"Only one life, 'twill soon be past
Only what's done for Christ will last."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Just Sad


Recently we visited the Lutheran college that my son attends in northern Minnesota. We heard a lovely concert.

One thing one of my children remarked about was the giggling young men. The effeminate young men. The emasculation of men at this college is complete.

So sad that we see yet another "Christian" college dive.

Where are the men?

Pretending to be girls.

Culinary Ideas

I tried a new thing the other day in my pursuit of eating fewer foods of GMO origin.

I gave up drinking pop for this fasting season. (Please don't lecture me on fasting----I do it, not often enough, but "Lent" is a good time to group-fast, and being secretive about it just doesn't make sense when you are doing a group thing.)  Fasting is good as a physical benefit, not just a spiritual one.

I do like cola, for help in treating my headaches. It's probably psychological but it seems to help me some.

I saw this natural cane syrup cola mix at Target the other day and had a brain storm.

Natural cola syrup (no corn-syrup) and Mendota Springs sparkling water = WOW!

It's just really good cola!!

And it's not expensive! I didn't buy the soda machine. Didn't need to! The sparkling water was about $.50 a serving and the syrup about $.25.

That's cheaper than the sugar coke you can get at Costco, from Mexico.

Just thought I'd pass on the tip.

We also made a combination of these peeps and chocolate/peanut butter nests for the holiday. They are very cute, but I can't find an image from Woman's World magazine that published the recipe a few years back. They have green coconut too. Very cute.  Cherie did the whole recipe by herself, so I was so pleased.

Today I'm making dozens of hard-boiled eggs to bring to church for an impromptu breakfast. I want to bring a big fruit bowl and "cinnamon knots" too.

The knots are easy to make, not very sweet, but perfect finger food.

Our boys and their fiancees are invited with us to Grandpa's and Grandma's house for the feast.

I'm bringing white cake with lemon filling and whipped cream frosting for dessert. Along with the nests it should be very tasty!

Jesus is Risen! He is indeed Risen!!!!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Rev. 3:3

If therefore thou shalt not watch I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee Rev(3:3)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Concordia Chapel Choir -I Lift Mine Eyes. René Clausen



Being a non-denominational type I wonder sometimes how denominations do things.

I've visited countless churches. I'm not clueless how theologies play out in different churches, mosques, and synagogues.

But I did have a thought today regarding sin and confession.

How DO you confess to a priest???

I don't think the books I've read or the movies I've seen cover this exactly. Right? My friends who are practicing Roman Catholics always hedge about levels of sin...kinds of sin. Granted, I'm not Roman Catholic, but I do wonder how this works, really.

Do you talk about your seven deadly sins or the gossip you shared? How about your over-eating that chocolate last weekend?

Maybe you tell about the pen you stole from the counter at the doctor's office, or a candy bar you picked up.

Are you the judge of your sin?

Maybe you only tell of the money you stole, the abortion you had, the pornography you enjoyed, or the rape you committed.

The murder?

As one who sees Christ as my savior I bring it all to him-----and for me, as a believer, it always begins with the thoughts.

Thoughts are the seeds of our actions. I take them to Christ daily, hourly, by the minute.

Because I am human, and sin is a part of my make-up.

The freedom in Christ is unmeasurable.

Just some thoughts this Maundy Thursday. Ed gets to practice at the local RC church every Thursday, and because this week is "holy week" we checked the church's schedule for conflicts. It appears there is confession going on.


The Battle Belongs to the Lord

I have a sweet Corgi snoozing at my feet. The Lab is under the table, waiting for Daddy to come home. She worships him.

They are so different, and yet they are both dogs.

I sometimes think that about people.

I've had a few sad days seeing people I know come out on the other side of the fence on DOMA from me.

You really can't sit on the fence. There's no compromise. You are either in or you are out---yet we are all human, and nice humans, too.

As someone who has learned many life lessons through the people I've loved and watched, as well as my own experience, I do have a unique and legitimate way of seeing.

I've seen my brother struggle with infidelity (his wife's). I saw her father die of AIDS----one of, if not the very first AIDS case in the US----in 1983. I remember. They didn't know what it was then.

I saw homosexuality's grip on her family, and I saw the destruction. Human destruction.

I speak from the sidelines, but I saw how all of that rotted our family.  Not just hers. It severed it forever. The scars are still red, and I feel the pain despite the forgiveness.

It was back then when I determined to take the strait and narrow road----to enter by the strait gate. It became clear to me that happiness only lies within the spirit, joy comes from pleasing the Father, living in His will, and cultivating fruit.

How did I know that path? The Holy Bible. I read it, over and over. I didn't let one particular teacher or brand of Christianity take over---I gleaned. I thought of all the Christians in the world given a gospel of John, and living for Jesus from then on! The Word is enough. It directs, it guides, it's relevant, it is truth. It's all we need. Yes, that's true---Genesis through Revelation.

Has it been a bed of roses? Certainly not. This life is so brief, and the suffering has its ultimate purpose.

Nothing is worth eternal hell for. Nothing.

Thankful that God has seemingly endless mercy. He only asks that we trust in Him. He asks that we believe.
He supplies the power to live for Him, and yes, it will be different from the rest of the world. You will be on the other side of the fence from MOST.

The way is narrow. The broad road leads to destruction.

Get on the narrow, and learn it is worth everything. Let God fight the cultural and spiritual battles. Let Him be your bulwark, your mainstay.

My joy is in the Lord. He is my EVERYTHING.


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A Meaning of Life

Life is not meant to be "fun."

Life is a mission.

Once you figure that out

Life is a blast.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pirate TALK

Some days you just want to say "ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!"

What's happening in our country, the issue of DOMA, is really frustrating to those of us who believe in the one true God.

We see idolaters having their way, making their gods in their heads, weak gods, false gods, who condone whatever they want to condone.

Don't lose heart, fellow believer!

Our God, the Creator of the Universe, has this all covered.


So, it's all in the script.

It's getting exciting to see Bible prophecy play out. As the culture dims the rock-solid believers will stand, be persecuted, and ultimately see the face of Jesus. That's part of the script too.

Do you see the culture headed toward Morality?

Do you see our world becoming safer?

Do you see our families getting stronger and more prosperous?

Only the families of believers have any hope at this stage.

The Ark is Jesus Christ: "That if thou shalt confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead." Romans 10:9.

Romans 10 is just a great chapter.

Knock me over with a feather if our world turns back to the Biblical Christ in a great revival. Wouldn't that be nice?

I'm thinking the slippery slope toward Gomorrah is begun.

Confess and repent! You still have time. Don't follow a false Christ, who contradicts Scripture.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Scout Stuff

Camping season is almost upon us! This afternoon, after math, we plan to get caught up on sewing----Merit Badges, that is.

I've been negligent in keeping the Scout uniform up to date with newly earned Merit Badges. I've even struggled with getting my own uniform up to snuff!

So today, just in time for the upcoming camp-out, I'm attempting to remedy this great neglect.

This is not my favorite thing to do, so Ed must watch and help. He will have to learn to help himself out here.

The first camp-out is to Wisconsin. Should be cold, seeing that the snow pack has hardly diminished in our neck of the woods. I do see a few more patches of brown grass outside than I saw yesterday, and the icicles are dripping steadily. Hope?

Today the Supreme Court hears a case on marriage.

What are we coming to? Must we be accosted on all fronts?

What it says to me is that Satan's time is very limited---probably only a decade or so, and he will reap the rewards of his rebellion against God for eternity SOON. He's certainly working overtime lately.

Everything good, pure, sweet, undefiled, and righteous is now becoming bad, sour, impure and evil.

Or everything?

Our churches and schools, our families and governments. Our children. Our minds.

How long will the Lord God stay His hand? Every week I think we can see the nearness of His return as the world crumbles around us. He is our Rock. He is our Hope. He is all we have. Do you hear a trumpet?
I think it's tuning up.

I see the verses if Scripture coming to life, about families falling apart, about wolves in sheep's clothing. It's so true!

"It's always been that way," you may say. Well, maybe for you. Not for me. I've seen the corruption of things once virtuous on a scale like never before.

Ha, ha! laughs the devil. But not for long.

I am so thankful that the ending is one of victory for the virtue----Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world----to reign forever.

Be encouraged!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Textbook of the Spirit


Joni Eareckson Tada speaks her best, ever.

A Good Rant

This article is a passionate call to salvation. A rant worth reading, and thinking about.


Today I am saddened by news that people I know are suffering from cancer. Time is limited for them. So much of that recently!

Thoughts of death always bring thoughts of spiritual preparation. Are we prepared for eternity?

We know Jesus, but does Jesus claim us?

"Depart from me. I never knew you."

The saddest words in the Bible.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Re-Post...Happy News!

The Other Happy Couple!

Eric Metaxas---CPAC

Concordia Chapel Choir

Bach Walk

Saturday was busy. Fun busy.

We got to the Luther Seminary Chapel at 9 am for an all- Bach concert, the start of a five concert day featuring works of Bach.

I call it the "Bach Walk."

We only made it to 3 of the five concerts. (We had to wrap up the swim season in the afternoon---Scouting merit badges were earned.)

It was in the second concert, at the smaller, older, more intimate chapel on Luther Seminary, that I was moved with the timelessness of J.S. Bach.

It was during an allamande, played by a wonderful pianist with the cool name "Bethel," that I realized I was thinking thoughts that Bach must have thought. The meanderings of the peaceful music touched something deep in my spirit.

Bach understood the spirit. The language reaches across all the ages of time, and we see glimpses of our nature through it.

In the first concert the National Lutheran Choir sang parts of the Mass in b minor.

Oh my.

The "Dona Nobis Pacem" is one to catch your breath. Perfect trumpet, perfect organ, and perfect building of sound. Absolutely perfect.

It was on MPR Classical 99.5 on Saturday morning, live, and I'm sure it blessed everyone who heard it.

Ed, my budding organist, came home from these inspirational moments and began to play through his Bach book.

The joy continued.


Here's a little Bach for you. It's his birthday this week. I hope you can be caught up in the spirit as we were!

The Spectrum of Rewards - Chuck Missler


God is an Oldsmobile?


Why don't people just leave the church alone instead of trying to change it?

The question was asked recently by Eric Metaxas.

Why don't people just go and start a new boy scouting organization, instead of changing the one there is?

Why don't we just let the old traditionalists just be-----and go on with our own idolatrous made-up religions?

Because Satan is in the business of destruction, and these new things have no power to be sustainable. Satan will destroy every institution he can. Secular or non-secular.

Yesterday, at Concordia College in Moorhead, the Chapel Choir ended with a warning:

"Are ya gonna get in the ark?"  It was a Moses Hogan spiritual. http://youtu.be/GgpASZLujeY

The Bible doesn't change. God doesn't change. We may try to re-make Him into our own idol which we are more comfortable with, but that ends in hell.

Are you gonna get in the ark?

Belief in Jesus is the ark which will save any sinner.

These deer know what it's like to be corgis!   :) From Hungary. They got lots of snow recently! We're getting lots of snow today! (But not this much!)

Friday, March 15, 2013

I Can Tell the World - University of Utah Singers

Corgi Hollows B & B

Isn't Predicate cute?

She's hiding from the chaos around here.

So much going on!

The Corgi Hollows Bed and Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner included) is now open. The "new" guest room is ready for guests, and it's been in use two nights already!

Our guest is a seasoned traveler (who sometimes reads this blog) and he pronounced it to be like a British B & B. I take that as high praise! Thank you.

We are ready for friends, International Students, and new and old family members!

The rest of the house is still needing sprucing, but hey, we can't get it all done at once, can we?

Inch by inch, foot by foot, one day at a time, whatever progress looks like.

Other things:

The spring NLC concert is shaping up. I have a new group that I'm contributing to right now, with rehearsal piano accompaniment  and singing an alto part. It's a swing-sound group.

In the main concert I get to do some Irish piping with one of my flutes. Should be fun.

The music is very moving.  We choke up often as we're singing it!

My niece and nephew released their first album with Columbia Records (Isles) this week. Not a big fan of that type of music (reggae/jazz/island) but happy they are happy with it! We wonder how well it will do. My nephew is a very sweet, smart, creative fellow with a superb eye for wit. My niece is a pretty girl, perfect for a music career! I wish them success.

As you know, from reading previous posts, the music industry is rife with supernatural warfare. I prefer to leave the questionable music at arm's length. Some have more courage, or simply no awareness. We must be SO careful.

Because prophecy is a "big" story this week with the roman pope being elected (see previous posts), I've thought about the type of person who loves it. Mostly we are sufferers of pain. We are compassionate---we want to see the suffering in this world to end, to have time culminate. We look for the One we love most---our Lord and Savior.

It can't be long now, and I want EVERYONE to be ready!

I'm reading The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent right now.

There is an interesting quote in it, interesting for two reasons. At our church dinner on Sunday my pastor mentioned a trip he'd taken to China with Erwin Lutzer years ago. That night I was reading this book when Lutzer mentioned that very trip! He quoted Bishop Ding, the leader of the 3 Self movement at that time, with whom they had met. Ding said that there are no Liberal Christians in China.

They all left the faith under persecution.

Interesting to think of all the implications there. What sort of faith has the staying power for glory? What sort of faith is concerned only for this world, and not the next? What sort of faith drives men to share Christ, and Christ alone?

May I never leave the faith, and may the persecuted throughout the world be crowned in GLORY!

"My Kingdom is not of this world."

So we long for it. The Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How Long, Lord, Will You Wait?


*Update*  Hmmmmm. The YouTube people think it is too disgusting as well. What kind of a culture do we live in???? Abortion goes on everyday. 70 MILLION TIMES. Wake up, Earthlings!


This little clip is truly horrifying, but I'm afraid we live in a world where we can insulate ourselves from the unpleasant realities of life fairly easily.

We shouldn't. We should be outraged.

We should know what slaughter looks like, so we rise up against it.

God sees and He WILL judge.

It is only a matter of time.

Don't do nothing. Speak up!

Reminds Me of My Childhood---

As a child I had two horses that were my pets. Lady and Sheik. I loved them. Growing up on a farm in Minnesota was a great privilege, but my friends were mostly animals. I got to see my human friends at church on Sundays, but not often during the week. I found horses to be very satisfying company. Intelligent, beautiful, and understanding, they were great.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Looking out at the White

Everything aches this morning----my head, my back, my foot, my neck

Guess I need a trip to swim.

I have been so busy the last two weeks with house re-organizing and furniture moving that I have neglected the basic pain-control activities I MUST do. (Swimming and walking!)

Not good.

Things just take longer.

Can't wait for the sunshine to melt the thick blanket of snow that I see everywhere. It is almost hard to imagine spring is just ---around the corner!

The purge continues, and it isn't pretty. But the bedroom floor looks marvelous.

The dogs are finding comfortable places to lounge again. Things are slowly coming to rights.

So much happiness, so much sorrow. Life just rolls along with all our joys and woes.

Keeping on, and looking up. Can't wait to get back to Corgi Hollows again!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Northern Lights Chorale

Bonhoeffer Tour Question Time with John Piper


 This is excellent. Please take the time to watch this---for such a time as this!

My husband and I were able to hear this in person.

Midnight Musings

As I fell asleep late last night, looking at a few magazines for ideas of "what to wear" at my sons' upcoming weddings, (I can't wear beige---it's not in my color wheel ---and can you picture ME shutting up? Didn't think so...) I had a few thoughts about our world.

I thought about Noah, and how blind the people were who observed his work on the ark.

I thought about how blind people are today. When I read the morning headlines I am aghast at how quickly the Biblical prophetic events unfold before our very eyes!

And most people are simply clueless. They don't know their Bibles or they simply have re-interpreted any reality away from their minds.


Should we be surprised?

I find it very difficult to talk to Christians, even, about the darkness of our times. Those of us who wallow and immerse ourselves in prophecy talk are well aware of events that other people I've met with recently seem to know absolutely nothing about.

I think I blame the pastors/shepherds of these poor sheep. Obviously there is little teaching on God's clearest descriptions of what is to come. I wonder why. What are these preachers afraid of?

I've said this before, and I'll continue to say it: my interest in Bible Prophecy has been a major force in keeping my faith fresh DAILY!

The Bible is the living Word of God, and we can immerse ourselves in it, trusting it, following where it guides every day!

And it seems we just don't know how to get that message across very well.

Or do we?

Perhaps people are just so spiritually out of tune that they are BLIND to the great things God is doing right now.

Jesus IS coming back. He said so. We WILL meet Him in the air. He said so. Not everyone will-----------He said so.

So get right with God. He's coming SOON! We watchers are aware of the signs, and we wait every day for Christ's return.

Here's an article that I saw this morning. My midnight musings were along the same lines. It's always fun to see something that you share with someone else.


---Back to re-arranging the house for our guests! (It's been a busy and "back-breaking" few days around here. We're taking spring-break this week from our home-schooling.)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


We're busy.

I'm not writing much because the house is in complete upheaval----floors are being laid, furniture is being moved, and books are being cleaned and weeded out.

Such a good feeling to get things in order for spring.

The pets are so funny. Kiwi follows me around checking out every changed surface. Predicate wines for the perch she had for a few days on top of an upturned mattress, now back to normal after the bedroom floor is down.

Poor dogs can't find a comfortable inch to lie down!

Tomorrow the project continues.

It's spring break!