My thoughts on the recent events…

Senseless violence is senseless regardless of the color of one’s skin, religious or sexual preference or belief system. Violence has a ripple effect and it touches everyone around it, kinda like the way tossing a pebble into a calm pool of water causes ripples which spread out further and further until eventually the calm is restored. One day we will all stand before our Creator, we will give an account for what we did and did not do while on this planet. If you are blessed enough to be alive right now, these are the choices before you: 1) be part of the problem. 2) be part of the solution. 3) do nothing. The choice is yours, but remember, we are not immortal, tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone and no one gets out of here alive. Think on this; are you the pebble, the pool of water or the calm?


What are you thankful for?

So Thanksgiving is just a few days away and everywhere you go, people are asking THE question – What are you thankful for?  You can’t get away from it – it’s on Twitter, Facebook, emails, television.  I was just about to turn in for the night when I saw a post from a friend on facebook so I pondered the question.  With all that has happened to me and my family this past year, I could say that I have a lot to be unthankful for.  And my spirit is at a low point right now, so it’s very easy for me to be bitter and give in to unthankfulness.  I mean really… I lost my job to a company in Singapore, I can’t get approval for the training I want, my husband is battling with his health, we have some “family” problems, finances are strained to say the least, a very dear friend recently passed on to be with our Lord, and my list goes on and on and on.

At this point I’m wondering just how I’m supposed to be salt and light to those around me.  What must others be thinking about me as a Christian?  What kind of example am I?  Where is  my faith?  Am I that weak?  What must Jesus be thinking right now?  How did I ever get into this mess, or better yet, how am I going to get out???  Lord, I know that You know the plans You have laid for me, but could You let me in on how this is all gonna turn out?  I’d settle for a sneak peek because right now, things don’t look so good.  I think I’m lost and going in circles in the valley of the shadow of death because I know I’ve seen this place several times now and these look my footprints!

And then, as always, God, my Father, Master and Creator of the Universe and of all that is seen and unseen, tells me, every little thing, is gonna be alright.  I’m folding my daughters laundry and a Bob Marley T-shirt appears and the song pops into my head.  I keep folding clothes and then I replay a commercial for a movie coming on television directed by Garth Brooks, Unanswered Prayers and the song pops into my head.

I then realize that while I lost my job, I am getting unemployment, even if it is only 60% of my take home pay.  If I was working or in school right now, I would not be able to focus on my husbands health – especially now that he is in the hospital.  I know I am going to get some kind of training, even if it isn’t what I wanted and then pursue another career path.  My husband does have a lot of health issues, but he has overcome so much and God has blessed us where he still has a job.  As for family problems, aside from praying for them, there isn’t much I can do to change them, and it just makes me more determined not to follow in their footsteps.  Our finances took a downward turn when I lost my job back in 2004 and the job market is so bad that not being able to find similar employment has hurt us, but then again, it has hurt so many families in our country.  We have a roof over our heads, transportation, food on the table and health insurance.  So many people have none of these things.  I have lost people close to my heart and I miss them, but I rejoice because they are no longer suffering and I KNOW I WILL SEE THEM AGAIN!  I just pray that when it is my turn to leave this earth, I will be prepared and when I face my Lord, He will say to me, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”

So, I am thankful.  I am thankful for my family and my friends.  I am thankful for all the good and the bad and even the ugly – although I will admit that while I’m going through the bad and ugly I can’t see a reason at that moment to be thankful, it usually takes a while for that part to kick in.

I am thankful when I open my eyes to a new day.  I am thankful that I am in my right mind, most of the time.  I can walk, talk, hear, see and feel.  I am free to pray to my God.  I am free to read what I want, write what I want, and talk to whom I want without fear of punishment.

In closing I will simply say, if you’ve made it this far in my rambling, thanks for reading.  And Lord, thanks for sticking with me.  Thanks for it all.

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because He doesn’t answer doesn’t mean He don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers – Garth Brooks

I Am Still Here

I first want to thank each and everyone of you that have kept me and my family in prayer.  As you may know, I was blessed with a full time job and started on September 2nd.  Things have been in fast forward ever since and I have not been able to devote time to posting on my blog.  For that I beg your forgiveness and hope to be resume regular posting again very soon.  I will still post prayer requests, so please do not hesitate to send them to me.

Being out of the work force for over 4 years has taken it’s toll on my ability to coordinate my time and I am trying to get back into the ‘groove’.  I will admit though that I am not suffering from Insomnia anymore – PRAISE GOD!!!  I’m so exhausted by the time I get home I’m ready to go to bed by 8pm!  On the flip side, I am learning so much on my new job, and the company I work for is so multi-faceted that some days it makes my head spin, but I thank God every day for blessing me with a job.

I have some new pictures to post, and there is so much going on in my home between my kids and their activities, work and my husband’s health – which is improving every day, so I hope that within the next week or so to update my blog.

To all my friends, family and readers, you are in my thoughts, and prayers every day.  Your prayers for me and my family are such a blessing to us we cannot fully express our appreciation in words so we ask that God our heavenly Father richly bless you, according to His riches in heaven.  May He give the angels charge over your protection and may you know the peace that only He can bring.

Need Washing?


My friend Marie sent me this cute story today.  I don’t know who the original author is, but it is so simple and sweet in it’s message. (i added the video above and a few pictures of people in the rain, click play then go below and read the story) I will warn you ahead of time, you may want to have a few tissues in hand as you read it, I know I did.  Take care and God bless you,

Briggie ^i^




imageA little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.  It was pouring outside.  The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.  We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. image I am always mesmerized by rainfall.  I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world.  Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’ she said . ‘What?’ Mom asked.  ‘Lets run through the rain!’ She repeated.  ‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.image

This young child waited about another minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain’ , ‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.  ‘No, we won’t, Mom.  That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.  This morning ?When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?  ‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!’image

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.  I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.  We all stood silently.  No one came or left in the next few minutes.  Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.  Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly.  Some might even ignore what was said.  But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life.  A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. image Let’s run through the rain.  If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,’ Mom said.  Then off they ran.  We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles.  They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case.  They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.   And yes, I did.  I ran.  I got wet.  I needed washing.

image Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health.  But no one can ever take away your precious memories… So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.  To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.image

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them. Take time to live, keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you’ll need each other — and don’t forget to run in the rain !

Holiday Traditions

I wrote a post last year asking my readers to tell about how they celebrate Thanksgiving – do they stay at home, visit family and friends or dine out.  I know you are probably wondering why I’m writing about Thanksgiving in the middle of summer and frankly, I have no idea why I’m writing about Thanksgiving.  I just felt the urge and I’m going with…

For the most part, I have enjoyed staying home for Thanksgiving, although I must admit that one of my dreams is to one day go to New York and be on the sidelines of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I would also make sure I had a hotel room with a nice view of the parade just in case it was too nippitty!

When my kids were younger (mind you 3 of them are adults and the youngest just turned 15), they would fight over who got to break up the bread for the stuffing – it was so much fun to watch them.  As they got older, they would fight over who got to mix the stuffing and stuff it into the bird!

Nowadays, I’m the one who has to fight to help out in the kitchen because my son Justin loves to cook!  I never knew he was paying attention when I would be cooking and it wasn’t until his third year in the Navy that I learned how much he loves to cook!  I honestly have to say that spending time in the kitchen with him brings me such joy!  Now I know how Paula Deen feels about her sons and cooking with them – that pretty much sums it up for me too!

Over they years we’ve switched between Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef and Pasta for Easter and Christmas and New Years, but there are certain MUST HAVE’S when it comes to Thanksgiving.  For instance,there is always, always, always a Turkey for Thanksgiving.  In honor of my Grandmom Ida (may she rest in peace) we place the turkey neck in a pot of Sauerkraut and simmer it all day long and there’s always pickled beets!  To honor my mom, we have a tray of black and green olives, baby gerkin pickles and a sweet pickle mix that has cauliflower and onions and carrots, but it’s been hard to find the mix the past few years.  did I mention my Grandmom Ida was German?  I hate canned cranberry sauce so the night before, I make mine from scratch – it is soooo easy and I make a double batch so there’s plenty for leftovers.

For  my daughter Daniele, we have to have baby LeSeur peas, for my husband Jose, we have to have apple pie, pumpkin pie and baked sweet potatoes.  For my daughter Tylar we put marshmallows on half of the sweet potatoes because she likes them extra sweet and Jose likes them just as they are.  For my son Jarrett there has to be mashed potatoes and biscuits and for Justin I make sure there is plenty of stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce.

The Macy’s day parade is put on the TV, and we love to go to the High School football game, even though there have been a few years where I wasn’t able to go because I was up to my elbows in turkey, or I was not well enough to go.  Once I get things going for dinner, I work on lots of munchies to hold everyone over till the turkey’s done.  Once the parade’s are over (sometime before the end of the day we slip in the DVD ‘A Christmas Story’ and laugh our butts off even though we’ve seen it dozen’s of times) we put on the football games.  We love us some football in this house.  We watch the college games, the pro games and the high school games.  We don’t have a dining room and the kitchen is small, so everything is set up buffet style and everyone makes their plate and heads to the living room.  Once everyone is in place, my husband says grace and then it’s chow time.  While we eat, everyone shares what they are thankful for, it’s a tradition we started several years ago when the kids were younger.  Once dinner is over, everyone finds a spot and gets comfortable till they have room for dessert – sometimes we all end up falling asleep and when we wake up you hear someone ring the bell for round 2!!

There have been times when we go to a family members home for Thanksgiving dinner and we have a blast, but then when we return home, there’s no turkey aroma wafting through the house and we all get bummed out, but not to worry, we make a full Thanksgiving dinner the next day and we do it all over again…..Oh the left overs, oh the lovely smells, oh, pass the Tums….

I know that one day I will have the house I want and there will be a huge dining room and a big table so we can all sit and eat and chat and eat some more and chat and enjoy each other’s company – thank you Lord in advance for this blessing.

We have some really funny memories and my family will never let me live down the year I over-cooked the biscuits.  I didn’t have much room in the oven so I put them in a round cake pan and I totally forgot about them.  By the time I remembered, they were burnt, not black mind you, at least not on top, they were really really really brown.  I didn’t bother taking them out of the pan, I just left them there and then after dinner, my kids went into the kitchen and pulled the biscuits out of the pan.  They had fused together and were hard as a rock.  They said I should hang them on the front door as a “biscuit wreath”!  Then there was the year that I wanted to make gravy from scratch so I didn’t have any jarred gravy in the house, and I accidentally poured out ALL the drippings from the turkey down the drain…Oops, my bad…

Thought For The Day Mark 11:24

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” KJV

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” NASB

“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” AMP

“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” NLT

“Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” ASV

“Because of this I say to you, all whatever — praying — ye do ask, believe that ye receive, and it shall be to you.” YLT

“Therefore, I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for —believe that you have received them, and you will have them.” HCSB

For this reason I say to you, All things whatsoever ye pray for and ask, believe that ye receive it, and it shall come to pass for you.” DARBY

“Therefore I say unto you, all things, whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you.” DRA

“Therefore I say to you, all things whatever things ye praying shall ask, believe ye that ye shall take, and they shall come to you.” WYC


To me, no matter what version of the bible you read, there are 4 words in Mark 11:24, that are pretty much the same throughout each of them – pray, ask, believe, receive. 

One word that is not listed in any of these interpretations is “faith”, however I believe it is the basis, the cornerstone if you will, of what gives this scripture it’s power.  If you when you pray, you ask through faith, believing through faith you will therefore; receive through your faith.  “For faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1

note – translations are taken from, the bible version is listed in italics after each translation.

A Message from Erin

A few months ago I learned of a prayer circle for a young girl named Erin Page.  I posted a prayer request and updates along with a link to a blog that her family started to keep everyone posted and to ask for prayer. 

Erin went to be with Jesus on March 11th, and I continue to subscribe to the blog as her family posts on CaringBridge from time to time and I do not want to lose touch with them.

This evening as I was checking my email a familiar message was in my inbox.  It was a link to a recent post on Erin’s page and as I read the message, I knew I needed to share it.  This young girl had such a close relationship with her Lord that she not only heard Him, she knew it was Him.  How many of us today question if what we hear is God or something/someone else?  I know I have spent hours questioning this and  I learned that I was not walking close enough with God to know His voice.  It is quite obvious that even at her tender age, Erin intimately knew Jesus.

At first I was going to title this post A Message From Erin’s Mom, but the true message is from Erin, so I changed the title.  I pray this message blesses you as it has me.  God bless you and keep you in His care,

Briggie ^i^

SUNDAY, JUNE 08, 2008 06:42 PM, CDT

I was looking through some of Erin’s things the other night and found a little book, sorta like a diary, that Erin had put down some of her feelings in. Her writing was never an example of perfect penmanship but i was able to make out what some of the notes said. I’m not sure when she had written it but one of the notes was very encouraging to me. Here’s what it said. “When I’m down in the dumps and I feel like no one cares, I feel that someone’s watching and I know what He’s saying, you know someone cares and that you’re royalty in my eyes but you don’t seem to listen.” I was really proud of Erin at that moment. I know that God was so real in her life! He continues to bless me and amaze me with his revelations of himself. Maybe he was doing this for me all the time and I just wasn’t seeking him. I know he wants to be closer to us than a brother and I have failed to let him have his way. God knows what we need and when we need it. This little note was like finding a diamond! I’ll keep it in my mind and close to my heart for a long time. One day I’ll get to discuss this with Erin and thank her for leaving it for me to find. I just felt like I oughta post this for everyone to read because it was such a blessing in my life. I hope you are lifted up by it too! Last Thursday Erin’s marker was put in place at Oak Hill. I haven’t been up there yet because i don’t know if i wanna go alone to see it. Brian and Kimberly sent me a picture and I appreciate that. I’ll get up there this week and see it. I appreciate everyone’s prayers and love! I thank the Lord for this website and all my blessings but most of all for saving myself and Erin! I love you Erin!

Let The Peace Of God Reign

So, I wrote this post the other day titled What would you say, and friends and family are telling me they too have these feelings and that they believe many many more are experiencing the same situation that I am.  I know I am not alone and my question is why?  Why are so many people living with this burden, and yes I call it a burden because no one wants to wake up every day just because they’re done sleeping.  We are meant to have a purpose, a reason to live.  Right now I am not living, I am existing and not doing a very good job of it either.  I’ve decided that I do not accept that this is a natural phase of life and that it isn’t normal or something I will tolerate any further.  I started looking through Psalms and came across Psalm 42 and this touched my spirit and expressed a lot of what I am feeling so I went to and decided to copy and paste it here for others to read.  I also decided to look for the lyrics to the the song that is taken from this Psalm and came across another an awesome site called which has the lyrics to lots of popular Christian songs and I came across the lyrics for Let The Peace Of God Reign and have them pasted below.  I pray for an abundance of peace and joy to flood over me and fill me to the point I cannot contain it and it spills out onto everyone and everything I touch.  Lord, let your love wash over me.

Psalm 42

[b] As the deer pants for streams of water,
       so my soul pants for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
       When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food
       day and night,
       while men say to me all day long,
       “Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember
       as I pour out my soul:
       how I used to go with the multitude,
       leading the procession to the house of God,
       with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
       among the festive throng.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
       Why so disturbed within me?
       Put your hope in God,
       for I will yet praise him,
       my Savior and 6 my God.
       My [c] soul is downcast within me;
       therefore I will remember you
       from the land of the Jordan,
       the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep
       in the roar of your waterfalls;
       all your waves and breakers
       have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,
       at night his song is with me—
       a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
       “Why have you forgotten me?
       Why must I go about mourning,
       oppressed by the enemy?”

10 My bones suffer mortal agony
       as my foes taunt me,
       saying to me all day long,
       “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
       Why so disturbed within me?
       Put your hope in God,
       for I will yet praise him,
       my Savior and my God.


Let the Peace of God Reign

Father of life draw me closer
Lord, my heart is set on You
Let me run the race of time
With Your life enfolding mine
And let the peace of God
Let it reign

Oh Holy Spirit, You’re my comfort
Strengthen me, hold my head up high
And I stand upon Your truth
Bringing glory unto You
And let the peace of God
Let it reign

Oh Lord I hunger for more of You
Rise up within me let me know Your truth
Oh Holy Spirit saturate my soul
And let the life of God fill me now
Let Your healing power breathe life and
Make me whole
And let the peace of God let it reign

What Would You Say?

I’m sitting here, not feeling well, actually not feeling well for several days, and I’m trying to focus on something other than not feeling well.  I’m really trying to focus on Jesus and being closer to Him.

As I’m sitting here thinking on Him, a book came to my mind that I’ve read and gave away in one of my Pay It Forwards some time back.  The book is called, “Dinner With A Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering” by David Gregory

It’s a really good book and it’s about a man who receives an invitation to dine with Jesus, which he perceives to be a gag from his friends.  Although he is a very busy man, he decides to accept the invitation. (I won’t go any further, you’ll have to read the book to find out what transpires)

So, anyway, I began to wonder, if Jesus invited me to dinner, what would I do?  Would I go?  If I went, what would I wear?  What would I order?  More importantly, what would I say?

I would probably be unable to say or do anything.  I imagine I would be numb from fear, shame, awe, amazement and wonder just to be sitting in His presence before “my time” or His final coming – whichever comes first.

At some point, I am sure He would say something to make me feel at ease because I am sure if He wanted to invite me to dinner, there was a reason for it and my being catatonic would not be in either of our best interests.

I’d like to think that I would ask Him something intelligent, something that would benefit mankind, but I know me, so I doubt I would have the forethought for that.

I’d probably ask Him to fill in the gaps of His life.  He walked this earth for 33 years, but we know so little of His life, except for those last few years.  I would ask Him if He always knew His purpose was the cross, and if not, when was it revealed to Him.  I’d ask Him if I get to meet David and Joseph and James and Paul and will I see loved ones that are in heaven.  I’d ask Him what heaven was like and if Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins got any of it right in their Left Behind series. 

Then, I guess there would be that moment of truth moment where I’d ask Him about my path.  I know that I’m forgiven of my sins so I wouldn’t go into the wrongs of my past.  I know that once I ask forgiveness and repent, He tosses them into the sea of forgetfulness, but I can’t seem to be as forgetful or forgiving of myself.  I would ask Him what I’m doing wrong and what I have to do to get it right.  I’d ask Him what my calling is, because no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to figure it out.

I know He wants me to do something, I can feel it.  I get this well of feelings that start in my stomach, then make their way up through my chest and into my throat and my heart beats fast and my breathing speeds up and I feel like I’m going to cry out and then something breaks.  The feeling stops moving toward my brain – it seems to dissipate just as it gets to my mouth and it fades away.  It’s like sensory overload, then shutdown. 

Right now I feel like I am in a Catch 22.  I feel so rundown and weak.  I have little to no energy and feel like I can sleep all day, however I don’t really sleep.  I toss and turn and drift in and out of sleep, which is probably why I am so rundown.  I know that through prayer and God’s Word, I can renew my strength and health and while I do spend time in prayer, it’s not quality time.  When I read the Word, I am so tired, I can barely remember what I’ve read, let alone meditate on it.  I need to pray and be in God’s Word so I can get restful sleep and have energy to pray and read God’s Word so I can know His will but I need to have restful sleep to have energy to pray and read God’s Word, and on it goes…

I know the enemy wants me stuck in this rut because God has something powerful in mind for me.  It frustrates me because I feel as though I am no further in my walk today as I was years ago.  I feel as though time is slipping by and I’m stuck watching it from my window.  I battle with the feeling that I am powerless yet have the knowledge that through Christ I am an overcomer.  This then leads me to believe that I am in fact my own worst enemy which then would mean I am praying against the wrong force and should focus my prayers on my own flesh and mind.

So, here I sit, wanting so badly to be released, to be healed, to have some kind of transformation, to understand what’s going on.  I’m wondering why, if I am truly a born again, spirit filled, Jesus loving, knowledge seeking child of God, why is this happening?  WHY?  To what end and for what purpose?

I will say that I know enough to know that I know, ya know?  I mean, I know this funk I am in will last for just a season – the problem is that my understanding of a season and God’s season are totally two different things.  I know the comfort and promise of Psalm 23, and I know through Isaiah 55 that God’s Word does not return to Him void.  Through John 14 I know that Jesus is the only Son of God and the only way to the Father.  I know that Jesus was born, died, and rose again for the remittance of my sins and that He is preparing a place for me.

I don’t need scientific proof of Jesus, or God, or The Bible.  I take all that on faith, I don’t feel the need to explain it or have documented evidence to believe it.  What I do need is to understand who I am, why I am and what I am supposed to be doing with my life.  To me, having faith in God is the easy part, the problem is with the latter.

before you…

There was a blind girl who hated herself because

she was blind. She hated everyone, except her

loving boyfriend. He was always there for her.  

She told her boyfriend, ‘If I could only see the

world, I will marry you.’

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her.

When the bandages came off, she was able to see

everything, including her boyfriend.  He asked her,

‘Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?’

The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was

blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her.

She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at

them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry

him.   Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later

wrote a note to her saying: ‘Take good care of your

eyes, my dear, for before they were yours,

they were mine.’

This is how the human brain often works when our

status changes. Only a very few remember what life

was like before, and who was always by their side

in the most painful situations.

Before you say an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food -Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Today before you complain about life –Think of someone who died.

Before you complain about your children –Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn’t clean or sweep – Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive – Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job – Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on your face and thank GOD you’re alive and still around.

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

Who Just Called Me?

Did you ever go to answer the phone after the 3rd ring and find out the caller hung up?  Or how about you check your messages on your answering machine and see there are like 20 calls, but of those 20 only 1 caller left a message, while the others were hang ups or people just saying, “hello, hello???”  Isn’t that like so annoying?

There was a time when I had all the bells and whistles that the phone company offered, Call Waiting, Caller ID and Call Forwarding, just to name a few.  When I lost my job due to personal illness and our savings was depleted we had to find ways to cut back and costly frills like those mentioned above were the first to go. 

The downside to saving a few dollars every month was the stress of dealing with unwanted phone calls.  Even though we have been registered with the National Do Not Call List since its inception, we still get calls from companies wanting us to take a survey, calls from non profit organizations like The Cancer Society, Diabetes Foundation, etc…not to mention the ever dreaded debt collectors.

I have never been one to screen my calls, but between health problems and financial stress, the phone has become my sworn enemy.  It got to the point where I just turned off the ringer and let the answering machine handle the call.  Now that we have Verizon Fios, we have all the bells and whistles again and because we have a bundled offer, these features aren’t costing me any additional monies, and in actuality, we’re paying less for more – which is always a plus.

Any-who, I’ve been trying to get everyone out of the habit of turning off the ringer since we have caller ID and I’ve noticed some really weird phone numbers popping up along with a lot of UNAVAILABLE or NO DATA. 

There was a really weird ID tonight so I decided to search for it through YAHOO, (because I really don’t like GOOGLE that much anymore) and I came across a pretty cool site that I thought you’d like to check out.

The site is called “Who Called Us”, and it’s really pretty cool.  You can search a number which will show you any comments that others have left as well as let you leave your own comment.  I know people use Google to look up phone numbers but what makes this site so cool is that you get to see the feedback left by people who received the calls and you can leave feedback of your own. 

So after looking up the weird ID, I decided to check out some of the numbers that have been popping up on my caller ID and found out that lots of them are survey companies and some of them are debt collectors. 

Here’s the weird thing, from reading some of the comments, people are getting calls from debt collectors who don’t even have debts.  These “collection” companies are using underhanded tactics to try and locate people that have write off accounts with other companies and will use all sorts of dirty tricks to get the information they want.

The sad part of all this is that even though you are registered with Do Not Call, you will still get calls, but you can report the numbers so keep the Do Not Call and Who Called Us sites bookmarked and take the time to look up the numbers on your Caller ID and report them.  Oh yeah, and whenever possible, DO NOT ANSWER THE PHONE, and if you do, keep a record of the Date, Time, Caller Name, Company and Phone Number and DO NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION OUT!  Oh, and make sure you let the caller know you will be reporting them as they are violating FCC laws because even though they have a right to collect a debt, they do not have the right to harass anyone!

Why Is Easter So Early This Year?

Okay, I’ve heard more wacked out reasons why Easter is early than I care to have listened to so I went to and did a search and this post is the most lucid and easy to understand explanation I found.  Now, those who know me that while I was baptized and loosely raised Roman Catholic and made my holy communion and confirmation, my relationship with the Catholic church was never the same once I accepted Jesus as my personal savior so don’t read too much into my using a Catholic website for info – it is what it is, information…

Why is Easter so early this year? Blame it on the moon

By Patricia Kasten | Special to the Herald



Why is Easter (March 23) so early this year? Blame it on the moon. Specifically, blame it on the Paschal moon.

Last year, Easter was April 8. Next year, it will be April 12.

Why? Is there really a formula to deciding the date of Easter?

As a matter of fact, there is, but it’s complicated. And it means Easter can come as early as March 22 – which it hasn’t since 1818 – or as late as April 25 – which it won’t again until 2038.

Here’s the simplified formula: Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox. This year, the spring equinox falls on March 20, one day before the full moon of March, which falls on Friday.

Confused yet? Well, there was once so much confusion about it that things have come close to schism a few times.

Easter is the most important church feast, marking the Lord’s resurrection. In the earliest days, every Sunday was celebrated as if it were Easter. Christ’s followers gathered that day to commemorate his passion, death and resurrection. In fact, to this day, every Sunday remains a celebration of Easter.

However, as time went on, Christians began to mark a special annual celebration of the Resurrection, first called the “Pascha,” after the Jewish word for “Passover.” Not everyone could agree on the proper date, however. Some wanted it to be celebrated on the actual Jewish Passover, which can fall on any day of the week. Others wanted it to be on Sunday, since that was the day of the Lord’s resurrection.

The Jewish Passover falls on the 14th day of Nissan, the first month of the Jewish calendar. (This year, Passover begins at sunset on April 19.) Those Christians who adhered to celebrating Easter on that day — no matter which day of the week — were known as “Quartodecimans” (based on the Latin for 14). They were led by Polycarp of Smryna who claimed to be following the tradition of St. John the Evangelist. (Polycarp was a disciple of John.) However, most Christians, following what was believed to be the tradition of the other Apostles, chose Sunday for the Paschal feast. However, this was not completely settled until the fourth century.

The ‘Easter Controversy’

The “Easter controversy,” as it became known, really got heated over which Sunday. By the second century, the churches in Antioch and Syria based their Paschal feast on the Jewish calendar — which is based on the Paschal full moon, a liturgical, not necessarily an astronomical, event. (This year, that Paschal full moon is April 20.) Alexandria, and most of the churches of the western Roman empire, chose their Easter date independent of the Jewish calendar and tied it, in some way, to the spring equinox.

To show how heated the debate was, Pope Victor I, in 190, decreed Easter would be on the Sunday following the 14th day of the full moon of the spring equinox. And, to avert a schism, he threatened to excommunicate anyone who didn’t agree.

However, Easter’s date (more correctly, its full moon) still became tied to various calendars — solar, lunar, Babylonian — and confusion continued.

The Council of Nicea in 325 took on the challenge, but really only decided definitively that Easter must be on a Sunday and it must be tied the Paschal moon. Generally, the Easter date followed the pattern set by the Alexandrian church, since Alexandria was the ancient world’s center of learning. Their date for Easter had the feast falling on the Sunday two weeks after the Paschal moon, which brought it fairly close to the Jewish Passover date.

However, the break between the Eastern and Western churches in the 11th century, again muddied the waters.

The western church began to rely on astronomical full moons, while the Eastern church continued to follow the liturgical Paschal moon, which is not always the same as the vernal equinox’s first full moon. Finally, around the Middle Ages, the formula in the West had settled into the one we are most familiar with today: Easter falls on the Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox.

Julian vs. Gregorian

The last major problem arose in the 16th century and you can still see it when you look at a calendar this year: The Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter later than the Latin-rite churches on most years. This year it’s April 27. Occasionally, we mark the feast on the same day, as we did last year on April 8.

This is because the Eastern churches use the Julian calendar for calculating Easter, while we in the West use the Gregorian calendar.

In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar devised the calendar that bears his name, but it was flawed. Julius’ calendar was 365 1/4 days long, about 11 minutes longer than a true solar year. Eleven minutes doesn’t seem like much but, by the 16th century, it had added up to meaning that the Julian calendar’s spring equinox fell 10 days earlier than it astronomically was. So Pope Gregory VIII ordered a more accurate calendar and, to clear up the errors, eliminated 10 days during the month of October in 1582. The Gregorian calendar has 365 days, adding an extra day every fourth year, as we do this year.

So the date of Easter still seems confusing. Yet the most important thing to remember is not the date of Easter, but what we have celebrated from the first days of the church: that the eternal God entered into human time through the incarnation so that, through the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ, God could draw all of us into eternity with him.

Kasten has been a Catholic journalist since 1985 and is currently associate editor of The Compass in Green Bay, Wis. She has a master’s of theological studies degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, and advanced catechist standing with the Green Bay Diocese. She is also author of the Scripture Search puzzles, published in the Hawaii Catholic Herald and other Catholic papers and many parish bulletins. She can be reached through

Be Ready

I’ve been reading “And The Angels Were Silent – The Final Week Of Jesus” by Max Lucado for some time now.  I must admit that while it’s an excellent book, as are all of his writings, I have picked it up and put it down many many times and have been distracted by other books and things that caught my interest.  I find I do this all too often – start, stop, hurry up, slow down… in many areas of my life, including my walk with God which grieves Him I know.  Well, back to the reason for this post.  I was reading the other night and Chapter 18, Be Ready, struck a chord in me.  I know it’s a bit of an undertaking, but I am going to share this chapter with you, I feel it’s that powerful and that important.

Chapter 18

Be Ready

“So Always be ready, for you don’t know the day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42

There is a secret to wearing a vest.  It’s a secret every father should tell his son.  It’s one of those manly things that has to be passed down from generation to generation.  It rates up there with teaching your son to shave and use deodorant.  It’s a secret every vest wearer must know.  If you own a vest, I hope you know it.  If you own a vest and don’t know it, here it is: Button the first button correctly.

Take your time.  Don’t be in a rush.  Look carefully in the mirror, and then match the right button with the right hole. 

If you do, if you get the first button buttoned right, then the rest will follow suit (pardon the pun).  If, however, you don’t get the first button right, every button thereafter will be buttoned incorrectly.  The result will be a lopsided vest.  Put the second button in the top hole, or slide the second hole over the top button and, well, it just won’t work.

There are certain things in life done only one way.  Buttoning a vest is one of them.

Being ready is another.

According to Jesus, being ready for His return, is a vest-button principal.  According to Jesus, start wrong on the first move, and the rest of your life will be cockeyed.

Not everything is a vest-button truth.  The church you attend isn’t.  The Bible translation you read isn’t.  The ministry you select isn’t.  But being ready for Jesus’ return is a vest-button truth.  Get this right and the rest will fall into place.  Miss it, and get ready for some wrinkles.

How do we know this is a vest-button principle?  Jesus told us.  According to Matthew, Jesus told us in the last sermon He ever preached.

It may surprise you that Jesus made preparedness the theme of His last sermon.  It did me. I would have preached on love or family or the importance of the church.  Jesus didn’t.  Jesus preached on what many today consider old-fashioned.  He preached on being ready for heaven and staying out of hell.

It’s his message when he tells of the wise and the foolish servants.  The wise one was ready for the return of the master the foolish one was not.

It’s his message when he tells about the ten bridesmaids  Five were wise and five were foolish.  The wise ones were ready when the groom came and the foolish ones were at the corner store looking for more oil.

It’s his message when he tells of the three servants and the bags of gold.  Two servants put the money to work and made more money for the master.  The third hid his in a hole.  The first two were ready and rewarded when the master returned.  The third was unprepared and punished.

Be ready.  It’s a first step, non-negotiable, vest button principle.  That is the theme of Jesus’ last sermon, “So always be ready, because you don’t know the day your Lord will come.”  He didn’t tell when the day of the Lord will be, but he did describe what the day would be like,  It’s a day no one will miss.

Every person who has ever lived will be present at that final gathering.  Every heart that has ever beat.  Every mouth that has ever spoken.  On that day you will be surrounded by a sea of people.  Rich, poor.  Famous, unknown.  Kings, bums.  Brilliant, demented.  All will be present.  And all will be looking in one direction.  All will be looking at him.  Every human being.  “The Son of Man will come again in His great glory.”  You won’t look at anyone else.  No side-glances to see what others are wearing.  No whispers about new jewelry or comments about who is present.  At this, the greatest gathering in history, you will have eyes for only one-The Son of Man.  Wrapped in splendor.  Shot through with radiance.  Imploded with light and magnetic in power.

Jesus describes this day with certainty.

He leaves no room for doubt.  He doesn’t say he may return, or might return, but that he will return. By the way, one-twentieth of your New Testament, speaks about his return.  There re over three hundred references to his second coming.  Twenty three of the twenty seven New Testament books speak of it.  And they speak of it with confidence.

“You must also be ready, because the Son of Man will come at a time you don’t expect him.”

“…Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

“…he will come a second time, not to offer himself for sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

“…the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

His return is certain.

His return is final.

Upon His return, “he will separate them into two groups as a shepherd separates the sheep from from the goats.  The Son of Man will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left.”

The word separate is a sad word.  To separate a mother from a daughter, a father from a son, a husband from a wife.  To separate people on earth is sorrowful, but to think of it being done for eternity is horrible. 

Especially when one group is destined for heaven and the other group is going to hell.

We don’t like to talk about hell, do we?  In intellectual circles the topic of hell is regarded as primitive and foolish.  It’s not logical.  “A loving God wouldn’t send people to hell.”  So we dismiss it.

But to dismiss it is to dismiss a core teaching of Jesus.  The doctrine of hell is not one developed by Paul, Peter or John.  It is taught by Jesus himself.

And to dismiss it is to dismiss much more.  It is to dismiss the presence of a loving God and the privilege of a free choice.  Let me explain. 

We are free either to love God or not.  He invites us to love him.  He urges us to love him.  He came that we might love him.  But, in the end, the choice is yours and mine.  To take that choice from each of us, for him to force us to love him, would be less than love.

God explains the benefits, outlines the promises, and articulates very clearly the consequences.  And then, in the end, he leaves the choice to us.

Hell was not prepared for people.  Hell “was prepared for the devil and his angels.”  For a person to go to  hell, then, is for a person to go against God’s intended destiny.  “God has not destined us to the terrors of judgement, but to the full attainment of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Hell is ma’s choice, not God’s choice.

Consider, then, this explanation of hell:  Hell is the chosen place of the person who loves self more than God, who loves us more than his Savior, who loves this world more than God’s world.  Judgement is that moment when God looks at the rebellious and says, “Your choice will be honored.”

To reject the dualistic outcome of history and say there is no hell leaves gaping holes in any banner of a just God.  To say there is no hell is to say God condones the rebellious, unrepentant heart.  To say there is no hell is to portray God with eyes blind to the hunger and evil in the world.  To say there is no  hell is to say that God doesn’t care that people are beaten and massacred, that he doesn’t care that women are raped or families wrecked.  To say there is no hell is to say God has no justice, no sense of right and wrong, and eventually to say God has no love.  For true love hates what is evil.

Hell is the ultimate expression of a just Creator.

The parables of the wise and loyal servant, the wise and foolish bridesmaids, and loyal and wicked servants, all point to the same conclusion: “Everyone must die once and be judged.”  Eternity is to be taken seriously. A judgement is coming.

Our task on earth is singular – to choose our eternal home.  You can afford many wrong choices in life.  you can choose the wrong career and survive, the wrong city and survive, the wrong house and survive..  You can even choose the wrong mate and survive.  But there is one choice that must be made correctly and that is your eternal destiny.

It’s interesting that Jesus’ first and last sermons have the same message.  In his first sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls you and me to choose between the rock and the sand, the wide gate and the narrow gate, he wide road and the narrow road, the big crowd and the small crowd, the certainty of hell and the joy of heaven.  In his last sermon he calls us to do the same.  He calls us to be ready.

While on one of his expeditions to the Antarctic, Sir Ernest Shackleton left some of his men on Elephant Island with the intent of returning for them and carrying them back to England.  But he was delayed.  By the time he could go back for them the sea had frozen and he had no access to the island.  Three time he tried to reach them, but was prevented by the ice.  Finally, on his fourth try he broke through and found a narrow channel.

Much to his surprise, he found the crewmen waiting for him, supplies packed and ready to board.  They were soon on their way back to England.  He asked them how they knew to be ready for him.  They told him they didn’t know when he would return, but there were sure he would.  So every morning, the leader rolled up his bag and paced his gear and told the crew to do the same saying, “Get your things ready boy.  The boss may come today.”

The crew leader did his crew a favor by keeping them prepared.

Jesus has done us a service by urging us to do the same:  Be ready.  It’s a vest-button principle.  Get that one buttoned right today.  For you don’t want to be fumbling with buttons in the presence of God.

Daylight "Savings" time?

Okay, so last year there was this big announcement that Daylight Savings Time would no longer be observed.  Okay, so why did we have to “leap” on Sunday?  If it was originally intended to help farmers, and is no longer needed, why are we still doing it?

How was your leap?  Mine was pretty yucky!  To begin with, the wind has been howling for the past 4 days.  Apparently a tornado touched down not far from our house – Thank You Lord for Your covering and protection of our home – and caved in the roof of a nearby high school and it’s office building.  Now when I say nearby, I mean nearby.  The school is maybe an 8 minute drive from our house, that’s close!

The wind brought with it rain and weird temperatures, cold then warm, then cold again and even a bit humid on Saturday.  All the pressure changes brought on a major migraine that is still lingering and an uneasy feeling in my stomach.

Saturday my husband and I set our clocks then turned in for the night with hopes of getting up early, having some breakfast and heading to church.  Well, things did not go according to plan.  My husband had a rough night, he suffered in pain and tossed and turned all night.  This kept me up as well, and I wasn’t able to fall asleep until around 3:30am.

When I woke up a 8am, I prayed that God would remove my headache so I could go to church.  I knew at that point that my husband would not be able to go, and unless my migraine subsided, I wasn’t going to be able to drive.  I laid my head back on the pillow hoping a few minutes of rest and prayer would get me going, however by 9:15am I knew that church was out of the question.  Praise God that we have the Internet, our bibles and nearly a dozen Christian channels so that we could still have church at home.  The only thing missing from having church at home is the fellowship and worship.  Thankfully we have Wednesday evening Bible Study!

Oh yeah, my reason for this post – if we didn’t have to set our clocks ahead an hour, I would have been able to go to church!  I say this because around 10, 10:30am I felt better and could have asked my son to drive me to church.  If the clocks weren’t set ahead, this would have been around 9, 9:30am and while I might have missed some of the praise and worship, I would have made it to hear the Word!

I don’t know about anyone else, but daylight savings time really messes up my internal clock for a few days which quite frankly is pretty messed up already!  I say we end it once and for all and just let the days and nights progress without help or hindrance from us!

Missing Images in IE 7 Update!


Okay, I blogged earlier in the week about my ongoing hate/hate relationship with Windows Vista and IE 7.  I decided that since Microsoft wasn’t doing anything about the problem, I’d take the advice of others and use Firefox to see stuff like YouTube and images that IE 7 kept telling me I wasn’t allowed to see because I didn’t have the most current Flash Player (which I know I have because if I didn’t, how could I see it through Firefox???)

Anyway, I tried searching again for a fix by typing ‘internet explorer and macromedia flash’ to see what would come up and about 4 links down I came across the site “The Software Patch” and PRAISE GOD, they had the answer and the fix.

If you are experiencing problems similiar to mine, go to their site, follow their instructions and in just minutes you will be viewing all your images through your browser just like me!  If you want the correction for IE, click HERE or the link above.  If you want to go to their home page, click HERE or the icon at the top of my post!

Missing Images In IE 7

I know most people use Windows XP with Internet Explorer 6, you are the lucky ones.  My laptop has Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7 – UGH!!!  Anyway, I’ve tolerated the numerous problems over the past several months but this latest one is the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back!

I’ve been going through some of my older posts and noticed that I was not able to see the YouTube videos I posted.  I also noticed that when I visit some fellow bloggers sites, I would not be able to see some of the pictures they posted.  Now, I know what many of you are thinking – You think I’m talking about getting that little white box with the red X – WRONG!  I get a big white box with another little box in the upper left hand corner with a red square, blue triangle and green dot and my post looks like this:  


I’ve done some researching and from what I’ve read, it comes down to my web browser and settings, but there is definitely a problem with IE 7 and Windows Vista because I downloaded Mozilla Firefox and found out there was a problem with my Adobe Flash Player, which IE 7 did not alert me to.  I took care of the Adobe problem, and can now see all  my YouTube posts and images on other sites through Firefox that I still cannot see through my IE 7 browser.

So, I’ve said all that to say this – if you visit my site and cannot see images or YouTube posts, you can quickly and easily install Firefox and the images will appear!  Right now I am running both IE 7 and Firefox at the same time and while I’m more comfortable with IE because I’ve used it for years, I’m liking the fact that I can see images through Firefox that I can’t with IE. 

Words To Meditate On

I met Lenore about a year ago through our Bariatric surgeon’s referral service.  She started out as my weight loss buddy and has become a true friend and sister in Christ.  She sent this to me via email and it touched my heart so deeply I felt the need to share it with you.  Take care and God bless you.* side note – Lenore has this saying saying at the end of all her emails and I’m passing this along too – “Be who you are and say what you feel…because those that matter…… don’t mind….and those that mind….. don’t matter!!! – Lenore

“To get something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.

Concentrate on this sentence…..’The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.’

When I opened the email from Lenore and read this I immediately thanked God for reminding me of His Will and His promises over my life.  It reminded me of the saying, “If He leads you to it, He’ll see you through it”, which then brought Psalm 23 to my remembrance, “…yea though I walk through the valley…” 

I’ve been walking, no crawling through the valley for the past few weeks and I know that there have been times when He had to carry me on His shoulders because I didn’t have the strength physically or mentally to carry myself through it.  Today I received the financial blessing that God brought to my attention last week, and I prayed and asked Him to give me more than they told me I would get and I did get more than I had expected. 

I believe His Word, and I believe I am free from debt.  I am standing on His promises and I know that when He takes something from you, it’s only because He has something better in store for you.  I applied to work for my previous employer and the job was just 2 minutes from home in the office I used to work in, and it was doing the same job I did when I worked in that office.  I knew I was the best candidate and would get the job. 

For some reason it kept dragging on and on but they told me to be patient, so I was.  I prayed and asked God to bless me with this job so we could get out of financial trouble.  My being out of work for over 3 years has taken it’s toll financially and I needed a job!!!  I prayed and believed God for this job yet I still would tell Him that I wanted His Will performed and not mine. 

I was praying for release from debt, to find a job, for my husband’s healing, and to be closer to Him.  Well, I thought the job was going to be God’s way of getting us out of the financial trouble we are in- apparently I was wrong.  I did not get the job, God knew better than to send me back into that pit.  Just days before I learned they didn’t even see my resume or application, they started letting people go that had worked for them for many, many years. 

They have become even more heartless and uncaring of their employees and God knew that if I went back to work for them, it would most likely destroy me as it had almost done 4 years ago.  So, it’s true when they say, “when God closes a door, He opens a window”, “His ways are not our ways” and “God does not make mistakes”.  Trust in Him.  Be like the woman with the issue of blood and hang on to the hem of His garment and do not let go! 

Every night I pray and believe God for His mercy, blessings and miracles.  To keep my mind from wandering and the enemy from starting his mess, I would play part of the opening song from Kenneth Copeland Ministries over and over in my head, “I know my God, has made a way for me”.  I would just repeat this over and over until I fell asleep and I continue doing this every night, for I know my God has made a way for me, for His plans are to prosper me, not harm me. 

God has another plan for our financial restoration and me working is not part of that plan – at least not right now and  I’m totally cool with whatever He has in store for me.  I know He has something He wants me to do, I have an idea of what it is, but I’m not totally sure about all of it.  Now that our debt is being worked out, I believe I will be able to focus more clearly on what He wants for me and from me.Thank you for you prayers, and I ask that you continue to lift me and my family up in prayer before the Lord.  There is still much to be done in the way of our finances, physical healing and restoration and our walk with Him. 

Hello, its me.

I guess I should begin this post by apologizing to you, my readers.  I have been silent for close to three weeks and have caused many of you to worry about me.  I want to thank each of you for your emails and prayers and kind thoughts.  The past few weeks have been very stressful and I have been keeping to myself and taking my cares to the Lord.  I felt it was better to keep silent and stay in prayer because when I found myself talking with friends or even attempting to blog my mind would wander and I would start to dwell on my problems which would just get me upset.  God’s Word tells us not to worry, but to cast our cares upon Him and that fear and stress are not of God but the enemy, so I decided that being in His Word, prayer and time alone was the best thing I could do for myself and my family.

The good news is that God is being glorified and He is seeing us through this valley we are in.  I am seeing His plan for us more clearly with each passing day and we are standing on His Word and promises.

Please continue to lift us up in prayer before God, especially for my husband.  We are believing God for a total release from pain in his back, neck and legs and a complete healing in his body.  We reject arthritis in the name of Jesus and bind the hold the enemy has on his body.  We know that God has wondrous plans for us and that this season of pain and turmoil is at it’s end and that God will be given all the honor and praise and glory and we will shout our testimonies from the roof tops.

I’ll be getting back into the swing of things and posting regularly next week, but I just wanted to stop in and say hello, thank you and God bless you.

-Briggie ^i^

How Addicted Are You?


I subscribe via email to Kailani’s blog An Island Life and she has a post about being addicted to blogging.  I decided to take the challenge because personally I don’t think I’m an addict.  I mean, I can take it or leave it, I can quit at anytime, I only do it for the fun of it…Hmmmm, sounds an awful lot like things an addict would say if you ask me… Anyway, I went to Just Say Hi and took the survey and they said I was 70% addicted to blogging.  WHAT, NO WAY, THERE MUST BE SOME KIND OF MISTAKE!!!  Okay, okay, I’m in denial but considering Kailani is a bigger addict than me, (she’s 82% addicted) and I bet there are even bigger addicts out there, I think I can live with this “problem” because frankly I don’t see the need to break this addiction, but I will kick the habit – – – into high gear that is!!!!  FYI – I tried to paste the html code for the badge you see above, but I had to save the badge as a background, then go into Paint and add my percentage because WordPress doesn’t seem to like the code Just Say Hi has.  So not only am I addicted to blogging, I’m a computer nerd too!  There, I’m saying it loud and I’m saying proud!!!  Get your PC on and BLOG ON FELLOW BLOGGERS!!!