Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordfilled Wednesday


Today I am praising God for those that do comfort us. An amazing sister/angel left this verse in a comment yesterday. I thought it
was perfect for WFW. Thanks my sweet sister. I hope you are all blessed today/tonight (I am posting late) by this verse.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What's in a name ...so why do you come here?

I have been thinking alot lately and just wondering about those of you that visit here. I mentioned the other day in my I'm beautiful post about what draws me to visit other blogs.
And well I am wondering about what brings you here.

I just love the illustration above. The names of Jesus. Tonight I happend to think about the name Jesus. When I think of His name I am in awe. It just causes me to think reverence. Tonight we had auditions for our drama team at the boys facility. One of the boys names was Jesus. I got to thinking later how hard it would be to have that name. It made me really feel sorry for him. He did not pronounce it in the spainish way he actually pronounced it as Jesus.
What a name to live up to.

And well I was just thinking about what I need to 'live up to here'. I am wondering if you happen to be among those over there on the sidebar that are following. Why do you come here?
Maybe you just happen to come over once in a while and maybe you don't even leave comments but would you do me a favor and leave one here. Let me know why you came by.

Do you like my random thoughts? Do you find Jesus when you come here? Do you read my book reviews? Did you just maybe stumble in and wonder what the heck is going on? And you leave almost as soon as you arrive? Do you mind taking a minute and telling me what your thinking. Even if it is something like 'girl find another hobby'.

I really, really would like to know. You see I love this medium. I love writing and sharing my thoughts, my ideas, my impressions. I love sharing what God is saying to me. I hope that your encouraged when you visit here.

So help me out will 'ya and give me your input. I have been seriously thinking about some huge changes and well I need your help.

What would you change here? And why did you come by?

In Other Words Tuesday

Last week I decided to join my friend Denise and the others that are a part of In "other" Words today our hostess is Kathryn and she chose the following quote:

“Sufferers want to be ministered to by people who have suffered. They are suspicious of people who appear to live lives of ease. He (God) has given a role to messy, wimpy people like me. He has made us His ambassadors of reconciliation, and suffering gives us credibility with a hurting world, and demonstrates God’s sufficiency to meet our needs.”
by Stephen F. Saint

This is an interesting topic for me to ponder at this particular moment in my life. I have to agree with Mr. Saint's perspective because I see this played out everyday. My Cowboy and I work with teenage boys and girls that are in prison. These kids are craving something. But they just don't know what it is. It is partly attention. From anyone. Which is in most cases why they are where they are. But to really get into thier head. To really reach them on thier level where they are coming from they need someone that understands. The girls for instance don't relate to my daughter even though she is young (26) but they do relate to my daughters best friend who is also 26. My daughter doesn't have any life experiences that the girls can relate to. Her best friend however although she was never arrested has many life experiences that the girls share.

We do chapel service every Sunday morning at the boys unit. It is really interesting watching them as they listen to Cowboy. They are usually very interested they listen intently (Cowboy is really a very gifted speaker) but when he occassionally mentions that he was arrested every single one of those boys all seem to lean toward the edge of thier seats and really start listening. He has never really told them the whole story as of yet and so it is a little funny watching them because they want to hear the whole story. Cowboy always stops short and tells them how he realized that he should have prayed during the particular events that were happening to him. He thought he had done something so stupid (he was 18) that God wouldn't listen. He really knew in his heart that God was there but he was listening to his head. This is the promise that he wants the boys to get. That no matter what God is there for them. All that they have to do is trust and believe and change. Make a decision to turn to God for strength and wisdom and guidance. You see when they hear that he was arrested he then begins to have that credibility that they seek.

As I ponder this topic and these words: ". . .suffering gives us credibility with a hurting world, and demonstrates God’s sufficiency to meet our needs.” I wonder what God has planned for me and my Cowboy because right now we are suffering. He is providing for us. We have a roof over our heads and just enough money each week to pay for that roof. We have a car that most days does get us where we need to be (Cowboy to work and to the prison facilities). We still have our dog and our cat and we have food. But we are homeless. If you had seen me 5, 10 or 15 years ago you would never dream or imagine that I would be living in a Motel 6. I mentioned my daughter and her inability to relate to the girls. She grew up going to a Christian private school. She rode horses everyday. She had a dooney and burke purse when she was in 2nd grade (we went to manufacturer outlets up north and bought them really cheap). Our lifestyle was so different then and. But then we were not in church. We had a bad experience and decided to take some time away. In our minds the kids were in Christian school and so that was ok. We still believed in God we still prayed and read our Bible occasionally but we were living for us. It wasn't until about 9 years ago that we got back into church and we became active and involved. And then 7 years ago we were called into full time ministry. It is amazing to me and I wonder every day what God is up to. When I was going around getting my hair and nails done, buying whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and not seeking him or serving him everything was great. I had a beautiful house. I had an awesome car. We ate out whenever we wanted.

But know as I seek Him daily. I serve Him. I sit in a motel. And so I ponder these words suffering gives us credibility in a hurting world. I get it. I understand what it is to be homeless. I don't just have a fuzzy feeling or a do gooder feeling about helping people anymore. You know the kind of feeling you have when you do community service. No I have the feeling of I really do know how you feel. And it is only God's grace and sufficiency and his Love that keeps me from giving up. And it is sweet friends that God uses everyday to remind me; I wouldn't call my friends messy or wimpy I would call them angels. I have been touched by angels.

And I am happy. I am scared. But when I think about being scared I think about the very last part of the quote "God’s sufficiency to meet our needs" and I remember it is true.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Review-The 19th Element

Another Hooray for John Betcher and his character James "Beck" Becker. Beck is at it again fighting crime in Betcher's newest novel The 19th Element. This book is the 2nd in the James Becker Thriller series. You can go here to read my review of Betcher's debut novel. I loved it too. I was thrilled that Mr. Betcher enjoyed my review so much that he gave me a chance to read his 2nd book.
I loved this one too. The story is about attorney James "Beck" Becker who just happens to be retired from government service. He and his wife Beth (who is also retired from government work) attempt life in the small town of Red Wing Minnesota. Unfortunately for Beth her husband seems to struggle with small town lawyering. I loved what she said at the end of the book...

"Babe. You can't keep playing Rambo. I like our life here in Red Wing. And I'd really love for us to grow old together." Her voice was playful but poignant.
"Doll" I said. (reviewers comment. I would love to be called 'Doll'. ) "I can't stop being who I am. And part of that will always involve taking calculated risks. Would I be the same husband if I spent my days cooped up in that law office, or my evenings in front of the television?"

I loved this one part to me it just so describes Beck. I love his character. He is charming. He is trustworthy and as described by Beth I see part Rambo and part ; oh darn who is the Bruce Willis Die Hard character? You know who I mean. And well maybe a little Mel Gibson thrown in.

Betcher does a great job of telling a story. There is suspense and thrill and humor all rolled into one great book.

I have to say though this book was a little more on the technical side than the previous book. And for me it was a little disappointing. But that is just me. What I missed was the "Beck" escapades. And the 'Beth' moments. But I was please to be introduced to one of their daughters. Of course Bull (Becks friend and stalwart companion in crime fighting) and Gunner (the county Deputy Sheriff) all played apart in solving the crime and getting the bad guys.

And sorry to disappoint but I am just not going to give any more of the story away. You'll just have to buy the book. Trust me you'll enjoy it.

I would highly recommend this book for all audiences. There was no foul language. And the only bedroom scene was at the very end and was not suggestive or explicit at all.

This book and the first in the series (no need to read book one first) are available at Amazon.
Go here to purchase The 19th Element. You can go here to read my review of The Missing Element and to read more info. about the author.

Many thanks again to Bostick Communications for allowing the opportunity to review Mr. Betchers work. It has been a pleasure.

Happy Homemaker Monday


Still scorching hot, we've hit highs of 100 and 102 already. Lord help us. (copied from Sandra 3's changed)

Things that make me happy:
Chocolate milk shakes splurged Friday and took my mom to Steak and Shake dawng their expensive but yummmmy! And having my family together our little family of Cowboy, our dog Daisy and our cat Rascal.

Book I'm reading:
just finished The 19th Element by John Betcher posting review tonight.
Reading Shamra Divided by BarryHoffman (young adult novel)

What I'm enjoying on TV:
I should take this one off. Never watch t.v.

On the menu for dinner:
Pork chops,fresh corn on cob and canned green beans

On my To Do List:
Laundry and write reviews

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup found over at Kim's cooking blog



In the craft basket:
I dug out a cathedral window quilt I am working on for my daughter it is all done by hand. I am crazy. I really need to finish it though.


Looking forward to this week:
Getting approved for apartment ministry. Moving into our new place and beginning ministry.


Tips and Tricks:
My mother swears by cooking fresh corn on cob in the microwave. 8 min. I think you only cut
the ends off don't clean. Once it is microwaved the husks and silk just falls right off. Trying her method tonight.


My favorite blog post this week:
Last week I stumbled onto D.J. I am not really sure how. But she is an amazing young woman after God's own heart. Her post here will spoke to me.


Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):Jill over at Sneaky Momma shares her computer expertise. She has some tutorials for blogging. I really loved finding her. Go by and check her out.


No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

ok well blogger isn't cooperating. Maybe I can add later.
Align CenterI was reminded by another blogger that we have to love each other and show each other love no matter what. Last weekend I was very upset and annoyed and hurt by my daughter. I had asked her to pick up our cat(we were moving) and she didn't do it. (she is married and has husband that acts like he's 5 and they have a 2 year old he acts like he's 4 sometimes) She didn't do what I asked and didn't call me to tell me until I had already done it at 9 pm she called me at 10. It is a long story but he got locked out of the old house and was alone with no food for a day and a half. It really hurt me. I was reminded that even though I was upset and angry with her I needed to show her love. So I did. The rest of the week and over the weekend she was back to her normal carrying self. She even called me this morning.

On my mind:
I talked to one of the girls I mentor last night. She has grown up so much in 4 years. She is thinking about a career in juvenile justice. Praise God. I know he has a wonderful plan to use her. I am so proud of her.


Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition , with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6&7

Lesson learned the past few days:


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The weather in my neck of the woods:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yes I am beautiful . . .

I know so because my father says so & because my friend Melanie says so too. Just look below!



My dear sweet friend Melanie gave me this award awhile back. (That was before all the chaos) Sorry Melanie it has taken me so long to post this and pass it on. I am sure glad there wasn't a time limit. Here's what I am supposed to do:

1. Say something nice about the person who gave you the award.2. Copy and paste the picture.3. Share ten things about yourself that people don't already know.4. Pass the award on to ten other bloggers.

First I am supposed to say something nice about Melanie. Well first she gave me this award that was so nice. Melanie is always sweet to come by and visit and leave me a sweet comment. She was even nice enough to write a post about my cookbook. Here's her post.
Second I am supposed to put the button on. Check
Third write ten things about myself that people don't already know. Hmm. Well don't get bored you have to stay around because you'll be on my list of who I am passing this onto because you are beautiful to me.

1. I love rabbits. I used to have a rabbit named Rhett Butler. He was a flemish giant. (picture the Cadbury bunny) He was 22#. We were going to breed him. His wife was to be Scarlet. I decided rabbits were too hard to raise so he ended up being a bachelor.
2. I love to garden. I love flowers and vegetables. I wish someday to have both types of gardens.
3. I think I love red.
4. I usually visit blogs because I like their names. I am drawn to names that have words like: cottage,cabin,heart, home,quilt.
5. I don't lurk. I usually always leave a comment when I stop in.
6. I love comments.
7. I realized yesterday that is part of my love language. Will you say 'hi' please when you visit me?
8. I prefer pop corn cooked on the stove or in a popper on the stove.
9. I love a nice restaurant meal and coffee (with a kick something like Kalua or Bailey's or something similar) after.
10.Back to the nice meal I look at the dessert menu first then decide what I am eating based on dessert. Must leave room for dessert!

Now my next task to pass on.
1. Kim at Star Shine Chic she is one crafty girl. Love her decorating ideas.
2. Carrie at Farming on Faith writes amazing beautiful posts. What an encourager. I love her chickens.
3. Christa you just have to visit her to see what a beautiful Godly woman she is. I love to visit her home.
4. This is a new favorite I found yesterday. Jill designs templates and has some great tutorials and shares her knowledge for "free". To me that is beautiful.
5. Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary. I love her blog. I love her sense of humor. I love her suggestions for making my home a sanctuary.
6. And of course how could a list of beautiful people be complete without Denise. I need to say nothing more you all know how amazing she is. If you don't click the link and go and visit her you will be Blessed.
7. My sweet little sis Alicia she is not nearly as flakey as 'she' thinks.
8. My week would not be complete without Wordfilled Wednesday. Amy Deanne you are beautiful.
9. My sweet friend Becky is just as beautiful as her cottage. And Daisy and I just love Dughall and Fiona.
10. Have you met Sandra? She is the amazingly beautiful hostess of Happy Homemaker Monday and she has a great cooking blog too. Go check out her recipes!

So dear ones that is my list of 10. There are many more ladies out there and blogs that I think are beautiful. For a few more of my favorites you can visit my Where I stop along the journey page.

I hope all you guys will accept this beautiful award because you all so deserve it. You all make my day every time I visit you and every time you stop here.

Praying your journey today is Beautiful.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I was reminded of this verse today over at A Collection of Days. She had a lovely illustration go over here to see her photo.
I hope you enjoy these words and that you are as Blessed by them as I am.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or
about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are they not much more valuable than you: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" . . . "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, or tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." Matthew 6:23-27 & 33-34

Wordfilled Wednesday

Cowboy's grandmother. . .
Please visit Amy Deanne for more wonderful illustrations of God's Word. The Link is over at Lori's today click here.
Have a happy Wordfilled Wednesday

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

In Other Words . . .


One of Eve’s biggest mistakes was she stopped and started to think about what Satan was saying and it made sense to her. Not everything God tells us makes sense but that’s where faith comes in. We need to learn to be lead by our hearts and not our heads.” by Joyce Meyers

Today I am joining my friend Denise and some of her friends and joining In Other Words . . . (writing about a suggested quote...see more at the end of my thoughts)

Making sense out of what is going on. Wow this is an amazing topic to think about for me right now. I have nothing else to do right now but to lean on faith. I have been trying to think about our circumstances. I have been trying to make plans and figure out what to do. There would be those that would look at what we are going through and judge us. In fact ever since we stepped out in Faith and followed God's calling we have been accused of many things. Through faith we have trusted God to provide for us and the ministry. And he has in miraculous ways.

But now. . . as I sit in a weekly motel while all my belongings are sitting in storage I have to wonder. Just what is going on?

This is what is going on . . . Cowboy is at work . . . my dog is laying on the floor beside the bed . . . my cat is curled up at my feet . . . There is Dr. Pepper in the 'fridge . . . I have stew going in the crockpot for dinner . . . Our church gave us the money for gas and the motel for two weeks till Cowboy gets a pay check. And, I get the inter-net for $4.95 for the entire time we are here. (The J.W. Marriott in Houston charges .99 a minute just got back from a convention there)
Our God supplies.

I don't understand. I mean who would think that one week you get an award for best Chaplaincy program in the state and then two days later your homeless.


But what I know is "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and he delivers them. " Psalms 34:7 God has a plan I have to be patient. I have to trust. I have to take it a day at a time. I have to trust.
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Today if your asking questions of God or if your praying and he doesn't seem to answer you. Don't give up. He does answer. I know. He provided us a place to stay. He provided my Cowboy a job. That was a huge mircle! And he loves it! That is a huger miracle. (I know 'huger' isn't a word but I liked it)

We do need to lead with our hearts. And not our head. Even when people criticize. Even when people don't get what your doing. Even if your like us and your living by faith or maybe your struggling with homeschooling, or breastfeeding and you have family that isn't supportive. Maybe your struggling with going back to work to make ends meet. Maybe your struggling with where you and your family needs to worship. Listen to your heart. If you allow God he will give you direction. I love this verse Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4. I interpret these words this way. I figure that if I trust God as his words tells us. And I seek him. That the desires I have in my heart are those that he has put there. So let people criticize. Let people talk about me. Let people wonder.
So today I ask you if your struggling listen to your heart and listen to your God.

Today this song spoke to me so I wanted to with leave it you. I pray your day is Blessed as you listen to your heart. (the info. about In Other Word's is below the song. Enjoy)




Please join us on Tuesday by sharing on the quote below for our weekly, In Other Words. Each Friday a new quote is given here, on Writing Canvas, along with who will be hosting that week’s In Other Words.
Tuesday’s In Other Words will be hosted by Karen on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus. Take time to think and ponder on the quote below and share about it on your blog on Tuesday. Then, visit In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus and share a link to your blog and visit the others who have also written on it. And of course, if you do not wish to write on it, please visit those that do! :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

I Will Not Be Silent-Book Review

I want to thank April Maley for sending me I Will Not Be Silent her story. I have to give this book 5 stars. There are many parts of April's story that will sadden you. There are a few pages that are difficult to read. But this is the true story of April's life. The best part I have to say is although she went through a horrible childhood; with faith and determination she got through it and through early adulthood and has emerged a woman of faith. In her book April candidly shares her heartache and pain and her journey toward God and his grace and love.

There are parts of this story that saddened me and made me angry at how things were handled by law enforcement and social services. My heart grieved for April and her family. It saddened me that they were not able to get help. I admire April's desire to share her story with others in the hopes that it will help other women that are suffering from domestic abuse.

I Will Not Be Silent is well written. It was one of those books that you don't want to put down.

From the back cover: "I lived through years of physical, mental, and emotional abuse: alcoholism; rejection; murder; illness; and insanity. I have battled my own inner demons as a result of that fateful day. It is my greatest wish to create a broader awareness and preventative action for child abuse and domestic violence, and provide hope for those who find themselves trapped in those situations. The cycle can be broken."

A review from the website:
Maley drew me in from the very first sentence. She writes to her readers and I felt like I was having a conversation with a dear friend instead of reading a stranger's horrifying life story. The things that April Maley has gone through will break your heart. Her story is very powerful---I cried three times reading this and when I finished, I was so affected that I thanked God for my own happy childhood. I finished this book with a resolve to do something to help victims of child abuse and domestic violence.

A portion of the proceeds from the book go to Mohr-Maley Foundation. You can visit the I Will Not Be Silent website for more information and to purchase the book. You can also purchase at Amazon. Here is the direct link

Happy Homemaker Monday

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The weather in my neck of the woods:
Hot will be 99 today.

Things that make me happy:
Riding my bike with my dog. We call it going for a "run"

Book I'm reading:
Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow (a young adult novel) for review

What I'm enjoying on TV:Anything I want! Cowboy started a job today from 7 a.m. till 6 p.m. I have the remote.

On the menu for dinner:Beans already in the crockpot and my mothers cornbread muffin. .

On my To Do List:Reading, writing reviews and posting

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:looking for simple,hearty and minimum ingredient crock pot meals for this week.

In the craft basket: either my daughters quilt (hand pieced) or felt Christmas ornaments if I can find them.

Looking forward to this week: Peace and rest. It may sound crazy but this week will be very peaceful and restful for me even though I am in a motel because I have no place to live. I know that very soon God will be provide and I'll be sweating the pounds away when we're moving!

Tips and Tricks:Last week I posted how I put HHMM in a document and paste it onto my post. It works great. Today I opened another window and put real player on and I am listening to my favorite worship and praise music while I write. Who needs t.v. or radio or expensive Ipods?

My favorite blog post this week: I didn't read much because we were packing up and storing all our belongings but I know that Denise posted some great encouraging words. Go by and see here.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers): I love the photo's I find over at Candy's.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):



Lesson learned the past few days: That God may not answer your prayers the way you ask, the way you expect or when you hope; but he is there working things out and providing what is best for you in each moment.

On my mind:Wishing it wasn't . . . but my daughter and grandson...I am struggling with where the relationship is. I won't be able to babysit for awhile. Which means I won't see either of them. Praying God will give me peace. And speak to her heart.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: You are my Shepherd King, lead me by still waters, You are my only hope. In your presences you restore me. Jesus you are higher, Hallelujah you are Savior, You are the way , the truth and the life. You are my joy and my salvation. Restoring my faith and taking my shame on your shoulders. Jesus you are stronger , more than anyone, Hallelujah what a Savior. paraphrased: from Laura Story What Savior

Saturday, June 19, 2010

My Soul Sings

I don't have a Then Sings My Soul post this morning. Partly because my mind is racing and I can't think of a song. All that going through my mind is My Hero Walks on Water by B-Shoc and I Believe by Brooks and Dunn which is a great song.

This morning I needed to update my friends on what is going on. We basically are homeless. We lost the lease on the house due to the major corporate sponsor backing out. All our belongings are in storage.

Currently we are staying with friends in an r.v. which isn't bad but there is no water and we only have till next weekend here. Our dog has to stay outside in a crate at night and on the leash during the day. This because she smells. Probably because it is so hot and she has spent so much time in the car. We don't know what to do about our cat.

We have a number of options for housing but nothing that will allow the animals. I tried to find a no-kill shelter for the cat last night. They are all full.

On the bright side Cowboy got a job and starts Monday.

I should have used Praise You In The Storm for this post but for some reason it just didn't seem to fit. Although I am praising God for a place to sleep. I am praising God for Cowboys job. Which btw he is so excited about. It is working on Hot Rods. They offered full time but they know about our ministry so he gets to make his own schedule around the ministry programs. schedules. It is exciting because the owner of the shop loves our ministry and wants to help with the boys and possibly teach the boys. He said that he has wanted to expand to a bigger building near the current one that has a house so we could possibly move there. He was hopefull we might consider then he would have someone on site.

There are many positive things happening and so I do have lots to Praise God for. I know that thought this experience he is grooming me. For what I don't know. But I do know that just what I wrote this morning is only the very tip of the ice burg. There are so many more things that I could write about our ministry experiences that I think would help and encourage. I know when the time is right he will give me the words to put it all together here for you.

Until then my friends will you please pray for us. Pray we find housing really, really soon that we can afford that will allow the dog and cat. Please, please pray that we can find a temporary solution if we need to for the dog and cat.

Cowboy and I are fine. Well we need a shower (please don't pitcure that) and we will get one this afternoon at my mom's. She has been out of town and doesn't know any of our situation. I'll be going over there later this afternoon and dropping the bombshell on her and taking a shower!

Praying peace to you and God's Blessings.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Embracing God's 2nd Calling . . .What?

to the reader . . . Caution. . . I have no idea how long this post will be. It may seem random in places. . . you may have difficulty reading because of typo's (I hate this dawng computer) it may be whinny or inspirational. I hope the later. I am writing it to you and to God. Read on you'll understand.

7 years ago we began working part time in ministry. Within 6 months we were full time while Cowboy held down a full time job. (see this computer is stupid I did not ask for italics again nor turn it off it is possessed I say) We owned our own business so he could spend lots of time on the ministry. Opp's sorry, I am getting a little ahead. . . we began working in ministry when my Cowboy was called by God to try and help teenagers and get them to come to church and tell them about God and about Jesus Christ. This was not his idea it was God's. He followed God's calling and we ended up in full time ministry. That ministry evolved into what it is today. Working in prison units teaching auto mechanics to the boys, sewing to the girls and leading chapel services in both units. There were times a few years ago that I was so burned out that I had a hard time ministering. We literally left our house at 8 or 9 in the morning and didn't come home till 9 or 10 at night. It was physically demanding and emotionally demanding. Picture dealing with 20-22 teenagers every single day. The last few years I was either cooking or co-ordinating the evening meal for these 20 or so kids. And I loved it. But what I couldn't handle was the every single day part. Oh I forgot about Saturday that was our short day. We came home at 3:00 in the afternoon. That was the day the kids from the jail came. And that is another story. As I began to be burned out...here's why; if you haven't read between the lines. Who do you think did the laundry, took care of all the meals, cleaned up after all the meals, took out the trash, made the bed (no cross that one off no one made the bed) you get where I am going. And run a seperate girls ministry during the day. You know you've heard 'be careful what you pray for'. Well I prayed for some relief. I was only asking for maybe a day off but what happened was we lost all funding sources and all our volunteers. All of this for two reasons. We became estranged from Cowboys mother (who btw is a closet alcoholic) because she didn't not accept our son in law. And we changed churches because the church we were at told us how wrong we were because of the estrangement. (there is much more to this story our son in law worked in our ministry) Just before all this happened I began working with the halfway house (girls prison) and so the ministry shifted gears and instead of working primarily with local kids we began working 100% with the girls inside the prison unit and soon after we finally got into the boys unit. (we had been praying to be allowed to work with the boys for 3 years). Since that time we have struggled. I mean really, really struggled. But Cowboy always said God gave him the vision for this ministry for two reasons...#1 no one else would do it. And #2 he was too stubborn to quit.

Fast forward to what is going on right now. A few months ago we learned the house we were living in was being sold. We were already behind on rent because the corporate sponsors had begun changing their policy and they began really dragging their feet on disbursement of funds. Slowly they began to pay and we were able to get some other corporate sponsors interested in the Auto Mechanics program. Not the faith-based part of our work. We began looking for a house prayerfully asking God to provide a combination of house and place for ministry. And, we felt like he did when we found the house and hanger. Still having difficulty with the funding they still continued to provide albeit slow. The board approved signing the lease and approved the house and we waited on funds. We were given from one source the first months rent. But the deposit was coming from another source. They assured us it was on it's way. We barely had the money in the bank to cover that check but we had written some others for utilities etc. Well long story short the money was not wired as they had promised and of all checks to bounce the deposit check bounced. The sponsors sent half of the deposit eventually but we still haven't gotten the rest. We have not received this months funding and we are being forced to move. We knew this was happening two weeks ago but remember I told you Cowboy is stubborn. Last weekend we went to Houston to a convention (all expenses paid) where we received an award for our Chaplaincy programming. Theoretically we should have stayed home and packed but we were still holding onto faith and hope that God would answer our prayers and provide a miracle.

Today we are still asking God for a miracle. But more so we are asking him for direction. In April when all this started I began feeling that God was leading us toward apartment ministry. I talked to Cowboy the stubborn one. He adamantly said God is not calling him to apartment ministry. His words "God called me to do auto mission." We heard someone say one time actually pray that he would not get too far ahead of God or get behind God. Well I am wondering now if that is what we are doing? When I first approached Cowboy about the apartment ministry he said well get the info. and I did but it just didn't seem right. They didn't call us back. I emailed and then finally got someone to call and they said that the application process required both of us to fill out separate applications (it didn't say that on the form that I originally found on the inter-net and filled out) and so I thought well that is our answer. God talks to Cowboy more than me. Or at least Cowboy is a better listener.

Shortly before we were to move I found out that one of our long time closest friends just changed jobs. He is working in apartment ministry (with a different firm). I thought it was interesting but actually forgot about it until last night or maybe this morning I woke up and remembered that he is in apartment ministry.

Right now we don't know where we will sleep tonight. But Cowboy is calling our friend to see if he can help with a temporary apartment that takes dogs btw. (if not our option is a weekly motel and we don't know what to do with the dog)

I am praying. He is praying. We are asking God is this our 2nd calling.

Will you pray for us today and tomorrow and the rest of this week. Will you please leave me comments. Will you please pass onto your other friends and ask them to lift us and our ministries before the Lord. We need guidance and direction. Here's the link to the ministry blog. Please go there and see what we are all about.

Thank you for stopping in. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and for praying for us. I'll will be writing more posts about our ministry journey and I hope that you'll come back. I hope that you'll find something here that touches your heart.

Sending you God's love and Blessings today.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday

hhm Joining Sandra again today for Happy Homemaker Monday . . .
The weather in my neck of the woods: Summer not too hot. I think maybe in the 90's

Things that make me happy: Reading a good book

Book I'm reading: I Will Not Be Silent (the next review)

What I'm enjoying on TV: On Monday is cartoons because the baby spends the day.

On the menu for dinner: Pan Seared Talapia, rice and green beans. All pantry and freezer need to go to the store.

On my To Do List: Laundry and playing with baby.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: I found this over at Gail's and it looked soooo yummy. The recipe is Hot Chicken Salad. I loved her entire menu which included the Hot Chicken Salad, a green salad, biscuits and angel food cake with strawberries.

In the craft basket: hmm I don't know still need to prepare for the girls to sew on Friday so I guess crafting has to wait.

Looking forward to this week: Answers from God concerning the ministry and our next steps.

Tips and Tricks: I finally figured out a way to be more organized and get my meme posts ready. Example for Happy Homemaker Monday I copied Sandra's post and put it along with the photo into a word document. I saved it as HHM. I delete Sandra's answers then saved it. During the
week when I run across a recipe, photo, a new blog post and the Bible verse when I find it to I cut and past the addresses in the spaces (with a note of explanation and reminder to myself) and whalaw on Monday morning everything is ready. I then cut and past my work into my post and fill in the blanks. This is working wonderfully for me.

My favorite blog post this week: My favorite post this week came from Traci it is here weekly Wednesday with Wanda where she writes about things she learned from her mother. Go over here and read her last post.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers): I found this blog over at Faithfulness Farm. I am attracted to blogs by their names so I go over and check them out. Some are what I expect some are not. I was intrigued by this name Butter Yum I wasn't
disappointed there is amazing yumminess there with beautiful photo's. If you don't know what to cook for dinner go and check it out.

Bold
No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share): Remember Gail's dinner menu from above?


Lesson learned the past few days: (Relearned) God will give you what you need when you need it and people to help you along the way. I am thankful this morning for a very special blog friend that has taken it upon herself to be my angel friend and remind me everyday that God is still in control.

On my mind: Ministry programming and fundraising and it's effect on my family.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: Surely this is our God: we trusted him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation." Isaiah 25:9

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I have decided . . .


I have decided that I am definitely a dummy at blogging...hence the label here.
I have no idea why this photo decided to land over there.
I didn't ask it to but I suppose it had it's own purpose.
I have also decided which is the real reason for his post to let you all know that I am working on a new blog. Yes. I am crazy. I know I have a hard time posting here sometimes. And my poor other blog just seems deserted at the present time. But I really think this new idea is great and will help out the other two and actually pull them all together. Each having their own specific purpose. Hopefully my readers will be able to navigate my postings easier.
So soon. Very soon. Like maybe this weekend. I hope to unveil my Book Review Blog. Hence the photo on the side of this post.
I will still be writing a few reviews here. I will still put some reviews over at My Home Sanctuary too. Things like cookbooks, novels, young adult novels, homeschooling books etc. Each blog will have it's own intended theme and purpose. Here you will find reviews that fit my theme here. You know what it is. And my new blog will have all the reviews in one place.
I am really excited about this. Like I said I have been thinking and praying about it a long time. I almost had my mind made up and then today I received affirmation. I actually got emails from two separate publicists today asking me to review books. One that represents Christian authors and one that represents all types of genre's. That was a wow for me. So I hope you will come back soon and check out my links. And, if you like what you read and want to read more and purchase a book follow the link to Amazon and you'll actually be helping me and our ministry out too.
Before you leave check out my review page.

Fathers Day shopping

I just learned Amazon offers greeting cards. And, if you click on the link below our ministry will receive a % of your purchase.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00067L6TQ/?tag=myjoubac-20

I just signed up to be an Amazon Azzociate. I am still figuring it out. But once I am all set up if you purchase a book that is reviewed on my site then our ministry will receive a donation.
That's pretty cool! So help me out and go to my Review page and order a book.

Book Review--The Case Of The Great Granny









What a fun who dun it! I enjoyed this book. I have to say though I was a little uncertain about it based on the authors Preface where he describes his main character. He is described as "a rogue cop. He is a man who would rather be anywhere than where he is on a daily basis. He hates the job he does, always has always will. I wrote this character to show how dismal his day-to-day existences was when it came to dealing with society." The author Thomas Emmon Pisano.


This quote had me wondering about the main character Bradley Daggers. And yes he is a bit of a rogue cop but I envisioned a somewhat charming character underneath all the brass.


I had kind of a Mel Gibson (Lethel Weapon) pictured in my mind. And in fact I like him. I even felt sorry for him when . . .(I really shouldn't reveal too much you'll have to read the book)


The story which is about the murder investigation of an elderly woman plays out with multiple suspects. After accidentally shooting a suspect Daggers begins having to deal with Internal Affairs as well as a new partner which he doesn't want (for his own person reasons which is not only because the partner is a woman)





I really enjoyed the book. It was a classic cop story.





The only negative I could say about it is that I felt that the one chapter that was rather 'racy' could have been left out or just toned down. I really don't think it really added to the story. What I read into this one chapter was the authors attempt at making it an Adult book. It left me a little disappointed almost like a movie that has a sex scene in it just to get it an "R" rating.


I read another review which described it as similar to a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book (minus the one chapter.)





The author does an excellent job also in the Preface warning the reader . . . "There are some realistic scenes in this novel that are too violent or sexy for anyone but the adult reader, so beware of my realism and harsh language."


I personally wasn't bothered by the realism or harsh language and actually don't even remember noticing it as anything other than part of how the characters talked which made it real.



As I mentioned I read another review when I was searching for a photo and I loved how she described the book. . . This book is written like the classic cop shows on television. Every day starts out at the precinct, the one-nine, with the commanding officer giving the assignments, all he has to add is "Be careful out there," and you would think you are reading a copy of a script from Hill Street Blues, but this takes place in Los Angeles so maybe Dragnet would be a better reference. Please visit here for her complete review.

The Case Of The Great Granny can be purchased directly from the author at his website. I encourage you to visit there. You can also purchase at Amazon.com. Here is the link.





I look forward to reading more from Thomas Emmon Pisano especially the next Bradley Daggers story which btw the word on the street is that Bradley is leaning towards making a fresh start in New Orleans.


Disclosure I received this book free from the author through Bostick Communications . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”










Saturday, June 5, 2010

Then Sings My Soul

Welcome to Then Sings My Soul hosted by Amy. This is my favorite Saturday stop. If you haven't visited before . . . each Saturday we post a song that has spoke to us this week.
Today I am sharing a song I have heard everyday this week! Each time I visit over at Carrie's this song has been playing. I hope you enjoy it!



Friday, June 4, 2010

Giving you Joy today

Just a quick Hello and a wish for you to have a Happy Day and a Blessed weekend. And I hope that you feel like a Princess today. Being one of God's children makes us all princesses and gives us reason for Joy because there is nothing between Jesus and you. See if you look at the word
Joy...
Jesus
O zero,zip nothing
You. . .
so today even if you don't feel like a princess rest in God's love and experience his grace and mercy and just maybe you'll begin to realize and feel his Joy


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Book Review-Life In Spite of Me


Many thanks to Ashley and WaterBrookMultnomah for offering this book for my review.
It is rare that a book like this that isn't a struggle for me to read. My favorite reading is novels. I am thankful for the publishers and promoters like WaterbrookMultnomah that allow me to broaden my personal horizons and step out of my comfort zone a little and experience something a little different for me.
This is the story of a young womans failed attempt at suicide and the story of how God had other plans for her.
I was captivated by this book. From chapter one I was drawn into Kristen's story. The very beginning was hard to read. It really wasn't so much that it was overly graphic but her description of what happened to her is so vivid that you can almost picture seeing the train as it rolls across her body.
As she describes the sensations she feels as the train goes over her I was left wondering about why she choose to describe it in such detail. I had no negative or bad feeling about it at all. I just happened to zero in on it and was just left wondering if she was making a point.
Toward the end I was thrilled to see the point she was making. It was at that moment on the railroad tracks that God physically saved her. She was able to later remember the feelings, and the sounds and she was able to realize it was at that point that God revealed himself and gave her peace.
From the back cover:
In Life, in Spite of Me this remarkable joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.
As Kristen shares her story she strives to encouragement to readers that are struggling with hopelessness and loss. She includes personal notes throughout the book encouraging the reader to turn to God. To seek him out.
I was encouraged by Kristen's boldness in sharing her found faith. As she became closer and closer to God during her recovery process she began to realize God's calling on her heart to share her story and help others. And upon answering God's call Kristen founded Reaching You Ministries I encourage you to click on this link to learn more about her work.
I am happy that I had the opportunity to read this book. Seeing Kristen's enthusiasm and boldness for the Lord was a Blessing to me. It encouraged me to be much more bold. Seeing the Joy she has in her relationship with Christ left me personally longing and with a desire to enter into a deeper more personal relationship with Christ. It left me wanting more Joy in my own life.
I highly recommend this book. It is not only encouraging to those struggling with depression and loss but it is encouraging as well to the young and mature believer.
I know that if you purchase this book you will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wordfilled Wednesday

I hope that everyone had a blessed Wordfilled Wednesday. I was having inter-net problems again last night and today. Didn't get it straigthened out till after 8 tonight. So I am posting late. I had a photo ready but I'll do it next week instead.

I liked this illustration because it really spoke to me. I really need to focus more on trusting. And obeying. Asking God to show me his ways.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday on Tuesday

hhm

The weather in my neck of the woods: Summer has arrived it is in the 90's

Things that make me happy: Dr. Pepper

Book I'm reading: Life In Spite of Me by: Kristen Anderson (the next review)

I'm enjoying on TV: waiting for Kate and the kids to come back on TLC

On the menu for dinner: Lobster Raviolli and Ceasar Salad and Green Beans

On my To Do List: Finishing my dog Daisy's spa today. It takes me two days to shave her. Then her bath tonight I hope.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Corn salad…dice tomatos,cucumbers,purple onion, basil and add corn. Drizzle with Italian dressing. Stir and chill till ready to serve.



In the craft basket: Preparing baby quilt tops with backings for the girls to tie on Friday.

Looking forward to this week: More review books in the mail.

Tips and Tricks: I seemed to get my laundery completely finished if I take one day and focus on it. As soon as a load is done I fold or hang and put away. If I don't do this I end up with folded loads on my dryer or hanging in the laundry room.
My favorite blog post this week: Sandi at My Yellow Door posted a Teatime Tuesday post last week. I really enjoyed her display and the post. Here's the link.http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/2010/05/tea-time-tuesday_24.html

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers): http://www.thestoriesofa2z.com/ Beth has a great blog where she shares her decorating secrets and photo's of her home. I always enjoy my visit there.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share): becky’s memorial day photo sweet cottage dreams



Lesson learned the past few days: To know God's plan, to feel God you have to seek him.
On my mind: God's plan for me, Cowboy and the ministry

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: Be still and know I am God