changes all around

A BIG guarantee in life is CHANGE. I’m not saying all changes are good. Many do not hit my JOY button. One is having to relearn wordpress and understand where my info is hiding!

color change

color change

Not all are happy with where they are, what they are experiencing, the things affecting their families. It will change.

Some are very satisfied, fulfilled and feel they have achieved, arrived, can maintain. It will change. 

Do people change as much as software, car styles or hybrid plants? We certainly do – and it’s not just in aging. We often have such a firm mental picture, we don’t realize the subtle ways of transformation.

I think the bigger question might be – is it for the good? 

Some of the thoughts going through my mind as I edited this wonderful honu/turtle photo and thought of God – who never changes (Malachi 3:6) yet we – are always supposed to be.

You might enjoy 2 Corinthians 3

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18 NKJV

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porch droppings

I had many wonderful things planned last week, then it continued to change. I think all can relate. You try to plan, have a little space and SURPRISE – something changes!

one kitty hiding

one kitty hiding

I started with extra little visitors, ages 3 and 5. When I went to pick them up – they were in the driveway with one big brother and their baby sister. Car seats and bags all ready to go for their first ride and visit with me. Another of those moments where you say, “Where is the camera?” Yes, it was home charging. That was such joy to see.

They had fun finding the cats, pretending I was their pony and asking if I had more food!  Later in the week, their grandma dropped off this photo from a previous visit.

I thought pony rides just did me in then realized something else was going on with my body. It’s good to finally be getting a little energy back a week later. For a non-napper – I definitely napped a lot.

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT

It had me returning to something I used to do more regularly…asking, “What needs to be accomplished next Lord?” By last Friday, all He said was rest and that was enough.

This week – I’m going to continue with that question. Because sometimes – we don’t need to do it all.

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people you meet

here fishies

here fishies

April was traveling with Mom again to see my brother in Kona, Hawaii. I know, rough life you may say. There is always more to every story…and a purpose under heaven. (Ecc 3:1)

One of our God connections was while we were capturing a sunset and I commented to a woman with a great camera. She and I started sharing our very similar stories and we invited her to join us on other days. Debby Smit is a fabulous photographer from Canada who gave up all that was familiar to be a YWAM volunteer and go where God leads and needs.

I was blessed to be able to host her in my home last night as she drives through the US to do a West Coast journey with YWAM Ships. We even caught another sunset together at Holland Beach.

He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. 2 Timothy 1:9 NIV

leaning in

leaning in

One of her heart passions was to work on a cruise ship – God is making that happen in a different way than imagined. One of mine was to be an artist.

40’s, 50’s, 60’s – it’s never too late. He wants to give us the desires of our heart. (Psalm 37:4)

I feel we all have a GOD seed planted long ago to be used for His glory!

Please join me praying for God’s provision, safety and more holy connections for Debby as she heads this week to her next God assignment.

Debby Smit – YWAM donations can be made here to bless her journey, just note her name somewhere in the process.

And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. (Sensible vs self-discipline seem very different to me!)

So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.

This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.

So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.
2 Timothy 1:6-14 MSG

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starting again



Seems like a long time away from here. I have a lot more air miles, a few new long distance friends and my journals are definitely fuller, reviewed and prayed through. My suitcase is tucked away until the end of the month when I will travel with mom again for a weekend to see a nephew. Mom is doing well, just doesn’t like to travel alone. Even happier that spring has sprung in Michigan!

I’ve also kept busy with a weekly class. Two of us from my home church just finished a 9 month training and equipping with School of Kingdom Ministries.

Great teaching, practicing and challenging to GO-BE active, authentic and LOVING disciples of Jesus. Much of the church stops at the message of salvation, gathering as a body, and praying without much expectation…

BUT HE has said – GO, DO what I did AND even greater things. (John 14)

Repeat that verse daily for a month and you’re expectation level will definitely increase!

Jesus did come to heal, save and deliver, right?

Thankfully many around the world are doing these and greater things and sharing their steps and stories. It feels like the Holy Spirit is leading us into more truth and empowerment of the FULL Gospel.

I don’t know if this blog will continue as 150 words in a normal post or be shifting a bit all I know it’s time to write!

Thank you to all who have been fellow journeyers these past years.

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I love how God zeros in on the target for the lessons He’s sharing…

One of my favorite card designers CurlyGirlDesign

artist Leigh

artist Leigh

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heart and soul

A friend shared today, “Many know about God, but they don’t know Him.”

What would your response be?

I think we frequently know about God with our MIND but not fully with our HEART and SOUL.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4 NIV

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In Deuteronomy 4:29 it says But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

These words are repeated in many verses including heart, soul, mind and strength…
the heart coming first.

What do you think?

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a grand entrance

chalk during worship

chalk during worship

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100

Do you dare to SHOUT for joy to the Lord?
Can others see your joyful singing?

Many will give something up for the Lenten season, but I suggest getting something…
more JOY
more SONGS
Is God more attracted to our problems or our praise?

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

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have confidence



I remember hearing Priests of old would have a rope around their foot when they entered the Most Holy Place. Maybe it’s like the fruit of the tree being an apple. We hear many things that come from analogies, legends, and assumptions that often stick more than words of the Bible.

My favorite Bible separated at the spine so I am enjoying one that “WAS” unmarked. It brings a fresh perspective. Verses I haven’t noticed much before are speaking even louder!

Have confidence!
Enter in!
Draw near!
Be assured!

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:19-22

A book with LIFE makes everything worthwhile.

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Waiting at the Gate Called Beautiful

When giving UP takes on new meaning…
Waiting at the Gate Called Beautiful.

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Five-Minute Friday {gone}


Grace – grace…
He gives freely if we just come…

Originally posted on Living In Grace{land}:

This is not part of the FMF link-up, the weekly round-up of bloggers waiting for Kate to give us the word prompt which signals “GO” for free-style-no-editing-writing-for-5-minutes-comment-on-the-blog-before-you frenzy. I like this community and have developed favorites I search for to read their take on the word of the week.

But this week, we’re gone. Away. On a plane. Outta here. No time to check the Twitter feed at 10PM Thursday night to let the word drift in and out of my thoughts til morning. Just can’t do it this time but I don’t want to miss writing something.


The Pyramid was featured in the Tom Cruise movie, The Firm. The Pyramid was featured in the Tom Cruise movie, The Firm.

So we’re gone to Memphis on a business trip. Required attendance to the city we lived for three years, to the city we left our son. Bonus for us to see him and his wife on this trip.

Buffalo were an unexpected sight in Memphis. Shelby Farms…

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