Two recent events in my life helped to make me a better person – one who’s ready more than ever to be bold in love about my Lord Jesus Christ.

First, last Saturday I attended a live simulcast with Beth Moore. Beth is a Bible study author, teacher, wife, mother, and I’m sure the list could go on. My church hosted the live simulcast in Des Moines and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

The simulcast was on Audaciousness – the audacity, the boldness, to speak out, to pray, and to love God.

Additionally, I recently finished reading a book called, “The Potluck Club” by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson. It’s about a group of women who get together about once a month to eat lunch together and pray. It took me a while to get through this book. I’m not saying it’s not a good book – it’s that I tend to read it as I’m lying in bed falling asleep. It wasn’t until the end of the book that it got really interesting. Most of the book was spent with the ladies dealing with their own life’s issues. It seems the one thing they came together to do – pray – is the one thing they didn’t do much of.

One of the characters in the book was Jan, the pastor’s wife, who was dying of cancer.  As Jan’s talking with one of the ladies from the potluck (prayer) club, she said these words, “Death. It isn’t a punishment, you know. It’s the victory we race toward. We’re born, and God draws us to himself.”

Her husband, the pastor, later says to this friend,“You can’t do anything more than you’ve done. Except pray.” 

Except pray.

A few pages later someone else wrote: “Maybe prayer is my being ushered into the throne room of God, where I can tell him whatever is on my heart and he will listen. Maybe it’s just that simple. God has not descended to me. I have ascended to him. All I know right now is that in prayer I can be safe in this room. I can be with my heavenly Father.

“Prayer. What a concept.”

Yes! What a concept. Lord, help me to be bolder in my prayers. Help me to pray for my family and friends. I want to be bold with and for you.


September 11

We got a new tree in our yard! We had a small tree before but, several years ago, a big wind took it over. My husband and neighbor tried to right the tree, but it was never the same after that.

When I think of trees, I’m reminded of the verse Psalm 1:3: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

And, some odd way, today, being the tragic anniversary of our nation’s terrorist attack and the way we’re surviving as a nation, I look to this verse as hope – that, like the tree planted by the water, we can find strength in our Lord.

Memories are made of these

Today would have been my parents’ 71st wedding anniersary. They married in 1944 during World War 2. They lived through The Great Depression. They saw the worse in life – and became the best.

Tom Brokaw called this generation, The Greatest Generation. They experienced the worst life had to offer. And they survived and were better because of it.

My parents met at church and were friends for many years before dad finally asked mom out. The rest, they say, is history. To their union were born three children, Russell, Kenneth, and me, Darlene.

We were – and are – church going people. We love and serve God.

My dad died in 2001 at the age of 89. Mom died in 2013 at the age of 97.They were married 57 years.

They taught us by example what a marriage and a home looked like. We weren’t perfect, but we had love. And we had each other.

I pray my marriage can be just like theirs.


Lack of sleep

I don’t handle lack of sleep very well. I have been miserably tired all day and am heading to bed soon.

My husband had surgery this morning. We had to be at the surgery center at 7 a.m. I got up at 5 a.m. I only had a few hours of sleep last night. We were at the surgery center for 5 hours.

OK. I’m done. I’m tired and I want to go to bed.

Tomorrow’s blog will be better – I promise!

Labor Day Musings

When I was working, I couldn’t wait for the holidays to come so I would have a day off.

One of my favorite books/movies growing up was Pippi Longstocking. I loved that she lived alone and had a carefree lifestyle. And she didn’t go to school. What I wouldn’t have given to not to have to go to school!

When Pippi learned that her neighbors had vacation days from school, Pippi wanted that too so she went to school just so she could have vacation days off – just like her neighbors.

I wanted to scream at her! “Pippi! Your life IS a vacation! Don’t go to school!”

But, I had to go to school – and later, to work. Honestly, I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, raise my kids, be a helpmeet to my husband, yada yada yada. But, since I didn’t get married until late in life, I had to work. It was not the most favorite time in my life.

But, Jesus always gives us strength to do the things we don’t want to do or find difficult to do. He promises to always be with us.

Matthew 11:28-30 says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

On this Labor Day, find rest. Rest in the arms of Jesus.


I didn’t want to do it

For the last year, my husband and I have been down to one working car. He works from 5:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. (ish). I’m retired. Having one car doesn’t usually pose a problem except on Fridays and Sundays – Friday to go to Bible study at our church and Sunday to actually go to church.

Thus, I get up at 5 a.m. on Fridays and at 4:30 a.m. on Sundays (have to do something with my hair!) in order to take him to work so I can have the car for the day.

I didn’t have Bible study this past week so didn’t need to get up at the crack of dark in order to have the car. He’s having surgery Tuesday and, therefore, I won’t have to take him to work for several weeks whenever I need the car.

Today – I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to get up just one last time to take him to work so I could have the car for the day. I really didn’t want to do it!

But, my desire to be at church far outweighed my desire to stay home. So I went. And I’m glad I did. God always blesses us when we are faithful to him. Always.

Lord, thank you that you put that desire in my heart to be with you in your house today. I know I’m a better person for being there. Thank you for meeting me at my needs. You are my everything!

Brand new blogger!

I’ve finally taken the plunge! I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while now, but hadn’t taken the plunge – until now. I’m not sure where this is going to take me, but come along for the ride!

I know I want to use this to write my notes for self-study of the Bible I plan to do in 2016 and beyond. I was going to do it with notebook and pen, but with my arthritic hands, it’s getting harder to write and, when I do write, it’s getting illegible.

I’m also an amateur artist who is learning new skills and techniques so you’ll get to see some of my hits and misses – hopefully, more hits than misses!

I also love to cook and bake – especially bread – so you’ll get to see some of my culinary creations as well.

I live in Iowa and I love my state so you’ll probably get to see some of this beautiful state as I journey around.

I also plan to blog every day – even if you don’t look at it, it’ll be my daily journal of this thing I call life.

Whatever! I don’t know where this is going to take me, but I promise we’ll have fun on the journey. Put on your seatbelt and let’s go!