Thursday, May 31, 2012

Night Owl vs Morning Person

Today, I chose this prompt from the Writer's Workshop to discuss:  Is your child a morning person? Share a story, picture or list of reasons that supports your opinion.

Morning person, you say?  No way!  

I have three daughters and all of them take after their father:  night owls, all.  There is not an early riser in the bunch.  Except for me.

In fact, one daughter is an extreme night owl.  By that, I mean she gets her best ideas, produces the most work and generally just feels on top of the world late at night.  So late, that most of the time, I am snoozing away in dreamland when she is ready to get to work.

Conversely, when I wake up, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to take on the world, she is a zombie.  She walks through the house silently with no expression as she eats breakfast and gets ready for work.  I used to watch her eat cereal with her eyes closed.  As her spoon lifted from the bowl, her mouth automatically opened.  Swallowing the spoonful of cereal, her hand automatically dipped down to the bowl to scoop up another spoonful. The scary part was she never missed!  I would have made a mess if I tried to eat while asleep.

More annoying than sleepwalking or eating with her eyes closed in the mornings is the fact that she. Does. Not. Want. To. Talk. Just ask her a simple question in the morning and you will either get a shoulder shrug, an eye roll, or a cold, cold look of disdain.

She needs a full hour to elapse after waking up to begin to respond normally.  Two hours are even better.

The same rules apply if she takes a nap.

Once she is fully awake, she is bright and energetic and will entertain you hours on end with anecdotes about work or life in general. 

Remember, twilight is the time to ask if she will be home for dinner the next day, what her weekend plans are, how her day went, etc. Unfortunately, since I am a morning person and cannot function at night, I can't stay awake long enough to remember her answers!

I'm linking up at Mama Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.

Last May 2012 Tea Talk

I'm having my usual Irish Breakfast tea.

I'm feeling tired - I stayed up too late reading.

On my mind - thoughts of how I can increase my prayer life and bible study time.  I was thinking of how I heard the story that Susanna Wesley (mother of John Wesley AND 18 other siblings!) used to sit in the corner of the room and throw her apron over her head to have some alone time to pray.  Pretty radical!

A quote to encourage:

Our goal should be to use "when," not "if," in referring to our prayer life. … David Jeremiah, Turning Point Devotional, 05.25.12

We should be intentional about scheduling prayer time into our busy schedules!

God bless you all this week and remember to pray!

Tea Talk is a meme hosted by Ruth at Celebrate Friendship.  The goal is to make hearts light and encourage.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Finding Everyday Beauty

In my calling as a church secretary, I often perform mundane tasks. It’s what I do.  My gift, I feel, falls under the category of “helps.”

“And God has appointed these in the church: … gifts of healings, helps, administrations ….” 1 Corinthians 12:28

As I see it, I help by making the church run smoothly.Some tasks are not fun.  In fact, many of them are boring.  Today, I was struck by the fact that I can see the beauty of God even in the mundane.

I’m folding inserts for the bulletin.  They are on lavender paper.  I think, “I’m glad God made lavender.  I’m thankful for color.  How boring it would be if everything were just white.”

The paper feels good in my hands as I fold –it’s a good weight and folds easily.  Cheap paper doesn’t fold well.  How wonderful that God gave us the raw materials and the wisdom to create a quality paper!

On the inserts are graphics and print, communicating to the people.  I think how communication is so important, and a gift to the recipient when done well.

I fold at a desk that has a couple small lamps casting pools of light on the desktop.  I love light!  I love how light enhances the beauty of the colors all around us.  It illumines and brings out the best of an object.

I think of God being light and how He illuminates the gifts He puts in each one of us.

I am listening to piano music playing in the background (in between phone calls) and I love how just the way the artist touches the keys can evoke word pictures.  I have heard rain falling gently, wind sweeping through trees, thought of a place I visited as a child and worshiped the King all through hearing keystrokes of song.

I look down and see my hands folding, folding one insert after another.  I marvel at the dexterity that God gives me!  I’m thankful I can do this – some can’t.  I see my wedding rings on my hands as I fold and I thank God for the gift of my husband and family.  These hands are not alone!

My task is now done and I can go on to the next thing, all the while practicing the presence of God.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8

 I'm sharing at Shanda's blog, A Pause on the Path.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Daybook


Outside my window...
HOT sunshine.  I slept in today since it is my day off, but it is now 91°

I am thinking...patriotic thoughts ... thinking of those who went before, both my national heroes who sacrificed to keep me living in freedom, and those spiritual heroes who left me a legacy showing me how to live.

I am thankful...for great grandparents, grandmothers and parents who taught me what is important.

In the kitchen... grilling out today!  We're doing several meats on the grill, potato salad and baked beans.  Lunches and at least one other dinner this week will be leftovers.

I am jean shorts and my favorite lime green top.  I do love to dress casual sometimes.  I have to dress up for work and church pretty much 7 days a week....

I am creating...a comfortable home.

I am going...for a drive this afternoon to see more of God's beautiful creations.

I am wondering...what changes the next year will bring.  This time last year, we were in the middle of rebuilding our home after a flood.

I am reading...Psalm 12, and I have a new Better Home and Gardens magazine to look at in my spare time.

I am see more of my prayers answered soon. 

Around the house... it's nice and cool because of our blessed air conditioner.  I love me some coolness.

I am pondering... do I have a "secret place" where I abide with God as in Psalm 91:1

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1 NKJV
Am I really dwelling there 24/7?

A favorite quote for today...

"When I set out to pray, I have a parade - a parade of things undone march through my mind and try to distract me from touching God." - Ellston Chapman

Oh, you're not the only one, Bro. Chapman - I have a parade, too.  Sometimes, I get sucked into watching the parade for the whole prayer time!

One of my favorite things...a day with no time schedule.

A few plans for the rest of the week: more times of walking the track at the park, getting the newsletter done at my full-time church, getting a bible lesson ready on Psalm 12.

A peek into my day.

Symbols of Country and Christianity
I'm so thankful for those who gave their lives for our Country, 
but even more thankful for Christ who gave His life for me.

Peggy Hostetler is the creator of the Daybook.  You can link up at her blog, The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Opportunity To Do Good

Today, I'm joining up with Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama's blog to participate in 5 minute Friday.  The theme is to write for 5 minutes on the topic without revisions.  Today's word is:


When I saw the word opportunity, this scripture came to mind:

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

So many times you hear the question asked, "Why am I here?"  You were put here to do good!  Plain and simple, it is the calling of all God's children.

The word says, as we have opportunity.  I don't think we are meant to go out of our way to do good works, but to be watchful, looking for ways to bless others.

I know that many times I have good intentions, but poor follow-through. I need to be alert and looking for opportunities.

Opportunities to lift someone up, to give a kind word - to be a blessing in someone's life.

And I'm ESPECIALLY supposed to do good things for my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Lord, please help me not to be so busy that opportunities to bless slip right on by me! Give me ears to hear when opportunity knocks, eyes to see what needs to be seen. And then give me a willing heart to do something about the things I've seen.


Friday's Fave Five - 05.25.12

I love me some Fridays!

It's been another good week.  The work week went smoothly. The weather was great.  I've been blessed!

1. Favorite Post to Write:
  This week, my favorite was my Daybook-05.22.12 because of the insight I shared that God revealed to me about Psalm 68:19.  I love doing Daybooks. I've done 95 of them.  I think they are a wonderful way to weekly journal - as is the Friday's Favorite Five meme.  In fact, the only meme I've done more than Daybooks are the Friday's Fave Five!  113 of them-all testifying to the highlights I've experienced in this life that God has given me.

2. Favorite Meal: Last weekend, our church hosted a pastoral candidate and his family.  We had a fellowship meal on Saturday and had a wonderful time getting to know the family.  I love potlucks.  Church ladies are the best cooks in the world!

3. Favorite Photo: I'm growing to love flowers more and more.  I just wish I had time to take care of  a flower garden. Here is a photo of my flower babies (I have to do container gardens for now!)

One rose from the Knock-Out Rose bush we just planted.  Pray for growth!

4. Favorite Quote:    I ran across a wonderful blogger, Nikki, who said the following:

"You see, we’ve been hard-wired for heaven.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
The desire for eternity is built into our heart. Nothing will satisfy that void this side of heaven."

Her words echo so much what has been in my spirit lately.  "This world is not my home, I'm just a stranger traveling through," Bro. Sidney Callis used to testify back in our little home church. I'm homesick for a home I've never seen.

5.  Favorite Blog to Visit:
  You guessed it, my favorite place to go this week was Nikki's "SimplyStriving."

Susanne of Living to Tell the Story hosts this wonderful meme.  Link up and share YOUR highlights!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Courtesy? Or Small Talk?

Today, I'm writing on Writer's Workshop, prompt 1.) Write about a time your child embarrassed you in public.

When I was a stay-at-home mom, I didn't have the luxury of having anyone to leave my kids with when I went to do errands. My mom lives a thousand miles away.  My grandma was too frail to lift kids.  Therefore, I took my kids with me wherever I went.

I remember once taking Elissa, our two year-old, with me to do some banking.  We went in to the lobby and waited in line. I was holding Elissa's hand.  One of the tellers, who is also a neighbor, came by and visited with us and gave Elissa a handful of lollipops.  (The kind we always called "dum-dum suckers.")

"Oh, isn't that nice, tell Debbie thank you," I ordered Elissa.

She immediately dropped her head and started pulling away from me.

"Tell Debbie thank you, sweetie, or we'll have to give the suckers back."  I said in a sing-song type of voice.

Elissa shook her head and hid her face.

Debbie became embarrassed and kept saying, that's okay, she doesn't have to thank me.  I kept saying, yes, she does.

Honestly, now I can't remember how long I tried to get her to say thank you.  I just know that it ended with Elissa throwing herself onto the floor and me taking away the suckers and giving them back.

It was definitely embarrassing to have to drag your kid out of the bank.  (She wouldn't get up to walk out.) It was worth it, however.  She never again threw a tantrum in public and always said thank you.

Of course, now I know what the problem was.  Elissa hates, with a passion, small talk.  What I considered common courtesy, she thought of as small talk.

You can link up at the Writer's Workshop at the blog, Mama's Losin' It.

Tea Talk - 05.24.12

Today, I'm having my usual Irish Breakfast tea.  I'm sharing a picture of my new Blue Willow cup, again.  This time, my cup is posing with my favorite white ironstone pitcher.

I'm feeling a little tired, but happy!

On my mind is the news that last night we elected our new pastor unanimously.  I'm excited that our church is in unity.

A scripture to encourage
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

One of the enemy's biggest tools is causing strife and discord.  I love to see when unity prevails! Something can then be accomplished.

Tea Talk is a meme hosted by Ruth at her blog, "Celebrate Friendship."  Visit her soon!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012



 Outside my window... a gorgeous spring morning.  It's cooled back down to where I love it - nights in the upper 50s and days in the mid 70s.  If only it could always be like this!

I am thinking... of how it is so tiring when every day is filled with activity ... this weekend was jam-packed and now I feel so tired ...

I am thankful...for this beautiful world that God has given us.

In the kitchen... pork chops for tonight's dinner.

I am wearing... navy pants with navy and green blouse topped with a green cardi.  I love green and navy together!

I am looking forward to... Memorial Day and having a day off!

I am learning... my limitations.

Around the house... I'm not even going to say what it is that needs to be done at my house, but if you have read my most recent daybooks ... you know!

I am pondering... 

Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
... Psalm 68:19 NKJV

I shared this verse last Friday, but I am still meditating on it.  I looked up the Hebrew on the word daily and it means from sunrise to sunset, continually and perpetually.  Then I saw that the Hebrew word for loads means to impose a heavy burden.  So, from sunrise to sunset, every day of our lives, God gives us a burden of blessings!  He is not just plopping a random blessing on you here or there, He is loading you up with blessings all day and every day of your life!

And look at the last part of the verse - He's the God of our salvation - that means deliverance.  He can save us from anything!

Think about it!  Meditate on it.  Ponder it.  I believe that once you truly get this scripture deep in your spirit, you will never be afraid again.

A favorite quote for today...

"God's benefits are not few nor light, they are loads; neither are they intermittent, but they come “daily;” nor are they confined to one or two favourites, for all Israel can say, “he loadeth us with benefits.” (The Treasury of David)

One of my favorite things...when God gives me a revelation of what His word means.

A few plans for the rest of the week: looks like my oldest daughter and I will be in St. Louis for a shopping extravaganza this weekend.  (I'm not that great a shopper so I'm praying for strength!)

A peek into my day...

Doing what we do best - being goofy!

The Daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler.  You can link up at her blog, The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Eternal Perspective

Today is 5 Minute Friday.  Lisa-Jo from the Gypsy Mama chooses a topic and we write for 5 minutes.  I think of it as mental exercise!

For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:14


It makes a difference whose shoes you wear when you look at things.   I may never understand why a person does what he does unless I'm walking in his shoes.  I can't possibly understand why unless I've been through the same life experiences.

With that being said, I'd venture to say that most people do not have the perspective we should have.  We look at things from a carnal view wondering how things will work out to make us have the best life possible in the here and now. God is more concerned with eternal perspective.  

I used to always say, when the kids were little, "Will it matter 5 years from now?"  The real question is, "Will it matter in eternity?"

This life is not all there is.  I'm sorry if you don't believe that, but your unbelief does not make it so.

I want to always have the godly kind of perspective where I make choices that DO matter.  In eternity, I want to be able to look back and see that I chose rightly.


May 18 Friday's Fave Five

Friday has rolled around once again.  It's time to reflect on highlights from the past week.

1.  Lovin' those cool breezes.  It's been a great week with cool temps, sunny days and nice breezes.  I'm enjoying as much as possible because this weekend it is supposed to hit 90°.  We've only had to run the air conditioner sporadically.  Always a good thing.

2.  Date Night - Actually it was double date night with our friends, Wayne and Glenda, but we always call it date night for some reason.  We went to our favorite pizza place, Mackie's, and had the special - a supreme pizza with sliced apples on it!  Sounds weird but it is absolutely yum.

3.  Mother's Day, of course, was a highlight.  Dinner out with my favorite people (except my middle daughter and son-in-law didn't get to come) and I received something I've been wanting.  A round mirror with zebra trim that I saw months ago and thought would be perfect with my couch.

Love it!

4.  Wonderful Work Week - everything went smoothly and there was time to catch up on little jobs that needed to be done.  AND there was time to do some organizing - one of my favorite things to do. I do love my job and finding ways to make things better makes me happy.

5.  This week, I ran across a scripture that just "spoke" to me:

Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
... Psalm 68:19 NKJV

Somehow I never saw that before, He LOADS us with benefits.  Think on that! 

I hope all my readers have a glorious wonderful weekend.  Remember to look for the highlights!

If you'd like to link up with the Friday's Fave Five bloggers, visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


(Due to technical difficulties, this was not posted until Tuesday.)

Outside my window... a gorgeous day in the upper seventies.... the air feels marvelous!

I am thinking...of how blessed I am!

I am thankful...Jesus is still in my boat! (Read Mark 4:35-40) (Thanks for the idea, Bro. Jeff Wilson!)

In the kitchen...spaghetti, garlic bread, salad

I am jeans, black and white houndstooth print top

I am creating... an example by my life - consciously or unconsciously ...

I am going... to get my nails done today. I love doing that.

I am looking forward to...Memorial Day weekend!

Around the house... Mother's Day gifts to put up such as a round mirror trimmed in zebra and a new jewelry box to corral all my many earrings.  Yeah!  Just want I wanted!

I am pondering
... when is my next quiet time?

A favorite quote for today
... just saw this today:

"I’m not meant to be a human doing. I am a human being. I need to take time to be still – to cease striving ... – and be with the Father, with my thoughts, with His creation." Joanne Sher, Internet Cafe Devotions, 05.14.12

One of my favorite things
...springtime breezes

A few plans for the rest of the week :planning my menu for the potluck we are having Saturday, board meeting, and I am ashamed to say I STILL haven't packed away my winter clothes - maybe this is the week it will happen..

A peek into my day...

My new mirror before it gets hung on the wall.

The Daybook concept is the brainchild of Peggy Hostetler.  You can link up at her blog:  The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday's Fave Five-05.11.12

Land sakes!  Time sure does fly.  I was unable to find the time to participate in last week's Friday's Favorite Five, and here it is again, Friday afternoon and I'm just now getting time to write!

1.  Favorite Blog Post of the Week to Write:  Since Mother's Day is growing close, I shared this week about some special ladies who were a big influence in my life.  You can read about them in my post, Ladies of Amelia.

2.  Favorite Meal of the Week:  Last Saturday, our church ladies met for lunch and a Mother's Day Devotional.  Two of my daughters couldn't be there, but I was happy that Malia could come.  We ate at my favorite restaurant, O'Charley's. Good food, good company, and no dishes to clean up!

3.  No Favorite Photo of the Week - or actually maybe I do have one.  How about a photo of a sensational chocolate dessert?  It's not mine, but a recipe my daughter and I tried from Pinterest.

I do not understand very much about how Pinterest works. If you go to my recipe board, you can find the recipe.  I've traced it back as far as I can go to Shelby Krier but she doesn't seem to have a webpage ...

Source: via Jerri on Pinterest

4.  Favorite Quote of the Week:

God treasures the prayers of His girls. Psalm 141: 2 (Message) says, “Treat my prayer as sweet incense rising; my raised hands are my evening prayers.”
… Lysa Ter Keurst, Pray for Me, 04.23.12

5.  Enjoyable weather - I have loved the cooler weather we had this week.  It makes walking the track so much more pleasant.  Even though I only got to do it once this week ... but surely next week I'll be able to do better!

If you enjoy recounting your favorites, link up with Susanne at Living To Tell the Story.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Summertime and the Living is Easy

Today, at Writer's Workshop, I'm writing on prompt 4.) List your top 10 favorite things about summer growing up.

Summertime and the Living is Easy.  Whenever I hear this bluesy tune, my mind transports me back to when I was growing up in Central Florida.  Like any kid, I longed for summer.  But I was an unusual kid.  I have to admit that it wasn't long until I became excited thinking about going back to school.  My love of learning and schedules would just overwhelm me and I would eagerly anticipate days back in the classroom.

Still in the spring, when a person gets tired of being confined in class, I would dream of:

10.  Beachcombing - Even though I lived in Florida, the closest beach was 40 miles away.  There were times we only had one car, and of course, dad used it for work.  Also, my mother was afraid of water and didn't like too much sun.  So, our trips to the beach were infrequent.  (Did you ever notice that it seems whatever attractions the state you live in has to offer are the very things that you hardly ever do?  Why is that?)

9. Trips to Town:   During the summer, my brother and I enjoyed going with Mom to town to get groceries.  This is the time we could go spend our allowances.  I would wander up the aisles of the Dollar General located next to the grocery store while Mom shopped.  My mission:  to find clothes or jewelry that fit my budget and looked cool.  Tall order.  My brother would hang out in the snack bar close by spending his allowance on pizza slices.  When we all met back at the car there was usually a ring of marinara sauce around his lips. 

8.  To Everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a Season:  The summer season always meant to me, a great time to change my room around.  Sometimes. More. Than. Once.  I remember one summer I actually talked my brother into trading rooms.  It must have been the latent decorator in both of us because we really loved to rearrange our furniture and make out rooms look as different as we could.

7. Swing time:  I was always a dreamer.  Summertime meant hanging out in our big swing that was attached to the big tree in our front yard.  The tree was festooned with so much Spanish Moss, it was like a private cubbyhole.  I spent a lot of time there making up stories and gazing at the pasture in front of the swing.

6. Summer attire:  What could be better than hanging out all day in cut-offs  (jean shorts) and tank tops and Jesus sandals?  Back then, when I wanted to dress up, there would be scooter skirts and culotte dresses and sunglasses. I also remember having a pair of  Dr. Scholl's wooden clogs/sandals that made a clack-clack noise wherever you walked.  Very cool.

5. Schedules:  At first the great thing about summer was no schedule.  You could pretty well do whatever you wanted when you wanted to do it (within reason). My parents were never very strict about what you did with your time.  After a while, though, my love of listing would kick in and I would draw myself up a table listing the times of day and what I should do at certain times. I had more fun creating the schedule then actually doing the schedule

4. Staying Up Late: It seems so funny now, since I love to go to sleep as early as possible, but as a kid I totally loved staying up. I remember I used to watch the Johnny Carson Tonight Show.  Oops, that gives away my age!

3.  Sleepin' In: This goes hand-in-hand with staying up late.  I loved having no alarm clock tell me what to do!

2.  Keeping My Nose In A Book:  Always a voracious reader, summer vacation was my time to feast on as many books as I could.  And yes, reading had a lot to do with my staying up late.  I always had to read "just one more chapter!"

French Quarter, New Orleans vacation

And my number 1 favorite thing about summer vacation was road trips.  Although my father worked for the airlines and could fly pretty cheaply, most of the time we drove to our destinations because we liked having the freedom of having our own car.  Dad used to be a truck driver so road trips did not bother him.  I remember visiting California, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, New Orleans and Atlanta on different trips. Other years we headed back home to Southern Illinois to visit Granny Violet and all the aunts, uncles and cousins. It was a lot of fun despite Dad's driving habits.  Dad took a trip to 1) see how the car would perform, and 2) to see if he could break his previous record on the time it took to travel.  Stopping to eat and /or rest room breaks were discouraged!

Thanks for joining me on this trip down memory lane.  If you'd like to find out what other people did with their summers, visit Mama Kat at her blog, Mama's Losin' It!

Tea Talk-05.10.12

1.  I'm having tea in my new Blue Willow cup!  (Finally, I own one of my own.)

2.  I'm feeling happy!

3.  On my mind - my to-do list.

4.  A quotation to encourage us to pray:

“If you cannot find time to pray, ask for forgiveness. Ask to be cleansed of the sin of having no time to pray … It could be that Satan is pushing you into too much work so that you cannot take time to pray.”
– Corrie Ten Boom

No matter how busy I am, praying time should be on my schedule!  Actually, I need to be in a constant attitude of prayer, not with my eyes closed praying, but ready to breathe a prayer in between every task I undertake. I think of that as doing life with Jesus, talking to Him about everything and anything I do.  Is that not like what Brother Lawrence wrote about in his book "The Practice and Presence of God?"  Something to think about ...

Tea Talk is a meme hosted by Ruth at Celebrate Friendship.  Why not visit and see what all the "tea ladies" have to say this week?