A huge sigh of the soul!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I heard the buzz about a book called "The Shack" by WM. Paul Young". So I ordered it and I am in the middle of reading it. It is a bit strange! In the story, The GODHEAD (GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, GOD the HOLY SPIRIT) are represented as 3 women. I have not finished the book yet, but so far it is a bit on the strange side. My point is not to focus on the book, but just one page of it, which I thought to be profound. You tell me what you think.

This is an excerpt of "The Shack"...

(JESUS is talking to Mack, a character in the story)
Mack, do you realize that your imagination of the future, which is almost always dictated by fear of some kind, rarely, if ever, pictures me there with you?
Again Mack stopped and thought. It was true. He spent a lot of time fretting and worrying about the future, and in his imagination it was usually pretty gloomy and depressing, if not outright horrible. And JESUS was also correct in saying that in Mack's thoughts of the future, GOD was always absent.

"Why do I do that? " asked Mack.
"It is your desperate attempt to get some control over something you can't. It is impossible for you to take power over the future because it isn't even real, nor will it ever be real. You try to play GOD, imagining the evil that you fear becoming reality, and then you try to make plans and contingencies to avoid what you fear."

"So why do I have so much fear in my life?"

"Because you don't believe. You don't know that we love you. The person who lives by his fears will not find freedom in my love. I am not talking about rational fears regarding legitimate dangers, but imagined fears, and especially the projection of those into the future. To the degree that those fears have a place in your life, you neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you . You sing about it, you talk about it, but you don't know it."

I do not know about you, but that sounds like me. I have a huge stronghold from my childhood that has grownup with me. Bad things happened to me when I was a child, things that should not happen to a child. Now, I fear those things will happen to my children and I am very over protective. I do not want to put my kids in a bubble. I want them to live, but my fear is very real.

I do believe in GOD and I do know HE loves me, but how do I replace the fear with faith in this area, when this fear is so paralyzing? I pray about it, but it is always there with me. It is so bad that when I am at the store and I hear a child cry, in my mind, I go to the place of pain for me. I assume that the crying child is being hurt and I have to close my ears. Rationality tells me that the child wants out of the cart or wants a toy or candy they can not have and is throwing a tantrum, but my imagination takes me to my childhood pain. It drives me crazy!

If you suffer with a fear, I believe the first step in being free is to acknowledge it. I have to tell you the truth this was not easy for me to open up about.

What I want is to stop my imagination of fear, and put JESUS there in its place. I want to see JESUS there with me, not the childhood pain.

I know healing is on the way, I just feel it, and when healing comes for me, I will be SET FREE FOREVER! As I think about it all I just sit here and breathe a huge sigh of the soul.

GOD bless you all.

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I know I posted this video a while back, but it is sooo funny, I thought I could share it again. I hope you all will love it!! It is sooo sooooo funny! I love Tim Hawkins! Enjoy!!!

GOD bless each and every one of you!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

Check out this awesome video of a Soldiers story of faith. This video hits home since my own husband is in the Army. I am so thankful my husband shares his faith in JESUS with others. Thank You LORD!!

Hello All, Grace and peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

Sorry for not being on for a few days. I have been low in spirit. I thought I was pregnant, but the test came back negative. Randy and I are at a place where we can try again now that all the surgeries are done. I am happy that we can try again, but the first try failed. :-(

I know it could take some time, but I have waited sooooooo long already. With eleven miscarriages and a failed In Vitro Fertilization, my patience are wearing thin. I turned 41 this July and I feel that my clock it ticking louder and louder.

We are blessed though, GOD has blessed us with 2 wonderful adopted children. Alyssa and Brandon are our hearts walking around with legs. We love them sooooooooo much!!! I just want to try once more to have a baby from my body.

I do trust GOD, I may not understand everything, but I know HE loves me. HE said in HIS WORD that we would have trials, but to count it all joy. James 1:2-4 says, Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


It is hard to be joyful during the process, but I know GOD will bring joy in the end, and I will be lacking nothing. Praise GOD! I am glad that my circumstances do not change my true joy in the LORD. No matter how much pain I have, when I look to GOD I feel peace and joy. HE is the source of my true joy, true happiness and true peace.

It is funny, today I wanted to cry, but when I thought of GOD and HIS love, I could only smile. It was as if HE came to me and wiped my tears, gave me a hug and just loved on me. That is how I felt. Is that true comfort right there or what??? Praise GOD for HIS awesome comfort. I am still a bit bummed, but over all I am good.

And as my Pastor says...A faith not tested is a faith not trusted. AAAAAAAMEN!

If you all could pray for us, I would really appreciate it. GOD bless you!


Are you a good person?

Not feeling well

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I am not feeling well and will try to be back tomorrow.

GOD bless you all!

Quilt Of Holes

As I faced my MAKER at the last judgment, I knelt before the LORD along with all the other souls.


Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares were. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life... I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all..

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. BUT there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took me from my world, as I knew it... I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again.

I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.

I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.

An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of CHRIST. Then our LORD stood before me, with warmth and love in HIS eyes. HE said, 'Every time you gave over your life to ME, it became MY life, MY hardships, and MY struggles.

Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let ME shine through, until there was more of ME than there was of you.'

MAY ALL OUR QUILTS BE THREADBARE AND WORN, ALLOWING CHRIST TO SHRINE THROUGH!

GOD bless you all!

Famous Failures

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

What do you do when you experience failure? Do you give up and quit, or do you press on until you succeed? Here is a video of some famous failures. I hope it blesses you tonight!

GOD bless you!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

The "SKIT GUYS" are at it again. They really hit the heart! WOW!!!

GOD bless you all!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

Do you really understand GRACE? What that really means? This video of the Skit Guys will sum it up for you. This video had me laughing, and then brought me to tears. It really touched my heart. May it bless you as it has blessed me.

GOD bless you!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I love "The Way of the Master" ministry. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are out on the streets witnessing to all who will hear them. Here is a very good video of Ray witnessing to the lost during the first weeks of Michael Jackson's death. Play it in its entirety. Ray speaks the truth, and we all should be out there telling others of JESUS' free gift of eternal life through HIS death and Resurrection.

GOD Bless You!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago . They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding. ALL BUT ONE !!! He paused, took a deep breath, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.

He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, 'Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?' She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, 'I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly.'
As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, 'Mister....' He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, 'Are you JESUS?' He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: 'Are you JESUS?' Do people mistake you for JESUS?

That's our Destiny, is it not? To be so much like JESUS that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to HIS love, life and grace. If we claim to know HIM, we should live, walk and act as HE would.

Knowing HIM is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It's actually living the WORD as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of HIS eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. HE stopped what HE was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Be JESUS to someone and tell them about JESUS...
TOO MANY CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER FISHERS OF MEN BUT KEEPERS OF THE AQUARIUM.
GOD bless you all!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I found this awesome old video! Hold on tight!! Whew, These girls are good! Watch it in its intirety.

GOD bless you!

Randy is home!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I want to let you all know that my husband is home from the hospital and doing very well. He does have Crohnes disease, so we have to learn how to live with that. Here is a link to Crohnes information.

Thank you all for your prayers! GOD Bless You!

There has been some issues with my site. Please be patient until I figure out what is wrong. If my site does not look normal, please comment and let me know.

GOD bless you all!

RECALL NOTICE:

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.
This defect has been termed ('Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality') or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some of the symptoms include:

1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.
The Repair Technician, JESUS CHRIST, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.
The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R.
Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, JESUS, into the heart component.
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, JESUS will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual: The B.I.B.L.E. (Believers' Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.
WARNING:
Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list . For free emergency service, call on JESUS.
Thank you for your attention!

................ GOD

P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the FATHER any time by 'Knee mail'.

Hospital Birthday Party

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you all from our LORD and Savior JESUS CHRIST.


Randy is still in the hospital. He will be there a few more days. They found that his small intestines are inflamed. They said they believe it to be Crohns disease. His fever is down, praise the LORD, and he seemed much better today.

The kids made a cake for his birthday and I went out and bought some birthday supplies. He could not come to the party, so we took the party to him. HEE HEE!
We decorated a small table in his room, topped with a "Happy Birthday" table cloth, a cake, drinks, some birthday cups, plates, napkins and some gifts. He was so happy! I wish you could have seen his face.


I will keep you informed. Thank you for all your prayers. We continue to covet your prayers.

Love, hugs and smiles to you all! MUAH!!

Prayer request

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I have a prayer request. My husband is in the hospital. We are not sure what is going on yet. He started running a fever this morning and it went up to 105.2. After hours in the ER trying to get it to come down, it would not, so they kept him for observation. Hopefully we will find out what is wrong tomorrow, and tomorrow is his birthday! Poor guy! WAAAA WAAAA WAAA!

Here in Belgium they will not allow anyone to stay with loved ones. They make you leave. I am so sad right now. :( WAAA WAAA WAAAAA!!!! ( As I wipe the tears from my eyes.) I strongly disliked leaving him there all alone. Even though he has a roomy, his roomy does not speak english. The nurses do not speak english either. It is so uncomfortable. I was there a few times. It's kinda scary.

I do trust GOD. I know HE has everything under control...PRAISE GOD!!! Just a bit uncomfortable going through it all.

Please pray for my Randy! I appreciate you all! GOD Bless!

Your sister in CHRIST,
Donna

Run!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

This preacher is right on target with this message. Listen to it in its entirety. Run from the doctrines of demons and run into the sweet arms of JESUS! GOD bless you!

On the other side

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.


This really is the most beautiful explanation of death I've ever heard... Had to send it on to my family and friends.

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, 'Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.' Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know.' 'You don't know? You're, a Christian man, and don't know what's on the other side?'

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 'Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing... I know my MASTER is there and that is enough.'





The Sandpiper

Hello All, Grace and Peace to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I had this story sent to me and It touched my heart. It is lengthy, but it has a great lesson and it is worth the read. May it bless you! Oh, you might need a tissue!

The Sandpiper
by Robert Peterson


She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where I live. I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever the world begins to close in on me. She was building a sand castle or something and looked up, her eyes as blue as the sea. "Hello," she said. I answered with a nod, not really in the mood to bother with a small child. "I'm building," she said. "I see that. What is it?" I asked, not really caring. "Oh, I don't know, I just like the feel of sand." That sounds good, I thought, and slipped off my shoes.


A sandpiper glided by. "That's a joy," the child said. "It's a what?" "It's a joy. My mama says sandpipers come to bring us joy." The bird went gliding down the beach. Good-bye joy, I muttered to myself, hello pain, and turned to walk on. I was depressed, my life seemed completely out of balance. "What's your name?" She wouldn't give up. "Robert," I answered. "I'm Robert Peterson." "Mine's Wendy... I'm six." "Hi, Wendy." She giggled. "You're funny," she said. In spite of my gloom, I laughed too and walked on. Her musical giggle followed me. "Come again, Mr. P," she called. "We'll have another happy day."

The next few days consisted of a group of unruly Boy Scouts, PTA meetings, and an ailing mother. The sun was shining one morning as I took my hands out of the dishwater. I need a sandpiper, I said to myself, gathering up my coat. The ever-changing balm of the seashore awaited me. The breeze was chilly but I strode along, trying to recapture the serenity I needed. "Hello, Mr.. P," she said. "Do you want to play?" "What did you have in mind?" I asked, with a twinge of annoyance. "I don't know. You say." "How about charades?" I asked sarcastically. The tinkling laughter burst forth again. "I don't know what that is." "Then let's just walk." Looking at her, I noticed the delicate fairness of her face. "Where do you live?" I asked. "Over there." She pointed toward a row of summer cottages. Strange, I thought, in winter. "Where do you go to school?" "I don't go to school. Mommy says we're on vacation" She chattered little girl talk as we strolled up the beach, but my mind was on other things. When I left for home, Wendy said it had been a happy day. Feeling surprisingly better, I smiled at her and agreed.

Three weeks later, I rushed to my beach in a state of near panic. I was in no mood to even greet Wendy. I thought I saw her mother on the porch and felt like demanding she keep her child at home. "Look, if you don't mind," I said crossly when Wendy caught up with me, "I'd rather be alone today." She seemed unusually pale and out of breath. "Why?" she asked. I turned to her and shouted, "Because my mother died!" and thought, My Goodness, why was I saying this to a little child? "Oh," she said quietly, "then this is a bad day." "Yes," I said, "and yesterday and the day before and -- oh, go away!" "Did it hurt?" she inquired. "Did what hurt?" I was exasperated with her, with myself. "When she died?" "Of course it hurt!" I snapped, misunderstanding, wrapped up in myself. I strode off.

A month or so after that, when I next went to the beach, she wasn't there. Feeling guilty, ashamed, and admitting to myself I missed her, I went up to the cottage after my walk and knocked at the door. A drawn looking young woman with honey-colored hair opened the door. "Hello," I said, "I'm Robert Peterson. I missed your little girl today and wondered where she was." "Oh yes, Mr. Peterson, please come in. Wendy spoke of you so much. I'm afraid I allowed her to bother you. If she was a nuisance, please, accept my apologies." "Not at all --! she's a delightful child." I said, suddenly realizing that I meant what I had just said. "Wendy died last week, Mr. Peterson. She had leukemia. Maybe she didn't tell you." Struck dumb, I groped for a chair. I had to catch my breath. "She loved this beach, so when she asked to come, we couldn't say no. She seemed so much better here and had a lot of what she called happy days. But the last few weeks, she declined rapidly..." Her voice faltered, "She left something for you, if only I can find it. Could you wait a moment while I look?" I nodded stupidly, my mind racing for something to say to this lovely young woman. She handed me a smeared envelope with "MR. P" printed in bold childish letters. Inside was a drawing in bright crayon hues -- a yellow beach, a blue sea, and a brown bird. Underneath was carefully printed: A SANDPIPER TO BRING YOU JOY. Tears welled up in my eyes, and a heart that had almost forgotten to love opened wide. I took Wendy's mother in my arms. "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry," I uttered over and over, and we wept together. The precious little picture is framed now and hangs in my study. Six words -- one for each year of her life -- that speak to me of harmony, courage, and undemanding love. A gift from a child with sea blue eyes and hair the color of sand -- who taught me the gift of love.

NOTE: This is a true story sent out by Robert Peterson. It happened over 20 years ago and the incident changed his life forever. It serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to take time to enjoy living and life and each other. The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. Life is so complicated, the hustle and bustle of everyday traumas can make us lose focus about what is truly important or what is only a momentary setback or crisis. This week, be sure to give your loved ones an extra hug, and by all means, take a moment... even if it is only ten seconds, to stop and smell the roses. This comes from someone's heart, and is read by many and now I share it with you... May God Bless everyone who receives this! There are NO coincidences! Everything that happens to us happens for a reason. Never brush aside anyone as insignificant. Who knows what they can teach us?

May GOD bless you with happy days full of sandpipers.

Blog Awards



Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST,

I am so blessed to have been awarded the "One Lovely Blog Award" and "Spread The Love Award" given by Mae, at Salute. Thank you so much sister! I appreciate it so much! I am so sorry it has been a while since you gave to me, but I am here to accept it and pay it forward. :-D

My awardees are:





Bible Examples- Yeo Kee Hui


Silent Vespers.com-Skippy Heart

Write For God-Michael Aulia

Precious Words-Lisa and George

Check out these wonderful blogs and be blessed! GOD bless you all!

I am still alive!

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I know it has been a few days since I have posted, I am sorry, but my husband went on a mission and I had hold down the fort. Whew! He is back and now I can take a breather. I will be back tomorrow to post my award that I recently recieved. I am so blessed!

GOD Bless You my dear friends and family!

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