Monday, November 30, 2009


The scripture that I am meditating on for my next to last passage for this year. . .

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace

abound to you,

so that in all things, at all times,

having all you need,

you will abound in every good work.

I had chosen the above scripture

for tomorrow, Dec. 1,

but then I read the verses below,

in the devotion that I read today,

and they are really good, too!

Ephesians 4:29-32 (New International Version)
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,

but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,

that it may benefit those who listen.

30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,

with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander,

along with every form of malice.

32Be kind and compassionate to one another,

forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

What scripture is speaking to you today?

Have a blessed day!


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gonna miss this. . .moment. . .Having Our Children Home to Decorate the Christmas Tree. . .Child Made Ornaments. . .

It's Week 9, of Keelie's 12 Weeks of Christmas at Red Writing
and the theme is
O Christmas Tree!
I am planning to write another post on this blog, with a full length picture of our Christmas tree in our home, filled with lots of child made ornaments and other pretty ornaments, and pretty multicolored lights. Just wanted to link this post up, too, and share the ornaments that I had mentioned earlier.

Last year, Kalyn was not able to stay long enough to help hang the ornaments on the tree, and this year, she just barely squeezed in hanging a few. We are proud of Josh and how he has made his own family with Adrianne and Madasyn. I'm gonna miss having our children here to help decorate the tree. I'm thinking that we might just have to have a "Tree Decorating Party" and have them still come help us.

Pictured above are the felt ornaments that I mentioned on an earlier post. I miss making ornaments with our children. Jeff said that he likes these, too, and thinks we should try making these again with all of our children and granddaughter this year. I also made a paper one like this with Josh in 1990. The construction paper has faded, but the ornament is still on our tree, with Josh's name written on the back by him. I am planning to try to make some other ornaments with Madasyn, too.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Psalm 100

A psalm for giving thanks

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before Him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is He who made us, and we are His;

we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving

and His courts with praise;

give thanks to Him and praise His name.

For the Lord is good and His love

endures forever;

His faithfulness continues through all generations.

I really like this Psalm. I really like the whole Bible,

but you know what I mean.

This is one I could read every day,

as a reminder to give thanks

to Him!

I hope you each did take time

to reflect on all the things/people

you are thankful for.

I hope you do that often,

if not daily.

I wish you a stressless

Christmas season!

Take some time to go over to Collette's blog for more Psalm Saturday.

and to

for more inspirational, heartfelt Spiritual Sunday posts.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


If you are reading my blog,
then you probably read Lemonade Makin' Mama's blog, but. . .maybe not. Just have to tell you that she's having a Give Away, and that her blog is lots of fun to read.

To be entered into the give away, she asks us to leave a comment about our best gift.
I left the comment, but wanted to share here, too.

Of course, the best gift any of us can receive is our salvation.

After that, the best gift that I received was that my husband proposed to me on his birthday, Dec. 20, 1981, and gave me my engagement ring.

Then, 16 years later, he gave me another ring, with more diamonds, that he wanted to replace my wedding set. I quit wearing my small wedding set for a while, but now I wear it on my right hand.

Really, the best gift after salvation, is that my parents modeled a Christian marriage, and God has blessed me with a strong marriage.

What is the best gift you ever received or what are you most thankful for?
I'd like to hear from you!



It's Week 8 of Keelie's (Red Writing) 12 Weeks of Christmas, and it's a
Wreath Party!

The wreath at the top of this post was made from

1. a red garland wreath

2. wide ribbon hot glued around, and made into a bow at the top

3. 2 candy canes, hot glued on.

Once again, I had lot's of fun creating easy to make wreaths. This one pictured above was made from:

1. an already made shiny green wreath from Wal-Mart.

2. Then I wrapped a garland with bright Christmas balls around it.

3. Then, I tied an ornament with a scripture verse to the garland at the top.

It looks beautiful on our front door, except from the street, it looks like we have a note on our door! We do. . .it's a note from God!

The picture above and the one below are the same wreath. Just before and after adding the Peace ornament. This wreath and the last one below both started with

1. a hire hanger, stretched out to make a circle.

2. Wrap 15 feet of garland back and forth around the hanger.

3. Hot glue a pretty, wide ribbon on, making it like a ruffle.

4. Hang an ornament with bells hanging down fron the top.

5. Hot glue the Peace ornament to the side.

This one has a blue garland between the green garland and ribbon, has silver pinecones glued on, and it has a JOY ornament hanging from the top, that you can see, if you look closely.

So, I created 4 wreaths, so far, thinking about LOVE, PEACE and JOY!
Be sure to join in the fun at Keelie's big Wreath Party, and the remaining 4 weeks til Christmas!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday's Unwrapped

I am truly very Thankful everyday. I am working on showing it in my expressions.
Today, I was feeling especially blessed, and wanting to blog about it, but not sure where to start, and wanting to link up with other bloggers, then I found. . .
Tuesdays Unwrapped at
That's it! I am unwrapping some very special gifts today!
I first began today by cooking breakfast for my youngest son. He cooks breakfast often, but today, he was short on time, before basketball practice. It was a pleasure to cook for him, and he was thankful.
I read,
Psalm 37:3-8NIV
Trust in the Lord and do good
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and He will do this.
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for Him;
do not fret when men succed in thier ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath,
do not fret--it leads only to evil.
My husband went into work for a meeting, and then came back home for a little while, because he will be working late tonight, closing the bank at 7:00 p.m.
He wanted me to just be still with him. It was a very special gift!
I am counting the hours down til my daughter's pt crusier, "Ruby", pulls in the driveway, with her behind the wheel, home from college for Thanksgiving break.
That is a very special gift!
I am going to take time to enjoy all of the special moments with all of our family.
We are very blessed.
What special gifts are you taking the time to "unwrap" this Tuesday.
Join the others at
I may or may not get back on this week, since the computer is in Kalyn's room,
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009


It's another Thanksgiving Meme!
I can never resist the opportnity to list the things
I am thankful for!
The rules are to think of a word (sometimes I couldn't limit it to just 1 word, but you can, if you want!) for each letter of the alphabet for something that you are thankful for.
Feel free to try it yourself.
A-Adrianne, Alyssa, Angela (daughter in-law and siter-in-laws)
B-Babies, Beauty
C-Charley (my brother), Church Family
D-Dad, Danny (my brother)
F-Family and Friends
G-God's Grace
J-Jeff, Josh, Jase, Job
L-LOVE. Larry (my brother in-law)
M-Mom, Mom-in-law, Michelle (my sister-in-law). Madasyn
N-Nights at home, Nieces and Nephews
O-Oportunities to minister to others
P-Paraprofessionals who help students, Pastors
Q-Quiet time with God
R-Ray, my late Dad-in-law, Rick, my brother in-law
S-Scripture Memory. Students
U-Universe created by God
V-Vast amount of blessings
W-Word of God
X-Xmas doesn't cut it, it is CHRISTmas
Y-You are reading my blog.
Z-Zealous living for God

This week Amber over at {aefilkins} is hosting another fantastic FMM.

This week's edition is all about Thanksgiving.

Amber has put together a short list of questions all about, well, Thanksgiving.

1. Turkey or Ham?

a little of both!

2. Favorite side dish.

Broccoli casserole

3. Favorite dessert.

Pumpkin Pie

4. Black Friday: Are you going or not?

Not sure yet...maybe just a little, with the family.

5. If so, what's on the top of your list?

not sure yet

6. Going out of town or staying close to home?

both, it's out of town, but close to home-30 miles away

7. Hosting or helping?


8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving.

My sister in-law started a tradition of bringing a Gingerbread House kit, and the grown up kids enjoy doing it together. See my post below for a few more great traditions.

9. What do you do after dinner?

Help clean up and visit

10. What are you most thankful for this year?

A strong marriage.

And, the family pictured in the sidebar, of course.

Head on over to {aefilkins} to join in on all the FMM fun!


Thanksgiving Meme
1. How will you be spending your Thanksgiving this year?
at my Mom & Dad's with all 3 of our children, our daughter in-law and granddaughter, both my brothers' and all of their families

2. Will you be cooking or are you just an eater?
cooking, just some of the extras, Mom doing most of it.
3. Do you watch the parade every year or football!!
Try to watch the parade, and football is usually on, later
4. Whats your favorite float?
I don't have a favorite, just like to see all of them.
5. Dark meat or white meat?
6. Leg or breast?
(this question seems remarkable similar to #5) breast
7. What is your favorite dish besides the turkey?
broccoli casserole or broccoli salad
8. Homemade cranberry sauce or cranberry sauce from the can?
9. Do you decorate for Christmas on Thanksgiving day?
No, usually the weekend after
10. What are some special family traditions?
Naming what we are thankful for, Praying in a circle, holding hands;
the kids decorating a Gingerbread House together;
playing in the leaves; taking pictures; the guys playing a game of football;
11. Pumpkin pie or pecan?
12. What is your favorite thing to do with the leftovers?
Make a turkey casserole or salad;
13. How long will you spend eating your thanksgiving meal?
Probably 40 minutes...but hours visiting after the meal.
14. Are you worried about putting on weight this Thanksgiving?
Not worried, but I am having to watch my weight, now.
15. What do you normally eat at Thanksgiving?
Turkey, dressing, ham, Sweet potato casserole, white potato casserole, green bean casserole, corn casserole, layered salad or broccoli salad, broccoli casserole, cranberry relish, cranberry jello mold, deviled eggs, rolls & pie. candies, snack mix, cookies,
16. What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving?
God's blessings, family, health, job,
17. What is your best Thanksgiving memory?
Just each time that we can manage to have all of my husband's family together, or all of my family together for Thanksgiving is good. Last year, my parents came to our house, and we ate outside on the patio. It was a nice day.
18. Do you give cards or presents at Thanksgiving?
I give a few Thanksgiving cards or notes.
19. Are you planning on going shopping the day after Thanksgiving?
Maybe just a little, but not all day, and not real early. This year, we have already gotten a few things this week.
20. Will you be waking up early to hit the sales?
Not the early morning Friday sales, but we have already gotten in on some really good sales.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gonna' Miss This. . .Moment

I really enjoy this blog carnival, but it always makes me sad, too. . .because what do I not miss! I look through pictures, and I miss it all. I am glad we have started over with our granddaughter
. . .wish we had more time with her, but glad for the moments we do have.
Anyway. . .the moment that I'm going to miss with Jase from this week is. . .
his cooking. I sometimes complain when he wants to cook at the same time that I do in our small kitchen, or when he doesn't do the cleaning afterwards, but I shouldn't complain! I am so glad that he enjoys cooking and does it often.
for more Gonna Miss This. . .Moment posts.
I know you are all very thankful for all the moments you have with your family.
Happy Thanksgiving!

SUNDAY SONG- A Chorus and a Song-Give Thanks. . .My Tribute

Give Thanks
















My Tribute

How can I say thanks for the things

You have done for me?

Things so undeserved yet you gave

To prove your love for me

The voices of a million angels

Could not express my gratitude

All that I am, and ever hope to be

I owe it all to thee

To god be the glory, to god be the glory

To god be the glory for the things he has done

With his blood he has saved me

With his power he has raised me

To god be the glory for the things he has done

Just let me live my life and

Let it be pleasing lord to thee

And if I gain any praise, let it go to calvary

With his blood he has saved me

With his power he has rasied me

To god be the glory for the things he has done

Go to

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heartfelt, encouraging posts

and to share your thoughts on this Sunday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


"Thankful Thursday" is my favorite "blog carnival" to participate in, and the weekend posts are my next favorite.

I love that I have a collection of Psalm Saturdays now.
Thank you, Collette!!!
I have posted Psalm 103:1-5NIV before, but here it is again, appropriate for
Psalm 103:1-5
Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires witih good things
so that your yhouth is renewed like the eagles's.
So true, all of our praise and gratitude
should always go to God,
for all of the little and big things
He does for us everyday!
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Be sure to go to
for lots more
inspirational, heartfelt posts.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Yay! Thankful Thursday. . .my new favorite day of the week.
I am joining Sonya @ Truth 4 the Journey

Iris @ Grace Alone

Iris' theme this week is Trials. . . UPDATE: hmmm, for some reason, this morning, I got to Iris's post from 2 weeks ago, instead of todays. And, I wondered why the McLinky was closed this morning. Now, I know I was on the wrong one. . .but I guess it was the right one for me! 2 weeks ago was when I was without internet and unable to post.

James 1:2-4 (She posted verses 2 and 3 in ESV, I'm posting 4 also, using NIV.)
Consider it pure joy my (sisters), when ever you face trials of many knids, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I am also thankful for "trials of many kinds". I so want to be mature and complete, not lacking anything!

This week, I am thankful for. . .

1. the "drama" at work that is definitely developing perseverance, and hopefully maturity and better relationships.

2. the support from the school administration. (hopefully).

3. the help that I have gotten from paraprofessionals.

4. the privilege of getting to teach special children and the experience of working with their parents and teachers.

5. the joy of being a team with my husband, the love that he and our children give me.

What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Continuing to work on the story of Jesus' birth. . .
Luke 2:1-20

What scripture are you meditating on?



Your love, oh God
Displayed for us
As crimson covered
Over sinless hands
Your majesty
For all to see
In raging storms and quiet cloudless days
Beautiful Jesus
Beautiful Savior
Nothing is greater, briliant Creator
Friend of mine
You're powerful
Above this world
The universe is under your command
Your glory shines
A holy light
That leads our hearts to praise
Your holy name is on our lips
Beautiful Jesus
Beautiful Savior
Nothing is greater, briliant Creator
Friend of mine
Perfect in power
Matchless in glory
Nothing is greater, brilliant Creator
Friend of mine
My lips will sing
My heart will bring
Praise to you, the holy King
My lips will sing
My heart will bring
Praise to you, holy!
Go to
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Saturday, November 14, 2009


Time to join Pam and share the moments we're going to miss one day...because life is so short! Sometimes it's hard to find those moments among our busy schedules, but that's what I love about participating in makes me stop and think about it and appreciate them so much more! Be sure to stop by Pam's and share your moments with us! I just really love that she created this blog carnival for us all to participate in.

With two grown children, and my third (youngest) being almost half way through his sophomore year of high school, I'm already at that "someday" time that I miss EVERYTHING, well almost everything, about them being at home.

The specific moments with Jase this week, that I'm gonna miss, are. . .

hearing him just naturally sing praise songs from his heart, in the house, and
us praying together.

Psalm 95: 1-7NIV
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before Him with
and extol Him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to Him.
The sea is His, for He made it,
and His hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for He is our God
and we are the people of His pasture;
the flock under His care.
for more inspiration from Psalms,
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Have a blessed weekend with your family. I hope you'll take a moment to leave me a comment just to say hello. : )

Friday, November 13, 2009

12 Weeks of Christmas. . .Week 6!. . .SHOPPING. . .

I think maybe I will need to thank my friend Keelie for getting us started thinking about Christmas for 12 weeks, so that I (and a few other proctasinators or busy people) will be ready and not stressed when the day to Celebrate Christmas is here.

I can't believe it's week 6, half way through our countdown!

I do always want to give very special gifts to others, but I am not a great shopper. My husband is actually a better shopper than I am. I do like to shop with him. . .when I'm in the mood. Speaking of mood, all of the other participants of Keelie's 12 Weeks of Christmas have written really fun posts about the special sights and sounds of Christmas shopping.

If you didn't come here from Keelie's blog party, you've got to go there, but before you do, please hop over to my other blog

to read about one really great, easy, quick way that I like to get some special gifts.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


After a whole 8 days without internet service,
I am very thankful
(1) to have that service back. It's one of those things that we can live without and that we take for granted, and that can have some negative effects, but does give us a lot of benefits, too, such as
(2) all of the blogs we are able to read, and
(3) to have a collection of our own writing together on a blog,
(4) with encouraging comments from others.

This week, and always, I am also very thankful for
(5) all of the men and women who fight for our country.

Bonus this week!: My friend Debbi and I have a hotel room reserved and are planning to go to Houston in January for the LPM Scripture Memory Celebration!!! I know God must be planning for me to be there!

I am joining Sonya @
and Iris @

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Peace...John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Today, I am just copying Megan's post, from

but really not because I'm being lazy. It's really and truly because it is exactly what I need this morning.

My heart is troubled for some of my students who have anger issues, and I am leaving this morning to go to a teacher workshop.

I am praying that my students and the substitute will have a good day.

I am praying that the Mom that the principal, 2nd grade teacher and I asked to come meet with us this morning, before I leave, will come, and that she will help us help her 2 boys.

Like Megan, I find so much Comfort and Peace in that verse~**********
What has God been teaching you lately?
Do you have a prayer request?

Do you have a Bible verse that has stuck out to you?

Even just words of encouragement. I would love to hear from you!

Please say hi to me today, write your own post,

then go over to

to link up to share with us how God is using His word to work in your life.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


This post is not about this picture, unless maybe the gown that Kalyn is wearing was made by my Grandma. It's just a picture that I like from when the kids were little.
It's Week 5 of Keelie's 12 Weeks of Christmas, and this week's theme is
Homemade Gifts!
All of my life, until September 1998, I received the best homemade gifts of clothes, made with love by my "Grandma Orr". She sewed for me and gave me clothes all year long, just because, but my gifts from her at Christmas, were special clothes that she had made for me. She also made us all quilts. and she crocheted, too. She made lots of special dresses and jumpers for Kalyn. She made clothes for the boys, too. She even made boxers for the men and boys. Some of my favorite memories are of my mom, aunt and I were clothes modeling the clothes she had made for us.

She bought me a sewing machine, but sadly, I still have not learned how to sew. . .or crochet. . .or quilt. My husband would love it if I could do any of those things, like our Grandmas. When she was still alive, she still had hope for me, because she said she was in her 30s when she learned to sew. Then, she worked at a sewing factory for many years.

Twenty years ago, I took ceramic classes, and I made some really nice Christmas ceramics, one for us, and one for my Mother-in-law. I was proud of them, but I didn't continue to do ceramics.

One year, that would be almost 20 years ago, too. . .I covered the backs of handmirrors with fabric, and they made nice Christmas gifts for the women in my family.

Seven years ago, when I had been diligent in my prayer journaling for all of my family all year long, I began at Thanksgiving, copying my prayers for my husband, my parents, my brothers, my sister-in-law and my mother-in-law in a journal for each of them.
At my parents house that year, I had all of them open up their gift at the same time, and they all appreciated their journal.

I would like to make something really special for each of my family members this year, but I have no idea what!!! Maybe I will get an idea soon.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

NaBloPoMo: A Post a Day Keeps the Juices Flowing

I'm joining other blogging buddies in National Blog Posting Month, trying to post every day.
I used to keep a prayer journal. Now, I'm a blogger. It has become a hobby, sometimes an addiction. Sometimes, it does consume a lot of time, but it has a lot of benefits. I have been inspired by people I would have never met otherwise. I have been able to keep in contact with a few awesome bloggers from my previous home. I have learned things and gotten new recipes. It's a blessing even to just be able to go back and read my own thoughts from the past, on the screen.
I still have a dream of writing a book someday. I know I'm getting older. . .I better get started.
Just typing in my thoughts on this blog does help "get the juices flowing".

Scripture for today is "The Golden Rule"

Matthew 7:12NIV

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

My Prayer for Today:

Deat Heavenly Father,

I Praise You for the awesome Creator, God and Friend that You are to me.

I Repent of my selfishness and defensiveness. Thank you for your forgiveness.

I Acknowledge that You are with me in everything I do.

I Intercede today for both of my brothers' families, that their prayers will be answered.

Supplication-I pray for myself, that you will help me to be able to manage my time.

Equipping: I pray that you will equip me to be the Christian, wife, mom, daughter, teacher, friend that You have called me to be.

Thank you, Lord, for all of the blessings You have given me.

In Your Name I Pray

Sunday, November 1, 2009



Worthy is the
Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song,
to Him who sits on
Heaven's Mercy Seat
[Repeat 2x]
(Chorus)Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I will adore You…! Yeah!
Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and
Glory and power be
To You the Only Wise King, Yeah
(Chorus)Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come, yeah
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And – I - will - adore You! Yeah!
Filled with wonder, Awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your Name
Jesus, Your Name is Power
Breath, and Living Water
Such a marvelous mysteryYeah...
(Chorus)Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come, yeah
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And – I - will - adore You!
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come,
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything, And – I - will - adore YOU…
(Chorus) (Repeat at a cappella)
Come up lift up His Name
To the King of Kings…We will adore YOU
Lord…King of heaven and earth
King Jesus, King Jesus
Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya!
Majesty, awestruck Honor
And Power and Strength and Dominion
To You Lord, To the King, to King
To the King of Glory
(Singer: Kari Jobe)
For my Scripture Memory, I am going to try
to memorize Luke 2:1-20, the story of Jesus' birth.
I am going to try to be able to recite the whole story, from beginning to end,
before Christmas.
I'm not planning to replace my Mom
during the Family Celebration.
I just want to be able to say it in my head and heart with her.
I want to be able to recite the whole story
for my grandchildren in the future.
I am going to work very hard on commiting this special
true story to memory.
Here are just a few special verses
from the middle of this passage:
verse 11
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth, peace to men
who are pleasing Him.
verses 16-20
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph,
and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
When they had seen Him,
they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things
and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God,
for all the things they had heard and seen,
which were just as they had been told.
I hope that we can all be praising God and spreading the Word.
Have a blessed week, and be sure to
go read other heartfelt, encouraging
posts at Spiritual Sundays.