Break Over!

I think it’s important to try to be present with whatever it is you’re doing. And if you can’t be present, take a break”.
Emily Giffin

You may be wondering where I’ve been, so I wanted to give you an update. I’ve had some very eventful months full of changes. Among the fun and memorable moments: my last two children left the nest, marrying the loves of their lives a short five months apart. During this time, I was finishing my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Needless to say, that semester required a substantial amount of work to be completed. So when I graduated with my degree, I also graduated into the world of being an “Empty Nester!”

Also, during this time I endured some major changes on the job. Sadly, our boss of 15 years quit; we are now on replacement boss #2. Nuff said. Now, that things seem to be settling a bit, I feel I can actually be present with whatever I’m doing.

Thank you all for sticking with me! You can start looking for new material.

It May Be Time to Stir Things Up a Bit

One of my favorite parts of doing laundry (well, really like the ONLY part I enjoy) is getting my nice, warm, clean smelling blanket out of the dryer and wrapping up. It’s comfortable, it’s nice, and it’s enjoyable.

One thing I know is that much like our walk with Christ, the washing process often takes much longer than the drying cycle. I was challenged tonight to reflect on the wash cycle I am in right now. It’s not easy, and sometimes I feel like I’ve been tossed in circles and dunked in water. But there is a beauty in this wash cycle. There is a purpose. This is a greater process then I can understand. There is an end goal. A warm, gentle embrace with the Father – a moment wrapped in His arms telling me “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Sometimes the cycle we are in seems long, and difficult but if only we would walk in the strength of our Father and realize that He has us right where He wants us, to do exactly what He wants to do in us. ❤️

Excerpt eloquently written by my sweet daughter in law, whom I love very much….Courtney Geercken. This goes so well with this devotion.


AGITATION:Agitation is the act of stirring things up, like the agitation of a washing machine that moves the water, detergent, and clothes around and gets the dirt out.

In order to clean, there must be some agitation.  Take washing clothes for example. No matter how far you look back in history, some sort of agitation was necessary for the process of cleaning.


When I clean my house, I may stir things up a bit, especially when I dust! Sometimes, my house looks worse before it looks better. For example, when I recently cleaned out, organized and purged items from my closet, my house was in disarray. I had stuff everywhere!!!! BUT, I knew it was just part of the cleaning process.

But why did my closet need cleaning? I could barely step inside my closet to reach my clothes. It had gotten cluttered with various storage items. No, it…

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A Changed Mind….An Unchanged Circumstance

You can have peace no matter what. It’s a promise!


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While many may not admit it, Christians often struggle with doubt, anxiety, tormenting thoughts, fear, and the like. All of which will promptly steel your peace and be long gone before you even realize it. The thief in the night, you might say. I’ve been there recently. And this is the comforting word the Holy Spirit gave me:

My circumstances do not have to change in order for me to experience God’s freedom from tormenting thoughts. I can have God’s peace in the midst of a stressed filled situation!
His grace is enough!

Your circumstance may not change, but your mind can!!!! Keep your thoughts fixed on God, and He is sure to keep His promise of peace!

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What I Say Matters

The first of the year is a time when many people engage in Fasting and prayer. This devotion is a great reminder that what we say (pray) to our Heavenly Father matters! He bends down His ear to listen to us because He values & loves us.


Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe!” Psalm 116:2 tlb

We had gone out to supper at a nice restaurant, with a pretty nice 45 minute wait. While waiting, a shadow caught my eye of someone  s-l-o-w-l-y walking toward the waiting area.  The shadow looked to be that  of an elderly person with a severely hunched back. I was already feeling sorry for this individual.

Then, the shadowy figure came into the light and I saw a father walking with his young son. This tall man was hunched over with arms around his son; and walking ever so slowly as to hang on his every word.

What could an 8 or 9 year old boy have to say to his father that is so captivating, as to garner such undivided attention in a busy restaurant? What can WE say to our Father…

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Where’s Jesus?

Here we are, 5 days away from celebrating the birth of Christ! But let’s be honest, we are probably busy with gift wrapping, last minute purchases, family gatherings, work parties, etc. Let’s remember Jesus is the focus of this Christmas season. Merry CHRISTmas everyone!!!


Here we are just a few days away from Christmas: 6 days to be exact. We are busy with hustle and bustle: attending holiday programs galore, cooking for family gatherings, and prepping for parties at the work place. And so the list goes on. Needless to say, we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off.

It is no wonder that we can actually find ourselves irritated and aggravated this time of year.  

Meanwhile, celebrating the birth of Christ becomes lost in the commotion, and is just another scheduled event. Church calendars are planned out with special Christmas programs, and everyone knows exactly where to go, and when to arrive: for Christmas programs that is.

This is a good time for us to ask ourselves what the Wise men asked: Where’s Jesus?

Do we look for God only when problems arise……have we hidden Him in that dusty…

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At Least

DO NOT SETTLE FOR LESS! Don’t stop praying & believing! I feel compelled to reblog this one to remind us all to keep digging in & hold fast to faith!


My 23 year son was very excited about his new job. Although he has very little experience in the field, he was hired with an HVAC company where he will be trained and have support for going returning to school to receive certification. What a great opportunity!! Things are looking up.  He hops in the 28 year old Honda Accord to make the hour and 15 minute commute (one way) to begin his two week training. On the way home one night, this faithful and trusty old vehicle blew its clutch a day or two into the new job training. Training that is required in order for him to keep this promising new job. This might be a great excuse for your boss when you’ve been on the job 2 years but NOT 2 days!

The quoted repair price exceeded the value of the car. So that’s out! My husband…

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Texting God

Most of us text these days: it’s quick and often all we have time for. That being said, if we have time to text a friend today, we have time to “text” God….a quick ‘thank you or I love You.’


“Tell Me your ‘everyday’ kind of talk. I want to have THAT kind of conversation from you too! I want to be included,” the Lord spoke gently to my spirit immediately after I texted a friend. I had been texting back and forth with a friend, and the content of our communications was light and jovial: silly even. I smiled and chuckled out loud a time or two when reading my friend’s responses.

God wants that? I thought about that for a moment. I text people daily and often, as most of us do these days. Yet, do I reach out to God that often? And would I tell him the happy, silly moments, or do I just save the serious, heavy topics for Him?

God is interested in every aspect of our lives, and He is interested all the time.

The scripture tells us that God never leaves us…

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When You Don’t See Progress

This devotion is a great encouragement to me. I hope it instills in us a new bull dog persistence in our faith life and prayer life. Never give up!


“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us,
even though we cannot see it up ahead.” Hebrews 11:1

This table….old, used, abused, painted and re-painted…currently adorned with the three different colors.  A table discarded by my daughter because it no longer had purpose.

Yet I had hope for this piece of abandoned furniture, and wasn’t giving up. Not yet anyway. But after sanding and sanding and not seeing the results I’d imagined, my frustration grew and my determination wavered as a new purpose emerged:  chunk this unchanged junk!!!

That’s the moment the Holy Spirit whispered an important life lesson to me:
“When you don’t see progress, trust the process.”

We all have a “table” in our lives that needs a change. And we’ve all experienced that moment when we’ve…

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How the Grudge Stole Christmas

I certainly needed this reminder. Letting go of grudges and hurts can prove to be challenging. But the reward is so much greater! I’m so thankful that God doesn’t hold a grudge against me.


“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” This Charles Dickens quote just about sums up ANY holiday season.  And does this response sound familiar to anyone, “Yeah, everything was great EXCEPT…..”I’ve said it before, and will probably say it again.

I think there will always be exceptions to the perfect holiday. Everything was great except: my kid was sick, my car broke down, my flight was cancelled, my ordered  gift didn’t arrive in time, my bonus wasn’t given this year, my funds were running low, my family  member said some very hurtful things…… my……oh my…… oh my! Surely the worst of times.

There are exceptions or special conditions to nearly everything: contracts, grammar rules, laws, warranties, etc. I’m about to shock some of you with what I’m going to say next, but keep reading all the way through. There are even exceptions or conditions to…

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It’s Never Too Late. Don’t Give Up!

NEVER GIVE UP! That’s one of Satan’s tactics. Giving up resigns us to mediocre, and to settle for second best. Be encouraged: no matter your situation.,..GOD IS ABLE! It isn’t too late! Don’t Give Up!


We’ve all found ourselves in a situation that requires nothing short of a miracle. At some point, we have faced a harsh reality; some devastating news; or an impossible circumstance in which we were powerless to change. Perhaps all options have been exhausted, and it feels like it’s over; feels like time has run out.

I’ve got some great news:  it’s never too late to expect a miracle!!

God is not limited by time or severity of your circumstances. It doesn’t matter how permanent your situation may seem. In Acts 3 we meet a forty year old man that was crippled since birth. Yet he was instantly healed: walking and leaping after forty years of immobility. In John 11 we meet Lazarus who came back to life after being buried, and dead for four days.

None of this holds power over our God!

Nothing is impossible with Him!

It is…

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