The hymn, One Day, was introduced to me in my teen years. We had moved from Ohio to Wisconsin and being in the middle school Sunday School class, I was required to take part in the Easter program. (You know, I was thinking it was Christmas but after reading the lyrics again, it surely must have been an Easter program.)
At the time, I didn’t particularly like the song mainly because it was a bit slow for my tastes. But over the years the song stuck in my heart and mind because it tells the story of Jesus from beginning to end; from the virgin birth to the cross and resurrection and on to the day still coming… His return… Oh, Glorious Day!
I was thrilled when I heard that Casting Crowns had placed the lyrics into a new contemporary song, Oh! Glorious Day. What a beautiful rendition. Continue reading →
As we approach the holiday season, you might be looking for some special handmade items. So I thought I would share some of my favorite projects from this past year. Some of these are available to be ordered. I have time to do one more project before Christmas, so if you hurry you could be lucky and be the one to get something made by the Holiday.
Here are some of my favorite items. Of course, I can customize or do new things too. Just ask. You can also go to my Etsy page for ordering. Clicking on any picture will take you to my Etsy. Not everything is listed there. If you can’t find what you are looking for just send me a message.
The cold roast beef sandwich might be popular with some, but not with this girl. This sandwich often made its way into my “Welcome Back Kotter” metal lunch pail. My dear mother was a good steward of every bit of food in the refrigerator. Spying last nights roast beef, she lovingly made me a sandwich and put it in my lunch pail. This sandwich started out cold, but then slowly from 7:30 am on, made it’s way up to room temperature. And room temperature roast beef is just gross. What child in their right mind wants to eat room temperature roast beef? I sure didn’t! Continue reading →
Too often we carry our burdens around by ourselves. I heard a preacher say that we live in a DIY society and it’s true with our Christian lives as well. We try to Do it Ourself. But God says we should bear one another’s burdens.
Not only that, If we share our burdens with Jesus, the weight is even lighter for he says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Did you get to vote in the elections this week? My husband and I managed to get out and vote yesterday in spite of knowing that the lines would be long. And indeed, they were. When we arrived we saw a line that extended outside and through the filled parking lot. We figured as much since there were cars lining the streets as we approached. We decided to park in the school parking lot across the street and walk over.
As we walked onto the campus where the voting was taking place we were reminded of two years ago when the lines extended as far for the presidential election. Wow! It’s surprising, no not really with the political atmosphere we have been in for two years, but midterm elections are usually not that big of a deal. Continue reading →
“I have heard all about You, Lord, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done. In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us, as You did in years gone by. Show us Your power to save us.”-Habakkuk 3:2 NLT
Too many times, we feel far from God.
We know He is there. We know all He has done and will do. But sometimes there is a distance between us. If we really examine ourselves, our hearts, our intentions, our motives, we will often find that it was not God that moved away from us. Quite the contrary.Continue reading →
The other day, when you heard about my diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, you said to let you know if there was any way you could help. I thought I might write to let you know how you can help. I know that you mean well, but this kind of offer kind of puts me in a quandary.
You see, I am not really sure how to answer that. There might be something that I know you would do and I would ask you but there are so many needs and I really feel like I am imposing to ask for your help. Unless you are a really, really good friend, I probably will never call on you for help even though I know your offer is sincere.
It’s like at Christmas or my birthday, I would really rather you listen to my conversations and watch my life and see where the needs are. Then make a specific offer, such as, calling up and saying, “Hey, I’m at the store can I pick anything up for you?” Or maybe offer to give me a ride to the doctor or therapy session.
These things are so helpful. Plus they give us some time to visit. This is really nice because one of the biggest issues I have is that I get so very lonely. I seldom get out of the house except to go to the doctor. I don’t get to go to my regular activities anymore and none of my friends drop by for a visit.
Hey, you know what would be really nice is if you would just choose a specific day of the week that you would come by. It might be just to visit or to bring food or watch a movie. I would be looking forward to that every week. (Kinda like that move Tuesdays with Morrie.)
Well, there are many, many things that you can do to help. A friend of mine gave me this list. It’s really a good list of ideas of ways someone can help the chronically ill. Maybe it will be helpful for you, so I’m going to make it available is a free download.
Thanks for loving and caring about me. It means so much to me.
See you Tuesday! 😉
Here’s the list to the downloadable page – Just click Below
I appreciate cheese. Glorious Cheese! I can’t imagine my day without it. In fact, being from Wisconsin and loving cheese go hand in hand. When you have your baby in a Wisconsin hospital, the pacifier the baby receives in the hospital nursery is made of cheese. Okay… just kidding there. I wanted to see if you are paying attention to what I am writing. But seriously, cheese is a big deal. Continue reading →
You enjoyed our story page so we decided to do another post together. These are actually fun for us too since we live 1,411 miles apart. There have been many times we wish we could be together in the same place to share a cup of tea or coffee.
First, let’s tell a bit more of our stories.
We are both committed Christians and serve the Lord with all our hearts. So we thought it would be nice to share our personal testimonies. How we became sisters together in Christ.
MICHELE: I have to give credit to Mrs. DeYoung, Orange Kool-aide and Grahm Crackers. Ok, so you’re probably laughing, but seriously…Mrs. DeYoung taught 5 Day Club and the after school Child Evangelism program. She asked one day if anyone wanted to invite Christ into their life and I raised my hand. Afterward and she asked me “why?” I wanted this salvation. I told her because I wanted to stop fighting with my brother. She said that was a good place to start but she was getting at the part that I needed a savior because I am a sinner- thus the reason I wanted him for stopping the fighting :). Man… faith as a child is so simple, isn’t it?! Then from there life kinda just rolled along until I had some hard family stuff and as I senior in high school I made a public confession of my faith. God was very real to me as I struggled with what was going on. But mostly the most pivotal point in developing a relationship with Christ was going through infertility treatments, followed by the adoption of our daughter Gabrielle and then the move to Minnesota. As believers, we are never done growing, stretching and rediscovering. I am a piece a work! A work in progress! Amen.
MANDY: I have a great heritage of Christian parents and grandparents that extend at least five generations. In ’71, my grandfather passed from this world. It was that summer at family camp, Sebring Holiness Camp, That I heard a fire and brimstone sermon. I was 9 or 10 at the time. My friend and I had spent most of the week sitting in the back on the tabernacle. There was a rotation of evangelists and the one this night was not our favorite. But this final night on a hot July Sunday, I learn that hell was a real place and just because my parents knew Christ and I went to church every Sunday, did not save me from my own sin. IT may have been that death had become a real thing to me since grandpa was really the first death in the family that I experienced. It might have been that I just didn’t want to go to a fiery hell. Either way, I stepped out of the bench in the back and walked down to an altar and prayed for Jesus to be Lord of my life. And that was the “End of the Beginning” for me! Since then I have re-committed myself to the Lord a couple different times but this was the day I got saved. I have moved forward with God ever since that day. Attending Christian college, really confirmed my decision. It was the place that my parents’ religion became my faith. You can read more on my memoirs blog.
Favorite Vacation Place
Alright, suppose we were to plan a vacation together. Where would you suggest that we go? What are your favorite get-away places?
MICHELE: There are so many cool places to go. The Rockies! The Florida Keys or a cabin in the Black Hills! I love nature, its quiet beauty. Let’s just sit and be quiet, have a great lunch, talk about some good reads. Discuss what may be challenging us in our life and walk with Christ and have great conversations around verses in the bible that have meant so much to us.
MANDY: The mountains! our family usually run to a cabin in the mountains whenever we are able to get away. It is so beautiful there and such a relaxing place. Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge is most common for us. However, we have loved a chance to go to Branson as well. Both places are very family oriented.
THIS OR THAT GAME
Shopping – in-store or online?
MICHELE: I do lots of shopping online. But I love, love, love to clearance shop at Kohls! I wish they had a food court so you could get a quick bite and then back at bargain hunting!
MANDY: Definitely online! I didn’t get the shopping gene that is prominent in the women of our family. Perhaps because my mom took me with her and I would always get so tired. (Probably the beginnings of chronic illness). Or perhaps because of the time Mom left a cart full of items at the cashier’s because they wouldn’t accept a check for over $100. How embarrassing!
Museum or movie theater?
MICHELE: Museum. I just enjoy looking, thinking and being in my husband’s company and not having to talk- which I am sure he so appreciates!
MANDY: I like the museums too. Just walking and looking with my husband is wonderful. When Mike and I pastored in Milwaukee we enjoyed a myriad of museums from history to art to children’s museums. On Mondays, most of them were free to the public. We took a lot of Mondays to go stroll through them. I loved to just walk and read the informative plates. Awesome.
Guitar or piano?
MICHELE: Love piano. Took lessons for a good year or two. I still love to plunk around just for myself.
MANDY: It depends on if I am playing or listening. As a youth, I spent hours on end playing the piano. I had to give me my pianos in this last move because we had to downsize extremely. I so miss the piano but I do get to occasionally play the piano at church with the praise team. Playing the piano releases stress for me. However, so does listening to my daughter play her guitar. She would sit in her room and play her music. I miss that now that she is married.
And now, What you’ve been waiting for … The Giveaway
pine slice ornament created by Michele will customize if desired.
Pair of Crocheted Decorative Christmas Stockings made by Mandy
The Winners are Melissa Hendersonand Kathy Dawson. Congratulations!