Praying Through The Storm

We’re passing through the storm,
Beloved of God.
Jesus is on board our battered ship,
speaking peace to stormy winds
and troubled hearts.

We’re pressing through the storm,
Child of God.
Jesus, our captain and navigator
controls the winds of change,
and has a sure destination in mind.

We’re praying through the storm,
Beloved of Christ.
He sees and knows when teardrops fall;
and He’s taking us to
the other side of the storm.

He calmed the storm to a whisper and
stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness, as He
brought them safely into harbor. Psalm 107:29,30 NLT

Love’s Sweet Song


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I’d rather walk in the valley with Jesus, than on the mountain-top without Him. He gives a song both day and night, knitting our hearts together with chords of His sweet love.  I’d rather walk through valley’s long trial with … Continue reading

Did We See Jesus There?

This was a trip of a life-time for Dave and I. A dream finally fulfilled. A great way to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary!

We saw and experienced so much in the ten day trip to Israel. I am still trying to process it all, but here are a few pictures we took and some thoughts I’ve had thus far.

We  spent the first part of our trip in Tiberias, touring many biblical sights while there.




early morning ride on Sea of Galilee


Sunset over the Sea of Galilee

I didn’t see Jesus there, as I looked out over the Sea of Galilee but in my heart and mind I saw Him…Choosing his disciples one by one. Giving them the call and challenge,
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

I didn’t see Jesus there, but I sailed on the Sea of Galilee I’d read about for so many years.
I thought about the night Jesus came walking on water and His terrified disciples thinking He was a ghost. His immediate words of comfort to those on the wind tossed boat; “Take heart; it is me. Do not be afraid.”

And my heart, in awe and wonder wept for the times fear threatened and unbelief spoke…and like the disciples cried. “Lord, don’t you care?”

I thought about Peter’s dare…“Lord if it’s you, command me to come”.
and Jesus’ quick response; “Come.” And I can just imagine the impetuous lover of Jesus, getting out of the boat of safety and walking on water…till fear replaced faith and shaky feet sank.

And Peter’s humbled desperate cry, “Lord save me”!
And our Lord taking Peter’s hand with a question as they got back on the boat;
“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

No, I didn’t see Jesus there, but I felt His presence and marveled at the people whose pilgrimage had brought them to this place. And I knelt before the One who still offers peace and rest to weary pilgrims.

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens
and you will find
 rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28,29

Happy Birthday Davy

When I’m down and feeling blue,

I’ll take a memory of you…
and let it dance inside my mind,
to lift and lighten sadness there,
with memories and love so rare.
(written by Cathy Chandler)

It is never easy to lose someone you love.
The pain of separation that death brings is real. Sometimes tears
fall when you least expect it. Yet the hope of seeing our loved ones again,
fills our hearts with gratitude for the gift they were to each of us while
they were here on earth.

How true this is of our brother. Davy was born with a severely deformed
heart and not expected to live past 6 months old. But God had a different
plan. By his grace, Davy survived 4 open heart surgeries and lived to be
forty-five years old before he was taken to heaven.  Today is his birthday.

 Happy Birthday, Davy!

Our family and friends still celebrate the precious memories we have of you.

A child born, a wonder to man,
a wonder to medicine.
Experts in the medical field said,
“How can this be?”
A child born with a heart
that could not work.
But God said,
“You will see. You will see,
what I can do through man
to help my child grow up and reach
his full potential for me.
He will live one day at a time,
with the knowledge that
It is I who sustains him.

A blessing to his family and friends,
His life will be a testimony,
a miracle, and
encouragement to others.
This wonder of man will bring
Glory and Honor to me.”  -Carole Drew 2008

Just recently Dave and I had the joy of spending time
with my sisters and brother and their families.
Seems like every time we get together there is always a
special dessert that brings back the memories of Davy.
Jean was the faithful sister that always made his favorite

Davy’s  Strawberry Salad-
(Jean Bryars)

2 cups crushed pretzels
½ to ¾ cup brown sugar
½ c. butter

Press in 9/13 pan and bake at
250 degrees 15-18 min. Cool.

(2) Large cream cheese (softened)
3 cups cool whip
Mix well in blender.
Spread evenly over cooled crust.

2 cups water
1 large sugar free jello, plus 1 T.
1 large bag frozen strawberries
1 large bag sliced frozen strawberries

Boil the water. Remove from heat and stir in strawberry jello until
dissolved. Add frozen strawberries to the hot water, stirring and
working berries into hot mixture. After mixing and well thickened,
pour over the cream cheese mixture. Yum!  Enjoy!

Thank you Heavenly Father for the hope of seeing our loved ones
when we join them in heaven some day.

How do you keep the memories of your loved ones alive?