Monday, June 30, 2008

Off the politics today and something different...

I am on the worship team at church and I sign the songs. Well, at times, I tend to get carried away and jump up and down and dance. Well....*face turning red* I lost my balance and almost fell on our guitarist!!! embarrassing, I played it off and smiled rather largely and went on as if nothing out of the ordinary happened. I wonder how many people noticed?

Then, during the preaching, I had to go to the bathroom. I went in not realizing another lady was in there, and began to talk to myself...*sigh* and even went as far as began to sing to myself...hee. It gets worse, I spoke to the toilet and told it I wasn't sure I wanted to pee in yellow water and then flushed the toilet. Good heavens, can anyone say "psycho?"

Then the last thing at church, the pastor was talking about tithing and said, "If you are wiggling around, this probably is making you uncomfortable." At the time, yep my leg was swinging back and forth. My friend next to me giggled and and said, "now is not the time to be swinging your leg." Ooops! *beet red*

Have you heard that saying that bad things come in 3's? Well, I believe it now.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Transgenders want a piece of the pie...

So now the transgenders are trying to get equal rights, huh? What's next? Those who participate in beastiality or incestual relationships?

I know that the 14th amendment states that "all men are created equal" where does it say about cross-dressers, homosexuals etc. Unfortunately, perversity was not such a problem in the 1800's. So it doesn't. Please if I am mistaken in representing this let me know.

"In the wake of the Fourteenth Amendment, the states could not, among other things, deprive people of the equal protection of the laws. What exactly such a requirement means, of course, has been the subject of great debate; and the story of the Equal Protection Clause is the gradual explication of its meaning."

PFOX rips House Dems on transgender hearing

The head of an ex-"gay" group says members of Congress who are seeking to extend special protections to transgender employees are endorsing behavior that is dangerous to the very people they want to protect.

The Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions subcommittee of the U.S. House held a hearing yesterday on "Discrimination Against Transgendered Americans in the Workplace." Openly homosexual House members Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) testified at the hearing in favor of extending special workplace protections to transgender people.

In his testimony, Congressman Frank claimed that transgender people have "courageously dealt" with the feeling of "being trapped in the wrong body" and thus should not be "denied [workplace] protection." Congresswoman Baldwin said transgender people face many forms of discrimination.

"Hate crimes against transgender Americans are tragically common," said Baldwin. "Transgender people also face discrimination in the mundane tasks of the everyday -- trying to find housing, applying for credit, or even seeing a doctor. And of course, the focus of today's hearing -- in trying to provide for themselves and their families."

Regina Griggs, executive director of the group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), says no one should be discriminated against, but she does not think transgenders are the target of discrimination.

"By and large, people feel sorry for them. These people have gender identity disorder; it's a mental disorder," she points out. "And Tammy [Baldwin] ought to be encouraging these people to seek help. You're not born with the wrong brain -- and it is impossible to change genders."

Cross-dressers, argues Griggs, should not be classified as federally protected minorities. "I think it's despicable that we are having people who are openly homosexual take [the side of] the transgender issue -- neither one of these people [Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin] are transgendered," she observes.

"We're not talking to the scientists," Griggs notes. "We're not talking to Dr. Paul McHugh, who stopped these sex changes at Johns Hopkins; he was head of the psychiatric department. We're not talking to Richard Fitzgibbons, a child psychiatrist who has worked with people who have gender-identity disorder."

The PFOX leader says there is nothing compassionate about putting the lives of gender-confused people in danger by promoting sex-change surgeries and hormones

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Judge overrules dad's decision to ground daughter

This article should be a wake up call for all parents regardless of what nation you are from. The U.S. is known for its rogue judges and hearing that this occurred in Canada, I can very well see it happening here. Also, if you recall parents in Germany were in a lot of trouble for homeschooling.

We need to wake up and fight back! Read this and tell me what you think? WARNING THIS IS LONG....BUT VERY IMPORTANT.

GATINEAU, Quebec - A Quebec youngster has used the courts to avoid parental discipline in a "landmark" case. The 12-year-old girl, who is too young to be named, went to court to force her father to overturn his decision not to allow her to go on a school trip. Her father had decided to ground her after he found out she had posted photos of herself on a dating website against his wishes. The sixth-grader then took her father to court, arguing that his punishments were too severe.

Madam Justice Suzanne Tessier of the Quebec Superior Court ruled on Friday that denying the girl permission to go on the school trip was an excessive punishment. The girl's lawyer, Lucie Fortin, said, "She's becoming a big girl" and described the school trip as "a unique event in her life", the Globe and Mail reported. In arguing the case, Fortin cited Sections 159 and 604 of the Quebec Civil Code, which allow minors in some circumstances to initiate court proceedings relating to the exercise of parental authority. Section 159 is used in "extreme circumstances", such as cases of parental negligence.

The father's lawyer, Kim Beaudoin said that her client is "stunned by this situation. He feels like he's lost his daughter". He is appealing the court's decision.

Although the child got what she wanted, others are saying that court has blazed new paths into the very heart of the family, which compounds the growing threat of state interference in private life in Canada. Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, called the decision "another chilling precedent", saying that it was so outrageous that it sounded like a parody.

"This judge needs to be grounded and sent to her room," Mohler wrote. He points out that the rules the girl broke, and which the court has helped her to flout, were put in place for her own protection. Police have identified online dating sites as a common window through which sexual predators gain access to children.

"For years, we have been warned that the courts were poised to usurp parental authority. We have seen chilling judicial precedents and the encroaching reach of bureaucrats and government agents .... Parents are supplanted by professionals who are 'experts' in raising other people's children." Mohler notes that the reaction in Canada is one of growing outrage.

The Ottawa Citizen quoted Gene Colman, a veteran Toronto family lawyer who founded the Canadian Journal of Family Law, who said, "It sounds unbelievable. I've never heard of this before."

Ottawa family lawyer Fred Cogan said, "I think it's state interference where the court shouldn't be interfering. I've got six kids. I certainly wouldn't want a judge watching over everything that I do, and I wouldn't want my kids being able to run to the judge."

But it was Lorne Gunter, writing in his regular column for the National Post, who had the strongest words, rebuking Judge Tessier for not laughing the case out of court. Gunter quotes Fortin saying of the girl's school camping trip, "For me that was really important."

Gunter responds, "So what? Just who are you? Are you the kid's parent? Are you a relative of any sort? No? So why, then, does your opinion matter? And if it does matter, how is court action appropriate?"

"Here is a father who has full-time custody struggling to keep his daughter from getting caught up in the whole world of Internet predators, while also dealing with all the issues of discipline and conflicted loyalties that arise from divorce, and now the court has made his task far more difficult. Even if his punishment is an overreaction, unless the judge wants to take over raising his daughter directly, calling all the shots, making all the emotional, on-the-ground, late-night decisions, the judge should butt out," says the columnist.

Monday, June 23, 2008

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I hope everyone had a great weekend, mine was pretty good, I had a surprise visitor at our church. I am always inviting the patients to check out my church and you know what? One of them showed up!!! Sadly, one person thought he was my husband and everyone kept on asking who he was?? I was very excited to share. Let's see if he comes back, hey?

Moving on...

I am a huge fan of Army Wives and last night I became an even bigger fan. They actually showed a bible verse from a real bible and an angel was an invisible friend to a little boy who then turned around and began to comfort a mourning mother who lost her daughter in a bombing. It is a clean show, and it has positive male role models and marriage is seen in a wonderful aspect. I am so happy for that!! Finally something I don't have to turn the channel or cover my kids ears. Not to mention the daily struggles of army families.

Our kids need to see men acting and behaving like men. Today's tv shows portray men as bumbling idiots that have no idea how to get on in life without their intelligent wives bailing them out. I asked someone that if they knew of any tv dads that were intelligent, capable and were not under the control of their wives. And she mentioned the Cosby Show. Nope, wrong! Claire always got the last word, and treated Cliff like a child when it came to eating foods he wanted to eat. She always got her way.

The only tv dads that I can recall who were strong, faithful, and head of their households, were Charles Ingalls, of Little House On the Prarie and the dad from Seventh Heaven. Anyone else you all can think of?

Don't you think it is high time that men got their dues? Males are getting a bad rap! And you know what? I believe it is insulting our Creator, God.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

This book really taught me so much about myself, my relationship with Jesus and how to have a better more meaningful relationship with Him. I learned that I can make time with Him and not feel like I have to be rushed. There are so many aspects of this book that I wish I could type them all out. I wrote down a lot of notes for myself to reference back when I am feeling doubt or neglecting my prayer life.

Like so many busy moms and women we long to sit at the feet of Jesus and just rest in His presence, but life just won't let us do that.

And at the end of the book there is a study guide to help us along and to a great tool to share in bible class.

The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in theNew Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, into the midst of your busy life, to extend the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters from Bethany. Tenderly, he invites you to choose “the better part”–a joyful life of intimacy with him that flows naturally into loving service.With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story, Joanna Weaver shows how all of us–Marys and Marthas alike–can draw closer to our Lord: deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.

About Joanna our Author of this fabulous book:

Joanna Weaver was voted the Most Promising New Writer of 1997 at the Mount Herman Writer’s Conference. She has authored Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and written for publications such as Focus on the Family, Home Life, Aspire, and The Evangel. A pastor’s wife for more than eighteen years, she and her husband have counseled many couples, both those approaching their wedding and those struggling in marriage. The Weavers live in Montana and have taught young married classes and spoken on the topic of marriage throughout the northwestern United States.

To celebrate the release, Joanna will be giving away 7 copies of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World...all you have to do is leave a comment on her blog.

And if you've read the book already -- leave her a comment, at the above link, telling her which chapter was your favorite...and why! She will choose 7 winners (randomly) to receive a copy of her latest re-release of With This Ring!


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I have been pondering something since Sunday, Father's Day. It has really bothered me and I just need to vent.

Here goes....*deep breath*

My church has a lot of disorder and can be at times, chaotic. I tend to question a few things, but the fellowship that I have with my friends at this church help me to overlook these very distressing actions.

Okay, as I have mentioned in other posts some people at my church love to scream at the top of their lungs, or cry at the top of their lungs or acting "drunk in the spirit" and draw a lot of attention to themselves.

A few weeks ago a pastor chastised the church for such obvious displays of the "flesh." He said that if "you draw attention to yourselves then it is no longer of God, but of the flesh."

After this, there was quiet beautiful worship at the altar, that is until this past Sunday when our youth group returned from camp.

On their way home they stopped at a Taco Bell and were saying they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and went into the restuarant feeling it. That's wonderful but here is where I was ashamed of my church because one of the teenage girls fell on the floor "in the spirit" and began to speak in tongues!! And no one felt led to get her up and tell her that it was not the proper time.

With a lot of pride, a leader said that they had cleared out the restaurant and they were the only ones left because the people "felt convicted."

I felt, first of all, that it was hurtful to the owners of the establishment because they probably lost money, and all the patrons inside the restaurant had their meals disrupted and felt compelled to vacate the premises because of the ostentatious exhibition before them. These people were not convicted, they were disgusted. Had I been there I would have immediately grabbed up my boys and left, thinking that those people were "crazy."

So after our Sundary service the "adults" migrated to the altar and it took one loud person crying at the top of their lungs to get all the other loud screamers going! And of course many were falling on the floor crying incoherently in the spirit.

It got so loud that I got up and began to walk out but not before I noticed the look of utter shock and dismay on some visitors faces and I was saddened by it. I didn't want them to think that people who love Jesus act that way.


So, when I got home, I was still reeling over this, I approached my hubby and asked him if this was one of the reasons why he didn't want to attend my church and he said, "yes." Then added that we "act like a cult." My heart broke. The next day I asked my MIL and she replied that, that was the only reason she wouldn't come back to my church either. She told me she would love to attend church with her grandsons but couldn't take the yelling and screaming and crying. She had no problem with the dancing or clapping, though, but it really bothered her seeing some of the stuff people were doing, it really made her uncomfortable and questioned Christianity.

I thanked God that my husband and my in-laws did not come that Sunday morning to celebrate Father's Day. The damage would have been irreparable.

And I really don't want my boys to be taught that it's okay to act that way in public, because it is not. I want them to be able to talk and share their love for Christ coherently and lucidly.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Big Mistake

I spoke to the wrong person at church regarding Obama. I don't know why I felt compelled to say this.

I told her that she needed to "keep an eye on Obama" and she said, "what for?" Well because people are saying he is the "enlightened one, etc." Her response, "I don't have to worry about him, all I have to do is look for Jesus' return." Leticia *rolls eyes*

Now you see that kind of ignorant indifference really makes me mad. So I told her, that yes, Jesus is coming but we don't know when and we should care about what happens, especially since our children are going to be a part of this world. I don't think Jesus wants us to be silent and hide under a rock.

She didn't like my response, but oh well. With Christians thinking like that, no wonder this nation is out of control. Just because Jesus is coming for His church does not mean we hide and keep our heads in the sand and hope it will all go away, it won't. All it does if give Satan more leeway and freedom to run amok.

We need to speak out and defend what is right. Good grief! Jesus got angry and threw some tables over in a temple. Read the bible, none of the disciples were silent, not a one.

Friday, June 13, 2008

It is finally Friday!!

I just enjoyed a delicious Chinese chicken salad, minus the tomatoes, with fresh mushroom bisque soup, mmm......yummy!

Tell me what you think? I about gagged in disgust when I read this article.

The Enlightened Obama?
By Sandy Rios

“What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance,” declared Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Chicago.

Really? I guess by his assessment, the Emancipation Proclamation and Civil War would pale by comparison, as would the assassinations of Lincoln, Kennedy and King. I could go on, but you get my point. A little hyperbole in an emotional moment might be forgiven except for that last part: Another chapter in the Bible for Barack Obama? Shall we pair him with Moses or the Apostle Paul? Would he be part of the Revelation of the end times or was he present at creation?
As thousands swoon at rallies, cheering even as Obama blows his nose and declares, “I am confident we can create a kingdom right here on earth,” I have watched with agitation and concern.

Have people lost their sense of God to such a degree that they would virtually worship a presidential candidate?
Still, it’s one thing for adoring crowds to swoon, quite another for the object of the swooning, to declare himself the Democratic candidate, then boldly proclaim:

I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment…

When we began to provide care for the sick and give jobs to the jobless.
This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal….
This was the moment, this was the time….

All this delivered to the backdrop of applause and emotion matching his increasingly fevered pitch until it reached a crescendo which nearly drowned the candidate out.

But no adulation could top that of San Francisco Chronicle writer, Mark Moford, who exuded in his article, “Is Obama an Enlightened Being?”:

Barack Obama isn’t really one of us. Not in the normal way, anyway … it’s not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric … It is something more … a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity.

Dismiss it if you like, but I’ve heard from far too many enormously smart, wise, spiritually attuned people who’ve been intuitively blown away by Obama’s presence—not speeches, not policies, but sheer presence…

Many spiritually-advanced people I know identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who casually help usher in a new way of being on the planet…. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

“I believe in Barack Obama,” declared a supporter. “It’s almost like a revival for a lot of people’s souls,” extolled another.

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!” bellowed Obama to an earlier fawning crowd.

If he can slow the rise of the oceans and bring healing to the earth, then maybe he does deserve his own chapter in the Bible. If he can teach us a “new way of being on the planet” and inspire the San Francisco Chronicle to opine about the possibility of a god, then maybe this is the most remarkable political event in our 232-year history.But, if I had to guess, I would say that the oceans will rise and fall in spite of his nomination. The planet will be healed only when the one who really controls it brings human history to a close. And the American people are putting their trust in a political savio r who cannot save … a “Lightworker” who will, in fact, bring only darkness.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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My Gosh!! I don't know how Americans are going to survive these wretched gas prices! It's killing us! You know the Omish have the right thing going on, talk about smart people. I wonder if some of us will have to look into buying a horse and buggy or ride our bicycles to work. I don't live that far, and I am seriously considering it. I wish my church wasn't so far away! I don't know how much longer I can do the Wednesday and Sunday morning services.

Did any of you see the footage of an elderly Hispanic man getting hit by a car? I was so angry to see that the car that hit him drive off as if nothing out of the ordinary happened! And then seeing cars passing him by. And what about the bystanders?? Where the H*&# were they? What is going on here? Is society so desensitized that they would literally watch a man die in front of them and not lift a finger? I would have been out there trying to protect him from traffic while calling 911, this was a human being lying on that hot pavement! Where was the compassion?

Moving on...

I was watching a little bit of Larry King last night, Hulk Hogan was on trying to make us feel sorry for his spoiled son. At first, he seemed to care for the family of the injured soldier and talking about how money he had given the kid and his family, blah, blah, and he had no hard feelings, then he recanted and said that they, were "two-faced" Larry King interjected and I changed the channel.

Look his son was driving the car and he was at fault. I am sorry that he has a cell that is smaller than "his bathroom" or that he gets to play basketball, playstation etc. while in jail. There is no remorse from that kid nor do I see it from the Hogan family. And to top things off he was bragging about doing some reality show!

I am not about to feel sorry for some rich kid whining that he doesn't have all of his luxuries around. His friend will probably never walk, talk or do anything again, and for that I have zero sympathy. If I sound cold, it is because I am.

I am glad that the victim's family is suing, they are going to need some serious dough to pay all of those hospital bills.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

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I was sharing with the ladies prayer group about a wonderful miracle that my Heavenly Father did for me.

As most of you know, I am always in the midst of marital problems and they always seem to get progressively worse. I prayed and asked God why He keeps blocking my way from leaving my husband. I wanted out! And was done!

And this is where I was given a miracle of love. Now this is not hearing the actual voice of God, but through my spirit, k?

He said, "That there was no man on this earth that could love me the way Jesus can love me." And then said, "I sent the perfect man the only man to earth who is capable of loving me the way I needed to be loved." Or something close to that.

AND then a vision or visual appeared and showed me my Savior's hands being pierced upon the cross. Wow!

I have always been mistreated by men and I have a very low opinion of them, I do not trust them, and have felt that they are incapable of love. So when the Lord revealed this to me, it was like this huge light was lit in my heart.

This released my husband from all of my expectations of what love is and how he is supposed to love me. Because I found that Jesus has given me absolute perfection in love. Since then, I have turned over a new leaf and decided to try one more time and give my husband another chance, which he has been trying to do for a while, and without my cooperation. The atmosphere in my home has been so different since I have had this marvelous revelation.

There is hope. And I am clinging to what my Lord has done and is doing for me. I just need to accept the love my husband has for me and not expect him to be "prince charming." Men come with faults and none of them are going to come close in comparison to Christ's love for me.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


This book is soooooo good I couldn't put it down and wound up reading it in one day! It was that great! The characters are very real and you can actually relate to them. This book just captivated my attention and I never left my comfy couch and enjoyed a nice hot cup of coffee and a biscotti on the side, then later munched on popcorn. Anxiously turn page after page waiting to see what was going to happen next.

Soooo....without further ado, Here is the introduction to "SKIZZER" and to author A.J. KIESLING.


The story centers on two sisters, Claire (the main character) and Becca.
After receiving news of her sister Becca's abrupt disappearance, Claire Trowling must piece together the shadowy remnants of a past she's long forgotten in order to find her. A cryptic note scrawled in Becca's handwriting leaves more questions than it answers. When a stack of mysterious letters bound by a rare necklace is found, Claire races to discover the secrets that hold her family captive. Suspenseful and full of intrigue, Skizzer takes you on a transcontinental hunt for answers, weaving seamlessly between the distant past of childhood and the urgency of the present. thought they were. BUY THIS FABULOUS BOOK:

This fantastic book was written by A.J. KIESLING.

A.J. (Angie) Kiesling grew up loving trees and words--trees because they formed the natural backdrop and playground for her childhood years in rural North Carolina, and words because they captivated her from as far back as she can remember. When she wasn't romping through the woods with her siblings, she might be found with her nose in a book--or lost among the shelves at the local library.
She has worked in the Christian publishing industry since 1985 as an author and editor. A former religion writer for Publishers Weekly and Religion BookLine e-newsletter, she frequently reported on spirituality trends and religion book publishing. Angie is the author of numerous books, including
Skizzer (a novel, Revell), Where Have All the Good Men Gone? (Harvest House), Jaded: Hope for Believers Who Have Given Up on Church but Not on God (Revell), and Soul Deep: Prayers and Promises for Cultivating Inner Beauty (Barbour). She also ghostwrote Live Like a Jesus Freak (Albury), the popular follow-up to D.C. Talk's bestseller Jesus Freaks.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Captains supplemental. meme

A meme from my friend Jen.

Last Movie you Saw in a Theater: Prince Caspien, Chronicles of Narnia

What Book or Books Are You Reading? My bible, of course, and Something about getting off the Hook? Forgot the title.

Favorite Board Game: Right now, SORRY

Favorite Smells: My boys fresh out of the bath, baked bread, coffee.

Favorite Sound: quietness

Worst Feeling In The World: Helplessness

Favorite Fast Food Place: San Francisco Bread Co.

Finish This Statement. “If I Had A Lot Of Money I’d…”Pay off my debts and buy a house and a new car.

Do You Sleep With a Stuffed Animal? Nope

Storms-Cool Or Scary: I love them

Favorite drink: Ice water and Snickers soy latte

Finish This Statement, “If I Had The Time I Would …..”Read a whole lot more and relax outside.

If You Could Dye Your Hair Any Color, What Would Be Your Choice? I like my hair color.

Future Child’s Name: Im not having any more children.

Do You Drive Fast? I used to until the gas prices soared

One Nice Thing About The Person Who Sent This To You: She is very precious.

What’s Under Your Bed? A scale

Would You Like To Be Born As Yourself Again? No.

Morning Person Or Night Owl? I'm both

Over Easy Or Sunny Side Up? Sunny side up

Favorite Place To Relax: On my couch

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate mint

Monday, June 2, 2008


I normally read the books I am introducing, but I thought I would help out a fellow Christian and hope that I can help circulate interest in this book.

If you are a Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti fan than this book will be a treat to read. I cannot wait to buy or check-out my own copy. I love Christian, suspense, thrillers.


After learning of the disappearance of his nephew, Joe Saunders returns to his childhood home of Dark Hills to aid in the search effort. When Caleb is found, badly mauled and clinging to life, Joe embarks on a mission to find the beast responsible. But the more Joe delves into the fabric of his old hometown, the more he realizes Dark Hills has a dark secret, shrouded for three generations in a deadly code of silence. As Joe unravels the truth behind a series of unexplained animal attacks, murder, and corruption at the highest level of law enforcement, he is led to a final showdown where he must entrust his very life into God's hands.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR and why I felt compelled to help out a fellow believer

This is Mike Dellosso who has been recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

A personal interview with Mike:

What do you do to pay the bills?I’ve been a physical therapist assistant for 10 years.

Will you share a little bit about your family?I’ve been married to my lovely and supportive wife, Jen, for 10 years. We’ve been blessed with three daughters ages 5, 6, and 8. All fun-loving, sweet-spirited, and of course always well-behaved (ahem).

What do you like to do when you’re not working, writing (which is work!), churching, or familysizing?Read and fool around with my website. Oh, I also mow the lawn, trim the hedges, paint the porch, replace rotted boards, and all that other fun stuff homeowners do to pass the time away. Actually, I’m pretty boring (except when Toby Mac is in the CD player).

A full-time job, church involvement, family life, writing books:
How do you do it all?Very carefully. Seriously. God’s blessed me with time management skills and I make use of my time wisely. Of course, there’s the tendency to get over involved and that’s when I need to take a step back and re-evaluate what I’m doing. But careful management of time is key. Make the most of every minute.

Tell me about when you were diagnosed with cancer. Yeah, cancer. Kind of a big thing. I was diagnosed on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. Here I was getting ready to launch into trying my hand at promoting my new book and in the middle of negotiating a contract for a second book when the doctor dropped the bomb: You have colon cancer.
Funny thing is, I don’t remember ordering colon cancer. Not part of my plans at all.

How has that diagnosis affected your writing?How has it affected my writing? Well, immediately, it’s halted my writing. With the exception of daily journaling on my blog, I haven’t written a lick since being diagnosed. I love to write, it’s my passion, but this cancer thing trumps it. I took this diagnosis as a nudge from God that I need to set writing aside for a little while and just concentrate on the most important things: my relationship with Him and my relationship with my family. Sometimes it takes something like cancer to refocus you, to get you to evaluate your life and do a little re-prioritizing.

In the long run, I think the experience of traveling through this valley will only enhance my writing, give it more depth, more texture, more emotion and passion. I know firsthand what it’s like to traverse that Valley of the Shadow of Death, to question Why me?, to be scared of dying, not for dying’s sake but for my family’s sake, to live with a monster inside me that wants to kill me (hey, that gives me a great story idea), to be poked, prodded, scoped, and stuck, to live a life that revolves around the next test result or the next doctor’s appointment. I’ve been there now and I can incorporate those experiences into my stories, into the life of my characters. It’ll be interesting to see how my writing changes once I get back to it.

What is one thing your diagnosis has taught you? One other thing I’ve learned is to fully rely on God, to willingly submit myself and put my life in His hands. And of course, this carries over into my writing as well. We writers never know where the next contract is coming from or how much the next royalty check will be for, or even how the next story will unfold, if there is a next story. We are constantly at His mercy, and I’m learning that’s a good place to be.