Kay’s Corner

    • Sept.  18′   Blessings For New School year                                                When my kids were young I loved taking them to pick out their new back packs, school supplies, clothes, and shoes for school.  We would spend the day knocking it all out at once as we store hopped on a buying mission. We would be armed and ready for what ever the new school year would bring. As the first day of school closed in on us endless questions went through my mind. Would the kids like their teachers? Would they get to be in the same classrooms as their buddies? But these days the school supplies in my house has long been replaced with watching my 13 year old grandson go to  middle school and calling my 19 year old grandson at college.   There are many times I wish I could go back to the days of making those early morning pancakes swimming in maple syrup before school. Those days that seemed so rushed so stressed and hurried are now just cherished memories of a time I wish I could have back again. Time has flown by so quickly and without my permission. They are suddenly grown up and gone from 203 Cedar Valley Road.  I realize that as we reluctantly hand our kids over to new teachers, new coaches, dorms, and even their own apartments at college. We need to hand them over and trust the complete unchanging   infinite protection of God. He can and will be there to pick up the slack for us. We can trust Him to always be there when we can not. Whether our kids are  coloring at the first grade art table or 500 miles away from us on a college campus. We can trust that Almighty God is watching over them and He will never leave them nor  forsake them.
    •  August  2018           The Way I See It                                                         The things of everyday “normal” life has certainly changed, rearranged or altered in every way I could possibly imagine.The getting up in the morning when I prepared 2 eggs over easy, 2 pieces of wheat toast – 1 plain & 1 with strawberry jam for a man called RC. Whereas my breakfast still remains the same (1cup of hot green tea & wheat toast) but minus the early morning conversation with the person titled husband.To the setting of the sun whereas now I watch the velvet darkness of night go from the sliver of black slowly creep through my den window until it demands the lamps being turned to chase it away. Night has arrived without the routine. I am familiar with the sound of “Goodnight honey, need anything else?”I believe that when the darkness of night filters into my bedroom hear the clock ticking, I think my mind plays funny tricks with me because I think I must get up in early morning to fix breakfast for the man who lives with me. But as I shake my head, I realize the stark awareness that I don’t have to prepare eggs and toast ever again. That makes me feel a bit of sadness. A habit that is so simple, yet so major right now; another normal not normal anymore.Seems as if I measure time not by the hands on the clock, but by the date of his departure. One week, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks and so on the marching of the weeks go by.The hands on the clock move quickly but I also sense a slowness about time. The quickness while at work, the slowly grinding by while at home where the wall echo laugher of days gone by.The way I see it is this is a certain type of a new normal stepping in. A normal I have never experienced before.Millions of others have walked this journey. Each one is seeking the same as I, a new normal. What will this new normal will be about? I have yet to find out. I think perhaps it’s a rearranging of how I embrace my life                                                                                   Life as a single woman.                                                                 Life as a mother and grandmother.                                                    Life as a business woman.                                                                    All three of me are on this journey. A journey I didn’t choose but one which has been forced upon me.Where do all piece of life’s puzzle fit? I don’t know the answers yet. I am daily in prayer for God to reveal this to me. I believe this new normal every day is challenging and rearranging of simple thing as well as complicated things. It’s more adjusting and accepting. I can’t adjust without accepting – these 2 words go together like sunrise and sunset.It’s hard to step out of my comfort zone to re-adjust and accept. I long for things to go back in time to my life before, but since this is impossible. I must unite the bands of the past that hold me, put on new garments of joy, new garments of love, new garments of happiness, and embrace the anticipation of the future.All this is made possible because of the love relationship I have for Jesus and He for me. I have His promise of hope. In this promise, I can move forward.
    • July 18′  Happy Birthday America!                                                            Freedom Isn’t Free                                                                                       Does it make you proud when you hear the song “God Bless America?” I must confess each time I hear the National Anthem  being sung or played it almost brings me to tears, because it cost a lot of people their lives for us to be free and to be able to even stand and proclaim to be Americans. Sometimes we do lose track of how wonderful it is to be called an American, and I know what this country has been through. Our country has been through many wars and has experienced many hardships. But only for the grace of God we are still the greatest country to live in (just ask any citizen of another country.) We, American’s have been blessed by the favor of God simply because when the first settlers came to this land it was dedicated to Father God for His purpose and for His glory.  This is what sets up apart from other countries. It is not our military even though we are mighty;, its not our intelligence even though we have brilliant citizens. I believe it’s our love of Christ shown to others that keep us strong, still a country under God. I was reading a story the other night about the Civil War and how it was fought to end slavery. Even with the new freedom some slaves decided to stay with their owners, afraid to go out in the world the only thing they knew was slavery. Much like some of us after Jesus offers salvation we decide to stay with our “old” master the world. Jesus fought a war to end a different kind of slavery. When He died for us He won a victory, a victory over fear, over jealously, over hatred, and our final enemy death, hell, and the grave. He defeated all the bonds that held us slaves to Satan. After His victory all chains were broken, but much like the slaves after the civil war some hadn’t heard or accepted the was over and they  decided to stay slaves. They like some of us let their  “old” masters keep them in bondage. The good news is we don’t have to be a slave to anything or anyone anymore. Just as our country has fought and is still fighting for freedom. Jesus has fought and won our freedom. He’s the only one who can totally set us free. Freedom isn’t free it cost our country a great price, it cost our Savior the greatest price ~ HIS LIFE!
    •   June 18′              
    •     Be Happy:    I have found the principal to be true. It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy. The more I    received revelation from Gods word the more it opened my heart. I am a grateful, thankful person for all and everything God has done and continues to do for me. So therefore I’m a very happy person. When we experienced the loving, kindness of God its hard to keep it quiet. In fact reminders show up time and time again putting us in remembrance of how god has been to us. I have a 18 month old granddaughter and from birth each morning I have been singing to her the song “This Is The Day The Lord Has Made.” And now when you rock her to sleep she hums, she is praising the Lord in her own way. Children are so care-free when it comes to singing and making joyful noises. It’s a shame when adults lose that somewhere along the way. But happy is the one who finds it again. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. God created His people to know Him and praise Him. And the password to His presence is Thank You. It’s a blessing to the one who has discovered the joy of eternal life to turn that joy into praise and thanksgiving. The result is more people receiving the gift of salvation through our praise because it draws attention to the one (Jesus) who all are looking for.   In the world we live in today happiness seems to be a rare quality these days. But maybe its because thankfulness is rare too. The Happiest people I know are the people who are thankful. Why don’t we start practicing now? Its amazing what doors of grace are opened for thankful hearts.                  Happy Father’s Day! 
    • May 18′     Seven Ways To Love Your Mother John 19: 26-27      Jesus on the cross, bearing the weight of the sins of the whole world on His shoulders yet He sees to it to make sure His mother is taken care of after He is gone. He is showing all of us today how important it is to take care and love mothers. If your mother is still alive regardless of your mothers age or your age you can love her in these 7 ways                                                     1~ LOVE HER VERBALLY:    Men have the philosophy “ I don’t have to say I Love You you already know.” That may be true but a woman especially a mother needs to hear the words   I Love You                                                                                                    2~ LOVE HER PHYSICALLY  When is the last time you gave your mom a big hug or a kiss on the cheek? She’s the first person who ever touched you. She changed your diapers, potty trained you, wiped food off your face. She deserves your hugs and kisses.                                                                                                  3~ LOVE HER PATIENTLY:    Mothers have an incredible job with no pay. No position in the business world compares to physical emotional and spiritual commitment she has in  4~ LOVE HER ATTENTIVELY    Mothers listen with their hearts. She has a sympathetic eye and always will be on your side. And sometimes its your turn to listen and be her “Rock”. It’s  payback time.                                                                                        5~ LOVE HER GENEROUSLY:    There’s nothing too good for her. We could never repay her, but we ought to die trying before she does. Remember she didn’t spend on herself unless  your needs were met first.                                                              6~ LOVE HER GRATEFULLY: She needs a sincere “Thank You” and not just today but from a genuinely thankful heart when she least expects it.                                                                                 7~ lOVE HER HONORABLY:     Exodus 20:12Honor they Father and Mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.                                                      There is a bonding as long as your mom lives. If the  husband is the head of the home then the mother is the heart. Give yourself a great present and hug and tell your mother you love her!                        HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
    • April 18′    “Easter Baskets Or An Empty Tomb”                                    As I was shopping for items to decorate for Easter, I was suddenly made aware of the absence of Resurrection things and the over abundance of “Rabbit” things.  Now I must give credit to Hobby Lobby and the Bible Book Store (God bless them), they did have things I could use. As I was driving home from Hickory, I started remembering about Easter when I was growing up and how different it is now.  My Pastor used to say  “He is risen, He is risen indeed.”  This was a favorite ritual every Easter Sunday morning, he was sort of “priming the pump” so to speak for what was to come.  Then after the congregation sang songs such as “He Arose” and “At The Cross” (very loudly and with a lot of heart), the Pastor told us the Easter story. I also remember as a child that everyonethat all the kids had new white shoes and some wore hats and gloves.  Several of the Moms and Dads had a flower on their suits and dresses.  Excitement was in the air.  Lots of beautifully colored eggs, jelly beans, marshmallow eggs, and very special large chocolate covered candy eggs.  It marked the coming of Spring.  Pastel colors were everywhere.  Flowers were blooming, the air was warmer.  It was such a happy time. Now I am older I know Easter in a much different way..  It’s not about candy, baskets of eggs, or chocolate bunnies.  It’s about a Savior who came to us, to save us because He loved us.  What a deal.  I know Easter is about His death, His burial, and His resurrection.  Jesus, is the only Son of God, was born so that one day He would die.  He chose to become the sacrifice for you and for me.  Now that’s something to rejoice over! The Bible says “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting live.” – John 3:16. It’s so wonderful by faith, we simply believe in the great price that was paid for us.  We sinned, Jesus died on a cross to pay for our sins but He didn’t stay dead.  For on the 3rd day He rose from the grave.  The tomb where Jesus was buried and from where He rose was empty and only the grave clothes were left behind.  Left behind for all to see “I’m gone” but I will be back.  Back for each of us.  Each of us who have placed our faith in Him as our Savior. So you see Easter isn’t at all about baskets full of candy, pretty clothes, or spring flowers.  It’s about an empty tomb.  He Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!       HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY! 
    •  March 18′            The Choice:                                                                             In life each and every one of us is confronted daily with choices and decisions that we must make.  Our lives are the sum of all our choices. The kind of people we are is determined by the ultimate choices we make. Thousands of years ago mankind was infected with the poison of spiritual death at the fall of Adam. Sin transformed the human race, which had been designed to work in Union with our creator but after the fall we started to walk in darkness.  All of this changed with the birth of Jesus Christ.  We had a choice again. He spread the message of love, compassion, and healing not by mere words but rather by reaching out to all the hurting people around him.  We as true followers of Jesus Christ are moved by a very different agenda than unbelievers. Those who make the choice for life by serving Jesus are transformed by the relationship we have with Him.  The more time we spend in Jesus presence the more we become like Him. The life we live from day to day gives testimony to who we are and what we are in Him.  
    •  February 18′        Happy Love Day!                                               Luke 6:32-35
    • “I Love You” is a term that is carelessly used into the world today. Most define love as a feeling something you can fall in and out of throughout your life. But God does not define love in this way. Godly love is given regardless if the other deserves it or not. Even someone without Christ can love someone who loves him. But it takes the supernatural power and presence of the Holy Spirit to love the unlovable– to love someone who is unloving towards you. And yet this is how Christ has saved us to do. He wants us to love others with the same grace and mercy with the same grace and mercy with which He has loved us. That requires more than candy hearts and boxes of chocolate. For some loving those who haven’t earned it may mean loving your spouse or other family members. For others it might be co-workers, neighbors, or friends. Enemies are not necessarily those who physically come against us but also those who have betrayed trust and hurt us.  Unconditional love is no small task it is our nature to protect ourselves from physical and emotional harm. But Jesus showed us how to lay our lives down for others for the sake of the gospel.  And sometimes this means putting the needs of others before ourselves and others through His eyes. It is so easy for us to give up on people who are selfish and cruel. But with Jesus there are no lost causes because with God all things are possible. This Valentines let’s try to love others as we want them to love us.
    • January 2018′        Welcome 2018!                                                                                THIS YEAR I WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE…            I would like to share with each of you my personal letter that I wrote to myself  many years ago. I read this to myself the first of each year! This year I will make a difference not only to the people around me but to myself. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his own thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful.  I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion  and victory will be my hallmark.  I will be grateful this year God has given me. Each day holds twenty-four hours. This is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow my time to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I promise I will face each day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. When each day comes I will embrace it’s wonder and use it for loving and giving.  I will not let past failures haunt me even though my life is scarred with mistakes. I refuse to rummage through my trash heaps of failures. I will admit them and correct them. I will ask  forgiveness for them and press on victoriously.  No failure is Fatal! It’s okay to stumble . I will get up! It is okay to fail. I will rise again! I will spend more time with those I love. My spouse, my children, and my family. A person can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A person can own nothing yet be wealthy in relationships. This year I will spend time with the most important people in my life, and I will commit my heart to spend more time with my God and allow Him to change me to be more like His son Jesus. I will spend quality time talking, hugging, thanking, listening, and loving. It only takes one to light a candle to scatter the darkness. With God’s help, I will be that one…. THIS YEAR I WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE…
    •  December 17′            “The Promise Of The Birth”                              In the joyful celebration of Christmas, there is a certain amount of sadness that echoes throughout the ages.  Jesus was born to die, yet His birth brings hope and  promise.  Look in the background of the manger scene.  Is the cross already waiting?We all have much to be thankful for this Christmas as we remember our Savior’s birth over 2,000 years ago.  Not only did He come down to Earth, but He also allowed Himself to be tortured and crucified ~ all for our sake.  He now looks down on us from His Heavenly Throne, with His heart full of compassion, and says “I did all this  because I love you.”What God did on that night is beyond comprehension. Through His Son He came to Earth to reveal what could not be seen by the naked eye, which could not be  understood through the rational mind.  He showed the World a hope that could be experienced only through the heart by the power of His love and grace. Behind the tinsel and tree is a light that shines brighter than all of the others. The light of our Savior’s birth.  Sadly, many will not see it because they are caught up in all of the  decorations and gifts.  They will not truly realize what they are doing when they give presents to loved ones. Their simple act of love is representing the greatest act of love the World has ever known. The words of John 3:16 take on new meaning when put into context of      Christmas morning, “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son.”  Because of His overwhelming compassion for each of us, God sacrificed His Son both in life and death.  Today we can celebrate with hope in our heart and joy in our soul for Jesus’ birth gave us new life now and forever. On this Christmas it is the hope of Shaire Center that you have the promise of Christ in your heart and all the joy of the fullness of knowing Him as your Savior. 
    • MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!    
    • November 17′   Happy ThanksgivingThis is the season of Harvest and Blessings, so its easy to allow the overflow of the beautiful goodness all around to bubble up inside and come out in a thankful prayer. A lot of us claim to pray especially when we are up against the wall, but many of us don’t really understand the power of prayer to deliver us from temptation. Prayer makes a real difference in our lives. It enables us to shut out all the distractions of the world and lift the petitions of our heart to God. And that’s where we can leave them, in His hands. Then after we pray, all we must do is believe. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. When my faith gets low, I remind myself one hundred times a day that God is able to keep what I entrust Him. At all times we must believe, then keep on believing some more. God will come through. How can we be sure? Because our belief is based upon His might, not our own ability to stand strong. Prayer blesses God, but it also serves to encourage us. How? Prayer builds hope where there was despair. Any time we are in trouble, we can ask for God’s help. He will give us peace where there was confusion, but we must be honest with ourselves and with the Lord. The thing about thankful prayers is that we don’t have to wait until were hard pressed call out to God. We  can lift a prayer of thanksgiving to Him right now for all the wonderful things He has done. Prayer is best when it comes from out hearts. God has it covered. He can be trusted and He is worthy of our praise. The Lord is touched by our prayers and He cares. Lets declare our love to God this November. Lets declare His faithfulness in the morning and at night, this Thanksgiving season and all the year long. God is more wonderful than out hearts can   imagine. Lets praise Him for who He is and who we are in His presence.       
    •   October 2017:      Who Am I?                                                                   Have you ever wondered or ask yourself, who am I, what am I doing here on this earth? Am I making a difference I think all of us have asked these questions. Let’s talk  about it. ~ Many of us desire to make a difference and be used of God. I know this is my hearts desire to make a difference not only in my own life but in other peoples lives. But sometimes we don’t believe that God would choose us to do something that would make a impact. We can be used by God. He  desires that we step out in faith so that He can reveal himself through us. How can this happen. 1~We should realize that God sees us in a different light than we see ourselves. ~ I Samuel 16:72     2~ We also need to understand Gods standard for our hearts ~Psalms 10:22          3~ His plan is that we live a blameless life, not just in outward  appearance but that we will also have a blameless heart where only He can see.   This is a supernatural plan. It is something only God can work into our lives. It allows us to become vessels of honor useful to God. He will give us all we need so that we can be all He wants in our lives. As we seek to let Jesus live in us, each situation we find  ourselves in we discover that our Christian life is becoming less  of an act of us and more of an act of God. God desires to do good things through us as we step forward in obedience. Obedience to what ever He calls on us each day to be It’s a daily walk, hand in hand with Jesus.         How’s your walk today?
    •  September 17 ”  Sippy Cup Lessons                                                       Red, pink, and green. These are the colors of Kensie my 22 month old granddaughters “sippy cups” She is only a toddler but I let her pick out which color she wants each day to drink from of course her’s is the pink one. These brightly colored cups have been with us now for 2 years it goes from the high chair to table to RC’s over chair table. These sippy cups are always topped with sippie rubber seals that often save the floor from a milk or juice bath. But “smart” Kensie has learned how to loosen them and slowly leak the milk or juice drop by drop onto the floor. Then she loves to get a paper towel to wipe it up. The cups are useful to her now but soon she will drop them by the wayside as she has done with some toys she has outgrown. But for now I love the way she holds it and lifts it up for  refills Isn’t that similar to the way we need refills from Jesus. Refills of His word, His grace, His mercy and His love. Because sometimes we sit on empty, our “spiritual” sippy cups have nothing in them. A cup to Kensies is a small thing yet we fill it many times to nourish and quench her thirst. Yes, these cups provide much nourishment for my granddaughter but also watching her drink from them and feed her dolls with them give me many  memories.  I am also reminded that each one of us– no matter what age needs spiritual nourishment so we can grow in out relationship with the Lord. Kensie, my granddaughter will out grow her relationship with her sippy cup. We never out grow our relationship with God. We always need to drink from the living water giving by God. Psalms 23:5~ You prepare a table before me in the midst of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runneth overJohn 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldn’t have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”  Just as Kensie will sometime in the future recall drinking from her sippy cup. Our times with God need to be not just a memory of something we recall in our past, but a daily occurrence. As we spend time with Him regularly it will affect out character and growth in our relationship with our Lord. He needs to be the one we drink from and from whom we receive nourishment. He needs to be what we desire more than anything or anyone. Just like my granddaughter’s favorite sippy cup is pink, Jesus must be our favorite color of all
    • August 17 ‘       Seeing God                                                                                                                         Psalm 19:1   The heavens declare the glory of God. And the firmament shows His handiwork.                                                        My grandmothers birthday was June 2nd, as I was remembering that day I was also thinking about some of her “old fashion” wisdom that she imparted into me. Allow me to share one of her nuggets. One beautiful summer evening I was a small girl sitting on Mama Deals large wrap around porch. We was watching the fireflies and listing to the birds as they were saying goodnight to each other as they snuggled in the limbs of the trees. As I sat there looking up at the night sky, she said “Kay, you have stars in your eyes.” I didn’t understand, she said “ the stars are shining in your eyes.” “And they look so pretty.” I remember rubbing my eyes she laughed and said “But always be as pretty inside as you are on the outside.” I didn’t quite know then about what her words meant but I do now. I was and still am greatly impressed by the beauty of the night sky. When my children were small and the sun started to go to bed I would tell them he was pulling the clouds up for his cover. Then I told them that I saw stars in their eyes. Just as my memory with my grandmother the picture of my children with stars in their eyes remain in my memory bank. Always after my grandmother answered my many questions, I would hush for a bit. But this one particular night I looked up to the sky “ Mama Deal, can anyone see God?” “Kay, its getting so I cant see anything but God.” She went on to explain what she meant, quoting Psalms 19:1 “ Only a 5th grade education she possessed but could quote the Bible without missing a beat.” The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork. All who are willing to open their eyes to the beauty, design, order, complexity, and power in nature can see evidence of an all wise, all the powerful creator. We of Faith find Him not only everywhere but also in everything. As the world gets darker, happy is the person who can say as Mama Deal did “Its getting so I cant see anything but God.”
    • July 17′  Happy Birthday America! Freedom Isn’t Free                 Does it make you proud when you hear the song “God Bless America?” I must confess each time I hear the National Anthem  being sung or played it almost brings me to tears, because it cost a lot of people their lives for us to be free and to be able to even stand and proclaim to be Americans. Sometimes we do lose track of how wonderful it is to be called an American, and I know what this country has been through. Our country has been through many wars and has experienced many hardships. But only for the grace of God we are still the greatest country to live in (just ask any citizen of another country.) We, American’s have been blessed by the favor of God simply because when the first settlers came to this land it was dedicated to Father God for His purpose and for His glory.  This is what sets up apart from other countries. It is not our military even though we are mighty;, its not our intelligence even though we have brilliant citizens. I believe it’s our love of Christ shown to others that keep us strong, still a country under God. I was reading a story the other night about the Civil War and how it was fought to end slavery. Even with the new freedom some slaves decided to stay with their owners, afraid to go out in the world the only thing they knew was slavery. Much like some of us after Jesus offers salvation we decide to stay with our “old” master the world. Jesus fought a war to end a different kind of slavery. When He died for us He won a victory, a victory over fear, over jealously, over hatred, and our final enemy death, hell, and the grave. He defeated all the bonds that held us slaves to Satan. After His victory all chains were broken, but much like the slaves after the civil war some hadn’t heard or accepted the was over and they  decided to stay slaves. They like some of us let their  “old” masters keep them in bondage. The good news is we don’t have to be a slave to anything or anyone anymore. Just as our country has fought and is still fighting for freedom. Jesus has fought and won our freedom. He’s the only one who can totally set us free. Freedom isn’t free it cost our country a great price, it cost our Savior the greatest price ~ HIS LIFE!

    • June 17′                              Be Happy:                                                               I have found the principal to be true. It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy. The more I    received revelation from Gods word the more it opened my heart. I am a grateful, thankful person for all and everything God has done and continues to do for me. So therefore I’m a very happy person. When we experienced the loving, kindness of God its hard to keep it quiet. In fact reminders show up time and time again putting us in remembrance of how god has been to us. I have a 18 month old granddaughter and from birth each morning I have been singing to her the song “This Is The Day The Lord Has Made.” And now when you rock her to sleep she hums, she is praising the Lord in her own way. Children are so care-free when it comes to singing and making joyful noises. It’s a shame when adults lose that somewhere along the way. But happy is the one who finds it again. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. God created His people to know Him and praise Him. And the password to His presence is Thank You. It’s a blessing to the one who has discovered the joy of eternal life to turn that joy into praise and thanksgiving. The result is more people receiving the gift of salvation through our praise because it draws attention to the one (Jesus) who all are looking for.   In the world we live in today happiness seems to be a rare quality these days. But maybe its because thankfulness is rare too. The Happiest people I know are the people who are thankful. Why don’t we start practicing now? Its amazing what doors of grace are opened for thankful hearts.                  Happy Father’s Day! 

    • May 2017     Seven Ways To Love Your Mother John 19: 26-27      Jesus on the cross, bearing the weight of the sins of the whole world on His shoulders yet He sees to it to make sure His mother is taken care of after He is gone. He is showing all of us today how important it is to take care and love mothers. If your mother is still alive regardless of your mothers age or your age you can love her in these 7 ways                                                     1~ LOVE HER VERBALLY:    Men have the philosophy “ I don’t have to say I Love You you already know.” That may be true but a woman especially a mother needs to hear the words   I Love You                                                                                                    2~ LOVE HER PHYSICALLY  When is the last time you gave your mom a big hug or a kiss on the cheek? She’s the first person who ever touched you. She changed your diapers, potty trained you, wiped food off your face. She deserves your hugs and kisses.                                                                                                  3~ LOVE HER PATIENTLY:    Mothers have an incredible job with no pay. No position in the business world compares to physical emotional and spiritual commitment she has in                                                                                                                                    4~ LOVE HER ATTENTIVELY    Mothers listen with their hearts. She has a sympathetic eye and always will be on your side. And sometimes its your turn to listen and be her “Rock”. It’s  payback time.                                                                                        5~ LOVE HER GENEROUSLY:    There’s nothing too good for her. We could never repay her, but we ought to die trying before she does. Remember she didn’t spend on herself unless  your needs were met first.                                                              6~ LOVE HER GRATEFULLY: She needs a sincere “Thank You” and not just today but from a genuinely thankful heart when she least expects it.                                                                                 7~ lOVE HER HONORABLY:     Exodus 20:12Honor they Father and Mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.                                                      There is a bonding as long as your mom lives. If the  husband is the head of the home then the mother is the heart. Give yourself a great present and hug and tell your mother you love her!   HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!


    • April 17′    “Easter Baskets Or An Empty Tomb”                                    As I was shopping for items to decorate for Easter, I was suddenly made aware of the absence of Resurrection things and the over abundance of “Rabbit” things.  Now I must give credit to Hobby Lobby and the Bible Book Store (God bless them), they did have things I could use. As I was driving home from Hickory, I started remembering about Easter when I was growing up and how different it is now.  My Pastor used to say  “He is risen, He is risen indeed.”  This was a favorite ritual every Easter Sunday morning, he was sort of “priming the pump” so to speak for what was to come.  Then after the congregation sang songs such as “He Arose” and “At The Cross” (very loudly and with a lot of heart), the Pastor told us the Easter story. I also remember as a child that everyone wore fancy clothes on that day.  It was only on that Sunday that all the kids had new white shoes and some wore hats and gloves.  Several of the Moms and Dads had a flower on their suits and dresses.  Excitement was in the air.  Lots of beautifully colored eggs, jelly beans, marshmallow eggs, and very special large chocolate covered candy eggs.  It marked the coming of Spring.  Pastel colors were everywhere.  Flowers were blooming, the air was warmer.  It was such a happy time. Now I am older I know Easter in a much different way..  It’s not about candy, baskets of eggs, or chocolate bunnies.  It’s about a Savior who came to us, to save us because He loved us.  What a deal.  I know Easter is about His death, His burial, and His resurrection.  Jesus, is the only Son of God, was born so that one day He would die.  He chose to become the sacrifice for you and for me.  Now that’s something to rejoice over! The Bible says “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting live.” – John 3:16. It’s so wonderful by faith, we simply believe in the great price that was paid for us.  We sinned, Jesus died on a cross to pay for our sins but He didn’t stay dead.  For on the 3rd day He rose from the grave.  The tomb where Jesus was buried and from where He rose was empty and only the grave clothes were left behind.  Left behind for all to see “I’m gone” but I will be back.  Back for each of us.  Each of us who have placed our faith in Him as our Savior. So you see Easter isn’t at all about baskets full of candy, pretty clothes, or spring flowers.  It’s about an empty tomb.  He Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!       HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!         



    • March 17′            The Choice:                                                                             In life each and every one of us is confronted daily with choices and decisions that we must make.  Our lives are the sum of all our choices. The kind of people we are is determined by the ultimate choices we make. Thousands of years ago mankind was infected with the poison of spiritual death at the fall of Adam. Sin transformed the human race, which had been designed to work in Union with our creator but after the fall we started to walk in darkness.  All of this changed with the birth of Jesus Christ.  We had a choice again. He spread the message of love, compassion, and healing not by mere words but rather by reaching out to all the hurting people around him.  We as true followers of Jesus Christ are moved by a very different agenda than unbelievers. Those who make the choice for life by serving Jesus are transformed by the relationship we have with Him.  The more time we spend in Jesus presence the more we become like Him. The life we live from day to day gives testimony to who we are and what we are in Him.

    • February 17′         Happy Love Day                 Luke 6:32-35                       “I Love You” is a term that is carelessly used into the world today. Most define love as a feeling something you can fall in and out of throughout your life. But God does not define love in this way. Godly love is given regardless if the other deserves it or not. Even someone without Christ can love someone who loves him. But it takes the supernatural power and presence of the Holy Spirit to love the unlovable– to love someone who is unloving towards you. And yet this is how Christ has saved us to do. He wants us to love others with the same grace and mercy with the same grace and mercy with which He has loved us. That requires more than candy hearts and boxes of chocolate. For some loving those who haven’t earned it may mean loving your spouse or other family members. For others it might be co-workers, neighbors, or friends. Enemies are not necessarily those who physically come against us but also those who have betrayed trust and hurt us.  Unconditional love is no small task it is our nature to protect ourselves from physical and emotional harm. But Jesus showed us how to lay our lives down for others for the sake of the gospel.  And sometimes this means putting the needs of others before ourselves and others through His eyes. It is so easy for us to give up on people who are selfish and cruel. But with Jesus there are no lost causes because with God all things are possible. This Valentines let’s try to love others as we want them to love us.

    • January 17′        Welcome 2017                                                                                THIS YEAR I WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE…            I would like to share with each of you my personal letter that I wrote to myself many years ago. I read this to myself the first of each year! This year I will make a difference not only to the people around me but to myself. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his own thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful.  I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion  and victory will be my hallmark.  I will be grateful this year God has given me. Each day holds twenty-four hours. This is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow my time to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I promise I will face each day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. When each day comes I will embrace it’s wonder and use it for loving and giving.  I will not let past failures haunt me even though my life is scarred with mistakes. I refuse to rummage through my trash heaps of failures. I will admit them and correct them. I will ask  forgiveness for them and press on victoriously.  No failure is Fatal! It’s okay to stumble . I will get up! It is okay to fail. I will rise again! I will spend more time with those I love. My spouse, my children, and my family. A person can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A person can own nothing yet be wealthy in relationships. This year I will spend time with the most important people in my life, and I will commit my heart to spend more time with my God and allow Him to change me to be more like His son Jesus. I will spend quality time talking, hugging, thanking, listening, and loving. It only takes one to light a candle to scatter the darkness. With God’s help, I will be that one…. THIS YEAR I WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE…