Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ~ 2011 ~

Christmas Day this year, December 25, 2011, fell on Sunday!  What a beautiful way to start this day when we celebrate and remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!  We had only one church service that started at 9:30AM.  Kids were welcome and many came in their pajamas!  After the Children's Sermon, they left and attended a birthday party downstairs for Baby Jesus.

Christmas Eve at our church is a highlight of the Christmas season for me and many others.  We have two services because so many people come.  We chose the later one as many young families come to the early one in order to get home and get the kids in bed before Christmas morning!  And we all know what happens then:!  Santa Claus!

Back to our Christmas Eve, Candlelight service. the theme was "This Day is Born a Savior, of Virtue, Power, and Might."   It is complete with choir, a live program depicting the birth of Jesus, the Wise men coming to visit, bring precious gifts,  along with the Shepherds who had followed a star for miles and miles before finding baby Jesus at a stable with his parents, Mary and Joseph.  There was a multitude of 'dancing angels' of all ages, so beautiful as they sang praises to the "New Born King!"

Throughout the program, the story is told by grandparents to their grand-kids who ask many questions and the wise grandparents have the answers.

There is a tradition of one famous person coming each year to sing 'O Holy Night'...and this seems to be one of the best parts of the entire evening.  Many people had tears in their eyes when he finished his song...

In closing the program and evening, everyone is given a small white candle with a glass cup under it.  One person at the front of the stage lights his candle and leans over and lights the next person's candle, and so it goes...until the dark room is completely lighted with candles aglow.  The audience begins the closing song, "Silent Night" as we raise our candles high above our heads.  The feeling of joy is everywhere and we are overwhelmed with the story of how Jesus Christ came to this earth, born in a stable, worshiped by the Wise Men and Shepard's...and somehow this old story becomes NEW and FRESH again in our hearts.

Merry Christmas to All and to All goodnight!


©2011 Sheri DeLoach - article and photographs

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: AS A MAN THINKETH

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: AS A MAN THINKETH: "AS A MAN THINKS in his heart, so is he... Yesterday I read Dr. James Allen's little book, "As A Man Thinketh" and was awed by his wisdom....

AS A MAN THINKETH

"AS A MAN THINKS in his heart, so is he...

Yesterday I read Dr. James Allen's little book, "As A Man Thinketh" and was awed by his wisdom.  Simply put and to the point, the title of the book comes from Proverbs 23:7;  'As a Man Thinketh in His Heart, so is he.'

" A particular train or thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce it's results on  the character and circumstances.  A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances."

"The body is the servant of the mind.  It obey the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed.  At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty." Dr. James Allen.   Philippians 4:8. "Whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- mediate on these things."

Many people are suffering from some sort of illness or disease.  This malady continues in a fallen world.  We do have a choice when stricken with a dread disease or illness; we can choose to 'think about God and how He is in control of ALL and He is BIG Enough!  Choose God and His righteousness in illness, in good health, in misfortune, in prosperity with your life!





12.04.2011
Written by Sheri DeLoach
Photography by Sheri DeLoach
patent pending


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Addendum to Judy Janonski's !!!

Volume I of "Life is a Garden Party" available via www.winepressbooks.com. A gardening observation followed by a spiritual application in rhyme with scripture. Blog: http://judyjanowski.authorweblog.com/

Click on Judy's website and you will find her blog and much more, along with Volume I of her wonderful book, "Life is a Garden Party."

Judy's life is lived for Jesus Christ each day as she serves others, selflessly and with much joy!  Her prose/stories/poems inspire as she gives her perspective on being a Master Gardner along with a Master Writer!

Check out her picture albums on Facebook, she is also a polished photographer that shoots many of her homegrown flowers.  She is a wonderful cook of natural foods grown from her garden and  has a Pastry Business that keeps her extra busy this time of year!

Blessings to each and all,
<3 Sheri
Psalm 145 ~


Friday, December 2, 2011

Destiny - Guest post by Judy Janonski, friend and fellow blogger


Destiny
Posted by Judy on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 1:53pm
Within each one of us is a God-given destiny.
In Luke 1 Mary is about to find out her destiny.
Mary, engaged to be married to Joseph,
was visited by an angel on earth.

It's true.  That's how it really was.
The angel acknowledged Mary as:
"You who are highly favored".  (Luke 1:28)
That's also how God sees us - favored.

Loved, chosen, fortunate.
As in His favorite.
Yes, even before you were born,
God had your destiny formed.

The angel knew Mary was greatly troubled
and immediately consoled her with these words:
"Do not be afraid.
You have found favor with God". (Luke 1:30)

You know, God knows, too, when we are worrred
as scripture reminds us often with these words:
Do not be afraid.
Do not be terrified.

Do not be troubled.
Do not be discouraged.
Do not be fainthearted with sorrow.
Do not worry about tomorrow.

Because God knows the fear in our hearts
His word will strengthen us when we start
a daily routine of reading it
with just what is needed to lift our spirit.

The angel told Mary she would give birth to a son
whose name would be Jesus who would rule an endless kingdom.
This baby would be the Son of the Most High,
he would be great and would reign by and by. (Luke 1:31-33)

When Mary questioned
the angel answered,
"nothing is impossible with God". (Luke 1:37)
Yes, with God there is nothing too hard.

What was Mary's response?
"I am the Lord's servant". (Luke 1:38)
She willingly carried out her destiny,
one that affects everyone's eternity.

Mary, chosen to be
mother to this baby
that would change the destiny of the world
with this greatest story ever told.

* * * * *

You, too, have a chosen destiny within you
for God has chosen you for something special, it's true.
Perhaps you have the gift of giving
to someone in need of receiving.

You're learned the more you give
the more blessings God in turn gives
so that you can bless others more
from God's wonderfully, abundant store.

Maybe your gift is encouragrment
for everyone needs encouragement.
If you find your world is a bit more cheerful,
perhaps your encouragement made it so.

And you'll find cheeerfulness
is quite contagious
as others will offer needed encouragement
often in the form of a hug or a note sent.

Whatever your personal spiritual gift is,
it is your destiny to bring it to pass.
Your destiny will affect generations after you.
Perhaps like Mary, living out the gospel message true.

Will you be like Mary and say,
"I am the Lord's servant" everyday.
This is your destiny
for all eternity.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The MONK - reposting w/permission from a sister in Christ - The Light Brigade


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SOAR WITH EAGLES: The Monk ~ dedicated to my fellow members of The Light Brigade, a group of Christian writers.

Have you ever read a story that never leaves you?  For me, it’s the monk story.
More than 10 years ago, I sat in a waiting room where, rather than waste time, I flipped through the pages of a magazine until an article captured my attention.*
The author had long dreamed of being a monk, but because a 9-5 paying job seemed more practical, he chose that route instead.  Although successful, he never forgot his heart’s desire.
One day, the author saw a newspaper article about a local monastery.  For men who wanted to consider monastic life, the monastery was holding a four-week retreat.  Qualified applicants would live at the monastery and participate in its activities.  At the program’s conclusion, participants could decide whether or not they wanted to enter the Order.
The author’s application was accepted and after checking in on the first day, he was shown to his quarters.  His small doorless room contained a single bed, dresser, desk and chair.
After unpacking, he and the other would-be monks attended an orientation.  Each participant was given his schedule for the next month.  The author was stunned to learn that morning prayers and vespers began at 3:30 a.m. with mandatory attendance.  After breakfast, the monks worked in silence until lunch, then studied throughout the afternoon.  After evening vespers, the monks returned to their rooms where they remained silent.
Assigned to wash the monastery’s floors, the author thought his chore not so bad until he learned that he would scrub the floors on his hands and knees.  In silence.  The work was painful, exhausting.  Hours of silence magnified the harshness of this life.  This was not what the author imagined when he dreamed of monastic life.
After lunch on the fourth day, the author returned to his room and began packing.  When the head monk walked past the open doorway and saw him preparing to leave, he asked the author why he was leaving.
The author explained that life in the monastery was nothing like he had imagined.  The hours were long and the work was difficult.  And then there was the silence.  The painful, lonely silence.  It was all too much, too difficult for the author to bear.  He couldn’t see himself serving God this way for the next 15 or 20 years.
To the author’s surprise, the head monk didn’t try to persuade the author to stay, but rather agreed with everything he said.  Life at the monastery wasunbearably difficult.  Why, during the head monk’s many years there, life had never once gotten easier for him.  If anything, it sometimes became harder.
Shocked, the author asked the head monk how he was able to stay.
“As much as I love God and want to serve Him, if I viewed my life as though I had twenty or thirty years left here at the monastery, I couldn’t handle it.  I’d pack my bags and leave.
“But God has used the difficulty, the austerity, the silence to teach me perspective.  I’ve learned to look at my life one day at a time.  When I do that, I can get through the hardships that day brings.  There are some days so difficult that I need to look at my life in one hour - or even one minute - increments or I would be overwhelmed and give up.
“God has taught me to view my life in manageable amounts.  That’s how I get through the unbearable.  That’s how I stay.  That’s how I’m able to serve the Lord.”
The author let the head monk’s words sink in for several minutes before he began removing his clothing from his suitcase.
“What are you doing?” the head monk asked.
“I know I can make it till dinner.”
Life is difficult.  It can be downright brutal.  But I know I can make it through today.  What about you?  How do you get through the toughest of days?  Let me hear from you!
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
For my sisters in Christ, The Light Brigade: 
Bethany Reconnu Kaczmarek, Cathy Baker, Colleen Scott, Deb Traverso, Edie Mahoney Melson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, Jacquelyn Marushka, Julie Webb Kelley, Keiki Hendrix, Kyriaki Marushka, Lesley Eischen, Lori Roeleveld, Lynn Huggins Blackburn, Marcia Moston, Mary Beth Dahl, Mary Freeman Denman, Sheri Deloach, Tammie Fickas and Terri Herndon Schumpert.
* I regret that I cannot recall the name of the author or the magazine this story appeared in so that I can give both their due credit and my appreciation.  If anyone should recognize this story, please contact me.  It is not my wish to take credit for this story. 
Cynthia Howerter © 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Growing in the Light"



"This is the DAY the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

This morning I arose early and it was dark outside.  As the morning unrolled, light began to filter through the darkness.  Now, as I write, the sunlight is bright and almost blinding as it floods inside where I sit at computer!
The picture I snapped w/iPhone is testimony of how the sunlight abounds in the greenhouse at this time of the morning.  What a blessing this sunlight that I sometimes take blithely.  I am reminded that God is the giver of true light, the light that never goes out.

"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord."
Psalm 89:15

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Answered Prayer ~ RAIN comes to Central Texas

Most of Texas has been in a severe drought this past year.  Stats show that the last drought this serious and severe was in the 1940's.  There are many theories and stories out there for 'why?'  The answer is that we, as mortals don't know.  Only God knows.

This morning we awoke to gently falling rain that had started in the wee hours of the morning.  I heard it when it started as the winds gusted.  Rain has been predicted for the past few days, 40-50% chance...what do the weather forecasters know?

I began to praise the Lord with song and more praise for this wonderful gift of rain that I've prayed would happen for months.  Praise the Lord !  Thank you, Sweet Jesus!  Praise God for answered prayer !
Luci picked up on my excitement and ran out into the big puddle that had collected on the patio.  She played in the water that covered her legs up to her tummy until she got tired!  She let me dry off her feet and belly each time she came back inside!   Loving water as she does, what a treat!    I shot a few pics with my iPhone of the curtain of water falling from the patio roof and Luci puddling around!

What a glorious feeling came upon many of us today as we shared and praised God in church for answered prayers.  People appeared joyful and truly thankful for RAIN that we know came because we prayed and were faithful in praying.

God hears and answers our prayers.  Not on our timetable and as we would like.  But, He does listen and wants us to pray, keeping the doors of communication open between us.  Listening is a big part of prayer...do we really LISTEN, take 20 minutes a day to sit still, think about God and His Love for us?  

My challenge to myself is to take 20 minutes a day, each day for this next week and LISTEN for God as I take time for Him.  Quite time, alone, with God...expecting to hear from Him...


Psalm 46:10 " Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among  the nations, I will be exhaulted in the earth."

In His Love,
Sheri


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Our Inner Spirit

Every one's Life , at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should
 all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." Albert Schweitzer     er.




Luci and Sheri going on a morning walk 
Sometimes it's not another human being that can rekindle our spirit, it can be a pet :) 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: Prayer Circle ~ Join In ~ The Power of Prayer ~ ...

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: Prayer Circle ~ Join In ~ The Power of Prayer ~ ...: Large Rain Prayer Circle -Prayer Changes Things!!!! WE ARE PRAYING FOR RUNNING WATER RAIN, ENOUGH TO FILL LAKES AND STREAMS. THEN A LIGH...

Prayer Circle ~ Join In ~ The Power of Prayer ~ September 10, 2011

Large Rain Prayer Circle -Prayer Changes Things!!!!

WE ARE PRAYING FOR RUNNING WATER RAIN, ENOUGH TO FILL LAKES AND STREAMS. THEN A LIGHT SHOWER TO SOAK OUR LAND. Lets be specific!!!

AMEN TO THIS!!!!

Isaiah 41:10
This is a prayer for rain in those dry areas of America
......join in!!!

Large Prayer Circle

As evidenced by people living in Oklahoma, West Texas
and South Texas, and New Mexico ever-increasing areas in other parts of the country, the drought condition is reaching critical status; cattle are being auctioned off; crops have burned up; and drinking water is becoming a concern. Please join us in this prayer circle.
Lets make this one of the largest prayer circles ever.
It will be as though everyone is holding hands around the world
Dear Heavenly Father,
You said whatsoever any two or more come together and agree and ask in Your Son's name, it shall be given. We come to you, humbly, and ask that you bring down the rain to our parched lands. Our farmers and ranchers need it desperately, as well as our firefighters. We ask this all in Jesus' name.
Amen.
You may adopt this prayer and evidence your participation in this gathering by simply passing this prayer request on to your circle of friends!
PLEASE forward this if you believe in the power of
prayer









What you are reading came tonight as I was about to close down for the night. Please, everyone that reads it, take a moment and pray and pass it on to your friends, family, FB groups, etc. God bless each one of you and know that God loves you and GOD IS BIG ENOUGH for the crisis drought in these areas of our beloved land of the USA...
In Christ's Love,
Sheri

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What is your Fear ?






Earthquake on the East Coast ! Crisis ! Run for Cover ! Panic ! Fear ! Anxiety ! Depression !

Hurricane 'Irene' coming inland - East Coast of USA ! Run inland ! Schools closing ! Unknown !

Natural Disasters abound ! At HOME this week ! Where do you put YOUR TRUST ? What are your VALUABLES ? When do you THINK about such things ? How do you react and or over-react to Natural
Disasters

?

I have reflected on these occurances and have come to this conclusion :

" The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear ? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid ?"
Psalm 27:1





Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Judy Janowski's updated Summer photos - 08.16.2011



Judy Janowski has perfected the art of photograpy. Her flowers are spectacular. She is an avid gardner, both flowers and veggies. You may find this complete album by going to Judy Janowski on Facebook. ENJOY !



EMPTY NEST by Judy Janowski

Judy is a devout Christian, poet, writer,photographer, story teller, Master Gardner, pastry chef and has a business selling cakes, cupcakes, etc. Her latest book of poetry, recipes, and more has been published. "Life is a Gardening Party." It's for sale through Amazon. Judy graciously agreed to guest post her latest poem. The poem can be an analogy of when our kids leave home and we become empty nesters ! You can find her through FB and her page, Judy Janowski. The links to her website and blogs can be found in Info. I will check her photo albums and see if I can post a few of them...Not here but in the next blog. My life has been richly blessed and enriched with Judy as a dear friend !


Empty Nest
Posted by Judy on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 8:05am

Someone's growing too fast.
Ready to leave home at last.
Their heads peek out the door.
They can't wait to explore.

Their parents are busy this morn
feeding their big babies worms.
And how they talk up a storm!
Their babies have lots to learn.

Are these parents saying 'stay'
or encouraging 'go play'?
Will today
be the day?

One leans too far out.
Suddenly he's out.
Or was he pushed
for two more heads push...

out the door
to explore
the outdoors
where fun lures.

The first one
air born
spreads his wings
in the wind.

He's free! He's free!
There's much to see.
He calls 'follow me'
to his siblings with glee.

There they go
down low
then up high as the breeze
blows in the trees leaves.

Spreading their wings
they glide on the wind.
Free!
Free!

Are their parents happy or sad?
Are these fledglings glad?
Their parents did their best.
All too soon there's an empty nest.

* * * * *


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: July Birthdays - Ice Cream Floats - Royal Manor Health Care Center -

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: July Birthdays - Ice Cream Floats - Royal Manor Health Care Center -

July Birthdays - Ice Cream Floats - Royal Manor Health Care Center -

Last Wednesday at the nursing home where Luci and I volunteer, we were invited for an ice cream social with entertainment !  The residents were beside themselves with anticipation for this party to begin !  Music from a local Blue Grass Family band played and sang throughout the party.  They were quite good and asked the audience for requests.  This amazingly talented family band was able to come up with their requests and have sing-alongs !   Nothing excites and elevates a person's endorphins as does music to the soul, no matter what age !  Singing with elderly folks has been proven to lift depression and loneliness !

Texas Home Health Hospice provided  sugar-free ice cream and made floats, which were quite popular ! I moved about in the audience and spoke to men and women who wanted 'to talk.'  It was fun getting to meet new residents, as they shared their lives.

The Activities Director, a multi-talented Godly woman played the piano, by ear, and sang with the band.   TXHHH's Volunteer Director sang with the band, on stage !

I was a blessed through this hour of praising the Lord in song and sharing our lives.  Volunteering my time for nursing home residents continues to be a passion and I believe God blesses this ministry !

Sheri DeLoach- Author
07. 26.2011
Hebrews 13:1-2


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Call of a Coward - review of Marcia Moston's newly released book

"This is one of a kind book. Marcia Moston, has written her first book about experiences as a missionary to Guatemala. Her forthright style

and blazon fortitude reigns supreme throughout the book. My emotions ran the gamut from high to low from sad to happy from despair to

 hope as I read it. 'Call of a Coward' is in a category all of it's own that was written with a message that touches hearts for God." - Sheri

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: Shy Meadows Sunflower

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: Shy Meadows Sunflower: " God created the earth and filled it with many flowers and plants that are useful and beautiful. Everything is beautiful in it's own t..."

Shy Meadows Sunflower

   

God created the earth and filled it with many flowers and plants that are useful and beautiful.  Everything is beautiful in it's own time...Proverbs...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: Wordless Wednesday - new site for me - post a photo that doesn't need an explanation !

Daily Bread of Life - Devotional: Wordless Wednesday - new site for me - post a photo that doesn't need an explanation !

Wordless Wednesday - new site for me - post a photo that doesn't need an explanation !

This morning I started making pics at 7:00 AM.  The early morning light of the sun coming through the trees at that time until around 8:00 AM is my fave time to make pics.

Since I grow many kinds of flowers, making their pics comes easy and it's fun.  My camera is through an iPhone that makes good pics...no micros but decent pics !  It is amazing and marvelous to go out each morning just to see what is blooming and how everything is thriving despite the dreadful 100 deg temps for about 14 days consecutively.

God made this universe, our earth, moon, stars, sun and all therein.  In these early morning times of photographing His creations, I am awed and amazed of the beauty and unique characteristics of each plant and flower !



Posting one of the pics I made this morning...let's see if  'Wordless Wednesday' has any impact on my readers and followers !  Let me hear from ya'll,  OK ?








Blessings to all,
Sheri

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Spiritually Vigorous Saint

                                                     A Spiritually Vigorous Saint



Have you considered whether or not you are a vigorous saint ?  I hadn't completely realized this until reading a devotional by Oswalt Chambers.  Mr. Chambers writings challenge me to the depths of my soul.


 





"Self-realization only leads to the glorification of good works, whereas a saint of God glorifies Jesus Christ through his good works.  Whatever we may be doing ---even eating, drinking, or washing disciples' feet ---we have to take the initiative of realizing and recognizing Jesus Christ in it.  Every phase of our life has it's counterpart in the life of Jesus.  Our Lord realized His relationship to the Father even in the most menial task."  Oswald Chambers.







Reflecting and pondering concepts by Mr. Chambers enforces my faith to a deeper level.  I am not here on this earth for 'self-realization' but to truly know Jesus Christ, as my Savior, friend, brother, and confidant.
  
                                         




The spiritually vigorous saint's aim is to know and realize that Jesus Christ is in every set of circumstances !  
How often do I 'stop-think-pray' and acknowledge that Jesus is in there, right beside me, fighting the battle... rejoicing with me when He reveals..you are blessed because you are a daughter of the King !  He walks and talks with me as each day unfolds.  What greater gift is this ?    






The spiritually vigorous saint's aim is to know and realize that Jesus Christ is in every set of circumstances !  
How often do I 'stop-think-pray' and acknowledge that Jesus is in there, right beside me, fighting the battle... rejoicing with me when He reveals..you are blessed because you are a daughter of the King !  He walks and talks with me as each day unfolds.  What greater gift is this ?  



Sheri DeLoach
copyright  pending
07.11.2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My Favorite Things

07.03.2011  

Early this morning, as I sat on the patio, surrounded by some of my favorite things I pondered...deep spiritual things..

 I prayed, read a devotion for the day along with today's devotion from 'My Utmost for His Highest', and thanked God for the freedom of living in the United States of America.  I've reached that age that I don't take this lightly and for granted.  I realize that many people in our armed forces gave their lives for such as we have in this country.  On the eve of our country's celebration of Freedom, July 4, 2011, I reflect...and I wonder...

How long will God continue to bless this country ?  Only He knows.  It has become clear in my mind that America has drifted far from our Godly heritage that made this country great.   Look around, what do we see and hear from the world and media ?

I believe that God is a loving God but a jealous God.  He wants his people who are called by His name, to repent, come forward, and make a stand for Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives.  Material things don't last nor do they satisfy.  America  is guilty of collecting more and more material things.  God wants us to collect the things that last.  A solid relationship with Him, a stable loving based on Christ's example relationship with our husband/wife, a secure and loving relationship with our kids and grand kids.  He wants His own to have relationships with each other built through the body of Christ.

Think about it...the only 'things' we take to heaven with us are our relationships.  God/Jesus.  Family. Friends.  Nothing else.  Sobering thought.  Wake up America and return to your first love...God...who made you and loves you as no other.  He wants you for His own.  

In Christ's Love,
Sheri DeLoach
writer/author
copyright pending




                                                           My Favorite Things





Monday, June 27, 2011

"Suppose" a wonderful story/poem/devotion written by Judy Janowski, guest post for today ~06.27.2011

Posted by Judy on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 5:33am
(Sheri from TX asked me to share this one so that she can share it on her blog.   God bless you abundantly, Sheri.)

Who do you supose
eats soap?  Do you know?
There's a bar of soap under the rose
said to keep away deer and other foes
which has been chewed - perhaps by a mole
or maybe a little black vole.

Whoever it was came when I dozed
perhaps on little black pointed toes
to eat what grows
in planted rows.
It seems whoever towed
the soap under the red rose.

Maybe it was a rabbit with little brown toes?
It could have been a woodchuck?  Do you know?
I have another guess as last night the wind blowed
an odious scent into the open window.
This stink did not smell at all like a rose.
Who was it that eats soap do you suppose?

Yes, it was a skunk, whoa!
Quite a stink arose, you know.
Did eating soap get rid of BO?
That answer would be definitely "No"!
Soap is for washing, not for eating, you know.
No one taught this to the skunk, I suppose.

This little story of foes -
of bucks and does and moles and voles,
of rabbits and woodchucks with brown toes
and black and white skunks with black toes
now must come to a close.
Be sure to wash between your toes.
(That's what soap's for, you know.)

* * * * *

No one ever said to you, I hope,
"you need your mouth washed out with soap"
when you said a bad word
that you may have heard.

It's not only the individual words we need to watch.
We also need to watch the object of words that stem from our thoughts.
Are you harboring bitterness
toward someone who once was amiss?

Are you given to rage and anger
and have no control over a temper?
Does gossip and slander take place
instead of the quietness of grace?

Do you lack compassion?
Is it an absent action?
Perhaps there's no room for genuine compassion
because your heart is filled with aggravation.

Perhaps you feel you cannot forgive
so with heartache you choose to live.
The answer to your heartache is found in Christ's example.
It's 'forgive as Christ has forgiven you' - it's that simple.

Replace bitterness
with forgiveness.
Simply be quick to forgive
in order to truly live.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger,
brawling and slander,
along with every form of malice.
Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Austin turns 20 today - June 23, 2011

Today is Austin's 20 Birthday !  He is a young man with a bright future!   He is our first born grandchild !  He is awesome !  Austin has lived in San Diego CA most of his life !  He is an avid sports fan !  He is a natural born athlete !  Austin loves to play basketball, his sport of choice !  He loves Jesus, his parents, his grandparents, his uncles and aunts, cousins, and a certain young lady !  Austin brings great joy to his grandparents in Texas !

Last spring he came to Texas and enrolled in McLennan Community College !  He had a 4.0 GPA at the end of the semester !  He worked part time for Target while attending college.  He loves Baylor University Lady Bear Basketball.  He went to the home games !  He and his Grandad went to the Quarter Finals,  Big 12, BU Women's Basketball to watch Baylor lady bears play and WIN !   In San Antonio, Texas !

I miss having Austin around this past year but have treasured memories !  He taught me to like 'American Idol !'  He taught me that 19 year olds like their privacy and time alone !

He taught me things about my computer that are invaluable !   He taught me how important it was for him to text and receive texts from his friends at home !  He taught me how to slow down and watch a fave TV show with him.

Lots of intangible things Austin taught me !  Intangibles can't be explained...they are special and many times spiritual !  God gave me a great gift when Austin came to live in our home for four months !

Written by Sheri DeLoach
copyright 06.23.2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Zondervan Daily Inspiration June 6, 2011

                                                 This is my hubby, Harold !  He and I will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary this Fall !  Through the good times, the bad times, the sad times, the joyful times, we've weathered the storms that have assailed us ! Only by God's grace and learning how to forgive each other, to love unconditionally, and to center our lives in Jesus Christ !   To God goes the glory !


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Lighten Up if You Want to Live
What makes people act in unloving ways toward those they once loved the most? Does a marriage license also provide a legal right to mistreat those closest to us, to treat each other and our children worse than any other person we know, or to micromanage changes only God is qualified to make? Marriage, to survive the satisfying yet challenging thing it is, must be playful and kind, or it cannot be healthy. It cannot remain sacred if it is not healthy, and it will surely not be full of the life you want and need if it does not remain playful. The lighthearted side of life, the part that gives us balance and makes us happy, like the children we are meant to become [if we are to enter the kingdom of heaven; this lighthearted side] must infuse our attitudes, our emotions, and our deepest life struggles. We have the power to destroy those we love. The trick is not to. In other words, quit acting like everything you say is a revelation from God.
Learn to appreciate the positive power of opposites and how beautiful your differences can be. This power, first and foremost, is love. By it we can create a life worth celebrating, and when we do, the joy of our hearts will provide for others a glimpse now and then of what heaven must be. Marriage is also mystery, and it is part of a larger mystery. Union emotionally, spiritually, physically, and intellectually with a soul who is a polar opposite is a reflection of the mysterious differences and unity we experience with God. In our failings, the differences between us are a wide chasm, yet with love these same differences become the source of great celebration and fulfillment in life. To betray the joyful fountain that sustains you is to destroy part of yourself...
You and those you love are the main characters in the story of your life. Whether yours is a story worth telling depends on how you live it, on how well you love each other.
-Bond of Brothers: Connecting with Other Men Beyond Work, Weather, and Sports by Wes Yoder
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more

May 26, 2011 

Welcoming Peggy Slocum, devotional writer and guest blogger.  Be sure and check our her blogspot for more uplifting devotionals.  She also has published a new book, "Web of Deceit" that is available through Amazon.   Sorry that the photo that goes with this blog is not here.  It would not import as did the devotional. 



Neither            do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more

I love these verses! It doesn't matter what you've              done as long as you repent, and then...Go and Sin No                More.

John8:1-12               Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. vs2  And early in              the morning he came again into the temple, and all the              people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.              vs3  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a              woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the              midst, vs4  They say unto him, Master, this woman was              taken in adultery, in the very act. vs5  Now Moses in the              law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what              sayest thou? vs6  This they said, tempting him, that they              might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with              his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them              not. vs7  So when they continued              asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is                without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at                her. vs8               And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. vs9               And they which heard it, being convicted by their own              conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest,              even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the              woman standing in the midst. vs10  When Jesus had lifted              up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her,Woman,                where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned                thee? vs11               She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I                condemn thee: go, and sin no more. vs12  Then              spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light                of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in                darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Posted by Peggy                Slocum May 5, 2011 at http://peggyslocum.blogspot.com/            author of Web of Deceit




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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Luci turns two

                                                 






                           Lucille 'Luci' Ball 's 2nd Birthday
                                             May 24, 2011


                         






Lucille 'Luci' Ball had a birthday yesterday !  We can officially say that she is two now, rather than, almost two, one and half years, will be two in May, on and on ! 

I had been researching the Internet and talking to a dear friend who first mentioned that I should have a therapy dog !   WHAT !  I've never owned a dog in my life, EVER !  In fact, I tolerated the various breeds over the years that belonged to our sons.   I was taught from early on that dogs were to live outdoors and do their work with/for man and boy.

 My brother had coon hunting dogs, whatever that breed was.  He obeyed the house rules and kept them outdoors in big chicken wire fenced runs.  My brother was 'in love with his dogs' and cooked special foods, in our kitchen for them.  It consisted of bacon grease, cornmeal, and other 'thingy's that I wondered about.  The worst part was the odor it produced while it was cooking on the gas stove...horrific in my mind and I would try to stay outdoors until he finished.  He called it, 'Cornmeal Mush' and his dogs loved it and loved him more for it !

The first dog was given to the boys by their grandmother, my mother !  He was a tiny terrier dog !  Thrilled and excited with this  little creature, the boys took care of him while at home...but when at school and ballgames... it was mom, designated caretaker for 'Peppy.'  Challenged to the core was I with this pup !  He liked to run out the door and down the street with dutiful mom on his trail until he was caught...wow...could that little creature run ! This was not the only challenge, just one of many.  After a few months of his non-changing behaviours, we found a new home and promised the boys they could choose their next dog !  That happened. Another breed, a poodle that could climb chain link fences, then a border collie that was adorable but we didn't have enough room in our yard for a large run. We found her an appropriate home.  Another border collie, named Grizzly, that our boys adored !  We had moved to the country and Griz had plenty of cows to chase and ran loose, no fences then.  The farmers around didn't like dogs on the loose and his short life came to an abrupt halt !  He went missing...never found by the boys.  It was pity city for them, their grief was profound.

There were a few more dogs after Griz met his demise, but by then, our youngest son showed more interest in his own dog and wanted a Spitz !  This was his Chrismas present that year.  By then, we  had had fences and a dog run built for him.  Still...outside was his home !

Some thirty years later when dogs and boys were gone,  did the idea of a pet therapy dog for my work became apparent.  It was through seeing people in nursing facilities with therapy dogs and how it changed their persona's...from sadness to happiness in a split second ! 

My husband bought Luci for me two years ago on my birthday in July 2009.   I knew by now that I wanted a Corgi for their remarkable history of therapy dogs. !   When we drove out to the country to pick her up, she was in a large outdoor pen with four siblings.  She was the first to go and was chosen by her breeder as the 'one he would choose!'  He was an expert breeder and had shown this breed in the past.  He showed us how to examine a corgi for the qualities they must have !  She was tiny, about 2 1/2 pounds, soft furry coat, and loved to snuggle and we became snugglers that night !  I knew that God had 'choosen Luci,' to do His work, and I, the facilitator.  I felt such peace, a sense of spiritual awakening that Luci was a gift from God.   I knew she would be a friend to many as a therapy dog.  God made these wonderful little creatures for many reasons and I believe His reason for this newly chosen pup was predistined !

Most of you have read much about  her through her blogs, 'Adventures with Luci' and SheriLuci@wordpress.com

My life has changed dramatically since becoming her caregiver.  She is indeed an indoor/outdoor pup, and at her command !  She has learned commands and is a joy to go visit patients in nursing  homes.  We started when she was only eight months.  It was revealed to me and to my friend who was now a hospice patient in the nursing home that Luci was born to be a pet therapy dog !  We visited our friend every week for nearly a year.  She knows when someone is in the dying process and knows how to comfort them...in her own ways...a spiritual connection between human and dog is a well know fact.  I know it's true because I've witnessed this phenomena many times. 

"A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
  But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel"
  Proverbs 12:10
 Author - Sheri DeLoach 

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