We sang this song in church this morning…where we are in life, whether it is personally or with our nation’s situation….this song speaks VOLUMES!

Break our hearts, oh God
Break our hearts
Break our hearts, oh God
Break our hearts
For the sin in our lives, break our hearts
For the sin in our land, break our hearts

We cry out, we need Your help
Come back to our land
We confess, we’ve lived in sin
Please show Your power once again


Quotes….I love reading quotes!  I especially enjoy reading quotes that are true, enlightening, and encouraging to grow as a person.

The following are some of my favorite quotes, I might even add more as time moves on…..

Which one is your favorite?  Would like to know one of your favorites!


“True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him.” -George R. Hendrick

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you
Lewis B. Smedes

‎”God never measures the mind….. he always puts his tape measure in the HEART”. Corrie Ten boom

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, at all the times you can, in all the ways you can, by all the means you can, as long as ever you can. —John Wesley

To forgive yourself is to agree with Jesus. —Louie Giglio

Forgiving yourself is not easy, but to not forgive yourself is to broadcast a lie and diminish the power of the Cross. —Louie Giglio

God is too kind to do anything cruel; too wise to make a mistake; too deep to explain Himself

Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. ~Author Unknown

“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point

“It is impossible to forgive someone when you believe you are better than them.”

“Failure is never Final”

“Forgiveness: You cannot afford to withhold forgiveness. Nothing will destroy your life more surely, for there is a great hidden grief in the denial of forgiveness. Your heart is so heavy from what you have not forgiven, that you bear the offense of another as if they were your own.”

“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I wish to be. I am not even what I hope to be. But by the cross of Christ, I am not what I was.” -John Newton

“Let Justice and Grace become my embrace

“We are not at peace with each other because we are not at peace with ourselves. And we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.” ~ Thomas Merton

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict”

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia 🙂

“God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes.”

“The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.”

“In golf as in life it is the follow through that makes the difference”— Ronald Reagan

“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
~ GK Chesterton

“The best way to cheer yourself up, is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Mark Twain

“You can’t go back and make a new start.. but you can start now and make a new end.” 

“Oh, hey, I take the good with the bad, together. I can’t love people in slices.” King Arthur–First Knight

“Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Anne of Green Gables “

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
Galatians 5:6

“Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly – I’m a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”
John Newton, “Amazing Grace”

“Good friends are always together in spirit” – Anne of Green Gables

“A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing…” Martin Luther

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”…Will Rogers

….”And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation – they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to …defend them.” – Scott Brown new Senator from MA…1-10

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”― Wayne W. Dyer  

2013 New Year…

2013 New Year...

“New Year – Same God.” Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. Always loving, always compassionate, always forgiving, and always FOR ME!! Isaiah 43:1-4, “Do not be afraid… I have called you by name; you are mine… When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown… You are precious to me… and I love you.” I do have to add what their pastor said yesterday, “You might get some water in your mouth, but you won’t drown.” 2013: New Year, Same God


TIME:   (tahym) noun, adjective, verb, timed, tim·ing. noun 1. the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another. 2. duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration. 3. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) a system or method of measuring or reckoning the passage of time: mean time; apparent time; Greenwich Time. 4. a limited period or interval, as between two successive events: a long time. 5. a particular period considered as distinct from other periods: Youth is the best time of life. What do we do with our time…is it time well spent? Do you value the time spent with family? Friends? Enjoying our surroundings? Simple things we have been blessed with? I think our lives are SO busy, we miss the “TIME” around us missing the simplest of things. I came across this and had to share it….I would enjoy hearing any comments… Is Your Time Well ‘Spent’? How do you feel about the number 86,400 (if anything)? It’s an important number however many of us complain that we don’t have enough of what the number is made up of. You have already used it, reading this far, we’re talking about time. If time were money, would you waste and fritter away as much of it? Think about it for a minute; consider the last week of your life, how much time was spent and for no return? If you have time the chances are you are making money with it, however money will never buy you some more time. We all have 84,000 seconds in a day, no more, no less. It doesn’t matter who you are, what shape your finances are in, whether you think you are successful or not, whether you are in or out a relationship, whether you have a brilliant career or a job that pays the bills, that’s the totally figure of all the seconds we have in a day. You have no more or less than anyone else. Why do we not see time as the precious commodity that it is, unlike how we place such a value on money? Every day when we wake up, put into our ‘time bank’ are precious moments that have not yet been used, however we cannot store it up for the future, or keep it for a rainy day. As soon as we realize this, it can make a huge shift in our motivation to fill it in the way that we want to. Unlike money, time never has you in debt. Unlike money, no-one can mug you for it (well, unless we give it away emotionally) and no one can steal it from you. Unlike money, we can’t balance transfer it somewhere else and neither does it ask us to pay us back, once we have spent it, that’s it. Unlike money we don’t receive a statement telling us what balance we have left. Unlike money you cannot borrow it now and pay it back later. Unlike money you also cannot waste it, because time is not yours to waste, it only belongs to you when it comes! Out of your allotted 84,000 seconds in a day, you decide how you spend it; sleeping, eating, making money, watching television, playing with children, having conversations you want and don’t want to have. You may spend it on pursuits that make you happy, healthy and positive. You may on the other hand spend it on activities that make you feel you are living in debt by pessimism, unhappiness, jealousy, and feelings of lack, hate and poverty. If in anyway you can realise quickly that this is spent time, you may shift your attention. However we look at money as being the most common thing there is, it isn’t, your happiness depends on you refocusing your expenditure of time and if life is not working for you choosing another ‘bank’ to use your time. How do you want to spend your time? How can you ‘shop’ and buy so that you are balancing effectively ‘this is the life of my choosing’? First, accept and think about time as something that does not cost you a penny, it’s yours, it always has been. Up until now if you have filled your time with ‘I will do that when I have more time’, realize that you will actually never have more time, we all have the same amount. Embrace time, place a value upon it. Time is continually being spent, and once it’s gone, you cannot return it or ask for an exchange, just because you did not spend it wisely. As you have time now, you have been given your biggest resource. In how you spend it that is up to you, but it’s a sure guarantee that how you spend this moment will determine the type of return you have on those times yet to come. No one has more than you; we are all equals in time. How you cash in on time is your choice, so are you spending yours wisely?

The Power of Election Prayer…

The Power of Election Prayer

by Max Lucado • November 6

Let others lose sleep over the election.  Let others grow bitter from party or petty rivalries.  Let others cast their hope with the people of the elephant or the donkey.  Not followers of Jesus.  We place our trust in the work of God.

How many kings has he seen come and go?  How many nations has he seen stand and fall?  He is above them all.  And he oversees them all.  So, while others get anxious, we don’t. Here is what we do:  we pray.

“First of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”  (1 Tim.2:1-4 NIV).

It is time to take this job seriously.  Over the next hours and days ahead, turn your heart toward heaven and ask God to:

  • Unite our country
  • Strengthen us
  • Appoint and anoint our next president

God’s promise is clear:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  (2 Chron. 7:14 NIV).

Only God can unite the nations. On this election day, let’s ask him to do just that with ours.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have given us this promise: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

So, we pray to you. We turn from evil and look to you, our God. Please:

         Unite us

                 Strengthen us

                         Appoint and anoint our next president

In the name of Christ we pray,


“Life In The Dash”

The Dash

by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?