…a few thoughts on crying out loud…

A week ago, our house was filled from top to bottom with a toxic yellow gray smoke that originated from a hot oil fire on the stove.  It wasn’t the oil fire that the smoke was from.  The smoke came from the melted, yep, MELTED microwave that the oil fire had fried. I was the culprit. Yep, me.  Usually careful, safety conscious, mom of a me was the culprit. I was wiped out when I had come home from aRead more

To Dance

So, we got to go to the beach last weekend to visit precious family there and celebrate ThanksGiving.  Although there was lots to be thankful for, there was also, as always, lots of challenges that are being faced. Hope was facing a few challenges of her own, but you wouldn’t have known it.  She laughed, helped, talked, shared, and…danced.  We were at the beach and had had some conversations about the challenges faced, but when it was over, she danced.Read more

Thankful Thursday ~ a bit of blue

So, today, as I walked out of work, I looked up.  What I saw when I looked up made me breathe a deep sigh and smile a bit, for there in the sky was actually a bit of blue.  Haven’t seen blue in the sky for quite awhile it feels like, and this was “Carolina blue”, no less.  And for some reason, it just gave me a lot of hope, because that little bit of blue?  It was a gentleRead more

Grains of Sand

Heavy heart, steady now Watch and pray a little longer Heavy heart Ready now When  you’re weak, He is stronger He’s Stronger than the greatest chain When all else fail, He remains He’s greater than the deepest need Bondage breaks when  Jesus frees Steady heart Study truth Breathe the Words that you’ve been given Ready heart Stand renewed Live the Life that He has given Linger in the Word awhile Stand renewed, breathe in and smile Steadfast stand on whatRead more


Elisabeth Elliot, Christian author, speaker passed away yesterday.  But she always knew she was just passing through.  Decades ago, she wrote a book called Through the Gates of Splendor . It is a book of courage.  It is a story of tenacious and compassionate faith that moves people to serve Christ and go to the “ends of the earth” even if it means never coming back.  It is a story of missionaries who love well, serve well, and do not cower  andRead more


  Through Not “through”. Done. Over it. But passing through… Through the valley. Through the storm. Through the adversity. Through the fog. Through… Persevering step by step, mile by mile, to get Through… How? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. How? I refuse to say I’m “through”, done, over it. How? I will choose to walk with Him  through through this… through faith through determination through hope through grace through Him who loved us Yes, through HimRead more

one thing remains

  Oh, the roller coasters we ride.  The ups.  The downs.  The extreme highs.  The deepest lows.  The highest highs and lowest lows can even happen in one day. But while our bodies and minds and circumstances often have no choice but to experience the wild ride on roller coasters, can our hearts remain stayed upon truth, stable, steady, and secure? I think they can. I rode a roller coaster today, metaphorically that is. The Low:      Right beforeRead more


“All”  is a great word throughout Scripture.   “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians  4:13) “ALL things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than ALL we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout ALL generations, for ever andRead more

Travel Theme – Amarelo

Amarelo, Amarillo, Yellow… Yellow lemons add a bit of sunshine to my kitchen and brighten up my day.  When life gives me lemons… am thinking I’ll  just throw them in a bowl and…. blog about them!  Literally and figuratively…   “Count it all Joy….” James 1: 2 Travel theme: YellowRead more