Love

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! 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 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! 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! 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. 

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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May 21, 2015

 

Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.

Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children,

Lamentations 2:19 (partial) NIV

 

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I give thanks to the Lord my God for: 

  • Birthdays and lots of love from family and friends! 💜💜 
  • Carrot cake from Stonefire! Mmmmm! 
  • You're unconditional love, Lord!!
  • Taking my shoes off!!!  Ahhhhhh!
  •  Looking out my kitchen window
  • Trees blowing in the wind
  • Homemade pizza

 

 

May God Himself release fresh faith and perspective into your soul today!

May He strengthen your frame and establish your steps.

May He surround you with good friends who fear God and who love you.

May He give you fresh vision for your future and divine wisdom for stewarding your “now” moments.

May the song in your heart ring louder than the enemy’s threats and accusations.

There is no one like our God and there is nothing like His love for you!

Walk blessed today, because you are!

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs

in a sun-scorched land

and will strengthen your frame. You will be like

a well-watered garden,

like a spring whose waters

never fail.

ISAIAH 58:11”

 

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







May 14, 2015

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Note: I am 5' 10" (and have little heels on) and I look small next to them!! Hahaha!😀

Gratitude

20:222 Chronicles 

"As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated."  

Our most powerful weapon against the enemy (literal, physical enemy, fear, trials, financial struggles, poor health,...) is PRAISE to The Lord God, our Creator!!

I give thanks to the Lord my God for:

My youngest son passing his driver's permit test😁😂!!!  Woohoo! -- let's pray for safety!😜

Watering my plants

Hanging out with Gil 

Saturday morning breakfasts together!

Sweet Mother's Day with family and friends!

You're unconditional love, Lord!!

May 7, 2015

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

 

Starting my garden

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My wonderful Bible study!

Getting to go to Pres' game!

Walking on the beach in Playa del Rey, waiting for Pres' game to start.  

Taking photos for my website

Dinner with Gil, Pres & Chad

Beach day with my sweet friend, Gabrielle, for her birthday!🎉🎈 

 

 “My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine. He who makes the promise will find ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels. I am His servant, not His solicitor. I call upon Him, and He will deliver." C. H. SPURGEON

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 30, 2015

I give thanks to The Lord my God for:

Whitty and Park carrying my big bags of mulch to the backyard

Visiting with my sweet niece!

Gil made chickens last night and bought us ice cream!

Taking a bath 

Reading missionary biographies

The beautiful men in my life!

 

"He knows the way that I take" Job 23:10


 

 
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April 23, 2015

 

 

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name.   Psalm 100:4 NIV

 I am thankful to The Lord my God for:

- Hugs from sweet Ren. 

- Laughing and talking at dinner.  A peaceful time

- Making breakfast with Ren -- he makes the eggs for everyone, I make the pancakes and potatoes

- Parker told me thank you after breakfast!!

- Teaching Whitty to drive🚙😊💜

- walking at the beach with Gil while we wait for the basketball game

 

 “Are you able to say, from the acquaintance you have made with God, that He is a lovely Being? If not, let me affectionately entreat you to ask God to bring you to this, that you may admire His gentleness and kindness, that you may be able to say how good He is, and what a delight it is to the heart of God to do good to His children.”

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

 

April 16, 2015

  

Psalm 27:14

 "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

I am thankful to The Lord my God for:

- The beautiful ladies in my classes

- Taking my shoes off

- Music -- exercise to music :)

- Watching Gil sleep

- Morning sunlight gradually spreading across my yard.  

- Laughing with my friends

We can't control our circumstances, but we can control what we think about our circumstances! Instead of grumbling, I will choose gratitude today! I will choose hope, faith and love! 💞

 

 

April 9, 2015

 

Psalms 43:3

"Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell."

 

 - Whitty and Pres coming home and up into my room to tell me they're here!  Their sweet soft hands and hugs.  😊💜

 - Hearing Pres and Whitt talk and laugh upstairs! ☺️

 - A long heart to heart lunch with my dear sister!

 - Watching "Blue Bloods" and snacking with Gil

 - Pres meeting me at the Habit for lunch 

Thank you, Lord, for the blessings and the trials!  Thank you for your faithfulness in them both! 

 

 

 

March 28, 2015

Thank you, Lord, for:

- Watching huge trees sway in the wind

- Text from Pres, "I love you, Mama", warms my heart,💜

- Gil's wisdom and even temper

- My dear friends studying the Bible together

- Love and support of friends during trying times!

- Liz told me that when she was watching (I'm mean working out😜) to my video, little Emily recognized my voice! "Nay?!"  Oh!  She's such a doll!!!

- All my classes started up again this week!!  I love these ladies!!❤️

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"The Lord is my light and my salvation —

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—

of whom shall I be afraid?" 

Psalm 27:1