Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Good Shepherd-a blog repost

As we look to a new year, we have hope 'cause we have The Good Shepherd watchin' over us. Givin' us protection 'n love!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

What Would You Have Said?

What Would You Have Said?
 

Whether we’ve had children or not, most of us at some time in our lives have had the joy of holdin’ a brand new baby.  Smellin’ their sweet skin.  Rubbin’ their soft cheek ‘n feelin’ the tiny fingers curl ‘round your own.  Somethin’ so tiny, so helpless.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Hope

Welcome Guest Blogger Sue Falcone known as "Simply" Sue A Speaker Who Writes. Grab a hot cup of tea 'r coffee 'n join us! Thank ya' "Simply" Sue for your post on Hope!


 
Ten Sips of Hope
 
Christmas time can be filled with many hassles and hurts. The very first one involved a young engaged woman, Mary, and a man, Joseph, who chose to believe her and God for their future together. In their culture he took a risk and believed what God said, rather than obey the law of man.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hair Survival Kit That Shows You How Much God Loves You!

Hair Survival Kit That Shows You How Much God Loves You!
 
I’m a hair dresser ‘n proud owner of Mitsy Lou’s Hair Raisin’ Beauty Parlor, where the higher the hair, the closer to God. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Spendin' Time With God

Spendin' Time With God
Are you in such a hurry that you forget? Especially durin' this hurry, scurry time of year. Here's what it's like for me sometimes.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Adventures of the Jolly Ol Elf


 
Adventures of the Jolly Ol Elf
 
 
My Daddy loved to make people laugh.  He felt it was his callin’.  Aunt Beat says he was “a born prankster.”  Daddy would wear a red toboggan hat nearly everywhere – no matter what time of year it was.  And with his white hair, grayish white beard, ‘n the twinkle in his eye, he looked just like Old Saint Nick himself. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Lost Christmas Tree Star


The Lost Christmas Tree Star
 
The star that tops our Christmas tree every year has been in my family as long as I can remember.  It's my favorite ornament, although I don't know why.  Maybe it's because it has so many points, or maybe it’s how the light shines through it.  All I know is that every time I look at it, I have this warm, peaceful feelin'. It's like God lettin' me know that He's with me no matter what happens.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November's Bein' Thankful Series-When God Calls You, Will You Step Out?

November's Bein' Thankful Series -
When God Calls You, Will You Step Out?


I was eatin’ at the Frog Holler CafĂ© for lunch last week.  A man came in ‘n ordered a plate to go.  After the waitress, Mary Alice, gave him his meal, she told him how much it cost.  The man said, “I don’t have enough money. Can I come back ‘n pay you later?” She let him take it. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November's Bein' Thankful Series: Not Just Any Ole Tree


November's Bein' Thankful Series:
Not Just Any Ole Tree
 
 
Growin’ up I remember this big oak tree in our back yard.  My sister 'n I loved to play under it in the summer, cause it gave a lot a shade.  When a storm came up, we’d run to the house ‘n watch the old tree from the window.  The wind would shake the limbs ‘n blow the leaves. We were afraid that the wind would blow the tree over. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November Series on Bein' Thankful - Thankful Thanksgivin'

November Series on Bein' Thankful:
Thankful Thanksgivin’

I love the smell of Mamma's Russian Tea, ‘n the taste of her pumpkin pie ‘n persimmon puddin'. You just can't have Thanksgivin’ dinner without 'em.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

November Bein' Thankful Series: City Slicker


November Bein' Thankful Series: Thankful for Laughter
City Slicker

Cousin Horace was born ‘n raised in the big city of Chicago.  We were two years apart in our age.  Growin’ up, he ‘n his Mamma would come ‘n visit us for a couple of weeks in the summer.  Cousin Horace was kind of snooty ‘cause he was from a big city.  We loved to give him a hard time when he came to visit us in Frog Holler ‘n called him, City Slicker. 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November's Bein' Thankful Series: A Yard Sale Treasure

November's Bein' Thankful Series:
A Yard Sale Treasure
 
Maybelline Belle is one of my best customers. She came in the other day all tore up! I asked her what had happened. Maybelline started cryin'. Gushin' big tear drops from her eyes! You would have thought somebody had died or somethin'! She used up all the boxes of kleenex in my beauty parlor.   
 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

November's Bein' Thankful Series-Daddy's Flag


November's Bein' Thankful Series-
Daddy's Flag
 
Daddy was a patriotic man. He loved God, his family, his country, ‘n his flag. He proudly displayed his fag on a flag pole in his front yard.  He loved to watch it wave bravely in the breeze. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November's Bein' Thankful Series: Ridin' The Waves


November's Bein' Thankful Series:
Ridin' The Waves
 
Every time I'm at the beach, I remember, when I was little, Daddy would take me 'n my sister out in the ocean to ride the waves. He held me in one arm 'n my sister in the other. As long as Daddy was holdin’ me, I felt safe.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November's Bein' Thankful Blog Post Series: Gettin' Out Of The Ditch


November's Bein' Thankful Blog Post Series:
Gettin' Out Of The Ditch
 
 
Grandpa had twin mules, Nell 'n Pearl. They were good mules n' didn't mind hard work. But if they got spooked, watch out! They'd take off runnin! Daddy often helped do the plowin’.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Back Yard Obstacle


Back Yard Obstacle

 

When I was ‘bout fourteen years old, Daddy would let me drive his car in our back yard.  This was way before under age drivin’ was against the law.  I had to put pillows in the seat to be able to see.  Our back yard was an obstacle course with trees on each side. 


Saturday, October 27, 2012

What Do You Fear?


What Do You Fear?
 
It was my Mamma that first taught me how to face my fears. Miss Winifred T. Crank was my third grade teacher. She was tall ‘n had shoulders like a football player. Her hair was short ‘n gray. Her face looked like a square fryin’ pan ‘n she wore a whistle ‘round her neck. She terrified me!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Right Road, Wrong Road


Right Road, Wrong Road
 
Mamma says that faith ain't all that complicated - there's a right road 'n a wrong road to travel. And if your road doesn't end with Jesus, then your life's all a waste. If your road's not pointed toward Jesus, it's pointed toward trouble. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Daddy's Hard Work

Daddy's Hard Work
 
 
Daddy always worked in feed ‘n seed.  He loved workin’ with farmers.  It was hard work ‘n time consumin’.   Daddy was like a doctor on- call twenty-four seven.  Sometimes late at night, Daddy would get a call ‘n get up, go to the store, get what was needed, ‘n make the delivery.  Daddy worked hard for his family.  There were times he wouldn’t make it to me ‘n my sister’s piano recital or school plays.  We did look forward to his comin’ home after work ‘n wrestlin’ ‘n ticklin’ us.  Funny how you remember little things like that.  We knew he loved us! My sister ‘n I didn’t understand why Daddy worked so hard ‘til we got older. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Fruit of Righteousness

The Fruit of Righteousness

Everybody gets excited for the pumpkin growin’, jam makin’, apple pickin’ Frog Holler Fall Festival. Even Aunt Sophie. She's won 1st place for her strawberry jam since I can remember. She's proud of it too!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Book Review-Self-Publishing Simplified: How To Publish a Book on Kindle by Deborah H. Bateman


 Self-Publishing Simplified:

How to Publish a Book on Kindle
By: Deborah H. Bateman

A book review by Janet Harllee

Deborah has a way of writing so readers will quickly read and appreciate her subject. I like not having to weave through a lot of words. Deborah explains step by step the process of self-publishing a book on Kindle.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mamma's Scrapbook


 Mamma's Scrapbook

Mamma ‘n Daddy got married while he was in service. So, a few days after their weddin’, Daddy had to report back to base.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Book Review-The Book of Ezra-A Story of Provision and Protection by Deborah H. Bateman


A Book Review-The Book of Ezra-A Story of Provision and Protection by Deborah H. Bateman
 
A Book Review by Janet Harllee


The Book of Ezra is another great daily devotional written by Deborah H. Bateman. Her books are easy to read and understand. A great edition to anyone's ebook library.Deborah H. Bateman clearly brings to life the story of Ezra's committment to studying God's Word, and how God stirred the hearts of His people to build the Temple of God in The Book of Ezra. Her powerful words explain the scriptures and history of the time. Each chapter ends with a prayer and a challenge for us to think about similar events in our life. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Founder's Day


Founder's Day
I remember wantin’ a pair of Dale Evans’ cowgirl boots.  I didn’t have the money ‘n Mamma ‘n Daddy didn’t either.  I prayed that if it was alright with God for me to get the boots, to help me find a way to get ‘em. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My Bike


My Bike
 
 
I remember when I got my bike. I must have been 8 or 10 years old.  It was a surprise! I was so excited! Daddy bought a bike I could grow into.  It was a blue ‘n white Western Flyer.
 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Let Your Speech Be Always With Grace (repost)

“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6
The Bible is filled with scriptures that teach us about our communication: our mouths, lips, tongues and words. This is one of my favorite verses.

God knows the heart of every man and, in that heart, is a different way of looking at the world. We may not always be able to see things as others do, but we have one powerful verse that tells us what we can do to be effective when we communicate with every man. God tells us to let our speech be always with grace. Giving grace allows us to forgive and forget a wrong, a word spoken in haste, a misunderstanding, a poor choice of words on someone else's part.

How many times have we said (or wanted to say) something harsh to someone because we thought they had “done us wrong” only to find out later on it was a misunderstanding on our part? Weren't you glad you didn't? Or didn't you wish you had shown them grace?




The Lord tells us that our communication default mode should be grace. Grace-filled communication allows us to share our hearts with other hearts that we don't totally understand. Being gracious, even when we don't feel it is justified, allows us to reach out, to lift up, to support, to share our hearts, to educate, to inform and to save face.

JoJo Tabares holds a degree in Speech Communication, but it is her humorous approach to communication skills which has made her a highly sought-after Christian speaker and writer. Her articles appear in homeschool publications, such as Homeschool Enrichment Magazine and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, which also endorses her Say What You Mean curricula. You can also find JoJo on web sites such as Crosswalk.com and Dr.Laura.com. For more information on communication FUNdamentals and Christian-based communication skills for the whole family, please visit http://www.ArtofEloquence.com


Lord, thank you for your blessin's. Keep us mindful of our speech 'n may it always be with grace. In the name of Jesus, amen.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mamma's Secret To Makin' Biscuits repost


Mamma’s Secret To Makin' Biscuits

 

Mamma was famous for her biscuits, even got a write up in the paper. My sister 'n I asked her what her secret was to makin’ 'em. We wrote down the recipe as she told us. When the dough was made, she dumped it from the bowl onto a floured table. Then she fluffed ‘n folded the dough end to end into a nice round ball. Here's the secret - she said she always gave it a "love pat". Then she took her rollin’ pin 'n lightly rolled over the top of the dough. She used her fingers to fluff from underneath to get out the air. Mamma said not to twist your cutter to cut the biscuits. Then once they were cut, fluff from under 'em again 'n place onto a bakin’ pan.



 

Mamma loved people ‘n loved to cook for 'em, ‘n she loved seein’ people eatin’ her food.  One of her favorite Bible verses is John 3:16.  She said that when God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins that was God's "love pat” to a hurtin’ world. He loved us that much!

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Lord, thank you for your "love pat" 'n your grace. We are grateful. In the name of Jesus, amen.


Things To Think 'bout:

1. Do you know God loves you?

2. Are you spendin' time with Him?


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Flavor for Faith



Flavor for Faith
 
 
In the south, it's all 'bout food. Mamma loves to cook for people. She says it takes the right amount of spices 'n ingredients to get the right flavor. Salt is what she uses most. Mamma says that it makes food tastes better!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sink or Swim-Survival Tips On Stayin' The Course Video Blog

Sink or Swim-Survival Tips On Stayin' The Course
Tip #5 Stayin' The Course
When Ya' Cast Your Net 'N Endure 'Til Victory Comes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sink or Swim-Survival Tips On Stayin' The Course Video Blog Post

Sink or Swim-Survival Tips On Stayin' The Course
Tip #4 Stay The Course When The Sharks of Life Are Attackin' Ya'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sink or Swim-Survival Tip#3 On Stayin' the Course Video Blog Post

Sink or Swim-Survival Tips On Stayin' the Course
In This World We Live In








Things To Think 'Bout:


1. What do you do when you swim against the current?


2. Do you run to God in your tough times?



Lord, forgive us when we try to handle the tough times 'n swim against the current alone. Teach us to know that you're always with us no matter what. In the name of Jesus, amen.




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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sink or Swim-Survival Tip#2 On Stayin' the Course Video Blog Post

Sink or Swim-Survival Tips On Stayin' the Course
In This Ever-Changin' World







Things To Think 'Bout:


1. Does your faith ever waver?

2. What do you do when you feel like 'bait'?


Father, help us to keep strong in our faith. Teach us to be sensitive to your promptin's so when our faith does waver, we'll be quick to pray 'n ask for your help. In the name of Jesus, amen.



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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sink Or Swim-Survial Tips On Stayin' The Course-Tip #1

Sink or Swim-Survival Tips On Stayin' The Course
Tip #1 Stay The Course While The Tide Rises 'n Falls 'Round Your Feet
Video Blog Post












Things To Think 'Bout:

1. How do you handle tempation?


2. Are you trustin' God to help you?


Lord, as tempation rises 'n falls 'round our feet every day, keep us close to you so we can be strong to stay the course you've set for us. In the name of Jesus, amen.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

With all I AM...Hillsong Video Blog Post



With all I AM...Best Christian Song ever....Hillsong


Be blessed with this beautiful song!







Lord, may we surrender our all to you! In the name of Jesus, amen.



Saturday, August 4, 2012

New Baptismal Pool




New Baptismal Pool


I remember when we got our new baptismal pool. Cousin Louie got a video camera to document the occasion.  Merlene ’n Sherlene showed up in their big new hats ‘n they plopped down in right in front of me. I couldn’t see a thing.  I had to keep movin’ to see ‘round their hats, ‘n  it seemed like whichever way I moved, they moved.  Uncle Reefus came in in a new pair of overalls, which was unusual for him.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Guest Blogger, LaTersa Blakley, Stop Holding Yourself Hostage-Forgive and Set Yourself Free


Stop Holding Yourself Hostage~ Forgive and Set Yourself Free

It's my pleasure to have LaTersa Blakley, Brokenness Coach, to be my Guest Blogger today! She has a new book bein' released in August. You'll find out all 'bout it right now! Thank ya' LaTersa for your inspiration to all us women!
 

Did you think you will past through this life without making mistakes? I surely hope you were not thinking this. See, God never promised you that this life would be perfect, but he did promise that he would not put no more on you than you can bear. A lot of us have a hard time letting go and forgetting all the mistakes that we have made and those who have hurt us. We replay those same old songs in our head day after day, night after night, month after month, and year after year. Well, today, I want to share with you four ways you can start today with forgiving yourself and others and stepping into your greatness!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mamma's Biscuits

Mamma's Biscuits


Mamma was famous for her biscuits, even  got a write up in the paper. My sister 'n I asked her what her secret was to makin’ 'em. We wrote down the recipe as she told us.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

He Knows My Name (Christian Music Video) artist Tommy Walker

He Knows My Name (Christian Music Video)
Artist, Tommy Walker
Isn't it wonderful that God knows us, 'n that He knows us by name?! Be blessed by this
touchin' video!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cousin Nannie Belle's Hats

Cousin Nannie Belle's Hats


My cousin Nannie Belle has always said that no matter what ya' do in life - don’t forget to have fun. Nannie Belle has fun wearin’ hats.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How A Stranger Taught Us To Praise God


One Sunday mornin', we were singin' "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" 'n all of a suddin', we heard this voice only a Mamma could love.



Saturday, July 14, 2012

Great Uncle Ned



Great Uncle Ned



Great Uncle Ned was the life of the party! He never missed an opportunity to have a good time.   It wasn’t hard to believe that he was the one on top of the church roof in his long flannel underwear. 


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Aunt Fora Mae



Aunt Flora Mae

Aunt Flora Mae was very particular ‘bout her hair.  She spent hours in front of tha mirror every day.  Her hair had to be just right! There was a curl on one side of her head ‘n another one just like it on tha other side of her head.  Then there were two spit curls over her ears.  There was only one time that I can remember that Aunt Flora Mae’s hair wasn’t perfect.