Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It's National Good Brother Day

Have you noticed in recent years we have a national day for just about everything?

Today is April 25, 2017. If you search you'll see it's National Crayola Day

It's Freedom Day in Portugal. Okay, that's a legit holiday. The closest I've gotten to Portugal is looking at Scott's pictures from his trip.


You'll also discover it's National DNA Day, East Meets West Day, Hairstylists Appreciation Day, National Telephone Day, National Plummer's Day and many more.

What you may not discover in your research on April 25, is my brother, Chris Lutz was born on this day. He's been a great brother over the years. I've watched him grow into a good husband and father. Chris is a good example of a godly father. Maybe because we grew up with a great example with our dad.

Acts 10:2 NIV "He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly."

My dad and brother are both devout and God-fearing and have prayed for our families regularly. I'm truly blessed to be part of their family.

Because most of these other holidays don't mean much to me, I'm going to be corny and proclaim it National Good Brother Day.


This is Chris with his wife Carol when we vacationed with them in Maine this fall.


And here's a picture of Dad with the family.



And because I have sons, I decided to throw in a picture of them with Tim as we celebrate National Good Brother Day.


If you have a brother, I encourage you to reach out to him today.

Happy National Good Brother Day!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

My New Back Porch

I'm getting used to living in South Carolina, and I wanted to share my back porch with you. In the morning I see the sun rise over the lake. During the day ducks, geese, and herons land along the shore by my yard.






So far the only boats I've seen are a little toy speed boat, and my kayak and canoe. We've all enjoyed our boats on the water, but I think Brooke had the most fun. I never dreamed I'd actually live on the coast and in particular on a lake. God has delighted me beyond measure.









Genesis 1:31: "God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."





Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week and take delight in the Lord.

Psalm 37:4 NIV "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thankfulness during the Easter Season

Hebrews 12:28-29 New Living Translation (NLT)

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.

Psalm 19:1 NLT

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 New International Version (NIV)

...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Moving requires physically touching every single thing you own and packing it. After you move, you physically touch every single thing again as you unpack it.

Some items bring back sweet memories of loved ones. Placing pictures on tables also reminds me how blessed I am with family and friends to love. Most of all this journey shows me how blessed I am, and I am thankful to God.


It's not November, but I am reminded to be thankful for all God has done for me, for all of his blessings and for his love.








2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

While I reflected on being thankful, I was reminded to be thankful for the most amazing gift of all. Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us.

John 11:25 NIV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

1 Peter 1:2-4 tells us,
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you...


Let's focus on Jesus in the days ahead and remember to be thankful for the greatest gift of all. As Peter said in 1 Peter 1, "Grace and peace be yours in abundance."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Walking in Charleston

In the two weeks I've been living in South Carolina, I've mostly unpacked and gotten organized. I'm not completely settled yet, but Tim had a conference in Charleston, SC and I tagged along.

We arrived early in the afternoon and grabbed lunch before walking from our hotel to The Battery. It is a seawall at the southern tip of Charleston. At this point the Ashley River meets the Cooper River. The streets are full of antebellum homes. Tim and I enjoy studying the architecture of the homes and imagine the history. We often dream of what it'd be like to live in different cities and towns, but now that I've moved I don't plan to move again. (I know, never say never.)

Today, I'd like to share a few of the pictures I took during my walks.



The pineapple fountain is beautiful. And the way palm trees are planted among other trees is amazing.

I think Charleston is a great place to visit if you enjoy history, beautiful homes, delicious food, and great scenery.

If you've been to Charleston, do you have a favorite place to visit?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Join Me in a Blog Hop Giveaway

This weekend my good friend, Janet Ferguson, included me in a blog hop. Please come join us. It's a great way to win my novella, In Focus, and meet some of my friends.



The blog hop starts at Reading is my Superpower hosted by Carrie. Here's a little bit about Carrie, and sweet lady from Nicholasville, KY. That's right, my old stomping ground.

Avid Reader. Book Reviewer. Story Addict. KissingBooks Fan. Book Boyfriend Collector. ESOL Teacher. Cool Aunt. I love Jesus and THE Story a whole lot.

So, come meet my good friends and critique partners Janet Ferguson, Misty Beller and LeAnne Bristow at Reading is My Superpower.

http://readingismysuperpower.org/2017/03/11/writing-team-sport-blog-hop-giveaway/

Friday, March 10, 2017

Believe

Psalm 27:13-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 [a]I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

Friends, you've been on this journey with me since Tim took a job in South Carolina. I remained in Kentucky until our house sold. There were so many times I asked God to bring us a buyer, but then I turned my desires over to God because I know His timing is perfect.

My word for 2017 is believe. I believe in God's goodness and grace. I believe God. So I waited. It wasn't always easy, but I waited and believed. And now I'm in South Carolina. I've been here a week, and it's been crazy busy. But it is good.

I'll continue to focus on the word believed this year because I believe all good things come from God.

What about you?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Moving to South Carolina or God's Timing is Perfect

It finally happened. We sold our house. In September we spent days then weeks considering a job offer for Tim. In the end, we felt God leading to us a new adventure. Everything happened so fast, and God was clear in His signs. So, we expected our house to sell fast.

Tim started his new job on November 14. We bought a house in SC, because we knew ours would sell soon. It didn't.

Somebody once told me when we ask God a question about timing He can answer one of three ways. Yes. Not yet. My timing is better.

Many times I reminded myself that God's timing is perfect. I believed He'd move me at the best time.





Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint...

During our months apart, Tim has spent hours at his new place of employment. He's gotten to know the residents and staff and he's been learning the way the new place works.


Lamentations 3:25-26 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord


During our months apart, I studied for the South Carolina law exam. I prayed as I studied, and I prayed during the exam, and I passed.

We each faced trials while apart, and we learned to lean on God in different ways.

God has his own sense of timing: ‘With the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day’ (2 Peter 3:8, AMP).

I think our love and appreciation for each other has grown. And in a couple of weeks, when we are both under the same roof, we are going to thank God together as we start our new phase of life.

I'm going to take a couple of weeks off from writing my blog. I need to finish packing the house for our move and then to get settled. But I will be back. Until then, take care and remember, God's timing is perfect.