Monthly Archives: April 2017

Pain Away!

I pulled something in my back a couple days ago.  Nothing serious but a certain way I would turn, the sharp pain would take my breath away for a minute.  I went to the chiropractor yesterday and feel much better.

Last night my neck was hurting from a degenerative disc (which normally doesn’t bother me since I’ve had physical therapy) but I decided to use my home traction device to help ease the discomfort.  Then I woke up this morning to my hip annoying me from a sciatica nerve issue.  hahaha  So I used this hard tennis-ball looking device my daughter gave me to roll over the trigger point area and found relief.

Now I’m good as new and ready for a girls weekend in Tennessee at Women of Joy conference with Laura Daigle!!

It seems the older we get our conversations go from what we are going to do this weekend to what’s been hurting us lately!

Oh but the good news… one day we will not have to worry about aches and pains.  We will get a new body.  We won’t have to worry about getting enough sleep and what energy drink to start the day with because we will have renewed energy all day long.

God promises in Revelation 21:4 that “He will wipe every tear from [our] eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Know Jesus and there will be no pain.  No Jesus.  Eternal Pain.

I’m thankful that I have doctors and therapy and medicines to help me through this life and this minor pain that I suffer but I am sure looking forward to never having even a minor ache or pain.  I won’t even have to take ibuprofen for a headache!  🙂
I pray your day is full of His blessings today.

Can I Take Your Coat?

When someone comes into our home, we would generally ask if we could take their coat.  We take their coat and hang it either in the closet or on a nearby hook.  This way they are free to enjoy themselves without the burden of holding on to or wearing their coat.

When we approach the throne of God, He gently asks, “Can I take your coat?  Can I take the burdens that are too heavy for you to carry?”  We need to rid ourselves of that extra weight that is bringing us down.  Let Him take your “coat” of worry, sadness, anguish and guilt.  He will hang it on the hook of the cross and you will never have to be burdened with it again.

“Can I take your coat today?”  – Jesus

Piggy Bank Savings

I was cleaning my daughter’s room a few weeks ago for her.  She had done the first “purge” and had said I could finish up.  Although cleaning, decluttering and organizing is a lot of work, sometimes you find special treasures or memorabilia that make you smile.

I found her piggy bank, shaped like a pig but wearing basketball skin.  (Gave a whole new meaning to a “pig skin”. haha )  And this piggy bank was full of change.  I could hardly lift it with one hand.  It brought back memories of when she was little running straight to her piggy bank after grandpa gave her a quarter.  She would get change for doing a simple chore and off she would run to her piggy bank.

As she grew older that bank became the holder of the change from McDonald’s and a place to put that annoying penny that you didn’t want to throw away.  It had a special place on the dresser as if disguising itself among the other basketball décor.

When I found it tucked away with some other things, I wondered if she even remembered she had it.  She had saved and saved those coins.  What was she saving them for?  A rainy day?  A just-in-case fund?  Saved-so-long-you-forgot-about-it stash?

Funny how we do the same thing with Jesus.  We get His blessings and His direction and we store it away like we had better save it for a rainy day.  We act like we may not get more and we had better not use it up now.  We are afraid to show our faith on the little things but wait until we are with other believers or until something tragic happens.

What are you saving Jesus for?  There is plenty of Him to go around.  He gives out blessings everyday.  We build faith everyday.  He gives us experiences in Him to help others believe.  You don’t have to have a piggy bank to save up His love to pull out when times get bad.  You don’t have to wear a disguise to fit in the world’s décor.  Nope.  You just have to live your faith and share your savings with others.

I ask you again………what are you saving Jesus for?  Break open that bank today and share your stash with someone.  It will be the greatest savings ever spent.

Thank You RCCF & Women In Philanthropy!

Thank you Ripley County Community Foundation!

Thank you to the RCCF for their generous grant of $1,500 to Bucket Buddies Mission through the Women in Philanthropy grant program!!! The Women in Philanthropy Luncheon was held April 18 at the Romweber Center with a Kentucky Derby theme. Tables were beautifully decorated in the finest of Derby hats and flowers. Women came dressed in their Derby finest adorning their own beautiful hats. The delicious lunch – all the way to the derby pie – was catered by The Big Four restaurant in Batesville. And my dear friend, Stephanie Stenger Jones, author of The Giving Challenge was the speaker. Thank you to all the women who voted for Bucket Buddies to receive this wonderful grant!! It allows us to continue to fill buckets right here in Ripley County and to deliver to the children’s hospitals in Indianapolis & Cincinnati who take care of our local kiddos! Thank you again. I am overwhelmed with gracious emotion and honored to be this year’s recipient.