Showing posts from July, 2017

The First Half

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I want a sober mind, 
A self-renouncing will, 
That tramples down and casts behind 
The baits of pleasing ill; 
A spirit still prepared, 
And armed with jealous care, 
Forever standing on its guard, 
And watching unto prayer. 

Our lives certainly have been busy since moving here. A new car, Orchard Network, seed packing for Africa, World Vision Walk, Christmas in July to name a few. New friends, new neighbors, new jobs for some of us. 

Was it a good decision? You bet! There are times we have to be still and wait on the Lord. The other times, we have to act on the voice on the inside that prompts us to get up. As to many things in life, with the good comes the bad. We have lost contact with some of our friends mostly due to the distance. 

There's one thing that is vastly different around here . . we haven't been entertaining. I think we have had maybe two people over, my mo…

A Trial Run At Patience

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Small service is true service while it lasts:
Of humblest friends scorn not one:
The daisy, by the shadow it casts,
Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun. --William Wordsworth.
1. The Crocheting Ministry (C) 2. Blog (B) 3. Chronic Illness Group (E) 4. Extracurricular (A) 5. Personal (D)
This is a rough draft of a schedule I'm working on. You see, I've been trying to implement a new routine so I could begin my Chronic Illness Group as soon as possible. Anything can happen as long as one has organization. That's my goal.

Well, it worked for about a day or so. Once again, I struggled with scheduling and organizing my routine. Once again, I failed. Once again AND ONCE AGAIN. Then I went to Church and heard a sermon on Cultivating Patience. A sermon designed just for me. 

There are three types of patience: 
1. Everyday patience 
                                  Things we encounter …

Ovarian Cancer Pt.3

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I rest beneath the Almighty's shade,
    My griefs expire, my troubles cease;
  Thou, Lord, on whom my soul is stayed,
    Wilt keep me still in perfect peace. C. WESLEY.
All cancer treatments have side effects, but majority of them can be managed by your healthcare professionals. Before beginning treatment, learn as much as you can about those side effects and how they might affect your work, your health and your intimate relationships. Don't be the novice I was, research, research and more research.

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. The chemo infusion travels through the bloodstream to reach all parts of the body. The infusion happens once every three weeks or so for a period of six months. Sometimes, it can be less. I've had various (3, 6 and 8 dosages).

Everyone responds to chemotherapy differently and that includes side effects. Th…


Everyday is a brad new day, everyday is a journey.

So, take and use thy work:
 amend what flaws may lurk,
What strain o' the stuff, 
what warpings past the aim!
My times be in Thy hand! 
perfect the cup as planned!
Let age approve of youth, 
and death complete the same!
--Robert Browning.

Prayer. . . . over the years, I have explored and participated in the different ways we can pray. I'm always looking to learn all that I can about my faith. Although lately, I feel that I have become a ritualistic prayer warrior. What I mean by that is that I seem to have a form that I use over and over again. Almost the same wording as I pray. It makes me wonder, if I'm becoming a robot when I pray.

In the movie War Room, there was a pretty famous scene where the question was raised How is your prayer life? Is it steaming hot or tepid and lukewarm? None of us like anything lukewarm. It's true, we wouldn't enjoy a lukewarm cup of coffee o…

A Quick Update

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

So I've been a little inactive this Summer. It seems that my thyroid has been acting up and I've been fighting fatigue. My legs also have been giving me a lot of trouble, especially at night. I can no longer avoid the very obvious. I need to go see a doctor about these legs. You know, after spending my entire Summer and Autumn at the doctor's last year, this is the last thing I want to do now. 

Just this past weekend, I barely did anything. Saturday, I spent a good part of the day with my mom and her sister. Sunday, we went to Church and the rest of the day was spent laying around watching Netflix movies. We even ordered in some pizza! Not once did I check the phone or e-mail. 

                                         My Aunt loved this picture of us.

As Monday rolled away around, I jumped out of bed with a renewed energy I haven't felt for a very long time. It's ti…

On The Road Again

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Sun of my soul, 
thou Saviour dear,
It is not night if thou be near;
O may no earthborn cloud arise
To hide thee from thy servants' eyes. --John Keble.
I love being on the road, travelling from state to state. Anytime, there is a road trip, I'm right on it. I can't help it, because it calls out my name ever so softly.

Our four day 4th of July weekend didn't quite start out smoothly by any means. My GPS gave out and I had to make an emergency pit stop for a new one. Then I realized I needed an USB car drive and headed back to the store. Had I been calmer, I'd realized there was one already provided in the GPS package to begin with. It wasn't until we got back home at the end of our trip before I found it in the box. Lovely.

The drive to Springfield itself couldn't have been better. The skies were blue and clear. We began early enough where there was absolutely…

Take A Tour

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                everyday is a journey.

As morning hears before it run
The music of the mounting sun,
And laughs to watch his trophies won
From darkness, and her hosts undone,
And all the night becomes a breath,
Nor dreams that fear should hear and flee
The summer menace of the sea,
So hear our hope what life may be,
And know it not for death. --Algernon Charles Swinburne.
There are moments in our lives where we cannot see the rainbow for all the struggles, trials or just plain humdrum of life. Sometimes, we need to be reminded of what we have. Sometimes, we need to take a tour of what we have.

As I sit in my favorite chair in my living room, something I rarely get a chance to do, I take a long look around the room. In one corner stands my bookshelf, already spilling over with several books onto the floor. On the other side of it, stands another, filled with al…

The Casserole Ministry

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                                    everyday is a journey.

 Make us of one heart and mind;
  Courteous, pitiful, and kind;
  Lowly, meek, in thought and word,
  Altogether like our Lord.

I have this firm belief that Churches should have Ministries where they support their communities. My current Church has many of these volunteer opportunities in doing just that. It is one of the main reasons why I come here. 

One of these Ministries happens to be the Casserole Ministry which offers various support groups to share a meal as they minister. These casseroles aid in helping home bound individuals the comfort of a hot meal. What a great idea for a Ministry. 

Serving, in general, goes way beyond being an Usher in Church. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an Usher, or a Sunday School teacher, or…

If I Were Rich . . . .

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky
:So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The child is Father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety. --William Wordsworth.
I've never held a desire to be rich. I felt that money corrupted people and I didn't want my children to be corrupted. I had two goals for them: One, to finish school and two, to be decent people.

I've never really been a person to take chances such as gambling or playing the Lotto. I think I have played the lottery like two or three times in my life. The same thing goes for the casino. I've gone, but it never really held me in addiction. 

Money wasn't something I've ever dreamed of acquiring as much as my desire for having things. I wanted a large house with multiple rooms like a library, office, craf…

10 Years Later

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday
                                                           is a journey.

Earth gets its price for what it gives us;
The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in,
The priest has his fee who comes and shrives us,
We bargain for the graves we lie in;
At the devil's booth are all things sold,
Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;
For a cap and bells our lives we pay,
Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking;
'Tis heaven alone that is given away,'
Tis only God may be had for the asking. --James Russell Lowell.
Can you believe it's been ten years since I've first been diagnosed with cancer? I never thought I would live this long. In fact, going beyond fifty seemed an impossibility. It was such a huge accomplishment for me. Now we're going for sixty!

When I think about that time in my life, it's very difficult for me to believe that person was me. My life is so different…

Living From The Heart

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                 everyday is a journey.

In all the little things of life,
    Thyself, Lord, may I see;
  In little and in great alike
    Reveal Thy love to me.
 So shall my undivided life
    To Thee, my God, be given;
  And all this earthly course below
    Be one dear path to heaven.

One of my fears is that I will stop caring when it comes to what is happening around me. I don't want to become immune to the suffering of the world, the community around me or show a lack of compassion to those near me. To me, to stop caring about life is a slow way to die.

God didn't save me ten years ago and gave me a second chance, a purpose for me just to abuse it. Sometimes, I feel like I'm becoming hard once again. The world can change a person, the way they think or how they see it from their view. I don't want to be the person I used to be…

O Sweet Parable

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey. 

Purge from our hearts the stains so deep and foul,
    Of wrath and pride and care;
  Send Thine own holy calm upon the soul,
    And bid it settle there!

You know, sometimes, we just verve off course on purpose. I had different plans for today's post, but then I opened my devotionals and really liked the one from Dr. Charles Stanley. Since it is the weekend, I thought we could lighten up a bit. I hope you can enjoy the moral of this parable from the Bible. 

Dying to Be a Servant A Parable John 12:23-26 Once upon a time there were two grains of wheat lying on the floor of a warm and cozy barn. But one day, the farmer came in and told them, "I want to take you out of this comfortable barn and plant you in the earth. I'm going to place you in the cold ground and cover you with soil. It will be dark, and you will die. But I promise that you will multiply and beco…

Truth To Table

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday
                                                                            is a journey.

What ought to be possible for everyone is to 
arrive at a sort of harmony of life,
 to have definite things that they want to do.... 
The people whom it is hard to fit into any scheme 
of benevolent creation are the vague, insignificant,
--Arthur C. Benson.

One of my great loves happen to be BIBLE STUDY. I love a good Bible study with plenty of homework and activities. I begin to thrive in that setting. Unfortunately, I cannot be in a women's group right now so I had to look elsewhere to fulfill that void. I did find a couple of on-line Bible studies one can join.

One of them is Truth To Table with Havilah Cunnington. All her studies consist of a fifteen to twenty minute video teaching followed with an e-mail devotional. What I like about her group is that one can easily follow along. Sh…

The Scraps Project

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                                   everyday is a journey.

A man's own observation, 
what he finds good of, 
and what he finds hurt of, 
is the best physic to preserve health. 
But it is a safer conclusion to say, 
"This agreeth not well with me, 
therefore I will not continue it";
 than to say, "I find no offense of this,
 therefore I may use it."
 For strength of nature in youth
 passeth over many excesses, 
which are owing a man till his age.
--Francis Bacon.

I love projects! I'm very excited about this one! The Scraps Project is where we make blankets for the homeless out of scrap yarn. There is always leftover yarn (scraps) no matter the project we were working on. Just as with all other projects, we will give ourselves a year's time to make as many as possible and then pass them out to the homeless just in t…