Monthly archive for June 2010

Take Heart–Part II

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? When God does a new thing in our lives, it is because He loves us too much to leave us where we are. I don’t fully understand what I am about to tell you, but I am watching it play out before my eyes.  Because God is sovereign and knows everything, including our future, He knew that Johnny and I would never willingly leave our home at the bay.  Because of Johnny’s health, we now need to be in the city on a daily basis.  Memorial Day weekend, when we were at the bay for Tal’s graduation party, I knew in my heart that we would still have good times at the bay with those we love.  But, for whatever reason, and God knows

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Wear Your Joy

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.  –Psalm 126:3 “You say you’re a Christian? Please let your face know!” I laughed when I read this on a church sign while driving home from the grocery store. Although meant to be humorous, the saying packs a powerful message for us. Does our joy in the Lord show on our faces? When unbelievers are around us, do they want what we have? Can they see our joy? Do we have thankful and grateful attitudes, or do we whine and complain about everything? I used to be a chronic complainer. I often found myself joining in when my friends and family complained about everything from the weather to the high cost of prices at the grocery store. I realized through studying God’s Word that ungratefulness has no part in a Christian’s life. It’s hard to be joyful

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Take Heart–Part II

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  Isaiah 43:18-19 May was a month full of graduations in our family.  Our granddaughter, Christen (Shari & Jeff’s middle child), graduated from Texas A & M University and the next weekend we traveled to Austin to watch our grandson, Tal (John & Lisa’s oldest), graduate from the University of Texas. The day after Christen’s graduation we celebrated with a grand party at Christen’s home and then on Memorial Day weekend, our family all gathered at our property at the bay for a party to celebrate Tal’s graduation the week before. As I write these words, my husband, Johnny, is just two treatments away from completing five months of chemo.  God blessed us by giving Johnny the strength to attend both graduations, even though it

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Fitness For Everyday Life

This time of year the outdoors “calls our name.” we breathe in the fresh air and step outside to take a walk, and we all know it is good for us.  Walking is a great activity that has fitness benefits for both the heart and lungs, and we should all strive to fit it into our life on a regular basis. If you can only manage 15 minutes a day of walking, start with that. If you are a “multi-tasker,” combine it with prayer and meditation for an outdoor quiet time alone with the Lord. Take along a 3×5 card with Bible verses on it and work on your memorization while you walk, or turn on your iPod full of upbeat worship music that will help you speed up your pace. Walking for Fitness =  Catching Up With a Friend! For variety, plan days when you can walk with a friend;

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