Monday, October 15, 2018


Due to technical difficulties I struggle to put a photo of a bird on this page. With determination tho I hope to be successful soon.

Let me tell you a true story, my encounter with Penny, the bird I met in the Rocky Mountains. I have a witness to this visit from my new found friend. I even have video, which I am trying to make available to you. Nevertheless, I will attempt to describe this pleasurable moment in time, "A moment in time" sealed in my sometimes failing menopausal brain of mine. I loved this story, as you may or may not know, I feel truly like birds are my friends. A gift from God.

Lord I need to know you are here, that you are real. The answer appeared within moments as over 10 beautiful male cardinals appeared on the trees right in front of me. I have written about that moment in the past.

This time in the Rocky Mountains as I gazed, on a long hike, at the beauty of God's nature. Penny was right above my head on a branch, my friend and I stopped chatting and (we noticed something was going on, yeah, mmmm) there the bird was. It would move to the next tree ahead of us. If only I could could eyeball height and come up with that for you to picture in your mind, all that I can say is it was not that high up. Getting back to the story, the bird kept leading us down the path swooping ahead tree by tree. "Are you going to say anything, I'm videoing you?" I ASKED THE BIRD!
I guess I am all crazy for talking to birds, but why not?! These moments mean to me, Jesus is alive! I am not worshiping nature or mother nature. I am reminded! Reminded  of Jesus promise, if I take care of the birds, how much more will I take care of you (paraphrased my words). Simply, I got your back!

Is nature another addiction, a place for us to control our emotions? Well, I pray never, it invigorates me to seek God in His creation. My soul glorifies the Lord with the singing of trees, the whistle of wind and bird songs. Enjoy it with Him in mind. We live to love the Lord with our body, mind, soul and strength.

As I awoke this morning with the negative question, why even get out of bed? I'm running for your heart, sings musical group Third day, Soul on Fire. I need a word from the voice of truth, not my negative Nelly brain of mine! 

Friends I want you to consider running till your Soul is on fire. Read a poem or a phrase from the world, see if you feel like getting out of bed. I in fact got distracted on Instagram and my helplessness was at still at the forefront of my mind. It got me nowhere. Till I stopped and asked for help to focus. I read this, "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgement (the voices in my head) you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord." Amen.

Look closely at these words beloved. You are a part of the heritage of the Lord. Ask. Run till your soul is on fire. I can't describe it, I didn't have all the answers for my day, I just had like a shot of caffeine to the heart. I was caffeinated! That's the words I put to my strength. My thoughts no longer went to, I'm going to stay in bed to let's go, God where we going...together we went, got dressed, washed my face, ate breakfast, chatted with family members, and now I am writing. I'm thinking some form of exercise after...What about you? Check it out for yourself!

We covered much ground today. Nature power, Word power....all worked to invigorate the author, perfecter, creator of my soul, JESUS! Shine on friend. Shine on!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


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Thursday, September 13, 2018


Look there...and there...look, look, look...she jumps up and down anxiously, kind of like she has to go to the bathroom, grabs her daddy's face moving it each way as she wants him to see what she is seeing. She asks, "Can you see it!" Picture the dad either kneeling down looking fully into her sparkling eyes or just waving saying, "Yah, Yah"! Her eight year old eyes are satisfied or disappointed.

As I sat in my backyard I saw the different shades of green, birds, sounds and was like "Daddy you created that and that and all...for me to see. Wow! I was inspired to draw sparrows from the scripture, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care (Matthew 10:29 NIV)." Beloved you are valued. Your value may be diminished by negative feedback from your roles as a co-worker, spouse, friend, grandparent, and relative. We can not rely on those roles to define us to validate your longings for approval. Only God can STAMP your heart with that kind of love.

Rest my friend. Is this part of what Jesus meant, when He said, "Let the little children come to me"! He knew they appreciated the little. He knew their pure hearts lead us to remember. To be in the moment. To sit and be still. How did we loose that wonderment? Wonder of  the gifts of the day. A butterfly that swoops by you, a bubble with a rainbow shown through it, a thank you from a person who you open the door for. All are gifts of love from the Father. Be in awe of a song that redirects your negative thoughts.

A prayer:
Father give me the ability to see what you see. Amen.

Monday, August 27, 2018


...flavor. I see myself cup the white ceramic mug with my hands, gazing at the swirl of  artistic heart-shaped cream, lifted it near my nose and sniffed in the rich aroma and tasted the bold flavor, "MMM", a savor sound from my mouth. A soothing calming moment and I mean a brief moment , for we all know what comes next;  jittery burst of energy, the much needed focus for the day. 
Pause for this fact: Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. Proud american fact, not! I hope you understand that I am not against coffee or about to get on my soap box. Just think of the feeling of expectation (for a cup of coffee) when we drive-thru or get out of our car, wait in a line, order and then drink. All for the exorbitant price of 3 to 5 dollars. 
(Are we paying this much attention to the One who promises to replenish us and fill us every day no matter what? Seriously, FREE REFILLS!)
I liken this experience to my reading the bible. Ok, hang in there with me for a moment. You know, you get your favorite mug the one with the perfect handle, perfect size, perfect portion, perfect feel and weight. I pour and then it happens, the taste is amazing and it is bliss! When I start reading the bible my cup is sometimes empty and slowly as I read, the words pour into my body, mind and soul. I wish I could put words to it. I flourish! Sometimes I have to read the passage three times. But then it happens the rich bold taste of the word convicts me. I get stuck on a phrase or word, person, observation of the writer; something powerful happens to me. Like I said it's bold. You know many of us need our coffee daily, our mind and body say so!  I don't feel weird admitting that I need the word daily just as I feel the need for coffee. I know the benefits, the promises and the strength I receive from it. I am jolted every time. It helps! I'm talking about the word now. It can get intertwined. They seem to have the same effect. I call out "Help!" feeling hopeless, but I am not. The promises come to mind. I must understand them.

The word supplies these truths:
God is who He says He is.
I am who God says Iam.
God can do what He says He can do.
I can do all things through Christ.
God's word is alive and active in me.
Can you understand these 5 points with confidence? Do you know where they are in scripture? These are essential elements to fill your cup to the brim! In fact, let it over flow! 

Pray with me:
Lord you are the caffeine I need each day.  Help me find time to fill myself with you.  The reward is power, love and sound mind. Thank you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Start your reward card today. Get your journal out and record the visits.
Big prizes ahead if you do!

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