May 29, 2010
I have enjoyed so much the two days I have spent out at the Andouille Festival! It was great! I met a lot of nice people and ran into old friends. Today I met people from CR at Celebration Church in Metairie. I also have a FaceBook friend from another state that is in CR who looked at the pictures I took and commented that their local CR group was looking for something like this to do as an outreach to the community. One of the ladies that did facepainting said some of the little kids were telling her about their problems at home with parents who were alcoholics, drug addicts and some who were abusive. Jacob had the privilege of leading 4 people to the Lord Saturday night! I know that God is going to use this outreach to do great things, to set people free, to further His Kingdom and to bring glory to His Name! Many seeds were planted this weekend. Those seeds will be watered and we WILL see fruit that remains! I am so thankful and so honored to be a part of such a great ministry and to do it with some of the greatest people I know! Thanks to Darren & Nicole for being the best leaders we could ask for!

(Written 10/18/09)



May 29, 2010
Playing ball,
Sweat and dirt don't seem to bother them.
They almost welcome it.
Perpetual motion,
Never-ending energy.
Their heads hit the pillow at night,
But, fighting sleep.

(I wrote this many years ago when my son, who is now 20, was about 6. I was sitting in the bleachers watching him play basketball.)



May 29, 2010
 **I found this on the internet awhile back and saved it. Unfortunately, I just noticed that I didn't include my source. However, I can say that through many years of personal research, I believe this to all be true. Please check into it, for your health and for the health of those you love.**

The giant food corporations have one mission: selling more food and beverage products to consumers. Succeeding with that mission depends on keeping consumers in the dark on certain issues such as the presence of cancer-causing chemicals found in popular food products.

Here are ten things the food corporations, whose products dominate grocery store shelves across the United States and other countries, absolutely do not want you to know.

1. The ingredients listed on the label aren't the only things in the food. Cancer-causing chemicals such as acrylamides may be formed in the food during high-heat processing, yet there's no requirement to list them on the label. Residues of solvents, pesticides and other chemicals may also be present, but also do not have to be listed. The National Uniformity for Food Act, currently being debated in the U.S. Congress, would make it illegal (yes, illegal) for states to require cancer warnings on foods that contain cancer-causing chemicals (such as California's Proposition 65.) See articles on the Food Uniformity Act.

2. Monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is added to thousands of food and grocery products through a dozen different innocent-sounding ingredients, imbalances endocrine system function, disabling normal appetite regulation and causing consumers to keep eating more food. This chemical not only contributes to nationwide obesity, it also helps food companies boost repeat business. See articles on MSG.

3. MSG is routinely hidden in foods in these ingredients: yeast extract, torula yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and autolyzed yeast. Thousands of common grocery products contain one or more of these chemical taste enhancers, including nearly all "vegetarian" foods such as veggie burgers (read labels to check). See Food manufacturers hide dangerous ingredients in everyday foods by using confusing terms on the label.

4. ADHD in children is caused almost entirely by the consumption of processed food ingredients such as artificial colors and refined carbohydrates. Eighty percent of so-called ADHD children who are taken off processed foods are cured of ADHD in two weeks. See articles on ADHD.

5. The chemical sweetener aspartame, when exposed to warm temperatures for only a few hours, begins to break down into chemicals like formaldehyde and formic acid. Formaldehyde is a potent nerve toxin and causes damage to the eyes, brain and entire nervous system. Aspartame has been strongly linked to migraines, seizures, blurred vision and many other nervous system problems. See articles on aspartame.

6. Most food dips (like guacamole dip) are made with hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and monosodium glutamate. Many guacamole dips don't even contain avocados.

7. Plastic food packaging is a potent health hazard. Scientists now know that plastics routinely seep the chemical bisphenol A into the food, where it is eaten by consumers. Cooking in plastic containers multiplies the level of exposure. Bisphenol is a hormone disruptor and can cause breast formation in men and severe hormonal imbalances in women. It may also encourage hormone-related cancers such as prostate cancer and breast cancer. See Plastics chemical bisphenol A found to promote prostate cancer in animal studies.

8. Milk produced in the United States comes from cows injected with synthetic hormones that have been banned in every other advanced nation in the world. These hormones help explain why unusually young teenage girls develop breasts at such a young age, or why hormone-related cancers like prostate cancer are being discovered in unprecedented numbers. In order to protect Monsanto, the manufacturer of hormones used in the industry, the USDA currently bans organic milk producers from claiming their milk comes from cows that were not treated with synthetic hormones. Even organic milk is now under fire as the Organic Consumers Association says Horizon milk products are falsely labeled as organic. See Horizon milk, Wild Oats named in consumer boycott of "false" organic products. (The solution to all this? Drink raw almond milk instead. Make it yourself with a Vitamix, water and a nut milk bag.)

9. Most grocery products that make loud health claims on their packaging are, in reality, nutritionally worthless (like meal replacement shakes, instant chocolate milk, etc.). The most nutritious foods are actually those the FDA does not allow to make any health claims whatsoever: fresh produce. See articles on food labeling.

10. Food manufacturers actually "buy" shelf space and position at grocery stores. That's why the most profitable foods (and hence, the ones with the lowest quality ingredients) are the most visible on aisle end caps, checkout lanes and eye-level shelves throughout the store. The effect of all this is to provide in-store marketing and visibility to the very foods and beverages that promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions now ravaging consumers around the world. See articles on food marketing.

(Written 10/12/09)



May 29, 2010
Recently, the Lord spoke two words to me ~ power and authority. We can look at it two ways. If we (the Church) knew the power that is within us, we would walk in the authority God has given us. At the same time, if we knew the authority we have, we would walk in so much power! When you look up the word power, authority is one of the meanings. Likewise, if you look up the word authority, the word power is one of the meanings. This is no accident!

This is a time when we need to be walking in that power and authority that He has given to us! Yes, I said "He HAS given us"! We already have it! He has already empowered us by the Holy Ghost! It is His Spirit that gives us the power to overcome!

Father, give us (the Church) a revelation of who You REALLY are and who we REALLY are in You, that we may walk in the power and authority that You have already given us and live victorious lives that will win for the Lamb the reward of His suffering and bring You the Glory due Your Name!!!

(Written 10/12/09)



May 29, 2010
Psalm 139:23-24
"23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life."

Jeremiah 17:10
"But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives."

The Holy Spirit guards the entrance to His Presence. We must approach Him with a right spirit. He requires absolute honesty from us when we go before Him. There must be no pretense or deception going into His Presence.

I want to have an unrelenting passion for His Presence like David did ~ a man after God's own heart! I want a pure heart with unselfish motives. I want to be cleansed of everything that hinders communion and intimacy with the Lover of my soul! Lord, search my heart and wash me white as snow!

(Written 9/25/09)



May 29, 2010
Every Saturday, I go with some other ladies to hold a church service at one of the local prisons. When I was first asked to be a part of this a couple of years ago, I thought there was no way this was something the Lord wanted me to do because I wouldn't possibly be able to understand or help the ladies there. I had never used drugs and alcohol or been in any kind of trouble. I didn't think I had anything to offer them! I thought they would think that I could never really understand anything they were going through because I hadn't "been there". I know now that was just the enemy trying to keep me away from there because I DID have something to offer them ~ JESUS!!! The rest didn't matter, anyway! It's all about HIM! It doesn't matter what our background or our current situation is, we ALL need JESUS!

It only took me one time going there and I knew I was supposed to be there! I connected with the ladies immediately! I love them and can't wait to see them every week! There have been times when we were not able to go for different reasons and my heart ached to see them! I think about them every day! I want them to know how much the Lord loves them and that He has a great plan for their lives! Most in that place have no hope for a different life. We offer Hope to them through Jesus! They are being taught how to get their lives back in order and keep them that way! They are being taught how to be a godly wife and mother. They are being taught how to share what the Lord is doing for them with their family and friends when they are released!

The Lord is moving mightily in the prison! The last few weeks have been incredible services where the Presence of the Lord was very tangible and the ladies were crying and repenting! I, once again, am in awe of Him and what He is doing! I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a part of this ministry! I thank God that He allows me to go to the prison and minister to the ladies! I continue to see His faithfulness over and over again! He is Worthy of all the glory we can give Him!

(Written 10/4/09)



May 29, 2010
I watched and I listened
As the words flowed
out of their mouths.
Their pain gripped my heart
like a vise.
So young, so innocent,
yet, so burdened
By life
and the hand it has dealt them.
I try to fight back the tears,
but, ~~~ NO!
I must shed these tears for them!
Their very survival depends on knowing
that someone truly cares about them.
Dear God in Heaven,
Wrap Your loving arms around them
So they will know
How much You love them!
Let them know that You
are only a prayer away!

(I wrote this many years ago, one while in a coffee shop, listening to a high school literary club read their writings. It was incredible ~ a night I will never forget!)



May 29, 2010
He calls himself a Christian and claims to be very proud of his faith, although every bit of information to be found says otherwise. He said that "as one in leadership, he may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if he seeks to pass a law banning the practice, he can't simply point to the teaching of his church or evoke God's will, he has to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of ALL faiths, including those with no faith at all." He does not believe in the Inherent Word of God, spoken from his own mouth! He believes that politics involve COMPROMISE! Yes, compromise the Word of God! He said, "To base our policies on such a thing as God's Word, which must be obeyed completely, is a DANGEROUS thing!" What? Is he serious? He said that "If we were to see Abraham on the roof of this building, raising his knife to Issac, we would, at the very least, call the police and expect the department of social services to come and take Issac away from Abraham because we don't see and hear what Abraham does, so we have to act on what we do know and that is the law! There is some work to do here and I am hopeful that we can bridge the gap that exists and overcome the prejudice. I believe that Americans are tired of seeing religion used as a tool." So, in other words, he believes that government and the laws of the land OVERRULE God's Word! NOT! What is amazing is, this speech I am referring to was made in a church! I can guarantee you, that mockery would never happen in my church! The Presence of God would not allow it! I'd love to know what church he was speaking at! 

He said that if he could talk to Jesus, he would ask Him if he was going "up or down", meaning Heaven or hell. If he was truly a Christian and Jesus was his Lord and Savior, he wouldn't have to ask! He would KNOW his eternal destination was Heaven! That is a comfort and promise we have from God! He also said that the person who made him the proudest of all was his brother Roy, when he converted to Islam! No true Christian would EVER say anything like that! His cousin Odinga is an activist and radical Muslim who wants Sharia Law passed in Kenya, where he is a leader. He is also part of the group of people who were burning Christians alive, trapped inside of churches!

And this, America, is who we call our president!

God bless America ~ and please have mercy on us!!!


1 Timothy 2:1-6
(1) I urge you, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone ~ (2)for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ~ (3) This is good, and pleases God our Savior, ~ (4) Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth. ~ (5) For there is One God and One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, ~ (6) Who gave Himself as a Ransom for all men.

(Written 5/9/10)



May 29, 2010
I have been buying some of my vitamins and supplements for several years from a Christian owned company called Tri-Vita. This is something they teach. They don't just sell vitamins! Just living by these ten guidelines can make a tremendous difference in your life! It has in mine! (comments in parenthesis are from me)

(1) Breathe deeply

(2) Drink water (as per my research, steam distilled is the best ~ it's all I drink))

(3) Sleep peacefully (and enough)

(4) Eat nutritiously (as much raw as possible ~ I'll expound on this in another blog)

(5) Enjoy activity (more activity, more energy ~ gotta start somewhere)

(6) Give and receive love ('nuf said)

(7) Be forgiving

(8) Practice gratitude (give thanks in ALL things)

(9) Develop acceptance

(10) Develop a personal relationship with God (THE ULTIMATE GUIDELINE!!!)

(Written 10/05/09)



May 29, 2010
Hey everyone! I've been wanting to do this for a very long time. I'm not sure exactly what has kept me from writing this ~ probably a combination of things. But, it has been burning in my heart, and the time has come for me to write and share with you the things the Lord has shared with me! My hope for this ongoing blog is to take you on a journey with me to The Secret Place ~ that personal, special, intimate place where man and his Lord and Savior, Jesus, can communicate in a way that is not known in any other dimension! There are deep places in Him, places He has yet to bring us, that He desires to take us to ~ to share the secrets of His heart, to give us revelation, to open the eyes of our understanding ~ to know Him and make Him known! His desire is for us! He longs for a very personal, intimate relationship with each of us! He created us for Himself! There is so much He wants to say to us! We must quiet our busy lives and steal away for some real quiet time alone with Him ~ no distractions, no one else around, no TV, no telephone, no computer, no spouses, no children ~ He wants our undivided attention and He deserves it! I invite you to join me as I endeavor on this journey ~ the journey to the Secret Place with the Lover of our souls!

(Written 9/24/09)


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