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.




Monday, February 13, 2017

Something About a Bridge

There's something about seeing a wooden bridge that makes me want to walk across and see where it takes me.


I spotted this bridge at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina. I left the beach one windy, and I mean really windy, day.


I crossed this bridge and followed a trail to the campground. There were big and little campers and tents. I'm not really into camping, but it seemed like everybody was having fun.

The next time you spot a bridge, think about crossing over and see what you discover. Have a great week!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Feel Good Super Bowl 2017 Stories


I'm writing this before the Super Bowl starts. This is the time where people are excited and hopeful for a win.

One of the pre-game stories that touched me was when a little boy asked Tom Brady at a press conference who is hero was. A choked-up Tom Brady replied that his dad was his hero.





Luke Bryan is singing the National Anthem this year. The sad thing is, people are placing bets on everything from will he wear a hat to will he forget some of the words.

How much will it cost to go to the Super Bowl? My research showed the average ticket price was $6250.00. For most of us that's a once in a lifetime experience, so maybe it's a bargain.

Here are a couple of other fun facts:

The Super Bowl Trophy is made by Tiffany’s and Co. and costs $25,000.

72 balls are used during the game.

Who's cheering for who? Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Evans, and President Trump seem to be cheering for the Patriots.

Samuel L. Jackson, President Carter and Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band are cheering for the Falcons. (Luke Bryan is a Georgia boy, so I wonder if he's hoping for a win by the Falcons?)

Whether you're going to the game, watching it on TV, or going to a party, have fun! I'm sure it'll be a great game.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fun Flag of the Week

I came across this picture, and it was too sweet not to share.

This is from 1942, and the little boy is celebrating hs fifth birthday. The V on the side of the cake is for Victory in Europe and also the Roman Numeral for five. I love how patriotic the cake is. The little soldier is holding one flag and there are three more flags that I can see on this cake.

I hope you enjoy this moment of patriotism and nostalgia. In case you're wondering, this little boy is my dad, Richard Lutz. Have a great week!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ezra-God Has Not Forgotten You

Last week I visited a new church and was pulled into the pastor's sermon right away.

I'd like to share a bit of how it affected me. In Ezra, God told the Israelites to return to Judah and rebuild His temple. He said go, and they went.

Tim and I were shocked this fall when we heard God calling us to South Carolina. We were true emptynesters an life was good. After much prayer and discernment, Tim took the job and moved to South Carolina to begin his work.

I'm still in Kentucky at this time waiting on our home to sell.

When God's people got to Judah they struggled to rebuild what had been destroyed. Ezra declared God had not forgotten them.

I needed to hear that because sometimes I feel like God has forgotten me. I know He hasn't though.

Tim has used his time to fully immerse himself into his new job. He's spent time with residents and employees and worked long hours. I've used this time to study for the exam I need to take to become a pharmacist in SC. Last Sunday night I discovered, by the grace of God, I passed. My next hurdle was to meet with the board of pharmacy for an interview. I learned this happens once a month, and last Friday was the day. So I caught a flight and met with them on Friday, January 13. When I left the meeting, I was licensed to practice pharmacy in South Carolina.

During this time, a family has shown interest in our home and looked at it twice. I don't know if they'll buy it, but I do know God has not forgotten me.

If you feel lost or forgotten, please believe me. God has not forgotten you.

I don't know why I'm still in Kentucky, and I don't know what your struggle is. But I believe Romans 8:28. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.




Monday, January 9, 2017

Believing God at the Beach

I looked up the word believe in Merriam-Webster and here's what I found.

intransitive verb

to have a firm religious faith
to accept something as true, genuine, or real (ideals we believe in)
to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something (believe in exercise)
to hold an opinion : think
transitive verb

to consider to be true or honest
to accept the word or evidence of
to hold as an opinion : suppose




(These beach pictures were taken in Maine.)


I believe in God, and I believe God. I think one of the reasons I love the beach is it draws me closer to God. I can sit and watch the ocean. It's easy to see how people used to believe the world was flat. I look out and the water goes on as far as I can see. The waves come crashing onto the shore, and I see God's mighty strength and beauty.

Then as I walk along the shore and pick up shells, I see how much he cares for little sea creatures. He one has a little shell it wears for a time. God didn't have to make the shells so beautiful, but He did.

Maybe because of the wonder of God's awesomeness, I stop and absorb how amazing God is. And I think we all need times and places where we can stop and think about our amazing God.

In chapter one of James we read, "6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." NIV

Where do you feel closest to God?


Monday, January 2, 2017

Time Management

One of my goals for 2017 is to manage my time better.

Driving back from South Carolina I talked to Scott about time management goals.

I'm most creative in the mornings, so anything I can do the night before when I'm less creative will make better use of my time. I can lay out my clothes the night before. I can also lay out items to make preparing breakfast quicker and even supplies to make my lunch for work.

Scott told me he never hits the snooze button on his alarm and stretching gives him more energy. I'm still trying to come to grips with never hitting the snooze button. Maybe stretching will come.

Scott also shared that if he's in charge of preparing dinner, he washes dishes as he goes along. While the meat is on the grill, he'll wash the dishes he's already gotten dirty. When they finish dinner there's less time wasted cleaning up.

I love to listen to music, but certain songs distract me from my writing. I need to work with no music or play instrumental CDs that won't interrupt my concentration.

Also, if I'm stuck, it's good to move around for a few minutes and come back. This year when I get mentally blocked, I'll take the dog out for a short walk.

What about healthy eating? Are you more productive when you eat healthy foods? I think I work better if I don't eat high fat foods.

What about you? Do you have any tips to share?