On Memorial Day, we visited the graves of my in-laws and my parents. It was bitter-sweet…

I knew my daddy wasn’t there…only the remains of his mortal body were laid to rest ‘neath the cool dewy grass; and even though it’s been nearly twenty years…my wounds from his passing seemed fresh.

As I stood over his resting place, remembering all he had sacrificed for me, how he taught me of Jesus, and Salvation; I felt as though my heart was being ripped from my chest.  I know he’s in a better place…a place of peace and rest, and I would never ask him to come back, but my pain of losing him is still raw.

I woke up this morning singing a song that he and I used to sing as a duet at church.  He played the piano, and sang the harmony part, while I sang the melody.  It was a medley of songs that he and I put together.  The words go like this…

I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, since I found a friend in Him, so strong and true!

I would tell you how He changed my life completely!  He did something that no other friend could do…   -Charles Weigle

Oh hallelujah what a Savior!  Who could take a poor lost sinner…take him from the miry clay and set him free!  I would ever tell the story, shouting, Glory!  Glory!  Glory!  Hallelujah!  Jesus ransomed me!   -Julia H. Johnston

And that’s why Jesus is the sweetest name I know!  And He’s just the same…as His lovely name!  And that’s the reason why I love Him so!  ….Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know!   -Lela B. Long

Oh precious name!  Oh how sweet!  Hope of earth, and Joy of heaven.  Precious name!  Oh how sweet!  Hope of earth, and Joy of heaven!   -Lydia Baxter


I cherish these precious memories of my time with my dad!  Even though he’s been gone for a long time, I still lean on his words of wisdom and advice!  Thanks daddy for showing me the way to Jesus!  See you soon…



I heard a statement the other day that has had a profound impact on me!  We were watching a movie…I can’t even remember what it was now, but this one phrase really stuck with me.  It said, and I quote:  “Once darkness gets a taste of light, it will not stop until it swallows the sun.”

I told my husband, Mike, “Wow!  That’s how it was with Satan!  Before he was called Satan, he was known as Lucifer.  He got a taste of God’s Power and the glories of heaven…and wanted it all for himself.  Remember the verses that say…

“Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the signet of perfection,a 25full of wisdom and 26perfect in beauty.

13 You were in 27Eden, the garden of God; 28every precious stone was your covering, 29sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire,b30emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings.c 31On the day that you were created they were prepared.
14 You were an anointed 32guardian cherub. I placed you;d you were on 33the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
15 You were blameless in your ways 34from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.
16 In the abundance of 35your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from 36the mountain of God, and I destroyed you,e37O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 38Your heart was proud because of 39your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.
18 By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so 40I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth 41in the sight of all who saw you.
19 All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; 42you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.” -Ezekiel 28
Again in Isaiah it says:
  “12 “How 16you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, 17son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!

13 You said in your heart, 18‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God 19I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;b
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 20But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.
16 Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: ‘Is this 21the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms,
17 who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, 22who did not let his prisoners go home?’
18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb;c
19 but you are cast out, away from your grave, like a loathed branch, 23clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled underfoot.
20 You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people.”May 24the offspring of evildoers nevermore be named!” -Isaiah 14
Satan definitely got a “taste” of Light…and thought he had won when the SON of God, died on the cross….  He thought  he had swallowed the SON,  Jesus, up in death.  What a surprise he had on the third day when the SON rose from the grave!
Let’s be sure to NOT allow darkness to swallow up the SON in our lives!  Let’s all SHINE for Jesus!


Memorial Day.  Today is the day we honor our brave men and women of the Armed Forces who protect and keep our country safe from invasion, and keep intact our freedom and liberties provided by the Constitution.

Thanks to all of you out there who have served, or are serving our country in this capacity!  We appreciate your sacrifices for our freedom!  We honor you for leaving your families, living in war-torn countries, some dying…just to keep us free!

But today, I would like to thank one person in particular.  His name is Jesus!  All of you who are reading this, and KNOW Him in a personal way can attest to the fact that He has given you an unfathomable Freedom!  Because of His sacrifice on the cross, we are free from our ugly past, free from the pain caused by sin.  John 8:36 says this:  “If the Son (JESUS) therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

Jesus fought the greatest battle in the history of the world when he went to war with satan for your soul!  He (Jesus) conquered death and hell on Mount Calvary!  As He breathed His last breath on the cross, He was thinking of your Freedom!

If you’ve accepted His sacrifice for your sin, He protects you daily…moment by moment, from  an invasion from hell, keeping at bay, satan and his demons that wish you harm!   He keeps your Freedom and Liberties intact through His marvelous Grace!  His sacrifice not only provides you Peace in this life…but in the eternal life to come!  He extends Mercy instead of Justice.  He gives Love instead of demanding punishment!

As we give honor today to those who have kept America free, let’s also remember to give honor to the One who gave His all for us on the Cross of Calvary!  Thank You Jesus for my Freedom!


Remember? The Prophecy of Micah

Remember?  The Prophecy of Micah

2 Timothy

82: Remember Jesus Christ, who was raised from death, who was a descendant of David, as is taught in the Good News I preach. 9 Because I preach the Good News, I suffer and I am even chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not in chains, 10 and so I endure everything for the sake of God’s chosen people, in order that they too may obtain the salvation that comes through Christ Jesus and brings eternal glory.

Micah 1 (NLT)

The Lord gave this message to Micah of Moresheth during the years when Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. The visions he saw concerned both Samaria and Jerusalem.

Grief over Samaria and Jerusalem

Attention! Let all the people of the world listen!
Let the earth and everything in it hear.
The Sovereign Lord is making accusations against you;
the Lord speaks from his holy Temple.
Micah 2 (MSG)


God Has Had Enough

2 1-5 Doom to those who plot evil, who go to bed dreaming up crimes!

As soon as it’s morning, they’re off, full of energy, doing what they’ve planned.

They covet fields and grab them, find homes and take them.

They bully the neighbor and his family, see people only for what they can get out of them.

God has had enough. He says,

“I have some plans of my own:

Disaster because of this interbreeding evil!  Your necks are on the line.

You’re not walking away from this. It’s doomsday for you.

Mocking ballads will be sung of you, and you yourselves will sing the blues

(because they got caught)


And there’ll be no one to stand up for you, no one to speak for you before God and his jury.


A Message to preachers who preach prosperity instead of repentance

6-7 “Don’t preach,” say the preachers.

“Don’t preach such stuff.

Nothing bad will happen to us.

Talk like this to the family of Jacob?

…Get out of here, the lot of you.

You can’t take it easy here!

You’ve polluted this place,

and now you’re polluted—ruined!

If someone showed up with a good smile and glib tongue

    and told lies from morning to night—

‘I’ll preach sermons that will tell you how you can get anything you want from God:

More money, the best wines . . . you name it’—

    you’d hire him on the spot as your preacher!


2 Timothy 4:3 New Living Translation

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.


Micah Continues:

12-13 “I’m calling a meeting, Jacob.

I want everyone back—all the survivors of Israel.

I’ll get them together in one place—

like sheep in a fold, like cattle in a corral—

a milling throng of homebound people!

Then I, God, will burst all confinement and lead them out into the open.

They’ll follow their King.  I will be out in front leading them.”


Actor Morgan Freeman:

I’m going to stop calling you a white man, and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You want to say,`Well, I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ You know what I’m saying?”


Limitless Power in Jesus

Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”



Judgment Leaders

I said, “Listen, you leaders of Israel!
You are supposed to know right from wrong,
but you are the very ones who hate good and love evil.
Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!


John 8:12  NIV

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”


True Prophets

But as for me, I am filled with power—
    with the Spirit of the Lord.
I am filled with justice and strength

to boldly declare Israel’s sin and rebellion.
Listen to me, you leaders of Israel!
You hate justice and twist all that is right.
10 You are building Jerusalem on a foundation of murder and corruption.
11 You rulers make decisions based on bribes;
you priests teach God’s laws only for a price;
you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid.
    Yet all of you claim to depend on the Lord.
“No harm can come to us,” you say,
    “for the Lord is here among us.”
12 Because of you, Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field;
    Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins!
A thicket will grow on the heights
where the Temple now stands.




Hebrews 11:32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them.




The Lord’s Future Reign

In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house
will be the highest of all—
the most important place on earth.
It will be raised above the other hills,
and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
People from many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of Jacob’s God.
There he will teach us his ways,
and we will walk in his paths.”
For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion;
his word will go out from Jerusalem.
The Lord will mediate between peoples
and will settle disputes between strong nations far away.
They will hammer their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will no longer fight against nation,
nor train for war anymore.
Everyone will live in peace and prosperity,
enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees,
for there will be nothing to fear.
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies
has made this promise!
Though the nations around us follow their idols,
we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever.



Israel’s Return from Exile

“In that coming day,” says the Lord,
“I will gather together those who are lame, those who have been exiles, and those whom I have filled with grief.
Those who are weak will survive as a remnant; those who were exiles will become a strong nation.
Then I, the Lord, will rule from Jerusalem as their king forever.”


Psalm 34:18

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.


Micah 5New Living Translation (NLT)

Mobilize! Marshal your troops!
The enemy is laying siege to Jerusalem.
They will strike Israel’s leader
in the face with a rod.

A Ruler from Bethlehem

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    are only a small village among all the people of Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel,
    whose origins are in the distant past,
    will come from you on my behalf.
The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies
    until the woman in labor gives birth.
Then at last his fellow countrymen
    will return from exile to their own land.
And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
Then his people will live there undisturbed,
    for he will be highly honored around the world.
    And he will be the source of peace.






God Reminds Israel

Micah 6 

“O my people, what have I done to you?
What have I done to make you tired of me?
Answer me!
For I brought you out of Egypt
and redeemed you from slavery.
I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you.
Don’t you remember, my people,
how King Balak of Moab tried to have you cursed
and how Balaam son of Beor blessed you instead?
And remember your journey from Acacia Grove[a] to Gilgal,
when I, the Lord, did everything I could
to teach you about my faithfulness.”

What can we bring to the Lord?
Should we bring him burnt offerings?
Should we bow before God Most High
with offerings of yearling calves?
Should we offer him thousands of rams
and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Should we sacrifice our firstborn children
to pay for our sins?

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
    and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
    and to walk humbly with your God.




Micah 7:7…

But me, I’m not giving up.

I’m sticking around to see what God will do.

I’m waiting for God to make things right.

I’m counting on God to listen to me.

Spreading Your Wings

8-10 Don’t, enemy, crow over me.

I’m down, but I’m not out.

I’m sitting in the dark right now,

but God is my light.

I can take God’s punishing rage.

I deserve it—I sinned.

But it’s not forever. He’s on my side

and is going to get me out of this.

He’ll turn on the lights and show me his ways.

I’ll see the whole picture and how right he is.

And my enemy will see it, too,

and be discredited—yes, disgraced!

This enemy who kept taunting,

“So where is this God of yours?”

I’m going to see it with these, my own eyes—

my enemy disgraced, trash in the gutter.

11-13 Oh, that will be a day! A day for rebuilding your city,

a day for stretching your arms, spreading your wings!

All your dispersed and scattered people will come back,

old friends and family from faraway places,

From Assyria in the east to Egypt in the west,

from across the seas and out of the mountains.


18-20 Where is the god who can compare with you— wiping the slate clean of guilt,

Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people?

You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long, for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most.

And compassion is on its way to us.

You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing.

You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean.

You’ll stay true to your word to Father Jacob and continue the compassion you showed Grandfather Abraham—

Everything you promised our ancestors from a long time ago.





Many folks say they are a Christian.  They go to church.  They sing in the congregation or the choir.  They are on the board of Elders.  Maybe they hold the title of Deacon, Usher, Teacher, or even Pastor.  They look holy.  They “talk the talk”…some of them even “walk the walk.” ….

But when the rubber meets the road, the only thing that will matter in the end is this:  Did they ASK Jesus to save them, take their life, be their God and Savior!  If not, then they are not Christians.

When I was younger, I went on door-to-door visitation with my parents one evening.  When the gentleman answered the door, we told him who we were and that we were out canvassing the area and inviting folks to church.  We also asked him if he was a Christian.  His reply…”Of course I’m a Christian! ….  What do you think I am?  A heathen??!”

See…here’s the thing.  I could say I’m a car.  I could stand in the garage all day and all night long.  I could cover myself in grease and oil.  I could even smell of gasoline….  But doing all those things doesn’t make me a car!

There is only one thing that makes you a Christian, and that is to accept the gift of Salvation that Jesus paid for on the Cross.  Be covered, washed in His Blood.  Ask Him to forgive your sins and to come in, and abide with you.  Ask Him to be your Savior, and to take you to heaven when you die.

If you haven’t done this, I urge you to do so!  Being a Christian, “talking the talk” and “walking the walk”, following Christ and trying to do what He would do (WWJD), is not always easy, but it is the best life you could ever find!

Like my Pastor always says….”If you know Jesus and are going to heaven when you die, this (life) is the worst…the only hell you will ever get.  If you die without knowing Jesus, this (life) is the best…the only heaven you’ll ever get!”




And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. -John 12:32

This is the promise I drew from my Promise Box this morning.  As I read it, God gently nudged me, and I could almost hear Him say…”I only called you to lift me up…to share the Gospel…to love folks the way I loved you…to tell them of My Peace…to show them the way to heaven…”

Sometimes, we as Christians think it’s our “job” to cram the Bible down people’s throats.  To pass judgement.   To “thump” them with our “holiness”.  To gleam and shine in our own “righteousness”.  That is hard to do on a ’round the clock basis, for we ourselves are still sinners…just forgiven.  We are not yet perfect, nor can we be in this world.  God knew that, so the only thing He asked us to do, is to tell them of Jesus and His love for them, show them the way to heaven!

In regards to trying to help folks, my dad used to say, “You can lead a horse to water…but you can’t make him drink.”  The same holds true of the lost.  We can tell them of Jesus, lead them to the Water of Life, but the rest is up to them.  It’s their choice.  We are only the bearer of the Good News.  We plant the seed…God gives the increase.

Don’t strive for perfection today….  Just share Jesus and His love.  Tell others what He’s done for you.  Love others the way He loves you!



Those of you that regularly follow this blog know I am a grandmother to twenty one, and a great grandmother to soon- to- be five!  I am always trying to find ways to introduce Scripture to my sweet babies.  This morning, I thought about the A B C’s of the Bible, and how learning them at an early age could be beneficial to our children and grand children!  Here’s what I came up with… Enjoy!   -anita


Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. -John 15:4

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth. -Psalm 46:10

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  –Matthew 11:38

Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who spitefully use you, and persecute you; -Matthew 5:44

Even so, come, Lord Jesus. -Revelation 22:20

Forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others. Colossians 3:13

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken
together, and running over. -Luke 6:38

Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding. -Proverbs 3:13

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. -John 16:33

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.” -John 14:6

Keep yourselves from idols. –1 John 5:21

Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. -John 13:34

Magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! -Psalm 34:3

Narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. -Matthew 7:14

Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. -1 Samuel 15:22

Peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. -2 Peter 1:2

Quicken us, give us life, and we will call upon your name! -Psalm 80:18

Run with patience the race that is set before us… -Hebrews 12:1

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. -Isaiah 55:6

This is true religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27

Uphold me with thy free spirit. … Restore to me the joy of thy salvation; -Psalm 51:12

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. -Romans 12:19

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. -Romans 10:13

eXalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy. -Psalm 99:9

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. -Psalm 23:4

(your) Zeal hath provoked very many. -2 Corinthians 9:2

Anita Mondragon



Here’s a poem by one of my favorite poets.  Hope you all enjoy reading it.  Have a blessed day! -anita


I will believe, though dark the way may be,

Though naught but shadowed spectres now I see.

I will believe, Of nothing be afraid.

For fiery darts, of doubts, are often made.


I will believe, for God is on my side.

And Jesus for our sins was crucified.

The cross, the empty tomb, assurance bring.

And on His mighty arm my soul does cling.


I do believe.  Be gone ye angry fears.

The aching heart, the bitter scalding tears!

For Christ has died, and Satan’s overcome;

My Savior’s heart and heaven are my home.

–  Olga J. Weiss


Here’s a good one from Ben Murray.  This should be our constant prayer!


23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

-Psalm 139: 23 and 24 (KJV)



“Utter Need”


Patient Lord,

We come before You in utter need.

Our lives are continually broken and shameful,

And we would but repent,

Yet we enjoy our own revelry.


We come before You in utter need,

For we are so sinful that we cannot but sin

Unless we have Your guiding Spirit

Who is so ever ready to help our weakness.


We come before You in utter need,

Because our very fiber is infected.

Our every motive and desire is sinful;

And even our good curves back into self.


We come before You in utter need,

For we know that You will respond.

Your gracious love and mercy is what we desire,

Though we deserve damnation and misery.


We come before You in utter need,

Utter need for complete remorse.

Thank You for meeting the need,

And knowing no sin.

Ben Murray



This past week-end brought many opportunities to witness and share the Gospel.  I thought about writing of some of those experiences, but did not want to betray confidences; so I was unsure of what I should post today.  I pondered on this from the time I got up (5:15 a.m.) until this very minute (8:10 a.m.).  God whispered that I should go to my Promise Box…I obeyed, and drew two promises this morning.

“He that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.” -I Peter 2:6

The attached poem said this:

“The crowd of cares, the weightiest cross;

Seem trifles less than light,

Earth looks so little and so low,

When faith shines full and bright.” -Unknown


The other verse…

“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28

The prayer that followed that verse said this:

Dear Lord, as you give all on a day-to-day basis, help me to accept it in just that way…


Sometimes, when God directs me to witness…I KNOW exactly what I should say.  However, at other times,  a conversation is broached, and I am unsure of how to approach the subject of the Gospel.  Yesterday was one of those times.  But God knows my heart, and the hearts of those I was in conversation with.  He knows who is walking in darkness…desperately searching for the Truth; so of course…He led the subject matter in a certain direction, and opened the door for me to witness.

As I shared past experiences, I was reminded of “WHY” God lets us go through some things,  that at the time, we may not understand the reasoning behind it.  But, we must always remember that God not only sees today…but tomorrow…and the next day…and every day after that!  He knows when the experience you are going through today, will be recounted at a later date and it will be used for His Honor and Glory!  And that is exactly what happened yesterday!

Always trust Him…even when your situation is rough…He will work it all out for your good AND for the good of others that hear your story!  God never orchestrates bad things in our lives…but He does work them all out for our good!

Those heart-breaking, unbearable situations that I had suffered through years ago, were used yesterday, to introduce Heaven, and the ease of death IF you KNOW Jesus as your personal Savior!

A seed was planted…that is our job as Christians.  It’s up to God to bring it to harvest!