Are you like me?  In the a.m. when I awake I like to turn on the TV for the day’s weather.  I’m adversely affected by low pressure ceilings and it helps me plan my day if I know how much time I have to get out and garden or shop.

BUT today – at 6:30 a.m. – with my coffee in hand my sensibilities were assaulted by MURDER DEATH MURDER DEATH MURDER DEATH MURDER on all of our Seattle stations.

What a nasty way to start your day!

Shame on you reporters – you repeat yourselves every twenty minutes anyway – couldn’t you at least start the top of the program with good news?  I understand this info is news – but do you have to spend so much time on it – imagine your children watching while they eat breakfast before school.  Sick huh?  Sure not contributing to mental health!

Isn’t Seattle a wonderful, beautiful and fun place to live?  Are the people generous, kind and caring?  Don’t we have excellent activities indoors and out?  Aren’t there tons of things for families with children to delight in?

It’s no wonder our international friends think we should move there – all they see is MURDER & DEATH over and over again.

Attention:  If this type of “reporting” bothers you – call your station (numbers below) and let them know.  Facebook your comments and tag them.  It’s time to take what they think we want to know about into our own hands – for they are plainly unaware of what we consider good reporting!

NWCN – Channel 2 – 206-448-3600
KOMO TV – Channel 4  – 206-404-4145
KING TV – Channel 5  – 206-448-5555
KIRO TV – Channel 7  – 206 728-7777
Thank God for Channel 9 – PBS – the one consistent bright spot in our viewing
KSTW TV – Channel 11 – 206-861-8915
KCPQ TV Channel 13 – 206-674-1313

I wanted to put a picture with this post.  I could not.  If you go to any one of these above stations you’ll see why.
Lastly – please pray for our men and women who serve us – the police, the emergency drivers and our hospital staff.
They have to clean up after these things that do happen all too frequently.


WHY CHURCHES IN HOMES? Tuesday, May 20 2014 

Why do we believe and love churches in homes?

Because the Bible decrees it.

  • It is how the church began. Acts 2:41-47
  • It is how the church survived. Acts 4:32-35
  • It was its custom. 1 Corinthians 14:23
  • It is how the church communicates with one another. Romans 16:5,10,11, Philippians4:22, 2 Timothy 4:19
  • It is where ordination took place. 1 Corinthians 1:16
  • Jesus commands it as the way to preach the Gospel. Matthew 10:7-14, Mark 6:10, Luke 9:1-5
  • It is a type of heaven. John 14:2
  • It is how the church operates. Acts 5:42, Acts 20:20, Acts 28:30
  • It is evangelism. Acts 16:31-34, Acts 18:8, Acts 20:20, Acts 28:30

ImageOur home church in Alabama on Thanksgiving.

Our human desires to have everything fit comfortably in it’s box – has led us to believe only the visible building type church. But in the Bible and in history, the church = the people, not a building. 

Meetings were held in various homes and in public places, including the Temple (Acts 2:46; 5:12, 42), or out in the open as on the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:6) or on the seashore (Acts 21:5), or in “an upper room” (Acts 1:13-14; 2:1-2; 20:1). Specific homes mentioned are Cornelius’s house (Acts 10:27), Simon’s (Acts 10:6), Mary’s (Acts 12:5, 12), Lydia’s (Acts 16:40), Jason’s (Acts 17:5), Justus’ (Acts 18:7), Philip’s (Acts 21:7), as well as the apostle Paul’s abode (Acts 28:23-30).

Also during persecution the Christian community increased in numbers more than ever before.  These persecuted believers met in their homes as well as in the catacombs of Rome. 

So how do we do simple church – believers meeting in homes?

Simple church is about a way of life. It’s not about a change of location, but about a change in the way we do church. Here are the 5 components.

FOOD – When you get together, eat! It provides a great atmosphere for people to have honest, open communication with each other. Keeping the food healthy as possible.

OPEN PARTICIPATION – “What shall we say, brothers?” When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:26. The Key is “everyone has…..” Everyone should be able to participate.

BIBLE STUDY – Keep it simple and interactive. A great technique is to look over a few verses together and then share with each other what each person has learned. You may want to follow a simple foundational study in the beginning of each time together so you are building correctly. Allow those with teaching abilities and calling to teach – but keep it short – and interesting. This is not the time for giving every thing the Bible says.  As people learn they can move from the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word.

PRAYER – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.’ Acts 2:49. Find out what is happening in each others lives and take the time to pray for each other. Expect God to move powerfully and to speak to the group as you pray. Make sure there is plenty of time to express gratitude to the Lord for answered prayer.

SIMPLICITY – Make sure that whatever you do can be duplicated. If the church is going to multiply rapidly, it must be kept simple.

We can neither bad mouth an effective box church – nor deny the validity of the home church.  We must have intimacy, free flow of the gifts of the Spirit, worship that can go on a long, long time and a humility and freedom that makes others want to come in.  Clocks, inflexible schedules and order of “business” have no part in an organic, living demonstration of the Body of Christ.


Our home church in Alabama with guests from England and Seattle.

For more info – check out George Barna’s post on home churches

Some of this article is not by my origination (the majority of the part about simple church)
so please – if you do know who wrote it – tell them thank you, thank you, thank you for us.

Success comes from prioritizing Wednesday, May 7 2014 

My man, my Silver Fox, is always learning.  We share the same desire to know and understand things – tons of things.  Presently he’s studying Leadership.  Here’s a copy of an email I just got from him.

How Leaders Use Hump Day


Give yourself 10 minutes for reflection before tackling today’s challenges.

You’ve been so busy solving urgencies and pressing into future goals that you haven’t taken time reflect, prepare, and give feedback.

#1 – Reflect on yourself

With the first of the week in mind, ask yourself:

  1. What makes me joyful? Thankful?
  2. What did I do that makes me proud?
  3. How did I energize the team?
  4. Where did I get distracted from priorities? Why?
  5. What have I learned?
  6. What frustrates me?
  7. What would I like to do more of?

#2 – Reflect on others

With the first of the week in mind, ask yourself:

  1. Who enriched our work environment?
  2. Who dragged others down? Leaders look for energy drainers.
  3. Who performed at their peak?
  4. Who was under-utilized?
  5. Who needs encouragement, direction, or correction?
  6. Who spun their wheels?
  7. What questions were people asking?

#3 – Prepare for Friday

With the end of the week in mind:

  1. What must be completed by Friday? Does the team know?
  2. What course adjustments should I make now?
  3. What awkward issues should be addressed today?
  4. Who should be reassigned?
  5. What projects are behind schedule?
  6. What or who concerns you?

#4 – Give feedback

You give too little feedback.

Get the most out of hump day by it feedback day. Connect with your team and share practical, specific feedback that’s based on reflections about yourself, them, and Friday.

Feedback is always about the future, even though it starts in the past.

  1. Tell team mates how they are doing.
  2. Ask them how you are doing with specific projects or behaviors in mind.
  3. Clarify objectives.
  4. Point out progress.
  5. Create urgency.
  6. Refocus on purpose.
  7. Energize high performers.

Bonus: Say thank you.

Double bonus: Be brief


I’m sayind “Thank you” to my husband, as funny as it may seem he reminds me of a camel sometimes. A burden bearer, pretty strong-willed and able to go long distances without H20 because of his abiding trust in the Lord. (Did you know water represents the Spirit of God?) .  I also want to thank him for being the one who constantly challenges me to grow, the one who corrects me with a lifted eyebrow, the one who is the greatest blessing of my life.  Scott Baxter – I love you.  And this Wednesday post on prioritizing is just what I need. Thanks babe!


Speaking in Tongues for all believers! Yes, Amen! Saturday, May 3 2014 

Something I do every day, often and much, in private and in public is speak in tongues.  That is a gift from God I received in 1970 in Zion, Illinois.  I learned about it a class called “Understanding the Holy Spirit in Your Life” while I was in Teen Challenge being rehabilitated from a life of stupid decisions that led to stupid actions.  And I was also learning that God loves me so much He provided for my everyday needs when Jesus died for me at Calvary.

So – what is speaking in tongues?  Simply – it is a Biblical experience you will have when you are filled with the Holy Spirit as in these verses in the Bible. Matthew 3:11, Mark 16:17, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 8:12-17,  Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:5, 6.  It may be an emotional experience or not.  Mine was not.  I simply knelt at an altar and asked to be filled.  Within a few minutes I began to speak in tongues and continued doing so for 2 hours, still kneeling.  I did not know that it had happened, I was just loving and praising Jesus in my mind and with my words.  I had no idea I was not speaking English, nor how much time had passed. I only knew it when I was told we must leave church and go home.  All the staff and girls were thrilled I’d been Spirit-filled.  Since I had no knowledge of it – I told them I was not.  However – when there’s over 30 witnesses, ones you live with, it is too hard to deny.

I began my daily giving myself over to speaking, praying and singing in tongues.  Sometimes in languages I have never learned but have been recognized by others as French and Mandarin.  Normally I have no idea what language it is – it could be languages of angels as the Bible says can occur also. (See 1 Corinthians 13:1)  Actually I do not care what it is.  I only want my prayer to be worship and praise the the Lord of my life, the one who came and rescued me from a life not much worth living.

I sing in tongues wherever I am whenever I want to.  Grocery store, playing with my Grandchildren, ball games, Disney World, wherever.  If and when I’m spoken to regarding it (rare) I simply say, “You know it’s an old family song, I don’t even know what the words mean, but I love it.”  Nearly everyone has made a comment after I say that to the effect of, “Well, it’s lovely” or “so peaceful” or “so happy,”  No one in 44 years has ever said “Stop that!” It’s my way of bring the love, peace and joy of the Kingdom to my world.

My husband also speaks in tongues daily.  He is a strong, quiet, gentle, loving and extremely logical man – not given to outbursts.  Yet speaking in tongues is something he cannot live without.  I love that he goes early to seek the Lord and leaves himself open all day to hear from Him. Here we are just after a wonderful time praying in tongues and being prayed over by ones we love and appreciate.

ImageHere are 2 articles I want to offer you for your consideration and prayer.  Especially if you are not Spirit-filled and/or lack power, love and anointing in your life. After reading the articles, if you have questions or want prayer, just contact me and I’ll respond as soon as I possibly can.


The first is Medical Reasons for Speaking in Tongues which came in an email from Pastor Jim Watt, Seattle – who received this from Christian-Psychiatry Services, Inc.

“Dear friend, thank you for your inquiry regarding the relationship of extended periods of praying in tongues and joyful laughter to brain activity. As you will read in the enclosed explanation, I shared some information concerning this with several ministers at a gathering some time ago. I pray this information will be helpful to you.


Carl R. Peterson, M.D.


I have had a number of inquiries concerning the efficacy of praying in the spirit (speaking in tongues) and its benefit to the human immune system, i.e., immunity enhanced by chemicals released from a part of the brain. I am attempting to clarify some information I have shared with a number of ministers. This is information that may be deduced from what we know about the way the brain functions. We do know the part of the brain affected most noticeably by extended prayer and laughter represents a significant portion of the brain and its metabolic activity. Therefore, voluntary speech during extended vocal prayer causes a major stimulation in these parts of the brain (mainly the hypothalamus).

The hypothalamus has direct regulation of four major systems of the body, mainly:

  1. the pituitary gland and all target endocrine glands;
  2. the total immune system;
  3. the entire autonomic system; and
  4. the production of brain hormones called endorphins and enkephalons, which are chemicals the body produces and are 100-200 times more powerful than morphine.

In summary, a very significant percentage of the central nervous system is directly and indirectly activated in the process of extended verbal and musical prayer over a period of time. This results in a significant release of brain hormones which, in turn, increases the body’s general immunity. It is further enhanced through joyful laughter with increased respirations and oxygen intake to the brain, diaphragm and other muscles. This same phenomenon is seen in physical activity in general, i.e., running, etc.

We know from the Word of God that there is a true joy that builds and sustains. Nehemiah tells us the joy of the Lord is our strength. There is joy in the presence of Jehovah. We, as believers having entered into that wonderful presence of our Lord, know this to be true. What we must continue to remember is that the joy of the Lord spoken of in the Word is so much more than any manifestation. We can truly have that unspeakable joy in the face of any trials we may encounter, if our joy is grounded in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I hope the above information helps to clarify the report you received regarding my statement in the area of the physical effects of speaking in tongues and joyful laughter for extended periods of time. Truly, we all benefit — body, soul, and spirit — from obedience and yielding to the Spirit of God in every area of our lives.

Carl R. Peterson, M.D.”

Dr. Carl Peterson of O.R.U. in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a brain specialist. He was doing research on the relationship between the brain and praying in the Spirit or speaking in tongues. Some amazing things were discovered! Through research and testing, Dr. Peterson found that as we pray in the Spirit (our heavenly language), there is activity that begins in the brain. As we engage in our heavenly language, the brain releases two chemical secretions that are directed into our immune system, giving a 35 to 40% boost to our immune system. This promotes healing within our bodies.   Amazingly, this secretion is triggered from a part of the brain that has no other apparent activity in humans, and we don’t use it. It is only activated by our praying in the Spirit.

 The second is a Bible study I did many years ago called Ten Biblical Reasons for Speaking in Tongues.

This study is the result of a query “why should I speak in tongues” from a dear friend who had not been exposed to the scriptural teachings of the Spirit-filled life. It is our hope that you too will be like the more noble Bereans of Acts 17:10-11 and search these truths out to see if they’re true. May God bless your study!

Scripture Comment
1 Corinthians 14.2 The person who speaks in tongues speaks to God. That’s really good.
I Corinthians 14.4 The person who speaks in tongues edifies himself.
Do you know anyone who doesn’t need edified, which means built up?
I Corinthians 14.5 The person who speaks in tongues with interpretation edifies the church. We don’t know any church or group of people that don’t need edified.
1 Corinthians 14.14 The person who speaks in tongues, prays by the Spirit. This is not preconceived ideas, doctrines, feelings, needs etc. That’s great!
1 Corinthians 14.22 The person who speaks in tongues has something that is a sign to unbelievers. We were in an Assembly of God church when a Jewish man was walking by heard a woman speak specifically to him in his native Yiddish, clearly defining his unbelief in Yeshua Oshea, the Messiah and his dramatic need for God. He came in to see who spoke to him and he became a believer.
Isaiah 28.11 God says He will speak to people with tongues (stammering lips and another tongue).
Don’t  you want God to speak to you?
Isaiah 28.11 In this same verse God says this experience is a rest and refreshing (as does Mt. 11:28-30 and Heb. 4:8-11). It is true in our lives. Whatever comes our way, when we slip inside our prayer closet, pray in tongues and release our Spirit to the Lord, we are refreshed and rested.
Romans 8:26-27 The person who speaks in tongues has God’s Spirit praying through them, interceding through them for whatever the situation or need, with His wisdom and understanding.
James 3: 1-8 The person who speaks in tongues allows God to control his tongue. They are yielding the most unruly member of their body to God. Good don’t you think?
1 Corinthians 14:18 Paul, the great apostle to the Gentiles, who could testify that all Asia heard the word (Acts 19:10-11) could say “I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all” ~ what say you?

LAUGHING AT MY PAIN TODAY Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 

There’s a Bible verse I love, you’ll find it after my signature on all my emails. Proverbs 17:22  A joyful heart is good medicine.

Another version says it this way – A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.


I’ve found my sense of humor, my child-like curiosity, and the ability to laugh to be one of the most valuable strengths I have.

Although – in my former life without Christ – there was plenty to be depressed about (read ~ I had 6 years of truly stupid and life threatening behavior choices.)  After I accepted Jesus as my Savior – I began to understand how to live – how to experience joy in the everyday life. I began to know “the joy of the Lord is my strength.”

I learned to take minute vacations.  In supermarket lines (tedious lines) I would choose to consider this time an unplanned vacation and I’d allow myself to thoroughly enjoy looking about, talking to strangers and reading magazine covers.  At the Doctor’s office which of course you know is filled with sick people – I’d choose to read up on medicine in the MedHealth magazines and make decisions for my life to change things.  I learned to pause at the windows of my home to watch squirrels quarreling, territorial ravens, and the quick little chickadees dodging larger birds.  Out in the yard enjoying my gardens I love taking opportunity to chat with folks walking their dogs – and invite them over to admire their dogs.  Aren’t dogs just wonderful?  They bring me joy!

Yes I have pain.  About 80% of the time.  But everyone does.  We just can’t see some folks pain because they cover it so well.

I’m relearning compassion for others.  I’m experiencing joy in knowing you’re never too old to make an impact!  My Silver Fox and I are in a group of believers who are having a grand time not being religious, but celebrating relationship – enjoying laughing together!

Here’s a passage of Scripture that is kinda the way I handle life – out of Philippians 4.

4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

So with all these things in consideration – may I offer you some medical insights to laughter?  It’s taken from

Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” ~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Laughter is good for your health

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
The Benefits of Laughter
Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

NEED A MIRACLE? Tuesday, Mar 23 2010 


You don’t need a miracle; you don’t need the hand of an almighty God – that is unless you are in terribly straightened circumstances.  You don’t need faith to believe the impossible or cry out for His supernatural help – that is unless you have exhausted everything you have, everyone you have and you’re so worn out with dealing with it you are considering ending your life too.

Ever been dead?

Ever been repeatedly beaten and left for dead?

Ever been in an accident without insurance or money?

Ever been left with 20# of potatoes to last a month?

Ever stared a gun in the face, been poisoned or set up by friends?

Ever been lied about, accused and betrayed by people you considered closer than family?

Ever been addicted so badly you’d steal from people you love?

Ever been so bored to death you wondered why do you even exist?

Ever lost your job and been without one for over a year?

Ever encountered supernatural beings that abhor your very existence?

Ever been in a place where there was no one you could ask for help or trust?

Ever given up on hope of being married, having children or grandchildren?

I have.

That’s why I know Jesus lives.  That’s how I know Jesus saves!  That’s how I know Jesus heals.  That’s how I know Jesus provides. That’s why I live – because I have found everything I ever lacked in the presence of Jesus.  The overwhelming love that sustains me, and provides for me and comforts me – it’s all in Jesus.

I’d be a fool to trust the government to provide any of that for me.

So I can tell you honestly I have been raised from the dead, healed from physical, emotional and spiritual abuses, and I lived 26 years without any insurance whatsoever. I had my body fixed by the Lord

I can tell you honestly there are still things wrong with me – but I am full of hope because I’ve seen 40 years of faithful love and provision given to me by my supernatural amazing loving God.  I can tell you honestly I’ve been out of food and had it show up on my doorstep.

I’ve stared death in the face and been rescued in a moment by the Lord.  My testimony has been impeached by people I trusted – and then in awhile they came back and apologized for their foolishness. Imagine my joy to be able to tell them they were already forgiven.  I can tell you honestly I know forgiveness.  That’s why I cannot withhold it from others.

I can tell you honestly that every addiction has been replaced by the overwhelming love and presence of the Lord.  I have survived nearly 54 years after I was declared dead.

I am never bored for more time it takes me to look out my window and away from myself.  I always have something to do!  I love to entertain angels and to be astounded by the presence of the Lord.  I love seeing how my futile and finite words become life and bread to someone who is starving for real love and needs the Savior’s touch.

My greatest joy is my adorable, darling husband for whom I waited 24 years.  The boys he brought to our union are incredibly brilliant and amazing men with precious and inspired wives.  And our granddaughter is the most wonderful small person in the world – her inner and outer beauty makes me weep with joy.

I know the source of my blessings!

It is not the government.

It is and always has been the Lord Jesus Christ.

May I humbly suggest you get to know Him?

Worry is paying interest on a debt that doesn’t exist! Sunday, Jan 31 2010 

My long time friend, Jamie Hansen, sent the following email out.  It resonated, made me think and check my own life. I thought perhaps you’d like to see it also – I’ve done the underlining and bolding for emphasis.  My comments will continue at the end.

We have been talking about simplicity in Christ, and what the enemies to that simplicity are. We have looked at the “noise” of our society, the demand to be constantly engaged with audible or at least technological noise. When was the last time you experienced extended silence? When were you last caught up on, and declared a sabbath from the intrusion of email? Do you feel a compulsion to turn on the radio even before the car starts? There is conversation, there is music, there is car, truck, plane, and machinery noise. There are dogs, TV, sports, work demands. There is Face-book, email, Twitter, YouTube, etc. etc. These are just the outward noises.

We also have the continual tapes that play in our brain. Our own inward “dialogues”. Our personal one way brain speeches about who, why, what, and where we are at. As if we have a continual psychological GPS system that has to constantly tell us where we are at in regards to life, family, goals, longings, fears, politics, economics, etc. Much of that conversation is less than edifying. It is at times utterly brutal and complex and draining. Psychologists tell us that eighty percent (80%) of our thinking relates to ourselves. How ARE WE? This is a major enemy of simplicity, of needed energy, and of peace. Hence, the command of God; “In everything give thanks”.

Jesus commanded us not to anxiously ponder about tomorrow. He said we could not change our outcomes by anxious worry. Worry is paying interest on a debt that does not exist! I am forcibly impacted when I read Paul’s words in Galatians as he says; I am experiencing fear, I have deep concern that you are going to be moved away from the simplicity, the focused purity of a single eye, the uncluttered sense of the gospel. I am concerned about the competitors of Christ in your life. Are you going to opt out and seek human validation?

Will you succumb to the fear of man, the strong draw of overwhelming shame that pushes you to seek worth and validation in human effort and business. Will you trade in the available divine washing to instead scrub with the dirty rags of self, repetitive prayers, groveling or performance. If we hold unforgivness toward ourselves, due to unresolved issues, it leads to steep prices in shopping for peace. Many are truly blind to how complicated their processes of coping really are. Notice I said coping, not real living.

When I was a pastor, I counseled several women who wanted marriage counseling. Four of them were frustrated, weary, and their husbands were also emotionally threadbare and confused. Most of these wives felt their husbands were their problem. (I’m sure they were to some degree…) All of the issues they wanted to talk about involved marriage problems, but in probing, they also confessed their struggle with forgiveness and performance in their lives.

As I talked with the first couple, out of the blue I asked the wife if she had ever had an abortion. It came into my mind from nowhere, and I struggled with asking. She looked truly confused, a bit startled, and then she gave a vague smile and said, “well, I have actually had four abortions, but that has nothing to do with this. I just need help with these other things.” After that experience, very similar conversations took place with three other couples. All had had abortions. None of them equated ANY of the issues of unforgivness of self, their drive toward performance Christianity, and struggles with intimacy in their marriage as having anything to do with that “other” thing. They had been moved away from simplicity, their lives were immensely complicated, but the source of that complexity had completely eluded them.

Most of us have not had an abortion procedure but most of us have “stuff” that can be profoundly able to complicate our priceless simplicity in Christ. Peace is priceless. A mind that has freedom and power to choose the right and enjoy it is without equal in things of value. We must not underestimate the need for visiting the old paths, the springs of simple faith, trust, and a view that heaven is real and eternity is shining on our minds. This is what gave Paul the ability to endure and process the unfathomable suffering he endured and calmly say the entire thing was “light” on his scale. Only an accurate and living eternal perspective can translate that lifestyle into a shrug and a joy and an ever alive purpose throughout.

God grant us a new desire for true simplicity and razor sharp comprehension of the main things.

At Peace - With God

My comments:

While most have not had a physical abortion – most have aborted the plans and purposes of God in their lives to some extent. Either because we did not believe God’s love for us or did not know His plans and purposes, we have done our own thing.  The cares of this life have led us step-by-step  away from God.  The only One who loves us enough to heal and deliver us from any trying ordeal – with abundant life in HIS hands.

As you read the following  scriptures – reach out to the LORD who formed you in your mother’s womb with gifts, talents and abilities – the One who has prepared a path before you and will keep you on it in peace if you will allow Him to do so.  That peace is amazing and cannot be understood in the face of distress – but is more real than the problem itself.

Submit to God and His plan for your life and you’re on your way to LIFE!  Fun, free, exciting, love and peace.

Psalm 139
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down,And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such  knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,And the light around me will be night,” even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.
For You formed my inward parts;You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;  Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.When I awake, I am still with You. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’

The Alignment of the Kingdom of God Friday, Dec 11 2009 

The Kingdom is aligning, the King is calling in everyone who will serve Him with honor and purity, everyone who will worship only Him.  These ones will be distinguished among the millions who throng around His throne on that great day.

The rocks and fault lines beneath us are all crying out for the manifestation of the Sons of God.  On the way out here we drove through an area in SE AZ on I-10 where the upheaval of great boulders just amazed us.  We stopped at the rest stop and took pics.

It was if God was saying – “See these great boulders balanced upon nothing?  That is the way my distinguished ones will appear soon.  Supported by My unseen hand they will manifest My ability to provide and keep beyond human reason or ability.  Nothing will shake the ones I plant from their place and purpose.  This is my plan – revealed now before you – only that which can be shaken will be shaken – and that which is securely planted in me will remain as My testimony.”

Set upon the Rock?

WOW – I became even yet more aware of the critical importance of being aligned in the Kingdom – not “then” but NOW.

Now is the time to put away petty insecurities, mistrust, feelings and incidents of betrayal,  failure and jealousy.  NOW is the time to seek and find those with whom you are to be in alignment, agreement, and accountability.  This may cross denominational, racial or gender barriers.  God is calling kingdom builders, not empire builders.  God has many hidden in caves that He is calling to come out and face down their jezebels and fear of jezebel.

NOW is the day of salvation – now is the hour when all who hear the voice of the Lord must begin to cling to one another and to support one another.  Gone is the day when we support only our own church, only our own ministry.  The Body of Christ has never been interdependent as a true body is and God is about to bring judgment upon those who have heard His voice on this matter and chosen to do their own thing.

NOW is the day when we must “put up” (signs and wonders – Mark 16:15-18) or shut up.  We have got to realize it is one thing to say you’re Christian, and another thing to be a Christian – securely planted on the Rock Christ Jesus – demonstrating to all who pass by the storms of life may form you but it is HE who holds you secure.

Additional info:

Texas Canyon seems like a prehistoric amusement park for early man. Located along Interstate 10 in Southeastern Arizona, visitors can tell they’ve entered the canyon when they see enormous, rounded boulders piled on top of one another in gigantic drifts. At some points, it seems possible that the slightest tremor could cause the mountain to crumble, though these formations have been essentially sedentary for thousands of years.

The rocks are comprised of many different minerals, some softer than others, and the crazy formations were created by the process of weathering. Wind and rain eroded these softer minerals faster, leaving behind fantastic shapes, especially “balancing rocks”—huge stones that appear to have been placed upon rock “pedestals” by a giant’s hand.

Scriptural references:

Matthew 7:21-27

I Corinthians 12:3-27

Perilous Times Will Come – Now What? Thursday, Feb 12 2015 



 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 Timothy 3:1

With many scriptures I can show you that things will get worse. But we have a responsibility to be ambassadors not fear-mongers.

Now what?

I am fully convinced if we do not want to be overtaken by evil we must be obedient to the Lord’s command to disciple all nations. There’s no better way to defeat terrorism than to win those so inclined to the Lord. We are commanded to do so – we are commanded to love.

It is my concern that Christians, not all, but many, are focused on the wrong things. As I speak with people, praying for them, many confess they are consumed with fears. Fears for their health, their family, and terribly distressed about the government and how world affairs are going.

Their focus is this world.  They are fearful. They daily look to the news to see what new wrong, evil, and frightening thing is happening. They consider themselves Christians; even watchmen on the walls but forget that those very watchmen who call out when danger approaches are also awaiting the King of Kings.

He is coming. I’m not speaking of the time when Jesus returns to the earth. I’m speaking about the daily visitation of the Lord to those who seek Him. Those ones who will put aside earth affairs and enter into heavenly places to listen to the Lord, to worship Him and to receive instruction for their days. Those who will permit the King of Kings to interrupt their day and celebrate His love.

These people are not consumed with fears – no, rather they are full of peace that is evident to those whom they meet. Their homes are sanctuaries and houses of refuge. They are the ones to who people turn when everything that can go wrong does.

These people are going about serving and obeying the Lord’s commands to disciple all nations. They know their neighbors names. They will be waved and grinned at on their streets. In business – these are the ones who are called to coach and encourage and improve the lives of their associates. Their children are sought out as friends.

My second concern is that most Christians believe nothing bad should ever happen to them. I sure don’t understand that thinking. I don’t know anyone who has escaped “perilous” times – disease, disorder, divorce, death and/or the destruction of the earth. I don’t know anyone who has not experienced betrayal, accusation, being un-discerned to the detriment of their calling, or actually so hated for being good that their hearts were broken.

These same Christians are quick to blame the enemy of our souls, and perhaps the evil one has been at work, but they are not able to be honest enough to admit their own faults, their own foolish choices, or their own lack of devotion. They profess Godliness but have no daily relationship with the Lord. The Lord Jesus is the only one capable of designing and fulfilling a life which is submitted to Him. He alone is the one who will speak to a person with direction and purpose. He alone can express to us in terms we understand who and what we’re to be. Where we’re to go, who we’re to meet and speak to, whom we should serve (and we all serve somebody.) Only Jesus has the ability to right wrongs – but only if we will submit to His plans for our lives.

Only Jesus can so prioritize our lives so that we are accomplishing eternal things not just the thrill of the moment.

I know bad, bad, really bad times are coming. You would have to be a fool or someone who never read their Bible to miss that.

BUT so what? Shall that statement control me? No, a thousand, thousand times no!  Will I whine and complain or will I change my world through the power of the Spirit?

We have the ability given to us by the Holy Spirit to bring heaven to earth! We have the command to believe when we pray, “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

It is the saddest thing to see and know Christians who have never led a soul to Jesus, never hosted a Bible study, never consciously sought out anyone who is not saved, or never exercised any of the gifts of the Spirit available to them through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is even sadder to see Christians who were trained and even in ministry fail in these areas.

We cannot call ourselves Christians if we are not “little Christs.” That is what the word means. We cannot call ourselves Christians if we put ourselves first and Him 2nd, freely ignoring the commandments which are inconvenient and/or difficult for us.

Our excuse that we don’t have enough time is ridiculous. We have the same 24 hours that Jesus and all His disciples did.

We cannot call ourselves Christians, nor pray “Jesus, make me like you,” if we are unwilling to live as He lived. Crucified. Or how to be “imitators of me” as Paul said and not expect to be exposed to the evils that he and other disciples did. Or how can we blithely go about our safe and sane Christianity when over the centuries thousands upon thousands have met with perilous times and been slaughtered for their faith.

And then on a natural scene – we have a duty to be prepared for natural disasters, accidents, and human behaviors that align with Satan who comes to kill, steal and destroy. Are you prepared? Do you have your important personal documents where you can find them? Do you have a will? Do you have food stored up? Do you have camping equipment in the event your utilities fail or are cut off? Do you have water set aside or easy access to clean water? Why not?  How can you be one who is not part of the problem – but an answer to the problem as the Good Samaritan was?

There are more than adequate websites (including FEMA) to tell you how and what to have and do in the event your normal living is interrupted. Make it a priority.

What is more important than being prepared physically for the perilous times to come? What is more critical than having safety for you and your family, your neighbors? If you have lived righteously it is your neighbors who will come to you and if you have not loved and taught them or if you are not completely prepared to share – what you have may be taken.

That puts a different spin on how you live now doesn’t it? How many times a month do you eat out? How many video games do you own? How large and full is your closet? Do you yearn for the newest phone, car or bigger better home? All these things will burn up one day.

Get honest and ask yourself – am I better than the Master?  Am I better than the thousands and thousands who have been martyred for their faith.  I am not.  Thus I do not expect anything less.
But until my death I will actively pursue the lost and disciple them. I will expect the blessing of the Lord in the land of the living because I am lovingly obedient to my Lord.

My friends please consider these things. Perilous times will come – it is nothing new.   If you need to get stirred up in your faith to be an Overcomer – please read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.


2 Thessalonians 2:3-7 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.

1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

1 Corinthians 15:30-31 Why are we also in danger every hour? I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Acts 20:21-24 And now, behold, bound by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

Romans 8:36-39 Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.

2 Corinthians 4:7-12 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 11:23-29 Are they servants of Christ? — I speak as if insane — I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?

Let us go forth and do the works of the Kingdom – I believe if we will –

we may just change the timing of the perilous times that are coming.

FEAR NOT – PEACE BE WITH YOU Thursday, Apr 17 2014 


God repeatedly says “Fear not.” I love these words. It indicates (1) there may be a reason to fear and (2) to fear not indicates we must make the choice to not allow circumstances to choose our emotions.

The first scripture that meant anything to me was 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and sound mind. Lyle Morris, a man of God, shared this with me because I was such a horrid mess when I finally gave up and surrendered my life to the Lord. I used to say “Paranoia is my brother.” Sick, right?

I even believed since bad things happen to good people you couldn’t help but be afraid. And with my life experiences, you should read that “VERY afraid.”

But God. Two of the most wonderful words ever. But God gave me precious promises to stand on and I choose not to be afraid, and not to let fear motivate me.  I also choose not to repeat or post every sick, frightful, horrid thing I hear or see in the media.

Dig out your Bible and read these sweet promises – make them yours – learn to trust God when fearful emotions try to bowl you over.

John 14:27-28 ” Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Psalm 91:10-11 No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. or He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.

1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

Romans 8:15-16 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ” Abba! Father!”

Hebrews 13:5-6 He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The LORD is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”

And if you’re wondering how to do this – really effectively do it, read and do what these verses dictate.

Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

If you do these things – you’ll have peace.
If you do these things – YOU will be the one people turn to in trouble.
If you do these things – you will be the answer, not part of the problem.
PEACE, TRUE PEACE will be yours.

My awesome daughter-in-laws Tuesday, Jan 28 2014 

Every Mom or M-I-L has a choice to rave on their daughters or not.  I happen to be a step-mom gifted with two awesome sons who’ve married awesome women of God.  Notice the continual use of the word “awesome?”  It’s intentional. defines that adjective like this –

1. inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear; causing or inducing awe: an awesome sight.

2. showing or characterized by reverence, admiration, or fear; exhibiting or marked by awe.
3.Slang. very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome.

Sara and Lori are gals who continually amaze, inspire, impress and challenge me to be a better person, better woman, better wife, and well, better at everything.  They have made our sons happy men.  They are awesome Moms to 4 (nearly 5) of the most wonder-full Grandchildren ever!
Today I was reading Sara’s blog and she posted a story and recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash.  I copied the recipe and will make this rainy week.
BUT moreover I was impressed how a life-time of not liking something was changed for her in one bite.  She had previously abhorred squash.  But a taste at a wedding and she loved it.

It made me think of the hundreds of thousands of people who will not go to church or not give their lives to the Lord Jesus because of a lifetime of unfavorable experiences.

So – dear ones – if you have had nasty, unkind, mean-spirited, bigoted, or religious folks sour you on Jesus and His church – keep trying.  Find people you admire, respect, are inspired by and hang out with them.  Chances are they’re Christian.  Not perfect – but going that way.

If your marriage is in trouble – ask yourself if previous life choices and examples programmed you to expect the worst.  Try being the kind of person you’d like being married to.
If your career is occupying time in a job you hate – because you’ve been patterned to think you’re nothing special – just ask yourself what would make you happy, fulfill you and provide for you and your family.  Seek it out.  (Don’t quit your day job until you find it – but look!)
Along the way as you search for meaning, intimacy, and new recipes – you might just find that Jesus has an AWESOME plan for your life designed especially for you to delight you and fulfill you like nothing you’ve experienced so far.

And never give up.  We are not defeated until we quit.

As for me – big big thank you to Sara and Lori for always being the kind of women I admire.

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BE READY – whatever comes Friday, Dec 14 2012 

Fiscal cliff?  Mayan prophecy for the end of the world?  End Time government in place?  Wars and rumors of wars? Children killed at school?  How bad can it get?  Are you worried?  Are you afraid?

We’re not. Scott and I have long believed in be prepared – for anything.

First and foremost – Jesus is our Savior, Friend, and absolute Provider.

But being raised and living in states with earthquakes and tornadoes, ice storms, hurricanes and flooding- we have had to be ready both to not just survive but thrive!

Although Hurricane IKE was bad – we did well because we were prepared and well enough to take others in and help others in our subdivision.

But as a couple we have looked for a food source that was long-lasting, didn’t break the bank, and tasted good enough to want to eat more than once. No joy.

August 2012 we found Shelf Reliant Foods that are
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Our family’s health and safety are of paramount concern to us – especially with my physical problems, family allergies, and where we live.  Times are tough and may get tougher. Our heart’s cry is to be the kind of salt and light our faith says we are!  We are not victims!  The Bible says the rain falls on the just and on the unjust.  It says a prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.  We must be prepared for the onslaught of folks who’ve not been ready – we must be able to help them to show them the love of God.

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What Kids Wish Their Dads Knew Saturday, Dec 31 2011 

Do you know the cries of your sons heart? Do you know what your daughter needs from you?

Here’s things I know they need from you. I know they think these things. Although I’ve directed it at Dad’s – it is for everyone.  We must be those who change lives, present answers, and live in faith and victory in this changing world.

1.  Tell me you love me in words.

2.  Hug me.

3. Notice me (my inner character – not just outward achievements.)

4. Listen to me without judgment as I speak. Listen fully before speaking.

5. Talk to me with kindness and understanding, not just advice.

6. Ask my forgiveness.

7. Lead me spiritually in actions – not just words.

8.  Love Mom.  Respect her for being my mother.

9. Understand I don’t live in your generation, I like different things than you.

Here’s why doing those things is so critical.

Malachi 4:5-6 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

Luke 12:49-53 “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!  But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!  Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;  for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”  

The Word of God is true.  What God says WILL come to pass.  He has given us opportunity to change our lives.

Is it too late?  Never!

How do you break the cycle of poor fathering? 

1.  Go see the movie “Courageous”

2.  Submit your life to the only true and great Father for wisdom, guidance, forgiveness and peace.

3. Communicate your desire and changed attitudes to your children in ways they understand.

How do you honor a father who was a failure?

1. Forgive, forgive, forgive.

2. Understand all people go thru the same tests and trials – but if you judge him – you will both be judged and given the same opportunities to fail.

3.  Believe God can give you wisdom to honor someone who failed you. 

4. Understand trust = knowing all men fail you.  There is only one perfect Father – one everlasting Father.

5.  Begin now to break the cycle and speak honor and respect to the father who failed you.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – make 2012 an incredible year for your kids!  It’s up to you.
Be the parent, the in-law, the child God will use as a world changer!

Keep your loved ones CLOSE.

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