Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Jeanne and I do not celebrate Halloween. The reason is spiritual. Halloween is the complete opposite of Jesus Christ. It is a celebration of death and darkness. Jesus is the Light. No pagan holiday celebrated in any form will ever give you what you need. Back in the 70's, … Continue reading Guest Post by Pastor Mike Dean: Halloween is a Celebration of Death and Darkness… Jesus is the Light!
Last night I dreamed The Rapture came... and it happened just like that... just like the Bible says it will. In the middle of eating and drinking, I'd gotten up from the table, and suddenly screamed, "What was that?!" I felt as if a cat had scratched the bottom of my feet. As I looked … Continue reading Are You Still Dreaming… Or Are You Ready If Jesus Comes Today?
Sometimes you're feeling down, maybe really down... and your eyes light on something out of the blue... something that makes you smile. Today it's one of my daughter's simple deer drawings. The notepad is lying open, because she's working on her book, in my room, on the floor... because she never likes to be alone. … Continue reading Give God Your Failed Plans…God Prospers and Encourages Us with Silver Linings, Smiles, and Truth
This week is a time of great trial, stress, and sadness for a precious family and their friends, who almost lost their lives in a horrific home explosion. They lost everything; their entire home and everything in it. They are faced with critical, life-changing injuries, which will change the course of the rest of their … Continue reading The Silver Lining is Always There! Hope for Depression…
Today I am one month into my recovery from back surgery. While I still have pain, I'm getting around a lot better. I love my home, but I start to go stir crazy if I don't get outside to breathe in some fresh, clean air. I've been getting that slightly overwhelming feeling of wondering how … Continue reading Two are Better than One… The Healing Joy of Friendship
I'm now three weeks into my recovery from back surgery, and more appreciative than ever, of what God is doing in my life! Because of the many prayers, great care, support and encouragement I've received; I'm healing really well for someone who went home from the hospital after a lumbar fusion just three weeks ago. … Continue reading The Healing Love of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
What can be done when annoying bees buzz gossip into our ears, casting doubt about a friend or loved one's character? How do you handle it? Do you accept the information as valid and true, or do you go directly to your friend for his or her side of the story? Have you let a … Continue reading Queen Bee Gossip: Sweet as Honey or a Toxic Sting? (Series: Toxic People and Situations)
Last night, while praying with my family, and discussing the Proverbs, my seven-year old daughter reminded me that she wanted to read the Proverbs too! Convicted, I realized this was the second night in a row that she had mentioned it to me, and that I had not included her when I had invited my … Continue reading The Heart of a Child Seeks Wisdom
Sometimes I get discouraged, and doubt creeps in. I wonder if my blog is making a difference in other people's lives. There are times of great response, with comments and sharing; and other times there are personal affirmations from others (my favorite) and sometimes silence, when my heart remains grateful to my most encouraging friends! … Continue reading Let God be Your Affirmation… not Fools!
It's FALL! Many are shouting about their favorite season: "hoodie weather!" "roasted marshmallows!" and "pumpkin lattes!" While I love all those things too, I often want to pull the covers over my head, and hibernate until it's springtime again. But God is healing me, and He can heal you too! So...we are going to CELEBRATE FALL! … Continue reading The Silver Lining Fall Giveaway!