Thursday, July 30, 2015


Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose….
I remember back in the day when we hung out at a pizza place on the Iowa State University campus called the Cave Inn. It got its name due to the fact that after a huge rainstorm, the foundation of the basement part of the restaurant had caved in. That’s the way we got the story years later. It was 1970 and I had become an RN. I was now working at the university where I had attended classes just a few years before.
My roommates had a friend named Darrell. He and I had this thing that whenever Janis Joplin sang Bobby McGee. We would race each other to see who could jump up, be sitting on the large speakers in the Cave Inn,  before that song ended. Hum, maybe the song was actually Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog. Same era, Vietnam war, those not drafted talking about going to Canada. I was actually going to drive some kids up there…..
Back then I had a Corvair van and was excited that everything I owned could fit into that van after I got rid of some furniture my folks gave me. “Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose….” was my motto and theme song. I took off for the summer to camp around the US quitting my job. One of the doctors at ISU told me he envied me , wishing he could do the same thing. With $600 in my bank account and my roommate with strep throat beside me, we left for California. In California,  I had friends and she had her brother and a summer job. I did most of the driving and she slept waiting for the antibiotics to kick in. We lived on a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter, spending our last 27 cents cash at Taco Bell upon arrival.
Just a couple of days ago Mick and I were talking about music that had affected us in younger years. He couldn’t think of anything that stood out. I mentioned Bobby McGee and got a quizzical look from my hubby.
“Just think about it… Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose….” from the standpoint of the Lord, when we’ve let go of all we’re grasping and clasping, it rings true. This time not from a “hippie and trippy” standpoint but from the position that when you turn loose of all the “stuff” in your life  what you have left is Jesus, then you are really, truly free. If you have nothing that you’d consider a “loss”  when it is gone, then you are free because no one can take anything from you that would crush you or strongly affect you. “
He looked at me with a grin. I love our drives in the truck, looking at Colorado scenery on our way to hiking in the middle of nowhere. And I know, once again, that both of us agree that what matters most to us can’t be stolen or taken away and that is our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Both of us, having decided years ago, to trust in His forgiveness and turn loose of much which used to trip us up to focus on what matters for now and eternity.
You can also come to know “freedom” – His name is Jesus and He is waiting for you to call on His name.
(C) Marijo Phelps all rights reserved - use giving proper credit only.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015


The Lord JESUS CHRIST is coming SOON, are you ready?

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Crackling Thunder Rumbles

Crackling Thunder Rumbles

Zig-zaging fingers of fire

Flying through tumults

Of storm cloud strewn sky


Giant drops plopping

In myriad wild flowers

Raising thirsty petals



Lifting little leaves

In praising poses

to the One Glorious God

Who sends refreshing rain


Which places puddles

Across parched earth

Delightfully dripping,

Wind driven wonder


Rivulets reviving, renewing


In the mountain meadow

Montane of our hearts.


Deuteronomy 28:12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain into your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.


Note: Montane is relating to mountain elevation and it is just below alpine, that's where we live!!





Monday, July 13, 2015


Thirty years ago tomorrow, I changed my name to Phelps and inherited the most wonderful family of Texans... especially one named MICK - my husband... God is so good. The Lord brought us together and is blessing us still!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Second Annual Trip of July 4th - Kenosha Pass

Matthew 6:27-29New King James Version (NKJV)

27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Praising Adonai - My NEW Book!!!

For a limited time, this book will be available (autographed copy!) including shipping, for $20. This is a hardcopy book with many Colorado photos filled with praise poems and scripture! If I see you and do not have to mail the cost will be $17.30. The list price is $25 not including postage. Let me know on FB PM, e-mail of tag me here and leave a message! Thanks for considering this book! Got this by UPS today - my publisher did a great job!

TODAY July 2, 2015 in the Mountain Meadow VERY Early...