How was your Thanksgiving week?  Did the fun end all too soon for you? Was your focus fully on the blessings of the week?  Or, did the process of preparing everything take priority over enjoying it? Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with that!  Concentration while preparing doesn’t come easy when […]

Thankfully, HE IS…So We Don’t Have To Be

Are you tired?  Do you feel like you constantly struggle through life? Patricia Neely-Dorsey Where do you go to find answers?  The Lord answers all questions. Because He is. Contemporary Christian music is my favorite music to listen to while driving, and Mark Schultz is a gifted artist I listen to often.  Some of his […]

Whose Words Do You Believe?


A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine from another faith was chastising The Holy Bible, all while lamenting over her life being in such a mess.  “Why me?”…”What did I ever do to deserve this?  I’m a good person!”…”Why do Christians get to have everything they want when they don’t always deserve it?”…”If […]

Change Your Stance

GIDEON Study by Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer is an anointed Bible teacher and speaker and Bible study author.  Do you know her? The pastor, Tony Evans, is her dad.  And, like her dad, Priscilla keeps your attention as she speaks.  She’s inspiring while pouring God’s Truth into you. Two years ago, I worked my way through her study of Gideon. […]

Forgiving Brings Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14-15

Forgiveness is a word that repeatedly reared its ugly head during the last few weeks of my life.  I say ugly head  because forgiveness sometimes is hard…and ugly.  Quite frankly, sometimes we just plain don’t want to do it.  There.  I said it. Firstly, HH and I discussed it when I joked about needing his […]

Tools for a Superb Marriage – Week 3

The Power of a Praying Woman

Last week, in Tools for a Superb Marriage – Week 2, we talked about The Power of a Praying Wife  by Stormie Omartian (an awesome book!).  Stormie has published prayer books for every area of our lives, from womanhood to parenthood, from wife role to prayer life as a Christian. We are women first before […]

Tools for a Superb Marriage – Week 1

The Power of Prayer

HH and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in early December.  No cheering – it’s all by the grace of God! God’s been in our marriage all along and was actually in both of our lives before marriage.  Together, under His divine leadership (and patience!), we have been guided: through the twists and turns, to […]

The Power – A Tablescape

Speaking Well To Our Mate

Since I’ll be out of town for Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be nice to celebrate a month early.  HH dislikes the commercialism of Valentine’s Day.  He feels forced, I think.  Who likes to feel forced?  Not he.  Nor I! HH says, “Why must  we have a special day?  We can and should celebrate […]

What It’s Like

OCC Leader

Sometimes I’m asked what it’s like to pack boxes at Operation Christmas Child distribution center.  Would you like to be familiarized with the process? Connect yourself with a fun group that’s been going for several years – a group that knows the ropes.  The group is pre-registered, since the person in charge has their act […]

Is It Well With Your Soul?

Psalm 23:4

HH’s favorite hymn has origins from tragic events.  I recently read the account of how Horatio G. Spafford came to the point of writing the hymn It Is Well With My Soul.  It’s a faith story, and there’s a beautiful lesson in it. As an attorney who was heavily invested in Chicago real estate, Horatio […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #16

Sunflowers and Zinnias

THE BLOOMS OF FRIENDSHIP There’s not much of anything new blooming in The Land of Making Do.  Today’s What’s Blooming Wednesday is with a twist.  A beautiful twist. Do you have friends that do special things to cheer you up?  I hope you do.  Since I am blessed so, I wish that for you, too. While […]


I don’t have a long post today – only a short one for any and all dad readers.  (Are there any of you besides HBD and HH?) I hope you have a very Happy Father’s Day! This short video reminds me of my dad, and HH with our children, as well. (I’m not paid by […]

The Sky is Not Falling – Pray God’s Word!

Praying God's Word

Many of you encouraged me very much week before last.  I appreciate your kind words…the Biblical truths you shared…and the prayers you uttered on our behalf.  HH and I are truly blessed! If you missed my Sunday post two weeks ago, then you’re wondering what I’m talking about.  After several weeks of silence, I spoke […]

Mother’s Day for the Motherly

Happy Mother's Day to the Motherly

Happy Mother’s Day! Source Many women have been blessed with children, truly a blessing from God.  But, what about those who have no children?  Does that mean God has withheld something from them? Do you know someone who isn’t a mother but is motherly to many?  She serves others in general as she would care […]

What (or Who) Inspires You?

Last week on Thursday, I participated in Blogelina’s Blogger’s Night Out.  It was an afternoon and night of informative blogging articles and give-away fun.  At one point, Tanya @Blogelina asked us to share what we do for inspiration.   Of course, we were discussing blog post ideas, but it can apply to anything.  So, I ask […]

In the Wilderness

Tribulation Verse

Source Are you experiencing a troubled time in your life right now?  Maybe from a job situation, a family situation, or possibly you’re just weary from a combination of things. Well, that was a negative start for something so positive to discuss on this Spectacular Sunday.  I truly don’t mean to dampen your spirits on […]

Thankful For Warm Homes

Source I hope all of you are staying warm today.  I thought this scene was fitting, since many of you have snow at your house. Praise God for warm homes that protect us from harsh weather.  Have a Spectacular Sunday! Thank you for visiting! ~ I’d like to invite you to follow me through RSS […]

Redbirds on the Farm Christmas Table

Christmas Lamb

The minute I read Susan’s post at Between Naps on the Porch, I knew where I was headed – Wal-Mart!  Susan displayed her “expensive” Christmas dishes, $2.98 each at Wal-Mart, so of course I had to check them out! There are four patterns to choose from, and I fell in love with the Redbirds.  At […]

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

I’d not planned to post anything today, but I decided to connect with you today with this video.  I think it will help us all remember what this day is about – and overlook some family strains that might occur.  Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Giving Thanks in Troubled Times

I Thessalonians 5:18

Holidays can be hard.  When we’re in the middle of troubled times (the storms of life), it’s not a time for being thankful for the circumstances we’re in. Then, why does Paul tell us to be thankful in this I Thessalonians verse?  Doesn’t he understand? James, the brother of Jesus, said basically the same thing.  […]



Are you content?  In our society, it seems there are few people who are really satisfied.  We work, work, work.  Why? Desiring more. More money. Larger house. Nicer car. More of everything. What if we decided to focus on the blessings we currently have and stopped focusing on what we don’t yet have?  Do you […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #5

Nandina in Bloom

Do you have trouble getting plants and flowers to live? Perhaps you need a sign – to order them to live. Actually, I know this sign is for people, not the flowers.  It’s a reminder for us to really live, not just to consume oxygen and exist.  Live. I laugh whenever I walk by this […]