Friday, November 25, 2011

I love to have all my children together at the same time.  We have enjoyed so much our family time the last few days with college boy home on Thanksgiving break and college/working girl off for a few days. We decided that while every one was home at the same time we had better try to get some family pictures. I took this one of our children today at a local park.  It's hard to get a photo of all of them smiling, eyes open and all looking in the right direction but this one was pretty good!
Our Children
Children are a gift from the Lord and I am so thankful for each one of these precious gifts God has given me.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas, the "Gift Giving Season" is just around the corner. Some of you may have even completed all of your Christmas shopping & have your gifts already wrapped, waiting to be put under the tree after Thanksgiving.  I wish that were the case with me.  Every year I say I am going to have my shopping done before November so that I can enjoy doing the other things I want to do during the season. Things like baking Christmas cookies with my children,
Image from Joy of Baking

caroling, going to the Christmas parade and church activities etc., 

without the worry & hastle of fighting the shopping crowds. However, another November is flying by and I have not purchased the first Christmas gift.  Oh well, there's always next year!
Thinking about gifts and giving and loving on others, I was reminded today of an analogy that I heard many years ago from author and speaker Florence Littauer.  She says  
"Our words are to be like silver boxes with bows on top that we give to others".  

     I was listening to a recent podcast of Living With Joy which aired a 3 part series of Florence speaking on this subject.  Please, please, please click on the link and look for the past programs at Living With Joy and listen to the series.  Florence is such a gifted speaker and you will be greatly encouraged by this series.  You will laugh too if you listen to her!
Our words are so powerful.  The tongue has been described as the most powerful muscle in the body.  Our words can either build up or tear down.
 I don't know about you but I want to be a builder-up-er!!!  I want to give out little silver boxes with bows on top all day long!!!!
We have such tremendous potential to build people up and help others become who God wants them to be.   Start today!!!

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers . Ephesians 4:29

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A True Friend

"A true friend is someone that knows the song of your soul, and sings it back to you when you have forgotten the words."- Anonymous
Jasmine &; Me at the Women's Enrichment's Fall Fling
I love the quote above! True friends are hard to come by.  I am blessed to have some of those "true friends" in my life.  My friend Jasmine is one of those true friends.  She and I have been friends for almost thirty years!!!  We met at Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University) in Charleston SC.  We've come a long way since the '80's!
Jasmine & Me at Baptist College
Jasmine has been that kind of friend to me that knows the song of my heart and reminds me to "tune my heart to sing His praise".  When I am negative, she helps me see the positive.  When I am stressed out she reminds me to focus on the One who calms the storms.  
And to top it off, she loves my children! They've started calling her "Aunt" Jasmine!
Jasmine & my youngest child
I hope you are blessed today to have a friend or friends like that in your life.  If not, try being that kind of friend to someone else.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Thinking about friends and friendship, here is a cute video!  We might just have to do this routine!!!