Welcome to my new blog! If you've followed my other blog for a while, you know I am prone to pontifications mixed in with my family news and pictures. I've decided to archive all my "thinking out loud" pieces from the past here, and put all my future ones here as well. Looking for family news & photos? Check out Moments at the Manse.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Blogging Break

I'm taking the month of September off from blogging. I know you're laughing because it appears I've taken the whole summer off! :>) Really, I've had trouble remembering to post my rambling, thinking posts over here and so some of them are over at our family blog. Maybe I'll get all that straightened out before October. See you then!

Friday, May 22, 2009

In this journey that we begin when we decide to follow Jesus, there are twists and turns. And occasionally there are stops along the way to unload the extra baggage we collect while we go along. That's where I am right now.

I wish it weren't so, but as humans, we tend to allow things in life to creep up to the spot that only God deserves in our life. I have let . . . things, relationships, pride, dreams, food, my children, my husband, self interest (on and on the list could go) take the one place that only belongs to God. And its so subtle - these "idols" are so keenly disguised. That is why only God can bring them down.

And when God shines His light into my heart, and I start to see as He sees, it is time for the idols to come down. So that's what He's doing tonight. And its not without pain, as I feel the shame of my condition, but He is so faithful. And for that I'm forever thankful. His grace is so abundant. And for that I'm forever indebted.

I'm so thankful for Jesus and the Holy Spirit who continually draws me to Himself and transforms me into the person He wants me to become, for His glory.

2Co 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Php 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

I'll Worship Only at the Feet of Jesus - Gaither Vocal Band

Saturday, May 16, 2009

No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband and I know he can be trusted.
- Elsa Einstein

I borrowed this from the nice lady over at New Every Morning.

I thought it was applicable to pastor's wives . . . Sometimes I may not understand or know exactly what is best for our church family. And occasionally they ask me questions that I can't answer about why's and wherefore's of this or that, but I can say with confidence, "You would be welcome to talk with Darrell about that - he'd be glad to hear your point of view!"

I don't know what is best for us, or how he ought to do things, but I have complete confidence that he can be trusted. That's a really peaceful thought . . .

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I read this posted by a friend on facebook . . .wish I had it on Sunday to give to our church ladies! I want to be a woman of strength!


A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape ... but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape...
A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything ... but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear...
A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her ... but a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone...
A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future... a woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes can also be God’s blessings and capitalizes on them...
A strong woman walks sure footedly... but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls...
A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face... but a woman of strength wears grace...
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey... but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

On Strong Willed Little People

You might have guessed why this really encouraged me today . . . especially if you were in church with me last evening.