(FMF Friday) Decide



Well, here I am…a little over two hours before the linkup for this particular prompt expires, and then Kate gives us a new one. I haven’t gotten around to writing yet (and I didn’t do it last week either). It seems that every time I would decide to sit down and write something this crazy thing called life would get in the way and I would put it on the back burner. My heart is in the right place but I sometimes just don’t follow through on stuff. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to write about. Then it hit me.

I am reading an advanced copy of a book right now that I absolutely can’t wait to be released to the public.  It is called “Wild and Free” and it’s the new one by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan. Peeps, it is AMAZING! It says on the front cover that it’s “a hope-filled anthem for the woman who feels she is both too much and never enough.” I am absolutely in that second category. I never feel like I’m enough – both for my people and for God. This book is showing me that our God is a wild God and He fully expects me to be wild for Him and His glory. There are so many examples of the wild love that He has shown for His people throughout the Bible in there. It tells us that “God is so wild that He transcends our expectations completely.” He calls us to be “run wild into our culture, calling out an incredible message of life: ‘God loves you! World! God loves you and made a way for you! Come with me! You don’t have to live lost and alone! My Dad has a place for you! He sees you as His ultimate treasure!'” WOW!!!

You and I – as children of God – have got to decide if we’re going to get out there and spread that glorious message or if we’re going to doubt our capabilities and let others do it for us. After all, “we are pronounced with purpose, conceived with an objective, given gifts and callings, and put on earth to help move the kingdom of God forward.”

Right here and right now I am deciding that I’m going to try my best to do better next week on writing.

BTW…the book releases in early May. I am not even finished with it, but I can already tell you that I am going to recommend it to everyone. My copy has been highlighted all over the place.



(FMF Friday) Surprise



I had the greatest of intentions, y’all. When I saw the word prompt this past Thursday that Kate gave us (BTW you can check this word prompt thing out at katemotaung.com/2016/03/17/five-minute-friday-suprise/ ) I was supes-excited to write because I knew right away what I wanted to write about. Then surprise surprise life got all up in my business. The next thing I knew it’s today – which happens to be the day that we get another word prompt during our Twitter party. Sigh…in case you don’t know it already the struggle is real. Thank goodness the link is still up so I can go ahead and contribute my nonsense…er, I mean my thoughts. 🙂

I got on the internet way back in the summer of 1998 and saw an ad for Clamato tomato juice. They were running a sweepstakes where the grand prize was a trip for two on their Destination Unknown Cruise in December of that year. “Cool!”, I thought. I entered and never thought another thing about it. Well, a couple of months later (can’t remember exactly when because it’s been a l-o-n-g time since then and the memory ain’t what it used to be) I get a knock on the door. It’s the FedEx guy with a registered letter for me. I sign for it, thanked the guy, and tore it open.

Surprise!!! I was one of the grand-prize winners!!!!! I won a trip for two on a Carnival cruise the week before Christmas. It didn’t tell me where the cruise was headed – only had an envelope telling me when to show up at the airport and what kind of clothing to bring along. I gathered from the instructions that it was a cruise to somewhere warm because it said to bring some short-sleeved stuff.

It ended up sailing us to the Bahamas. We had a blast and it is a beautiful place to visit. The trip was right before the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort had their official grand opening, so while there Jeff and I walked around there and oohed and ahhed over all its grandeur.

Now wasn’t that a great story? Well, it doesn’t exactly end there. A few weeks after we arrived home I started feeling queasy. I just couldn’t seem to shake it. Surprise!!!  Yep, you guessed it…I was pregnant. My hubby says that cruise turned out to be the most expensive ‘free’ prize we ever won. Hahahah! I still kid my now 16-year old son about the fact that he is my Bahama baby and threaten to return him to his homeland when he acts up on. He can always count on me to make a snarky comment when an Atlantis Resort commercial comes on tv.

Aren’t surprises the best, er’body?!?!?!??



(FMF Friday) News


Well, it’s the last day to do a writing on last Friday’s word prompt. It won’t be big news to any of my peeps that I am running drastically late in writing. I did sit down last Friday and try to write, but I just kept coming up with sad stuff related to bad news I’ve gotten over the years. I decided to scrap it and try again later, but later never seemed to come along. I’ve got a few extra minutes before getting ready for work so I’m all set to try again.

The news Jesus received from Mary and Martha wasn’t good. His good friend (their brother) Lazarus was sick. They wanted him to come to them. He stated right away that Lazarus’ sickness would bring glory to God, and then Jesus stayed right where he was for two whole days before informing his disciples He was heading back to Judea. To be quite blunt they thought he was nuts for wanting to go back there…as the last time He was there they had tried to stone Him. He let them know that Lazarus was ‘sleeping’ and He needed to wake him up. They tried to reason with Him, saying that sleep was what Lazarus needed – if he slept he would feel better. That’s when Jesus let them know that Lazarus had died. The book of John (it’s in chapter 11 if you wanna check it out) doesn’t record their response to what He told them, but I can imagine they didn’t know what in the world what to think.

Anyways…they headed to Mary & Martha’s place to find that Lazarus had been buried four days before they arrived. Martha was understandably upset that Jesus hadn’t come sooner. She even said to Him, “If you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” We all are familiar with the story from there. Jesus had them take Him to the place where Lazarus was buried and had them roll the stone covering it back. He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” Lazarus came right out of there – still wrapped in his graveclothes.

I once heard an evangelist speak of this miracle of Jesus. He alluded to the fact that if Jesus had walked up to that cave and only yelled, “Come forth!!” everyone in that whole cemetery would have sashayed out – resurrected from the dead!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! I don’t know about y’all, but that just makes me want to do a happy dance.

Here’s the great news I have for you today. There is going to come a day when Jesus comes back to this earth and is going to call out, “Y’all come on home!” and all the dead in Christ will rise up and go to meet Him. I don’t know about you, but that just gives me such a good feeling. It turns that bad news that I’ve gotten into hope…all the heartache and grief and sadness into joy.

I pray that everyone who is reading this knows our Savior and has asked for and received forgiveness for their sins. I pray that they are in good standing with Him and ready for that coming day. If not, it’s just a matter of asking Him. He is faithful and will take us into His family without hesitation. Be blessed!

(FMF Friday) Morning



It’s time again to write for five minutes with my pals from the Five Minute Friday community. The prompt this week is morning. Let’s do this thing…

Music is a very important part of my life. I start out out my morning with some classical music playing while I’m drinking my coffee and making sure that my son is up and getting ready for school. As soon as I climb in my car I reach for the knob and turn on my Sirius radio. It has so many channels with lots of choices. I sing my little heart out on the drive.

Since music is such a big part of my day most prompts will automatically make a song come to my mind. This week was no different. The song that came to my mind was “Give Me Jesus” by Jeremy Camp.

“In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

When I am alone,
When I am alone,
When I am alone,
Give me Jesus.

When I come to die,
When I come to die,
When I come to die,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.”

I pray that this song will always be my mantra. I want to wake up in the morning with Jesus on my mind. I want to start the day with the knowledge that no matter what life throws at me I’ve got Jesus. He will have my back through thick and thin, through joy and heartbreak, through ups and downs. He will be with me when I’m in a crowd or when I feel terribly alone. He’s gonna love me and call me a daughter even if I turn my back on him.When I come to the end of my journey on this old earth I’m going to close my eyes here and open them up in the presence of the One who died for me. All I can say is wow!!!  Well that and thank You, Jesus!!!


(FMF Friday) Forget

It’s Five Minute Friday time…well, Sunday for me – but I am finally getting it done. Today’s prompt is forget. This is what I got this time around because it’s a rainy day and my mind is going back. Please bear with me.






I’m never going to forget that time. Forever emblazoned on my mind.

5:57 on a Saturday night.

At the movies with your sister. My phone vibrates and I look down.

It’s you. I hit ignore – figuring you’ll call your dad – and go back to watching.

I didn’t try you back that evening…didn’t figure you would answer me on a Saturday night anyways. Had happened that way so many times before.

The next day you were gone.

If I had answered would you still be here today? There’s really no way of knowing.

I’m so very sorry…


***Please always take time for the ones you love. Unfortunately you never know when they won’t be there anymore.








(FMF Friday) Limit



What do you consider your limit? When you are living out your regular day-to-day life? I work at an afterschool program at my church for special-needs kids. We have children that range in age from seven all the way up to fifteen. They all have their own unique developmental and physical challenges – which could limit them all their lives. I really don’t think they even think about it.

They are a determined bunch of kiddos…working daily at their notebooks (our younger ones) and their daily work jobs throughout the church (our middle school and high schoolers). They work every single day to learn new things and improve upon skills they are working on. They don’t let their disabilities (what we call their HisAbilities) to limit them – they’re a happy, loving, well-adjusted, and loved bunch.

When going through my day-to-day stuff I sometimes complain about my lot in life…the constant chores, the laundry, getting dinner on the table, worrying over crazy stuff. I find myself every now and then moaning and groaning and saying, “That’s it…I’ve reached my limit, Lord. I can’t do this anymore”. I wallow around in my self-pity awhile, then am convicted –  stopping to think of my sweet babies at ASAS.

Thank You, Lord, for giving me the opportunity to be around the kids. Thank You for their sweet spirits and smiles and hugs. Above all this thank You for Your unlimited love.

(FMF Friday) Focus



The prompt this week is ‘focus‘. As I’ve alluded to in past posts I have trouble with focus sometimes. I’m like that dog in the sweet movie Up…I can be rolling along intent on getting something done, things progressing wonderfully, and all of a sudden like it’s ‘squirrel!!!’ Then I’m off and running in the opposite direction – working on something totally different. My husband finds it maddening because I have several unfinished projects all over the house. Personally, I think it makes life interesting.

The only time it really bothers me is when I’m trying to do my Bible devotions. I have a hard time focusing on things I’m reading and hearing what God has to say when I’ve got a bunch of unfinished stuff that needs to be done. I tend to rush through them so I can get back to other stuff. That’s no good at all. When I do that I miss out.

See, God wants us to slow down and focus on what He has for us. When we open up His Word and take our time we can be blessed, we can catch stuff we didn’t know already, and we can find answers to prayer. It’s easier to be in tune with our Father when our focus is right where it should be…on Him.

***As an aside to this little post I woke up this morning thinking about what I said, and the words to a beautiful hymn that we sing at church kept coming to mind. I feel led to include them here. Not sure if they’re for someone else who might read this or maybe even just for me – but here goes:

~~~ Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus  ~~~

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

(FMF Friday) Quiet



Everybody dislikes Mondays. Can I be honest and admit that I like Mondays? See, I’ve always been a somewhat shy type of person – staying pretty quiet and in the background at get-togethers and such. I can remember as a kid sitting in my room or outside in a tree a lot reading or just observing what was going on around me. I was pretty content being alone. This trait has followed me into adulthood…I am perfectly happy being by myself. After a weekend of everyone at home and church activities Mondays are my day for laying low and catching up on stuff around the house…laundry, newspaper, and TV (way too much). It’s a day where I tend to stay in my pj’s far too long and drink lots and lots of strong black coffee.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God…”  The Hebrew word “still” in that verse is “raphah”. One of its meanings is “to be quiet, to sink, or relax”. I think that it is very important to make a concerted effort to do just that in our everyday lives, and not just Mondays. We tend to be so busy and so detail oriented that we don’t truly sit still and let God do His work. It is SO hard to just do that, isn’t it? To be truly quiet – sit still and let Him take control of all of our lives. I need to resolve again today to work harder on being quiet before Him.


The end of that same verse is this: “…I will be exalted in the earth.”  Whether we are quiet before our Father or running here and there doing life…He is going to be exalted. He is going to handle it. He is in control. Let’s all never forget that. Being quiet before Him is an added blessing.

(FMF Friday) Present

The prompt is present. The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear that word is just how present my Heavenly Father has been in my life. He has shown His love and mercy time and time again. He has loved me through times of grief, of disappointment, of fear, of sorrow.  He promises in His Word that he will be present with us so in everything.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of need.”

— Psalm 46:1


The second thing I think of is another kind of present…as in how you present yourself to those around you. I long to be a sweet presence to those around me – my family, friends, co-workers, the sweet kids I serve at work, and the general public. I wish to represent Jesus in the way I carry myself and in my interactions with everyone. I wish to be a beacon of light and to lighten the load of someone who may be hurting.


And the third present on my mind reminds me to try harder to stop worrying and rely more on God. I want to be able to bring all my concerns to Him and then…as a very popular princess sang…”let it go”. I am striving to do this:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Philippians 4:6





(FMF Friday) Time


Yesterday was a snow day. I decided it was time I updated my blog. I’ve been meaning to sit down and work on it, but due to one thing or another I just never did it. My hubby says I’m the world’s most disorganized organized person ever. We’re talking lists of my lists here, people. 😊

This prompt got me to thinking. I have so many different things I need to do around my house. I put stuff off big time – as per usual. Rooms that need to be cleaned, boxes that need to be gone through, closets that need purging, etc., etc. I’m thinking now there’s no time like the present to get on it. Thank you, Kate, for giving this prompt. I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I’m gonna try really hard to do what needs to be done.