Showing posts from March, 2018

A Women's Breakfast

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

No action, whether foul or fair, Is ever done, but it carves somewhere A record, written by fingers ghostly, As a blessing or a curse, and mostly In the greater weakness or greater strength Of the acts which follow it. --Henry W. Longfellow.
It's been over a year since we have moved here. Our Church is considered very, very large part of a mega Church campus in various locations. I have been complaining over the years about not being able to enjoy the full benefits of a Church since many of the activities occur while I'm at work. 

Well, I have found a Church that offers many of such activities on a Saturday or in the weekday mornings. Since I have done so much complaining in the past, I feel like I should go to as many I can during my time frame. 

So I go to the Women's Breakfast every month, sometimes alone and sometimes with my mom or my girlfriend. I've be…

Letters Of Encouragement Pt. 3

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

Take Thy hand, and fears grow still;
    Behold Thy face, and doubts remove;
  Who would not yield his wavering will
    To perfect Truth and boundless Love?

It's amazing how when adversity comes or a struggle of any kind, we feel all alone, don't we? We feel like there couldn't be a person out there who understands our struggle. These letters prove that there are people who have lived through our struggles and care enough to share them with us. I hope you enjoy!

Prayers For Your Mom!
I can't imagine how tough cancer has been on you and your mom. I was one of the extremely lucky ones, I found out I had cervical cancer just in time for surgery to get it all and didn't have to go through chemo and radiation and all that jazz. My surgeries were 10 years ago and thank God I hav…

Books Galore

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

And oft, when in my heart was heard
  Thy timely mandate, I deferred
  The task, in smoother walks to stray;
  But thee I now would serve more strictly, if I may.

1. A Case For Christ
By: Lee Strobel
Now, I looked forward to reading this one, because the author was an atheist. His point of the book was to disprove the existence of Christ. Instead, he accepted Christ as his Savior. This book reads like a textbook, almost like a debate. I was looking for a more personal experience, I wanted to read about his inner struggle and he instead wrote about scholarly facts proving Christ existence. If you are looking for the personal side, rent the movie which shows that struggle. If you want to read about the facts in proving Christ, read the book.

2. Why Her By: Nicki Koziarz
This is my second book by Nicki and I was extremely looking forward to it. For some reas…

Letters Of Encouragement Pt.2

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

Just where you stand in the conflict,
There is your place!
Just where you think you are useless,
Hide not your face!
God placed you there for a purpose,
What e'er it be;
Think you he has chosen you for it:
Work loyally.

I'm so glad to have found these letters once again. I've forgotten about them and the message they represent. Everyone has a story to tell and we need to make time to listen. These came to Joey and myself to encourage us as a family when I was first diagnosed with cancer. We are so grateful for the people who have taken the time to ease the struggle by penning a few words of encouragement. I hope they offer comfort to you or anyone else in your life.

Dealing With Cancer
Joey, my prayers are with you and your mom and your entire family. My older sister is a brea…

Encouraging Letters

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

Let us not always say,"Spite of this flesh to-dayI strove, made head, gained ground upon the whole!"As the bird wings and sings,Let us cry, "All good thingsAre ours, nor soul helps flesh more now than flesh helps soul!" --Robert Browning.

Back in the day when I was first diagnosed with cancer, Joey was still single and working in radio. He would share with his listeners my cancer progress. Well, they responded very warmly towards someone they didn't even know. The following year, for Mother's Day, Joey surprised me with a folder. Inside that folder, he printed every e-mail, message or letter that has ever been sent to the station on my behalf. He wanted me to feel the love. I have kept them all these years and I thought I would share them with all of you. You never know, someone out there…

Leeks For Dinner

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

Without an end or bound
    Thy life lies all outspread in light;
      Our lives feel Thy life all around,
    Making our weakness strong, our darkness bright;
  Yet is it neither wilderness nor sea,
  But the calm gladness of a full eternity.

Now leeks have always been a vegetable that I had in soup. In fact, I never knew that it was a vegetable, but more of a garnish to cook with like parsley or chives. It wasn't until I watched on PBS " A Chef's Life" and saw a recipe for the leek over rice. 

Being vegetarians, we are always looking for new veggies to explore and widen our palette, so I decided to give it a try. Of course, we modified the recipe to fit our food lifestyle and choices. This has become one of our favorites and we make it often. 

Basically all you do is s…

A Quiet Day

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

When ranting round in pleasure's ring
Religion may be blinded:
Or if she gie a random sting,
It may be little minded:
But when on life we're Tempest-driv'n--
A conscience but a canker,
A correspondence fixed wi' Heav'n,
Is sure a noble anchor.
--Robert Burns

I slept in this morning, not wanting to get up. I turned over on my side quite often, snoozing a little bit longer. There was no sun streaming through my window. Instead, the skies looked overcast, donning a gloomy appearance to the day.

As I lay there, enjoying the stillness of the morning, I thought about the day and what it would entail. It really was a blank page where I could write whatever I wanted on it. When was the last time I had a day like that? I couldn't even remember.

To me, that's how I picture retirement. I can see …

A Brand New Look

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

To be the thing we seem,
To do the thing we deem
Enjoined by duty;
To walk in faith, nor dream
Of questioning God's scheme
Of truth and beauty.

Getting ready for work this morning, I looked disgustedly at my reflection in the bathroom mirror. My hair lay limply, badly in need of a haircut or at least some body. My shirt that I have worn thousands of times, beginning to look frail at the edges. Same ole look, same ole clothes. I have had this look for years, not really opting for something new or modern. Even my glasses have been the same color and design.

I think I need a brand new look. We can change our hairstyle, buy new clothes and put on a new color lipstick. We may not really look different, but we certainly will feel different on the inside. Sometimes, that's all we really need, …

Simply Essential Oils

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

And yet thou canst know,
And yet thou canst not see;
Wisdom and sight are slow
In poor humanity.
If thou couldst trust, poor soul,
In Him who rules the whole,
Thou wouldst find peace and rest;
Wisdom and right are well, 
but trust is best. --Adelaide Anne Procter.
A few years back, Emily brought a list to me one day of all these natural oils. She has always had very sensitive skin and has been quite allergic to anything with alcohol or preservatives in them. She wanted us to give them a try. Well, a few years went by before we did any of it. Once we did, we fell in love.

They really do relax you. I love infusing them, but you can also use them as ointments, place a few drops in your drinks like tea, or directly onto your skin. It all depends on the essential oil and it's purpose. 

These are just some of the different flavors and their uses. They are not as expensive as people think. One only …

A Church Nomad Pt.3

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

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
The light that fills thy house at morn Thou canst not for thyself retain;
But all who with thee here are born
It bids to share an equal gain. The wave, the blue encircling wave, No chain can bind, no fetter hold; Its thunders tell of Him who gave What none can ever buy for gold. --Jones Very.
How many of you are happy with the church you are at? Let me put it in an another way. How many churches have you belonged to? 

I'm a person who sticks with something or someone for a  very long time. Take my car insurance, I've been with the same company ever since I started driving. It's the way I was built. I like loyalty.

I know I never set out to …

Another Book

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

Some murmur if their sky is clear,
And wholly bright to view,
If one small speck of dark appear
In their great heaven of blue:
And some with thankful love are filled,
If but one streak of light,
One ray of God's good mercy, gild
The darkness of their night.

Nowadays, I find myself reading a book while waiting on an appointment or during lunch at work. In this busy lifestyle that we all lead, it's becoming more difficult to justify a day spent on the couch reading. We always feel like we need to be productive and anytime spent being still has become a dream we can only think about. I actually have a visualization of my retirement years spent in a lounge chair reading a book in the sunshine with a cup of coffee. The problem is that I have given up coffee. :)

1. The Quest
By: Beth Moore
I originally heard Beth teach on this subject at the Joyce Meyer's Conference in…

More Health Tips

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

What heart can comprehend Thy name,
Or, searching, find Thee out?
Who art within, a quickening flame,
A presence round about.
Yet though I know Thee but in part,
I ask not, Lord, for more:
Enough for me to know Thou art,
To love Thee and adore.

I wonder if any of you know that I used to be a smoker. It was a while ago, more like 12 or 13 years. I quit like two years before I found out I had ovarian cancer. Why did I quit? Well, I wasn't enjoying it anymore and I felt like it was time. It was a huge struggle to do so and I craved a cigarette for a very long time after that. 

I believe that many people want to quit smoking, but can't. They struggle and their addiction is much bigger than their desire to quit. I know, I've been there. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, there ar…

A Pleasant Surprise

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

A patient, a victorious mind,
That life and all things casts behind,
Springs forth obedient to Thy call;
A heart that no desire can move,
But still to adore, believe, and love,
Give me, my Lord, my Life, my All.

Opening my daily messages, I was pleasantly surprised to see one from a new friend I've recently met. I was indeed happy since our knowledge of each other was so brand new to discover that she thought of me. She included me (tagged) along with many of the matriarchs of my current Church. Since I was fairly new, I didn't think anyone knew of me there yet.

That Church ended up being one of my favorites. It was a small one, but the warmth and love I felt there has stayed with me to this day. Even now, I still keep in contact with the Pastor and his wife.

What is it that makes one fe…

The Retreat

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

Not so in haste, my heart! Have faith in God and wait; Although he linger long, He never comes too late. Until he cometh, rest, Nor grudge the hours that roll; The feet that wait for God Are soonest at the goal; Are soonest at the goal That is not gained by speed; Then hold thee still, my heart, For I shall wait his lead. --Bayard Taylor.
It started pretty early in the morning (8 a.m.). Every hour, every minute was scheduled accordingly, but I like it that way. I need structure, I thrive on structure. 

Retreat Schedule 8:00 – Doors Open/Check-In 8:15 – Breakfast 8:45 – Doors Open to the Auditorium 9:00 – Session 1 10:00 – Snack/Small Group 1 11:00 – Session 2 12:00 – Lunch 1:00 – Breakout Session 2:15 – Snack 2:30 – Small Group 2  3:30 – Session 3 4:30 – Retreat Close
The breakfast, the snacks and the lunch w…

A Lost Find

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

The morning drum-call on my eager ear
Thrills unforgotten yet! the morning dew
Lies yet undried along my field of noon.
But now I pause a while in what I do,
And count the bell, and tremble lest I hear
(My work untrimmed) the sunset gun too soon. --Robert Louis Stevenson.
Here's another story I never posted. This one began way in 2015 when my last bout with cancer was detected. They decided to place me on this hormone treatment in the hopes it would do the trick. It did, for about 7 months. I could never actually get used to thinking that a little pill would be able to fight this cancer. What resulted after the seven months was the surgery, chemo and radiation that eventually placed me in remission today. I hope you enjoy.

It's been almost two weeks since I began this hormone treatmen…