10 things that make me smile

  1. spending time with my daughters
  2. the sound of ‘Gramma’ coming from one of my grandchildren
  3. waking up with the cool mountain air surrounding me
  4. the peace I feel when sitting in my home on a quiet afternoon
  5. a nice visit with my Mom
  6. the peace that God gives me
  7. a weekend trip with Jim
  8. a super delicious gluten-free treat
  9. pretty flowers growing in my yard
  10. being near the ocean

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warm air & wispy clouds

There’s a warmth in the air. The sun in all its glory has caught my attention as it slips closer and closer to the horizon. A few wispy clouds blocking, yet adding to that stunning view. The birds have quieted down. The bees have stopped buzzing. And there’s a gentle breeze blowing. This day is just about done.

_MG_6169-1As I think back, it was a good day. I got in a little quiet time this morning … a necessity for every day! And I managed to get in a little still life photography before I headed in to pick up my grandson.

Take a MomentToday I went in a little early to get a picture of this adorable little church. Such an inviting little spot with its tree-filled landscape inviting you in to hear about Jesus.

Creston Community Church-1.jpgThe sun is gone now and darkness is beginning to fold in all around me. I guess it’s time to go inside and put this day to rest.

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a pass-time

A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine taught a knitting class at church. I’ve wanted to learn knitting since I was a young girl, so I was very excited about this. She was a good teacher because I learned how! 🙂 Knitting is something I can take with me pretty much anywhere I go. I just keep whatever project I’m working on in a small bag and it’s ready to go. Knitting is such a great pass-time!  Continue reading “a pass-time”


According to the dictionary, trust is … a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. It takes a lot to trust someone … it’s interesting though because we trust things that humans have made, such as cars, airplanes, bridges … we trust that they won’t crash, they’ll keep us safe, they won’t fall apart while driving on them. But then it’s difficult to trust in God.

He is the one and only who keeps us safe. He is able to keep us from danger and harm. He is able to set us free from things that bind us. These are hard statements. We know that people get hurt and end up in dangerous situations. We know that people are bound and some never get free. Unfortunately, because of this world we live in, there are those situations that happen.

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If you’ve never trusted in God, it can be a difficult concept. I’ll tell you some of my experience in learning to trust Him …


In the early days of my salvation … okay, how about the very first day … I’d found myself in a situation that I’d never been in in my whole life. My life was at stake. I had lost control of who I was. My father in law told me to trust in Jesus and He would help me. I still didn’t know what that meant, but I said I would. I had to. There was nothing else I could do. Later that day, the man, who became my pastor gave me some verses from the Bible and told me to write them down on a piece of paper and keep them close by where I was. He said if I read them when I was having difficulty and believed them that God would help me.

So then began the process of me learning to trust in God. When I became afraid or felt as though control of me was being given over to someone or something other than me, I would read the verses. Over time, I noticed that a peace came over me and I realized that reading those words was helping me. Not only were they giving me peace but they were developing a trust in God that I didn’t know existed.

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I don’t know where you are in your life, but trusting in the Lord for your situations will help. It may take some time, but He always helps those who call on Him. I encourage you to call on Him today!