Brothers And Sisters In Christ Ministries

Reverend Steven A. Knotts

Kenna's Korner

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Hi Ladies,

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him;

and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5 (KJV)

What does it mean to Commit thy way?..........

The dictionary defines commit in part as

1) To give in trust

2) To entrust

3) To bind........................

Have you committed yourself wholly to the Lord?

Do you completely trust His ways and actions, even

though you may not understand them?

Committing yourself to our loving Father is not part time.

Take a few moments, right now and

Be still, and know that I am God...... Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hi Ladies,

There are different kinds of gifts,

but the same Spirit distributes them.

1 Corinthians 12:4 (NIV)

What is your gift?

Music? Organization? Crafts? Writing?

Children? Cooking? Teaching? Praying?

Encouraging? Speaking? Caring? Witnessing?

Please don't ever think your gift is not worthy.......

If the gift is from our Loving Father, it is worthy!

It is worthy to thank and praise Him for the gift

He has given you!

.......But each man has his own gift from God: one has

this gift, another has that. 1 Corinthians 7:7 (NIV)

And don't ever think your gift is better than anyone else's!

Our gifts are different and are to be used for the Glory of God

and to spread His love and words.

Remember, Do not neglect your gift..... 1 Timothy 4:14 (NIV)

But Each one should use whatever gift he has received

to serve others.......  1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hi Ladies,

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

What we believe in our hearts, what we feel in our hearts,

defines our relationship and commitment to our heavenly Father.

God created us to worship and glorify Him. To obey

the commandment of Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exodus 20:3 (KJV)

If you wake up on Sunday mornings and decide to sleep in, rather

than attend are putting sleep before God.

If you would rather possess the latest fashion/game/car/gadget

above helping the less are putting things before God.

God must come first.....first above all, everyone, everything.

God is our treasure. Our heart is His.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hi Ladies,

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Matthew 7:15 (NKJV)

Listen very carefully to what religious leaders are saying...........Your own pastor, elder, leader.....

Check what is said with God's word!

The best way to do this?

Know your it, study it, meditate on His words

God doesn't change, He doesn't evolve!

The Bible tells us Our Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

Someone once said you can evaluate a man's leadership by the number of his followers...........

I say that you evaluate a leader by determining how that leader follows God and God's ways.............

After all, Hitler had millions following him.

Jesus had 12.

To God be the Glory!



January 08, 2015

Hi Ladies,

I'm not one for New Year Resolutions, but I am one for positive change for myself.

When I look in the mirror, I try to see what God sees......what He created when He

.....created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb." ........

Psalm 139:13 (NIV)

God sees this child.......One who needs Him always........

God hears this child.....Praying constantly, praising His glory......

God knows this child.....My shortcomings, my growth.

God knows where He stands with this child..................

          God everything.

          Family second.....God's precious gifts.

          I am serve God and treasure the gift of my family.

When others see me........what do they see?

I pray they see a child of God.

What do people see when they look at you?

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Do you see what God sees?.......

A beloved child of His......

To God be the Glory!



December 04, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Hands Up in Praise of our Lord!

   He gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ............

Hands Up in Praise of our Lord!

   He gives us truth, hope, love, and grace...........

Hands Up in Praise of our Lord and obey His decrees.........

Be kind and compassionate to one another,

forgiving each other,

just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Thanksgiving comes once a year...........but giving Thanks should come daily.

Tomorrow I will sit with the ones who matter most to me. I will miss my

bonus daughter, my brother Mike and his wonderful wife Vanetta, but I am

grateful they will be celebrating Thanksgiving with other loved ones.

For just another day with my loved ones, I am Thankful.................

For having things I once prayed for and for having what others do pray for, I am Thankful............

Not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday............

For the joys, and for the tears, He is with me, and I am Thankful............

For the trials, and tribulations, He is with me, and I am Thankful............

Not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday............He is with me, and I am Thankful.............

For those who will be having a Thanksgiving with a different "normal", my

thoughts and prayers will be with you, but more importantly, He will be with you.

Have a blessed, safe, and peaceful Thanksgiving.............

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;

Bind them around your neck,

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:3-4 (NASB)

Be faithful to God.

When others step out of faith, stay on the path.

When God's laws are not politically correct to obey, stand tall and

obey His laws always. God has a loving commitment to us. Our

faithfulness grows as we love and depend on Him more and more.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hi Ladies,

If you are ready to accept Jesus as your Savior, you can say the following prayer...................

Dear Father,

I come to You a sinner and I humbly repent of my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior,

He died on the cross for my sins and that You raised Him from the dead. I ask that You come

into my life, make me a new creature and help me walk in Your ways as You reveal Yourself

to me. Thank you Lord for saving me and cleansing me with Your precious blood.

I accept Your gift of salvation.

In Jesus name. Amen.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, November 06, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,

let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

Talk to God. Tell Him what's on your mind and in your heart.

Remember what Mark 11:24 says Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when

you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them. (NKJV)

Know God's will for you and you will know and see His answers to your prayers.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, October 30, 2014 – No Entry

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hi Ladies,


A beautiful word.......

A Hebrew word.

The word Amen means so be it.

Amen is a solemn word that confirms a statement, oath, or covenant.

"and may this water that causes the curse go into your stomach, and make

your belly swell and your thigh rot." 'Then the woman shall say, "Amen, so be it.

Numbers 5:22 (NKJV)

We may close our prayers with the words "In Jesus Name we pray. Amen."

In other words, we are submitting to God's will.........not our own.

How many of us have thought that God didn't hear our prayers, or that He didn't

answer them?

God answers our prayers in one of three ways............

Yes......Because the prayer lines up with His will.

No.......Because the prayer doesn't line up with His will.

Not now.......Because we are not ready.

When we pray and get a "No" for the answer, trust God. Trust His will for the

situation. We don't get to see the big picture, but God does.

Trust Him.

He is the Great Amen.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hi Ladies,

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by

the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will

of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (NASB)

The less we let society influence us and the more we listen to

and obey God's words and ways......

the more we will see God's perspective and His will for us.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, October 09, 2014 – No Entry

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and

he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will

come near to you. James 4:7-8a (NIV)

Back in the day, there was a comedian named Flip Wilson

who had the catch of "The devil made me do it!"................

It was perceived as funny, but what it ultimately did was

take away the responsibility of making bad decisions.

"You lied about that"......."Not my fault, the devil made me do it!"

"You went and got drunk"......."The devil made me do it!"

"You stole money from the company"......The devil made me do it!"

Our society continues to find ways for us to accept the devil and his

evil ways.  Think of music, clothing, games, slang, attitudes, entitlements,

self serving, books, movies....Me, my wants, my needs, my everything.

Resist....all temptations from the devil.

Know God's words, feel His love, know that His will for you is best for you.

Resist the devil............

Stay with God.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hi Ladies,

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,

and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

As you get to know God, His commands and laws.............

As you get to know God's love, grace, and mercies...........

Your life will change.

Your desire for earthly materials and adoration will fade.

Your desire to be His light to the world will shine through

and the rewards from God will be given to you.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hi Ladies,

If you had 15-20 minutes to be with someone who God 

has taken..........

Who would it be? What would you say? What would you 

do? And how would you be afterwards?

For me, it would be my mother. I would tell her that I knew 

her hatred and abuse towards me was misdirected and I would 

let her know that I have forgiven her and that I had asked God 

to forgive her also.

Afterwards, I would let what few good memories prevail over 

the other ones.

Now think of someone you need to say something to......

Perhaps you need to tell them you love them, you appreciate them, 

or you need to tell someone that they have hurt you and that you 

have forgiven them. 

Tell them before the opportunity is gone.......and pray for them......

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Dear Father,

Today can be a difficult day for so many............

Please help people to know the evil that was  

bestowed on us this day many years ago, needn't 

breed hatred in our hearts.

But instead, Lord, let the memory of this day show

that we need to follow You more, be stronger in

our faith and know You are God.

Please be with those who are hurting physically, 

emotionally, and spiritually. Please show those

who have survivors guilt, that their time is needed here.

This world is not our world Lord, but please help us 

be in this world according to Your will.

To God be the Glory! 



Thursday, September 04, 2014

Hi Ladies,

pray continually.........1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)

Most people pray at night, right before going to sleep........

Very few pray in the morning because they are getting ready

for work, helping the kids get ready for school.......then there

are errands, is simply a time to rush.

Yet we are commanded

pray continually.............

Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier....Take the time to thank 

God for a good night's sleep, for keeping your family, friends, 

and loved ones safe. Ask Him to continue to keep everyone

safe and to guide them in His path. Ask Him to use you in 

whatever way glorifies Him.

Make games of prayer with your children.....

When your daughter picks a red dress to wear, think of red 

things God created and thank Him for them.

Convert the dates of birthdays and anniversaries to time and

pray for that person or couple. For instance, at 8:04 I pray for 

my husband, at 1:19 I pray for my daughter, 1:13 for my son-in-law, 

and at 5:10 for my bonus daughter.

Use your time for prayer.....

When in line at the store/bank/DMV or wherever, rather than whipping 

out your phone to check your email/social media/game, silently pray for

the person in front of you, pray for the cashier......Ask God to help them

with whatever cross they are carrying, to give them strength, love. Ask

our Father to give you words of encouragement to them.

There are many times and ways to pray to our Father.

We can pray continually!

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hi Ladies,

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)


Everything that God desires for us to do. Yes.

........He doesn't desire us to do anything evil, selfish, or foolish.......

He truly loves us and when we follow His commands, we will have

the strength to do all He wants us to do.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

I love the imagery and meaning of this line...............

Being in darkness with a small lamp at your feet to light

your path to safety..........

Being in a sinful world with God's love and words keeps

me walking forever with Him.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hi Ladies,

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them,

so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25 (NIV)

God has given us so many gifts. An important gift He has given us is the gift to


What a joy it is to forgive someone who has hurt us! To be released from the

burden of anger and distress of hurt!

God commands us to forgive..........


And ask Him to forgive them also.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, August 07, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and

walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself

up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

Remember, as wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends......

when we commit ourselves and each other to the Lord and seek Him

in all we do and say, and love Him with all our heart, expect to see

His love, power, and will for us at work.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, July 31, 2014 – no entry

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is

right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything

is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have

learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And

the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)

With our Father's help, we have the ability, strength and tools to discipline

ourselves to stay on the right path....the positive path.....the loving path.....

God's path.

The only path.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:21 (NIV)

How easy it is to seek revenge!

But by God's words, we are not to do such.............

instead, we need to do pray for those who do evil to us..........

We need to do what is best for their own good.

Forgive them.........

Love them.........

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Jesus said, "If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples."

John 8:31 (NIV)

We can't just read the Bible............

We can't just listen to the lessons/sermons........

We can't just sing the hymns/songs.............

We must keep His words in our hearts

and with our actions..........

Let the world feel and see our discipleship.

They will then see our Father.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hi Ladies,

..........not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of

doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see

the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)

With school out, summer in, and vacations on.......our routines so

often go by the wayside.

Unfortunately, some take this 'break' to play 'hit or miss' with church.

The reasoning can be as benign as "the attendance is low, so no one

will really miss us"....."there's no Sunday School for the children, it's

too hard to keep them still".....Pastor is on vacation, so the message

won't be solid".......

Yes, during the summer, church attendance is lower when families are

on vacation. Remember Matthew 18:20....For where two or three come

together in My name, there I am with them. (NIV)

Keeping children still during the service can be challenging, but as long

as they aren't distracting to other congregants, they're fine. On occasion

I would take my daughter to the cry room, during the sermon. It was important

to me that she knew at an early age that the sanctuary is God's house and not

a playroom. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder

them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 9:14 (NIV)

Of course Pastors take vacations! We need to refresh and recharge our batteries!

Many of us have favorite pastors........Pastors who speak the true word of God......

Pastors we respect, admire, and look up to. We may use that Pastor as the reason

we attend a certain church. Remember, we attend church because we want and need

to hear the true words of God, to thank Him and to Praise Him.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hi Ladies,

..........not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of

doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see

the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)

With school out, summer in, and vacations on.......our routines so

often go by the wayside.

Unfortunately, some take this 'break' to play 'hit or miss' with church.

The reasoning can be as benign as "the attendance is low, so no one

will really miss us"....."there's no Sunday School for the children, it's

too hard to keep them still".....Pastor is on vacation, so the message

won't be solid".......

Yes, during the summer, church attendance is lower when families are

on vacation. Remember Matthew 18:20....For where two or three come

together in My name, there I am with them. (NIV)

Keeping children still during the service can be challenging, but as long

as they aren't distracting to other congregants, they're fine. On occassion

I would take my daughter to the cry room, during the sermon. It was important

to me that she knew at an early age that the sanctuary is God's house and not

a playroom. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder

them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 9:14 (NIV)

Of course Pastors take vacations! We need to refresh and recharge our batteries!

Many of us have favorite pastors........Pastors who speak the true word of God......

Pastors we respect, admire, and look up to. We may use that Pastor as the reason

we attend a certain church. Remember, we attend church because we want and need

to hear the true words of God, to thank Him and to Praise Him.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Something we need to pay our mortgages or rent.......

food, clothing, medical.......essentials, and extras.

We need money....we needn't worship it.

How can we tell the difference between the need

of money and the worship of it?

Ask yourself these questions..........

Do I tithe as the Word of God instructs?

Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields

produce each year. Deuteronomy 14:22 (NIV)

Or do I pay my bills, make sure I have enough for

the weekend's festivities before tithing?

Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob Me. "But

you ask, 'How are we robbing You?' "In tithes and

offerings." Malachi 3:8 (NIV)

We need to remember.......Tithing is an act of faith.

God doesn't need our money;

He wants our love and obedience.

When we tithe, we are putting God first, our own

needs second because we know He will provide.

In fact, tithing is the only thing God tests us on

Continuing with Malachi 3:10

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there

may be food in My house. And thereby put me to

the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the

windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a

blessing until there is no more need.

Tithing is putting God first

He should always be first.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Relieve the troubles of my heart

and free me from my anguish.

Psalm 25:17 (NIV)

Seek Him........He loves you.

Talk to Him.....He knows what you are going through.

Cry out to Him.......He is there to give comfort.

Kneel in His presence........He will give you strength to stand.

You cannot do this alone.

Keep Him in your heart, soul, mind, and actions.

Surround yourself with your Brothers and Sister in Christ.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hi Ladies,

As wives, mothers, sisters, and friends we

have the privilege to show all of our family

members they are loved and valued.

How do we do this?

By following Romans 12:9-10..........

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil;

cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another

in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (NIV)

It really can be that simple......and priceless!

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, May 29, 2014 – No entry

Thursday, May 22, 2014 – No entry

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27 (NIV)

There will always be difficulties, issues, and problems

that come our way. As Christians we are not free from

such things..........We pray and we grow stronger with God.

But in the worst of circumstances, there is no earthly peace......

and it can be challenging to see where God is taking us.

Trust Him.

You may not understand now....but when you are with Him

at Home, you will.

To God be the Glory.



Thursday, May 08, 2014 – No Entry

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,

    but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)

One of the hardest thing about being a Christian is being “Christ-like.”


We are often watched, tested, and challenged……..

Is she going to lose her temper? Will she complain about her husband?

Is a lie coming from her lips? She boasts about her pie baking ribbons….

She was rather haughty to the sales clerk……………

At times, we fail.

We fail to rise up to Christ-like behavior.

When that happens, apologize.

Ask for forgiveness and understanding.

And pray to our loving Father,

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

Each time you realize you have not lived up to being a Christ-like Christian,

and with His help, you change that UN-Christ-like behavior, you are getting 

closer to Him and His will for you.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Taken from my husband Steve's prayer on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the long term 

care facility where we conduct services every Sunday.

Lord - 

We want to thank You and praise You - from whom all blessings flow.

Today we need to stop and reflect on exactly what You did for us and the significance of it.

Lord, You died for us while we were STILL sinners!

It is hard enough to die for a righteous person - though many will be willing to sacrifice - 

but how many of us would be willing to die for an UNrighteous person?

Yet, this is what You did.

Romans 5:7-9 (NIV)

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone

might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we

were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by His blood, how

much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Him!

So Lord, on this special day, we want to stop, pause, and give You all the praise and glory 

and thanks for having walked what must have been the most difficult path into a city that 

was welcoming You with open arms and laying palm branches at Your feet and who in less 

than one week would be screaming "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"

Lord - we are sorry that You - Who knew no sin - had to suffer and die for us who deserved it! 

It is only by Your sacrifice for our sins that we have hope to enter into Your glorious presence.

Lord - help us recognize our sins and shortcomings. Help us to forgive others so that we might

be forgiven ourselves. Help us to remember that without You, we are nothing! Help us to walk 

in faith and obedience to YOUR perfect law.

In Jesus Name.




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hi Ladies,

The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you,

   And be gracious unto you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,

   And give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)

In 1979, while excavating a site in Jerusalem’s Hinnom Valley,

several tiny, silver scrolls, the size of the metal cap of a pencil,

were found.

These tiny scrolls, dated back to the seventh century B.C. contained

the words to Numbers 6:24-26.

These Biblical words have been set to music many times. I remember

singing them at my Grandparent’s church in Wisconsin.

My husband closes our Services with these same words and what

comforting peace it gives.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hi Ladies,

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition,

dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you,

as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV)

The above acts of the flesh are too strong for us to conquer. However, with God’s

love, knowing and following His words and commands, and trusting His will for us,

we will become more like Him and less like the world.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.

Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV)

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your

body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your

heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of

you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)

It is so easy to say to someone “Don’t worry. It will be fine.” 

Kind words to say, but take it a step further and give some comforting action.

Are they hungry? Invite them over to eat, bring them some casseroles, share your gardening

bounty, hand them a grocery gift card.

Are they cold? Share your unused blankets and comforters, winter clothes, coats, hats, and

gloves. Help them winterize their home, caulk, insulate.

Are they ill? Transport them to the doctor, stay with them, take care of their pets,

Are they lonely? Invite them to join your family game night, call them, smile at them, listen

to their words/needs.

Whatever their troubles, perhaps our Father is sending you to help.

In any way that you help someone, remind them of God’s words;

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you

as well. Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hi Ladies,

You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Titus 2:1 (NIV)

There are quite a few people who believe sound doctrine is out of touch,

old fashion, not relevant today. They also believe you must feel good to be 

good… go with the flow…..not hurt, or offend anyone.

That is wrong.

Sound doctrine means knowing how and why we need to live in accordance

to God’s words.

How do we know God’s sound doctrine verses the doctrine others may be


Read your Bible. If what someone is saying is not in accordance to God’s teaching,

if it is not biblical, it is not sound doctrine.

Know your Bible. If someone is eliminating God’s words, or changing them, they are

not teaching sound doctrine.

For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the

least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is

accomplished. Matthew 5:18 (NIV)

If something cannot be backed up with God’s words, be it a sermon, a teaching, or

a book, it is not sound doctrine.

Live your earthly life for Him, in accordance to His doctrine and you will be spending

your eternal life with Him.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hi Ladies,    

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be 

prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks 

you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 

But do this with gentleness and respect, 

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

As Christians, we don't know all the answers. Some

of us aren't very good at memorizing verses. Many

can't pronounce most Biblical names, cities, or places.

When we are asked about our faith, it is because the

person asking sees something in us.....something they

are trusting you to answer.

It's rather simple. 

Start here..............

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and 

only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish 

but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

Be the child of God He intends you to be. Let Him speak

through you.

Be gracious, patient, and loving......but more importantly, 

listen to their questions and concerns. Perhaps they don't 

feel loved, or maybe a sin is eating away at them. 

Pray with them. It means so much more to pray right at

that moment, rather then saying "I'll pray for you." 

Cultivate, not overwhelm.

As my husband Steve says, "You may not be the one to 

fully bring them to Christ, but you will be the one who 

brings them that much closer."

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, March 06, 2014

Hi Ladies,


One of the most unattractive qualities in a person.


A powerful emotion we as Christians should avoid.

Or should we? 

Is there a way we can use the power of hate? 

Yes! We can use hate to the Glory of God! 

As it is written in the first part of Amos 5:15.......

Hate evil, love good; (NIV)

What exactly is evil? 

Evil is the absence of good, just like dark is the absence 

of light, and cold is the absence of heat.

Our loving Father gave us the freedom to choose good 

or evil (i.e. not good).

We must do our best to always choose good. 

How do we know what is good? Love our Lord, read His 

words, know His ways, follow Him.

We can hate all that is not good.....all that is not pleasing 

to God.

But our hate must be shown in a loving manner because 

1 John 4:7 states 

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (NIV)

When someone we love and know is doing something outside 

of good (i.e. evil), it is our duty to pray for them, and encourage 

them to do what is pleasing to God (i.e. good).

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, February 27, 2014

 Hi Ladies,
Well, here I grow again!
For the past several weeks my husband and I had been reading out loud to one another the first two
Harry Potter books.  We even purchased the first two DVD's and watched them.

Pastor Steve and I love doing things it refinishing a desk, yard work, studying the Word (especially!),
or taking long walks...reading to each other was just yet one more way to joyfully spend time together...
Except, once we embarked on this seemingly innocent adventure, we were strongly nudged by the Holy Spirit that this activity, while on the surface appeared totally innocent, was nevertheless outside God's desire
for us.

There is a slippery slope satan likes to use...on the surface, the Harry Potter books are highly entertaining,
full of adventure, with humor, and having incredible characters and amazing creatures - fantasy novels millions of children and adults have read.

But...these "fantasy" novels delve into the dark arts...death, abuse, spells, witchcraft, wizardry, charms, immortality, and magic...  The two Harry Potter books I read were entertaining...and I believe myself to be a strong enough Christian to not delve into the dark arts...

However...the first wave of Harry Potter readers are now adults...adults who are watching Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, among the many other shows/movies that glorify the supernatural and dark arts.......

If television, movies, and/or books aren't enough of a fill, one can be entertained by magicians like Criss Angel, David Blaine, or participate in either the Zombie Run or any of the Zombie Games (for children, teens, and adults!).

Can you recognize the slippery-slope?  Always, one step at a time...each step on its own, is no big deal.  However, these steps add up, and taken collectively can lead one FAR off the path of our Lord!

With the Lord's help and His strength, Steve and I are off that slippery slope...(make no mistake, satan creates many slippery slopes and prepares many pit-falls and snares)...

The books we've decided to read together instead?  The Left Behind Series!

To God be the Glory!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hi Ladies,

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. 

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you 

another Counselor to be with you forever— 

the Spirit of truth. 

The world cannot accept Him, because it neither 

sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for 

He lives with you and will be in you." 

John 14:14-17 (NIV)

We are never alone.

Loving our Father can be easy......He is awesome!

He has given us far more than we deserve....His Son,

His grace..........

Obeying our Father can be a bit more difficult. 

There are times we want to pick and choose which of 

His laws and commands to obey. But we must obey them the best of our abilities.......and to obey them 

with love.

Our Father is always with us! He is our strength, our rock.

Know His words, meditate on them and lean on Him for


He loves you.

He wants what is best for you.

Let Him lead.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls 

around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know 

that the family of believers throughout the world is 

undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)

I read an article that stated "If you believe that Jesus is

the only begotten Son of God, who died for your sins, and 

was rose from the dead, you are a Christian."

I believe that.........But I also believe the Bible is the Word

of God.......and we need to obey His words and His commands.

In order to do that, we need to know His words, read them,

meditate on them, put His words in action.

We need to pray, talk to Him, listen for His directions, wait for

His will to be done.

Glorify Him..........

Praise Him..........

Thank Him..........

Love Him............

There is a difference between a Christian who simply believes,

and a Christian who puts our Holy Father in our heart and actions.

Live Him!



Thursday, February 06, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Have you ever felt your walk with the Lord has

become complicated? That you are confused on

the direction to take? That God needs to be a bit

clearer on what He wants you to do?, to say?.......

It may be that you are trying to walk with God on

your own two feet?, with your own strengths and


We need Our Father all the time. He is our strength.

As the old hymn says................

    I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;

    No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

    I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;

    Every hour I need Thee;

    Oh, bless me now, my Savior,

    I come to Thee.

    I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;

    Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.

    I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;

    Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.

    I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;

    And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

    I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;

    Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

    Walk with Him, Read His words, Love Him. Follow Him.

    He may take you in directions you never expected, but as

    you obey Him, you will see that His way is the most blessed

    and effective path for you.

    To God be the Glory!



Thursday, January 30, 2014 – No entry

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Dear Lord,

Thank You for a good night's sleep......

I especially thank You for keeping my husband and all our children

tucked safely in Your loving arms throughout the night.

Please continue to bless and keep our family.......

Although there are times we have aches and pains, we will gladly

bear these pains, for they glorify our need for You. 

Direct us Lord in using our tithes wisely. There are many people, groups,

and organizations that have needs and we would like to honor You by 

gifting them. 

Forgive us Lord for not speaking boldly and directly when the world started

to fall little by little. 

Please Lord, grant me the words, knowledge and mostly the love, to bring

the lost to you. Help me catch those on the fence. Show me the wisdom in 

not wasting time on those who have chosen the other side. Time is a gift.

Everyday Lord, I need you. 

In all I do, I try to glorify You. Forgive me when I fail.

In Jesus Name, I pray..........



Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hi Ladies,
On Sunday, January 19th, our nation will be observing and celebrating
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
We are to do as instructed in Proverbs 24:11 (NIV)
Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter
How can we rescue those?
Pray....Pray.....and pray some more..........
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)
Be involved......
Volunteer at your local Pregnancy Counseling Center.
Become the Pro-Life contact person for your church.
Invite a Pro-Life speaker to your church/bible study.
Host a baby shower.
Picket an abortion clinic.
Raise money/give financial support to a Pro-Life group.
Boycott groups that support Planned Parenthood/Pro-Choice agenda
Mostly, as commanded in Matthew 22:39 (NIV)
 ..........Love your neighbor as yourself.......and
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
If you carry the burden of having had an abortion,
please know this..........
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hi Ladies,
I challenged our congregants to pray for one month,
for one or two people who have hurt/upset/angered/
disappointed or somehow failed them............
to pray for them.
To pray for their well being........
To pray that God has a protective arm around them........
To pray their hearts are softened...........
To pray they find and truly know and love our Father..........
As we know, it is easy to pray for those we love.........
        "If you love those who love you,
          what reward will you get?"
                            Matthew 5:46 (NIV)
This challenge has nothing to do with New Years Resolutions,
neither does it have anything to do with forgiveness..............
It simply has to do with love. God's love for all His children,
and His command
       "A new command I give you:
         Love one another. As I have
         loved you, so you must love
         one another."
                              John 13:34 (NIV)
In the challenge, I've noticed my heart softening towards
the two I am praying for..............
Try the challenge.........Let me know how you do.............
To God be the Glory!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Hi Ladies,

The first week of the New Year!

A time when resolutions and promises are made.

Most are made with good intentions and steel 


All are made with the goal of bettering ourselves......

......lose weight, save money, stop smoking/drinking....

limit tv/computer/cell phone usage.....

be more loving/patient, spend more time with the family.......

volunteer more.......

These are all wonderful goals, but please keep in mind

Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness;

and all these things shall be added unto you. 

Make the promise to yourself and our Father, that you will

spend valuable time with Him.......

Reading His words, talking with Him, honoring Him, following

His ways, commands, and decrees, loving Him and giving 

Him thanksgiving............

By doing these things, you will find the resolutions you have

made..........will happen........

Glory be to Our Father!



Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Christmas Day)

Hi Ladies,
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given:
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
As you take the time to enjoy the gifts lovingly given by you,
and the gifts graciously given to you,
reflect on the wonderful gift of Grace from our Father.......
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not
from yourselves, it is a gift from God -
Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
Our Wonderful Father has given each and every one of us a gift..........
Our gift to Our Father is our lives lived for Him.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

To God be the Glory!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 – no entry

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hi Ladies,
......The star which they had seen in the East went before them,
till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
Matthew 2:9 (NKJV)

Like most people, I love Christmas music!......not necessarily the

secular holiday music, although I have been guilty of "Rockin'

Round the Christmas Tree" on more than a few occasions.

The one Christmas song that always gives me goose bumps, brings

me to tears and swells my heart is O Holy Night.

Just the title alone says it all.

..............O Holy Night..................

Placide Cappeau, (1808-1877) a French poet and wine merchant was

asked to write a Christmas poem. He wrote Christians, Midnight. In

1847, Adolphe Adam (1803-1856) composed the music for that poem.

Unitarian minister and transcendentalist John Sullivan Dwight (1813-

1893) created Christians, Midnight into the English singing edition

known as O Holy Night.

On the evening of December 24, 1906, Handel's Aria "Ombra mai fu was

the first piece of music played on the radio. O Holy Night followed. It was

played on a violin by the "Father of Radio Broadcast" Reginald Fessenden,

with him singing the last verse

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

I absolutely love how Our Father chose a wine merchant, a poverty stricken

composer, a Liberal Unitarian, and an inventor to give us one of the most

holiest hymns about the birth of our Savior.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hi Ladies,
The Lord has been wonderful and so very active in our lives!
Several weeks ago, our ministry was 

granted a 501 (c) (3) status.
Through Basic Essentials, in addition to conducting regular church

services at a long term care facility, we have also been blessed to

sponsor several other ministries.........
A young man who started a Bible study in his high school. It's
a very fun, great group of our next generation, and is growing
strong with 40 members!
A lovely young woman who has struggled both financially and

personally to become a missionary in her home country of the

Philippines. She is a witness to how God has provided for her

needs and the needs of her group.
Recently, we were gifted with several books from a gentleman who 

once struggled with his demons, and with the power of God, came

out the winner!
One of the books contains hymns and songs, and the inspirations for
each one. From time to time I will share a song and the story behind it.
This is not one of those times.

One of the most important ways to Glorify our Father is to do good works.........

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

   which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph. 2:10 (NIV)

Yes, we are told to do good, to love one another.........

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you,

so you must love one another.  John 13:34 (NIV)

When others witness, hear or are the recipients of our love and goodness,

it inspires them to love and to do good!

That is what we want; to inspire others to grow in love, goodness and to

learn about God's grace.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from

yourselves, it is the gift from God--not by works, so that no one can boast.

Eph. 2:8-9 (NIV)

Do good works lovingly, be an inspiration.

To God be the Glory!



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A day early..........Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi Ladies,
In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
We are commanded to give thanks in everything........
the blessings as well as the adversities.
For so many, holidays can be very difficult.
We may look around our family gathering and see the
faces that are missing. We tug at the what ifs, and the
whys they are no longer with us..........
We may look around at our meager surroundings and
wonder about our life choices and decisions..........
We may look around and see the happiness and gladness
of those who only feel joy, while our hearts are in pain..........
And yet,
we give thanks to our Father because it is His will that we

see Him in all the aspects of our lives.....

..........Blessings and adversities............

We give thanks to our Father because it glorifies Him..................

We give thanks because a grateful heart is a heart filled with

love, joy, praise, and happiness.

We give thanks because it encourages others. Yes, you can be

an encouragement to others..........Think of the times someone

encouraged it is your turn to do such.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hi Ladies,
From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
from His dwelling place He watches
    all who live on earth—
He who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

Psalm 33:13-15 (NIV)
Our Heavenly Father is always watching us...........
He knows what we are doing, what our
intentions are, and what is in our hearts.
God is omnipresent and omniscient....
(always present, all knowing)
He watches us, not to 'catch' us doing
wrong, but to help us to do what is right
and pleasing to Him.
Our Father loves us and it shows by His
presence and our actions.
To God be the Glory!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
    fix your gaze directly before you.

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
    and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
    keep your foot from evil.

Proverbs 4:25-27 (NIV)
In this day and age, with all the distractions,
stresses, and confusion, it is even more important
to continually keep our eyes, thoughts and ways
on the Lord.
With Him, we can walk straight.............
With Him, we make wise choices..........
With Him, we can witness.....................
It is only with our wonderful Father that we can
and will grow in our strength, and confidence.
My feet stand on level ground;
    in the great assembly I will praise the Lord.

Psalm 26:12 (NIV)
Glory be to God our Father!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Delight yourself in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
This is difficult for new Christians, and a confusion
for unlearned Christians.
First off,
God is not an ATM, a wishing well, a cosmic santa,
or a jeannie-in-the-sky..............
No.....He is our Heavenly Father loved the world
that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in
Him shall not perish but have eternal life....John 3:16 (NIV)
When we love our Lord above all, when we meditate on His
words, follow His commands and decrees, the desires of our
heart are aligned with what He desires for us.
Keep growing in your love for our Father and He will give you
the desires of your heart.
Glory be to God our Father!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Be  joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Praying brings us closer to our Heavenly Father. We are
able to grow in our love and understanding for His will 
in our lives.
Pray with confidence............
In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God
with freedom and confidence.
Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)
You needn't be elegant with words when you pray.
Although Our Father already knows what we want
and what is in our hearts, He wants to hear from us,
to have a relationship.
God answers prayers............
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
He rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for Him!
Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)
His answers are always in accordance with His plan,
with His timing.
Glory be to God our Father!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hi Ladies,
He replies, "You of little faith,
why are you so afraid?".........
Matthew 8:26 (NIV)
There is so much going on in our world.....
war, death, destruction, famines, calamities..........
And our country has turned its back on you.
We've taken You out of our schools, sports,
meetings, businesses..........
Our military has allowed an abomination, on
the heels of exiting Your words and comfort.
We've allowed the youngest of our young to 
be murdered and the oldest of our old to be
Our country has and is ignoring You, Lord..........
and is turning to the gods of their personal
desires, goals, materials, money.....the gods of
But Lord, I have faith - - - faith that no matter
what happens in this world, in this country, You
are with me. Your grace, love, forgiveness, and
words give me strength.
What I do fear Lord, is that my Brothers and Sisters
and I have been complacent.....We've hidden our light,
only to shine it in the safety of other lights......That we've
had "Holy huddles" and concentrated on formulas, slogans,
buzz words, groups.........As my husband once said "Too much
vine, not enough fruit."
Forgive us Lord........

.....if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves,

and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I

will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14       
To God be the Glory!

Thursday, October 16, 2013

Hi Ladies,           

Rejoice always, pray continually,

give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Most of us pray upon waking, during our

reading of His word, for meals, and when

we turn in for the night........

It's not enough.

There are so many ways to obey our Father,                 

and pray continually.

During a drive.........

At the red light...glance at the car either next to you,

behind you, or in front of you......Ask God to be with them.........

When you see a car weaving in and out of traffic....ask God

to give them protection and patience..........

In a waiting room.......instead of playing games on a cell phone, or           

checking your social media....pray for the others waiting....that God

give them health and peace.....That the doctors and nurses are kind

and encouraging.......

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,           

do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

It takes but a moment to say "Thank you Lord, for all You

have given me, and all that You have not given me"........

It takes but a moment to say "Lord, please be with them,

give them strength, endurance, and peace"..............

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hi Ladies,

Dear Lord,

Today I dedicate my life to You.

In all I do today, I will do for You,

and in a way that glorifies You.

I will always strive to walk with You.........

Should I stumble or fall, I know You will be

there to pick me up..........

Should I race ahead and lose my way, You will

gently, and lovingly lead me back.

Should I not know the direction, I will wait and listen for

Your voice; for Your ways and words will be my guide........

I will talk with You...........

I will pour out my heart to You, knowing You hear me.

I will speak of my thankfulness for Your love, grace,

gifts, mountain tops and valleys........

Today Lord, and all the days You give me,

I dedicate to You...........

Create in me a clean heart, O God;

   and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10 (KJV)

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, October 03, 2013

Hi Ladies,
There is a video clip by Jon Jorgenson spreading like wild fire..........
These are the words..........

No matter where we are, whether we're young, old, or in between......

Whether we're single, married, divorced, or widowed..........

Whether we have children or not, or we're rich or poor...........

These words are mighty powerful!
Print them, read and re-read them, share them...................
You are beautiful, you are smart, you are funny, you are kind, you are unique.
You are worthy of love and affection. You are never too much and you are always enough.
You are precious, you are a diamond, a rose, a pearl.....the most stunning of all God‘s Creations.
You are worth more than you can ever imagine.
You are worth more than the numbers on a scale or the hair product you use or the shoes you wear......
More than how many girls wish they were you or how many guys wish they had you........
More than the price tags on your clothes or the percentage on the top of your math test.......
or even the number of followers you have on Twitter.
Your worth surpasses all Earthly things because in the eyes of the Lord God, you are loved.
You are worth dying for, regardless of who you think you are.........
Whether you model in a magazine or you model pottery with grandma........
whether you are on the hot list or the not list.......
whether you are head cheerleader or a high school drop out........
whether you are Miss Popular or you never had anyone you can call a friend.......
whether you love yourself or love your life or you can't stand to look in the mirror
and you feel as if everything in your life is falling apart.........
whether you are such a winner or you feel like the world's biggest failure.......
regardless of who you think you are, the reality is,
you deserve someone who will give up their life for you.......
because you are powerful and strong and capable.
Read about the women in the Bible, Esther, Ruth, Martha, Mary.
These women changed the world forever!
And inside of you, each and every one of you, is a women with that same power
and that same strength and that same world changing capability.
And your responsibility is to find that woman and set that woman free!
This is who you are!
And any voices in your mind that try to tell you differently, are from the enemy.
And the next time you hear that voice you say, “Not me Satan!” 
I am the daughter of the Living God
cherished, loved, and adored above all things by the Creator of all things
for the Glory of all things!
Please.......don't you forget it............
Thank you, Mr. Jorgenson.
To God be the Glory!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Proverbs 16:23-24 (NIV)
The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
    and their lips promote instruction.

Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

This is a wonderful reminder of how our words can

affect others........

Keep wise with the words of our Father!

Keep your heart and focus on Him!

Carry love, warmth, and the way of God with wise words

to bring encouragement, guidance, strength, love, and hope.

To God be the Glory!



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Almost all of us have 1 or 2 people we would rather
not have anything to do with........
Maybe they have wronged us in some way, betrayed,
hurt, or slighted us.
Perhaps we find them hard to be around.....They may be
gossips, pessimists, grumblers, or just plain difficult............
Could be, they are sinners......adulterers, drunkards, liars,
coveters, or cheaters..........
How fair are we when we would rather not have anything to 
do with someone who does the above?
At one time or another, we have all been the person someone
would rather not have anything to do with..........
I know I have wronged someone, I know (at times) I can be hard
to be around.......and I am certainly a sinner.............
So pray for the 1 or 2 people.....not once, not twice, but continually.........
Forgive them........Ask our Father to forgive them..........
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have
against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  Col. 3:13 (NIV)
With God's help, with continual prayer, and with a loving heart, you
will see them as a child of God, someone He loves, another person
Jesus died and was resurrected for.............
Love them.....even if it's from a distance.
To God be the Glory!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hi Ladies,
For the Lord gives wisdom,
   and from his mouth come knowledge
   and understanding.   Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)
Following our Lord's laws, commands, and
ways takes a spiritual, emotional, and physical
We need to take time.....time away from the
television, time away from the computer, time away
from sleep, and time away from activities that distract
us from our Father.
Does this mean giving up everything fun for the Lord?
No.......but if you give up one half hour of television or
computer time to study His word, you will begin to gain
knowledge and understanding.
If you give up 20 minutes of sleep to pray and talk to our
Father, you will gain more rest with His love and grace in
your life.
As you get more into the word of God, as you feel His presence

more, the distractions of the world will slip away from your life.
One of the benefits of a commitment to the Lord, is that you will
understand the slippery-slope of satan's power.
Listen, my son, and be wise,
   and keep your heart on the right path.   Proverbs 23:19 (NIV)
Glory be to God our Father!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Hi Ladies,
They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
    He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.”

Psalm 92:14-15 (NIV)
Like many of you, I am blessed with getting older........
I don't care for the fact that I am looking older, or
that some things are physically a bit more difficult........
But I love that God has given me an incredible life!
With the valleys and peaks He has blessed me with,
I have been able to experience His love, grace, gifts,
forgiveness, and abilities.
As I am getting older, I am more excited about His promises.........
I want to spend as much time and energy serving Him as I can.
I want others to know love accept Him.
I am noticing more and more, that the older generation is being
dismissed, ignored, or treated like a child. I have witnessed this
happening in shops, offices, and even churches.
While there is still breath in any of us, we are still being used in
God's plans and for His glory!
Seek out an older person, get to know them, learn about their
life experiences, their peaks and valleys......
In doing so, I promise you; another person will feel the love you
have for Christ.
Be good.
Be kind.
Love one another.

Thursday, August 30, 2013

Hi Ladies,
For everything there is a season,
   a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die. Eccl. 3:1 (NIV)
We all have experienced the death of a loved one.
Some have been chosen to deal with the sudden/unexpected
death of a loved one.
Some have been chosen to deal with the death of someone we
felt was taken too soon.
Our loving Father has a purpose for all of us, for all our lives.
He knew us before we were born...........
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
   all the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16 (NIV)

God has plans for each and everyone of us............
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Prov. 19:21 (NIV)

We don't get to see the "big picture" to help explain the deaths

of the innocent, the young...........the ones taken too soon...........

But, hard as it can be at times, we do get to give praise to God!

 I will praise You as long as I live,
    and in Your name I will lift up my hands.
 Psalm 63:4 (NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

   the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 2 Cor. 1:3 (NIV)


He loves us........

We are on His schedule...........

He is in control..................

Look to Him for comfort............



Thursday, August 23, 2013

Hi Ladies,
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:25-26 (NIV)
As wives, mothers, and sisters in the Lord,
we need to demonstrate and show our fear,
love, and trust in God our Father.
Read His words, follow His commands, listen
to Him, talk to Him........and you will have confidence
to face any trial that comes your way.
Speak with the knowledge of our Father's
words..........encourage, inspire. Be careful of
idle talk.....Instruct and rebuke with love and wisdom.
A favorite book in the Bible is Proverbs........
Proverbs is a wonderful guide to living a
God pleasing, God following life.
Strive to be "The Wife of Noble Character."

Thursday, August 16, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
It is so important to be in the Word of God...........
Knowing His words, His ways, and what He wants
from us, gives us the ability and strength to trust,
really trust, what He wants for us.
The best self-help book is the word of God.....The Bible.......... 
Read, study, and meditate on His words............
The best counseling session is talking to our Father.......
Pray, praise, and thank Him for all He gives.
Lean wholly on the Lord, and you will find comfort, hope, and peace.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 (NIV)


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hi Ladies,

Many of us have people we admire, respect, learn from, want to emulate, or just be around.............

I have one such person.

She's a middle-aged woman who has had a difficult life......She has the mind of a 10 year old, the curiosity of a scientist, the attitude of a leader, and the heart of a mother hen. She is a wonderful child of the Lord, with a child-like faith......completely trusting Him, knowing, without a doubt, His love, His death on the cross for our sins, His resurrection, and His coming.

She sings hymns with glee and gusto, a beat behind, and always off key......

Worship the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:2 (NIV) She has been a blessing in my life. She believes I am there to teach her, but in reality, she is the one who teaches me...........With her, I am reminded of Matthew 18:3 (NIV) And He said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

Thank you Lord, for this child, my true sister in Christ.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hi Ladies,

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before Him with joyful songs.
Psalm 100:2 (NIV)
There are so many wonderful songs praising
our Lord!
Sing praises to God, sing praises,
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
Psalm 47:6 (NIV)
Many of the songs praising our Father, are
centuries old.......I remember singing quite
a few of them with my grandparents at their
country church in Wisconsin............
Several of the old hymns were in my repertoire
of songs I used when I would cradle and soothe
my daughter..........
There is a wonderful comfort and immediate
lift in spirits when singing praises to the Lord........
Beware of the constant repetition of melodic phrases.......
It can have the same hypnotic effect used in certain
meditations.....a type of mind alteration that can put
one in a state of vulnerability to suggestions.............
Music is one of the most precious gifts from God............
but it can also be used as an instrument from satan.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Honor God in all you do.......
Every day we are faced with choices........
Some choices are are pretty simple..........
What to wear, what to buy, planning our day.......
For the most part, we don't really give alot of thought
on what we wear......we have closets and drawers full of
clothes. Most of our clothes we bought ourselves because
we liked them, they fit fine, and they are somewhat flattering
without being immodest. We may also have clothes our family
has bought us as gifts. I am blessed that my husband and daughter
know my style and respect what I prefer. Like many of you, I don't own any
clothes that show too much skin, are too tight, nor do I own any tee-shirts
that have inappropriate sayings, advertisements, or images/pictures. In this
way I honor God. When I am in traffic and deal with drivers who are distracted,
speeding, being reckless, rude, or unaware.....rather than being victim to "road rage",
I tend to slow down, let the other driver go and ask God to take care of them, to help
alleviate whatever is burdening them to cause them behave in such a way. In this
way I honor God. When feeling stressed, fatigued, strained........and wanting to
lash out in anger, I may do so for a moment.....and feel utterly defeated
because that behavior does not honor God. And I repent, and pray
and I know that I always need Him. I am not perfect...No Christian
is...But by constantly being aware of Him, His commands,
His words, we can strive to Honor God in all we do.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hi Ladies,

Above all else, guard your heart,
 for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Prov. 4:23-24 (NIV)

How do people see us? Do they see us as hypocrites? The old "Do as I say, not as I do?" Or do others see us as "Six day sinner, one day saint?." What is in our heart is seen in our actions, words, and expressions.......

Ephesians 5:19 (NIV) states

speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs

from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,......

After all..........

As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.

Proverbs 27:19 (NIV)

Let's show the world our absolute love, trust, and faith in our Heavenly Father!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hi Ladies,
As Christians, we grasp the idea of forgiveness, but not necessarily
the entire act or heartfelt action of forgiving others...........
We are told in Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate
to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God
forgave you. (NIV)
It is so easy and human to seek revenge, to hold grudges, to want to
"pay back" a wrong.
As Christians we have to take the right-eous road and do as God has commanded.....forgiving each other......
Trust me, it isn't always easy to forgive someone.
Back in 1989, a very good friend of mine had been brutally beaten into
a coma, never to awaken and was dead 7 weeks later.
When the trial was over, and the sentence was given, my friend's 83 year
old mother told me that she had forgiven the murderer.
I was rather surprised........I mean, she actually forgave the man who viciously
beat her son to death.......It took me a few minutes to let that sink in............
She said to me "I have to forgive. This is what God commands. I have loved
and trusted God all my life, I'm not going to let him (the murderer) take that
away. I will see my son again."
Since then, I have taken Mrs. Dorman's approach to forgiveness........
They have already hurt/wronged me.....I am not going to let them do so
anymore. God has commanded we forgive. Matthew 6:14 states "For if
you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you." (NIV)
When you forgive them, ask our Father to also forgive them.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Today is Independence Day.
A day we celebrate The Declaration of Independence and the
freedoms in and of our country.
A day that is filled with family, friends, picnics, barbeques, games,
food, parades, laughter, love, sparklers, and fireworks..............
Radio personality Rush Limbaugh mentioned a letter General
Anthony Wayne wrote to General George Washington concerning
a battle fought............
"Your men and officers behaved like men determined to be free."
As a Christian, I find we are celebrating fewer freedoms..........
We Christians are being bullied and attacked by our leaders, the
media, and fellow Americans.
Because we believe Jesus is our Lord and Savior......we are considered
narrow minded........
Because we follow the Bible, we are considered bigots and haters.......

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:10 (NIV)

There is a part of me that believes in our country, but this country is not my

forever home.

I wholly love, believe, and trust in God our Father and in my eternal home.

When I think of General Wayne's comment, I wonder how many of my

brothers and sisters in Christ are behaving like people determined to

keep Christ and His commands number one................



Monday, June 02, 2013

Hi Ladies,
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
It is so easy to be afraid today.........
Bombings, weather catastrophes, crime,
drugs, political upheaval, hatred, moral
Please don't focus on the dangers of the
world....if you do, you will become even
more fearful.
God is our Refuge in all circumstances.......
Grow closer to Him and you will see, hear,
and feel His presence all around.
Tell others about His presence...better yet
show others His presence. Let them see, hear,
and feel His presence through you!



Monday, May 27, 2013

Hi Ladies,
Short and sweet...........
"There are different kinds of gifts,
but the same Spirit." 1 Cor. 12:4 (NIV)
Many people can not differentiate between
a spiritual gift and a natural talent.
A spiritual gift comes from the Spirit of the Lord,
whereas a natural talent can be developed with
However, we need to always remember that all
gifts and talents come from God our Father.
How we use our gifts and talents.....Who we
glorify with our gifts and talents will show
where we are in our walk...........
Let's use our different gifts and talents to help
and strengthen one another.....and remember......
give the Glory to Him! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Hi Ladies,
How wonderful it is to get into the Word of the Lord!
There are times we may think we're too busy to read
our meditate on His see His wonders.....
but our need for our Lord, and His words are ongoing
and without them, we will grow spiritually weak.
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk,
so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
1 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

My husband informed me earlier today,
we lost a beloved Aunt...........
She is home with our Lord!
Where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:3 (NIV)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hi Ladies,

How many of us only go to the Lord when there is
some type of crises or a need we can't handle?
I have gone to the Lord with many concerns and issues.......
But at times, I have been guilty of not going to Him on
smaller issues......I take the "I got this one, Lord" attitude.
God cares about our little difficulties as well as our heart
wrenching ones.
 We need to make the conscious effort to need the Lord
for all things, at all times! If we don't, there is the danger
that we become self-reliant and seek humanistic answers
to our problems and our day to day activities.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to Him,
for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 (NIV)

Giving Him all our cares and concerns, lets Him know where
our faith and hope lies...........

Monday, May 06, 2013

Hi Ladies,

We are a variety of women, in various stages in our lives, having gone through,

or are going through challenges, lessons and gifts our Lord intends for us.................
Some are going through incredible difficulties in marriages....some have
had to make the painful decision to end the bond of marriage................
Perhaps the need of prayer for forgiving another, rebuilding a friendship
on a level that hadn't been anticipated...............
Some are guiding the youngest of children.....making the decisions for their
upbringing through God's love and our own, through laughter, pain and
Some are watching older children/young adults navigate the world and all that
life is offering. The need to step back, continue to pray and to know that our Lord

is with them.
Some have gone through the most devastating of challenges, the loss of a loved 

one......whether it be a child, a husband, a sibling, or a beloved parent.....the loss
and loneliness encircle.........yes, Lord be willing, we will be reunited one day.........
the reunion for eternity..........Blessed be the Lord!
For those going through the feast.........Be strong, stay on the path, for this is when
complacency can set in and spiritual attacks can enter..........

Before I write Prayers, Thoughts, Encouragement..........I pray.........

I pray for each and everyone of you...........your struggles, your circumstances, your health,

your joys, your blessings, and mostly, your walk with our Lord.



Monday, April 29, 2013 (no entry)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hi Ladies,
We all know that children are such natural mimics..........
Not only do they listen to our words, they pick up on the tone
and sincerity of what we say.
How many times have they heard us say to someone "I'll pray
for you".....but our children never hear us pray for that person.
Not only do they watch our actions, they pick up on the subtlety
and nuances of what we do.
How many times have we expressed a little road impatience, the
tightening of the lips, the "momitude".
We teach our children from 3 John 11............
Dear Friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone
who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil
has not seen God.
We are the best example not only to our children, but to our husbands,
family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers.
Let us be the women God intended us to be.......For Him, our husbands,
our children, and all whose paths we cross.
Let them mimic us being imitating what is good....because what is good
is from God.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hi Ladies,
The wonderful Billy Graham wrote in his book "Hope For The Day" the following;
The central message in the Bible is Jesus Christ.... In Genesis, Jesus is the Seed of Woman. In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb. In Leviticus, He is the Atoning Sacrifice. In Numbers, the Smitten Rock. In Deuteronomy, the Prophet. In Joshua, the Captain of the Lord's hosts. In Judges, the Deliverer. In Ruth, the Heavenly Kinsman. In the six books of Kings, the Promised King. In Nehemiah, the Restorer of the nation. In Esther, the Advocate. In Job, my Redeemer. In Psalms, my Strength. In Proverbs, my Pattern. In Ecclesiastes, my Goal. In the Song of Solomon, my Satisfier. In the Prophets, the coming Prince of Peace. In the Gospels, He is the Christ who came to seek and to save. In Acts, He is Christ risen. In the Epistles, He is Christ exalted. In Revelation, He is Christ returning and reigning...........
My questions for you.......Where are you on your walk with the Lord? Where do you need to be? Which book in the Bible is calling out to you?
Get to know the Lord........He loves and knows you.

Sabbatical:  Monday, January 14, 2013 – Sunday, April 14, 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013

Good morning Ladies,
.........Letting you eavesdrop on my prayer..........
"Lord, as You know, as You've heard me say and sing
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.............
So far Lord,.......I've been pretty good......I haven't been crabby,
bossy, demanding, greedy, or selfish..............
In fact, I've been thankful, kind, quiet, thoughtful, and just
a little humble.
But now Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and deal with the world.............
Yep, I need Thee every hour............Talk to You in a bit, Lord........Amen."
I believe that God has a sense of It is the
one of the most pleasurable gifts He has given a husband and wife..........
How can you not have a good time with it and laugh?!
.......a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,......Eccl. 3:4 (NIV)
1 Thes. 5:16 Be joyful always (NIV)
As long as your joy, humor, and laughter glorify and honor our Father..........
Laugh! Dance! Clap! Sing! Share Him!.......Bring Joy!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Good morning Ladies,
A new year!
A fresh start!
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
I no longer make resolutions..........In the past when I
have made them, they've been pretty much the same
year after year.....lose a few pounds, eat healthier, be
better organized, exersize more............
For years, on January 1st, those were my resolutions.
And I never was able to accomplish any of these goals
to a consistent, satisfying completion...........
Why not? Well, my heart wasn't into it. It really didn't
matter to me if I were a few pounds over the ideal weight,
or if it took me longer to find things in my house, or if I
snacked on ice cream and chocolate.......Of course I did fine
for awhile, but ultimately, I was set up to fail to some degree.
Now, my concern, my goal, my priority, is Glorifying our Father!
Daily I ask Him to guide me, lead me, to create in me a clean heart...........
Daily I read His know His guidance, to know where He leads me.
Daily I thank Him.........Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name:
make known among the nations what He has done. 1 Ch. 16:8 (NIV) 
Daily I praise Him through words, songs, and actions........I will proclaim
the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! Dt. 32:6 (NIV)
Always, I talk with Him.............pray continually; 1Th. 5:17 (NIV) 
My heart, and soul are in this.....I won't fail.........I've got Him.

Monday, December 09, 2012

Therefore confess your sins to each other and
pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful
and effective.  James 5:16 (NIV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
The One who never changes is close beside you always.

Monday, December 02, 2012 (no entry)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
Such a glorious day the Lord has given us!
Whatever He has planned for us, whatever comes our way,
accept it in a way He would be proud; give credit to Him,
and give thanks to our Father!
As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.
Gal. 6:10 (NIV)
This is the season we are clamored into buying the best
and giving to the unfortunate.
What a see-saw to ride!
But knowing the most important gift we have already been
given........and knowing the things our Father wants from 
us, we can achieve a satisfying balance.
Most families have a gift-giving budget and system.........
Some families give only to the children and not the adults,
some draw names, some have a price limit, some prefer
only homemade crafts and goodies.
Steve and I give our young adult "kids" 3 gifts.......
a want, a need, and something to remind them of God's
love for them.
And, as our family tradition, we give to charities that share
the Gospel......Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child,
World Vision,.......amongst others. I know many of you do the
same.......and having our children contribute with this type of
tradition, helps them grow and mature as young Christians. 
Letting them decide whether to buy chickens or a goat for
a family, picking out what to put in a shoebox, or "adopting"
a local family teaches them that
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of
mine, you did for me. Matt 25:40 (NIV)
Don't stop there!
The gift of a smile, a kind word, a helping hand to a stranger,
goes a long way during this hustle-bustle time.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
We are in such a glorious position!
As women, the good Lord has gifted
us with the task of "setting the tone"
.....for our husbands, our children,
friends, neighbors, and of course
the strangers God puts in our path!
How many of us have heard the phrase
"If Mom's not happy, no one is happy"?
How true that can be!
Our attitude is infectious to the people we
love, like, and everyone else around us......
Let's put our attitude to good use!
Everyday wake up with gladness in your
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 (NIV)
Everyday sing praises to our Lord.......
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!
Psalm 147:1
Everyday give thanksgiving to our Father.......
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.
Psalm 106:1
Yes Ladies, we set the tone......Our husbands
need our support, our children need our guidance,
our friends and even strangers need our example.........
and they all need our love!

November 12, 2012

Good afternoon Ladies,

It is normal to have a bit of strife in our lives...........
But what happens when that strife causes division
within our community of fellow Christians?
How we handle this particular strife with fellow believers,
with people we consider to be our Brothers and Sisters
in the Lord, will determine the outcome of not only our
churches, but our communities and our country.
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that
God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God
will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that
temple.      1 Cor. 3:16-17 (NIV)
We are God's temple............In growing our maturity in Christ,
there should be no division, no destruction.......
By knowing God's words, following His instructions, relying
totally on Him, we become more aware of ego driven leaders,
and those who put their own agenda before the good of God.
Don't put up with egotistical, childish games.....don't put up
with prideful false teachings.
Be strong in your conviction, be strong in His word.
We are His temple! Give thanks for His glorious works!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Good morning Ladies,

Short and sweet....
Getting right to it......
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in
His mighty power. Put on the full
armor of God so that you can take
your stand against the devil's schemes.
Eph. 6:10-11 (NIV)
Spiritual warfare doesn't last very long with
strong Christians............Why is that?
Well, a strong Christian is a mature Christian.........
And a mature Christian is one who knows God
and follows Him and continues to grow.
How does one know God? By reading the Bible,
seeking His truths and following His directions.
Scriptural truth and knowledge is our primary line
of defense against spiritual warfare.
Spiritual warfare is fought in the mind, with emotions............
Fill your mind with His Glory!
Thank Him for all your gifts!
Love Him with all your mind, heart and being!
Pray to Him! Talk to Him!
He is always with you.............
No one will be able to stand against you all the days
of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you;
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Heb 13:5 (NIV)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
What a blessing to be a woman in Christ!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -------
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy ------- think about such things.
Phil. 4:8 (NIV)
That sounds easy enough, but because we are filled with sin, thoughts of
temptation or discouragement can slip into our daily lives.
How do we combat this?
One way is by making the conscious choice to always praise the Lord! 
Sing uplifting songs! Count your blessings! Reach out to someone and
share the Good News!
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of
the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 
Col. 3:17 (NIV)
Praising Him, thanking Him, sharing Him, obeying Him, and loving Him,
..........will keep you on the right path, and temptation/discouragement at bay.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Good morning Ladies,

Happy Monday!
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24  (NIV)
I love everyday the Lord blesses
us with........
As women, there are times we might
struggle with trying to be and do
everything for everyone........And we
just can't do it! We truly need to know
God's will for our lives....and to find out
His will for us, we need to
Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10  (NIV)
With all our activities....housework, children,
work, errands, cooking, cleaning, chauffering.........
With all our wifery/mothering/friendshipping..........
listening, sharing, consoling, laughing, crying.........
We are busy.....
Please take the time to be still, trust in Him,
see and hear the gifts He has blessed us with
and know He is God.
Listening to Him gives us the direction and help
in knowing His will for us.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Good morning Ladies,

I have had many discussions with men and
women concerning the Bible.....The who's,
where's, the parables, the commandments...............
But one thing I continually remind people........
We can't pick and choose what to believe and
what to follow in the Bible.............................
For example..........
"Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ
is the head of the church, His body, of which He
is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ,
so also wives should submit to their husbands in
everything".    Eph. 5:22-24 (NIV)
This is just one aspect of God's words where we
must be examples to our daughters, to our sisters
in Christ, and especially to those who "pick and choose"
what to believe and what to follow in the Bible.
When we obey God's words.......When we respect our
husbands, we are giving testimony to the power and
grace of God.
I am proud of my husband, Steve. Because he is a
man of God, a mature Christian, and because he follows
"husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church
and gave himself up for her", Eph 5:25 (NIV), 
I have absolutelyno problem being a submissive wife. 



Monday, October 8, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
Glory be to God, our Father!
How wonderful it is to have small,
interesting, challenging trials
in our lives! These kinds of tests
are such a blessing....They invite
prayer, discussion and insight......
Trials/tests such as these, can be
a blessing if looked at with a view 
to the end results........
In this you greatly rejoice, even though
now for a little while, if necessary, you
have been distressed by various trials.
1 Peter 1:6     (NASB)
When we truly accept His direction and
discipline, and follow His lead, we have
a true understanding of His purpose for
our lives!
To be void from the tether of man and
free to do God's calling!

Glory be to God, our Father!



Monday, October 01, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
Almost every night I make a list of
things I need to do for the next day.
I started this system years ago to help
my daughter become more organized........
Figured demonstrating was better than lecturing..........
She watched carefully as I would go through my morning.........
crossing off item after item on my list.......I thought perhaps
she would start her own list and feel the pride of finishing
a job well done!........Until she read my list over and saw I had
listed........ 1) Get up, 2) Talk to God, 3)Wash face/brush teeth, 
4) Have coffee, 5) Make bed, 6) Get dressed........I had listed
small, natural items on my list, along with the larger, more difficult,
and some downright unpleasant items. Usually not everything would
get crossed off the list, but alot certainly would. And what a glorious
feeling to have a full day of accomplishments!
Now when I write my list, I keep in mind

Proverbs 16:9  (NASB)
The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
With this Proverb in mind, I tell the Lord "Here's what I was planning
to do.......If you have something else for me, just let me know and
give me the strength..........'Because no matter, it's all for your Glory!



Monday, September 24, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
Your word is a lamp to my feet,
and a light to my path.  
Psalm 119:105 (NASB)
How I enjoy reading the Word of God!
Like many, I have surrounded myself with
daily devotionals, bible verses flashcards,
flip calendars with encouragements, and
more.......I love being enveloped in His Word!
My favorite time of day is lunch with my husband.
We share a wonderful meal, read our daily devotions,
and do our "Read the Bible in a Year" program together! 
It is so wonderful and important for Steve and I to pray, read,
meditate and study the Word together..........
My pray for all of you.....................
Be in His word alone with Him and be
in His word with those He has gifted you.
After all,
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their
labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.
But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can
one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two
can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Eccl. 4:9-12 (NASB)



Monday, September 17, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
An oldie, but goodie......
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

In all my correspondence, whether it be with family, friends, clients, or business associates, I sign off with the simple word "peace."  Some have mentioned my hippie philosophies........
Some have mentioned my passive tendencies.......
Neither of those are the reason I sign off with "peace."  I do so because what I am really saying, what I am really feeling, what I really want for you is this;

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)



Monday, September 10, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
Autumn is beginning to arrive!
The subtle changes in the leaves, the slight crispness
in the air, the anticipation of "crock-pot" meals,
reading in front of the fireplace, snuggle weather!
How wonderful to see God's seasonal handiwork!
If He is concerned with every small detail in the
changing seasons, He is certainly concerned with us.
The Lord your God is with you; the mighty One will
save you. He will rejoice over you. You will rest in His
love; He will sing and be joyful about you. 
Zephaniah 3:17
Glory be to God on High!



Monday, September 03, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
So much of our world is filled with 
noise, static, and confusion.
There are so few places outside of
our homes that offer peace, quiet
and tranquillity.
We may not always be aware of the
amount of "unholy garbage" that
surround us.......but we can transform
our thinking.....
"Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are
good and worthy of praise. Think about the things
that are true and honorable and right and pure and
beautiful and respected."   Phil. 4:8



Monday, August 27, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
to God."    Philipians 4:6
Sometimes it is difficult to go to our Father for every little
problem or situation that comes our way.......I am guilty 
of keeping small problems for myself and telling God "It's
okay....I got this one.".......Nothing is too big or small for
our Father. We need to remember that once we give our
problems or situations to Him, to not try to take them back.
Our Father wants us to look to Him first....know His word....
follow His instructions....and apply them to our situations
in His Glory.



Monday, August 20, 2012

Hello Ladies,
Jumping right to it!................
My prayer for all of you is to surround
yourself with wise, like minded friends........
After all, "He who walks with the wise
grows wise, but a companion of fools
suffers harm."  Proverbs 13:20
There is great joy in friendships...........
But absolute joy in sharing the love
and friendship of our Lord.



Monday, August 13, 2012

Hello ladies,
There are so many ways we can bring our Lord to others...........
Through a helping hand, a healing touch, a message of
friendship, and words of encouragement........................
Not only do these actions and words mirror God's love,.......
they also set a wonderful example to our children.
May you always be doing those good, kind things which
show that you are a child of God, for this will bring much
praise and glory to the Lord.     Phil. 1:11



Monday, August 06, 2012

Good morning Ladies,
This is the day the Lord had made;
rejoice and be glad in it!  Psalm 118:24
One of my wonderful friends frequently wakes
up with a song for the Lord.........The songs
have been "How Great Thou Art", "Blessed
Assurance", and "Great is Thy Faithfulness".......
It brings back memories of rocking and cradling 
my daughter and the medley of songs I would sing
to her....."Amazing Grace", "Battle Hymn of the Republic",
and "Onward Christian Soldiers".........Unusual variety,
but it worked for us!
Ephesians 5:19 says "Speak to one another with psalms,
hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your 
heart to the Lord." 
This morning I was blessed with waking up to a wonderful
husband, a safe night for our children, and another day to
glorify our Father and do His will!
A song upon waking? No....But a song in my heart!..............
"To God Be The Glory" !!!!



Monday, July 30, 2012

This is a very important reminder..........
Not only to and for ourselves,
but also something we need to remind
our children and fellow believers............
No one has ever seen God;
but if we love one another,
God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.
We know that we live in Him and He in us,
because He has given us His Spirit......
   We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:12-13, 19
It is easy to coccoon ourselves and only love, help,
and pray for those we love and who are "like-minded.
.....But Jesus lived a life that lived and breathed love.
He gave of Himself and calls us to do the same.
True love is more than a feeling; it is a consistant
attitude of freely giving ourselves for others.



Monday, July 23, 2012

In reading Ephesians 5:22-24, we are told...........
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband
is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His
body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to
Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
How wonderful that the Lord has blessed us with our husbands!
I am so proud of Steve and the wonderful gifts God has blessed
him I know you all are proud of your husbands.
The righteous living of our husbands, testifies to the power and
grace of God at work in their lives. Because we respect our husbands,
our character is revealed and is an example to our church families.
Through Christ we can live lives of grace and through submission,
we see the increased unity in the body of Christ and the continual
strengthening in our marriages, family and other believers.



Monday, July 16, 2012 (no entry)

Monday, July 09, 2012 (no entry)

Monday, July 02, 2012 (no entry)

Monday, June 25, 2012 (no entry)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Earlier this week we had a wonderful
discussion with several other couples
on Christian maturity.....................
The "Juvenilization of Worship" whereas
Reverence to the Lord takes a backseat
to the acceptance and comfort of the 

Both of these verses come to mind..........

1 Cor. 13:11   
When I was a child, I used to speak like

a child, reason like a child; when I became

a man, I did away with childish things.

1 John 3:1

How great is the love the Father has
lavished on us, that we should be
called children of God! And that is
what we are! 
Yes, we are His children, but we need
to always show our love and reverence
to our Father through Biblical maturity.............



Monsy, June 11, 2012 (no entry)

Monday, June 04, 2012

One of the most common things in life
is to seek answers, advice, and validation
from our family, friends, co-workers, and
even strangers!
We need to always keep in mind
Proverbs 4:13
Take hold of my instructions; don't let them go.
Guard them, for they are the key to life.
Yes, there are some good Christian authors,
yes, there are friends and family who have
our best interest at heart...............
but it is Our Father, His words, and His love
who truly know us, knows our hearts, and by
following Him.........we are truly happy.
When life gets rough, open His book, follow His
words, listen for Him and know.......He loves us!



Monday, May 28, 2012 (no entry)

Monday, May 21, 2012

After spending time doing yardwork, mulching,
gardening and yardscaping, this came to mind:
Rain and snow fall from the sky and don't return
without watering the ground. They cause the plants
to sprout and grow, making seeds for the farmer and
bread for the people. The same thing is true of the
words I speak. They will not return to me empty. They
make the things happen that I want to happen, and
they succeed in doing what I send them to do.
Isaiah 55:10-11
He is Glorious!



Monday, May 14, 2012

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
                                 Col. 3:16
How wonderful to find such strength and
encouragement when getting in His word!



Monday, May 07, 2012

Love Mondays!
I have my "to do" lists for home
and office and am determined to
get through 93% of both lists.......
We can make our plans, but the
Lord determines our steps. Prov. 16:9 
I will conduct myself, my home and
work ways as such to please our Lord.
After all, it is for Him!



Monday, April 30, 2012

What a wonderful day the Lord has

blessed us with! Actually everyday

is a blessing......And all His gifts are

rewards and teachings!

Praise be to Him! 

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing;

in everything give thanks;

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thes 5 16-18



Monday, April 23, 2012

For you,
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon
you and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon
you, and grant you peace.   Numbers 6:24-26



Monday, April 16, 2012

My thoughts for you;
May the God of peace, who through the blood
of the eternal covenant brought back from the
dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the
sheep, equip you with everything good for doing
His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing
to Him, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory
for ever and ever.     Hebrews 13:20



Monday, April 09, 2012

The word of God is living and active. Sharper than
any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to
dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges
the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in 
all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is 
uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to 
whom we must give account.       Hebrews 4:12-13
God knows what is in our hearts!.......He knows we
love Him.....with the anti-Christian world of today, we
need to show the world what is in our hearts! The best
way is to continually be in the Word and "....pray without
ceasing......". 1 Thess 5:16. God works through us and the
world sees! Glory to God in the Highest!



Monday, April 02, 2012

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly
lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17
We must constantly be on guard against the shifting
shadows within ourselves............



Monday, March 26, 2012

Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Begin the music, strike the tambourine,
play the melodious harp and lyre.
Psalm 81:1-2
Have a wonderful, musical day!



Monday, March 19, 2012

As we head into the secular world...........
God has chosen you and made you His holy people.
He loves you. So always do these things: show mercy
to others, be kind, humble, gentle and patient. Get
along with each other, and forgive each other. If someone
does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord
forgave you. Do all these things; but most important, love
each other. Love is what holds you all together in perfect
unity. Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking,
because you were all called together in one body to have peace.
Always be thankful. Let the teaching of Christ live in you richly.
Use all wisdom to teach and instruct each other by singing psalms,
hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Everything you do or say should be done to obey Jesus your Lord.
And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.
                                                      Colossians 3:12-17
To many, that would seem like a tall order...........But as the wives
and mothers we are, being sisters in the Lord, we have a handle on
it........we just need to always be an example of our faith and love in
God and His Word. The earthly world is targeting Christians.....but the
Everlasting World is our goal..........God is our bull's eye...........



Monday, March 12, 2012

Good Monday Morning!
Oh, how I love the rain!.........
It's like the tears of God and His angels,
saddened by the way of His people, washing
the ugliness of sin and renewing our love, thoughts
and purpose with the sunshine He will provide us................
Kind of reminds me of Romans 12:2;
Do not change yourselves to be like the people of
this world, but be changed within by a new way of
thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God
wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing
to Him and what is perfect.
We were given free will..........We can be miserable and
"down" because of the rain or we can be encouraging
and uplifting because of the sunshine God gives within us!


Monday, March 05, 2012

On the drive back from Houston, we were
blessed to see the end of a rainbow! I have
seen double rainbows, but never the end..........
or maybe it was the beginning!
It was such an awesome sight! It brought
to mind 
1 Peter 1:6, 8-9
Be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead.......
You love Him even though you have never seen Him.
Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him;
and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
Never seen Him, but see His handiwork and
miracles always!
What a Glorious Lord we have!



Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy Monday!
Another glorious day the Lord has
given us to do His work!
No matter where we are............
Who we're with..................
What we're doing.................
We need to show our love for the Lord
for all to see!
You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with
all your might.       Deut. 6:5
This is where people judge us and our walk
with the Lord.............This is where we show
people our true selves..........This is where we
make a difference!
Part of 1 Sam. 2:1 reads;
My heart exults in the Lord.........
Let's get out there and show the world!!!



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Getting right to it................
But as many as received Him, to them
He gave the right to become children
of God, to those who believe in His name.
John 1:12
What a glorious feeling to be a child of the Lord!
Knowing He created me!
Being loved by Him!
Trusting His control!
Having His guidance through His word...................
Being blessed by Him with the gift of our children..........
As mothers, we see and will see our children struggle
as they grow and mature......But as children of God, 
raising children of God, we must trust His commend;
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverts 22:6
The Lord...........
His love.............
Our praise.........
His way.............



Sunday, February 12, 2012

In just a couple of days, it’s Valentines Day!
A day set aside for "Romantic Love".............
How utterly Hallmark!
There should never be a day set aside to show
our loved ones how much they mean to us!
Dear friends, if God loved us that much we
also should love each other. No one has ever
seen God, but if we love each other, God lives
in us, and His love is made perfect in us.
1 John 11-12
Our awesome Lord showers us with His love
and His gifts continually!
Shouldn't we do the same to our husbands, 
children, family and friends?
A smile, a kind word, listening, sharing, their
needs above out own, the gift of laughter, love.........................
Celebrate love! Celebrate God's love above all!
Celebrate your husband's love! 
After all..........marriage is a daily gift.



Sunday, February 5, 2012

This past week I have been thinking
about all the gifts our awesome Lord
has given............
Every good action and every perfect gift is
from God. These gifts come down from the
Creator of the sun, moon, and stars, who
does not change like their shifting shadows.
God decided to give us life through the word
of truth so we might be the most important 
of all the things He made. 
James 1:17-18
I pray that our thoughts, actions, and words
reflect our gratitude and thanksgiving............



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jumpin' right in..........
But in all these things we have full victory through God
who showed His love for us. Yes, I am sure that neither 
death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now,
nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing
below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be
able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ
Jesus our Lord.       Romans 8:37-39
That includes Mondays!!!



Sunday, January 22, 2012

The work we do as wives and mothers
is very important and very much appreciated.....................
As it says in Colossians 3:23-24
In all the work you are doing, work the best
you can. Work as if you were doing it for the
Lord, not for people. Remember that you will
receive your reward from the Lord, which He
promised to His people. You are serving the
Lord Christ.
Keeping that verse in mind gives me a peace
that is "out of this world".



Sunday, January 15, 2012

A day of getting back into 
the routine of life!
A day we need to be more
vigilant with God's words.
As Psalm 119:133-134 says
Direct my footsteps according to
Your Word; let no sin rule over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of men,
that I may obey Your precepts.
As always, the Bible shows us the most powerful
words at the most appropriate of times.
Today our country celebrates the life, works and
dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1965 my godfather, the late Pastor Thomas Basich,
answered the call of Dr. King and marched for voting
rights in both Selma and Montgomery.
I am so very proud when our brothers and sisters
in Christ, stand up, obey the Words of God and act
on them!



Sunday, January 8, 2012 (no entry)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

God has granted us another New Year!
It is a time to re-joice, re-new, re-focus, re-energize,

re-fresh, and re-establish our relationship with the


And what a wonderful opportunity and responsibility

the three of us have in demonstrating all that for our

sisters in the Lord!

   Though I am free from all men, I have made

   myself a servant to all, that I may win the more.

   1 Cor. 9:19




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