Morning Moments

with Sandra Bivens Smith

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About two or so years ago I began writing a new bible study. I tried out several titles for the book and finally settled on “Choose Joy”. Because we’re friends, and I know I can trust you not to say anything, I can tell you, the process was anything but joyful. Aside from the indecisions on the title, there were endless edits. The original sixty-some pages grew to more than one hundred and twenty.

But finally, the edits are completed. The book is approved. Joy has come to the Smith household.

As I have spent time with the book, or more accurately, as I have spent time with THE BOOK, I have come to appreciate the true meaning of joy. I have learned just how true it is that joy is a choice.

It is my hope that as you read “Choose Joy”, as you study what God’s Word has to teach us about joy, you will find, as I have, a new appreciation for the joy that comes from living life beyond the circumstances.

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    Reminiscence Of My Mama

    Having awakened at 4:00 this morning, I feel like I’ve already had a full day! Prepared some devotions for Heart2Heart, wrote in my journal, watched some TV, visited FB, let the cat in and the dogs out, enjoyed a couple cups of coffee.

    But mostly, I have spent the morning thinking about my Mama and how, even after nine years since she passed, I miss her.

    I miss her laughter, it was infectious. I miss her wisdom, the kind that can be gained only from life experience. I realize that I never fully appreciated either and I regret that I didn’t.

    I miss he cooking, every dish included that special ingredient-love. Mama always whistled while she worked. I miss her whistling. Because of it, her chores always held the sound of joy. I find myself whistling sometimes when I work and when I do, I think of her.

    I miss her love of life and her love for the people in her life. She had a way of making you feel important. She also could make you (mostly her children) feel rotten! I now know that she was only doing her job. Of course modern psychology would dispute her methods; chastising, telling us “no”, questioning our judgment, and especially the method that involved a hickory switch (I do not miss that sting,😣). But then, Mama wasn’t really into modern psychology.

    As were most of her generation, Mama was always proper (but never snooty). She was humble without intention or any awareness of being so. Mama selfless and kind and caring. Mama didn’t talk much about faith, she simply lived it and in doing so set an example for her children and all who knew her.

    Mama was, and in memory still is, a woman deserving of honor . And so I do. Margaret (Maggie) Lingerfelt Bivens

    May 21, 1931-September 30, 2010


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    2019 Baptist Women’s Banquet

    I recently had the privilege of speaking to a group of amazing women at the annual Baptist Women’s Banquet. This ministry takes the love of Jesus to some of the poorest regions of the United States through their Backpack Ministry and their Shoebox Ministry and I am thankful to have been invited to be a part of their annual fundraiser event. 

    Baptist Women’s Banquet message: “Journey To The Well”