Posts Tagged ‘encouragement’

Be Empowered from the Inside Out

February 8, 2017


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.

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10 Days~10 Free Books-Day 5

December 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Out! 10 Days~10 Free Books

The question for Day 5 is: What name did I use for a horse and a dog?

Enter your answer by clicking on the link below (make sure yoWet dog 2u read the directions from the first post “10 Days~10 Free Books” first.)

You can find the answers on my Website: or in my books (hint: you can access a lot of the stories by going to my website and clicking on the “Books” tab, then click on the online retailer tabs where they show the books where you can look inside).

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10 Days~10 Free Books-Day 3

November 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Out!
10 Days ~~ 10 Free Books

The question for Day 3 is: To whom is my book “Great Horse Stories” dedicated?

Enter your answer by clicking on the link below (make sure you read the directions from the first post “10 Days~10Free Books” first).

You can find answers on my Website:, or you can find the answers in my books (Hint: you can access a lot of the stories by going to my website and clicking on the “Books” tab, then click on the online retailer tabs where they show the books then you can look inside.)

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My Morning Surprise

November 29, 2015

Thud! I was sitting in the living room doing my Bible study when I heard a horrendous crash against one of the windows. Here’s what I found.


I knew that at zero temperatures, the unconscious bird would freeze to death while it was in shock, so I bundled it up in an old dish towel, snuggled it into a box with the lid folded down, and put it in front of the heater.

An hour later, when the box rocked back and forth from the wild scratching inside, it was obvious the bird wanted out!

I set the box  outside on the porch  for a few minutes to let the bird acclimate to the outside temperature. Then I opened the lid. It never paused–it flew free!

I love morning surprises, don’t you? I bet God has a fun one for you too!




Staring into the Belly-Button of the Giant

July 26, 2010

                              Staring into the Belly Button of the Giant 

Have you ever wondered what is must have been like for David to challenge Goliath? Did David’s heart pound as he sized up the giant? When they stood facing each other, was David’s head much higher than Goliath’s belly button? Have you ever faced a “giant” in your life?

I have, almost every day the last year and a half. I’ve been overwhelmed with the “giant” which has been attacking the moral fiber of our nation, stripping us of our Christian liberties and announcing to the world that the United States of America is no longer a Christian nation. Discouragement and disgust have pierced my heart and I’ve wondered, How could this have happened? The answer is summed up in a statement I heard years ago, “All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent” (Anonymous).

Unfortunately in the past, I’ve been one of the silent—but not any more. I believe that God created this nation to take the gospel to the world. I believe that this is One nation, under God and that we can keep it that way—IF we all pull together in prayer and take action immediately. There’s no time to waste. Our religious freedoms are vanishing before our eyes. If we don’t make our voices heard now, we may not have another chance.

“What can I do?” you might ask, as you stand overwhelmed, staring into the belly button of the giant named “Discouragement.” First, let’s look at what David did. Instead of being overwhelmed by the size and ferocity of the giant, he focused on how big God is and how He’d rescued David in the past. Secondly, David refused to listen to the peer pressure which tried to discourage David by saying, “Who do you think you are? You are just one scrawny boy.” Let’s take the word discouragement apart: it’s dis courage, or no courage, not empowered. Discouragement makes a person feel like they are a hopeless and helpless victim before they get started. So what did David do? He knew that God was standing behind him. He refused to listen to things and people who discouraged him; rather he focused on succeeding because he knew God as a mighty and powerful deliverer. Then David called on the Name of the Lord and acted as if he couldn’t fail.

You might say, “That’s great for David, but what can I do?” Here are a couple things where you can start:

  1. Pray: 1 Tim 2:1-4 NIV says, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior,  who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”[1]


Billy Graham’s son Franklin says, “I believe our nation is in a perilous spiritual state. We must pray. We must call on God to heal our land, forgive our sins, and lead us in the path of righteousness.” Join thousands of folks across the nation praying the prayer that Franklin Graham wrote for the National Day of Prayer

  1. 2.      Let your voice be heard: Email has made making our voices heard simple. With a click of a mouse and a few seconds time, we can send letters to our congressmen and other leaders, urging them to vote the way we need them to. I’ve listed several links below of organizations which keep folks abreast of the latest developments which affect Christians and Christian values. By getting on their email lists you’ll be able to stay tuned on pressing Christian issues. 
  2. 3.      Take action: Stand for Christian values & virtues—get informed and involved about your local issues and national issues—in spite of peer pressure.
  3. 4.      Join together making a stand: Have you heard about the Manhattan Declaration? I was thrilled when I heard about it. Here’s why, it bridges the gap between different religions: “The goal of those who released the Manhattan Declaration is to build a movement of Catholic, Evangelical, and Eastern Orthodox Christians who will stand together alongside other men and women of goodwill to advance the sanctity of life, rebuild and revitalize the marriage culture, and to protect religious liberty.” Visit to read the declaration and, if you agree, sign it and share it with others. Signators include a list of high-profile people including: Chuck Colson, Jim Daly (Focus on the Family), Dr. James Dobson, Josh McDowell, etc.


Join me and refuse to be discouraged. Rather choose to be empowered by taking a stand for Christian values A great place to start, is by reading the Manhattan Declaration and signing it. I’ve also listed a few Christian links which provide up to date information on pressing issues. It’s not too late. God is standing behind us. Let’s act as if we can’t fail in this opportunity to turn this nation around—can we count on you to be one good person, who refuses to be silent?

Links to Christian organizations which are fighting on our behalf:

American Family Association:

Liberty Counsel:

Family Research Counsel:

Susan B. Anthony List:

The Manhattan Declaration:

[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1984, S. 1 Ti 2:1