Saturday, April 22, 2017
Diana Furr was my park bench friend...
Many years ago, my husband and I attended World Day of Prayer locally. It was a very warm day in July, and that’s saying a lot because we live in Southcentral Florida. We walked from the car to where a small crowd had assembled, and I quickly found a seat in the shade. My husband wanted to be closer to the speaker. He quickly disappeared into the crowd while I got comfortable. Or so I thought. Just a few minutes later I saw someone’s arm above the crowd waiving. At first I ignored the waving arm, I knew they weren’t trying to get my attention. Or were they?
When I turned back around, my husband was standing in front of me. “Didn’t you see me waving for you to come”? Of course, I thought under my breath, but didn’t think you were the crazy person. He continued, “Well I found a seat for us much closer, and there’s a lady I want you to meet.” He went on to say, “you two have a lot in common.” I remember thinking, how in the world would you know we have a lot in common from asking her if we could share the park bench with her? I was reluctant to leave my shady spot, but he was so persistent. He pushed his way through the crowd, dragging me behind him until he found “her”. We introduced ourselves , and immediately found a connection: The reason we were at World Day of Prayer.
This precious soul has become one of my dearest friends. I am so thankful that my husband was so insistent that day, that I follow him to that park bench.
She is a new member of Authorsden. Her name is Diana Furr, and she has written the most awe inspiring book ever. My plan that week was to read just a few chapters at a time. But from the minute I opened the book, I could not stop turning to the next page. I was familiar with most of her story, because I walked through that valley of the shadow of cancer with her. However, I felt so inspired and so encouraged by reading her words again. At times reading the book was painful and emotional. It brought back so many of the memories of her struggles with a very aggressive cancer. The hope for me was knowing the “end of the story”, or basically, knowing part of God’s plan for her. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV). I read Victory in The Valley in one day. And that very day I ordered several copies to share with friends. This little book offers hope and a future to anyone who reads it. The seven secrets she shares will change your life forever.
The best part is you can purchase this book from her right here on Authorsden. Just go to her site, www.authorsden.com/dianafurr
I promise you will not be disappointed!
Diana Furr, author, Victory in the Valley
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
I have always enjoyed a close and very loving relationship with my sister. It wasn't until I got older that I realized not everyone is as blessed as we have been. I have learned that some sisters are not best friends, and they are basically at odds with each other.
My sister was here visiting last week. It was wonderful just being together. We really did not do anything special, just enjoyed being together. One of the things about family is that they know all about your "warts" and they still love you. My sister and I were able to laugh and share so many memories. With her, I don't have to explain the situation, she was there, or walked through that valley with me. She has always been a huge part of my life. In fact, I cannot imagine my life without her.
We are both grateful for modern technology, because we are able to communicate with each other throughout the day. We don't often talk on the phone, but we text each other all day long.
It was wonderful to be able to actually hug her before we went to bed, rather than texting her, telling her I love her and I'll talk to her in the morning. I actually got to see her in the morning.
Now that she is back home, I am anxiously awaiting the next time we will be under the same roof.
I am so blessed to have a precious sister such as she.
I tell her everyday how much I love her. And I thank the Lord for "making us sisters."
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
So this morning with new conviction I said, Lord, I give my life to you, heart, body and soul. I sat for a moment, reflecting on the importance of what I had just said. I opened my Bible to no particular scripture, but I was preparing to read the scriptures that go along with my daily devotionals. Before I started, I lifted up to the Lord a scheduling problem I have next week. I started to say, Lord you need to........ It was then I heard Him say, "Are you kidding me? You are already telling ME what I should be doing?" I think He was laughing at me, His silly but faithful child.
I am reminded Lord, that when I dedicate my life to you, that means I let go of all the control, and simply lean on you.
Before I picked up the first devotional "something" led me to the Bible, now open on my lap. My eyes focused on a verse that almost seemed to be in bold, standing out from the rest of the scripture on that page. It was 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (NIV).
Friday, January 13, 2017
I hate it when I hear my own advice, and know that it's directed towards me.
I pushed my chair away from my desk, and looked at both the folders. With new strength and resolve, "I can do this"! I said to no one. One day, one hour at a time...I can accomplish all that I need to do.
Right this minute I am not feeling overwhelmed, but rather joyful. I have been singing this morning, praising the Lord for the sunshine, my health, and the project I need to complete JUST this WEEK!. Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Yes, I can do this....
Monday, January 9, 2017
For a Monday morning, the day didn't start out that unusual. However, when I sat down to read my Bible and several devotionals I had several distractions. I came back into the office, sat on the love seat, opened Jesus Calling (Young, 2013) and immediately felt blessed. It was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. It wasn't until I started looking up the Bible verses I realized I was on the wrong page, the right month, but the wrong day. I'm sure the Lord was laughing at me, because I smiled myself. It was exactly what I needed to hear. Slow down, enjoy the day, and don't worry about tomorrow. For the past few days I have been struggling, knowing my "vacation" is almost over. It will soon be time to go back to work, and start all the craziness and busyness (is that a word?) in my life. In fact, I have thought so much about "tomorrow" that I stopped enjoying today. One of the phrases my Grandmother used to repeat to me (often) was don't worry about tomorrow, it will have it's own problems. Really?! It wasn't until I became an adult that I realized how smart she was. And she was quoting scripture! Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (NIV).
I don't believe in coincidences. The fact that I was distracted enough to pick up my little devotional and read the wrong page was not an accident. It was a preface to what today's message was. And the last line on the page said, "Slow down, and enjoy the journey in My Presence" (Young).
Ok Lord, you have my full attention, and I am walking... Beside the still waters.......
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Rain was gently pelting the roof of my office, as I sat quietly reading my Bible and several daily devotional books. The particular devotion I was reading was about a little bird. A sparrow. That thought reminded me of Psalms 84:3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself (NIV). I sat quietly for a moment reflecting on my surroundings.
Meko slept on the love seat beside me.
I wonder how often I have made the Lord feel like that. He has to literally "get on top" of the book (or situation in my life) to get my attention.
I can't ignore these furry "people" in my life, anymore than I can ignore the one who created me. I am reminded daily of His words. John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (NIV).
Saturday, December 31, 2016
I love this graphic, a rainbow over water. I love rainbows (and the ocean too). God promised us in Genesis 9:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. A new beginning. Granted, getting rid of old habits isn't as easy as flipping a few pages and starting at the beginning of a book. However, it is a place to start.
For years I spent lots of time writing out (what I thought were) brilliant new year resolutions. Usually about a month into my endeavor, I lost the list.
This year I plan to eat healthier and exercise more. End of list. I realized that when I set goals for myself that are unrealistic, I will not stick to them.
One of my friends and I were talking about our goals for the coming year. She shared her goals are basically the same as mine; staying healthy. She said one of her daily mantras is "I hate sugar." After we stopped laughing..........