Sweeter with God

Pray WITHOUT Ceasing

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). I’m just about ready to move off of the “grumbling” topic for write31days and move on to others. But since I mentioned this verse in Day 1, it seems appropriate for now. Pray without ceasing (NASB). Pray continually (NIV). Never stop praying (NLT). Pray constantly (HCSB). I think the easiest way to think of “praying without ceasing” is simply to view it as an ongoing dialog with the Lord throughout the day. Sometimes people will ask me if I’m talking to myself. If… Read More ›

Introduction to My write31days — 31 Days of Living WITHOUT

This year I am participating in the October 2015, 31-Day Writing Challenge, hosted by Crystal Stine at her write31days site. Bloggers choose one topic to write about for 31 days. We link up on her site, and there you can read posts on a variety of topics by many more people. This is new for me. Just the idea of writing every single day for 31 days in a row is daunting. To write on one topic for 31 days almost has me on the floor! But I believe this is the direction God wants me to take, and the topic is one God has put… Read More ›

Are You Drowning, Desperate, Confused? What Is Your Lifeline?

I stood in a wide hallway, crowded with bewildered parents–all in a rush to find their way to the next class. In an attempt to block out the noise, I pressed my phone tightly to my ear so I could hear my daughter’s voice. I had just five minutes to make it from one end of the school to the other. I was desperate to hear her instructions … Go down the long hallway … Turn right and then go down the stairs … Go outside into the next building … Turn right and go up another flight of stairs …… Read More ›

Hope That Does Not Disappoint

My kids figured me out. When they asked me something like, “Mom, can we …. ??” My answer was, Maybe. A couple of years ago, one of my daughters finally said, “Mom, don’t say Maybe anymore. Because what you really mean is No. If No is the answer, just say it, and then I don’t have to wonder, and then get upset because I thought I might get to do something.” Ouch! I thought I was protecting them from disappointment by not saying No from the beginning. Plus, there was a chance it could happen. And if I said we could, and it… Read More ›

Five Minute Friday:: Learn

On Friday’s a bunch of us free-write on a prompt for five minutes … stream of thought—no editing. Yep. Tough to do for a grammar Nazi such as myself. On Thursday nights, we start out with a Twitter party. As usual the #fmfparty was, a delight to be a part of. I learned about a couple of new things floating around in the technosphere—at least they are new to me. 😉  The first is a thing called Voxer—apparently, it’s turns your device into a walkie-talkie? I need to check it out and see if it’s for me. The other very… Read More ›

Water Works Wonders

After several years of decreased rainfall, this spring, we had two months of deluge after deluge. The reservoirs and lakes were almost full again. Plants that were recovering from winter began to flourish. We had to mow our lawns at least once a week. My lantana was deep and full of blooms two months ago. Today, not so much. Its’ been another two months since our last rain. We are dry, dry, dry.  I have not been watering like I usually do, and several of my potted plants are, to quote George Biddle, “Dead. Dead. Dead.”   That’s how our relationship… Read More ›

He Knows Your Name!

Last week my high-schoolers picked up their yearbooks. Since then, they have been pouring over them–page after page–looking for pictures of themselves and of their friends. For the most part, it’s been a joyous time. But there have been a few disappointments. Their picture was missing, a name was misspelled, or a name was left off altogether. These disappointments are front and center in their conversations right now. Our names are important to us! They are a huge part of who we are. When someone misspells it, it’s almost like they aren’t even referring to us. My name is Dianne. D-i-a-n-n-e. Yes, that’s… Read More ›