Originally posted on I didn't have my glasses on….:
Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. when i was little my neighbor went with his family to visit the painted desert far away in the exotic land of arizona i was so excited for him and a little bit jealous and i ran to his car when i saw them return home as they pulled in the driveway he jumped out…

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  Ready for a geography project with the kids? This is a world map by UK artist Susan Stockwell for Bedfordshire University’s Luton Campus. She used recycled computer components to create it. Americans are notoriously BAD at geography and map making is a great way to help kids learn what’s where on planet earth. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but some concern for scale should be part of the process. Let… Read More

  Today I had a revelation in my prayer time.   I kept drifting off topic. Roaming around my invisible prayer list and touching each person or need like a toddler playing with toys strewn across the floor. And moving from praying to just thinking! Forgetting altogether that I was having a conversation with God about these people and these needs. Then Satan chimed in, “You’re terrible at prayer.  You don’t love… Read More

Ever gone to make a call and found your cell battery has died?   It’s happened to me several times. Murphy’s Law dictates that I never have a charger cord with me when I absolutely need it most. That never happens to us as believers. The Holy Spirit is always there, the paraclete, the Comforter Jesus promised. One of the greatest ministries He performs for us is His intercession in prayer. I… Read More

HGTV Stars of the Hit Show ‘Fixer Upper’ Give Their Amazing Testimony of Faith.   Here’s a little convergence that occurred in my life recently. ~ First, I’ve been studying the book of Ecclesiastes ~ especially chapter 3.   To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. . . Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~ Second, I discovered the HGTV series Fixer Upper. I thought Joanna Gaines might be… Read More

     I love how David talked to his own soul. He speaks words of instruction and encouragement and reminders about the things that we are so prone to forget. At least I am. Until my selfishness and entitlement bubble up and seep out through the holes in my faith making a mess of everything. Then I remember what God never forgets. For He knows my frame. He remembers that we are… Read More

Who doesn’t love Ikea, right? Yesterday I trekked out to my local Ikea to grab some Billy Bookcases for my new walk-in Pantry. Kate and Zay were with me. For you who just tuned in—that’s my granddaughter and her 1 year old. I can’t go to Ikea alone because I always get lost;) I can see it from the highway, but I never can get to the other highway that has the… Read More

  Lord give me fresh eyes to see the goodness and wonder in life!   That’s been my prayer as I’ve watched little Isaiah this past week. His family has been camped out at our house because of a ‘mold situation’ at theirs. Here’s Little Zay as he discovered the joy of water flowing from the faucet. I must turn on a faucet 20 times a day, and I realized I’ve been… Read More

  These old jars weren’t manufactured as fence decorations. Nope. They had a whole different life before they became fence decorations.  But someone had a new purpose in mind for each one. That is just what God does with some of us, He repurposes us. Today I was thinking about Moses and Samuel.   Moses didn’t start out as a prophet. He was semi-royalty and presumably living a life of privilege in… Read More

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