Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Seeing Pain

     Oh how I hate to see others in pain. I am a 'want to fix it' type of person. You can see discomfort in one's eyes, body movements or just feel it in your heart. Sometimes its an easy fix, like readjusting someone's pillow in bed for them, but often it's only fixable by God's power through prayer.
     I took my dog, Brandi, to the vet once and they cut her nails. No big deal, right? They cut too much, she cried and it bled. I'm used to blood from working at the lab but this was my baby dog's blood. I started passing out and they had to take me out. I know it sounds silly. Just seeing my loved one in pain hurt me to the core.
     This blog is for my friends/loved ones that are hurting tonight. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sometimes the best advice needs no words


FBF Requests--Sept.

The following are prayer requests for September from the FBF missionaries. Join us in praying for them.

Lesley Wolfe..NTM School in Missouri

1] My students (10 of them – 4 couples, two single young women) – that they will grasp and apply the “how to’s” of relationship building, culture and language study among tribal peoples dring these next 6 weeks of class
2)      That God will add co-workers to the Glaro work from among the students that are currently here in the training!  A couple or two?  A single individual or two?

Philip and Sandra Prime...Mexico

1.) We have baptisms planned for Sunday the 4th. Pray that the Lord would be glorified.
2.) For our evangelistic outreach planned for the Friday the 16th of September as Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain. You can learn a little more about the celebration at the link which follows:
Martin and Hansy Tuohy

1. Clear direction as to future ministry (Minister somewhere in Denmark or Puruandiro, MX?)
2. Wisdom and courage to move forward according to God's perfect timing.

Bobby and Namatha Avilez...Thailand..House of Hope

1.Pray for Thab, the university student who helps out at HOH in exchange for boarding and lodging. She will be having exams from August 25-28th.

2. Pray for Biaki, our ministry colleague, who is planning on returning back to India (during the break) to visit her elderly mom. Pray that it will be a refreshing time for her. Also pray for Thap who will assume leadership over the House of Hope while Biaki is away.

Phil and Julie Zimmerman....Tennessee

1[ Continued prayer for our son, Jacob. He needs the Lord's protection, deliverance and His direction. We know the Lord is working, and we appreciate your prayers.
2] We would also like prayer for us to know the Lord's direction in the coming months in ministry, and for our other children.
Monica and Quico Sernatinger...Mexico

Please pray for Lupita, my neighbor and a very devout Catholic. We have an appointment to talk about what it means to be born again!!! For many years I have been praying that the Lord may open her heart so that she could see that Christ is not a religion but a Person who loves her and wants to save her... she has believed that because she is so religious she is OK... May she be saved, and may the Lord use her to save her marriage
Also, please pray for Tere.  She is only 35 and has been diagnosed with cancer. We have started a Bible study and she seems very hungry and interested... some think that she may be ocoming to hear because she desires financial help... May the Lord save her and heal her...
Ted and Priscilla Clark....Mexico

There have been some robberies at gunpoint in our nearby rancho recently. Please pray that the Lord’s powerful hand would continue to be over us to guard us from the intentions of evil men.

We continue to visit Alicia and Salomon, and other families in Arumbaro regularly. Salomon and
Alicia have been through various trials recently. Please pray that the Lord would use these trials to draw Salomon to himself.  Pray for the conviction  of God’s Spirit in his heart.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Getting the Job

     I know I've written about obstacles before but life isn't a smooth ride. I want to show the rewards of pushing through them with examples from my life. One such example was my job.
     The first day I went to pick up an application, I went alone. They had a double door entry that you couldn't see thru and I couldn't get the first door open. It was too heavy. I didn't want them to see me, that'd be a bad first impression, so I left. I went back the next day with Marc's help with the door. He waited in the van. I went up to the counter and said who I was and was there to pick up an application. Sandy, the receptionist, said the boss would like to meet you. Frantically, I said 'But I'm not dressed for an interview???' She said its okay, you're fine. I met the boss, veternarian Dr. Dana. I was nervous at first but his laid back persona calmed my fears. He even told me of a friend of his in Colorado with a similar voice problem. He said I was just what they were looking for but they had governmental procedures to go thru before they could hire anyone so it'd be about a 6week wait. He promised to contact me. I was beaming and so glad Marc was in the van. I said, 'I really think I got it.'
    I waited patiently with hope. We went to AR for Memorial weekend with my in-laws. On a pay phone, my parents called saying Dr. Dana is looking for me and is going to call soon. He called and asked when I could start. Monday? Ok, see you then.
     I worked part time for 6 months. I woke up one morning with my leg so swollen, I couldn't get my brace on. I ended up in the hospital with a blood clot. My boss and co-workers came to visit me in the hospital. After my co-workers left, my boss brought out papers for me to sign to make me full-time. Who does that? Here I am with an unknown future and he's offering me a permanent job? As I signed the papers, I was amazed, overwhelmed and grateful. The risk he took in me paid off from 1996-2001.
     You can identify the bumps in the story and the payoffs that resulted. Be pursuant, be patient, be diligent and be thankful in everything. God has it all worked out, you just have to trust Him.

Monday, August 29, 2011

If You Don't..

     I was watching 60 Minutes last night on a story about 'Gospel for Teens.'  It's an after-school program on music for teens in Harlem, NY. The teens must audition to get into the program. Some teens have no family support or encouragement on what they are doing. One supportive couple said, 'If you don't raise your children, something else will...gangs, drugs, the streets.'  How true is that? VERY. Kids of any age are looking to be accepted and to belong to something, family should be first. Not only should you have demands and expectations of your kids, they have them of you as parents too. Don't let them down. Just like the theme of the song 'The Cat's in the Cradle' reminds us... if you don't make time for your child now, they won't make time for you later.
     Family dinners together. Know who they're with and where they are. It's all a part of being present in their lives. The dad in the show said, 'Someday when my kids look back, they're going to know I was there.' 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

10 Years Ago Today

     It was August 28, 2001.  This was the day I moved back home with my parents and 'thought' my life was over. In the 3 months before, I had lost everything that I 'thought' defined who I was. Husband, my dog, my job, house, friends and independence. I was angry with just about every thing and everyone, you might say even the birds chirped too loud. I 'thought' I didn't want to make any new friends. I 'thought' isolation was going to keep me emotionally unattached. I stayed in this state of mind for quite awhile.
     As the sun sets, it surely will also rise. It may seem like forever but it will. I made a friend, Charlene, in home fellowship who has stuck by me like glue over the ten years. I'd be insane by now without her. 'Sorrow may last for the night but joy comes in the morning.' Some morning, maybe not the next day.
     My 'thoughts' were pretty bleak. If I'd only known what God had planned. My trust became stronger with time. If you think you're at a dead end road, refocus, and it could just be an intersection. It's your choice, the direction you choose. I recommend God's chosen path for you.  I didn't know if I could handle this change of season in my life but I did. It's all good now, God is patient.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


     This is Georgie. I had her from 2001-2008. I lived in Walnut Grove, MO and had a cocker spaniel, Brandi, at the time. We had never had any strays come to the house until this one two week period in late July. A stray dog came first and Brandi ran it off. About a week later, a little kitten came. Brandi didnt seem to mind it at all. The kitten would even walk under Brandi's belly. The kitten ran in the house a couple of times and ate the dog food. I was trying not to get attached because I was moving home soon. About two weeks later, Brandi passed away unexpectantly during surgery. After that, I took the kitten in and made her mine.
     I believe God gives us what we need in just the right timing. It comforted me to know Brandi approved of her. She was definetely a blessing.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Natural Disasters

     I thought since the east coast is bracing for Hurricane Irene right now, that I'd talk about natural disasters. I thankfully have never been in one. Three years ago, a tornado struck our neighborhood to the south and southeast of us. My dad, Charlene and I had left for Canton, TX earlier that day. My mom stayed home due to a funeral. As the storm hit that night, she huddled under the stairwell in the basement PRAYING. The storm did pass but caused a lot of damage near us. The damage ended at our property line. That's about as close as you want to get, if you want to get close at all. We had no damage at all. God's protection is priceless. The picture above is just an example of the destruction in our surrounding neighborhood.
     The world has had many natural disasters in recent years. Haiti's earthquake, Japan's earthquake, US flooding, US midwest tornadoes and more. They say its new and more prevalant but it isn't. God has allowed disasters to teach people, punish people and to draw people to Him for centuries. Whether you're enjoying a sunny day or scared in a hurricane, cling to Him the most. My Protector and Strong Tower.

Psalm 63:8(NIV)
8 I cling to you;
   your right hand upholds me.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Easy Paths

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

     I think there are a lot of people in today's world looking for a free ride. They want things given to them on a silver platter. The idea of working hard and not giving up till you get the job or whatever it is you want is becoming an 'old school' idea. I hear of young adults giving up or being depressed because life isn't as easy as they thought. Welcome to real life, my friend. Success is achieved, not given out. When you earn it, you'll appreciate it more.
     God will give you the grace and His strength if you trust in Him and His plan for you. Self-reliance is a recipe for failure. Go out there and achieve your goals...even when its not easy.

I do not ask for easy paths
Along life’s winding roads,
But for the promised grace and strength
To carry all its loads. —Meadows

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.  Ephesians 4;28

     This week there have been two terrible cases of burglary here in Sherwood. One on Sunday in which a woman, who is still missing, was broken into at home. The suspects were caught by using her credit cards but her fate is still unknown. Today a burglar broke into a police officer's home and his foolish ways cost him his life.
     Why do people think they can take what is not theirs? Laziness, arrogance, greed, wickedness...just to name a few reasons. This verse tells us that we are to use what God has physically given us to provide for our needs and wants. If you can't afford it, then you either work for it or you do without. This verse also recognizes that people do fall on hard times through no fault of their own and need help. We shouldn't just spend it or save it all for ourselves, give to others who need a hand. Sharing is caring.
     I like both the movie and concept 'Pay It Forward.'  The idea is if you help two people and those two each help two, equalling four people and so on. If we all worked and all shared as we should, wouldn't the world be a lil better?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


     A friend of mine has a grandaughter who is undergoing back surgery today. She is only about 6 yrs old. They are putting a titanium rod in to help correct her scoliosis. Pray for her today, her name is Angela too.
     I can sympathize with her because I too had scoliosis and back surgery. The summer between 9th and 10th grade, I went to the Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, KY to have two rods fused to my spine to straighten it. I only remember bits and pieces of that time, which is a blessing. I recall the fear of the pre-op blood work and subsequently passing out. I remember reassuring my dad pre-surgery that I was going to be fine no matter what. I remember waking up in the recovery or ICU area? and banging the side rail for some pain medicine, not quietly either. My parents came in to see me and I was awake long enough to know they were there. [Later I saw the picture they took of me, scary is an understatement.] Have you seen Shirley McClaine in 'Terms of Endearment' screaming at nurses to give her daughter pain medicine? Well my mom didn't scream but there was a close reenactment of that scene at some point during my stay. I can't recall if I was there 1 or 2 weeks. We borrowed a friend's full size van to drive home because I had to lay flat. My dad and somebody carried me on a sheet into the house. That summer was one full of recovery and rehab. My surgery was a success and have had no problems since. Mercy and grace carried me thru it.
     I don't know what God's plan for Angela is today but I know He has one, and its for her good.

Monday, August 22, 2011


     Have you ever been so determined to do something that you ignore the obstacles in your path? Sometimes it's good to press on but other times you need discernment to recognize maybe this isn't a good idea. I've done both, been the striver and the foolish. Here's a lil story with examples of both.
     In the summer of 2001, Toby Keith came to the fair in Springfield, Mo. I was a huge TK fan then. Admission to the fair, 5 bucks or so, included free concerts. So I anxiously awaited TK's concert and told a friend's son that I would take him too. Well the day came and I went to work that day. I was so sick with a 101 fever, ugh. I worked all day and forgot to go by the bank on the way home. All I could think of was laying down when I got home. I realized our lack of money/cash situation after I got home so I had my friend raid my childhood piggy bank, lol. We had two ziploc bags of change, one to get in and one for food. Okay, a few more minutes of rest. I usually hang my purse on my scooter but I hung it on a chair while I went to the bathroom. We left. After about 20 min of driving, I realized I forgot my purse with the ziploc bags in it. Are you kidding me? We are in town now so with no identification or anything, I went to my bank to get some money. Amazingly, they gave it to me. We now go get in the long, never-ending line of traffic into the fairgrounds. We get to a cop that made us turn left with everyone else, despite saying we needed handicapped parking. We get to the next cop who says we have to turn and go back. Refusing to go back, I saw two parking spaces together and said we can park there. I double-parked because of the ramp, despite the cop's disapproval. We got out and hurried to the concert to get seats. Handicapped seating does have a few perks. We got front row seats and had a good time. Yes, I was sick the next 3 days.
     I don't recommend pushing God's protection to the limits like this. Use discernment when the roadblocks enter your path in life.   

Friday, August 19, 2011

To Do List

     The video above is from Toby Keith called 'My List', if you get this blog by email and don't see the video.. let me know and go to the link .
     Work, errands, chores... they're all on our 'to do lists' in our daily lives. This song reminds us to take time, yes make time, for the really important things in life. Family time, relaxation time, friend time, prayer time and just quiet time. Its one thing to provide for your family but don't make them pay for it. Whoever is in your life needs to know that your time is not too much to ask of you and is available.
     Start living, should be the next thing on your list. It's time. Go make a memory.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


     We all get distracted, from what we are supposed to be doing, at times. We lose our focus. Just this week, a dump truck driver got distracted by a spider and forgot to lower the hoist in back. He crashed into a skybridge. I can't say a word on that. I got distracted by some guys while cruising in Levy once. They were saying something as I was looking back, then 'WHAM', I hit the car in front of me. In hindsight, I think they were saying 'watch out'
     I am more focused on driving now that I can't. My dr's office has a form with the question 'do you fall asleep as a passenger in a car?' I'm glad its my right arm thats weakest because I often hit the driver with my left arm when they're distracted or I think they
     Stay focused out there but let God be your primary focus in everything.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


      I do not like change. Well, at least if its not my idea or expected. I do like to redecorate my room with the seasons. Other than that, I like things to stay the same.
     My first semester in college at UCA, I lived in the dorm. My assigned roomate and I had little to nothing in common but I tried to make the best of it. Her middle name must have been 'change.' I went home one weekend to come back to find the whole room rearranged, including my stuff. I didn't object because it was okay with me, except it was a little hard relocating my stuff. Well, it soon became NOT okay when every time I went away for the weekend this happened. I never knew a tiny room could have so many different arrangements. The final straw came when my bed was by the door, the two tall closets between us and her bed by the window. NO WAY. The room was put back to its almost original state and remained so.
     Its okay to try to be flexib;e with one another, but don't let yourself be bullied or taken advantage of. Speak up for yourself.


I was making photo cds for my mom yesterday to take to California today. I came across one of my favorite pictures of Girlfriend. This is how I like to remember her.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

10 Favorites

Okay, the following are 10 of my favorite things, in no particular order, to help you know me better. I hope you'll comment with your 10 so I can know you better too. Email me, if you cant comment on here.

1. Guacamole...........I think this is my favorite food. Santo Coyote makes the best and I can share or eat the whole bowl, made tableside, myself.

2. TiVo.......I think this is the greatest invention since the microwave. Watching tv without commercials and at your convenience, its wonderful.

3. My Pets.......Animals have always been a part of my life and I cant imagine a life without them. Each are special to me in their own way. I know God provided each of them, just when I needed them.

4. Canton, TX..........I love to go here. Its flea market heaven. The weekend before the first Monday of each month, the whole town turns into a shoppers paradise.

5. My Parents...... They've been there thru thick and thin for me. I've been to more places and done more than most people because of them. I love you.

6. Clothes..... Yes, I'm a clothes-horse. I love getting new clothes. I rarely outgrow my clothes so I give them away, usually to Haiti, to make room for new stuff.

7. Eating out....... I love to go out with friends to our favorite restaurants. Even if I can't eat, due to coughing, I love the conversation and fellowship.

8. Dulcimer lessons.......Phillip took a chance on me and I am so thankful. It not only challenges me but it is fun. Our conversations are an encouragement too.

9. Memory of Maui...... This was one of the best weeks in my life. My parents went to Hawaii when I was in 10th grade but I declined to go. I wanted to go somewhere like that if I ever fell in love. Fast forward to 1994, my parents sent Marc and I to Maui for my college graduation present. Snorkeling, parasailing, submarine, a drive around the island, the beach day, and more.

10. Friends..... Where would I be without them? You know who you are and you're priceless.

Monday, August 15, 2011


     Awhile back we went out to dinner at The Villa in Little Rock. Its one of my favorite italian restaurants. Not only is the food great but its quiet and you never hafta wait. Well the tables aren't too far apart so the next table is within hearing range, at least for my good ears, without conscious eavesdropping. So that night, the table next to us was a grandmother and her about 7yr old grandson. I don't know why a 7yr old needs a cellphone for but whatever. The little boy played games on the phone the whole time they were there. Yes, she threatened to take it away but no follow thru. His ENTIRE meal got cold and ended up in a to-go box. As they left, she said 'you want to go get a scoop of ice cream?' He said, 'yes, but I want two scoops'.
     Are you as baffled as I was? WHAT are you teaching this kid?  DISRESPECT--she was just a meal ticket and not important to talk to, NO MANNERS--adults with cellphones at the table is bad enough, NO CONSEQUENCES--empty threats do more harm than good, and GREEDINESS--more, more, more, no, no, no.
     Kids learn in every setting of every day. Be careful what you're teaching them.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Bus

     I thought I'd go down the memory lane of jr. high since school is starting for alot of kids on Monday. Riding the bus is a big part of a kid's day. For the most part, I only had to ride it home. Thankfully, my mom usually dropped me off in the mornings. [Once in her yellow robe, aghh, lets just say I had her drop me off in a location with no one around quickly, lol] I had a great bus driver, Mr.Dare. He lives down the street from me and that helped out when I got on the wrong bus one time. They give you your bus number and then when you go out to get on, there's ten buses with different numbers out there. Mine was what? The bus was not easy for me to get on or off of. Thats how I learned time management early on. I would figure out when I could do homework during the next day so I wouldnt have to carry alot home on the bus. This is not a fool proof system, lol. I had a friend, Lily, who would carry my books onto the bus for me so I could get on easier. Getting off the bus is no picnic either, I bit the dust on more than one occasion. The older boy who lived down the street helped gather up my stuff for me. My ego was left there on the side of the road, lol. My dog, Bosco, was always there waiting for me as I crossed the street and that made everything good again.
     So to all the kids riding the bus Monday, good luck.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Ephesians 4;29   Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

     Often we don't realize what an impact our words can make on someone else, either to build them up or break them down. 'Think before you speak' can't be learned enough. We all slip up and need forgiveness but we must try to watch what we say. An encouraging word can be the highlight of someone's day. Everyone is going through something, big or small, and can use a compliment or just a word of acknowledgement. Words can also be destructive. I've seen the hurt and low self-esteem it creates in a friend of mine. Its just wrong.
     Let your speech be like a good song on the radio that makes you and others feel good, otherwise just shut it off.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Perserverance pays off

     I don't remember the exact date but it was about this time in August of 1994, 17yrs ago wow, that I graduated from Northern Illinois University. [Finishing college is a story of perserverance in itself but thats not my focus today] I was now ready to find a job and start my career. I sent out numerous resumes and went on both do-able and far fetched interviews. I went to one interview, where when I got there the building wasn't accessible. The interview was held in my van. Another interview was for a quality control tech in a chicken factory at 30degrees. I interviewed twice with St. Johns hospital to work in the tuberculosis lab. My job search also included attending a daily job training center to help me find a job. My search lasted two years, a long two years.
     Finally one day I got a call from a pickle company saying I'd been hired. To make a long story short, I couldnt do that job [climb into a vat] but thru them found out the temporary agency I signed up with wasnt sending out my resumes. I immediately went over there to 'chew some hide'. They knew they were caught discriminating and told me about a job they just got in that day at a lab. I got this job and it was the best job suited for me. I worked there 5yrs and loved it.
     So this shows God's timing is perfect and what He has in store for us is worth waiting for. We must be diligent in pursuing our goals, rarely does a goal get achieved from the couch. Follow thru even though it looks pointless, the experience may teach you something. Finally, just keep after it, perserverance pays off. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

piggy cupcakes

Arent they cute?  Strawberry cupcakes, strawberry frosting, almond ears, m&m eyes, half a marshmallow snout w/2 m&ms.
These are for my doctor's office today b/c they are so good to me. I think this is why I hafta go in every 2 months, lol, no I wish it was.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Psalm 54:2, "Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.

Do you believe in the power of prayer? I most certainly do. I know prayers on my behalf have been answered countless times. Prayers must be according to His will, not just our own, to be answered.
Last year I went into the hospital on a Monday and my doctor told me on Friday that he was going on a mission trip to Ecuador the next day. I rallied my prayer partners to pray that if it wasn't God's will for him to go, that he wouldn't because I needed him. Well, there was an uprising at the Ecuadorian airport that night and the mission trip was accomplished at a later date. I told my doctor that my worldwide prayer circle kept him here. God works in mysterious ways.

Romans 8:28

8 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011


I am no great cook by any stretch of the imagination. I don't particularly enjoy it and eating out is the preferred option. They say 'don't trust a skinny cook' so that's my excuse to stay out of the kitchen, lol. No, seriously, my chicken casserole is pretty good. I'll give the recipe at the bottom of this post. The best compliment Ive ever got on my cooking was from my friend's son, Charlie, on a chili pie I made for him. I know its just fritos, Hormel chili, and cheese but he said 'you're the best cook ever.'  I know its not true but it still puts a smile on my face to remember him saying it.  So remember to compliment the cook in your life.  'You're a great cook, mom'

Chicken Casserole
heat oven to 350
use 9x12 pan
cover pan with boneless chicken tenderloins
add 2 cans of condensed soup.......celery and mushroom, my preference but whatever you like
1 can of rotel
stir it all up in the pan
add cheese all over it
cover with stove top stuffing
put 1 stick of butter in lil pats all over
cook about 45min to an hour

Saturday, August 6, 2011


     Do you consider yourself adaptable? Do you find a way to make things work or do you give up? I've had to adapt throughout my life, not being able to do things like I once could. We must try our best but we must also not be too proud to ask for and receive help from others.
     The best example of adaptability from my life is when I was learning to drive. My mom took me out to Camp Robinson to practice. I drove for a while with no problems. Then I went into an empty parking lot to practice parking. Ok, so park in that, thats not a good one. Ok, so how about that, its no good either. I was trying to stay calm yet freaking out inside. I couldn't put on the brake. Ok, just pick any spot. Too many circles around the lot makes one suspicious. My time was up, I had to confess 'I can't hit the brake.'  WHAT? She hit the brake and we went home. My dad figured out that the gas pedal was lower than the brake. So you had to lift your leg and slide it over to apply the brakes. What would you do, not drive or adapt? We adapted by raising the gas pedal to be even with the brake. I didn't get to drive alone for awhile until we were sure I was safe. Its funny in hindsight, lol.
     As we get older, we will all face things that are more difficult to do. If you don't believe me, ask anyone with arthritis. Learn to adapt, don't give in to the circumstance.

Friday, August 5, 2011

drive by alan jackson


I have been driving something I think since the age of 2.  Beginning with a tricycle, Big Wheels, bicycle, go-cart, three wheeler, riding mower, car, and scooter. Driving has been a big part of my life. Dirt donuts were my claim to fame on the go-cart. We lived across from a playground that had a low spot that collected dirt. You go around the playground about 3 times picking up speed then slam the brakes in the dirt, spinning the go-cart in a whirlwind of dust. oh what fun. Now to the three wheeler that can enable you to fly, ha. Seriously, Burns Park used to have sand dunes to ride on and you can catch air if you go fast enough. We have a picture of me in the air on the three wheeler. I also did my share of mowing on our 2.5 acres and at my grandparents place in the country, not so bad minus the ticks and rocks, lol. Finally, a car at last. Cruising Levy was the thing to do back in high school. Yes, driving a mile in a circular path for hours..ha. I drove most of the time and I may be partly to blame for McCain Blvd being a 30mph no tolerance zone now. Speed limit to me means speed minimum...doing 35 in a 45 zone is just not right. Over the years, my guardian angels have been fast on their feet and thankfully protected my speedy self.

Due to my progressive weakness, I gave up driving on my own in 2003. Driving is a major sign of independence and freedom but you can't be selfish. You must know your limits and consider that others lives are at stake. This will be a reality someday for most of us. Don't make a hard choice more difficult by being selfish, the consequences could be deadly.
Hoping to be a speed angel in heaven one day..............angie

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My church- FBF

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

 3 We ought always (A)to give thanks to God for you, (B)brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the (C)love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; 4 therefore, we ourselves (D)speak proudly of you among (E)the churches of God for your [a]perseverance and faith (F)in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure. 5 This is a (G)plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be (H)considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.

I am so thankful and blessed to be a part of my church, Faith Bible Fellowship. I've never belonged to a more giving, loving and faith-filled church. It is a small church but they give their time and money to others so unselfishly. Members take time to visit the sick or provide a meal to someone in need. The love of God is demonstrated in so many ways but one seen so often is how the kids take care of their peers and the younger ones. No one is left out to feel alone. My faith has increased due to the fellowship of the brethren, the truth of the Word and the examples that the leadership provides in their daily lives.
I encourage you to find a church home. Support, guidance, prayer, love, accountability, the Word, and a place to worship can all be found in the right church home.  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


How important is your hair to you? Can you imagine yourself without it? I am quite vain in this department. I've always had thick hair and never imagined a day without it. Well no one ever told me that getting sick can result in hair loss. Your body stops doing unnecessary things, like growing hair, to concentrate on keeping you alive. So after my sickness, my hair fell out from Jan thru March. April 7th, I remember distinctly, is the day it quit coming out. woohoo. It was a humbling experience. I think of all the cancer patients who lose it all. We must remember God looks at our hearts, not our appearance so we too must make that our focus. I watched a show on kids with progeria, a disease that makes a 6yr old body like that of a 60yr old. These kids want but are never able to have hair. Its one of their biggest desires but they dont focus on that. They live their short lives to the fullest and give 110 percent in all they do. They inspire me with their gusto.
   May we all focus on our hearts rather than appearance and give a 110 percent in all we do.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Strength is not always revealed in a dramatic display; at times, it’s demonstrated in determined endurance. When trials hit us, we often find we are not as strong as we thought. If we are physically injured, we want a quick fix so it'll be over soon. It takes patience, determination, and strength from the Lord to get through any trial. We are helpless on our own. I probably talk too much about my hospital stay last year but I have never felt so weak and helpless. God was my sustainer. He answered numerous prayers on my behalf and I am grateful. Its been 10 months now and He continues to teach me dependence on Him.  'Jesus is a rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm'

Exodus 15:2

New International Version (NIV)

 2 “The LORD is my strength and my defense[a];
   he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
   my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August prayer requests from FBF Missionaries

Below is a compilation of prayer requests from FBF missionaries for the month of August.

Lesley Wolfe--NTM school in Missouri
My Indian friend, Nutan - her salvation
My preparations for teaching – classes get underway August 18th

A little background (fyi!) where Nutan is concerned.  We met in January and have become friends.  Just two days ago we really began talking about God.  We read thru Genesis 1 --- she had lots of good questions and listened attentively when I answered them.  Anyway, I went over today and got her all registered to go through the Good Seed’s DVD Bible 101 course.  I believe she will go through it……how much she’ll grasp????  But I have another Indian friend here who is a mature believer, and I’m hoping that Cynthia will continue to befriend Nutan and pick up where we’ve just begun!!  I am sooooooooooooo thankful for what God has done thus far, yet sad to leave this sweet friend and not be the one studying with her!!!  But drawing and convicting and saving --- it’s 100% God’s work, and He is faithful, and I will entrust Nutan into His very capable care and guidance.

 Ted and Priscilla Clark--Morelia, Mexico

          Caleb as he prepares to leave home to study in Washington state.  He will be driving across the country (from Texas).  Michael will accompany him to help with the driving and spend a month with Grandparents before returning to Mexico.  Please pray for their safety on this long trip. Please continue to pray that the Lord would direct him very precisely, concerning the ministry focus and future God would have for his life.

Pray for the Lord’s powerful hand of protection on us and all those involved in the church and the business, as well as so many others serving the Lord throughout Mexico.
Bill and Treva Turpin--Bethany camp in Iowa
 1. Needed funds to start building a new dining hall
 2. New Christians - adults and their families to grow in Christ- the Wilson's,  the Kitelinger's,  the Peck's  all saved in the last 2 years or less
Thank you so much for your partnership with us in prayer, and giving
Phil and Julia Zimmerman--tennessee
Our son Jacob is in need of the Lord's intervention. Please pray for him. Philip and I need the Lord's wisdom and guidance as well. Thank you for your prayers
Bobby and Namatha Avilez--HOH Orphanage in Thailand 
1.       Pray for our kids health! It’s been lice, mumps, pink eye and now back to lice!
2.       Pray for our new staff- Senay! He joined us a couple weeks ago and is doing a fantastic job. Pray that he will stay for the long haul and that His Christian witness would be “catching.”

Martin and Hansy Tuohy
1. We need wisdom to discern God's direction for our ministry. Do we join a new church plant effort in Denmark or pursue a church plant in Mexico that has lost their church planter, who was taken home to be with the Lord in April?
2. Discipline in regards to home schooling Victoria, still not sure about Isabel.

Monica and Quico Sernatinger--mexico
Please, thank the bretheren with you all for the very, incredibly kind love offering you sent us! Your kindness is evident to all men. The Lord is near.
Could you please pray for our trip to Chicago for the wedding of Paul Sernatinger, Jamie's nephew who's getting married on August 27. There are many details to be taken care of, i.e. accomodations, transportation, etc. May Quico and I be light to the family and that the doors continue to be open for the gospel in the hearts of Jamie's relatives: Jessica, Jean, Eric and Aunt Janet and Marie Pierre.
Could you also pray for the wedding of Moises and Esperanza, on August 13. It is the first wedding that we as a church will have in Puruandiro. We desire that it would be a great testimony for the many unbelievers that will attend.