Bible Verse of the Month...

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut 31:6

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Come to the Savior

Do you long to be rid of the guilt and shame?
Want to feel as if you’re not always to blame?
Satan is smiling and filled with glee.
“Poor soul, if only someone could set you free.”

Slowly a man with nail scarred hands comes into view,
The Savior who can cleanse and make you new.
Satan’s not smiling as he was before.
He knows Jesus is the one who gives grace to restore.

Now you can have joy to fill your heart.
You’ve been redeemed and given a new start.
Be watchful of Satan who is your foe.
Trust the lamb who has made you whiter than snow.

Satan convinces many that evil is good.
Don’t be one of those who misunderstood.
Read the Bible to know God’s will.
Come before Him daily; listen, pray and be still.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays

Does Your Faith Grow Cold

At times does your faith grow cold
Or do you forget your treasure worth more than gold?
Remember the God you serve has great power.
He won’t leave you, not even for an hour.

Haven’t you heard of all the impossible things He’s done.
The impossible becomes possible with God and His Son.
He has a wonderful plan for you
So get on board and be part of the heavenly view.

Put your trust in your Heavenly Father today.
Why keep trying to do everything your way.
His love for you is beyond measure.
You are His beloved child in whom He takes pleasure.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Marvelous Monday

God’s Marvelous Gift

Do you comprehend the marvelous gift of grace?
Do you fully understand the depths of love that purchased it?
Have you unwrapped it, cried with joy when you received it?
Is it the most prized gift that you have ever received?
Don’t ever let this gift be overlooked or forgotten!
Treasure it! Be grateful every single day.
Thank God for it and praise Him constantly.
Ask Him to let you never take it for granted.
Now don’t just keep this news to yourself.
Go, tell others they also have this gift available.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Songfilled Sundays

Delight in the LORD

Precious thoughts of Him when I arise,
Melodies of birds float across the skies,
Fragrant aroma of a flower delights my nose,
How beautiful is the sight of a rose.

A sunrise feels me with wonder
As does the sound of the mighty thunder.
The gentle rain falls to the earth,
Plants grow and there is new birth.

I look with awe at all He has made,
His glory and power are thus displayed.
I will delight in Him all my days.
My lips will continually give Him praise.

There is no other God, He is the only one.
When He spoke He created the moon and sun.
Brothers and Sisters praise him along with me,
The Mighty God made earth, sky and sea.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Splendid Saturday

God ….

Almighty
Bread of Life
Comforter
Divine
Everlasting
Friend
Glorious
Hope
Immanuel
Jehovah
King of Kings
Light
Magnificent
Near
Omnipotent
Provider
Quieter of my soul
Redeemer
Savior
Teacher
Unchanging
Vine
Way
X(Christos)Christ
Yahweh
Zest

Monday, November 23, 2009

Marvelous Monday

More Than a Song

Streams of mercy overflow,
Jesus loves me this I know.
What a tremendous thought
By His blood I have been bought.

More than a children’s song,
Everyone loves to sing along.
With a childlike faith in thee
My heart sings Jesus loves me.

The words are more than a phrase.
They will guide me all my days.
Jesus loves me this I know
All my love to Him I owe.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays

Not Just Today, But Always

My heart I give to you,
Not just for a moment, but always.

It’s not just a casual relationship
I want with you
I want it to be forever and always.

I will treasure each moment of our
Time that we have together
Not just today, but tomorrow and always.

You will be with me on rainy days
You will be my sunshine
Not just today, but always

We will go on long walks together,
Have many treasured conversations,
Not just today, but always!

When my heart aches,
I know yours does, too.
You cry with me,
Not just today, but always.

Sometimes I don’t treat you very well
I turn away from you
But you’re still there waiting
Not just today, but always.

You love me more than I’ll ever know
Someday We’ll be together in heaven
Not just for one day or two, but always!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Songfilled Sundays

My Father’s Embrace

Tears trickled slowly down my face.
I needed my Father’s loving embrace.
The pain was difficult to bear
So I ran quickly to Him in prayer.

He alone has the power to heal
It begins as before Him I kneel.
He gently wipes away each tear,
Reminds me that He is always near.

God’s own Son died for my sake
So He understands my heart ache.
He watched His Son die on the cross.
He will help me bear my own loss.

I will be thankful as my faith grows
For all the love and hope He bestows.
His mercy is extended o’er and o’er.
One day I’ll see Him at heaven’s door

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Songfilled Sundays

Who do I Worship

What question must I ask myself today?
Am I doing everything my own way?
Do I always have to be in control?
I need Almighty God to make me whole.

Who do I worship and give my praise?
What do I think about during my days?
Jesus you are the Redeemer of my soul?
When I need comfort you will console.

Father, you are the one true God.
You love me even though I am flawed.
No other God will I love and serve.
All glory and honor you deserve.

I will bow down before your throne.
I want to be yours and yours alone.
May my actions bring glory to your name.
Throughout my life your love I’ll proclaim.

Friday, November 06, 2009

In the Potter's Hands

In the potter’s hands I am clay,
Lovingly molded day by day.
The Master Potter has a plan for me
In the future I’ll be able to see.

Why is He shaping me like this?
I don’t want pain, just bliss.
Why must my heart ache?
I feel as if it’s about to break.

Even though I continue to wrestle,
The Potter is making me a stronger vessel.
I often argue and complain too much
And don’t always yield to His touch.

I must be shaped on the potter’s wheel
While all the cracks He will heal.
He will mold and fashion me into
an image of Jesus the world can see.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I Needed a Savior

I saw myself as a sin sick soul,
But how would I ever be whole.
Then I heard of a Savior who died
Forgiveness and grace to provide.

Father thank you for this saving grace,
For the Redeemer who took my place.
Help me always trust and obey,
Walk with you each and every day.

May I always have an attitude
Of thankfulness and gratitude
For this marvelous gift of love
Given by the Mighty God above.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Do We Judge

By how a person dresses
Or what a person possesses
The color of their skin
The house they live in
Amount of money they make
Or fancy vacations they take

How Does God Judge

By a person’s heart
The love they impart
The way they listen and obey
What they do and say

Sunday, October 25, 2009

God Colors My Word

Trees flaming red and orange so bright
Bring to my soul wonder and delight.
What an amazing marvelous sight
Changes the darkness into light

God changes my world from gray
Bold Fall colors, a lovely array
He created the beauty of each day
I will thank Him as I pray.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Follow Him

I ran ahead without my Father
He was going too slow for me
I thought I knew what was best
But I stumbled, then fell.
I should have waited
He picked me up
I’ll follow
His lead
Now

Friday, October 23, 2009

What If

What if I thought about every action I took;
lived by the Bible, God's Good Book.
What if every idol in my life I'd forsake?
What kind of change in my life would it make?

What if I remembered His holiness,
paid Him the honor that's His due
Would it make people see Him differently,
Would it change their view?

Could I help others see God, the great I am?
Open their eyes to see Jesus, the perfect lamb?
God, I bow before you with this fervent plea.
Help me be more like Jesus fully devoted to thee.

Help me start out each day with songs of praise
Help me continue this all of my days.
God, you are my master, my only King.
You lift me out of despair and make my heart sing.

Instead of the world I'll depend on guidance from you
Meditating on your Holy Word will change my view.
I'll think about Jesus who died to see everyone free,
My life will no longer be all about me.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thankful Thursdays

Take Up Your Armor

In this moment in your life,
Where has God placed you?
What is He asking for you to
Stand up and do?

Now is the perfect time;
This is the season.
He has placed you here
For a special reason.

What excuse will you give
As you walk away;
I’m not wise enough,
I don’t know what to say.

Does Satan talk and
Whisper in your ear?
Does He know what to
Say to fill you with fear.

Will you give in to it,
Walking from the fight,
Forgetting on your side
Is the God of all might.

Pick up your Sword and
Armor to help you stand.
Remember your salvation
And home that God planned.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wonderfilled Wednesdays

Clear My Vision

LORD, I don't know why I'm feeling this way.
You've blessed me abundantly everyday.
Why is it my world seems so gray?
It's because Satan knows just what to say.

Clear my vision, make me more aware
of all you've created that's lovely and fair.
Help me see the love you declare.
Awaken me out of this despair.

Thank you for loving me again and again,
for saving and freeing me from my sin.
Walking with you brings great joy within
With your love and faithfulness I always win!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Meet Me at the Cross

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See the Savior in the garden
Kneeling in prayer
With His Father
Thy will be done

Meet me at the foot of the cross
Feel Jesus’ love
See His blood flow
Cleansing your sins

Go with me to the empty tomb
He has risen
He lives again
New life is yours

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fill the Emptiness

What will satisfy the emptiness I feel?
Where can I go so my heart will heal?
The world calls out constantly to me
If you do this then happy you’ll be.

But then I still feel empty inside
Who can help, who will provide?
Where do I go so I can be whole?
Who will fill the longing in my soul?

God you place a song in my heart
Always be with me, let’s never part.
When I am weak, you make me strong.
You make me feel like I always belong.

When I cry out you always hear
You make the emptiness disappear.
Each day I will walk by your side
Please hold my hand, be my guide.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What Has God Done For You?

I've been challenged by my son, Franklin, to think and
write about what God has done for me.

I look back into my life and see that He's blessed me
abundantly. I had loving parents who brought me up in
the LORD. I have a loving, faithful christian husband
who believes in me and encourages me in the LORD.

God has blessed me with three children, 2 wonderful
daughters-in-law and three grandchildren. Our family
loves one another and wants the best for each other.

God has brought about a lot of change in my life. As
a teenager I was painfully shy. He's given me opportunities
to do things I never thought possible. I used to hate
standing up in class to even give a book report. He's
blessed me with opportunities to teach classes in Africa
to women and I taught grade 10 girls. Now I'm blessed to
be able to teach in the prison.

Because of God's answer to prayer I was able to overcome
fear and go live in Africa for 5 years. I hope I encouraged
people there, but my christian family there gave so
much to me and taught me many lessons.

God gave me opportunities in my work as He placed me at
jobs with other christians who have been amazing examples
to me: Landmark Bookstore with Norma and also Alva Roofing
with T.J., Tom, Oral, Kathryn, Greg, Sharon, Bill, and
Dirk.

I still have things I need to work on in my life, but I
know God will help me overcome.

God has also blessed me with opportunities to work with
many young christian women who have been a blessing in
my life.

Through the women in prison I've learned more about God's
grace. These women really know what grace is and how God
can change lives.

God works amazingly in our lives and has such great
plans for us. He teaches us lots of lessons through the
people He places in our lives. What has He done for you?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Songfilled Sundays

No Other One

Lord, be with me through the valleys
Walk beside me hand in hand
Carry me through the desert
Don’t let me sink in drifting sand

When tears flow like a river
Please wipe them from my face
I need your gentle touch
The feel of your warm embrace

When life seems to keep
Dealing blow after blow
You are my strength
The one who saves from any foe

You lead me directly through
The battles, not around
I look forward to the day
When I will be heavenward bound

No other friend can comfort
Through the darkest night
Or lift me from deep despair
To the most victorious height

What words can I possibly use
To thank you, my God and King
I’ll lay my life at your feet
And forever to your Word I’ll cling

No other Master is worthy
Of my devotion and praise
You alone will I worship
Today, tomorrow and always!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Travel Back to When

I’d like to travel the dusty road to granny and grandpa’s again
Travel back to that time long ago – that time when
I could gather fresh eggs from the chicken pen
Back when I was only nine or ten
Smell ham sizzling in that old frying pan
Go out in the yard and kick around an old tin can
Watch Daddy Pete bring home some fish
See granny make them into a delicious dish
Taste butter churned by granny’s own hand
Walk around again on my family’s land
Let the water bucket down into the well
Sit down in the living room and talk for a spell
On the way home we stop at the old country store
Buy ice cream, or candy with money from an uncle we adore
Yes, I’d like to travel the dusty road to granny and grandpa’s again
Back to that time long ago when – when I was only nine or ten.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thankful Thursdays

A Woman Like Hannah

I passed an old house with curtains tattered and worn
and couldn't help wondering who in this house had been born.
I decided I must stop my car and go look at this place
As I approached the old house I thought I saw a face.

What was the sound I heard? It couldn't have been crying.
My imagination was taking over, maybe it was the wind sighing.
Weren't homes a place with the voices of happy children singing,
but I could tell no children had been here to a mother's skirt clinging.

All of a sudden a woman appeared with lots of children around.
The crying I'd heard had changed to laughter what a joyous sound.
She had her Bible open, marked at I Samuel, how strange!
Then I remembered the old story and I knew why such a change.

At first the woman was childless with lots of crying and prayer,
But God had given her laughter and children over which to care.
I pondered over my faith as I drove down that old country road
Did I spend lots of time in prayer sharing with God my own load?

Oh to be like Hannah, when blessed she lifted her voice in praise.
She adored the God she served and devoted her son to him all his days.
I need to humble myself before God and lay something before His feet.
I'll use what He's entrusted into my hand all my days until we meet.

I want my life to shine His light and to give Him all the glory.
He's blessed me abundantly so I'll share with others the old story.
To live my life like Hannah did and be devoted to my King
With my voice His praises throughout all eternity I'll sing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays

Moment by Moment

Moment by moment I live each day
Trusting God as I walk the narrow way
Living by faith and not by sight
Following as He leads me by His light

Wondering how He could love me so
Thankful for the Savior I've come to know
Why did He choose to die for a sinner like me
Praise God for the blood that sets me free

We talk together each day as friends do
I read His words that are precious and true
He declares that He loves me o'er and o'er
He's my King, my master, the one I adore

Moment by moment I walk with my King
Throughout eternity His praises I'll sing
I can hardly wait to see Him face to face
When at last I have won my lifelong race

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Splendid Saturdays




Lord, Remove the Weeds

This morning I walked past a field
where colorful weeds thrived and grew.
Thoughts about weeds God revealed.
Were there weeds in my own life, too?

Weeds choke out other things that grow.
They thrive without any tender care.
Are there weeds that are my foe?
Help me recognize these is my prayer.

LORD, please remove these from my life,
activities that keep me from you.
Weeds only cause me heartache and strife.
A relationship with you I'll pursue.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Songfilled Sundays

Be a Teacher

First Sunday with 4's and 5's.
I did it, a great surprise.
Two students: Caleb J and Claire
What fun with this delightful pair.

Mr. Fred enjoyed each song
as the children sang along.
Claire and Caleb are very sweet
The memory verse they did repeat.

Precious Children need a teacher to care.
They'll steal your heart, so beware!
If I can do it, so can you.
Come on now, make your big debut.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Marvelous Monday

Little Children Ask Why

Little children may be shy,
but still they like to ask why.
Why's the sky so blue
and little kittens mew.

Why do fireflies have a light
and the sun shines so bright?
Why do the stars twinkle
and old people's skin wrinkle?

Why did God make tiny fleas
and sharks to swim in the seas?
Why did God make eyes to sea?
Why, oh why, does Jesus love me?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Magnificent Monday

Strolling Through the Book of James

When you're going through a trial
Remember God walks with you each mile
Through life's many trials that you endure
Your faith in God will grow and mature

How do you live out your faith today?
Does it show in the way you pray?
Are you confident God will hear
and take away all of your fear?

Do you constantly sing His praise,
tell all about His merciful ways.
Do you speak kindly of others;
those who are your sisters and brothers?

Do you pray God's will be done;
Ask for help Satan's temptations to shun.
Draw closer to God day by day
Read His word and joyfully obey

If in trouble do you pray,
When happy praise without delay
Go to others in Christ who care
Know the power available in prayer.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fantastic Friday

When I’m Still I Find Him

Father, I have so much to do,
But first I need time with you.
I hurry, scurry and run around
When what I need in only you is found.

I need you at the beginning of my day
For how else can I find my way.
You give me the strength I need.
I must follow wherever you lead.

At the end of the day when my eyes close,
I remember my precious Savior arose.
He won the victory over sin.
With Him a new life can begin.

I will find you when I am still.
My life with contentment you fill.
My lips will sing and praise
And tell of your loving ways.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays

Amazing Savior, Amazing Grace
A great tree can arise from a very tiny seed
May my faith grow like that as I follow your lead
Help me say not my will but yours be done
And not drop out of this race I have to run.
How can I look upon my Savior’s precious face
When I’m so unworthy of His amazing grace
He continues to forgive me o’er and o’er
And generously His love for me outpour

I know today that I must take a leap
Trusting in the one who never does sleep
He’s always ready to help me when I fall
Or listen to me no matter when I call

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays

Joy Through Trials

From this trial, how can I grow?
Joy during pain help me know.
What lesson can I learn?
Grant me wisdom to discern.

After it's over it's easier to see,
how a trial has strengthened me.
Father, as I'm comforted by you
Please give me a spiritual view.

Help me never grumble or complain
but look to you to always sustain.
When at last my life is o'er
I'll be with the Savior I adore.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Songfilled Sundays

I went for a walk this morning. I looked down
and saw a dime. I started focusing on the ground
and looking for change. I ended up finding 2
pennies, too.

After walking and focusing on the ground for
awhile a thought came to me. By focusing on the
ground and searching for lost change I was missing
out on more important things. I focused so hard on
looking at the ground I couldn't hear the birds
singing or feel the gentle breeze blowing. I didn't
see the beautiful flowers and trees.

Sometimes we lose the focus we should have. We
forget to focus on God, on reading His Word, on
praying to Him and listening to the Spirit. We
get too focused on our busy schedules.

It's amazing how God can use things that happen
everyday to teach a lesson. What kind of lesson
has He taught you today? I'd be glad for you to
share.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Marvelous Monday

David's Prayer Life

David came boldly before His Father:

Falling on his face
Begging for grace
Pleading his case

Asking God to hear
Expressing his fear
Drawing so near

Taking the blame
Praising God's name
Proclaiming His fame

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thankful Thursdays

There were so many beautiful flowers in
the garden. The smell filled the air.
Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds enjoyed
this delightful place. Birds sang lovely
songs. Other animals were also seen.

Adam and Eve lived in a wonderful garden.
This was where they met with God. Why
weren't they content?

We can still feel close to God when we
see His lovely creation.

Let's praise God today because He sent
His Son so that we can have the forgiveness
of sins and be in His presence forever.

We can still meet with Him through His
Word and through communion in prayer.
Meet with Him "in the garden" everyday.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thankful Thursdays

Without You

Father, I can’t make it alone
My heart feels as heavy as stone.
Are you near or far away?
Please answer when I pray.

Satan whispers lies in my ear,
Filling my heart with so much fear.
He tells me you don’t really care.
My sorrow you don’t want to bear.

I choose to not believe his lies.
One day he’ll meet his demise.
Instead I’ll trust you God Most High.
You are the one on whom I’ll rely.

Now my heart feels so much lighter,
My days are suddenly brighter.
You take care of me each day,
With your help I’ve found my way.

You’re the friend who is always there.
I love to sit with you and share.
Fellowship with you is so sweet.
I can’t wait until once again we meet.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Splendid Saturday

Sunrise begins a new day.
Birds choral anthems raise
then glide on silent wing
in praise of their creator.

Flowers gently nod their head
while a refreshing breeze blows.
Trees adorned in emerald gowns
regally salute their king.

With sunset comes a starry host
like tiny fireflies flickering.
Lights reflect on crystal water
all honoring Almighty God.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Fantastic Friday

Walking with the King


Walking a dusty road with the King:
Listen to His story
Receive His strength
Feel His agony
Bear His cross
Witness His obedience
Observe His faith
Know His peace
Experience His love

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Splendid Saturday

My Choice

What if I never married at all?
No children of my own to love.
Fulfilling all the dreams I’ve had.

Playing the piano was one such dream.
I’d go on stage and play on tours.
Thrill the crowds with music sweet.

A famous singer known worldwide.
I’d sing before leaders of countries,
Be praised even by Kings and Queens.

In all truth there’s one King I’ll sing for.
My voice will ring out loud and clear,
With praises due His Almighty name.

An amazing life God’s given me.
Husband, children and the grands.
They’re the only fans I really need.

You’ll understand the choice I’ve made.
“No” to dreams of younger days.
I’m content to cherish what's already mine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays

My Prison of Fear

Locked away in a
prison of my own fears;
Satan is laughing
while I am in tears.

He thinks he knows me
as he watches like a hawk,
but my Savior protects
me as part of His flock.

I'll stay in God's presence,
never from Him to stray.
Whenever Satan tempts me
I'll kneel down and pray.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Marvelous Monday




Fragrance of His Sacrifice

There is a garden
where Jesus and I meet.
We have sweet fellowship.
I worship at His feet.

The delightful fragrance
that comes when He is near
is the sacrifice of love.
He brings my heart sweet cheer.

There is no other like Him,
none so holy or so pure.
He's the great redeemer
with Him my hope's secure.

Is He your Savior yet?
I know He longs to be.
He's waiting in the garden,
please go there now with me.

Songfilled Sundays



Your Love Freed Me

When I think of the ocean
so very deep and wide,
I remember your love
how your blood was applied.

What an amazing love
that you would die for me.
I know I don't deserve it,
but you have set me free.

Jesus, you're the Savior
who cleansed me of my sin.
You fought my battle,
because of you I'll win.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fantastic Friday

Come to Jesus

Jesus calls the weary,
"Come, I'll give you rest."
He's the loving Savior.
Seek Him and be blest.

He waits with open arms.
Come weary one today.
Enjoy grace and mercy.
Just listen, then obey.

He's made a place for you,
a heavenly abode.
Hear His gentle pleading.
Give Him your heavy load.

There's no other Savior
who can save your soul.
Answer while He knocks.
He will make you whole.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Procrastination

"Tomorrow, tomorrow,
I'll do it tomorrow."
How often do we say this.
"I'll go on a diet, tomorrow.
I'll start exercising, tomorrow.
I'll start daily Bible reading, tomorrow.
I'll straighten out my priorities, tomorrow.
I'll stop complaining, tomorrow."
But much to my soul's sorrow,
I keep on saying,
"I'll do it tomorrow."

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Thankful Thursdays


Best Friends

Terrence and his friend, G-man
talked about their plan.
Do a kind deed each day
and still have time to play.

They wouldn't tell anyone
about what they had done.
They wouldn't tell his mother
or even his older brother.

They wouldn't tell his dad,
though he'd be very glad.
They'd do what Jesus would
cause that was kind and good.

Wonderfilled Wednesdays

God's Tears

Many days we have received rain,
we continually murmur and complain.
A thought struck the depths of my heart,
from my mind it would not depart.

God, is this rain falling from the skies
teardrops flowing from your eyes?
Are you crying over all the sin?
Saddened by the actions of men.

Do you look from heaven with heartache,
knowing your son died for our sake?
Restore to us the joy of your salvation;
once again to live as a christian nation.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Songfilled Sundays

Where Can I Go?

O God who created earth, sea and skies,
help me thy power and majesty realize.
Where can I go that you do not see?
From your presence can I flee?

I see your might when I look around.
You are the God who can be sought and found.
What a loving sacrifice was made,
a ransom price for our souls paid.

Oh loving Lamb who died on Calvary,
teach me to be more and more like thee.
Give me a kind and compassionate heart,
that I may to others your love impart.

I want to be an obedient child,
having a gentle spirit, meek and mild.
Walking with you day by day,
telling others you are the life, truth and way.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Splendid Saturdays

Running Through Puddles

Going to the Kolache Festival today,
wondering wondering all the way.
Will it rain or will it not;
perhaps a little, but probably a lot.

Fred, Judy and Kay had fun.
We wouldn't have minded a little sun.
Running through puddles like children at play.
We were crazy, some might say.

Eating hushpuppies, slaw and catfish,
who could ask for a tastier dish.
Time for us to say goodbye.
Kay, "see you soon", we said with a sigh.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Fantastic Friday

God of the Universe

God of the universe, God Most High,
Early in the morning when I arise
I seek you for you are nigh.
You hear my laughter and my cries.

LORD God Almighty, marvelous are your deeds.
When you spoke there was light.
Jehovah Jireh, you provide my needs.
O thou my soul's joy and delight.

Father God, the one I adore,
your holiness I will proclaim.
Grace, mercy and love you outpour.
Praise and honor be to your holy name.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Hold Me Near

God of comfort hold me near,
gently wipe away sorrow's tear.
Strengthen me through this trial.
Walk with me each and every mile.

When Satan tries to discourage me;
LORD, hear my fervent plea.
Answer me quickly when I call,
ere I stumble and fall.

Be with me through darknest night.
Renew my hope with morning light.
Sustain me with your peace
until this life and sorrows cease.

Restore the happiness I once knew
as I continually praise you.
Then forever to be with thee;
from earthly cares I will be free.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays








Remember When



Take lots of pictures and make memories.
One day you'll be glad you have these.
Loves ones won't always be around.
Place photos where they can be found.

Remember all those famous fishing trips,
where your Dad gave lots of tips.
How about the unusual things caught;
turtles and a sea gull that fought.

What about the fun times in the boat;
bottom of the lake with an anchor, you can't float!
Trying to get up on one ski,
once more around the lake was your plea.

How about all those fish on a line;
Wow! Franklin sure did fine.
How many people with hooks were stuck;
some people have all the luck.

Grandma stated with much pride,
“I set a record and hadn't even tried.”
Remember staying up half the night
cleaning all those fish by lantern light.

Telling stories that stretch the imagination.
Passing them down to the next generation.
Hope we all have lots more fun together;
even though at times there's stormy weather.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Songfilled Sundays





Precious Moments with You

Early in the morning
starting out with you,
precious quiet moments
refresh and renew.

Reading your Word,
putting it in my heart;
reflecting and meditating
hoping it'll never depart.

Praying with gratitude
for your blessings galore;
knowing you'll continue
to bless me o'er and o'er.

Help me speak to someone
about you today;
showing by my life
how to live your way.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Splendid Saturdays






At the Lake on a Cloudy Day

Cloudy days aren't always so bad,
look at the fun you had.
Relaxed and read a good book,
maybe even a nap you took.

Think about all you need to do.
Write a list of a thing or two.
Organize it all as you write.
Plan it with all your might.

Sitting at the lake on a cloudy day,
take it easy while you may.
Sun will soon shine so bright,
you'll have to work half the night.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fantastic Friday



Special People

A child smiled at me today,
chasing my gloom away.
I sang a happy song.
She giggled, then sang along.
What a precious treat
from this child so sweet.

Two little boys made my day;
although they live far away.
New pictures up on facebook
that their sweet Mom took.

What changed your sadness,
turned it into gladness.
Thank God for family and friends,
the special ones He sends.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thankful Thursdays


I had a great time with my Mom today. We went
shopping at Guthrie. We enjoy the thrift stores
and antique shops. We even found a new cafe to
eat lunch at.

I'm still so thankful that I have my Mom. My
Dad has been dead almost 30 years. It will be
30 years in September. I have a step Dad,Delmar.
I'm glad Mom has him.



Another thing I'm thankful for is a lesson God
gave me today on my walk. As I was out walking
my big toe started hurting. I finally had to
stop and take my shoe and sock off. There was a
splinter.

I thought about how much that small splinter
hurt. It made it difficult for me to walk. I
think our life as a christian is like that.
Small things can become big problems and cause
difficulty in our walk with God.

We have some minor thing that we allow ourselves
to get angry about and it grows and grows until
it causes us to lose our focus on God. Anger and
resentment are like that. They can fester and
become worse just like if I had not gotten that
splinter out of my toe.

We need to pray that God will show us the
"splinters" in our lives and that He will help
us remove those.

I hope that you have a Thankful Thursday and
think about a blessing you have had today!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays






God has blessed me with many treasures:
forgiveness of sins, hope, an eternal home
in heaven.

Here are some of the other treasures He's
blessed me with:

Wish I had space to put all the pictures up of
family and friends.

Tuesdays are especially treasured because I spend
the evening with friends like Beth as we
go to be with the ladies in prison.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Songfilled Sundays

Sundays are a day of celebration;
time to show loving adoration.
Praise your heavenly King.
Lift your voices and sing.
Celebration

Remember God's Son died for you.
Each day your love for Him renew.
God will always be very near.
He'll never forsake you, don't fear.

Did you praise Him in song?
Encourage others to sing along.
Tell them about the Savior
who died to show loving favor.

Don't praise Him on Sunday alone.
He's the Savior who died to atone.
Praise Him each and every day.
Point others to Him by living His way.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Splendid Saturday




Wow! Today was amazing. I knew I would
be going to a wedding on the 36th floor
of the Chase Building. I'm terrified of
heights.

I knew I needed to meditate on God's Word
today all day. I prayed for Him to help
with my fear.

Of course, He came through. He always does
if I stop and depend on Him.

I just had to change my thinking every
time Satan tried to tell me I couldn't do
it.

Praise God for answered prayers and for His
strength to overcome.

Fantastic Fridays



Cherish Friends and Family

Family and friends
forever on our hearts,
bless the days of our lives
by the love they impart.

Cherish every minute
with those you love.
Let them know they
are often thought of.

These precious people
are God's gift to you
to share happy moments
and painful ones, too.

Go to your heavenly Father
without delay,
thanking Him for your
loved ones today.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thankful Thursdays

Today was a wonderful day. Fred and I got a
lot accomplished. The house looks better, we
went grocery shopping together and didn't
overspend. We went for a walk together and
even visited a sister from church who is
recovering from surgery.

It's been a beautiful day.

I'm even working on the office room trying to
get it straightened up.

I'm thankful God helped me accomplish a lot
and Fred and I got to be together.

What were your blessings of the day? Please
share!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wonderfilled Wednesday

My walk today was like a marvelous celebration.
The birds were singing to the God of creation.
It touched my soul and I also wanted to praise;
just seeing all the beauty your world displays.

Thank you Father for daily blessings you impart
that lift my spirits and bring joy to my heart.
May I live each and every moment of the day
aware of the good gifts you've brought my way.

Through your creation we are reminded of the story
of your power and might and we see your glory.
I will continue to find joy in the world around me,
daily noticing these precious gifts and praising thee.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Treasured Tuesdays















Today indeed is a treasured day. I spent time with
Esther. Her papa and I hid Easter eggs 4 times and
took her to the park. There is a new set of slides
and she tried all of them; even the one that was
high and fast.

I want to treasure all the time I can spend with my
grandchildren, children and my family and friends.


I think one thing about losing someone is you
appreciate the people in your life more.

I am going to try a different thing on my blog
because of my son changing his blog. I'm going
to post about magnificent Mondays, Treasured
Tuesdays, Wonderfilled Wednesdays, Thankful
Thursdays, Fantastic Fridays, Splendid Saturdays,
and Song for the Savior Sundays. At least, I'm
going to try. This makes me look at each day with
a new perspective.

I hope you try to see your blessings each day.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lay Your Burdens Down

When my life is filled with grief,
the pain more than I can bear;
I go to the one who gives relief,
knowing that He will care.

He gives strength when I'm weary,
comfort when I'm in despair,
sunshine when life is dreary.
All my sorrow with Him I'll share.

When your heart aches from loss,
go to your Father in prayer.
Lay your burdens down at the cross,
Jesus is waiting for you there.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I Seek You















Early in the morning,
you are the one I seek;
while the sky is still dark
before the sun is at its peak.

On my morning walk
you speak to me;
through your magnificent creation
of flowers, birds and trees.

Your mighty hand
is at work each day;
guiding and molding
me as if I were clay.

At night I go outside,
look up to the skies;
ask for your presence
with me until I arise.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

I Come Before Your Throne

Many people I love have
heavy burdens to bear.
I feel so very helpless, Father
so I come to you in prayer.

I have no power to heal
broken hearts or health,
no skills do I possess,
couldn't buy it with my wealth.

God, please listen as I share,
You're the compassionate one,
the mighty God who cares.
I'll lay them before you feet.
Thank you for listening
every day when we meet.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

He Warms Our Hearts

Gathered round the fireplace
on a chilly winter night;
I feel the warmth
of the flickering light.
At times the world
is a cold place to live;
people think of what they can get,
not what they can give.
If only they'd look to Jesus
as their example and guide;
trust Him as their Savior
who bled for them and died.
He's the one who shows us
a love that never fails.
It warms our hearts and
helps us over trials to prevail.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Two Friends (An Esther Story)


Mrs. Wazowsky knew this would be a beautiful day.
She stretched and crawled out of bed. At her age she
didn't jump out of bed anymore, but you had to expect
some changes with age.

She was so blessed with a nice home and now there
was her darling companion, Stella, an energetic beagle
puppy.

The sun was shining so bright. This would be a great
day to take Stella out for a walk to the park.

She placed her pocka dot hat and sunglasses on. This
new hat did wonders for her spirits. The colors just
seemed to say Spring.

“Stella, Stella”, she called. The puppy was always
excited to hear her name. Stella loved this delightful
human that she lived with.

Mrs. Wazowsky enjoyed singing while she did her
chores. Stella howled, which was her way of joining
in.

Stella loved their daily walks, although, Mrs.
Wazowsky was a bit slow. Still Stella could stop
and do a lot of sniffing of the grass and flowers.

Both Mrs. Wazowsky and Stella enjoyed their new
friendship. They realized there was a God who
created them and blessed them by giving them to
each other.

Time for their walk. They both silently thanked
God for another marvelous day together.

(Esther is Mrs. Wazowsky in this story and Stella
is her new woof woof.)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Waiting on Him

Waiting on answers I can't see.
Knowing He always hears my plea.
Waiting to see His plan unfold.
Praying my life He will mold.
Serving while the future's unclear.
Worshiping my God without fear.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Turn to God

In my life there are:

mountains to climb,
valleys of despair,
storms that threaten,
bridges to cross,
forks in the road.

Yet I know:

my Guide,
my Comforter,
my Protector,
my Hope,
my Redeemer.

Therefore, I will

take one step at a time,
seek His peace,
put my trust in Him,
seek Him daily in prayer
obey His Word.

My Path is Dark

My path is dark and I can't see.
Deliver me
O Lord I pray,
Show me the way

Lord, I need you to light my way
From break of day
Till night is here,
Please hold me near.

I open Your Word there is light
It gives me sight
At last I see
My soul is free.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

You're the Missing Piece

When life is a puzzle
You're the missing piece I seek.
When I'm feeling joyful
You're the music that stirs my heart.
When I've fallen over the edge
You're the rope to which I cling.
When I'm in the middle of sinking sand
You're the foundation neath my feet.
When life seems cruel and cold
You're the fire that warms my soul.
You're my Savior, friend, redeemer,
My light and my very life.

Remember Your God


Put not your trust
in earthly treasures.
They turn to dust;
these temporary pleasures.

Put your trust in God who cares.
He sees your heartache and pain;
longing for you to share,
wanting to take away sin's stain.

Don't trust in your own might,
your bodies are weak and frail.
Trust in God who will fight.
Remember God does not fail.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Shelter in the Storm



Gigantic waves threaten me,
yet I know the maker of the sea.
Howling winds rage all around,
I'll go where calm can be found.
Thunder crashes across the sky,
His power in my life I won't deny.
Tho lightning strikes o'er and o'er,
He will again make my heart soar.
Torrents of rain pour and pour,
trying to keep me from the one I adore.
Storms come, as they often will,
My Savior says peace, be still.
In these moments I'll seek His face,
resting forever in His love and embrace.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Seek His Strength

When there's a good work
that I need to do,
do I say I can't
my talents are too few.

Am I like Moses
who said I can't speak.
Find someone else,
I'm much too weak.

We spend too much time
saying not me Lord, I can't,
instead of looking to God
for us His power to grant.

Pray to the God
of all creation,
asking Him for strength,
giving Him adulation.

He says He will give
what we need for any task.
All we must do
is simply ask.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Father Gives Me

the beauty of a sunrise
to start each new day.
the sun and moon
that brighten my way.
fragrant and lovely flowers
proving His love and care.
A faithful husband
so very rare.
Small birds that fly
high above and sing,
songs that remind me
of my God and King.
Children and Grandchildren
my pride and delight.
His comfort and strength
through the dark lonely night.
A loving Savior who
shed His blood for me.
An eternal home in heaven,
salvation and grace that's free.
Look at your own life
and you will see,
He has blessings enough
for you and me.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Did You See God's Blessings Today?

How did God bless you today?
Try to reflect and count the ways.
Did you see God's footprints in sand
realizing a blessing was from His hand.

He blessed me with time with Esther Sue,
walking in the sun with her changed my view.
Children notice small things of God's creation,
being with them gives us much elation.

Beautiful red bird caught my attention
with thoughts of God to mention.
If He cared so much for a tiny bird,
any fears of mine were so absurd.

Storms with tornadoes came through
reminding me life is like that, too.
We must realize God is standing near.
Only He can take away my fear.

So my day was filled with many a blessing,
It's all God's doing, I'm professing.
Look around and see what He's done,
Have life victorious through God's Son.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Reign Over My Mouth and Heart

Angry words, oh how they sting!
In our minds they continue to ring.
Angry words can part friends.
Why don't we work to make amends!

Over my mouth I need control
so my words don't take a heavy toll.
I don't want my family torn apart
by careless words that sicken the heart.

Father, help me show others it's you I seek,
tasting my words before I speak.
Never let anger rule my life
leaving a trail of pain and strife.

When hurt I'll bring you my care
lifting that person up in prayer.
Over my heart and mouth reign
so I'll never cause others pain.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Father, Hear My Plea


People I care for are hurting today.
"Father, please bless them," I pray.
Some have suffered for so long.
It just seems so wrong.

I know they must be asking why,
as they look to you and cry.
Fill them with comfort and peace,
from heavy burdens give release.

Give me wisdom, Lord, of what to say
or do to lift their burden along the way.
Use me as an instrument of your love
to show them to trust their Father above.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Tears from Heaven

How can I look into His face,
Once again in need of His grace.
I know I've made His just heart ache
Even mine is about to break.

I see His tears in falling rain,
and know I am the cause of pain.
Yet He reaches down from above
and touches me with a heart of love.

He lifts me from the filthy mud,
and makes me clean with His pure blood.
And now I'm walking by His side,
with a heavenly home where we'll abide.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Can Others See Jesus in Me

I want to glorify you in all my ways,
with every breath give you the praise.
You are the one in control, not me.
Your love brings me to my knees.

Can others see Jesus when I speak,
Know everyday it's your will I seek?
Oh God what would I do,
if I turned others away from you?

Show me when I'm full of pride.
Let me always walk by your side.
Help me never grumble, blame
or bring reproach on your Holy name.

For each person you were crucified,
for your church you bled and died.
May I love and serve others,,
seek the best for my sisters and brothers.

It's your will we all be unified.
Be my Savior and my guide.
I'll encourage others not to roam,
as we journey together on our way home.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pass It On















Pass It On

Look at this precious smile.
It's being passed on to you.
Now your life feels worthwhile.
Makes you feel brand new.

It's your turn now.
Smile at the next person you meet.
They may even say wow!
You'll make their life so sweet.

It's really so simple.
People will smile back at you.
You may even see a dimple.
Now pass it on to you know who!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Are You Ready to be healed?

Are you ready to be healed?
Let Jesus make you whole.
Are you ready to heal
mind, body and soul?

Humble yourselves before Him
to let the healing begin.
He is the great physician
who takes away your sin.

When your heart is filled with sorrow,
your Savior is standing near.
Let go of your heavy burden.
Jesus will wipe away each tear.

Let go of your worries and fears.
Jesus wants to comfort you.
Let the healing begin today.
Your spirit He will renew.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Garrison's Reflections on Life









Garrison was enjoying
sitting in his bouncy
seat and looking around.
He was just chilling out.

He thought to himself,
"Why can't adults just sit
and relax? Why are they
always in a hurry and
worrying about something?"

Garrison knew his dad
would provide for him and
his mom would feed him,
change his diaper and read
books to him. His big
brother, Fischer, would pat
him and comfort him when
he cried.

He was already learning about God. God made horses, cows,
mommies, daddies, brothers and sisters. He heard Mommy
and Daddy talking about how God took care of him when he was
first born and had to stay in the hospital.

If these big people would just trust God, like I trust my Daddy,
they could sit and enjoy life like I do. They'd never worry about
problems. They'd pray and then trust God.

I'm sure glad I don't have anything to worry about. God takes
care of me and He gave me a family to love. How sweet is that!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Hospitality to Those in Need

I'm studying a lesson about helping those in need. Mt 25:31-46
This scripture points out different ways we can help those in
need: look after the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked,
give the thirsty something to drink and visit those in prison.
Also, James 1:27 talks about helping the widows and orphans.

When you think about it every person is in need at some
point in their life. Maybe they have lost a job, had a loved one
that died, having health problems, or maybe moving to a new
town.

There are so many ways that we can help the needy. We are
not just to help our friends or family, but to reach out to
others. Reach out to those who are in a different economic
background or who may be different from us in other ways.

How can you reach out today? Who is the needy person that
comes to your mind? Hospitality is so much more than just
having someone to our home.

Visit someone in the hospital, send a card or letter, bake a
pie for that new neighbor, have coffee with someone who is
struggling and just listen. There is a blogger that I am
becoming friends (Charlene-bring on the rain) that she and
her mother crocket blankets for the homeless.

There are so many things we can do and each one of us can
do something different. Reach out today!

Can you reach out to someone who is
carrying a heaven burden today?
All they may need is a smile or a hug
to encourage them along life's weary way.

Life is full of heartache and sorrow,
but a person who listens can lift our despair.
Think of all the people who have helped you,
so pass on the kindness by showing you care.

There are some who feel so alone.
What could make them feel better?
It could be something very simple,
send them a card or a letter.

There is someone in your path today,
someone who is looking to you.
Don't be afraid ask for God's help.
Reach out their hope renew.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Premio Dardos Award


Thanks so much to Charlene (Serendipity Mom) for giving me this award. Her blog is
Bring on the Rain. I do hope to continue to write things that are uplifting and encouraging.


While I would award this to every blogger, I know that I must follow the rules presented to me and they are as follows:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award. (Sorry I didn't

have 15 blogs that I read so I'm passing it on to the ones I enjoy)

I am encouraged to present this Award to:


1. Youthministry Hilarity blogspot (Franklin)

2. Fischerbowl (Tracy)

3. A Faithful Journey (BobUtley blogspot)

4. Transformed Moms (Patti)

5. Heavenly Homemakers (Laura)

6. Tea and Thee (Beth)

7. A New Beginning ( Jason's Mommy)


Monday, January 05, 2009

Tea and Thee















I sit here early in the morning
slowly sipping my cup of tea;
reflecting on the blessing
of talking with thee.

I come before you each day
knowing I won't be denied.
Asking for strength and comfort,
grateful you always provide.

I feel joy and contentment
each moment that we share.
You give me strength each day
as I lay before you every care.

Your Holy Word is my daily bread.
I love precious moments with thee.
Thankful we can meet together
while I'm sipping my cup of tea.


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