We Celebrate

This is a photo of my daughter’s 42nd birthday present. We celebrate!
Family, friends and readers of my book, The Unbreakable Cord, you know of her painful journey to walk again after a horrific car accident.
Sixteen years ago, on her birthday she was in ICU. The doctors didn’t know if she would ever walk again. But she fought through the pain of physical therapy. Lately, she has suffered severe foot pain, and others don’t always see what is going on inside another’s body or mind. At last an MRI revealed the cause.
MRI IMPRESSION:
1. Subacute or chronic nondisplaced fracture of the anterolateral process of the calcaneus with incomplete bridging bone.
2. Severe partial tear with split of the peroneal brevis tendon and tendinopathy of the peroneal longus tendon. A partial tear and scarring superior peroneal retinaculum.
3. Partial tear anterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament.
I hope and pray we do not pass judgement of others recovery and grief above what God has planned. If you have a friend who is in pain, accept it without them having to justify the reason or have an MRI to justify the pain.The treatment for this is a bone stimulator and wearing of the boot, hopefully to repair the fracture. Then they will address the tears.
So, Happy Birthday my little Sunshine, my fighter. Love Mom

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Instant Gratification

Fostering the Heart

Proverbs 25:4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;

Hungry, I walked over to the metal box and read the simple instruction. Push the button, two minutes later, a pancake rolled out on a conveyor belt. Truly fascinating, no more work, just instant gratification in the world of sweet breakfast. On further inspection of this marvel, I noticed the flat, semi-brown pancake lacked my usual standards. It resembled a Frisbee. In the endeavor to speed the process of production, it lost the full richness of texture and taste.

To make a truly delicious pancake, requires us to crack eggs, whisk ingredients, add a splash of oil to the pan, pour a measure of batter and flip until the edges are golden crisp. It takes time to produce a unique golden, fluffy, mouthwatering pancake. However, it is worth it. The result not only fills your…

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#The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna #Robert B. Sloan

I received this book  free; and did a review for Baptist Standard Magazine. Would make a nice gift for young readers.

The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna is the second book in the Hamelin Stoop series. Book One, The Eagle, The Cave and the Foot Bridge, sets the background, explaining why the main character, Hamelin, lives in a children’s home.

The writing style of author Robert B. Sloan, president of Houston Baptist University, quickly engages young readers, as the Great Eagle leads Hamelin through the mysterious cave and across the footbridge once again in search of his parents. His continuing quest to seek his identity takes him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming.

Placing his quest aside, Hamelin joins forces with two new friends in their mission of freeing a kidnapped princess and recovering a stolen jewel. To aid in their journey, the trio receives special gifts—a scarf of sight, magical gloves, shoes of speed and a sword of death.

Sloan fills each scene with adventure and suspense. Young readers will look forward to the release of the third book in the series with enthusiasm.

A Father’s Sacrifice

This is my devotion that posted today on http://www.christiandevotions.us; you can read many wonderful devotions on this site daily.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

As a young child, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and homemade gravy was our Sunday meal. Today, I still crave my mama’s fried chicken—a dish I can’t duplicate. Maybe it was the little can of grease sitting on the stove that gave it that extra flavor.
Years after the passing of my father, I mentioned to my mom how I couldn’t believe Dad really liked the chicken backs. A huge grin covered her face. She said, “He didn’t, but he ate them so you kids would have the best pieces.” That day, I saw a tiny glimpse of the sacrifice my father had made over the years.
The central event of the Christian faith is Jesus’ death on the cross. His Father’s sacrifice to all of us so we would have the best. He paid the price for our sins. Through His grace, we are allowed to have a relationship with the Father. Jesus’ death and resurrection are the only things that allow us to enter heaven.
My dad sacrificing his wants at our Sunday meal was the central event for me at our dinner table. Unfortunately, for years that sacrifice went unnoticed.
Let’s all remember the great sacrifice our Father in heaven made for us. I can’t even begin to imagine the magnitude of that sacrifice.

 

#Know Who You Are-Live Like It Matters by Tim Tebow, –Book Review

#Know Who You Are Live Like It Matters by Tim Tebow

This is a book review I wrote for the Baptist Standard online magazine. A wonderful book.

Readers will recognize sports icon Tim Tebow as Heisman Trophy-winning football player at the University of Florida—former NFL quarterback and now an outfielder with the New York Mets. Tebow shares his heartfelt journey of loving Christ, no matter the cost.

Tebow’s message, “The only identity worth having—is found in Jesus Christ,” is seen throughout the pages of Know Who You Are-Live Like It Matters. As he shares his successes and failures, readers are drawn into the events of his life. Tebow journeys back to his childhood and introduces his parents, emphasis the significance of family.

This book is intended to speak to the heart of home homeschoolers. Even so, being more than 60 years old and stepping out of my comfort zone with a new adventure, I was encouraged and reminded our identity is from Christ and not from this world.

The author guides readers through thirty-six lessons. Each begins with a Bible verse and concludes with the opportunity to journal thoughts, feelings, and opinions. The interactive guide is set up in four parts with nine lessons each.
It is a great resource for discovering or confirming our identity in Christ. In a world searching for significance, readers are reminded our identity is from Christ and Christ alone.

Creation Cries

This is my devotion that posted on http://www.christiandevotions.us today.

 

I stand in awe at the unending beauty of God’s creation.
A towering evergreen, a tree stump, or a fluttering hummingbird, each tell their own story. As I walk the beaten paths of a state park, I see visitors with cameras in hand documenting their stay. The captured beauty will soon be pasted in a scrapbook or transform a plain wall into a colorful mosaic.
Sadly, the forest tells another story. Visitors who view a healthy tree as firewood. Campers who rush away, forgetting to extinguish the embers. Hikers who mark the trails with liter. Homeless who take shelter among the pines. These narratives are visible to the world, and the pain is felt by many.
Consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The Creation waits in eager expectations for the sons of God to be revealed. I rejoice in these words from Romans and lean into the hope that creation will be liberated from man’s disrespect. Nature will be magnified when we get to heaven, and creation will be free from the hands of our neglect and abuse—free to sing.
We have hope in the message that God will liberate us from the bondage of this earth and that we will stand in awe of a place we can’t imagine. Until God returns, let’s care for this beautiful earth. Be mindful of the discarded gum wrappers and cigarettes butts that dot the land.
Your actions can change the landscape of God’s creation