Never Ever Give Up!

January 7, 2021

For such a time as this?

This picture hung on my parents refrigerator for decades. Hundreds of folks graced Mom’s kitchen at one time or another. The funny cartoon of the frog strangling the bird and refusing to be swallowed–against all odds–was the talk of many conversations. NEVER GIVE UP!

This sign summed up their mission in life. They lived it well and shared the sentiment with others. Both born into the depression era and poverty, they didn’t wallow in their misfortune. Instead they rose above it by hard work, prayer, and never giving up.

I don’t remember them complaining about hard times. Instead I remember them cherishing the memories of winning struggles and helping friends.

After Mom died, Dad matter-of-factly cleaned out. But he left this hang on the refrigerator. When he sold his home to move into an apartment, he hung it on his new refrigerator. At 90 years old he courageously chose to embark on a new adventure. When He moved from his beloved state of Minnesota, in order to start a new life in Montana with us kids, he packed this picture along and hung it on his new refrigerator.

A couple days after he moved to heaven, I carefully took this down and packed it away. Then for some reason, yesterday I happened to open the box. Perhaps God had me open the box yesterday for such a time as this?

Now is not the time to shrink back and be discouraged. It’s time to engage in life like you never have before. Engage in prayer, in reading your Bible, in helping each other, in building our communities and our nation to turn them back to God.

Most of all, you, my fellow Christians and Patriots, pray that God will shake this nation right-side up.

And remember–NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

I love you all,

Rebecca

Prayer for the Nation Today

January 6, 2021

Today is an epic day for our nation. Prayer is no longer optional–but instead essential.

I tapped into this link first thing this morning with the goal in mind of praying in unity with the intercessors God has called for such a time as this. When you get a chance, please watch this and pray with us.

Never, never, never give up on what God is doing here in the U.S.A–One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All.

Have a blessed day,

Rebecca

Will You Pray with Me?

January 3, 2021

I led this prayer in our church today. Will you also pray this with me?

Lord,

At this critical juncture in the history of the United States, we appeal to You.

We ask that You extend Your mercy to our nation. For in the next few weeks we will be facing the culmination of the fruits from the decades of our apathy, which has caused the United States to depart from her divine destiny. Her destiny of sending the gospel throughout the world and to disciple the nations on how to live.

Lord, we are asking that You rock the church with Your Glory. Shake us from our apathy and fruitless lives. Instill in us a thirst for Your righteousness and justice, a hunger for us to plant Your words in our hearts so that our minds are transformed.

Shake us from hiding our faith within the church walls and convict us to go into the world where we can be market place ministers. Show us the destiny that you have for each of us by having us be involved in all walks of life, from sweeping floors to politics, knowing that every job for You is a vital part of the body of Christ—not one more important than the other.

Let the way we choose to lead our lives speak the testimony of our relationship with You—perhaps without a word being said.

Give us the courage to call evil—evil, and good—good. Show us how to stand for Your righteousness.

Lead us in how to live a life of repentance. One in which we don’t merely say I’m sorry, but that our heart’s desire is to please you so much that we are constantly correcting our actions to match our heart’s love for You. Let us be changed from today going forward.

Raise us up to be a courageous and mighty army for You.

We plead the blood of Jesus over our nation and ask that Your purge the wickedness from our nation. We are asking for You to shake up our government, our churches, and our lives so that they are tipped right-side up.

Steer the United States of America back to her course—of spreading the gospel to all the world and to disciple all nations.

Lord, we need Your hand to move on our behalf,

In Jesus Name we pray,

Amen

It’s 2021!

January 1, 2021

A Great Morning Pondering: “If we live, it’s to honor the Lord.” Rom 14:8 (NLT)

Happy New Year 2021!

December 31, 2020

Happy New Year from my Home to Yours

Wow! What a ride this past year has been. My goal in life has been to NEVER be “normal.” Normal is boring with no adventures, so that makes 2020 one of my best years ever.

It’s been like living in a John Gresham novel (Revelations), being so emotionally sucked into it that you want to turn the pages quickly, but don’t know if you dare. Each day has been filled with suspense, espionage, intrigue, and heart-pounding unexpected double-crossings! I’m so honored that God chose me to live now—in such an exciting time—so that I can pray and lead others to Him.

My greatest highlight that I gleaned from 2020 was gaining a deeper understanding of Corrie Ten Boom’s quote, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” I’ve been building my faith by reading the Bible hour after hour to overcome the fear of that unknown future. Why did I think I knew what the future would hold? I never would have guessed a media-driven pandemic. Only God knows what lies ahead. Those of us who seek Him are His favorite kids, so why be afraid? Why not make this crazy life an adventure?

For 2021, I’m praying that God’s Presence invades your hearts and homes. May His Glory shine so brightly that everything in the world around you grows dim.

Blessings, Rebecca

Morning Pondering

December 31, 2020

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” Garth Stein

Morning Pondering

December 30, 2020

“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” Socrates

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December 16, 2019

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Are you wondering about this photo? I took it because it was such a crazy-busy year that I told my sister-in-law that I wasn’t going to get a tree or decorate.  Her words to me were, “I can’t imagine Christmas without a tree.”

Those words swirled through my mind as I drove down the highway.  At a roadside stand I spotted the cutest wild-cut tree. Of course I bought it and strapped it on. But life took over and three days later the tree was still atop my car! I hadn’t had time to take it down. So…I had to put lights on it and take this picture to share with you–to put a smile to your face and bring joy to your day.

And here’s a snapshot of why life has been so crazy.

Whew! That is my word for 2019. It was the busiest year of my life.

While working my regular job, farming my small acreage, and squeezing in some writing, I designed my home and barn.

After having an engineer and a couple other designers help me, I acted as the general contractor on both projects. I hired subcontractors and had both buildings built on my farm.

During the days I was the one running to the lumber yard gathering supplies, only to discover an hour after I got back that the guys needed something else.  Off I’d go again. In the evenings and on the weekends I was a laborer on the project as well.

I literally didn’t have time to eat or sleep. By October I was falling asleep while standing up. But the great thing was that I lost what I call the “middle ages” around my middle, slimming down so much that I fit in my favorite jeans again.

At the beginning of November, even though the wooden trim wasn’t up around the doors or windows and there weren’t any closet rods in the closets (my winter projects), I moved in. Wahoo!

I never could have done it all without my faithful friends, who encouraged me and showed up to stain my barn and sand and stain nearly 200 2×6’s for the wrap-around-deck. Others helped me move–a priceless gift. Thank you!

Thank you to all of my prayer warriors who stood in the gap for me while I battled through many many TOUGH days as a single woman running crews of construction guys, especially at the end when I was so exhausted and almost lost SkySong, my saddle horse, to a mysterious illness. Thank God SkySong has fully recovered.

I never could have done it without God’s wisdom or love. He led me to hire an incredible team of laborers.

I am so grateful and blessed beyond my wildest dreams.

My New Year’s Resolution=SLEEP

So therefore–even if life is crazy-busy–Remember to Keep Joy in Your Christmas.

Love to you all,

Rebecca

 

 

Be Empowered from the Inside Out

February 8, 2017

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I have some exciting news to share with you about being empowered from the inside-out, but first, how about some secrets, from behind the scenes?

It started a while ago, one morning when I was snuggled into my prayer chair. But, this particular morning I wasn’t praying, nor was I worshiping. I was whining.

God, what’s the world coming to? It’s spinning out of control. I ranted about people stirring up strife and not keeping their word. Have you ever felt this way?

Poor God listened to me vent about how I felt our society no longer places value on a person’s character and that so many of our modern-day heroes were no more than sex-objects and/or people who cheat to get ahead. What happened to the old days when heroes had talent, good moral standards, and they stood for godly justice? The good guy would win.

When I quit whining, I heard God’s still small voice inside my spirit ask me, “And what are you doing about it?”

I gasped. He went on to say that it’s too easy to blame Hollywood, politics, and pornography for the way the world was going. In actuality if Hollywood and the pornography companies didn’t make any money on trashy movies and magazines, they wouldn’t produce them. They’re a business. They’re whole goal is to make money.

God shared that if we would strengthen our character in Him and then everything else will turn around. That made sense to me, but it seemed overwhelming. So I asked a simple question, “How.” But I didn’t get a simple answer. I needed be willing to step out of my comfort zone and do things that I haven’t done before because God impressed on my heart the idea of Talk Around the Campfire (TM). Throughout history campfires have been the place where folks gathered together to figure out life.

My mind spun with memories from the 15 years I worked from the saddle in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. Days were slowed down to three miles an hour, the speed of my saddle horse. For hours on end we’d plod down the craggy trails. Suddenly everything would erupt and we’d face an incredible adventure. Although sometimes those adventures seemed more like nightmares—especially when we encountered grizzly bears and when we got trapped in a forest fire.

Then we’d sit around the campfire nearly every morning and evening, sharing our wild hair-raising adventures.

Through it all, I discovered that each day we built our character by living The Code of the West. If you have ever studied that code, much of it reflects Godly character. Those principles were drilled into us out of necessity for survival: a man’s word was his bond, courage and integrity meant more than money, and where living a life of honor was to be esteemed.

There became a depth to my convictions and my life.  Living on the edge of life-or death each day—spurred me on. I never knew which day would be my last. As I developed my character, I became empowered from the inside-out.

Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? To become empowered from the inside-out so that we as a team can join together. We can link our arms to change our homes, neighborhoods, cities, states, and our nations?

A key I’ve learned with character is not a goal that is achieved once, but it’s something to pursue and build on each day.

That’s why I created Talk Around the Campfire (TM) as a place where we can come together as a team to be encouraged, inspired, and challenged to build and maintain godly character.

It’s rather simple. So most days on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In, I’ll post a morning pondering: a quote about the theme of the month. It’s a tidbit for all of us to ponder throughout the day. Are you a Pinterest fan? Come peek at the boards I have started of inspirational sayings. Randomly I’ll be posting the same thoughts on my blog, Blog Talk Radio, Podcasts, and fun clips on YouTube, so you can choose which platform works the best for you.

Why don’t you come join me—together we’ll be empowered from the inside-out.

For more information go to: http://www.TalkAroundtheCampfire.com

 

Happy New Year!

December 18, 2016

 

sunrise-and-i-on-farmHappy New Year!!

What an amazing and eventful year 2016 was—here are a few highlights:

Ever since I moved to this valley many years ago, I’ve leased some land with a little cottage while searching for a place to call my own. I finally found my dream piece of land and bought it in January—Wahoo! What a way to start the year.

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Before the end of January I was learning how to write with my left hand. That’s what happens when you break your right arm and have a titanium plate put in—it’s months before you can use your right hand, thus, lots of practice with your left.

I thank God that I was a part of Samaritan Ministries Health Share as every penny of the nearly $25,000 was paid for. My experience with Samaritan Ministries was exceptional.

Had I been on my previous insurance plan, I would have had to pay $24,000 out-of-network—for starters—because I chose a surgeon whom I considered to be the best, but was out of their network. Check out my x-ray—yikes! This was NOT the way to start the year.

cover-regularThe end of January a new book of mine was released—My Horse Diary for Girls: What I Love about Horses. Perfect for those horse-crazy girls.

April, May, and June: my physical therapy was picking rocks out of my new hayfield and putting them in a pile. I decided that from the time God created the earth—until April—I was sure that nobody had ever picked up one rock. My neighbors thought I was building Stonehenge. Yes, I live in the ROCKY Mountains. Through it all, God has blessed me with nearly 100% recovery of my arm. sleepy-sunrise

 

May through the end of August: while I flood irrigated my little farm, Sunrise, my golden retriever thought she was in heaven. I’m sure that she thinks every golden retriever needs 10 acres underwater. Many days she played so hard, she would barely be able to keep her eyes open on the way home (me too, from irrigating).

 

heavenly-horse-stories-cover-with-borderJuly: brimmed with excitement as I stepped back into the saddle with my new “bionic arm” and took in my first crop of hay. I also had a re-release come out with photos in it, which my readers had been asking to see. They’re loving it.

October: my literary agency had a conference in Monterey, CA where I hung out with incredible authors and learned about the latest trends in the industry.

November: Dad and I celebrated Thanksgiving together at his home in Minnesota.

What an incredible year I’ve had—and this is only a small sampling.

2017 brings fun ideas to the drawing board: I’m considering turning my books into audio books; I’m still writing away on a spec movie script; and my mind whirls with ideas of more books and movies.

I’m praying that your 2017 is abundantly blessed with His love, peace, and joy!