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She Will Rise


The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18


I often feel like I am the only one brokenhearted or that is crushed in spirit. I know it is not a valid thought. Satan attacks at every turn for those who are righteous. I'm not saying I'm better because of my faith or that I'm even better than a non-believer, but I am blessed with the Hope and free grace through my Salvation. 

God created me perfectly, in design, for His purpose. I know where my path leads. I run the race. I am not of this world. I am different because God needs me to be to fulfill my journey here. Heaven is my home.


She will rise, was my message early this morning. I did.




Which One?


So, I'm confused. I'm taking extra Vitamin D3, but this one thing has me stumped. What is the REAL son and daughter day?

Happy Daughter's Day falls on September 28, 2019, or the 4th Saturday of September. National Daughter's Day is September 25, but some celebrate it on the Fourth Sunday in September, which this year would be the 29th. In some countries, it is celebrated on October 1, and World Daughters Day is September 28. In addition, there is a National Sons and Daughters Day celebrated August 11. And then, Daughter's Day is/was Sunday, September 22, 2019.

Son's Day is celebrated on Saturday, September 28th. Or maybe you prefer the National Son's Day which is celebrated on Sunday, September 29th. 

According to the data on the WWW, it begins its detection of the many days of celebrating sons and daughters on August 11th.

I guess you can understand why you missed the day or are confused!

Sons and Daughters Day is celebrated every August 11th. I'm going to go with this one date to relieve some stress. I celebrate the gift of our children all year long. It's Jesus, spouse/kids, others and self as far as my thankfulness calendar goes. Any given day, I am thankfully blessed!


Celebrating or sons and daughters through these special girls!!!








Our away girls cheered this weekend. They are competitive dancers, well that and one is a pianist, and one is an artist. This weekend they were cheerleaders. We had such a fun time watching!!!










It was 95 degrees and tropical storm humid. Fortunately, it was an evening game and there was a slight breeze!!! We survived!


These pictures are rare (with me in them) with our daughter. Our son-in-law had just scored the new iPhone 11 Pro and it takes great pictures. On my list to get!!!






My grandfather comes to us from Phoenix, AZ. He was born in 1907 and his mother, Lorena Ellison, died in 1908, leaving her husband with two very young sons, William Bertram & Hugh Robert. They grew up in Creighton, Arizona. This picture is of Hugh "Bo" Etter overlooking his childhood home. He died in Plainview, Texas, October 31, 1991, at the age of 84.


Bo above Phoenixe


Jesus Loves Me


Today, I was honored to attend the Celebration of Life service of Helen James.




"So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must

Then let your grief be comforted by trust

It's only for a while that we must part

So bless the memories within your heart."


These words are from a poem, To Those I Love, that was on the order of service.

I am indeed blessed by the memories I have of Helen and Archie James. When I was children's director at First Baptist Church back in the early 1980s, they were Sunday School teachers. Helen led with the idea of giving our first-grade children a Bible each year. This tradition continues today. I have known the family for as long as I can remember. They are special to me and so many. 

Dr. Fred Meeks shared this statement today, "Good words are only good if they are true." Helen shared the Truth. Her goodness was evident in her Christian walk. She certainly was a wisdom woman in my life.

I'm blessed by her legacy.

We sang this song today. Take a few minutes and sing it. You'll feel the love of Jesus!!!






Random, I know, crying for me. Today I cried. I don't often break down, but it seems I feel free to cry when I'm around this one person. I don't know why I do. Maybe because I know she won't judge me. Life is hard y'all. I wake up every day, knowing how blessed I am. When I make it to the end of the day, and my mental scale has remained balanced, I know that God carried me through one more day, and I have a purpose.

There's a whole lot of mental work that goes on that no one ever sees. My Aspergers wiring allows me fantastic opportunities, and the trade out is worth it...ever thankful to God for my design.

I am in the world but not of this world, His word says so...

My hope!

I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name, the name You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one. While I was with them, I protected and preserved them by Your name, the name You gave Me. Not one of them has been lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. But now I am coming to You, and I am saying these things while I am in the world, so that they may have My joy fulfilled within them. I have given them Your word and the world has hated them; for they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I have also sent them into the world. For them I sanctify Myself, so that they too may be sanctified by the truth.

Prayer for all Believers

I am not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one— I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfectly united, so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them just as You have loved Me. Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, that they may see the glory You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, although the world has not known You, I know You, and they know that You sent Me. And I have made Your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love You have for Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:11-26

So, yes, I cried. I don't always understand people, but I love them anyway. When I sense that others are unhappy with me, I begin to limit myself from their presence not because I don't care, but because I know they can't love me long-term in my design. It is okay. It makes me sad, but it is okay. I told a friend today who was anxious about a choice that was made in their life that God has a purpose and a plan for each of us. I believe this. Every day when I wake up, I'm excited to see who God places in my life. I can't say it enough; it is not by chance that I see who I do each day.

Random is proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern. I am not that random person. I have my aim, my reason to live and I live with a pattern book, the Bible. My tears came at a random moment...nothing that a little retail therapy, in my therapeutic friend's business, won't fix!!!  LOL

Life is beautiful.




Wind Song


The fragrance, Wind Song, was first launched in 1953 and is considered a refined, flowery fragrance. It's filled with coriander, orange leaf, bergamot, lemon, rose, jasmine, amber, and cedar. Its spring-fresh blend reminds me of walking outside on a beautiful spring day. Wind Song is an elegant and sultry, spicy fragrance.

I have never found another fragrance that does not create a headache from the aroma for me. I have been wearing Wind Song over forty years now. I get stopped often asking me what perfume I'm wearing. Last week at a football game a lady grabbed my arm and asked me what perfume I was wearing. My reply is always the same, Wind Song, my only perfume. Of course, they only produce cologne these days. I'm happy, thank you, Prince Matchabelli.




This embroidered art piece is the handiwork of my mother, Lorena Etter Dayton. She was creative through sewing and handwork. I love this piece. It is framed with a cardboard piece on the back from a canned Hunts Tomatoes box.


This is me at about the age I first was introduced to perfume. I believe that I got my first Wind Song set from Sears. (How about that little mouse on my collar?)



When I think of wind, I do think of God's song. Have you ever walked through a snowstorm and listened to the song of the forest trees as God plays them with His wind? If you have not, you should. Of course, don't wander too far or you'll be lost. It's easy to do in a snowstorm.

It's easy to get lost when we veer too far off course from His whisper revealed in His Word, also. Listen for the Holy Spirit wind!!!