Memories

It was a beautiful weekend!  The weather was perfect for family time outdoors.  We were finally able to open the windows and get some fresh air inside as well.I was standing next to my husband as he opened one of the windows.  He was immediately taken back to a childhood day when he was outside in his home town with his mother on a lawn chair getting some sun.  The smells in the air were so reminiscent for him that he didn't have all of the words to describe it, but you could certainly see it in his face.  He was thrilled with the memory.My husband s...more

One of THOSE days

Yesterday was that for me.  Actually, I guess it all started the night before.  My husband and I were having a perfectly pleasant conversation when he asked me would I get remarried if he _____.  (Yeah, I can't even type the word!)  I think I had a panic attack!!  Now, I just can't imagine life without him.  I know that we are not supposed to be so attached to things of this earth, but God did give him to me as my life partner.  And I am grateful everyday that He did.  He wouldn't just take him away from me...wou...more

Serenity

God, grant me the serenity....This was a prayer posted on my grandmother's refrigerator.  To accept the things I cannot change;I remember it vividly.The courage to change the things that I can;A purple magnet with white lettering.And the wisdom to know the difference.Stuck onto a fridge with so many other things that I don't think I could force myself to remember even if I wanted to.I don't know why this particular magnet sticks out to me.  My gra...more

Is Your Table Wet?

A good friend asked me this question recently referring to the familiar verse in Psalm 23 (v....more

God's Country

Ever visit a place and feel God's presence so much more than at home?  For me, that place is in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Whether standing on the top of Chimney Rock or tubing down a snowy hill or even just driving down an expressway with glorious mountains on either side of you, I am amazed at God's beautiful creation.I guess the same could be said about the sandy beaches near my home, but there's something about being in such a drastically different place that allows your soul to speak and listen.  My soul is centered and the focus is clear:  God, hus...more

Trusting Him

Some time ago, I made a decision to trust God with a new part of my life. Something I had never even considered I was keeping from Him until then. And, as they say, you can't "un-ring" that bell. Once you have realized what is going on, you cannot go back and presume to believe otherwise. Oh, you can pretend to believe otherwise, but you are only fooling yourself.Of course, that decision wasn't made lightly and it brought with it so many things to ponder. And with all decisions, I was not the only one affected....more

The Battle Between Good and Evil Wages On

At least it was in my heart last night.When I know to do good and do it not, it is sin.When you're in a situation where the thing you want to do is not wrong, but the circumstances surrounding it make it wrong - the line between right and wrong gets smudged. But only here on earth! You see, to God, the line is so broad and deep that there is no such thing as a smudge.  There is only right...more

Manna From Heaven

Do you remember the story about the manna God sent for the Israelites?(Exodus 16)  Shortly after they fled Egypt, where they were servants at the hands of a tyrant, the Israelites began complaining that Moses had led them into the desert to die of starvation.  Moses prayed and God sent manna in the morning and quail in the evening.  The Bible tells us that the manna continued for 40 years while they were in the desert, until they reached the Promised Land.  There were conditions, however.  The Israelites were to take only enough for their household.&...more

You Will Keep Him in Perfect Peace...

Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)Doesn't it sound wonderful to be kept in perfect peace?  This reminds me of those "if/then" statements we used to have to do in math class.  Forgive me, Mrs....more

Squeezing God In

We recently went through the steps of registering our two youngest children for preschool that begins in the Fall.  I know, I hear you saying:  "What?  You register in January for classes that don't start until September?"  Yes, we do.  The faith-based preschool our two youngest children attend is not open during the Summer.  They follow the local public school calendar and are only open a few hours a day and only available for a couple of days a week.  It is more of a "morning out" than a day care facility.  During my boys' first chapel this ...more