Love those pomegranates!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Do you Wanna Dance???

Wait ----I always wanna dance! I need to DA.N.C.E.----but I've lost my groove!
I'm not talking here of grooving to MoTown music. At the first strains of The Temptations, my toes start to tapping.
I'm talking "groove" as a noun---an established routine!
When I encounter struggles in health---mental or physical or "hurts" of the emotional sort, I practice turning to the Lord for understanding. That's the norm---the groove.
Lately, I seem to have turned to every "other" remedy including denial, i.e. "putting my head under the pillow" or busyness to take my mind off the problem. I need to D.A.N.C.E.
Discover what God's word says about the situation.
Accept where you are in the midst of it & ASK for His help.
Notice God's Hand in it.
Celebrate moments of victory, no matter how small.
Extend to another what you have learned in the midst of the struggle/life lesson.

Do you Wanna Dance??? I do!
I'm going to choose to D.A.N.C.E.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Fall in Texas can greatly vary in temps but it NEVER varies in football. Football---a part of a Texan's DNA. In the Liles family it includes practices (lots) and games in BIG stadiums. Football is it's own season in the Lone Star State.
Certainly the glory of young men is their strength as Proverbs 20:29 states.----and I would add ENERGY!  
If injured, cast up, cover in bubble wrap and hit the field!
The conclusion of Proverbs 20:29 states that gray hair is the splendor of the old---a great reminder of how grateful I am (as I "cover up"my gray) to still be able to travel and spend time in Texas in the fall.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Legacy Building

"Legacy Building." Where does it all start. 
According to scripture, building a spiritual legacy begins in the home. (Deuteronomy 6:7) 
With five sons, a dad might need to be intentional about finding some one-on-one time in order to follow these commandments. (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)
Or....take advantage of a spontaneous moment on "the "front steps."
Building a legacy takes many moments, both intentional and spontaneous.
You leave what you live.
Building a legacy side by side. Dog included!

Friday, October 7, 2016


Cafeteria Lunch from 10:30-1:00 today!
I know that phrase does not bring to mind "fine dining" or grand spiritual truths----at least, NOT for me!
But God....showed me my wrong thinking. These boys are a "crown to this aged woman" (Proverbs 17:6) who is "older than Pop-Pop!" "And a reminder that have no greater desire than to see His righteousness lived out in their lives. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and His righteousness with their children’s children" (Psalm 103:17, emphasis mine)

What a privilege to have one-on-one time with 3 "grands" on a stage in the midst of Olsen Elementary's busy cafeteria. 

How else would I have been able to learn his kindergarten teacher had taught 2 of his older brothers, or the music teacher's name, or that this was the first time Andrew had eaten "on the stage" ......
....or I would not have understood John Parker's "take" on God's power in all of weather and the chances of tornados developing out of "Matthew Hurricane" and sharing with him that usually one uses the word hurricane to precede the name because that really gets the listener's attention before one actually names the hurricane.......
.....or would I have noticed that Caleb's new cast was on a different arm, or measured the size of the sandwich concoction which he could stick in his mouth, or have learned that science was 5 times harder in 5th grade than it had been in 4th. 
So much more cafeteria info, some just between a grandboy and his grandmother!!!
Cafeteria lunch. A blessing indeed!

Sunday, September 25, 2016


For most believers, every Sunday is a fellowship Sunday of sorts. Once or twice a year, our church gets together for BBQ, games and other activities on the grounds. Officially we "dub" this our "fellowship" Sunday, somewhat akin to dinner on the grounds of times gone by.
But, todays went beyond that! As I looked out over the sanctuary there was a sea of green!! Green in every spectrum. Even one of the young dads dedicating his infant son today wore green tennis shoes. Even Nancy, sweet friend in the faith, who was visiting with us today wore green as well!

Why green? One of the youngsters in our church is battling cancer, and as in similar cases, our congregation has stepped up to the plate! Unbeknownst to his parents, many in our "body" wore "Green for Griffin" whose young body has been invaded by leukemia. It was our way of saying to Griffin's family, We Got Your Back!" We're on your team!
So many scriptures whirred in my mind as we all prayed for this young man and his family. We are family---his family.
  • So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. (Galatians 6:10)
  • Continue steadfastly in prayer,  (Colossians 4:12)
  • ....pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16)
  • Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Corinthians 5:11)
  • How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
  • May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)
  • Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1)
Unity Prevailed----baby dedications, responsive readings of scripture, spontaneous baptisms, prayers and WEARING GREEN---lots of it!

One in the Spirit----that's what we celebrated this "Fellowship Sunday!

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Congratulations my dear "humble" friend, Ashley Bryan, who is a finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize.
His latest book, Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life was nominated in the Literature for Young Readers Category. Click the title read all about it.

At 93,  Ashley continues to inspire everyone in the literary world. For me, Ashley's inspiration is very personal as he is one of the kindest people I have ever known!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

PITHY GRABBERS...............D-R-A-G ON!

"Pithy grabbers drag on" sounds like an oxymoron to me. I wanted to add a few I
searched for  my "PG" file, ljj searched for her pithy file as well---- but to know avail. 

The good news is that some blog readers from here there and yon offered a few suggestions.
Most were along the lines of spiritual quotes. Now if my brain will just quit leaking so I can remember where I put them, this entry will be completed.

But......still dragging my feet----as I'm now looking for comments from others. Will return when I find them. 
Feel free to send me your own contributions anytime.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pithy Grabbers

Succinct phrases that "grab" your attention have been dubbed by me as pithy grabbers----of which, I am a fan! No one knows that better than ljj who finally made a "pithy grabbers" file for our library.

When entertaining, Mother 's pithy grabber was, "a doily covers a multitude of sins" (think foibles/faux pas/mess) 
Daughter Molly & I are always saying a doily covers a multitude of something__________.
Recently  she added "a vest is the doily of outerware as it covers a multitude of sin__________(think overeating) 
Religiously I assume that the Catholic doily-like head-coverings worn by women and the skullcap/yarmulke worn by Jewish men are an example of penitence as a way of "covering a multitude of sins" so that they can honor God.

Church Signs 
especially in the "South" 
often display thoughts that are....
pithy with a punch----
packing a lot of weight 
to remind others of "doing right!"

Sweet friend, Margie Hornor, is always adding to my "pithy" repertoire. She introduced me to arrowprayers.  Just those  two words indicate the forceful trajectory of said prayers----launched from earth and heading upward to God. 

Panic Prayers are similar (pithy plus alliterative, of which I am also a fan). Think URGENCY in all CAPS when there's no time for words. "HELP!" comes to mind

Recently Margie introduced me to "stinking thinking." Doesn't that just "reek" of negativity. 

The good news is, she gave a remedy for the stinking diagnosis---a grateful heart!

Dorm friends, who knew me well suggested a pithy grabber for my tombstone---"just down for a quick nap." NOT only do fewer letters appeal to this "frugal fanny," but it lets the world know of my sleep patterns.

Nowadays, I'm rethinking that choice.

How's this for a tea aficionado?
"She ran out of tea." More a epithet than an epitaph....but it's a perfect final "pithy grabber" for me!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Septuagenerian---who knew??? Obviously Google did and........

......."baby" brother, Bobby. He informed me of that new personal age ID first thing this morning. 

He seems to derive a perverse sense of pleasure from reminding me, especially when I "move up" a decade ahead of him. Oh well, it sounds nicer than sexagenerian!
It's one of those family things that binds you together and I have 2 great brothers who I am bound to by old family jokes, memories and traditions. Sometimes things that only we understand. For that, I am grateful!

Sunday, September 11, 2016


The morning newspaper ad announced it! 
National Grandparents Day! The first Sunday after Labor Day. 
Who knew? Obviously Hallmark does! Hallmark should know those privileged to have "grands" don't have to have one day set aside!! We celebrate that positional title at all times----moment by moment.
Grandparents are the ones who are blessed. 
Children's children are the crown of the aged....(Proverbs 17:6) it was a great reminder to thank the Lord for all my grands! 
May the Lord bless you .......and may you live to see your children's children! (Psalm 128:5-6)

Grandparents Day----We don't need a day----We celebrate that privilege daily!