Thursday, June 25, 2020

What My Grandson Taught Me About Jesus

If you've heard me speak, you, most likely, remember the lessons my Grandson Garrett taught me about Jesus. These stories have brought hundreds to Christ around the world and across the United States. Thanking God for the words of Jesus,

"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, 
you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. 
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child
 is the greatest in the kingdom in Heaven."
Matthew 18:3-4

 I share some Garrett stories here. Be blessed.

 Congratulations on your High School graduation, dear Garrett. Your grandma's prayers will always be with you.

May a child splash serenity on your day,


Monday, May 25, 2020

Remembering my Heroes

 Rip Tyrrell and Dan Miller

"I really shouldn't be alive." 

My husband's sad words stirred my heart as we remembered the heroes,
  our friends and relatives who didn't come home from war.

Dan flew in 425 medevac missions in Viet Nam. 
Twenty-five of them while under fire. 
One of them bringing him and the helicopter down into a battle,
 killing some, gravely injuring the rest. 
Dan received a Silver Star for his heroic efforts
 rescuing men throughout the night, 
ignoring his own life-threatening wounds. 

Dan, you didn't die, but you laid down your life for your friends. 
I suspect today they remember you, 
the injured corpsman who carried their bloody bodies to safety.

Dan, you are my hero! And theirs too!

Today we remember the heroes in my life with thanksgiving and praise! 

Rip Tyrrell, 
Dan's friend and Navy buddy, 
 gave his life for his country during a Vietnam medevac mission.
Rip, you are Dan's hero and mine too!

My great great grandfather killed in the Civil War fighting to free slaves. 
Great great grandad, you are my hero!

My Uncle Tom survived the World War II Bataan Death March
to die of starvation in the Philippines.
I can only imagine his determination walking 85 miles in six days
 with only one meal of rice during the entire journey. 
Uncle Tom, you are my hero!

My Uncle Roy escaped from a Japanese prison camp to retire from the U.S. Army. 
What an adventure! We think. 
Most likely, more like a nightmare.
 He rarely spoke of his escape or the prison.
Uncle Roy, you are my hero!

My cousin Bill was one of the last killed in Vietnam when
his helicopter crashed in the final days of war. 
He almost made it home to his wife and son and 
his dear mother, my Aunt Velma,
 who never really got over the pain of her Billy's death. 
So close to home, yet not close enough.
Billy Jr., you are my hero!

"Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one's life for one's friends." 
John 15:13

Thank you dear men and women of the military for your great love and sacrifice. 
We will never forget you on Memorial Day or ever! 
You died heroes!!! 
We salute you!

Remember there is a great cost to our freedom. So thankful.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Amy Carmichael's Prayer for Children

My heart is heavy for our children and the effects of isolation in a pandemic. Bonding with the family is good, but children need activity. Lots of activity. Boredom brings bad behavior. Not just behavior that annoys, but behavior that harms.

What is a parent to do? Our number one weapon is prayer. In cleaning out files today, I found a prayer by Amy Carmichael. Her words so beautiful, I am sharing with you as we raise our voices to God to hold our children close to His Heart.

Father, hear us, we are praying,

Hear the words our hearts are saying,
We are praying for our children.

Keep them from the power of evil,
From the secret, hidden peril, 
Father,  hear us, for our children.

From the whirlpool that would suck them,
From the treacherous quicksand, pluck them,
Father, hear us, for our children.

From the worldling's hollow gladness,
From the sting of faithless sadness,
Father, Father,  keep our children.

Through life's troubled waters steer them,
Through life's bitter battle cheer them,
Father, Father, be Thou near them.

Read the language of our longing,
Read the wordless pleadings thronging,
Holy Father, for our children.

And wherever they may bide,
Lead them Home at eventide.

Praying for children today,

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A Salute To the Nurse Who Saved My Husband's Life

 Nurses! I salute you!!!

When the tests came back negative and the doctor said "Send him home," 
a nurse spied his slightly swollen leg and 
defied the doctor with her observation. 
Within a few hours and more tests, 
200 blood clots were discovered in Dan's lungs. 

A nurse saved my husband's life. 

Your knowledge of multitudes of illnesses, 
training that never ends, 
sacrifice of life and family and time, 
love for unlovely patients, 
care with compassion, and 
kindness under pressure 
is honored today.

Thank you for loving your patients.
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for crying with me, 
Praying with me,
Holding me, 
Making me smile and laugh out loud,
For being gentle,
For understanding my fears,
For your patience,
and tears.

You have chosen an honorable profession.
May your reward be on earth as it is in Heaven. 
With thanks from all who depend on you 
to catch what the doctor may miss.

Doctors! I salute you too!
 God has blessed me with wonderful medical care and 
I am thankful to each of you.

But, today is Nurses' Appreciation Day!
Know you are appreciated!

" . . . be strong and do not give up,
for your work will be rewarded."
2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV)

Nurses fill my life with splashes of serenity for which I am thankful.


Friday, April 3, 2020

Is Your Spouse Getting on Your Nerves?

While you and your honey shelter in place, are you thinking I'm ready to shelter my honey off to another place! Be encouraged today as I share the first chapter from We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can. 

My gift to you as Dan and I celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day we met!

Treasure your days together!

Monday, March 16, 2020

A Prayer of Hope for Those Fighting Fear of Cancer, Coronavirus, and other Crises.

Cancer, Coronavirus, crises of all kinds cause us to fear and worry. I understand those feelings.

Today I received word from a cancer patient that the prayer in the second chapter of my book, Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality, blessed her as she began chemotherapy. May this prayer of my heart bless yours: 

"Heavenly Father, cancer,
 [coronavirus or any other crisis] 
is not a battle I ever wanted to fight. 
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for fighting for me.
 In the deep dark I cling to You as 
You go off to war on my behalf. 
Help me to rest in You and to be still when 
my mind races with worry and fear. 
Enable me to laugh when I feel like crying. 
Give me joy in this journey. 
May I be still and know, really know, and feel, and
be totally aware that 
You are God, 
and I am not. 
I place my mind, my heart, my cancer,
[this coronavirus, this crisis], 
my family, and my soul in You and 
I rest in the all-powerful, mighty, strong, able name of Jesus. 

"The Lord will fight for you; 
you need only to be still."

Exodus 14:14
May our Lord splash our days with serenity and peace.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Elaine Shares Her Story as a Guest at the Extraordinary Faith Summit


What a blessing to share my faith, my writing, my marriage, and my cancer journey with Patricia Durgin at the Extraordinary Faith Summit. Thank you, Patricia, for this opportunity to show the world the power of Christ in a life. You can see and listen to the interview right here:

May these words bring a splash of serenity to your day!