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My recent FB post:

LIFE: The road is sooooooo smooooooooooth, (insert Joe Stokes voice here) rockin’ and beeboppin’ along, whistling like the Andy Griffith show, singing a zipadeedoodahh song, saying like my wonderful friend Johnny Coleman always says, “What a day, Lord, WHAT A DAY!”
THEN, out of absolutely no where…there’s a stupid speed bump…BUHH DONK!!!

Not to worry, not to fret… it’s only there to slow ya down for a bit.
That’s all it can do—SLOW YOU CANNOT stop ya!



SERIOUSLY…speed bumps are just little bumps in the road put there to slow you down.  They are not there to make you totally stop and give up on your journey.  Their main purpose is to slow you down.  In life, things happen that make us want to give up.  Things happen that make us want to run away.  We wish for things to be erased or people to accidentally trip on their way to the bathroom (maybe even worse!).  But those things are SPEED BUMPS!  They do slow us down, they do make us change direction sometimes, but they can never STOP US.  They don’t have the control to stop you.

You keep on keepin’ on cuz you can!

That is what I choose today… EVERYDAY!





Click on the picture above.  The blog it takes you to is created by this young lady who is on fire for the Lord.

Meet Laura!  She listens to GOD and is an inspiration!  I am so glad God allowed our paths to cross.

Laura came to speak to our youth class last night at church.  Her testimony, verses she shared and her huge heart for missions was amazingly apparent.  I could see the Lord in her eyes and hear Him in her story.  We were so blessed to have her share.

That is what it is all about.  Sharing what GOD has done for us, what He continues to do and we should always be in great hopeful expectation of things to come.

Thank you Laura for being courageous in sharing your story.

Thank YOU LORD for sending her our way!



Tonight at church we watched a video created for a program called My Hope America with Billy Graham. 

It was moving, touching and quite amazing.  I went to the My Hope America with Billy Graham  website when I got home to check out more info on this great evangelistic video.  It has a program to go through that can help you join in the efforts to spread Jesus!  I’m all about spreadin’ some Jesus!  I’ve already signed up for the training.  🙂

The video is shared below.  I just want to say, the most touching part to me is where Billy Graham says that JESUS became all of those things (like I talked about on my blog yesterday Sin is Sin) on the cross.  He took all of that for us!  It breaks my heart that He did that for us at the same time I’m rejoicing in the fact that He did.  Thank You Jesus!

Please watch the video.  It’s almost 29 minutes, but it’s a great narrative and drama that makes you think –in so many ways.  Once you’ve watched it, share it!


Thank You God for this video.  Thank You for allowing me to share it on my blog.  Thank You God for Your amazing gift in Jesus.  Thank You for loving me…as me.  Amen.



Can you add one second to your life by worrying about your day? NOPE. I promise. You can’t. In fact, worrying only takes time from your life. It steals your joy, takes your happiness and makes your body feel like it’s moving along in a bucket of molasses. IT’S GIVES YOU WRINKLES! Who wants those which are brought on by scrunching up your face? I don’t know about you, but I only want those wrinkles which are all natural and I would love to have only those which are caused by intensely smiling too much. (don’t roll your eyes at me!)

WHY WORRY? You cannot change that which is out of your control and most all things that we worry about are TOTALLY out of our control. Most of the time, the things we worry about don’t even happen. So, what was all that good for? Nothin.

Take this day on with smiles, happiness, expecting the best and above all with prayer. Pray for calm weahter and smooth sailing. Why not? It will help your mood more than any worrying will ever help anything. It will give this day a chance!

every day deserves a chance


2012–The last day, wow!–PRAISE THE LORD!

2013–Tomorrow–wow! –PRAISE THE LORD!

It’s amazing how lost we can get with the every day. We wish our lives away. We work and work sometimes for what seems like nothing. We gripe, we groan and beg for it to be the weekend. We trudge through not satisfied, not happy. I say “we,” because I know I have done this in the past and continue to do it from time to time. I get down and out for no good reason.

Why do we do this to ourselves? This life is too short to worry and moan and groan. I’m the big 40 and if I live to be 80, I’M HALF WAY DONE! I’m not saying I’m asking God for another 40. I will take whatever he gives me–longer or shorter. I know HE determines that. What I am saying, is I’ve been here 40 years and I’ve probably wasted more than half of that on selfish, rediculous things. I have used my speech to put down others, I’ve gossiped, I’ve yelled and cursed. I’ve created acts for the devil. I hate to even type that–it makes me cry, but I think it’s important to admit these things so that I can move away from it.

I want to move closer to GOD, my creator, the ONE who sent His only son to SAVE ME from doing all these horrible things. With Jesus, we have HOPE! Without Him all I could do is look at all the horrible things I did (or do) and waller in self pitty and a personal hell knowing that the real tormenting of hell will be waiting for me in the end. BUT I HAVE JESUS! I have claimed the gift the Lord sent with His Son and with Him, I CAN DO ANYTHING!

As I look back at 2012, I want to be openly aware of what GOD has done for me! I want to look at all the good AND even when I thought it was “bad” know that God helped me and supported me through it all. AND NO MATTER WHAT “bad” happened, remember, it could always be worse. I want to thank God for it all and tell others about every blessing.

You may be reading this as a non-believer, totally thinking I’m a nut. That makes me the most happiest! Not that you don’t believe (because I do want you to!), but that I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. I’m supposed to look crazy, I’m supposed to stand out. I’m crazy in love with my God who is the ONLY CONSTANT thing in my life. He is perfect and loves me. Wow! If you are one of those thinking I don’t believe in God, but I’m still happy and ok. I’m telling you now, I WAS THERE. I knew God, but I didn’t have that true relationship with God as my savior and friend. I was happy enough, I was ok. BUT WHO WANTS TO SETTLE FOR OK!? You don’t want an “ok” car, and “ok” house, an “ok” spouse! No one wants to just be OK. Why settle for ok? When you settle for ok, you start doing more of that moaning and groaning stuff. EW.

((In my best info-mercial voice…)) With GOD in your life, you won’t just be happy–you will be JUBILENT! You will have JOY that you have never experienced before! HE will equipt you with more, show you more, find you more, you will be more than just OK! Bring in 2013 with GOD and become all you can be! This is not too good to be true! This is the best thing you will ever do IN YOUR LIFE!!!

TO SUM IT UP—PRAISE THE LORD on this last day of 2012; PRAISE THE LORD that He gives us 2013 and don’t just settle for OK–PRAISE THE LORD!!!



liebster2THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME AWARD!  Thanks for the nomination.  GEEEEZ!  It took me forever to continue the award going…So sorry!  But here goes…

The Liebster Award is an award for blogs with less than 200 followers. The Liebster award was originated in Germany and quickly spread out. Liebster means favorite or dearest. You can be nominated by a blogger that thinks you blog is good and useful. I think this is a supercool award!


  1. Post eleven fun facts about yourself
  2. Answer the questions from the blogger that nominated you and make eleven questions for the bloggers you’re going to nominate.
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers and link them in your post. You can’t tag back!
  4. Let them know on their blog.

Eleven facts about me:

  • I love God.
  • I believe in Jesus.
  • I love my husband (he’s so hot!).
  • I am a mom.
  • I am a teacher.
  • I love art.
  • Painting is my favorite thing to do.
  • I do not eat donuts.
  • Clouds are amazing to me.
  • I blog to get things out sometimes.

 The questions I was asked by the person who nominated me:

  1. Do you have any phobias?      Not that I know of???
  2. Do you suffer from OCD?    Only when it comes to hygiene.
  3. Your biggest lessons so far?    Don’t tell God you have plans! –duhh!
  4. If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?   Take care of a lot of people.  Further the Kingdom of GOD
  5. What do you do for fun?  ART
  6. Are you a morning or night person?    BOTH
  7. Can you define love in your own way?   being UNSELFISH
  8. If one song were to describe your life, what song would it be?  MY WISH by Rascal Flatts
  9. What are the three most important things in your life? God, Family and Friends
  10. Have you ever fired a gun?  Yep
  11. If you were stuck on an island and could take one thing what would it be?  BIBLE

MY NOMINATIONS:  (I only have ten!  Ug!  Sorry again!)


The Fifth Sparrow  (sweet blog)

Candy Coated Reality  (has over 1000 followers but had to list it:  LOVE IT!)

Parenting Tips (I’m sure has more than 200 followers but HAD to include this one.)

The Christ Centered Shepherd  (nice!)

MAZE A DAY  (not sure if they have more than 200 followers??)

Northern Art Teacher  ( ART!!! )

Jesus is my Joy  (simply said)


Life Through My Lens    (neat ideas!)

ELEVEN questions to my nominations:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. How did you start blogging?
  3. What did your favorite teacher do to become that for you?
  4. What is your best subject?
  5. What is your NO BRAINER activity?
  6. Do you chill to music more than once a week?
  7. What’s the last thing you created?
  8. Define PEACE in your own words.
  9. What is your favorite season?
  10. Coffee or Tea?
  11. Do you chew gum?



My husband’s grandmother or MEMAW is a super lady who we all
love very much. She doesn’t do a whole lot of cooking these days, but she really is the best cook I’ve ever known. She is very partial to my husband which I think is adorable. He is a great man. (Yes, I know I’m biased.) This picture was taken today at the family Christmas celebration. I just had to use it for my blog, because out of all the photos we took today (including the snow pics, which snowing on Christmas in East Texas is crazy awesome–a miracle from God!) this is the sweetest picture I took. It’s definitely a keeper!!!
Thanks Memaw, for being GREAT!

The Journey

Have you ever rolled over about to get out of bed and thought, “Do I really have to?” I did that this morning. My left ankle was hurting just enough to make me doubt my ability to walk properly. I went through every excuse I could think of trying to justify the act of not putting my feet on the floor. Sure, my ankle was still sore from a full day of utilizing it yesterday. I broke that thing in 3 places back in 8th grade and somedays I remember it better than others. It’s funny how your body does that to you.

Anyway, back to my story of the day… There I was, running through the excuses, making most of them up out of pure air, trying to make myself feel better about just being lazy. It took a few minutes to finally realize that it wasn’t going to happen. I needed to plant my feet on the ground, set one in front of the other and MOVE! We need to continuously do this throughout our days. We all know this. But today, God told me and showed me some things while I was moving and I’m gonna share. Not surprizing, right!?

So, I did a few of my daily routines–bathroom, breakfast, brush (not going into details)–and then I got ready to head out the door. Once outside, I felt even better about my earlier get-out-of-bed decision. The wind is blowing. The sun is out, but not beating down like the summer heat is has been. It’s so sweet outside. While getting ready, I prepared to listen to my daily audio Bible when God told me this: Listen, but then be silent. God and I talk a lot. I know that probably sounds so weird to a lot of you. But that is what keeps me from going absolutely bonkers most of the time. I could go on about that, but I’ll finish my spill….

So, on my walk, I listened to the Bible. Then, instead of turning on my walking music, I just soaked in what was around me. I silenced myself and let God show me what HE wanted to show me. I began taking pictures. I do so love that. My pic on yesterday’s blog was such a gift from God. He knows I love His artwork. Then He guided me to just look at the simple things. The path itself amazed me. The leaves and little sparks of color the wild flowers made stopped me. It was all just beautiful. So, my posted picture today is just a sampling I made with the pictures I took. Sometimes we don’t need to look at the destination we are going for, but look at where you are right now. Look to the beautiful things that surround you all the time. Don’t look at what you are trying to get to sometimes. Look at the road that gets you there. Take time to consider your JOURNEY.

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