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Our Forever North

I am that girl that can find her way anywhere, but can never find my way home! Been there? I can find any mall, but after shopping? Look out, cause I am one tired girl trying to find her way home. Yes, you will see me pulled over, on the phone, asking my husband, "How do I get home from here?" You will hear him on the other end give a chuckle and then tell me how to get back on the road in the right direction.

"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12-14

Today we have GPS which can put us right in front of our destination if we only listen to the instructions. Sometimes we think we know a bette…


Do you love the story of Naomi and Ruth? If so, this story will be a blessing beyond anything you can imagine. "Mine Is The Night", comes after, "Here Burns My Candle." Once again we meet widowed, Elisabeth Kerr and her mother in law, Marjory Kerr. This is a Scottish tale, crafted by one of the very best. My friends, Liz hits it out of the park. If you love historical fiction with a twist of romance and intrigue, you will grab a cup of coffee, get cozy and stay up all night!

This is one of those extraordinary books that will inspire. The characters are rich and the setting gives us a chance to escape to another time and place.The Kerr name is now defiled and Elisabeth and Marjory are trying to find solace. With no title, no fortune, they are outcasts. Everything they ever dreamed of is gone. They step off the coach into the city of, Selkirk, with only their bags. They have each other and a cousin who is willing to help them. Elisabeth's character is one that pu…


Jillian Galloway is a radio host with a program on marriage. Now that her radio program has given her a platform, she has begun speaking in front of thousands about her newest book. A book she has written sharing her wisdom on having a successful marriage. She has been married to her husband, Jack, for twenty-four years. Their marriage has been rock solid. A marriage where they communicated daily and lived as though everything was perfect. It was until the morning they are to leave for Jill's West Coast tour. Jack doesn't carry his bags to the car. He walks Jill to the car and simply tells her, "I want a divorce." No warning. No nothing. He just places her in the car and tells her to have a good time. Can you imagine? I am reading these pages thinking I would down right kill this man. Who does this? They woke up happy and then despair takes over. The thing is, Jack, doesn't even know why. He just wants a divorce. This leaves, Jill, in a tail spin. She is lost and…

Happy is as joy does

When will we ever be happy in today? We can't wait to be sixteen so we can drive. Then we will be happy. Well, I hate to tell you, but puberty is not exactly fun. All those zits, yuck! We can't wait to have our own job. Oh Lord, again, you might not find that happiness your looking for when you have a boss breathing down your neck telling you to move faster. We think we find happiness when we are finally out on our own. Wow, we can do what we what when we want. Um, once again, nope! When you begin taking out your check book each week and watching your paycheck go to bill after bill you might re-check that happiness list. Oh, once we get married we will be happy. I wouldn't count on it. Marriage is work. Daily work. Love just doesn't happen. It is an action of purpose. Children? Yes, I will be happy once I have children? LOL There are days you will want to pull your hair out and run for the hills. Well, okay then. What about when I retire? I hear people are so bored the…

A soft answer is the way to go

A sweet friend spoke this verse to me, "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1, at a time in my life when the Lord knew these words would stick with me forever. This beautiful friend was not only calming me, but preparing for what I would be what I needing most.
When we are in the heat of the moment words fly. Words that you cannot take back. Words can either edify and bring glory or they can curse and bring shame. I believe I have been on both ends of these words we use to share our emotions. Emotions are so very hard to control, aren't they? We can get angry and we can spout off at the mouth, only regretting those words later.
When we speak softly and make a conscious effort to be calm it provides a door for the other person to remain calm. Ever notice the more angry we become the more angry the other feels also? Then both people are shouting and no one is hearing anything, but anger. Nothing good can come shouting. We want the…


I am honored to have the beautiful, Doreen Hanna, as my guest today. As I prepare for this interview today, Doreen's husband, Chad, is in the hospital. As of right now he has congestive heart failure and will be going through more testing. I ask that you saturate all of heaven with prayers for the Hanna family, asking for complete healing. As I was on Doreen's FB page today a wonderful friend of hers wrote this grace filled prayer. I would like to share the prayer of her friend, Dawn Marie Wilson, "Father God, I ask You to encourage Doreen right now. Give her a tender sense of Your presence. Strip any fear from her heart, and fill her with Your peace. You are in control, Father, and I know that Doreen knows that. I ask you to touch Chad's body and heal this staph infection. Ease his breathing and help him rest. We ask for healing of the heart and lung problems. We rest in You. I ask you to encourage all of the Hanna family today, and help them know that we are all in …

Coming through the valley with a better view from the mountain top

Sadly I saw a woman's words a few days ago. Words that broke my heart. Her words were this; "Tomorrow I will wake up and I will still be______." This woman was in distress. She didn't want to wake the next day still being her. I stopped and prayed for this woman. I too have been there. I could relate to her words. They are words we all feel at one time or another in our lives. This woman just needed someone to wrap their arms around her and share some love with her. What had happened? What circumstance had effected her in such a way that she didn't want to wake up?

Through my life I have lived with the death of friends, the death of my dad, rape, divorce, the list goes on. If I were to concentrate on all these times in my life I could just curl up in a ball and take the fetal position until Jesus comes. Friends, that isn't what we are to do. I have learned it is a choice. Each day, even moment by moment, is a choice to live in worship or to die in despair.

It's time for some softball

Yes! Spring has arrived in full bloom. The breeze that brushes the curtains so softly feels so warm reaching all throughout my home. I can hear the birds chirping. Geese are flying over and I hear farm animals all around me. The grass is growing green and the buds are popping on the trees. Daisy is eager to go outside and I am ready for some sun! Are you with me?
It is time to play some softball my friends. Okay, if you know me, you know I love softball. Now, as a kid, I was a great second baseman. I could stretch, flip and slide everywhere. Well, I still can, but I might not land on my feet as I once did. LOL Yes, it is a sight to behold. There is just something about getting out that old dusty glove, which I keep in the trunk of my car along with my tennis shoes. Hey, you never know when others will be ready to just throw a ball around.
I had a friend ask me last night, "So, are you gonna try again this year?" I laughed as she asked me. I will put on my tennis shoes every …

Little feet, big shoes

"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." Ephesians 5:1-2

Wow, I can remember when my children mimicked every gesture I made. Every word they would repeat. They would place their tiny feet in my shoes and try to hard to walk in them. They would tumble over, but you know what? That never stopped them. They got right back up and moved forward with each tiny step.

"He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed." Proverbs 13:20

Oh, the sweetness of child-like love. Nothing can stop it. They are not hindered by anything. They reach for the moon. They count the stars. They run like there is no tomorrow. They live a crazy love that is catching to all around them. You cannot be within the company of a child without laughter. Laughter that comes from a simple joy. A God given joy that surpasses…


I recently received, "The Art of Being You", by Bob and Joel Kilpatrick, father and son. Artists, creative by nature, have written a book together about being the you, God, has created you to be. Throughout this book they examine the differences in an artistic based faith and a math based faith. I want to begin with the description of this book by Zondervan.


People are the artistic masterpieces of God—beautifully drawn, brilliantly scored, poetically rendered. The Art of Being You by Bob and Joel Kilpatrick will help you view God as artistic master rather than master mechanic, and see yourself as his finest work rather than as broken and in need of fixing. Your life will be transformed, and your relationship with God will change forever.

I heard a well-known Christian musician say at a concert that God was in the business of fixing broken people. I went home and thought about that for a while, and I came to a different conclusion... That different conclusion, re…


Today I am honored to have, Jennifer Slattery, write a guest post for the Nest. It is a post I too feel passionate about and it is my prayer that you will be blessed. I hope it is a post that will bring change as we stand boldly for Christ. If we can only bring a "love change" to our hearts then we will be ready to face the world as a Christian ready for service. Jennifer is a great writer because she writes for the Lord and is passionate about His Word and His calling in her life. After you read  Jennifer's post take a few moments and check out the links below. You will be blessed beyond words as you find Jennifer's loving wisdom in her own blog and others she co-writes.


Last summer our family spent a week in Branson. While there, we met a woman passionate about the life movement and we engaged in conversation. She told me a story of a pregnant girl she reached out to. One day, she spo…


Oh the love that flows from Lilly Lapp. She has loved Jacob, well, it seems all her life. Jacob on the other hand has carried a torch for, Sarah King, but it was not to be. Sarah is now married to another and Jacob can't find it in his heart to release his love. After a night of events, Lilly, finds herself standing up for, Jacob, and before they know it, they are engaged to marry. You would think this would be the happiest time in a girl's life, but for, Lilly? She is marrying a man who is in love with another. My heart ached for Lilly. She misses her father. There is a huge whole in heart she is trying to fill just as, Jacob, is trying to fill the loss of the girl of his dreams. Jacob wants to love, Lilly. He wants to give her his whole heart, but he is struggling. I enjoyed watching these two people come together leaving the past behind and taking hold of the future with a new hope.

"Sarah's Garden" is book 1 of the series, "A Patch of Heaven Novel." …

Keep teaching me, Lord

You know the term, "I know, I know..." Oh, how many times I have heard these words from my children, but on the flip side, oh, how many times I have said them myself. We seem to think we know an awful lot don't we? When it comes down to it, what do we really know? Enough to know we need to learn more.

"Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days." Proverbs 19:20

In teaching Junior High kids in our Awana program you get those kids that sit before you wide eyed and eager to learn. Then you have those who look at you as though they want to ask, "Why are you telling me this? I know it already." Oh, how I wish they too could get it. I wish I could get it. I am learning the less I say the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I share. It is a progress of growth. Maturing is really understanding how little we do know and how greater our lives can be if we will just take the time to listen a little more and talk a li…


Oh, to be inspired by a book thrills my heart! A Maverick for sure. Levee O'Reilly is one of those girls you absolutely love and admire. Her character is so strong, yet you see a vulnerable side to her. She has been through much, but the Lord has brought her through. She might be petite, but she carries a huge joy that steals your heart from the first pages and keeps them turning. I was cheering her on all throughout the book. Levee has seen loss in her life and felt the pain of being alone, but you would never see that by the way she lives. She takes one moment at a time and is determined to live fully. 
She finds herself in Eagle Pass, Texas as a teacher after tragedy strikes once more in her life.  Before long she meets the Neville family and finds her  heart pounding when sees Daniel Neville. Once you meet his character you wish you were Miss O'Reilly, yourself!  
Dan has seen the hard days of life and is finding his way back. The Neville family is one of strong faith and le…

Temptation on the roof top

In reading the story of Bathsheba and David, I realized something. Since first hearing of this account in David's life for some reason I have always though Bathsheba suduced David in some way. That simply isn't true. I had the aha moment while reading, "Bathsheba", by Jill Eileen Smith. After reading this wonderful book, it brought my eyes to God's Word once again to read the account of David and Bathsheba. We can begin reading the story of Bathsheba and David in 2 Samuel 11. David was a man after God's own heart. But this? It displeased God. I found myself asking, "How many times have I displeased my God?"
Here we have Bathsheba. She is married to, Uriah the Hittite. They are happily married, but Uriah is away at battle. It doesn't state, but could she have been missing him? I am sure her love was strong for her husband, but in one night it all changed. One night she dressed for the wrong man and forgot her husband's love and took another a…