Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Grace in Tight Spaces

Have you ever moved from your own two-bedroom apartment or house to a single bedroom? It is very taxing on the nerves, especially if you have someone else, along with their stuff, sharing that small space with you. We all love our spouse, kids, friends, etc. But the tiny space would try even the best and closest of relationships. I don't advocate young dating couples to try this before marriage- to keep from the well known temptation. But if you can imagine having just that room and maybe a storage shed (for the rest of your stuff) for an indefinite time, until a job opportunity is found (and it doesn't scare you away from that person), you may have a chance with him, her or them; without someone going to jail for murder.
Both my job, and that of my spouse, ended for lack of work. So, we are in God's waiting room as captive clay balls awaiting plying and prodding and pulling, while fighting to be still and "know there is a God." We scurry to find the next opportunity, all the while praying that the Lord be the one to ordain its fruition.
To get out of that bedroom, has become our chief motivation and we continue to pray and apply for jobs, hoping God will just say, "yes," and soon.
Maybe, you are stuck in a spot, where you could get out if you had to chew your arm off to do it. But your gut tells you that there is a reason you are there. Hold on to His grace; it is sufficient; and his joy, which is your strength.

And don't lay hands on anyone suddenly!

Love and prayers for strength in your struggle.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Mercy

I love Spring. It is time for new beginnings, new growth and change. 
The Hebrew new year is during this season. The resurrection of Christ shows the hope of a new life; a new beginning. I love this verse:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23

I know that Easter has come and gone, whether or not many have celebrated the actual resurrection of the lone Savior. So many have disregarded his name and underestimated his power and ability to work in their lives. Still, many more have explained away his existence as simply history and the resurrection a load of baloney. 

So, to this Jesus, who, on a cross endured six hours of sheer agony, not to mention the loneliness of being deserted, denied and betrayed by his friends; what do You have to attribute? What do you do to a savior that has given all and raised his body up on the third day? Are you a believer or a skeptic? What makes you one or the other and why? 

If you are a skeptic, is this from past experience, education, influence from parents and friends? Would you be willing to change your mind? 

If you are a believer, why? Are you convinced to the point that your life is wrapped around him and the purpose for his passion? Do you really know what that purpose is? or are you simply following on someone else's coat tails? 

If you are not very educated about the why's of your belief and have not considered a serious relationship; I pray that you see your life everyday as a prize. I pray to everyone that you will reach out to him like never before. Reach past the people, the philosophies and critics that tear apart the Word of God Simply call out to him. Ask him with an honest heart while in a quiet place to speak to you. Give him a chance or second chance. You will find him there waiting and always waiting to come to your rescue. He can be your portion-more than enough to fill your need! His love is forever and his mercies new every morning. 

May he bless you with his Spirit as you become better acquainted and learn to cast your cares on him. 



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

As you most well know, moving comes with the extra purchases of stuff forgotten, broken or lost in the shuffle. We all found replacements only to discover the old stuff as it comes to the surface. I bought a set of stoneware dishes only to realize we had more in a box in storage. We have also inherited even more dishes! Praise the Lord for abundance. With work in and out of the house, along with helping my husband with class assignments; there is not a lot of time-or energy-for much else.

What I am saying? Sometimes we as individuals allow ourselves and, also most importantly, our spiritual disciplines to be lost among obligations; . This is so important that we quickly find a time and place to spend moments with the Lord. I have to say that I am not quite back to the full Bible Studies I used to have or my music; playing or writing. Again, where do we find the time?

It's a budget, just as it is with finances. Set priorities (what is important to us?), and let go of those things that are trivial and time-wasting. Don't let go of what's valuable for the urgent. This is very easy to do.

So, as I decide what dishes and new discoveries (LOL) I make in my unpacking of stored items, I have to decide what stays with no compromise and then what all goes out. The same works for my life and the time I have in each day to spend. May we spend these moments wisely-we cannot get them back.

Remember, as we all go into this Thanksgiving time and anytime of the year; to ALWAYS be grateful for the good AND the bad; we are blessed by them both if we learn to see His hand working in it all.

God Bless and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Birmingham AL

Hey Guys and Gals,
It's been a great and taxing couple of months with changing jobs, finding a place to live and starting life in our new home city. We are excited to be here. My husband no longer has to make the 1 1/2 hour commute to and from the school (UAB). We are surrounded by great businesses, eateries, Dollar Generals (LOL) and two different Wal-Marts. We are still working to get all of our stuff down here, but it is a week by week process when the budget is tight. However, we are making the best of it all. It's a new chapter in our lives and great change of scenery. I love my job and the people with whom I work are all friendly. Chris is making great strides toward finishing his BA Degree to continue for his Law Degree.

Keep us in your prayers. I know the Lord has already worked to bless us, we ask him to continue provision as we work together to make this experience a fun God-filled adventure.
God Bless and thanks for visiting. It encourages me to see people drop in and browse.

Love in Him;

Monday, August 8, 2016


I know that I told you I would be posting more work. I have hit on a hump in my way; or rather, it has been revealed to me more clearly. I have a serious problem with procrastination. I have started working on numerous songs and have ironed out the melody and lyrics, but haven't had time to start on some new stuff.
I found a book about about this subject of procrastination; Taming the To-Do List by Glynnis Whitwer. A lot of what she says about the reasons we put off doing the most important things is so true for me. Some of these reasons include: vague goals, fear of failure, fear of success; we are unable to start or stop a project because we are perfectionists.
We all get the picture. She brings it all right to your door step in a non-intrusive but objective manner; showing us that we can take steps and make small changes to our everyday lives that will clear the way for us to be more productive about those goals that go untouched.

Go check it out.
I hope this helps you as it is helping me.
Love and God Bless.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Back at You

Sorry for the sleep mode I have been in. I have not been on line very much in the last months due to schedule changes, redirection of priorities etc. Though I am a musician and writer; I have been rather lax and guilty of procrastination when it came to writing and practicing. I know I can give myself plenty of excuses as to why I am not so active with this blog, right now. They aren't valid. For that, I apologize. I hope you had a great July 4th and all is well, right now.
I aim to do better with the blogging than I have been.
I have left my comfort zone in music; I am now teaching one person privately. We will see what comes of that in the near future, hopefully.

That is all for today. I simply wanted to touch base and say that I will be bringing some new material your way as I continue to write. Forgive the lapse.

God Bless.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Living In Red

  Blood marked the doors
 of God’s chosen clan-
A small group of people-
sixty and ten
that grew to a number
 so immense-
From doom and death to be free again.Half a shekel to each soul of man.
A bloody ransom made silver stands. To support the tent where he met with them.
 Creditors knock, shadows encroach with incessant jeers of hateful reproach.
Darkness awaits 
to claim its spoil.
But His blood now covers 
the door of my soul.
Crimson blots pages
 of my sinful account.
Sin and death 
are forever denounced.
I’m bought and hidden; 
no longer in debt.
Only to Jesus am I living in Red.

Remember the Sacrifice

God Bless!