A Note

Good morning,

I usually share a meaningful link with you on Sunday mornings, but I’ve been on vacation this week, including a break from spending time on the internet, so I got nothin’!

So can we just chat? I’m sitting here in my pajamas at 5:24 a.m., and my hair is a mess. I’m going to eat my normal bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats and then crawl back under a quilt on the couch to catch a few more zzzz’s. Then I plan on a looooong cup of coffee and time with the Lord this morning. My family vacation was great this last week, but it didn’t allow for soaking in time with God. I find that the more disciplined I become in spending time with him every day, the more I feel starvation if I can’t.

This week I have big plans to do laundry, pay bills, and weed the potatoes. My girl has some time off this week, so I’m thinkin’ we should have a date. She didn’t think weeding the garden was a good idea, so I’ll have to come up with something else…

And what about you? How is your daily time with the Lord going? Any exciting plans this week? What’s your favorite cereal? I wish I could invite you over for a fudgesicle and get to know you. How about leaving me a comment instead? I’d love to hear about your life. Sometimes it gets a bit lonely at this laptop, and I wish I could see your face.

I went to church last night and took a heavy concern to God. Would you believe that preacher husband of mine spoke straight at the question in my heart? If you have yet to attend church this weekend, I pray the same for you -that God will intimately speak to your deepest needs and questions. He sees what’s inside you.

To quote Paul, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father.” (Colossians 1:2 NIV)




  1. trixiejo302 says:

    Hi Christy! I think I’m caught up again on the blog reading. Yay! I hardly ever eat any breakfast so I can’t speak to a favorite cereal; although that is one area of my life that I’m trying to improve. I’m learning how important good nutrition throughout the day really is. Hmmm, imagine that, Mama was right ………….. again!!

    I could tell you all about my life and who I am but we’d be here all week. I’m a wife, mother of one teenaged daughter, a daughter myself, a sister, an aunt and a friend. Without overloading your website completely………..that’s all I’ve got. 🙂 Keep writing, Christy. I love reading your inspiring words. Hugs!

    1. It’s okay, I eat two breakfasts because I’m such an early riser -one at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning (sometimes earlier -ugh) and one around 9:00, so I’m making up for you. 🙂

  2. Nella Parrish says:

    Well I took last week off as well, so catching up on work – YIKES! BUT plan to get outside and kayak this week. My brother gave me his inflatable – so I am water worthy again! Yeah! I find it is hard to stay disciplined while traveling in my connection with God ~ did better, but I need work in this area. I love fudgesicles!

    1. Kayaking! That’s on our list of adventures this summer. Our friends bought some, so we’re hoping to give it a go. I love to be on the water, and I told my husband I thought that would be a good investment when we’re empty nesters in a few years. We’re surrounded by so much water here in Kalispell -seems a shame not to get out and enjoy it more often.

      I’m saying a prayer for you this morning -that God will help you develop that discipline of spending time with him. I think it’s something we have to work on constantly.

      Thanks for sharing!

      1. Nella Parrish says:

        Kayaking is such a peace full thing! It is wonderful and quite! There is a never ending supply of places to go just in our area let alone Montana! Thanks for your prayers – sending them your way as well!

  3. Hello Chris,

    I’ve been going through the book of Ephesians lately (my husband has been preaching through it on Sundays too) and it’s been fresh and good for my soul. We rarely have cold cereal around here, although the boys are rather fond of Cheerios if their dad does the shopping. 🙂

    I’d definitely enjoy sharing a fudgesickle with you and I’m probably the only one in my family who truly likes weeding, so I’d be quite happy to help you in the potato patch.

    Tomorrow is one little boy’s 11th birthday, so that’s an exciting event for our week.

    Grace and peace to you too, my friend!

    1. Oh my, you bring a hoe to my potato patch, and I’ll supply as many fudgesicles as you can eat!

  4. Well, Christy, I’m partial to Raisin Bran Crunch most days, Lucky Charms the days I can get by on just sugar. I haven’t had a fudgesicle in a long time and maybe I need to introduce them to my kids, although they seem to find my childhood faves less satisfying than I did. A fudgesicle was a treat with a capital T around my house because I was the only one who liked them; I was the only child there, too. Maybe that’s part of it; I didn’t have 3 other kids with whom to discuss the qualities of the fudge bar.
    Plans for the week: my oldest girl will go with the in-laws for a visit to our stomping grounds in Alabama, my son and twin girls will stay here and celebrate the birth of said twins. I find it harder to buy presents for these girls than for my older kids when they were the same age. I’m not good at giving gifts in general and a list is a tremendous help, but their lists are very short and vague. Maybe that’s a good thing. I have a light week in regards to commitments, for this I am very thankful.

    Lately my daily time with the Lord seems to reflect the far reaches of an ocean. In the morning I am quiet, fingering His word and wondering if the things I’m thinking are the whispers of His voice; the waves are gentle, caressing, reassuring. By afternoon I’m wondering if those earlier whispers were just my own thoughts as the power they held a few hours before seems to have waned dramatically; those gentle waves have given way to whitecaps. Being in my 40s and daily confronting the changes a woman’s body faces, I wonder if the up and down emotions are a physical battle that my spirit is dragged into, if my ocean is experiencing not only winds above the surface but underwater volcanoes as well – ha! no pun about hot flashes intended. Then comes the evening; husband is home and dinner is almost ready, the young woman from church is sitting at the island watching me cook as she tediously explains the science behind every dish I make (something I did find fascinating a few months ago), and the boy-man body my son is inhabiting is bemoaning the soup he will find unsatisfactory for meeting his energy needs. Those waves are either high and strong or low and choppy, either way, they’re treacherous. Morning’s gentle reassurances try to find their way to the surface, but they’re cut up pretty quickly; my mind can’t combat the onslaught of noise. Noise… I’ve asked the Lord to make me speechless for a few days before (to which He has responded, “No, it will be better if you learn to control your tongue.) I wonder what He’d say if I asked for a few days of hearing loss. I gotta feeling He’d tell I need to learn to really listen, morning and evening.

    So that’s me, a new reader of “off the shelf” and one who rarely posts comments to the few blogs she follows. Guess today just caught me at the right time, paddling along and needing to share. Thanks for the opportunity to do that.

    1. This is BEAUTIFUL. I’ve read it twice -maybe you should be writing your own blog? I love the image of the ocean waves as the day goes along. Isn’t that true about us girls and our emotions. I do hear you about the physical effects of the 40s! I also relate to not being good at buying gifts (which is sad, since I come from a family of incredible gift givers. Sigh.) And I understand the teenage boy not being happy with the soup, as mine will take the last bite of a half-pound burger and ask what else there is to eat! (How can we possibly keep up?

      Thank you so much for letting me into your world. You have no idea what a gift it is, to get to know you. Please comment again and keep me company!

      And I pray that sweet power of the Lord’s morning words will stay longer and longer until there is no break in them.

  5. Eloise Mycroft says:

    Just being you – I loved it!

  6. Valerie Gibson says:

    Thank You for Your words, I too have been away, and trying to get back into my daily routine.
    I so enjoy Your Blog and Pray for You and Your words. Have a Great Sunday, I’m on My way to Hear the God’s Word this beautiful Sonshine Day.

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