Monday, December 29

Lord, I Love You!


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Sitting down after a busy day when I heard the lyrics of song that simply stated, "Lord I love you more than anything." I guess you can say the lyrics struck a chord, and I am simply reminded of God's faithfulness and amazing love. Yes, I love the Lord more than anything because He has been so faithful.

Sunday, December 28

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I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance...

I hope you dance…

From the song "I Hope You Dance"
As performed by Lee Ann Womack

Tuesday, December 23

Christmas Ornament


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This adorable ornament comes all the way from Bulgaria. She was a gift given to me by Maria. This ornament fits quite perfectly on my tree and always reminds me of far away places.

Thursday, December 18

Sharing A Christmas Ornament Story


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Delightful -- that is what I think about when I receive or buy christmas tree ornaments. Most of my ornaments tell a story. I found this particular trinket this year at a garage sale. Besides just meandering around and looking, part of my agenda was to find a treasure--an ornament. The gentleman told me that I was really getting a bargain. The original price was $15.00, but I purchased it for $3.00!!! So, here it hangs on my tree as a special reminder of the fun day I enjoyed. Starbucks, friendship and shopping make for one memorable day of true happiness.

Stay tuned for my next ornament story.

Monday, December 15

Baking Christmas' Memories


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Christmas cookies, oh so yummy! Sheldon and I have a Christmas tradition that entails baking cookies. We have a great time and much fun. What I find so interesting is that the cookies never stay around for long, but the memory of making them will linger for years to come.

Sunday, November 30

Starbucks Ornament
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"Many people will walk in and out of you life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."
~ Anonymous

Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving


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To my dear family and friends, wishing all of you a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving!

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 26

Thanksgiving Pies

Sheldon made the comment that there is something happy about a house when you smell food cooking, and over and over he requested that I make pies. To capture the aroma of pies baking, I have attempted to make mom's sweet potato pies. I'll have to say my first attempt was not too bad, but I can assure you my pies will not make a debut on the Martha Stewart show. Nope, not even close. Due to the slight spottiness on top of the pies (which may be an indication that I over-baked the pies), Mark's first witty remark was, "they look like they have leprosy." (After I about knocked his head off (just kidding), we laughed). I assured him that they may not look the prettiest, but they taste good! However, they will have to pass the ultimate taste test, and Mark will make the final decision. So dear readers, I'll post a picture soon.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Monday, November 24

Happy Birthday, Babe!


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Singing Happy Birthday to the man I adore. Babe, wishing you a special, fantastic day! You are so amazing, and I love you!

You are my best friend, and I am only too thankful to share your life. I admire your faithfulness to God. You truly are a prayer warrior, and you have a great passion to fulfill the will of God. Thank you for everything that you do!

Saturday, November 22

Reaching For Greatness


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“Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown”( Charles de Gaulle)

Perhaps this is why some people never reach greatness because they are too intimated by the unknown. Too often we want to see what is around the next corner, but life is about stepping forward even when you are unsure of what may come your way. We have a sure foundation, our trust in the Lord! You must also have faith: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb. 11:1)

Our tomorrows are like precious surprises. Sometimes the surprise is a learning experience while other times it is a package of pure joy. You never know what the next day holds and that is why you simply need to make the best of every situation that comes your way. Yes, sometimes you may weep, but other times you may soar like an eagle. When you are experiencing the fulfillment of a great victory, then life's lesson does not seem so painful. However, you must endure the pressure and not explode but rather just keep moving forward toward your destination of greatness. "It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle." (Richard M. DeVo) Trust in the Lord and He will direct your path. Your destiny is great!

Friday, November 21

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Sometimes we just need a little inspiration while cleaning house. My way of cleaning: Clean the upstairs, take a break, and then clean the downstairs. Here's a great household motto: Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy. (Author Unknown)

Monday, November 17

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I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Saturday, November 15

What's Going On?

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What's going in the Pryor household -- Mission written and oral report which is due on Friday, November 21, 2008! My table and desk are cluttered with papers and notes. Books are on the coffee table, but I know that tomorrow morning everything will once again be in order. Searching the internet,I found a comment that stated, "it's the report that often keeps parents up late at night." Truer words could not have been spoken! Our approach has been that I give Sheldon a topic that I want written. He in turn writes the paragraph and then I help out by typing it.

Our goal was for him to finish writing it by Friday evening and then over the weekend we would work on the illustrations. We planned on using next week to simply prepare for the oral presentation. We were well on our way to reaching our intended goal, when at 9:30 p.m. (Thursday evening) I read an e-mail from his teacher that addressed the format of the report. Well, I realize rather quickly that we did not follow this exact order; I panic. Hence, his teacher receives an e-mail from a fretful, tired mom. After dreaming about his report,I awoke with a calmer disposition, but I was still worried. On the way to work, Mark and I are discussing what we need to do. His advice, just turn the report in and do better on the next one. That's easier said than done. (Although I was seriously considering it.) I was telling Maria about it, and her approach was okay, so Sheldon rewrites it; no big deal; it will take him maybe an hour to write. This made me laugh at myself and view the dilemma from a more casual perspective.

Thankfully, his teacher let me know that we have the necessary information, but we need to put it in the correct order. An outline was given to Sheldon, and we have spent the majority of this evening re-editing the report. Sheldon even came up with a creative paragraph describing the mission use today. He described it as an old piece of mud that they don't use anymore. Of course, we laughed but we had to rework this thought so that it would be more acceptable and teacher friendly. I can assure that we know quite a bit about Mission San Gabriel Arcangel. On the bright side, we have concluded the written draft, and it is now time for Sheldon to write the final version!

I guess this is one of the joys of parenthood--helping your child with reports, reports and more reports. Someday, I will laugh when my grandchild is driving his parents batty over a mission report! Oh, the joys of parenthood, but I absolutely love it!

Saturday, November 8

You Are A Vessel

What are you thinking about? My thought for today concerns a vessel.

What is a vessel? The most basic definition of a vessel is "a hollow container used to hold liquid." From a botanical standpoint, a vessel is any of the tubular structures in the vascular system of a plant, to conduct water and mineral nutrients from the root." From an anatomical standpoint, a vessel is "a duct or canal holding or conveying blood or other fluid." Regardless of the definition, a vessel is something of great importance and serves an important function: it holds something. Further, a vessel sustains one's life. You are a vessel of honor. You are the one that God uses to enrich the lives of others. There is no need to be envious of another vessel because you my dear friend are a unique vessel, a unique individual with your own special interests and talents.

How does a vessel become marred and fail to serve its purpose? The vessel can only become marred when you allow jealously, insecurity, bitterness, hatred, and apathy (to name a few) to begin to taint what is flowing out of the vessel. Why is that people have a difficult time praising someone? Well, I like that singer, so I'll worship. He's is a good preacher, so I'll shout an amen here and there. You must understand that it is not about you or your actions, but it is about God. Are your actions or reactions pleasing in God's sight? God just wants your adoration and praise. When you become stingy with your praise, you become a leaky a vessel. It is okay to offer a compliment because compliments beget compliments. "A compliment is verbal sunshine” (Robert Orben) Patch up those leaks and allow God to reign in your life. It's time to become a Vessel of Honor!

Friday, November 7

Life Is About Choices

Life's not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it's about doing, being and becoming. It's about the choices you've just made, and the ones you're about to make, it's about the things you choose to say - today.

It's about what you're gonna do after you finish reading this. (Mike Dooley)

Wednesday, November 5

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A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home.
- Anonymous

Saturday, October 25

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O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens... When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained, What is man, that thou art mindful of him?... (Psalm 8:1,3,4)

When considering God's greatness, one cannot help but to be grateful for a God that is mindful of YOU!

Thursday, October 23

Deb's Cuts
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Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum

Tuesday, October 14

Got Faith?

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. ~Author Unknown

Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. ~Ramona C. Carroll

Saturday, October 11

Engulfed With Thankfulness

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God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward

Thank you Lord for guiding and leading us. Thank you dear friends and family for your love, prayers and support. Thank you for listening, caring, and sharing. Thank you Babe for always being my best friend. Just sitting here with a thankful, grateful heart. Thank you!

Friday, October 10

Go Ahead Laugh

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"Seven days without laughter makes one weak."

Looking at this picture one can only wonder what they were laughing about, but it truly is a reflection of the greatness of laughter. Laughter such a light-hearted spontaneous outburst of joy! You know, I like laughing. Sometimes you may laugh when it is just you, but most likely you are laughing with people. What brings about laughter? Almost anything but you are usually laughing because someone shared a funny story. Laughter and sharing go hand in hand.

Maybe you are experiencing a stressful moment, but if you will take time to laugh, you will feel much better. If you know someone who is having a tough time, please take time and make them laugh. One day I was feeling the "pressure" at work. Jana sent a TM and I laughed until I had tears in my eyes. I know my co-workers wondered what I was laughing about, but her TM sure did brighten my day! I still go back and read the TM and laugh some more. Go ahead, make someone laugh because laughter is contagious!

Saturday, October 4

Jesus He's Better By Sheldon Pryor

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Sitting here today just relaxing. Okay, I need a video camera because at this very moment Sheldon is outside singing his song, Jesus is Better. Some of the words are: Jesus, He's better than Wii, better than X-Box, better than Nintendo-DS, He's better. Yes, He's Jesus. I just love it! Hmm, maybe we have a future song writer here!

Our neighbor just stepped outside, gave him the thumbs up, and told him he is a good guitar player. At first Sheldon, said, "Mom I thought he was going to tell me to stop. I didn't realize I had an audience." Kids are just the greatest ever. I guess there is more than one way to get the message across. Who knows, his song may have made an impact! I love the very fact that he was singing about Jesus!

Some days, we simply need to relax. Yes, I can think of a million things that I need to do, but for now I am enjoying the sweet smell of banana nut bread that just came out of the oven; I am sipping on coffee, and looking out the window watching my son as he has now changed gears and is using his desk chair as a race car. Okay, you'll have to pardon my musings but today is one relaxing, do not get in a hurry kind of day.

Thursday, October 2


I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for
that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.
Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
~ Charles R. Swindoll

Saturday, September 27

Thank You For All You Do

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"It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart."

Wow, three years already! Thank you everyone for a wonderful, relaxing evening. Pastor and I had an exquisite time on our dinner cruise. We talked, laughed and enjoyed this momentous occasion. All of you are so thoughtful, and we appreciate everything you did to make this dinner cruise a reality. We are blessed to pastor such a caring group of people. Thank you, thank you, thank you! God is great, and we are looking forward to sharing many more wonderful years together. So, lets march on!

P.S. And a special thank you to the Peavey Family for taking care of Sheldon.

Saturday, September 20


Sheldon Wall Climbing
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"This is the kind of courage your son needs: the courage to continue to do what is right even when all of those around him are calling him to compromise." (Taken from the book, That's My Son by Rick Johnson)

"Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again." Courage is a trait that sometimes cannot be taught, but rather it is experienced and developed through various circumstances one encounters. Courage is your willingness to face a challenge even when you are intimidated by it. Courage is what motivates you to move forward. Face every situation with an "I can do attitude" and you will always triumph over what is troubling you for you are courageous!

P.S. My disclaimer: I use my son's pictures because they are what I have the most of in our album! LOL

Monday, September 8

A Walk On The Beach

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Mark designed this page, and I thought I would share it. "The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone." I am thankful that I never really walk alone because I have a Friend who is with me always.

Saturday, September 6

Happy Birthday, Sheldon!

Sheldon @ Balboa Pier

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The story begins: Babe, I just want you to know that I almost fainted today. It was the weirdest feeling.

At that precise moment, we both knew that I was expecting our first child. I remember the very first time Daddy and me heard your heart beat; time stood still. We both had tear in our eyes. I remember the ultrasound when we were given the first glimpse of YOU. I remember standing in church, and you kicked! At first I thought I was imagining it. I guess you wanted me to acknowledge you; you kicked once more. I pushed back, and you kicked once again. Amazing! Those tiny little kicks and turns continued, and I never wanted those special bonding moments to end. Time marched on, and on September 7, 1999 you made your grand entrance into this world weighing in at 9 pounds 10 ounces; 21 inches long! I remember hearing your first cry, and I knew that all was well; you were here and I was given a new title, Mom.

When I first held you, I could not stop gazing and thinking how much you looked like your daddy! It was then that a natural-motherly instinct engulfed me, and I was head over hills in love with you! You are my sunshine, and you make me smile. You bring much laughter and joy into our lives.

HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY, SHELDON! Daddy and I are so proud of you. You meet every challenge with such determination. You are a passionate child who loves serving the Lord. You are a superb son and great example to others. We love you! Wishing you a grand, wonderful day filled with many sweet memories.
>Love, Mom

Friday, September 5



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Yeah, it is Friday, and I absolutely enjoy Friday evenings because I can stay awake until late in the evening. I do not feel the pressure of waking up early. If I choose to, which I did, I can clean house or simply let it wait until another day. More importantly, I can talk and talk some more with my sweet, wonderful husband. After our lengthy conversation, I started thinking about walking and read the following quote to Mark, "Great thoughts are conceived while walking." So, he is out walking and I am blogging. I have a feeling he will come back with a greater thought and perhaps a message to preach on Sunday.

Here are a few quotes that I like concerning walking:

“Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”- Albert Camus

The longest journey begins with a single step.
Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

"Remember that on average, every minute you are walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes! So enjoy your walking." Enjoy your journey and remember to take time to walk!

Monday, September 1

Laughter Will Always Brighten Your Day


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The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. (~e.e. cummings)

Laugh, laugh and laugh some more because laughter will always make you feel better. Better yet, laugh with someone so you can experience a fun-filled moment together. Take time to laugh and you will have a more joyous day!

Saturday, August 30

Just Take Time And Have Fun

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I like what Barbara Bush said, "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent."

Most individuals will agree that life swiftly passes by far to quickly. In this busy world that we live in, it is essential to take time with those that you cherish the most. Your family is unique and you determine how your time is spent, but always remember to take time to make lasting memories because that is what makes life so sweet.

Tuesday, August 26

Take Time To Restart


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Last night was a late night at the office. We decided to pick up Papa John's Pizza. While we were waiting for the pizza, I noticed a card shop, and I peeked through the window to see what was in the store. On the shelf there was a cup with the following, "TAKE TIME TO RESTART" I instantly smiled. I needed to read just that because at that moment it was necessary for me to figuratively hit the restart button, and start anew with a fresh attitude. I am thankful for those quite moments when you can slow down after a busy day and spend time just relaxing.

It's time, take time to restart!

Tuesday, August 19

Changing Seasons

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What is about summer turning to fall that always causes a sudden rustling, sometimes uneasy feeling. A part of me laments the fact that another summer will soon fade away. Sheldon will be back in school. Homework will take the place of free time. Dinners on the patio will now be enjoyed at the kitchen table. The grill will be used less frequently as I begin to make meals that will now be cooked in the oven. Sunlight will fade before I even have the opportunity to walk through my front door. Leaves and more leaves will decorate the ground. Change, change, and more amazing change. Oh, I will not despair because life is meant to be experienced. I do not even want to keep it from changing; I want to enjoy every new season.

I have said all of this to now come to the main point: “Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again." (Sarah Ban Breathnach) Expect the unexpected because we serve a mighty God!

Thursday, August 7

Tomatoes In Unexpected Places


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Here is the scoop. I am a city girl who always wanted a vegetable garden. I have talked to people who have grown up with gardens and they do not share the same affinity that I possess. For you see, I never had to get up at the crack of dawn and pick vegetables or till the ground. My parents never told me that I could not play with my friends until the gardening was finished. The magical thought of a luscious garden is just that, a thought.

When we moved to Tustin, California a little over two-and-a half years ago, the first chance I had I bought some tomato and radish seeds. Sheldon, being a good sport, went along with my endeavor. We planted the seeds and in a few weeks we noticed the growth. Much to my disappointment, everything died. However, the lesson was there; we planted something and watched it grow, even if it did not bare the vegetables that the package promised.

About three months ago , I noticed something growing that I did not plant. I am very tender-hearted to unexpected plants. I will allow it to grow until I determine that it is a weed, and then I show no mercy, and promptly pluck the dingy weed up and discard it! I kept watching this particular plant with keen interest. I even asked Ronnie if she thought it was a tomato plant. Being a city girl herself, she was not too sure, but I allowed it to continue growing. Maybe, just maybe, fingers crossed, could it be a tomato plant? Would I actually have vine-ripened tomatoes? I even dared to envision eating a toasted-tomato sandwich. Weeks, went by and then I was absolutely convinced, tomato plant. Okay, it earned a ticket to live.

What amazes me, is that I never planted this particular tomato plant. Further, I was not too thrilled about the location it chose, but there it was rooted and ready to grow. Miracles of all miracles took place, and I have enjoyed three tangy tomatoes!! But it does not end here, three more are still on the vine! Oh, I cannot wait until they become an unexpected treat for Sheldon and me. Life is so wonderful. Vine-ripened tomatoes are absolutely, undoubtedly the best!

I cannot end this post without comparing this small, unexpected surprise to how miraculous God works. When God chooses your destination, you will prosper; you will benefit those around you and make the greatest impact ever!

Wednesday, July 30

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Just thought I would post a cute picture. We have been quite busy, but I intend to write soon. So, much to do and so little time.

Here is a picture of Sheldon and Friends at the O.C. Fair.

Wednesday, July 23

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Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. - Jeremiah 17:7

Regardless of the challenge that you are facing, remember that you are blessed.

Monday, July 14

Laughter and Kids

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Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow. (Thomas Bray)

Okay, it is Monday and we all need to laugh. I can't quit thinking about this funny, sweet incident that happened last night at Dairy Queen. We were enjoying our ice-cream and great fellowship. Well, it was time to leave and we proceeded to clean up and throw away our empty containers. So, here's the funny part.

Dad: Son, please put this (meaning empty cups of ice cream) in the trash.

Without missing a beat, the son replies, "Mommy said I can't get up."

Kids are too witty. Here this little one was taking a "break" but when asked to get up and throw away the empty containers, he used this excuse to his advantage! Yes, despite our best efforts, we laughed and laughed. In case you are wondering, the son did take the empty containers to the trash.

Life is always sweeter when you are laughing and having a good time with friends. Thank you Lord, for blessing us with a wonderful church family.

P.S. I am amazed at how much these kids have grown!

Friday, July 11

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Life sure is precious. I am always amazed at how quickly circumstances can change. I am glad to report that Dad is doing amazingly wonderful. We know his recovery is a miracle. Thank you everyone for your prayers.

Saturday, July 5

Prayer for Grandpa

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We had a fantastic 4th of July, but now we are making an urgent trip to Big Spring, Texas. Grandpa is in critical condition. Please keep Rev. Paul Pryor and family in your prayers. Thank you!

Thursday, July 3

Happy, Happy Thursday - Let's Have Fun


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As I sit here, I hear my alarm going off. Oh, do I really have to go to work! There's a part of me that says, "Oh, I just want to lounge around and spend time with my family." However, I am ever so happy because today is my FRIDAY!! I am looking forward to a fantastic weekend. I believe I will take the following quote to heart:

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."

Happy, Happy Thursday everyone. Smile.

Monday, June 30

My Wish


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“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

Monday, June 23



Keep your faith in beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone. (Roy R. Gibson)

And always keep your Faith in God!

Monday, June 16

Last Day of School

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Tomorrow ends the school year for Sheldon. I am amazed at how quickly this school year passed. We are thankful that Sheldon had a great year. He has matured so much. I believe he summed it up well when he said, "I like being in Mrs. Shenton's class because she is an exciting teacher with a very creative mind.

Sheldon, we are so proud of you. You are a such a kind hearted kid. I know we will have a great summer. I am looking forward to playing many golf games with you and Daddy.

Sunday, June 15

To The World's Greatest Dad, Happy Father's Day


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My Father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. (Clarence B. Kelland)

Happy Father's Day! If there was a Dad's Hall of Fame, you would be in it! You are such a mighty example to follow. You are a natural motivator and your faith in God makes Mt. Everest look small.

Thank you for always leading by example. Your love for Sheldon and I runs deep. You have many titles but the greatest of all is Dad. Thank you for always taking time for us. Thank you for all the fun times we share. We have many precious memories that we will never forget! You are the Greatest Dad, and we love you bunches.

Saturday, June 14

Life's Simple Pleasure: Taking Time Outside

A ray of sunshine, a balmy breeze Are a gift from God above, And He also gives us faithful friends. To warm our hearts with love.

Always enjoy those sun, shiny days. Spending time with family and friends always adds to the enjoyment of life. Play football with your son. Take a walk with your spouse. Enjoy a yummy ice cream cone. Life is too short to spend it inside your house looking out. Step out and enjoy the scenery. You will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, June 3

You Always Have A Choice

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We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. We always have the choice. (Dalai Lama)

So, what are you going to choose? Regardless of what you choose, you still must put forth the effort to implement your choice. It's going to take genuine effort on your part to change your negative choices into positive ones, but you can do it. Choose to see the beauty around you even when it is hidden behind the dark clouds. Choose to give God the glory!

Saturday, May 31

Your Day


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This bright, new day... complete with 24 hours of opportunities, choices, and attitudes… a perfectly matched set of 1440 minutes.This unique gift, this one day, cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded. Handle with care. Make the most of it. There is only one to a customer. (Author Unknown)

You choose how to spend our day. Will you make it a memorable, happy one or will you squander it away? Life is full of many challenges, but it is up to you to have a great day. May you laugh instead of cry; may you smile instead of frown. May your words be full of wisdom instead of criticism; may you be encouraged instead of discouraged. May you always put your trust in God and rest in His everlasting arms.

Thursday, May 22

Friends -

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I just have to share the following words by John Mason:

"Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

Proverbs says, "A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses." The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate - for the good and the bad."

Mr. Mason goes on to state, "A true friend is one who is there to care. They remain your friend even if you don't deserve to have a friend. They will see you through when others think you're through.

He further states, "As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don't help you climb, will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don't increase you, will eventually decrease you.... Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst end of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.

In my personal opinion, this is one great thought by John Mason, and it is so true. Friends are like diamonds, you choose them carefully. Thank you Lord for all my dear friends!

Wednesday, May 21

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If I Had my Child To Raise Over Again

IF I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd finger paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars,
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often,
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.

--Diane Loomans

Saturday, May 17


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Here is a picture that was taken in my backyard. This is actually the very first bloom on my Nasturtium plant. (Thank you, Catherine for giving me the name.) Beauty arises, but only after it endures the dark, desolate time of being hidden.

Hope is the dream of a soul awake! (French Proverb)

Thursday, May 15

Standing Strong

I found this card and knew I would post its contents that reads:

A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the oak tree's leaves away. Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground while other trees fell around....The weary wind gave up and spoke, "How can you still be standing, Oak? The oak tree said, "I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs, and make me sway, but I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger since my birth. You'll never touch them, for you see, they are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn't sure of just how much I could endure. But now I've found, with thanks to you, Im stronger than I ever knew."

There are instances in life when you experience that bitter sting of criticism, but stand tall because God will give you strength to stand. I like what John Mason said, "People who are growing with God all share one common trait; they attract criticism. Criticism is a compliment when you are doing what you know you're suppose to do . . .. It can be beneficial to receive constructive criticism from those who have your best interests at heart, but you're not responsible to respond to those who don't." Continue to stand tall dear friend, and do not ever forget just how deep your roots extend.

Wednesday, May 14

Proverbs 11:30 reads, " The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." This weekend was all about reaching out to our community. Evangelist Tim Downs not only shared with us his burden for soul winning, but he helped us to realize just how much more we need to be doing in order to reach someone. I left this meeting knowing that I must personally do more, but I believe I am ready to go because there are adults, young people and children just waiting for you or me to tell them that Jesus loves them.

We endeavored to impact our community with invitation flyers, and God blessed the fruit of our efforts. I am thankful for what God is doing in our church!

Tuesday, May 13

From the Heart of a Pastor's Wife

About a month ago, I was listening to Sabrina talk about various characteristics of a pastor's wife, I had to look over at my husband and just give him that smile that says it all. Some of her points made me laugh while others brought tears to my eyes and I had to bite my bottom lip to keep those tears from falling. It is interesting to note what various people expect from a pastor's wife. Let's get to the heart of the matter: a pastor's wife must remain true to her identity. I like what one pastor's wife said, "Authenticity makes a great pastor's wife... You don't want someone who is aiming to force herself into a role, because its what others expect of her. You want a woman who is real, who is true to herself, true to the way that God designed her, and lives with a fierce love for God and her husband, and a fierce resistance to stereotypes." I wish I knew her name, but she goes on to state, "we [pastor's wives] just need the freedom to be ourselves, the freedom to say no to certain things, the freedom to find our niche in life and not let our entire life be defined by our husband's calling. After all, God calls us too, and sometimes it's to pursuits dramatically different than ministry. ("HopeRising -> RE: Pastors Wife (2/29/2008 1:14:59 AM))

In my short experience as a pastor's wife, I have learned that I cannot be what people expect because peoples' expectations can sometimes be unrealistically too high. Perhaps the greatest lesson I have come to understand is that I can simply be myself. I love to laugh, but there is a side to me that hurts too. I have days when everything is, if you please, picture perfect. There are times when I feel as if I have missed the mark, but I always readjust my aim and go forward. I do not stay in the valley of disappointment or loneliness but rather I choose to experience the great thrills of life; I choose to be happy. I strive to focus on the positive rather than the negative. When the nagging voice of fear tries to reign, I simply, say, "Lord, I trust you." I have learned that everyone will have a different opinion of me and that is okay, but I cannot allow their opinions to define who I am. I am after all, a lady with real emotions. I am a mom, a wife, a pastor's wife, a sister and a friend. I am my husband's faithful supporter. Thank you Lord, for choosing me, and thank you for your gentle hand that leads me.

Saturday, April 26


Friday, April 25

Are You Committed?

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The difference between a commitment and a passing fancy is, "Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality.” ( James Womack)

Tuesday, April 22

My Fantastic Day Of Rest

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Wow, talk about relaxing and fun. Today was just that. Mark and I had a great time playing golf. I have to say playing golf is much more challenging than what I thought. The funniest part was when I hit the ball and it looked as if it was heading straight for a man that was standing at the second hole. Thankfully, the ball hit a palm tree, then it flew back and settled safely onto the ground. We did not keep score, but I assure you that my score was very, very high. Oh, and I only lost two balls. I guess that is not so bad considering this was my first game ever. I am looking forward to our next game.

On a positive note, I gained new knowledge concerning how I should practice at the golf range. I enjoy seeing the balls fly, but I now know that what is really important is form. I have a ways to go, but this journey sure is fun!

Your Personality Test

Your Personality at 35,000 Says...

I found this test on Tara's blog. It is kind of interesting. Take it and see what happens. Here are my results:

Deep down, you prefer spending time alone to spending time with others. You enjoy thinking more than talking.

You are good with your place in the world. You are confident and comfortable with who you are.

Your gift is having a way with words. You know how to express yourself well.

You are inspired by what is possible. Real life is often too ordinary for you.

It's very easy for you to feel happy. You can find peace with any situation.

Thursday, April 17

Personal Thoughts Concerning Time

Praying Together
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Everyone experiences that feeling of simply being tired, but why is it that I am the most tired on a church night, i.e. Monday night prayer or Wednesday night Bible study. Funny how that works. There are nights, due to that ugly feeling of tiredness, when I am ready to stay home and then I realize once again that it is important that I give God my very best. What is even more amazing is that I may walk through the church doors tired, but when I leave I am refreshed. Amazing, huh. When you add it all up, it simply does not make sense, but it is true. Time with God equals great refreshing and renewed strength! I cherish those moments because I know that God is always there giving me strength!

William Penn said, "Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst." Time, time, we all want more, but let me pose this question, are you a wise steward of your time? We expect God to perform great miracles, but are you willing to make great sacrifices concerning your time? Are you willing to set aside your precious time so that you can invest time on your knees in prayer or take time for someone that is in need? Time is quickly passing, but it is up to you how you choose to use it. Brian Tracy said, "There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing." Balancing your time can be a personal juggling act, but always remember to utilize your time wisely.