Upside Down Day

Have you ever had one of those days that nothing seemed to go right? I recently had one of them. I went to a coffee shop to get Wifi. After numerous unsuccessful attempts I called my computer guy. He told me I’d better not touch it because I could lose everything on my computer. Now I’ve not backed things up for a LONG time and I’ve some pretty special pictures (about 7,000) of the last four years of our life. I didn’t want to lose them! So I packed up my computer and trekked down to my computer guy. I was deep in thought as I pulled up to the curb. In fact, I was so deep in thought that I hit the curb with a BANG! Right then and there the tire blew, the wheel cover broke and I ruined the rim. I happened to be thinking missionary minded thoughts not knowing that my actions had just created an opportunity to be a missionary in training. I called my husband and AAA. I felt like bawling! This was NOT the way I wanted to spend my morning! I proceeded to wait an hour till the tow truck arrived. The guy was hauling me and my vehicle to the shop where my husband would pick me up. I hopped in the cab. As we were driving, I sensed God asking me to speak a word for Him. We got on the subject of church and the Bible. According to him, he adamantly didn’t believe in either. He proceeded to tell me that he didn’t believe in any life after death and so on. What is the purpose to life if there is nothing after death? Why bother trying to live a moral life if there is no relationship with God? Before I hopped out I gave him a tip and I asked him if there was any way I could pray for him. “Oh,” he says boldly, “You can pray any way you like but I WON’ T change!” I sensed that perhaps God wanted to remind him one more time of his choice before he dies. Saddened I went home and together as a family we prayed for the man. No, my words may not have made a difference but my prayers do!

Thank You Jesus!


 Jesus gives the joy of loving. *Cabin Time*


  Jesus gives good gifts! *Christmas Eve Jammies*


 Jesus loves when we have fun! *Hershey Chocolate World*


 “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!” *Smores with Daddy*


 Why do you serve Jesus?

What do you do with your upside down days?

Will you choose to be a missionary to someone today?


-Snatched From the Fire-

MB900438774Hi friends! It has been LONG time since blogging due to computer problems, holidays, visits and the whole nine yards that everyone else has on their plate.

My three year old son fell into an outdoor campfire. Yes, you read that right, and it was burning! We were on vacation as a family. On the very last day, last meal, we were going to have a hotdog roast. The children were outside playing. Jordan was chasing his ball. Never noticing the fire he hits the rocks and tumbles right in. My daughter cried out in terror and started running the other way. Dumbfounded, I stood there. Much to my horror, I see him flailing in the fire trying to get out, unable to. My husband dashed off the porch and yanked him out. Jordan’s coat was melted completely through, his eyebrows were melted together, his hair singed, and he had a huge black and blue mark on his leg from where he hit the rocks before tumbling in but otherwise he was fine! It felt like a HUGE God-miracle! Many stories don’t turn out as well. This got me to thinking. In Jude verse 23 it says:” save others by snatching them from the fire”. The urgency I felt. The danger that was present. Do we get it with the world? MB900437381Our world will one day be destroyed with fire (see Revelations). Millions of souls are dying with out Christ and will spend eterenity with fire. Do we seek to rescue even one from the flames? Is there an urgency? I’ve had the blessing of knowing about Christ ever since I was a baby. What about those who are flailing in the fire with no way of escape unless someone grabs them out?!  What does it mean to “snatch souls from the fire”? I believe this could mean praying, evangelizing, befriending, and action. What other things would you add to the list? Snatching people from the fire means that we will get dirty and the “job” won’t always be safe. It isn’t a life of comfort and luxury. Are you willing to be a people-snatcher?

                         “People Need the Lord”-by Steve Green

Everyday they pass me by,
I can see it in their eyes.
Empty people filled with care,
Headed who knows where?

On they go through private pain,
Living fear to fear.
Laughter hides their silent cries,
Only Jesus hears.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize, people need the Lord?

We are called to take His light
To a world where wrong seems right.
What could be too great a cost
For sharing Life with one who’s lost?

Through His love our hearts can feel
All the grief they bear.
They must hear the Words of Life
Only we can share.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize that we must give our lives,
For peo-ple need the Lord.

People need the Lord.

Worry & the BellyAche

I suppose you heard the saying “Worry is like a rocking chair. It goes back and forth but gets you no where.” I disagree with that quote. Some times it gets you sick! Recently, my husband and I were working down in the basement when in passing he asks me if I was feeling ok. I said sure but wondered if he isn’t. He was like “No, I think I’m getting sick.” Those aren’t words I enjoy hearing and immediately I began thinking that he must be getting the stomache bug. Now there are few things I detest worse than the stomach bug. So I began mentally plotting a way to outsmart it. I began taking vitamins and more vitamins and over the counter medications and so forth. Well, it was no wonder that after a while I soon wasn’t feeling real hot. Conrad wondered what was up so I told him.  He began laughing. Here he meant that he thought he was getting a head cold! And I went to bed with a very unhappy stomach because I was trying to outwit my supposed stomach bug that was coming!

Worry is like that!It comes naturally. Worry can make you physically sick. It isn’t worth it! It can even make you go crazy after a while. Is it any wonder, the Bible is full of verses like these?

1 Peter 5:7  “Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Phillipians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things.”

So the next time you are tempted to worry, think of my bellyache. Trust me, it doesn’t feel very good! By the way, better ways of coping would be to pray, talk with someone else, journall, take a walk, and the list goes on…


How do you cope with worry? I’d love to hear from you!




Do You Believe in Santa?

We are at the time of the year of Christmas, gifts, lights, snow, parties, and santa lies. Do you believe in santa? Here is something for you to ponder…

“Santa Claus-An Engineer’s Perspective”

There are approximately two billion children under the age of 18 in the world. However since Santa doesn’t visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million. At an average of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.

Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second.

This is to say, that Sata has around 1/100th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh, and get on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth, we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a toatl trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means Santa’s sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second-3,000 times the speed of sound. For comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second and a conventional reindeer can run at best 15 miles per hour.

The load of the sleigh adds another interesting dimension. Assuming that each shild gets nothing more than a medium sized Lego set ( 2 lbs.), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself. On land a reindeer can pull 300 pounds max. Even granting that the “flying” reindeer could pull ten times that amount, the job couldn’t be done with eight or nine-Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the load not counting the weight of the sleigh another 54,000 tons ( roughly the weight of the ship Queen Elizabeth).

600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance-this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorf 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burtst into flames instantaneously, esposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake, The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip. Not that it matters since Santa as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 miles per second in .001 seconds, would be subjected to centrifugal forces of 17,500 g’s. A 250 pound Santa (which seems slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.

Therefore, if Santa did exist, he is dead now.

Hmm…what are you thinking?


My dear blog “family”,

Hello, from this winter season upon us! You will find that my blog posts have slowed to a few drops here and there! Life has been busy. I have been going through some soul-searching and questioning. Things along the line of…does blogging make a difference? Is my time spent blogging a waste?etc. as well as inner questions such as strongholds of fear and insecurity, what are the roots? etc. Freedom in Christ, prayer, blessing and the list goes on. Besides that we have done remodeling to our house. I am choosing to make a radical decision. I/we are choosing to get rid of our internet in our home for the next couple months. This will slow my blogging down to barely a trickle but right now I am raising babies for the kingdom.

I have a six-year-old girl who I’m teaching to be a young lady. A six-year-old who has an amazing vision to be a missionary nurse some day. This takes investing. I will not have her forever.

I have a small lad who is three. He’s ambitious, a pioneer  by nature. God has huge plans for this young man. But today is the day I can soothe his boo boos. Today is the day he can sit on my lap and be hugged and kissed and nurtured! In a blink he will be grown!

I’ve got a 6 month old living dolly. She is more laid back than my other two but God has a plan for her! I know because God has had His hand upon her since her conception. Medically speaking, she shouldn’t be healthy or normal but she is! She is the child who will take life as it comes resting and nurturing. She won’t always be my baby. Now I get to cuddle and comfort her but the day is quickly coming when it will take more than that to comfort her.

I have an awesome husband that I want to grow old with. This means taking time now! Time with and without our precious children. I don’t want all the children to marry and leave home and be left to live with a stranger. This means date nights now! Kisses now! Words of affirmation now! Time now!

So I’m getting rid of my internet. It won’t be easy for me because I LOVE research, pinterest, e-mail, and facebook! It is a great crutch. But now there is more important things that I need to be investing in! Things I count more important. It is like the next couple months will be like intensive care units for my little family! Then there are other things, like our church’s children ministry an hour’s drive from our house every week, our church, and friendships.

I have living souls to engage. Souls to cherish. Lives to touch and memories to make.

Thanksgiving-Photo Journey

Hi folks! I’ve been noticeably absent from blogging due to many interruptions in schedule and much needed updates being performed to our primary residence. But I invite you to join me on my photo journey…

Beautiful fall scenery and a Christmas wreath

Cold noses, strong legs, and the smiles of those I love best!

Thanksgiving bounty feast at Godilocks Grandma’s house…

We’ve so many things to be grateful for! Most of all, freedom through the blood of Jesus!!! May God be near each of my blog readers in a very special way during this holiday season!



Forgiveness. A recent episode spiked my interest in this topic. Everyone in this world has been wronged in some way or another, some times in subtle ways and at other times in ways like the boom of thunder in a summer storm. How do you deal with this? Some of the classic responses are anger, sadness, rejection, revenge, gossip, and the list goes on; slowly poisoning our hearts and minds and those of the individuals that surround us. I am often right with the list. A hot trigger point for me is when the other person gets off looking and smelling like a rose! What are your trigger points? How do I deal with them? How does Christ look at forgiveness? What does it mean to walk the path of freedom in forgiveness? These are some things that I want to tackle in this post.

What is forgiveness? Forgiveness means granting pardon, mercy, releasing the need to judge another, separating the person from the action. Forgiveness is not denial, condoning, or forgetting.

First of all, we need to look at the pain. Acknowledge what has been done, how it made you feel and your current feelings. Don’t try to cover them up with food, internet, etc. Doing that is “hueing out broken cisterns” (Jer.2:13).

Step two-pray. Have you ever found yourself unable or unwilling to forgive? Ask God to break down the walls of unforgiveness in your heart. Spend lots of time with God, only He is able to bring healing to the pain. Ask God to show you the truth in the situation. Pray that the lies spoken to you would be broken in Jesus Name. Take responsibility and confess your part in the incident.

Step three-make the conscious decision to forgive. This is not about feelings! It is about a deliberate choice to walk in obedience to God. It is called faith. One may find it helpful to write out what happen. “I forgive ___________ for ____________. It made me feel _________________. Write down as much as you need to. Take the paper and pray about what you wrote. Then burn it, flush it, or rip it in pieces. As you say, “I am choosing to forgive ______________ for ____________.” Don’t expect change in the other person. Expect it in you. Forgiveness is a journey. It takes time. And some times you have to make the conscious choice again and again.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Matthew 6:14-16
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 “To be forgiven is such sweetness that honey is tasteless in comparison with it. But yet there is one thing sweeter still, and that is to forgive. As it is more blessed to give than to receive, so to forgive rises a stage higher in experience than to be forgiven.” –Charles Spurgeon

Freedom in the Graveyard-

Today happens to be Halloween. Halloween is a very dark, demonic “holiday” when evil spirits and demons are more active than any other day of the year. Participating in Halloween is worshiping the enemy, Satan. Halloween is often paired with horrendous costumes of witches and decorations of tombstones, etc.

Today I want to talk about another type of death. Death to the old man  brings freedom through the blood of Jesus and a relationship with Him. I want to talk to those who have already named Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Often times after coming to Christ, we find ourselves struggling with things like are marked on these tomb stones found in a tour of someone’s Gospel garden. These things will eventually bring spiritual death.

“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1

What does it mean to set aside these things? They often masquerade as something more pious. We need to lay ALL ourselves on the altar.

The way of the cross, leads HOME!

Today; my friends, instead of worshipping the god of this world. May you find yourself finding freedom in the graveyard of putting to death the old man and walking in true liberty in Jesus Christ!!!

Ephesian 4:22 & 24

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts;…And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and
true holiness”

For more info:

Ephesians 5:7-12, Deuteronomy 18:10-12,


“I need to go to the bathroom!”

“I need a drink.”

“You forgot to tuck me in like a cocoon.”

“I forgot to say your goodnight prayer with you.”

“I spilled my cup.”

“I didn’t give you a goodnight kiss.”

“My dirty clothes needed picked up off the floor because they don’t belong there.”

“I had a really bad dream (although I’ve never gone to sleep yet).”

“I am scared.”

Children are masters at coming up with multiple excuses for not going to bed and staying there when it is bedtime!My mom used to sing a song that went to this effect, “Excuses for none”.

Are you and I guilty of excuse making? We even try to make bargains with God just like the Israelites! God if you give my husband a raise, we will give more in the offering. God if you make my day go good, I’ll have a whole half hour in Your Word. God, if you allow me to get a nap, I will be cheerful. God if You….fill in the space. The parable of the feast in Luke 14 is a classic example of people who made excuses. I can’t come I’ve got me a wife. 🙂 I think that one takes the cake! For all he knew that man’s wife may have loved a good party.

What kind of excuse are you making today? If someone made the same excuses you are making to you would you be happy? Here is something to think about. Are excuse ever legitimate and good? I wonder. What do you think? Especially if excuse is meaning to justify.

Peak Into My Life…Coffee Shop Photo Journey

Life has a way of moving at lightning speed! I thought today I would simply give you a picture journey into my life this past week. I had the privilege of going out for coffee with two friends. One on Monday and the other on Saturday. What is better than a cup of coffee with a good dose of girlfriend connection?

An elegant coffee shop in the heart of a historic town.

Which would you choose?

The coolest Asian lady owned this shop! She came bouncing in while my friend and I were there. Although she was quite disheveled, appearing as though she had just hopped out of bed; she had a dynamic personality. She spilled sunshine on everyone she came in touch with! I want to be like her! 🙂

My coffee fix-organic, single-origin, french-pressed coffee from Sumatra! It had a 95 rating out of 100 so it was considered a specialty coffee. Did you know Starbucks is rated at a 44 out of 100?! French pressing the coffee gives it a very smooth taste. Try it some time!

The morning chocolate cravings-fulfilled! 🙂