{ Daily Zucchini }


Daily Zucchini

Supplied like modern manna

Eat & don't complain.

{ Root Canal Therapy, Anyone? }

A euphemistic portrayal of dental visits.

I am scheduled for a root canal tomorrow.  If you ever look up “root canal” you’ll find that it’s called “root canal therapy,” which sounds like I’m headed for a dental spa where I will be relaxed and pampered.

Root canal therapy, web definition: Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.

My definition:

The infected tooth is gutted.  If all goes well, it’s scraped, it’s cleaned, shaped, filled and sealed.

All this is done by faith in local anesthesia – that my tissues and nerves will be sufficiently knocked out, so I don’t feel the sharp dental tools on my sensitive nerve endings.

Additional concerns:

  • I will be gripped by pain so sudden and fierce that I will scream aloud as my white knuckles grip the chair.
  • I will involuntarily flinch, twitch or jerk, which will cause my dentist to scrape his implement across my face, resulting in permanent scarring.

That said, it will probably go just fine.

All the same, I am taking one last long look in the mirror tonight and labeling all my pantry goods so my family will know “what’s what” after I’m incapacitated.

See you soon…I hope.




{ My Favorite Hymn }


  1. May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
    Live in me from day to day,
    By His love and pow’r controlling
    All I do and say.
  2. May the Word of God dwell richly
    In my heart from hour to hour,
    So that all may see I triumph
    Only through His pow’r.
  3. May the peace of God my Father
    Rule my life in everything,
    That I may be calm to comfort
    Sick and sorrowing.
  4. May the love of Jesus fill me
    As the waters fill the sea;
    Him exalting, self abasing,
    This is victory.
  5. May I run the race before me,
    Strong and brave to face the foe,
    Looking only unto Jesus
    As I onward go.
  6. May His beauty rest upon me,
    As I seek the lost to win,
    And may they forget the channel,
    Seeing only Him.


~ Words by Kate B. Wilkinson

Word Prompt of the Day: harmonize


{ Savor }

hands-600497__480“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”– E.B. White

Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
  The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
  The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
  Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
  And shield my soul from sin.

–verse two from the hymn “O Jesus I Have Promised”

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”– I John 2:15-17

“Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” — John 5:5


{ Sunny? }

chris-child-223666.jpgWhen I rolled out of bed today,  I glanced at the gloomy summer sky. I mentally changed the day’s plans, but gave thanks for free garden watering.

I pondered the ironic word of the day:


On bright, blue-skied days, I take the sun for granted. When the sky is gray, I’m focused on, “Just when will that sun come out?”

But the sun is always there. I know my astronomy facts and I take it by faith.

I also have bright soul days….and dull, gray times.

It’s amazing how one tiny cloud – a cross word or perceived failure– can obscure the cheerfulness of a day.

And, it’s fascinating how a piece of good news, a kind word, or a small victory can brighten things.

Bright or gloomy, happy or sad, up or down, God is always there.

No matter how things look, or how I feel, my Source of energy exists in sovereign power.

He is perfectly in control.

He never changes, never naps, and never leaves.

“For I, the Lord, do not change.” Malachi 3:6

“He who keeps you will not slumber…” Psalm 121:3

Fear not, for I am with you…” Isaiah 41:10

© Lisa M. Luciano 2017



{ Commit }

Twenty-seven years ago today, I married this man ♥

Marriage is a commitment ~ a covenant, not a contract.

When we entered into the covenant of marriage, I didn’t know what love was. I didn’t know how selfish I was.

By God’s grace only, here we still stand today.

Here is an excerpt from those lofty vows, voiced that day with a naive glow in my eyes:

“In the midst of this assembly, with all these witnesses and more importantly before Almighty God, I covenant with you. A covenant similar to the one God makes with His people. A covenant which remains constant throughout our lives, despite changes which will occur during our journey together…”

Thank you, Lord, for sustaining our marriage, despite ourselves. Thank you for sending us help and mentors and most of all, for giving us a marriage handbook: your Holy Word.

Here we are, 27 years later. Looking a bit different….and loving each other more.