Monday, May 31, 2010

Singing Birds

Singing Birds

tell us of

God's tender care.

Light for Today: Look at the birds! They don't worry about what to eat ~ they don't need to sow or reap or store up food ~ for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Matthew 6:26

Sunday, May 30, 2010



The Author of everything beautiful.

This summer may His Spirit

refresh you

renew you

and make all things beautiful.

Light for Today: As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. Psalm 42:1

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

I think about you

I think about you quite a lot.

God thinks about you all the time!

(isn't that a beautiful thought?)

Light for Today: When I waken in the morning, You are still thinking of me! Psalm 139:18 TLB

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Friday, May 28, 2010

I am learning

I am learning...

that home is where your bed is.

that it's wiser to be silent.

that your bank statement is a print-out of your heart.

that polite never expires.

that a dog is a friend forever.

that we can always use a hug.

that paths to a friends house can be too far.

that nothing lasts forever.

that I can't expect God to use me

in a way different from the way

He created me.

Light for Today: Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Proverbs 4:6

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stained Glass Windows



They sparkle and shine

when the sun in out,

but when the darkness

sets in, their true beauty

is revealed only if there

is a light from within.

Elizabeth Kuller-Ross

Light for Today: A man's heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Look back and thank God.

Look forward and trust God.

Look around and serve God.

Look within and find God.

God closes doors no man can open and

God opens doors no man can close.

Do you need God to open a door for you?

Light for Today: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved...John 10:9

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Road

Who should mind the road

When the road leads


Light for Today: In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

Monday, May 24, 2010

When You fly

When you walk

the Lord will guide you.

When you run

He will sustain you.

And when you fly

Yes, when you fly

He will take you places

you never dreamed!!

Light for Today: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's okay to cry

I Cry

And it is good

I cry because my young friend is dying.

I cry because my wonderful daughter-in-law is lonesome for her family, friends and her country.

I cry because someone dear to me is progressing fast in her dementia.

I cry because a very special friend can't get a job.

I cry because our neighbors have bad marriage problems.

I cry because my dear friends children are wayward,

I cry because...

I cry...

I cry...

It's okay to cry.

Light for Today: Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

God Is Interested


God wants us to do what He designed us to do. God is pleased when we read the Bible, attend church, pray and share our faith but He is also very interested in all the other things we do. God enjoys watching us at work and getting together with friends. This brings God pleasure if we are doing it in praise to Him. Even the most mundane tasks can be God's pleasure if we are thankful. Washing dishes, cleaning house and gardening are things God gave us to enjoy. When we enjoy these things we also are praising God. Let's make pleasing God the goal of our life.

Light for Today: He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. Psalms 33:15

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Friday, May 21, 2010



Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress and pain. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes and connects you to others. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this medicine is fun, free and easy to use!

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.

Light for Today: A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Proverbs 17:22

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Turn To Prayer


When you are feeling as if you are about to unravel inside, turn to prayer. The travel route of prayer is never misdirected or put off schedule ~ nor is it dangerous. Prayer gives peace and helps us avoid danger.

Light for Today: Pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. Philippians 4:6 TLB

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I Love You, Lord


I Love You

Today I am going to serve you to the best of my abilities.

I am going to do what you want me to do.

I am going to say what you want me to say.

Just because I love you.

Light for Today: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10 NKJV

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Are You A Prisoner?

To forgive is to set a

prisoner free and discover

the prisoner was you.

Light for Today: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6: 14-15

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Golden Gossip


Do you like to talk about people? That's okay as long as everything you say is good. In fact, make it a habit to say nice things about your friends, family and neighbours. Then you are a "golden gossip". You will be loved by everyone and everyone will want to be your friend!

Light for Today: A talebearer revealeth secrets but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Proverbs 11:13

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Free From Care

Praying your day

is free from care


Light for Today: Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Nutty Chocolate Bites


Your favorite recipe of Chocolate Chip Cookies without nuts added

1 1/4 cups mixed nuts with peanuts

1 1/4 cups Hershey's Special Dark chocolate baking chips

1 1/4 cups marshmallow creme

2 tablespoons half-and-half

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular size muffin cups. Prepare chocolate chip cookie recipe. Place 1 tablespoon of cookie dough in each cup. Bake 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, remove Brazil nuts from mixed nuts. If you want to use them coarsely chop them. In 2-quart glass measuring cup add chocolate chips, marshmallows creme, and half-and-half. Microwave on high at 30 second intervals until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir between each 30 seconds. Stir in mixed nuts. Drop about 1 tablespoon nut mixture onto each cookie. Let stand about 15 minutes until chocolate is set. To serve, remove bites from paper baking cups.

Note: If you are lazy and I mean really lazy, use 1 package (16 oz.) ready to bake refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough in place of stirring up your own recipe.


Light for Today: The wise woman builds her house. She provides food for her family. She sets about her work vigorously. Proverbs 14:1, 31:15,17

Friday, May 14, 2010

Life Is Easy!

Life is easier than you think.

All you have to do is:

Accept the impossible,

Bear the intolerable,

And be able to smile at anything.

That's easy enough.

It is??

Only with God's help.

Light for Today: Let all you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pray All The Time

Let us pray

every moment of the day

for the Father above is listening.

When we do the praying

God does the answering.

Light for Today: ...Pray for one another... James 5:16

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Personal Testimony

Jesus Loves Me

This I Know

Jesus Knows Me

This I Love

I can't wait till the day I can lay my head on Jesus' breast and He can put His arms around me. My deepest desire is to be able to kiss the wounds on His hands and feet. Those wounds that were made because He died for ME! He loved me that much, even when I am so unlovable! Jesus is MY Savior.

Light for Today: And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. Ephesians 3:17

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We Need Many Friends

Big Friends

Small Friends

Old Friends

New Friends

Friends From Other Cultures

Disabled Friends

Nice Friends

Sweet Friends

Friends Of Other Races

Good Friends

Friends Of Other Religions

Funny Friends


Light for Today: A sweet friendship refreshes the soul. Proverbs 27:9 The Message

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Let's Have Tea Together

This post is a tribute to Dania & Salwa and a cup of tea.

Come along inside...

We'll see if tea will make the world a better place.

At my table sit with me

I'll pour coffee or some tea;

Perhaps we'll share our tears and laughter,

And be friends forever after.

Please do not salt the tea!

If you must, you may use milk and sugar.

Light for Today: Enjoy life sip by sip not gulp by gulp.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day



You brought someone

special to mind.

I pray you will bless her for

the many ways

she's been a blessing.

Surround her

with your love

and the love

of those who care

so much for her.

Help her to see

the many ways

she's touched her family and

the many hearts

who are blessed

by her heart.

Light for Today: When I pray for you, my heart is full of joy. Phil. 1:4 NLB

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I Pray For You

Just wanted to

bring you a little

sunshine today

and let you

know I

pray for you.

Light for Today: And the God of all grace...will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 NIV

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Friday, May 7, 2010

You are precious



We are the focus

of His love

and the most valuable

of all His creation.

You hold a special place

in His heart

and a special purpose

in this world.


Light for Today: You are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. Isaiah 43:4 NLT

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Home Sweet Home

No Place Like


After traveling 2,265 miles we are home. It was a wonderful and memorable trip. The highlight was meeting our very dear and special friend, Dania in Indianapolis. That alone was worth every mile we drove. We also were very privileged to spend an evening with her sister, Salwa, parents, Ali & Lala, and her very good friend, Jill. They were very hospitable serving us delicious hot tea, (thanks, Salwa) and goodies. We enjoyed learning about life in Baghdad and the adjustments of coming to America. We also learned that you can salt orange juice!! (haha, Dania) Another much enjoyed event was the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. We would highly recommend that to everyone. The displays brought the Bible alive. My favorites were Noah & the ark, King David, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. The grounds have many beautiful plants and flowers with walkways and bridges. We are thankful to God for the lessons learned and memories made on this trip. We are also very grateful for God's protecting hand while traveling. Now we're back to the real world of work and blogging.

Light for Today: Trust should be in the living God who always richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17 TLB


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