Work of My HE Art

Thanking God for YOU! But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 NASB I don’t…

The Pig Stuck in the Mud

Recently I had a dream and it was terrible. In it there was a pig like the one pictured above that was buried and stuck in the mud. This pig looked so awful that I felt like she/he would die any second. It was buried up past it’s neck and stuck up under the porch…

Help! I’ve Been Arrested!

I was recently traveling and had just pulled into a McDonalds to take a bathroom break.  I had been praying and listening to the radio all morning. During this past season I’ve been alone a lot except for when I’m doing ministry or helping someone in crisis or trauma. I also love being a road…

The Man Who Won’t Go Away

Jesus is on my mind today. He is the man who won’t go away. I’ve just started reading the book by John Ortberg, Who Is This Man (Published 2012) and I haven’t even got past the first page when the reality of life and death and the impact our lives make on the individuals whom…

The Seating Chart Has Changed!

Over two thousand years ago a man named Jesus changed the seating charts forever! It doesn’t matter where you were born, if you have royal blood, work on a plantation, or own many towers. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order…

Mission Drift

The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy from a Roman prison and encourages him to; 1) Hold on to sound teaching. 2) Guard the good deposit that is in us. The Roman Empire was changing rapidly and Nero, was the presiding Emperor. After the death of his uncle Claudius in 54 A.D. Nero was nominated, helped…

Fathers, We Need You! You are Soul Care Providers

I was sitting in a coffee shop thinking about Father’s Day and asking God what He wanted me to share.  There have been many influential fathers in my lives. Pictured above and below are just a few of some of the ones I know personally. While I was writing I was privy to a conversation…

Fatherhood begins in the womb.

I’ve known many mothers and fathers who have gone through trials and tribulations regarding their children. Whatever the case, God has the storm under control. He is walking through the storms to get to us just one young expectant father whose unborn son went from kicking and lots of active movement in the mother’s womb…

Emergency Text Alert!

Suddenly Emergency Text Alert!! As I’m literally writing this blog, I get a text on my phone, “Did you say you are flying to Florida in two days? Have you seen the weather channel?  Will Tropical Storm Alberto affect your travel?  So I did what most of us do, I googled the weather channel and…

Face of God

When I was in Asia recently and looking into the faces of my two grandson’s Jonah and Hudson, I encountered total unconditional love and unspeakable joy. I observed how they cling to their mother when they are tired and hungry, but aren’t afraid to explore and be themselves in the presence of their mom and…

Ain’t No Rock Gonna Cry Out For Me!

All we want and all we need Is found in Jesus All we ask is more of you Nothing else can satisfy our hearts desire All we want is more of you For the Lord is good And His love endures Yes the Lord is good forever And I’ll shout it out From the mountain…

DADDY, JESUS AND COFFEE

Daddy, Jesus and Coffee – Happy Birthday Daddy! Today May 5th – 2018 My dad would have been 96 today.  It seems like an eternity since I moved to help my younger brother Keith take care of him in 2006. Baggs Fruit and Produce Market was his life. He and my mom established it July…

Claressa ~ A very fruitful woman!

    Story and Testimony written with Clarissa’s permission I first met Claressa while I was working as the manager of a shelter for homeless women. She came seeking a place to live and to get back on her feet.  She had two little children but they were with her sister. In our interview she…

Acceleration – It’s Time!

Steve McQueen – 70’s ‘King of Cool’ is spending time with Jesus! But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. James 5:12 This year the…

What is that to you? Follow Me

Imagine yourself to be the Apostle Peter. You have cried, prayed, fasted, fished, all night, and caught nothing. And then suddenly a voice cries out from the shore and tells you to cast your net again, just one more time. The fish come from nowhere and are practically jumping into the net.  You look back…

Survivors Guilt

I wonder if the Apostle John when he was imprisioned on the island of Patmos, ever considered himself a survivor, battled compassion fatigue or dealt with survivors guilt? Noah Webster describes “surviver” as one who outlives the other and “survivor” in the real estate terms as a joint tenant; and “In law, the longer liver…

What is next, Lord?

In 1985 the Lord came into my office and spoke audibly to me at the moment my one-year-old had stopped breathing and turned completely blue. He spoke three words to me, “Marlene, it is time,” then my knees buckled and I hit the ground in a repentance prayer. Deliverance came from many things I’m not proud nor ashamed to share with others.

Do I have a Pharisee’s Heart? A Word about Yom Kippur

Do I have a Pharisee’s Heart? “Yes, sometimes!” You may never have heard of Horace Pitkin. He was a missionary to China in the early 1900’s. He wrote to his freinds and basically said, “It definately won’t be long until we (he and his family) find out whether we can serve Him better above or…

God’s Treasures Will Last Forever!

  I recently included a testimony in my newsletter from Patricia Winchester who shared with me, “I don’t ask God Why, I say Why Not Me?” She recently shared her personal trial and testimony at her church! My Enews included the entire sermon…but, for just Patricia’s testimony Click Here. It is a message of HOPE…

Soul Care Providers – We need fathers!

I was sitting in a coffee shop in Alaska and overheard a young man talking about the soon coming birth of his son and how he described it like being in the midst of a hurricane that is approaching. He described his newfound fatherhood as a flurry of preparing for an uncontrollable event that would…