Thursday, October 18, 2018

CFA Food



We are getting quite spoiled by the boys' bosses who have been sending home fries, cookies, grilled chicken wraps, and more. They bless us with something at least once a week. The boys also get a free meal (chicken sandwich, fries, drink, cookie) every shift they work. They frequently bring some or all of it to share with their siblings. Joshua brought his home last week and gave it to Amanda on her birthday. The job has been good for all of us in so many ways. We are so thankful!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

One of My Favorite Kitchen Tools


I'm feeding nine in a hurry, so it being perfectly round isn't something I have time to care about.

This is called a "fish turner" because it can get under delicate fish and turn it without breaking it up. I absolutely love mine and use it for so many things like pancakes, eggs, bacon, cookies, for lifting cakes, and so on. It is very thin and flexible so it can get under those things that want to stick to the pan and pull them right up without damaging them. I use mine with my cast iron and take it with me when we go camping. These make great gifts for those who love to cook. Good tools make cooking fun!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Shingles Essential OIl Recipe


I snapped a picture of this recipe for a sweet friend who is in a lot of pain from shingles. She bought everything the next day and said it was giving her quite a bit of relief. She thanked me profusely. I wanted to make this available to other's who are suffering. This information came from Prescription for Nutritional Healing. As a medicinal herbalist, I HIGHLY recommend this book. I have had a few different editions. I have used it to find successful treatments for a multitude of ailments for myself, my family, friends, and our pets and livestock.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Grief: How to be a friend to the hurting... (video)

Believe me, it's no time for words when the wounds are fresh and bleeding; no time for homilies when the lightning's shaft has smitten, and the man lies stunned and stricken. Then let the comforter be silent; let him sustain by his presence, not by his preaching; by his sympathetic silence, not by his speech. -George C. Lorimer

October 15 is the national day of remembrance for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. I've lost nine precious babies to stillbirth and miscarriage. Much of what you read here can be applied more broadly to include other types of loss and pain.

Here is a video from Megan Devine, which a friend recently shared, that shares about what works for those grieving and why other things like "cheering them up" do not. It will better equip you to help the hurting in your life.

When I lost one of my miscarried and stillborn babies, one of the things that helped me the most was someone telling me, "This sucks!!" I knew by their succinct words that they understood my pain. You don't need eloquence to show compassion. Your job isn't to move them to where you want them to be; it's to meet them where they are.

One of the most hurtful things ever said to me, for example, was by a Christian in law who claimed to be pro-life who told me less than 24 hours after the loss of my baby that crying was "feeling sorry for myself." Don't be like that. Crying is a normal, natural response to loss. Jesus cried in grief too. Would you have said, "It's self pity for you to cry since you are going to raise Lazarus anyway?" Or, would you have shown Him understanding and compassion? Think before you speak. Words hurt and can't be taken back, but they can be forgiven.

Please don't add your misplaced expectations to someone else's struggle. You will only burden them further. Acknowledge a person's right to feel as they do. 

If you have had a pregnancy loss, I am praying for you today and offer my friendship. My email is in the header. 

A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, 
but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.
-A.W. Tozer

I had a friend comment:

That person that said that to you COULD NOT be a Christian! They may be a self proclaimed Christian, but if they really had Christ in their heart they could have never said something so cruel and cold! 

My reply: Christians aren't perfect, and we fail each other often. We have to bear with each other in love to keep unity in the church. I have forgiven them completely and have love for them. Grudges lead to bitterness and that's a weed I don't want growing in my life. It's too destructive! I pray for their well being and success of their business daily. Doing that honors Jesus and gives me peace and keeps me growing in Christ. Their words are a good example to show others what not to say to someone because it does not in any way help. It creates another burden on the person. If we claim to be pro-life, but deny a mother the freedom to mourn a pregnancy loss, we really aren't very pro-life. We have to come beside people and meet them where they are in whatever circumstance life throws at them...not drag them along to where we want them to be. I fail people too and am thankful when they forgive me and bear with me in love.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Most Overlooked Characteristic of Who You Want to Marry

"It sounds like the beginning of another marriage joke, but it's not. It's a real question and one which should be explored by every dating couple,,,,"

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Holy by Mickey Turner

I love promoting my friends and family especially my brothers and sisters in Christ. I went to school with Mickey and his sister Cindy. His mother and father were leaders in our church. This is my favorite of the ones he's done. Please give a listen, subscribe to his music, click like so he'll know you enjoyed it, and consider sharing on your social media.

His Color is His Name



This was Amanda's cat. Grey is Orange's brother. Amanda adopted them right before she purchased her home. When you work 60+ hours a week, you don't have much energy for names. Everyone in the family kept referring to them as "the orange one" and "the grey one" so our tired girl ran with it.

Bethany and Grey developed a very close bond. Amanda took him with her when she moved into her new house. I was pretty happy about that. I'm not a big cat fan. Bethany and Grey missed each other. Amanda loves Grey very much, but she brought him back and gave him to Bethany because she loves her sister more. I am even happier about that.

Grey often runs downstairs to jump in Bethany's lap and hugs her face and neck with his paws while meowing at her over and over which is very sweet to see. I take joy in Bethany's joy in Grey. I'm thankful Amanda is that kind of big sister to her. 

Sacrificial love is beautiful! 

Galatians 5:13-14 My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love. The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Caleb's Third Job


So, Caleb, our 17 year old, has a THIRD job. He'll be the maintenance guy for CFA and will make $20 an hour. It is one weekend day a month. It carries a lot of trust and responsibility. Clint and I are very proud of him for seizing the opportunity. So far, he's doing very well handling the workload and his college studies.

His boss said in the letter to us, "I have been very impressed with him both personally and professionally." 

Clarifying the Roof

There is some confusion about the last post. 

The house in the picture is not where we live. 

We don't need a new roof at Contentment Acres. In fact...

Our family was given a free roof (nearly $4000) from a kind local contractor who grew to love our family as they worked on the roof a few years ago. We thought we had to pay until Clint called to ask where the bill was. They didn't bill us because they gave us the roof! What a blessing!!

The two days they were here, our children spent time learning from and talking with the crew who welcomed and enjoyed their presence. Our family lent them a ladder and some hand tools when some of their tools were left behind at another job. We set up shade canopies and put out chairs for them to use. We had bottled water and other beverages out in a cooler for them to show we cared about their comfort and well-being. We had snacks for them. The men were exhausted from the heat and work, so we cleaned up behind them. When a new guy dropped a bundle of shingles on the corner of my outside turtle's habitat, I didn't get angry. I told him I could fix it. We treated them all the same from the foreman down to the new guy on the crew. It did not matter to us that they had different shades of skin or that some could not speak our language. Love is the same in all languages. We welcomed them and looked out for them. 

When people pay for a job to be done, they typically make sure they get their money's worth (their own interests). The Bible teaches us to look out for the interests of others. I believe it was because of our kindness towards them that they blessed us with the roof. We know the roof ultimately came from the Lord. It was a huge gift that blessed us a lot, and we were/are touched and thankful for it! As a mother, I am thankful God provided such a hands on lesson about kindness and looking out for others for our children. The fact that He blessed us all for it will reinforce that God blesses us for our obedience. Our obedience as servants of the Lord is our greatest form of worship (expression of love) for Him. 

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

James 1:17  Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Update on Prayer Request

10/10/2018: I am very tired. Please excuse typos. Clint's and my hearts are heavy for our friends and are asking that you pray for them.

Due to concerns over the company's policy on social media that could affect the comp benefits, I removed the other post. Better safe than see this family hurt more.

A 60,000 pound truck fell on him as he worked. That does a lot of damage to the body. He was initially diagnosed as being able to return to work, but there was a traumatic brain injury that was missed. The advice to resume normal activities and push himself to get back to work caused things to get much worse. He has continued to deteriorate physically.

He had teeth broken down to the jaw. He had many pulled.

He now needs help emptying his bladder.

He is having severe pain due to the nerve damage. He is not able to sleep.

He has regressed mentally. 

He has speech issues and will see a therapist.

He will have physical therapy. 

Home health care will be started soon.

Another member of the family needs surgery.

He is not working and the partial income they are getting is not covering all of their needs especially with the extra travel to distant hospitals.

Their daughter is in her early 20s and is working two jobs while attending college. She is giving her money to her family so they can survive. Please pray for her strength. She is working so hard and giving all she has. She told me she does not feel like she is helping them much at all. She is carrying such a heavy burden.

The mother had a plan to get a night job, but learned from the doctors that she can not work. She needs to be there to care for her husband's physical needs and look after their younger children. He can not take care of them on his own. She is having to make many decisions in many areas. She is asking for prayer for wisdom and for her to learn how to take care of him and to handle everything that is being thrown at them so fast. It's overwhelming.

Finances are a huge concern. She is going without her heart meds. There's no money for them.

We live over six hours from them. We have helped buy groceries and will continue to help as we can. Other than that, there isn't much more we can do...except ask you to pray for them. 

Please pray for our friends. Please put them on prayer lists. I will be happy to give you their first names if needed (email in header). Ask God to send them help. This is heart breaking for us to watch from a distance. We can't imagine how hard it would be to be living it. 


UPDATE 10/11/2018: The mother's legs are horribly swollen. She has heart issues, is going without her heart meds due to financial issues, and there is a tremendous amount of stress on her. She won't go to the ER at the moment because their insurance was canceled, so they would get a very large bill they can't pay. She is trying several things at home.

Tornado Prayers

Thank you for the prayers. That was hair-raising! 

Years ago, we had twin twisters come straight down our road off of the water. They passed right over our home and took out trees. 

A tornado was spotted on our road earlier tonight. We received warnings through our texts. We immediately gathered our children and took cover under our stairs. Brandon and Joshua took shelter in Brandon's bathroom.

Amanda was in another city safe. We let her know and told her where we were all taking shelter in the house so if something happened, someone would know where to look for us. Having worked relief for a tornado years ago and hearing too many "trapped" stories, I know the value in that. 

A man at one house I went to was missed by rescuers several times. They could not hear or see him. His wife was in too bad of condition to tell them where he was. He laid there for quite a while before she could tell them he was in the collapsed house. Clint lost a friend and former coworker in that tornado too. We take warnings very seriously.

We appreciate the prayers and everyone checking on us. We love you too!

Update: We learned through word of mouth that many trees are down and houses have damage on a road very close to us. I have not heard of any injuries. It is right in line with our road with the storm's path, so we think this is what the alert was about. We are very thankful it skipped over us. There is some damage further north in our county from what I have been told.

Update: Received an official report: "AVFR units currently working on Cuba Road in Bena with multiple trees down and houses damaged. Severe wind gusts reported by neighbors. No injuries reported at this time. Crews are also investigating the Achilles area for similar damage. The two areas are across the creek from each other. Sheriff's Dept and VDOT are also on scene." This is right in line with our home. 

Thank you for the prayers!

not Contentment Acres

God kept them safe! That front side was scary! The front is steeper than it looks. Clint kept our children on the backside which has a better pitch. They cut shingles according to the needed measurements and handed those and tools to him. Bethany worked herself into the ground during her time to help him, but she had fun being with and talking to her daddy.

I was not allowed to help in any way. They wouldn't even let me stand on the ladder. A bone in my foot broke when a piece of furniture fell on it nearly three weeks ago. I kept water and tea going up the ladder to them through Em and H-bug and had snacks, meals, cold cloths, etc ready for their breaks. 

Thank you to those who prayed! While I am glad they did it, I am thankful it is over. 

Caught a Little Dear on the Wildlife Cam

all of those curls!

She'll be double digits in Dec!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Risky Work

October 5th: Some members of our family will be engaging in a project that involves some risk to their safety. It will take place from this afternoon until late Monday. Please cover them in prayer. Thank you!

Update Oct 8th: The riskiest part was finished today. The job will be completed tomorrow.  Then ee go home and rest.. Thank you for the prayers. 

Update Oct 9th: The job is finished!! God kept everyone safe. We are home and resting. Thank you for the prayers.



He's been flashing that smile to get out of trouble with me since he was a baby.
It works very well for him!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Orange You Glad We're Going to See Mama Asbell?

Orange "driving" in Amanda's lap

He's one of Clint's and my grand-kitties.
He likes the three minute ride to our house.
He's more like a friendly, very affectionate, follow you 
everywhere dog than an aloof cat.

I love that my children love coming home 
and feel comfortable enough to bring their pets.

We haven't had any messes...just lots of joy!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Have You Done This Lately?

"Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper!”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever."
Psalm 30:4-5: 10-12

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Pool Time!! In October??!


I've never been in a pool in October before, 
but my three youngest and I took advantage of the 
warmer weather both days this week.

This is part of the group that has moved in to live with our family 
since Banana Pie came into our lives. We've shared the pool with them at H-Bug's insistence. I really dislike stepping on them in the pool, but they add a little lighthearted fun to our days. Since we are closing the pool, they've moved back into the house.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Pretty Spry!

Clint's eyes are closed due to falling debris.
I think he looks pretty spry for a nearly 50 year old guy!
He's always helping others!

I think he's incredible. He leads our family in Bible studies. He leads us in prayer. He sometimes works 10-12 hours a day 6-7 days a week and still has time to go help someone else. If he doesn't know it, he will learn it so he can get it done. He keeps a great attitude even when things are tough. He never gives up and encourages others along the way. He looks out for everyone around him. He gets things off shelves in the stores for old ladies and helps people who are broken down on the road. Everyone who works with him loves him, and right now, two groups are fighting over wanting him to be their boss. Young men call him their mentor and seek him out for advice as if he were their father. He has stepped in the gap for young men who didn't have a father. He's made some excellent financial decisions over the years that will bless us the rest of our lives. I don't think there is anything he can't fix. He has integrity. He loves his family including those close and estranged. He does not allow anger, resentment, or bitterness to grow in his heart. He gives second, third, fourth, and fifth chances. He is not greedy and will gladly share what he has with others. He is continually trying to improve himself. He always uplifts, encourages, and cheers others. I've seen him take a panicking rearing horse and calm it with words, gentleness, and patience. I am blessed because I saw these amazing qualities in him when he was only 16. He's not perfect, but he is my favorite person and better half. I feel so very blessed God gave him to me.

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Sunflower by Bethany

Sunflower by Bethany

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Just a Little Thing


I'm rocking my poodle because poodles don't keep.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend lost her baby to stillbirth. I reached out to her to comfort and encourage her broken heart. Sharing my story helped her know she was not alone, and that she will survive the horrible pain of losing her baby. 

After that, I had a time of contemplation regarding life's dance: the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, and the triumphs and struggles. As I was lost in thought, Maggie, who has never liked the motion of the rocker, came to me. I picked her up and sat still with her for a while, but as my thoughts took over, I started rocking again. Instead of getting down, she fell asleep in my arms. As I held her warm, sleeping body, I remembered the blessings of rocking the babies God allowed me to keep. 

Ever since that day, she's come to me to be rocked. She is three pounds and not much bigger than Clint's work boot. She stands with her back legs on the couch and puts her two front legs on the arm of my rocker and stares at me until I put away my work and let her move over. Then she settles, and I start rocking her while she goes limp and dozes. I use those moments to pray for the children I have and to give thanks for all sixteen He made known to me. I don't know why Maggie changed her opinion of the rocker, but I've enjoyed it so much! 

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Amanda's Art

Amanda has been decorating her new home with her own creations.
I love them!

Plain Pineapple on reclaimed pre 1940s wood

Sunflower on reclaimed pre 1940s wood

The Orange Matches the Cat on reclaimed canvas

Trees on reclaimed canvas

Exodus 35:32-33to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,  to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 

Monday, October 01, 2018

A friend of a friend's grandson. The family is devastated. They've had illness and another loss this year. Please pray for them.

Joshua's Birthday Card


This is the birthday card Joshua's boss mailed to our home.


Happy Birthday! I am so sorry this card is mailed a little late. What an incredible blessing you are to the restaurant. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. I very much look forward to getting to know you and your family better as friends. My wife, Erin, my children, and I are praying that you will always trust and follow God's voice in your life. 

As a mom, I am so thankful this man is my sons' boss. What an answered prayer!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Why are you afraid to stand out?

Modern Christians hope to save the world by being like it, but it will never work. The church's power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it, never from her integration into it.  -A. W. Tozer

I challenge you to examine every area of your life and see how well it lines up with God's Word. Does it look more like God's way or the world's way? Are you choosing a way because it is what everyone else is doing? Are you afraid to stand out? Do you look differently? Sound differently? Live differently? Truly believing God's Word makes us stand out more and more from this world. 

The more we stand out for God, the more powerful our witness for Him will be. The more we look like Jesus, the more the world will hate us and the more our enemy will come after us. I'd rather really live by dying for Jesus than die and not having really lived for Him.

May God give us the courage to be obedient to His truths in this tragic, critical, and dangerous hour in which we live. -A. W. Tozer

Your life is happening right now. Make it count.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

More Good News

So much has changed in our family this year, but it's all been very good! I'm trying to do quick updates to the blog so I get it done and don't forget the details. I am staying so busy and often not at home. This blog serves to not only update our friends, but it is saved to a hard drive for our family history.

One of Caleb's bosses discussed another offer with him yesterday. I can't share about it yet, but if he gets it, it will be $20 an hour, look great on a resume, comes with potential for a promotion in an existing job, and more. He's handling the two jobs and college just fine right now. I'm missing him, but he's hustling and getting his future going. Not too bad for a young man who just turned 17!

Joshua was approached at three weeks into his current job about a manager position. He stood out that much that early! Yay, Joshua!!! He starts training for that position in November if all goes well. Caleb was approached at four weeks into one of his jobs about a position in management. Yay, Caleb!!! These boys are excelling! Caleb said he was interested. We are waiting on more details and seeing what will happen with the other offer he's received. 

I refer people who text and email to the blog because it gives them the details I might forget and saves me a lot of time. I haven't had much time for the computer or phone due to the changes here (less help with the farm and household), resuming homeschool, a very large project we are working on in another city, trying to learn a new skill, and my seeking an education on three different subjects. 

I've been reminded a lot lately of Proverbs 16:9. It's certainly proven true in our lives. We thought we were headed one way, but God dropped a lifelong dream of mine (well, since I was a teen and saw my parents do it) and a decades old dream of ours as a married couple into our laps. Suddenly, our direction has been changed without effort or extensive planning. There's effort now, but the way it happened was literally effortless. God is good! 

Team Asbell is heading to Amanda's this evening to do a small roof repair on her laundry room. There will be smack talking, laughing, and having fun! Then Clint and I hope to have a quiet and relaxing evening at home alone. 





Joshua was upset that he damaged our gate. We had to install it years ago to keep the curious from driving down our lane. We'd find people in our driveway or front yard at all hours of the day and night. 

I told him not to worry about the gate because his safety was what was important to his dad and I. I also told him God had already provided for this moment. 

Amanda had found one on Craigslist that was brand new a few weeks earlier. It was free and nicer than the one we have. We just need time for Clint to install it.

Friday, September 28, 2018

A Very Dangerous Situation

Caleb treated Bethany out to a meal and shopping last night. His gas pedal got stuck, and his truck accelerated to over 70 mph in heavy traffic! Twice! The first time, he thought his mat had caught in it. He removed the mat and tried to get home. Then it happened again! He remembered his very thorough homeschooled driving lessons and got him and Bethany off the road safely both times. AAA (Asbell, Asbell, Asbell) got his truck home, and we are so thankful they are safe! Bethany said next time he can get the meal, but the excitement is not necessary. 

Yesterday afternoon, a person pulled out of their driveway into oncoming traffic with their phone in their face. The careless young person nearly caused Brandon to wreck. They never stopped. Brandon doesn't even know if they noticed they were almost hit. He swerved into the other lane to keep from missing them. It was such a very close call, Brandon stopped to see if they had exchanged paint. Brandon is reporting it to deputies at my request hoping to prevent an accident for someone else.


About a month ago, Joshua's truck slipped into gear and rolled forward as he was walking around it. He was exiting the car to unlock our driveway gate. The truck rolled forward and bent our gate badly. He could have been injured or worse if caught between the truck and the gate. It had not happened before and has not happened since. 

Seven months ago, God kept four of our family safe when life threatening danger came to our home in the middle of the night. 

Danger is always lurking around ALL of us. Physical, spiritual, and emotional. None of us know when we will be called home. God could call me or someone in my family home at any moment, but we know our eternity is secure in Jesus. I encourage you to make sure you know where you will spend eternity. 

Breast Cancer Food for Thought

Shared with me by a friend in health care:

Surgeons Admit That Mammography Is Outdated And Harmful To Women

A study completed in Switzerland originating out of Canada (the 2014 Canadian National Breast Screening Study) concluded that mammography screenings do not reduce mortality rates at any better rate than your average physical breast examination (1). This means that women are paying much more to get a fancy mammography when they could simply feel for lumps and bumps and get the same–if not better results.
Consequently, the procedure is utterly unnecessary and actually harmful. As Dr. Sarah Mybill said, “I believe that if you did have a tumor, the last thing you would want to do is crush that tumor between two plates because that would spread it” (1).
The list of research goes on and on. There have been countless studies done expressing the severe uselessness of mammography (4). The math calculates it this way: “If we assume that screening reduces breast cancer mortality by 15% and that overdiagnosis and overtreatment is at 30%, it means that for every 2000 women invited for a screening throughout 10 years, one will avoid dying of breast cancer and 10 perfectly healthy, cancer-free women who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily” (1).

My friend recommends instead of mammogram: 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

I bought one...

This looks like it will make trimming our pets' nails so much easier! I'll let you know how I like it. 

Illuminated Pet Nail Clipper 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Called Home Young

Some days are harder than others. This is a family member of good friends of ours. He has a wife of one year and parents who have already lost a child. They are asking for prayer.

Man killed during farming accident in Dunn Co. identified

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
Romans 12:15 

Caleb's Good News, Amanda's Praise

Caleb received very good news in his job yesterday. Like Joshua's work news, I can't reveal it yet, but something very good is in the works!

Amanda was praised for how well she performed physically during her fitness test for her new job. The person giving her the evaluation told her she was out performing most men! We grow them strong and healthy on the farm!  Proverbs 31:17 She girds her loins with strength and makes her arms strong.

A friend with Lyme received the special dietary gift we sent her and told us it was exactly what she needed and even tastes very good! 

We also had a very good farm sale yesterday! One of the best things about working in sales at home is meeting the people and hearing their stories. It's very rewarding! It's always interesting to see who God puts in our path.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Amanda's Talk with God..and what happened next

I have her permission to share this.

Amanda driving time is when she does a lot of talking with the Lord. She was praying as she drove to have new tires put on her truck.

She told God, "I have a great family. You gave me a nice car. You gave me a house. You just gave me a promotion and a great raise. I am thankful for all of these things. It would be nice to have someone to share this wonderful life with, but I am not going to go looking for it. I will wait on you to bring it to me."

She paid for her tires and looked around the store for a while. Then she went outside and sat on a bench while waiting for her tires to get finished.

A young man sat down beside her, started talking to her, asked for her phone number, and said he'd like to take her out. She told him she was not into the world's type of dating but was open to having a friend and would see where things went from there. He agreed and stated he was a Christian also. They shared part of their stories while she waited. He told her he's always wanted to be a part of a large family.

He took her to church, and they've been texting daily. Clint met him very briefly and said he seems like a nice young man.

Amanda said she doesn't know if he is the one, but she KNOWS from this young man walking into her life when he did that God heard her prayer and has affirmed that waiting on Him is the right direction to pursue.

It reminded me of when a few decades ago, a hurting teen prayed for someone to love her..and God sent Clint the next day.

Compression Borrowing

When you can't find your engine compression tester, 
you borrow your daughter's!
I love it!!
The banter between them was priceless!

The joke was that if he lost it or forgot to return it, 
he had to pay $700 for it.
That's one month's mortgage for her house!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Emergency Surgery Prayer Request

9:04 a.m. Please pray for a dear, life long friend of ours. Angie needs emergency surgery and has a condition called Ehlers Danlos that makes the surgery and healing time high risk. She has appendicitis and has bleeding somewhere in her body. They are hoping to do the surgery laparoscopically. 

She is a very sweet Christian who has placed herself in the Lord's hands. Please pray hard for Angie, her doctors, her husband, children, grandchildren, and her sister Dina. We are very concerned and love her very much!

10:20 a.m. She is out of surgery and recovering well. She still needs prayer.

9/15/2018: I am updating through my phone while on a romantic weekend away with Clint. One of her family members told me that Angie is in a great deal of pain even though she has been given strong medication. Part of this is due to the extra effort they made to give her body time to heal from the surgery. They use three different methods of closure. Angie's spirits are great! Thank you to all who are praying.

10:22 a.m. Angie needs prayer for pain and for her blood pressure to come up. The pain meds dropped her bp very, very low, so they took her off of them according to her sister. If her blood pressure comes up enough they will let her go home soon.

4:30 p.m. Her sister told me she is home and resting!! Please keep praying for complete healing. ED can be tricky post op. There are concerns. Thank you to all who are praying. 

9/24/2018: Angie shared that she may have a post op infection. It also might be a healing issue due to the ED. Tests were done. She's also dealing with a rash around the surgery site. Please pray for her. She has so many things going on her body from the ED lately. 

9/25/2018: No infection! Praise the Lord!!! All of the swelling and redness is from an allergic reaction. She still needs prayer that her body will heal. She has so much going on with the ED and her other health concerns. I won't share what she told me privately, but please, please pray for God to reverse or at least slow the disease. 

9:04 a.m. At the same time as I was typing this, Clint texted me for prayer. He is first responder to a co-worker with symptoms of a heart attack

10:20 a.m. She has been transported to the hospital. She had a headache for a few days that kept increasing. It became severe while at work this morning and was accompanied by chest pain, breathing issues, and a pain shooting down her arm. Two people from the company went to keep her company until family can get to her. 

11:15 a.m. She does not have heart damage. They are doing more tests. She has co-workers with her still.

9/15/2018: I am updating through my phone. She's feeling a little better, but she still has a headache and very high blood pressure.They say she did not have a heart attack, but they do not know what the issue is either  

9/24/2018: She is back to work. They do not know what happened to her to give her the heart attack like symptoms.

12 Hour Night Shift Witness


(ignore the 11372 it was something for work)

When Amanda is tired and the night is running long, she writes a verse reference on her arm. Sometimes it is a verse she wants to memorize. Other times, it is a verse she knows that she wants to keep in mind. The extra bonus  is that over and over co-workers from all walks of life have seen the writing on her arm and ask her about the verse. This opens a door for her to share her faith.

When I was a young mother, I put a little sign up in my home with 3 John 1:4 as a goal in my mothering. It reminded me teach my children God's truth in every aspect of our lives. God has brought that to fruition. I know God will bring His promises to fruition in Amanda's life too.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Do the right thing

Joshua was a customer in a hardware store making a large purchase for us this week. He had to deal with a very rude and grumpy man. Joshua tired quickly of the attitude, but he maintained his standard of behavior through the transaction. I am proud of him!

People are rude.
People are mean.

People are hard hearted.
People will take their problems out on you.

Be kind.
Be an encourager.
Be polite.
For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

–Galatians 6:5
It's simple to say. However, when you are in the moment with a very rude person, it's not second nature to remain polite. This flesh battles so hard with our spirit. 

Don't worry about how it is received. 

Do it for God's glory because of all He's done for you.

Some will question your motives because of the condition of their own heart or because they are not use to kindnessSome will keep being mean, and some will get even nastier. 

Their reaction speaks about them just like you choosing to do the right thing speaks about you. You can learn a lot about a person's spiritual walk by how they respond to your kindness.

Most people will appreciate your kindness. A few of the mean people will mature and look back and realize they were wrong. 

Your Father will see how YOU behave, and that is all that truly matters.

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." 
Luke 6:17-28

This is not the first time this man has been unprofessional with our son, so Clint is going to call the man's boss and let him know how his customers are being treated when he is not present. This kind of behavior could drive customers away and possibly end in a lawsuit, so Clint's going to give the business owner a heads up.

Update: The owner had no idea this was happening, apologized it happened, and thanked Clint repeatedly for telling him. 

Want to be powerful in prayer?

Want to be powerful in prayer?

Get to know Him through His Word. Obey Him in all areas of your life trusting that His way is better than your own. Pray and ask Him to help you know and understand Him better and to learn to love His way. He will help you if you genuinely seek Him.

"Those who know God the best are the richest and most powerful in prayer. Little acquaintance to God, and strangeness and coldness to Him, make prayer a rare and feeble thing." -E. M. Bounds

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Super Long Arby's Fry


Amanda and I were impressed!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Squirrel Blessing

T called me and told me his aid had to turn around due to his road flooding due to the remnants of a tropical storm. When his aid can't get there for whatever reason, he can't be cleaned and can't get moved out of his bed for the day. His urinal bottle fills, and he doesn't have a way to empty it so he can continue to relieve himself. He also does not get his meals or medicine. If he is helped into his motorized wheelchair, he can do most things for himself.

While T is a neighbor, he is not right next door. Clint tried to get to him, but we couldn't get down his road with our suburban either. Joshua offered to walk over a mile in a very heavy downpour and winds and having to cross through woods and a muddy field. He dumped his urinal, cleaned up around his bed, cooked him some food, left him some snacks, and made sure he had something to drink. Then Joshua headed back into the storm for home. 

The age of young squirrels can be cloesly estimated by how long the white hairs on their tail are.

Once Joshua hit the corner of our place, he saw this baby squirrel wet, cold, and on the ground. Joshua approached it, and it didn't scurry away. Joshua brought it inside and dried it off. Then he warmed it up with a heating pad. While it was warming up, Joshua trekked back to the spot to see if he could get the baby back to its mother. 


He walked into the clearing just in time to see the mother running with another baby in her mouth. He went back to the house, got the little squirrel he found, and protected it in his hoodie as he made his way back to the corner.


He put the little guy in a box he left on its side against a tree to act as a shelter from the rain. Joshua knew the mother had to be watching him. As he got ready to leave, he heard another baby, found it, and put it in the box too. The weary little mother had them both to safety within an hour.


Joshua enjoyed this encounter with the little squirrel! He said he felt like God blessed him with a unique encounter for helping our neighbor.