Messy Beautiful Friendship

I’m excited to announce that I am a member of the launch team for the new Christine Hoover book, Messy Beautiful Friendship.  It’s available for pre-order and includes lots of perks that you can enjoy now!  Pre-Order

It will officially be available in April but if you pre-order now, you can read the first two chapters.

To find out more about Christine, please check out her website at Grace Covers Me.

Kindness

For months now whenever I get on Facebook, I would feel agitated.  I didn’t know why but because of it I’ve really cut back on social media.  Yesterday, I finally figured it out.  Kindness!

No one (well, not every one!) seems to be kind any more or give people the benefit of the doubt.  Earlier in the week Meryl Streep made some comments at the Golden Globe Awards about Donald Trump.  This unleashed such harsh words from friends on Facebook, either from themselves or postings that they shared.

So she said some things that people don’t like.  Is that an excuse to call her names like “idiot” and “stupid”?  I saw several posts saying that she didn’t have a real job because she was an actress.  Really?  How is acting not a real job?  Isn’t going to work every day and getting paid what constitutes a job?

I can remember when people would disagree on a topic but still be civil and kind to each other; they would have respect for the other’s opinion but I fear that that time is long gone.

I was reading today in Proverbs 31:26, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”  I thought that while I can’t control if others are kind, I can clothe myself with kindness (Col. 3:12) and allow the Spirit to work in me to show kindness to others.  

 

ESG: My favourite picture of the month December

Below are my favorite pictures for the month of December.

The first is my husband and me on a mini-vacation in Sandbridge, VA.
Second is a shot from the movie “La La Land”.  Easily my favorite movie of 2016.
Next is the prediction of snow that is happening right now.  We are up to 6″ and still have a few hours to go!
The last 3 pictures were taken while on that mini-vacation.  The condo where we stay faces the west so we are able to get some really nice sunset pictures.  I always look forward to seeing how the day will end.  While sunsets with clouds are spectacular, the ones without clouds can be beautiful, too.

Enjoy!

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thanksgiving-basket

It was a different kind of Thanksgiving this year.  My two daughters are out of state and my son went to have Thanksgiving dinner with his in-laws so Michael and I were on our own.  So breaking from our tradition of having a meal at home, we went out to dinner with friends.  It was the first time we’ve ever done that and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t think the food would be as good as mine.  🙂  But it was very good!!

God gives good gifts and even though the season of my life is changing and will continue to change, I can rejoice in those good gifts.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24)

ESG: My Favourite Picture of the Month October

These are my favorite pictures for the month of October.

This is from the 29th and it was the evening that my youngest daughter was leaving to drive across country to live in Colorado.  Lots of smiles but also some tears thrown in.  I already miss her very much!!img_9325

Random cloud picture.  I love taking pictures of clouds.  They are always beautiful.img_9293

This is from our annual ladies’ retreat.  These ladies are my sisters in Christ and I love them dearly!  I love forward to this retreat every year.  Good fellowship, good teaching, good food and great friends!dsc_1127-1