Thursday, November 17, 2022

Invest in Your Marriage. It's Cheaper Than a Divorce

For our entire married life, Dan and I have invested in our marriage by going away together for a couple of days — just the two of us — no friends or children invited. Now in the empty nest, we find we still need to get away from the dull and drear of life and just have fun!

The past two days, we had a blast in New York City! 



Don't let New York scare you. We never felt unsafe or threatened. Of course, we stayed away from alleys and subways. Driving was not difficult. We timed our trip in and out during non-rush hours. Pre-paid a parking space in a garage, one block from Time Square and Broadway the first day. And pre-paid again three pleasant walking blocks from the World Trade Center Memorial the second day. 

Arriving in NYC we enjoyed dinner at, where else, a NY diner on Time Square. There we splurged (forgive me WW) on a New York cheesecake, where we learned the difference between NY cheesecake and the rest of the world's cheesecake. New York cheesecake's is heavy and rich with cream cheese as the main ingredient. Other cheesecake is lighter and creamier with more cream and sour cream. In case you were wondering.




We treated ourselves to The Music Man on Broadway. Not an inexpensive evening, but since we haven't been out of the house for 2 1/2 years, our entertainment budget is plush and our marriage deserves this treat. Like I said, cheaper than a divorce. What a powerful and wonderful Broadway show. Our hearts were full of joy and fun as our toes tapped their way back to our hotel. Highly recommend. 

Our second day we held hands and strolled the streets of Manhattan. So beautiful and full of fun and life. 


Our destination was the World Trade Center Memorial Museum. You must go. For the good of this country, all must go. Our hearts were sad, but uplifted realizing again the beauty of the human spirit. People helping each other down that long stair case. Firemen, policemen, the military rushing into burning buildings losing their own lives to save others. My heart is filled with hope. I pray as a nation we realize anew that our police and all service workers deserve our support and praise. When I pass a policeman, I always tell them "Thank you for keeping us safe." Visit the WTC Memorial Museum. I suspect you'll do the same.

Hoping this encourages you to invest in your marriage by going away for a few days. Weekly dates are special, but going away for a few days are a honeymoon! Ooo-la-la!

Splashes of Serenity on your marriage today!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Life Lessons from a Cat's Tale


My kitties Dandy and Sunny love each other. They sleep together, bathe each other, frolic through the house like little brothers, pounce on each other, chase each other. A beautiful example of "life is better because I have you." 




This morning I threw them a toy. I'm not sure which kitty grabbed the treat first and I'm not sure who let out a loud growl. They never before growled, but today they gr-r-r-red as each withdrew to separate corners. 



 I was reminded:

Jealousy ruins friendships.

Joy departs when material objects become more important than breathing ones. 

A new toy will never replace a forever friend. 

"A friend loves at all times"
(Proverbs 17:17)

Please share your Cat Tales! I'd love to hear them.

Splashes of Serenity on your day!

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Monday, September 5, 2022

The Gift of Work on Labor Day


"He who has been stealing must steal no longer, 
but must work, 
doing something useful with his own hands, 
that he may have something to share with those in need"
 (Ephesians 4:28).

Thinking about Labor Day,
 I realize that God prepared work for each of us to do, 
so that we would share with those in need.
 I need food, and God prepared farmers and truck drivers and workers in the grocery store.
I need healthcare, and God prepared scientists, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.
 I need my car fixed, and God prepared mechanics. 
And so on and so on.

I hear many complain about their work. 
Perhaps my acrostic will encourage us to enjoy the gift of work, 
the ability to do something useful with our hands, 
and the blessing of sharing with those who need our work 
so they can live and do their work. 

Love: Love your job and love the people you are helping. Life is too short to hate your job. So, learn to love it. Determine to love it as a gift God gave to you to make this world a better place and help those in need.

Accentuate the positive: There are aspects of every profession that are drudgery. Focus on what you love about your work day and let go of the negative.

Be the best: Take pride in your work and whatever you do, do as unto the Lord, for, truly, it is the Lord Jesus you are serving.

Over work: Do more than what is expected and perform your service with joy. Don't just get by with the least you can do. Do more. Do better. Do your best.

Rest: Labor Day is a day of rest from work. We all need rest. Even God took a day of rest. We are not indispensable. Taking our vacations and our days off invigorates us to perform better, gives us fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and energy. 

Happy Labor Day, dear workers! May you find fulfillment and serenity in your work! Today we salute our laborers who contribute to the development and achievements of the United States.

Splashes of Serenity,


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Friday, April 8, 2022

Introducing Hannah DeWitt Picard, my Praise Coach

Hosanna! 
Hosanna to God in the Highest!!! 

Don't you wish every day was Palm Sunday where we spend our days in awe of God praising Him for every breath we breathe? As we all know, it may be Palm Sunday, but Friday's coming. Shouts of praise became shouts of condemnation.

 Crucify Him! 
Crucify Him!

How thankful I am for my Jesus' death on the cross taking the punishment for the sins of the world and for the power of God displayed on Easter Sunday when Jesus rose from the grave.

 Alive!!! 
Alive!!! 
Alive forevermore!!! 
What a great God, worthy of our praise.

Can we ever praise God enough? I don't think so. Which is why when my friend Hannah Picard became a Praise Coach and  developed a Power of Praise on-line course, I took an interest. Hannah grew up in the church where my husband Dan pastored. As a teen and a twenty, her passion for God was evident. Now grown with much life experience, including tragedies, she lives a life of praise and desires Christians to realize the full joy of the Lord when we live every day (even the difficult days) seeing God's Hand in every moment and praising Him. 

We are made to praise and I can testify my heart was opened to areas in my life where I can praise God more. 

A sneak peak to the Made to Praise course: My chores turned to cheers when I turned my "to do" list into a "get to do" list. I began praising God for all I "get to do." Wow. I get to fold that basket of laundry and I get to wash those dirty dishes and I get to forgive someone who hurt me. Life is filled with joy when we thank God for all the things we "get to do!" when we live a life of praise to Him.

Listen and learn from Hannah on her website at www.madetopraiseusa.com. I recommend  her as a speaker at your event, as well! What joy she brings to our lives as we see Jesus living in her through her praises to Him. Hannah, when I look at what God is doing in your life, I just want to Praise the Lord!


Blessings to all on this Holy Week,


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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Keep Watering, Moms. Some Children are Late Bloomers



Pop! 
All of a sudden the flowers popped!
 For years I watered this little two-leafed plant. 
The results: 
 one leaf fell off.
 I would have thrown her away, but she was a gift from someone I loved, 
so I kept watering. 
My only goal was keep that one leaf alive. 
Then, 
one day 
another leaf grew, 
and another. 

This week, 
in the dead of winter, 
she popped. 
One flower,
 now two, 
and three on it's way. 

Some children are late bloomers.
 Keep watering, moms!

 When a leaf falls to the ground, 
keep watering, Moms! 

God is creating your beautiful flower
 in His Time, 
in His Way. 

"Train up a child the way he should go:
 and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
 (Proverbs 22:6)

Splashes of Serenity on your day!



Sunday, January 2, 2022

The Thrill of Hope! My Word, Verse, and Song for 2022



Oh, I want to be that little boy.
To love Jesus and His Word so much that I howl with joy.
That's my hope for 2022.

Hope.
I confess to losing a lot of hope in 2021.
Covid turned my world upside down
as satan skillfully tempted me to lose heart.
Hoping to continue my speaking ministry was replaced by
hoping I could speak without losing my breath.

My hope to be the best grandma changed
to making sure I don't go near, kiss, or hold my little ones
who could so innocently infect this
immunocompromised body with another deadly bout with covid.

It's been crushing.
Not seeing my family.
Never entering a church building.
Losing the fellowship of Bible study with friends.
Watching my husband give up his life to keep me safe.
Expecting the vaccine to work and then
learning it is not effective on those with blood cancer.
Losing vocabulary and memories from covid brain interference.
ICU PTSD.
Developing phantosmia where my whole world smells like cat urine.
The tension with people who feel wearing a mask is stupid and
getting vaccinated unthinkable.
Life has been hard and hope seemed to wane.

Not this year!
In 2022 Hope is back!

My ability to continue as a speaker,
my smell,
my grandchildren,
my lungs,
my brain
may not be back, but
Hope is back!

My hope is in His unfailing love.
U-n-f-a-i-l-i-n-g!
Never ending,
inexhaustible,
steadfast,
absolute,
boundless,
eternal
Love of God
My word for 2022:

HOPE!



My verse for 2022:
". . . the Lord's delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love."
(Psalm 147:11)

This year I've also chosen words from a favorite Christmas carol, "Oh Holy Night."

"A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!"

A thrill of hope!
My weary world rejoices
for yonder breaks
a new and glorious morn!

Delight in me Lord Jesus
for my hope is in your unfailing love!
You Jesus are my hope and my song and I will ever trust in You!

I'm pretty thrilled to see what You will do
every new and glorious morn
in 2022!


Happy New Year, dear ones May your hearts overflow with hope!

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