Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thoughts on Mothers' Day

Since we celebrate Mothers’ Day this weekend, I wanted to share with you all what my mom means to me.

I’m blessed to be able to call my mom my friend, and a close friend at that.  We continually think of and pray for each other.  Several times a week we’ll talk on the phone “just because.”  We don’t need a reason—we just like each other!  So much so that we take two days a week to get together. 
She comes over for an hour or two on Mondays so we can visit and talk about what’s going on.  Or about nothing.  Friends are comfortable with each other that way. About three days later, I head to their house and we play games and share dinner together.  I look forward to it each week. I’m not a poet but I do like to express myself in writing so I wrote a small poem for my mom about 25 years ago and I thought I’d share it with you today.

My feelings for you, Mom, are hard to express
Just thinking about it, I really am blessed.
You've taught me so much as I've grown through the years
To dare to strive higher, and persevere.
Nothing is ever too big or too small
You've taught me "I can" if I give it my all.
Success isn't all that you've taught me to find
But happiness too and a true peace of mind.
Each time that I've needed you, you have been there
To listen, to comfort, to show that you care.
Thank you for sticking with me to the end
Thank you for being a very good friend.

For all of you mothers out there, know that your kids (whether children or grown) love and appreciate you.  You sacrifice more than we can imagine and it’s hard for some of us to know how to express how we feel.  But we appreciate you. 






Monday, May 8, 2017

More than Just Walking The Dog

Last week I was out walking my dog, Tommy,
when I came upon a neighbor named Jo.

It turned our walk into more than I'd bargained
for.  Read the story  on Small Acts of Kindness  here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nature Can Change People's Attitudes
I'd lived in New York City for a year and a half and had grown used to the fast-paced life, even though it didn't suit me well. It was temporary since I was there for graduate school. I'd grown up in a small town of a few thousand people and was suddenly in the a city with millions.  
The people I encountered didn't even make eye contact with each other, focused instead on themselves and their agenda for the day. One day that all changed, the difference so striking it made the New York Times the next day.  Read more about my experience here.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tomorrow's Valentine's Day and I'll post on that a bit later this week. But since today's the second Monday of the month, I'm posting on Jennifer Hallmark's blog, Small Acts of Kindness.

We never know how our acts of generosity, big or small, can touch people's hearts, even over a decade later like it has for me.  Read my story here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Today's the second Monday of the month so I'm posting on Jennifer Hallmark's blog, Small Acts of Kindness.  Read today's post here

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Years Resolutions

Now's the time of year when many, if not most people make new goals for the coming year. Wanting to "start over" as it were, to make a better life than last year's.  Today, I'm posting about it on Jennifer Hallmark's blog, Small Acts of Kindness.  Read more here.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Story of the Teacup

A few years ago, a friend invited me to a High Tea at Community Chapel in Mauldin, SC. I didn't know what to expect since I'd never heard of one,

Friday, December 23, 2016

The True Meaning of Christmas

Christmas. It's one of the busiest times of the year. With all the caroling, Christmas pageants, buying gifts and getting the Christmas cards out, it can be a bit hectic. It's challenging,

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christ's Bell

Christ’s Bell
I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
I am united with the Lord (I Cor. 6:17)
 I am bought with a price (I Cor. 6:19-20)
I  am  a  saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
                                           I  am  a   personal  witness of Christ.   (Acts 1:8)
    I  am  a  member of  the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27)
     I am  free  forever from condemnation of  sin (Rom 8:1-2)
            I   am   a   citizen  of  Heaven. I  am  significant.(Phil. 3: 20) 
           I  am  free  from  any  charge  against   me. (Rom. 8: 31 - 34)
           I  am  a   minister  of  reconciliation  for  God  (II  Cor. 5:17 - 21)
           I  have  access  to  God  through the Holy Spirit (II  Cor. 1:21– 22)
          I  am   seated   with   Christ   in    the   heavenly  realms   Eph. 2: 6)
             I  cannot   be    separated   from   the   love   of    God .   (Rom. 8:35-39)
           I  am  established,   anointed,   and   sealed     by   God.  (II Cor. 1: 21-22)
             I  am   assured    that   all   things   work    together   for   good   (Rom. 8:28)
            I   have    been     chosen    and    appointed     to       bear    fruit. (John 15: 16)
                                                   I   can     approach      God      with      confidence    and      freedom. (Eph. 3:12)       
            I can   do    all    things    through     Christ     who     strengthens    me.  (Phil. 4:13)
              I  am   a   branch   of     the    true    vine.   A    channel   of    His     life.  (John 15:1-5)
                I am   God’s     temple   (I Cor. 3: 16). I    am    complete   in   Christ.   (Colossians 2: 10
                I  am   hidden    with   Christ    in    God  (Col. 3:3). I   have   been    justified  (Romans 5: 1)
                I  am  God’s co-worker (I Cor. 3:9;  II Cor. 6:1)  I  am   God’s   workmanship  (Ephesians 2:10)
                 I am  confident  that   the good  works  that  God  has  begun in  me  will   be  perfected. (Phil. 1:5)
                I have been redeemed and forgiven (Colossians f1:14) I have been adopted as God’s child. (Eph. 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thoughts on Christmas

I've been thinking about what Christmas was really like a little more than 2,000 years ago. Today I'm posting about it on Small Acts of Kindness.  Read it here.