Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Morning Gratitudes

That though there was damage and death, Hurricane Irma and Harvey weren't as bad as they could have been
A sunshiny morning
running water
a warm house
cool weather and the clothes to go with it!
the end of my WWII Spies novel, book two is here! Yay.
good editors and critique partners! Sharon, Jamin!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Morning Peace: Bits of Advice

Today, I want to share tidbits of advice from others
who we hope learned lessons they've shared with us.

A thorough knowledge of the Bible
is worth more than a college education.
--Theodore Roosevelt

If you have to have a policy manual,
publish the ten commandments.
--Robert Townsend

If you walk, walk,
If you sit, just sit,
But whatever you do,
don't wobble.

The scriptures teach us the best way of living,
the noblest way of suffering,
and the most comfortable way of dying.
--John Flavel

If you tell the truth,
you don't have to remember anything.
--Mark Twain


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What Did I Do With My Summer?

What Have I Done With My Summer?

misThat is the question, is it not for all of us?

"The Joy of Harvest" from Isaiah
  • Vacations: besides the fun and joy of being with family, did I do what I could to encourage my loved ones toward godliness? Did I lift up their spirits? Did I speak words of kindness rather than criticism? Did I show appreciation for the glorious scenery, the wonder of their smiles and the good times?

  • Church Camps: Did I do my part in celebrating the spirit of revival in hearts? Did I take the time to speak to those fighting trials and disheartening times? Did I enthusiastically participate in events to encourage others to do the same? 

  • Home Life: Did I keep up with devotions? Did I ask for help when needed, whether from my God or from others who were willing to do so? Did I accomplish what I planned on doing throughout these weeks? Have I grown spiritually, mentally, and even physically (by keeping up with the right training and eating for me?

  • Ministry Work: Whether in weekly church services and/or events such as Vacation Bible School, etc., or special services of music or ministry, did I volunteer willingly? Did I put my all into the work, or begrudgingly complain that I was too busy; why couldn't someone else do something? Was my heart totally lifted up to HIM in obedience? 

Can I say positively "yes" to all these questions (and more)? Probably not. Have I learned lessons I needed through these past three months that have taught me to be more willing, less out-spoken, more encouraging, etc? I hope so. 

Whether we had a busy, constantly on-the-go summer or quiet, relaxing times alone, we need to be vigilant in keeping ourselves ready and obedient to harvest what God has for us. 

And it's never too late! :)  Autumn is coming--the time of reaping. Let us look forward to good times ahead. 

Abundant blessings!