Want to Make Summer Break Count

Sunday afternoon I visited a family from Iran, We had lunch together as part of their observance of it being 30 days since the husband’s father passed away. For Mandean people, 30 days is an important time to come together again to remember the person who passed away.

My desire was to try to be a blessing to my friends by coming alongside them at an important time for them

I hope to spend more time with my refugee and immigrant friends this summer. For my morning class, summer break has already started. Last week we had summer weather here, so I jumped the gun a little bit and got my summer haircut and beard trim last week.

But then this week started with rainy cooler days, so maybe my summer haircut was a bit early. ๐Ÿ™‚

Summers for me have been a time God shows me things. They have been times of realizing significant directions from God and also times of significant changes for me.

A few examples”

July 1995 the doctor finally diagnosed my problem after a two year struggle with hypothyroid.

June 1997 was my first international trip going to Romania for a ministry trip.

July 2001 I began teaching English as a Second Language at the college where I teach.

June 2010 I went on a ministry trip to Mexico and Jesus showed me he wanted me to study Spanish.

June 2013 I went on a ministry trip to Brazil and Jesus showed me he wanted me to study Portuguese.

July 2017 I found out I have Celiacs Disease.

July 2018 I started medication for depression and anxiety brought on by autoimmune problems.


With my summer break for my morning classes having started already and a five week total break coming in June/July

I have decided on a few things to make this summer meaningful since I won’t have any ministry trips.

1-Spend time with Jesus.

2- Summer reading

3- Spend more time socializing with my refugee/immigrant friends.

4- Practice my Spanish more.

5- Practice my Portuguese more.

6- Get caught up with bloggers.

7- Write more short stories.

If you have books you have found meaningful, please let me know. I have not formulated my summer reading program yet. My budget is very limited for a summer reading list, but please share books that have blessed you.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.


Moms Making A Difference Award

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who follow and read my blog. I hope this day is a day of blessing for you. Today I want to do something a little different and shine the spotlight on some blogging moms I think other moms would like to check out and perhaps follow. They offer different perspectives as moms at different stages of life.

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So I created the Moms Making A Difference Award for blogging moms. The seven I have chosen are ones I follow and admire. I do not want to make up a lot of rules just a few.

1- Please share a post about being a mom.

2- Please pass it on to another mom or other moms.

Let celebrate moms today and please check out the blogs I have listed if you do not already follow them.

Brenda is a mom whose children are in college. Her posts are fun to read and also uplifting for faith. Her blog is becominghistapestry.com.

Dawn is a mother of whose daughter is an adult. She shares her faith in her blog which I appreciate. Her blog is drawingclosertochrist.com.

Jess is a mom with young children. I enjoy her humorous stories about her kids and what they do. I also appreciate how she shares her faith. Her blog is jesskidding17.wordpress.com.

Christian Mommas is a blog of a community of Christian moms who share posts. I am most familiar with Temi’s posts and appreciate how she shares her faith and about life as a mom. The blog is christianmommas.com.

Denise is a mom in Jamaica who has written books for children about the environment. She also share poems she write in her blog and shares her faith. Her blog is denise421win.wordpress.com.

A mom in the Philippines shares her experience as a single mom of a son with autism. She shares her faith as she shares her experience. Her blog is timecrawlerblog.wordpress.com.

Kavitha is a mom in South Africa. Her daughter recently graduated. I enjoy her post of the beauty in South Africa and her life there. Her blog is sunshinysasite.wordpress.com.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms. Thank you for reading, God Bless.

Grateful to Be Nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award

I would like to thank my blogging friend Denise for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I enjoy her posts because she shares her concern for the environment and also shares her faith. She writes e-books for children too. Her blog is denise421win,wordpress.com.

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Denise was nominated by Ihgah G. T. and you can find his blog at motivation-environment.com

The Versatile Blogger Award was created to celebrate bloggers who create blogs that have unique content, good writing, beautiful images or photographs.

7 Facts About Myself

1- I write my blog to share my faith in Jesus, share my experiences with other cultures, and to share my experience living with chronic illness.

2- I love to spend time with my friends from different cultures and experience their cultures.

3- Jesus has blessed me to be able to travel to several countries on ministry trips.

4- My favorite month is September because my morning class begins again, we transition from summer to fall, and football begins. ๐Ÿ™‚

5- I studied Spanish and Portuguese in my fifties.

6- I love music, My favorite is worship music. I also enjoy classical, jazz, blues, and some pop music.

7- I love dogs. My best friend as a child was my golden retriever. ๐Ÿ™‚

In order to receive the award, each nominee will have to:

  • Thank the person who nominated him/her.
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated him/her.
  • State 7 facts about himself/herself.
  • Nominate other bloggers who bring joy into their daily life (Note: Thereโ€™s a different rule which asks nominees to nominate 15 more bloggers.)

My nominees are :

Christina of Chasing Clarity at theonetimeone.wordpress.com

Renee of Heart Tokens at hearttokens.home.blog

Eguyadeen of Quiet Moments with God at quietmomentswithgodblog.wordpress.com

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Living for Jesus While Living with a Chronic Illness

“But he said to me, โ€œMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. “

Paul wrote about having a thorn in his flesh and asking the Lord to remove it in 2 Corinthians 12 and God’s response was that his grace was sufficient for him. There has been much speculation regarding what the thorn in Paul’s flesh was, but I won’t get into that in this post. My focus is on God’s grace being sufficient.

Anyone living with a chronic illness understands what it is like to want a cure, to be healed. Thankfully with modern medicine chronic conditions can be managed or helped somewhat, but not cured. There is no cure for many chronic illnesses.

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I know what it is like to live with pain and being grateful for the days with less pain. I know what it is like to live with fatigue the kind that; as wonderful as it is. coffee does not take away.

Paul wrote something else while living with his chronic condition in Philippians 3:

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me”

Pressing on is not easy but so worth it. By pressing on with Jesus, we experience so many joys along the way such as seeing lives change, seeing people come to know Jesus, seeing God at work.

Pressing on while living with a chronic illness and depending on God for daily, sometimes hourly, strength is something I respect in others due to experiencing it myself.

One of my fellow bloggers has a rare genetic condition called
Friedreichโ€™s Ataxia which causes her to need a wheelchair. However, she presses on to serve Jesus. Her name is Lily. You can read about her story in strength is not always literal. Her blog is retrospectivelily.com.

As my theme song for this week after Easter, Because He Lives, says, “Because he lives I can face tomorrow” Anyone living with a chronic illness who lives to serve Jesus like Lily does has a perspective that will encourage us to press on.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.