Who’s on the Lord’s side…come on…

“So, how many fools can you put into an ark?” I ask you. “Ummm, I don’t know,” you answer. “How many?”

Dispensations, Divisions, and The Kingdom of God II!

“Now we talked about the first dispensation of time, and the divisions in it. It was all about Lucifer, and his mighty fall from heaven, and how he became Satan, the Adversary, Beelzebub, The Prince of Darkness. If you haven’t read it, go here Who’s on the Lord’s side…come on… now and begin at the beginning, and then come back!”

“Hey, are you ready now to talk about the second dispensation of time, and it’s division? Good, I think you’ll love this one!”

“Okay,” you say. “Let’s hear your theory!”

“Well,” I began again, “it was over a thousand years after…you know…the Garden of Eden, and the forbidden fruit thing. You could probably say that the garden era was a short dispensation of time that ended seemingly bad for the beginning of the human race. But that’s not the one I’m going to next. The Garden of Eden has its own unique story.

“This one involves, let’s say, how many fools can be squeezed into an ark?”

“Really?” you ask, a little doubtful, because you know there was only 8 people that got into that ark.

“Well…in this dispensation of time, Satan, the Devil formerly known as Lucifer, and his iniquitous self, let loose his anger, hostilities, hatred, and cruel lust for power on the earth where he had been thrown down. If he couldn’t become God over The Kingdom of God, he planned to become god over these puny, sin infested humans. After all, he did snatch them from God’s hand and from the Garden of Eden. As he laughs diabolically, he feels pride once again in causing the downfall of God’s newest creations, as he did part of the angels. Wha ha ha!

“He led the children of Adam and Eve so far into his iniquities, sin, and rebellion against God and his ways, and the order of The Kingdom of God, that God repented of creating man.”

“Why?” you ask, “couldn’t God just deliver them from Satan’s evil grasp of power?”

“Well, let’s hear it from God.”

Genesis 6:5-6 (KJV)
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that EVERY IMAGINATION of the THOUGHTS of HIS HEART was only EVIL CONTINUALLY.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

“So…spiritual evil had so darkened the thoughts of mankind’s hearts, just as Lucifer before had darkened his own heart with pride, lust for power, and lies. It would seem that mankind’s ears could only discern Satan and his wicked lies as he created chaos on the earth by causing men, women, and angels to leave their place in God, and the righteous order of God in The Kingdom of God.

“Disobedience, rebellion, and wickedness had been thrown out of the Kingdom of Heaven, and was now living on earth through Satan. Satan lied to himself once again. He thought he could still somehow overthrow God by destroying God’s new creation, in God’s likeness and image–man!”

You ask, “Why doesn’t God just save mankind. He seems terribly outnumbered, overwhelmed even.”

“Well…let’s continue and see!” I say. Then! “Wait!”, I say. “I feel something moving in the spirit!”

“What is it?” you ask, clearly curious.

“But then,” I answer, “in the middle of all the iniquity and chaos, a beam of light came down to earth from heaven. Listen to what the Lord thought.”

Genesis 6:8-9 (KJV)
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

“The light of God’s thoughts shown down on Noah and saw his perfect generations: from God to Adam, to Seth, to Enoch, and to Noah (I did skip a few people here.); a lineage of faith and righteousness, untainted by Satan’s diabolical rule and rampage over the earth. So God graced Noah with divine revelation of what He, God was about to do.

“Now we know this story well. Noah had a wife and he began to build the ark. In that first year she had him 3 sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. These 3 boys grew up, all their lives, helping their daddy, Noah build that ark. Now for a hundred years, Noah followed God’s instructions, blueprint, and built that ark.

“But it wasn’t the only thing  he did. In a way, some say he became the first evangelist. He told all the evil people on the earth that the flood was coming and the ark had to be ready.

2 Peter 2:5 (KJV)
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

He began to tell the people, because of their iniquities, and following Satan and his murderous lies, God was going to send a flood upon the earth and wipe everyone out.

Hebrews 11:7 (KJV)
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

You break in here and say, “I see the dispensation, but I don’t see the divide. Man was already banished from the garden because of sin.”

“I get’ya,” I answer. “But, consider this. Noah built that ark, he and his sons. It took them about 100 years. So for a hundred years, Noah preached the coming of the flood. Now I don’t believe God would kick anyone out of the boat if any one of those Godless fools had turned from their wicked ways and turned back to God. And that boat/ark could have held a lot of people. It was a HUGE boat.”

You say, “But he had to fill it with animals.”

“Yeah, but God would have saved people first. He could have raised all the animals up from the ground, as He did before. You see, the people did still have the blood sacrifice for their sins. It was one of the first things Noah did when he came out of the ark and set foot on dry ground after almost a year of floating on the deep blue sea; a blood sacrifice. But none did. They were all now following their new god, Satan, doing whatever evil he filled their hearts with; walking in his darkness.

“So…for 100 years Noah kept preaching, ‘The flood is coming! God is going to destroy all humanity. I’m building and ark to save my family. Won’t you help me, join me.’

“For 100 years Noah was essentially saying, ‘Who’s on the Lord’s side, come on over!’

“So how many fools can you put into an ark?

“Let’s first see who qualifies as a fool, according to the WORD.”

Psalms 14:1 (KJV)
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

“So, apparently, the answer to how many fools–people who don’t believe in their hearts in God anymore–can you squeeze into an ark is a BIG, FAT ZERO-0. Do I believe that God would have filled that ark with other people if they had turned to Noah, believed, and entered into the ark at any time. YES! It was a big boat. But sadly, God knew their hearts as: corrupt, evil, only imagining and doing the evil things Satan, their new god, put into their hearts and minds. They had all completely turned away from their creator, God; WALKED AWAY FROM HIS LIGHT.

“So God did save humanity, by saving Noah and his family, all 8 of them. Then the flood came, and they–the fools–were all washed away. And…it will happen again, sadly. Ahhh, not the flood…another BIG event, as big, if not bigger than the flood.

Matthew 24:38-39 (KJV)
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

“So that ended that great dispensation of time, and a great division caused by unbelief that lead to the death of most of the human race. They did not heed the call of God and ‘come on over to God’s side, his light.’

With sadness I tell you, “Once again, Satan, caused a great divide between God and his creations. But all is not lost. The Kingdom of God, with God still sitting on His throne, is not finished. With righteous Noah and his family, God begins a new dispensation of time where people will once again get to choose which side it wants to be on: The light of God, or the darkness of Satan, the liar.

“You see, Satan started the first great divide when he puffed himself up with evil pride which began to divide his thoughts inside himself. He was divided, but didn’t conquer the darkness, but allowed it to overtake him. His evil thoughts, thoughts of disobedience to God’s will and purpose for him, was the wrong choice. He let the temptation of it in, then he chose to let it feed him from the table of corruption, darkness that it was. From this temptation of evil, he persuaded the angels, and God divided them out of the Kingdom of Heaven. Then, with evil intent Satan persuaded the first family of humanity to disobey God, their father. God then divided Adam and Eve from the garden and the Tree of Life.

“The dispensations of time and divisions had begun to roll through the ages now. There was, and is no stopping it now.”

“I’m beginning to understand these dispensations of time, their divisions, and who is behind them,” you tell me.

“Yes,” I answer. “And Satan is still on a roll, as he enters into the next dispensations and literally thinks, ‘Anything God can do, I can do better!’ You see, Satan is not in competition with us humans, he’s in competition with God…still…as he was from the beginning, lying to himself still, that he can somehow beat God. He is the author of competition; winners and losers. You see, in The Kingdom of Heaven, there is no such thing as ‘winners and losers.’ In The Kingdom of God, everyone is in their place going about doing exactly what God created them to do. No one is in competition with anyone else, because everyone is unique, and uniquely, and willingly, doing their work for God.

“But, Satan will be Satan, and in his dark, evil heart thinks, ‘In this dispensation, I will once again beat God. I will make his puny humans worship me, instead of him. I will steal them from him, destroy their faith in him, and make them kill each other.’

“You see, Satan doesn’t understand still, in all these dispensations of time, that he is the biggest loser of all!

Our take-away thought for this dispensation: “IT IS DETRIMENTALLY IMPORTANT TO YOUR LIFE WHO YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW IN THIS, OUR MODERN DAY DISPENSATION OF LIFE!”

John 8:12 (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

“I’m beginning to understand, see the light,” you tell me.

“Great! Satan led us out of God’s light into his, Satan’s darkness, and God, through Jesus, is giving us a chance to come back to God and His light, and into His Kingdom of Heaven.

“Can you say HALLELUJAH?!!! Then say it TWICE for life!”

“Now…if you aren’t walking in the light of God… What did you say? You’re not sure God IS the only ‘light?’ Okay, let us see what the WORD says:

1 John 1:5-7 (KJV)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

“God is the light, the life now, and through all dispensations of time and into eternity.”

“Thanks for listening! I hope you enjoyed this dispensation of time and the cause of its division, and that you gleaned a lot of information about who God is and who our enemy is.

COMING SOON: Dispensations, Divisions, and The Kingdom of God III. Satan thinks, wrongly of course: ‘Anything God can do, I can do better!'”

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With prayers and love from Romance & the Homestead,

Della

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Does your lantern have oil?

What life do you think you are prepping for? What light are you looking into? A story of reflection: Are You a Prepper for LIFE? I Mean, the REAL LIFE?  

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I heard the Lord say…

…The South shall rise again! The South shall rise again!…

Then I heard the Lord say again, “I am striking the base of the pulpits! I am striking the base of the pulpits: politicians and preachers!”

And I saw in the spirit, as if it were, a man in a three-piece, gray suit standing behind a pulpit in front of a great congregation of the Lord. Lighting struck the base of it and it exploded, and then fragments blew outward and away from it. The man in the suit stood alone, vulnerable before the people.

First, I perceived this to be politicians. And the Lord said, “I am striking the base of the politicians’ pulpits and exposing them whether they be righteous or unrighteous! I am exposing the ones with their evil agenda, an agenda that is not mine, saith the Lord. This will be their downfall, as if falling off the edge of a cliff. Their fall will be painful as they hit the ground of reality, says the Lord. For far too many years that have created bubbles of lies that have shrouded my people, creating an illusionary world in their minds, tring to divide the hearts of my people from me, saith the Lord.

“If only they would have come to me, instead of the enemy, I would have sheltered them beneath my wings. But they would not.

“Now, I am exposing them and their evil agenda they had for my people, and my word, and now, instead of being sheltered in my love, they will become naked to the scrutiny and disdain of the whole world,” says the Lord. “And I shall turn many people from their evil works.”

And I heard the Lord again say, “I am striking the base of ministers’ pulpits! I am striking the base of ministers’ pulpits! And I saw again a man in a gray, three piece suit. Lightening came out of nowhere and struck the base of the pulpit he was standing behind and blew it apart too.

“And they too shall be exposed before my people, whether they be righteous or unrighteous, they will stand exposed before my people. I will expose the hirelings, as they do not love my sheep. My sheep, my people, my church will see them and turn away to my righteous ministers, who also will also be exposed, but for their righteous stand for my word, my gospel, my ministers who are called and love my sheep, my church, my body.”

And I saw, as it were, a great congregation of different people: races, cultures, and genders, turning their heads to their right, and seeing a red exit sign above a door, they began to leave, being lead away by the Spirit of the Lord.

Then I heard the Lord saying, “The South shall rise again! The South shall rise again!”

Then I saw a black and white map of the United States of America. The eastern, lower states labeled as “The South” were lifted up. They had a gray mist over them. I heard the spirit say, “The South shall rise again. I have moved many people into the south for my purposes. The gospel shall go forth from the South into the rest of the United States: the north/northeast, the northwest/west, and the southwest to save many souls.”

Then I saw as if the Lord waved his hand and the gray mist began to lift away and I saw these states turn white. Huge arrows came forth from the southern part of the map and began to go up, out, and bend towards these other areas of the United States. I saw, as if it were, a stirring in the middle of these lower states, and I saw many nationalities from other countries begin speaking in their native languages as people went forth into these other states: north, east, west, southwest, and the middle of the US. They began sharing the gospel in many languages as the people in the upper room did when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Then the Lord showed me that when the gospel goes out, prosperity will come into the southern states to pay and pave the way to then go into all the world from all the states to share the gospel to save the souls God is drawing unto Him; a billion souls.

Now, just think about what the Lord is saying here. A billion souls being won for the Kingdom of Heaven!!!

I, and my family, have been praying for the true Church of Jesus Christ for many years. I have also been praying for God to send workers into the harvest, just like Jesus said to.

Matthew 9:37-38: Then saith he unto the disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

As I was wondering about the things I heard the Lord say, and the vision he gave me, I felt the Lord gave me a word of knowledge.

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Who’s on the Lord’s side…come on…

Dispensations, Divisions, and The Kingdom of God I

I’m asking you, “Ever wanted to understand Lucifer better? In understanding Lucifer better, do you think you could possibly understand yourself better?”

“Lucifer,” you sputter in outrage back at me. “I’m nothing like Lucifer, that terrible creature. How could you ask such a thing?”

“Well…” I answer back a little hesitantly, not wanting to offend you. “This is something the Lord has been giving me over time, about the ‘DIVIDES’ of the ‘DISPENSATIONS’ and how it relates to us, the church, and who’s side are you on. So, would you like to know how these dispensations and divides halo the love and power of God, and how The Kingdom of God works?”

“You would?!” I exclaim, after you give me the nod to go on! “Well okay then, this might seem a little long but well worth it in the end! So let us begin by exploring the first of these dispensations and its divides, and what caused it. This first dispensation of time and it’s division was before earth and man, yet at the same time it leads to me, us–you and me, and every person ever created for life on planet earth.

“To understand this first dispensation of time and divide, we–you and me–have to get Biblical, go way back before the time-spin of the earth later on. We have to loosen our minds from the boundaries of our flesh and think spiritual since God is a spirit and so are His angels, neither of which are confined, have to bow down to, or are limited by our earth-bound minds.

“So now that we are thinking spiritual, seeing spiritual, let’s imagine that time of God and his angels. Everything was just as God created. Everybody was in their places, perfectly carrying out God’s plans by each and every angelic being for the betterment of his kingdom, The Kingdom of God. Then… what?  God, for the first time, felt a schism in  the kingdom. And He instantly knew where it was coming from as he felt that fracture, the beginnings of that first divide. ‘Lucifer,’ he thought, deep in his heart, ‘Lucifer, what are you doing? I created you in love, in beauty, in wisdom…what are you doing?’ But he knew, and it was breaking his heart. Lucifer had set himself against his father…God, and was sinning, committing crimes against God’s Kingdom.

“Yes, the first divide was created by…none other than…drum rolls…the archangel Lucifer, or ‘light bringer,’ which is what Lucifer means. In the Greek, ‘dawn bringer.’ Lucifer walked up and down among the fiery, precious stones; different Bible translations call them different names. So I will ‘loosely’ define them: red carnelian (sardius, or could be a ruby,) pale-green peridot (KJV topaz,) white moonstones (KJV diamonds,) emeralds, blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli (KJV sapphire,) turquoise (KJV carbuncle.)

Ezekiel 28:13-15 (KJV)
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

“It appears he was beautiful, perfect in all his ways, until iniquity was found in him.”

“What iniquity…sin…crimes against The Kingdom of God did he do?” you ask.

Ezekiel 28:16-17 (KJV)

16: By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17: Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

“Can you explain Lucifer’s iniquity a little better?” you ask.

“Pride, he puffed himself up with pride that lead to a lust for power, not the power he had already been given by God, but to sit in power over the congregation of God. In other words, he wanted to replace God. But first, Lucifer divided himself.

“How could he do that?” you ask.

“Let’s explore that thought and I will try to explain it to you to the best of my ability.”

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Fresh, Homemade, Probiotic, Kefir Thousand Island Dressing

Who Loves Homemade, Fresh Dressing for Their Salad and Dip?

Well, out here at Romance & the Homestead, (the Jake & Jewel, named after my parents) we adamantly do! We love fresh, wholesome, nutrient dense food. We customarily use these kinds of nutritious food for “our medicine,” along with other nutritious things.

I always heard growing up, “You are what you eat!”

And this is so true. Most of the “food” in our supermarkets are processed to “death,” packaged in a box, and then shipped. I mean, literally, it is mostly dead food. And our live food, mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, are not nutrient dense anymore as they were fifty or more years ago. So we are losing important, live giving nutrients at every turn.

Believe me, I know, because twenty-five years ago, I went on a journey with food to save my life. I had a husband, two small children, and a life in front of me I wanted to live out. To make a long, painful story short, I began to use fresh food, the best plant-based, organic vitamins I could find and afford. And I learned about something called “probiotics.”

I am now a passionate promoter of taking your health into your own hands and creating and keeping a healthy gut. It saved my life, along with prayer and faith. That is why here at the homestead you will find my blog, and life, is about all wholesome things: food, faith, family, and growing in love. In my love walk as an author, I passionately underscore love in all my books: children, faith, and romantic love stories, which are more than just romance, but fulfilling stories that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with unique characters. You can find them all on my Shop-For-Love page. And go over to my Contact page and sign up for my twice-a-month news letters. Hit the follow button. Find more about me (us) on my About page.

Okay, I don’t usually put a monologue in front of my recipe posts, but I did this time to bring you into why I have fallen in love with “Kefir,” a probiotic made with milk: cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and even coconut milk kefir. I’ve been using kefir for several months now and already experiencing great benefits. Here I could put down all the research for kefir’s benefits, but instead, we’ll just go to the recipe so you can get started on your healthy, fresh, homemade, Kefir Thousand Island Dressing. I bet here you just thought, “Whew! I’m glad, I thought she was gonna talk me to death! I only clicked on for the kefir recipe!” (Go ahead and laugh!!)

Homemade Fresh Kefir Thousand Island Dressing

I researched lots of homemade Thousand Island Dressing recipes, not just with kefir, with lots of different ingredients. I took the things I thought we would like and melded them into my own recipe for a wholesome, kefir Thousand Island Dressing. Here is what I wrote down!kefir ranch dressing recipe

The hardest part of this delicious kefir Thousand Island Dressing recipe is gathering your stuff and measuring it out. Then it’s a snap.

What you will need at a glance:At a glance

  • 1 TBLS finely minced onion. (I used yellow, because I had it. But white or purple is fine.”
  • 2 TBLS finely minced bread & butter pickles. (Here I used some Homie and I had “put up” as the old folks always said; pickled ourselves.)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise. ( I used Dukes. I live in the south. If you’re from the south, you’ll understand. lol)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup. (I used organic.)
  •  1/4 cup sour cream. (I used the sour cream I made with my kefir. But a good store brand will do.”
  • 1/4 cup kefir cream. (I made with my kefir beads and raw/organic cows’ milk. But you can find kefir in your supermarket.”
  • 1 TLBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 TSP sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 TSP salt
  • 1/4 TSP black pepper

When you get all this measured out, wah-la!! Now just transfer all your ingredients into a bowl and whisk them until they are all blended! Now pour fresh kefir Thousand Island Dressing into your clean, clear jar. I used a pint canning jar. They are so great for everything! This recipe will almost fill a pint jar.

Make sure to your scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula so you don’t lose any of that great goodness of your homemade, kefir, and probiotic, Thousand Island Dressing.scrape the bowl

Place it in the fridge for a few hours to thicken, and you have delicious fresh, probiotic, kefir Thousand Island Dressing for your salads. When it thickens, you can also use it as a delicious dip for your chips, corn chips, and vegetables.

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I hope you enjoy!

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With love,

From Romance & the Homestead,

Della

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Are You a Prepper for LIFE? I Mean, the REAL LIFE?

I’m a prepper, she’s a prepper, they a prepper, we a prepper, you can be a prepper too!! 

But really, I’m a virgin “Prepper!”

A few years ago, there was this television series called “Preppers”.  Cool show, right? People in the USA, and even other places in the world, felt impending doom. As a result, they began to prepare for the worst possible scenarios. Many dropped out of the “grid,” municipalities, as in, electricity, water, social media, or any place where they thought the government could trace them out; find them. You talkin’ ’bout incognito, some were so determined to become self-sufficient, they even made their own gas! HOW DARE THEY!! Really, I was impressed with that feat.

ME? That kind of prepper? No way! I want my electricity. I need it!

In 1989, when Hugo, one of the worst hurricanes to hit our coast, we were without electricity for nine, count it, 9…whole…days…and nights. I never want that to happen again! Now, don’t get me wrong, I like grilled stuff, sandwiches, and can food, but enough is enough already!

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Enough of the grilled food!

In that same year, we had moved back to the “farm,” my parents’ farm. I became sick soon after. (What I had is another story.) As I prayed, I felt lead to delve into  food. Now this was before the internet became big. And what I learned about our food is also another story. But, I began to slowly garner the truth that in order to heal, get better, become healthier, I needed to doctor myself with nutrient dense food. So, my husband, Homie and I went back to our roots of growing up on a small farm with a huge garden next to the yard; step out of the yard and into the garden.IMG_0466

We didn’t consider ourselves preppers or hippies, as some people now refer to gardeners as, or even farmers. But we began to grow backyard fowls, vegetables, and I began to research what was wrong with our food. 

So you may be wondering why I’m writing an inspirational, spiritual blog about prepping, food, virgins, and sickness, well, here goes…

One day, in the garden, after watching many of the “preppers” programs on television, I wondered if we were considered preppers. I laughed, knowing my need for electricity, air conditioning, heat, and my electric stove. However, that thought took my thoughts into a spiritual direction, a Biblical direction, in point, to the scriptures Read More


Opie’s Last Stand

This is a hard one to write. It’s so fresh, it feels like last night, but was months ago when it happened… My heart hurts.

Anno Domini, 2019, March 12. It was a good day, like most on the homestead. Evening had waned; dark had set in; the stars so bright they cast cool shadows everywhere. Homie and I were resting; tired but good. Homie was watching some guy on YouTube going through the contents of a storage unit he had purchased. I was napping on the sofa. I awoke with a start and thought, “Opie’s not laying on the sofa with me as he always does.” But then I looked over to the love-seat where Homie sat. And there he was. I relaxed. He was okay.

It was a strange ominous warning that I didn’t know was one.

Opie is our little blonde, deer-head Chihuahua we have loved for 12 years, and still do…always will.

You see before all this, Homie and I had never had a house dog; plenty of outside ones over the years. After my momma died, I was so grief stricken for such a long time, I knew I had to do something; I wanted a house dog, for the first time ever. We bought a Blue Sable Chihuahua; Sage. We loved him but he had an accident and passed away. We cried for days.

So about a year later, along comes Opie, whom we sort of rescued. His owner/momma was sick and she couldn’t take care of him; he was still mostly puppy then. He was so much fun, our little ice cream eater. He helped me overcome my grief for my momma and for Sage.

Opie was fun, but fierce. He never backed down from any fight, no matter how big the opposition was: human, dog, cat, or whatever. And he loved the homestead; it was his home and territory.

Last night was one night I wish he had backed down. Opie was showing his age; he had arthritis in his back hips and sometimes had muscle spasms too. We treated him for these things. But he would still follow me everywhere. If you ever got a hug from Opie, it would melt your heart.

Opie Stalking

Last night, about time for bed, Opie slipped out the dogie door for one more “anointed” walk around the house, as he did most nights, since he considered himself the pack leader. He barked, as he always did. Homie took the spotlight and checked. There was a deer in the field next to the edge of the yard, who sprinted away. That was normal too.

Later, Homie went to put the dogs to bed, but could not find Opie. We both began searching. Opie had a knack for hiding in the house to keep from going to bed, but never in the yard at night. We searched inside and then with spotlights searched every where outside. We drove up and down the road, even though we knew Opie never strayed that far. Hours and hours later, still no Opie.

It was then that Homie heard a coyote barking near…

Our heart sinking in fear and dread, we realized what may have occurred. In a sequence of strange, heartbreaking, simultaneous events in the star-lit night at the edge of our field: 1. Opie went outside for one more walk. 2. The deer came to the edge of our yard, unknowingly stalked by a coyote. 3. Opie, Chihuahua barker and fearless protector that never backed down, stood his ground, but lost to the coyote.

Fearless Opie

In tears, I write of his bravery, staunch protector of his territory, and a little heart that was always full of joy and love. I will never hear his little toenails clicking across the floor to come to me; never see him sneak a lollipop from the candy dish again, with the stick sticking out of his mouth; or find candy wrappers where he had stolen chocolate candy from the bag; or beg for a treat with the cutest of faces. He was the little paws (heels) behind my heels.

This is a tribute to our special, little friend. We are forever thankful he was a part of our family and our homestead. He was a one-of-a-kind.

Opie

Now he is over that rainbow bridge with Pretty Girl Pearl, who also was attacked and crossed over; and I cry. To read Pearl’s story: Heartbreak on the Homestead.

With sorry in my heart, I miss my little, furry friends.

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From happenings on the homestead,

Della


The night I tripped over my own throw-down-gauntlet, and fell into an ocean of power I never knew existed!

It was a cool night; mosquitoes gone for the season, the stars were shining brightly from an ebony sky I could only partially see through the darkened pine needles, like sketchy, thin lines, from the plethora of sapling pines caging my home into a mini-forest. As I gazed upward, a swirling cauldron of discontent, pain, confusion, and drama queen me-ism, I yelled out to God. That was where I was told He lived, so I hurled my quivering voice out and up to Him because I meant He would hear me. I was strong. I was powerful. I had controlled my destiny…until I tried to become a church go-er, that is.

You see, I wasn’t raised in a family that attended Church on Sundays. Moreover, the only times I had been in a church building was at the funerals of the deceased on either one, or the other sides, of my parents’ large families; twelve children on my daddy’s side, and ten on my momma’s side. Yeah, they were that big, so somebody was dying all the time.

As a junior in high school, I went with a friend to my first “real” church service. Not impressed, I felt no need to return for more. Needless to say, I was horribly ignorant about “church,” what it was, and was about.

two person standing near white church

country church

Not to bore you with details, let’s fast forward to me as a young wife and mother who began to cautiously attend church with my mother in law—mostly to please her, ignorant that I was entering into a new, bizarre, world where I would encounter beliefs, characters, and a way of life that would upend my way of thinking, more times than one.

On this occasion, when I threw my gauntlet down, I had tried and failed to blend in with the “Godly” crowd, you know, wanting to be one of them, yet, mostly ignorant on how to “act” like one of them. I knew I was a sinner and actually didn’t mind sinning. Go figure. However, this testament,

man sitting facing fire in pot during night

Into the fire!

is not about those church members, whom I still dearly love, or my sin.

It’s about the night I threw my gauntlet down before an Almighty God. Ignorant…all the way through! You can smile here, I do.

That night, the stars shinning, at my wits end, struggling to comprehend why my life was falling apart, I became impertinent with Jehovah God. I wholeheartedly flung His word back at Him. I had previously read this, which started it all: And if you worship God, you must worship Him in spirit and in truth. What?? Whew! That kept me up at night. You see, I was terribly vulnerable, out of my fishbowl and falling into a world I knew nothing of. It was sort of the old adage, “out of the frying pan and into the fire” thing; my life, the frying pan, and God, being the fire.

Desperate, confused, gazing up into the starry night sky, I said, “God, your word—I had learned at church that the Bible was God’s word—says that if I worship you, I have to do it in spirit and in truth. What in the world does that mean? I don’t know what “the spirit” means. And I certainly don’t know what truth you’re talking about. All these denominations, Christian sayings, do this, do that, and, the implied one, you’ll get there by becoming more like me. Yeah… Okay…

And then…that starry, cool night…I heard something. It startled me. Now, I don’t know which side of the “hearing from God” thing you fall on, but all I can tell you is what happened that night as I gazed through the pines needles at the blinking stars, and let you make your own assessment. A voice spoke in my left ear. It very cordially, but succinctly, said this: “You don’t know what you are asking.”

Oh yeah, God? So you want to have a conversation, huh? Then, my bold, ridiculous self said, “Maybe I don’t, but YOUR word, YOU said I have to worship you. And not just worship you, but worship you in SPIRIT and in TRUTH. So how can I worship you if I don’t even begin to understand what that means?”

There! I think I’ve gotcha, God!

No! I did not.

The conversation ended. Or, so I thought. But the ocean was calling naive me. Over the coming weeks, months, and even years, as I continued to read the Bible, I was lead to the life of one man. He was quite the character; a man of many talents; unique in his soulful, dynamic, and urgent belief, faith in God. He was a man of anointing, power from God; a man men followed, women loved; a man terrible, fierce in battle, yet gentle enough to swoon people, make demons flee with his music and prose.

As I learned of him, I began to know him as a man my own heart could love, follow. Apparently, God felt the same, as He said this man was a man after His own heart. Yes, you know whom I’m talking about; King David. I bet you thought it was Jesus? Well, Jesus is for another story. Ummm, maybe God was warming up my heart?

Let me say this: Becoming immersed in King David’s life, I became immersed in a power I never knew existed. I feel this same power as I write this. God was with King David, and so were His Word and His Power. David loved God and worshiped God from his heart. He danced out of his clothes before the Ark of the Covenant. He stood up for God, and God empowered David for the people of Israel, even though David was not always perfect. The psalms he wrote, the battles he fought, his life’s endeavor to serve God by serving His people, were all King David’s way of worshiping his God, whom he loved from his heart. His truth, which kept him in God’s destiny for him…? King David wholeheartedly knew and believed that God was the only God, the eternal God who created heaven and earth; the only God who should be revered, feared, loved, and believed in…God…Jehovah. Jehovah, the multifaceted one, the multiplier, many breasted, supplier, peace creating, one. I could go on and on here.

ancient antique armor armour

Challenging God

I threw down MY gauntlet of truth on Jehovah God that cool, starry night. But, in stepping forward that night, tripping over my gauntlet, I fell into an ocean called the Bible, the Word of Almighty God, Jehovah Jireh our Provider.

God, Jehovah, my heavenly Father, that night did not get angry with me. He waded me into His ocean of truth, His ocean of power, and taught me the meaning of worshiping Him in spirit and in truth by the example of a man that lived thousands of years earlier. When I think of King David, I still feel the power that surrounded him because of his worship, love of God, and living out his life as God’s servant.

Want to feel that power? Then begin to, in your heart, acknowledge Him as Jehovah God. Tell God you love Him. Now worship Him, our heavenly Father, in your spirit and in the truth that He is Jehovah God and besides Him there is no other God. When you do, you will begin to feel the power of His love. You see, He loved King David. He loved me that starry, cool night when I threw down the gauntlet of my truth. He taught me His truth and true nature of love. Now I know. And so do you. So my friends, let us worship Him in spirit and truth.

Hope you enjoyed my “test”amony!

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With love and inspiration from the Homestead,

Della