Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blessings


Blessings

count your blessings
name them one by one...





blessings are new each morning
did you take the time to notice?

they are there

 whether you are
young child 
a teen trying to fit into the world
a struggling college student 
a married couple
a frazzled mama trying to
do it ALL
or 
someone with some 
years and experience 
behind them!

Blessings are there

Beauty
and 
Joy
are there

It
surrounds us
each and every day
if you take the time to notice:

snow-tipped mountains
green grass
sunshine bursting through the windows
giggles from a small child
brightly colored flowers
a cat curling contently on your lap
a stack of books waiting to be read
birds soaring and singing happily
scenic road trips
impromptu coffee dates
long walks down country roads
trees all a bloom
a favorite song on the radio
clean sheets on your bed
smiling faces
strolling through a garden
the happy sound of children's laughter
going for a run
or simply
holding hands


oh, yes
the blessings are there

the beauty of it all
is there

sometimes we are just so
busy
that we don't take the time
to notice it;
to see the good 

the beauty of today 
is yours.
sit. savor. enjoy.

it truly is the little things in life
that all add up,
to something 
beautiful

go ahead count those
blessings

name them one by one!


~~~~~
have you taken the time to see
something beautiful today?
your simple blessings?
did you sit and savor it?

I'd love to hear about 
what you took note of today,
what beautiful did you see today?









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Monday, March 21, 2016

Sermon Notes-Faith


Your faith has made you.

Your faith has made you a child of God. John 1:12
Your faith has made you an overcomer. Revelation 12:11
Your faith has made you victorious. 1 John 5:4
Your faith has made you Spirit-filled. Luke 11:13

God has called us.
We are called to throw off anything that hinders us
from coming to Jesus!

Your faith has made you.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

putting one foot in front of the other


i've often been asked
how i kept so upbeat and positive
while going through a cancer diagnosis
twice.
 while losing both of my breasts
and all of my hair
and just plain
being sick.

hmmm-
i have thought about this myself
actually!

i guess we never really know
how tough we are
until we NEED to know
how tough we are! 

my dad passed away
when i was 30 years old
from cancer...

a mere eight years later
i received my first diagnosis:
"you have breast cancer"

my girls we are still so young
it was hard for me to even fathom
not being here for them

so
i kept waking up
and putting one foot in front of the other
trying to keep life
as normal as i possibly could

for my girls
for me
for my family

sure, my girls saw mom
getting sick-
after each chemo treatment

sure, they saw mom
lose all of her hair...

they were not immune 
to it...
no they were right in the 
middle of it all.
on the journey 
right along side 
my husband and i.

we
tried to keep up
daily living
and traditions...
i went to their ball games
volunteered in their classrooms
sang on the worship team
at church...

life just went on.

i woke up
and put one foot in front of the other
and kept smiling---
even when 
sometimes, that smile
didn't reach my 'eyes'
i kept smiling!

it wasn't in me
to quit.
to give up.

i always had hope & faith.

years later
after i had been clean and clear
for a very long time
almost getting complacent about it all;
my husband was diagnosed with 
cancer! *
are you kidding me?
really?

now, you know...
some people
could say,
"that poor family, haven't they had enough cancer?"

but, you see
never once did
i think 
after losing my dad, or me having cancer twice
 or my husband too...

not once, did i ever even entertain the thought---
"why me?"
it would've been easy
to feel sorry for myself
but, truly what good does that do?

no, i wouldn't give up
HOPE!

i just keep putting one foot in front of the other
and
i kept looking UP!


~~~~
it seems like every day
i hear of someone i know
or someone who knows someone
who has just been given a 
cancer diagnosis.
i do not think
anyone can say,
that they do not know of someone
who has not been touched 
by a cancer diagnosis!

cancer is ugly.
just plain U.G.L.Y.

it doesn't care
if you are rich, poor,
old, young.
pretty or not so pretty
popular or not so popular...
if you are married or single,
have kids or have never had kids...
if you are


black or white...
republican or democrat ;)

cancer just doesn't care.
it is UGLY!

i do not know why
cancer seems so prevalent---

is it in our water, food the air we breathe?

why can we not find a cure?

i do not know.

but,
i do know this:

 that someone
out there
TODAY
maybe, right NOW---
is hearing those 
ugly, ugly words...
"you have cancer."

i wish i could
wrap them tight in my arms.
pray with them,
just love on them...
sit with them
hold their hand
smile at them

and really just let them know,
they are not alone.
that someone cares.
that
they are loved!
no matter what
they are LOVED!

there is always 
HOPE.
that no matter what 

HOPE 
shines through!


1 Corinthians 13:4-8 & 13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails....

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



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* my husband and i are both healthy and cancer free!
thank you, Jesus!


**bold italic in scripture was done by me.