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Sharing life's Journey ... Darlene Revell


The Light of my Life

This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that GOD IS LIGHT, and in Him is no darkness AT ALL. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we LIE and do not the truth; BUT if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin…I John 5-7

Today the news is all abuzz with excitement about the solar eclipse. Some try to find spiritual meaning in its appearance while others will just get out and enjoy this wonder in the heavens that only occurs every now and then. Our little corner of Missouri is one of the prime viewing areas and folks are flocking into the area from all over the United States to view this rare phenomenon; 

as the moon crosses, directly in front of the sun we will experience total darkness in the middle of the day. My hubby and I will view the eclipse from the safety of our back yard and just maybe it won’t be cloudy, but there is ALWAYS that possibility and according to the weather man, there is a strong possibility of it being cloudy, so I guess we will see what we can see through the clouds.

The TRUE light of my life, Jesus Christ shines eternally in my heart and there are no clouds strong enough to veil His brightness. Nothing can obscure the TRUE LIGHT of the world, not storms or even an eclipse! The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death LIGHT is sprung up… And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not…Matthew 4:16, John 1:5

The LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Jesus Christ shines for all to see, but there are those that stay in the darkness because they do not choose to walk in His light. Either we choose the Light or we walk in darkness. When we choose the light, that light is ALWAYS present and darkness cannot overtake us; it is ever present in every situation that we face. Without the LIGHT of LIFE, Jesus Christ abiding and working in our hearts every day, we would all still be walking around in the dark, but Jesus came into this world and brought us the LIGHT to dispel the darkness. I choose to walk in LIGHT and Jesus is the Light of my life! He can also light up your life if you will invite Him in. No more darkness, only the blessed LIGHT of LIFE even in the darkest of days His light continues to SHINE! I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in me should not abide in darkness… I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life…John 12:46, 8:12

You light up my life, you give me strength to carry on; You light up my days and fill my nights with song…Jesus, You light up my life! AMEN!

AWAKE thou that sleepest, and ARISE from the dead and Christ shall give thee light…that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath brought you out of darkness into His marvelous light…and (may) the Daystar arise in your hearts…Ephesians 5:14, 1 Peter 2:9b, 2 Peter 1:19b

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, enjoying the eclipse with the LIGHT OF MY LIFE ever present, Dar

The Warrior is a Child

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean no unto thine own understanding, in ALL THY WAYS acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy paths….Proverbs 3:5-6

Have you ever known one of those people who never seem to be shaken by anything and every time you see them they have a smile to give and an encouraging word? You wonder to yourself, “where does their strength come from and don’t they ever have a bad day?” Trust me, THEY DO!

There is not one of God’s children that doesn’t have discouraging times in their lives, but the key is that they are putting their trust and faith in God, every day and in all situations.

The battle gets really tough sometimes, but we have to learn to who is in charge and put our faith and trust in our omnipresent God! He does not just leave us hanging out there all by ourselves to struggle through each day! When we are trusting in HIM, we are ALWAYS in HIS presence, HE is always with us. He fights the battles for us. ….but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles…2 Chronicles 32:8

When you grow weary from the battle of life, make a choice to trust your Captain, He is there for you, ALWAYS! Take comfort in this beautiful promise from HIS WORD…..Come unto ME all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I WILL give you REST…..for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light…..Matthew 11:28 & 30

Quit struggling and trying to do it all yourself. If you are God’s child HE is there for you. When you start to forget that, stop, pray and seek His guidance, then step back into the battle and KNOW YOU are NEVER ALONE!

I wanted to share the lyrics to this beautiful song with you today. I pray that you have a wonderful, blessed day and remember; if God be for you, who can be against you? Love and prayers, IN HIM, eternally, Dar

Warrior is a Child

Twila Paris

Lately I've been winning battles left and right
But even winners can get wounded in the fight
People say that I'm amazing
Strong beyond my years
But they don't see inside of me
I'm hiding all the tears

They don't know that I go running home when I fall down
They don't know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and cry for just a while
'Cause deep inside this armor
The warrior is a child

Unafraid because His armor is the best
But even soldiers need a quiet place to rest
People say that I'm amazing
Never face retreat
But they don't see the enemies
That lay me at His feet

They don't know that I go running home when I fall down
They don't know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and and cry for just a while
'Cause deep inside this armor
the warrior is a child

Be Content

Not that I speak in respect of want; for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content…Phil. 4:11 But godliness with contentment is great gain…1 Timothy 6:6

WOW brother Paul, them is some hard words to live by!

A few years ago a few of the things that made me content were snatched right out from under me; first my older daughter and her family went through a divorce, which was devastating, almost as bad as a death in the family, then both of my daughters went to work. I was spoiled by being able to spend a lot of time with them. They were my best friends; next was my daughter’s move to Perryville and I lost my little companions; the grandkids; I was also going through menopause at this time, ugly word, fact of life. My health was not good either. Bill and I also left our church of 17 years and started looking for a new church family. All of these things really starting making me wonder what in the world I would do with myself…….I was NOT very content at this time!

Sometimes changes in our life can be devastating. I knew that my daughters had to go to work and I also realized that it was time for our older daughter to get on with her life and that the move to Perryville was a good one for her and the kids. Yes, I knew I wasn’t getting any younger and that changes come no matter what!!!!! I realized all of these things, yet my realization of the situations didn’t do much to make me feel content……I was plum lost, didn’t know what to do with myself.

I am thankful for my wonderful, Godly man and don’t know what I would do without him, but I realized there and then that I needed to make some changes; I needed to find something to occupy my time and get my mind off of my losses! Still NOT feeling content; I was wondering if I was of any use to anyone anymore! Ever been there? It isn’t a good place to be.

I have been a Child of God for many years and I know where to take my heartaches, fears and discontentment! First things first…….I started praying and seeking God more fervently that I ever had. When we feel alone, He is all we have! I started taking long walks and just talking with my Father. I was seeking that contentment that only HE can give, in spite of a bad situation.

Time has passed and some days I still wonder what my purpose is and I still have moments of discontentment…..and God is still teaching me to BE CONTENT, trust HIM, hold on no matter what the situation is and KNOW that HE has a purpose for my life even as old as I am……HEE HEE!

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven….Ecclesiastes 3:1

Now my hubby and I are retired and getting to spend some quality time together. I am enjoying the peace that God has sent to me. He has given me a new purpose, a new Church family, where I am feeling used of HIM and I am making new friends, but most of all I am treasuring the time that I have to spend with my precious Savior! He is all we need! Therefore, I am learning to be content, although I still have my days, after all I still have a LOT to learn and I want to leave a Godly heritage behind for my family when I finally retire to my heavenly home!

Have a beautiful, blessed day, Love, prayers and many blessings. Resting IN HIM and being as content as possible, Dar :D

Word Power

But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment, for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned…Matthew 12:36-37

One of the things that I really enjoy doing is getting my monthly copy of Reader’s Digest, flipping to the back and engaging in how to increase your word power. I have always loved learning and using new words. The last couple of days I have been playing a couple of crossword games on my desktop and I am discovering words that I haven’t ever heard of. Words are so powerful; With His words God spoke this world into existence. And God said, Let there be light; and there WAS light…For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast…Genesis 1:3, Psalm 33:9

There have been times that my mouth engaged before my brain and what came out was not what I intended and I regretted it once it was laying open before my feet, but then it was too late to retract the words I had said; in these cases, the Holy Spirit really gave me a whipping and I had to do some soul searching and repenting. Thank God for the one who teaches and reproves me over and over again. Without the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit when I mess up it wouldn’t bother me a whit what comes out of my mouth, but through the power of the Holy spirit I can learn when to shut my mouth and when to open it. I am sure that will be an ongoing problem for as long as I live in this fleshly shell. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit…Proverbs 15:4

Yes, words are one of the most powerful tools at our disposal; they can uplift a soul, break a heart, express love, ruin a life and tear families apart. Oh, the power of the spoken word!!! Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof…Proverbs 18:21

Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them…unknown. The words you chose to say are as just as important as the decision to speak…unknown.

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips…Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer…Psalm 141:3, 19:14

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still working on my WORD POWER, D

Down an Angry River

And when He was entered into a ship, His disciples followed him, and, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but HE was asleep, and His disciples came to Him and woke Him, saying, Lord, save us, we perish, and He saith unto them, WHY ARE YE FEARFUL, O YE OF LITTLE FAITH? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm…Matthew 8: 23-26 NOW THAT is the GOD that I serve! AMEN!

Once in a while our Church family takes a float trip down the Black river. At certain times, the river gets pretty low and there are some pretty rough spots along the way. We rent canoes for our trip and most of the time the floating goes pretty smoothly, but there are snags in the river, some swift currents and occasionally we would have to stop and push our canoes where the water was low. Sometimes the swift current would take over and send you in a direction that you didn’t want to go and you sorta just had to go with the flow! We have even had a few crashes along the way, but everyone always ended the trip in pretty good shape.

Can you imagine trying to navigate those strong currents without a canoe or raft, and no life jacket? Well, I know some people who are trying to get through life like that and it is so frustrating to watch them struggle. It is like seeing someone out in the middle of an angry river, caught up in the rapids; there are people all along the river bank throwing out lifelines to them, yet they never reach out and grab one, they just continue to struggle and grope at the snags and drifting logs, fighting the strong current and trying to do it all by themselves; there isn’t anything you can do to help them, but pray that they make it safely to shore.

I have a couple of people that I am praying for and when God opens the door I have spoken to them over and over again and NOTHING has changed. They just keep on struggling with life and trying to make it on their own strength and hanging on to those snags and drifting logs along the way that don’t do anything but get them bogged down with cares and worries; they hold on to every bad thing that has ever happened in their lives until they are lugging this huge pack of junk around and they can’t get out from under it! No matter how much you try to help them lighten their load they just keep hanging on to all that JUNK!

When we have done what God has asked us to; thrown out the lifeline and shown them the way, all we can do is leave them in His hands, but sadly until they get tired of the struggle and admit that they need help there isn’t anything we can do, but pray. You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink! Just always keep the faith and remember, “Where there is breath, there is hope.” Never give up praying, but also realize that you cannot save them, only God can, but first they have to realize that they are LOST! It is very hard to watch your loved ones self destruct, but there is a point where only GOD’s AMAZING GRACE will help. Hold on to the lifeline and never give up on ANYONE! God hears, and He answers, but first there has to be a willing heart! Our God is able!

Love and many prayers, IN HIM always, letting my navigator do the work, Dar

My Thorn in the Flesh

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I am going through a rough patch with my MS at this time and crave your prayers. I wrote this hoping that it will help someone else who is struggling with health issues. We serve an AMAZING GOD and there is not one thing that He cannot take care of. Keep on trusting Him, He will never fail you, Dar

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given me a thorn in the flesh…For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me and He said unto me, MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE; for MY STRENGTH is made PERFECT in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…for when I am WEAK, then am I STRONG…2 Corinthians 12:7a, 8, 9, 10b

In February of 1993 there was given me a thorn in the flesh. I had been going about my life without any health issues, then all of a sudden, I was stricken down and couldn’t even walk without the help of my family members. This malady had been working on my body in small ways over a period of time, but it finally all caught up with me on this date. I ended up in the E.R. thinking I’d had a stroke. I was only in my mid 30’s when this occurred and immediately thoughts of my Dad’s untimely death started flooding my head and to tell the truth…I was scared to death! I think I gave my family and good fright as well. Over the next 5 ½ years I went through test after test and my questions we not being answered. Sometimes I was fine, then before I knew it I would be down and couldn’t hardly walk. I was getting discouraged, downhearted and just plum frustrated as the ups and downs and Dr. visits seemed to stretch out engulfing my once bright future. I wanted answers!!! In 1998 I finally got my answer, “You have Multiple Sclerosis!” I didn’t even know what that was, but at least there was now a name to the enemy attacking my body and I was ready to find out everything that I could about my enemy and prepare for the FIGHT of my life! This battle is still ongoing. Sometimes I am doing pretty good and other times I can’t hardly walk, AT ALL! I still get frustrated, but my God has shown me over and over that HIS GRACE is sufficient. When I ask for healing…that is HIS answer to me, so I continue the fight, but I am not cast down because I know that I am not fighting alone! It is well with my soul and my faith has grown during this period of time. I hope I have given someone else hope through my affliction. I pray that my life has been an example and witness of the Mighty GRACE of our AMAZING God! He never lets me down and I am not disappointed in Him. Although I still have my thorn, I will not despair. As long as there is breath in my body I will proclaim His Mighty name and I know He is holding me. There is strength in my weakness, for though I am weak…HE IS STRONG! Praise God! I belong to the King of Kings and what belongs to Him, He keeps!

I don’t ask, “Why me, I ask why not me?” Who am I? If my KING JESUS suffered for my sake, then it is a pleasure for me to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. For unto you is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also suffer for His sake…But the God of ALL GRACE, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you…Philippians 1:29, 1 Peter 5:10

God has touched my body many times and given me the strength to do what I need to do, sometimes I just have to do it a bit slower. Yes, I have MS, but it DOES NOT have me. My God is holding me and I am counting on HIM for the strength I need to make it through every minute of every day! It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes…Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path…This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me…Psalm 119:71, 105, 50

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, holding on to the nail scarred hand, Dar

The Wolves are at the Door

BEWARE of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves…ye shall know them by their fruits…Matthew 7:15-16a

If you were to go back in time and walk into one of the New Testament churches that were forming and growing under Paul’s ministry what do you suppose they would be talking about? Under Paul’s tutelage and encouragement these new churches were spreading and teaching the message about Jesus, not some dead, so called prophet or other doctrine! Paul loved the church and guarded it well. He gave his entire life making sure that the churches were spreading and teaching the TRUE message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the sins of the world.

I recently had someone invite me to their church to hear what they described as an, “exciting speaker,” and described what this man would be speaking about at their church. I will not go into details here, but all I can say is NO and ABSOLUTELY NOT! The ONLY thing that should be being preached from our pulpits is the WORD OF GOD! We had better be guarding the doors of our churches and not allowing anyone in that is preaching a doctrine contrary to God’s word. Yes, the Wolves ARE at the door and we’d better set a guard! But there were FALSE prophets also among the people, even as THERE SHALL BE false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction and MANY shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the truth shall be evil spoken of…2 Peter 2:1-2

Now I BESEECH you, brethren, MARK THEM which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned and AVOID THEM. For they that are such serve NOT our Lord Jesus Christ, but the own belly; and by GOOD WORDS and FAIR SPEECHES deceive the hearts of the simple…For such are FALSE apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ, and marvel not; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. There for it is not a great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness…Romans 16:17, 18, 2 Corinthians 11:14, 15

Guard the door with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Know what THE WORD says and do NOT allow these FALSE TEACHERS to even darken the door of your church. Satan like a wolf is out to attack the weak and unwary. There is strength in God’s Word and the truth will make Him flee. Be careful who and what you are allowing to come through the doors of God’s church. Don’t allow the wolves to enter in! TAKE HEED therefore unto yourselves and to ALL the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchases with HIS OWN BLOOD…Acts 20:28

As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received let him be accursed…Galatians 1:9 (Also read Galatians 1:1-16) Again I say……KNOW GOD’s WORD and don’t believe anything else….His WORD is TRUTH!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, guarding the door, Dar

The Breath of Life

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH OF LIFE; and man became a living soul…Genesis 2:7

Have you ever just stopped to think about what you would be if God had not breathed His breath into your lifeless body? You would be just a very neatly formed hunk of clay. Without the Breath of Life there would be NO life, not in us or anything else that moves and breathes. God made EVERYTHING and gave it life with His own breath; He is the reason we living and breathing!

I will just let the word speak for itself by sharing a few of the scriptures that caught my eye…ENJOY!

Acts 17:24-25…God make the world and all things therein, see that HE is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to ALL life and BREATH, and all things

Job 12:10…In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the BREATH of all mankind

Psalm 33:6…By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the hosts of them by the BREATH of His mouth

Job 37:10…By the breath of God frost is given

Job 41:21…His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of His mouth

2 Samuel 22:16…And the cannels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered at the rebuking of the Lord, and the Blast of the BREATH of His nostrils

Exodus 15:8…And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depth were congealed in the heart of the sea

Job 33:4…The spirit of God hath made me, and the BREATH of the Almighty hath given me life

Job 34:14-15…If He set His heart upon man; if He gather unto Himself His spirit and his BREATH; ALL FLESH shall perish together, and man shall turn again to dust

Job 4:9…By the BLAST of God they perish and by the BREATH of His nostrils are they consumed

Isaiah 11:4…and His BREATH, as an overflowing stream shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity

Isaiah 11:4…And with the Breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked

That my friends is the MIGHTY POWERFUL BREATH of the God that I serve. This mighty God who breathed His own Breath into use little lumps of clay; he has a great love for His workmanship, but don’t be fooled; He is a MIGHTY Force to be reckoned with when someone messes with what belongs to Him. I am so glad I belong to my AWESOME, God. So glad I am on HIS side!

Lamentations 3:22-23…It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not, they are new EVERY morning; GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS…AMEN!

Acts 17:28…For IN HIM we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your poets have said, For WE ARE HIS OFFSPRING...With much love and many prayers, IN HIM and full of HIS BREATH, Dar

Let Peace Begin with ME!

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall…Let the peace of God rule in your hearts…let your speech be always with grace; seasoned with salt…and above all put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness…Proverbs 16:18, Colossians 3:15. 4:6 & 3:14

(I want to call Colossians the Book of Peace; I suggest you read the WHOLE book. It contains sooo many wonderful lessons or rules for living)

News of another family torn apart; the brother is at naught with his mother, the sister is fighting against her brother, children have no respect for their parents, another broken home and words are exchanged that can NEVER be recalled. Wounds go deep, yet as one tries to make peace the other is not willing…so the battle rages on and on…

What a mess; a tangled web that can’t be untangled and sometimes the more we try to untangle it the worse it gets. You ever get a knot in a tiny necklace chain? The harder you try to loosen the knot, the tighter it gets; you end up frustrated and give up trying to untangle it. Not everyone gives up and with a gentle hand and a little patience the knot is finally untangled, but in some cases, it just can’t be undone, so we sit back helplessly and quietly watch it all fall apart

There is always one thing we can do in a bad situation; we can choose the path of peace which we can only take through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. In most situations, we end up adding fuel to the fire and it takes two to make an argument. If peace is to be reached and maintained in a relationship someone may just have swallow their pride and do the right thing. As God’s child, sometimes we are asked to make the first move toward peace even when we don’t feel like we are the one causing the problem. OHHHH, we don’t like that AT ALL, because when we get wounded we are much like an old mother bear out after revenge and we can’t see anything through our anger. We get so angry and upset that we can’t see straight. Ever been there? If you are human I am sure you have. Guess what? There is another way and better way, a way of PEACE, but you have to choose peace. Peace is not always the easiest way to travel, but it is the right way if you are God’s child. You may try to make peace and not achieve it, but in that situation, you have done the RIGHT thing and you can have peace knowing that you did what God expected of you. Sometimes it is just best to pray, walk away and leave the situation in God’s hands. Continue to pursue peace, let love reign in your heart, pray without ceasing and TRUST GOD! Be the Child of God that you say you are; obey God and do things HIS WAY; it is the BEST WAY and the RIGHT WAY! If you continue doing things God’s way, you will NEVER go wrong.

Sometimes our greatest efforts for peace are never realized in some situations. Just keep injecting God’s love into the wound and trust HIM to do the healing! Seeking peace is God’s way and it should also be OUR WAY!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still working toward peace, Dar

Broken Vessels

But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand…Isaiah 64:8 Then I went to the Potter’s house, and, behold, He wrought a work on the wheels, and the vessel that He made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so He make it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it…..behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine….Jeremiah 18:3-4,6b

Gently the potter picks up the shapeless lump of clay and places it on his pottery wheel; He lovingly begins to work the clay shaping and molding it into something beautiful; the pot is fired in the kiln until it is baked and hardened. The finished work is lovely in His eyes. If the pot becomes cracked or broken, only the Potter has the skills to put it back together again. Each time He reworks the vessel He handles it with loving care for it is His art and he cares about every piece that he makes, nothing is discarded when the Master is at work, every tiny shard is most important to Him. He is the Master Potter and we are His workmanship.

We are the lumps of clay and God is the Potter! He continues to work in our lives as long as we are willing to be molded and shaped into something useful to Him.

Us pots get ourselves into trouble sometime and we think that we are beyond repair, but where there is breath, there is hope and God can mend and reshape any vessel that is willing.

We get up every day, we mess up, we fail tremendously, we fall, we get up, we mess up again……..sound familiar? The pot is perfect to the potter, but flawed when examined through our eyes! What matters is what the pot does when it becomes chipped and sometimes even broken…..it is never beyond repair when the Potter is allowed to take the pieces and put it back together again.

Day after day we have to put ourselves in the hands of our potter. He fashioned us, we need Him desperately. The clay will never be perfect until we are whole with HIM in heaven.

As our brother Paul said…..I die daily…1 Cor. 15:31b But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ….1 Cor. 16:57

Remember gold is never pure. It is fired over and over again and each time more impurities are removed. We may have to face the fire to come out pure and whole. God is not ever finished with us if we allow Him to work. There is always more to learn as we strive to become a reflection of OUR POTTER.

Have a beautiful, blessed day, love and many prayers IN HIM, His slightly imperfect, but beloved vessel, Dar

Go and Sin No More

Jesus answered and said unto her, if thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and He would have given thee living water…..Jesus answered and said unto her, whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again; but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:10, 13-14

Jesus told His disciples that He NEEDED to go to Samaria, He made a special trip there because he knew there was someone in that city that needed to hear the good news. There He waited beside Jacob’s well; the Samaritan woman shows up to draw water from the well and Jesus asks her for a drink of water…….then the conversation opens, the woman is astonished that Jesus would even speak to her in the first place. This woman was not even someone that He should have been talking to according to Jewish traditions.

Jesus did not care what social standing this woman had in society or what ethic group she was from, all He cared about was her soul. His love reached beyond the popular views of society. He had a work to do and this work included ALL people.

Sometimes we let appearances, social standings, religious beliefs, and many other DIFFERENCES separate us from people. We tend to keep to our little groups where no outsiders are allowed; we have our fears, pride and social standing to think about and in many cases we close the door of opportunity to be a witness.

When Jesus approached the woman at the well He put away all of those things, the price of that soul outweighed anything else at that point.

Jesus didn’t start beating her over the head with the BIBLE or preaching condemnation, He simply asked for a drink of water, showed her respect and opened the door. He did not speak roughly or start telling her she was headed for Hell; he simply laid her sins open before her, and then presented her with the resolution. He told her the TRUTH, and then let LOVE do the work!

When we present the GOOD NEWS to someone we don’t have to berate or condemn them. The word spoken with love and in TRUTH is the solution and the Holy Spirit will do the work in their hearts.

Sometimes we can get in God’s way by injecting our beliefs and opinions into the message. What we need to do is KNOW what God’s word says and let that WORD speak to their hearts. Our job isn’t to save; only God can save. Our job is to reach the lost, plant the seeds, do a little watering and let the precious Holy Spirit complete the work.

There is much to do, many to be reached and the time is growing shorter every day. Pray, Seek, ask and learn. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide and most of all LOVE all MEN for love is of God and LOVE is GOD. JESUS died for EVERYONE! ALL are precious in His sight!

Have a blessed and beautiful day! Love and prayers, IN HIM, Dar

Beauty in Brokenness

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise….He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds….Psalm 51:19, 147:3

While out walking in our field taking photos I came upon a broken little butterfly; it’s wings were tattered and torn, but it didn’t seem to notice how broken it was. This little butterfly went happily about dressing the flowers in the field as if everything were just fine. God brought a message to my heart as I watched this beautiful, broken butterfly!

When something we own becomes broken we tend to just throw it away because it has lost its usefulness, but when we become broken we are in a condition then where God can do a real work in our heart. God can work with a broken vessel, He is used to working with broken things (That is what Jesus came for….to heal the brokenhearted) and can remake that seemingly useless vessel into something beautiful. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit….John 12:24

Before the work of Jesus on this earth was completed He had to become broken; thus, His brutal beating and crucifixion covered in the sins of the world. Without His willingness to go where no man could go, the plan of salvation could not be completed. Jesus was completely broken, but what came from His brokenness is the most beautiful act of love in the history of the world. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed….Isaiah 53:5

Yes, God can work with a broken individual and when we come before him in that state, the old man is crucified and covered by the blood of the Lamb. What emerges from this once broken vessel is something new and beautiful! I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me….Galatians 2:20

Yes, God sees beauty in our brokenness and only He can make ALL THINGS NEW! There is nothing too broken that He can’t fix it! Our God is able! Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new….And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make ALL things NEW….2 Corinthians 5:17, Revelation 21:5

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, once I was broken, but now He is making something beautiful of my life, Dar


Now I Can See

…..one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see….John 9:25

There are a lot of people walking around blind; they are blind because their eyes of spiritual understanding have never been opened. They try to discern the things of life through their spiritually blind eyes and have no understanding of the things of God.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned….1 Corinthians 2:14

God’s word and God’s world are opened to us the moment that we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and begins to unfold the mysteries of God to our now open eyes; the scales begin to fall off and we can clearly see the plan of God unfolding and a light bulb comes on in our heads as we begin to read His word and all things become clearer. The more we read, the more clear it all becomes, as the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth!

We will never truly understand everything about our amazing God, but I am so thankful that now whereas I was blind, I can now see. Praise His HOLY NAME.

Search the scriptures and for understanding let the Holy Spirit be your guide and teacher. If you don’t understand something in the WORD; give it time. When the time is right God will give the understanding. Just keep on reading and searching. The more you read the clearer it all becomes.

Love and many prayers for all, IN HIM, always, digging for treasure in God’s Word, Dar

For God so Loved the WORLD!

The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance….For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth….Of a TRUTH I perceive that GOD is no respecter of persons….He is LORD of ALL….2 Peter 3:9,1Timothy 2:3-4, Acts 10:34b, 36b

Last evening our little group met for Bible Study. Needless to say, it was an eye-opening discussion and we ALL realized that we had a LOT of praying to do, or as I like to say, “a lot of renewing of spirit.” If we are being honest with ourselves we all need to be in prayer constantly as we fight this battle of flesh against spirit. God’s word is a refiner and we all need some daily refining in order to become like our FATHER! Can we actually EVER be exactly like HIM? I don’t think we can, but we can become more like HIM every day if we just let Him do some house cleaning in our hearts.

We find it hard at times to love what we consider undesirable people and we look at sin in a different way than God does. God’s love is something that we can’t understand nor can we indeed love the way that He does, but we can allow Him work in our hearts on a daily basis and change our preconceived notions about people. We consider the murderer, the child abuser, the drunkard…etc. as the dregs of society and the worst of sinners, but in God’s eyes all sin is the same and all souls are precious to HIM. We look on these undesirables with distain and disgust, not with love! 

Hmmmm…..As God’s people we MUST allow God to teach us a new way to love, a love that is NOT natural to us and without His precious Holy Spirit inside doing a work every day this will never happen. This world needs to hear the GOOD NEWS and that GOOD NEWS is not just for a select few, it is for EVERYONE and that includes the undesirables!

When we start looking on the inside and being honest with ourselves about how we view folks, then we can start letting God work from the inside out and reprogram our hearts to see people the way that He does. This won’t happen overnight and the fleshly man certainly can’t and won’t ever learn this new way to love. Only through the Holy Spirit can we ever learn to view ALL people through God’s eyes of LOVE!

For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God….But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while WE were yet sinners, Christ died for us….But where sin abounded, GRACE did much more abound….For WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED….Romans 3:23, 5:8, 20, 10:13

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still learning and growing in the spirit!

Feasting at God’s Table

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies….Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat….For He satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness….Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God…. Psalm 23:5, Isaiah 55:1, Psalm 107:9, Luke 14:15b

Back when I was a youngster I was as skinny as a rail. I could eat as much as I wanted and never gain a pound, but since I have become a woman of age I have had to start watching what and how much I eat. My metabolism has slowed down and so have I, so I have to push back from the table once in a while even when I want to keep on shoveling it in. There are just some things I can’t eat anymore because if I do I will suffer for it.

There is a place where you can go and eat as much as you want without gaining a pound or getting a tummy ache. YUP, and the food at this table is TOP QUALITY chow, soul food! The table is always full of the best things and the desserts are the sweetest! You may belly up to this table and eat all you want, the food never runs out, you will never get too full. the service is superb, the fellowship is sweet, you can stay as long as you want and you won’t receive a check; EVERYTHING is ABSOLUTELY free, all you have to do is show up and enjoy all you want! There is a sign outside the door that reads, “Whosoever will may come” Wow! Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of a deal like that?

The things provided at this table are absolutely necessary for the health of God’s people and in order for our survival we must eat often and drink deeply of the living water that is served with each meal. This is a place where we may come and enjoy all that God has for us and we may come as often as we want. This table is always laid out and full of God’s wondrous blessings. He wants His children to be fat and happy, filled with all the good things that He has for us! God’s blessings are never ending. This table is stocked FULL to overflowing and there is a place with your name on it just waiting. Won’t you come and enjoy the wonderful things that God has JUST FOR YOU? It’s free and fabulous! Jesus paid for it a long time ago on Calvary! All you have to do is receive this wonderful free meal! The spirit and the bride say Come, and let him that heareth say, Come, and let him that is athirst come and WHOSOEVER WILL, let him take the water of life FREELY….Revelation 22:17

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, feasting at God’s banquet table, Dar

Afraid of Heights

For as the heaven is HIGH above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him…..Psalm 103:11

Some people are afraid of heights and afraid of flying. I do not like to be on top of something high that doesn’t have rails or something to hold on to. I do not like looking down from a tall building, but I love to fly. There is just something so unique about soaring above the clouds. Of course when the ride isn’t so smooth I don’t like it as well. I like tram rides, but I don’t like to climb a fire tower, so I guess you can say that I am borderline afraid of heights. HA!

I am glad that I did not have to climb up to God to meet Him, He came down to me. I do not have to have lofty thoughts or fancy words for my prayers to reach Him, He hears prayers that are spoken from the heart no matter how simple they are.

There are some people that think they are way higher up than other people, they are special in their own eyes, they are brain smart, but they don’t have any idea of what REAL life is all about, they have no wisdom! Hmmmmmm sounds like someone we all know who said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:14 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he decieveth himself…Galatians 6:3

God is no respecter of persons, in His eyes we are all the same and His mercy extends to all people. The only difference will come in the end, then the wheat will be separated from the chaff, the sheep from the goats, and the only difference is the BLOOD of the LAMB, without that not even the President will enter that HIGH place, called Heaven, only those who are covered by the precious Blood of the Lamb.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God, every valley shall be exalted; and every mountain shall be made low; and the crooked made straight, and the rough places plain; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and ALL FLESH shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it….Isaiah 40:3-5

And the Spirit and the bride say, COME, and let him that is heareth say, COME, and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will, let him take the water of life FREELY….He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly, AMEN Even so, come, Lord JESUS…..Revelation 22:17 & 26

One of these days I will hear God call my name, “Darlene, it is time to come home,” When He calls me home I will not hesitate, I will not be worried about how high up I am for my Savior will be there to lift me up and then I will soar like an eagle all the way HOME! Much love, many blessings and prayers, IN HIM, forever, Dar

YES, I AM Old Fashioned

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see and ask for the OLD PATHS, where is the good way, and WALK THEREIN, and ye shall find rest for your souls….Jeremiah 6:16

I have often been told, “Dar, you are so old fashioned,” but that doesn’t really bother me AT ALL! I was raised in an OLD-FASIONED way, taught OLD-FASHIONED values and as I have become a woman of some AGE, I have continued to carry those OLD-FASHIONED things I learned a long time ago with me and I have tried to instill them into my children and grandchildren. I will ALWAYS be OLD-FASHIONED! My grand-parents taught me well, but a lot of my old-fashioned ways were learned from my elders at the little country church where I met Jesus for the first time. Those precious folks of age, as we like to say, taught me through their Old-Fashioned example how a TRUE Christian lives! The old-fashioned way has worked for me these nearly 64 years that I have been drawing breath and they will take me through however many more years God gives me! For I am the Lord, I change NOT….Malachi 3:6

In Revelation John is given messages to deliver to the seven churches. One of these churches was the church of Ephesus. Although this church was doing a LOT of good stuff they were getting ONE thing TERRIBLY wrong, they left their first love, they got so wrapped up in trying to create more programs that they forgot what their TRUE mission was, they needed to get back on the OLD path of serving God and winning souls. The mission of THE CHURCH is not to create more activities or programs, the mission of the church is to SPREAD THE GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST. Hmmmm….that sorta sounds old-fashioned to me! We as God’s people are ask to walk the old path and that path is the one that Jesus walked while he was here on this earth….that my friends is a VERY old path, but it is the RIGHT path! For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for US, leaving us an example, that ye should follow HIS STEPS….1 Peter 2:21. Straying off of this OLD path will lead to misery and defeat.

God’s word IS the OLD-PATH, it is OLD-FASHIONED and older than time itself, yet every time you open its pages the message is NEW! What was penned a very long time ago still stands today and THAT my friends IS the OLD PATH and THAT is the path the we had better be following!

Yes, I have a lot of old-fashioned ways and not everyone was raised like I was, but the one thing that I am OLD-FASHIONED about that REALLY counts is that fact that I LOVE MY SAVIOR and I REFUSE to change the way that I believe or live my life, because the path that I am following is VERY OLD, but that is the ONLY path that leads to an eternity in Heaven with my precious Savior, Jesus Christ and THAT is where I plan to go, OLD-FASHIONED, YOU BET!!!!!!! The OLD, OLD story is my LOVE story!

Jesus Christ the SAME yesterday, and today and FOREVER….Hebrews 13:8

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, walking the OLD-FASHIONED path, Dar

Go and Sin No More

Jesus answered and said unto her, if thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and He would have given thee living water…..Jesus answered and said unto her, whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again; but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:10, 13-14

Jesus told His disciples that He NEEDED to go to Samaria, He made a special trip there because he knew there was someone in that city that needed to hear the good news. There He waited beside Jacob’s well; the Samaritan woman shows up to draw water from the well and Jesus asks her for a drink of water…….then the conversation opens, the woman is astonished that Jesus would even speak to her in the first place. This woman was not even someone that He should have been talking to according to Jewish traditions.

Jesus did not care what social standing this woman had in society or what ethic group she was from, all He cared about was her soul. His love reached beyond the popular views of society. He had a work to do and this work included ALL people.

Sometimes we let appearances, social standings, religious beliefs, and many other DIFFERENCES separate us from people. We tend to keep to our little groups where no outsiders are allowed; we have our fears, pride and social standing to think about and in many cases we close the door of opportunity to be a witness.

When Jesus approached the woman at the well He put away all of those things, the price of that soul outweighed anything else at that point.

Jesus didn’t start beating her over the head with the BIBLE or preaching condemnation, He simply asked for a drink of water, showed her respect and opened the door. He did not speak roughly or start telling her she was headed for Hell; he simply laid her sins open before her, and then presented her with the resolution. He told her the TRUTH, and then let LOVE do the work!

When we present the GOOD NEWS to someone we don’t have to berate or condemn them. The word spoken with love and in TRUTH is the solution and the Holy Spirit will do the work in their hearts.

Sometimes we can get in God’s way by injecting our beliefs and opinions into the message. What we need to do is KNOW what God’s word says and let that WORD speak to their hearts. Our job isn’t to save; only God can save. Our job is to reach the lost, plant the seeds, do a little watering and let the precious Holy Spirit complete the work.

There is much to do, many to be reached and the time is growing shorter every day. Pray, Seek, ask and learn. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide and most of all LOVE all MEN for love is of God and LOVE is GOD. JESUS died for EVERYONE!

Have a blessed and beautiful day! Love and prayers, IN HIM, Dar

Thank you Lord for Your Blessings on Me!

Bless is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth for his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper….Psalm 1:1-3

Us little lumps of clay spend a lot of time complaining about how unfair life is; we gripe about how nothing good ever happens to us and how everyone is out to do us wrong, but how often do we really take time to stop and realize how very blessed we are? If we would sit down and list the good things and the bad things that have happened in our life, I am sure that the good things would outweigh the bad things and if we are able to make and read that list, guess what; we must still be drawing breath! If we could just take a moment out of each day and dwell on the good things that God has done for us I think all of those negative things would begin to fade.

Sometimes all we see is the storm, the hot weather, the cold winter, but it takes a storm to make a rainbow, hot weather for some things to grow and flourish and after the long cold winter spring breaks forth. Our blessings are too numerous to count and we are a blessed people. America, America, God shed His grace on THEE! Yes, we live in a blessed country with many privileges and freedoms that many other places don’t enjoy. We have the freedom to worship without fearing for our lives. I could list off the advantages of being an American, but that would take a lot of space, but the blessings of being God’s child outweigh even those advantages. God’s blessings are endless and as vast as the sand upon a beach. There is no end to the blessings that God does and will bestow upon His children. 

Just being God’s child is a privilege and a blessing.

So, quit your belly achin’ (of which I do my share) and Praise God, for you are fearfully and wonderfully made by THE CREATOR of it all and He loves you DEARLY and UNCONDITIONALLY! Give Him a praise of THANKSGIVING for all He has done. He is certainly worthy of it! YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING OF KINGS and THAT my friend is a privilege and a blessing!

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer….For the Lord is GREAT and greatly to be praised…. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with who is no variableness, neither shadow of turning….Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is….Psalm 31:23, 95:4,James 1:17, Jeremiah 17:7

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, praising for all of my blessings and for those yet to come, Dar

Let it Go and Let God

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved….Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; casting ALL your care upon Him; for He cares for YOU….Let us therefore come BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need….Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Hebrews 4:16

For quite a while I had been dealing with something that I was having a really hard time letting go of; I kept holding on hoping that something would change and in the meantime, it was consuming my thoughts and deepening the wounds in my heart. Just when I would think I had finally gotten over it all it would come flooding back into my thoughts; satan’s way of tormenting me!

I feel deeply and I love forever. When God puts someone into my life I value that relationship He has blessed me with. When one of these relationships is broken I try my best to fix things, but despite all that I do I can’t FIX the situation and my heart gets injured. At this point, there is only one thing I can do; take it to my JESUS. Only by casting my cares upon Him and allowing Him to apply the healing balm to my wounded heart can I even begin to let it go and move on. Dwelling on this issue only takes up valuable time that I could be spending on more important things, but the pain remains and I find it coming back to mind again and again, so over and over I keep taking it back to my Father and as time goes on He finally gently tells me, “It’s time to LET IT GO.” When I finally just let it go, a sweet peace covers my soul and I can continue to move forward in my walk with HIM. Sometimes it takes time to heal, but we need to continue moving FORWARD whatever hand this life deals us.

Anything that causes us to stall in our walk with Jesus Christ needs to be dealt with and let go of, so that we may continue moving forward for Him. There are just some things we can’t do anything about or change. As much as it may hurt we need to cast that care upon the Lord. With much prayer, in time we will heal, but ONLY by letting God handle the situation! LET IT GO, and Let GOD work! He knows all about it! Your relationship with Jesus is the MOST important thing in your life. He will never let you down!

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you PERFECT, stablish, strengthen, settle you….As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me….1Peter 5:10, Psalm 55:16

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still learning to LET IT GO, Dar

Using the Name of God

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM; Exodus 3:14 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain, Exodus 20:7

Vain: Having no real basis or worth; empty; empty. To no purpose, without effect; pompous, ostentatious; showy.

Pompous: Marked by exaggerated dignity or self-importance. Bombastic, and florid, as speech.

Ostentatious: Attend to attract notice; showy

Bombastic: High-flown; grandiloquent

Florid: Ornate, esp. to an excessive degree; flowery

Grandiloquent: Speaking in or characterized by a pompous or bombastic style.

Grandiose: Producing an effect of grandeur; imposing. Pretentiously grand; pompous; bombastic

When I looked up the word VAIN in the dictionary it kept leading to other words, so I listed the meaning of all of these words that are attached to the word VAIN and I found that they fit rather nicely.

When the word Shall or Shalt is used in God’s word it is a command, not a suggestion. To use God’s name in VAIN is not only disrespectful to the GREAT I AM, who made us all, but in doing it you also break one of the 10 commandments. Remember the Bible says if you break one, you break them all! For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of ALL James 2:10

We serve a Holy God and we need to be careful about how we use his name. When I see the (OMG) that many people use on posts and in e-mails it really bothers me. I don’t think they even realize what they are saying most of the time….I think it is just another figure of speech as far as they are concerned….but the name of GOD is not a name to be used lightly or to be used as a curse. We need to speak God’s name in reverence and with respect to the Father and maker of all things.

When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers; the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; WHAT IS MAN, that THOU art mindful of him: and the son of man , that thou visitest him? O Lord our Lord, how EXCELLENT is THY name in all the earth! Psalm 8:3-4, 9

One day we will all stand before God and give an account of our lives…..what we will behold is beyond description in the human tongue, we can’t even begin to imagine the Glory of God; nothing here even begins to compare to the Holiness of our God, so be careful how you use that precious name!

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD ALONE shall be exalted in that day…Isaiah 2:11 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the KING, the Lord of hosts….Isaiah 7:5 O Lord, Thou art my GOD; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy NAME; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth….Isaiah 25:1

I am the dust, HE is the potter, and without HIS breath I would not be living. HE IS…….EVERYTHING. Give HIS precious NAME the honor it is due and watch how you use it!!!! Have a blessed and beautiful day, IN HIM, Dar

OH! What a Feeling!

HOLY, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and IS and is to come….Blessings, and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. AMEN!...Revelation 4:8, 7:12

In the Presence of Jehovah
By: Damaris Carbaugh

In and out of situations
That tug o' war at me;
All day long I struggle
For answers that I need.
But then I come into His presence
And all my questions become clear
And for a sacred moment
No doubt can interfere.

In the presence of Jehovah
God Almighty, Prince of Peace,
Troubles vanish, hearts are mended
In the presence of the King.

Through His love the Lord provided
A place for us to rest;
A place to find the answers
In the hours of distress.

Now there is never any reason
For you to give up in despair;
Just slip away and breathe His name
He will surely meet you there.

My moods tend to swing in wide circles at times….one moment I am feeling fine and the next moment I am feeling a bit down and out. Life tends to make me feel that way, but Oh what a wonderful feeling to come into the presence of the Lord. In the presence of the Lord all of my cares fly away and peace finds a place in my mixed up, flighty mind and I am filled with its presence. This peace is one that the human mind cannot understand and the things of this world cannot mimic. This peace is a PERFECT PEACE even in the middle of the storms of life. When I am in this perfect place, at the feet of my Jesus I gain strength for the battles that surely lie ahead for me. When the cares of life start pressing in on me I know where to go to find my peace. There is NOTHING in this world that can calm the storms inside of me like the presence of the Holy Spirit! He is my constant companion in the midst of laughter and in times of sorrow and tears. The presence of the Holy Spirit is constant in all situations that I face in life and trusting in Him has gotten me through some of the craziest emotional storms that I have ever faced.

I understand that I will face many more of these emotional outbursts before my life here is over with, but I also know where to find my ONLY peace when life just doesn’t make sense. If I put my faith and trust in this life I would be miserable and life wouldn’t be worth living, but PRAISE GOD I have that PERFECT PEACE that is found only in knowing and serving THE KING, Jesus Christ. He abides in my heart and in my life 24/7 and when I am feeling down all I have to do is draw from the well of life giving waters that spring eternally in my heart……all because of HIM! Oh, what a feeling to be in the presence of our MIGHTY, AWESOME, KING of KINGS…..the lily in my valley!

For IN HIM we live and move and have our being….Acts 17:28

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, Oh, what a feeling just knowing my KING! He is my life, my breath and my EVERYTHING! PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD, I’m a child of the KING!

Bread of Life (Famine in the Land)

Behold the days cometh saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thrist for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord…..Amos 8:11 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they Shall be filled…..Matthew 5:6 For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness….Psalm 107:9

For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven and giveth life unto the world….. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world…John 6:33, 51

Have you ever gone to the grocery store when you were hungry? I know I have and I find myself filling my cart with a lot of junk that I don’t really need. When those hunger pangs start hitting all you know is that you just HAVE to eat something and if you are hungry enough that will be whatever is the closest to you at the time. Well, there goes the diet!

Back in the 70’s the Nelons recorded a song called: “There’s a Famine in their Land.” These are the only lyrics I remember and have not been able to find all of the lyrics in my searches: There’s a famine in their land, not of bread, not of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord, there’s a famine in their land they can be fed by no other, than the bread of life, the one they hunger for. This song is talking about a hunger that can only be satisfied by God’s word and takes place in a country where they have to smuggle The word in one page at a time, because being caught with those pages could mean death, yet the hunger for the Bread of Life is so strong that they would do anything just to get a bit of it. Can you even begin to imagine that type of hunger? Maybe just maybe we here in this country are way to fat and happy and we have started taking God’s Word for granted because it is so easily available to us. I know I own several Bibles, I collect them from thrift stores and just get so excited when I find a new KJV Bible at the Book store, but yet, we are beginning to see a famine in this land, not because the Bread of life is not available to us, but because we have become complacent and dull of hearing. We have so much and there is no wanting, yet as God’s people we should be craving The WORD, which is our Bread of Life……I am afraid that some of us may be starving from not eating of that bread and overeating the things that aren’t good for the soul. God’s WORD is our soul food and without that we cannot survive. It is readily available, yet we turn up our noses when it is placed before us, we pass it up for those sweet things that only make us FAT! We don’t appreciate what we have and the very thing that others crave and would give anything to have we have begun to pass on.

This country is filled with churches; some offer the TRUE BREAD of LIFE while others are all about the CHURCH programs and activities. I for one am HUNGRY! ARE YOU HUNGRY? I want that Bread of LIFE, I want to hear the WORD of GOD! My soul craves THE WORD, it is my life and I want MORE of it!

When I am in a group of people I tend to seek out the ones who I can share my faith with. Folks probably get tired of hearing me talk about Jesus and what He has done for me, but I will continue to speak about Him everywhere I go. I will not go silently into the dark…..because I crave the LIGHT, the BREAD of LIFE. We just don’t realize what we have until it is gone. This country is moving further away from God when we need to be drawing nearer to Him. More types of Bible are being printed everyday because people want God’s word to fit their lifestyles, but we need to make sure our lives are lining up with God’s WORD! This world is HUNGRY and they don’t even know what they are hungry for……We were made to serve the Lord and we need to be bringing folks to the table and serving up the TRUE BREAD OF LIFE……they are starving for it.

Dear Lord Jesus, once again make us hungry for your word so we can share that word with this dying world. We need you Lord, this world needs you. Help your people to once again RISE UP and shine the LIGHT the way that we were meant to. Start with me, Lord, I am hungry for your word and I am hungry to see a movement in this country…….going TOWARD YOU! Help us as YOUR CHURCH to once again be about the work that you meant for us to be doing; sharing THAT BREAD OF LIFE. In the STRONG name of JESUS CHRIST I pray……AMEN! Would you join me in praying for our country and for the CHURCH? I just know I AM HUNGRY!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM the only one who can feed me, Dar

By the Grace of God I am What I Am!

By the Grace of God, I am what I am…. I am fearfully and wonderfully made…. But thou art HE that took me out of the womb…thou art my God from my mother’s belly…. Thou art my hope, O Lord God; thou art my trust from my youth…. I am as a wonder to many, but thou art my STRONG refuge….1 Corinthians 15:10, Psalm 139:14, 22:9-10,71:5,7

I was born Darlene Elaine McCormick on Thursday 22 October 1953 in Riverside California to William and Margaret McCormick. That is the day my life in this world began, but I don’t remember anything about it! God knew me before my mom and dad even knew I existed. Everything about me is unique to ME. My genes are unlike anyone else here on this earth. Among the MILLIONS of people on the face of this earth, I am different!

One wonderful day in 1966 I was reborn! It all happened in a little country church down hwy. 34 in Bollinger County, Mo.; I knelt at an old fashioned alter in Hog Creek (Harmony Church) and asked Jesus into my heart. I remember my re-birth as if it happened yesterday. God placed His Holy Spirit into my heart and the OLD MAN began to die that day! I was a young lady at that time and didn’t really realize all the changes that would take place in my life over time. God started remaking me new in the Spirit and I began to care less and less about worldly things as His spirit started filling every nook and cranny of my heart. As God continues to reshape my life I am becoming completely different from the little babe that was born 64 years ago. I have the same genes and there is even still a resemblance of that young girl that knelt at that old fashioned alter so long ago, but I will NEVER be who I was and I will continue to change as long as I allow God to work in my heart. I am a work in progress and I will never be a finished product until God calls me home! Then this old fleshly shell will drop and ONCE AGAIN, I will be changed from the OLD to the NEW, but this new body will last for all eternity; THEN I will be like HIM! WOW and AMEN!

I am a child of the KING of KINGS and that is only possible because God adopted me into His family through His Precious Son JESUS CHRIST. It is all because of HIM that I am what I am. Without HIS amazing grace, I would still be that little lump of rotting, dying clay, but now I have a NEW life awaiting me an ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven and then all things will be made NEW! I HAVE BEEN CHANGED and I will be CHANGED one more time, FOR GOOD!

But we ALL, with open face beholding as a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord…. Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we SHALL ALL be changed, in a MOMENT, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we SHALL be CHANGED. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality…. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we EVER be with the LORD….2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians: 4:17 (Read that out loud a few times…..chill bumps)

There is SO MUCH MORE…..With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, ready to be changed forever, Dar

His Eye is On the Sparrow

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me......For the Lord will not forsake His people for His great name’s sake; because it hath pleased the Lord to make you His people......Isaiah 49:16, 1 Samuel 12:22

Have you ever had one of those days where you just didn’t feel the presence of God in your life and it seemed like a big ole dark cloud was hovering over your head everywhere you went? If you haven’t had days like this then I would say you aren’t human.

Being a child of the KING is not all about how we feel. It is about an unwavering faith despite what we feel. It is about trusting in God admits our faltering feelings and when we are in the middle of those dark days; no matter where we go or what we are doing. Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear…….Isaiah 59:1

We are creatures saturated with feelings and sometimes our emotions can send us down some pretty strange paths, yet no matter how we are feeling God never forsakes His people. He is ever present even among those dark clouds covering your day. Sometimes we just get so wrapped up on our troubles that we let those dark clouds overshadow the glorious light of His presence in our lives and we forget His words to His children……Be strong and of a GOOD courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whitersoever thou goest…..Joshua 1:9b

Our faith and trust in God goes beyond what we can see; that faith is believing in what we can’t lay our eyes on no matter how dark the clouds or how strong the storm. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things NOT seen……Hebrews 11:1. Without our faith in God we don’t have anything! It takes faith to believe in something that you can’t lay your eyes on. Much like us Missourians, we say, “SHOW ME.”

Our God has a love for His people like no other and He is always near despite what we feel. He cares about every little part of your life and He sees us on those days when our faith grows faint, yet He never gives up on us. He knows us like no one else does and He has a plan and a purpose for our life. Remember His promise……I will NEVER leave thee, nor forsake thee…..Hebrews 13:5b

Yes, God takes care of everything that belongs to him and HE KNOWS just where you are at all times. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are numbered. Fear not therefore; ye are of MORE VALUE than MANY sparrows……Luke 12:6-7

In the midst of your dark, cloudy day, look up and see the SON, He is ALWAYS and FOREVER shining His light into your DARK days; you just have to take a moment and look for Him. Trust me, He IS ALWAYS RIGHT THERE…….Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou has made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is NOTHING too hard for Thee……Jeremiah 32:17

In conclusion……..Let us HOLD FAST the profession of our faith WITHOUT WAVERING; for He is FAITHFUL that PROMISED……Hebrews 10:23

Yes, His eye is on the Sparrow and I KNOW HE watches ME! YES I know God’s promises are TRUE!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM always and forever, Dar

Behold, I Make all Things New

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope, it is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail NOT, they are new EVERY morning, great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in HIM…Lamentations 3:21-24

While out walking the other day I came across a large tree that had been badly damaged; there were deep gouges in its trunk, yet it stood tall and seemed to thrive; another tree I saw was covered thick with vines that seemed to be choking the very life out of it, yet it continued to grow. Twisted and disfigured I found beauty in it; yet another tree, its top completely missing, yet new limbs were emerging from its severed trunk and growing straight up, strong and tall.

What does it all mean; Flowers bursting through the frozen ground, birds singing on a cold winter morning, a tree growing out of a rock….and on and on? So many things we don’t understand, but they stir our hearts and make us think……we are awestricken.

When I was small my parents divorced and we were sent to live with my mother and her parents; there in that place in my life some things happened to me that small child should never have to experience; I was betrayed by my own uncles and it left me feeling like I wasn’t worth much, I became very shy and withdrawn and deeply scarred. I had lost my faith in even some of the people closest to me. Despite my scars I was a child that loved to smile; you hardly ever saw me without a smile on my face.

When I was 12 I met the best friend I have ever known. He loved me just as I was and from the moment I met Him HE came into my heart and the healing began; His name is Jesus Christ and He taught me how to forgive and love those who had done wrong to me.

I can still remember it all like it was yesterday and it brings an ache to my heart still today. Some scars still remain and forgetting has not been easy. Without Jesus Christ working in my heart and life I would have continued to struggle with the past, but praise God through Him my past is just that, MY PAST and I have had a wonderful life and I have a bright future to look forward to IN HIM. He has made all things new for me.

So now I understand why the caged bird sings and how a broken and damaged tree can continue to grow and thrive. I once was broken and damaged, but now God has healed me and given me a wonderful future, now I am able to sing in the midst of my storms, knowing I am safely in my Father’s hands and He has made all things NEW! Now I walk in newness of life through Jesus Christ.

And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new, and He said unto me, write; for these words are true and faithful…Revelation 21:5

I hope that sharing this part of my life can be of a help to someone out there struggling with forgiveness. Sometimes it isn’t so easy to forgive, but God forgives us and teaches us to forgive through His amazing Love. Be blessed, much love and prayers, always, IN HIM, Dar

How Great is Our God?

I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple….In whose hand is the soul of EVERY living thing, and the BREATH of ALL mankind….great things He doeth which we cannot understand….stand still and consider the wondrous works of God….The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is MIGHTY; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing….Isaiah 6:1b, Job 12:10, 37:5b,14b, Zephaniah 3:17

When the 6 of us youngsters were being raised by our grandparents we learned a simple, little prayer of grace that we took turns saying at each meal….it goes like this; God is great, God is good; let us thank Him for our food. By His hands we must be fed; thank you Lord for daily bread, AMEN. Somehow it just didn’t feel right to eat a meal without saying grace and besides Grandma would have whopped us if we didn’t. HEE HEE!

How GREAT IS OUR GOD? Wow…..now THAT is a loaded question. Our God is so great that we can’t even begin to describe His greatness in our human language. These human eyes would not be able to look upon His holiness; We haven’t EVER seen ANYTHING even close to what our God looks like and we can’t even begin to imagine what He will be like. Even Moses who stood in the very presence of God did not see His face, but just being in God’s presence made his face glow so brightly that it frightened the people and He had to cover his face with a veil. (Exodus 34:29-35) God’s power, beauty and holiness is something that we will never see on this earth, but one day we will look upon His face for the first time, but not in these fleshly bodies; then every thought in our minds will race away as we stand in awe before Him. In that moment, I am sure it won’t take us long to fall to our knees. There is NOTHING else like our God and just guess whose image you and I were fashioned after? WOW and WOW! I can only imagine how GREAT my GOD truly is, but one day all of my imaginations will fade into reality as I look for the first time upon His awesome face! What a day that will be! Do you know this Great God? If not, get to know Him because one day soon you WILL stand before Him. Are you ready to meet HIM? Ready or NOT…..He IS coming! AMEN!

Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is wary? There is no searching of His understanding….Know ye that the Lord He is GOD: it is He that hath made us and not we ourselves; WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, and the sheep of His pasture….Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is NOTHING too hard for thee….Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name….Isaiah 40:28, Psalm 100:3, Jeremiah 32:17, 1 Chronicles, 29:13

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven FOR YOU….1 Peter 1:3-4

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, my AWESOME, GREAT, LOVING, HOLY GOD! Dar

The Battle for Truth

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the whiles of the devil, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…..and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make know the mystery of the gospel..Ephesians 6:11-12 & 19

How Great is Our God?

I do not go around telling everyone how I feel about everything and trying to get them to see everything MY way, but I will never compromise the truth of the Gospel for anyone.

We have to take a strong stand in these trying times, we are God’s people and His church and we need to start acting like it.

We have a Holy Father and a Godly heritage. We live in this world, but we do not have to live worldly. Jesus set us absolutely free when He completed His work on the cross and died for our sins, we are complete in Him and apart from Him we are lost and without hope!

I want to live my life to please my Father and do His work. If I can reach one soul and lead them to eternal life, I would feel that my life was not in vain. God has a job and a work for each of us. The fields are ripe to harvest; God needs workers for His harvest, true Christians that aren’t ashamed or afraid to be counted for the sake of the gospel.

When our life here is over with all that will count is what we did for eternity’s sake. This life will all pass away and I am laying up my treasures where it counts. I do not want to miss a thing and I sure don’t want to miss heaven. What a day that will be when I look upon my Savior’s face and he counts me as one of HIS! That is all the reward that I need. God does not settle for seconds, He wants all of us or nothing. Either we are for Him or we are against Him. I know who wins and I want to be on the winning side.

We need to be about or Father’s work and time is drawing nigh. We need to wake up out of our sleep and get busy spreading the truth of the Gospel to all who will listen.

Our witness begins the moment we step out of our door. Where ever you are you can be a witness. Remember, someone is always watching your life. How is your witness?

Only you can answer that question. Search you heart, search your soul, search the scriptures and get your heart in line with God’s word.

The ride is going to get pretty bumpy and we need to be prepared. Remember even the very elect will be deceived. Put on the whole armor of God and step into the battle for truth. Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, God’s warrior, Dar

Don’t Miss the Message

Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight……The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel…..This is the message which we have heard of Him and declare unto you, God is light an in Him is no darkness at all…..Mark 1:2, 3, 15, 1 John 1:5

There is a message being preached around the world, called men of God are preaching this message from their hearts, crying out to all who will hear. God is speaking to His people, but many will miss the message because they don’t have the time to stop and listen. God’s message is falling on deaf ears!

The pews in many churches across the land are sitting empty as fewer and fewer attend services. Most have something better to do on God’s day and others just don’t have a care. It has become an option to many and not a priority. God’s people need to be gathering together more and more as the day of His approaching draws nearer and nearer. We need to be listening to what God has to tell us, gaining strength from His message. Things of this life would be so much easier on us if we would just take some time and give it to God, He is the master of all time and we can’t seem to make time for Him anymore. Without Him our time would be over. Our churches are getting weak because we are missing out on the bread of life that God is sending down from heaven. His word is our bread and when we go without receiving it, we grow weak! Even when we do gather in God’s house the noises of life are so loud that we can’t hear God’s message being preached. We need to prepare the soil of our hearts before we gather in God’s house so the seeds of the word may be planted where they can grow and thrive. When we enter into the sanctuary we need to leave the world at the door, open our ears and hearts to receive what God has for us. Come ready to worship and receive the blessings that God is pouring down on His people. There in God’s house we can gather together in one mind and one accord, block out the noise of the world and just worship the one who deserves our praise and worship and gather strength from our church family. Yes, God has a message for us all, but many are missing that glorious message of hope, peace and love.

With all that is going on in the world, all the bad news, God’s house is a place of refuge for His people. When we step into God’s house we need to leave the world behind, get quiet before God and just listen to His beautiful word being preached. Don’t miss the message!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, got my ears open, Dar

Grow in Grace

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ, according as His divine power hath given unto us ALL THINGS that pertain to LIFE and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue….Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make you calling and election SURE: for if ye do these things, ye shall NEVER fail….To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in Holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints….2 Peter 1:2,3,10, 1 Thessalonians 3:13

After many years of serving the Lord I have come to a place in my journey where the road ahead gets clearer every day and my direction is sure. I know who is leading my steps and I know who to place my trust in. NOTHING can keep me from this journey that I am on. I am on this road until I reach the end. This is the story of my life!

Some folks would call me old fashioned and stubborn, but those words don’t hurt me. I have grown to a height that I don’t really care what this world thinks of me. The ONLY one that I want to please is GOD! Trying to live up to this worlds standard doesn’t do anything for you but cause you pain, despair and disappointment. I have had my share of those, but each and every time I have taken those issues up with my Father and He has always led me in the right direction and filled me with peace; His ways are unfailing!

As we encounter hardships and trials growing hard and callous only separates us from people and most of all it separates us from God. Brother Paul always says to grow in grace and this grace can only be found in Jesus Christ. To grow in grace means to let God keep our hearts soft toward our fellow man, but it doesn’t mean compromise. As we grow in grace we think more about what God thinks and less about what people think. Our entire mindset changes and those things that used to occupy our minds change from earthly to heavenly; as we set our sight on things above, the things of earth start to dim. NOTHING here can compare to the glorious life of living for JESUS CHRIST; as we put on JESUS we see things in a different light. Less of me and MORE of HIM is the key!

It doesn’t really matter what people think of you. If you are a BORN AGAIN, COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, CHILD OF THE KING, the price that was paid for your soul is priceless, you have a home waiting in heaven that the eyes of man have never looked upon and you are VERY PRECIOUS in your Father’s eyes. That’s ALL that REALLY matters. A relationship with JESUS is eternal….this life is temporary!

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen 2 Peter 3:18

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still growing, Dar

And I Will Dwell in the House of the Lord Forever

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in ME; In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were NOT so, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU. I go to prepare a place FOR YOU, and if I go to prepare a place FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN, AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO! St. John 14:1-3

Some of the disappointing situations that I have faced in my lifetime have made me break down and cry like a baby; some seemed like they would never end; Troubles, health issues, disappointments one after the other; some days NOTHING goes right and I wish I could go back to bed, get up again and find all of that all of those things have just gone away, but they haven’t! Sound familiar?

Poor, miserable, wretched me, right? WRONG!!!!!!! NAY, in ALL these things we are MORE than conquerors through Him that Loved us, Romans 8:37 (I suggest you read verses 38-39 also, powerful stuff). If in this life ONLY we have hope in Christ, we are of all men MOST MISERABLE, but now is Christ risen from the dead… I Cor. 15:19-20a without a risen Savior I would be lost, without hope for any kind of a decent future, but guess what? I have a wonderful future and a blessed hope thanks to Jesus. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil to give you an expected end Jeremiah 29:11

Do I have pain? YES! Do I get discouraged? CERTAINLY, BUT through Jesus Christ I have an abundant life. Romans 8:18..For I reckon that the sufferings at this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be revealed IN US.

There is peace through pain, joy in trying times and when I feel miserable, discouraged and alone, I have a Savior who never leaves nor forsakes me, He is with me everywhere I go 24/7. Hebrews 13:5b For He hath said, “I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.’ My Savior is Jesus Christ and He meets my every need, gives me peace in tribulations, walks with me through the storms in life. I am wonderfully blessed, for I have a steadfast, unmovable, unshakable solid foundation on which I have placed my trust and my life, a Savior who paid the debt for my sins with HIS LIFE, and is ALIVE, the precious Holy Spirit, my constant companion, teacher and guide, a beautiful Christian husband, a wonderful family, my brothers and sisters through THE BLOOD of the LAMB, and those are just a few; best of all, I have a loving, mighty, awesome, heavenly FATHER and a home in heaven prepared for me when my life here is ended. Titus 3:7 That being justified by HIS GRACE, we should be made HEIRS according to the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE Titus 2:13 Looking for that BLESSED HOPE, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. AMEN!

God did not promise that my life would be perfectly without trials, but He did promise to be with me no matter what or where I go. AMEN!

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD FOREVER Psalm 23:6b

I am happy and so very blessed!

Have a beautiful, blessed day! You are a child of the KING! AMEN Love and many prayers, IN HIM, ALWAYS and FOREVER, Dar

When you’ve Come to the end of your Rope:Tie a Knot and Hang ON!

I had a hard time today finding a place to quit writing, there is so much more I can say on this subject, but I am giving it to you the way that God gave it to me; with many blessing, love and prayers, Dar

Blessed is that man that makes the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies….None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him….But the salvation of the righteous is of THE LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble….The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite (Deeply and humbly sorry for one’s sins; penitent) heart, O God, thou wilt not despise….Psalm 40:4, 49:7, 37:39, 51:17

I’ve come to the end of my rope and my rope is starting to frazzle, what in the world do I do? Have you ever been to a point dealing with people that you just want to either give them a good smack or just throw up your hands and give up? I have and I guess I will be facing these kinds of people until the day I die. You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink. You can reason and reason with some people and you can see the solution to their problem as plain as the nose on their face, but they just never seem to really GET IT! Is there a point at which we should just give up on someone when it seems like we have done everything that God has asked us to do? As hard as it may be for us, WE can’t truly save anyone! In order for a life change to be made that individual has to make some decisions for themselves and no matter how much you want to see them change it just isn’t going to happen unless they decide for themselves that they need to change and then are willing to let God help them. Stubbornness can be good in some cases, but it can also be a dividing factor in any relationship. I don’t like to give up on anyone, but there comes a time when I have done all I can and said all that God has asked me to; then I need to gently close that door and walk away. That doesn’t mean that I have given up, it just means that I will be praying for that person and letting God do the work in their heart. I have plowed and sewed some good seeds in the ground, but only that individual can make the decision to remove the boulders and let the good seed that was planted begin to grow there. That is NOT UP TO ME no matter how badly I want it. Some things are just best left in God’s hands; So, when your rope seem to be getting a bit short, stop, tie and knot and just keep holding on. God is in control of everything! There are STILL some good seeds that need to be planted and God needs workers in His field. Don’t waste time agonizing about one unproductive seed and just continue to plant. We never know what the seeds we plant will grow to be. God will take care of what we have planted and even those stubborn seeds can grow and flourish in His care! Leave the saving to God, pray, believe and trust! Some things in this life just DON’T work out the way I want them to.

Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; let such as love Thy salvation say continually, THE LORD BE MAGNIFIED.... Psalm 40:16

Don’t forget to continue loving and praying no matter what! Let your LIGHT SHINE!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, planting those seeds and praying for the increase, Dar

Stand Still and Watch God Work

Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace…. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, STAND YE STILL, and see the salvation of the Lord with you…for the Lord will be with you…. for the battle is NOT yours, but the Lord’s…. Now therefore STAND and SEE this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes…. Exodus 14:13,14, 2 Chronicles 20:15b, 17, 1 Samuel 12:16

Sometimes we forget who God is and we often get ourselves into a tizzy over things that we have no control over. This God that we serve is the Same God who created everything that exists, fought battles for His people all through the old testament; this God is the God that leveled whole cities, raised Lazarus from the dead, saved the 3 Hebrew children from the fiery furnace, shut the mouths of the Lions for Daniel, made a slave into a king, parted the Red Sea….need I go on? (Read THE BOOK!) Yes, this God is GOD and what He has done for others He can do for you and I; He has not changed and He is there for YOU! Be STILL and KNOW that I AM GOD…. Psalm 46:10

It is good that a man should both HOPE and QUIETLY wait for the salvation of the Lord…. WAIT on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; WAIT, I say, on the Lord….Lamentations 3:26, Psalm 27:14

If we could only be Still and Know that He is GOD; He rules and reigns from heaven above, He knows the paths we trod. Instead of trying to figure it out; see how He brings His plan about…..BE STILL and KNOW that HE IS GOD! Just BE STILL and KNOW that HE IS GOD!
(Chorus of song Be Still and Know that He is God; by the Mckameys)

TRUST ye in the Lord forever, for the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength…. Isaiah 26:4

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, trusting, waiting and expecting, Dar….. NOTHING is TOO hard for MY GOD!

A War Within

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would….And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit….Galatians 5:16, 17, 24, 25

Have you ever tried to be REALLY good, but this little voice in your head kept nagging you until you gave in to it? Then my friend, you are human, made of flesh and bone!

One of my favorite passages in the Bible finds our faithful brother Paul facing a conundrum; (my words), OK, so I know that there is nothing good in me. Every time I try to do the right thing I end up doing the thing that I hate. I keep thinking I want to do the right thing, but that old voice inside of me keeps nagging me to do whatever I feel like doing and that ends up being the wrong thing. What in the world can I do my flesh is wicked and I am wretched; who can help me with my problem; if I continue living this way it will be the death of me? Romans 7:15-24

The war inside is raging; the flesh against the spirit! Is there any help for us lumps of clay? Can we EVER win this battle against the things that we can’t see? This battle of flesh and spirit has been raging since the day that man was created and it will continue until we no longer dwell in this fleshly shell. The ONLY hope we have is found in JESUS CHRIST and we will never be able to keep the flesh from completely taking over without the indwelling of His Holy Spirit; WE just can’t win this battle without JESUS. He is the ONLY saving grace that comes into play in our battle of the mind. MY WILL can NEVER win the war, I just don’t have the strength on MY OWN! I need JESUS! For the law of the Spirit of Life IN Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin an death....And if Christ be IN YOU, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is LIFE because of righteousness….For is ye live after the flesh ye SHALL DIE; but if through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live….The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God….Romans 8:2,10,13,16

If I even try to win the war that rages in my fleshly body every day by myself, I WILL fail. When we allow Jesus to lead the charge in the battle things begin to change. Those things that are contrary to the flesh begin to become a part of our lives and that battle is winnable. Though we will continue this war in our minds until we are OUT OF HERE, our captain, JESUS changes the outcome of our personal war, because HIS side is the winning side!

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ….For though we walk IN the flesh, we DO NO war after the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are NOT carnal, but MIGHTY through GOD to the pulling down of strong holds….because greater is He that is IN YOU, than he that is in the world….1 Corinthians 15:57,2 Corinthians 10:3-4, I John 4:4

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM ONLY can I WIN, Dar

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

This is a poem I wrote using song titles. Some of them are from really old song books that I have, but the message is clear. I hope it brings you some peace and joy! Praise the Lord for His abundant blessings. God is so very GOOD!

What the world needs is Jesus
The name that makes men free
It’s glory just to walk with Him
All the way my Savior leads me

There’s only one Savior who saves
Ye must be born again
Do you know my Jesus?
Grace greater than our sin

Let Jesus come into your heart
He is able to deliver thee
When you know it, you will tell it
I was lost, but Jesus found me

Love led Him to Calvary
He paid a debt He did not owe
He was wounded for our transgressions
Why should He love me so?

Through His grace I am saved
I walk with my King
Tis so sweet to trust in Him
I don’t want to miss a thing

How can I keep from singing?
Jesus is always the same
All that thrills my soul is Jesus
Glory to His name

A shelter in the time of storms
The touch of His hand on mine
I know whom I have believed
Lord I am Thine, eternally Thine

O for a faith that will not shrink
A heart that can understand
I’ll go where You want me to go
My times are in Thy hand

The voice of God is calling
Heaven is a place I long to see
Sitting at the feet of Jesus
That’s all that matters to me

Joy to the world
O for a thousand tongues to sing
I love to tell the story
Gonna see my Lord and king

What a gathering that will be
They’re singing in heaven tonight
Victory in Jesus
In the city where the Lamb is the light

Jesus the very thought of Thee
The sweetest name I know
I am His and He is mine
O love that will not let me go

God bless and keep all of you in His tender care. He is able to save and He keeps what He saves. In Him always, Dar

The Perfect Bride

Something Old…For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life….John 3:16

Something New….Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold ALL THINGS are become new….2 Corinthians 5:17

Something Tried….That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ….1 Peter 1:7

Something True….Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it….For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us…1 Thessalonians 5:24, 2 Corinthians 1:20

The bride of Christ is THE Church, she is dressed in white from head to toe and crowned with righteousness. All of the accessories listed above; something old, something new, something tried and something true are a part of her inheritance, yet she is not deserving of these gifts that have been bestowed upon her by the one that loves and adores her. His love for her is beyond measure and everything that He owns has now become hers; treasures beyond the human imagination. One day soon the Groom (Jesus Christ), The KING, will come back to claim His beloved bride and carry her off to heaven to live with Him ETERNALLY…. That he might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be HOLY and without blemish….Ephesians 5:27

The banquet table in heaven is being laid out and all of heaven is preparing for this glorious event. The Heavenly Hosts are waiting with great anticipation and getting ready to greet this royal lady, (the Church). The marriage of the Lamb has been in preparation for a very long time and a great price has been paid to make it all possible; only those who are covered by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus will be a part of this glorious celebration. Soon and very soon this cherished lady will look for the first time upon the face of her beloved and there will be great rejoicing in heaven…..Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready….Revelation 19:7

The spirit and the bride say, Come, and let him that heareth say, Come, and let him that is athirst come, And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely….surely I COME QUICKLY, AMEN, even so, COME Lord Jesus….Revelation 22:17, 20…..ARE YOU READY? You don’t want to miss this wedding!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, part of HIS bride, His beloved, Dar

Though I speak with the tongues of Angels

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or tinkling cymbals…..Charity (love) suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things….I Corinthians 13:1, 4-7

While typing out these beautiful scriptures I first had to examine my own heart. Does my love for others line up with the scriptures? If they don’t they should, or I can’t call myself a true child of God.

It is hard to love someone who does not think like you and their actions and life is something that is abhorrent to you, because of the Holy Spirit that dwells within God’s children, but as the Word says in Romans 2:11…..For there is no respect of persons with God!

As I have said before, all things are equal at the foot of the cross! God loves the sinner, but He hates the sin. We should not sit back and just close our eyes to the things contrary to God’s word that are happening all around us, but at the same time we need to keep our hearts open to be a witness to ALL that we come in contact with. Your life may be the only Bible that someone reads and from what I have been hearing from some people that I know, many Christian’s lives don’t read too well!

We are not put here to judge, slander, gossip and treat others outrageously, what a horrible example we set when we act that way. Just because we are saved it doesn’t give us a license to treat others without respect. God’s love extents to all mankind, and we are no more precious in His eyes than any of His other children.

We have a duty and a privilege to show this world that the word Christian is not a dirty word. When we wear that title we need to be the example that Jesus meant for us to be. He came in love and He came to save that which is lost!

We need to shine for Him and be a healing balm to those that we meet, not someone who wounds without thinking! We want to draw others to Jesus Christ not repel them! We need to be salt and light! We are the light of this world and we need to quit hiding that light under a bushel and shine it every day, everywhere that we go! This world needs Jesus NOW! We need to get past our petty differences and get to the Father’s work. The fields are ripe and ready for harvest, are you a laborer in the field for Him or are you a destroyer of truth! You life reflects what is in your heart. When you search there do you see JESUS? I really hope so. We need to be standing strong, loving the unlovable and reaching out to this lost and dying world without prejudice or respect of person. AMEN!

God bless and keep you all! I pray that you search your hearts and keep to the work. I know I am searching mine! I want God’s word to keep moving me on and changing me into something useful and beautiful for HIM, Love you all much, IN HIM, Dar

P.S. We need to continue that perfect work that Jesus started when He died on the cross for US ALL! It begins with YOU and ME!

Something lost, something found!

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad….Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight; but ALL THINGS are naked an opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do… But the very hairs of your head are numbered….Luke 8:17, Hebrews 4:13, Matthew 10:30

Have you ever lost something and went on a rampage trying to find it? I know I have done that. We always say, “I put it in a safe place and now I can’t remember where that safe place is.” It is funny when you speak about it later, but at the time you are searching for it, that item is the only thing on your mind and it is just driving you crazy trying to remember where it is. Normally in these cases that item isn’t all that important, it was never really lost and eventually shows up right where you put it.

As the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 sometimes we decide to go our own way and get lost, but with God NO ONE is truly EVER lost, He knows EXACTLY where we are at ALL TIMES and His hand is never shortened that it cannot save or His hearing too dull that it cannot hear our cry for help….Isaiah 59:1. Like the father in the account of the prodigal son, God lets us go our own way, but He always knows where we are and He is ever ready to receive us back into the fold. When one lost sheep returns to the flock there is rejoicing in heaven…..Luke 15:10 Each and every one of us are more important to Him than all of the gold in the world’s treasury. We are God’s treasure, we are His workmanship and we belong to the King of Kings…..be assured; God knows EXACTLY where you are and until the breath is gone out of your body you are NOT LOST to Him!

I once was lost, but now am found…..was blind, but now….I see!

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost…Matthew 18:11 Seek and ye SHALL FIND….Matthew 7:7

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, FOUND, Dar

God Loves Me

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life……..Herein is LOVE, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins…….John 3:16, 1 John 4:10

I do a lot of praying when I am out walking in the woods or down the old gravel roads. I almost always have my camera strapped around my neck. Very seldom do I take a walk without packing it along.

There are a lot of times that I don’t see a lot of amazing scenes when I am out walking, but almost always God sends something along my way that puts a smile on my face. I take these little sightings and close encounters very personally. I have often missed some great shots, but the image will forever be in my mind. Not everything I take photos of makes one say, “AHHHHH,” but I know who made everything and I am sure that He makes it possible for me to have those little encounters with His creation that absolutely brighten my day.

I have seen some lovely sights along those little woodland paths that I have taken. All of those wild things were made by God and I know when I see a set up. I take every sunset personally; when a rainbow appears in my sky I know it is for me, when a gentle breeze caresses my face I know it is God’s breath that I feel.

Every little thing in nature is orchestrated by my awesome God and I know that I am special to Him. I am His workmanship and He cares about me personally, so yes, I take all those little beautiful moments personally and I thank God for coming my way each day and showing me that He is always present. Sometimes these rare visitations bring tears to my eyes, because of who I am compared to who HE is! I am small and insignificant in this world’s eyes, but I am precious to the maker of the universe and that makes me a very blessed lady.

Did you see those sun rays breaking through the clouds? That was for me! Do you know God personally? If not, get to know Him. He paid a high price for your soul, He loves you and he cares about YOU, personally. In HIM you will NEVER walk alone!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, walking together, Dar


Jesus saith unto him,I am the way, the truth and the life; NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by me……I am the door; BY ME is any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture……I am the GOOD shepherd, the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep……John 14:6, 10:9, 11

There is only one road that leads to heaven and only one door by which one may enter……that Door is Jesus Christ! If anyone tries to tell you there is another way to make it to heaven they are not telling you the truth. Only those covered by the Blood of the Lamb of God will be allowed to enter that Holy City. All are invited to come and enjoy the pleasures of heaven; your ticket has been purchased and all you have to do is get it stamped by Jesus! Praise God, I know who I belong to and I know where I will spend eternity and THAT my friends is what REAL security is all about. No man can cheat me out of my eternal home thanks to my JESUS! AMEN!

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the message in this beautiful song…….thank you JESUS, praise your precious, Holy name. I have come by the way of THE CROSS……many blessings, love and prayers, IN HIM, only and forever, Dar

By the Way of the Cross

Condemned to die on a cross for crimes he had done
He was guilty- everyone could see.
But his destiny was changed as he looked at Christ and said,
"When Your kingdom comes, remember me."
In Paradise that day, he stood
Just like the Lord had said he would
Surrounded by those who had gone before.
One said, "Friend, how did you come? What are the deeds you have done?"
With tears in his eyes, I can hear him reply,
"There are no merits to my name- no works that I can claim. He Who brought me here told me to say...

I have come by the way of the cross.
I have come by the way of the cross.
It is nothing I have done.
It's the suffering of God's Son.
I have come by the way of the cross."

I have nothing to claim but my guilt and my shame.
Hopelessly lost, I could not find my way.
Till His glorious light of love shone down on me.
His mercy washed all my sins away!
And what He did for me that day
Was a price I could not pay.
And by His grace, I too can say- forever say...

I see millions gathered 'round the throne
From every kindred and tongue-
Those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!
And as they cast their crowns down at His feet
This will be my story- this will be my song,...

There is no other way.. but the cross!

And I beheld, and, lo, a GREAT MULTITUDE, who no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the LAMB, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne and unto the LAMB….They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither the sunlight on them, nor any heat, for the LAMB which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away ALL tears from their eyes….Revelation 7:9-10, 16-17 

Woooooo HOOOO! AMEN and AMEN!

Are You Ready?

And I saw the dead; small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works…..and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire…..And I John saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven; prepared as a bride for her husband……and He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new……he that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son…..Revelation 20:12, 21:2, 5 & 7

Some of you are probably groaning and shaking your heads as I post yet another message about Heaven and Hell. There are those that just don’t want to hear about it, but it is a reality whether you want to believe it or not, but today I will let you off of the hook and just ask a question……ARE YOU READY? Because if you aren’t you’d better be getting things in order. With the way things are looking from my point of view, it won’t be long and if you aren’t ready your future isn’t looking too bright. This is serious stuff, some will heed the message and search their hearts and lives, while others will say to themselves, I am okay just as I am, but I have some news for you! If you haven’t given your heart to Jesus and ask forgiveness for your sins and let His precious blood wash you white as snow, then my precious friend…….you are NOT ready…….you are LOST and in need of the Savior.

That having been said…….there is joy in being a child of God, it isn’t hard to make that first step; Jesus is waiting with arms outstretched, saying, Child come on home! He wants to take you into His arms and welcome you into the Family of God. It doesn’t cost a penny; He has already paid the price. There is so much to be gained and everything to lose. You will not only gain heaven as your home, but you will gain more than you can even begin to imagine. In Jesus there is peace, rest, life and oh so much more! Life without Him will be miserable, but life in Him is rich and full and He will never leave or forsake you as some do. When you come into His family you have a constant friend and constant companion that walks with you every step you take, a guide that leads you down the right path, a help in times of trouble, a comforter when no one else seems to care, but most of all when you find Jesus you find life! YES, without Jesus there is NO life, but with JESUS there is life abundant and Joy in knowing you belong to the KING of KINGS. HE IS the future and without HIM the future would be bleak, so once again I ask you…..ARE YOU READY? And if not, why not!

In my Father’s house are many mansions; (not rooms, but mansions) if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also…..John 14:2 And the spirit and the bride say, Come, and let him that heareth say, Come, and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will, let him take the water of life FREELY…..surely I come QUICKLY, A-men Even so, COME, Lord Jesus…..Revelation 22:17 & 20

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, ready and waiting, Dar

Staying Sober

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…. Ye are all children of the LIGHT, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness; therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober….1 Peter 4:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6

When I was in the WACs stationed in Okinawa, Japan, I had my first and last taste of Beer! Our barracks was on shut down due to Typhoon Gilda and all of the water in Okinawa was what they called NON-POTABLE or not fit to drink; the soda machines had been depleted of their supply, so I decided to try a beer. That was the nastiest thing I had every put in my mouth. No matter how hard I tried I could not stomach that yucky stuff!

Some of you are probably thinking, “Oh no, not a message about drinking!” That might be your first thought and you would be justified in thinking that to a certain degree, because I do not drink any alcoholic beverages, but that is something that I have chosen to stay away from because I want my witness to be a strong one and God convicted my spirit about it a long time ago! I will not tell you whether or not drinking is wrong…..I just KNOW it is wrong for ME!

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another….it is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or made weak…. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend…. Romans 14:19, 21, 1 Corinthians 8:13

Have you ever been around a drunk? I have and it is certainly NOT a lovely sight. When someone is drunk they don’t have a clue where they are or what they are doing, and when you get wrapped up in the things of this life it is a sort of drunkenness; when your mind is so occupied with the things of this life that you hardly give thought to spiritual things; in a word, you are drunk. When we allow ourselves to be in a drunken state we open the door wide for the enemy to attack and attack he will and he is NOT a weakling!

All through the WORD it tells us to be sober and watch! You may take this word however you chose to, but I also take this as meaning to be sober in every way. We need to be keeping our eyes open, staying in the THE WORD and walking as close to our Father as we can. Being drunk in any way, physically or spiritually dulls the senses and when we allow ourselves to get off-guard for even a moment the enemy WILL attack! Sobriety is a must in our spiritual and physical walks! Some may not agree with my thinking, but read the word for yourselves and let the Holy Spirit do a work in your life. BE YE SOBER because the enemy is watching and waiting! God needs us sober and keeping watch!

But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer….1 Peter 4:7

With much love and many prayers, in Him, staying sober and watching, Dar

Using an Umbrella in a Typhoon

Put on the WHOLE armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places, wherefore take unto you the WHOLE armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand….Ephesians 6:11-14

When I was stationed in Okinawa Japan we had a Typhoon there. They called her Gilda. It wasn’t one of the largest ones, but it was considered a category 2, with some winds about 80mph. The WAC barracks was just across the road from the chow hall, so some of us decided to walk to the chow hall during the storm. I figured it would help if I took my trusty umbrella along, but I quickly discovered that my flimsy little umbrella didn’t stand up very well to the Typhoon force winds. There wasn’t much worth saving left of it once the wind got done with it. Of course I thought it was funny at the time.

When we go up against the enemy we need to make sure that we are wearing our ARMOR, not just part of it because satan is always looking for a little chink where he can get in to destroy us. God’s armor does not have chinks, it totally protects us and to try going up against satan without first putting on the gospel armor is a huge mistake. We are no match for him. He is a powerful enemy and only with God going before us can we ever win our battles against him. Trust me, satan is powerful and only with God’s strength and being prepared for the battles that he engages us in can we ever hope to win against him.

I am not sure that I was being very smart even trying to face a typhoon, much less with a flimsy umbrella, so I had to head back to the barracks and eat some K-rations. That storm was way too much for me and I learned just how powerful 80mph winds can be, especially if you only weight 97lbs soppin’ wet. LOL! If I had tried to continue to the chow hall with no protection I would not have made it. Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way!

The point in all this…..we fight battles everyday of our life and some of them are long and hard and to go in ill equipped is not wise. That is a great way to get whipped. Don’t go without preparing; put on your armor and let your Captain lead the charge. Trust me. you won’t lose when you are fighting on HIS side.

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still in there fighting, Dar

Thoughts of Life

For my thoughts are NOT your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways, saith 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…….The council of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations….For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end…..Isaiah 55:8-9, Psalm 33:11, Jeremiah 29:11

Sometimes thoughts about the stuff of life rattle around in my head and I think I have some things figured out, but then something changes and I realize that I truly don’t have anything figured out. Occasionally my way of thinking is flawed and things aren’t as I think they are AT ALL! Us people have our own way of thinking while God’s way of thinking is completely different from ours. His ways are way beyond our scope of thought. When we think of Him we think of this big ole man with a white beard and a booming voice that lives “SOMEWHERE OUT THERE,” sitting on a throne and pounding His gavel in judgment on everything we do. At least that is what we “THINK” God is like, but we truly don’t have a clue!

The thoughts and ways of God are a mystery to man! Our little human brains don’t even have enough room in them to contain one iota of the wisdom of God, yet God knows every thought that goes through our little pea brains and He can read the very intentions of our heart. Man misinterprets the mind of God, but they can’t know His mind. Our God is Holy and His ways are just, but above all, HE loves us sooooo very much. Yes, this mighty, mystery loves us puny, weak people and His thought are constantly about us! He has our best interests at HEART!

Sometimes people misjudge us because they don’t know our heart the way that God does and we need to realize that there isn’t one human being living on this earth that doesn’t make mistakes. We tend to make our judgments on what we see and hear and very often we THINK we know the facts when the fact is: we don’t really have a clue! We all tend to make judgments, but only God’s judgment is true! My God is the only one who truly knows me and what He thinks of me is all that truly matters and regardless of what anyone else thinks of ME, I am loved by this mighty, awesome God and He has a bright future ahead for me. I belong to the KING!

For the Word of God is quick and powerful……and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart……Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting….Hebrews 4:12,Psalm 139:23

Much love and many prayers, always, IN HIM, God’s child, Dar

God Knows Man

By: Darlene E. Revell

But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew ALL MEN, and needed not that any should testify of man; for HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN…..John 2:24-25

Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, who seeth us? And who knoweth us? Shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?..... For He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust…..Thy hands have made me and fashioned me…… Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit……Isaiah 29:15-16b, Psalm 103:14, Psalm 119:73a, Job 10:12

When the Bible speaks of man it refers to ALL Mankind every living being on this earth, not just a select few. We are all fashioned and made by God in His image and there isn’t anything about you or I that God doesn’t know or understand; after all, we are the work of His hands and because God loves and knows the very heart and thoughts of man, He sent Jesus!

Everything God made He made perfect, but the one thing that He created within us is a FREE WILL and it was that FREE WILL that set us on the path that we now find ourselves. Our freedom to choose put up a wall of sin between God and mankind. Oh what a wonderful love our creator God has for his little lumps of clay. Don’t think for one minute that God didn’t know we would choose unwisely and do the very thing that he hoped we wouldn’t. He gave us a chance to make the right choice and we chose badly, so we are paying for it; however, God had a plan B because plan A didn’t work. Plan B included the ultimate sacrifice and the sacrifice that was chosen to carry out this plan was the PERFECT LAMB of GOD, Jesus Christ, God’s precious SON. This was a one-time sacrifice, for EVERYONE! Once plan B was set in motion and carried out on the cross of CALVARY, there would be no plan C. This was the ultimate, final sacrifice for SIN and all who would accept this sacrifice, freely given for all, would win a big prize! Wow, who wouldn’t want to get something for free! We all like freebies. Jesus freely offered Himself to hang in our place on the cross of Calvary so that we could one day live with our CREATOR GOD FOREVER! The price was paid in His precious Blood as he took the sins of the world upon Himself and died on the cross. What He freely gave and the great price that God paid through His SON Jesus is now FREE FOR ALL who will reach out and accept this gift. The final reward is heaven because Jesus not only paid for our sins by His death on the cross, but He rose from the grave and He is ALIVE and well and sitting at the right hand of OUR FATHER in Heaven. Praise God!

One day THE FATHER will go to His SON and tell HIM……Son GO GET MY PEOPLE and that will be the VERY end of plan B. Those who have given their hearts and lives to Jesus and have His mark stamped into their hearts will leave this earth FOREVER and we will all dwell FOREVER in Heaven, the place that God has prepared for His people.

Yes God knows man like no other can and He knows HIS people……the identifying mark is the Blood of Jesus Christ and those are the ONLY ones who will ever lay eyes on that beautiful place He has made for those that love HIM and look for His coming….What a day that will be!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM…..watching, waiting and working, Dar

How Big Is Your Mountain

By: Darlene E. Revell

I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth…Psalm 121:1-2

When I was nine years old our family of 9, (6 kids, 3 adults and 8 Parakeets), made the trip from Riverside, California to a little farm in the boonies outside of Marble Hill, MO, down hwy 34 out near Hog Creek.

On this trip there are two things that I remember distinctly about my first look at Missouri. First it was Fall and I hadn’t ever seen the colors of the trees and to me and my siblings it looked like a huge bowl of trix cereal; secondly the hills looked like mountains to us.

I have lived in Missouri for many years now and those mountains as I called them, don’t look near as big as they did when I was a child, now I just call them hills!

Sometimes when we have been though a long, hard, frustrating, depressing valley and we have just about had as much as we can take, the little bumps in life that lie ahead of us look much larger than they really are and we start worrying about how we are going to make it up the MOUNTAIN that lies ahead.

I have a saying that I use often, “let’s cross that bridge when we get to it.” Guess sometimes that is easier said than done! All we can see it this HUGE mountain looming ahead of us and we immediately start worrying about how we are going to make it up that mountain, waaaay before we even reach it.

Jesus says in Matthew 20:17:20 I ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it SHALL remove;…..WOW! Those are powerful words. So it takes faith! Lots of faith? No! Just a small amount and as we practice this faith it grows and grows into something very powerful!

Our God made the mountains; don’t you think He can move them for us? Sometimes those mountains aren’t anything but mole-hills and when we trust God to get us to the mountain before we start worrying about how we are going to climb it, He brings us safely there and then we realize it wasn’t near as tall as we thought it was, then we can begin to climb with a spring in our step, a song on our lips and joy in our hearts; with confidence, knowing

OUR GOD is always with us and sometimes those mountains aren’t really anything but little hills.

Trust in the Lord with ALL thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding, in ALL thy ways acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy paths, Proverbs 3:5-6

Yes, there are more mountains up ahead to climb, but KNOW the mountain maker and He will guide you up and over! AMEN!

Have a blessed and beautiful day. There is peace in knowing the one who made it all! I am blessed. Many prayers and much love, IN HIM, Dar

Well THAT Didn’t Go As Planned!!

By: Darlene E. Revell

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths…. And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not….Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 58:11

Have you ever had BIG plans to do something then just when everything is going well something unexpected happens? There you are riding along on your bicycle all nice and smoothly and someone throws a wrench in the spokes of you tire and causes you to crash. OUCH, that doesn’t feel good AT ALL!

There are a LOT of things that happen in our lifetime that don’t go along with our plans. Every twist and turn on this path of life bring unexpected roadblocks and speed bumps and sometimes we just don’t see them coming. When our plans get wrecked it can really make us unhappy, but when that happens we need to form a new plan and just keep on moving. If we take the time to talk to our Father and go over our plans with Him, He will lay out a smooth path for our feet and when hazards pop up along the way we will be prepared to navigate them easier and just keep moving forward.

The plan for my life has already been written, God has great plans for me and not everything will go MY WAY. As God’s Child I need to learn to let God do things in my life HIS WAY and sometimes HIS WAY is not in my plans, but I need to learn to FOLLOW His leading and just trust Him to lead me through each day safely. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye….Psalm 32:8

There isn’t anything wrong with making plans, but remember, those aren’t written in stone and if things don’t go the way you expect them to go, just praise the Lord, regroup and keep on going! As long as you are traveling this road of life there will be hazards along the road and things will NOT always go YOUR way, but God has your back, He is there for you and His plans for your life are eternal!

And we know that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose….Romans 8:28

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, following my Jesus ALL THE WAY!

And A Child Shall Lead Them

By: Darlene E. Revell

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as a this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven and whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me, but whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea……Matthew 18:1-6

In this broken mixed up world beauty and truth can be found in the tender heart of a child.

We normally have a very slim group of folks that show up for our Wednesday night Bible Study, but it doesn’t matter how many show up, we always have a very good time studying God’s word together.

One Wednesday evening as the time for Bible Study grew nearer and nearer not many folks had showed up and just about 10min before the study some finally came. One of the couples that attend our church brought about 5 extra people with them. These extra 5 consisted of a set of triplet girls about 7 years of age and two boys, one about 9 and another about 10. I could just see the thoughts going through some heads, including mine, “those kids are going to be so rowdy that we won’t be able to have a decent Bible Study.”

Just being truthful, sometimes we see kids as a problem in a service and we would much rather they were somewhere else like Children’s Church or Sunday School where they are out of sight and out of mind, so we can have our nice quiet worship service, but for me there isn't anything more beautiful to hear in church than the sound of a cooing or crying baby or the chatter of a small child. Those are sounds that I like to hear in a church service because I know that those kids are in church where their little ears can pick up on something good. Just when you think they aren’t listening they can tell you exactly what the preacher just said, not many adults can call that to mind. We could learn a lot from a child! They are like little sponges, soaking it all in!

These children that attended our Bible Study are all from broken homes and as I am trying to make this story short, it is important that I get that information across in order for you to get my point.

During the Bible Study all 5 children were being kept busy with little pieces of paper and pencils. As we began the study the older boy started making some comments that went right along with our study and during the service he told us that when he is with his dad that he gets to go to church. How often do we tell folks that we GET to go to church instead of saying, “I have to go to church?” To this young man it was a privilege and his presence added so much to our study. I received such a blessing.

My Hubby teaches our Bible study and after the service some of them came running up to the front to deliver some little notes that they had written for him. Some were hard to make out, but the one word that I could plainly read on each scrap of paper was the word, “GOD!” If they got that one thing from the study, they got it ALL!

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them NOT, to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven……Matthew19:14

Remember our children are the hope for our future…….TEACH your Children well, and in well teaching don’t leave GOD out of the picture. That one little Boy may someday be pastoring a church of his own.

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still learning and growing, Dar

Be Not Ashamed

By: Darlene E. Revell

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek, for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith….Romans 1 16-17

Have you ever talked to someone and they told you that they just aren’t that religious? Can you be just a little religious? I guess that depends on what you are religious about! For instance, I am religious about making my bed. I can’t stand for my bed to go unmade; therefore I make my bed religiously every morning.

There are many religions, but only one true gospel and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, who came and gave the world the message from His father, died on Calvary covered with the sins of the world, was buried in a tomb, rose from the dead and is sitting at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven making intercession for you and I. All who receive HIM are born again, receive the Holy Spirit and adopted into the family of God and will join Him in heaven one of these days…..soon!

When someone asks you how you believe or what religion you are, do you stumble over your words and are you ashamed to tell them about your faith in Jesus Christ? Are you a sometimer? Sometimes you belong to God and sometimes you don’t and that depends on who you are with? Just a few questions only you can answer.

When we are ashamed of God He will be ashamed of us on that final day, then many will say they know Him and they don’t. What a horrible day that will be for them. For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in His own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels….Luke 9:26

In Psalm 119:46 King David says, “I will speak of Thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. A few years ago there was a shooting at a college and the students who proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ were shot in the head. Are you that Religious? Could you stand the test when that hour came in your life or would you be like Peter and deny that you even know Him? Again only you can answer. For the which cause I also suffer these things, nevertheless, I am NOT ASHAMED; for I KNOW whom I have believed, and am persuaded that HE IS ABLE to keep that which I have committed unto HIM against that day….2 Timothy 1:12

Will you be able to stand when you faithfulness to God is called into question? I can’t even answer that for myself, all I can do is trust the God who made me and saved me and continue gaining strength from HIM daily, putting on the whole armor and making sure that it is sealed tightly. That my friend is all I can do…..the rest is in God’s hands and when that hour comes for me I pray that my faith will stand the test for I am truly IN GOD’S HANDS, every minute of every day I depend on Him to get me through. That is all I can do to be prepared. Trusting in HIM is all I have, HE is my strength.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain….Philippians 1:21

God is my life, without Him I would be miserable, wretched and LOST! Without HIM I would be nothing, without Him I’d be enslaved, without Him life would be hopeless, but with Jesus, thank God, I’m saved.

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath prepared for them a CITY….Hebrews 11:16

For the Scripture saith, whosoever believeth on Him shall NOT BE ASHAMED….Romans 10:11

Many blessing and prayers, always, IN HIM, standing on His promises, Dar