Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Just When I Think I Have No More Tears~

................ they start falling again!  Has your heart ever been broken? Mine has a time or two but never broken and shattered to pieces. My Father's death has broken mine to itty bitty pieces. What broke your
heart?  Cruelty? Failure? Unfaithfulness? Loss? Grief sends us into the darkness to cry.

It is good to cry. My Grandma Baker said it cleanses the soul~ well my soul should be good and clean. Tears are the only cure for weeping, a little crying does one good."~  said scottish preacher George MacDonald.

Jesus cried over the death of his friend Lazarus ~

John 11:35King James Version

Jesus wept.

His heart was broken too. I do believe that our tears attract the Lord's attention~ His lovingkindness and His tender care. He has wrapped His arms around me in many special ways the past week. He sees the sleepless nights. His heart aches when His children mourn. He weeps along with us. Tears are a language that only God understands. 

He is the God of comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

King James Version (KJV)

 3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
 4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 

I am thankful for the people in my life~ God uses His people to comfort one another.

Tears come way to much in this life~ along with the need to comfort. While my heart has been so blessed by my loved ones and friends ~when your heart is in itty bitty pieces you need a future and a hope. Know today that God loves you and one day He will wipe away all tears. (Rev. 21:4) We are so dear to Him that one day He will Himself wipe away all our tears.

Remember today~ Our Father cares and shares in our sorrow!
Now that is something to celebrate today!

Matthew 5:4

King James Version (KJV)

 4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Ups and Downs Of Life~

Most of us with any grey in our hair would have to admit life has its ups and downs. This past week my heart has known grief as it never has as I said Farewell to my Daddy. My father was a very broken man with addictions but there was a time he received Jesus as his Saviour and he had made his reservation in Heaven. We talked about it many times.

When I was young and just starting out~ I thought I had it all figured out. I was going to play this game of life as a "Spiritual Giant"~ I would do it better than my parents did. I was on fire and I was so determined to do it different. After all my parents had made many mistakes.  I thought I had all the answers ~that God had given me insight beyond that of my parents and generations before me. SO I marched off to Bible College with vigor. You see that was my first mistake. God taught me a whole life full of lessons. First that I was prideful in my thinking. I now know God hates pride and the parents He gives us is His divine plan for our lives. They are God's perfect plan for our lives and they deserve to be respected! The youthful would be wise to learn and listen to avoid making many foolish mistakes. God taught me that the sin of my pride was wrong through many of life's ups and downs.

Solomon’s father, David, was called “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22). Yet David’s life illustrates how life is filled with seasons of ups and downs. David wept over his and Bathsheba’s first child who was fatally ill (2 Sam. 12:22). Yet he also wrote songs of praise and joyous laughter (Ps. 126:1-3). With the death of his rebellious son Absalom, David experienced a time of deep mourning (2 Sam. 18:33). And when the ark was brought to Jerusalem, David, in spiritual ecstasy, danced before the Lord (2 Sam. 6:12-15).

We really have things all turned upside down when we portray that this Christian life is always peaceful and happy. The Bible clearly shows time and time again that the believer's life is a season of ups and downs.  But whether we are in a time of sadness or we are up on the mountain this morning~ each season should motivate us to seek the Lord and know that we can trust Him~ for He makes no mistakes.

My faith still holds even in this time of weeping. God is good and He can be trusted! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Far Better Place~

This week started out as any other week for me. I had things to do ~people to see ~ places to go. Only I did not get those things done~ I didn't keep my appointments I had made with people and I never went to the places I needed to go.  Monday night it appears my father went outside for a walk or maybe to get some fresh air ~ he suffered a heart attack and went to a far better place.

Nothing else mattered to me this week~ only my Dad! My Dad was no religious man nor was he a church man. But my mom remembers a time he asked God to forgive him of his sins and he received him as his Saviour. To me that is just the best information in the whole wide world. He never grew spiritually nor did he ever overcome his addictions but I have assurance I will see him again in a "Far Better Place." My Dad is whole this morning ~all the burdens of this old world have been lifted.

I have to admit my heart has been broken as it never before has~ I have gone to sleep with tears in my eyes to wake up crying~ but one day I will go to this "Far Better Place" and God will wipe away all my tears. What a glorious day that will be.

One day we who claim the name of Jesus will go to that place where there is "no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying." Not only will God wipe away all our tears but there will be no more pain~ no more addiction.

Revelation 21:4

King James Version (KJV)

 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

This life is not all there is. There is a Far Better Place that Jesus is preparing for those who love Him and place their trust in Him.

John 14:2-3

King James Version (KJV)

 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

In that Far Better Place~ 
when life has ended we will feel God's embrace;
We will forever live with no pain or sorrow
 in that Far Better Place. 

Today I will celebrate that my Dad is in that Far Better Place.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Goodbye Dad~ See Ya Soon!

"Strong Enough"
You must
You must think I'm strong
To give me what I'm going through
Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I'm wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own
I know I'm not strong enough to be
everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not stong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us
Well, maybe
Maybe that's the point
To reach the point of giving up
Cause when I'm finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that's when I start looking up
And reaching out
I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not stong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
Cause I'm broken
Down to nothing
But I'm still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and you are strong
When I am weak
I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don't have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
Carrie Nation~Shindorf

What a day!..I woke up this morning about 5:30 to sound of emergency tones paging out Rescue 10 to 907 Riverview for a man down, which is not at all uncommon except 907 Riverview is where the Man I knew as Dad lived! Although like Johnny he was no saint, had alot of demons and never a religious man, But my mother remembers the day he asked God for forgivness and to save his Soul. So when that day comes there Aint No Grave!... I'll see him on the other side : ) 
William Nation~Martinez

Well, Not looking forward to today. We will lay to rest today my favorite uncle and one of "MY"most respected men in my life. What a hero in my eyes. When I was growing up he was "The Man". Men feared Him and women loved him. Remember how people felt when Billy Jack showed up take care of the bully's? Thats how I felt whenever I would be somewhere and my uncle Bill would show up. In my eyes he was invincible. I truly loved this man and my heart is aching as im typing this. So , Uncle Bill Rest In Peace and see you on the other side. Give our family a big hug~ from Ricky Dale.

We will miss you Grandpa

You will be missed Grandpa. Wishing I could be with my family today. I love you all and I am praying for grace, peace, and comfort for everyone.

Capture all the life you can today... You never know if you will have tomorrow.


Not an easy day.  Two days ago my uncle who is a firefighter heard a call come over the radio.  The call was for a man down and the address they gave was the address of my grandfather.  It was his heart.  We all knew he had a weak heart.... but the man seemed almost invincible.
I was not close to my grandpa growing up... but I knew him, and I loved him... and I knew he loved me.
As I type these words my family is gathering two thousand miles away from where I am to remember my grandpa and lay his body to rest.... but he won't be in that grave.   We are all so thankful that there was a time in my grandfather's life when he asked Christ to save his soul.
My heart is aching for my family and because I cannot be there.
Time does not heal all wounds.  There will be an empty space in all of our hearts until Jesus makes everything whole and right again.  Even so, come Lord Jesus!     Ashley Rodriguez

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How Do You Say Goodbye~ When You Never Got To Say Goodbye?

William E. Nation

William Nation, 63, lifelong resident of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at his residence.

Bill was born February 3, 1948 to Albert Nation and Mary Miester in St. Joseph. In 1966, he graduated from Lafayette High School and was a veteran in the U.S. Army. He worked for Finney Concrete and A-1 Concrete Construction as a truck driver, from where he retired. Bill enjoyed spending time at Big Lake, where he enjoyed fishing. He also enjoyed artistic painting, cooking, and gardening.

Preceding him in death are his parents; two brothers, John Furgeson and Chuck Catron; and two sisters, Sharon K. Fuller and Ruth Cordonnier.

He is survived by his longtime companion of the home, Kathy Allen; one son, William (Tara) Nation-Martinez; two daughters, Carrie (Brian) Shindorf and Angela (Doug) Hall; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 12 noon Thursday at Bible Baptist Temple, St. Joseph, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday at the church. Interment will be in Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan. Brother Gary Williams will be officiating.

Isaiah 41:10

King James Version (KJV)

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

~My Heart Is Breaking~


This morning started as any other day. I jumped out of bed with my Tuesday to do list playing in my head. We had homeschool classes and I was going to try to get to our new church to paint the Nursery. Funny how you can boast of tomorrow and what you may do. Only today my to do list was set aside ~ so unimportant for at 7:00 AM I got a call from my baby brother who was at the Fire Station when he heard a call come over the radio. Only this address was an address not like any other he had heard~ for it was our Father's address. He was found this morning in his yard~ he had passed on to Glory.

 Many years ago my father prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart~ it is the only comfort that is easing this broken heart of mine.

William Ely Nation was only 63 years old. He had beautiful handwriting for a man. He loved to fish. He loved his children. He was a talented painter~ artist. He loved and had compassion on any stray animal. I knew that as long as my father was alive no one would ever hurt me and live to tell about it.  He was my Dad~ and I will have an empty whole in my heart for the rest of my days in this life. I wished I had told him goodbye. I wished I would have had the chance to hug him and tell him I loved him. I wished we could have spent the day together~just fishing.

Why do we wait until death to remember that life is short and it is oh so fragile?  Kiss your loved ones~ hold  them a little tighter~ hug your parents and tell the that you love them. Don't let things go unspoken ~mend your fences. Really do it today~ you may not have tomorrow!

I love you Dad~

Psalm 23

King James Version (KJV)

 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Overnight Yeast Rolls~


2 pkg. yeast
2 1/2 c. warm water
3/4 c. melted shortening
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
8 to 8 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 tsp. salt

Soften yeast in warm water. Add shortening, sugar, eggs, 4 cups flour and salt. Stir in remaining flour. This will be a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate overnight or until needed. This will keep several days. Shape into rolls or loaf and let rise in warm place until double.Bake at 400°F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Amish Frozen Spaghetti Sauce~ It's Going To Be A Fabulous Today

Homemade Frozen Spaghetti Sauce~Amish Recipe

2 large onions~2 cups
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup oil
12 large tomatoes
2 cups water
2 tbs instant beef broth granules or you can use cubes
4 tsp. leaf basil
1 tsp. oregano
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. salt
1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste

In a large kettle, saute onion, garlic in oil in until soft. Stir in peeled, cored and chopped. Cook 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer one hour, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens. Freeze in containers. Yield 3 quarts.
When ready to use, thaw and add browned meat. Simmer while pasta is cooking.


I am bursting at the seams because I am going to spend the day with my favorite guys and we are heading to White Cloud, Kansas to attend a huge Flea Market. Hope to find some treasures! Have a fantastic day! 
A day of "junkin" is just what this girl needs!

Sparks Flea Market Booth
“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” Isaiah 48:17 KJV



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