Friday, September 23, 2016

PRAYER SHOWER...

Sunday I had the opportunity to go to one last shower for our almost married son!  Their church showered them with prayer!  There were a few gifts too.  It was a nice casual time of visiting, snacking, and then a time of prayer from anyone who wanted to offer a word for them.  So sweet and good to know their friends are also striving for godly marriages.  I didn't take too many pictures (I'm probably the farthest thing from cool for even wanting them!) but it was nice afternoon!






Sunday, September 18, 2016

FUNERALS GIVE WORDS FOR LIFE...

This week I went to two funerals.  They were both parents of friends of mine.  What struck me was that even though the ones that passed were very different, one a woman and the other a man, one a small event, the other quite large, two different speakers, the message was the same.

LOVE, SERVE, GROW

These three words were from the son, speaking about his mother.  He said he had recently said these same words to woman's basketball team at the university he works for.  He realized his morals were gleaned from his mother's life, and expounded on how they became her legacy to her family.  She was a simple woman who lived through the Depression, never asked for much for herself, worked hard, and expected the best from her children. She LOVED her family, many, many schoolchildren, and her church.  She SERVED as a good mother and school worker, and GREW in her faith and expected it of her family.  

The other funeral was that of a successful pharmaceuticals manager who later in life, found a calling to helping the poor and needy of Guatemala.  He and his wife had four wonderful daughters who all now have given them eight grandchildren.  Over and over again the words of LOVE he had for them echoed in the words given by the minister and family members.  The word SERVICE came up over and over again also, to his family and the people of Guatemala.  It was also mentioned how he GREW in his faith over the years; how intimidating he was as a younger man, and had mellowed in his later years.    

As I reflected on both of these beautiful lives and the awesome families that resulted from them, I thought how both funerals shared essentially the same three words of lives well-lived:  LOVE, SERVE, GROW.

It's a message worth repeating time and time again!  One that causes me to reflect on my own life.  It reminds me of the simple passage in Luke 2, taught to me as a child in Bible classes:  "And Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and Man."  A simple way of saying that Jesus loved, served and grew all his life!



Monday, September 12, 2016

GIVING AN OLD DOOR NEW LIFE...

One of the projects that I've been working on for quite some time is a women's retreat for the women of our church.  Along with a committee of hard working ladies, we've been praying and planning for over a year since our church has not had an event like this for more than ten years!  Needless to say, we want it to be AWESOME!  

One of the things I've been helping with is decorations and I was so thrilled to get to use this old door as a "frame" for our advertisement!  The door came from a house that The Hubs and I flipped earlier this year.  The bottom of the door was a lot more weathered, and I tried to recreate that on the top part.  It was difficult, but I think the effect is fine.

It fits our theme"Interior Design:  Renovating the Heart," so well!  Some may see the door as an interior design piece as-is and some may see it as something needing renovation.  Anyway, it came along at just the right time for me to use it!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

THE MORE BIRTHDAYS I HAVE, THE WEIRDER MY REQUESTS...

Yes, for my birthday in June, I held fast to my pledge to not add any stuff to my house this year - only buying food and experiences!  So I told my husband what I wanted was the grime removed.  We just had our grout cleaned and resealed.  First time in 16 years that someone besides myself cleaned the floor!  I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but it is so nice - like brand new!  It wasn't cheap but totally worth it!  

Before
After


Before - with tape marks from rug tape

After


Before - more tape marks from run tape

After

Pretty happy with the result!  I may never scrub floors again!  :)





Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS...

Wedding showers are one of the most fun things ever, that is, if you're the recipient!  My son and his bride-to-be got to experience that Sunday afternoon.  Loved ones and friends like family celebrated their upcoming marriage and showered them with gifts!















It was wonderful and also a humbling experience when you think about the work the hostesses put in on it to make it special!  







Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WHIRLWIND OF ACTIVITY...

Packages are arriving daily, decisions have to be made, my hair is getting color and my teeth are getting whitened...the song of the wedding that's 38 days away! Rehearsal dinner menu decisions, invitations to be sent, table decorations to decide, and my grass I'm trying to keep green!  And I'm just the MOG.  I think I need a honeymoon after this is all over, too!  :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

WOW FOR THOUGHT...




One of my favorite things in the summer is a Wednesday night class full of praise and worship music.  It's called WOW,  Wonder of Worship.  Our song leader teaches a new song every time.  It's a great pick-me-up and if you were a kid that enjoyed summer camp, that's the kind of "camp-high" feeling it gives me.

Last night the song leader shared a story of a family who is truly showing their FAITH IN ACTION right now.  A picture of a beautiful girl flashed on the screen.  Three weeks ago their oldest teenage daughter was in a car accident and is still comatose. They are disappointed.  They are angry.  But they said they will praise the Lord if she gets better, and if she does not.  They told our song leader when asked, "Yes, tell her story.  We need all the prayers we can get.  But make it about HIM."  

It touched my heart as I reminisced over my own husband's tree accident 10 years ago, and the feelings I had during that time.  

I looked at the row in front of me and saw a man sitting there without his wife, because his wife suffers from MS and cannot always come to church.  Just behind me was a friend who lost her husband at a young age to cancer, struggled with her three kids, and has since remarried.  Across the aisle from us was a couple who has recently lost their son to suicide.  All of these people are in church, singing their hearts out to praise the Father.  So many stories of faith.

Look around you.  Who do you see putting their FAITH IN ACTION?  


It's quite amazing and inspiring.  But even more so, is our God!