"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

April 29, 2016

Great read, great movement

I love this story! This book is a beautifully written memoir of how a young woman found her way through lonliness and depression, while living in New York City, by writing letters to strangers! 

It all started when sat next to a woman on a train whose life was obviously difficult. She was asleep and wearing men's workboots which were without laces. Hannah couldn't take her eyes off of her and then she decided to write her a letter of encouragement to hand her as she lef the train. But she was so involved in writing the letter, she missed seeing the woman wake up and make her exit.
At that moment she realized that people all around her needed love letters! She left that first letter on her seat for someone to find after she left.  And then she wrote more letters and left them in random places all around New York City.
She blogged about it and offered to write a letter to anyone who needed one and over two hundered people emailed her their story and their addresses. She shares how writing all those letters, changed her life and helped her find God and see the beauty in people.

If you would like to cheer others on in this thing called Life, which is often so painful, and remind them of how important and special they are, then maybe you would like to consider leaving some letters around your city! In library books, on subway seats, under rocks, on park benches...
Or help Hannah send them to selected people in need at

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writitng God, who is scripting a love letter to the world." ~Mother Teresa

"And I believe in a religion that doesn't sit pretty in the church so much as it rages beautifully when it's out on the sidewalks." ~ Hannah Brencher


April 28, 2016

Happy 17th to Andy

So excited to celebrate, this sweet young man, whose compassion, kindness and passion for Jesus always amazes me.
The bear pancake tradition lives on!
The other night he gave a dinner party! He invited one of his best friends and a married couple from church over, who are about ten years older than he is. He said this couple is "wise and cool" and he felt like he could learn some things from them.
 (melt my heart) And he helped fix dinner!
He has such a sweet heart!

I think about this a lot:
If it is true that boys grow up to treat their wives like they treated their mothers,
then whoever God has picked out for him IS GOING TO BE MIGHTY BLESSED one day!

So grateful that he is his dad's mini-me!


April 27, 2016

Wednesdays in the Word

I read this in Stuff Christians Like, the other day, and couldn't help thinking of it later when I was reading in the Old Testament.

"For Christians, it's completely okay to watch R-rated movies, but only if they got that rating because of violence. If they are R because someone is getting their head cut off or there's a battle scene that's so gory, blood splashes on the camera lens, don't worry. God's cool with that. However, if the movie is rated R because of sexuality...well, I hope you enjoy your fold-out couch bed in hell. It's gonna be a hot one, my friend. A hot one, indeed. 
I'm not sure where this rule came from, but it's true. Not only do Christians watch violent R-rated movies, we'll quote them from the pulpit, build sermon series around them-even show clips from them during the service. I call it the Braveheart Rule, and my theory is that it's because of the Old Testament. Have you ever read any of the Old Testament? It's hardcore..."  😉
~Jonathan Acuff

Yes, it is hardcore! And 1 Samuel 18 is a good example of that, especially the part about how David won his wife. Blah!

But the reason I like this chapter is because of what it shows about David's character.
Check out the way he conducted himself:

"So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely." v. 5

"And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him." v.14

"So it was, whenever they went out, that David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that his name became highly esteemed." v. 30

I pray these verses for me kids, and hope they will do the same.

Minus all the blood and guts, of course!😂

April 26, 2016

Special memories shared

When we were planning my husband's memorial service, we knew that there would probably be too many attendees to invite people to speak, but our daughter had a great idea of having note cards and pens present so that people could share their memories with us that way! The church had beautiful cards made for that purpose and we received almost 200 of them!
They are so special and we treasure them.
We just haven't been up for reading them yet.

Then the other day, after my quiet time, I felt the Lord put those cards on my heart and I read the first 10 or so of them.
Some were written by people that are a part of our church family and they wrote about the impact that my hubby had on their sons in the class of K-3rd grade boys that he taught for many years.
There were some from those boys, themselves, who are now teens and young adults, saying how much he encouraged them.
And there was one from a co-worker, who said he was the "truest example of a Christian they'd ever encountered! I loved that!
I loved them all!

from someone who didn't sign their name:

"I don't really have too many memories, but I remember thinking I want my husband to look at me the way he looked at Becky." 

And I burst into some very happy tears!
I can't even describe how much that meant to me!

Thank you, Anonymous Friend, for saying that and for making my day! (my week and my month!)
Much love!!!!!

April 25, 2016

When the telephone game is real

Apparently, every hair stylist cuts themselves really badly, at least once!
It's a thing.
Unfortunately, my sweet daughter-in-love, who has been a cosmetologist for 3 years, had her turn recently, while cutting MY hair!!!
Oh my stars, was it sad! It was a pretty deep cut and it wouldn't stop bleeding. 
Just as after it happened, her mom came in the salon to say 'hi,' -The timing couldn't have been better because who doesn't want to see their mom when they are bleeding and in pain!?

My hair was wet and half trimmed but I didn't really care about my hair anymore anyway.
Then one of her coworkers insisted on finishing it for me and said that they weren't sending me out of the salon with wet hair, even if I was family!
When she finished it, I met up with them at the walk-in clinic and thankfully, she didn't need stitches afterall, just glue! PTL!

When I got home, Joy told me that my best friend, had called and was really worried. She heard from her son,
who heard from Andrew,
who got a text from Joy,
that while getting my hair cut, my HEAD got cut and I needed stitches
and I was at the hospital!!!

Oh, my word!
The telephone game, for real, Y'All! ; )
But via text messages and with the help of a typo!


April 21, 2016

All the appointments

Last night, Joy slipped at work and sprained her ankle. : (
And since she couldn't put weight on her right foot, she couldn't drive home.
So, I raced off to pick her up at 11:30 PM and we had to leave her car there (which made me nervous) and then had to stop to buy pain killers at midnight. Bless her heart!
We went to the doctor today for an x-ray and we found out that all is well! She just had to spend her day icing and elevating. I enjoyed the chance to take care of the sweet girl who is usually always on the go. And dear Zac came to our rescue and helped me get her car back home.

Then, I was off to another appointment, which was with the orthodontist for a quote for braces for Andrew. We had been saving up for those, when life threw us a few curves. So, although we planned to do this way before now, we haven't been able to. And bless his heart, he is not happy about getting braces this late in life. Not happy at all.
While we were there we found out that quite a bit has changed since we walked this road with Zac nine years ago! (how could it be nine?!) Speaking of which, I couldn't believe that all the same receptionists STILL work there! And the orthodontist couldn't believe that Zac is married!
He told us what luck Andrew is in by being the youngest brother because:

He will have the invisible, clear braces!!!
It won't cost us any more! (happy dance!!!)
He can take them in and out. -Hello, senior pictures WITHOUT braces. Yahoo!
It will take less than two years! Yay!
He will only have check-ups once every two months!
And apparently, there is a monitor/sensor inside them that will tell the orthodontist whether he is actually wearing his braces for the required 22 hours a day.
 If he isn't, they have threatened to put on the very silver, very noticeable, traditional kind instead, at no extra charge!  -LOL
Now, there's some motivation!

Quite the day, but good news all around!


April 20, 2016

Wednesdays in the Word

"Salty" is the new adjective around my house.
My kids use it to describe when someone is "upset" or "annoyed" or "bitter."

The Bible has a lot to say about being salty. But, not using this definition. ; )

I like this verse:
"Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." Mk. 9:50
Or as the footnote in my Bible says, we are to "allow the salt of the gospel to preserve us from selfish ambitions" so that we are at peace with other people. Amen!
How often do selfish ambitions trip us up?
Or maybe a better question is when don't they?

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves." Phil. 2:3

"For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice." Js. 3:16

Jesus said "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." Mk.9:35