Canola Fields and Enid, Oklahoma

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And We Will Never Forget . . .

April 19, 1995. The day that forever changed Oklahoma. We became a ball of fear, caution and grief. But at the same time we turned to each other for comfort. We leaned more on our faith. Hugged our children tighter. Loved our neighbors more. Oklahoma was on display for the world. That same world embraced us and became a smaller place.  We became stronger.

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memorial18 memorial15The Survivor Tree~ a 90-year-old American Elm that was witness to the violence of April 19. “The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us.”

May we never forget

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Double Blessings!

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Our lives have been blessed beyond measure this week. These sweet little girls are just under five pounds each.  They are healthy and already at home! Their mommy is doing amazingly well, as is their daddy. As for the grandparents and great-grandparents, aunts and uncles? Still grinning from ear to ear!

Thank you, Lord, for these precious gifts.

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Free Prayer and No Agenda…..ramblings

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Prayer has been on my mind this week.  The First Friday of each month, my son and his wife (along with a couple of friends) go to a corner in their downtown area. (Go ahead and follow their fb page!) They give out free popcorn to those passing by and then ask if they’d like for them to pray for them. FREE PRAYER!  You think they have any takers?  People line up.  For healing.  For marriages.  For finances.  For encouragement.  No agenda.  We are here for you.

I believe in prayer.  I was raised thanking the Lord for each meal.  Asking Him for forgiveness.  Thanking Him for one more day of life.

I pray when I’m driving, mowing the lawn, shopping at the grocery store….I believe in prayer.  No fancy words for me, I just talk as I would to a friend.  There is comfort in prayer.

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes my prayers have been selfish or out of fear. Oh Lord, if you’ll just let me marry him, I’ll be forever grateful.  God ~ please let this plane land safely and I promise to never fly again.  Oh please let me win that million dollars…

Well it’s a good thing God didn’t answers every prayer the way I wanted.  I’d probably be married to David Cassidy, traveling everywhere by bus and playing my alto saxophone in pubs….but hey, I’d be rich, right?

While I believe our prayers are heard, I know for a fact that we don’t always know what is best for each situation.  I have found myself praying for healing for someone I love and then in another breath, asking God to spare their pain and just take them while they sleep.

There are many questions about prayer I don’t have answers to, but this I know.  Prayer changes things.  Prayer changes my heart towards people.  Prayer is free therapy with the King of therapists.

When I am asked to pray for someone, it is an honor and a responsibility I take to heart.  And to those who have ever prayed for me and for my loved ones, I thank you. Let me know if you are ever in need of prayer.  I’ll sure pray for you. ♥

Be nice to people.  You never know what they might be dealing with today.

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A Mama’s Hope

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Good Friday.  I never really understood why it was called good.  I’ve read the account repeatedly.  I could understand Easter being called “Good Sunday”.  But Friday was a horrific day for Jesus.  For those that loved Him.  For His mama.

When I ponder on the heartache I have held for my own children, I cannot begin to  imagine Mary’s.  Illness.  Struggles. Disappointment.  Mistakes.  A mama wants to fix these things for her children, no matter their age.  The hardest place is when you come to the realization that you have no power to change a circumstance.  Were the many prayers sent up for this child all in vain?

And then I reflect upon Mary.  She had no power.  No prayer left.  Her heart exposed.  I cannot help but wonder, when her eyes met His eyes that day ~did she know?  Did she know through the tears, the blood, and His broken body, that He was to save the world?  Did that tiny speck of hope still lie somewhere deep within her aching soul?

She was a mama.  Mama’s always have hope for their babies.   And somehow, I think she knew….

Sunday was on its way.

(In reflecting on Good Friday, I was taken back to this post of a couple of years ago. When I relate my feelings for my own children to even a smidge of what Mary might have gone through…..it brings it home….it makes it real.  I needed to make it real.  ♥)

John 3:16 For God So Loved the World ~ Found in the Moore tornado debris.

John 3:16 For God So Loved the World ~
Found in the Moore tornado debris.

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Monday Blessings

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May your Monday be just as happy as a Friday.

Be nice to people. Maybe it will catch on?

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Spring and Stuff

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Spring has arrived. While there may be some winter like days ahead, my head still feels better knowing that Spring is at least official. Spring brings changes. Mostly good changes, a few things…not so much.

This morning I sat down to pay bills when I noticed a pretty big increase in our AT&T bill. (Internet, cable, etc) They had just committed to a one year contract with me in January, stating that if I changed carriers or moved anytime during the year, I would be responsible for making up the difference in the agreement. So today I called them to remind them that if it is a contract on MY side, it is also to be honored on their side. I spoke with Alford. In his broken English, he explained that they would make the adjustment to the agreed on original commitment. Do Not Worry, he said.  In  my crazy Oklahoma English I expressed my gratitude in their doing what they were supposed to do in the first place.  And before he bade me farewell and asked that I never text and drive, his words were, AND I HOPE YOU WILL REMEMBER ME ALWAYS. 

I most certainly will, dear Alford.

Be nice to people.  You never know what they might be dealing with today.

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Master Designer

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No Trespassing…but you may turnaround here

 

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Spring is in the air. Can’t ya just feel it?

Be nice to people. You never know what they might be going through today. ♥

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Like a Lion

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March roars in like a lion
So fierce,
The wind so cold,
It seems to pierce.
The month rolls on
And Spring draws near,
And March goes out
Like a lamb so dear

by Lorie Hill

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