WHY ME? November 2019   Today the wind is throwing the rain against the windows so hard I can’t see through them.  The cats usually whine and yowl until I let them out but not today!  The dog is cowering under the desk at my feet and demanding reassurance that I’ll protect her.   The fireplace is emitting warmth and adding atmosphere to a really great typical November day. I love November.  I make November all about me!  More often than not, my birthday falls on Thanksgiving weekend.  That means that our Thanksgiving dessert is frequently birthday cake. Thanksgiving is my very, very favorite holiday of the year.  No presents to buy, no heavy-duty decorations to fuss with.  I just like the fact that we feast and fellowship with family and the festivities are enveloped in gratitude. That brings me to the subject of this composition:  WHY ME? The late great tennis star, Arthur Ashe, once said, “If I don’t ask ‘Why me?’ after my victories, I cannot ask ‘Why me?’ after my setbacks and disasters.” During this season of thought-provoking celebrations, I am so deeply grateful and awed by God’s generosity to me.  I am not especially sentimental but I get all gooey and mushy when I start counting blessings.

  1. Children dedicated to and serving God. 2. General good health. 3. Idaho (4 seasons, moderate climate, conservative values—so far, etc.).
  2. Expansive support group consisting of extended family and numerous friends and church family. 5. Eternal Life.

I have been known to thank God for indoor plumbing, hot-running water, automatic garage door opener, reliable transportation, and Dr. Pepper. So, “Why me?”   Thank you, Lord, for the Pastor’s wife who had a summer Bible Club for the neighborhood kids and Mom let me be one of the 10-12 kids that attended.  I was five years old and accepted Jesus as my Savior after hearing the story of the rich man and Lazarus.  The truth about Heaven and Hell.  That day I chose Heaven.  Why me? Now, in November, 2019 as I get all gooey and mushy as I deliberately and deeply thank my Father, God. for his superlative generosity and I wonder, “Why me?”  He holds me up close to His heart and hear Him assure me that it’s not about me but it is definitely for me.  He does what He does because He is who He is! The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.  2 Chron. 9:16 (NLT) Many, many people are similarly blessed but just don’t recognize God’s hand in orchestrating the circumstances.  Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house (family), that You have brought me this far?  …Because of Your word (promise), and in accordance with Your own heart, You have done all these great and astounding things to let Your servant know (understand).  Therefore You are great, O Lord God, for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You.  2 Samuel 7:18,21,22 (Amp.)         It WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR October 2019 I love October.  I think I said the same thing about September!  It must be that I love each month for what it brings us.  October:  the aroma of fallen leaves, harvesting, and the wind carrying the scent of impending showers.  Then there are the sights and sounds unique to October–the Sun’s slow but obvious move southward, longer shadows, shorter days. October holds my heart in her hands.  There a couple of significant events that took place during Octobers’ past.  My husband died October 28, 1983 in a hunting accident.  That was not a good year nor an easy time, but God was there. October’s strongest hold on my heart is that day that comes around each year on the eleventh of the month.  I received a special gift from God on that date in 1969.  That was a very good year!  I remember very vividly the mid-morning trip to the hospital and the report, “almost, but not quite yet,” and I was given the option of going home to wait or staying and having help rushing the process.  I chose to get-it-done-now! Now it seems time has been rude and pushy and passed much too quickly.  Fifty years.  Wow.  I think I should check the calendar again.  Yep!  It is 2019 and it has been fifty years.  Fifty delightful, teeth-grinding, nostril-flaring, belly-laughing, eyebrow-raising, proud, grateful, and immensely joyful years.  God knew what I needed and how to fill that need long before I was aware of my need. I need an anchor, an assistant, a confidant, an encourager, and someone to shove the mirror in my face to remind me that, “You’re not all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips!”  I need someone with a strong sense of self (brutally honest with one’s self), an abundant sense of humor, a high sense justice, and a deep sense of Emmanuel (“God with us”).  I got all that wrapped up in one beautifully packaged gift.  I named her Kasandra, (Shining upon Mankind or Shining Light). EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT IF FROM ABOVE, COMING DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF THE HEAVENLY LIGHTS, WHO DOES NOT CHANGE LIKE SHIFTING SHADOWS. James 1:17 (NIV) It was a very good year.  Just call me Beyond Blessed.

September 2019
Years ago, in the “olden days” when my kids were in school, I proclaimed September as my New-Year-Goal-setting month. Summer weather lingered but our casual, largely unscripted summer practice was no longer workable. We now had to adhere to a routine for getting through the week and still be speaking with each other by the end of it.
Even to this day, making a sack lunch brings back the memories of getting kids up, washed, brushed, dressed, fed and out the door—with their lunches! But I digress.
September still makes me feel good. My energy level rises in direct correlation with the cooler but still warm days. I enjoy the patio and “front porch” more and I begin thinking of the projects that were put on hold during the summer—closets that need inventoried, summer’s-end gardening, car maintenance, and maybe even walking the dog in the evening. There was much more when my family was young and there was school and sports activities in addition to the church’s restart of the fall schedule.
September, 1965, gave me my first-born. (FYI: It snowed on 9-23-65!) As an infant, toddler and pre-teen, Dan was so compliant and easy to discipline that I thought I was the perfect mother. Then…October four years later. Kassy. Need I say more? That’s the story for next month.
As I was saying, once school began, I had some solitude that could be put to good use. I could put a load of laundry in the washer then sit down with my tea and my books and Bible. My favorite authors for stimulating spiritual growth were Lloyd Ogilvie, Michael Yousef, C.S. Lewis, and Oswald Chambers. There was a sense of joy and serenity that created growth for me during those times. It was a result of taking charge of time and determining to use it wisely. September is, to me, a gift. Thank you, Lord, for your generosity.

Promise me you will read Proverbs 3—the whole chapter. It lifts your spirit and generates a sense of well-being. It will also give you a strong awareness that you are loved by your Father and He takes delight in blessing you.

Happy New Year! I love September.
July 2019
I recently checked to see whether a statement I once wrote about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness was correct. To do so I reread the Declaration of Independence. The statement was accurate and it is true that our nation’s founders believed that Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness were God-given rights to all mankind.
Those words made me think of the following scriptures:
John 10:10 (Amp)
…I came that they (my sheep) may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.
John 8:36 (Amp)
So if the Son makes you free (liberated),
then you are unquestionably free.
Though I looked into several versions and used several ways of searching for a Biblical basis for Pursuing Happiness, I was not successful. However, several verses support Pursuing Peace and/or Righteousness.
Psalms 34:14 (Amp)
Turn away from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
Proverbs 15:9 (Amp)
…But He loves one who pursues righteousness [personal integrity,
moral courage and honorable character].
Jesus, himself, spoke to a woman who boldly spoke up in a crowd, “…blessed (happy, favored by God) are those who hear the word of God and continually observe (live by) it.” Luke 11:28 (Amp)
BOTTOM LINE: Life and Liberty (freedom) are God’s gifts for his sheep through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pursuing Happiness leaves us dissatisfied and still desirous of that something out there that eludes us.
Let us choose, rather, to seek (pursue) the kingdom of God and his righteousness so that contentment, peace, joy, liberty and abundant life is ours because our Father knows what we need and Pursuing Him insures “all these things will be given to you.” (Matt. 6:32-33)
Is it just me or does everyone feel a little overwhelmed during the month of May? From May Day, the first day, to Memorial Day, last of the month, there is so much going on.
When I was elementary-school-age, Mom let my sisters and me pick Her Lily of the Valley to put on the neighbors’ porches, knock on the door, then run and hide (usually in plain sight) so we could watch them find the flowers and exclaim surprise and pretend they had no idea who had brought their gift. We always felt delight with having “fooled” Mrs. White or Miss Eva or the Pearsons.
As we grew older. we naturally got caught up with writing and turning in the last book report or essay and cramming for finals and preparing for graduation.
Between May Day and Memorial Day there is also Mother’s Day. That means bouquets, dinner, and cards for Mom. The best gift for our mother was doing dishes after Mom’s special dinner of grilled cheese and tomato soup.
On May 31st, it was a family tradition to go to the cemetery and place flowers by the tombstones of departed relatives even though they were not necessarily war veterans.
Whew! So much going on in May—not to mention cleaning the flowerbeds, fertilizing the lawn, planting the annuals and rototilling the vegetable garden—busy!
Yep. Busy is a four-letter word!
Consider this: busy means life—another four-letter word—is in progress.
Sing, pray. Read rest. Give take. Walk, wait, grin, dine, rest. Wake work, sing. rest. Live, weep, heal. Play, move, yell. Live, life, busy! GOOD.
Caution: Over committing is not busy—it is chaos, frustration and hazardous to your health and your enthusiasm. Stay busy but use your God-given wisdom. Learn to say “no” to your self-imposed exasperation.

April 2019

Have you ever heard someone say, “They have the voice of an angel”?
That statement usually refers to a singer’s voice but I venture to say that person has probably never heard Angel Speak. Few of us know how an angel’s voice sounds.
Dr. Luke records numerous times in the books of Luke and Acts where angels appeared to people and gave messages of hope and/or promise of coming events.
Luke 1:11-20–The angel Gabriel appears to Zacharias, the priest as he was presenting an offering on the Altar of Incense in the Temple. He promised Zacharias and his elderly wife, Elizabeth a child. This promise was fulfilled.
Luke 1:28-38—An angel appears to Mary proclaiming that she would bear a son who would be the Savior. She accepted the mission and the angel’s declaration was accomplished over the next thirty-three years.
Luke 2:8-20—Angels startled some shepherds in the middle of the night to tell them that Jesus had been born and where to find him. When the shepherds investigated, they discovered that the message they had heard was true and the details were accurate. They were so impressed that they went about spreading the news they had been given by the Heavenly Messengers. Again, angels spoke and their words proved true.
Luke 24:4-9—Two angels appeared to the women that had gone to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body for final burial. They reminded the women of Jesus’ own words that he must die but that He would rise. Only then did the women remember how he had spoken and now understood the full meaning of his words. The facts as the angels reported were true and accurate. All they declared had happened just as they said.

Acts1:9-12—After the death and resurrection of Jesus, he spent time with the disciples encouraging and educating them regarding things to come. Now it was time to return to the Father. As Jesus ascended into the sky, the clouds hid him from the eyes of his followers. Still, they were transfixed and remained watching to see if they would get just one more glimpse of their Teacher. As they stared into space two angels asked them why they were just standing there gazing at the clouds. Then they confirmed Jesus’ own words, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3 AMP). The angels stated that Jesus would come again in similar fashion as he disappeared.
Question: If all the Angel Speak that is recorded in the Bible came about as they had proclaimed it would, do I have any doubt that the final proclamation given to the disciples about the Savior’s return is also to be believed? Although I have never personally heard an angel speak, I trust the Bible’s record and I trust the witness of the Holy Spirit to my spirit and I am eagerly watching the clouds.
He is risen as He said. He is coming again—as he said.
March, 2019
Years ago I loved it when March 4th fell on a Sunday. I was the Children’s Church “Pastor” and if the first Sunday of March was the fourth, I would take bandanas, wooden spoons and spatulas, dish towels and yarn to church.
We put the bandanas on our heads and called them helmets. The dish towels we tucked into the neck of our shirts like bibs and they were breastplates, the yarn was a sash or belt and the spoons and spatulas were swords. We looked more like pirates (or chefs) than soldiers but we had great imaginations.
Anyway, we put on our armor then we would MARCH FORTH as the date said we should! It was great fun and I hoped that by having to put on the parts of the “armor” would help the kids remember Paul’s admonition to put on the Whole Armor of God.
Interestingly enough, Paul says we need to be armed then stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. So stand firm and hold your ground…(Eph. 6:13-14 Amp.) Huh, he didn’t say anything about marching or engaging the enemy but he made a great deal about standing firm against attacks.
However, in Joshua chapter six, God gave Joshua his marching orders. Joshua was told to gather the soldiers (fighting men) and have them march around Jericho once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day. They were to shout loudly when the priests blew the ram’s horns then the city’s walls would collapse.
They obeyed and the walls came down as promised. Only then were they allowed to engage the enemy—after the fortifications had been destroyed by God, not the Israelites themselves.
Sometimes we need to be armed and stand alert. Sometimes we will invade enemy territory when God has provided the opening. If we ask for wisdom from our Father, He will give us our MARCHING orders. Trust Him to know when and if He wants us to move. He will let us know when to “MARCH FORTH”…or NOT.
Kitty’s Korner
February 2019
What do I know and believe and trust with all my heart?
Lord, I believe with all my heart that
1. You are my creator. I am your image.
2. I believe you are all-powerful.
3. I believe you know everything—even the future.
4. I believe you everywhere simultaneously.
5. I believe you are love. (Not just loving.)
6. I believe the Bible is your GPS, love letter, diary, and textbook preserved to me.
7. I believe that you are not willing for anyone to miss eternal life with you.
8. I believe you came to seek and to save the lost through Calvary.
9. I believe you have given me the Holy Spirit to convict, condition (train), correct and comfort me.
10. I believe you will keep your promise to come again in power and authority and I look forward to having you greet me when I step through the door from this life into a glorious fully alive life with you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are big enough to rule the universe yet small enough to live in me. Amen.
Because I believe these things—and many more as well—I trust my Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Financial, Material, Familial, and Relational environments and circumstances into the hands of my Father.
I believe this with all my heart. How about you?


(2 Kings 15:12b)

January 2019


It has happened. As expected and anticipated, 2018 has made it’s final bow and the curtain has closed on yet another year.

Each December 31st I like to come up with one word that describes the year we have just lived.  For us, because we moved to another city, I proclaim 2018 as the year of CHANGE.  But that change has come about only because of BLESSING.

This year of CHANGE is also a result of many people INVESTING time and energy into our lives.  CHANGE would have been impossible without PLANNING and ACTION.

But, “it has come to pass” that all the PLANNING, BLESSING, INVESTING has PRODUCED CHANGE and ACCOMPLISHMENT.

It’s not working.  I can’t do it!  No single word can describe the largeness of this past 365 days.

Now my task is thinking of a way to define my hopes and desires for the coming year. I do not make resolutions.  I don’t like disappointing myself.  Setting goals and making plans is not the same (to me) as thinking, “I do hereby resolve to…” and then drop the ball at half court or fumble on the 10-yard line.

The future is hidden—unknown. True, but we who place our trust in the one who holds and directs the future have an advantage.  We know we will face disappointments, challenges and uncertain days.  We know that because Jesus himself told us that in this world we would have troubles, trials, testing.  However, He also let us know that because He has taken charge, we can rest in the face of adverse situations.

The Bible tells us: “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”  (Lam.3:22-23 NLT)

My goal for 2019 is to stay alert to His daily mercy, love and faithfulness.

If I live the next 365 days, one day at a time, worrying less and trusting more; I think I will have been obedient to the words of Jesus when he said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Todays trouble is enough for today.” (Matt 6:333-34 NLT)

Paul, was so confident in his relationship with the Father that he wrote, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from Gods love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. (Rom. 8:38 NLT)

So, what shall it be?  LOVED?  PROTECTED?  SECURE? SAFE?

All those words are true and as I think about them, my heart swells and my eyes tear-up because I feel them all.  But I think I will call this the year of TODAY.

Today I am loved. Today I have fresh mercy and grace.  Today my provider is active and alert to my needs. Today He gives my everything I need to live a Godly life. So TODAY I will enjoy Him and the 24 hours of TODAY.

TODAY is the first day of the rest of my life.  Thank you, Lord, for TODAY.

Another year has come and it will also pass.  TODAY is the day the Lord made.

Rejoice.  Be glad in TODAY!




December 2018


When I want to review the details of the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I go to the Gospel of Luke,


Doctor Luke, a physician, appears to have been observant, empathetic, curious and easy to talk with.  In today’s world he might have been a best-selling author known for his skillful investigative journalism.


Imagine Dr. Luke sitting down to interview Mary: “Please tell me your story from the beginning.  How did you know your son was the Savior?  How did that make you feel?  Give me every detail.”


“Well, an angel visited me and talked with me, giving me the promise that I would have a child.  I was confused as to how that could happen since I was not yet married but he assured me that the Holy Spirit would come and the child would be the Son of God.  I was still uncertain and maybe even anxious.  I had to get away to clear my thoughts so you might say, I ran away from home.  I went to stay with my cousin, Elizabeth, and her husband Zacharias.  He was unable to speak at that time because…well, that’s another story.


“When I arrived at their home, Elizabeth met me at the door.  Do you know what she did?  She confirmed the words of the angel! She said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?’  Can you believe that?  She called me the mother of her Lord!


“Well, that was when I knew with certainty the angel had been real and not imagined.  I was humbled and overwhelmed.  A song that I remember to this day sprang up in my heart and flowed from my lips:  

My soul magnifies and exalts the Lord.

            My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

 For He has looked favorably upon this maiden

and all generations will count me favored by God.

            He who is mighty has done great things for me.

            Holy is his name.”


“There was more but, oh, Dr. Luke, God is so careful and so thorough that He was willing to give me the ability to be totally confident that all the angel said would come about and that He, Almighty God, was in absolute control.”


“What about later, Mary?  Were you still confident when you saw your son’s lacerated body and his eyes glazed in pain?  What about then?”


“I was never allowed to know the whole story.  I frequently had ‘Ah-hah’ moments as it unfolded chapter by chapter. but I just kept all this in the back of my mind and buried in my heart. I knew God would accomplish his will and fulfill his promise.  Yes, I did question but I had too much evidence to doubt even when the outcome appeared doomed.”


Doctor Luke, one thing you must remember and make known through your books:  My Son was born to die for you.  You were born to live for Him.”


It’s all there in the Gospel of Luke.  Yes, I did take some literary license and creative liberties but my imagination simply fleshed out the facts.  They are fascinating.  Read them for yourself.


Bottom Line—Jesus was born to die for you.  You were born to live for Him!