Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lessons Learned From Parakeets

You know how I have mentioned that T and I have started birdwatching? I am sure that I have mentioned it once or twice. Well, Tim bought me Parakeets for Easter. They are so adorable and a lot of fun to watch. However, determining if they are male or female is a different story (haha).



I wanted to share something that I have learned just since having these little guys (oh about 2 days now). Tim and I have lovingly bought "toys" for them to play with and decorated their cage with them. We spend a lot of time patiently reaching into the cage talking to them, singing to them, whistling to them; showing them love. We desperately want them to know that they can trust us, that they are loved and are safe with us.

Does that make you think of anyone? I just picture the Lord providing everything for us. He reaches out to us in love over and over. He is so patient with us. He is so patient with me. He wants me to know that I can trust Him, that He loves me, and that I am safe with Him.

Luke 23:44-46 NIRV  It was now about noon. The whole land was covered with darkness until three o'clock. The sun had stopped shining. The temple curtain was torn in two. Jesus called out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my very life." After he said this, he took his last breath.

Spoiler alert... He Is Risen!!!



Mark 16:1-20 NIRV The Sabbath day ended. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices. They were going to apply them to Jesus' body.  Very early on the first day of the week, they were on their way to the tomb. It was just after sunrise. They asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb?"  Then they looked up and saw that the stone had been rolled away. The stone was very large.  They entered the tomb. As they did, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe. He was sitting on the right side. They were alarmed.  "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. But he has risen! He is not here! See the place where they had put him. Go! Tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. It will be just as he told you.' "  The women were shaking and confused. They went out and ran away from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.  Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene. He had driven seven demons out of her. She went and told those who had been with him. She found them crying. They were very sad. They heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him. But they did not believe it.  After that, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them. This happened while they were walking out in the country. The two returned and told the others about it. But the others did not believe them either.  Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating. He spoke firmly to them because they had no faith. They would not believe those who had seen him after he rose from the dead.  He said to them, "Go into all the world. Preach the good news to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who does not believe will be punished. Here are the miraculous signs that those who believe will do. In my name they will drive out demons. They will speak in languages they had not known before. They will pick up snakes with their hands. And when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all. They will place their hands on sick people. And the people will get well."  When the Lord Jesus finished speaking to them, he was taken up into heaven. He sat down at the right hand of God.  Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere. The Lord worked with them. And he backed up his word by the signs that went with it.

Jesus took all of my sins upon Him, He endured all of the punishment that was supposed to have been mine so that I could have a relationship with the Father.

Dear Father, I thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross for me. I know that He took my sins so that I could be forgiven. I know that He endured all of that punishment that was meant for me. He did all of this so I could have a relationship with You. Father, I lift up my friend that is reading this right now. May they feel Your presence in their life. May they come to accept Jesus as Lord of their lives so they can have a relationship with You as well. I praise You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Your turn:

How can I pray for you today? Please respond below. If you will allow it I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Don't Struggle Alone

Today has not been great for me, so far. I woke up at some point during the night, to roll over, and realized that I had a major headache.





I need to ask you for prayers. I really struggle when it comes to asking others to pray for me, so please forgive me for that. You know that I have been studying about marriage and praying over my marriage for the past month, right? Well, I am starting to notice signs of our being attacked.

Tim is dealing with a lot more stress in his job. Every 4th week or so, he is on call. That means that when issues arise even at 2 am, he has to get up to fix it. Well, he has had a few times, recently, that he was tasked with migrating something (it's all mumbo jumbo unless you are a tech person), clean something up and then migrating back. He explained it as having a bucket of fish. He moves the fish to another bucket so he can clean up the original bucket. However, he messed up and dumped out the bucket with all the fish. The fish in this story are all fine and everything continues on as normal. Until yesterday when something that he was taking care up crashed. It was a fluke, but his boss treated him like it was all his fault and that he keeps making mistakes, yada yada yada. It is just a lot of stress for him.

Then there is me. Headaches are becoming a normal thing for me. Is it due to secondary adrenal insufficiency or fibromyalgia? That is a good question. All I know is that I have at least one day a week that I wake up with a major headache and it lasts the majority of the day.



As I stated above I have a hard time asking others for prayers. I know that I need accountability in this area. I am hoping that you will help me with this.

Please send up those prayers. Thank you for your time, support, and encouragement.

Your Turn:

How can I be praying for you? Please respond below. If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Keep Your Marriage On The Rock

In every relationship there will be storms. You will have good times along with the bad times. What is important during these storms is to remember where your foundation is; is your marriage built on the Rock or on sand?



I have mentioned in another post that T and I almost separated (read here) at one point. That was a very bad storm in my life.

It was the evening of our 12th anniversary and he decided to announce to me that he wanted to move out. He also let me know that he did not love me any more. I spent a lot of time crying and praying during that time. Cried myself to sleep most nights, too, well, that is if I slept at all.

I remember one night, after T had fallen asleep, I got up and went out into the living room. The boys were all asleep and I knew that I would have some quiet time with the Lord. I spent time crying and praying. I asked if He wanted me to fight for my marriage or if He wanted me to seek out a lawyer. I heard an audible reply telling me to "fight" and that is what I did.

I clung to the Lord as He lifted me out of my pit. I clung to Him as He guided our marriage through that nasty storm. It was not easy. Even though, my friends at the time, accused me of taking the easy way out.

Every relationship has ups and downs. Cling to the Lord, seek His guidance. Build that relationship on the Rock.

Cling To The Lord


Romans 12:7 ERV If someone does you wrong, don't try to pay them back by hurting them. Try to do what everyone thinks is right.

Dear Lord, thank You for loving me so much that You have blessed me with my husband. Please help me to not be someone that needs to keep score or that holds on to hurts. If he hurts me, I do not want to hurt him back. I want to show him the love that You show me each and every day. Please forgive me for the times that I fail in this area. Thank You for bringing this to my attention. In Jesus' name, Amen

James 1:19 CEV My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry.

Father, please help me to always be one that is quick to listen. I want him to know that his thoughts and feelings are very important to me because he is very important to me. Thank You for putting him in my life. In Jesus' name, Amen



Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body.

Dear Father, please help me to be careful with how I use my words. I want to be kind and encouraging to him. I do not want to be rude or tear him down. Help me to remember that kindness is contagious, but so is rudeness. Thank You. In Jesus' name, Amen

Proverbs 26:11 NIRV A foolish person who does the same foolish things again is like a dog that returns to where it has thrown up.

Father, please give me new eyes to see the things about myself that I may be continually doing that is hurting my marriage. Father, I do not want to be like a dog going back to it's vomit. Help me to see these areas and to make the necessary changes. Thank You for Your help. In Jesus' name, Amen

Proverbs 23:4 Don't wear yourself out to get rich. Be wise enough to say no.

Father, please help me to always make You and my marriage a priority. Nothing else comes before them. Help me to be wise enough to know when to say no to other things that would take up too much of my time and keep me away from You and my marriage. Thank You. In Jesus' name, Amen

Proverbs 29:11 NIRV A foolish person lets his anger run wild. But a wise person keeps himself under control.

Dear Father, please forgive me for the times that I respond out of anger. I want to make choices from wisdom, not from anger, Father. Please give me wisdom. Help me to always seek Your guidance when I am angry. Thank You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Matthew 7:24 NIRV "So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock."

Dear Father, thank You for being in our marriage. Thank You for protecting us when the storms hit. Help us to stay connected to You -- our Rock -- so we know that our marriage has a strong foundation. In Jesus' name, Amen

You might also enjoy reading:

 7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage

 Is Your Marriage Normal or Weird

Do You Do This In Your Marriage?

Your turn:

What storms are you facing in your marriage today? Please respond below. Share your struggle with us. Or maybe you have survived a storm. Would you be willing to share your story so others might find comfort. If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,







Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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I am in no way an expert on things pertaining to Faith. However, I seek guidance from the Lord : Isaiah 48:17 NIV This is what the Lord says -- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go."


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Wait In Hope

Life and times, since being diagnosed with Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency , is a constant struggle for me. Oh how I wish it were as simple as just taking this one pill and it would all be okay.  Sorry, I just flashed to Lord of the Rings (haha).

I have to take hydrocortisone every day for the rest of my life.  I have to take it in order to be able to function.

Since I have a tumor on my pituitary gland, nothing in my body functions the way that it is supposed to function any more. All of the hormones that are produced by the pituitary gland are no longer being produced, so I have to take medicine to try and make up for the lack that my body is feeling. Last year, I tried this and well,,,,

I was put on progesterone and estradiol (by my endo) to help with hot flashes and night sweats. This all took place around the first part of December 2016. Around February 2017, I was spotting. I had not dealt with that for 4 years!!! Nothing, nadda, zilch, zero. In March, I had my first cycle <-- in 4 years and it was heavy. I ended up having to reschedule my gynecological visit because I was bleeding so much. I finally had my appointment about a week later and she would not even hear or consider that all of my bleeding was instantly brought on by starting the estrogen. So she scheduled an ultrasound for me. I endured that ultrasound and it was very painful. I contribute the painfulness of it to fibromyalgia. It was so painful for me that I almost passed out.  I was then told that my uterine lining was thick. WHAT!!!  Just since December? What is up with that? And had to undergo a D & C.

I have had a D & C before, so I knew what to expect with this one. And it was with this same doctor. However, Tim told me, that it did not take nearly as long as he was told it would take. When it was over, the doctor told him that it was nothing like she was expecting it to be. Okay which leads you to believe that I did not have to undergo a D & C at all.  Maybe that ultrasound technician did not read things right?  I don't know, just makes you go, hmmm.

Following the D & C, I was told to continue with the progesterone and estradiol, so I did. At my follow up visit, I was changed to a different medicine because I was still having cramps like I have never had before and still spotting, but nothing like I was before the D & C. I thought that maybe it was good that I had the D & C done after all.



Another 3 months goes by, I am still having major cramps, but at this point, I am visiting with my endo again and she told me to stop taking all estrogen meds. Just stop. So after my next follow up with the gynecologist, we decided that I would stop taking them.

In the middle of all of that, I started dealing with low blood sugar issues. I know, I know, if it isn't below 70 on the reading, it is not considered to be low blood sugar, but something was different for me. I was starting to feel hungry all of the the time. If it was time for me to have breakfast, I had to eat. I could not wait. Then if I took a dose of my meds, I would be hungry following that and need a snack.  Like I said, hungry all of the time. So I started closely monitoring my blood levels and trying to eat every 3 hours instead of all day long like I wanted to do.

I mention the low blood sugar thing because I had thought it was all due to the estrogen pills that I was taking at the time. Things seemed to level out once I stopped taking them. However, I am struggling with it all again.

Yes, I am hungry all day long. If it is noon, I need to eat lunch, don't want to be late. Then at 1:30, I am due another dose of hydrocortisone and will really need to have a snack. I just do not know what is going on with me.

When I was at the endo last, she did a test of my blood sugar levels and it all came back normal. So what in the world is causing this. The time change? I am trying to find my needle in all of these other needles, will you please help me?

That is my life right now.

Your turn:

 How are you doing? What are your health concerns? Please feel free to share them with me. If you allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Friday, March 23, 2018

Don't Forget To Absorb

Life as a mom can have its challenges. It doesn't matter if you have a newborn, an eye rolling teenager, or a twenty year old who knows everything; each stage has its own challenges.

Today, I have felt lead to compose a letter to my younger self. You might want to grab your favorite cuppa and get comfortable.



Dear Leigha,

I see you, sweet mama. I understand that parenting can be frustrating. You look at those little faces and wonder if anything you teach them is getting through. It feels, at times, like a never ending cycle.

I want you to stop everything for just a moment. Stop. Close your eyes. Breathe. Now open your eyes and watch those kids. Just sit where you are for the moment and watch. Yes, I know, they may very well be hitting each other, or throwing water on the tv. But just focus on that moment. Absorb everything about these beautiful creatures that God has blessed you with.

Yes, things can be chaotic and maybe even out of control at times, but everything you are doing is reaching through to them. Sweet mama, how I want to reach through and help you, but I know it is something that you need to do.

Yes, those kids while young now, all grow up. They all do very well in school. They graduate with honors, have a knack for music and love the Lord. You ( with God's help) and your guidance did that. 

Keep leaning on the Lord. Keep teaching the lessons that need to be taught. Keep going, mama. You've got this. I am so proud of you.

Love From,

Your Older Self

Your turn:

How can I be praying for you today? Are you having a hard time parenting? I hope that you will share. If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Avoid Depression This Can Help



My mama's heart is breaking a little.

Twenty-nine years ago today, my oldest son was born. Happy Birthday, Phillip. He now lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Shannon and son, Joshua. The day he left, was very hard for me. I will just say that it took me three days to be able to pull myself up out of the bed.

I found out a couple of days ago, through a Skype call, that our middle son, Taylor, is planning to move to Texas. He says he will be home this summer, (Yay!), but in the fall he plans to do his masters studies at Texas A & M.

As I mentioned above, my mama's heart is breaking. I knew that he had considered going there, but I thought he was leaning towards sticking with Tech. I just know that once he gets settled in, he will not be back, other than to visit.

This is baby bird number 2 stretching out his wings getting ready to take flight. Oh, I am so excited for him.  He has so many opportunities opening up for him. This is a huge step for him to take, so I am proud of him for even considering it in the first place.

It will be hard on me when he leaves, but I am so very proud of him and all that he has accomplished. The Lord brought me through Phillip leaving, He will bring me through this as well.

What is going on in your life? Can you see God's hand at work within everything that is going on?

I know that instead of getting bogged down in my depressed thoughts and feelings that I need to offer up my thanks to God for everything. When August gets here remind me that I said that.

Give Thanks 


1. Taylor is doing great in school. Shoot, he is going to be graduating with honors.
2. He loves math. I think he has an affinity for it. That could only come from God.
3. He is someone that immerses himself in everything that he does.
4. He has an internship with a great company in Nashville <-- he will be working there again this summer.
5. Moving to Texas is a huge step for him.
6. So many opportunities are about to open up to him.
7. God is in contol.

Dear Father, You are the One that is in control. Thank You for helping me to remember that. Father, I also thank You for blessing me with Taylor. Thank You for allowing me this time to care for him, nurture him and raise him the best that I know how. Now I will do my best to turn him over to You, Father. He is in Your hands. I pray that you will give him wisdom for the decisions he makes. I pray that You will guide him always on the right path. As You take care of him, I trust that You will also be with me and help me adjust to my nest being a little bit emptier. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

Give Thanks Anyway

 Always Give Thanks

New Eyes To See My Husband


Your turn:

I hope that you are able to see God's hand at work within the different areas of your life. Please take a moment to leave a comment and let me know how you are doing. Let me know how I can pray for you today.  If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Do You Do This In Your Marriage?


In marriage, as with any other relationship you have in life, you will have times of struggles. You might find that you and your husband get on each other's nerves. Maybe you argue with one another over things that seem insignificant. This is all normal. What matters is how you handle things when these moments arise.

It was about a week ago now, I walked in to the kitchen. Tim was preparing something for his dinner. I mentioned, "I need you to do me a huge favor." His response was, "What do you need now?" Okay, I was not feeling too good at the time, but to me, what he said to me was, "Leigha, you are such a bother, what do you need now?" I even told him that is how his statement made me feel and I would try not to be so needy.

That moment was not a pleasant one for me, but I did make it more than it needed to be. He has since let me know that he does not think I am a bother because he loves doing things for me. He wants to help shoulder the burdens I carry in our relationship. I love that he said that,  using words that I use here on the blog with you. That let me know they were from God.

 7 Verses To Help Your Marriage 


1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIRV Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank Him because you believe in Christ Jesus.

Dear Father, thank You for my husband. I do not know where I would be without him in my life. Father, please help me to always be grateful of the things that he does for me. I know that it is because of our love of Jesus that we are together. Thank You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen

2. Jeremiah 29:11 GNT I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster,plans to bring about the future you hope for.

Dear Father , thank You for always being with us and our marriage. When we get discouraged and feel that things are not the way we want, help us to remember that You are in control, Father. Help us to remember that You alone know the plans You have for us and our marriage. You have plans for our prosperity and not disaster. You have plans to bring us the future that we hope for. Thank You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen.

3. Proverbs 16:18 NIV Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Dear Father, please forgive me for any times that I am prideful. Help me to choose to be loving over having to be right. Help me to choose humility over pride. Thank You for revealing this area to me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

4. Matthew 7:3 CEV You can see the speck in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the log in your own eye.

Oh Father, please forgive me for any times that I dwell on my husband's flaws. I don't in any way believe that I am perfect or that I manage things better than he does. Please help me to be his cheerleader and celebrate his strengths. I want to build him up with my actions and words and not tear him down. Help me to always focus on the log that is in my own eye, Lord. Help me to have new eyes to see the areas about myself that I need to correct and work on correcting them with Your help. Thank You so much.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

5. Matthew 7:12 Do for others what you would want them to do for you. This is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.

Dear Father, thank You for my husband and for putting him in my life. Please help me to always be more focused on his needs than I my own. I want to treat him the way that I want to be treated. In Jesus' name, Amen.

6. Romans 12:18 ERV Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone.

Dear Father, thank You for putting my husband in my life. I do not know where I would be without him. Father, please help me to always do the best I can to live in peace with everyone. I want to create peace not conflict in my marriage. I lift our marriage into Your hands and I pray that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.



7. Philippians 4:6 CEV Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.

Dear Father, please help us to bring our worries, our every concern to You. Help us to learn to pray together over our circumstances instead of living in worry. I want our marriage to be strong with Your help and guidance, Lord. Teach us to pray more and to worry less. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You may also enjoy reading:

 7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage

 Is Your Marriage Normal or Weird?

Your turn:

What struggles are you facing in your marriage? Remember that God is there to guide you through each step if you will let Him.

Do you have any tips that you can share? Any verses that help you?

How can I pray for you today? If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Monday, March 19, 2018

Panic Attacks, What Does the Bible Say?



I woke up in a panic. For the life of me, I could not remember what I had just been dreaming about. However, from the sheer dread that I felt, I know that it was not a good dream.

As soon as I got up to go into the bathroom, I started worrying, no more like panicking over my blog. I know that my attempts to share the Lord's love with you are starting to get the attention of someone that I would rather not have to deal with. I know that he would rather that I would give in to my fear and bury myself under my covers and stop posting. However, that is not going to happen.

I did have to soothe myself this morning before a full blown panic attack hit me, but I am pressing through.

So what about dreams? I know that God uses them to speak to us. Yes, He does. I can feel your eyes rolling from here (haha). He has used dreams to speak to me before. It was through a dream in 2005 that I felt lead to go back to work. I had not worked since my oldest was in kindergarten. The thought of working again caused me quite a bit of uncomfort, but I did it. And, you know what? We were able to get a lot of our bills caught up, redecorate our condo and Tim got a promotion at work. Once all of that fell into place, we sold our condo and I was able to stay at home again.

So I am thinking that my panic stricken dream from earlier this morning was from the evil one. He is trying to stir up trouble for me. I am so thankful that the Lord blocked the memory of what I was actually dreaming.

Here is a passage from Psalms where David expresses feelings similar to that of a panic attack:



Psalm 55:4-8 NIRV

4 I feel great pain down inside me. The terrors of death have fallen on me. 5 Fear and trembling have taken hold of me. Panic has overpowered me. 6 I said, "I wish I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away and be at rest. 7 I would escape to a place far away. I would stay out in the desert. 8 I would hurry to my place of safety. It would be far away from the winds and storms I'm facing."

I don't know about you, but reading that makes me feel so much better. At the very least, I do not feel so alone.

Here are a couple of verses about God using dreams to reveal Himself:

Amos 3:7 ESV  For the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.

Numbers 12:6 ESV And He said, "Hear my words: if there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream."

Do you deal with panic attacks? I hope that you find some comfort in what you have read here today.

Are you someone that gets dreams from the Lord? Please respond below, I would love to read about your dreams.

Please let me know how I can pray for you today. If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,




Friday, March 16, 2018

5 Things I Wish You Knew

How many of you live with self doubts? Do you feel like a failure before you even begin something?

This is me, dealing with negative self talk. "Come on, Leigha. Nothing you post matters anyway. Why bother? Nobody is going to read what you share. You are wasting your time."

I know that satan is at work within my thoughts. He really wants to keep me from posting. He doesn't want me to share my thoughts. Why? What difference does it make to him? Oh, I know that answer. It is because, I am trying to share the love of Jesus with you by sharing things He has done for me, in my life or has revealed through scripture, prayer, devotionals, etc.



5 Things I Wish You Knew


1. I love to blog.  I want you to know that I LOVE blogging. I have a hard time thinking of myself as a writer. But I really enjoy blogging.

2. It is lonely work. Being a Christian blogger is lonely work. Oh, how I would love to have someone walk beside me in this venture. Someone that could keep me accountable for things and pray for me as I would for her. However, for the time being, it is something I do alone because I love Jesus and you know what? I do it because I love you, too.

3. It is overwhelming.  Being a blogger is completely overwhelming for me. "Click here to boost traffic". "Sign up for this to generate blah blah". My head starts hurting thinking about it all.

4. Take courses; probably not.  I have seen some interesting courses that I could sign up for, but no matter how interesting they look, I don't believe they are for me. No, it is not an introvert thing (well not completely), it is money related.

5. I trust the Lord.  I want to follow where I feel the Lord is guiding. I will trust in Him and know that He will provide in His time and His way.

Your turn:

Do you live with self doubt? Negative self talk? Depression? Please share so I can help carry your load.

You might also enjoy reading:
Negative Thoughts How Do You Overcome Them?

Psalm 73:23
Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand.

I want to give a shout out to Valerie Murray. It was your post What Most Christian Bloggers Wish You Knew About Them that inspired this post.

Have a blessed day,



Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Eyes To See My Husband

I want you to do something for me. Close your eyes for a few minutes and think back over the past several days; the past week. As you do this, I want you to pay close attention to the things that your husband has done for you.

Today I thought we would spend some time being thankful for our husbands and all that they do for us.

I mentioned last week that I am studying about marriage . The point to remember is that the Lord will work on you first. With that in mind, I have asked Him to give me new eyes to see Tim the way that He sees him. I have also asked for Him to help me see things about myself that I need to work on changing.



Give Thanks For He Is Good 


Here are some of the things that Tim has done for me recently that I am so thankful for:


  1. He helps me in and out of the car. He has even made it a rule that I cannot touch a door if he is there (heehee).
  2. He holds my hand when we are out in public. This is a huge comfort to me because being in public is usually very overwhelming for me.
  3. He spoils me. Seriously, every time he goes to the store, he comes home with something specifically for me.
  4. He gladly opens things for me. Since having fibromyalgia, I do not have the strength in my hands that I used to, so trying to open things causes me pain. Most of the time, when I need something to be opened, I find that he has already done it; without being asked.
  5. He leaves work early, or works from home, so he can go with me to doctors appointments.
  6. He is considering putting a water feature in our backyard. Why? For the birds. (Haha) It is not something that I have asked for, but he has been looking at them.
  7. He is getting a fence put up so we can let Penelope out to run. He has never wanted a fence before. However, since having Tigger, (yes, she hops, twirls and reminds me of Tigger) he knows that she is a handful for me.
  8. He encourages my love of coffee. That is funny, but it is true. I even have the kitchen and dining area decorated with coffee things. Oh, and I have tons of coffee cups.
Your turn:

I challenge you to spend the next week observing the things that your husband does. Did he do something unexpected? Take time to thank him for whatever it is that he did. Be sure to keep a list of those blessings. They will do your heart good when you have a bad day.

You might also enjoy reading :
 Always Give Thanks

Have a blessed day,








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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Is Your Marriage Normal or Weird?



Are you and your husband considered "normal"? Or maybe, you are considered to be "weird".

You see, according to the world, it is "normal" to be unhappy in your marriage until you go your separate ways. On the other hand, it is considered "weird" to stick together even through the hard times.

Today, I am sharing some verses that you can pray over your marriage. It is my hope that you find comfort and strength from them.

Verses For Your Marriage


1. Romans 12:10 GNT Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another.

Dear Father, help me to always make my husband and our marriage a priority. Help me to show him the love and respect that he deserves. Help me to be more like You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

2. Romans 12:15 NIRV Be joyful with those who are joyful. Be sad with those who are sad.

Dear Father,  please help me to be my husband's biggest cheerleader.  When he has something worth celebrating, let me be the first to start the celebrations. However, when he is feeling down, let me be the one that is there to listen to him and comfort him. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

3. Song of Solomon 2:15 ERV Catch the foxes for us -- the little foxes that spoil the vineyard. Our vineyard is now in bloom.

Dear Father, please help me to be ever on the alert for the "little foxes" in our marriage. Help me to be a source of positivity towards my husband and try not to allow the negative influences into our marriage . Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

4. Romans 12:2 NIRV Don't live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what He wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.

Dear Father, please help our marriage to not be what is considered to be normal. Help us not to live as the world lives where the couple is unhappy and ends up getting divorvce. Let our way of thinking be completely changed so we will know what You want for us and our marriage. Help us to be in agreement with You in that Your way is always right, Father. Your plan for us and our marriage is good, pleasing and perfect. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name,  Amen.

5. Philippians 4:4 NIRV Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful.

Dear Father,  thank You for all that You do. Please help me and my husband to always be joyful because of You. No matter what struggles or difficulties  we face, help us to lean on You and always be joyful because we know that our trials are only temporary. In Jesus' name, Amen.

6. Philippians 4:5 NIV Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Dear Father,  thank You for putting my husband in my life. Father, please help me to always be compassionate towards him. Help me to be loving, gentle, kind, considerate of him and of his needs. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name,  Amen.



7. 1 Corinthians 16:14 CEV Show love in everything you do.

Father, please help me to always be loving towards my husband. Help me to show him love even when I don't feel like it. I want to be as loving, compassionate and forgiving towards him as You are towards me. Thank You for all that You have done. In Jesus' name,  Amen.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy the post I shared last week.
7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage

Your turn:

Do you have struggles in your marriage? What do you and your husband do when things are hard? Do you have any tips that you can share?

How can I pray for you today? Please respond below.

Have a blessed day,




Monday, March 12, 2018

15 Facts About Me

Hello sweet friend. How are things going for you today? I hope that you know how important you are to me.

I thought that I would take a few minutes to share some things about myself with you. Just thought you might find it interesting.

15 Facts About Me 



  1. I was born in Alabama. Lived there until I was four years old.
  2. Moved to Tennessee and have lived here ever since. Honestly, though, I don't remember those first four years of being in Alabama, so to me, I have always lived in Tennessee.
  3. I have one brother and one sister. Never see either of them, though. We did not have a very good home life as children and now as adults, we just aren't that close to one another.
  4. I am an introvert. Actually, I tend to be more on the side of having social anxiety. 
  5. I love to read. Give me a good book, put me in a comfy chair and I will be good to go.
  6. I met Tim in 1986 just before I graduated from high school. We were both working at T.J. Maxx at the time.
  7. I have 3 sons. My oldest is Phillip. He is almost 29 and lives in Oklahoma with his wife and son. My middle son is Taylor. He will be 22 this year and will be graduating from Tennessee Tech in May. Jacob is my rock star. He is 20. He and the band just had their CD launch party and are on the cover of our local newspaper.
  8. I do not have a friend to speak of. No matter how much I put myself out there and try to make a connection, it just doesn't happen. I may come off stalkery.
  9. I struggle with depression a lot. It is something that I have to work on every day.
  10. I accepted the Lord as my Savior in 1992. I back away from time to time, but He is always there to welcome me back when I am ready.
  11. I had a blog before this one. As far as blogging goes, I don't have a clue as to what I am doing. Well, typing and posting, I get that part, but everything else is overwhelming and I am lost.
  12. I taught myself how to crochet back in 2001. I don't do it any more because I have too many pains.
  13. I used to run a website/newsletter. Created the site myself. And I can't figure out blogging, what gives? The website was for first time pregnant women. I even matched them up with mentors to help answer their questions.
  14. I have 2 dogs. I think that I have only ever mentioned one of them. Their names are Pixie and Penelope. Pixie is a Toy Fox Terrier. She is about 14 years old. Penelope is just a little over a year old. She is part Beagle part Jack Russel and possibly part something else because she is tall.
  15. Tim and I have just recently taken up bird watching as a hobby. So far, we are only watching the birds in our backyard, but it so exciting.

Your turn:

I challenge you to list out at least 15 facts about yourself and share them here.

How can I be praying for you? Please leave a response.

Have a blessed day,


Saturday, March 10, 2018

6 Verses For When You Feel Not Good Enough

Hello dear friend. I was just thinking about you. How are you doing today?

I am struggling a bit with feeling like I am not good enough, I do not matter. Yes, I deal with depression and negative talk quite a bit.

Do you ever feel this way?

Have you ever been told that you are worthless? Have you been told that you were not wanted?

I have. It is not easy to think about, but I know that the self doubt I deal with stems from that. Oh, and of course, satan is doing his part to stir things up as well.

I am at the point that I could use a shoulder to lean on right now while I cry.



6 Verses For When You Feel Not Good Enough


I thought that I would share some of my favorite verses with you. These verses are perfect for when you feel down, worthless, etc. Remember (I am telling myself this as well) you do matter, you are important, and you are loved.

John 15:5 CEV I am the vine, you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.

John 15:16 NIV You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit --fruit that will last -- and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Philippians 4:13 NIV I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

1 Timothy 1:12 NIV I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me trustworthy, appointing me to His service.

2 Timothy 4:17 NIV But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.



Your turn:

What are some things that you do when you start to feel "not good enough"? Please share your tips with us as we try to help carry each other's burdens.

Blessings to you,


Friday, March 9, 2018

Tired? Trust in the Lord

What are the things that make you feel tired? Does your job cause you to feel tired? How about taking care of your children? I know that at times that can cause you to be tired.

My tired comes mainly from illnesses. I suffer with secondary adrenal insufficiency (read about ) and fibromyalgia. However, I keep pushing my way through.

Another form of tired that I am currently dealing with is trying to figure out things within the "blogoshere". It is starting to get to the point of being overwhelming for me.

When I find that I am spending too much time on any one aspect, I force myself to stop. I back away a few steps and try to look at something else for awhile. I have to refocus my thoughts so I no longer feel overwhelmed and tired by it all.

I want to do what the Lord is leading me to do. So that means I have to stay connected to Him. Lean on Him, trust in Him and He will guide my path.



Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Your turn:

What things are making you feel tired today? Share it below. Allow us to help you carry the load for a while. Do you have any go to things that you do when you are tired? Please share.

Blessings to you,


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Always Give Thanks

Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

Let's take some time today and focus on being thankful. What does it mean to be thankful?

According to dictionary.com thankful is an adjective which means feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative

What are some of the things that you are thankful for today? I challenge you to make a list of those things. Try to do this every day for the next week or so and see how it makes you feel.

I also want to encourage you to focus on the small blessings that God presents to you throughout each day. This means that you will need to be purposeful in this venture. Pay attention to things. Like maybe your husband stops to pick you a bunch of daffodils on his way home from work <---- that is a blessing. It is something that happened recently and it is something that he never does, so I would jot it down on my thankful list. You get the point.




Always Give Thanks 


1. I woke up to little white sleet pellets all over the deck. I am thankful for this because it shows me that God is in control.

2. Tim brought me daffodils a few days ago. This act truly blessed my heart. Lord, thank You for this act of kindness and love.

3. I have been spending time with Jacob watching some behind the music episodes. Do you remember those? I am thankful for these moments, Father, because I know they are fleeting.

4. I get to help Jacob with his hair when he has to work. Oh how I cherish these moments, Father. It is one last thing that I know he needs me for. Please don't let me blink too long.

5. I am enjoying watching the birds every day. Today I was blessed with a quick glimpse of a White Crowned Sparrow.

6. I love it when Penelope leans up against me. I know that she does it because she wants to be rubbed and/or scratched.

7. I am so thankful to see the trees start to bloom. It means that spring is around the corner. Spring brings new life with it.

8. I am so thankful for coffee. Oh coffee! It is one of my comfort items.

9. I am so thankful that all of my family are doing well.

10. I am thankful for this blog. I often struggle with doubts over this blog, however, I read several verses this morning that gave me so much comfort.

Your turn:

I challenge you to take some time today to list out 10 things that you are thankful for. Once you have your list, come share it here so it might encourage someone else.

Blessings to you,








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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage

I am currently reading and studying about marriage.  How is your marriage? Is it strong? Do you struggle, like I do?

A point to remember when studying about marriage is that the Lord will take action. Yes, He will. This action will be within you. He wants to make sure that you are in the right place and then He will work on your marriage. Stay strong in your efforts, keep going with praying for your marriage, don't give up.



7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage 


1. 1 Corinthians 13:7 CEV Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.

Dear Father, Thank You for putting my husband in my life. Help me to always be supportive, loyal, hopeful and trusting. And help me to never give up. In Jesus' name, Amen.

2. Proverbs 12:25 CEV Worry is a heavy burden, but a kind word always brings cheer.

Dear Father, thank You for my husband. Please help me to be his cheerleader,  his source of encouragement. I want to help him carry his burdens; not add to the load. In Jesus' name, Amen.



3. Genesis 2:25 NIRV The man and his wife were both naked. They didn't feel any shame.

Dear Father, please help me to be open, transparent, forthcoming about my feelings with my husband. Please give me new lenses to see the things within myself that You feel I need to work on. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

4. Galatians 6:2 CEV You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand.

Dear Father, thank You for my husband. Please help me to be more like You. Help me to be willing to offer my help when I can. Help me to remember that by serving him, I am serving You and obeying Your law. In Jesus' name, Amen.

5. Matthew 5:28 CEV But I tell you if you look at another woman and want her, You are already unfaithful in your thoughts.

Dear Father,  please help me to keep my heart and my thoughts clean before You. I know that to lust after someone means I have already committed adultry in my heart. Father, I do not want to put that strain on our marriage.  Please give me new eyes, Lord and help me to see things I need to work on -- with Your gentle guidance. Please forgive me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

6. Song of Solomon 4:9 CEV My bride, my very own, You have stolen my heart! With one glance from your eyes and the glow of your necklace,  You have stolen my heart.

Dear Father,  please help me to be more like You. Help me to show the kind of love that is expressed in this verse. Help us to always have eyes for each other. Thank You for all that You have done. In Jesus' name,  Amen.

7. Galatians 6:9 NIRV Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don't give up.

Dear Father,  please help me in my efforts to pray for my marriage. Help me not to become tired of doing good. Help me to always stay focused on You and not to give up in my efforts because I know that we will reap our harvest when it is the right time. I pray that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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I hope you have enjoyed these verses and that you find some comfort and strength from them.

Your turn:

Do you have any favorite verses that you use for your marriage? Do you have any tips that you can share? Please respond below.

Have a blessed day.


Monday, March 5, 2018

An Overflow of Deep Emotion

September 2014, Tim was sick. He had been experiencing some odd things for several weeks like back pains, tired all the time and sweating a lot. I remember one morning, he had gotten up, had his shower for work and then came and layed on the bed. I told him that he needed to go to the doctor.

He did go to the doctor that day. They admitted him straight to the hospital and started running tests on him. I kept thinking, "Okay this is not good." He was just supposed to see the doc, find out what was wrong, be given something and come back home.

After he had been there a while, they decided to do a laparoscopic surgery on him to see if they could figure anything out. At this point, I was already prepared to hear that he had cancer. I was clinging on to the Lord with everything I had within me. I know that I would not have made it through all of that without His help.

Yes, I received a call with the results of his laparoscopic surgery. The doctor said he had a lot of fluid built up and it looked like cancer. They were not really sure.

I remember sitting in the car at the school waiting for band practice to be over. Tim called me and put me on speaker phone. I was then told by his parents that he was being moved to Vanderbilt and that he had Burkitts Lymphoma. This form of cancer is a very rare form and it's very aggressive, but our local hospital could not treat him.

While Vanderbilt is only an hours drive away for us, they might as well have told me they were moving him to Egypt. You see, I do not drive a lot. Up to that point, I had been relying on his parents to take me when they went to see him. However, his mom quickly became very unpleasant to be around. She loathed the idea of having to do anything to help me, so,,, I started venturing out on my on. Now, Vandy?

Anyway, after hearing this news, over the phone, from T's parents, I broke down. I just started sobbing uncontrollably. When Jacob made it to the car, after practice, I think I told him about his dad, between the deep sobs and he just held me while I cried.

I reached out to a few acquaintances, who were great during this time. If I needed a ride downtown, someone was there to drive me.

Tim is doing good now. He was in the hospital the whole month of October (2014), but by April of 2015, he was pronounced cancer free.

As for me, I am still here. I still do not like to drive. I struggle if I have to manage things on my own, but I know the Lord is there.

How about you, sweet friend? Have you experienced anything deeply emotional? Please leave a response. I would love to read what your experiences have been like.

You might also enjoy:

 Life With Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency

Have a blessed day,


Friday, March 2, 2018

Follow Your Dream <-- No Regrets

What exactly does following your dream look like? I believe my youngest is doing just that.

He is the musician of the family. He plays the bass guitar with a band in our area.

When he was in middle and high school he played the clarinet for the marching band. He excelled to the point of making Mid-state and then All-state. I love listening to him play his clarinet.



One day, he came home from school talking about starting a band and he was so excited. There was a fire in his eyes. He picked up the bass that He had never played before and within about a month, he had mastered it! This kid blows me away with his musical ability.

He has struggled some recently. Feelings of doubt, depression, etc. All he longs to do is play music. He does not want to consider other avenues of living, You know like having a job.

I am so incredibly proud of this kid, as I am with all of my children. He can say that he followed his dream. He will be able to look back at some point without regret.

2 Chronicles 15:7 NIRV Be strong. Don't give up. God will reward you for your work.

How about you, sweet friend? Are there things that you regret not doing? Are there things that you regret that you did? Please leave a comment.

Have a blessed day.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Negative Thoughts, How Do You Overcome Them?

Happy March! I do hope that you are enjoying some nice weather today. We have had more rain here.

Let me ask you a question. What is something that you are afraid of doing?

For me, it is being afraid of failing. I constantly worry that I am going to let everyone down. I also feel like nothing I do is good enough.

Another question for you... do you deal with those thoughts and feelings?

Now here I am working on sharing the Lord's word and I worry that I am going to let Him down. I think some of my depression lately (other than the rain) has been my fear of failing Him.

This is just something that I am struggling with. So how do I cope with these thoughts and feelings? I turn to the Bible.

Luke 2:10 NIRV But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news and great joy. It is for all the people."

This is the announcement of the birth of Christ to the shepherds. To me it is saying not to be afraid of sharing the good news of the birth of Christ.

Ephesians 6:16 CEV Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one.




I will hold on to the above verse.

Dear sweet friend, I hope that Your day has been a blessed one. Please leave a comment below and share something that you are afraid of doing. Share how you overcome negative thoughts. I would love to read them.



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