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SPARROW BOOK COVER 3“You are worth more than many sparrows.”

(Matthew 10:31)

After dropping Mama off for her dialysis treatment this morning, I spent a few minutes thanking God for everything that He’s done and continues to do for my family and me.  My mama has had a hard life, but God has had His eyes on her every step of the way.

As some of you may know, I am working with her on writing her autobiography.  This is a picture of the cover that I designed and created thanks to a great free online photo editor called PIXLR.  Mama and I are having so much fun working on this project.  Since it’s still a work in progress, I don’t yet have an exact release date, but I’m hoping for later this year, 2015, or the early part of next year, 2016.

Mama has had several close encounters with death, but she is still enduring.  There was a particularly scary situation nearly two years ago when we came extremely close to losing her, and the ER physician said we got her to the hospital just in time.  So I thought there could be no better title for her book than HIS EYES ARE ON THE SPARROWS.  Something happened that night that, although it wasn’t funny at the time, my family and I now occasionally talk about it and laugh.  And I’ve threatened Mama that if she does not share it in her book, I will :).

The staff at the dialysis center where Mama goes for her kidney treatment takes very good care of her.  Not only is she forever grateful to them, but so are my family and I.  And knowing everything she’s been through, nobody can tell me that God does not answer prayers and keep His eyes on the sparrows.

As always, this is from my heart to yours,


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PRAYERAs I’m getting ready to wind down my day, I wanted to write a brief post about counting our blessings.  My day started out on a pretty good foot.  Later as I was on my way to pick up Mama from dialysis, I was listening to the radio and heard 97.5’s Radio Host Carol Blackmon say something that I had no idea would echo in my head again before the day was over.  What she said was simple yet so profound:  “Count your blessings, not your problems.”  Being the sentimental person that I am, I was deeply touched by her words.

As the afternoon progressed, things started going downhill.  Series after series of problems started occurring, and as a result, my stress level went from 0 to 10.  Anyway, to make a long story short, when I finally got back home around nine o’clock tonight, as I uttered a blessing to thank God for the food I was about to eat, Carol’s words popped into my head.  I briefly went over with God some of the things that had gone wrong throughout the afternoon when I suddenly realized that the end result could have turned out a whole lot worse than it had.  After all, my family and I are still alive, we have everything we need to sustain us in life, and there are so many other people in the world who are suffering far worse than I.

I know now that God had me hear Carol’s words for a reason.  He knew that something was going to happen that would have me so consumed with anxiety that I would need to remember to count my blessings, not my problems.  He always gives us exactly what we need when we need it.  No, He doesn’t always act when and how we want Him to–but as my mama taught her children, “He may not come when you want Him, but He’s always right on time.

And no, I’m still not feeling on top of the world, but no longer do I feel as though I’m down under it.  Tomorrow’s another day, and hopefully, a better day.  But as I’ve learned, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.  I have enough to deal with already without worrying about what tomorrow and the next day(s) will bring.  So instead of worrying about all the problems that might occur, with God’s help, I’ll handle each problem as it arises.  (Matthew 6:34)

Good night, and as always, this is from my heart to yours!  🙂


(Woman Praying Courtesy Of Clip Art)