Friday, June 14, 2019



The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" Matthew 8:27 NIV

Why are Jesus' disciples in awe of Jesus at this moment? He told the winds and waves to stop and they obeyed. I suppose they are getting to know him. He has healed the sick by this time, so maybe they thought He was some kind of healer?

Whatever they thought, it wasn't big enough to encompass  commanding the wind and the waves. I guess there were others  who healed, but no one who could command the basic elements of nature. No; this man Jesus was not like the others.

Why had the disciples chosen to follow Him in the first place? There was something compeling about Him, and each of them wouldn't say no to His offer to follow. Why did they continue to follow after the months gave way to years?

The hunger within them grew for more of God, and when Jeus was about to be the most popular, He died. Lots of lessons learned, but without Him they fell apart. What sense can be made of death?

Every other life would have been over, but not Jesus. This was the best part EVER! This is when commanding the wind and waves becomes commonplace. Rising from the dead was not expected, when though Jesus told them it would happen. 

He tries to communicate a lot of things to me but I don't usually get His message the first time or second time either. It took an incredible miracle to express the love of God, and bring Him back to life. When all else seems to be gone, God creates a miracle! The giver of life had to die, in order to make us new!

The one who made the stupendous mountains and swirling oceans had to empty Himself completely in death to release us of the power of sin. He laid down everything for you. He gave His last breath for me too.

Yet we don't listen closely to His heart beat all the time. The best we can do is listen closely more often.We can lay down our all for Him. WE can die to our own plans. Sometimes He will resurrect them. To God Be the Glory!


Friday, June 7, 2019



When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
And you know the way to where I am going." No, we don't know, Lord, Thomas said. We have no
idea where you are going so how can we know the way? "  John 14:3-5 NLT

"Silly Thomas! Why does he ask such questions?" I can imagine the other disciples thinking such 

things." When is he going to learn?" If the disciples of Jesus were truthful about the matter they had

 no idea what Jesus was saying either.

Why do I think this? We see in the book of Acts that the disciples dispursed after Jesus died. They 

seemingly had no direction and didn't know what would happen. I don't think we should look at 

Thomas as the doubtful one, but as the truthful one. 


Thomas was looking at the nature of things.His spiritual understanding may have needed an upgrade, 

but at least he didn't pretend he knew what was going on. I think it was rather smart of him to ask 

questions. When I was in school the teachers would say, "there aren't any dumb questions." Asking 

questions is how we learn.

I have to admit, I am afraid to ask a question most of the time. I don't want to seem uninformed, or

dumb. Do we really judge each other like this as adults? I think we do sometimes, or at least I have.

In the verses that follow, we hear Jesus explaining what he meant to Thomas, and the others.

Jesus told him, "I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen Him!" John 14: 6-7

If Thomas hadn't been honest, we may never have heard these truths that Jesus spoke to him. Jesus 

beautifully describes who He is, and who the Father is. Jesus plainly tells Thomas and the others that 

God himself is standing before them.  This isn't something  that's easy to comprehend, because the 

reality of it can pass over our finite minds. 

Jesus knew what was on the hearts of the disciples as he calls them out on thoughts more than once. 

This way of speaking honestly and openly was probably something new to them. Men, generally 

have less to say about emotions. These were rugged men, fishermen who worked outside in all kinds 

weather, no matter what was happening in their family life. If they didn't work, no one ate. 

I don't blame them for not understanding everything Jesus said. It has taken most of us years to 

grasp the simple truths of the Gospel. Seeking after Jesus, running towards Him is what makes the 

difference. Blessings and love.






Tuesday, May 28, 2019

This is my daughter Stephanie and her cousin Kimberly. They have been good friends since they were very little. Kim lives in North Carolina, and we live on Long Island, but the distance doesn’t matter. Their friendship takes off right where they left it the last time they were together.

I find my relationship with God to be similar to this, however I try not to have long periods where I don’t talk or see Him. He never misses a beat, but if I wait too long in between my prayer, I get out  of step with Him.  This is what the Lord says: The heaven is my  throne room and the earth is my footstool. ( Isaiah 66:1) If someone has moved in our relationship it’s me.

Lately my allergies have made me drowsy, and I sleep more. I will wake up late, and try to cram a lot of prayer into a short period of time. This never works well, and my day will feel a bit out of wack. I have learned to place the prayer time into the day since it won’t do to miss it entirely. If you want to be  mad, upset and cranky, leave out prayer and there you have it!

My constant prayer has come right from my heart. I wake up asking the Lord for wisdom and guidance on this one. It is entirely over my head. We need a Maternity Home in Suffolk County where I live. There is nothing for women over the age of 21, which happens to be more than half of the women coming to Pregnancy Centers in our area. My friends are also as adamant about this issue.

Prayer is what will make the difference. No one who ever did anything for God did it in their own strength.God doesn't Get the glory when we use what he has given us to work out problems. He receives all glory honor and praise when He takes over and does what we can’t.

When we look to God with all our hearts souls and strength,  He will show up in power and the authority of heaven! Maybe you have circumstances right now that are less than perfect. WE all have times like this. We wouldn't be human if we were free from trials all the time.

The Body of Christ, is made up of believers who are in the local church to lean on when we have a need. We were not made to live alone, by ourselves and carry every burden ourselves. This is also why God made the family. When these gifts work according to God's design we can receive comfort from others. Call someone today and let them know what is on your heart! Pray with them, and if necessary do it once a week. We have busy schedules, but praying with someone over the phone can be an easy alternative to meeting somewhere.
Blessings and love.


Friday, May 17, 2019



Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. Be clean! Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.  Mark 1: 41-42

Have you enjoyed the nice weather yet? Depending on where you live, it may have only had a few days so far, but there’s more ahead. Every year I tell myself I won’t miss the beach weather, but then I do. This life is to be enjoyed, so I’ve got to get out there! No excuses for not going in 2019!

In our verse today the man with leprosy came to Jesus, begging him on his knees for healing. He asked Jesus if he would be willing to heal him. The opportunity to be made whole was right before him. It would be foolish not to ask Jesus to heal. Asking the one who created us to heal is like asking the sun to shine.

Jesus is the giver of life and wholeness, so why did this man feel unworthy of healing? Some versions of the Bible say in this verse that Jesus was indignant rather than compassionate. Jesus was feeling annoyance at what was perceived as unfair treatment, according to the dictionary. 

Jesus wasn’t annoyed with the man or his question, but at the bondage of the enemy. The enemy of our souls will go to great lengths to discourage our faith. He wants us to be filled with unbelief and anger against God. Have you ever felt this way because of your circumstances?

All of us have walked through discouragement at one time or another. If we keep our eyes looking up at our Heavenly Father we will be reassured that he is working in our situation.He isn’ t the one to hold back blessings. He wants to pour out good things on his children. 

I don’t know about you, but I can get in God’s way. I try to figure out how he might change my situation, and then get discouraged  when He doesn’t do what I expected. I have found he’s capable of making my circumstance just right without my help.

 As we often do, this man runs home and does the opposite of what Jesus told him. He tells everyone about his healing. This puts Jesus in a difficult place because now he must stay out of the cities and villages or be trampled by the crowds.

This man probably didn't’ know why Jesus told him to be quiet, and the excitement was too much for him. We can identify with this average man as we are likely to do similar things. Those who are slow to speak often please God the most.

Friday, May 10, 2019


Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.   Psalm 65:8

Yes, flowers are really beginning to bloom on Long Island. Spring is here and the days are warmer.We know it always comes but when its cold for months, we can forget how nice the warm breeze feels.

The past month has been a whirlwind of good activities. Last Saturday, my friends and I went to Manhattan for a Focus on the Family Rally in Times Square. The area was just as ugly and vile as I remembered it. 

As we praised Him, the mercy and grace of God became real to me. Even the vilest sinner he extends his hand of love! The Rally was to encourage New Yorkers for Life. We were blessed and we felt loved!  We rarely see Christian Leaders in New York!

Our laws for abortion are the worst in the country. Today, Governor Kemp of Georgia signed the LIFE Act, banning abortion after 6 weeks. This is a landmark decision, and all of the pro-life movement is saying, this is an improvement! Life begins at conception, so we have some ground to conquer, but thankfully Governor Kemp has more sense than others.

WE can praise God even when the world around us is falling into great trouble, because we know He is the Redeemer. Anyone who turns to Him will be made whole if repentence is real in their lives. Jesus, who endured all sickness and shame for us, knows how to bring anyone to life.

He offers freedom from anxiety, fear and shame. He gives in abundance, and then He gives again! There is no end of His blessings, and He loves to give to overflowing. As a river flowing after the rain, His goodness will pour out on all who obey and follow Him.

Saturday we are having a big event at my home. A Yard /Bake Sale and a raffle. WE are raising money for the Breath of Life Maternity Home. You may not recognize this name because it doesn't exsist except in our hearts. Young women come to Pregnancy Centers on Long Island who are over 21. Our county doesn't house any pregnant woman over the age of 21.

Where can they go? A shelter? Is that a good place for a pregnant girl? 



Thursday, April 25, 2019

 

Cast all your cares on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

This is my Stephie. Today she is a senior at Smithtown Christian School, and last week was her Senior Prom. I don’t mean to be redundant, but, where has the time gone? It seems like last week I was in High School. Life was simpler then, or at least it seems like it. 

We didn’t deal with cell phones. Our house had two phones; one upstairs and one downstairs. You couldn’t call two different people at the same time since one of those phones was an extension. Can you imagine such a thing? This is all most people had. Now I take my cell phone everywhere, and don't want to be without it.We couldn't go back to the old way because the pay phones are gone. How would we reach someone in an emergency?

There is much anxiety over cell phones today. Parents and children deliberate about how much they cost, whose paying for them, and who will pay for the service. All we had to do was deal with each other's phone time. One phone for all four of us. How long is too long on the phone?

Most of the time none of this was a problem. My brother didn't make many calls. My sister and I were the only ones, since our Mom was gone most of the day at work. Today, how long one is using their personal phone is not the concern, but what's said during that time. Texting  can cause us to feel even move remote from those whom we communicate with.

The old adage, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me" is such a lie! Words do hurt, and they last far longer in the mind of an individual than we may realize. Our brains hold all words, inflections, tones, and body language that go along with words.

If we could only see others the way Jesus sees them before we said or texted or phoned anyone! How many times I have read a text a day later and said" I wish I read this through before I sent it." I'm quick to say anything in a text because it is instant, almost as if the person is in the room, but they can read it when it's convenient. Guard your words, written, texted and spoken.

Here is a really different way of writing James 1:19-21 from The Message:" Post this at every intersection, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God's righteousness doesn't grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let the gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation- garden of your life."

Anxiety can be avoided by careful consideration on our part. I don't want to have misunderstandings or hurt feelings, and neither do you. We are His creation made for good works.

Help us Lord Jesus to reflect your character through word and deed. Let us put thought behind our words and think about the long term consequences. As your coming is closer than ever before, may we take each day as a reminder that not one of us has tomorrow guaranteed. In Jeus' name Amen.




Friday, April 12, 2019


Greet all God's people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. Philippians 4:21 NIV

I hope you don't think I forgot about you. I would never do that. I am starting a new endeavor that God has placed on my heart, so I poobably will write once a week. He is moving in marvelous ways that many of us have never seen before. 

I am joining a Pregnancy Center on Long Island called" breath of life." My job will include fund raising for a Maternity Home here in Suffolk County. Presently, there isn't any Christ Centered place for us to direct a young girl to go to have her baby instead of abort.

Out of darkness comes light. From the evils of NY s240, the bill passed in January to extend abortion to birth, has come much push back. People are begining to see the darkness of places like Planned Parenthood. Other states are passing laws to slow down the progression of what has happened in New York.

New York sets precedents for other states, but this time it backfired! Thank God states like Georgia and Ohio have enough sense to set up some safeguards so full term abortion doesn't come to them.

This push back isn't completely what God would have, but it's better than moving forward. We are gaining ground for His purposes. Much prayer is required and is lifted up to the Throne of God's grace, and He is answering our cries!

The movie 'Unplanned" was released according to God's timing, and is a powerful tool in His hands to gain ground for the Pro life Movement. The horrific truth of this movie and the life of Abbie Johnson sends home the message that we are in deep trouble with the "Maker of Heaven and Earth" if we don't seriously make an about-face as a nation.

Thank God for President Trump! No matter what you may think of him as a person, God is using him. Remember, God used a donkey to speak to Baalam in Numbers 22:21-39. I don't think Trump is an ass, and I don't think of Congress as Baalam, but there could be a similarity. I'm being silly of course, but who else would stand up to the politically correct crowd without budging?

We need a stubborn donkey to stand up for us! Funny how life can turn around and be so profound. A man who New Yorkers around these parts never took seriously becomes the answer to our prayers. How funy is that! He is defunding abortion clinics.God has a sense of humor! Psident Donald Trump is being used by God. Who would have thought?

* Our Yard Sale has moved to May 11. We will have a raffle and Bake Sale at this time as well. It will begin at 10:00 until 4:00.