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Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

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RIP My Friend, February 17, 2018


Donna was a church friend and the following information is based on my interaction and knowledge of her.  My facts could be a bit off, as this is from my recollection.

I met her in the mid to late 1990s in a Bible Study.  As we studied God’s word together, I was blessed to get to know her and discover many life similarities.

Donna was raised Catholic, turned Lutheran, was divorced, had no children of her own, and loved her earthly father very much.  These facts marked our similarities and gave us much to talk about.  Her father had passed away so the stories of her father were in past tense while mine were still in present tense.  

Donna had a caring heart. For about a year or two, she was a care-giver to an elderly woman who spent winters in Florida until cancer was discovered and she passed away.  Then Donna adopted a Daschund named Baby Girl.  This dog was perfect for her; Baby Girl had an attitude.  Donna loved her little Daschund so much, she was part of a group that helped transport Daschunds to adoptive families.  

Donna was not a soft-spoken woman.  In fact, she did not really have a filter from her brain to her mouth.  She rubbed people the wrong way, often, but I don’t think it was spiteful or to intentionally hurt others.  I got along with her just fine, but she was just born without a filter, or she just lost it along the way.  Baby Girl responded to her commands and was a faithful companion.  I loved when she would bring Baby Girl to our committee meetings.

Donna and I were on a church communication committee for a short while.  She loved Facebook and was the admin for the church Facebook page.  I chose to give up Facebook for Lent so I am not sure what her last post was there, but I am certain it was a positive message as she loved her church family very much.  They became her refuge in difficult times, such as when she needed hip replacement surgery and her cancer diagnosis a little over a year ago.  I remember the cancer diagnosis.  She asked for empty boxes to pack her things in as she planned to move to a facility that would help her as her cancer worsened.  I gathered some boxes more of an excuse to go visit with her.  We talked about her cancer and she shared with me that her faith was strong.  I know she is in heaven celebrating her cancer-free, pain-free existence meeting up with her parents and good friend Joy.  

Death has a sting and it hurts to lose people we spend time with on this earth.  But the reunion we will have later will be glorious in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.   

I lost my friend, and fan of this blog, to cancer this past Saturday.  A special thank you to the members of the church family who helped her this past year.  I know she appreciated the coordination of rides to and from appointments, meals that were made and the prayers.  Especially the prayers.

Rest In Peace, Donna, until we meet again.

    

A Birthday to Remember


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One day to call your very own.  One day of extra-special treatment, presents, cake and ice-cream.  Yes…the birthday.

My family is big on birthdays.  We like to celebrate them and it is a great excuse to get together.  Extra-special treatment is given on each of our birthdays – no exceptions.  Birthdays entail an assortment of presents and a delicious homemade cake beautifully decorated by my very talented mother.  Our favorite ice-cream waits patiently in the freezer to be invited to the celebration table.

When we were younger, we used to celebrate summer birthdays at our family cottage.  A hot and  sunny day drove the kids to swim and play in the lake, while the sun baked the adults during their afternoon game of horse shoes.  Birthdays were not complete until we pulled out the Bingo game.  We played Bingo like it was going out of style.  A line, 4-corners, X, postage stamp…we…

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Fourth Watch of the Night


I am a firm believer that our subconscious mind is telling us a whole lot of information that we can utilize in our waking life.  I have a dream to share with you. Read more…

About the Mountain Top


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Momma-Bear


 

WARNING!

If you talk bad about cats, especially my cats, I will go all momma-bear on you.

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Revelation


Daily Post Word Prompt – Brilliant

I used to think some of Jesus’s parables within the Gospels were hard to understand, but then I wandered into the Book of Revelation.

I know Bible Scholars, Theologians, and Pastors study for years to break down and make human sense out of this final chapter in the Bible.  I truly think there is a place in our brain that can comprehend all that Heaven will be like, but it won’t fully known until we get there and see it for ourselves.  Until then, the descriptions below shine brilliantly in my mind.

Revelation 21:9-27 (NIV)

The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia[a] in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits[b] thick.[c] 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[d] 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

Why This Blog?


The Daily Post Word Prompt – Funnel

I wrote in journals when I was younger.  Regrettably, I disposed of them along the way.  I wish I could go back and read and remember the specifics of my life that I felt so impelled to let out of my mind and onto a blank page.

I was raised in a Christian home; thank you mom and dad for this gift.  Religion has always been the corner-stone of my life.  I have attended many Bible studies throughout the years which helped me to grow my relationship with the Trinity.  The Father created me,  the Son died for me, and the Spirit guides me.

So why this blog?

I am a student of communication and I love to share information in an organized manner.  If I had an opportunity to share the Gospel in a public forum, I would not be shy to do so as I conquered my greatest fear of public speaking while I attended college.  However, I find that my thoughts are even more organized when I write.  Something happens to me as I lose all sense of time rearranging the alphabet into words that are easy to understand and absorb by my followers.

Why this blog?

I’ll blame the Holy Spirit.  When God wants you to do something, He does not let anything stand in the way.  Since my first post on June 5, 2010 I have found a calm presence within by letting the Holy Spirit use me.  Sharing personal stories with my readers shows that I am human, but in the painful stories, as well as the stories of joy, I find a way to praise God, which is what God wants us to do.

I want to be an encouragement to everyone that even though life is hard, it can be dealt with when you let God in your life.  Let Him funnel the Holy Spirit through you and see how your life will be different.  And your life will be different; I can attest to this movement.

For my long time followers, thank you for sticking with me.  If you joined me recently, thank you!  If you just found me today, please take a look at some of my previous posts.

The Holy Spirit is in this place.  And for that, I am thankful that God brought me here to be here for you.

John 14:26 (NIV)

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

 

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