Thursday, October 6, 2016


What a shame! It has been almost 4 months since I posted on here! Busy... busy summer at the B&B! It was so good with guests from all over the world, including Dubai, Singapore, Italy, Holland, France, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain, Latvia, Belarus, Mexico & multiply US states too! What a thrill it is to meet all these people!

I played around a little in my craft area today & this is what I created... a great reminder to be thankFUL! This is a 4x4 canvas I had in my stash!

Getting ready to go to a women's retreat this weekend... the theme is Increase Your Bloom Ability. The speaker is Cheri Strange. I have never heard her speak, but I am looking forward to it!

"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" ~ Psalms 46:10

I have led & spoke at our women's retreat the last 2 years... so this is going to be an interesting, but good time for me to just "BE"! Can't wait!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Just grateFUL..

The Inn is getting oh so busy! We dreamed of running a bed & breakfast & now the bed & breakfast has us running!!! That's ok though... we are loving it! If you get a chance checkout our website Shining Light Inn.

We are still working on finishing the backyard pond & waterfall, but we already have a resident living there... say "Hello!" to the pond frog... posing so nicely!

I just wanted to encourage you with a quick post to tell you... whatever you are going through... God is using it to strengthen your heart! Lean in to Him! He will not fail you!

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28

Friday, April 8, 2016


Just like most people... life has just been so busy! I have been neglecting my craft area in the house! Only doing what needs to be done "craft-wise" as the need approaches. I feel like a failure when it comes to relaxing with creativity! That has to change!!!

My hubby gave me a journal Bible for Valentine's Day... yes 2 months ago! I joined 2 different groups on FB where the ladies are expressing themselves & their faith in beautifully, creative ways! I want to do that too... but I've let fear of screwing up keep me from it... until now!

This morning I came across this verse: "You have kept a record of my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. They are already in Your book." ~ Psalms 56:8  I knew this was the verse for me to stop procrastinating & put the image in my mind onto paper! So here it is...

I had to acknowledge verse 9... "God is for me." Verse 10... "Praise Him." Verse 11... "Trust Him" & "No fear."

It is very basic & simple... this is so out of my comfort zone! Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Cost?

Lots of winter going on in Michigan... but that is okay... it is January! Right?

Just wanted to share this blog post with you all... click HERE

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Stirred Not Shaken...

It is 2016! How is your new year going so far?  Just a few days in… I pray it is going good!  This year I found a year ending and a new year beginning to be a little depressing.  Not really sure why… has anyone else felt that way?  I love every moment God gave me in 2015, and I am looking with anticipation to each day He presents before me in 2016.  2015 was a big year for us… lots of good stuff happening… our first summer with the B&B officially opened, my 50th birthday, Luke & my 25th wedding anniversary, my baby sister got married! Those memories & milestones are so precious to me! It was a year of celebration! So what happened to sour the way of thinking about 2015??? Although the past year was not all “cherries and rose petals” but each step I took, I had to keep trusting God, & He brought me through.

The last few years there has been an important word or two that has been significant in my life for that year. Most of the time it took me awhile to catch on that it was a word that was purposely given to me. So this year I decided to pray about a word to live by in 2016… God has stirred up the word, “FAITH,” in me! I know as a follower of Christ that should be a no brainer, right? But it is about going deeper in my faith… God has really been stirring things up in me… stirring is not always the most comfortable feeling, would you agree?  There are so many uncertainties in my life right now, but the one thing that is for certain is my FAITH & God’s faithfulness!

Do you have dreams that you let go long ago?  Has circumstances taken you off course?  Is there a huge “wall” in front of you leaving you feeling defeated?  Have you received a promise from God that has fallen by the wayside in your mind?  Maybe this very moment is the time to pray and ask God if He would stir up that thing in you again.  FYI…Do NOT do it unless you are ready for the stirring to begin! It could be going back to school for your degree… getting married… starting a family… going into business… ???  You know what that thing is for you.

Stirring is a time that will test (grow) your faith… BIG time!  When you are making a cake you put all the ingredients in and then you must stir it to make all those individual items turn into a cake.  I am sure if an egg had feelings it would not be thrilled when it is being whisked into the batter, but stirring is the way to get the end product.  I feel it is kind of the same when God starts stirring.  You may not be thrilled either!  I have said things like, “God, my life is good… I am comfortable right where I am.” Or, “Is my faith really strong enough?”  Or, “I am afraid.”  What God has shown me through this is that He brings these times into our lives to push us to rely on Him more… His strength, His mercy, His grace. 

It says in James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  Stirring… pure joy???  Umm, that may not be your first thought on that, but know that  each step you do take in faith brings more joy.  You will never persevere if you never take the first step!

I challenge you to keep moving forward, but glance back and see all that God has brought you through.  Remembering where you were to where He has brought you is always a faith builder.  Stand up to His stirring in you.  Trust that if He has stirred up something in you He will give you exactly what you need to complete it.  Choose to live in His truth and promises.

Father God, Forgive our unbelief.  I pray that whatever you are stirring up in each one of us would produce the faith we need to let You be BIG in our lives.  I pray the desire of each heart is what You have placed there.  Let the thoughts, dreams, and visions be what You, Heavenly Father, want for us. Shield us from the darts of the enemy… take fear far from us.  Grow our faith as we accomplish what You have set before us.  Praising You for who You are… what You have done and are going to do.  In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Learning in the Waves of Life...

Windy... windy... here in Ludington on the Lake Michigan shoreline! We got up this morning, packed up some breakfast & went down to the lake to check out the big waves & have a "picnic". Gorgeous & terrifying all at the same time!
It is also a little “flakey” here in Ludington today! And of course the complaining has started on social media! I love the season changes… if I didn’t I would not live in Michigan! If we don’t have winter then we will never get to springtime! If the season of dying off never comes then we would not have new life! No matter where we are in life’s circumstances we have to have the time of letting things… well, die, for lack of a better word.
One of the great things of life is you never stop learning! One of the crumby things of life is… you never stop having to learn! I will admit… I have been going through some rough waters lately! I love to plan! I love to feel secure! I love to know how things work & how thing will work out! So right now I am in a big stage of really learning what it means to live by faith! I can talk a good story & I can encourage people with the words, “Walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) It is always easier to say it than do it!
I was having a long, tearful conversation with my hubby about the unknowns of our situation… his being unemployed, trying to start a new business, & the B&B’s slow season. I told him I have a heart to be obedient, but I just need to know what it is I’m supposed to be doing! I don’t even know the question, so how can I know the answer at this point!!! My wise hubby said, “It is taking it one step at a time & making sure to praise God at every step!” So now what I am learning is to remember to praise God! It is my heart of gratitude that will change my attitude!
In Hebrews 11: 1 it says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I know where my hope lies… if I can trust God with my soul… can’t I trust Him for my circumstance??? I love that in verse 3 of this chapter, it goes on to talk about how the whole earth & universe, all that we can see, was created by God, who we can’t see! Wow! The vastness of His power! Just thinking about that puts peace in my heart!

Praising Him!