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The Fisherman

He’s up with the dawn and out of the door.

Packed his equipment, the bait and the lures.

The morning is brisk, but he doesn’t mind

There’s a lake out there and “the big one” to find.

A cup of coffee to stave off the chill,

Will help him stay focused, his live well to fill.

With the roar of the engine away he does go

To the far side of the lake and the sport he loves so.

With persistence and patience he goes at his work

To monitor his fishing rod and give it a jerk

If that nibble he envisioned, comes as he planned

And a war is necessary between fish and man.

Some days are fruitful and worth all the sweat

Other days are slim, “No fish on a bet!”

So, there’s fish out there that he didn’t catch,

But tomorrow will come and he’s got a batch!

And so it goes… this mysterious dance,

Seems to be worth it just for the chance.

To be in God’s nature and strategically plan

To find out who wins,… the fish or the man?

Penned while vacationing in Park Rapids Mn at Home Bay Resort with my sister and her avid fisherman husband, Ollie.  We had an awesome week with them!!


“It’s a troublesome wor…

“It’s a troublesome world, all the people who are in it
Are troubled with troubles almost every minute.
You ought to be thankful
a whole heaping lot,
For the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.”

Dr. Seuss

A New Thing

The last few weeks have been very traumatic in our family.  The sudden death of a loved one left all of us reeling in it’s aftermath.  Family gatherings for support and attending the funeral have certainly kept us busy and therefore blogging has taken second place for a while.

Yet in a moment of reflecting on my goals as I began this blog, I began to question God.  Did I hear Him correctly? My plan was for a new direction to become clear to me by this time.  As I reviewed the past 7 months,  I wondered if I had made the right choice in leaving my career. I had told my coworkers that I was trusting God to help direct me as I felt He was calling me to something new. I felt that God was not going to reveal His plan until I stepped out in faith, letting go of what I was currently doing and trusting Him.  If you have read my ABOUT then you know I did not do this lightly.  Much time and prayer was spent before I actually resigned my position in January.

Now my mind was wondering, “What are you doing? Nothing is happening! Maybe you misunderstood God. Maybe you should just get another nursing position and say this was a mistake.”  I cried out to God in my time of frustration expressing my need for assurance in my new path.

As I read my devotion that same morning for August 20th from “Love Out Loud” by Joyce Meyer I knew God heard my pleas and had answered. Letting me know that I was indeed where God wanted me and not to return to the place I had been. God is faithful!!!! Here is the devotion.


Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.  Behold I am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:18,19

In todays scripture, God says He is doing a new thing.  As you move into the future He has for you, you will encounter all kinds of new opportunities, and challenges.  The days ahead will be full of new experiences, things you have never done before.  You may not know how to do them, but you will learn.  Everything you are doing today was new to you at one time–and look, now you can do it.

Continuing to face new challenges and develop new abilities is extremely important to your growth and maturity.  As you walk with God into your future, you will hear Him say, “You have not done this before, but don’t be afraid.  I’m taking you to a place you have never been before.  I’m going to ask you to do something you don’t know how to do!”  God has already been where He is leading you, and He has prepared the way.  Step out in faith and you will experience the faithfulness of God.

We think and say, “It’s time for a change! I need something new,” and then we hesitate to embrace that new thing when it comes.  If you are ready for something new and fresh, don’t be afraid to embrace it when it comes.

Don’t stay trapped in the past.  Let go of what lies behind and press into the great future God has planned for you.  I can promise you: God is with you.  He will lead you.  He will strengthen you.  He will help you.

Love God today: With God’s help, I will embrace every new thing He brings into my life.

Thanks to Joyce Meyer for letting God use her and most certainly thanks to my Heavenly Father who sees all of my insecurities and provides reassurance that I am on the right path.  I will go forward to do the new things He has for me to do!!



Hey little girl with the fancy hair

What are you doing in that tree way up there?

You’re dressed for the wedding with frills and lace,

What a paradox you are in this particular place.

In my mind I see you as a “girly” girl

With ribbons and bows and your hair all in curls.

But it’s ok to like spiders and snakes

And insects and bugs are ok in their place.

So climb high and follow your own path to be

Anything that your mind can conceive.

You are special and loved just as you are

My dear little Kelsie, reach for the stars!

Lynn Radke August 16,2012

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Is my goal popularity? The Apostle Paul was clear that wasn’t his goal. He knew what his goal was. His focus would lead him to do many unpopular things. There is a danger in caring what others think of us.

Much of our culture seems to focused on measuring popularity. How many friends do I have on Facebook or Twitter? What is my Klout score? Do friends “like” what I post?

Paul knows we should be focused. He knows we should be totally devoted to following Jesus, no matter what. That definitely won’t make us popular. We need to know that and be prepared for it. We should anticipate it with joy. There is nothing to compare with being in love with Him. This has nothing to do with human optimism.

“If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being the Messiah’s slave.” ~~Apostle Paul (Galatians 1:10 The Message)

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I discovered this writing on guidance, in my files and thought it seemed worth sharing.  The author is unknown.


When I meditated on the word guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.  I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.  When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.  The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.


When one person realizes and lets the other lead, both bodies being to flow with the music.  One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.  It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.  the dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.


My eyes drew back to the word GUIDANCE.  When I saw “G”, I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”.  “God, “u”, and, “i” dance.” God, you, and I dance.  This statement is what guidance means to me.


As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life.  Once again, I became willing to let God lead.


My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you and your family on this day and everyday.  May you abide in Him as He abides in you.  Dance together with God, trusting Him to lead and to guide you through each season of your life.

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