Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

Friday, September 9, 2016

Loving Like Jesus

Earlier this summer, we had to clean out the long drain pipe that extends from the kitchen sink. While the end cap was off and my husband was fetching tools, I forgot and emptied three glasses of water down the sink while loading the dishwasher. Ugg. This of course, came through onto the floor below, along with the stinky, gray stuff in the pipe. Therefore we battled what I would compare to a ‘sewer’ smell over the weekend, despite the fact that we washed the floor with various cleaners nine times!

Then, on the following Monday, I overcooked black beans, burned them to be more exact! I didn’t notice until a distinct odor, similar to urine, reached my nose. (Who knew burnt black beans smelled like that?!)

Yes, I’m pretty good at messing up. Yet, all through this, my husband never yelled, never said a condemning or demeaning word.

His way of relating to me is like the way Jesus relates to the church. He loves us despite how many times we mess up and doesn’t withhold His love in response to our mistakes.

Is it any wonder I write romance?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

God Still Speaks to Us Through Dreams

Does God still speak to us through dreams? He did for me two nights ago. But because of the dream, it really fell into the category of nightmare.
In the dream, I ran over someone. (insert heart failure here) I won't go into too much detail, but in the matter of a second I had to make a choice and though I swerved, I still ran over the person's legs. Thankfully in my dream, after the victim cried out a lot, she got up and ran off. I tried to catch her to help then woke up. (okay, I can breathe again.)
The interesting thing is I didn't think of the dream again until mid afternoon, right before I left my parents' house. It skittered across my mind, leaving me to shudder. I shoved it aside, said my good-byes and got in my car. When I was only a couple of miles from my house, I spotted an elderly man, I'd never seen before, finish shuffling across the road to the mailbox. Like the dream (which came to mind again), I had a decision to make and it had to be fast because without pausing a beat, he turned to cross again.
You know that moment when you're trapped in a decision?  I thought he would surely look up, especially since he was shuffling like Tim Conway as the Dorf. Slow. Slow. Slow.
He didn't look up.
From the time I spotted him to the time I slammed on my brakes throwing everything in the car forward, only a few seconds had passed. I chose to brake before I was in his path--maybe two yards away. Had I not, we would have collided.
Did he see me? Did he look up? No. He continued across as though in a field far away from traffic.
Praise God for that dream. Had I not been given it, I have no doubt in my mind this would be a completely different story. One that you would read in the paper instead of here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Who's Really Behind Your Weakness

Yesterday my time in the Word, coupled with the study I’m doing from the book Fervent, reminded me how the devil preys on our weaknesses. Whatever yours may be, whether it’s objective or emotional, don’t think of the timing of its attack as simply coincidence.  The devil is a strategist. He plans then waits in the shadows for when you’re at your weakest.
Tara Holden, my heroine from Awakened Love (wip), had to learn that. Her husband’s job keeps him away from home, leaving her lonely and resentful. A male friend happens to step in during one of these times. Is it just coincidence that Tara begins to see him as more thoughtful than her husband … more concerned … more caring? Oh, and did I mention they just happen to share the same goals? That isn’t by chance. Someone in the shadows planned this and poor Tara is falling head first into his trap.
Priscilla Shirer, author of Fervent, tells us once you take that step towards the trap, it starts to affect your prayer life—your connection with God.
Suddenly, you don’t feel like talking to Him. You say it’s because you don’t have time, but the truth is you’re shamed. Shame says you messed up. Shame says why keep trying you’re just going to do it again. Now ask yourself, who’s behind shame? The devil of course and he’ll keep mounting that on you to keep you from prayer. Wonder why he does that? Because prayer weakens him! When we pray, we grow closer to God. When we grow closer to God that makes us harder for the devil to reach.
So the next time you find yourself tempted, whether you’re still in the thinking mode or you’ve gotten your feet wet, remember who’s really behind it and pray. Pray fervently! Pray for God to strengthen your weak areas and grow your desire to keep talking to Him. Let the devil know this is one strategy of his that’s doomed for failure!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Battling Demons and ... Bumblebees

As Christians, we are empowered by God’s own Spirit. How do you use that power? Me—I fight demons … and bumblebees. Let me explain.

About a year ago, our youngest started to have nightmares. Night after night she would wake us with a trembling voice encompassed with fear. Although I always prayed, “In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I demand all evil spirits to be gone. And God, fill our home with your Holy Spirit and let her be comforted,” for some reason the battle continued. The last night I got up because of a nightmare, I distinctly remember she was convinced something was in the room. She heard a sort of scratching sound. (And just to paint how real this was, my child’s eyes were round with fear, her whispered voice was trembling, and she didn’t want to make a move. In fact, she was so afraid she withheld speaking out loud what she thought it really was--so I did it for her.) I looked around the room and asked, “Do you think it’s a lizard?” She gave a barely discernible shake of her head. I asked with a serious tone, “Do you think it’s the devil?” To that, she gave a firm nod as tears pooled in her eyes.
To this, I answered with a breath of relief, “Good! Cause lizards are hard to catch, but that ole’ devil is easy to fight with Jesus’ name.” So I prayed the above prayer and added in His name for the devil to get thee behind me.
That prayer became a nightly ritual for several months enabling her to sleep peacefully with the acknowledgement she was safe in Jesus’ care. Since then, she has seen an angle in the hall outside her open door, not once, but twice.
Now to explain the bumblebee.
I want to think I’ll always call on Jesus’ name no matter the situation, but the truth is we often forget and step into battle unarmed. Recently, I was picking beans in my mom’s garden when a pesky bumble bee decided to pollinate my area. Odd as it sounds, I can handle snakes better than buzzing, flying, stinging things. So you can imagine my mounting anxiety. But when I’d had enough, I just reacted—I stood tall and proclaimed, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I demand you to be gone, bumblebee!”
My sis-n-law working in the row beside me, looked up with a smile (but not really all that surprised) while the bee zoomed a straight path out of the garden!
And that’s how simple a Christian’s life can be if we would only remember who it is we’re empowered by—
Jesus Christ
Lord of Lords
and King of Kings!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Healing Naturally

I don't usually write about things of a personal nature. Yet, circumstances beg me to. The reason, I can't keep the knowledge that was given from others that may be suffering with health issues.

Recently, someone that I'll keep unnamed for the sake of their own privacy, was told they had an autoimmune disease. That medical name can cover a wide range of diseases but to best describe it, it's the end result of a leaky gut.

Many of us don't realize we suffer from leaky gut. We think our occasional heartburn, acid reflux, or inflammation is just something we get with age. Not so. And left untreated, these little warnings can explode into major diseases.

But to get to the point, we reversed all symptoms of the disease (within about two months) by the following steps.

1. Stopped eating processed sugar.
2. Eliminated processed flours and breads.
3. Turned to sprouted grain bread and sour dough bread (the sour dough that rises for 5 hrs. then an additional 2 hrs.) Both types of breads enter your body in a predigested form which then registers as more of a vegetable than a starch.
4. Began a daily regimen of food grade diatomaceous earth. This inexpensive treatment detoxes your system.
5. Introduced more water into daily diet.
6. More daily exercise.
7. Introduced a truly amazing trilogy of cultured products, Kefir, Kombucha tea, and fermented vegetables. This should be done slowly as to avoid a major detox all at once. Start with kefir the first week, then add a few oz. of daily tea the next week, then a T. of the veggies each day the third week. Once your system has adjusted to the new introduction of probiotic foods (that's what these are) then you can eat and drink more of them. I recommend eating at least a T. of the veggies before every meal. This step will help in digestion.
8. Prayer. I believe God not only led me to the above discoveries but also prepared me. I asked for direction while researching. Every illness has a reason. Ask God what that is. Perhaps it's meant to draw you to someone who you need to share the gospel with. Maybe it's the other way around. The Bible says the devil prowls the earth to and fro looking for those he may devour. God may have allowed an illness to protect you from a greater trial. Or, I can assume in our case, it was to learn how to reclaim ones health so that the method could be passed on. Whatever the reason, it's worth asking God, "What do You want to accomplish through this? And guide me through the necessary steps."

Two sites worthy of mention are:

If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them. I'm not trained in the medical field, I just have a healthy interest in natural health.


Monday, January 26, 2015

A Powerful Man of Prayer--Kind David

I’m amazed by the prayers of David. Never before have my eyes been opened to the Psalms as they have since attending Parkland Chapel.

As an example, Psalm twenty-six is only twelve verses long, yet reveals so much more than I ever realized. Pastor Mike explained that in the first six verses David is telling us how to worship. We must walk in integrity and separate ourselves from evil doers.

When taking a close look at your life, if there are people (whether or not they profess to be Christians), that aren’t walking with the Lord or at least seeking a closer walk with Him and living the opposite of God’s instructions, then separate yourself, and “…wash your hands in innocency:  so will I compass thine altar, O Lord.” Notice David ends with a call to sanctification.

In the next verses, seven and eight, David describes the true exercise of worship. We should love to tell the story, (Jesus’) story. We should also love to spend time at God’s house. Go where God’s honor dwells and be filled and restored.

And verses nine through eleven prepares us for worship. David called on God’s grace, forgiveness, redemption and mercy. Then ended the Psalms in verse twelve with a declaration of assurance.

My prayer today is that I would learn to pray like David. I want to be so immersed in my prayer time that I consider the full spiritual aspects of this life and the power given to me. I want to pray with assurance, knowing that this weapon can destroy the plans of Satan, foul the traps of his demons and fully protect God’s people.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Romance and Marriage

My husband and I have been happily married over twenty-one years. And because of that, I was recently asked to speak to a group of women about romance and marriage. Following, is what I shared that evening.

How do we keep romance in marriage? In order to begin, the first thing we have to do is empty our heads of negative thoughts. There may be some of you that justifiably have reasons to resent your spouse and might be tempted to put up a mental block to the things I have to say.
Let’s keep in mind, we’re not here to feed negativity. We’re here to learn and grow. How do we do that? With positive thoughts! So pull out a mental drawer and empty your head. Then slam the drawer shut. You can’t open it for the extent of this post and anytime a negative thought starts to creep in, repeat, In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, get thee behind me, Satan! (point A)
Also, you have to come to terms with a couple of nitty-gritty facts. The end result of romance is love-making. If romance is what you’re after, be ready to see it all the way through. Fact number two; as shocking as it sounds, men want to feel wanted and desired as much as women do.
The ideas I’m going to give you will require a servant’s heart, but oft times, our good deeds return good deeds. So if there’s any negative thoughts hanging around, maybe like men are only after one thing or he’d never do that for me, empty your head and repeat, in the name … (you got it, go back to point A)
Okay, let’s get started.
What is romance? According to Google’s dictionary, romance is a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. Which in turn, tends to give remoteness from everyday life.

Some synonyms would be: love, passion, adoration, devotion and affection.   
Romance also can be described as to court or woo. Some synonyms to that would be: chase, pursue, seduce. Am I on track?

If you’ve been married for any length of time, these synonyms can get lost in a pile of verbs such as; washing, sweeping, mopping, mowing, fixing.
But they’re not supposed to.
Here’s how you can keep or reinstate romance in your marriage.

For women, this starts in our heads. Throughout the day, prepare yourself for romance. Start by scenting your home with a candle or oil (or a pie baking in the oven) that calms your mind. Remember with fondness a romantic time you’ve had with your spouse in the past and let it fuel your desire for more. Consider some of your favorite qualities about him. Make a mental list and let it bring a smile to your day.

Next, think about your favorite parts of his body. Visualize this. Build on it. (You get the idea.) Since romance starts in our heads, we need to prepare for it in advance.

When he comes home, take time to visit, talk about your day. That way, by evening, your intimate time with your husband won’t be mentally invaded by unresolved issues or tasks.

Do you laugh with your spouse? You should. It relieves tension and builds your friendship, bonding what God tied together. Instead of sharing the latest drama with him about whomever, share the funny thing that happened that day. Or simply play. Buy two nerf guns and have a war, or play flash-light tag (only when the kids are gone as I’ve heard of married couple doing this in the nude). J Think of things that can lead to him pursuing you—since this is natural for him anyway. Then choose to be caught.

Do you like unexpected gifts? Odds are, so does your spouse. For no reason at all, buy him a tool he’s been wanting or a book. This lets him know you were thinking of him. For her, what woman doesn’t like clothing? Maybe a flattering blouse or if that’s too hard, try a magazine she enjoys but doesn’t often purchase, or for either, something as simple as their favorite candy bar. (This is where knowing their lists of favorites can be very handy!)

“Be devoted to one another…Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10).”
Flirt with your husband. When you’re walking across the room, wink, blow him a kiss or just wiggle a little for him. Love is a verb—an action. Actively choose to love him, flirt with him, and enjoy him. Throw in some sexual undertones in a conversation. Stare at him then follow it up with a compliment.
Never stop courting. I choose to remember whom I’m romancing, my husband and my best friend. Therefore, I always prepare to catch his eye, impress him, honor him, elevate him, please him, and smother him in love.
And don’t forget. Kiss passionately every day. Especially as he’s leaving—give him a desire to want to hurry back to you. J
Here's a link to a blog you might find helpful ... Warning: she covers a lot of 'stuff' here, but you don't have to read it all. I found the first half very helpful. The latter ... a little too personal for my taste. :)