Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Father

My Father’s way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad to know,
He makes no mistakes,

My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,
For He doth know the way,

Though the night be dark and it may seem,
That day will never break,
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He makes no mistake,

There’s so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight’s far too dim,
But come what may, I’ll simply trust,
And leave it all to Him,

For by and by the mist will lift,
And plain it all He’ll make,
Through all the way, though dark to me,
He made not one mistake.

– A.M. Overton, 1932


Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Kara Tippetts
April 26, 2016
Life without a Bucket List
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NIV)

{Editor's Note: On March 22nd, 2015, Kara Tippetts went home to be with Jesus after a long and difficult battle with cancer. While she was here, she touched so many lives, and helped people understand how you can find God, even in the midst of suffering, even in the midst of the mundane. Kara’s response to her terminal brain cancer was filled with grace, hope and peace. This devotional comes from her final book, And It Was Beautiful. We hope these words will speak to you in a special way today.}

I can confidently say I don’t live with a long list of things I want to do, see or complete before I’m done in this place. I carried a dream for years of having a farm. I was in love with all things Wendell Berry. I could picture it, the life of routine created by the land and its rhythms.
But beyond that, I’ve never longed for having a list and checking things off. I’m happy with my old cars, my simple wardrobe, my lack of fancy things and vacations. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good concert, but I also love an organic dance party in my kitchen. I love great food, but I also love a hot dog over the fire pit in my backyard. I love a hike in the mountains, but I also love a walk around the block with my people.

Last week, when I heard I may have another long road to travel on this journey, I turned to Jason and cried. I told him how day after day this place is losing its grip on me. Driving down the street, this place sometimes feels so [vulgar], so wanting my money without care for my heart.
Billboards blare at me what to buy, what to think, how to vote. But the tie that binds me here is relationships. Sickness makes those bonds more real, more important. It’s people who grip my heart.
Suffering has a way of exposing our theology, certainly our practical theology, where what we believe about God collides with where we live. My heart always hurts a little when someone hears my story and begins to question God’s goodness.
I have found that suffering makes my faith more childlike, more simple. Our ideas of God are not necessarily made bigger or more grandiose through suffering, but they are simplified as we wade through the unknown of what comes next.
Last week, in that unknown, I was smooching on [my son] Lake and the thought hit me that I won’t be around to help him navigate his first heartbreak. I was in a public place and I nearly lost my footing because of the fear that gripped me in that moment. I looked up and saw my growing girls and was almost suffocated by the thought of who will help them during the awkward years of puberty. Shouldn’t it be me? That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? Can’t I stay and be here for them when they need me?
The truth is none of us know the length of our lives. So we pray for daily bread and say thank you when it comes. For today I have a little boy who will cross the room to give me a hug. I have a baby girl who gives me 10 kisses when I ask for five. I have a preteen who still holds my hand in public, in front of her friends even. I have a second born who loves to tell me every tiny detail of her day. I have a guy who makes coffee just like I like it.
A bucket list? No, I don’t need one. I’m so rich. It’s relationships that matter. And for me, paying attention to the precious gift of today is the only thing on my list.
Dear Lord, thank You for the blessings that I have, the friends, family, relationships, even the material possessions I own. But Lord, please let my heart not rest in these. Let my heart not grow hard, or grow weary when You decide that something should be taken from me. May You forever be my ultimate rock and resting place. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Philippians 4:11-13, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (NIV)
Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)
And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye was Kara Tippetts’ final book. It is full of short stories reminding you that whether you are in the midst of dark days or mundane moments Jesus is always there, life is surprisingly beautiful, and God is forever good.
Kara wrote two other books. In The Hardest Peace, you will journey with Kara through a beautiful story of God’s grace in her life — in the good, the bad and the everyday. In Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together, written with her friend, Jill Buteyn, Kara writes about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry and even cancer.

What one hope, dream, blessing, are you holding onto so tightly that you won’t entrust it fully to God? Give it up to Him today.
© 2016 by Kara Tippetts. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 31 Ministries thanks David C Cook for their sponsorship of today's devotion.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015


Definition of "Bucket List"  derives from the term "kick the bucket" which refers to when a person passes away. This is where the phrase "Bucket List" came from. It is a list of things that you want to do before you "kick the bucket" The items on this list can be as simple as "Fly a kite" or "Cook a meal". They can also be more meaningful to the person writing the list such as, "Make a difference in somebody's life" or "Finally write to the friend you haven't seen in years." They can even be in between the two such as, "Swim in the world's largest swimming pool" or "Pet a baby polar bear". The list is all up to the wishes and dreams of the person writing it.

Several years ago I began my list and periodically I have checked off the things I have accomplished. Felt like sharing it with others and would love to see what is on your "Bucket List". No order intended except the first!!

(  ) Have the look about me that make people know I love the Lord
(X) Found my soul mate
(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
(  ) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been lost
(  ) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Own a convertible
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Made a difference in a child’s life
(  ) Recently colored with crayons
(  ) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
(  ) Been to New York City at Christmas time
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(  ) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
(X ) Been deep sea fishing
(  ) Driven across the United States
(  ) Been up in a hot air balloon
(  ) Been scuba diving-in shallow water
(  ) Surfed
(  ) Gone snowmobiling
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
(  ) Have a career that is my passion
(  ) Seen the Grand Canyon
(  ) Been to Napa, CA and tasted wine
(X) Been on a cruise
(  ) Achieve my ideal weight
(  ) Traveled by train
(X)Love my own grandchildren
(X) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horseback riding
(  ) Ridden on a San Francisco cable car
(X) Been to Disney World...
(X) Truly believe in the power of prayer/thought/energy
(X ) Been in a rain forest
(X ) Seen whales in the ocean
(  ) Seen a volcano
(X ) Been to Niagara Falls
(  ) Ridden on an elephant
(  ) Swam with dolphins
(  ) Been to the Olympics
(X) Been water-skiing
(  ) Can sign language - ALPHABET
(  ) Been to a Major League Baseball game
(X ) Been to a National Football League game
(X ) Been skinny-dipping
(X) Laugh so hard you cry
(  ) Follow a map for treasure
(  ) Drove a dune buggy
(  ) Got a Tattoo
(  ) Retire healthy
(  )Write a letter to everyone I love

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

In an effort to not only survive but to also thrive in life, we must be willing to not always take the easiest way around the mountains that stand in our way, but we must be willing to climb the mountains that lie in our way. For the most part in life the best way out is to go through your problems.

Hard work is key to living a successful life, and though there may be tempting alternatives throughout our lives, never be mistaken, there are no shortcuts to success.

Success requires that we consistently tackle the challenges that life is willing to throw in our way, and we must realize that no matter what we do in life, there will always be adversity and there will always be trouble. Those who choose to be successful never shy away from a challenge but instead embrace life and all of its difficulties with a bold and courageous spirit!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dakota to Decatur

Meet my newest rescue baby! Received adoption papers yesterday! Yea!

Color:  Tri

Age: 15 months

Birthday:  September 5, 2013

Weight:  12 LBS.

Sex:  Female

House Training: Almost there

Temperament:   Energetic, outgoing, curious, happy, loves to run free! Snuggler, curls up like a kitten, especially on someone’s lap.  Will follow you (ME) everywhere!

Dakota is a little fireball, full of energy and a pleasure to love. She is house trained as long as you take the time to take her out regularly. Since she has never been trained to walk on a leash, we are still working on that, but her true love is to run free in a fenced yard. She gets along great with other dogs as well as other people.  Dakota is a little over a year old, so she loves to chew.  We are trying to introduce her to her own chew toys. Dakota is crate trained for night time sleeping and readily goes to her crate when it is bedtime.  Tail wags all the time!!

Since fostering Dakota, she has learned to drink water from a bowl and eat from a bowl.  She is very comfortable with her surroundings and has gained trust and love from her humans as well as the other furbabies in the house.

Thursday, July 31, 2014



Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.

According to, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!

Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.

Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.

Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.

A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.

Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.

Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dog


After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.

Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.

Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.

Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.

Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.

A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.

Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.

If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.

Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.

Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.

Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.

For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.

Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!

For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks.

Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.

Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.

Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!

Here’s a brilliant idea! Need a hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer? Print off this post and include it with a bottle of Blue Dawn! Talk about USEFUL !



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