Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Trey Tuesday" - January 26, 2016

That Hug!

Have you experienced that one hug that you will remember for the rest of your life?!

I know one of mine.  It was from Trey.  I had just given Trey a present.  Nothing big.  Nothing fancy. (Honestly, nothing even that very special - just a little token of love.) Trey's reaction, however, was worth waaaaaaaaay more than that gift!  He hugged me so hard, squeezing the breath out of me, thanking me over and over again for his present! "That hug" will be treasured forever!

​Another memorable hug was received at a very, very large church I visited in Brooklyn, NY.  Instead of the typical handshake greeting, we were encouraged to, you guessed it, HUG!!!! (The promise of fewer germs being passed was the reason given!)  I received some serious hugging that day!

Do you have a special moment in time when you received a hug like that?  Can you conjure up the sheer love and support you received in that hug?
The security?
The acceptance?
The support?
The understanding?

Go ahead....find someone in need....give, receive, and remember "that hug!"
It's germ-free!
And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a hug is worth a million! :)

"comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you."  2 Corinthians 13:11

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Trey Tuesday" - January 19, 2016

Bear With Me, Please

I can't wait to see the snow!  :)  There.  I said it!  :)
Yes, I understand the nuisance!
Yes, I realize all the heavy labor involved!
Yes, I know it is cold!
Yes, I know it can be dangerous!
But.....It. Is. Beautiful!  Peaceful!  Tranquil!  Clean!
You must admit it!  :)

In the Bible we read a beautiful analogy I'd like you to consider if/when the snow starts falling this weekend:  "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow"  Isaiah 1:18

After the snow, the mid-winter drab colors and mud we see outside our windows are miraculously transformed in to a bucolic blanket of bliss.  God can do the same transformation with your heart and life.  Bliss from your mess - that's a good deal!  :)

Allow God to change your opinion of snow this winter, if but for a moment.....

"wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."  Psalm 51:7

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"Trey Tuesday" - January 12, 2016

David Bowie

Let's make a list of those a little closer to home:
Pop Pop
Nancy and Bill
and many, many others - even more added to the list just today!

The list of loved ones who have passed away is endless...
The feelings of loss and grief are endless...
The cost of love is great!

Each and every person's life is so very valuable!  (Yes, even that annoying person you just thought of!)  So, drop the baggage and the laundry list of offenses and let's just appreciate each other while we still have each other!

Let's love  Today.

"you are precious in My eyes, and honored, and I love you"  Isiah 43:4

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

"Trey Tuesday" - January 5, 2015

Un- or De-?

It's that time of the year!  Time to put the Christmas decorations away!
Do you un-decorate? Or de-decorate?  The task is the same regardless of the label.
(Just for the record, auto correct didn't recognize either word!)
Doesn't really matter anyway, right?

What if we raise the stakes and debate something controversial like, say, gun control?
Or organic food?  Cross Fit or Planet Fitness?  Vehicle manufacturers, coffee establishments or
dare I ask, football teams?!

Today's message is a simple one, "A friend loves at all times."  Proverbs 17:17
We were watching some videos of Trey today.  Oh, the love and  energy that little boy had, and shared!   The room was filled with excitement whenever Trey was around! :)

Let's not take ourselves too seriously.
Choose your (very few) battles wisely.
"Above all, clothe yourselves with love"
Colossians 3:14