Sunday, September 30, 2012

This is the Day that the Lord Hath Made

If you are reading this you have been given the gift of another day! Praise God! This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it! Ps 118:24

People react so differently to this scripture. I am a morning person to the point of being annoying. I forget that not everyone's best time of the day is dawn! I love to watch the sunrise. I love to get up out of bed and start my day. I am the most talkative and the most energetic at this time.

 I remember being on a corporate road trip one day where we left San Pierre, IN at 5 am and drove to Detroit, MI. We were almost to Detroit before I realized I was the only one talking and the rest of my coworkers were scowling!

The one of the very first things that God does for us is give us the breath of life! To wake up breathing is a gift. I remember when the children were born and I would watch their angelic faces in the cradle and just watch them breathe. So precious, so innocent, so pure children and your children's children are gifts of God.

Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. Pr 17:6

If this is true and Word of God is true, then why do we get the response when we say, "Good morning!", "What's so good about it?". I want to stop and tell them look around you, we are not in a war torn country, the sun is shining, the air is clean, you have a roof over you, you have breakfast at your disposal. Do you realize not everyone is that blessed?

Sometimes you get a small opening to explain this, but usually that attitude comes with a closed door. Then I see one of my elders that is smiling and joking at their breakfast table, despite the fact their bones are hurting full of arthritis as they sit in their wheelchair and it hurts to reach for a cup of coffee with arthritis filled hands. They still find joy in awaking to a new morning!

What is the difference? Attitude for one thing. We need to always walk in an attitude of gratitude! One time I saw a poster that said attitude is the crayon that colors your world! That has stuck with me! I could pick a yellow crayon today or a black crayon. I will get very different results.

Ok so how do we work on attitude? It is a challenge but it is not impossible.

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Mt: 19:26. In this particular scripture Jesus was talking about salvation, but it is applicable in this instance as well. The grace of God will help us change our attitude!

2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.Ro 12:2. Here Paul tells us that transformations occur by the renewing of our minds! Joyce Meyers has a book The Battlefield of the Mind,  Paula White has a whole several part sermon on Be ye Transformed, that really breaks down the process of being transformed.

How to transform and renew your mind? We are told exactly what to think on in
Ph4:8 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 it is possible to create in yourself an attitude of gratitude through the grace of God! Let's all work on it and be able to say 
This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Love That Lasts

34 years ago today in the small town high school of North Judson - San Pierre, Paul asked me to "go steady" with him. Remember those days.. it was the verge of the 80's. Babe I Love You by Styx was "our song". Journey, Kansas, all those 80's ballads....... Paul was the basketball player, I was the shy freshman. 34 years later our love has grown stronger than ever.

High school sweethearts rarely last and I never take our relationship for granted. I thank God everyday for how blessed we truly are. I am still amazed to hear about a friend that is going through a divorce after decades of marriage.

Life gets hard, it is not always wonderful. Paul and I have had financial hurdles, health hurdles, raising children hurdles, all the usual hurdles that one faces. We have lost loved ones and held each other in times of grief.

Life is good and we have had more good times than bad, blessings of children, blessings of  job promotions, blessings of joy and peace in life.

We have wrestled with decisions and second guessed decisions. We are always pleasantly surprised when we are so unsure about a decision and then we see how God unravels His plan in the midst of our best and worst laid plans. It reminds us that unless the Lord builds the house, those that labor, labor in vain.

God is our source, whether it seems obvious or not. God's plans are usually hidden behind the clouds and it takes a measure of our faith to walk through to the promises of God.

God has been so faithful to us. Our children have all been healthy, we are healthy, and we are so blessed. Our love for each other has held together as our family of two has grown to a family of 12!

It seems like just yesterday I was flirting with Paul in the hallway, now as I watch him hanging out on the couch I am so glad I agreed to "go with him". I love him more than ever and I love the fact that we have kept Jesus the center of our relationship!!

Thank you God for directing my steps to a wonderful husband.

I hope and pray for the same in your lives.

Love and Hugs


Monday, September 24, 2012

Abortion.........our Heart Cries Out

Abortion is the greatest delusion to ever hit mankind.
The argument that an unborn child is not a life and therefore disposable is a lie.
As mother after mother believes these lies, and doctors and nurses snuff out these lives without any remorse of conscious, the blood of the unborn cry out before God.

Unfortunately, after almost 40 years, our young women of child bearing age have come to believe this lie. 40 years of propaganda by politicians, media, women's rights groups, planned parenthood, drug companies and population control freaks have made abortion an acceptable option.

The peer pressure has shifted and now you are considered irresponsible if you bring a child into this world before you finish your education. I know, I have talked to several young ladies. I was actually shocked one night as I sat at work with several young college girls and all but one had already had an abortion.

The conversation came up because I was working in the hospital with a suicidal young lady who was grieving from having an abortion. She was suffering from post-abortion syndrome. No one told her that 80% of all young women who have an abortion will suffer from depression. As she struggled with her emotions, her values, her religious beliefs and the choices she made, she became overwhelmed, and felt that all was lost. She felt she had no hope, no where to turn and no one to talk to.

All the more reason 14 year old young women have no business taking a morning after pill without their parents permission. Where is their support group? How is their mother suppose to know how to console her daughter? Why shouldn't her mother be able to help her sort through this decision.

So is this really about women's right to do what they want with their body? No! This has a much more sinister motive. The population can be controlled, the schools teen pregnancy statistics go down, the drug company can sell it's drug and a young woman can commit the murder of her own child in an acceptable and even expected manner. For women to be able to exercise their rights they need to have the truth represented to them so they can make informed decisions.

It is not only a temporary sadness. I also took care of a woman in her late thirties that became suicidal on what would have been an 18th birthday of her unborn child. 18 years later, this woman did not have closure, who could she turn to?

So what do you do if you find yourself in this situation? There are all kinds of reasons you would contemplate abortion,being a teenager, career plans, money, husband or boyfriend pressure, fear of parents, or God forbid a young girl is the victim of a rapist or a family pedophile.

First thing is, get information from lots of different sources. Find a woman mentor, if you don't have a mom or a mom you can confide in, try your pastor's wife, the grandmother in the pew a woman of a good repute, that can give you wisdom.

Adoption is always an option, but it also carries with it emotional repercussions. 

The greatest thing you can do for a young woman who is faced with this is offer her support and love.
Know that these decisions come with a price and we are placed on this earth to love, not to judge. We in no way condone abortion, but so many women sit in the pews with an unspeakable secret, that I felt we need to address those that have had an abortion.

If you have had an abortion the best resource that I have found is in Chattanooga, TN where there is a National Memorial to the Unborn They do a very good job of the steps of healing that are needed after having an abortion.
Know that God is with you and never turns his back on you. God hears you and can heal your heart. Feel free to ask for prayer.

Love and hugs to you all.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Praise God for the many Salvations

Maybe it's Rosh Hashanah, maybe it's the unrest in the world, maybe it's the signs in the sun and the moon and the stars, maybe it's revival, but whatever it is Praise God for the many salvation's!

On the Sunday night live show at there were 47 salvations and 51 rededications. On Monday on the blogtalkradio there were 5 saved, on Tuesday on Blogtalkradio there were 4 saved and 1 saved on youtube.

Jesus taught us: I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Lk 15:7

It is so amazing to see this many people seeking out salvation or renewing their relationships with God. This is the whole reason that Pastor Paul and I do what we do. Our hearts desire is to see people like Sofia turn their lives around. If you heard Sofia's testimony you will remember that she was so wrapped up in sin that she was addicted to drugs, lost her son and felt that all was lost until she happened upon Pastor Paul and gave her life to Jesus.

Testimony after testimony we receive and we love to hear about all the salvations.

What about baptism?
We get asked about baptism all the time. YES baptism is the next step. Jesus gave us the example when he was baptized by John in the river Jordan. Lk 3:21

Mark tells us it is a step of salvation.
He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be condemned. Mk 16:16

Peter tells us to be baptized not to clean our flesh but to clear our conscious:
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: IPe 3:21

Romans explains that the baptism is a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and the renewing of our lives.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life Ro 6:3-4

What if I have already been baptized?
It is not a requirement to be baptized again, but we have seen the best results of those that do. Again I think it goes back to Romans where it says we should walk in newness of life.

What if I die before I get baptized?
God knows your heart, his judgement is more merciful then mine. I would believe you would go to heaven if you truly meant to be baptized.

Please set up your baptism with a local church as soon as possible. It is sad to say, but many churches have stopped baptizing, keep asking until you find a church that will. We would be glad to baptize anyone who wants to make the trip to Knox, IN.

Church family is important! I realize people have several reasons why they don't go to church. We need each other for many reasons, but mostly we are one body! Feel free to join our internet church body here and Pastor Paul would be honored to be your pastor. If you have a local body I strongly encourage you to get involved and participate in your local body.

Pray for each other, and please keep me and my family on your prayer list. Continue to fast and pray for these salvations as we see the end approaching.

Love and blessings in Jesus Name


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rosh Hashanah

I do not propose to know a lot about the Jewish holidays and I really invite my Jewish friends and followers to leave comments to help us listen and learn.

What I have learned about Rosh Hashanah is that is the official start of the New Year and marks ten days of repentance up until the Yom Kippur.

This is a time to renew your declaration of G*d as your King of the Universe, with a sounding of the shofar. The sounding is a cry of repentance.

This is also the anniversary of the Creation of Adam and therefore the the creation of  humankind.

It is a time to pray about and focus about during this time sets the course for your next year.

The celebration of eating apples dipped in honey for a sweet year is one of my favorites. The apple signifies the sweet times that come naturally, or easily, but the honey signifies the sweet things that come from a struggle. The sting of a bee yet the fruit of the sting is the honey. Coming through a challenge with a sweet end. The clouds with the silver linings. These end up even sweeter than the things that come to us easily.

Lexy and I tried the apples dipped in honey as we discussed the lesson and came up with examples in our life. It is a great lesson to teach to generations.

This is just the tip of the subject I am sure, so please interact and comment.

In the forefront of all our minds I'm sure is a prayer for peace. A prayer to keep our families and our militarises safe. A prayer for Christians worldwide to have peace and safety.

Please send me your prayers and anything you want to add about Rosh Hashanah

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Uncertain World

Washing the dishes around Summer's chair that she pulled up to help me with the bubbles, I thought of all the events that have taken place this week since 9/11. There have been so many terror outbreaks that I can't keep track of them. I think about Evangelist Atif Raza and Fozia as they care for the orphans in Pakistan. I pray that they stay safe seeing all the hatred towards the Christians in Pakistan that is 98% Muslim.

I am just so distraught over the safety of the Coptic Christians in Egypt after Mursi threatened to seek out them as an excuse to apply justice over this movie that has disrupted the Muslim world. I have a friend that is a nurse and her husband is a pastor that are Coptic Christians that were here to minister to America but have many family members in Egypt. The recent crucifixions of Christians in Egypt let us know that Mursi intends to back up his warnings.

Now Paul says that the violence has spilled over to the Asian countries of China and Japan that have old scores to settle. A typhoon hits the shores of Japan and I am in prayer for our friends and supporters that live in Japan. They have already went through so much with the earthquakes and radiation. In the meantime it depends on what news network you are watching on to hear  the latest criticism of your political candidates. One thing for sure, you come away uncertain and unsettled.

Still, I start a pot of chili as I pull the cupcakes out the oven, and I start of load of clothes in the wash. I go on with my Saturday, catching up on the housework and the hugs of the grand babies and wondering how long before the shores of USA will be touched by the violence. How long until my Saturday morning routine is disrupted. This stays in the back of my mind as I buy a couple extra gallons of water, just in case.  As I hand over my debit card I realize that half the groceries now cost twice as much. I am grateful that God is my source and provides all my needs and I feel a responsibility to help others that are struggling.

Unsettled, I don't like to feel that way. I told Paul that I cannot shake this unsettled feeling. For about 8 weeks now we have been sent numerous visions and dreams with three basic themes emerging. Calamity, Urgency and water. Since then the floods have run through the south, the rats have washed up on the Mississippi and typhoons rage in the Asian waters.

Yom Kippur is coming up and I have heard Perry Stone as well as Paula White preach on the fact that leading up to Yom Kippur is always a most volatile time. It is sure proving true this year. Yom Kippur is also a solemn time of fasting and prayer so as  we contemplate these things we will stay in a state of prayer and fasting for our brothers and sisters abroad as well as for America.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11 A Rememberance

As you know we visited Ground Zero when we went to New York City. It was an overwhelmng place filled with mixed emotions, foreboding and dread, was the obvious emotion as you stood in line not knowing what to expect. But then the vendors made a cheap attempt to turn this time of reflection into a time of prosperity for themselves. It was really sickening. It was a time for retrospection and a time for sending up prayers. A time to consider the widows, orphans, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers all left behind. Yet you would be jolted out of silent prayer to be herded up down the sidewalk.
Love was lost, someoone's parent will never give them another good night hug. Some would never look into their mothers eyes, their brothers' eyes, their lovers eyes. Lonliness and desolation swept across a nation.
Where were you when it happened? I remember that I was a sleep in my bed after working a midnight shift. My middle son Bart shook me out of my sleep, "Mom a plane w just went truough the World Trade Center.
I was shocked and I awoke just in time to turn around and see  the the second plane burst through the second World Trade Center. My heart sunk in my chest and I realized that we war! We watched and we had difficulty processing what we were seeing, we watched we prayed as we saw the buildings disintegrate to dust. How could this be?
The next few days were an eerie silence as planes sat still in the runways and tears fell around the world. Now, 11 years later we sit silent and listen as the names are read yet again and the tears continue to stream down our cheeks.
We cry for America, we cry for our peace, we cry for our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, we cry for the vanishing pools that stood where towers soared, we still weep and we still pray.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cast your Cares on Him

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day! Really? Why would we ever need such a day? The harsh reality is that many people are touched by suicide and many more are touched by the darkness of depression.

Most people have "down" days, "blue" days whatever you want to call it. Very rarely do you find a person that is happy all the time. Usually you take those feelings and rationalize them. What is making me unhappy? What do I need to do to change that? What is the first step, second... etc? What is my ultimate goal? Right, goal setting.

At times though, we start running on empty and simple things can become overwhelming. How can I get the house clean, how can I get the bills paid, how do I spread enough time around to all my family members? This kind of bombardment of stressors over times takes and nothing is refilling. Next thing you know your exhausted but can't sleep, restless but can't prioritze your tasks, anxious and you don't even know why! This are some classic signs of depression. These are warning signs!

This is the time to be careful of your choices. Your choices will determine if you move forward, stay stuck or slide deeper into depression. First thing is realizing you have a choice. YES you do! God designed us all with free will, remember. One of the deceptions of depression is that you are unable to change anything.

Depression is a deceptive trick of the devil. It's ultimate goal is to have you destroy your own body which God has given you to be a temple of the Holy Spirit. Can Chirstians become depressed? Absolutely, but you have been given the tools to stop the assignment of enemy.

There are several scriptures you can start posting to remind you, Ps 37:7 & 8 remind you not to fret. Ps 55:22 and I Pe 5:7 Cast your cares on the Lord. There are lots of scriptures.

Don't forget to repeat your affirmations of what the blood of Jesus has done for you!

You are made in the image of God!
You are a child of the king!
You have been bought with a price!
You are an heir of the kingdom of God!

Don't forget the prayers,

Father God touch me right now! Fill me with your Holy Spirit!

 Take this spirit of heaviness from me and fill me with your Joy.
Help me to cast my cares on you, give me peace about this.

Calm me with your Presence and allow me to feel your Love.
Wipe away the tears I shed and the tears that I withhold.

Search my heart and remove unforgiveness and bitterness and replace
it with love and peace and forgiveness.

Take me in your arms and keep me safe and secure.
As I cry out Abba Father and you comfort me as your child,

I thank you for your love, your encouragement and your peace.
I am strengthened by the joy of the Lord!
I am comforted and I am at peace.

In Jesus Name I pray,


Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Test of Faith

So I write a blog on no plague shall come nigh my dwelling and what happens? After the strange remnant rains of Isaac poured over the Hoosier heartland for two days, everyone in my household, including me came down with a terrible respiratory infection.

That is why I haven't been on the last couple of nights, I have struggled with the sniffles all the while standing on the Word of God, by His stripes I am healed!

Why is it we get tested?

12. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13But rejoice, since you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy. I Pe 4:12-13.
I know this scripture is in the Bible, yet every time my faith gets tested I find myself thinking how strange this is.  Especially when you speak or teach or preach the Word of God.
For instance, a few years ago I held a woman's Bible Study where we talked about Jael and how she took the nail from her tent and drove it through the enemy's head. Wouldn't you know that weekend a storm came up and pulled my gazebo that I had worked so hard to put up right up from the stakes and into my neighbor's field.
What do you do then? I get over my angry flesh and then I stand on the Word of God. Because the Word of God is true despite my circumstance. That is the only way to bring things back into the Godly perspective.
And then I humble myself before God and I remember that these are simple tests and trials of faith. I have not yet been beaten, jailed or had my family or my own lives threatened for the Name of Jesus.
I have lots of brothers and sisters all around the globe, daily that are suffering these trials. And I thank God for his enduring mercy and I pray for strength and mercy to be shown to my brothers and sisters that are facing these trials. Those in Egypt, those in India, those in China, those in Syria, those in Iran, those in the many nations of Africa...... I become so annoyed with myself that I felt any of my trials to be an inconvenience, and then I pray for forgiveness.
My mother-in-law and I joke that this is just a test, and only a test, but I feel so inadequate at times. Then I remember that it is nothing that I have done or haven't done. I am saved by grace, by the awesome grace and mercy of God, that sent his son Jesus to shed his blood for us.
So if you look around and you feel that one thing after another has tested you and how strange this is, look to I Pe 4 12& 13.
Bless you all,,
Praying for you all,

Monday, September 3, 2012

Praying for our children and our grandchildren

My house has been full this weekend as my son is visiting with his family and I have all 5 grandbabies together and my 3 sons together. This is the whole reason I started Rachel's Heart.

It is such an awesome responsibility to pray for the souls of your generations. Praying for them to walk upright before the Lord and fufill their destinies. That is what Rachel wanted for her children, which turned out to be a whole nation of people. Her tomb was placed up along the roadside where she died and mothers and grandmothers still visit there today to pray for their children and grandchildren. 

Here is the mission of Rachel's Heart:

Our Mission

To pray & fast for our children

The children of the community,

And our children’s children.

To recall our children and our

Children’s children from the

Land of the enemy. Jer 31:16

To provide a place of safety &
    Prepare a sanctuary of love as they
  Come again to their own borders. Jer 31:17

I was also instructed by the Holy Spirit to call out their names before God so here is my list of my children's names and feel free to leave your list and we will join in prayer together for them.

Brock & Leeann

Bart & Emily

Paul Andrew

I ask you to join me in prayer for my children and I will join in prayer for yours.

Love and Hugs to all,


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Prayers for those in the midst of trouble

Headline after headline speaks of trouble and turmoil. Floods in the Louisiana and Mississippi, earthquakes in the Philippines and southern California, a young man shoots his coworkers at a shopping center it goes on an on.

People are in trouble. Our society has become a hard and sometimes cruel place. This is placing burdens, worries, and cares on all of us. Whether we are the ones experiencing the troubles or whether we are the one supporting a child, sister, brother, mother that is in trouble everyone is affected. There is trouble on every hand.

David wrote the whole book of Psalms describing the depths of his heart as he worked through his struggles. He also wrote of his victory over these troubles as he was reminded of the strength that God provided to him in the midst of these troubles.

Father God I reach out to you now on behalf of those who need a boost today. I am praying for those who are overwhelmed by their circumstances. I am praying for those who look around and all they see is heart ache and pain. I am praying for those who don't know how they can make it one more day. I am praying for those who feel hopeless, who have cried so much there are no more tears. I am praying for those on the depths of despair.

If this is you pray along with me:

Father I cry out to you now.

 I pray that you meet me in the midst of my storm.
 I know Lord that you realize my circumstance,
 and I know Lord that you are the only one that has a solution.

I pray Lord that you look into my heart and
 cleanse any roots of bitterness,
cleanse any spots of unforgiveness,
 cleanse any blemishes of unbelief.

 I pray Lord that I can be strengthened to trust in you.
 I pray Lord that you meet me at the point of my faith
and you forgive me of any points that may be lacking in faith.

I pray Lord that you send others into my path to help remove obstacles.
I pray Lord that you give me wisdom to work out circumstance.
I pray Lord that your heavenly angels be sent on assignment to provide protection to minister strength and sustenance.

I am so thankful Lord that you hear me in my troubles.
I am so thankful that your light will break forth in my darkness.
I am so thankful that you are a God that answers his children.
I am so thankful that you are sending relief my way.

In Jesus Name we pray,