Song for Sunday

You dwell in the songs that we are singing
Rising to the Heavens, rising to Your heart, Your heart
Our praises filling up the spaces
In between and frailty and everything You are
You are the keeper of my heart

And I’m restless, I’m restless
‘Til I rest in You, ’til I rest in You
I’m restless, I’m restless
‘Til I rest in You, ’til I rest in You
Oh God, I wanna rest in You

Oh, speak now for my soul is listening
Say that You have saved me, whisper in the dark
‘Cause I know You’re more than my salvation
Without You I am hopeless, tell me who You are
You are the keeper of my heart
You are the keeper of my heart

And I’m restless, I’m restless
‘Til I rest in You, ’til I rest in You
I’m restless, I’m restless
‘Til I rest in You, ’til I rest in You
I wanna rest in You

Still my heart hold me close
Let me hear a still small voice
Let it grow, let it rise
Into a shout, into a cry

Still my heart hold me close
Let me hear a still small voice
Let it grow, let it rise
Into a shout, into a cry

And I’m restless, I’m restless
‘Til I rest in You, let me rest in You
I’m restless, so restless
‘Til I rest in You, ’til I rest in You
Oh God, I will rest in You

I co-wrote the song with Matt Maher, and it comes from St. Augustine’s Confessions, in particular his famous line, “our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” We could barely sing it that afternoon without bursting into tears. There’s something about that statement that feels primordial—as though all of humanity has been singing it throughout the centuries in some form or another.’  Read more about Audrey and this song/album here

I love Audrey’s smooth beautiful voice and the messages of her songs. They truly bring you into worship of our beautiful God and Savior. You can learn about Audrey @ Audrey Assad or listen to more @ her Youtube channel.

Have a blessed day!


With Gratitude…

‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’
John 15:13


So many gave their lives for freedom and we want to squander it away with a movement that sounds good in theory, but has been proven again and again throughout history to not work and to end up taking away freedom. I pray those who have died for us in the past, present and future will not have done/do so in vain. Open our eyes, Lord.

More Books…

Between a second stop in at the library book sale on their second weekend, another visit to McKay’s in Knoxville (had to have an ultrasound of the neck for my parathyroid surgery) and a thrift store in Hilton Head, yes we are back down here again, I’ve managed to pick up some more good books!


Excited to find the William Trevor books at McKay’s. I love his writing. Got them for $1 and 2@ $2.50 ea.! Found a Rue Morgue book, The Green Plaid Pants, at the book sale! Rue Morgue books are sweet! I collect them. The double Hilda Lawrence book is from Paperbackswap. I enjoyed the first one I read by her last month so much I went in search of more.

Like always buying more than I’m reading. Recent reads…

Blood Upon the Snow by Hilda Lawrence – LOVED this one and the characters in it. Can’t wait to read all her books!

The Players and the Game by Julian Symons – didn’t do much for me at first, but found as I got more into it I couldn’t put it down!

So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell – this one was recommended by a young man who works at McKay’s. He said it is his all time favorite book and he recommends it to everyone. On my second trip this last month he found a copy for me! It is such a sad book. Well written, but sad.

Ask for Me Tomorrow by Margaret Millar – Not what I was expecting, but good build of suspense. I like the main character Aragon. I did figure out some of it but not all!

Started Wisteria Cottage by Robert M. Coates last night. The back of the book says ‘shuddering suspense’! It’s obvious in the first couple of chapters the main character, Richard is suffering from mental illness. What is he planning at the secluded Wisteria Cottage?

Back in Hilton Head for the third time in 6 months! It’s only 6 1/2 hrs from Greeneville and Bossman loves to golf here. I’m not much fun at the moment as I’m just so tired but he golfs and lays on the beach and let’s me do whatever I feel like. I’ve been to the pool a couple times and once sat on the beach with him for an hour. I’m not a sun worshiper and sitting in the hot sun for hours is not my idea of fun. I shop while he golfs. There’s Tanger Outlets here and I wanted to go to Vera Bradley and get a small sized crossbody for the trip to Ireland. Happened in on a day they were having a great sale! 50% off and then another 20% off that. Found the perfect purse!

It is thrift store heaven here too. Haven’t shopped them like usual, but I did find a nice Ralph Lauren black dress for $5! We ate at Marley’s one night. Bossman got crab stuffed flounder and I got a wonderful pork with peanut butter sauce. We found a wood-fired pizza place last time we were here and we ate there the first night and he wants to go again before we leave on Saturday. I didn’t do much cooking this trip. We picked up a bucket of Popeyes chicken and a container of loaded baked potato salad from the grocery and ate on that a three nights. There are so many wonderful restaurants here it’s hard to decide where to eat! I think we are eating at one named simply Fish tonight. Pizza tomorrow night.

The Boyo is home and living with us for now. He got a job right away and seems really happy with the company and it’s many incentives. He gets lots of hours, 10 hrs. Monday-Friday and overtime some Saturdays. He works 4am to 2:30pm. That shift works better than afternoons or midnights with us sharing a house. It also lets him go to evening Bible studies during the week. He’s doing great. We have Vera the dog back with us too. He was a little bummed, she was more excited to see me than him when we picked her up from his brothers. She wants to sleep with us too. This week without us will be good for her and him to re-bond.

Parathyroid surgery is scheduled for Friday, May 31st! Can’t wait to get this done and feel better. I haven’t felt good for so long and blamed it on so many things, age, stress, menopause… amazing what this tiny thing can do to your body! I’m excited that I can look forward to sleeping sound and buzzing around like the energizer bunny again! I’ll do a post afterwards about how it worked using Samaritan Ministries Healthshare instead of traditional insurance. I’m getting the surgery done in Asheville, NC. Found a wonderful endocrine-surgeon there. Parathyroid is his specialty and I’ll tell you now it’s way less than the clinic in Florida! But that’s for another post. Hope life is treating you all good! Talk to you again soon. ♥️

Library Book Sale!

It’s that time of year again. We started sorting books for the Library Book Sale back on February 28th. I got a month in before the monster (kidney stone) showed up. I missed a whole month of sorting and now actually working at the sale. I look forward to this all year. Both my kidney stones happened in April, book sale time. Hopefully this will be the last one once I get the parathyroid removed! I still have the stone and the stent in. Wednesday is my lithotripsy and then I should be right as rain! It’s been a long uncomfortable five weeks, let me tell you! But back to the book sale. I did manage to get 20 books set aside in the one month I worked and Friday Bossman and I went up to the opening day of the sale. It was so nice to see everyone! I looked through the mysteries and under the letter of a couple of authors I was hoping to find and that was about all I could do. I had to find a chair and just sit while Bossman looked, but I got to talk to everyone. I got seven more books, 27 in all so that missing month of not working saved me money and bookshelf space!




I’ve read a couple Rumor Godden’s over the last year and really like her writing so was glad to find a couple of hers.  I adore the green Penguin paperbacks and we had quite a few of those this year. The Massingham Affair is probably the most interesting to me. I’ve never heard of Edward Grierson, here’s the description from the flap…

In this beautifully constructed suspense novel Edward Grierson explores the long and twisted path of a crime and its consequences. In 1891 two intruders broke into the lonely rectory of Massingham, on the moors of Northumberland. A watch and an ornamental seal were stolen, shots were fired, and Mr. Verney, the old vicar, and his daughter Charlotte were both hit. Local inhabitants were appalled by the crime; the police rounded up two suspects from among the poachers of nearby Smedwick, and these men, Milligan and Kelly, were tried, found guilty of the robbery, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Justin Derry, a rising young Smedwick lawyer, had been a junior solicitor at the trial, and at the time was dissatisfied with the verdict. Much later a visitor to his office brings him the hope of finding new evidence that would prove the innocence of Milligan and Kelly. He joins with the Reverend Walter P. Beaumont Lumley, an energetic – if sometime pompous – zealot, and tries to foist his campaign for justice onto a hostile local audience. But he finds it is not easy.

Colonel Deverel, the wealthy father of Justin’s beautiful fiancee Georgina, opposes his stand and threatens both his marriage and his business advancement; the superintendent who arrested Milligan and Kelly takes great exception to any slur on his discharge of office; Miss Charlotte Verney is too proud to retract the identifications she made so assertively at the trial long ago.

Strange and disturbing developments mark the progress of the two investigators; a girl is mysteriously drowned; a murder committed years ago assumes sinister significance; the local poachers on who they rely for evidence weave truth and lies together in a messy web; and Justin finds himself neglecting his fiancee and falling in love with the proud Miss Verney.

After eight years spent fighting against the pride of individuals and the prejudice of the public, the lawyer and the clergymen come to the end of their search. But it is not until thirty years later that Justin Derry sits at the bedside of a dying woman and learns that, in a curious and far from legal way, justice had been done.

In The Massingham Affair Edward Grierson makes use of satire as well as suspense. The reader is alternately puzzled by a mystery that will not resolve itself till the very end, and diverted as the author re-creates the style of the novelists of the Victorian era.

Doesn’t that sound good?! He wrote several crime novels. I’ll have to keep my eye out for more.

We stopped at McKay’s used book store in Knoxville the day I had my CT scan and I got a few books. I was hurting too bad to spend much time looking around but couldn’t go to Knoxville and not stop. I picked these up that day…


That’s it for now. Talk to you again soon!


Song for Resurrection Sunday


Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
And who told the ocean you can only come this far?
And who showed the moon where to hide ’til evening?
Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Well, I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer lives, yeah

The very same God that spins things in orbit
Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Now I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within me cry
I know my Redeemer, He lives

To take away my shame
And He lives forever, I’ll proclaim
That the payment for my sin
Was the precious life He gave
But now He’s alive and there’s an empty grave

And I know my Redeemer, He lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within me cry
I know my Redeemer

I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives

I know that, I know that, I know that, I know that
I know my Redeemer lives
Because He lives I can face tomorrow

I know, I know, He lives, He lives, yeah, yeah
I spoke with Him this morning
He lives, He lives, the tomb is empty
He lives, He lives, I’ve gotta tell everybody, yeah


Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday. May you know the resurrected, living Saviour, Jesus Christ! Death has been defeated!

Luke 24:1-8