Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Musings ...

... her memory will be a blessing.

What will I remember most about my friend? Her smile, her laugh,  her kind words, the love that she exhibited in deeds for her husband, daughters, son, and grandchildren.  She will be missed.

For the past decade, I was fortunate to serve with her in Altrusa. Whether we sat together at meetings, served together on special projects, or saw each other in the community, I remember her with love.

I cherish the memory of us  sitting side by side as we took drum lessons. As our drums were nestled between our knees, we laughed as we worked to repeat the skills of our teacher.  I only wish I had more memories.

Praying God will comfort her family and friends.

Yes, Janice, your memory will be a blessing.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

not ashamed

Romans 1: 16-17
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed - a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tasty Tuesday

"Cupcakes are sweet and even sweeter when shared."
Marie Williams Johnstone



Monday Musings

Miracles
Are miracles a part of everyday life? Or, are miracles simply a historical fact when Jesus lived his earthly life. Do miracles have relevancy in our day to day life? Has science and medical advancements eliminated the need for miracles. Once a doctor claims that a situation is hopeless, do we resign ourselves to their pronouncement.

Have you ever witnessed a miracle? On Sunday, I saw evidence of a miracle. "G"'s situation seemed hopeless.   Earlier this year, "G" was  in ICU and given little chance of recovering and living a productive life. He was on a ventilator and not responsive. The medical team had a honest conversation with his parents.

A and R did not receive the report. They had faith in God that their son would recover. In the months since he fell ill, we ( church family) have been witnesses to his recovery.  Each Sunday, we would hear about his amazing recovery. This miracle was not instantaneous, but progressive. At each step of the journey, he amazed the medical staff.

Grateful that God is same yesterday, today, and forever.

Some miracles are physical. In other circumstances, when we are troubled, God gives us peace and comfort.




Friday, September 8, 2017

Friendship Friday

"The strong bond of friendship is not always about a balanced equation: friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when."
Simon Sinek

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Take a rest

Are you giving yourself permission to rest?  Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the constant bombardment  by the 24/7 news cycle?  What are some of your habits that foster creating a quiet space in your daily routine?

 I can easily become overloaded by absorbing so much news... Local news, state headlines, breaking  news, international alerts, neighborhood updates, and family news.  Then, you add to the regular cycle of news, we cope with the ongoing weather reports, evacuation news, meteorological color maps  and the tracking of hurricanes.

It can be a bit overwhelming.

Then, my car gives me a reminder. Yes, my car. Driving on winding roads in rural parts of the county this alert  pops up on my dashboard. Accelerating around curves, I'm speeding up and slowing down. Somehow, my car is designed to alert the driver. This is the message from my car's dashboard.




The words were a timely reminder. I need to take a rest from the24/7 news cycle. My heart and mind will not be consumed with a daily diet of disaster.  My focus will be on God, praying, seeking peace, and trusting God.

Turning off the television will help me rest from the news cycle.  Become informed, then pray.



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