Friday, December 30, 2016

It's time to think of 2017! Ugh! That's the first time I have typed it, what a surprise, it crept up on me, and bit me right between the eyes. I guess every year does that, it's just that I don't ever catch on to the fact that time is moving faster than I would like. Praise God, He is in control, and His plans will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.

Speaking of God's plan, how do we fulfill His plan for our lives while we are here? Every individual finds out what God has for them by reading the Bible, His handbook on life. It is not instantaneous, like driving up to the window of Starbucks; it takes daily reading, memorizing, contemplating, and meditating in God's word.

The seed that is planted in the heart will take root, and grow stronger daily. Water, sunshine, and good ground!I have been  inundated recently with e-mails about how to grow spiritually in 2017. This is all well and good, because we think of the New Year as a good time to change. All the Bible studies in the world won't change us if we don't have a heart for God in the first place. I have done dozens of Bible studies in the past few years, and I will continue to, because I can glean from them the truth and apply it to my heart. You can too, but first you have to be hungry!

Hunger for God only comes through gaining an appetite for more of Him. Reading God's word will make you hungry for more! It may not seem like anything at first, but keep going in obedience, and God will honor that. No matter where you are in your walk with God, you can gain a greater desire for Him. "Perfect love casts out all fear."We become fearful if we have not had the best of relationships with others, and thinking of having a relationship with God, well, that too can seem daunting, no, maybe overwhelming is a better way to put it.

"It's His kindness that leads us to repentance." Jesus, In His compelling love and desire for us, wants us to be free.  He wants to give us body rest, soul, and spirit. "Come to me, all that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." " Cast all your cares upon me, "Jesus says,  "And I will give you rest." I need rest, How about you?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances."          (Proverbs 11:14)

I have found this verse to be true in my life. If I listen to what God says, the outcome of any circumstance tends to be better. My husband has said to me for years, to respond not to react when speaking to our children.  Of course this takes discipline on my part, and I don't always think before I speak. I wonder if any of you can relate? 

Yesterday as I was speaking to my daughter about dating, I realized that I had a good deal of composure1! She brought up the subject as this is something we never want to deal with. Our expectations are not realistic, but we know our children, and don't feel this is something that is good for her at this time. Teens can be so carefree and unaware of the pitfalls and entanglements that can come in relationships. Without realistic expectations, and guards around your heart, damage can be lifetime snare.

Listening to parental advice is not the latest fad, and has always met with resistance in teens, but those who are wise will have a continual feast! What kind of feast you might be wondering? Free from emotional baggage, free from jealousies, free from anger, and free from always trying to please someone else. Emotional roller coasters were invented by teens! All I have to do is say the wrong thing, and we are hanging on for dear life. The wrong thing can be something different every day!

What does God want in these situations ? His Father heart is to keep us from evil. He wants us to stay away from even the appearance of such things. Try to get a kid who doesn't know God's heart towards them to see that this is not harsh, well that is why we pray. Parents need to be on their knees more today than ever. I did not have a prayer covering when I was a teen, but God kept me from guys because I was shy. I didn't know the Lord, but He was already working in my heart. That just blows me away! Wisdom was working in me before I knew who wisdom was!!! 

Today, we live in a mixed up world of denial of sin, and unrighteousness. Praise God for His care and comfort in our lives. His heart was for us, before we knew Him.Who does that? Only our All consuming, ever-present Savior who makes a glorious way for us, if we will follow.

Dear Heavenly Father, your ways are so much higher than our ways. We can be thankful that you are watching out for our good, even when what happens to us doesn't feel like good. You see what has happened to us in the past and in the future. We can't possibly navigate in this world without your wisdom, Grace and care. Please be all that you can be in me! Amen

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas celebrations. It truly is the best time of the year!  The white dog is my west highland terrier, Lina, and our yorkie, Jack.We know that Jesus wasn't born in December, and we don't celebrate it because of winter solstice, we celebrate Jesus birth every day of the year, but it's great to have one day that concentrates on His birth.

Where would I be without Him? Thank God he doesn't tell us those things. There is no reason to dwell on what never was, and never will be. We celebrate the here and now, of being in His presence, loving others and displaying His love and kindness to the lost.

Jesus didn't hesitate to arrive here on earth so that He could save mankind. The greatest gospel truth is this, that Almighty God, lowered Himself to such a degree that He would be a helpless, newborn. The God who spoke all things into existence, cared for us enough to empty Himself of all that He was, so that the story of the fall would only be that, a story of what "was," not what "is" in our lives. Not that we have perfected being human, oh by no means, we all have to yield to God's gentle leading, and sometimes His push to display His glory. His power and authority rules in our lives as believers. That is something that I am happy to yield to. His love reigns supreme! Drum roll please.

Friday, December 23, 2016

This scene is in the narthex at my church. They had several little places like this for families to take pictures. I love fireplaces and use mine quite often this time of year. It makes the whole room cozy. 

This is my family's Christmas picture in front of our tree. Everyone looks so much older, yes, because we are! Time is one thing that we don't have a grasp of. It moves in spite of us, but with Jesus as the head we are always headed in the right direction. Amen!

I would like to share a scripture with you today from Proverbs 18:16. "A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.

I like this verse since it reminds us of the greatest gift of all, Our Savior and Lord, Jesus! How I love to say His holy name, and give him praise. No matter what comes our way, we can rest in the fact that we are always in His care, and that He will somehow make a way for us regardless of the circumstance. I think of the persecuted church members in countries all over, who give testimony to the Love of God with their dying breaths. He receives their heart-felt cries, and receives them into heaven as victors in the winner's circle.

As we look at this verse we see that the gift was given by someone, who is much greater, and whose presence is great! Of course when we receive Jesus into our hearts we know we have also received The Father over all creation, who was and is, and is to come. Being ushered into the presence of God someday by Jesus, will be the crowning glory of our lives, and also just the beginning of our life in heaven. No tears, no death, no sorrow of any kind. Ruling and reigning with Christ.

We have a lot to do here before we can even think of the great beyond! Souls to bring to Christ, people to love regardless of their faith, and hands that reach out to the most desperate of souls.
Yes, we have a lot to do, as we serve Christ on earth, where he has us, doing His will to impact all eternity! Your life has impact, purpose, and is highly regarded, by the Presence of the Great!

Many Many Blessings and much love to all of you and your families as we celebrate the coming of the greatest man who ever lived. I so enjoy our time together, and look forward to talking with you next week. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

I love the front of this house! It shouts He's alive,  Rejoice, give Him praise! The King is coming! I have no idea what these people believe, but that's my take on it.

Have you heard this song: I heard the bells on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day, I heard the bells on Christmas Day on Christmas Day in the morning. We were watching the end of the movie, " A Christmas Carol" last night and I was so joyed by the church bells ringing all over the city! Can't you hear the bells in heaven ringing out loud and clear when someone gives their heart to Christ, or receives healing, or hears from God?

The book of Revelation talks about the trumpets sounding, which seems more regal and kingly, but the peal of bells sounding out over the house tops so clear, sends a different message. Bells speak of Christmas in our culture. Many hymns talk about the ding dong sound of bells declaring the new born King's coming. What about His second coming?

There won't be the sweet sound of bells, but the roar of a Lion, the Lion of Judah. We will hear the voices of many angels saying, "Worthy is the Lamb  who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessings! And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!"   { Revelation 5:12-13}

Then those who  are on the earth will wish that they had rung the bells, or Praised the Lord while here on earth. It will be a terrible time for the unbeliever, or those who half heartedly served God. It sounds from this scripture that even the " creatures on the earth and under the earth, meaning in the sea, will Praise God! Can we imagine such a scene? Animals will praise, maybe with the sound that God gave them, but what a sound that will be!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

These are the silly reindeer that are in my yard right now. I know they have nothing to do with Christmas, but I still like them. My JOY sign is behind them, and that is what we want people to see, with the manger scene in it.

Have you ever considered why God would send His son to save us? He could have spoken salvation into existence, or used someone other than His son, or who know what to bring us to Himself, but He chose to send His one and only son. His Son was part of Him, of who He was, He was a treasure, especially since He couldn't be replaced.

Why not use another option, since He is God. He could do anything that He wanted to, but this was the only option in His estimation. What would cause a Holy Righteous God, to let go of heaven's jewel? Do you want to know the answer? It may shock you, but it was you. That's right, God looked to  eternity future, and desired that you would be His own. You are worth it, according to God. These are not my words, they are His.

"We love because he first loved us." {1John 4:9 }      " I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. "  {Jeremiah 1:5}      "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight."  {Ephesians 1:4 }


Monday, December 19, 2016

This is what it looks like in my front yard right now. Snoopy is a favorite because when I was a child, he was the comic that I would always read. Dogs were considered special in my family, and this dog was silly, cute and endearing.

What is on your heart during this season? Do you enjoy the holidays or are they just something you hope to get through without any damages? I'm thinking financial, or relational damage that can occur when we are in close proximity to those we love. Differing of opinions, how we raise our families, and live our lives can become explosive discussions within minutes since some of them come with hurt feelings from past holiday "discussions".

I lived through this with my Mom's mother and my Father. They were not "friends" to put it lightly. Most holidays they were civil, but both had short fuses and harsh tongues.The last time my Dad saw my Grandmother they had a big fight over how much my father would contribute to my college education. I had already finished two years, but my father felt that I should get a job and contribute to my tuition. My Grandmother was used to getting her way, and felt that I should have my education paid for by herself, my Mom and Dad. Dad left there fuming, and the ride from Connecticut to Long Island was much longer than usual. My Mom and Grandmother paid for the last two years. I am very grateful for that.

I don't mean to be airing dirty laundry, my point is that we can make or break bad situations by how we look at people ahead of time. Seeing those who we have difficulty with through Jesus' eyes can help us to hold our tongues. Before you know it, time will pass and those who we are angry with will be gone, and there will be no words said that will change this. A little compassion and concern for others can go a long way.

Jesus speaking to His Father said, "And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You loved Me. { John 17:22-23}
Let God lead you as you talk and share this Christmas. I am praying for you, and myself that He may be glorified. AMEN.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Blessings to you my dear friends! This house is down the street from me. I love the way they have decorated for Jesus' Birthday. They may not realize that He is the one it's all about, but I can enjoy it as that. I have been looking for houses that are nicely decorated, but haven't found a lot. My trek continues.

We all may realize that the people of Israel were looking for a political Messiah, but the more I think about it, the more the gospels make sense. If I were a political person, I may look at President elect Trump as a type of savior. We know that he may make some good moves, but without the christians incorporating, and impressing the truth to the lost, he hasn't got a chance.

I am not looking for a political savior. The people who lived during Jesus's day were. They memorized long portions of the old testament, that describes Jesus as such. Fewer scriptures were written in places like Isaiah that spoke of the spiritual Messiah. Israel was in a bad place, with Rome ruling over them. They wanted to be set free of the harsh treatment and tyranny of the Roman Empire. God always knows what we need and when we need it. Sending the Spiritual Savior was the most important thing that He could do.

What unnecessary trouble came upon the Jews because they didn't have eyes to see or ears to hear. Especially the religious leaders of the day. It can be so easy to over look Jesus when you are looking for someone else. He will come in all of His glory and power, displaying His honor and majesty, when it is the right time. In the mean time, we will proclaim His glory and declare His majesty with all we have, because this is His will for now. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

This is my front door. The trees light up at night but it doesn't come out in a photo. Today is our first very cold day and the wind is blowing,  and a little dusting of snow. It is even colder in Chicago where my daughter is; Stay warm Rachel! She will be coming home next Wednesday. I can't wait! Nothing happens until she is here.

I hope you are well today and warm. Next week it will be back in the 40's and we will not be bundled up so much. God is on the move regardless of the weather, or anything else. It amazes me that none of what we go through is a consideration for Him. He is far above it, but He still is aware of, and understands how we feel. Can you think of what it is like in Florida at 85 degrees today?

 Can you imagine what it is like in heaven without any stressor, always perfect temperature, and no sin or darkness? Beauty abounds everywhere you look and go. You are perfectly fulfilled and worshipping the Lover of your soul, Our Lord Jesus Christ! He is at the center of all things, and His eye is on you alone.

Such an atmosphere of love, and acceptance is exactly why Jesus died for us. His heart was towards us in such a way that nothing would keep Him for fulfilling His life's purpose. And He did this so that we could feel heaven now. Get alone with God, maybe bring your Bible, and a pen so you can write what He speaks to your heart. Allow His word to wash over you, putting every other thought aside. Call on Him, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Hear Him call you child, my daughter, come to me! You will never be the same!

" though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him." {Hebrews 5:8-9}

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere I go! Without Jesus where would we be? I don't even try to figure that out, because it wouldn't be a good thing. We can look forward with faith and trust because He has proven Himself faithful over and over again.

Let us consider this one thing with humility: Without the Holy Spirit on this earth there would be anarchy.Where does His Spirit live? Inside of you and I. We can think on this, without getting self absorbed because it has nothing to do with us, except that we have said, YES.

"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.{ Romans 8:11}

The quickening of God's Spirit causes us to rejoice when others are in in sorrow. He gives us strength when no one else has any. He fills us with power to do what no one else can do, because there is no way to do it in the natural.  He satisfies the soul as only He can. Nothing else comes close. In fact, everything else will leave us empty again, with a deeper need than we started with.

"Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near." {Isaiah 55: 6} This is our time, to seek Him, read the word, and pray. He wants to revolutionize our lives so that His light shines more brightly.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Greetings on this 13th day of December. My son Matthew was born on this day, 22 years ago! He was the last baby born at Smithtown General Hospital. Just a bit of trivia for you.

Listen to these verses, " Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited His people, And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David. "{ Luke 1:68-69} These are the words of Zacharias, the Father of John the Baptist, as he was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied concerning his son. I wonder if Zacharias had any idea that people in 2016 would remember what he had to say before Jesus was even born? I'm pretty sure he had no idea that he was making history. His son, was to be the forerunner of the Savior who was to come.

One never knows what a day will bring! Zacharias and Elizabeth had no hope of conceiving at their stage in life. They were of the older generation, with no children to boast of. Perhaps they spent their days with nieces and nephews helping them raise their young. To have a child at this stage, Wow, now that is a change of direction! A miracle, a destiny, a plan of God!

Elizabeth must have wondered why God has waited so long, that it became a miracle, not an everyday occurrence, but John the Baptist was no ordinary child. His life was truly set apart. His life's purpose was to" proclaim the way of the Lord." I believe that he knew His destiny, and was faithful to fulfill it. As parents in this world today, we often don't see the plan ahead for our children.

God sometimes reveals a piece here or there, but God sees the whole complete picture for all lives. We want to "proclaim the way of the Lord" as John did, and be faithful to complete what He gives us. Trusting Him, is the big piece of the picture, and the fruit of it we may not know until heaven. Trust Him, because He alone is able to complete it! Hallelujah, Amen.

Monday, December 12, 2016

This is the front of my church as they presented our Christmas celebration last week. It looked like real houses. Apparently they had carpenters and craftsmen working on the set. I hope some of you got to see it.

The set is not what made it so special, as the people who acted and sang gave the best gift of the season; themselves. I was in the mall earlier today, and I was glad that it wasn't crowded, and I was able to get my shopping done without too much trouble. What I loved most of all was driving home and seeing the decorations and light that people have displayed. I love to dress up my yard for the celebration of a lifetime. Not many cars come down our street, but I know that it is decorated out of love for my Savior. If you didn't see my reindeer you can go back a few days.

Whether others are celebrating I am, and I look at all these things as a celebration of Him.
" Then as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!'"

We know that after the praise came the ridicule, and abandonment, and the rejection. How He loves us, to see past all of this and die in our place anyway. I find it hard to look past one of those, but not Jesus. His eyes were set on His Father, which is my goal.  Can you place your eyes today on the lover of your soul? I know you can. It will make such a difference.

Friday, December 9, 2016

I hope you like this picture. This is my front yard when you come up the path to my front door. Those are trees behind the Joy sign. It gives me joy to look at it, because Jesus is in the center of the joy! He makes everything worth while. Sometimes we have trouble keeping the joy sign up because of the wind, but I will never let the joy fall over! We can be overcome with joy, but the sign must stand!

I am finishing the Sunday morning Bible Study this week called "Uninvited" Some of you may be saying to yourself, you are going from joy, to uninvited! What a let down. No, don't think that, because sometimes the greatest joy comes from working through those ugly feelings to receive real lasting release. If we don't face our challenging emotions, we can't be freed from them.

Starting on January 15, we will be offering this study again, because it is just that good. It is a DVD teaching by Lysa TerKeurst, and she is coming to us from Israel. She has chosen some of the best known spots where Jesus taught and shared to reveal truths that will set you free! If you are not from this area, you can do the study on-line, by going to ""

I know a lot of people feel left out, and uninvited this time of year. My Mom was one of them. I always made her feel welcome, and got her special little gifts, hoping to cheer her up. She had a troubled family life as a child, and as an adult, so building relationship with her helped her to see Jesus as a loving, caring Father.

I am happy that she is now with the Lord, because I know she has joy, that will never leave her, safe in His loving arms. Is there someone you know who could use some special care this season? Maybe you could invite them to Christmas dinner, or New Year's Eve? Ask God to show you someone that you can minister to. He will!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

There isn't a picture tonight, because I have had some technical difficulties. I don't know why, I do the same thing every day, but today my pictures didn't arrive in my inbox. Does that make sense? No, but none of this makes sense anyhow, so what can I say?

I have wanted to share this quote with you from the Bible Study by Priscilla Schrier, "Armor of God." "Sensitivity to taking offense is one of the key ways satan traps believers in his web of deception." page 48.  I know this can happen so easily. I am more aware of it now, but when I was younger, it didn't take much for me to take offense. How about parents and children, when someone says, I think my little boy Johnny is a little more advanced at coloring than yours. See how he stays in the lines.

I didn't know this was an IQ test, you might say to her. There you go, both women are offended. Both boys just want to play, but the Moms are up in arms over something silly.

"Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense." {Proverbs 19:11}
"A brother {or sister in this case}, offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle." { Proverbs 18:19}

All of these examples are pretty strong. Pride is at the root of it all. I hate to say that, but it is true. The Holy Spirit is so very close when we are willing to lay down pride and put aside offenses. Our enemy knows how easy we can fall into this trap. Don't do it! It is better to be wronged than to allow our feelings to be hurt. "Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up." James 4:10 I would rather have the Lord lift me up anytime, than my flesh try to do it. I will stumble and fall on my own, but if He does it He gets the glory. I'd say thats a win-win. Amen!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

We have a God who loves us regardless of our behavior. We can't earn it, work for it, or deserve it, love just is, as He is. I did not know that anyone could have a relationship with Jesus as a child. My parents didn't know, and I'm not sure anyone else around us knew about Him either.

I was in High School when my best friend Debbie found out about Jesus. She was very sure that He was who He said He was. I was not so sure at first. Where was He all this time, and why didn't I know about Him from my church? My mother was Presbyterian, and so I went with her occasionally. It's funny, when I felt challenged by this new found faith of my friend, I got involved in my church, helping with Sunday School. It was almost as if I wanted to give them a chance to show me this Jesus.

I didn't find Him there. I was slowly coming to see Him in my friends, and I totally yielded my life to Him when I was 18. I was baptized in Conscience Bay, here in Setauket, my my new Pastor. Only my two friends from High School attended, but I remember it, as if it were last week. I felt brand new on the inside. I made a statement that day, by my obedience to God's word to go into the waters of baptism, and be washed. It was only symbolic on the outside, but It was real on the inside.

I haven't thought about it in years, so why today? I suppose our topic of love reminded me. Love so patient, constant, and close. Love that melts away bitterness, harshness, or worry. He melts my heart of all that I give to Him. He is constantly saving me from myself. What a wonderful Savior!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

If we know God, then we can be sure of our future. This was said by a woman who suffered through the holocaust, in Germany because she and her family hid Jews in their house during the 2nd World War. As Christians, her Father and Mother felt that commanding that all jewish people be taken to camps was wrong. They were right, but it cost them their lives, except for Corrie. She lived through to tell her wondrous story, of hope and grace.

We wonder sometimes about why things work out the way they do. In Corrie's situation we might ask, "Why was she spared and her sister died?" She tells of the mix up of papers where she was released by accident, when she was supposed to be killed. God saw fit to let her go, and tell of how she read scriptures to all the ladies in her bunk. She gave hope to those who were dying and hurting. She remained strong during the most awful circumstances.

When we trust God, our lives are not our own. We belong to Him, and sometimes that means going through the fire. The miraculous part is that we come out on the other side. I think of the Prophet Daniel, who went through a real, physical fire, and came out not even smelling of smoke.

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;    Isaiah 43: 2-3a

We can trust God that He will do what He says He will do, and be who He says He will be. Corrie had to trust God that her sister was with Him at the time that He appointed. We can trust Him too. Allow Jesus to be all that He wants to be in your life. Amen.

Monday, December 5, 2016

This is ice skating at Tanger Outlets. It was a warm night, and looked like a lot of fun. I used to ice skate all the time, but it has been a while. It's one of those things that you have to do often or it just isn't that much fun. It could take me the whole session to feel like I could really skate!

My Pastor shared the stories behind some of our favorite Christmas carols yesterday. I forget sometimes that they were written as hymns of the church because I hear them in public places all the time. Do you ever stop in a store when one of these beautiful well-known songs comes on, and look at the people shopping? I have, and it will cause you to pray for them. Many have no idea that it is playing, forget about what it means.

Music has always been so very special to me. I studied music therapy in college, and wrote my thesis on how music affects seriously mentally handicapped children. Most of these children couldn't walk, or feed themselves, but when music was played, they tried to sing! It is a universal language, and God gave it especially for us during the end times to celebrate His love for us and ours for Him. Also to let Him know how much we want Him to come!

Music, from the beginning, has been a powerful instrument to express affection, love and hate. The enemy of our souls knows how to use it to effectively influence those who will listen. We as the People of God, know how to express ourselves to God, using music as He intended it to be. Worship the Lord with your voice today!

Friday, December 2, 2016

This is Stony Brook Harbor just a few weeks ago. Our Island is so beautiful! Step back and enjoy all the natural resources and you can forget that you not are far from home. I did not realize how populated my area has become until I saw it from the sky in a plane. I couldn't believe how many building, homes and shops have been built in the past 10 years.

Things happen all the time around us that we may not be aware of. I can drive down a street many times before I realize new buildings. Of course this is good because I need to be driving, not looking, but my point is, how quickly change occurs. We can see it in our children, and other people, but I don't think I am aware of how I change.

 This is another reason why the body of Christ is necessary. I hope always to change for the better, but if I don't who will let me know? I hope "they" do so gently, because I can be sensitive. My husband is really good at this. He is always careful to let me down gently. I hope you have someone in your life who can do this for you. In love, truth shared can bring life to a person. I can think of a few times when this was not the case, but we will leave that alone for now.

I have learned and I'm still learning how to deal with my children and loved ones, so that they will "hear what I say," and not turn me off. "Let your words be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." {Colossians 4:6 } NIV This is hard, because we try to do something that is spiritual in our flesh. This usually just causes confusion! Only God has the right words and when we look to Him, they can come out of our mouths, instead of a mumbled bit of fleshy jargon. Bless someone close to you today with your deliberate words.  Blessings and love to you all. Talk to you on Monday.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

  I know this isn't what you'd expect from a girl like me, who loves the beach, but I do think it is beautiful. This was my front yard last winter. I love the four seasons. If winter could be a little shorter, I'd be fine. We don't always get what we want. God knows this is a good thing! Especially for women, who can be emotional about almost everything.

Sometimes when I get too emotional I will ask God to slow me down, and help me to see if I am distressed about something when I don't have all the details. My daughter Stephie got her finger caught in a metal door. Not the side that closes, but the side where the hinges are. OUCH!

 Yes, she was pretty upset, but she didn't cry until we got to the car. Great control, I must say, but the reason was she didn't want anyone in school to see her crying. If it were me, I would have let it fly, but anyway. The walk in clinic said, not broken, just keep it in a splint. Two weeks later it doesn't feel any better. We go to the Orthopedist, who took x-rays again, and said it is broken, but that is not the problem. She has a bone cyst, and he would like us to see a hand specialist. O.K., I have never heard of a bone cyst before so we go to the next doctor. I am still not concerned, because she seems fine at this point.

We see the hand specialist, and he reads all three sets of x-rays,{he took his own as well} and then he says, This is a bone deformity, I will send the x-ray on my cell phone to my friend at the  Hospital for Special Surgery, but I think it is benign.  What did you just say? Benign, what is the opposite of that if you are wrong? I just thought this, but didn't say it because I was pretty shocked.  After I got home, I thought, Lord what does this mean?

  It has been a week and a half since that appointment. The doctor hasn't heard from his friend, and I rest in the Lord. Stephie belongs to Him anyway. I pray for the deformity and cyst to shrink, and know that whatever it is, His grace will cover us both.  I don't have all the answers yet, but while I wait, I will rest. He is so faithful!

" The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. { Isaiah 58:11}


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

These are my reindeer waiting for their turn to be set up outside. I have always liked reindeer, I don't know why, I guess because they seem like kind animals. So much is going on right now. The ladies of my church are getting ready for a Christmas Tea. It's a chance to invite people who might not come to church, but a relaxed environment is more comfortable for them.

This month of December has great opportunities to share the true meaning of Christmas with others. The news last night had quick interviews with young people on the street about certain places and countries that are the roots of Jesus' birth. Not many of them knew about Bethlehem, or what nation it is in. It used to be common knowledge, but today not many bother to tell the story. How about you? Do you tell the younger ones around  you about the true meaning of Christmas?

What a story to tell! I can't imagine a better, true, real life story that this! God sent His only son, to die for me? He was born where? King of All Creation, yet He loves me? Sounds too good to be true. IN fact, the word gospel in greek means just that, something that is so amazingly wonderful that it sounds too good to be true. It was used very sparingly in the days of the new testament, because it was only to describe things so extraordinary wonderful. It is a word that describes Jesus, at least one  out of many.

Thank Him today, for the many wonderful things He has done. If you have trouble finding something to thank Him for look around you. Pray, Jesus, give me eyes to see your handiwork that is all around me. Help me to know that you have provided the air that I breathe, and the food that I eat. You keep me from the enemy's lies. You provide the sunshine and the rain. You love me beyond words. Amen.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I took this picture at the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park. Their decorations are beautiful and there is ice skating around the tree in the center. Try to go at night so you can see it lit up! My husband and I weren't planning on shopping, only dropping our daughter off there. We were glad that we stayed.

When my Father had open-heart surgery I remember being amazed that he didn't have any stitches. He was actually gluded together! What incredible things are happening in the areas of science and research, yet Our God has always mended hearts in so many ways. He does so using different people and circumstances, but it is always beyond our wildest imaginations!

I can remember saying to God, "How can you make anything good out of the mess that I have made? I don't understand Lord, what is your purpose here?" He didn't answer me right away, but as time moved on, I saw all the pieces of the puzzle fall in place. Today I can trust Him more than ever before because I have a history with God. I can see how he miraculously has made things right, when I was hopeless.

I have had family members and friends come to me in the past few days with situations that they couldn't see past. I prayed with them, and am trusting God to make a way. Everyone wants to see a miracle, but no one wants to be in the place to need a miracle, but we find ourselves there anyway. How will we know that He is the Living God if we never need Him to move in the miraculous?

"For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.  Isaiah 64:4

Monday, November 28, 2016

November is getting away from us! Hopefully we will continue to get some 50 degree days. I hope your Thanksgiving was free from stress, but when people gather around a table these days, many conversations can become heated. At my house we stayed away from those conflicts, at least on Thanksgiving.

What a wonderful Savior we serve! Even while we were in our sin , He died for us. As my Pastor said yesterday, If we were the only ones on planet earth, He would have come to save our souls. It's not just our souls that prosper in God, because we cannot divide our bodies into different parts. We are complete, spirit, soul, and body. He came to redeem all of our being. Joy in our spirits, soundness in our souls, and health in our bodies.

Please don't think that I am judging you if you are sick. I have chronic sickness in my body, and I know some of you do too. My heart is often  seeking God for perfect health, and I believe Him for it. It is HIs will, desire and purpose to heal us. I don't know why I have  allergic reactions all year round, but I move on to the hope that is in Christ Jesus! Does it hamper my lifestyle?  It surely does, but I move on. I refuse to let it rule me.

Maybe there is something today that is looming over your head, like an illness or a broken relationship. Take God's hand and let Him walk you out of it. You may not be healed, but you can surely not let it rule.

"I will extol the Lord at all times: his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and he heard me; he delivered me from all my fears.   Psalm 34:1-4

Friday, November 25, 2016

This is Deepwells Farms in St. James. It will be all dressed up for Christmas soon with different vendors selling all kinds of gift items. It is fun to visit this time of year plus you can make reservations for tea, as if you are in a turn of the century home.

"Therefore God's chosen one, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another and if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all, put on love- the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful    {Colossians 3;12-15 HCSB}

As Deepwells will be decorated and festive for the season, so will be many people. So many love this season, for many of the reasons we do, without the wholeness of truth. Compassion, kindness and the like is dressed up but hasn't much stability if Christ isn't the source. It is not real when He is not in our hearts.

I noticed a highly popular television personality went to the White House to receive an award for her
contribution to change the world. She is known for her work to secure equal rights for the LGBT community. What she doesn't know is that her work misses the peace and forgiveness that she seems to purport. Heartfelt compassion that is misdirected can be a tool of the enemy. Jesus loves those who misguided and hurting and so should we, but we direct them to the truth, where the real underlying issues can be healed and taken away, so healing for eternity can prevail. Blessing and love to you and your family.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Psalm 119:30-32   "I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes,  Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.

God is so good to us! He even explains to us what he says.The Holy Spirit's job is to bring alive the Word of God so that we can apply it to our lives.The application is the most important, but sometimes we forget that. Pastor Gary brought clarity to this on Sunday. The Pharisees were proud of their much learning, but lost the whole context of the Word of God when they didn't apply it.

To know what to do, and not do it does nothing to feed the poor, or help the sick. I love the scene in the book of Acts where the beggar looks to Peter to give him something and he says, "Look at us. Then Peter said, Silver and gold I do not have, but in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."  {Acts 3:4b and 6.}  Try to imagine what it must have been like to be there! In the temple, everyone knew this man because everyday he came looking for some pocket change to survive. Now he is standing? How could this be, I think they might have said. About five thousand come to the Lord, while Peter and John go to jail.

When your understanding is broadened, it can cost you. Those who love this world's ways can't understand the things of God. It takes a dissatisfaction with all that we see, to desire more. There is so much more!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I hope you are looking forward to Thanksgiving, and that you are able to enjoy it! Sometimes those who cook don't always feel included in all of the fun. I am cooking but with a lot of help, so it balances out quite well. There are so many things to be thankful for, not just on this day, but every day of the year.

" Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."  {Revelation 7:12}

This scripture is referring to the angels around the throne of God that are worshipping Him. Just before this there is a multitude who cannot be numbered saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the lamb!  {Revelation 7: 10} Just imagine this scene! The Lord is on His throne in the middle of this, in all of His glory and majesty! The worship is resounding in magnitude, and nothing else can be seen or heard. No one cares to see or hear anything else because the scene is enrapturing and totally consuming! All needs are met.

"They will neither hunger or thirst anymore; the sun will not strike them nor the heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." These truths are enough for me to worship Him now, and every day, even though these scriptures refer to days to  come. He has already made the way for you and I to be full of His presence in this day. Put your faith into motion, fully activated by reading the word and prayer. Give Him the praise that He so deserves! Nothing is out of His reach!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Have you ever noticed the little things that can get under your skin? I was thinking today  about why do I get upset when the dog barks for no reason? Is it really that big of a deal? Why don't I save my frustration for something big like the toilet overflowing?

I stopped, and said a quick prayer, " Lord, I don't want this to bother me." That was all I had to say. Maybe if I do this more often, it won't build up to something that it isn't by the end of the day. I think if I noticed this that probably you have too. I don't mean about the dog,  but about anything. What if we all stopped when these things happened, and asked the Lord to calm us, would we be more calm by the end of the day?

It is worth a try. It can't hurt anything, and it might actually help, at least our prayer life that is. The more prayerful we are the more we will look to Jesus to keep us, so that we don't let the "little foxes" spoil the vines" of our nerves.

"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on your glorious works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. {Psalm 145: 3-7}

Dear Father, I am in awe of your splendor! Help me to keep this before me at all times, and praise you through the little foxes that want me to wander off to things that are insignificant. I know the enemy of our souls wants us to be caught up in every little thing around us. I pray for these dear gracious sisters who will read this today, that you help them to be focused on you, and Your great goodness as the celebrations of your birth come close. May we truly honor You, and our souls will be at rest. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

It's summer! Alright, its not, but I can dream. One day, when we get to heaven, You will come to visit me in my perpetual garden of flowers! We will have tea, and it will be a grand time! I invite you now, so don't say I didn't!

I can be silly, but this could really happen. Why not; my mansion may be next to yours. I don't think we will care that much because Jesus will be there, and the elegance of His presence will melt our hearts, and we won't even be able to speak because of the awe that we will feel. He will melt away all tears in the warmth of His love, and we will forever be basking in His eternal light. If you think the sun feels good on a warm day, you haven't experienced even a fraction of who He is. I haven't either, but I will.

Make sure you are there with me. If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior, and asked Him to come into your heart, and cleanse you from your sin, and make you whole, you will be with me. My blog is called wholeheartedlady, not because I've made it to perfection, but because I still need His grace and power to change me!

 I haven't arrived; He is doing a good work in me, just like He is doing in you. Read His word, let it soak into your soul, by saying it over and over. Do what you have to do to get the truth inside of you because there is nothing in this world that will fill your longings and desires!

Your heart was made for God to fill it. Anything else seems special for a while, but then it will fade away. Those who have everything aren't happy or joyful. Joy comes from the Lord and knowing that the yoke of God is freedom. Paradoxical, yes, but if you lose your life you will save it.

"So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. {Isaiah 51:11}


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Outdoor Markets! A sure summertime treat, but not for today. It is nice enough to be outside with the temperature reaching 62! Those of you in Florida, please keep the snickering down to a low roar. Here on Long Island in November , this is remarkable and very much enjoyed.

God's blessings are too numerous to count, because some of them we may never know about. How about the time God saved you from a near accident, and you were not aware of it? And the time He kept you from a law suit, and you were never aware? If we could see what is happening in the spiritual realm, we would be amazed of all the things that never touch us because of the covering we have in Christ.

Thank God for Jesus' redemptive blood, that covers us from the lies and torments of the devil. So what you may ask about the times we are deathly ill, or harm comes our way. Our all consuming God does not take any pleasure in our hardships or sickness. Never in a million years would He afflict us. He allows things in our lives only if they will grow us to be more like HIm. The choice is up to us, if our heart will surrender to Him in a hard circumstance or not. The outcome will bring spiritual life or death.

This can be very hard when we are going through the loss of a loved one, or are exhausted caring for someone who is ill. This is why we have brothers and sisters in the Lord to pray with us, and love us through these situations. Lean on someone today who has a shoulder to give to you.

"And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."  {1John2:17}
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we should be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  {1 John 3:1-2}

Take heart, dear ones, God is working overtime on us!Live the Life He has always wanted for you!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I wish sometimes that I had a small garden like this, without any grass. It would be so easy to care for! I like porches too, but we can't have everything. Thank God that He doesn't give us everything we think we want. We wouldn't know how to appreciate what we do have.

All I want is Jesus! The older I get, the more I long for more of His great love, and tender mercies. This is fleshed out in doing what He says to do. As I see a need, and do what I can to meet it, He is honored, and I give Him the praise. Not that we are meant to meet every need we see. That would bring certain exhaustion, and then we wouldn't be good for anything!

I know I wrote about this recently, but I feel to repeat it. Do what God says, and stick to it. This time of year we can all feel the pressure of extra things to do, such as shopping, and special meals. You all know what I am saying. If we want to be productive and on target with the Lord, we can't do everything. I am the first one in line for this message! I tend to over estimate how much time I have to spend walking around a store, or looking on line for items.

I want to have more time to be with my family and to pray about so many important things that are on my heart. We can rest in the grace of God if we press in to His will, and discipline our time to see the results that God will bring.

"Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."  Psalm 55:22
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:29-30

Monday, November 14, 2016

You may remember this picture from August, but hopefully you think it is brand new. Love flowers and open air cafes. Really, flowers and anything make for a good match to me. Our weather today leaves the idea of November out of sight, but yes I can't deny that it is here. Open the windows and enjoy this glimpse of fall. Today is a gift, and I believe this week will follow suit.

Why do we hurry through these special times, without even noticing the beauty of it? I know why, it's the pressure of the mundane, pushing us toward something else. Isn't there something else on the list of "to-do" that comes up after the first one is complete? Jesus says, Come and rest my beloved.

"O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely. Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.    {Song of Solomon 2:14-15}

God longs for us to come to Him, after the craziness of our schedules, in the quiet place, where we find rest in His arms. Come away my beloved! This is the secret of a life well lived, a life worth living. Above the clatter and commotion, God is there for us, waiting with confidence and patience that we will come!

Friday, November 11, 2016

This is my neighbor's backyard. There are few fences in the yards so that there is a flow across the back. The dogs love it. No one minds them in their yard.  If we ever move, we will have a hard time explaining why we stay in our own yard.

The cool days, and the leaves turning all sorts of colors reminds me of the love of God, that never fails even when we are put into difficult circumstances. It's that pressing of relationships and things we have to deal with that causes us to learn the depth of His love and His patience with us. I could never be as patience with others as God is with me.

 I think I had a handle on patience when my son had a few days off and wanted me to do what he wanted and he wasn't willing to do things on my time. Pressure, pushing me to do things his way. Patience says, "You will have to wait a bit." We all learn from it. I hope.

You know how it is with your people. Everything's fine until you get married. I'm kidding, but our daily living can be a lesson in walking in the Spirit. Keeping our eyes on Jesus, and not allowing our flesh to get the better of us.

Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. {Hebrews 12:2}

Jesus' patience endured the cross, which means He had to put aside His own will to do His Father's will instead. It wasn't something that came all at once, it was learned over His lifetime. Oh, yes, I get the point. I hope you do too.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This is what Fall is all about! Look at the brillance in that color! We also see the shadows of the late afternoon hiding the beauty of the wood. What a difference the sunshine makes. "When we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin." {1John 1:7 }

It is the light that makes the difference. If we are walking in the same light as Jesus, we can see Him, and He can see us, because our sins are gone. It is the blood that makes the difference. If I am off one letter as a write to you, you can get a whole different view of what I am saying, and not understand what I meant to say. So it is with God. We can't be a little right with God, because there is no such thing. As the light permeates the darkness, the light removes All darkness, not just a bit.

Jesus does a complete work in us, as more light is revealed to us, and we walk in it. The light always overcomes the darkness, not the other way around.The kingdom of God will prevail over the kingdom of darkness. I know, because I read the end of the book!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This farm stand has been in Setauket for many years. It has gone through many renovations and I love that they still have property that they farm to this day. When my children were little I remember going there to pick out pumpkins. We don't do that anymore, but I'm glad for the memory.

"Ho Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; Come buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. { Isaiah 55: 1-2}

These verses are an invitation to God's salvation. They bring such satisfaction to me, knowing that I don't have to have what the world values as important to be right with God. His eternal system does not run on this earth's equations. His love and saving power isn't linked to any pay-back system nor does it have any strings attached. There are no user fees, or deposits. I simply have to say, "YES."

I don't have to do a thing to gain His attention. I already have it. I don't need to make an appointment two weeks from Tuesday to talk to him. I don't have to pay a deductible for Him to heal me, and He doesn't hold back His blessings from me if I don't "Pay" on time. All that I do FOR Him, comes from a wanting to do for Him. And it is that simple. Thank Him today for being so wonderful!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

This is my backyard. What a classic autumn day! This helps me to let go of summer, and realize the beauty all the seasons. I enjoy the crispness in the air, and wearing a light jacket. Walking outside is beautiful and knowing that it won't always be like this helps me to enjoy it even more.

November has its good points and not so good points. The start of cold weather and the coming of winter don't thrill me, but I can find good in that if I try harder! Sometimes this is how God pushes us to grow in our faith. We get comfortable in our lives, same thing everyday, one rolls into another. How can we grow that way? He wants us to open our eyes to what is happening all around, and be willing to BE  the answer.

God has us in a world that has changed rapidly, and not for the better. He tells us to "Let our lights shine, because the light is what shows that there is darkness. Our lights get ever brighter in this darkness, and it is clear what is right and wrong. The love of God needs to shine in our lights for a lost world that so very much needs love and light. God is always willing, are you ready? Ask Him to help you, I know I do!

Monday, November 7, 2016

This is a pleasant thought, but how do we have peace in our lives in this tumultuous society?  Jesus spoke this to His disciples after his crucification, when He first showed them that He was alive. In verse 20 it says, "Then they were glad when they saw the Lord." Really, they were just glad? I don't know about you, but I think they must have been  amazed, overwhelmed, a little freaked out maybe?

I don't know what I would have done if I saw someone alive who had died. I know He told them that He would come back, but they assumed He meant at the resurrection of all souls, not in three days!
They were shut up in a house for fear of the jews, not in eager expectation of His arrival. They needed to hear these words, "Peace be with you."

 When Jesus enters our circumstances He always bring peace. Sometimes we ask Him to come, and sometimes we just realize that He has always been there from the beginning. Today, realize as a child of God, who has given her heart to Christ, that He is so in love with you!" His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me."

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Do you know this house? It has been sitting on 25A for at least a 100 years. It caught my attention when a relator's sign was placed outside. It said that a new shopping center was coming soon. I didn't like the sound of that. Were they planning on taking down the house? When I stopped to look at the sign it was from an architect and an interior designer. Ok then, I can handle that! I don't like it when those well built structures are removed for another purpose.

This reminds me of what God builds in our hearts. It is solid and will stand through the storms of life. God doesn't use hay or stubble to make us strong; He builds with mortar and stone. In fact, the materials he uses are meant to last for eternity. First He needs our hearts to be yielded to His will. Then He needs us to fill our minds and hearts to His truth.  As we stand in the truth, we gain the strength needed to apply His word to our hearts, so that it will not move.

I know from watching home makeovers that houses like this are rare, and don't move easily. The craftsmanship is so very well done that it almost can't be copied because of the time and effort that it takes. God sees us as a fine art project that needs time and effort. How much effort depends on how pliable we are. Oh, how many times I resist His hand, only to come back and repent, so we can start over! I am beginning to learn, and I know you are too!

"But now O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.  {Isaiah 64:8}

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

These roses are holding on for dear life! They were growing on the side of the road which causes me to think that they weren't cared for much through-out the summer.I could be wrong. You might remember that my one rose bush had some roses on it, but I wasn't able to care for it because my allergies kept me inside most of the summer.

My brother in law doesn't like this bush, and was ready to tear it down when I gave him the word. The only thing was, I didn't get to take the roses off of it before I noticed it was gone. Huh, As a woman I would think to cut the flowers first, and then cut back the branches. This didn't occur to him. He is a landscape designer, and my bush didn't fit into his plan. I have told him not to touch it,  but he insists is is more dead than alive. I know that the pruning that it received will cause it to come back strong and full in the spring. It is not a problem that there is some dead wood in there, because I see it as alive and well. Roses have that affect on me.

How often God looks at us and says, "My child, you have some spots that need to be cleared out of your life, and I will lovingly and gently remove these from you. If you allow me to do what needs to be done to make you whole, it will still hurt, but healing will soon come in its place. If you resist my hand it will take longer and be painful and harder to heal. Don't resist, come to me."

Our gracious Heavenly Father opens His hands and His heart to us to receive good things. All His thoughts toward us and for our good, to bring life, not death. Our world is shrouded in darkness and trouble, not what is whole and right. With all that is within you call out to Him. He is faithful to move on your behalf.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Here we go again! Flowers on the stairs that just look so right! They perk up the most ordinary spaces. This winter I will be looking for other things, that can perk up those otherwise normal spots.
Do you see things in your everyday life that can bring a smile to your face? For me it can be seeing the sunshine when opening the blinds first thing in the morning, or watching a dog and it's owner walking down the street.

When we take in these seemingly everyday sights but enjoy them, it makes that day not so ordinary. I am always on the look out for photo opportunities, and the other day while driving on 25A in St. James I noticed the statue of a mother reading to her children. I shared it a few days ago. It blessed me so much, not only for the reasons on mentioned the other day, but also because it caused me to pause and pray for my friend Cathie who works in that building. I usually don't think of that when I pass by, but now I do!

Prayer is the single most important thing we can give anyone! Yes, we need to feed the hungry, and by all means give them what they need for daily living, but if we forget to pray, we haven't completed the process that God has called us to. Pray for revival across our nation. Pray this week especially for repentance as this has been designated a week of prayer for this. If you would like to follow this grass roots movement you can go to  It is worth your time.

"Say among the nations, 'The Lord reigns; The world is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.'"    {Psalm 96:10}

Monday, October 31, 2016

Not too long ago these flowers made me think of summer. Someone came along with a weed wacker and did them in. I guess they would be dead soon anyway. Autumn is a great season, and I can enjoy it if I don't compare it to summer. They are different, but just as beautiful if I look at them the way God intended them to be.

People can be seen in the same way. Not one of us is the same as any other; each meant to be enjoyed in a different way. We get in trouble when we compare one against another. "You're not like so and so." That"s right! It is a good thing too, because it we were all the same or even too similar to one another we would be bored to tears.

What I love about my husband is that he is so different than me. I still giggle at the silly things he says, and the crazy things he says! Mostly because I would never say anything like what he does. He is so unique and before I meant him, I never knew anyone like him before. I was hooked after I got over the shock that he was like this all the time!

Ask God to show you the good side of everyone. Find something that you can pray about for that person. Show them the same kindness that Jesus has shown you. Sometimes that person who is negative or hurtful only needs you to show them some care, before they open up and show their true need for Jesus.    "They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, Their souls fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord, in their trouble, And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. {Psalm 107:4-7}

Friday, October 28, 2016

Isn't this funny! I found this painted on the side of a building. Wouldn't it be great if all we had to do was eat a piece of chocolate and everything would be better! Actually I think it is better with chocolate, but it doesn't last long enough to make any difference. I hope I am not bursting anyone bubble, but it just isn't true, Sorry.

I hope you got a good laugh anyway. Since time began people have been looking for something to make them better than they were. Eve wanted something more than God gave her. The enemy is shrewd, but He is not all knowing, all powerful, or omniscient like our God. What we do know, is that he is divisive, predictable, and cruel. We know how he operates, and we have the weapons to take him out! Thank God for Jesus, because He won the battle on the cross, so that we don't have to.  We do however, need the weapons of our warfare to protect us.

"The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.        {2 Corinthians 10:4-5}     The Apostle Paul goes on to say, Don't boast in this, because this is when the enemy can get in and distract us. God gave us authority for our edification. It is not of ourselves. Allow God to be victorious in your life today, and listen to God. He is much more able to take care of every need. Love to all. Ann

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I found this statue outside of St. Philip and James Church in St. James, and since it was a beautiful day, I had to stop and take a photo. For those who don't know, I taught 1st grade at Smithtown Christian School for 8 years before Rudy and I got married. Books and especially christian ones are a passion of mine. I had a full bookcase of children"s books that my hubby made me scale down to two boxes of very special books to keep for our grandchildren someday.

I love how this boy is looking up to the mother. I feel as if his whole attention is toward her as she reads. I read to our children from 3 months old, to however long they would allow me. Having that opportunity to sit down, in a relaxing environment and role play with the various characters was so amazing. Now I get to read and role play somewhat with adults. How blessed am I! I love teaching women the word of God. They are just as eager to soak up the Love and the word of God as those precious little faces that used to look up to me.

Time spent reading to someone is a very powerful tool. Maybe there is someone in your life that would benefit from this? Our society doesn't cherish those quiet moments as much as we should.
Take time to hear from God. If you make the space He will be happy to speak. "So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to a friend." Exodus 33:11
"Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, 'Speak Lord, for Your servant hears.' " I Samuel 3:8b-9

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why did I take a picture of a broken fence? It reminds me of a story on the Bible. Actually it is from Proverbs. "I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding: And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man." {Proverbs 24: 30-34}

Someone has to be responsible to care for these things. When its important to us we do, when something is not so important we let it go. This is the state of our nation. We have allowed the liberal forces that be, to arrogantly be the voice of our Government. We have allowed our schools to teach that America is not such a good place. History is not important,  and may be totally neglected.

The good, caring America that I knew as a child is now being portrayed as divisive and self absorbed. How could history change? It has not, but our values have. In order for socialism to prevail, our national heritage has to blend into the background and become as any other nation in the world. This cannot be.

When America first became a nation, a french Patriot came to America to see how it could work. He found the reason the government was able to function was the faith, virtue,  and self motivation of the majority of people. He did not see any of this in other countries. Our government was set up on biblical values, with the people walking, living accordingly. No wonder the liberals don't want to follow the Constitution the way it was written!

You and I can make sure our fences are secure around our spiritual lives. Stand on the word of God in every area of life, and do not wavier. A godly army is rising up to stand for justice and truth not only in America, but in their personal lives as well. God's people being who God has called them to be can change a generation, and equip the next.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This reminds me of days gone by! These homes were built in a very different time. Families were important to everyone, even those who were not of the faith. The foundation of most lives included and were built on family ties. My father was one of those who did not have a family to fall back on, and it was evident in every aspect of his life.

I think of Kathy Triccoli who has shared about the neighborhood who cared for everyone else's kids when she was a child. Ellie Lofaro who spoke about sitting on the stoop in Brooklyn as a child, watching all of the goings on. In my beginning years we ran and played from one yard to another, no fences. All of the neighborhood kids would come to my yard because my grandmother had purchased a little play house for us. I was the mother, of course!

I am mindful of my daughter Stephanie who lost all of her grandparents by the age of six. She is missing out on the rich impartation of those elders who have gone before her. Maybe this is why she has older parents! God knows how to impart what she will need.

 I was in shock when my Aunt died, because I realized that Rudy, my husband was now the oldest! Leaning on the Lord is always the way to go. He is a better father than any earthly father could ever, ever be. "Grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." {Galatians 1:3-5} He will impart what is necessary, and sometimes He will even use you and me!

Monday, October 24, 2016

We may be at the end of pictures of flowers, but you never know what could happen! Can you imagine the flowers and other beautiful plants that will be in heaven? No decay or coldness to cause decay or rot! Maybe they will be singing praises to God with the rest of us, but most likely their beauty will shine as an offering of praise.

What is on your heart today? Whatever it is, God cares about it and wants to carry it for you. We were never made to carry a heavy load. All the cares about this world can seem like a ton on our shoulders. I have been there too many times to count. I know He can make the burden light because He is excellent at carrying the heavy end.

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."{ 1 Peter 5: 6-7} Those of us that are parents know how to care for our children as if they were part of us. God feels the same way for us as His children. He wants to carry the things that trouble us so that we can walk in freedom of fear, disaster or heartache. Before  these things come, He will build a shield of protection around us so that we can endure them. Read the word of God, look to Him, and your shield is strengthened. Who am I that He should care for me? Amazing isn't it?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Could this be a house out of the 19th century? Yes, it could, but I don't know if it dates back quite that far. It is amazing the things we can find that were here long before we were born. I believe creationists have identified the earth as being between 10 to 12 thousand years old. What do we know of thousands of years? Our lives are no more than 100 years if we are blessed. Some people would not consider it a blessing to live to 100. I think of my mother who said she wouldn't like that.

These reminders we see of a day long ago reveal a different way of living. Life was precious, because people didn't live as long. If loved ones went to the other side of the country, there was a good chance that those left behind many never see them again. Friendships were dear because no one could hide behind a cellular device! I'm not saying you do that, but I'm sure you know someone who does.

Even with the many changes to society and culture God's word has not changed. His commandments have not been left behind. His word will always be a lamp and light to us. In the book of Ephesians we read about the belt of a roman soldier. It is very important especially because it helped to keep the rest of him up! It was his center of gravity, that girded him to put on the next 70 pounds of armor.
Paul writes to us from that generation to "Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth. " Ephesians 6:14.

 I remember my Grandmother putting on her girdle. That was one tight squeeze, with all due respect to my sweet dear Grandmother. Once it was on, it didn't come off. I think about my core when I exercise. I want it to be as strong as possible, because without that I don't stand straight. My body doesn't function the way I know it should. I draw from the core to keep me balanced which is something that is wanting as I get older.

 I can tell how much exercise I had the day before as I open my eyes in the morning. It is true in my spirit. I know how strong I am first thing because of the time spent in God's word the night before. Lies swirl all around us, from the moment we awake until we put our heads on the pillow, and sometimes even our dreams can be lies. Fill your mind with what God says in His word. "Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom;" {Colossians 3:16} Then we can see what others can't.