• God Hears…Plant Your Seed 

    “God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)    Almost 20 years ago, Annette Short, a good friend, introduced me to “The Highwaymen,” a group of 26 African American artists who painted Florida landscapes. I had never heard of them, but I was intrigued by their art and the history of their painting.  Annette gave me a Highwaymen calendar which contained pictures of the artists and their paintings.  I remembered  Annette’s words,  flipped…

  • Work in Progress, Fear to Peace – Part 2

    “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”  Psalm 51:12 (NLT)  God seemed to whisper, “Life is full of seasons.”  Seasons hit when we don’t expect it…at least, that’s what happened to me. A season of fear hit me hard as I walked along the boardwalk to the Suwannee River. On the surface, life appeared great. Our daughter was working in her field and dating a nice young man. Our finances were good. Our health was good according to our recent doctors’ visits. The indigestion passed. I still needed to lose weight; but I started walking again. Hair pieces were fun.…

  • Work in Progress…Fear to Peace – Part 1

    “I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.” John 14:27 (CEV)  I love the idea of Throwback Thursday because it conjures up memories from the past; usually childhood memories. But this Thursday brought back more recent memories…a few weeks ago on the Suwannee River. ‘Though only a few miles away; it seemed like we turned back time for 5 days. No TV, sketchy phone reception, little human encounter; but lots of nature. This ‘come away’ gave me a much-needed break. A break I didn’t even realize I needed.  That’s…

  • Throwback Thursday

    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”   (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)  My husband listens to a Sirius XM station where Thursday is “Throwback Thursday”. Listening to familiar oldies sets my mind back to past times; living in Jordan Park (the project), going to Jordan Park Elementary School, 16th Street Junior High (before it was called Middle School)… fond memories. Life seemed less complicated then; familiar people in familiar places… I felt liked, loved. I expected kindness, ‘cause that’s what I was shown, at home, at school, in the project, at church….buying flips (frozen Kool-Aid in a cup) for five cents; walking home for lunch; seeing my favorite teacher…

  • All I Can Say is “Thank You”

    “I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell all the miracles You have done. I will be happy because of You; God Most High, I will sing praises to Your name.” Psalm 9:1-2 (NCV)  November 17, 2022: “Mom, I flipped. I had to be cut out!”  Suddenly the phone seemed like a stranger in my hand. My mind tried to register what “flipped” meant. “I had to be cut out.” quickly rose as a lump in my throat. “Where are you? Your dad and I are on our way.”  As I looked at the phone in disbelief, I felt a strange calmness. Too calm. Heading to…

  • Beauty for Ashes

    “To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)   “Larry, thank you so much for what you said to me this morning.”  I could see the questioning look in his eyes. “Do you know what I am talking about?” I asked. He looked me in the eyes with a gentle, steady gaze and answered, “I don’t remember what I said to you this morning, but I do know whatever it was, it needed to be said. I say what comes to me at the moment. It’s done. And I move…

  • Listening and Shortbread Cookies

    “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” Isaiah 58:11 (NLT)        7:00 pm at the dinner table, my head snaps back.   “Larry, I’m nodding out and it’s only 7:00pm.”  “Well, go to bed,” Larry said. In my heart, I know he’s right. In my head, “no way am I going to bed this early. Clean kitchen, write checks (yes, I still do that), fold clothes washed last week….”   Sometimes I do not even know I am crying out for help. But God does.   For the past week and…

  • Above and Beyond

    “May He grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.”  Psalm 20:4 (NLT)    “I don’t want to be 80 years old paying off our mortgage.”   Looking over our mortgage statement, this thought just popped up. I thought I was just thinking it, but I realized I was verbalizing it. I repeated it again, slowly, deliberately, aloud. I breathed in and out, then continued looking through the rest of our bills. That was June 2021. I was 71 years old.   Fast forward to today, April 27, 2022….  Looking over paperwork to file. Mortgage Paid in Full. By the grace of God, we paid off our mortgage on…

  • Spider Webs, Fingertips…. Age Old Wisdom

    “Their confidence hangs by a thread. They are leaning on a spider’s web.” Job 8:14 (NLT)  The other night, I walked outside smack dab into a spider web. The web was large, strong, and wrapped around my face, entangling my glasses. I started laughing to keep from freaking out as I tried to remove the web. As I was swatting it, I thought about my mom, Essie Mae Brown Chever, and her spider web episode. According to mom, as a young girl, hoeing weeds in the field, she accidentally chopped off the tip of her finger. How this happened, I do not remember. All I know is when she explained it,…

  • When Plans Change, Part 3 (A White Chevy Pick-up Truck)

    “Here I am sending an angel ahead of you to keep you on the road and to bring you into the place that I have prepared.”  Exodus 23:20 (NWT)    I believe God sends Angels to minister to us when we need it the most. This happened on the way to Larry’s neurosurgeon appointment. Traveling down Hwy 26, a large cardboard box blew into the path of my car. I could not stop; I drove over it. The box got lodged underneath the car. I kept driving looking for a safe place to pull over. Thinking, now I must crawl under the car to dislodge this box. Larry cannot do…

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