Monday, January 25, 2016

My Tribute

It was the weight of the past two weeks and the love of 27 years that brought me out to the garden this morning. It was there that I sought comfort and found it in my sad, neglected space among the weeds and forgotten plants still fighting against the seasons; there with my robe and coffee cup and tears.

And there in the first light of this new day, this beautiful gift meant to be cherished and lived because we’re still standing and still breathing, God broke through the heaviness of death and grief to show me life. Right there in the garden in the middle of my mess. Life triumphant. New and just beginning.

In that moment, God showed me that we’re to nurture the living; the wife now without a husband, the children now without a father and countless others left holding hearts full of love, admiration and cherished memories. We’re to honor the lives of those who have gone before us simply…by…living.
And as they who pass from this world and into the next are to forever rest in the peace and comfort of our savior, so shall we when we remember that they have received their reward in full. We are to rest and live in peace knowing God’s promises are true and it’s the faith of the believer that brings us full circle.

Revelation 7:15-17 “And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear
 from their eyes.” (NIV)

 I will always love you, Bruce. I will never forget you.
Thank you for embracing me as your own and welcoming
me to your family so many years ago. And thank you for
loving me unconditionally ever since.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sharing from My Food Blog you like fresh vegetables? Are you a lobster lover? Aaww, I KNEW I liked you!

I'm sharing the link to my food blog today because I've made a ceviche using a little left-over lobster and I just have to say, it's super good. I'm one of those people who tend to believe that a really good recipe is meant to be shared, and believe me, this one does not disappoint. Check out my recipe for lobster ceviche here


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Let This be the Year

It’s 6am here.

Dark and early.

That wonderfully quiet time with the perfect cup of coffee and the soothing warmth of the fireplace…and my heart stirs.

I think of this new year stretched out long before us with its possibilities and opportunities. I think of how we each enter into this clean slate of promise, of hope and dreams yet be realized.

Friend, let this be the year not only for dreaming big, but for taking long, big-girl strides toward turning our biggest, wildest dreams into reality.

Let this be the year of seriously moving toward a healthy mind, body, spirit and lifestyle and for helping others to accomplish the same.

Let this be the year of gathering up all the loose ends of our lives and bringing organization and structure where it’s needed.

Let this be the year of living more aware of those needing prayer, friendship… the love of Jesus. I pray we will go about our days with eyes wide open and sensitive to the needs of those around us.

Let this be the year of breaking down the barriers of fear and worry that we may find strength to turn worry and fear into faith and trust; trust in the One who moves mountains.

Let this be the year of salvation for loved ones who have turned away and against it far too long. I pray you and I will be that light to those living in darkness, and may they realize that the truest, purest form of happiness isn’t found in the things of this world but only when we run to the open arms of our Savior.

Let this be the year.

"'If you can'?" said Jesus. 
"Everything is possible for one who believes." 
(Mark 9:23)

I would love the opportunity to pray with you for the big things you'd like to accomplish in 2016. You're welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section. ALL things are possible with Jesus!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Celebrate the Season

I am so totally excited about the holidays this year. I love breaking out the boots and sweaters, Christmas carols and holiday movies, hauling firewood inside before the rain starts, stoking the fireplace and heading out for an afternoon of Christmas shopping. But what I really love is organizing all my cooking and baking plans.

I've been sharing a few of my latest endeavors over at my new food blog. It still needs a bit of work on the site, but it's a fun little place to share some of the dishes that actually come together well (the others get tossed out in the chicken coop, LOL). I love coming up with my own creations, my own spin on some basic recipes, but I also look forward to pulling out my tried and true favorites...and I have many.

I love challenging myself by using only ingredients I have on hand. For example, these little apple caramel cakes to the left are my own concoction using 3 Granny Smith apples and 1/2 bag of Caramel Bits along with all the flavors of the season; cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

I'm also SUPER excited to share the latest issue of CW Voice! Our November/December issue celebrates 4 years of encouraging women for Christ! I am so blessed to be a part of this little magazine. There's something in every issue that connects and resonates as our amazing contributors share their hearts and love for Jesus. I do hope you'll check it out here. Sitting down with a copy of CW Voice and a cup of coffee or tea is the perfect respite from any busy day.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with me here. I do pray you'll have a wonderful, blessed, healthy and safe holiday season.

Peace upon you,

Friday, October 23, 2015

Prepare Your Heart for the Holiday Season

Sharing my article in today's paper...

Even though pumpkins and fall decorations are just now making their annual appearance, now is the perfect time to prepare our hearts for the holiday season ahead.
For some, the thought of family gatherings, perhaps strained relationships, limited finances and the pressure to shop until you drop can make Thanksgiving and Christmas an exhausting time of year both physically and emotionally. Continue reading here

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Called to be Strong

All too often, it’s the thin and narrow ledge we’re forced to walk that grows us the most. Sometimes navigating the tight rope stretched out long before us is our only option…and we’re called to be strong. It’s when putting one foot in front of the other with no hand rails, no support system, no one to keep us steady that we draw on our own knowledge of what inner strength really is.

So many times I’ve found myself perched up there on that highest peak alone and unsure. It’s a scary, unsteady place to be, yet it almost seems as if each scenario is perfectly orchestrated, perfectly timed with situations I certainly wouldn’t choose on my own. Most of which seem to take place each time my husband is out of town and unavailable to encourage or support me. When moving forward alone is my only option and I do so with trepidation, it’s sort of like jumping into the deep end of a pool for the first time. How deep is it really? Will I sink to the bottom or will I be able to grab the side of the pool if I need to?

It’s only after I emerge from the situation, however shaken, that I clearly see once again. Since I can do nothing apart from Him (John 15:5) I couldn't have possibly acted in my own strength, but in God’s.  

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
and made me bold with strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3)

It’s God’s strength that keeps us from sinking to the bottom. It’s His love for us that brings us safely through the dark unknown to the light on the other side. And I’ve learned that it’s not a challenge or even a test but a command to go boldly forward in the Lord. To put action to His words in every situation, our faith before our fear…each and every time we’re called to be strong.

“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,” (Acts 4:29)


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