Toot Your Horn


Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.

Things I like about me:

(It only took 48 years, a big God, 10+ years of meetings/therapy, for me to even be able to do this,  hallelujah!)

1.  I’m a good wife and mother, my precious husband and adorable children told me so! Even God loves me, He calls me Beloved.  He sees you that way too.  I am growing in my relationship with Jesus.  We are coming to know each other more every time we spend time together.  I am so glad we are past the “religious” stage, now we can talk anywhere and anytime, and so can you…

2.  I have let go of being a perfectionist.  I used to drive myself nuts, along with everyone else.  I am ok not being right all the time.  I am learning to receive grace and mercy from God.  My heart was so hard for so long.  When you get hurt it’s easy to put up the walls.  But then I was trapped in a cage with myself, that was scary! Thank goodness things change.

3.  I am grateful for the gift of music that God gave me.  I love playing music with my wonderful husband, Bob.  We are blessed to play at Janesville Apostolic Ministries with an awesome group of anointed singers every week. I also write my own songs and have dabbled in recording.  Even though I have a lot to learn yet, I am learning to appreciate the small things, and the process of growing.

4.  I am a giver.  I love to give things away, just ask my husband.  I guess I remember the days when the kids and I lived at the shelter and had nothing.  We left with 2 black garbage bags, the universal suitcase!  These days God has restored my life, and He can restore yours too…

Here ‘s a Free Song  for you that I wrote, called “Peace”  It has sax, I love sax!


From the Song of Solomon 2:10

*My beloved spoke, and said to me:  “Rise up, my love, my fair one,  And come away.” (NKJV)

*My beloved speaks and says to me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. (AMP)

*My beloved spoke and said to me, Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. (NIV)

*My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one! (NLT)


Dear Lord, 

We thank you, for giving us new sight today.  Help us see ourselves through Your eyes of love and grace, instead of our own.

We receive Your forgiveness today, we receive Your love, we receive Your super-abounding grace and mercy.  We receive Your unmerited and unearned favor.   

We want to come away with You, to the secret place, where we can talk, and just hang out and be.  Your presence changes everything.  Take us away Lord, just like Calgon!

Polite Company


“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

Wow, what a question.  That’s really kinda funny.   Here we are blogging about it.  I would have to disagree. I am pouring my heart out to a lot of people I don’t really know lately.  I think that is the fun of it!  And thank you all for listening, I really appreciate your kindness and mercy.  We do talk about a lot of “hard” things sometimes.

Politics and religion; these are two areas where people in general have very strong beliefs.  And there are those instigators that like to argue and stir up the pot. So, I guess I would “test the spirits” when someone asks either question.  What is the attitude behind the question?  Curiosity, interest, or is someone just baiting you and waiting to pounce on your answer.  This happens in both politics and religion.  I think that’s why so many people do not talk about it.  They don’t want to get hit over the head.

Jesus came and specifically admonished the Religious Sect, for their attitudes.  You know the type, the “I’m better than you” or “I’m right and you are wrong” or  “I know everything and you know nothing.” person.  Pride, arrogance, and self-absorption is a turn-off for anyone.  And so is lying.  Once again, “test the spirits”.  Power has a strange effect on people.

My view on politics: tell the truth.

My view on Religion: be real.


When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.  But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability. (Proverbs 28:2)

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Of the increase of His government and peace

There will be no end,

Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice

From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. ( Isaiah 9:6-7)

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble 


Dear Lord,

We really need Your wisdom here.  Lead us in all things, give us discernment to know the truth from the lies.  We know You hate hypocrites and liars too.  We pray that you would raise up truthful, godly, and humble men and women who are filled with Your Spirit, to lead and represent our countries.  You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and the government is on your shoulders. 

Lord Jesus, heal our nations, we need Your holy habitation!

When All Else Fails…..

Great post!


“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” Proverbs 3:6

I arrived at the job site with a truck load of assorted parts and 33 pages of blueprints. We had been hired to install some equipment at a local distribution center. I had never seen most of the parts that were sent to us and I had no clue how to install them. It was boxes and boxes of camera, motion detectors, and door lock controls. I was scratching my head and trying to figure everything out. I am an electrician and I have very little experience with security systems.

It’s an old saying, “when all else fails, read the instructions.” I tend to subscribe to that philosophy, but, in this case, I was so lost that I had no choice but to consult the blueprints. After four hours of studying the blueprints and a long…

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Great post!


“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” Proverbs 3:6

I arrived at the job site with a truck load of assorted parts and 33 pages of blueprints. We had been hired to install some equipment at a local distribution center. I had never seen most of the parts that were sent to us and I had no clue how to install them. It was boxes and boxes of camera, motion detectors, and door lock controls. I was scratching my head and trying to figure everything out. I am an electrician and I have very little experience with security systems.

It’s an old saying, “when all else fails, read the instructions.” I tend to subscribe to that philosophy, but, in this case, I was so lost that I had no choice but to consult the blueprints. After four hours of studying the blueprints and a long…

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A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Round

A Word a Week Photo Challenge: ROUND



I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart,
I’m writing the book on your wonders.
I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy;
I’m singing your song, High God. (Psalm 9:1-2 MSG)

Starting Over

STARTING OVER:  DP Writing Challenge

(This was written when the kids and I were staying at a YWCA Shelter for Domestic Violence)


by Diana Rasmussen

We are the shelter women, running fast and far away,

For he’s stalking us again, and we are on the run.

We are starting over, trying not to live the past.

We come from every walk of life, every nation every tribe.

We carry around our stories, of how we almost died.

We know there is a God, Christ Jesus is His Name,

He protects and keeps our families, only now without a dad.

We move from town to town, as he stalks our every move,

Police, Court, and Restraining Orders, the truth we have to prove.

Yet one day Lord, and soon I hope, You promised we’d be free.

Can we come now? Just let us in, Eternity to see.

Where no more tears, and no more pain, will ever touch us there.

Hurry Lord, please save us now, before he finds us here.

(If you, or someone you know needs help, please visit the YWCA)

Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines!


Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article.

Truthfully I don’t read much online news. It’s too depressing.  So and so killed this person, the economy is going downhill, this country is at war with this country.  It all runs together after a while.  I am not the best person to ask about world events.  I’ll catch the highlights on the radio or tv.  Plus my husband keeps me up to date, he was the Political Science graduate, I was the Biology girl.

So, I thought I’d write my own headline tonight…

WORD OF WARNING:  Do Not Blog and Cook at the Same Time!

Spoon is Disabled Due to Inattentive Blogger!

According to an unknown source,  somewhere in Wisconsin, a red spoon met its demise as an over-excited blogger sat in the next room typing a blog.

The blogger in question shares, “I was making shells and cheese.  The water started boiling, so I put the noodles in.  I guess I left the spoon in the pot.  Then about 10 minutes later I went back into kitchen to check on things, and well, maybe it was a bit longer, you know how it goes when you are on a roll…”

The Cooking Authorities were called, and the blogger was banned from the kitchen for a period of time, yet to be determined. Family members suspect that the blogger will have to go back for therapy at Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey.  Apparently, this is not the first time she has forgotten things while in the “blogging zone”!

Here is what the family had to say about the spoon and the incident in question:

Adam (12 yrs old):   “Life is like a melted spoon, it’s never gonna be straight.”

Johnna (14 yrs old): “Life is a lot like a spoon melting in a pot of boiling water, leave it in there too long and it will reform.”

Bob: “Blankets are nice, even when the spoon is melted.”

the Blogger in question:   “Sometimes the road is straight, sometimes it’s crooked.”


Place Your Life Before God

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.  (Romans 12:1-3 MSG)


Dear Lord, thank you for the simple things in our everyday life.  Thank you for laughter, and joy, and bent spoons.   Thank you that we do not need to be perfect.  Forgive us for trying to earn Your love and our own salvation.   As we set our thoughts on You, change us from the inside out.  Thank you for your super-abounding grace, your unmerited favor, and your never-ending mercy. Thank you for the blood of Jesus.  We offer up our normal everyday lives and we trust You to bring out the best in us, in Jesus’ Name.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

We will magnify what we look at, are you seeing the “good”, or the “bad”? As a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes. What are you looking at and thinking about today?

Clean Slate

Daily Prompt:  

Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there?

living room

Hmmm, this is interesting.  Kinda an old farmhouse, cute, quaint.  Let’s see what goes on here.  So this is the living room, the room where they spend most of their time.  They must be musicians, look at that corner – piano, bass, 2 guitars, and a djembe drum. OK, there are speakers in the corner, not like stereo speakers, but more like you would see at a concert. You don’t see that everyday!  And a mixing board under the couch table.  Kinda like a whole band righ there in the living room.

And look on the wall, there’s one of those shelves that holds old teacups…they all match, look pretty old. And what’s that, oh, looks like all kinds of homemade little trinkets that your kids would bring home from art class.    Alot of pictures hanging, looks like original artwork, they must have kids.  Yep, there’s the pictures…looks like a hockey player, a cellist, 2 really attractive young women, and 2 younger kids, a girl and a boy.  Wow, thats 6 kiddos – 3 boys and 3 girls, that’s a handful!

And look at that TV, how could you miss it, it’s freaking huge, one of those projection things.  Someone here must looooove movies.   And there are two laptops and an ipad…hmmm. Must be geeks.  Yep, there’s a laser printer on the end table.  Only geeks would put a laser printer on an end table.  Oh yeah, here’s more stuff, a computer bag on the couch, and a blue basket full of all kinds of random cat5 cables, power supplies, definitely geek stuff.

Furniture is lived in, but inviting.  Looks like 2 couches and a recliner.  Probably need two couches with 6 kids! That, or they have alot of people over.   I mean who needs two couches?  Speaking of cozy, isn’t that cute? There’s an electric fireplace on the back wall, dang that thing throws off alot of heat!

Hey, I found some books, lets see what they read.  Looks like  “Worship As it is in Heaven” ,” Worship Warriors”,  a Bible, and a journal.  Let’s peek, come on… ok, looks like dates and scripture verses, poems, or maybe songs.  Oh yeah, the music. I’ve got it Sherlock, they must play at a church or something.

And look at that cute little black dog sitting in the recliner.  She’s a bit chunky, but perky!  She must think she runs the joint.  She probably sits in that chair all day waiting for her people to come home.  Look at that tapestry on the wall, pretty gazebos in a garden, with a verse on it.  “Come with me to a quiet place and rest”.  This must be the peaceful place, the room where their family gathers by the fireplace, where the musicians sing and praise God, and the bloggers/geeks “do their thing”…


Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28 NKJV)

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

 I’ll refresh tired bodies; I’ll restore tired souls. (Jeremiah 31:25  MSG)


Dear Lord,  Thank you for coming into our homes today.  We are grateful that you love as just as we are at this very moment.  Thank you that we don’t have to have everything all neat and tidy for you to come in.  You are our friend.  Even when the dishes aren’t done, and the piles are on the table, we let You in.  We trust You Lord, You have been there through all of it, even if we didn’t see it at the time.

Bring us rest, and peace today Lord.  Let Your Holy Spirit fill us with peace that surpasses understanding.  Leave us speechless with Your presence.  Let’s just sit and be today.  Good friends don’t always have to talk, there is such comfort in the silence sometimes when you are with someone who loves you.

Let’s do this again, and again, and again…

Take Two


Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.

Ok, I kinda put the pictures together…This swing is outside our front door, we are blessed to live in the country on about 2.5 acres. Together we have 6 kids, kinda the Brady Bunch thing, but no Alice! My husband, Bob, put the tire swing up last year for the kids. My dad gave us the wooden swing, it used to be at their campground. The pictures are original artwork made by my two oldest daughters, Jenny & Amanda. Jen is 24, Manda is 21. The pictures both hang on the wall in our living room. The connection? Jen and Manda are all grown up and on their own now, hence the wooden swing and tire swing are empty.

This post got me thinking about how quickly time passes, and how quickly our kids grow up. I still remember the girls and their turtle sandbox, the spaghetti in their hair, and the mud pies outside. And we would put on Stevie Ray Vaughn CD and dance in the kitchen. Then, in a blink of an eye, they are out of the house and on their own. I am constantly amazed at how beautiful and talented they both are. And smart, did I tell you that yet? I am so proud of both of them. They have overcome some amazing obstacles, and they are both such strong, independent women.

You see, they didn’t come from the “picture perfect” family. Life at our house was less than peaceful. Their dad and I divorced when they were 6 and 3. There was a 2 year battle for placement, I lost, and and they grew up living with their Dad. I lived in the next town over, but it wasn’t the same. Then, in my anger I went on my own little “spree”. I moved to NV, Maine, and Minnesota all in about a 3 year period. I was running from myself in those days. Let’s just say I was not the best mom in those days. I was not consistent. I tried, but I had alot of emotional and mental baggage I carried around from place to place. And no God, I was not a real believer yet.

Yet, despite my weaknesses and failures, they overcame. They did not let their past dictate their future. They are beautiful, talented, smart, and have amazing things in their future. Jen is getting married this year, Amanda is going to college…

Even though I am the mom, I think I have learned more from them. They taught me that your past does not determine your future. They taught me about forgiveness, when they “let me back in” their lives after my galavanting around the country. They taught me how hard work and tenacity pays off. And they taught me about love and forgiveness, and that’s it’s okay to make mistakes. They taught me that home is where the love is. They taught me about standing up for myself, about not being a “doormat” or a victim. They are both so strong, and I admire them so much. Thank you Jesus, for children, that teach us and love us despite everything. I love you Jenny & Amanda!


1 Corinthians 13  The Message

The Way of Love

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies.


Dear Lord, I ask you to watch over and bless our children.  Heal any hurts that we or others may have caused them.   Restore them in all ways.  Turn their sorrow into joy, and their mourining into dancing.  Fill them with love, peace, and joy.  Bless their coming in and going out,  bless the work of their hands. Bless their relationships.   Guide them, lead them, and protect them from the evil one.  Give them a double portion,  for surely they will see the goodness of the Lord  in the land of the living, in Jesus’ Name.

This is Your Life

Daily Prompt

If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

When is the last time you went to the movie theater? (or theatre, depending on where you live!)  Remember the person that is inevitably behind you.  I can hear them now, ” This is the third time I’ve seen this movie this week. I loooooooooooove it!”  Then the movie gets to a suspenseful scene and they say, “I remember this part, they are going to…”  at which point they blurt out what happens. Don’t you just wanna turn around and deck them at this point?  It kinda ruins the fun when you know what’s gonna happen.

So my answer would be no, I would not want to read it.  I can’t imagine knowing exactly what would come next in my life.  It would take all the fun out of it!   There would be no more surpirses, no more “ah-hah” moments.  If we knew the ending would we enjoy the moment? Would we have miracle moments?  I don’t think so. If I read something sad in the book, I would cry when I read it.  But then when it happened, I think it would be empty, almost void of emotion.  Same thing with joy. I wouldn’t wanna miss a chance to laugh!

One of the gifts of life is living it; with the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Would you even feel things like happiness, sadness, joy, or sorrow if you already knew what was coming.  I think I would feel robbed.  It would make me feel like a puppet in a play. Or an actor reading her lines.  Yeah, you could “pretend”, but it wouldn’t be the same.  Could you even call it life?

I kinda like not knowing.  It makes every day an adventure!  And what about building your faith?   Can you imagine a life without faith?  or hope?  You wouldn’t have to hope for anything, you would know what would happen already.  And you wouldn’t have to trust God or anyone, you wouldn’t need to.  And what about prayer, what would you have to pray about?  You would know what happens to yourself and all your family/friends/acquaitences/church, etc.  alreadly. Life without prayer would be unbearable.  The more I write about this, the worse it gets!

Oh yeah, then we could get political.  What about free choice?  You really wouldn’t have a choice in anything for the future, the ending is already written.  That must be illegal or something.  What about the Declaration of Independence, why  it would violate our civil rights! We like to choose, something about declaring these truths to be self-evident. (History was like my worst subject, well, other than gym)  Ok, simmer down girl…


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)


Dear Lord,  thank you for the  life that you have given each of us.  Thank  you for the happiness, the sorrow, the good and the bad, and  for all of the things that we have gone through that have drawn us closer to You.  Thank you Lord, that You have come, to give us life, and life more abundantly.  We eagerly await whateverYou have for us next, for we know that You are the Author of Life, and the finisher of our faith.    You are a good God, and delight in giving your kids the best.  Thank you Lord, that You never leave us or forsake us in this journey.  And we are grateful that we can trust You with whatever comes next, in Jesus name.

When the healing didn’t come.

Thank you for helping me understand…

Promised Healing

This will probably be one of the painful posts for me to write because my wife and I both lost our mother’s last year. The feelings that I experienced were sadness, fear, anger, self-doubt, challenged faith, disappointment, and the list goes on

I remember pouring my heart out to God to heal my mother – joined in hand by my wife, my father, and my aunt and uncle. As we prayed, I felt the closeness of the Lord and put my faith in Him. Mom did have a couple good days after that and I was hopeful and standing in faith that she would be healed, but it soon became apparent that her health was failing. We continued to pray and visited almost everyday.jesus-outside-the-empty-tomb_thumb

My wife and I played music for my mother, singing praise songs and proclaiming the Word over her. I know it comforted it her, and again…

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Finding Hope in This Crazy World

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