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My 2018 Word - FULFILLMENT


The Second year, after beginning my blog, PENLESS WRITER, on January 31, 2007, I have always selected a WORD FOR THE YEAR.  My words for the past 8 years:  2009 Unity - 2010 Vulnerable - 2011 Persevere - 2012  Fervent - 2013 Expand - 2014 Forward - 2015 Steady - 2016 - Growth - 2017 - Victorious. These words have always been what I experienced in that year.  Victorious for 2017 has proved correct as Mickey & I both have walked Victorious through many, many health issues and are closing 2017 out in

My 2018 Word - Fulfillment

I had told Mickey, after our prayer time this morning, that God had not given me a word for 2018,  Then HE gave me Ful-fill-ment:  Noun - 1.The achievement of something deserved, promised or predicted. - 2.The meaning of a requirement or condition.  I knew it was my word because I truly have some promises from God's precious Word that I have stood on for years and am believing in 2018 they will come to fulfillment as predicted!

Since this is the 10th year for a word I looked up What 10 Means in The Bible..... The number 10 seems to reflect God’s authority or God’s governmental rule over the affairs of mankind.  Some scholars see 10 as the number of divine perfection.

I'm ready for God's divine perfection and FULFILLMENT in my life.  

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My 2017 Word - VICTORIOUS


The Second year, after beginning my blog, PENLESS WRITER, on January 31, 2007, I have always selected a WORD FOR THE YEAR.  My words for the past 8 years:  2009 Unity - 2010 Vulnerable - 2011 Persevere - 2012  Fervent - 2013 Expand - 2014 Forward - 2015 Steady - 2016 - Growth.

My word for 2017 ---- Victorious.  

As always, I am very excited about my new word.  Victorious feels so "right" and when The Lord gave me this word it just felt "right".  What am I going to be Victorious in?------I have no idea!!  But I know whatever God has in score for me in 2017 I will be Victorious.  What is your word for 2017?  If you have one please be sure and share it with me. 

Since this will be my 9th year to select a Word For The Year I, just now, looked up what the number 9 means: 

Biblical numerology of number 9 is the finality or the judgement. It is generally when at the time of judging a person and his works. Also, number 9 is used to define the perfect movement of God. The biblical number 9 is a number of patience.

Yes, looking that up confirmed to me that Victorious is the correct word for me in 2017.
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As the 8th month of  2016 is nearing the 2/3 mark, 
I thought it fitting to update my word for the year -

I am thankful God had shown me, the previous 7 years, how the word He gives me truly unfolds and comes to pass.
This has been an exciting year for me and I have experienced Growth
 in both good and bad ways.

The bad was a double mastectomy on February 9th, 
due to an unwelcome "growth".
The good has been spiritual growth in the area of 
Intercessory Prayer

 With great anticipation, I look to the remaining 
4 months and 4 days

as God's plans for my life unfold.

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This is a victory pose Mickey (upper left) David Killion (lower left)Gene Killion (right)just before the last small, remaining fence panel is put in placeJune 2nd.Now, for the story~~~~~~~~~This wonderful father and son team, Gene & David Killionspent 11 days (off and on due to the rain, rain and more rain,) repairing 64' of privacy fencing in our back yard, that was destroyed by a very HIGH winds one evening in a violent rain storm.TGene & Mickey surveying the damage on May 23rd.  Gene, David & Mickey then began dismantling the busted, damaged fence sections, loading it on their trailer and hauling it off.There was a total of 8 posts and sections, all but 4 posts were taken out today.Tuesday, the 24th, after King's Kitchen, work began againGene removing one of the 4 remaining posts.The 25th it rained HARD all dayThe 26th the 3 of them made the trip to Lowe's to pick up all the supplies.Gene had priced out the material ahead of this and when they got it all today, due to the 9 panels being on sale, the price was $129.95 LESS than anticipated.  Thank you Jesus!!Lowe's loaded it all for them, but of course these 3 had to unload all these heavy items.David, Mickey & Gene letting me get another picture of them.  The poles and old fencing gone. May 27th ~~~~~~ Gene & David worked hard all day by themselves.  Mickey didn't even help today.May 28 - all three of the guys worked 5 hours today digging 2' deep post holes and cementing 7 posts in place.Sunday, May 29th through Tuesday, May 31st no work was done while the cement hardened and set the posts securely.Wednesday, June 1st a great number of the fence panels are attached.Thursday, June 2nd the last large panel being measured and ready to set in place.This picture is out of order, but this other small piece at the opposite end was the very last piece to be put in place.  These three wonderful guys, Mickey, David & Gene humored me with one last picture, peeking through the hole!Almost done!!!  The last large panel piece and we no longer have to look in our neighbors yard.Love is talked about a lot ~~~ but this father, Gene Killion, and son, David Killion showed true love and servant hearts in laboring so hard for so many days to repair this 64' of privacy fence for Mickey & I.  I know our GOD is going to bless them above and beyond, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T OUTGIVE GOD!!"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]



On January 18, 2011, 5 years & 5 months ago!,  I opened my home every Tuesday evening, at 6:30 for a Bible Study group called Woman of the World (WOW).  There were 12 woman here that first night.  Over these ensuing years  Six of this core group still remain, and many others have come, passed through and gone.  Even during the illness, and loss of our first-born daughter, Suzette, to her 7 1/2 month battle with cancer, WOW has continued and these woman sustained me during that time. God never leaves us the same ----- !!!!  Recently He stirred in my heart to do the most important study that we have done to date.This picture is a wonderful edible fruit arrangement, a gift from my daughter, Jacque, that I served this past Tuesday, and two copies (the same teaching but different covers) of Andrew Murray on Prayer.  I began an extension of this group for the sole purpose of not only studying, but becoming a strong group of Intercessors.  The blue cover in the middle is the book I first purchased in June of 2000.  I have read this book completely several times, and parts of it even more times over these past 11 years.  Next to The BIBLE this book has taught me the most, and drawn me closer to my GOD and JESUS, My Savior than any other study.  The book on the right, in the light grey cover, is the newest edition which the other woman are using, BUT every word inside these two copies is exactly the same.  This book contains 666 pages and actually contains 6 separate works by Andrew Murray.  We are not tackling the entire book, although I'm sure each woman will eventually do so on their own time, but we are studying #5 The Ministry of Intercession. Our first meeting of this new group was held May 10th.  I called it INTERCESSION of 15 because there were 15 woman present  The six who have been here from the beginning:  Jeanne Oswald, Kathy Robinson, Norma Goodnight, Thelma Horton, Sandra Rhodes, Susan Joyce.  Newer members the past several years:  Connie Aston, Glenda Holmes, Judy Russell, Kristine Hembry, Phyllis Rathbone.  Recent new ones: Darlene Killion, Dee Hollenbeck, Jacque Cody (my daughter), Mary Killion. Now, for the best part of all:  it has now become INTERCESSION of 15 and MORE because Wantha Ann Deaton, who was such a big part of WOW for so many years is returning and my close Soul Sister, Kathy Wright, (even though she lives in Phoenix) is following along with us with the book and interaction. Our 2nd meeting, just 2 nights ago, not only the study itself, but the INTERCESSORY Prayer - which this is all about - was so powerful we were ALL moved to the core of our being.  I know GOD  " Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"  Philippians 1:6 kjv is doing just that.  By the way, that has been my life verse since I was first saved on September 24, 1956.There are also 4 current members of WOW:  Carmel Field, Julia Arulsamy, Pam Reynolds, & Patty Ross who have not currently joined this new study yet. In our small house I WILL manage to get all 21 of us in..... good thing we love each other and closeness!  I praise and thank GOD for what He is doing and what HE is going to do within each of us individually and collectively. UPDATE :  I am blessed to add one more to this group!!!  My blog friend from South Africa, Retha.  Retha, along with Kathy W. is my Soul Sister and the 3 of us are truly a 3 Cord Strand.  Retha will add much depth and Spiritual Wisdom and Insight to this group and is a real Intercessory Prayer Warrior.  We are now 18!!! "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]

I first posted My Personal Testimony on my PENLESS WRITER BLOG February 24, 2007. That was 8 years ago and as I celebrate Easter, and one of my other blog friends posted his Testimony I wanted to do likewise. I hope you'll take time to read it and celebrate anew with me.


I want to share my personal testimony. Why? That's a good question I had to ask myself before doing this. The answer - because that's who "I" truly am.I was born into a Christian home. I not only was born into this Christian home but I was raised in this Christian home. My father was a Deacon in the church and both my parents were totally active and committed. Our lives revolved around the church. I don't remember exactly what age I was baptised but I made a confession of faith and was baptised. I believed in God, I believed that Jesus was the Son of God.After I married and had my two infant girls we bought our first home. As God would have it, he placed us between two Baptist families. One a Southern Baptist and the other an Independent Baptist. Back in those days the mothers would get together, almost every day, and drink coffee around the kitchen table. Meanwhile the children would play either in the house or the backyard depending on the weather.It was during these daily visits that I began to realize and think to myself: "These two women (everyone was older than I back in those days because I married so young!) know Jesus in a way that I don't know him". They talked about Him like he was one of their personal friends! But I believed in God & Jesus and I went to church and I believed I was on my way to heaven. What's wrong?Shortly after this realization was dawning on me the Independent Baptist announced her church was having a revival and she would like me to come. I did and I heard one of the Old Time Fire & Brimstone messages. I'm telling you, I ran to that altar and experienced the new birth. Nothing has ever been the same for me. The very next day I remember looking at each and every person I saw on the street and wanting to literally share with them what I had experienced. I began telling anyone and everyone that would listen to me about Jesus.I suddenly saw the problem. Oh, I believed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. That he lived and died for the sins of the world. But I came to realize I believed ABOUT him as a historical Jesus. The same way I believe there was a Christopher Columbus who discovered America, a George Washington that was our first president, etc. I didn't believe IN him as my personal Savior. What I didn't see was that it was for ME that he came, and if I'd been the only one he would have come and died for me. I did have to believe that with all my heart, soul and mind. When I saw that fact and truly accepted him for what he'd done for me I was truly born again. Now I did know him as a personal friend of mine, just like my two neighbors did.I need to explain further....The reason I did not mention the denomination I grew up in is that when I went back and attended services with my parents, after my new birth, I could see that they did preach salvation. They just didn't do it in a bold enough way for THIS young 18 year old woman to get the message. "By hearing you shall hear and not understand" Matthew 13:14b KJV "Your ears are open but you don't hear a thing" The Message I know many in that denomination are born again. I just didn't happen to be one of them. I also know many are not born again, as is the case in every church and denomination.I am NOT giving a testimony for the Baptist either. I learned a lot from my Baptist background over many years. The main thing I learned as a Baptist was a love for the Bible and learning to memorize scripture at an early age when it was easier than it is for me now!During these ensuing many years God has directed our paths and our walk with him. For whatever his reason God has seen fit to place us in various churches and denominations at different times. I feel our walk with our Lord has grown with each step we've taken. It is certainly one of the reasons I have such a love for The Universal Church and The Body Of Christ.It is always with anticipation that I wonder "What God has in store for us next?" H[...]



Today is Friday, January 8th, 2016.  A brand New Year.Yesterday we got the wonderful, encouraging word from Mickey's Lung Doctor that his lung x-ray shows improvement since his last visit, August 18th.  We were SOOOO overjoyed and so praising our wonderful God.On our way home, God gave me not one, but two opportunities to serve those around me. (I don't usually share things I do, but I always try and share all the many things that are done for us.......which are SO many!!!)When we left Dr. Schelbar's office we were literally having difficulty keeping our feet upon the ground but we needed to stop at Aldi's to pick up a few things. While waiting to get sour cream there was a little boy and an older foreign woman at that section and the little boy was having trouble selecting a yogurt he was getting to choose.  The lady, who saw me standing there waiting, pulled him back so I could get my item.  I smiled and said, "Thank you".  When we got to the check-out stand the lady and the little boy were right behind us putting her few items on the belt.  As the belt would move the little boy was almost hugging the 2 yogurts among the other  few items.  Mickey even said to him, "You aren't letting those get away from you are you"?  We all chuckled.In the line ahead of us was a mother with two children.  The little boy in the basket had a pacifier in his mouth and a fairly large blue ball in his hands.  He was looking at me with his big chocolate eyes and I asked his mother how old he was.  "He is 2" was her reply, "Yes, he is 2".  As they checked her out the cashier noticed a cookie had been removed from the package she was scanning.  She told the lady to go ahead afterward and get a full package.  My items were checked and put in the basket and I was given the amount I owed.  As I was preparing to swipe my debit card the older lady, with the small boy and the yogurt, realized she did not have her card, or any money.  She was telling the cashier this and exclaiming how sorry she was.  You could tell she was so embarrassed and upset.  I quietly said to the cashier, go ahead and ring her up and put it on my ticket.  The older lady was saying, "Give me your phone # so I can repay you".  I said, "No, that's fine I want to do this."  Mickey at this time is on the side counters bagging up our items, the young mother with the 2 children is beside him.  After I got my card swiped and was walking away the woman was still thanking me.  I turned and said, "This isn't from me it's from GOD."  She exclaimed, "Oh God bless you."As I was walking over to help Mickey the young mother with the 2 children said, "Can you please watch my children for a few minutes?  I have to run back in."  Of course I would.  The little 2 year old with the blue ball is still in the basket, and his sister is sitting on the loading shelf with a red ball.  I asked her how old she was - 5.  I asked her name.  She told me.  I asked the boys name.   She told me.  The little boy is trying to give me his blue ball, still sucking on his pacifier.  I tell him "no, you keep it".  I said to the little girl, "You both got new balls today"?  She said, "Yes".  I said, "You got blessed".  She looked at me and I said, "Do you know what blessed means"?  She nodded "no".  I said "When God does nice things for us that is being blessed.  Do you know who God is"?  She was saying, "yes." when her mother returned and said, "Oh yes, she knows who God is.  We go to church all the time and she goes to her class".  She thanked me profusely for watching the kids.  I assured her I was honored to do so.I'm tell you ----------- on top of our GOOD NEWS and GOD'S GOODNESS TO US and then being blessed by my[...]



Our hearts are full and our mouths are shouting praises to our GOD.  Mickey had his 6 month follow-up appointment with the lung Doctor yesterday. X-Rays show his lungs BETTER today than 6 months ago!!Yes, Faith IS the gift of God.The story of today:  His appointment was at 3:30.  This is the FOURTH lung Doctor he have seen.  We waited, and we waited.  Around 4:30 the nurse, Michelle, who was not new and we had seen the last time, came in and thanked us for being so patient and asked if we'd like something to drink.  She brought Mickey a cup of coffee and myself a diet Coke.  We waited some more.  The nurse came back in, with Mickey's very thick file in her hand, and commented again on our patience.  She then stated that they had deliberately taken other patients in front of us to hold Mickey for Dr. Schelbar to see last.  Since Mickey had not seen him before, and he was not that familiar with Mickey's case, he wanted as much time as needed to spend with him.  Now THAT was a God move.Michelle set Mickey's thick file on the examining table and began going through the papers.  She was asking us the dates of the various procedures, pulling out those files, placing them in order, to make it easier for the Doctor to get the whole picture.  We waited a little more.Dr. Schelbar came in.  His first words to us were, "You've really been through it with the doctors, but I assure you I am not leaving".  Music to our ears.  We liked him and his easy going, caring manner from the minute he walked into the room.  Another GOD move, giving Mickey this great doctor to follow him now and in the future.  He, himself, was stunned with Mickey's history during that year, July 30, 2014 - July 30,2015.  He looked Mickey straight in the eye and said, "I'm here to tell you, if a 42 year old man had gone through as much as you have it would have been very difficult, much less at 82".   At the end of the appointment he said he'd see us in 3 months for follow-up.  He told me if Mickey began to get short of breath or spit-up something bad to call the office.  He said, "I can't promise you I'd get you in that day for sure, but we will get you in within two days".  He then apologized for keeping us so late, 5:30,  and putting us out in the midst of the bad after work traffic.  We assured him we were grateful he had done so and taken the time to spend with us. We then followed the Doctor to view the X-ray comparisons of the improvement and Michelle said, "You get the good patient award" and gave us 2 of the daily inhalers Mickey takes.Mickey and I were having trouble keeping our feet on the ground as we rode the elevator down the 12 floors, walked through the empty building and out onto the almost empty parking lot ....... PRAISING GOD every step of the way.  YES, Faith IS the Gift of GOD    "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]

My 2016 - WORD


My word for 2016 - GROWTH

For the past 7 years God has given me a word for The New Year. 
2009 - UNITY
2013 - EXPAND
2014 - FORWARD
2015 - STEADY

It has been amazing, to me, the way God has worked those very words into the events of my life.

Since this is my EIGHTH year of words, and "8" is the number of New Beginnings I find that fact very interesting.  

MINISTRY - The Act of Reaching Out - PURSES


Tiny, baby steps~~~~ 1)  Our small group is studying The 10-Second Rule by Clare De Graaf.2)  Idea I saw on fb - fill an old purse with small, useful items.3)  Obtained 5 used purses from the church Klothes Kloset.4)  Began purchasing small toiletry items.5)  Purchased a couple snack items.6)  Asked my good friend, and Sister in Christ, Judy Russell to prepare 5       personal prayers she writes out and puts in pretty envelopes.7)  Purchased blank notes and envelopes that read:Dream, Hope, Believe...the Lord is painting a  beautifulfuture for you.He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Ecclesiastes 3:118)  Felt lead to add a $5 bill.9)  Assemble and get the 5 purses ready.    Assembling1st one completed All 5 filled and ready to go.And, NOW - I have placed the 5, filled and ready to go, purses in my automobile. I am asking God, and believing I will hear His voice as HE directs me where, when, and to whom to give each purse.  Judy and I discussed her prayers, each is different.  We believe God will direct the RIGHT prayer exactly to the right woman.I have never done anything this "random" before .  But, I know God has been directing my steps. I BELIEVE and am excited to "HEAR HIS VOICE".Watch for follow-up reports as I am obedient to this small Act of Reaching Out.(Usually it is not a good idea to give cash to people asking for it, because they may use it to buy drugs or alcohol.  Because God is who will be leading me to whom to give each purse, He spoke to me to add this small amount of cash.)  "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]



Such a great time today with SPECIAL friends.

(left to right) Kristine, Ruby, Tim, Mickey, Susan 

After church Tim & Kristine Hembry took Mickey & I to Claremore for a visit and dinner date with Ruby Curry (Sadly Andy was showing his new LED lighting at a gun show and wasn't with us.)  Ruby's 3 children and 2 foster children were also present.

Ruby fixed a yummy baked pasta dish, Susan prepared a large tossed salad, and Kristine brought 2 large loaves of delicious french bread.

In addition Ruby not only prepared a delicious pumpkin cake dessert, but even sent small ones home with both Kristine & I.

Tim and the boys built a large, roaring fire in the fireplace and we delighted ourselves with the spectacular view out the front window over the pond and acreage and the large number of free-range chickens, of various kinds, running all over.  

We talked and visited and ate and visited and visited some more!!!
Thanks Tim & Kristine for setting this up and thank you Ruby for being the special friend you are to Mickey & I.  

Precious Gift of Precious MEMORIES


Our wonderful friends from South Africa put together the following lovely pages of pictures of Mickey & I as a gift today - our 57th Anniversary.  

 October 4, 1958 - Flagstaff,  Arizona

 Miscellaneous shots.  The top on is the most recent taken of us at Young-At-Heart Meeting a couple of weeks ago.

More Miscellaneous Pictures the larger one was the last one taken before Mickey's heart surgery year!!  You can tell one of my favorite colors is blue.

October 4, 2012 - San Francisco, California

Thank you for this special gift of photo remembrances on this our special
Anniversary Day 
October 4, 2015

What? ------- A YEAR !!!!! Part 4


The continuing story of Mickey's TAVR Heart Valve replacement.  Part 3 ended......April 16-30 - We are just getting by day by day, one day at a time. Although we are tired, and we are discouraged about the TAVR being delayed through no fault of our own, we are still confident in the outcome.  We feel the presence of our LORD & SAVIOR on a daily basis.  We stand in the knowledge and assurance that God is walking this out with us one day at a time.  I am still co-leading the Real Christianity Small Group and Mickey is still keeping informed on the Deacon issues.  Many from our Church family are such a blessing to us in so many ways during this time.  We manage to attend church each Sunday & Wednesday.YES, it is a very l-o-n-g year.May 1-10 - This first 10 days of May are a continuation from April 16th and the above.  We are waiting.  We get through one day at a time.May 11 - FINALLY!!!! - pre-op is done.  This long awaited procedure is FINALLY going to be accomplished.May 12 - We arrive at Saint Francis Heart Hospital at 7 a.m.  Mickey's brother Jerry is here with us from Tennessee. Pastor Steve, Jerry, Son Marc & I all pray together before Mickey is taken in.  Marc, Jerry & I wait in the waiting room. We are joined by friend Don Thompson and Heidi, the wife of John who has nursed and helped us so much.Dr. Archer is the main Surgeon, with Dr. Ensley and Dr. Cassidy assisting.  Dr. Gierdisch, from Loyola University in Chicago, has flown in as Proctor.  This is due to the difficulty of the entry into the chest wall based on the prior Heart Bi-pass surgery done in 2008, and the issue of vein blockage in the legs, which is the first entry preferred source.The surgery is scheduled for 180 minutes. The plan is to enter through the upper chest with a small incision.  This was the 3rd and least desirable entry.   The Transaortic - Through an incision in the chest.   There were problems and it was necessary for the Surgeon to do open heart surgery.  This was the procedure they had been trying to avoid due to Mickey's age and why the entire TAVR procedure had been sought, waited for, and delayed for so long.  THE OPEN HEART SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS, AND THE NEW AORTA VALVE WAS SET IN PLACE!!!!!!May 13-14 - In the hospital.  Doing good.  Lots of company. Marc, Jacque, Jerry, Oksana, and myself are there from early morning until about 9 p.m. Jerry & I do return home to sleep.May 14 - When it rains it pours!!  Our HHR is down.May 15 - Mickey is released from the hospital on the 3rd day at 12:03 pm (that is significant to me and The 3rd Day Sister's Bible Study that was incorporated into my WOW Women - Woman of the Word Bible Study in our home every Tuesday evening!)  Since the HHR was out of the picture the trip home was made in Brother Jerry's car, which reeked of cigarettes, with Jerry driving.  Mickey begins to sleep - and I might say live - on the living room couch.  May 16 - Jerry leaves at 7 a.m. for Tennessee.  Mickey takes his 4th Pain Pill at 1 p.m. May 17 - We begin recording daily pulse rates & weight.  Today 157/54/97 and 156.2 lbs. This is also the last week I co-lead Real Christianity in our study of THE END by Mark Hitchcock.  Kent finishes up the following Sunday, May 25th and we take an extended break.May 18 - Faithful, and talented friend, Tim Hembrey came by and installs a new thermostat in the HHR and also brings and plants 2 roses bushes in the flower bed.  A red one for me, and a white one for Mickey.  What a blessing and treasure Tim is in our lives. May 19-20 - Pain level is not bad and h[...]

Re-print of May 11, 2009 Blog - THEY (our government) HAVE LOST THEIR MINDS


I wrote, and posted, this blog in May of 2009.  As I read it today I am aware how everything I was feeling was correct.  Shocks me this was 6 years & 4 months ago!!  This s-l-i-d-e is continuing and will be faster and faster.  If you have not made Jesus the Christ and Savior of your life I beg you to do so while you still can.  I care. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Well the "stimulus" package passed the Senate yesterday so we know it's just a matter of time before it will be signed into law. God help us.This editorial ran in the Tul*sa Wor*ld a few days ago. I was so blown away by this I had to post it here in Blogland. It was written by J*ay Cro*nley"A trillion is huge, any way you add it""Bad debt is spoiling the American scenery, trillions of dollars worth of it.And a stimulus package is going to run almost a trillion more.How wide?C-notes, $100 bills, stacked side by side would circle the Earth at the equator about 39 times.A trillion is a thousand billions,: a million millions.A stack of $1,000 bills would reach the trillion mark 67 miles up.Were a count to a trillion begun now, with each number taking one second to be spoken, it would take 36,888 years for the counters and their heirs and successors to reach the intended sum.Had a million dollars been spent every day since the birth of Christ, we still wouldn't be at a trillion."Friends, we have to WAKE UP!!!!!! THIS is what our government, our ELECTED officials., are putting on not only our shoulders but our children and grand children's. Then we don't even know if it will end there. I doubt it will.Our world, as we have known it, is fast becoming a thing of the past. We are racing, at warp speed, into the fall of one of the greatest nations the world has ever known and certainly the greatest Christian and humanitarian nation the world has ever known.As a Christian we have to know that we are seeing events predicted in the Word of God unfolding before our very eyes. We will soon find ourselves in a One World Government. I pray, if you have eyes to see and ears to hear, start preparing as best you can......but most of all.....keep your eyes and ears fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith."As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]

What? -----------A YEAR!!!!! Part 3


I started telling of Mickey's heart-health journey & Aorta Heart Valve replacement, that began on July 30, 2014 with an appointment with his primary care physician with shortness of breath.  I posted Part 1 on August 1, and Part 2 on August 3 and am just now getting back to post Part 3.  Why the long delay?  A very busy, happy life got in the way!!Part 2 ended with this paragraph --- February 17 - Our first appointment with our new Primary Care doctor, Dr. Aldridge.  He is an older gentlemen.  When we first go in I tell him our story, and that I feel we are being "dropped through the cracks."  I am sure he is probably thinking, "Oh these are some of these complaining type patients'.  BUT, after he looks through all the computer records and our history to this point and Dr. Parmley being gone he says, "You have been dropped through the cracks, but I'm putting a safety net under you today."  I could have hugged his neck.  We could feel the concern and the caring. February 18 - In the midst of all this, because Mickey was having trouble with his dentures, we decided to get new dentures made.  In hindsight, it was not a very good idea because it took a lot of visits back & forth and Mickey was so very sick.  February 19 - At 6:05 p.m. I received a phone call from Leslie, the TAVR nurse, informing us the blood test Dr. Archer had taken on the 12th shown Mickey had MSRA.  I am instructed to call a group of 5 Infectious Doctors the next morning.  At the time this phone call was received, our kitchen sink faucet had just sprung a leak and we had water spewing everywhere.  Mickey, as ill as he is gets the water shut off, we call our church friend Tim Hembrey, who is such a help, and we rush to Lowe's to buy a new faucet.  At this point I almost come unglued!!!  Tim comes right over and replaces the faucet.This was absolutely one of my lowest points.  I'm thinking "Dear God how much more can happen?" and then of course the never will be answered questions - "Why?".  I don't know why we ask it, because we never get an answer.  But, even in the midst of this horrible time we were so blessed by Tim in coming to our aide with just a phone call, and a "help!!!".   February 20 - I call the Infectious Doctors at 8 a.m.  Dr. Rolands will see us but we cannot get in for several weeks.  I am not at all happy with this delay.  I ask them if there is not some way for Mickey to be seen sooner.  The lady helping me tells me that if the Primary Dr. calls and personally talks to Dr. Rolands they might be able to work him in sooner.  She also is kind enough to inform me that Dr. Rolands will be in the office Monday, the 23rd, in the afternoon and can be reached at that time.  This was a definite, direct blessing of God in moving on this stranger to offer this help to me. This is our granddaughter, Oksana's, 20th birthday and we have plans to meet the family for dinner at 5:30.  The restaurant is packed, we have to wait, Mickey is so weak and so sick but we would not have missed it.   February 21 - Our dear friend Kent Rife and Cathy Kegley are getting married.  I host a small Bridal Shower for Cathy at my home.  February 23 - I call Dr. Aldridge at 7:30 a.m. to talk to the nurse.  I am in tears, telling her about the MRSA and asking if Dr. Aldridge will intervene for us.  She assures me they will handle it.  At 4:30 that very afternoon she calls me back - Dr. Rolands will see us on Wednesday at 1:30.  PRAISE GOD - Yes, Dr. Aldridge is making sure w[...]

What? ------- A YEAR!!!!! Part 2


Yes, our adventure of Aorta Heart Valve replacement,  which began July 30, 2014, and then Cancer of the Lung diagnosis, biopsies and pet scan continues into 2015.  But, with the wonderful news, and the best Christmas present ever received on December 23rd, that it had NOT spread to the lymph nodes, as feared, and is contained in the lung.January 8 - Surgeon Dr. Parmley removes the upper left lung lobe which contains the cancer.  Dr. Parmley's report is they were able to get it all.  We are relieved.What was intended to be a 5 day hospital stay turned into a 14 day stay. The problem, and reason for the long stay, was they could not get the draining of the lung fluid stopped.  They seem reluctant to release Mickey and Dr. Parmley has not been in to see Mickey for several days.  On January 20th, our son, Marc, had gotten upset over what seemed to be going on and talked to the two PA's who had been checking Mickey, and the draining, and demanded Dr. Parmley come see him.  Within an hour one of the PA's is back and says they will release Mickey the next day.January 21 - Mickey is released to come home but the fluid is still an issue and I am going to have to change the bandages.We are all very weary from the long hospital stay and drainage problem but confident that this is yet another hurdle that we will get over.  We cling desperately to God's assurance to us that He is not through with Mickey and His plans and purposes for our lives.   January 22 - Our first wonderful day at home. He is released to come home but the fluid is still an issue and I am going to have to change the bandages. Praise God for our Church friend, John Gummel, who is a nurse, and who came over each and every day to do this for us. January 26 - The bandage sprang a huge leak, during the middle of the night. It was so bad I had to change the bedding in the middle of the night. Mickey, for the first time had a panic attack and so did I.   January 27 - John came and redid the bandages AGAIN and calmed Mickey's fears saying there was probably a "pocket" of the flood in the area that bust and not anything to be concerned about.  January 28 - was another rough night of little sleep.January 29 - Talked to Leslie, a nurse with the TAVR group.  She informed us that Dr. Parmley was gone.  In fact, he left on January 23rd, 2 days after Mickey was discharged!!!  Now we are without our main TAVR Dr. who was the one qualified to do the Aorta Valve Replacement.We are so thankful for our faith and trust that NONE of this has, or is, taking our Lord and Savior by surprise, although it certainly took us by surprise.  We cling.  Another hurdle to overcome and HE will guide and walk us through it.  January 30 - We make a trip to the TAVR clinic and nurse Leslie, uncovers the wound area, applies an ointment and removes stitches.February 1 through 10 - We are continuing to treat the stitched area but it is not looking well.  We make several trips to see Leslie, the TAVR clinic nurse.  She assures us all is well.February 11 - We see a different nurse, Katie, at TAVR clinic.  I show concern that no Dr. appointment for follow-up has occurred.  She says she understands but with Dr. Parmley gone, Dr. Archer & Dr. Ensley are having to handle all their own patients plus work in Dr. Parmley's and doing the best they can.  I tell her, "I feel like we have fallen through the cracks".  She leaves the room for a few minutes and when she returns she says, "Dr. Archer will see you in the morning, if you can be here by 8 a.m."  Can we![...]

What? ------- A YEAR!!!!!


The title says it all - but little did we know at the time.  July 30, 2014 Mickey sees our primary care Physician with concern over becoming increasingly short of breath.  (As an aside:  Mickey had double-bi-pass heart surgery in October, 2008 at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City. We decided we did not want to use VA this time and be hospitalized at either Oklahoma City of Muskogee, so we opted to use our regular insurance carrier.) A few tests are run and he is referred to Cardiologist Richard Irvin.August 28 -  First appointment with Dr. Irvin. September 9 - Dr. Irvin performs a Heart Cath.September 14 -  Dr. Irvin orders an Ultra Sound & Echo Cardiogram.  October 13 - Based on the Heart Cath, Ultra Sound & Echo Cardiogram Dr. Irvin's conclusion is the Aorta Valve needs replacing. Mickey is referred to TAVR, which stands for transcatherer aoritic valve replacement, for people who are considered high risk for a standard valve replacement surgery.  The TAVR is a group of 4 Drs. who must all evaluate the patient and must ALL agree that the patient qualifies for the replacement. Mickeys age, 82 years, is also a factor. At this time we are becoming very aware that we are facing a very difficult and serious challenge.  As we seek God's direction and guidance we are BOTH assured by God's Holy Spirit that even though we are going through a difficult season we will walk through it safely and the end will be good.  We have complete assurance that 'GOD IS NOT THROUGH WITH US YET' and has much more for both Mickey & I individually, and collectively, to do in the future for His kingdom. We are at utter peace, 'That peace that passeth understanding". November 5 - Beginning at 9 a.m. and running through 12:45 p.m. 4 different tests are preformed at St. Francis Hospital by Dr. Edward Morris, Dr. Thomas Smith & Dr. Ralph Ensley in preparation for the TAVR procedure and to ascertain Mickey's qualification.  November 11 - Appointment with Dr. Matthew Parmley & Dr. Ralph Ensley where Mickey is informed the tests have shown 'something' in the left lung.November 17 - A biopsy is performed to see what the 'something' is. November 19 - The biopsy tube is removed. There is suspicion it might be cancer.   37 days after our peace & assurance from God we are now facing our first unexpected hurdle and challenge.  We view it as that - a hurdle we must get over and through. November 25 - We are referred by Dr. Parmley to a Lung Specialist, Dr. Timothy Nokes, for an assessment to whether Mickey could tolerate both lung surgery and the TAVR procedure.  His conclusions was affirmative.  Over THAT hurdle.November 26 - Pet scan to determine if mass is cancerous. It was!  The scan also showed a possibility of cancerous cells in the breast bone. December 10 - Consultation with Dr. Parmley.  The small lung mass can be addressed and they believe removed successfully surgically, but if there is cancer in the breast bone EVERYTHING is off --- no TAVR, no Aortic valve replacement.  He schedules a Mediastinoscopy.21 days after hurdle #1 we are facing hurdle #2.  Our peace, our confidence, our 'knowing' God is faithful and with us is holding and sustaining us.  December 12 - More tests at St. Francis Hospital in preparation for procedure. December 18-19 - Mediastinoscopy if performed by Dr. Parmley.  Results will follow and we will be informed later, probably after Christmas because of the holiday.December 20 - That evening M[...]



For my dear friend Retha and anyone else who might enjoy and want it.LASAGNASauce Ingredients:1     onion, chopped2     cloves garlic3     cups sliced mushrooms2     bay leaves1 1/2 t oregano1 1/2 t basil1/2    t thyme1/4   C chopped parsley6      C tomatoes, diced (fresh or canned)5      waterOther Ingredients:2    10 oz package frozen spinach1    cup part skim ricotta, thinned with 1/2 C skim milk8     oz whole wheat lasagna noodles1/2  lb part skim mozzarella, sliced thing 1/4  cup grated parmesan cheesevegetable coat sprayTo prepare sauce, saute garlic and onion in water in a large saucepan until onions are clear.  Add remaining sauce ingredients.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove bay leaf.Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water until tender and drain.  Rinse in cold water to prevent sticking.Spray a 9x13 baking dish with vegetable coating spray.Cook frozen spinach.  Squeeze all excess water from spinach.  Spread thin layer of sauce on the bottom of pan.  Layer noodles on top of sauce.  Spread more sauce on top of noodles.  Place 1/2 of spinach evenly over sauce.  Distribute 1/2 ricotta evenly.  Sprinkle 1/2 mozzarella as next layer.  Layer more noodles and repeat the process, ending with a layer of noodled, tomato sauce and remaining mozzarella.Bake covered for 30 minutes 15 375 degrees.  Uncover and bake until brown.  Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheeseServes 8Calories 307.0  This recipe is from SPA Specialties from the kitchen of Lake Austin Resort and was given to us by Outpatient Cardiac Rehab - St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, OK.   "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]

2015 Books #7 - The INNOCENT MAN


I have not felt compelled to blog about a book in a long time, but I must do so about John Grisham's The Innocent Man - Murder and Injustice In A Small Town. If you desire truth and justice I highly recommend this book, published in 2006.To quote from the book cover jacket - "If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you.  If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you.  If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you."I have to say I am shocked, disturbed and infuriated.I am so thankful for my friend, Shirley Smith, loaning this book to me to read because I probably never would have done so otherwise. In fact when I first read the above words on the jacket I almost  didn't read it.  I'm so glad I did.In light of all the current events and happenings being reported daily in news reports, I believe it is important for many of us to re-examine our mindset on many levels, topics and subjects.  The Courts and justice systems being only one of them. I am not going to make any further comments except to say again,  I highly recommend this book.  If you have read it, or you do read it, I would love to hear your views and comments.     =======A history of my book reading since tracking on my blog:  2010 - 15 Books ~~ 2011 - 16 Books ~~ 2012 - 13 Books ~~ 2014 - 3 Books ~~  so far in the first 4 months of 2015 - 8 Books.  I am an avid reader. "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]



Love is a heart and soul connection that only God can make that transcends our human understanding.Such is a love is my connection with Kathy Wright and her wonderful family from Phoenix, Az.It all began seven years ago, on April 24, 2007,  in the wonderful land of BLOGS.  I stumbled (no, in hindsight I know it was God's leading me) onto a blog called The Bumbling Genius by Kathy's husband, Danny.  I liked and approved of what I read and became a faithful follower of Danny's blog.On April 2, 2008 Danny informed me his wife, Kathy, had started a blog called A Field Lilly and invited me to visit it and meet her.  I checked it out immediately and knew this was an instant connection.  We followed each other faithfully and during the Cancer Battle of our daughter, Suzette, and her trip to Heaven on May 19, 2011 I found GREAT strength and comfort from both Kathy & Danny.Our first MEETING, in real life, occurred on July 2, 2011 when we finally got to meet the Wrights - Danny, Kathy, Daughter Bethany, Son Daniel.  What a grand time we had celebrating July 4th together and their visit of 3 days, our friendship grew.  Our second meeting occurred in September, 2012 when Mickey & I, along with help from Danny and their wonderful, dear friend Mary Lee worked hard on arrangement when Mickey & I decided to SURPRISE Kathy with an unannounced visit on September 29, 2012.  What a fabulous 3 days we got to spend with them and the friendship grew.Fast forward to Sunday, April 12, 2005Kathy & her lovely daughter Bethany came to Tulsa!!!I planned a surprise Get-Together of the WOW Woman (Woman of the Word) Bible Study group, of which both Kathy and another DEAR Connection, Retha Naidoo, belong via the private fb group.There were only 5 of us from the group who were able to make it Sunday afternoon after church for our Luncheon but we had a good time.(Left to right, Jenny Oswald, Thelma Horton, Kathy, Bethany, Patty Ross, Susan Joyce, Kathy Robinson.)  Bethany celebrated her 15th Birthday on the 10th so I surprised her with a cake. Bethany blessed Mickey & I by playing a song for us on her violin.It was beautiful and such a joy and blessing.The bad part of this 3rd visit was that it lasted only about 5 hours.Part of this visit was to encourage Mickey who has been fighting the Aorta Heart Valve replacement process for the past 8 month.Mickey is giving Kathy driving instructions as they are leaving.Kathy blessed me with this lovely bluebird picture with the verse His compassions fail notThey are new every morningLamentations 3:22-23I had the perfect place to hang it, even with a nail already in place!, over the sliding glass doors in our living room.  Right where Mickey can see it as he watches his bluebirds building their nest, sitting on the eggs, and awaiting the new life of baby birds flying away.Now - Mickey & I are waiting and looking forward to visit #4!!!Don't know where - Don't know when - but are confident there will be a 4th. And we'll be seeing all 4 Wrights, including Danny & Daniel, next time, too.How I thank my Father God for placing this wonderful family in our lives and the ability to stay connected, almost on a daily basis, via fb and still share our blogs."As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]



I have always been a prolific reader from a very early age.  Being raised essential as an "only child" (I had one 1/2 sister who left home when I was 6) books became my friends.  In my childhood I devoured all the Nancy Drew mysteries.  Many times, in the middle of the night, my mother would be saying, "Turn off your light and get to sleep, Susan".

Right after I was saved, at age 18, a friend loaned me Hannah Whitall Smith's book, THE CHRISTIAN'S SECRET TO A HAPPY LIFE.  It laid such a foundation of beginning growth in my then new walk with Jesus that over these ensuring 58 years I have read mostly Christian authors and self-help books.  Devouring series, first LEFT BEHIND by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.  Then, all Joel Rosenberg books to date, along with 3 Frank Peretti novels. 

One of my main loves in spiritual books have been classic writings by the many Spiritual Giant of Authors who are now in Heaven. During these years my focus was for Spiritual growth and not for casual reading. 

Just recently, with my husband's long and difficult medical situation, I decided it would be a good idea to start reading aloud to my husband.  My dear friend, Judy, who's Bible Study I attend on Monday mornings reads a lot of lighter Christian authors, so I asked her to loan me a couple.  The following Sunday she and her husband dropped off 2 Christian mysteries by Terri Blackstock.  We devoured them in a week and the following Monday I returned those 2 and received 4 more.  Which again, in the first week we have finished 2 of them.

I have a feeling we are going to be reading a lot, especially the next 4+ weeks as we await my husband Aorta Valve replacement procedure.

I Praise God for many things, and books, and the ability of those Authors who write them, and the many hours of learning and pleasure they have given me over these many long years. 


A Very Special Gift From FAR-FAR AWAY from Very Special PEOPLE


On February 11th I received a phone call from The Green Parrot Cafe informing me that our wonderful friends, from South Africa had contacted them and purchased a gift certificate for Mickey, son Marc, grandson Aric and myself to enjoy a meal.  Talk about shocked and stunned.  I can only imagine the love, time and effort that went into their doing this!  First, locating a local cafe here in Coweta and then going through all the work, and back & forth they had to go through, to accomplish this surprise.Due to Mickey's health and the hospitalizations, Dr. appointments, procedures, and just generally being basically home bound the majority of the time,  it took us 52 days to reap the joy and thrill of this unique and wonderful love.              The four of us  awaiting our order.The three generation of Joyce men as we enter The Green Parrot CafeThis Cafe was established in 1942, 73 years ago and when I was a 4 years old child in Santa Fe, New Mexico and had never even heard of Coweta, Oklahoma!!!It is on the main street, which is Broadway, and is known by everyone who lives in Coweta.It is a landmark and a hangout for many of the locals.The only female in this group getting a picture of the front window and sign (and myself!)One of the nice things about The Green Parrot is they serve breakfast the entire 7 1/2 hours they are opened, in addition to a large selection of other items and a daily special.Our choices ran the gambit - Aric had breakfas: waffle, egg, bacon - Mickey & Marc both had the Chicken fried steak special with 2 vegetables & bread - Susan had hamburger with fries.EVERYTHING home-style and freshly prepared.ALL was delicious and we were filled to the brim.Another interesting thing, on this particular day, other than the owner and cook, I was the only female and all the other patrons were men.The inside is all panelled with knotty pine and has the old time counter, stools and malt machinePlus lots & lots of Parrot pictures, figurines and other Parrot items collected over the years.Yes, quite a unique place and a very unique gift for us from so FAR away.In a perfect world we would LOVE to have Jason, Retha & Ethan with us eating here at The Green Parrot in Coweta, Oklahoma.Mickey & I all smiles and full of joy and gratitude for so blessing us with such a strong SPIRITUAL and LOVING connection with Jason, Rethan and their son Ethan.It brings tears to my eyes on many occasions when I marvel at the great work GOD has done, and is doing, in our lives and friendship together.  ONLY GOD!!!! "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]



                                    Milestone = a Significant EventOur Granddaughter Oksana is no longer a teen-ager!!!Oksana's 20th Birthday Dinner and Celebration February 20thHer location choice for celebrating her birthday was BROOK SOUTH.It was a packed Friday evening crowd but we got seated fairly quickly.Aunt Jacque, Brother Aric, Grandma Susan & Grandpa MickeyDad Marc & his friend Gayle Birthday girl with her friend Derick Not a lot of pictures of gifts because Oksana had requested the family go together and replace the broken, back left window of her car and that is what we did.  There of course were cards but I failed to get pictures of those.Since this was a "milestone" Birthday it was now my turn to give my granddaughter a special keepsake from her Grandmother Susan.  This note accompanied this bracelet & earring set.HAPPY-HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY2-20-15Your 20th Birthday is a milestone takingyou to another decade.I wanted to give you something of mine thathas happy memories.I was given thisMEXICAN SILVER & ONYX BRACELET& EARRINGSwhen I was 15.That was 62 years ago.I trust they will become a happy memory for youof this occasion and of me your Grandmother.I love you and am so proudof the beautiful young womanyou are becoming.GrandmaFriday, February 20, 2015 "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]



Milestone = a Significant Event February 3rd - Grandson Aric's 16th BirthdayOur youngest grandchild and our only grandson In our family the Birthday honoree gets to choose the restaurant.Aric chose OSAKA Japanese SteakhouseGrandpa Mickey, Honoree Aric, Dad Marc & Marc's friend Gayle Aunt Jacque & Sister Oksana A $30 money gift from Aunt Jacque A new computer item from Dad Another gift A $40 check from Grandma & GrandpaSince this was a "milestone" Birthday we wanted to give Aric a special "keepsake" from his Grandpa Mickey.HAPPY-HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY2-3-15The 16th Birthday is one of the milestones of life. I wanted to give you something of mine thatholds special significance and memories.After looking through my few itemsI have selected these two beaded necklaces I purchased in Hawaii in September, 1978.I know you probably will never desire to wear them,but  I trust they will become a treasure of thingsyou will remember about me and our sharingyour 16th.I love you and am so very proudof the young, principled manyou are becoming.Grandpa                 Wednesday, February 4, 2015   The above note accompanied the two beaded necklaces and a small special metal box that held them.  The necklaces do not show up real well in the photo.We are very, very proud of the fine young man our Grandson Aric has become.HAPPY, HAPPY 16TH Aric "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]



And ~~~~ other items after Mickey's discharge from the hospital on Thursday, January 22nd.    Angels come in all different kinds and sizes - and our angel, who came to our aid upon Mickey's discharge after 14 days in the hospital, came in the form of this wonderful, fairly new church friend John.  The fact that John is an RN - well, you can see this was a God connection.  John came over every morning around 8:30 or 9 and changed Mickey's bandage where the drainage tube had been. On a couple of occasions, when the drainage was excessively heavy, he even came back a second time that evening. I was so nervous about this situation and I literally do not know how Mickey or I could have handled those 6 days without his care, love, attention & help. We can NEVER thank John enough for truly being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus for us. ~~~~~~~ John, his wife Heidi, and 11 year old daughter Addy-Johe visited Mickey in the hospital on Sunday, the 18th, and brought these adorable little plastic pipes for Mickey to practice and strengthen his lungs and breathing.  Marc & Aric joined us for dinner on Sunday, the 25th, and after dinner we ALL joined Mickey and competed in blowing the pipes and sustaining the little balls in the air.  I did the worst!!!!On Monday, the 26th, Mickey dressed in REAL clothing like he wears, for the first time, and we ventured out to begin our daily Walking Program by making a short trip to Wal-Mart.  I need to, and will do a post about the entire medical journey Mickey began on October 13, 2014 at a later date but could not wait to give John Gummel the thanks, praise and recognition he deserves. "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14b KJV "As for me and my family, we'll worship God" The Message[...]