Thursday, April 30, 2015


I sought the Lord and HE heard 

me and delivered me from all my 


Psalms 34:4

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Walking Through a Desert?

Heart of Your Presence

O, my Jesus where have I gone
Away from the presence
Of Your heart
And the heart of Your presence?

Enable me to choose
Your best footpaths
To Your secret place
To dwell

May I put aside the "good"
And pursue only You
Your presence and glory
To daily entwine my spirit
Within Yours
O, my Lord.....

After Time Away Devotional (Words from the Lord series)

"Daughter of mine, I receive your worship and your song. In continuing on thusly you'll find liberty, peace, healing and, even more intimately, my love. 

Come rest in my arms, be at peace with me. Come away my beloved. I have grieved your absence but now rejoice. 

Step out in my name, I shall remove your fear and prepare your footpaths. I do LOVE you. I hug you to me. Lift up your song again soon. Selah."

(this was written a number of years ago when my life was living me.)

Time Apart

My daughter, a time of rest, a time apart with me absorb, grow, be challenged, strengthened, lifted up, chastised gently and VERY loved.

Awake and be aware, be surrounded by ME. I do care. I also love you. Let that love lift, encourage you today. Selah.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sunday School Kitty II
Lily can’t catch me
But Caleb might
I’m running away
Will give you a fight!

What did you say
About Sunday School?
Let’s think about that,
Might be cool!

Lily DID catch me
Put me in a cage
I’ll puff my tail
Pretend to rage…

Where are we going
I don’t like the car
Hope for a short trip
Not very far?

I might get sick,
Am getting way too pale
Watch that door
You almost got my tail!

Tune in tomorrow
For more of this then
We’ll ride to church
Not sure just when.

One thing Fat Cat
Will NOT do
Get water baptized
Yuck and ewe.

Stay tuned for more
Coming soon
The Lily and Caleb
FAT CAT tune

“Mommy, Mommy, this is the day I get to take Fat Cat to Sunday School!! Where is that top I was going to wear?  I want those red ribbons in my hair and around Fat Cat’s neck!!!” shouted a breathless Lily from her bedroom.
“Why are you so excited about taking that rascal cat to church, Lily, it will be nothing but a problem, trust me,” said Caleb walking down the hall towards the kitchen.
Oh, oh, something weird is going on around here, I’d better make myself scarce under that chair really fast, thought Tika Marika Thunderpaws alias Fat Cat as she squeezed under the recliner, Hum, barely fit. Wonder when they shrunk the chair?
“OK, guys, we don’t have a whole lot of time. Here’s the kitty carrier. We need to be out the door in 5 minutes,” Mom was ready and trying to get the rest of us in gear.
Show and tell, show and tell, I think duck and hide would be a much better answer for today.  Now if I can just stay invisible.
“Mommy, Fat Cat is hiding, I can see her tail sticking out from under that green chair but I can’t grab her, help me?”
Oh, NO, that Lily girl is trying to rumple my long fur. Why can’t she just leave me alone and forget about all this cage stuff!”
“Come here you pretty kitty and maybe I will give you a treat. Caleb can you get me a kitty treat?”
Ahhhh, FISH smell, well, that’s more like it and I might even come out for that…..
“Here you go, Lily. Yikes Thunderpaws, you don’t have to bite my fingers to get your treat, slow down! Gotcha! Lily, where is the cage and I’ll help you with this walking dustmop”
“Hey, thanks, Caleb.  There you go Fat Cat, your favorite place to be and the door even locks! Let’s go, Mommy is gathering up snacks in the kitchen for my birthday treat in class.” Lily got to “show and tell” since it was her birthday and Mommy made some special treats for the other children to celebrate with her.
“Yowl, murrrrooooowwww, no, no, no every time I get put into this cage we go to that smelly place with DOGS and the lady in a white jacket who pokes me and rumples my fur and sticks things in me…….HEEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPP. Yowl, yowl. HISS!!
“Mommy, look how funny Fat Cat looks all fluffed out. Her tail is HUGE! I can’t wait to show her to my whole class.  Maybe Miss Mary can come in from her class and look too, do you think? I am so glad I got to go into the big kids’ class since my birthday!!!”
Mom was busy driving could only catch a glimpse of Miss Thunderpaws but she did look pretty huge sitting in the cage hissing and yowling.
“Come on, you weird cat, settle down, this might even be fun,” said Caleb in a comforting voice as he tried to pet Thunderpaws through the cage.

“OK, kids, we’re here, let me lift that cat cage and get you to your classes,” Mom was thinking it is a good thing we each only have one birthday a year about this time.

Hum, this doesn’t look like that doggie place…. Maybe I can sneak out and find a peaceful place to hide for awhile.

“Mommy, I am glad we are early and can get Fat Cat settled in before the rest of the kids get here.  You’re going to be OK my kitty,” Lily spoke softly as she stuck a finger through the cage door to scratch Tika Marika Thunderpaws.

“Here’s your room honey, let’s see if Thunderpaws will sit in your lap.” Mommy grasped the kitty who had finally stopped yowling.
Oh, boy, now I get a chance to disappear – I think I saw a box where I can hide as we came in here….
“Mommmmmm, she got loose and is running down the hall!” Lily scrambled to her feet and Caleb was already chasing the calico.
Ohhhhh, here is that box, I am going to leap up and hide in……..SPLASH.
“Ahhh, you rascal cat, that is where people get baptized and I doubt that you swim very well, come here!” Caleb lifted the cover and grabbed Thunderpaws as she sunk down into the water.
“Caleb, how is she, oh, my, when she is all wet she really isn’t a Fat Cat at all, is she?” Exclaimed Lily with tears in her eyes.
“Son, I think you rescued that kitty this morning and kept her from a fast trip to Kitty Heaven.  Thank you for being quick thinking and fast to run and get her.”
Ugh, I am all soggy and wet and my glorious fur is a total mess.  I want to go hooommmmeeee. “Meow, meow, cough, sputter, MEOW.”

Do you think we can get back to my class before all the kids get there, Mommy?” asked Lily as she tried to grab a paper towel to wipe the cat.
“Yes, and maybe this time Thunderpaws will sit in your lap and not try for any more adventures!” Mommy reached the door to Lily’s classroom and said hi to the teacher.

“All of this and we still have cupcakes – this is going to be the best birthday ever!”
Thank goodness this doesn’t happen very often.
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Gift Diversities II

Gift Diversities II

My beautiful sister,
Don't turn me from your embrace
Just because I was given a gift
That you don't think I should have
Satan has enough ammunition already
Without giving him the key
To the trunk which holds our hopes and fears
"Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world..."

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy 15th BIRTHDAY Hooney!!!

My how he grew to nineteen pounds.... he IS tall but a tad pudgy ....

Monday, April 13, 2015

Watering tiny green leaves and HOPING for these!!!

What Does Salvation Mean to a Christian?

What Does Salvation Mean to a Christian?

Psalm 18:46 The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Could I say that life was good? It should have been. I really did enjoy working as an RN, after several times of changing majors in college I finally found one which “fit”. I loved biology, science and people. I remember back to the time I was five and my sister was in the hospital for a prolonged period of time. She had polio before the vaccine, before the big epidemic of 1952. No one was sure how to treat her disease. We came to visit and she was sobbing. Seems that no one answered her call light and she wet her bed, she was then told if she didn’t stop crying her mom and dad would never come to see her again. As she sobbed out her trauma to us it became permanently etched in my heart and mind. This was the main reason I finally ended up in my chosen career of nursing. I remembered and wanted to make a difference for my pediatric patients, one that my sister hadn’t been fortunate enough to have with her nurse.

I was married to a guy I thought the world of but we were partying too much. We drank each and every day. When we tried to quit for a week we made it only a day and a half. Wine coolers, booze in the blender with ice cream calling it desert, mixed drinks, loud music and friends who did the same. I was a mean drinker and would zero in to slice up “friends” with my tongue. The next morning I always felt terrible about what I had said the night before.

Tom and I had lived together 2 years before getting married and had been pretty heavily into smoking marijuana  but had quit that when he decided to go back to school. He noticed that friends who were doing any kind of drugs lacked serious motivation in college. He was maintaining a straight A average.

I was a professing atheist. In retrospect I was professing “there is NO God” a bit too loudly.

Our marriage was stressed with me working 6 days a week, all the drinking we were doing and the fact that I became a “mean” drunk. One of the gals I worked with was a born again Christian. She knew not to talk to me about her Jesus but would tell me about her friends at church and what they did. It was evident from her smile and care for her patients that she knew how to love. She patiently listened to me telling her how I thought that smarter beings from other planets came here and did things on earth with and for the people who lived here. They taught us etc. She would always gently tell me that she hadn’t found what I was talking about as truth.

I got to the point where I was really seeking some answers. I had been into Eastern religions, transcendental meditation, astrology, and things which were really occult, no matter what they were called. It came to the point where I was praying to the god I didn’t believe existed. Crying out and telling him I had made a real mess of my life and asking him to forgive me, to take over the control of my life as I was really making terrible choices yet never seemed able to change.

The Lord Jesus Christ met me where I was. To say he changed me would be a total understatement. I sensed a lifting of a weight that had pressed me down for years. I got a Bible and began reading, devouring the Word. Within 3 weeks the Lord had pulled me feet first out of the bottle of alcohol I lived in without going through any withdrawals. I was a serious alcoholic and totally set free. I began to be kind to my friends. My mouth, which had been filled with profanity became “cleaned up”. I quit swearing and realized I had a choice in vocabulary.

God began showing me a bit of my feminine side that I had lost touch with for years. I actually bought a couple “granny” dresses at a garage sale and enjoyed wearing them.

At first I wouldn’t go to church but attended a Bible study that the gal at work invited me to. I learned and asked dozens of questions and studied every spare moment. 

God helped me to enjoy my best friend’s infant son. I remember spinning around the front yard holding him and singing to Jesus. I was clean and forgiven. Jesus Christ had set me free and made me new, different, whole. I began to get a glimpse of the fact that He really did have a plan for me and purpose.

That was now over 39 years ago. Walking with the Lord has been a challenge and dynamic that I never regret. I am still learning and growing. Coming to salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the single most incredible things which I have ever experienced. It was His sacrifice on Calvary which paid that price I couldn’t pay. He is God and sinless so He could effectively die in my place for all the times I had broken His heart, my sins. I had to ask His forgiveness, believe He was God and accept His death on my behalf. 

Salvation, can there ever be a more perfect love than that which Jesus has for you and for me?

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jesus= Sonshine-Reality-Joy

Jesus= Sonshine-Reality-Joy
Jesus, You are my sunshine
When the icy rain
Lashes out again
Wind tearing thin
At my soul
You're my anchor to reality-
In the world is fear
But You draw me near
And help me to hear
Your peace in life to know
Savior, You're the Joy
In passive days
Of indifferent haze
Walking in Your ways
Makes the difference show.
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Monday, April 6, 2015


We caught THE BUNNY today!!! Yep, the one who has been eating the bird seed all winter (this is ok) and most lately, my TULIPS - this is NOT ok. The live trap is not working well as said Bunny was head butting and almost got out before I latched it and took him to a mountain meadow 5 miles away. SO, how many other times has he done that and gotten out - having eaten all the apples? Maybe he was the Easter Bunny and tired after yesterday? Those below are his relatives who have been relocated prior to today. NO we do not shoot bunnies - too much like kitties... the one in the snow is probably THIS one.



and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.
I think there are signs in our skies - NOW and they bring me HOPE of His eminent return. COME Lord Jesus!!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Exquisitely Patient Jesus

You care deeply
Even as others fade
Your love grows warmer
As others would snap and growl
You smile
And are with me still
Even when I'm ugliest
Help me to be
More like You
My exquisitely Patient Jesus.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015


"Back up, back off, and see the wonderworking power of the Lord Jesus Christ on your behalf today, tomorrow, and right through the calendar. Are My ears too deaf that I can’t hear? Is My arm too short that I cannot reach? Not in the least. You are precious in My sight – I have plans for you – I delight in you – I set you free and want to RUN with you through meadows of flowers and on your daily path. Come run with Me."
God hears. God hears us! No busy signals,... no appointments needed 24/7. He holds us in His arms and blesses us, and they are more than available, we are precious to Him. Yes, we can run with Him and run after Him; let’s stop running from Him, and let’s put Him first in our day.
Psalm 18:6
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.”
Read the following scriptures. Before you run out of the door, sit with Him a few moments and hear what He is speaking to your heart this morning.
Mark 10:16
Song of Solomon 1:4a
Numbers 11:23
1 Peter 3:3-4
Isaiah 43:4
My commitment:
Prayer: Your love for us, Your children, jumps off the pages of Your Word. You draw us closer and closer to Your heart. Lord God, we Your people are Your heart. My head is shaking slowly in disbelief yet how can I not believe when Your Word speaks this love repeatedly. There is nothing we do, it isn’t earned but You give your love so freely. Thank You! Amen
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