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..

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!

    Friday, May 7, 2010

    ~ I Remember Mama~

    Today I have been thinking about my mother all morning.  She went home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2008.  She had just turned 81 years old and I miss her more than I can say.  I was very fortunate to have a mother that loved me.  She was the one that kissed my owies and made them all better, my biggest fan for the the high school plays I was in. She would be there right in the center clapping and hooting wildly for me. I used to get embarrassed by it, but now I look back and it brings a smile to my face and a warm tug on my heart.  She was the one who lay me on the alter when I was six weeks old and gave me to the Lord. She told me she didn't know why she did that with me and that I was only one of all her children that she did that to.  I think she was listening to God even then.  Even though I know she is in a better place and that she is with Jesus, I can't help wishing she were still here so that I could talk to her every morning and continue to share my thoughts and dreams with her.

    I was very lucky to have that last summer  I spent with her in Seattle.  I will always be thankful that I have a husband and children who realizes the importance of family and insisted I go and spend time with Mommy.  In between visits to the hospital in the ambulance, I was able to have quality time with her that I will forever cherish.  I would pick her up early in the morning and away we would go.  I would always let Mama decide where we would go on those excursion days.  One day it would be a drive though Capital Hill where Mommy was raised and we would drive by the old house On Madison Avenue or go down to Madison Beach to feel the somewhat warm rays of the sun.  I would run down to Ivars on the waterfront in downtown Seattle and buy fried clams and oysters.  As well as two large containers of clam chowder and clam nectar.  We would take our lunch to the park and I would wheel her down to the beach and sit on the bench and enjoy our feast!  Mommy would tell me all of the stories of her youth on that beach.  She used to swim out to the ferry that used to cross Lake Washington to Mercer Island and yell out "penny, dime, nickel , quarter"!  the passengers on the ferry would throw coins into the lake and Mommy would dive into the water with her brothers to retrieve the coins.  She said that they would spend all day at the beach in the summer and walk home as the sun was about to set.

    If they had a good day diving for coins they would stop at Mr. Freeman's store to indulge in some penny candy and a bottle of pop.  Mommy used to say that she knew when she was getting close to home because she could smell the aroma of freshly baked bread in the air.  When she smelled the bread she would start running as fast as she could home so that she could sample some of that fresh bread dripping with  butter and honey.  You see my Mommy was the baby of ten children.  She was named Endoline because she was the end of the line of the ten kids.  My grandfather had a good sense of humor.  Mommy used to hate her name when she was young because she was always the brunt of  cruel jokes at school.  She learned later as an adult to appreciate how clever her father really was.  In the later years of her life Mommy's memories were fading she couldn't seem to remember what you told her from one minute to the next, but she could remember in vivid details her youth and all of the stories.  I was writing them all down so that I could keep these very special treasure  forever.

    As the sun would fade we would head downtown Seattle's Pioneer Square to my sister's restaurant McCoy's Firehouse.  Mommy had her own table there that was always reserved just for her.  She loved to sit there and watch us all belt out songs on Thursday night's  Karaoke.  She told me that looking at me was like going back to her youth, where she used to sing with her family band at The Dutchman and several other dance halls in Seattle during the late 1940's.  I would purposely choose all the big band songs and Patsy Cline songs that mama loved and sing them just for her.  I remember one night she started to cry as I was singing.  After the song I rushed over and asked her "was I that bad?"  She just laughed and said it was just so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.  My sister Chrystal, and I would spend hours with her at McCoys singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys with our older sister Jan , going the beach, Ballard, and driving over to Bainbridge Island via the ferry to meet her brother and gamble on the penny slot machines there.

    I just can't help but  praise Jesus for the great love He has for us.  By His death we are made free to soar in heaven with Him for all of eternity! I feel that Jesus made it so very easy for us.  All we need to do is to ask Him to come into our heart as our Lord and savior, to forgive us our sins and we are saved.  Then by being a Christian I know that someday I will see Mommy again in that sweet by and by that we call heaven!

    One of the great things we do in my family is we make a circle and then everyone in the circle says something nice about Mommy.  A special memory that they had with her,or a funny story.  I am always amazed when we share how many memories we all hold in our hearts.  It brings us closer as a family and our love for Mommy seems richer and it never dies.  Mommy was never a rich woman in the ways the world would consider wealth, but she was very rich with her love for her children and in turn our love for her.  That was her legacy.  She believed that next to God nothing was more important than a mothers love for her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

    So if you have experienced a loss as I have look up!  Don't be sad, for Jesus is alive and we can celebrate Mother's Day with the hope that even though our precious loved ones are gone, they are never forgotten and we will see them again.  Oh what a day that will be!  In Hawaiian when someone leaves we say A Hui Hou!  That means until we meet again!  That is what I say to my Mommy.  Never goodbye, just A Hui Hou until we meet again Mommy!  I love you!  Happy Mother's Day everyone!!!

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    ~ This Is My Temporary Home~

    I watched the Country Music Awards and I was so delighted that Carrie Underwood won "Entertainer of the Year"  I just thought it couldn't have happened to a nicer girl. She is super talented and a Christian.  One of the things that I love most about her is that she stands up for Jesus.  She isn't embarrassed to tell a guy hands off I'm saving myself for marriage.  I loved her song "Jesus Take the Wheel"  it is my ring on my phone.  I often get people asking me about it and it gives me a chance to share my love of Jesus.  Then I heard her sing "This Is My Temporary Home"  I loved it!!! when you listen to the words it will really touch your heart.  I like to listen to it when I am walking.  In the song the chorus says;  This is just a stop on the way to where I'm going, I'm not afraid because I know, this is my temporary home.

    It started me thinking about Jesus in Luke 22:31 "Simon Simon Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.  But I have prayed for you Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back strengthen your brothers".  I fell away from the church for a time.  I think that I always loved God deep in my heart, but I wasn't living every single day for him.  I was living for my husband, my children, my friends and my things.  I had forgotten that is my temporary home. I had forgotten that Jesus had passed all of His powers unto us that had the faith as small as a mustard seed. I let my Lord down. I had forgotten that He was praying for me not to fail in my faith.

    I did fail in my faith because my eyes were not on Him they were on me.  It took my getting lung cancer to realize it.  Sometimes when you refuse to listen to God He has to take you down.  There is nothing that will open a dialog up with God like cancer does.  All of a sudden you have so much to say to Him. You scream out in sheer terror, not knowing if you are going to die or not.  You can't seem to sleep and your total focus is on this disease that is eating your body up from the inside out. Sure you have heard of the big "C" but you can never really know what it is like until you have it.  You face death head on and trust me when I tell you it isn't something you want to face alone.  You want to have Jesus right there next to you.  I know that God heard my cries.  When I heard his voice it was so clear that I actually looked around for who was talking to me.  As soon as I heard Him say "The Breath of Heaven Is Holding You In His Arms"  I knew that everything was going to be fine. I could breathe again.  I also had called The Abundant Life Prayer Group with Oral Roberts Ministry.  They were wonderful and Richard Roberts prayed with me through the television using his hands as my point of contact.  I learned through their ministry that our God is a good God and that He would heal me.  The beautiful thing is that He did. I am so blessed by the Lord.

    Even the hell of chemo therapy couldn't dim the light that Jesus had brought back to my soul. I can honestly tell you that one particularily hard day in chemo the Holy Spirit came down on me and I was overtaken with the Joy of the Lord.  I would spend that day praying through my chemo in the spirit.  While that poison was cursing through my veins the Holy Spirit had enveloped me and took me through it.  For those of you who have read my earlier blogs, I put a picture up with my bald chemo head.  My daughter told me that I was glowing.  She asked me if it was the chemo or the Holy Spirit.

    Now I am on the right track with my Lord and I am happier than I have been in a very long time.  Now I do know that this is just a stop on the way to where I'm going and I am not afraid because I know this is my temporary home.

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    ~Happiness is.... ~

    What does it take to make you happy?  I was thinking about this today as I was having my devotional time. Is it going shopping for that perfect dress or that new shade of lipstick, or maybe going out for dinner dancing with friends.  Is happiness found in drinking or taking drugs? Maybe it is landing the perfect job that you thought you always wanted. Making a million dollars before you reach 40. Having that new car or home. Too often we spend a lot of time and energy pursuing happiness as if it is something we are owed.

    Even as adults we make major life decisions with happiness as the goal.  It is  in our country's Declaration of Independence.  Finding happiness is that elusive thing that we as humans strive to have.  But what does happiness really mean?  In Websters dictionary it says that happiness is a state of well being, contentment.  That sounds plausible, but what does the bible say happiness is:
    "Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves” (Job 5:17).
    “Happy is he who is gracious to the poor” (Prov 14:21).
    “Happy is he who keeps the law” (Prov 29:18).
    “Behold, we count those blessed who endured” (James 5:11). 
    “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed” (1 Pet 4:14)

    The only times where we can experience genuine happiness and contentment is when we are right with God and He gives it to us. We can strive for all that is temporal but it won't last.  You won't feel content with it.  God says:

    “Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment”  (1 Tim. 6:6 ).

    I can tell you from my own personal experience that  my happiest memories were shared with God.  When He healed the lung cancer I was over the moon!  When I was going through chemo the Holy spirit was always with me.  The contentment and joy was almost overwhelming.  My wedding mass where Peter and I became one, the baptisms of Jeannie and Peter our children.  These are moments that stand out in my memory. I don't think that it is a coincidence that these moments were shared with God.

     When watching mama as she passed on into the next life, it wasn't her possessions that she wanted near to her.   It was us her children and the contentment that comes with knowing you are going to be in heaven soon.  I can remember that when I called her she told me that she was going home and to hurry.  I caught the next flight out and was at her bedside that night.  Every second that I had left with her was more precious than gold!  I knew she was going soon and oh how I would miss her! These are the things in life that matter.  That bring us real happiness.  The love of God and family there is nothing more important.  There is nothing else that brings such joy, happiness and contentment.  After all God is love and love never fails.  The bible says that everything else will pass away but these three things remain:  Faith Hope and Love and the greatest of these is love.


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