Saturday, May 21, 2016

Reminiscing and Time for a Change




In October of 2013, I began this blog a bit timidly. I called it Momsy's Musings. The above picture was the first one I used as a header. My first post was an About Me page which I accidentally deleted at a later time. I was really unlearned about blogging when I first started out. 

That same day I also wrote for Five Minute Friday, which was my first regular post. I was not very creative with the title - "My First Time Joining Five Minute Friday." It's interesting that the topic was write for that particular week, as I had recently started to write again. For many years all the writing I did was in journals. 

One of the first things I wrote that really whet my appetite for more writing was a guest post I contributed to my daughter's empathy series on her former blog. My article was entitled "A New Experience" which you can read by clicking on the title.




The swing in the picture above is where I love to spend time relaxing, listening to the sounds of nature and sometimes writing in a journal. I like to think those reading my words are joining me there as we talk and enjoy drinking a cuppa. I want to thank you all for being here with me. 

My goal for my blog has always been to try to encourage others and to bring glory to God. I thank Him for His grace and for all I have learned so far on my blogging journey. I will keep this blog for awhile, but I want to invite you to my new website where I will continue writing from my heart, sharing stories and thoughts, poems and artwork in hopes to encourage and inspire. 



Come join me at Words, Photos and Art!

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Literacy Musing Mondays

Welcome back to Literacy Musing Mondays! Take a look and add your family friendly blog posts to our linkup. Our guest poster today is Susan Chamberlain Shipe. She writes about the influence of one of her favorite books, the classic: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and shares her favorite quotes from this life changing book. I hope you enjoy.

A Look at a Life Changing Book: My Utmost for His Highest 

by Oswald Chambers

By Susan Chamberlain Shipe


In 1937, Chaplain to the United States Senate, Richard C. Halverson, was given a copy of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers; a new believer, Mr. Halverson began reading MUFHH every single day. 


"No book except the Bible has influenced my walk with Christ at such deep and maturing levels. Nor has any influenced my preaching and teaching so much. "The book's strength lies in its stubborn insistence on the objective reality of redemption as the only secure foundation. Today, subjective experience is often accepted as the criterion for authentic faith. In Chambers, I am constantly being reminded that the ground of faith and experience is the person of Jesus Christ. "Chambers makes the point that Christian faith is rooted in events. The historicity of the gospel is its validation. Propositional truth is important, but the basis of faith is always Jesus Christ Himself. "Through the years Chambers has kept me on course by bringing me back to Jesus. Believing Jesus, not just believing my beliefs about Jesus, is basic." Richard C. Halverson, Chaplain U.S. Senate 

In 1992, wife of one, Mother of three, Susan Chamberlain Shipe rededicated her life to her Lord and Savior, and was given a copy of My Utmost for His Highest. Every day for more than 20 years, I read this devotional, and I am here to say - there is not another devotional available that will take a disciple of Jesus Christ deeper into the truths of God's Word. Today, I want to share some of my favorite Oswald Chambers' quotes.

"When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but wait."

"Whenever there is doubt -- don't."

"We receive His blessings and know His Word, but do we know HIM?"

"God never gives us anything accidental. There is nothing easier than getting in a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want but only what He gives."

So many good things to read are available to us, but I encourage you to give Oswald Chambers classic book a chance! I truly believe you won't ever be the same! xo


Susan Chamberlain Shipe, a writer since the age of eight when she and her neighborhood friend wrote, edited, published, and distributed The Manor News. Things have changed since publishing with the five and dime stamp lettering set! Today, Susan enjoys blogging, writing short devotions, and short stories from her empty-nest home in the Appalachian Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern North Carolina, which she shares with her husband of thirty years, Lowell, and their beloved dog, Sam. Susan can be found musing several times a week on her blog: hopehearthome.com. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday's linkup. First let's  


Leslie@Forever Joyful
Gayl@Thoughts and Art from my Heart
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Tami @ThisMomsDelight

Now let's celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:
Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

The Coffee Mug Christian




Easy Christianity is buying a Christian coffee mug. But it’s not true Christianity. With this quote, my spirit was checked. Lydia delivers a must read post that will make you pray and check your heart. I hope you will stop by and read it. :)

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Better Together: Because You’re Not Meant to Mom Alone

by Tami of This Mom's Delight

In this review Tami shares with us the importance of having friends and being a friend specifically for moms but it can apply to all of our relationships in life. We need others for mutual encouragement along the way. She also shares a giveaway for this book which will be open for a few more days. Check it out!



Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often. :)


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Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  1. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  2. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or written with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  3. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger's post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone's posts. I know as a blogger, you know how it feels not receive comments, right. :) Plus, you could be honored as our Top Commentor if you submit your report to Mary! Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Don't Miss the Present


 Photo taken by me in North Carolina


This morning I was planning to meet with friends for breakfast. When I woke up I was still tired and the thought crossed my mind that maybe I'd just skip it and go back to bed. I'm so glad I just let that thought come and go! I think about what I would have missed if I had not gone.


We met at one of our favorite breakfast places, IHOP in Clemson, SC. There used to be six of us but we lost one last year as she unexpectedly passed away. We still miss her as she was sometimes the life of the party. A few of us arrived early today and one had to leave before everyone was there.


Two of us arrived about an hour later. So today for most of the time there were 4 of us and it was a precious time together. We've known each other for over 17 years and have homeschooled our children, watched some of them get married. Two of us now share a couple of grandchildren because my daughter married her son.


This picture was taken a couple of years ago when all six of us were there. 

We laughed, cried and shared memories and prayer requests and renewed our love for each other as sisters. We pray for each other and have been keeping in touch even more lately. It's a beautiful sisterhood.


This time was one of the most special we have had and I'm so glad I did not miss it!


When I first heard the prompt was the word miss I thought of a song by a group that is a favorite of mine. It reminds me to make the most of my time now, to be with friends, to look for beauty in ordinary things, to really live.


Instead of being preoccupied with the past or the future I want to be fully present right now.


The song is called “Don't Miss Now” by Downhere.



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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Literacy Musing Mondays


Welcome back to Literacy Musing Mondays! We are so glad you are here. It's fun to see what everyone will be linking up each week whether it is a book review, crafts, poetry, teaching resources, artwork or any inspiring blog post. We learn from each other and we encourage each other as we share our thoughts. 

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday's linkup. First let's


Leslie@Forever Joyful
Gayl@Thoughts and Art from my Heart
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Tami @ThisMomsDelight

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Now let's celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:


Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Meditations on The Name

By Michele Morin at Living Our Days



Michele reviews another inspirational book. This book examines the names used to describe characteristics of God. She writes another wonderful review of an important book you will want to add to your book shelves.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Sisterhood is Eternal

by Michele Morin at Living Our Days

In this post Michele reminds us of the importance of reaching out and working alongside other women. This not only helps us grow but helps to further God's kingdom in this world. She not only writes a tribute to a friend she lost, but shows us the "eternal sisterhood" down through the ages beginning with women in the Bible. A beautiful, heartfelt post!

Remember to check out other hosts' blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites.

Want to be the next to be featured? Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!



Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often. :)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or written with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger's post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone's posts. I know as a blogger, you know how it feels not receive comments, right. :) Plus, you could be honored as our Top Commenter if you submit your report to Mary! Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.
Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Animals, Sisterhood, Family and God

During the month of April I learned a lot of things. I found many unusual animals during my A to Z BloggingChallenge. A very interesting one is called an echidna.  I wonder if you can guess which animal it most resembles. If your curiosity is raised check out my post, E is for Echidna




Did you know it is possible to have joy and grief at the same time? I found it to be true as I was with my mom during her last days on earth. I wrote about it in this post – Life Can Be Hard.




More and more I'm realizing how we women are really a sisterhood linking arms across all barriers, joining together in solidarity and love with a desire to encourage one another wherever we are in our lives. These April articles at SheLoves by Michele Morin and Lisha Epperson, and my own prayer for unity inspired by Lisha's words speak of that sisterhood.



Now that spring is here I am reminded how much I enjoy sitting on the porch swing listening to the birds, the chimes, the carpenter bees... Wait, not so much the bees.




The importance of family has come back to the forefront of my mind. It's a priority to make time to be with those you love, because you don't know how long you will have each other. In my mother's things I found a small, lined journal with a Bible verse on each page. She had not used it, so I am now using it to record prayers and thoughts sometimes in response to the verse written there. Here is what I wrote in the front of it:

This will be my special prayer journal, for my mom, Gay Sanders, was a prayer warrior.


With sickness, losing my mom and dealing with all the legal stuff that comes afterward, this has been a difficult month. Often people have been very kind and helpful and I have had patience. Other times I have been frustrated and tense, complaining about all the red tape and wondering why people make things so hard.

But then I am reminded that God is always with me, giving me strength and peace. He forgives when I fail and His grace is always abundant. I am blessed with family members who care and are always ready to help when they can.  Both my mom's church family and our own church and friends have blessed us with their words and actions. They have shown much love. The following verse has definitely been true for me as I've walked through this month.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
(Psalm 46:1 KJV)

What about you? What have you learned during the month of April?



I'm linking up with: