnies!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Very Special Dinner

I just took my round loaf of Hallah bread out of the oven. My brisket of beef is still cooking in the spices and will be ready to eat tonight at sunset when we reflect on our Jewish Roots and celebrate Rosh Hashana! I’m going to post tonight’s dinner on my recipe blog tomorrow.

The evening begins when my husband blows the shofar. Rosh Hasanah is a wonderful holiday to celebrate because the Jewish calendar calls it their New Year. “Shanah Tovah” is the way they greet one another and it means “May you be inscribed for a good year; may God bless you!

In a nutshell, Rosh Hasanah beckons us to pray. We should be giving our very best money gift during this season. We should repent and especially forgive all who have hurt us. We should do good for others and help them. We should watch our words and show God we are serious about following Him.

This is a season of repentance and if I had to offer a counterpart in the New Testament, I would quote Romans 13: 11-13:

Now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

And Ephesians 5: 14-16:
Awake you who sleep. Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

“Shanah Tovah” to you, my family and friends! May God bless you in every way abundantly in the coming year.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Spiritual Sundays ~ Flamboyant Love

I was shopping for a birthday card during my lunch hour last week when I overheard an elderly woman in the card aisle talking to her niece, a woman about my age. Here is what she said: “I threw out all my cards. They never meant those words anyway.” Lots of laughter followed. How sad I thought to be unable to receive the love sent to her in the sentiments of a card. This incident got me thinking about the love of God and resolving to embrace it when it is offered to me. It doesn’t matter if I think I’m worthy of such extravagant love; He thinks so!

In contrast, just a day later I received one of those gorgeous hand-crafted cards in the mail from my friend, Kay, who loves paper crafting. It was so pretty and love and joy just oozed out of it when I opened it. This is a sample of her designs at Creativity is Good.

Kay wrote a beautiful note to me in the card reminding me of God’s tender love for me. She ended her thoughts with “The God of the universe loves us more than we can ever fully understand.” I don’t think it was any coincidence that Kay’s card arrived when it did. I’m meditating on God’s flamboyant love! Look at how The Message speaks of Ephesians 3:17-19:

And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, 18 you'll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! 19 Live full lives, full in the fullness of God

God loves us!

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Funnies ~ Expert Testimony

If you ever testified in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer's credibility . . .

Q: 'Officer --- did you see my client fleeing the scene?'
A: 'No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.'
Q: 'Officer -- who provided this description?'
A: 'The officer who responded to the scene.'
Q: 'A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?'
A: 'Yes, sir. With my life.'
Q: 'With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?'
A: 'Yes sir, we do!'
Q: 'And do you have a locker in the room?'
A: 'Yes sir, I do.'
Q: 'And do you have a lock on your locker?'
A: 'Yes sir.'
Q: 'Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?'
A: 'You see, sir -- we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.'

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year's 'best comeback' line ... and we think he'll win.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Counting it All Joy for Girlfriends!

It's Wednesday and time to reflect on the joy of the Lord and all the blessings He gives! I'm counting it all joy today for women friendships. Here are some facts from a lecture at Stanford: "One of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health is to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. We women share from our souls with our sisters, and evidently that is very good for our health. Failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! So every time you hang out and schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health!"

Last Friday night, the men were gone in our Life Group and we proclaimed it a "girlfriend night." We got in the Word together and reminded each other of God's extravagant love. We prayed together, ate pizza, wings and raw veggies together and even walked the dog together! I cherish these women. We even got silly together!

Help one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood. ~Louisa May Alcott

Be sure to visit Angel at All The Mus for an uplifting Wednesday. We count it all Joy!