Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Be Still and Know That I am God"

What in the world has been wrong with life lately? I’m busy, being used by God, happy in my marriage and with my sweet wonderful children, all of them, yes you too sweet daughter-in-love. And as for Grandchildren well no one could have better, more beautiful & handsome, more talented and intelligent grandchildren than I.

So why this listlessness, why this uncertainty, why the strange rush to keep busy?

It has been weeks since I was able to draw aside from life and be still. Waiting on the Lord has a wonderful way of deepening your relationship with Him. It strengthens and prepares you for the day, week or month ahead. It encourages and blesses in a way only those who’ve taken the time to “be still” would know.

That is what is missing. I have neglected my time with the Lord, again. This happens periodically. Life closes in, it becomes busy even hectic and I try to cope by snatching moments of prayer and then running on to the next task. But that is not enough to sustain. I need the deep nourishing that comes through sitting with God, waiting to be filled, waiting for His voice.

I feel a need to stop everything and spend time with Him.

Thank You, Lord, for calling me to your throne. Thank you for always calling me back to You. Come, Lord. Fill me with Your holy presence. Come, that I may be prepared for the days ahead. Come, that you may be glorified. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Being Thankful

Life is full and stressful, but I feel God’s presence. That I am not working right now is frustrating, but life happens and this is no surprise to our Lord. I know now why God told me months ago to let go of some things that I was involved in and enjoying thoroughly. It wasn’t easy to give them up. Nor is it easy to give up my work schedule, but I know that this time is set aside for God. To be used by Him and for Him, to bless someone else.

I wonder, is it selfish to think of our own family even as we pray for others? I don’t think so. I believe that God understands. In face I think He knows exactly how we feel. When others ridicule His Son He feels it as deeply as we do when our children are under attack. And just think, we, who are His have that closeness too. We are His. He loves us and wants the best for us and when we are attacked or ridiculed by others He feels it as surely as we do for our children.

Have you thanked God today for taking you into His family? Have you thanked Him for life, breath and all the other blessings He provides daily without us ever even having to ask? What a wonderful Father we have. Say a prayer of thanks today. Thank Him for everything you can think of. And may our Father give you a blessed day!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to the Lord. And the peace of God, which passes understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6-7

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Interrupted Living

How many of you have had your life and expectations interrupted with something difficult? Something that grew you in ways you never dreamed?

The past nine weeks have been difficult. That my brother-in-law came to live with us is a good thing in many ways. Our hopes that he would be able to get a good job and get on his feet have been postponed by his health problems. Life has veered onto a path strewn with traffic, waiting rooms, exam rooms, strangers and experiences.

This will be a very hard journey. One that is already challenging us, stretching us, making us give up pre-conceived ideas and give ourselves to God’s will. Giving up what we want, what we expect, for His will is a good thing though it is hard to do sometimes.

Life has changed in a way I would never have dreamed. It isn’t easy, in the best of circumstances, having someone living with you indefinitely. But to have to let go of schedules, habits and hopes hurts.

I can see where God is growing me and making me more what He wants. Having to give up things I like is no fun but it is more important that I am in God’s will. That I continue to grow in Him and I can see that this season of my life will be one I look back on with fondness and gratitude to our Lord.

For, He is faithful in all things! Praise God that He is faithful, that He knows what is ahead and has already prepared the pathway. And that He is walking with us through it all.

I would enjoy reading some of your experiences, if you care to share. May our Lord, our Faithful Father be glorified in all things and may each of you feel His blessing today.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Snow Melts In Spring

Mattie Evans is finally living her dream.

Gil is determined to keep his distance from the rolling hills and his past.

In her debut novel Deborah Vogts gives us a story of hope, struggle, faith and love. Mattie faces a daunting task. It’s a long shot and her practice has already had losses so taking the challenge of treating the famous Dusty isn’t easy. But Mattie Evans does it to help a dear friend.

For Gil, facing his past and the reason he has run for so long is tangled through the tallgrass. Going home isn’t something that puts joy in his heart but he gets on a plane to see his old friend, one more time.

Will these two come through their struggles and jealousies to embrace the possibilities? Will they be able to put aside their preconceived notions to see the love that waits?

An enjoyable story I plan to share and then keep on my bookshelf. I look forward to reading the next book in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series as soon as it is available.

Reviewed by: Mary Bell Foster

Snow Melts In Spring
By: Deborah Vogts
Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 978-0-310-29275-3

Saturday, July 25, 2009


While running an errand with a family member today we listened to talk radio. There is a lot on television and radio about our country’s current situation with our leaders. Enough to steal any hope we might have for joy in this life; at least if all we had to depend on and believe in were our leaders.

While thinking about all I heard today I wondered, who is praying?

All these shows or the news media seem to do is encourage outrage, division and hatred. So what is the solution to all the problems in America? Is our government powerful enough and wise enough to put in place ideas and ideals that would improve living for us all?

The answer to that last question, should you wonder, is no. There is no one on this earth with enough power, wisdom, knowledge and understanding to take care of everything for us. But because of God we do have hope. He knows what is needed and He has given us, in His word the answer to our situation.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Nearly two hundred thirty years ago a group of brave men and women won the fight for the right to build a country whose purpose was to live for God. God blessed those first settlers with strength and determination to build a land of freedom for all who sought it. God blessed us, America, because we dedicated our country to Him and built it on His laws, becoming “One Nation Under God”. But if we allow things to continue in the direction our government is leading we will lose God’s blessing on our country and our freedom.

The call to arms is again ringing through our great nation. Arm yourself with the word of God, pray as He calls us to in 2 Chronicles 7:14. We must follow His direction from that verse and turn from our wicked ways and back to Him, seek His will for our lives. Our God can and will save our nation from destruction if we seek Him.

Monday, June 29, 2009


First; Thank You! to everyone involved in working to keep us free!! May God bless, guide and protect you.

With all that is going on in the world, do you ever wish you could do more?

Our God has the power to intervene, He knows what is happening and where, and He is waiting for us to join Him in the battle. Eph. 6:12 says "our battle/struggle is not against flesh and blood but against... spiritual forces…."

We cannot understand all that goes on around us. Frank Perreti’s books “This Present Darkness” & “Piercing the Darkness” give just a little insight into what goes on in the spiritual realm while we humans walk through life oblivious. It also gives insight into the power of prayer.

You can become a mighty warrior through praying for God’s intervention in these evil times. You can pray for protection, discernment, wisdom and direction for the people involved in our armed forces, intelligence agencies, government, etc…

There is more happening in this world than we will ever know, but God knows and has a plan for every situation. He will use it all for His good and perfect will. Yes, He will even use the evil in this world for His purpose. God knows what is happening but as His word says …”You have not because you do not ask.” Or…” you receive not because you ask amiss” (with wrong motives)… James 4:2&3.

Pray without ceasing;
For God’s will in this world,
For America, forgiveness for our sin, restoration and healing that we may become again “One Nation Under God”, truly Trusting in God alone.
For All branches of Armed Service, from acquisitions, laundry, & kitchen to mechanics, foot soldiers, airmen, sailors, seals, recognizance, intelligence, etc…. Pray for their salvation, protection, discernment, wisdom, guidance, health….
For the Families of servicemen & women, that God would give them peace, strength, calm their hearts, enable them to work without being held captive by fear, blessing for their sacrifice, health and salvation…
For Our government, from the President and his family all the way down to our city governments. That they would be steered towards making decisions that follow God’s will for our nation, state, county, parish, city, town and every home for His glory. That God would guide their thoughts and desires to bring about His will in our country and that He would save those who do not know Him.
For your families; for protection, guidance, discernment, wisdom, health….
For Other countries, that God would save them, use them for His glory…..

We may never know what our prayers accomplish on this earth, but it is important to keep praying, until the Lord calls us home. Let nothing keep you from your appointed task. God works through prayer and prayer warriors are always needed.

May God bless you as you work for Him, and may all be for His glory. In Jesus name I pray, amen & amen!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Review of Brandilyn Collins' New Release!


I relate, in a way, to Kaycee. I’m afraid of the dark. Well, not the dark exactly, all the things darkness can hide.

Brandilyn Collins has written a story that forces her characters to face their phobias. Apprehension grips the reader as Kaycee tries to find out who is behind the mysterious messages and how they were able to get in through locked doors.

Exposure will have you reading as quickly as you can to find the truth. And what happened to Martin Giordano’s family?

Mystery, gripping, compelling flows from chapter to chapter demanding answers. Suspense keeps you reading, with a determination to discover the facts as you watch Officer Mark Burnett put aside his preconceived assumptions to solve two cases. Are they related?

A must read. Ms. Collins encourages us to remember that God is always there, quietly waiting. He is the answer to all things. Thank you, Brandilyn Collins for challenging us to step out and trust God even in the midst of fear.

By: Brandilyn Collins
ISBN 978-0-310-27643-2

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Please forgive the silence of the past month. Life closes in on you sometimes and it takes time to get things back to normal. I am grateful that God gives us vacations so we can rest and recover.

Vacation is a wonderful thing. Especially when we are aware of blessings the Lord bestows on us daily.

The drive was beautiful; spring air, cool and refreshing as we drove through the mountains. Time away to; catch our breath, allow our minds to be quiet, let our bodies rest, just be together is a wonderful thing.

Seeing all the beauty of God’s creation lifted our spirits. Driving through highway 7 from Hot Springs to Russelville was so much fun. And again, we didn’t get any pictures. Pulling off the highway would have been okay, but somehow we get so involved in watching the scenery go by we never think of it. One day we will.

Being with my Sister and her family was fun. Having time to; catch up with each other, sharing our dreams and concerns lifts a burden, after all, no-one knows you like a sibling.

We spent three and a half days with my Sis and her family then headed home by a different route so we could see our parents. The visit there was short and very sweet. Feeling the love envelop me as I walk into Mom & Dad’s house fills my cup. I am so very thankful that God gave me to them. They raised me to love the Lord and when I was grown, or at least I thought I was at age 19, they let me go. They support me in whatever I do, give advice when needed. In short they are always there.

God has blessed me with a wonderful family. Parents (including my Dear Husband's father), brother, sister, husband, children, daughter-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc….. Thank you Father for your blessing on this family, may each one of us bring glory to your name. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Next; I write about my present journey with the Lord and what I am learning.

Friday, April 3, 2009


I am convinced that waiting is the hardest thing we do in this world. When we are little we can’t wait to grow up. In school we can’t wait to graduate. We can’t wait to marry our true love, can’t wait to buy our first car, can’t wait to succeed in our chosen careers, can't wait to start a family, buy a house, etc….

What are you doing with yourself while you wait?

Are you growing in God? Are you serving? Worshiping? Are you persevering and holding fast to the hope He has given you?

I love the song, “I Am Waiting For You Lord”, it reminds me to keep myself busy, accountable to the Lord and serving while I wait for the next step or the next phase of my life to unfold.

I should be good at waiting, by now. I had to wait for my Sweetheart to come home from Germany so we could get married. Then I had to wait a year before we could return to the U. S. Having children was postponed by a miscarriage. A year later our oldest son was born. Then again, I miscarried, and we waited another year before our youngest was born.

Now I wait to be published, wait for an agent to choose me, wait for God to tell me and my siblings what is best for our parents…. While I wait, I serve; I write, sing in choir, work to encourage others and pray daily for family, friends and fellow authors.

I am convinced that God’s faithful presence will guide me. And I am convinced that His love will carry me through the hours, days, weeks or years of waiting until His will is accomplished in my life.

Praising Him I pray that you will be blessed today, while you wait.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Trusting & Growing, Again!

Feeling crumby is no fun. Knowing there is so much to do doesn’t help me rest, but then knowing rest is what I need keeps me from settling down to work.

So, what do you do when you don’t feel like doing anything but you know you need to but you also know you need rest? God is the only one who really knows what you need to do. Go to Him and He will lead you to the things you should accomplish today.

Somehow, and I really don’t know how this works, stepping out in faith and trusting God to help you do that thing you need to do can bring to the forefront everything you need to accomplish that task. Energy, when you feel like just crawling into bed and pulling the covers over your head. Inspiration, when you have trouble even remembering everyday things like turning off lights. Encouragement, because, “Of course, He will give you exactly what you need, when you need it!”

Starting the day with God is important too. Why? Well, it is too easy to let things crowd into your life and crowd out God’s voice. In fact I find that very often my day starts with an urgent need to do something when what I should do is immediately give myself and the day to the Lord. I am convinced that Satan uses his forces to sidetrack us even before we put our feet on the floor in the morning. But if we can realize we are off track, turn back to God as soon as we realize it, then our day will be used for God’s purpose.

Feelings often get us off track. Joyce Meyer says, "Don’t trust your feelings. Don’t go by how you feel." So, here I sit, at this keyboard trying to make sense of the day and get something accomplished for my Lord. No, the day isn’t a total waste. Even if I didn’t follow His voice here to the computer I know He would use the time to bring me closer to Him. Growth isn’t always easy but it is good.

So, now I head to the other room to rest so my body can repair itself. I will pull the covers up and I will ask God to lead every thought even in sleep so that I will continue to grow in Him and somehow bring Him glory. That is what this life is all about, isn’t it?

God bless!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


What is the first thing you think of in the morning when you wake up?

Have you changed from the person you were? Who are you?

Have you changed since; you got married, had children, started working, found the Lord, stopped going to church, went through menopause, got out of school, found your purpose, ??????

Do you want to recover that old self that was content, satisfied, calm, healthy, worshipful, in love with the Lord???

These are some of the thoughts that have run through my mind lately. I am on a definit journey to be closer to the Lord. Where He will take me is yet to be revealed but I am excited to find out.

Where are you on your spiritual walk? Care to share with me?

I pray you are finding His presence daily with you. God bless!

Monday, March 9, 2009

It’s Simple, Really!

If you want or need change in your life,
If you want your life to have meaning,
If you want to hear God’s voice,
If you want; discernment, wisdom,
understanding, knowledge and
all the other things that come with a spirit filled life.

You must give yourself to God daily.
First thing in the morning,
when you first wake up, ask God
to forgive your sins and cleanse
you then give yourself to Him, all of yourself.
Desire it deeply, yearn for it,
then ask God to live in you,
ask Him to fill your heart, soul, mind
and spirit so that He will receive the glory
and so that you may be used as His instrument on this day.

It’s that simple. Desire Him. Come to Him with pure motives and a heart that hungers for Him. And you will find a contentment and joy in life like you have never known before. Talk to God throughout the day. He’s there with you. You will be able to feel it. Expect wonderful things to happen in your life, doors will open and you will feel a sense of direction and focus. Life will take on meaning and have a wonderful sense of fulfillment. It will also bring peace and blessing to you and your home.

When you have made the choice to give yourself wholly to God, pray for each
of your family members, that they also would find this simple solution.

Praising our Father for His wonderful presence, I pray that you will find a
full and blessed life in Him.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Loss & Wake Up Call

Today I am grieving. I feel a deep and profound loss.

Lisa; 41, wife, mother, daughter, friend has gone home. How immense is the void left by her sweet presence. There will be no more hugs in church hallways, no more sweet smiles from across the room, no more discussions about flowers and living green. I know that the loss we feel will wane with time. It will even be filled if we allow God to fill it. Life will go on, but those of us who knew her will never forget. Today, we say goodbye.

How often do we, as we grieve, wish we had said more or done more. And why don’t we, after realizing how much more we could have done or said, put those lessons to work in our daily lives with our family and friends? Each time I work at letting my loved ones know I love them, each time I try to think of little ways to make their day sweet, and each time I fall back into this habit of taking them for granted.

I hope this time will be different. I hope that I will in some way be able to find something in each day to celebrate. I hope that I won’t wait to deepen friendships and that I will take every opportunity God gives me to reach out.

Resting on His promise that He will never leave or forsake us, I humbly entreat you to share His love while you can.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

All Power Belongs to God

What a blessing our Lord is, His presence and faithfulness brings such peace that life takes on a feeling of joy in His blessings.

Knowing that all power comes from Him, there are many places in that Bible speak of His power. God's word teaches me that I must trust in Him alone when power is needed. Power; to overcome, to do His work, to grow in Him, to grow in faith, for health, financial help and direction etc.

What a wonderful gift is the knowledge that our God loves us and is ready with all of His power to work in our lives. All we need to do is ask Him, and then allow Him free reign in our lives.

I pray that God's sheild of protection covers each of you and your families, that His presence is evident in your lives and that He works to show His love and His power to others through you.

Thank You, Father, for your abiding presence and faithfulness to us. Be glorified in and through us all. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Expecting Great Things!

I recently read “The Summerhouse” by author Jude Deveraux. It is the story of three friends who, given the chance, decide to go back so they can change their lives. Two of them do make immediate changes in the past. The third decides to leave things as they are and make the necessary changes when she comes back to the present, though she does learn important things about herself in the process.

Would that is was that simple, going back and making changes to better our lives and bring great blessing. While considering these things I felt God nudging me to listen. What I heard Him say is; I don’t need magic, or to go back in time. I can claim His blessings today, making my life better and thus impacting the lives of others.

So, I did. I made decisions for health and blessing, I claimed them in Jesus name and I spoke health and blessing to my life. This I did through silent prayer since I had been warned by a close relative, who is a good Christian, that God told her/him to pray silently so that the devil could not hear and interfere.

Soon after my prayer I went online. I had one new email, from a fellow author and member of our prayer group. She sent a devotional which confirmed the things I believed to have taken place in my life, both spiritual and physical. Praise God for what is ahead.

I expect great changes to come about in my life in the weeks ahead. I will keep track of them and make a list of the changes God has wrought to post next month. Join me in praising God and in praying for all those who need such change in their lives.

With great expectation I begin the journey. May all be for His glory!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Our Amazing God

How amazing to know that God continues to teach. This fifty something writer feels blessed through His teaching. I'm learning that we, no matter what our job, living conditions, family ties, financial state, all go through periods of uncertainty. We wonder why we go through the things we do. We debate whether to change jobs, go for something more daring or just something different to get us out of the rut we're in.

Writers are not alone in the struggle to continue day in and day out working with little encouragement. Some of us even experience barriers put up by those closest to us. A word or action by those we love can set us back weeks or months if we are not careful to take it to God immediately, leaving it with Him. And if some outside element or force attacks, we are struck, almost a physical blow.

When things like this happen it is difficult to recover the joy and excitement we feel when we are penning His words. For that is what we do. Yes, much of what I do is fiction, but the purpose is to reach others for him. To bring His love and the hope of Christ to a hopeless world.

I used to feel so alone, but recently through other Christians I've found that hopelessness is no respector of persons, gender, bank balance or creative ability. It hits when you least expect it and when you are most vulnerable. I think hopelessness must be one of the devils most useful tools.

Seeking Christ and asking Him to take that burden off my shoulders is such a source of encouragement. He will deliver me from the deep depression that hopelessness brings. In place of that heavy, darkness He brings His light. I pray the same will be true for you.

Lord, let your light shine through every word penned this year. Through every thought that reaches someone else for you, through every opportunity to encourage someone for You. May you be glorified through us all. In Your precious name I pray. Amen!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thank You

Oct. 23. Saying “Thank You” seems an easy thing to do, and yet when there are no words to describe how you feel it seems a daunting task.

For over 60 to 70 days there were people living and working alongside us who whether they know it or not have; improved living conditions, eased stressful situations, cooked and delivered hundreds of thousands of meals, lifted heavy loads, moved tons of debris, became friends and generally blessed us with their presence.

On the 22nd of Oct. my husband and I walked the halls of FBC Baytown feeling the emptiness and missing the “Beautiful Mess” more than those who’ve returned to their homes and families could dream. We spoke with one of the few remaining gentlemen later that evening and told him that we would miss them when they returned to their homes. He couldn’t believe it any more than we could grasp, weeks ago, why so many would come to help us.

It is unfathomable what has happened to us through the disaster brought by Hurricane Ike. To say that God works in mysterious ways seems almost an understatement. Our feelings are so fresh and run so deep that words fail.

Humbly I go to God with a heart so full, the only expression that seems to fit are the tears that fill my eyes. Knowing that He knows my every thought and feeling brings relief because “Thank You” just isn’t enough.

So, dear friends from North Carolina Baptist Men and Women & Red Cross, may God’s blessings fill your lives and families. May you know how you have blessed all those whose lives are touched by your generosity and willingness to be the ones to come in and face these formidable circumstances.

Though words fail, praying that you will know the depth of feeling these two words hold, I say “Thank You!”

Note: At any given time from Sept. 14th through the next sixty days you could find the halls and many rooms of our church lined with make shift beds. Some had air mattresses, some only a pallet on the floor. Every bed was neat and most of them had either their Bible or a momento from home laying on top. There were crates or boxes used as night stands with a picture or other momento sitting next to alarm clocks and brushes.

Many days I spent listening and watching as people came and went; working, visiting, meeting to share how they could do things more efficiently or where needs could be better met. We became a community, our church and the 300 plus who lived with us for those weeks post Ike. It left us forever changed and forever grateful to our God for the graciousness of these volunteers.

Thank You Father. Please continue to bless them for their willingness to help. Be with them and protect them in their work. Be with their families, provide and protect them as thier loved ones continue in their jobs. Be glorified through them, Lord and may many be reached for you because of them. And Father, I pray that you would give them a special blessing today. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Asking For God's Blessing

My family is such a blessing. Having children changed my life in ways I could never have dreamed. Now that they are grown, with lives of their own, I want so much to be always there for them.

If I feel this way about my family, how much more must our Lord, our Heavenly Father, feel like that about us. He desires, deeply, that we call on Him when we have troubles. But we want, like children, to do it ourselves. How often do we cheat ourselves out of the blessings God has waiting for us?

I am determined to, from this day on, ask Him for my needs, wants and tell Him my deepest dreams and wishes. Only He can make things happen in the way that will fit His plan for me. Everything else He will enable me to let go of. I am so glad that I have realized this, finally.

No wishing I’d known it sooner; I wouldn’t have been ready. No regretting the long wait and advanced years. I am who I am through Him and I know that the years ahead will be richer and fuller because of a closer relationship to Him and a willingness to ask Him for all my needs and desires. I trust that He will design my days with His plan and His glory in mind.

I will always want and try to be there for my children and my sweet husband, but I will trust them to God’s hands more. I will continue to pray for them daily as I always have and I know that life couldn’t be any better, than it is with our Lord.

Thank You, Lord!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Paper Roses

It is true that pain can cause us to turn from God, but we can’t hide from Him no matter how far we run. The main characters in Paper Roses are about to find this out.

Sarah, filled with hatred, is running from pain, loss and ridicule. She has taken her little sister with her to start a new life with the man of her dreams. Upon her arrival she is met by more change, perhaps more than she can handle.

Clay is ready to run back to the city but first he must fulfill his responsibility to his brother’s bride. He must see her safely onto the stage back east so he can concentrate on finding the man responsible for his brother’s death, then he’ll leave this God forsaken place. Clay hides behind anger, but will that anger keep him from the love that is waiting?

Can these two lost souls find God’s will in their lives before anger consumes them? Will Sarah be able to keep her secret and make a home in this small town for her little sister?

Amanda Cabot has written an inspiring story, truly a page turner. I enjoyed it fully and though I intend to pass the book along to family I will put it on my shelves as soon as it returns. Great job, Ms. Cabot.

Paper Roses
By: Amanda Cabot
Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group)
ISBN # 978-0-8007-3324-7