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Just… thankful

I love this thought. When things are tough like they are now, we still to remember to be thankful to the Lord.

Patricia Johns

A lot of things are out of control for us these days. I don’t have to get into details, do I? We’re all in the same boat! And it can feel overwhelming, and scary, and like it’s just going to last so long…

But there is a strange blessing that comes with uncertain times–our perspectives change! The things that topped our priorities a couple of months ago are off the radar. We’re all being forced to slow down–no choice there. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve started being thankful for more elemental things.


I’m thankful for sunny days, and for groceries that stretch, for that extra bottle of cleaner I didn’t know was under the counter. I’m thankful for a husband I’m happy to be locked up with all weekend, and for that extra inch our son seemed to grow over night… I’m thankful for a good book…

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When (not if) this all is over

Faith Filled Friday: I liked her use of ‘not if, but when’. It helped ease my concern. I am trusting in the Lord to see us through this safely. May the peace of God be with us all. ~ Connie

Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

“I don’t like my new smile!”

My son had been avoiding food all day because his first-ever wiggly tooth was quite wiggly, enough to make eating anything difficult.

Besides that, he was afraid.  He didn’t really want to lose a tooth.  He liked his teeth, his mouth and his smile just the way it was, thank you very much.

Also, what if he lost a tooth while eating and maybe swallowed it?

So much fear.  

When the tooth did come out after all,  after he had been brave for a few seconds and his dad wiggled it right out, my son smiled and held quite still with a push of courage.  I thought it was total victory.

Then he cried….and cried and cried.

He didn’t like his smile.  He really wanted his smile to stay exactly as it was before.

So much grief. 

I gave a gentle mom-speech about how…

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National Poetry Month–It’s Here!

I was never much of a poetry fan most of my life, but her article is wonderful and I just had to share it. ~Connie


For the USA, April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world.  According to the Academy of American Poets, the goals are:

  • Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
  • Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
  • Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
  • Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
  • Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
  • Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
  • Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry

When I was in high school, I was forced to learn poetry. I didn’t want to, saw no benefit to it, and unfortunately, the teacher didn’t change my mind. All that analyzing meaning and deconstructing stanzas went right over my head. Worse, selections such…

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Don’t try the three-point superhero landing, OK?

Being a nurse I wondered about some of their landings a time or two. I’m glad to have my questions answered. Great blog!

Matthew Wright

Apparently the way to land when falling from a great height is to come down on one knee and a fist in a ‘three-point’ landing, then pause dramatically for everybody to admire your sudden entrance to save the day. Superheroes do it, so it must be the way, right?

I guess if you’re invulnerable, maybe. Although to me it does look more like posing. But hey – superheroes.

For the rest of us? Well, don’t try becasue it’s an easy way to break a leg. And knuckles. How do I know? Because physics.

Let me explain. Landing after a jump is all about trying to reduce your velocity without a sudden stop. It’s the stop that does the damage, which sounds trite, but bear with me. The problem is that the rate of change of velocity, itself, induces what is known as ‘jolt’ acceleration. This is far higher. It’s why…

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Faith Filled Friday: 15 Verses for When You Feel Fearful and Afraid

There are times in our lives when we are filled with worry, fear and dread. It is a relief to have Jesus and our Bibles to turn to when we feel like the world is crashing around us.
There are so many verses in the Bible that provide comfort, reassurance, and peace. The Lord must have known we would need them.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:9 (KJV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid; neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Psalm 23:4 (KJV) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 27:1 (KJV) The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 56:3 (KJV) When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) (5) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 43:5 (KJV) Fear thou not; for I am with thee …

John 14:27 (KJV) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, and neither let it be afraid.

Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) (6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.

Colossians 3:15 (KJV) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

1 Peter 4:16 (KJV) Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

God does care about each and every one of us. I hope you found as much comfort in these verses as I did. And remember, God is available 24/7.

Understanding Social Distancing, Isolation, Quarantine, Flattening the Curve and More

I thought understanding some of the words was a great idea. Thank you.

Lorieb (Lor-eee-bee)

In light of the COVID-19 virus running rampant through the world, we must heed the advice of experts to separate fact and necessity from fiction and inconvenience.

Isolation vs Quarantine

This definition comes from CDC (Center for Disease Control):

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.


Simply put, isolation and quarantine are similar in their goal of limiting the spread of disease, but isolation is generally reserved for those already known to be sick (showing symptoms).

Social Distancing

Social distancing means reducing contact with others by staying away from large groups of people. The goal is to reduce the opportunity for spreading of a disease. This includes sporting events, parties, conferences, meetings, church, movie theatres, parades, festivals, and public transit. In…

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Looking In The Mirror

Faith Filled Friday thought: Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can and music to accept the things I can’t.

Unshakable Hope

I have a confession to make – I’m a mess!

I was reminded of this yesterday morning after Mary set me in my wheelchair.

As I mentioned before, my neck muscles are too weak to hold my head up. When getting me set up on the computer, Mary places a pillow behind my head and reclines the wheelchair so I can comfortably look at the screen without my head falling. ALS is such a hassle!

If I wanted to see myself in a mirror, I’d have to ask her to park me in front of the mirror. I don’t do that. Not only because I cannot speak to ask her this, but also because I have no interest in doing so. I don’t need another reminder of what twenty-three years with ALS and fifty-nine years living in this harsh environment we call earth has done to my face.

After Mary…

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