Music Mondays- It Is Well by Kristene DiMarco

Seven years ago I began the experience of what I call being a pinball patient going from doctor to doctor to try to find out what was wrong. At that time, I came across this video by Kristene DiMarco-It Is Well. Since that time, I have listened to it every day and some days more than once, some days several times.

I have shared it before, but felt it would be good to share it again today. Today is a double doctor day for me. I have an MRI this morning with check in at 7am. The MRI is to determine if I have ankylosing spondylitis which is an arthritis that is in the spine. Then at 1pm I have an appointment with an cardiac electro physiologist which is a doctor who does ablations. I need one to correct my heart rhythm.

So I will start my morning, way too early, by listening to It Is Well and praying. It is a video that has blessed me, so I am sharing it in hopes it blesses you as well.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Ukrainian Worship Leader Left His Guitar Behind

Last night I visited the Ukrainian family I have gotten to know quite well. They invited me for a borsch dinner which is a delicious soup in their culture. The children greeted me with hugs, I joked with the wife about having dinner outside in the snowy night, and the husband and I talked about our ‘dream’ of the wife and one of the daughters opening a bakery and the two of us being the greeters sitting there drinking coffee.

They had other visitors who are family friends from Ukraine. They are a family of a husband, wife, a an ever so cute almost three old daughter. They just arrived here from Germany two weeks ago. The wife and daughter fled Ukraine to Germany first with the husband staying behind to share Jesus with people victimized by the war. Then the husband left Ukraine to join his wife and daughter in Germany leaving his guitar behind in Ukraine. Refugees fleeing war bring only bare necessities.

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He was a worship leader in Ukraine. He led worship in his church in Ukraine and after the war started he would go out to the city center and play worship songs and then share Jesus with the people who stopped to listen.

After dinner we sat in the living room and shared worship music videos. It was a wonderful time of fellowship.

So my new project is to get an acoustic guitar for him. Please pray for me to find one for him.

Thank you for praying. God Bless.

Her First Friday in America

Yesterday afternoon in my English class in the Ukrainian church, we had a new person join our class. She is a twenty three year old woman who arrived less than a week ago. She is living with her aunt who has been here for a while. She was already in the room because her aunt is the one who opens the door to the church for us.

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After class, some of us went out for coffee and she joined us. We talked about the class and how she felt. She shared that she felt shy and nervous at first. One of the things I do in class to make it fun is to throw Hershey’s kisses to them. She shared that helped her to relax.

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Ester, the young woman who received the violin a few months ago, sat next to our new person during class. Ester and her parents joined us at the coffee shop and talked a lot with our new person. A new friendship was formed.

Our new person smiled and laughed with us at the coffee shop. Less than a week ago, she was in the refugee camp in Poland. Some months ago, she fled the war in Ukraine. Now she is living with her aunt in my city and has already made new friends.

At the end of class, I asked my friend Alex, who is a pastor from Ukraine, to pray for her. She knows Jesus and he is helping her with her new life in America.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Q and A with Me- My Answers

I would like to thank the bloggers who asked questions for this Q and A with Me. I enjoyed doing it and appreciate your questions. Please visit their blogs. Here are their questions and my answers. 🙂

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David of davidsdailydose.org asked- What is one of your favorite scripture passages, and why?

Only one of? My there are SO many. As I go through the process with my book Jesus Understands Trauma, 2 Corinthians 1: speak to me- blessed be the God of all comfort…”

Kendra of Audience of One at audience01.wordpress.com asked- I’ll tag on to David’s question, and ask which Bible character inspires you the most (outside of Jesus 😊)?

So many to choose from by Paul inspires me with his dedication to the gospel and his passion for following Jesus.

Beverley of becominghteoilandthewine.com asked- You seem to be a traveler in your younger days. Name the countries that you have visited and which is your favorite? Why?

I have visited Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, France. Germany, Holland, Mexico, Romania, and Switzerland. My two favorites were Romania and Brazil. Romania because through my seven trips there God called me to my ministry and work with other cultures. Brazil because I connect with the culture so well.

Cats and coffee at midlifecatlady64@wordpress.com asked- What is one of the worst foods you have ever tasted and what was the situation?

I would have to say some of the things I have tried cooking because I am a terrible cook. 🙂

Gary of garyfultz.com asked- From last falls comment somewhere…Have you any more thoughts on creating a bloggers conference or just a mini bloggers conference ? How many days, cost, seminar givers, places to stay, other things to do if one were to couple it with a vacation? who should lead it and how big a team of people would it take to pull off a good one?? also, what town to have it in?? too many questions?

Good questions. I am thinking about it more now. I will get back to you on it. 🙂

Alive and Well at entermypeace.wordpress.com asked- How did the hydraulic fluid work? Was it for your knee?

The hydraulic fluid worked okay and yes for my knee.

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com asked-What is one of your goals for 2023?

To finish and publish my book 🙂

Pooja of lifesfinewhine.ca asked- What are your blogging goals for 2023? What was the last movie you watched?

My blogging goals are to interact with more bloggers and follow God’s lead for content. The last movie I watched was Lord of the Rings Return of the King.

Michelle of Mimosa Blossom at apudiem.wordpress.com asked- What genre of music do you listen to?

I enjoy many genres-Christian, Classical, Jazz, some Pop, but listen mostly to Christian Worship music.

Jesus Will Return One Day

Another winter storm system came and went in my state Nebraska. While some parts of the state did receive large amounts of snow, in my city it was once again much ado about nothing. When the TV weather people talk about how much we could get before the snow storm comes, I find it amusing. It is part of life in my city that the big one misses my city. At least I got a day off with pay due to all schools canceling for the day.

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The same is true in the spring and summer when it comes to thunderstorms and tornadoes. Yes, we get thunderstorms here, but the tornadoes always seem to skip my city. I have even seen people sitting out on their covered porches watching the storms not heeding the severe weather warnings. People do not heed the warnings because so many times it has been like the little boy who cried wolf.

It brings to mind what Noah experienced while he was building the ark God told him to build. People mocked him saying it had never rained or flooded. The people would not heed the warning.

Jesus used what happened in the days of Noah to explain what will happen in the days before the 2nd Coming of Jesus in Matthew 24:36-39:

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;  and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man”

Jesus will return to earth and everything will change. Nothing can stop his 2nd Coming. When he returns, those who longed for his return will be filled with joy, but those who mocked, disregarded, refused to believe, will be shocked and tragically it will be too late.

Jesus will return. We can prepare by coming to faith in Jesus as our Savior. He did all of the work when he willingly died on the cross for us. Jesus loves us and wants us to be with him for eternity.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A No Alarm Clock Day :)

It is Tuesday evening and both the school system for elementary to high school in my city and the college I teach at have announced classes canceled for Wednesday due to a winter storm coming. That means no morning, afternoon or evening classes for me to teach and Wednesday will be a No Alarm Clock Day. 🙂

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What are my plans for such a momentous occasion you might ask? Good question.

After waking up whatever time that happens, first things first coffee time at home. Coffee time at home means listening to worship music while spending time with Jesus and enjoying a few cups of coffee.

Then it will be time to catch up on blogging. I am regretfully behind. I look forward to catching up with my fellow bloggers.

As if coffee time with Jesus and blogging are not enough of a whirlwind of a day, I have a feeling it will be time to visit Middle Earth again. Yes, that means watching Lord of the Rings. I have the extended release ones for each of the three movies, so that will give me over ten hours of Tolkien entertainment.

That’s my agenda for this Wednesday. What are your plans?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Q and A with Me

It has been a while since I last did one. They are always fun for me to do. It is time for some more blogging fun of doing a Q and A with me. Here is how it works.

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You ask me a question leaving it in my comments. The question can be fun/funny, serious, about faith, about life, whatever as long as it is appropriate. Then my post Friday will be my answers.

My post Friday will include my answers along with a link to your blog, So please ask away and let’s have a little fun. 🙂

Music Mondays- Let The People Rejoice by Tasha Cobbs Leonard

No matter what happens in this life we have reason to rejoice because of Jesus. We can rejoice because Jesus has opened the way for us to come to God, have relationship with God, and have eternal life.

When I have a high pain day, I can still rejoice knowing it is temporary and a wonderful eternity awaits me in the future. When problems arise in life, we can still rejoice knowing Jesus is with us and will never leave us.

God has blessed those who follow Jesus, trust in Jesus, with every spiritual blessing. God has not held anything back from us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

The Holidays and Then ………

It is that time of year. The holidays have come and gone. We are in the THEN part of winter as in the holidays happened and then-just boring winter. I had a reminder of it yesterday as I walked out of the high school where I teach in the afternoons. The door to the parking lot faces to the north, so any winter wind greets us in the face as we exit.

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For a city kid like me there is not much to do in the winter time. If I was an outdoor adventure person, I would probably enjoy ice fishing. My idea of ice fishing is buying frozen fish at the supermarket. 🙂

It is true that Valentines Day is coming, but being single I don’t care about that day. Yes next Monday is Martin Luther King Day, but that is more of an important day to remember a great person from history, not a day for fun. So it is just boring winter now.

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Have no fear, however, your coffee purist can still hang out at the coffee shop. I am also waiting for my pastor to read the final pieces I wrote for my book Jesus Understands Trauma and for his feedback. There are also my classes to teach and my refugee/immigrant friends to spend time with. So not all is lost.

I am curious how you would finish the sentence- The holidays and then ………

Thank you for reading. God Bless.