Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

From "Giving Thanks" novella #11 of the Holiday, USA series. The most recently added unedited line:
"You must be an awesome cook."

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Quote

The person you can be absolutely sure you will definitely be spending the rest of your life with is YOURSELF, so make sure you put the appropriate investment into THAT relationship! ~ Sara Stitcher

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:20-22

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday Links

Keep Living Forward is a new blog I'm following. I loved her perspective on "The Anchor":

A bit about pansies from Beth Trissel:

As an abuse survivor, every once in a while, it's good to be reminded:

For the love of gardening from seeds, thank you Bernard McMahon, and thank you Becky Lower, over at History Imagined, for bring him to my attention:

God bless.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Matthew Macfadyen is my Mr. Darcy.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Musical Thursday

Music is a powerful mood changer, and I don't use it nearly enough. Danny Gokey, contemporary singer, has a new album out, Rise. This is "What Love Can Do":

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

Unedited, most recent line typed into "Giving Thanks" novella #11 of the Holiday, USA series:
"Whatever you say, Cookie!" Cici winked. "Be right back."

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Quote

It is not the nails that kept the Savior hanging on the cross. It was His love for us. ~ Tomas Kofod

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Psalms 4:18

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday Links

Over at Melissa's Genesis 5020, she gave me a new perspective and helped me choose my word for the year:

YouTube suggested this Tony Robbins video, and it was exactly what I'd been looking for without realizing it.

"Grace Beyond Grace" is a blog written by Lynn Bukowski, an amazing woman. Her husband was a Navy SEAL. Her FB presence is LZ-Grace Warrior Retreat Foundation.

Jean Fischer shared some good advice on starting the new year. Yes, it's three weeks past, but this is when I need the encouragement to keep trying.

God bless.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch. He follows a SEAL class through BUDs. It happens to be the class in which Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) participated. Yes, I have a fascination for SEALs. As an abuse survivor, I've drawn on their courage to do what needs must and keep fighting to survive, no matter what. They understand endurance under unimaginable conditions. They've taught me about practicing doing what's necessary to survive, over and over again. Perhaps most importantly, as an abuse survivor I learned to disassociate from living, while they've taught me that life is for living, throwing yourself in heart and soul.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Musical Thursday

"On the Trail" from Grand Canyon Suite. The suite is just over a half hour long. "On the Trail" is about seven minutes. This is another piece I grew up hearing. I'm particularly fond of the mules. Riding a mule down requires making reservations at least a year in advance. I've never done it. I'm not particularly fond of the steep drop offs. LOL!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

The most recent addition to "Giving Thanks" novella #11 of the Holiday, USA series, unedited:
She'd agonized over how she'd present herself, a black sheep returning to the fold or a new creature seeking a home?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Quote

So it is that real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed! ~ Neal A. Maxwell

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Psalms 4:13

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Links

Papberry is one of my favorite inspirational bloggers. She shared this post almost a month ago, but I wanted to read it again in the New Year.
And another by Papberry. She has a regular feature called "Thankful Thursday":

Over at Brettworks, a different perspective on creativity:

Whitney Carter shared a bit of herb lore over on "A Writer's Path."

God bless.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. She shares her experience of World War II. She survived a Nazi concentration camp. A remarkable story of strength and courage and faith, well worth the read.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Musical Thursday

I love Cast in Bronze. He appears at the Renaissance Fair every year. I own several of the CDs and buy a new one every year, a tradition. Denny Hipsher shared this from the Arizona Ren Fair:

This is Carol of the Bells:

I look forward to seeing Cast in Bronze, every year. There are four performances throughout the day. I manage to make it to one or two. One year, I made it to all four. It used to be the same show was done for all four shows. Now, there are four different tracks.

Here's the website:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

From "Giving Thanks" novella #11 in the Holiday, USA series, last unedited line added:
"It's the warmest spot in the diner, a plus on a cold night."

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Quote

Never argue with someone who believes their own lies. ~ Unknown

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:9

She (wisdom) shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Praising God in the storm

The dog I dogsit had cancer. Last Thursday, she wasn't doing well. I keep thinking of Kipling's poem about never giving your heart to a dog to tear. I hesitated to give my heart to this precious creature, but how could I resist? She's a sweet, gentle soul. She taught me about unconditional love as only animals do. I've no regrets, except maybe I wish I'd given my heart sooner.
I woke Friday morning knowing my fur-baby greeted her on the other side.
Thank God for dogs. I hope the next fur-baby isn't too long in coming.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic. His motto is "No arms. No legs. No worries." He's a remarkable young man. I saw a video of him on YouTube, several years ago, and he inspired me. I follow him on social media. He taught me about being grateful. In many ways, he was the jump-start to my journey in learning how to praise God in the storm.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

From "Giving Thanks," novella 11 in the Holiday, USA series, the last unedited sentence written:

She cranked up the Christian CD she'd been playing and drove into Holiday.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Monday Quote

King George VI quoted from the poem "God Knows" by Minnie Louise Haskins, in his 1939 Christmas broadcast. The first few lines are the most famous portion. However, I found the poem as a whole inspiring and apropos for the New Year. Written in 1908, it was privately published in 1912. I looked for copyright information specific to this poem and couldn't find anything. I'd rather error on the side of the author. Since the first portion has been widely used, it's all I'm sharing here. I'd encourage looking up the poem as a whole. It's beautiful.

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.