Wednesday, June 13, 2018

GRIEF ... changes us FOREVER

There are NO words.
Grief ... it changes us.  Forever changed.

And I know in my aching and hurts and tears .... another aches MORE, hurts MORE and cries incredibly MORE!!

So ... what to do?
          ~ I cling (even cherish) in what the Bible says, "God hears our moans and groans."

I moan and groan and ask God to do ONLY WHAT HE ALONE CAN DO.

Romans 8:26-27 New International Version (NIV)

       "26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God."

I pray ... and will continue to pray.
I don't understand and nor do I plan to understand it .... I will pray.

Grief changes us.  F O R E V E R .....

your friend, Michelle

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Seasonal as in a season ..

Well ... another chapter is about to end! She is graduating Kindergarten on Friday. That means she is the Class of 2030! You read that right ... 20 30!!  Let’s reflect, ever graduate? From any where? Kindergarten, high school, college or grad school? What a feeling ... YOU accomplished tasks, disciplines, work and probably more work!!! Congratulations.... it’s good to look back in order to move forward. New friends, new teachers, new books - all in good time, I promise.

She’s grown: physically (4 feet tall), mentally (reading), spiritually (everything was made by God and for God), & socially (you wouldn’t believe the calendar!).  And, this is how I set my summer time goals for her physical, mental, spiritual, and social. Luke 2:52 says “and Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.“ Grow grow grow!

Another season ....

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

my one word ..... JOY (for the 2nd time) & RISE

One Word Living ..... choose one word to focus on for the next year, 2018. Sounds a bit crazy, yet it's doable and so much fun and fascinating to see how this single one word lives in, out, and all around in my part of the world! Try it ... I've done this for a very long time. It's anchoring, refreshing and some times comical how it plays out.  Go on ~ check it out.

It will take some thought, time and effort & praying too! (at least it does for me!!) I could share why I chose this word, but no one reads this and I've tucked the reasons into my heart for now.

Share your word with me.  I like to give myself a visual reminder of my word & I try to write it some how & some where weekly.  Have fun!!

Blessings .... 2018 is coming!

All because of Christ, Michelle

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Memories, we all have them!!
What is the youngest memory you have?

And all that we do with our memories!! I scrapbook ~ have done the 12x12's for years, went to 8x8's the last two years .. and I love love love photos! Anyone's photos I can look at .... I secretly create "pages" in my brain ~ everything from paper, colors, embellishments and fun things to say!

Memories ... we do all have them. Some so awesome you can't get the story out quick enough. Some so painful you can't find the exact words to express your sentiment. Some are so silly and funny.  And some happen when you least expect it. MEMORIES ... you do have them.
Care to share a few ~ I would love to hear them.

My heart lives in a 6 year old, Michelle

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

getting to the end of the year ...2017

Countdown to Christmas most definitely!! and without hesitating I am definitely counting down until the new year .... 2018!! I.AM.SERIOUS.  Adios, bye, buh bye, see you later, be gone!

Big breath
        .... so, I know you are asking "WHAT?" AND "Why?" Well, without going into the nitty-gritty details the list is long and ugly.  Some 'items' have been resolved, fixed from the damage of the hurricane, and more issues have popped up, and more keep popping up... UggAMugga!
DONE DONE DONE. KWIM? Any scripture come to mind or resonating in your heart?  Help!!

Isaiah 43:18 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past."
FORGET as in do NOT remember it ever ever ever, got it!
Former things as in 2017 ~ got it!
Dwell as in rethink it, talk about it, dream about it, rethink it, talk about it and ..... ~ over it!
On The Past as in 2017.

Extra big breath. Is it over yet???

Blessings to you all ... leave a note, say hello! Seriously, it would be fantastic to hear from you!!
Are you counting down anything?
Are you wanting to forget former things? Let me know and just possibly we can form a tribe ... to help one another, build each other up, pray for one another and support each other as iron sharpens iron.  My prayer, my desire ..... C'mon New Year 2018

Love, Michelle

Sunday, October 22, 2017

sacrifice ….

Sacrifice, what a word & what an action! We make sacrifices every day. What are you sacrificing?
The Bible has clear teachings on this … and throughout my life God has called upon me (and my husband as a couple) to engage in a building campaign. YaY …. here we go again. Oh how the Lord loves a giver.  I want to go on and on, but won't. Covered in prayer and away we go. The campaign is called RISE this time it's in Jupiter, Florida.  Come along with us and I'll keep you posted too.
The thought …. you can't get to "paradise" without sacrifice.

The weight without sacrificing the dessert table.
The MBA without sacrificing time and efforts.
The A grade without sacrificing playtime or television.
The ___________ without sacrificing _______________ …
you fill in the blanks. Let me know!
And how about those paradises … they are real ~ glory some of them.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

'disappearing' generational WORDS

True happening: Little one (she's 5.5 years old) heard a song and said this is a new song. I told her it was actually an old song, written long ago that was in a hymnal. She said but a girl is singing it. For the life of me, I couldn't understand what she was telling me.
Step onto the scene, darlin' D ~ dad!
He proceeded to define hymnal. "It's a collection of songs, literature and scripture we use in church."

Little one, "we don't have music books in church. And you mean, like my collection of Bob Reading Books." The cute part of this happening was the hym = him and her wanting in to be a her book.  It was cute …. words, there's so many of them.  Oh & I have been guilty of making up a few words too!!

And to be honest, she hasn't ever seen a hymnal, yet she was able to grasp the concept of collection.

So …… it made my mind race thinking of all the hymnals I've held, studied, sung from. Oh I was happy!! Is she going to miss something, I thought out loud. And Darlin' D said" think of the other generational 'words' she won't ever be exposed to."
1. hymnals
2. inter-office mail
3. short hand, as in stenography
4. memorandum

Was the short list that quickly came to mind.
What about you? Can you think of any generational disappearing words?

Then my heart landed on:
Psalm 119:105
"Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path"

Be blessed and have a great Sunday.