Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Lighting The Way With Wednesday Hodgepodge

Here are the questions to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you want to answer on your own blog, then be sure to hop over to Joyce's blog by clicking here.  Ready?  Here we go-

1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.  I am a school teacher so rules are a norm in my world. If I did not have rules I would not be very productive.  I set rules for working on lesson plans, doing housework, preaching, outside activities and that way I can also have time to do the things I love....write, blog, read, and of course....sleep.

2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person-  I have seen many lighthouses.  I actually have a Lighthouse Passport that I get stamped when visiting one.  Of the 10 on the list my favorites I have seen are:  Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), and  Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine).  I also love Nubble (Maine), Sanibel(Florida), Boston Harbor (Mass), Quaddy (Maine), Old Mission (Maine)....and many others.  My retirement goal is to get my passport stamped by all of the lighthouse in America and Volunteer at a lighthouse in the North. 

When you've been away, what's your 'lighthouse' telling you you're on the right road home? The Cross on the Interstate near Chattanooga.

3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?  Scrapbooking.  I found it was way too expensive, time consuming, and I just did not enjoy it.  I may pick it up again after I retire.

4. We've had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far. School started back for the 2017/2018 year and I experienced my Last First Day with the Senior Class.

5. Tell us one song you love with the word 'baby' in the title.  Baby I'm A Want You, 1971 by Bread.

 6.  Insert your own random thought here. The school year has begun.  I cannot tell you how many first day pictures I have seen.  I even posted one of the Seniors of 2018.  Did you always take that dreaded first day picture of your kids when they were young????

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Reunited By Danger

About The Book: When a former classmate is murdered at Detective Caleb Lyons's ten-year high school reunion, he knows the victim's old group of friends are keeping secrets. That includes Cedar Key, Florida, police officer Amber Kingston. Back in school, Amber was headed for trouble, but now she's as dedicated to the law as he is. As he works overtime to get the pretty cop to open up to him, Amber and her friends receive messages threatening payback for past deeds. And her friends keep dying…one by one. But protecting Amber and unmasking a murderer isn't just the widowed detective's shot at redemption—it's his unexpected second chance at love.
About The Author:  From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol's resume reads as if she doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She currently pens fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for a RITA® award and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award.  Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.  To learn more about Carol you may visit her web site at 
My Thoughts On The Book:  I have loved Cedar Key forever and that is what made me want to read Carol Post's books.  Her characters are lifelike and make you feel as if you know them.  This is a great mystery-romance and a good beach read.  Post is quiet a wordsmith and once you start one of her books you just can't put it down.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Who Dunnit with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.  I can't wait to read another one of her books.
 Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book for free from the author herself and Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense.  I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge Throw Down

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of from this side of the pond's post by clicking here. And before you run off hop around and say hi to your neighbors, leaving lots of happy comments in your wake.

Also, a reminder there will not be a Hodgepodge next Wednesday (August 2nd). The HP will be back in action the week after (August 9th). Thanks!

1. We've reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? Is that typical? On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what's your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM?  At 3:15 yesterday afternoon I preparing for Revival at my church. I sang last night and was practicing what I was going to do. Revival is a once a year event beginning the fourth Sunday in the month of July. My energy level at 3:15 is usually around a 4.

2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball...which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? Elaborate.  The first five do not apply to me.  I have had a couple of curveballs thrown at me.  We have flex days this year that we are supposed to be allowed to do if we attended conferences and classes during the both of my principals have scheduled Open Houses during those flex days.  I made plans to go see my friend Susan in Knoxville....and have decided...I am going to Knoxville.  I earned the time.

 3. What are three things that would help you right now. Tell us how or why.  Preparation of my class for the first day.  First months lesson plans done and in the book.  Someone to clean my house.

4. Do you think you're strong? Why or why not? What makes you strong?  Yes I think I'm pretty strong mentally.  Physically I am not very strong.  I, like Joyce,  place my hope and trust in the Lord and that gives me the courage and fortitude to have peace amidst the chaos of life, to handle the curveballs and hard things we all face at one time or another. Not saying I get this right all the time, but He is the cornerstone I build my life upon. 

5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What's your favorite book set sometime in the past?  Yes I do. It's always hard to pick just one favorite anything, but it's especially tough to choose a favorite book. One of my very favorites set in the past is Anna Karenina. Not a quick read, but so so good.  I also reviewed a great book that took place in Ireland during WWII called Grounded Hearts.  Loved it.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  Frank and I are wanting to see Dunkirk.  Most of our friends who have seen it....loved it.  What is your reaction if you have seen it.  Is it a go to the movies and spend a fortune to see kind of movie?  ...or is it a wait til it comes out on DVD one?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Grounded Hearts

About The Book:  A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.  In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O'Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she's taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she'll face imprisonment.  Still, something compels Nan to take in "flyboy" Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond.  But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband's death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?  Learn more and purchase a copy.

About The Author:  Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer's conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.
Find out more about Jeanne M.Dickson at
My Thoughts On The Book:  I was hooked on this book from the first page. Ms. Dickson masterfully creates her characters  within the confines of the story that takes place during  war torn Ireland during WW II. I really enjoyed  the strong female roles. The midwife, the doctor, and the female mechanic were all capable of taking care of themselves and others their community.  Although Nan was a Christian and you knew it, it was not overwhelming.  I love WWII romance novels and this one was solidly done.  It was a great summer beach read for sure.  Loved it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Saturday, July 15, 2017

My Daughter's Legacy

About The Book:  A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last.  Virginia, 1864
Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.
Learn more and purchase a copy.

About The Author: Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. **||** Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including "Beyond the Blue" and "Garden of Dreams." She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

My Thoughts On The Book:  My Daughters Legacy, the third of a series, is a most interesting book with its flipping time periods.  I loved the way the story line switched back and forth from then until now. The two main lead females were well developed and I enjoyed sharing their stories as the author wove them together.  I was not sure I was going to enjoy the flipping and flopping of characters and their stories but by the end of the second chapter I was hooked.  This was an awesome historical romance.  A must read.

Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book for free from Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge on Thursday

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! So glad you've joined us today, and if you've answered the questions add your link at the end of Joyce's post. Be sure to leave a comment for your neighbor because it's summertime and the commenting is easy. Something like that...

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)
Frank and I chatted with our neighbors on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Mrs. Peggy was in the yard so Frank walked over to check on her husband who had been in the hospital and then we went to the Assisted Living to see Mrs. Mildred who is there doing rehab from a car wreck.  We live in a small town and neighbors talk to each other.  My favorite venue for talking with neighbors is sitting on the front porch with my Porch People.

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?
I choose ocean and waterfall.  I love them both.

 3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?  We've been to Delaware many times.  The official state nickname of Alabama is "The Yellowhammer State". It also called "The Heart of Dixie" and "The Cotton State".  The yellowhammer is a bird.  I am ok with the nickname.

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?  I made buffalo chicken rollups. OMG they were awesome!  The men of my church stood there and ate them off the serving plate.   It was a recipe I got on Pinterest and there was not one piece left.  My go to dishes are usually baked beans, poppy seed chicken. hash brown casserole, and cobblers. 

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?   I have to agree with Joyce on this one....Trust your instincts, and remember parenting is a thousand moments spread out over the course of a lifetime. Having a bad moment or even a bad day doesn't make you a bad parent. Rest in the knowledge that the maker of heaven and earth knows your little one by name and loves him more than you can fathom. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.
If you could name your child something else....once they have developed a personality of their own....what would you choose?  My daughter....Kathryn Leigh (and I love her name...and call her Kat)....loves lavender fields and sunflower fields.  She and hubby, Brian are missionaries in Moldova...there a  tons of lavender fields and sunflower fields.  I should have named her Lavender Blue....or Sunflower....after all....her mom was a child of the 60's and 70's.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

His Guilt

About The Book:   A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.  Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay...  Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn't believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.  Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta's is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta's sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?  Learn more and purchase a copy.
About The Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.
My Thoughts On The Book:  I have been a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray for a long while.  I love her Amish genre stories and once I start reading one I cannot seem to put it down.  His Guilt was a little different than most Amish genre books I have read but the suspense and storyline caught me from the start. The story is a heart pounding one and this is a series unlike anything Amish I have ever read.  Even thought this is a series it is a stand alone, so you do not have to read book one before you read this one.  If you love suspense then this is the book for you I cannot wait to see what the third novel will be like? Whatever it is....I know it will be awesome.  Love!  Love!  Love!
 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Time Summer Time

It's that time again. Here are the questions for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Read my answers to the questions and if you want to play around answer them on your own blog, then hop over to Joyce's blog to add your link to the party. See you there!

1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?  I am teacher and for me I have to pack all I want to do into the 10 weeks I have before school starts back.  1.  I went to the beach for a week.  I love Panama City Beach.  2.  I attended Core Academy and got to hear Ron Clark from Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta at JSU.  3.  I earned some more hours attending a diabetes learning class at the Central Office.  I am trying to earn enough hours for Flex Days.  Hours that we did during the summer helps us get some days off....Whoooopie.  4.  I just got back from my 45th class reunion in West Palm Beach with my best friend Susan.  It was great fun.  5.  I am going to paint bookshelves and ready two rooms for the new school year.  6.  I want to go to the ARK in Kentucky....7.  I want to take another trip to see my friend Susan in Knoxville.  8.  I am going to organize my craft/junk room.  9.  I wish I could go to Moldova to see my daughter...bur with my health conditions I am afraid to be that far away from my maybe next summer.  10.  I am going to paint some folk art pieces for my classrooms and learn to quilt.

2. Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What's your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these 'best beaches for hunting seashells' have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?  I have never been to Galveston, Calvert Cliffs State Park, Jeffery's Bay, and Lanai Hawaii  and would love to go to any or all of thee..  I love collecting sea shells and have them in a large glass jar.  My favorite places are Shell Island, Sanibel, and Captiva...which are all in Florida, and Edisto in South Carolina.

 3. At a snail's pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which 'shell' phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.  Happy as a clam because I got to spend a few days with old classmates and my best friend in West Palm. We spent most of the day Friday having lunch at Russo's sub(an old hangout), and viewing how things have changed....which was a great deal!
4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?  Yard work because it is hot!

5. What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?  Reading a REAL book.  Everything today is in e-book format.  I love the smell of a REAL book...and it bothers me that you don't see people reading them anymore.

 6. Insert your own random thought here. I got to spend Wednesday night though Sunday morning with an old friend from my school days.  We have remained friends for a long time and when we are together it is like we have never been apart.  Do you have a friend like that????  Susan and I have been friends since 1959...almost 60 years!  Amazing isn't it.  The picture is Susan, Chet (one of our dearest friends) and me.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race


About The Book:  Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle-in bloomers!  It's 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she's drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.  Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.  Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride "the wheel?" Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the "new women" emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?  Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be.  Learn more and purchase a copy.
About The Author:  Mike Mizrahi has a master's degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue a deep passion: writing.  Mizrahi and his wife, Karen, led a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago and were so moved by the experience, Mizrahi wrote his first novel, which he hopes will one day be published. The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is his debut published work. Mizrahi loves reading and writing stories about "sozo," which means to be rescued in Greek. He and Karen are very active in their church and community and love to hike, travel and go the movies together. The Mizrahis live in Woodland Hills, California, where they raised their children who are now adults.   Learn more about The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race and Mike H. Mizrahi at or on Facebook (AuthorMikeMizrahi) and Twitter (@MikeHMiz). 
My Thoughts About The Book:  The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike Mizrahi is an entertaining story that is set in one of my favorite time periods.  It is a great story that  let us see the bravery of those who stepped outside the boundries and broke societal rules to give us the freedoms we enjoy today and take for granted.  I LOVED this book.  This is a book you will want to share after you finish reading it.  A must have for summer reading. 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Good Book

About The Book:  The Good Book
offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible's biggest ideas.
A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.  Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible,  The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.  The Good Bookis a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;  gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;  helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days. The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week.  The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible. 
About The Author: 

Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as "down to earth" and "authentic." His television devotionals, "First Things First," reach 100,000 people each week. Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.  Find out more about Deron at
My Thoughts On This Book:  As a pastor I found this book to be a great resource and a must in a pastors/churches library.  If you want to get a better understanding of the Bible this book is for you.  is a resource which will be helpful for many who seek to understand the Bible more fully. I loved the way Spoo set up individual chapters and then followed each one with reflection questions and ways for the reader to become more fully engaged in the Bible. 
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from the Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hodge Podging on the Last Day of School

Thanks for stopping by today, and welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge on Thursday! This is Graduation week and it is crazy around here.  So......If you've answered this week's questions, add your link at the end of my Joyce's post, then leave a comment for the person linking before you. It's the neighborly thing to do here on a Wednesday or Thursday. Let's dive in-

1. May 17th was National Pack Rat Day.   Are you a pack rat? Even if you're not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what's yours.
I'm a pack rat and get it honest...but do not have trouble parting with stuff.  There are things I have trouble parting with. .What do I hang on to? Books, photographs, guitars and other musical instruments, things my students have given me, cards and notes I've been sent that mean something to me...not a lot really. 

2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don't? Play the mandolin proficiently and Play the piano (Every pastors wife should be able too).  They are on my list of 26 things to do when I finally retire.

3. Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.  Do I crave sugar? I like sugary things...but tend to be drawn to breads and salty things. I have not eliminated sugar from my diet, but I don't think I go overboard either. My goal this summer is to do away with sodas this summer.  I like honey in hot tea and don't add sugar to iced tea or coffee.  I do however drink creamer in my coffee.   Dessert at a restaurant is a maybe.  It depends on what the offerings are and if I am still hungry, then I will share it with the table.   I love to cook desserts and make them for church and family functions.  The only time there is dessert at the house is if something fails.  

4. What's a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can't imagine living without?
I had a hard time switching from REAL books to Ebooks.  I love Ebooks now...still prefer a real book though...there is something about the smell.

5. What's a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.
Chattanooga Choo Choo.  It was Kats favorite song to be rocked too and when she was two she and my mom were at a friends country store.  The train would stop and get snacks there every day.  Well, Kat leaned out the window and said to the engineer, "Pardon me boys, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo."  The railroad guys loved it.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Do you like watching birds.  Do you feed the birds where you live? We love to feed them and watch them all fight and carry on over the food.  I have a bluebird next in my front porch fern.  The fern is probably going to die because I am not going to mess with those sweet babies. We have a hummingbird feeder and several bird houses.  I also have a book with the different species....Love the birds.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Notes On Mother's Day

My scripture comes from Proverbs 31:10-31.

Today is the day when Moms get the special treatment, right? You know, breakfast in bed; homemade Mother’s Day cards and gifts from the kids; flowers from your husband; lunch at your favorite restaurant; and absolutely no house cleaning! I know that is going to happen at my house.  Yeah right.  Frank’s response is…..You are not my mother….and that is true.

But….today is your day and you deserve it. I mean, being a Mother is one of the most important, most influential, most difficult and yet is sometimes the most thankless role a person can ever have. So today we say “Thanks you Moms” for all you do.

Listen to how God describes what a virtuous woman is like; what a great Mom is like. [3]

[Read Proverbs 31:10-31.]

Now that’s a good Mom. But even though we can see what it means to be a good Mother, it’s still a challenge. Being a good Mom is hard!  You’ve got to be a housekeeper, a taxi driver, a cook, an appointment manager, a nurse, a judge, a referee, a teacher, a counselor, a beautician, a friend, a disciplinarian, and a loving ear when you kids need to be heard.

Being a Mom is tough. Even though being a Mom can be the greatest and most rewarding privilege there is, it’s still tough. So this morning God wants to give you some encouragement. This morning, God wants to give you a Mother’s Day card just from Him.

In your bulletin is an insert that can be used to write down God’s message of encouragement. And even if you aren’t a Mother, maybe you know of someone who could use these words, so take notes. Then you’ll be able to turn to these Mother’s Day cards from God when you need some encouragement. Especially:

When you feel discouraged:  Discouragement can come to a Mother at any given time.

- When your kids act up and do the same things you’ve told them over and over not to do.

- When you can’t get a break from the kid’s sicknesses or accidents or both.

- When you feel an emotional distance between you and your kids.

- When you feel like your husband isn’t helping you with parenting as much as he should be.

- When others look down on you because of the way you choose to parent.

Discouragement can be a very real force in a Mother’s life. But when that discouragement comes and tries to steal your joy, remember that God is with you and will help you with what He’s called you to do.

Listen to what it says in Isaiah 41:10.  “So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God is here and will help you to be the Mother He’s called you to be. Turn to this insert when discouragement comes and read God’s Message to you.

You can also turn to these cards:

When you feel angry.  Now you’ve never gotten angry with your kids have you? Why, our kids are so precious and perfect that there’s never a need for anger in our household. “Okay!”  Kids can make us angry!  “You used my eyeliner to draw a picture!”  “You did what to the cat?”  “Why did you try and cut your own hair?”  “Son, you know you can’t wear the same underwear three days in a row!”

Now, anger is a normal emotion that can be used for good – that’s as long as we don’t let our anger control us to the point that we cause harm to others. Anger out of control only causes more problems. So when you feel angry, open up this card and read God’s Message to you from Ephesians 4:26-27.

"In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Anger out of control can give Satan an opportunity to drive a wedge in your family’s relationships. Out of control anger can create emotional scars that take a lot to heal. Mom’s, anger is normal and even expected under certain circumstances. But let God help you control it instead of it controlling you. Look at this card when you feel angry.

Also, look at this card: When you need wisdom

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do as a Mom. So many decisions that need to be made. Important, life-changing and life-altering decisions. Questions about our kid’s education, our kid’s moral issues, health concerns, paying for college, when they should start dating, (never), and all other kinds of things. Things as simple as, “How can I get my kids to go through one day without fighting?” Or things as crucial as, “How can I help my kids understand that God loves them even when life is hard.” But always remember, God will give you the wisdom you need to be the best Mom you can be. Look at what is says in James 1:5.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Now this doesn’t mean you’ll always have just the right answer for the questions of life. But it does mean that the Lord will help you know how to handle the situations that He allows to come into your life. When you need wisdom remember these words.

Along with needing wisdom, a Mother also might need some encouragement: When you feel alone

Now that might not seem like a legitimate need to some people. I mean, you’ve got your kids with you all day. You aren’t alone, you’ve always got someone to talk to. But even though a Mom can have her kids around her all day long, there are times when she can still feel alone. A Mom can feel alone when:

- Her husband works so much that he’s either mentally gone even physically gone most of the time.

- Her kids are too young to have an adult conversation with them.

- Her kids are the only ones throwing a temper-tantrum in a crowded restaurant.

These are just a few of the things that can cause a Mother to feel alone. So

when those times come remember that you aren’t alone.

- In John 14:18 Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.”

- God tells us in Hebrews 13:5“I will never leave you; I will never forsake you.”

- When Jesus left this earth to return to His Heavenly Father, He left this promise for you in Matthew 28:20, “And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

You are not alone! Because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life you will never, ever, ever be alone. In those times we must remember that Truth. God is with us and within us in such a way that we are never alone.

Call out to Him in those times and ask Him for reassurance; Ask Him for comfort; Ask to sense His presence. He is with you and always will be.

Isn’t that great? I’m so glad that I don’t have to walk through life alone. God is with us. So remember that when you feel lonely. This card can also be referenced:

When you feel tired

Now men let me ask you a question. Have you ever said to your wife something like, “Just why are you so tired?” “I worked all day. What did you do?”  You know what happened right? You found yourself on the losing end of an hour long argument of comparing your job with her life and just who should be tired around here. Who should be tired? Probably both parents! Work is tiring. Mothering is tiring. Just because a woman isn’t punching a clock in the factory doesn’t mean she shouldn’t get tired.  You see, not only is a Mother doing lots of manual labor called housework, she’s also dealing with emotions and decisions and relationships that all take energy.  So Moms, instead of brewing another pot of coffee or gulping an energy drink, go to the Lord when you need some strength. Isaiah 40:29-31 reads: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Our God wants to give you the strength to do all that you need to do. So when your strength is failing, and there’s nobody around to give you a break, rely on our all-powerful God who will give you the strength to carry on.  And finally, something that most Mothers can relate to, you can go to this card for some encouragement:

When you’re worried

I think Mothers tend to worry because they care so much about their kids. They laugh when their kids laugh. They cry when their kids cry. They hurt when their kids fail. They rejoice when their kids triumph. Moms want their kids to have the best and be the best.  But sometimes Moms worry when things don’t go as planned. Sometimes Moms worry when they see problems and pain coming for their children. Worry comes when things seem like they’re out of our control and going badly.  But ladies, you don’t have to be the perfect Mom for your kids to turn out okay. You can and will make mistakes. Trying to be the perfect Mom isn’t a realistic goal. But what you can be is the Mom that God’s enabled you to be. Stop comparing yourself with your neighbor, with someone you saw on tv, or someone you read about in a book. Be the Mom God’s created you to be, do your best, and leave the results up to Him. And when worry comes, remember Philippians 4:6-7:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   When you’re worried, go to God who will calm your heart and give you peace.

I don’t know about you….but Isn’t God good? I mean, we can go to Him when we feel discouraged, when we feel angry, when we need wisdom, when we feel alone, when we feel tired and when we feel worried. Keep these Mother’s day cards handy and refer to them often. Mom’s, being a Mother is a high calling, and God wants to and will help you as you seek to love your children into adulthood. God is here for you!   God is with us and will help us with life if we’ll simply have faith.

Mother’s Day Notes
A Mother’s Day Card From God
Proverbs 31:10-31
1.        Being a Mom is ___________________. 
List jobs you find yourself tackling
A.                                                            E                                              I                                               M
B.                                                            F                                              J
C.                                                            G                                             K
D.                                                            H                                             L
2. Being a Mom is ____________________________
Mom’s need encouragement when they feel ____________________, when the kids ____________________, when you can’t get a ___________________, when they feel emotional _________________________, when they are ___________________ down upon, when their husbands do not _____________________.  When you feel _____________.  Discouragement can steal a Mom’s ___________. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
2.        Mom’s need ________________________.  James 1:5, “If any of you lacks _______________, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
3.       Mom’s need some encouragement when they feel ________________.  John 14:18 tells us “I will not leave you _____________________; I will come to you.”  Hebrews 13:5 – “I will never _________________you.  I will never forsake you.”
4.       Mom’s need help when they feel _________________.  Isaiah 40:29-31 – He gives strength to the __________________ and increases the power of the _______________...They will soar on wings like ______________; they will run and not grow _______________, they will walk and not be ___________________.”
5.       Mom’s do not need to ___________________.  God has got this.  Philippians 4:6:  “Do not be ______________________ about anything…..