Do We Have Some Fruit?


During the month of March, each of the 31 days on my FaceBook, I posted a “Kindness Tip.” I was encouraged to be more intentional in being kind to others. I will be listing those on my blog soon for those that don’t have FaceBook.   I was challenged by a friend to carry on with the tips, but, use the “Fruit of the Spirit” from the book of Galatians.

I had a plan with another project, but as I was reading through Galatians, I thought, I might give it a try. So, here we go…..

Reflections of Christ

When we see a tree and notice that it has apples on it, we say to ourselves, “that’s an apple tree!” We see the evidence with our own eyes of what kind of tree it is.



When we meet or see a Christian, we will hopefully, see the attributes of Christ.

In the New Testament Book of Galatians, we find where Paul wrote a letter to the Churches in the Galatia region. This message is also for churches in every generation. Paul has three main themes that he wants us to know and they are:

*Justification is by faith, not by keeping the Law;

*Christian freedom, which is freedom from the Law and freedom for service to God, is declared; and

*Guidelines for Christian living are given.

When you get to Chapter 5, verses 16-21, you read about the works of those that don’t live for Christ. When you reach verses 22-23, you find what we call the, “Fruit of the Spirit.” Many of us taught this to our children and helped them to memorize these verses. As adults, this is a good way to do a heart check and make sure we are truly walking in the Spirit of God.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is:









and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

For the next nine days we will take a look at each “fruit” listed and we can see how we are doing.

I hope you will join me as we can encourage one another to “Have a Heart Like His!”

In the mean time, I have homework for you.

*Read the entire book of Galatians. Don’t worry; there are only 6 chapters.

*Underline the verses in 5:22-23 and memorize.  If you have never memorized scripture before, this could be your first!

*Take note of verses 16-21; if any of the deeds listed, are in your life, you might need to work on those asap. Just sayin’.  (*yes, I’m talking to myself, too!)

Showing Kindness to the Homeless

If you follow me on FaceBook, you’ve followed along as I am sharing,  31 Kindness Tips, for the  month of March. Today, I wrote the following:

“Kindness Tip #11 – Yesterday I saw a man on the corner with a sign that said he was needing help. What struck me was how healthy and young he looked. It broke my heart as I passed in thinking that he had reached the point in life where he had to be on the street corner begging for money. Many times they have signs saying they will work for food. I don’t know about you, but I’m not taking anyone home and asking them to work and then feed them. I don’t think that is too wise. wink emoticon
What I believe to be the kind thing to do is to care and remember what my role is.
!. Have compassion. See what their life has become in the way of standing on a corner all day expecting to get money from people. That makes me sad.
2. Pray for them as I pass. I always wonder if they have children somewhere that know where they are. What must their life have been like growing up. Only the Lord knows where they have been. Pray that they can find their way.
3. Offer help. Give them money or food when I can. I don’t worry what they will do with it. When we give in Jesus name, we just give and trust that it will help.
4. I decided that I’m going to make some bags to carry in my car with some items that may help. I’ll use a large ziplock bag and put a water bottle, snacks, and some money. I’ll put the money in clear site in case they want to throw the bag away smile emoticon I’m also going to put a note of phone numbers to local shelters, police, etc. with quarters taped to it. Do pay phones still exist? I thought of a small Bible, but may just put a track in it instead.
With warmer weather coming, I’m sure the corner will be filled with opportunity to show kindness.
I know there are people out there who are not honest and are not safe. But, when someone looks right at you and is asking for help, how can we just ignore them? I’m responsible for me, not them….I want to have a kind heart, not a hard heart.”

I was determined to complete this project today.  I did and prayed over each bag and now they will go in a larger bag in my car.  Hopefully, they will be a welcomed gift for those that are on the streets asking for help.

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The items that I included in my gallon size Ziplock bags are:

1 Small Water Bottle (I wrote, Jesus Loves You! on the label)

1 Package of Hand Wipes

1 Protein Bar

1 Chapstick

1 Scripture Card

1 Track

1 Mini Bible (very small Bible with key scriptures in it)

1 $1.00 Bill

1 List of phone numbers/addresses for Police and area shelters with 2 quarters taped to it.

I wrote on the Ziplock bag, the words, “Someone Loves You!”

This is something small that I can do and maybe it will make a difference somehow.

I would love to hear what you have done or plan to do to show kindness to the homeless.


Intentional In Our Bible Reading!

Being intentional about spending time in God’s Word doesn’t come easy sometimes.  Especially, for people like me, who can procrastinate anything away.


Have you ever gone a long time without reading your Bible?  How did it make you feel?  Did you feel distant from God?  Were you constantly yearning to get into your Bible and hear from God?  That’s how I feel when I let the things in life get in the way of my time with God.

I am choosing to be intentional about my reading of the scriptures and memorizing the  verses that I want to hide in my heart.

Several years ago, I noticed the Bible that my sweet friend, Iris, had.  I asked if I could look through it and I loved what I saw. I tried to order one and they were no longer in print.  I wrote Rhonda Kelley, who is a co-editor of the Study Bible for Women. She happened to have one and I was able to purchase the Bible from her. She even wrote an encouraging note in it.  I have loved using this Bible.  Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley also edited the Old and New Testament Commentary for Women.

IMG_5647  I was so excited when I heard that the Old Testament Commentary and The Study Bible for Women are now available. I received my copies from Broadman Holman Publishers.  You can click here for more information on the Study Bible for Women.  Click here for information on the Commentaries.





Do you have a certain time and way that you study and read your Bible each day?

What kind of Bible do you use?

I enjoy reading the New King James Version.  I have other versions, but I alway go back to my NKJV.

Do you have a favorite version?

If you haven’t made reading God’s Word part of your daily life, I encourage you to begin today!

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)

Intentional About Weight Loss!



It’s that time again…..Weigh-In Wednesday!  Now that was a fast week!

I have heard of Nutrisystem for a long time.   I didn’t want to do a “program.”  I wanted to do it all by myself and not spend money or have to talk about it.  But, I was tired of thinking about it and coming up with my meal plans, etc.

I took the plunge; I ordered Nutrisystem!  I began last Tuesday (1-6-15)  My first week, I did what they call the Fast 5.  It is like a kick-start and you are supposed to lose 5 pounds and 1 inch in a week.  I had three meals a day along with an energizing shake and a protein shake.  I was worried about the taste of everything.   I thought it was all pretty good!  I stayed busy and I actually had a hard time fitting all the meals/shakes in each day, but I was determined.

When I weighed in after that first week, I had lost 6 pounds.  Yay!  I honestly thought I wasn’t going to lose anything because it felt like I was eating all the time.  Oh, how I needed to see that number on the scale!

Now on to week 2.  The eating plan is a bit different this week.  Basically, Nutrisystem just takes the thinking and the work out of planning meals.  No measuring, no deciding what to make…..just eat what you are supposed to and move on.  I’m liking this idea.

If I can offer any advice it would simply be, the second that you see that you are gaining some weight and you aren’t feeling good about it and your clothes are getting a bit tight…….do something about it.  Don’t put it off.  The longer you go, the harder and out of control it can get.

I gained my extra weight after having my second baby. (We won’t talk about how long ago that was)  I stayed busy with so many things except taking care of myself.  I encourage you to take the time to do what needs to be done to be fit and healthy, regardless what season of life you are in.


Learning to be intentional about weight loss!

Learning to be intentional about weight loss!


Are you being *intentional in taking care of you by being fit and healthy?  If so, that is awesome!  If not, this is the perfect time to get started. Find something that works for you and your lifestyle, today!

“…glorify God in your body…”  I Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV)

*Intentional is my word for 2015.

**By posting this, I’m being held accountable.  It is helping me to stay committed and intentional about my plan.  Wouldn’t it  be terrible if I scrapped this whole idea and tried something else?  Why would I think like that?  That is called “stinkin’ thinkin’!”  We must think positive!  Here we go………

I will see you back here next Wednesday with my report of “week 2.”

Friends Are Forever

May I introduce you to my friend, Karin Naylor?

I’m pretty sure the year was 2000.  Our family had moved to Edmond, Oklahoma with our family business.  We leased a house since we didn’t know how long we would be there.  It was a beautiful house and in a very nice neighborhood.  I loved living in Edmond.  The neighborhood didn’t seem too friendly, but I stayed busy with homeschooling, exploring the Oklahoma City area  and trying to get situated in a new church.    Other than the neighborhood, Edmond folks were very friendly.

Our daughter and I were interested in learning how to cook healthy and we found a co-op that you could order organic food from.  When I made the phone call to get information, little did I know that the lady that answered my call would turn out to be a dear friend who has inspired me for the last 15 years.

I drove to Karin’s house to pick up my order and she lived several miles outside of town on a ranch.  I was intrigued with her and her entire family.  Karin and her husband Scott have 9 children.  The talent in this family amazed me.  Everything from cooking, gardening, horses, chickens, wood working and they even had a family band.  We would go out and all the them would pull out their guitars and all kinds of instruments and do a concert for us.

I could talk forever about how amazing Karin is to me and all the ways that she has encouraged me with  her life.  I wanted to share her with you.  Enjoy my interview with Karin Naylor.


Beverly:  Karin, thank you for allowing me to introduce you to everyone.  Can you share a little bit about you and your family?

Karin:     I’m married to a wonderful Christian man, and I have 9 children and 3 grand-children. I started home schooling in 1985 when my second daughter was in 6th grade. We were not happy with several things that were happening at the school she was attending, and when my daughter brought home a very inappropriate book that her class was to read we confronted the principle about it. He stood up for the book, and consequently, we took her out of school in the middle of the year. The next year I also taught my son who was in 9th grade and my third daughter who was in third grade. I have never regretted our decision. Our family kept growing and we kept learning and in 1998 we started playing music together and traveled around sharing the gospel for about 10 years. My youngest son graduated from home school in 2008, and that is when I began learning to paint.

Naylor Band

Beverly:  Will you share how you became a Christian?

Karin:      My story with Jesus begins when I was married the first time. I was not raised in a Christian home, but I had a very wonderful childhood. My parents were good to my brother and me. I was influenced by the “peace and love” hippie movement in the late 1960’s/ early 70’s. When I was 19 I was in Europe traveling with a band and became pregnant with my first child. We returned to the US and got married a month before I was due. I gave birth to a beautiful little boy. When I was pregnant with my second child, my father died,and we moved to Hawaii where my mother lived. There we became involved in the New Age Movement, and with another couple moved to the Big Island to rebuild an old Buddhist temple in order to house some Buddhist teachers who were coming from Tibet. It was here that the marriage began to break up and we separated. I went back to my mother’s house with my two children. This was a very tragic time in my life and I don’t know if I would be alive today, except for my two first children and what Jesus did for me. My neighbor gave me Hal Lindsey’s book The Late Great Planet Earth …and after finishing the book I went to my bedroom and dropped down on my knees and asked, “Jesus, If you are real, please show me.” The whole room lit up and was glowing and I felt a warmth flood my body from head to toe. In front of me I saw a vision of Jesus’ face and I just knew that I knew that I knew that the Word was true. I went and found a Bible and could not stop reading it. A week later Hal Lindsey came to Honolulu and spoke in a large auditorium. My neighbor and I went to see him. When they called for the invitation to come to the front, I ran up to tell the world that I had been saved. This is how my journey began. There have been many ups and downs, but Jesus has always been faithful and true. He erased all the New Age religion from my mind and filled it with longing for Him and His ways.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. Psalms 40:2

Seeking the Lost Sheep
Beverly:  What has been your greatest joy in motherhood and what has been the hardest?

Karin:      I have always loved being a mother. My first child gave me a purpose in life. Each one is such a treasure to me. My greatest joy is seeing my children come to know Jesus in their own way, to watch and stand in awe at the incredible maturity they have spiritually. The hardest is when my children have turned from God. My first child turned 18 and told me he did not know if he believed in God or not, and to this day has refused Christ. One of my other sons was a prodigal for 6 years, and I am so praiseful that he has reconciled with us and with God. I began a ministry at that time called Mothers of Prodigals, and a blog Helping Hurting Parents of Prodigals. My heart goes out to parents with prodigals.

Beverly:  Did you have a role model growing up of a healthy marriage, motherhood and family life?

Karin:     My mother and father were great parents. My mom stayed at home with us. Being that my parents were not Christians my life was void of scripture, so I didn’t have a Christian role model in my growing up years.

Beverly:  What are your hobbies?

Karin:      There are so many things I love doing…gardening and art would have to be top on my list. I love picking bouquets of flowers from my garden and painting them. I also raise chickens and paint them too. :) I knit and occasionally spin on my spinning wheel. I have in the past been a song writer and musician in our family band.




Welsummer Sis ©2013 Karin Naylor

Beverly:  When did you become interested in painting?

Karin:      I’ve been interested in painting since the third grade when my teacher singled out a finger painting I had done and proudly showed it to the class. It’s amazing how much influence someone can have on your life. I remember trying out watercolors in my 20s after I became a Christian. I didn’t get serious about it though until my youngest child graduated from my home school which was about 6 years ago. I did take a watercolor class, then moved on to acrylics before I started experimenting with oils. Now I’m just really loving oil painting. I’m self taught, but some day I would love to take a class with the right artist at the right time and the right place. My goal is to glorify God with my paintings. As I am learning I have found that I love to be able to capture in art the joy of a moment in time, like a snowflake falling on an eyelash…

Snow Jewels

Beverly:  What does a typical day look like for you?

Karin:      I usually get up earlier than the rest of my family, so it is the perfect time to pray and read my Bible in quiet. We always have a Bible time together to start the day around 7:30 or 8. My husband started this when our children were little as we are told to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 So whether it is all of us, or just the two of us, we begin our day this way.

We still have a lot of young adults living at home, so everyone makes their own breakfast and gets off to work or whatever they are doing for the day. I usually try to do some kind of exercise in the morning either walking at the lake nearby if the weather is nice, or doing stretches and a video tape exercise, or garden chores. After the house quiets down, I do my daily cleaning chores and visit my 95 year old mom who is living next door. We usually chat a while and have coffee. Oh, and I almost forgot my chickens, they need to be fed and have their water.

Twice a year January and September I participate in Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days along with hundreds of other artists. So these 2 months I paint everyday. The rest of the time I try and put Thursday aside for my painting day. This last year having my mom come live with us has changed my schedule a lot. It has been a time of adjusting for all of us, and I have to say that it has not been easy. There are times when I am too stressed or depressed to paint. But I know the Lord is working on all of us to be more selfless and this is a good thing.

We all usually gather together for dinner at 6. My daughter is a gourmet cook and loves it, so I don’t have to worry about cooking, and we have delicious healthy meals. In the evening I catch up with my blogs and knit, or we might watch a movie. We haven’t had a television in our house for over 30 years, but we do have a screen that we can watch movies on.

My husband and I typically wait up until all the young adults are home and safe, and then we go to bed. I don’t know why it is always easier to sleep knowing they are all safe.

Beverly:  Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Karin:      I love the mountains. My in-laws had a vacation home in Colorado, so we were able to go up there a lot. Unfortunately they sold it, but the mountains will still be my favorite place to go.

Beverly:  What do you love the most about this season of life that you are in right now? And what is the hardest?

Karin:      I think a year ago I would have answered this in a totally different way. Things were pretty mellow then, and I was really enjoying being able to paint when I wanted. Then when my step-father died and my mom came to live with us life changed dramatically. I would say the hardest thing right now is dealing with aging parents who have dementia.

My greatest joys are my grandchildren.

Take My Hand ©2014 Karin Naylor

Beverly:  What would be your best advice from your life experiences that you would like to share with us?

Karin:        Everyone has hard times in their lives. One of the best things that I read years ago and still remember to this day, is from Elizabeth Elliott, “Do the next thing.”

Another great little saying to remember is to “Let go and let God!” His ways are not our ways… :) Isaiah 55:8

I would advise every Christian to follow after Jesus. Don’t put preachers or teachers up on pedestals – they are just people like ourselves.

Don’t seek after material things, but put God first in your life and He will supply all your needs and more.

Be content with what you have… determine what are wants and what are needs. He will provide all our needs.

Give, give and give some more…

One of my favorite songs with an incredible message is Blessings by Laura Story . Take a moment to read these lyrics, or listen to the song online. I think there is so much wisdom in this song…


We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Foot Washing

I love living the simple life… gardening, raising chickens, laughing with my grandchildren, walking with my daughters, having deep discussions with my sons, holding my husband’s hand as we walk through life’s journey, praising God for His salvation offered by the atoning blood of His son, Jesus. Jesus truly saved me from death – my life is an offering and these paintings are my praise offering of the talent that He has given me.


I think each believer is an epistle, a letter written by the Lord Himself. He is the one who orchestrates our lives. We can make mistakes, but He is there to turn those mistakes into good. Thank you, Beverly, for giving me the opportunity to share the epistle of my life.


My Website…

My Etsy Shop …

My paintings and note cards are available on my website, my Etsy shop and Aunt Gertrude’s House in Guthrie, Oklahoma

My Blogs…

Words of Life

Helping Hurting Parents of Prodigals

Rosemary, Lavender, and Thyme

Simply Painting

My Instagram…


Beverly:  Thank you so much, Karin, for sharing who you are.  I am so thankful to have you in my life and will continue to pray for you and especially as you go through this time with your mom.  What a gift you are to so many that are blessed to have you in their lives!


Will This Be The Year?



Intentional Weight Loss!

Since my word for 2015 is the word, Intentional; I am applying that to my weight loss efforts.  As intentional as I had planned to be, I was a day late in posting on my, Weigh-In Wednesday. Great start, isn’t it?  Hopefully, that isn’t a sign for how the rest of the year will be.

When I get to my goal, I will be so excited to eliminate, Weigh In Wednesdays!  I can come up with something else for that day. I’ll be thinking of something positive to replace it.  Hopefully, I don’t have much time, so I better start thinking of something.

Anyway, back to my main point!

I am on my third day of a program that I picked to try succeed at.

I don’t want to share what it is until next Wednesday.  By then, I will have been on it a week, give or take a day.   I will know that I am sticking to it by then, surely.

I’ve “tried” lot’s of things and only one was a success for me.  It was a lot of hard work, but oh, the payoff was wonderful!  Notice I said “tried.”  When I say, try, I mean tried a day or two and then went back to my old ways.  So, I can’t really say, that doesn’t work, or this doesn’t work.  I believe anything will work if we do it.  That is where I come in……as Nike says, “Just Do It.

That is my post for this Weigh-In Wednesday.  If you think about it, pray that I have the tenacity to stick to this thing!  I can’t wait to share it with you next week.  If I know I have to report, I may work harder as being strong this week!

I’m using the scripture that speaks of the Fruit of the Spirit.  

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

Self-control is obviously my target in this verse for this week.

Is there a certain Fruit of the Spirit that you work harder at than the other’s?


Speaking of fruit; I need to go have an apple. ;)


2015! I’m Ready!


2015!  I’m Ready!  (well, sort of)

I’m in the middle of putting away my Christmas decor.  This is the part where I start second guessing myself wondering if I’m a bit out of control.  I think I know the answer to that.  Yes, I am.  I love Christmas with all the lights and glitter and specialness that goes on.  My vacuum cleaner thinks it has landed on Planet Glitter.


This was the year that I was going to go through all of my ornaments and get rid of things I’m tired of or just don’t work for me.  I ordered a ton of containers to sort by color.  After 17 plus containers, I’m a bit overwhelmed.  I still have a counter full of things that I don’t know what to do with as far as storing.  I have a huge closet in our garage that is for my Christmas.  My sweet hubby went in there and organized all the shelves for me (he is the master packer).  Even though I was scared he would be rough in stacking, etc.  I just decided, if it breaks, it breaks, didn’t need it anyway.  Except, for that cute cupcake Radko ornament I got this year…


I have my labels ready to print.  I may work on it all during the summer when it’s nice and warm out there.  I thought it would be so nice to hire someone to come in fix everything for me.  Then I thought, (I’m spending more time thinking than anything), that is a good sign you are in too deep when you need to hire someone to help with Christmas decorating, organizing etc.

All of this “thinking” has brought me to my next subject.

My Word For 2015!

I’ve never picked a word for the year, but I am this year.  My word for 2015 is…..drumroll…..


The meaning of intentional is:

done by intention or design

I love the synonyms for the word intentional:

conscious, deliberate, intended, knowing, purposeful, purposive, set, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful), witting

Let’s see what intention means:

in·ten·tion noun \in-ˈten(t)-shən\
: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose
: a determination to act in a certain way :

I am a fairly easy going person and I love life. I also am a procrastinator.  I can put things off and get to it tomorrow or the next day.  But, not any more!  I’m going to be more intentional in my living and hopefully will accomplish some things that I have been putting off until tomorrow.

I’m also thinking I’m on the verge of being a perfectionist.  But, not in a very good way.  I will put things off until everything is perfect.

Here are a few of my latest excuses:

 I will walk my 3 miles but only when the weather is perfect.

 I will play tennis when the wind isn’t blowing (In West Texas that is rare.)  

I will organize my closets when the rest of the house is perfect.  

I will read my Bible when I have everything done.  

This will be a struggle, but I’m determined.  Maybe, I should have chosen determined for my word?  Maybe next year.

Have you ever had a scripture for the year?  I thought about it, but I decided there are too many scriptures that I need to apply to my life throughout the year.  Today, I will leave you with this verse:

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 NKJV

Well, I’m ready, are you?  Do you have a word for the year?

The End of the Christmas Tour for 2014

Decorating done!  Now to enjoy…..


Isn’t it fun that we can decorate and enjoy all the festivities at this time of year?  How thankful I am to know that, Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

May you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!!

Leopard And Glitter!

Christmas In The Entry!

I love having a tree in the entry.  I always decorate a fall tree and then switch it all over to Christmas after Thanksgiving, or as in this year, before Thanksgiving due to a full calendar and didn’t want to get behind.

The entry is the easiest room to decorate…

Merry Christmas!