by admin on August 27, 2014

brave (1)

There’s been a lot of talk about being brave. In fact, Annie Downs just released a book called Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life With Everything You Have

This past week I was at my daughter’s – she had surgery on the 19th and I was blessed to be able to go and run the household while she rested and recuperated. Honestly, I was glad I still had it in me! Each day was packed full with laundry, dogs, meals, tidying up, Hannah and Simon! I fell into bed at night and slept like a baby!

My granddaughter has a terrible habit of saying, “I’m scared,” whenever she has to do something new or different. She has a job now and one morning when I dropped her off she said in her goofy voice, “Mimi, I’m scared.” Well, it occurred to me that she was putting voice to a very negative, unholy thought. I finally told her that every time she said that she was speaking a curse over herself. She immediately stopped saying it.

But, last week something made me very scared. It wrought a fear in me that I am still rebuking.

The beheading of American journalist, James Foley, by the Islamic state militants.

I finally had to turn off the television news shows – I couldn’t bear seeing the gruesome photo of him kneeling with his murderer standing behind him (NO, I did not watch the video.).

I talked to the Lord about it – a lot.

I don’t want to be scared.

I don’t want to live in fear.

I want to be brave and courageous.

I’m just not sure I am.

Are you?


For God did not give us a spirit of fear. But of power, love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1.7


Wednesday linkup’s:

Kaitlyn Bouchillon

Word Filled Wednesday

Coffee for Your Heart

Three Word Wednesday

Jennifer Dukes Lee


peggy and the potbellied pig

by admin on August 20, 2014

Elsa the Pig

Elsa, the potbellied pig!

We were filled with laughter,
and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
“What amazing things the LORD has done for them.” Psalm 126.2

For many years I laughed but it wasn’t real. It was faked. It was one of the masks I wore…life was good, I was free. Lies I had been fed by the enemy of my soul.

I love to laugh now. I have friends who are hysterical and know how to laugh and make me laugh. One of my friends actually sticks out his tongue at me and particularly when I can’t respond to it! I laugh pretty easily these days. Sometimes I fall back into the seriousness and I forget.

Yesterday after our 30th birthday celebration at my church, a bunch (a big bunch) of us went to another friend’s home for a gathering. Now I have never been to a home where a cute little pig greeted me inside at the front door. I had never had that happen before. I didn’t know how to greet her. Do you pet a pig, ask a pig to sit, give a pig a treat? What do you do? She was a perfect little lady pig and was right in the middle of the fun! She walked around on her little high heeled hooves like a petite ballerina.

We played HEADBANDS, where you wear words on your forehead and the others give you clues and you try to guess what the word is.  A silly game but what fun we had, we were all yelling, laughing and I think I was losing most of the time!

Laughter…in the midst of your mess, don’t forget to laugh. It is very good medicine and the Lord wants us to laugh, live life to the fullest. We were created for relationships and seclusion is not what He wants for us. Don’t have people in your life? Find some godly people at your church. We have life groups at my church, opportunities for service almost every Sunday, classes…we live life together and we are really family! God created us that way. We laugh together, cry together, socialize together, pray for each other, help each other. It is powerful.

Find someone today. Reach out, you are not alone in this journey and you were not created to be a loner!

Abiding in Him,



flip flops

August 13, 2014

Tweet   This post is for me. But, as they say, if the shoe fits… Do you ever feel like the world’s biggest hypocrite? I confess, I do. Do I really believe… that God can heal chronic pain and illness? that God can restore broken marriages? that God can quiet the wind? that God can […]

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a mistake turned to hope

August 8, 2014

Tweet It was a simple necklace I designed and had made – lots of them! The ops manager of the company helped me make a contact in China to have the necklace made and I received the shipment of 500 necklaces and the irony of it was the manufacturer could not assure me they did […]

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practicing grace

August 6, 2014

Tweet In the fourth grade, Mrs. Mayfield (my all-time favorite teacher EVER), taught us a very important principle. Practice does not make PERFECT – PERFECT practice makes perfect.   Think about it. If you keep practicing something incorrectly, you will never be able to do it correctly. Makes sense to me. This post is not about […]

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it’s finally over

July 30, 2014

Tweet Bye-bye July! July, that is. It’s not July’s fault that it is so difficult to get through. After all, a month cannot be blamed for its events, its sadness or grief – but, nevertheless, those things shape it for all time. At least, for me. I have to live July with intention. To plan […]

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summer 2014 soireé

July 23, 2014

Tweet G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D. That’s what the banner spelled out! It was a mid-summer celebration of girlfriends! About one month ago I sent an email to about 25 women I consider a good friend, asking them to hold July 19th open for a gathering. I received an overwhelming response… “Count me in.” “Marked my calendar.” “What do […]

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summer 2014 favorites

July 16, 2014

Tweet One of my least favorite things is that I don’t have a camera and I have to use Google images to convey what my favorite summer things are! But, here we go. This blog is about as SHORT & SWEET as it gets, it’s July remember? Enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. […]

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summer food

July 9, 2014

Tweet My summer blogging efforts continue with the K.I.S.S. method (Keepin’ It Short & Sweet!) This week I want to share a few tried and true EASY dishes and one that looks so good although I haven’ t tried yet! Taco Salad Years ago when I was a busy, working mom there were times after […]

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July 4, 2014

Tweet I love this video of the whale being set free from the bondages of the tangled fishing gear – the first time I saw it I thought how much this reminded me of the freedom Jesus Christ gives us. I’ve been entangled by the ravishes of sin and just like this film, the messy […]

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