Gratitude, Loss, Prayer . . . and the Holy Spirit

From 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

From Philippians 4: 6-7 NIV “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

From Psalm 9:1 NIV “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”

From Colossians 3:17 NIV “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Continue reading “Gratitude, Loss, Prayer . . . and the Holy Spirit”

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Displaying Family Keepsakes

What makes this china cabinet so special to us?

When my sweet mother-in-law Faye passed away😢, my father-in-law decided to sell their home and move to an independent living facility. None of Neal’s brothers wanted this china cabinet. Neal and I really did not have room for it, but it kept calling me. 😊So . . . we brought this beautiful china cabinet home with us. It reminds me of Faye each time I see it. She used it as an actual china cabinet. Continue reading “Displaying Family Keepsakes”

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Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt

Background:

We wanted to surprise two very special girls with a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando.  Our son Ryan’s partner is Bekah; she has two precious girls (Ocean and Luna) whom we love very much!

Instead of just telling them we are going to Universal Studios, we wanted to make telling them a memorable experience (as well as the trip itself). Hence, we decided to create a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt to reveal our trip.

You can do this for birthday parties, rainy days, Harry Potter weekend movie marathons, or any occasion which would warrant a Harry Potter scavenger hunt.

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How to Pack Light for a Flight (and other packing tips)

In recent months, I have been traveling quite a bit in my role as an education consultant. Neal and I went to Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania in January. I recently traveled to Wisconsin and California and then will travel to Philadelphia the end of this month. All this to say, I have learned how to pack light. 🛩

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What Am I Giving Up for Lent?

When our children were young, we were friends with several Catholic families who gave up something for Lent. I remember one of our neighbors gave up chocolate and ate an entire chocolate cake on Easter morning! This story still makes me laugh! 😂

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Feeling Blue … What to do?

We all struggle with feelings of sadness . . . feeling blue. This time of year when it is gray outside can be hard for many people.

Social media also gives us the false sense that everyone’s life is full of fun and devoid of the challenges of life. WRONG! We all struggle with these feelings of insecurity, knowing our purpose and feeling less than.  So if you are a little down and out, here are some suggestions that have worked for me . . . that get me out of my “funk” and start feeling better about me and my life.

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No Matter Your Circumstances, Rejoice in God!

I just finished reading the short book of Habakkuk in my Bible. Habakkuk is a prophet and he had a conversation (borderline argument) with God about all the evil in the world. In the end (after the conversation), Habakkuk puts his trust in God. No matter all the evil in the world and how everything around him is gloom and doom, he puts his faith in God.

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I’m Martha When I Should be Mary

Many of us know the Biblical story of Martha and her sister Mary. After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus and His disciples visited the home of Martha and Mary in Bethany.

Luke 10:38-42 (NASB)

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.‘”

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Daisy Goes to Church

Neal and I attend Chapel in the Pines during the summer. It is on Logan Martin Lake in Pell City, Alabama. It is organized by Pell City First United Methodist Church. Each Sunday a different pastor from a local church preaches. We have thoroughly enjoyed being inspired by several pastors and worshipping with other believers in the woods by the lake.

Today was the last day of Church in the Pines for the season. They planned a service (mostly singing) for participants to bring their furry friends to be blessed.
All this to say…Daisy went to church! (Buddy our cat stayed home.)We sat

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A Tearful Goodbye to Ladybug

This afternoon, we said goodbye to our sweet Ladybug. Santa brought her to daughter Emmy when she was in third grade. This was also the first Christmas that our son Ryan was no longer a “believer”. Ryan helped me bathe Ladybug at my office on Christmas Eve day. It was special moment between Ryan, Ladybug and me. Emmy dressed Ladybug in sweaters and she would not move (because she did not like clothing). Emmy called these “magic sweaters” because it would make a playful puppy turn calm and still.

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