Saturday, June 16, 2018


Clifton Thacker Adams. Daddy. The kindest man I ever knew!
Dance w/ Daddy my 45th class reunion

  • A faithful husband. 
  • My dancing Daddy. I learned to dance standing on his feet & looking up to him. He taught me not to look at my feet because that could cause me to stumble. A biblical analogy I adhere to even today, knowing not to look down on my circumstances (or I might lose my way/footing) but to look up and focus on the face of my dance partner, my heavenly Father, who will lead me.
  • A loyal friend. Daddy would always fill-up at Rudy's Texaco even if it had the highest prices in town because Rudy was his friend. It helped that the attendants pumped the gas because Daddy never pumped his own gas.
  • A man of courage who fought for his country in WWII & was wounded in the isle of Leyte in the Philippines, though he rarely talked about it. 
  • A man with a great work ethic, regardless of the pay. His first job paid $19 a week. Daddy worked until September 2010, retiring at age 87.
  • A man of consistency. His methodical routine defined him. We all knew his schedule. Post off ice at 10 am. At 11am he would be "walking for exercise" (at the mall in his later years) at 3 pm he would be standing on the porch of Hopkinsville Livestock waiting for the school bus to drive by so that he could wave at his granddaughters, Polly & Allyson, and at 9 pm he would be peeling his nightly orange. On Sundays he would be at the First Methodist Church sitting in the pew---back row of front center section on  right hand side.
  • A man of few words. A wise man. A man of understanding. Did he know his character reflected scripture? A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. (Proverbs 17:27)
  • A quiet, gentle man. I never heard him raise his voice.
  • A "gentleman" as well. In his final weeks, he wore a monitor so that he wouldn't stand alone and lose his balance. In the dining room the monitor alarm sounded constantly as Daddy stood every time a lady came to his table.
Daddy died 7 years ago today.

My older brother, Buddy said it well in this morning's text.

"Daddy never said anything bad about anyone and no one said anything bad about him."

His character is etched on my heart. My hope is that the next generations, his grandchildren  and "great grands" will consider the character of their Grandaddy Brud and emulate it as they remember him.

Disclaimer---I am my brother's favorite sister, I just happen to be his only sister.

Saturday, June 9, 2018


For a gal who grew up in Kentucky, the first Saturday in May meant Derby Day and friends gathering together to see "the horses run."
Derby Day justified the yearly "Derby" party for Mother and Daddy's "crowd," usually at Dr. Joe and Phyliss Bastin's country home, if they weren't at Churchill Downs. A social event. Today, brother Buddy is at Churchill Downs to watch the Belmont Stakes on the big screen because it's what Louisvillians do when a derby winner is running to win the third leg of the Triple Crown. Justify, a horse who lived up to his name, literally meaning to show or prove to be right or reasonable, which he did in 2018 as he was undefeated entering the Belmont. Only one other colt had won the Triple Crown undefeated---Seattle Slew. 
And win he did! Was I rootin' for him.You betcha! Rather I was "rooting" for his jockey, Mike Smith and was hollering excitedly at my TV set the entire race.
Why would I root for the jockey more than a horse?

I knew that Mike would gratefully acknowledge the One who gave Him strength and power. Smith was the oldest (52) to ever "win" at the Derby and as a Triple Crown winning jockey.

When the interviewer asked him how he was feeling, his first comment, with his hands in the air, was, "FIRST, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Later he even told of racing for all the disabled jockeys and named one he had been praying for recently. 

His reply has been the same for all three legs of the Triple Crown and to me that justifies Mike Smith as the real "winner!"

Friday, June 8, 2018


Allen Bible Church in Texas encourages it's members to consider taking the "good news" of God's  love and ultimate sacrifice for all of us, to their neighbors, to the nations and to the next generation. 
A goal I consider as very worthy.
Psalm 107, a psalm of praise, also shares the "good news" well---no matter what our struggles or our distresses are, the Lord is good and meets us right where we are. Even in our rebellion, weaknesses, depression or other afflictions, He is there. He hears us when we cry out.......and out of His love, He delivers us. 
It is a long psalm with 43 verses. It's a psalm for both the hurting and the "wise" among us.

The last verse sums it up well.
Whoever is wise let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord. (107:43)
A worthy read!
A read which might have you considering sharing the "good news" of what God has done in your life.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


A popular myth is that you can do or have whatever you desire if you work hard enough to achieve that goal.  REALLY!
All who espouse that theory haven't burned our yet or run out of steam yet or hit the wall yet in order to learn that "empowering beliefs and one's own strength are no always enough. NOT to be a naysayer.....but be positive with encouraging words and call that myth what it is----malarkey.
Life happens along the way. sometimes, no matter how how you try things don't work out regardless of all you positive thinking and mantras. 
Don't fritter your life away trying "to do it all" in your own strength.
A Christian's "point of power" is centered around the Lord in an abiding relationship. (John 15)
Note to self---quit striving and allow Him to exert His great power on my behalf, even in my greatest weaknesses.
It's time to reconsider Who is the source of real power and stay plugged in to Him.

Friday, June 1, 2018


On a soggy day when one's heart feels as gray as the clouds outside, it's hard to have a "sunny" attitude. But God....reminds me in His word, that He is the lifter up of one's head. (Psalm 3:3)
So, I looked up and there was a recent gift from a sweet friend. A perfect gift for me. It had even been given in a "Dotsy" bag....and "dots" ran along the border of the tea towel.
It was all I needed. A gift with a "spiritual" history to take my eyes off my self and begin considering others. The fair trade company tag said, "Let Hope Arise!" My tea towel was hand-made in India by "Daughters of Hope, a social enterprise which supplies "a link in the chain of freedom in southern India." Sale of their products provide, poor and often forgotten, women from the slums of Bangalore with a chance to better themselves. What a treasure of a gift! A gift to open my eyes.

Lesson learned. Allow what you already have to bring the "Sonshine" in to your heart. I only had to have eyes to see that which was right in front of me.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


WOW---Words of Wisdom---Written on Wednesday.
Words that speak to me from the marginalia of my Bible.
  • Desire a life measured more by kindness than competency. (source unknown)
  • A sick bed can often teach more that a sermon. (T. Watson) 
  • Jesus needs to photo bomb "selfies." (C. Huffman)
  • What one pays for and prays for reveals much about their character. (4/7/18) 
  • (_____'s) life demonstrates that forgiveness frees us from the burden of living in a prison of our own making. (Carol Kent)
  • Sin is a righteousness problem---unrighteousness or self-righteousness. ( C. Huffman)
  • God did not come to get man into heaven but to get God back into man! (? via Rad Andrews)
Words that continue to WOW me this Wednesday. Why not start a list of your own!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Word Nerds.
Word nerds have a fascination with word usage. Many take their word nerd obsession to daily challenges with New York Times Crossword Puzzles. or on-line word games. 
Word nerds---that's what people often call wordsmiths. My hubby included. 
Prepping to lead a book discussion for an upcoming Summer Refreshment, My One Word, as well as teaching 2 lessons based on word play of "Sweet Teas of Scripture," I've been all ears for "words" to fit my needs.
Today I came across a new word, that had both positive and negative connotations for me. Sounds like life circumstances doesn't it? 

I discovered the origin for the word was Greek (peripeteia) which wasn't much help. Likewise, the synonyms in no way helped me but the "audio" pronunciation was very helpful as this word has never been in my vocabulary, literary or not.

My first notes for this entry brought to mind the way surprises in one's life can bring about complete change. Some better than others. A test showing the cancer is back has been a diagnosis faced by 3 of my close friends. An unexpected change which they are still trying to absorb.

Later today, I read a death notice of a somewhat unexpected death. The life of 3 children abruptly changed today as life, as they had known it, will now have a new normal. Life without a mother by their side.

Another friend's grandson's scholarship announcement came to mind. A college that seemed out of reach is now there for him. That's a positive and somewhat surprising change.

All of this to say, that life can change in a heartbeat or a phone call.
We are not in control. Changes, both good and bad, happen quickly and often surprisingly.
Not so for our Lord. There are no surprises for Him. All of our lives are filtered through His hands.
He never changes and His purpose for our lives is not subject to random peripety.

How blessed to rest in Him who uses peripety in our lives for His best for us.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Most folks, especially female anglophiles, love a wedding. So....the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from America had a "hands across the ocean" effect. A true media event! Which, in a post-ceremony CNN interview, the Archbishop of Canterbury said, "This wedding just blew up the chapel of St. George's chapel with the "good news" of Jesus Christ!"

However, there were elements to "consider" for all who are "children of the one true  King." Considerations to hold prayerfully in their hearts. The "royals" all arrived at the Galilee Porch entrance to Windsor castle. (An entry which sounds both biblical and southern to me----as Cana in Galilee, where the Lord Jesus celebrated a wedding turning water into wine and "porch," a entry of many southern homes.)
The opening prayer was offered to a God of love through Jesus Christ our Lord. To that, I and many others, said AMEN!
With my cuppa English Breakfast tea, I enjoyed the music---from classical with cello and "Stand by ME" to the hymn "Guide Thee O My Great Redeemer, "God Save the Queen," gospel "Amen" and "This Little Light of Mine." 
Old Testament reading from Song of Solomon and New Testament, 1 John 4:16, along with references to the triune God, as rings were exchanged, immediately got my attention. Then both "The Blessing," the Anthem from Numbers 6:24-26, the Lord's Prayer, recited by all in attendance, and aired to millions warmed my heart and evoked prayers. Mya all listening, whether at Windsor with the bride and groom, or anywhere the wedding was broadcast, have "ears to hear."
BTW, just before the vows, my ears heard "Be Thou My Vision" tune which I, and my friend, Pat Y., have heard a lot lately because of its special meaning to her. But...it was not on the program. So.... I did research and found the Irish melody (Slane an old Irish folk tune) for "The Lord of all Hopefulness,"which was on the program, was indeed the same melody! 
Congrats to Harry & Meghan, aka Duke of Sussex and HRH Duchess of Sussex
In consideration of the significance of today's royal wedding, a USA /UK alliance of sorts, consider praying for all the royals.

*For the complete program, w/ one error as Meghan's father did not walk her down the aisle but Harry's Father, Prince Charles was her escort," click here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


WOWS = Week of Word Study. So....I had to share it today.
Jesus Always entry for wordsmith Doris' birthday (5/9) really had me considering parts of speech, in particular prepositions.

Prepositions express a relation to another word (usually a noun or pronoun)  For me, the noun/pronoun subject relation was Jesus Christ, by whose blood I am redeemed. 

  • With Him, I can be honest. (Proverbs 30:5)
  • I can be confident in Him. (2 Corinthians 3:4)
  • I can lean on Him. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • I can connect with Him through prayer anytime, anyplace. (Joshua 1:9)
  • I can always trust in Him. (Psalm 9:10, 20:7)

For all of  His blessings, I say WOW! You are my God. (Psalm 31:14)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Consider the consequences of the negative "TO-Don'ts" on your list if they become your "DOs."

Switch your thinking. Realize that ultimately you control very few of the circumstances/happenings which life throws your way and you have no control over the responses of others. 
Re-consider those negatives......1) excessive planning, 2) fretting & complaining 3) comparing         4) excessive talking, self-promoting.
.......with a positive focus accepting that the "best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." (R. Burns, to A Mouse")
To end on a more positive note...here are some "DOs" to counteract those DOnt's."
  1. Allow the Lord to direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:6) 
  2. Give thanks in everything. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) 
  3. Accept self as God created you. (Psalm 139:14) 
  4. Be quick to listen, listen, listen. (James 1:19)
  5. In humility consider others more important than yourself. (Philippians 2:3)

DO remember that you are not in control! The most positive result is remembering Who is ultimately in control of all of life.