This is a blog for women (not just moms) who:

(1) Desire to be transformed by JESUS' LOVE, HOLINESS, AND GRACE;

(2) Believe that GOD'S WORD is the true Spirit food for HIS HOLY SPIRIT who lives within us;

(3) Submit to GOD and walk this journey of life with HIM transforming us more and more into HIS likeness.

It's a blog about the POWER OF TRANSFORMED LIVES. Let's begin with yours and mine and pass it on... 1 + 1 + 1...

Since GOD's HOLY SPIRIT lives inside a christian, let's choose to be nurtured and transformed by feasting daily on HOLY SPIRIT food - GOD's WORD - The Holy Bible..

My regular posts stopped in 2013, with a major move and the chronic illness and eventual death of our oldest daughter. Yes, we grieve daily, yet I am determined to continue to let the LIGHT of my LORD and SAVIOR shine through me. I have tried to start posting again, over the last few years, but have not been consistent. So, I think the biggest blessing for you and me both will be to intersperse some new posts while revisiting some of the former posts. Let's begin with "Oh, the JOY!" on 3/3/19.

Earlier posts follow daily formats, as follows:

...Sunday in the SON

......Meditation Monday


............Women in the WORD Wednesday

...............Transforming Thursday

..................Family Fellowship Friday

.....................Ketchup and Mustard Saturday.

There's a whole lot here! Take your time to browse.

Please come back and visit often. Welcome!

Because of JESUS, we can be family,



Romans 12:1-2 "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Oh the JOY! 3/5/19

I  grew up hearing my Mom often say, “I have set my mind.”  It was years before I knew that she was referring to 2 of her favorite scriptures.  Mom was setting her mind “on things above” and to keep “fixing our eyes on JESUS, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the JOY set before HIM endured the cross...”

What is your cross?

What are you currently needing to endure?

Are you willing to endure your cross for the JOY that is to come?

How do you “set your mind”?

Focus on these 2 scriptures the next few days and then let’s meet back here for encouragement... maybe even a game plan!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Oh the JOY! 3/3/19

I am Blessed!  Oh, the JOY!

I am Grateful!  Oh, the JOY!

I Love Life!  Oh, the JOY!

These are words that are not often heard out in the world.  What we do often hear is a lot of complaining about everything, with people exclaiming, "I am cursed!" or "I hate my life!"

My husband is a minister/preacher/pastor.  Today, he began a series of lessons connecting the Israelites, in the Old Testament, with these verses from the New Testament.  I have put these verses, from two different versions, below and ask you to meditate on them until we meet again, sometime in the next 48 hours.  Oh, the JOY!

Friday, December 22, 2017

BE-ATTITUDES: Poor in spirit to Merciful to Peacemaker!

 I've been asked by several to re-consider returning to blogging.  Our lives have been far from calm over the last few years, yet very "transformational" for the whole family.  Our daughter, Jessica, passed away on Valentine's day, February 14, 2015. 

It was the end of 19 years of everyday migraines and a ferocious 9.5 month battle with Stage 4 colon cancer - that went to her liver. We continue to grieve and rejoice at the same time; we miss her here, yet she is HOME!

I basically stopped blogging not long after we made a major move in August 2013.  Then, as Jessica's health spiraled downward, my focus was on being "the hands and feet of JESUS" to her.  Little did we know that everyone of JESUS' beatitudes would be lived out in different ways over these last few years...  Currently our Women Opening the Word (WOW) classes are studying the beatitudes.  So, I plan to re-post some of my former posts about the Sermon on the Mount, along with some new ones, over the next 5-6 months.  

We'll be focusing on the beatitudes until February and then continue in Matthew 5.  Please join us here!  Below are 
"Be-attitudes 1-7".


"1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, 2 and He began to teach them.
The Beatitudes 

HE said:

"BLESSED are the poor in spirit, for...

"BLESSED are those who mourn, for... "BLESSED are the meek, for... "BLESSED are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for..."BLESSED are the merciful, for...

"BLESSED are the pure in heart, for...

"BLESSED are the peacemakers, for...
"...they will be called the children of God."


Wednesday, September 11, 2013


2 Corinthians 4-5 is one of my very favorite scripture reads.  I have focused on themes from this passage like

Yet, I have never focused on how the word "MERCY" is foundational to this reading.  Join me in the Word today, as we consider MERCY:

1 Corinthians 4: 
"Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received MERCY, we do not lose heart, 2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.  
6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death works in us, but life in you. 13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14 knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.  
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 Corinthians 5:
 "For we know that if he earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by [c]sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for [d]his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. 12 We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we [e]are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and [i]He has [j]committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."


Tuesday, September 10, 2013


I am eternally grateful that my husband, Steve, has been doing a series of sermons on the many facets of God's MERCY! 

The LORD is also making me more aware, each day, of the plight of homelessness and the MERCY that we must extend. 

1.  I have a friend named Dimitri who lived on the streets, in the Philadelphia area.  He has opened my eyes to the need for MERCY.  Dimitri is an inspiration of persistence and endurance to me. 

I am so grateful for Dimitri Sykes!

2.  I have a friend named Lindsey, who is tower of strength for the homeless population in Nashville, Tennessee.  It is possible that you have seen Lindsey and her work with the homeless, either on the Discovery channel or in media releases.  Lindsey is an inspiration of service and selflessness to me.  Please, please take time to read Lindsey's blogpost here:

I am so grateful for Lindsey Krinks!

3.  I have some newfound "friends", in the last 24 hours:  Adam and Shane.  They have made a video challenge, with the intent of it going "viral".  I hope it does!  They have inspired me with their creativity and enthusiasm to challenge internet users to change from being "selfies" to SELFLESS.   

Their challenge has jumpstarted me to start carrying bags of food/water, in my car, for those standing on the street corners.  I will do this in honor of Jesus Christ, Dimitri Sykes, Lindsey Krinks, Adam, Shane, and all those who have experienced homelessness. 

I am grateful for Adam and Shane's challenge!  Here is one of their videoes:

I am eternally grateful that God's MERCIES are new every morning and He is allowing me a fresh look at MERCY... GIGATTAATTGIG!

"BLESSED are the MERCIFUL for they shall receive MERCY!"

Sunday, September 8, 2013


August 14 was the last time I posted.  It's been a little less than a month.  Yet, the time has been full of:
  • miles
  • smiles
  • tears
  • fears
  • faith walking
  • lots of talking
  • love
  • blessings from above
We've moved to a new place... begun a new ministry... it's a time of new beginnings...

What does this mom/grandmom have on her mind?  Right now, my hubby's sermon from this morning:  MERCY CAME A RUNNING!  We need God's mercy! What should our response to God's mercy be?

For now, please join me in meditating on these 2 verses and 2 songs over the next few days.

Romans 12:1-2 also happens to be the theme verses of this blog (as shown above this post):

"Therefore I urge you, brethren,  

by the MERCIES of God,

to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,  

acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  
And do not be conformed to this world,  
but be transformed  
by the renewing of your mind,  
so that you may prove what the will of God is,  
that which is good and acceptable and perfect."


Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Today, as my family and I head for a new chapter in our lives, Jesus gives me a peace that passes understanding.  I am once again encouraged by the words of this verse and the song over on the right sidebar:  "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!"

"You need not fight in this battle;
station yourselves,
stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf...
...’ Do not fear or be dismayed;
tomorrow go out to face them,
for the Lord is with you.”
2 Chronicles 20:17