Friday, March 25, 2011

"Jesus Loves Me"

This clip was captured December 31, 1988, the day after my daughter's third birthday. Watching her as a young child can make me laugh or make me cry, but either way, I'm always grateful for such priceless moments frozen in time. I can't watch this clip without smiling. I hope it makes you smile, too.

Please welcome Miss Leslie as she sings, "Jesus Loves Me."


Friday, March 11, 2011

Abiding Faith

After a week of valleys and plateaus, I was seeking a few uplifting words of faith for the journey, you might say. Some reassurances of God's all-seeing eye in the affairs of mankind. Well, I'm happy to report that I found some words of faith: In my very own blogpost, after post, after post. "God knows." "God sees." "God cares."

It wasn't the first time I've been my own inspiration. Countless times I've thumbed through old journals and found words I penned during times of great loss, lighting the pathway for today. Or maybe I woke up singing one of my songs, written decades ago, bringing hope to my heart again.

I love it when that happens. Not because I'm somebody special, understand, but because looking back and seeing how my faith has endured—through famine and feast, sunshine and rain, midnight and morning—is the best faith-builder there is.

Some say it's silly to believe that God is aware of mere mortals, or that he has anything to do with anything that happens in life, but I disagree. His Word says otherwise, and I choose to believe that no matter how small the problem in my hand might be, God knows, he sees, and he cares.

If you're doubting that today, my friend, you've not clicked on my blog by accident. He knew, he saw and he cared. Embrace his promises and be blessed.

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows," Luke 12:6-7 (NIV).

I'm linking to Spiritual Sundays, a great place to find inspiration.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Just Grateful

My heart has been filled with gratitude this week for: 

1. My precious daughter, and the relationship we share.

2. My dear parents, and the love they freely give.

3. My two sisters, and the memories we've made through life.

4. My great-paying job, working for people who appreciate my skills.

5. My health.

6. My home.

7. My faith in God -- through it all.

Linking to Spiritual Sundays.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Simple Pleasure ~ A Juicy Orange

I know my simple pleasures often focus on food, but what can I say? Eating is one of life's greatest rewards. In fact (pardon me while I digress a bit), when I'm alone, saying grace over my food, it goes something like this:

"Thank you, dear God, for this food. For the money to buy it, the strength to cook it and the desire and ability to eat it."

I mean every word of that prayer.

Of course, some delicious rewards don't need cooking--like oranges. I love slirping on a sweet, juicy orange. Two napkins required.

Got a simple pleasure? Share it at my twin sister's weekly blog party: Simple Pleasures.