Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fear Less Pray More

I am happy to announce that my newest devotional - Fear Less Pray More - A Woman's Devotional Guide to Courageous Living, is now available.

It is my prayer that these devotions will bless you. Some will make you laugh, others will bring tears. I also hope you will glean an insight into the power of our Lord and Creator at our fingertips. We have a mighty advocate to stand with us as we face our fears and challenges.

Tragedy struck my family when I was a little more than half way through writing this devotional. Our Heavenly Father led me through the crisis and, although He gave me the peace, strength, and courage to finish the project, it still felt like rolling a boulder up a slippery mountain. The Lord didn't promise to make it easy, but He did promise to be there with me. And He keeps His promises!

My critique group, Word Weavers International - Tampa Chapter, helped me not only with their critiques, but also with their prayers. They are all a special blessing to me.

My sister, Kathy, coached me through those difficult days and held me up in her prayers. God granted me the treasure of the best sister in the world!

Friends and other family members, including my church family at Bayside Community Church in Tampa, urged me on with their encouraging words and prayers. My friend, Sarah, summed it up best with her comment, "Death by deadline!" I've claimed that as the title of a novel I'll write.

I can't give enough praise to the editors at Barbour House Publishing for their excellent work. Many thanks for their patience and kindness, and for extending my deadline more than once.

So...through my blood, sweat, and tears, but most of all, through God's gentle embrace, here it is.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Winning the Battle

Too often I read an obituary that states: "...lost his battle with (name of disease), and passed away..."

Friends, we are losing the battle while we remain here to endure the fatigue, the pain, and the frailty that so often accompanies the ugly diseases we encounter. But for the believer in Jesus Christ, that battle is not lost. Victory belongs to those who break free from their sickly torment and accept the outstretched hand of the Savior. No more pain and anguish; bathed in the glorious love of God, our Creator. That is a battle worth winning!

"Just think of stepping ashoreand finding it Heaven,of touching a hand and finding it God'sof breathing new air and finding it celestial....of waking up in glory and finding you are Home..."
Finally Home! 
by Don Wyrtzen

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Here are the links to the latest lessons from Charlie Clough. He spoke at Bayside Community Church in Tampa (3333 Bayshore Blvd.) on Sunday, 10/9/16.

As always, his teachings on the issues of global warming and Darwinism are mind-blowingly clear.

10 AM Three Ways the Culture Weakens Our Faith and What We Can Do About It - Pt.1
11 AM Three Ways the Culture Weakens Our Faith and What We Can Do About It - Pt. 2
Read about him on his website:

Monday, September 26, 2016

God's Invisible Protection

The next-to-the-last leg of my journey to work this morning put me on a curved road that emptied into three lanes at the traffic light. The left lane was a "turn only," the middle lane offered a choice of turning left or going straight. The right lane was another "turn only."

While I waited in line six cars back from the traffic light, the man behind me grew impatient. He pulled his Jeep into the oncoming traffic lane (crossing a double yellow line - Gasp!), and drove around the curve to the left "turn only" lane.

A woman in an SUV turned onto the road, missing a head-on collision with the Jeep by two seconds. A second impatient driver behind me performed the same trick the guy in the Jeep had done. He zipped around the hairpin corner, on the wrong side of the road (another Gasp!), and stopped behind the Jeep.
A young woman in a sedan with a little dog in her lap turned onto the road, missing the latest impatient jerk by a whisper.

The two women who turned onto the road were unaware of God's protection at that moment. Did they get stuck behind a school bus that delayed them those few precious seconds? Did they complain about it?

It made me wonder how many times I've sat stuck in traffic, fuming about being late for work. Did those traffic jams actually protect me?
A simple life lesson learned from people watching:

Thank you, God, for using delays to protect me from other impatient people!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Birth of Charlie's Angles

Meet the new femme fatale crime fighters: (Left to right) Cool, Kassarine, and Jammies.

After a career as super modules, Charlie's Angles find themselves fighting crime in the quiet village of Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida. They meet at the local ice cream parlor to discuss their next case.

Each episode in this new TV program has a different ANGLE, (hence the name Charlie's Angles), starting with a jewel heist. The prime suspect is a dealer in stolen fine handmade fashionable trinkets. He enlists the aid of Gilly, the tubby seagull, known for his talent of stealing breakfast sandwiches from unsuspecting hungry sun bathers.

The girls stake out the kiosks at the Pavilion on Saturday, an event known to draw tens of tourists and more than a few thieves.

Don't fail to miss this suspense-filled action unpacked episode!

Thank you, Kassarine, for your input into this fun blog post. Sometimes we need a diversion of silliness in this crazy upside-down world.

Feel free to add to the saga of three post-menopausal spies seeking truth, justice and black-eyed peas.
("Live peas?!?" - LOL. You had to be there.)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dynamic Audio Message by Charles Clough - 8/7/16

Fasten your seatbelts before hearing Charlie Clough's messages at Bayside Community Church in Tampa, FL  on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Links to the audio messages are below:
10 AM Lessons From Trying to "Fix" a Broken Society 3000 Years Ago - Part 1

11 AM
Lessons From Trying to "Fix" a Broken Society 3000 Years Ago - Part 2

Monday, June 27, 2016


Christopher Columbus believed God called him to make his voyages. He openly shared his wish to spread Christianity to the pagan nations. He also had a heartfelt passion for the displaced people of Israel. For that reason, our post-modern society chooses to demonize this brave explorer.

The book of Genesis reveals how the Lord provided an incubator for the Israelites to grow in strength and number in Egypt. Thousands of years later, in 1492, He tapped Columbus on the shoulder and sent him westward to set up an incubator for a strong brand of people who would be called Americans. Columbus’ discovery of a new world produced an unexpected consequence for the Middle East nations. The trade routes shifted to the west, leaving them to remain in 11th century darkness while the rest of the world flourished through numerous inventions that followed.

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower landed in the “Cape Cod fishhook” carrying sixty-five passengers who sought to escape from religious persecution. A hundred and fifty years later, descendants of those passengers, along with new settlers to the colonies, took up arms to defeat the religious tyranny harassing them from across the Atlantic.
The U.S. Constitution, ratified on May 29, 1790, was drafted using language from Deuteronomy.  Our own Liberty Bell bears the inscription of Leviticus 25:10: “And proclaim freedom throughout the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” God inspired the framers with His words to build a new nation. Why? What purpose did He have for this new strong breed of people?

While the Jewish people suffered unconscionable persecution throughout the Middle East and Europe, God nurtured this new country of Judeo-Christian citizens. John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson, “I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation.”
Our incubating period continued.
In 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought us into World War II. We’d already proven our mettle in the World War that ended in 1918. God had strengthened and prepared us for this global conflict that would determine the fate of His chosen people.
Our incubation was over.
Thirty-one years would pass between the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the establishment of the State of Israel in Palestine in 1948. Exactly one year after the end of WWII, President Truman contacted the British Prime Minister; petitioning Britain to lift its barriers to Jewish immigrates to Palestine. The United States officially recognized the provisional government as the de facto authority of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
Mission Accomplished.
Since that date, we have fallen away from our Judeo-Christian roots. The downward spiral in the moral character as a nation beginning in the 1950s and 1960s had a gravitational pull on all branches of our government, dragging us into a vortex of wickedness. Preachers in our mainline Christian churches have shied away from preaching the consequences of sin. Public schools no longer teach the true history of our beginnings. We traded the sin of slavery for the slavery of sin as we fly the multi-colored flag from our government buildings. Morbidly initiated abortion is the norm, despite evidence of its connection with breast cancer. Anti-Semitic viewpoints are again prevalent throughout the world. 
Perhaps these signs prove that God is indeed finished with us. We fulfilled His purpose of helping the Jewish people return to part of the Land of Promise. What further usefulness do we have?
Could we bring the Lord back to us by returning to Him?
Could we regain His favor by proclaiming freedom throughout the Land… the freedom from sin through Christ the Savior… unto all the inhabitants thereof?
Could we, once again, be the light shining on a hill, to give hope to all who look at us that they might say, “God is in their midst.”
As we recognize 240 years of the existence of the United States of America, please pray fervently with me for our nation's return to the patiently-awaiting arms of Almighty God.