Preparing for Spiritual Storms

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 Preparation for the Battle When I was a little girl Hurricane Donna hit my hometown like a bulls eye in Sanford, Florida. This storm was…

Ode to Ginny

Ode to Ginny Teacakes, Flowers & Jesus Arthritic fingers kneading dough, melting chocolate, Southern drawl… calling softly, Laa..ry, Raa…bert Flowers outside the window pane… It’s Jesus, that makes them grow!” She would say, “It’s the little things that add up, pile up and rust, or wurst yet collect dust. It’s the little things that remind…

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…

Rain & Seal Guts

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the resiliency of the Alaskan people and their ability to live off the land. What they do to protect themselves from God’s extreme weather in Alaska is truly amazing!

Suddenly A Great and Mighty Wind!

At the beginning of the year the Lord gave me three separate words for 2018. He said, “Marlene, This is the year of Acceleration (suddenlies), Fruitfulness (inheritences and lost loved ones, and wealth being restored), and a Second Wind (miracles, signs, wonders and an empowerment of the Holy Spirit to do the things we can’t…

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…

Set My Soul on Fire Lord!

Are You Ready for a Double Portion of Fire? When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of the prophetic spirit that energizes you.” Elijah replied, “That’s a difficult request! If you see…

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…

Lydie – A Cinderella Released from the Congo

Lydie was on my plane that was heading back from Kunming, China and we had a layover in Shanghai. I noticed her because of her beautiful and huge smile! After sitting next to her while waiting for our flight to Los Angeles I found out she and her family were refugees who escaped the Congo…

Masks Interrupted

Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” 5 And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came over all who heard of it. Acts 1:4b-5 In my travels and experience I am seeing how…

A Birthday Prayer – You Are His Sheep

April 26th, 2018 was my 63rd birthday and I thank the Lord for giving me life, allowing me to grow up in Sanford, Florida and have the abundance of love and joy in my life that I’ve received from so many of you who have already sent me birthday wishes. I have two awesome brothers…

Free Love vs. Jesus Love

I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s where there were two types of love being expressed in our country: 1) Free love and 2) then unconditional Jesus’ love. The Jesus movement was an Evangelical Christian movement beginning on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s and spreading…

A Mother’s Touch – A Mother’s Day Story

The following is an excerpt from a biography on Hudson Taylor – James Hudson Taylor was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission. Taylor spent 51 years in China. Hudson Taylor wrote about his mom when she met him at his ship to sail away…in 1854. I call…

Your Table is Prepared in Your Enemies Presence

Your Table Is Prepared in the Presence of Your Enemies Prophetic Word Given – Women’s Conference August 1993 – Freedom Church, Tallahassee, Florida I had a vision a couple of years ago on the way to work one morning. It was so intense that I had to pull my car off the road. I had…

The Rod of Comfort

The Rod of Comfort – Holy Spirit – Holy Friday “I will fear no evil for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” Imagine that you are in a battle not for just your self, but for all of mankind. Also imagine that you love everyone in the world as…

Airplane Mode, Auto Crashes & Asia Ahead!

One cold, dark North Carolina morning, I walked out side with my last two suitcases after saying goodbye to my sweet hostess. I started the engine and the temperature gage read 30 degrees Fahrenheit. My windows were caked with ice. I realized I should have come out earlier and started the car, but since it…