The Delivery Process


Well, my trailer has been delivered and setup…though we had a few hiccups…like wrong delivery address and electricity issues…I have spent a couple of nights there already and everything seems to be going smoothly…even with a few worries like getting rained on…

 

First, after unloading and unpacking, I settled down…since it was a warm day, I sat on the front step and studied the scenery…on one side is a golf course and then the rest of the trailer park is surrounded by trees and mountains…plus, across, the street, is an old barn with a herd of cows!  Yeah!  I finally have my little trailer in the country…yippee!  Or should I say moo?  The simple life I’ve been dreaming about for a while…

 

Next, while talking to my mom, I had a visitor…a little kitty who I had met before…he/she wanted to come in; unfortunately, I had to put a stop since my little lady is very territorial.  Anyway, the little thing hung out with me before heading off to find another adventure…

 

That first night was interesting…I heard thumps on the roof…were wild animals breaking in?  Oh, how I worried…then it was a matter of adjusting to new sounds and a mattress; however, by the time I spent a second night, things were more comfortable…though I missed the little lady, who also missed me…and less worrisome.

 

Despite the ups and downs throughout the process, I am excited to live here…though it was cool “home” after church last night rather than facing the danger of deer on the road or even blinding sun to get to my other home.  Plus, it is about ten minutes versus over an hour…so sweet!  I don’t even have my laptop, radio, or even a working television yet so it was nice not to be distracted by gadgets except my phone…just enjoying God’s creation practically in the middle of nowhere…

 

<<sigh>> I once heard you are in the place you’re supposed to be when you’re happy…well, this new adventure called trailer is a happy and relaxed place to be…where I truly believe God is calling me to live a simple life while even ridding myself stuff.  I guess, after losing my husband, relationships are more important than stuff…

 

Well, at the same time, I do have other worries like how to light the propane oven, change the gray and black water tanks, and then supporting myself…yet, I also know I shouldn’t worry since God will take care of me.

 

After all, according to Luke 12:22 (NIV):  Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear…basically have faith for God to provide since according to verse 30 “your Father knows that you need them…” 

 

At the same time, don’t wait for things to come to you…like me, I am looking for a job; however,  I know God will provide while I work on ways to earn an income through writing or whatever God has in store for me to live this simple life.

 

So, what are you worried about?  Like me, I was worried something would go wrong with the delivery, which did happen but, overall, the delivery went smooth and I met some great people with my dad’s help…so trust God and unwind from worry…after all, like the delivery guy said, worry just stresses a person out so release the worry…deep breaths…and let God work things out for His glory.

 

Or, just bask in His marvelous creation…like my new friend who doesn’t seem to have a worry even after accidently being locked in a shed all night…

Community of Support and Encouragement


I do apologize for not writing in a while…its been hectic.  Starting with the first day of my new class, life started out with landing in the emergency room one day due to a lot of pain.  This visit will lead to several tests in the coming months and perhaps major surgery.  Nothing serious…I pray.  Yet the people who I expected to say something have been quiet; however, I have been getting support from strangers, good friends, and relatives…who I appreciate and feel blessed to have in my life.

Then, our community was hit was a tragedy called a school shooting.  Three young people tragically passed including the shooter himself.  The community is reeling.  People around the community have reached out in support of the families of all including the young man who chose to commit such a terrible crime.

In the midst of this, as I wonder if I will be diagnosed with the big C (not yet, more tests will determine if so), I’ve also wondered – why do people stay so busy and then show up at funerals?  Why don’t we stay in touch before a person passes or even is diagnosed with a terrible disease?  Why does it take a tragedy before we realize that someone was facing issues in their life?  This is not meant to judge anyone…but just a curious thought.

Yet, we need to support each other during both the good and not just the bad stuff…after all, God made us to be part of a community.  Humans thrive when they have a support system, surrounded by loved ones.  Perhaps if people knew they had this support, maybe there would be one less tragedy in this world?

I know it may not stop all tragedies like the one my communities and others have experienced in recent years in this country…but even if it was just one or maybe even two, that would be few less tears shed.

So think about it…who haven’t you spoken to a while that may need to hear from you even if they are going through a good time?  Maybe inside they are facing turmoil too afraid to say something in fear that they will be judged.  So, perhaps just a few words of encouragement will help them through that turmoil.

The encouragement can be a simple hello, how are you to even praying with them.

Maybe write a real letter or card sent through the postal system called snail mail.

So, in conclusion, I leave you with a verse that was preached in church yesterday to encourage those facing struggles now as they read this blog:

John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcame the world!”

And, remember, even if you feel alone during a health crisis, loss of everything dear to you, or even something as simple as not passing a test at school that you needed to pass, God is with you and He does love you.

Finally, if you do need encouragement or even just prayer, please contact us so both my husband and I can pray for you…

One Year Later…Many Changes


Well, it’s hard to believe that in just a couple hours the first day of a New Year will be ending…

Yet, even as this day winds down, this is a time to reflect and think about the past year – the ups and downs – and how you can improve yourself in the coming years as you reflect on changes.

There have been plenty of changes since this time last year…we were living in a big house in the area where we were most comfortable living.  Soon, we realized, that we had to move since we were living on one income and could no longer afford such a big home.  So we moved to a small apartment in the middle of a middle sized city.

Yet, we felt the urge to move even further away from home – after all, God does not want us to be too comfortable.  We had previously thought of Montana – but too cold (for hubby) and too far from home.  Then we wondered about Nevada yet it was too hot (for me) and even further from  home.  After prayer and urging from family, we decided to stay in Washington and so as you know, we moved to the Spokane area.  Still close to home, somewhat cold – especially now as I hope for a ton of snow – and not as hot as Nevada.

Furthermore, I was drifting – wondering what I should do with my life besides going to school, so after taking one class, I began to blog.  I love to write!  So this blogging allows me to write while staying focused on schoolwork.

Now, I have changed schools…yet even now, as I work on homework for the class that starts on Monday, my idea of who I am is changing as I did a study of my gifts.  Use to be administration, mercy, serve, and even creative writing.  Now it is an artisan (I love art and other artsy type people and their crafts), writing, music, prophecy and a missionary.  These last two are a surprise yet they are not since I love other cultures and I often see or hear things before they are spoken or occur – go ahead and call me weird on this!

In conclusion, now I must try and understand where and how God wants me to use these gifts especially since we are called to use our gifts for His purpose within a body of believers (1 Cor 12:1-11).  like more blogging – though I often try to find time to blog and want to quit at times – I feel called to continue blogging and thus I will continue.

Yet, even with the realization of these gifts, it will mean more changes as I reflect on my life and how I can improve my life for the better in order to seek God and build my relationship with Him, in order to love other people more, while desiring to serve Him, my husband, and others within the community.  After all, who knows what will have changed between now and this time next year…

So, what changes have happened in your life in this last year?  What changes do you want to see in the coming year?

Our First Christmas Away From Home


Well, with my husband in the hospital recently and still recovering along with tight finances, we were not able to make it home for Christmas.

At first, I wanted to pout and cry – better not or Santa won’t come…or I could be simply being ungrateful for all that God has provided and brought us through this last year.

then, we got a message from our church asking if they could provide food for our Chrsitmas dinner.  We already had provisions from Thanksgiving (hubby was in the hospital at the time so we never used it) so we did not have a need for a meal; instead, we asked them to bless another family that had more of a need.

Yet, I was still upset that we would be spending Christmas alone and without the usual trappings until I remembered my own words to the church.  That there is probably someone out there who would be spending Christmas alone or may not be able to afford a meal themselves so we decided to look for a couple of people that would be alone.

Things became clearer and my pout disappeared as I asked around to see if there was such a person in this small town.  We learned of one such couple and asked them to dinner, they accepted.

An older couple, one of the first people to greet us at this new church, and who prays for my husband’s health, came to our home for dinner.

Of course, I went into nervousness, worried that my food would not be good enough as I experienced with new ways of making sweet potatoes, turkey, and even stuffing.  Even making a homemade apple pie for the first time in like at least 15 -20 years because husband wanted it.

Or would there be enough?

Well, we had more than enough and the food was delicious.  The pie was delicious even with the crumbling crust and too many apples!  The stuffing – made in the new crockpot – was delicious and everyone was too full to eat of the pie!  Though I talked my hubby into eating some today and he did – he agreed!  It was delicious!

Above all, the evening was a blessing as we fellowshipped with this couple. They prayed with us, told stories of their life, as we showered each other with fellowship and blessings.

Then, I learned as I tried to call them to wish them a merry Christmas, that my parents, alone during the holidays, had invited people from their church too…the same way we had.  They were too busy to talk to us!  I say with a smile as I’m glad they had the fellowship.

So, the lesson learned here is that even if you are full of people at the dinner table, or even alone during the holidays, bless someone with a meal and company by inviting them to the table.

After all, Acts 2:42 (NIV) reads:  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

In conclusion, we wondered, if we were still living near family (who we do miss), would we have opened our eyes and seen the needs of others?  Perhaps God moves people out of their comfort zones to open our eyes and see a need.  Perhaps we are finally seeing why God moved us here and perhaps our hearts are being opened even more to the needs of neighbors as we may do this more often and perhaps make it a monthly ministry to break bread with our neighbors.

What are your thoughts?   How did you make someone else’s life brighter for the holidays?  What can you do differently in the upcoming year?

Stepping out in Faith


When we lived in a house on the top of a hill, we would let our cat roam the neighborhood.  After we moved to our last apartment, we were to high up and on a dangerous street to allow her to roam the neighborhood.  Now, we are in a semi quiet neighborhood and we have kept her inside as she adjusts to a new home.  Two days ago, we let her step out onto the balcony and sniff her little nose around until she jumped down and snuggled under one of the bushes, unsure if she should venture further.  After a few moments, time spent fretting about her safety or wandering away too far from home, I called her back in and in she came.

Yesterday, we let her out again and off the balcony she went and under the trees to explore the outdoors some more.  After a few more moments, in she came after I called her and then she turned around and wanted back out.  Again, off she went to explore.  Every few moments, I called her back in and finally, she came back in after patiently waiting at the back door for one of to open it for her.  Since then, she has had no desire to stay in.  I think she prefers sticking close to home now that is warm, dry, and cozy for her.

This cat can be quite fearless at times and yet other times she can be a bit of a skittish fraidy cat…like us humans.  We want to be brave and step out in faith, yet we are afraid and want to stay in the comfort of our homes or other comfortable setting.

This move to Medical Lake was a step in faith yet we still have fears as we wonder if we will make it.  Part of me – the human in me – wants to run back “home” and into the comfort of familiar territory yet the part that has faith in God wants to stay and trust in Him to provide and open the doors for ministry, a new job/source of income, and even our health.

After all, according to Hebrews 11: 1 (KJV) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Yes, as we venture out on our own, we need to have faith and hope that God will provide and see us through.  There has been evidence of little things He has provided like winning a contest for a book about writing – I want to write a commentary about Paul -and a 6 month subscription to an Assembly of God magazine called the Pentecostal Evangel – wow!

Even now, in conclusion, I am about to make a great leap, another change, and it will be announced as soon as I get an answer.  This is taking a leap of faith and yet it is an answer to prayers that I contemplated as I took a break from school and explored this new land.

So, what is holding you back from taking a step of faith?  Maybe we just need to take that leap of faith just like our cat did.

Emergency Broadcast Alerts…


Very interesting experience whenever a major storm is approaching our area.  As we watch television, our show is interrupted by an emergency alert signal warning of a severe thunderstorms coming to our area.

At first, I found them interesting since on the west side of Washington state this interruption never occurred.  Our television shows were only interrupted about once a month by these warnings and then it was just a test.

Last night, these warnings came on again and I tried to ignore them after I read that my area would be impacted by a huge dust storm along with a thunder storm.  The storm came as we saw flashes of light from lightening, flicking light and hear the roar of thunder along with the howling wind that even scared the cat, who was quite the cuddle bunny all night.  Then morning came and all seemed well with the world as the sun tried to peak through the remaining clouds.

The only significant impact to us from the storm was that my car will need a bath sooner than expected from the dust storm that left thick globs of mud and debris on the vehicle.  Oh, well, I am grateful that it was not worse as we hear of significant damage throughout the area.

As I prepared for bed, I reflected on these warning signals and how we so often dismiss or ignore them if they seem to be a nuisance.  After all, isn’t a television program more important than these signals?

As I reflected, I realize that we tend to ignore other warning signs, or checks in our stomach, as the Holy Spirit warns us of danger or falling to the temptation of sin.  After all, these warning signs may be an inconvenience to our human thinking; however, they may be guiding us and helping us navigate through life’s ups and downs.

The Newsboys has a great song about the “job” of the Holy Spirit and its warning system – some of the lyrics of the chorus go something like this:

It’s an early warning sign
It keeps my life in line
But it’s so hard  to define, never mind

Newsboys – Spirit Thing

Furthermore, not only do we need the Holy Spirit to warn us of danger, it also instructs us on how to live and helps us remember verses that will help us through life – during both the good and bad times.

After all, according to John 14:26 (New King James Version):  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you…

Therefore, in conclusion, take heed when you are being warned of danger either through the Holy Spirit or even an emergency broadcast system.  Above all, remember that God is at your side even if you are in danger and He will be there to guide and comfort you.

What warning signs have you been getting through a check in your spirit or even through an emergency broadcast system?  Do you take heed or do you ignore the signs?  Are you in tune to the Holy Spirit so you know what He is trying to tell you?

She Cried


Tonight i’m sharing a poem that I wrote years ago as I realized that God has always been at my side – through the good and the bad.  I feel as if someone out there needs to read it.  If so, I am praying that there is peace and that this poem will touch each person who reads it.

SHE CRIED

She cried from the wounds of childhood; You comforted her.

She cried for love; You showed her love in many ways.

 She cried in moments of weakness; You strengthened her with Your Joy.

She cried during sickness; You healed with each stripe on Your back.

 She cried for a loving father; You showed her you are Abba Father.

She cried to be beautiful; You showed her that she was a King’s Princess.

She cried as her life seemed to fall apart, You showed her that what was meant for evil became something good.

She cried as her marriage became ashes; You showed her that Ashes become beauty.

She cried as her arms became empty without her child; You continue to fill that void even as she misses her child.

She cried as her marriage ended, You showed her that You are her helpmate.

She cried as she received another lay off notice, You showed her that you are there with outstretched arms.

She cried as her finances dwindled; You showed her that you are the provider as you multiplied her checkbook.

She cried from what she thought was a cold cruel world; You warmed her with an embrace from the Son.

 She cried for a friend; You became that Friend and provided many more friends.

 She cried and tears slid down her cheeks.  You came along and wiped away those tears.

REVELATION 21:4

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Necessary Maintenance


So, for our upcoming journey, I took my car in to have its 20K mile checkup and an oil change.  All turned out well except one part that needed to be replaced since it was very dirty.  Our van was given the okay for the journey and so we continue to prepare for this journey.

So if you are about to face your own journey or just facing everyday life, you need to maintain yourself just like a car needs to be maintained and parts replaced as they get old or dirty after so many miles so you can keep going.

Maintenance for people can include eating right, going to our doctors, exercising, making sure we get enough rest, and restoring our souls.  When we maintain ourselves and keep in great shape (I’m not in the best of shape), we can keep going to serve God’s purpose.

Furthermore, maintaining our souls include entering a place of solitude (seeking the voice of God), praying (listening and talking to God), and reading His word (to know His voice and to strengthen us).   These maintenance steps can lead to a healthier soul and an overall outlook on life while loving people just like the maintenance on our vehicle keeps going and providing us with transportation.

After all, the two greatest commandments in Matthew 22: 37-39 (NIV) reads “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Yeah, something may come up no matter how much you maintain yourself or your vehicle.  Like just before our trip to Nevada, I had to replace the wheel and tire after hitting a piece of debris on the freeway.  Or, more recently, a chip in the windshield or the part that had to be replaced to today. But we just keep going and remember that One you listen to and talk to, is there with you.  Or you may have a neighbor who helps out since they love you and God as much as they love themselves in a healthy way.

Finally, when we maintain ourselves through prayer, solitude, and reading of the word, we can handle the bumps and debris in our lives.

As we conclude, please think about the areas of your life that need to be maintained…how can you maintain them or fix these areas?

Trust and obey…simply trust and obey


I wanted to write a blog about the Fourth of July and the freedoms we have to write blogs; however, life has taken an unexpected turn.  Last night, I had to rush my husband to the hospital after he had a fall.  This was the final straw after watching him grow weak and barely function for the last several days.  The docs believe he may just be dehydrated; however, he will be in the hospital for another day or so as they run tests and monitor his condition.  Tonight he is already looking better and we – the cat and I – miss him.

Tomorrow will be a more trying time since my neighborhood streets will be closed due to a local parade.  I won’t be able to make it to the hospital until early evening so I will trust that he will be okay even though I will miss him like the dickens.

Yet, I must trust and obey as the following song reminds us to do so…

  1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

    • Refrain:
      Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
      To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
  2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.
  3. Not a  burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.
  4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
  5. Then  in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust…we are told to trust and obey for there is no other way; yet that can be a difficult way especially as you trust that all is well with the love of your life.  Yet, as I walked away from him, I felt at peace that he will be all right when I see him tomorrow night.

This trust and obey can be difficult especially as you prepare for a new journey in life.  We wonder if this setback is God’s way of saying “stop” or the enemy trying to discourage us.  All we can do is trust and obey…

Finally, A friend stopped by the hospital tonight and he reminded us that sometimes we just need to wait on the Lord, even if it is almost the last moment.  Therefore, we will trust and obey as we wait on the Lord.

What difficulty are you facing now?  Are you struggling to trust and obey?  If so, simply put your trust in the Lord and pray that He will help you through it.

Reference:  http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Trust_and_Obey/.  Retrieved 07/03/13

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Rejoicing over a Lost Battery…and Souls


Have you ever lost something important or valuable?  Do you remember the feeling of fear or panic?  Not too long ago, I had that feeling while on vacation when I realized I was missing part of my camera. 

Before going on vacation, I prepared my camera for the trip on to discover that we were missing the battery charger – probably misplaced in our last move.  As a result, I ordered a new one and charged the battery.  On the way out of the state, I stopped to take pictures and could not find my battery.  After frantically searching my bags, I could not find It; however, I was so thankful for phone cameras so I could get pictures of the first leg of our trip.

After arriving in Reno, after more searching, we discovered that the battery was indeed missing so my hubby bought me a new camera with his birthday gift card.  What a sweetheart! 

Throughout the Bible, there are parables about people who went in search of something that was lost.  For instance, there is the woman who lost a valuable coin in Luke 15:8-10.  When she realized she lost this coin, she went on a frantic search until she found it.  When she found it, she asked her neighbors to rejoice with her.

The person who spoke these parables in the Bible was a man called Jesus, who cares for the lost.  The lost could be those who have wondered from the church or have never accepted Jesus as their personal savior.  When they are found, Jesus rejoices with them even though they have violated His will and have committed sin because He still loves and cares for them. 

Over the years, I have learned to pray when something is lost and listen for that still small voice that tells me where to find the lost item.  It is usually where the still small voice told me to look just like it told me where to find the battery once we arrived home.  However, I went to the spot yet still no battery so a new one was ordered.

So what happened to the battery?  Well, a month later, just today, we found someone to take our couch set and as the couch was removed, there was the battery, right under the couch! 

Yes, we rejoiced just as we will rejoice when someone finds something that is valuable to them.  However, above material things, the most valuable of all is their soul as we reach out to the lost through the coffee shop by listening and ministering to their needs.

So, what do you do when you lose something?  What are you seeking?