Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Another for the “Books I Love” List {My Book Corner}

While we were in Washington, my granddaughter Tory (aka Delightful Joy Girl), home from missionary service in Mexico and staying with her parents while she transitions to “what’s next,” helped me unpack boxes in the kitchen of our new house.

Tory and I have shared a lot of time in the kitchen, and I sort of think of it as our special place (for cooking, baking, having coffee, and talking).

Here we are taking a break on our new patio. We had not only unpacked and organized all the kitchen but also baked a Wacky Cake.

09-01-2018 Tory helping unpack at 3303

While we were visiting, Tory shared with me about a book that is having a huge impact on her prayer life. It was a Christmas gift from her Aunt Sharida. The book is known by many but was new to me, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. Of course, she had no sooner mentioned it than I had ordered it from Amazon Prime and received it two days later.

I am still reading it, but I concur with Tory’s review. Priscilla provides strategies for dealing with the enemy in areas of life where he especially wants to gain a stronghold. It is a GREAT read.

I particularly love the chapter on “Your Family.” She presents thoughts from the viewpoint of Satan. It’s very interesting to be reminded so clearly of how the enemy thinks as he proceeds to attack believers.

Here’s my favorite part from the Family chapter:

“Is it your children? The Bible says our children are ‘like arrows in the hand of a warrior’ (Ps 127:4). We raise them up to shoot them out into the culture, bearing the image of Christ to the world.

“Sounds again, then, like a place that would qualify as a major area of concern for an enemy who doesn’t want any vestige of Christian valor and virtue running loose out there where…I don’t know, they might take a bold stand of faith and influence around their college friends.

“Might pastor a church or run a business or become involved in missions and ministry opportunities that honor Christ and actively serve hundreds of people. Worst of all, they might marry and raise up a whole other generation of little Christ followers, keeping your family burning red hot on enemy radar long beyond your lifetime, spinning up a legacy of faith that spirals forward undaunted into the future. Your enemy can’t be having any of that, now, can he?

“So don't be surprised when he starts coming after your kids. And don’t think it’s all because they’re being headstrong or peer dependent or careless or lazy. Satan knows the parts of their character—both their strengths and their weaknesses—where he can worm in and try stunting their growth, their potential, and their confidence.”

Wow. If you know me, or have read my posts for a period of time, you know that I’m all about legacy. You know that I am blessed to have children and grandchildren (and now a great grandson) who are serving God on the battlefield of the world (pastor son and wife planting a church, grandson worship pastor, his wife in preschool ministry, granddaughter missionary, daughter counselor and son-in-law strong layman and influential community leader…

Ya think the enemy might have a target on my family? Of course (and likely on yours as well?)…so yes, I need reminders of strategies to come up against the enemy who is powerful, but not all-powerful, as my God is.

So, I recommend this book, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer.


#FamilyLove #Fervent #Prayer #LegacyofFaith

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Catching Up (Just Kidding)

Wow, I knew I was behind with blogging, but this is ridiculous. I’m reminded of “the olden days” when we would write real letters to family. Sometimes I would start with “I am so far behind I don’t even know where to start!”

While I do not attempt to use my blog for a life journal (I have other resources for that), I usually do “check in” at least periodically.

In an effort to move forward without too much of a huge break in the timeline, I’ll offer this bit of a summary report:

July – Pontoon Boat Rental on Lake of the Ozarks with our sister and brother (my sister Janene married to Russell’s brother David). A few days later, Newsboys Concert with them in Columbia, MO.

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07-27-2018 Columbia MO for Newsboys Concert

Late July, Tory returns (to her folks’ in Washington) from her two-year Journeyman (IMB) mission service in Oaxaca, Mexico. She gets to see her nephew Leeland for the first time.

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August – We went to Washington to see everyone, and while there purchased a second home there.

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Kristy took

Late August, back to Washington, to move into the new house and begin to make our nest there.

08-24-2018 Leeland

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September 8, 2018

While in Washington, we celebrated our 53rd anniversary!


September 20-23, 2018

Upon our return to MO, Russell joined my brother Keith, Keith’s son Matt, and Russell’s brother David for a much-anticipated Wild Hog Hunt in Texas (Russell got 3; donated the meat). I caught up with lots of scrapbooking while they were gone, and Janene came to spend a night with me.

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Russell’s brother Curtiss was at Janene and David’s for construction of their screened-in porch, and all the Ford siblings (David and Janene, Jim and Bettie Jo, Curt, Russell and me) gathered at their house for a great evening of fun and fellowship.

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September 26, we received this great news, via text message from our 12-year-old grandson Dawson: “I gave my life to Christ tonight!!! Share with other people please!”


(I will confess that one of my first thoughts after receiving this good-news text from Dawson was that I wanted to immediately share the news with Mother. She has been in heaven since April 2013, but I still have occasions where my first thought is to tell her something.)

On September 30, Mark’s church plant, Go Church, launched in Ridgefield, WA, the culmination of a year of preparation and prayer by Mark (and Kristy, Conner and Caroline, and recently joined by Tory on the Praise Team) and their Core Group. All the hard work and effort paid off, and prayers were answered, as 166 folks attended the first-ever service.


God is so good to us, and His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness! Bible Art page completed today:

Bible Art - Lam 3-23

Friday, July 6, 2018

This ‘n’ That {Bible Art Journaling, Art on the Rocks, 100 Days of Bible Promises}

Spending a lot of time with scrapbooking, and I don’t usually post pictures of those layouts on my blog.

Have done a few miscellaneous projects--

Bible Art Ps 50-11

Bible Art Journaling on Psalm 50:11—
God knows all the birds…

Rock Painting Fish & Ladybug

I’m doing some rock painting, hoping to build up a collection of rocks labeled #islastones (for a little girl named Isla in the UK who has terminal cancer, the #islastones Facebook group is to raise awareness of pediatric cancer) to hide along the way as we take an upcoming road trip from MO to WA.

100 Days My Day 13

I’ve completed 13 of the 100 Days (not posting all on blog). Determined to move along with this book but not be obsessed with completing.

#100DaysofBiblePromises #BibleArtJournaling #IllustratedFaith #RockPainting #PaintedRocks #ArtontheRocks #islastones

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Good Times with Siblings {My Family, My Heart}

My husband and I are so blessed to have such very special siblings (and their spouses). My sister Janene (15 months younger than I) married my husband’s brother David, and then there’s my only brother Keith and his wife Michele.

Our favorite quotes:

“We are awesome.”

“We amaze ourselves.”


Recently we enjoyed one of our regular intentional get-togethers, this time a weekend at the home of my sister/Russell’s brother.

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We enjoyed great food and wonderful weather which allowed for lots of outdoor activities on Fordland.There was lots of coffee, conversation, and laughter.

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Asking God’s blessings on the food.

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What a fun bunch!

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These guys are hilarious (Janene made them pose for this picture before they did some target practice…obviously they aren’t really shooting here, as their ear protection is not on). There was conversation about the upcoming Wild Hog Hunt in Texas in the fall (along with Keith’s son Matt).

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Sassi cuddles up next to my brother, the dog whisperer

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That weekend was April 27-29.

On May 25, David and Janene and Russell and I drove to New Salem Theatre (close to Springfield, IL) to see Keith play the role of the Secretary of the Continental Congress in the musical “1776.” He was the best!

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#FamilyTimes #FamilyLove #MySiblingsaretheBest #SiblingGetTogethers

Friday, June 1, 2018

Honoring Memory {HeartStrings, My Family, My Heart}

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

 Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

I can remember my Mamo placing a high priority on visiting the cemeteries (there were several where family members were buried, but all within the same area). In fact, my aunt tells about how as a child she remembers seeing her mother (my Mamo) load up the wagon with the flowers, and the horse and buggy would be her transportation to decorate the graves. It was called Decoration Day then.

Since our parents passed away, my husband and I have been honored to take flowers to their graves each May (if we are not out of state), just prior to Memorial Day, so the graves look nice for the holiday weekend.

We do this to show respect and to honor their memories. We of course know that, in the case of all four of our parents, they are in heaven, and the grave only represents the place where their physical remains were buried. They are no longer there. We don’t go there to talk to them. They are in heaven.

We do this because we live close enough for it to be practical for us to do it, and we do it out of respect.

We do it because it’s something we want to do, and in an odd sort of way, we actually look forward to the day each year and enjoy remembering them in this way.

05-21-2018 Enloe Cemetery Flowers (3)

Daddy passed in 1988. Mother took care of decorating his grave until she died, in 2013. My sister Melody passed in 2001 (age 41).

05-21-2018 Pleasant Hill Cemetery (6)

Russell’s mom passed in 2012 and his dad in 2016.

#MemorialDay2018 #Family