I was in awe this morning as I watched the goings-on of the moon!  I awoke at 4:58, and stood in the window watching this spectacular event…150 years in the making!  WOW!  I heard myself ask the question, “How did you do that, Lord?”  Amazing!  To think The Creator…MY Creator could speak such wonders in to being!

With each passing phase, God caused me to recall many verses…

As the moon grew dark, I said, “Is this the day when You are coming for us?”

  1.  Matthew 25:13:  “Watch, for you know  neither the day, nor the hour when the Son of Man will come…”
  2.  Behold!  He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him.  So it is to be.  Amen.  -Revelation 1:7

Then, all of a sudden, the train that runs near our house began to blow its horn.  That’s when I thought of this verse:

“Then the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God” -1Corinthians 15:52

I stood in anticipation…waiting to be caught up in the clouds…ever to be with MY Lord!

I was a little disappointed when that didn’t happen; but then I thought of all the folks that aren’t ready to meet Him.  I Know many of them.  So, I was actually thankful that Jesus had postponed His return.

If you don’t KNOW Him…seek Him!  His return is eminent.  He WILL return!  ARE YOU READY TO MEET HIM?


“Take a walk with ME…”

I woke up this morning thinking about the paths my life has taken.  Some were straight and smooth…while others were steep and rocky.  As I look back, I realize what made the trek so different.  It was my attitude, my response to the situation.

The roads that were straight and smooth were only that way because I traveled with Jesus by my side.  My steep and rocky climbs in life were a consequence of traveling alone…without HIM!

Life always has its ups and downs…daily…moment by moment, but it is how we respond that makes the difference-in the situation, and the outcome.

When you carry resentment around with you, it grows.  At first, you hold a small amount, but if you continue to harbor it in your heart, it becomes a monster that will consume you.  I’m speaking from experience…I KNOW it to be true!  I’ve heard it likened to a drug addiction…the longer you “use”, the more you need.  It keeps you from forgiving, because without the anger and rage,  you have no energy source.

Max Lucado said this about resentment, and I quote from his book called, The Applause of Heaven:

“Hatred is the rabid dog that turns on its owner.  Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist.  Bitterness is the trap that snares the hunter.  And MERCY is the choice that can set them all free!” -Max Lucado

It says in 1 Peter 3:8-9 (MSG) :

Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. 
9 That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless – that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
Tim McGraw said in his song,  Humble and Kind:  “Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why…Bitterness keeps you from flying…Always stay humble and kind.”
In Isaiah 45:2, it says, ” I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight…”  In another version it says,  “I will go before you and will level the mountains…”  Both of these translations  indicate that Jesus must walk with you, for HE is the one that levels your path.
The choice is yours today.  Do you want to struggle to climb that lonely mountain of fear, hate and resentment?  Or do you want to take a walk with Jesus, and find mercy and forgiveness?


Have you ever listened to young children talk about the things of God?  Their perspective almost borders The Divine!  My nine-year old speaks the most insightful words sometimes!

Last night, I sent him up at 8 o’clock to take a shower and go to bed.  That is his regular routine on school nights.  I finally climbed the stairs at 9:30 to go to bed myself.  As I passed his room, I noticed he was still awake.  We said our “I love you’s”, and our bed time prayers, yet once again, and I stumbled into my room and  fell into bed exhausted…ready to sleep.  Just as I was dozing off, I heard him say…

“Hey mom! …. People who have everything, but don’t have God, really have nothing.  And people who have nothing, but do have God…well, they are the ones that really have EVERYTHING!”

PROFOUND!  What insight!  You and I KNOW this to be true…but we somehow forget because of all the distractions a grown up life entails.

….We said our “I love you’s”, and “Goodnight’s”… and it got quiet.  Then I said…”Hey Joe…thanks for the reminder!”

Do YOU have God?  If so, no matter how hard things may be in your life…YOU HAVE EVERYTHING!


Battle Ready

I saw the following on a blog site called, “Those Who Sin Differently” It is really worth sharing.
If you are a Believer, you ARE in God’s army! On your feet soldier! You ARE at war with the enemy! Take a look…

Those Who Sin Differently

Sometimes, when I’m watching movies, I feel obliged to point out something obvious to the people on the screen.  When a giant, unstoppable force (whether a classic monster like King Kong, a sci-fi alien mothership, or a comic-book force like the Hulk) starts to terrorize a city, the camera invariably shows local military forces shooting at the invading force with small arms, but to no avail.  (I’d like to think that all of the security forces that I know would figure this out after their bullets bounce off the armor / force field / skin of the enemy for 5 minutes, but apparently people in movies aren’t as smart as regular people!)

Depending on where you live, you are likely to find Christianity under attack.  In a few parts of the world, it is thriving and growing, but in others it is not doing as well.  It’s not difficult to…

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Broken dreams restored

this is awesome! thanks for sharing. I reblogged on our site. Hope that was ok… anita

Wilderness Joy

When our trials come, when we feel pain and suffering,
when our tears flow again, it is our joy and comfort
to lift our faces heavenward and to go on,
standing on the promises of God. W.A. Criswell

gifts-copyThis is my comfort in my affliction,
that Your promise gives me life. Psalm 119 v50
At God’s word the lifeless areas of my being
shall spring forth into abundant life.
When all seems pointless and without meaning,
and my dreams lie empty at my feet,
God still moves in sovereign power.
His good and glorious plans for my life will be accomplished.
I hope ever in Him for His plans for me are good.

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The other day, I was watching a TV show and heard a very profound statement.  It said this:

“This world is not real….  It’s only a shadow of what’s to come!”

I surveyed the view before me, the rising sun casting its colored hues across the sky, the snow-covered mountains in the distance, a flock of birds winging their way through the expanse….  The beauty of it all was overwhelming!  God made the world, and all that is in it, plus the galaxies in six (6) days!  I had to wonder, if this is only a shadow of what’s to come…what must Heaven look like? He’s been gone for over 2,000 years preparing a place for us!  Wow!  I was reminded of the passage in John 14…

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -KJV


Years ago, I remember seeing a T-shirt that read, “I’ve gone to My Father’s House.  We’re building you a mansion there. I’ll be back soon to get you!  Love, Jesus”

If we KNOW Jesus as our personal Savior, we are NOTW…Not of this world.  We are only passing through.  Our HOME is in Heaven!  So, when you get discouraged by the happenings of this present day world we live in, remember…you are not of this world, this world is only a shadow of what’s to come!  Rest in this fact…



We had dinner guests last night.  We totally  enjoyed our time together, and visited until 10:00 o’clock.  That’s actually very early to end such a good time, but everyone had to work the next day, and our son had school.

When everyone left, I had planned on cleaning up the kitchen…but was tired, so I opted out, and decided to leave it for this morning.  YUCK!  Bad decision!  All the dishes, pots and pans had food dried to them!  It was a nightmare in living color!  Red tomato paste, beige alfredo sauce, green lettuce leaves…all stuck to bowls and pans!

As I surveyed the ugly mess, I found myself saying aloud, “What’s the point?  Does any of this make a difference?  Am I making an impact for the good on anyone?  ….  Or, am I just spinning my wheels?”

I think we’ve all asked that question.  Especially mothers and housewives!  Everyday we clean the house, do laundry, and cook; and by bed-time…the house is a mess again, there’s a pile of dirty clothes in the hamper or laundry room, and the food that took hours to cook was devoured in minutes!  But wait…it’s not over….  When the light of day shines forth anew…we get to do it all over again.  It all seems rather pointless!

But, as the years go by, most of us moms realize that the “home” things we endured on a regular basis,  really did make an impact on our husbands and children!  Our husbands are faithful, caring, loving and supportive.  Our children are kind, obedient, respectful, and productive to society.  After years of wondering if it really matters…we can see the fruit of our labors!

Then I remember the verse in Matthew 10:42 that says, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.”

If you can do your best, and do it as unto the Lord…you will be blessed!  A loving husband and good children are your reward here on earth; and God has many other rewards waiting for you in Heaven!  The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:58: “58 So, my dear sisters (and brothers) , be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”

“Do the best you can…and leave the results to God!”  ….  Or, like my little plaque says:

Only one life…’twill soon be past.  Only what’s done for Christ, will last! -Unknown

I will think on these things as I dance with my vaccum to the rythm of the washing machine! 🙂



I drew this promise from my box this morning….

“God…hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.”  -2 Corinthians 4:6

So…what does that look like?  How do we “give the light…”  One thing that came to my mind was being thankful.  We need to give praise and thanksgiving to God every day for all the blessings he bestows upon us.

The world seems to never have enough.  Folks are always looking for a bigger house…a newer car…a better job…fancier clothes…expensive vacations so they can boast…and the list goes on.

All those things are nice…but they should not be the things we strive for.  God shined His Light -Jesus,  into our darkness, and we in turn are to share that Light with those around us.

Sometimes, …. Most times, we take for granted the blessings of God.  Last year, I started a “THANK YOU!” jar.  Everyday, I would put in a “Thank You” to the Lord for a blessing he had given me that day.  As I looked over some of the blessings, I was amazed at how God works in our lives everyday, and we forget.

Remember the Children of Israel after God had delivered them out of Egypt, and  performed the miracle at the Red Sea?  Not long after…they forgot and started complaining….  AGAIN!  Unfortunately, we are no different!  We forget all the things God has delivered us from…and complain the moment things get a little tough.  Don’t get offended now!  I’m preaching to myself here too!

Here is a small list of my “Thank You’s”

  1.  Thank you Lord for my loving, faithful husband!
  2.  I thank God for my kids…I love them very much!
  3.  I thank God for His undying mercy towards me!
  4.  Thank you Lord for Your Peace!
  5.  I thank You God for shelter…a warm bed…plenty to eat…laughter…love…family
  6.  Thank You for good health
  7.  I thank God for sending His Only Son, Jesus to die for me…I’d be totally and completely lost without Him!
  8.  I thank God for keeping His hand on my children!
  9.  I thank You for the assurance of Salvation!
  10.  I thank God for how He is going to use my book for His glory!  It was two years in the making, Bless it Lord, and let it be a blessing to others!
  11.  I thank God that He knew me before I was born, and made me who I am!
  12.  I thank You Lord for each opportunity You give me to share your love!

The little poem that went with the promise says this:

“When all Your mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys, transported with the view, I’m lost in wonder, love, and praise!”  -Unknown

If we don’t know how to witness and share God’s love…we can still make a huge impact on those around us by giving God praise and being thankful for all of His blessings!  They will come to us and ask why we are so blessed…then we can share the love of God that shines in our life!  Like the song called SHINE! by the Newsboys says:  ” Shine Make ’em wonder what you‘ve got. Make ’em wish that they were not, On the outside looking bored. Shine Let it shine before all men. Letem see good works, and then. Let ‘em glorify the Lord…”

Amen to that, guys!



Walk Through This World with Me
Walk through this world with me
Go where I go
Share all my dreams with me
I need you so
In life we search
And some of us find
I’ve looked for you
A long, long time
And now that I’ve found you
New horizons I see
Come take my hand and
Walk through this world with me
Songwriters: Kay Savage / Sandra Seamons
George Jones, one of Country Music’s greatest artists,  sang the above love song years ago. It was a hit, and at the number one  position for quite some time.  Why was it so popular? ….Because we can all relate to the words.  We all want someone to lean on…someone who truly cares about us…loves us with an undying love!
I woke up thinking about the words this morning, and recalled the verse in Zephaniah 3:17, The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”   I believe this to be true, for I could hear Jesus singing  to me…but the words were a little different.  Here’s what I heard…
“Walk through this world with Me.  Go where I go.  Share all your dreams with Me, for I love you so!  In life you searched, and Me, you did  find…I’ve waited for you a long, long time;  and now that you’ve found Me, new horizons you’ll see!  Come!  Take My hand and walk through this world with Me!
WOW!  That IS what Jesus wants for us!  He wants us to walk with Him and talk with Him.  He wants us to share our dreams with Him…as well as our fears. In Jeremiah 29:13, it says this: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”     
God wants us to seek after Him.  He’s waiting for us to come to Him!  When we do…we will see this life in another perspective, for He gives life, and gives it more abundantly!  He gives Joy, and Peace that is beyond comprehension!  Protection and Provision will always be a part of your new life with Him!  He will never leave you, nor forsake you!
He stands with His arms outstretched, saying, “Come!  Take My hand, and walk through this world with Me…”


Here’s a good one from Pastor Danny!  If you’re staying home today because of the winter storm, grab a cup of something hot, find a comfortable chair, read this blog post… and then get your Bible, find your favorite account  and imagine yourself walking with our Lord.  Feel the sand between your toes and inside your sandals.  Wipe the sweat from your brow as you experience the heat of the mid-day sun blazing in the desert.  Listen to His words as He has a private conversation with you.  After all…the words in the Bible  WERE written for YOU! -anita


I  love reading the I Bible as a narrative. The Bible is often seen as a religious book about how we should live our lives and how we should be better people. I like to read the Bible as a storybook about events that took place and about things people did–real people, real places and real events.

The book of Acts spends a lot of time reporting on the actions of the people in the early Church. While I am reading about how the church got started and what those people did, I think about what it would have been like to be there, to meet every day with my church family and to share everything with them.

Imagine getting a letter from the Apostle Paul and praying with my church family for his release from prison because he shares the Good News of Jesus everywhere he goes. Imagine being encouraged by his words as he prays for our church and feeling his pride in what we are doing.

I also love to read the letter to the churches and think about those letter as if they are written to me personally. Letters that contain many instructions, praises and also rebukes.

I  feel blessed that I can read God’s Word and know that He wrote it to me. My reading time often comes with great joy at the intensity of the love God has poured out for me and his Church.

When I read the narrative of the early Church, I picture a compassionate group of fishermen and carpenters–men and women who work hard and have been through great distress at seeing Jesus die. For a while, their hopes had been dashed, but then they saw Jesus resurrected. They had been empowered by the Holy Spirit with much joy and some wine.

I am encouraged by the “regularness” of these people. They were just like me; they met every day to celebrate and eat. This is what I want to do. This is what church (a gathering of believers) should look like.

We are not just going to have church, we are going to live it, share it and love it. There will be wine and bread.

Pastor Danny Leavitt