Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Know I Am Just A Little Late

Oh-my-goodness! I have started the new year a little late. Blame it on the sickies that I caught the week of Thanksgiving that just kept on giving and giving until New Year's Day. We just celebrated Christmas this past Saturday with our out of town family and so I am just now planning my new year.  I am starting the year off behind already. I am just a little late. But I am so thankful to be well. 

If you are like me you don't want to make resolutions because you don't keep them anyway. But I feel like that is the oldest and lamest excuse for not making myself reach beyond my normal and set some goals for myself. Like maybe stick with my low-carb, no sugar and no grain diet so my Lupus stays quiet. Or maybe strength train my body so I feel good. Maybe ~ control my schedule so it doesn't control me. And oh yeah.... there is that 15 pounds I want to lose. You know what I mean?

But maybe this year I will ask the Holy Spirit what is in my life that I need to let go of and what does He want out of my life in 2018. Have you ever thought of asking God to set your goals?

As we stand at the starting line of a brand new year I am asking myself what really matters? Maybe it is a great time to ask God to help me decipher what my priorities need to be and what are things that I need to let go. We were made for intimacy with our Creator. Yet~ many days I find my schedule too jammed packed for that. This is not a negotiable in my life. I already made up my mind. So why do I continue to race through my day on my own?

What have I been chasing that really doesn't matter? What family and friends and ministry have I neglected because of my busyness? This year I am setting a goal to make more time for what really matters....God...people and eternity. My goal this year is to passionately chase what matters.

 Happy New Year my blog friends ~ may we all seek to follow God's calling.

Micah 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Are You Fearful?

Fear not! Are you fearful today? Most women struggle with fear in some fashion or another. Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to bear His Son, struggled with fear. I have battled with fear my entire life. It truly is the thorn in my flesh and has been since I was a small child. Yet~ God does not give us the spirit of fear.

When we accept Jesus Christ into our life as our Saviour~ we are looked at by God with favor. That is something to celebrate on this beautiful December morning. "Fear not, _________: for thou hast found favour with God." Just put your name right in that blank. Rest in that thought today as you face the busyness of trying to get it all done. Rest in that thought as you may have fear or anxiety today. Rest in your Father's arms and fear not!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luke 1:30-33 KJV

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas At Grey Sage Book Review ~

Christmas at Grey Sage


Sometimes we all need a little hope at Christmas. If you are looking for a different kind of fiction this Christmas ~ this is a good read for you. The owners of the Grey Sage Inn are Maude and Silas Thornhill have had a deep sorrow they had carried for so long. And ~ it wasn't until a group of unusual strangers and a big storm bring them together to share their stories that the healing begins.

This is a sweet story that is a wonderful Christmas read but would be a great story of redemption just any old time. 

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review, 

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Christmas at Grey Sage(Gilead Publishing, October 2017)
This Christmas, there’s plenty of room at the inn.
Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There’s plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn’s owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year’s guests from across the country.
But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the festive mood. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as stranded guests discover this Christmas won’t be the relaxed vacation they expected. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and Silas, a retired doctor, is called away in the middle of the night to care for a neighbor. The snow and stress unlocks tongues–and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.
In the midst of snowdrifts and fireside conversations, of tales of days gone by, the warmth of Christmas brings a renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends–proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.
Phyllis Clark Nichols


Phyllis Clark Nichols believes everyone could use a little more hope and light. Her character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions from within the simple lives of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a love for nature, art, faith and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment, often through surprisingly serendipitous events. Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Now she lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband, where red birds and axis deer are her ever-ravenous neighbors. She is an English major and classically-trained musician, seminary graduate, concert artist and co-founder of a national cable network for the health and disability-related programming. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three non-profit boards where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most.
Find out more about Phyllis at

How To Make Christmas Fudge~

YUM~I love fudge! When Christmas comes I have visions of fudge dancing in my head. Nothing speaks to me like Christmas fudge and an iced cold glass of milk. It is really easy to make. The secret is making sure you boil it to soft ball stage. 

You know it is at soft ball stage when you drop a little of the boiling goodness in a cup of cold water and you can form a soft little ball out of it with your hands. It is at the soft ball stage. 


  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

  • * Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

  • *In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, brown sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 7 minutes. (Check for soft ball stage.)Remove from heat; stir in marshmallow creme until well incorporated and melted. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth; spread in prepared pan. Let cool before cutting into squares.


3 c. sugar
3/4 c. butter
1 (5 1/2 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 (12 oz.) pkg. butterscotch pieces
1 (7 1/2 oz.) marshmallow creme
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 7 minutes and check if it is at  a soft ball stage. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallow creme until well incorporated and melted. Stir in butter scotch chips and vanilla until smooth; spread in prepared pan. Let cool before cutting into squares.


2/3 cups butter
3 cups sugar
2/3 cups evaporated milk
1 pkg. semi sweet chocolate
7 oz marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 7 minutes or to a soft ball stage. Remove from heat~ pour in chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and vanilla until smooth; spread in prepared pan. Let cool before cutting into squares.
    I put mine in the fridge to cool!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Gift Of Christmas Past~ Christmas Book Review

Hadley and Monroe were just young kids who fell in love. She is a foster child and he being from a family of wealth just make for a disaster in the making. Through a chain of events, Hadley finds herself in trouble with the authorities.  It appears to everyone that Hadley set fire to the neighbor's house, especially Monroe's family who just really want her to go away. Monroe even saw Hadley set fire to the grounds. Even he believed she was guilty.

His parents come up with a grand plan to make sure the two of them never end up together. It even appears to be working out just fine as ten years come and go until the day when Hadley walks right back into Monroe's world.

This is one Christmas read you are sure to enjoy.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

Arson wasn’t the only fire that ignited between them.
Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?



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