An Invitation

an open invitationToday I received a very special invitation. It did not come wrapped in vellum, engraved or addressed in calligraphy. But rather in a gentle whisper while still dark outside; a voice my spirit recognized, requesting my presence to watch the sign rise.  As I lay drowsily  in bed I began Read More

And the Plot Thickens

garden harvest kale, parsley, beans, peppersHi, my name is Susan and I am a compulsive organizer. Please note: this does not equate with being consistently organized. Usually a burst of organizational frenzy comes over me and I begin to relegate clutter to its proper place which later leads Read More

The Jury Room

gavelAs I sat in a jury room recently, it got me thinking about when I die.  While I always knew it was inevitable, I never really stopped to imagine the day I stand before God to give an account for my life.  I tried to picture it in my mind – would I dissolve in tears, fall on my face or be a quivering mass of jelly?  Would all the bad things I’ve done flash before my eyes: the lies, the drugs, the judgment, the gossip . . . Read More

1-2-3 PRAY!

Howdy! Got your Bible*? Yay! Open it to Matthew 6:5-13 and let’s talk about prayer. You might want to get a pencil too so you can underline the scriptures we discuss.

lap Bible

Prayer is just conversation between us and God – it can happen anywhere, anytime and the more you do it the more comfortable you get with it and Him.

The purpose, like talking to a friend, is to build the relationship between you and God. When we understand who He is and who we are to Him, great things happen!

It’s kind of like when you first meet that cute guy Read More

What a Mess!

messy desk

In Ezekiel’s time part of the population of Israel had been taken away as captives to Babylon. Those left in Jerusalem, even after seeing their countrymen exiled, still didn’t get the message. The priests were defiling the temple, worshiping idols instead of the Most High God yet they didn’t stop their offensive behavior. Pride blinded them to their sin.

It’s not unlike what we’re experiencing today, in America. Our country is slowly falling apart right before our eyes and most are oblivious. Soon, our circumstances will change so dramatically Read More

My (sub) Burb – Stead

kilted drummers

In case you haven’t noticed, I like to make up words. My sister always said I was weird marched to the beat of a different drummer. I’m glad SHE figured out what my problem is!

 I have lived in the suburbs all my life, so even though I think I want to live in the country I don’t know if I could really hack it as a single mom! With that being said, welcome to my burb-stead!  To me,  homesteading is Read More

Life Interrupted Finale

There are occasions when life as we know it is interrupted. It is unexpected and often very challenging. But it is always an opportunity to grow our faith. My life was interrupted in 2012 because I chose to serve those who’s life had been interrupted by a devastating storm. Below is the last entry regarding my initial deployment with Christ in Action. The experience forever a memorial in my heart and a reminder not to take life for granted!

My friend said in amazement, “How can you just drop Read More

Life Interrupted Part 4

Three weeks into my initial deployment with Christ in Action during Hurricane Sandy.

A Day of Rest

Sunday 12/2/12  Cedar Run AG

Thankfully, we are ‘off work’ today to rest, observing the Sabbath. Our director and crew leader are preaching at neighboring churches. I attend a comforting service with  friends in a beautiful little church called Cedar Run Assembly of God (CRAG). Stained glass windows flank the sides and the thickness of the outer walls give evidence to it’s long history.  Originally constructed in the mid 1800’s, the newer brick facade provides a  modern garment but it’s obvious the old girl has weathered storms besides Sandy. Yet she stands, a beacon of hope and a sanctuary of peace, an outpost on a highway leading to a summertime haven often forgotten or overlooked. Now, she is shining again,  reppin Jesus as her pastor and congregation respond to the need in their community.

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Life Interrupted Part 3

In 2012 my life was interrupted for 3 weeks when I deployed with Christ in Action in response to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.  Below are some of my reflections about the experience.
Doing It Together
11-26-12 Monday
denny chapel
Denny at chapel and crew assignments
      A smaller crew today as many of the volunteers returned to home. Each morning breakfast is at 7:30 followed by chapel at 8:00, then the crews gather their tools and hit the road. We have 3 crews going out (about 10-12 people total) and they’ll cover at least 10 homes today, plus any other calls that may come in at the base camp. On today’s agenda for the work crews: home gutting, tree cutting and mold treatment. 

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Life Interrupted Part 2

A continuation of my deployment experience responding to Superstorm Sandy in 2012 with Christ in Action (get to know them here).

Count Your Blessings

11/21/12, Tuesday 7:15pm  

I am 3 sheets to the wind exhausted & so ready to call it a night! A wonderful chapel service this morning filled with the presence of God gave me grace & strength for the day.

                                                                                                     at the altar chapel

 What has impressed me today is the gratitude of the people I speak with on the phone. Part of my job here is to follow up on the requests for help  and almost everyone I call says thank-you over and over even if we haven’t specifically helped them!  It makes such a difference in the morale of people  just hearing someone cares enough to help.

The emotional toll on the victims of a disaster Read More