Just Catching Up!

I’m going to write in this right now. It’s already the 18th of February and it’s flying right by me! I set up a Calendar because I wanted to be a bit more organized but it isn’t even panning out. Practically nothing of what I put there worked out the way that I planned it and it’s surprising because I’m not that kind of person.

Credit goes to Tyler Nix

Somebody said recently; “It’s in the spontaneous this time, not the calculated or planned.” Boy is that ever true this year!

I did manage to do my homework-yes, I’m in school again online and love it….and forwarded my first assignment to my teachers. This picture I’ve posted just gives you a little idea of how organized and minimal my work area needs to be. I don’t need much but I do want it to be comfortable and not cluttered.

I’ve given myself a whole year to take this course so that I can be a “Certified” Copywriter. I’m really not thinking that it will take that long because when I went to college online for a two year degree in Business I had it in one with a 4.0 and on the Honor Roll too! I was surprised myself because I enrolled as a Senior; over 50…my…my! Oh what fun! I give the glory to God because He really helped me through that. I was working full time and often up till 3 A.M. And come to think about it, it was a spontaneous choice then too with the same amount of money; that’s interesting. Looking back I wonder why on earth did I do that?

Well, as it’s being brought to my mind…I think it has to do with right now; don’t ask me why but I believe so. I’ve signed up for classes this year and I believe that there’s a reason and God has it up His sleeve, as it were. Mmm; I have to think-where has all of this come from and how fast. Thinking backwards, I never planned it or even thought of it; the opportunities just popped up! I’m either crazy or I’m tracking with God in a more creative way. Is it possible; why not?

Credit goes to Belinda Fewings

This picture fits. And thinking about this whole thing excites me! I’m not one who can sit still very long unless I’m studying. My face is in the Bible in various translations, a book, or I’m studying something online. I stopped watching TV in 2017 and I don’t miss it at all.

So where am I going? I know I’m going to “what & where” God promised but not in a route I would take myself or even see it-not in a million years! Like I posted last time, a roller coaster ride for sure and very unpleasant to the senses (2020 & 21); the crappiest years of my life and not because of the people, because for the most part I’ve met some really genuine, lovely and generous fun people, but the hardest most ugly circumstances. It’s either that or I never noticed them before to that extent. It’s a very long journey I’ve been on and God isn’t a Liar. I just flat-out believe that if I ask Him to lead and guide me into all truth, He will. It’s not complicated. It’s in the word somewhere where it’s written; actually it’s Luke 11:11-13 (AMP) What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will he give him a snake instead? No! And according to your faith be it unto you. Yes!

Now I just can’t help but believe that I was born for this time on the earth and alive for a reason. I may not yet know what that is specifically but I see pieces that my Heavenly Father has in His hands. There is something He put in me before He sent me from Him in the first place. It’s a mystery and I’m supposed to discover it but I see that it’s only revealed through knowing God’s Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit-the Spirit of Truth and Jesus is the Truth, and He reveals my Father as I cultivate that kind of relationship. That’s why I see pieces…..something like this—

Credit goes to Ross Sneddon

and not the whole picture “yet” just like this puzzle. I will, because He wastes nothing…broken pieces of my life coming together like dry bones….and oh how they will come together, meeting with other people who have been broken, have broken pieces too-who would guess? And what is Father God going to do with us—well, He specializes in Masterpieces! He makes real beauty out of ashes and makes us jewels in His crown! Isn’t that wonderful? He also makes us a mighty army in His arsenal; ferocious and fearless!!! I also believe that we are being honed and sharpened right now….for this Kingdom Age and Era. This is biblical; the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and Jesus said this the most when He was on this earth operating as a man-in the flesh. He is our pattern and blue-print to go by.

Reminds me of who I am!

My my, I just sat down to do a little writing and all of this just flowed from my heart! Ha Ha; it’s been a while but I love to write! So I hope my scribing brought a little encouragement to someone out there in cyberland who needed it. It’s past midnight in Arizona so time to call it a day! Just one more picture……MIGHTY WARRIOR FIT FOR BATTLE!!!


Happy New Year 2022!!!

Oh folks, it’s been too long…..I never meant for such a long time to go by between posts but so much has changed since 2020 and lives have been topsy-turvy ever since. Do you relate? My idea was to just keep writing away and never fail to have something to write about. Oh I think I did but not what I wanted to. Has it been a tough, hard and super challenging last couple of years for you too, my fellow travelers, friends, family, etc.?

I have wanted the world to stop so I could get off more than a few times!

green and brown roller coaster under blue sky during daytime
Credit goes to Jonny Gios

Here’s a picture of where I have been sometimes, how about you? Does this picture kind of give us a frame of reference?

When I was little I rode the old fashioned roller coaster, there are probably few of those left. I can hear the rails creaking, clacking and cranking as this one goes slowly up the track before it takes that fast plunge to the bottom; oh, I can just hold my breath thinking about it-which is what I used to do. For some reason I could ride one of those and the ferris wheel too even though I have been subject to motion sickness all of my life. I thought I would outgrow it but nay, that did not happen physically. Look at this picture, does that bring memories or what?

Credit goes to Robert Linder

My goodness, doesn’t look that safe to me. Just that bar holding one in with some little handle to hold on to, I’m surprised that I got into the thing. And the next one? NO WAY!!!

Credit goes to Elizabeth Villalta

Well, I just wanted to check in the first part of the year because despite everything I am still here and I have stories to tell but not yet, I bet you do too! I don’t feel so much the roller coaster effect as much as I did at the beginning but if you know me, you know it’s because of my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I will give Him the glory and credit Him for my safety and help in time of need……so many times and just at the 11:59 or 55 hour too.

It’s my intention to keep at this now since there has been a “pause” button pushed by my heavenly Father and He’s regrouping, re-aligning, refreshing and restoring me from this rough ride I’ve been on….yes; and He is faithful to finish what He started.

With that I will leave you with happy pictures of 2022!!!

Credit to Moritz Knoringer
photo of orange and white fireworks

Credit goes to Joseph Chan

With that I bid you good evening till next post…

What A Revelation!

woman in white top sitting on sofa
Credit for photo goes to Joel Muniz

What am I seeing today? It’s very interesting and bears some thought. Ever heard of waking up on the wrong side of the bed? Well, I did because I had some ugly thoughts bombarding my mind and I wasn’t even all the way awake yet or out of my bed. So as this was happening, I just threw my robe on, grabbed Coffee and sat down to get into the Word of God; I know how to do that much when I’m being assailed.

Here’s where my text took me and I’m so glad it did because I have had those experiences too many times and I was getting tired of them; I asked some questions as I was finding my place. Here is what I read in the Amplified version of the Bible. “I am filled to the brim with comfort; I am overflowing with joy, in spite of all our trouble. (Oh, and this is in the 7th Chapter of II Cor. verses 4, 5, & 6.) It begins in the second part of vs. 4. and vs. 5 says; “For even when we arrived in Macedonia our bodies had no rest, but we were oppressed at every turn-conflicts and disputes without, fears and dread within.” in vs. 6 the first part says; “BUT GOD, (and this stood out to me) who comforts and encourages the depressed and the disquieted, comforted us.” This was so right on!!! I was feeling uncomfortable and wondering why, and why so many times lately, and in the morning when I didn’t even have my thoughts straight or put together this was happening, and so I was asking God questions about this, and this was His wonderful answer. It’s what I believe He showed me so read on.

In all of the words and descriptions that I am going to share I hope that great encouragement and comfort comes to you also as you my need it too, my fellow travelers and friends. I am becoming more aware as the days go by that the enemy of my soul seeks to bring about mental and emotional instability. These times especially, he wants people to become more and more unbalanced and double-minded. One can easily see it all around. The devil does not want people to have any kind of composure at all and he seeks at every opportunity to throw ones mind into confusion or apathy….make sense???

I love to do word searches and so my first word that I just looked up was this word “disquieted.” You don’t hear that word very much these days but it means to be uneasy, a lack of calm; uncomfortable in body or mind… and I know it’s sometimes both. That’s what I was feeling. Under tension and strain the enemy comes in to attack ones mind and hit their equilibrium. I also saw something for the first time as I was being shown very clearly that this is one of his nasty weapons. What I had been doing when these attacks of the mind came was going into the Word, playing praise & worship songs, and trying to get my mind to replace that ugly feeling. He was showing me that that’s all good as far as it goes but there is more to it; one has to confront it head-on! This was not a case of my own thoughts because I had gone to bed very peaceful and slept just fine but only woke up to this bombardment in my mind, notice the word bomb. That.. is what it was like. My next word that I looked up was equilibrium and that is:

a state of rest or balance due to the equal action of opposing forces .equal balance between any powers, influences, etc.; equality of effect .mental or emotional balance; equanimity:( The pressures of the situation caused her to lose her equilibrium.)

Isn’t that interesting……and I knew it wasn’t me, that’s the deal and so I could see that this was a mind battle and I was to confront it and not waste any time. This is the kind of thing that if not discovered and dealt with will lead to anxiety and fears, the kind you can’t put your finger on, and even later; depression. We have all been there and some may still be there and wondering what is going on in their mind (?) Well, this day Holy Spirit is going to burst that bubble and if one will receive it, be set free from this attack because you will know what it is and who did it and why. You will also recognize it if it should come back in another form and deal with it immediately because you will see it for what it is. That is victory in the mind, if you will. Do you see my point? God is good and if we ask Him for wisdom He will be so glad to give it in “any” area of our lives; Hallelujah!!!

This was short, sweet and to the point and this was my remedy; I took authority over those spirits from the enemy and bound them, cast them into the dry places, used the Word of God where it talks about our weapons of warfare, and forbid them to operate . If we are Believers in Jesus Christ we have been given those weapons to use; to wield them in the spirit in faith, and by speaking out loud and calling them out by the words of what they are causing to happen or feel in ones mind or body. Speak God’s word into our atmosphere. satan is a liar and a defeated foe and he has no power against us unless we give it to him. Sometimes we do and we don’t even know it. I didn’t even see this form of attack; didn’t even know it was an attack against my mind until I asked the Holy Spirit what is going on here? See? God is so willing to show us about anything in our lives that we don’t seem to have a handle on. I’m so glad that He is a patient and loving Father to His children, aren’t you? He perfects that which concerns us!

Now in these scriptures it was the Apostle Paul who was sharing here and he first spoke about the comfort and joy that he was brimming over with. The reason Paul was that way is because of the Holy Spirit who Jesus said is our Comforter. He had comforted Paul and in my case He definitely had comforted me in my situation. (He is a very present help in trouble) I hope this was helpful. I deliberately left some things out because you need to know things for yourself; to search a matter out, ask your questions about anything to do with life, believe that He will answer and He will. Go to His Word, use a dictionary even if you think you got it; you and I don’t understand something perfectly. We miss a lot by not searching for “ourselves” and finding the answers we need, He wants us to if we are in relationship with Him. In the Word it says; “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” It’s a revelation even when God uses the humble dictionary to look something up. So here’s a happy little picture when a little one discovers something new in his Bible; probably a Childrens Bible full of pictures and stuff that he can relate to; isn’t this sweet? Thank you Ben White for allowing me to use your picture from Unsplash.

One more from Priscilla Du Preeze; A Holy Bible, a must have in ones arsenal of Spiritual weapons!

A Bit Of Encouragement

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Credit goes to Waldemar Brandt from Unsplash

Hello my fellow travelers! I was just wondering how everyone is doing?

It has been quite a year in 2020, hasn’t it? I thought personally that I would be doing more on here than I actually did as you can see, so sorry….I meant well in my own planning but that year was full of twists and turns and not like anything I could ever imagine….but….I’m still here and my desire is still to be one of your sources of encouragement, at least. I didn’t fall off the face of the earth or lose my faith. I am reminded to check out Joseph’s story again and see a few parallels to this time; who would have thought? I was also reading my Blog posts concerning the Ice-burg and the Titanic as well as the Tsunami I wrote about. As I look at these again, I think they are more pertinent to now more than ever.

So really, how is everyone in cyber-land doing? How are you viewing events from 2020 and going into 21? Are you hopeful or in the dumps, or even despairing? Do you feel like you are losing the battle, plowing through or just hanging on with your fingernails? I am doing what I can to stay encouraged and focused. I’m a thinker and an analyzer so it’s like my thoughts are spilling out like drawers in my mind and tumbling out all over the place and I’m trying to capture them and make sense as I do; ever been there? There is so much I want to say to be uplifting and positive right now. I don’t want to be glib or trite in what I say either.

cactus plant near red flowers

Image by Unsplash Alex Plesovskich

Ok; pretty soon Arizona will look like this for the Spring. I’m ok right now with the cooler weather because last year it seemed like we hardly even got a Spring season. Right now it’s raining!!!! That is an event here, but it’s also a little colder….I’m still ok with that.

As I have been pondering on what I could write to really start off this year on a positive note, I believe I have been given the answer; just the right thing to encourage and uplift my fellow travelers and cyber-friends; and so, in my reading this morning I opened my Bible to II Cor. 1:1-11 and this really stood out to me.

The Apostle Paul was sharing with the Church at Corinth and he was speaking of a time when things got so bad for him, Timothy and some others in Asia Minor, that they utterly despaired of life! It says that they were so weighed down beyond their strength that they believed they had received the “sentence of death.” They were convinced that they would die. Boy oh boy, does that sound like where many are at today? It sure does…..

However when one keeps reading it’s so powerful in its positive expression that it cannot be ignored or refuted. It goes on to say why. “this happened so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.” Wow, powerful and potent to the core!!! This came alive to me as if I was there listening to him share his story and what he learned from it. It goes on to say in vs. 10…”He rescued us from so great a threat of death, and will continue to rescue us. On Him we have set our hope. And He will again rescue us from danger and draw us near.” Did you get that, did you see that? God is so good! This spoke volumes to me and I read it over and over and I just knew that I had to share this for some wilting soul out there seemingly with no hope. God does not leave one like that forever. Yes, there are very dark times on this earth because we live in a fallen world but…..one way or another our God comes through for His children. (I Cor. 10:13 is a reminder for this)

I could have stopped right there and it would have been enough but I believe that the Holy Spirit nudged me to go one more verse and that is (11) and this is very important because of the importance of prayer in a Believers life as it pertains to ones fellow Brethren and Sistren (that’s my word). I don’t think we understand the POWER and importance now, and I realize that many out there in the body of Christ have not been taught it’s import and so have not really taken that very seriously. It’s a weakness I think we have that needs to be corrected or shored up, I myself have also not taken it at times as seriously as I should either; so Lord help me to see it the way You do!!! I really want to be stronger in this area; help me Jesus! Right? And He will answer this petition. He wants our prayers, He desires our petitions and intercessions! Anyway, back to verse 11.

It says; “while you join in helping us by your prayers.” How? It says, by your prayers. That is powerful! So how did they get rescued? By the prayers of the Saints that were praying for them. God doesn’t care about how eloquent our prayers might be, just that we would PRAY! Does that make sense? I sure do remember Peter and the prayers that went up for him and God sent an angel to deliver him out of prison. I am just seeing this in a different and more glorious way than I ever have; prayer is not meant to be mundane or a chore but “out of this world” somehow. And glorious means “delightful, wonderful; completely enjoyable.” It also means brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid.” Ah; that makes me want to pray more, what about you? Or put more heart into it. It puts a totally different slant on things. And to finish this verse it says; “Then thanks will be given by many persons on our behalf for the gracious gift of deliverance granted to us through the prayers of many Believers.

You know, I didn’t even know that deliverance was a gift from God. I never even saw it like that; but it is! I have heard that some Believers who have been imprisoned have not even asked for this when they were persecuted for their testimony of Christ, they have only asked that their faith would grow stronger and their testimony would stand because they desired a greater resurrection….oh my….I cannot even say that I am like that as I think about my own faith. I just wonder if I would be if He would call for it. If so it would definitely be because it was His will and the Grace I would need would have to be there because I know that in and of myself I possess no strength, endurance or power to do so on my own. I also know that there are others who pray to be delivered and right now I would be one of them….just speaking the truth here. It’s where I am at and I don’t think I am alone on this. There is no condemnation with either choice but there is Grace on both-amen!

So as I thread this together it tells me that God is doing a rescue mission right now in this nation and as I listen, pray, and intercede, and I’m in the word of God for myself, I can see it unfolding behind the scenes. God never reveals His hand until He is ready; most of the time around the 11:59 hour when all seems lost or dead. That is just how He works and Paul here certainly got the picture afterwards. It is all for the glory of God; He gets the credit for His brilliance and His love for His people and He will not ignore all the prayers, fastings, and repentance of believing Saints-even all around the world for our Nation. The true Prophets have spoken. It will be as God said, but how and when is God’s choice. It is also a test of ones faith; “We walk by faith and not by sight.” “Though He slay me yet will I trust Him.” That means when all earthly hope is gone I will yet trust in His heart and character while the contradiction is still seen in the natural. That can be scary and it can feel like a lot of pressure but it will cause men to cling to Him or push Him away in unbelief; so help me God to cling and keep believing while I stand on Your word!

I really hope this was helpful and encouraging. I have some of the names of those Prophets/prophetic people of God that are hearing the word of the Lord right now. I don’t know of them all but the ones I listen to have proven track records for years and walk in the integrity of their calling. Prophet/Pastor Hank Kunneman, Revelator (she calls herself that) Kat Kerr, Johnny Enlow, Robin Bullock, Chuck Pierce, Pastor Tim Sheets and his brother Dutch Sheets, Lance Wallnau, Mario Murillo, Jeff Jensen, and Prophet Kim Clement’s words when he was still on this earth; that’s just a few and I know there are more. One can often see and hear them on FlashPoint on the Victory channel or Elijah List on Steve Schultz live stream. I hope this is encouragement for your souls going forward while we wait on the Lord-Amen! It took a little time for me to get this one together but I finally did. Till next time…..It doesn’t matter how small your faith may be; just let it grow!!!

One last picture from Unsplash by Severin Candrian

person holding green plant on blue pot

Back To Joseph’s Story Part II

HiwayGospelHall.com credit for the picture

It is the word of the Lord that tries us. He says something to us and we must choose to either “believe” or “disbelieve” what He said. I believe that’s how the journey begins. It’s not a Bible study, it’s much more personal and where one is at with their “walk” with the Lord; even if it’s just beginning. I also believe that He’s the initiator because of “His” agenda and He knew about it before you came to Earth to reside in your Mom…and it doesn’t matter how you got here—you’re here! With that said, let’s go back to the story.

We left off where Joseph has seemingly been forgotten. And here’s that time interval that can be so frustrating by trying ones patience, true? Yes! because patience is not a natural thing with the whole human race; it’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit and He’s always developing that one in various degrees or another. So here he is being sorely tried in this way, especially. Vs. 23 in Chapter 40. Now pass the two years of time that I mentioned in Part I-What’s happening now? Chapter 41 begins with the “catalyst” of God’s whole plan even when Joseph knew nothing about it. He’s in prison confined and going about his duties as he always does but what’s happening behind the scenes? GOD MOVES! The FULNESS OF TIME for Joseph’s future “converges” with God’s time line and Earth’s time in a sequence of breath-taking events. I still hold my breath when I read this no matter how many times!!! It’s fascinating, exhilarating, remarkable and shocking as it all unfolds “speedily.” When it’s time, it’s time and nothing can stop it!

Joseph Becomes Ruler in Egypt

Chapter 41:1; “the catalyst” verse. “Now it happened at the end of two “FULL” years (that word is where I get “FULNESS OF TIME”) that Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile River. Vs. 2-7 gives the dream he had in detail. He was so troubled by it that he summoned all of his magicians and wise men of Egypt for the interpretation, but alas; they couldn’t with all their sorceries, interpret his dreams (that’s because the devil in all his black arts, etc. is limited in knowledge and power) Amen! I could really go into something here but I’ll save it for another time. Anyway, here’s where the Chief Cup-bearer finally opens his mouth. See the “divine connection?” And we know what Joseph is doing; having a typical day still in prison but God was unfolding something new that he was about to see and experience, let’s continue…

In verse 10 of Chapter 41 the Chief Cup-bearer was remembering the dream interpretations that Joseph had given to him and the Chief Baker and how very accurate they were. (divine connection) And immediately Pharaoh had Joseph sent for. He didn’t waste any time. (because God doesn’t waste a precious second) Pharaoh’s servants hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon, Joseph shaved, changed his clothes and made himself presentable to Pharaoh. Can you imagine what was going through his mind? It says that Pharaoh got right to it and began to share about this dream he had and that he had heard that Joseph can understand and interpret dreams. Right away Joseph gave God the glory and told him it wasn’t in him to do so but God will give him a favorable answer through him. So from vs. 17-24 Pharaoh tells him the details of this dream he had while Joseph was listening. I bet his heart was about beating out of his chest by then and he was also listening to the Lord at the same time Pharaoh was talking……what a day! What a divine interruption this was! And I bet he heard the Lord so clearly that it might have even startled him in it’s clarity. And what’s so interesting is that at the end of sharing it he told Joseph that he had also told the magicians and soothsayers too but they couldn’t give the interpretation…..ha ha ha! And Joseph proceeds to give him the meaning of the dream in vs. 25-33. Right after this he tells Pharaoh what he should do; in other words, gave him the solution to it all….brilliant! which is of course God’s interpretation and answer. This was Joseph’s MOMENT, the COMPLETE FULNESS of the revelation of and the sum total of the “whys” in his life up till that time. I bet he was seeing things he had never seen before and his mind was whirling! By now he was about 30 yrs. old or so. The wisdom and the favor of God was all over Joseph–I wonder if he felt it?

In a synchronicity and precision that only God could orchestrate, God draws the threads of this impeccable timing together and Pharaoh gives Joseph the greatest position he could possibly have in his kingdom. He is so impressed also with his wisdom and so is everyone else around him, he says in vs. 38 to his servants, “Can we find a man like this (a man equal to Joseph) in whom is the divine Spirit of God?” and he said to Joseph, “since your God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and clear-headed and wise as you are.” He goes on and in verse 41 Pharaoh says; “See, I have set you in charge over all the land of Egypt.” Only in matters of his throne was Pharaoh greater than Joseph. Amazing!!! Like clockwork everything unfolds the way God means it to and he is given Pharaoh’s signet ring, which meant “authority.” and then he dressed him in Official Vestments of the Court, put a Gold chain around his neck and had him ride in his second chariot with runners going before him saying; “bow the knee!” Wow!!! This is so fascinating you just have to read it for yourself to get the details; Pharaoh also gave him a new name and the Daughter of one of the Egyptian priests as his wife. What a divine set-up!!! You just have to read “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey would say….God had a great purpose and destiny for Joseph and it was to save many lives. He sent Joseph ahead of it all and used him to save Nations. He also restored his family back to him and saved them. He could have been bitter and ugly about it but he was not. Joseph loved his family, missed them and wanted their best; you just have to read it and see, ok? He was totally forgiving so God blessed him with many good years and God was given the glory!!!! That is the way it should be and the reason for the destiny in the first place.

Joseph in Egypt | Joseph in egypt, Bible heroes, Sons of jacob
Credit goes to Fellowship Bible Church

So how am I looking at this as far as my understanding? I have said it before; it’s not about me but the lesson or lessons I am picking up as I read this story, are not lost on me. In my faith walk I do a lot of listening and sometimes I think I do more listening than praying. If I am moving forward then usually I’m in a listening mode…my receiver is tuned into His voice and I’m also aware of His nuances, inflections, His “eye” upon me or I just “know” something. That’s me, and I believe that the Lord wanted me to look at this story with a more discerning eye, you might say. As I look back on my own life I can see a definite pattern He has been using for me. The neat thing is that it’s not the same pattern He uses for everyone; He tailors it uniquely to fit everybody’s person, personalities, bents, etc. and where one is at with Him in their own journey and walk. Only a believer in Christ would get it because only a believer in Christ can walk in newness of life. The Lord was using the story of Joseph to encourage me, especially in those time intervals where it’s the hardest. We all have those times where things “seemingly” just go on forever, don’t they? I could see that in Joseph’s life and so the more I read, the more encouragement I received that “God is faithful!” He will not let things go on forever nor forget me either and not fulfill His word to me, just like Joseph. And I know that too. It’s been years but I am not forgotten. His ways are definitely not my ways; they are far better!

In my sharing, I hope you were inspired also-to take another look at your own journey and be greatly encouraged!

And I would be remiss if I did not offer anyone out there in cyber-land an opportunity to make Jesus Christ Lord of your life and go on an adventure with Him to your own purpose and destiny that you were given before your birth. I am compelled to tell you that if you don’t know Him as your Savior He wants you to . Just call on Him; turn away from your sin which means repent, ask Him to come into your heart personally, and cleanse you from all unrighteousness and He will. Then ask Him to fill you with His precious Holy Spirit for the power to live this new life and give you new direction…..I’m telling you that He will. And let me know so I can encourage you. I have been walking with the Lord for over 40 yrs. I know what that walk looks like…but I don’t know everything and I am not the Holy Spirit. He will be the One you look to the most because He knows you the most and He knows you best.

One more picture; I hope to be back soon my fellow travelers! Till then…..

Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers – and ...
Joseph reveals his true identity to his Brothers

Lessons I Learned From the Story of Joseph

Credit goes to Brett Jordan for the picture

Hello again my fellow travelers and friends! How is everyone doing? I thought I would share a little from the Book of Genesis and what I believe was some thoughtful insight into Joseph’s story.

I’m taking this from my own journey and seeing some interesting correlations. Joseph’s story begins at Genesis Chapter 37 vs. 2 and pretty much goes through the book until the end of the book in Chapter 50 where he had lived until he was 110 yrs. old, died a full life because he had fulfilled his purpose and destiny. Wow! That is exactly my aim and goal but I don’t want to be 110….LOL!

In an overview at looking at his story I will just try to touch on a few things that I see. The first thing is that he saw his future. He may not have understood what he was seeing but we have the vantage point of looking at what is written. This part is covered in vs. 5-10 in Chapter 37. He was about 17 at this time and kind of a tattle-tale (we would call it) for his Father Jacob. Now a few verses later the passage talks about Joseph wandering around in a place called Shechem-seems he had lost his way. And it says that a certain man found him and asked him what he was looking for. Joseph tells him that he is looking for his Brothers, as his Father had sent him to look and see how they were doing. So he asks the man to please tell him where they were pasturing the flocks. I have to wonder, who was that man? I wonder if he was an angel because it reminds me of the angel that asked Hagar a question when she ran away from Sarah, her mistress; Abraham’s wife. Anyway he tells Joseph they were there but he heard them say that they were going to Dothan. This to me was a divine appointment to lead him in the right direction. The next thing ya know, they see him coming….and boy did they hate him! They were so jealous they couldn’t even talk to him right. So here the plot thickens….and they want to do away with him but instead threw him in a pit; saved from murder by his Brothers by his eldest Brother Reuben who planned on rescuing him later; interesting. I call this divine intervention. So as it happens as they sat down to eat while Joseph was in that pit, they looked up and saw a caravan of cargo -carrying Ishmaelites with their camels on their way to Egypt. I call this a divine interruption, as it gave them a new idea to sell him and not kill him; and they were in agreement, but Reuben wasn’t there and he didn’t know till later…so they sold him….a divine connection to his destiny; but nobody but God knew that. Really, this was a huge lie and deception on his Brother’s part because by then when Reuben found out, he was still complicit in the deception concerning the blood of an animal on Joseph’s tunic and lying to their Father to make him believe Joseph had died by an animal attack. And for many years he believed it, and was in deep sorrow.

Let’s fast forward a little bit and see where Joseph ends up. Vs.36 we find that he had been sold as a slave to a man named Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and the Captain of the Royal Guard. Isn’t that interesting? He is already in Egypt, the location of his destiny and it’s another connection to his destiny. Of course he doesn’t see this as we can which really causes me to look at this more closely and receive “I believe” some clues as to how God operates in my own life. Of course I am not Joseph but here’s what I can see as I delve into this true story of a character in the Old Testament that I would maybe read about and find it fascinating but not make the “faith” connections and the M.O. of how the Lord may be working things out for me.

Going back into it he has the run of the house so to speak at Potiphar’s because it says; “The Lord was with him.” and he had great favor because Potiphar himself could see this and he was pleased with everything Joseph did; everything succeeded in his hand. Potiphar’s house was blessed in everything Joseph was overseer in. In Chapter 39 vs. 6 it states that the only thing Potiphar was concerned about was what he ate. Also it is mentioned here that Joseph was” handsome and attractive in form and appearance.” One might wonder about this little detail thrown in but it makes perfect sense when you see just how important this little detail is. Vs. 7-20 is the unfolding of a drama that looks like anything but good could possibly come out of it….but God!!!! So there are lies, betrayals and other divine connections and another location change. This was divine positioning at it’s best because of course God was behind the scenes directing this whole thing! Vs. 21 says; “The Lord was with Joseph and extended lovingkindness to him, and gave him favor with the warden.” Isn’t that something? He was consigned to prison but God was with him and showed him lovingkindness in that situation. Can God do that? Yes He can….and more! The warden was like Potiphar, in that he didn’t have to pay attention to anything that Joseph was care-taker over and so the prison prospered….amazing!

Here’s the thing that I want to share with you my fellow travelers. I’m noticing God’s divine connections, intervals of time passing, His divine interruptions and those moments of divine intersects where things just come together; a converging if you will, when a thing comes together in something He has planned all along. What a Planner He is! So, back to the story….

An interval of time has passed when Joseph is in a normal day taking care of business when two men are thrown into prison where he is caring for everybody and everything. Vs. 4, all the way through the rest of the chapter it speaks of the situation and how Pharaoh was ticked with his Chief Cup-bearer and Baker who just happened to be the guys that were thrown in prison, right where Joseph was….divine connection….interruption…..location? Mmmmm! Can you see it? And even more time passes before these guys dream “their” dreams and guess who interprets them accurately? And Joseph gives all the glory to God for doing so because nobody but God can give the meaning to mysteries of dreams. And those dreams come to pass just as Joseph said they would. I find it interesting that in this whole story except at the revealing part of it where he finally tells his Brothers just who it is that they are dealing with, the narrative never reveals just how Joseph was feeling all those years that he was in Egypt and not of his doing, don’t you? One only gets a glimpse of it in vs. 14 & 15 in that 40th Chapter. To bring this home to where I am at in my journey and the questions I was having with the Lord over my own life; this is where He brought me….to see…..more of His ways. So I wonder what Joseph was feeling on his journey. I am understanding more of what my part is and that is cooperating with the Holy Spirit in the process that He is doing to prepare me for purpose and destiny. It’s His plan and it’s for His glory, not mine; because it’s not about me. I am not to be belligerent, unyielding, stubborn or complaining….that I know, and I have no desire to be that way.

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Just a rendition of Joseph in prison with the Chief Cup-bearer and Baker

So just when he thinks he might finally have a break; because he didn’t know God’s plan….another two years pass…..another divine interval of time because the Chief Cup-bearer completely forgets him. These intervals are not easy; one can easily think that God has forgotten them but it’s a test of trust. It doesn’t say how Joseph felt but I can imagine, especially when time keeps on going past you and you think about where you have been and all the water that’s gone under the bridge. One can’t stay in that frame of mind very long or you might lose hope and the enemy would love that. No; you have to keep on believing that what you received at the beginning from the Lord so personally to your heart is true and you hang your very life upon it. The word says; “The word of the Lord tried him.” So true!

Because this is such a great true story I’m going to come back to it just to give it justice so the Lord is glorified even more. Call this PART I and I will be back tomorrow with PART II. Till then, you might want to check it out yourselves.

I’m Ready For A New Adventure!

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How interesting that I found another treasure in one of my boxes! It’s a dream that I had and penned way back then in another year. After reading this dream I thought I would share it with you, my fellow Travelers; it’s very insightful as I look it over and think about it. Ok, here goes….

I dreamed that I was in Arizona and on some sort of planning committee. There was a man who seemed to be in charge who was up behind a podium and he was speaking about some kind of land development with greater access. What was already there wasn’t supporting the people and they needed more. They needed builders with ideas, people with ideas that would work but not of this world. (I just seemed to know that)

We had equipment but it needed an upgrade. We needed to know what worked and what didn’t. There were cords, lights, computers, etc. In the meeting itself there was a piece of equipment that wasn’t working because one of the cords to it wasn’t, so he pulled it out and just threw it on the floor. I pointed out to him that that wasn’t good enough, he had to throw it away so someone wouldn’t wonder, does this work? and waste time on it….so he promptly did so without complaint. There was a discussion as to what else might be working or not based on what we just discovered. I took the lead in the discussion, as it had to do with new businesses in this wide open valley and one of my suggestions was a drive-in theatre. I was remembering my growing up days living very close to one called the Star Dusk Theatre. Our leader said yes, we will get to that idea but we had to lay down some roads and ways to get to things that we were already discussing. Those were already there or they were going in.

The space we had was so wide open and we had to come up with ideas that would fill them plus work. I think there was about 12 of us in a room with computers and such. And….I just woke up after this….very interesting and for some reason I’m focused on this.

My thoughts that I had written after this and praying at the time:

Kingdom operations- opportunities. I just know that the equipment was old, outdated and new and fresh had to replace it. I also perceived that we had the finances and wanted to really be responsible, on time, and not waste a thing-to get the job done ASAP. We were all so excited and full of possibilities!

I can’t help but think that running across this in one of my journals is no accident. It just speaks to me about this new adventure I’m heading into; it’s just there in my spirit. So….comments are most welcome on this interesting dream.

Till next time my fellow travelers…

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Credit to Alice Pasqual for the picture; cool!

A Touch of Poetry

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Credit for this picture goes to Sheri Hooley Taken in the Grand Canyon in AZ.

Good evening my fellow Travelers, Family and Friends! How was your Labor Day? It was way too hot to go outside except I did a little walking after the sun set in sunny, hot AZ.

Just so you know, I really am not poetic. I have only written 2 poems in my life and it was a sudden thing, both of those times where I just “waxed” poetic…LOL! and grabbed the nearest piece of paper and started writing…

Now this one is very fitting I think to the early Fall that may or may not be creeping in to the North Central part of the country, but I will just share it with you because it seems to fit right now….here goes: ( by the way, I was living in South Dakota)

It’s May, ok? Time to put the boots away! I have found and I know it’s soundthat the weather, it may go round and round. First it’s Spring, then it’s Winter-First it rains, then it snows; only those in the Hills really know

One day you’re shoveling snow, next day; who knows???

Thought I’d put my coat away-just to take it out the very next day! I was never warned ya know… just how far the weather would go–Coming from the Valley of the Sun, who would think I could have such fun!

The nicest people you could ever meet are here at the Lab and on the street… What a wonderful place, I’m glad I came; my life will never be the same!

Ta da!!!

I wrote this in May 2010 and forgot I even had it but found it in my boxes which seem to be loaded with some treasures that I can share with you! Hope you enjoyed that little bit.

Here’s another pic to take ya’ll on out till next time…..

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A Quiet Contemplation

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Credit to Kevin Fitzgerald

My ten minute quiet time

I’m trying out something new with this Block way of doing things and have no idea what I’m doing.

Going through my things after this new move and I found something dated back on 2-21-2017. I think I was at a gathering of a Dream Team event and in that ten minute quiet time I received this from the Lord so I thought I would share it with my Friends, Family and Fellow Travelers. Be blessed!

This is what the Lord says; “You are worthy to receive all my love and care. I’ll make you like a bridge for many to cross over and come to Me. Affliction lasts for a little while but it will subside. To know Me is to know love, the way it was meant to be; and this side of Heaven you will know it Daughter.”

“You were never meant to live like this (I was in a basement). This isn’t your Kingly State but I will bring you into it. You won’t be staying here long—in this house, not long; but it is leading you to something better.” (I said, when Lord?) At the end of the year I was no longer there…..

“Keep singing!” “As you do I’ll bring back those songs you used to sing to Me, and then I will give you new ones.”

“Happy Days Are Here Again, and the sun,(Son) is going to shine!”

“Brace yourself—for My goodness shall fall upon you in new ways!” (and it did and it has)

This is what I received in that quiet contemplation that morning. My hope is that it will bless you also in some way. I also found in my boxes I think; about 9 of my Journals which are loaded with beautiful words from the Lord. I’m thinking about posting many of them that may speak to you too and encourage you on your own journey.

It’s getting to be close to the Fall season. I’m looking forward to that from the 3 digit temps to the 2. This Summer has been very very hot and I really didn’t spend much time outdoors at all because of the heat. I’m going to add another picture and call it a night…Happy September 2020!!!

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Credit to Aubrey Odom; this is what I am looking forward to do….walking with my friends in the early morning on a desert trail.


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Credit goes to Vladislav Babienko

Right here, right now~ this is redemption time;   to go, to leave the old and enter the new. This is what I see and believe~ my today is a “marker~ so; “let the high praises be in my mouth and a two edged sword  in my hand, to execute upon them the judgement written.”  This is an honor!

What’s different about this day Lord? On the edge…..I’m on a launching pad. I have this sense of it this day; what’s out there Lord?

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Credit goes to Terrence Burke

     The Word; (Psalms 42:5) P.T. 

Keep hoping and waiting on God, your Savior. For no matter what, I will still sing with praise, for living before His face is my saving Grace!

42  (vs. 7&8)  My deep need calls out to the deep kindness of your love.  Your waterfall of weeping sent waves of sorrow over my soul, carrying me away,  cascading over me like a thundering cataract. Yet all day long God’s promises of love pour over me. Through the night I sing His songs, for my prayer to God has become my life. Amen!

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Credit goes to Wisconsin photos

I believe; (( I have passed the pull of Earthly gravity and ascending. He has opened some kind of Heavenly portal over me this day~~ access I have never had before~~))

     I woke up to the song with these lyrics in them; “More love to Thee”

(Psalms 43:5) P.T.  Then I will say to my soul, “don’t be discouraged;  don’t be disturbed, for I fully expect my Savior-God to break through for me.  Then I will have plenty of reasons to praise Him all over again.”  Yes, living before His face is my saving Grace!  More lyrics to another part of a song; “My wonder, my transport when Jesus I see!” and “Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the Earth hear His voice, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! Oh come to the Father through Jesus the Son, and give Him the Glory;  great things He hath done!!! 

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Credit goes to Gift Habeshaw

My enemies say; “Where is your God?”  I say; “He’s right here! He has never left me!  Ha!!! “To You oh Lord belong escapes from death.” Hallelujah!!!!!!

(Psalms 44:21b) P.T.   God, you know our every heart secret. You know we still want You! 

I hear:   “I have escaped like a bird from a snare!” God did something in my sleep last night-I know not what (?) I woke a lot differently this day.  Like a portal of Heaven opened over me~~ I am not the same! Oh glory!  It’s like I woke to the “SHOUT OF A KING!”  It has no explanation…I’m just sharing it with you.

(Psalms 45:1-5) P.T.  “My heart is on fire, boiling over with passion!!! Bubbling up within me are these beautiful lyrics as a lovely poem to be sung for the King.  Like a river bursting its banks, I’m overflowing with words, spilling out into this sacred story.” 

HIS ROYAL MAJESTY  Beautiful! Beautiful! Beyond the sons of men! “You are” (those are my words)  Elegant grace pours out through every word You speak.  Truly God has anointed You, His favored One, for eternity!  Now strap Your lightning-sword of judgement upon Your side…(and justice), that’s what I see;  O mighty Warrior, so Majestic!!!  You are full of beauty and splendor as You go out to war!  In Your Glory and grandeur go forth in victory! Amen!  I can hardly write and yet….I keep writing~~ In Your faithfulness and meekness the cause of Truth and Justice will stand!!!  Awe inspiring miracles are accomplished by Your power, leaving everyone dazed and astonished!  Your wounding leaves men’s hearts defeated as they fall before You broken.

((This is what’s coming))

Your Glory-Kingdom oh God, endures forever;  You are enthroned to rule with a Justice-scepter in Your hand!  You are passionate for righteousness and You hate lawlessness!  And this is about Jesus (vs. 7&8 ) P.T.  This is why God, Your God, crowns You with bliss above Your fellow kings. He has anointed You more than any other, with His oil of fervent joy, the very fragrance of Heaven’s gladness. Your royal robes release the scent of suffering love for Your bride, the odor of aromatic incense is upon You.  From the pure and shining place, lovely music that makes You glad is played for your pleasure.

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Credit goes to Emma Shappley

Oh my Fellow Travelers and Friends; I am constrained to ask……Do you know Him? Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the One who died for you to take away your sins. “There is no other Name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”  No other!  Jesus came, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and calling all men to repent~~ turn from your sins and fully surrender to God!  He will freely forgive you; wash and take away your sins with His blood and cast them as far as the East is from the West.  He really will do that for “you” and bring you into His family-make you a Son.  Won’t you give Him your heart, your all? He is the One who holds your breath in His hand and holds “you” in His heart.  Won’t you say “yes” to His call?  The Father is calling you, please don’t wait for another day;  NOW is the day of salvation, Now is that day.  You will pass from death unto life, from darkness to Light….the angels in Heaven will celebrate and your name will not be blotted out of the Book of Life…..won’t you come to Him? He is waiting for “you!”

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