Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Thought For Today, Nov 4, 2015

A Thought For Today
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"We come up to the truth of God, we confess we are wrong, but go back again; then we come up to it again, and go back; until we learn that we have no business to go back." Excerpt, 'My Utmost for His Highest', by Oswald Chambers, November 4th.
We are human, and though we may be saved, we still fall short, and we still sin. We think we are on the right path, walking close with the Lord. But suddenly we find ourselves over in left field somewhere we know we do not belong.
Thankfully, we can always 'come back' to Him. His grace allows us to confess and crawl back into His arms. They are always ready to receive us home.
'Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.' James 4:8

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween: A Chance to Be Hospitable

It's Halloween, and I am under attack by all the scary, beautiful, and definitely interesting creatures gracing my front porch.  It is only I and my trusty Boston Terrier, Peanut, serving up candy delights to the swarms of children heading up and down our street.

It takes me back to when I was a child, and my parents and parents of our neighbors and friends would take a group of us out when we were small, traveling together in a pack, and scoring big!  The porches we stepped onto were familiar porches, the folks answering the door and handing out candy and apples were also.  We did not worry about straight pins or needles in our treats.  Never was there a care of dangerous substances either.  No, we had absolute trust in our neighbors, and so did our parents.

We also, in our tight and sweet community, did not worry about traffic.  People were not always out and about in the evenings as they are now.  And it seemed like they had the added sense to know that kids and pets lived on the streets of our neighborhood. Some of us lived on Shannon Ave, and others lived on May and Marietta.  Then there were kids we knew on South Shannon Ave. It was a super nice neighborhood filled with super nice people. No, we never knew a worry or a care.  Only excitement for Trick or Treating!

Things are different now.  I could go back to that same neighborhood, and while I would recognize the houses, some of the trees, and all the streets, I think it's a fair bet to say I would not know a single person.  If I had a child who wanted to go Trick or Treating, I would not feel safe allowing them to step on those porches.  I would have to inspect any candy, and I would worry frightfully that they would dart away from me into traffic.  Yes, it's quite different now.

Of course, I certainly could be wrong about the new people living in the old houses.  But still, they are an unknown.  There is definitely great benefit to belong to a neighborhood where every house is a safe house, every person is known, and where it is a certainty you will return home safe and sound at the end of the evening.

I watch the kids and the parents in my 'grown up' neighborhood, and I am impressed that they are all polite, the kids are well behaved and remember their manners, and the parents stay close by, and then wave and call out 'Thank you!' as they collect their children to move on to the next house.  I am counting my blessings that the neighborhood I live in now is like the one from my childhood in many ways.

While we do not believe in Halloween as a holiday, as its beginnings are not the things we believe in as Christians, we do enjoy these kids, and their parents, and give thanks that we are able to step out on our porch and welcome them there to stand with us and spend a bit of time with us.  It is a form of hospitality, which can be a rare commodity to find these days!

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."  Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Today is a sad day in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and for North America.  Whether we follow football or not, we do know that to us it is a time honored tradition in our colleges and universities to experience Homecoming Weekend.  This is a time when current students and families, and previous graduates, attendees, staff, townies, come together to join in the excitement of the 'BIG GAME'.  There is often a parade in the morning, the game in the afternoon, and then a dance, or prom, in the evening.

But today's celebratory atmosphere during the parade at Oklahoma State University (OSU) was marked by tragedy.  A car plowed into an unmanned police motorcycle, and then proceeded on into the crowd of celebrants.  At the time of this writing, there are 3 dead, at least 34 injured, and 8 victims were airlifted to area hospitals.

The game, of course, was not cancelled.  When it began, the players and coaches held a moment of silence in the center of the field.  The bodies of the deceased were still laying where they landed less than 3 blocks away.  Many will ask why the game was not cancelled.  They will wonder if this means that the lives lost and those harmed were not of enough importance to focus on that tragic event, instead of a sports event.

I say, whether they played the game against Kansas or not, nothing would have been changed by cancelling the game.  It would not have brought the dead back to life. It would not really have brought comfort to those who were injured, or to the families of all of the victims. They are not paying attention to the fact that the game was played.  They are grieving, clinging to one another, mourning the losses and the injured lives.  I can tell you, if it was anyone close to me, I would not have cared one way or another about whether the game was played or not.

Also, many people traveled many miles, and spent quite a bit of money to be there.  Would that be fair, to cancel the game?  If this had been an ongoing crime scene, with events still occurring, then yes, it might have been the wise thing to do to cancel.  But it was not.  The woman who was driving had already been subdued and arrested.  Those injured were receiving care.  Those who were shaken up just because they were there were recovering from the terror of that moment.

It is indeed a day of tragedy.  We must pray that the survivors do just that...survive.  We also must pray for peace, for any assistance the victims and families need to be provided, and that answers will be given as soon as possible.  This tragedy is not just for today.  It will continue as people try to make sense of the accident, as the victims recover from their injuries and put their lives back together, and as the families and friends of those who died today lay their loved ones to rest, and mourn. And there is another person, and another family, who will have a road to travel as well, the driver of the car and her loved ones. We are called to remember them and pray for them as well.

It is a sad day in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  I don't know who won the game, and I don't care.  I care only that people remember, and learn from this.  I pray for forgiveness and healing, by the grace of the Lord Jesus.


Friday, October 16, 2015


Early this morning, my husband and I were awakened by persistent and loud pounding on our kitchen door, which is our main entrance from our driveway. This was at about 2 am.  Our dogs began barking, and we were shocked out of sleep by the whole thing.

My husband did what I knew he would do...he grabbed his shotgun out of his gun cabinet, made me stay behind him, and made his way to the door.  Our dogs stayed behind me. Safe, huh?

The knocking had stopped, and we both saw a policeman walking towards a big police SUV that was parked sideways on our street, right at the entrance to the side street. Our driveway is on that side street. So hubs went outside, and approached the policeman. They talked for several moments and then both came to our porch, where the policeman explained to me what had happened.

Our neighborhood has been kind of under siege the past few months.  We have lived here for nearly 8 years and have had no problems of any kind. We love our house, our neighbors, our location. We are very happy here.  Oh, sure there has been the occasional break in, or cars having change stolen, but none of it on a regular basis.  But for the past 5 to 6 months, the instance of crime or criminal intent has been skyrocketing.  We have a neighborhood Facebook Page, where we learn of these things, and share our stories. So this morning, I was able to add ours to the mix.

The policeman was very kind, and explained that someone had seen a man looking in and around our cars.  Now, they are parked very close to our entrance, yet our dogs heard nothing. Anyway, the person who witnessed this called the police, and they came right out.  As they pulled around the corner, they saw the man leaving the area of our cars and walking down the driveway. They apprehended him and placed him under arrest.

The officer asked both my husband and I to examine our cars to make sure nothing was missing or damaged. Since we have a habit of never leaving anything of value in our vehicles, we were not overly concerned. Yes, I have a couple of CD's in there, but they are copies, just in case.  And yes, I have a favorite pair of sunglasses in the space behind my seat, but I have more besides.   Nothing was missing, and nothing was damaged.

The officer and my husband then walked around our property, just to make sure there was no attempt at breaking in, or any other damage, which thankfully there was not.

So today, we are giving thanks. It could have been a different story. It may have been a tragic one, or one that I would not be able to tell. My husband and I discussed installing sensor lighting outside our house, which would quickly discourage prowlers.  And a new fence that would conceal our back yard, and make our dogs safer as well.  I told my neighbor/friend, and she is investigating the possibility of our neighborhood buying them in bulk, at a discount. The installation of many sensor lights would certainly be a problem for those with evil intent.

I refuse to be afraid in my own home, in my own neighborhood. We have an alarm, and we use it. Many homes here do, but some of those have still been broken into. One woman and her dog, earlier this week, was targeted by a driver, who appeared to deliberately be trying to hit her. That driver went on to destroy mailboxes and recycling bins all throughout the neighborhood.  So you see, I very easily could choose to be afraid!  But I will not live in fear.

God is my refuge, my protector, my source.  He lives in our home, as well as our hearts, and He gives us the peace that only He can give.  Jesus has promised to deliver us from all harm.  We choose to trust Him, and I will not back down. He will help us take our home and our neighborhood back, and may He be glorified in the process.

I am going to pray for this man, that he will find Jesus, and his life will be filled with good intent rather than evil.  After all, Jesus loves him too.

'I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.' Psalm 4:8 (NIV)


Sunday, October 11, 2015


Early yesterday morning, I was rushing to pick up my friend, to meet another friend for breakfast. It was a celebration of my friend's new job, and also a post-birthday 'party'.

But, whoa, I had not gotten the card yet! So I stopped on the way at my local Walgreen's.  As I walked inside, I saw an elderly gentleman walking towards me from the far side, but I diverted to the left to the card section.  While I was picking out my card, this gentleman approached me, and he had a great big smile on his face.  And what he said blessed my socks plum off!

"When you walked in here, you had the brightest, biggest smile on your face.  It just blessed me and I wanted you to know it."  With this, he held his hand out to me to shake it.  I was stunned! I recovered quickly, and told him, 'I have every reason to smile. I am a happy person!',  His smile grew to cover his entire face, and I was just mesmerized by it.  He said he needed that smile and that people just don't do that anymore, smile, I mean.  I happily shook his hand and wished him a blessed day.

Sometimes it's just a smile that makes a person's day. I don't know what has been going on in that man's life. I just know something I could not help doing blessed him. You see, I smile because I am a happy person. I am happy because Jesus is my Savior, and He has brought great blessings to me. You can be happy too.  Just ask Him into your heart and be amazed. He will move in and you will have my smile too!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Where Did The Good Old Days Go?

Oh, how nice it is to be back! I have tried and tried to get here lately but I am so busy, I find there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done...and I am so glad about that!

Yes, I am busy. But so are all of us! Life is not like it once was.  I can remember having dinner, doing dishes, then reading the paper and maybe watching a little TV, then it was off to bed.  We didn't wake up in the morning all worn out already, like most of us are today.  Yes, there is something to be said about the 'good old days'!

Fact is, we have total control, well, almost total control, over our choices of what we will be involved in. Yes, I know, it's also about other people, our families and our friends and neighbors, and our church pals as well.  There is always someone wanting or needing something, and not all of that is bad. But it's how we choose to operate, how we plan our time that can make all the difference as to how we feel at the end of the day.

Anyway, I am making this one short, as it is getting late, and I am tired, can you believe that?  But I am so happy to have had a moment to reconnect with you again, and I hope you will come back and visit me again, as I plan to be around a lot more!

Remember to say night to Jesus, and have a great evening!


Monday, August 18, 2014


Hi, everyone! It's been forever since I have been on here blogging, but today is the day!  I have missed my blog, and my audience! Hope you have missed me too!

I wanted to let you know what's been going on with me.  I am happy to announce to you that I am now writing regularly for a Christian site called The Bottom Line.  I have added links to the main site, and to the sister and brother sites, The Bottom Line Ministries, and Bible About.  Both of the later sites are linked to  Since I am writing for them at least 3 times a week, I wanted to make it easy for you to hop over there to take a look at my writing, as well as the other very talented sisters and brothers of mine.  We are a family of Christian writers, and I so enjoy them! Our leader is very talented and creative, and has given me so much opportunity.  I just feel blessed to my toes!

So when you get a chance, go ahead and hop, and tell your friends about those sites as well. We are currently being read all over the world, and we are so very happy that not only are we reaching Christians with encouragement and love, but we are also sharing in ways that non-believers are able to understand and seek out more information.

I will be posting more regularly on this site as well, so watch for me. Please! I will not disappear again, if I can help it!  I have been very busy this past year, and have also had a few health issues, which I am happy to say God has nearly eradicated.  He is my blessing, and I wish to be a blessing to Him as well, which is why I continue to write.

My mission trip to Ecuador was a great success, and I will be putting some of those pictures up for you to see.  My heart was won by the orphans we ministered to, and I wished I could bring them all back home with me, but 40 kids and 3!

We will be going back next year, as our church has committed to a long term relationship with Word of Life Ministries in Ecuador.  Another blessing!

So hop on board with me here, and with my Facebook page, and don't forget to do some more hopping over to The Bottom Line sites.  I think you will be glad you hopped!

                                   My sweet friend Brinkley with me at the Remar Orphanage