Through words and pictures, we walk the winding trails of the untamed west. As a Wyoming Christian author, I breathe the beauty around me, transferring it to paper. I dare all to take the leap into God's country. Learn of its untold stories and reveal for yourself . . . where the wild meets the Forgiven.
call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my
Have you ever left a message for someone
to contact you and never received a call? Have you been the guilty party that
did not pick the phone up and dial back on occasion? With a heavy heart, I can
say I have. By the way, that answer is to both questions.
I’ve called friends, family, doctors, and employers
at one time or another and been met with a machine, voicemail or ‘I’ll call you
back in a minute.’ Instead of a returned call, my need was forgotten. It hurts.
On the flipside of the matter, I’ve been
the one to say, ‘I’ll call you back.”Then life happened! My son tried to learn how to fly on his bike or my
basement became Wyoming’s newest lake. I
forgot to call you back. I didn’t mean to forget. You’re really are my best friend,
the best mom in the whole world, or a terrific boss.
Communication skills are tough. God
teaches us a cool one in prayer.
Philippians 4:6 “Do
not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Okay. So that means, make a phone call.
Does that mean He’ll answer or will I just get the machine?
Mark 11:24“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Communication with God requires faith.
Yes, that’s right. God doesn’t just want me to throw my wants and my needs His
way. He wants me to believe in His
answer to those requests. So what is faith?
Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we
hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Petitions to the Father to heal pain, mend
the soul, pay the bills, touch the spirit…lifted high to the heavens. Or do they
seem to hit a ceiling then crash to your feet? Unanswered.
joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Falling Rock: A Short Story Once upon a time, in a small Indian
village, a brave warrior called Falling Rock fell in love with the chief’s daughter. She returned
his love and they went before the chief to ask for permission to wed. “You
say you love my daughter. Is this true?” The old chief looked to his youngest
daughter, the most beautiful of his children. “Yes,
Father. He loves me and I love him. Please let us marry.” Her small hands
grasped his gnarly ones and he narrowed his beady eyes at the warrior. “What
do you have to offer for this union, young warrior?” He
watched as the bravery seemed to seep out of the man at his question. “I
have nothing, my chief. I do not own any animals or fancy cloth. I can offer my
service and my loyal protection.” His black eyes met the daughter’s. “To you
and yours for the rest of my days.” “I
have that already, my man. I wish you to complete me a task. If you are
successful, you will have permission to marry my daughter. Do you agree?” The
stage… Raving Lunacy I search
every hidden realm in the computer for my lost words.I dig into the recycle bin, the hard drives,
the documents and picture files looking for the elusive data.No bits or bytes are to be found.Strands of hair fall by my chair and unkind
words caress the ceiling.My husband
listens to the moans and groans for a little while then asks the one question
I do not want to hear.
"Did you save
DID I SAVE THEM?Of course, I saved them!I always
save them!What kind of an airheaded
writer does NOT save their work?Do I
look like an airheaded writer?NO!Of course not, that is because I SAVE MY
WORK!(I did say raving lu…