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



Nothing shall separate us


Thought Conditioner #26

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39, NIV

These words mean that no matter what happens, nothing can separate you from God’s love and protection. The secret is to build up in your mind, day by day, the knowledge and realization of God’s presence and His love for you. Dwell on this mentally until it becomes an unshakeable fact.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale


These words may seem like mere words. You believe but don’t really believe in. Internalize them; claim them for your own. Memorizing this verse will help you internalize the meaning and help you put it into practice. Ask God to show you ways that he is protecting and providing for you. How He’s demonstrating his love. When I realized he had always been there fighting for me he gave me the little arrowhead you see in the header. It reminded me though no matter how hard the journey would get he was always there protecting me, proving for me and loving me.

Reflect: Where do you see God’s love in your life?


Run to Win


Thought Conditioners #25

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13,14, NLT

Every person, if he is to have mental health and live successfully, must move away from past failures and mistakes and go forward without letting them be a weight upon him.

The art of forgetting is absolutely necessary. Every night when you lie down to sleep, practice dropping the day into the past. It is over, finished. Look confidently to the future with God.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale


Do you remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah? When Lot and his family fled they were ordered by the angels not to look back. Lots wife did and she became a pillar of stone (or salt depending on the version). Looking to the past, either in shame or longing for the days before you came to Christ, hinders your progress with Jesus. It will turn us to stone. Harden our hearts. Even if it’s a good thing, if it has a hold on you it has power over you. Let go of what lies behind and you will gain power to move on to the new thing God is doing.

Reflect: What are you holding on to?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #34

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.

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

This is a tough one, it depends on the grade/age and subject. When I was younger I didn’t do well in reading or math. I was in special ed thru 11th grade for being reading challenged. Fifteen years later I learned it was a visual problem. At 30 I got new glasses and learned how to read well. It took many years but well worth the effort

I always did well in any subject that require writing or creative projects. And social sciences were my best subject at all ages. I did get getter at math too possible with age and experience using numbers.

What is your favorite animal?

all of them. I’d love to have a farm, that is as long as I didn’t have to get up before 10 am

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?

I’ve warn glasses since I was a freshman in college. Only for reading then now I am blind without them. Even with them I will never see 20/20 close up. This is sad because now I love reading. I’m so thankful for large print books and zoom text.

I have lazy eyes (both), which means I never know which one I’m looking thru unless I really concentrate, it also means I may not be looking at you when I talk to you. It makes driving difficult and night driving impossible. This could have been corrected when I was younger. It wasn’t  so now the only option is very expensive surgery. While glasses only help slightly, contacts are not an option. I tried them a few years ago. Since I have trouble controlling which eye I’m looking out of things kept jumping out at me. Very scary, especially when driving.

List:  Name at least five television shows (past or present) you enjoyed?

Present: Grimm #1; the rest in no particular order: Walking Dead, Once Upon a time, Madam Secretary and Sleepy Hollow

Past: Stargate (all 3); Star Trek (all 4); Battlestar Galactica (all time fav tied with Grimm)

Kid: Batman, Lost in space, Partridge Family, Mash, Saturday Night Live

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 getting caught up and I look forward to continuing to get caught up and start blogging regularly again.



Share Your World – 2015 Week #32

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 a collector of anything? 

I used to collect sea/ocean/beach type things. My sister loved giving me statues of whales and dolphins. I also collected books, more so a result of teaching. When I moved to FL I sold, ebay’ed, gifted over 3000 and I still have nearly 500 I just couldn’t part with. When I prepared for my Journey I was determined to keep only what would fit in my camper van. Of those 18 boxes more than half were books.

Now that I’m settled in FL I don’t feel the need to collect, it just more stuff I have to take care of. So now I’d say I have digital collections: ebooks, my photos

What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please)

I have 2:


bugs, especially spiders

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I’m not big on coffee table books, i find them more decoration than useful. I do have one though someone gave me. It’s on one of my great loves: national park. And its divided by themes of my other great love: geography (as opposed to by park)

This book is on a shelf in my room, not coffee table. It’s the only book Kai is allowed to get out and look at without permission. I hope he learns to love these parks as I do.

Complete this sentence:  If I Must Be Reincarnated, In the Next Life I Want to Be…

I don’t believe in reincarnation but if I could I’d be the next Bill Gates or Ansel Adams. But I wouldn’t want to be reincarnated without my family.

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 that I’m finally caught up with finalizing the work I did on vacation (now I need a vacation). I hope this next week I can get caught up with the work I didn’t do while I was catching up




Faith & Fear

Thought Conditioner #24

What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. Job 3:25, NIV

This thought conditioner states a very serious warning. If over a long period of time, a person habitually fears something, there is a tendency for that fear to become a reality.

For example, if you fear that you are going to fail, and you constantly entertain thoughts of failure, you will create a mental condition that is propitious to failure. Creative, positive, success factors are repelled by your mind because your mind is filled with defeat attitudes.

On the contrary, if you hold the faith thought, the positive thought, you will create about yourself an atmosphere propitious to success, health and well-being.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale


I spent years after my divorce believing nothing good would come of my life and sure enough nothing did; only the bare minimum to survive. Then one day my boss spoke a word into my life. That if I wanted to be a college professor he knew I could do it – even against the odds – financial and intellectual lack. I was good with numbers, and excellent accountant and business manager but graduate school required reading, lots of it. And that was something I had struggle with my whole life. But this man knew I could do it. I did have something in me greater than any lack – Jesus. Those words took root and after a year of preparing myself financially, emotionally and intellectually, I enrolled in grad school. I moved my little family a hundred miles away to pursue a dream. With the help of one of my first professors, new glasses and an understanding of my visual handicap I did learn to read. And yes, I did become a college professor.

Dread & faith – both have power. Which will you choose?

Reflect: Have you entertained a spirit of dread? What was the result and how did you break it?


The power within


Thought Conditioner #23

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1: 12, NIV

You can possess within yourself all the power you will ever need in life.

The method for securing power is very simple and depends entirely upon you. This text gives the formula: It is to “receive” Christ. When this is sincerely done, you will in turn receive power.

And how do you receive Him? Simply decide that you want Him, tell Him so and mean it. Then, starting today, begin to live on a basis you know He would approve.

The essence of the formula is surrender to God’s will and Christ’s way. It is the acceptance of a new manner of thought and life. Continue to re-surrender yourself every day, and in proportion as you do so, you will feel spiritual power surging in.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale


To believe in Jesus as the son of God, that he’s the Christ, the only way to heaven is not enough, even demons believe that. No, we must take our belief and let it penetrate deep into our souls until it has become part of our beings; it becomes who we are. When our life becomes Christ surrendered who He is will begin to take hold in us and we will become more like him. This only happens as we daily take up our crosses – DAILY– it is a daily fight while in this world to overcome the present evil.

Reflect: How do you surrender daily & carry the crosses in your life?




Share Your World – 2015 Week #29

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.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park NM More appropriate is what didn’t I want to be. Even the jobs for guys that everyone told me “you can’t do that, you’re a girl”, I thank the Lord that times have changed. It’s the reason I’m not a drummer today.

Looking back at my type of play and it mostly focused on adventure and exploration. I remember an interview I did in my jr year. I was asked “what do you want to do”. My response was I wanted to write non fiction and work at the UN as a translator, speaking 7 languages.

So how have I done? I never worked at the UN but I did have a job where I had to translate Spanish. I never learned to speak 7 languages but I did learn to read

  1. English (of course)
  2. Spanish (and speak)
  3. French
  4. Portuguese
  5. Italian
  6. Romanian (a little)
  7. Greek (started studying again last year)

I started learning Hebrew and Hieroglyphics but got distracted by graduate school. Since grad school I didn’t keep up with most of the languages and what you don’t use you lose. I kept up with Spanish and I’m re-learning Greek but I probably wont relearn the others. So again, I’ve somewhat done what I said.

As for the writing, while I’ve started a couple of books, even have 2 finished, I’ve not had any published. Writing for my blogs contributes to that dream. And I do intend on publishing but first I just need to find time to breathe.

Now to the adventure and exploration I’d say I’ve accomplished this one. My whole life has been and adventure. Every chance I got until Kai we’d go on a road trip or hiking. My “Jubilee Journey” was all about adventure – an adventure of a lifetime.

(photo taken at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico)

What was your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now? 

I have no idea, I can remember better what I didn’t like and where I’d hide it after my parents left the room. I do remember a funny food story. When I was 4 we went to an Italian restaurant. My dad got a pizza and mom and I spaghetti. I wanted nothing to do with the pizza until it came to the table. Needless to say, my dad didn’t have dinner because I ate his whole pizza. I don’t remember eating much if it after that until high school but since high school it’s been my favorite food.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I don’t know, not really a nibby nose. I learned a long time ago, ignorance is bliss.

Would you rather forget everyone else’s name all the time or have have everyone for your name all the time?

doesn’t matter I already forget everyone’s name, I’m better with faces. And people can’t seem to get my name right.

“What’s your name”

“Ana (ah-nah)”

“oh, Anna (aan-nah)”

“no, Ana”

“Oh, you mean Anna”

“Oh, forget it, call me whatever you want”

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


Atlanta, GA

I’m so grateful that we actually made it to Indiana. Left Thursday at 10:00pm,
broke down at 3:00am with cracked radiator. Praise Jesus, we actually found a mechanic who was willing to fix it fast and reasonable (yes, I looked up the cost). A half hour later a tire blew. AAA was fast to change it but Wal-Mart didn’t have our tire so an hour drive to another Wal-Mart and three hours later we were back on the road, for another hour. No one could stay awake so we got a hotel. 48 hours later we finally made it. I was so glad to be out of that tiny car. I don’t know what my girls were thinking. “It’s only 16 hour plus stops we can drive straight thru”, Ah, no. We ARE staying in a motel on the return trip, too much for a 55-year-old and a 3-year-old. I just don’t have that need to rush anymore.

So what am I looking forward too: I’m back on the road doing field work. I have missed traveling for work, but I wouldn’t give up working from home. And I look forward to taking some photos.


Thought Conditioner #22

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2, NIV

People often manufacture their own unhappiness by the negative manner in which they think about things. Work with your mind, exercise disciplinary control, and re-slant your thoughts for happier living.

Drain the mind, by consciously conceiving of yourself as dropping out every destructive thought, every fear, every inferiority feeling. Picture your mind as completely empty. Then start filling it with thoughts of God, and of Christ, thoughts about every good and pleasant thing. Practice this new habit regularly twice every day, morning and evening, to counteract the older and negative habit of allowing unhappy things to occupy your mind. In due course, unhappy thoughts will not feel at home in your mind, and happy thoughts will transform you.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale


Sometimes you are so strongly griped by a negative mindset that you have to fight it differently. Fight with the sword of the spirit – the word of God.

This is one of my life verses and was the first verse I used to claim change in my life; the power over a negative mindset. The enemy had me so tight in his grip that nothing short of God would release me. As long as he held me in that grip of negativity he knew I would never achieve what God had planned.

For weeks I repeated “Jesus, renew my mind”. This was a powerful sword. At first I wielded it moment by moment. I had never had such a bombardment of negativity before. The enemy was fighting with all he had. After two weeks I realized I hadn’t had a negative thought in many days. God’s word does produce miracles. To me being freed of something I fought all my life was a miracle, a miracle of healing the mind.

Reflect: Does your mindset need adjusted? Here is your prescription, your daily meds – repeat these words, take this pill “Jesus, renew my mind”. Take as needed. You will soon find relief.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #28

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 is your favorite comfort snack food?

Depends on my mood but I’d say these are the most common: anything Mexican, pizza, French fries with honey mustard

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)

My first thought is Pier Once. I’d love to have my home done completely by Pier One. But I wouldn’t want to go there to hang out. So I’d say Fry’s Electronics, a night with all those toys. What fun. I’d either leave heart broken or broke.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

New York City, the largest US city, a few years back it was the second largest city worldwide, I was at geography conference. I was the last one to leave…but I didn’t leave. Everyone else took a plane. I of course don’t fly, so I waited on my bus. Before I could leave it snowed, one whole inch. Just enough to shut down Grand Central Station – for 5 days. I loved it. Without those undergrads I had the time of my life.

Finish this sentence:  It has recently come to my attention that ….

I need a vacation

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

—– and I’m getting one.

So excited for a road trip, some free time, down time. So this is what I’m thankful for and looking forward to.




Your Calling

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Thought Conditioner #21

Thought Conditioner #21

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9, NLT

Here is a mental stimulus of tremendous power, which, if received and retained in your consciousness, will give you courage to overcome every difficulty. Nothing can ever dismay you. You may question whether mere words can accomplish so great a result, but never minimize the creative force of an active idea. A mental concept has more voltage than electricity; civilizations are changed by ideas. Emerson said, “Beware of an idea whose time has come.”

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale


In whatever God calls us, stand strong, be courageous, and go forward. You know that if he’s in it you already have what’s needed to accomplish any goal, mental concept or active idea. And do not be discouraged in the wait – God is working on it.

Reflect: How do you overcome fear and discouragement? How do you press on to the things God has for you?