Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Reason for the Season


And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,

I bring you good tidings of great joy,  which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of  David a Saviour, 

which is Christ the Lord.
 
And this shall be a sign unto you;

Ye shall find the babe wrapped

in swaddling clothes,

lying in a manger.  

– Luke 2:10-12





(Manger scene is taken from free clip art)

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
http://bcctampa.sermon.net/main/main/20779859
11 AM Three Ways the Culture Weakens Our Faith and What We Can Do About It - Pt. 2http://bcctampa.sermon.net/main/main/20779857
Read about him on his website:
http://bibleframework.com/about/clough/

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 1http://bcctampa.sermon.net/main/main/20735408

11 AM
Lessons From Trying to "Fix" a Broken Society 3000 Years Ago - Part 2
http://bcctampa.sermon.net/main/main/20735402