• Willing To Be Wrong

    Are You Willing To Be Wrong?

    In my quest to contemplate in 2021 (Your Word For 2021), I stepped out of my comfort zone.  I contemplated the possibility that my beliefs could be wrong.  Admitting to being wrong requires humility. The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4) You might argue that my experience was wrong, but you can’t say it didn’t happen.  It was real.  And, I believe, it was good.  Maybe not exactly fair, but I learned early that life isn’t fair. You know I’ve been quiet about beliefs other than Christianity.  I don’t share my political views or chosen type of religion.  (Sometimes I…

  • Amaze God With Your Faith

    Amazing Jesus With Your Faith

    Do you want to astonish Jesus? It seems my trust is constantly tested.  You, too?  Satan never fails to jab hubs and I regularly with fear on several fronts.  You know it, if you read my recent post, When The Hits Just Keep Coming. And, aren’t we all reeling with the continual changes to our lives made by our politicians, behaviors of fellow citizens?  (There is so much I want to say about all of it, but where would I begin?)  Behind it all, Satan celebrates. Are your main tools to fight the enemy like mine – with prayer and daily Bible reading?  For the last ten or so years,…

  • Hits Keep Coming

    When The Hits Just Keep Coming

    I haven’t said it here yet . . . Happy New Year! But is it?  Can you honestly wish others a happy new year when your world feels like it’s crumbling? When in a tough season, new year tidings are hard to give – and receive.  Much like Christmas merry-wishes, too.  We don’t “feel it” when we’re in the valley.  Or when dear loved ones are experiencing trouble.  Their pain can hurt our heart as much as or even more than our own troubles. I think of you often between publishing blog posts.  I wonder about your season of life – about whether it’s a tough one for you right…

  • Reminders

    Who Needs Reminders?

    I hear it all the time. I forgot why I walked into this room! Every day.  Many times a day.  It’s nothing new. In every season, we all need reminders. In my last post, when I asked you if you’ve chosen Your Word for 2021, did you say to yourself, Nah . . . I don’t stick to it, so why fool with choosing a word? I’m thrilled to give you a solution!  Plan now to combat any future abandonment of your word. It’s easy to join Lisa at Lisa Notes for her  One Word 2021 Community.  I thought maybe you’d like to join with me in Lisa’s community.  When…

  • Word for Year 2021

    Your Word for 2021

    Did you have a merry Christmas?  Oh, I pray so.  If you’re in a tough season right now, could we call it a blessed Christmas at least?  When we praise God for His blessings, He turns the blessed feelings back to us.  Amen? Maybe you’re like others who are glad to get another milestone of 2020 behind us – and get closer to moving on to 2021 ahead.  And, by the way, could we not even have a calm Christmas in 2020?  Our peace could have taken a hit from the Nashville bombing, but we know the Source of true peace.  For believer/embracer sisters, our peace is in Christ.  Can…

  • Christmas Giving 2020

    A 2020 Christmas Day Alternative

    Are you ready for Christmas?  Ready or not, here it comes!  🙂 Will you actually gather with anyone other than immediate family this year?  Ugh, this is the hardest part (for me, anyway).  Of all our changes and squelches this year, giving up our family Dirty Santa is probably the worst. Rather than focus on what we CAN’T do, I decided we should find a new way to celebrate – at least for this year.  We might even continue it in future years and start a new tradition!  I hesitated to share our plan with you earlier in December.  I didn’t want to seem braggy . . . like, “touch…

  • The Sparrow In His Care

    Embracing Another Test of Trust

    Happy Monday!  First thing, I want to remind you to register for the SPIRITUAL SEEDS PLANNER PACKAGE GIVEAWAY!  while there’s still time.  The winner will be announced in only three more days, so today and tomorrow are the final days to register.  It’s quick and easy to register! And now for today’s point.  It never fails.  When I make a commitment to show up and be present for you, things seem to fall apart.  With many plans last week to share about the Spiritual Seeds Planner and giveaway, things couldn’t happen the way I’d planned.  And further, the week brought so many varied emotions! Monday brought an unexpected continuation of…

  • What Makes Spiritual Seeds Different

    Get Your Free Fruit Basket

    Hi, friends!  I hope you’re having a great start to December! If you missed my Facebook Live video this afternoon, you can watch the replay here. I realize some of you don’t have a Facebook account, and that’s fine.  I understand!  I’ll give you the same information here in this post. NOTE:  If you find yourself completely confused about any of this post as you read through, please visit Monday’s post about the Spiritual Seeds Planner Package GIVEAWAY!  In short, I was itching to get started with my new Spiritual Seeds Planner – now and not wait until January.  I was thrilled to get an email from the Spiritual Seeds…

  • Spiritual Seeds Planner Giveaway

    Spiritual Seeds Planner Package GIVEAWAY!

    Welcome, December!!!  There are exciting things in store for us – this month and next year! You all have been very patient with me, and I thank you.  I apologize for not being present throughout 2020 to encourage you in every phase of our nationally turbulent season.  I thought of you as I prepared for Thanksgiving visitors last week and wondered how you were doing.  I prayed for all of you who might be in a very personal and specific (beyond COVID19 quarantine stuff) tough season. How hard it is to have a thankful posture when in a tough season!  As sister embracers, we must remember that God is for…

  • Spiritual Seeds Planners

    How To Make Plans For 2021 (After Our 2020 Unexplainable Year!)

    That’s a current questions, isn’t it?  After most all of our plans for 2020 were debunked, what’s the use of making plans for 2021?  Should we even buy a planner?  I wondered about that, too. As you know, I’ve had little to plan for these last three years – other than doctor visits.  Cancer requires living in three-month increments.  From scan to scan.  Just when you settle into a routine, the next scan can totally change the schedule of things.  I’ve kept a calendar, of course.  A day planner, or rather, a weekly planner type.  Nothing long-term. When illness came, I stopped using planners for making intentional life plans.  You…

  • Moving boxes

    We Should Never Say Never. Ever.

    I sit here in my chair this morning, writing  . . .  surrounded by boxes.  All but TV, laptop, furniture, and me. . . . Packed. Stacked and labeled, boxes inundate my space.  An odd feeling, really.  A starkly different view from before yesterday.  In this room.  In this house.  With God’s help and inspiration, I (truly, He) created this home we loved to live in all of these 14 years. Every few minutes I mindlessly look up from my laptop to the clock’s spot on the built-in shelving beside my chair.  The clock I relied upon more than I realized (until now) is no longer there.  Boxed and labeled…

  • Your Rain

    What Is Your RAIN?

    All the evidence I needed. . . . Rain was coming!!! You may know I take a girl’s trip each year with a group of high-school friends.  This being the year we all turn sixty (yikes!), we planned an especially distinctive trip.  All spring, Covid19 created a looming question over the entire plan.  Just in the nick of time, things opened back up to the point where our trip could happen . . . exactly at the entrance to summer season . . . cautiously. With a new plan altered from the original flight reservations, hubs drove me (with his motorcycle in tow by trailer) to Dallas to connect with…

  • Losing my mojo?

    Lost My Mo-Jo?

    Happy October first! I’m thrilled to be back with you after a loooong summer off.  Here in the south, summer season lasts until Halloween or after.  Ask anyone who tried wearing a furry costume on Halloween and swealted (sweated and melted) completely while cruising the neighborhood for tricks or treats. How are you doing?  Did you enjoy your summer, even when in partial quarantine?  I hope so!  For those of you who have been around a while, I didn’t mean to cause alarm that maybe my health took a bad turn.  Praise the Lord!  He is managing my health wonderfully through various avenues. When the thought first came to me…

  • no satisfaction

    Can’t Get No Satisfaction

    Welcome, Faithfulness Friday friends!  The 1965 song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (by the Rolling Stones) came to mind as I began reading Proverbs, chapter 23 (our focus today).  Here’s the song to refresh your memory.  🙂 This chapter of Proverbs immediately speaks of eating with rulers, gluttony, and a general focus on riches and delicacies. “Hey, Hey, Hey! That’s what I say…” What does God say?  He gives us fun music – and many gems of verses where we can find satisfaction in the Lord.   In the scriptures leading up to this one, I thought of discontentment – and then God addressed His answer in this Faithfulness Friday…

  • Psalm 27 Promise

    From BUTS To YESES

    Welcome back to Faithfulness Friday!  I hope you don’t mind, but today we see God’s faithfulness in one verse rather than one or more chapters of the Bible.  My, how God can grab us with as little as one verse! How was your Mother’s Day?  I was thinking of you last weekend.  I want to encourage you today with the gift the Lord gave me on Sunday, but it hasn’t always been that way. My old journals are packed away in a box I can’t get to right now, so I did my best to remember back to past Mom’s days when our daughter was on walkabout.  Of course, I…