cooking, family, Grandparents, Joy, mother

Shared Blessings

Shared Blessings is a collection of recipes and memories dedicated to family and friends who shared their lives and cooking skills with me. My family appreciates you and I do too!

family, Ministry

Arise My Love

Song of Songs 2:10 New International Version (NIV) 10 My beloved spoke and said to me,    “Arise, my darling,    my beautiful one, come with me. My beloved did not use those exact words but he made his desire known.  He thought God wanted us to move to a remove part of Arkansas to work on a boy's ranch.  He… Continue reading Arise My Love

Decorating, faith, family, Home

Alive and Grateful

I'm thankful the word of God speaks to our needs daily. Because of health reasons my husband does not attend church with me some Sundays.  Friends will ask, “How is John?”  Being the honest person that I am – I say, “He is hurting, he didn’t sleep last night or not too good today.”  Wanting… Continue reading Alive and Grateful

family, Grandparents, mother

Soul Special

This was a gift from my first daughter-in-law on Mother's Day. A picture of my mother and poem reflecting how special she was. Yolanda had never met my mother - I'm sure our son Johnny shared with her about what a wonderful "Nana" my mother was to him.   Happy Mother's Day to both my… Continue reading Soul Special

faith, family, Grandparents, Home, pain, prayer, snow, surgery

What’s in a Name?

Greeting a young couple in church I spoke to their baby girl and she smiled.  I asked her name.  It was Cameron.  I could remember her name because my grandson has the same name. Eli’s daughter-in-law named her son Ichabod.  Can you imagine naming your child Ichabod??? The ark of God was captured by the… Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Bible study buddies, communication, faith, family, gardening, Home, Joy, shelter in place, spring

Blessings of J O Y!

Ventured out today to inspect the blueberry crop.  A few days ago, they were full of blooms. Several nights of cold temps in 30's and some frost – but always sun came up and warmed up early.  So surely, they made it???? Blueberries before frost Sad to report just few blossoms survived.  If these make… Continue reading Blessings of J O Y!

communication, family, prayer, surgery

Come Along

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 The Message (MSG) 3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so… Continue reading Come Along

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The Porch

Pat Strickland

View from my swing View from my swing

A cup of green tea and my Bible accompany me to the swing on my screened-in porch.  The humid July day requires the ceiling fans to be pushing the small amount of cool air available for a few hours.  The furnishings remind me of people in our past who have blessed our lives and to pray for them.

The black wrought iron table and chairs were on my in-law’s porch the 11 years they lived near us – just off Shekinah Lane.  The overflow of relatives sat at this table for many family gatherings.  So this set reminds me to pray for family.  Also, on the table is a twig man made by talented neighbor – bless her Lord.

Warning sign Warning sign

The “Do not Pee from the Porch” sign brings a chuckle of a Sunday School class Christmas party.  The sign was transferred around through a…

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children, faith, family, prayer, retirement, walking faithfully

Walk in Faith

What is the opposite of faith?  Most would say doubt or fear! What do you fear?   If you are like me, you don’t really have any fears - you’re a stoic person.  You just trust God on the surface.  But subconsciously there is fear.  Fear of the future, fear of what if????  Fear of… Continue reading Walk in Faith