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.

Friday, April 5, 2019



He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those who have young. Isaiah 40:11

This verse speaks to me about the current state of America. When did we stop caring for our young? There isn't any specific date or time we can pin this to, but the rise of abortion has made the picture clear. America needs to wake up and fight for life.

I felt as if I was thrown out of my comfortable spot when New York passed the infamous s240 bill in January. Why did the church allow this to happen? Why had we stepped back, and fallen into a stupor? I can only speak for myself on this; I was lulled to sleep by other things.

New York allowed abortion before it was federally mandated for every state. Did I think it would always be here? Did I give up the fight? Maybe, but I'm back now.

One of the things I think that discouraged me was the lack of any progress. We would pray, but not see any real tangible results. This is no longer our story! Since our campaign with"40 Days for Life" at Smithtown- Planned Parenthood, we have saved 3 babies! It is very exciting.

Not only do we help those who are needy, but we are planning a "Home for Young Mothers- Suffolk. " I am having 24 people to my house tonight to discuss the feasibility of such a place.  People from 5 different churches throughout L.I. We started a bank account, and by God's grace it is growing!

 We may have a piece of property as well! Two months ago all I had were a few friends, and some change in my bank. God spoke to my heart and said, "Focus on me, and move forward," and I have been doing this since that day. 

We hope to have a Yard Sale on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 to 4:00 at my house, 30 Cobbler la. East Setauket. We are planning other events as well. I will keep you informed. Please pray for us. This could be a long road, but it's on God's heart.Who can stop the Lord Almight?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019



I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV

This is a picture of my youngest when she was about a year old. She is a gift from the Lord. She said to me this morning, "I didn't ask to be born", which is true. None of us ask for birth, but it is an honor given by God. I'm thinking she doesn't see this at the moment.

The teen years can be brutal especially in our current society. What someone thinks of them can ruin not only their day, but  their week or more. It's been so long ago for me since I was this age. I know it was hard, and I was a different person after High School. A new freedom came to me, and that I remember well.

I gave my heart to the Lord at about the same time as graduating from school. These were both major turning points in my life, but obtaining eternal salvation as a free gift from the hand of God, nothing can compare! I knew a freedom and confidence never imagined before! I was lighter, or so it seemed. 

The burden of sin was heavy on my shoulders, and giving over everything to Jesus was a release I will never forget. Our verse today is uplifting and inspiring and has helped many over thousands of years. There is one thing I cannot do, however. 

I cannot save myself; none of us can. Jesus, as the sinless, perfect, Son of God had to take our place and die for our sins. This truth never ceases to amaze me! Why would He do this? Why would He give up everything to take my place? Only love would be strong enough to keep Him on the cross.

This season is all about life! Jesus is risen from the dead, and life begins to sprout out of the earth. Newness of life is celebrated,  but  not everywhere. Death reigns in the hearts of unbelievers, and in some of them even to the level of destruction.

40 Days of Life, an  international organization asks us to pray to stop abortion. Planned Parenthood in Smithtown where our church is, has people outside holding signs every day from 7am, to 7 pm. I am one of them. Many churches are involved, and we stand hand in hand for the cause of Christ.

Unity doesn't come easily. It took a tragic law to be passed in New York to wake many of us out of our stupor. I love the people I stand with on Maple Ave. in Smithtown, and they love me. I would never have met these lovely catholic people, if I had stayed home. God has a way of turning the worst circumstances into good! We have saved 2 lives so far. Who can stop the Lord Almighty? 


Friday, March 29, 2019



I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in pleny or in want. Philippians 4:12 NIV

 The Apostle Paul is one of my favorite people. He had his trust in God no matter the circumstances, and I admire this about him.  The ability to trust didn't come from Paul's strength. I can admire him all day long, but nothing changes in me until I look at Jesus. 

Paul stood no matter what because of this time in the presence of the Lord through prayer and Bible reading. The wealthiest people in the world can be the most unhappy, because no matter how much the media tries to tell us that wealth makes us happy it doesn't work in real life.

The love of money can control, distrot, and ruin our souls, however I know those who manage lots of money well. What you love will control you. Our friend Charlie enjoys himself. He has huge sailboats, lives on a exclusive Island, and plays golf with celebrities. It has never changed who he is on the inside.

He loves people, and cares about them. He is generous, and he remembers where he came from. His friends are everyday people and some not-so everyday people. My husband and I love this  about him, and Charlie helps us every year with our finances.

He sits down with the lawn-care workers and has pizza with them. I know people in my humble neighborhood who wouldn't think of doing this! Are we too important for those around us? Are we happy on the lean times and the good? Can we trust God to provide when we don't see where it's coming from?

I ask myself these questions all the time. Where is my trust? If I look back at my life I can remember many instances when He showed up at the right time. It wasn't my choice of when He should have rushed into the scene, but it was his timing.

We might think that God missed the perfect opportunity to bless us, but he knows the best way to do all things. I need to be reminded of this too. I'm glad I have you to tell these things.