How wide is your path?


Well howdy again, this is Ann’s husband and I will be writing tonight’s blog (yes, God has healed after the trip to the emergency room of dehydration).

Has anyone in authority ever told you to get on the straight and narrow path?

I was that young person that was told that by my senior pastor, he was a retired air force colonel and when he told you something; you always put it into action.

That was thirty five years ago and ever since then I have only fell off the straight and narrow once.

Now Ann and I are starting down a straight and narrow path to Las Vegas, you ask? How can you be on the straight and narrow in Las Vegas?

We saw quite a few hurting and lost souls in Vegas during our recent trip.  We also went to a thriving church, in the same area.

Just don’t make sense why someone couldn’t get the two together…Especially since less than 35% of the population in Nevada are affiliated with any religious organizations!  Turns out Nevada is one of ten states that fall into this statistics.  It’s time someone did something about the lost and hurting in Nevada…though ministries are thriving in that area.

So that’s why Ann and I are heading down to see if we could cast our vision to some churches and groups of pastors, thank you Jesus they will catch our vision.

This has been a long road with a lot of false starts and misleading dreams but now after much prayer on our knees and listening to the still small voice,

We are right at the jumping off place, it’s very scary.

We move ahead with faith and mercy leading our way.

So when it’s your vision or dream calling to you be bold and courageous and walk the straight and narrow path and find others that are excited about your vision, start casting and bring in the harvest.

But first we need to plant the seed…

Thanks for listening…Dene Cole (The Praying man)

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What path are you traveling on?  Is it narrow or wide?

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Has a cow ever jumped over the moon?


Probably not….

Tonight my husband and I went in search of a great view of the super moon.  We found a great spot to capture the view; however, we were a bit disappointed because clouds overwhelmed the moon just as it started to rise.

Many times life throws disappointments at us and we are unsure how to handle it.  Do we laugh?  Do we cry?  Do we get upset?

How did we handle this disappointment?  We decided to enjoy the time as husband and wife while we made a stop at the local Dairy Queen.  Perhaps the moon will be out by the time we are done; however, it was not to be seen through the clouds except for one curvy section peeking out through a thick cloud.

That one glimpse reminded me that even if things seem disappointing at times, there is hope that God is alongside each of us and we can put our trust in Him as He continues to amaze us with his creation even with something as like a super moon.

Finally, as we left the roadside park and headed home, we reminded ourselves that once we are living in the desert, perhaps we will be able to see the next super moon.  Or, we will have other glimpses of God’s creation while living near a desert that is filled with awe and wonder.

The Shepherd’s Hand Brings More than Comfort…


So why do we want to leave the lush green land of the great Northwest and head to the dry and deserted land?

First, I think of the passage in Psalms 63:1 (MSG) that reads “God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”

Next, I think of Psalms 23 (NIV):

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Last year, I discovered some interesting things about Psalms 23 during  a class assignment, which is known to bring comfort during trials.

  1. We have a Shepherd who wants us to take care of His people just as they have a Shepherd taking care of them
  2. We have a Shepherd who will bring comfort, security and hope through the provision of basic needs
  3. This Shepherd wants us to take the time to rest and prepare for the battles that come our way
  4. This Shepherd wants people to show mercy and goodness to others just as He shows the same generosity to people
  5. Finally, this Shepherd wants us to worship Him; however, God is at home rather He is here on earth or in Heaven and He is preparing a place for people in Heaven

Finally, this passage shows that a Shepherd will care for His flock while He expects those in leadership and His followers to care for those who are less fortunate.  This same Shepherd provided His only son as the sacrificial lamb to provide for the lost.  He did this became He delights in providing comfort, basic needs, protection and salvation to His flock as they worship and sing praises to Him.

Therefore, in conclusion, my husband and I desire to meet the needs of the people in Nevada and show them there is a Shepherd who will give them rest, cool water, and provide for their needs. We do not know how we will do this and at times we may struggle; however, we know the Shepherd will provide as we put our trust in Him and know with faith, He is at our side through this journey.

What are your needs at this moment? Do you need comfort as you face your own trials?

Even on cloudy, rainy and stormy days — the sun is still shining…


Summer is quickly approaching; however, the raindrops keep falling on the ground around us. Some people love rain and wish they had more; others wish summer would come with less rain. Depends on which part of the country you live in right now, I guess.

Will we miss the rain when we move to Nevada? Perhaps; however, I grew up in a desert like community and I miss the heat and dryness of a lazy summer afternoon.

Recently, I visited my grandparents’ old farm in Eastern Washington. That day, it was raining versus when I normally visit and it is quite hot and dry. Along with a chorus of birds (I wish I had recorded their songs), I was given a view that caused me to choke up. Low clouds clung to the mountains as the residue of rain still lingered on the trees, grass, and other plantation including sagebrush. Therefore, I fell in love with the desert again!

I know it will not always be cool and rainy in the desert; however, as we explored the desert of Death Valley, I was awed and inspired by God’s creation. I thought, I cannot wait until I have the time to paint and raw again because the scenery is worth painting down there. I also realized that I will need to adapt to a new climate. How will I do it? Only time and trials will tell.

Will I miss the rain that falls on the green trees here in the Northwest? Of course, I will; however, I know God will use us to provide relief from the trials of life for people as we minister to them and I’m looking forward to that as much as I’m looking forward to being able to paint again.

What will you miss if you were going on a new journey? What are you looking forward to in life? What trial are you facing for your new journey?

Finally, I was reading recently that even when it rains, the rain is cleaning the earth and making things new. The sun is something to look forward to once the storm is over. Therefore, remember, even as the clouds are spitting rain and its cloudy and cold, the sun is still shining.

Moving from cold rainy forest land to dry arid desert land!


Our first step with our vision, which is to open a community-type coffee shop, is to relocate.  Even though this is a beautiful area, my husband and I no longer enjoy the cold and wet of the great Northwest.  We both love dry, arid and desert type communities.  After all, I grew up in Eastern Washington so I remember the cold bitter winters and the dry, hot summers.  I miss those and I am starting to feel claustrophobic in Western Washington.  It is time we move on and so we are preparing to move to the great desert land called Nevada. 

We visited this area not too long ago and feel God calling us to go down there and set up our dream of a community-style coffee shop.  This process of deciding where to go has been long and we have visited many other states including Montana.  We decided that Montana was not for us and that we need to find another land so we drove down to Nevada last month.

That was a long drive but it was a great drive especially when we were in the Death Valley National Park.  Even as I admired the beautiful landscape, the temperature was quite hot and I discovered that we would need to acclimate to the warm weather especially when I became frequently dry and thirsty.

Why do we want to move here?  For one thing, along with the call, my husband and I noticed our aches and pains seem to go away.  I have arthritis in my hips and the pain lessened as my joints soaked up the heat.  Furthermore, my husband’s health improved as his diabetes related aches and pains lessened and he seemed more alive in that area then he does up here.  Normally, bedtime is 10 o’clock for us; while in Vegas, we were staying up until midnight and still had energy to burn even on just a few hours of sleep.  My husband’s appetite was tremendous down there; here I would be lucky to get him to eat a few bites for each meal.

As we study the pros and cons of this move, the pros outweigh the cons and we are pushing forward as we look at movers, medical staff, and rentals in that area.  We are praying that God opens the right doors since we hope to move at the end of our current lease in August.

What step do you need to take to fulfill your vision or purpose?  Where is God leading you?  I am praying that God opens your eyes to your vision or purpose.

Stay tuned for our next blog as we describe our vision and learning that cats do not like halters!

 

Vision 63


Do you have an unquenchable thirst for a dream, or vision?

Do you have an unquenchable thirst for a dream, or vision?

Psalms 63:1: “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; earnestly I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”

Not too long ago, my husband and I traveled through Death Valley. The place was hot and I soon became very thirsty. Two bottles of water later and I still felt dry and thirsty. On the other hand, when I focused on God’s creative beauty – even in Death Valley – my thirst began to lessen as I longed for God.

As we focused on God, my husband and I realized that the desert is where our vision is taking us…to help others who are thirsty. We do not know the next step in our path; however, we do know God is leading us along that path as He prepares us for a new journey in our lives.

Where is your vision leading you? Is it to a place where you do not expect to go? Do you have a thirst for something that cannot be quenched? If so, pray about it and long after God who will lead you to water and give you rest.