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Meander Scar 1

“A meander scar, occasionally meander scarp,[1] is a geological feature formed by the remnants of a meandering water channel. They are characterized by “a crescentic cut in a bluff or valley wall, produced by…a meandering stream…Meander scars are caused by the varying velocities of current within the river channel. Due to higher velocity current on the outer banks of the river through the bend, more erosion occurs causing the characteristic steep outer slopes.[1] In certain habitats, if the scar has sufficient water, or as an oxbow lake fills with sediment, these areas may become marshes or wetlands.”


I love words. Of course I do, I’m a writer. But when I ran across the words “meander scar” in my son’s Texas text book, being a sand-in-my-shoes Florida girl, I was bumfuzzled. I’d never heard those two words linked together before.

Now, for the past thirty years I’ve become a Texas gal, and I’ve seen boo-coddles of meander scars, ‘cause we have multitudes of flash floods out here. Raging walls of water that carve new pathways through whatever is in their way.

Tornadoes and spring storms feed these flash floods and scar the landscape with their zig-zag slashes. A number of years back one of these rogue storms transformed the normally quiet Guadalupe River into a water butcher, sculpting, and slashing new paths through the Texas Hill Country.

Along the Guadaloupe River

Now a scar by definition is a blemish, deformity, defect, or disfigurement. And left in their raw state, scars are often unsightly. But did you ever consider how many times our hearts, minds, and bodies suffer turbulence from flash floods of grief, relational pain, or consequences of diseases that leave meandering scars carved inside and outside our bodies?


The Word of God says: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren…whom He called He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Romans 8:28-30 NAS).

Meander Scar 4


Just like God transforms those ugly meander scars in the landscape, He promises to transform the scars inflicted in your mind, body, and heart, if you’ll let Him. And like Texas in the springtime heals and blossoms with the beauty of His handiwork, transforming those deep, ugly gashes in the land into multi-dimensional layers of spectacular photo opportunities, the Spirit of the Living God will heal, transform, and cover your scars with His mercy, His grace, and His love. He will turn you into a multi-dimensional vessel, assigned to pour love, mercy, and grace onto a lost dying neighborhood, town, nation—yes, even the world.


Spring 2016 BB 2


“And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is. Because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27 NAS).


This Spring I’m off on another road-trip to locate and photograph those bluebonnet-covered meander scars. But for the past sixteen years God has been softening and transforming my own scars from the death of my daughter and my parents through my participation in the Grief Share ministry. How does He accomplish this restoration? By pointing those new to this journey through the valley of the shadow of death to Jesus, then watching them blossom as He heals and transforms them too.

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Are you allowing God to transform and heal your scars? He will, you know, but first you must acknowledge your need, come to Him, thank Him for who He is, ask His forgiveness for your sin of unbelief. Ask for His healing and His peace. Then rest in Him to perform the miracle of new birth in you.


“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17 NAS).


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CHARACTER INTERVIEW: Crissy Crosby from Roped

Wednesday, July 05, 2017   character interview , crissy crosby , diAne n. gates , rodeo , roped , texas , YA   No comments

  1. Tell me a little about yourself (where you live, who you are, what you look like, what you hope to achieve, etc.)

I raked my fingers through the blonde curls drooping in my eyes. “Not much to tell, ma’am. Name’s Crissy. Crissy Crosby. I’m almost fourteen and a half and I love horses, ropin’ and ridin’. My folks are ranchers on a small spread outside of Terrell, Texas. I’m just an ordinary cowgirl—since before I turned four. Papa says God made my long legs just like Mama’s, so I’d wind up in the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame just like her. And I sure hope all this practice earns me a rodeo scholarship to college. I want to be a vet—just like Doc Adams. He saved both my horses this year.”

  •     What do you like to do in your spare time?

“Well, livin’ on a ranch, plus school, with five horses and rodeo practice, plus other critters to care for, who has spare time? Ranch life is hard, but it’s fun.”

  •        What is your favorite color and why?

My Nana’s favorite color is blue. All of a sudden this past year, she left and went to live with Jesus.” Fore I could stop ’im, tears filled my eyes and leaked down my cheeks. “Sorry…” I wiped ’em away with the back of my hand. “…still makes my heart hurt. So now I wear blue to remind me of her. Sure do miss her.”

  •     What is your favorite food? Why is it your favorite?

“That’s sure a no-brainer. We raise cattle—ribs, hamburgers, steak, tacos—‘about anything beef and Tex-Mex!”

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  •     What would you say is your biggest quirk?

“Why’d you have to ask that question?” I looked away, hopin’ the question would vanish. It didn’t. “Mama says I’m impetuous—whatever that means. And Daddy says my temper yanks me into trouble every time I open my mouth, just like the big ‘ole brim that bites his fishin’ line and ends up in Mama’s fryin’ pan.   

  •     What is it about your antagonist that irks you the most, and why? Share a line in the book where this irk is manifested.

“Only one thing? Every time Jodie Lea Fairgate opens her mouth an irk tackles me. But rodeo night a few weeks ago, I stumbled into her family’s ugly secret. And trust me—her daddy’s the King of Irks. He tried to have Chun and me thrown out of the rodeo. And her? I couldn’t see her face, but her tornado shriek blasted through the wood door like it was tissue paper—‘Crissy Crosby—you hear me good. I swear by the Fairgate name, if you’ve hurt my daddy again, I’ll kill you.’ Can you believe that? And I’m the one who saved her sassy self.”

  •    What or who means the most to you in your life? What, if anything, would you do to keep him/her/it in your life?

“Don’t even have to think about that one. My family! Mama, Daddy and ‘specially my Papa. I’d do anything to shoo the hurt in their hearts away and make ’em smile again. Oh, and my new friend, Chun Len too. I almost had to whip two guys on the school bus ‘cause Jodie Lea told a whopper about him.”

  •     What one thing would like readers to know about you that may not be spelled out in the book in which you inhabit?

I shook my head and stared at the clouds, wondering whether I should tell this lady the truth. Why not? Might help someone. “I’ve never told another soul, but sometimes I’m scared. Really scared. And most of the time, that’s when my temper gets the best of me.”

  •     If you could tell your writer anything about yourself that might turn the direction of the plot, what would it be?

“Oh my! You really know how to turn up the heat, don’t you?” I felt heat ooze over my cheeks. “Please don’t tell my mama or daddy, but I love Chun Len. He’s not like any of the other guys I know. But his daddy sure wouldn’t like that—not one bit! The girls of his culture aren’t like me—they’re pretty and quiet and don’t ride horses.”

  •     Ask me any question. I’ve always wanted to know what a character thinks about writers like myself.

I giggled to myself imaginin’ this pretty, young, writer-lady with her fancy nails…”Do you like horses? Have you ever been to a real-live rodeo? How would you like me to teach you to run barrels?”

Well, well. I guess there’s a first for everything…First of all, thank you for thinking I am pretty and young and do up my nails fancy. Yes, I do like horses, but I haven’t ridden one since I was small, when the one that my brother was riding took off with him clinging to his mane. I guess the horse was hungry because he ran my brother all the way to the barn before stopping.

I haven’t been to a rodeo, and I suppose I’d have to learn how to ride first before I was taught anything like running barrels, but thanks for asking. 

BOOK TWO in this ROPED SERIES...TWISTED, releases July 14th. Pre-order now for a chance to win two matted, signed photos by DiAne N. Gates. Drawing on July 13th.

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Walk awhile with me. Enthralled by this crossroad. Entwined in the passion that springs from the heart of God.  Enveloped in His Words that strike a unified cord in our hearts to nourish and encourage us in life’s journey for this moment in time.


My husband walks in the door in the evening, punches on the TV and listens to the news—nonstop—6:00 to 10:300. By the time he’s ready to call it a day, I’m ready to mount a siege, write my congressman and strangle most of our leaders. And my husband goes to sleep.

Tonight brought the news that forty-nine people have been shot on the south side of Chicago in the past three days. That’s right—in three days. That’s more than have been killed in Afghanistan in months. One of the victims, a little six year old girl playing in her yard.

How did we get here?

A pastor from the south side of Chicago talked with the commentator and when asked what he thought the solution to this town’s problem was the pastor suggested the problems occurred because those committing these crimes felt hopeless and we, Americans, should send more money, create more programs, and volunteer to help in this war zone. He made no mention of the need for a transformation of the heart that only Jesus can give. Nor did he call their actions what God calls them—an abomination.

God identified the problem centuries ago and the answer is the same today. (Jeremiah 17:9 NKJ)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

That’s why Jesus had to die, for my wicked heart and for your wicked heart.

God lists the seven things that are an abomination to Him in Proverbs 6:18 (NKJ):

A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies and one who sows discord among brethren.

America is a nation divided against itself and God says:

            “And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Mark   3:24 (NKJ)     

So, is there any way out of this destructive maze?  Yes!

It’s time the body of Christ becomes so appalled at our sins as a nation, that we tremble at the open rebellion in America and the compromise of the Word of God in the church. So appalled that we sit before the Lord God Almighty for a day of mourning for sins that we’ve ignored and grown accustomed to.

Reading the account of Ezra, I’m convicted of the lackadaisical way I come to worship The Lord God. In the past I’ve been stirred up over unrighteousness then dismissed or forgotten the incidents, too busy to even pray about them.

I have pointed my judgmental finger at the White House, Congress, Courts, rogue terrorists and those who refuse to be responsible, law abiding citizens—blaming them for all the troubles and divisiveness in America.  But II Chronicles 7:13-14 (NKJ) points the finger of blame at Church of Jesus Christ.

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if  I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Oh Church, we are not connecting the dots. Our land is being devoured by killer tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, riots, disease, collapse of financial markets , unprecedented man-made disasters.  Our money goes into pockets with holes in them because we have stolen from God. Crimes of every descriptions continue unchecked from our city streets up to the highest offices of our government—all consequences of our refusal to call our problems what they are—sin and rebellion to God and His Word.

God either causes catastrophes or they are allowed by His hand in order to call His people to repent and turn away from our religious apathy and turn back to Him (Isaiah 45:5-7 NKJ). We’re instructed to be holy and set apart, living by the principles and precepts of His Holy Word. Ezra’s words call us to set our hearts to study, know, practice, and teach His statutes and ordinances in this land He blessed and gave to our forefathers.

Never in the history of our nation have there been like days.  In God’s providence, each one of us has been placed in this moment “for such a time as this”.  Will you sit appalled with me? Will you join me to study the Word of God and be diligent to allow His Word to change the way we think?

Only after we have heard and responded to the Word of God can we legitimately fall on our knees like Ezra did in Ezra 9:3-4 pleading for His mercy, grace, and restoration—for our relationship with Him, then for our nation.

Will you join me in asking God to send the fresh wind and fire of His Spirit to blow across our hearts and then through the churches in this land, bringing God’s cleansing, healing and restorative power to the Body of Christ.

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