Monday, October 5, 2015

I Have Some Thrilling News

We have a "Bride to Be" in our home!
Our daughter Victoria is engaged! I have so much to tell you, including the very romantic way she was proposed to. I am so happy to say, that I am mother of the bride! Our whole family watched "Father of the Bride," the other night; so fun!  I planted new white dahlias in my flower garden and they are appropriately named "Bride to Be." Much more to come...
                                                        Genesis 24:64-67

 "Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel  and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”
“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.  Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death"

Blessings, Kathi

Blogging Can Be Scary

I promise you that I have not given up blogging.
I want to join all of you and be a true blogger, but... Sometimes I don't know what to say, so I get scared to jump in a write something.
I need to remember that even if I make a mistake or write something stupid, that you all are so kind and friendly. You all actually encourage me to keep going. Thank you for that. So I will take the plunge. I will keep trying.
My daughter, Jessica, is always trying 
something new.

She encourages me to do this too.  Here she is again, making me laugh. She dyed her hair with coffee. She inspires me to keep trying. So, even though I sometimes doubt myself, I will step out in faith, trust the Lord, use the bit of creativity that He has given me, and blog.
                                                         Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for theLord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Blessings, Kathi

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Learning To Put God First

Again, I am re-posting, for those who may have not read this. I am also posting this for Tell His Story. Please visit that link. Thank you.

The Lord knows me better than anyone else. He knows my future.
He knows the scary things I must face. There are times of uncertainty along my path. I must remember to hold His hand. He knows what's ahead. I don't. He knows my need for Him. I'm in bondage without Him. I'm lost at sea and alone without Him. I'm blindly walking through mazes unless He guides me. I don't know where to go. Why is it that I'm so selfish with "my" time that I refuse to even give the Lord some of it, to pray and to commune with Him? Also, to get instructions for the day from Him? I have come to realize that this is the area I'm most selfish; it's with the time He has given me. When I sacrifice some of this time and spend it in prayer good always comes from it. I must learn to trust Him. The Lord always gives back, better and more than I could imagine. Why is it so hard to remember this? Why is it so difficult for me to share my time and talents with and for the Lord? He is so faithful. He leads me to times of refreshing and renewal,  every time! Yesterday He did this for me at school. I thought I did not have time to spare to go to our weekly teacher prayer meeting before school. I stopped and looked at myself in the mirror and realized, I do NOT have the capability to get through my day without asking the Lord for direction, wisdom and strength. I stopped what I was doing and walked down the hall to our prayer meeting.  I did ask for prayer, and the Lord blessed my school day and helped me with all my assessments and the tasks at hand.  Praise Him!! "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3-4 Blessings, Kathi Blessings, Kathi

Sunday, September 27, 2015

When God Used A Big White Dog

This is my Grandma Margaret When she was about the age of 25. She told me this true story of what the Lord did for her when she was a young girl working at a bakery. Each morning she had to walk to work alone in the dark, in the big city. She had to be at the bakery at 4:00 am. Down the dark streets she would walk all alone.
On one of those mornings a bad man grabbed her and tried to force her into his car. Grandma resisted him and got away. He drove away and police could not find him. The police walked or drove Grandma to her job for about two weeks. They couldn't keep doing this, so they told her she'd have to walk alone again in the dark. Grandma was so frightened that she prayed and asked the Lord to protect her.
In the morning at her front door a big white fluffy dog was waiting. He walked Grandma to the bakery. When they got to the door of the shop, the dog kept going. Grandma said the dog came every morning, and walked on past the bakery just as the day before. This went on week after week, with each day being the same. The dog was never seen any other time of day. Grandma said she was never afraid with the big white dog walking beside her. When she quit her job, the dog was no longer needed, so he was never again sent to her door. God sent that dog to give a young girl visible and tangible reassurance that she was safe and God was watching over her. I think it's so sweet that God sent a white fluffy one who wagged his tail, so she wouldn't be afraid of the dog or of being grabbed. Grandma said the dog was huge. Whether we can see a dog or not, God is with us where ever we go.
              Psalm 31:19-20
"How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them."    

  Tell His Story                           This story was first printed on my blog July 2, 2008. I am re-posting it for those who are new to my blog, and also, for Tell His Story. Thank you, Jennifer Dukes.   Please visit her blog and be encouraged.

Blessings, Kathi

Monday, September 21, 2015

When God Makes Wrongs Right

A long time ago I wrote a post about someone who had said mean things about me. She was an 80 year old Russian lady named Anna who had never met me. Anna loathed me, but I think it was because she did not know that daughter-in-laws can love their mother-in-laws deeply. Here is the post I wrote six years ago:This morning I mentioned someone had gossiped about me. After looking it up the real definition is slander. An 80 year old woman, Anna, spoke untrue hurtful words about me and my husband to my elderly mother-in-law in order to turn her away from us. This woman has been telling these lies to her church. I do not claim to be like Ruth from the Bible but, I will tell you I have prayed most of my life to be that kind of daughter-in-law. I love, Vivian, my mother-in-law. I keep wondering why Anna, who does not know us, would speak this way against us. What makes her tick? What's the heart issue here?

When hurtful mean things are stated as tho they are facts and expressed with a twist to persuade a person to think or feel the way they want them to it is so wrong. This unkind woman, Anna, has a daughter-in-law who hurts her and keeps the grandchildren away from her, and now has left her son for another man. I believe Anna may assume all daughter-in-laws are this way. I'm sad for her if this is what she thinks and for her suffering. My action plan is to pray for Anna. I am also praying she will meet me and see that I am good to Vivian and to stop spreading lies and speaking evil against us.
Thank you for listening and praying for me. I know the things spoken cannot hurt me because they are not true, they could, however hurt my relationship with Vivian. I believe in the power of prayer and especially for praying for my enemies. The last thing Satan expected was for Anna to receive prayer; prayer for love, peace, joy, happiness and good things to happen to her.
"You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:43 and 44
 Now, here is the saddest, but also the best part of all of this story. Even though it is very hard for me, for I am grieving, because... Vivian, my mother-in-law, is dying . 
You might say, "Why is that the best part of all?" What I mean is the healing that has taken place is the best part of all. Vivian loves me. At the Alzheimer's care facility, they say, I am the one she praises constantly. That, in itself is such a beautiful blessing from God, but there is one more...
Because Vivian is Catholic, I called her church to let them know, and I got to talk with 86 year-old Anna. At first I was nervous, but God gave me such a love for this dear lady. Over the past six years God softened her heart and mine. She was so sweet and I wanted to be sweet right back.She thanked me for calling her. She praised me and told me I could handle this and most anything. She was very sad to hear about Vivian, but she was so glad that I called her. Now I am feeling such love for Anna. I want to go and visit her. Isn't God good?
               Proverbs 17:9
"Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
    but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends."
    Please visit Tell His Story for more faith building stories. Thank you Jennifer Duke.

Blessings, Kathi

Fear of Decorating

I have such a desire to decorate. I want a cozy and pretty home, so that I will love it and enjoy living in it. I want to feel comfortable inviting guests over.  So, I went window shopping because I am afraid to buy anything because it might be wrong.  I am drawn to these colors I saw on a poster  at Target.
 This painting has the same tones and was at Hobby Lobby.  Here they are again sort of in this rug.
 Here is my very own lonely bathroom wall, which has had this single picture on it for six years. I am realizing that I fear decorating. My sweet sister Sharon was here last week and we talked about it.
She suggested making a decorating file for the photos on my computer, to see if there are patterns. This has been fun and helpful.   I like that accent chair and I love green and white. The other day, with fear mixed with excitement, I bought the chair and some plants. I have given my desire to the Lord and I have asked Him to help me. He is the best helper and He knows me best. I'm excited to see how that fear goes away and how creativity and confidence will take their place. He has already helped me by sending Sharon.
                  Esther 1:6
  "The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars." 
Blessings, Kathi

Saturday, September 19, 2015


My eyes opened this morning to see next to my bed: My shoes. I immediately thought "...For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared...."
So out of habit I got the coffee going and opened my Bible to learn how I could become prepared.   I do not always do this. I wish I would. It is so tempting to walk over to my computer and look at face book or my blog. It takes discipline to daily get in the routine of spending quiet time with God first; first thing in the morning.This sweet time with God in the morning blesses my whole day. I can give the Lord my worries and cares. I can praise Him and thank Him. I can be free from guilt by confessing my sins and knowing that Jesus died for them and they are gone. I can start my day refreshed and at peace with the assurance that the Lord will go with me everywhere I go.  Look at what I wrote in the front of my Bible. These are Scriptures from inside my Bible, hand-written by me; easy references for me. I have Scriptures about CHRIST right in the front of my Bible. I must have THOSE Scriptures at my finger tips, because I want to share my Jesus with the wonderful people who come to my door. I must have my feet ready to share the Gospel. And now, I believe they are ready, but each day, I must prepare and be ready again because I do not know what the day holds, but the Lord does, and He will fit me with readiness.
The whole Scripture for the armor of God goes like this: Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
Blessings, Kathi

Sunday, September 13, 2015

My Favorite Romantic Restaurant

 My favorite restaurant for a romantic dinner, believe it or not, is my own home. Here is why...
 When we have eaten out in the past I have said, "I can cook this, even better then they did and if we were home we could be eat in the privacy of our own spot next to the fire."
 Our children are older now. They serve us, so we have waiters. 
 They fix the appetizer and bring it to us. They leave us alone if we want. They also put on romantic music for us.
 Our children don't mind taking goofy pictures of us and lighting candles to set the mood.
 We just celebrated 32 years of wedded bliss, disillusionment, fun, contentment, stress, bewilderment, reassurance, ups and downs,no children, finally children, buying selling homes, moving, staying put, and trusting each other and trusting the Lord. God has been so good to us. He has honored our commitment. He has blessed us with love and fulfillment.
 When we make the decision to eat at home (we do eat out some times), my husband brings home a great dessert, bread, flowers and champagne. I fix the salad and potatoes. He grills steak from our own beef cattle. We look forward to it for days.
 After dinner we can go to our own private porch or down by the creek or near the fire-pit. Now you see why my favorite restaurant is my own home. Oh, and the children do the dishes! 
                Psalm 37:5  
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him,                and he will act."
Blessings, Kathi


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