January 07, 2020

Happy New Year!

BEAUTIFUL SHALOM PRAYER  New video by Valerie Sjoden. Valerie's gratitude journal was featured on this blog awhile back. 

My video. 

(These are the words my girlfriends, husband, and I came up with for the letter below.)

J is for -- Jacob, Judah, Jesse, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, Jotham, Josiah, Jeconiah, Joseph (ancestors of JESUS; Matthew 1), John the Baptist (cousin), Journey, Judea, Jerusalem, Joy, Jack Frost, Jingle Bells, Jolly, and Joyeux Noël



Q. Where do gingerbread men sleep?
A. On cookie sheets. 

Q. What do you do with a gingerbread man that keeps falling over?
A. Give him a candy cane!



~ by Anonymous.

I made a house of gingerbread.
It was so sugary sweet
It took me all day long to make.
But lasted just a week. 

A balanced diet is a gingerbread cookie in each hand! 😊
After your big sugar RUSH; don't forget to brush, brush, brush! 
All day suckers/lollipops. 
A mistletoe bough for you. 
Baking Spirits Bright! 
Believe! Faith Makes All Things Possible.
Christmas cookies and holiday hearts, . . . that's the way Christmas starts! 
Christmas is holly with berries of red and the heavenly fragrance of warm gingerbread. 
Come sit at my table and share with me, warm gingerbread cookies and cinnamon tea.  
Friendship is the Candle that lights up your heart whenever it is Dark. 
Goody, goody, gumdrops! 
His Presence Is Our Present! 
Holiday Wishes - made with gingerbread hugs and peppermint kisses!
I welcome change as it is an opportunity to Grow and Learn.
Lemon Drops 
Life is like an ice cream -- Enjoy it before it melts! 
Make a joyful noise!
Start each day with a grateful heart!
Sweet shop
Think Happy; Be Happy! 
This striped heart reminds us of God's great love sent long ago. The Father sent his son to pay the price for man's sin. The red stripe is for the blood he shed. The white stripe is for His perfect righteousness. 
Welcome to Gingerbread Lane in Candy Land! 


Exodus 16:31 = The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. 

Deuteronomy 8:3 = He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 

1 Chronicles 12:39-40 = The men spent three days there with David eating and drinking, for their families had supplied provisions for them. Also, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulon and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There were plentiful supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle and sheep for there was JOY in Israel. 

Nehemiah 8:10 = Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the JOY of the Lord is your strength." 

Psalm 119:103 = How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. 

Proverbs 16:24 = Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 

Proverbs 24:14 = Know also that wisdom is like honey for you; If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. 

Jeremiah 15:16 = When your words came, I ate them, they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty. 

Amos 5:15 = Hate evil, love good; Maintain justice in the court. 

Matthew 26:26 = While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." 

John 6:35 = Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Philippians 4:8 = Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. 



Advent Candles - It is our honor to participate in the advent portion of our morning worship service during the Christmas season. 

Alas, my days of eating sugar cookies are no more, for I cannot eat processed sugar, however, I do have good memories of eating Angie's, cause they were the best yummies I've ever eaten! 

During our son's early elementary years, before we moved our TV trays to the living room, we sat at the kitchen table to eat our meals. In those days we had a clothespin recipe stand that was placed in the center of the table, with a weekly memory verse written down on an index card pinned to it. We used talk about what the verse meant and we would practice saying it to each other like a fun game. Our son sat between us on the pew during morning worship as he was an active little boy. He was always amazed when our verse came up in service that Sunday and I was amazed he was listening even when he appeared not to be. Must have been the Holy Spirit directing our choices that week! 

In our former church, my husband participated in a Living Nativity as a shepherd one year. He forgot to wear long johns under his breezy shepherd's costume and it was cold that year. Also, when you have live animals in a scene like that, be prepared for interesting things to happen. He forgot until the donkey brayed behind right him and about upset the apple cart! smile!

My husband's employer has an annual dress-up Christmas party at a local country club for all the employees where we have fancy hors d’oeuvres (I ate caviar for the first time this year) and a nice dinner (Cornish game hen, sugar cookies for dessert and the ever popular chocolate bar. I was good, I only ate the fruit.). The employees exchange gifts ($10 or less) and  the employer has a ticket raffle for really nice bonus prizes at the end of the evening (my sweet husband won one and gave it to me!).  We enjoy it every year. 

When our current pastor was our youth pastor, a couple of teen boys were wrestling around in the church yard after youth group one summer evening. One of them threw their car keys up in the air and it came down in the grass somewhere. The youth group searched and searched for about an hour and could not find them anywhere. We had just exited the back of the church building and curious, I asked the youth pastor what they were looking for and he told me. I asked him, knowing the possible outcome of this fruitless search, if he had tried prayer. He looked stunned and said no. So he huddled the teens together, he prayed and then I moved over to a section of the grass to where I felt the Lord was leading me to go while the rest went to searching again. My husband came up behind me, swooped down, put his hand down into a clump of grass, grabbed a keychain and held it high like a kid on an Easter egg hunt with a grin on his face. From the time of the prayer to the time my husband found the keys shining in the grass wasn't any more than five minutes. Yippee! Hallelujah! The young man could go home! 😁 

Since our pastor went on a Work and Witness Mission Trip this year, our church has contributed to a couple of Missions in this country over the "big pond" from the USA. Our ladies group got together to crochet scarves as a gift to one of the mission projects that he visited. We sent our pastor to this country again to deliver the scarves and other goodies this month as our goodwill ambassador. I contributed a few crochet scarves to this project! One of them is at the very top of this ladder. 

Teaching nieces and nephews and homeschooled children how to make Christmas Cottages


My therapist asked me at our session on the last day of this month and year: 
What do you have to look forward to in the New Year? 

A fresh clean slate with no negativity in it yet. smile! 

Happy New Year!

December 15, 2019

The Wings of Love

This month's positivity journal subject was really tough. Didn't know if I could find enough to fill the daily pages and I cried out to the Lord to help me. Am so thankful he did! 

Click here for the video


Bummer Lambs  (Check out their music!)

Comfort = a state of physical ease & freedom from pain or constraint; the easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress; a warm quilt; ease the grief or distress of, console (calm, cheer, soothe, support)

Compassion = is the desire to alleviate another's suffering: concern & care; kind-heartedness. 


Sayings and Quotes:

"Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others." (Brene Brown)

"Hang around with loving, giving people. Their attitude and joy are contagious. And we need all the love we can get, don't we?" (Emilie Barnes)

"I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don't want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It's high time that I accept all the great things about me." (C. Joybell C.)

"In your Bible, underline verses that remind you of how much you're loved by God. Check back when you need to be reminded." (Emilie Barnes, 365 Things Every Woman Should Know)

"Is there a little girl inside of you who longs for a lovely time of childish imagination and "so big" manners? It could be that the mention of tea-time brings quieter memories - cups of amber liquid sipped in peaceful solitude on a big porch or friendly confidences shared over steaming cups. So many of my own special times of closeness have begun with putting a kettle on to boil and pulling out a tea tray." (Emilie Barnes, The Tea Lover's Devotional).

"Talk to yourself like someone you love." (Brene Brown) 

"The person in life that you will always be with the most, is yourself. Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself, too! When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself; laying in bed at night you are with yourself; walking down the street in sunlight, you are with yourself. What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with? What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep? Because that person is yourself, and it's your responsibility to be that person you want to be with. I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who's not full of hate, who's able to smile and be carefree. So that's who I have to be." (C. Joybell C.) 

"We can only love others as much as we love ourselves." (Brene Brown)

You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head, so be kind to yourself. 



Genesis 2:2-3 = By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Leviticus 19:18, 34; Matthew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31, 33; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8 = Love your neighbor as yourself.

2 Kings 6:16-17 = "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see." then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Psalm 17:8 = Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. 

Psalm 23:7 = For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Psalm 36:7 = How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 51:10 = Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 55:6 = I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest."

Psalm 61:4 = I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

Psalm 63:7 = Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 

Psalm 91:1,2,4 = He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. . . He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 

Psalm 111:4 = He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.  

Psalm 119:41-42 = May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise; then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word.

Psalm 119:76a = May your unfailing love be my comfort. 

Proverbs 3:3 = Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 

Proverb 12:25 = Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Isaiah 40:1, 11 = "Comfort, comfort my people," says your God. . .He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. 

Isaiah 40:31 = But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Ezekiel 36:26 = I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Matthew 23:37 = How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.

2 Corinthians 1:3 = Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.

Ephesians 5:1-2 = Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ love us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 

Colossians 3:12 = Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 = We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

2 Timothy 1:7 = For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

1 John 3:1a = How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.

Jude 1-2 = To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ; mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance

Jude 20-21 = But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourself in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 


Be Thankful! 

Gratitude Trivia: There are said to be two emoji's that represent gratitude - a classic smiley with rosy cheeks and sparkles.  

November 16, 2019

Build Your House on a Rock!


I apologize for being late. October was a hard and stressful month for us -- financially and personally with the death of certain expensive machines that we've come to depend on, needing new medical devices, and the sudden illness and death of a family member. Please be kind and extend grace. Thank you. 


The online Be the Light Bible Journaling Conference was GREAT!  It was packed with so much information and I learned a lot! Since I got a FREE pass, I took copious notes and put them and the printable hand-outs we received in a pink 3-ring binder notebook! smile! Thank you, God, for the opportunity to attend! Thank you, Dayspring, for contributing the prizes for the conference! Lonnie and Tracie Rollins were the host and hostess of this conference and Tracie has a lesson about a gratitude journal on their ministry website. Check it out! 

Here's Stephanie explaining what five products she uses to Bible Journal with during her interview workshop. She said she gets overwhelmed with too many choices and is basically a simple gal. 

I got really excited too, when I discovered a Sketch-noting Workshop given by Marsha Baker in the schedule of workshops given at the conference. It had to be a God-thing, because I had only made the decision a few days before that, that I needed some kind of organization when I took sermon notes because I couldn't find something in my notebook that I thought I had written down and nothing is more aggravating than not finding what you want. smile! Stephanie had inspired me to take sermon notes in the first place, but I think Sketch-noting will assist me in organizing my notes better! Thank you, Jesus, for good ideas! In addition, Marsha has 365 Days of Gratitude Journaling Prompts on her website -- if you want to find out more, click here! 



A Christmas Card sent to us by a Cindy cousin last year!!! I thought it was perfect for this theme as it has apartments on the front. Not everyone's homes are single dwelling cottages. Some prefer to live in apartments or condos. 

Sending a Little Sunshine Your Way (this card was attached to the back of a larger card front that my friend Karen Lange gave me a few months before she passed away and I  made it into a tag. It is inserted into a pocket which was taped into the journal as an insert with clear packing tape.)

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Victory -- 1. to conquer, 2. overcome great trial, 3. emerge as champion. 



Bless our house as we come and go.
Bless our home as the children grow.
Bless our family as they gather in.
Bless our home with love and friends. 

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May you always have. . .
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you.
And all your heart might desire.
May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now
And bless you evermore!
(~ An Old Irish Blessing)

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The Little House is not too small
To shelter friends who come to call
Though low the roof and small its space
It holds the Lord's abounding grace,
And every simple room may be
Endowed with happy memory.
(~ Edgar Guest)



Joshua 24:15c = As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. 

1 Chronicles 16:43 = Then all the people left each for his own home, and David returned home to bless his family. 

Psalm 84:10 = Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God. . . 

Psalm 127:1a = Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

Proverbs 24:3-4 = By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. 

Matthew 7:24-27 = Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash!

John 14:2 = In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.

Hebrews 3:4 = For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

1 Peter 2:4-5 = As you come to him, the living Stone -- rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him -- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 



"At Livia's indecisive silence, Shaw abandoned the subject and fastened his gaze on the tousled, heavily planted cottage garden ahead of them. Long banners of honeysuckle trailed over the garden fence, its fragrance making the air thick and sweet. Butterflies danced amid bright splotches of poppies and peonies. Beyond a plot of carrots, lettuce, radishes, a rose-covered archway led to a tiny glass-house that was shaded by a parasol-shaped sycamore." (Lisa Kleypas).

"Cottage of Content was better than the Palace of Cold Splendour, and that where love was, all was." (Charles Dickens, David Copperfield). 

"Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage." (Thomas Kinkade).

"Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home." (Anthony Liccione). 

"For a man's house is his castle." (Sir Edward Coke, 1644.)

"It was all a cottage is supposed to be, small and snug, with a front porch, pink climbing roses, and lots of trees for shade." (Jeanne Birdsall).

"Home isn't where you're from. It's where you find light when all grows dark." (Pierce Brown.)

"Home is the nicest word there is." (Laura Ingalls Wilder). 

"Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God." (Henri Nouwen).

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned." (Maya Angelou)

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." (Jane Austen). 

"The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies." (J. R. Miller, Home-Making.)



Bloom Where You Are Planted. 

Come on Home For the Holidays! (CrackerBarrel Restaurant's Silverware belly band)

Home is where I want to bee! 

Home is where your heart 💟 is!

Home, Sweet Home! 🏡

HOME: the story of who we are and a collection of all the things we love. 

Little by little, the bird makes its nest. 

Our house is just a LITTLE house. . . but GOD knows where we live! 

Shabby Chic Cottage

The first step to living the life that you want is leaving the life you don't want. 

There is no place like home!

. . . Until the Queen arrives! 



Grandma's home

I was hired on as a pantry girl for Costello's Greenhouse Restaurant and worked there for over a year before being hired to work at a church camp in the center of Kansas the following summer. I remember helping to fix their signature Dirt Cake in glass pots with chocolate cake crumbs with a surprise in the middle and a flower and their yummy spinach and sour cream stuffed baked potatoes. The first thing they always had new kitchen help do was a test of sorts cause I managed to survive my first three days peeling and deveining cold boiled jumbo shrimp. They were first boiled in huge pots, drained, then pour into a barrel on ice, stuck into the walk-in frig to cool and then they were peeled/deveined for their popular cocktail shrimp appetizer. We always had supply of new hirelings to do that job cause it was a tedious one and you worked your whole shift on your feet. smile! 

I married my honey and began our new home together in May of 1982. We lived in an upstairs, downstairs 2 bedroom duplex in former navy housing. 

3 Feb 1993 = We were driving to church and our young son asked us about how he could become a Jesus boy. It was our privilege to pray with him as he asked Jesus to come into his heart so they could be friends. He was later baptized as a teenager. Made his daddy and mom so happy!