Archive | June 2014

How to Recover Your Life When it’s Out of Control-Reblog

This is a reblog of a wonderful piece posted by Jason Ladd, a USMC fighter pilot and a Christian who I follow.  I encourage you to read it and to follow Jason as well on on his blog Fighter Faith!  He is a real blessing to many! Thank you Jason for allowing me to repost this on my blog.  Semper Fi and God bless you, brother.

How to Recover Your Life When It’s Out of Control

Fighter pilots are trained to fly their weapons systems at the edge of the operating envelope. A timid fighter pilot will yield an advantage to the adversary, and too much aggression can send them with their aircraft out of control.

Every Naval aviator learns how to recover their aircraft using the emergency procedure for out-of-control flight. This procedure must be committed to memory and is recited by a flight member during every flight brief which which involves basic fighter maneuvering.

This procedure is expected to be recited at the same pace it must be executed in flight—extremely fast! If recited too slow, or with any mistakes, the embarrassed aviator can expect responses ranging from snickers to disappointment to scorn.

And rightfully so. Naval aviation is not inherently dangerous, but it is extremely unforgiving. There is no place for mistakes based on a lack of preparation. During emergencies, pilots must take immediate action to get the aircraft under control and safely back to earth.

Immediate Action

Some things in life are so important that we should have our responses to them down cold.

But how prepared are you for all of life’s turbulence? How should you respond to adversity? Injustice? Tragedy? What is the proper procedure to execute when your life begins spinning out of control?

You may have confidence that you can lean on God’s word to get you through the tough times. But do you know exactly where to look? Do you have your emergency verses memorized?

You may have only a fleeting opportunity to make an important decision or minister to others. If you flub the message or can’t recall the procedure, your attempt to make a difference might crash and burn.

Let me recommend a few critical action verses which will help you keep control of your life when you feel like you’re holding on too tight.

Critical Action Verses

  • Emergency: Self doubt

    Critical Action Verse: Philippians 4:13
    “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

  • Emergency: Adversity

    Critical Action Verse: Romans 8:28
    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, a who have been called according to his purpose.”

    Emergency: Depression

    Critical Action Verse: Psalm 34:17-18
    “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

    Emergency: Stress

    Critical Action Verse: Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

    Emergency: Excess Pride

    Critical Action Verse: Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

    Emergency: Grief

    Critical Action Verse: Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.”

    Emergency: Fear

    Critical Action Verse: psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid,
    I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.”

    Emergency: Pain

    Critical Action Verse: Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

    Emergency: Uncertainty

    Critical Action Verse: Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

    These are but a few Critical Action Verses that are worth committing to memory. If you call upon them in times of trouble, you stand a better chance of getting your life under control.

    Which critical verses help you during times of crisis?

Be Still and Wait–Not Easy!


The last several weeks, I have been frustrated because I wanted to be writing, lots of thoughts rolling about my mind, mixed with several Bible verses and quotes that just kept reappearing, most having to do with waiting!  Patience is another word that keeps coming across my path lately also, along with being still!  I am NOT a patient person always when it comes to waiting for some things!   Being able to express my thoughts in writing is one of those things I always want to be able to do right away and I get frustrated when the words won’t come. 

Psalm 27:14 shown above is one of the verses that I have been seeing turn up everywhere I look, along with Psalm 46:10a, Be still and know that I am God.   Twice in the last week or so, I also came across the following quote from Amy Carmichael that caused me to write in my journal “another reminder of Psalm 46:10?  of Psalm 27:14? She wrote:  To wait before the Lord, wait in the stillness.  And in that stillness, assurance will come to you.  You will know that you are heard; you will know that your Lord ponders the voice of your humble desires.”

Of course, it quickly became obvious to me that the Lord was telling me to stop talking and to be quiet and I would be able to hear the things He is trying to tell me, the words for me to write.  Wow, that is not easy for me to shut up and listen!  How would I hear Him speak to me?  I know I will not hear a voice speaking to me, of course.     Well obviously He speaks through His word.  When I am reading my Bible He is speaking. I just need to become more attuned to what is being said.  But He speaks through many other methods as well–the devotional books that I read, the blog posts that I spend a lot of time reading, sermons at church, and on and on.   If I am not “hearing” Him right away, the Lord has this way of sending the same message over and over again–hence running across the same verses, quotes, etc. multiple times! 

Honestly, I have to say that at first I didn’t hear –I was not understanding, but slowly it becomes more apparent to me.  What can I say?  I’m a slow starter!  🙂  I read a quote by D.L. Moody on a friend’s blog a couple of weeks ago — “If our circumstances find us in God, we shall find God in our circumstances.”   That makes sense to me!  The circumstance of wanting to learn what God has to say about different things on our minds should find us in the Word and in prayer to find the answers.  When we spend our time doing that, He will be there with us!  How wonderful that is! 

Many places in the Bible He promises that He will be with us always, He will supply our needs, He will give us strength.     in Philippians 4:19 it says “but my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.”  In verse 1 of Psalm 46, it clearly says “God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.”    We just need to learn to Be Still and Wait on the Lord—Patience is a virtue! 

Thank you for taking the time to read my rambling Random Thoughts today!  I appreciate you all very much!  Have a lovely weekend and God bless you all.   🙂























standing on this mountaintop

This post grabbed my attention. I can relate to the sentiment. What a blessing to know that God has always been with me throughout every step of my life and I have come a long way because of Him. Also a wonderful blessing to have the privilege of knowing others whose talent with art, poetry, prose are able to put pictures and words to God’s blessings on us!

Tell Me About It


standing on this mountaintop

looking just how far I’ve
come, knowing that with 
every step you were with me
never once did I ever walk alone

standing on this mountaintop

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Walking on Eggshells

Great information on political correctness! We need to pay attention! It should give us a lot to think about and re-evaluate. I know it opened my eyes to things I did not think about before.

20/20 Hines Sight

FYI: There is a healthy discussion going on. Please feel free to chime in.

There is another blogger, who I want to be like when I grow up — HarsH ReaLiTy. About a week or so ago, he made a post called, PC-ME and I got to thinking about this Political Correctness shennanigans again and a conversation I had a little bit ago with a coworker and my best male friend.

The question I posed is, “Have we gone too far with being Politically Correct?”

And they answered with a resounding, Yes. I completely agree. Society has taken Polictical Correctness to a level, I and many others believe, it wasn’t meant to go. People are just to damn sensitive nowadays. Once upon a time you could say what was on your mind without someone breaking down in tears or going to go tell their mommy and daddy or losing their jobs.

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NO more bullied words~Dear Aggressive controlling personal space Invader~

Well said piece about controllers /bullies!

Tell Me About It


I used to have a habit of attracting bullied type people, pushy, obnoxious, over bearing, controlling and just down right mean people! Took me years to finally realize the only way they were going to stop was for me to stop them~and I did. These people are controllers.

Controllers believe the old jokes about training top sales people: no means maybe and maybe means yes. While this may be productive in learning to sell a product it can wreak havoc in a relationship. Controllers are perceived as bullies manipulative and aggressive. The primary problem of these individuals who can’t hear no, which is different from not being able to say no, is that they tend to project responsibilities for their lives onto others. They use various means of control to motivate others to carry the load intended by God to be theirs alone. Controllers look for someone to carry their…

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Belated Happy Father’s Day!

So sorry to be delayed in doing this. My only excuse, poor though it may be, is that my weekend was kind of crazy busy!

To all the wonderful Dads out there , I hope you had a most special Father’s Day, filled with great blessings!  Dads are very special in our lives.  My Dad is no longer with us, but I have so many fond memories of him and I thought about those today.  

Borrowing a sentiment from my church bulletin today and paraphrasing it a bit, there are not enough words to express gratitude for all that is done by our earthly fathers and by our heavenly Father except to say thank you!

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  Psalm 37:23 

Hear ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  Proverbs 4:1





God bless the USA!

Pacific Paratrooper

Flag Day 2010

For this years Flag Day, I chose to help celebrate the Star Spangled Banner’s 200 years!  As national treasures go, it was a bargain: $405.90 was paid to Mary Pickersgill of Baltimore, who fashioned it from red, blue and undyed wool, plus cotton for the 15 stars to fly at the fortress guarding the city’s harbor.

A collage of 2 women, 1914, at the Smithsonian working to restore the Star-Spangled Banner in a room with a model of a giant squid; by Terry Winters. A collage of 2 women, 1914, at the Smithsonian working to restore the Star-Spangled Banner in a room with a model of a giant squid; by Terry Winters.

An enormous flag, 30 by 42 feet, it was intended as a bold statement to the British warships that were certain to come.  And, when in September 1814, the young United States turned back the invaders in a spectacular battle witnessed by Francis Scott Key, he put his joy into a verse published first as “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” and then, set to the tune of…

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40 Years of Faithful Service and Still Going Strong!!!


1 Thessalonians 1:3

King James Version (KJV)

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Today, June 12, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary at our church in Wisconsin of a very special pastor and his wife, Pastor Michael Gordon and his wife, Mrs. Carole Gordon.  40 years ago today they arrived at our church to begin their ministry and they are still with us and still going strong!!  

Pastor and Mrs. Gordon are an amazing couple who are and have been a blessing to many, many people!  They are very hard-working and their love for the Lord is apparent in all they say and do; always willing to be there on a moment’s notice for anyone who needs them, spending many long hours shepherding their flock as Jesus would have them do.  They, of course, will tell you that it is not their doing but the Lord’s doing!  Very humbly they will always say that all the glory goes to the Lord.

I personally can say they have been a special blessing to me.  Their encouragement  has brought me a long way way in my personal walk with the Lord!  I recently read an article someone wrote that said something like if you feel like you don’t find the presence of Christ in the church you are attending, you may be attending the wrong church.  There may not be anything wrong with the church at all but it just doesn’t provide what you are searching for.   I had not thought about that really until I read that statement and as I thought about it, I realized how true it can be!   I have attended/been a member of several different churches over the years of my life and I have found Christ in our church!  The credit, besides going to Christ himself of course, goes to Pastor and Mrs. Gordon in the way they minister to everyone and stress the fact that we are a church family, not  just a group of strangers getting together on Sunday mornings.  That love for all of us affects everyone in how we interact with one another.   What a blessing! 

Pastor and Carole–Congratulations on 40 successful years and best wishes for many more years to come!   Love you both!

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” (I Tim. 5:17,18)  KJV

The Timid Light

Wonderful reminder that God can use all of us, despite the fact that many of us feel incompetent to do His work. Without always being aware, we can be an influence on another, just by the way we live and conduct ourselves! Let’s be a positive influence for our God who loves us all!


Did it ever come a time in your life that you wished you were influential; someone who could convince people to believe what you believe in?

Maybe you might imagine then yourself wearing a first class suit or someone who confidently walks in 5-inch heels. Or maybe you imagine yourself to be someone who can boss around, speak convincing words and talk different languages. Or someone who excels in arts and music, and even without saying a single word, you are able to influence people.

Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, I know you have already been at a moment in your life where you wish you are that much powerful to convince people to make your beliefs theirs and do the things you do.

I used to believe that if I have the guts, an influential family background and some money to help me out do what…

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