• My True Time saver

    I had a lot to do today; I wanted to finish cleaning the vacant rental property so I could call for an inspection.  So, I jumped into doing stuff before I took time to follow my usual routine of prayer, Bible readings, incense, harp music, hot tea and sitting. And, you know what happened?  Nothing!  I didn’t accomplish one thing.  All I did was spin emotional wheels.  I felt uneasy and out of sorts.  My mind was all over the place.  It felt like pure chaos.  Then, it dawned on me; something was missing. So, I started self-talk (right now this sounds better than talking to myself.) “Just stop,” I…

  • God Answers

      “God, please help me make it through this!” Tired and exhausted, I tried my best to keep up and hang in there, but I was feeling sick to my stomach.  This was the third day of a four-day hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Franklin, North Carolina.  For twenty years I’d talked about hiking on the trail and had put it on my bucket list of things to do.  But, as a retired, 68-year-old teacher, I’d pushed this item farther down my list.  In fact, it might as well have dropped off. I hadn’t even discussed hiking the AT with my husband or daughter. My husband was busy…

  • Allow Faith to be Stronger than Fear

    “For God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but (He gave us) a spirit of power and love and self-control” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV) When we read the headlines in the newspaper or listen to the news, it’s so easy for fear to riddle our bodies.  Fear so painful and so paralyzing that it can literally know us off our feet.  Fear that makes our mind race with countless questions. Fear that makes us question going out.  Fear that makes us suspicious of other people.  When I read or hear about mass shootings, bombings, fear pops into my head.  But, I try to  to pop that…

  • God is in the Midst of all Things

      I had my annual mammogram  August 6, 2019.  I wasn’t nervous.  I expected a good report.  But, as I sat waiting for the results, I started reflecting upon what the doctor might say.  I started thinking about family members, friends and even strangers who have sat in this same chair waiting for results.  I thought about them, people just like me waiting, waiting for news that would impact our lives; positively, negatively.  Slowly, I felt an inner feeling of love and gratefulness welling up inside of me.  A soothing cloak of peace and love  seemed to whisper, “regardless of what she says, everything will be alright.”  Just as I…

  • Give Your Dreams Wings

    …You knew there were better things waiting for you… Hebrews 10:34 (NLT) I discovered that once I write down the dreams I have in my heart, read them out loud, pray over them and then release them; I always feel calmer and lighter.  It’s as if a load has been lifted and my dreams take wings. It reminds me of the caterpillar that is transformed into a butterfly.  It goes from being earth bound as a caterpillar to upward bond as a chrysalis suspended in the air and then in divine time, this elongated ball is transformed into a beautiful butterfly with wings.   It’s the same with my dreams.…

  • Give Your Dreams Wings, Part 2

      “When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.” Psalm 145:16 (NLT) After I wrote yesterday’s post “Give Your Dreams Wings,” it was placed on my heart that I neglected to mention a very important practice; the practice of tithing, giving the first tenth of our income. Growing up, my mom, Essie Mae Brown Chever, always said that “if you hold your hand too tightly, nothing goes out, but nothing comes in.”  My mom was the most generous person I know.  She was always giving from fixing a bologna sandwich for a neighborhood boy who knocked on the door at 11:00 pm saying…

  • Friendship

        The older I get, the more I cherish my friendships.  I have been blessed to have several long-term friendships. My friend, Zsuzsanna, of 27 years lost her sister and her mother within three days of each other.  I promised her if anything happened,  I would travel to Hungary.  Now, here I was flying solo over 5000 miles and two airports to Hungary.  Friendship has a way of removing fears and allowing faith to take over.    To me, friendship means going the extra mile, removing personal barriers and doing whatever it takes to keep a promise.

  • Eating Pole Cat and Fruitcake

    During one of our visits to Sumner GA, we took a side trip to visit Essie Parker, my mom’s great aunt.  We  drove on a long winding dirt road through the woods past large, beautiful trees until we came upon a large house in the middle of a clearing.  We went to the door, could see that no one was home, so we all walked in; my mom, dad and us five kids.  Back in those days, no one locked their doors. Come to think of it, I don’t believe the doors even had locks.  You just closed  and secured them with a piece of  wood.  We were hungry so…

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