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If you are looking for a short devotion to do with your child/ren or grandchild/ren, check out my new devotion on Devo kids, Let’s Make A Tent!  http://www.devokids.com/devotions.html

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Aromatherapy Spa Neck Pillow

with Flax Seed Insert

For a Comfortable, Soothing & Relaxing Experience

Do I ever have stress in the neck these days. My husband says it’s because my purse is the size of a suitcase and weighs 50 pounds. Carrying every item needed to survive in a jungle, would cause anyone to have pain in their neck. I choose to think it is caused by something…well…other than that.

Last night I retrieved my Flax Seed Neck Pillow from its reusable handy storage case (it says that right on the thing).  Plopping it into the microwave, I watched it whirling around as the flax seed heated. It always makes me think of my friend Susan that gave it to me for my birthday. I must have complained about my neck a lot. She probably has no idea how much I use it. Lounging on the chaise end of my ultra comfortable sofa, I covered my feet with the animal print faux fur throw. Wearing the warm soothing neck pillow draped about my shoulders, occasionally sipping diet coke and dozing through Bill O’Reilly, Hannity and Greta, I was stress free for the time being. 

The soft, makeup stained, neck pillow can just do so much. This morning, I ran to 1 John for comfort. I wanted to hear my Father’s words once again calling me his little child.  Since I didn’t feel sinless this morning with the thoughts I have been having, I wanted to know my Royalty was still intact. I wanted to hear once more that my Father is still in control and I can rest assured that he loves me as one of his little ones. I thought of how much I love my children and grand children and would die for them. How much greater is God’s love for me? Oh yeah… He DID die for me. He died that I might live. I passed from death to life because of Him.  The more I read about what all God has done for me the more relaxed I became.

1 John, a cup of good coffee and the soft, warm flax seed  pillow around my neck is more relaxing than I can say…zzzzzzzz

 

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Rain. Rain. Rain. And more rain. We have had constant rain for two days now. I love the way it sounds beating on the roof. I love the cocooning effect it has on me. Feeling all safe, snuggly and warm inside as it is cool and wet outside. I feel sheltered, protected and momentarily oblivious to the stress of the outside world.  As if I am in the hollow of God’s hand.

The raindrops dance along the top of the water in the pond. It drips from the branches of the trees and rushes through the downspouts making a low waterfall roar outside the windows. The grass is drinking in the moisture and her roots are filling as the dry, cracked clay dirt is softened and becomes supple like clay in the master’s hand.

Scanning the neighborhood. Everything is quiet. Not much movement. Everyone that is not working today, is no doubt like me. Just enjoying the sound of the rain, being thankful for its benefits to our world, sipping a cup of hot coffee and knowing that is the only way my car is going to get washed. Just another thing to be thankful for as we head toward Thanksgiving.

It’s a good day in the neighborhood.

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       The leaves are still orange, red and yellow but will soon give into the dominantly brown shade of color all around. I am blessed to look out my office window and still see bright colors reflected in the pond. Thanksgiving will be here soon. It is a time of reflecting on the blessings God has bestowed upon us. His blessings are too many to count and if we listed them all, we would be writing into eternity.

     Along with the many blessings, come a great deal of heartache, strife and sickness. Sometimes these things have a way of crowding out the blessings if we focus on the negative or hurtful things in our lives. It’s hard not to. Afterall, these things scream for attention from deep within us.

     But really, Thanksgiving is upon every day of our lives. We have God, shelter, food and family. What more could a person want? Well…maybe the best for America.

     I pray we will always be a God-fearing and free country. That our leaders will look to God for guidance. That the laws of this country won’t be changed to enslave us all to the government. The election process will be free of tampering and fraud. That our school children will not be pawns of propaganda. Our military will be given the respect and support they deserve. Small businesses won’t be so laden with new tax burdens that they have to close their doors. Churches will stand and not coward behind tax exempt status. That America will remain strong and great instead of weak and defeated. That she will not be in debt to the point of becoming a slave to her debtors. That the flag will always stand for freedom and liberty. And that we will not take those things for granted.

     It is time to stand up for America. She will crumble if she continues on the path she is on. May we get on our knees and cry out to God to help her remain a light on the hill. The country that is fair-minded and a help in time of need to the nations of the world. A country that loves God and refuses to turn her back on his love and teachings. She will refuse to prostitute herself for the ideology of this world. She will remain victorious in her endeavor to do the right and Godly thing in all circumstances.

     God Bless America!

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