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.
Physical calamity, financial distress, emotional
turmoil… You turn to the Father and are met with…nothing. A small fire ignites
in the recesses of your soul. You continue to pray and silence is still your
answer. The flames grow. As the many petitions fall on deaf ears, your wounded
spirit begins to flounder under the battering of the inferno. You cry out in
bitter rage, “God! Why have you forsaken me?”
Have you ever experienced the devastation
of unanswered prayer?
Luke 11:9 (NKJV) "So I
say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock,
and it will be opened to you.”
Does God hear my prayers? Does He care? Why
do the answers not come? Why do the doors not open?
These questions are in my mind on a daily
basis. Jesus promised that I may ask and the answers will be given and that I
should seek and I will find the way and I can knock and all will be open but
for some reason, it just does not seem to work so well for me.
I am still waiting for answers, still
waiting for healing, still waiting…
Matthew 21:21-22 (NKJV) “So Jesus answered and said to them,
"Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not
only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain,
'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever things you
ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
All right, now I am really mad.I pray with complete faith, knowing the Lord
has the ability to diagnose and heal.Silence
is my answer.All I want is to know what
is going on, Lord!Worry and Frustration
are sore bedfellows.
Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) “…praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance
and supplication for all the saints—“
Okay, that one hurt. Are you saying I have
to persevere in my prayer life too?
Sheesh! Just move the mountain, already! I know you can do it. I do not have
the patience to do this anymore! Oops, is that Your point, God?
Matthew 6:34 (NKJV) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for
tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own
I understand now. Worry and Frustration
can find someone else to harass. Thank you, dear Jesus, You always know what to
say. Please forgive me for my temper tantrum, Father. Whether the answers come
today, next year or years from now, I will continue to pray, knowing You are in
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…