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watch the words!!

A recurring theme I’ve noticed on facebook is: say whatever you want! But is that what Christians should be doing? I think not. There are times it’s okay to speak up. In love. But I’m thinking most of the time we should just keep our opinions to ourselves. Instead we should take our concerns to the Lord. And hold that hand back from writing what will surely cause only friction…

Add a comment August 27, 2011


Life is full of them. Trials. Storms. Sufferings. Hardship. You get the picture. And it’s during this time that many of us question God’s love for us. ‘If God really loved me…’ we say within ourselves. After all, He can do anything. He can change anything. So why am I going through this difficulty? I won’t even pretend to have the answer to that. I’ve asked the question myself many a time. I do know that God can bring good out of the situation if we keep on trusting, keep on believing. And as hard as trials can be, our character is changed. We become stronger. Our faith is strengthened. We learn to hang onto hope. One verse that I’ve clung to in the hard times is Psalm 16:8. Listen to this in the amplified version. ‘I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.’ Is that a WOW verse or what?! If we set the Lord before us (keep our eyes on Him at all times) the trials we’re going through will have little power over us. We won’t worry. Try to figure things out. Try to make sense of them. Question God’s goodness or love. We’ll just trust Him. We don’t have to be moved into the land of despair (which is where the devil wants us), we won’t be moved ~ we’ll just be fixed on the Lord. We’ll give the situation over to Him to work out in His time & in His way. Selah (pause, and calmly think of that)!

Add a comment August 22, 2011


Is it overrated? Overused? What exactly does passion mean? It’s in the movies. In the romance novels. One meaning for the word passion, as stated in the dictionary, is:  a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. Seems I’ve always struggled in this area. Does that mean I’m not a passionate person? That I don’t feel strongly? I think I do feel strongly, about a lot of things, but expressing that desire ~ that’s the hard part. But the world’s idea of passion and God’s idea of passion are two different things. We need to not get caught up in our emotions, thinking that is real passion, but we need to get caught up in Jesus. He should be our real passion. Passion for seeing the lost turn to Him. Passion for seeing the captives be set free. Passion for helping the hurting, the homeless and the helpless. That’s the kind of passion we should be seeking. Not Hollywood’s version of it. That’s Disney kind of stuff. Stuff that will let you down and make you cry tears of hopelessness. My prayer is that He will give me a passion for yet more of Him. And to have His heart. To see the world through His eyes. That’s the kind of passion I need.

1 comment October 17, 2010

Dark Pursuits

My book is for sale on ebay for a mere .99 cents. That’s right, I’m desperate. So check it out…Dark Pursuits by Beverly Shaffer.

Add a comment September 18, 2010

Lots has been happening!

Busy, busy! That describes me lately! I’m a new Gramma! She is now 7 weeks old & so precious that mere words cannot describe her! If I was computer savey, I would post pictures of her! I’m also busy with planning a wedding. My daughter (got it backwards!) is getting married. I’ve also started a new blog, strickly for posting poems. Check it out sometime: I’m also taking an online Western Civilization class through the local college. Let’s see, am I leaving anything out? Oh, I’m knitting a shawl. If I don’t make any mistakes, it will be beautiful!! Guess that’s it! Like I said ~ busy!

Add a comment September 9, 2010

Out of the darkness

This mornings devotional was about how God has brought us (if we are a believer) out of the darkness and caused us to walk in His Light, later I was looking at one of my poetry books and this poem jumped out at me:


God moves in a mysterious way,

His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea,

And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines

Of never failing skill,

He treasures up His bright designs,

And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints fresh courage take;

The clouds ye so much dread

Are big with mercy, and shall break

In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust Him for His grace;

Behind a frowning providence,

He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour:

The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan His work in vain;

God is His own interpreter,

And He will make it plain.

1 comment July 31, 2010


I have about five really awesome books of poetry. I love entering another world by opening their pages. I’m transported. I’m inspired. Awed. Amazed. Challenged. Provoked to thought. Thought I’d share a few so that you can do the same!

Of Human Life, Henry King

Like to the falling of a star,

Or as the flights of eagles are,

Or like the fresh spring’s gaudy hue,

Or silver drops of morning dew,

Or like a wind that chafes the flood,

Or bubbles which on water stood:

Even such is man, whose borrowed light

Is straight called in, and paid to night.

The wind blows out, the bubble dies;

The spring entombed in autumn lies;

The dew dries up, the star is shot;

The flight is past- and man forgot.

There Is No Frigate Like a Book, Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book

  To take us lands away,

Nor any courses like a page

  Of prancing poetry.

This traverse may the poorest take

  Without oppress of toll;

How frugal is the chariot

  That bears a human soul!

The House on the Hill, Edwin Arlington Robinson

They are all gone away,

The house is shut and still,

There is nothing more to say.

Through broken walls and gray

The winds blow bleak and shrill;

They are all gone away.

Nor is there one today

To speak them good or ill:

There is nothing more to say.

Why is it then we stray

Around that sunken sill?

They are all gone away,

And our poor fancy-play

For them is wasted skill:

There is nothing more to say.

There is ruin and decay

In the House on the Hill:

They are all gone away,

There is nothing more to say.

Add a comment July 18, 2010


I know that those of you who live where the sun shines continually and the sweat pours off your face are going to read this and think, “What’s with her, anyway?” But trust me ~ too much of anything gets to be tiresome. And I am tired of the continual fog around here! Some summers aren’t bad here on the Central Coast of California. We get a little sun and a little fog. But so far this summer we’ve had mostly fog. When you wake up to overcast skies everyday, it does get a little depressing.  My rose bushes aren’t looking too perky and the lemon tree my husband planted isn’t doing a thing. Not even the birds look very happy. lol

I found a poem that kinda sums it all up: FOG, by Carl Sandburg

The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then, moves on.

Only, lately ~ the fog here doesn’t seem to be moving on!!

1 comment July 10, 2010

Broken Inside

Broken dreams

Broken heart

What’s it all about?

Where do I go

When life hurts

When one door after another

slams shut in my life

Makes no sense

Leaves me baffled

Where do I go?

I go to the Rock!!

Add a comment June 20, 2010

when will I write???

My third novel is just sitting there looking lost & alone. I’ve haven’t picked it up or given it a second thought in weeks. I just can’t seem to motivate myself to write. What’s up with me? There was a time when stories continually ran through my head & when ideas flowed. What happened? I think what may partly be happening is that the lack of interest in my first two books has left me wondering ~ why bother? I don’t want to write for myself! Maybe this is a test from God. Will I persevere despite the lack of interest? Or will I be a quitter? So far it seems like I’m leaning toward the being a quitter. Sigh…

2 comments June 16, 2010






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