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Slaying Goliath

David slays Goliath. One of the very favorite Sunday school stories for kids. I am sure there were some great flannel graphs for this. What kid wouldn't want to hear a story of a young lad killing a giant with a sling shot?! I did not go to church when I was young but even I had heard the story.


Now, as an adult, having read through the book of 1 Samuel a few times (it is a fav), I read through that story and think its great, yeah but the other night I was reading and other aspects of the story really hit me. In chapter 16 the Lord tells Samuel to go to Bethlehem, that he has chosen one of Jesse's sons to be king over Israel. Samuel looks at the oldest and thinks he is the one but then the Lord says in verse 7, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Now David was the youngest of Jesse's sons and a shepherd.…
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Did I Mention Food?

Writing a book on Hospitality encompasses far more than I ever thought it would. I mean I began with the idea that we should all invite others into our home and make them feel welcome. Like they can come any time and put their feet up and have no worries. I wanted to convey somehow that we can also be helpful to our neighbors and friends especially in a time of need.

       So I began writing. I had my chapters planned. HA. I had no idea what this project would entail. I decided that it would be a good idea to add a few recipes and home ideas to help people who struggle with having people over. Maybe it would make them more at ease inviting people. Wow, it just exploded. The more things I added...the more I wanted to add. Now there are over 35 recipes, how to's, testimonies of people telling how others helped them in hard times and quotes and Bible verses encouraging us to show hospitality to those around us.


       The photography for such a project has been amazing. I hav…

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Yesterday was an interesting travel day. I am attending a conference in the lovely Pocano Mountains in Pennsylvania. My husband was asking why they would have it in PA in January. I think he was hoping for warm weather. That is partly because we are from the west and the mountains are big and the passes are more difficult. It was an easy drive on highway the entire way though and the mountains are more like hills. You are gradually climbing. I kept thinking how gorgeous it must be in the fall with all the colorful leaves on the many, many trees.

My husband, Craig was returning from a business trip and was going to meet me at Newark airport. His flight would get in about an hour before mine and then he would be able to come with me. Yay!

I got up at 4am Boise time and went to the airport and had no issues getting on my flight. I benefit from Craig's air miles and am a lifetime 1K so I am able to get on the plane first. I got on the plane, found my seat and put my briefcase in the …

Next Book Off To The Editor!

Yes, it is true. I have been neglecting you, my dear readers. You all have been on the back of my mind the past couple months. I kept thinking I needed to send you a holiday greeting but my deadline to send the first draft of my next book, "It's Not About The Pie~a Fresh Look at Hospitality" to my content editor, was January 1st.

Over the holidays, we had all the wonderful family visiting, amazing food and uplifting church events. I love these things. I hope you had a great Christmas celebrating Jesus' birthday and visiting with those close to you.


2018 was a busy year for me and I think I never expected to really be a published author. "Not Really A Princess" just came out in April. So much has transpired. And now 2019 holds even more with this next book coming out in August. It is already up on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/194957203X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_WrKpCbJSF70GM
I'm amazed!

Thank you all for hanging in there with me and patiently awaiting…

Missed Opportunies

We have little kids who live all around our church. They ride their bikes in the parking lot, they come talk to you when you are working outside and they come on Wednesday nights to AWANA club or youth group. They are great. You don't really know how many years they may visit but it doesn't matter. God's Word doesn't return void and them hiding it in their little hearts is so worth it.

We have a family who has three littles who have been coming for years. I have had all three kids in my class on Wednesday nights. I have seen a grandma bring them but never really visited with her much, just sometimes when she walked over to pick up the kids. This Halloween I had an opportunity to visit with her longer. Our church does a Harvest Party with game booths, Trunk or Treat and a chili feed. It is always a great event and the neighbors around our church have come to expect us to do it. My husband and I usually help. He runs the bbq for hot dogs, literally hundreds of them, and …

Deep In The Heart Of Texas

God is faithful. Oh so faithful.

I am on a trip to Texas. I have not spent much time here in Texas. Always wanted to but have just visited a couple times. I have been in Austin then today I head to Houston. I am visiting four dear friends whom I have not seen in awhile but the main purpose is to speak at a couple author events.


I have been a bit discouraged lately with book sales, the abundance of work to do on my next book, and getting speaking engagements. Tough work. I get riddled with doubt. Am I on the right path? What is my deepest desire? Then I remember once again that this has all been moving along because God has shown me how faithful He is and that He is the one who is sovereign and not me. He has it all worked out.

And then "poof!" an offer from a magazine appears, I sell some books and I get a new lead on a speaking engagement. And my Colossians 3:12 Ministries Team does some amazing things. They are the key. Having others around you who work along with you, sup…