The Storm

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My Mom has been diagnosed with a lung disease. It’s either pulmonary hypertension, or something else. She went on full time oxygen last fall. Even with the oxygen, she struggles to keep her breath when she gets up to do anything.

By Christmas of last year, it had gotten worse. It’s a progressive disease, and it seems she’s slowly going downhill. Everything in me wants to stop it. I just feel she’s way too young, only 74, and I fully expected to have at least another decade with her. But God obviously has other plans. It was a cloud over Christmas. This sickness has stolen our joy.

None of us wanted to admit that something was seriously wrong. We just wanted her to get better, and go back to the way things were.We longed for carefree days when everyone crowded around the family holiday table, laughing and joking, enjoying my Mom’s wonderful home cooked food. It is really hard to watch your Mom suffer and struggle to get a breath, and to watch your Dad get depressed because the future looks pretty bleak. We haven’t given up, and won’t. We’re still visiting with Dr.’s, and are trying new medications. But it has been hard.

Thus, the subject of my poem, The Storm. It really did begin like a fog, very subtle at first. We just thought Mom needed some extra rest. But as it has progressed, and Dr. visits have been made, it’s clear that we will be weathering a storm. And despite the fact that we’re all scared, we are blessed. Blessed to know that Jesus will hold us tight through it all. And praise God, beyond this life, we have a glorious future awaiting us, because of what Jesus did for us.

Please keep my Mom in your prayers. Thanks.

THE STORM

It settled in almost unknown to us,
A gentle mist.
We thought it was a fog, and
Perhaps it would leave with morning’s sun.
It’s shading our everyday now,
Getting thicker as it grows.
No more denying its presence,
We long for sunny days once more.
Knowing the sun is behind the clouds,
We strive to keep a smile.
On the horizon the thunder is heard,
A storm is on its way.
We wonder how we’ll weather it,
But the Author wrote it all.
He’ll hold us in his precious arms,
Until daybreak on a distant shore,
Where fog is no more.
His glory will fill every darkness,
And daylight will never end.

The Lamb Song

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In response to the poetry writing challenge of “Animals”, I naturally think of animals from the Bible. Since I like Bible Studies from Beth Moore, and I finished a study on Daniel, which is quite prophetic, I thought of this passage. So I turned to Revelation 5 for the inspiration to my poem.

As much as I love music, I’m really thankful there’s going to be lots of it in Heaven. Scripture says we’ll be singing “New Songs”, and this is one of them. We don’t have the tune. However, we do have the words. How cool is that to have words to a future song?!

I hope this poem inspires you to open your Bible to Revelation 5. After all, Scripture promises a blessing to anyone who reads Revelation. Reading it helps put our daily lives in perspective. Someday all of our problems will be distant memories, and they will be totally blown away by the glory of Jesus. I can’t wait.

The Lamb Song (Inspired by Revelation 5)
We have the words of the song,
But not the tune.
We know the Lamb,
But the time unknown.
We have the blessings of Him today,
Forgiveness of sins.
We have the blessings of tomorrow,
Eternal life.
O Lamb of God,
Slain for us,
Our praise we’ll sing on that day,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
Come Lord Jesus.

Fooling Ourselves

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It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve had a busy year so far. The Lord is teaching me lots, so I thought I’d share some of those things. Most of what He teaches me comes through my trials, and some through my Bible Studies.

What’s weighing on my mind the most is over the weekend, a relative, who shall remain unnamed, announced her “engagement” to another woman. I’ve been head to head before with the Gay/Lesbian issue, because I have friends with kids who are gay. It is also so prevalent in our world today. But that doesn’t mean it’s ok. God says it’s not.

“Don’t fool yourselves; people who are immoral, or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts, or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves, none of these will possess God’s Kingdom.” 1 Corinthians 6:9

“No man or woman is to have sexual relations with another man or woman; God hates that. It is detestable.” Leviticus 18:22

I think there’s a lot of “fooling ourselves” going on regarding this issue in America.

It’s really as simple as whether you believe the Word of God or not. Is the whole Bible the inspired Word of God, or not? Is just the New Testament relevant?

I believe the entire Bible to be the inspired Word of God. You can’t take out or twist what doesn’t suit your fancy.

In my mind, it’s a heart position, and ultimately actions,  that will condemn a person. A thought that’s prevalent today is: “God made me this way.”  But God says, “23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. You can be born with a tendency towards alcoholism, but choose not to drink. You can be born with a tendency to gossip, to be greedy, to eat too much, too. But if we, in our hearts, know that these things are wrong, and go to God with a humble heart, ask for forgiveness, (no matter how many times we sin), He is faithful to forgive us. It’s when a person thumbs his nose at God, and says, ‘No, what you say is wrong really isn’t, and I’m going to do what I want regardless of what you say.’ This is the attitude that will condemn them. They are calling wrong right.

Jesus dying was also not a free ticket to continue in sin. 1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”  and Romans 6:1-4 , “ What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

As Christians, we should always treat each and every person with compassion. We ourselves struggle every day with sin. But to call something not sinful that God has clearly said it is, is to ultimately harm the person we’re trying to be compassionate to.

It’s not a popular message today. The politically correct crowd screams that we should tolerate every person, behavior, and idea. I disagree. I will LOVE every person, but not approve of, or tolerate every behavior, because to do so would ultimately help those who are on a path of destruction to continue on that path.

So, I spend every morning praying for her. I pray the Lord will seek her out, and show her the way back. I believe He will.

Moose hunting!

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This picture is from a girl’s weekend in the Rocky Mountains with two of my bestest friends in the whole world….one I’ve known since kindergarten, and the other, in the back seat, “mirrored” above, is the person who introduced me to Jesus when I was in the 6th grade. (We’re all going to be neighbors in heaven, just to let you know…at least that’s what we’ve asked of God).

A storm was coming in, and we took off up the mountain to see if we could find a moose. Most people had deserted the mountain, due to the weather warnings, so it left the highway clear. We were meandering around the campgrounds, when all of a sudden, Marty showed up. We stopped. My friend opened the moon roof, and I was able to shoot a photo of Marty, as we affectionately named him…

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It was a grand weekend, one spent talking, laughing, fellowshipping and cooking with my dear friends. It warms my heart to this day. 😉

Lunch Post

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Beef and pork tacos…that’s what I fixed for lunch.

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I was waiting on my husband to come in from outside. He was in the hog barn, cleaning it out to make room for the mothers who haven’t farrowed yet. He told me he might be out there a while, and to go ahead and eat without him. So, I did.

And, since I love recipes, I’ll share my lunch recipe with you. I make my own taco seasoning, and mix it in with the raw meat before frying in a skillet. It might sound weird, but this is exactly what sausage is….flavored ahead of cooking, and it seems to give the meat a deeper flavor.

Taco seasoning

for two pounds of meat…I used 1 pound ground beef, and one pound ground pork.

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed beef bouillon cube
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • dash onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in small bowl….I add a little water to “melt” the beef bouillon, then mix in the meat. Fry it till no longer pink, and drain.
I use corn tortillas, and fry them in hot oil, then daub them off with paper towels.  But you can use flour tortillas, or crispy corn shells, or even use the meat in a taco salad…Add sharp cheddar cheese, salsa, lettuce, etc. YUM!

He did finally get done cleaning out the barn, and came in for tacos. I sat and visited with him even though I’d already eaten….Oh, and he took a shower before he ate, otherwise, his face was so dirty I couldn’t see it! 🙂

Show Pigs

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It’s that time again. Farrowing time….when gilts have baby pigs. They are sooo cute. Maybe it’s because they’re clean, and haven’t developed that distinctive hog smell (yet).

Yesterday a momma pig had babies, and every single one of them came backwards. We had to be there to wipe off the birthing fluids and membranes, and make sure they were breathing. It doesn’t take long for them to spring to life and look to nurse their momma.

Being a first time momma, though, the gilt was quite nervous and wondering why she hurt, and what exactly were these little critters crawling all around her? Finally, though, the hormones and motherly instincts kicked in, and she lay on her side, and started grunting at them, (translation: I love you, babies!).

Later in the spring, we’ll wean them from their mommas, and grow them up a bit, then sell them to 4-H kids for summer projects. They’ll fatten them up, and train them to “show” to the county fair judge. Eventually, they will end up being pork chops, bacon and sausage.The projects teach 4-H’ers responsibility, discipline, and it gives them a way to make some cash for college someday.

Aren’t they cute?

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Mr. County

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Last night my husband was crowned “Mr. County”.  He helped raise money for the county hospital, which is planning an addition soon. The person who raised the most money earned the title. Twelve area men were raising money, so we were both very surprised that he earned the most. An anonymous donor donated a large sum of money in my husband’s name to push him over the top and earn the crown of “Mr. County”. We felt so honored, and don’t know who it was, but if it was you, THANKS!

All in the name of fun, it was a worthy cause, and we had a great time at the gala, which included a very lovely meal, an auction, and a dance. Several of our friends sat at our table, and we laughed and visited the night away.

What fun! And hopefully, the new addition will be starting this Spring. It should be a great addition to our County, and will add new services to our rural hospital.

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