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Slow Blogging

This is just an update on my slow blogging. I have been suffering some medical issues and while my Dr is searching for an answer, it does not look like one will come quickly! Please do keep me in your prayers and I will try to post more often. God bless you and thank you all my friends!

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Light in the Darkness

Diana Rasmussen is a wonderful blogger with some great testimony, this is a link to some of music that she publishes and  a link to her blog, Prayers and Promises. Please take time to read her post and listen to her music. I think that you will be blessed!

Snow White Darkness by Diana Rasmussen with Chris Williams, Protilius, and Chameleon

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Welcome Our Newest Author

I have good news for all you readers of Ancient Paths, Lisa has decided to join us here at Armor of God as well. All of you who haven’t read her posts and do not know her site, you should really check it out. It is wonderful! Please welcome Lisa and God bless you all!


Welcome to a New Voice

Please welcome a new author to “Armor of God”, “The Christian Gazette”, and “A Needed Word.” His name is Steven Sawyer and if you haven’t read his blog or any of his posts that have been posted elsewhere, you should really take time to check out what he has posted in the past. You can find his blog, “For His Glory,” here: http://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/

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Shadowland – An Amazing Journey

The shadows lengthen, the sun is obscured by the cliffs on either side of the path. The air is heavy, our breathing labored. I’ve been in this place before. I recognize the terrain, the sights and smells. I hear the rustle of Death’s robe as he follows at a distance. His breath quickens as he draws near in anticipation of his next victim.

We have entered the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

How I despise this part of life’s journey.

And yet, there is much to be seen and learned in this place if those attending the sojourner pay attention. For it is also a place of comfort, of hope, and the nearness of Jesus for those who have entrusted themselves to His care.

This will be a short trip this time, I think. My dear friend – more like a father to me than my own ever was – has bone cancer. He’s fading quickly.

Thoughts of the loss of another beloved one in this place scratch at my raw emotions like a claw. It was just eight years, one month and six days ago that my mother’s journey through this valley ended.

At the same time, sweet memories of the last trip lay play like wispy mist while we walk. We talk of those times, my friend and I. We remember dreams of an angel enfolding Mom in his wings, of watching her play with “baby angels” while she was recovering from her surgery. The outline of a Lion in the picture at the end of her bed (Aslan standing guard!).

I tell him of her decision to discontinue the medication she was on – it wasn’t working; her conversation with the doctor,

“Yes, I am ready to die.”

We talk about how I watched her make the last knot in her “needlework,” poke the needle into the pincushion, and smooth out her last bit of work during drug-induced sleep; the opening of her sightless eyes minutes before she left us – the gift of a final farewell to her family….and the feather that fell from a bird-less sky the afternoon she left us.

It was a painful time, a fretful time, and yet a time of great hope.

It seems that we’re very nearly on the same path once again. I’ve seen that stump before, and that gnarled tree over there, too.

This all sounds so somber and heavy, to tell it in this way. In some ways it is. Thankfully, the separation won’t be forever, though.

For my friend, it is an adventure. “Wow! I’ve never died before. I wonder what it will be like? This is exciting!” was his joyous response when he was given the news. Only someone who knows where they are going can react like that.

And he knows! With barely a backward glance at those of us who will remain on earth, he’s ready – eager to be reunited with his wife. They’ve been separated for two long years.

(She’s been keeping my mom company – I’ll bet the two of them have made quilts for each of our homes from the finest fabrics heaven has to offer, and painting pictures to grace our walls.)

We’ve talked for many hours about what lies beyond the gossamer-thin veil that separates this world from the next. We’ve spun some exciting stories about things we hope to do and see. The most amazing activity we long for is our first face-to-face visit with Jesus Himself. Oh, what will that be like? we wonder.

Our favorite topic is: What will we be doing a million years from today? We will certainly be doing something! The Bible says we will be like Jesus when we see Him. That’s AWESOME!

Did you ever read in the Bible about the stuff that Jesus did after He rose from the dead?

He ate and drank. He could be touched. He was reunited with those He loved.

He flew! Right up into the atmosphere without a jet pack or oxygen tank.

My personal favorite is:

POOF! Now you see Him inside a locked room.

POOF! Now you don’t!

I’m gonna have fun with that one for about the first hundred years.

Expect me!

Yeah, I hate this valley, but it isn’t so bad when I remember that separation will only be for a little while. We will see one another again. Because we know Jesus, we will never see Death, but pass from life to life.

The Bible describes it as

“Mortality being swallowed up by life.”

Now, that’s good news!

Thank You, Jesus, that You have not left us without hope. I will dearly miss my friend, but I’m so thankful that I will not “lose” him. I’ll know right where to find him, and that’s with You.

Thank You for Your comfort and support as we walk through this valley. I’m so glad that it’s only the “shadow” of Death, for Death cannot touch those who belong to You.

I’m glad that we will live forever with You – and never have to deal with death, sickness, sorrow, guilt, shame, or evil forever after. Now that is good news indeed!

Originally published 4/12/13 on Lessons by Heart

Introducing a New Voice to Loopyloo’s

Please welcome Tami from Lessons by Heart to Loopyloo’s. For those of you that don’t know her, she is writing for The Christian Gazette, and A Needed Word as well. Her posts are always wonderful and I am sure that you will enjoy her here as well. Please do visit her site also.


Introducing a New Voice

I am extremely pleased to be able to introduce you to a new voice here at

Loopyloo’s! Preacher Carter has agreed to write for us, For those of you who haven’t met him, he has a wonderful blog here on wordpress, preachercarter The Christian Perspective.  He has a wonderful post us now that is well worth your read,

Freedom by Two Documents

Please check it out and please welcome Pastor Carter! God bless!

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Most Influential Blogger Award X3

This is an update on The Most Influential Blogger Award! My friend, D at Pumabydesign has nominated Loopyloo’s “Armor of God” as well and I am including her link here: http://pumabydesign001.com/2013/07/29/most-influential-blogger-award-my-nominations-and-the-rules/
Why did you start a political blog and when? answer: I started this in 2009 as a political blog but realized that it was not what was right for me and changed to what it is now, mostly Christian principles and news.
Do you think there is any hope of restoring the United States to a constitutional republic in your lifetime?
If you could have a home by the sea or the mountains, what would you choose?
What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible or Torah) and how? This I answered previously!
What is your dream vacation? Would love to go to Alaska for a couple of weeks or longer!
If you could have dinner with any person, alive, who would that be? Answered!
If you could change any law or practice in the USA, what would that be? I would get rid of the legality of abortion!

We have been blessed with an abundance today, we have been nominated by both Biltrix and the Mad Jewess for the Most Influential Blogger award!

The rules are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer 7 questions.
  4. Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.

Not surprisingly the questions that Biltrix and the Mad Jewess asked are totally different and so I will list them separately!

First Biltrix:

1. If you could create your own planet what would it look like? answer: Pretty much like the earth, God did a wonderful job and I can’t imagine anything I could come up with would be better!

2. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be? answer: That is tough, Israel or Italy, both because of their history!

3. Who is your favorite saint? answer: I am not Catholic and do not know all the saints, but I would have to say what I have read of St. Francis makes him a man worth admiring.

4. What is your favorite animal? answer: cats, in all sizes, they are unique I think, in the predatory way that they exist in the wild and even in human companionship, and yet they are very individual in their characteristics.

5. What is your favorite song? I have so many that I love it is hard to pick a single favorite, I do think that this is an especial one:

But I do so love to listen to the violin and this is another favorite:

6. If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet? answer: I agree with Biltrix, Jesus!!!!

7. Name a book that you have read (other than the bible) which has influenced your life and describe how it influenced you. answer: When I was growing up I loved to read and read almost everything I could get my hands on, but my favorite genre at the time was Science Fiction and one book that I read over and over was a book by David Gerrold and Larry Niven, called “Flying Sorcerers”, it was written in the 1940’s. But the premise of the book is still relevant today, someone from the outside coming in with new technology, and different ideas, telling the people how they should live. The results in the book are hilarious and teach a wonderful lesson that should humble anyone who thinks they are more intelligent than the people they are visiting. I highly recommend it and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with sorcery. It is a book I still like to read, especially when I need a good laugh, it makes me laugh till I cry and I have probably read it fifteen times.

Next from the Mad Jewess:

1. What is your favorite bird? answer: this is hard, I love to watch all kinds of birds, I have a whole section of just birds on pinterest, I don’t think I can really pick one!

2. What season do you like best? answer: Fall, I like the changing weather, the fall storms, the colors and just the feeling that is in the air at fall time.
3. If you could have a home by the sea or the mountains, what would you choose? answer: Mountains, I have always enjoyed being in the mountains!
4. Do you like Vladimir Putin? answer: No
5. What decade do you like the best? (40′s, 50′s, etc) answer: I would have to say that the 80’s were one of the best times in my own life, it was a time when everything went fairly well, no real problems. That is sad though that I would consider it that way, but you really judge the quality of time based on your own experiences and for me and my family, it was a good decade!
6. What is your favorite TV show? (Political, etc) answer: I don’t really have one, I truly do not watch much TV, but it would have to be something where there are challenges involved. Ice Road truckers had a season where they traveled the most challenging roads in the world and I really liked that. I guess you can tell I like to see people overcome the challenges that are before them.
7. Do you hate getting old? answer: No, I don’t hate getting old, I don’t like not being able to do what I could when I was younger, but getting older means just a little closer to a wonderful meeting in heaven.
Now for my own nominations:
  1. My friend professor X at Partnering With Eagles
  2. Sherry at Quotes and Notes
  3. angels2send
  4. Jesus is my Joy ministries

As for questions, I think that it would be great if you just took your choice from the ones above. God bless you all and thanks again to Biltrix and the Mad Jewess!

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Most Influential Blogger Award

We have been blessed with an abundance today, we have been nominated by both Biltrix and the Mad Jewess for the Most Influential Blogger award!

The rules are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer 7 questions.
  4. Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.

Not surprisingly the questions that Biltrix and the Mad Jewess asked are totally different and so I will list them separately!

First Biltrix:

1. If you could create your own planet what would it look like? answer: Pretty much like the earth, God did a wonderful job and I can’t imagine anything I could come up with would be better!

2. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be? answer: That is tough, Israel or Italy, both because of their history!

3. Who is your favorite saint? answer: I am not Catholic and do not know all the saints, but I would have to say what I have read of St. Francis makes him a man worth admiring.

4. What is your favorite animal? answer: cats, in all sizes, they are unique I think, in the predatory way that they exist in the wild and even in human companionship, and yet they are very individual in their characteristics.

5. What is your favorite song? I have so many that I love it is hard to pick a single favorite, I do think that this is an especial one:

But I do so love to listen to the violin and this is another favorite:

6. If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet? answer: I agree with Biltrix, Jesus!!!!

7. Name a book that you have read (other than the bible) which has influenced your life and describe how it influenced you. answer: When I was growing up I loved to read and read almost everything I could get my hands on, but my favorite genre at the time was Science Fiction and one book that I read over and over was a book by David Gerrold and Larry Niven, called “Flying Sorcerers”, it was written in the 1940’s. But the premise of the book is still relevant today, someone from the outside coming in with new technology, and different ideas, telling the people how they should live. The results in the book are hilarious and teach a wonderful lesson that should humble anyone who thinks they are more intelligent than the people they are visiting. I highly recommend it and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with sorcery. It is a book I still like to read, especially when I need a good laugh, it makes me laugh till I cry and I have probably read it fifteen times.

Next from the Mad Jewess:

1. What is your favorite bird? answer: this is hard, I love to watch all kinds of birds, I have a whole section of just birds on pinterest, I don’t think I can really pick one!

2. What season do you like best? answer: Fall, I like the changing weather, the fall storms, the colors and just the feeling that is in the air at fall time.
3. If you could have a home by the sea or the mountains, what would you choose? answer: Mountains, I have always enjoyed being in the mountains!
4. Do you like Vladimir Putin? answer: No
5. What decade do you like the best? (40′s, 50′s, etc) answer: I would have to say that the 80’s were one of the best times in my own life, it was a time when everything went fairly well, no real problems. That is sad though that I would consider it that way, but you really judge the quality of time based on your own experiences and for me and my family, it was a good decade!
6. What is your favorite TV show? (Political, etc) answer: I don’t really have one, I truly do not watch much TV, but it would have to be something where there are challenges involved. Ice Road truckers had a season where they traveled the most challenging roads in the world and I really liked that. I guess you can tell I like to see people overcome the challenges that are before them.
7. Do you hate getting old? answer: No, I don’t hate getting old, I don’t like not being able to do what I could when I was younger, but getting older means just a little closer to a wonderful meeting in heaven.
Now for my own nominations:
  1. My friend professor X at Partnering With Eagles
  2. Sherry at Quotes and Notes
  3. angels2send
  4. Jesus is my Joy ministries

As for questions, I think that it would be great if you just took your choice from the ones above. God bless you all and thanks again to Biltrix and the Mad Jewess!

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Healing Time

There are times when the most important thing that we can do is to just set back and review where we have been and where we are going. Sometimes we try to decide for our selves what the Lord wants us to do. We get in the way and make the process more and more difficult. Three things today have reminded me that we are all in His hands and no matter what our own desires are, they are not what God may want from us. A niece’s husband died having a stent put in and I hope that you will include her and her children in your prayers, she is very ill herself, reading Terry Shepherd’s blog about her brother, she is heart broken at times and needs our prayers for strength, and another friend, who lives abroad suffers with her eyesight and yet is so generous and willing to share her work for the world to see, at least the small bit that reads these blogs.

Sitting here listening to “I can only imagine” by Mercy Me brings it into even more perspective. We are just small parts of a very large plan. We may never be able to conceive of the greatness of it but we can do our part and pray for those we know are in need and for those who we don’t know. If the whole world spent ten minutes out of each day giving glory to God, can we even begin to imagine the transformation that would be possible? If you are giving thanks to Him and praying for others, getting into mischief is a little less likely don’t you think? Please do remember these in prayer and visit Terry, at:

Prayer From My Heart

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