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


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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??

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

A song in my heart

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Happy Thursday ladies! When I was first asked to contribute to this blog, I was really worried about having things to share each week. I was told to just share things that God might be showing me or doing in my life. I am continually praying for direction of each and every post I share with you! It’s amazing how God has blessed me personally through preparations to write each and every post. This week was no different. But instead of a scripture or personal experience, this time it’s all the words of a song! I am currently doing a personal bible study based on the season of lent. It’s been great to dive into God’s word even more as Easter approaches. It’s been amazing to think on the events that led up to the day that the ultimate sacrifice was made! This song is one of my favorites and I came across it again today and just felt like it needed to be part of my post for this week!  I pray these words bless you this week as well!! How Deep the Father’s Love For Us How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure, That He should give His only Son, … Read More

Who Can You Bless Today?

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Top O’ the mornin’ to ye!   I love St. Patrick’s day! While we didn’t really celebrate growing up, the holiday always made us excited about my mother’s heritage.   Mama’s father was a full-blooded, red-headed, hot-tempered man who came to America from Ireland sometime before Mama was born. He died during her childhood, so I was never able to meet him. But he passed on the love for his home country and the Irish brogue he could never shake. We were always delighted when Mama would talk to us with old Irish phrases and her Irish accent.   Now that I have a family of my own, holidays are usually pretty simple and only involve specials foods. I wish I was better at family traditions and celebrations, but alas, I’m not! I do take the time each year to appreciate my Irish heritage.   What I love most about St. Patrick’s Day is the concept of blessings. Those folks sure knew how to bless others! But for me, it’s not just that the poems are often cute or funny. The concept of blessing actually originated with God. In the Bible, there are several places where God blessed his people, … Read More

Many Mondays Ago…

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“Oh Lord, as I prepare to use words – I beseech thee Father that the meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth would be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord…my help comes from You, Oh Lord, as you are the lifter up of my head.  I seek the mind of Christ, as I have no other frame of reference.  Lord you know how completely inept I am apart from you…Oh, Lord, it is only by your strong right hand that I can stand…give me words to speak – hallelujah, Lord“I have been struggling every weekend as I prepare to write for this blog.  I think about what to write all week long – and I jump from one thing to another – fighting writer’s block and getting so frustrated that I have almost just quit.  However, if you know me there are two things I usually do NOT struggle with: 1.) giving my opinion and 2.) I’m not a quitter.  It’s not that I’m so wonderful – it’s because I have lots of opinions and quitting proves me wrong.  And I love being right.  Anyway, what the Lord is pressing me to do is write my story. It’s actually the … Read More

Where are You on Monday, Lord?

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We see Jesus.  We see Jesus as a babe in the manger.  We see him walk on water, feed 5,000, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, make the lame to walk, challenge the religious hierarchy, cleanse the Temple, speak and teach of the Kingdom of God, raise the dead, ride a mule…We see Him praised, worshipped, rejected, forsaken, beaten, spit upon, mocked, crowned with thorns, whipped, nailed to a cross, buried, three days and RISEN!!!  Hallelujah!!!! And Hallelujah it is!!  Is that where we see Jesus? Oh, wait a minute – he also ascended.  He’s coming back…But where do we see Jesus NOW? Come with me to page 1335:                                                  Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” 2 And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. 3 The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. … Read More

Truth or Tradition?

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I was alone in our family room with the television one summer evening in 2011. My husband was working late. The kids were in bed. On the TV screen, I witnessed story after story of abuse scandals in a group of churches. I was astounded. I had grown up hearing men from these very circles teach God’s Word. I had been told that their “standards” and “traditions” were in place to protect their relationship with God. They were to be copied as examples of true believers. After hearing of their crimes, I wondered… If their teachings were true, how could they fall into such evil? That night, I made a decision. I decided that I would re-evaluate EVERYTHING I had been taught in religious circles. Only these very few things would be held untouchable:                 Jesus is God’s Son, equal with God, born to a virgin.                 Jesus paid the price for my sin and rose again to conquer death and hell.                  The Bible is God’s Word. The rest—everything I had been taught about life, child-rearing, church, giving—would be fair game.  I would dig it up and discard it if it were found untrue. I am sure some would … Read More

Spring Cleaning

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So….. how are you all enjoying this AK weather lately? I know it isn’t Springtime yet, but it sure seems like Spring is in the air doesn’t it? Well I don’t know about you, but as soon as signs of the changing season are visible I am in the mood for some deep cleaning, renovating, remodeling, etc. Well with our odd Alaska winter, this mood has come for me quite a bit early. Even though winter may not be over the feelings are still coming. So I have already repainted our basement, worked on some wall hanging projects and started going through the ‘junk’ that piles up. The season of Spring represents a new start or another beginning. A time to begin putting a lot of care into getting something to grow and mature! This not only applies to plants, animals, our homes, etc. But we can apply it to ourselves and our walk with the Lord. I’d like to talk about a different kind of spring cleaning- spiritual cleaning and rejuvenation within ourselves. This is a great season to take this step. To maybe start fresh! Start or recommit yourself to putting more care into your growth in God’s word and … Read More