One common, very intense emotion is fear. Fear is useful for many situations in life. Fear of a wild animal or a hot fire is to act responsibly. To be sure there are fearful moments in this life. But God does not want us to live IN fear. The message all through the Bible is: … Continue reading Expecting

A Little Seasoning

Last post I introduced “Karpós” which is the Greek word for fruit. And in the New Testament the book of Galatians gives a full list of the fruit we can expect to grow from our time under the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Thinking of Thanksgiving and all that goes into the preparation of the … Continue reading A Little Seasoning


Are you struggling to find something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Sometimes we just need reminders of the many blessings sent from above. They really are not hard to uncover when you think about it. Just a few hundred years ago, disease was the norm, and many diseases were not controlled by wearing … Continue reading Karpós

October “Thanks-Living”

I find so much editing that needs to be done when I re-read one of my post, laugh out loud! So this older post has been given another update, but the message of THANKS-LIVING hasn’t changed!

The Scarlett Road

“October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.” — John Sinor

What type of book draws you in: A mystery, a romance novel, maybe a western, or an exciting biography? I like a variety, but I mostly land in books of Bible doctrine and devotional in nature so that God’s Word is central. Each time I dive into the pages where truth can be found, I find new strength for the day. With such hard life experiences, I find the Psalms bringing that encouraging message to keep going.  Psalm 118 richly records God’s mighty deeds “classified as a messianic thanksgiving psalm…written with a prophetic anticipation that finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Specifically, it looks ahead to the Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, his rejection by the nation, his crucifixion on the cross, and his…

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Seeing & Savoring, October!

You satisfy me when you shine at the center of my soul! I praise you for another October to radiate your glory!

The Scarlett Road

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~Jim Bishop

1400511_10203131001581845_3669064813425195167_o.jpgThis picture, a vivid visual of what makes autumn “POP!” was taken at the Farmer’s Market a few years ago. A perfect place to inspect your favorite flavor of apples, scan for those yummy pecans, peruse mounds of beautifully colored Mums and pick the best pumpkins for decorating your porch. But even more rewarding at this time of year with shortened days is to not shorten our time with “seeing and savoring” our Savior. This indeed is where we reap the greatest satisfaction.

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than…

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Refreshing October!

In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief

The Scarlett Road

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall –F. Scott Fitzgerald

Memories of trick or treating bring me back to my small, Louisiana hometown where you knew everyone and everyone knew you. You didn’t wonder if it was safe to eat a homemade treat that had been dropped in your bag. One of my favorite treats, besides popcorn balls from the Fishers, were candy apples. Oh! How I loved candy apples! Since becoming an adult I crave caramel apples sprinkled with peanuts! With Halloween approaching, I’m planning what to hand out to all those ghosts and goblins, or batmen and princesses that will flock to our door. Our little neighbor boy has been donning his batman costume for a couple of weeks now, trying it out. Those that know us will certainly get something homemade, maybe even a popcorn ball!

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I Was Made For October

A great time of the year to get cozy and spend some much-needed time with the Lord!

The Scarlett Road

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are OCTOBERS—Anne of Green Gables1520759_10201305621588486_1943379527_n

October has always been my favorite month – crisp air, leaves raining from the trees, colorful mums, funny scarecrows and large pumpkins. When I was a kid, I looked forward to “trick or treating” in my small town especially at the home of the Fishers where homemade popcorn balls were the treat. Now, I look forward to decorating, eating everything pumpkin, a bonfire and roasting marshmallows with our grands, black cake, watching “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and of course, going to the Fair (previously the Kansas State Fair and currently the NC State Fair). But the real reason I love October certainly has to do with it being my birthday month, not to mention a baby’s birth the day before MY birthday, in 1990.

I also find it a grand time to hunker…

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A Fast Completed and a Birthday Celebrated!

Last month was such a blessing! A powerful reminder that God’s Word never runs out of fuel, never disappoints, and is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). It can never be exhausted! It is never irrelevant! It is applicable for every situation!   Morning by morning throughout the month of September (September Fast, 2022), God awakened … Continue reading A Fast Completed and a Birthday Celebrated!

September Fast Finale

Throughout Scripture God allows challenges, setbacks, and negative scenarios because it’s against the backdrop of impossibilities that His beauty shines through. –Tony Evans, Pathways-Lessons from Esther, From Providence to Purpose And so, it is for us, in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, God is waiting to display His glory! We are His sheep (John … Continue reading September Fast Finale

September Fast Done Purposefully

This month has been a purpose-filled journey! While fasting and spending time in prayer, I traveled through a portion of the life experiences of the Jews as many of them are captives in the Persian Empire. Along with the study book Pathways—Lessons from Esther, From Providence to Purpose by Tony Evans, I gained a greater … Continue reading September Fast Done Purposefully