• 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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