Fruit of the Spirit


My Words For The Year

My Words For The Year

As we are now deep into the month of January, I am sure that many of you have already made your New Year’s resolutions by now.  Although I have made a few resolutions, I plan to do something that has really become popular in the last few years, and that is selecting a word for the year. 

However, instead of one word, I have selected two words for this year.  I have selected Obedience for my spiritual word, and the word Growth for my business.  As I am writing this, I just had the thought that maybe my words should be, Grow In Obedience.

 If I can be totally transparent with you, I don’t always obey God’s voice instantly, which to me is the same as disobedience.  Sometimes I wrestle with God.   And although I never win, it seems that my sinful nature always wants to have its own selfish way before I am willing to surrender to God’s will.

 I am writing about this today, because there may be others of you, who struggle with immediate obedience.  It’s not that I am willfully disobedient, it’s that I don’t say yes Lord immediately, and I don’t always respond to His promptings immediately.   My goal this year, is to say yes Lord more, and not to question Him, but to simply obey.  I know in my heart of hearts, that He always knows what is best for me, and I will trust that.

My goal this year is to joyfully serve God in whatever capacity that he asks of me.

 I am starting to notice that the more time that I spend in God’s word and in prayer and journaling, the easier obedience seems to be for me.  So,” Yes, Lord” is my new goal for the New Year.   If this is something that you struggle with also, I encourage you to join me in this goal. 

You may want to write yourself a note and keep it in your Bible regarding your new commitment to obedience.  As a reminder, I have written the word Obedience with a bold black marker on a bright orange notecard to keep in my Bible.   It will be a constant reminder throughout the year that my goal is not to question God, but to simply trust and obey Him.   Every time I open my Bible it will be right there to help me stay focused on the goal of obedience.

Prayerfully at the end of 2023, we will be much better in the area of obedience than ever before, and in the process, we will grow closer to God.  If we do this, I am convinced that we will see some incredible things unfold in our lives just because we were willing to say, Yes Lord!    Have a very Happy and very Obedient New Year!

60 I will hurry, without delay,  to obey your commands.

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

23 This is what I told them: ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!’

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?







A Thanksgiving Inquiry

A Thanksgiving Inquiry

Psalm 69:30
I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.
1st Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name.
Psalm 9:1 
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
 I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 107:1 
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
 his love endures forever.
Psalm 95:2-3
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,  
the great King above all gods.
1st Thessalonians 5:18
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 136:1-3
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
Psalm 107:8-9
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
1st Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord.[a] Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: his love endures forever.

November is traditionally a month that most people celebrate Thanksgiving. Families all over the country will gather around dining room tables, to eat, laugh, and enjoy spending time with each other. For some this will be the first time gathering since the pandemic, and boy what a joyous reunion that will be!

Today I would like to do something a little different. I have formulated some questions for you to answer, regarding the things you are grateful for this year. Please allow yourself some alone time to think and really ponder the questions as well as your answers. Take this time to be in God’s presence, and praise him through thanksgiving and gratitude.

1. What are you most grateful for this year?

2. How has God shown Himself faithful to you this year?

3. What is the largest thing that you prayed for this year, that God blessed you with?

4. What is the smallest thing that you prayed for this year, that God blessed you with?

5. What prayers were not answered the way you wanted this year, and now looking back, you are grateful that God said no?

6. How will you express your gratitude back to God?


Be blessed and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Joy of Peace


Philippians 4:6-7
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.

Do you tend to worry or feel stressed out a lot of the time, or live in a state of constant anxiety?  Well, I can definitely tell you, that when I was younger I had many stressful days and sleepless nights.  You see even though I was a Christian, and I prayed and read my Bible almost daily, I still worried when I felt like things were out of my control.

Over the years as I continued to spend time studying my Bible, and growing in the knowledge of God and His character, I truly came to realize that He can always be trusted no matter my circumstance.  As I look back over my past, I can clearly see that time after time, He came through for me, and usually in ways that far exceeded my expectation.

It is our human nature to want to be in control of our circumstances, but I am here to tell you, that we are not in control of anything at all. God runs the show, and He is the boss of you and me, and the sooner we realize that the more we can relax and live the peaceful life that He intended for us to live.

To live a life free of worry, stress, and anxiety, is to live a peaceful life, and the only way to have that life is to spend time with the Prince of Peace, God Himself.  He will give you peace in the midst of your storms, He will give you peace when the rest of this chaotic world is going crazy.

When you are wearing this peace that passes all understanding, others will know that God truly has imparted it to you.   They will notice that you go through life happy and joyful.  They will notice that you are smiling when most would be crying.   They will also notice that you don’t sweat the small stuff and rarely will anyone be able to rattle your cage because you are trusting God to work out your difficult situations.

The true joy of peace is being ok with whatever God’s will is for your life and knowing beyond a shatter of doubt that that His love for you, will only allow Him to do what is best for you at all times.  So continue spending time with the Prince of Peace and before you know it, you will be at peace.

Are you currently lacking peace in some area of your life right now?   Below I have listed some scriptures on the peace that are sure to bring you comfort.

John 16:33
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,   because they trust in you.
John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
1st Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to Me, all [a]who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is [b]easy and My burden is light.”
Romans 15:13
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 4: 8
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
Psalm 29:11
The Lord gives his people strength.  The Lord blesses them with peace.
2nd Thessalonians 3:16
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
Isaiah 54:10 
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken  nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 9: 6
For a child is born to us,   a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[a] Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,  he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.


Oh, To Be Content

Have you ever gone through a season when life seemed absolutely unbearable?  Have you ever become impatient with God, because He was moving way too slow.  Could it be that you are just simply disenchanted with the way your life is going right now?  If your answer is yes to any of these questions, today I would like to visit with you briefly about what it means to be content.

 When you go to your dictionary and look up the word content, you may see the following as a definition;  in a state of peaceful happiness, satisfied with a certain level of achievement, and not wishing for more, a state of satisfaction.

In Philippians 4:11 Paul says I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances, a little bit later in 4:13 He says that; I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.  After thinking about this, I have personally come to the conclusion, that Paul’s contentment was based not only on his trust in God but in his trust in God’s character. He had experienced God’s faithfulness through numerous circumstances, and he had seen the heart of God throughout His journey.

Being content is not always easy.   But if we just think back, and reflect on all of the times that God has been faithful to us in the past through the hard times, it helps us to remain hopeful for our future.   Contentment, in my opinion, can be simple, trusting while you are waiting.  Trusting that when the time is right, God will change your set of circumstances, and if He chooses not to, you are still trusting that He will only do what is best for you. Either way, trusting God is the real source of contentment and inner peace.  As you spend more and more time with God, you will grow to trust Him more and more.

Today, I want to encourage you to seek His face daily.  Choose peace and contentment over stress and worry. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, and that means even going through the hard stuff.

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.”[a]
1 Timothy 6:6-10
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Romans 15:13
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 62:5-8
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;  my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;  he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God[a];  he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.


God’s Plan For Living In Racial Harmony

"God’s Plan For Living In Racial Harmony" was originally posted in March 2019.
In light of all that is going on in our country at this time,  I thought it appropriate to repost.

A a few weeks ago I spoke at a Women’s Conference at a University here in my home state. My topic was “God’s Plan For Racial Harmony”. Initially, I was excited to do this, and then at some point in my time of preparation, God made it very clear to me, that even though I was passionate about doing this, I had an awesome responsibility to get this right. It was by no means to be a political speech but a Biblical one.

I was also excited that this was going to be discussed on a college campus. With all of the divisiveness going on in our country these days, I thought having this conversation would be healing for some and informative for others.
Though excited it saddened me, that we are still needing to have this conversation in our country.   The reality is that we have definitely made progress In this area,  but our hearts still need to be pricked and opened more to see and accept others as God does.  The reality also, is that we are on a journey to be more like Him and God is love. We are to love everyone, not just those that look like us, or that we are comfortable being around, but everyone.  Maybe it’s time to give yourself a heart check. Only God can give us the ability to love as He does, and that is totally unconditional.  With His help and His help alone, we really can achieve this capacity to love others as He does.
To help you start your journey of living a life in Racial Harmony and loving others as Christ does, I have I shared a few of my notes from this speech.  I hope that they will enlighten some of you and remind others of you what God’s word says about how we should treat one another, no matter the color of our skin.  You may know individuals that struggle with this terrible sin called racism, and if so, I would love for you to encourage them to read this also. 

I.  What Does Living In Racial Harmony Mean?
To live in harmony is to live, working peacefully together.  It means we are living peacefully, instead of living at odds or in conflict with one another.
Colossians 3:14
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
Psalm 133:1
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
Hebrews 12:14
14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.
Romans 12:16
 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
2.  To Live In Racial Harmony We Have To Recognize That There Is Only One Race.

Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT)
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[a] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[b] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”27 So God created human beings[c] in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Acts 17: 26-28
26 From one man[a] he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your[b] own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

There is only one race, however, there are several ethnicities within this one race, such as Africans, Asians,   Caucasians, Latinos, Indians, Arabs, Jews, etc.
Ethnicity is generally made up of cultural traditions and behaviors as well as beliefs that are common to a specific group.

3.  God Does Not Show Partiality, So Neither Should We
God’s plan for racial harmony was revealed through His sacrificial death on the cross.  God desires unity among His children.
 Ephesians 2:14-22 (NLT)
14 For Christ, himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
Deuteronomy 10:17-19
17 “For the Lord, your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. 18 He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. 19 So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.
Acts 10:34-36
34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. 35 In every nation, he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. As children of God we all share the same DNA, therefore spiritually speaking we are all saved by one bloodline and that’s the blood of Jesus Christ.  Physically speaking we are all connected through one bloodline also and that’s the bloodline of Adam and Eve.  We are connected physically and spiritually.

  1.  10 Things We Must Do to Live In Racial Harmony With One Another
    1).  We must acknowledge that racism is a sin. The reason racism is a sin is that showing partiality is a sin.
    James 2:1
    My dear brothers and sisters,[a] how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?
    James 2: 9
    But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.
    James 2:12-13
    12 So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. 13 There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.
    2). Our hearts and minds must change.
    Romans 12:2
    Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
    Psalm 51:10
    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. If you have been programmed to think stereotypical thoughts of others or to think biased towards others, you must transform your thoughts with the word of God, and then your heart will change also. Ask God to create in you a clean heart and He will.
    3). We must exemplify Golden Rule Living
    Matthew 7:12
     12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
    Simply treat others the way you would want them to treat you if the situation or circumstance were reversed.

    4). We must see others through the eyes of Christ.  God sees value in every human life and we must do the same.
    Romans 5:8
    But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners remember that in God’s eyes we all have value. The same blood that was shed for your redemption was shed for mine. We all have purpose, gifts, and talents. Let’s also see the value in our differences and celebrate how God has uniquely created each of us.
    5). We must respect everyone no matter their race or color.
    1st Peter 2:16-17 (NLT)
    16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love the family of believers.[a] Fear God, and respect the king.
    Every human being on the planet desires to be loved first, and secondly to be respected. When we respect someone we are saying that they matter. It is a validation of their worth.
    6). We must show compassion to all humanity not just to those who look like you.
    Luke 10:30-37
    30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant[a] walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[b] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy. ”Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.
    7). We should share each other’s burdens. By willing to help by giving to, and sharing with those in need, no matter who they are.
    Galatians 6:2
    2. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
    8). Communication is key! — Start the conversation, learn about other cultures.  Educate yourself.  Validate and affirm those who need it.  Be just as willing to listen and consider another point of view.
    James 1:19
    19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
     Ephesians 4:29
     29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. We must listen to start the process of understanding each other as well as to start the healing process in our country.  One of the reasons that our country is still so racially divided is because everyone is talking and giving their point of view, yet no one is listening.
    “People fail to get along because they fear each other, they fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
    9). Women, you have the power to change the world right at your kitchen table, with the conversation you have with your husbands and children. When you hear things that are racially biased or outright wrong Speak Up!   Teach your family what is right, don’t just turn your head as though you don’t hear the conversation. Many of the issues that are causing societal problems can be resolved right at home. Remember, when you know what to do and you don’t do it, you will be held accountable before God. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Proverbs 31: 11
    Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.
    Proverbs 31:26
    26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
    10). Love the way Christ loved.
    Psalm 86:15
    15 But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
    1st Corinthians 13:4-84
    Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[a] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Christ was compassionate, loving, gentle, patient, merciful, forgiving, generous, and gracious.  Most importantly He was obedient to the will of His Father.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”  “ I have decided to stick with love-hate is too great a burden to bear.”
 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Definitions Of Key Words Regarding Racism

Justice- Just behavior or treatment. The quality of being fair and reasonable in treatment to others.
Isaiah 1:17
17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. 

Fight for the rights of widows.
Proverbs 31: 8-9
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.

Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
Injustice – Lack of fairness or justice in the way we treat others.
Leviticus 19: 15
15 “Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.
Racism- Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
Racist– A person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.
Systemic Racism or Institutional Racism– is a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions.  It is reflected in disparities regarding wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power, and education, among other factors. (Wikipedia)
Bigotry– intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.
Discrimination– The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
Segregation– The action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things or being set apart.
Oppression– Prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control.
Slavery- a condition compared to that of a slave in respect of exhausting labor or restricted freedom. A system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. A slave is unable to withdraw unilaterally from such an arrangement and works without remuneration.
Supremacist– An advocate of the supremacy of a particular group, especially one determined by race or sex.
White Privilege– is the social privilege that benefits people whom society identifies as white in some countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.
Hate Crimes- A crime, typically one involving violence that is motivated by prejudice on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds.

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Bloodline by John Piper



 Laugh To Live Longer 

Laugh To Live Longer 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4  (NLT)
For everything, there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.   A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.  A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
 A time to grieve and a time to dance.
Psalm 126:2-3 N (NLT)
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said,  “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!    What joy!
Proverbs 15:13  (NLT)
13 A glad heart makes a happy face;  a broken heart crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:15  (NLT)
15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;  for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
Proverbs 17:22  (NLT)
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,   but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
Job 8:21  (NLT)
21 He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

Ladies when is the last time that you had a knee-slapping, tears running down your face laugh? I am talking about laughing so hard that your jaws are sore afterward,  and your stomach feels like you have done fifty crunches.

Happy Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:
4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; 
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Many of us will drive hundreds of miles to Grandma’s house for turkey and all of the trimmings this Thursday, not even to mention some who will run the risk of being stuck in airports for hours with delays and lay overs to fly thousands of miles for one meal. For a minute or two it will be all about the food. But is it really about the food?


Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
Washington Irving

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.
Martin Luther

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Swami Sivananda


Celebration of Hope

Matthew 28: 5-8
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been crucified.
He is not here; for he is risen, even as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples, He is risen from the dead; and lo, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word.

This Sunday many will break out their new Easter clothes.

Little girls will wear big pastel colored hair bows and little boys will be chased and wrestled to the floor just for dad to get their neckties on. Some moms and daughters will even wear matching outfits, hats and all. Afterwards there will be Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, candied Easter eggs, pretty bunnies and oh I almost forgot the cute little baby chicks (yellow ones of course). And don’t forget the annual Easter Feast; some will have fried chicken or ham, may be even turkey, potato salad, green beans, rolls, cake, pies etc. Sounds wonderful!