Monday, June 21, 2021

Women Warriors!


I came across an old wedding dress.

I don't know who it belonged to,
and don't even remember how it 
became a part of my possessions.

I wonder what stories it could tell.
What happened to the woman who wore this dress?
Did she have a happy marriage?
Did she have children?
Did she work outside the home?
What were her interests?

My thoughts turned to women in the Bible.
Several of them are my heroes,
but I recently took a closer look at Deborah.
Do you know her story?
You can read it by clicking on this LINK.

Deborah lived in the time of the Judges of Israel.
This was a time when often they were without a leader,
and "everyone did what was right in their own eyes".

My admiration grew for Deborah 
as I made a summary of some of her accomplishments.
Here's a few:
 She was a wife.
 She was a prophetess.
She was a judge.
She was an advice giver -
(Her office was a palm tree!)
She was not afraid of conflict.
She was not afraid to give God's messages.
She was undaunted by what other people thought.
She believed God.
She encouraged others to trust God.
She obeyed God even when others were skeptical.
She was a song writer, music maker and worship leader.
She was considered a "Mother for Israel".
She enlisted God's help with her projects.
She marched on with courage and obedience.
She was not afraid to call out by name those who wouldn't help!
She brought 40 years of peace to Israel with her leadership.

What an example!
I think we could call her a Proverbs 31 woman!

Here's a few of my favorite
Sisters in Christ who listen, laugh, encourage,
 and will fight with you in prayer!

But there's absolutely nothing better than SISTER WARRIOR friends,
...Siblings that know the best and the worst of you,
and still love you,
stand with you through the storms of life,
praying, encouraging, loving 💓 ,
and not afraid to do battle with the enemy of our souls!

Oh yes!
Thank God for fun-loving, God-loving sisters
Prayer Warrior Women!

But what about daughters?
Oh my, YES!
Daughters who grow up to be your "Besties"!

Daughters are Women Warriors,
Women of Faith,
Women of Prayer!


Friday, June 4, 2021

A Closer Look...

This Morning's Walk...

Often when we look at things...

we hardly take notice of the beauty ...

 and the small things...

that are right before our eyes!

God has made everything beautiful
for its own time.

Often we look,
but we don't really see!

My prayer today is that 
God would open my eyes 
to see what He wants to show me,
whether in His world or in His WORD!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Prophet or Profit?

 Food, Feasts, and Fun!

Several years ago I did a post entitled


which had to do with Jesus' ride on a donkey.

Palm Sunday is less than two weeks away,

and we often read this story at this time.

But today I want to talk about a different donkey story.

This one is about Balaam, the prophet, who had an encounter with a donkey.

You may recall the story from

 the book of Numbers chapters 22 -25,

where Balaam stubbornly insists on going his own way

but is stopped by a talking donkey.

In studying further about Balaam in the Bible,

I was curious how God's words of blessing could come out of  his mouth at one time,

and then how he could be spoken of so badly in other references.

2 Peter 2:15-16 NLT - says Balaam loved to earn money by wrong doing.

Jude 1: 11 - 13 says he deceived people for money.

Revelation 2:14 says he taught Balak  how to trick Israel to sin!

He did this by making sin, sex and idol worship look attractive!

He lured the Israelites with Food, Feasts, and Fun!

And apparently Balak paid him good money for doing this!

The consequences were grave - 24,000 people lost their lives because of this.


What can I learn from this?

Money can affect judgment!

I must guard my own heart that I not be deceived -

not only by money, but by others words or ideas!

2 Corinthians 11:14 says that Satan can disguise himself

as an angel of light.

Paul the Apostle warns us about this in Galatians 1:8,

and says these heavy words:

"Let God's curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you."

I guess we need to heed Solomon's words:

"Guard your heart above all else,

for it determines the course of your life"

Proverbs 4:23

Thanks for taking time to drop by.

To check any of the references above,

 just click on the words that are highlighted.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

"What's in Your Cup?"


My husband and I were recently on a program

from our church called

"What's in Your Cup?"

I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Encouragement from the Birds!

If you have followed some of my blog posts for a few years,
you have probably noticed there are a lot of bird posts.

Lately I've been transitioning from photographing these
little feathered friends, to painting them.
that feature the names of God on Rocks,
I've started painting birds on rocks.

Wrens are such unique little creatures! 

Click on these highlighted letters

 to see some of my wren photos and learn more about them!

This is a "Yellow bellied Sapsucker".

He's a pretty hard one to catch with the camera,

and even harder to portray with a paintbrush!

Watching the birds fascinates me.

Spending time painting them relaxes me...

...Much more than watching the news these days!

May the God of Hope

fill you with all joy and peace

as you trust in Him

during these perilous times!

Romans 15:13

I am reminding myself today that

Jesus said that if God takes care of the birds,

He will surely take care of us!

Matthew 6:26

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Prophetic Dream?

 If you are a "YouTuber",
or watch much Christian television,
you probably have been hearing a lot more lately

about "Prophetic Dreams"...

If you are like me,
you may wonder which dreams are from God,
or which may just be what my husband calls

"Pizza Dreams"

caused by something you ate! 😀

Recently I had a dream about this chapel
 that my dad pastored when I was a teenager.
Whether or not it was "PROPHETIC",
I am not sure...
But it did have a lesson for me!

In my dream the pews in the church 
were packed with people.
After the congregation all vacated the building,
 I was left alone with a man
who was chasing me trying to attack me.
Fearfully I ran up and down between pews,
zigzagging, and trying to get to the door to escape.

"If I only had a weapon"

I remember thinking in my dream.

.And then I noticed the hymnbooks 
in the racks on the back of the church benches.
and a plan quickly began to form in my mind.

The "Fight or Flight Syndrome" kicked in!!!

With my heart beating rapidly
and my adrenaline surging, 
I began grabbing hymnals 
and throwing them at my attacker.
He cowered and held his arms
to protect his face as he began to retreat!
He ran out the door and into the parking lot
and I continued to hurl hymnbooks at him.
The roof had lifted off the top of the church building,
and my hymnbook weapons continued to sail 
over the top of the solid rock wall of the church,
hitting their target and chasing him away.

Suddenly reinforcements appeared
as my smiling pastor arrived,
But the fight had already been won,
It was the flying hymnbooks
that sent the enemy scurrying!


Later that morning as I was enjoying
my morning "Coffee with Jesus",
I couldn't get the dream out of my mind,
so I called my younger sis who had also spent many hours
in that chapel in our growing up years.

"Awhhhh", she said.
"Don't you know what that means?"

"It's the sacrifice of praise!"

I had done a post on this almost 10 years ago...
(This was one of my most popular posts,..
You can click on the link above to take you there.)

I needed that reminder as we face the chaos
of the elections and the pandemic.

Prophetic dream or not,
God used that dream 
and the words of my younger sis
 to remind me that it is 
that defeat the enemy every time.

"1Make a joyful shout to the Lord[a]all you lands!
2Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and [b]not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise. 
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 

5For the Lord is good; 
His mercy is everlasting, 
And His truth endures to all generations."

Maybe we can't sing together in church at this time, 

but that's no reason not to sing!

May you have JOY in your heart today

as you lift your voice in praise and


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mischievous Max's Mayhem

It looks like my walking buddy
is going to have to take a break for awhile...

I probably won't be playing chase with him
for awhile when he grabs things and runs
with them, knowing we will run after him.

He probably won't feel like jumping up 
on the outdoor furniture...

...Or running to see who has come to visit!

He may have trouble walking on the rocks 
at one of our favorite spots
down at the Buffalo National River.

Our buddy Max has broken a foot
and is probably still in surgery right now.

Thirty-some years ago I broke my right ankle.
It was a really bad break...
I dislocated and broke three bones badly enough
that my foot was twisted 180 degrees backward.
Thanks to a really good orthopaedic surgeon,
(and the healing touch of God)
I was able to walk again!
It did take time, crutches, therapy, etc.

I'm not sure what Max did that caused this.
He loves chasing balls and retrieving them,
but we weren't doing that when it happened.
Probably his own mayhem caused it  :(

Just as we jumped in to rescue Max from damage
he had probably done to himself,
it reminded me of how often God rescues us
from messes we get ourselves into.

I love Psalm 18.
This Psalm is written by King David,
who as you probably know,
got himself in a lot of messes.
Here are a few of my favorite verses from that chapter:

"In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down...
...He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me..."

Maybe Max will be able to jump in the four-wheeler
before long and enjoy a ride!