With the Thanksgiving Holidays upon us, I revisited this blog and realize since the time I published this a few years ago, many, many more of you have joined the ranks of those of us who’ve lost loved ones. And the holidays are often very difficult. We wish we could go to sleep today and wake up January 1, 2016. But the better thing we could do would be to talk to ourselves…and the Lord…about what we’re thankful for. Hope this brightens your holiday as you join the ranks of those who choose to be thankful today.

Originally posted on DiAne Gates:

This past week a friend and fellow GriefShare leader recommended a book by author Ann Voskamp, “one thousand gifts.” I bought the book and took it with me to read on vacation. What a life-changer.

Ms. Voskamp issued a challenge to make a list of a thousand gifts for which I am thankful. Gifts God gives me each day. Gifts I brush aside or fail to notice. Gifts for which I never say thank you to my loving Father for giving, just because He loves me.

I took Ann’s challenge and this week’s blog will be a compilation of my musings and photos taken while on vacation to Hilton Head Island and Charleston, South Carolina, where I stopped, took notice, and thanked God for these gifts, precious things to me.

I pray you too will be compelled to pick up your pen and paper to begin your list. And while…

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The Kind Word


“Like apples of gold in settings of silver….” so Danele’s words are tonight. Be comforted and encouraged, sweet friends.

Originally posted on dragonflydanele:


Dear Friends,

Somewhere around my sixth year of quarantine, I ended up having trouble with my eyes. I’d been spending hours in front of the computer writing books, so my eye trouble wasn’t surprising. I knew I needed an appointment with the eye doctor, but I was reluctant to make one. You see, for someone with multi-chemical sensitivity, a trip to the doctor is full of danger. Walking into a building exposes you to cleansers. Walking by people exposes you to perfume. Walking by a bathroom exposes you to air fresheners. Logically speaking, a trip from quarantine is inevitably going to lead to chemical exposure. After all, a person can only hold their breath for so long.  In my case, it’s around two minutes and twenty seconds. Guess how I know? Simply put, leaving quarantine is going to result in painful side effects—and that’s frightening.

Before quarantine, I used to…

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Darkness obscured the noise.
Glass crashed and shattered across the floor.
A brick wrapped in brown butcher paper, decorated with hate speech scribbled in black and tied with a string, fell to the floor.
Unable to move, a frightened boy gawked. His saucer-sized-eyes reflected the horror exploding inside him.
Torched by a man saturated in hate, a flaming match ignited the gasoline he’d doused on a cross, illuminating a black football jersey with his brother’s number 22—hung there to fry in hell’s fury.

I sat in the shadows and shook and sobbed as the above scene flashed across the wide screen. Unable to restrain the gush of anguish. Transported fifty years in the past—my early teens—to a street corner in Jacksonville, Florida, just after dark. Where A gang of unruly men in white robes with pointed hoods. Shouted death threats. And burned another cross.

My brother and I were glued to the horror, but unable to look away. Daddy explained these were evil men. “But that’s what America’s all about,” he offered. “Freedom to demonstrate and say whatever you think, even when it’s wrong and folks don’t agree.”

I didn’t believe those words then and I don’t believe them now. Hate is not an acceptable synonym of freedom. If your actions harm another person, those actions aren’t legitimized because you live in America. Those actions testify of the perpetrator’s bondage to lies, hatred, and sin. But like Daddy, many in the 50’s and 60’s rejected the Klan’s evil, but hedged ignorant suspicions on the side of prejudice about anyone not like them. And the black community did the same.

Racial prejudice knows no boundaries.

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Unaware of the imprint those images etched in my soul, I watched this true story played out in HD in the movie, Woodlawn. Those turbulent years in our nation’s history, and the vile words and actions of then governor of Alabama, George Wallace, echoed off the screen and through the years.

I saw again the faces of those satiated with hate on that street corner so long ago, but I also heard and remembered the words of justice and peace spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King. And the maker of this film told the true story how six words transformed the lives and futures of the Woodlawn football team, the school, and the town. One afternoon in Birmingham, Alabama, the entire team of integrated, but deeply divided, angry young men uttered those life-changing words—I choose Jesus and I forgive you.


Thousands of years ago, in the Book of Deuteronomy, God recited before the people the blessing and the cursing and allowed them to likewise choose.

“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it…I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16, 19-20 NAS).

The same God who created the heavens and the earth, is the same God who spoke through Moses to the nation of Israel, and is the same God this nation has worshiped and served over two hundred years. This same God who blessed America would have continued to bless our nation had the people of this land chosen life and blessings and obedience, rather than death and cursings.

King Solomon was right when he said, “Behold there is nothing new under the sun.”
And here we are in 2015 having crossed that same despicable threshold. Again.


The fabric of faith has been contorted and twisted and shredded across America by the continual lies and rebellion of the enemies of God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I listen to the continual words of this president, and those who surround him, and the media, who, like those KKK men of the past, spew their divisive, hate laced words, dividing, vilifying, and separating Americans. Daily choosing death rather than life.

And we see this consequential death displayed in each major city in America every day. We have been sucked back in time and have allowed days of the hideous history of hatred to rekindle and reproduce in our land. Fueled by a willful ignorance of God’s Word, people of every race and creed, deceived by the times and tunes chanted by Satan and his vicious demons, dance to the melody of deception.

They fail to understand fear of The Ku Klux Klan was just another wicked lie established in the South by deceived Democrats intent on keeping the black populous from voting. Democrats controlled the South during those years. The word Republican was whispered, but not on the ballot. And did you know one of the oldest Democratic members of the U.S. Senate was a past Dragon of the Klan? Who knows how many other leaders swore allegiance to the Klan?

But that was the way of the south in the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s—or so my Daddy believed.

And if we don’t discern and aren’t diligent to seek God’s guidance, 2016 will be the same song, umpteenth verse of this ditty of deception.

God has answered our prayers and raised up a trio of godly patriots, well qualified to seek the office of President. Men who aren’t ashamed of their faith in Jesus Christ. Men who have the courage to speak the truth. But, it’s hard to fight free stuff. Because we’ve raised a generation of folks who believe their have a right to free, refusing to care or comprehend someone has to pay for their free. Scripture instructs, “If you do not work, you do not eat.”


What’s the point, you ask? The Klan no longer exists.

Really? Are you sure?

Jesus tells us, “If we say we love God and hate our brothers, we are liars and the truth is not in us.”

Anyone who hates another human enough to kill is like a current-day-member of the Klan. Just as despicable and evil. And God says we’ve murdered them in our hearts first. Anyone who chooses the lie of the father-of-lies, rather than obeying the commands of the Lord God, will inherit the eternal consequences of their choices.

Make no mistake, for there to be a heaven, there must be a hell. But God sends no one to that eternal place of torment…they choose hell because they refuse to acknowledge and believe and choose Jesus and refuse to forgive others.


I highly endorse the movie Woodlawn. And would suggest it for family viewing and discussion.

Stars and Yard Lights


Another thought provoking, beautiful post by friend and author, Danele Rotharmel.

Originally posted on dragonflydanele:

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Dear Friends,

When I was in quarantine, it was dangerous for me to go outside during the day. My neighbors knew my condition–and they tried to be considerate—but they had to live too. When I’d stick my nose out my door, it seemed there was always a ditch being burned or a lawn being mowed. Since I couldn’t always go out during the day, I took to wandering by night. At 2 a.m., the road in front of my house was deserted, and I could walk to my heart’s content. The pitch dark of deep night became my time of freedom.

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Everything is quiet late at night, and the stars are spectacular. Since I wasn’t in danger of being run over, I’d walk down the middle of the road with my face tipped up toward the sky and look at the constellations. I’d always been interested in astronomy, but I’d…

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“Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction…”
(Romans 15:4 NKJV)

The nations of Israel and America were each established on the biblical precept of faith in the Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. But God brought charges against Ancient Israel in Jeremiah 2. And those words in Jeremiah, because of the immutability of God, in 2015 still stand as an indictment against both nations.
“Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be very desolate, says the Lord. For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:12-13 NKJV).

In the Old Testament God often refers to Himself as the fountain (source and provision) of living waters. In the New Testament Jesus told the woman at the well He would give her living water to drink so she would never thirst again. And in Revelation 22:1 we are told of a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, that will proceed from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

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We all understand H2O is an essential commodity for life. But God tells us faith and trust and worship of Him, the fountain or source of living water, are the only real essentials to abundant life—and both Ancient and Modern Israel have forsaken Him. And America who for over 200 years echoed, “In God We Trust” has also forsaken His living water.

Both nations have “…hewn for themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
Before the days of indoor plumbing, and no, I’m not old enough to remember those days, but our lake house did have an out-house—the source of a town’s water came from cisterns that held rain water, melting snow, or dammed up rivers and streams. No rain meant no water and resulted in no life. In those days, people recognized God held life in His hands. And the Bible records the terrible droughts and famines God used to turn His peoples’ hearts back to Him.

But in today’s modern world, overcome with the cistern-of-self, we give no thought to the true and only source of life giving water. We turn the handle and expect water on demand. Years of technology enable us to dam up and contain water then transfer it to cities and towns far from the source. When the distribution point of that water supply is interrupted or pipes break, our lives come to a screeching halt ‘til the water main is repaired. But what will happen when the Source of Living Water says enough?

That’s what happened in Jeremiah’s day. God’s patience with Israel had come to an end. Their broken cistern was dry. There was no righteousness left, just like in the days of Noah. God was grieved and told Jeremiah judgment was coming. And it did. Via Nebuchadnezzar and his fierce Babylonian forces.

The false prophets of Jeremiah’s day said, Oh no, God won’t judge us. We’re His people. There will be peace. Don’t believe these crazy prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. It’s gonna be all right. Don’t listen to them. Trust us.

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And like the foolish Israelites had always done, rather than trusting the God who delivered them from Egypt and gave them the land He promised, these chosen people once again cast their lot with unreliable liars. Liars who led them to worship idols, to sacrifice their children, and to kick God out of their tent.
Some things never change, do they?
Americans too have hewed broken cisterns.
We’ve believed the lies of dishonest preachers, false teachers, and politicians, because we haven’t bothered to find out for ourselves what the Word of God really says. And I’m talking to the church, folks. We’ve refused to believe God’s Word is truth without error and we’ve allowed liars to teach our children there is no absolute truth. That it’s right and normal to be homosexual. (Yes, even within some evangelical churches.) That killing babies is okay if you define it as choice. That it’s okay to sleep around—if it feels good—do it. Worse yet, we’ve paid these liars to lead our children down the path to hewing their own broken cisterns and filling them with false gods.

In Chapter 5:1-3, Jeremiah tells us not one man sought the truth. There was not man who would judge the unrighteousness—they all swore falsely. God had stricken the people, but they were not grieved. They refused correction. So God made their faces harder than rock and the people refused to return.

Last week two Episcopal nuns appeared in pictures on FaceBook, with Cheshire-cat-grins plastered on their faces and their hands locked and held high for victory, celebrating legalization of homosexual marriage and abortion—while human trafficking endangers the future of our young people. And our leaders are signing peace treaties with predators throughout the world.

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The United States Congress has seen the evidence and understood the testimony against Planned Parenthood, yet they refuse to defund and close this murderous organization—no man (that we elected) would judge the unrighteousness, therefore they all swore falsely. And God has made their faces harder than rock–
The self-hewn cisterns of this world are parched, hollow and vile. America is dying for lack of God’s living water—yet the majority of the church refuses to drink. And once again judgment is coming on His people.
Where will God find you?
Full of abominable darkness or over-flowing with His holy light?


“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water…I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 7:37-38 and John 8:12 NKJV).

No Gap


Friend and Christian blogger, Ernesto Carrasco, takes us through the first chapter of Genesis, destroying the Gap theory. God’s Word is truth and will stand forever!

Originally posted on Ernie's Musings:


And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)

Ever since Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life, (in which, by the way, he never addresses the main thesis of his book) it seems that Christian theologians have been scrambling to defend the Genesis creation account and allow for millions of years of evolution. Even now with all the great research being done by creation scientists in the fields of biology, cosmology, geology, meteorology, paleontology, physics, and others, and by great organizations like Answers In Genesis, Creation Ministries International, the Creation Research Society, the Institute for Creation Research and others, still we have far…

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Embrace the Chaos


New friend and fellow Prism Book Group author penned this post today that I feel is so relevant to our lives. Please read and ponder her words.

Originally posted on dragonflydanele:


Dear Friends,

During my second year of quarantine, I came down a severe case of cabin fever, and when I say severe, I mean SEVERE!! Quarantine was REALLY getting on my nerves. As I focused on the things I couldn’t do, my discontentment grew. Some days, I would pace between the table and the couch clenching and unclenching my fists while rehearsing my list of “forbidden” activities. I can’t drive. I can’t go to church. I can’t have lunch with friends. I can’t go to a movie. I can’t go to the grocery store. I can’t go to the mailbox when cars are on the road. I can’t go for a walk when the neighbor is running her dryer. I can’t…I can’t…

One day, the frustration I felt exploded into a burst of rage. I couldn’t stand being trapped inside for one more second. I stopped pacing and stormed out the door…

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