Monday, December 31, 2018


For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.  I Corinthains 6:20

God paid a great price for redemption, the blood of His only Son, 
Jesus did all this on Calvary; and there the sin's battle was won.
We glorify Christ in our body, giving thanks for all that He did,
With our spirit we have fellowship sweet, and from Him nothing is hid. (RP)

Christmas decorations for me this year was EASY.  I had a smaller artificial tree, to replace the larger one. And I set it on the coffee table in the front room so people coming down the street could see it.  I had another very small one, for the dining room table. That's all. So putting things away is easy. When Margie was here, we took material out of two steel barrels and our living room was highly decorated. Now things are different. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018


How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.  
Psalm 139:17-18

To realize that God thinks of me, is a fact more valuable than gold,
His constant thoughts to me, the number of them can't be told.
My heart overflows with gratitude when I think of His love for me, 
I cannot understand it all, and from it I don't care to flee. (RP)

Saturday, December 29, 2018


Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Eccl. 9:10

Refreshing it is find such a thing, that a man works with all his might,
Women too are included in this and we should do it with delight.
No matter what your work may be, God will help you do it well,
And when life's journey has reached its end, your story, eternity will tell.  (RP)

Rawlie installed this gadget yesterday and now we have perfect reception in all parts of the house. I had problems with my phone, but now it is good. I am thankful I can sit in my favorite place and use my phone and it WORKS. Thanks for praying. 

Friday, December 28, 2018


"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:4
Oh how often we get caught because we did not pray.
We should watch and pray always and that means every day.
Good intentions don't always count, because we are so weak.
And our flesh gets in the way and things get pretty bleak.
So let's heed the Master's warning and begin our day aright.
And our lives will tell the difference when things are done to His delight. (RP)

The peg-tube glitch which happened a few weeks ago is getting near the stage when it could be exchanged for a new one. I gave this one a temporary fix, which is actually working out quite well. I was told that the doctors like me to put a new one in about every 3-4 months. I have decided to keep this one until the normal time they wish to exchange it. That way gives a little more time for the passageway to heal thoroughly. It sounds better to me. Thanks for praying.

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

Conformity has a price tag, you know, we better listen today,
And learn to lean heavily upon our Lord; do it without delay.
The world lures us always to things we should not ever do,
So determine to do things His way, it will be best for you.
Fill you mind with His Word; God will transform your mind,
Demonstrate by your life, His will; please don't get behind. (RP)

The world tugs at our heartstrings, wanting us to do, say, act, and carouse with it.  God is looking for His children who will boldly talk to others about Him. Let us determine by life and lips to let others know Jesus loves them. Some will only know this if YOU tell them. Thanks for praying.  

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  Prov 3:5-6

The world wants to know the road they should take in the decisions of every day,
Believers in Jesus already know that in Him, the answer's on the way.
With our heart fully trusting for the answers we need, we know God will surely hear,
And never rely on your own understanding, it will fail you and not even come near.  (RP)

At our Christmas brunch, I prepared the bacon. The process started at 6:30 am, and ended at 9:00 am. I microwave it into straight very crisp strips. They all  LOVE it. When I joined them right here in my house, the food looked delicious. I am sure it was. We had an enjoyable morning of fellowship. I ate 1/4 cup of scrambled eggs for my portion of the feast. It was great. Rawlie is here with me for a few days. It is nice. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people   Luke 2:10

The shepherds received such a message that night from the angel of God from above,
It was filled with hope and good tidings for sure, and signed with the Father's love.
The joy which he promised which through Jesus would come, was a message for one and all,
And all who receive Him have this joy in their lives, because one day upon Him they did call. (RP)

The radio has abundant words to say about depression on this day.  I pray that each of us will reach out to any who may be suffering. I am so blessed to have a loving family who cares. Thankfully I am not depressed. This is the second Christmas without Margie, and even though I miss her, I am so thankful that the precious memories linger, and I rest in God's great promise, that He will never leave me nor forsake me. Thank you my dear friends and family, for praying.

Monday, December 24, 2018


I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. 
Psalms 89:1

A believer can always sing about Jesus, even if he has no voice,
Because this is melody in the heart, and it is always the right choice.
So we give thanks for His great love, from the bottom of our heart,
And praise Him because we heard, and got off to a right start. 
This song never ceases, we just keep it up, until we are home.
Thank God for this lovely place Heaven; we will never have to roam. (RP)

A couple visiting our  church remarked yesterday that they remembered my strong singing voice. They did not know that now I cannot sing. I try, but the vocal chords don't cooperate. I have told many that I can make melody IN MY HEART to the Lord, and that's my joy.  Another thing: if you cannot sing, whistle. Last night, watching a Christian program, I belted out with my whistling. I discovered that the vocal chords let me down even doing that. Who cares?  No one can take away the music in my heart. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, December 23, 2018


Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. 
Philippians 1:6

God is not finished with you dear Christian; there is much He wants to do,
Salvation is a great part of your life, but there is more He wants to do for you.
Every day we live, His Word teaches, guides, and trains our seeking heart,
The more we do this, the better it gets, and from this habit we will not depart.
The years come and go, and we  grow in Him, and God's work never stops,
God promises that He'll keep working on us, and we know His work is tops. (RP)

This is Sunday, and in many churches, special programs are being presented about Christmas. Going to church is certainly one thing God wants you to do today. I pray you all will enjoy time spent in worship today. Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018


The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29

God tells us many things in the Bible, His holy Book,
Many fail to see these things because they do not look.
He does have some secrets that are hidden from us,
Don't worry about these things or make a great big fuss.
The things God wants from us are written in these pages,
Some we do right now and others we practice in stages.
The things He has revealed are for us and our kids to obey,
So get with it dear reader and do what He commands today. (RP)

I was pleasantly surprised when several who saw my post yesterday, had already ordered my book.  I hoped this all would have happened much earlier, but glitches in proof reading slowed down the process. My thanks to all who purchase the book.    Thanks for praying.                            

Friday, December 21, 2018


John 15:14  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

What a joy to be called a friend of Jesus; this is a healthy desire,
And for all who read these humble lines, to this you should aspire.
To be Jesus' friend, you must personally receive Him into your life,
When you do, there is freedom,and usually much less strife.
Belonging to Jesus means you follow His commands,
Doing from the heart what He earnestly of you demands.
So come aboard dear friend, and begin with Jesus today,
Ask Him into your life,read His word, and then its words obey. (RP)

Let us not start the New Year slipshod.  Set some goals that will help you achieve all that God wants for you. If we all do this, perhaps things will change, and so will we. Let's give it a try.  Thanks for praying. 


I had a strange feeling during the night that I should check online about my book. I did and it was advertised on Amazon.
so for those who haven't heard, my new book Miracle Miles - For God's Special People is on the market. I then checked my email and the announcement was there. I am thankful.

Thursday, December 20, 2018


1 Chronicles 28:20  And David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God -- my God -- will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD."

Standing with us is what God does faithfully everyday,
Helping us do what we are supposed to, along the way.
His encouragement of strength and courage cheers us,
And His love helps us to every situation adjust,
God intends us to finish what He wants us to do,
So rely on Him for his strength to work until it is through. (RP)

I am so glad God is our Time Keeper. He knows best what needs to be done by each one of us. Let us willingly give Him our days, allowing Him to direct our paths. What a comfort to know He is in charge. I rest in Him. What about you? Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 
Ephesians 2:10

When we are saved God expects us to work,
It is written in His word and we should not shirk.
He made us beautiful and has a job for us to do,
So work for Him with enthusiasm and be true.
This work He prepared long ago, so don't delay,
Keep on doing it very faithfully from day to day.  (RP)

We live and learn. For most of my married days, Margie ironed clothes. Toward the end of her days, she did as much as possible, then I finished up. I don't mind it at all. After her passing, I continued, and made a discovery that was WONDERFUL. I guess she just liked to iron wrinkle-free shirts anyway. I never even gave it a thought. But now after washing, I hang them up. I soon discovered they look pretty good. They were made that way, so now I don't iron much anymore. Yes, I live and learn. Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


 Isa 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left

Lord what do you want me to do today? There are many things to get done.
If I do them all I know it will take much time, and I'll surely be on the run
Then I felt a tug in my heart and mind, saying " Do this for Me today."
So I followed His lead, and He gave me the strength, to do it all His way.
I'm so glad I listened to Him today, and went about doing His work.
It always pays big, when you follow His lead and His duty you do not shirk. (RP)

Monday, December 17, 2018


Then Moses said to God, Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? what shall I say to them? And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. And He said, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you. Exodus 3:13-14

The names of God are important to us and reveal to us very much,
In fact His names help us all through life, and bring us the Master's touch.
For each of our needs, He has a name that helps, displaying His loving care, 
If you doubt God's help don't forget his I Am, because it's always there,
When we are aware of the I AM who speaks, there's nothing for us to fear,
He supplies what we need with His special name, and we know he is always near. (RP)

My son appreciates the wonderful WiFi connection in my house. However, my special Lazy Boy place does not do so well when I want to use my phone to browse, etc.  Yesterday I decided to do something which I had in the back of my mind for quite awhile. I unplugged the microwave, which was in direct line from my office to the Lazy Boy.  The signal immediately went from "fair" to "good" reception.  So at least it is a step in the right direction. I still have a WiFi booster to install to improve that, hopefully.

Sunday, December 16, 2018


1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

So many people are hurting Lord, and there is so very much grief.
I pray today that the hurting ones, will come to You seeking relief.
Bodies are aching, and families are torn; I pray You will help today,
As they come to You humbly bowing, and seeking Your face, and pray. (RP)

The burden of prayer grows greater, as I read and talk with you dear ones each day. I am so glad God has given us the marvelous recourse of prayer. How we all need to intercede for one another, taking these issues to Him. Thank YOU for praying. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

A three-fold command is given us here, to help us along life's way,
And all who diligently follow God's lead, will be blessed every day.
So cheer up fellow Christian, rejoice always in our wonderful Lord.
And I know without a doubt, that in doing so their is great reward.
Pray more each day, and give thanks to Him, and thus his will fulfill,
And you, my friend will be content in life, because you have done His will. (RP)

This verse from the Bible caught my attention this morning, so it became the theme of the poem I wrote.  How wonderful is His word. It is our daily food and inspiration. I pray it will be the same for you today. Thanks for praying. 

Friday, December 14, 2018


The Lord ... never fails. Zephaniah 3:5

The Lord never fails in what He says He will do,
Everything in the Word about Him is very true.
It's refreshing to know we can rely upon Him,
Our hope in Christ will never never grow dim. (RP)

It has taken a long time, but finally all the required steps have been taken for my book to be published. I do not think they can get the first copies out before Christmas, but I will wait and see. Marketing is not my thing, so I will have to learn as I go. I do know that the books will sell for $20.99. Due to my surgery and recover, a huge delay has resulted in getting this book to the publisher. Thank you so much for your prayers. I am so glad the Lord is in charge of it all. I rest in Him. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
Peace, be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 
Mark 4:39

God controls the winds and seas; all is beneath His command,
All nature moves and reacts to His call, everything is planned.
I'm so glad our Savior knows how to calm the troubled sea,
He's also the One to whom we go as we pray and make our plea.
Today, if your heart is troubled, go to the One who hears,
He will listen intently to what you say and stay while it disappears.(RP)

High winds were forecast the last two days. Last night we got plenty of it. I penned the poem because of the wind. In times past, the wind sort of kept me awake, but no more. Maybe because I have been through a few wind storms. How sweet to rest in Jesus when the storms are raging. Why not? He is the One who brings them. And He always has a reason. He doesn't share those reasons with us. All we do is trust Him. Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3

Believers in Christ have blessings galore; this is God's promise today,
These spiritual blessings are His love-gift to us; we thank Him and pray.
God is not stingy in giving these things; every blessing is ours to enjoy,
We gladly accept them and earnestly endeavor each one to employ. (RP)

I received the corrected manuscript for my book, and found one more mistake, which I noted on their special correction form. I am hoping this is the last. It has happened several times now, and there must be a glitch in the software system somewhere, because the mistakes are spacing problems. I thought the book would be ready by Christmas, but I hardly see how that is possible now.  Solomon said it best and I will say amen to it: Ecl 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. I have to say however, that I do like studying God's word. Thanks so much for praying. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Don't ever think you are not important; God has a message for you,
Not even transactions are overlooked by Him; look at His point of view.
He even knows how much hair is on our head, so don't be misled.
We are valuable to God, even more than the birds that fly overhead. (RP)

My therapy sessions have ended. She reported that I continue to aspirate food and liquid. I am to continue my home therapies, and if I feel any sickness EVER, whether great or small, get to the doctor. Pneumonia is prominent among those who aspirate. God has preserved me from this, and all are amazed. My left vocal chord is weak, but functioning pretty well.  I even enjoyed trying to sing Sunday at church. I pity those nearby who heard. God is so good. I feel wonderful, and have good health.  I will echo what the apostle Paul wrote many years ago. Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 

Monday, December 10, 2018


In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Psalm 44:8 

Men boast of many things these days, but only one does God allow,
He only is to be revered and all at His feet should bow.
When He is wholly worshiped from the heart, His praises will be on our lips,
And all who belong to Him will seek His help not to make any slips. (RP)

This morning I get the full results of the special FEES study done last week. I will be happy to learn any new things about this that I don't already know. I will report tomorrow, hopefully, on this. Thanks so much for praying

Sunday, December 9, 2018


And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, 
forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Mark 11:25

When we go to the Lord in prayer, our relationship to others should be pure
When we fellowship with them, then our prayers are on track we are sure. 
If per chance you need to forgive any, please do it without hesitation or delay,
Then you know from our Father above that your sins will be forgive that day. 
So walk with the Lord and have all issues resolved between you and your friend,
Victory will be yours always because God is great and upon Him you can depend. (RP)

The manuscript for my next book came back the 4th time for me to make corrections before going to the printer. The correction I made December the 5th and sent to them, they corrected.  All was well and then when I paged through the manuscript, I discovered 9 more spacing errors, made by their employees. These spacing errors were not in the corrected copy I sent back last week, so something is going wrong. I have suspended all activity with the printer until satisfaction is given me about why it is happening. I am so glad the Lord is in charge, so I don't have to worry about it. I had earnestly wished the book could be offered for Christmas, but I see no hope of that now. Thanks so much for praying. 

Saturday, December 8, 2018


Psalm 143:8Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

Lord help me read your Word each day
And learn Your will for me
And make my life so full of you
So others my Savior will see. (RP)

It's God-directed, because He does everything right. I believe this with all my heart. Yesterday I learned that my feeding tube has to be replaced. The defect I described to the person at the Mt. Baker Imaging requires a new tube. They cannot do it now, because the new replacement was made  on November 16,  and it must heal thoroughly before inserting another in the passageway. In the meanwhile, I am supposed to find online, a clamp that will work with the tube. This will allow me to do the feeding and not remove that pesky little stopper multiple times and wear it out. I spent over an hour and haven't found it yet. Last night I improvised one from an office paper clip, using a rubber band to increase the tension. Thanks so much for praying. 

Friday, December 7, 2018


The Lord lives!Blessed be my Rock!Let the God of my salvation be exalted.Psalm 18:46

Our great God lives; we bless His holy name,
We exalt Him and His holy name we proclaim.
Our desire is for others to know Him as we do,
We want the world to know He loves them too.(RP)
Yesterday at my 4 pm feeding, the stopper on the g-tube was difficult to remove. The very small "handle" (flap) used to pull it out, tore off. It is very soft plastic. Fortunately this feeding tube has three ports to it. I removed the stopper from one and with some stretching, was able to have the good one stop the feeding port entrance. Then I carefully removed the defective one and put it in the other. I will consult the specialists to day to see what can be done about it. Thanks so much for praying with me about this. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Colossians 3:16  
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Letting Christ's Word dwell in you, means it must be faithfully obeyed,
His Word in you is a wonderful thing, the finest that can be displayed.
If you do these things God prepares your heart, teaching you how to serve,
With His wisdom in you,you'll help others soon, and they, your life will observe.
Sing spiritual songs with grace in your heart, and the Lord will be honored for sure,
What a joy it is to serve others each day, and the joy that your life is secure. (RP)

It is quite wonderful just to realize what God's word can and will do in our lives, if we will allow it. Please ponder the Bible verse today, and put it to work in your life. You will be amazed. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


In the hustle and bustle of life, let us stop for awhile and just reflect on His name. Can we say from the heart, that the Lord's name is excellent?  Perhaps today we can demonstrate our attitude about this, by the way we live, talk, and act. Thanks for praying. 

Psalm 8:9   O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth  

The Name above all names is the one before us today,
The Lord, mighty in works who does more than we can say.
No other name matches His, and He is our Savior and Lord,
So trust Him and serve Him the rest of your life; He is our great reward. (RP)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


That's what FEES stands for. It was more involved than the normal swallow tests I have done previously. The sophisticated probe that was inserted into my nose, guided by the technician showed clear pictures of my vocal chords which are doing okay. The special shot to improve my voice March 7, 2018, which was supposed to be temporary for three months, is still doing fine. We know WHO is responsible for that. I still am aspirating liquids into my lungs, so that battle never may be won. I have another appointment next Monday. Thanks so much for praying. 
Deuteronomy 6:5   You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength
Total dedication is what God desires, it is plainly stated here,
Half-hearted devotion is no good, it proves you are not sincere.
Serve Him my friend with all your heart, and the strength He has given you,
For this is the path to victory, and God promises He'll see you through. (RP)

Monday, December 3, 2018


Psalms 20:7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Men trust in all sorts of things, as they go through life down here,
And most forget God in the process, and that's why there's so much fear.
Thank God we can trust in the Lord, allowing Him to lead in our lives,
And the one who lets Him lead will always tell you he thrives. (RP)

This morning the speech and swallow therapist will do a FEES study, which includes examining my vocal chords. On March 7, 2018 my voice was only a whisper. With a special shot in one vocal chord, my speech was restored. It was only to be temporary, but I am still speaking. I will report tomorrow what this study reveals. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018


Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God's thoughts of us are warm today, as He thinks of you and me, 
He thinks no evil, but only peace, as He gives this sweet decree.
He has a plan for each of us and will move us gently along,
And by His grace our hope is sure because to Him we belong. (RP)

As we go to Sunday School and church this morning, let us think about the beauty of the Scripture verse today. How blessed to think our Lord is thinking about us. He wants the best for our lives and that we have peace. He knows our future, and wants us to have hope. We have ALL these things in Christ right now. Thanks for praying.

Saturday, December 1, 2018


Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding

Wisdom is free, for all who believe,
Receive it, and always to it cleave.
Wisdom is doing things God's way.
Enjoy it because it will always pay, 

The book I wrote may not be published until after Christmas. I learned that yesterday. I submitted one more correction form, because I found a mistake in line-spacing, by the publisher. We'll see what happens next week. Thanks so much for praying.