Posted by: Judy | May 22, 2022

Inspiration from CS Lewis

Posted by: Judy | May 21, 2022

Saturday Silliness compliments of The Hobbit

Posted by: Judy | May 20, 2022

Good News Friday

*A new dear friend stopped by. I want to be more like her.

*Being able to call a friend I knew would understand.

*Help that didn’t cost me anything. Didn’t solve the problem but pointed me in the right direction.

*Knowing God gathers my tears.

*Encouragement from blogging friends, especially when they didn’t know I needed it. Thanks God for inspiring them.

*A leaky shower drain seems to be fixed with a bit of packing tape. Now to figure out the other leaks.

*The space blanket that covers my kitchen window in the the afternoons, dropping the temperature by four degrees. The gold side in adds a lovely hue.

*My tower fan that I bought for my dog years ago does a great job of cooling my toasty office.

*Church

*Friends

*The chance to help a friend

*Praying for others

*Air conditioning

*Good movies: “Sense and Sensibility” “Race to Space” “The Dating Handbook”

*Watched the lunar eclipse, with the moon playing peek-a-boo through the mares’ tail clouds. Cool.

*A good difference in how I feel going through the day thinking, “God is protecting me.”

*Made healthy choices shopping

*People I enjoy seeing, every time, at the places I go.

*Making progress on rewrites

*I can’t explain the joy of opening the door for someone and someone opening the door for me, people just being polite and helpful to each other. Love it.

*Be careful what you pray for: I prayed for God to help make my house a home and safe; a plumber, reconstruction adjuster, and insurance adjuster are trying to help now. Thanks, God? Struggling to keep my sense of humor and not utterly failing.

*Good friends checking up on me.

*Quail outside my office window

*Precious moments of peace and calm, no matter how short

*Delicious lunch with dear friends at Raising Cane, laughter and encouragement

*A dear friend is teaching me to say “Thanks, God, for the challenge.” Not easy but good.

*God’s grace

What was something good in your week?

Posted by: Judy | May 19, 2022

Week Twenty Feast

This is a struggle for me. I’ve been afflicted all my life. I know the adversary whispers it’s because I’m evil. I fight to remember that Job wasn’t evil. John the Baptist wasn’t evil. I want to be joyful, but I’m just not. Blessedly, God graced me with friends that remind me I’m still in mourning and to give myself grace. I solve one problem and another pops up. I’m so tired. I’ve endeavored to be polite and patient, but then the door closes and I’m alone. Encouraging posts are shared about it being dark and troublesome before a breakthrough. Where is my breakthrough? I feel more like I’m being given a feast of sorrows. What have I learned? I’ve wanted to give up more times than I can count, but I haven’t. Perhaps a feast of tiny successes, hanging on one more day.

Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Enough is as good as a feast. ~ Joshua Sylvester

Posted by: Judy | May 18, 2022

Perspective

Posted by: Judy | May 17, 2022

Turning the other cheek

As an abuse survivor, I’ve struggled with the concept of turning the other cheek. It felt like asking for more abuse. This is the problem with leaning on our own understand, which we are specifically advised not to do.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

So how does this work? Add some other verses about not allowing anger to rule you, turning away wrath, and vengeance belonging to the Lord.

But God.

A new thought wiggled its way into my brain. Turning the other cheek requires looking someplace else. What if it’s an invitation to look to God? Look away from the abuser and look to God. Know that God sees and gathers your tears. Focus on God. Give what you want to do, which is usually retaliate, to God.

Just thinking out loud.

Posted by: Judy | May 16, 2022

Clive James Quote

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense dancing. ~ Clive James

Posted by: Judy | May 15, 2022

Inspirational Quote

HOPE is putting FAITH to work when doubting would be easier.

~ Thomas S. Monson

Posted by: Judy | May 14, 2022

Saturday Silly

Posted by: Judy | May 13, 2022

Good News Friday

*Delicious lunch and delightful conversation with a dear friend

*Kneaders’ Turkey on Country White and raspberry cheesecake

*A good day

*Air conditioning

*Lovely neighbors

*Movies “Max” “Joy for Christmas” “The Natural” “The Black Stallion”

*Family visit

*Dates

*Learning to share and see blessings multiply

*Church

*Texting with dear friends, near and far

*My favorite grocery store, finding what I need and friendly employees I know by name

*Liberty Cooling and Heating checked my A/C and gave it a clean bill of health and was impressed by how good it looked. The gentleman patiently answered lots of questions and even washed off my unit, showing me how to store the hose and proving my outside faucet works. God blessing.

*Cherry fritters

*No water on the floor outside the shower

*Cutting seed pods out of my pygmy palms and pulling weeds

*Blueberry muffin in a cup

*Remembering to ask God, “What do You want me to learn from this?”

*A few cooler days, in the 80s, before heading into the 100s.

*Chatting with wonderful neighbors in person and via texts

*Offer of help to buy my new phone

*Neighbors helping with a leaky shower. God willing, it’s an easy fix.

*Figuring out how to open one window, a few to go.

*God’s grace

What was something good in your week?

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