God Keeps His Promises!

I have been reading in the book of Psalms for the entire month of June.  One thing God has reiterated to me as I have read through the Psalms in 2013 is that He always keeps His promises.  We’ve all heard what’s on my heart today….and heard it and heard it and heard it if we’ve been in church for long.  Funny thing is though, I know very few who actually live a lifestyle of ‘believing God keeps His promises’!

God has made lots of promises to His children!  I may not ‘see’ the answer to the promise right now, but I believe the answers are there, waiting to manifest, in His perfect timing!

Here are just a few verses of the many that reference our ‘promise keeping God’.  They are quoted from the New Living Translation:

Psalms 18:30  God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection.

Psalms 138:2  I bow before Your holy Temple as I worship. I praise Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness; for Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name.

Psalms 145:13  For Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The LORD always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does.

Psalms 146:6  He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever.

I find we as ‘believers’ often say we believe this but then we act like we don’t.  Why is this?  If we trust Him to save us for all eternity, why don’t we trust Him with our here and now?  He is not only faithful to His promises once we die, He is faithful to all the promises that pertain to our daily lives.  But we tend to believe our circumstances and what we see with our eyes rather than what He says is true.  He tells us to:

2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)  for we walk by faith, not by sight.

However, I am so often guilty of ‘walking by sight and not by faith’.  I feel like Paul when he said:

Romans 7:15  For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Scripture tells us repeatedly ‘He is mighty to save’.  In fact, I have these words hanging on my wall where I can see them all the time.

Mighty to Save

I’ll never forget the day He revealed to me those words didn’t just mean to save me from my sins and for eternity, but He meant to save me in every area of my life! He is our Savior and I believe He saves us every day, even when we don’t recognize it.  He saves us from accidents (that traffic delay that so frustrated you might just have been Him at work saving you.); He saves us in our finances (I don’t know of too many people who haven’t had some kind of miraculous intervention in the area of their finances.); He saves us from ourselves in too many ways to count; and the list can go on and on.

You may ask as I have….well, why doesn’t He save us every time?  I can’t answer that question but He can:

Isaiah 55:8-9  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We won’t ever understand everything!  If we could understand God, He wouldn’t be God!  We can’t bring Him down to our level of understanding, we must rise to His.

So each person has a choice to make—to believe or not.  Is He mighty to save, or isn’t He?  Is His saving power limited to certain areas of our lives or does it apply to every area of our lives?

Will we do this:

Psa 106:12  Then His people believed His promises. Then they sang His praise.

Or will we chose to do this?

Psalms 78:22 (AMP)  Because in God they believed not [they relied not on Him, they adhered not to Him], and they trusted not in His salvation (His power to save).

Psalms 106:24  The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe His promise to care for them.

God gives us the choice.  He doesn’t force us to believe, He doesn’t coerce us to believe, He doesn’t demand we believe, He only lays out the benefits of believing and lets us make the choice.

Mark 9:23b  “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

Mark 11:24  I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

Luke 1:45  You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.”

My prayer when I find myself walking in doubt as to IF He’ll keep His promises is this:

Mark 9:24  The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

We really can’t do it without His help.  The paradox is that He tells us to believe and then gives us the ability to believe in His power and strength…just like He tells us to obey and then gives us the strength to obey.

But it all boils down to just one question:

Will YOU believe?

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Who Hired Judas?

I read this blog post today by Lance Wallnau and found it thought provoking and challenging.

Who hired Judas?

Published May 28, 2013 | By Lance Wallnau

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Who hired Judas to be the treasurer of the ministry? Jesus, of course. Now think, Jesus gave an opportunity for a greedy man to handle His money. Did He not know that Judas had a problem with money? Certainly. Which makes for TWO important discoveries:

  1. The area of gifting is the area of temptation,
  2. God will give you responsibility and opportunity in that area in spite of your weakness.

Does God want to set you up to fail? Actually, He is setting you up to succeed. The only way you can break through a weakness is to face it and overcome it. To break off the iniquity – you must face off with the iniquity.

God doesn’t tempt us – yet the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Why? Meeting the tempter seems to be a right of passage into promotion. Did the Father want the Son to fail? Obviously not. He wanted the Son to be tested and qualified to drive the enemy out.

Maybe you and I are tempted most in the area we are called to drive out the devil? Look at the thing you struggle with now and consider if it isn’t a spirit somehow associated with the territory you are called to occupy. Judas had a gift for money and therefore had to overcome a spirit of greed. A strong leader may struggle with control, a great persuader with manipulation or seduction.

Temptation reveals weaknesses and “Owning” a weakness actually makes you more authentic. It makes you more generous with others who fall and the humility you experience creates a vacuum in you that draws in greater grace! God gives grace to the humble. Grace is the word that describes a current of divine energizing power from Heaven. As you draw near to Him, He gives you grace and this creates energy to overcome. Heaven creates a table for you right “in the presence of your enemies.” You “occupy till He comes.” You don’t run from the pressure. Heaven wants you to win. You’ll never meet a temptation you do not have ability to resist. (read 1 Cor 10:13)

And you’ll never be held back from promotion because you might be tempted. In fact your weakness and your strength are so intertwined that you will surely meet temptation as you advance. Don’t let it stop you.

I could discuss many different thoughts going through my head after reading this word, but here’s an initial one:  If what Lance says is true, and I think it is, what does this say about the ‘judgmental church’ that so often attacks the ones who struggle in the area of their giftedness?  How many lives have been stymied or ruined because of the condemnation and criticism leveled by the church as they wrestle through temptation (or falling to temptation) on the journey to receiving the grace to overcome.  Have we been the one judging….or the one restoring?

I believe this is a word aptly spoken and we really do need to ‘pause and calmly think about that‘!!

I’d also encourage you to click on one of the links to Lance’s blog….his words always stretch and challenge me!

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What’s New in the Country?

Spring is such a fabulous time of year in the country….new life is breaking out everywhere!

Hidden nest sm

Hidden Nest

Red Bird nest sm

Cardinal Eggs

Waiting to hatch!

Hen is taking a break from her eggs.

The momma hen is taking a break from her eggs.

We moved the garden this year–the deer found our last one and ate everything in it over the winter.  So now….the new one is ‘deer proofed’.  Think this will work?  HA!

Deer proof garden smI started completely from scratch tilling up the ground.  It was quite a job but it’s been fun!


Moving right along….look what has come to live on the farm!

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Yup!  Four minature donkeys!  There are two males (donkey males are called jacks!), one female (jenny) and one foal that I just discovered this week is also female.

This is 'Gertie' and her baby who has no name yet.

This is ‘Gertie’ and her baby who has no name yet.

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This is Buckaroo and Gus. Their antics keep us laughing!

Waiting for treats!

Waiting for treats!

The flowers have been beautiful this spring but I also got a big kick out of ‘Tank’ sleeping in the tiny flowers!

Tank sleeping in the flowers sm


Amarylis sm Flower box sm Geraniums sm


Spring flowers 2013

We also had a wedding here this spring….and the weather cooperated perfectly!

Lanny's wedding

Some horses ‘escaped’ from next door and came for a visit….I loved looking out the window one morning and seeing them in the yard and I didn’t want them to go home!  🙂

Horses a visiting

And last but not least, our weather was so mild this winter that there was some relaxing time before spring got here….here’s Maggie and me.  I doubt we’ll get to do this again until fall arrives!

Maggie and me

Hope you’re enjoying your Springtime too!

Isaiah 40:8  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

Luke 12:27-28 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

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Quantum Faith

There is a topic that has continued to come up over and over in my reading for the past several years….quantum physics!  It is a heavy topic and not easily understood, but in a very elementary way, I’m ‘sort of’ grasping the gist of it.  I’ve at least come to the place where I see what I think is a real correlation between quantum physics and faith.  As it kept coming up, quantum physics sounded really familiar to me because it often sounded like a description of faith.  Think about it….how surreal is it to read in God’s Word that faith can move (or remove) mountains?

1 Corinthians 13:2 (AMP)  And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

Quantum physics is the study of things so small we can’t see them, but everything in the universe is made of these subatomic particles.  Could that be what is referenced in Hebrews 11:3?

Hebrews 11:3 (AMP)  By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.

My good friend, Dr. David Stewart gives this explanation:

The principal laws of classical physics were first articulated by Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727). Classical physics has to do with things large enough to experience or measure with our five senses. Classical physics provides the laws by which engineers can build bridges across rivers, design cars to ride in, and send rockets into outer space. Classical physics deals with phenomena involving dimensions the size of an atom or larger.

The principles of quantum physics were first articulated at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th by men such as Max Planck (1858–1947), Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), and Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976). Quantum physics has to do with things too small to experience or measure with our five senses. Quantum physics explains things like electric eyes, solar panels, and spectrometers and how they work. Quantum physics deals with the behavior of things with dimensions smaller than an atom. These include electrons, protons, neutrons, quarks, neutrinos, mesons, and other subatomic particles.

As human experimenters, we can study the objects of classical physics as objective observers, separated and apart from the phenomena we study. This is not so in quantum physics, where the experimenter is always part of the experiment.

Annette Capps, in her book Quantum Faith, explains it like this:

“In the quantum, subatomic arena, there are only possibilities and probabilities.  Things don’t work like you think they should.  Nothing is there until you look.  All that exists is only an infinite number of possibilities.”

“Nothing is there until you look” — I love that thought!  To me, that’s just looking around with the eyes of faith.  So in a way, science has finally caught up with what the Scripture has always taught us about believing God!  Hebrews 11 teaches us over and over how ‘supernatural’ things happened when ordinary people believed!

Then today I read this by Lance Wallnau:

There are both natural and spiritual fields around us.  Some scientists call it the quantum field and are just now coming to terms with its implications.  …  There is a realm in the creative sphere of life that attracts to you everything that you need or want.  It seems that all life vibrates at a frequency that responds to you when you are in harmony with it.

I think that is just another way of referring to ‘the favor of God’.  Here are a few verses referencing this idea:

Psalms 90:17 (ESV)  Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Daniel 1:9 (ESV)  And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs,

Malachi 1:9 (ESV)  And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of hosts.

Luke 2:52 (ESV)  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Annette Capps also addresses this thought:

The thoughts and beliefs that you carry also produce an energy around you.  Have you ever noticed that when you are angry, things go wrong, and people are insulting and angry with you?  Your thoughts and beliefs produce an energy that people can perceive and react to.  If you believe that no one likes you, then you emit that rejecting type of energy, and people will be driven away from you.

If you love people and care about them, they will feel that and be drawn to you.  Have you ever been around someone who is pleasant and full of love?  It is an energy you can actually feel.  The energy of love is a powerful drawing card for good in your life.  After all, God is Love.

So how does one obtain the favor of God?  The first clue has been already given:  God is love!  He delights to pour His favor on us!  I think another clue is found in this verse from the Amplified Bible”

Isaiah 30:18  And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! [John 14:3, 27; II Cor. 12:9; Heb. 12:2; I John 3:16; Rev. 3:5.]

How do we wait and expect and look and long for Him (for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy and His matchless, unbroken companionship)?  By faith of course!

Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)  NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. 

Annette Capps goes on to say in Quantum Faith:

“Physical laws we take for granted were superseded by the person of Jesus Christ and can be superseded by those who accept the principles of the kingdom of God.”

John 14:12 (NIV84)  I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

God is not limited to the things you and I see.  When you hope for something (NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for), where does it exist?  Only in your mind and heart!  God desires that we see with the eyes of faith, and sometimes, that means seeing “as real fact what is not revealed to the senses” (Hebrews 11:1 AMP).  And maybe, just maybe, when we look we’ll see something that was not there before!

Mark 9:23  And Jesus said … All things are possible for one who believes.

Do you believe?

Quantum Graphic

Quantum Graphic – from the book, Advanced Visual Quantum Mechanics by Bernd Thaller

Quantum physics, or faith?  One or the other? …. Or are they one in the same?  I’m still pondering this topic.  What do you think?



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What’s On My Mind in 2013?

When I first began this blog about a year ago, I thought I’d probably write a post once a week.  That ‘good idea’ didn’t last too long and then I settled into about once a month.  As I look back over 2012, I find I only missed one month when I had quite a bit of company.  Not too bad I guess.

So now it’s 2013 and I’ve already missed a month….sigh!  The problem now is I have so much going on in my head that I don’t know where I want to focus when I sit to write.  God is teaching me so much and showing me so many things I’ve never thought about before.  I’ve asked Him many times to help me not put any kind of boundaries on Him according to ‘tradition’ or keep Him in any kind of ‘box’.  I feel like for now in my life, He’s blowing the lid off all my boxes simultaneously!  🙂  I actually love this because I want to know Him for Who He really is and not for Who we’ve made Him to be….Selah!

You may recall from my last post in December, Serendipity, that He is teaching me many new things about healing and the use of the ‘healing oils of the Bible’.  The author of the book I read on that topic (Dr. David Stewart) actually came and did a weekend conference in my home earlier this month.  That would be the main reason I haven’t written so far this year….getting ready for that event was a BIG project.

Anyway, I have continued to have healing on my mind quite a bit.  This morning I am pondering a question and I’d love your thoughts.

Jesus sent His disciples out ‘two by two’ to basically do two things:

  1. Preach the gospel.
  2. Heal the sick.

Luke 9:2  and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

Why does the majority of the Christian church practice #1 and not #2?  Why are young ministers taught classes in preaching and not healing?  You may say, “Healing is a gift and not everyone has that gift”.  And to that I would say, “Faith is a gift also, but aren’t we all to practice faith?”  In Luke 10 Jesus told the 72 to go out and anoint with oil and heal….did all 72 have the ‘gift’ of healing?  I don’t think so….

We are told in Mark chapter 6:

Mark 6:12 They went out and preached that people should repent.
Mark 6:13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

I am learning in my studies there is really something to the ‘anointing with oil’ part of healing the sick.  This is a fascinating study!  I encourage you to consider studying this topic and you might want to begin as I did by reading “Healing Oils of the Bible” by Dr. Stewart.  That’s what started me on my journey but using the healing oils and seeing their results keeps me on the journey.

I’ll give you just one example:  For about the past 10 years, I’ve had to use a steroid nasal spray for my sinuses.  This began after several winters of bronchitis and one even of pneumonia.  I learned I didn’t want that again so I found the steroid helped keep me from getting so sick.

This winter I began using Peppermint oil to open up my sinuses and I have not needed the steroid at all.  Now which would you rather put in your body?  A natural plant substance or a steroid.  For me there is no question!

God’s healing oils really do work, however, I will caution you that you must use a pure therapeutic grade essential oil and not one that has been adulterated, engineered, or ‘extended’ with the use of synthetic-made compounds.  But think about it…..the oils come from plants and God is the One that spoke the plants into existence.

Genesis 1:11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

I read a quote this morning by D. Gary Young of Young Living Essential Oils.  He said about God’s essential oils, “It is so sad that many turn away because of traditional beliefs.” and “…the way to live with strength and vitality without pain and disease lies in what God has created, not in what man has altered.”  Everything God created is good!  His Life is instilled in His Creation.  No wonder the oils can heal!

Genesis 1:12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

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Serendipity is defined according to dictionary.com as:  an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

Serendipity–to me–is the leadership of the Holy Spirit and it’s no accident!  Recently I had one of those events many would describe as ‘serendipity’ but I know it was God leading and directing me into His will for my life!

Early in August of this year, I got the September issue of The Herb Companion, a magazine I enjoy as I am trying to learn about growing and using fresh herbs.  That particular issue had an article on “Alternatives to Antibiotics” that fascinated me as well one entitled “Guide to Essential Oils”.  After reading those two articles, I went to Amazon to investigate these topics a bit further and ‘stumbled upon’ (serendipity? or Holy Spirit?) the book, Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart, Ph.D.

I immediately ordered it that very day.  And not only did I order it, I ordered two other books that Amazon showed ‘often purchased together’.  One was The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple:  God’s Love Manifest in Molecules also by Dr. Stewart and one was Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol Truman.  I spent $63 on books that day–this is not my normal behavior…especially on 2 authors I didn’t know!

Why did I do that?  Well, if I look at it logically, here’s why:

1.  I’d never been satisfied when I questioned others about ‘anointing with oil’ as to what oil was used in Bible times.  The usual answer I got was ‘olive oil’ and I never felt that was the ‘right answer’.  So to see a book entitled Healing Oils of the Bible intrigued me.

2.  The chemistry book is a little harder to understand as I look back.  After all, it is an 850 page book and I’ve never had a chemistry course in my life…not in high school or college.  (I’m not sure how I managed that but I did.)

So why did I buy it?  I can only say when I saw the subtitle, “God’s Love Manifest in Molecules” my heart said ‘you need this book!’

3.  And why did I buy the third book.  Well, no question there….the title fascinated me!

So all of this can be explained logically.  But I now know it was not my own thinking that caused me to buy those 3 books that day….it was God’s directing me in His sovereignty!

Why do I say that?  Because those 3 books sparked something in me.  After I read Dr. Stewart’s Healing Oils of the Bible, I felt something rising up in me I can honestly say I’ve never felt before….a true and real passion for an area of study.

You see, all my life I’ve realized I had many interests but no real passion for a particular subject.  (This has nothing to do with my passion for the Lord by the way.)  But so many people just KNOW what they want to be ‘when they grow up’ and I never did.  I wasn’t particularly gifted in any specific area of study….just kind of all around average in my likes and abilities.

But this book ‘lit a fire in me’ and I am continuing to intensely study in the area of ‘Biblical oils’ as well as ‘essential oils’.  In fact, I’ve already begun working toward becoming a ‘certified instructor’ through C.A.R.E. which is the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education.

An interesting tidbit…all 3 of the books I ordered are ‘required’ reading for this certification!  Was the Lord going before me??  And no, I’ve not finished the 850 page chemistry book but I am over ½ way through it!  Dr. Stewart does make it simple to understand, but with no background of any kind, I’m taking it very slow!

I’m really being stretched through these studies….after all, I used to think ‘aromatherapists’ were ‘kooks’ and/or ‘New Age gurus’ (in my arrogant and judgmental, non-understanding-of-grace days!).  But quite frankly, I’m tired of Christians sitting back and letting the enemy steal what God meant for our good, and I believe that is what has happened in this field.  So I’m going to be a ‘born again, Bible believing, Holy Spirit led’ aromatherapist!  To quote Dr. Stewart as to healing, “…the Biblical application of essential oils was always with prayer.  Sometimes prayer alone will work and sometimes oils alone will work, but the combination is very powerful, indeed.”

Serendipity?  Or God?







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Holidays or ‘Holy Days’?

As I journalled this morning, here is what I ‘heard’ from the Lord.  I hope it will be an encouragement to you as well!

I want you to enjoy Christmas this year…..I want it to be a meaningful time where you are not rushing around in a panic trying to get things done, but simply resting in Me throughout the holiday season.

Thanksgiving to Christmas has become a nightmare for so many….but originally, the intent was to worship and honor and glorify Me….a month long period of worship and praise and more intent focus.  It’s in the winter when things move at a slower pace (or used to)…the farmers were basically finished for the year, the nights began earlier, and there was a more relaxed pace to ‘pause and calmly think of Me’.  It can be that way for you if you will let it.  It’s easy to get caught up in the ‘hustle and bustle’ but I will help you to ‘tune in’ to Me during these days.  This can be your best ‘holy-day’ season ever if you resist the temptations to lose your focus.


I AM the Light of the World

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After a crazy busy summer of traveling and gardening, fall has arrived and it doesn’t seem life has slowed down one bit.  It appears I’ll be traveling at least once a month for the rest of this year.  I don’t ever really like to leave my life on the farm but sometimes it’s necessary and I try to have a good attitude about it!  🙂

In September I was gone two out of four weeks and that really threw me out of sorts….and left me way behind.  Or at least it feels that way.  But are we actually ever really behind?  Or have we just not done what ‘we’ want to do?

I ponder this often as I talk with the Lord about my schedule and if it fits in with His plans for my life.  When I ‘check with Him’ before scheduling a trip (or any event actually), and I get the go-ahead, then I need to trust Him with the results of what gets done and what doesn’t.   This is hard for my personality that wants to work on a schedule.  However for me, I still think it goes back to a trust issue.  Do I trust Him with my schedule?

This blog is another one of those areas of confusion.  I’m quite sure He impressed on me to start a blog back in January.  However, through my ‘busy time’ I haven’t gotten to regularly write.  That leaves me feeling frustrated, but again, I want to trust Him with my schedule and my daily activities.

Right now, I’m in an intent time of study in a new area that is completely unfamiliar to me, but is opening up a new realm of ‘Who He Is’ and I’m loving it.  I’m studying about the “Healing Oils of the Bible” and it has become a new passion to learn what God says, what ‘oils’ can do for us, and to learn more about what I have come to believe is ‘God’s Healthcare Plan’.  Right now I’m in the middle of an 800+ page book on “The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple…God’s Love Manifest in Molecules” by David Stewart, PhD., D.N.M..  This is a fascinating trip into the unknown for me as I’ve never had a chemistry course in my life!!!  (Not sure how I managed to graduate from college without one!)  One of my upcoming trips will be to attend a conference by Dr. Stewart in November for more in-depth teaching and study.

All that said, when you are studying, there’s not as much time to write.  So I’m seeking a balance between studying and writing, farming and working….not to mention relationships.  I know I’m not the only one that struggles with these issues of time management.  How do you deal with the ‘un-done’?

I’ll leave you with some pictures from my Iowa trip this summer.

Iowa Corn Fields – beautiful and never ending!

Corn fields for miles and miles and miles….

And who knew that the phrase ‘Go West Young Man, Go West’ led a man to Iowa?  I always assumed it meant way out west like California or Oregon.  Just one reason traveling can be good for me!

And Grinnell, Iowa happened to be a lovely little oasis in the midst of all those corn fields!

Grinnell, Iowa on a Sunday afternoon…deserted!


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Under His Wings

Psalms 91:4  (NIV) He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

I just have to tell ya!  Life on a farm is so much fun….the simple life is a good one and I love it.

Watching this momma bird with her babies has given me a whole new perspective on God’s care for us and the verse above.  When I saw that first baby chick poke its head out from under its momma’s wing, all I could think was ‘under His wings you will find refuge.  To be under His wings, it seems to me you have to be close to Him….are you?


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Summertime on the Farm!

My summer has been filled to date with travel and gardening….and that’s about it!  My what a busy time of year it is!  As I’m fairly new to gardening, I’m still learning lots about the processing of nature’s bounty.

Here’s a little bit of what has been accomplished with these tomatoes…..

Tomatoes & Okra

We’ve also canned or frozen squash, 3 kinds of peas, okra and made pickles and preserves….Yum!

Pickles & Preserves

Strawberry fig preserves – delicious!

I’ve also traveled several times with another trip upcoming later this week.

First, I joined my youngest son in celebrating his 23rd birthday with a trip to New Orleans accompanied by one of his brothers and his sister.  Our primary destination was the aquarium.  This is my favorite picture from the day….

I love our Creator’s imagination! This stingray looks like Casper the friendly ghost to me….

I also attended a once-every-three-years family reunion.  I missed the last one so it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen most of the family.  Here’s a photo of part of the group on the Ole Miss campus in front of the “Leavell” building.

I’m heading to Cedar Rapids, Iowa this week for a conference with Francis Frangipane.  You may recall he has been my teacher in the online class I took in the first 6 months of this year.  I’ve never been to Iowa that I recall and I’m definitely looking forward to the conference and the trip!

And for a little summertime beauty, check this out!  These are called “Four O’Clocks” and they bloom each day at–yes, you’ve got it–around 4:00 pm.  I’ve enjoyed watching them this summer and continue to stand amazed at God’s creativity!

 I’ll be back soon.  Until then, enjoy your summer and this beautiful summertime sunset!

Alabama sunset

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