Slow Cooker

The Slow Cooker is a staple in my home. I can fix something early, pop it in the pot, then have the whole day while the crock-pot is slowly doing a sterling job. I try to keep my priorities simple like my cooking method, I like to meditate on the Bible, pray and do what I can for folks around here. I know God doesn’t call us all to become missionaries (I should remember to pray for them and their work). Slow and steady, bird by bird, I get things done. Just like my crock-pot!


But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!     …2 Peter 3:8-14


Blessed by a Jealous God!

This morning when I woke my first thought of the day was to thank God for being jealous for me. I’m in awe that this perfect, wonderful God wants me to want Him. He wants us to put Him first, to be our first thought every day and for every thought during the day to be influenced by constant, faithful love for Him. Who wouldn’t want to love and adore God? He gives us everything, just look around at the wonders we see! He is the God of life, and He gives us every chance to know Him. He loves us so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son for our sake. He is the only reason for loving, living and breathing. May He be loved, praised and glorified through us, always and everywhere forever and ever, through Jesus I pray!


Outdoor living

 When you think of “outdoor living” most of us think about patios and kitchens with fabulous BBQ’s, how many think of the homeless? Jesus calls us all to offer hospitality to everyone because he knows what it is like to be without!



And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”   …Matthew 8:20

Heavenly Ukulele Music?

I am reading about a boy who came back from heaven but didn’t like the music he heard as he entered. He was six years old and the music was played on instruments with long strings. I’m guessing harp? It got me thinking about my favorite musical instrument, my ukulele, so I broke it out, dusted it off, found my music sheets and began singing away,  playing all my religious songs with fervor. Yes, I’m reading another great book to make you praise God with a grateful heart. I’m grateful for how remarkable, wise and wonderful this child is. Alex Malarkey is his name and the book is The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Kevin and Alex Malarkey. I’m grateful that no one but God heard me sing. The Uke in the picture is made from a cigar box and sounds great. It is #45 made in Austin, Texas by B Gann.


“Many are the afflictions of the righteous” Psalm 34:19 This family is all of that, and a great example for all of us!

Walk on Water!

Our sermon for this coming Sunday is John 6:16-21, where Jesus walks on water. I have just read a story from Max Lucado’s book  “And The Angels Were Silent” – another must read if you haven’t read it already.


Here is an excerpt from Max Lucado’s book, to whet your appetite!

“One of my favorite stories concerns a bishop who was traveling by ship to visit a church across the ocean. While en route, the ship stopped at an island for a day. He went for a walk on a beach. He came upon three fishermen mending their nets.

Curious about their trade he asked them some questions. Curious about his ecclesiastical robe they asked him some questions. When they found out he was a Christian leader, they go excited. “We Christians!” they said proudly pointing to one another.

The bishop was impressed but cautious. Did they know the Lord’s Prayer? They had never heard of it.

“What do you say then when you pray?”

“We pray, ‘ We are three, you are three, have mercy on us.'”

The bishop was appalled at the primitive nature of the prayer. “That will not do.” So he spent the day teaching them the Lord’s Prayer. The fishermen were poor but willing learners. And before the bishop sailed away the next day, they could recite the prayer with no mistakes.

The bishop was proud.

On the return trip the bishop’s ship drew near the island again. When the island came into view the bishop came to the deck and recalled with pleasure the men he had taught and resolved to go see them again. As he was thinking, a light appeared on the horizon near the island. It seemed to be getting nearer. As the bishop gazed in wonder he realized the three fishermen were walking toward him on the water. Soon all the passengers and crew were on the deck to see the sight.

When they were within speaking distance, the fishermen cried out, “Bishop, we come hurry to meet you.”

“What is it you want?” asked the stunned bishop.

“We are so sorry. We forget lovely prayer. We say ‘Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name…’ then we forget. Please tell us prayer again.”

The bishop was humbled. “Go back to your homes, my friends, and when you pray say, ‘We are three, you are three, have mercy on us.'”