For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
Psalm 91:11-12

It was a perfect day weather wise. The sun was shining with no wind and no rain in sight … just fluffy white clouds floating across the azure blue sky bringing tranquility to my soul.  I was driving the company truck to pick up parts to deliver.  I only do this part-time you know.  I’ve been retired for several years from my job as a land surveyor.  My wife and I are planning to spend our last years together floating along like those clouds in perfect peace and harmony with life.  She called me before I left, by the way, and said she and Lucy, our little Yorkie, are about to take a nap.  My wife had knee surgery two weeks ago and just returned from therapy, so I guess a nap is in order.

I’m leisurely driving the slow speed limit through a neighborhood, enjoying the sunshiny day … then it happened!  What, I’m not quite sure.  Even after being told, I’m not quite sure how the events unfolded.

The next thing I knew I was being pulled out the front windshield of the truck by city workers, policeman, and firefighters.  It’s all so surreal and  very confusing!  People  are everywhere! They’re asking me my name.  I tell them, but there’s this excruciating pain on my face and right arm preventing me from concentrating. What happened?  What’s going on?  One moment the sun is shining on a perfectly beautiful day and the next, well … total chaos!  Is this a dream … no … a nightmare?

The previous paragraphs were written from what I perceive to be my husband Dave’s point of view on July 17, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Please note that about twelve noon I felt led to pray for his safety.  I prayed Psalm 91, that God would give His angels charge over him to protect him. 

As he was casually driving down the road on an ordinary day, out of nowhere the top of a tree fell on the cab of his truck crushing it and pinning him in.  Since he was probably knocked unconscious, we can only surmise the events following. Not only was his body pinned, but his foot was pinned on the gas.  That being so, the truck continued forward unchecked and at the same speed. It finally crashed in a drainage ditch, but because his foot was on the gas, the wheel was still spinning causing sparks and igniting the gas tank.  Flames were in the cab now, burning his face, head and right arm.  They were accelerating fast!  First responders tell me they were steeling themselves to witness a horrible end.  But God answered my prayer!  He sent the angels!

The first wave of angels were in work uniforms that said, “City of Gardendale”.  City workers who witnessed the accident called their dispatcher who called for backup while on his way to the scene.  Soon more angels appeared in the form of policemen and firefighters.  Each one jumping in to do his part to save the life of this man who was in danger of being burned alive right before their eyes.

One of the policemen had a cold fire extinguisher in his squad car and sprayed Dave, stopping the flames from burning him further. The firemen used the “jaws of life” to cut him out and pull him to safety.  One of the policemen stayed with him the whole time, trying to reassure him and comfort him.  The city workers stayed on the scene throughout the whole ordeal assisting in anyway they could.

These angels never hail themselves as angels.  As a matter of fact, they would probably dispute the fact that I call them such.  But they are … Angels.  God uses people who are willing, able and compassionate to do much of his work here on earth.  And for that I am very grateful!  These men were willing to put themselves in harms way to save the life of another human being  whom they didn’t even know.  These are ordinary men who assumed the person of angels for a short period of time.  They saved a man who is someone’s husband, father and grandfather.

So Friends, I want you to know … angels are real! And sometimes they are real people!  I want to give thanks from a grateful heart to the Angels who saved my husband Dave from certain death on that fateful day that spiraled out of control. Thank you!  Thank you!!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

If you’d like to read the news article about the accident and miraculous rescue of my husband Dave, click on the link below:






But the godly will flourish like palm trees
and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.
They flourish in the courts of our God.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
they will remain vital and green.
They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock!
There is no evil in him!”
Psalm 92:12-15

I visited a friend last night that I have known for 30 plus years. Ever since I’ve known her, Miss Betty has been a Children’s Minister. Actually, a more appropriate title would be a Children’s Evangelist. I don’t know the story of how she got started. (I should have asked.) But I do know that for years and years she has gone into the highways and byways, the churches and neighborhoods teaching children and preaching salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. She has done battle in the spirit for the souls of the precious children that no one else seemed to care about. And she has succeeded! Many have come to know the Lord through her ministry and are serving him now as adults.

But now Miss Betty is fighting a new and different battle. She is fighting a demon that strikes fear into hearts just by the mention of his name…Cancer! But she is completely at peace and undaunted. She said, “I have many more years of ministry ahead. God is not finished with me yet. I still have unfulfilled dreams that He has planted in my heart. I will live and not die and declare the works of the Lord!”

I love Miss Betty’s attitude! I’m not fighting cancer, but I have had setbacks in my life that have kept me from fulfilling all of my dreams and aspirations. Can you relate? Like me, do you have dreams yet to be fulfilled? I will shortly have 70 years of experience on this earth and yet I have many more things that I want to accomplish. Am I too old? Is it too late? No!!! It’s not over ’til it’s over and it’s not over yet! Just like Miss Betty, I won’t give up on my dreams. I’m not down for the count and I’m not throwing in the towel! I have more wisdom, understanding, will power and confidence than I had when I was in my twenties, thirties, forties or even fifties. I can still fulfill my dreams and so can you! You’re not too old…and you’re not too young either! Don’t ever give up on your dreams because if you do, who else will fulfill them. Only YOU can accomplish YOUR dreams. Only YOU can fulfill YOUR destiny. So whether you’re 20ish or 70 something…go for it! Start now by formulating a plan and taking one step at a time. If you’re young, you can take your time and review your options carefully. If you are older, like me, you may have to accelerate a little. But start! If you don’t start, you’ll never finish and you certainly won’t have the outcome you desire.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Put your money where your mouth is?” I would like to coin a new phrase…“Put your faith where your mouth is!” Like Miss Betty, speak faith into your situation. Infuse your dreams with faith-filled words! I can think of a verse right now that you can “use to infuse”. (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!) “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” Philippians 4:13 AMP

Wow! What a promise! Don’t you love it?! If we trust Him, Christ will infuse strength into us and into our dreams. Memorize this verse. Claim its promise in your own life. And whether you’re young or old…fulfill your dreams and determine your destiny starting today!



down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV

Hello My Dear Friends!  Forgive me for being so long away from my post.  (Pun definitely intended!)  I have no real excuse.  At times I can be a master of procrastination and sometimes for prolonged periods of time.  It’s kind of like the beautiful fruit tree blooming in my front yard.  I looked out the other day and it was covered with butterflies!  But when I got close to them to take a picture, they all flitted away.   Similarly all of these lovely thoughts bloom in my mind just longing to be immortalized on the written page.  But like the elusive butterflies, when I get close to accomplishing my goal, the discipline to carry it out seems to flit away as the menial tasks of the day take over.  But not today!  Today I want to capture the thoughts and just like those butterflies, milk the nectar from each bloom and share it with you.

I have Sirius Radio in my car and I love it!  It is commercial free and I can listen to my preference in music 24/7 if I like.  I choose to listen to the Escape channel, which is easy listening music, mostly instrumental.  I find it to be so soothing after a long day at work. But I have discovered that not everyone agrees with my choice.  As soon as my daughter gets in the car her first priority is to change the channel.  Okay, I get it!  She is from a totally different generation.  Then the other day a friend drove my car and upon returning the keys said, “I changed your radio station.  You’ll have to change it back.”  My thoughts were, “How could anyone not like that type of music!  What is wrong with these people!”  But you know what…I had absolutely no problem changing the station back to the music I enjoy.  It is my prerogative.

I liken this illustration to the channels of thought we allow to play in our mind.  The human brain produces approximately 70,000 thoughts in an average day. There are 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day. That means we have a different thought every 1.2 seconds.  Wow!  That’s incredible, but believable!  Sometimes I think my brain is working triple-time.  When I speak, my speech is halting because I have so many thoughts in my head I can’t decide which one to say first!  I have to discipline myself to stop, regroup, then proceed.

But we don’t always think about things that are mentally, emotionally or spiritually healthy.  And often we don’t think about what we’re thinking about.  We just let our mind tune in to whatever station happens to be on and accept whatever thoughts play in our brain.  We daydream about what might have been or should have been.  We ruminate about mistakes long past and irreversible.  We feel guilty and  beat ourselves up all over again.  Whoa!  Enough of the funeral dirge!  We need to change the channel!!!

In other words, the channel we are tuned to is bringing us down.  Have you every heard anyone refer to “a chain of thought” or “a train of thought”?  That’s because like the links on a chain or the cars on a train, one thought leads to another.  The thought you started out with is followed by many others that may or may not be related.  A train of positive thought can digress to the point of pulling a load of  worry, regret, despair, and defeat.

We have to make ourselves constantly aware of what we’re thinking about in order to do a turn-about.  In other words, when you realize what is happening, change the channel!!!  Reprogram your playlist!  Uncouple those cars to release the negative thoughts and hook up to some positive ones.  Unchain your soul!

Focus on things that will build you up rather tear you down.  Renew your mind with the promises in God’s Word. Philippians 4:8 says, “And now one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are admirable and worthy of praise.”  The implied subject in this verse is…YOU!  You fix your thoughts.  You think about what is admirable and praiseworthy.  It’s up to you!  If you want to allow those old “somebody done somebody wrong songs” to permeate your mind, be my guest.  But as for me…I’m changing the channel!!!

When depression is trying to overtake you, change the channel to praise!  When lack is trying to fill you with worry, change the channel to replay the times the Lord has graciously supplied your needs.  When someone has treated you badly, change the channel to recall all the wonderful family and friends who support you.  I think you get the picture.  Changing the channel can change your attitude and your life!  Think about what your thinking about and change the channel now!





The LORD does not look at the things people look at.
People look at the outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at the heart.”
I Samuel 16:7 NIV

I have been Children’s Church Minister at a number of churches over the years. I say “have been” because I have relinquished that position to younger people who have the energy and patience that it most definitely requires! You might more readily understand that statement when I tell you about a class I had on an Easter Sunday which consisted solely of three, four and five year olds…seven of them, to be exact. I think they all had indulged in more Easter candy than they should have, as some were bouncing around like the Easter bunny himself! They all were talking way above their inside voices and one was whining and crying every time anyone looked at him. But, all of that aside, I had planned a very simple Easter program for the entire church congregation, in which even the smaller ones could participate.

The children followed me onto the stage as I donned a festive hat with flowers on it and sang, ♫ “In my Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it” ♫… Then I proceeded to talk about how Easter was all about new spring clothes. The children responded by yelling “Nooo”! I then brought out an Easter bunny and started to sing, ♫ “Here comes Peter Cottontail”…and talked about Easter being about the Easter bunny’s yearly visit. Once again they responded with a very vigorous, “Nooo!” Next I brought out the marshmallow “Peeps” and talked about Easter being about getting lots of candy. Now you know this one must have been hard, but they yelled even louder, “Nooo”! I think you get the picture by now. We then brought out a palm leaf…a cross…and a stone. The children proceeded to give me explanations for each object and we decided that Easter is not about any outward appearances or festivities, but about Jesus death, burial and most of all His resurrection. The other things are fun, but should only stand in the shadow of the true meaning Easter.

Every holiday has become so commercialized now days, that the meaning of the event has become almost totally obscured by the hype and hoopla. We can let ourselves get so caught up in the excitement and/or stress, that we don’t observe the real meaning or enjoy the spiritual refreshing it affords. Searching for that perfect outfit…if not for you, for the kids, getting the basket ready for the Easter bunny to deliver or organizing the egg hunt can leave us too tired to get up for Sunrise Service, let alone enjoy it! I have two words of advice for us all…JUST CHILL! I know things need to be done for the children’s sake, but let’s try to get them done ahead of time so that we can enjoy the day that we have set aside to celebrate the very foundation of our Christian faith…the glorious resurrection of our Lord. Lest the rocks cry out in our stead, let us shout “Hosanna to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…Our King and Our Lord Jesus Christ!”

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, And Happy New Year!



There is a season (a time appointed) for everything
and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven—
Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP

This is the season of falling leaves and bare trees…when most things green lose their vibrant colors and morph into dismal browns and grays. Perhaps that’s the reason that the celebration of Halloween is scheduled for this time of year. Halloween with its ghosts, goblins, witches, jack-o-lanterns and all things that pertain to the macabre, is not unlike the dead leaves that cover the ground leaving the trees resembling naked skeletons.

Most Christians don’t celebrate Halloween as such, but have Fall Festivals and Trunk or Treat. The attendees are encouraged to dress as characters that don’t necessarily celebrate the dark side as they go from car to car in the church parking lot receiving candy from the trunks. There are often rides and games and face painting…fun times in a safe atmosphere!

The objects associated with Halloween, however, conjure feelings of fear, darkness and demon spirits. Things of which, we as Christians don’t want to be a part. Therefore we have reinvented its meaning to our children and allow them to participate according to our definition. But as I was thinking about all of this, I had an interesting idea come to mind regarding the connotation of Halloween and its placement in the holiday season.

Following closely behind Halloween on our yearly holiday docket is a lovely event called Thanksgiving! Simply enunciating the word “Thanksgiving”, diametrically opposed to Halloween, evokes feelings of warmth and contentment. My first thoughts are of extended family, turkey and dressing, pumpkin pie and lots and lots of chatter and laughter as everyone catches up on a year’s worth of events in a single day! What a contrast to Halloween and its dismal mental pictures of death and destruction. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to have its story rewritten to allow children to participate. On the contrary, it is an uplifting story of adventure, hardship overcome, cooperation, goodwill and overwhelming thankfulness for overflowing blessings from God. How fitting that it should follow behind Halloween and not precede it!

And next on our list, always anticipated immediately after Thanksgiving is the unprecedented holiday that we wait for all year…Christmas! Christmas…the season of brotherly love, giving, jingling bells, carols and intense shopping. But most importantly, it is the celebration of the ultimate gift to mankind…Jesus Christ the Son of God, Emmanuel, Prince of Peace! All things good are encapsulated in this glorious time of year. Its contagion spreads to those who believe and those who do not. Only those who are absolute in their refusal are not affected by this magical time of year. And for Christians, it brings joy unspeakable, as we remember the origin of our faith and the birth of our Savior as we sing with the angels, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!”

We barely and grudgingly let go of Christmas when another holiday sticks its head around the corner and bids us a “Happy New Year”! We look forward to new, bold beginnings as we jot down or make mental notes of our new year’s resolutions. And although many of us don’t keep all of them in the long run, still hope is instilled as we meditate on the possibilities of changed attitudes, changed body shapes, changed monetary situations and a bright future ahead.

So in summary, you might say that “Halloween”, the Holiday of The Macabre, gives way to “Thanksgiving”, The Holiday of Thankfulness that makes way for “Christmas”, The Holiday of Love that ushers in “New Year’s Eve”, The Holiday of Hope. And as the cycle begins again…we hope on and dream on and live on for another year of celebrations!



The temptations in your life are no different
from what others experience.
And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation
to be more
than you can stand. When you are tempted,
He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
I Corinthians 10:13 NLT)

Life is not a bed of roses…and even if it was, you would still have the thorns! There is light at the end of the tunnel…but still you have to go through the tunnel! Every cloud has a silver lining…but a storm usually precedes its splendor!

I could go on and on with the sayings we’ve heard regarding the difficulties of life. But by this time, you’re probably saying, “Stop! Enough of this twisted optimism.” Indeed it is twisted. Since the time Adam sold his birthright to Satan for the knowledge of good and evil, man has been engaged in the same conflict…physical against spiritual. And unless you have the champion of our faith, Jesus Christ on your side, there is no contest! You lose!

Now when I’m speaking of spiritual, I’m speaking of both good and evil…for both exist in the spiritual realm. Some people aren’t aware of that and believe that spirituality only alludes to good and positive things. Not so! Satan himself is a spirit being and represents the most evil of intentions and inventions. It’s important to know that when bad things happen, he was ultimately the instigator. Never allow yourself to think that God brings bad things into your life. On that subject the Bible says, Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. (James 1:13 AMP)

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 AMP) “So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 AMP)

When we think of temptation, we usually think of the enticement to sin. But you can also be tempted by the adversities of life…tempted to be negative…tempted to give up! “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials [temptations] for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine.”
(I Peter 1:6-7a NLT)

I was talking with a friend the other day, and something she said gave me a perfect illustration of the unavoidable trials and temptations we face in life. Have you ever been traveling on an unfamiliar street and all of a sudden without any warning, there is a huge speed bump ahead? Before you can brake the car enough to make much of a difference, you are suddenly air-born! Your head hits the top of the car, the kids are squealing, the dog is barking and it takes you a moment to recover!

The speed bumps of life (trials and temptations) can also cause us untold and unexpected trauma. But just as you don’t park the car and say, “I’m never driving again!!!” You don’t stop believing and trusting and running the race. You continue to persevere, holding fast to your faith and confidence that the Lord will bring you through to the light at the end of the tunnel and to the silver lining on the other side of the cloud!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope
without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful.
(Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

The Only Person Who Likes Change Is A Wet Baby!


God is our Refuge and Strength
[mighty and impenetrable to temptation],
a very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
and though the mountains be shaken
into the midst of the seas.
Psalm 46:1-2 AMP

Okay, My Friends, the seemingly long awaited fall weather is gradually creeping upon us as the summer stealthily steals away behind the falling autumn leaves. Then following close on its heels, impatient to showcase his “Currier and Ives” splendor, Old Man Winter is waiting in the wings. The only way I can face the prospect of his icy blasts is to fast forward to the inevitable return of spring melting him into cascading waterfalls. And so the cycle of change begins and ends and begins all over again.

You surely must know that this poetic expose is leading to a point…the point being, “Change is inevitable.” The only thing that you can be sure will remain unchanged is the process of change itself. (Don’t analyze that too much, it will give you a brain freeze!) I heard someone say, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby!”

But why are we so opposed to change? What’s the big deal? One reason we are so opposed to change is fear of the unknown. We become comfortable with familiar surroundings, sometimes even if they’re unfavorable, and it is very unsettling to step out into the uncertainty of a new environment. Sometimes we effect our own change and sometimes its chosen for us. For instance in job situations or in an unwelcome divorce or when children grow up and leave the nest. These things bring thoughts of instability which produces fear. But God’s Word tells us, For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (I Timothy 1:7 AMP) When this fear tries to hold us captive, we have to break the chains by standing on God’s Word and trusting that He will help us make the right decisions.

Secondly, there’s what I call the “what if” factor. Oh my, if I had a dollar for all of the “what ifs” I have uttered in my lifetime, I would have quite a sum! What if…this doesn’t work out? Well, what if it does? Would it really be life-changing to the extent of being irreversible if it didn’t work out as you had expected? Isn’t it worth taking a chance when there is a possibility that it may enhance your life and circumstances? Most of the time we obsess over things, becoming stressed and frustrated to the degree that it keeps us from making the best decisions. Just chill, ask the Lord for wisdom and stop trying to figure it all out in your own strength! Enter into His rest and wait for the answer. But just let me clue you in, He’s usually not early in bringing it, but He’s never too late!

Thirdly, there is the “if only” syndrome. If only I hadn’t made that move. If only I hadn’t said that! If only I had done it this way! If only…if only…if only! If onlys can put you in an unrivaled state of depression. Absolutely nothing can be changed by “if onlys”…that is, nothing but your peaceful state of mind. Once you make a decision to change, don’t turn back. Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t start the “if onlys”. If you made a decision to change and it didn’t turn out right, make the decision to change again…and do it with a positive attitude. Remember, just like the weather, change is inevitable whether we like it or not. We can choose to embrace it or resist it, but we definitely can’t ignore it!