Unexpected Uses for your Essential Oils!

My favorite? Elevation for Poison Oak for the WIN! Just another example of something to KEEP ON HAND. Do you have a stash of natural, pure essential oils to use when you or someone in your family gets sick? Our great-grandparents had all kinds of knowledge about home remedies. We have something far better available to us! I didn’t know anything about essential oils when I first heard about them, but I knew I wanted to learn. By the way, do not put essential  oils IN your eyes or ears and only ingest d o T E R R A… read more…

I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel

A Christian friend posted the other day that she was “tired of the hate”.  By the rest of what she said, I could tell she thought no one should ever post anything that could sound negative to anyone else. That’s just not going to happen. It’s not possible to be a Christian and address the blatant sin in the world, and especially our culture and NOT sound negative. We have to do it! Maybe we need to be careful when we do speak out that we aren’t angry and let our angry tone come out in our words.  You CAN… read more…

Keep Me as the Apple of Your Eye

Keep me as the apple of  your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings…” Psalm 17:8 You know when you look into someone’s eyes and the light is just right, you can see a tiny little image of yourself reflected in their pupils? This obscure Hebrew idiom to be the “apple of my eye” means you are their favorite, the cherished object of their affections, so precious and dear. When God looks into your eyes – the window to your soul – does He see Himself reflected back? If He does, His character has been formed in you… read more…

Faith is in the PRESENT

The land which I do give them, even the children of Israel (Joshua 1:2). God here speaks in the immediate present. It is not something He is going to do, but something He does do, this moment. So faith ever speaks. So God ever gives.  So He is meeting you today, in the present moment. This is the test of faith. So long as you are waiting for a thing, hoping for it, looking for it, you are not believing. It may be hope, it may be earnest desire, but it is not faith; for “faith is the substance of… read more…

How to Deny Yourself – Just Say NO

If anyone would come after, me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24   Here are 3 things that Jesus asks of us. The first one – DENY YOURSELF. What does that mean in a culture that pushes the exact opposite on us? Everywhere we go, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is exalted before us. Who even talks about this, the complete excess of everything in our society; the vain obsession with our physical appearance, the pride of accomplishments, and averice? {Definition of *Averice*:… read more…

What Must I do to be Saved?

  40 YEARS AGO… January 16, 1977, I sat on a green sofa in Bremerton, Washington and wanted with all my heart to know God. I knew a few vague stories in the Bible – Adam & Eve, Noah and the ark, and “Jesus died on the cross”….but why did He die? I didn’t understand. All I had was a tiny little Gideon Bible and I tried to read it, but didn’t get far. There was a fog in my mind that blocked me from understanding. I remembered someone had given me a gospel tract so I got that out. For the… read more…