Snow Day Sunday!

Only a Great Pyrenees, Snowball, would enjoy the pillowy softness of the snow to take a nap.


Is Your Vision in Laser Focus?

Without a vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

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As a brand new Christian, I clung to these words of encouragement, and set upon making plans for my life.  I set goals for that month, the year, and five years.  Then I set about putting these plans into action by making steps, no matter how small to achieve these goals.  Within a few months, I was progressing without a hitch, but more importantly, I noticed that my life was improving.  I was believing in what I thought would be  impossible.

Today, writing my goals in my journal everyday is an integral part of my life.  It is essential for all to know their vision, because without it, we will surely perish.

Happy goal writing in 2019!

How to Hear From God, in One Easy Breezy Step

img_6349“Hello, this is Jill,” I introduce myself the first time I call a new acquaintance. The second and third time that I call, I do the same thing. By the fourth and fifth time, I no longer have to introduce myself.

It is because they know my voice, my unique inflections, cadence, and topics that I like to speak on.  This is what identifies me.

This is exactly what you need to do when learning to hear from the LORD.  Listen for His wording and topics.

I had been saved for a whole five months, and in a severe moment of desperation, I got on my knees and begged God to speak to me.  This thought popped into my mind, and barely knowing the Bible, felt assured that this had to be from the LORD, “Psalm 91!”

As soon as I grabbed my Bible and began to read the verses in Psalm 91, it spoke deeply to my soul, and in this Psalm I found the answers that I was looking for.  For many months and years afterward, He always spoke to me through scripture.  It was His way of identifying Himself to me.  I had no doubt that He was speaking to me.

Today, He does not use scripture verses to speak to me, but when He does it comes from deep within.

Last year, I was battling cancer hard! Vacuuming one day I heard Him say, “Don’t worry I’m healing you.”

He did, in a miraculous way.  A no-denying-this-is-a-miracle way.  My doctors were baffled, because cancer doesn’t just disappear.  WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

The easy-breezy step- SEEK GOD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART.  Trust me, He has all that you need and are looking for!

Need prayer? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me!


A Miracle Marriage

“Jill, Dan is totally in love with you,” Sharon said one cold frosty December morning.
“I am not interested,” I said, as I looked down at my desk. I had just moved into my farm and I was totally overwhelmed. I guess I was complaining about my loneliness, and Sharon offered hope. Dan was a teacher at the high school I was teaching at with Sharon. He belonged to our little social club of like-minded-born-again-teachers. He came faithfully every morning to our prayer group and social outings. He had already asked me out, and I had said no.
But I was feeling that she had a valid point. He was the first person at my farm the day I bought it, he always encouraged me, and he was one strong Christian. These were the traits I was looking for in all of my friends and he truly fit the criteria.
That night, I started my prayer, when I felt the Lord say into my spirit, “You are going to marry Dan.”
The seed had been planted. Christmas Eve service was magical with each of us holding onto a candle. I love Christmas and the evening service is the highlight of my year. I love to sing Silent Night, Holy Night, and on this particular night, it was snowing. Dan sat next to me, and I grabbed onto his strong arm for support, because I began to cry. He patted my knee when we sat down.
That’s when I knew that Dan was possibly my soul mate, my protector, and husband. On January 6th of that year, I invited him over for dinner. I felt that God was speaking to me so strongly about marrying him that I would “test” and ask Dan if God was saying the same thing to him.
“Dan, is God saying anything to you about me?” We were sitting in my sun-room and he was playing with one of my dogs.
He looked at me as if he had just swallowed a golf-ball. “Yeah….” he said.
“What?” I asked.
“I’m not going to tell you,” he said and laughed slightly.
“Well, God is saying something to me and I was wondering if he was saying the same thing to you,” I paused to see if he was going to say anything. We sat there awkwardly looking at each other.
“What is he saying to you, I want to know,” I could hear the sound of hope rising in his voice.
“He told me that I was going to marry you!” I started to laugh nervously.
“He told me the same thing! But I told God it was impossible! I was walking one day, in fact it was September 1st, and He said that not only was I going to marry you, it would be within one year. I told God, that He has the wrong girl, because Jill won’t even go out with me,” like a spigot, he poured out all that he had suppressed.
Dan and I fasted and prayed for three weeks, and on January 27th we got engaged on a snow capped hill in Chester County, Pennsylvania. By June 21st at the age of forty-one, we married each other for better or worse on the front porch of our lovely farm.
After seventeen years of marriage, through ups and downs, we have found stability and strength from each other. Miracles do happen, for the world had me believing that I was more likely to be struck by lightning than getting married.