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Why won’t you just lie down in surrender?

2 May

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Sometimes do you wish you could just lie down?  You know, on those days, weeks, months or even years when everything within you seems like you are pressing and pushing yourself to make the effort.  Those times make you want to say, “I surrender!”  But why don’t you or why don’t I simply surrender and let life do what it is going to do to us?  Because there is something on the inside that says, “You’ve got this!  You are coming out of this event, this trial, this challenge, bolder and better, not bitter!”

The last entire year of my life has been a huge challenge.  It is a challenge that I took on myself to try to simply be stretched and to go to the next level of what I felt the Lord wants for me. He doesn’t just want us to survive, but to thrive in life! I’ve enrolled in online courses, I’ve been stuck to this computer like glue,  participating in online webinars, youtube videos, digging up resources etc…Everything that I could do to press forward into what I know that the Lord has called me into.  I am determined to thrive, and not just survive, and help others to thrive as well!

How about you?  The pressing that you’ve been doing, is it you, just trying to survive, or is it so that you can thrive?  I think the reason you do not simply surrender, again, is because you know that deep down, you are meant for so much more than just surviving and getting by in life.  God has placed big dreams and a big future in you.  But you may be asking, how do I live it?

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

May I suggest that the hustle of life begins to shift when your thoughts toward what you are doing shifts.  Yes, you may not like where you are right now in life, but you need to realize that this is simply a life lesson, a place where you’re passing through.  It came to pass, not to stay.   The choice is up to you as to whether you will linger where you are not happy, or pass the test and move on to the next challenge.  You must realize that life doesn’t always play fair, but that staying in a place, being upset at what life has thrown you, is not changing your circumstances.  Let’s be honest, maybe your circumstances may never change, but how you think of them, and how you grow in them and even let them change you can change!

Again, my friend, I know that the Lord has put it in you to make it!  To pass the test and move on to thriving, not merely surviving!


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I need your help!

17 Jun

Hey Everyone, I am so excited, my ebook  Tell the Enemy to Scat is sitting right now at # 13 in Family…and # 21 in Religion and Spirituality in Amazon’s Rankings .I really need your help! I need 13 or 21 friends to please go in and get my book! It is a totally free Amazon download, will not cost you a dime….and it will mean that I finally hit # One…in 2 catagories! Thank you in advance….Love you guys!

Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk

16 Jun

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Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk

16 Jun

Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

Hello Everyone, Welcome back to my video blog of If Oak Trees Could Talk!  I hope that you’ve been enjoying the last days of spring as we are marching quickly into summer.  I’ve been working on a New Book which I am very excited about and doing a few other projects that I’ve tried to put the finishing touches on!  I apologize that I’ve not done this blog for a couple of weeks, but we are moving on and I appreciate you hanging in here with me!


We will finish up Chapter 19 Henry the Spy and Go right into Chapter 20 Common Friends!

When Nurse Applegate knocked on their door, Helen answered once again. The nurse walked in first and then Henry followed.  He had a very productive walk. He was sure that he could formulate a plan to spy out the enemy.  When he walked into the room his eyes met Helen’s. She saw the slightest curl of his lip into his impish little grin, but Helen was quite upset and never smiled back. 

“Here you are Mrs. Tyler. I am delivering Mr. Tyler back to you. I also have your medications.” Nurse Applegate stated.

  Both Helen and Henry looked at each other as Nurse Applegate handed the small little pill cup with a couple of pills each in them.  Helen noticed right away that Henry had an extra one.  Henry could not have told anyone what kinds of medications that he had taken over the past six months or so. Henry watched Helen’s eyes and knew that something was wrong, so they both did as they had planned to do.  They would pretend to take the medication by hiding it under their tongues.  Helen only wished that Nurse Applegate would leave immediately.

They did just that, Helen handed Henry his pills with a glass of water and Henry pretended to take them.  But suddenly Helen thought to ask Nurse Applegate if it was okay for her to take hers on an empty stomach. 

“Oh, I am sure it would be fine if you take it after you eat, Mrs. Tyler. Someone from the cafeteria should be bringing your food right up.  Just make for sure that you drink a full glass of water with them okay? Especially Mr. Tyler’s it looks as though his doctor has prescribed him something new for his severe allergies.

“Yes Nurse Applegate I sure will do that.” Helen promised as she flashed Henry a strange look.

“Is there anything else that I can get you before I leave for the night?”  Nurse Applegate asked.  I have to meet someone around Nine o’clock or so and it is Eight-thirty right now. 

“No Sweetie, we will be fine.  Will we see you tomorrow?” Helen asked. 

Suddenly someone knocked on the door.  Both Helen and Henry flashed each other a frightened glance that Nurse Applegate could not help but notice.  She knew that they were probably shaken up from the ordeal that they had just gone through.  So she reassured them, “I’m sure that is your trays!” Nurse Applegate said with an understanding smile as she opened the door. 

Sure enough it was the kitchen leaving Henry and Helen’s Banana sandwiches.  Nurse Applegate took the tray and placed it on the little bistro table.

  “Bon appétit, your gourmet meals awaits!” she teased with a smile.  Now to answer your question Mrs. Tyler, yes, I will be here tomorrow.  Looks like you and Mr. Tyler are stuck with me while you remain here.  Tonight the Nurse at the front desk, Nurse Warren will check in on you.  She will not step inside unless you need her to.   It is totally up to you.  Goodnight and have a peaceful night.  I know that you both must be exhausted.”

“Goodnight, thank you for everything!”  Helen said as the nurse walked out their door.  Henry immediately spit the pills out into the little cup that Nurse Applegate gave him.  They were bitter in his mouth, but had not dissolved.  When Helen saw them, she said, “The little white pill is one that you have been taking but that big white one is a new one.  Do not take it Henry!”  Helen ordered. “You must hide them somewhere until we can give them to Amelia tomorrow.  Severe Allergies, what a horrible lie!”

Chapter 20

Common Friends

When Nurse Applegate walked through the sliding doors to exit Glenview’s Residential Home for the Elderly, the air felt fresh and crisp after the earlier thunderstorm.  She took in a deep breath as she loved the way the air smelled after a rain. There were still standing puddles of muddy orange water in the parking lot.  She walked this way and that to avoid them until she got to her car.   Once she was in her car she began to think of what she would tell Amelia.  She had to protect her father  just as Amelia was trying to protect her parents from Mr. Hodges.  Nurse Applegate put her car into gear and drove directly to Maggie’s Pie and Coffee to meet Amelia.  She dreaded talking about her experiences with Mr. Hodges, but looked forward to really getting to know Amelia.  Nurse Applegate hoped to gain a friend in Amelia as they had much in common and she never knew anyone in Mason Creek other the elderly folks at Glenview.

Amelia arrived at Maggie’s Pie and Coffee before Nurse Applegate had.   She took the liberty of ordering Ms. Maggie’s famous apple pie for both she and Nurse Applegate.   Amelia had a trying day and it felt good to just sip on a steaming hot cup of coffee.  She spanned the room to see if anyone was there that she knew.  The boys coach and wife were sitting in a corner booth.  Amelia took the time to thank them for keeping the boys for them during her Daddy’s escape. Just as she was headed back to her seat at the counter where she had been sitting Nurse Applegate walked in.  Amelia greeted her with a smile.  She turned to the counter and asked Maggie if she could bring another cup of coffee and the slices of pie to a back table.  Nurse Applegate followed as Amelia lead.

“Hello Nurse Applegate, how are you?”  Amelia asked to begin conversation.

“Please call me Melba, I’ve been a nurse all day, and now I just want to be Melba!”  Nurse Applegate said with a chuckle.

“Sure, I like that much better anyway.” Amelia replied.

“Call me Amelia please.   Mrs. Steele sounds like I am iron lady!”  Amelia said as they both giggled. 

“How did my parents do after I left?”  Amelia asked.  “I hope they are adjusting well, you know everything was new to them, no offense, but even you are new.  I just worried about them as I didn’t want Daddy to become confused.”

“Well, honestly they seem to adjust to the room pretty well, but Mr. Tyler was a little disoriented this evening.  I surmised it was because he had not had any of his meds today. They also had not had anything to eat since you were with them, so I made for sure they ordered them something before the cafeteria closed.  Mr. Tyler walked with me to the cafeteria and everything.”  Melba reported to Amelia.

“Really, that sounds a little weird!” Amelia said with a confused look on her face.  “Did he leave Momma alone?” 

“Yes, he left Mrs. Tyler alone for the length of time it took us to make our trip.  I said trip because the reason he wanted to go was because he told me he wanted to see an old friend! I, of course, thought that he might have been talking about another patient, but instead he wanted to go back to his old room.  Maybe it was because it was familiar to him, but then once he went inside he took a picture from the wall.  When I walked in, he was talking to the picture and told his “old friend” that he missed it. I have seen this behavior Amelia in a lot of amnesia patients.  They get better, but out of the blue, they can revert back.  I assumed again it was because he had not had his meds.”  Melba tried to comfort.

“Well, he is not as crazy as you may think, Melba!”

“Oh, please I did not mean to imply that he was crazy!”  Melba said apologetically.

“Oh, excuse me, wrong choice of words on my part.  Let me explain.  My Daddy grew up in a house that was built by my Great Great Grandfather.  In the side yard of this house is a huge old Oak tree that my Daddy calls his old friend.  The picture on the wall in his room is a picture I brought him because somehow the tree seems to comfort him and help him.  I know that sounds crazy, but I was desperate to do anything that I could to help him come back to us.”  Amelia explained.

“Ah, that is the sweetest thing. Well, it seems to have worked.   I saw him hugging that picture just as though he was hugging a person.  The look on his face was priceless!”  Melba shared.


Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

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Tell the Enemy To Scat!

16 Jun

Hello Friends!  I’m giving my  Ebook Tell the Enemy to Scat! away  because I am grateful for all of you that have chosen to hang in here with me!  Thank you so much to all of you that have  chosen to follow my blogs.  I am truly honored to connect with you and simply want to bless you!  Even if you choose not to follow my blogs, please accept my free Ebook as my gift to you for taking your time to read what I’ve got to say or for simply visiting my blog page. 


Part 41 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

18 May


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Part 40 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

12 May

Part 40 If Oak Trees Could Talk!     As Mother’s Day has just past and Father’s Day is coming next month, the characters of Henry and Helen in If Oak Trees Could Talk remind me of my own …

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Part 30 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

12 Feb



Part 30 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

Hello again! I hope that you’ve had a great and productive week since the last video blog post of my Romance/Suspense novel If Oak Trees Could Talk. My week has been very productive! I am thrilled to say that I have been making some really great progress on a sequel to my Juvenile fiction novel Caleb’s Cereal!   People ask me all the time about being a writer. Probably the number one question is “Why do you write?” I would love to have some deep answer for them, but honestly my main reason is that I personally get to go on journeys and do things through my characters that I probably would never get to do in real life! That is why I am doing these videos blogs each week! I hope to take you with me on a few of my characters adventures. It is my hope that you will come along with me and enjoy the journey!

Today we pick back up in Chapter 15 The Cruise!

Chapter 15

The Cruise!

Henry began whistling, Amelia had not heard her Dad whistle since before her Momma’s fall. He was truly coming back, Helen thought and a peace like a robe simply came over her. She listened to her Mom and Dad talk about this neighbor and that neighbor as he drove them down their neighborhood street. He honked the horn at this one and at that one when he would see them out in their yards.   He knew perfectly well where he was going and had no problem maneuvering the car. He then turned right onto Harper Street. His face beamed when he saw his beloved Hardware store. He whipped the car into the side street and threw it into park.

“Let’s just drop in here for a minute okay Amelia?” Henry said.

Amelia knew that this trip was totally out of her hands. What could she do about it anyway? She only prayed that Sheriff Eugene would not see them out on their cruise through the town when they needed to be back at Glenview.

Amelia and Robert ran the Hardware store very efficiently. With everything that had happened with Amelia’s parents they hired a very loyal worker to help them out in the store. Mr. Dewey Thomas was a close friend to Henry and loved helping the family out. He was an older gentleman and appreciated the fact that he could go to work and be useful. He had been a good neighbor who had grown up on the same street as Amelia and her parents. When Amelia was busy outside of the store with her parents or children, Mr. Dewey Thomas helped keep things running. When Henry, Helen, and Amelia walked into the store, Henry was very surprised to see his friend and neighbor behind the counter. His old friend was just as surprised to see Amelia and her parents walk through the door. He ran from behind the counter and shook Henry’s hand and hugged Ms. Helen.

“Oh my, when I saw you people coming through that door, I thought I was hallucinating. It made my legs get all wobbly. Man, my old friend you are looking good! When are you coming back to work?” Mr. Thomas went on. “Goodness, where are my manners ladies? Hello Ms. Amelia, please, you and Ms. Helen come behind this counter and have yourselves a sit down right here. I will visit with my old buddy!”

Henry was a little overwhelmed with Dewey. He knew him, but yet he didn’t know him.

“Amelia didn’t tell me that we had someone helping out in the store.” Henry stated. “I am glad that she does though.” Henry continued as he stared intently at Dewey. He was trying to place who he was. He wondered how he knew him. Had he worked at the store before when he ran it? The answers seemed not to come.

“Ah, it’s nothing Henry. I was glad to do it. How are you Ms. Helen? You sure are looking fit?” Dewey stated. He still had not realized that Henry didn’t know who he was.

“I am just wonderful Dewey. How about Dolores, how is she faring these days?” Helen asked.

“Oh she is doing pretty well. We can’t complain. The Lord’s been good to us Ms. Helen.” Dewey replied.

“Yes, he’s been good to us as well, Dewey.”   Helen stated. Finally Helen thought she would try to refresh Henry’s mind about who Dewey was.

“Henry, do you remember when you and Dewey were in the service together? You were the two locals from Mason Creek that were placed together. He and Dolores always come over to our house and played Canasta. Do you remember?”

“Yes, I think I might, at that! Weren’t you the one that bought that old motorcycle with the sidecar? When we were in the service, they let you drive that old thing and I could ride in the sidecar. I remember all of the dust you made me eat because of that piece of junk! Thank the Lord we had on a helmet and goggles or I would probably be blind today!”

“Yep, Henry that was me!” Dewey said with a deep chuckle. “Man, I had not thought of that cycle for ages!”

“I don’t blame you, that fool thing was a death trap waiting to happen!” Henry said as he grabbed Dewey and gave him a big old hug. Henry became rather emotional because, again this just proved that he was coming back, he felt like he had just gotten another breakthrough.

Both of the veterans stood in the middle of the store until other folks started coming in. One by one the crowd lined up shaking Henry’s hand and welcoming him back. Some he recognized and some he didn’t. Henry fed on the atmosphere of his Hardware store. It gave him back some of his pride that he felt that he had lost.

            Amelia was getting nervous. Who else was going to walk through that door? She was sure that the word had gotten out that her Daddy was in the Hardware store.   She feared that Eugene would come walking through the door at any moment. If Sheriff Eugene came in, then what would happen? Would she be carted off to jail and her parents hauled back to Glenview? She loved seeing her Daddy in his element again, but knew that she had to get him out of the store as soon as possible. She told Eugene that she would have her parents back to Glenview this morning. Time was running out. It was almost Eleven o’clock and she had not produced them. She then told her mother about Eugene.

            “Oh, how are Eugene and his parents? They are such sweet people. They’re just like all of these folks coming in here today showing such love to me and Henry. We just live in a wonderful little town. Don’t we, Amelia?” Helen said as she watched the line of people gathering into the store to say hello to them.

            “Folks, Folks, I need to get your attention, please! Amelia shouted over the roar of men and women laughing and talking. Listen, I was ordered to get my parents back to Glenview before Noon today. If I do not get them back in time, I may possibly get into more trouble than I am already in. So, no offense to anybody, for we are so thankful that you all came out, but we need to cut this reunion short until next time okay?” Amelia shouted!

            “Yes Ms. Amelia, we understand!” The crowd all agreed! They then made a path, some on the right and some on the left of the main aisle to the door for Amelia and her parents to walk through to the front door. As they made their way through the aisle, the crowd smiled and patted them on the back as if they were heroes that had come home from a war. Amelia would not necessary describe what her parents had been though as a war, however, she would say that they had fought a fierce battle. They deserved every cheer and every pat on the back that their neighbors and friends had to give to them.

            “Well that was fun!” Helen said when the three of them had gotten back into the car.

            “Hurry get down, get down now!” Amelia shouted, as she saw Sheriff Eugene drive by. She prayed that he didn’t recognize Henry’s car. It had been a long time since it had been out of the garage. On the other hand, Amelia thought that Henry’s car may be the very thing that would stick out like a sore thumb and gain them the unwanted attention. She slowly raised her head up to see if she could see where the Sheriff had gone. She did not see him, but was sure that he would be back. There was way more cars parked in front of the Hardware store than usual which also drew suspicion.

            “Daddy, I hate to tell you this, but you’re going to have to get out of here rather quickly before the Sheriff circles around to check out why all of these cars are here! Would you please just let me drive us now?” Amelia pleaded.

            “Are you kidding me? I can surely out run the Sheriff if I had too. Let’s just hope that it will not be necessary.” Henry stated as if he weren’t the least bit concerned about going back to Glenview. Maybe he seriously wasn’t. He treated his escape from Glenview like it was a summer vacation. He had definitely had a busy twenty-four to thirty-six hours of freedom. If he kept a record of all he had done since walking out of Glenview’s doors it would read as follows: He walked naked up and down streets to get home, climbed an Oak tree, had a romantic picnic, danced with the love of his life in the moonlight, swung in a swing, walked through gardens and the yard, ate lots of his favorite food, slept in his own bed, spent time with his daughter, grandsons, and son-and-law, and finally, Henry was united and visited with most of his friends and neighbors at the hardware store which was one of his favorite places.   What better way to spend time on the outside of Glenview?

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me! It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you! As always I would love to hear from you. I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs. Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here! Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply subscribe to my Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order! I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com


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