Thursday, April 30, 2015

Work, Health, Joy

U.S. Capitol undergoing repair
Photo By: Mr. Dickie

Give me work to do; give me health; give me joy in simple things.
Give me an eye for beauty, a tongue for truth, a heart that loves, and at the close of each day give me a book, and a friend with whom I can be silent.
(Whispers Of Blessing, Day 297)
30 April 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Adding Time

Our Neighbor Jim's Magnolia
Spring 2015

You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
(Matthew 6:27 in Grace For The Moment, Vol. II, by Max Lucado, 20 October)
28 April 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee

University of Maryland Campus
Photo by: Mr. Dickie

Dear Lord, thank you for another new day. Help me taste the richness of the coffee in my cup and prepare me to recognize Your bountiful blessings in unexpected places. Remind me not to take these tiny treasures for granted. Give me a child's heart that sees the lovely simple things in life. Amen.
(Whispers Of Blessing, Day 287)
27 April 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

I See God

If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, every leaf that fades.
(Oswald Chambers in Whispers Of Blessing, Day 290)

Larry Stephenson Band - Yes, I See God

26 April 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I Bless

Blackwater Falls,  WV
Photo by: Mr. Dickie

I bless my anger. It tells me I am alive.
I bless my sadness. It reminds me that I am real.
I bless my confusion. Out of it comes clarity.
I bless my tears. They heal me.
(Perry Tilleraas, The Color Of Light, 21 October)
22 April 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
(Matthew 5:24)
21 April 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Coming & Going

We come into this world crying while all around us are smiling. May we so live that we go out of this world smiling while everybody around us is weeping.
(Persian Proverb, in Night Light by Amy Dean, 17 October)
20 April 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Don't Get Carried Away

If you get some supernatural vision or hear some strange voice in the night, don't get too carried away. It could be God or it could be indigestion, and you don't want to misinterpret one for the other.
(Max Lucado, Grace For The Moment, Vol. II, 25 January)
18 April 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Director

... realize our Director is our Higher Power, who gives us the play we're in and the ability to act [our part]. Although many people may share the stage with us, it's not up to us to direct them. They have their own direction.
(Amy E. Dean, Night Light, 5 April)
15 April 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Who's Right

Day Lilies and Hydrangea 
Our backyard in 2007

The fact that we insist on proving that we are right is almost always a clear indication that we have some point of disobedience.
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, 30 June)
14 April 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015


Photo by: Mr. Dickie
Probably taken in Lincoln, NE
More Than 50 Years Ago

We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink.

Beware of becoming careless over the small details of life and saying, "Oh that will have to do for now."
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, 31 July)
13 April 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Small Stuff

Lord, I can get so hung up on the small stuff that I let it ruin a day that is yet another gift from You. Help me stay focused on the beauty and purpose of life and let the little stuff go.
(Edward Grinnan in Daily Guideposts - 2013, 4 November)
12 April 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Kermit & Jim at the University of Maryland

Lord, life seems overwhelming to me sometimes. Please give me the abundant wisdom You've promised and help me to relax in the knowledge that You will guide me. Amen.
(Prayers From The Heart, Day 302)
9 April 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Lord, show me the path to victory every day, because sometimes I find it hard to follow.
(Prayers From The Heart, Day 138)
8 April 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Let not thy thoughts dwell upon the days of thy sorrows, but rather on those which brought thee brightness and peace.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 10 September)
7 September 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015


Help me to use the gifts You have given me. I want to use them to help others through making my own world better and brighter.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 8 September)
6 April 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today!

"Christ the Lord is risen today!" Alleluia!
All creation, join to say; Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high; Alleluia!
Sing, O heavens and earth reply, Alleluia!
(Charles Wesley (1739))

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

5 April 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hear My Cries

Lord, I want to learn to be patient and trust in You.
I know that You will hear my cries and I will be blessed.
Thank You for this blessing.
(Prayers From The Heart, Day 238)
4 Apr 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Be Glad

Be glad that your life has been full and complete,
Be glad that you've tasted the bitter and sweet.
Be glad that you've had such a full, happy life,
Be glad for your joy as well as your strife.
Be glad for the comfort that you've found in prayer.
Be glad for God's blessings,
His love, and His care.
(Helen Steiner Rice in Whispers Of Blessing, Day 260)
3 April 2015