Wednesday, December 30, 2009


"Don't force me to leave you; don't make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I'll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I'll die, and that is where I will be buried." Ruth 1:16-17 The Message

Lately, I have been thinking about family and home. Home is wherever my husband Doug and I are together. Whether a large home or a humble tent, I am content to be with him. The things of this world will pass away, but our love will last forever. I praise GOD for bringing him into my life.

Thanking HIM,


*Tomorrow (Thursday), I will spending time with my eye doctor. I pray each of you have a wonderfully blessed day! See you when my eyes recover from my doctor visit!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Help's Coming

"That clinches it--helps coming, an answer is on the way, everything's going to work out." Psalm 20:6 The Message

I pray the darkened days of winter will be over shadowed by the light of our Lord!

Depending on the Lord,


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lifted From The Garbage Heap

"He picks up the poor from out of the dirt, rescues the wretched who've been thrown out with the trash, Seats them among the honored guests, a place of honor among the brightest and best. He gives childless couples a family, gives them joy as the parents of children. Hallelujah!" Psalm 113:7-9 The Message

Most of us have felt battered, bruised and a bit like garbage, at times. For many years now, these verses have served as a beautiful reminder of the love of GOD. He "lifts me from the garbage heap" and "sits me among the brightest and best." Indeed, GOD redeems and pours HIS love into our lives, filling the emptiest places!

Be encouraged! You too can find freedom and hope in HIS word! Do not listen to the comments of those who tell you "you are no are worthless." Know: Your value is beyond measure. Each of you have a special place in this world. Allow your Heavenly Father to "pull you from the heap" of despair and heal your heart!

Lifted from the heap,


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas

"I'm sure now I'll see God's goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with GOD! Take heart. Don't quit. I'll say it again: Stay with GOD." Psalm 27:13-14 The Message

Merry Christmas,


Friday, December 18, 2009

Bowser's Forever Home

A week ago, I was asked to pray for this handsome black lab, named Bowser. He desperately needed a new home. As our family joined in prayer, Sitka was led to post an article on his blog about him. As a result, Bowser found a new home.

I was initially a little nervous, because I did not personally know the family who wanted to adopt him and was not sure how he would fit. However, GOD had a perfect plan. He truly outdid HIMSELF on this one.

Doug and I drove from Richmond, Virginia to Spartanburg, South Carolina with Bowser and introduced him to his new parents. I am thankful for GOD's lead and also for a husband who so graciously joined in my efforts to place this dog.

I hope you will jump over to Sitka's blog: All God's Creatures and read about Bowser's new home.

Amazed by HIS grace,


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Testimony of Praise and Healing


Today, I share a praise. Many of you are struggling with some form of cancer. I introduce, Frances. She lives in my home town, Landrum, South Carolina. I and many others have prayed for her for many months. She is now in "remission." She wrote this poem and read it to her Sunday School Class. Her daughter shared it with me and I asked permission to share it with all of you. It is so easy to get discouraged and Frances faced those days, too. Her battle was a difficult one with many obstacles, but she is here today to praise GOD for the "victory" HE gave her. The battle was HIS all along!

Blessed to share Frances testimony,

" A Special Rainbow "

Today I saw a Rainbow, just above the ground,
Underneath an Oak Tree; where usually there not found.

God is always faithful ~ if we let him lead the way,
When we give our heart to Jesus and trust him day by day.

Satan wants to blind us and see us go astray,
Yet, God will not allow this if we sincerely pray.

The Rainbow is a promise, from whom we can depend;
God will never leave us ~ Oh, What A Glorious End!

Written By: Frances Collins

July 23, 2009
This was the week after my 3rd chemo, the roughest days of my treatment cycle. I forced myself to go outside and water the azaleas under an oak tree by our drive. The sun came through the leaves creating a beautiful rainbow each time I moved the hose. It was much smaller but had all the perfect colors of a rainbow.

Pastor Mullinax drove up a few minutes later and I told him about this very real experience. He smiled and said, "Frances, I have been praying for God to send you a rainbow."

Think about it!!!!! Is God Real?

My family and I want to think all of you for your support, cards etc. Most of all, for your faithful prayers which Our Lord chose to answer.
God Bless Each Of You,
Frances Collins

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sarah's Book Giveaway

Sarah at In The Eye Of Deception will be having a drawing for one of her books. Please jump over and leave her a comment. I know you will be blessed!

Sarah has lived through tremendous pain. She is now able to live victoriously serving her Heavenly Father. I praise GOD for all HE is doing in and through her life.

"...the joy of the Lord is her/our strength." Nehemiah 8:10

In HIS grip,


Saturday, December 12, 2009

In The Eye Of Deception

Today, I introduce Sarah. She has become an awesome friend. Over the past year, GOD gave myself and others the privilege of encouraging Sarah as she wrote her personal journey with GOD out of abuse and pain. Please check out Sarah's book and website. She has an amazing ministry. GOD is using Sarah in magnificent ways to help woman all over the world.

There is no darkness so black, no valley so deep, God cannot redeem it for His glory. In the Eye of Deception details one woman's struggle to break free from the damaging effects of child abuse, rape and addictions. It is a story filled with hope, faith, and the realization that God can be trusted to bring about complete healing and recovery.
Nothing else had worked. Nothing had been able to break the chains that kept me living on the edge. Nothing…except the gentleness of His touch.
The power of His gentleness...
In the Eye of Deception: This is my story.

Sarah can be contacted by email:
or through her blog:
or her website:

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holding Onto GOD

"You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, Say this: "God, you're my refuge. I trust in you and I'm safe!" That's right-he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you-under them you are perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing-not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, not disease that travels through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because GOD is your refuge, the High God your very own home. Evil can't get close to you, harm can't get through the door. He ordered His angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they will catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You'll walk unharmed amongst lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from your path. "If you'll hold onto me for dear life," says God, "I'll get you out of any trouble. I'll give you the best of care if you will only get to know and trust me. Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; I'll rescue you, then throw you a party. I'll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!" Psalm 91 The Message

Psalm 91 brings comfort to my heart as I face the serpents and lions of each day. My GOD is not going to allow them to harm me. He is indeed my refuge and He is yours, too. Take comfort in knowing there is nothing in your life to difficult for God to handle.

Holding onto HIM,


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Little Lamb

"Jesus said, Feed my lambs." John 21:15b

Patty at Attic Clutter sent me this precious lamb. He reminds me of the reason for the season. Jesus gave us the ultimate gift of eternal life. He asks us to take gentle care of HIS lambs (to feed them).

What does this verse mean to you?

Loving "The LAMB,"


*Thank you Patty for my precious new ornament. He will always have a special place on my tree.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Spa Day, Wednesday

On Mother's Day, my family gave me a gift card for a spa day! Months have gone by and I have not used it. On Wednesday, I am taking the time to use it. Hopefully, I will be beautifully transformed like the butterfly in the picture above. I pray each of you will find renewal and restoration in the midst of your day. May each of you have a beautifully blessed day!

"...the joy of the Lord is my strength." Nehemiah 8:10

Blessings and prayers,


Monday, December 7, 2009

Squeezing Lemons

Both these lovely ladies gave me the lemonade award:

Being Me


I hope you will jump over and visit each of them.

Each follower on this blog is special and loved. As I pondered the lemonade award. I thought of how each of us have or are experiencing lemons in our lives. That makes us understand each other. We are all in some way kindred spirits.

What do we do with all the lemons? Do we allow them to rot in our midst or do we make lemonade and share it with others. As I pass this lemonade award to each of you, I pray you will make lemonade and share it with the less fortunate around you.
Let's not allow a single lemon to rot and stink up our lives! Get to squeezing, dear friends. Take all the "yucky stuff" in your life and make lemonade!

Squeezing lemons,


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Thank You, Mary Moss

Today, I would like to thank Mary Moss. Many of you may not know Mary and indeed you should. She is a wonderful lady, a prayer warrior, encourager, and friend. I met Mary about a year and half ago.

We became close friends, quickly. We are most definitely kindred spirits. Mary is a published author, speaker, and blogger. Shortly after our friendship began, she encouraged me to blog. I had NO desire, but GOD had a different plan and HE sent Mary to encourage (push and shove) this stubborn, willful being. She had her work cut out, but she did NOT sway from GOD's call and she has NEVER given up on me.

All of the wonderful gadgets on my blog are placed there by Mary. She even surprised me with blog makeovers by Edie at Rich Gifts. On Arise 2 Write, Mary "stole" a photo I had taken and had it designed as my background! What a friend! Mary puts true meaning to the verse:

"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17

Mary has 3 blogs. I hope each of you will take the time to visit her blogs and get to know her. I also encourage you to order her devotional book, "Woman At The Well." You will not be disappointed.

Mary's blogs:

Divinely Designed
Crayon Chronicles
Godly Graffiti

Thankful for GOD's blessings of friendship,


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Circle Of Friends

Deborah passed this award to her readers. What a blessing! I hope each of you will check out her blog.

I am suppose to tell 5 things I love to do:

1) Walk on the beach!
2) Hike in the mountains!
3) Write and read!
4) Follow my furry kids on adventures of Dog Therapy. I am merely the human at the end of the leash!
5) Crash into my Heavenly Father's arms and rest!

I am passing this award to each of you, because indeed you have become a Great Circle Of Friends!

"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17

Blessed to be a friend,



A month ago, I was hiking in the mountains of Virginia. I came across this natural bird condo. I was drawn to this birdhouse condo of sorts. Look at all the holes in this tree where the birds live.

I watched the birds come back and forth and I thought about the bird houses my husband has put up near our home. The provision of shelter is often taken for granted. My own home is more than I could have ever dreamed, asked, or imagined and I am forever thankful.

There are those who proudly live in grass huts, small apartments, and homes of all shapes and sizes all over our world. Then there are those who do not have shelter at all. They are exposed to all the elements. Some choose to live a life of homelessness, but in our current economy there are many who have found themselves homeless and did not choose this path.

Today, I pray for each person affected by homelessness and/or hunger. This is a day to consider giving beyond your normal gift to your local food banks and shelters. If you have never given before, now may be a day when you can start. The smallest donation goes a long way. Recently, I learned the food bank can stretch a $1 donation and multiply it by 12, because of their buying ability. If you do not have any spare assets, because of your own situation you can continue to pray. Prayer does change things. It moves mountains. Do not think prayer is a "small" contribution, because it is NOT.

Challenged to do more,


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Paths of life

Some paths are easy.
Some paths are not.
Some paths bring joy.
Some paths forgot.

"By your words I can see where I am going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order." Psalm 119:105-106 The Message

What path are you on?
Who is your guide?

Following the leader (my Heavenly Father),


Monday, November 30, 2009

He is my GOD!

"A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I'm thirsty for God-alive. I wonder, "Will I ever make it~ arrive and drink in God's presence!" I'm on a diet of tears~ tears for breakfast, tears for supper. All day long people knock at my door, Petering, "Where is this God of yours?" These are the things I go over and over, emptying out the pockets of my life. I was always at the head of the worshiping crowd, right out in front, Leading them all, eager to arrive and worship, shouting praises, singing thanksgiving~ celebrating, all of us, God's feast! Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God~ soon I'll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He's my God. When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you, From Jordan depths to Hermon heights, including Mount Mizar. Chaos calls to chaos, to the tune of whitewater rapids. Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crash and crush me. Then God promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night! My life is God's prayer. Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God, "why did you let me down? why am I walking around in tears, harassed by enemies?" They're out for the kill, these tormentors with their obscenities, Taunting day after day, "where is this God of yours?" Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on GOD~ soon I'll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He's my God." Psalm 42 The Message

Today, this psalm says it all. No matter what happens in life, "HE IS MY GOD."

Blessed to be HIS,


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Storming The Heavens

Today, I look to the heavens in search of answers. As the South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Clemson Tigers my joy is tempered by the knowledge of family members who take this game so seriously they use it as an excuse not to speak. You notice I say, excuse! Obviously, there is a deeper and greater problem than a rival ball game.

Through the years our family has used excuses to cover a multitude of problems. Sadly, "The Bowling Family" is broken and only GOD can fix it. Today, I ask you to join me in prayer on behalf of my family.

One day, I would love to see each family member together, agreeing to leave their disagreements at the door and simply love one another! It is a big prayer request, but I know GOD is greater than the sin of dysfunction in our family.

Storming the heavens,


Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy First Blogoversary Sitka

Yesterday, November 26th, 2009 was Sitka's first Blogoversary at All God's Creatures. Last year, GOD gave me a vision to allow each of you to follow Sitka's journey in the lives of others through Dog Therapy.

Please visit Sitka and join to follow as he loves and encourages humans who struggle in this world. Sitka visits hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities as GOD leads and opens the doors for him. Sitka also takes Nanuq (Samoyed) and Trouble (Toy Poodle) on many of his adventures. Each of them are certified therapy dogs.

Blessed to be the human at the end of the leash,


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

It is my prayer that each of you will enjoy the most beautifully blessed Thanksgiving, ever!

Blessed to be a part of this life,


Monday, November 23, 2009

You Are Not Alone

Standing on the edge of one mountain looking onto valleys and other mountains, the beautiful pine tree caught my eye. He looks lonely with his beautiful green coat. He is clearly not alone. All the other trees have shed their foliage, but they are close by.

I wonder how many souls fill alone in a sea of people? I am here today to remind each of you:


"I will not fail you or forsake you." Joshua 1:5b

"The Lord will not abandon HIS people." Psalm 94:14a

Standing with HIM,


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

From Me To You

I received this award from Sarah @ Gentle Recovery and Writing. Thank-you, Sarah for this award. Sarah has become a very special friend. Please visit her blogs and support her in her continued journey to help those who have been abused.

Now to follow the rules here are 7 things you guys don't know about me.

1)I can eat and write at the same time, fork in one hand and pen in the other.

2)I trained my cat to walk on a leash. You probably did not even know we had a cat. We actually have 2.

3)I have 5 children (2 adopted and 3 biological).

4)I learned to drive in my best friend's Dad's Lincoln Continental in the pasture in front of their home (rural SC....those were the days).

5)I like really loud music, especially if I am upset.

6)I was christened as a baby and baptized when I was 19, but saved at age 9.

7)I have a Bible addiction! Yes, I used those two words together. I love to check out new translations and new study notes and there is a strong chance I convince myself I need a copy.

I know I am suppose to only pass this award to 7 people, but it is simply not possible. I follow many awesome blogs and I have many awesome followers. For all those who follow and pray for me, this award is yours. Know I need and value your prayers. I also value your comments more than you know.

Blessings and hugs,


PS: I will be away from the computer for the next couple of days. I will be working outside the home, helping a friend. I will catch up with all of you next week.


Most of us have baggage and it is very heavy. We often trick ourselves into believing we have "checked it" at the feet of Jesus. However, quite often we quickly grab it back and continue to trek the mountains of life with it on our back. The load of unnecessary baggage is in our way. When we carry unnecessary baggage it prevents us from being healthy, productive vessels.

Today is a new day. Let's shed the unnecessary baggage of our past by "leaving it" with Jesus and step toward the light of the future.

"Cast your anxiety upon HIM, because HE cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Leaving the burdens behind,


Monday, November 16, 2009


This picture was taken a few weeks ago looking down on the Luray farming valley from the room we stayed in at Skyland Lodge. Each night, we would sit and look at the lights.

As we prayed for those living in this little community, I wondered if there were those who lights had been snuffed out by loss of job or other means. I could not help but pray more for those I could not see.

Yesterday, Doug and I were able to assist a young couple in donating $500 worth of food to the Virginia Food Bank. They had saved all year in order to participate in the food drive. This couple truly sacrificed to make this donation. Doug and I were privileged to witness their effort and be a small part of helping make their sacrifice happen.

Please consider donating food to your local food bank and remember to pray for all those you are unable to see.

Praying for those in need,


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Swimming Up Stream

Do you ever feel as though you are swimming up stream? Remember, you are NEVER alone!

Swimming with my Heavenly Father,


Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Smell of Manure

It is a rainy day in Richmond. We are projected to get a total of eight inches of rain with lots of wind. There have been many accidents on our roadways and there is a growing concern regarding flooding. I have spent the last hour or so praying for the growing needs of our nation and community, as well as many individual needs I am aware of. I know GOD is fully capable and HE has it all under control. Despite my knowledge of GODS strength, power, and capabilities I felt sad.

I began to scroll through some pictures on my computer. This one made me laugh. I will have to explain.

Cow manure does not stink to me. It smells sweet. My children hold their nose's when we travel through areas where there are cow pastures. They laugh hysterically at the thought of Mom thinking it smells sweet.

Our home has been filled with much laughter and many discussions regarding how Mom could possibly think cow manure smells sweet. So far, all we can conclude is:

Shortly after my birth, I lived in a small farm house on my Grandfather Bowling's dairy farm in rural South Carolina. Because, I spent the first year or so of my life living there, apparently I was sensitized to the aroma a cow leaves behind.

If your day started on a less than fragrant note, you can laugh with me! Fragrance comes in all sorts of packages! The next time you are overcome by the smell of cow manure, you will see a bit of humor in it.

Enjoying the fragrance of life,


Tuesday, November 10, 2009


As I enjoy the beauty surrounding me, I think of those who are serving our country. I eat when I want to, read the books I chose, and speak the words upon my heart freely each day.

While visiting Skyland Lodge last week, a gentleman came to our table. we did not know him. He simply came up and began to talk to us. The lodge was full and there were many lovely people around, but he chose to speak with my husband and I.

As he chatted about hiking trails, bears, and other wildlife, our conversation turned. He asked about our children. He smiled as we briefly shared a little about them. Soon our conversation took another twist. He thanked us for our son's service to out country. Seth, our oldest son is a U.S. Marine.

As it turns out the older gentleman was a WWII veteran and a Marine! We were shocked. He had an altered gait and some frailties, but looked young for his age. In fact, despite the deformities in his leg and hand he hikes and enjoys other adventures in his beloved America.

I was touched deeply by the compassion this gentleman had for our soldiers and all Americans. My son always says, "Once a marine, always a marine."

Our discussion ended on the note, "Freedom is never free."

I leave you with the same thought: "Freedom is never free."

Blessed to be an American,


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rest, My Child

As day rolls into evening and night into dawn, I listen!
My plans tempered.

Silent walks unveil masked beauty.
Time silently moving.

Rest, My child!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Words Are Powerful

Words are powerful. One word can change us for a lifetime!

Last night, I opened Arise 2 Write and began reading comments. As I neared the end, I read:

Paul H said...

"Dear Andrea and family. I am very touched from reading this article and about your trip to Schuyler. I am Earl Hamners brother Paul and I am sending this to him because I know he will love to read about your life and interest. God bless you and your family and happy holidays. Regards Paul Hamner Toms River NJ"

My eyes filled with tears as I read this comment. Earl Hamner's brother, Paul took time from his life to read my article and share from his heart.

Thank you, Paul Hamner! Your words touch me, deeply. I am once again, overwhelmed. I am currently floating around on a cloud over your beloved Virginia. Hopefully, someone will soon get me down before I fall and hurt myself.

Today, I must prepare for two trips. I leave Friday, around 6:00 AM for rural South Carolina. Last April, after my Grandmother Bowling's funeral, I was able to reconnect with one of my cousins, Jennifer. She and I formed and instant bond. Our lives were forever changed. We are adults and will not allow family bondage to further separate us.

Jennifer and her husband struggled to conceive. Doug and I began praying for them during our trip. A month or so after returning to Richmond, I received a phone call. Jennifer shared, "I am pregnant. I am telling our parents and you and Doug until we see the doctor and know everything is going to be okay."

Soon Jennifer shared the news with everyone. Our next celebration came with the news she will deliver a little girl the end of December or early January. I asked, what will her name be?

Jennifer replied, "Payden Hope."

I replied, "Hope is my middle name."

Jennifer replied, "That is why we chose it."

On several occasions, the thought of this precious new life sharing my name has brought me to tears. Payden's life symbolizes a new beginning for our family. One where generational bondage is being broken down and cast away.

I am excited to spend this weekend with my family in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of her baby shower and celebrate the life God is placing in their care.

Upon returning late Sunday evening or early Monday morning, I will again begin a new journey. My husband, Doug and Sitka, our Alaskan Malamute will be taking me on a mountain get a way.

Realizing Mom needs a mountain retreat, they planned a visit in Shenandoah National Park. There will be no phones, no television, and no internet. Our days will be spend enjoying GOD's beautiful creation.

I look forward to sharing my adventures with each of you, when I return.

Blessed beyond belief,


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mountain Surprise

The Hamner Homeplace/The Walton's Homeplace

God simply out did Himself on Sunday. Doug and I wandered through the mountains of Virginia. We were most certainly on a scenic drive, off the beaten path (State Route 810). We pulled to the side of the road many times a long our journey to take pictures. There was really no need to pull of the road, because through most of the drive there was little to no traffic. It was as if we were alone with GOD on our journey.

As we wandered through the valley around hills and across creeks we crested a new hill and there it was, "The Walton Home-place" Home of Earl Hamner's family and the basis for his television show, "The Walton's."

I squealed with excitement. My husband knows my deep love for "The Waltons." He graciously stopped the SUV and let me out. I took pictures and gazed at the small home on the side of Schuyler Mountain. The leaves on our journey were breathtaking. The quaint home stood tall and strong, as if waiting to be seen from afar.

I thanked my husband for taking this route. It was his idea to venture off the beaten path. I told him as we traveled on, "any other blessing on our journey is simply icing on the cake, for me."

Many of you may be too young to remember "The Walton's" or maybe you like other styles of programs, but for me, Earl Hamner made a profound impact on my life, through his television series. As I grew up watching John-boy struggle with his passion to write and embrace the gift GOD gave him, I accepted the call for my own life. A call to write. Each of us are designed to grow and embrace our gifts.

I began writing very young. Like John-boy, I did not share it with anyone, but I continued to write. My passion deep and the longing in my soul far and wide, I embraced the gift of writing and never looked back.

For me, writing is something I need. It makes me whole. It makes me a better wife, mom, and friend.

Thank you, GOD for the passion you have placed in my heart and thank you, Earl Hamner for passionately pursing your gift.

"What is impossible with man, is possible with GOD." Matthew 19:26b

Filled with HIS love,


Monday, October 26, 2009

My Day Trip

"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Yesterday, I awoke with a longing to visit the mountains. I asked my beloved husband if he would take me to see the leaves. He agreed and off we went. We enjoyed a beautiful day with our furry kids. The leaves were a golden yellow and orange with a vague hue of red sprinkled in.

I continue to gather my thoughts from my day trip. I am overwhelmed with the blessings sent my way. GOD revealed Himself in magnificent ways at every turn. In the coming days I hope to share from the depths of my heart the blessings of Sunday, October 25th, 2009.

Amazed by HIS grace,


Thursday, October 22, 2009


Today, I would like to encourage you to visit my other blog. It is written in the voice of my beloved Alaskan Malamute, Sitka. He is my baby. Yes, I know babies do not normally weigh 125 pounds, but this one does.

Some of you know my husband and I have therapy dogs. We take them into hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities. We do a variety of things from encouraging a stroke patient to try and walk, encourage patients with terminal disease, and much, much more.

Last night we witnessed not one, but two miracles. Over the past year or so we have been visiting Central State Psychiatric Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia. We are the only "outside" therapy dogs ever to be allowed into their facility. Time and time again we have witnessed dramatic change in the patients, but last night was beyond what we could have asked or imagined.

Doug and I chose this ministry because there is such a tremendous need. Please jump over to Sitka's blog: All GODS CREATURES and read about our adventure. If you have time look back into the archived posts and read about other adventures we have experienced. Sitka would love for you to join and follow him. He loves "everyone."

Thank you for patiently allowing me to break from the norm on this blog and share a little about the ministry Doug and I are passionate about.

Amazed by HIS grace,


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ABC's of Me Survey

I was tagged by Renee' at Glow Academy. She has become a blogging buddy and prayer warrior friend. Jump over and check her blog out.

I was also tagged by Kat at Arts Chili Pepper. Kat has a beautiful family and a beautiful heart. Drop by and visit her and you will grow as you follow along on her journey of faith.


A - Age:43
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: ironing and the cat litter box
D - Dog's name: Sitka, Nanuq, Trouble, Macy
E - Essential start your day item: PRAYER
F - Favorite color: Blue
G - Gold or Silver: Both
H - Height: 5'4"
I - I am: Crazy in love with my Heavenly Father.
J - Job: Homeschool mom, dog trainer, writer, speaker
K - Kids:3 Sons: Seth, Chase, Wil and 2 daughters: Robin, Lauren
L - Living arrangements: A home beyond that which I could have ever asked or imagined!
M - Mom's name: Linda
N - Nicknames: Andee
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Gall bladder/3 biopsy and tumor removals/3 C-Sections.
P - Pet Peeve: Mean people
Q - Quote from a movie:? Don't watch many movies.
R - Right or left handed: ambidextrous
S - Siblings:2 sisters: Courtney and Dayna (deceased)
T - Time you wake up: 7 AM
U- Underwear:yes
V - Vegetable you dislike: love them all
W - Ways you run late: rarely
X - X-rays you've had: don't remember other than dental
Y - Yummy food you make:You would need to ask my family!
Z - Zoo favorite: polar bear

I pass this along to all my followers who have not done this survey. It is always fun to get to know each other a little better.



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Praise and Answered Prayers

Pray for David

Yesterday, David (my brother in law) and Courtney (my sister) met with the Oncologist regarding David's recent diagnosis (Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia). David is in the early stages of the disease. His red blood cell count remains high. His blood loss was due to Esophagealitis. He will have his red blood cell count checked bi-weekly. The doctor recommended a holistic approach at this time. CLL progresses slowly. As the doctor said, "we will save chemo treatments for later; we do not want to compromise your immune system while it is still working properly."

Our family is overwhelmed. We know our prayers are being answered. We see GOD's hand at every turn and we praise HIM for it. We thank you for your continued prayers as David and Courtney continue on this journey. May GOD bless each of you for taking the time out of your day to storm the heavens on our behalf.

"Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and HIS praise in the congregation of the godly ones. Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their king. Let them praise HIS name with dancing; Let them sing praises to HIM with timbrel and lyre. For the Lord takes pleasure in HIS people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation." Psalm 149:1-4

Dancing before the Lord with praise,


Monday, October 19, 2009


"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7a

"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God." Psalm 42:1

Resting in HIS arms,


*Thank you PRAYER WARRIORS for praying for our family at this time!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Update on David

Last night we received David's formal diagnosis: Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia

On Monday, David will meet with the Oncologist to discuss the disease process and a course of action best for him. Please continue to storm the heaven's on his behalf.

Some things are family is praying specifically for:


2)Strength for the journey.

3)For GOD to use all situations in each of our families lives for greater good.

Some things we are praising HIM for:

1)David getting to a doctor and receiving treatment. David was within 72 hours of dying when he entered the hospital with a hemoglobin of 3.


3)Working in and through our family in ways we can not even begin to describe. We see HIS hand preparing the way before us.

"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, For THOU art my praise." Jeremiah 17:14

"..the joy of the Lord is our strength." Nehemiah 8:10

"I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer." Psalm 63:4

Again, I thank each of you on behalf of our entire family. We will never be able to express what it means to us that so many are praying for David and our family. May GOD richly bless each of you in all that you say and do.

By HIS mercy and in the grip of HIS grace,


*There is a prayer button for David at the top of the blog if you would like to post it on your blog or web page. Thank you to all who have already posted it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Continued Journey

Pray for David

Today is a new day in our journey. David will endure further testing (colonoscopy and endoscopy). The doctors and staff at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola Florida are being thorough before they give a detailed diagnosis and prognosis.

However, our family knows God is the only one with "all" the answers. He knows the number of days we will be on this earth as well as how many hairs are on our head. He loves each of us and He will indeed see us through this difficult time.

"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore, do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10:31-31

As we continue to walk this journey knowing we are in the palm of GOD's hand we covet your prayers and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Forever in HIS grip,


*Please pick up David's prayer button on the side bar and place it on your blog.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

ABC's of Me Survey

I was tagged by Renee' at Glow Academy. She has become a blogging buddy and prayer warrior friend. Jump over and check her blog out.

I was also tagged by Kat at Arts Chili Pepper. Kat has a beautiful family and a beautiful heart. Drop by and visit her and you will grow as you follow along on her journey of faith.


A - Age:43
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: ironing and the cat litter box
D - Dog's name: Sitka, Nanuq, Trouble, Macy
E - Essential start your day item: PRAYER
F - Favorite color: Blue
G - Gold or Silver: Both
H - Height: 5'4"
I - I am: Crazy in love with my Heavenly Father.
J - Job: Homeschool mom, dog trainer, writer, speaker
K - Kids:3 Sons: Seth, Chase, Wil and 2 daughters: Robin, Lauren
L - Living arrangements: A home beyond that which I could have ever asked or imagined!
M - Mom's name: Linda
N - Nicknames: Andee
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Gall bladder/3 biopsy and tumor removals/3 C-Sections.
P - Pet Peeve: Mean people
Q - Quote from a movie:? Don't watch many movies.
R - Right or left handed: ambidextrous
S - Siblings:2 sisters: Courtney and Dayna (deceased)
T - Time you wake up: 7 AM
U- Underwear:yes
V - Vegetable you dislike: love them all
W - Ways you run late: rarely
X - X-rays you've had: don't remember other than dental
Y - Yummy food you make:You would need to ask my family!
Z - Zoo favorite: polar bear

I pass this along to all my followers who have not done this survey. It is always fun to get to know each other a little better.



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Update: Urgent Call To Prayer

Pray for David

We just received the diagnosis for my brother in law, David. He has lymphoma. We do not know what stage, yet. The doctors are running more tests.

Please continue to storm the heavens on his behalf. Thank you for your faithful prayer support.


Prayer Request For David

Pray for David

Please Continue to pray for my brother in law, David. As of last night, the doctors were continuing to give him blood. Today, they will continue further testing to find out the source of his problem. He was seen last night by the Hematologist.

David has faced many difficulties through out his life. Please pray that GOD will work in HIS heart, body, and soul in a mighty way.

Our family thanks you for storming the heavens on David's behalf.

Storming the heavens,


*Please pick up the prayer button made by Edie at Rich gifts and place it on your blog. THANK YOU, Edie! David loves the ocean. I am especially thankful for Edie's special creation.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Please pray for my BIL, David Smith. He is very ill. He is being admitted to the hospital right now. His hemoglobin is 3. They are giving him blood. Undetermined diagnosis at this time. Please storm the heavens on his behalf. I will update as soon as I have information.



Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sweet Savannah Faith

Today, Savannah asked her parents to bring her to see Nana. Upon arrival she ran and jumped into my arms saying, "I needed to see Nana."

I share Savannah's beautiful heart with you today as I remember what is most important in life.

"Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the kingdom of GOD belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of GOD like a child will never enter it. Then He took the children in his arms and placed His hands on their heads and blessed them." Mark 10:14-16

Blessed to be a Nana,


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Blog Award

This award was given to me by Being Me. She began blogging 3 months ago and I became a follower soon after. She always touches my heart with her tender comments on my blog. I have come to know her as an encourager and bloggy friend.

God has truly been faithful. He astounds me over and over again. I have become a part of something far greater than I can fathom. People write for many different reasons. I write from my heart simply because I love it. Writing is a part of who I am. I am continually amazed as followers continue to join and comment on my posts. The more amazed I am...the more followers come. Each of you are very special. I am truly blessed GOD has chosen to bring each of you into my life.

I pass this blog to all who faithfully follow and pray for me. Please pick it up and post it on your blog.

Amazed By HIS grace,


Friday, October 9, 2009


"Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 The Message

Many of you know, I have been plagued with allergies lately. Some days are bad and yesterday was one of them. Unfortunately, my family suffers along with me. I was miserable no matter what I did.

My day began in prayer. I then spent a little time reading blogs and trying to find encouragement. The many Thankful Thursday posts touched my heart.

My day was full, even though I did not feel like doing anything. My hubby's truck needed to be dropped off with the mechanic and picked up later in the day. He also had a few errands he wanted to take care of before we could go home. Doug is a wonderful husband and prefers for us to do things together. He enjoys having me with him.

Then there is homeschooling. We only have one child left at home. He is the easiest of all five. Wil has a tender heart and has given us NO problems up to this point. I cherish our time with him. He makes parenting easy.

By now you are probably saying, "What's the problem? Sounds like a great day." Well, it would have been, but my attitude was horrible. I did not enjoy any of it and that oozed from my being. At one point, Doug said, "you are cranky" and he was right. I was even cranky with the dogs.

I awoke at 3 am this morning thinking about forgiveness. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and child who forgive me, but I am even more blessed to have a Heavenly Father who recognizes my weaknesses, loves me fully, and forgives "ALL" my sins.

Clearly, I am a work in progress.

Blessings and prayers,


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Place and Purpose!

Savannah (5 weeks old)

"Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed." Proverbs 15:22

"Mortals make elaborate plans, but GOD probes for what is good. Put GOD in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place." Proverbs 16:1-3 The Message

"When GOD approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand. Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich. We plan the way we live, but only GOD makes us able to live it." Proverbs 16:7-9

Blessings on your journey,


*Allergies are plaguing my being, again. Sorry if I do not get around to all of your blogs. I am trying to breath and resting in my Heavenly Father's arms. Praying for healing, strength, and GOD's plan to be fulfilled in my life.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Climbing Dirt Mountain

Savannah trying to climb a mountain of dirt at Point Of Rocks Park, Chesterfield, Virginia.

Many of us face mountains daily. We begin the climb and often become a bit dirty fighting our way to the top. We have a choice to make:

1) Keep up the good fight, knowing our Heavenly Father is with us every step of the way.


2) Give in and quit.

"The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent." Exodus 14:14 New American Standard

"Our king will rule us and lead us and fight our battles." 1 Samuel 8:20 The Message

"You take over. I'm about to die, my life an offering on God's altar. This is the only race worth running. I've run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that is left is the shouting-God's applause! Depend on it, he's an honest judge. He'll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming." 2 Timothy 4:6-8 The Message

Do not become so overwhelmed by the mountain in your life. Take the focus off the mountain and place it on your Heavenly Father. HE is cheering you on. Run up the mountain, knowing HE is right there with you.

Strengthened for the climb,


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Thank you, Jerry K. Brown

(Scripture tag made by Edie)

Doug and I would like to thank Jerry K. Brown. He faithfully serves our country in Iraq. We enjoy the freedoms of American because of Jerry and other men and woman like him. Jerry flew a beautiful American flag in Iraq on September 11, 2009 and presented it to Doug and I through the mail. We have a beautiful certificate presenting it to us, too.

Doug and I are overwhelmed. This gift brought both of us to tears. We can not possibly express our feelings adequately. The best gift we could give back to Jerry and others serving our country is our continued prayers and support.

Please join Doug and I as we storm the heavens with prayers for Jerry and all those who serve our country in the armed forces.

May GOD bless America and all our troops!