A Tree For All Seasons

tree in all seasons

I think that I would like to be

a Christian that is like a tree,


whose branches towards the Son are slanted,

in soil of God’s Word, so firmly planted.


A tree that lifts her arms to pray

when things are rosy or it’s been a bad day.


A tree that can provide some refreshing shade

for those who in burning trials, may feel waylaid.


A tree that in each and every season

knows for its existence there’s purpose and reason.


Poems are made by fools like me

but only God can make a Christian a tree.




Inspired by one of my favorite poems, Trees by Joyce Kilmer


Psalm 1:1-6  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.




Graduation Surprise

ICAT grads

A couple of weeks ago on a Sunday morning, pastor pulled a little surprise on a couple of students that had finished a 3 year course of study with the Institute of Conservative Apostolic Theology. Sister Theresa Halstead and our son Paul actually graduated last October but were unable to attend the ceremony in San Antonio, Tx. Pastor had their diplomas  put into very nice frames and took some time to honor both of them.

He also gave each of them a few minutes to say something about their experience with ICAT. Both of them expressed thankfulness for the instruction they received and were appreciative that their education has given them more confidence in witnessing and talking about the Bible with others. Sis. Halstead was working full time while she took the courses, so this was really a great accomplishment for her.

I know at times it was a sacrifice for both of them to do the work involved, but they stuck with it and finished their course. I am proud and happy for both of them. 🙂


Honest Imaging



God’s sacred book

mirror of truthfulness

exposing my soul through the



exposing my soul through the

mirror of truthfulness

God’s sacred book



This poem is an example of a mirror cinquain(a type of decastitch, which is a 10 line poem).

I learned about this type of poem through the following blog.

10-line Poem Challenge #21: Mirror Cinquain


James 1:22-25(ESV)  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 

  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 

  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 

  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 




Mathematical God

math struggle

On my drive to school this morning, I started thinking about  math. Two of my students struggle with math, and I remember it became a real struggle for me in my sophomore year of high school when I was taking Algebra 2. I have found that when I have a task that I don’t particularly enjoy doing(math, housework,etc.)it becomes a little more bearable if I can put God in the middle of it, try to make it fun or do both.

So this line of thinking gave birth to a poem just for fun about God and math. If you are among the percentage of those that are not fond of arithmetic, but you love God and want to go to heaven, this might be for you. 🙂


God will add His blessing

when those things we take away

which would cause our feet to stumble

and our hearts to go astray.


He multiplies our joys

as our testimony we share.

He always divides our sorrows

when others, our burdens help bear.


I’m not sure why I’m writing these words.

Just why have I gone down this path?

English is the subject I love.

I’m not all that fond of math.


I know when to Heaven I go,

if by Rapture or my time to die,

many wondrous things I shall behold,

but there will not be Pi in the sky!



Diving for treasure 2

The lady wearing the captain’s hat in the photo above is Sis. Eva Kolej. She is our Kid’s Church Director, is the most organized person I know and does an incredible job keeping everything running smoothly for children’s church. This past year, she and her family really went through a difficult trial when she was diagnosed with cancer. In spite of everything she was going through she still managed to put out schedules for Kid’s Church so each teacher/worker could be prepared and know what they were supposed to do. She also continued taking classes through Institute of Conservative Apostolic Theology and still worked her job at the times she felt physically well enough to do it. We are so thankful(although I’m sure not as much as she is)that Sis. Eva is on the other side of this trial now, with the cancer in remission. God was faithful to her, and she was faithful to Him. She testified last night in service of God’s faithfulness and goodness to her during her trial, and then her daughter Bell sang a song I love called Overcomer. The presence of God came down in a very powerful way as Sis. Bell sang, and many were touched and strengthened by the Spirit of God.

It is truly a great blessing that we can be overcomers in our trials if we will just be faithful to God and keep holding on through the storm. Thank you Sister Eva, for your wonderful testimony!


Standing Alone


In my last two posts, I talked about 2 young people that are also students at our Christian school. Today, I wanted to mention our other student, Sasha. In the picture, she is wearing the leopard print top with a black skirt. I am proud and thankful for the growth that I have seen in the life of this young lady.

In our first year of school, she had a difficult time transitioning from a public school setting to doing the majority of her school work online under my supervision. However, she has stuck with it, and her academics have improved this year.  🙂

Without going into detail, she recently came to a place in her life of decision, which lead her to take a stand that I know was difficult for her to do. However, I know that God blessed her for it, and He continues to bless her as she serves Him. It’s never easy to take a stand, when you have to do it by yourself. In reality though, when you stand for what is right, God is standing with you, and that is what really matters. I believe God has great plans for Sasha’s future, and I look forward to seeing God “unfold the rose” of her life.

Piano Player In The Making


Yesterday was Trinity’s first time ever to play the piano during worship service! In case you don’t know, Trin is the young lady to the left. Her good friend and schoolmate Sasha is on the right. I wasn’t able to get a picture of Trin playing, because I was on the platform at the same time praise singing.

I wanted to let everyone know that she did a great job! I know it can be intimidating and make one nervous doing something for the first time in front of a group of people, but I’m glad she took the plunge, and I am proud of her. It’s encouraging to see young people that will let God use them, whether it be playing an instrument, singing, witnessing to a friend, praying with someone in the altar, etc.,etc. I love the young people of our church. They are not perfect(but then again, who is?), but they are striving to live for God, and I’m very thankful and blessed to see growth in their lives. What a precious thing it is to be able to serve God in your youth!