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!
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
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?
Did he know, or did God know that I needed these gifts?
Thirteen hungry boys (if you count my husband as a boy) sat around the dark eight foot table in anticipation of dinner. My husband and I were serving as house parents at Teen Ranch in Marlette, Michigan. Ten ranch boys, our two sons and my husband John savored the aroma of fresh crust, oregano, tomato… Continue reading Teen Ranch Pizza
Ms. Pat, your house is so beautiful. People who don’t have kids have beautiful houses. Our house is not pretty” Jada said. I responded, “Well you should have seen my house when our boys were your age we had toys and shoes and stuff all around and it was not beautiful.” I thought of my… Continue reading What is Beautiful?
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. New International Version (NIV) Was it necessary to speak to me in that tone? “Not your wife, she is… Continue reading How to Temper Your Tone
It is apple season in our part of the country. Many people flock to the mountains to purchase their favorite variety of apple. Our favorite is pink lady. They are a late crop and well worth waiting for. The rosy pink color on the perfectly smooth surface covers a crisp, tart yet sweet delight. It… Continue reading Much More Apples