Quote of the Day

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

This verse is amazing, comforting and encouraging, but definitely not easy to adhere to especially in those dark and unknown times.  But, God knows best.  He always knows best and His plan is far better and immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine.  So, here we are.  We wait and pray.  And while we wait and pray we put all our eggs in His basket.  He will certainly deliver something perfect and glorious and far better than anything our small meager minds are currently imagining.

Soaring Bird

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July

A photo of my children every month :: July

D and Jake Trey July After Baptism

Dee {17 years and 4 months}:
After having a long distance relationship between Belgium and the U.S. for a full year, Dee’s boyfriend came for a visit.  It was a joy getting to know him.  They spent the two weeks going on dates, hanging out watching tv and going to church camp.

Trey {14 years and 2 months}:
I am so proud of this kid! He went to church camp and recommitted his life to Christ.

Glorious

Baptism Victory Dunked Post Baptism Wave Post Baptism with Mom and Dad
I am one proud mama today.  My son recommitted his life to Christ this week at church camp and got baptized.  My biggest prayer for my children is that they draw close to God and walk with him all their lives.  I am so incredibly thankful for this day, for my son, for the leaders that have poured into him and for this glorious decision. This kid is awesome!  Praise God!

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6

Life…

Crazy Life
Sometimes life kicks you directly in the butt!  This past week life has not only kicked me in the butt, it has done so over and over again.

  1. I had to fire my first employee (ever).
  2. Dealing with (and am still dealing with) some serious emotional baggage.
  3. My daughter totaled her car by t-boning another vehicle going 45 mph which resulted in an ER visit (she’s ok – thank God!).
  4. My son came down with pneumonia.
  5. My project manager on our large tech project quit.

So, I am praying this prayer that I came across during my morning reading.  It was just what I needed at just the right time. 😉

Prayer: Lord, when I am weary, when I struggle, when circumstances seem greater than I can handle, Your call – first, last, and always – is to be strong in You and to trust in Your mighty power.  Today, may my life demonstrate what only you can do. Amen.

Happy Easter

Handleys on Easter
Happy Easter.  He is risen!  And hey, we clean up pretty nicely.  🙂

A Good Friday

D Blowing in the Wind Danica at the Park Enjoying the Hammock  Hanging at the Park Nell Enjoying a Beach Da Nell in from Boogie Boarding Obnoxious Danica Rainbow around the sun Steve at the Park Trey Acting Stupid Trey Coming in From Surfing Trey fighting the Wind Trey in the Ocean Trey Up in a TreeHammock Time
It was a good Friday.  Happy Good Friday to each of you.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Vacation :: Pic of the Day 5

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We took a boat tour through the Louisiana swamp. Needless to say, this south Florida family was quite chilly.

Vacation :: Pic of the Day 4

Back of St. Louis Cathedral 800

We ended the day in New Orleans with a historical haunted tour which proved to be super fun and interesting. The tour started behind the St. Louis Cathedral where there is a statue of Jesus in St. Anthony’s garden. The massive shadow of Jesus cast on the back of the cathedral was breathtaking.

The Old Violin

The Old Violin
I was moved, motivated and touched by the devotion this morning at Cross International (the ministry I work for) led by our board member, Joe White. Joe has a friend that does pencil drawings, which is what you see above. It is truly beautiful. The devotion was based on The Old Violin – The Touch of the Masters Hand poem. The question is, what is one soul really worth? Read the poem below. I hope you are blessed and inspired.

‘Twas battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.

“What am I bid, good people”, he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,”

But, No,
From the room far back a gray bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said “What now am I bid for this old violin?”
As he held it aloft with its’ bow.

“One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?”
“Two thousand, Who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone”, said he.

The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
“We just don’t understand.”
“What changed its’ worth?”
Swift came the reply.
“The Touch of the Masters Hand.”

“And many a man with life out of tune
All battered and bruised with hardship
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.

But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Masters’ Hand.

– by Myra Brooks Welch

What Brings Me Joy

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Jesus – ultimately, I am happiest when I’m close with Jesus. We all have a void that only He can fill. When he does, it brings joy beyond measure.

Husband – he truly is the best husband ever. He really does make me feel like I am the most special and prettiest girl in earth. I could never do this life without him.

Kids – the light of my life. They each have their own very unique personality; my daughter with her kind and compassionate heart and my son with his hilarious sense of humor always making us laugh. I truly dedicate my life to them.

Parents – without my sweet parents, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They have the kindest, most gentle and selfless hearts. They love me unconditionally and are there for me no matter what; through thick and thin. It’s because of them, I learned what ‘family’ really means.

Brother – being 10 years younger than me, we had two separate childhoods. Once he became an adult and moved near me, we became great friends. We are both crazy competitive and super active sharing many of the same hobbies. Now we spend most of our time competing on a paddleboard racing team together.

Ocean/Beach – it is truly my happy place whether I’m in it, on top of it, next to it or looking at it from a distance. It brings me instant peace and happiness. There truly is no other place I’d rather be.

Paddleboarding– it’s like walking on water through scenery. It mixes my love for the water with my love for scenery. It just doesn’t get any better than that. I’ve been doing it for 3 years and am now on a racing team. My husband tells me that I go though hobbies like underwear so paddleboarding for three years is, by far, a big record for me.

Scenery – I love it; any kind, just take me there. I just love nature and looking at all the beauty that God made. I could literally do this for days on end. So far the two best places I’ve been to see beautiful scenery is South Dakota and Hawaii (of course).

Wine – nuff said.

Travel – I am a sucker for change and adventure. Take me somewhere, anywhere. I’ll go. Just say when.

Naps – ahhh, yes. I am one sleepy individual. I LOVE sleeping especially naps in the middle of the day. I take them very seriously. I put on pajamas, close the door, put my fan on and completely get under the covers.