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Has it really been thirty three years?  I still feel like I’m that young blushing bride.  I was so excited for this day to come, 33 years ago.  As I was waiting to hear the organ play the introduction to the song I marched down the aisle on, “Here Comes Heaven”, I remember Daddy asking me, “Are you sure about this?  Are you sure you love Nathan enough to live with him the rest of your life”?  I looked him straight in the eye and said, “I’m sure”.  Little did I know at that time how much love can grow.  Looking back, our love for each other that day was nothing compared to what it is now.  All the things you go through together makes love grow deep.  One of the songs sung at our wedding was “Walk Through This World With Me” and that is what we have done.  We have walked together, flown high sometimes, crawled and sometimes just had to stand still, but we’ve had each other.  I’m thankful for the journey and I am looking forward to the future with the man of my dreams.

Our Wedding Party: September 2, 1977

Our Wedding Day September 2, 1977

On our Honeymoon, September 1977

Us Now!

Our Family: August 2, 2010

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tangerine friends


The 12th Chapter of Romans, in the 14th verse says, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep”.  The Message says it this way, “Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down”.

I love friends like this.  If you have a friend that something good has happened to, why not call them up (if you can’t be with them) and have a good ol’ rejoicing session!  You will be blessed as well as them.  If a friend is weeping now, sit down and cry with them. 

There is another scripture that I love and it is, Galations 6:10—As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.  We give and give to reach people that are not saved and this is right.  However, don’t forget your friends that are in the church.  The ones that work beside you in the gospel work.  As the scripture above says, “especially” unto those of the household of faith. Let them know you care today.

I am so blessed to have these kind of friends in my life.  Let your friends know that you care today, one way or the other.  Happy or Sad.  Up or down.  They are your friends and they matter.  Let’s just make this our unofficial “Friend Day”. 

tender moment

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” Why do some people always see beautiful skies and grass and lovely flowers and incredible human beings, while others are hard pressed to find anything or any place that is beautiful?”

There is a housing project in a large city that is overrun with violence, gangs and drugs. In the midst of this despair, however, there are people who choose to see what is positive and good in the world, not what is depressing and tragic. There are parents, for example, who are attending high school with their own children, determined to get the education they didn’t receive as teenagers. They are focused on what lies ahead, and they are excited about their future opportunities and the good fortune that has come their way.

We have all heard stories like the one above. People that decide to pull themselves up by their own “boot straps”, as the saying goes. Most of you who read this post today are not in these kinds of desperate situations and yet we allow life to get us down. Here is something that may help you today:

Be sure that you are focused on possibiblities today instead of obstacles. Open your mind to new ideas that you haven’t yet tried. Nearly anything is possible if you want it enough. Instead of looking back on past mistakes and being bogged down by failure, congratulate yourself for deciding to change for the good in your life right now.

Look today for opportunities in your life and try to see what’s possible instead of what’s impossible. Being upbeat and positive may not bring you sympathy and attention, but it will open more doors and make more of your dreams come true.

Have a great day in Jesus! What better life could we possibly have?

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

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“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change” Ramsay Clark

It can be tempting to use a turbulent period in life, such as a divorce, loss of a job or death of a loved one, as an excuse to avoid making positive changes. But instead of thinking of this difficult episode as a cause to withdraw and retrench, why not think of this as a time to stretch your limits?

This is exactly what “Elizabeth” did. Married at 16 and divorced at 31, she moved to a new town and was unsure of herself alone and in a new setting. Instead of retreating into herself and staying home, she took up rock climbling. There were times when she felt the sport was too risky and difficult, but by persevering she gainded confidence in herself. This self-confidence in her physical capabilities carried over to her role as a single parent. She realized that if she could climb a mountain, she could do other things that she once thought impossible.

Just as athletic tests of skill and endurance can teach you that it’s indeed possible to move beyond your physical limitations, so can other things that make you get out of your comfort zone. You may not think you could ever speak in front of a group of people, but you want to. Go for it! If you have to, take a class on public speaking. What about singing or meeting new friends (for some people this is difficult)? Put yourself in situations where you have to speak to someone you don’t know. 🙂 The realization that you have conquered can spur you to make other changes. Don’t allow anxiety and discouragement to prevent you from taking advantage of this special period in your life. By embracing turbulence and using it to take responsible, life-enhancing risks, a situation that looks difficult can be transformed into a benefit.

Remember that personal or professional turmoil can be an opportunity to take a bold step in a new direction!

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Sometimes on Monday we need a little “umph”. Read this short story and it will possibly help get your day going a little better. Blessings!

We can all learn a lesson from the bamboo tree.

For the first three years, it only grows a couple of inches above ground, as it develops a strong root system underground.

Then, in the fourth year it grows about 80 feet.

Life is like this as well. Before we can see external success, we must first develop an inner character and mindset that will be the roots of our success.

Once this has been established, success will come so quickly and in such abundance that you will wonder where it was all of this time.

Most people expect to see external growth without first establishing the correct mindset and character for it. This is the precise reason why they fail, because they have not developed the roots of their success, which takes time and effort.

Take some time to start nurturing yourself for success. Be patient and hold strong in the belief that once you have developed the mindset and character for success, external success will come quicker than you can possibly imagine.

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We’ve all seen the “ever been this tired” photos. Well, this is just how I feel right now. 🙂 We had chorale practice tonight and I am trying to get over this crazy sickness that just keeps hanging on and on. We did have a very good practice in spite of all the sickness going around. I missed all of you that wasn’t able to be there due to sickness. I hope you are feeling better very soon. What was kind of comical to me about this photo tonight is we practiced the song by Israel Houghton, “I’m Still Standing”. 🙂 Well, I might be tired but bless your heart, “I’m still Standing”. Am I whining? whah! whah! whah! Most of the time I’m fairly upbeat on this blog so allow me my whine time for just this moment. Thank You. I will be back on top of the world tomorrow. 🙂

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The following list was taken from this book: How Did I Get So Busy? Written by Valorie Burton. Thanks to my friend Gail for sending this to me. I thought it was so good I wanted to share it with you all. We do get so busy sometimes that we forget the simplest of things. Maybe this will help keep us on track.



Dear Friend,

Sometimes we simply need to be reminded of things we know to do, but haven’t done. Perhaps our paths are crossing this week because you need a reminder of how important it is to take good care of yourself. When you do so, taking care of everything and everyone else becomes a less stressful endeavor. So this week, I would like to share what I call the “10 Commandments of Self-Care” from my new book, How Did I Get So Busy? Make them your personal habits, and you’ll create a self-care lifestyle that nourishes your mind, body and spirit:

The 10 Commandments of Self-Care

1. Use all of your vacation time every year.
Be intentional about taking time off. Take out your calendar this week and schedule your vacation time for the next 12 months.

2. Commit your time off solely to non-work related activities.
Keep your time with family and friends sacred by setting boundaries around your personal time so that work does not interfere. You need time to recuperate from work so that you’ll be more professionally productive. If you work from home, set work hours and close the office door during your off hours.

3. Take your rest seriously.
We’ve all heard it, but too few practice it: Get eight hours of sleep. Being well-rested builds immunity, keeps you from being irritable, and simply gives your body what it needs. Be a good steward over the body you’ve been blessed with. It may take some extra discipline to do it consistently, but you can do it. How about starting tonight?
4. Have fun at least once a week.
What do you like to do for fun? Having fun every day would be the ideal, but try to at least do something simply for the fun of it on a weekly basis. Scientific studies have shown that positive emotion builds your emotional capacity to handle adversity and stress, and be more open and creative. If life’s gotten so hectic that you don’t even know what to do for fun, make a game out of trying new things until you find what’s fun for you.

5. Eat regularly, preferably sitting down. 🙂
Do you eat on the go? Skip meals? Dine in front of the television? Eating offers an opportunity not only to refuel your body, but to reconnect with yourself and others. If you don’t have time to eat three meals a day sitting down, it’s a sign that it’s time to reclaim your schedule.

6. Exercise regularly, preferably standing up. 🙂
It is essential to stand up and get moving! Whether it’s walking, fitness class or a favorite sport, get your heart rate up at least three to four times per week for 30 – 45 minutes. Exercise should be a part of your life just like brushing your teeth or eating dinner. Rather than considering it “optional,” find a way to make it a part of your lifestyle.

7. Be fruitful and productive, not busy.
Do you have a habit of getting distracted easily? You start the day with a great to-do list and by 5 o’clock you’ve barely crossed anything off the list? We are meant to be fruitful – to produce the fruit of the Spirit and make meaningful progress in life. Being busy is about having a lot of activity without much to show for it. Aim to be productive.

8. Use technology to gain time, not consume it.
If you are like many people in today’s culture, you manage multiple email accounts, home, work and cell phones along with accompanying voice mail for each, text messages and perhaps a Blackberry, too. Plus, you’ve got more choices than ever with cable and satellite television, TiVo, satellite radio, and mp3 players. All of these things are supposed to give you better choices, save time and make your life better. But only if you learn to use them to gain time and not consume it. Establish personal rules with the technology you use – respond to email at specific times rather than reacting to it as soon as it arrives, turn off the cell phone at dinner and be vigilant about clearing the clutter of old messages.

9. Connect heart-to-heart with the people who matter.
One of the worst consequences of busyness is that you become disconnected from the people who matter. When having a conversation, stop multi-tasking and look the person in the eye. It says, “What you say is important.” Connect intentionally and your relationships will be better for it.

10. Be led by the Spirit.
In a busy world where everyone voices their opinion about what you should be doing, it can be tempting not to trust the voice of the Holy Spirit that speaks directly to you. The answers you need lie within you. But you have to quiet down and slow down long enough to hear that still, small voice. Have the courage to follow it. It won’t lead you astray.

My challenge to you this week:
Take care of yourself! Commit to one thing you’ll do this week from the 10 commandments of self-care, then do it.

  • P.S. I know that some of us are in a time of prayer and fasting right now so # 10 would be a good one for now.

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christmas-dogs.jpg Well, right now it is crazy. I am finishing putting together the Christmas Concert. Last night we had a semi dress rehearsal, getting the timing right on some important areas of the concert etc. We are sure having a lot of fun getting ready for it. I hope we have as much fun actually putting it on. 🙂 I believe we will. I love the group of singers and musicians that I work with. They are great! So, now I’m off to more goings and doings. Have a blessed day and try to stay away from the malls this week-end. That’s where it’s really crazy. 🙂

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A few days ago the “ghost” of Christmas Past came through my house and this is what it found.  Oh my!  We always have a good time at Christmas.  Since these pictures were taken, Keith, Mother and Daddy have gone on to their reward.  I am so happy that I enjoyed these times with them and that I have the memories.  It helps them to live on.  It’s also hard to believe that Nathaniel and Danelle have grown up so fast.  Yes, that really is true to all of you young mothers and fathers out there.  You really do say, “Where did the time go? It seem like just yesterday they were kids”.  I pray you have a blessed Christmas and that you make some wonderful memories with your family and friends.

 p.s. The Hurst side will come later.  The “ghost” hasn’t found all of those pictures yet.

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Friday after Thanksgiving Nathan and Gary went bird hunting.  They both got two pheasants.  As boys they would hunt all the time up in Washington so this was really fun for them since they haven’t hunted together for so many years.  Gary took some pictures while they were out there so hopefully I will have them soon and be able to post them here.  This photo is of Nathan getting ready to go.


Today was a good time in our service.  Another one of the boys that was baptized at our “Back to School Bash” in the park was there with his grandmother.  You may remember me telling about J.J. and his dad?  They have been coming faithfully since the bash and J.J. has invited this other boy every Sunday since then and they finally came.  They both really enjoyed the service.  We will see what God has in store for them.  Halleluljah!  Nathan preached a great message on “Having Confidence in the Leadership of the Spirit”. 

After service we went to Chili’s because I was craving the “Peppercorn Burger” with a side of jalapenos.   Why do you get such cravings?  Probably because it didn’t have any thing to do with TURKEY.  Then we came home and built our first fire of the season and  read for awhile until I got on here.  I am reading the book, “The Tipping Point” by: Malcolm Gladwell.  Very interesting.

100_2987.jpg  First fire of the season

Hopefully tomorrow I will start decorating for Christmas.  I usually have it done by now but, well……….I just don’t.  I guess I’m getting lazy.  Well, I did put my Christmas Wreath on the front door so that counts for something I guess.  And I did buy my 2007 Christmas Bear.  I started collecting Christmas Bears in 2000 and it has been fun.  They look so cute sitting under the tree before the gifts take their place and then again after the gifts are opened.

Okay, that is enough ramblings for a Thanksgiving Week-End.  Blessings!

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