Cast your care


Thought Conditioner #35

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22, NIV

A human mind can stand only so much weight. One mental burden piled upon another, unless relief is obtained, will in due course reach your breaking point and cause serious difficulty. Fortunately, you do not need to carry your burdens without assistance. God will help you carry them.

But how is this done? It is accomplished in the mind. Practice thinking that God is actually with you. Tell Him about your burdens, and believe that He relieves and assists you. Form a picture of yourself as shifting your burdens to Him. He is willing to assume them and is perfectly able to do so. But, and this is most important, don’t half give them. And don’t take them back. Let God handle them. Leave them with Him.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Ah, good words here. “…don’t half give them. And don’t take them back”. Too often, we want to hold a little back for ourselves. We can handle a little “I can do it”, but all that says is “Jesus, you aren’t enough, you need my help”. Again, don’t take them back. We all get impatient. We may think “God, why are you taking your sweet time? I need to help now”. But remember, God’s timing is perfect. Cast your cares – all of them – and trust he will fulfill.

Reflect: Do you at times think, “I can do it.” or “God I’ll do it, You’re too slow”. Pray for forgiveness and rest in his strength.



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Thought Conditioner #34

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9, NLT

Possibly life has become difficult—even dismal. You may not be getting zest or thrill out of living.

The text for today will restore the old delight in life. It tells you that you have never seen, nor heard, nor even imagined all the marvelous, amazingly fascinating things that God will do for those who love Him, trust Him, and put His principles into practice.

As you surrender your life to God, every experience of living will grow increasingly more wonderful.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

It is true, we can’t imagine what God has prepared for us, not in this life or the next. But we still need to prepare to receive it. We must spend time with God, in silence and solitude, mediate on is word, live with a heart of worship and enjoy a conversational relationship with the father.

The more we do these things the more our love for the father will grow. And the more we will be able to handle what more he has for us.

Reflect: How do you prepare your heart for the Father? How does your love grow?




Thought Conditioner #33

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31, NIV

This beautiful sentence describes the greatest experience that can ever happen to you. It is called spiritual experience. You get it by completely surrendering yourself to God, and experiencing His presence. Then the heavy weights of your life drop away, and you are lifted to eagle-like levels of freedom and power.

But no one can permanently live in such exalted emotional heights. Nevertheless, the power stays with you so that you can move through life with a speed and strength you never had before; you can “run and not be weary.” Then even when you get up against day-by-day situations that used to be difficult and monotonous, this power is so great that it keeps you going without depletion of strength. Spiritual experience begins by lifting you to new high levels, after which it helps you to keep going with continuous power.


~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

I love this verse and reading this with Peale’s comments has given me much encouragement. So often I do feel weary I realize I’ve forgotten to rely on God’s strength. My day-to-day will not exhaust me so long as I remain on the vine, connected to Jesus, letting him lead the way. I can feel myself breathing easier just reading these words.

Reflect: How does Peale’s spiritual experience transfer to your own life?

Share My World: 2015 Week 43

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

If you were on a debate team, what general subject would you relish debating?

I wouldn’t want to debate anything. I used to enjoy a good debate but I’d rather just go with the flow now.

What’s your strongest sense?


What would you name the autobiography of your life?

you’ll find it here – Jubilee Journey

List your favorite flavors or types of tea.


Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m so thankful, relieved, elated that I’m finally caught up on my work, haven’t been since July. I’m looking forward to a few free days and taking Kai trick or treating




Do Not Doubt


Thought Conditioner #32

If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Mark 11:23, NIV

Almost alone this passage can revolutionize your life and change defeat into victory.

What does it tell you? That your “mountain,” that great rock-like obstruction, that tremendous barrier, can be broken down and ousted from your life. You must not doubt “in your heart.” Allow no negative thoughts to exist in your subconscious mind.

Pray that your mountainous difficulty shall be removed and, as you pray, believe that it is being done then and now. Don’t have the hazy idea that “this mountain” may be removed sometime in the future, but believe that God is removing it for you now.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale


Whatever the mountain, i.e.: trouble, circumstance, situation, bondage, or personal soul blocker, it can be gone. We must believe it so, not that we have some mystical power but through our unwavering belief that God will do it. He already has. Just wait and as our faith and belief grow so will the removal of our mountains.

Reflect: How is your faith during times of waiting for your mountain to move?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #42

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time? 

Most of my life I prided myself on being fashionably late but after years of listening to Joyce Meyer I learned that being late, especially when someone is waiting on you is self-centered. It was hard to hear that, it hit so close to home. So for the past 15 years or so I’ve tried to be respectful to others and be on time. I also try not to be early, especially if I’m going to someone’s home. I think it’s just as rude to be early, taking away their time to get ready. I know I don’t like people here while I’m getting ready.

I’m not trying to get preachy and I’m in no way passing judgment on anyone, I’ve done all three. I still struggle with tardiness.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

My aim is to write non fiction books. I’ve written a few geography books and working on a few more but I just don’t seem to have time to work in the publishing.

I do love short articles too and that’s usually where I start. Book chapters tend to fall out of those shorter articles.

Where did you live at age ten?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

I lived in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. We lived in two homes. We left the first because my mom became pregnant which exacerbated her muscular dystrophy so we had to move from our two-story home to a one story.

I moved to West Yarmouth two years later than Indiana for college, Dallas TX for work, back to Indiana now I live in Florida. Florida is home, it’s like I’ve lived here all my life.

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?

I hate the sensation of falling, I even avoid elevators, so flying is out. But as much as I love being in the water breathing under water would always be my first choice.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for my family and all the help they gave me these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to a weekend in Tampa. It feels like vacation. I haven’t had one of those in a long time.



All Made New


Thought Conditioner #31

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV

Never be discouraged about yourself. You may have tried all your life long to rid yourself of your weaknesses, your obsessions, jealousies, sins, inferiorities, without success. Your failure is probably that you have been trying to make yourself over. That is a long, tedious, and essentially impossible project.

But it can be done in no time at all by Christ. All you need do is to say to Him simply, “Lord, I do not want to be this way anymore,” and mean it. He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself—effect a lasting change in you. Ask Him to change you.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale


It’s such a hard thing to believe that we are new creatures. Paul uses the present tense here. Not we will become new creatures. The old things are passed away. We are new. But too often our own disbelief keeps us living like the old creature. Like an addiction, we hang on to the familiar. Christ has made us new. We are new. Embrace the real you and let the outward evidence begin.

Take a few minutes and have a memorial service for the old you. Bury it and forget it.

Reflect: What areas do you have trouble believing you are new?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #41

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What genre of music do you like?

All of it – except – angry wrap. I can usually find a song or two in any genre that I like. My favorites are Christian rock & pop, 80s, classic rock, and middle eastern instrumental.

What is the worst thing you ate this last week?

southwest eggroll filling…didn’t eat it, put it down the disposal

Would you like to be famous?  In what way?

not world wide, maybe within a small niche, as a Christian writer

after reading Cee’s I should make a comment on this. Not necessarily famous but respected and well know. I don’t want my face recognized either.

Complete this sentence:  This sandwich could really use some …

mayo & mustard…these add yumminess to anything

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful I decided to take time off from everything to get work caught up. I look forward to going to Tampa next weekend




In Christ…


Thought Conditioner #30

For in him we live and move and exist. Acts 17:28, NLT

This text is a formula for maintaining physical, mental, and spiritual energy. The tension and pressure of modern living draws wearily upon our energies. But here we have a renewal method. The text reminds us that God created us and that He can constantly and automatically re-create us. The secret is to maintain contact with God. This channels vitality and energy and constant replenishment into our being.

Every day, preferably about midafternoon when an energy lag usually comes, try repeating this text while visualizing yourself as “plugged” into the spiritual line. Affirm that God’s recreative energy is restoring strength and power to every part of your body, your mind, and your soul.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale


Too often I find myself lagging, especially early afternoon, especially when I’m cooking. My batteries aren’t charged. It’s time to take a spiritual rest. Even just five minutes alone in silence with God can restore your mind and body, like plugging into a wall socket.

Next time in the kitchen I’ll turn on some uplifting music and let it recharge my soul.

Reflect: How do you recharge?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #40

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been too?

I got to see Mexico from across the Rio Grande. I still regret not going.

Is the glass half empty or half full? What type of glass is it and what is in the glass?

Here’s my answer…

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If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?


List:  List at least five places worth shopping.
Fry’s Electronics – unfortunately there isn’t one anywhere near here.
Pier 1 Imports

as you can see I prefer shopping online

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for family time at Universal & Islands. I hadn’t been in three years so I was able to try the new attractions. I loved the Hogwarts Express. But I have to say my new favorite attraction is Transformers. I don’t know anything about the movie or the characters but the ride was wild, fast & crazy. It was Kai’s favorite too.

Looking forward to some rest this week.




All Things

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Thought Conditioner #29

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13, NLT

This is an antidote for every defeat feeling. If you feel downed by situations, and the going is hard, this statement will remind you that you do not need to depend upon your own strength entirely, but that Christ is with you and is now giving you all the help you need.

Teach yourself to believe that through Christ’s help you can do all things. As you continue this affirmation, you will actually experience Christ’s help. You will find yourself meeting problems with new mental force. You will carry heavy burdens with ease. Your new “lifting” power will amaze you.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale


Many times I’ve found myself anxious, stressed and so very tired. But then I look at my life and ask “what of all I’m doing is actually what you’ve told me to do Jesus?” Other times, even though I have so much to do, so much going on and yet I’m still able to accomplish so much with peace and a sense of calm. The difference is that “I can do all things through Christ”. He gives me strength, but to do only what he’s called me to. Many times we step out and try to do everything in our own strength which only leads us to many ills of the mind, body and spirit.

If you’re weary and tired ask the Lord, “is this what you would have me do?” If not cut it out. If yes, surrender to his strength.

Reflect: Do you find yourself caught between what God’s will is and what you think it is? How do you know the difference?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #39

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

Over but no idea why.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

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We went to the Crayola Experience last weekend and got our own crayon. Such a cool place so we bought memberships.

But my real favorite crayon (not available for the crayon above) is seafoam. I love the topics and the color reminds me of light green tropical waters.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

In general no. I’m the queen of multitasking and I rarely do only one thing at a time. However, when I was traveling I loved to spend hours, actually all day, doing nothing but enjoying the wilderness. Once night came it was back to doing. I don’t like quiet after dark, it’s creepy.

Rather:  Would you accept $5,000 to shave your head or die it bright lime green and continue your normal activities while not explaining the reason for your haircut or color?

I’m not going to cut my hair but I’d dye it any color for almost any amount of money.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m thankful for increased energy and I’m looking forward to visiting Universal studios & Islands of Adventure tomorrow. I haven’t been there in 3 years. I can’t wait to share a butter beer with Kai. No alcohol, it’s cream soda, butterscotch syrup and ice cream.





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Thought Conditioner #28

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matthew 5:44, KJV

Make a list of all the people who have hurt and mistreated you or whom you do not like. Then pray for each by name and sincerely practice forgiving each one. Ask the Lord to bless them. Tell the Lord that you want to mean this. Repel the thought that after all you are “justified” in your resentment.

Then speak kindly about these persons to others. Go out of your way to help them. This will, in time, break down many barriers, but even if it shouldn’t, the effect upon you will be amazing. It will clear the channel through which spiritual power flows into you.

 ~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale


There is freedom in forgiveness. God’s peace won’t enter a bitter, vengeful heart. So many physical ills are alleviated by forgiveness. Holding on to hurt eats away at our bones, tissues and our very soul. If you harbor unforgiveness let it go. Do as the Proverbs say, laugh, joy is healing to the bones. It’s hard to remain unforgiving when you’re full of God’s joy.

If you harbor unforgivenss let it go and pray “Lord, forgive me as I forgive those who have hurt me. Just as you forgive my transgressions I forgive those who have transgressed against me.”

Step one – who do you need to forgive.
Step two: Forgive. Forgive repeatedly until it’s no longer an issue with you.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #38

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What do you do to make a living or during the day if you are retired.  If you are a student what are you studying?

During the day I care for and homeschool my grandson, Kai. I also study biblical studies and Spanish during afternoons and weekends. I work on my blogs mostly Tuesdays and Saturdays. Evenings and weekends I work at home doing mortgage research. When I have time I breathe, but that’s not too often

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

walking – every year in high school I did the 20 mile March of Dimes Walk-a-thon. I don’t think it’s 20 miles now. That was a crazy walk. Then there was a dance at our high school after. I was crazy enough to go. I don’t walk such distances anymore but I’d like to work up to hiking it. I loved hiking and hope to return to it someday.

Biking – while not an event, I rode my bike to work then home, 10 miles each way while I was in college.

Swimming – I participated in swimming events in high school, swimming across Lewis Bay, one mile across then back.

Running – that’s just crazy talk

What is usually your first thought when you wake up? 

Is it seriously time to get up. Then…Where’s that snooze button.

Complete this sentence: Look out behind you, it’s a …

Spider. That would sure scare a year off my life

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m so thankful this week is over and it went well. Kai’s 4th birthday was yesterday and we tend to celebrate for days for all our birthdays. I look forward to a bit of a slower pace next week.




Come and Drink


Thought Conditioner #27

If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. John 7:37, KJV

Every now and then, deep unsatisfied longings well up within us. We may seem to have everything our hearts desire and ought to be perfectly satisfied. But still these vague dissatisfactions diminish our happiness.

 When you notice such feelings, try saying this verse a few times. As you do so, try to imagine how Jesus looked when He said these words: the kindness, the understanding, the peace on His face. Try picturing yourself as receiving from Him a drink of cold water—symbolic of the water of life that completely satisfies thirst so that one never thirsts again. Affirm that you receive from Him the ultimate in soul satisfaction. A deep inner peace will gradually grow upon you.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale


So many times since I left my life on the road, I’ve felt dissatisfied with my life. It’s hard to beat the freedom you feel living the road-trip lifestyle. Once I taught college. Now I homeschool a preschooler. Once I had enough money to take care of my car and my needs, now many of those needs must wait and I’ve been waiting over four years for a car. Once I traveled cross-country having adventure after adventure. Now a trip to Wal-Mart every few months is a treat.

I have been called to serve my family, my grandson, and my Lord through my blog. I really do have a blessed life, but there are times I wish there was more, especially travel, silence and solitude. I remind myself what I’ve been given is so much greater than what I’ve lost. Once I had the freedom of a life live on the open road. But now there’s nothing on this earth that could tear me away from this life. I’m so grateful God has entrusted me with caring for my family, for training Kai to be a man after His heart. When thoughts of dissatisfaction pop up I dwell on those words, to seek the one who gives real satisfaction. Jesus, fill my soul today with your water of peace.

Reflect: Are there any areas in your life that succumb to dissatisfaction? How do you deal with this?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #37

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

  1. I’d like enough money so I could cut back on working and my daughters too. Pay off all our student loans and live comfortably. That would take less money than you’d think. We live simple lives and would be happy with a small home with land and a camper van so we could live on the road
  2. I want to be healthy, peaceful and joyful
  3. I’d like to see my girls grow old and see my great grand children. Of course Kai is only four-ish so it will be awhile.

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

Do I have to pick just one? The most spectacular places I’ve been are Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

I’m going to pick the Tetons because of the overwhelming, jaw dropping site of these peaks jetting over 7,000 feet above us, over 14,000 above sea level. It was a spiritual experience for me and changed my geographic and teaching focus.

Wouldn’t that be nice to wake to every morning.

Is your hair short (total neck and ear showing), medium (covering ears and neck), long (below shoulders) or extra long (at least halfway down your back)?

Most of my life it’s been long to extra long. There was one time my mom cut my extra long hair and it ended up short, you could even see my ears. She cried. I wore my hair medium, just above my shoulders, while on my journey. I had to wash it in sinks quite often. Now its back to extra long.

List some of your favorite blogs.

there’s so many I do love, just don’t have time to do all those links

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I don’t remember last week and I hope next week will be simpler