This Monday has a New Beginning


“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, For I have redeemed you.”
Isaiah 44:22
(photo Great Smokey Mountains National Forest/ Julie Cook 2011
When this picture was taken, it had been a dry Spring, unlike this year. These Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, along with the three honey bees seen in the picture, had gathered at a “wet” spot in the woods seeking moisture)

It’s another Monday morning


It may be another Monday morning… it may be difficult getting up, it may be difficult going to work or school, it may be difficult making the choices and decisions of this Monday– but always remember to take the time, looking upward, and recalling that “a shout of joy comes in the morning”
(Psalm 30:5)

Make ripples on the water


“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”
Mother Teresa

I pray that on this Monday you will not be afraid to cast a stone upon the waters before you, helping to create the necessary ripples of change. Change for the positive and betterment of those near to, as well as, far from you. Great power can come in very small packages as was witnessed in the life and actions of this tiny Albanian woman known to us as Mother Teresa. God has given us all gifts, I pray that we, you and I, discover how best to us them.
(painting by Julie Cook)