Update: Jill

April 30, 2013

Sharing update on Jill and her cancer treatment. TBTG, things are going well. Please keep praying.

Two Rights Attempting To Make A Left!

Jill is doing well. Surgery started late and took longer than anticipated. Now we wait 7-10 days for pathology report. We finally got her home. I got her settled in her chair, all doped up and sleeping. Now  I.m gonna figure dinner out and sit myself down soon! Thank you all for your prayers and support. Jill truly enjoys blogging and enjoys all of you!

Thank you,

Barry Baynes


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At The Crossroads

April 30, 2013


With my heart pounding

I face the dark passageway

And must make a choice . . .

Shall I retreat filled with dread

Or seek opportunity?

By Martha L Shaw – © 4-30-2013

Grrrr! Having One of THOSE Days!

April 30, 2013

Okay, you know what I’m talking about.  It’s the kind of day when you have an ache or pain of some sort and the weather is against you, the telemarketers call before you’ve even had coffee, and EVERYONE is certain that YOUR challenges are NOTHING compared to their own litany of complaints.  Then, yes THEN, they hit you with their demands for you to jump through hoops for them . . . oh, and they want IMMEDIATE action.  Even if I wanted to drop everything and meet their unreasonable demands, today is a day when I simply cannot.  So, I tried to find a place to hide . . . and someone in an online group I am a part of suggested we read the following.  I did.  My blood pressure began to stabilize . . .

Psalm 32

King James Version (KJV)

32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

To read this in many other translations, go to BibleGateway!

The Mountain

April 29, 2013

Love it! We make God so much smaller than He is!

Wordsmith's Desk


Don’t tell God how big your mountain is…

tell the mountain how big your God is.


If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,

‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. “

Matthew 17:20


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Awards, Awards, and MORE Awards!

April 29, 2013

Thank you so much to http://writingforfoodinindy.wordpress.com/  as well as http://creativetidalwave.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/love-letters/ and to http://iamforchange.wordpress.com/ for the MANY very recent blog awards!

I have fallen behind on preparing the many acceptance requirements for a variety of reason (busy busy busy) so please accept my thanks and blessings and know that I will catch up as soon as I can!


Wealth Versus Wisdom – Our Lord’s Love

April 29, 2013

If I am wealthy am I based upon that powerful in ways that matter?  Perhaps that is difficult to answer as stated since it depends on what one considers to truly matter.  Are my words, my talents, my spiritual gifts, reliant on wealth as the world views it in order to be shared?  A question was posed in the Bible . . .

“What good can come from . . . ”  Fill in the blank as you choose but true wisdom comes from Jesus and His love.  So, how does that change our potential point of view?

Mother Teresa said “Today it is very fashionable to talk about the poor.  Unfortunately it is unfashionable to talk with them.”  

So, poverty, which comes in many forms, does seem to change the way this world perceives us.  I could bury my head in the sand spiritually, behave very badly and very publicly, and author a poorly written book which will make me wealthy financially.  Does this change anything?

Jesus said blessed are the poor.  As this world sees it, Mother Teresa was poor indeed.  How tragic would it be if her words, her prayers, her heart had been silenced because her true wealth and power which came from Him didn’t measure up this side of heaven?



Reminder From Jesus

April 29, 2013

I was wrestling with all the messages written “out there” which speak of a Lord who withholds His love until we ourselves are without sin.  As I struggled with this in the knowledge that only our triune God can be sinless, I considered how to express this and whether to do so here.  He immediately answered.  Here is His reminder:

“How is it that you came to love me?  

Because I first loved YOU!”


April 29, 2013

Amen, indeed! How blessed to be part of the body of Christ! We will not always be on the mountain top, but when we are low He always provides the uplifting we need. He, in fact, just did. Read this.


Woman Praying




© 2013 by Jeanne E Webster. All rights reserved


A little whine

A wee bemoan

A sighed whimper

That’s all I’ve sown


The body rebels

Stabs my soul

Pains my mind

Make me whole


Gird my loins

Chin up, I say

Today’s gone

Another day


Hope lies there

Raw and bare

Through the fog



Rest in Him

Hand it o’er

Share the pain

Let it pour


Praise the Lord

Sing a psalm

Ask and seek

His sweet balm





NaPoWriMo     Day 29

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Monday Morning Quote – Giving

April 29, 2013

Read the following quote and my thoughts were of my serious needs like money for instance, home repairs or two, an up to date this and a fully functional that . . .

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

– Kahlil Gibran –

Then there was yesterday . . . came home from church, injured foot unhealed, and found my lawn had been mowed by someone who just took care of it for me quietly.  I thought of my challenges which had emotions a bit stirred up and the friend who held my hand.  I thought of a total stranger (and many friends) who said “I’m praying for you”  The stranger couldn’t know my needs but for listening in faith.  I thought of so many times just yesterday when my heart was made light and my spirits  lifted . . . and not one of the gifts I was given were tangible.  Share His love  . . . it costs little but its value cannot be measured.


Blessed By Darkness

April 28, 2013

 God speaks to me 2

If it wasn’t for the storm

Would the dead wood remain standing?

Without its rain,

Would the pond still refresh my thirst?

Would the grass still grow and cushion my footsteps?

Would the garden still feed my body,

Feed my soul?

If it wasn’t for the storm,

Would I still see the sun and feel its warming rays?


By Martha L Shaw – © 4-28-2013

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