Archive for Tess’s Journal

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Subscribers, we had a computer glitch and the correct Word of the Day did not post. Everything should be working correctly tomorrow. I am so sorry for the inconvenience….blessings Brenda

The Christmas Poinsettia Plate – A Lesson In Giving

Lulu loved the beautiful and fine things in life. She was a rich lady who was one among the best in our company. She was a good friend of mine and we always went together in any company activity. I was surprised when she asked me if she could have my plate and I should instead have the other one. Honest, I was caught in an awkward situation and it made me feel bad. I asked what was wrong with the plate she had. She said, “The design will be covered by the cake since it was right in the middle






Remembering My Father on Father’s Day

By Tess Martinez Little House on the Prairie When my children were small, Little House on the Prairie was a TV show we all looked forward to on Saturday evenings. I liked the family story and the ideal setup in the countryside. I loved the family values we derived from it. The story was values […]

When My Friends Walk With Me

Early this year I came to Journals of the Heart. The format was very classy and serene. I liked it but more to it, the title sounded very feminine, Journals of the Heart, I fell in love with the articles and kept sending comments. Brenda has always been generous with her guidance and mentoring as […]

The Gift Of Silence And Solitude

A Devotion By Tess Martinez “WE GIVE praise and thanks to You, O God, we praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders” (Psalms 75:1 Amplified) “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and […]

Change Is On The Way

By Tess Martinez “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) You kept hounding me with Your relentless love, whispering in […]

Coming Into Your Presence

By Tess Martinez Your Whispers And Swaying Branches Thank you for the many robust trees abounding to the left of and at the front of our simple dwelling. Standing on our terrace at night, watch the swaying branches and feel the strong winds from nearby Laguna Lake caressing our whole body is a wholesome feeling […]

When You Sing Me a Lullaby

My Little World and Your Lullaby By Tess Martinez “Thou near or far we’ll go, through cold on wintry morn. To see you and greet you with the early morning song.” It is a sweet lullaby I remember with fondness and will always sing in my heart. It awakens my longing for You during my […]

Jesus, Gardener of My Soul

Lessons From The Garden The summer heat is scorching. No amount of water can make my grass green. Seemingly, the earth crust has gone so warm. A sign of global warming and the greenhouse effect as the ozone layer becomes thinner and thinner. The lessons from my garden this summer awaken me to a reality […]

The Gift Of Easter, Past And Present

Triumph of the Cross Easter is a day to celebrate. It is the consummation of the Calvary of Jesus. It is the fulfillment of Jesus’ redemptive mission. It is the triumph of the Cross. While the entire Christendom celebrates Easter with all its trimmings and festivities, it marks a second Christmas for everyone. It means […]