Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Musings ... comparison

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Theodore Roosevelt 

Do you find yourself taking most of the pictures at gatherings?  Do you feel most at ease taking pictures rather than being in them?  Do you find yourself easing out of snapshots instead of  rushing to be included?

On many occasions, I find myself always behind the camera.  I have the reputation in my family as the “one” who often records events with a digital camera or phone.  I enjoy the chance to meet and mingle. Clicking pictures at events allows me the freedom and opportunity to try to meet everyone.

 I  also think there is a deeper reason. I don’t always like the way I look. Here are a few of the reasons, my hair does not look good, my makeup is fading, or I really don’t like what I am wearing.  

I have decided not to be so obsessed about pictures.  I will embrace who I am at this stage in my life. I am a woman of a certain age and weight.

Embracing who I am allows me the freedom from comparing myself to others. Each of us is unique and valuable to God. 

We are unique, valuable and loved by God.  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pet of the week, Grace

Friendship Friday

Are there benefits from reconnecting with old friends? According to Elite Daily, an online article stated there may be several reasons  you might consider reconnecting with old friends.

I think Paul Hudson, (the author) gives the best reason, "Friends are a fundamental part of our lives - there should be a reason for either letting them go or keeping them around."

Nancy and Ginny were college friends as students at Ohio Wesleyan University. Marriage, careers, and moves  interrupted their friendship. Since moving to the same city, they have reconnected a special friendship.

Today, I am fortunate to count these ladies as friends. Both were generous in providing meals while I recuperated from knee surgery last December.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


aspire: to long, aim, or seek ambitiously, be eagerly desirous, especially for something of great or
high value

My water fitness instructor took a plain green water bottle and transformed it into an object of inspiration. She added flowers and inspiring words.  What are the words? Inspire and Perspire.

Physical fitness is something of high value.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I attend water fitness classes. On Saturdays, I embrace the challenge of  re -learning Tai Chi.

These classes are so different. One class is gravity free where I am able to do amazing things in the water.  Most days, we have music to accompany the routines.  The music is so inspiring.

Then on Saturdays, I attend a class where we move in silence. The only words I hear, are the words of instruction. My body is learning to move in different ways.  The silence of this class is so calming.

 I am learning to embrace the joy of more silence in my daily living.

My Saturday instructors... ( they are not a couple)
The gentleman is a professor at UK.
This sweet lady is my friend who is also a teacher..
Her husband is also a professor at UK. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Have you not heard?

 To whom, then, will you compare
What image will you compare
him to?
As for an idol, craftsman casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with
and fashions silver chains for it.
A man too poor to present such an
selects wood that will not rot.
He looks for a skilled craftsman
to set up an idol that will not

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the
Have you not understood from since the
the earth was founded?
He sits enthroned above the circle
of the earth?
and its people are like
He stretches out the heaven like a
and spreads them out like a tent to
live in.
He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this
world to nothing.
No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown
no sooner do they take root in
the ground,
than he blows on them and they
and a whirlwind sweeps them
away like chaff.

To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal? says the
Holy One.
Lift your eyes and look to the
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host
one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and
mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:21 - 26

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pet of the week, Marvin

"Petting , scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer."
Dean Koontz

Marvin is a rescue dog that lives in Washington, D.C.  Marvin enjoys walking to the park.
Thanks to Jonathan for sharing the picture.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friendship Friday

 This time last Friday, I was with a group of women who had traveled to  Dale Hollow State Park to enjoy our church's annual Women's Retreat.

When you take a road trip with sisters prepare to have fun. Traveling around curving roads in a large charter bus, we had our share of nervous giggles and a few muffled screams. I admit, I was a little scared.

We arrived safely.

As I remember last weekend, I smile. God answered so many prayers. Before we left, Pastor Gaines, prayed we would have safe travel, grow closer to God, grow closer to our sisters, enjoy laughter, and experience God in a deeper way.

God abundantly answered prayers.

While we are not biological sisters we are sisters in the Lord.
Cheryl is on the left. Regina is on the right. 

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