Come Just As You Are

I woke with the words “Come just as you are” on my mind. This led me to a wonderful devotional written by Rick Warren in 2017. I also found the song by the same name, sung by Crystal Lewis.

We do not have to wait until we have our lives in order; till we think we are good enough, to come to the Lord. We can NEVER be good enough. But we can be forgiven!

Do you have a problem or situation that you would like to talk about?  Write me at: dearlanadee@gmail.com

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF MY FAMILY Part 2

My Father

My father also lived in Milwaukee, but his upbringing was different.  He was the only son and had one sister.  He once told me that his family was wealthy in comparison to my mother’s family. They lived in a beautiful brick home in a nice quiet neighborhood.

 I know very little about my father’s side of the family except for the few things he shared and a couple of sketchy memories that I have.  We rarely went to see them. I don’t think we were ever invited. When we did go my brothers, sister and I had to sit against the wall in the basement. We stayed where we were put. Back then children were seen and not heard. We were given cake.  I was worried that I might drop a crumb on the floor. You could have eaten off my grandmother’s floor.  Nothing like our home, that’s for sure.

Very little was ever said about my father’s family. Each year on my Grandpa F’s birthday my father would call to wish him a Happy Birthday. No such call ever came to our house for any of our Birthdays.

My father said they did not like my mother and that was the reason they disowned him.  I never felt that was the reason.  What I did know was that my father’s parents wanted nothing to do with any of us.  It was as if we did not exist.

My mother told me that my father was made to leave home and live with his uncle because he fought too much with his sister.  Years later I found a diary that indicated my father lived home up until he married.  He did have a close relationship with his uncle but do not see anything that indicates he was made to leave home. This was one of many “stories” I would find he told that lacked an element of truth.

 Father’s sister was loved and wanted. Later, her daughter was also cherished, and I think my father despised her for it.  Grandpa F died at 102 years of age.

At the age of 14, my father went through Confirmation in the Lutheran Church.  He said they excommunicated him for not paying the money he was required to pay as a member of the church. He wanted nothing more to do with them or any other church or God from that time forward.   All he needed was himself… and my mother.

  

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The Land of Inbetween – Another Short Devotional

Could it be that if you are presently experiencing your own desert experience, then the Lord is getting ready to call you into a more effective ministry than you have known? Today’s short devotional is taken from a James Ryle “Rylism”.

If you would like to view this post as a video, click here: The Land of Inbetween Video

Do you have a question or problem you would like to talk about?  Write me at: dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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God’s School for all His Children

We must go to school. As a Christian, our goal should be to mirror the attributes of our Lord, Jesus and that doesn’t include comparing ourselves to each other.

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Today’s short devotional is an excerpt from James Ryle “Rylisms”.

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Pearl Joy Brown – A Blessing from God

I have been listening and learning tonight. Many of you have heard about the remarkable little girl, Pearl Joy Brown. She was born with next to a zero chance of living. Pearl had a condition known as Alobar Holoprosencephaly. The Doctors strongly urged her mother and father to abort her. They did not, and the Lord saw fit to keep her on this earth for 5 1/2 years. Her father gave a testimony that I believe should be heard by everyone.

This story tells about the dignity and importance of life. ALL LIFE. With the election coming up in a few short days, we need to think. Will our vote support and encourage women to rethink the abortion of their child? Or, by not voting, are we inviting in those who believe in aborting a child nearing full term?

There are many more lessons I received by listening. I wrote down each word of Eric Brown’s Testimony that he gave at an Evangelicals for Life gathering. (www.facebook.com/erlcsbc/videos/1819996501343780/)

His testimony speaks about the dignity of each life, but also the importance of seeing God’s hand in the trials and sufferings we go through.

*What an incredibly sad mistake it would be for us to go through the hard seasons of our lives with our eyes closed and our ears covered, chanting false platitudes to ourselves and waiting for the storms to pass. Surely with that approach we can avoid a world of pain. But in doing so, we’d miss out on everything else in the process. And especially the main thing. As God has promised to be near to the brokenhearted.
It is better to have His presence by way of tremendous heartache then to have frivolity in the midst of spiritual oblivion. We ought to run to where it hurts and to where our heart break and perhaps encourage our children to do the same. God has promised to be in those places and I believe that is often why I am more aware of His presence in the children’s ICU than I am the church carnival.
Surely, He is in both places, but my heart is more acutely tuned to Him during the seasons of suffering and confusion often had with Pearl. In tagging along, saddled on the back of the presence of Christ, is a disproportionate amount of joy. Though not always a celebratory and surface one. it is sober and is a deeply sustaining joy.” Eric Brown

Pearl Joy was indeed a gift from the Father. She was a joy!

Pearl Joy Brown (July 27, 2012-March 29, 2018)

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Wonderful Words of Life – A Great Hymn

Sing them over again to me, Wonderful words of Life;
Let me more of their beauty see, Wonderful words of Life.

Words of Life and beauty, Teach me faith and duty:

Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of Life. (Repeat.)

Christ, the blessed One, gives to all, Wonderful words of Life;
Sinner, list to the loving call, Wonderful words of Life.
All so freely given, Wooing us to Heaven:

Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of Life. (Repeat.)

Sweetly echo the gospel call, Wonderful words of Life; 
Offer pardon and peace to all, Wonderful words of Life. 
Jesus, only Savior, Sanctify forever.

Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of Life. (Repeat.)

PHILIP PAUL BLISS (1838–1876)

This song was performed by Fountain Academy Music

Do you have a problem or situation you would like to talk about?

Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com  

Until next time, I remain your friend,

lanadee

 

 

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God Still Speaks to us Today!

No problem is too big or too small for Jesus.  Read the Word. Believe the Word!

 May the Lord bless you today!,

Your friend lanadee

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dearlanadee@gmail.com

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God’s Grace – Greater Than All Our Sin Rick Joyner

Grace, Grace WONDERFUL Grace, coming down from the Father Above 

So many people feel the mistakes they make in life cannot, or will not be forgiven.  This is NOT what the Word of God says:

Psalm 103:10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 
 103:11  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 
 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 

We must ask forgiveness for, and repent of, our sins.  Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice to atone for our sins.  As we surrender our life, He replaces our sins with His Holy Spirit.  The Lord wants to be a part of our lives here on earth, and for all eternity in Heaven.

Won’t you give your life to Him?

Rick Joyner

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Its Time to Open the Attic Door – Part One

My life as a daughter and a caretaker

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MY FAMILY

 

MY
MOTHER

 

 My mother was beautiful.  She was French on her father’s side and “Heinz 57” variety on her mother’s side.  Mother was petite. She had long, dark, curly hair, pretty eyes,
well-proportioned legs, slim ankles and small feet.  I wanted to look just like her when I grew up.  But I didn’t.  I inherited the German ankles, feet and legs from my father’s side of the family. I only inherited my mother’s overbite.

 

Mother was the oldest of five children. The 1920’s and 30’s were tough times because of the depression, so my Grandma Fl did everything she could to keep food on the table including take in boarders. The beds were slept in around the clock because of different shift workers. Grandma was always cooking, and she believed in putting out a big spread.  My mother said she would put out empty dishes on the table to make it look like
they had more food.

 

When I was older I remember that grandma worked outside the house as a “Part Time
Parent”.  She would clean house and care for the children of wealthy people. 

I was able to go with her occasionally to entertain the kids.  I loved my grandma and always secretly thought I was her favorite.  She taught me many things and I knew she was always praying for me.

 

Grandpa Fl worked odd jobs. One job he had was playing guitar at a local tavern with
a group of guys.  Grandpa was tremendously talented.  He built instruments and repaired them.  My mother kept one of his guitars in the attic until it fell completely apart due
to the extreme temperatures.  
Grandpa spoke very little but was fun to be around.  I remember that he would come over to sit at our kitchen table, running his fingers over the cool Formica top.  He would search for any food particle I might have missed after I washed it and point it out to me.  It was a game I enjoyed, and never won.

 

Mother did not enjoy all the responsibility placed upon her as the eldest of five siblings. One day grandmother sent her to buy school shoes and she came home with heels instead.  My grandmother was so mad that she made her walk to school in those shoes.
Mother said she learned her lesson.

 

The Fl family went to church each Sunday.  They were taught about the love of God and His desire to be first place in their lives.  Mother’s heart was stirred and at the age of 16, felt called to be a missionary. I remember reading a letter she wrote to God, expressing her desire to fulfill that calling. That plan was interrupted when she met and married my father and that letter has since disappeared.

 

If you have a question or comment, please write
me at dearlanadee@gmail.com   

You are loved!

Your friend, lanadee

 

 

 

 

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There is Power in the Blood – A Hymn written by Lewis E Jones

A classic Hymn, reminding us that nothing can wash away our sins

except the blood of Jesus.

My former Pastor is 89 years old and retired from the largest A/G church in town.  He is still hosting a Hymn sing once a month  and leads a Bible study each Sunday morning.  Sadly, many of us have a hard time just getting out of bed on Sunday.

This song was on the list from the last Hymn Sing.  I hope you remember it and sing along!  If you would like to see the video version of this song you can either watch it on my youtube page: Heavens Hymns YouTube or my facebook page: Heavens Hymns

Do you have a problem or situation you would like to talk about?

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at dearlanadee@gmail.com  

Until next time, I remain your friend,

lanadee

 

 

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This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna let it Shine!

We may think we live our lives in obscurity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Our faith or lack their of, affects our families, our friends and even strangers.

In today’s devotional let’s look at the Apostle Paul’s trip to Rome. It is a good

thing that he knew the Lord. Things could have turned out quite differently.

Do you have a problem or situation you would like to talk about?

Write me
at dearlanadee@gmail.com  

Until next time, I remain your friend,

lanadee

 

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HE is WORTHY of our Praise

 

He IS Worthy of our Praise!

There are times when we don’t know which way to turn.  By praising the Lord we put thing back in place.  Our burdens lift.  Our heart becomes light once again.

We do not serve an egotistical God.  As C.S. Lewis once said when researching this subject, ” HE is worthy.”  That is why we should praise Him.  So let’s take our eyes off the problem and place them firmly on Him.

Have a fantastic Friday!

your friend,

lanadee

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His Unseen Hand – A Beautiful Old Hymn

Today I came across an old song. A song without any background information I could find at least. The words are beautiful and the melody stirring.

I hope you will listen to this song and remember, no matter what, HE loves you. No matter what you are going through today, HE is there. Sung by Charles Billingsley with the FBC in Jacksonville Fl.

What a fantastic LARGE choir! Makes me wish I lived in Jacksonville, I would want to join them 🙂 Have a fantastic Thursday!

THE UNSEEN HAND

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It’s Time to Open the Attic Door by lanadee

My reoccurring Dream

PROLOGUE

I never liked the attic. It was unfinished, small, dark and dirty.  There were two open areas and one room with a door at the end of the hall. The slanted wooden walls were uninsulated, and the attic was cold. The only heat came from the floor below and what could drift up the stairs when the door was left open. It was as barren a place as any attic could be.  I would venture up the steep narrow steps occasionally to see my brothers who slept there.  A small door in the back wall led to the space my father used for storage.

A short time before I left home for good, I had a dream.  I dreamt that I was in the attic.  I
opened the small door and to my surprise; I entered a completely different house.  It was filled with beautiful things and expensive furniture.  I was so excited! Somehow, I knew that everything I saw belonged to me. I slowly opened a drawer on the dresser but  before
I could see the contents, I woke up.

I had this same dream over and over for years. The location was different, but the theme was the same. The building and everything in it belonged to me but I would awake before I could see the contents.  It drove me crazy! I tried for years to understand the meaning of this dream.

Many years later I dreamed yet another dream. I opened that attic door once again and
finally understood what the Lord was trying to show me.

These are my memories

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A Walk Down Memory Lane – The Very FIRST dearlanadee Podcast Oct. 28 2007 Rev.

I’m getting all the bells and whistles working on my website.  I never thought I would get as excited as I have doing so.  If you like you should be able to comment now. I believe it is working :). Note: You will have to write a couple of words or sentences or the web will think you are a robot.

For all those who have faithfully followed my old website I thought I would post the very first dearlanadee podcast.   I have spared you the pain of all my microphone pops and my nervous repeating of the word well etc.   So this is the revised version.

Back when I originally began podcasting I did so because I thought, in telling my story, I could find peace and purpose for my otherwise, stressful living situation. You see, my mother had moved into my home.  This was my escape, so to speak. But everything had to be perfect before I could record.  And I had to be unavailable for the evening. That was difficult to accomplish.  Thankfully I can now put up a podcast in a few short hours.  What a difference 11 years make.

Until the next time we meet, I remain your friend,

lanadee

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What Is It Worth To You? What Is HE Worth To You?

 

As I do so many times, I listen to the TV as I go to sleep.

I like to listen to “Mountain Men”. (well I do ha)  The beauty of the untamed land is breath taking.

But one episode didn’t help me sleep, it made me laugh. The purchase that Eustace made woke me right up 🙂  There are some things in life that we consider priceless.

While preparing for this Short Devotional I asked myself “What is HE Worth to me?” Is He worthy of our praise?  I think He is.   This, and several other topics are discussed in this Short Devotional.

We need to go to church because we need each other!

Is there anything you are going through right now that you would like to talk about?

Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com
I would be happy to talk with you and

pray for you!

Your friend,

lanadee   P.S. I thought I could upload a video but I can’t afterall…SO please note I mistakenly refer to scripture as coming from the book of EZEKIEL instead of the book of Ecclesiastes.  Sorry ha

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My Story

 

I am in the process of writing a book about my life.  I am doing so because the lessons learned during my lifetime  just might help you in some way.

I hope to begin posting soon.

 

Do you have a problem or situation you would like to talk about?

Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

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Your friend, lanadee

ABOUT THE “YOUR FRIEND LANADEE WEBSITE”:

Hello, welcome to my site!

lanadee

I am excited to once again have my own website 🙂   I did years ago. 

At that time I focused mainly on telling my life’s story. I can tell you it wasn’t boring.

But now I have so much more I want to share with you as well.

WHO IS LANADEE?

I am a wife, mother and grandmother who has found purpose and meaning
in life through my relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Do you have a problem or just need someone to talk to?

Write me at: dearlanadee@gmail.com

You can also visit my dearlanadee page on Facebook for my past  Short Devotionals.

Or my Heaven’s Hymns Facebook Page, a place where I have posted Hymns and other Christian songs we no longer gt to hear.

your friend,

lanadee

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Welcome Holy Spirit

I thought it only fitting to add the song
“Welcome Holy Spirit” as my first post in Heaven’s Hymns.

I am asking the Holy Spirit to please fill this
website with His presence. 

May His sweet anointing touch each one who visits
and give them hunger to know more

about our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus!

 

If there is a song you would like to hear please
let me know and I will

do my best to try and find it and post it.

 

Do you have a problem or need to talk to someone?

Please write me at:   dearlanadee@gmail.com

If you would like to see the other songs I posted on my  Heavens Hymns Facebook page please do so!

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A “Mini Devotional – My first Post on my new Website :)

Once upon a time, a L O N G time ago my husband Michael and I served as Missionaries to the Navajo and Papago Indians.

We are no longer serving as missionaries. We are no longer pastoring a church. But you cannot take the “call” to minister out of my heart.

Each day as I spend time with God I get excited about the things I learn during my time with Him. So I share with YOU!

Keep your heart with all diligence;; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

Do you know Jesus as your Personal Savior? If not,  I would be happy to introduce you to Him!

Email me.at: dearlanadee@gmail.com

 

 

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