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Coming Apart

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By all means, use some times to be alone;
Salute thyself--see what thy soul doth wear;
Dare to look in thy chest, for 'tis thine own,
And tumble up and down what thou findest there. --William Wordsworth.

Imagine a red shaped heart pincushion filled with pins. It looks very painful doesn't it? All those pins sticking out of that poor cushion, piercing it's heart. Isn't that how we feel at times when we are hurting? When we feel as if our lives are falling apart, unraveling and we cannot do anything to prevent it from happening. 

We all have experienced a deep hurt like that at one time or another. The world is filled with people who are hurting in that way and they somehow can never get out of that hurt. They just keep going from one hurt situation to another never healing completely. 

I feel for people like…

Simply Meatless

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Time was, I shrank from what was right, 
From fear of what was wrong; 
I would not brave the sacred fight, 
Because the foe was strong. 
But now I cast that finer sense 
And sorer shame aside; 
Such dread of sin was indolence, 
Such aim at heaven was pride. 
J. H. NEWMAN.



I've noticed something really weird lately. When I do eat some meat, my tummy hurts afterwards. I just don't enjoy meat anymore or at least, certain types of meat. I guess I just don't need it anymore. My body has become accustomed to the fruits and vegetables sustaining my needs. 

Now that doesn't mean I'm here to bash people who love to eat meat. Absolutely not! You can eat all the meat you want. This is about me and my body. You know, I was listening to Dr. Vernon J. McGee talk about how he believes that we were ve…

Summer Favorites

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Now, Lord, what wait I for?
    On Thee alone
  My hope is all rested,--
    Lord, seal me Thine own!
  Only Thine own to be,
  Only to live to Thee.
        Thine, with each day begun,
        Thine, with each set of sun,
        Thine, till my work is done.
ANNA WARNER.

We love Summer foods! There is such an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies that Winter cannot provide. There is nothing better than a fresh tomato right off the vine. Mmm, I miss that the most. Let's not forget the fresh smelling fragrance of herbs that fills one's nostrils with an invigorating scent. Who wouldn't want a sprig of basil, mint or parsley atop their favorite Summer dish?

One of Emily's favorites happens to be fresh fruit, especially berries. I buy them all. I get a huge bowl ready and slice up some strawberries…

Count Your Many Blessings

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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.
I wish I could begin today's post full of positivity, but truth be told, the week has been extremely difficult. This is nothing new in my life. In fact, this is the same re-occurring trigger that haunts me from time to time. I can place a band-aid on it, but it's just that a band-aid that eventually falls off without healing the wound. I don't know how to heal this…

The Comedy Hour

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Save us from the evil tongue,
  From the heart that thinketh wrong,
  From the sins, whate'er they be,
  That divide the soul from Thee.
ANON.

I cannot even begin to tell you how stressful, frustrating and emotional week I have had. Let's add the horrible weather that has left my arthritic joints in agony and sleep virtually impossible, this week seemed like a week above all others. We all struggle. Some of us in that one particular area where it seems we cannot win over. 

All I want to do is drain all of me out from the past week and fill myself up once again to the brim of Jesus goodness. The essential oils are flowing profusely helping my mind and body regain it's strength. I'm staying in and enjoying the peace and quiet of my sanctuary. 

I don't want to cry today nor feel anything in particular. I just want to be. Let's enjoy some clean and healthy Chris…

May In Review

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Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear;
 rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, 
whose you are, will deliver you out of them. 
He has kept you hitherto,--do you but hold fast to His dear hand,
 and He will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, 
He will bear you in His arms. Do not look forward to what
may happen to-morrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you to-day,
will take care of you to-morrow, and every day. Either he will shield you
from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at
peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

May came in with a gorgeous day filled with sunshine. One could see moms pushing strollers and joggers hitting the pavement. People walking around outside with a milkshake or a cold brew in their hands. Oh Yeah…

Just Share It: Holley Gerth

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It is not growing like a treeIn bulk, 
doth make man better be;
Or standing long an oak, 
three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
A lily of a dayIs fairer far in 
May,Although it fall and die that night--
It was the plant and flower of Light.
In small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measure life may perfect be. --Ben J.
This isn't the first time I've posted one of Holley's stories. I really like her as a writer and many of her life's experiences resonate with me in one way or another. 

Her struggles in life were with fertility and mine with cancer. They may seem miles apart, yet the pain and hurts are the same. I, also, have been asked many questions on my cancer. People ask me, because they want to believe in hope. They want to believe, especially when they are hurting. I hop…

We Are Not Alone

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It is not much To give a gentle word or kindly touch To one gone down Beneath the world's cold frown, And yet who knows How great a thing from such a little grows? O, oftentimes, Some brother upward climbs And hope again Uplifts its head, that in the dust had lain, Gives place to morning's light. --E. H. Divall.
When life becomes difficult, we have to push through the hard times. We take it breath by breath, step by step, especially when it feels as if no one understands or is there for us. We are not alone. Even though we do not see Him nor hear from Him for awhile, He is there right beside us. 

That's why it's so important for us to mingle with others and socialize. Let me tell you of someone I used to work with a few years back. There were times where I gave her rides both to work and back home. Whenever we came close to her condo, she had me park at different…

The Chore Of It

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Come, children, let us go!
We travel hand in hand;
Each in his brother finds his joy
In this wild stranger land.
The strong be quick to raise
The weaker when they fall;
Let love and peace and patience bloom
In ready help for all.
G. TERSTEEGEN


Good Lord! I don't know how this microwave got this dirty, but now I have no choice, but to clean it. I detest cleaning. If I added up all the times I had to clean in my lifetime, what would that look like? I'm not sure if I want to know. Why get depressed? 

I wish I knew how to keep the place spotless at all times. I think every housewife out there has been contemplating this issue for decades, maybe even centuries. That's one reason why I want a small place. The bigger  the place one has, the more cleanup it involves. 

My fellow co-worker, a mother of four, exclaimed that she has no idea if ever her home was completely spotless. As soo…

Simply Coffee Pt. 2

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Everyday is a brand new day, 
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Mine be the reverent, listening love 
That waits all day on Thee, 
With the service of a watchful heart 
Which no one else can see. 
A. L. WARING.



A few months back, I wrote a post on coffee and the benefits/harmful effects it has on our bodies. I gave it up cold turkey and became a tea toddler instead. At first, it was very difficult for my body to become accustomed to the lack of caffeine. I couldn't find a substitute for that flavor to sustain me nor satisfy my thirst. I tried all types of teas and it took quite a few weeks for my body to become accustomed to my new routine, but it did. 

Yet, I became very lethargic. I should explain that this past Winter I had probably for the very first time, the blues. I really suffered from not having the sunshine that we need. That may sound ridiculous…

Another Typical Tuesday

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Be useful where thou livest, that they may
  Both want and wish thy pleasing presence still.
  ...Find out men's wants and will,
  And meet them there. All worldly joys go less
  To the one joy of doing kindnesses.
G. HERBERT

I awakened way before the set time on the alarm clock ever beeped 6 a.m. It has been raining for the last week or more, especially at night. I needed to drop off my mom at the bus station and I was afraid the road connecting our homes was blocked, because of flooding. Luckily, it wasn't. 

The air hung with moisture. One could feel more rain was coming. Last night, at both Emily's and mine work, the lights went out. It was thundering and lightening struck violently across the darkening sky. It was a bad storm. That's exactly how it felt this morning as I headed out to mom's place. There was another storm coming. 

Tuesday has been quite a bu…

Another Breakfast

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Come hither, lads, and harken, For a tale there is to tell Of the wonderful days a-coming, When all shall be better than well. Come, then, let us cast off fooling, And put by ease and rest, For the cause alone is worthy Till the good days bring the best. --William Morris.
I really love our Women Breakfasts. After being away from Church activities for so long, I find this to be a blessing. Just the fact that it's available when I am off work is enough for me to quickly sign up every month. I have a been praying for activities such as this one for years. 

It never fails that whenever the day arrives there is a major weather forecast. Either there is a major thunderstorm or in the last case, a blizzard. So far, it has been a perfectly sunny and beautiful Saturday morning. Talk about the devil trying to keep us away. 

Only once have I gone by myself. All other times, I have two …

Supper Time Is Sacred

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Pitch they behavior law,
thy projects high,
so shalt thou
humble and magnanimous be
sink not in spirit who
aimeth at the sky,
shoots higher than he that
means a tree.
George Herbert


It's always incredibly funny to me that both of my children love to sit down at the kitchen table for Supper. No television or phones or any kind of devices are allowed, just family conversation. I think it all has to do with the fact that I've worked second shift during their childhood and that was something we rarely did as a family. I wasn't around at Supper. I was at work.

It's no surprise to me at all that even though Emily has been working on Sunday religiously, she still wants that Supper time. We've made accommodations to have lunch together on Sunday before her schedule t…

When Push Comes To Shove

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Where our Captain bids us go,
'T is not ours to murmur, "No,"
He that gives the sword and shield,
Chooses too the battle-field
On which we are to fight the foe.
ANON.

Sometimes, God just keeps pushing us into a place where we don't want to go. That doesn't stop Him at all. He pushes even harder. That's where I'm at lately, in a place where I'm fighting not to be in. 

It's more about acceptance than anything else. Is my will the same as God's will for me? A lot of times, we are on two separate wavelengths. I always ask myself that question, because just in case we are not and it's wishful thinking on my part. It's always fine when we both want the same thing, right?

It's also about trust, trust in God that He has our best interests and He knows me better than I do myself. Trust that His plan is far better than anything I could …

Letters Of Encouragement Pt.5

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Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do! --Jane Taylor.
I really love re-reading these letters. When one is feeling down, wondering if anyone is listening or reading, it lifts my spirits to know that someone was touched by my story. That's the entire purpose here. It's not the glory, the recognition or what a great writer I am. Can my story help someone else? I want this blog to help others, to somehow provide hope in a dark season. I hope you enjoy the following letter.

Joey,
Yesterday, you gave some insight about how you felt alone when you found out the news about your mother's cancer. Then you led your listening audience to the promises which are abundant regarding Christ's presence…

That Doubt In Me

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Lord, subdue our selfish will;
Each to each our tempers suit,
By thy modulating skill,
Heart to heart, as lute to lute. --Charles Wesley.

Being a devout follower of Christ is extremely important to me. I need to make that clear right away, but I have found that the same faithfulness and devotion holds me apart from everyone else. People don't really understand why I would help anyone or offer money to someone in need. 

Not long ago, I did just that. I helped someone in need. Whether or not this person was in need or not, that doesn't matter, because I was guided to do so.There are no regrets in doing so as I believe the Holy Spirit guided me in this gift. I have long learned to listen when God says go and this was that opportunity. The problem began when I approached others to also help. T…