Showing posts from 2012

Following in His Footsteps

There have been times in my life, I know, when I have sought God and His presence in my life more than I have recently.
 Oh, there are lots of reasons (or excuses) I could put forth--
 *The grief of losing a close relative and the almost paralysis of the soul that can sometimes follow--
 *The challenges of a major surgery and all the ramifications involved--i.e. no energy, etc--
 *Getting caught up in the "busyness" of the holidays and all that entails--
 I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Suffice it to say that I desire to be back in the mode of really seeking God each day of my life.
 Why is it that when we neglect the good spiritual disciplines in our lives that it is so hard to reverse the course--almost feeling like we no longer know how to do it.
 Today as I read the scripture below, I knew I had to do something about my lack of spiritual inertia, so this is very simple but is what I am focusing on today.
May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.  fro…

So Blessed!

I am so thankful for POWER! Yes, electricity--ours went out on Christmas Day as did 70% of the Little Rock area.

Officially, we had 9" of snow but there were layers of freezing rain and sleet before the snow came. And in our side yard it was about 12"--not a place where it would drift either.

It looks like a tornado has gone through in some areas with so many trees and power poles down.

Our power came on late Saturday evening and we came home this morning.

Thank you to all the electric companies who sent personnel from surrounding states.  We have needed all the help we could get.

We stayed here a couple of days after it first went out but the bone-chilling cold finally got the best of us.

 I called my brother's wife (they just live about 10 minutes away but were at their cabin in the woods with power) and she told us we could use their home.

We moved in--our kids came from Tulsa and moved in--we carried groceries for lots of people for several days over to her house--cooked a…

Merry Christmas 2012

My wish for you--warm and loving times spent together, good food and good fellowship, peace with your families and with your fellow man, and the  Light of the World, Jesus--

From John in the New Testament1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
2 He was with God in the beginning. 
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness to testifyconcerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 
8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 
11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive h…

Please Read and Pray for Us

This is a note my daughter-in-law wrote on CaringBridge.  Her mom was sent home last Friday with Hospice.  Marty is young--in her sixties--a victim of cancer.  Please pray for Traci, my precious daughter-in-law and her family.  Although heartbreaking, I think this will really bless you. "Mom had another good day today.  She got up and sat on the couch today when a family member came to visit.  She also seemed excited for the vegetable soup they brought for lunch, even though she didn't eat much of it.  We are pleased when she actually wants to eat. I was able to accomplish a lot today as well.  We got sheets changed, bills paid, drawers and closets cleaned, and the dining room ready for Christmas. I'm going home tomorrow and Terry will be here with her.  Chris and myself, along with our families, will be back on Christmas to celebrate the birth of our Lord, our Savior, our Prince of Peace.Although I've heard this term as long as I can remember, I believe I understand t…

Last Minute Decorating

I always do this--decorate up to the last minute--don't know why--just do--

But wanted to show you this because it is a real inexpensive but beautiful decoration.

I used an old, old sewing machine drawer that I had stashed away in a closet, some candles from the dollar store, and some holly leaves and berries from my yard--and voila--

Don't know if you can really tell but the carving on the side of the drawer is so pretty--acorns and leaves--and the pull is to die for.

I'm thinking that this piece will not go back in my closet.

Warm Christmas blessings to you and yours,

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I'll Be Home For Christmas


painted a canvas with masquepen first writing out the words to an old song I like.Even though a web search has the words I used, I wish I would have used --"You can count on me."  It actually changes the meaning of the whole sentence to me and I like the "count" meaning better.
But anyway, it is done and I won't spend extra time changing it this year although I may for future use.

The way I would suggest doing it inexpensively is to paint a board with chalkboard paint and then just write whatever you choose with chalk.  You could keep it and use it for all different occasions.

We've had a busy day.  I taught at the Ranch at 1:30 so we remained in the Conway area for a special dinner the guys prepared for the volunteers, graduates.

Anyway, I'm about to fall asleep writing this so I will go for now but want you to know that you are always on my mind and I am praying for you.


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Decorating With Old Christmas Albums

So I am finally back to show you another inexpensive way to decorate at Christmas.

I thought about doing this a couple of years ago but had never done it until this year.

Actually, I thought about hanging the record itself on the wall but decided to use the album covers instead which really dates them and makes them look rather vintage, don't you think?

Once again, I spent a few dollars on the 3M Command velcro strips and attached them to the wall.

I will probably use some old records (my and my husband's favorites) to decorate for every day.  If and when I get that done, I will share it with you--another thing I have meant to do for ever so long.

You could do a collage or have them separated as I have done mine.

Tomorrow I will show you what is in between these two sets of records.  I am really liking it--mine wasn't so cheap but I have an idea for you to make one very cheaply.

See you then--

P.S.  The album to the left of the Lawrence Welk one is Perry Como.

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Getting it all together?

Do you ever have times that you just can't get it all together?

Well, that is where I am right now-- I'm so excited about all of our family getting together with two new family members this year--sweet baby James, (I've decided that is my nickname for him right now) and Josh, Kailey's new husband. How do you express the joy in your heart with two new people to celebrate.

We did a little remodeling early this year and one of my "nooks" for displaying Christmas stuff was enclosed so that led to a domino effect.

One of my faults is: It is hard for me to concentrate on the important things when everything is out of place--don't know if anyone can identify with that but I am just being honest.

And then the enemy tries to heap guilt upon me because I realize how selfish and egotistical that thinking is--how many in Connecticut and just the people we meet in our regular life each day would give anything to have a particular one to celebrate Christmas with and wou…

Sweet Baby James

We have been busy with three of our grandchildren the last week--Ashton, Noelle and new baby brother, James.

God is so smart.  He knew just exactly what would make an old person's heart feel light and young, didn't he?

Not many things in life are as special as a new grandchild.  This was taken by my daughter-in-law, Andrea, last Sunday morning when James was almost 3 days old.  I was headed to church to see one of his sisters sing.  He did not go but will most likely go this next Sunday.

Hoping you are well and happy, snug and warm, peaceful and full of joy during this most beautiful and holy Christmas season.

Love you,

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Merry Christmas to Us

James, our new grandson, was born yesterday afternoon and he is precious. He weighed in at 7lb and 14 oz and is 20 and one half inches long.

We are so grateful that all went well with his birth. His mom had some serious health issues during the pregnancy but everything went great.

 Thank you to those of you who prayed for us. I appreciate it more than you know.

 Hopefully, I will be able to post a few more pictures in a couple of days. 

I love you all. Hope you are having a wonderful, Christmas season.

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

Saturday as I was sitting in chapel beside the son of one of our residents, I looked down and noticed what he had written.  "I 'heart' the Bible more than enething."

To say that my heart was touched may be the understatement of the century. I can't quote it exactly but when I told his father about it, he told me what his son had said at Thanksgiving that he was thankful for.

Loosely paraphrased it included a father who studied the Bible so much and tried to do what Jesus says. Out of the mouths of babes..............

Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.  Luke 2:47
As I sat in a rocking chair on the front porch of the bunkhouse after chapel and potluck and watched this resident run and play with his wife and two sons for an extended period of time, I was overwhelmed at the healing that has taken place in his life.  Oh, if you could only hear his story your heart would rejoice like mine.

Jesus is no respecter of persons--He longs t…

Old Things New Again

I started collecting Christmas books many years ago.
I love to read one a day through December building the Spirit of Christmas in my heart as the month rolls along.
A few years ago I decided to display them as Christmas decorations and love how they look.
Most of them have to do with the spiritual side of Christmas and are meaningful as well as pretty to display.
There are many ways you can display them if you happen to have a collection--or you could go to your local library and check out a bunch to decorate with during the holidays.  I don't think there is a law against that!
You can stack them up on your coffee table or spread them around your house on several different tables standing them on their sides as I have done in this bookcase.
You could also use the 3M velcro stickers and use them as decoration on your walls. 
And if you have a huge Bible--we have several that we have inherited--a beautiful ribbon placed in it at the point of the Christmas story makes a lovely decoration I…

It's A Puzzle To Me

These are not very good pictures--the lighting was all wrong--BUT we loved the effect that the puzzle boxes made when placed together in a collage.

 I used 3M Command velcro stickers and several old boxes of Christmas puzzles we had worked through the years and stuck them to the wall.

 I had a picture there that was not wintery or Christmasy at all--so this served the purpose to fill up a great big hole on the wall and also to bring back many fun memories--

Someone always hides the very last piece and drags it out so they can get to place "the last piece of the puzzle."

It came down easily after Christmas with no damage whatsoever to the walls--I absolutely love the 3M Command stickers.  They cost a few dollars but that was the extent of the money I spent for a big decoration.

Hope this gets your mind going to give you ideas for inexpensive decorations.

Aren't you glad that nothing puzzles our Father--He knows all, has all the answers and is always working to bring them to …

'Tis the Season

My husband came home from the store a couple of days ago with two huge pots of beautiful, red poinsettias--a good way to start the Christmas season.

I pray that wherever you are and in whatever position you find yourself, that you will find a way to celebrate the birth of our dear Savior.

It doesn't take lots of money to make Christmas really special.  Sometimes we get caught up in all the hustle, bustle, shopping, and decorating and miss the precious moments just being together and taking time to celebrate not only our love for Christ but our love for each other.

I'm going to try to take the next few weeks to give you some ideas of things to do that don't cost much but makes this season truly meaningful.

So I will start with this one--fill a mason jar or any appropriate container with tailored love knots for someone you love--a coupon for a back rub, a ticket that exempts a child from a certain chore for the day--you get the drift--just tailor it to suit each individual per…

All Came Home

All of our precious guys returned safely "home" to Renewal Ranch last night.  God truly is with us.

 If you joined us in prayer for them as they celebrated Thanksgiving with their families and friends, I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Our hearts were made glad as we welcomed all of them back and had a wonderful night of reunion and decorating the bunkhouse.

We also have added two new guys--David and Shawn--I ask for your prayers for them.

Watching God work at RR is an almost daily breathtaking adventure--we get to see miracle after miracle as God is saving these men from a life of despair, desperation and destruction.

If your life today is in the throes of despair and desperation, I pray that you will turn simply to Jesus with a sincere heart and ask Him to help you.  It amazes me just how much God is anxiously waiting for us to turn to Him so that He can help us.

Come to Him simply but sincerely--fix your eyes on Jesus and commit to serving Him with y…

Thanksgiving at Petit Jean

Larry and I spent a beautiful Thanksgiving Day at Mather Lodge on Petit Jean mountain--It is one of Arkansas' state parks and it is lovely.

 The weather was absolutely perfect as long as you were in the sun--Just a tad bit chilly in the shade. We went with our good friends, Bob and Joyce--our kids and theirs were celebrating with "the other side of the family" this year so we celebrated together with no shopping, no cooking, no cleaning up--it was really wonderful--the food was awesome-- I ate too much cornbread dressing--that is one of my favorite foods in the whole world.

Hope your day was blessed--I love you all.

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Make His Faithfulness Known!

You see a lot of this at the Ranch. One generation visiting with another--something you don't see much of out in "regular" society. I see this verse lived out every Saturday at the Ranch and it makes my heart sing.

With my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. from the Psalms

On this holiday of Thanksgiving when several generations are usually together, I encourage you to tell of His faithfulness, talk of all His wondrous provision, give thanks to the God of all gods.

photograph by Josh Kear--thank you, Josh--hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving--
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A Thanksgiving Prayer

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
       throughout all generations.

 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world,from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.  You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.

 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
       you founded the world and all that is in it.

I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,         that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself--

 May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
       establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

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portions of Psalm 86, 89, 90 NIV

God's Positioning System

Global Positioning System--The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.  (borrowed from Wikipedia)

I heard a speaker recently who made a statement similar to the following:

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had directions from God that would tell us exactly which turn to make next sorta like a GPS system?"

While I think I understand the point he was trying to make, my thinking is that God's Positioning System really leaves nothing to the imagination, clearly and concisely gives us every direction we need to make it safely to our destination with no detours.

We do need an unobstructed line of sight to the Godhead three in One--God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the …

An Evening Sacrifice

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling- 1 Timothy 2:8 ESV So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
Psalm 63:4 ESV Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
Psalm 141:2 ESV Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!
Psalm 141:2 ESV ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  I had a knee replacement last year and I cannot get down on my knees to pray any more.  If you can, I pray that you will bow down and worship before Him today. If you can't, I pray that you will lift your hands to God. If you can't lift your hands, then consider lifting your voice--If you can't lift your voice, I pray that you will lift your heart-- that is what God really desires from us--our hearts. 
Oh God, show me how today to lift my heart totally to you--to hold no reservations, no places that I am not willing to expose fully to you.  I love yo…

The Shadow of Your Smile!

A smile is a passport into another's heart-- Here ya go--you have full access--always loving and thinking and praying for my precious readers and friends--I am on my way to the Ranch--please pray for our class--we are studying today about the importance of obedience and holiness in relation to prayer. 
Hope the shadow of your smile brings a little radiance into someone's heart today. 

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Come Away With Him

This picture just makes me want to take a day out of my life--put the coffee pot on and study, study, study.  I read my Bible every day and I try to really meditate and absorb what I read but like I say, this picture just makes me want to spend quality and quantity time in God's Word.

One thing I love about studying in these high tech days, is how fast it is to search a certain passage and find out things that used to take hours to research.

The picture is of Steven, one of our Renewal Ranch guys--the guys are immersed in Bible study all day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

They do service projects on Thursday and Friday and go to church on Saturday and Sunday with Bible Study Fellowship on Monday nights--sometimes they also have Wednesday night services.

I tell them how blessed they are to have this time set apart to study God's Word--

I hope this encourages you to "Come away with Him" at some point in your day--
There is no better use of your time!

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to …

Train Up A Child

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not leave it.

This beautiful lady's name is Montine.  She is the mother of one of our residents at Renewal Ranch.  I love this picture of her as she sits in chapel on Saturday morning and rests in the promises of God that she has depended upon for years.

You see, her son has just had his life restored after twenty five years of addiction.  In class last Wednesday I wish you could have heard his humble testimony as he gave all the credit to the prayers of his faithful, loving mother.

My friend, if you have a wayward child, a prodigal son or daughter, do not be discouraged, but be encouraged knowing the God of the ages will hear your prayer just as he heard Montine's.

Have a wonderful week.  I love you.

Photography by Josh Kear--thank you, dear Josh--
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Majesty-Worship His Majesty

Here is a new canvas I have started--have NO clue where it will end up--but thought you might want to see the progression of it--I am liking it so far--I think I will probably throw some black paint on it and then place some more formal calligraphy in places here and there.  Oh, how I love to experiment!

I was using a Masquepen for the first time and this is a tall canvas--you can tell that my handwriting changed in the middle of it SO I will have to do something to detract from that feature.

Unto Jesus be all honor, glory and praise!

It will be a few days before I have a chance to work on it again but I will try to remember to keep you posted on its progression.

In the meantime, have an awesome weekend and may His Kingdom Come!

Loving You,

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For the Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth!

I was at the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, AR recently and saw this incredibly large (at least 5x10') painting of the cross.

 I LOVE everything about this--all the variations of colors, the sense of movement indicating (to me) its far-reaching effects, the geometric shapes symbolizing (to me) its jewel like facets--the body of water and horizon to the left lets one catch a glimpse of eternity.

Seeing this girl in the picture gives a sense of just how large it really is--

And it reminds me just how large our God really is.

Depending on Him and worshiping at His feet today.

Hope your day is extremely blessed.

I love you all,

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Overwhelmed By His Love

We traveled for 2.5 hours to the north Arkansas town of Melbourne. There is a town close by by the name of Sydney. Really makes you wonder. I need to do some research on that.

 One of our residents, Chase,  is from Melbourne. We were going to visit his home church. He was supposed to speak and was a little nervous. Sometimes it is harder for the guys to speak in front of all those who know them than to strangers.

We finally arrived but I forgot to take a picture of the outside of his church.

One of our residents, Lee, and I visiting before service began.

Ryan preparing to minister through song to the congregation of Bellview Baptist Church.

This is Cooper, one of our newer residents giving his testimony.  He is from Batesville which is about 45 minutes away.  His mom and step dad came so we got to sit and visit with them at lunch.  He quoted Psalm 40--take a look at it--it is not a short chapter.

This is Chase.  He gave his testimony and then quoted 20 or 30 verses--I didn't count bu…