faith and love, lift up

Growing. Sharing. Encouraging.


I enjoy learning. We are never to old to learn new things, to see beauty in the people and places around us, to go places, try new foods and recipes, to live our lives to the fullest. It does not matter where you are in your life. Be someone who make someone look forward to tomorrow.

I have wanted to learn to speak or at least read Latin. So I ordered ‘Learning the Latin Langauge session1’. I love Essential Oils and found an Aromatheraphy Course on line to teach me more about the healthy benefits of oils. My grandchildren enjoy cookies and crafting, therefore Pinterest is searched routinely for new ideas for the kiddos and I to try. During the week I will make phone calls, send text, hand write notes/letters to friends and family members. Personal visits are not happening a this time with pandemic otherwise I would be traveling the county roads to visit others face to face over coffee. Oh, did I mention that I am a HUGGER! Having major hug withdrawls during this pandemic.

We are not ment to be isolated from life. Learn something new, a new word from the dictionary, pick a city/place on the map and learn about, reread a book the you that you read in high school, try a new recipe and then go share what you have learned with someone.

My grandchildren are always asking me about something. If I know the answer I tell them and if I do not, I tell them that we can learn about it together. I/we have learned so many new things:

  • how to make slim(with glitter)
  • how to build a birdhouse
  • what different animals like to eat

What do you enjoy doing? Where do you go to visit when time allows? Whose day would you brighten by sending a card? Share with me something that you enjoy. To give your time to someone else no matter how small will come back in double blessings. I promise.

faith and love, lift up

What makes you happy?


Hello Sunshine. In the midst of the chaos around us my question for you today is “What makes you happy?” Maybe that is the wrong question. “What makes you feel joy?” I believe that there is a difference between being happy and being filled with joy.

What is it that brings you joy? Joy for me would be time with my children and grandchildren. Joy would be waking up to a good cup of coffee and drinking it on my back porch with my husband. Spending quality time with at my parents. Thursday evening’s with my Women’s Bible Study Group. Making pancakes and treats for my grand youngins. My list is compiled of everyday things that are sometimes taken for granted and often pushed to the wayside in our business.

Life does not need to be without JOY. Take a few minutes to think about what actually brings you joy on this day.

faith and love

Smile and go forward


On this Sunday morning I am blessed to be able to relax on the back porch with a cup of hot coffee. During this country wide shutdown I have, as well as others, been able to enjoy church services on the porch. I do hope that they will continue to stream services even after opening the doors.

I do not know about you but when I am at church I have full intentions of paying close attention to the sermon. Though it seems that something will distract me just in that pivotal moment of hearing what was meant for me. I am blessed however with todays technology to be able listen and/or watch the service again. I have noticed that the second time around the words seem clearer than before.

We must stay strong in our faith. Satan will and is using these times to separate us, to isolate us and to pit us against one another. Together in faith we are one! Please understand that we are called to love and to lead one another. There is that saying “No one left behind” is so important in these crazy times.

Do you know someone alone, lost, down on his job, family issues? We are to come along side of them, in their situation, in their time of need. We are to comfort them where they are in “their life”, to walk beside them, to lift them up and to pray for them. We were not born on this earth to live solitary lives.

We are able to pray for, to be with, to listen, to share and to even HUG people where they are in life. People have been brought into our lives, that is yours and mine just for a moment in time. Do not waist these moments on would have, could have, should have but didn’t thoughts.

Be the one who smiles first. Be the one who listens. Be the one to shine God’s light in a darkened world.

faith and love, lift up

Spring in Indiana 2020


With the current COVID-19 pandemic going on, it has been a little challenging to enjoy these beautiful spring days. Although I try to keep up with the latest or so called current updates, I find myself most often enjoying the moment on my back porch drinking coffee. I so hope that you have a place that calms your spirit in these crazy times.

My county has begun the slow return to the ‘New Normal’. Normal which changes day to day. The Corona Virus, the unemployment of so many workers, having no formal days of schooling since February/March, the over working of those ‘essential workers’ (that need our love and prayers), to the craziness of politics with the up and coming ‘2020 Presidential Race’ and the need for some type of normal.

I hope that you have a solid foundation in your life. A cornerstone that will anchor you in the crazy times and give you hope to continue to move forward through the changes. Be thankful for who you are and what you have even if it is a little. There is always someone out there with so much less.

faith and love, lift up

Living: Life with Family


About my family, we have his, mine, and ours. No ‘Brady Bunch’ here. My thoughts and actions today are in hind sight of what I have experienced (survived). I am not perfect and not planning to be either. I have learned to take each situation as it comes about, always moving forward. I may glance back occasionally. Life is busy, fast paste, and today just crazy at times.

Family things that I know something about: marriage, divorce, children(whole/half/step/adopted), and a whole lot of the ends and outs. I will not criticize you, laugh at or belittle you. Family life is active. I am not a specialist in family affairs. I can offer some sound advice and I am always here to help lift you up.