And then…

Sitting outside on my back deck enjoying the cool morning breeze I see something move out of the corner of my eye. A flash of something crosses my patio. Looking to see what it was I don’t see anything at first.

And then …

A small black nose under two very alert black round eyes peak out from under the edge of a leaf of my large Hosta plant.

I sit very still watching.

And then……

A sudden movement and the critter darts across my rock garden and takes a seat on the cement edging. 

I’m thrilled! I immediately name him “Charlie” after the chipmunk that would eat seeds out of my hand several years ago. When he scampers back under the plant I go to the garage to retrieve a small cat dish I have had for some time and fill it with sunflower seeds.

And then…

wait.

He soon returns, finds his gourmet meal and fills his fluffy little cheeks. When full, he scampers off to his home under the deck.

Every morning and every evening I set out his buffet. It now has corn kernels and sunflower seeds. He loves both!

Watching him enjoy his buffet this morning I’m taking pictures of him when suddenly I hear a huffing sound off to my right. I look but see nothing.

And then…

The pounding of hooves splits the silence.

I wait.

And then…

the deer are back!

Three deer run past my deck towards the dinner dish I fill with corn kernels for them. They have been emptying it at night so I knew they were around.

I’m grateful I have my camera in hand as they run up the hill.

Two stop and look back. The one on the right stands looking at me with an expression of gratitude? I remember you? Where’s breakfast?

I say Good Morning softly to them.

And then…

They were gone.

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A Dispatch From My Cave

If this doesn’t encourage you, nothing will.

Unshakable Hope

I’ve joked for many years that I feel like a caveman. Unfortunately, ALS has turned me into somewhat of a recluse; the weaker I get, the more reclusive I’ve become.

As most of you know, I cannot speak or move. I use an eye-tracking computer to type and “speak.” Light affects the camera tracking my eye movements so I keep it dark in my bedroom, where I spend 95% of my time.

Allow me to paint you a brief picture of this scene: I’m in our large bedroom reclining in my wheelchair. I’m tethered to my breathing machine and a little pump that slowly releases manufactured sustenance into my feeding tube. We have blackout curtains that are usually closed and the only light coming in is from the open blinds of the door leading out to the back patio.

You can see why I’ve nicknamed our bedroom “

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Don’t Defy His Word!

“The grace of God, the Most Holy One, shall bring His wrath against those who defy His Word. The nations shall fall for His righteousness cries out across the land. Woe to those who come against My people. Woe to those who turn from My land to bring destruction against that which I have deemed to be holy.

Those who try Me in their indifference to My words shall fall as flies in a land of destruction. He who thinks his wisdom is great shall fall by the sword in his stupor of ignorance.

Be on guard you fools for His Majesty shall bring you down. Do not tread on waters with the vipers of all time, for you shall be devoured.

O’ Jerusalem repent of your deeds. The judgment of all your people is fast approaching. Bring your kin, your children, to the cross of Jesus for your future is in peril by those who refuse to believe.

Stand fast My children for the Lord your God shall give you the desires of your hearts. Freedom shall ring and grace prevail for all who follow the King.

Be on alert My people of God for the forces of evil are on the hillsides. Time has come for armor to be placed in position of defense. Many shall perish, many shall hide. Those who hold fast in the faith in Him who created all shall rise in victory.

Stand tall My children for many shall woo you to places of no return. Evil abounds and the world is fallen into the decency of worldly ways. Peril and destruction shall soon be on the shores of the nations, for the people revolt against those who follow My decrees. Have mercy, forgive, and pray for their salvation.  Their ears are deaf, their eyes are blind, yet they swagger as though they are kings.

My anger shall flow like the rivers of time. Flowing into the seas of My wrath. For My wrath has been held in check by My mercy being poured out.

Take heed all ye who think your ways are not noticed. Your ways are despicable in My sight and forgiveness shall not come without repentance.

Rise up O’ children of God, shout from the mountain tops, ‘HE IS ALIVE, HE IS COMING, REFORM YOUR WAYS OR FACE HIS WRATH.’

The Unites States is about to embark on a dangerous path. Repent ye who turn your people to disillusionment and think they are following My ways.

Your leaders shall learn the lessons of grief, of destruction, and shall fall as rocks from a mountain top. Your ways have brought shame and I, the Lord of lords, shall wreak havoc upon you.

Repent or face a time of destruction in all areas that you think you are mighty. Your armies cannot save you from My Mighty hand, your leaders shall turn in confusion and fear.

Bring forth the believers and pray for mercy for all who reject My ways.”

By the Holy Spirit – 11:08-06

Scripture ref’s: Duet 28:1-52 – Is.5:8-22 – Jn. 15:5-9 – Ps. 37:4, 72:3, 85:2-6 – Dan. 9:16 – Is. 2:6 – Jer. 27:13, 17:3-4 – Joel 2:17 – Hab. 3:13

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Young Children’s Thoughts About Love

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Touching words from the mouths of babes. What does ‘Love’ mean to them?

 A group of Teachers posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds… What does ‘Love’ mean to you?’

 The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think…

When my Grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my Grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s Love. Rebecca- age 8                                                 

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’      Billy – age 4  

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’  Karl – age 5

‘Love…

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Five Principles Every Dad Should Practice With His Son

Very wise advice.

Infected Saint

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:11-12

Too many dads are absent and are eroding the health of their families. I don’t mean they are not physically present. Often, they can be found “on the premise” but they are not engaged. Dad’s, your kids need to have your attention, talk with you, be challenged by you, and learn from you. Your son(s) especially need to learn how to be a man from you and the truth is they most likely will follow in your footsteps whether it’s the right path or not. How you treat his mom is probably how he will treat his wife. How you communicate love and affection or lack thereof will be most likely how he communicates it with his children.

I…

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