Light Winds

Who doesn’t want a bigger boat? Early this Spring we decided to take the plunge. When our 351 Silverton Sedan sold in two weeks, my husband Cliff combed Boat Trader and other websites every day. We soon realized boats are in high demand and finding a replacement would not be easy.

After an exhaustive search, we were impressed by the condition of a gem near Toledo, Ohio. The results of a sea trial and survey proved satisfactory. We purchased a 2001 Silverton 42 Convertible, and made plans to drive it home around Michigan via the Great Lakes. A trip around the entire “mitten,” from the southeast tip, counterclockwise, to our home in Holland was our planned endeavor. If you’re not familiar with Michigan, raise your left hand to look at the back of it. Hold your fingers together, spreading out your thumb, to envision the approximate shape of our state.

Detroit River

Our son Andrew drove us to Toledo Beach Marina, early on a Friday morning, mid-May. I haphazardly unpacked our tubs of supplies, clothes, and food so he could take the empty tubs back home. I would have ample time to organize during the weekend. Cliff’s sister Laurie, and her twelve-year-old son Michael joined us on the voyage, which was a great help when mooring. We welcomed extra hands because this boat and the waters were unfamiliar to us.

We finished loading and went to the marina gas dock to fill both tanks. Our first lake, Lake Erie, barely produced a ripple. Captain Cliff settled on the course he plotted using charts of each of the lakes and rivers we would navigate. This beautiful, sunny ride led into Detroit River. Since it was early in the season and cool, ours was one of the few pleasure boats on the water.

Just before downtown Detroit, we passed under the Ambassador Bridge, which spans eastward to Canada. Detroit’s tall stately buildings came into full view. We snapped many photos as we motored north into Lake St. Clair.

This brought us to the east side of the thumb area. After scooting northeast across the middle of Lake St. Clair, we entered St. Clair River which leads into Lake Huron. The entire first day the water was smooth.

About sixty miles north into Lake Huron, we floated between curving rock breakwaters as high as our bridge, into our first night’s port, Port Sanilac. Since I called ahead, two dockhands appeared to help us moor in the slip. Shadows were long after our eight-hour day and sleep came quickly to all of us.

On Saturday morning, we went up to the gas dock where three assistants stood with their hands behind their backs. The dock master had trained two teenage girls in a professional, military-like manner. She told an interesting story about the outpost stand there, preserved after WWII, where US troops monitored possible Nazi submarines which could have approached through Canadian waters.

Most of the time during the first two days, Canada was visible on our starboard side. There’s an invisible line in the middle of these waterways where Canada and Michigan meet. Normally, our course was about ten miles off the Michigan shore. Cliff wanted to stay on his straight plotted course. He used the autopilot during the journey but didn’t have radar, so he kept his eyes peeled to make sure we wouldn’t collide with a boat or any other obstacle. Since temperatures were in the high fifties or low sixties he often traveled with his hands in his sweatshirt pockets, but the mostly enclosed bridge stayed comfortable. We ran the generator a majority of the time which enabled me to prepare our meals with the microwave. I also cleaned inside at various times throughout each day. The still water allowed me to perform these tasks with ease.

We traveled north/northwest on Lake Huron this brilliant day. Later there were some small waves but that didn’t faze this solid Silverton with a fifteen foot beam. When we crossed the Saginaw Bay there was an hour period when land wasn’t visible. The air became chillier during the day heading north where springtime water temperatures lingered colder. When a lighthouse appeared along the shore, we attempted to match them with photos in a Michigan lighthouse book.

Michael helped me clean throughout the boat with the convenient central vacuum system. Later Laurie, Michael and I played board games and cards. We arrived about 6 p.m. at Rogers City Marina with its high harbor wall, where the dock hand assisted at the back of the gas dock. The door had to stay closed for the evening because of the thick swarms of May flies. After dinner we fell into bed early because the eight-hour day in the fresh air made it difficult to keep our eyes open.

Since our gas tanks were full, it was simple to pull out on Lake Huron Sunday morning. It was a cloudier day, but we were thankful to God for peaceful waters because this area, called the Straights of Mackinac, is notoriously rough. Storms occasionally cause shipwrecks on all five Great Lakes of Michigan, including the famous Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975 on Lake Superior. It was fascinating to identify ships spotted in the distance, on a phone App which describes the name, location, port of origin and destination of each vessel.

Late morning on a more westerly path the mighty Mackinac Bridge came into view. This five mile long bridge connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. Driving underneath it created a unique perspective of the world famous suspension bridge with its tall stately towers and strong cables. Mackinac Island lay to our north, and two of Shepler’s ferries that transport island visitors crossed our line of sight. Going under the bridge meant we officially entered Lake Michigan. Now our route was in a west, southwest direction.

Flies covered the boat from the previous evening’s invasion, so Michael helped me vacuum a second time. It was helpful if one person held the stretchy hose while the other worked the head of the vacuum. The bugs didn’t disappear but were smashed on the damp surfaces, creating black streaks on the cockpit floor, stairs, and bridge. Ah, the joys of nature.

Later, while Laurie, Michael and I ate lunch inside, suddenly Cliff pulled the throttle all the way down to a crawl. He tried a little bit of a shortcut in the Traverse City area but regretted it when he came upon a shallow shoal with a rocky bottom, knowing our draft was only three and a half feet. The crystal clear water made the vibrant yellow, brown, and white stones in the six foot depth look frightening. This area is known for beautiful rocks called Petoskey stones. Holding our breath, we gaped over the sides, hoping not to get hung up or scrape bottom. After a few anxious minutes the rocks were no longer visible. Cliff steered back on course and regained his normal speed of about 20 miles per hour. His keen eyes and quick actions prevented a disaster. That was not an enjoyable way to view Petoskey stones!

Midafternoon, heavy fog blanketed us. Laurie sat up in the bridge with Cliff to be an extra pair of eyes. With visibility only about 100 feet in front of us, he backed down the speed. I texted several of my friends to pray for us. Near the end of this three hour period Cliff and Laurie kept their eyes peeled for the pier of Frankfort. We stayed on course thanks to the autopilot, although it was unnerving with no radar to alert him of possible collisions. Finally, the pier popped out through the fog to announce our arrival at the third port of the trip. We felt grateful that God was our radar.

Piloting into the channel, the fog gave way to a sunny evening in Frankfort. The marina manager helped us tie up after our nine hour trek. Arriving just before 6 p.m., we walked the main street of the quaint little town in search of a restaurant. The French fries, hot dogs, and chicken tenders at a locally owned establishment were tasty. Back in the boat, the stress of the foggy hours took its toll as we sank into sweet dreams.

On Monday morning, we drove up to the main marina dock where the owner helped with our bug-filled boat while it filled with fuel. The marina didn’t have a scrub brush to borrow or buy, but he had a brush broom. Cliff sloshed lake water from our little pail all over the bow, bridge, steps, and cockpit to make them a bit more presentable. Any captain likes a clean boat, especially when you’re arriving home with a new one.

Frankfort’s pier and lighthouse bid us goodbye just before 9 a.m. on our last leg of the adventure. We gazed in amazement at the glass-like water during the final seven hours because it’s highly unusual to have four consecutive calm days on the Great Lakes. Familiar landmarks and cities on this western side of Michigan drew us home.

Finally, we spotted the Big Red lighthouse of Holland Harbor. A half hour later, Captain Cliff backed into our Marina slip where several friends and family offered a warm welcome. Since we didn’t have lines on our poles, a few pushes and pulls were helpful.

In the coming days, we named our new Silverton “Hiatus,” as it provides a respite for us. We praised God for calm waters, safety through fog and rocks, no storms, enough warmth, powerful motors, no accidents, and especially, light winds.

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Not to Speak is to Speak

I’m trying to find truth. How about you? I ask myself every day, who has reason to lie? Who has the most to lose by speaking  truth? I also remember the saying, follow the money. There are many doctors, scientists, microbiologists, honest independent journalists, and Holy Spirit-filled stations on the Internet who are bringing forth truth. The trouble is, so many are completely brainwashed by many years and especially the last five years by the mainstream media. I have a difficult time even getting conservatives to listen to proof of all the horrendous things going on all around us.

Why would people trust an experimental injection from the same people who gave us the virus and lied about all the covid numbers? Why would you trust an experiential poison being placed into your body that disturbs and changes your DNA, many have already died, are having seizures, and auto-immune problems? They didn’t even do animal testing and people don’t mind being the human experiment. They don’t mind being the lab rat.

What is going on here? Are people taking this vaccine because they are so full of fear and have just given up and are saying they’re going to take it just to get the government off their back, hoping things will go back to normal? They are not going to stop!! They will say there are constant variants, cases, deaths, more masks, etc. The virus and vaccine cycle will not end. Today it’s the mask, and people just obey and say, it’s only a mask. Tomorrow it will be a vaccine passport to buy or sell or travel or do anything. The masks, vaccines, and tests are proving to be harming people or causing the sickness now.

I won’t bombard you with links, but one I will share with you here. America’s Frontline Doctors will help you when no other doctor will. Get on stopmedicaldiscrimination.org They will walk you through the process to get you needed medicine if you get sick with covid or you want to get it prophylactically.

It is NOT loving to wear a mask! Masks do not help hold a virus back. One of the biggest travesties is the masks on the kids, and even in sports! They’re losing brain cells and we just continue to put up with it.

Don’t tell me I don’t get it. I was a conservative elementary school teacher in the public school den for many years. I know the virus. I’ve been the only one in stores without a mask. I’ve been yelled at. I certainly have experienced anxiety attacks and spiritual warfare in the past. Have worked with children and elderly in many capacities.

The “vaccine” is not even FDA approved. And those of you that pretend to have strong convictions about abortion, look at the ingredients in the shots and tell me how you justify getting them? You can’t talk out of both sides of your mouth.

Did you know that the total amount of deaths were the same in 2020 as they were in 2018? Look it up! Do some research! How far are you willing to go? Please think!!! Where has common sense gone???

Although it’s clear I really like President Trump and know there was definitely election fraud, I want everyone to know this is not a Trump thing, this is not a Republican and Democrat thing, this is not a race thing, not a gender problem, this is not a virus thing, this is not a gun problem, this is not an immigration or border problem alone. This is SO much deeper than any of those things. This is a global takeover. This is an agenda to abolish our Constitution and take control.

This is Good vs. Evil. Plain and simple. There’s no gray area to hide. Which side do you want to be on?

They want us divided. They want to split us up. They don’t want us meeting in our churches, or at our grocery stores and community meetings. There’s so much proof that the sex trafficking is much more than a small problem of a few. It is widespread, worldwide, in all mountains of our world. It is in education, media, elites, Hollywood, religious denomination leaders, entertainment, sports, BOTH major political parties, and medical. We are being lied to. All that’s going on is a spiritual war, it is a luciferin order. The after birth abortion, and harvesting adrenochrome, torturing children, and other horrendous practices are being exposed. You have to drop your democrat or republican biases and pride, and stand together, if you have any integrity left in you.

If you don’t believe me, you need to open your mind to listen and read different media. Try it even for ONE day. Turn off all mainstream media. If you are still watching any of the main stations you are being lied to. They are completely opposite of Christianity, and completely opposite of anything decent and moral. Give yourself one day of listening to alternatives which are usually on YouTube although many have gone to Rumble or other platforms now because of censoring.

Some good sources are, His Glory Ministry, Daystar Ministry, Victory News(although they still aren’t reporting the vaccine dangers as far as I’ve seen), David Harris Jr., Patriot Street Fighter Scott McKay, And We Know, X22 Report, Elijah Streams, Mike Adams, Mike Nificent, Clay Clark, The Epoch Times, Stand Up Michigan, The Highwire, and prophetic messages from the late Kim Clement. Some very intelligent scientists and doctors are Judy Mikovitz, Sherry Tenpenny, Robert Kennedy Jr., Del Bigtree, and Simone Gold. You’ll never go back. Why listen to the lying prophets of today? I like some things about Fox, or Newsmax, or OAN, but they are still clueless on many things such as the danger of the vaccines or the deeper spiritual meanings of what’s really going on in our nation.

Satan is running scared and making as much trouble as he can because Patriots are rising up. My favorite station on YouTube is His Glory, and Pastor Dave often says, “Patriots are becoming Christians and Christians are becoming Patriots.” We have to rise up together. Something else which has been coming to me, is that many people will be deeply upset when all of this comes out in the light and will need us to be strong to be able to help them. It will be a very deep shock which is too much for many to take. The world is not what we thought it was. History has been altered. There’s so much that’s completely different than we’ve been told.

If you are deeply troubled about the way the world is, or don’t know the Lord, I want to share with you the gospel of Jesus. It’s not going to be easy to see all this evil exposed. But the light must shine on the darkness. A scab must fall off in order for the wound to heal.

It’s simple:

A: Admit you are a sinner. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

B: Believe in Jesus and His power in your life.

C: Commit to living in the will of God. Relax in His love. Then seek ways to connect with a Christian friend or trusted pastor to share your life change. They would love to talk and plug you into a church or bible study to help you grow in your faith.

The good news is, God established this country, many patriots are rising up seeking and telling truth, our God is bigger than any of these depressing events, and many patriots are learning the Constitution and running for government and local offices. It is a unique time. The Lord is going to win this and take care of those of us who believe.

Will you stand up before there’s nothing left to stand up for? Many are feeling cancelled and helpless. Everyone has something they can do. Use your gifts.

If you’re a writer, write. If you’re a talker, talk. If you’re an encourager, encourage. If your gifts are discernment and administration, then use those. If you’re an artist, paint it. If you’re a nurse, use your medical expertise to explain this to others. If you’re a retired teacher, maybe you could help parents with educating their kids in a morally Christian pro-American way. If you’re a singer, sing it! If you’re a . . . . well you know in your heart something you can do. All of us can do one thing. Don’t let our Christian values and beautiful country fall to the evil leaders. What kind of world do you want for your children and grandchildren? I can’t sit around and pretend that nothing is happening and hope other people speak up. Although I hope and pray there will be, I can’t sit around and hope that there’s a major conservative turnover of some kind. I pray I’m wrong about everything. But it’s off my conscience that I told people and did what I could.

How do you keep your sanity?

Number One: Stay in the Word of God and prayer. Don’t sit home and watch church. Get into a good church that doesn’t go along with all the nonsense of masks and taped off pews. If you participate in these things you are condoning it. Knock the spirit of fear out of your church or go to a different church. Don’t continue to condone this evil agenda. Period. No excuses. We need biblical preaching, fellowship, encouragement, hugging others, and laying on of hands. If you can’t find one within a couple hours of your home then start a home church.

Stand strong. Band together with other people such as Stand Up Michigan. I have a support group on MeWe called Truth Seekers. I am going to keep proclaiming this to try to save lives and save our beloved America.

Bonhoeffer quote, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

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Basic Truth

Let’s call it all out for exactly what it is. Let’s get back to basic truth. Right and wrong. Good and evil. When will all this go far enough? When will people finally speak up and stand out, make some noise and rebel against these evil forces? There are demonic things going on in our world, our country, and right in our own towns and churches.

Stand up before there is nothing left to stand up for. Someone else isn’t going to speak up and defend your rights for you.

Male and Female: God created male and female. Period. No other genders. We should not argue and complain to God, being confused about which gender you are and adding new genders or hybrid ones.

We should not disrespect and endanger women and girls by abiding by the unlawful and disgusting rules about allowing men into the little girls’ bathrooms, boys to play against girls on the courts and fields, condoning them in the same locker rooms. We should not allow dysphoria clinics to manipulate the children, pour hormones into them, and change their genitalia, even now with children as young as three years old, without their parent’s consent or knowledge. Parents or others who use children in this way should be considered criminals and child abusers.

Multiply: God commanded us to be fruitful and multiply. Period. He did not tell us to depopulate the earth, there’s too many people on the earth, you’re not supposed to have children. Be fruitful. Ask the Lord how many children you should have. Adopt the needy. Care for the elderly. Use your gifts, use your talents.

Don’t believe the lies that we could have major impact on ruining this amazing planet Earth. Take care of this beautiful world the Lord created for us the best you can, be respectful, be thankful for it and enjoy it!

Masks: Come before God with unveiled face. I am made in the image of God. Do not be ashamed. Breathe the air God gave you. Smile at others to brighten their day.

We have God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Take care of your body as much as possible with healthy food and exercise. Don’t let others control you by saying you need to cover your face and stay away from others. Masks do not help anyone, and it is a huge hoax perpetuated on humanity. Throw them out!

Trust in the Lord. There’s so much information out there about how dangerous the masks and vaccines are if you’re willing to do your homework. God said to gather together. Go to church, do your errands, congregate with your families and friends. Get back to your normal lives. Don’t conform to leaders who are drunk on power and control.

Millstone: Jesus said about the children, suffer the little children to come onto me. If anyone hurts a little child, it is better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and thrown to the bottom of the sea. Help in your communities in many ways to protect children and life.

Abortion is killing babies. Those who use children in sex trafficking and many other heinous crimes. Don’t believe the lies that you’re giving women a choice. That baby is a human baby the second conception takes place and is not a dog or a cat. It is a human baby and should be loved and protected. God knew us before we were born in the hidden depths of our mothers’ wombs.

Children are used as currency, for sexual perversion, and who knows what else. Disgusting, vile things are going on and most people are silent. It is happening in all facets of life, businesses, churches, work places, shopping places, sports venues, government and Hollywood elites. Pay attention and research what’s going on. It’s much deeper and wider than you can imagine.

If someone wants to deny these truths, take it up with God in prayer. I did not write the Bible. Do you believe in the Bible or not? If you want to debate God and change the rules and His laws of creation and nature, I suggest you talk to God.

The Bible is clear. The Bible is true. The Bible is what our Founding Fathers used as the base for creating the Constitution of the United States and our Bill of Rights. If you don’t like that, I suggest you try a Communist country for a month and maybe you would appreciate our beautiful freedoms.

Our First Amendment includes freedom of expression- speech and press, religion, assembly, and petition. Many have fought in wars and lost their lives defending these precious rights. Are you willingly handing them over?

Don’t just turn a blind eye. Study it. Research it. Seek the TRUTH. Do it for the children. Do it for your children and grandchildren.

You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

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The Ultimate Truth

People often ask lately, “What is truth?” How do we know what is truth? Where is truth? There are many who say and act in violent and ignorant ways and claim that their truth is right. So how do we know whose truth is right and who’s truth is wrong? Why are we afraid of speaking the truth? How are we ever going to get our world back to normal again? The hypocrisy of the leaders is astounding. They tell you to stay home and then go out to expensive restaurants, ride on their yachts, or go on vacations. Are we expected to just listen and follow officials without question? If the officials go against what the Word of God says, then NO we should not follow and obey them! The only full and undeniable truth is the Holy Word of God.

John 8:32 – “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free!”

In the days when the Israelites were seeking the Promised Land, in Numbers 13 and 14, they sent twelve spies out into the nearby cities and lands. Ten of them came back and claimed that there were giants in the land and they could not possibly succeed. The giants were so large and scared them so they did not have faith in what God had told them. They wanted to stay at home and cower in their fear. Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, came back with a good report. They said surely the Israelites could take the land because God said it was theirs and He would surely give it over to them. They gave an optimistic report and trusted God and what He had promised them. They knew, with the Lord on their side, they could slay the giants and the land would be theirs. They trusted God and fought against the tyranny.

I see great amounts of fear in our country, in our state, and in our city. They cower in their fear, follow unjust mandates which are not constitutional, are afraid to offend people, afraid to be yelled at, or stand up to tyranny. They are misinformed as to the formation of our country. They were taught at some point that our United States of America is bad, that we deserve to fall, that the founding fathers were not good people, that our Constitution is not just. Yes, of course we have our flaws and have made mistakes. That’s what grace is for. We can work together to improve some things and learn from our mistakes. Even some that believe God set up our country, are now afraid that others will not agree with them. So they hide in their homes, keep their businesses closed, and wear the mask. Masks are a virtue signal that they care about others. Lies from the pit of hell are excelling! There are many leaders and officials that have committed acts of treason and horrendous crimes and need to be imprisoned or worse.

I’m tired of people saying that you’re not caring and loving if you don’t wear a mask. God gave us immune systems which are being ruined by the masks. He wants us to be thankful for the fresh air He gave us.


I CARE about others so much, that I DON’T wear a mask. A piece of dirty and wet cloth does not help you or the other person from contracting the coronavirus. It is NOT caring and loving to wear it. It is a sign that you are conditioned by unjust officials. It is a sign that you are fearful. It is a sign that you are going along with the crowd and obeying unbased claims. I CARE about people losing their freedoms. I CARE that people are losing this beautiful country. I CARE that people are so fearful. I CARE that things of a Christian nature or about your preferred political figure are censored. I CARE that people are denying themselves of oxygen and the rate of brain cells being destroyed is astronomical. I CARE that they’re going to see brain damage in children. I CARE that the mental health crisis is soaring. I CARE that we’ve all been lied to. I CARE that many restaurant owners are losing their businesses in our state. I CARE that churches are not open. I CARE that many of our pastors do not stand up to this nonsense. I CARE that we should have church and worship. I CARE that our first amendment rights are going away. I CARE that people are making themselves ill from wearing a damp diaper on their face. I CARE that many are afraid to go to get needed medical procedures. I CARE that the elderly are dying needlessly, from depression and loneliness. I CARE that most children are not receiving a decent education. I CARE that most children with an IEPC are not receiving their rightful special services. I CARE that so many are committing suicide. I CARE that many marriages and families are breaking up, and there is a huge increase in abuse cases. I CARE that the numbers of panic attacks, anxiety, and depression are going way up. I CARE that abortion clinics, marijuana dispensers and casinos are open but not your local gift shop. I CARE that families, churches, races and Christians are divided because of lies. I CARE that black people are speaking out that they know this is all a lie and they want to go back to living together in peace. I CARE that history is being destroyed. I CARE that government and civics are not being taught honestly. I CARE that we have a sickness that has killed people, from a country who has paid many of our leaders in all political parties. I CARE that now people trust a vaccine which was rushed, untested, has already killed people and created palsy and fertility issues, and originates from money paid from the very country that sent the virus to our country.

The Ultimate truth is, God is in control. You can’t number your own days or the days of anyone else. I’m not speaking without knowledge of what it’s like to have panic attacks, let me tell you. People have got to stand up and get back to normal life. It’s way beyond time. God may need to show His power in huge and unbelievable ways to finally wake people up. I’m praying for that time to come quickly.

God led our founding fathers to form our country, and now after many have fought in wars to defend it and fight against communism, we just sit here and give it up. The very essence of our freedom and rights are in great danger. It’s time many wake from their slumber. It’s time to stand up now and live our lives. This is a spiritual battle of huge proportions and many are hiding behind the bunkers taking a nap. It’s time to take our nation back from the enemy.

Ephesians 6:10-18
New International Version
The Armor of God


10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

I pray that you would see the spiritual battle we face. We do not need to be divided and fight against each other. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. We need to look to the only ultimate TRUTH and fight this war. The real enemy is Satan and his demons. Which side are you on?

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The Edmund Fitzgerald Shipwreck

As my husband and I drove to see huge waves on Lake Michigan today, we thought about this story I wrote about the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck.

Tablet of your Heart

“The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald”

“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy

With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty

That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin

As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
With a crew and good captain well seasoned

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland

Then later that night when the ship’s bell rang
Could it be the north wind they’d been feelin’?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale…

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The Country I Grew Up In

I miss the country I grew up in. I went to elementary school in a tiny Midwest town called Hamilton. Mrs. Ferris sat down on the piano bench after lunch and taught us every word of the Star Spangled Banner and other patriotic songs. Our music teacher pushed her cart into the classroom twice a week to teach us a tune about a time for everything from Ecclesiastes, describing how she and her husband gathered stones together.

Since my mom died during that school year, my second grade teacher became a mother figure in my life Reading seemed like a foreign thing when others were up at the front table, while we worked in phonics books and printing pages at our desks. The inkwells our parents used were carved into the top, but we used modern #2 pencils. The chalk dust slid down our throats as we sipped from the white drinking fountain in the room. Those bar-b-q sandwiches and chocolate milk on Fridays were savory treats.

Each Wednesday afternoon after the school bell rang, a few friends and I waved as we walked past our bus driver, from school to our church for Catechism. We spent a nickel or a few pennies on pieces of candy at the Thrift Store, the Food Center, and Ken and Addy’s gas station during that half mile. We spent half of the precious quarter our parents gave us for the offering, giggling on our way.

When we arrived at church, we often had a few moments to slide under the pews in our sanctuary and play minister, “marrying” someone at the pulpit with that giant, gold-trimmed Bible. After our patient Reverend Nieuwsma rounded all of us rowdy kids into a classroom, he attempted to teach us the Heidelberg Catechism, we placed the remainder of our coins into the weaved basket. After another hour, we skipped out to show our fresh stickers on our little books to our parents as they talked with their friends out in the parking lot.

I’m still best friends with several of those dear schoolgirls to this day. We began in the nursery in that big brick church. At four years old, a few very fuzzy memories form, like going one step at a time, holding hands, down the back steps with my best friend Shellie on our way to Sunday School after church. Neighbors and lifelong friends all around diminished worry about signing us in and out or wearing stickers on our backs. Sitting in the front row in the brown tiled room, on those tiny wooden chairs, participating in the singing contests of, “I’ll be a Sunbeam for Him” and “Doo-Lord oh Doo-Lord, oh do remember me!” and especially, “Praise Ye the Lord – Hallelujah!” We gathered cross-legged and squirming as Mrs. Haakma moved the flannel pieces of Jesus, rainbows, or lions in the den.

On cool starry fall nights, I sat on the pile of corn going into the dryer pit, and watched the billows of dust rise up into the dark. My nostrils filled with fresh air as I dreamed, without worry of harm or danger. Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, a big brother or dad had their eye on me as they drifted in and out of the farmyard in their pickups or tractors. A purring kitten was usually cradled in my arms whenever I was in that yard. God always listened as I climbed over hedgerows to pick flowers and spoke through the bubbling creek in the gullies.

Hot steam rose from our meat and potatoes together with our families, partaking in prayer at the beginning, Bible reading and prayer at the end. On Saturday nights, water was heated for the last baths, while most gathered around the Carol Burnett Show for a good belly laugh before sinking into the fresh sheets off the clothesline.

Do you remember the way we took turns swirling the jump rope while we sang our little ditties? Laughing with friends on the bumpy bus ride, gripping your plastic Barbie lunch pail? Drawing pictures of the elementary school addition, sitting on the heater as our little dresses blew up into a dome?

With each new year, more dear friends were added as locker mates, science lab partners, at slumber parties, tennis teams, band trips, “We are the Champions,” in the Pep Band, or the clatter of a ski club bus ride. Grooving in the car, singing girls through McDonald’s, the Country Kitchen ice cream sundaes, riding down the “strip” at the Ottawa Beach. Waiting in line outside the Park Theatre to see the new movie “Grease”. Marching to “Hail to the Victors,” in the Tulip Time Parade behind President Ford as Mr. Smart eyed our straight rows? Teenage girls who shopped downtown Holland in the evening without cell phones and didn’t always make it back home at acceptable hours, didn’t throw our parents into tail spins.

I’ll take the smile of the small town grocery store cashier calling, “Hi there Myrna!” The Memorial Day parade where friends threw candy to my little boys, as they stood with their decorated bikes at the tail end of the procession. I’ll take the nosy church lady knowing all about my business instead of big city people who don’t know their neighbor’s names. It was normal to see the country pastor at the ball game, the local banker in the Sunday School class, as the institutions were intertwined in a natural, patriotic, Bible-based way.

Part of the phenomenon of having lifetime friends could be because of the area I grew up in, and the fact that I haven’t moved too far away. I still live only about 10 miles from that same elementary school today. Some would mock this and say I didn’t get out in the world and accomplish anything, and how great it is to go around the world. Why do I care about that? My life’s been very fulfilling and I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Mind you, I didn’t appreciate all these things about my childhood or even my young adult years at the time. It has taken more years for the value to really sink in.

I’ve traveled to a majority of the states in America, some by car and some by plane. I went to college away from home for four years. I taught elementary school for twenty-seven years, and had a family. I’ve done some mission trips in other states and even a couple other countries. I appreciate the values of our old Christian church, the hymns we sang, and those precious patriotic refrains. Most of the values and experiences the big city offers aren’t my cup of tea. In my opinion, many of the changes in our world since I was a child aren’t exactly good changes. Sometimes I long for a return of those old fashioned community values.

My four remaining siblings all live within 10 miles from me today. My best friends from childhood are mostly nearby too. One of the best things about those rare and golden lifetime friendships is that they share my faith in Jesus.

I’ve made many other friends in the following years or adulthood, statewide, nationwide and around the world, which are silver, but lifetime friends are golden. Best friend Jane used to sing to me, “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold!”  I believe that was another gift from Mrs. Parsons with her little portable marimba on her cart.

In later years, my boys rode their bikes to the nearby elementary school, where I also attended, to climb the dome without fear of kidnappers. My boys got to climb the gullies behind our house and pick flowers to bring them home to mom just like I did. Some might proclaim, “such a boring sheltered life,” or “you haven’t experienced the world!”

I consider myself incredibly blessed to know what a fabulous country we live in. If you call me a country bumpkin that’s a compliment. We cling to our American values of “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.”

When the Star Spangled Banner plays my eyes cloud up, with joy for opportunities and freedom in our beloved United States of America.

God bless America!

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A Spiritual Battle

I think it is our responsibility as Christians and pastors to do our homework and to be involved in our political processes. Leaders such as Franklin Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Sean Feucht, Michael W. Smith, Daney Gokey, Pastor Greg Locke, Mario Murillo, Robby Dawkins, Jonathan Cahn and others should be leading and praying for God’s will in the public square. I’m very thankful they are. They aren’t afraid of losing their tax-exempt status or the approval of man, and are a great example to us, as most leaders of our churches have not led during this extremely difficult time. Here’s a passionate call from Mario Murillo on his blog. https://mariomurilloministries.wordpress.com/2020/09/

Robby Dawkins and Mario Murillo video – it’s long, the whole thing is great, but a powerful point is between 31:00 – 38:00. For millennials and leaders to wake up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itHCyvZhPYo&t=2666s try this one.

Suicides, depression and loss of businesses have skyrocketed. Why are church doors still mostly closed or limited? If you do research and listen to what is actually happening you would see that President Trump’s actions and policies are the exact opposite of racism. He meets often with round tables full of Blacks, Hispanics, parents, leaders, etc. He listens and they are very adamant about how much his policies have affected them in positive ways.

Many people who came from other countries with communist regimes are incredibly thankful to be here to raise their families and run their businesses and do not want our country to adopt the left-wing democrat policies to change our country into what they escaped from. Maximo Alvarez tells a touching story about his family escaping from Cuba. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJnShBMG3uY

Listen to what the Blacks say, such as David Harris Jr., John James, Candace Owens and others. They also want to be called Black, not African American, by the way! Don’t take it from me. Take it from them. Here’s a speech by Candace Owens last year. https://rsbnetwork.com/2019/03/highlights-cpac-2019-day-2/

Why would FB and other social medias censor people with Christian or opposing views on covid, or doctors who speak about their data? The left is always crying about listening to the science. Well, then listen to the science! Why is their view much higher or truthful in their mind? Why are so many cities with democrat leadership allowing rioting, chaos, murder and looting? The democrat party of today is not the “good ole’ boys club” many were aligned with even 20 years ago. The radical Marxists have taken it over. Do you really want to stay in alignment with them?

If you condemn Trump on his personality, that’s fine. If a personality means more to you than your values that’s your choice. I’m glad that Paul was finally accepted by the New Testament disciples after his conversion, considering he was formerly a murderer of Christians, and then the Holy Spirit inspired him to write much of the New Testament. I’m glad people don’t judge me on my past sins.

Trump does have a pit bull personality, and a strong business mind. That is what our country needs right now. I don’t know exactly where his heart is with God, that is between him and God. Don’t look at me with sarcasm in your words, “Trump is a racist jerk.” That is simply not true. I challenge you to follow him around even for one day and watch, on an unbiased station or YouTube channel. The media of today is largely biased to the left side and do not report all the good things Trump is doing. This is a spiritual war and really doesn’t have as much to do with Republican or Democrat as it does with lies and power. Trump is by no means perfect and none of us are.

Many prophets and pastors share how God has anointed Trump for such a time as this and he is using him for his purposes whether you like it or not. I for one am not going to mess around with who God has anointed!

The bureaucracy and corruption of big government has gone too far. If you think it’s okay to pull a living baby out of the mother’s womb or even inject something into the baby after birth to kill them, then that is your decision. If you think it’s okay to censor people, close the Church doors, and promote sex and human trafficking, that’s your choice. Each person has to answer to God for what they choose. For many, pride gets in the way of common sense and voting your values.

It seems this election is the most important one in history. It is the fork in the road. Do you want socialism and the slippery slope towards communism, or do you desire to keep our country based on the Christian principles it was founded on? And don’t tell me it wasn’t founded on those principles. God has recently been removed from schools and the Ten Commandments are disappearing from our courthouses and monuments. The founding fathers weren’t perfect either but the Constitution was based on Christian principles and values. True history and government should again be taught in our schools and the Pledge of Allegiance recited.

If people want to be united in Christ, then look at the facts and our mandate to spread the gospel and adhere to values of life, love and unity. I also think many will be surprised how many “good and decent men and women,” will soon be exposed for the atrocities they have been supporting or involved in. God will win! This is very long and I refuse to fight with people on FB so I placed it on my blog instead of answering the never-Trumpsters. We do not not spew hate and racism. We love others and want you to come along. We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against the principalities and powers of this dark world, as in Ephesians 6.

If you want to write opposing views then place it on your space on your profiles or blogs. I pray the Holy Spirit would fill the hearts and minds of all, and their eyes would be unblinded and opened to the TRUTH.

It’s scary to speak out because I will get shamed for standing up, and I do not pretend to be an expert on politics. I’m convicted that I cannot remain silent anymore. This reminds me of the book of Esther. I’m not in a royal position but I do have a small platform which the Lord has given me to speak so He wants me to use it.

Mordecai spoke to his niece Esther about the persecution of her people.

Esther 4:12-14 “Do you think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape? For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

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The Return

What an exciting time to be alive! I watched a gathering of believers at the mall in Washington D.C. on livestream called The Return. It was a day of repentance for our country and people. Jonathan Cahn, the author of the book series, The Harbinger, organized this day. Hundreds of thousands of people singing, listening, preaching, declaring, and praying on their knees today! They estimated that tens of millions of people around the world were tuning in on the simulcast. So encouraging and wonderful!

Some of the topics brought out, were the travesty of abortion, hatred, racism, all lives matter, churches, education, pastors, genocide, sex and human trafficking. They prayed about teaching Christian values in our schools along with factual history. Many blew shofars throughout the day. Speakers and pastors from all across the globe came together for this day of prayer and repentance individually, for our country and in our world.

One of the main focuses of the day was the Bible verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14 when God said,

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This beautiful promise crosses all centuries and spans the ages even for the grafted in, adopted Gentiles of today.

At one point,  leaders, pastors, staff and those in attendance were all on their knees in repentance. One thing they did was to declare the Lord’s will be done and revival to come to the nations around the world as they faced to the west, north, south, and east. Artists such as Michael W. Smith, and Danny Gokey led in worship singing. Pastors James Dobson, Franklin Graham, and Anne Graham Lotz and other prayer leaders from across the globe. Ben Carson gave a stirring message and prayer.  At one point they read a proclamation from our President Donald J. Trump in support of the gathering and confirming the importance of our country to return to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and Christian principles in our schools and justice system.

The last seven months has been a time like no other. People have been full of fear, health scares real and contrived, rioting in the streets, people being persecuted, shutdowns of schools, businesses and churches, dishonesty in the media, missed holiday celebrations like the Fourth of July, delayed medical procedures, cancelled vacations and conferences, inability to visit and mourn the loss of family members, and so many other stressful events. It’s been a harrowing time in a lot of ways. Now it’s like a cool stream running down to be able to experience the verge of huge revival. Sean Feucht, a world-wide worship leader, has been holding Riots to Revival gatherings in major cities for months. Hard times are turning into times of healing rain.

Unity was stressed, all races and peoples to come together and not let the evils of the day separate us. The condemnation of riots and evil plans of socialism which has even infiltrated our nation’s leaders and churches. To our dismay, even some who call themselves Christians condone these evil atrocities. My heart aches as I’ve witnessed friends and acquaintances reveal their true colors.

Satan is working overtime to blind the eyes of people to the truth because he is desperate. He is defeated and will receive his final ruin in God’s timing. It is a spiritual war for the soul of our nation and it’s biblically crystal clear who to vote for if you love our country and it’s biblical origins. One must not get hung up on a candidate’s past sins or assumed personality flaws. It is important to educate yourself by alternate sources and look at the policies, watch for yourself what is really happening instead of believing the lies and bias of the major media outlets. Drop the pride, research with an open mind, and pray that truth will be revealed to you. God will show you the truth if you ask Him. There’s so much more at stake this year than there ever has been in the history of our country.

Washington D.C. was invaded today with many thousands worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessings and miracles are happening! It is such an exciting time in our country. I feel honored to be alive during this time in our history! Some prophets predict we will see two billion people come to the Lord in the next ten years. Chills came over me sensing the moving of the Holy Spirit.

As this gathering was culminating, the President announced his nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States of America on a separate broadcast. God’s timing is perfect during this important period. This candidate is a pro-life woman who vows to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. I’m so full of hope and joy today! I pray you are too! It’s the age of return to the Lord Jesus Christ!

At the end, the seven trumpets were proclaimed. Each time they announced the next one, everyone blew their shofars.

  1. Unleashing of God’s power on the earth.
  2. The power of breaking down of strongholds and walls.
  3. The power of the return and repentance, all those who need to come back to God.
  4. The power of salvation, redemption, the gospel to break forth.
  5. The power of anointing on the people of God, the power of victory, the power of the Holy Spirit like in the book of Acts.
  6. The power of revival, and the power of the Holy Spirit, showers of outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
  7. The power of the will of God, beyond what we know for our lives and our nation. More than we can imagine. Let Your Will Be Done! 

Final blasts of shofars were heard, hands raised, the people shouted!

The ending hymn, Marty Goetz sang “. . . Exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or imagine.  All of the glory to You! . . .”

The Aaronic blessing was given, go out to the ends of the earth in witness to our Lord!

“Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Num. 6:23b–26).  

Right in Front of the Capital. A National and Global Day of Revival and Repentance. Powerful Day!!!!

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If you missed The Return, go online to watch it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw3QbqvXqVc

To learn more or order Jonathan Cahn’s books:

http://www.theharbinger-jonathancahn.com/About/

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A Child Cries

Can you hear her? The echo of the pathetic scream pierces through the tunnel. In a rat-infested cage she moans in pain.. She clings to the back corner as the footsteps of a handler approaches. The cold hand grabs her by her hair to drag her to another room. A man comes to her to use her in despicable ways. She’s left exhausted in her puddle of blood. Sometime later she wakes in the drafty hall. It wasn’t just a bad dream, it’s her reality every day. She’s never known a loving family or a clean, cozy bed.

A cold counter in the back room. The mother, the nurse, and the doctor closed the door behind them. Can you hear him? Tears stream down onto his bare skin. Moments before, he was warm and secure inside the womb. Now his skin is turning hard and blue. It’s a struggle to breathe. Finally, the quiet darkness closes in. His heartbeat slows to a stop.

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The locked door of the closet muffles the voices beyond. It’s a short break from the whip but she’s being hit in her heart even now. Her anxiety is raging up through her chest and throat. She falls over in exhausted, restless sleep but constantly aware of the moment the door will again open. The shouts and foul language ring in her ears as many days and weeks before. She hears a crash and loud stomping gets closer and closer. The doorknob clicks.

The train whistle blows long and low. His head bobs up and down in the baggage compartment. This morning he sat with his loving mother in the train station. The last thing he remembers is a large gloved man gagging his mouth with rags and being stuffed into this suitcase. Rumbling and jostling around until he woke here in the dark case. He tries to cry but his mouth is too full. Desperation overcomes him as his body soaks with sweat.

Can you hear him? Can you hear her?

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A Reset

I implore my Heavenly Father to hear my prayer tonight. The events of the last five months brings me to an awareness that we need a reset on many things. We need to reset the laws on caring for babies in the womb and the elderly. On universities, colleges, seminaries, churches, and pastors. On the faith of our children like the fire in their souls they had when they were eight years old in Bible School singing “Father Abraham had seven sons” at the top of their lungs. A reset on our government. A reset on our governor, senators, and legislators statewide, and nationally. A reset of truth. Prayer for the President and Vice President to have Holy Spirit encounters to receive wisdom from on high. That all darkness and evil is exposed. The light will dispel all darkness. The darkness cannot hide. Lies will be laid bare for all to see. Guide our elections with your hand Lord God, so there cannot be any fraud or corruption. The upcoming generation will be taught, believe, and live in the truth.

 

Reset the schools to teach government, honesty, and history once again. I pray the Pledge of Allegiance will be said by every school child every single school day. Return prayer to the classrooms. May the children know the truth that our country began on Christian principles. That those principles would once again prevail. I pray the teachers will do what is right and stand up to the lies of unions demanding unreasonable things. Open the eyes and ears of the youth and millennials to love our country and desire to speak the name of Jesus. That the lies of Satan will no longer spread. Give dreams and visions to the university professors to change their rhetoric. I call for a reset of the mainstream media, that they will once again bring us news without bias and lies. Break the dam of hate, jealousy, and evil. That the doctors speaking truth will be heard and spread throughout the land. Prevent the medical boards and pharmacists from harming those truth-speaking doctors. I pray against the rioters and those who fund them that they will fail. That they will run out of money and determination. May they devour one another with their hate and weapons. May hate dissolve altogether. Be with the law enforcement officers and military who so bravely serve. Bless our beautiful American flag and help us all to honor it with our songs and anthems.  May we once again wave the American flag proudly.

 

I pray that any remnants of the Coronavirus evaporate to bring a reset of our health. A reset for our economy in America. A reset to the minds and souls of many who are depressed, lonely, and broken. A reset to the sex trafficking ring. Turn them completely inside out to exposure. May the innocent souls of women and children escape, and the dark tunnels collapse on top of the evildoers and Satan worshipers. That those victims will heal in mind, body, and soul. May all skin tones look the same to us and that people would love and care for their fellow man. Reset our Constitution to stand firm. May the judges and leaders follow it and not promote their own agendas of immorality. Strike down all who want chaos or evil. Fill them with the bravery to know and follow the truth. May we know the truth and the truth will set us free. Bind the spirit of fear. Lead us into repentance individually and as a nation. Forgive us and lead us Lord Almighty. Fill us with your Holy Spirit’s fire of love and truth. God bless America!

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