It Is Finished – We Rest in His Completed Work Alone – We Have Nothing to Add – Jesus – Lord of Lords – King of Kings – Gave Himself for Us – He Lives – We Live –


The law has been fulfilled by our Savior –
Not by you or me – no – not by us –
Our fallen state has been redeemed –
But what must we do to stay redeemed –
What crown of thorns must we wear –
What punishment must we bear –

Dare we think we owe no portion –
Are we duty-bound to uphold our end –
What formula – what plan of action –
What contribution must we make – NONE –
‘Twas Love that drew salvation’s plan –
‘Twas begun and finished by only ONE –

Jesus – our Redeemer – The Lamb that was slain –
Took away our sin and gave us His righteousness –
He made Himself weak so we could be strong – He
Made Himself poor so we could be rich – Our part
Is to believe – Believe what Jesus said –
It is finished – It is finished – We are complete in Him –

There is nothing left for us to do – Nothing to
Add to His finished work – No – Nothing –
Not one thing is lacking – All we need we have –
Our lot is to rest in Him who loves us – whose
Love is flowing through us – Let God be God –
Let us abide in Him – satisfied – forever –

By Carol Ann Hoel © May 26, 2015


Ephesians 2:6-9 – The Bible (KJV) – And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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Getting Up Close and Personal with my Laptop – Preparation for Posting on the Road – (The Fox Photo Is a National Geographic Wallpaper) –


Getting up close and personal with my laptop? Until recently I have never used my laptop computer on my lap. (My lap is up close and personal. Well, kinda.) I have always treated my laptop like a desktop PC. My laptop has been sitting on my desk connected to a large auxiliary monitor, speakers, printer, mouse, and keyboard as long as I’ve had it. I started out long ago with a desktop before laptops were ever imagined, and I have continued this way, reluctant to change. Possessing a laptop did not inspire me to change my habit, but don’t think I can’t change. I’ve been forced to make major changes in my life many times; yet, why would I volunteer to change something when I like the way it is?

Steve and I are about to embark on an adventure that will drastically change our lives. We are not being forced, of course. We want to do it. I’ve shared our plans often, but for anyone that doesn’t already know, we are going to sell our home and purchase an RV, a motor home. There will be no room in it for my desktop computer. I need to be the old dog that learns the new trick. I will change and like it.

Here I am preparing this post on my laptop, which is sitting on my lap. The battery icon flashes me a message when I care to prompt it. It says I have three hours and forty-two minutes to finish this post. Don’t you hate a deadline?

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Roses in Water – Lovely They Appear – After Picked and Packed – Handled and Set Aside without Water – Gifted and Carried in the Arizona Sun – Yet They Beautify – They Remind Me that God is Good –

Roses 2

Three couples, including Steve and me, dined at the Hilton for Mother’s Day. (This is not a Mother’s Day post, but these were Mother’s Day roses.) One rose was presented to each woman as she entered the door. There were many tables. The food was good, and the service, excellent.

Since I was the only mother in our group, the other ladies opted to give me their roses. I laid them on a shelf next to our table. Another rose had been abandoned there, so when we left, four roses were mine to take home. They were droopy and ragged when we left the Hilton.

RosesI had only water; no nourishing potions did I possess to add to the vase to revive these beauties. Yet see how they perked up. Four days later they remain lovely (the photo above), their petals having spread as they aged. I know they will finally wilt, but….

There is much in the world that is unlovely, tainted, or bruised. These roses remind me that there is also beauty that endures. There is Jesus. He endures forever, and he has made everything beautiful in its time. I trust Him. I don’t fully understand all there is to know, but I believe the Lord is faithful and true. He is training me to understand more. I want to learn it all.


Ecclesiastes 3:11 – The Bible (NIV) –  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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Chelsea’s Nails Have Been Trimmed – No Pain – No Cries – No Blood – Success – Steve Gets the Job Done – He is the Official Nail Trimmer –

Chelsea Checking Toenails

Chelsea poses checking out her toenails, but this shot was taken several days before the fact. She licks her paws often. The day finally came. We purchased clippers, and her toenails were trimmed, but not by me. Steve came to the rescue. I did not feel comfortable trimming her nails. Steve did it without a twitch of doubt.

Our new clippers have a sensor that warns if the blade rests on the quick area of the nail. Her toenails were longer than usual, and I read that the quick portion advances forward in that situation. The remedy is to snip only a small part off the end of the nail for a week or two. Supposedly, the quick area will retreat, so that another portion may be clipped away each week until the nails are acceptably short. We will see how that progresses.

Toenail ClippersSteve had to ignore the red light on the sensor that claimed he would be cutting her in the quick. I assume that small feelers of the quick area had advanced, causing the sensor to detect quick. Steve has that macho bravery that I lack, and he went forward with the operation. Chelsea’s nails are a tad shorter now. We will attempt to snip off another tiny portion next week. After this steady encouragement to the quick area to recede, we should be able to trim her nails only once a month. Sound right? We hope. The last thing we want is to scare Chelsea by snipping her nail into the quick. We had a dessert cup of flour available to press on her nail to stop any blood flow, should it have occurred. We are grateful that no blood was let! The deed is done! Success! Amen!

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Learning More About Grooming Chelsea – If Groomers Do All This Stuff – I’d Like to Know How They Make Money – Groomers Earn Their Pay – Chelsea and I Were Both Tired Out by the Time We Finished – But the Reward Was More than Adequate –

Grooming Chelsea

Finally, after a long session of brushing and combing the tangles and debris from her fur, Chelsea had been shampooed. I rinsed her obsessively because her skin is sensitive. She has been groomed professionally for almost 13 years. Obviously, her skin was not always vulnerable. Could it be her age? I say certainly not. My skin is fine, and I’m… uh… mature.  Am I in denial? Yes! You heard me deny it. I shall continue to deny it.

Grooming Chelsea 3

Chelsea is a sweet puppy. She acts like a puppy so I call her one. I’ll admit that her expression in this photo says that life is tenuous at this moment. “What is the world coming to?” she wonders.

We had to wait until her fur dried, which in Arizona doesn’t take as long as elsewhere. While we waited, I groomed her with brush and comb again. Yes, again. I had watched a video of a Bichon Frise being groomed. The procedure included brushing and combing the fur completely before shampooing! After shampooing and rinsing, the next step would have been blow-drying, brushing, and combing again. Chelsea and I both found this business very taxing. I omitted the blow-drying part. Her fragile skin doesn’t need to be blown dry. I also omitted shaving her behind. This procedure, although revealed on the Internet as often done by groomers, was not shown in the video. We believe shaving the bottom was the source of Chelsea’s distress the last several times she was professionally groomed, so I carefully cut the fur short with shears in this area. Shaving may be less troublesome, but for Chelsea, not shaving her skin was probably the most important change I made. Shaving may be appropriate for other dogs, but for Chelsea in her latter years it stopped working. We do not blame the groomer. This was the time for me to take on this project.

Grooming Chelsea 2Chelsea is a trooper. Her strength lasted until we were finished. Her energy resumed in full form as soon as we finished. See! Puppy!

We have purchased a special clipper that has a sensor which tells at which position it is safe to cut the dog’s nail without disturbing the quick. I hope it is accurate. I also read that if the nails have grown very long, it is best to clip only a small portion at a time, and to do it once a week instead of once a month until the quick has retreated. So, if the quick retreats, it apparently extends as the nail grows very long. I will keep that in mind. I will be cautious. We plan to engage in this new project soon. Very soon.

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What Do We Say to the Voices of Discouragement and Despair We Hear Everyday – God Has Given Us the Spirit of Power – Love – and Sound Mind – Come to Jesus and Rest –


There’s a place prepared for us – Jesus said –
We should not be troubled nor afraid –

How quickly we leave our lofty realm of trust –
How we drop from faith to fear in a moment –

We hear another voice – not the voice of God –
But the sound of thunder deceitful words  convey –

Words spoken in the wind – words crafted for
A purpose – to weave a web of fear in the children –

We must grow up – we must discern the spirits –
We must know the Word of God and dwell in peace –

Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us –
Let us say we will not fear what man shall do to us –

Let us say to ourselves and other voices – God has
Given us the Spirit of power – love – and sound mind –

The devil was defeated at the cross – but remember –
His weapon is deceit – Do not believe a lie –

Jesus said – I am the way – the truth – and the life –
Come to me with your burdens and I will give you rest –

By Carol Ann Hoel © May 7, 2015


John 14:1-6 – The Bible (KJV) – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 14:27 – The Bible (KJV) – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Hebrews 13:5-6 – The Bible (KJV) – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Colossians 2:13-15 – And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

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There Is None Like You – Lord – Oh – I Said that Before – I’ll Say It Again – Lord – There Is None Like You –

Bluford Walkway

I was a child when You first revealed Yourself – Lord –
Young and helpless – alone –
Unseen but always with me –
As I grew – always You
Were watching
Over me –

More aware of You I became – Jesus –
As the years came and went –
I rested in You – alone –
As life grew more complex
More intense –
And You –

Your face seemed hidden from me – Lord –
Troubles like a forest blinded
The eyes of my heart and mind –
But rays of light shone through –
Weary – I’d
Rest in You –

The light of Your countenance made me bold – Jesus –
Your love like a warm blanket
Quieted my alarm – saved
Me from all harm –
Gratefully I’d
Rest in You –

Learning day by day and year after year – Lord –
When I labored to achieve happiness –
You rested – but when I
Trusted You – I freely received
my heart’s
Request –

Yet – like a bird flies into a window glass – Lord –
I become confused by false indication –
Forgetting all You’ve taught me –
I return to my old way of thinking –
I must –
I must –

Not I must – You did at the cross – You did –
You took away the curse – You –
You alone – You labored
So I might rest –
I rest –
In You –

When I rest – You work – You change the world
For me – You listen to my
Every whispered prayer –
You show me again there
is none
like You –

I’ll say it again – Lord –
There is none like You –

By Carol Ann Hoel © May 6, 2015


Proverbs 3:5 – The Bible (KJV) – Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Galatians 3:9-14 – The Bible (KJV) – So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

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Lord – There is None Like You – Not One –

Golden Hearts

Lord – You excite me –
You fill my heart with wonder –
All the blessings I expect from You
You exceed –

Lord – You humble me –
You stop pride in its tracks –
How do You do it – You show
Me Yourself –

Lord – I see You
With my heart – I see You –
Loving me unreservedly –
Leading me –

Leading me gently – Lord –
When calamity comes – I know
You didn’t send it – and You
Deliver me –

Lord – You lift me up –
You don’t scold me – You
Make me smile – You make
Me strong –

Lord – everyone should know
How You love them so –
There is none like You –
Not one –

By Carol Ann Hoel © 4/27/2015


Psalm 146 – The Bible (New Living Translation NLT) – Praise the Lord! Let all that I am praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked. The Lord will reign forever. He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations. Praise the Lord!

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Who Is Grooming Chelsea – No Longer Planning to Look for Groomers on the Road in an RV – Carol Ann Has a New Job – Private Groomer – Chelsea Only –

I apologize for the sun glare coming in the window producing the shadow.

I apologize for the sun glare coming in the window producing the shadow.


Chelsea, our Bichon Frise, now approaching her thirteenth year of age, has developed sensitive skin and other conditions connected with her mature state in life. Scratching her itches became an obsession that intensified after each grooming. The problem became serious after her last groom. This is when we decided that I should bathe and trim her myself.

I took the necessary time to find out what I needed to do to accomplish this new project successfully. I’m still learning, and Chelsea is benefitting. She doesn’t itch after her bath and trim. We are benefitting, also, by saving money now and when we are on the road in an RV. Although grooming services are available at many campgrounds, we will be self reliant. I plan to learn how to trim her toenails, too. Yikes. We will see how that goes.

We purchased oatmeal shampoo. I learned that groomers generally use a shampoo with whitening for white dogs. Chelsea always looked like a princess after her groom with fur glistening like new-fallen snow. Her groomer did an excellent job of making her beautiful. I am getting her clean and white but not quite brilliantly white. She looks great and is not scratching, pulling out her hair, and yelping for help any longer.

I turn my kitchen into a grooming parlor by first removing all items from the counter top surrounding the sink. I make absolutely positive that I rinse all soap from her body before I move her from the sink to the counter top where I dry her with a towel (no blow drying to dry out her sensitive skin). There I brush out her fur and trim off any fur from her bottom (no shaving this area). Chelsea and I are enjoying our new routine. This was our third grooming session.

I can do this.

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Who Am I – Wife – Mom – Grandma – Great Grand too – a Writer – Last of All – First of All I Am a Spirit – One with Jesus Christ – Forever Young and in Love –


Life is short and long at the same time, short because time flies by, long because we are eternal creatures. Time passes. Life goes on. The hours, days, and years we have here may seem frivolous and sometimes meaningles, but each moment is a gift. And a responsibility, too, but I see it mostly as a gift to us from The Lord. Memories last forever and will remain with us to enjoy. They are part of us. Some memories are not good, but those will fade away completely in the light of the good. Forever is more real than time and the best is yet…

Who are you? Whoever you are, God loves you. Jesus loves you. This is the best of all experiences in life, to know you are loved by the Everlasting God of Eternity and to know that He is good.


Psalms 48:1-3 – The Bible (KJV) – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

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Keepsakes – Having a Sentimental Day – I Think We Have More of Them as Time Passes – Family Ties Are Strong – Love Grows Fonder – Cherished Memories Linger – These Two Items Go with Me Wherever I Go –


I dropped a light bulb after removing it from the socket over our bathroom mirror. It fell and shattered into pieces. I descended the stepladder to begin cleaning the mess. Tiny shards of glass were scattered everywhere, among my makeup items, lipsticks, eye shadows, mascara, some in the sink and on the floor.

It was during this project that my sentimental journey began. I picked up the blue ceramic cup filled with Q-tips. I’ve had this cup since my granddaughter gave it to me. She made it in a high school ceramic class. I cherish it because I cherish her. I took out the Q-tips and shined it up as I often do. But this time I thought of her and how much I miss her and all my grandchildren. We keep in touch via Facebook, texts, and occasional phone calls, but that’s not the same as living near them. I will see my daughter, all my grandchildren, and my great granddaughter again, maybe sooner than I had hoped.

So what is the story behind the brown bear? Even though you haven’t asked, I will answer. My son made in an art class when he was a child. I looked around expecting to see it on the counter top, but it wasn’t there. My son passed away in 2012 at age 45. I miss him and I am glad that I’ve kept that brown bear all through the years. Startled that it was missing, I started to search. I found it in the cabinet under the sink. I probably put it there while cleaning the counter top. I always set too many things on the counter top, a fact that only becomes apparent when I must remove it all to wash the surface area underneath. I shined it up and will find a place for it again.

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Tea Time Today – Coffee Tomorrow – We Will See –

Tea Time

Steve and I thought we might change our coffee time to tea time, but on a permanent basis, I doubt it will happen. We will see. Jasmine tea is in my cup. Steve brewed herbal tea, two bags of chamomile and one of lemon. He doesn’t really care for chamomile, so he used it first. I would have tossed it out. Tsk tsk. Just sayin’…

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Standing at the Water’s Edge


Shoe Prints in the Sand

Standing at the water’s edge
Staring at the waves’ rhythmic
Moves – Listening – in silence –
For a voice – a sigh – a moan –
I heard a trickle – the water
At my feet
Gently stirring
The sand –

The only voice I heard was mine –
An utterance floating like music
On air – carrying a message
Unknown – yet the echo
Of which lingered
Like a chorus
Playing over
In my Soul –

Standing at the water’s edge
Staring at the waves’ rhythmic
Moves – Listening – in silence –
For a voice – a sigh – a moan –
I heard a word softly
Spoken – wafting
O’er the water’s
Ebb and flow –

Believe – believe – You won’t be
Disappointed – My promises are real –
Your prayer plays in my ear
A love song – sweet and low –
Sleep quiet now –
Dream happily –
To sandy
Beaches go –

By Carol Ann Hoel © April 18, 2015


1 Peter 5:6 – The Bible (KJV) – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Psalm 4:8 –  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

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Knitted Pouch for Carrying Kindle – I Like My Lightweight Device – Easier to Hold and Read without a Cover –

Kindle Pouch

This knitted pouch for my latest Kindle was last night’s project. I finished it in one session of knitting. My shoulders were tired from the lengthy sit, but my new pouch is the reward for my labor.

Kindle Pouch 2I like to hold this compact Kindle in my hand and read it, as is. The advertised cover would make my e-reader heavier. I like the lightweight device without the cover, but I also want to protect it. When I carry my Kindle, my iPhone, and my cup of coffee to my lawn chair where I prefer to read, I could easily drop the Kindle while juggling three items in hand. Now I slide it into this soft, thick pouch, and it is protected.


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Luxury Defined – Beauty – Convenience – New Appliances – Ample Living Space – Bath and a Half – All This in a Winnebago Journey Motor Home – Almost but Not Quite – Will Extreme Adventure Make the Difference for Us – We Think Yes –

Notice the bag I carry. I'm already limiting myself to a restricted environment.

Notice the small bag I carry sitting on the counter. I’m already limiting myself to a restricted environment.

Steve is a stickler on preparation. His idea to photograph every inch of storage space in our intended RV is helping us determine intelligently what to take along and where in the coach to store those articles we deem important. I would like to take along all the photo albums that depict my life experiences throughout the years. This could require at least two boxes. The storage bins below the coach RVers call the basement. Cute, ha? The basement is not anything like the basement in a stationary home. The RV lifestyle is a magnified adventure accomplished in a shrunken space. I may have to rethink the photo album plan. I may have to ask younger members of my family to hold onto most of them. I remember when I was given a box of photos of prior generations to have and to hold. I don’t know what happened to them. I somehow failed to safely retain them.

Storage Space 2 Storage Space 3 Storage Space 4 Storage Space 5

The luxury of having space to spread out our stuff as we do in our present stick-and-stucco home will be profoundly diminished for us when we begin living the RV lifestyle. Many treasures packed away in closets, cupboards, walk-in storage areas, and cabinets must be sold or discarded before we leave here and begin our adventure. The change may be so pronounced in our situation that it may feel like deprivation.

Existing as a couple in such a limited area may redefine togetherness from an attitude to an art performed within a lean measurement of square feet. As life is now in our home we eat together, talk together, play pool together in our game room, and watch TV together. This is generally speaking the extent of our daily enjoyment of togetherness. We often spend time alone in different rooms. I may be reading a book in the living room while Steve could be working on his computer. I may be cooking or cleaning the kitchen while Steve could be outside working on the yard. We have been instructed by authors writing about their experiences living in an RV that people need some solitude and must learn how to fulfill this need in a space-limited environment. We have been assured that it is possible.

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Shepherd’s Pie – Gluten Free – No Substitutions Necessary – Altered Time and Temp for Convection Oven – Link to Original Recipe Provided – Serves 4 – We Have Leftovers –

Shepherds Pie

I am still cooking four or five days each week but have not posted about it lately. Today I wanted to surprise my husband with something different. Our lives together span less than a period of two years, but each of us has a long past. Steve has enjoyed Shepherd’s pie many times, but today we enjoyed it together. My version of shepherd’s pie came from the cooking website, one of my favorite places to find recipes that work.

If  you are not familiar with shepherd’s pie, let me describe this one briefly. It was made with ground beef, onions, carrots, and corn cooked together and poured into a baking dish. Mashed potatoes were spread over the top, and it was baked in the oven.

This dish originated in Australia and the meat of choice there would have been mutton. In the U.S.A. we use beef instead. In Australia the version made with beef would have been called cottage pie. We call it shepherd’s pie even though we don’t make it with mutton. We use beef. (This interesting information comes from

Shepherds Pie 2I am still learning to cook in convection mode. I altered the temperature and the time hoping my best guess would work. The recipe called for baking at 400 degrees F. I changed it to 375 degrees F. and selected the roast designation. I raised it from center oven to one level higher. I reduced the time by five minutes. It was a success. If you would like an easy shepherd’s pie to put on your table, this one is easy and the result delicious.

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If Only … If Only …


The Lord is my Shepherd –
I shall not want
Is this a promise –
I believe it is –
You are my Lord –
You always have provided
All I ever needed –
Throughout the years –
Generously – Not only
Have you given me all
My natural needs – food –
Clothing and shelter –
More than that – You
Have loved me with
An everlasting love –
And I know it –

Lord – You have taught me –
By your Word and through
Your servants – all I have
Needed to know – and in
These latter years –
You have expanded my
Understanding – Lord –
I am astounded at how much
I didn’t know – that now I know –

How great You are – So powerful –
So generous – so strong –
A billion volts of goodness
As one of your servants put it –
Your glory shines everywhere –

We are containers of your glory –
If only we could grasp this truth and
Let Your light glow from within us –
Let Your love flow from inside us –
If only … If only we would know it –
And not forget it – If only we would
Believe it and not doubt it – If only…

By Carol Ann Hoel © April 10, 2015


Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Matthew 10:1 – The Bible (KJV) – And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Matthew 10:8 – Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

2 Peter 1:1-4 – Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

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Dynamo Man Clears the Land with a Shovel – Overgrown Weeds Are No More – Job Is Nearly Finished – Steve – You Are Good –

Clearing the Land

Steve is in the left top quadrant of the photo clearing the land of overgrown weeds with his shovel one square foot at a time. I am amazed at the difference his labor has made in only four weeks of hard work. He may plant grass or allow a buyer to choose the next step. Steve has accomplished the hard part by clearing the land. He is nearly finished.

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Immersed in Your love –

Rose 2

Immersed in Your love for me –
I sense Your love for all –
I yearn to understand –
You – Abba – Father – Lord –
My God –

I search the fields for clues –
The longer I seek – more pieces
I find – of the puzzle – Blindly
Reaching – Kindly You teach me
To see –

Immersed in Your love for me –
I discover Your majesty –
I wonder why you cared
Enough to die for me –
My Savior –

My Lord and my God –
You leaped into the fray
For me – for all – You
Alone – yet not alone – You
Three in One –

Father – Son – Holy Ghost –
Never left us alone – Even
Though we slandered You –
We ran from You – Gentle
Loving Lord –

We hated You in ignorance –
You never gave us up –
Jesus – Gentle Savior bled
Every drop of crimson love
For us –

By Carol Ann Hoel © April 6, 2015


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…You Men of Galilee – Why Do You Stand Gazing Up into Heaven – This Same Jesus Which Is Taken Up from You into Heaven Shall So Come in Like Manner as You Have Seen Him Go into Heaven – Acts 1:11

Sky clouds

Acts 1:6-11 – The Bible (KJV) When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 

And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 – The Bible (KJV) – For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

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