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Greater Courage To Speak Truth

"Joy sometimes needs pain to give birth. Fanny Crosby could never have written her beautiful hymn, 'I Shall See Him Face-to-Face,' were it not for the fact that she had never looked upon the green fields nor the evening sunset nor the kindly twinkle in her mother's eye. It was the loss of her own vision that helped her to gain her remarkable spiritual discernment." - Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, Streams In The Desert

My book, Not Really A Princess deals with going through adversity and finding joy then in turn helping others through their own trials and struggles. When we realize that many things we go through can be beneficial to help others, it opens up a world of possibilities.

Last night I was reading Philippians 1:12 and I totally understand Paul's feelings as he pens this letter. "Now I want you to know brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole pala…

Winds From The East...

The movie, "Saving Mr. Banks" has always gripped my heart to the very core. Flashes of memories haunting Mrs. Travers. So vivid that she is not able to overcome their impact on her even decades later. Some memories she holds so very close that no one else even knows the power they have over her.

They stifle her ability to move on in life.


Scene after scene in this movie speak to me. As years go by I can see glimpses of past hurts come to light and understand how it has a hold on me. Finally I can be freed from its clutches.

This movie also deals with alcoholism. As a child she sees the ugly side as I myself did as a child.

Walt Disney flies to London to talk to Mrs. Travers and tells her "life is a harsh sentence to lay down for yourself". Yes, tis true. Does it have to be a life sentence? Does it have to defeat us or overwhelm our life so we are unable to be all we are intended to be?

Psalm 56 verses 8-11 speak to me and give me hope. "You have taken account …

Hunger For The Word

Growing older does have its benefits. Priorities change. Values morph into a new form. And surprisingly it is all for the best. It is true that sometimes I wish I knew 30 years ago what I know now, but that would also mean that I would  not have come along this path that God set me upon. And I wouldn't change that for anything.

When I was a teen going through some hard times and  a new believer in Christ I claimed the few Bible verses I knew as promises to me. When I went to college I started studying my Bible. I also found many books that became my favorites and still are to this day. Then in my young adult life I would sorta study. I would do just enough to finish a lesson for a class or memorize a section I liked. I began studying a few sections or reading my Bible through but was not consistent.


  By nature I am not a very consistent person in any area. I would like to be and am becoming better and better at this.

I am thankful that I stuck with it even though not always faith…

So WHY'D I move?

Discontentment. Such a bad thing. It grips us. Makes us negative. Holds us back from opportunities to help others.

I loved my previous home. A big home with living areas where our family hosted dozens of events through the years. Our yard was an acre and a half. Pool, hot tub, gazebo, fire pit, orchard, garden and seemingly endless miles of flower beds. After 18 years my husband was done. So many hours of lawn mowing, pool upkeep, pond fixing, and I spent days making applesauce and apple pie filling every fall.

We would have all church picnics with about 150 people every summer. A pool ministry for 10 years once a week every summer.

I LOVED THESE THINGS. Loved. We had people stay with us who needed lodging and I left the door unlocked for anyone who might need a place to come.

Overwhelming at times but I didn't really care. I felt it was a ministry. I firmly believe we are all to open our homes. I have another book outlined entitled, It's Not About The Pie.  So sometime we wil…

The journey to faithfulness

My upcoming book, Not Really A Princess,  is a redemption story of three women and their journey through trials to find inner joy. My moma was the inspiration for this story. She lived a very hard life enduring many struggles that would have pulled under the strongest of souls.


My growing up years had several tragedies that created a depressed atmosphere for my sister and I. I admit to growing bitter and upset that things were so difficult. Through faith in Christ our hearts all began changing. This did not happen overnight but gradually through years of forgiving, loving and claiming God's promises for us.

In 1 Corinthians 13:5 it states, "...It (love) does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered". Many people have quoted this chapter at all kinds of events through the centuries but this verse has always been the part that stands out the most for me.

By being angry, hurt or unforgiving we are being selfish. So when I feel upset bec…

Do YOU want to blossom? Off with the old

When Craig and I moved two years ago we inherited the previous owners landscaping. It was actually lovely but had been a tad neglected. On the side of our porch there were several bush roses that were overgrown and one was dead. Along the fence there was what looked to be a climbing rose struggling to live. Craig decided to prune away the dead parts and see if it would come back to life.



     Wowzers! Not only did it return but it tripled in size and looks gorgeous.

     Every time I enter our house I look to the side and there it is reminding me of what happens when we get rid of the dead. Forever. Trim it. Prune it. And every time it starts looking dead. Prune it again.

     I keep thinking of all the many Bible verses that talk about getting rid of the old and putting on the new. And passages where God promises that He will prune us and help us to become the new person He has designed us to be.

     I know in my own life that I have held on too long to things that keep me fro…

As Summer Begins...

Does your mind race with dozens of details and ideas? I continually deal with too many details. Some say its because I am an artist and creative people just have lots of ideas. Some say that if you have any ADD symptoms that it may cause you to be going in different directions. I try to slow down and make lists. I also just try to take every day and just have a peace about that day.

       I was so thankful for Memorial Day and those men and women being remembered for the sacrifice and the freedom it gives each of us. Memorial weekend has been labeled the beginning of summer, warm weather, cookouts, camping, vacations and spending time with family. It also is a time for gardening and projects.
        Two years ago we moved from our country home with our pool, large yard and orchard. It was a lot of work and we decided that we should downsize a bit and move where we would connect more with the community. We also do not have as big of a yard and are not tied to working outside …