Wednesday, January 25, 2017


My Family
If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you will notice that it is all about my FAMILY with intermixed thoughts and comments. :-)  Some of you have followed the journey of my husband and I sharing a bit of our marriage pain.  My blog was actually started seven years ago, when I felt God nudge me to start writing a blog with lots of articles on God's grace - His power and ability in us.  At the time my husband, John was not walking with God, and I felt impressed to blog on my "thoughts" that would inspire him in his journey back to Father.  My blog has changed sites and a lot of the old content is archived.  It has now morphed into pictures of family and my God thoughts, but I am thrilled beyond words to testify that seven years later, not only has my husband fully returned to God, but he is walking in freedom from sexual addiction and wants his story to testify to God's redemptive goodness. 

I wrote a chapter in a book, recently released entitled, "Family".  An edited short version of this chapter was in a magazine article I shared several months ago on this blog.  This book has various authors sharing insights on the Family.   It will be a great read!  I am so totally for the Family as a bedrock for our society.  

The chapter in this book feels bigger than just a simple chapter.  If I had been asked to write a chapter on any other subject, I would have whipped it out and been done and moved on.  But this chapter was such a huge place of vulnerability, exposure and came with some wonderful support and some not so wonderful judgments.  I must admit, I don't know if I ever would have written such a vulnerable, raw chapter if John, my husband, had not strongly encouraged me and for anyone other than Patricia King.  I trust Patricia and know she hears from God and she felt impressed to ask us to write some of our story.  I have followed Patricia King for over 17 years.  I trust her prophetic insights. Adore
her heart of Love.  I'm inspired by her tenacity and drive that continually has her as a Front-liner and Pioneer in new territory.  I am thankful that she has mentored me for years through her teachings.  Many times when I could not articulate clearly what I felt God was impressing on my heart, I would pick up a teaching from Patricia and she would put words to concepts and truths that God was unveiling to me.  I love this lady and am honored to be one of the chapter-authors in her new book.

I am so incredibly touched by the many lives that have walked with John and I on this journey to recovery out of sexual addiction.  First and foremost I am thankful to Jesus for His constant companionship. Holy Spirit for His truth that anchored me.  Father God, for His unending love that surrounded me, and for the times I just needed to crawl up on His lap and have a good cry.  Secondly I am thankful to so many family members, sisterhood and friends who came alongside us, opened their homes to us, supported us, did not pick sides between us and pushed to see God redeem something beautifully.  Thank you!  You know who you are and just let us know if you want your own personal copy of the book "Family".  And of course, thank you to my husband, John, for allowing me to share some of his story.  He is a king in stature and so humbly allowed some of our journey to be shared with the world.

So, with high hopes that those who read our chapter will look past the pain and into the HOPE that Jesus offers, here is the book:

Here is a little excerpt from the end of the chapter . . .

We are the new covenant temple of God and God is so totally for our families to be rebuilt, restored and renewed into their original intent and purpose. He has an inheritance free from shame, a double portion and everlasting joy to bestow upon our families.   He is looking for a people who will turn to Him with all of their heart and with all of their soul and with all of their strength, just like King Josiah of old. Josiah did not find his identity in his grandfather or father.  He pursued an identity in His Father God and it changed a nation.   We and our children, have been purchased by the blood of Jesus and are of a pure and spotless bloodline.  We have the DNA of our Daddy God and great grace, through all that Jesus purchased, that enables us and our children, to be fully victorious in the society around us.

Let me invite you to lift your eyes and set your gaze high.  We model for our sons and daughters a kingly anointing, like that of King Josiah and invite our children into a place of non-tolerance for immorality.  As King David said, in Psalms 101:2-3 “I will be careful to live a blameless life . . . I will walk within my house with a blameless heart.  I will set no vile thing before my eyes.”   The Family Mountain is worth fighting for and we fight from a place of rest, knowing who we are and who our Daddy is.  The family mountain is in need of being rebuilt.  It takes one life at a time, fully devoted, fully surrendered and yielded to the Father, willing to respond to the question, “Do you love me?” with a resounding “Yes!”  And I will be love on the earth starting with my family.  

“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities  that have been devastated for generations.  Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.  And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God.  You will feed on the wealth of nations and in their riches you will boast. Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.  And so you will inherit a double portion in your land and everlasting joy will be yours.”  ~ Isaiah 61:4-7

Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas Moments

Christmas sometimes speeds right by and before I know it I am dropped into a new year and wishing I could rewind and capture some photo moments.  So, that is exactly what I am going to do. :-)  A little rewind and share a few family moments with you from Christmas.

This year we did not go back to Oregon or have extended family here, so even though we missed them all, we made special memories with just our little brood.  Johnny & Julie have been here, from Washington, for a couple weeks over Christmas and we are loving time together.
 We had a quiet Christmas and a simpler Christmas than years before. People touched our lives in deep ways that I would be unable to explain on my blog but let me just say, rewards are waiting for some dear ones in heaven. I have pulled out a few photo memories . . .

One thing that we did that we have not done before, was cook the Christmas meal together. There was this sweet sense of accomplishment among the kids in knowing that this was food that they had prepared.

On Christmas day, after eating, we did something new.  Simeon decided that we were going to go on a Polar Express Train ride for Christmas this year - in our SUV. :-)  The "train" ride would be complete with hot chocolate, pajamas and popcorn.  My husband dressed-up in a conductor suit and held a lantern welcoming the kids on board.

We gave the kids golden tickets for access onto the "train" and John boomed out "All Aboard!!"  Thus, the beginning of our adventure riding the train, drinking hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music, taking cookies to the four different fire stations in our small town and viewing Christmas lights.  So fun!!  The kids loved it and it was a great memory for all.  By the time we made it home on Christmas night, Johnny was fast asleep curled up with pillows and blankets in his "train seat".

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, 'I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."   ~ John 8:12

During the Christmas season, God usually gives me a Christmas word or focus. This year, it was a prayer that I had been praying the months prior over my region, "God, please bring everything hidden into the light" (Luke 8:17 and Ephesians 5:13). We live in a place called, Hidden Valley.   When I would pray LIGHT it was as if Holy Spirit would land on that word.   When I pondered what exactly this LIGHT was that was exposing hidden places I realized I had been praying JESUS into my region.  John 8 & 9 speak of Jesus being the Light of the world.  I began to have an excitement and expectancy for my region.  An expectancy that things that were "hidden" would not just be found out (lawlessness, injustice, etc.) but that there was this incredible LIGHT being released into dark places and bringing order and justice.

"Through Him (Jesus) all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life and that life was the LIGHT of all mankind.  The LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."  ~ John 1:3-5

When I am praying, "In Jesus name, everything hidden come into the Light!"  I was thinking, drug dealers being exposed by Border Patrol, child abusers being found out, wife beaters and murders (recently there was a murder on my road) coming to justice,
conviction for sin, provision for neglect and lack, etc.  All this is good, but even greater are things being exposed, found out, justice being brought AND JESUS shining His LIGHT into those places.  When Jesus shows up, peoples lives are changed, reconciled, healed, forgiven, etc.

"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever . . . He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him."  ~ Daniel 2:20 & 22

 So, I would begin to pray that everything hidden in my region, in my life and other places, would come into the LIGHT this Christmas.  I was really praying that hidden places would come into Love, salvation, healing, deliverance, freedom, hope . . . Jesus!  Come Lord Jesus, Come!
"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned."   ~ Isaiah 9:2