Oh, Joy! Sweet Joy!

There are many things that fill my heart with joy, but few as much as hearing a child singing praises to our Lord.

Oh, the joy that filled my heart one evening this week!

The house was actually quiet except for music on KLOVE playing in the background.

I was working in the kitchen getting supper ready.

Daniel was in the living room playing a game on his Nexus and Sarah was on the floor coloring.

That’s when I heard the sweet soft voice.

Sarah singing along with the song on the radio.

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

This song stirs my soul each time I hear it and I can’t help but join my (off key) voice in praise.

To hear Sarah singing along was such a beautiful moment!

10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes


You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find


And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

(Chorus x2)

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name

Living thru faith,



A New Kind of Snow Dance

I’ve heard of a rain dance and even a snow dance, but this is the first I’ve heard of this kind of snow ritual!

The weatherman has been talking about snow all week with the best possibility beginning last night.

Kids around here have been waiting anxiously to find out if they would get the ever coveted SNOW DAY.

So, Sarah comes home Thursday after school pronouncing exactly what she needs to do according to her teacher.

Wear my pajamas inside out.

Sleep with a spoon under my pillow.

And flush ice down the toilet.

So that’s what she did!

snow ritual

And the first thing she said when she woke up this morning…

“It worked!”

(We really didn’t get much of anything, but the roads were slick especially considering the rural roads the buses would have to go down. No making snowmen today.  Maybe next time.)

Living thru faith,


Country Come to Town

I’m not really a country girl, but I’m not a city girl either.  I’m more like a small town Southern gal.

You know the kind of place where you smile at a stranger as you walk past, a gentleman still opens a door for a lady, you always say “yes, ma’am” or “no, ma’am”, going across town only takes 15 minutes (20 minutes in heavy traffic), the first thing you do when a friend is hurting is deliver food, and if you ask someone if they want a “coke” you are referring to any soft drink not just coca-cola.

So, when we get a chance to stay in a REALLY nice hotel, I’m just not sure I know what to do!  🙂

We stayed at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for a conference a few weekends ago.  It was a lovely place and we really did enjoy our stay, but in some ways it also made me a little uncomfortable.  There was always someone there to help us out of the vehicle, we were always greeted with a smile and hello when you passed an employee, and the furnishings were comfy and cozy.  I think it was the opulence that made me feel uncomfortable and I’m much more comfortable serving others than being served.

The room was beautifully decorated in calming blues and yellows, with a very comfortable four poster bed.  It felt like we were staying in someone’s guest room, not a hotel room.


Once I got past the $7 bottle of water…


and $3 bowls of goldfish…


I settled into the perfect reading chair.


Of course, Brian’s favorite part was the Keurig coffee pot in the room!


The bathroom was luxurious and even had a phone by the toilet (I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t bring myself to take a picture of that!).


Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take pictures while we were on the Duke campus, but I couldn’t resist stopping to take a picture of the chapel lit up one night.


One day I hope we will be able to go back and walk around the campus.  It looked like it was a beautiful place to be.  Of course, unless we are there for a conference, I’m sure we will be staying in a not-so-high-falutin’ hotel. 🙂

Living thru faith,


My Unexpected Shopping Trip

I really didn’t intend to go anywhere on Monday, but I ended up with a change of plans after my washing machine decided not to drain out the water.

Thankfully Brian was able to get the thing to work; however, we have been having minor issues with it now and then and hearing new noises from time to time.  The thing is about 10 years old and they definitely don’t make them the way the used to, so we decided it was probably time to start looking for a replacement before we ended up desperate.

After a little online research, off to Lowe’s we went.  My home away from home…

It took a little bit of maneuvering to get it into the car. I felt so sorry for the poor guy helping us since he didn’t have a coat on and the wind was brutal, but eventually we headed out of the parking lot bringing my new baby home!

Oh, the things that thrill me these days!!! 🙂


(And it really was rather comical how Brian and I stood there and watched the first load just a tumble!)

Living thru faith,


My New Favorite Cookie Recipe

Matt has been begging for me to make cookies for a week.  I finally broke down on Sunday and got to bakin’.

I’ve been trying several different chocolate chip recipes lately and just haven’t found the ONE.

None of them have been bad, but I just haven’t found one that I really loved…until now!

And, of course, I found the recipe on Pinterest!  Gotta love Pinterest!

The mix ended up making 3 dozen nice sized cookies and the kids absolutely loved them!

My plan next is to make up an extra batch of dough and freeze the roll for future baking.  


So I suggest you click on the source above and get yourself to bakin’ too!

Living thru faith,