Before we know it fall will be upon us. Of course, that's a bit difficult to conceive when the temperature gauge outside my kitchen window hit 90 degrees at noon on August 28th in southwestern Pennsylvania! But retail stores are reminding us through their displays of pumpkin wares and Halloween decor that we should be buying candy corn and thinking about unwrapping our boxes of autumn accessories to begin refreshing our homes for the upcoming season.
To get us started for the fall months, I decided to change the look of the website. I hope you enjoy the change up and especially the intro for the month of September and to introduce my readers to a very special lady.
Since my Mom has been a resident of Liberty Ridge Nursing Facility in Lynchburg, Virginia, my husband, Gary, and I have met lovely residents that have warmed our hearts and filled our lives with love and gratitude for the blessings God has given to us. One such resident is Debbie Johnson. I met Debbie three years ago when Mom was moved into the nursing home side of this facility. Debbie is only about 7 months older than me and she is an amazing lady embedded with wisdom and knowledge of the Bible...and that doesn't scratch the surface!
I asked Debbie if she would write her testimony so that I might share it with my readers and she agreed. I also have placed a picture of Debbie alongside her writing so that you might be reminded of her and remember to pray for her and the ministry she continues at Liberty Ridge. Debbie is currently working on a Greek project that blows my mind when I think of all the knowledge God has given to her and the continuous way she is writing to share that wisdom with others. Click on the link Sharing God's Blessings to read Debbie's testimony!
Debbie is living proof that God continues to use His children regardless of where we are and what physical limitations we experience. Trust and obey....our Lord is calling each of us to be available. Thank you, Debbie, for obeying the call.
Recently as I was expressing my desire to own a barn, I received mixed reviews. Of course, if you know me personally it will register quickly that I'm probably approaching the age of being too old to refurbish a barn. After all, old barns need work, right? And where might my energy factor be that most likely left the building a couple of years ago? But somewhere deep inside this old girl I keep thinking I'm still a very young woman and have a lot of determination to accomplish dreams and goals, although my generation is calling our dreams and goals our bucket list!
Why would I want to attack fixing up an old barn? Because it would be fun and accomplish several goals:
1. It would provide a place for Bible studies, game nights, big gatherings with lots of food and fellowship. Generally, it would be a place to hang out especially when you find yourself with no one else to hang with. Coffee or some type of latte would be available as well as homemade goodies as you sink into a comfy chair to read or find another soul to chat.
2. A second floor or loft with sky lights would provide space for all my ongoing projects. Scrapbooking, making greeting cards, laying out references for study materials and/or brainstorming devotional writings.
3. A barn has so many tales to tell and wouldn't you love to hear those interesting yarns? Even if the boards are weathered and tattered, the paint is fading and most likely the roof is sagging....just like my chin, there are memories yet to be made.
So, if you happen to own a barn and you are not far from me in distance, what do you say? Let's make a place for friends to gather and new friends are made. A place where memories are shared and lonesome hearts are comforted. Where people who thought the best of their lives was over only to find a new beginning by being needed for what they bring to the table.
Yep, I like to think it's still a dream....a goal to be accomplished....not necessarily something I check off a list before I kick the bucket!
Lord, enable us to find places to gather, to entertain, to listen and to share the love you have embedded within us. Help us to make memories for future generations to hold dear. Amen!
~ 1 Chronicles 4:10. But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
~ 2 Chronicles 15:7. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.