Hey friends! Good to be back and hope to be more consistent blogging from now on. My grandmother-ing schedule is a little different this semester and will give me more big chunks of time to return to some things I have let go and visit some things I would like to learn and do.

By the way, to my heart's delight we just got back from a delightful trip to the ocean or the "big water" as our granddaughter calls it. I will blog about that soon.

In the last week I have heard two lessons on the same scripture and feel very convicted that God is highlighting something I need to work on and ponder.  I have read this verse numerous times in the past but two different people talked this week about examining what it actually means to deny yourself for God.

Matthew 16:24-2624 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.25 For whoever would save his lifewill lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake wil…

60 years of Wedded Bliss...

My Mom and Dad celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month.  How would my Mom answer the question,"How in the world did you make it to 60?" She would say that loving God above and before the person you are married to is the key. When you both love God first and your aim is to please Him above all then your marriage works much more beautifully. So thankful for my precious Mom and Dad.  We celebrated at Perini Steakhouse.
Yummy steak and good company.
We just couldn't get everyone in one picture.

Movie stars. out in front of them as they charge out into the world with grand smiles on their faces and happy hearts.

I love you truly, truly dear Life with it's sorrow, life with it's tear Fades into dreams when I feel you are near For I love you truly Truly dear!

A love 'tis something, to feel your kind hand

Ah yes, 'tis something, by your side to stand Gone is the sorrow, gone doubt and fear For you love me truly. Truly dear! 

Water Kefir Goodness...

Hey friends! Several people have asked that I share this water kefir recipe lately so here is an updated post about making kefir. Questions are welcome. 
Good morning! I just finished a batch of Water Kefir and thought I would share the goodness! You can buy Water Kefir grains at most health food stores in the refrigerated section.  Follow the directions on how to hydrate your grains. It is easy! Recipe and kefir health benefits are listed at the end of this blog post: It takes 3 days to make a batch of water kefir.  Start with a large glass jar and spring water... Keep your kefir in the fridge in between batches or just start another batch immediately. Mix 2 cups of water and 2 tab. of sugar well and then put kefir grains in and store in fridge. Use coffee filter on the top so that they can breathe and grow.
Stir the sugar into the spring water and stir until the water looks clear using only a wooden spoon.
Add kefir grains to the sugar water... Then add organic raisins or apricots. C…

Women and the Church...

Hey friends! 
This article is about the role of women in the church. There is so much discussion and study right now going on about what women can and cannot do in worship and in the church family. I have a lot of thoughts on the subject but will let this article speak because I think it has important things to say about how we are to interact in the church setting as women and men. Blessings!

What is the role of women in the church?
The Austin Stone Community Church holds to a Biblical Complementarian view concerning the role of men and women. In short, we believe that men and women were created by God to be both equal in value and dignity, but that He gave us differing roles, in order that we may best reflect both the equality and differing roles within the Trinity. This is a view in contrast to the Egalitarian Position which states that God created male and female as equal in all respects and makes no distinction between woman and man.
We realize that this is a divisive topic within ch…

Come then Go! Just One...

Could it be that simple?
Jesus says two important things: Come to Me and then Go out to others.

We seem to get so distracted by side church issues that we lose our focus on what is most important. I think that is probably the way that the evil one crafts his plans and smirks at his success in our distraction.

Love God.
Love people.
Make disciples.

Simple and hard and so worth our focus.

Luke 10:27
He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Loving God is the start.  Be in the Word.  Talk to Him.  Listen to Him.  Be led by Him. He helps us to be molded into people with hearts that can love the world around us with unselfishness and abandon.
Most of us stop there. I sure have.
When we get to the making disciples part we slow down and shake and make excuses and look away. But, the more I dwell in His Word and gain strength and knowledge and movement o…

West Texas Beauty...

We took off for West Texas a week or so ago seeking solitude and clearing of our minds. We were looking for time to just be together while drinking good coffee and warming in front of crackling fireplaces. The sun on our shoulders in the afternoons and bare feet in sandals after the winter was a nice bonus. Personally, I was hoping for the viewing of gorgeous quiet sunrises and sunsets.  God did not disappoint.
Finding peace and quiet and down time is so important. Putting some distance in between the craziness and concerns in our lives and stepping back to breathe deeply is healing. Time to focus on Who calms our hearts and gives meaning in a world that screams chaos is mandatory. I want to have that margin in my everyday life. Trying to find the quiet and balance in our day to day schedules is a challenge, but a must. I need to open my eyes and notice every day that our own front yard sunsets are pretty fantastic. That might be a start.

The lovely Rio Grande in Big Bend Ranch State…