Showing posts with label #God. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #God. Show all posts

Thursday, November 17, 2016

God Is In Control

Husband Charles and son-in-law Mark fix cars
God controls my non-unhealthy life at least for a few months. I regret that I'm unable to blog or write further books at present. Thank you, thank you, Jesus, for pushing out the message of God's guidance. I pray it helps many of you.

Check back here at any time to see if there are further posts. Until then, feel free to go back and read any of the older posts that might help you. I've posted on this blog since 2010. When you go through many God-ordained or funny-needed blogs that might help you, go through any of the posts that might give writing alignment, ghost stories, devotions, introduction to new authors or new books, or just a spot of what you need. Enjoy old blogs at any time.

Thank you for those who've read me for years. If God heals me, I will be back to writing.

Mother's Day, 2016
Fun with my Colorado daughter Sept. 2016
Feel free to go through The My Books page. I do have 5 available still for purchase. I pray they minister to you.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I Am Powerless

I work at eating well,  similar to the goals I've followed for twenty years. At that time, I lost one hundred pounds and maintained the loss. Nevertheless, I've failed many times this last month. As usual, I use God's twelve step program.
Time and time again, I face days of eating out several meals in a row, though I believe I've got days to cook at home, I find time out of town when I eat in restaurants, and when I stay at home, my craving for sweets turns me into eating candy corn or a box full of Fiber One bars.

I'm powerless.  God is full of power and brings victory.

Never give up.
Always read my twelve steps.
Rely on the Lord.
Though occasionally, I rise four to five pounds above my goal, but as God works in my life, I again drift down to goal weight. I'm a food addict. God is my strength.

I think again of the first three steps where I trust in God.

Honesty. 1. I admit I am powerless over food and that my life has become unmanageable.

Hope 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.

Action 3. Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand Him.

Thank you, Lord, for continuous power over food addiction.

On Oct. 29, I will be the speaker for the district meeting in Wichita Falls, TX for TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly). Lord, speak wisdom through me that day.

In December, 2016, Pen-L Publishing will be releasing Divine Dining Workbook. My upcoming book will compliment my first book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
The workbook will provide fourteen classes to begin a class to share problems with others to overcome compulsive overeating and lose weight. If you prefer to work at home by yourself, the new workbook will allow you to follow God's guidance at home.

Thank you, God, for confidence over my food addiction or compulsive overeating. Use me to maintain victory and touch other lives.

I am powerless. God is full of power.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

God is Always Awake

A couple of nights ago, I suffered restless leg syndrome all night long. I finally slept about an hour and a half. I usually sleep well. My hubby was dozing away. I couldn't even sit. I stood most of the night

  Night is a lonely time when you're awake. Everyone is asleep or on their jobs. You can't call anyone for encouragement. It's not safe to go running around town by yourself. So, I walked back and forth. I stood and swayed to the tempo in my head.

  Most of all, I prayed. Praise God. He's never asleep. I could talk with Him about anything. He created me, so He knows all about my troublesome aches and pains. It's a great time to intercede for your children, your friends, and your church.

  I didn't like having that fitful night, but God used it for good.

  When a restless night ends, it's like dawn over our world.
Dawn over North Texas Caprock

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 
                                    Psalm 121: 3-4 KJV
I love the quote: Why lay awake worrying? Give the job to the Lord. He'll be awake anyway.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What is Love?

I don't like most commercials, but ones with little children nearly always catch my attention. The Shriners use handicapped children to inform about all the good things they do, hoping, I assume, for donations.

The commercial I like best is the one where the children answer the question, "What is love?"

"Love is you like someone or something."
"Love is dancing."

Their answers are precious and heartfelt. If asked, how would we adults answer this question?

"Love is caring for someone more than ourselves."
"Love is an extreme affection for another."
"Love wants to give, not get."

All are great answers. My invaluable Roget's Super Thesaurus gives, as synonyms for love, "endearment, devotion, adoration, fondness, closeness intimacy, passion, crush, attachment," among many others ranging from a friend to a soulmate.

True Story
A few years ago, my oldest daughter and a young gentleman were great friends. They told each other about ones they dated. They spent a lot of time together in church work and fun stuff. My daughter began to see a change in her feelings, and she asked me, "How do you know when you're in love?"

"Why?" I asked.

"Well, lately, I just want to do anything and everything to please Mark, even if it's not what I want to do."

"You're in love," I told her.

The Bible tells us:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 
                                                             1 Corinthians 13 4-8 (the love chapter)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.                                                                                             1 Peter 4:8
   Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
                                                              John 15:13        
All this has been running through my mind this last week. The more I think about it, the more that I realize the answer to my question is:
What is love? Love is God

Don't just say "I love you," to God. Say, "I love you, too" because He first loved us.
                                                            Beth Moore
In my Wednesday night Bible study, a sweet teacher friend told us that during a book reading in her class about a grandpa and a little boy, the boy wanted the grandpa to promise he would never leave him. The grandpa told the boy, "I love you, and that's better than any promise."
We may want God to promise that we'll get well, or that our husband won't leave, or our child won't die. He may promise that, but He may not. Instead of promising that, God might be saying, "I love you, and that's better than any promise."
The warm days allow for nice mornings to sit on my patio for my quiet time. I hear "I love you" in ever chirp of the bird or flit of the butterfly's wings. Love surrounds us.
I am in awe of God. An old song reminds us to write God's love would take an ocean of ink and a parchment stretching the globe.
Thank you, Lord.
I love you, too.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Salute to Our Flag

Happy Flag Day
In a day when patriotism isn't in vogue, I just want to saw, I'm proud to be an American. The flag waves in front of our house today to salute our country, our founders, those who have served our country, and God, who ordained the United States of America.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Renee Blare Asks What Matters?

Let me offer a hearty welcome to Christian author, Renee Blare. She ponders "what matters" for our Writing with God's Hope blog today.

Have you ever wondered if people care? If anything really matters?
You could shout from the rooftops or scream at the top of your lungs, but in the end, would it make a difference? Maybe you should whisper? It’d probably save the sore throat.
After all, nobody really cares, nothing really matters. Right?
            Wrong. God cares. You matter.

I remember the moment I was saved.
No, not the day I heard of Jesus Christ. I’d heard His name my whole life. That name really didn’t mean much to me. It was just another name in a book. True, it was a very special book…but alas, it was merely paper and ink to me.
Now that I’ve made some ears burn and caused a few deep gasps of horror, stay with me.

As I said, I’d heard the name of Jesus, my whole life. What do I mean by that? Before I could walk, I played to songs of His name in the church nursery. I cut my teeth on the Holy Bible…literally. In addition to gum relief, I discovered certain rules came with it. Such things as when to use it, when not to, and most important of all, how to use it. And I learned well.

In other words, I could “talk the talk.” I even managed to improvise on a few occasions and “walk the talk”, so to speak. Right down the aisle into the baptistery. After all, that’s what a good “Christian” does, right?

Then came adolescence. Acne, glasses, braces…all in one year! The world hit with a bang. We’d moved to a brand new one too. World, that is. From the bayou of Louisiana to the high plains of Wyoming, culture shock rocked me to my very toes.
           On the outside, I remained the model “Christian.” I went to church every Sunday, and youth group on Wednesday. I even managed a camp or two. But God remained a complete stranger and it showed I used the language more conducive of a long-haul trucker or oilrig hand. I actually made a verbal agreement with my high school principal. “Keep it clean in the halls. Free reign at the games.” No, I’m not joking.

After the strain of adolescence snowballed into high school, (appropriate connotation for Wyoming, wouldn’t you say?) life took on new challenges. Migraines, my father’s business issues, and family health crises made days in my household interesting, if not dangerous. A lot for a teenager to handle, but unavoidable. But I made it..
I graduated and threw myself into church with a passion. Choir, Sunday Worship, Wednesday Night Bible Study, Singles’ Group, all to no end. I was still confused and miserable. What was I missing? What was the point to all this anyway?

Then it happened.

One cold Thursday night at Singles’ Group, we were studying Galatians. Afterwards, we began to pray, and it was like something or Someone slammed a two-by-four into the side of my head. All of a sudden, the years of Sunday School, all the children songs, hymns, sermons—everything I’d heard for the last eighteen years—made sense.

I asked Jesus into my heart that night. I knew Him at last. I realized He’d always been at my side, waiting…knocking. And that night, I let Him in.

I was…finally…a Christian, and my life changed. Instantly. It has never been the same.


If you’re asking yourself if God cares? He’s standing by your side right now. Waiting.

Ask Him into your heart and find out. You’ll always matter to Him.


Gal 2:20 (NKJV)  “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

 Oh, thank you, Renee. That was beautiful. I think many of us Christians will be able to identify with at least some of your story. Until we find Christ, religion isn't enough.
I love your humor, Renee. Tell us about your book:

To Soar on Eagle’s Wings

Spring’s in the air. While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell launches his first wildlife investigation of the season but the trouble follows him—straight to town.

Rachel Fitzgerald’s on Spring Break. Or at least she’s trying. Between paperwork, and harassing phone calls, she may as well have stayed in her classroom. So much for relaxation. A ‘chance’ meeting with her brother’s old roommate offers her weary soul a shred of hope, but she discovers love, like life, isn’t easy.

He talks with the wisdom of the Lord but rejects the future. She wants to soar with the eagles but walks alone. And trusting God proves to be more of a challenge than ever before…



Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, well, after the Lord and husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.
Nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat, she serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist and pens her Christian stories, keeping them interesting with action and intrigue, of course. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

·         Website:

·         Group Blog: Putting on the New:

·         Group Blog: HeartWings:

I am honored by your visit today, Renee, and I thank you. Does anyone have questions or comments to make?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

10 Steps to Good Health with Author, Eleanor Gustafson

On this day, I wish to introduce you to author, Eleanor Gustafson. I write a lot of posts about weight loss and nutrition. I thought you might like to hear another person's view on the subject. Eleanor graciously agreed to share her ten steps to good health, plus a little extra. Be sure to scroll on and learn about this author's exciting books. Take it away, Eleanor.

I’m 82. Been at this health things a few years. While I can’t jump hedges or ride horseback anymore, I still walk a pretty good clip and climb stairs two at a time.

What have I learned about health? In the order of importance, here’s my short list:


1. The very best tool for healthy living is self-discipline. Without that, you’re doomed!

2. The next-best tool is vitamin C. I have beaten back multiple health problems from colds to serious bladder infections. The trick is to attack the very first symptoms. If you bruise, you’re low on C.

3. Best advice: knock out sugar. Did you know that cancer feeds almost totally on glucose?

4. A healthy spiritual life helps promote bodily health. The reverse of that: Don’t expect good health if you harbor anger, resentment, and self-indulgence.

5. Get out and move it—walk, swim, play, bike.

6. Eat healthy—organic when possible, lots of veggies, fruit, whole grains, fish, non-red meats, omega-3 oils.

7. Sleep 7 to 8 hours, especially if stress claws at you. That’s my ongoing problem!

8. Find ways to relax, especially if you work compulsively like I do. My thing is Sudoku.

9. Avoid environmental pollutants—weed and insect killers, microwave (radiation), food additives (MSG, nitrites, bad sugars) Lots of nasty stuff out there.

10. Indulge daily with a square or two of 70% or more dark chocolate. Even 90% is edible.


Over all the above, however, is a life commitment to love, worship, and follow our Lord Jesus Christ. With that in place, our bodies can function as the Designer planned, running on the joy of the Lord. Without him, nothing works well in the long run.

If you’d like more detail on any of these, please email me—  I have this goop recipe that’s nasty but real good for you. Requires a bit of courage. Want to try? Just ask.


One final word: Good health is not a given, and bad health happens. If you are dealing with health issues that seem intractable, please don’t let my list discourage you. Do what you can of the above, see a nutritionist (pricy), or find a doctor who’s not just a pill pusher. And of course, health nuts like me are generally happy to give cheap advice.


May God supply the health and strength you need to fulfill the task he has assigned you in particular.

Thank you so much, Eleanor. I love your list. So much of it jives with my 10 best tips for weight loss. See this at:
I do have one question. What is Sudoku?
Okay, now tell us about your books.

My novel Dynamo is a horse-and-God story, with characters you won’t forget. Here are a few review squibs:


·         Dynamo is the most spell-binding book I've had the pleasure to read in years! The writing is superb. The story is captivating. The characters are believable. God’s power is evident.  ~Deb Haggerty


·         Love horses? Love God? Love a good read? Then you will love Dynamo! A wonderful story about love, redemption and how God interposes Himself in our lives in the most unexpected ways! ~Barbara Bertolino


·         Nothing is common about this story. It is so full of love, peace, forgiveness, life and loss. It is really, really a book to read. Eleanor Gustafson is a new author to me, but she is now a new favorite. If her other books are half as good as Dynamo they would be worth reading. I highly recommend Dynamo. ~Trinity Rose


The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David has equally good reviews. Check them out on Amazon.



Ellie Gustafson began thinking up stories at a young age but did not begin writing and publishing until 1978. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, she has been actively involved in church life as a minister’s wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. Additional experiences include gardening, house construction, tree farming, and parenting—all of which have helped bring color and humor to her fiction. One of her major writing goals has been to make scriptural principles understandable and relevant for today’s readers through the undeniable power of story.

Find Eleanor Gustafson online at:



Twitter: @EgusEllie

Facebook: Ellie Gustafson

Oh, thank you so much, for visiting the Writing with God's Hope blog today. I loved your list of 10 healthy steps, and I absolutely must check out those books. My oldest daughter is a real horse lover and a reader, so I'll be sure to tell her, too.

I voiced my question for Eleanor. Do any of you viewers have questions?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Let Go

This anonymous saying helps me in my weight loss commitment to God. I pray it ministers to you, today.

Let go ...

to "let go" does not mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else.

to "let go" is not to cut myself off, it's the realization I can't control another.

to "let go" is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences

to "let go" is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands

to "let go" is not to try to change or blame another, it's to make the most of myself

to "let go" is not to care for, but to care about

to "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive

to "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being

to "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes but to allow others to affect their destinies

to "let go" is not to be protective, it's to permit another to face reality

to "let go" is not to deny, but to accept

to "let go" is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them

to "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it

to "let go" is not to criticize and regulate anybody but to try to become what I dream I can be

to "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future

to "let go" is to fear less, and love more

Let go and let God

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

12 Reasons We Succumb to Overeating

1. We respond compulsively to life's pressures.

2.We may subconsciously desire added pounds to protect ourselves from love and intimacy.

3. We may use food to satisfy our need for immediate gratification.

4. We may use food as a sedative.

5. We may concentrate our desire for food to avoid facing problems.

6. We may eat to punish ourselves for not being enough.

7. We may eat to relieve depression or stress.

8. We may eat to rebel against someone's perceived wrongs to us.

9. We may eat to exert control over life.

10.We may have a faulty perception of our body image.

11.We may have emotional feelings about food which were developed at our parent's dinner table.

12. We use food as a nurturer to satisfy love hunger.

Jesus wrapped God's ten commandments into two with Luke 10:27

He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Might we not roll up the 12 reasons we succumb to overeating into one?

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.                     1 John 5: 21

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mothers and Daughters

I wrote the story below several years ago but never published it. God prompted me to post it, today. I pray it ministers to some who might be suffering the same turmoil.  Praise God, my daughter is now in a much better place since I put down these words.

For me, my Christmas cactus is a point of hope.

     My dreams turned to nightmares. I awoke with a start. The room was dark, and my husband snored softly, but I was wide awake. I remembered our daughter that’s floundering in hurt and denial.

     Wednesday night’s class taught on the breakdown of love between mothers and daughters and the resulting scars. While sitting in the class, I’d been convicted. Perhaps my daughter’s anger at me came from the judgmental attitude I had toward her—the same condemnation I had felt from my mother. Two days had passed since that class, and I had yet to act.

     At two in the morning, I crept out of the bedroom and to our computer. I typed a letter to my daughter. With every word, a tear fell to the keyboard. When temptation caused me to venture into what she had or hadn’t done, I deleted and returned my actions for the focus.

     When the letter was finished and reread, I folded it and put it in an envelope ready to mail.

     Last week, a devotion book had been first to call me to repentance for not forgiving my daughter for her lifestyle. Obviously, God had to hit me over the head several times before I’d act.

     I chuckled at that thought. “I’m learning, Lord.”

     Shadows danced on the wall from the moon shining through waving trees outside our windows. The smell of roses permeated the house. My husband and I celebrated our forty-sixth wedding anniversary yesterday.

     “Teach me, Lord. Forgive me as I forgive my daughter.”

    Last Sunday, the preacher used the text Matthew 28:20 KJV

“…..lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”   To the Christian who has walked away from God, Jesus still stands close, ready to embrace and heal.

    My head rested against the chair. As I floated in a half-awake state, a vision drifted through my mind. Jesus followed my daughter into a bar and sat on the next stool waiting in case she turned to Him. Though I could no longer protect my child from harm, Jesus could go wherever she went.

    My eyes drooped. When I went to bed, my body sunk into smooth sheets. The love of my life covered me with his warm arm. God filled me with peace. My supplication had been heard. Thank you, Jesus.