About Me

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.


Pound to Palace


My book, Little Halos, is available for $5.99 from Proverbs
31 Ministries.


Little Halos


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Monday, November 17, 2008

TWO WOMEN MOVING

The young woman clung to her mother-in-law. “Don’t leave without me! Take me with you.”

What a testimony. Can you imagine, a young woman begging to be included in the journey her mother-in-law is about to take?

We all know the story of Ruth and Naomi – how Naomi’s husband had moved her to a foreign land in the midst of a famine. He moved his family because he wanted to provide for them. Maybe you have had to move in order to find better provisions, a more stable life, a secure future.

Once Namoi, her husband, and their sons settled in Moab the sons married local girls. Tragedy hit and all three men died. Life has always been difficult, hasn’t it? It is not just during our trying times today that life has presented challenges.

Namoi decided to move – again, alone. She wanted to return to the land of her people, her culture, her God.

Ruth, one of her daughters in law, wanted to go with her. She wanted what Naomi had. She couldn’t imagine life without Naomi as her mentor.

God has been moving this “older woman” – me! It has been nearly a decade since I last made a corporate move. That does not mean, though, that God has stopped moving me.

Recently a call went out from our church’s youth department. The youth minister has a team of older youth- young adults who walk alongside the teenagers in our congregation. Many of the young adults are single, far from home, engaged in the church, but still lonely, working all day, facing trials alone… Our brilliant and compassionate youth pastor contacted people in the church asking them to come along side his team of young adults.

Last week I met M---a after having e-mailed with her for over two months (only because I was out of town traveling). She is beautiful. So gracious and intelligent. Independent too. Oh, and she loves the Lord. She shared her dreams of becoming a missionary, told me a little bit about her family, gave me insight into her passions and announced her upcoming business trip to Puerto Rico.

I fell in love with her. Tomorrow night she is coming over for dinner.

M--a is such a godly young lady, I am not sure I have a whole lot to offer, but I can open my heart and my home to a young person whose family lives far away. I can listen to her thoughts and pray for her. And I can allow her insight into the youthful culture of today to move me to be more engaging of the young people with whom I come in contact. After all – both of my sons also live in that culture. Maybe next time I sit down with one of my children, they will take notice: their growing older mom understands them, is in touch with the new millennium, relates to the issues they face, is moving with today’s generation rather than retreating into her own comfort zone.

When I discuss mentoring with others I always say – “It’s a two way relationship: the wisdom of the older woman only goes so far because the youth and energy of the younger woman is a necessary part of understanding, openness, and a growing relationship."

Let me ask you a question? Are you the wisdom or the energy in your relationships? Is God moving you to be a Ruth or a Naomi to others?

I would like to encourage you to invest in the life of a young adult. We are entering shaky times and I know parents who live far away from their children wonder if they are secure. I am one of those parents My son and his wife live very far from me. I have one comfort, though. My son is surrounded by godly mentors. I can do no less. I can move into the life of one young person and offer to move with her as she navigates the waters of adulthood.
Friday, November 14, 2008

I AM SO EXCITED I JUST CAN'T HIDE IT

I am celebrating tonight. This week I finally accomplished something truly BIG – for me that is. I managed to create a video and upload it onto a special blog.

Here is the skinny~

For some time now I have harbored a dream. My dream has been to take my dog . THIS IS AIR

on the road to tell his miraculous story, which is really every child’s, who chooses to follow Jesus, story.

First I wrote his story and published it. That was almost three years ago. The book I wrote is called FROM THE POUND TO THE PALACE.
Last year I converted the book into a DVD with the help of Renee Swope and her two very talented sons.

It is the story of how the dog, my son and I chose at the animal shelter, came home to live in our house. His story is a simple parallel to the human story. We were all lost until The Master stepped into our lives and invited us to follow Him.

So, anyway you ask what is the big deal? Today after creating a special promo video, much aggravation because I am technically challenged, e-mailing back and forth with a tech savvy friend, and lots of perseverance I finally uploaded a video to my doggie’s blog.

I feel like I have just earned enough credits, I certainly put in the hours, to receive a graduate degree in doggie bloggie uploading!

Tonight I feel very satisfied.

Do you have an accomplishment you would like to share?


Monday, November 10, 2008

MOVIN' ON AFTER MOVIN' IN MONDAYS

Your God will be my God

Joshua took over the land God had ordained for the children of Israel. Slowly the pilgrims settled in the Promised Land and began to call it home.

Then a famine came, creating some challenges amongst the Hebrews living west of the Jordan River.

A certain man decided that a move across the river to a place called Moab would offer a means of survival for his family, so he packed up his wife and two sons.

He moved his family to a godless and pagan place.

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a godless people – a place where pagans lived? “Not in America,” you say!

Oh yes, right here in suburbia or uptown. Everywhere - - people need the Lord. They are just waiting for someone to step in and introduce them to the Father.

Why would God allow you to be planted in such a place? What could possibly be the reason?

Maybe He has called you to be light in the darkness. Maybe He expects you to reach out to your neighbors and show the love of Christ. Maybe He is calling you to start a Bible study.

What does it look like to bring light to darkness, to open eyes, to press into hearts, to bring Jesus to those who don’t’ know Him?

I have decided to ask a question this year, during this holiday season that is upon us. I am praying for courage and wisdom to ask a certain question encouraging others to consider Jesus and His life on earth.

This is my question: What does Thanksgiving/Christmas mean to you? I plan on asking family members, friends, neighbors, clerks in stores, kids behind counters… anyone with whom I might strike up a happy-holidays conversation.

I pray for that one person who doesn’t know God. I pray that time will pause for just a few minutes in time so I can explain the true meaning of Christmas.

I know that the man who took his family into a pagan and godless country affected at least one person. Her name was Ruth. Because a family traveled to Moab, one young woman became acquainted with God. Because she stepped into a relationship with the King of the universe God ordained that she become the great great grandmother of the King of Israel and the KING OF KINGS!

Dear move-her. Do you find yourself in a godless place? If so, don’t fret. God can use you to bring Light to those around you.

What question will you ask to start a spiritual conversation?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

GOD ALWAYS WINS

My Precepts Bible study fascilitator went straight to the Word of Truth last night. These are God's words of encouragement to us. We have our work cut out for us!

1 Peter 2:11-17 (from the Message)

Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it. Don't indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives. Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God's emissaries for keeping order. It is God's will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you're a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.

God is never finished even when we feel at a loss.
Sunday, November 2, 2008

MOVIN' ON AFTER MOVIN' IN MONDAYS

Does God abandon his children in the midst of their life’s journey?

I am afraid the answer is, “Yes.” Read on!
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused... so God abandoned them to their own desires. (from Paul's letter to the Romans)

What does this have to do with Tuesday's election?

Have you been caught up in the epic wave that is moving our country toward a new era?

Yes, I know, this is Sunday, not the regular day to post thoughts in my MOVIN’ ON AFTER MOVIN’ IN MONDAY blog.

Today as an act of worship I want to call everyone who would read this blog to seriously look up to our Creator God, the Father of us all who set aside this wonderful nation of ours, our Redeemer who provided a beautiful land where freedom reigns, allowing souls to be set free to worship the one true God.

I am posting today because tomorrow morning I wake up before the sun, stumble to my car, and drive away from the beautiful lake I call home in the fall. Tomorrow I return home to North Carolina. Throughout the day my DH and I will drive along the colorful highways through several states where citizens will be casting their votes. I pray each one of us diligently, prayerfully, and responsibly cast a vote that will glorify God.

In just a few hours our God-given freedom to choose a leader will put us on a new course. I pray to God that the new course will include Him - Almighty God whose statutes were placed in our paths for our own good and for our protection.

As we move into a new era with a new president, new leaders, new ideas, let us pray that we be wise in our voting. So many say the vote is about the economy. I say the vote is about our spiritual state of affairs.

Am I voting in order to have my selfish desires met or am I voting for a freer country, a stronger nation built on godly principles?

As I consider the future of the United States and the issues I see the media telling me are important, I can’t rid my mind of a series of verses in the first chapter of Romans. Here is an excerpt:

God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 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.


Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.



So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.


That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.


Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.



Let us pray for boldness to honor and glorify the one true God, not a god our hearts and hands have foolishly and selfishly created.