Why I Like to Read

I think that I have always enjoyed reading, or at least I cannot remember a time when I did not like it. I was born with asthma so I was limited in the number of activities I was allowed to do, and reading was a safe one for me, so I immersed myself in books from a very young age.  I read all of the Bobbsey Twin books, then went on to read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.  I shared my mother’s love of Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney.  For a while, when I was a young wife, I read a lot of romance, including Danielle Steel and others.  I now read a lot of Christian fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and some non-fiction occasionally.  I read a lot of books from the library and post reviews on Goodreads.  I also read for Netgalley and love to be chosen to read some of the latest books before they are available to the general public.  So, I will share some reviews here as well as some of the happenings of my daily life that keep me reading as an escape.  I relax with a good book and forget that I had a stroke and could die any day, or maybe not.  I count my blessings daily that I have lived this long and that I have lived to see the birth of eight grandchildren and have enjoyed so many books. I am just taking one day at a time and one book at a time and loving the life that God has given me.


My Heart

Next week you will not find me posting on my blog because I have a very important visit that I will be making. Because of all of our moves with the military, our children are scattered. Thus, we don’t get to see our grandchildren as often as I would like, but I am blessed to be able to see them three or four times per year. One of those times will be next week, s visit with two of our distant granddaughters. So, no blogging. But lots of hugs, kisses, playing and holding tight. If you look closely at the picture below, you will see the part of my heart that I will be with next week. Evie is three months and Penny is three. So off I go! Don’t forget me while I’m gone…I will still need your thoughts and prayers. Have a blessed and safe week!

God is Faithful

Everywhere we look there are people searching for someone or something that they can truly count upon.  Many of them never think to look to God.  They count their money or they look at their homes or relationships with other people, but what they really need is a relationship with God.  People are fallible; inevitably, they will fall short of your expectations of them.  Things disappear; money is all used up or the house is depreciating.  Even gold and other precious metals have values that fluctuate.  But God never changes.  He is eternal; His faithfulness is everlasting and His mercies are new every morning.  Some days it is harder for me to remember this than others, but God gently reminds me that He is always there for me.  He was right beside me when I heard the news of my mother’s death.  He was next to me when my son put his arm through a glass window.  He was with me when a truck ran into us on the way to Bible study.  He has been with me each and every time my husband was deployed and I was left alone in a new place.  No matter what I was going through, God was right there.  His Holy Spirit comforted me, guided me, and showed me God’s love.  This peace, this knowing that you are not ever alone, is what I want for my family members, for my readers, for everyone in the world actually.  To know that every day you start new with God.  He doesn’t hold grudges or turn His back on you because of yesterday’s mistakes.  I am so thankful for His love and presence with me.  I want that for each of you who is reading this little missive.  Take the time today to thank God for His faithfulness and never-ending mercy.

One of my favorite hymns tells of God’s faithfulness and mercies.  I hope that you enjoy it, too, and recognize that Jesus is the Lord of your life and wants to be with you every day, through every trial.  Your hope is in Him and His name because He is faithful and true.

Look All Around You and Worship

Every day that I wake up to a new morning with the Lord is a blessing to me.  You see, after I had my stroke about three and a half years ago, I did not know if I would see another morning.  So, I am blessed to be alive and blessed to be able to share how God has changed my life.  I cannot imagine that people wake up every day, look around at the beautiful world that God has given us to enjoy and not believe in Him. Science is one thing, but faith is something totally different.  It comes from the mind and the heart.  It means that you acknowledge that there is a Being greater than you and more powerful and knowledgeable than all the scientists in the world, One who started this whole thing rolling, with His words.  Over and over again in the book of Genesis, it is stated that God said and it was.  God said, for example, “Let there be light” and there was light.  How awesome is that!  No technology or gadget we have today in our modern world can out-do God.  He is awesome, and all you have to do is look around.  Have an open mind, let God fill those questioning spaces with His Spirit, see with a new perspective, and worship!  Your days will start better if you start it with worship…and your eternity will hold more promise, too!

AF24BBA3-A508-41CC-893E-66244A7F4072.jpegTo start you out on your road to worship, here is one of my favorite worship songs sung by a new, young artist.  I hope that you enjoy and that you will look around and worship!

Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks to Teen, Meet God for nominating me for this award!  She is one amazing young lady who loves the Lord and shows it daily in her blogs.  I would love it (and she probably wouldn’t mind either if you checked out her blog.

9E9EC677-C41D-4464-8A6F-CBD12C57692E.jpegThe creator of the Mystery Blogger Award is Okoto Enigma (Okoto Enigma).  She created it for bloggers that inspire, motivate and captivate!

Here are the rules:

1.  Thank whoever nominatedYes you and include a link to their blog.

2.  Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

3.  Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

4.  Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.

5.  Nominate 5-10 bloggers you feel deserve the award.

6.  Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.

7.   Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

Three random facts about me:

  1.  I have been happily married to my spouse for 45 years.  He is retired from the military and we moved 25 times, along with our three wonderful children.
  2. I was a Spanish teacher for 34 years in 11 different states.
  3. I have a Master’s Degree in education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Here are Teen’s questions and my replies:

1.  Do you have any pets?  

Yes, I have a ginger cat named Daisy.  She is an extraordinary cat because she knows how to sit and big for treats.

2.  Where do you go to be alone?

I go into my bedroom.  I have a small recliner next to my bed that I can sit in.

3.  What is your salvation testimony?

I was 21 years old and on 555.  my own in my first apartment in a small town in Virginia.  I usually arrived home at the same time as the next-door neighbor, a sweet woman a little older than I was who always greeted me with a smile and asked how my day was.  One day, she asked me if I knew Jesus as my Savior.  I didn’t so she told me about him, gave me a Bible (The Way) to read and told me to read the book of John.  I read the Gospel of John later that night and then, being convicted of my sins, I fell to my knees beside my bed and asked Jesus to be my Savior.  I told Verna (my neighbor) the next day and she invited me to her church.  There, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and then baptized in water.  I have been serving Jesus to the best of my ability for 45 years now.

4.  What landscape do you enjoy the most?

I like mountains because I was raised in avalley with mountains not far away.  One of my brothers lives in Colorado and I was blessed to be able to visit him there many years ago.  I will never forget the plane flying over the Rocky Mountains!  They are the most beautiful mountain range that I have ever seen!

5.  Funny, weird question:  If you could insert yourself into any Bible story, what would it be and why?

I would want to be a guest at the wedding at which Jesus did His first miracle, that of turning water into wine.  Just to live in the actual time that Jesus lived and walk the streets that He walked…Oh, my, that brings tears to my eyes!

Here are my nominees:


Odd and Bookish


Sojourners on Earth

Becoming His Tapestry

You all have amazing blogs that are uplifting and that I can learn from as I read them.  Just a note:  Participation is voluntary, but so much fun, if you choose to do so.

Here are my questions for my nominees:

1.  If you could live any where in the world, where would it be and why?

2.  If you could totally wipe away one sin from the world, what would it be?

3.  What do  you think is your greatest achievement in your life?

4.  What color would you paint the grass if it could not be green? (My weird question)

5.  Which person in history other than Jesus would you like to meet?  What would you say to him/her?

Thanks to all of my readers for reading and commenting on my blog.  You encourage me daily.  And thanks especially to my Lord Jesus who strengthens me daily and gives me the grace and mercy to keep on living.




Led by the Spirit

Such an insightful look at living in darkness that I had to share.

Run With It

Matthew 4:1-11 ESV

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’


“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put…

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Living in God’s House

4ED0E118-AFD7-4763-8A10-B9DAE6A6F591.jpegCan you imagine living with God, and always singing His praises?  That is the guaranteed future for those who know the Lord Jesus as their Savior.  I had a “discussion” with a relative recently who declared that there are all kinds of ways to get to Heaven.  Not true, according to God’s Word.

B9F684DF-5285-4425-9687-798B80016BD6.jpegJesus Himself told us that He is the Only Way to the Father.  So, those living under the delusion that you can believe in almost anyone or anything and still go to Heaven are just wrong.  I don’t say that lightly because I try to be very open-minded about a lot of things.  But I call sin, sin and I tell people that the only way to Heaven is by believing in Christ as Your Savior.  Is that all there is to it?  Just say a sinner’s prayer and then you continue doing what you were doing before?  No!  A resounding no!  Those who truly believe that Christ came to die for their sins repent and their lives are changed.  Repent means to turn away from; so once saved, you turn away from your sins and start living for the Lord of your life, the One who offers eternal life.  There are too many people calling themselves Christians who are still wallowing in the filthiness of sin. If that is true, then Christ died in vain, and my Bible says He died to call you OUT of your sin, not so you could just stay in it.  Neither does that mean that you say the sinner’s prayer and you are instantly perfect.  Nope!  That’s not true either.  This walk with Jesus is a daily picking up our cross, remembering His sacrifice and being willing to live for Him just as He died for us.  So, why do we do that?  Because we want to live in Heaven for eternity and sing praises to God forever! And because we love the Lord Jesus with all of our hearts souls, minds and strength!   Sounds so cool to me.  In the meantime, we are here to encourage one another in the faith.


I am not able to be with you physically, but through the wonders of technology I can write encouraging words online and hope that they help you some way in your walk with Christ.  In the meantime, remember to share Christ everywhere you go, in every way that you can.  Be the one who makes a difference!

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Thank You!

Before I do my regular post today, I want to thank my followers. You guys are awesome to follow an elderly lady who loves Jesus and wants to share my faith. Thank you!

Our Words

Do you know how important your words are?  With only three words, “It is finished”, Jesus declared the completion of His mission on the earth.  With only words, you can destroy or you can build up.  It is your choice, each time you open your mouth, or even type a word on a post online.

545AE823-8513-4972-BE39-7AEBCCAD8085So, you are probably like me and saying to yourself, well I’m not a troublemaker or a gossip.  Really?  I have had to repent of this sin and and I suspect many of my readers will, too.  Do you say anything personally that hurts others, just because you want to fit in?  Do you say to someone, “We really need to pray for so-and-so because you know what they did”?  That is gossip, in the guise of prayer, but gossip nonetheless.  If you are sharing about others, even if what you are saying is true, you are gossiping and may be causing trouble.  If you want to truly pray for someone you are concerned about, then do so, privately.  If that person wants to share their needs publicly, they don’t need you to do it for them.

We are not supposed to listen to gossip either.  That is participating in something that is wrong.  So, how exactly does that go in the “real world”?  My suggestion is just to walk away and continue to do whatever work or errand you were headed to do when you stopped to listen to the gossip.  And if the gossip is online, stop following that person.  It sounds simple, but I know it isn’t.  God didn’t call you to preach to everyone you see who is gossiping, “Repent!’  For one thing, you would not be well received and for another, you are planting seeds in possibly unfallow ground.  So, if you follow my advice, you will avoid being a wrongdoer.  Removing yourself from the situation helps you in your walk with the Lord.


Do you want to do what Jesus did?  Then speak wise words that bring healing to a divided and hurting world.  Think before you speak, as the old adage goes.  I used to tell my students that God gave them two ears and one mouth for a reason.  Everyone needs to listen more and speak less.  If you are truly listening to the hearts of the people with whom you come in contact, then you will know how to speak wise words and bring healing to them.

My prayer for myself and for my readers is:

5DFD795B-B230-4B4A-8829-D319699C1F92Have a wonderfully blessed day!


Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award Something to Stu Over!

As the Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community, I am truly humbled and honored to be nominated! To me, those little rays of sunshine that are being spread are actually rays of hope!

Here are Stu’s Questions:

1. How do you spread rays of sunshine (hope) outside of your blog?

I try to help others as much as possible. I teach Sunday school and help out at a ministry at a nursing home. And I post positive posts on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram that are not part of my blog.

2. What is one cliche you cannot stand?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

3. What does the term “God’s got this” mean to you?

It means that I can trust God no matter what is happening in my life. He always stands with me through everything.

4. Out of your hardest trial or struggle, what is the most valued thing you took from that experience?

That God is my light in the middle of my darkness and I can go to him for comfort at any time

5. If you could go back and live in any time period, which one would you choose and why?

I would like to live during the late 1700’s so I could experience the big revivals at the time and maybe even get to listen to Jonathan Edwards preach and see George Washington and other founding fathers.

6. What is your favorite board game?


7. If you could cure one addiction to where no one could relapse, which one would it be?


8. If you have a relationship with Jesus, what do you cherish the most about it?

I do have a relationship with Jesus, having accepted Him into my heart 45 years ago. I cherish the fact that He is always there for me, in my loneliest and darkest times.

9. If your life were to made into a movie, what genre would it be?

Comedy because laughter does a heart good

10. What made you choose the title for your blog?

I prayed about it and that is what came to me.

11. If you were to create your own blog award, what would the name of it be and what would be its description?

The Visual Award for those who have beautiful pictures or illustrations on their blog

Here are my nominees:


Sue Love

Christy Istrate

Plants and Beyond.


Chris Hall

Simpliv LLC


Wisdom City

Lily Pierce

John Eli & friends

Kristi Ann

Here are my questions:


1. If you could ask Jesus one question, what would it be?

2. What are the attributes you look for in friendship?

3. What is your favorite thing to do besides blog?

4. What kinds of books do you read?

5. What one person has had the most influence on your life?

6. If you could take a walk anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you take with you?

7. If you are having a really good day, who would you call to tell about it?

8. Do you have any pets? What do you have?

9. What does it mean to say that “Jesus is my Lord”?

10. If you could choose one person from history to meet other than the Lord Jesus, who would it be and why?

11. What is one movie that you think everyone should watch?

The Rules:


Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.

-Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.

-Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write 11 new questions.

-List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

To my nominees:

Please know that participation is completely optional. I just want to thank you for shedding rays of sunshine (hope) and being an inspiration.

Salvation Is God’s Plan

50CF8F68-3E2F-45EA-A37A-02B3D24C4FE2I’m starting by blog today with Hezekiah’s prayer because it is my cry to the Lord, also.  I recognize Him as the Creator of all the heavens and the earth.  I know that is is enthroned in the heavens and that He loves me with an everlasting love.  I praise Him for His love for me, but not just for me but for all mankind.  Did you know that God planned your salvation from the beginning?  Thank you, Lord!

86EC43BD-6C9A-4590-AB8A-EA4D946BF2C0.jpegWhen I read this Scripture from 2 Timothy during my devotional this morning, I was amazed that I had missed this truth for so long.  I had actually taught it in my Sunday school class last month when we talked about Adam’s sin and how it opened the door for sin to come into the world, but I told my students that God already had a plan of salvation. (Genesis 3:15). Somehow, I said the words without really thinking about them until my discovery this morning.  Isn’t it amazing that from the beginning God planned for you to have a relationship with Him, to be saved from you sin and to walk with Him for all eternity?  My voice says, “Wow!”  My heart leaps within me with joy and expectation.  The God who created me made me with my salvation in mind and He just kept waiting patiently and lovingly until I accepted Him into my heart. He is waiting for you to know Him too, in a way that is beyond imagination because He loves you so.  Won’t you tell Jesus that you accept Him as your Savior?  Repent. And be saved!  Today is the day of your salvation!  Let God make everything new in your life.  He is so good!