You probably won’t be hearing much from me for the next few weeks.  I’m back at working with my public speaking team, after school drama and writing classes and unpacking. The  last few months have been a whirlwind of activity and I know I’m in for more.  So hang in there.  I will be back in full swing as soon as I’m settled.

I thank God that He’s directed us to this move and reorganization of our lives.  He certainly knew where we belonged and where we can best be used for His glory.  Thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement and blessing.  See you soon!

Wherever we go in life, God is in the midst of it.


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Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creature here below.  Praise Hm above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

The move is over at last.  Now, as my sister advises, it ill be a other six months before it feels like home.  She should know, because. Being married to a corporate guy, they moved almost three times as many as we did.

After months of stress, the hard part is now over and we can begin our new life in an old house with lots of character and a couple old characters and their dog.  Praise God for family and friends and each other.

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Dear, Lord, You have seen us through many trials and joys in our married life.  Today we are undertaking another chapter in the wonderful adventure you’ve created for us.  We will need every ounce of energy, stamina and ability to endure why lies ahead.  Today, as we move out of a house that has been our home for 24 years and into another well loved place, we ask that you be with us in this endeavor.

Your strength will energize us.  Your love  will give us endurance.  Your patience will put up with our stubborn wills and wanting to hang on to the things of this world.  Only you can fill our hearts with excitement for another day.

As I recall all what we’ve lived through in this our “restoration” house, I will feel some nostalgia and sadness, but as I look forward to our new dwelling, I can see ahead to a simpler life which will continue to flourish until you call us to our final home with you in heaven.

Thank you for your many blessings, for strengthening our marriage, for building a lifetime of memories.  We look forward to what you have planned for us next.  Amen!

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When I was a child, I was taught to pray – Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord, my soul to take. Amen!  After this simple prayer I would ask God’s blessings on all my family members, the pets, grandmas, grandpas and aunt and uncles.  I might also include someone that I had a problem with that day. Things have changed since those innocent days of youth.

Now my prayer list is getting so long, I often fall asleep before I’ve completed all the of them. The older you get, the more folks you need to pray for. There are those with serious illnesses, those who need God in their life to make it complete, those who have strayed from Him, those who feel life isn’t worth living anymore. There are the aged, the young adults starting their families, the teens who face unheard of stress and temptation and the children who are depending on good examples in their lives.

God invites us to talk to Him and it is good to go to Him with our troubles, but we should also go to Him when things are going well and give Him the thanks He deserves. Many times we can’t find the right words. When that happens, God still provides a way for us to communicate with Him.

Romans 8:26 says “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Dear, Lord, it’s a privilege to come to you in prayer.  Your Son made that possible, by shedding His blood for me, a sinner.  Thank you for giving us an open line to you at any time of the day or night. Even my inadequate words are interpreted, through your Holy Spirit, in the right way. You control every inch of my existence.  Amen!


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There will be days when you feel completely broken down –

Physically, emotionally, spiritually,

When every ounce of strength has been sapped,

When it seems you can no longer go on,

When life kicks and punches you,

When there seems no hope for tomorrow,

Where do you turn for restoration?

Where do you go when your will has been crushed?

Where will you find relief?

When your lying on your back in complete submission,

The only place to look – is up,

Turn to your Creator,

The God of the universe,

Your Savior, Redeemer and Comforter,

He can mend broken bodies,

He can lift your spirit beyond expectation,

He gives you new life, new strength,

With Him, you will soar with the eagles.

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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”  Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.” Euripides

I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing about my move, but we’re almost there.  Tomorrow we close on the home we’re selling and the home we’re buying.  Most folks look at closing day as one filled with excitement.  I believe the excitement comes from the knowledge that you’re finally done with this excruciating process.

It seems like years since we first listed our home.  We’ve disposed of half a house full of memories.  We’ve eliminated unnecessary items – going through them at least five times before finally tossing them.  We’ve packed what seems like a thousand boxes.  We’ve painted, cleaned and polished.

The problem I foresee is doing it all over again when we move to our new home. The process of downsizing seems to go in stages.  Each stage leads to more throwing away and realization that much of what you’re saving will never be used again or have any value anyway.  When all the dust settles, we will begin unpacking and again throwing away or donating unnecessary items.

We’re grateful for all the help we’ve received and yet our bodies ache and our minds are muddled.  When you grow old, this whole thing seems monumental.  I know we’ll get through it all and it will be great.  God will continue to be there for us until our death – which at the moment seems quite imminent.

Dear, Lord, I pray for added strength during the coming weeks.  I know our work is just beginning and that with you by our side, we can move mountains.  May we always keep our eyes focused on you and the amazing plans you have for us. Amen!



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The noise of every day bantering between supposedly upright candidates,

Is like a deafening pounding in the ears,

There is no respite and won’t be until it’s over,

We all wonder,




The only thing we know for sure is,



I can not stand in judgment,


Of being a sinner,

We are not qualified to judge,

I hear the prattle, the babble, the puffing up of self,

I don’t hear sensibility, only ugly accusations and dirty laundry,

I see a rerun of the last election,


Special interests,

Excessive spending for negative advertising,

Money that could pay off part of the national debt,

Even in all this turmoil there is hope,

There is refreshment in the peace of God’s creation,

He has promised to heal the land of those who put their faith in Him,

Only He can judge, only He can save, Only He can win,

Soon it will be over,

The rhetoric will die out,

We will grumble and complain or we will be happy that our candidate won,

We will enduref our more years of who knows what,

We will get through this, because in the end God wins.

I will vote,

My vote will count – I pray!


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I grew up and spent the early years of my adult life in Wisconsin, so I guess I’m a dyed in the wool Packer fan. That is unless the Minnesota Vikings happen to win.  I was around when Vince Lombardi was coaching, which tells you how old I am.  He was an amazing coach who inspired his team to many wins over his career and he once said, “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

Isn’t that the truth? Quitting is the easy way out, but persevering is clearly much harder. In life we set goals for ourselves to give us something to shoot for – something to plan for.  We go through each day with a plan and sometimes we win and other times we don’t/

In our spiritual life, God asks us to persevere as well. Our goal is heaven. How we get there doesn’t cost us a thing, but God does not promise that the road here on earth is going to be easy. We constantly have to fight the good fight, keeping Him as our life coach. We will face problems and defeats, but with Him we can get back up again and push forward to the goal line.

Lord, give me the faith to persevere in adversity, to look forward to heaven and to guide me in all that I do.  Even when I feel like a loser, remind me that I am a winner because of you and your redeeming grace.  Because of you, my final goal of eternity has been guaranteed.  Amen!

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I recall making mud pies, as a child.  What fun it was holding wet dirt and molding it into round shapes and covering them with colored sugar.  This feast for the dog was only made palatable because of the topping, and of course today a parent could be accused of child abuse for allowing their child to play in the mud.

I’m currently up to my ears in 24 years worth of dirt and suddenly my childhood fascination has lost its excitement. This week is our final purging of things hidden in the shadows of the crawl spaces in our current house.  It almost seems that these spaces were reserved for things we wanted to hang on to, for whatever reason, that have no value, but we thought we would use someday.  There were three boxes of fabric, several large rolls of fabric, a pair of velvet, suspendered shorts that my husband wore as a child, empty boxes (which we actually can use for our move) and lots of other things.

How often we fill our lives with useless things – things that have no value – things that eventually wind up in the trash or get donated.  The stuff we hold on to seems important at the time, but we soon realize that its worth was meaningless.

As we look at our current state of affairs in this country and around the world, none of it matters.  There’s nothing new under the sun.  It’s all been said and done before.

The only thing that has merit, as we walk through this veil of dirt called life, is the One who created us.  We can scrub away the surface dirt, but we’ll never be clean internally unless we believe that Jesus died to wash us clean enough to appear before His Father.

I fear my house will not be totally clean when we leave it, but I am confident that those who lived in it will be.  Someone hand me a scrub brush!

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Theater flat painted by Paul Boecher – Poetry by Kathy Boecher

A city of blazing lights can cover all the ugliness of the other world,

A world that lies beneath the bridge of deception, hate, fear and addiction,

Underneath that hidden territory where sin abounds,

There, shrouded in the shadows, the real world abides,

The cloak of evil captures those who would go there,

There is no light, no hope, no promises,

Only loneliness,

When sin overtakes the light, nothing can hide the darkness,


Yet there is one light that never dies,

A light that lives in the heart of every believer in it,

The true Light of the world,

This light can extinguish the darkness,

Only this One dominating light,

Can replace eternal obfuscation,

Through it we can find our,

Become light itself,

And spread that light,

Just as a flame ignites everything in its path,

Don’t hide in the shadows,

Follow the Light.




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