Merry Christmas!

"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
Matt. 1:21

Jesus is the gift that perfectly fits the size of every heart!

May the good news of our Savior’s birth fill your heart with joy this Christmas.

Wishing you a wonderful season filled with Heavenly peace and the warmth of His Presence in your heart and home as you celebrate this holiday season.

Love and Prayers,


He Will Carry You!

When death takes a loved-one away from us, it is always terrible. It seems even worse (if that is possible) if they are taken away during the fall months.

The fall is a beautiful season and welcomed by most people at the end of a long hot summer. It is a time of excitement and anticipation as we make plans to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a time for family and of giving. It is a time to reflect and to give praise to God for His blessings.

When death interferes with your plans, it knocks you in the stomach! It may knock you down and you find it is just too hard to get back up again, especially if you have just lost your spouse and you are all alone. You may even wonder if God has left you too, because you feel so lonely and so empty inside.

I have a friend who is burying her husband this week and I feel so badly for her. We can never know exactly how another person is feeling, even when we have had a similar experience, but I know that she is comforted by the Holy Spirit.

My memory is still vivid of the days when my late husband died 23 years ago on the day following Thanksgiving. But I want to tell you; the memory of the Holy Spirit being my Comforter is much clearer.

In the last hours of his life, the Holy Spirit was so close that it is hard for me to put into words to explain. I was praying in the Spirit and the room filled with such glory that I thought that we would both be raptured and leave this earth!

The Holy Spirit was so close to me in the following months. I could actually feel His arms around me, like a beautiful hug, calming me in my times of loneliness and fear.

He continues to surround me with His presence and love. I depend on His help in everything that I do and He has never failed me.

If you are grieving today for a loved-one who has died, or you feel grief for a son or daughter who has walked away from your family, the Holy Spirit will comfort you. It matters not what is causing your pain, He knows what you need and He wants to carry you out of your despair.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13

Love and Prayers,


Happy Thanksgiving!

The frost is on the pumpkins
Mom's in the kitchen baking pies.
We're all sitting close to the fireplace
'Cause it's kind of cold outside.

Then Dad comes in with a great big book
As he opens and starts to read,
We all get quiet, as quiet as we can,
We don't wanna' miss a word, you see.

He's telling us about the Pilgrims
And how they sailed the seas.
They were looking for a better place
Where they could raise their families.

They prayed that God would lead them
They prayed both day and night.
Then all of a sudden God answered their prayers
For there was land in sight.

Yes, God brought them to America,
And it's the greatest Nation of all.
That's why we all have Thanksgiving
To show God how thankful we are.

Written By:
Rev. Betty Byers
© 2001

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, let us do it with thanks in our hearts. Give thanks to our Heavenly Father for His mercies and for His blessings to us.

Remember to thank Him for American where we have the freedom to worship our Savior. Thank Him for our family and friends.

I’m sure that if you sit for a moment and allow your mind to think of things to be thankful for, you will be able to think of many, and it will bring joy to your heart.

"OH, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever."Psalm 118:1

My prayer for you is to have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Love and Prayers,


Make a Joyful Shout to the Lord!

On Sunday evening, my pastor preached on “The Power of Praise”, taking his text from Psalm 100, a Psalm of Thanksgiving. He said, “When you want to feel God’s presence, begin to praise Him.”

“Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

A friend shared this video with me just the day before, and I want to share it with you. There are hundreds of voices singing, the “Hallelujah Chorus” in a public place. Beautiful!

On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations to perform one of the Knight Foundation's "Random Acts of Culture" at Macy's in Center City Philadelphia.

Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ - the world's largest pipe organ - the OCP Chorus and throngs of singers from the community infiltrated the store as shoppers, and burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah" at 12 noon, to the delight of surprised shoppers

Pause my Playlist at bottom of page first, and then turn up your speakers to enjoy. (It begins at 35 seconds.)

This reminded me of what my young niece, who is a missionary, wrote in her newsletter last month. She was writing about how BIG our God is and this is part of what she wrote.

“I believe God wants to expand our perspective of who He is and what He can do.

What about America?

What if God began to bring a wave of repentance over our small cozy neighborhoods and people began excitedly proclaiming Jesus???

What if God began to give our nation’s leaders visions of Himself, bringing them to their knees in humble submission to His Lordship?

What if whole offices and other workplaces began to have spontaneous prayer meetings, seeking the Lord for revival? WHY NOT?

What if every single unreached people group had a chance to hear the Gospel? What if masses of people accepted Jesus, and many of them went to reach other countries? WHY NOT?

If God is going to increase in these nations, our fleshly ways must decrease. More of Him, and less of us. We plant and we water, but God gives the INCREASE!

Lord, increase Your vision in our hearts! Lord, increase our faith in full expectation to see miracles! Lord, increase Your kingdom on this earth! Lord, increase our humility. Lord, increase your Holy Spirit’s power in our lives!”

My prayer is… O God bring revival to America and let us be witness to thousands of people singing your praises of thanksgiving and worshiping You!

Love and Prayers,


Seasons of Prayer

[Note: I’ve shortened the title of this blog to make it easier to remember. The blog address remains the same.]

If you know who Jesus is and He is your Savior, you will desire to raise your children to know Him as well. I believe that it is a God-given passion that will cause you to call out their names to Jesus. If you are blessed to have children following in the footsteps of Jesus, you continue to pray for their daily walk.

I believe that we go through ‘seasons’ in our walk with the Lord as God challenges us in obedience to Him. There will be times that He will give you such a heavy burden to pray that you weep before Him. It may mean that you are awakened in the middle of the night and cannot go back to sleep until you get up to pray.

We must be obedient when the Holy Spirit speaks to us.

The Holy Spirit may ask you to share the burdens of another mom who is praying for her children. He may require you to organize a group to meet together regularly to share and to pray.

Whatever He asks you to do, you must be obedient and you will see Him answer your prayers.

Other ‘seasons’ in our prayer-life God will give us peace, even when we do not see the outward signs of change. He will ask us to be still before Him, to listen and to wait.

In March of 2007, a small group of us began meeting together weekly in the Prayer Room at our church to pray for our children who had turned their backs on God. In the process of praying for them, the Holy Spirit also dealt with us about some of our own emotions that were hindering our prayers.

We have seen God working in the lives of our families and our relationships. We have learned to recognize the ‘little things’ that indicate change and always to give God the glory and praise.

Yes, we have also witnessed salvation and change in some of our families! Thank you, Heavenly Father!

The ‘season’ that we are in now is one of completion. No, not everyone has given his heart to Jesus, but the Holy Spirit will finish the work that He has begun!

The beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit is that He began to speak with each of us individually several weeks ago that change was coming, and that we would no longer be meeting together.

At first I was troubled by it, because we have not seen God answer all of our prayers yet. I went to our pastor, who is our covering, and just as I was beginning to speak, the Holy Spirit showed him and he told me everything that was in my heart, as confirmation.

The works of the Holy Spirit are so beautiful!

The Holy Spirit also gave an anointed word to one of our sisters to share with us, which was specifically for us and gave us great encouragement.

Only the Holy Spirit can convict a person of their sins, draw them to Jesus and save them. Our part is to be obedient to Him and to pray.

He has seen our faithfulness and heard our prayers. He is answering our prayers and He will complete the work!

We give Him praise! I am expecting great miracles! I am expecting to see a domino effect as we see all of our families turn to Jesus!

God is so good! Thank you Jesus!

Love and Prayers,


Mercy Said No!

I heard this song, “He’s Not On His Knees Yet”, sang beautifully by CeCe Winans for the first time a few days ago, and my heart cried for my family as I listened.

It articulates the cry of all of our hearts who are praying for loved ones…
“He’s not ready. He’s not on his knees yet. He’s too strong to be weak. Show him mercy, help him please; he’s not on his knees yet.”

You are not alone in your prayers. Listen please…(after you pause my playlist at bottom of page).

Sorry, I just realized that the embedding of this video has been disabled. You can still watch it by clicking on the play button and then click on "Watch on YouTube".

Many times we are our own worse enemy, because we are too strong to be weak; too self-sufficient, and too proud to surrender…but what did Jesus say?

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9

We pray for Jesus to show mercy, because we know that He is a merciful God who has shown mercy to each one of us!

“I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!”
Psalm 116:1-2 NLT

I have never posted with two videos before, but this next one, also sang by CeCe Winans, gives the complete picture of the mercy of God, “When Mercy Said No”.

“When sin demanded justice for my soul, mercy said no. (He said) I’m not going to let you slip away; I’m not going to let you go. You don’t have to be afraid, sin will never take control. Mercy Said No!

Life and death stood face-to-face, darkness tried to steal my heart away.
Thank you Jesus, mercy said No.”

Listen…and be encouraged. Never give up praying. The Holy Spirit is working in their hearts and God hears your prayers!

Love and Prayers,

Spirit of Fear? No!

Spirit of Fear? No!
by Amy Deanne at Internet Café

“For God did not give us the spirit of fear but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 YLT

I’ve been watching my kitten for the past few weeks as he’s growing up. It always surprises me what “scares him”. Even through he’s only about 8 weeks old now he stands, arches his back and his hair stands up… you know that scared position!

I thought – “how fitting” for this verse. It took me a while to find this verse in the words I liked. I found Young’s Literal Translation the way I remember it in my head. You see, that kitten has nothing to be fearful of. It lives in a very protected house and yet…the tiniest things bother it…the bug on the’s shadow…a speck of dust floating in the sunlight…and the truth is, it has no reason to fear these things. They can’t hurt him.

And yet, how many times do we think our “little things” will hurt us? How many times do we let fear rule us instead of allowing God’s mercy and spirit to cover us? I love that this verse reminds us that the spirit of fear is NOT from God.

I pray that we remember it and commit it to heart, so we are able to fight against it when those “little fearful things” come into our lives and try to scare us!
…Amy Deanne

We are living in troubled times today. We worry about the economy, the government, our families and a load of other things. Are we allowing our worry to turn into fear?

Do we forget that God, our heavenly father is our protector and source?

We can say with confidence, like David did in...
Psalm 27:1 NKJV…
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Come out from under the covers. God has chased away the dream monsters from the closets of your life.

Love and Prayers,


One Nation Under God!


A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little girl, Shelby. She wanted to know what the United States looked like, so he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which was printed the map of the country. Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Shelby, and said,
“Go into the other room and see if you can put this together. This will show you our whole country today.”

After a few minutes, Shelby returned and handed him the map, correctly fitted and taped together. The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly.
“Oh,” she said, “on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got Jesus back where He belonged, then our country just came together.”

Our thoughts turn back to 9.11.2001 this week. We need to remember what happened that day. Thinking of the horrific pain and suffering that happened to so many Americans that day and the awful realization that some people still want to destroy our nation should make all of us cry out to God!

There are those within our government today who are trying to destroy our country from within and who want to push God completely out of our nation. They want to erase His name from our history.

Little Shelby is right.
Jesus belongs in our country and in the hearts and minds of man.
If our country is to continue with freedom and prosperity, God must be included!

Listen to the message as Diamond Rio sings,“In God We Still Trust” (my Playlist).

Then please, pause the music (at the bottom of the page) and watch the video,
“One Nation Under God -
Jon McNaughton”.

Love and Prayers,


God Is Good!

Let the Holy Spirit uplift you today with His presence and encouragement as you listen to this song, “God is Good”, by Don Moen (from my Playlist).

God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time
(Repeat chorus)

If you're walking through the valley
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, He will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
'Cause He's promised to never leave you
Nor forsake you and His Word is true

We were sinners - so unworthy
Still for us He chose to die
Filled us with His Holy Spirit
Now we can stand and testify
That His love is everlasting
And His mercies - they will never end

Lord I may not understand
All the plans You have for me
My life is in your hands
And through the eyes of faith I can clearly see

You may be walking through the shadows now and the valley of ‘why’, but God is so good and He is walking with you. Your days may be filled with frustration, pain and fear.

You may feel like your prayers aren’t getting above the ceiling. You have been praying for that loved one for so long, and there is no answer.

Why, God are You silent about the matter? You cry out, ‘Why?’ so many times in your prayers.

God has not forsaken you! He has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. We do not need to be afraid, because He is our helper.
Heb 13:5,6; Deut. 31:6,8

I’m reminded of another song,
“For all of the Days That End in Why”, sang by Poet Voices.

The chorus is,
“God is there through every hello and goodbye,
God is there when I don’t even have the will to try.
God is there, God is there
for all the days that end in why,
for all the days that end in why.”

I love the message.

Someone said that when he first heard the song, he thought they were saying, “God is there all the days that end in Y.”

It made him think, “What days do end in Y?”

Sunday… Monday… Tuesday… Wednesday… Thursday… Friday… Saturday!

Every day of the week ends in “Y”!

Yes, God is with us everyday of the week.

Just remember, when you don’t understand the whys, that Jesus really is there for you every day that ends in ‘why’ and He is good all the time!

Love and Prayers,

I Know He Watches Me!

As I finished washing the shampoo out of my hair, my wet hands were covered with long strands of my hair. I rubbed my hands together to form the hair into a small ball.
Oh, no, my hair was falling out again!

My hair is very fine and is thinner as I age, but this happens every time I have surgery with anesthetic. After several months the 'fallout' has stopped and my hair is returning to normal, but going through it is very traumatic.

I have several friends who have had cancer and chemo treatments and have lost all of their hair! I can’t imagine how awful that must be. Thankfully, after treatment their hair came back.

Many men start losing their hair gradually at a young age due to a heredity gene known as “male patterned baldness”.
I’m sure that it must be traumatic for them as well.

Do you know that even God is concerned about your hair? He knows each one of us so intimately that He even counts the hairs on our heads?

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
Matt. 10:30

Let that really sink in for a moment. God absolutely cares about you! You may think sometimes that He doesn’t have time to hear your prayers or to know your pain, but He does.

He cares more about you than the little sparrow.
“…And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”
Matt. 10:29

“Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Matt. 10:31

Those are the words of Jesus, recorded in the book of Matthew.

Selah sings the beautiful song,
“His Eye Is On The Sparrow”.
It’s beautiful and uplifting!

Listen and read the lyrics after you pause my Playlist at the bottom of the page.

I pray that you have the faith and confidence to believe God loves you and He always hears your prayer.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
I John 5:14,15

Love and Prayers,

Turning Sorrow Into Joy!

Our Lord Jesus is so loving
and merciful to us.

Do you know that He works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called to His purpose?

He will even answer the prayers of your heart that may be too painful to put into words.

He wants to turn the sorrows of your life into joy!

“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.”
Psalm 126:5

“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10b

I want to share this video with you of a beautiful story of God’s love for Lee Ezell. The story has a wonderful surprise ending.

(Pause my Playlist at bottom of page first.)

God decides when to make life; therefore, we are all made for His purpose.

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.”
Psalm 139:16 NLT

Love and Prayers,

A Thankful Heart!

Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit cause my children to seek You, and open their hearts to see you.

Bless them with a face-to-face encounter with You, confessing Jesus as their Savior.

Bless them with a hunger and thirst for your Word and a desire to know You.

In Your name I pray. Amen

This is one of the prayers I pray for my family, especially for the ones who are not following Jesus at this time.

I can say like John said, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."

I am excited and I have a thankful heart tonight for the testimony of two of my beautiful teenage granddaughters. I am rejoicing and praising God for answering prayer.

We live states apart, so I'm not a part of their daily lives. I have found Facebook to be a useful tool for 'trying to keep up'.

This a FB comment Steph wrote recently,
“Looking back on the last two years of my life there are a few things that stand out.
One - I have so many amazing new friends, from church and youth group.
Two - I have become closer to the Lord and as a result, am more at peace with my life.
Three - I am actually almost ready to leave the nest.
Four - I am not nearly done with my journey, my walk with God. The most important thing in the next few years for me, will be getting closer to God and reading my Bible because I don't do that enough.”

This is a FB comment Susie wrote recently,
“I know I've been on a sort of Spiritual high lately but I feel like I've been given a purpose. I really feel like chasing after a career in Evangalism. Sorry to anyone who gets weirded out by this. This is me.: )

“I think about the last year or two, and two things stand out. One, how many amazing people I've met, my church friends, and how much stronger I've become in my faith in Jesus Christ.”

‎"Charm is Deceptive, Beauty is Fleeting, but a Woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
Proverbs 31:30

Let us never forget to praise the good Lord for answering our prayers. He is faithful!

Love and Prayers,


Teach Our Children The Truth!

Do you remember this song, “O Be Careful Little Eyes What You See”?

I remember singing it when I was very young. Listen to these adorable children singing it on the video and as you watch, it may bring back some good memories for you too.

(Pause my Playlist at bottom of page first.)

I no longer have small children at home, but I do have young grandchildren. My heart breaks when I think about the future of this generation who are not being taught the truth of Jesus Christ.

The schools are teaching our kids that there are many gods and Jesus doesn’t even get a mere mention!

Many of our churches are teaching a tolerant message of acceptance: “One can believe in any god one chooses and still get to Heaven”.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a mom or a grandma, we must pray for our kids.

The most important truth we must teach our children is that Jesus is alive and the One and only God who loves them! We must teach our children to pray and to know that Jesus hears them. We need to let our light shine before them, so they will see Jesus in us.

Our children are our most prized possessions and they should be a priority in our lives. I believe, our children are on loan to us from God and entrusted to our safekeeping.

We cherish and treasure them, even if they bring us heartbreaking pain at times.

“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”
Psalm 127:3

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

This should be the prayer of every parent,
“God, I want to be instrumental in helping my kids establish a close walk with You. Please give me the strength and the wisdom to be the godly example that my children need to see. I realize that in order for this to happen I must be like You. Direct me daily to renew my commitment to follow in Your steps. Thank You for being the example I need.”

Love and Prayers,


Falling In Love With Jesus!

When I was in high school, I fell ‘in love’ a number of times. It was very common for us to ‘go steady’, and for most kids ‘going steady’ could last for 3-4 weeks.

That special person could excite us and cause us to feel emotions that we had never experience before. One day we might be jumping with joy and the next day be full of despair. Emotions were always changing and seemed to rule our lives at that age.

We soon learned that love would only last more than a few weeks unless we made a commitment to the relationship and to the other person. True love goes hand-in-hand with commitment.

You choose to stay in love. You choose to be faithful. You choose to look for ways to keep falling in love with this person again and again. That is true love.

I was visiting with a dear friend last week, and she shared with me her experience of salvation. She told me that Jesus had brought her from such darkness that she fell totally in love with Him. The change He brought to her life gave her so much joy and peace.

She was overwhelmed by His love for her and she wanted more and more. She was hungry to learn more about Him and to feel secure in His love. She made a commitment to serve Him forever and never go back into sin.

Falling in love with your mate can bring ecstasy at times along with many other emotions, but none can compare with falling in love with Jesus. Words can’t describe the pure joy He gives!

Human love cannot love you totally and unconditionally like Jesus does. He loved each of us in our filth of sin so much that He chose to die in our place, so that we can have eternal life with Him.

My prayer for my kids is,
“God, let them see Your beauty and Your love for them. Uncover their blinded eyes to see their sin, and to know that Your blood covers them with forgiveness, when they repent and ask You for forgiveness. Lord, I pray that they fall in love with You with a passion to be in Your presence and to make a commitment to live for You.
Thank you, Jesus!”

Do you remember the song, “I Keep Falling In Love With Him”?
It was popular several years ago and we don’t hear it much anymore. I had a hard time finding it online as well.

The video below is not much of a video, but Henry and Hazel Slaughter are singing the song, and I’m sure if you listen to it, you will enjoy.

In fact, the song will probably get stuck in your head all day.
(Pause my Playlist at bottom of page first.)

Love and Prayers,

When God Unfolds The Rose!

"Unfolding The Rose"

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
God opens this flower so sweetly,
Then, in my hands, they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I'll trust in Him for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.

The pathway that lies before me,
Only my Heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

by Helen Steiner Rice

Not only do we need to trust God to guide our steps and direct our paths; to have complete faith in Him to unfold the rose petals of our lives, but to also trust Him to do the same for our children.

I think sometimes it is harder for us to surrender the plans we have for our kids to God, than to surrender ourselves.

We must remember that His plans for their lives is BEST and that only He can unfold the petals of their lives to their full beauty! Trust Him!

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” Psalm 91:1,2

Please scroll down to bottom of page to pause my Playlist and watch the video.

Love and Prayers,


God Knows Our Need Before We Do!

We may say a prayer for something in our lives that needs an immediate answer. Yet sometimes when the answer comes, it is nothing like we thought and seems totally wrong. But in the end we find out God was right all along!

For Sheila, a mistake turned out to be a miracle.

I want to share this story that blessed me.
“A Divine Misprint”
By Sheila Corey, from the book “God Answers Moms’ Prayers”

It was our fourth move in seven years of ministry, and even in a congregation of 350 members, a new wave of loneliness swept over me. One morning as I dressed my two preschool children, a thought came to me and I got on my knees to pray, “God, I’m lonely. Send me someone who is lonely and needs a friend, too.”

I then began to scour the church directory in search of a woman with children who might want to get together for the day. After many unsuccessful attempts, I dialed the number next to a familiar name. A woman answered.

“Cheryl?” I asked.
“This is Sheila from church. How are you?”
“Uh, I’m fine,” she replied.
“How are the kids?”
“They’re okay. A little wild today.”
“Well, I’m calling because I’m taking my kids to the pool today and wanted to know if you could join me.”
There was an awkward silence, and then reluctantly she said, “Okay.”

I asked for directions to her house and was surprised to find she lived on the same road as we did, just a couple of miles east of our block. She came out of the house when I pulled into her driveway, and I soon discovered that the woman I was picking up was not the woman I thought I had called!

I put on my Sunday face and welcomed her as if she was an old friend. I was, after all, a minister’s wife, and thought she probably knew me.

As we drove along, we talked about the church. She asked if I had met a particular church member yet, and I said, “No.” I asked if she knew another church member, and she said, “No.” In the course of the conversation, we eventually realized we were from two different congregations.

She asked how I got her number, and I told her about my search through the church directory. We discovered that she shared the same first name as the lady I intended to call, and that her telephone number appeared in the directory by mistake.

Amazed, I told her of my prayer that morning. When I finished, she said through her tears, “God answered your prayer. My husband told me recently that he had an affair. I don’t know who to turn to. I truly do need a friend today.”

Cheryl and I spent the day talking, crying, and at times even laughing with amazement at God’s way of putting two needy women together. After dropping her off at the end of the day, I went home, immediately opened the directory, and called her.

She laughed and then replied, “Yes?”
“Just checking to see if you were real.”
“I guess our friendship really was made in heaven,” was her chuckling reply.
“Amen to that, my new sister. Amen to that.”

The church directory was printed a year before my husband and I arrived at our new church. God scheduled my moment with Cheryl through a misprint. He knew Cheryl’s need a year before she did! He knew, even in my loneliness, that He could use me.

I learned that day, as did Cheryl, that God knows the needs of His people. If we are available to Him, no matter what our circumstances, He will use us to meet those needs.

Love and Prayers,


Celebrate America!

We celebrate America! Thank God for the freedom we still have to worship our Savior! But, it is time for the church to wake up. We will lose our freedom if we don’t.

We must pray for our nation…pray for God to heal our land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)

Please scroll to bottom of page and pause my Playlist and watch this powerful video by Carman: “God In America”.

Have a wonderful day as you celebrate the day with family and friends.

I pray
“that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;

that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge;

that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the
church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:16-21)

Love and Prayers,


Children Are a Gift From God!

It’s like a special club; Motherhood…and it’s truly gender specific, to say the least.

What a gift the Father has given to His daughters, to allow us to bear and nurture children! And through the miracle of adoption, even women who cannot give birth can still know the tenacious love of a child in their keeping.

What heartbreaking pain we can suffer and what inconceivable joy we can have all because we are mothers. Yet in reality we are merely caretakers, very attached to our work.

Our children are on loan from God and entrusted to our safekeeping for as long as He deems right. We find the direction and guidance needed when we turn them over to Him.

He knows each child intimately, ever since He began knitting each one together in the womb.

Yes, motherhood is a very special club. And it’s an honor to be invited by God to join.

(From the book – “God Answers Moms’ Prayers”, by Allison Bottke)

This spoke to my heart as I was reading it, reminding me that children are indeed a blessing!

Too often we forget, because when they are little we never seem to get enough sleep. When they are teenagers, our stress level keeps us from resting. And even when they are adults and our nests are empty, they are still in our hearts and in our prayers.

In spite of the worry and sometimes pain, being blessed with children truly is a gift from God!

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3

Love and Prayers,

God Always Does Things Right!

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6,7

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:8,9

Love and Prayers,



Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor the men and women in military service who sacrificed their lives to give us, in American, our continued freedom.

Freedom is not free! It never has been. Far too many have died and too much blood has been spilled for us to ever take our freedom for granted.

Sadly, many people are nonchalant about observing Memorial Day since the date was changed in 1971 to create a three-day weekend. They look at it only as a day to be off work and have fun.

I pray, “God, please don’t let us ever forget the sacrifices others have made for us.

"Help us to take a stand and not be apathetic about the stupid and dangerous policies others would like to change that will destroy our freedom.

"Above all, let us not forget that our America was founded on Your principles and truth, and we must not let them take that away from us.”

This video has compelling pictures and a powerful song, “I’m Proud To Be an American”. Please watch.
(You need to first turn off My Playlist at the bottom of the page.)

I share another video on Personal Connection With Jesus (click on the name) that shows the powerful emotion of war, “Psalm 23 Memorial Day Tribute”.

Have a good weekend.

Love and Prayers,


Keep Looking Up!

My husband, Don, is fascinated with clouds and always has been. When he was a little boy he loved to lie in the grass staring at the clouds in the sky. Today, he carries a camera with him so that he will be ready to take a picture of any cloud that catches his imagination.

All of his photos are beautiful, but I am especially drawn to the ones that show the light of the sun breaking through the clouds. It reminds me of the light of Jesus, the SON of God.

“He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, who makes the clouds His chariot, who walks on the wings of the wind.” Psalm 104:3

I believe we can see the beauty of Jesus reflected in the clouds just as the light of the sun hitting the cloud is reflected back to us.

The beautiful colors of the sunset give us an array of wondrous sights, especially when we see it setting behind the clouds.

I don’t pretend to understand the process of reflection/absorption or particles in the air that changes the color of the clouds at sunset. I just enjoy God’s beauty!

I’ve selected some of Don’s cloud photos for a video along with Brooklyn Tab Choir’s beautiful song, “Total Praise”.

Please go to My Playlist at the bottom of the page to turn off the music, then sit back and enjoy the video.

Let us also remember that the Bible tells us:

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13:26

“Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
I Thess. 4:17

Keep looking up!

Love and Prayers,


Fear That Paralyzes Faith

“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)

This is the question that Jesus asked of the disciples. Their boat was filling with water as the strong winds tossed their boat about and they cried out to Jesus, “Do you not care that we are perishing?”

Fear is a painful emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.

I am recovering from back surgery and two weeks post-op I had a new symptom which puzzled me and later made me afraid. My left knee suddenly began to give out on me and I was unable to lift my leg because of weakness.

Later when I was feeling better and going to church or shopping I was still having problems walking in a straight line, even falling once when I stepped off a curb. I clung to my husband when we were out, because I was afraid that I would fall again if I walked alone.

The doctor seemed to think that it was normal and would get better if I walked, so I began walking on my treadmill every night. I kept praying for complete healing and strength and so many dear friends were also praying for me.

I was still afraid. What if I would always have trouble walking and lifting my leg to get into the car? What if I fell again, getting hurt and making matters even worse?

As I was praying a couple of weeks ago, asking God again to restore my health, I realized that fear was paralyzing my faith. As long as I was afraid I could not believe.

The Holy Spirit gently prompted me to begin praying for deliverance from fear. I did and I began to feel my faith restored. Soon I was feeling so much better and walking without fear. Jesus is my healer and I am gaining strength every day.

Jesus is my healer, but I believe that if I had continued to live in fear I would not have received my healing.

Despair is much like fear. Despair means to be hopeless; to give up all hope or expectation. Despair is probably the most dangerous, most difficult emotion to deal with that haunts hurting Christian parents who are praying for their wayward kids.

What happens when we pray for a son or daughter and God doesn’t act? What do we do when there is no miracle?

If we surrender to our feelings of disappointment with God, we begin to doubt everything but our worries and our hopelessness. Before long, we fall victim to despair. We will be praying only out of desperation and fear, not faith.

Jesus is asking us the same question today, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
(2 Timothy 1:7)

Let us be like David who said, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

Love and Prayers,


Next To My Heart

“I looked at this tiny, perfect creature and it was as though a light switch had been turned on. A great rush of love, mother love, flooded out of me.”
Madeleine L’Engle

Thinking about Mother's Day, I want to share a story that I recently read in "Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul 2". I think all of us moms can relate in one way or another. Even though being pregnant was so very long ago for me, the memories of those years are still with me.

God bless each one of you and may all the love you give to others come back to you on this special day.

Next To My Heart
By Bonnie Compton Hanson

The day I had to stop dead in my tracks in the aisle of a busy supermarket was one of the worst in my whole life.

There I was, pregnant as could be, forty pounds overweight, a whole month past my due date, with wretched ‘morning sickness’ that lasted twenty-four hours every single day. And now I had cramps in both feet so excruciating I couldn’t move.

This wasn’t the way I had expected motherhood to be. My own mother, who had six children, glowed when she was expecting. And her mother, my grandmother, not only joyfully welcomed sixteen little ones into the world, but also ran a busy store the entire time.

Looking forward to holding a little one in your arms, they had said, and feeling the miracle of life inside you, should make any woman ecstatically happy. And healthy!

I was miserable and so large I had long since forgotten what either my feet or my legs looked like. There was only one outfit I could even get on, a sort of muumuu tent. I had to give up work, give up church ministries, and almost give up hope.

Why was God allowing this to happen to me? He knew I loved him, my husband and this unborn child. My friends had started snickering: “You were due when?” Even my doctor grumped at me as if it were all my own fault.

And now during one of the hottest Augusts on record, my ankles swelled so badly in our sweltering apartment, I had to keep them in buckets of ice. Going anywhere was torture. But we were out of milk. Just a quick dash to the store, I thought-- surely I could do that.

So here I was, frozen in my tracks, stopping carts in both directions.

My face beet-red, I stared at the rows of cracker boxes in front of me, pretending not to notice the angry shoppers whose way I was blocking. And then I heard a little girl’s voice: “Mommy, why does that lady look so funny?”

I squeezed my eyes shut, trying to stop sudden tears, ‘Oh, God, please! That’s the last straw! Can’t anyone say anything nice about me for a change? I’m so tired of being a medical freak. Won’t I ever be normal and comfortable and well again? Won’t I ever get to hold this baby in my arms?’

Then that mother said something I will never forget; “Honey,” she murmured, “it’s because God has given that woman a tiny baby to carry next to her heart.”

When I opened my eyes, mother and daughter were gone. Eventually, so were the cramps. But those words have lasted a lifetime.

They were so true, and such a blessing to me during those final miserable days before I could hold my beautiful firstborn in my arms. During my next two pregnancies as well. A blessing I remembered as my three children grew up and married. A blessing I have been privileged to share with my own pregnant daughters-in-law and many other young women I have known over the years.

For even after our children are born, we mothers still carry those precious little ones next to our hearts. And we will continue our whole lives long.

Love and Prayers,


What is the First Word of the Gospel?

A pastor asked a group of children in Sunday School class,“Why do you love God?”
He received a variety of answers, but the one he liked best was,
“I don’t know, Sir, I guess it just runs in our family.”

That is a cute adorable answer from a child and it brings a smile to my face, but I wonder if that is the only reason our children say they are “Christian”.

In Sunday School we teach our children the story of Christmas and Easter. We tell them that Jesus loves them and they should believe in Him. If they believe, they will be saved.

This is all true, but are we teaching them about true repentance?

What is the first word of the gospel?

John the Baptist preaching about Jesus’ coming...
(Matt.3:2) “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

The beginning of Jesus’ ministry…
(Matt.4:17) “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say,“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus’ words:
(Matt. 9:13) “For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

On the Day of Pentecost when all of those, who were expectantly waiting in one accord, were filled with the Holy Ghost, it caused great commotion and confusion in the crowd of people outside. Peter being filled with the Holy Spirit and the anointing began to preach Jesus to them.

(Acts 2:37-38) “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Again, Peter preaching on another day to a different crowd…
(Acts 3:19) “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

I believe that ‘repent’ was the first word of the gospel. Sadly, we seldom hear it preached in churches today. The Gospel has been watered down, so as not to offend.

To be completely honest I’m not sure, in my fading memory, if my sons heard the complete gospel of repentance while growing up in church 30-45 years ago.

Is this why so many of our children who were raised in church leave the faith when they start making life choices? Was their faith anchored through repentance, or just a mental acceptance of what they agreed to believe at that time?

Only the convicting power of the Holy Spirit can bring the unbeliever to repentance. The Spirit’s irresistible power draws him to the Master, changing his mind, attitude and behavior instantly, for all eternity!

2 Cor. 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Love and Prayers,


Their Eyes Were Opened!

Can you imagine the excitement and joy that Jesus’ followers felt when they realized that Jesus was not dead, but alive? One by one they believed, as others who had seen Him shared their stories.

Two of His followers who were walking on the road to Emmaus actually experienced Jesus joining them for the walk.

Luke 25:15 “So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.”

Wow! How exciting that must have been! But they didn’t know that it was Jesus. They didn’t recognize Him. They still believed He was dead.

Verse 16- “But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.”

Our unsaved loved ones are in this condition!

Cor. 4:4 “Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”

Luke 25:31- “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him.”

Verse 32- “And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

We need to pray that our kids’ eyes will be opened so that they can see Jesus who is walking beside them.

And pray that the Holy Spirit will burn within their hearts a remembrance of His Word that they perhaps learned as a child. If they did not have the teaching as a child, pray that the Word will be exposed to them from sources all around them.

And every time they hear a witness of Jesus Christ, it will burn in their hearts, which will put them under such strong conviction that they have to say “Yes” to the Holy Spirit.

Love and Prayers,

Jesus Is Alive!!

Jesus, gave His life for our sins. He was beaten beyond recognition and then crucified on the cross. He gave His life as our sacrifice so that we can have eternal life in Heaven.

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, to heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Jesus lives.

The grave could not hold Him. He had power over death and rose again on the third day. We celebrate Easter, the day of new life, the day of resurrection, the day of eternal hope!

Jesus is risen!
Jesus is alive!

Celebrate! Shout for joy! Jesus did not stay in the grave, but He is alive! Easter is our promise of eternal life!

May you have a blessed Easter!

Love and Prayers,


Jesus, My Savior, My Healer and My Strength!

This post is about praise. Praise to Jesus, my Lord.
I have been very ill with severe pain since November. Even with conservative treatment, my condition continued to worsen. I finally consented to have extensive back surgery on March 1st. The surgeon informed me that it would be 6-12 weeks before I would feel normal again.

Many people have been praying for me, and I thank all of you for praying. I thank God for an excellent surgeon, but I know that Jesus is my healer. The first two weeks post-op were pretty bad, but now less than four weeks out, I am doing amazingly well. I’m planning to go to church on Sunday. I give all praise to my Heavenly Father and to Jesus my healer!

If you have been following my blog, you may remember my post on August 29, 2008, “Answer to Our Prayers”. It was the praise report of our daughter coming back to Jesus a few months before. She gave her heart to Jesus doing the Easter season in March of 2008, two years ago. She is still loving Him and what a difference He has made in her life!

She sent me this poem a few days ago that she had just written. She said that she was thinking of how most people this time of year are trying to get back into shape for the summer, when these words came to her. I want to share it with you and I’m sure that it will bless you as it did me.

Strength In Christ

We want perfect bodies with firmness and shape,
We planned our workout and we watched what we ate.

The pounds they came off and the results were in view,
But inside, tender hearts are still needing renewed.

We strive for perfection and outward acclaim,
But inside we still suffer with nothing to gain.

God knew who we are when He created the earth,
It is there in His love that we realize our worth.

It is not by chance or luck we are here,
Each one of us chosen, each one of us dear.

He chose us and knew us before we were born.
To not love Him back, will His heart not be torn?

As we do for our bodies to strengthen and grow,
We must sacrifice daily with our goal Him to know.

Take time when you wake to sit with Him and pray,
To start your beginning and end of your day.

Get lost in His word the true bread of life,
You won’t fear the carbs instead gain New Life.

You will see in short time the new you that appears,
Without heavy hearts and without any fears.

This New Life we’re given so precious and short,
Came with a steep price the fee paid by our Lord.

Is it not worth the time and work we must do?
To feel so alive and through Him be renewed.

A workout plan simple to grow strong in Him,
Just stop for a moment and look from within.

By Lori Staley - 2010

Thank you, Jesus, for blessing Lori’s life and for the gifts and anointing you have given her.

We are encouraged to continue to pray and believe your promises for all of our lost children to believe and accept Your love. We give you praise for the many prayers that You have already answered.

”Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”
Psalm 150:6

Love and Prayers,

What Does The Cross Mean To You?

Most of my thinking, my studies, and my prayers lately have been on healing, because I am in need of healing now. I will be having back surgery in a few days and I ask for your prayers.

I know without a doubt that Jesus is my healer! He has healed me many times in the past. But it wasn’t until I had a need for healing this time, that I started seriously searching the Bible for examples of divine healing and God’s promises.

I have been reading F.F. Bosworth’s book, “Christ The Healer” which was written in 1973. It is a compelling book filled with powerful evidence of Jesus as our healer, and many scriptures are given for study.

The highlight of the book for me personally was a reminder that it is God’s will for me to be well. I’m afraid our faith has been watered down somewhat when we always preface our prayers with, “If it be your will, Father.”

What was the purpose of the cross? Wasn’t it to restore to mankind all that Adam’s action had taken away from us?

Adam, by his fall, brought sin into our souls.
Adam, by his fall, brought disease into our bodies.
Sin and disease is therefore the work of the devil.

“Jesus went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil.”

On Calvary, Jesus bore our sins. He was made sin for us in His body on the tree. He was wounded for our transgressions and He was bruised for our iniquities.

On Calvary, Jesus bore our sicknesses and carried our suffering. And with His stripes we are healed.

“For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit.”

We know that Jesus bore our sins, so do you think it is God’s will to save only a select few who come to Him? No! He said, “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

We know that Jesus bore our sicknesses, so do you think it is God’s will to heal only a select few who come to Him? No! “He was moved with compassion and healed them all and all manner of diseases.”

The Atonement of the cross, Jesus as the pure sacrifice, restored to us all that had been taken away from us by sin and the fall of Adam. Jesus came to earth to do the will of the Father, which was to reconcile us to Him giving us eternal life and freedom from the curse of the law. The curse of the law included diseases. Jesus redeemed us from the curse through His Atonement. He died for our sicknesses, our pains, our transgressions, our iniquities, our peace and our healing.
Romans 5:6-21

It is hard to look at Jesus suffering on the cross, even though we know that He did not stay dead and we know that He is alive today. But perhaps we do need to look again to be reminded of His bountiful mercy and love. He left Heaven and came to earth as a baby to live as one of us because of this love and to do the will of the Father.

It IS the WILL of the Father for all to be saved; including every family member that you are praying for, and it IS His WILL for all of His children to be well.

Wow! What a glorious blessing, freedom from sin and disease. Let us sing praises to our Savior for giving us life! Let us give praises and glory to our Heavenly Father for loving us so much that He gave His only son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die in our place!

(Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, I Peter 2:24, Luke 4:40, I Corinthians 6:20, John 3:16)

Love and Prayers,


Quilt Full Of Holes

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.

Before each of us, laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again.

I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.

I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ.

Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!

“Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy."

"For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."

"So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything."

"God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:2-4, 12 NLT

Love and Prayers,