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Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


This will be my first Christmas celebration without my husband in 43 years. He left this earth to spend eternity in heaven with Jesus on Sunday 12/20/15. He suffered from heart problems for several years. I was prepared to lose him, but there is great sorrow in the absence of his physical presence. He was so much a part of me and all I did. He edited many of my blogs, always had good suggestions. He was a 'hands-on' husband; so right for me.

        This man the Lord sent me so many years ago was an amazing person. He spent four years in the Air Force, then worked his way through college - UCLA - where he earned a BS and MBA, by mapping many countries of the world. He worked in Iran, Afghanistan, Laos, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. They are still using his maps today. He went around the world twice before he was thirty years old. He loved showing me the world and we have traveled in forty countries together plus all fifty states in America. My husband Robert C. Van Hise, we all called him 'Van', had a twenty-five year career with IBM where he worked on, what they called, 'bleeding edge technology'.  
        The very best thing he did, other than loving me unconditionally, was to introduce me to Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. Much of our courtship centered around studying the Bible together. What a great way to fall in love!

        I've been delighted with Christmas cards to open each day and find so much joy in the verses. . .


If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.

If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.

-- Roy Lessin

Holly Gerth wrote. . .

He came not to a throne, but to a manger.
He lived not as a king, but as a servant.
He chose not a kingdom, but a cross.
He gave not just a little, but everything.

Another card. . .

One day,
one birth,
one life -
one world
changed forever.

This is how Jesus described Himself in John 8:12

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."

I've got a closet full of unwrapped gifts for the family but what I know to be true is this. . .


I hope you know our Savior. I have great peace knowing my precious husband is now sitting at His feet totally in awe of THE HOLY ONE who gave his life so we could live eternally with Him.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


This is so hard to do - in all things give thanks. We suffer at times and suffering is not pleasant. And yet, God says to be grateful and say 'thank you' anyway. In this verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, God tells us why we should do this. 

". . .give thanks in all circumstances , for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

        If you are a believer, you are safe, secure in God's love, and absolutely assured of eternal life. Whatever difficulties we struggle with here on this earth have been designed to bring us into a closer relationship with God. Most of us rebel of course, that's our human nature. God is with us in every trial. He doesn't need to explain what He's doing and why He's doing it. We worship His holiness. John, whom the Lord allowed a glimpse into heaven and authored the Book of Revelation wrote. . .

"Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth. . .singing:"

"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb (Jesus), be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"
Revelation 5:13

I sometimes hear Christians worry that they may be 'out of the will of God'. Forget that; we have a sovereign God who "works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will..." Ephesians 1:11. Everything! Not just the things that look 'right' or 'good' to us, but everything! Learn this verse, hold it very close to your heart because Satan likes to steal this truth from us. He even works through other believers who have a problem with self-idolatry. Either God is on the throne, or you are!!
        This week those of us who live in America will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day; a holiday unique to our country. It all started with the Pilgrims from England who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed on the eastern shore of what is now the United States of America. These people were in search of freedom and were willing to risk their lives to obtain it. God sent some Indians who helped these Pilgrims survive by teaching them how to grow food and protect themselves from danger. A special day of giving thanks to God was set aside hundreds of years ago, and we still honor our humble beginnings and acknowledge the blessings of God. A big part of this annual celebration is making special food as we gather with family and friends. I, therefore think it's appropriate to include a couple of recipes in this Thanksgiving Day blog.


3 cups mashed yams

½ cup melted butter

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup sugar

2 eggs – beaten

1/3 cup milk

zest of one orange

Mix all ingredients together, scrape into a buttered 9 x 13 pan and add topping…

            1/3 cup melted butter

            ½ c. flour

            1 cup brown sugar     

            1 cup finely chopped pecans

Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees


2 cups each, green and red cabbage

1 green and 1 red finely chopped bell pepper

1 small red onion – slivered

1 unpeeled red apple, cored and finely chopped

2 Tbl minced fresh dill
Dressing for salad…

6 Tbl light mayonnaise

1 tsp mustard

¼ cup apple juice or cider

salt and pepper to taste



Sunday, November 15, 2015


The first time I saw Paris wasn't the last time I saw Paris. The photo to the right was taken on a trip with our son Steve. We climbed to the very top of the Eiffel Tower that September day. The photo below was taken along the Seine River with my cousin Terry. Each trip was memorable in its own way. The first time I visited Paris was on the way back from a trip to Spain with my husband. We had a one night stop over; just enough time to wet my appetite and resolve to return. After getting our luggage to the hotel, we hailed a cab and my husband told the driver to take us on a tour of this beautiful city of lights. He had been there a couple of times on business and once taught a class for IBM in Orleans made famous by Joan of Arc. I'd seen so many photos of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Louve, not to mention the beautiful bridges. I wasn't prepared to be so impressed at seeing these sights in person. Oh but I was! Awestruck would be a good word to describe my reaction to this jewel of a city.

        We watched in sadness as the tragic events of November 13th unfolded. And this coming so soon after the horrific airline crash that took so many Russian lives. Where is the God of the Bible in the midst of such pain and chaos? Let me assure you; He's right here with us with all His love, grace and sovereignty. Our world is constantly in flux, continual change, but God is rock steady.

"Jesus Christ (God) is the same yesterday and today and forever."  Hebrews 13:8.

        This is our one constant in life, this is the 'Rock' we cling to. The Lord has asked us to walk by faith, not by sight, to trust Him and to be not afraid. This is difficult when you see everything crumbling around you. It is always so helpful for me to remember that when my faith wanes, God remains faithful - II Timothy 2:13. Faithful to what you might ask. He remains faithful to His plan and purpose. God has never said that he'd reveal His plan according to our pleasure and timing or that we wouldn't suffer pain and sorrow in this world. He has asked us to trust Him. He set a plan in place before creation, He's always been - "In the beginning God..." Genesis 1:1
        The Bible is a book of history, prophecy, hope and practical advice for everyday life. It is in fact, a literary marvel containing perfect prose and poignant poetry. The Bible explains and interprets itself. If you get confused, keep reading and studying. In time, a truth will come into view and you'll have learned precious insight to help you cope with this very difficult, stressful and evil world.
        And then besides sorrow, there is the guilt that our human nature lays on us. I'm sure those responsible for the safety of others have a special kind of anguish when, despite their best efforts, they have failed. Maybe some in America feel a sense responsibility. Our President didn't listen to the advice of  military advisors and pulled our troops out of Iraq before the country had stabilized. Saddam was a cruel dictator who killed hundreds of thousands of his own people and most of the world thought he had weapons of mass destruction. Our U.S. Congress was convinced and voted to help the Iraqi people gain freedom and live under democracy. The evil force was stronger than the good force and when we left, they became vulnerable to terrorists. Our present Administration's policy of 'leading from behind', the inaction of our President and lack of American leadership has led to a refugee crisis in much of Europe. This was predicted by several top military advisors and sadly has proven to be true.
        And yet, not for a minute do I believe that God has turned His back on us or given up sovereign control over His creation. Somehow knowing this doesn't prevent us from wanting 'to do something'! We're given a clue of the trouble to come in the first book of the Bible - Genesis. In my book The God Who Sees Me (available on Amazon) I tell Hagar's story, mother of Ishmael. Abraham's wife Sarah forced her into the desert after she became pregnant with Abraham's son. You know how we women are; we don't like to share our man. The Lord met her in the desert to bring comfort. He told her that He would "...so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count." He also said of the son she would bare...

"He will be a wild donkey of a man; and his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward his brothers." Genesis 16: 10 - 12

        Ishmael was the beginning of the Arab race from which the Muslim religion evolved. Do you find these words in Genesis written thousands of years ago chilling? I do! We can't lose track of the fact that God came to redeem all people who would come to believe in him. This includes male and female, and all races from all nations; no one is excluded. God doesn't have labels for us, He calls us His children. One day we will experience the ultimate unity; we will be one in Him.
        We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with radical terrorist jihadists like Isis. They have become very organized and determined to do great harm. Christians especially come under attack; sometimes they get their heads cut off! There has always been good and evil in this world and so often we feel completely powerless; we pretty much are in many ways. Since I first heard of the attacks in Paris, a melody and words of a song written by Bill Gaither keep running through my head. . .

"Fix your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace."

        God's Living Word, the Bible, was given to us so that we could pass through the storms of this life and not have our ship sink! God does not always make sense of what happens, but He gives us a way to cope as we depend on His power when we have none of our own. Most of all, and best of all; we are His children and the love He has for us is without end. We are safe and secure in this love in terms of eternity.

"The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all."  Psalm 103:19

        Of course the whole world wants to kill the bad guys. I must admit, these are my thoughts until I remember that we need to leave room for God's wrath.

"It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord." Romans 12:19

Often times the best thing we can do is take a step back and watch God at work. He has the perfect solution; we just stumble around. He is God, and we are not. I have nearly five hundred people in France who read my blog; share this with those you know.

Lord please comfort the hearts of those caught up in this terrible massacre in Paris. You are the God of peace and hope. Only you can take away the terror that reigns in this world.


Thursday, October 29, 2015


   This photo was taken early this month when I was visiting the beautiful Dallas Arboretum.

I've always enjoyed this explanation of what it's like to be a Christian.


Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God chooses you from His patch brings you in and washes all the dirt off. He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of fear, envy, hate, anger and disbelief. Then He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”
Many Christian parents wonder if they should celebrate Halloween with their children. We always have. We are not celebrating evil witches and scary monsters. We’re participating in a ‘holiday’ that is fun to prepare for – costumes and carved pumpkins, candy apples, carmel corn, and best of all, the adorable neighborhood children who come to our door in costume.

        If you explore the history of Halloween, you’ll find, like many other holidays, it has Christian roots. It’s difficult to pin down a date specific, but we can probably go back as far as the early hundreds. The Druids, who were priests of ancient Gaul and Britain, believed that witches, demons and spirits of the dead roamed the earth on the eve of November 1st. Bonfires were lit to drive away any bad spirits that might be present. To protect themselves, they offered treats, like candy. This is where the question 'Trick or Treat?' comes from. They also wore a disguise or costume to look like the imagined spirits so they wouldn’t be harmed. 
        Halloween is a fun event for children who love the mysteries of witches and gremlins and the excitement of being scared. What fun they have dressing up as a ‘make believe’ character, eating candy, and carving pumpkins into what we commonly call jack-o’-lanterns.
        Halloween is celebrated globally. Children in Britain and many other countries make their jack-o’-lanterns from turnips, here in the U.S. and in Canada, we use pumpkins. This time of year, you’ll find fields of beautiful round orange-colored squash, the symbol of fall and fun!
        Roman Catholic Pope Gregory IV authorized “All Saints Day” in 837. It’s been around a while! This day was set aside to honor all the saints who had no ‘special day’. Saints were known as ‘hallowed’ or ‘holy ones’ thus the name ‘All Hollows Day’. The night before this day was called, ‘All Hallows Even’ and eventually became shortened to Halloween.
        In 1978 my husband and I visited the Vatican in Rome. It was November 1st and we were in the center of the square waiting for the new Pope, John Paul II, to appear and address the crowd of about 100,000 people. He gave his short message in five languages. Very impressive! We were thrilled to be there, and were mesmerized by the beauty of the statues along the roofline of the building. They stood like soldiers guarding a palace. Suddenly we realized that we were among the few left in the square. It was a mystery to us how quickly everyone had disappeared. I’ll never forget that special ‘All Saints Day’ and how one hundred thousand people simply vanished in a blink of an eye. Or so it seemed.
        There are ways to accentuate the Christian heritage of this day. We’ve often made a little pumpkin sign that we plant by the front door that says “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” – Joshua 24:15. We’ve also included ‘JUST LIKE A PUMPKIN’ printed out on orange paper, with a pumpkin for decoration, and add this to their bag of candy. Our hope is that parents will read this, and those who don’t know the Lord will have a better understanding of Who He is, and what He’s done! So simple, so appropriate and so Biblical. Jesus permeates our life in ways we never think of or look for.

I thank you Lord that we can see your influence all around us and help us to be reminded that YOU are the genesis of our celebrations. Help us to find a blessing in Halloween.







Monday, October 12, 2015


"He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth..." Isaiah 40:22

As a student in America,  I learned that "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue." This voyage was one of history's most important events and opened the western hemisphere to European settlement. Columbus was a student of the Bible; he believed God's Word. The Bible was his GPS, not math or science, but faith in his God.

Interesting to note, that the Hebrew word, 'khug' translated as 'circle' actually has the sense of sphericity. Modern science has found the earth to be spherical in shape rather than circular. Columbus knew this all along. He ultimately wrote a 'Book of Prophesies'.  His primary goal was to bring the gospel to the "uttermost" islands. Not everyone on his crew shared this goal; they were far more interested in a search for gold than sharing Jesus as Lord and Savior. When Columbus reached the Bahamian archipelago it has been reported that "he wept for joy and cried out in thanksgiving to God."

Ira Gershwin wrote that "They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round". Well, Ira was a song writer and maybe didn't know too much about science. The truth is, Columbus knew very well that Medieval science had been built on the precise studies of Greek scholars and, the educated in day of Columbus knew the earth to be round. A philosopher Eratostenes accurately calculated the circumference of the earth in the 3rd century before Christ. There was a debate about the size of the oceans but no serious scholar of that day believed the earth was flat.

How does the Bible define the word - faith?

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrew 11:1

Columbus felt directed by God to sail to the West Indies. He wrote to the King and Queen of Spain that he received comfort and "rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Spirit." He put his faith into action and set out to discover a new world and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, there was phenomenal expansion of the Christian faith.  

So now we need to know how the 'myth' of the flat world became part of our history books. This is credited to 19th century atheists who used science in their war against religion. Books published by John William Draper (1874) and Andrew Dickson (1896) helped to lead other's into the false belief that science is the only source of truth. You know what I think? Columbus knew this passage...

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise...Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?"
I Corinthians 1:19 - 20

Indeed He has! My friend Glenna Salsbury wrote a book several years ago that I've often shared with others; The Bible...Fact or Fiction???. You will be blessed if you read her weekly Heavenly Treasures on-line.

Over the years of human history man has attempted to explain how the earth was being upheld in space. Glenna mentions in her book that prior to the Greeks and Romans, Egyptian cosmogony suggested that the earth was held up on the backs of elephants who were standing on the backs of giant tortoises who were swimming in water. Before we laugh too loudly at this implausible explanation, how would you today explain to someone how the earth is upheld in space? You might be a lot smarter than I am, but I think I'd fumble a little! Job had something to say about this - he wrote before 1,000 B.C. The Jews were reading this book well before 500 B. C. This is what Job said about the suspension of the earth...

"He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing." Job 26:7

Modern physicists and astronomers have confirmed this ancient wisdom in the Book of Job. The Bible says that all true wisdom comes from God alone, Proverbs 2:6.

Christopher Columbus knew that! I hope you know that!

Thank you Lord that your Word is a testimony to your truth and wisdom and that You alone can guide us, steer our course and fill us with your Holy Spirit so we can 'know the way'.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


I was blessed to go to Uganda a few years ago. I kept a daily
journal of my experiences. I taught fourteen amazing teenage girls in the Rafiki Girl's Center program. They walked from their villages every day to take classes in English, Bible study, nutrition, cooking, sewing, health and hygiene. I lived in the Rafiki Village with other teachers and twenty precious little orphans. My time here was short, but the rewards have been very long-lasting. The word 'Rafiki' means friend in Swalili.
        Many asked to read my journal. I begin to think it might not make its way back to me, so published this book. . .How Is The Day?  I found this to be a charming expression that the Africans used to greet one another. I took the photo on the front cover at the request of this family from the village of Ssala.
        If you have ever wondered what it's like to be a missionary in Africa and live among the people there, you might want to buy my book. It's available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and as an E-book, which is very inexpensive.  
     I also share the story of the Rafiki Foundation and the wonderful work they've been doing in Africa for many years. Who knows, you might want to pack your bags and see 'God's Word at Work' on this diverse continent!     

Sunday, September 27, 2015


"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory. . ." Ephesians 3:20

Am I the only one? Life seems so out of control at the moment! Something that appears so easy to do becomes so complicated! Well, let's see - I may have done something wrong, start over again, get more advice, make another list; all to no avail. Frustration builds and I want to cry out, Lord, where are you?
        We're coming into my favorite season, fall. I think it is about 85 degrees today near the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. It's been a hot summer. I don't like hot.

I have a burlap football decoration on our front door that says, "It's fall, play ball." It doesn't feel much like football weather.
        I honestly don't know how people who are not Christians can cope in this stressful and frustrating world. How do they do it? It's only when I recognize who really is in charge that I can relax and know that whatever I try to make happen on my own will result in frustration if it's not in God's plan. And He knows what is right for me. Here's the thing; I have to learn this over and over again! Often it is harder to hold on to the truth of the Bible than it is the lies of the world. Satan reigns in this world and he's so hard to fight off. In fact, you can't unless you know the Word of God. This is my weapon, my only weapon. Paul wrote in Ephesians 6. . .

"Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood...Stand firm...take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one...and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

        Have you noticed that the Lord sends out little encouragements when you feel hopeless and discouraged? Last night I was overwhelmed with problems, everything from losing my credit card (I found it), to a mold problem and a huge expense to fix it. Our daughter sent a text with a photo. She said she was at a party in downtown Los Angeles and took a photo of a building with huge red letters. She wondered if I could read it. I could, it said. . .JESUS SAVES. Oh yes, I thought, He saves us from all that disables us, causes us to be depressed and sprinkles us with hope.
        We were blessed at church this morning to have a guest speaker, Kim Dolan Leto. She's a beautiful youngish woman, full of energy and grace. She was a model at one time, and had that 'perfect' body and beautiful face. I wasn't jealous, not one bit because I know that God designed me for His own good purpose. Kim lives in Arizona, is a national speaker and Executive Director of F.I.T. - Faith Inspired Transformation. She has a book available and I bought one for both of our daughters. She was transformed by Jesus and wants to tell everyone.
        Kim admitted that she was saved by "good looks", then explained that she got a good look at the Bible, which gave her a good look at God and a good look at Jesus Christ, her Savior. She mentioned that if we don't know the Word of God, we have nothing to fight with, and the world will tear us up. We were created on purpose for a purpose. What we fear controls us. What we worry about consumes us. She mentioned "go to" verses, most of them were already mine.
        Ephesians 3:20 for instance. I remember the first time God opened my mind to what this said - God is able and powerful and He can do more than we even thought to ask Him for! I've seen this in my life, so many times; God's power working in ways I never asked for or expected.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

        We have the problem of looking at the detours and bumps in the road, rather than at God's promises. Know that God has put dreams in our hearts and when we put our faith completely in Him we'll watch these dreams come true. Maybe they won't unfold in the way the world would have it, but they will come to pass in God's time and in His way, better than we ever thought! The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:31. . .

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" "No, in all these things
we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." vs. 37

        Men like to conquer, women not so much, but we do want to succeed and have peace and joy in our lives. Live like who you are; a child of God chosen from the creation of the world (Eph. 1:4) to be loved, saved and made whole in every way. Don't count on yourself to get it all together. Self-help books are the biggest category of sales. Really, books are nice, I have a house full, but I only need one self help book, the Bible.

Thank you Lord for Kim's wonderful message this morning. I'm so glad I was there to hear it. Help us all to know our dreams that come to fruition come from you, and when you began a good work in us, You will complete it. Philipians 1:6