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Happiness, Hope and Heaven

Matthew 5;14 – You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

We did it with your help!  One hundred and one buckets were delivered to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Monday.  My friend and our daughters drove to Memphis, TN and delivered the buckets to the hospital.  It was a great day to see how God used these buckets to bring a smile to the face of a child; to bring a little HAPPINESS to their day!


I watch these children in wheelchairs and wagons, with masks covering their faces and hats covering their heads; some losing their hair and some running around with no hair.  All were there for a common purpose – to find HOPE.
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So many times we as individuals find it so much easier to complain about something than to take it upon ourselves to try and remedy the situation.  It’s easier to blame someone than to talk to someone with a suggested solution or start implementing a solution ourself.

But as I listen to some of the songs on the radio they all seem to point back to ME stepping up and doing something.  I start getting excited that maybe I can change my little world – or even my big world!

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Skip & Smile

I Thessalonians 5:16 – Be joyful always!

The word JOY makes me happy.  It makes me want to skip!

Do you remember skipping as a child?  Wasn’t that the funnest thing?  Not running.  Not walking.  But skipping.  It was simple.  It made me smile.  It is a reminder of being young and carefree and happy.  When I think of being a child, I think of jumping rope, playing checkers, playing jacks, playing hopscotch, blowing bubbles and skipping.

Those things make me smile.  Life was simple and fun.  The world isn’t as simple today.  Children aren’t satisfied with skipping for fun.  But God is the same today as He was back then.  We can still find the JOY in the simple things.

Go out and skip today.  No one is watching………..and so what if they are.  I bet it brings back a simple memory for them and makes them smile!  So go on………….. SKIP a little.  Emoji


Make the 4th of July Celebration Continue Through the Month

As we think about our freedom today and celebrate with food and fireworks, we cannot forget to thank those who fought for our freedoms and also for those who are still serving whether in the United States or abroad.

You probably heard the story of how actress Amy Adams gave up her first class seat on an airplane to a soldier.  She tried to do it secretly but someone recognized her and with social media today, it became a story across the world.  She gave us hope that there are still kind people in this world and she reminded us to appreciate all that our armed forces continue to do for our country.

I challenge you through the whole month of July to thank every person you see or know who has served our country.  Send a card to that person.  If you see someone wearing a “veteran” hat, thank them.  If you are eating dinner out and see someone in their military attire, pay for their meal.  Take cupcakes to the local American Legion.  Wear red, white or blue today.  Fly a flag proudly.  Pray for the leaders of our world, country, state, city and school.

Like Amy Adams, you too can make a difference to those who have served or continue to serve our country.  Remember how blessed we are to live in the greatest country in the world. God Bless America!

What’s Your Favorite Season?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells of a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.   It lists things specifically:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

It’s true that there is a season for everything.  As I look back over the years of being a new wife, a new mom, watching our kids first day of kindergarten, then first basketball games, softball games, celebrations of 13th birthdays, vacations, first love, then heartbreaks of first love, then death of loved ones, then college, more celebrations, more heartbreak, proud moments and disappointing moments, I see many changes in seasons.  But through it all, I loved being a mom and a wife and celebrating life.  I saw God in the trials and in the joy.  I thanked Him for the good and begged Him for relief during the bad.

It made me think about how I love every season in Indiana.  I love the snow in the winter.  I love the baby birds in the spring.  I love the green grass in the summer.  I love the beautiful leaves in the fall.  No matter if it gets icy, rainy, hot or windy, I know I can make it through the few months to the next season and that I will love something about the next season that is coming.

Keep this in mind as you are in certain seasons in your life.  There is a reason for every season you go through in life.  And there is a time for every season.  It’s just a season.  Cling to the Maker and you’ll get through it.  Sun, snow, rain and wind are all good in their time.  Enjoy the season you are in – “build a snowman”, “smell the flowers”, “dance in the rain”, “jump in the leaves”.  There’s good in every season because God …….is………..good!

Celebrate Yourself!

Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

You are special.  You are unique.  God made you for a special purpose.  Don’t compare yourself to someone else.  If you constantly compare yourself to others and feel like you fall short in the comparison, then you are technically telling God that He didn’t do a good job.

Instead, today Celebrate Yourself!!  Be comfortable in your own skin.

You are wonderfully made.  How fun is it to celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and holidays?  Celebrations bring such a happy feeling.  Celebrations are good reasons to eat good food and buy fun gifts.

So today celebrate who you are – a mom, a wife, a dad,  a husband, a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, a Christian.  I’m celebrating who God made me – a (gray-covered) dark-headed, 40-something-year-old mother, wife , fat-cheeked, double-chinned, happy, talkative little Colts fan.  I think I’ll celebrate with some cake and ice cream and buy myself a new purse!!  HAPPY CELEBRATION!



NO REGRETS! I just saw a picture of a tattoo that went all the way down a persons’ arm that said “NO REGRETS”. When I think about that saying, I think about no limits and not being afraid and working to accomplish my dreams. I think about looking at opportunities given to me and taking them and trying new things and being free-spirited and happy. Read More

Greener Grass is Right Under Your Feet

Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on. – Amar Dave

This reminds me of the devotion I read today regarding being thankful. It seems like sometimes we are always looking at the glass half empty instead of half full. We are always looking at the negative in our lives instead of the positives.
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