The word for this Friday is Build, and I’m linking today with Five Minute Friday.

From the time my 15-year-old father built a milk house attached to the front of the huge red barn, he knew he wanted to build things up and not tear them down. He wasn’t meant to be a farmer, but those farm skills he carried forever, and never stopped planting until the end of his life.

My Dad

As a wife and mother, I built up love, a comfortable home (no matter where we were), and built in my children the sense of a job well done. We invited missionaries for dinner, church members, and extended family, to build up lives. We wanted to show how to build up the faith, without preaching at them, and letting them see it was a natural part of our lives.

Building up starts with love given to the lives of others. One life at a time we build friendships that never fade, always coming alongside one another when the road is rough.

We may never realize how we have affected another person’s life, but we aren’t doing it for points or stars. We are building up because the love of God compels us.

Be a builder in the lives of others, be positive when life throws tomatoes. And thank God for the grace that comes in hard times.


As We Bumble Along in Life…

Every morning you’ll hear me at it again.

Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life

On your altar

And watch for fire to descend.

Psalm 5 MSG



And here I am, your invited guest—

It’s incredible!

I enter your house; here I am,

Prostrate in your inner sanctum,

Waiting for directions

To get me safely through enemy lines.

–Psalm 5 MSG



But you, GOD, shield me on all sides;

You ground my feet, you lift my head high,

With all my might I shout up to GOD,

His answers thunder from the holy mountain.

Psalm 3 MSG


Could  I give thanks all day long if I tried hard enough? I have a pretty good life, living in America. But even here the clouds are gray at times, and downright tragic other days. We can’t give up hope as long as God gives grace to us…and He never stops.

I’m so thankful that when I blunder that there is no physical mark on me that says: stupid, inconsiderate, unfeeling, or prejudiced. Even so, my heart hurts to have it undone, taken back.

At church yesterday, I heard the word grace described as ‘God leaning‘ towards us. In turn we thank Him, and it is as if we are leaning back.

This week as we give thanks, let us lean towards others with love, kindness, and careful words.