Open and Closed Gates


On a recent trip to California, I was struck by the beauty of the entry gates to homes in Beverly Hills. They were just beautiful. I thought about installing a similar gate to the one pictured above at my home in Texas and how lovely that would be. I took several pictures of these gates with plans to post them in my blog. My intent was to discuss outdoor landscaping and the use of gates. However, divine inspiration has taken me elsewhere.

DSCF0847[1]  DSCF0850[1]

One of the definitions of a gate, according to Miriam Webster, is “a movable barrier.” What gates or barriers in our lives are we striving to open? Is our heart set on opening a gate that the heavenly Father has closed to us. Do you ever wonder why after your best efforts that you cannot get that gate to open? We could be working hard to open a gate that will lead us to heartache, disappointment, or even danger. Further, this work takes us away from the plan that God has for our lives. And frankly, it takes us further away from God.

DSCF0845[1] DSCF0838[1]

It is hard in our limited knowledge to understand the wisdom of God’s ways. Therefore, we must trust that He loves us and wants what is best for us. He wants to bring us ever closer to Him. And at times that means, further away from any distractions or deterrents by keeping the gate closed. I encourage you to pray for your clarity in His guidance of you, such that you recognize when the gate is closed and turn away from it. Also, pray for peace in your heart to not question His judgment on closing it or leaving it closed. I want for us all to one day say, as Jacob did, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” (Genesis 28:17, NIV). For everything that we do should be focused on passing through those gates.

Facing the Summer Sun


During the summer, I really enjoy jumping into the pool with my kids. Lying in my chaise pool-side, judging which of my sons makes a higher splash jumping into the pool is quite relaxing. However, this time of fun in the sun can be harmful to my skin, which calls for the use of sunscreen. Healthy skin is important for me and my family. I apply store brand sunscreen liberally on my boys and over most of my skin. However, for my face, neck, and upper chest, I give these areas extra special attention and protection. After all, sun damage in these areas are the most noticeable and difficult to hide. I  use La Mer Protecting Fluid on my face, neck, and upper chest.  It provides SPF 50 UV protection and is light enough to use everyday under makeup. I wear it on days that I plan to spend a significant amount of time in the sun, whether I am at the pool or just going about my everyday life. I love the light fresh smell of protective fluid. It works very well, too. As additional sun protection, I wear a fashionable hat to further minimize any potential sun damage. Enjoy the sun and protect your skin!

La Mer SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid, 1.7 oz. ($85.00)

La Mer SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid, 1.7 oz. ($85.00)

Sold on-line and in stores at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue