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Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


What if the sun rose in the west and set in the east - would the earth spin in the opposite direction?

What if the grass was blue, the sky green, clouds not puffy, and the waves of the sea invisible; would all those poems need to be re-written?

What if we really evolved from apes? Could I go to the zoo and watch them watching me, or would there be no more apes - just humans?

What if Eve wasn't tempted, and had no desire to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Would we all be running around naked in the Garden of Eden?

What if Noah ignored God and didn't build the ark? It must have seemed foolish to build a boat in the middle of a desert. Would the flood have been the end of God's creation?

What if everything wrong became right and everything right became wrong? Would we all be happier?

What if God so loved the world He gave His only son?  What if? 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." 

The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure."

Gettysburg Address - Abraham Lincoln November 1863

I saw some students being interviewed on TV recently. The question was asked, "Who did we (the U.S.) fight to win our independence?" There were about eight of them. They looked at each other, some just shrugged their shoulders, others tried to answer the question. One said France, another said "Maybe Spain" another said "The guys in the red coats" at which time one of the girls said, "The British!"

Times have changed, our country has changed, school curriculum's, attitudes and yes - morals have changed. My parents talked about American history at the dinner table, a lot, so did my husband and I when our children were growing up. We are a nation of immigrants - the only true American is the native Indian.

Under the law, we are equal, but we are different. We have different educations, skills and abilities. We are not guaranteed under the Constitution to have freedom from religion, but to have freedom of religion. We are free to practice any and all religions, or no religion at all.

My sweet paternal grandparents, Harry and Ruby, grew up in Chicago, and had parents who came here from Sweden. They said  that no matter what country people came from, they wanted to first be an American. . .in thought, word and deed. They didn't want to change America, they wanted to be a part of America. They also wanted to hold on to their various ethnic roots. The Swedish liked meatballs and pickled herring and usually attended a Lutheran church. Many spoke only a few words of English when they arrived. No one had any special privileges, or a government subsidy to help them survive. They were on there own, sink or swim. My maternal grandfather first arrived from Sweden 1904 with $35.00 in his pocket; that was all he had. Despite their many difficulties in this new land, very few gave up and returned to the 'old country'. They stayed and persevered!

Most not only survived but eventually thrived; it wasn't easy. I believe their struggles made them strong and gave them the will and desire to make America what it is. They were self-sufficient, responsible people who built this amazing country. I didn't realize how amazing until I begin to travel with my husband in my early 30's. Most people take pride in their country; I'm very proud of mine.

Those who wrote our constitution and became our first governing body were God-fearing men. Most of our early immigrants were from Europe and they brought their Christian beliefs and principles with them. Our motto is "In God We Trust". Now many come from other faiths and worship many different gods. They don't always want to assimilate as the earlier immigrants did. Many come to take advantage of what they consider to be a wealthy government. Our government is supported by hardworking citizens. We pay taxes and the legislature decides how these funds should be distributed - much like other free countries. Law abiding people respectful of our history and traditions are always welcome.

The photo is a quilt I sewed together after we were attacked by terrorists on 9/11/2001. I enjoyed this project and am always reminded when I take the quilt out of the closet of how many young men and women have laid their life on the line to protect our freedom and democracy and those of many other countries who needed our help. Visit a national cemetery some day; an awesome experience.

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance."  Psalm 33:12

I love to go to baseball games, even when our team isn't very good. We have a big military presence at the Padres games. They are asked to stand and they receive a huge heart felt ovation. They play the song, 'God Bless America' - land that I love, stand beside her, and guide her. . .yes Lord, we ask that you continue to do that. Of course no game can start without the 'Star Spangled Banner', our national anthem. I usually cry.


Friday, May 26, 2017


Bible verses fall into many categories. Some speak of love, some of sin, salvation, faith, grace, God's sovereignty - this list could get very long. No matter what subject is being addressed, we know the God of the Bible is speaking to His children so we can learn about our Heavenly Father and understand who He is and what He wants for us. Grace and mercy prevail above all and the fact that He is steadfast and true to those who know Him. He also chastises us because He is our Father in heaven. I've recently been so blessed by reading and studying Psalm 107. I hope you'll want to join me as God reveals His desires and character.

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever."  Ps. 107:1

        Are you like me? Do you think there have been enough storms and difficult times in your life and there will come a day when most everything is nearly perfect? If so, you are a hopeful person. You may not realize it, but the hope you have is rooted in what you believe about God.
        I haven't written a blog in several weeks; seems like an eternity. I've been too busy being miserable. Three weeks ago I
awoke with a painful infection in my mouth. This resulted in having a molar extracted. The pain was intense. About the same time, I missed a stair and badly twisted my right foot which resulted in a very painful sprain. The doctor fit me with an orthopedic 'boot' which enabled me to put weight on it and 'hobble' around with my cane. I've been feeling sorry for myself.
        I knew my problems were temporary so I didn't feel hopeless, just distressed. Most things in life that cause us great distress are more temporary than permanent so we have hope that our situation will improve. We can count on the Lord to go to great lengths for us . . .

Ps. 107:16 "He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron" - like Superman, nothing will be able to stop Him.

Ps. 107:20 "He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave" - John I describes Jesus Christ as the "Word". Isaiah 53:5 tells us we are healed by his wounds. John 3:16 says that those who believe will have everlasting life - they are rescued from the grave. The Bible is one whole complete story.

Ps.107:23 - 30 " Merchants went out on the sea in ships. God spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted the waves. "They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits' end." God stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. He can calm the storms in our life too.

Ps. 107:41, 43 "He lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families and flocks. Not a government program or another human being but God Himself lifts us out of our affliction. "Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord."

        As you read through this Psalm you may notice the phrase, "Then they cried to the Lord" four times. God sees our stress, in fact, since He is the Sovereign Lord, He plans it! What seems to cause Him to come to our rescue is our crying out to Him and asking for His help. He brings distress into our life so we seek Him and come to depend on Him alone.
        For this reason, those of us who have put our trust in Him are hopeful that we will be rescued out of our misery. Those who are not assured of God's love and protection often feel hopeless. In order to have hope we must have the faith to believe. Faith is a gift from God - Ephesians 2:9. If you ask for this life changing faith, you'll have it - God won't say no, He's already given you the faith to ask!
        Many years ago, February 1973 to be exact, I was standing at my kitchen sink with a jar of jelly in my hand. I'd tried everything to open that jar, I failed. I remember thinking, "This is hopeless!" At that moment I remembered what a Bible teacher (thank you Glenna) had said recently - "When we run into a problem we can't solve the first thing we do is look for help. Only as a last resort will we ask the Lord to help us. We need to go to Him first; He's God of the Universe and He can do anything!" I was so frustrated I decided to put this to the test. I think I felt a bit foolish, not being able to open a jar of jelly wasn't exactly a crises. But to me, at that moment it was, so the Lord used this to show me that He could see my hopelessness and wanted me to know He cared and He was there for me. . .always. The moment I asked for His help the lid flew off the jar and I felt my body get warm and knew I was filled with the Holy Spirit. All believers are filled with the Holy Spirit. This was a dramatic experience; life changed.

        Don't follow the 'hopeless' road; you don't need to.

"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."  Hebrews 12:2

Thank you Jesus for being our hope and help us to reach out to others to share your love and grace.


Saturday, April 15, 2017


Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25 - 26

Jesus spoke these words to his friend Martha who was very upset that her brother, Lazarus, had just died. Martha and her sister Mary  took Jesus to the tomb where he was buried four days earlier. His flesh had begun to rot. Jesus asked that the stone be pushed aside, then looked up and prayed to His Father in heaven. Jesus said that what He was about to do, raise a dead man to life, was for the benefit of those watching so they'd know that He was sent by God. You can read this passage in John 11.
The difference between Jesus and Lazarus is this; even though they both died and were brought back to life, only the Lord remained alive, Lazarus's human body died again but attained eternal life after his second bodily death. Do you understand that you also can have eternal life and will never have to pay the penalty for all the sins you've committed here on earth? Jesus took our sins upon Himself and paid the penalty for us on the cross. It's hard to think of our self as a 'sinner'. Remember this; Jesus said that if we've been angry with your brother, in God's eyes, that is a sin. Matthew 5:21 -22. We're all guilty.

We all love the story of the birth of our Messiah. His time on earth was short, only thirty-three years. His ministry lasted for a short three years and here we are, two thousand years later sharing His story. Many Christians call Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday. Very fitting I think since we are celebrating the risen Lord on this day. It's a good reminder that we serve a living Christ who has conquered death on our behalf. Do you believe this?

The English word 'Easter' has German/Saxon roots. The German word - auferstehen means resurrection. Martin Luther referred to Christ as esterlambe, meaning, 'the resurrected lamb'. The death and resurrection of Jesus occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. You can read the story of the Jewish Passover in Exodus 12. The homes that had the blood of a lamb on the door were 'passed over'. God promised no harm would come to them when He struck Egypt.
"For Christ, our Passover lamb has been sacrificed."
I Corinthians 5:7 
"They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings - " Revelation 17:14
My husband and I were in a study of the Book of Revelation shortly before God took him to his heavenly home. I remember so clearly my husband saying one day with great excitement and anticipation, "I'm going to see the Lamb!" All of us who know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior will be in heaven with him one day. In fact, we'll reign with Him eternally! Do you believe this?

The crucifixion and resurrection were prophesied in the Old Testament long before these events took place. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 paint a very accurate picture of what eventually took place. 

I've just returned from a trip back east to visit with my family. They live 3,000 miles away, so I don't get to see them often enough. The southeast is lovely this time of year; dogwood trees in bloom and azaleas bursting with colors of reds and pink. I know the Lord has assigned a guardian angel to watch over His children, but I think He actually has a whole team of angels looking out for me. I love to sense His presence and see Him in action - guiding, protecting, fixing what I've messed up, and showing His love in a hundred ways. Every time I travel or get out of my 'comfort zone', I know my heavenly father is watching out for me.
The fact that Jesus died on the cross in my behalf wouldn't mean anything unless He was God. We can die for those we love, but that won't save them from the penalty of their sins; only God can do that. The resurrection is proof that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Death died the day Christ was resurrected. His last words on the cross were, "It is finished." - John 19:30 We are no longer under the law or a moral code; we are under His grace and we walk by faith believing in the one who came to give us eternal life. I hope you believe this!
I wrote this poem a few years ago. . .

Spring, a time when
God revives His creation
resurrects new life and
nurtures what once
seemed dead.

The Lord announces His existence,
dresses the earth exquisitely
in all the colors of the rainbow.
He floods the air with
heavenly unwritten melodies
as the birds choose their mates
and build their nests to
house fragile fledglings.

The message of the Son is revealed
as we witness a flower
pushing through soil,
smell fragrant orange blossoms, or
gently reach out to touch those we love.
Jesus came to show
all will not die and wither away.
Life will be resurrected in
harmony with His eternal plan.
He has promised to
show the way.
He is the Way,
the Truth and the Life.
~ John 14:6

I thank you for Your life Lord - the one you gave up for me so I could be washed clean, white as snow, and live eternally with You.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


"How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be:  How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior's love for me!"

This hymn, I Stand Amazed, was written many years ago and is based on a verse in Ephesians 2:4., "...because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ..."

These old hymns often come to my mind; their words have a way of bringing life to Scripture in a very simple, concise way. Most hymns are written from a specific Bible verse, or passage. Yes I know, today we have 'praise songs' rather than hymns. There may be a lot of exuberant yelling, even screaming, drums and electric guitars, but if you can get past that, you'll see that most of the time, the words come straight from Scripture. The angels sing in heaven, and believers will sing with them!

'Love' is hard to define. There are many kinds of love. I love pizza and chocolate cake, but that is different than the love I have for my family or my little dog. I love to read God's Word, babies, kittens and puppies, a warm sunny day, watching vigorous waves hit the sandy shore, a sunset, green hills and spring flowers everywhere. I bet you can make a long list of things you love.

For me, the most miraculous, amazing love is God's love for me. I've spent sixteen years volunteering in our local jail, sharing the Lord with inmates, and now helping inmate veterans learn how to express themselves and explore their feelings by writing their stories. I hope I'm able to teach them, but mostly I go there to love them. There are some, many actually, who don't have anyone who loves them. I cherish the look on their faces when I share the gospel and they begin to understand they have a Savior, can be forgiven and God's love will never forsake them.

The gospel is really quite simple. You'll find it in I Corinthians 15, verses 1-3, which says, "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and he appeared to Peter, then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred..."

We know that Jesus was dead on the cross. Psalm 22 prophesied what would happen as many other Old Testament passages do. This is the meaning of the words, "according to the Scriptures";  prophesy, a foretelling of future events. We know that the Bible tells us that Jesus held out his hands so Peter could see the holes made by the nails that held Him to the cross. We know that over five hundred people saw the living Christ. We believe the gospel by faith, but we also have many hard facts to rely on.

This fact, that we have a living Savior waiting for us to join Him in heaven, is key to our faith. This is what  makes the Christian faith unique. Mohammed is not living, he died and was not resurrected. Buddha is not living, he died and was not resurrected. All the various Indian guru's died and were not resurrected. The Jewish faith, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is divine, God in the flesh. These faiths are counting on their own good works for eternal life. John 6:28 asks the one question we need to have the right answer for, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"

There is a reason why Jesus Christ did not die and stay dead, Jesus is God. God doesn't die, not ever. Jesus has always been, He was with God in the beginning - John 1. Jesus said, "I and the Father are one", John 10:30. The one 'work' we are to do in order to have eternal life is stated so clearly in John 6:29 "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." When you see words that say we are to do "God's will", know this, believing in Jesus is His will.

Truly it is a miracle of Godly love that Jesus "left the splendor of heaven knowing his destiny was the lonely hill of Golgotha, there  to lie down His life for me. If that isn't love the ocean is dry, there's no star in the sky and the sparrow can't fly! If that isn't love then heaven's a myth, there's no feeling like this, if that isn't love." These words are from a hymn by Dottie Rambo based on Hebrews 9:28.

We succumb to many things - we may eat too much, drink too much, have sex with people we're not married too, harbor bad feelings, spend too much money...I'm sure you can add to this list so common to our human existence. Life isn't always pretty. When you succumb to the love of Jesus, you'll look at life through the lens of faith and hope and you will feel so secure that whatever mess you need to deal with will drown in God's love for you.

Thank you for loving us Lord; a love so pure, true and faithful that we can barely grasp its meaning.

Monday, February 27, 2017


I've often thought that what gives us the energy to keep up with our daily life, is the same that makes us a happy, content person. I would imagine if we sat down and made a list of the things that make us happy, it would be similar to the list we'd make for what keeps us energized.

Sometimes I go to church with thoughts of  'it would be so nice to sleep in this morning', but I leave there feeling full of the Holy Spirit, a love for God's Word, feeling loved, praising the holiness of God and the majesty of Jesus. This makes me happy, but more important I feel full of energy to tackle whatever comes my way during the following week.

I'm having a busy day with many things to do, but I change my clothes and go to the gym to work-out. Sometimes I drag my way through the door thinking, 'I'd rather take a nap then exercise', but on my way home I realize that my energy has been renewed. Exercise gets your blood flowing and helps sustain your muscle strength.

I'm energized by a good Bible study or reading a good book. When I have the time to write a blog, I'm totally energized! To have free time to write a short story, or a poem relaxes me. When I write, I'm happy stress-free and content, not worried about anything, or what anyone else is thinking or doing.

People in your life can give you energy, or they can rob you of joy and peace. Best to stay away from those who cause you pain. When your joy and peace slip away, stress comes and steals your energy and you are not happy. We need to remember that God has a plan for our life and what we endure is for a purpose. Unsettled, angry people are not happy people. They often are desperate to find the source of their unhappiness and look for someone to blame so they can make sense of their life and discover why they can't be happy. Satan does some of his best work in this scenario. As much as you may want to, you can't 'fix' them, but God can, so pray for them.

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

These words were given to Israel, but they apply to all of God's children. God can solve every mystery in our life; we just need to go to Him in faith, trusting that He'll be true to His Word.

Rumi was a 13th century Persian Poet who wrote a lot about love 
and finding peace in our lives. He wrote,

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
        there is a field.
I'll meet you there."

Rumi understands that there is a right and a wrong - I think he implies that there is a safe haven, a space maybe where pressures of life do not drag us into despair. For a writer, especially a poet, that place is playing with words. We can reveal truth in an unconventional way, indirectly. By-the-way, if you enjoy poetry, one third of the Old Testament in the Bible is written in poetry form; some of the best poetry the world has seen.

How often do we hear, "Nothing lasts!" How very true - we can't go to the gym once a year and expect any benefit to come from it; we need to go on a regular basis. We talk a lot today about renewable energy; we use it once, and then, use it again. We eat a meal, but after a few hours, we'll eat again.

I find it interesting in Exodus 16 how the Lord dealt with feeding the Jews when they were wandering around the desert. God sent bread from heaven which they called Manna. Each person took what they wanted and were told they couldn't keep any for the next day. Strange? Some didn't listen - we humans have a history of wanting to do it 'our way'. The next morning, the manna was crawling with maggots and had began to smell bad. Yuck! Manna came from the sky six days a week and on the sixth day, they were allowed to keep enough for the next day which was the Sabbath. The Israelites ate this stuff for forty years; I hope it was good.

Why did God do that? He wanted His people to learn to depend on Him alone, not themselves. He wanted them to come to Him and trust Him for their needs, actually their very lives, not just now and then when they were in real trouble, but every single day. We can go to the New Testament and read one of the most repeated prayers in the church from Matthew 6:9 - 

"Our Father in heaven
holy is your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
   on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. . .

Again Jesus who is God in a human body, taught his followers to pray for daily bread. Coming to Jesus as your Lord and Savior is a wonderful way to be energized. It's like taking a heavy painful burden and handing it to Him because you know He cares for you and never expected you to carry your burdens all by yourself.

There is a wonderful old hymn 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness' whose chorus is taken from Lamentations 3:22-33 -

"Great is thy faithfulness, great is they faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand has provided -
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!"

Just like the manna and daily bread, God's mercies are new every morning - day after day. Just come to Him; we can be so empty. Empty of everything and He's there to fill us up - a new tank of gas to start the day. We do a lot of things but it's God alone who can give us the energy we need to fight the battles of this world; and there are many.

Lord please give me a nudge every morning, because sometimes I forget to come to you and start trying to solve problems and fight battles alone and soon, my energy is depleted and I'm not very content. Thank you Lord for Your faithfulness.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Have you ever been curious about the origin of this 'fun to celebrate' holiday? No, it didn't start with Hallmark cards. Many of us can remember Valentine's Day from the time we were in kindergarten. What fun it was to make those lacey red hearts and decorate them with flowers and always the word 'love'. Most people think of this as a secular holiday, but just like there was a real St. Nicholas, there was a real St. Valentine. In fact, there were three St. Valentines! One was a priest in Rome, another was a bishop in the town of 'Terni' in central Italy. Both were martyred in the 3rd century and buried outside of Rome. The third St. Valentine was martyred in Africa along with several others. We don't know very much about these men; but we do know they all died for the love of Christ.

The customs connected with St. Valentine's Day probably originated in medieval Europe. There was a common belief in England and France that February 14th was the time birds began to pair, or 'court' their mate. The English poet, Chaucer wrote .....

"For this was on Seynt Valentynes' day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate." (Chaucer's original spelling)

How precious to stumble across things like this. The 'love-birds' no doubt were the genesis of the St. Valentine's feast; a special time for lovers. I wonder how many know that this special day devoted to love was named after martyrs for the Christian faith and their love of Jesus Christ?

It was probably the association of romantic love that led to the 'paganizing' of this martyr's feast. The Roman god Cupid (the counterpart of Eros in Greek mythology) became the focus of the celebration rather than the martyred saints. Interesting to note that a medieval book of stories about saints, The Golden Legend, tells of a priest named 'Valentine' who was imprisoned by emperor Claudius II for leading people to Christ. He had been heard preaching that Christ was the 'one and only Light'. The Roman officer who was questioning him happened to have a blind daughter...one of God's little coincidences...and he challenged Valentine to pray for her healing. The girl was cured, and the whole family converted to Christianity. This saint actually sent the first Valentine. He wrote a note to the blind girl and signed it...'From your Valentine'. It is a bit ironic that a Roman Christian who died defending the faith is now associated with Cupid; a pagan god. Our Lord has a sense of humor, He knows the real story will be revealed!

The hearts of these three St. Valentines were 'pierced' by the love of our Lord whose own heart was pierced and His blood shed for those who would come to Him. So, how appropriate that a red heart has become the symbol for this day of love.

*There is a principle here. God has a plan, He will gather together His sheep. He knows just how to bring each one into the fold.

Ezekiel 34: 12 - 'I look after my sheep'

John 10: 3-4 - 'He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out'

Isaiah 46: 11 - 'what I have planned, that I will do'

Psalm 33:11 - 'But the plans of the Lord stand firm FOREVER'

I personally find much peace in the fact that we have a sovereign Lord with a perfect plan. My plans don't always work out so well, but I know whatever is happening in my life is from His hand and for a higher good. Amen?

In Colossians 1:15 we find these words, speaking of Jesus - "He is the image of the invisible God". When we look in a mirror, we see our image. The image is us! Jesus is the image of God, Jesus is God and this is why we can depend on Him for eternal life. . .John 3:16.

I'd like to give credit for the St. Valentine's story to a website...'Women for Faith & Family', and also to the Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia.

And, I'd like to give thanks to a loving, faithful God who works 'all things together for good' for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose'. Romans 8:28

Thank you Lord that your love for your children permeates everything we do, and every holiday we celebrate. The world doesn't revolve around anyone but YOU.