Summer of Psalms: Summer Vacation

Psalm 16:8-9 (KJV) I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

The Hubster, my mom and I visited Texas last weekend. We visited family while there. It's nice to get out of town now and then, and the time away was refreshing.

Time spent with family is my favorite thing. I returned to work today with a glad heart.


Notable Quote:

"All God asks is that we do the best we can, every day."--Mom

Summer of Psalms: Jesus Loves the Little Children

Psalm 148:11-13 (KJV) Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

I love kids. All of them. They make me feel young and carefree.

This past weekend, I got to do some cool things with and for children. On Friday, Rainbows United, the company I work for, hosted a Fashion Show at Camp Woodchuck. The kids had so much fun and they all looked great. I was honored to be able to organize the Baking Brigade that made all the goodies the kids enjoyed.

On Saturday, our church hosted a baby shower for our newest MBC family member. Little Evelyn was a perfect angel on her big day. We played games and ate delicious cookies. Our darling girl got some wonderful new stuff for her nursery.

I was in heaven when I got to hold and feed Evelyn a bottle. She is such a good baby!

Jesus is big on kids, too. He wanted t…

Summer of Psalms: A Cushy Life

Psalm 66:8-11 (KJV) O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.

While visiting my mom recently, a familiar song played on her kitchen stereo, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden." This country love song was a hit back in 1970. It reminded me of those who preach the "Prosperity Gospel." Proponents of this movement believe that God wants you to succeed and have a prosperous life.

There is nothing in the Bible that says God owes you a cushy life. He gave us abundant life, not a comfortable one. Think of the disciples. Did they live lavish lifestyles? Not hardly. Most of them were homeless and broke. The apostles were hunted men, who were arrested and tortured many times. Most were martyred for their faith.

We are bound to su…

Summer of Psalms: Missing My Father

Psalm 116:15 (KJV) Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

I miss the way he loved his family.
I miss his deep chuckle.
I miss his "Dadisms."
I miss his weekend breakfasts.
I miss sitting on the kitchen floor, eating smoked oysters on crackers with him.
I miss him reading the Sunday funnies to me.
I miss our talks about business management.
I miss how he loved my daughters.
I miss watching him grill steaks and burgers.
I miss cranking homemade ice cream with him.
I miss summer road trips with him.
I miss how he loved my mom.
I miss how he thought I could get geometry if I just relaxed.
I miss catching fish with him and my brother.
I miss how safe he made me feel when I was afraid.

I miss my father.


Notable Quote:

"Sorrow makes us all children again--destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Summer of Psalms: A Great Start

Psalm 143:8 (KJV) Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Every workday, I get "Toddler Therapy."  I stop by the Infant and Toddler classrooms with my coffee and say good morning. The children are usually eating their breakfast, or playing with toys, or singing and dancing to a video, or generally having a good time. We greet each other and I usually say or do something quite silly and/or immature. It's the way I start my day on the right track.

Before I leave the house, I read a short Bible lesson and pray with the Hubster. During my drive into Wichita, I pray and sing along to praise music on The House FM. That also gives me a good start.

When I begin in this fashion, it gives me the foundation for a great day. And when I don''s not that great.

I trust God, so I try to listen for His lovingkindness in the morning.


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Summer of Psalms: Laugh About It

Psalm 126:2-3 (KJV) Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. 

Our church is funny. I mean, we like to be together and share jokes. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to throw a pie in some one's face. That doesn't happen in too many small-town Baptist churches.

A sense of humor--it's a personality trait often found at the top of potential mate checklists. I must admit, when I met the Hubster, that was a major plus. That, and the fact that his kisses made me weak in the knees (still do!).

I love to laugh. Finding humor in hard situations has helped me keep my sanity through some difficult seasons. Laughter is an emotional release; like a pressure cooker.

One of my favorite things to do is laugh at myself. I have plenty of opportunities. Whether a pratfall or a slip of the lip, the giggle fodder is thick.

Some Chr…

Summer of Psalms: Sharing Our Pain Through Prayer

Psalm 142:1-7 (KJV) I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.I looked on my right hand and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

David was depressed. He was hiding in a cave because King Saul was trying to kill him. There was no safe place to go. Everyone was against him. There was no one he could trust. He had every right to be worried and up…