Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Although this book is written to focus on the aftermath of abortion, this book can be used by anyone who is suffering from guilt for any reason.
Ms. Luck is very open and honest with her story and emotions. She shares her pain and guilt she suffered because of her choice. She eventually found that she was not bound forever by the choices she made Rather, she used her past to improver her future.
I recommend this book to anyone who feels forever bound to past mistakes and wrong decisions. The candid way tis writer reveals her past mistake and acknowledges her past's affect on her future, is refreshing and encouraging to all of us who are loaded with guilt.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and open review.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Mr. Stendal has written an inspiring book for all students of prophecy and those of us who want to understand the book of Revelation better.
Beginning with Noah’s Ark and concluding with God’s plan of redemption the reader is led through prophecies that will culminate with the end times. We are shown that all the Bible is tied together and not a bunch of independent stories that do not relate to each other or our world today.
I enjoy the scripture passages that Mr. Stendal uses to support his points. The reader is treated with a panoramic view of the biblical prophecies and how they tie in to each other. This is a good resource book that deserves to be read again and again. In fact, it should be read more than once to glean all the treasures it contains.
I received a copy of this book from Life Sentence Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions expressed in the review are solely mine.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tessa is a young girl caught in what appears to be a helpless situation. Abused and forced to help her father make and sell drugs, she sees no way out. When she did attempt to escape she was caught and forced to return home. Who can she trust?
She must not only deal with home situation, she discovers her family’s dark secret. This secret haunts her as she is fighting for her own survival.
When neighbors open their home to her she begins to feel hope and begins to think that her life is worthwhile after all. She discovers that God does love her in spite of what she has done. She realizes that He is there for her and reaches out to Him. She can see that her new found life can positively impact her father and he stops his illegal activities. What he does next proves that no one can sink too far in the depths of sin that God cannot or will not reach down an lift them out.
I found myself cheering for Tessa and her family as their new lives emerge. I also felt the need to pray for the many of today’s teens and young people who find themselves caught in horrible and frightening situations. Ms. Wiltrout has written a realistic book without “preaching”. I highly recommend this book to teens and their parents and to anyone who works closely with today’s youth.
I received a complementary copy of this book from Life Sentence Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are solely mine.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The lip of truth shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19
We all fall for lies sometimes. Let’s face it—truth is often boring; it’s much more exciting to think our neighbor is a “wanted fugitive” rather than to know the truth that he is just a hard-working father and coach for his kids’ little league team.
Lies can be more believable than the truth. We can believe lies the politicians tell us or the smooth talking salesman that hooks us in their deception. Too often we discover we discover the truth when it is too late.The politician is elected and his true agenda is then made known. The wonderful we bought from the salesman breaks down after we finalize the deal. The man who promised a good job leaves and does not return to finish the job after the money changes hands. We all learn the truth the hard way and chalk these deceptions up to experience.
I have come to the end of a long and painful battle trying to dispel lies told about. Although the lies were exposed and truth was finally reve4aled, more people chose to believe the lies and I am left to deal with the aftermath. What hurts even more is the fact that two of my family members started these untruths. I know God is hold me up and has promised He will never leave me to suffer alone. I can rest assured that although these people continue to prosper and live their lives without obvious consequences, the consequences will eventually come. It is up to God to deal with them. I am so glad He is in control.
I Peter 5:8,9 tells us the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. We are not alone alone in our struggles. God is there with us and He will make us strong.
Don’t let satan work his web of of deceit. If we focus on God’s love and presence, He will give us peace that the “father of lies” cannot take away.
A lie travels around the world while truth is putting her boots on. Jewish Proverb
Sunday, June 15, 2014
In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
I have recently been through a very trying time in my life. I was taken to court for custody of three grandkids I have raised all their lives. I kept the faith prayed daily that I would prevail. God worked it out in His own way and time. I retained 50% of the custody which still keeps me in their lives but I now have time to pursue my writing. I have felt God’s calling to write but had not been able to devote much time to that pursuit. Friends, I want to tell you to keep your eyes on Jesus and trust in His promises. He does keep His promises to sustain us in all circumstances. This past week I have spent more time writing and will eventually post them but this poem came to my mind and I felt the need to post it first.
Keep Your Eyes On Jesus
When the road of life seems all uphill,
And troubles come as they most certainly will.
Don’t give up—just keep plugging along.
Keep your eyes on Jesus and you can’t go wrong.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Well friends, last night was a very busy but exciting one for me. At 6:00 I attended a very exclusive concert. Attendance was invitation only and the music was top quality. It didn’t hurt that I know one of the talent Saxophone players on a first name basis. After an hour of wonderful music I went to a play premiere where I also know one of the stars on a first name basis. Both events were wonderful experiences that I would not have missed for anything. OK you caught me—these were school events. This makes them all the more enjoyable because I watched my own grandkids perform.
Monday, May 19, 2014
I am sorry I have not been posting regularly. I have been going through a very rough time. I am standing in the crosshairs of some vindictive people who love nothing more than spreading lies and untruths about me. I am now in danger of losing the grandkids I have had for their entire lives based on these lies. I have been working and praying in order to keep these kids. To the other parties involved, the kids are only collateral damage in this vendetta. There have been so many trials and obstacles placed in my way I am getting physically and emotionally exhausted. I do covet any prayers you can offer up on these children’s behalf. If I do lose these kids, I feel like I will be throwing them to the wolves. None of these kids want to be taken out of my home. I am raising them to know and trust God. They are all at a very impressionable age (9-12). I pray that God gives the lawyers and judges involved the wisdom to really see what is in the best interest of these children.
I do promise I will post more in the future—bear with me until then. I know my God is bigger than this problem and He is the one holding me up through all of this.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
He has arisen
He walked from that room.
Death could not hold Him
In that borrowed tomb.
He has arisen,
Spread the news around.
Satan thought he had won,
But he couldn’t keep God down.
He has arisen
Such good news to tell.
When Jesus was put to death
My soul was saved from hell.
He has arisen
Though He was crucified
Oh how Satan must have laughed
When he watched my Savior die!
He has arisen
Take the message to the streets.
When Jesus Christ arose
Death had met defeat.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I am asking for all your prayers. I have had custody of my 4 grandchildren all of their lives. Tomorrow, April 30th, the father of 3 of them is taking me to court for custody of them. The kids do not want to live with him and are totally stressed out. I need the prayers of all my friends to soften the heart of the judge and let her see that in best interest of the children, they need to stay in the only stable home they have ever known. To move them now would put them in new schools, no outside activities (football, music,), and leaving their friends. I know God is in control but I think prayer makes a difference. Please pray for my kids.
The oldest is 12 (boy) a very impressionable age, 10 (boy) and 9 (girl).
Friday, April 18, 2014
Easter is not about bunnies and eggs. It’s about the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross so that we might be forgiven. Imagine how much love God had for each of us. He gave His own son for us. Jesus willingly went to the cross as an expression of this love.
One night I had a dream
That seemed so real to me.
I saw my Lord and Savior
On top of Mount Calvary.
A crown of thorns was on His head
Nails pierced His side.
The soldiers laughed and mocked Him
Until my Savior died.
When I awoke, my face was wet
With the tears that I had cried.
But He gave me eternal life--
The day my Savior died.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
One day my husband fixed a leak under the commode in my bathroom. Being the handyman he is, he is, he cut a small hole in the floor to make it easier to reach the pipe. Fine--no problem—leak fixed. Now he will fix the hole and life goes on, right? Wrong! He decided to leave the hole for a few days to make sure the leak is really fixed. Now that few days has turned into months. Although it is a small hole, I have tried my best to conceal it but there is just so much I can do to make a hole in the floor attractive. Now fast forward about six months. The hole is still there even though I have done all I can to conceal/decorate it. A hole is a hole and it is still there.
One night I stumble into bed exhausted after transporting four kids to four different activities as well my daily struggles of running a household with four kids. Around 2:00 in the morning my little dog woke me up with frantic barking and yelping. I forced one eye open to see him jumping up and down on the floor by my bed. He looked at me as if to say “I’m trying to protect you, now come on and do your part.” When I did manage to stumble into the bathroom, I was instantly awake. There between the commode and the waste can was a possum! Pugsley, my dog had him trapped. I could not move because I was totally in shock until Pugsley barked again as if to say, “See, I told you. Now get rid of it. I’m tired and want to go to sleep.”
Frantically, I woke up my husband and screamed, “THERE’S A POSSUM IN MY BATHROOM! GET UP AND KILL IT!” He looked at me as though I had totally lost my mind. “Ok, get me something to use to kill it,” he calmly said. I ran to my grandson’s room and came back with a ball bat. I gave the bat to hubby and jumped on my bed and covered my eyes. I could hear the battle raging on the bathroom. “HISS!” “POW!” “KA-POW! “BOOM!” finally all was silent so I opened my eyes. There on the floor lay the lifeless body of the intruder. I picked it up carefully by the tail, placed it into a plastic bag and ran to throw it into the outside garbage can. I was finally able to fall to sleep but the bathroom light was left on for the rest of the night.
I bet you thought this was the end of my story. WRONG! I pulled into my driveway the next morning after running errands and three kids met me at the car. All three were talking at once. I was finally able to understand their excitement when Christian told me, “Nanny, there is a possum in our garbage can,” “and he is alive,” Alyssa interrupted him to excitedly tell me. “Yeah, he is ALIVE!” Nikolas finished with excitement written all over his face. I went over to the garbage can to see for myself. Sure enough, when I raised the lid of the can, I could see two beady little eyes staring up at me. I slammed the lid down and got the kids into the house after explaining to them to stay away from the garbage can and leave the creature alone.
I don’t know what happened to our uninvited guest. The kids think he escaped and is now living happily-albeit traumatized-with his family. I hope that is what happened, but at least, he is living out his life in my house with my family.
When I was finally able to sit down for my visit with God, I asked Him, as I always do “What doe you want to talk bout today, Father?” His answer came as a total surprise to me. “I want to told about the possum.”
“What about the possum?” I asked in astonishment.
“That was a small hole in your floor, wasn’t it?”
“Yes, it was a very small hole.” I answered, not sure this conversation was going but definitely intrigued by it.
“Well that possum was able to come into house through that small hole, wasn’t he?”
“Y e a h,” I slowly answered.
“Just like that possum squeezing through such a small unguarded hole in the floor, the enemy can enter your heart through a small unguarded hole in your heart. Just as that intruding animal filled you with dread, the enemy can fill your heart with fears and worries. When he does that you do not fully trust me to care for you.”
Suddenly, I understood what He was telling me. We must always guard our hearts against the enemy that roams around who he cab devour. Satan doesn’t need a door with a flashing neon welcome sign, he enters through a hole he finds unguarded. Don’t make it easy for him to enter your heart. Fill your heart with joy and love and trust in your Heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally and will never leave you unprotected.
Oh, by the way—the hole in my floor has been fixed!
Have you ever left your heart unguarded? Did the enemy enter in and fill your heart with doubts and fears? Journal about the doubts and fears you had and write out a prayer confessing about them and ask God to come into that hole left by doubt. Just as the enemy can enter our heart God can close that hole with His peace and joy.
Loving Father, help me to be ever vigilant to guard my heart against the enemy’s attacks. Only you can fill my heart with the peace and joy I crave. Make me ever mindful of your love and care for me. I surrender my heart and soul to you. I know you will never leave me or forsake me. I covet your presence in my life today and forever. Amen.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
I was having a bad day recently. I know you think all my days are bad by the other stories I write. But, honestly, my life is not all that bad. Anyway, I found this clipping I had filed back and it was just what I needed to realize He is watching out for me. God is so awesome.
I know He is in control and after a heart felt talk with Him, I felt as though a load of bricks had been lifted from my shoulders.
When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
When I am weak, He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!
When I am afraid, He is my courage!
When, I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!
When I am blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
When I face persecution, He shields me!
When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for me!
When I face Death, He carries me Home!
He is everything for everybody everywhere, every time and every day!
He is God, He is faithful
I am His, and He is mine.
My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world.
So, if you're wondering why I feel so secure,
He said it and that settles it!
God is in control, I am on His side,
And that means all is well with my soul.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
When I’m in a desert place
Where fears and doubts abound,
I look up to Jesus for I know
He’s already looking down.
When I’m in a desert place
And feel overwhelmed by despair,
I can hear Jesus whisper to me,
“My child,” I’m always near.
Though from me you often stray.
Just take my hand and hold it
And I will lead the way.”
When I’m in a desert place
Lord, help me to see
That there are others hurting
Even more than me.
So let me thank you, Father
For this trial I’m going through,
Because this desert place
Has brought me back to you.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I want to wish all my friends and family Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy all the good food and company of family and friends but don't forget to thank God who has blessed us so much throughout the year. Let's make every day a day of Thanksgiving because God continues His blessings throughout the year--not just one day. Some of you I will never meet but that doesn't mean I don't think of you often and whisper a prayer for you.
Up before dawn
Sweeping and mopping
Too much to do
No time for stopping.
The family is nestled
all snug in their beds,
While visions of a turkey dinner
dance in their heads.
There’s cooking to be done
and laundry to do.
gotta scrub the floors
and clean the windows too.
The TV comes on
the family is awake`--
How much more
do you think I can take
The relatives pour in with
shouts of good cheer.
Why did I offer to have
the family dinner here?
Now that the meal is done
the relatives leave amid
shouts of good wishes.
While hubby and the kids watch TV
Guess who gets stuck with the dishes!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Every little girl has a dream. She dreams of falling in love, getting married, and having a family. I was no different. I wanted to find my Mr.. Right, marry him and have two perfect children: a boy that would hunt, fish, play baseball and do all the manly things with his dad; and a little girl that would let me teach her how to do all the feminine little things that girls like to do. Well, I had a little boy and a little girl and my life was perfect.
When the kids grew up, a new dream began to unfold. I was looking forward to be a grandmother. I would be the type that would spoil the grandkids because they would only be visiting. Well, I did enjoy the kids and did spoil them BUT I was given custody of them and now I am responsible for their daily needs and all their wants. This can’t be too bad, I thought. I will just be raising kids all over again. In fact, it was fun having the grandkids around all day everyday. I did not stop to think that they would grow up and I would grow older. That is the life cycle isn’t it. Kids grow up and grandparents grow older. Although, I am not as young as I used to be, I still manage to provide for these precious little ones. I have four active kids that are now in school and I get to attend all their functions. I have been able to attend all of the social events of the seasons from ballet recitals to championship baseball games. In fact, I am on a first name basis with the superstars and coaches. What could be better than this? I do admit I get tired but when I look at the bright expectant faces I gain a new sense of strength and love every minute of sharing life with these gifts from God.
When I hear people talking of the empty nest syndrome and how lonely they are, I realize that I still have the sound of kids’ laughter and fighting in my house. My house doesn’t always stay clean and I do get frustrated trying to keep up with the housework. When I feel overwhelmed by the lack of time to get all the housework done, I realize there are more important things than a shiny house. My house does stay clean enough for health but has that comfortable lived in look and feel. In fact, my house is well lived in. I do keep my floors clean enough you can eat off them. Yeah, over here is some bread, there is a french fry or two and if you look closely you might even be able to find a cookie or two for dessert.
I always thought that when my kids were grown and had kids of their own, my husband and I would be able to retire, spend time getting to know each other again and travel whenever and wherever we wanted to. I guess that will have have to wait because God has given me a task that is more important than any other I can think of. Sure, I could be working and obtaining new possessions but what could would material possessions give me when I have the love of my grandkids. Of course, they don’t get everything they want but God is good and lets me provide everything they need.
No matter how tired and discouraged I get I realize the blessings God has given me when He put these kids in my life. I always ask Him for strength and grace to make it through the day and He is always faithful to provide what I need. I do not get paid for caring for these children in earthly ways but my reward is much more valuable because I am paid in pure love.
I hope I leave these kids with a legacy of love. I want them to know that I loved them but, even more importantly, I want them to know God loves them. I want to teach them about Him and His love. They should be taught that with Him by their side and holding their hands, they will be able to accomplish anything and do whatever He asks of them. I can provide the material things they need but I want them to know that God can provide for them even more than I can.
While other people are suffering from the empty nest syndrome, I consider myself fortunate that I still have children in my life. I just ask God to give me the wisdom and strength to bring them up in the way He wants me to. I know He will because He said He would and my God keeps all of His promises.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I think my all time favorite movie when I was a kid had to be “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. I would watch Dorothy, Toto, and their friends travel the Yellow Brick
Road in search of Emerald City and the Great Wizard. I remember tuning out the world and feel as though I were with them and experiencing all their adventures as they did. For weeks afterward I would walk around the house singing (or at least trying to) sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Believe me my family were glad when I quit singing.
Anyway, you can imagine my excitement when I had a chance to watch this movie with my grandchildren. I wanted them to have the opportunity to see a wonderful movie and hoped they would like it as much as I do. We decided to make it a movie night with popcorn, sleeping bags, and all the junk food we could eat. As the opening music began we settled down with our bowls of popcorn for a wonder filled night.
Soon, however , I began to hear that still small voice begin to speak to me. I knew the voice was my Heavenly Father but I was totally unprepared for what He had to say to me.
“Do you see that the adventures Dorothy and her friends have are like the doubts and fears that can rob you of your peace and joy? Fears and doubts sneak in when you least expect them and take control of your life.”
When I heard this, I began to see that I was letting these fears and doubts haunt me every day. When I am thinking that all is well and my life could not be any better, the old doubts and insecurities begin to creep into my mind and fears sneak in to send my world spinning out of control.
Like Dorothy I long for love and security. Too often I have looked for these in wrong places and with wrong people. I have even counted on filling the hole in my heart through obtaining more and more material possessions. Instead of giving me a sense of security, I found I had created more stress and problems by having more financial difficulties. These difficulties in turn created more stress and offers no security.
The Lion was looking for courage which he already possessed and proved during their travels to Oz. Although I have shown courage when faced with some situations, I find myself cowering in fear all too often. When my life overwhelms me and seems to spin out of control, I am frozen in fear and try to hide from life.
The Tin Man wants a heart in order to show emotion. Sometimes I feel as though my heart is missing when my problems seem to take over my life. I find myself focusing on me and my problems instead of looking around me and seeing the pain of other people. When I do focus on others, I often find their problems are much bigger and more serious than mine. I then remember that I am put on this earth to help and encourage others. I am commanded to come alongside others and help them in their times of troubles. When I do this I find my heart is there and beating strong.
Yes, I even find a part of me when I see the Scarecrow. Remember,. he was looking for a brain. When I want to take my life back into my own hands and do not trust God, I find my brain does not want to work. Instead of telling me to listen to God, it is telling me not to listen to God. It is telling me, “You don’t need help. You are in control of your life and can handle it on your own terms.
Too often I have trusted the “Great Oz”. He offers a false sense of security. He tells me he can get me home where I can find the love and security I seek. He leads me to believe he can give me courage to face my trials, a heart to show compassion, and a brain that will solve all my problems. But what he is telling me are lies….lies that are meant to take my eyes off my Father who can offer me these things.
I have learned through many hard lessons that only with God can I live a life of peace and joy. God is the life giver and sustainer of life and security. I will have doubts and fears and suffer from insecurity but He will always be by my side to see me through the troublers I face. I will not have smooth sailing every day but He will never let me down. Sometimes He will calm the storm, but often He will calm me so I can make it through the storm. Although I will feel insecure and unloved, lack courage, lose my heart for compassion, or my brain is sending me wrong signals, I know He is there giving me His messages of love and peace. I know that even when I feel like Dorothy looking for security and a way home, I know He loves me and He gives me the greatest security that I will ever know.
After the movie ended, I looked over at the kids. They were all sound asleep but I knew I would never look at this movie the same way again. A childhood favorite has now become a daily reminder that God’s love can be seen in day to day life. I might let God down but He will never let me down. How encouraging is that?