Before Stout Strong Sturdy Broad Proud Clean Smooth During Stained Weak Rough Falling Dull Ugly Mean After Empty Lovely Meaningful Life Symbol of love     … [Read more...]

More Than Can Be Handled

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to us all. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  1 Corinthians 10: 13  Today's New International Version You know, if you have followed me or known me very long, that I am a believer.  I don't try to preach on this blog but there are times when my heart feels led to post something spiritual or religious.  I make no … [Read more...]

Hope = Glass Half Full

School is starting everywhere and I have an assignment.  Miranda from Scattering Moments wrote an amazing blog post about hope.  As it turns out it is part of a bigger thing going on in the blogosphere where some tagging is going on.  She tagged me.  I am trying to rise to the challenge though there is no way I will ever be able to come close to touching her story of hope---I offer you my own perspective. Hope is both a verb and a noun which should tell you something about the word itself.  … [Read more...]

That Farthest Shore (via poemsandponderings)

Seems like a great post for a Sunday morning and since I was coming up empty this morning---thanks to Jake---I have a post worth posting!!!        Sunday morning, I think something spiritual is in order. I just finished this on Friday last, (9/2/11) and in the nick time for this morning's sermon. That Farthest Shore  My body is but a vessel,  for the being that I am.  So, I won't bear no worldly troubles,  into the Promise Land.    I will take no earthly tortures,  no wounds, nor human pains, … [Read more...]


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Left overs! (via It’s Just Life)

Cheating and reposting a previous blog post----what do you think???  Are leftovers unacceptable to God???  Would love to hear from you!   One of my devotionals today was about leftovers and how the writer said that it would speak a lot about her feelings about her friends if she were to serve them leftovers thrown together for a meal instead of preparing something special for them. Of course the analogy was to how we treat God---do we give him our leftovers or do we give him our best. … [Read more...]

“Something Beautiful…” (via Wordsmith’s Desk)

A great post for Sunday! Enjoy. “Something beautiful, something good, All my confusion He understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, And He made something beautiful of my life.” (Bill and Gloria Gaither)   Company is coming and you want to look your best. Job interview and you want to show them how qualified you are. Sunday morning and you want others to think of you as a strong Christian. On different occasions, outside the privacy of our own home, we want o … Read More via … [Read more...]

And Are We Yet Alive?

This week I am enjoying my annual retreat from reality.  Though my husband would probably say that I retreat daily.....nonetheless--I am enjoying R & R, family time, vacation, and worship all rolled into one!   I am at Lakeside on Lake Erie for the week ---I grew up coming here this time each year with my family as it is the week of East Ohio Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church.  Since my Daddy was a UM minister it was part of what we did each year.  While he sat in business … [Read more...]

Smooth Waters

I have had a lot of time to think and read this week and it has been good.  Not that I don't think every day---I promise I do even if my blog posts don't always give evidence of that!  I have always believed that we go through seasons in our lives---some seasons are like spring and full of hope and new beginnings and fresh stuff.  Some times our lives are like summer where we feel carefree---run through sprinklers, eat ice cream and stay up late playing or in my case sitting outside on the deck … [Read more...]

Sacrifice or Service?

Last night I went to church and got the imposition of ashes on my forehead.  For some reason this is one worship service that I just will not miss every year if possible.   Last night's service was presented to us by our confirmation class and while at times it may have been difficult to hear the nervous teens read their lines the emphasis was the same as every year---focus on the period before Easter by fasting, repentance, spiritual discipline and moderation. I have a couple … [Read more...]