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Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi #4

Surrender…Friendship

Hello again. I came across a study of the word surrender. A word that most people try to avoid. Surrender…cease resistance to an enemy or opponent. Not something that we Americans, for the most part, consider doing willingly. You must find it especially hard because of your position; however, surrender is not always bad.

We surrender our hearts when we fall in love.

We surrender what our life used to be to what it will be when a new life is given to us to take care of. Babies will do that.

As Godly women we surrender to Christ. Surrendering to Him and doing life with Him changes the trajectory of our lives forever. When we surrender ourselves in faith, He will open doors that were closed. He will close doors that should have never been opened.

Our lives are actually filled with surrender to something. Surrender to a party agenda. Surrender to violence to right a wrong. Surrender morals as long as we get ahead. Surrender to little white lies that become a spider’s web. Surrender to those little things that no one sees but we know we should not indulge. Surrender to just being in a bad mood today. These will change the trajectory of our loves but often the road leads to a place we really wish we hadn’t gone. Maybe to the world the surrender brought success but it guarantees hollowness to life.

As Godly women of faith we can surrender in love to God. This type of surrender, the one that requires a faith in a God bigger than we are, comes with responsibility. We dare not use the power we have to make ourselves more than we should. “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement.” Romans 12:3. A woman, even one in power, is more beautiful when she is clothed humility and grace. These come directly from surrender to God. When we surrender in love and grace it does not make us less, it makes us more.

The God we profess faith in made this. He made the stars, the planets, the universes and all the unseen wonders out there. Then He made you and me.

What happens when we really surrender to God? Well, I believe that each of us was designed for a certain assignment from God. The way we find it is through surrender. Some don’t find it because they will not surrender. But if we surrender and our heavenly assignment meets up with this earthly vessel then heaven touches earth and, O my, what awesome things become possible.

Knowing this I still struggle with surrender, but what if…what if we actually surrendered? Would He share heaven’s power with us? Not for selfish use, but to help our next door neighbor, the boy down the street, the church that is being hunted down, the city that is burning, the town that is under fire, the state that has lost hope, the nation that is tearing itself apart, and a world that is reeling without hope? Could we make a change for the better? Could we be brave enough to fight the battle that would come by standing against the popular? Could we find it within ourselves to surrender in pure love to Him who made this and see our cities and towns and states and nation change?

Surrender is hard.

Change is hard.

Life is hard.

Friend to friend I suggest you do your own study of what surrender means as you are a confessed woman of faith, and what a difference it could make. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Nothing I have said is easily done, but as friendships that puts us on a level playing fields and you as a woman of faith, ask for wisdom, “let her ask of God, who give to all liberally and without reproach,” James 1:5 Jesus is faithful to those who call on Him and who believe He is.

P.S. This is letter # 4 but the number that I surrendered to is 7. The last one will be on September 28th.

Written in Godly love – Kathy

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Scriptures from the New King James Version.

Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi #2

Friendships…

I was thinking about friendships and what a really really truly God-given friend is. The definition from the website Dictionary.com defines friend as:

  1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard
  2. a person who gives assistance
  3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile
  4. a member of the same nation, party, etc

The definition of friendship from Dictionary.com defines friendship as:

  1. the state of being a friend; association as friends

I think friends can be many things but a true friend in a true friendship knows no boundaries.

Some friends are born into the family structure. These friendships are lifelong and special.

Some friendships are just magical as two different people from two different pasts just absolutely adore each other’s company.

Then there are the ones that grown ups choose. We choose to interact to see if a friendship can happen. This is where I am. I will act as your friend and see where it takes us.

Friends are there no matter what.

Friends are important.

Friends are to tell each other the truth as they see it.

As your friend, please, stop apologizing for your heritage and history. You are not a slave owner. You never owned any slaves. The people you bow down to were never slaves. The people you bow down to will never be slaves. There needs to be a mutual respect but not one race, creed, color, ethnic background is better than another. Each one of us was carried by a woman, born into this world alive, and matured into an adult. Everyone alive has this gift of life given to them, and it is full of promise and excitement and privilege. Help the people around you, all of them, to see this gift and cherish it and cherish it in the others they are in contact with.

I know you have great power, and with great power comes greater responsibility. As your friend, take care of yourself, take care of your family, take care of your friends, and take care of the people that put you in this place of honor.

In Christ’s love I write

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God is Standing in the Gap

We are Christians. We are warriors. We should be strong, but there is so much fear and such anxiety that we search for a place to stand. There is no firm ground in this year of 2020. It has become quicksand for people’s faith and belief. The riots, the protests, the hatred spat across the media has no end. We have gone from murder hornets to killer worms and back again to some unknown future that is anything but bright. Will there be war? Will America die? Will churches ever be the same? What do we believe? Where is our peace? Who is in control? There is turmoil and trembling and fear. Where can we go for safety? The answer is in Psalm 91.


You can go to God Most High to hide. You can go to God All-Powerful for protection. I say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in You.”

God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases. You can go to Him for protection. He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust Him to surround and protect you like a shield.

You will have nothing to feaer at night and no need to be afraid of enemy arrows during the day. You will have no fear of diseases that come in the dark or terrible suffering that comes at noon.

A thousand people may fall dead at your side or ten thousand right beside you, but nothing will happen to you! All you will have to do is watch and you will see that the wicked are punished.

You trust in the Lord for you protection. You have made God Most High your place of safety. So nothing bad will happen to you. No diseases will come near your home. He will command his angels to protect you wherever you go.

The Lords says, “If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help. When my followers call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them when they are in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save.

Trust in God. Trust in His promises. Trust in His Word.

In Christ’s love I write

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Bible verses from Psalm 91 from the Easy-to-Read Version compiled by the World Bible Translation Center.

Joy in the Middle of…

Where’s the Toilet Paper?

So here we are, big, swaggering, carry a big stick America, and we are going crazy over toilet paper because a big scary virus has raised its ugly head. We must get our wits about us and remember that we are all in the fight together, and trying to stock up enough toilet paper for a year is not the way to do this. We are not alone in this fight.

Right now we are freaking out over the slightest thing. Fear has taken over, and pandemic panic has set in.

We have scared ourselves up a tree. Yes, things are serious, but this is not the end of the world. Stop while you are up that tree and see how wonderful the sunrise is, how awesome sunsets are, how wonderful it is to be alive.


Some families have found themselves living with their kids again, having to spend time with them. And, yep, they are getting restless and playing the he-touched-me game and the I-am-bigger-than-you-are game. Driving you right up the wall and amping up your anxiety. Thoughts and questions start assailing your mind. “Are these really mine? I cannot send them back to…where? What do I do with all this?”

Get them busy! They can help clean their rooms now that they have no where to go. Teach them to do laundry. Everyone needs to know that before they leave home. Teach them to cook. Get them involved at each meal and whatever they fix, everyone has to eat. They will become gourmet cooks in no time! Just be sure to supervise!


Play games with them. Yes, you know, games that do not involve electronics. I know, some play electronic games with their kids and have a blast, but everyone needs to take a screen break. Did you know that studies have shown that in children excessive use of electronic devises affects them just like an addiction? They really can have withdrawals! Help them out of the crazy cycle. Spend some time – playing games that require human-to-human interactions.


Now you need to help them unwind. Ask yourself if are they feeding off your fears and anxiety. They can feel that. Sit down and talk with them. Tell them you don’t have all the answers. Reassure them that God is still here with us no matter how bleak things seem to appear. They are stronger than we know, so get them involved. Let them express what they are feeling.


Then, after a long day, and it can be exhausting, you go find your own place. Even if you have no kids at home, the constant barrage of bad news makes nerves raw and sensitive. Find your quiet place.

And nap often! It is good for the mind, body and soul.

Above all else remember the Lion of the tribe of Judah is in this fight too. He is not afraid. He will not run. He will not hide. He has not abandoned us. In the middle of this storm He is our Joy.

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; left them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.

Psalm 5:11

For Christ I Write – Kathy

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Dominion

Dominion: origin – middle English via Old French from medieval Latin – ‘lord, master’

…let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth Genesis 1:26

God created everything beautiful. There was nothing that He created that was not perfect. After everything was created, the hills and mountains, the valleys covered with flowers, the trees, and the animals, He created us.

He gave everything to us. Everything that He created He told us to enjoy and have dominion.  We controlled everything. 

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New to the Journey

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I kind of jumped in last time talking about getting out and about, doing some normal things, and trying to move forward. I am going to back up a little bit and tell you what I felt in the beginning. To know the whole story I did write a book, My Loss, God’s Promises. It tells more but I am going to share some of the first days for those who are just beginning this journey.

When I first lost my husband I could barely breathe. I really did not want to breathe but I kept on living. I was angry at God for letting him die. I was disappointed in God by not giving me what I wanted. I hurt. I cried until my head felt like it would explode, took some pills for the pain, and then cried some more.

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You never just “get over it”

In our hurry up world, when everything is fast food, instant service, faster WIFI speeds and everyone and everything is at lightning speed, grief is not. Grief moves along at its own pace and shows up whenever it wants, wherever it wants and however it wants.

I don’t know about you, but I get really tired of grief showing its ugly face when least expected. The other day I was at Wal Mart. They were playing music from the 70’s and I was not really paying attention until suddenly I recognized the song that was playing from when we dated. There, right smack dab in the middle of the underwear department, I started crying. Not just a few boo-hoos but really sobbing.

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Still Learning

I have a long ways to go in learning this blogging thing and in the walk through grief. I am still amazed that it can take so long for healing of the wounds of grief. Without God, those of us who have lost someone would have problems indeed.

These will get better and longer. I have more but I want to find the right path before too much longer.

The sun will break through the clouds. Believe, ask, receive. Promises from God.

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