Posted in Be You, encouragement, faith, goals, serving

Dream

Lord, help me to focus on your dream for me…to live out your purpose…to continue on with my story, the one You wrote for me.  

Keep my heart pure and focused, remembering that I was created to live out my story for Your glory, not mine!

His Glory!

Amen & Amen! 

Winnie

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
 He has planted eternity in the human heart, 
but even so, people cannot see the 
whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 
Ecclesiastes 3:11
Posted in devotions, encouragement, faith

Hang on!

Are you going through a storm right now?  Or have you been through one and wished you had some wisdom to hang onto.  Well, this morning I read a devotion written by our company Chaplain, the words she wrote were so relevant that I felt I needed to share them.  
Here is an excerpt:
Life happens to us all! We all go through storms. We all have bumps in the road! We all have dark clouds that seem to engulf us at times! We all have stories! Thank God for life experiences that remind us ready or not, tomorrow comes. How we face it is our choice.


Isaiah 43:1-3

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. 
I have called you by name; you are mine.
 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, 
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, 
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

Today, as a passenger who has been through some of life’s bumps, hear my story! GOD IS FAITHFUL!  He will never leave those who call on Him and who invite Him to be the Lord of their life! Through the storms of life…. Because of Him there is still a song of praise!
May God’s Peace be so real to you today!
If God is faithful for her, He will be faithful for all of us!  He is not selective and doesn’t show favoritism. (Acts 10:34)  The next time you find yourself in the middle of a storm stand on the words in Isaiah 43:1-3 and don’t be afraid, He is still God!
My heart is praising Him!

Winnie
Posted in community, faith, marriage, memories, my once in a lifetime; family

Thank you!

With our anniversary right around the corner I am feeling a little nostalgic, which is making me a little emotional…I know you’re not surprised! (hang on while I grab a tissue)

I’ve been thinking back over these last 30 years and all the people God has put in our lives.  People who have sewn into who we are today, in our relationship with God, our children, our grandchildren, and each other.  Friends & family as far away as Alaska, Florida and New England and as close as Oklahoma. 

Keith’s Coast Guard career allowed us to live in a lot of different places. We have so many memories from each of our duty stations, life long friends, moments of growth and lots of laughs. 


So, today I want to say Thank You! 

Thank you to all of you, friends and family, who have believed in us, 
loved us, counseled us, been examples for us, taught us, 
laughed with us, cried with us, walked through our storms 
and our triumphs, celebrated with us, but most of all, you loved us. 
So much of who we are today as individuals and 
spouses is because you lived life with us.  

Thank you all for the encouragement and 
love you have poured over us these last 30 years.



We love you all!

Stick around, there’s another 30 or more ahead of us and we still need you! 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Winnie

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. 
Proverbs 27:17

Posted in faith, Thank You Jesus

Sun or Son

Recently I got up in somewhat of a fog…it had a little to do with allergy meds and a lot to do with the amount of things that the day ahead held for me.  I wanted to climb back in bed and pull the covers over my head….but I didn’t.

Instead I fixed a cup of coffee, grabbed my IPad and curled up on the couch. While I caught up on everyone on Facebook and checked photos on Instagram, the foggy feeling started feeling a little like sadness..woe is me.  So, I opened up YouVersion and started looking around for a ‘word’ to pick me up.  I love God’s word…and of course there was plenty of scriptures to lift my spirits. It didn’t change all that my day held, but it changed my heart and attitude in dealing with it all.

As I headed off to work, I realized it was foggy outside. I laughed a little, thinking about my fogginess earlier in the morning, thought God had a little bit of a sense of humor, switched on my fog lights and headed out. 

A few minutes into my drive I saw the sun was trying to ‘burn’ through the fog. Call me crazy (I sometimes am) but the first thing I thought of was….just like the sun can ‘burn’ through the morning fog….the Son can ‘burn’ through our fog! 

Simple, but true!

He certainly burned through mine that morning….

Happy Monday!

Winnie



I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NLT

PS That is a picture I took that morning. 🙂