Monday, December 31, 2012


Today, I was reminded of those of us who wait until things are better, semi good, etc to tell others and to believe—to know-- ‘life is good”.

Today, we are still lacking things—not just things we want, but things we need such as a vehicle, insurance, a steady income, etc

Today, I cried like a baby, while talking to my mama b/c I needed to go to a doctor and was worrying about where the finances for that (and meds) would come from.

Today, I was encouraged by my mama’s words, love and understanding.

Today, I am blessed to have a lover/husband who has loved me for 29 and one half years of marriage and four years of dating.

Today, I am grateful for our sons, though not perfect, they are awesome. They still kiss me and tell me they love me.

Today, I’m thankful for a future daughter in law who loves our son, puts up with his brothers, and ‘fits’ into our family.

Today, I’m appreciative of parents (mother in law included here) who help in any way they can with compassion and love.

Today, I am indebted to family and friends who pray for us on a consistent basis and know that hard times and ‘storms’ do not mean Father God is angry with us or that we are doing anything wrong.

Today, though diagnosed with bronchitis (on top of other health issues) my spirit was healed as Abba whispered, “Have faith, I am here.”

Today, I am wise enough to know, despite it’s problems, difficulties, and trials, life is good—not just any life—MY life.  Yep, my life is good.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Youth told to get a job

As I said in my status, this is my opinion/response to something said. You are free to comment as long as you are nice, respectful and not attempting to start a debate.
So a few months ago, a youth asked if our boys were going on an upcoming youth trip. My reply was that it was too expensive and that I wish there were things planned that didn't cost money. NOTE: at this point all activities outside of Wed. night and Sundays have had some expense attached. Anyway, a man who was not even in the converstation jumped in, looked at our youngest and pretty much shouted "Get a job!". Really? Another man echoed him. I didn't say anything then because (as those of you who know me understand) it wouldn't have been nice at all. So here's my response. 
1) No youth/student should have to get a job in order to be a part of youth/church activities.
  2) By the time our youngest arrives home from school, gets what needs to be done here completed, does homework, etc, it's time for bed. Not to mention that he has no  drivers license and would have to be driven to and from any job he might be able to get. He is gone daily from 6:40 a.m until at least 3:40 p.m to school--just to school.  More importantly, no student youth shold have to get a job in order to be part of youth activities.
3). The comment was rude, insensative, unchristian, and non compassionate.  Many (MANY) parents and youth are unable to even get a job these days. Some are actually disabled or have a disability that doesn't allow them to 'get a job'.  Maybe it's an invisible disability/illness"--one that can't be seen but is there just the same.  They struggle to just survive.  And just as important, NO youth/student should have to get a job in order to part of youth/church activities
4) There are many FREE activities that youth/students can do as well as adults who are willing to help 'brainstorm' and carry through with those activities.  Many are willing to donate items, food, etc.   And just as important, NO youth/student should have to get a job in order to part of youth/church activities.
5) Personally, I don't believe churches should charge for any activity they do.  Churches are here to minister, to encourage, to include, to advance the Kingdom, etc, NOT to leave people out because of lack of funds.  And of course, there's the fact that  NO youth/student should have to get a job in order to part of youth/church activities.
Note that our church will assist with those youth who can not afford to do activities.   However, aside from the fact I have mentioned many times, there are students who don't want to have to ask for assistance for every activity, they don't want to be the ones who are helped each time (and despite 'discretion' it is always known who gets financial help and who doesn't.  Intentional or not, it's 'spread oround'.)  and again, churches shouldn't be charging money to fellowship, minister, grow spiritually, etc. 
A couple of  last thoughts, instead of discouraging our youth (or anyone for that matter), making them uncomfortable or embarrassed, we, as a church, should be encourging, helping, caring, and looking for ways to 'shine'.   Abba desires for us to 'build up', not 'tear down', to help the body, not 'cut them off'.  Money should not be the reason why a youth/student (or again anyone for that matter) is unable to be a part of the body. 

 Why not get the youth/students to put off montly/seasonal activites that are just for them and have them collect things for 'the least of these'? Why not have them be a physical part of taking collected items to others? Why not let them take the focus off themselves and entaining themselves and put the focus on helping others? Why not let them help others who can't just go out and 'get a job'.  Youth are intelligent, creative and willing to 'go'.  Sometimes, they just need a helping hand--we all do.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Elf--What's does it have to do with Christians?

We did our last Bible Study on the first part of the movie elf.  The topic dealt most with identity (since Buddy realized he really didn't know who he was) and spiritual gifts and talents. This is a quick summary if you are interested.
  We discussed Leon's statement to Buddy: "This might be a golden opportunity to find out who you really are." in terms of our own golden opportunities to discover who we are in Christ and how to use our identity to help the least of these in our community.
The elves had a code.
The Code of Elves is:
1) Treat every day like Christmas
2)There's room for everyone on the nice list
3)The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
We asked does this code have anything to do with 'Christians'? How or why not?
Then I had the group come up with their own Code of Christians.  I'd already written one and we compared.
Their code:
1) Love God (Mark 12:30)
2) Love People (Mark 12: 31)
3) Be agreeable (1 Peter 3:8)
4) Be Fishers of Men (Matthew 4:18)
My Code of Christians:
1) Love God with everythink you have (Mark 12:30)
2) Love others like you love yourself and treat the the way you want to be treated. (Mark 12:31)
3) Shine (Matthew 5:14-16)
We read Galatians 2:20 asking How does this help our understanding of our identiy in Christ and what does it have to do with our Code of Christians?
Buddy felt he didn't have any talents.  We read scripture and discussed talents and spiritual gifts (not the same ) and Father God's expectation of us for using our gifts, talents, skills and passions---how we could use those to advance the Kingdom and help our community,.
Lastly, we discussed two important scenes the first being where Papa said Buddy could expect a few difficulties being a human in a elf's world.  If we find our identity in Christ and use our spiritual gifts, talents, etc to advance The Kingdom, then we can expect a few difficulties ourselves as Light in a dark world.  How we deal with those difficulties (esp in light of our code) is of the utmost importance.
The second was when Buddy found out his dad was on the naughty list.  He was devasted.  Can you imagine how Father God feels when we are 'on the naughty list'?  When we don't express our faith in love (Galatians 5:6)? When it is not evident that our identity is found in Christ?
We ended with a challenge to remember who we are, to use our spiritual gifts, talents, skills, and passions to advance The Kingdom and help the least of these and to live up to our code.
Next Thursday, we'll skip ahead some in the movie and continue our study.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amazing Guy

The written words are in German but the spoken words are English.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Attention Parents.

The below was copied from Traffic911 on fb.  This is important info for any parent of young children and teens (esp females).
Parents, listen to this detective and watch what photos your kids are posting. We see so many young girls on facebook and other sites posting provocative photos. What happens to victims of this crime is horrific and any child can become a victim.

"So what kind of victims do gang members look for online? Detectives said any girl who is showing a little too much skin could be a cry for attention and may end up attracting the wrong audience: gang members."

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012


You see, I know that Abba allows things to happen. I also know that everything that happens is NOT His will.  He gives us free choice and b/c of that free choice, our lives and others lives are affected.  We need to always keep that in mind as we go about our daily lives.  Let us not put on God what was not His desire.

Why this thought process.  We (my husband and I) had a trip planned.  We believed the mechanic who said he'd have our bike (motorcycyle) fixed in time for the trip..on Monday b/4 we were to leave for two days on Wed.  The next thing we know, it'll be Wed. p.m. Though we waited til after midnight, and were told it was fixed, it wasn't. We took it back and back again.  We thought we'd have to skip the trip or make it a day trip. Finally, on Sat. we left about 2:00 on a day trip.  As Abba would have it, we actually found a very cheap hotel to stay in (it was semi clean and a place to lay our heads) and came back the next day.  It was a MUCH needed 'get away' from the daily problems and issues we face. Thanking Abba for allowing us free choice, but for also allowing us our trip despite others free choice to lie, manipulate and deceive. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

A reminder from Abba.  He takes care of the birds; He'll take care of me. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

ann kiemel: when life happens to us,things we never expect or...

I have all of Ann Kiemel Anderson's books.  Her words touched me in a way many others could not.  I have many highlighted parts in each book.  Today, Ann's life is so different, and yet she is still a warrior princess.  Just wanted to share her latest post.
ann kiemel: when life happens to us,
things we never expect or...
: when life happens to us, things we never expect or prepare for, just do the right thing. a baby? we are not married. have big dreams. ...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Love seeing the birds in our backyard. 

Brave and Mom Appreciation Day

So my guys decided to have "Mom Appreciation Day'. They use to have Teacher Appreciation Day when I was home schooling them. But last year (2010-2011 school year) was my last year of home schooling. They took me to see Brave; which I'd been wanting to see. They even ended up enjoying it themselves. I mean it has a fiesty princess, horses, and black bears. What's not to like about it?

They were going to take me out to eat, but I wasn't really hungry after all that popcorn so we went to Wal-mart to pick up a few things and then back home to watch t.v. together and just laugh and talk. We may eat out tomorrow and we may just save the money. It was a great and sweet surprise; priceless and filled me with joy.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Tae Kwon Do/karate

Chatsworth woman earns black belt despite limitations
by Trannon Goble
Chatsworth resident Elizabeth Doss received her black belt in karate at age 50. If that isn’t remarkable enough, she did it after nine years out of practice. If you’re still not impressed, Elizabeth also suffers from a rare disease that is even more rare in women called Ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Diagnosed with the disease at age 22, Elizabeth says that she suffers from a variety of conditions that are effects of the disease. “I am constantly in pain. Even doing laundry hurts,” said Doss.

Ankylosing Spondylitis is an autoimmune disease that affects the tendons, joints, ligaments and sometimes the organs. “A normal night of sleep for me isn’t normal,” said Doss. “I may sleep for 50-60 minutes and get up.” This happens off and on every night.

Though Doss suffers pain and inflammation in her joints, insomnia, fatigue and back problems; this did not stop her persistence to achieve her dream - to become a black belt.

Elizabeth handles her problems through prayer and exercise rather than prescription medication. “I may take some super Tylenol, but that’s about it,” said Doss.

Doss received her 1st Gup belt from United Karate Studio in Ringgold where she and her husband, Stephen, and their three sons took martial arts. But after a nine year break she began another year of training with Christ Centered Martial Arts in Dalton, where she finally received her Black Belt. Doss credits her success to her faith in and help from God, as well as having understanding and patient Senseis at CCMA.

Stephen was concerned for her, “I was concerned that she wouldn’t be careful enough,” but he supported her in her efforts. He has since stepped away, but she has continued and will continue and she even hopes to start a new class to help others like herself. “I would like to see a class for those people who have limitations,” said Doss. “If I can do it anyone can.”

Regardless of her progressive condition and persistent pain, Elizabeth feels that she is blessed and will continue to push herself. “I have A.S., but it doesn’t have me!,” said Doss.

For more information on CCMA call 706-483-0007 or check out their website:

Read more: Chatsworth Times - Chatsworth woman earns black belt despite limitations