Encouraging, uplifting , positive thoughts rooted in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Here I stand, humble servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Revisiting seeds planted in the season of youth ( learning to write again and loving every minute of it!)

May what you read here give you a reason to hope and may you leave with a resolve to press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.

Thanks for stopping by. (The expectation is that I will add one post per week on Mondays). Thanks for understanding that the entries on https://tonirand.wordpress.com/ may not be reproduced without the expressed permission of the author.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you and give you His peace!


Toni R

(P.S.Β  Please note that if you choose to leave a comment under any of the entries, your email address will not be disclosed.)

43 Comment(s)

  1. Maureen

    April 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    This is wonderful. May God continue to bless you and inspire you to write great articles to encourage us.

  2. Monica

    April 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I have sent this to all my contacts, as it is so on time. You have found your gift. Continue to grow in wisdom and understanding.

  3. Margo

    April 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Great to see your using the gift the Lord has blessed you with. Your article is truly a blessing.

  4. tonirand

    May 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks, sisters!

    I just realized that your names all start with the letter M πŸ™‚

    Thanks for your support and encouragement over the years. I continue to crave your prayers.

    Much blessings,


  5. Marlene

    May 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I am truly honoured that you have finally let me into the best kept secret in town. My sister , your words are truly inspiring and should be shared with all those special people in your life who you continue to be blessed by your kindheartedness.


    • tonirand

      May 21, 2010 at 2:19 am

      To God be the glory.

      Thanks for the sugar coating. lol

      Took some great friends poking and prodding but I’m glad I did. If I can help one person feel better about tomorrow, it will all be worth it πŸ™‚

      bless you and see you soon!

  6. LORD

    May 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I just saw this link, read a few things… this is great. Keep it up. Your reward is nigh!

    Remind me in the fall when I resume my choir duties… I will build an excellent Action Scirpt driven banner for your page…. It’s the little I would like to contribute to your ‘ministry’.

  7. John J. Rigo

    September 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for your positive comment on one of my blog sites. It is always my hope that one will find an element of peace and forgiveness of themselves in reading my poetry work.


  8. tonirand

    September 25, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Thank you for stopping by, John

    God bless you.

  9. CommentatorandPoet

    September 25, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Thank you for your continued interest in my spirit centered poetry. Your continued interest is very encouraging in my efforts to keep my blog continuing all these years.


  10. tonirand

    September 26, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Most welcome, John.

    Our gifts enrich the lives of each other and ultimately gives praise to our Lord.

    Keep writing!!


  11. Moore to ponder

    November 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    You offer much comfort to your readers through your blog as you continually encourage them to cast their cares on the Lord. That is a wonderful thing. πŸ™‚ My most recent post in a sense, speaks about that. Keep magnifying Him!


    • tonirand

      November 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you, Theresa!

      I’ve been hopscotching to see if you had posted πŸ™‚ I’ll go visit now.

      Bless you for sharing such kind words. To God be all the glory!

      In His service

  12. CommentatorandPoet

    December 21, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I could not help but noticing your two McCaws. I have been the proud owner (they really own me!) of two Blue and Gold McCaws for over twenty years. Mickey is going on 69 (human years) and Minnie is 23 (human years). They are wonderfull talkers. They are also truly spiritual beings.

  13. Eden

    February 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

    My name is Eden and I am the (sort of) editor of Idylls For the King, a Christian literary blog/journal. I would like to invite you to have a look at the site. If you would ever like to submit something (poetry, fiction, song lyrics) that you have written, please just send me an email and I will make you a contributer. Blessings,

    • Ann

      February 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Eden πŸ™‚

      I was trying to locate a document yesterday and came across some poems I wrote about 15 years ago πŸ™‚

      This may just be a cue from Papa πŸ˜‰


  14. Ann

    February 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks, Eden.

    I may just be brave enough πŸ˜‰


  15. Moore to ponder

    March 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Ann! I just gave you the Versatile Blogger Award. You can stop by and pick up your award. Blessings, Theresa

    • Ann

      April 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Theresa,

      Thanks kindly… I’m scratching my head because I thought I had responded to your kind and thoughtful deed . Maybe I answered on your page?…

      Thanks again. I think I’m going to create a page for the awards so I can offer back a bunch πŸ™‚


  16. CommentatorandPoet

    June 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for your return visit. A day earlier and the site would have had many political postings. It was all about a bond issue, and two city council seats in McKinney. Sitting on our hands when it comes to the good of our community, never makes life better for everyone.

    • Ann

      June 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Hi John

      Thanks for popping by. Hope all is well. I’ll be visiting soon.

      Praying God’s guidance as you walk through this experience.


  17. meetingintheclouds

    January 24, 2012 at 12:15 am

    As a way of thanking you for your ministry to me here at WordPress, I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Details are at: https://meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/awards-that-honour-my-father/

    If you accept this award, the rules state you are required to share 7 things about yourself and to nominate others who radiate the essence of the award, telling them they are nominated and giving a link to the nomination. You can display the award on your page.

    • Ann

      January 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks for the nomination, Lady Angela

      I have been meaning to create a page to process these awards but I haven’t gotten there yet 😦 Hopefully things will settle soon. It’s hard to follow the award rules given the blog format but I’ll figure something out…


  18. Minister Aiken

    February 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    God has truly gifted you with the gift of ‘writing’! Continue to let Him use you for His glory!
    You are doing it with such humility and greatness.

    God bless and do remember to tell the Lord thank you!

    Your sister in Christ, Debra

    • Ann

      February 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

      God bless you, Minister Aiken

      My desire is to glorify Him with the gift He’s placed in me. I am indeed thankful for His blessings and mercy. It is my desire that He would take joy in what is shared on these pages.

      Thanks for your prayers and support.

      For His glory,

  19. pbus1

    February 18, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Hi Ann,

    I wanted you to know that I appreciate the support you’ve given me, at β€œA Place of Worship.” Therefore, I have nominated you for an award which is truly about you, The Reader Appreciation Award. My way of saying thank you! To learn more about this award, click on the link! Thank you so much! God bless! Have a blessed weekend, my friend! Don’t worry about linking back to me. This award is about you! πŸ™‚


  20. New View From Here

    March 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    “Revisiting seeds planted in the season of youth…”

    As one who spends a great deal of time ministering to teenagers (and some obstinate prodigy), I love this! Great reminder of God’s faithfulness to water the seeds that are planted…we just need to trust His timing!

    • Ann

      March 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Welcome to this side of blogland

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note.

      God bless you as you serve! I remember my stubborn days. πŸ™‚ So thankful He surrounded me with praying adults who were committed to seeing the youth live for His glory. I didn’t always listen, but I think they always prayed believing.

      May He continue to strengthen you and give you the right words as you lead the next generation to Him. Keep planting!

      For His glory,

  21. meetingintheclouds

    April 1, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Ann, I want to thank you for all the times I have been encouraged and inspired by visiting your blog.

    I have awarded you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    Details can be found at http://meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    • Ann

      April 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

      God bless you, Angela

      Thanks for the award and for encouraging and inspiring me as well. One of these days I will create an awards page… for now, time slips by like sands through the hourglass πŸ™‚

      God bless you ‘muchly’!

  22. imexcited

    April 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Hi Ann!
    How are you? Hope all is well with you and your family..I’ve been tagged and I’m here to tag you too. Click this link if you feel like playing (if not, I can understand) http://imexcited.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/ive-been-tagged/ Have a blessed day!

  23. imexcited

    June 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Hello Ann! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Here’s the link http://imexcited.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/one-lovely-blog-award/ Have a blessed day!

  24. Moore to ponder

    June 5, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Dear Ann,

    I saw that you liked a post of mine that I reblogged. I saw it the little parrots in my email notification and instantly remembered you. How are you? I would just love to hear how you are doing. You can email me if you would like.

    Love and Blessings,

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