Thursday, December 4, 2008

San Diego Trip for Nephew - Prayers Please


We have answer to prayers!!!
Eric does not have bone cancer!
This means that his cancer remains at Stage 3 Large Cell Lymphoma. If he had been found to have cancer in his bones, it would have been Stage 4 cancer, but since it is NOT in his bones, it is stage 3. Glory to God! Thank you to everyone who prayed!

Eric had his first chemotherapy treatment yesterday. His energy is really drained and he is nauseous. The doctors are working to get his military orders transferred to San Antonio, Texas for two reasons. One being his mom and brother live there, and the second is that there is a military base there where Eric can take the rest of his chemotherapy treatments while being with his family. The doctors feel this is very important for Eric to be with family during chemotherapy treatment so they are working very hard to get his orders transferred as quickly as possible. We would ask that you not only pray for Eric's health as he is so sick at this time, but also for his military orders - that the doctors are able to get them finalized to San Antonio, Texas. They want to fly him to San Antonio quickly before the next chemotherapy treatment time so that he can get settled into my sisters home.

I may be going home in a few days, but my sister will stay here until Eric leaves which we believe will be very soon. Please continue praying for Eric's cancer, the treatments, and the depression he has that has set in; as well as the military orders to get fixed smoothly and correctly which will help Eric if he can get home to San Antonio and be able to stay with his mother and brother. Blessings to all!

Monday, December 1, 2008

San Diego Trip for Nephew - Prayers Please

Cast all your anxiety upon Him because
He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Hello dear bloggy friends! I'm in San Diego spending time with my sister and her son, Eric, who is of course, my nephew. I'm asking please for your continued prayers for him who I mentioned in the previous post is 22 years old. He's changed so much losing about 20 or more pounds already, is very weak, and is in an intolerable amount of pain curling up in a fetal position. After doing a PET Scan, the doctors told us he not only has lymphoma cancer in the groin area but also in his abdomen as well as all the way up his abdomen to his chest and below his throat. He has never been a smoker! The doctor stated Eric is in Stage 3 cancer and the name of it is Aplastic large cell lymphoma.

We were so thankful to be able to attend church service yesterday on the Naval base. Eric, my sister, and I attended and it was so good to be together at church.

A bone marrow biopsy was done to see if Eric has cancer in his bones. The doctor stated if Eric has cancer in his bones, he would then be considered to have Stage 4 Cancer. We are waiting on those test results. Please pray for Eric as he is in alot of pain, and please pray for my sister, Sunny, too.

I'm blogging from the hospital library. I'm so thankful they have computer access for us to use. As soon as I know more, I'll be back with more info so please keep watch for more posts and please keep each of us in your prayers, especially Eric. Thank you all for caring!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Prayers Needed Please



First Prayer My nephew, Eric is in the military and is 22 years old and single. He had been losing weight for two or three months and had two enlarged areas on his groin. The medics where he was stationed were treating the symptoms by draining the lumps and giving him antibiotics instead of attempting to find out the cause. This past Monday the medics finally brought Eric back and admitted him to a large hospital where he has now had surgery to remove the lumps and has been given a preliminary diagnosis of lymphoma cancer. They have also found two more lumps which are larger than the two they removed which will likely require another surgery. We are awaiting a firm diagnosis from the doctors, however in the meantime, my sister and I are both making travel plans to fly there to be with him immediately. Please pray for my nephew and my sister, as well as me as I support and minister to both of them. My prayer is that the diagnosis is wrong and that my nephew is fully healed in Jesus name. Thank you for your prayers.

Second Prayer There is a young couple, Alyson and Justin, who lost both their jobs and their apartment at the same time. They are around 25 years old and are Christians and were living in their car when they came into the Crisis Center about three weeks ago. There was no way for them to apply for jobs because their clothing was dirty and they had no way to take baths. The crisis center, through donations, managed to place them in a motel with kitchen while they searched for jobs. They both are actively looking from morning till night for work as they check in with personnel from the crisis center almost daily. The good news is Alyson found a job and she is so very excited! Today was her second day at work. Justin has two good leads and one of them he believes is going to hire him. I would like to ask that you keep Alyson and Justin in your prayers. The Director of the Crisis Center has told them after they both obtain work, he will help them get into an apartment which will be far cheaper than paying motel rent. They are trying so very hard and we all just want to see them accomplish their dream of having a place of their own. I know... I know... I'm not suppose to get emotionally attached with people where I volunteer, but it seems I already have with this couple. And ... with my husband being the Director of the Crisis Center, I have someone to continuously tell me to be careful or I'll become too attached. Yes, he knows me. smiles! Please keep Alyson and Justin in your prayers that Justin will also get a good job very soon; that their car will continue working for them driving so far; and that they will soon be in their very own apartment. Thank you for listening and for your prayers.

More updates are coming soon on Eric
as well as Alyson and Justin!

Many Blessings

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Denise ShortyBear

Happy Birthday Denise

to our dear sweet Denise. Please stop by
Shortybear's Place blog today and join each of us in wishing Denise a very special day! We love you dear friend and hope you have a very special birthday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Healthy Food Secrets - Blog Referral


Please take a few minutes to read some of the articles and tips on Healthy Food Secrets website. This is a great place to find recipes, 10 minute meal ideas, fitness tips, and their blog where you can leave comments and ask questions. Take your time, say hello while you are there, and enjoy! I'm not getting paid for this referral. Smiles! Just wanted you to share their nice website and great ideas.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Who is Knocking at Your Door?


When fear knocks at the door,
send faith to answer.

Mark 11:22-24 So Jesus answered and said unto them,
"Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,'
and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says."

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Operation Christmas Child - Fill a Shoe Box

Have you filled your shoe box yet for Operation Christmas Child ? Small gifts, hair brushes or combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, school supplies and other small items are filled in a shoe box and given to needy children through the Samaritan's Purse organization each year during the Christmas season. You can be a part of this, however, the deadline is almost here. The boxes are suppose to be taken by each of us as donors to the drop off locations between November 17 to November 24, 2008.

You can pack the Christmas gift box yourself by obtaining the information from the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child website. Follow the directions for filling your box, what to place inside, appropriate label for boy or girl, etc. The website takes you through each step of the way. Be sure to click on drop off locations and enter your zipcode to obtain the closest location to deliver your Christmas box after you have it ready.

If you want to help make a child's Christmas special this year but don't have time to fill a shoe box, you can also go to the Samaritan's Purse website and click on Make a Donation and choose "Operation Christmas Child" as the purpose of your donation. Volunteers at the organization will then fill a shoe box for you, and send it for a child during Christmas. By filling the box yourself and dropping it off, or making a donation and letting a volunteer of Samaritan's Purse fill a box for you, either way you will be making a difference to a needy child this year during the holiday season.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Blog to Visit

Hey everyone, happy weekend! I have a blog referral for you today!

Head on over to Jeanette's Always Been Different blog to read her Thursday Thirteen message for this past week. It was right on target and worth your time to drop by for a visit. It will only take a minute as I've linked this message to the exact page to read. You will also enjoy her entire blog!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the blessings of time spent with your family!

Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and mighty things which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Fireproof YOUR Marriage


Please visit the Wordless Wednesday blog to view other
WW participants.

Have you seen the movie FireProof?

I want to bring this important movie to your attention. I hope by now everyone has seen Fireproof. If not, I want to tell you my husband and I saw it over the weekend and we highly recommend it! It isn't just for married couples who are struggling in their marriage. It is a movie that will touch everyone. It's for couples even with strong marriages; or those couples seeking divorces or having some problems; for singles thinking of getting married; as well as for any person who wants to see a great movie.

You can see a few clips of the movie at the link in my Wordless Wednesday post above.

Enjoy the movie and come back to let me know what you think! I'll check in with you again soon. Be blessed!

I'm Backkk - I Missed You All

Hello Friends,

I know ... I haven't been here in a really long while. I missed you all. So much has happened. I didn't mean to ignore anyone; I just had to take time away. Extra special sincere thanks to Denise at Shortybear's Place for her loving help to me and my husband when I had surgery last year and for staying in touch with my husband and for being such a prayer warrior while I was in ICU when my kidneys failed. I almost died. Many of you know as you prayed for me and I thank God for each of you. To God's Glory my kidneys started working again after three months of dialysis. Please forgive me that I have not been back here to share with you again. It was never my intention to hurt anyone or leave you out of my life and I hope you can forgive me for not checking in with you. It was at that time I decided to spend more time with God. He spoke to me then about my time while I was ill. To God be the Glory great things He has done. I now spend more time with my Lord, my husband, family and volunteering at a crisis center. I still may not blog often but know I still think of each of you I came to know. I hope to stop by each of your blogs and check on your personally very soon. I pray you all have been well and blessed by God.

God Bless you all. Love and hugs!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dear Daughter Happy Birthday Forever 29

Dear Daughter Forever 29

Happy Birthday to our Dear Daughter
Forever 29!
We think of her every single day and she
has twin daughters who look just like her!
What a wonderful blessing from God they are!
Today marks 5 years since her passing.
Please pray for her twin girls!

Read other messages about our daughter here.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

God is in Control

Hello Friends and Family,

It is really me, the Grandma around here! :) For over a month now you have been receiving updates written by my husband and posted by Denise at her blog Shortybear's Place. I am blessed Denise would do this for me taking her own time and space on her blog. Much love and hugs to Denise. You ARE a God send; a true prayer warrior. I will never forget what you did for me and hope you will forgive me that I was unable to stay in touch.

Special thanks to my dear hubby for getting the updates out to Denise and also to many other dear blogging friends who emailed or left comments on my blog. I must tell you each prayer was felt. After spending almost two weeks or more in ICU sleeping, (all still a blur to me); I cried as my husband read to me messages many sent with prayers, good thoughts, and well wishes.

I'm still in dialysis 3 days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This past Thursday at dialysis, the doctor informed me my dialysis port/catheter was not working properly and I was not getting full use of my dialysis time as they couldn't get the port to work. Therefore, he told me to go to the hospital Friday morning and he would place it in my chest again. Something I was not looking forward to because it hurts badly and is so very tender with stitches which were still in there from the first port they placed in me back while I was in the hosital. Before they placed the new catheter into a new port area of my chest, they did what they called "vein mapping" of the veins in my arms in the event they still see no changes in my kidneys working. They placed an IV in each of my thumbs, wow, that is a tender area, and then ran some type of dye into the veins of my arms to map the veins for a future shunt they may have to place for dialysis should 'they' decide my kidneys are damaged and will not ever work again.

I am NOT giving up on my kidneys working. I am currently "resting in Jesus" and praying for strength, peace, and healing.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Please Pray for Me

Hello friends, I realize this is Wordless Wednesday, but I have a need today.

I'm asking for prayers please. I found out this morning I will be having surgery Wednesday morning, May 9, 2007 about 7:00 AM. I have no choice; surgeon states it is an emergency. I'm unsure presently how long I'll be in-patient; I'm praying to be home within a day or two, but it depends on many things.

I would greatly appreciate prayers for the next few days, but especially Wednesday morning as I go into surgery. I've prayed with my husband and pastor and I'm at peace with the decision for surgery; and have great faith things will work out exactly as God wills. Thank you for your prayers.

My husband will email Denise at Shortybear's Place blog to let her know how my surgery went, and she can possibly place an update on her blog if you are interested, or email her for an update, whichever works best for Denise.

I look forward to catching up with comments and how everyone is doing when I'm able to return to the computer again. I'll miss each of you this week. God bless you always as you have blessed me.
Love and hugs,

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Strength of Love

Jesus Loves You

I pray that out of His glorious riches
He may strengthen you
with power through His Spirit
in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell
in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you,
being rooted and grounded in love,
may have power,
together with all the saints,
to grasp how wide and how long,
and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love
that surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled to the measure
of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19
I Love Jesus

Friday, May 4, 2007

My Name is I AM

I was regretting the past
and fearing the future.
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
My name is I AM.

He paused. I waited. He continued:

When you live in the past
with its mistakes and regrets,
it is hard. I am NOT there.
My name is NOT I WAS.

When you live in the future,
with its problems and fears,
it is hard. I am NOT there.
My name is NOT I WILL BE.

When you live in THIS moment,
My name IS I AM.

©Helen Mallicoat

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Thankful Thursday


* My savior, Jesus Christ.
* My husband who was also my junior high/high school sweetheart.
* My children and grandchildren.
* All my new blogging friends and sisters in Christ.
* Encouraging e-cards and emails from someone very near and dear.
* I AM Bible Study at The Preacher's Wife blog.
* Two days spent with a friend who needs prayers and a listening ear.
* Through prayer, I can ask my Heavenly Father for "spiritual eyes".
* The realization that even though my earthly father passed away a year ago next Thursday, I will always have a Heavenly Father.
* Loving church family who treats us like real family which is truly a blessing since my husband and I both lost our last parent in 2006.
* Making it through a bad storm with tornadoes and strong winds in our area Wednesday.

1. I will praise You, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. 2. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2

Visit others who are sharing thankfulness this week, by going to Sting My Heart.

Pray for Heather - Brain Surgery Today

Pray for Heather

May the loving arms of Jesus surround you Heather, your husband, and family. I'll keep you in my heart and prayers.

Dear Friends and Family,

Please join us today, Thursday, May 3, 2007, in covering our dear blogging friend Heather of Especially Heather, with intercessory prayer as she is having surgery to remove a large tumor in her brain. She is a sweet wife, mother, and child of God. We are all joining to cover her in love and prayer around the clock.

Visit 5 Minutes for Mom for more information and to get the html code to post the Pray for Heather button on your blog or website if you wish.

At Kelli's Living in Grace blog, you can read more about our continuous 24 hour prayers for Heather.


Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Please visit the Wordless Wednesday blog to view other
WW participants.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Heather Prayer Chain - Surgery is Thursday

Kelli from Living in Grace blog, has started a prayer chain for Heather from Especially Heather for before, during, and after Heather's brain surgery which is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2007.

If you visit Heather's blog you will see why so many from the blogging community have been touched by Heather and are uniting in this prayer chain for her. You can read Heather's own words about her upcoming surgery on Thursday and her amazing faith.

If you can join in prayer, please visit Kelli's Living in Grace blog and leave a link and a comment to let her know. It is our heart's prayer to cover Heather with intercessory prayer beginning the day before her brain surgery and continuing for at least a week.

Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and mighty things which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

I AM Bible Study - Lesson One

This post with questions and answers is in response to the "I AM - So You Don't Have To Be" Blog Bible Study, being taught by Lisa at The Preacher's Wife blog. This is an awesome Bible Study and is self-paced. Praise God! If you would like to join in, it isn't too late. Please visit Lisa's blog to get started.

Lesson One: I AM Your Beauty ~ Just in Time - Acts 7:17-20

Question: Are there any circumstances or relationships in your life where you can see God has intentionally placed you to be a light for Him?

Answer: Yes, definitely with family members who are unsaved. Also, six years ago when my husband and I, with God's blessings, had a house built and were moving, we hired someone to clean our old house as we had no time. The person who cleaned our old house later became one of our very dear friends and we continue to keep in touch, visit, pray and share together. Just last year she accepted Christ into her life and I am now helping her through a difficult time which occurred due to her new faith in Jesus Christ.

Question: Can you honestly describe yourself as a woman with a 'yes' in her spirit?

Answer: Two or more years ago, I could not answer this with an honest yes as I became intimidated easily, was rather shy and uncomfortable - especially in group situations. However, God has been strengthening me in the past two years to bring me to where I can now say "yes" and know that He will give me the strength to do whatever He asks of me.

Question: Are you in an emotionally and spiritually healthy place today? If so, what will you do with your series of unrecurring events? Will you commit to ask for spiritual eyes to see opportunities to defend a weaker sister?

Answer: I am stronger emotionally and spiritually more so these past two years than I have been in previous years, and will definitely commit to praying for spiritual eyes so that I do not miss any opportunities to serve Him or defend weaker sisters.
Now, I'll begin my study of Lesson Two of the
I AM Bible Study - Beautiful to God.
Thank you Lisa for sharing your valuable time to present this Bible Study.

Monday, April 30, 2007

One Day Blog Silence

My blog is silent today, however, my prayers will continue.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


While shopping at a local store, a woman spotted a
man with an acronym on his T-shirt that just had the letters
B.A.D. printed across the front.

Being the curious person she was, she stopped the man
and asked, "What does B.A.D. stand for?"
She was amazed at what his response was.

He replied to let her know that B.A.D. stands for
"Blessed And Delivered".

After hearing this, the thought stuck with her as she finished doing her shopping that day. So she came up with a little advice to share. Note from Grandma: I also added to this including the last three points which I feel describes just how B.A.D. we are!

* When the enemy tries to attack you, be B.A.D.

* When things at work are stressful, be B.A.D.

* When you're feeling down, remember how B.A.D. you are!

* When you feel you can't go on, remember YOU ARE B.A.D.

* When your have a broken heart, remember

May God bless you and have a B.A.D. weekend!

I sing praises and glory to Your name, Oh Lord, for Your name is great, and greatly to be praised!

You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at
Your right hand. Psalm 16:11

Friday, April 27, 2007

Our God is a God of Suddenlies!

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalms 5:3

Think about this. Our God is a God of Suddenlies!

He can suddenly heal our bodies.
He can suddenly give you or your husband that promotion.
God can suddenly answer our long-awaited prayers.
Suddenly people were healed when Jesus touched them.
Suddenly Jesus will come in a moment in the twinkling of an eye.

When we keep our hearts open, expectant, and filled with faith, it gives God something to work with. In the same way Jesus turned the five loaves of bread and two fish into lunch for 5,000 men (Matthew 14:17), God can take our faith in Him and turn it into the answer to prayer we need!

The enemy's goal is to steal our hope as he tried to do to me earlier this week. He wants to get us down and discouraged so that we will give up and settle for less than God's best. Let's not be deceived by the enemy! No matter how many disappointments we've encountered, God can turn things around for each of us in a split second of time! One touch of His favor can suddenly restore relationships! One touch of His goodness can solve that problem we're facing today! Just one touch from Almighty God can instantly change our life!

A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, each day I come before You with my praises and my thanks, my joys, my concerns, and my requests - I will wait patiently and expectantly for Your answer, as I am filled with faith!

In the blessed name of Jesus I pray,

Dear God graphic ©

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Dear Friends,

I almost decided not to post today for Thankful Thursday. Then I thought ... Why would I consider not posting as I have so much to be thankful for! I felt I had not been thinking clearly - like brain fog - so I had been taking additional quiet time which of course is a good thing - we all need more quiet time with God. But you know what I realized? It isn't brain fog I was experiencing. It was the enemy trying to steal my joy. We've all been there! The enemy doesn't want me, you, or anyone in this world to be thankful today or any other day. So today, let me just make this statement: The evil one doesn't win this time. PRAISE THE NAME OF JESUS!

* The fact that the enemy WILL NOT steal my joy today!
* Every blog I've read this week which encouraged and lifted my spirits.
* God speaking to me through His word this week.
* More prayer and quiet time.
* A loving family and a husband who is so dear.
* For caring friends who email, send e-cards, or leave encouraging comments.
* Finding a Christian blogging community. While reading many blogs - I have been blessed time and time again! I praise God for helping me find each of you.

To find others sharing thankfulness this week, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. Hebrews 4:16

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Casting a Vote for a Sister in Christ

Best Religion Blog - The Preacher's Wife

Great news! One of our blog sisters in Christ, Lisa, from The Preacher's Wife blog, has been nominated for "Best Religion Blog". Let's help her pass up atheist blogs which currently have the lead, and give God the Glory.

Please go by and visit Lisa's blog and read her post entitled "I'd Like to Thank the Academy" to hear what Lisa has to say about receiving this nomination. Then, all you need to do is follow the link to cast your vote in the Blogger's Choice Awards category of Best Religion Blog.

Can you join in spreading the news by adding a link on your own blog?

Hint: The site may require you to register in order to vote. I added "Grandma" in the first name spot. Most of the registration form is optional, so it isn't a biggie. :-)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Written by My Husband: Celebrating Life

Hello everyone,

My dear husband recently wrote to document a recent event in his life to give praise to God. I pray you enjoy reading as he shares today and hoping he'll share with us many more times. hint hint ;-)

I just recently received a marvelous blessing. I went to the doctor for a routine physical because my brother had heart by pass surgery and because there is a strong history of heart disease in my family, plus my wife encouraged me to go and get checked. I have always been healthy and denied that I could have any health issues. Well, after a stress test and an angiogram, I found out that one of my coronary arteries was 99% blocked. What could have turned out to be a massive heart attack only days away, was an intervention by God, just for me.

It just overwhelms me to reflect on how much God loves me. Jesus died on the cross for me and He rose again so I might have everlasting life. What amazing grace !

In John 11:25, Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die".

I am so thankful for God’s grace and mercy and His promise in Jeremiah 29:11 came alive for me.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".

The Gpa @ Grandparents Corner

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Thankful Thursday

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17

There are many reasons I'm thankful. Let me share a few...

* my personal relationship with Jesus Christ

* God's mercy and grace

* answered prayers

* a husband who is a blessing to me every day

* for the blessing of several days of rain needed so badly

* for the positive check-up my husband had at the Cardiologist

* long phone conversations with my son

* my hubby, children, grandchildren, and all my family

* I'm thankful to God for loving me through my weaknesses

* To Lori at Heaven Graphics for creating a free Virginia Tech Memorial Graphic for each of us to use.

Would you like to share your thankfulness this week, or view other thankful posts? Visit Iris at Sting My Heart to get started.

I sing Glory to His name, for His name is great, and greatly to be praised!

  • May I ask you to continue to pray for our niece's baby girl who was born last week and is still in the NIC unit. Her little blessing is having problems eating so is being tube fed and when she reaches 11 pounds, they will do heart surgery.
    Thank you for remembering her.

  • Remembering the families of victims who died, those who are injured, plus all of the students and staff of Virginia Tech.

  • Last but not least, our military serving throughout the world.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    Wordless Wednesday - Virginia Tech Tragedy

    May God continue to comfort those families, students, and staff
    who are mourning due to the Virginia Tech Tragedy on
    April 16, 2007.

    Lori, from Heaven Graphics is making available for free, several versions of the Virginia Tech memorial graphic, in memory of students and staff who lost their lives on April 16, 2007. If you would like to pick one up for your blog or website, please visit Lori's site using the button link above.
    Thank you Lori for helping each of us memorialize this tragedy!

    See my post on April 17, 2007 to add your link in a virtual prayer circle for Virginia Tech.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    Pray for Families, Students and Staff
    in Virginia Tech Shootings on April 16, 2007

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    Matthew 5:4

    Pray for the Families, Students, and Staff

    PLEASE NOTE: If you have added, or wish to add a message of prayer and/or special remembrance on your blog or website regarding this sad occasion, please include your link below using Mister Linky. We can all join together; virtually joining hand in hand, blog by blog, site by site ... standing in unity to pray in a virtual prayer circle for the injured, as well as the families of those killed in the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. My prayer is that this event will bring people to God or back to God.

    We're linking to form a virtual prayer circle. Will you join us?

    Sunday, April 15, 2007

    God Speaks

    Have you read my # 1 Best Seller?

    There will be a test!
    ~ God


    Saturday, April 14, 2007

    For Heather ~ To God be the Glory

    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
    and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

    Dear family and blogging friends,
    Someone needs us. She needs our virtual hugs, our loving support, our positive thoughts, but most of all, she needs each of us to lift her up in our prayers. Her name is Heather, of Especially Heather, and she has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

    One of Heather's dear blogging friends, BooMama, is rallying all of us to pray and help Heather as the Lord leads us. Heather also has a daughter, Emma, who has serious health problems as well. You can click the For Heather button at the top of this post or in my side bar to learn more from BooMama ways in which Heather needs help.

    To God be the Glory!

    NOTE: If you visit the blog of Especially Heather and receive an "exceeded bandwidth" notice, just keep checking back. It will be back up eventually. It only means that many people are stopping by her blog to show their support. Thank you!

    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    Thankful Thursday

    Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.
    1 Peter 5:7

    I can never thank God enough for saving me, for forgiving my sins, and how He still loves me despite my weaknesses.

    I'm thankful to Him for answered prayers, and even for the prayers which He hasn't answered yet -- as I know He is using this time to teach me to wait on Him.

    I feel truly blessed and always thankful to God for my dear husband of almost 38 years because I know God chose him for me. He calls me from work to make sure I'm okay, and reminds me when I'm troubled over something to give it to God. I'm thankful my husband loves Jesus our Lord and Savior as much as I do.

    How blessed and thankful I am for the phone ringing and hearing one of my granddaughters on the other end from almost 2,000 miles away. I love to listen to her as she happily shares with me about school, friends, grades, and how she can't wait until summer to visit us. I'm thankful my grandchildren all know Jesus as their savior.

    I am thankful for - Life is a blog, who is, by his own title, an opinionated Christian writer. He is participating in Reader Appreciation Week April 9-13, 2007, and is sharing many blessings with his readers by giving away a few prizes. Guess what? I am thankful as I won a $50 Best Buy Gift Card. It is an answer to prayer as we had been praying about needing something from there, so here is our answer! Thanks again!

    I'm thankful I felt God placed it on my heart to visit a new blog yesterday -- the blog of Lisa at The Preacher's Wife ... as He pointed me to the Bible Study Series Lisa is beginning this week. If you haven't yet visited Lisa's blog, please stop by and decide if you feel God leading you to the Bible Study Series as well.

    Last but not least, I'm thankful to have found Thankful Thursday, to be able to join in and experience the thankfulness and blessings experienced by other believers. Come join us!

    I sing praises to His name, for His name is great, and greatly to be praised!

    May I ask you to please join us in prayer for my niece Jennifer and her family? She had their 2nd baby on Monday, a little girl she named Jizelle. This precious little baby girl is in the NIC unit having problems breathing and eating and is being tube fed. Please join us in prayer for little Jizelle to be healed and her family comforted by the love of Jesus.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    Wordless Wednesday: Word of God Speak

    Please turn speakers on. Word of God Speak is
    by the group Mercy Me.

    Please enjoy visiting other Wordless Wednesday participants. Also, if you have an extra bit of time and haven't read my Saturday 4/7/07 blog post yet, I would love for you to read the celebration of life in memory of my daughter. Many blessings!

    Sunday, April 8, 2007

    Easter Sunday

    Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies. ...and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die." John 11:25-26

    Saturday, April 7, 2007

    In Loving Memory of Our Sweet Daughter

    Children are God's best gift. Psalms 127:3

    In remembrance of our sweet daughter, we would like to share a few pictures by way of the slide show above, as well as some of our loving memories in celebration of her life.

    Our daughter was born in 1974 and passed away in April 2003 at the young age of 29 years old due. Her passing was due to complications of Type 1 insulin-dependent Juvenile Diabetes which she was diagnosed with at the age of 10. She remained healthy while growing up other than having diabetes. At the time of her passing, her twin girls were only 8 years old. She loved her little girls dearly and they love and miss their mommy so very much. They now live with their father in another state and we usually get to see them for 4 to 6 weeks during the summer, at Christmas, and sometimes on other occasions if it works out since they live almost 2,000 miles away. Moving away to another state was very hard on them for a long time as they lived in this state when their mommy passed away, plus their mother is buried here.

    I remember the day I drove "B" to the first sonogram appointment as her husband couldn't be off work to go with her. The nurse doing the sonogram kept staring at the screen as if she couldn't believe what she was seeing. She then told "B" I see two babies, did you know you were having twins? "B" and I both quickly turned our heads and stared at each other in amazement, and then turned back to look at the screen. "B" quickly stated, no, the doctor never told me I was having twins. The nurse then said, well, you are definitely having twins! She then pointed to the screen and showed both of us the outline of the two babies. We were both so very happy and "B" told me no one would believe us, especially her husband. We left there ecstatic thinking of not one, but two babies! Her husband was really happy as was the rest of the family. Her pregnancy went very well. She was hospitalized for the last 3-4 weeks of her pregnancy to monitor her glucose levels and delivered her twins two weeks early. They each weighed exactly 5 lbs and 5 1/2 ounces. They have no health problems other than one having seasonal allergies and the other with seasonal allergies and asthma. It's amazing to watch them grow up, especially since her first gynecologist suggested she abort the pregnancy. She changed doctors and hospitals and received very good prenatal care.

    "B" was an avid I Love Lucy fan and collector of I Love Lucy Show memorabilia; including several types and sizes of Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred dolls, collector plates, purses, clocks, pictures, a lamp ... and well really, everything she could find and had the extra funds to purchase. Many of the items she obtained were given to her as gifts; others she found at places such as the Lucille Ball - Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York, eBay auctions, flea markets, garage sales, and from Cathy's Closet, an online Lucy store. She always wanted to attend one of the Lucy-Desi Festivals held yearly, however, her health was never strong enough to make the trip.

    There were two additional collections "B" had started including Raggedy Ann and Andy and Campbell's Soup decor and dishware. She had totally decorated her entire kitchen in all things having to do with Campbell's Soup and absolutely loved her Campbell's Soup kitchen. It was totally cute! She didn't have near as much Campbell's or Raggedy Ann and Andy items as she did her I Love Lucy memorabilia. Our family always knew what to get her for birthdays, Christmas, or other special occasions. Her collections are being saved for her twin girls.

    Our daughter also loved God and wanted to serve Him by working in the church nursery rocking babies while their parents attended services, and while her twin girls were in Sunday School class. She was faithful to this even showing up when her health was failing. As long as she felt strong enough to stand and to hold the babies, they could definitely count on her being there. They also called on her when others could not keep their commitment as she was such a reliable little worker.

    If you have seen the movie Steel Magnolias which was released in 1989, it may help you to understand what happened to our dear daughter's little body after giving birth to her twin girls. It was much like "Shelby" went through in Steel Magnolias. In the movie, Shelby has Type 1 Diabetes, and her character is played by Julia Roberts. The character of her mother, M'Lynn, is played by Sally Field. The story involves not only Shelby's marriage which is a huge celebration, but the later struggles between Shelby and her mother who is totally against Shelby getting pregnant due to her own fears of her daughter's health deteriorating. Shelby continues to insist she will have a child when the time is right. It's a very beautiful and moving movie which brought me to tears even though "B" was not yet pregnant when the movie was released. The movie is still a favorite of mine even though it is even harder for me to watch now.

    There are two additional blog posts I wrote earlier regarding our daughter; one on her birthday, January 13, 2007, entitled Daughter Happy Birthday in Heaven! Forever 29. I shared how we were able to handle our grief because of our strong faith, belief, and loving trust in our Savior, Jesus Christ. The second blog post on our daughter was written on February 12, 2007, and is titled Loss of our Child which shares more regarding "B's" passing, as well as including recommended grief books and grief resources for adults and children.

    She is forever on our minds and in our hearts. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her. It was an emotionally painful time losing her, not only for us, but you can imagine what her girls went through losing "mommy". Please know ... we have a strong faith in God. It is GOD that got us through this painful time by picking each of us up out of the deep pit of our despair and loving us through our grief. My dear husband and I could never imagine dealing with the grief of losing anyone in our life without God filling that gaping hole within us. Our daughter's twin girls will be 13 this year and their faith and love for God is amazing. Each of us know WITHOUT ANY DOUBT WE WILL be with her again when we all get to Heaven.

    Today on the four year anniversary of her passing, we sing praises to God for His love, peace, and comfort, as we celebrate our dear daughter's life with loving memories and a heart full of thankfulness to God for His faithfulness.

    Friday, April 6, 2007

    Things To Do Today

    By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35

    Thursday, April 5, 2007

    Thankful Thursday

    The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God, shall stand forever! Isaiah 40:8

  • I'm so thankful for our Lord Jesus Christ, and that He gave His life for each of us so that all who believe in Him, will not perish, but may have eternal life. He died for me, forgave and saved me from my sins, and He loves me unconditionally. God is so good!

  • My son lives in another state with his wonderful family and is career military. My DH and I are so proud and thankful for the loving Christian man of God he is and that his beautiful family worships God together. We share phone calls and e-mails and never hang up from conversations without saying "I love you".

  • I have three sisters I'm truly thankful for as they are such a blessing. Always checking on me, listening to me when I'm sad, making me laugh at crazy little things as only they can, and being there for me as I grieved the loss of my daughter. When I was in the hospital they all came for a visit even though they each live six hours away. They painted my nails, fixed my hair, kept me laughing, and were such a blessing to me I didn't want them to leave!

  • I praise and thank God for the beauty of His creations He gave us to enjoy while on this earth, with all the glorious colors of each season.

  • I want to express thankfulness to the owners of Mister Linky who created the wonderful Linky widgets many of us use in our blogs. The support person answered my e-mails and silly questions quickly and was ever so helpful to me in getting everything working properly. So here's a special SHOUT OUT and thank you to Mister Linky!

    I look forward to reading your thankful posts today. Please note on Saturday, April 7 I will be sharing beautiful memories of my dear daughter who passed away four years ago this month. Please come back and share with me a celebration of her life. Many Blessings at Easter and always!

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2007

    Wordless Wednesday

    Jesus is Risen - Have a Blessed Easter Sunday


    Have fun visiting other Wordless Wednesday participants today.

    May your Easter Sunday be blessed!

    Monday, April 2, 2007

    Summer Blog Challenge Sponsored by
    Christian Women Online

    Happy Monday everyone! I pray each of you had a blessed weekend and are ready for an awesome week as we prepare our hearts and minds for Easter Sunday.

    Today I wanted to help by spreading the news of the Spring into Summer Blog Challenges being sponsored by Christian Women Online. To find out more about these fun challenges and the incredible prizes offered, click on the CWO Daisy Graphic at the top of my blog post to be taken to the Christian Women Online challenge page. You can also help spread the news about the challenges on your own blog by following the same link to obtain the html code to insert into your blog.

    If you decide to create a post for the challenge, I'd love to come by and read them if you will post your blog address in my comments area. Many blessings!


    Thursday, March 29, 2007

    Thankful Thursday

    Call to Me, and I will answer, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

  • I am so very thankful for my Bible and how God speaks to us through His scriptures like the verse quoted above. This verse reminds me that I have a direct line to our Lord. For He says in His word - "Call to Me" - therefore, I can use my direct line of prayer to Him anytime of the day or night and He is there to listen! Each of us has that same direct line! Just pray! God is so good!

  • I am ever so thankful for my dear hubby's renewed health. God was ever so present with my hubby during the heart event of this past weekend. We sing praises to your name, Oh Lord ... praises to your name, ... for God is great ... and greatly to be praised! See my blog post of March 27.

  • We are so thankful and blessed with a very loving church family and pastor. They are so full of hugs and smiles for each and every person. This means so much to us especially this past year, as my hubby's dear mother who lived in our city passed away and we were left feeling a little empty with no other family near. But not anymore, as we realized God gave us this loving family of God ... and what a blessing they are to us!

    What are you thankful for this week? I will be right here posting each Thursday to share my thankfulness. I hope you will consider joining the Thankful Thursday group of bloggers. Just add the code found at the Thankful Thursday code page to your blog, and then add your blog to the Mister Linky list.

    If you have posted a Thankful Thurday on your own blog, please add your link below as I would love to visit your blog and read your thankful posts.
    Many Blessings!