Do you understand it?

The love of God chapter37

Understanding that God chooses to love me, on purpose, without any requirements, without any limits, is truly life changing.  I can always have joy, because God loves me. My future is secure, because God loves me. I will always have a purpose for today, because God loves me. Do you know how much God loves you? The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell; The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song. When years of time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men, who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills … Continue reading

Giving my kids the good life, or is it so good?

giving my kids the good life chapter37

We all want our kids to have a better life than we had growing up. Even if you had a great child hood, I think it’s an idea that just comes naturally to everyone. I wonder though, if that goal is really doing more to harm our kids than help them. Take birthday’s for an example. When I was a child, we didn’t have Pinterest perfect birthday parties with cupcakes flawlessly matching the hand constructed pendent banner complete with a table creaking under the weight of gifts…a scene which seems to be the norm for children now. Did I suffer from it? Did I feel deprived as a child? Not exactly, I adored my birthday! I had a homemade cake, and usually one gift from each member of my immediate family. If I was especially lucky, Grandma and Grandpa would send me a few dollars. Birthday’s were looked forward to … Continue reading

10 Practical Ways to Show Love to a Perfect Stranger

10 ways to show love chapter37

Why should I want to bother with showing love to a stranger anyway? Two very simple reasons come to mind immediately. First, my little girls are watching me, they will learn how to treat other people by how I treat other people. Second, my main purpose in life is to honor God and point people to Him….the best way to do that is to show His love to them. So, I guess I should hand out sloppy hugs to everyone I see then? Uh no, not exactly. That wouldn’t be awkward at all. Very practically speaking, here are ten ways I can very easily show love to another human being whom I have never met and probably will never see again….but who may be forever touched by a stranger’s momentary gesture. Use people’s names. People love to hear their own name, it’s the highest form of flattery. It shows you care … Continue reading

The Little Red Hen – the modern way

In light of the recent events in our national news, I’ve been contemplating more than ever what effects selfish behavior and the lack of moral responsibility can have on a nation. Most of us will never have a very large voice in affecting society, however, most of us can directly speak for the choices our own families make. There are two major concepts I want my girls to learn. If they never learn anything else from me, I hope they learn this…You are directly accountable to God for the choices you make, and you are personally responsible for your own choices. I do not ever wish to debase them into being my parrot, or enable them to flounder through life by allowing them to cling to excuses. I came across this little children’s story, re-written to highlight the importance of individual responsibility. I hope you will enjoy it, and be … Continue reading

Do what you do know how to do

Excuses are handy little things aren’t they? They give us the way out. All the justification we need for dashed dreams and un-realized goals can be summed up in simple sentences like…”Well someday, but I just don’t have time.”…”I’d love to, but I don’t have the money.”…”I wish I could, but I’m not educated enough.”…”I want to, but I’m not talented enough.”…I could go on for a good while more with examples, I’m really quite skilled at the art of excuse making! You know what I realized about excuses? More often than I’d care to admit, my excuses are just sheer laziness wrapped up in a package of victimized self pity. I’m afraid there isn’t much very pretty about that! I don’t believe for a second that an all powerful God created me to be rendered helpless and useless by the slightest obstruction in my path. I also don’t think … Continue reading

Rest if you must, but don’t quit!

This poem I’m sharing today reminds me of my dad. He memorized it, and used to quote it to us kids often…with much eye rolling, huffing, and puffing on our part I might add! Quitting just wasn’t an option in our house, you had to try, and then try again. While it’s one thing to learn not to quit when it comes to chores and what not, it’s quite another when it comes larger matters. We all have something that taunts us into quitting.  “The thing” that says, just quit, I’m not worth this much trouble, stop trying so hard. It hands you “reasons”…you’ve got no money so you can’t do it, you aren’t talented enough so why try, that person will never change so why bother, nobody else thinks you can so why should you, you aren’t pretty enough so give up, you aren’t worth anything so stop trying, … Continue reading

Are random acts of kindness a dying phenomenon?


Every now and then, something happens in life that will stick in your memory for a good long while. One of those type things happened to me once, about this same time of the year, which I suppose is what brought it back to my mind. The Mister had just gotten out of the Marine Corps, and we were headed off to our new civilian life and all its unwritten adventures. The house was cleaned to sparkling perfection, the truck and trailer packed to the last sixteenth of an inch, and our goodbyes said. After a full day of packing, and five hours on the road, we were bone weary when we pulled into a quiet hotel parking lot in the still of the night. The Mister got out to see about a room. I waited, half asleep, in the truck with the two little girls who had long since given … Continue reading

The piano

The Refocus Challenge

Let me introduce the newest addition to the family. It’s awfully noisy and, like most things I’m in the habit of acquiring, it arrived desperately in need of a cleaning (and most likely a paint job). Some people look at a sewing needle, and their palms sweat, they feel anxious, and dread fills their heart. I feel much the same when I look at a music scale. Little black circles with sticks attached to them cause my spine to shutter. I love music, however, playing music is a very different matter all together. It requires practice and patience. Anything that requires practice and patience, is usually an activity which I avoid at all costs. If I can’t sit down and play like Mozart by 2pm tomorrow, well just forget it sister! Have you ever noticed the art of “heart music” requires the same thing? Things like thankfulness and joy don’t just roll out of us like a splendid concert … Continue reading



Once I had craft room walls that looked like this. Well, actually, this is after I tore off termite infested paneling, so this is actually an improvement to the original. After much (and I do mean much!) indecision on what to do with the walls, they now look like this. I had a few miss steps with this wall (as in, I painted three times!), because I started out with intention of hiding the ugly imperfections of the cinder blocks. In the end, I found that by high lighting what I was trying to hide, the grout lines, I truly loved the uniqueness of the wall. Since then, I’ve been tempted to repaint it yet again, to make a solid background color for pictures. I just can’t pursued myself to do it, because really, who does like to paint a wall FOUR times! Ha, no really, the reason I haven’t repainted … Continue reading

Why Chapter37 for a name?

Why Chapter37 for a name?

Since this is the first post in my Sunday series, The Refocus Challenge (find out what in the world that is HERE!), I thought it would be appropriate to explain a little bit about this blog. So, why pick chapter37 for a name? It’s not as random as it might seem.  When I was thinking up a name for my new blog, I knew I wanted it to work for a business name as well for a blog. My previous blog and shop names were unrelated to each other, and I felt like that was confusing to visitors.  More importantly, I wanted the name to be a brief segment of a bigger story. I found the name one morning as I was reading Psalm 37 in the Bible. It stuck me in a new way as I read it. That chapter, if applied, can not only change an individual’s life, but it … Continue reading