Saturday, October 17, 2015

It's a beautiful fall day! Windows and doors open, cool breeze blowing through, leaves falling from the trees, rustling on the ground, pumpkin bread fresh from the oven. . . Fall!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014


God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea


Psalm 46:1-2


Sometimes this is how we feel isnt' it? Whether we're worried about money or time or work or our kids, we don't have to live in fear of disaster. Our God is present in every situation. He is our strength and we can take refuge in Him. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Devotional for Single Moms



If you are a single mom, regardless of the path that brought you here, this is for you...so you can know that you do not have to walk alone.

For all of the women who share the role of single mom, including me, we belong to a very large group of women who share the same heart, the same struggles and the same needs.


In learning how to be single, sometimes we attempt to attach ourselves to another human being, hoping they will be able to meet our deepest needs and heal our hurts. We miss the feeling that we are part of a whole. In our “neediness” we think another human being might hold the answer. So we reach out to relationships that only pull us farther away from where we need to be and bring more hurt into our lives.


The most important truth I can share with you is this. . .


There is someone who I have fallen in love with. I am committed to Him and love Him with all my heart. I am not alone anymore. He meets every need I could ever have. He never leaves my side. He is faithful. He is strong enough to protect and provide for my children and myself. Spending time with Him every day has become my greatest joy. I have learned that I can trust Him in any situation. Regardless of how impossible the world may see my plight, He can bring blessing from it. He has shown me that the greatest blessings in my life have come from my greatest difficulties.


He is my God and my Savior Jesus Christ. He loves me. He loves you. There is nothing we have done or will do that can change that love. We have made mistakes, we have made wrong choices. Those we loved have made mistakes and wrong choices. These do not limit God and His power to restore. His grace and mercy are greater than our weakness. For it is in our greatest struggles that we see Christ. Only His pain on the cross is enough to save us from our greatest pain.


When we get to the place in our lives when there is no one else, no place else to go, nothing left to believe, Jesus is there waiting. His arms are stretched out to us in love and forgiveness. We can find Jesus in His Word, in books we read, in music we listen to, and always in our heart. I found that after years of wondering if I could ever be welcomed back into God's arms, I was the one who had looked away. All I had to do was look to Him. My eyes met His and He was right there with me. No human being could ever be as close.


"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."


Romans 8:1

Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's Christmas Time,
     Once Again

The wreath that hangs on my front door silently speaks to me and all who enter each day.  It occurs to me as I finish up my tasks of hustling and bustling that Christmas will arrive without my efforts! No amount of cleaning, or cooking or gift buying or decorating will bring this glorious day about. 

Christmas Day is. It just is. As in, "I AM" 

My favorite Christmas moments are the quietest ones. Late on Christmas Eve with all the packages under the tree, candles lit from the reading of Luke 2, and quiet. . . filling the house. Would Christmas arrive without my purchasing presents for those I love? I wonder each year as the money stretches thin. Could Christmas happen without them? 

One of my favorite Christmases was one in which a stray evergreen branch was our tree, one simple candle lit the room, and a simple gift exchanged was the celebration. We were in Innsbruck,  Austria, my cousin and I. In the midst of our backpacking travels across Europe, we stopped in this beautiful village to celebrate Christmas. We attended an international Christmas Eve candle light service, listened to the singing of Silent Night in many different languages, walking back to our room through the snow covered streets.

These memories are my reminders to cherish the simplest of moments. The hearts of those I love are my greatest treasures.


Through the inevitable disappointments of the season, hurts and struggles. . .


Believe. . . believe in the HOPE that Christ's birth brings.  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.  For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.  But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.   Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:29-32


A soft rain is falling. . . a few birds are singing even in the rain. . . so good for all of the plants, flowers, trees, grass. . . for all of us living things!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012



"Look to the Lord and His strength.
Seek His face continually."
Psalm 105:4

The flag is waving in the breeze, the sun is shining, the birds are singing
~A glorious summer day~

Tuesday, June 5, 2012



Thank you Asia at A Lady in the Making for this sweet award. I'm almost a year late in responding! I'm so glad you visited and enjoyed my blog. Blessings to you~



"Delight yourself in the Lord
And He will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalm 37:4


"My darling child. . . My heart is your heart. . . I am always by your side. . . walk closely beside Me. . . listen to My word. . . trust. . ."

Saturday, January 7, 2012



It's a new year! And a time to remind myself that it's never too late to dream! I decided the best way to accomplish new things is to set a goal of doing something creative every day. So far that has included painting a couple of ceramic pots and playing around in photoshop. Not sure if that qualifies, since what, in days past, took hours and days to create, now just takes a click of a button. But it's fun and good for the soul, anyway.

The last few months of this year were a time of change. It began with the "knowing" that I had to find a way to quit my second job. With the holidays coming up, my hours would get later and later, keeping me away from home until 10:00 or later the nights I worked. Just not acceptable. I knew I needed to be home. My heart was always torn when I was at work, wanting to be home, even though I enjoyed  my job and the creativity it involved. So, one day during a break, a rare quiet moment, I sat down and prayed. The verse that immediately popped into my mind was Proverbs 3:5-6. I knew my heart and spirit were deeply troubled by my dilemma and as I thought on these verses, I wasn't sure how to interpret them in my situation, but I began to feel my trust increasing. It was still based on faith in a result I couldn't see, but I was ready to trust that God was working.

My trust was tested in more than one situation at a time. My parents moved into an assisted living home in Tennessee, close to my brother's family. This was such a life changing experience for me and required TRUST in God working His plan in their lives, not mine.

And then, an opportunity showed itself, that I didn't even recognize at first, but then realized that this was my chance to quit my second job, budget out my resources, and TRUST! So, with trepidation. . . I did! And each day was filled with a trusting so real it seemed tangible. It still does. Just being. Being at home. Time at home. I have learned that time is money. Time has a value that money can't buy. This decision was life changing as well.

Shortly after this change, I was transferred to a different school. So, I've been learning how to work with different students with different challenges. Trying to TRUST that I'm where I belong at the moment.

Praying that through my attempt at creativity, I can find a way to support my spending more time at home.
Isn't it funny how even when it comes to doing the things we love, it requires discipline? So, that is my goal, to discipline myself daily, to do one thing I love!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

My New Year's quote for the past few years, has been 
"We will open the book. It's pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. 
The book is called Opportunity and it's first chapter is New Year's Day."


This year I think it will be a little different. Each morning, as I look upon the blank page I 
think I will wait and see what God writes on the page first, what He lays before me each day, 
what He presents to me as "Opportunity". 


This year has been one of trusting. Learning to trust and then being given opportunities to rely on that trust


Proverbs 3:5~6 have become so ingrained in my spirit, thoughts and heart that the words will forever be a part of me! 


Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Do not rely on your own insight
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will make your paths straight.


Some days, just by thinking on the words, saying them over and over, brought the trust I needed for the moment, for the day. 


I love this time of year. After the emotions that Christmas brings about, I savor  the quietness of the days that follow. And then we see the end drawing near. We can close out the old year, and wake up to a new year. Our God is faithful and is beside us regardless of the time of day, or the day or year, but for us, it's helpful to think of new beginnings. 


My new devotional book, "Jesus Calling", says,


"As this year draws to a close, receive My Peace. This is still your deepest need, and I, your Prince of Peace, long to pour Myself into your neediness. My abundance and your emptiness are a perfect match." 


December 31


Now, I can't wait to read what  it says in the morning~


The first day of our new year~




 I love new beginnings.


 I love that our God is a God of . . .


 forgiveness


 new beginnings


 grace


 and second chances. 






HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!







Monday, July 18, 2011

I Will Be Here For You

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:1-3


Single Mom Devotional

Here we go again! (I like to repost this from time to time as a reminder of where I've been and where I am going).

If you are a single mom, regardless of the path that brought you here, this is for you..so you can know that you do not have to walk alone.

For all of the women who share the role of single mom, including me, we belong to a very large group of women who share the same heart, the same struggles and the same needs.


In learning how to be single, sometimes we attempt to attach ourselves to another human being, hoping they will be able to meet our deepest needs and heal our hurts. We miss the feeling that we are part of a whole. In our “neediness” we think another human being might hold the answer. So we reach out to relationships that only pull us farther away from where we need to be and bring more hurt into our lives.
The most important truth I can share with you is this. . .

There is someone who I have fallen in love with. I am committed to Him and love Him with all my heart. I am not alone anymore. He meets every need I could ever have. He never leaves my side. He is faithful. He is strong enough to protect and provide for my children and myself. Spending time with Him every day has become my greatest joy. I have learned that I can trust Him in any situation. Regardless of how impossible the world may see my plight, He can bring blessing from it. He has shown me that the greatest blessings in my life have come from my greatest difficulties. 

He is my God and my Savior Jesus Christ. He loves me. He loves you. There is nothing we have done or will do that can change that love. We have made mistakes, we have made wrong choices. Those we loved have made mistakes and wrong choices. These do not limit God and His power to restore. His grace and mercy are greater than our weakness. For it is in our greatest struggles that we see Christ. Only His pain on the cross is enough to save us from our greatest pain.

When we get to the place in our lives when there is no one else, no place else to go, nothing left to believe, Jesus is there waiting. His arms are stretched out to us in love and forgiveness. We can find Jesus in His Word, in the books we read, in the music we listen to, and always in our heart. I found that after years of wondering if I could ever be welcomed back into God's arms, I was the one who had looked away. All I had to do was look to Him. My eyes met His and He was right there with me. No human being could ever be as close. 

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Romans 8:1 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Life is an Adventure!!

This morning I have but a few moments to write my thoughts. Listening to God's whispers, remembering fading dreams, thankful for life's second chances, listening, listening, inspiration from all directions~

Listen. . . . . . . . . . .  Can you hear it?

Stepping out on faith. . . . hope. . . .

Saturday, February 12, 2011




         With the kind You show Yourself kind,

         With the blameless You show Yourself blameless; 
         With the pure You show Yourself pure,
         And with the perverted You show Yourself astute. 
              And You save an afflicted people;
         But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You abase. 
    For You are my lamp, O LORD;
         And the LORD illumines my darkness. 
    For by You I can run upon a troop;
         By my God I can leap over a wall. 
   As for God, His way is blameless;
         The word of the LORD is tested;
         He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 
    For who is God, besides the LORD?
         And who is a rock, besides our God? 
    God is my strong fortress;
         And He sets the blameless in His way. 
    He makes my feet like hinds' feet,
         And sets me on my high places. 
    He trains my hands for battle,
         So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 
    You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
         And Your help makes me great. 
    You enlarge my steps under me,
         And my feet have not slipped.

2 Samuel 22:26-37

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

You Are My Hiding Place



Last night, while reading in Psalm 91, this song kept playing in my mind. So this morning I had to find it to listen to.  


I love God's second chances. We have another snow day today~ my second chance to actually get something done around my house while watching the snow outside! I have a house full of boxes in need of being put away, sorted through, or thrown away. So, this is my day. 


I pray that this song fills your heart with peace, and blesses you, regardless of what your day holds, or the things you may be afraid of. 


Blessings



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Prayer for Today

My prayer for today ~


 Dear Lord,


 Give me the eyes to see your purposes all around me.


 Help me to see in the simplest of things, the blessings that I can be to others and the blessings they are to me.


 Let me be faithful in my heart's attitude and my mind's thoughts, in the words I say and the things I do.


 Guide me on my life's path and give me eyes to see your path before me. 


Let me be a faithful guide to others on their life's path.


 Take delight in the LORD,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart



Psalm 37:4

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year to Everyone!



‎"We will open the book. It's pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and it's first chapter is New Year's Day."


Edith Lovejoy Pierce


I think I've begun a "new" New Year's tradition! Yesterday, on New Year's Eve, I took everything out of my closet, 12 years of dusty treasures, in boxes and bags. What once filled my closet, now fills my room! I have to admit, the only reason I did such a thing is because I will be having some plumbing work done under my house and the only way they can get there is through the floor of my closet!! Now that's a good house plan and design for you!


 Anyway, I usually just put it all back without sorting anything first, but. . . . this year . . . I have resolved to sort through each and every box and paper and bag before putting them back in my closet! It's really sort of fun to find memories long forgotten. Of course some things are better thrown away and forgotten, but that's fun too. 


My daughter and I saw the new Narnia movie yesterday as well, and I left the theatre in tears! It was sooo good!! I would really love to see it again. Aslan has such a powerful presence. I love how they portrayed the symbolism and truths. 


Kids are still sleeping, I might sneak out the door for a walk around the block and back to do some more ORGANIZING!!! 


Have a wonderful day all~and have a blessed New Year~









Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Before December flies away in a couple of days I thought I should acknowledge it's presence at least! It always amazes me, how after all of the hustle and bustle of preparing,  that Christmas Day always has a way of redeeming itself.~

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Preparing for my kids to fly home tonight, and for the busy week ahead! Cleaning house, planning meals, probably the same thing you're doing these days. Trying to keep things simple and enjoy the day at home.

A few days ago I came upon some verses that were new to me, so I wanted to share them.

Psalm 143:10

Teach me to do Thy will,
For Thou art my God
Let Thy good Spirit lead me on level ground.
For the sake of Thy name, O Lord, revive me.

and. . .

Psalm 145:14-20

The Lord sustains all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to Thee
And Thou dost give them their food in due time.
Thou dost open Thy hand,
And dost satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
And kind in all His deeds.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him,
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
The Lord keeps all who love Him. . .

These words blessed me and I hope they bless you as you read them while you prepare for the holiday ahead. The leaves are beautiful even down here in Texas although the weather is still pretty warm. Still have to bake some goodies to have on hand when my kids arrive.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Attitude!

‎"The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90 % how I react to it." - Charles Swindoll. When I don't have a good attitude, I can exchange it at the foot of the cross. The cross of Christ puts everything else in perspective.


The Single Mom's Devotional by Carol Floch

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Morning

I woke up to a light and airy, bright and sunshiny, free and easy. . . Sunday morning. No schedule to keep, no demands to be met, just time to breathe and be~ My car is being worked on so I can't go anywhere. Yippee!


 At 7:24 this morning my dogs wanted out, so I gingerly walked down the hallway, into the day, to let them outside. I thought to myself, "I'll just sit at my computer until they're ready to come back inside and then, back to bed!". Upon checking my emails, I discovered a friend had left a comment on my blog. My blog. My blog! 


So, I've been here, becoming re-aquainted with my own blog and the blogs I've grown to know and love! The house was quiet until about 9:00 when my son and his friend woke up. After a big, unexpected  hug, my son asked " what's for breakfast?" Ordinarily that question would have annoyed me, but this morning, I joyfully prepared French toast on which they added powdered sugar and maple syrup.


 I've enjoyed cup after cup of coffee, looking out my window at the leaves on trees, the sunlight breaking through the branches, and contemplating my life. Somehow I've moved away from the things that I love. Writing. . ., photography. . ., and just pondering in general.  Thank you for allowing me to do a little writing and pondering this crisp November morning. 


Still working as a Teacher's Assistant, unable to find an open door there. Maybe I misunderstood the direction I was to take when I first headed this way. I love the kids, but find that I'm a circle trying to fit into a square hole again.  Hmmm. Could it be that I need to work on straightening those edges? 


Sometimes I feel I have outgrown the title of my blog. However I am definitely a mom, still single and can't live one moment without my faith. So, I guess I'll keep it! 


Have a wonderful Sunday~it's good to be back!



Saturday, September 11, 2010

Writing. . . .

Writing, writing, writing. . .

Facebook is becoming a place where I can too easily share small thoughts, however, my blog gives me an outlet for my spirit. We need time for that~ maybe I'll have more of that in the future! I'm going to try and find little nooks and crannies of time. But, for now, I'm enjoying that second cup of coffee and heading off for my Saturday at work! It's a good thing I enjoy my job!

Wishing everyone here a wonderful weekend.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March. . . brrrr

I just had to add some color! I'm giving myself a day off today. Well, not really, lots to catch up on around home. Laundry. . .mostly. Sometimes we just need time and quiet. It's a rainy day here. The grass is turning green and is about to need mowed. I've been learning alot lately about
* boundaries
it's ok to have them!
communicating them takes practice
* avocados
they're good for your wrinkles and for your health!
* courage
acting in spite of fear or the feeling that everything has to be perfect first!
wish me luck in acting with courage in my teaching job search for next year.
Well, better get back to folding the laundry. Have a great week!
But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Does This Look Like Texas?











I know all of you folks up north may be tired of the cold and snow, but here in Texas. . . I'll take all the snow I can get! These were taken a couple of weeks ago when we received our record snow fall of about 10 inches. Beautiful!