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Review:Morning Prayers…

365 Pocket Morning Prayers
Dave Veerman

mornprayIf you are wanting help with starting your day with prayer this little book will do just that. 365 Pocket Morning Prayers is a small book with a prayer for each day of the year. Each day has a few words to telling you what the day’s prayer is about, a scripture verse for direction, and a short prayer to get you started.

The days are numbered not dated so you can begin at any time with any day. At the back of the book there is a Topical Index to use if you prefer to find a prayer related to where you are and about what you want or need to pray. I usually read the day page but have used the index to find specific prayer topics. The prayers are written in a personal way that for me makes the prayer more meaningful, although there are some that I do not easily relate to.

The book is small and nicely bound. The readings are short and easy to read, yet have a depth to them that helps start your personal conversation with God. This would make a nice gift not only for one who has a prayer habit but for someone new to prayer or someone struggling to pray every day.

This book was sent to me compliments of Tyndale House Publishers in return I have written this review.


Posted in 52 Weeks of Gratitude, crochet, Grateful

Talents and gifts…

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge
week 14 prompt
A Talent You Have

A talent I have is doing needlework.
I can sew, embroider, cross-stitch and crewel, knit, and crochet.
I learned to do all these as a child.
I learned to sew in school home-ec classes.
The rest I was taught by my grammas.

My favorite is crochet.
I enjoy crocheting, it is relaxing and meditative.
Whenever I make a gift I pray as I crochet
for the person who will receive it.


I am grateful for my grammas and all they taught me.
Crocheting being just a small part of the knowledge they shared.

Image: flickr

Posted in memories, Monday

Monday, Gramma memories…

babushka cat 2009-12
Image by JohnGiez- via Flickr

Today is Monday, November 29, 2010


I have been thinking about my grammas.  They were two very different women in looks and temperament.  They had a few things in common though.  They both were generous but frugal.  They did not spend money on something that they could make or on anything that they felt wasn’t needed.  The gifts they gave were usually practical things that could be used.  Both of them gave a lot of food to everyone and anyone who was hungry–whether they knew them or not.

Another thing they both did was give away what they knew.  They gave advise–asked for or not–and always thoughtfully and kindly–never in a bossy or arrogant way.  What you did with their advise was up to you–there was no “I told you so” in their vocabulary.

Both women taught–not in school–but lessons for everyday life.  One gramma taught me how to do laundry and how to crochet.   The other gramma taught me how to dust and how to embroider.  I still enjoy crocheting and needlework and I don’t mind laundry and dusting–at least not much.  Both taught me a bit about baking and that a nap every day is good for you

The best lessons I learned from my grammas were taught by both– that love can be unconditional, listening is a gift, and pray everyday.

Oh, and they both taught me not to scratch my butt or pick my nose in public–what you do when you are by yourself in the bathroom is up to you.