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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON? by Dr. David Jeremiah

Is the current economic and political crisis actually prophesied in the Bible?
If so, what are we to do about it? It is hard to piece together all this information in a way that gives a comprehensive picture of what the end times will look like. That's why so many theories abound. And that's why Dr. David Jeremiah has written What In the World Is Going On?, a unique book that cuts through the hundreds of theories to identify the essential 10 most important bible prophecies. There is no other book like this. You'll find it the ultimate study tool for understanding the future. You'll have a greater sense of comfort that, even in these crazy times, God is indeed in control. If bible prophecy as always been a mystery to you, Dr. Jeremiah's book will help you solve the mystery. At last, bible prophecy can make sense, and make a difference. What In the World Is Going On? is shocking and eye-opening but essential reading in these turbulent days.
I love Dr. David Jeremiah. H…

ORIGINAL INTENT by David Barton

Are you looking for an accurate account of our history? Our constitution? Our founding fathers? If so, Original Intent is the book for you. I have heard many history lovers say this is their favorite book outside the bible. I now see why. This book contains everything one would desire to know about our constitution. It's the hows, whys, whens and wheres of those who built this country with faith and determination. Did you know there were fifty six signers of the Declaration of Independence? We not only read of those names that are well known, but those we are not familiar with. One thing that stands out for me is the humility of David Barton. He shares that although his name is on the cover, there are countless people who helped bring this book alive. This book holds valuable detail about those who helped bring this country we call home to fruition. It is our responsibility to know about our country, our courts, our documents that are so often taken out of context. David Barton ta…

A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS BY Vannetta Chapman

Loved. Loved. Loved it! I found myself admiring Annie Weaver and mesmerized by the characters around her. This is a book about searching, family, faith and letting go. Each character binds this book together. Annie Weaver is a young Amish woman staying with her aunt in the city, during he Rumschpringe. She is not out searching the world, but finding herself in the nursing she has found so fulfilling. She is in love with the children she is caring for. Annie is a woman of mercy and grace. As Annie is living in the city her father has an accident that brings her back home. Home where she knows she belongs. We see the closeness of family and the bond they carry for each other. It is a strong bond of love. This family knows each other. They don't just pass one another in the day, but they spend time with each other and that is a value we can all learn from. Samuel Reed is a man who has watched Annie grow up and is trying to let go of his painful past. Letting to day by day, his heart …

Waiting for Morning

This morning as I drove to my mom's house this song came on and I just felt the Lord wash over me. I felt His assurance and promise. I do feel as though I am in a tunnel. Tears just flow so easily as I write. I feel as though this tunnel is closing in on me. Sleep? It doesn't come. When I do have a chance for sleep, the stress overtakes my mind. I am so very tired and restless. My mom is sleeping as I write this on Friday. Either I give her all these medications or she is in severe pain. So what do you do? Do you give her relief or do you watch as her mind escapes?I have helped care for my mom for years now, but never anything like this. I would do her laundry, shopping and some cleaning. This journey is all new. Shingles has changed her life. My whole family is trying to adjust to these changes, but it is anything but easy. We are praying for light at the end of this tunnel.Yesterday I gave my mom a bath. I think this was not only humbling for my mom, but for me as well. I d…

LETS CHAT FRIDAY with Carlena Matthews

Today Carlena Matthews is stopping in! I am just tickled pink that she took the time to chat with me. To share her heart for you and I. She is just so beautiful, sweet and has a kind spirit. I pray you are encouraged through our chat. With each lady who stops in the Nest, it just brings more blessings to this girl that is having such a blast getting to know these amazing ladies better. I know you are excited as well, so let's get chatting girls!


(Robin) Carlena, tell me a little about yourself . . . (Carlena) I am a small town girl who loves Jesus more than anything. I'm a preacher's daughter. A mother, a grandmother, a sister, a friend, a songwriter, a photographer, and an artist. Every talent I have is a gift from God. I love children and am currently working as a Vision Therapist. God has put me in many interesting places! And, there is nothing I love to share more than Him, because there is nothing greater! The most important role I will ever have is being His daughter,…

Waiting for Morning

Last night was one of those never ending nights. It seemed morning would never come. Needless to say, no sleep. There are those moments you get to close your eyes, but you are just waiting to get up once more.I have never seen my mother suffer so badly. The pain seems to overtake her body and the medications are overtaking her mind. Last night I had to take one pain medication away. The side effects were devastating for her. It's so heart breaking to watch your mother just seem to grow smaller and further away. There are those moments of clarity, but others she doesn't even know the day. Heart medications, nerve medications, pain, eye, the list goes on and on. Shingles is one of those illness' that is so very painful. Nothing can take the pain totally away. I write, I keep track of her medications throughout the day and night. When she is sleeping I find myself beside her bed watching her chest rise and fall. It takes me back to my dad's hospital room, and that is not …

THURSDAY'S SCRIPTURE

Colossians 3:20 "Children, always obey your parents, for this please the Lord."
Ephesians 6:1-3 "Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do." Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth."
As I sit down at my mother's house this morning, away from my home, my computer, I sit here writing for Thursday's Scripture. As I read God's word about honoring your parents this just speaks volumes to me today.
As my mother went to the emergency room last Thursday, and then again on Friday to finally be admitted, my life completely did a 180. I could even say a 360! My life completely belongs to taking care of her right now. Nothing else is above that for me. Everything I do ends and my focus is shifted to her. Now, before you go thinking, "How sweet. What a wonderful da…

WEDNESDAY'S WOMAN

Can you imagine being the plain sister? The sister that doesn't catch the eye of others? The older sister who feels overlooked? That is how Leah felt. She is the daughter of Laban, sister of Rachel. Rachel who is captivating. Younger and the girl everyone wants to have their own.
Can you imagine the jealousy? I think these two sisters have quite a struggle to say the least and now out of no where, here comes a young, handsome man into town, Jacob.
See this picture? Here is Jacob, the man who just catches your eye. The Brad Pitt of town. Here he is, walking into town and who do you think he has his eye on? Wouldn't you know it. Rachel. She is there to greet him, smiling away.
This makes me think of Leah now. The sister back home. The one left at the house. Can you see her face as they come walking home? I imagine Leah as looking out the window (As if they had windows. Just go with me here.Lol) and saying, "Are you kidding me? Really?"
Jacob falls for Rachel and wants to …

ENCOURAGEMENT TUESDAY

As I sit here in this dark hospital room, looking out the window, watching the traffic go by, I wonder if she will ever leave this room. Tears fall as I am tired and weary. It breaks my heart to see my mother hurt so badly. She suffers through the night, moaning in pain and crying out as these shingles overtake her body.
I now know why I am not a nurse. The nurse I dreamed of being. My heart aches for those lining this hallway in rooms hurting and searching for healing. Some are crying out as other are silently hurting, holding it all in, suffering in silence, with no one present to hold their hand. My mother has me here with her, but I often wonder if I really am any help at all as I am falling apart inside.
I must be honest, as I wonder where God is in all this. Where is He when I am crying out for healing for my mom? Where is He is in her deepest pain and unsureness of tomorrow? I sit here looking out as the world continues on. Does anyone care? Does anyone know? It kills me to see …

MONDAY QUOTES

Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."God is forever teaching me my life is not my own. My life belongs to Him. This song and this verse have carried me through a weekend that is life changing and no matter what happens I ALWAYS know He is there with me. He can use our life to bring change to others. He can use our lives to bless others and to give encouragement. This verse allows me the hope for tomorrow, knowing however long the journey, whatever the road brings, He is ALWAYS going to show me the way if I seek Him. He knows my thoughts before I say them. He knows my prayers before I speak them. This is one of those verses that gives me strength to carry on. I pray this verse and this song bring you hope for today and encouragement for tomorrow.

LETS CHAT FRIDAY with Kathi Macias

Well look who stopped by the Nest today. It's Ms. Kathi Macias! What a pleasure it is to have her, the easy-writer herself. Kathi is just a great lady who is full of wisdom and is such a gem. It is an honor to have her stop in at my blog and spend a few intimate moments with us as friends. When interviewing Kathi that is exactly how she makes you feel. She is warm, inviting and gifted. I had the pleasure of reading Kathi's book, "No Greater Love." It was one that captivated me and is in my quickly growing collection of books. Well, let's get started with our chat..






(Robin) Kathi, tell me a little about yourself... (Kathi) I’m a Southern California girl, born and raised, though I’ve spent a few years in Texas, Colorado, and Washington. Always seem to end up back here though! My children are all grown, and we have seventeen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. My 89-year-old mother lives with us, and when I’m not involved in some sort of writing/speaking activi…

God is mighty! God is strong!

I just want to share some of my favorite songs. Those songs that lift me up and remind me of God's power and might. We gain our strength through Him. We will fall. We will slip. But we do not have to stay there. God will lift us up out of that pit and set us on dry ground. It is my prayer that as you listen you will be reminded He is always with us. Nothing is too big for God. This world has nothing to hold us down. Live in your faith. Trust in your Redeemer. And hope in the God of today!

The Wedding Announcement of My Baby Girl

Boschert to Wed Pelton

Kenton and Vicki Boschert, Troy, and Steve and Robin Prater, Lonedell, accounce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Boschert, to Nick Pelton, son of Steve and Carla Pelton.
Whitney is a 2008 graduate of St. Clair High School and is attending St. Louis College of Health Careers for an LPN degree. She is employed by St. Clair Nursing Center.
Nick is a 2008 graduate of St. Clair High School and joined the U.S. Air Force the same year. He is employed by Home Systems, St. Clair.
The couple plan an August 28, 2010, wedding at Villa Ridge Baptist Church.

It is an honor to announce my daughter's wedding. It will be an honor to walk down the aisle being her mother. Being Whitney's mother has been one of my greatest joys in life. She is beauty. She is love. She is a gift. This day I pray she and Nick will have a life filled with Christ. A life where all their dreams come true. A home where love will always be. A family that will forever be a steady source of en…

Remembering Home

My back yard is where I learned to do back flips, hand stands and cart wheels. It's where I prepared for the Olympics. My drive way is where learned how to play hand ball against the house. My bedroom is where I dreamed about my future. It's where I wrote all those notes to those boys I had crushes on. Out my window is where I gazed at the stars. My room is where I danced to my favorite songs, wrote poems and played school with all those stuffed animals. The river by our home is where I learned to explore and catch and release. Mostly catch with my dad and fry those catfish up for dinner. I learned to ride a bike down a gravel road and play ball in my small town. Growing up with the smell of corn growing and beans sprouting makes a girl part of the country. It's where I caught frogs and butterflies. Turtles, dragonflies and more. It's where I learned to drive in my dad's pick up truck, and where I dressed for prom. It's where I first fell in love and had that f…

THURSDAY'S SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:1-11 "One day as He saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around Him, He began to teach them.3 'God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.4God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.5God blesses those who humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.6God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.7God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.8God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.9God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.10God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.11God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.12Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you …

A Lovely Day at the Spring

A few weeks ago my husband and I went to Alley Springs located in Eminence, Missouri. It is only about a four hour drive from our house and it is a place we go every summer. You can find Jacks Fork River there, where many float, swim and camp out. There is a huge bluff where our children have jumped off each summer during their childhood times. It is a place we go when we just want to get away and relax. A place that feels like home and just seems to bring a smile to your face. The sights and sounds fill your heart with such beauty. It is not only a familiar place to us, but we have family who live near in Summersville, another quiet town, filled with sweet people. During our visit here we got to visit with our Aunt Ileen and this was such a sweet time with her. We always love going to her home.

This is the place where my husband and I spent just a few hours and walked hand in hand, taking it all in. We laughed, and spoke of the beauty around us. Here you are able to imagine the days o…

We can praise Him all day!

We could praise Him all day long and we still couldn't praise Him enough! God is just so good. Isn't He? He just continues to give, to bless and encourage us through His word and His creation. I pray today you can praise Him through all that touches your life. My words could never capture all I feel for the Lord. I pray this song is a blessing to you today. What a way to begin the day!

WEDNESDAY'S WOMAN

Joshua 2:1-21 brings me to Wednesday's Woman. She was a Canaanite woman. She was an innkeeper along with a prostitute. Know who she is yet? She is listed along with Moses, David, Samson, and Samuel as examples of faith and good deeds.(Heb 11:31 "It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies." She is also mentioned in the lineage of Jesus.(Matthew 1:5 "Salmon was the father of Boaz(whose mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed(whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse." Rahab also came to faith in believing in God after following the god of Baal. (2:11 "No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. for the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.")
Who knew a scarlet rope could mean so much? Here Rahab is living life in the inn. She …

Do we think about our legacy?

I simply wanted to share one of my favorite songs. One that speaks volumes to me. One that makes me ponder about life and not only the here and now, but what I am leaving behind. I don't want my life just to be about today, but about what I leave behind for others. I want others to see Jesus in my life. I want to leave behind a legacy that makes a mark on this earth that reaches all the way to heaven. Do you think of your legacy? Do you think of the impact we have on others? Just one smile, one hug, one word, makes an impact. Giving and sharing creates love that lasts forever. As you listen to this beautiful song it is my prayer that you are blessed. That you indeed think just as I about what our life says. About how far our life reaches others for the kingdom of God. Each life contains beauty, contains purpose. Our life can reach into the hearts of others pointing them to Jesus. It is my prayer that my life is shouting the sweet love of Christ.