Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday. The day we remember Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The first day of "Holy week" .

Have you ever wondered about the little donkey that carried our precious Lord down that path?
Do you think he knew who was seated on his back? How he must have felt to be chosen to carry Jesus the Christ into Jerusalem? Was his little heart rejoicing with the crowd in praise to our Lord? "Hosanna in the Highest." "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord." In the scripture, Jesus gave his disciples special instructions:

Luke 19: 30"Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' "
32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"[
b] "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"
40"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

Donkey's Easter Tale, The (Donkey Tales) (Hardcover) Author Adele Colvin has come up with a very clever way to tell the Easter miracle through the eyes of a donkey. The Donkey's Easter Tale begins in a cozy barn, on a very rainy day. Grandpa Donkey is cuddled up with his two grandchildren. Finally the two youngsters are staying still long enough so that grandpa can tell them a story. Grandpa decides to tell his grandchildren about the time, many years earlier, when he had the honor of being ridden by Jesus. You see, Grandpa Donkey was THE donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The donkey stayed with Jesus and the disciples throughout Holy Week and recounts all the important events of that time to his grandchildren. The Donkey's Easter Tale handles the story of Holy Week and Easter with sensitivity while educating. Told in the first person by "Donkey" (he's never given a name), the reader will discover what is happening along with Donkey. Much like a child, this large eared equine is at first confused by some of the situations (he heard Jesus say that Peter would deny his Lord, but why would Peter do that?). With bright illustrations that include the Donkey in every picture, children will be drawn into this important story and want to read it start to finish.

Please have a listen to this beautiful song. Imagine as you listen, being a part of that crowd of people witnessing the triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem singing praise to our God.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

It is a Miracle

I'd like to introduce you to a very special person. His name is Jamie Gillentine. He is a husband and father of three small children, a good swimmer and surfer "dude".

It was a beautiful day at the beach with friends and family when suddenly things drastically changed. Jamie dove head first into a wave and hit a sandbar. The 6th cervical vertibrae was shattered and splinters pierced and severed his spinal cord. Instantly he was paralized from the neck down.
He was face down in the water and would have drowned if he could not go face up. He doesn't now how, no one was near him, but he was turned over and able to breath and call out for help.

Jamie had to have surgeries and for many months had to wear a "halo". That is a device that holds the head and neck so that it remains stable. (by screws drilled into the head). The following short youtube shows Jamie as the Lord began to heal him and he began to regain mobility. He had physical therapy 5 days a week. The video spans several months and shows his progress in physical therapy. I have seen this many times and still am in awe of this miracle. Our Father is so wonderful!

Jamie Gillentine is Pastor over missions at our church Anaheim Vineyard in So. Cal. I pray you will be blessed and encouraged as you watch and listen.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Happy St. Patrick's Day from Charlie, Tink, and Buddy!

Charlie is settling into the family nicely. We've had him over a month already. The Feliway seems to be helping Buddy with the anxiety of having another alpha cat in the family thrust upon him. Charlie and Tinkerbelle continue to play happily together. If I had a video camera, I would shoot them running around the house playing tag. I'd love to show you! Charlie was the first adult rescue we have ever adopted. There have been some challenges, (not with him, with Buddy) but, we are happy to have him in the family.
Charlie and Tink didn't enjoy their festive St. Patty's bows, but, my big orange Buddy boy loves dressing up!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


This morning while contemplating checking on my web sites, decided to go to youtube instead. I clicked on an artist named Jason Upton. He's been compared to the late Keith Green. As I listened to this song, I began to weep. I could sense the Lord's presence so sweetly.

By faith we know The Lord is always with us and that He will never leave or forsake us, but, I am so grateful and thankful for those special times when He blesses us with the precious and priceless gift of His tangible presence. That place where we can abandon ourselves and worship Him from our hearts, through our tears. Where God's perfect love casts out fear.

I hope you will take a moment and listen and be blessed. I'm off to listen again......

Saturday, March 6, 2010


This is a short youtube of a little 2 year old girl singing. It is precious.

Friday, March 5, 2010

My dog? A therapy pet?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Could my dog be a therapy pet?
When my elderly father entered a nursing home several years ago, Tinkerbelle stared coming with me to visit him. She was so well behaved. She stays in one of those "crates on wheels" until I lift her out for folks to love on her. She's a Jack Russell Terrier, and you may have heard that they can be very lively dogs.
About a year passed when I spotted a service dog and owner at a craft show. We struck up a conversation with her about her dog and Tink. She advised lookin into getting her cerified.
One of the biggest advantages of doing that is she would be insured if she were to bite someone. She gave me some info and I contancted "Love on a Leash" foundation for pet provided therapy.
Tink was trained and passed her test with flying colors! We had to get testimonies from three staff members at the nursing home regaring Tinkerbelle's activity there and she had to have so many documented hours of service before we became "official".
It is such a blessing to see her interact with the residents. She brings out such emotion in them. The smiles on thier faces are worth a thousand words. Sometimes, folks just hug her and weep. They obviously miss their furry babies.
This next photo is of Daddy with Tink that was taken a few years ago. Sad to say, he can no longer hold her.
Do you think Charlie wants to become a therapy pet, too? Yes, all sorts of animals can become therapy pets! What a blessing they are!
Dogs, cats, birds, can participate once tested and certified. You can read more by clicking the link below.
*therapy dogs are not the same as service dogs*

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sugar Plum Spring Arts and Crafts Festival 2010

If you live in the Southern California area, or will be visiting March 11 -13, please stop by and visit The Sugar Plum Spring Arts and Crafts Festival!