• Inspiration

    Trust and Obey

    Trust and Obey, There’s No Other Way

    trust and obeyThis was one of the first songs I learned as God’s love was poured out on me when I became a follower of Christ.  One thing that I learned  early on was to obey the Holy Spirit when He prompted me, without excuses, presumption, or reasoning.  There is not enough to be said about the blessings, favor, and ecstatic joy that comes with our surrender to His every word.  To obey the Lord you need to know Him, it takes trust to step out in faith to what He says; that His word is true and you can always rely on His wisdom and love for you.

    When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.
    • Refrain:
      Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
      To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
    Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.
    Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.
    But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
    Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.    -John Sammis  1 887

    1 Samuel 15:22 – Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…

    Ps. 84: 11-12 – The LORD will give grace and glory;
    No good thing will He withhold
    From those who walk uprightly.   O LORD of hosts,
    Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

    Isa. 50:10 – Who among you fears the LORD
    and obeys his servant?
    If you are walking in darkness,
    without a ray of light,
    trust in the LORD
    and rely on your God.


  • Art


    Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

    But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
    Titus 3: 4-7


    kindness 2We can’t comprehend the kindness of God, our minds and hearts miss how much His unfathomable kindness envelops our lives every day.  If we only knew the perpetual workings and devotion that He spends on us, we would be overwhelmed (even undone) by it.  When we see how our lives are arranged and how much we benefit from His love and kindness, we would realize that He is forever pouring out His grace and mercy on us, despite our short comings and ungratefulness.

      “He is the kindest person I ever met…” – Graham Cooke

  • Refurbishing

    Dresser Redo

    Finally Finished Dresser

    I finished the dresser I promised. I have been working on so many projects right now; besides the busyness of having a plethora of out-of-town guests, planning our vacation (more on that later), remodeling the kitchen, bedrooms, baths, and updating baseboards and paint, and dealing with emergency trips out of town due to a loved one’s failing health.  I think this has been the busiest summer ever!


    This is a totally grainy shot though it gives you an idea of how the “after” turned out.  You notice my 2014 Vision board (from the post: https://www.theonething1721.org/vision-2014/ ) and some other things dear to my heart in my office; the framed menu from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki from the 50s, (my favorite breakfast there was the pancakes with coconut syrup – yum), my grandmother’s shadow box, and my carved marble lamp.

    dresser hardwareThis dresser wasn’t that hard to refinish;  just some sanding, primer, and paint, but the hardware makes a huge difference on the upgrade, don’t you think?.  My biggest problem was time, I’ve had to work on projects either early morning or late at night, though I am determined to finish all my plans by the end of my September deadlines.  Then it is off to finding “new treasure” to work on!

    Hope this is an inspiration for you to try new things.  Enjoy!