Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Path

These photos of paths were taken by my talented husband. The first photo shows a mountain bike and hiking trail near Tahoe and the second is a path near the Merced River.
Did you notice that the first path is hard to discern, and is over rocky ground, while the second photo shows a nicely marked path over a gentle slope? 
You can not see the beginning of the path, or where it ends.
This reminds me of our journey in life, and how each step moves us along and is important. Sometimes we are lost and on dangerous rocky ground with no idea of the way ahead, and other times we walk safely along a clear smooth path.
Looking at these paths reminds me of a book that I often return to, "Pathway to the Heart of God", edited by Terry W. Glaspey. He includes prayers by great Christian writers that always touch my heart.
Here is one he includes:
"Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings." By Philips Brooks.
"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray." James 5:13
Do you pray? I imagine some of you, my blog friends, don't pray but for me it is part of daily life.
One prayer practice I have done every day for a year is to say a prayer of thanks before I get up in the morning. If I don't pray while still in bed, I could easily get so busy the prayer would be pushed aside.
I thank God in my early morning prayer for something specific and boy, does this set a good tone to my day.
Do you have a prayer practice you want to share here?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Celebrate the Give Away Winner

Mardi Gras mask
Originally uploaded by Sir Frog

Thank y'all for your comments, and I used to pick the winner, number eleven, Danielle of Blessed Serendipity blog. Her blog is at
I will mail the books and soap when I get her address.
This photo is a Mardi Gras mask, wow, what a beauty!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Giving Away Books & Soap in Celebration

Oh Blog Friends,
It is true, I am celebrating having 300 (actually 310) blog followers. I care about each and every one of you and hope you like this giveaway.
One lucky blogger will win the three books and the soap.
There is a soap shop right near our home where I bought this pretty bar of French soap which comes in a dainty red bag. I chose the scent of magnolia for you. The soap is made of all vegetable oils and is hand milled.
The three books are ones I enjoyed reading.
Anne of Green Gables. The title says it all, great to read again or give to a young reader.
Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet? by Charlene Baumbich. This writer has a flair for humor and the main character is older than me! She is 87, drives way too fast, and one of her church groups is "The Happy Hookers."
Thief in Retreat by Aimee and David Thurlo. I like all these ingredients: a nun who solves mysteries, has a white German Shepherd retired police dog, and drives a classic motorcycle with a sidecar.
Just leave a comment, and be a follower of my humble blog, for a chance to win. I will use to select the winner, on February 22, 2012.