via Daily Prompt: Ruminate

Today’s daily prompt is ruminate.

This morning I took an old trunk out of the trunk of my car.  This trunk was made by my grandpa Stricklin.  It is a simple trunk made of rough-hewn wood, utilitarian in use, but it is a piece of my past.


As I sanded the piece to bring it back to life, I ruminated on visits to my grandparents’ home in Alabama.  Those are precious memories indeed on Sand Mountain; from the smell of the wood stove my grandmother cooked on, to the music my grandpa and other family members played, to sailing makeshift boats in the artesian spring on the property and chewing on sugarcane from my grandpa’s sugarcane grove.

As I continued, my thoughts went to how, like this trunk, my life has been through transition too.


Like the trunk, I started out rough, dirty in spirit and soul.

Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

It didn’t matter how much I tried to clean up, I was still dirty-Thought I could make it on my own and denied every time I heard the call of repentance and salvation.

Then one day that all changed.  I realized I couldn’t continue on the way I was, being separated from God.  I accepted the free gift that was offered.  Salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:24-26 (NIV) and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through shedding of his blood – to be received by faith.  He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Though I denied him over and over throughout my life, God never gave up on me.

Like this trunk, my life has been transformed to a much greater degree.


Ruminating on tribulations of the past and how with His strength and guidance I made it through, coming out on this side closer to Him and strengthened in my faith.

I once was lost, but now am found. Was once full of anger and resentment, now full of joy and peace.  Once dirty, now clean.  Where I once had confidence in my own control and power, now I have confidence in God’s control and His ultimate power.




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I'm a happily married mom of two, living in Arkansas and selling AVON. Both of my children are grown and in college. I often wonder where the time went. I never thought I'd have blog but when blogs came along, I jumped on board. That just goes to show one doesn't know what the future holds. I was born in 1967 but my life truly began in 1996. That is the year I realized I need God in my life. That is the year I asked Jesus Christ into my life. So, you will see, as you follow my blog, there will be mention of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit from time to time. I can't live without sharing that part of my life. I like to go to flea markets and visit antique shops and I usually find something to take home with me. I'm fairly new at crocheting. I tried to learn to crochet in my twenties but I didn't have left handed instructions. I could do it right handed but it was hard for me to keep my stitches consistent. Then a few years ago a left handed friend of mine gave me a book with left handed crocheting instructions and I learned to crochet. My first quilt was in done in 2001. Money was tight and I wanted to give my husband something nice. So I decided to make him a "blanket". Little did I know I would be hooked and still be making quilts years later. I'm starting my hand at scrapbooking and watercoloring. We will see how that goes. :) I update my AVON page each week with a special deal, so be sure to check it out. Well, that's a little about me. Hope you enjoy my blog and follow me on this journey.