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Our On-Going Adventure


I’ve told you before about the time when I was a young bride, maybe 21 years old, that my DH looked at me and said, “My life with you will be one full of adventure.”  I thought at the time, “Sure, we can’t even afford a Coke.” And I soon forgot about it.  Well, let me tell you that we have had an incredible life chock full of adventure.  And, we are starting on a new one at 70 years of age.  It goes on and on.  I think that I should tell you right off that we have had a special ingredient in our marriage that you can share, but few do.  I will tell you about it and you will be saying, like I did, “Sure, we can’t even afford a Coke.”  Then you will forget about it too, as so many do. 

            When we were first married, we drifted away from the Lord.  So it took a few years for our adventure to begin.  I thought I was a mature Christian, but definitely was not.  We got to be friends with some non-Christians, that were pretty decent people, but they introduced us to alcohol, and for a while we experimented.  But we had two baby girls, and then God began us on our adventure.  We moved away from our friends, and God began to convict me that my babies were growing up without the Lord.  So we set out to find a good church.  Then one day, God led an old friend back into our life and she invited us to her new church. We went and soon God had our hearts again and we were on track for our adventure.

            I’m telling you all of this because our adventure is going on right now.  We have sold our house and we are in the middle of packing.  We will leave Texas on July 28.  That ingredient in our lives is the Lord.  He took two self-centered people, who were bent on establishing a great, fun life for ourselves, and turned our hearts towards Him.  He told us to trust Him and He would give us the desires of our hearts. (Psalms 37:4-5) By that time I had to ask God to teach me how to love my husband, and He even did that.  Now we have an incredible love.  When I was a little girl, I would dream about the love I would have some day, and now I have it abundantly more than I ever dreamed.

            He sent us to Bible College and prepared us to be missionaries to the land of New Zealand.  That alone was a real adventure, but along the way we got to visit mainland China, Singapore,  Hong Kong, Australia, Samoa and several other places.  He provided for us well, giving us beautiful houses, and nice cars, and many, many friends around the world.  All of that seasoned with a love of each other, family and friends.  We have had a beautiful ride which I like to call our E Ticket ride.  Hope you know what that is.

            We have been in the states now for nine years, and now we are being led back to New Zealand to start a Bible College which my husband has been asked to head up by a few churches.  This seems to be perfect for him.  The pastorate is a very hard position, especially when you are as caring and loving of his people as my DH is.  This to me is a great adventure.  It is thrilling to me that my Lord has not decided that we are too old to minister any more.  I had always prayed that  I would be a Caleb.  Remember Caleb asked for his biggest adventure when he was old.  He got it. 

            So, I am saying good-bye for a little while.  I will be so busy, packing, moving, visiting family and friends, and getting settled in overseas.  However, please don’t go away, as I will be back on and energized.  Besides, don’t you want to know how our new adventure is progressing?  Check in on my site every week or so, and I promise to be back.  Then too, I want you to challenge God to give you an adventure.  Make sure that you know Him personally and then set back and watch Him work.  Give Him everything you’ve got and expect great things from God.  After all, He is a great, big, wonderful God. Until then, attitude check, Angels.  Have a good one.

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Verse For the Day

Psalms 37:4-5

Delight thyself  also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

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ANGELS:  This article that follows was written by Angel Candy who is my daughter.  My most recent article follows hers and mine is simply entitled Christmas.  Please check them both out.  Thanks.  Angel Janet

It’s the

thought that Counts 

A dozen roses with the Quik Trip logo on the tag, a huge bottle  of really cheap perfume, a voucher for an hour long massage, when you know they’re only good for 5 minutes tops, a boxed gift that hasn’t seen the light of day in a good few years or a bad attempt at a homemade bar of soap are all wonderful examples of something I might deem acceptable if they were given to me by my ten year old son, but might not be so excited if they came from someone who ought to know better.  Yes, there is something to be said about saving money and giving gifts from the heart.  You know—it’s the thought that counts.  But exactly what thought counts?

Here’s a thought, I ran out of time today and I thought of you last!  Or, I really need to buy myself something nice and wouldn’t you know it, I ran out of money! Or my favorite, I forgot all about you!  These are thoughts, but are they the thoughts that should count?  Maybe saying that it is the thought that counts has just become an excuse.

From my own experience I know that this is true.  One unforgettable memory still surfaces for me every year at Christmas.  There was a balmy hot summer inNew Zealand, and the gifts wrapped so nicely a few days before were quickly fading in the intense sunlight streaming through the windows.  Suddenly I was called to a birthday party only two days before Christmas, and I was unprepared.  It was a new friend, and she’d been shy about informing all of us of her special day.  So in the tradition of re=gifting I hastily grabbed what I knew was a gift from a student, and was obviously a box of chocolates.  Imagine my embarrassment when she opened the box, and inside were melted little blobs of old Caramello delights, each one clinging to the packaging, unmovable without a spoon.  My thoughts before giving the gift were much different from my thoughts after.

This Christmas I find myself a little short on funds, like a lot of people.  But after the Caramello incident I think about people I care about for months in advance, and choose to think that others are like minded.  Maybe we all need to learn a lesson from each other.  There are ways to save moneyANDbe thoughtful.  Know what people enjuoy, and what inspires them.  Learn about the ones you love, and be conscious of what they say.

In the New Testament we read of the widow who gave the last of her resources in her offering to the temple.  Jesus commented to the disciples that she would always be remembered for this selfless act of faith.  She didn’t have much to give, but it was all she had.  And the little boy whose 5 loaves and 7 fishes fed a crowd of thousands became a profound gift for all time.

According to Luke6:38we should give and it will be given back to us.  Give cheerfully (everyone knows the difference) and give generously.  But most importantly, give thoughtfully this year.

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Angel News – always check here!!

I’ve been asked many times now how often I post.  Right now I try to post once a week.  Sometimes I go 10 days when I am really busy, but I wait on you to ask for more.  I would love to write once a day.  So it is in your court.  Let me know what you think.  Have a blessed Angel day.

Angel Janet

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Because Angels Ask – BAA


i had a dear lady write and express fear because she is pregnant and sees her life as very bleak.  She is very worried.  What to do?  Signed Worried


The only answer possible is to turn to God and to trust Him.  He knows and understands her predicament.  No matter what her story is, or if there is a man to stand beside her.  God is there, standing beside her.  He is our protector, our lover, our Savior.  No problem is too big or too small for Him.   I don’t know your relationship with Him, but you need to know Him personally.  If you don’t know for sure if you are a Christian write me an e-mail at and I will write you a personal letter.  I know that I can help.  Please write. It is worth your time.

Angel Janet

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To Eat or Not to Eat

I want to introduce you to a 13 year old boy named Ken.  Ken was on the edge of an  abyss.  This is a true story and it really happened to Ken.   He was entering his teen years and he was confused, bewildered and

just plain scared.  Ken was a missionary kid.  He was leaving the U.S. to go back to the country of New Zealand without his two sisters, only his Mom and Dad.  He was going to a new city and new school and new church.  He had no friends or even anyone he knew.  He didn’t even have his dog any more.  It was a scary time for a kid. Although no one knew it at the time, he had started into anorexia.

Ken was a good looking kid, but he was husky, definitely not fat, but well built.  Some of his skinny friends in the U.S. had made fun of him.  So upon reaching this unknown state he was in, he did the only thing that he had any control over.  He decided that he would lose weight.  Being 13, he had had no practice in dieting..  So, he simply stopped eating.  His Mom noticed a few days into the fast that he wasn’t eating, but Ken learned to lie rather quickly.  He would say that he had already eaten at a friend’s house, or at school, or any place to throw Mom off his trail.  The days slipped into weeks and the weeks into  months.  Mom threatened and tried to get people to listen to her, but it truly seemed like she was imagining it all.  Ken continued to lie and exercise and lose weight.

I don’t know if you have ever been around anyone with anorexia, but they get to be skin and bones.  They lose weight everywhere, their feet, hands, face, legs, everywhere, but their nose.  Ken’s nose began to stick out between sunken cheeks.  He was changing his looks drastically.  By this time, everyone was noticing how skinny he was.  Dad began to be major upset.  He threatened the boy and tried to force him to eat.   Have you ever tried to make a child eat?  It can’t be done.  These were no ordinary parents, in that they were loving and affectionate and cared greatly for the boy, but it wasn’t enough.

After a few months they contacted an American doctor friend they knew.  She thought that it was anorexia and prescribed a modification in behavior.  That doesn’t work.  So they took him to a physician.  He took tests and talked to the boy and found that he was indeed anorexic He suggested treatment in a psychiatric hospital and forced feeding.  This seemed to throw up red flags to the parents.  If it wasn’t medical then it was spiritual.  The psychiatrist treatment would be a sorry substitute for spiritual treatment.  Ken was a boy in trouble and needed some answers.

The parents thought for awhile that it might be demonic.  Indeed, the boy thought that he was fat when clearly he wasn’t.  He would look in a mirror and see fat.  They tried praying for Satan to leave him, but that didn’t work.  Now desperation set in.  Mom cried and cried continually.  All either of them could think about was Ken and what might happen.  If he didn’t get treatment soon, his organs could start to shut down.  Many anorexics die from anorexia.  You can threaten, bribe, encourage,  discipline, appeal to his reasoning, but you cannot force a child to eat.  The only thing they knew to do was to take Ken to a counseling center in CO where a man of like faith had an office.  So soon Ken and his Mom were on a plane flying to CO for counseling.

Ken had been not eating for 9 months.  It was the worse time of our lives.  You see, Ken was my son and my DH and I and Ken went through this terrible time together.  I honestly didn’t know if Ken would live or not. I would wake up at night crying while dreaming of Ken.   I wouldn’t wish such a time on my worst enemy, but out of our worse time in our lives, came our greatest blessing.  It won’t be easy to describe to you what happened in such a short space, but I will try.  The psychiatrist would have tried to treat Ken with worldly wisdom.  We only look to God for answers and in His book that He has given to us.

In five short days of about 3 hours of counseling a day, Ken was over his anorexia.  I know that many say that a person is never over anorexia, but when God sets you free you are free indeed.  (John 8:36)  Ken’s problem was that he was in the center of his life.  He only cared about his own truth and how he saw himself.  God was not in the center, and Hello, God won’t take a second seat to anybody.  Don’t be too critical of the anorexic or of Ken, because most everyone is in the center of their own life.  They want to be in control and do not step down for God’s control.  John and I discovered that we were in the same boat as Ken.  We controlled our own lives too.  The smoker is there, the druggie is there and the alcoholic and the gambler and you name it.  Everyone wants to be in control, and God is saying “go on then, but don’t ask me to help.”   Most Christians go on for years being in the center of their own lives.  Look at the Israelite s  wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, it is exactly the same.  They said that they would be in control.  There is a saying to “let go and let God” .  It is too simplistic but it is true.  As along as you want to be in control, God will let you, but if you want Him to bless you, then you must step aside and allow God to do with you as He wants.  What ever that means is what is best for you.  And so it was with Ken and with us.  We wanted God’s best for our lives and we had to give Him permission to take over and we did it verbally in prayer and He took center stage.

Today our son is the pastor of the International Baptist Church in Howick, New Zealand.  He is restored completely to us and our relationship is wonderful.  There is no hint of anorexia in the man.  If you need this type of release you must read Romans 12:1-2 and present your body a living sacrifice.  If this has been a blessing to you, please let us know.

Angels are yielded,

Angel Janet


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Angel Words

DH         means      dear husband

Angel-up  means the same as man-up

Attitude check means to change your attitude from negative to positive

DD          means      dear daughter

DDS        means       dear daughters

DS            means       dear son

SS            means        Sunday School

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