Sunday, December 28, 2014

Melaque Beach

Adventure awaits, and away we joyfully go! A recommended hotel by mi amiga from church. Just 4.5 km to the north of Barra off highway 80 in Jalisco are the tri-villages of Melaque, San Patricio and Villa Obregon.  Playa Melaque shares Bahia de Navidad, a popular spot for swimming.  Population is 12,000 and there are many great places to eat and sleep. Hotel Puesta Del Sol is my choice. Drive the toll road 540 to 110 and get there from Chapla in 4 hours. Simply call and make your reservation MEXICO PHONE: 315-555-5797

Friday, December 26, 2014

Smoking Hot

One year ago today, January 2, 2015 Mike and Barb arrived in Mexico. What a fantastic adventure it has been to move to a new culture, community, country and church!!! Today we celebrate our first year in Mexico with a BBQ in our lushly green patio. Mike was surprised and delighted by his 2014 Christmas gift. A stainless steel grill that is fed fuel from our gas supply tank on the roof! Our Char Broil TRU Infrared gas grill heats up to a smoking hot 700 degrees. Infared energy is comprised of those frequencies beyond visible light. Traditional grills heat with hot air which drys out meats. The Infared energy strikes the food and causes the
molecules to vibrate, and cook meats quickly. Infared is the technology that fine restaurants have used for years. As per directions, we seasoned our grill grates, like a cast iron skillet, this optimized our grills performance. Brushing the meat and grates with peanut oil, we sizzled up a couple of thick pork chops in just 6 minutes!! We enjoyed juicy delicious chops lightly topped with a brush of apple-cinnamon jam, served with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, and a fresh avacadoe. 2015 will be especially tasty and wonder filled as we now have all our construction projects completed. In 2014 we installed a water purifier system, new wiring, a fireplace, a screened in patio, got the waterfall working, landscaped the front and back patio areas, painted interior and exterior, purchased a new car and established ourselves with a local doctor and dentist as Permanent Residents in Jalisco, Mexico.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


This is authentically polished Gold for readers who enjoy great fiction. A tale that transports us is what we hope and long for. In the pages of "To Refine like Silver" Jane Austen's stern Mr. William Darcy of Pemberly was quickly evaluated and teased by Elizabeth Bennett upon there initial introduction by her uncle Mr. Gardiner. "Whoever this man was, he was trying desperately not to show his emotions." Mr Darcy was impressed by Elizabeth's sparkle and her smile but he was not accostomed to being teased as women usually showered him with flattery. Lizzie was different from any other woman he had ever encountered and he instantly wanted to get to know this vibrant woman. He gallantly accepts the invitation to dine with Miss Bennett and Mr. Gardiner, with his sister Georgiana. "Please, Georgie. As your brother and guadian, I insist that you accompany me tonight.  I am not blind to your pain and sorrow." It was difficult for Georgie to attempt to smile or make conversation as shame filled tears leaked from her eyes. Elizabeth Bennett showed compassion for the melancholy state of Georgiana. Elizabeth suffered a similar sadness, and she eventually shares her victory in overcoming due to the love of God, her father and Jane. Elizabeth is compelled to help Georgiana do the same. A friendship is forged. With Mr. Bennet's background as a clergyman, it is clear in the writing of this book that Elizabeth's faith is profoundly important. Elizabeth was delivered from her depression by trusting in God and relying on His word and obediently forgiving others. Most Austen authors neglect the historically accurate fact that Jane Austen's father was a minister. Her world, her writings, and her fanciful measurements of Pride and Prejudice were indeed spiritually conceived. There are many positive messages found in "To Refine Like Silver". The title alone is God inspired. The spiritual illuminations are accentuated in most of Elizabeth's conversations. Nothing overtly religious, yet impactful to the readers of fiction. The pages turn quickly as it is a refreshingly sensative account of recovering hope.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

JOY and Contentment

Taste the Word of God, and like a carbohydrate, it will increase your spiritual appetite. Only God's word can satisfy the souls hunger for truth. Add the Word to your diet and find yourself content and satisfied. Listen and delight your soul by listening and watching the beauty of this walk and talk with God.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Elegant Dining

LaMision is a special place that you will want to return to, again, and again with friends. The food is excellent and the ambiance is elegant. The best thing about LaMision is the quality they maintain at fair prices. It was an occasion to celebrate with very dear female friends and LaMision did not disappoint! Being girls, we love to have a reason to dress up and on December 2, 2014 the six of us enjoyed a fabulous atmosphere while being attended to like queens. The duck salad was delicious, the steaks were superb, the prime rib was mouth watering, and the wine was smooth. Michael and Esperanza Ritchie seated us at a lovely upper level table that enabled us to giggle and chat for hours without being interrupted. The servants at LaMision all dote on you as if you are family. LaMision has a mission to feed the hungry around Lakeside so all profits are used to accomplish a great need in our community. If you dine at LaMision on a Sunday after church and mention to the waiter that you are a Christian, you will receive a 10% discount. It is more blessed to give than to receive so treat your friends to a fine dining experience and tip generously with confidence. It is located in West Ajiic off the Carretera. Turn LEFT at the huge HOTEL DANZA sign on the Carretera. Address Rio Bravo #7. Plenty of parking. Click the link on the right and read a wonderful review with pictures of the food.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tame Thy Tongue

Our holy God expects that we tame our tongues. "Do NOT let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do NOT grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, (sarcasm) slander and every form of malice, BE KIND and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you" Ephesians 4:29:29-32 Are we wise to be reluctant in speech?  Are the quiet folks timid or mature?  Charles Baker shared his utter amazement as he over heard an untamed tongue at a soup kitchen. This chatty, proud volunteer, while serving the homeless....went on and on and on...about his vast experience in ministering to the poor in other countries. God says "I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech." Proverbs 8:13 We must examine our motive behind our words. Will our comment build up others...or are they intended to benefit our self importance? "In the pride of your heart think you are as wise as a god..." Ezekiel 28:2-7 It was NOT easy for Ezekiel to speak this truth the the prideful king of Tyre, and then Ezekiel was reminded by God to take up a lament concerning the king, to NOT rejoice when others are self-deceived to believe they are without sin. We must THINK before we speak and wisely employ a filter between our proud mind and our ever-ready mouth. Were the words of this prideful missionary helpful, necessary, or inspiring to his hungry audience? Was he intending to bring God or himself glory? Boasting while serving is very unattractive!  God knows our hearts, and our intentions. Have you ever known a chatter box?  Have you sought their wise counsel, or do you avoid them?  A fool is a person who persists in the telling of too much unwanted detail without regard or sensitivity to the body language of those distancing themselves.  They seem to be blind to the rolling eyes and disinterest of those obviously tuned out.   Politely we endure the curse of an untamed tongue, and ponder this wisdom:  
"When words are many, sin is NOT absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." Proverbs 10:19 -----The sin may very well be our NEED to speak and NOT hold our tongue.  "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." Proverbs 11:2 ---- Mature Christians guard their speech, they are quick to listen and slow to speak.  Charles then reminded all the men that their retired pastor LC rarely shares during bible study, but when he does speak, wise men in the room ponder deeply every word LC shares.  WHY? "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have all been made in God's likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  My brothers this should NOT be.....(What politician, pastor, friend, neighbor, lost soul, sports figure, news anchor have I cursed out loud or in my heart? ) ----Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the HUMILITY that comes from wisdom.  But if you
harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts DO NOT BOAST about it or DENY the truth. Such wisdom DOES NOT come down from heaven but is earthly, UNSPIRTITUAL, of the devil. For where you have ENVY and SELFISH AMBITION, there you find disorder and every evil practice.  But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first PURE; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness."  James 3:9-18  We are to forgive others, and be considerate, full of Christ is to us, and as He resides in us, and as we surrender to His omniscience, we are fully equipped to love others as we are loved.  "Brothers loved by God, we know that He has chosen you, because our gospel  came to you NOT simply with words, but also with POWER, with the HOLY SPIRIT." 1 Thessalonians  1:4-7.   We have the mind of Christ and the power and capacity to love those who annoy us, as Jesus did.  "Now about brotherly love....
we do NOT need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other....Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win respect of outsiders and so that you will NOT be dependent on anybody."  1 Thessalonians 4:9-13. God's will for us to be discerning, yet kind is a command.  God expects us to use our collective gifts to draw the lost to the Light in us...We do this effectively by smiling as we keep our hands busy, and our mouths shut. SUMMARY LESSON:  Our daily life, our humble quiet deeds are to give honor and glory to God, not attention to ourselves. "The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception."  Proverbs 14:8. So says the Lord who knows the content of each heart..."The heart is deceitful above all else."  Brother James warns us to confess our sins to one another so that we may be healed, pure and holy before the Lord.  "A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but he delights
in airing his own opinions." Proverbs 18:2. A fool usually airs their opinion without ever wondering what their audience has to say on the subject.  They feel best when heard, not in the hearing. We have all been annoyed by people who are insistent in giving their unwanted opinion.  "Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning IF he holds his tongue." Proverbs 17:28 ~ "When He ascended on high, He led captives in His train and gave gifts to men" Psalm 68:18 "The very One who ascended higher than the heavens, in order to fill the whole was He who gave some to be evangelists, some to be pastors, some prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be BUILT UP until we ALL reach UNITY in the FAITH and in knowledge of the Son of God and become mature attaining to the WHOLE measure of the fullest of Christ." Ephesians 3:8-13


  1. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. PRV 31:25
  2. Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” G 17:17
  3. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” G 18:12
  4. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. JOB 8:21
  5. A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance  ECC 3:4
  6. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. LUKE 6:21
7.      “The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork. She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand, unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them. She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers;  she cares not that her labor was in vain, for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.

Yet when she spreads her feathers to run,
she laughs at horse and rider. “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?  It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strengthand charges into the fray. It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword. JOB 39  ~ Just as fathers and mothers delight in the laughter of their kids, so does our Father, our Lord Jesus delight in our laughter! A cheerful dispostion

is great for your health.A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 ~ The news of gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.  Laughter and giggling at myself, or with others lifts my spirit and gives my Father pleasure.  Share an embarassing moment with someone, rejoice in what strikes you funny!  You know what I am talking about, those times when hilarity got you snorting and unable to speak without bursting into tears.  JOY comes in the morning, the evening, or anytime during the day, if you allow it!  During your next laugh fest, talk to God and give Him thanks for your funny bone!  God has a sense of humor,  He created us with the ability to laugh in situations that might cause the lost to worry or cry. WHY, because we have HOPE in the One who is unseen, and in the future He promised.  Laughter is good medicine for the soul, cuz the Holy living Word of God says so!  

Oh wonderful  Father, I thank You for laughter, Joy, and Peace. Thank You Lord for creating us to laugh that we can be refreshed in the midst of difficult times. (Psalm 30:5 ) For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning!”  Lord my goal is to delight in You and give You great pleasure, in my obedience to LAUGH more and worry less!  If I could see myself as You see me, I certainly would lighten up and LAUGH at the days to come!  Thank You for filling us with Your Joy, and I ask that it overflows into the lives of those You bring into my space!  Lord let our laughter be an encouragement to all! In Jesus name I pray, Amen