What Ticks Him Off?

As we discussed earlier, the better student you are of your husband the easier it is to avoid the things which upset him.  You might even feel like the Peanuts cartoon where Lucy looks at Snoopy & says, “There are times when you really bug me, but I must admit there are also a lot of times when I feel like giving you a big hug.”  Snoopy replies:  More

Faithfulness and Respect

Think back on your wedding day, the dress, the excitement, the flowers, the music, the family and friends.  Wonderful memories flood my mind when I take that walk in my memory.  I so remember the sunlight coming in the stained glass while I repeated my vows. Little did I realize when I innocently stood at the altar and repeated (insert your names):

I Virginia take you Dick to be my wedded husband…” that I was actually making a covenant with God; not a contract with man.  A contract can be broken, but a covenant is made with God and is intended for life.  What you and I actually promised to do when we made that covenant was to be Faithful and to : More

Submission and Tranquility

Submission is a topic that is so misunderstood in the Christian as well as non-Christian world.  It’s intimidating to think of someone having authority over us, but we all do.  In all areas of life there is authority that rules us.  On the other hand, submission to the proper authority is often a freeing thing.  God has called our husband’s to More


In our entry hall we have a grandfather clock that we love.  Dick and I purchased it for Valentine’s Day over 30 years ago.  For the most part we don’t have any problems with the clock…but a couple of times over the years we have had to take it to a ‘clock expert’ to work on the heart and soul of the clock.  Usually all we have to do is wind it often & adjust the settings occasionally.  But, when it is overhauled More

The Source of our Love

Do you remember falling in love?  The Butterflies?  The Nervous Feeling?  The Continual Happiness?  The Thoughts of your New Found Love?  Now, do you remember that fading???  Real love is so much more than the superficial feelings we have when we first fell in love.  Love truly does grow and deepen as we spend more time and discover each other on a deeper level.  Today I want to visit about More

Dear Tech Support

I love technology, but I really do not understand technology.  I so depend on my husband and kids to keep me headed in the right direction:)  Although it may not seem like this is the second part of my blog on More

Opening The Door

My husband has been opening the car door a lot for me lately and I think that is really sweet.  Even when it is so darn cold outside he is opening my door.  I know this is a conscience effort on his part to honor me and to show his love for me.  So, the other day when we were running errands I asked him how he feels he shows love to to others.  It was a really simple answer, not one that I could have answered in such few words.  More

Showing love in February

photo-2This month we’re focusing on ways to show love.  Yesterday, on February 1st we posted our first blog about it … showing love through blueberry muffins.  Showing love is something that is not that hard to do, but does take just a little thought and effort; a little bit of time thinking about someone else and what they love.  Scripture is pretty specific about this topic.

2″Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,”

Philippians 2:3-5a

Nothing.  I am to do nothing from selfishness.  Well, that’s just not going to happen.  And that’s why I need the grace of God so badly.  Jesus is our mediator.  He knows we can’t live up to that standard.  Not living up to that standard shows us our need for a Savior.  There’s no way we can reconcile the brokenness we have with God because of our sin.  So Jesus made the way for us to be brought back to God and to be reconciled in that relationship with Him.  Scripture is pretty clear about that, too.

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just (God) for the unjust (us), so that He (Jesus) might bring us to God,”
1 Peter 3:18a (emphasis & parenthesis added)

How amazing.  Jesus is the one that bridges that gap between us and God so that we might have a personal relationship with Him.  Okay, okay, I get it, Holly, but WHY are you going off on this tangent when all I want to do is read about how to ‘show love’ to those around me.  Well, going off on this tangent is SUPER important because God is the author and creator of love.  And scripture says that ‘we only love because He first loved us‘.  We can’t know true love or even show or give true love unless we know Him first.  Knowing God in a personal and intimate way is the BEST way to show love.

Do you know Jesus?  Do you have a personal relationship with Him?  Have you acknowledged your need for His redeeming work on the cross? I did that for the first time when I was 10.  Will you do that for the first time right now?  Accept God’s love for you and enjoy a whole new perspective on love this month of February.

Life and Love

Life-and-Love-by-Holley-Gerth-300x300I have recently started following Holley Gerth and I love, love her style, her encouragement and her daily blog.  Since we are writing about love this month, I wanted to share this image recently posted by Holley.  I truly believe God has created us to share love as well as receive it.  God is Love and we are created in His image.  So join me this month in being intentional in your love.  How do you share it in your life?

Show your love through … Blueberry Muffins

So we’re talking about how to show your love to others this February season.  It’s an easy thing to do … It just takes some intentionality and a bit of effort.  One of the ways I show that I love my children is to make them special things that they like.  My daughter loves these blueberry muffins.  I haven’t made them in a while and she’s been asking for them, so what a better way for me to show her that I love her and I’m listening to her than to make them for her.  They are super easy and very delicious.  I wanted to share the recipe with you today.  My variations, although few, are in parenthesis. More

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