Simple Woman’s Daybook April 2018

One of the first blog link-ups that I remember reading, long before I ever thought of writing at my own blogsite, was “The Simple Woman’s Daybook.”  I was so intrigued by the thought of women sharing moments from their day with each other, bringing touches of beauty into each other’s lives.  But I’ve never thought of linking my own post there, until now!   For the week after Easter, when spring is on our minds, I thought a bit of reflection might be a bright spot.  Shared from the framework offered at:

The Simple Woman’s Daybook



For Today

April 2

Looking out my window

Spring feels so slow in coming this year!  Barely above freezing temps are the forecast for this entire week.



I am thinking

the birds that are singing remind me that spring is already on the way, whether I feel it or not!


I am thankful

for the Resurrection!  Jesus is alive and my heart is washed clean with His forgiveness!

“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.'” Matthew 28:5-6


One of my favorite things

is praying with a friend, and enjoying a cup of tea.


I am creating

a scrapbook-style wall hanging based on a handwritten devotional from a friend.  Hopefully I can share the finished project in the next few weeks!


I am wearing

soft and stretchy black workout pants and my even softer purple hoody. –Standard Fibro garb!  🙂


I am reading

books sent to me this weekend when I won the giveaway over at Hope Heart Home.   Thank you so much Susan Chamberlain Shipe! The timing was perfect since it’s been a slow weekend while I wait for the after-effects from another injection to wear off.  If you are interested, you can find these books here on Amazon:


 I am hoping

for good preparation times as my husband is scheduled for total knee replacement surgery on April 19th.  OH Lord Jesus, help us to trust in your #Sufficiency even more!


I am learning

that it is good to be desperate for Jesus.

“My desperation and my need drive me toward Him, not away from Him. To be desperate for Him is to find Him.”   From a great devotional that I have been reading every morning:  “Mornings in the Word” by Tammy Mashburn.  You can find Tammy blogging at: Tammy L Mashburn.


In my kitchen

I’ve been loving the supplement of “Terra Greens”  (from Doterra) added to my green smoothies.  It has a spicy ginger undertone that really livens up my lunchtime!

In my garden

If I can’t enjoy the garden outside yet, then I can be thankful for the blessing of indoor garden blooms! This amaryllis is the same one from my post  here   in 2016!

Post Script

If you love poetry, then I think this post from my poetic friend might bless you:

“Being Dust” by Joy Lenton


Shared Quote

“Nothing is merrier than Jesu to sing.”  –Richard Rolle (Quoted by Amy Carmichael in Thou Givest They Gather.)



A moment from my day


I don’t take for granted the strength to do a daily load of laundry now. And thank God for washing machines!


Closing Thoughts

When I heard this song, it seemed written just for me in this season of letting Christ bring His new heart into my stony-fleshed places. I pray you will be blessed in the listening:




Are there moments in your day that you could share? I would love to hear what has been blessing you lately!




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25 thoughts on “Simple Woman’s Daybook April 2018

  1. Dear Bettie, it was so fun and relaxing scrolling through and reading about your day. I wish I could sit there with you and we could enjoy a cup of tea together. 🙂 Maybe one day. Blessings, love and hugs to you, my dear sister/poet/friend. xoxo I haven’t checked out that website before. I might just join in, too. 🙂

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    1. Dear Gayl,
      Oh I hope you are able to join in with the Simple Woman’s Daybook! I would love to read about the moments in your day also. And we would have such a nice time sharing a cup of tea together, wouldn’t we? I hope that we can meet up some day too! 🙂 I am just so thankful for these meeting places online where the Lord has allowed us to “meet” and pray for each other. What a sweet gift of encouragement! Blessings, love and hugs to you my sister/poet/friend.

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    1. Dear Cheryl,
      Oh, dear friend, I sure hope that someday we will be able to meet in person, and sit down together to share. What a gift that Jesus has given us to be able to meet and pray for each other even through these digital “homes.” I am so thankful for you, sweet friend. May God be so close to you today! Hugs & Love!


  2. Loved this peek into your day 😊. This is such a good quote: “My desperation and my need drive me toward Him, not away from Him. To be desperate for Him is to find Him.” So true.

    Wish I could pop over, set some tea and pray together 😊. Will have to settle for Skype again 😊.

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    1. Dear Anna,
      Yes, what a gift we have in Skype!! We must make sure the tea is ready before we connect the next time! 🙂 I am so glad that you liked that quote–I thought of you when I read it. He is so compassionate towards us in our need. I am so grateful that the miles don’t count when the Lord lets us pray for each other. Hugs & Love to you across the world!


  3. Lovely! What a breath of fresh air. I hadn’t heard of this concept and link up before, and absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing the moments of your day. And yes, I am so grateful for washing machines too!

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    1. Thank you Lynn for your sweet words! I am so glad that I was able to finally connect with this link-up after so many years! It is refreshing to share in the thoughts of so many different women, living out their days one moment at a time also. Have a blessed week, and enjoy your washing machine too! 🙂

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    1. Dear Regina, yes, I am so glad the Lord led me to these thoughts this week. It ended up coming during a week when I needed simple, restful thoughts, and HE knew the perfect timing! God Bless you!


  4. Bettie, I was having trouble leaving a comment using my Google account but I remembered that I have a WordPress username. I never use it though but it came in handy today. Anyway, I would love to shake the hand of the person who invented the washing machine. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Oh I am glad you were able to visit and leave a comment here! Yes, we have it so much easier than our grandparents, and so many throughout the world still, who don’t have access to these helpful gadgets! Have a blessed week too!


    1. Yes, our Robins are still shivering here too! I’m so glad I checked my spam folder today, because for some reason your comment was languishing there! So glad to be able to share your gift of words this week! xoxo

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  5. Bettie I loved reading this. So many beautiful thoughts and how we take for granted so many things like those washing machines. Not really, I’m thankful and do thank Him. I got a new one after 35 years. LOL! Going over to check out the Simple Woman’s Daybook. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh, yes, we do take for granted so many things, until something is removed for a while. What a blessing then, when it’s restored–or a new one after 35 years! woohoo! 🙂 Thank the Lord for His gifts and blessings to us in the very midst of our simple days. Blessings to you!


  6. I enjoyed these snippets of your day. I’m thankful for lunch with my daughter-in-law today and so many other blessings! I have to say that’s the cleanest, shiniest washing machine I’ve ever seen. LOL

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    1. Dear Donna, oh that does sound like a such blessing and a fun lunch-time treat. And, we are truly blessed with our washing machine–just a few years ago, it was a refurbished model from our local repairman, who has been so kind to us! He’s the one who made it so sparkly! 🙂


    1. Thank you Sarah! Aren’t those indoor blooms such a gift to us during the long winter when we can’t be outside? I hope you are able to start getting some springtime weather in your area soon. God is so good to help us! Blessings to you!


  7. Dear Bettie, what a joy to walk through a sample day with you! It was so restful after the Easter busyness and put a smile on my face. I could just picture everything as you described and thoughtfully provided images of, including indoor plants, scenes and views, books and crafts, activities you are grateful to have the strength to do and refreshing drinks, all of which help to keep you sustained in every way. But the thing that amazed me most was seeing a beautiful amarylis still going strong! How do you do it? Ours lose their blooms, fade and die and have to be discarded after one season. 🙂 It really is life’s seemingly simplest things that we look back on and appreciate most of all, isn’t it? Maybe because they hold the key to daily contentment. How sweet of you to mention my poetry, and how lovely it would be if we could get together in real life to sit in our comfy clothes, sup tea, (eat cake?) and converse freely…aahhh! Meanwhile, I am grateful for these glimpses into your heart and home. Blessings, love and hugs! xoxo

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  8. Dear Joy,
    Oh, yes what a wonderful time we would have together, sharing tea and cake! I’m believing that Heaven’s tea-time will make up for all these longed-for moments! 🙂 And, thank you for all of your sweet comments, my friend. That amaryllis feels like a miracle plant to me also. After blooming in the winter, it goes outside to soak up the fresh summer air, but then must come inside to a dark cool place for several weeks in the fall to rest. I am never sure if it will survive, let alone bloom, as several other ones just keep chugging along, but never bloom. So, this one is always a special gift when it chooses to wake up with a fresh bud stalk! It is an encouraging moment for me, speaking of the Grace of God in the darkest places where we might find ourselves.Thank you for sharing these moments together. I am so glad that the Lord lets us connect with each other, over the miles and across the pond! Love & Hugs & Blessings to you too! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Ifeoma! Yes, this was a fun post to share. Hopefully I will be able to join in again sometime in June. I’m slowly entering back in after my blogging break this month. Blessings to you too, dear friend!


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