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Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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My book, From the Pound to the Palace, is available for $10
from Proverbs 31 Ministries.


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My book, Little Halos, is available for $5.99 from Proverbs
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Monday, October 27, 2008

MOVIN' ON AFTER MOVIN' IN MONDAYS

Coexisting with the enemy is not an option

For those of you who follow my moving blog –

I hope it moves you spiritually, inspires you, encouraging you to stay on a straight path…

Recently I have been sharing some traveling stories, sorta' went off on a few bunny trails. For now, I am back on track...

For those of you who follow my moving blog, you know I began this blog in the garden of Eden and moved with women of the Bible from Genesis through Joshua. We have witnessed the moves of Eve, Mrs. Noah Arkbuilder, Sarah, Miriam, Ziphora, (Moses’ sister and wife), and most recently, Rahab’s spiritual move to reach out with hospitality toward Joshua as he and the pilgrims, who had been on the move for over 40 years, moved into the Promised Land, beginning with her home town.

So the children of Israel moved into Canaan and began to settle down.

When was the last time you read the book of Joshua? From chapter 6, with the fall of Jericho, through chapter 13, verse 7, Joshua oversees as his men destroy and conquer the enemy, taking the territory God set before them.

Before we can settle down it’s important to conquer and destroy “the enemy.” We cannot move forward, succeeding tomorrow in our new territory, unless we annihilate our foes.

As I look back on my past moves I can see how some moves were more successful than others. Reading the account of Joshua helps me to understand that a victorious journey into my future includes removing my adversary. The two of us, my opponent and I can not coexist. One has to go!

So who, what has to go? A careful study of my personal enemies includes:
Insecurities, lies, past defeats, worry, doubt, fear…

WOW – I have lots of enemies with whom I have no business sharing my tent!

Clearly God called Joshua to wipe the enemy out. God has His reasons.

I repeat – My rival and I cannot coexist!

Dear move-hers. It’s time we removed the enemy that keeps us from taking the territory God has given us.

Is God calling you to enter a new territory?

Wether A physical location or a spiritual place?

What’s the name of your enemy? What is your removal plan?
Sunday, October 19, 2008

MOVIN' ON AFTER MOVIN' IN MONDAY

To the beautiful city of God ~ ~ ~



Are you moving? I certainly hope so! Oh - you may not be leaving home with your belongings headed across the country... whether or not you are on the move physically or spiritually I invite you to experience a moving journey with me.

If you follow my MOVING BLOG, you know I use the great moves from the Bible as an outline to follow, but, from time to time, I get off track when my own life takes a detour.

You know – like over the past two weeks, I have been traveling so I posted about a lesson I learned while on the road (two weeks ago) and Columbus’ epic move (Columbus Day = last week.)

On Thursday and Friday (last week) my DH and I visited Zion National Park in southern Utah.

From the moment we began our ascent into the valley I totally understood why this piece earned the name – Zion.


Zion is first mentioned in 2 Samuel 5:7,


“…David captured the fortress of Zion.”

Fortress – a place of protection. Isn’t God our protector? I certainly felt protected here!






Eventually the word/place Zion came to be known in a more spiritual context as
The City of God

Little did Moses and the children of Israel know when they were moving toward The Promised Land that God had a specific location set apart for them. Eventually it came to be known as Zion.

Visiting Zion National Park I certainly felt as if I had arrived at a very special place.

Here I wondered, “Is there a resemblance here to God’s city, the city where we will live forever?”

As I traveled through the park, I experienced God’s character all around

me:

Almighty God
El Shaddai - God of the mountains
I understood one thing while wandering through these mountains:
Just as Romans 1 reads, We "know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to us (prounoun changed by me). For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."
These mountains declare the glory of God. He reigns. Dear friends, believe
and take comfort in His almighty power.
Monday, October 13, 2008

MOVIN' ON AFTER MOVIN' IN MONDAYS

Christopher Columbus = Christ Bearer

If you are a Christian you have something in common with the man whose accomplishements we celebrate today.

His name means Christ Bearer

Happy Columbus Day!

So often, when God says, “Move,” we ask, “Why?”

I cannot imagine being an explorer, going places where no one has ever gone, risking my life, leaving behind loved ones, having no idea what I might face, where my next meal would be found, how I would find a doctor if there were no Emergency Rooms… on and on I go. Oh, and by the way, these are very real thoughts I have each time I face a move.

Yet Christopher Columbus took the challenge and set sail leaving all comforts behind.

We learn from our earliest elementary school days about Christopher Columbus. We are told many stories surrounding his goals, purpose, preparations.

I wanted to hear from the horses mouth.

Why did he do it?

It didn’t take me long to find excerpts from his journal. You can read them for yourself. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/Columbus1.html

I cut through all the formal language and satisfied my curiosity. It appears Christopher went to Sunday School and learned the great commission. Well maybe not, but he certainly understood that God had a calling on his life. Read what he wrote:

IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
Whereas, Most Christian, High, Excellent, and Powerful Princes, King and Queen of Spain and of the Islands of the Sea, our Sovereigns, this present year 1492… I had given your Highnesses respecting the countries of India and of a Prince, called Great Can, which in our language signifies King of Kings, how, at many times he, and his predecessors had sent to Rome soliciting instructors who might teach him our holy faith, and the holy Father had never granted his request, whereby great numbers of people were lost, believing in idolatry and doctrines of perdition. Your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians, and princes who love and promote the holy Christian faith…, determined to send me, Christopher Columbus, to the above-mentioned countries of India, to see the said princes, people, and territories, and to learn their disposition and the proper method of converting them to our holy faith; and furthermore directed that I should not proceed by land to the East, as is customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence that any one has gone. So … your Highnesses, in the same month of January, ordered me to proceed…


WOW! He wanted to share the gospel!

Further research brought me to this site:
http://www.millersville.edu/~columbus/columbus.html

Without a doubt, the Bible was a great source of inspiration to Columbus. He drew heavily from it and took his name, “Christ Bearer," seriously, believing, in fact, that he had a divine mission to accomplish.

http://www.millersville.edu/~columbus/columbus.html

With so many distractions today, Monday, October 13, 2008 – political doubt, nations at war, chaotic economy, uncertain future, one thing hasn’t changed.

God has a message for every person in the world –
“whoever believes in GOD will have everlasting life!”


How will the whoevers hear unless believers are willing to move into their hearts and “determine the proper method for converting them to our holy faith”?

Right now, let’s determine to be inspired by today’s man of the hour.
Move beyond your world. Be a Christ Bearer to those across the across the hall, or across town…
Monday, October 6, 2008

MOVIN' ON AFTER MOVIN' IN MONDAYS

Standing with my feet in two places

My husband and I started out this morning on a road trip. We have had our trip planned for many months. We spent our day driving lazily across the Ozarks, crossing two of our nation’s biggest rivers, finally coming to a stop in southern Illinois at the historic Rose Hotel. We are spending the night on the Ohio- I mean several yards from the river front. Our room opens onto a wide veranda from where we have broad vistas of the river – East to West. I plan on getting up to see the sun rise!

I have one regret from the day. I could have planned a very special moment, but I waited until too late.

This is what I wish I had done and I did not.

I had the opportunity to stand with my feet in two rivers! That is right. When we left Missouri behind we climbed up and over the Mississippi traveling on a long expanse of bridge. When it touched ground we were in Illinois. From the road a smaller road traveled down to the river. I could see it, but I had not pre planned it.

In no time our car climbed up and over the Ohio River. Looking back over my shoulder, from my vantage point I saw three states: Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, divided by two rivers – the Ohio and the Mississippi!

I was impressed with myself. Never mind hundreds of other cars were traveling over the same expanse of civil engineering feats.

I was “standing with my feet in two places” In my mind that is!

I wanted to go back, DH said no. He was tired of driving, longing to arrive at our peaceful destination.

Standing with my feet in two places. Can you relate? I want to be here, but I need to go there. Looking back, needing to look forward. Holding on to the past, needing to grab hold of the future.

Today’s experience helped me realize that my moves, be they physical or spiritual cannot be successful if I don’t set my heart and face toward the goal. Too often I don’t want to leave the past behind. I want to stand with my feet in two places. I want it all – living in the yesterdays but anticipating the tomorrows.

So we didn’t stop to stand in two places, we moved on and what a delightful experience awaited us!

Sometimes we have to give up the past so we can fully enjoy the present and the future.

Had we stopped to stand in two places, we would have missed the peaceful end to our day – a most wonderful sunset over the Ohio River, right outside the door of our very own charming bedroom in this delightful Bed and Breakfast – the Rose Hotel.

Tempted to stand with your feet in two places? Let me encourage you – pick up the foot that is keeping you form moving forward and place it in front of your other foot, Keep going…be amazed by God’s plan for your life.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR WAITING

Waiting, sitting on the front step…

My husband and I walk together every day – most of the time!

Right now we are visiting his parents in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our MO is to announce one to the other – “I’ll be ready to walk in a few minutes. Let’s walk early. Let’s walk later.”

Today I announced – “Let’s walk early, I want to get home, wash my hair, and run some errands.”

“OK,” my husband replied. “Do you mind waiting a few minutes? First I am going up into the attic to check on the roof.”

My father-in-law has been waiting to make roof repairs. He won’t tell us what he is waiting for.

While my husband banged his way around in the attic I waited on the front stoop. I took my shoes out the front door and sat down on the step, put on my socks and shoes, and waited. The wait gave me an opportunity to stop.

I have been avoiding spending down time. When I slow down I am forced to think about my heavy waits, those waits that are a burden to me right now: circumstances that threaten to weigh me down, stresses that slither into my mind stealing my joy, reminders that life is hard and feels out of my control…

Mostly I want to keep busy so I don’t have to wander out of my comfy garden and into the wild and dangerous jungle.

But here I was, forced to be still while I waited.

While sitting on the stoop my eyes explored the front flower bed and the world beyond where I reviewed many spiritual lessons:

1- Looking at the weeds that wound their way through the flower bed I wondered, “What weeds have I allowed to choke out my relationship with Jesus, with others?”
2- Observing the hard bald spots in the grass I questioned, “Have I developed a hard heart, protecting myself from becoming too vulnerable, too close to those whose hearts I could touch if I simply slowed down enough to care?”
3- Seeing the many homes around me, I asked forgiveness for not getting to know the people around me, forgiveness for neglecting to pray for those whose lives brush mine on a regular basis.
4- Watching the squirrels dashing here and there with confident purpose as they gathered acorns and planted them, I could relate, “Am I confident in my calling or am I whining about the challenges God has allowed into my life?”
5- Looking up through the branches of the tall pines I wondered, “Am I standing tall and confident in what I believe about the Christian walk? Does my life glorify my Savior? Am I so strongly rooted in Christ that I trust Him no matter the storms that threaten to undo me? ”

“Are you ready?” I heard my husband’s voice.

Normally I don’t like having to wait. Today God gave me an energizing opportunity in the midst of a wait. I had not planned to spend a quiet moment reflecting, but my Father had other plans.

“Sorry I kept you waiting,” I heard my husband apologize.

“Waiting?” I replied. “No problem.”

For once waiting had been a welcome gift. I believe it transformed my day!

God showed up this morning. I remember having read STREAMS in the DESERT last night. Within the reading of September 30 I recalled:

When God places a burden upon you, He places His arms underneath you.

God uses time trials to remind me, He protects me in the midst of life’ difficulties. Winds of insecurity may be blowing, but His arms are strong. If I focus on His truths, He will take care of my uncertainties.