Still Climbing

narrow path to heaven




So, here I am. Still moving forward. Upward. Still climbing that narrow path that will someday lead me home to Heaven.  And home is the perfect word. Sometimes I find myself acting like an impatient child. Pouting and throwing a fit…but, I’m ready to go home…to Heaven.

There are days that feel like they will never end. Days where the climb almost seems too much. Moments that I see the spiritual pain and suffering in those around me and it makes me hurt. Needless worry and stress that zaps the joy from the hearts of those I know and love. If we just lay it all at the feet of Jesus, He will take care of it.

Now, grant it, I’m no Saint. I make lots of mistakes and sometimes I lose sight of my journey. I am only human. But, there are other days when the Holy Spirit is so alive in me that I could run right down the middle of town shouting the good news that Jesus is still in the saving business and He is coming back soon. Very soon.

Are you ready? Do you have yourself in order? Did you know that the Bible says…

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36 KJV




Let that sink in…Every Idle Word!!

Do you know how many idle words I say per day?! It’s overwhelming. Let’s challenge ourselves. If you are reading this, let’s go one full day with no idle words. No speaking under our breath. No judgmental comments. No negative feedback.

Can you do it? I’m certainly going to try.

Let us lift each other in prayer. Let us give thanks for all the blessings we have. Let us rejoice in the day that the Lord has given us. God bless all of you.


Humbled and Feeling Blessed


I was listening to the radio the other day and heard this song. It stopped me in my tracks. I felt so small and unworthy. I felt  ashamed and guilty. I try…or do I? I believe that I try. I know I will never be  good enough…so I need to accept the fact that Jesus loves me anyway!

  If you get a chance go listen to this song.

I pray that it touches you as deeply as it did me.  I am so blessed!!  Praise God!  I am so very blessed!




Jesus….thank you for loving me even though…..

I am the thorn in your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway
See now I am the man who yelled out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then I turned away with a smile on my face
With this sin in my heart, tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night I still call out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life

But You love me anyway
Oh God, how You love me
Yes You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life
That I’ve ever known
Yes You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me

I found these lyrics on  The group is Sidewalk Prophets.

Somewhere in Time

I once heard someone compare God’s view of time to what we see during an ariel view of the Macy’s Day Parade.  They explained that as participants in time, that would be us presently…we know that time exists and that it is in motion.  Moving forward. But, we can’t see the beginning or the end.


However, from God’s perspective he can see everything.  He can see all the twists and turns and stops from beginning to end .  More importantly, he can see all the participants and what they are doing.


Time has always fascinated me!  I’ve always loved shows about time travel.  Good grief!  Throw in a  love story and I’m hooked!  I’m just saying….have you seen Somewhere In Time?  Great movie.


God created time!  He just didn’t throw it out there and say…”let there be time.”  He cares more than that.  He made it eternal.  He divided it into day and night, winter, spring, summer and fall.   He molded it into perfection.


And as I see prophecy coming to fulfillment before my very eyes, everyday on the news, I know that we are living in a perilous time.  In end times.  I’ve heard people say…”Oh they said that when my grandparents were little” or “they are always fighting in the middle east.”    Be still and remember this…

 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence.

2 Peter 3:9

Isn’t that beautiful?!  The Lord is not slack!!  Time is eternal.  That is true.  Just not our time on earth.  That will end.  He is longsuffering.  Why?  So that when our time on earth is over…we do not die in sin…as sinners.  He is waiting for everyone to repent of their sin and find life eternal and spend forever in the presence of God.


One way or another our time on earth will end.  When it does, we will be judged, rewarded and shown to our eternal home.  Are you ready?



Love and Prayers~

Treasures on Earth

Spending time with my family is what I cherish most about this time of year.  Remove all the presents, the decorations, the food and crazy schedules and it all boils down to time well spent with my loved ones.  I love catching up with all the cousins and aunts and uncles and seeing how the kids are all growing up way too fast.  There is nothing like looking in to the eyes of the youngest one there and seeing your grandma’s eyes looking back at you.  That is amazing!!

My family hails from southeastern Kentucky.  Yep!  We come right out of the holler’.  My mom and her sister and two brothers were raised in severe poverty.  However, you would never know it if you met them.   My uncles worked in the coal mines and I can honestly say that I’m proud to be a coal miner’s daughter!  But I’ll save that for another time…

I get so excited as the evening closes in and the coffee gets poured while we all gather around to hear the stories of old.  Sometimes we pull out old photo albums and that will spark a story which inevitably leads to another story.  I love it!  I would say to anyone reading this…if you are blessed enough to still have your grandparents then run…don’t walk…as fast as you can and ask them to tell you about what they did for fun when they were young.  Ask them about the price of gas or bread…better yet, ask them about their mom and dad.  You have a treasure in front of you just waiting to shine!

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. ~Alex Haley
All too quickly time will pass you by.  You will blink and twenty years will be gone.  I believe that is why we need to make every moment count.  Take as  many pictures and videos as you can.  Hug your family every day.  Children…respect your parents.  Parents…respect your children.  You won’t get this day back.

Go and make a memory today….

Christmas Spirit…

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

 It was a day of presents today at the shelter.  People’s goodness and generosity never cease to amaze me.  Everyone talks about hard times and how they are struggling just to make ends meet…even still, when Christmas rolls around people’s hearts begin to melt as fast as the temperature drops.  Lights go up, carols are sung, gifts get wrapped and spirits are lifted.  Christmas truly is magical.

In my ten years of working at this shelter for women and children, I am never so touched as I am this time of year.  I see miracles everyday.  Seriously!!  When a mom or single gal is ready to move out she might mention that she needs a couch or maybe a stove.  It never fails that in the same day we will receive a phone call from someone saying they have a used couch or stove and just wanted to know if we knew someone who could use it.  It blows my mind.

We help women and children who have been through all kinds of unimaginable life events.  Day after day of hearing these tragic stories and seeing these innocent children suffer because of their parents drug use or domestic violence or just plain old poverty, takes a toll on your heart.  Sooner or later you start to feel like there is no good left in the world and that all people are mean and out for themselves.

Then comes Christmas. The celebration of God’s greatest gift to mankind. Suddenly, people start to do good. They give of their time and their money to help those less fortunate. People are smiling and laughing and talking to total strangers as if they were long lost friends. I wonder what makes people so happy? I mean, any other time we would all be complaining about spending money we don’t have or giving up time we can’t spare…not at Christmas.

You see it too, right?  I’m not just imagining this feel good time of year.  However, I don’t think it’s the gifts or the glittery wrapping paper.  It’s not the mistletoe or the stockings.  I’m not betting on Frosty or Santa either.  I know, without a doubt what it is for me…


“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.   And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'”

Luke 2: 8-14

Brotherly Love…

In loving memory of those lives taken at Sandy Hook Elementary:
Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel,
Josephine Gay, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeleine F. Hsu,
Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase KowalskiJesse Lewis, James Mattioli , Grace McDonnell, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach,
Victoria Soto, Benjamin WheelerAllison N. Wyatt,
Let brotherly love continue.  
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 13: 1-2
I sit in shock and disbelief as I read the headlines.  My carnal side has a hard time gathering up brotherly love for someone who has done something so evil..  However, the Holy Spirit fills me with it.    And so my heart aches, not only for those lives lost at his hands, but for the soul of that young man who will be forever lost.  The enemy claimed him and won him.  My prayers go out to his family.
I believe those babies went straight to Heaven.  They will not face the temptations of this world or the heartache.  They will not hunger, thirst or cry.   They will not face worldly struggles.  Their time on this earth was short and precious.    My prayers go out for the parents and loved ones of all the families involved.
But I say unto you; Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5: 44-45
Blessed are they that mourn:  for they shall be comforted.

What Needless Pain We Bear!

I’ve just turned the heat up and am getting settled in for a relaxing evening of watching television, of which I normally despise.  It has been a cold, rainy day today.  The kind of day where you expect the rain to turn to snow at any given moment.  I feel blessed to be able to kick back and take it easy.  There are no pressing issues that need dealt with this minute.  However, my mind is heavy this evening.

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 

2 Corinthians 1:5

 A friend of mine is going through an extremely difficult situation.  She is watching her mom slowly fade from this existence.  I can not begin to imagine the despair I would feel if my mom were not in this world.  Oh, I know she would be in a better place and I would find unspeakable peace in Jesus.  Still, a world without your mom would be so lonesome.  My heart is heavy at just the thought of losing my mom.  I can’t imagine what my friend is feeling.

She knows what is about to happen.  She and her sister have done everthing they can to make their mother’s final, precious moments as comfortable as possible.  Oh what tremendous sadness…oh what tremendous joy.  Holding your mother’s hand as she passes from this life to her eternal rest on high.

 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time

are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 

Romans 8:18

Her mom has spent 90 some years on this earth.  She is due her rest.  But, saying goodbye is never easy.  Especially when it feels so permanent.  Those who have Jesus know that they will see their loved ones again.  Even so, death is a slice of life that we all must be given and there is no easy way to let go of the people we love.  It is in our best interest to remind ourselves and those around us who are grieving that when we do let go…Jesus steps in and carries our loved one home…

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,O what needless pain we bear,

all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

 Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there.

Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886

Music: Charles C.  Converse, 1832-1918