Monday, August 13, 2018

Returning Refreshment


Fantasy or reality? You wake up to find yourself in this fantasy scene––enjoying the sounds and sights of nature. Relaxed and refreshed. Is it a dream? 

You see the waterfall. The flow of the water trickles across the rocks and bubbles into the lake––a soothing sound. The condor flaps its wings in the gentle wind as the setting sun warms your face before it is gone for the night. You pick a yellow daffodil, and your nostrils inhale the delightful fragrance. Then you reach out and touch the sweet lamb. His soft white wool caresses your hands, and he gently tickles your fingers with his kisses. You bend down and catch a glimpse of your reflection in the crystal blue water.  A sip of the sweet water quenches your thirst. You are refreshed!

A friend can do just that for you––refresh you. A note from a friend says I love you, and I'm thinking of you. Someone says, "I'm praying for you." A child hands you a flower and your heart melts. A sincere thank you for an unselfish act you performed gives you the warm fuzzies. 

 Proverbs 11:25b "he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." It's reality!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Forgetting God


What day is it? Maybe, a day to remember. At times, I forget God. I forget to pray. I rush remembering my schedule forgetting His schedule. Classes this afternoon, a writing deadline, a newsletter to write, emails to answer, the things that are always on my schedule. Am I forgetting anything today? Yes. God's schedule--a time with Him. Has He forgotten me?

When life gets so busy, it's easy to not spend time with the One who gives us all blessings. This last week, I daily asked the Lord for so many things--understanding in all I'm learning, health to do it all, and provision for our ministry and us––along with all those prayers for family, friends, and safety. And, I kept telling the Lord I wanted to spend more time with Him––but, I had Him on hold. Yes, I had devotions, and yes, I meditated on Scripture but had I blocked out everything so I could hear His voice? Not really!

But this morning, God gave me that time. I hadn't made time for Him, so He arranged a deserted place to be with Him. He said to them [me],"Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while" Mark 6:31(NRSV).

Our Internet server's tech guy finally arrived to find and fix the problem we were having with our speed. They had to cut our service to work on the issue. No internet and so many things to do. After pleading with God that He hurry those men along so I could get to the tasks I had to do, I heard Him say, "Come with Me."

I closed my computer and opened my Bible. I began reading in Psalms where I had stopped yesterday, and this is what it said...

"Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle" Psalm 144:1(NIV). I have been in a battle. Any time we are giving God's Word out, we engage in that battle, and it is a war. The enemy will do anything to keep God's Word from spreading. Now I am writing to get God's Word out, and I feel that opposition. Never before have we had so many unresolved internet problems. And, some days I feel like my head is going to explode from all the new things I am putting into it. But, God is training my hands and fingers so that I can write His message.

After spending time in God's Word, I wasn't uptight because it was taking so long to get my internet up and running again. I took a walk with God up the mountain behind our house. There were no camels there in my desert, only two ponies and what seemed like thousands of birds singing to Him––a little bit of heaven, a refreshing time with my Creator. I didn't have to travel to an exotic faraway place to get away from it all  (I already live in one), I just needed His refreshing presence.

I know God will teach me what I need to know, so that I accomplish the work He has for me. He is training my hands and fingers to write for him. He told me so today when I walked with Him.

What day is it today? Today (and every day) is a day to remember God. He never forgets you and me. Will you walk with Him in a deserted place today?

"The Lord remembers us and will bless us" (Psalm 115:12a NLT). Let's not forget Him.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Exercise Guru Not Required


Train in God's Gym:
Exercise Guru Not Required

Shape Your Soul:
31 Exercises of Faith that Move Mountains

Climb new heights of faith—move mountains of unbelief.

Embark on a journey to a healthy body and soul. Let your mind soar with condors at heights of 14,000 feet over the majestic Andes Mountains and challenge your soul to trust God while you trek through jungles at sea level––two paradigms of the author’s 31 stories. Train in God’s Gym and work out the difficult circumstances of your proverbial mountains and jungles. Each chapter also includes suggested physical exercises with biblical applications. 

Shape Your Soul seeks to equip you for God’s purpose and plan of your life.

Experience miracles, supernatural encounters, and everyday blessings of living for God through real-life stories of an ordinary, cowgirl boots and jeans kind of missionary gal who encounters the same physical and spiritual challenges as you––although different circumstances. 

Aspire to live in freedom—free to live according to God’s Word and experience His power and love. Allow God to stretch you and warm you up to a life of soul exercising daily! Learn to exercise your faith muscles on your spiritual mat. And, you don’t have to be an exercise guru to train in God’s Gym. 

Enter God’s Gym and exercise your body and soul so you can seize difficult life-mountains, in God’s strength, and move them!

Each chapter of SHAPE YOUR SOUL will:

*Inspire spiritual growth with stories of faith, adventures, and undeniable God moments.
*Suggest a physical exercise at the end of each chapter that also correlates with biblical applications.
*Encourage you to exercise your faith muscles so you'll soon notice the movable mountains in your path.

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Children's Book New Release


A children's picture book of celebration and faith. Celebrate Easter with Max and Jake, the Golden Retriever brothers. Find out how a mysterious giant rabbit rescued Max on Rocky Mountain when he fell into a dark cave. And, learn how Jesus rescued us from our sin with the story of the Easter cross.

Then, enjoy Children's Day and discover how George the Saint Bernard learns to be obedient to his parents after leaving his yard without permission and tumbling into the beautiful cactus house of his friend Artie the Armadillo––ouch!

And, finally, party on the Fourth of July and say, "Happy Birthday America" with Kelsey, the Shih Tzu. Experience the history of the Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence, and the first birthday party of our country on July 4th, 1777––a long time ago.
Heart-Warming Holiday Stories for Children

   Animal antics draw children in with vivid illustrations
   Historical tidbits are sprinkled throughout
   Stories end with Bible principles

   While learning history and Bible lessons, children will be entertained and giggle with delight at the humorous and whimsical animals and critters that will find a place in their hearts.

     Available on Amazon at: amzn.to/2GtElhN  


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lovely Noise


Valentine's Day is here and images of hearts emerge everywhere. But, how is my heart and yours? Missionaries tell of how we came to our respective fields of service to love the people. Sounds easy, doesn't it? And, of course, it is what every supporter (and God) expects of their missionary. It's truly the desire of most of us. If I had to guess, I'd say most missionaries won't admit how hard it is at times to love the people they serve.

So let's examine the myth (the traditional story). You know the one. "We love the people we serve." Let me say; it's only God's love that allows us to love the people we serve. We love them because of God's love. However, you don't have to be on the mission field to find it hard to love others. Let's face it; some people are hard to love––maybe I'm one of them for some people.

 On the field, we serve the unwanted, the poor, the not so clean, and sometimes even the wealthy who have no material needs. But, God loves us all and desires for all to hear His Word and know and love Him.

How many times have I said, "These are the people we came to love." When I see a two-year-old child playing on a busy road with little clothing my first remark is, "Where is that mother?" And, not with loving words do I spit those words from my mouth. It's heartbreaking. Or, how about when the people I came to love don't want to hear about God and despise me? Do I love that person? It's not easy but possible. But how?

If we're honest, most of us know people who unnerve us. It may be a family member or even a good friend, but they are there to stay--stuck in our lives. So what can we do about these unlovable ones in our lives?

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (TLB)

"If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn't love others, I would only be making noise...If I gave everything I have to the poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn't love others, it would be of no value whatever."

There you have it--just making noise. I must love that mother who doesn't care for her children, and cuddle the dirty and unloving. That is God's love--not mine. So instead of making noise with my words, I must speak with God's love and show His love. Only then will I make lovely noise. Funny how the unlovable become lovable when God changes us not them.

The world begins the big love celebration in a few days, Valentine's Day. Let's celebrate God's love every day with a year-long Valentine's Day. The noise we make can wake a soul to find God but only with lovely noise that is from God's heart! Let's make lovely noise this Valentine's Day and not only love the lovable but the unlovable also.

Let me add one thing to clarify how much missionaries love the people we serve--no matter how hard. We know that we love them when we cry as much leaving them behind to go on furlough as we do when we leave our family and friends after furlough. We do love the people we serve. It's not always easy, but with God's love, it is possible.

Celebrate God's heart this Valentine's Day–-with chocolate too. I'm sure God loves chocolate! He gave us the cocoa bean. He loves us that much--and much, much more.

Let's be of value and make lovely noise with our words.

Happy Valentine's Day––all year long!



Monday, January 8, 2018

Holiday Stories


I'm excited to share the cover of the first book of my new children's series, Hooray  for Holidays, Book 1 is now available on Amazon.

Start the new year off reading about Quasimodo's new hairy, scary friend—a cat and a tarantula. And, finish the year celebrating with a lost Quechua boy and a llama on Christmas Day during a rainstorm in a mountain cave. The complete series includes three stories per book with a total of four books. They will be released quarterly in 2018––starting in January.


The heart-warming holiday stories with adorable animal antics, history tidbits, and Bible principles plus beautiful artwork will delight children and stretch their imagination. And, adults will recall historical facts forgotten from their grade school days.

Each page incorporates real-life animals and critters in and around our ministry base, Rumi Rancho, as the main characters. While learning history and Bible principles, children will giggle at the humorous and whimsical animals and critters that will find a place in their hearts forever. 


This little guy is in every illustrations, but he's hiding. Kids will love searching for him throughout the series. Why is he blue? You'll have to wait to read his story. 




Available now on Amazon