Surrounded by blessings

I am once again employed and very happy to say this job is a blessing.  A very nice change from previous jobs.

Where?, you might ask.

Calvary Christian Academy and Preschool.

People here range in age from infants to adults.  I work with ages 2 years old through the 10th grade.

I’m mostly with the preschool but am with grade school through high school for about an hour during their lunch break.

I’ve been amazed at the creativity I’ve seen in the past two weeks.

This little project was done by one of the two-year olds.  I do believe she may be an architect when she grows up.


Last week, with the grade school through high school bunch, we finished a Star Wars movie on one of the days we had to stay in due to the weather.

The next day we spent time indoors again but we were in the “youth room”.  A room with pool table, Foosball, big blocks for a huge Jenga game, etc.   Because preschoolers are napping on the first floor,  I allowed the younger children to play with the blocks but not as the Jenga game, as there is a very loud crash when the blocks fall.

So, they began to play and created aircraft from the Star Wars movie we had finished the previous day.

A kindergartener created this Star Fighter


Two First graders made the Battle Drone


Then several worked together and built this Destroyer


Each day is a blessing to me, to be employed and working with the other staff members and the young people.  It’s a Christian environment and an all around good place to be.

Until next time, God bless and keep you.



Oh, my!

A commotion of emotions went through me earlier today.  Actually they have been building throughout the week. Over what you may ask…?

A haircut… I know a haircut, really?   

I had my hair cut Monday. While at the salon I questioned the length of one side of my haircut compared to the other.  I was told that I had more hair on that side and because of the wave in my hair it was just thicker looking.  

… okay…? I thought well I guess that could be right. 

On the way home I worried about my hair being thinner on one side. Questions went through my mind of why my air was thinning on that side.

Tuesday, I was still bothered by it.  Wednesday, I washed my hair and let it dry naturally, so the waves and curl hid the difference.  

Today, I washed my hair and blow dried it. When I use a hair dryer my hair usually needs straightened as the hot air does bad thing to my waves and curl.  After straightening my hair this morning I saw the true nature of my haircut. I had tears in my eyes. 


After seeing it, I received a call to interview for a job next week.  After setting that up I was in real emotional commotion. I had to get my hair fixed!

Thank the Lord someone suggested a nice young lady here in town who is starting out.  They told me she was a really good beautician and that she worked at Infinity Salon. 

The beautician’s name?  She is Michaela and she did an awesome job to get my hair back to looking and feeling good.  I will go back to her again.  😊

Lesson learned: when in doubt keep asking questions until you get it figured out. Don’t leave until you are satisfied with the outcome.


Morning rays

This morning I pulled back the curtains in the living room, to let the sunshine in… It was foggy.

So I went to the back door, opened it, and was blessed with a beautiful sight. 

The sun’s rays shining through the fog gave me a sense of comfort. 

Yes, it was foggy, but it wouldn’t be for long. 

Have a blessed day!


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Are You listening?

Hi, it’s been awhile since I last wrote…. it seems I’m struggling with inspiration, or have been…

Yesterday inspiration hit.

I spent the day with Mom.  We had things to take care of throughout the day.  We started the day in a local shop, Gary’s Full Service Station, getting tires on mom’s car.  Friendly people, good service.

From there, business in Fort Smith.   The inspiration hit on our way from Fort Smith to Ozark.  We decided to travel Hwy 22 instead of the interstate and I’m glad we did.

Somewhere between Fort Smith and Charleston, the coolant gage on mom’s vehicle started showing hot.

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When I noticed it, I said a quick prayer asking God to get us to Dale’s in Charleston.  We continued on and as we got closer to Charleston, a chattering sound began.  Again I prayed asking the Lord to let it not be anything major with the car.

I pulled into Dale’s and just as I cleared the road and was on their lot the car dies, there was no cranking it back up, nothing.  So I got out of the car and went to see if someone could help us out.

If I had any doubt on whether God is listening or not, He made it very clear yesterday.  He answered both of my prayers.

First prayer: the car makes it to Dale’s.  It made it and died there.

Second prayer: let it not be anything major.   David, the mechanic, told us the radiator hose had blown. After it cooled down some, he replaced the hose, added coolant, then ran it for a bit to make sure there wasn’t any other issues from it getting too hot.  The chattering noise quit, there were no other leaks from the radiator.

On a personal note, the mechanic was under another vehicle when we showed up, and he took care of us, the first customer, and another that came while we were there and he got all three of out and on our way within the hour.  Maybe I’m easily impressed, but I was.  He took care of business in a patient and efficient way.

Mom and I also had a good visit with the other customer waiting.

In my mind it was all a God thing… the mechanic could have been impatient and slow, we could have been there for hours or possibly had to leave the car there.  It could have been a much worse problem with the car.  We could have been sitting with a grumpy, disgruntled person as we waited.  But, that’s not what happened.

John 15:7 – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.


Being Present…

Hi, yesterday my husband and I took a short road trip over Mt. Magazine.  On the south side I was able to capture a few pictures.

The town I live in is at the foot of the mountain.  As we climbed higher we drove through clouds and then out again.



On the south side of Mt. Magazine, we pulled over to take shots of the water running down the side of the mountain.  The sound of the water was soothing music to my ears.




Because of the rain over the past two days, raindrops were still clinging to everything.


I didn’t realize how much I missed living out of town until I was out in the middle of God’s creation. My soul is at home and at peace there.   I felt so much at peace, that when we started back towards town, tears formed in my eyes.  That surprised me, but the emotion was so strong I couldn’t help it.

Up on the mountain without the distractions of town, life slows down.  Because I didn’t have any phone reception, I didn’t even have that distraction.   I forgot how nice it is to, just be present, standing still and letting God move.  He showed me that no matter what’s going on in life, He created a beautiful world for us to enjoy and that same beauty He created in each of us, if we allow Him to work.

Psalm 92:4-5 (ESV)  For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O LordYour thoughts are very deep!


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Who Am I Really?


It’s been awhile since I last wrote and I hope this finds you doing well. 

Today we took a small road trip to buy soil and compost for the raised beds in the vegetable garden.

I kept a look out for snap shots and came up with a few.  There must have been a controlled burn going on somewhere. You will see a smoky haze in the pictures because of smoke lingering in the air. The farther west we went, the thicker the smoke.

This morning, my Bible study was in Luke 18: 9-14. It was the parable of two men, a Pharisee and a tax collector,  who went to pray at the temple. 

The Pharisee started praying, making sure everyone could see and hear him. He was loud and proud. 

Meanwhile the tax collector never raised his eyes, smote his breast and very humbly asked God to forgive him for his sinful ways.

You see a picture of one man who thinks he knows who he is and then another man who certainly does know who he is.  

One is under a false perception of himself and the other sees his own reality. 

We need to recognize who we really are and where we’re at, in our walk of life.  The best of us see ourselves through a haze, much like the smoke that filled the air today. We don’t see clearly how we all fall short of perfect. 

Compared to Jesus, we’re all just tax collectors and sinners. And no matter how hard we try to be the best, to be on top, to be perfect, we are unable  to meet the standard.  We can’t save ourselves and we can’t be good enough to get to heaven on our own.

That’s why Jesus willingly gave His life on the cross, taking on every sin of everyone before His crucifixion and everyone after it.  He was thinking of you and me. He gave His life out of His love for us.

But that’s not the end of it, because He didn’t stay dead.  That’s just not His style.  He conquered death, cast sin as far as the east is from the west and arose from the grave, fully alive.

There’s an acronym used about salvation.


So, this Easter holiday, as the children hunt for colorful eggs, and you gather with family to enjoy a meal, just remember Jesus loves you.


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Making a Choice

Though there are “bad” things happening all the time, and we hear about it incessantly through every source of media, for several years I have chosen to try to see something good each day.

I usually see it in natural things.

Like frost on top of my husband’s car, (he took this picture this morning.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the moon in a blue sky,   (I took this one this afternoon)


the beautiful colors of the setting sun,


Or the sound of frogs singing in the night.

What I’m trying to say is though there is a lot of bad in the world, there is a lot of good and beautiful things too.  And I have found that the good outweighs the bad.   I have also found that God is with us, no matter what.  In my own experience I know that when I’m going through a trial God is holding me in His arms, if I lean in, He hugs me tighter.

If you know what I’m talking about, then you have a precious gift.

If you don’t, then I’m sorry for you.

Life it too short to dwell only on the bad, especially when there is something good offered.

Like a relationship with Jesus Christ.

God loves you and wants you to enjoy the life of peace and joy He offers.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Being at peace with God doesn’t come naturally.  Because of our sin we are separated from Him.  God is holy and we can’t measure up to His perfect and holy standard.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

But God loves us so much He provided a way to close the gap of separation between you and Him.  When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sin.

“‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed’” (1 Peter 2:24)

You cross the gap of separation into God’s arms, into His family, when you accept Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12)

To receive Christ, you need to do four things.

  1.  admit you are a sinner
  2.  ask God for forgiveness and turn away from your sins
  3.  believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross
  4.  receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life

There’s a verse in the Bible that states, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Talk to God today and make a change for a better life.

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