Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Gift: Part I

Today while thinking about some people that had mentioned that they would really like to get certian books from the Family Christian Book Store but couldn't really afford it, I thought, "how can we help them?"

But another question popped into my head, "Can we afford to help them? How much giving is too much?" We have been giving to a lot of areas and we need to make sure we do so with in our means."

Silly me, there I go thinking again. We can never give too much. Jehovah Jireh will always provide. So some simple ideas came to mind as to how to accomplish helping them along with gift giving and still live with in our means.

#1: For those that are wanting to get books, give them a gift card to get the things they want. If you are a member of one of those places and have coupons, give them a coupon to use as well. You are allowing them to grow stronger in the Lord by getting those much sought after books. If you know the exact book they want, then get it for them.

#2: Another solution outside of giving with getting books to those that can't afford them; I'm going to make a list of all our books and loan them out. I am going to ask for them back so that anyone that wants to read them they will get circulated around and so that hubs and I can still read the ones we have not been able to get to yet. Why not share what you have and let more people gain from them. Again, this is outside of gift giving, but you are still giving to those in need in another sense.

#3: Now this one I know is going to be stepping on some toes, but it is true and to the point.

When giving to someone of low to middle incomes, give them a gift that is going to really stretch for them. Keep in mind that they can not go to expensive places. This thought came after hearing some that only shop at "the good places" stated they would never set foot in a Walmart or Savers or Marshalls etc just to name a few. I thought, wow! you are missing out on some great deals! My heart went out to them, especially since I knew that they were having financial struggles.

I thought of food and how some would love to have a little more and would love to have a nice holiday meal. So why not give them a gift certificate to a local savings grocery store? For instance here we have Winco and Walmart which are very competive in their pricing and try to offer their customers low cost items. We also have the high end grocery stores such as Alberston's and Fred Meyers. Now I know they often offer better looking/quality items, but they are pricey and those on low-middle incomes often can not afford those prices.

So instead of giving them a gift card to a high end store which they most likely will feel uncomfortable going into and not be able to purchase much, give them a card for a low end place where they can get more for the amount. They will greatly appreciate it, believe me. I know as I have lived the low income aspect and am middle class. I know how much it helps to live well within our means. This is what has made it possible for us to give more and more.

Now some of you may say, well those that can't afford to go to the high end places would surely appreciate the ability to do so. Why this may be true to some extent, it is still keeping them from getting more for the amount of the gift. Why not let them get more out of it. And it spares them that uncomfortableness of, "Gosh, I just don't feel right paying this for that item." Save them the stress. Give them a practical gift that they can truly enjoy.

By the way, I'm talking from experience and through the eyes and thoughts of many. Think about the person, about their life style and then think about what would make a good gift. No matter what, a person receiving will be gracious and it isn't with in them to tell you, "Well sorry but I just don't like this." But I've heard from many, "I know they are just trying to be nice, but this just isn't me. I don't have the money to spend on this kind of stuff and I'm just not comfortable wearing it, or using it," or what ever the case may be.

Keep in mind, it's not about money. Nothing ever should be about "money." I don't care how much money you have. Be kind, keep your nose down out of the air, don't be stuffy, don't judge others because they don't dress like you do or have the things you have. Who cares? Crimeny, if we all were rich/well to do, life would be dull. Besides, those of us that have had to work hard to get what we have, have learned to appreciate what we have. So stay down off your high faluten pedestal and use common sense. Give from the heart, not from the ways of the world. Don't make it about you, but rather make it about the person you are giving to. For some it wouldn't hurt for you to come down out of the clouds and humble yourselves.

When reading back through this, I realized I needed to state that I'm not trying to be mean nor judgmental. I'm just talking from experience and through the eyes of others as well. I've met those, "I'm too good for you" type people that have to outgive others, have to have the best of anyone, have to give their children nothing but the best, etc.

#4: When giving to your children, the best thing you can do is not go over board. As when you spoil a child they keep expecting it and don't learn to appreciate what they do have. Of course treat them special, but do the giving with in your means instead of putting yourself in debt. It reminds me of the commercial where the guy talks about all this "stuff" he and his family have and then he says, "Somebody help me please, I'm in debt up to my ears."

But this subject will be left for another post on a lesson hard learnt for hubs and I. Beleive me, spending--especially around the holidays--within your means will keep you from having headaches and night mares and working your fingers to the bones trying make ends meet. If you don't have it, don't spend it! Again, a lot of this comes from the Lord leading me to help others, and also from the voice of experience in all the areas talked about.

God's great Blessings abundantly to you. May you find great peace, joy, health, prosperity, good health this beautiful holiday season. And above all, don't forget the real meaning of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Eyes Open, Ears Hearing Part II

I wasn't going to make this post part of this session, but realized that it fits right in. As always, amazed and in awe of His perfect timing. I just visited a few blogs and was so touched and in awe of how a couple of them dealt with this situation. I wasn't going to do any visiting tonight, just get on, type away and be done. I'm glad it didn't work that way.

Any hoo, hubs and I were discussing a situation that has popped up again in our family. We were talking of our concerns, well I was doing most of the talking, as I have that need to have things out in the open. Humph...As I was talking it occurred to me that we have been down this road many a time and have always come out of it, but I still said, "Why do we keep going through this? I wish the Lord would grab hold of him and hold on to him." Then it hit me.

This isn't his time to come to the Lord completely. He isn't ready for the fullness of the Lord. He still has trials to go through before fully giving himself to the Lord.

Then I stated, "I know he isn't ready, but it's so hard to watch our children suffer and go through these stages in their lives. Just when we think life is getting on track, wham, smacked back down." But we all want the best for our children and don't want to see them suffer. On the same token, we know they must go through their trials in order to learn.

It's easy to sit back and think, "Darn, why didn't I do this or that differently? Perhaps our kids wouldn't be going through all this 'garbage'". But then I stop and remember, God has our lives already planned out. He knows what is going to happen before it actually happens.

So in ending I said to hubs, "What am I thinking? He never gives us more than we can handle. But it is hard to watch them suffer."

That's when I realized that a post was at hand, and while contemplating how I wanted to present it, it occurred to me how much God suffered giving of His only begotten Son. Watching His Son suffer for our sins so that we could come to Him through Christ. Wow! Imagine giving your child or the closest person to you like that. Imagine the pain you would go through. Imagine what Mary His mother and the disciples and Mary Magdalen must have felt.

So I am reminded once again that it is in His hands. We watched the rest of the Book of John tonight, which I will write about next time, but I felt at ease again. The past two days in the late afternoon I've felt a heaviness. I tried to rebuke it, shake it, talk about it, but nothing helped. Then between the movie and the revelations, that heaviness once again is broken. That and the reading of other blogs.

Thank You Lord for all the great people You have placed in my life at the right time and place. Your timing is always perfect. Thank You for providing me with a wonderful God fearing husband. It's funny, as I finished with the revelations that came to me as I was discussing the situation with hubs, he chuckles. It's because he likes seeing that I am in the Lord and the Lord is in me and I am led to where I need to be and receive the answers as I speak. Sometimes I get frustrated as he doesn't say much, just a umhum or yup or what ever. But he is wise and knows he doesn't need to speak as when I let Him in, then I will have the answers.

Back to the situation. I realize that there are times we must travel down that dark road, sink in the dark miry pit, or walk what seems to be alone, allowing the enemy to do his dirty work as He is using this time to draw us nearer, to teach us what He wants us to learn at that time. Only He knows what will work for us.

Some of us come to Christ early on, and walk a pretty up righteous life, while others come to Him as a young adult, while others at a later age. That used to bother me, but now; I know that He had a plan for all of us. Hubs and & endured some pretty harsh situations. Some that are too embarrassing to talk of unless the time is brought up that it is necessary to help someone else. We go through those walks so we can shed some light. So that God will receive all the Glory and His light will shine.

So once again, I will walk beside my son, knowing that God has a hand in this and accept our trials joyfully, for each time our son is led back, his faith is stronger and he offers so much. Work in him Lord, teach him and lead him back to You. You know his heart. You know his love for you. He's lost but You our Sheppard will lead him back to the flock. Thank You Jesus!

Be blessed everyone. Smile often, Hug a lot, Love always. You never know who you are talking to or dealing with. ;) Peace and Joy to all!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Eyes Open, Ears Hearing Part I

How I love it when He reveals things to us at the right time. Tonight hubs and I were watching the book of John. It's a 3 hour movie. We only made it half way through. Can't wait to see the rest of it. So a part of this will come from a letter read, and another part or parts will come from the movie watched.

Today I woke up in pain pretty much every where, and as the day rolled on, I started to feel frumpy. I tried to rebuke it, push past it, but no good. I sat down and done the prayer sheet which usually has me floating on air, but no good. Hubs comes home and I'm still frumpy, not knowing why. I sat in the front room, mainly just wanting to be alone. I started cleaning up my desk and the remnants of Christmas decorating when I came across a mailing from Dr. Charles Stanley. This is when the first start of revelations happened.

In the letter Dr. Stanley talked about we all too often get caught up in the worldly ways of Christmas and often forget what Christmas really signifies. We forget the birth of Christ and why He came to earth. We forget the spirit of giving. Instead we are so wrapped up in how we must get this and that for so and so, and so and so. We worry about getting the latest gadgets, feeling we just must have them.

But that's not what it's all about. It's not about our desires, our wants, it's about Christ! It's about what God wants of us. Shouldn't we be more concerned about the widows and the children rather than ourselves? Shouldn't we be helping and caring for the needy? After all, doesn't He stand faithful to us?

I read farther and thought wow; this is the perfect answer to a problem I've been trying to find the right solution to. This year finances are very tight, but I'm not worried about it like I used to be. I know that Jehovah Rophe will provide. I also felt in my spirit that He is using this time to do some teaching. Not necessarily to us, but to our family. Our daughter has ran into financial difficulties as well, and well, Christmas is looking pretty bleak.

Christmas has always been big in our family. We wanted to give, give, give. Yes, it's good to an extent, but we often more than not, go over board. We don't want for the kids to want. I looked back at all the years of finding under the trees presents stacked high. I remember the delight in seeing all those. We never bickered though as to whether one got more than the other, or anything like that. We were just happy to have new clothes and toys.

We did however often wonder why some of our friends got more things and bigger and better things. We knew mom and dad couldn't afford those things, yet we still yearned. Never mind the friends that hardly got anything. Did we ponder that one. Well, yes, to some degree. Our hearts went out to them, but not like it should have.

So now I look at our grand kids who worry about how many each one gets and whether or not one got more or better things than the other. I am a firm believer in treating each one equally and try hard, but have blundered in previous years. I watch in wonderment as to how they can grab those packages, rip them open and toss it aside to do the same with each gift, then sit there and complain as they wanted this and that. My heart used to break over not being able to satisfy them.

I think back over how my daughter and I would stress over making sure we met their "desires". Now I kick myself as we didn't instill in them the real meaning of Christmas. Yes, giving to them and making them happy is a joy, but I also want them to "really" get the feeling of what it is all about. I wondered how to go about then when Dr. Stanley talked of how his son while sitting at the table as a teen and said, "Dad, I'm glad you didn't give me everything I wanted." Dr. Stanley asked him why he said that. Andy proceeded to tell him about how he has seen other kids messed up by getting everything they want. I too see that. Some become arrogant and aloof to those who do not have it all. Others are just plain greedy and don't know what it's like to give of themselves and so on. Their lives become a total mess, full of turmoil and stress.

So this year, there won't be a pile of gifts under the tree. I know they will have a hard time with that, but instead a good gift that will help create family time will be under the tree instead. Jesus will be discussed, parts of the Bible read, and the true Spirit of Christmas will fill our home. I know that some day they will be thankful that we changed our ways. I pray our daughter comes to the realization as well.

I will continue this story at a later date. I do have more revelation to add to this but a different subject. None the less it all falls under eyes open and ears hearing. Thank You Jesus!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Psalm 111: Praise for the Lord's Works

Today is Thanksgiving and what a great Scripture to use.

1 Hallelujha! I will praise the Lord with all my heart in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

2 The Lord's works are great, studied by all who delight in them.

3 All that He does is splendid and majestic; His righteousness endures forever.

4 He has caused His wonderful works to be remembered. The Lord is gracious and compassionate.

5 He has provided food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever.

6 He has shown His people the power of His works by giving them the inheritance of the nations.

7 The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His instructions are trustworthy.

8 They are established forever and ever, enacted in truth and uprighteousness.

9 He has sent redemption to His people. He has ordained His covenant forever. His name is holy and awe-inspiring.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever.

(CBS version)

The Hoppers - Shoutin' Time

We do have so much to be thankful for. We go through our trials, dark times, times of wonderment, but through it all a light shines. Give thanks as it is "Shoutin' Time!"

Give Thanks!

I am thankful for so many things that I couldn't begin to put them all down, but these are the main ones. First and foremost; I'm so thank for our Lord and Savior. For with Him so much joy has been brought to our lifes. Freedom! I'm thankful for the church we were led to. I'm thankful for the leaders of the church for were it not for them being annointed and teaching the "WORD" we may still be stumbling. I'm thankful for the staff and the countless hours they give to make sure the church continues to function. The Church family that we are able to fe...llowship with and learn from one another.

I'm thankful for my wonderful husband who has become such a great leader of our family so full of love; a true man of God. I'm thankful for our son and daughter who brings so much joy to our lives. I'm thankful for our grand children who teach us patience and brings more joy to our lives. That we are able to spend a lot of time with most of them. I'm thankful for the friends we have made over the years and the new ones we continue to meet. I'm thankful for all my FB friends....and the list goes on and one. Great Blessings with peace, joy, love, kindness, understanding, patience, prosperity, and strength.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

God's Great Mercy & Love!

Since my last post, so much good has happened. There has been some dark things that have struck, and I see many that are being struck, but the joy and happiness is there through it all.

You may ask, when you know many are hurting, down, ill, just plain down on their luck can you be happy? Well, let me explain some events that have taken place. I love His perfect timing. It's all helped me to grow by leaps and bounds in Him. Yes, I do feel for those hurting etc. My heart is with them and they are in my prayers. I love people and care deeply for everyone. When someone hurts, I hurt. But I don't want to be the one to keep them from recieving their blessings.

Attending the Womens Weekly group that our Pastor's wife and daughter-in-law bring to us has been a rewarding time. Our Pastor giving his message from John Bevere's Extraordinary has been amazing. He's been on fire with the Lord's Word. Being around so many great people it has been a pure blessing. Thank You Jesus!

I've learned how to redirect my prayers. I've learned not to focus on the person and/or problem, but rather worship and give thanks for what He is doing or going to do with that situation. I was handing the problems to the Lord, but never thanked Him that He was or would take care of the problem until the problem maybe was taken care of.

I'll tell you what, since using the various names of the Lord depending on the situation and thanking Him for what He is going to do has changed my life so much. It's been overwhelming and beautiful at the same time.

The first signs of things changing in the past week was all of a sudden feeling a much deeper love for my husband. I didn't think it possible, but it's beautiful! The other is my oldest grand son asking questions, stating concerns and recieving the Lord. I've watched him transform into a very nice young man. We have a new relationship that is wonderful. He feels comfortable around us now and enjoys spending time with us. It's awesome! Another is having a whole lot more patience when I have the grand kids. Something I had been praying for. A new found special love for them.

The biggest is the fact that I feel love for all. I may start to get aggravated with someone but am able to rebuke it and change my attitude. I am able to talk to people much easier and be more compassionate. I take the time to listen now. I am able to be more supportive. I don't feel like my life is so chaotic and out of control any more.

It is so much easier to take in messages, to hear His voice, to receive what He is giving us, to love on others, and to feel a fresh new release, beginning, and freedom! Loving life, feeling almost euphoric, relieved to finally reach a new level in my spiritual life. What is nice is being able to make my husband happier. He's loving watching the change. Gone is the negativity, or if there is a negative subject to discuss it's not done in a manner that depresses up both.

I pray each of you that have not recieved this kind of freedom yet will find it soon. Those that have recieved will continue to hold onto that freedom and joy. There is nothing more rewarding than taking another step forward, another step closer to Him, to recieve that freedom from so many bindings. Break those bindings off and recieve His annointing! God's blessings, peace, joy, prosperity and strength to you all!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wake Up Call #10

I'll start by saying, this is not #10 as there has been way more than that since coming back to the Lord, but that is the number that came to my head, so I'll go with it. ;) This month marks the 4th year since coming back to the Lord for our son and myself and for Hubs accepting Him! It's such a good feeling.

So what is it that came today? Today I went to my chiropractor appt. feeling drained. I had already decided that I needed a day to rest. I've been going full board for weeks now and am exhausted mentally and physically. So I figured, "okay, I can miss group today as I have the DVD and can stay caught up with it. Tomorrow I don't have a way to stay up with that group, so I need to attend that one.

I figured I would stop by the church to drop off the dish towels that I take home and wash and set up coffee like I usually do and then leave. I was going to make up a lame excuse, but instead told one of the leaders the truth that I needed some rest. While listening to myself explain why I wasn't going to attend, I thought of how silly my excuse sounded. So I stayed. I used a napkin to take notes on and was relieved I had stayed. I had asked for prayer and for my husbands business as well.

While Miss P. and others prayed over me, Ms. P said, "I am to tell you that you need to ask whether you should say yes or no before you give an answer instead of saying yes, as you may be taking away someone elses blessing the Father is trying to give them." Wow! That hit home. I had heard the week before of how we should make sure we don't steel others blessings.

This stayed with me on the way home I was contemplating those words, frustrated in a sense, as I knew there was a lot to do at home, this needed to be taken care of, that needed to be taken care of, I don't spend enough time in the Word, I play too often on FB as that is my way of relaxing; but because I do that, many things are left undone, why is it always such a vicious circle.

Then my mind changed to why do I have a hard time saying no? At first I knew it's because I have a heart that wants to help as much and as often as I can. It's a way to connect with others, to be around others, to feel fulfilled. Then it hit; wake up call #10; I was doing it for "acceptance." Say what?

Pretty much all my life I've been picked on, teased, called names, told I was worthless and wouldn't amount to much, and on and on the list goes. Plus some things that had happened at home as well. So instead of listening to the positive that would come my way, I'd dwell on all those hurtful things said to me. I hated who I was. I grew up and lived all these years trying to be who I thought I needed to be in order to be accepted.

People tell me that they think I'm a great person, sweet, caring, etc; but I couldn't accept what they were saying, as I felt it was all just a front. Now mind you, it's not with everyone that I feel that way now. I felt that they felt sorry for me and were just trying to be kind. I feel that people are talking about me and poking fun of me behind my back. Or when people would whisper, giggle and be looking at me or would roll their eyes, all those words came flooding into my mind, and I just kept sinking lower.

So I pour myself into doing as much as I can as often as I can to try and find that acceptance. I live to hear, "Great job! Thanks for your help, we really appreciate what you do," and on and on. How pathetic is that? I was looking for some magical "words" to come and take away all the hurt that has been built up in me for years.

I'm a very shy person and have a hard time feeling comfortable around authoritative people, such as Pastors. I know part of that comes from being taught respect for those above us. But then today I was reminded that they are no better than anyone else. They are just using their gift the good Lord gave them to do.

So now I'm at the point of trying to change my way of thinking. I'll be doing a lot of praying, asking for guidance, what my gift(s) really are, how should I be responding to requests to help, why does it feel so wrong for me to say no? Will I ever get rid of this restless, I'm no good, I won't amount to much, I have no talent, I dress weird, I'm fat, people are making fun of me, I don't want to talk to anyone as what comes out of my mouth is stupid. People have been telling me this for years.

So now I come in peace & know this will be a process to overcome. I thought I had this beat a while ago, but only to realize I was trying to ignore it. Instead I come asking for prayer to be lifted up and hear His voice lead me and to be rid of the negative voices that continue to attack my mind.

I bid you all good day. I pray that you all have confidence in yourselves. Never let the arrows/darts that others throw at you invade your mind. Cast all your cares to the Lord. For those that have been through this, let those words fall off your shoulders. Don't believe them. It's all a work of the enemy trying to weaken you. Don't let him win. Instead, gather your strength from the almighty power of God. The one who loves you unconditioanlly, "always."

For those of you who may judge and tease others; think about what you are saying and your actions, as often times, actions will speak louder than words. Words do cut like a kife and stay with a person. Be kind, loving and gentle. Put yourself in that other persons place and ask youreslf how you would feel if someone were doing that to you. Think before you act/speak and/or do. Blessings, peace, love and prosperity to each and everyone of you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Seeing Things in a Different Light

Today while driving into Boise via the connector, I looked upon the valley in a whole new light. I've never seen it in this manner before. It took on a whole new, beautiful look. It is impossible to explain it exactly other than the Lord has been moving me in new directions and taking me to knew levels. I just drove in awe at this new found beauty of our surroundings. Thanking Him the whole time for this new light.

I made it to hubs appointment and then went to coffee with him. The mood had changed. Concern came over me for my husband. He seemed to have something troubling him and wouldn't open up, as he does often.

We parted, he headed for work, myself heading to pick up two of the grand kids; one of which is home sick. I was pondering over hubs, wondering what must be going on in his mind, when I all of a sudden focused on worshipping the Lord. On my way home was the usual crazy driving of some, slow from some, excessive speeds by others, and then there is that one that seems to want to join you in your lane. But this time it didn't bother me so much. What was going on?

I look in my review mirror after picking up the kids and see a young girl smiling from ear to ear, blowing a bubble from her gum and talking on the phone. At first I was thinking, great, watch her run into the back of me as she's not paying attention. Then all of a sudden the Lord took hold of me, and I was reminded not to judge.

Then I saw her as a beautiful girl, smiling, happy, childlike the way He wants us to be. I thought you know, we are all different in so many ways, but are all alike as well. We are all sons and daughters of the Lord our God. We all have a special place in this crazy world. Then I really got to looking at people as they drove by.

What did I see? People of all walks of life. Then I thought about how some were obviously not well off financially and some were well off. I thought back to a time when finances were bad. We didn't know if we were going to be able to keep our house, our vehicles needed work done on them, were we going to lose them too? How would we get to work. What about our kids, what would happen to them.

That's when I thought; we have so much to be thankful for. It doesn't matter what we have. It doesn't matter whether or not we are rich or poor. It doesn't matter what we wear. What matters is how we treat one another. What matters is what is in our heart. What matters is do we accept our Father and walk in the manner in which He desires for us to walk? Are we shining His light? Are we kind, gentle, loving, full of grace and mercy, thoughtful, joyfull, living with the Fruit of the Spirit in us?

Gratefulness, Thankfullness and Joy filled my heart. Gone was any worries. Gone was the comtemplations of, we need this or that, the worries about how to handle this mess, what should be said or done about this or that problem. I was reminded to hand all my cares to the Lord and let His light shine through. I had a heart and soul that understood and realized the value He was showing me and placed right in front of my face.

A new energy came about. No more frustration over things not getting done. Gone was the irritation over how busy life has become and how it seemed I needed to drop something of which I was involved in doing, but where and what to choose as I knew that I needed to be in the groups that I am to learn and come closer to Him. I knew that volunteering is where I'm suppose to be. I know the importance of watching the grandkids; then of course the house has to be was I going to do it all. Laughter filled my head. "Silly one, has He not always provided? Has He not always walked you through those difficult times? Has it not been good to get home and feel wonderfully exhausted knowing full well good things came from the day?

A small sacrifice for all that He offers us and gives us each and every day. He "always" provides; even in those times we feel it's not what we wanted. He knows what is best for us, what is "needed" at the right time.

Step back/sit back and really look at your surroundings. Look at those that are around you. See the uniqueness each one of us has to offer. Look at all the beauty He has provided us. What a wonderful world it really is. There may be some darkness in your life, but His light will shine through eventually when the time is right. For it is by His plans and His perfect timing that all comes together for the good of all. Take in a deep breath, smile, let your heart sing joyfully. Know that He is near. Never will He forsake you. Never will He leave you. Blessings to All!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Taming that Tongue

I'm going to start this with Scripture and then tell a good piece I read today that led me to this very subject.

James 3:3-12

3 Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal.

4 And consider ships: though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

5 So too, though the tongue is a samll part [of the body], it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.

6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our [bodies]; it pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.

7 For every creature--animal or bird, reptile or fish--is tamed and has been tamed by man,

8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in God's likeness.

10 Out of the same mouth come blessings and cursing. My brothers, these things should not be this way.

11 Does not a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?

12 Can a fig tree porduce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine [produce] figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.

"With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in God's likeness."

I've read this very chapter over and over and it never hit home until recently just how serious this is. This very verse never hit until lately. Think about it. When we talk poorly of someone, curse, shout or ridicule, we are putting our Lord down! We may bless Him but we still curse Him. How sad is that. Not to mention what we are doing by gossiping, sneering at, ridiculing, etc what that does to a person. Why do we continue to insist on bringing one another; our brothers and sisters; down?

Our tongue is an evil vessel when we do not control it. I'm soooo guilty of having an evil tongue that has started many a fire. This all while being in the flesh, not connected to the Lord. Now I have better control, but still balk at some of the things that escape my mouth. I really believe we all need to remind ourselves daily about how we use our tongue. Keep it in check.

So what brought me to this was a saying I came across today that really touched me. It is sooooo very true. This is the jest of, not the exact wording.

Although a persons reputation may have been repaired, it doesn't take away the fact that people still remember and carry with them, that which brought the scar upon the person in the first place.

So this to me says, control what you say, for you may ruin a person for life. A physical hurt can heal, a mental scar is there forever. Once you have said something you shouldn't have, it's there for good. You can't take it back no matter how hard you try.

Remember to use the "Fruit of the Spirit" when talking and in your actions. Be loving, share a smile, use kindness, love on one another. We never know what is going on in a persons life fully. Don't be their judge, be their friend, or their prayer warrior, or what ever it is that they need. Those that seem wicked, seem dirty, are doing something we don't agree with; need our prayer more than those that we see and know and have befriended. For does it not say in Matthew 5:43-48: But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same? 47 and if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don't even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Hmmm, we are called upon to love our enemies. Do we do anything out of the ordinary? Or are we able to live "extraordinary" lives?

Be blessed everyone. Go out there and love on your neighbors, your "brothers and sisters." As I've heard for years; "If you have nothing good to say, then don't bother saying it at all." Boy was that ever good advice. Better to keep the tongue silent than to start a fire. :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sean Shed 258 Pounds Without a Single Salad - That's Fit

Sean Shed 258 Pounds Without a Single Salad - That's Fit

What an inspirational story. For the first time in years, I really feel like I can shed the weight I need to lose! Thank you Sean. "Diets" don't work. I've tried so many. Many "diet plans" have you count calories, but you still have to eat certain foods.

This makes sense. Your whole system makes so much sense. For those of you that need and want to lose weight, read this story and visit Daily Diet of a Winning Loser. I'm going to meditat on this whole start of a new life and start on Monday. Anyone wanting to join in with me is welcome to share as well.

Looking forward to a new healthy lifestyle. One with no more stressing on how "fat" I am. No more feeling lousy. Getting rid of the health issues that come from being over weight!!! Hallelujah!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jonny Diaz 'A More Beautiful You'

This is a beautiful song for young girls, but also is good for any woman lacking self respect and/or confidence. You are all beautiful! Believe in yourself. You all have a specific purpose in this life. No one is lesser than the other. Hold your head high knowing that your are loved and needed.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Eric Duquette, a Salutatorian Who Has Autism, Rocks Graduation Speech

What an amazing heart warming story. It just goes to show that with persistance, love, nurturing, never giving up on your child and work with their abilities not with their disability, the child can enjoy life. This story comes at a perfect time in a few of our lives. We now know what to do. It has equipped me with a much better mindset.

Eric Duquette, a Salutatorian Who Has Autism, Rocks Graduation Speech

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Simon Cowell Grants Young Girl's Final Wish

Simon Cowell Grants Young Girl's Final Wish

This story really touched my heart. My heart goes out to this little ones family. What a brave little girl she was. Something we can all learn from.

I've always liked Simon Cowell although he can have a brash tongue from time to time. He's doing the job he's being paid to do and that is to find real talent. Perhaps toning down his points to some would help. This just shows the man has a heart which he has shown in the past.

May the Lord wrap His arms around the family of the little girl and comfort them in their loss of their precious gift from above. Bless you Simon for granting her wish and fulfilling a dream of someone so young. May she now rest in peace.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Passion

Just watched the Passion of Christ again. We watch it every Easter. It is always so hard to watch the beatings, the horrible treatment that Jesus endured through the capture, the trials, and the crucifixion. All the evil that took place. The tears flow and once again I shout, "Lord I am not worthy of your love. I Thank You for all that your endured for our sins."

While watching the movie I ask how people can be so evil. How could one or more get such satisfaction out of torturing another being. How when obviously one is near death the beatings continue on. The laughter that took place, the happiness received from such devastation.

And yet these things continue on today. You hear of people being beaten to death. A person is knocked to the ground, beaten, kicked in the head, spit on. Have we not learned yet. It is sad how easy it is to be of the flesh, of the world. Humans, meager mortals.

There is another way that we beat people down and that is with our tongues. Once again I'm reminded of the destruction we can cause with a simple slip of the tongue. Gossip, talking poorly of another, speaking out in anger, etc. Guilty of that very thing, my heart hurts asking, "Why? Why do I continue to do these things?" My heart belongs to the Lord, yet I still will slander another out of anger and hurt.

Some of us try hard to curb our tongues and not talk of others. There is a difference between discussing problems in the family and trying to come together to work the problems out or with a friend. But it turns to slander when we put that person(s) down and talk badly of them because we don't like what they are doing.

We must be a repentant soul, on our knees asking for forgiveness and working ever so hard on having the heart of the Lord, to love one another and yes, especially our enemies, for they do not know and need help. It is our place to walk in the ways of the Lord and help those in need.

Matthew 16:24-27 NKJV
24Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole word, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchanger for his soul?
27For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works."

A trip with my grand kids and friends one day. The youngest girl, "Easter is all about candy and egg hunts." One of the boys that does not believe, (a friend of theirs) says, "No it isn't, it's about the Resurrection of Christ." Be still my heart. I was so elated to hear that. I then told her, he's right. It's not about candy and egg hunts, it's about the crucifixion of Christ for he died for our sins and then rose again. Silence, pure silence. The children sitting there letting it soak in. Then, "Oh wow, really Omah?" Yes sweety, that is what Easter is all about. We are to give thanks for His great sacrifice that He made up there on that cross for us.

Will you pick up your cross and carry it. Come join me in cleansing our souls, washing our hands of all the filth that we allow to cross our paths, giving up ourselves and carrying our cross following our Lord and Savior, giving thanks to the Lord our God!

I wish you all a Blessed and Happy Easter. Be thankful for all you have and do not fret over the little things, worrying about what you want, but rather dwelling on what you have to give.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Please Pray!

Please be praying for Shorty Bear and Love Bug. They both are going through some really tough times. Love Bug is without feeling in his legs and can not work. Shorty Bear is losing her eye sight and dealing with other health issues. They have a very small amount of income and are in need of help. She is trying for SSI, but anyone that has dealt with that knows that it can take forever for it to go through.

Let's lift them both up in prayer for healing and provisions. May the Lord Bless them greatly. Bless you all.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Dedication to My Daughter

My heart was empty and cold. Full of anger instead of love.
I walked away from the daughter that means the world to me.
Why you ask, because I let the ways of the flesh walk in.
I held within my arms a shell of a woman.
I saw the darkness in her eyes; knowing her light was slowly dying out.
Yet I did not let it strike the chord it should have.
No empathy did I feel; only confusion and frustration.
I thought to myself, "I did not raise you this way! What is wrong with you?"
Doing the very thing I watched a mother do to her daughter years ago;
yet oblivious to my own wrong doing.

I became my daughters judge; one who sentenced her without hearing her story.
I saw the emptiness and hurt in her children's eyes.
The protector of children broke loose in me once again.
For in my heart, children rely on us, and we must always be there for them.

But what was I missing? I wanted to tear them from her loving arms;
feeling she was not the mother they needed her to be.
Judging, ignoring anything that would set her from my cruel thoughts.
The children cried that they loved their mom and would not leave her.

I held her in my arms today, cried silently inside.
I step back and ask, "What am I doing? Lord, what has come of me?
My daughter needed me, yet I walked away! What have I done?
I hold before me, my daughter who is a shell of herself. So sick and in need of love,
understanding and comfort. Yet I walked away from her when she needed me most."

"Father you know my heart. You know I want to shine with your love light;
Yet I walked away from the very thing You teach and show. Not once have you ever
left my side, yet I walked away from one of Your children to struggle without her mom."

I am on bended knee, asking for forgiveness Father and daughter.
I never meant to walk away. I never meant to ignore all that you were crying out to me;
my beautiful, loving daughter. You tried to reach out and I pushed you away.
For that I am deeply sorry. I only saw the hurt of the children and not the hurt of my
very own daughter. I was angry with you for seemingly doing what I was actually doing.
I pray that you can forgive me for not being the woman I so long desire to be.

I see before me a daughter who is week, desperately in need of care, love and understanding.
I vow to you my daughter to always be there by your side. Listening instead of judging,
there to hold you when you need holding. There to catch you when you need catching.
There to listen, when you need listening to.
I now realize that the love you have for your children is strong.
I now realize that you have no longer the strength to carry on your daily needs.
I want to be that strength for you to lift you when you fall.

My daughter, my beautiful sweet daughter. My heart breaks today for the hurt I have caused our family. I did not set a good example. May this be a lesson none of us will ever forget. May the generational curses be broken and the love of the Lord prevail over all.

And so my daughter, I ask for forgiveness and leave you with this prayer:

Father God, I come to You today to thank you for the beautiful treasures you have bestowed upon our family. You gave me a wonderful Godly husband that is there for his children as You are always there for us. You gave us a wonderful son and daughter, both of whom we are very proud of. You have bestowed upon us beautiful grand children from both our son and daughter. For those gifts, I am eternally grateful.
Father I come with heavy heart for all the wrong I have done. I ask for forgiveness for the hurtful tongue and actions I have taken. I ask that the generational curses that have been brought upon our family be broken now, tossed and buried at the foot of the cross to never again be able to strike this family down.
Father, You have given us a beautiful daughter of whom I know deep down still believes in You and so very needs you. I lift her up to You Father and ask that You be her physician and heal her of all illnesses and renew her strength Lord. Not only physical strength but spiritual as well. Father, You have given us a beautiful gift from above, please do not take her from us. Heal her now I ask in Jesus Name. For you have said, "By Your stripes we are healed." You are the great and mighty and Only God! The Alpha and Omega, the One and Only. You are an awesome God Father; and we call upon You now for healing. I ask this in Jesus sweet and Holy Name, Amen!

Have faith my sweet daughter, be healed in His Holy Name! I love you unconditionally for all eternity. Be strong and know that we are here for you always, never to walk away again.

With Love now and forever,
His reponse opened doors.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fridays Funnies Post II: Why the Fight Started

I Needed a Laugh Today and Recieved this e-mail. I Laughed! Be ready when you reach the last one. And don't cheat, read them all. ;) A second Funny Follows this post.

Ever wonder in your relationship, how 'the fight' started...:

One year, a husband decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a
Christmas gift...

The next year, he didn't buy her a gift.

When she asked him why, he replied,

"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"
And that's how the fight started...


My wife and I are watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in

I turned to her and said,

'Do you want to have Sex?'


she answered.

I then said,

'Is that your final answer?'

She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying


So I said,

'Then I'd like to phone a friend.'

And that's when the fight started...


I took my wife to a restaurant.

The waiter, for some reason, took my order first.

'I'll have the strip steak, medium rare, please..'

He said,

'Aren't you worried about the mad cow?'

'Nah, she can order for herself.'

And that's when the fight started...


My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping the channels.
She asked,
'What's on TV?'
I said,
And then the fight started...


My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary..
She said,

'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 200 in about 3 seconds.'

I bought her a scale.
And then the fight started...


My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion, and she
kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby
I asked her,
'Do you know him?'
she sighed,
'He's my old boyfriend... I understand he took to drinking right after we
split up those many years ago, and I hear he hasn't been sober since.'

'My God!'
I said,
'Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?'

And then the fight started...


When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that
I should get it fixed.

But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck,
the car, playing golf. Always something more important to me.

Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.

When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily
snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a
short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when
I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.

I said, 'When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway.'

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

Friday's Funnies: Funny Street Signs Spotted Across The Country - Blog - The Best Local Events Guide

I just had to share this one with you all. I haven't made it through the complete list, but so far, they do bring a chuckle. Hope you all enjoy, and remember: LAUGHTER truly is the "best" medicine! Seldom cry, rarely frown, laugh often and smile alot!

Funny Street Signs Spotted Across The Country - Blog - The Best Local Events Guide

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Golden Anniversary; Unthinkable Loss

Golden Anniversary; Unthinkable Loss

This story talks of all emotions. It talks of greatness of a grand father and his accomplishments, of a grandson who had the same never give up attitude of his grand father and of a dad who was a good support of his family.

It also talks of a tragedy; a loss of a life at such a young age. No matter what age, it is hard to lose a loved one; but when a child is taken, it is devestating.

I was awe struck by the father of the son' comment at the end. It just goes to show, when we are in the right place, we can find joy and peace. Our hearts are heavy with the loss, but we must also look around and see that joy is all around. We just have to be open to it. He's always there with us!

Have a beautiful and blessed weekend all. I hope to be fully recovered and back into everything real soon.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Brianne Matthews: Of Softball, Sorrow

Brianne Matthews: Of Softball, Sorrow

We really need to be "In Tune" to our kids. So many young lives are taken by suicide. If your child is talking about death, listen to them. They may be crying out for help. There were many signs here with this child and it was missed, as so many don't realize. On the outside they may seem happy, but when they discuss something that is totally out of characteristic for them, be alert. Talk to your children to make sure they are doing okay, and not putting too much pressure on themselves.

This is a serious problem. Some parents don't believe in mental illness. Some think that kids just talk. Many times they are crying out for help in the only way they know how without coming right out and saying it. If your child is unhappy, then you really need to be listening to them. Swallow your pride if need be and get them the help they so deserve.

I'm not saying that the parent ignored her daughter. Not the case, but she unknowingly missed some significant signs, along with others. We assume all is good with our kids when they are doing well in school and other things. Friends as well need to be alert to odd behaviors of their friends. Something that happens out of characteristic.

Let's take a stand against child suicides. Let's let these kids know we care about them and are there to listen to them. Let's incourage our children to talk to us about anything; that they don't have to be alone with their thoughts.

Let's pray that we the parents, grandparents, friends are given the insight to notice there is something wrong and children are not needlessly taking their own lives.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Who's Your Boss?

While reading through "Life Principles Bible by Dr. Charles Stanley; Life principle 4, I was captivated by what it said. It is amazing how so many times we can read something over and over and then one day it finally sinks in! Well it did this time. Perhaps due to the Daniel Fast, I'm finally able to comprehend more; or more likely, I'm ready for it. After all, it is all designed by His time.

The title for Life Principle 4 reads: "The Awareness of God's Presence Energizes Us for Our Work. (Deut. 20:1) (S.C., 2005)

Dr. Stanley goes on to talk about three way s one can get the most out of the work you do. One being as seeing yourself as a servant. Col. 3:22 "Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God." Matt. 20:25 "Jesus came to earth not to be served, but to serve--and He instructed us to adopt the same attitude."

When we are at work, we should do our very best no matter the circumstances. Dr. Stanley wrote: "A prideful employee is seldom seen as a 'promotion possibility.'"(S.C., 2005) If we do our work thinking we know it all and can do better than others, we aren't doing our job to the best of our ability. We aren't serving our real Boss!

So who is our real Boss? This is where the second way to get the most of the work you do. "Realize that you work for the Lord Himself."(S.C., 2005) That's right, no matter where we are working, who we are working for, our real Boss is always the Lord. Col. 3:23 "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

I like what Dr. Stanley had to say about how we need to give a "full days labor whether we think management is fair." That is because we are working for the Lord in reality.

Then came the best part of this Life Principle. Our Pastor has talked many a time about being a part time Christian--yes, guilty sometimes of this very thing--but do you go to church Sunday and Worship and then go to work Mon. - Fri. not giving the Lord much thought or perhaps not at all? Do you practice what the Bible teaches while at work? And then spend Saturday as a day of play, and then back to church on Sunday to Worship; and the circles continues?

If we look at daily life in a worldly fashion and not in a Godly manner, then we are not fully doing our work. We must include the Lord everyday in all that we do. When we worry more about how our supervisors, managers etc. see us, and not how the Lord sees us, then we aren't giving our all.

The third way to get the most out of your work is: "Realize your pay comes both now and hereafter."(S.C., 2005) Dr. Stanley explains that we naturally need to be paid while doing our work her on earth in order to survive; but you aren't going to get paid all you are worth here. But if we put in our all while here we will be greatly rewarded when we go home. Remember, our Boss is watching every move we make. If we show Him the respect He deserves, do our very best and include Him in everything we do, our reward is going to be unmeasurable.

And the very last paragraph and sentence asks and answers some very good questions:
Do you see yourself as a servant? Do you consider Him your real Boss and work
"as unto the Lord," no matter how menial or boring your job might seem? Have you
realized that you have a tremendous reward coming later for faithful labor
performed now?
If so, you are getting the most out of your work. (S.C., 2005)
This came at the perfect time--of course--as I've been dealing with what I do, and realized that I need to change my ways. This all started about a week ago. So much is being revealed lately and then I read this and wow! Talk about a "hit-you-in-the- face moment!" I won't go into detail, but I've realized lately that I need to change the whole way I've been acting and going about things and need to ask to be led, instead of being that bullheaded self that I have a tendency to fall back into. This Life Principle was the icing on the cake so to speak.

I love His perfect timing, how He opens our eyes at the right moment when we need it the most. Since coming back to the Lord, I can't imagine life without Him. Nor do I know how I did it without Him. Well, yes I do. He was always there; just waiting for me to come back. Because when I look back and think about it, I shouldn't be here today. I actually did die once and came back.

Miracle? You bet. It wasn't my time yet, it was a moment that He used to tell me something. It just took many years to realize it. Worth it? You bet! Hubs and I both have many a great testimony to tell. A bunch of hogwash? No way! There is no other explanation for what has happened in our lives. It's all right there in the Bible. it all explains the answers to what has happened over the years. Granted some of what we have to testify to is embarrassing, but if it will help someone, then it was all worth it.

But that part is for another whole new post. I'm so full of ideas once again!!! Lately, it's been like writers block for me. But that's because I was going through another dark moment in life. That's okay though, because each one opens more new doors, chains are broken, healing happens, and eyes are opened! Yup, God Is Good All the Time!!! Be blessed all.

Stanley, C.F., 2005. "Life Principle Bible: New King James Version." Copyright 1982 by Thomas
Nelson, Inc.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Daily Fix: Cover a Scratch or Chip in Your Hardwood Floor - DIY Life

For those of you out there with hard wood floors, this is an easy fix to any markings on your floor. I thought we were going to have to redo the whole floor in our kitchen/diningroom, but may not have to now. I love our flooring, but being a soft wood, it gets marked up easily by chairs and dropping things. We have marks everywhere, which we may still have to redo the whole surface, but at least we now have the knowledge of what to do when they first appear and keep it from getting so bad.

Hope this article is helpful to others as well. Always looking for DIY ways versus all those expensive fixes that often occur.

The Daily Fix: Cover a Scratch or Chip in Your Hardwood Floor - DIY Life

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Can anyone tell me how to translate when someone uses a different language in comments? I have received comments in Chinese or Japanese or something and have no idea what they are saying. Thanks!

He's Not Finished With Me Yet!

The song "Wait and See" by Brandon Heath brings comfort during what I'm experiencing right now.

The night has been long. Lay on the right side and it hurt. Lay on the left side and it's better but have to lay a certain way. Kept waking up having to reposition. Up at 3:30 am as I couldn't sleep. More lumps on the head. The ones already there have grown. I now have one on my shoulder about the circumference of a baseball, and one in my armpit about the size of an egg. Still all on the left side. Along with numbing in my forhead and the top of my head. I don't feel well and am just wiped out. Have been the past couple of days. It's getting to where it hurts to talk.

Am I scared, well I woldn't say that, but yes, concerned. But then this morning--I love God's timing--hubby turned on some worship music on the tv and the above song came on. I knew then it was meant for me. He's not finished with me yet. I have a lot more to do here on earth before He takes me home. Am I ready to go home? Yes as I can't wait to meet our maker and leave the ways of the flesh and world; but know that I'm needed hear right now. I need to learn more aobut our Father and grow closer first. He has work for me to do first. So a certain peace and comfort has come over me.

What bothers me most is the thought of needles going into these things that already hurt. The thought of a needle going in my neck makes me nervous. The numbing stuff is even worse. But better to know what is going on than keep suffering.

Please say a prayer for my family and I. I know hubby and son and sister is very concerned. Ask for peace and comfort to come over them as well. Thank you and God Bless!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Doctor/Science Mystery: Once Again!!!

I swear my side of the family should really consider selling our bodies to science. They would have a field day with us. Today I went in as I had a lump on my left elbow that showed a few weeks ago. Yes it burns in there constantly but figured it was another ganglion cyst and blew it off.

Then two days ago I found two lumps just in the hairline of my forehead on the left side. They itched like crazy. I figured I probably had those darned underground zits popping up. Then one became really red all around a large area.

Then last night I found a good sized lump in front of my left ear. It hurt. Today I found an even larger on in the gland on the left side of my neck. That's when I decided to go get checked out.

I saw a practioner student first, who was totally confused and went to look some things up. The PAC came in next and she was flabbergasted. She had ideas, but nothing fit what was going on with me. She went and talked to my doctor who decided on a cat scan.

I was not thrilled with that, as I've had so many MRI's, a cat scan and x-rays in the past two years. That didn't make her happy, and I agreed to have it done.

Well that showed no infection going on in there, but did show a lot of nodes, which explains why I've found two more lumps.

So now they are trying hard to get me in to see an ear, nose and throat specialist to have some biopsies done. Ughhhh. I am not thrilled with that notion at all. I may end up in the ER tonight if the lumps continue to grow. The one by my ear is causing an ear ache now. The one on my neck is creating an uncomfortable pressure, and something is causing some blurring in my left eye.

The blood work drawn hasn't come back yet. I'm hoping to hear something back on that yet tonight. We'll see. So here I sit, wondering what in the world is wrong with me. I'm not pannicked and actually find it a bit hilarious as this is par for the course. Each of us three girls and my daughter have experienced the unknown so many times. It's our family. We are sciences mysteries. But please don't let them know. I don't want them banging down our doors just yet. ;)

I have to laugh, as worrying solves nothing and can actually complicate things more, and I just find a peace in my heart knowing that the good Lord will take care of me. I will take what ever is handed; but Lord, when are You going to give me my health back so I can go on to do the work You have planned for me??? Although, and this has come to me a lot lately, that perhaps I'm going through these things to be able to share a great testimonial of His great love!

So my final question: has anyone ever experienced this sort of thing? If so, what did it turn out to be, and what did they do for you? Thanks! So if you all could say a prayer for us, as my family is going through this with me, I would greatly appreciate it, as in numbers we are stronger!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Police Credit Dog With Saving Lost Toddler's Life - AOL News

I love stories with happy endings. Mans best friend. Thank the Lord this baby is safe and sound. I can't even phathom going through what the parents must have endured during the time she was missing. So important to know where your children are and what they are doing.

Police Credit Dog With Saving Lost Toddler's Life - AOL News

Friday's Funnies

Please Read This Carefully, as I don't want anyone I care about to get hurt.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Millionaire Gets Rid of Everything!

For some time I've felt that hubs and I need to get rid of "stuff" that we have in our home. We don't live richly, but we do live in a nice home. I used to desire a larger--well not necessarily larger, but a home set up differently with a different kitchen and bath. Coveting is so easy to do, and I'm guilty. When I catch myself, I stop it--but sometimes forget. Ahh the ways of the world/flesh; gets us everytime. The important thing is we realize and stop ourselves.

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I realized there was a good reason for my feeling like we needed to unload some "stuff" in our house. I've slowly been doing that the past year and can't wait to do more! The article made me thankful that we aren't rich--and honestly, I've never wanted to be, as it seems to change people. Uppity people that think they are better because they have money and nice "things" I have little respect for due to the fact that there are so many people hurting out here and we should think of them instead of turning our noses in the air. The competing to see who can do better than another just drives me insane!

Many a time when we've seen someone on the corner with a homeless sign, we stop and give them what we have on us; but when I have nothing on me, it breaks my heart to just drive by. I do pray that the Lord fixes their situation, but still feel empty hearted. If I could, I'd take every homeless family in and help them.

My whole point here is be thankful for what you have. Accept it when you are given a financial struggle, as it's the Lord working on us to draw us nearer, and/or teach us a lesson. Honestly, when we struggle financially like we are right now--due to no construction going on--I realize He is probably telling us to slow down and live within our means. I have a habit of getting excited when we have money and buy for the grandkids "stuff", and things they need. But the stuff they "need", I have a tendency of going overboard, as I just want to make sure they have what they need and not have to want for. But wanting for things is a good lesson in life.

All too often in today's world with all the latest gadgets and what not, kids are spoiled and become selfish. I'm thankful I grew up in the country and wanting. We didn't have the newest and coolest "things" that came out. We didn't have game systems, VCR's and what not. We had animals and a large garden and hay field. We had to walk, ride bike or horse--or in the winter time thankfully we had snowmobiles; but could only take them occasionally due to gas--to get to our friends house, as our parents both worked full time. We lived at least a mile from our friends except for one house, it was a 1/4 of a mile. Did we ever complain, oh yeah, you bet we did. We were jealous of those that lived in town. We coveted what they had.

Today, I'm glad we lived like that. I'm sooo thankful that we didn't live in town, as many of them are now struggling in life, drug addicts and alcoholics. Some are of course living on the high life. Jealous, no way! I do hurt for those that are struggling. At one point in life, I wanted them to hurt like I did. I wanted to "get back" at those that turned their noses up at me, and they still do, as I "hated" them at the time. Such a hurtful word. Now I pray for them.

So for every struggle we go through, its for a reason. It's a testimony to those that are lost and confused. It's a testimony to those going through the same thing, that it's okay. The Lord is working on us. For we are all a work in progress as long as we are here on earth. Instead of moaning and groaning, we should be listening for his voice and follow the path he sends us on. Think about it; Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights in the desert fasting. He had nothing for that time. He was tempted but never gave in. We must learn to do the same. Be blessed all, and live the life the Lord intends for you to live and rejoice in what you have!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Be Sure to Check This Out!

Today I finally had time to check my followers list and found new followers. When visiting the first one I cam across, I was elated with what I found. This person truly is a child of the Lord! The article talks about a problem that occurs all too often.

I remember when I had started to go back to church. I went with a friend. Upon arriving there, I realized that people were unfriendly. They would look you up and down and scowl. You might get one or two smiles, but that was about it. I was dismayed, but loved the Pastor of the church. He was down to earth, and knew how to spread the word in terms everyone could understand.

Eventually hubby decided to go to church. He church shopped until he knew we were to go to the church we are now members of. We knew the minute we walked in that it was where we were suppose to be. We were instantly greeted with smiles and blessings. We met with a Pastor and they welcomed us and made us feel like we had known him for years. We have attended ever since, and our Pastor encourages everyone to get to know one another and fellowship with one another. We have several small groups that meet to help one another with our walk with Christ.

But at the article I read said, we often neglect to welcome newcomers and they end up feeling like they don't belong. Go here: to read the article. Thanks to Free In Christs writer.
A very good article that talks about foods that help with different things can be found here. Some most of us already know about, some I had no idea, and perhaps some of you are'nt aware of the benefits as well. There is also an article on anti-cancer foods that follows the slide show at the end of the article.

If this does not link you to it, just copy and paste the link in your url bar.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pray for Our Nation

The following is a video I received. It is so true and well worth the time to view it.

Friday's Funnies

OH MY GOSH! I laughed so hard when I read this one. I've had a hard time stopping and my stomach hurts. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Yesterday I was at my local COSTCO buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Biscuit, the Wonder Dog and was in the checkout line when woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had, an elephant?

So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I
was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to
mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me.

I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's butt and a car hit us both.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

Costco won't let me shop there anymore.

Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say. Pass this on, (especially) to all your retired will be their Laugh for the day..

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The ElijahList - Prophetic Words and Prophecies

The ElijahList - Prophetic Words and Prophecies

This is an amazing site. Be sure to read; The Merging of Three Kingdoms is at Hand by Theresa Phillips, the article of the Son of Voodoo Priest Leads Fellow Haitians to Christ; the article about Oscar the Cat, and watch the video at the bottom. You will be blessed!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Looking for Romance in all the Wrong Places

I just read an excellent article written by Cindi McMenamin from Crosswalk's Live It! The title was: When Your Heart Longs to be Romanced.

The article talks about how so many of us women end up being disappointed on Valentines Day. We want to be romanced and doted on; but most the time, men fall short of giving a woman what she wants. When women were questioned as to what they look for more; a man that is in tuned to their woman and is sensitive to her needs, or a man that does half the housework. The majority wanted a man that was in tuned to her.

But have we forgotten the true romancer, our true love for all eternity? Are we looking for romance in all the wrong places?

Cindi wrote:

But what if this year you took the man in your life off the hook? What if this
year you focused not on your expectations or the disappointment that the
"Day of Romance" tends to bring, but on the Author of Romance, Himself, and
what He's been trying to show you day in and day out about how cherished you
are in His sight? In other words, what if this year you looked to God to
meet your expectations first and then let the man in your life (if you have
one) do what he can and see it as an added bonus?

Boy does this make sense or what?
The following are some Scriptures she had offered without the extras she had
written with them. I wish I could have found the link for the article but was
unsuccessful. I received this in an e-mail.His promise to us stands true:
Isaiah 49:15
"Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you."

Something to treasure and never let go of.
Jeremiah 31:3
"The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying; 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn to you."

He has never left us!
Isaiah 54:5-6
"For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; His is called the God of the whole earth,
6 For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife when you were refused," says your God.

No one can match His love for us.
John 15:13
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."

We should always be thankful for what He has provided for us.
Hebrews 13:5
"Let your covenant be without covetousness: be content with such things as you have for He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you."

His love for us is unconditional!
Ephesians 1:4
"Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love."

Praise God for His undying love for each and every one of us!
Romans 8:39
"...nor heighth or depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

After having read this and the Scriptures I realized how often when I've walked away to some degree and not in the Word; coming closer to our Father; life gets crazy and no matter how much my husband dotes on me and loves on me, I don't see it the way he shows it. Now I know why.

I accept what He has give me. I accept His love! What greater husband could we ask for than the one true romancer and author of Love? I for one want that. How about you? Okay ladies, are you going to join me in letting our earth husbands off the hook this year? I think they deserve it!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Resume of Jesus Christ

The Resume of Jesus Christ

Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible. Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus

Hello. My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.


I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)
I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)

Occupational Background

I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49).
I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15-17)

Skills Work Experiences

Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).
I am Wonderful, Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33).
Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)

Educational Background

I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).
In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a lamp unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

Major Accomplishments

I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26).
I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15).
I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15).
I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.


Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healings, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance

In Summation
Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15).

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sing Your Praises!

Yesterday I shared two things on FB that I would like to share with you all as well. First:
From Charles Stanley's: Life Principles Bible (NKJV) He stated: "God rarely empties our lives of trouble and conflict. If He did, our dependence on Him would fade. He allows enough difficulty to keep us turned toward Him." A segment from Life Principle #2: Obey God and Leave all the Consequences to Him.

All too often we get caught up in the frustrations of daily life on earth, due to the ways of the world and being of the flesh. As like myself, I've been frustrated, hurting physically and mentally. Mentally over watching several family members and friends going through some really tough and painful times. Instead of taking it to the Lord and leaving it in His hands, I moaned, groaned, whined, complained and felt worse as the days went on until I came to this and what a dear sweet friend and Sister in Christ (Heather) shared with me. Thank you Heather, you are an awesome amazing woman of the Lord. You have no idea how much you helped me. Through the Grace of God!

Last night our Pastors son gave the message and talked about worship and how important it is to sing out no matter the kind of voice we have to the Lord on a daily basis. For it is true what he stated that when we sing out our praises to Him, we are filled with joy and peace. Amen! He challenged us all to daily sing our praises to Him. I do that already, but am going to really sing out and not worry about how I sound. :) I don't have a singing voice, but I know the Lord thinks differently. He deserves our praises. And so, I am going to leave you with this video with words asking Him to give us clean hands and pure hearts.

Give Us Clean Hands by Christ Tomlin. Be blessed abundantly!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I Give All Myself to You!

Wanted to share one of my favorites by Leeland featuring Brandon Heath, with you all for those that may not have heard it or like it as well. Good words. Leeland is such a talented young man truly filled with the Holy Spirit! May young people be drawn to the Lord through his music. He is an inspiration for all ages. Enjoy!

Have a beautiful, blessed weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Through the Grace of God!

As you all know, I've been back and forth, write then leave for a while. I've been a part time Christian for way too long. I'm trying to fight it. So please bear with me. Don't get me wrong, I've never stopped believing or loving our Father, just...I don't know. I'm tired of struggling and praying. I've got to stay focused and stay strong in the Lord. I do know that the struggles leads to great testimonies, so perhaps this is happening to strengthen me and share the testimonies.

Today for the first time in ages; I drove around our neighborhood--since I can't walk it any more--and prayed over the homes, asking for peace and the grace of God be over each and ever family. I do know of one with abuse going on, but unable to prove it, so I'm praying. Such a joy and peace came over me while out and about. I prayed heaven down to earth. Come Lord Jesus Come! I prayed for an anointing that all may come to know Him and feel His great presence and love.

When I got home, I sat in the van and prayed over our house and asked for an anointing over it; for the enemy has some control. I ended my prayers, closed my eyes and saw Jesus up there on the cross. That's when I heard, "Don't forget your Saviours great sacrifice. Let not His sacrifice for you be in vain." That's when I knew, take control, be led by Him only. I knew then that I must become organized and do as much in the Lord as I possibly can. Get back to reading the Bible! Stop being a sluggard!

Proverbs 6:6-11
6 Go the the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep--
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man. (NKJV)

Yes, I've been sleeping, unaware, slipping, not doing what I've been led to do, shutting out friends and family. Why does this happen? Because we fall into a rut, into a slumber of the brain, ignorant of what's to come. Yes, eyes be opened, heart be filled, run to Him and be lifted high!

NOTE: Off the subject in a sense, but part of my getting back on track. I've come across a book that is exciting and has given me new hope and strength. I'm 100 lbs. over weight. I've been disgusted with myself for a long time. No matter what I do, I keep it on. The book is titled: "Devotions for Dieters" by Dan R. Dick. Hopefully you too can get the book and we can follow this together. I'd like to do a daily segment on this in my health site and on here. Let me know if you are interested. If you can't get the book, let me know and I'll try to get it for you. It depends on how many requests I get. The ISBN # to help you find it at a book store is: 1-59789-073-1 I'd love for you to join me in this adventure, we can be supporters to one another to shed those many or few unwanted pounds.

Definition for sluggard according to Websters Pocket Dictionary: A lazy person.

Love and blessings to all!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Be Eternally Grateful

Psalm 100 NIV

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise His name.
5 For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.

We should be in constant worship with Him. How often do you call the one who saved us? Is it only to make 911 calls to Him; or do you call on Him to give Him thanks and glory as well? Remember, our Father wants us to come to Him at all times; not just when we are in trouble. He wants us to be in constant conversation with Him; in the Word learning His commands and obeying.

A man very strong in the Lord once told my husband to say, "Good morning Father God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit" when you wake up and pray. Before you even get out of bed. Greet Him first thing in the morning. Make Him the first thoughts of the day.

This morning I woke up extra early which lately is strange for me. It is nice though, as I've been asking for help in changing my ways. I praise God for the change. What was amazing was the fact that I was singing a song in my mind and when hubs alarm went off, the song I was singing was on the radio! "I will rise when He calls my name; no more sorrow; now more pain. I will rise on eagles wings; before my God; fall on my knees..." That's when I knew, get up! I knew to pick up the Bible first thing this morning; reflect on our Pastors message this past weekend which has been constantly on my mind, and read. Behold, I was led to Psalm 100 after reading some of the Scriptures our Pastor had used in his message to us.

I love being in the presence of the Lord. We have been blessed and prayers being answered abundantly. Praise God! All the glory is His and His alone.

Often times we think He's not listening and not answering our prayers. He is, just not always in the way we would like them answered; for He knows what is best for us. Give Him your full trust and faith, give Him of yourself whole heartedly and be amazed and blessed.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I just read an inspiring story written at Back to the Bible by Elizabeth Elliot. It really makes one take a step back and look at life and how we interpret it. Things may seem bleek and dreary, but is it really? You can go here to read the story:

Due to copy righted material, I was not able to post the actual story on here. The story is titled: In a Hospital Waiting Room. Be lifted!!!

New Blog

I came across a great blog through a comment left by one of the editors of TheWISDOMWALL; Jason. Thank you Jason for introducing me to your great site! It is a blog of inspirational quotes and writings. I promise you won't be dissapointed. Go check them out at: Enjoy.