Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Niece Time

This weekend we got some niece time!  Love our niece, Nessa Mae who drove all the way from L.A. by herself - through the desert, after work (barefoot, uphill, no gas in her car . . . just kidding), just to spend some time with us.  Then turned around and drove back to L.A., encountering car problems, hitchhiking till someone helped her and finally making it home late at night only to head into work early the next day.  What a gem!!  We treasure each moment with her, knowing that her call is to the nations with Frontier Missions and our time with her is limited.
Of all her cousins - Destiny has mannerisms and ways of acting that resemble Nessa Mae the most :-)  

Simeon & Nessa Horsing Around 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!  The most wonderful Father of all is our heavenly Father.  So thankful that if we had a dad who was dreadful (not my dad) or no dad at all, we have a heavenly Father who's love is great towards us (Psalm 117).  Yesterday we celebrated some of our favorite "Desert Dude Dad's". :-)  It was almost 120 degrees in beautiful Arizona and we fired up the BBQ and tried to cool the pool down and made a fun day of delicious food, swimming, movies and games.  Thankful for such amazing men, raising beautiful children and carrying God's heart for their families . . . I made them pose for a picture :-)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grace as Justice

Today I am putting together an article for the next issue of "Grace As Justice".  As I read through the last issue's articles, I am moved by the fight for justice so many organizations are taking on.  If you read my last blog for XP Missions, I defined JUSTICE from my friend, Jennifer, as "taking up the cause for restoration of every violation of Love.  Taking the wrong and making it right".  

If you have heard of child sex trafficking, child soldiers, human trafficking, child/slave laborer, etc. but would like to hear more real life stories or articles of what others are doing to combat these gross injustices and taking up the cause for every violation of Love, check out this on-line magazine:
http://graceasjustice.com/    I believe it will be well worth your time.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Justice, Obedience & Unity

I wrote the following article for XPMissons Blog Today . . .

Commanded Blessing  
Justice, Obedience & Unity                

Where does God command His blessing?  What kind of people receive God’s blessings?  Here are a few scriptures that invite us to a walk of justice, a journey through obedience and contending for unity, because this is the kind of lifestyle that liberates God’s blessing. 

Follow link to continue reading . . .

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!  I love being a mother!  Of course it has it's moments of grey hair, drama and craziness, but it is one of my bucket list, heart longings, deepest cravings, that have been fulfilled in my lifetime.  Now I'm looking forward to being a grandma. :-)  

I woke up this morning to my son waiting for me and wanting to wish me happy mother's day as the rest of the house sat sleeping.  He was intent on getting up before me to start my day right, and soon after my foster daughter texting affirming my attributes in her life.  So precious!    Then both Destiny and Simeon wrote me poems for mother's day.  I love them!  Here are pictures of my treasured poems.

As my daughter, Destiny, is now in high school, it seems like every moment together becomes more and more sacred.  I realize I only have a few years left with her (and the others) living at home.  Sometimes I wish I could build small apartments onto my house and they stay forever, other times I am looking forward to the "leaving the nest" stage.  Ha! :-)   This past week, my daughter begged for a date night with me (as she was sick with strep throat/flu and missed a few days away with me in Phoenix at an event).  So, I cleared the evening, packed a small overnight bag and headed down (about 150 feet away) to our Casita to have a girls-night-out.  We snuggled up to a movie and popcorn and talking.  Life is rich when your high school daughter is begging for time with you.  I know these days are precious and so I honor them as gifts to me.

This morning Patricia King released this prophetic word and I would like to share it with all mothers and women. I love the life God puts inside of us as Releasers of Life and carriers of the breath of His Spirit . . .

May 14, 2017

Women of God Arise! You are “Life givers” – “Releasers of life”! I have anointed and appointed you to create life and impart life in everything that you do. And everywhere you go. Everything you touch and give your attention to can receive My life because you are My Life-giver. You are My releaser of Life. In this season you will see Me do exceedingly abundantly above all you could ask or think.
The dreams and visions you have being carrying in the womb of your heart that appeared dead with no breath or hope in them, will in this season arise with the breath of My resurrection life because you are a Life-giver. You are a releaser of Life. You will speak to dry bones and they will come to life. You carry the breath of My Spirit… My love. You are a life-giver. You are a releaser of Life.
You will give birth to God-given mandates and divine assignments that will be filled with life and fruitfulness for the glory of God. You will give birth to things that do not yet exist because you are a Life-giver. You are a releaser of Life.
Life-giving, Life-releasing women will rise up in the nations in this hour and they will do exploits that touch every sphere of society. Yes, a great company of women who proclaim My Life-producing, Life-imparting gospel will arise and give voice to My wisdom, power, and purposes. Many women will be anointed with evangelism callings and will give birth to great harvests in the nations.
The older women and the younger women together will give birth. Do not say, “I am too old to bear a child or I am past child-bearing years so I cannot give birth”. Did I not fill Sarah’s womb with a God-appointed son? Did I not fill the womb of Elizabeth with a prophet whose words are remembered and settled for eternity? Even as they gave birth to significant divinely appointed sons in their older years so it is that many women in their latter years will give birth to significant Kingdom ministry assignments. The younger women also will arise even as I filled Mary with the Savior of the World, I will impregnate the younger women of this generation with destiny calls and mandates that will transform culture. The younger women will carry wisdom from above – wisdom that is beyond their years of experience. They will be Life-givers. They will be releasers of Life!
These birthings will come forth through intimacy with Me. In the secret place of My presence they will be impregnated with calling and purpose according to My will.
You are a Life-giver. You are a releaser of Life. This is what you were created for!
~ Patricia King

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Never Abandoned By God

I wrote this blog for XP Missions and thought I would share it with you.  It's a little after Easter and this was what was stirring in my heart through the Easter season.


Matthew 27:45-46   From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.  About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
This verse has been on my mind for a couple weeks along with this verse . . .
Hebrews 13:5 “Be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ ”
I’ve been deeply touched these last few weeks by the truth that Jesus was rejected so I could be accepted. When Jesus bore the sin of the world, Father God had to turn away, as He is a Holy God and sin cannot be in His presence. Jesus took the sin of the world for us and bore the “forsaking” of His Father so that we could have Hebrews 13 – “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” 
When we surrender our life to the Lordship of Jesus, this is our promise. When God looks at me, he sees Jesus, the pure and sinless one – who became the atonement for my sin.
When we look at the brokenness of the world around us and those who are suffering, at times it can feel overwhelming; but this is a simple promise for us to hold on to . . . God said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 
The Psalmist says in Psalms 27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake (abandon) me, the Lord will receive me (take me in – hold me close).”
Next time we think about all that Jesus purchased for us as well as those we minister to in missions, in His death and resurrection (freedom from sin, sickness, poverty, etc.) we can include a life that is never abandoned by God. In this, we can rest.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mention of Your Name

Once-in-awhile I like to share some of my favorite songs with you.  I absolutely love this song.  Whenever it starts to play, my world stops, and I lose myself in the truths found in His name ~ JESUS!  Just the whisper of His name can silence so many swirls . . .

Video Clip:  "Mention of Your Name"

Friday, April 21, 2017

The In-Between Times

"We find it so interesting that God didn't tell Moses ahead of time about the forty-year period of the wilderness.  In essence God told him, 'I'll take you out, and I'll lead you in.'  It was the in-between time that God didn't explain.  There are times He doesn't fill in the blanks; He simply leads you to an in-between place and keeps yo there until Christ's life and nature emerges from within you.  He reaches His loving hands into the substance of your inner nature and squeezes, forms, and shapes you into a replica of Christ.  He will use the in-between place to do His great work of shaping you into the beautiful image of His Son."  ~ Brian & Candice Simmons

Oh so true!  Reminds me of the quote, "Until God opens the next door or you, praise Him in the hallway."  If you find yourself in a hallway or in-between place today, let praise echo through the chambers.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Jesus said,  "It is finished."  With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.  ~ John 19:30 

Jesus said, "It is finished!"   May I not try to complete what He already finished for me!  So thankful today for Jesus' death and resurrection and everything He purchased for us!  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Successful Parent Tips

Squished in the back seat of our jalopy last night on the way to get an ice-cream cone :-)  
I read this tips from Kris Vallotton this morning and loved them.  They are practical, real tips for being a successful parent that I have seen to be tried and true:  http://krisvallotton.com/15-tips-to-be-a-successful-parent/

  1. Be consistent. Parenting shouldn’t depend on your mood. Make sure your kids can count on the same outcomes no matter how you feel. For instance, if your kid is screaming for candy in the store and one day you are tired so you give it to them, you just taught your child that if they throw a fit, eventually they will get their way.
  1. Don’t yell. If your voice has to escalate before you finally act, then you are teaching your kids that you don’t mean what you say until the volume of your voice reaches a certain pitch. Your delayed response also sends a message that they should listen to you because you are angry, not because you have their best in mind.                       Read More . . .

Thursday, March 30, 2017

7 Days For The Family

I love what Axis partnering with the Ziglar Family, is doing to empower and equip the Family Unit.  I so appreciate anything that helps us be stronger families.  Here is a Free 7-Day event that comes right into your email inbox.  Easy!  Click on the link below for more information.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Generations

Today I've been asked to sit on a Panel and discuss the Generations.  Thankfully, I am rocking it with two of my favorites Ellie & Ryeo - could get silly! :-)  So, if you are in the area, come out and join us tonight.

But seriously, in praying and thinking about the generations, I made a declaration and thought I would share it with you.  Feel free to join me in declaring this over the generations before and behind . . .

Generation Declaration               

The Lord sits enthroned forever and His name, endures forever, His renown through all generations.  How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders!  His kingdom; His dominion endures from generation to generation.  His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation. 

God, thank you that Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.  You, Lord, are trustworthy in all your promises and faithful in all you do.  Your plans stand firm forever and the purposes of your heart through all generations.  For you, Lord are good and your love endures forever and your faithfulness continues through all generations. 

I decree and declare, our children will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before You, Lord.  Our children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed of the Lord.  One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.  They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty and meditate on your wonderful works.  They tell of the power of your awesome works and proclaim your great deeds.  They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. 

You said, “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you." You said, “The days are coming,  when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.”          I decree and declare that day has come!  The Lord, God Almighty as made a new covenant through the blood of Jesus!  An everlasting covenant for the generations to come!        Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant!  Jesus has broken down every dividing wall.  For in Christ Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near through His blood.   For he himself is our peace, and has destroyed every barrier.  For through Him we have access to the Father by one Spirit.  Christ Jesus is our chief cornerstone.  In Him, every generation is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in Him, we are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. 

I decree and declare, the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, is now disclosed to you.  The glorious riches of this mystery, is Christ in you, the hope of glory!  For you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to the Lord, that you will show the praises of Him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light!  The Lord will make you an everlasting pride and the joy of all generations.  You will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; You will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. 

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever!  Amen.  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Be Missional

Here is my new blog post for XP Missions. Thanks for reading . . .


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An Esther call to Action Continued . . .

By Lou Engle and Dean Briggs

As if from nowhere, the Holy Spirit caught us all by surprise, unleashing a sovereign national strategy that simply caught fire. No one saw it coming; it was like the silver sound of a trumpet on the inside. Suddenly, Heaven was talking to everyone. We began receiving reports from all over the world, from leaders around the nation and the world: “We’re doing the Esther Fast with you!” Diverse ministries, prayer networks, churches and denominations. A woman in Antarctica joined the Esther Fast. The Church spontaneously synchronized in purpose and prayer in response to a summons among witches worldwide to curse the President of United and his cabinet. No one but the Lord of Hosts could have mustered this force, this fast.

What happened? Just a few days ago, from March 8-11, leading up to the Jewish holiday of Purim (celebrating Esther’s daring leadership in the deliverance of the Jews from total annihilation), women and men across the earth entered into a 3-day of fasting and fervent intercession to break the power of that witchcraft and the operation of death in our land.

Like Esther, the Body of Christ “put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace…and when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court…the king extended to Esther the golden scepter in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter” (Est. 5:1-2).

Monday, March 13, 2017

These are a few of my favorite things . . .

Eve's Public Commitment to Jesus
Words Being Prophesied & Shared Over Eve

One of my favorite things, is people coming into a relationship with Jesus and then sharing their new found faith and commitment through baptism.  This is our second baptism in two months, of dear ones close to our heart making commitments to Jesus.  This one happened to be extra special because it was in our pool.  :-)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Esther Fast Continued . . .

Esther Fast Video

Blogger Friends - Would love to have you join me in fasting and praying to Jesus for the United Sates and our President these next three days (till sundown Saturday).  Below are some prayer directives from Lou Engle . . .
Today we fast.

All of you have said yes to something far greater than yourselves.  Far greater than anything any of us could ever accomplish on our own.  We are about to appeal the courts of heaven for a higher solution, a true Jesus revolution.  What an honor it is to do this together with thousands from across the nation.   Below you will find our primary prayer targets for the next three days.

1) Pray for the Reversal of Roe v. Wade 
  • That it would be exposed as a modern-day death decree - Esther 3:9
  • Pray for the shifting of the U.S. Supreme Court to turn this and other unjust laws
  • Pray for those who have had abortions to be healed and restored and to become voices for life
  • Pray for the courts of the land- that God would raise up righteous judges. "He brings one down, he exalts another" Ps 75:7
2) Pray for the breaking of the power of witchcraft against President Trump 
  • “I am the Lord, Maker of all things… Causing the omens of boasters to fail, Making fools out of diviners” Is 44:24-25 
  • Pray for Mordecais that will protect the King and turn the whole tide of history - Esther 2:22 
  • Pray for agents of wickedness to be exposed and removed from their positions - Esther 7
  • Pray that Christians would repent of any alignment with darkness in their attitudes and words towards those in authority
3) Pray that the rising tide of anti-semitism would be restrained 
  • That those inciting and participating in violence and unrest would be stopped  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3 Day Fast For Our Nation

Lou Engle, the founder and leader of TheCall has called the nation to rally together in the midst of the current Ekballo Fast during what he believes is a critical 3 day window from sundown on Wednesday evening, March 8th through the evening of Saturday, March 11th. He, along with many other leaders in the body of Christ, such as Cindy Jacobs and Beni Johnson are beginning to rally their networks for a three day Esther Fast in response to the current crisis in our nation among it's leaders.  

Try as we might, it's almost impossible to hide from the current climate in America.  This election season, lifted a veil of sorts and has shown us all

Friday, February 24, 2017

Yes & Amen Blessing

(Video:  Yes & Amen - Pat Barrett & Bethel Redding)

This song (above) is one of our favorite songs we sing right now.  Recently my daughter was asking me what exactly does it mean when we say God's promises are "Yes and Amen"?  So, I began to share with her the thousands of promises in scripture that as a new covenant believer, are ours because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us.  If God blesses Abraham one way, we can receive that promise "YES" for us!  If God speaks in the Psalms of a blessing to King David, we can say "AMEN" (so be it) for us!

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:20

If you are born again, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1).  We partake of these blessings inside of Jesus by BELIEVING them.  Jesus gave us EVERYTHING we need for life (2 Peter 1).  In Deuteronomy 28, the Bible lists blessings that come from obeying God and your performance as an Old Testament believer.  When Jesus died and rose again he purchased EVERYTHING for life and godliness, therefore, the Deuteronomy 28 blessings are ours by faith in Jesus. On the flip side, there are also "Curses" in Deuteronomy 28, and the Bible says that JESUS redeemed us (rescued us) from the curse, by becoming a curse for us (Galatians 3).  Every sickness, every disease, every curse Jesus has redeemed for us and turned it to blessing - we just have to believe it and receive it!  Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Testament Commandments on our behalf and now we receive them, through faith and trusting in Jesus.  The New Testament believer has faith in Jesus who did everything right, on our behalf.  We get the blessing through HIS obedience and HIS performance.

Friday, February 3, 2017


This is a blog post I wrote for XP Missions on one of the places in life I am challenged lately . . .


Is not this the fast that I have chosen; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every (enslaving) yoke?
Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house – when you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from (the needs of) your own flesh and blood?
Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring  forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you (conducting you to peace and prosperity), and the glory for the Lord shall be your rear guard . . . And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.
And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones.  And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.      ~ Portions of Isaiah 58 (Amplified)

This portion of scripture has been challenging me lately.  Sometimes we think that when everything is in order, we are feeling super anointed, our careers are stable, we have a bigger house,  our ministry or our families are perfect, and all provision is available, THEN we can minister to the needs of those around us.  I’m fascinated by this portion of Isaiah 58 where it talks about “dividing YOUR bread with the hungry and bringing the homeless poor into YOUR house.”  Also, “And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry.”  This infers that it is not out of your bounty, savings account or surplus, but out of that place of “here is what is in my hand,” “here is what is sustaining me.”  Giving out of right where we currently are, whether well fed or hungry.   I love it when I see and hear stories from my family and friends of how they have opened up their lives and homes to those in need.  Now, of course this must be governed by the leading of Holy Spirit, but I love the stories where Holy Spirit leads and there is a good and fruitful outcome.  The Bible even talks about us entertaining angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2). 

I love how XP Missions is continually guided by the Lord in their rescue of women and children, feeding those in need, educating and coming alongside those who are hurting.  I love how they go after wickedness and dark places and set the oppressed free.  In prayer and in practical demonstration.  I love how they have shared their bread and clothed the naked.

In this area I am challenged continually.  This Christmas, a lady stopped by my house (while I was away), and spoke to my husband.  She wanted to know if our guest house was available for her to stay in.  She was in crisis and looking for a place to stay.  When, my husband told her our guest house was in use, she said it would be no problem for her to stay on some property she owned in our region in her newer truck with her dogs. At the time, our foster kids where here and we had divided the kids up into the guest house to sleep.  It was almost Christmas day and we were full-blown in the festivities of the season.  My husband had me call her back and I explained to her that our children were staying in our guest house and I would not be comfortable with a stranger staying with them.   She said she was a school teacher, grandchildren of her own and she totally understood.  She would be fine staying in her truck. 

I was disturbed as the nights were in the 30’s and it was cold.  I would drive down to where I thought she was staying at night and could not find her, so I would pray for her.  I could not shake feelings of great concern for her, so my husband and I decided to offer her our office.  It had the space for a cot and we have a very comfortable large couch in the office, private French doors and it was warm.  This would put her right in the middle of our lives over the Christmas season.  I must admit, I was not comfortable with a stranger spending Christmas with us, as we are more of a private family.  My kids were not happy about the situation, but I could not shake the need to reach out to her.  So, I called her and offered our office to her, as it was warm and comfortable and access to a bathroom.  She graciously declined and said she was fine.

I continued to have a lack of peace surrounding thoughts of her.  I walked over to her property and could not see her truck from the road, so I prayed for her.  I kept asking the Lord what I could do for her.  Then I remembered our pool bath.  So, I called her back and told her that since she was camping if she wanted to use the bathroom and shower, she could have our pool bath during her stay.  I never did hear back from her.  I figured she must have returned to her family and spent Christmas with them. 
We celebrated Christmas, thankful for warm and cozy family time. After the first week in January, I got a call from a neighbor sharing that there had been a death on our road, a lady had been found with a truck and dogs. I was in meetings when I got the call, I left the meeting with my heart sinking and tears filling my eyes.  This had to be “her”.  I called my husband and he began to research.  I called the police detectives and left a messages.  Was it a homicide?  Suicide?

We confirmed that this was indeed the woman who had stopped at our home over Christmas. We found that there was no criminal activity surrounding her death. It sounded like a suicide situation.   

My heart and my daughter’s heart just wept, everyone in our family was heartbroken.  What could we have done differently?  Had we handled this situation right?  I replayed the conversations and voice mail interactions in my head and found peace in feeling that we had done what was right.  But, what I had failed to do, was be more aggressive with the continuous prodding’s of my heart.  I wanted to walk onto her property, through the brush and find her.  I wished I had kept calling her and checking in, even when I did not get a response. 

I’m learning to lean more into Holy Spirit when he puts situations and people on my heart and does not lift them off.  Isaiah 58 says that, “The Lord shall guide you continually”.  Not, only am I challenged by Isaiah 58 to open my life up and let God pour me out to those He puts on my heart, but I’m also moved by His response to us . . .

Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you (conducting you to peace and prosperity), and the glory for the Lord shall be your rear guard . . . then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.  And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones.  And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.   ~ A Portion of Isaiah 58

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Parenting Teens Summit

My Teen & Pre-Teen
I have signed up for this Summit and would like to invite all who are parents, grandparents, guardians and those who work with teens to watch with me.  It starts today and is all virtual on-line and best of all it is FREE.  Raising teens is such an honor, a challenge and an utter joy.  In our home we are sobered by the thought that if our daughter, who is fifteen, leaves our home for mission school or college immediately after high school as planned, we only have 3.5 years left with her in the home.  We want to do the best job we possibly can in raising her, so an event like this is definitely on my radar.  Join Dr. Ravi Zacharias, John Eldredge, Roxanne Stone, Dr. Timothy Keller, Daniel Fusco, Dr. Kara Powell and many, many more starting today . . .