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Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. Be safe and rest! Listen for the voice of God to direct your steps.


Well, it has been 4-1/2 months and I’m sort of still in the middle of the haze. But clarity is there! At less than a week before we had to move, we found another place. And moved to a much smaller apartment…down from a 4 bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment. For the first two months I slept with my daughter in her bed. I had to file bankruptcy and seemingly all didn’t seem so well. Tonight I sit here with about $15 left for most of the week. But all IS well…

You see I didn’t know that last June the well-groomed young man with the big muscles and great manners had hooked my daughter on the big H. The first was all free. So while I’m wondering why God isn’t answering…He’s working things to stall, because I can’t receive a supply with a mess formulating on the side. Before it was over we had a few family tsunamis and an almost certain death. The last big H she bought was laced with a deadly drug. By way of a prayer request from someone at a former church I found out that someone died from where her purchase originated. The withdrawal was unreal…but we formulated a plan and are walking it out each day. So far so good…she’s clean and moving forward.

In these last 4-1/2 months…I realized I needed to move on from my job. I’ve retired. I put my daughter through a technical class and we’ve purchased a rinky-dink car…but it gets us where we need to go. The guy who sold it to us is a swindler….but God will handle him.

It’s all going to be okay. My girl is alive and I know God kept her alive through a fatal dose. Through fatal choices. And in the middle of it, she had a dream that certain people in a certain church were doing her harm. I went to the Courts of Heaven to have them release her. We are moving more toward the Lord being able to release His financial blessings. I’m totally blessed because I KNOW she is free. How? Because isn’t it foolish to think it after all we’ve gone through? No! Because of learning all I have about the Courts of Heaven I’ve been able to break bloodline curses. I’ve spoken to those things that have held her in this terrible place for so so long.

My word to all parents out there: do not allow a job to keep you from your family. Make sure you are present and participating. Not as a cranky ruler but someone your child can trust. There are days you draw a line…a month ago I said “no more drug dealers” are allowed in our house. I’m vocal and bold to them that I’ve got a hotline to the police and I’m not playing. I speak the Word to them with authority–they know I’m not afraid of them. I don’t make conversation, but give them the facts. I think it is readily known I will fight this to my dying breath. I speak life to my daughter. I don’t need to figure out why, when or how…I just know that Satan set a trap and the Lord has set her free!

Be vigilant. Break family curses. Speak life. And don’t be afraid to go after the enemy. As for the original guy…well, he’s out there giving folks freebies. One day he will end up dead…we actually tried to talk to his parents, but they just shrugged it off saying he was an addict and that’s what addicts do…I’m not willing to settle for that, because this is a war with principalities and powers.

So from someone who has fought the fight…family is the MOST precious earthly possession. DO NOT keep you from standing in the gap. Vet each person coming in your house–I’m not kidding. The best picture I can give is from the movie Uncle Buck…remember when he was looking for his niece and he had that drill to take apart a door…that’s who you need to be…

Blessings and may you continue to walk in His grace all the days of your life.

I started this summer knowing I would not have any money to live on. Due to a series of circumstances and a 10-month paycheck, I ended up with zero money. My mother could only help marginally. I have helped kids for years by providing a place to live and food to eat. This summer I was totally dependent on God. I will get my first check since June 2 in two weeks.

Each and every step God has moved. I’ve lost a couple of things, but overall I’ve really lost nothing. I could have used the $X,000 I would have made this summer but instead I’ve seen God move mightily.

When you are worried and put things in His hands, remember He might deliver at the last minute but He will deliver. Don’t give in to fear but press in and press forward. If you don’t have food–fast and pray.

OK…signing off…

I can’t believe it has been 2-1/2 years since I last wrote anything. I’m back and will be writing again soon.

Things have certainly changed for me and in the world since I last wrote.

I need to run…take care and see you soon.

I’ve read several reviews about Left Behind and they have been negative with cheap shots tossed at the quality, story line and disaster elements. Ironically several of these came from traditional Christian news outlets like Christianity Today. Last night I took my daughter and her boyfriend, whom we are trying to win to the Lord. Here is my question: what movie did the CT reviewer see?

First, I have to say that my husband is a stylist for television and movies. In our 30 years together I’ve learned to look for bad hair, continuity issues and, simply said, anything that I might find to critique, I would. Left Behind had very little to criticize.

The story was actually better told than the original book. It held to the basics, but has more impact. While the end landing was a bit over the edge, it was no different than any super hit like 21 Jump Street when the two heroes magically escape a shoot out. In reality they would be dead, and in reality the plane landing would have been different. In reality any part of any Hangover movie is just absurd, but entertaining in a perverted way.

The movie did not look low budget or any such nonsense. It was of good quality. Who complains about the grain of the film when we watch old Chaplin movies? And the group from Albany, Georgia who do the fantastic films like Courageous…who needs film quality when the message is quality. Just sayin’, dude reviewer, get a life.

Character development was good. The continuity of the script and editing are better than some big budget films. I was an extra in Steve Martin’s A Simple Twist of Fate where the editing crew must have had too Slurpees before they started. In Left Behind there were some issues such as the sunlight in NYC went on a little too long and it should have gotten dark quicker. These are minor.

The movie isn’t a Bible beater, but a subtle message of “you better get right with God.” The puzzle pieces of The Rapture came together in logical fashion just as they might in real life. Nothing too fantastic or magical.

Speaking of real life. On September 23 my youngest daughter had a very bad wreck. The day before her boyfriend was saying he didn’t believe in God. The morning of the wreck I texted both of them a message: you don’t know the day or the hour… . In the wreck my daughter suffered temporary, short term memory loss and a bad eye injury. Her boyfriend had a tiny cut, and he was on the side of the car where the most damage occurred. The car stopped a foot short of a log that would have impaled the car and killed them. And still he questions God.

The verse at the end of the movie was that we do not know the day nor the hour. And we don’t. There might not be a rapture, but certainly there might be an attack from an enemy outside the US. There’s Ebola. There’s unrest in the US. This is the season of tornadoes and hurricanes. And there are those car wrecks that can happen anytime, and without warning.

I took away from this movie the message that we can give excuses all day long, but at the end of the day we need “to recognize,” as my students used to say. We need to recognize that Jesus is Lord and one day we will have to give an accounting. We can pull every “but if God is so good” card and still we must give an accounting at the end of our journey. And what will you say? One of my favorite explanations is found in the old Carman video that can be found in YouTube. Check out Witches Invitation. And on that day you can either call on all your excuses or simply say: I’m saved by the Blood of Jesus and my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

I don’t know Randall Arthur in the flesh, but I believe I know his heart inside and out because of his books, especially the newest called Forgotten Road. I want to introduce you to a man who has the heart of God in his pen.

We all have our approach to the gospel. I’m from a Charismatic background, but I applaud my Church of Christ and Catholic relatives and their faith. When it comes down to our connection to God it’s the work of the Cross. It’s all about grace. Grace separates us from all other religions. We are forgiven because we trusted Jesus and believed He is the only son of God who died for our sins.

It wasn’t Jesus who started all the rules: long hair, short hair, no makeup, freedom to wear makeup, no dancing, no movies, G-movies only, etc. I can speak with authority on this because at one time I was a rigid conservative.

Enter Jason Faircloth.

I came across the book Wisdom Hunter in the early 1990’s. I was already writing my book, and felt a kindred writing spirit (which Mr. Arthur knows nothing about). God was already pressing upon me the importance of grace. I heard that Mr. Arthur also lost his job as a missionary when he wrote the book because the story hit a little too close to that denomination.

Jason Faircloth is one of those mega-church preachers who had long been able to move people in a legalistic fashion according to what he thought God wanted. And, it is assumed by one of Faircloth’s prayers, that he lets God know when it is time to do things. However, God doesn’t move when his daughter runs away and marries. On her way to the hospital to have her baby, the unthinkable happens and she dies. Soon after his wife dies and he spends years looking for his granddaughter. During this time Jason comes to know what grace is all about. The story is a simple parable that should have a place on your bookshelf.

Faircloth is in several other novels, including the newest one called Forgotten Road. Many times a week I think of the ending when the main character is willing to exchange a death sentence with someone who has done evil toward him; are we able to do the same? I’m not giving away the story, but this is grace: when we give all we have to someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Grace is a difficult road. Capturing a true picture of grace is something Randall Arthur does well. When you finish one of his books, you feel refreshed and filled with the true power that comes with being a follower of Jesus.

Did you go or did you boycott? Someone brought me a biscuit, but I didn’t go myself. I wasn’t boycotting either. Twenty years ago I boycotted K-Mart, and didn’t think much about it. Today I’m looking at the hard cold facts.

My facts probably differ from yours. I’m a conservative Christian and I love my friends in the gay community. They have loved and supported me in more ways than I can list. I love my conservative brothers and sisters. Without the conservative Gospel I would never have known Jesus like I know Him!

Therein lies the issue. Is this boycott from Jesus or is this a politically motivated boycott (girlcott, chickencott or whatever)? What would Jesus do? He’d probably go to Chick-Fil-A and buy enough for all his gay friends and eat dinner at their home. He’d love beyond reason…grace…and…

And where does the boycott work in bringing people to Him? Loving when it’s difficult is called grace. When we become Christians we give up our old man, and are supposed to be Him where we go.

So when the flying chicken biscuit wrappers fly to the ground what will be left to dwell on? A huge business day and someone shouting from their side of the fence saying “we won this one.”

Is that Jesus?