#Blessings - Don't ignore the love you DO have in your life by focusing on the love you DON'T. Be grateful for the love you have......then count your blessings.

God Bless You...Sending lots of blessings, prayers & love ♥ Bren


Mother's Day

There is no greater blessing than a mother's love. A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It is endless, timeless, it knows no bounds. It doesn't matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries that can separate a child from the love of a mother.

Bren's Day

Gratitude for all the beauty and blessings that we already enjoy fills our lives with abundance.

God Bless You...Sending lots of blessings, prayers & love ♥ Bren


Life is filled with things you don’t expect, but the Bible tells us to respond by trusting God and continuing to worship Him. No matter what you are going through, God remains faithful even when things don’t turn out the way we expect them to.


by: Laura Story - from the album Blessings

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
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the 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

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

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

Bren's Day

Just like breathing and eating, having gratitude for your big and small blessings is another thing that you should never live your life without.

I got a lot of comments from my last posts. I know it is difficult to be joyful and grateful during trials and in the mists of pain. These quotes are not what I have accomplished, but what I hope to attain. For me it is an accomplishment just not to have ingratitude and choosing what you think about and dwell upon. If my mind always goes back to an injustice or pain if becomes a vicious cycle of misery. I have found the brain is a complex and amazing organism.

I have a TENS unit for pain. I was told the sensation it sends doesn't stop the pain itself...but by sending the signal to the brain...kind of like short wiring it focuses on the vibration...not your pain. It is sort of like the Lamaza training I used when I had my children. I have used that technique during many procedures at the dentist and for various painful tests. During one of my TMJ surgeries they had to do a nasal intubation. (They now have cameras on their scopes to make it easier.) Back then they spent over an hour trying to get the tube down my nose and into my lungs. I had to be awake for this procedure...and it was very painful.

For that I needed a little bit more than focusing on an image or thought. My hand was free so I tapped a pow wow on the table. Someone actually had the gall to tell the nurse to hold my hand down. Excuse me...I am the one you are poking my nose and neck...and in pain. They later said my neck was deformed and that is why they had so much trouble. The room was filled. My surgeon was the director of the school of Oral Surgery, so all the residents were there since it was such a rare and unusual surgery. Then, because they took so long to intubate me, the surgery room back up and other surgeons came in and complained.

For me just breathing and eating is difficult. I have severe sleep apnea...33 episodes per hour. Without my CPAP I would have a fitful night and be in a lot more pain. It is amazing how much sleep affects our pain level and well being. If I have fallen asleep without my machine it is difficult to even walk. Eating is the worse...I can hardly open my mouth. I have to cut my food into very small pieces and even then it is sometimes difficult to get a spoon in my mouth. Then it very difficult to chew when you don't have any condlyes (the bone at the end of your jaw) or have a TMJ. I now am having difficulty swallowing. When the food finally makes it to my stomach it has not been properly chewed and I have all kinds of digestive issues and PAIN!

So gratitude is a choice. I am not saying go around whistling I am so happy in the mists of your trails. I believe it is about appreciating and admiring the good things. I spend most of my time in bed. I choose to enjoy looking at the birds at my feeder, the flowers on my balcony, and the beautiful silk flower arrangement my sister gave me. "You don't realize what health is until you don't have it. It is hard to be joyful and grateful at that time. I hope you ask for help when you need it, so others can receive a blessing" Donna. Maybe one of the reasons it is easier for me is that I can not remember a time when I wasn't sick or in pain. I had issues even before the TMJ implants...that's why I had such a severe reaction. I can talk about how I got through pain but, I must admit it is difficult to ask for help. I don't want to bother anyone...not a very high opinion of myself.

 "It takes a very courageous Christian to feel this way. God gives us that courage. Thanks for reminding all of us" Rose. Yes, God give us courage.

Show Your Love

One by one
The faces go
We meet them everyday.
But, oh what a thrill
That special face
Who touched your world one day.

Remember when
You met someone
Who brightened up your day
You hold them
Dearly in your heart
You wished they'd always stay.

So, show your love
Put a smile on your face
Let the Lord shine through you everyday
So that you might be
That special face Who touches someone else today.

by~Brenda Dawson

Bren's Day

Appreciate each day and one another. Let’s always remember the importance of planting seeds and being a blessing. If we can achieve this, we will be able to reflect on the journey and see the blessings we have sown for God’s glory.

I went to the dermatologist yesterday and she said the growths were benign...ugly and irritating...but harmless. I will have to check with insurance on whether they will pay to have the one on my spine removed. It is inflamed, but not infected. I had a nice visit with Holly. We need to go out more.

Bren's Day

When God opens the windows of heaven for rain to flow, those who will enjoy are those who sow! Don't misuse the blessings of God... Get a seed today to grow.

When I was young I always enjoyed sleeping with my window open on rainy days. My window open onto a porch so the rain didn't come in. I remember loving the cool breeze and smell of the rain. It was like going to sleep with a gentle lullaby. I still enjoy the rain. It's been a long time since I would feel safe leaving a window open while I sleep. I currently don't have a window in my bedroom, just a door that leads to the balcony. I usually leave the door open when the weather is nice so I can watch the birds and look at my flowers...grateful for all the beauty that surrounds me.

God Bless You...Sending lots of blessings, prayers & love ♥ Bren 


The love that was lost in the evening time,
Shall be restored again.
The burned out candle in the night,
Shall be ignited again.

To wander through the darkness,
Only draws us closer to Him.
The Love that never leaves us,
The Light that is never dim.

So...Take comfort in the knowledge,
Of His enduring Grace.
To be there right beside us,
To shine upon our face.

by~Brenda Dawson

Your Blessings

You know Lord, there's really nothing I can do, without you in my soul,
Your love is so perfect and makes me feel so whole.
I need you each day Lord, to lighten my load,
And I need You today as I head down this road.

These paths I'm walking down, could you please shed some light,
And make the distance much shorter and the direction just right.
Being in charge of my life Lord, is where You belong,
Some days I can't walk, I'm weak and strong.

 I know that You can help me, and that You will guide me through,
And I know that Your presence is pure and it's true.
So thank you for the blessings You send to me this day,
That will keep me protected and shelter my living ways.

I know you look down Lord, from the Heavens above,
To see if there's any who seek out Your Love.
Please know that I'm thankful for the blessings You share,
I know that I'm wanted and I know that You care.

Kevin Heenan

"You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into Light." 2 Samuel 22:29