Monday, February 8, 2016

Small Acts of Kindness

Today's the second Monday of the month so I'm posting on Jennifer Hallmark's blog Small Acts of Kindness. Read about the snowstorm we had a few weeks ago here in South Carolina and how a neighbor helped me out.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hi Everyone

Today I'm posting on Small Acts of Kindness. I'll be posting there the second Monday of every month. I hope you'll pop over and check it out. Leave me a comment and we'll talk.  http://jenniferhallmark.com/blog/

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year Everybody! 

Since it's the first day of the year, I thought we'd start off with something fun and a little wacky.  Following in the footsteps of my friend Edie Melson

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The truth about Christmas

Christmas.  It's one of the busiest times of the year. With all the caroling, Christmas pageants, buying gifts and getting the Christmas cards out, it can be a bit hectic. It's challenging, but if we try, we can focus on the true meaning of Christmas that began over 2000 years ago.


It wasn't about Santa Claus and lighting trees with colored lights. There was nothing about making lists and checking them twice like it is today.  Don't get me wrong, I don't these things are wrong and I've done all of them all my life. But that not what Christmas is really about. 


It started with God's gift to us in order that we could spend eternity with Him. He came to earth as baby and a few decades later would be a sacrifice to forgive us for all we've ever done wrong. That's how much God loves us. 
 
One thing that helps point me back to a good perspective of Christmas is listening to music that exalts Christ and his birth.  Right now I'm listening to music from the annual concert put on my the Azusa Pacific University choir.  A marvelous performance of Christmas music that's presented each year.  Hearing the music reminds me how it all started more than two centuries ago.  This, in addition to attending a Christmas Eve service at Fellowship Greenville, help me focus on the true meaning of Christmas.   

Your turn. How do you keep the real meaning of Christmas at the forefront of your mind in this season?



Sunday, November 22, 2015

God loves us will always take care of us

I remember the first time I gave Petey a bath.  He didn’t like it and did all he could to avoid it once it I’d put him in the tub.  I’d coaxed him and encouraged him to sit in order to relax, to no avail.  He jumped out  and ran through the house.  Twice.  Both times, I picked him up and carried him back to the bathroom and placed him in the tub. That was an accomplishment in itself!  Holding him in place, I made him sit, soaped his body, and rinsed him off. 

When he got out, I wrapped him in a towel. He buried his head in it and pressed it  against my body as if to say, “I need you. I’ve just been through a terrible time and I need you to love me and hold me!” I’d put him in the tub because he needed it, but that didn’t matter.  Afterward, He just wanted love and comfort. I dried him off and he went on his way. 

It made me ask myself, “How often do I do the same thing with God?”  He puts something in our lives that we don’t want to go through. It may be a situation that seems impossible. But he knows we need it and in the grand scheme of things, it’ll be good for us, even if we can’t see it at the time. Like Petey, I’ve survived things that I don’t understand why they had to happen. But when I turn to God, He holds me, loves me, and reminds me He isn’t going anywhere.  He’ll always be there for me. 

How about you?  What has God brought you through where God’s reminded you of his presence and/or faithfulness as you look back on it?  I'd love to hear about it.