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Friday, October 31

Super-Sarah Saturday #7










Well, here we are, at the last Super-Sarah Saturday before the election. It’s almost hard to believe that it’s finally here – the election, I mean. I believe this is the most crucial election our Nation has seen in a very long time. Since Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain’s running mate, she and her family have overcome an onslaught of hateful and vicious attacks, not by the candidates on the other side, but by the supporters of the candidates on the other side. She, and her family, have held it together, and have exhibited class the whole way through. As this journey has progressed, she has impressed me more and more. No matter what happens next week, I believe we will see much more of this lady in the future. So, without further adieu, I give you these final illustrations. (BTW, I probably should have posted these first because they relate to the Republican National Convention – oops!)









Wednesday, October 29

I'm Committed! Or... Maybe I Should Be?

I did it! I committed to participating in NaNoWriMo 2008! What is that, you ask? It is the National Novel Writing Month. Some of you know that writing, and reading, fiction is a passion of mine. And I have always dreamed of writing novels. So with that in mind, I have chosen to commit to writing a novel. GULP! In 30 days. DOUBLE GULP!! Yep, I’m committed, or maybe I should be. I guess that remains to be seen.



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National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2007, we had over 100,000 participants. More than 15,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.

Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused? Just visit the
How NaNoWriMo Works page!

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Needless to say, I will not be blogging, or reading, as much in November. Oh, I’ll still check in a bit, and I’ll definitely post the Monday “Love Letter from Your King”, but I won’t be doing a blog post every day. Am I excited? Yes. Am I scared? Heck yeah! But the point is, I’m doing it! Now, I’m being realistic here. I don’t believe this will be the next Great American Novel, but I’m sure the experience will be invaluable. Be sure to stop by and check out how I'm doing. I'll be adding a word-count widget soon. Thank you for your support and if you think of me, maybe send up a prayer, or two, or ten? :)

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” ~ Prov. 16:3

“And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.” Hab. 2:2

Delight Yourself in the Lord ~ WFW


This is my contribution to the meme Word-Filled Wednesday. For more beautiful pictures with inspiring Scripture, please visit The 160 Acre Woods, home of WFW.


Isn’t this a comforting verse? When we choose to be in fellowship with the Lord, and love Him with all our heart, He gives us our deepest desires. Why is that? I believe it’s because when we’re close to Him, like a child in her Father’s lap, He places those desires within us. Then our desires are in line with His will for us. Even if it takes a long time to come to pass. Even if it doesn’t look exactly like what we think it should. He always has the best for us, and we should always trust Him to know what is best.

Tuesday, October 28

To Choose Life In Politics

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” ~ Deut. 30:19

Previously we’ve discussed the importance of Choosing Life in our thoughts, words and actions. (If you’ve missed any of those and want to catch up, please click here. ) For this next installment of my Choose Life Series, I am focusing on choosing life in our politics. Obviously, Tis the Season for that! Anybody who knows me, knows that I am fairly political. If you like titles, I guess I could be called an Evangelical Christian, Conservative, Reaganesque Republican.

How do we Choose Life in politics? By getting involved! By knowing the issues! By donating our time, our knowledge or our money! By voting! We must consider the character of God and what He would want, and then align ourselves with His will. And we must pray – for the leaders, for the nation, for Godly representatives who have honor and integrity. Doing any of these things is an act of Choosing Life in politics.

For far too long, the majority of Christians have avoided politics, and as such, we have turned our great Nation over to the enemy. No wonder it is in the state it’s in! We see the results of our inaction in the 50 million+ babies that have been killed through abortion, we see it in the failing and often times violent school system, we see it in violent crime and drug use that continues to climb, and we see it in the sexual immorality (of all types) that is running rampant through our society.

By and large, it seems that Christians have chosen death politically. Sure, lots of us have voted, but have we made an effort to know exactly what the issues are? Have we gotten the word out. Have we humbled ourselves, dropped to our knees and prayed? Any time spent in 1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles will quickly show that when the King (government) was right with God, things went well for the country. But when the King (government) was not right with God, things were disastrous for the country.

There are serious, life, and country, altering issues at stake. Some relating to life itself. Anything to do with abortion – early term, late term, partial-birth, the Infant Born Alive Act (which is related to giving or withholding medical care to a baby that has survived a botched abortion). There are issues at stake for protecting the sanctity of marriage, for protection from having to pushing the homosexual agenda and for education for our children. There are issues about gun rights – the right to bear arms, which is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. There are issues about the safety of our Nation and the economy. How can we vote on these issues if we don’t know what they are?

Whether the liberals like it or not, America was formed by Christians. The Bible was used for forming the Constitution. And we have thrived as a prosperous and free nation, because Jesus was the cornerstone and God has allowed us to. The United States of America has been a beacon of light and hope for oppressed people around the world because of God and Christians, and the only way it will remain so is through God and Christians. A key part to this is “and Christians.” See, God is all powerful, He is our Protector and our Provider, but He is not a dictator, sugar-daddy or some kind of genie in a bottle. He is the Living God, King of kings and Lord of lords! He desires to take care of us, but we must allow Him to. We must pray for Him to. We must continue to repent and intercede on behalf of those in our Nation, who are turning their backs to Him.

There are limited ways we can turn America back to God. Yes, we must preach the Word and be a witness for Him. But it is urgent that we appeal to Him through prayer be diligent about knowing the Candidates and issues that are represented in an election. Even if that means doing some research and even if it means (heaven forbid!) turning off the TV to do that research and spend some time in prayer. I believe that we as Christians will be held accountable for any votes we cast that are contrary to the Character of God. He will not turn a blind eye to a vote for a bill or candidate that supports abortion, sexual immorality or any other type of blatant sin that is a "lifestyle".

Please, I beg of you, Choose Life on Election Day. If you Choose Life in your politics, you are Choosing Life for your Nation, you are Choosing Life for your fellow citizens and you are Choosing Life for your children and their future.

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“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” ~ 1 Tim 2:1-2

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” ~ 2 Chr. 7:14


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The following are quotes from our Founding Fathers:

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers ~ John Jay

In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity. John Quincy Adams

Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others. ~ Patrick Henry

The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as satisfied that it is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament. ~ Benjamin Rush

The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effective means of limiting Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools. ~ Benjamin Rush

While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. ~ George Washington

The Christian religion – its general principles – must ever be regarded among us as the foundation of civil society. ~ Daniel Webster

The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles… This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government. ~ Noah Webster

The moral principles and precepts found in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. ~ Noah Webster

The Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children under a free government ought to be instructed. No truth is more evident than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. ~ Noah Webster

For more information about the beliefs of the Founding Fathers, please go to WallBuilders.

We Are Related, We're American

I just saw this photo on Michelle Malkin’s blog, and I had to share it with you. I LOVE IT! Seriously, when I saw it, my heart became swollen with pride and affection for this “other” Joe the Plumber. It was taken at a Palin rally in Fredericksburg, VA. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.




And just in case you can't read the sign, it says, "Hello, my name is Joe the Plumber, and yes we are related, we're AMERICAN!" And you know what? He's right!

Urgent Election Prayer Request

This urgent prayer request was sent to me from a friend via email. The originator of this prayer request is Pastor, Author, Speaker Dutch Sheets. I have not made any changes to it. This election is CRUCIAL. Please read it and PLEASE PRAY!


October 20, 2008

Dear Praying Friend,

In 2000, I wrote the 2nd most important letter of my life - a call to prayer for the elections of that year. I'm now writing what may be my most important letter. I knew the importance of those elections in 2000 was beyond any in my life up to that point and that the spiritual warfare surrounding them would be unlike anything any of us had ever seen. That letter was read by millions of people and I believe millions of them responded by praying. I also believe the prayers turned the tide.

You may question whether President Bush was the right choice; obviously, he has made some blunders in his tenure as president. But two of his decisions alone left no doubt he was God's choice: Roberts and Alito. These two Supreme Court Justices have proven critical in the process of breaking the hold of humanism, death and anti-God agendas that have ruled the Court for 50 years. I assure you that more devastation - the shedding of innocent blood, immorality, decay of the family and an erosion of our godly heritage - has flowed into our nation through that institution than any other door in America . Many times more. The poison allowed into America through their decisions is beyond any of our abilities to articulate. The reality in America is that you don't need to control Congress or the White House to rule the nation. You only need 5 people - 5 out of 9 on the Supreme Court. And for decades those who disagree with just about everything you and I stand for have been in control!

In Bush's two terms, the process of turning this around began with the appointments of Roberts and Alito. Now, we win some cases 5-4 and lose some 4-5. (We barely outlawed partial birth abortion. The vote of one judge saved thousands of babies from this horror.) We need one more conservative Justice for a consistent majority, then more to build a strong majority.
In Obama's own words, "the next president will appoint at least one, perhaps two or more Supreme Court Justices." He's right. Almost certainly two or more older, liberal Justices are waiting until after the elections to retire, in hopes of Obama winning and appointing more liberals to replace them. And he certainly would. He voted against the confirmation of Roberts and Alito. So did Biden. And Biden led the fight against Justice Thomas several years back, another of the 4 solid conservatives. Make no mistake about it, the two of them do have a litmus test for Supreme Court Justices, and a major part of that test is Roe vs. Wade. McCain and Palin, on the other hand, both have very strong pro-life positions. This alone makes the choice for President simple. To vote for the 2nd and 3rd most liberal senators (Obama and Biden), both of whom are firmly and blatantly pro-abortion, would be unconscionable. Obama has actually said that if he wins, he would like his first action as president to be the signing of the Freedom of Choice Act, which would eliminate every other law against any aspect of abortion (partial birth abortion, parental notification, etc., etc.). And with a democratic majority in the House and Senate, pretty much any legislation he and Biden want to pass will be a slam-dunk. There are many other unrighteous positions they hold but this position alone makes the choice easy. If they win this election, it will set America back decades in the cause of life and the restoration we seek.

Just as many of you do, I too, want to see a first black President, but not Senator Obama. To allow that noble and godly desire, the economy or one's position on the war to trump this issue of life and death for the innocent unborn is simply wrong. The scriptures teach that if we choose first to exalt righteousness and turn from evil, God promises to heal our land (see Proverbs 14:34; 2 Chronicles 7:14). It is righteousness that exalts a nation, not wealth, prosperity or armies. If we will finish the process of removing the curses of death and anti-God laws off of America by electing a president that will continue to shift the Court, God will grace us with breakthrough in other areas such as the economy, the war against terrorism, etc. My faith is not in a person, and certainly not a political party, for the healing of America , but I know God's word and His ways well enough to know that our decisions do move Him to action or inaction.
Now to the heart of my reason for writing this letter (I realize I am "preaching to the choir" - most of you who know or listen to me are conservative enough to vote for McCain and Palin.) I have not written any appeals for prayer concerning this election because:
1) others have, and
2) I believe our movement has matured to the point that the prayer base of the Church is already praying.

But I now feel the need to raise my voice. I am appealing to you to pray for these elections the next two weeks like you've never prayed for any in the past. Faithfully. Passionately. Boldly. Ask God for His mercy and grace. We deserve His judgment for removing His influence and authority from our government, schools, homes and businesses; for the killing of 50 million babies; for leading the world in the consumption and exporting of pornography; for passing laws to reject His; etc. But mercy triumphs over judgment and in His wrath He remembers mercy. In 2000 we actually lost the popular vote and won the election - talk about grace! Please pray for this grace to be released again.

But I am also asking you for something more than normal prayer. For those of you who understand spiritual warfare, I am asking you to also include this aspect of prayer. There is no doubt that we have entered a Daniel 10 moment in time: "Then he said to me, 'Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia'" (Daniel 10: 12-13 NAS). The spiritual warfare in this election is incredibly fierce, and just as it was in Daniel's day, is all about the restoration of a nation. And also like Daniel, we must keep praying until we win the battle in the heavens.

In August of this year I predicted that September would mark a shift in momentum for these elections. This happened with the appointment of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential nominee (who is a true Esther in our generation), but when the economy began its meltdown and the media ramped up their unprecedented attacks on Palin, that momentum wasn't sustained. But we can see it turn again if we approach this battle as the spiritual warfare it truly is and bind the evil forces involved (see Matthew 16:18-19). The reality is that this election can be the breakthrough we need to fully shift the Court (and ultimately our nation) or it will be an immeasurable setback that could take many years to reverse - if ever.

Please understand what I am saying: if we engage in this battle and do what I am asking - in mass - we will win; if we do not, we will lose. I, for one, don't intend to allow the latter. I am in Washington , D.C. now (October 20-22) with Lou Engle and a team of prayer leaders from around the nation to war for this election. Join us! Lose some sleep, miss some meals - pray! Pray like never before for these elections. And as you do, involve yourself not only in petitioning prayer but also in spiritual warfare. Use your God-given authority over the plans and strategies of satan's kingdom. Bind all witchcraft that is working to control the outcome, including occultic powers that are suppressing truth. Release Christ's Kingdom rule in every way the Holy Spirit leads you.

Don't be deceived and don't lose hope (if you have to, turn off the TV.) It is not too late to turn these elections. God is plenty powerful enough to do so. The real question is will we rise to the level of prayer and spiritual warfare necessary to release that power. And remember, we don't need a majority of Christians who are willing and able to do this - only a praying remnant. We can do it!

Here are some practical suggestions to consider:
1) Fast (a meal a day; a day a week; a Daniel fast; 3 days; 10 days; TV; etc.) and spend the time praying.
2) Agree in prayer with someone everyday for God's will to be done.
3) Form/participate in prayer groups regularly. Churches could pray everyday.
4) Take time in every gathering to pray. (Take 15 minutes in every service to pray for the elections. Turn an entire service to harp and bowl style intercession - worship and prayer combined.)
5) Join 2 or more on a conference call and pray for 15, 20, or 30 minutes.
6) Pray on the way to work (and on the way home).
7) Pray before you go to sleep.
8) Pray before church services.
9) Ask God to give you His strategy - He will!

In His grip,

Dutch Sheets

Due to IRS rules, this letter is from me personally and is not from any of the ministries I am associated with. (Also because of IRS rules, I cannot send it to my ministry database and therefore need your help in getting it out.) Do with it as you see fit, but my desire is that you forward it to as many praying friends as possible.

Monday, October 27

Introducing "He Said, She Said"

I am delighted to introduce you to a new team blog that I am beginning with my amazing husband Jeff! We’re calling it He Said, She Said. The premise is to have one idea, topic, Scripture or character, with two different perspectives. This is very special to me, because Jeff is my best friend, partner and Spiritual Leader. He is a very talented teacher and writer and loves to share the Word of the Lord.

We have taught together before and love doing so. I think there is something very special and powerful about studying and teaching the Word of God together as husband and wife. We look forward to sharing our thoughts and insights with anyone who is interested in reading them. And we know that we will grow together in our walk with the Lord, regardless of whether anyone reads this team blog or not. That is our ultimate goal. I’d love to know what you think of this whole concept! Our introduction posts have been done and are now available to read, if you’re interested. Blessings to you!

Friday, October 24

Super-Sarah Saturday #6

With only 10 days left to go until the election, things are pretty intense. Vote, please vote. There's so much at stake. I hope you enjoy these latest Sarah-inspired illustrations!

BTW, as you have probably been able to determine, I am a big fan of Sarah Palin. Many Evangelical Christians, myself included, see her as a modern day Esther. I have recently discovered a great grass-roots organization to promote Sarah Palin. If you are a fan of hers, I encourage you to check out www.teamsarah.org. Blessings!







Thursday, October 23

2008 Election Issues


The 2008 Presidential Election is now less than two weeks away. There has been much hype, drama, and controversy. There is much at stake and both sides are fighting tooth and nail to win. Julie at The Surrendered Scribe, has been giving a wonderful, fair and balanced, commentary on the week in politics for some time now, in her Weekly Roundup which posts on Thursdays. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to check them out.

Either way the election goes, history will be made – and either way the history that is made is good. Regarding Barack Obama, this is the first time we have a serious contender for the Presidency who is African American. Regarding John McCain, he would be the oldest first time President. Regarding Sarah Palin as Vice-President, we potentially see the highest position a woman has ever achieved in our politics. Any of these history making opportunities are good, but we must vote for the right candidate, not historical opportunity.

As an Evangelical Christian, Reaganesque-type, Conservative, Republican, my choice is clear. And my vote has been cast (through early voting mail-in ballot). My choice was made based on the issues that are so important at this time. I fear that many people don’t really understand the scope of issues we face and the fact that this election is not just for the next 4 years, but possibly the next 40 (with Suprem Court Judge seats at stake). It is urgent that we understand the issues and our responsibility as Americans to vote.

So what are the issues at stake? They are (this info was taken from WallBuilders):
~ Traditional Marriage at the Federal level and at the State level
~ Cloning
~ Judicial Activism
~ Homosexual Education, Gay Pride, and Pushing the Homosexual Agenda in Business and the Schools.
~ Energy
~ Human Life, including abortion, partial-birth abortion, youth abortion, and babies born alive after a botched abortion
~ Iraq/Afghanistan Wars and the War on Terror
~ Gun Rights
~ Parental Rights in Education

David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization. It is an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built - a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined. In accord with what was so accurately stated by George Washington, we believe that "the propitious [favorable] smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation which disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained." You can read more about WallBuilders and all they do by going to their website. It is a phenomenal organization!

As with all National Elections, WallBuilders provides accurate and important information regarding candidates and issues. They have provided a PDF document outlining the issues and where each of the Presidential candidates stand on these issues, as well as the documentation to back it up. If you are interested in this PDF document for yourself, or your church, please click here (this in no way jeopardizes a church’s 501c3 tax status).

It is up to us to make a difference, not only for ourselves, right now, but also for our children and the future. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America!

Wednesday, October 22

Evidence of Fall ~ Thankful Thursday


Well, here it is again - Thankful Thursday! I’m so happy to be able to offer up “Thanks” regularly for the many wonderful blessings I have, whether large or small, significant or mundane. I’d like to offer a special thank you to Iris at her blog, Sting My Heart for hosting this wonderful Meme. If you would like to participate or just read from more thankful hearts, pop on over to Thankful Thursday and join us.

As always, there’s much to be thankful for. Now, many of you may not be able to relate to this post, but I think you’ll understand it (hopefully). I live in the Phoenix area and we don’t really get a lot of seasonal changes – it’s usually either hot or not hot. Right now, with temps endlessly yet in the 90’s, it’s still hot. But there’s hope – I see evidence of fall, even though I don’t yet see fall. It’s kind of like faith – Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So, this week I am thankful for:

The Evidence of Fall (and soon cooler temps)

~ The calendar which shows me that yes, it is in fact fall.

~ The beautiful pictures many of you are posting and sharing on your own blogs, I really do love looking at them.

~ The warmer clothes that are showing up in the stores.

~ The special Holiday Flavors of Coffee Creamer (especially Peppermint Mocha) that can now be found in the grocery stores.

~ Christmas stuff going up in the stores (yes, it’s too early, but it does serve to remind me that relief is in on the way).

~ And finally, the comfortable temperatures at night and in the early morning, proving we're headed in the right direction.

Substance of fall hoped for and evidence of fall not seen. Yep, for this I am thankful!

God Is Love ~ Word-Filled Wednesday



This is my contribution to the meme Word-Filled Wednesday. For more beautiful pictures with inspiring Scripture, please visit The 160 Acre Woods, home of WFW.

I really love this Scripture. No matter how satan tries to twist the truth of God’s character, the truth rings out to His children. Join me today in basking in the love of our Father – and let’s pass some of that love on to others. Blessings, my friends!

Tuesday, October 21

A Wounded Warrior Needs Your Help

This broke my heart, and I felt compelled to share it with you. I originally saw this story on Michelle Malkin’s Blog. I will not try to add to or detract from it. It is about a wounded soldier. Please read, pray, and if you’re compelled, show your support. If you’re interested, I encourage you to add this information to your blog as well.

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I know a young man who is in desperate need of help. His name is PFC Hunter Levine. He is 20 years old and hails from Houston, TX.

He was in my company and was wounded on 9 May, 2008 while conducting combat operations in East Baghdad. He received a very serious injury to his face, resulting in the loss of his entire bone structure, mouth, nose, and vision.

He was evacuated to Walter Reed Hospital where the doctors performed numerous surgeries to repair his face. I was fortunate enough to attend a Purple Heart Ceremony at Walter Reed while I was home on leave in June. I was also able to meet with Hunter’s father Beau.

Hunter was then transferred to a VA hospital in Palo Alto, where the best care for his vision would be available. He is a true fighter with a heart of gold.

Bad News
Unfortunately, I received some bad news from the hospital doctors. Lately, he has been resisting treatment and being somewhat combative with the hospital staff. He has had a few outbursts and the staff is real worried about him. It seems like a serious case of depression is setting in.

Although his wounds on the outside may look bad, they may never compare with the wounds he has on the inside.

I spoke with him on the phone this evening, and he seemed real down. The reality is that he still has a long road to recover and may never see again. This young man has everything to live for and is a true inspiration. He is exactly the kind of person we would all want in a brother, son, or friend. I feel obligated to try and rally some support for him. I know we have a lot of caring people out there who would love to do something special for an outstanding American who gave his all for his country.

Call to Action
If you know of any church groups, school room classes, or other benevolent organizations that would be interested in assisting this brave young man, please forward this message on to them.

He is a pretty typical young man, so he likes sports and other typical young men stuff. A small care package with some goodies and such would mean the world.

Again, please forward this message to as many people as you know. It would be so great if we can all give way together and show Hunter that his country will never forget his sacrifices or service. He is down and needs our help.

Thank you for your support, it means everything.
V/R,1SG Brian M. DisqueC CO 2-30 IN


How to help. Go here. Send an e-mail to Tammy Munson and let her know if you can send cards, care packages, etc.:
tammy.munson@gmail.com

Help lift up PFC Hunter Levine. Keep him in your prayers. Show him your gratitude and love. We owe men and women like him our freedom.

Never forget.

Tammy has an update here from a BlueStarMom who visited with PFC Levine. Keep those well wishes and prayers coming.

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Please remember to pray for our military heroes. We sometimes forget what they are going through. Sadly, there are many wounded warriors who feel alone and maybe even forgotten. There are some who have no family to visit them. There are some who receive no emails, letters, cards or care packages from loved ones. If you have a heart for the military and are compelled to help, there are organizations that are dedicated to this special cause. I’m only listing a few. Please check them out and see which one fits you the best.

~ Soldiers Angels
~ Wounded Warrior Project
~ Email Our Military (eMOM)
~ Adopt a Platoon


“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” ~ General Douglas MacArthur

Monday, October 20

Delighted to Receive and Pass On

Several months ago, I felt the Lord prompt me in my spirit to begin writing again and to be more open and public about it. I began out of obedience to Him, but it never occurred to me how much I would receive from it. I began participating in the Writing Challenges at FaithWriters, and that led to me starting my own blog. Since that time I have been honored and humbled, encouraged and challenged, and have even learned a bit (a very little bit) about HTML and techie-stuff! I have grown in my writing and in the knowledge of the Lord. I have met many wonderful fellow bloggers that have become cyber-friends.

All this to say, that I have received another two blog awards from three fantastic fellow bloggers. It is a privilege to be recognized by these ladies, because their own blogs are so outstanding. If you haven’t visited their blogs, please do – I’m sure they will bless the socks off you! So thank you to Gi, Lori and Valerie Lynn for thinking of me, and passing on these two friendship awards. I pray the Lord blesses you abundantly for your faithful service to Him!




We need Friends for many reasons,
all throughout the seasons.
We need Friends to comfort us when we are sad,
and to have fun with us when we are glad.
We need Friends to give us good advice,
We need someone we can count on,
and treat us nice.
We need Friends to remember us
ones we have passed sharing memories
that will always last.

I now pass these awards on to more fabulous and inspired bloggy friends. You all have wonderful blogs and I am encouraged by them regularly. I’ll try to not duplicate if you’ve just received these awards, and I am sincerely sorry if I’ve left anyone out. And the awards go to:

~ http://lovinthearts.blogspot.com/
~ http://joannesher.blogspot.com/
~ http://writingwhilewalking.blogspot.com/
~ http://terri-treasures.blogspot.com/
~ http://forevernevernalways1.blogspot.com/
~ http://cheeseandwhine1.blogspot.com/
~ http://momof4savedbygrace/

Friday, October 17

Super-Sarah Saturday #5


With the last Presidential Debate behind us, we're winding down to the last couple of weeks until the Election takes place. Quite obviously, I'm a Conservative, Evangelical Christian, Republican and you can probably figure out how I'm casting my vote. However, I encourage all (who are legally able too - note to ACORN) to vote, regardless of party affiliation. It is a very important and precious right we have as Americans and beyond that, it is our responsibility too. Today I'm feeling bad for "Joe the Plumber", since it now appears that he has verbally cast his vote for John McCain and is under the attack scrutiny of the liberal left media. I encourage everyone to pray for God's direction in this election and for the safety of all Candidates and their families - and for "Joe the Plumber" too.






Thursday, October 16

Libby's Diagnosis ~ Fiction Friday

It is time once again for Friday Fiction, this week hosted by Dee at her My Heart’s Dee-Light blog. This was another entry in the FaithWriters Weekly Challenge. It was a lot of fun to write and revealed just a bit of my newest affliction. The topic had to do with Concentration. If you would like to read more great fiction, or participate, please go to Fiction Friday. I hope you enjoy the story.

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“Libby,” called Steve as he walked in the door, “I’m home, where are you?”

“In the kitchen, Steve. I’m getting dinner ready,” Libby called back toward the front of the house.

“So, did you see the doctor today?”

“Yeah, I saw him. It was crazy there. They were really busy so there was a long wait, and with the boys wanting to run around, I was nearly pulling my hair out.”

“Ok…?”

“Ok, what?”

“Libby, what did the doctor say?” asked Steve with a touch of frustration creeping into his voice.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” said Libby. “He said… Hey! Tommy, get off your brother! I told you, no wrestling in the house! I swear they are wearing me out. Hold on, I just need to get this in the oven. Oh no, I forgot to preheat it. Ugh!” Libby turned the oven to preheat, turned to look at Steve and frowned. “What were we talking about?”

“The doctor, Libby, we were talking about the doctor!”

“Oh right, the doctor. Ok, well he said what I have is not uncommon, it happens to most women and it’s chronic, but not terminal. No need for a CAT scan or any other medical testing. It’s, well it’s silly really…” Libby felt herself getting flustered, as she turned back to the oven.

“What is it? Is there a name for this common, female affliction of yours?” Steve was clearly frustrated now because he just wanted an honest answer.

“Well, yeah,” answered Libby, “it’s called momnesia. It happens to moms all the time apparently. It’s always been around, but with life today being so fast-paced and chaotic they see it more. So, I can remember everything about the boys, where their stuff is, what sizes they wear, and where I put all the little ‘presents’ they give me day to day. If it’s about them, I can remember it. But I can’t remember to make appointments, pay the bills, where I put my keys, to turn on the oven and a billion other things I used to remember on a regular basis. I can’t even remember our phone number half the time, but I sure know the names of all their stuffed animals and the words to all those silly Veggie Tale’s songs!”

Steve quickly turned toward the refrigerator, to hide the smile that was starting to form on his face. “Well, I guess it’s a relief that it’s not something serious,” he said, trying to keep the laughter from his voice, as he opened the refrigerator door.

“Not serious? I can’t remember anything, my concentration is totally shot!” Libby exclaimed in frustration.

“Yeah, but you’re a good mom and wife,” he said as he pulled a cold bottle of water out. “So what if you forget things, like that you put your cell phone in the refrigerator…”

“I what?” Libby turned quickly to see him holding both a cold bottle of water and her now cold cell phone. “I don’t understand, how did that… Oh, I was going to call you earlier to tell you this, but I wanted to grab a water. I guess I must have put the phone down when I picked the bottle up. See, this is just awful!”

Steve wasn’t able to hide the laughter anymore. He then walked to where Libby was standing and gave her a hug. “It’s okay, if you can’t remember anything. I love you and I’ll take care of you, even if it means I have to get you a pet tag with our address and phone number on it,” he said with a big smile.

“Stop it, it’s not funny!” said Libby as she lightly punched him on the arm. Even as she said it though, she too was starting to laugh. “Ok, I guess it kind of is. You still love me?”

“Yeah, I still love you. But umm, I was wondering something. Are we going to eat anytime tonight?”

Libby looked at the meatloaf, still sitting on the countertop and groaned. Rolling her eyes, she said, “Oh man, now I forgot to put it in the oven! Remember, you still love me.”

“How could I forget? I’m not the one with momnesia!” Steve said as he ran out of the kitchen, knowing she was a good aim with the water sprayer at the sink.

Slow Fade ~ Follow-Up to Choose Life in Action

Yesterday I posted “Choose Life in Actions”, which is my latest devotional in the “Choose Life” series I’m currently doing. In it, I talked about the choices we make in the actions we take and whether these actions lead ultimately to life or death. There is a wonderful song out right now, by Casting Crowns, called “Slow Fade” and I was struck by how brilliantly it expressed what I was trying to convey in my blog post. I absolutely love Casting Crowns and would recommend any of their CD’s to anyone. This song came from their latest album “The Altar and the Door.” I’m posting the lyrics and the video in case you are unfamiliar with the song. It truly is a phenomenal song with a very powerful message. I hope you enjoy.

SLOW FADE
Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking
It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in loveOh be careful little eyes what you see

Wednesday, October 15

To Choose Life in Action

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” ~ Deut. 30:19

It is time to continue the “Choose Life” series. Previously we discussed the importance of Choosing Life in our thoughts and words. This installment will cover the aspect of Choosing Life in our actions. Again, it is all about choice. The things we do, for good or for bad, are a result of making a choice. Each day we have hundreds of choices to make. Some are significant, most probably aren’t, but they all lead to either life or death.

When we are young and in school (though I don’t remember what year – it’s been awhile), we learn the concept of cause and effect. For every action, there is a reaction. It can be staggering when you really think of the enormity of that. Most of us don’t think that way on a regular basis, but that doesn’t make it untrue. One thing I’ve learned, and say on a regular basis, is “all actions have consequences – for good or for bad, they all have consequences.” We may not always like the consequences, particularly if they’re bad, but they’re there nonetheless.

Some of the choices we face every day are in the form of rules, commandments or laws. Others are not so clear. For instance, there is no law or specific rule about returning extra money back to a clerk who has incorrectly given you the wrong amount. Some might make the case that keeping anything that isn’t truly yours is stealing. Others may see it as a blessing or good luck. Which is it? In reality, returning the money is the right thing to do. When we do what is right, what is good, we are choosing life. When we do what is wrong, or sinful, we are choosing death. This is where our integrity comes in – right is right and wrong is wrong regardless of whether anyone else knows we are doing it. And even if no other person knows the actions we take, the Lord always knows. “The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” ~ Prov. 15:3

We as humans tend to be ruled by our sinful nature. And we humans attempt to quantify sin, such as murder and gossip are both sin, but murder is much worse. That’s not how God sees it though. To God, sin is sin, and regardless of what the sin is, it leads to death. Consider Gal. 5:19-21, “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” If we choose to behave in such ways, we are choosing death. Look again at the behaviors mentioned above and think on them a moment. What else fits in with them. Does immodesty, manipulation, substance abuse, laziness, disobedience of parents or authority, betrayal of confidence or trust, lying or greed belong in the same category of sin? Yes, they are all sin, they are all characteristics that thrive in the darkness of this present age, and they all lead to death.

But there is another way - a way that leads to light and to life. When we make the choice to do the right thing, we are living righteously and choosing life. We should make every effort to consistently do the right thing, not because of legalism, rules or fear, but because we love God and are grateful for the new life He has given us through His Son Jesus. Our salvation comes to us through faith, not works, however our works become an outward expression of what He has done for us. We read in James 2:17-18, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”

So what does it look like to choose life in our actions? It can be telling the truth, serving in ministry, exhibiting kindness, obeying the commandments, having integrity, dressing modestly, keeping promises, not gossiping, standing up for what is right, reading the Bible, averting your eyes when they are exposed to something you shouldn’t be seeing, and innumerable other ways. We all have a conscience, and more importantly, as Christian’s, we have the Holy Spirit, so we basically know what is right versus what is wrong. And the Holy Spirit gives us power to make the right choice when it may be easier not to, but it’s still up to us to do it. “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation." ~ Phil. 2:12-15

This is not to say that we must be perfect, because we are human and we will make mistakes or just plain screw up. But if we come to God with a repentant heart, He will always give us mercy and forgive us. He sees our heart and understands we have a continuous battle going on between our spirit and our flesh. One thing to keep in mind though, is that while we may have forgiveness according to God, that doesn’t mean we don’t also have consequences according to man. If we lie to or otherwise deceive our spouses, parents, friends, etc, we will lose their trust, we may even lose the relationship, and we will most likely receive some type of “punishment” for our actions. If we rob and kill someone, or engage in any other type of illegal activity, we will have to answer for that in a court of law and will spend time in jail. Again, God will forgive us if we are repentant, and even those we hurt or offend may forgive us, but there are still consequences.

God created us all with a specific purpose, to do good works and to serve. It says in Eph. 2:10, “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” When we volunteer our time and talent at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, Crisis Pregnancy Center, or any other of the thousands of ministries available to help others, we are choosing life. When we visit with a lonely old person who is alone or offer to run errands for someone who is unable to do it themselves, we are choosing life. When we comfort someone who is hurting, encourage someone who is fearful, welcome someone who is new, and when we love the un-lovely, we are choosing life. When we find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it, we are choosing life.

There is one other thing to remember here. We will answer for our deeds and we will receive whatever we deserve. The Bible is very clear about this. It reads in Gal. 6:7-8, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Then in Jer. 32:18-19, “O great and powerful God, whose name is the LORD Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to all the ways of men; you reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve.” And finally in 2 Cor. 5:9-10, “So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” One day, we will stand before God and be judged for the choices we made and the actions we took here on this earth, and we will be rewarded accordingly. Personally, I long to stand before Him and hear Him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant, here is your reward!” Therefore, I am choosing life!


The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden. ~ 1 Tim. 5:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. ~ Heb. 10:24

I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. ~ Rev. 2:19

Tuesday, October 14

Fight Poverty ~ Word-Filled Wednesday


This is a dual-purpose post. This is my contribution to the meme Word-Filled Wednesday. For more beautiful pictures with inspiring Scripture, please visit The 160 Acre Woods, home of WFW.

Also, it is my contribution to Blog Action Day 2008 – Poverty. The website says this: On October 15th bloggers everywhere will publish posts that discuss poverty in some way. By all posting on the same day we aim to change the conversation that day, to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause. Every blogger has a unique voice, audience and perspective. By speaking to their readers on topic about an important issue we can discuss global issues like poverty in a new and hugely multi-faceted way. And from discussion springs action.

Poverty is a world-wide plague. It is sad, devastating, overwhelming and can seem pretty hopeless. In poverty stricken areas there is an abundance of lack – lack of food, lack of clean water, lack of medical supplies or treatment, lack of simple tools that could bring enormous benefit, lack of proper clothing or shoes, and a lack of hygiene that could truly create a better quality of life. But the good news is that it’s not hopeless! No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

There are so many good and trustworthy organizations available which exist to help in these situations. All one has to do, is choose the organization they would like to be affiliated with and then do something. It doesn’t matter if it is personal donations, fund-raisers, or going on a mission trip, we all can do something. Here is a small and simple list of organizations that I’m aware of, just off the top of my head. I know there are more. My list:

~ Compassion International
~ Food for the Hungry
~ Habitat for Humanity
~ Samaritan’s Purse
~ World Vision
~ Dream Center (This link is for the original DC, located in Los Angeles, but there are locations throughout the US.)

We’ve given to World Vision for several years through the sponsorship of a child. I can’t even begin tell you how good it feels to know that we’ve made a real difference in the life of a child. I believe it’s God’s heart that we help those in need. And no matter how much we give, we can’t out-give God. He blesses and rewards us for our faithfulness. Won’t you prayerfully consider doing the something that you can do? Just imagine how much better the world would be, if we all would just find a need and fill it and find a hurt and heal it!


“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed”. ~ Prov. 11:24-25

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." ~ Luke 6:38



Monday, October 13

Thank You and Thank You for Two New Blog Awards



I am blessed and deeply honored to receive two new blog awards! The first one was given to me by Jill at her Forever ‘n Ever ‘n Always blog. Jill is an amazing woman of God and is passionate about the things of God. Her posts are filled with the Word and Wisdom and Love. She is the host of Monday Morning Reflections and Fearfully Fabulous Fridays. If you haven’t had an opportunity to stop by her blog, I encourage you to do so.

Jill created the Faithful Servant Award because she was grateful for the many friends she’s met along her blogging journey. In her words: “Many of you have touched my heart and life in ways that have changed me eternally! I thank you for being a faithful servant and being obedient to the upward calling every time you share a piece of His heart living out in you! I pray that you will share this award with others who have touched your heart by sowing seeds of love into your life! They will know we are His by how we love one another! Let us sow seeds of love throughout the blogging world and touch the hearts of those who come to read what we all share! To HIM be all the glory forever and ever! AMEN!”

The second is from Valerie at her Simply 4 God blog. Valerie is another woman of God and I have been thoroughly enjoyed reading her blog for several months now. She has a passion for Jesus that is honest, real and inspiring. There is so much wisdom, gratitude and hope in her posts and I am always encouraged by what I read. If you haven’t had an opportunity to stop by her blog, I encourage you to do so. She has given me the Beautiful Butterfly Award for the Coolest Blog.

So now I get to pass out these two new awards and sow seeds of love to other faithful servant’s who bless me with their amazing words and wisdom and encouragement. Thank you all for blessing me so much and so often. I will try to not give either award to someone I know who’s just received the award. The rules are to pass the awards on to others whose blogs you admire, find inspiring or are faithful in sowing seeds of love and God. You may pass the awards on to as many people you like (the Butterfly Award suggests 10) to encourage them and show your appreciation for their blog. Enjoy!

I award the Faithful Servant Award to:
~ LauraLee @ LauraLee’s Lifesong
~ Lori @ Persevere
~ Valerie@ Simply 4 God
~ Tamela @ Tamela’s Place
~Julie @ The Surrendered Scribe
~ Joanne @ An Open Book

I award the Beautiful Butterfly Award to:
~ Tracey @ Cheese and Whine
~ Jill @ Forever ‘n Ever ‘n Always
~ Vickie @ Writing While Walking
~ Terri @ Terri Tiffany Inspirational Writer
~ Peculiar @ How Do We Get There From Here
~Patty @ Patterings
~ Laura Lee @ Laura Lee’s Lifesong
~Julie @ The Surrendered Scribe
~ Joanne @ An Open Book
~ Vii @ Breaths of the Heart

Friday, October 10

Super-Sarah Saturday #4

Saturday is once again upon us and the election is now less than a month away. Sarah and her family are continuing to take some hard hits by the liberals and the MSM, but she's handling herself well. Enjoy the illustrations and have a blessed weekend!



Tagged Again ~ 7 Random Facts About Me

Ok, I got tagged again for random facts about me. This time it was by Vickie at her great Writing While Walking blog, and it's for 7 random facts. I’m happy to share more. I will spare passing this on to specific people though, because I know I’ve pretty much gotten you all. :) If you do want to play again, just go ahead and grab it and continue on your blog. I hope this helps in knowing me a little bit better.


1) When I was 16, I won a stuffed seal, that I promptly named Sammy. From that time forward, until I got married at 33, I slept with Sammy every night. Sammy has traveled the world with me, gone on vacations with me, comforted me and been an all-around good friend for more than 20 years now. When I got married, Sammy moved to a place of honor in our bedroom and now only sleeps with me when Jeff or I are traveling and not together (which is rarely).

2) I didn’t fly on an airplane until I was 18 and going to Air Force boot camp. I didn’t get a driver’s license until I was 21.

3) I got saved at the age of 30 and was baptized on my 31st birthday. In a pool. Outside. At night. In December. (I really wanted to get baptized!)

4) I love, love, love Mexican food and could eat fresh, warm tortilla chips and fresh salsa nearly non-stop.

5) I don’t like to talk on the phone. I do it, but not a lot.

6) I really and truly enjoy going to the movies by myself. Always have. Me, a soda, a big bag of popcorn and a decent movie can make me nearly giddy with joy. I enjoy seeing movies with others (esp. the hubs) too, but nothing boosts me or relaxes me like a movie date with myself. It is my version of what some women seem to get out of bath time.

7) I love the Great American West. I love the vast and varied scenery, the history, the people, the laid-back nature, the wide open spaces, I love it all. I’ve been other places that have a lot to offer, and are quite beautiful too, but there’s just something really special to me, about the Great American West.


There, now you know 7 more random things about me. I’d love it if you were interested in playing along and wanted to share things about yourself, but as I said am not tagging anyone else, because I know I’ve pretty much tagged most (if not all) of you already. Blessings!

Thursday, October 9

The Blogosphere ~ Thankful Thursday


Well, here it is again - Thankful Thursday! I’m so happy to be able to offer up “Thanks” regularly for the many wonderful blessings I have, whether large or small, significant or mundane. I’d like to offer a special thank you to Iris at her blog, Sting My Heart for hosting this wonderful Meme. If you would like to participate or just read from more thankful hearts, pop on over to Thankful Thursday and join us.

As always, there’s much to be thankful for. One thing that has been a particular blessing for me since becoming a SAHM, is the wonderful blogging community I’ve become involved with. So, this week I am thankful for:

~ My wonderful bloggy friends who encourage me, and my writing, by their kind words and prayers. They truly made a difference when we lost our beloved dog Ashley in late July and had our second miscarriage in middle August.

~ The many blogs I frequent that are filled with God’s Word and Wisdom. Sometimes it’s like going to church every day. I love reading the insights God gives to others and frequently read a post and say, “Wow that was great!”

~ The fantastic links and resources that others share which help me to stretch and grow, as a person, wife, mother, Christian and writer.

~ The opportunity to participate in Weekly Meme’s like Word-Filled Wednesday, Thankful Thursday and Fiction Friday. It is a lot of fun to participate, share and read what others are sharing.

~ The amazing way God has used me to touch the lives of others, by writing a word that someone has needed to hear. It is mind boggling to me, that I could provide a thought, word of encouragement or award, at just the right time, to someone who I’m not even aware of having a need. I am completely humbled still, that He uses me in this way.


Thank you all for blessing me so many times, in so many ways! Thank you God, for providing this inlet and outlet for me.

Wednesday, October 8

A Dream Fulfilled ~ Word-Filled Wednesday


This is my contribution to the meme Word-Filled Wednesday. For more beautiful pictures with inspiring Scripture, please visit The 160 Acre Woods, home of WFW.

Have you ever had a dream that you held on to for what seems like forever? It can get to a point where it seems like it will never come true, and the loss can crush your spirit. And some dreams never do come true. How about the opposite? Have you ever had a dream that you’ve held on to and worked for, that finally did come true? Do you remember the elation it gave you? A dream that comes true propels you forward with a thrust of energy and life that few other things can compare to.

I’ve had both dreams that haven’t come true and dreams that have. In my life, I think the difference is simply aligning my dreams and desires for my life with the will of God and His purpose for my life. He created me for a specific purpose and designed certain traits, talents and characteristics to help me achieve that purpose. If the dream comes from Him, and I’m in agreement with, nothing can prevent it from coming true.

Don’t stop dreaming and don’t stop believing. Remember Mark 10:27 “All things are possible with God” and Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Tuesday, October 7

Tagged Again ~ I Love My Hubby Because...


I have been tagged again! The amazing Julie Arduini tagged mea at her blog The Surrendered Scribe, and this time I get to share five reasons why I love my hubby. If you don’t regularly read Julie’s blog, I highly recommend it. She’s a very talented and insightful writer and writes for several sources. She has a heart for marriage and is also doing a weekly Political Roundup through the election (and unlike me, she strives to be objective).


THE RULES:
Grab the graphic and insert with these rules, in your post.Give at least 5 reasons why you love your hubby. List more if you want.Tag 5 people (or more) to play along and link to their blogs in your post.Then visit those women’s blogs and leave them a comment on any of their posts.

I CHOOSE TO TAG:
~ Valerie @ Simply 4 God

5 REASONS I LOVE MY HUBBY:

1) He is a wonderful and Godly man. He has very high integrity, intelligence and standards which he holds himself to. He passionately loves the Lord, me and our daughter. He is full of wisdom and truth. I respect him and his opinion immensely. I know I am a better person because I have him in my life.

2) He is my best friend. He supports me, encourages me and believes in me, in all that I do. I have no fear of being who I really am when I’m with him. He truly gets me. I would rather be with him (and Sweet Pea) than anyone else.

3) He makes me laugh. We have lots of fun and really enjoy spending time together. He is quiet and subdued, so most people don’t really experience his sense of humor and the rare, but fantastic, zingers he comes up with.

4) He is my partner. He works hard at his job to support our family (allowing me to be a SAHM). He also actively participates in parenting and takes over in the evenings after work, allowing me to go workout. And, he helps around the house with cooking, cleaning, laundry, whatever needs to be done. We talk about everything, make plans together and are working at building a secure future together.

5) He is a great father. He is completely smitten with our daughter and honestly enjoys being with her. He changes her, bathes her, feeds her, comforts her – anything she needs, he’s there for her. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing them play, dance, or cuddle.

Monday, October 6

100th Post ~ 100 Loved Verses

To commemorate my 100th blog post, I’d like to share with you 100 of my favorite Bible verses (this will be a very long post). In doing so, I honor Him, who has blessed me by giving me the opportunity to have this blog and share my thoughts. God’s Word is full of hope, comfort, wisdom, instruction, and love. All of these verses have done that and more for me. They are in Biblical order. Some may include more than one verse, while others may be a partial verse. Also, I have a tendency to use different versions of the Bible – the verse may be taken from the NIV, Amplified, NLT or NKJV. I hope you enjoy!

1. This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Deut. 30:19

2. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Deut. 31:6

3. This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Josh. 1:9

4. “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” ~ 1 Sam. 16:7

5. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength! ~ Neh. 8:10

6. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. ~ Psa. 1:1-3

7. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. ~ Psa. 19:14

8. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. ~ Psa. 30:5

9. Delight yourself in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psa. 37:4

10. God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. ~ Psa. 46:1

11. Be still, and know that I am God. ~ Psa. 46:10

12. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. ~ Psa. 56:8

13. Upon you have I leaned and relied from birth; You are He Who took me from my mother’s womb and You have been my benefactor from that day. ~ Psa. 71:6

14. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~ Psa. 91:1

15. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. ~ Psa. 103:11-12

16. They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing. ~ Psa. 126:5

17. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ~ Psa. 139:13-14

18. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand. ~ Psa. 139:17-18

19. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. ~ Psa. 145:18

20. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~ Prov. 3:5-6

21. One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. ~ Pro. 11:24-25

22. A virtuous and worthy wife [earnest and strong in character] is a crowning joy to her husband. ~ Pro. 12:4

23. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. ~ Pro. 13:12

24. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. ~ Prov. 16:3

25. A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. ~ Prov. 17:22

26. A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. ~ Pro. 18:16

27. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. ~ Pro. 18:21

28. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. ~ Pro. 31:30

29. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. ~ Isa. 40:29

30. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~ Isa. 40:30-31

31. A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not quench; He will bring forth justice in truth. ~ Isa. 42:3

32. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. ~ Is. 43:1-2

33. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. ~ Is. 53:4-5

34. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. ~ Is. 54:17

35. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~ Is. 55:8-9

36. “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” ~ Is. 55:10-11

37. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and it will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of the drought, nor will it cease from yielding fruit. ~ Jer. 17:7-8

38. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jer. 29:11

39. “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? ~ Jer. 32:27

40. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ~ Lam. 3:22-23

41. I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice! ~ Eze. 34:16

42. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. ~ Eze. 36:26

43. Freely you have received, freely give. ~ Matt. 10:8

44. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ~ Matt. 11:28-29

45. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ~ Matt. 17:20

46. All things are possible with God. ~ Mark 10:27

47. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. ~ Mark 11:24

48. Then He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” ~ Luke 4:48

49. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. ~ Luke 6:38

50. “I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” ~ Luke 7:47

51. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required. ~ Luke 12:48

52. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. ~ John 1:4-5

53. From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. ~ John 1:16

54. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16

55. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. ~ John 8:36

56. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. ~ John 10:10

57. Jesus wept. ~ John 11:35

58. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33

59. Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons. ~ Acts 10:34

60. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. ~ Rom. 8:1

61. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~ Rom. 8:28

62. If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Rom. 8:31

63. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Rom. 8:37-39

64. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ~ Rom. 12:2

65. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. ~ 2 Cor. 3:18

66. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ~ 2 Cor. 4:8-9

67. For we walk by faith, not by sight. ~ 2 Cor. 5:7

68. For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. ~ 2 Cor. 9:10

69. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” ~ 2 Cor. 12:9

70. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. ~ Gal. 6:7

71. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Gal. 6:9

72. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~ Eph. 2:10

73. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. ~ Eph. 3:20

74. A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Eph. 6:10

75. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~ Eph. 6:11-12

76. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. ~ Phi. 1:6

77. I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ~ Phi. 3:13-14

78. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! ~ Phil. 4:4

79. Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Phi. 4:13

80. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Phi. 4:13

81. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. ~ Phi. 4:19

82. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. ~ Col. 3:23-24

83. Be joyful always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1 Thes. 5:16-18

84. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Tim 1:7

85. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Tim. 3:16-17

86. For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Heb. 4:12

87. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. ~ Heb. 4:16

88. For I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more. ~ Heb. 8:12

89. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Heb. 11:1

90. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ~ Jas. 1:5

91. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly the lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~ Jas. 1:17

92. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ~ Jas. 4:8

93. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. ~ Jas. 5:16

94. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~ 1 Pet. 5:6-7

95. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9

96. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. ~ 1 John 4:4

97. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. ~ 1 John 4:16

98. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. ~ Rev. 2:17

99. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. ~ Rev. 3:7-8

100. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. ~ Rev. 3:20

Friday, October 3

Super-Sarah Saturday #3

So, I watched the Vice-Presidential debate on Thursday night (who didn’t?) and I just have to say… SARAH ROCKED! Of course, that seems to depend on who you ask, but that's no surprise.

This latest installment of Super-Sarah Saturday is also my 99th blog post. Like many bloggers, I’m doing something special for my 100th blog post, which I’m currently working on and will post on Monday. Blessings and have a great weekend!