Monday, June 29, 2015


THINKING about what a friend posted... and I love this individual because whenever I think I have the answers, I'm always challenged to go further!  Even when that challenge isn't directed specifically at me, it does cause me to think.  When they are challenging me specifically... their directness  is coming from a good place, and is ALWAYS, ALWAYS appreciated!!!!  Still learning here!

People have been quoting scripture for years... best advice I can give is read the WHOLE word of God.  Quoting scripture has been used as an educational tool, so most people remember verses picking and selecting what they want because they feel it applies to them.  Sometimes, not always, this is done without any true understanding of what the verse, or scripture is actually saying.  The best way to find the meaning behind the word is to start from the beginning... meaning; Genesis.
If you're not sure... even if you don't believe... try praying and see what happens. You have NOTHING to lose by praying.  What you will gain is understanding... and SO MUCH MORE!

Genesis 1:1 thru Revelation 22:21  READ IT ALL! :D

The following verses, from MY understanding refer to God's Commands, and pertain to following the WORD of God:

Deuteronomy 4:1-14
...."So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' 7"For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him? 8"Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?..."

Revelation 22:18-21
Deuteronomy 12:31

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Significance of THE RAINBOW


We've been discussing symbols, flags, and monuments of recent days.  To many they all hold GREAT significance and many different things to various people.  An olive branch, a rainbow, a cross, a fish in the sand...A flag... these are symbols and NONE more important than the other because they are merely symbols.  What is important is the meaning behind each symbol, and they can have different meanings or be representative of various things from person to person.

Focus on God... and ask Him to guide you.  Forget about these symbols.

Remembering, 'Clear the stage' a Jimmy Needham song being sung by our praise and worship director this past Sunday... the bridge says...

 "Anything I put before my God is an idol
Anything I want with all my heart is an idol
Anything I can’t stop thinking of is an idol
And anything that I give all my love is an idol"

If we are giving all our attentions to symbols, fabric, stone, and other people... if we are giving all our heart and time to the things of this world, we have created idols.  A symbol, an individual, a dream, a cross, a flag, a rainbow... these things can easily become idols in our lives.  Present yourselves as, and open your hearts to being a wholly, HOLY pleasing servant, lamb of God.  Get back to God, FIRST... and HE will give you the means to deal with the idols in your life.  HE will show you the true significance, value or worth of these things we seemingly hold so dear!
Genesis 9:16 "When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."

Genesis 9:1-17
Covenant of the Rainbow

PS:  All I know is, I want to spread the love of God.  And if you know the love of God the way I do, you know it's a GREAT and MIGHTY THING!  There is NOTHING more powerful and the keeper of lies cannot take it down or away.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Caught in a Time Warp

I didn't realize how secluded I am, until I recently paid my sister a visit.  Although she lives miles away from anyone, out in the middle of nowhere, I feel as if I'm the one in seclusion.

This past Saturday, March 15th, was a beautiful day for travel.  Trying to save time, we loaded up our minivan, plotted the quickest course and headed towards the Tennessee Mountains.  From our location we traveled almost two hours South, and then another two and half hours North just to get there.  The overall trip taking four hours and forty five minutes, most of it being on interstate.

I've been to visit my sister in the past, nearly ten years ago.  The drive out was long as we traveled farther and farther away from civilization.  Through the mountainous region of middle Tennessee there was nothing but rolling hills and countryside surrounding us.  As I stared intently from the passenger side window, I was in awe of the breathtaking scenery.

Her driveway was more like a road, it wound and turned going into a grove of Hawthorn trees, pines, hardwoods, and opening into a broad field.  As we cleared the trees, we could see her huge cabin in the distance, sitting high, atop a hill.  Pulling up to her home was like arriving at some well hidden resort, or cottage.  Her entrance was her back porch... spanning the width of their home;warm and inviting. From the porch, all I could see was miles of rolling hills surrounded by dense groves of trees, and forage.  It was beautiful.  Down the way, was a little cabin, secluded and all alone.  It belonged to them as well, unused, but well kept.

The reason behind our trip was to celebrate the upcoming birth of my great-niece with a baby shower.  My family sat in the openness of my sister's home, forming a semicircle around the guest of honor, watching on
as she opened gifts.  My beautiful niece opened gift by gift, revealing each one with a huge smile.  As she opened the beautiful painting my sister, her mother, painted for her nursery, her face couldn't not cover the joy she felt inside.  A beautiful painting of an owl, which her husband hung lovingly above the crib, also given to her by her mother.

My sister had a spread of food to die for.  She even had California Spring Rolled Sushi. Something I have never tried.  It didn't look good, but curiosity got the better of me, tasted one anyways.  People really eat this stuff?  That was my first thought.  Not only had I never eaten sushi, I didn't know how to eat it and enjoy it.  Wasn't until my cousin and his beautiful wife showed up to show me how to do it correctly.  Dipping it into a sauce concocted by my cousin's wife, and popping the whole thing in my mouth at one time, as instructed really did make a difference.  YES... right!

I began listening as each of them described the ins and outs of the technology they possessed.  It all sounded French to me. So instead of buying books, flipping through pages of actual paper you can read them from this thingy called a 'kindle'.  As we sat there talking, they were continually pulling these flat things out of their pockets, typing stuff on them, taking pictures and video taping too.  I pulled out my own gadget, wondering if it did those things they had mentioned, looking at it for a moment, judging by the size theirs had many more features than mine... or was better equipped.

Face time?  Face space?  Got a taste of that as well, as my cousin called to check in on her boys, and get them started with their day.  Wow... one on one conversations, and you could actually see they were cozy, still tucked in their beds.  So many gadgets, and doodads, I don't even know where to start.  They were talking about this and that, continuously losing me in conversation.  Several times I had to ask, "What's this?", and "What does that mean?".  ha ha!

The best part of the trip, other than visiting with family, was watching my children play with their cousins outdoors.  They lost themselves in the rolling hills and woods of my sister's farm, only returning for drink or food, and the occasional potty break.  To top it all off, I was able to listen to my nephew play a beautiful piece on his violin; Flannigan's Ball.

My sister has excellent cooking skills, she created a cheese cake masterpiece which I devoured.  The pulled pork by far surpassed any I could do.  Even though I didn't like it at first, the sushi was to die for.  Her and her husband were gracious hosts, building a bonfire for us to enjoy, putting out bedding and providing delicious food and meals.  Great conversation, although on occasion I felt lost.  Had the time of my life
enjoying the experience as if it would be another ten years before my return.

Caught in a time warp, exactly how I felt.  While visiting with family, out in the middle of nowhere, time moved on without me... and I just didn't care.

My sister, nieces and cousin in the kitchen!

My niece proudly displaying the painting her mother did.

Kids playing in the field.  The dots next to the tree at the bottom of the hill are the boys with their bikes.

Bonfire in the back yard.

Cousins sitting on the back porch caught in action!

View from my sister's upstairs bedroom.