Grateful

Thankful Thursday! January 7, 2016

 Happy New Year!!!

Gratitude is the best medicine!!

I thank the Lord for: 

Rain!!! 

Prayer with my husband!

Kids out of school for Christmas vacation

Living in CA and watching the Rose Parade and rose bowl!  When we were in S Carolina and it was cold and dreary, I felt a little home sick for CA

Dinner and a movie out of town with our dear friends!

Lunch with Monique

Dinner with Gil and Pamela after the game

My sweet son coming over for dinner -- "free food" as he puts it!  But I know he really comes for the company!! 😜😜

 

“When the Son of God walked the earth,...He willingly chose isolation so that you and I might never be alone. Most wonderfully, he bore God’s wrath so that you wouldn’t. God has no anger for you; only forgiveness, mercy, and grace.

If “God’s kindness leads you toward repentance” (Romans 2:4), then there’s only one response to love like this: beat the breast and “submit yourselves, then, to God…come near to God…”

 

Excerpt From: Joni Eareckson Tada. “When God Weeps.” Zondervan. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! December 3, 2015

Thank you, Lord, for:

Time with my family!

Chatting with Monique at Thanksgiving

Driving the boys to and from the Redondo tournament. Listening to and laughing with the fun conversations in the car.😜😂  Pres sitting up front with me playing his country music.  

Kind words from my ladies💜💜💜

Laughter and freedom to be, not to please

Date night at home

Running in to Von's for ice cream! -- when it's so cold outside!!😜

 

“Roll on Jehovah thy way (Ps. 37:6, margin).

 

Whatever it is that presses thee, go tell the Father; put the whole matter over into His hand, and so shalt thou be freed from that dividing, perplexing care that the world is full of. When thou art either to do or suffer anything, when thou art about any purpose or business, go tell God of it, and acquaint Him with it; yes, burden Him with it, and thou hast done for matter of caring; no more care, but quiet, sweet diligence in thy duty, and dependence on Him for the carriage of thy matters. Roll thy cares, and thyself with them, as one burden, all on thy God. R. LEIGHTON

 

Build a little fence of trust

Around today;

Fill the space with loving work

And therein stay.

Look not through the sheltering bars

Upon tomorrow;

God will help thee bear what comes

Of joy or sorrow.”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.

Thankful Thursday!! November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 

I am thankful for: 

YOU!!! :-) 

My son coming over yesterday and the chance to heat up some food for him. :-)

My wonderful ladies who keep coming back to my classes!

Lunch with my friend, JoAnne!

Beautiful weather!!  And such variety!!  Hahaha!  50's one day and 80's the next!😜😂

The start of basketball season

Riding to the game with Lexi!

My sweet friend Vickie and her thoughtful Thanksgiving gift.

My dear husband encouraging our son! 

 

LEAVE OUTCOMES UP TO ME . Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure, with Me as your Guide and Companion. Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Me. When our path leads to a cliff, be willing to climb it with My help. When we come to a resting place, take time to be refreshed in My Presence. Enjoy the rhythm of life lived close to Me. You already know the ultimate destination of your journey: your entrance into heaven. So keep your focus on the path just before you, leaving outcomes up to Me.

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. PSALM 27 : 13 –14

“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” EXODUS 15 : 13

excert from "Jesus Calling" 

Thankful Thursday! October 29, 2015

"Fret not"   Ps 37:1

I give praise to the Lord my God for: 

Making time to read, write and pray!!

A Saturday at home!!

Lunch with Laurie and Andrea!   

Raquel's birthday!!

Park got the job/apprenticeship he wanted!!!

Laughing with Gil!

“Fret not (Ps. 37:1).

This to me is a divine command; the same as “Thou shalt not steal.” Now let us get to the definition of fretting. One good definition is, “Made rough on the surface.” “Rubbed, or worn away”; and a peevish, irrational, fault-finding person not only wears himself out, but is very wearing to others. To fret is to be in a state of vexation, and in this psalm we are not only told not to fret because of evildoers, but to fret not “in anywise.” It is injurious, and God does not want us to hurt ourselves.

A physician will tell you that a fit of anger is more injurious to the system than a fever, and a fretful disposition is not conducive to a healthy body; and you know rules are apt to work both ways, and the next step down from fretting is crossness, and that amounts to anger. Let us settle this matter, and be obedient to the command, “Fret not.” MARGARET BOTTOME

Overheard in an Orchard

Said the Robin to the Sparrow:

“I should really like to know 

Why these anxious human beings 

Rush about and worry so.

Said the Sparrow to the Robin:

“Friend, I think that it must be 

That they have no Heavenly Father 

Such as cares for you and me.”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 

 

Thankful Thursday!! October 22, 2015

I give thanks to my faithful Lord and friend for:

Shopping with Whitty after the Hart basketball dinner

Preston "bench pressing" the stool, pretending it's getting heavier and heavier til he can't press another rep!!!  Hahaha!!😜.  He's so funny!

My awesome Thursday morning walking/strength group!!!!  :-)

Gil texting, "want me to make chickens tonight".  Woo woo!  Yes!!!

I love the way it smells today!! -- "wet-desert" smell😜. Reminds me of the desert storms we've had at Lake Havasu. 

Coffee with Gabrielle:)

Cleaning out boxes from the attic - purging!!  Checking out old pictures and letters; sweet memories!

A breeze! -- especially a cross-breeze

 

“Therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you (Isa. 30:18).

Where showers fall most, there the grass is greenest. I suppose the fogs and mists of Ireland make it “the Emerald Isle”; and whenever you find great fogs of trouble, and mists of sorrow, you always find emerald green hearts; full of the beautiful verdure of the comfort and love of God. O Christian, do not thou be saying, “Where are the swallows gone? They are gone; they are dead.” They are not dead; they have skimmed the purple sea, and gone to a far-off land; but they will be back again by and by. Child of God, say not the flowers are dead; say not the winter has killed them, and they are gone. Ah, no! though winter hath coated them with the ermine of its snow; they will put up their heads again, and will be alive very soon. Say not, child of God, that the sun is quenched, because the cloud hath hidden it. Ah, no; he is behind there, brewing summer for thee; for when he cometh out again, he will have made the clouds fit to drop in April showers, all of them mothers of the sweet May flowers. And oh! above all, when thy God hides His face, say not that He hath forgotten thee. He is but tarrying a little while to make thee love Him better; and when He cometh, thou shalt have joy in the Lord, and shalt rejoice with joy unspeakable. Waiting exercises our grace; waiting tries our faith; therefore, wait on in hope; for though the promise tarry, it can never come too late. C. H. SPURGEON 

Oh, every year hath its winter, 

And every year hath its rain—

But a day is always coming 

When the birds go north again.

When new leaves swell in the forest, 

And grass springs green on the plain, 

And alders’ veins turn crimson—

And the birds go north again.

Oh, every heart hath its sorrow, 

And every heart hath its pain—

But a day is always coming 

When the birds go north again.

’Tis the sweetest thing to remember, 

If courage be on the wane, 

When the cold, dark days are over—

Why, the birds go north again.”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 

 

They make my day!!! :-) 

Thankful Thursday! October 15, 2015

 

"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.        

Because He lives, All fear is gone.

Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living just because He lives."      

Hymn

 

I thank You, my precious Lord for:

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The comfort and assurance you get from visiting with girlfriends!!

Lunch with an old friend

Date night and then picking up the boys and their friends and dropping them all off at their homes!! -- it's a journey;)

Morning walk, watching the sunrise!

The whole world still in shade and sunshine just on the tree tops!!  Beautiful!

Sleeping til 7:30 on Sat!!

Dinner with Gr Gil and Pamela, Devon, Park, Monique, Pres and Whitt!!   It was such a fun time!!

Picking up Rendon from the airport

 

PERSPECTIVE!!!

“Do you think anything concerning you right now is too small?

Your house or apartment? Your personal reputation? Your influence? Your job?

Your family (you want to add a spouse or children)? Your circle of friends? Your salary? Your life?

Until I paid attention to Psalm 131, I chafed. Then I discovered that God’s leash wasn’t too tight—my heart was too proud! I thought I “deserved” more; my self-image had greater expectations, and that attitude was the very grease on which I slid into self-pity, discontent, ungratefulness, misery.

Then I fixed my eyes on Jesus—and in my own eyes I became smaller and smaller. What was my stature, my purity, my power, my excellence compared with His?

ANNE ORTLUND

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus”

Excerpt From: Nelson, Thomas. “Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening.” Thomas Nelson, 2014-02-01. iBooks. 

 

Thankful Thursday! October 8, 2015

 "Praise the Lord, Oh my soul.  All my inmost being, praise his holy name"!!   Psalm 103:1

Thank you, Lord, for:

Running into Cheryl on my walk

Beautiful, crisp morning

Rain!!

My whole family in the kitchen! ;0)

Three of the brothers bear-hugging Rendon!  They're so funny!

Teaching Pilates 

Subbing at the Paseo club

Resolved conflict and better relationship because of it :)

My clean, organized gym (garage:))

 

“Occasional flickers of envy are human and inevitable, but a chronic sense of being cheated is a sign of spiritual disorder, a sign that there’s work to be done. Acceptance and gratitude are the antidotes to the misery machine of envy.

"Why not me?" in the face of another’s windfall may just as logically be asked in the face of another’s tragedy. Let us have the wisdom to accept our lives as they are and to be less blind to the advantages we already have.

Today, I am grateful for what I have and gracious about what other people have.”

Excerpt From: Earnie Larsen & Carol Larsen Hegarty. “Days of Healing Days of Joy.” Hazelden, 2010. iBooks. 

Thankful Thursday! Sept. 24, 2015

 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

PHILIPPIANS 4:6–7 NLT”

Thank you, Lord, for:

Mmmmmmm! 

Mmmmmmm! 

  • Good food, coffee and friendship!!
  • Central Park
  • Sound sleep!!
  • NY pizza!
  • Time on the plane to read
  • Walking!
  • Getting lost on the subways ;0)
  • Texts and pictures from Gil, Monique, Stacie, Rendon and my dad of Pres at homecoming!
  • Parade in Harlem
  • View from the Empire State Building!
  • Coming home to my family!! 💜

 

“The apostle Paul exhort[ed] us (Philippians 4:6, AMPLIFIED) to pray about everything, to pour our hearts out to the heavenly Father with “definite requests.”

My problem is that having done this, having laid my concern before the Father, I get the feeling that if I do not frequently return to it in my mind and keep “worrying” it, much as a dog would a bone, then there certainly can be no chance of solving it. . . .

God seems to point out chapter four in Philippians as a blueprint for handling crises His way:

• Rejoice in the Lord always.

• Do not fret about anything.

• Pray about everything.

• Be content with our earthly lot, whatever it is.

• Guard our thoughts; think only positive things.”

Excerpt From: Nelson, Thomas. “Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening.” Thomas Nelson, 2014-02-01. iBooks. 

Thankful Thursday! September 10, 2015

Psalms 92:8.  "but you, O LORD, are on high forever."

To the One who knows me better than all and still loves me, I give thanks for:

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My beautiful Preston!  18 fantastic years with him as our precious son!  Always such a pleasure, He is one of my greatest treasures!!

Pres makes me laugh!! 😂

Whitty staying in the car with me and chatting

First Park comes home for lunch, then Ren, then Chad, then Pres!  What a joy! :)

Lunch with LaMarr, Leah, Abe and Meadow -- can't wait til I have my own grandkids!  ;0)

My alarm had been going off for 3 minutes! Whitty comes over, turns it off, sits beside me and contemplates if he should wake me.  He said I was so warm and so sound asleep, he didn't want to disturb me😊, but he needed a ride to school (stinky 7:00 am classes!)!  hahaha!   He's so sweet!

Whenever I go into Gil's office, he always has time for me.  He stops whatever he's doing and gives me his attention.

Watching college football

The boys napping on the couches while I'm making dinner

 

“Sometimes I wonder if I’ve become so busy scheduling every moment of my life for success that I miss the one thing I long for most: time to live.

Time to walk hand in hand with my wife . . .

Time to lie on my back and watch the clouds . . .

Time to write about the stirrings of my heart.

Time to visit with those people across the street I’ve never met.

Time to pray—not during scheduled prayer time, but simply because I’m overcome with gratitude, weariness or joy.

Time to simply talk to God.

God had a plan, but His plan was about relationships, not achievements. He designed time for being more than for doing. My job requires a hunk of my time for doing. My calling is to find time in the midst of it all—just for being.

The stuff of real life is not on your “To Do” list.

KEN DAVIS

Lighten Up!”

Excerpt From: Nelson, Thomas. “Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening.” Thomas Nelson, 2014-02-01. iBooks. 

Thankful Thursday! Sept. 3, 2015

Psalm 27:1. "the Lord is the stronghold of my life"!!!!! 

I thank the Lord my God for: 

Brothers :)

Brothers :)

  • Watching "So You Think You Can Dance" with Pres and Whitt 
  • The beautiful ladies in my garage gym last night!
  • Your faithfulness!!   I trust in You!!!
  • My sweet boys doing homework together😊
  • My wonderful girlfriends!!!😄💗
  • An injury -- reminds me how dependent I am on Him!!  Sets me free from the responsibility to have to do it all!  I must trust Him!  It's actually quite a relief!
  • Whitty giving me a piggy back ride to and from the car & church 💪🏼

 

“If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth (Eccles. 11:3).

Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; he will be out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they will yield plentiful showers.

How can we have rain without clouds? Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the dark chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord’s love letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefits. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. Let us not worry about the clouds, but sing because May flowers are brought to us through the April clouds and showers.

O Lord, the clouds are the dust of Thy feet! How near Thou art in the cloudy and dark day[…]”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 


Thankful Thursday! August 27, 2015

 

Psalms 18:1-2

 "I love you, O LORD, my strength.  The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  

 

I thank You, my Lord, my Rock for:

Fun Sunday family lunch!  Lots of laughter!

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Playing Taboo with Pres, Whitt, Park and Monique!   Gil and I won, of course!!😜

Cloud cover today!  It is humid, but at least it's shady!

Met Parker for lunch today!:)

Met some nice people today while I did fliers!

Ran into an old friend while doing fliers today!  What a treat!

Rendon and Lexi came over for breakfast! :)

Your love, O Lord, surrounds me!!

You walk by my side wherever I go!

 

“Think of it this way. Your car breaks down a hundred miles from home on a back road, and you’re no mechanic. The kids are whining and hungry in the backseat. You have misplaced your wallet. You walk half a mile to the nearest town. As you walk, you feel a flu coming. From a phone booth you dial friends, collect—no answer. The auto shops are closed. You scan Main Street for someone to drive you to your car, possibly to peek under the hood, but definitely to find your family a place indoors to wait until someone can wire money.

Whom will you approach? That elderly gentleman stepping from the funeral home, wiping his eyes? Those teenagers shouting put-downs at each other across the street? The middle-aged man storming from that row house, cursing as the door slams? The woman in the tattered coat shuffling down the sidewalk with a dirty-faced kid in tow? Or those two neighbors on adjoining front porches, gossiping and chuckling?

You’ll pick the neighbors. Why? Because the others have worries of their own—some of them might even snap your head off. But the neighbors seem in a good mood.  

“People in a good mood are most likely to help others.

God, we might say, is in a good mood. He’s not depressed. He’s not misery seeking company. He’s not some bitter, cosmic Neanderthal with his finger on a nuclear weapon. God is joy spilling over. This is where his mercy comes from. The full tank of love he enjoys is splashing out over heaven’s walls. He swims in elation and is driven to share it with us. Why? Simply, as he put it, “so that my joy may be in you” (John 15:11).

But God is nobody’s water boy. As the solemn Monarch of all, he shares his gladness on his own terms. And those terms call for us to suffer—to suffer, in some measure, as his beloved Son did while on earth. We may not understand his reasons, but we are insane to fight him on this.

He is in ecstasy beyond words.

It is worth anything to be his friend.”

Excerpt From: Joni Eareckson Tada. “When God Weeps.” Zondervan. iBooks. 

 

Thankful Thursday! Aug 13, 2015

 "Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16

I give thanks to my Lord and faithful Friend for so many things!!

Sweet family times!💜 

Sweet family times!💜 

  • All the boys coming home for lunch!
  • Monique really wants to see some of Park's baby pictures so they go up to the attic to get the box!   Oh my, what a treat to look back at all those pictures!  Such beautiful memories!!
  • My fantastic ladies meeting for lunch to celebrate Susan's 70th birthday!
  • Fabulous birthday party for Ren and Whitt!!  Great time with family and friends!
  • We got to meet Rendon's girlfriend Lexi!😊
  • The beautiful blue sky!   The green trees against the blue background!!
  • Seeing my sweet friend Taylor, before she goes back to Germany :)

 

“May God part the heavens and give you a glimpse of how He sees you.

May He open up your eyes so you can see how much He loves you.

May He awaken your soul so you’ll know healing and assurance like you’ve never known before. And may His love pour in and through you like a river of living water.

You’re connected to the supernatural Source of power—the Most High God.

May your understanding of what you possess in Him increase exponentially today!"


"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."

JOHN 7:38

Excerpt From: Larson, Susie. “Blessings for the Morning.” Baker Publishing Group. iBooks. 


Thankful Thursday! August 6, 2015

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 I give praise to the Lord for God for:

  • My dear Rendon!  He's 26 today!   What a blessings and a treasure he's been to me and my family!!
  • Text from my sweet niece, Vanessa!  She's doing well, working hard at getting better!
  • Fiona & Danique brought the little girls over to swim! And then lunch with them, LaMarr and the boys! Fun!!
  • Lunch with my sister, Pres, Whitt and Kota!
  • Seeing a dear friend and her, now grown up, daughters for the first time in 18 years!!😊💜
  • My sweet ladies bringing Popsicles for us all after class!😋
  • My sweet hubby making us dinner!

 

“Life is full of starting-over days, days that often feel like a fresh taste of freedom. The choices and changes that are right around the corner seem sweet and exciting because the direction you choose to go is now solely up to you—and God.

Being dependent on God doesn’t interfere with that newfound freedom. Relying on God for guidance, strength, comfort, wisdom, and countless other gifts allows you to risk throwing yourself wholeheartedly into the adventure of life. It’s like having a partner belay your rope while rock climbing. It gives you the freedom and courage to tackle higher and harder climbs. The closer the partnership you have with God, the freer you’ll find you are to reach your true potential.

Living God’s Way”

Excerpt From: Nelson, Thomas. “Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening.” Thomas Nelson, 2014-02-01. iBooks. 


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Thankful Thursday! July 30, 2015

 "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. "

1Corinthians 16:13

 

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I will give thanks for the great and the small!    

I am thankful for: 

  • God's Word to read and find life and truth!!  
  • Ren coming over to watch the Dodger game. 
  • Long drive with Whitty -- talking and laughing
  • Photo opp at Target!😜
  • The boys sleeping in my hotel room -- listening to them breath, watching them sleep!
  • Seeing my Gil after being away from each other for a few days!
  • Recording Zumba with my ladies!

 

“He hath . . . made me a polished shaft (Isa. 49:2).

There is a very famous “Pebble Beach” at Pescadero, on the California coast. The lone line of white surf comes up with its everlasting roar, and rattles and thunders among the stones on the shore. They are caught in the arms of the pitiless waves, and tossed and rolled, and rubbed together, and ground against the sharp-grained cliffs. Day and night forever the ceaseless attrition goes on—never any rest. And the result?

Tourists from all the world flock thither to gather the round and beautiful stones. They are laid up in cabinets; they ornament the parlor mantels. But go yonder, around the point of the cliff that breaks off the face of the sea; and up in that quiet cove, sheltered from the storms, and lying ever in the sun, you shall find abundance of pebbles that have never been chosen by the traveler.

Why are these left all the years through unsought? For the simple reason that they have escaped all the turmoil and attrition of the waves, and the quiet and peace have left them as they found them, rough and angular and devoid of beauty. Polish comes through trouble.

Since God knows what niche we are to fill, let us trust Him to shape us to it. Since He knows what work we are to do, let us trust Him to drill us to the proper preparation.

O blows that smite! O hurts that pierce 

This shrinking heart of mine!

What are ye but the Master’s tools 

Forming a work Divine?

Nearly all God’s jewels are crystallized tears.”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 

Thankful Thursday! July 23, 2015

 

Matthew 4:4

But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

 

GIVE  THANKS  TO  THE  LORD,  FOR  HE  IS  GOOD!!! 

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I love the way Preston teases me😜😂

Listening to "Blessed Child" (audio book) while I make dinner

Watching Gil run down the street in the rain

Visiting with Park when he comes home for lunch!

Texting with Rendon about Pres and Whitt's game!

Sitting at my kitchen table (or the bar at gr Lupe's) working on Whitty's summer school together

Sweet text from my niece Raquel!   What a beautiful young lady she is!!💜

Monique and the little, adorable girls she babysits came by!  I love it!  What a treat!

Parker and Monique coming to church and lunch with us

Summer rain storms.   Pouring rain with all the windows open!!  Love it!! 

 

“God’s Love Letter

Over recent years I had turned from regarding the Bible as a boring history book, and started seeing it as an intimate love letter from God to me. The more I got into it, the more it got into me. I found that it was active and alive. It pierced me with its truths, and it had the power to actually change my life. . . .

When I just don’t want to read God’s Word, I pray for Him to give me that craving. I pray that He’ll make me want to seek Him, because when we seek God, we can be sure of finding Him. . . .

I’ve found that the more I dig into the Bible as His love letter to me, the more I develop a passion for it, and for Him. When my heart is cold and unwilling, I ask Him to change it, and incredibly, He does. As my days unfold, I make sure to schedule uninterrupted time to read God’s Word and pray. It’s a discipline to do so . . . but when I do it, it fulfills my deepest desires.

DENISE JACKSON

It’s All About Him”

Excerpt From: Nelson, Thomas. “Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening.” Thomas Nelson, 2014-02-01. iBooks. 

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Thankful Thursday! July 9, 2015

I'm grateful the Lord my God, my Savior and my Friend!!

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  • breeze during Aqua Zumba
  • A beautiful peaceful 4 th of July with my precious family and dear friends!!
  • Ren came over early and ate pancakes, visited and napped on our couch😊!
  • My dear friend, Fiona!  
  • Sweet Rilynn and the way all the boys love her and take care of her!
  • Watching the fireworks in the bed of Preston's truck with Whitty and Pres :)
  • Date night with Gil
  • All 4 of my sweet sons were home for lunch today💞
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 “Is it raining, little flower?

Be glad of rain;

Too much sun would wither thee;

’Twill shine again.

The clouds are very black, ’tis true;

But just behind them shines the blue.

Art thou weary, tender heart?

Be glad of pain:

In sorrow sweetest virtues grow, 

As flowers in rain.

God watches, and thou wilt have sun, 

When clouds their perfect work have done.

LUCY LARCOM”

 

Thankful Thursday! July 2, 2015

 

I am grateful to my Lord, Savior & Friend for:

Shopping with the boys for their snacks to take to UCSD

Rendon coaching his two youngest brothers :) 

Rendon coaching his two youngest brothers :) 

Gil finding me the camera on Craig's List and arranging for me to pick it up on the way to San Diego!

UCSD tournament -- and wining!!😄

Safe travels for all

The funny conversations the boys have in the car! 

Driving the boys to the tournament, to and from Islands,  getting them ice, taking photos,...and their gratitude

I drop them at the dorms late on Sat night, Whitty says, "text me when your in your room safe"😊💜 (not that he would have certainly remembered if I failed to text him, hahaha!!  But his sweetness to me warms my heart!)

Pres and Whitt playing together and Ren coaching

Shopping with Tamara

 

“There we saw the giants (Num. 13:33).

Yes, they saw the giants, but Caleb and Joshua saw God! Those who doubt say, “We be not able to go up.” Those who believe say, “Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able.”

Giants stand for great difficulties; and giants are stalking everywhere. They are in our families, in our churches, in our social life, in our own hearts; and we must overcome them or they will eat us up, as these men of old said of the giants of Canaan.

The men of faith said, “They are bread for us; we will eat them up.” In other words, “We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had been no giants to overcome.”

Now the fact is, unless we have the overcoming faith we shall be eaten up, consumed by the giants in our path. Let us have the spirit of faith that these men of faith had, and see God, and He will take care of the difficulties. SELECTED

It is when we are in the way of duty that we find giants. It was when Israel was going forward that[…]”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 

 

Thankful Thursday! June 18, 2015

 

Psalms 84:10

"Better a day in Your courts than a thousand anywhere else.  I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of wicked people."

 

I give praise to the Lord my God!  

 

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Homemade yogurt!

Driving with Pres and Whitt to dinner. Whitty driving, Pres in shot gun, "running this show".    I love being with these two!

Pres came in last night and laid across my bed to give me a hug goodnight.  

Dinner with Gil

Walking the Paseos with Gil -- all the good memories of our old house and park and Paseos!   Sweet, blessed times. 

I'm hesitating to get in the pool, so Whitty comes over and "helps"/ shoves me in!!  Hahaha!! ;0)

Practicing Aqua Zumba in our pool while Whitty plays pool basketball!  

Sleeping with the windows open. 

 

Perspective!!   Who doesn't need a little perspective now and then!!   I was looking down at my dwarf lemon tree, looking for lemons and thinking that this little tree is worthless!  It's not producing anything!!  Then I squatted down and looked at it from a new perspective and, wouldn't ya know it!!  From that vantage point I could see 10-15 little lemons!  

The same is true in my life!  When I look at a situation from one vantage point it appears to be hopeless, worthless, damaging,...  But when I take another look, in a different light or from a new angle, I can SEE!!!   

There are, however, times when I cannot SEE, no matter how many angles I look from or how much light I shine on it, the answer is simply not to be SEEN!   BUT, praise the Lord, for faith!!   I know He is faithful and He is doing a good work whether I see it or not!   And so, I CHOOSE to believe!   And I have new perspective.   :)

 

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June 11, 2015

Psalms 84:1-2

How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord of Hosts.  I long and yearn for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.

 

I give thanks to the Lord my God for EVERYTHING!!  Here are just a few: 

Forever! :) 

Forever! :) 

Anniversaries

27 years of marriage and a willingness to keep working at it!  

Helping Pres and Whitt move their rooms

Kota's graduation party -- slide show with lots of pictures of my sweet, Pres growing up!

Ren came here for lunch! :))

Family birthday dinners!  Happy birthday, Ness!!

South Carolina weather!

 

“The only way,” replied the patriarch of faith, “to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails.

Dear one, you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity; if you are passing through great afflictions you are in the very soul of the strongest faith, and if you will only let go, He will teach you in these hours the mightiest hold upon His throne which you can ever know.”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 


June 4, 2015

 

“This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing (Isa. 28:12).

I give thanks to the Lord my God for so many things!  Here are just a few:

You've come a long way, Ren!  You've always been a blessing in our lives!!   A fine example and leader for your younger brothers!

You've come a long way, Ren!  You've always been a blessing in our lives!!   A fine example and leader for your younger brothers!

Spending time with all the grandparents this weekend!

My Rendon, my oldest, moved out yesterday.  He's growing up so fine!  He's a beautiful and capable young man!  We're proud of you, Ren! :)

My sweet sister!!  She always brings me comfort, though she doesn't know she does!

The hope that I have in Christ!!

Foggy June mornings! (Waking up early enough to see the fog;))

Exercising!  It's a great stress reliever 

 

"Why dost thou worry thyself? What use can thy fretting serve? Thou art on board a vessel which thou couldst not steer even if the great Captain put thee at the helm, of which thou couldst not so much as reef a sail, yet thou worriest as if thou wert captain and helmsman. Oh, be quiet; God is Master!

Dost thou think that all this din and hurly-burly that is abroad betokens that God has left His throne?

No, man, His coursers rush furiously on, and His chariot is the storm; but there is a bit between their jaws, and He holds the reins, and guides them as He wills! Jehovah is Master yet; believe it; peace be unto thee! be not afraid." C. H. SPURGEON

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