No More Fog

No More Fog

Some friends took a trip to the mountains recently. January in Arkansas can be interesting weather to say the least. It was mid-week and winter and amazingly they were the only guests at their destination. The scenery there is absolutely breathtaking, along with the wildlife which is always on for show. The only problem was the fog. It was so foggy they could not see anything, not even out their hotel room’s window. Without the visual perceptions, they just had no idea how very beautiful the area really was. They were fogged in. Oh beloved, life can get foggy can’t …

Hiding Something?

Hiding Something?

A friend of mine has developed shingles. This is a very harsh illness that generally springs up during high stress times for those who have had chicken pox. Her physician told her as long as it’s covered up no one should catch it from her. Aren’t we like that? We have hard times, disturbing diagnoses or family troubles. We may share with close friends or family and we hope they will join us in prayer for healing. And it’s as though you hear the enemy say “as long as you keep it covered up”. Oh beloved nobody is totally immune …

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

When I was a girl my dad had great expectations for me. I sang with Dinah Shore when her show aired. I danced with Lawrence Welk dancers. I dressed up when Sing Along with Mitch Miller was on. He thought surely I’d be famous. Maybe even Carnegie Hall was not too far fetched a place I’d go. We all have our ideas of what success looks like for our children. We surely want them to pay their bills, own a home and have a family. We want them to grow up and be nice people. Going to church is always …

New View, New You

New View, New You

One of our daughters got a new camera setup for Christmas. It’s got all the bells and whistles. She is sure enjoying photography like never before. They went out to the lake one afternoon and she took pictures of what appeared to be a group of egrets flying. The camera captures details that the naked eye cannot see by just observing. When she got home she realized it was birds of another feather. The camera caught something amazing. She had an “old” camera which is a pretty awesome camera itself. But she doesn’t want to go back to what she …

Running Everywhere?

Running Everywhere?

I made a quick run to the mega mart last night after 9 pm. I’m not one to get out at night especially when it’s cold. But two things were needed and I made the offer to fetch them. First I searched for another item in case they had it. No luck. The items I did get were at opposite ends of the huge building so I ran all over the place to get them. I’m the first to admit that when I find myself in need, I often run all over the place trying to find the peace, comfort, …

Radical Encounters

Radical Encounters

      One of the first faith books I read as a new Christian was What Happens When Women Pray by Evelyn Christianson. The mission of Evelyn’s ministry didn’t start out to be worldwide, but that’s where it is. Evelyn just had a radical encounter with Christ and then went on to share that radical encounter with others.   That’s what we do. We share the encounter we have had. Good or bad, we all share from what we know. Evelyn could not have written a book on prayer if she hadn’t experienced it. None of us can share …

Just Hop In and Go

Just Hop In and Go

  We hadn’t taken a back-roads trip in a while. So last month we took off. Danny chose a road that had a sign reading “state maintenance ends in 12 miles”. I wasn’t so sure about that road. But we went the 12 miles and found ourselves facing a dirt road. My caution took over. I didn’t think we should do it. After all we didn’t know where that road was going. Except Danny was sure where that road was heading. He said where we’d come out. I said no way. I doubted it. But guess what? We came out …

Knock Down the Pests

Knock Down the Pests

    When we went to get ready for bed last night I noticed two areas where those lovely Asian beetles were wadded up. I decided that we didn’t need those little creatures in our bedroom. So I got the vaccum cleaner out and began to dispose of them. Once they were gone I finished getting ready for bed. But now more of them were in the room and they were everywhere. We discovered a small hole where the phone line went through the wall. Danny got his ladder and plugged the hole. But he moved the curtains and the …

Oh Pioneer!

Oh Pioneer!

  While we were hitting the back roads we came upon some campers. Now these campers were in a remote part of the area and had no electricity or running water. It was primitive. We’ve seen these types of campers in this area before. They were probably living in a tent and their vehicle. We didn’t see them at first. We did see their cardboard sign. That’s what made us stop. “Need $5 for cigarettes. Will trade for Firewood.” About the time we got the sign read we saw a woman in a long black dress moving through the thicket …

No Brakes No Steering

No Brakes No Steering

  Danny decided our car needed washing, so we pulled in to one of the newest ones while we were in a nearby town. This one was different than any I’ve ever seen. You pull up, choose your wash, pay the money and then you put your car in neutral, take your hands off the steering wheel and remove your foot from the brake. It then compels you forward and take you through the entire wash by itself. It sure felt weird neither to steer nor to put on the brakes. But when we were through we drove out the …

Need

Need

  I’m in shock. This Word NEED. I’ve been reading another online faith friend’s battle with her husband’s illness. He’s been stricken with a viral infection attacking his nervous system. This morning as I read I prayed even more. And she was specific with their needs. Financial, healing, pain relief, etc. Specific. I have needs! My husband has needs! We’ve been through this season of sickness that we’ve never had before. Not in 44 years of marriage have either of us ever been very sick. Danny has not been in the hospital since he was 9 years old! You too …

Weary In The Season

Weary In The Season

  On top of everything else we have going on, I managed to “catch” a cold. Mind you, I was not looking for it, neither did I chase after it, but it was caught nonetheless. Did I mention I don’t like colds, neither do I want the nuisance of it. We have enough to do that I did not have time to be down for the count. I knew though that I would feel better soon. I was sure that it would not last forever. And I am thankful for that knowledge. So too when seasons of trouble come our …