Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Vince Gill at the Ryman, O Holy Night

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ~ Proverbs 12:25

Does this sound familiar? It's how I ended my last post. We're coming up on Christmas, and while this should be the happiest time of the year, we often feel anxious.

One way to lessen our anxiety is to focus on what Christmas is truly about. Jesus came to save us from our sins so we could spend eternity with him.

Isaiah 9:6 ~(KJV) "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Keeping our eyes on Jesus will help lessen the big and small frustrations we face everyday.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6:34

I hope you have a minute you to spare and can enjoy this song. I think you'll be blessed.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fighting Confusion and Discouragement

Many writers feel discouraged and confused by rejections and being ignored. Our writing time is also solitary which adds to the confusion. I've been blessed with good writer friends. None of them live close, but we encourage each other in many ways.

There are many other sources of confusion we all face. Climate change, politics, traffic, and everyday life can add to confusion. Finding the right college, job or place to live are other sources of confusion and discouragement. We face it everyday and fight it everyday.

I'm attending a Bible study this fall and want to share four ways we can face (fight) confusion.

1. God is in control.

2. This world is not all there is.

3. God is just, and He'll make things right.

4. God wants to use us to make a difference in the world.

I'd love to hear how you fight confusion and discouragement.

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ~ Proverbs 12:25

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


I hope you all have a delightful Thanksgiving. I recently spent nine days with Bill's family and got to meet my grandson. It was a great visit, and I have much to be thankful for.

All blessings come from God, and I'm thankful for all He bestows on me. I'm not worthy, but He gives anyway. I don't want to take God for granted. Instead, I want to continually thank him. Today, I decided to share a few scriptures on thankfulness.

Psalm 107:1 (NIV) -“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) – “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 4:2 (NIV) – “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Guest post by Brooke Sturdevant

Today please welcome guest blogger Brooke Sturdevant. She wrote this when she was in second grade about our move to South Carolina.

The goodbye happened on a dark and hot night. We heard a soft knock at the door. It was my grandparents. We sat down and they talked. You know Sparky has had some problems and I said yes quietly. Then they said we have to move. I cried a lot and a lot. A few minutes later, after I stopped crying, they gave me a beach bag for when we go on vacation with them, and a toy parrot so I don't forget them, a golf ball, a piece of sea glass. They were all cool. After they gave me the stuff, Gigi whispered "I know this is going to be hard." Then she gave me a big hug. It was very hard. We've got to help them move the stuff in the truck. It was fun. A couple of months later, we came to visit them. I miss my grandparents. They are far away, but they're in my heart.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veteran's Day 2018

Veterans Day 2018 in United States of America is Sunday, November 11 but observed on Monday, November 12.

Veteran's Day began as Armistice Day in 1919 by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson. The day was to honor our servicemen who served in World War I. In 1938, Congress made it a national holiday. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill so we'd celebrate servicemen for every American War. At last on June 1, 1954 it became Veteran's Day.

Thanks to all of the men and women who served, and continue to serve, to protect the United States of America.

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Douglas MacArthur

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. George S. Patton

I thank God for our servicemen and women. If you are one of these amazing people, thank you for your service!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

Boating is a big part of life along the coast of South Carolina. This past weekend we went to Georgetown, South Carolina to attend the Wooden Boat Show. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

There were vendors selling crafts, paintings and food. There were also boats for sale. Most of the boats were just for seeing and enjoying.

I discovered the wooden boats are more than sturdy craft. They are beautiful. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy!

Whether you like yachts or wooden kayaks, there was something at the show to interest you.

Georgetown holds the Wooden Boat Show every year, and next year it will be October 19 and October 20. I'd love to encourage you to come down to South Carolina for an enjoyable day.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Autumn in South Carolina

2017 was my first fall living in South Carolina. I waited and waited for the leaves to change colors. At last I asked a friend and was told the colors don't change here.

This year I was focused on Hurricanes Florence and Michael during September. A few days ago, I began to look for signs of autumn in South Carolina.
Here are a few of my findings.

The third chapter of Ecclesiastes says:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

I'd like to encourage us all to remember there is a season for everything. As we see the changes this fall, let's focus on love.

If somebody is unkind, let's love them anyway. If we see somebody in pain or mourning let's show them love.

Whatever happens in the days ahead, let's love anyway.

Vince Gill at the Ryman, O Holy Night

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ~ Proverbs 12:25 Does this sound familiar? It's how I ended my la...