Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fishers of Men

Some of my friends used to make fun of me because my favorite season was whichever one we were in.  The comments they would make were "you say that about ALL the seasons!"  I think the pastor and the musicians at our church are thinking the same thing.  Every Sunday I leave the sanctuary telling the musicians "Thank you so much, that is my favorite song." Or telling the pastor, "that was the best message ever." 

This morning was no different. The music and message were outstanding.  The Reverend James Boardman's message this morning was about love, I think.  I cannot quote his message exactly but he challenged us to take someone who might be hungry,  out to eat.  He said, now you have a captive audience.  While we are with another person we can "plant a seed."  He said, someone else may water that seed, but eventually, someone will benefit from that harvest. 

It's not literally about planting seeds, but about kindness, and loving each other.  Each of us is different.  Each of us have a different worldview.  None of us think exactly the same about everything. However, that does not mean we should call each other names if they don't agree with us.  How difficult is it to show another person kindness?   My challenge to you this week is to "plant a seed of kindness."  The amazing thing is that when you are busy planting seeds of kindness, you will surely be repaid, in kindness.
I Corinthians 3:8  The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor (NIV).

Saturday, September 8, 2018

FEELING OVERWHELMED?






     One of my friends sent a text message mid-morning yesterday, saying she was facing a 13-hour day. Needless to say, even though it was a text message I could her the desperation in her voice. Have you ever felt like that? A bit overwhelmed by the daunting tasks facing you? Well, me too! I think anyone over 10 years-old has at sometime in their life felt weighed down by life.
     Last Sunday I sat my bedside my husband at church, and felt blessed because some of that weight lifted earlier that week.  We had been waiting to hear the results of my husband's latest cancer scare.  The doctor called and said, "the biopsy shows that we got it all."  A big sigh of relief.  However, my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about five years ago, and for the most part does well. Sometimes he shares his concerns and fears with me. One of the words I hear is frustration because he realizes he is not getting better.
     Before the pastor shared public prayer concerns he shared with us, a video he had recorded.  The pastor shared the video with one of our congregation who is facing rehabilitation following his own cancer surgery.  The name of the song, I Need Thee every Hour, is not new to most of us.  I have never heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing this hymn.  I could feel the atmosphere inside our little building change.  My church family sat listening with an intensity I do not recall.
I have included the link for you.  Let me know if it moved you as much as it did me.


https://www.youtube.comMormon Tabernacle Choir/watch?v=gSQ-3TD7g_g

Friday, August 31, 2018

Job 1:1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright: he feared God and shunned evil.

Job's friends started out great! When all the horrible things started happening to Job, his friends were there for him. However, in just a few weeks, they decided, this friend of theirs, Job, must have done something wrong! Why would God punish him if he were truly a good man?

How many of us have had friends like that? My grandmother used to call them "fair-weather friends".
Don't be a fair-weather friend. When people are going through a really bad time, come along side them. Don't judge them. Love them...just like Jesus did, and still does!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Don't Tell My Husband

For more years than I care to remember, I have made fun of my husband.  He thinks you can fix anything with duct tape and a hammer.  Just recently, I didn't share his enthusiasm when he learned you can buy duct tape in "designer" colors (his words)! Over the years I have never been surprised at his attempts to "fix" many different things with duct tape.  I seriously believe he thinks about duct tape the way I think about chocolate!
Yesterday I bought a ten-pound bag of flour.  I have a canister that only holds five pounds, so I opened the bag and attempted to fill the canister.  Something didn't seem quite right as I was pouring the flour into the empty canister.  When I stopped, I realized that somehow there was a long gash in the bag of flour.  I was dumping more on the counter than into the canister.  As I stood there looking at the flour that was now also on the floor, I realized what was happening.  I sat the bag of flour on the counter and looked at the side of the flour bag.
There was only one way to fix that huge slash in the bag, and not lose any more flour to the counter and floor.  I found one big roll of duct tape, cut off about 3 inches, added it to the ripped bag.
Maybe my husband has been right all these years about duct tape.
That's the part I don't want him to know...that he was right!

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 


Click on the link below to go to her site.

www.authorsden.com/dianasfurr

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MY BEST FRIEND

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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

Lord, You Need To....

I sat in my darkened office this morning, waiting for the vestiges of sunlight to splash across the floor. The only light came from the lamp on the table beside me.  Over the years I have dedicated my life to the Lord, many times.  However, this morning I felt the urge to do so again. Rededicate my life to Him.  I started to pray, and tell the Lord what my plans were.  It was then I heard that still small voice I love so much.  That little voice reminded me that almost every time I dedicated my life to Him, it came with conditions.  You know, like, I'll follow you, if you answer this prayer.  Hmmmmm...
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).