Word of the Day Series

Start your day the Simply Heavenly way by joining me in a Bible study where we read and learn the Word of God!

Simply Heavenly Chicekn Picata

A tasty and healthy treat that you and your family will love to eat!

Jesus is, was and always will be!

Citrus, it's Simply Heavenly!

Read to find out the endless uses for citrus, God's all natural do-it-all wonderfruit!

A River Runs Through Us!

Don't hold back forgiveness..

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Put All Your Trust In Jesus!

Lately I have been reeling over how many Christians don't read their Bibles everyday.  I have been speaking with friends who trust their priests or Pastors to tell them the Word of God instead of reading it for themselves.  Don't they realize that is spiritual food for them?  How do they expect to stay close to the Lord and grow in Him without reading His Word and spending time on their knees. Don't they realize that Jesus is coming soon and we need to be ready? When I watch the nightly news it is seeing the prophecy of the Bible coming true before my very eyes. I am saddened at the realization that so many people worship a religion instead of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It isn't religion that is going to get you to heaven.  It is by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!  If you knew the freedom and the love that Jesus gives to us I know that you would want it in you life as well.

 There are people today worshiping at  Universal Church of No Consequences. These churches specialize in having everyone feel good about themselves and others. The goal of this church is to kind of try to be a good person and you’re on your way to heaven. If you’re a drug dealer, a practicing homosexual, a wife beater, thief, liar, fornicator, idol worshiper, God understands because He made you. Responsibility for our actions becomes secondary,and completely non-existent from the list of requirements is accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and as the only true path into Heaven - - as has been clearly written in the Bible. The Bible doesn’t say “try your best to be nice and you’re in,” it says: “I am the way the truth and the light. Only through me will you reach the Kingdom.”  It also talks of the great love God has for all of us and doesn't want even one to perish.
 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Jesus took on all of our sins at the cross and without that cross there can be no salvation.  I was absolutely mortified when I saw that Georgetown University (A major Catholic University) covered the cross of Christ when President Obama spoke there.  As a "Christian" university they never ever should have removed the precious cross of Jesus Christ to placate President Obama. Shame on you Georgetown!  What kind of an example are you setting for your students?!  Keep your eyes open people, watch for other churches to remove their crosses from their churches to become more politically correct and a part of that new Universal Church of No Consequences.  If you happen to go to a church that removes the cross of Christ RUN as fast as you can away from it!  That cross is what opened up heaven to us all.  Without that cross of Jesus Christ, His death and His Resurrection, we have nothing. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to heaven accept no substitute.

Also, don't be afraid to share the love of Jesus Christ.  Ask The Holy Spirit to help you to witness to people about Jesus and His great love.  You never know who you will affect when you share the love of Jesus.  I met a precious woman here on my blog who was a great Jewish girl. Her name was Mathilda Goldenstein and I will never forget her and I will miss her more than words can say.  She told me that she was coming to believe that Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah.  A couple of days after reading my last blog she was struck by a car and died.  Her son Matthew wrote me to tell me of her death and that on her death bed she was saying her Hebrew prayer and saw Yaweh and Yeshua seconds before dying.  Mathilda is in heaven and someday I am going to get to see her!  Don't take one second that you have here on earth for granted because it can all be taken away from you in a moment in a twinkling of an eye.
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 
Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”'     John 3:1-8
If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, all you have to do is ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Jesus I want my life to change.  Please come into my heart and change my life.  I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness.  In Jesus name, Amen.  If you prayed this, The angels in heaven are rejoicing!  Please get a Bible and begin reading in the Gospel of John.  Find a church that is Bible based and start rejoicing in the Lord! :) 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trust In God To Still The Storm...

I had a weekend away with my grandson and my husband.  We were amazed at how fast our Alaka'i has grown.  His faith in God is just a matter of fact.  When we read the Bible together he will tell me "They should have just talked to God.  He would help them"  I asked him if he thought that the Lord could handle any problem and he just looked at me like of course He can Grandma He is the Lord God!  He didn't even pause.  It was just a matter of fact.  I love that pure faith that God will take care of all of our needs, wants, desires, our cares.
  7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1Peter 5:70
He really does care for us with great love and concern.  The older I get the more I see the great love that God has for us in my own family.  I am watching as each one of my family members are finding Jesus as their personal Savior. They are reading the Word of God and it just makes my heart sing with joy in the Lord!

When I was diagnosed with cancer, there was that little voice in my head that told me that it was all over.  That lung cancer was almost always a death sentence. However, my spiritual side refused to accept the cancer as that and I fell to my knees.  I knew that God loved me very much and I lay on the floor weeping in His presence.  He was with me through each phase of this insidious disease.  He told me before my surgery that "The Breath of Heaven was holding me in His arms". He showed me after surgery that He was in control of every single solitary part of my life first by the fact that even though I had small cell (the most aggressive and fastest spreading cancer cells) and non small cell cancer that it never moved or spread.  My lymph nodes had no cancer, my brain had no cancer, and my bones had no cancer.  He was letting me know to trust in Him and everything was going to be fine.

He was with me through chemo therapy.  Sometimes while waiting to go in my room to begin my therapy He would bring me in contact with other people that had cancer as well.  He gave me the great opportunity to be able to share His love with them.  He showed me in my own life that when God meets cancer, well cancer just doesn't have a chance.  I would hear my grandson's voice when I would panic saying "Peace be still"  It is from one of his favorite Bible stories where Jesus stills the water during a storm and a great calm comes over everyone with that perfect peace that only the Lord can gives us and remember the only time Peter started to sink in the water, was when he took his eyes off of Jesus.  Keep your eyes always on the Lord Jesus.  He will keep you in that perfect peace.
39And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased ([a]sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm ([b]a perfect peacefulness). Mark 4:39  Amplified Bible
I believe that the greatest love we will ever experience in our life is our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  He has filled me with a love that I have found no where else.  I know love.  I have great marriage in fact this Tuesday Peter and I will celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary!  I have had the great experience of bringing children into this world and last but not least I was able to be present at the birth of  my two grandchildren.  In the world they are all considered milestones in a well lived life.  I am here to tell you nobody can love you or fill you with joy like the Lord Jesus Christ.  I love to take refuge in Him, rejoice in Him and sing praises to Him.
11But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.  Psalm 5:11 Amplified Bible
If you haven't experienced the greatest love in the universe, ask Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal savior.  I promise you that you will never regret it.  He will never leave you or forsake you.  He will love you like you have never been loved before and He will calm every storm that rages inside of you.  He will forgive all of your sins and wash you clean in His blood.  Growing up Catholic I knew of Jesus Christ.  They however, never taught me how to have a loving relationship with my Savior.  If they only knew what they were missing!

 I believe with all that is within me that Jesus is coming soon. I want everyone to be ready for that trumpet's sound and for the rapture.  I believe that it could happen at anytime. Please feel free to comment and share your experiences with God.  This is day the Lord has made!  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I want to be under HIS spout when the glory comes out!

I have had such a busy week.  I just opened a tumblr account and I have been busy setting it up.  I invite all of you to come see my page at  SimplyHeavenlyFood Tumblr I have devoted the page entirely to God and I must say the blessings have been unbelievable. Please come and add your comments there as well.  So many of you have blessed me with your love for the Lord and your comments have warmed my heart and helped me to keep trusting in the Lord for everything.  God Bless you all!

God has brought many people to Christ through this site and I just get so excited. I mostly have scriptures, inspirational pictures, videos, and some frank discussions about the Lord Jesus Christ and his second coming.  I just took a little step out in faith and the Lord has poured out a blessing so great I don't have room to contain it.  There are Jewish people telling me that they believe that Yeshua is the Messiah! I just get so excited I want to shout Hallelujah from the mountain tops.  There are young people out there that are literally starved for God. I had one young lady who told me she felt betrayed by her parents who never taught her about God.  Her father was a Catholic and her mother was a Jew.  They never raised her to learn anything about God or having a relationship with Jesus Christ.  It wasn't until her mother was in the hospital dying in the hospital that she started to call out to Yahweh in Hebrew.  You see her mother never forgot what she was taught as a child and even though she had never raised her daughter as a Christian or a Jew she still believed in God and cried out to Him in the end.  After her mother died, she started to research God.  She found my site and watched some of the music videos and wanted to go to church.  We talked about her options and I suggested that she find a good Bible based church so that her spirit could be fed.  She is very excited to learn and embrace the Lord and have Him as an integral part of her life.  I look forward to seeing you there and hearing your comments.

Today the Lord gave me a word of knowledge from one of my readers.  I was on my way home from Grandparents Day at my grandson Alaka'i's school and God gave me the scripture John:11:4
John 11:4 “When Jesus heard that he said:This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of Man may be glorified through it.” 
As soon as I got home I opened my Bible and read this scripture.  I was so blessed by it.  As many of you know I had lung cancer and God worked a miracle in my life I believe to bring me in closer to him and to show me that ALL things are possible through the Lord God!  If that wasn't good enough I clicked on my tumblr account and a Christian was giving me a word of knowledge for that very thing. This person was bringing home to me how very lucky I was to be healed from the worst killer of all cancers!  There are only 15% of the people that are healed from lung cancer.  I had to get on my knees and humbly thank my Father in heaven for His warm great love for me.  It works in my heart so that I can give all glory honor and praise to God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the most precious Holy Spirit.  They have been through this journey leading me closer to them each day!  There is power, power wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb!  Never doubt it!  I am living proof that God is alive and He is the great I Am!  For me the I Am stands for whatever you need him to be.  I Am the great healer, lover of your soul, protector, the provider and anything else that you can think of.  To put it more simply, He is my everything!

Lets use my blog today to share praise and testimony.  Share with me what God has been doing in your life lately.  Sometimes just writing it out makes it more real in your life.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Jesus is coming soon and we need to just start telling everyone we meet about His grace and love for us! Don't be afraid to share just let the Holy Spirit move you!  God Bless you all and have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stand Against Fear!

This was a wonderful weekend.  I had a great Bible study on Labor Day! It blessed my soul so very much! I am learning and growing in the Lord everyday! We were talking about fear.  Did you know that fear is not of God?  If you have a spirit of fear then you are not living in the spirit of faith.  In 2 Timothy verse 1: 7 it says:
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
Faith and fear are opposites.  We have to make the choice to live in fear or to live in faith.  I find that in my own life when I am living in the spirit of faith my life works.  I am calm and my choices are good ones.  I am dwelling in the word of God more and am more peaceful.  Think about it when we are at our happiest and most peaceful is when we are living for God.  We are reading the bible, praying and sharing Gods love with others. It is when our Lord shines through us the most.  When we allow fear to overtake us is when Satan has the chance to step in and wreak havoc with our lives.  There is no balance or good choices.  In our own lives we have to make the decision that we are going to live in faith.  In Romans 10:17 it says:
"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."
When Christ was on earth he taught us to live the "Law of Love" In Matthew 22: 37-40 Christ said:
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Nothing in the Kingdom of God works outside of love.  Everyone experiences trials and tribulations, hardships and suffering.  No one is immune from it.  You have to keep your faith in God and not waiver. The night is always darkest just before the dawn.  Dawn always comes and the light overtakes the darkness. I like to think of God as my light!  He is the lover of my soul and I take all of my concerns to him and lay them at his feet. God is love.  He always leads me in the right direction. The best way that I have found to communicate with the Lord is through his word and prayer. 

 Sometimes I have to close my eyes and take a breath and say "Be still and know that I am God" You would be amazed at how that one scripture calms me almost immediately.  He delights in us and will never turn his back on us.  Do not believe the lies that the world tells you.  Fear is not natural.  That is a lie that Satan tells us to keep us trapped in sin. Faith in the Living God who created us is natural.  I serve a God who wants to be in every part of my life.  He delights in the time we spend together in worship , thanksgiving and prayer.  One of my favorite scriptures that I stand on especially in these last days is in Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
That is my God!  He lovingly cares for me in every single part of my life.  His plans are so much better for me than anything I could conceive or plan. I have been on this journey with the Lord on and off all of my life.  He is the only constant in my life.  I can honestly tell you that he has never let me down.  Even when I was lying on that operating table waiting to have the doctors put me under to remove the cancer from my lung. When I was wondering if I would awake He was there.  When I heard Him tell me "The Breath of Heaven is holding you in his arms" I knew that everything was going to be fine.

I will be forever thankful to my heavenly Father. I begin every morning by saying:  "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"  I will be thankful for today and not worry about what tomorrow will bring because I know that my Father will supply all of my needs.  Lately,  he has placed a burden on my heart to tell everyone of his love and mercy.  That Jesus is coming soon!  If you don't know Jesus as your personal Savior ask Him to come into your heart.  I promise you he will change your life!  If you don't know what to pray then just repeat this:
 Dear Jesus, Please come into my heart and change my life.  Please forgive me for all of my sins and let your Holy Spirit come into my heart. In Jesus name Amen!  
 If you prayed this prayer, I believe that you have been "born again".  Find a good Bible based church and read the Bible every day.  God will bless you and will help you every day!  If you ever want to talk,  feel free to leave me comments.  I will do my best to answer them all.  Remember Jesus is Emmanuel,  God with us.  May He bless you with His Presence and Peace in ever increasing measure!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Beauty Of The Lord Surrounds Us!

Last weekend was a nice one for me.  I had time to meditate on the Lord and relax.  I went out with my daughter and we both took some amazing pictures of the ocean.  There was a particular scripture which kept coming to mind.  Every time I opened the book it popped out at me.                        

                               You will keep in perfect peace
                               him whose mind is steadfast,
                               because he trusts in you.  Isaiah 26:3

This scripture really hit home to me.  As long as my mind is focused on the Lord and his word, I am calm.  It is when I take my eyes off of him that I worry.  We had a get together with friends this weekend and one of my girlfriends brought up where we all were last summer.  Well as most of you know last summer I was in the middle of chemo therapy. I had so many mixed feelings when I was going through chemo.  I was totally amazed by the joy that I felt while enduring chemo.  I have never in my life been so filled to overflowing with joy that I could weep.  I would hear myself thanking the Lord for his love and for restoring health to my body. 

 I also promised the Lord that I would declare his healing hand in my life with the lung cancer.  That I would take time out to share the love of God with anyone that wanted to listen.  I have been amazed at the amount of people out there who are hungry to hear about the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ. Where before when we had friends over for dinner we would talk about work, children and problems, now we are talking about how God has been moving in our families, the rapture and spiritual things I never thought would come up during these times.

I am now thanking the Lord for what he has in store for me.  I will find my self saying "Father you said that when I am obedient your blessings will chase me down and overtake me and I just thank you and praise you!  Immersing myself in the bible really helps me to keep my eyes on the Lord and my attitude positive.  I am a victor not a victim!  

When I go through disappointments in my life and we all do.  You just have to keep believing.  My Heavenly Father created the whole universe. He can surely take control of my life, guiding and directing my steps to where he wants to take me.  I know that anywhere he leads me is good.  I just have to have the faith to step out and take what he has for me.  I believe that God has great plans for all of us.  He wants to heal us, restore marriages, keep our children drug free, and bless us financially.  If you get your thinking lined up with God's nothing will be impossible.  Don't get tired of doing the right thing.  Remember you have God inside of you.  You can do what you need to do.
Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap the harvest if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9
In time God will bring you the victory over whatever you are going through.  Never forget that you are a child of the Living God and through him all things are possible to those who believe.  I find in my own life that when I am having a bad day I just refuse it.  I will say Lord keep my eyes on you.  I am going forward with you Lord and I am going to be the person that you want me to become.  I have faith that I will fulfill the destiny that you have for me through your Holy Spirit.  The Lord will give you  peace in your storms.  He will hold you up when you feel like you are unable to stand and his Holy Spirit will shine through you like a beacon of light to a dark and hungry world!

In these times I think it is vital to my spiritual growth to read my bible every single day and to have my alone time with the Lord in prayer.  I also read the bible with my grandson Alaka'i every day.  He loves it especially the stories with Jesus in them.  Last night we read the book of John chapter 3.  The story of John the Baptist and Jesus.  Alaka'i noted that even Jesus obeyed God.  It was just the most blessed and precious time.  I know that it is these things that will stand out in his mind as he grows up.  It is reading the bible, praying and going to church that will provide Alaka'i with the armour that he will need to go out into the world and still be close to God.

Do any of you have things that you do with your family and friends that keep you close to God?  Please feel free to share them here. Don't forget that if you are feeling down Jesus is there for you.  Ask him into your heart to be your Lord and Savior.  I promise you it will be life changing!  I hope you all have a blessed week!


Monday, August 9, 2010

A Little Brightness from Heaven Is On Its Way!

This past weekend my husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to give my son Peter and his beautiful wife Kellie a baby shower.  They are giving us a beautiful new granddaughter!  Her name is going to be Alohilani.  In Hawaiian the name means The Brightness of Heaven.  I just can't wait to hold her in my arms and smother her in kisses! She has a beautiful older sister named Kaliko and a cousin named Alaka'i who just can't wait to welcome our precious little Alohilani into our family!

Children are one of the most precious gifts that God blesses us with.  It is such an awesome responsibility to raise them up in the way of the Lord and keep them from harm.  My son will soon understand why I walked the floors in prayer during his teenage years and why I could never really sleep until all of my children were safely tucked into bed. I have always believed that they are on loan to us from God and he has charged us with an awesome responsibility in their up bringing.
     The Lord gave me this message:  “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
      Before you were born I set you apart
      and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”  Jeremiah1:4-5

The best advice I can give to Peter and Kellie is to look to God and be positive as they are raising Alohilani.  If you slip into the habit of being critical and harsh, your children will lose the sense of value that God placed inside them.  It will allow the enemy to bring in all kinds of insecurity and inferiority into your child's life.  It is almost like you are placing a curse on them and their future.

 Most children get their concept of who God is from their fathers.  If the father is mean, harsh and critical the child will grow up with a distorted view of God.  However, if the the father is loving, kind, compassionate and just, then the child will have a better idea of who God is.  Take the time you may need to raise them with a cool head and a loving heart.  Don't be afraid to get on your knees and take your concerns to God.

22 Cast your cares on the LORD
       and he will sustain you;
       he will never let the righteous fall.  Psalm 55:22
I think the best parents get on their knees asking our loving God to assist us while raising our children.  Is their a "perfect parent"?  No.  You will make mistakes.  We all do.  Just remember that when you are teaching your children do it with the love you would like God to show you.

 Take them to church so they can learn about the community of God.  Read them the bible from an early age so they can get familiar with God's word and know of his great love.  Speak God's blessing over your children while they are young.  So that they will grow up to have faith in God and all of the possibilities that he presents them with.

Tell them I love you and let them know they are made by God and that they are one of a kind.  Let them know you believe in them and that you think they are great! Make sure that they know of Jesus and his great gift of salvation.  What a precious gift it will be for you to lead your child to Jesus as she accepts him into her heart as her Lord and Savior.  Having the assurance that she will be going to heaven when Jesus comes again.   Before they go to sleep at night pray over them that God will protect and watch over them. By doing this you will be passing God's blessings not only to your children, but they will take those blessings and pass them down to theirs and so on from one generation to the next.

Being a parent is probably one of the toughest jobs out there.  However, remember this... You are not alone, you are loved not only by your family but by the Lord God who will never leave you or forsake you.  You have little Alohilani who will depend on you for everything and she will fill your life with so many blessings and a love you never knew you could feel! You and Kellie are going to be great parents! May God bless you both so richly as you bring this precious new life into the world!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Basking In The Son Shine!

One of my favorite places to go to is the beach.  Watching the waves and listening to the sea birds is a favorite way of mine to relax and meditate on God and his word.  He restores my soul there.  The knowledge that I share this beach with dolphins and whales is a plus.  When looking at animals I marvel at how intricate God was with their creation.  It blesses my heart that he took even more time on us and actually made us in his image.  Animals do what they were created to do.  They don't have free will and choice as we do.  Sometimes I think they have it better.

Sometimes I get so bogged down in what I am doing wrong I fail to see what right and good things God is doing in my life.  I have to always go back to the word of God.  God doesn't dwell on the stupid things we do and believe me when I say that in my life there have been plenty of those.  God doesn't dwell on the fact that I lose my temper more than I would like to.  Or that sometimes I am disobedient to his word.  It is at those times that I need to seek his forgiveness and move on.  I am a work in progress and God is changing me every single day.
 We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10

I am so fortunate to have a loving God who forgives my sin!  He sees what I can become through him.  The word workmanship tells me that I am not finished, that God is still molding and shaping me.  In 2 Cor 3:18 God tells us that we go from glory to glory as we are being transformed into God's image.  I know that there is a long way for me to go but as I grow closer to God through his word and prayer.  Hope grows in my heart and the Holy Spirit envelopes me in God's love.  As I go through my day sometimes I get discouraged.  That is when I take it back to God in prayer and dive into the word.  In Psalm 4:18 I find one of my favorite scriptures that nurtures my soul:
The path of righteousness is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
 So you can't let yourself get discouraged.  God is moving you on to greater things.  Your future is getting brighter with every step you take.  When I have even one little doubt and think "How am I ever going to make it?"  I just look at how far the Lord has brought me.  I may not be everything I want to be but thank the Lord God I am not what I used to be!

Lately Jesus has been impressing upon me the importance telling people about the great gift of salvation that he has given to all of us.  I know that there are many of you out there who are hopeless and alone.  Maybe you are in the grip of something that you think you can never get out of.  Trust me through Jesus Christ all things are possible!  Just say this prayer:  My dear Jesus I am so sorry for all of my sins, please forgive me and come into my heart and be the Lord of my life.  In Jesus name, amen.  If you prayed this, you are a new creature in Christ.  You are born again.  Find a bible based church where you live and get your hands on a bible.  Start with the book of John in the New Testament and read it every day.  Ask God to help you.  Jesus said in John8:12
 "I am the light of the world, Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life"
That light is right there with you all you have to do is reach out and take it.  I believe that Jesus is coming soon.  Many of you have tried everything.  Why not give Jesus a try.  He has been around for over 2,000 years and he is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Don't Let Your Heredity Stop You From Reaching Your Destiny

I had a nice fourth of July and was lucky to spend time with family at home.  I was preparing food for the get together and  I was so blessed by the Lord. I had the church channel on and I was catching the last half of a sermon.  I was so very blessed by it.  He was talking about how all families have some amount of dysfunction in them.  After all we are not perfect we are human.Wouldn't we all just love to come from a family like the Cleavers or the Cosbys.  Where fathers never fought with mothers and children were never neglected.  I can remember as a child coming from a broken home, having little money and having an abusive step father.  On the outside it may appear that I didn't have anything going for me.  That God didn't have a plan for my life.  I didn't get the chance to choose what family to be in or who my parents would be.  But my path did not start with my parents it started with God!  In Jeremiah 1:5-8 it says

5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
       before you were born I set you apart;
       I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."  6 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
 7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
God knew who my parents were going to be.  He knew what kind of a home I was going to have as a young girl.  He knew it all and watched over me and loved me. Believe me when I tell you that there have been many times that I have said "I can't do that.  Not from where I come from.  I was wrong!  All of the trials that I have gone through in my life have brought me to the place where I am today.  I am a woman of God who has a purpose for being here.  I can't let where I came from dictate what my destiny will be.  I have to keep my eyes on the Lord and my ears open to hear his voice.  I believe that God hand picked all of us to born during this time in history.  Jesus is coming soon and there are so many souls that still need to hear of his love and his great gift of salvation to us. I was reading in the book of Numbers 22:12 and was so blessed by this scripture:

12 But God told Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!”
 I believe that when God breathed life into us that he blessed us.  He wants us to listen for his voice and obey his commands. I believe that we stay close to God through praying and reading the bible.  Ask him what he would have you be.  Then just wait.  Be still and know that he is God and wait for his answer.  It will come.  Will I still have trials? Absolutely.  The difference is that now I have someone to help guide me through the mine fields. He will lift me up when I am down and he will not allow anyone to curse what God has blessed.

On this Independence Day share with me ways that God has set you free and is a blessing in your life.  By sharing your testimony with me maybe just one person will be touched by the Holy Spirit and find their way to Jesus!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Seafoam and Salmon

 This is a picture that my nephew Tyson took in Kauai.  I thought it was so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you. Since he lives in Wainiha, which is one the north shore of Kauai, I am guessing that this is Hanalei Bay.  He is a pretty talented photographer.  Mahalo Tyson!

Today is such a beautiful Saturday morning.  I don't see one cloud in the sky.  This is a day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it!  I love Saturdays because I walk on the beach and then when it gets really hot you just run into the surf  and dive under the waves.  There is nothing that feels more refreshing!

With tomorrow being Father's Day I am remembering my Daddy who went to be with Jesus.  I praise the Lord because my love has not dimmed for my earthly father and the Holy Spirit touched my heart this morning and told me, "Just imagine how much more you heavenly Father loves you"  With a perfect love an everlasting love.  Thank you my heavenly Father for your most perfect everlasting love!  We need to know that our heavenly Father can and will make up for all the shortcoming that our earthly fathers possessed.  He will always be with us, will always care for us and never ever leave us. I want to start to look at others with my Father in heavens eyes.
 "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (NIV)Matt. :7-11
 If you have a great dad let him know how much you love him, and never take him for granted. Let  us also remember those great dads who have gone on to heaven. For the ones who feel as if their dad may have missed the mark, you are not fatherless, our father God is showering you daily with His love.

"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." (NIV)Romans 8:16

I think that tonight I am going to make salmon.  One of my favorite recipes for salmon is with spinach, pine nuts and goat cheese.  I like the texture of it with the spinach, cheese and pine nuts.  I start with 4 nice size salmon fillets.  I always try to get wild fish when ever I cook fish.  Not only does it taste better, but I think it is better for you.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up take a box of chopped spinach that has thawed out and ring all of the moisture you can out of it.  Then I just run my knife through it to make sure it is all chopped.  Then I chop one clove of garlic and one large shallot.  Put some extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet and let it heat up add the garlic and just let it saute for a few seconds before you add the shallots.  You never want to overcook garlic because it will be bitter. Then add your spinach to the pan and toss it with the shallots and garlic.  Then I take 6 sun dried tomatoes and chop them up and add them to the mix. add kosher salt and pepper to taste and then I add one teaspoon of red pepper flakes just to jazz up the flavor.  While that is cooking I add 1/4 cup of pine nuts in a dry skillet to let them toast.  I like to toast the pine nuts to let the oils escape.  Toast the nuts until they are just browned.  You have to watch them closely because pine nuts burn fast.  It adds so much more flavor to your dish you won't believe it.  Then you add 1/2 cup of goat cheese to the spinach mixture toss it through and pull it off of the heat. While it is cooling I take my knife and make slice marks on top of the salmon fillets.  You don't want to cut very deep just enough to pack your spinach mixture on the top.  Then you use your hands and pack the cooled spinach mixture on top of each fillet pushing it into the salmon.  Then you place your fillets in a glass baking dish and let them bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked.  While the salmon is baking I make a salad out of  red peppers, tomatoes and sweet onions.  I tossed it with a homemade vinaigrette that I make with the juice of one lemon, 1 table spoon of good Dijon mustard and kosher salt, cracked pepper and extra virgin olive oil and 1 squeeze of honey.  This dinner is so tasty and good for you.  If you like to have a glass of wine with dinner I would choose a nice Chardonnay.  I think that if you try this you will be glad that you did.

  Have a nice weekend everybody! Don't forget to take time out to thank Jesus for all of his blessings in our lives!  Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there .  May God bless you all richly.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Blue Hawaii....

This is Hanauma Bay in Honolulu, Hawaii it is one of the most beautiful places I think on earth.  I am lucky to live nearby here and many of you might remember this beach from the Elvis movie "Blue Hawaii". I can remember sitting in the Bay Theater in Ballard and watching this movie.  I dreamed that someday I would be able to go to Hawaii and go to that very beach!  Here I am!  God is so good!  I really don't understand how people can look at such beauty and still believe that God doesn't exist.  He does and he is coming very soon!

Today I listened to Pastor Guy Kapeliela from Hope Chapel Olomana.  He is one of my favorite pastors to watch because he is so down to earth and his sense of humor is so great!  Today his topic was on developing a healthy response to rejection.  We all feel rejection from time to time but we have to keep our eyes on the prize.  We have to copy Jesus Christ.  He never lost sight of what his purpose and destiny was while here on earth.  He was humble and never had a pity party.  I have to admit that there have been many times that I have had a pity party and missed out on the blessings that God has for me because of it.  When I have a pity party I also miss out on doing the work of the kingdom and I will be "usedless" not useless. Have you ever had your car run out of gas on the road? You aren't going to throw the car away because it has stopped. You can kick the tire scream and yell but until you get some gas into that car you can't use it. It is useless to you.  As a Christian I need a fill up every morning.  I get that when I open my bible, pray and get into God's word.  It is my "Breakfast of Champions"!

We need to become "Kingdom People" as a child of God we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us.
"Once having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is' because  the kingdom of God is within you". Luke 17:20-21
When we are living as kingdom people we get closer to Jesus through his word and begin to fulfill our own destiny.  When we lower our "self esteem" and raise our  "God esteem".  We leave ourselves open to all of God's blessings. There is no other love that compares to the love of Jesus.  When we stay close to him and listen for his voice and follow his instruction, we will be fulfilling our own purpose and destiny!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Put God In Control and Watch The Spirit Move!

 As many of you know I had lung cancer and last year at this time I was in the midst of chemo.  God was working on me and my least favorite sin vanity.  Vanity is a sin that affects most human beings men as well as women.  The cancer had been removed from my body and I knew in my heart that it was done by the hand of God because he loved me and that it wasn't coming back.  I knew that I was given a second chance to live for Christ and that there was work he had for me to do.  Being human I was in awe of the power of God.  I felt so incredibly lucky and blessed.

I was not delighted about the prospect of  having poisonous chemicals pumped into my veins to kill off any remnants of this deadly cancer.  I can remember telling my husband that I was going to stand on my faith in God and not have the chemo.  My husband and children were really angry at me and begged me to go through this for them if not for myself.  I finally relented and started my summer of cysto platinum chemo-therapy.  I can remember praying every day before they would start the chemo that God would be with me through the ordeal.  That he would help me to be a good witness for him through this. The nurses that administered the drugs were gentle and caring.  But it was still a very scary place to be.

During the second month of chemo I noticed big patches of my hair begin to fall out every time I would brush my hair, run my fingers through my hair or take a shower.   I can remember sitting in my room in tears with a hand full of hair in my lap and a huge bald spot on my head.  Vanity  I believe is the favorite sin of the devil.  That is where it is easiest for him to get us.  I wasn't crying because I was dying of cancer, I was crying because I was going bald from the chemo.  In the culture that we live in today it is all about looking your best.  Being the best you that you can possibly be. Well that culture just doesn't do well with chemo therapy.

I will never forget one night when my hair was almost gone I had to run to the store to pick up something with my daughter and left the house without my scarf to cover my head.  I was so busy talking to her that I had completely forgotten it.  When I got to the store I said Oh my gosh I forgot my scarf!!!  Jeannie told me come on Mom lets just go in there and get our stuff its night and nobody is in their anyway.  As I was walking down the isles at the store I noticed a few young girls staring at me in horror.  My daughter noticed that I was cowering and she just told me "Hold your head high Mama, You have nothing to be ashamed of!"  I think that people look at you that way because they are all secretly afraid that it could happen to them. One woman apologized to me when I overheard her saying that she hated her hair.  I had to just burst out laughing at that.  God bless her heart, she really felt bad that she might have hurt my feelings.  When I went through the line at the cashiers they tried their level best not to stare at me.  They just wanted to get me through their line as soon as possible.  Then I would get people who knew me who would just burst into tears when they saw me.  I ended up comforting them.

God begin to work through me when I finally let vanity go.  The wonderful thing about being bald is you never have to worry about your hair.  I can remember being at Ala Moana Center and I saw Kanye West's girlfriend at Nordstrom.  I wanted to go and pray for her because she was bald too and I thought she was going through chemo as well.  My sales lady told me that she wasn't sick at all.  That she was a model and that was her style. She thought it was darling that I wanted to go and pray for her.  Wow!  For the first time ever in my whole life I felt chic!!!  I found that people were drawn to me during chemo and the Holy Spirit was able to come through me to minister to them.  With the vanity gone, I was more blessed than I ever had been.  God is so wonderful and loving in how he deals with us through out our life.  Sometimes he has to peel away the trappings of this life so that we can experience the AWESOME blessings that he has in store for all of us who allow him that access. I just want to keep that flow of the Holy Spirit in my life even now as my hair is growing in.  Gods love and his blessing are so precious and I never want to go back to the place where I don't have them in my life again.

Have any of you gone through this in your life?  Has God had a special way of working through you once you gave it all up to Him?  I was so blessed by what you shared last time that I would love to hear other ways God continues to move in your life even today.  I truly believe that we are living in the "last days" and that Jesus is coming soon.  I believe the bible when it says that the only way to get to heaven is to ask Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior.  I believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no man can come to the Father except through Him.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Walking In Faith

I spent some time at the beach last week with my family to celebrate my son's birthday.  It was so beautiful .  Everyone was happy and my grandson found his favorite place was a hammock that hung between two trees.  The wind rocked his hammock and he fell peacefully asleep. There was food, fellowship and family.  There is nothing like going to the beach to revive your spirit.  It is so nice to walk along the beach and have time to think and commune with God not allowing the world to get in there and pollute my time with Him.

 “But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do”  Psalm 1:2
This scripture really touched my heart as I walked along the beach. It is one thing to know the law of the Lord but it is another to step out in faith and live the law of the Lord. Sometimes the stress of living today can  turn our head away from God and his words.  Doubt can seep in there and cripple our faith. Unfulfilled faith creeps into one’s life like oil into water. Just as oil pollutes,   leaving a gray film which ruins the purity of the water so does doubt, coupled by inaction, covers the purity of faith; rendering it polluted, unfit, and unusable.

Just look at what the oil has done to the once beautiful waters of the Gulf.  The oil has overtaken the fresh blue water and killed everything it has covered.  That is when you just have to submit yourself to God and his word fully.  Take that leap of faith. The bible says that faith without works is dead. James 2:26  Faith that is activated through works will skim away that oil and bring back the clear clean water recovering the purity that obedience and submission to God brings. Just like the ocean washes away  everything from the shore and makes the sand look new.

I just love how God renews my faith and my spirit like the ocean washing away all my doubt and leaving me with a clean slate to start anew each day.  He is truly the lover of my soul and the Lord of my life. 

Friday, May 28, 2010

I am an original ....

The Lord God is so wonderful and full of love for us that it humbles me.  It makes me want to shout hallelujahs from the mountain top!  Your stories on how God had changed your lives meant so very much to me.  I believe God wants us to seek him out everyday  in prayer and through his word.  In these last days we need to look to God everyday to keep us strong and our faith in him unwavering.

"My sheep listen to my voice;I know them, and they follow me. " John 10:27
I know that through prayer and his word he will build us up into the christian men and women he wants us to become. I know that many of the social problems stem from the fact that many of us have low self esteem.  I know that it happens to me.  I will find myself comparing my looks, hair or what I am wearing with the fashion magazines or other people in my circle of friends.  Then you find yourself saying, if only....I was better looking, If only....I had smaller thighs.   All of us at one time or another have had these feelings go through our heads.  Guess what?  We need to seriously stop this behavior.  God has given all of us different, talents, bodies, looks, and personalities on purpose.  We should not let people pressure us to make us feel badly about ourselves because we don't look like the models on the covers of magazines.  We are originals.  Made by God almighty.  Dare today to step out in faith to accept what God has given you and become the person that God wants you to be.  Don't think that you have to fit into a mold to be happy and don't get unhappy with other people when they don't fit into the mold that you think they should.  Live each day thinking that I am a child of God  and I am going to enjoy the person that he created me to be.

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is."  Romans 12:2 

Tonight I am going to make a dish that I love!  It is mustard roasted fish and it is from Ina Garten.  She is one of my favorite cooks and I have started collecting all of her cookbooks.  Her recipes are easy to follow and they always turn out very well.  I think you will love this one as much as I do.  You can use any good white fish for this one.  I have done it with fillet of sole, halibut, and cod.  I substitute Greek yogurt for the creme fraiche and it works beautifully.

Mustard-Roasted Fish

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  • Prep Time:10 min
  • Inactive Prep Time:Cook Time15 min
  • Level:  Easy
  • Serves:  4 servings
  • Ingredients

    • 4 (8-ounce) fish fillets such as red snapper
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 8 ounces creme fraiche
    • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
    • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
    • 2 teaspoons drained capers


    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
    Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. (You can also use an ovenproof baking dish.) Place the fish fillets skin side down on the sheet pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
    Combine the creme fraiche, 2 mustards, shallots, capers, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Spoon the sauce evenly over the fish fillets, making sure the fish is completely covered. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until it's barely done. (The fish will flake easily at the thickest part when it's done.) Be sure not to overcook it! Serve hot or at room temperature with the sauce from the pan spooned over the top.

    I serve this with steamed asparagus with lemon zest and olive oil and a nice Chardonnay

    Friday, May 21, 2010

    How Has God Changed Your Life?

    Today I was going to write more about how God has changed my life and I was reflecting on your comments and some of them were so inspirational.  It got me thinking, You all know how God saved me.  Now I want to hear from you.  The Holy Spirit is so wonderful and sharing experiences and healing both physical and spiritual can be so uplifting and cathartic. Lets uplift each other on an Internet where so many people are trying to tear each down. Lets let God, His word and His miracles reign. May His miracles, word, and Spirit wash over us like a spring rain,cleansing us of negativity, fear, anger, disease,doubt and  sadness.

    "Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits-  who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."  Psalms 103: 1-5
    Lets Bless each other by sharing the love of Jesus.  I want to hear from you.  Share with me how God has touched your life.  One little drop of water in a pond creates ripples that can reach out to the other side.

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    What The World Needs Now....

    While I was on the computer today I couldn't help but be deeply touched by the searching everyone is doing.  How open everyone seems to everything but God.  They are into Yoga, meditation, the gift, new age,the secret, the occult and everything except the obvious Jesus.  I mean it is just so simple.  Its Jesus.  They didn't have to put a new face on Him.  He is the same yesterday today and forever.  I am baffled that people cannot see this.

    By asking Jesus to come into your heart you have the chance to experience something that will change your life forever!  I have seen miracle after miracle in my own life because of Jesus.  I had someone yesterday tell me that they are coming to realize that Jesus Christ is the Messiah.  I thank God for that.  Eyes are being opened all over the world. That is a miracle my friends.  I am the first one who loves to find the next great thing.  I am always on the look out for something great.  There is nothing greater out there than God.  You can search the world over and you will never find anything greater.

    If people would line their self image up with how God sees them, I think they would be happy with who they are.
     Genesis 1:27 says:  "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;  male and female he created them."

    In Psalm 8: 4-5 it says:  "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  You made him a little lower then the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor."

    When I read these passages it made me feel good that God loves me.  I can thank Him for creating me the way that He did and I am so excited about the good things that He has in store for me!  I think that God see us as His priceless treasure and He wants us to feel good about our selves.  Not because of pride or ego but because of how He loves us. God knows that we make mistakes and that there isn't a day that goes by that we don't sin.  But guess what He loves us anyway!!!  He created us in His image and if we allow Him to He will continue to mold us into becoming more like Him!  I just want to shout Hallelujah!!!

    His Love is perfect!  He believes in you more then you do!  Have you ever felt like you were on the threshold of something great happening in your life that you could sense it? and then you back away from it and say "Oh no God, I can't do that I am just a nobody.  Well let me share something with you.  We have all been there and said that, even a guy named Gideon.  One night an angel appeared to him and said:

    "The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!" (Judges 6:12 NKJ).  In the amplified bible it says:  "You mighty man of fearless courage."

    The angel went on to tell Gideon that God wanted him to save the people of Israel from the Midianites who had taken over their country.  Well Gideon reacted like we would have.  He said what?  I can't do that I am the least one in my father's house.  Not only that Gideon came from the poorest family in town.  All though Gideon was filled with fear and lacked confidence, God saw him as strong and bold.  He knew that Gideon could lead his people into battle and come out with a victory and guess what?  That is just what happened!  Even though Gideon didn't feel bold or have confidence,  God did and Gideon  listened to and obeyed God and He came out the victor because of it.  Are we any different then Gideon?  I think if we take that step out in faith and trust God we can come out with a victory too.  If we dare to see ourselves the way that God does and listen to His voice and follow His instructions, then we could start to see the victory in our lives.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful to stop the searching and live in peace?  You can buy the newest clothes, jewelry, houses, cars, and everything else that you think you need to be happy. But it won't work.  There is a little puzzle piece inside all of us that can only be filled by God.  We can try to fit everything else in that puzzle but it won't fit. Only God will and when you come to that realization, Jesus will be right there waiting for you to ask Him into your heart.  Just do it!  I promise you He will be the lover of your soul and you will live in the peace that passes all understanding. He will change your life forever and you will wonder how you ever made it through a day without Him.

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    ~ I Am A Work In Progress~

    This morning I had a wonderful time in the Lord!  I awoke and the first scripture which came to my mind was: 
     "This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm." 118-24.
    I am going to rejoice in the Lord today and feel His joy in my soul.  When someone upsets you sometimes you have to ask yourself is this worth losing my joy in the Lord?  Is it?  Only you can answer that.  I say no.  I am not going to give away my joy in the Lord Jesus.  I may stumble and fall as a Christian woman, but thankfully Jesus Christ is always there to love me through it and forgive my sins.  I have never claimed to be a pastor and if I have written anything here that has offended anyone I am truly sorry.  I am just a Christian woman who loves Jesus with all her mind, body and spirit.  I am a cancer survivor who was healed by God and finds it therapeutic to write about the struggles I go through as a result.

    "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  Ephesians 2:10

    The Lord has taught me many things through having cancer.  One is that life here on earth is extremely short.  When you are faced with the life and death the way that cancer patients are you learn to make the most of your life.  I find that I don't have time in my life for negativity.  My Heavenly Father does not dwell on the times that I have been knocked down or my faults.  I feel like God sees the best in me.  I may not always control my temper the way God would like me to and yes sometimes I slip and say things I truly wish I had never said and for that I truly apologize to anyone that i may have offended and ask the Lord God to forgive me as well.

    I truly believe that I am a work in progress as it were.  I am not perfect and the last time I checked no one else is either.  The only perfect person that ever walked the face of this earth was Jesus Christ.  I am totally sinful and have to fall on my knees to the Lord everyday and beg His forgiveness.  As a work in progress I know that God is changing me everyday.  I read my Bible every day and go to God in prayer everyday.  I am like a baby in Christ growing and learning.  It will continue to grow for the rest of my life.

      I praise God for all He has taken me through.  "As we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lords glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18.  Do I get discouraged?  Of course I do.  Don't we all?  Do I think I have a long long way to go?  Absolutely! That is when I just go back to God's word:  "The path of righteousness is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day."  Proverbs 4:18.  Sometimes I think about how much more I have to learn and how much farther I have to go, but then I Look back and see how far the Lord has brought me. I  thank God that I am not what I used to be and look forward to a bright, healthy and happy future in the Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless you!

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    ~ Wanted: Savior of the World ~

    I know many of you who read my blog get sick of hearing about the love I have for God.  Well I guess if you are sick of it you have never faced a life or death crisis as I have.  You will never know true fear until you face death and look it it straight in the eye.  In my experience the first thing I did when receiving my diagnosis was fall to my knees.  It was automatic.  I didn't even have to think about it.  There was an instinct deep inside my soul that told me that if I wanted to live I needed God right now to intercede!  Let me tell you that when I fell to my knees He was there for me to catch me in His loving arms and deliver me from death.  From that day on I was changed forever.  I knew for a certainty that Jesus Saves!  It isn't just something you see on signs, it is real. I made a promise to Him that I would share His love with everyone I met.

    In my business, sometimes I have to place "Help Wanted" adds in the newspaper.  I like to imagine sometimes how I would advertise for my miracle working, all knowing and most loving God. Lets see MLG  (most loving God) needed to forgive me of all of my sins, heal me from lung cancer, fill me to overflowing with the HS (Holy Spirit) to live inside of me for AE (all eternity).  Must love idiotic humans so much that He would send His only son to die on the cross for a world of people that didn't deserve it and then rise from the dead three days later.  Then proclaim to the world that:  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).  Then as He ascended into heaven, He would leave the HS (Holy Spirit) to stay on earth with us as a helper.  Not only that our MLG (most loving God) would tell us that all of the powers that Jesus had while on earth we could have as well as long as we had faith in Him.

    Doesn't that just sound almost too good to be true?  But the best part is it is true!  Jesus is alive and will come into our hearts just for the asking!  When you ask Him to come into your hearts He will fill you to overflowing with His love!  He will never ever leave you and you will be filled with so much joy you will want to share it with the world.

     These pictures were taken this morning on my walk.  Can you honestly look at all this beauty and tell me there isn't a God?  I didn't think so.  I couldn't either.  Hawaii is one of the places where I believe that God took His time and really enjoyed what He created here.  Right down to the very intricate colors in a single plumeria flower.  Praise Jesus!  He leaves nothing out  These are the lagoons in Hawaii Kai where I walk in the morning.  This is where I ate my oatmeal this morning after the first length of my walk.  After breakfast it is about a one and a half mile walk home from here.  I am so lucky I live in Hawaii!

    I am so very lucky that I get to see all the beauty that God created here!  The palette He uses and the beautiful intoxicating smell of each flower.  every flower has their own perfume and it is a feast for your senses when you are our walking.  I feel so blessed when I am out there walking in all this beauty.  These are the streets where I live.

     It is low tide right now and I am almost home.  This afternoon when I go to get my fish for dinner, this whole area will have gentle waves and canoe paddlers out there.  I think I will make a lime and ginger mahi mahi with a spinach and orange salad with Gorgonzola and walnuts in a light mango vinaigrette.  I found these tiny mini angel food cakes at Costco and I love to fill them with a mixture of berries.  I like to use strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. I add just about a tablespoon of sugar and toss the berries and let them sit in the refrigerator until after dinner and serve them with a dollop of fresh cream.  Can you say YUMMY?

    I hope you all where ever you live take a walk and take the time to admire our most loving God on your way.  I bet that you will be as amazed as I am every time I step outside and see the beauty that He surrounds me with!

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    ~I want To Be Under The Spout Where The Glory Comes Out!~

    I hope that all of you had the best Mother's Day!  Mine started of with a relaxing cup of coffee and time with my Lord.  Then I was treated to a mini spa day with a manicure and a pedicure.  It was so relaxing.  I felt pampered and loved.  Then I just did some shopping and came home and my husband had the most beautiful flower arrangement waiting for me.  He is simply the most romantic man I have ever known. Later that day he treated the whole family to dinner at Chai's Bistro at the Aloha Tower Marketplace.  The food was excellent!  They had everything from crab, shrimps, raw fish, to coconut prawns and chicken curry Thai style. There were lamb chops in a cherry sauce, salmon lox with cream cheese, raw oysters, crab cakes, ribs, and many more items.  I ate mainly the king crab legs, the salmon, raw fish, shrimp, raw oysters, prawns and the coconut prawns.  It was so enjoyable spending quality time with my family and the grandchildren.  A big thank you to my honey for his generous nature and loving heart.

    Last night I had such a nice time walking in the evening with my daughter Jean.  She is so uplifting to me.  I praise God for her every single day.  As we strolled we talked about giving everything up to the Lord.  Our time, dreams, and future.  Sometimes we wonder why things don't come out the way we had dreamed.  I believe that if we don't pray and than wait to hear what God has to say....That last part is the most important....then we open the door to let other people and the world dictate what our dreams should be instead of letting God take the lead and bless us more then we ever dreamed possible!  We need to do what God has anointed us to do and not what the world wants us to do.  Hmm how can we tell if we are doing what God has anointed us to do you ask?  Well if you are living in joy, peace, rest,  prosperity and have great relationships then you know you are doing what God has anointed you to do.  If you are not then you seriously need to get on your knees and take it back to Jesus.  I love this scripture.  Notice that God says ALL WILL BE WELL WITH YOU.  Not just some things but all things.  But this thing I did command them: Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people; and walk in the whole way that I command you, that it may be well with you (Jeremiah 7:23).

    I just love it when God is in control.  I don't have to have a care or worry when He is in control.  Sometimes I find in my life I just have to clear the clutter out of my brain, turn the TV off and have quiet alone time with God.  That is when you are going to hear him.  If you are lucky enough to live near a beach go take a walk and let Him clear your head so you can hear what He has in store for you.  When you do hear Him and start to obey what He wants you to do, everything seems to just fall into place.  I can remember one of my favorite little lines I heard came from Oral Roberts wife.  She said " Somethings are caught, somethings are taught, you need to get under the spout where the glory comes out!"  I thought that just about covers everything.  I want to be under that spout when the glory comes out and so I will stand in faith on God's word and make sure my head isn't going to block the spout, listen for God's voice and then just be covered in His glory!

    Tonight I am going to make mushroom chicken for dinner.  I buy my chicken at Whole Foods because their chicken is organic and hasn't been filled with antibiotics or other garbage just to make the chicken fatter.  I will make enough for eight people because I think my son will be over tonight when he finds out whats for dinner.  I buy sixteen pieces of chicken both thighs and breasts.  I brown them quickly in just a little olive oil.  Then I place them in a large casserole dish.  Then in the same skillet I add 1 sliced onion, (I slice in rings and cut the rings in half), 2 cloves of garlic chopped and saute until they are translucent.  Then I add about a pound of sliced mushrooms and saute them until they cook down a bit. Then I add kosher salt, and pepper to taste.  After that I add about one half of a bottle of white wine.  I think Chardonnay tastes very good with this.  You want to pick a wine that is good for drinking to use in your cooking.  The wine will help me to get all the bits off of the pan to add more flavor to the sauce.  Then I add 1 small can of fat free low salt mushroom soup and 1 can fat free low sodium cream of chicken soup and one cup of good chicken stock.  Then I stir it until it is creamy and has a gravy like consistency.  Pour all of this goodness over the chicken, cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

    Make a pot of rice to go with this.  I usually use a hapa rice.  Hapa rice is half brown and half white rice.
    I think tonight I will make corn on the cob to go with this.  I found some fresh corn on sale so I think it is going to go great with this.  Clean the corn and cut the cobs in half.  Place them in a large pot and just cover them with water.  Then add 1 cup of fat free half and half.  It makes the corn so sweet you won't believe it!
    That is all it takes and voila you have a beautiful dinner with very little effort.  Some fresh fruit for dessert would be the perfect ending to this meal.  I hope you try it and I am sure that your family will enjoy it as much as mine does!


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