"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

23 November 2014

Praise Post #23




I'm  joining Jerralea's Journey blog as we number gifts He's given us during the month of November.  Each day I'll be sharing five things that I am thankful for.  Doing that for 30 days will produce 150 things we are grateful for...and it's easy to find those gifts if we take a moment to look.  You are welcome to join in!  Just head over to Jeri's!

Today I am thankful for:


  1. Distilled and bottled spring water.  Our town has a "boil water advisory" in place since 10 a.m. yesterday for the next 48 hours due to a water break on a main pipeline.  I never want to take fresh, running water again for granted.  Thank goodness the local stores were stocked up with water.
  2. Lined curtains.  Yesterday I received my new curtains from this favorite place.  I ordered them in "natural" to go with the wood/earth tones in the bedroom. We needed lined ones for our bedroom for the winter months. I've never owned them as I couldn't afford them or never liked what was out there.  Last month I saw them at a good price so ordered them.  I'm thankful that they look good on the windows and are keeping out the drafts!
  3. Cinnamon Candles.  Many candles have scents that bother me.....I tend to get allergic reactions to many, as does my youngest daughter and my husband.  Cinnamon is one scent that I can handle and I love it!  I'm thankful for candles in the colder months...and now that we are less than a month away from winter, I'm starting to get out my candles and light one on a dreary day.
  4. Shower gels.  I love using scented shower gels but I'm very picky about which ones.....there are many scents and brands that I just don't care for.  I finally found one that is great!!  The citrus smell really wakes you up in the morning and the feeling of the gel is a fresh, light, silky feel, not heavy and gunky like some gels. Yes, I still use deodorant soap (Dial is our fave in this house) but most mornings, I choose the citrus :)
  5. Role Models.  I'm thankful our 15 year old daughter has 3 excellent female role models in her life who are all volunteers with our church's high school youth group.  Today, one of the girls, a grad student, is taking Claire and a couple other girls over to a local church that needs help in packing Operation Christmas Child boxes.  They will be packing and loading them on a truck.  The girl is taking them out to lunch and then getting them to that church.  I'm so thankful for these older girls!
What are you thankful for today??





22 November 2014

Praise Post #22



I'm  joining Jerralea's Journey blog as we number gifts He's given us during the month of November.  Each day I'll be sharing five things that I am thankful for.  Doing that for 30 days will produce 150 things we are grateful for...and it's easy to find those gifts if we take a moment to look.  You are welcome to join in!  Just head over to Jeri's!

Today I'm thankful for:


  1. The forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ as Savior/Redeemer
  2. My Bible.  I have 3 Bibles (I actually have more that don't get used as much) I often use throughout the month:  the Soul Care Bible in NKJV that I typically use for leading the small group; the Women of Faith Devotional Bible, again in NKJV that I use for my daily reading time and the one I usually bring to church; and the Bible App for my iPad..the YOU version that has several versions you can download along with daily devotional plans and Scripture verses of the day.  I never want to take my Bible for granted......some countries are not allowed to even have a Bible in the home....can you imagine?  
  3. Email.  This is how I stay in touch with Dave's extended family and his parents and I stay in touch with long distance friends this way.  It's also a helpful tool for sending out small group announcements that are too long for a text message!
  4. Texting.  I love this.....even though I still have a slider cell phone and not a smart phone like everyone else in my family, I can still text my college daughter and keep in touch with afterschool schedules with my teenager.  I also text my close friends throughout the week and vice versa.  It's a great piece of technology!
  5. Facetime messaging.  I don't do it often but I love that feature on my iPad...especially when I long to see the face of my princess away at college.
What are you thankful for today?  If you leave a comment, you will be entered into a pool of names and I'll be drawing a winner for a little treat on the last day of November.




21 November 2014

Book Review #40: A Penny For Your Thoughts

I finished this book by skimming through to the end.  

It was starting to bug me.

It's a Christian mystery series and is book one in the series which is titled "The Million Dollar Mysteries".

I started out really liking the book but there were things in it that just didn't seem "right" for a genre with the label "Christian fiction".

STORY SUMMARY

Callie is a former lawyer and private investigator.  She currently is an employee of the J.O.S.H.U.A. Foundation which gives money...large amounts of money....to non-profit organization and upstanding charities.  She investigates each organization and presents them with the grant money which is given by her boss, the mysterious Tom......whom she has never met.  He is anonymous yet heads up this foundation.

She is coming home on a plane when she gets a call to go to Pennyslvania and present a large sum of money to the Feed the Need organization whose chairman is Wendall Smythe.  She is supposed to give him $250,000.  She meets him briefly and then has to handle some other things before presenting him with the check. When she returns to his office, she finds him dead on the floor!!  It appears to be a homicide!! 

At the request of her boss, who was very good friends with Wendall, she begins to probe into his murder. She questions his family members and discovers that she might be the next victim!  Meanwhile, she is still trying to grieve and deal with the loss of her own husband, who died in a horrible boating accident 3 years before.

As she tries to solve this "who-dun-it" and stay alive, her faith in God is strengthened.

Will she discover the killer??

MY THOUGHTS

The beginning of the story was fast-paced and well developed.  But as I continued later in the book, something kept bugging me.  Callie was a lier!!  The author had the character lie to certain other characters and this just didn't sit right with me.  Callie is supposed to be a woman of God...a Christ follower.  And the Word says DO NOT LIE!  In fact, i was kind of laughing because our pastor has been doing a sermon series for the last 8 weeks on the 10 commandments.  And last week's was about lying. He said we should NEVER lie except to save a person's life.  And he gave Biblical examples of when this happened.  Because the author is representing Christ as a Christian author of a Christian story, I found this to be sad and it definitely made my rating slip even further in my mind.  I mean, if we are going to write and call ourselves Christian, let's do so with integrity.  The character was NOT lying to save someone's life but she was lying to get her self out of an ackward situation.  I was very disappointed.

The plot line was ok.......it seemed to get bogged down in the middle and I finally told my self to just skim through to the end.  Yes, the ending was a bit of a surprise but it was even all that dramatic.

It just showed me once again, that the Christian fiction novels are just not as good, in my opinion, as some of the secular books I've enjoyed over the years. I won't be continuing to get books in this series.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 7.


Mid-November Fave Fives

Mid-November. 
Where is this semester going?  I mean it's crazy.....it's going by so quickly!!  First quarter (10 weeks) report cards arrived in the mail yesterday and it's Thanksgiving here in the States in less than a week!

I'm thankful for many things this week...the biggest?  The fact that I no longer live in western NY (lived there from 1978-1982 during undergrad college days, and again from 1984-1985) because here in eastern NY we have no snow and out there....about five hours west of me, they have FIVE FEET of the white stuff in some places.....less than that in other places....THAT IS A LOT OF SNOW!  Sadly, there have been some deaths and damage......so  our prayers have gone up for friends we have out there......despite all of that craziness, I'm counting my blessings from the week with other bloggers by linking up at Susanne's. and counting this as my Praise Post for Jerralea.





FIVE FAVES

  • CHURCH I loved the praise and worship music last Sunday at church.  Our new worship arts director is amazing.  He is fresh, young, and full of energy...along with excellent keyboard and vocal skills.  I miss being a part of music ministry but it was a lot of work.  At our former church I did that kind of thing just about every week for years.  At this church, our "new" church (even though we've been there 8 full years), I am doing other things so it is a huge blessing to just be able to worship and praise with my husband and daughter by my side.  I never want to take my church for granted.

MORNING SUNRISE FROM OUR DECK
  • GLORIOUS SUNRISE.  This was what I saw when I was getting ready to pour my first mug of coffee on Tuesday morning.  It was just glorious.  I quickly stepped onto my deck and used my iPad to get this shot.  God does great work, doesn't He??




  • MAIL!  Yeah, I know...we all get mail everyday. Usually it's bills or junk, right?  BUT on Wednesday, I received a book in the mail from Susanne!!  YUP...our FFF Susanne!!  What an awesome blogger friend.  She sent me a book she had reviewed and it sounded really good so  I thought I would look for it at our town library.  Now I won't have to!  I am hoping to pay it forward when I'm done reading it.



  • RECONNECTION!  I had to call an old friend of mine Monday evening as I needed the answer to a question.  Well, she wasn't home so I left a voice mail and she texted me the next morning and then we started emailing again.  I love reconnecting with good friends I haven't heard from in awhile. We're planning on getting together at some point this winter.  There's nothing like old friends!


  • HIGH HONOR ROLL! We received Claire's first quarter 10th grade report card yesterday in the mail.  She made High Honor roll again with a GPA of 95.25.  We are very proud of her!!  Her highest grade was a 98% in Latin 1 and she got a 96% in Russian 3.  Her lowest grades were 94% in Honors Chemistry and a 94% in Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry. AP English, Orchestra, and Honors Global History were all 95%.  And she got a 95% in Life Fitness/Yoga (her phys ed requirement).  It's a blessing to have a hard-working daughter who also manages to stay active in 2 clubs, youth group, orchestra and 3 ballet classes a week plus serving with the junior high teens at church on Saturday evenings.  Do I sound like I'm bragging? I don't want it to....I am just so stinkin' proud of this girl!!  Just like I was always proud of her big sis. hey...it's a mother's right, right??  She isn't perfect by any means....I often have to remind her it's her turn to dust, or it's her turn to empty the dishwasher, or to water the plants, fold her laundry, etc.  But when she is active AND getting high grades? I'm a gonna give her a big shout out and say THANK YOU GOD!!!
Well that wraps up my week......it's been a long one......but next week is Thanksgiving and we will be going to my husband's side of the family in Plymouth County to have our  big feast and family time.

Whatever you do, have a great weekend and take some time to practice the presence of God.




20 November 2014

Praise Post #20




I'm  joining Jerralea's Journey blog as we number gifts He's given us during the month of November.  Each day I'll be sharing five things that I am thankful for.  Doing that for 30 days will produce 150 things we are grateful for...and it's easy to find those gifts if we take a moment to look.  You are welcome to join in!  Just head over to Jeri's!

Today I am thankful for things that begin with S!



  1. Sales.  I love the online sales this time of year.  I've done most of my Xmas shopping for my daughters this way and everything so far has been on sale except for one thing!
  2. Surprises in the mail.  I received a book from a  blogging friend.  Lovely surprise.
  3. Socks. I love my thick sox that I wear around the house.  These cold autumn days warrent thick sox or slippers.
  4. Saving grace.  I'm so thankful for the saving grace of Jesus.  I can't imagine going through life without Him.
  5. Stillness.  I'm continuing to practice the presence of God and today after work will be the perfect time to just "be still and know....".  Some of you know that the word of the year for me for 2014 has been "Still" based on the Scripture from Psalm that says "Be still and know that I am God". I've written several posts, all under the "Word of the Year Thoughts" label, about spending time in the presence of God and practicing being still so we can hear that still small Voice that brings power to our lives.
What are you thankful for today?



19 November 2014

Praise Post #19

I'm  joining Jerralea's Journey blog as we number gifts He's given us during the month of November.  Each day I'll be sharing five things that I am thankful for.  Doing that for 30 days will produce 150 things we are grateful for...and it's easy to find those gifts if we take a moment to look.  You are welcome to join in!  Just head over to Jeri's!

Today I am thankful for:


  1. The Yummly app.  It's free for your smart phone or iPad.  I have it on my iPad and it's a great resource for finding recipes quickly and finding new ones.  It has a "your yums" feature where you can save recipes you find and then click on them and it brings you right to the link.  There's also a feature for keeping a grocery list.  I love it and am thankful it's user-friendly!
  2. Steel cut quick cooking oats.  This is my fave cold weather breakfast.  They cook for only 2 minutes in the microwave. I eat them with a 1/2 c. of blueberries and a 1/4 c. of walnuts.  So filling and chock full of heart healthy goodness.
  3. Vitamin C.  I'm thankful we can get extra vitamin C in our diets via the nature made tablets.  At 500 mg per day it's perfect for helping to boost our immune systems.  My youngest and I use them daily in the winter months.
  4. Easy commute.  I was thankful for today's easy commute.  For some reason I actually got to work 10 minutes early. That rarely happens!
  5. This Scripture:  I needed this today.

What are you thankful for today??