Thursday, November 26, 2015


It seems like every year that I list what I am thankful for and there are so many things that I am thankful for including my family, friends and all the blessings poured out on me everyday!


I am thankful  for all the support  and prayer from friends, family, my church family and others since Richard has been diagnosed with cancer again!  I do so appreciate it!!

The other day I was reading in Genesis 5 and this verse stuck with me:

Genesis 5:3 (NIV)

When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.
I could just see Seth  following his dad around, looking just like him, copying everything he had done.  This son was in his own likeness and probably imitated everything that Adam did.  He not only looked like him he wanted to be just like him. He probably moved just like him!  He probably followed him around and listened to every word.  
That is what a christian should do.  I should want to be just like the heavenly Father  As a christian I should be trying to imitate my Father in heaven.  I should be following His every lead, His every move and I should be listening every word. I should want to look just like Him!  He is the only one that I should be imitating!  
I am so thankful to my God that sent His Son that I might have eternal life.  I am so thankful that Jesus was willing to do this for me.  I am so thankful that I have a Savior to imitate!  
Who do you imitate??

1 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV)

Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Are you Ready?


I have been saddened and appalled by the events that have been happening around the world and in the United States.  The massacre in Paris yesterday was horrific and terrifying.  This could happen anywhere.  The murderers that are doing this are everywhere.  One of the thoughts that went through my mind when hearing the terrible news was that I hope that those killed were ready.  Not that anybody is ready for the end but it does help to know that you are ready.

What I mean by this is that you know that if you are a child of God through the blood that was shed by Jesus Christ then you know that you are ready no matter what happens.  I have been reading in revelation and there are things written in that book  that seem to be happening right now. That leads me to this question: Are you ready? 

Are you ready if Christ comes back today?  Are you ready if you are killed just like the people in Paris today?  Are you ready if you die from a heart attack today?  Are you ready if you die in a car wreck today?  You get the picture, you have to be ready!

Revelation 14:9-10   
Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison.  Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword will die by the sword.
This means that God's holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful.

Have you been listening?  Do you understand?  Are you one of God's people?  
Will you be left behind if Christ comes for His people today?  Are you ready?

John 3:16
For God so love the world that whosoever believes in shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Revelation 3:20-21
Look, I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we shall share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Journey Continues:This new cancer

This new cancer that Richard is battling brought a whole new set of problems.  It brought a fast growing tumor with some spots above it. The tumor is esophageal cancer but they are not sure what the spots are.  It is possibly lymphoma but the treatments that are planned will take care of it if it is cancer. This new cancer will bring chemo and radiation.  Radiation will be new to Richard who had chemo of several different kinds with the Hodgkin Lymphoma plus the bone marrow transplants. It has also brought something new that Richard did not want.  A feeding tube.  He finally after several talks with the different Doctors agreed to this unwanted apparatus.

He even asked me if I would still be able to love him with something like that hanging out of him.  What a silly, silly boy!!! I guess he thinks that my love depends on how he looks or what is hanging out of his side. Well it doesn't I didn't marry him because of what he looked like or because he didn't have a feeding tube hanging out his side.  I married him because I love him and always will!  Of course he is a man and I do occasionally get irritated with him, like yesterday when he said those silly words to me.  What he needs to realized is that feeding tube needs to be there.  At some point with the radiation treatment he will have a swollen GI tract and throat, maybe even to the point of not being able to eat by mouth.  When and if he gets to the point of not being able to eat the feeding tube will be a life saver.  Something that he kept trying to reject could save his life!

When the conversation with Richard happened about the feeding tube with the Doctor explaining why he needed it I thought of this and also of how Jesus is like a feeding tube.  He died on the cross for us and became a life saver.  He did this so we might live forever just as the feeding tube could save Richard.  Richard had to accept the fact that he might need this life saving feeding tubing just as we have to accept a life saving Savior.  Jesus died so that we might live!  Jesus loves us so much! He doesn't care what we look like or what we have hanging out of us or what ghost we have in our past.  A person has to accept the fact that Jesus is a life saver. Don't reject His life saving treatment. This treatment was planned, Jesus is the answer to life eternal.

Don't be silly and think you don't need this treatment.  One treatment will cover it all.  Jesus is the treatment you need!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Journey Continues:An unexpected development

This morning I headed back to the hospital where my husband has been since Sunday.   Some tears of sorrow escaped from my eyes and started their journey down my face.  I was thinking of the unexpected development that happened the day before.  My husband and I received the news yesterday that Richard has esophageal cancer.

I turned east and when I did I noticed that  the sun  was peeking through the clouds.  A few minutes before that there had not been even one ray of light.  The forecast had called for clouds and rain for most of the day but at that moment the sun had sent forth rays of hope to me.

I realized that just because the sun might be covered with clouds, even all day, doesn't mean it is not there.  I  just can't see it.  That unexpected development  yesterday had left me with dark cloud feelings.  I had been stunned with the news.  I felt like I was on auto pilot until I saw the rays of sun peeking through the clouds.  I was reminded that the Son is always there, even when my outlook is cloudy.  Jesus is my Lord and Savior and His light will be there for me always.

Do you know Jesus?  He is the light of the world! He can turn your clouds into hope!

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."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Journey Continues:Update on Richard


I have gotten out of the habit of blogging and giving updates on my husband.  I am going to try to do better because I do like to write!  Life has gotten pretty hectic in the last few months.  Just a quick overview for those that don't know, Richard fell and broke his hip on July 28th with surgery on the following day.  On August 18th and then again on August 19th that hip popped out so another surgery on August 20th.  The surgeon thought that if Richard could make it four weeks that everything would be good to go.  Nope not quite, on September 17th exactly four weeks out, that hip popped out again.  We were told that it had not healed and that it looked like mush.  This was very frustrating for Richard who is very much ready to get back to work. He will be having another surgery but this time at OU Medical.  We have seen the surgeon there and pre op things have been done.  Just don't have a date yet.  They are going to check the blood work and the test results before giving a date.  Richard is ready to escape from the hip problems and head back to work.


Even though this is frustrating to Richard and I(more so to him) we know that the Lord  has a plan and that no matter what happens something good can come out of this situation and every situation!  We do know that God is the one that gets us through times like this!  We both would appreciate prayers for healing,wisdom and strength!  Maybe this is a thorn in the flesh but God's grace and strength is sufficient!

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I can't keep my hand out of the cookie jar!


I love most cookies but really love those chocolate chip cookies.  I have been trying to eat more healthy but when there are chocolate chip cookies around  I just can't seem to keep my hand out of the cookie jar.  It seems like I resolve that I will stay away from those cookies but then I see them.  Without my permission my hand just seems to end up with a cookie in it.  Then there is the smell of those luscious cookies wafting from my hand to my nose.  Before I know it that cookie is gone and more cookies in my hand.  After several cookies I think oh my how did that happen.  I have even tried slapping my hand only to find the other hand with a cookie in it. Sometimes between my hands not being able to stay out of the cookie jar and the smell I feel like I might be fighting a losing battle!  Sometimes I just think oh well, one or two or twelve cookies won't matter.  But it does matter and it shows.  It shows on the scales, it shows with tighter clothes and it also shows with health.

Sin is just like my hand that can't seem to stay out of the cookie jar.  Sin entices with the thought, oh just once won't matter, it entices with the smell and it entices with the thought that no one will know.  Sin keeps your hand in the cookie jar and it does matter.  It shows up in the way you act, it shows up in your attitude and it can also affect your health.

There is a way to keep my hand out of the cookie jar of sin.  There is a Savior and He can keep my hand out of the cookie jar of sin!  All I have to do is ask!  I don't have to fight a losing battle!

What about you? Do you know my Savior?  He can help keep your hand out of the cookie jar!

John 3:16New International Version (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

That Moment

Have you ever had that moment when you didn't care who saw you during that moment.  Well I had that moment the other day.  I was with my husband in his truck.  We were coming up to a red light when I happened to glance over at the window and I saw it.  A spider! Now it was moving kinda fast so I started hitting towards it and moving away from it as fast as I could.  If I had been thinking I would have jumped out and ran but I guess I don't think very well when I am that close to a creepy, crawly, ugly spider.  I just kept swatting, twisting and trying to kill that spider that was trying to kill me.  As I was swatting I happened to notice that the person in the car next to us was staring at me with a strange look.   At that moment in time I did not care.  I didn't even care when my husband told me that the car behind us had backed up.  There are moments when it just doesn't matter what others think.

There was another time when I had one of those moments.  I was a sinner, full of pride and self.  I knew what was right and what I needed to do to but the thought of what others might think kept me pinned inside my miserable state of mind.  I felt the wooing of a Savior but I stayed mired in my arrogance.  I had many, many nights of battling the demons of my mind.  I was swatting, twisting and trying to kill the demons of my pride.  One night though it rained, the wind blew and thundered very loudly throughout that night.  That night I realized that if our house flooded I would die in my pride and head straight to hell.  I was a young girl at that time but I knew I could not hold on to that pride anymore.  I knew that if I listened to and accepted the wooing of a Savior that I had to give up my pride and have That Moment. I didn't care anymore what others thought.  I had that Moment and will live forever with my Savior!

What about you?  Have you had That Moment?

John 3:16-17

For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that who so ever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that world might be saved through Him.