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A Year in My Life

“Something happening here, it ain’t exactly clear…”

I am truly amazed and stunned by the events of this past year!  There were very high moments contrasted by the terribly tragic ones…certainly nothing I ever saw coming.  Therefore, to my best effort I am telling the story of why my posts have been sporadic and certainly not deeply inspirational.  Life is unpredictable at best.

Last May/June 2017 I went on the dream trip of a lifetime; to Israel, Jordan, and surrounding Holy Land sites.  It was a deep longing in my heart for 40+ years.  There is no way to relate how absolutely fabulous that journey was: the people, the history, God’s Presence, the majesty and wonder, the food, the friends I made, the shopping, and the encounters that wrapped me in ecstatic bliss while I were there.Then I took my first trip to the Emergency Room in Jerusalem to deal with the AFib attack on my heart, with lots of prayer I was released in only a few hours.  This was the first of many attacks and fierce battles that began my year.

Arriving home, my husband and I joyfully went to a Christian Conference in Southern California in mid-June.  While there I fell off 4 steps to the ground twisting and severely bruising my knees and feet, tearing the meniscus in my right knee.  Another trip to the ER and about two months of elevating my knee for swelling and pain.

During that time I had three more visits to the ER with more AFib problems and two cardioversions, where they stop your heart then use the paddles on your chest to electrically restart your heart.  “CLEAR!”  They had no idea why this was happening since my heart was strong and healthy.  The battle was growing more fierce though through all of that I knew God was with me.

My daughter and I took a road trip to Texas in August, to visit family and go to another conference (we have such hunger in our hearts to see the Lord moving, we will sacrifice all to seek out what He is doing in other places).  My car broke down in the middle of the desert on a 104 degree day…warfare, but we saw God’s hand in every situation.

When we got back home, really all I could do was journal…


take classes, get more involved with people (my favorite thing), join groups in the church, and just live in the grace.

October 9, 2017  The wildfires plundered Sonoma County, burning everything in its path.  Our entire neighborhood burned to the ground. So unimaginably tragic!  The fire stopped 200 yards from our house, but everything else was gone…total miracle.

This is our neighborhood.  Everyone was effected and traumatized, and still coping with the loss of everything.

There is tons of stories I could retell and they would prove God is real. 

Two weeks ago I had surgery on my foot to repair some bone and cartilage  degeneration, finding I also had a broken bone, which caused pain for a very long time,  I am now in a cast for 3 months.

In closing, throughout all of the ordeals and seemingly harsh circumstances, I have remained strong, by God’s grace.  I can truly say, “God is good, He is always good.”  He has never left me strengthening me every day.  My love for Him as grown more deeply because of the trust and faith in His ability to be faithful to my heart.  I am looking forward to the future that will bring new adventures, new dreams, and new resources to our lives. Now I have more time to blog, create and paint…endless amounts of hours to bless you my friends!

 

PS- New changes are coming!

Change is Inevitable

My Life in Reset

This is a crazy life here on this Earth, one day to the next produces unforeseen difficulties and extreme blessings – sometimes simultaneously!  

Having  the  Holy Spirit living inside my heart is the only thing that grounds and stabilizes all the whacky things that life throws at me. Honestly, I have a hard time comprehending how pre-believers navigate on their best days.  My story of the past few months is almost unbeliveable.  First, I have to apologized for not posting in quite a while, literally I just was not able to.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have some clue about my journey.  I will try and give you bits and pieces of what has been happening in today’s post, then I will elaborate in more detail later….so this is the bullet point draft of the past two months.  I left you on my way to Where in the World was I going, and I’ll start there.

Israel and Jordan

The trip to Israel and Jordan at the end of May was the most fabulous journey ever!  Landing in the Holy Land was the beginning of 13 days of awe and wonder!  I thought I kind of knew what to expect but there was really no way to have known the fun, glory, and awesomeness our team experienced – for me personally it was transforming.  It is quite awesome to have every team member in one mind, one accord, and one spirit. We were all focused on the same purpose there; which primarily was to pray in every part of the country; that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be known and peace would prevail in every aspect of life. We had some divine encounters, divine appointments, and truly exemplary fellowship with a great commitment to fun.  Like I said, I would  post next time just on the wonders of that journey.

Heal the Sick (Heal Thyself)

Some of the difficulties that I’ve had in the past two months are issues with my health.  Before this, I basically felt invincible because I have never been one to tolerate any sickness in my life, since prayer for the sick has been a focal point of my ministry life.  I’ve been in many countries throughout the world and have seen incredible miracles from praying for the sick. God still works in great ways, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever…He is the Great Physician!

Then I began suffering from my own illness, praying diligently trying to reconcile why I suddenly had an electrical problem with my heart, that sent me to the emergency room and a hospital stay four times with Afib, in a month.  I have cherished all the prayer from everyone that I’ve gotten, but  there was no change.. which led to frustration and sometimes anger at this continual attack. I needed to get at the root of the problem and to understand the triggers for these events and had to reconcile my beliefs with reality.

So now I’m on a journey of another kind.  I have begun the change of a mindset many years in the making. Habits are ingrained and have to be pulled like weeds, or you find your consistent effort sabotaged. I had to learn a new way of how to live in the natural to one of a more disciplined life. Benefitting me the most is sitting quietly before the Lord, soaking in His Presence – discovering the whys. “Be still. I will fight for you.” Exodus 14:14.  It is interesting that a recent fall at a Christian conference, causing an injury to my knee and possible surgery, has slowed me down even more…however, I am going after that one with lots of prayer. I am definitely listening more to the Lord’s voice now that He has a captive audience – my heart.    Just being real here.

Creativity

Being creative is like breathing, something I live every moment doing.  I created a Fourth of July sign, transformed our fireplace with a new mantle, and started landscaping our front yard (which is temporarily on hold).

Patriotic Signage

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Finished

Revamp – Before and After Fireplace

 My house continues to evolve. This week I added a new mantle to the fireplace.  Now I can hang all my Christmas stockings there for the first time. That makes me so happy!

Journaling

I am always in the process of writing and journaling.  A new journal is emerging with a combination of writing, art, and bullet entries. I am loving it!  Working on a video preview of two months work. This is just a page sample.  Another blog post soon.

 

Last Thoughts:

I’ve got many projects in the works that will change (remember it is inevitable) some of the course of this little blog. Look for it!

No matter what life throws at you, NEVER GIVE UP!

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Where in the World

 To the Other Side of the World

This week on Instagram I was posting pictures to guess where I would be going on my next adventure…it seems that the only people who correctly guessed were the ones I already told!  Take a look at this collage of some of the pictures that I posted and see if you can find where I’ll be in the world.

If you guessed correctly, I will be going to Israel and Jordan (Indiana Jones and Petra).  This has been a “bucket list” item for about forty-five years, a true heart’s desire.  I’ve wanted to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to go where He was, to experience the Holy Land and its tremendous history.  I am going with a group that will be touring the sights and also following the Holy Spirit to pray for the nation and hopefully to walk in Matthew 10:8, as the Lord leads*.

Postcards

Most of the time that I am doing ministry I bring along my artwork; when traveling I make postcards to give personal prayers and words of knowledge for the people I encounter.  Here are a few that I’m working on before I go.  I pray over the cards to be anointed for the specific person that I meet, to encourage them in God’s great love for them, and it becomes a memory of what the Lord was speaking to them.  I’ve run into people that I’ve done “art” for after 25 years and they tell me how much the “words” I gave them were significant to their lives.  I want those encounters to be blessed and living for each individual.

Cards in process.

Sometimes I embellish them.

(The two following are just examples to show what a finished card would look like.  I may write a scripture or a personal word for a person on the back.)

One Last Thing

To encourage you, my faithful friends, I posted this on Instagram today:

(Even little ol’ me at 4 – God had me in His thoughts.)

Just imagine…you were chosen from the foundation of the world to host the presence of a holy God, to live in such a time as this, and to do incredible things!

Think big and pray bigger!

God is speaking to your heart right now about the dreams, inspiration, and callings on your life.

Summer

Memories of Summer

I realize that summer isn’t over, but with school starting next week it feels like it is coming to an end;  the ending of fresh days and carefree living that summer always brings.  This year we had no huge vacation plans but did little excursions and events that made it so special.  The most important thing I’ve been rediscovering lately is how important family and friends are. They make our lives have tremendous purpose and meaning and without their unconditional love, we would be empty souls with no grounding.

I thought I’d share some photo tidbits of this summer and possibly inspire you to think back on these past few months and reflect on how awesome this season is.

Harvest and Outdoors

1 tomatoesBountiful and beautiful tomatoes  pastasauceResulting  in quarts of pasta sauce

cosmos Flowers everywhere.  Cosmos were planted to honor my mom, who always had them in her garden.

poolThe luxury of swimming every day. Soaking up the sun.

Decorating for the Season

chairwith flagFinding that special item that says it all – America, land that I love.

cloudsignFinding the right spot for a new sign.

basquet of shellsBeach themed everything.

sailingmugEven my new huge mug reminds me of sailing away.

Off the subject but loved this sign:

big cups

Going to the Fair – Family Time

tilt a whirlTilt-a-Whirl – my kids are on it. Yikes!

swngMy kids having more fun…gone are those days of BIG rides for me though.

garden showGarden show

joyGrand-baby joy!

atthe fairFarm life

farmanimalsAnimals

fairfoodFair food.

laylaThe end of a very long day

Inspiration

1 oceanduplexTime to work on the good things of life (in progress)

Love changes everything!

Did You Miss Me?

Update

It’s been a while since writing to you, but this is my attempt to summarize since posting last – more than a month ago.  Sometimes in this life all of your options need to be set aside to gain perspective and restart.

I had an absolutely fabulous time in Vietnam.  It was so different than I imagined and really fell in love with the country, its people, and aspects of what we experienced.  If I should have the opportunity to return, I hope it will be soon.  If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, I was able to post most pictures and stories of what we did there. Here is a brief gallery of some of the pictures that I took:

Opps! On the tribal meeting house pic.

When I did finally get back earlier this month, I had to have a re-evaluation of my life and goals.  The basics haven’t changed, just some of my heart issues and seeking the will of God in my current circumstances.  I am still living away from my real home and caring for my mother-in-law and her home out of town.  I miss my kids and husband, but I see them frequently, either here or there.  I have peace and I am happy everyday.

There is new direction coming and new purposes for this season, and I can’t wait to implement them. More to come on those.  Here is a glimpse of what I’m working on and not nearly finished yet.

angelww preview 1wComing soon! New attractions and old things made new…

Have a wonderful Monday!