Tell Me About Your Daddy Part Two

Rosalynn LasleyPrayer & Fasting, Redemption0 Comments

Over the last several days since my previous blog post, I have done a lot of reflecting and praying.  It has been difficult for me to really dig deep into the truth about who God is as a Father, and not think about my own dad.  The reflection and prayer have had me making notes of where some of my emotional scars have been left behind by my earthly dad, as well as it has caused me to face how those scars have hindered or skewed how I have viewed God along the way.  It is still a process at times.  There are still times the scars I have cause me to struggle to trust Him, but reminding myself of His truth gets me back on track every time.  This week I want to discuss God’s promises, and the fact that He always shows up.  Growing up, I had a dad that would constantly make promises he didn’t keep.  I don’t know if he made them knowing he would never keep them, or if he was one of those people that had good intentions but lacked the follow through.  He wasn’t around often enough for me to know.  I learned the hard way that … Read More

A Child Can Be A Witness of Jesus

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What would you say to a child when he/she began to tell you the stories of the Old Testament?  Or the Gospel?   I will never forget the time when a student of mine, who was in first grade, told me about these wonderful and beautiful stories.  This one remarkable little boy, who was 6 years old, witnessed to me about Jesus and the love He has for all of us. At the time, I was working at a beautiful christian school.  I knew Jesus, at least I thought I did.  Afterall, I worked at a christain school, I was a mom of 3 beautiful children, I was a faithful wife, and we would attend church on an occasional Sunday, or maybe just for the holidays.  All until that one day… My first year of teaching at the christian school, I was embraced with love and kindness, and a new curriculum I wasn’t used too.  Jesus’ word was a part of every lesson I taught.  I even had to teach Bible Lessons, which I thought at the time was a, “no brainer.”  I would tell myself, “I got this, I know Jesus and He knows me.” As the days went … Read More

No Shame This Monday

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“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth…” Isaiah 54:4anoun: shame 1. a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. When I was young, I did many foolish things. I was truly confounded at a very young age, and I lost my moral bearing. With no moral compass, I rarely considered whether something was “right” or “wrong.” My only boundary was whether or not I would get “caught.”  With so little a foundation and a cracked one at that, it was not long before I began to have regrets. However, I knew not what to do with those regrets, so I just stuffed them and went on – continuing to make choices to try and fill an ever increasing void and sense of loss within my soul.  I spent a dozen years alone in my struggle. The endless attempt to find happiness was being overtaken by this gnawing awareness that I was losing the battle. And then…along came Jesus to save my soul! Hallelujah, yes! From the miry clay to the solid Rock. However, the past had its hooks and … Read More

Which Chair Is Yours?

Carol DunfeeFaith0 Comments

Several years ago, we were in Spokane on a Sunday, so my husband and I visited a fairly new church. The message so inspired us that we brought it home to our small group to share. The message still stays with me today. I don’t remember what the name of the church was or even who the speaker was. I just remember the message. It explains so much about our country, our churches, and our homes. The speaker had three empty chairs on stage. He asked us if we were first, second, or third chair people. He went on to explain… Moses was the man God chose to lead the nation of Israel from the slavery of Egypt to the freedom of the Promised Land. While Moses took the spotlight, Joshua was his right-hand man. He was always nearby when Moses had an encounter with God. Joshua wasn’t satisfied with watching Moses have first-hand encounters with God. He wanted those FIRST-CHAIR encounters for himself. When Moses died, Joshua received the role of leading Israel into the Promised Land. The nation was mostly successful during Joshua’s life-time. He was close to God. People recognized it and willingly followed his leadership.However, the … Read More

Fear NOT this Monday…

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“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.” Isaiah 54:4 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee…” Isaiah 43:2a Have you ever been trapped by water?  Where you are in over your head, and the power of the wave or the current is so strong that you cannot overcome it? Perhaps you cannot tell which way is up because you are being thrown head over teakettles by the surf. Or you are being dragged along and under – with nothing to hang on to and no one within sight to help. In all cases, there is a fear that takes over as you are unable to find air…It is possible to be drowning emotionally.  It is possible to not be able to see, to not be able to handle the pressures of life, to not be able to get any sort of footing at all.  Trauma can bring on a emotional tsunami. And where do you turn when you are upside down in the ocean of … Read More

Second Hand Stories

Carol DunfeeFaith0 Comments

I grew up hearing stories about my grandpa. He passed away when I was a newborn, so I never got to meet him. My mom has told me that he was fun-loving. He treasured his two daughters. He loved music and often entertained his family with his guitar, his harmonica, and his singing. My mom has fond memories of singing along with him. She honored his love of music by singing with me when I was little. She encouraged me to dance and sing to the music playing in our house.  My grandpa had an indirect effect on me even though I never knew him. Then there was Gramma. I didn’t have to rely on stories to learn about her. I got to meet her in person. She was my hero. She made everyone around her feel special and loved. She worked hard tending her enormous garden, canning fruits and vegetables, sewing her own clothes, and preparing the most amazing meals. She loved God with all her heart. I wish I had recordings of all our late-night conversations where she told me about her history and about her God. I knew her FACE TO FACE. Many of us who are “religious”, … Read More

Just a blessed day!

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I took this picture yesterday on a drive from Soldotna to the Portage area yesterday. It is absolutely amazing to me how majestic God’s tapestry is, especially here in Alaska. So many beautiful photo opportunities, but my trip would have been really long if I had stopped for all of them. I was driving for a field trip with my daughter and her fellow 2nd graders to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage Glacier turn off. Not only was the drive so beautiful but the weather at our destination was even more amazing!! Sunny, warm, and no wind! Anyone familiar with that area knows how uncommon that combination is. Our guide Kelli shared multiple times how they do not get weather like that, like ever. She even gave a simple statement that she thought someone else must have known we were coming and allowed for such great weather. (Giving God some glory right there!) Even when a breeze did start, it wasn’t too bad and actually felt really nice! Here is a picture I took from ‘the point’ at AWCC. The center is nestled right in the middle of 4 valleys, 2 mountain ranges and multiple bodies of water, that may … Read More

One rock

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It all started with one rock. Now this wasn’t a tiny rock, but it wasn’t a huge one either. I’m sure we all know the story of David and Goliath and what an impact one rock had in that story. Well here’s another rock with a big impact for me. This one simple rock has had such an effect on the windshield of my suburban. (I know you are probably giggling or smiling a little, but I promise I have a point!) When this rock hit the windshield just under the drivers side windshield wiper of my car, it hit with full force and actually startled all of us in the car because of the loud noise it made when it hit. I was bummed to find that it had made quite a ‘ding’, especially since I hadn’t even had my car for 6 months. I thought to myself that I should probably get it repaired before it got worse, but talked myself out of it since there was a chance I would get more dings in my windshield as the winter season here in Alaska continued. Those rocks help vehicles grip on icy roads, but boy can they do some … Read More

“COME – NOW!” THIS MONDAY!

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Healing is a process.  Emotional healing is very complicated and difficult.  It is compounded by our desire to have someone actually care and walk the distance with us and the wake-up call that no one does (because only ONE can). Additionally, emotional healing cannot be “seen.”  If you break your leg – “Well, may I sign your cast?”   But if it’s your heart or your mind that is broken – “Just build a bridge and get over it.” When I was in Kindergarten, I lost my mittens.  After school, I dug through the lost and found box and found them. Consequently, I missed my bus.  Thinking I was bigger than I really was, I decided to walk home.  (Warning: this pattern repeated itself many times in my life..) I merrily skipped my way, oblivious to ANY danger, to the place where I knew I needed to cross the street.  Suddenly, I was trapped!  My parents had told me to NEVER cross the street if I could see ANY traffic coming from either direction …Well, no matter which way I looked – I could see a car coming…I obviously lacked the understanding of  the relationship between speed, distance, and time – and so there I stood on the wrong side … Read More

To Love or Devour??

Carol DunfeeFaith0 Comments

Over the past several years, I have observed a disturbing trend. It happens in the most conservative circles. It happens in the most liberal circles. It happens everywhere in between. It seems to know no boundaries of politics, race, or religion. It eliminates rational conversation and turns both sides into emotional train wrecks. Here it is: We devour those we disagree with. Anyone who holds a differing opinion is fair game for slanderous online comments, for vicious name-calling, and sometimes even physical retribution. We do it over breast-feeding vs. formula-feeding. We do it over schooling choices for our children. We do it over whether or not we believe in healing and speaking in tongues. We do it over which charities we choose to support or not support. We do it over gay rights vs. religious rights. We do it over racial inequalities. We do it over abortion vs. pro-life. I am not siding with anyone here. I see this on both sides of social issues. We convince ourselves that those who hold opposing views must be wrong…so wrong that they must be evil…so evil that they must be devouredby our indignation. Wait a minute. Aren’t those who disagree with us … Read More

Be Still

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Happy Thursday to you all! Sorry that I haven’t posted these past two weeks! I wish I could say that I was on some tropical beach soaking in some sun on a family vacation, but I wasn’t. I basically was just really struggling to find something to share with you all. Every time I would think about it, I would draw a complete blank. I thought- “eh, I’ll just throw something together”, but I really didn’t want to do that. I wanted what I shared to be more intentional and more importantly, from the Lord. I was trying to think of what I could share from my life that God is doing. Unfortunately, I thought to myself that nothing really exciting is happening in that realm either. I guess you could say that I feel like I’m kind of in a rut. I’m in a rut mentally, physically and spiritually. I can see why many people escape for vacation during the months of February-April. But can I really blame it on the weather, the time of year? No, I can’t and so I’m not going to. So why do I feel this way? This past week, I spent lots of personal time trying … Read More

Monday Confessions

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There are many patterns in Scripture. There are many patterns in nature (ie: vertebrates have at the end of their appendages five-boned digits as a hand, a paw, even a flipper).  There are also patterns in the way God approaches us.  For example the following verses all have a similar pattern:Isaiah 1:18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.John 4: parts of:16,17,18,26 (KJV)16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither…you have had five and the  one you live with … I AM He.John 8:10-1210 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  In each case, the Lord has positioned Himself in a place of authority.  He … Read More

The Healing Begins on Monday

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Monday, March 16th, seems like a long time ago. In that blog, I said I would write of my journey from brokenness to health.  Since then, my husband had a stroke. He is back at work now. The only residual effect of his near death experience is the mountain of mail we are receiving from Providence Hospital as they attempt to squeeze blood from our turnip…Needless to say, I missed writing the Monday he was in ICU. The subsequent weeks I have written, not from the past, but from the present as God intervened and extended the health and the life of my husband.  Praise to the mighty King! I am so thankful!It is time to pick up where I left off as I share the journey to health:“Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.”  Isaiah 54:1As I mentioned in the blog on March 16th, the LORD gave me the entire chapter of Isaiah 54.  I knew it was for me because every verse made perfect sense and literally jumped … Read More

It’s Monday – Thank You

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My husband goes back to work today. He will be getting on a plane and flying to Kenai, then Nikiski, and then across the inlet to Trading Bay.  Two weeks ago he was flown from Trading Bay to Providence Hospital  – in a medevac helicopter, strapped to a backboard and unable to speak. When I saw him in the ER – two things went through my mind…First, I thought “life changing…” I had no idea at that time what the outcome of this situation was going to be.   As I posted last week, I have witnessed the loss of life.  I get the fragility of life and the finality of death.  The second thought I had was more of an experience with God.  For when I saw Kedge laying on the gurney with tubes and wires, 7-8 ER personnel all poking, prodding, and tending to every detail of his LIFE, I was overwhelmed with pure Love for Kedge and from God.  All shadows of doubt, fear, and bitterness were obliterated.I do not know “why” God had this in His plan for our lives these last two weeks. I do know that over 120 women were all praying for him from the moment I received … Read More

A Word Behind You

Carol DunfeeFaith0 Comments

In college, I was a music major and had to play several piano pieces each semester from memory. The thought of having to remember up to 8 notes at a time, several times a second, while in front of an audience would send me into panic mode. In fact, one of my most common nightmares as an adult is that I have to play a full recital in a week and I don’t know my music. I guess you could say I suffer from “memorizedperformance anxiety”. By the time my graduate recital rolled around, I was carrying around 3×5 cards with Bible verses on them. I memorized them, said them to myself while falling asleep, and read them before practicing. I knew I would fail if my fears took over, so I reminded myself of His promises again and again. One of my favorite verses from this time came back to me again this week. I was pressed for time as I was prepping the monthly verse for our MOPS group. I said a quick prayer asking God to show me the verse He wanted for this month. The first verse that came to mind was…. Your ears will hear … Read More

How Can It Be

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Happy Thursday! Last week I shared that my next three posts would be regarding things that stuck out to me during the Vicki Courtney ‘Unchained’ women’s retreat. God broke so many chains that weekend!! He sure stirred my heart in more ways than one. Vicki Courtney shared out of 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf. Be reconciled to God.”     Then she asked the questions, “Why don’t we talk about the messy parts of our lives?” “Why do we only give the highlights?” “Why don’t we share what brought us back to the auction block where God had to buy us back?” Well, let’s just say that these scriptures along with those questions really hit a note with me. I know … Read More

Monday Like No Other…

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THIS Monday after THIS Resurrection Sunday is more precious to me than any since I have come to know the Lord.  Why? Because, today I go to work having experienced the power of the resurrection – for it is the power of God for the salvation of man.  How accursed are we – this race of man?  How completely void of goodness is the heart of man?  The evidence of our depravity shouts out from the streets from every corner of the world. Man’s inhumanity toward man is beyond our understanding.  There is no way we could save ourselves – and that Jesus was willing to take all our sin on himself and be judged by a Holy God in our place  – is also beyond our “understanding.”  All we can do is accept what He did for us.  We cannot grasp the depths of our own depravity – do we not all think of ourselves more highly than we ought? We do – and we do so because we compare ourselves to others…which is really quite comical because we compare our best side to someone else’s worst side…not quite fair.  My worst deed is no worse than your worst deed – and my … Read More

Finding the Truth in the Midst of the Storm

Jen CudmoreFaith, Trials0 Comments

Ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you’ve been boiled in hot lava and then tossed off a cliff onto a pile of sharp rocks? Then when you muster the strength to try to get up, a stampede of buffalo tramples on what’s was left of you? When things in your life get out of whack and it’s literally all you can do just to get out of bed, it’s hard to hold onto hope. So what do we do when life is falling apart at the seams and we don’t even know how to pray?   We must remind ourselves of the truth: We don’t have to face life’s storms alone!  We have the help and the comfort of an amazing God! We simply have to claim what He offers. Here are some truths I’ve been trying to focus on for the past few days. When I study God’s word and pray without ceasing, I always feel my chin lift a little. I hope you find these truths encouraging when the rain comes your way! –  My flesh wants to run and hide, but God wants me to stay put. I may want God to change … Read More

Lose YOUR Expectations

Carol DunfeeFaith0 Comments

Today, over one hundred women will gather at the “Unchained” retreat hosted by Alaska Christian Women’s Ministry. Vicky Courtney will talk to us about breaking free from our expectations. In preparation, I have been thinking about how my expectations have caused issues in my life… Several years ago, we took a Spring break vacation to the Oregon coast. It was a six or seven hour drive from where we lived. I was itching to get out of town so we could start our vacation. (Although, I’m not sure how much vacation happens on a road trip with kids aged 3 months, 4 years, and 7 years!!) The night before we left, my husband reminded me that we were on VACATION and that he wanted to sleep in and get on the road at a leisurely pace. This rubbed my ”git-‘er-done” mindset the wrong way. In my mind, vacation didn’t start until we were out of town. In his mind, vacation started the night before when he got off work. When my husband voiced his expectations, it gave me the chance to get my expectations readjusted. There was nothing wrong with getting on road leisurely. There was nothing wrong with getting … Read More

While You’re Waiting On The Promise

Jen CudmoreFaith0 Comments

Has God ever promisedyou a blessing and then made you wait for it? I knew when I boarded the plane for Denver in 2010 that God had a purpose for me at the conference hosted by the Christian Writers Guild. I was certain I’d find a publisher for my western romance series! But I left the conference having received interest from only one publisher, who eventually turned me down. I went home confused, because years earlier God had called me to be an author. So why wasn’t He making it happen? Or maybe I had heard him wrong. I began to doubt ability to write well and my ability to hear God.  I tried to remain positive and patient. Many people in the Bible were given a promise and then had to wait for the blessing. My husband reminded me it was years before Jacob married Rachel, before Joseph was released from prison, and before David was crowned king. Eventually I began to see that when God tells you to wait, He really means w … a … i … t. So why the wait? Because the Christian life is about developing faith and coming to know God on a … Read More