God’s Speaking


“God talks to His people—-to each of us—–through His word, through the council of good friends, and through the Holy Spirit.” …Sheila Walsh

Keep a journal of God’s inspirations and your conversations with Him. That’s also prayer!


Prayer 2


God has done everything already! Through His pure love the sins of the entire world have been forgiven. A gift given isn’t complete until it’s been received. So how are you accepting His Sacrifice? When you pray He is listening!



Prayer is our only form of communication with God. We offer up works, tithes, doing things for and with God, but the only way to communicate is through prayer. Sometimes it seems God isn’t listening, so I did some checking up on the subject and found at least six reasons why.

Basically, as my husband would say, “you ain’t doing it right”….

#1. Unconfessed sins in the heart stops communication. We can’t hide anything from God. He sees it all. So fess up! “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (Isaiah 59:2); King David agreed. “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18).

#2. Living in the flesh and not in the Spirit. When our sinful desires of the flesh overcome our desire to please God in the Spirit, we run amuck. “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13).

#3. Living selfishly, unconcerned about the needs of others. He’s not gonna listen! Would you want to listen to someone who only cared about themselves and talked about themselves – big yawn?  So, Jesus taught us to  pray, “Yet not my will, but thy will be done” (Luke 22:42). “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3).

#4. Unforgiveness is detrimental to communication with our Lord. We really can’t expect Him to listen to us when we hold hatred , anger or any form of animosity in our hearts. Forgive anyone anything if you want to talk to God and have a real conversation. Holding grudges closes communication with Him and embitters the heart. It makes people nasty, horrible and joyless. Why hold onto it? Let it go! This is a favorite parable of mine. “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him.  In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’  Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded.  But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.  Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’  Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” (Matthew 18: 23-35). Thank you Lord for making this important lesson so clear we can all understand.

#5. Doubt of any kind will sabotage communication. I read earlier today about the man who brought his ailing possessed son to Jesus and asked “If you can cure my son”. Our Lord’s response was brilliant! He looked back at him and repeated his words. “If I can cure your son!” Wow, where is the faith in that – of course, Jesus pulled out of the man what he saw in his heart. All I can say is thank you God for reading our hearts! So my plan is to toss out any doubt.

#6. Discord at home is very bad for communication with God. When spouses are disrespectful to each other there is little peace in the home and no happiness. That has to be fixed first. I believe a prayer for insight and a display of gratitude towards the spouse and thanksgiving to God for your partner is essential.

Okay, these are some my thoughts on the subject of prayer although most are input and guidance from fellow Christians on the internet. Because who wouldn’t like to be more prayerful?

We just got back from church and the readings were on prayer. Specifically how to pray. Again as my husband would say “there is no such thing as coincidence”


What Jesus Does for Me

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All I did for Jesus; was give up TV.

In a dream I heard a voice that was mocking me;

The evil one announced; “I should do what the guy on TV does!”

I awoke and said “No!”;

I should do what Jesus does; He’s my Lord and Saviour.

I should do what Jesus does; He’s my example for behaviour.

I should do what Jesus does; He’s my Path and Guide.

I should do what Jesus does; He’s the Rock at my side.

I should do what Jesus does; He is mine today.

I should do what Jesus does; He teaches me to pray.

I should do what Jesus does; Read His Word, live His love.

I should do what Jesus does; He is my God who Reigns Above.

I should do what Jesus does; He is my Lord and King.

I should do what Jesus does; He is my everything.

I should do what Jesus does; He’s my Guiding Light.

I should do what Jesus does; I should stand for what is right!

I should do what Jesus does; and listen to His voice; TV takes away from prayer and meditation.

God gives us the choice!


My Refuge


Things go wrong. Plans don’t go as planned. Life throws you a curve ball. To be more specific – the children you raise may very well part from your example and instruction. They break your heart in the process.

Proverbs 22:6. Train up a child in the way he should go; Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
This is not a promise. It is a hope of every Christian parent. However, with television in this world it’s becoming less and less a possibility. New technology seems straight from somewhere other than heaven. Progressive teaching seems so backward that you might as well send your children to the Fagin School of ethics. But my title says it all. Even in what seems like a daily midnight we have a Refuge. His name is Christ Jesus. He is with us 24/7. When everything seems hopeless He is there listening and consoling us. All we need to do is make quiet time to share with Him. Turn off the phone, throw out the TV, and go to a quiet private spot. Tell Him everything. Listen in this peaceful oasis for His response.

Serving it up Nicely!


It’s a challenge and an honor to serve in a volunteer fire department.  As treasurer my job is to see that the people here in Arroyo City are being served. We receive funds from good hard working people who deserve their money to be used prudently and with only one important consideration. To protect them and their property.

Everyone in the department has great ideas about what we need to do for the community. I can’t thank them enough. We truly have dedicated self sacrificing individuals. Sometimes I feel heavy handed in dealing with them. I admit to being tightfisted when it comes to spending my community’s money. So I read an article by my favorite writer here and the insight I gained is this: Following Jesus’ example in order to lead as a Christian I should be serving them all – my fellow firefighters as well as my town. Jesus is the best guide.

This is an excerpt from Beejai “THE RIVER WALK”   I have also had plenty of time since then to watch how others lead. I have noticed that the less secure someone is in who they are, the harder they try to assert whatever authority they think they have. Effective leaders rarely have to remind others who is in charge. Instead they are always looking for ways to serve, develop, and empower others. They don’t have to grasp for power. They don’t have to insist on titles. They simply serve, and people line up to follow them. The disciples were constantly bickering about who was the best or the greatest. Jesus knew He was the answer to this question. So He simply grabbed a towel and started washing. It wasn’t so much the physical act that we need to emulate, it was his ability to find a need and fill it. It was his heart that constantly sought to bring out the best in others that we need to learn. If we want to lead like Jesus, then we need to learn how to serve.”

God Is So Good!

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When I am anxious and can’t sleep I go to the same place. I close my eyes and picture Jesus sitting by a river much like the river I live on here in Texas. The difference is the bank goes directly to the water, it’s grassy and soft and it’s a bug free environment. Anyone living in South Texas knows bug free we ain’t. Anyway He is sitting wearing a perfectly white jalabiyyah (seamless collarless gown) skipping rocks in the placid water. The sky is blue and peace abounds. He always invites me to sit next to Him and in this place He calms all my fears and quiets my soul. All I can think is God is so Good, He’s so good  to me.

I took this picture of the Nile in Egypt. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being murdered and attacked in their churches there!