Sunday, May 19, 2024

Anxiety Getting to You?

 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4 is a treasure trove of verses that I have clung to during difficult times. I really needed this reminder to go back and read and think about these verses again. I heard 
Thelma Wells speak about verse 6 several years ago. She used the version that says "Be anxious for nothing...", only she very adamantly and enthusiastically pronounced it...

"Be anxious for NO THING..."

Good point, eh?

The part of the chapter that really stands out to me states in NIV,

"4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Gee, how would my life change if I really rejoiced ALWAYS?

5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

This gal definitely needs to learn to be more gentle.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Talk about life changing! I need to not only have this memorized, but internalized. 

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

I have been a bit down for a couple of days. Now I remember where to find peace. 

Bless God for bringing me this encouragement just when I needed it. Thank you Jesus!

May God bless you, dear Reader, as you seek for Him with your whole heart.


Jesus Girl

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Friday, May 17, 2024

JESUS: a Deaf Missions Film


JESUS: a Deaf Missions film

Share with your deaf friends! God’s story is unstoppable when it is in the heart language of a people group. JESUS: a Deaf Missions film, uses Deaf actors to bring the story to bring the story of Jesus to life from a Deaf perspective for a Deaf audience.
Release Date: 6/20

Saturday, May 11, 2024

My Childhood Summers


From the McCarter Elementary School website
It looks similar to how it did in the 1970's.

As a child, I remember the long, sweltering, never-ending days of May—back before elementary schools were air conditioned. It felt like we'd never make it to Memorial Day—then, suddenly...


It's the most blissful time of childhood. Who cares if it's hot? There's always a hose or a sprinkler or a kiddy pool or a trip to the town pool to cool off. The days just idle away when you're young and don't have many responsibilities. Oh yes, I had chores that I was responsible for— especially after my parents divorced, and my mom went to work. But still, it was wonderful. 

Here are some of the things that I remember from my childhood summers:

  • Trips to visit Grandma Mamie and Grandpa Frank
  • Rides in Grandpa's airplane
  • New games, sandles, and short sets from Grandma Mamie
  • Leaning over the edge of an old car as Grandpa Frank worked on it
  • Going with Grandma to sell ads for the The Kirksville Shopper and for the covers of restaurant menus
  • Drive-in movies
  • Flying over fireworks
  • Going to the carnival, getting cotton candy all over my face, and watching the demolition derby
  • Firecrackers and sparklers
  • Playing at the dry creek ~ Daniel Boone, cowboys and indians, cops and robbers
  • Bike riding - Bluebelle was my bike and my horse!
  • Roller skating
  • Digging in our sand pile 
  • Playing at the park
  • Going to the pool ~ Mom would leave me and my little brother there all afternoon and come back for us
  • Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie books ~ I saved my allowance for these and asked for them for my birthday and Christmas. I bought them at a bookstore called The Town Crier in Topeka, Kansas.
  • Trips to the library
  • Walking carefully over a fallen log that spanned a dry creek bed in a local park. We were probably four or five feet off the ground, and the part spanning the creek was probably six or eight feet. It felt very dangerous and daring! I was very frightened and started by straddling it and scooting. Lots of kids must have done it over the years, because I remember it being smooth not covered in bark.
  • Digging to China and finding a Hong Kong dollar. No doubt planted by Mr. Newman, the old man across the street who fixed our bike tires and who told me where to dig in his yard!
  • Watermelon
  • Homegrown tomatoes
  • Tag and hide and seek in the neighborhood
  • Catching grasshoppers and fireflies
  • Saving worms from puddles after a rain
  • Wishing on a star
  • Coming home when mom yelled for us to come to dinner
  • Watching the sunset
  • Hotdogs on the grill
  • Playing with Barbie dolls and GI Joe with my brother, John
  • Trips to Baskin Robin's for ice cream cones—I loved chocolate chip and mint chocolate chip
  • Picnics in the park
  • Putt putt games
  • Lots of Kool-Aid
  • Collecting pop bottles for pocket money
  • Running to catch the ice cream truck
  • Playing catch with my Dad and my brother
  • Walking up to the grocery store for a pop or candy bar
  • Helping Dad wash the car on Saturday mornings
  • Being outside a lot!