Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Once again...

Once again, I will be gone for a few days attending the Southern California Ladies Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in Ontario, California. I will be singing Friday and Saturday. Join us if you are in the area. Look for a new post by Sunday.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Rose

We have a new lady named Eunice that is attending our church. On Valentine's Day she brought a beautiful, long-stemmed rose and gave it in the offering. I found a bud vase in the kitchen and placed the rose on a display shelf that is currently on our main bulletin board. The following service, Eunice came to me and thanked me for displaying the rose. She then said, "When I saw this rose, it was so beautiful and I knew I had to bring it to Jesus, my true Valentine." Her sincerity touched me. She asked if I would take a picture of it for her and I couldn't resist sharing it with you. It is gorgeous and somehow I feel deep in my heart, that when this rose bloomed it was reserved for Eunice from the Creator, her Valentine.


For those who have asked, this is an FYI post. PayPal is now linked to my website where my CD's are now available for purchase. Thank you to all my friends who have expressed interest. You can reach my website by clicking on VISIT MY WEBSITE HERE listed in my favorite links.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Will You Listen...

Hi, everyone! I returned from the Western District Northen Ladies Conference, and thought it was time to catch up my blog. Hopefully, I will post next week about the ladies conferences after I return from the southern conference. Today, if you will indulge me, I want to brag on my 10 year old, Blake. Wednesday night was a youth service in which Blake was asked to speak. He loves to study and gave an original thought with minimal notes. His title was, "Listening to God." His first point was how Adam and Eve had a blessed life but because they did not listen to God, they were severely punished and removed from The Garden. His second point was about Noah and the Ark and how everyone who did not listen to Noah perished. He pointed out that Adam and Eve did not listen to God and people did not listen to Noah, the man of God. His thought was you must listen to God and the man of God that has been put in your life or you will perish. His closing remark was, "So do you choose to listen and live or not listen and perish?" We do know that this thought is most often presented as a case of disobedience but, for just being 10 years old, I thought he did a great job and I was the proud "soccer" mom. When Blake returned to his seat, his little sister, Bryn, stated very loudly, "Great job, Blake!" The entire congregation heard her and there was a rumble of laughter. Aren't children wonderful?!?!? I love 'em!!!

Friday, February 23, 2007


This is a "For Your Information" post. I will be away from my computer the next few days attending the Northern Ladies Conference at the Doubletree Hotel and Convention Center in Sacramento, California and will be singing Friday evening. Please don't give up on me, I will be back. Look for a new post no later than Monday, February 26. Blessings to you!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


PayPal is now linked and working on Bryce's website. Anyone interested in purchasing a CD may do so at

In case you are wondering, yes I am shamelessly promoting my son.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Singles Conference Highlights

Friday and Saturday night we were honored to attend the Central Valley Singles Conference in Visalia, California hosted by Pentecostal Lighthouse and Pastor James McPhail. Special guests were The Olivers, Karen Harding, and the anointed ministry of John Arcovio who replaced Lee Stoneking. (Bro. Stoneking was snowbound in New York and couldn't get a flight out.) Our little girl, Bryn-Anika, received the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave utterance, on Friday evening during the Kids Crusade. She was soooo excited! Blake won the art contest both nights. Saturday afternoon we received a phone call asking if Bryce would sing at the Saturday evening service. He decided to sing "Not Performing" which is the title of his newly released CD. This was the first time he ever sang the song in front of an audience and, even though I have heard it many, many times, I could not help but cry. It is such a touching song and I was not the only one crying. Here are a few of the lyrics:

...The crowd is here while I sing my song, but if the music stops, they’ll be gone, I’m not performing for anyone but you. When the stage is dark and the curtains down and there’s no one but me, you’ll be around, I’m not performing for anyone but you.

This curtain hides so many failures they will never know, but you see everyone and still you come back to every show, and as I sing to silent seats I hear one single cheer from the balcony, I’m not performing for anyone but you.

Karen Harding followed Bryce and she bragged on him as much as I would. She then sang a song titled I'm Living In Graceland." Visit her website and read about the wonderful things happening. Karen wrote this song after reading about Elvis short time living at Grace Land. As she thought about this, she begin to think how Elvis only enjoyed his Grace Land for awhile, but as Christians we have the opportunity to live in grace forever. It is a wonderful song and has been nominated in the first round for a Dove Award. Karen is also up for a SGN Diamond Award for Bluegrass/Country song of the year. She is a wonderful lady with an anointed ministry and I am honored to call her friend. I have included a picture of Karen and Bryce.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Teacher of the Year

Not long ago I posted a blog about Influential People and spoke about one of my Sunday School teachers who taught me when I was just two years old. It is with great pride that I make this announcement - - - Sis. Jane Johnson received an official letter from the United Pentecostal Church, International stating she had been nominated and won the title North America Teacher of the Year of the Western District. Soon she will receive a special award presented by our district Christian Education director. I always knew she was the best, and now it is official. Sis. Jane is a hero to me and I love her dearly!

P.S. The picture is of Sis. Jane holding my baby girl, Bryn-Anika. Now five years old, Bryn is a student in Sis. Jane's class.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day! Tomorrow we will celebrate our 32nd Valentine's Day as boyfriend and girlfriend. Well, yes, we are husband and wife, but we celebrated Valentine's Day before we were married, too. AND....he is still my boyfriend. Since we have service tomorrow night, my "boyfriend" decided to take me out tonight. Our oldest son stayed home and tucked the younger ones in while Brian and I actually got to be - - - alone. What a rare thing for us! We went to T. L. Maxwell's in Bakersfield. It is an elegant five-star restaurant that has a very intimate atmosphere. I chose the Halibut and it was absolutely exquisite. After the lovely dinner, we went to Barnes and Nobles and roamed the aisles before heading to Starbucks and home. Such a lovely evening that came to an end all too soon. As we pulled in to the driveway of our house, I told my husband how much I had enjoyed being with him and I hated for the night to end. His response? "It will never end." Awwwww.........I am so in love! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day sharing love with those dearest to you.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Project Released

IT'S HERE!!! I promised I would let you know when Bryce's CD was released and it is now here. Everything turned out so nice and I am so very proud of him. We don't have PayPal linked to his site just yet, but we are working on it. If you wish to order before we have the PayPal link, go to the contact page and e-mail us. We will give you the particulars via e-mail. It is $17 including shipping and handling.

The Sword

When my middle child, Blake, was four years old, he became very sick with a persistent high fever. His blood count was out of balance, and the doctors were having a difficult time reaching a conclusive diagnosis. During this time, his temperature plummeted to 93 degrees putting him in a critical state. Warm i.v.'s were given to increase his temperature and many bags of antibiotics were administered. In a moment of delirium Blake called out for me and said, "Mom, I need to go to church because I have a message." I told him he was going to have to get better before he could go to church, but assured him his Dad would let him give his message. I then asked him what was his message? He began to tell me this - - "Mom, a sword can be used to cut or it can be used for celebration. The Word of God is a sword and we can use it to injure or to celebrate in a ceremony." I was, of course, amazed at the depth of his thought and knew that while he was delirious he actually felt God speak to him. It was obvious this huge thought came from God. This prompted me to think of Sis. Jane. (Influential People is a blog about her.) Sis. Jane always told me that I can find any type of story I wish to read in the Bible. If I want to read a murder, romance, or mystery, I can find it in the Word. Blood and guts or pomp and circumstance, it is all there. There are also stories of God speaking to and using children. The Word of God is amazing, awe-inspiring, and the map to salvation. I must add, Blake received healing and gave his message to the church.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Submission Notes

As promised, here are a few of my points given to The Pentecostals of Orange County at their marriage seminar. Last Wednesday's topic was submission. Ouch! The very word tends to make us cringe. Even so, we must be in submission just as Christ was to his parents and the cross. If submission in general is objectionable, so is Christianity. Included in this lesson were points made about authority, responsibility, task, beneficiary, motivation, and judgment. One great thing about submission is the benefits. Children are submitted to their teachers, but it is the child who benefits through the received education. Saints are submitted to their pastor, but the saints benefit from the ministry of the pastor. Likewise, a submitted wife will receive benefits. Now to the men, authority comes with responsibility. If you accept the authority, then you must accept with it the responsibility. Note that authority and submission do not match. Usually, submission has a much greater theoretical range than authority. Remember, submission is much harder to abuse. Because authority has been abused so much in the world, it often falls into marriage. If you are in authority, you are commanded to love those you are in authority over. I don't have time to give you all my outline, but the statement that I believe rings most true is this: Submission in marriage is a dance in which the husband always leads. Now before you crucify me by thinking I don't believe in women's rights, let me explain my statement. If the husband is in submission to God, his example of submission will lead his wife to submission towards him. Today, many couples use a unity candle as part of their marriage ceremony. When they take the two individual candles and join them to make one flame, they are symbolically stating, "We are one." In marriage, the couple must never forget they became "one." Marriage is team work. Bring out the best in each other, reach for the stars, and your blended best qualities will assure your team wins.
P.S. The picture is of my son, Bryce, and his cousin Cami. They were "hamming" for the camera at their grandparents 50th anniversary. Cami was wearing her grandmother's wedding dress.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Pets Are Family

On Wednesday, we once again went to The Pentecostals of Orange County to teach at their marriage seminar. Tomorrow I will blog a few of my comments on submission, but today I want to update you about Bella. On our way to Orange County, we went through the Inland Empire to make a hospital visit and Veronica came to meet us. (If you are new to my blog, Veronica is Bryce's girlfriend and Bella is the Lhasa Apso puppy Bryce gave Veronica for Christmas.) Veronica had Bella styling in a pink plaid dress with a pink bow in her hair. I am sure this dog thinks she is human. In fact, I told Veronica this dog looks like she is dressed for Youth Conference. I just couldn't resist adding a few pics to my blog. Just as Linda, Ronda, and Karla talk about pink and blue elephants, we have had a longstanding debate with my husband and Bryce. My husband would torment Bryce saying, "Pets are not family." Bryce and I would vehemently respond, "Yes, pets ARE family." Check out this picture with my husband letting Bella lay on his shoulder. Pets sure are family. Tell me about your pets!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Wonderful Quote

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.- Helen Keller

Monday, February 5, 2007

You're My Brother, You're My Sister

My blog yesterday caused me to think of how we consider people around the world to be our "brothers" and "sisters" in Christ. Of course, I immediately thought of my family. The two boys in my house, ages 10 and 20, have such a love/hate relationship. They are typical boys who either love each other dearly, or fight like cats and dogs. Yet, in the midst of a most heated argument, if my youngest were to run out in the street in front of oncoming traffic, my oldest son would risk his life to save his little brother from harm. Likewise, if my oldest son were to fall and break his leg, my youngest son couldn't run fast enough to call for help. Why? Their brotherhood is stronger than their disagreement. Why would I want to forsake my brother because we disagree on an issue? My philosophy has always been "agree to disagree." Conflict and differences of opinion can be good. It causes one to consider the matter more deeply and can increase knowledge. If one is open minded and does not allow stubbornness to control them, their horizons have the potential to broaden. Unity is powerful, but rarely does it come with unanimous consensus. As for me, rest assured I believe in the brotherhood and sisterhood. You are valuable to me.
P.S. The snapshot is some of my "sisters" who I work with on our district ladies committee. They probably won't agree with me posting this picture, but I think they will still love me. :)

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Give me your thought...

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.- Abraham Lincoln.
How does this quote inspire you?

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Quote of the Day

He can do more for others who has done most with himself.- S.D. Gordon.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Beggar To Prince

Are there not... Two points in the adventure of the diver: One -- when a beggar, he prepares to plunge? Two -- when a prince, he rises with his pearl? I plunge!- Robert Browning.
WOW! I love this quote! If one desires pearls, he must first be willing to take the risk and plunge into the deep. We come to God as absolute nothing, begging for His Spirit and we rise to walk in newness of life, a prince/princess of the King.
P.S. The snapshot is part of the royal court taken at our 2006 Junior Royal Pageant.