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He Is Risen!

Just like the daffodils that burst forth from the ground back in the woods, so Jesus Christ burst forth from the grave proving that you and I will also rise up one day.

He is RISEN, Indeed!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
    and all that is within me, 
    bless his holy name! 
Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
    and forget not all his benefits, 
who forgives all your iniquity, 
    who heals all your diseases, 
who redeems your life from the pit, 
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 
who satisfies you with good 
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

Psalm 103 1:5

Sundae Sermon

Here is a quote from Christie Purifoy’s new book, Placemaker; Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace, that releases this Tuesday 12 March.

This sermon will give you something to think about and it is sweet like a sundae because it is shorter than the sermon your pastor will preach today. 😉

Woods in late winter.
Tree in right foreground is a black walnut

When we felled the trees,
did we lose forever those places
capable of touching the very depths of our
God-given capacity for wonder?
Or can we remake such places today?

Christie Purifoy
Placemaker; Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace

releases Tuesday, 12 March 2019

The Legal Stuff: I am on Christie’s book launch team and received a free copy in advance of release date. However, I did pre-order the book on Amazon, 3 July 2018.

The Void in Church Ministry

My friend, fellow blogger, and former widow Ferree Hardy wrote a wonderful article for her blog Widows Christian Place titled Why Don’t Churches Do Widows Ministry?

In her article, Ferree discusses three important events where God has considered widows his “special interest group”

  • When the Law of Israel Was Given
  • The Birth of Christ
  • The Beginning of the Church

Over the years I’ve seen numerous comments on other blogs about how the church is not there for the widow and/or her children once the husband was buried.

So I hope you will click on this link and read Ferree’s article. May God bless and speak to you through Ferree’s words.

Disclaimer: Churches means the body of Christ from Bangor, ME to San Diego, CA and from Anchorage, AK to Key West, FL and all points in between.

Church Photo by Einar Storsul on Unsplash

2019 Word and Bible Verse


My Word for the Year is Hope. (You can get your word of the year here from DaySpring.

Instead of defining hope as some wishy, washy feeling, I will take a cue from Ann Voskamp and use this definition –

Part of the reason I dread the holidays is for at least 5 years, each year was worse than the last one. Major events happened such as unemployment, being rear-ended, and 2 broken washers among other issues. It’s been a fight to pay basic bills and put food on the table.

However, 2018 was the first year I can say was not worse than the previous one. So this year I am going into 2019 with hope and confidence that it will be even more wonderful than 2018.

The main goal of 2019 is to strengthen and deepen my relationship with God and developing a defiant reliance on God keeping His Word will cause everything else – mental self, physical self, family & friends, career, finances, physical surroundings, hobbies & recreation – to fall into place.

Bible Verse

My verse of the year is:

It seems appropriate for someone who is trying to strengthen and deepen her relationship with God. I will be meditating on this verse a lot this year.

So come along with me as we journey into 2019. It is going to be a grand and glorious year. I will periodically keep you updated on my adventures.

My publishing schedule for 2019 is:

  • Book Review mid-January.
  • Possible book review mid-March.
  • Life update mid-May
  • Life update mid-September
  • Thankgiving card in November
  • Christmas card in December
  • 2019 Wrap up post the end of December

Bye-Bye 2018

Well time to look back on 2018. Here are the highlights and low lights of my year.

My Word for the Year was Joy.

I tried to scatter joy everywhere I went by being kind. I am a virtual call center representative and it is challenging at times to as Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Scatter Joy” to my customers. Most days I felt as though I did a good job of being kind to them so hopefully they had at least a little more joy in their heart after speaking to me.

Most of the year I made poverty wages which means I was one of the 49% of widows who make less than $25,000.00 per year – and I mean way less than $25k. (stat courtesy of Modern Widows Club)

Then as of the end of October, I received a pay raise that put me in the 51% of widows that make more than $25k per year. Yes! I can finally make progress on getting my life together instead of just treading water.

I scaled way, way back on blogging. However, views are increasing despite my slow down. Hmmm…very interesting.

I was a member of Kelly Balarie’s book launch team for Battle Ready, train your mind to conquer challenges, defeat doubt, and live victoriously. This book is on my desk so I can reference it during lunch and breaks. The encouragement I’ve received from it has been heaven sent.

On June 19th, I quietly celebrated the 25th anniversary of when Joe and I became husband and wife with a Blizzard from Dairy Queen.

This summer I was also a member of Aaron Niequist book launch team for The Eternal Current: How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us From Drowning. I’ve started doing the Examen at night which helps me put the day in perspective and puts me in a good frame of mind just before I fall asleep.

My most popular post was 10 Years A Widow: Desperate Ways. (344 views, most from Facebook) Warning: This post is brutally honest. When I started this blog my goal was to provide encouraging uplifting content but I was not going to sugar-coat life or tell everyone to look at life through rose-colored glasses. I believe in sugar coating on M&M’s, and smashing those rose-colored glasses and looking at life as it really is…an adventure with lots of ups and downs that must be dealt with head-on.

Enough about 2018. It’s almost history so lets look forward to 2019. My Word of the Year and Bible Verse of the Year will be published on New Years Day.

Until then have a safe and fun New Years Eve.

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