52 Reasons Why

We love because He first loved us. I John 4:19 For Valentine’s Day at work, I helped a group of kids make a present for their mom or dad. We used old decks of cards and made a book called, 52 Reasons I Love You. Each of the 52 cards had a reason on it. It was a difficult project and several kids didn’t finish. But for the ones that did, it turned out to be a great gift for someone special. I made some also. I made one for my husband and one for each of my four children. It … Continue reading 52 Reasons Why

Comfort

Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. Psalm 131:2 Justin did a face plant the other day in the gym.  He is six years old and so adorable; I just love, love, love this kid.  I helped him up and walked him to the sidelines and sat in a chair.  He crawled up in my lap and lay his head on my shoulder. I rubbed his back and whispered sweet reassurances and rocked him while he cried his hurt away.  After about … Continue reading Comfort

Kingdom Benefits

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:1-5 NLT In this Psalm, David commands his soul (his mind, his will and his emotions) to line up with his spirit and bless the … Continue reading Kingdom Benefits

Pleasant Words

  Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.  Proverbs 16: 24 Pleasant words – words that encourage and lift up, words that minister life and grace and love and mercy.  Heard many of those lately?  Spoken many of those lately?  Sometimes, I have to admit, I am careless in my speech.  I speak from habit and convention.  People ask, “How are you? and I say “fine” whether I am or not.  And no one seems to really care.  And I think what difference does it make? The woman at the counter at … Continue reading Pleasant Words

Cheerful Disposition

A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. Proverbs 17:22 Everyday at work, I greet parents as they drop off their children.  I ask how are you doing and invariably I get the same responses, not bad for a Monday, well, it’s Wednesday, I’d be better if it were Friday, or just ok.  I listen as people speak gloom and doom over their days and their lives.  I commented to one woman that she must have really great weekends to dread Mondays and Tuesdays and all the other days and she said, no not … Continue reading Cheerful Disposition

Guard Your Heart

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  Proverbs  4:23 God gave me free will. I choose what goes into my heart.  I can fill it with negative thoughts and wallow in negative emotions – I can catalog my pain and my symptoms and relive past hurts from others or I can fill it with positive thoughts – I can fill it with God’s word and His promises, I can choose to forgive those that have hurt me, I can choose to dwell on loving others instead of protecting myself.  It’s my choice. Joseph … Continue reading Guard Your Heart

Happy Hour

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 Once when we were driving to the river for a swim, I caught bits and pieces of a conversation that my son and his friend were having in the back seat.  What I heard went like this: Khris:  When I used to live over here, I would walk there every day for Happy Hour.  Happy Hour was from 2:00 – 5:00. John:  Yeah, I’ve been here for Happy Hour. Khris:  They really have some good drinks here. At this point, I am ready to slam … Continue reading Happy Hour

Donuts With Diane

Elisha said, “Listen! God’s word! The famine’s over. This time tomorrow food will be plentiful—a handful of meal for a shekel; two handfuls of grain for a shekel. The market at the city gate will be buzzing.”  The attendant on whom the king leaned for support said to the Holy Man, “You expect us to believe that? Trapdoors opening in the sky and food tumbling out?” “You’ll watch it with your own eyes,” he said, “but you will not eat so much as a mouthful!” II Kings 7:1-2 One day at work recently it was “Pastries with Parents Day” at … Continue reading Donuts With Diane

Watch Those Promises

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my Word to perform it”.  Jeremiah 1:12 God doesn’t give His word lightly.  He doesn’t make promises and then change His mind.  I have learned the hard way how difficult it can be to keep promises.  My son reminds me from time to time of promises I’ve made that have slipped my mind.  They don’t slip his mind, let me tell you.  He definitely watches over my word to see me perform it.  I am held accountable for what I promised and I have learned … Continue reading Watch Those Promises

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way

  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 A seven year old boy at work the other day got his heart broken when kids wouldn’t play the game he wanted to play. He curled up in a ball against the wall and cried and yelled, “It’s not supposed to be this way. It’s not supposed to be this way. This shouldn’t be happening.” Meanwhile, a 10 year old girl was crying silently at a table, head down, tears covering her hands and Kleenex dotting … Continue reading It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way