Really…I’m Just Trying To Be a Blessing!

Next week our church is going to hold their services in the park with a potluck to follow.  Every year we do this, I am reminded of a funny story the first summer I was with this group.  Jim and I had been recently married and I was in the “get to know everyone” phase of my new church.  We were each supposed to bring a dish to share and  I decided to make a fruit salad.  They are easy, fool-proof and very impressive to the eye with all of the great colors of summer.  When I got done mixing it, I put it in the refrigerator for the night so we could take it and run the next morning.  I was so excited to have such a pretty dish to share with my new friends!

The next day, we got everyone ready and out the door we went with our beautiful fruit salad!  When we got to the park, I put my bowl on the table and popped the lid off to add a spoon.  In unison, you could hear Jim and I gasp as he quickly shoved the lid back onto the bowl.  We both nonchalantly headed to the parking lot with our salad.  Much to our dismay, there were these brown things all throughout the salad.  We couldn’t figure it out at first until it was explained.

One of the kids, unbeknownst to me, was concerned about the fruit getting too hot out in the summer heat as we waited to eat.  Just trying to be a blessing, they decided to help me out.  They decided that in order to stay cold, we would need ice.  Instead of normal ice cubes though, they decided to make them from root-beer of all things!  Too funny!  There Jim and I were, tossing little brown ice balls to the ground wondering if we should just scrap the salad all together!  Since the ice hadn’t had much time to melt, we went ahead and took it back to the table once we pulled all of them out.  We had to warn people of the issue just in case.  How embarrassing!

Have you ever had a situation like that where you just wanted to help but it wasn’t appreciated?  I felt bad for them as I am sure they were proud of what they had done to help.  Perhaps they just needed to think it through a bit better.  However, in a kid’s mind, root-beer ice cubes would be awesome!  LOL!

I know when I write my blog, I have good intentions.  I pray.  I write.  I sleep on it and pray again.  I tweak, tweak, and tweak.  Then I post.  Some might not understand why I do this and others might not appreciate my efforts.  However, this blog is a ministry to me and I take it seriously.  It is a venue that God gave me to share things He lays on my heart to hopefully bless others.  I know some of you are blessed because you respond and tell me that you are.  I know that others are reading my words but I never really know if it “tasted” OK or not.  Others, leave comments of disagreement…they find  remnants of root-beer ice-cubes, so to speak, I guess.

One would think I would be upset if someone doesn’t agree.  But, no, I’m not.  I’m excited that something I wrote made someone stop and think.  I am happy to be questioned because it makes me have to go to the Bible and confirm what I’ve written.  It’s kind of like a “quality test” before the “picnic”.  I am confident by the time that I publish, the words I have written are those that God wants me to share.  Could I be wrong?  Most certainly!  I am human.  However, I never take it personally if someone disagrees with my message of truth.  As long as I am earnestly praying and writing, I feel that God will bless my efforts.  It is not my message that I try to convey; rather, I try to teach others about the relationship I have and they can have with Jesus.

So if you read one of my messages some day and gasp; before throwing out the things that disturb you, stop and think about it.  Pray about it.  Question me if need be.  Know that I am writing with only the spirit of being a blessing and not to hurt or embarrass you.  My hope is that my writings, or fruit salads if you may, are pleasing to the eye as well as tasty nourishment to your soul. 

Thanks for reading and for your feedback.  If we all just keep moving forward toward the prize, God will take care of the details.  I count it a privilege to write and have readers like yourselves who read.  God has blessed me greatly through this ministry.  I can only hope you are blessed too.

Have a great week…and don’t forget to be a blessing!

Hebrews 10:23  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.


Lost in His Love…What a Beautiful Place to Be!

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Image courtesy of Sujin Jetkasettakorn at

Wow!  What great friends I have!  I love each and every one.  Speaking of my friends, I have been impressed as I have been going through my treatments and recovery for breast cancer just how important we can be in one’s life.  Some of those cheering me on from the sidelines are people I’ve never even met in person.  They might be one of you reading this blog today.  One thing is for sure…God always sends people my way when I need them most.  If He sent you, I am grateful you obeyed the call!

I don’t know about you, but God speaks to me in various ways.  This week I have been singing “Blessed Assurance” in my mind over and over.  It is a very old song written by Frances J. Crosby in 1873.  I don’t find it a coincidence we sang it in church today either!  The lyrics go like this…

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

One morning last week, I put the first couple of lines out on Facebook and asked who could help me finish the song.  I was blessed as my friends typed in a verse or a few lines.  It was a holy time for me as loved ones were “singing” and “praising” with me online.  I can’t explain it.  I just felt blessed.  For you see, those responding were people I hold as dear friends.  There is something about our friends in Christ that inspire us when we are together…even if it’s just online.  The simple act of focusing on God for a few minutes together brightened the rest of my day.

Do you have good friends who love the Lord like you do?  I have found through this trial in my life that I have some really great prayer warrior friends.  I have some who pray every day for me, I know for a fact.  I have others that send scriptures to me or check in on me when I need it the most. They have sent cards, some even handmade, with well-wishes.  There are others I know would be there for me in a second if I would simply ask. I am blessed with people who care.

God’s lesson this week for me again though is my need to stay focused on Him.   I can focus in many ways through reading His Word and spending time in prayer each morning.  It might even be as simple as what music I choose to listen to that week.  He is also showing me how important having good friends in the faith can be to one’s walk with Christ.  Just a simple, “How are you doing?” to a friend I know is going through a tough time can mean the world to them that day just as it has to me.  This week I embraced the words of this old song that say… Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest, Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. 

When I am fully trusting, watching and waiting for God to show up in my life, He sends me the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom.  He speaks to others and prods them to call, text or write me when I need to know I am not alone.   And eventually, somehow, the troubles of this world seem to fade away and I am filled with blessings…I simply find myself lost in His love.  I can’t think of a better place to be in the storm than in the arms of my Loving Father…lost in His love.  Today I am thankful to a loving God that takes care of my every need while guiding me and directing me every step of the way.  So for today…this is my story…this is my song…I’m going to be praising my Savior all the day long!

Thanks for being a friend and a blessing.  If not to me, I am sure you have inspired someone in your life going through a tough time.  If you know someone who needs a lift this week, I encourage you to give them a call.  Maybe it’s even an online friend that you can encourage through a simple message that says you care.  Let me know how others have encouraged you or opportunities that God has recently given you to encourage others.  I would love to hear God’s blessings in your lives.  In the meantime…have a blessed week and don’t forget to get out there and be a blessing!

Hebrews 10:22-25  …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.