Thank you readers!

Thank you to my readers in 2013!  I had a lot of fun writing and I hope you had fun reading.  My writing also helped me with my healing  following Isaiah’s death in 2012.  Thank you for your support to our family!

I am slowly learning more about blogging.  I am planning to focus these more in 2014 and I may consolidate them to make my life easier.  Stay tuned.  For 2013, I had a grand total of over 15,000 reads in 70 countries.

My two books came out in 2013 and I have a children’s book in the works.  I HOPE to have exciting news of another project in 2014 but we will need to wait and see how it progresses.

I pray for God’s blessings to all of you in 2014.  I pray for wisdom as my fingers continue to hit this keyboard.


Hannah thanksgiving



Here’s a diet, there’s a diet

I’m not trying to be unhealthy but the rules change continually.  There are over 73,000 listings for diet books on amazon.  Americans spend 40 billion 40 billion a year on diets, books, and programs.  In my life I have seen:

Low calorie, low carb, natural, raw, salad, now wheat, no sugar, no salt, vegetarian, vegan, timing (small portions and carb), supplements, pills, powder, shakes, pre-packaged meals, meetings, grapefruit, nuts. tofu, oh and don’t forget gluten.  (I know I’m probably missing a bunch)

Speaking of supplements and vitamins: We have gone through A, B, C, D, E, K, fish oil, calcium, fiber, – there are too many to list.

All of the above run like this – Someone comes out with a report “We need to take this in huge doses. It used to be in our food but we have stripped the nutrients and now we don’t get it and we need it.”  People rush out to the stores and buy massive quantities.  We are judged for not buying the “real” supplements instead of the cheap junk that really isn’t the true supplement.  After spending hundreds of dollars on this stuff that really didn’t make us feel any different another guru comes out with a report that the original report was false and even worse “this supplement may be harming us, stop taking it.”  There is mercury in the fish pills.  The fish pills have been sitting too long and are now bad.  Vitamin E can actually harm our hearts instead of helping.  Expense urine.

Are we suckers?

The majority of the world lives on rice and beans.  Another large population lives on potatoes.  Oh no! Starch and carbs.

Most  people eat to survive.  We eat for entertainment.  Did you know that one of the biggest conversations at dinner is food?  We talk about food while we are eating!

Is wine good for us or is it bad?  Let’s all drink bottled water.  Wait, there are chemicals in the bottles that could be killing us.  Is coffee helping us or hurting us?  It’s the processed food that is killing us.  Our produce is filled with fertilizers and weed killers.  Buy organic.  There is no test to prove that organic is healthier.  Don’t eat eggs, eggs are now okay.  Don’t forget fast food – let’s get a burger down the street instead.

These statements have not been approved by the food and drug administration.  Who will tell us what to eat while the government is shut down.

Seriously folks, I’m not trying to be a cynic.  I take a dozen prescription pills a day to stay alive.  I inherited really bad genes and I don’t have aspirations of living to 100.  I had my first heart attack at age 39.  I need to lose 40 pounds.  Oh, and I could write a whole other blog on exercise.   Lift weights.  Don’t lift weights.  Run, no walk.  Walk fast.  Dance – oh wait dancing is a sin.  Swim.  Did you know there are chemicals in a pool that can hurt you?  Do Yoga.  Isn’t that spiritual?  By the way, what is the difference physically between sitting on a couch and reading for 3 hours verses watching tv?  When I read, I can only eat with one hand because I’m holding a book.  When I watch tv I have both hands free unless I’m holding the remote.

When someone figures this all out I will listen but until then I will enjoy my see-food diet.  I eat what I see.

Romans 14:20

Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

Abandonment, part 4

Part 4

Months went by at the orphanage but I learned that it really wasn’t an orphanage – it was a boy’s home.  In Guatemala, there are children’s homes where the children aren’t eligible for adoption and there are orphanages where some or all of the children are eligible (or are in the process).  When I was rescued from the streets, I was placed in an all boys children home.

I began to meet with a social worker which was followed by court appointments.  I didn’t know what any of it meant.  They asked me a lot of questions.  Some things I made up and some stories were true.  Some stories were blended together with stories from other boys.  Because of my age and confusion over the whole system I soon came to a point where I didn’t know what was truth and what was a lie.  All the boys had stories.  Which ones were true was up to anyone’s guess.

My meetings with the court were boring.  I often missed entire days of school while going out to these meetings.  No one told me what was going on.  Finally, the older boys told me – I was going through the process of abandonment so that I could be adopted.

Abandonment?  What did that mean?  I had a mother, a brother, and 2 sisters.  That much I knew and I wasn’t making it up.  If only I could talk to them.  This couldn’t be right.  Why would they abandon me forever?  I could understand a few months while we worked something out.  I could understand a couple of years until I could earn money.

What did all of this mean?


Guatemala bus crash

Guatemala bus crash kills dozens

Bus went off the road and down a ravine north-west of Guatemala City, rescuers say.

The wrecked bus lies at the bottom of a ravine at San Martin Jilotepeque

The wrecked bus lies at the bottom of a ravine at San Martin Jilotepeque in the Chimaltenango region of Guatemala. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

At least 43 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus went off a cliff on a hairpin bend in rural Guatemala, tumbling 200 metres (660ft) into a river at the bottom of a ravine, officials said.

Rescue workers said the bus plunged off of a paved highway about 60km (37 miles) north-west of Guatemala City. More than 40 people were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The bus had been travelling south towards Guatemala City. Rescue workers said conditions were dry and mostly sunny, and that the bus was likely over capacity. “The bus was overloaded,” said Sergio Vasquez, a volunteer firefighter at the site.

He said 38 people died at the scene including six children and 12 women. Five more died at hospitals.

Local television said many passengers had been vendors taking farm produce to market.

The government declared three days of national mourning.

The last major bus accident in Guatemala occurred in 2008 when an overcrowded bus slid off a highway and down a 15-metre slope about 40 miles south-east of the capital, killing 53.

Please pray – Iranian court nixes appeal from jailed American pastor

Iranian court nixes appeal from jailed American pastor

By Lisa Daftari

Published August 26, 2013
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    American citizen Saeed Abedini remains in an Iranian prison, where supporters say he faces beatings and death threats. (ACLJ)

An Iranian court rejected an appeal from Saeed Abedini, the American Christian pastor held in Iran for his Christian faith, and refused to reduce the eight-year prison term his supporters believe is tantamount to a death sentence, according to his family and lawyers.

Abedini, 33, an American citizen who lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two children, has been held in Iran’s Evin Prison since September, following his arrest on a bus. His supporters say he has been beaten and tortured in the prison, and that he was only in Iran to try to start a secular orphanage.

“While we remained hopeful that Iran would use its own appeal process to finally show respect for Pastor Saeed’s basic human rights, again Iran has demonstrated an utter disregard for the fundamentals of human rights,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini’s wife and their two children.

“… again, Iran has demonstrated an utter disregard for the fundamentals of human rights.”

– Jordan Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice

“We are exploring all options with Pastor Saeed’s family, including options in this country and abroad to bring more pressure on Iran from the U.S. and other countries around the world. The decision is deeply troubling and underscores Iran’s continued violation of principles of freedom of religion, association, peaceful assembly and expression.”

Abedini’s attorneys were hopeful that new Iranian President Hasan Rowhani, who took office this month, would show more clemency in religious persecution cases. Instead, Abedini’s legal team is now more fearful that the latest legal setback could mean he’ll face additional beatings and abuse inside the notoriously brutal prison.

The decision to reject Abedini’s appeal came yesterday from the Tehran Court of Appeals and was handed down by a two-judge panel that refused to provide Abedini’s Iranian attorney with a written copy of the decision, according to his attorneys.

One of the judges issuing the decision, Judge Ahmad Zargar, was previously sanctioned by the European Union for issuing long-term sentences and death sentences for peaceful protesters.

Abedini, who was first arrested for evangelizing in his homeland more than a decade ago, claims he was freed and told by authorities he could return to visit family as long as he refrained from spreading his faith. But when he went back to Iran last year to help build a secular orphanage, he was arrested.

“The news out of Iran is devastating to our family,” said Naghmeh Abedini, who believes her husband’s only hope for freedom lies with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

Naghmeh Abedini also expressed disappointment in the U.S. government.

“My husband is serving eight years in the notorious Evin prison and facing daily threats and abuse by radicals because he refuses to deny his Christian faith,” she said. “I am extremely disappointed that President Obama has chosen to remain silent on this critical human and religious rights case of an American imprisoned in Iran.”

Although President Obama has not spoken out on Abedini’s plight, the State Department, which has no diplomatic relations with Iran, has condemned his continued imprisonment.

The decision rejecting the appeal comes just one month before the first anniversary of his imprisonment. Prayer vigils are planned in the U.S. and around the world for Sept. 26 and a website, has been made to help spread the word.

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Don’t beat your donkey

Some Christians don’t believe they are worthy.  Some believe they are on the direct phone line with God and can speak for Him.

The music group Genesis had a popular song that said:

‘Cause Jesus, He knows me
And He knows I’m right
I’ve been talking to Jesus all my life
Oh yes, He knows me
And He knows I’m right
And He’s been telling me everything is alright

Jesus may be speaking to you but don’t let it go to your head.  He may also be speaking through your donkey!

Numbers 22:30

The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said.Image

What do you see?


What do you see?

Volcanoes can be like icebergs. Depending on how you view them, you may only be seeing a small portion of them. The majority of them may be under the clouds.

Are you only seeing the top of your life and not the whole picture? What do you see when you look at yourself? There may me a lot more to you than you see. While you are looking at a small part that is visible, there may be a HUGE part of you that is impacting many people around you.

Jeremiah 24:3
Then the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”