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Gus and I are enjoying the breezy, 87 degree day out here on the high desert mountain.

I am such a dreamer. If only this, if only that. How about, “if I would just do?” I have a beautiful setting, a husband who provides security, love and encouragement. My job is just that, to do my job.

So here I am out on this lovely patio writing and working. Hebrews 9:13 gives a list of old testament examples of sacrifices used to purify us, only to point to verse 14 (from the Message) which says; If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.

All I can do is be obedient and He produces something I could have never imagined.

So my book is coming! I am quenched in the desert and loving every minute of it.My recreation! Who would have guessed!?

Last game of the season tonight. It has been fun and I’ve made many new friends.

Washed in the Blood and so very thankful ~ Susie

 

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy

John 14:12-14 NKJV “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

v 23-26 NLT Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.  Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.  I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.  But when the Father sends the Advocate (Helper) as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

Jesus asks so little of us, Believe, Obey, Love. This whole 14th chapter of John speaks of how much we are cared for. Ask, obey and love Jesus, that means you love His Father and therefore He will send His Holy Spirit to teach us. We just have to LISTEN and obey and do.

Oh please listen, love Him and ask Him.

I am celebrating the Joy of the Lord.

There are so many twists and turns and uglinesses (is that a word?) in this world but Jesus is on our side. This is a great team to belong to. Just DO IT! Walk with Him, talk with Him, ask Him, keep His word.

Feeling so Loved ~ Susie

 

Weddings and Such

Yep, that is a big happy face on my girl. We spent the day doing wedding things. Going to get her marriage license was top priority 🙂

I love where I live, I love the life Dennis and I have here, I love building our home and next chapter here on the mountain. Not being in the same town as Samantha as we plan her wedding is brutal. Planning Samantha and Pete’s wedding is splendid!

I flew home to Kingman on Sunday during Memorial Day weekend. As I was flying home I thought, “This is the first time I have been so content with leaving Samantha.” She now has a date, a friend, someone with whom she can make plans.

I’m thankful. Continually believing God’s plans for our lives. He is faithful, we just need to be obedient.

Heading for a busy and fun week!

Thankful ~ Susie

Lumber and Labor

Well the moving has begun. We are getting closer to our new house, geographically anyway. Our temporary house is 2 miles away from our permanent and in the same subdivision.

This used to be a 3000 acre ranch, now it is a subdivision of homes on the mountain. Here is our new temporary digs.

The view is beautiful here too.

See we have neighbors! Our realtor Wes found this for us to rent while we finish our build. It is two miles down the road from our new house. Which as of yesterday looks like this, I saw it from a distance while measuring the miles but Dennis asked me not to go see it without him so here’s the shot I took….

This was my teaser until Dennis got out of work. This is so exciting I could hardly stand to stay away! Here’s what it looks like with him. This is the front wall.

and this is a view from the family room.

And my boyfriend waiting to carry me over the threshold 😉

It’s a hassle moving twice, but we will live close to our new house and be able to visit easily.  I wish I could share the smell. Oh the lumber, the aroma of fresh walls is so sweet!

This is a happy man. He is Thrilled to work hard and build a dream nest. Can you see in the distance, next to that humongous rock outcrop our friend’s house? Yes we will have neighbors and the great thing is that they are already friends!

Ephesians 3:20, 21ish  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.

We are so thankful, God is so loving. I never imagined this!

On the move ~Susie

29 years ago

Long Beach, California, March 18, 1983 I welcomed Samantha Margaret Hosman into my life. What a joy! She was beautiful then and she is beautiful now.

Snuggling is what we like to do!

Today I celebrate Samantha’s birthday. Far away but happy knowing this will be the first that I am not the first choice of people she wants to share her day. Enter Pete DeBoer, the one she wants to share her day today and always. Wow.

When Samantha was twelve years old she got a dad, brother and sister. What a thrill to be a family! So many changes in a little girl’s life she has developed character and resolve beyond her years. It has been a marvelous journey so far and I am looking so forward to this new chapter as she steps into the role of wife. I don’t have a picture of Samantha and Pete together, uh um….. otherwise this would be a good place to insert here…..

Samantha loves hard, feels passionately about most things and adds color commentary when ever needed.

I am so blessed to be the mom of Samantha Margaret Hosman, her strength, passion and tender romanticism has a way of getting right into my heart and she is gripping. Her new role as wife will catapult her into her dream of marrying a man who loves and cares for her, in a word, Pete. I am looking forward to walking this new road with you Samantha; the ups and downs the jubilation and the trials. Oh the Joy of loving and being loved!

Happy Birthday Lucy! I love you so.

Flying to see Erin!

Mother of the Bride ~ Susie

 

Thankful Kind of Day

Maybe those of you who read my blog may get sick of hearing how thankful I am for my husband and God’s grace. I just can’t stop! Most of all I am in awe of God’s amazing way of connecting two lives. I may use the word collide. Yes, I like that word. Dennis Dunning and his past, his shortcomings and children collides with Susie Schmitt and her past and very few shortcomings (just making sure you are paying attention) and her child. This is now a family saved by grace.

I’m drawn to Hebrews 11:13. We’re in the middle of reading of the faith of the elders of the old testament and suddenly we’re hit with the realization that they died before receiving their promises but they saw them “afar off and were assured of them and embraced them.” As they lived though, they continued to have protection and God showed Himself faithful.

In our marriage God has continued to show us through all excitement, trials and the busy times that He is the author of this life we are living. I love this in the Message Bible Hebrews 12:2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way.

As we are building and getting settled here in Kingman, I am so thankful to be on this path.

Our new address

Getting ready to pour cement.

Holes 🙂 for pipes
Pipes in and now it is all patted down ready for cement
Dennis gets to show his mom our new digs

The things we leave behind continue to be a part of us as we run this race in our new life here in the mountains of Arizona.

Exhilarated by gratefulness ~ Susie

Soil

Here in the high desert we have ROCK, beautiful rocky ground. This is terrific for a foundation, not so much for tilling and planting. We (us Arizonians) have to bring in black dirt if we want to plant flowers or vegetables or grass.

I had an episode, “I got caught in the cares of this world”. Last week it happened; maybe hormones maybe cares, none the less I sunk. I get depressed, have a pity party of one and sink. I’m being brutally honest so that I can talk about sowing. The only thing that brings me back is reading my bible. When in a tail spin that is even hard. Well it’s hard to have a pity party if you are reading about what a great God we have or about how He gently loves us (Luke 7:48-50). Jesus saves us from our sin. He saves us from many, big, small, whatever kind of sin but forgives just because we have faith to ask.

Then in my reading I’m taken to Luke 8 when Jesus tells the parable of the sower. Oh geez, now I’m in it up to my neck! I love when I start reading and God takes me right where I need to be at that moment. Verses 1-21 tell the parable and the explanation follows. Please go to it and read it’s so good but here it is in a nutshell.

  • Seed=word of God
  • Seed thrown on the wayside= gets trampled on, the birds eat the seed interpreted as devil steals the word.
  • Seed on rocky ground=receiver receives, gets excited but gets tempted and forgets what he learned.
  • Seed in the thorns= receiver receives and the cares, riches and pleasures of the world choke the word and she gets defeated.
  • Seed on good ground, rich soil= receiver receives with a patient and good heart and thinks about what he read. This person’s life, “is authentically externalized because it is no longer what we do – it’s part of who we are.” ~Beth Moore

When the word of God is a part of us, we can go to it, jump in and wrap ourselves in it and be comforted, rebuked (corrected) or just have our eyes opened to something new and beautiful for the first time.

I guess the key would be to not get into the briar patch in the first place. “Don’t throw me in the briar patch!”  (for those of you old enough to remember the Song of the South). But we all fall short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23) No excuses, be like the tree planted by the river, it gets so much nourishment that it can’t help grow big and strong. Like the Cottonwood trees here in the west, they seed by the River and grow and grow. Lets get so engrossed in the love of Jesus and so thankful to be where we are right now, we don’t have time to be tempted, choked, defeated, swept away or unthankful. We just keep our eye on the goal God has for us!

Then that joy overflows 

 

Same today, yesterday and always

My mom is visiting. There is just nothing on earth as good as when your mom visits and you get to smell her, chat with her, eat the food she cooks. Oh and then there are the things she likes and I hate, for instance ironing!

My mom is a giver and a doer. When I was little I thought she was weak; she cried, she always seemed tired, she sat in the evenings and stared at the TV. As an adult I figured out my mom raised 8 children, the last five of us by herself. She worked at a job she didn’t much care for but was thankful to have in order to put food on the table in which she cooked everyday after a full day of work. She cried because it was so hard, she was lonely and in the middle of it all her mom died. Whew, not sure I have to go on. You get the picture of this incredible woman who at 80 she still presses on (as seen in the picture) toward the mark of an upward call of God. (Philippians 3:14).

She taught me that faith in God and forgiveness (which didn’t always come easy for her either) was what it is all about.

All of this reminds me that Jesus is the same yesterday, today (Hebrews 13:8). In our recent history, Jesus is the One who carried my mom through the trials she bore throughout her life. Jesus is the One who saved her when she cried for help. Jesus is the One who protected all of her eight “darlings” as she laid in bed at night praying for our guardian angels to protect us. She had to start at #1 one night and #8 the next in case she fell asleep in the middle she was sure to cover each of us.

Jesus healed, his disciples laid hands on the sick and healed in His name. We laid hands on my mom and she was healed from glaucoma. Her Dr. was awe struck as she told him, “My kids laid hands on me.” He confirmed and she needed no further treatment.

In Matthew 25:14-30 Servants were given talents. My mom is like the servant who multiplied his talents. She never hid them under a bushel. She Used her gift of hospitality and giving to reach so many. Multiplied by 8 I hope we use those same talents as examples to our children and to show others the love of Christ. 

Virginia M. Schmitt is a great example of what Jesus wants us to be in our lives. I hope at 80 I am still serving Him by serving others.

Oh how I love Jesus and all He has done in our lives, so thankful for a healthy Mom!

Awed by a never changing God ~ Susie

 

Anticipation

It’s 1 am. Can’t sleep.

I’m fasting this week. I’m not telling you I’m fasting so you think any certain way about me. I’m telling you so I can tell you about the crazy that goes on in life when you fast.

So I decided with my friend and my sister we would fast this next 2 weeks together. We all have prayers to pray, and needed that one on one bonding time with God that you only get when you fast.

In that bonding time, crazy stuff happens. My fast; no pleasant food (starbucks, sweets, bread), no meat. But I’m also training for a marathon so I needed to have a good carb/protein dinner tonight for my long run in the morning. So I did a complete fast from 6pm yesterday to 6pm tonight and ate dinner, chicken, sweet potatoes and corn.

Here’s the crazies….

I live in a truck stop town. Within 2 miles from my house there is Burger King, In and Out burger, 3 McDonalds, Carls Jr., Sonic, Kentucky Fried Chicken, well you get it. I’m not a fast food eater. I do love McDonalds’ fries and Carl’s Jr burgers, but on any given day I drive by with no regard to any of them. Yesterday I suddenly had this NEED for a Sonic burger. I mean, I needed it. I was hungry and this whole walnut, pea and brown rice mixture (which was delish) wasn’t cutting it! I made it past the Sonic without stopping but I’m telling you my body wanted a burger bad!

Today I got a barrage of thoughts, I was so overwhelmed. What about this? What about that? Oh my goodness, how can anyone do anything unless I jump in and help or give orders. I was treading water just about to physically spin around.

Whoa! Then my mind gets in line with God. I love how He reels me in. Do I find comfort in Him or not? Do I really trust God to see me and those I love through? Are the burdens I feel real or is it a distraction or the Holy Spirit provoking me to pray. Do I need to act or rest?

I find comfort in Christ. There is this picture I have over and over in my mind of falling into a large comfy hand, it feels like the best hammock you have ever sunk back into. This hand cradles, yet it is firm and ever so gentle and warm. After my reeling moment, I find peace.

In Paul’s epistles I find so much wisdom and truth about who, where and what I need to be. One of my favorite things to do is to pray these scriptures and reword them with the prayer being for my wisdom or Dennis’ or my children, etc.

Eph 1:15-20 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.

I want to know what God is calling me to. I want to recognize the mighty power God has given me to have authority over Satan and his guile to threaten my family. I want to be wise and understand All God has for us. We’ll never comprehend all He has for us, it is too much for us to imagine. I do know it is good (James 1:17), it is peaceful and God is longsuffering as He watches us and longs for us to ask. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Oh my sweet, sweet Lord. I am so thankful that You take great care over the things we worry about and You teach us to ask instead of worrying. I appreciate your gentle ways.

Loved by the King of Kings ~ Susie

 

Abundant Life

I’m finishing a book about a woman who finds and keeps her faith and intimate relationship with God even though she is being taught about a different God who wants us to suffer and sacrifice rather than be abundant and victorious. Following is a little chunk of her soliloquy in the end;

“Mother my God isn’t like yours. Your God is Jesus crucified. My God is the God of the resurrection- the God who says, “Enough of this suffering. Let’s heal the world.” My God says, “I came that you may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).”

Life ~ Bios is being a living creation: Life ~ Zoe is life more abundantly in Christ.

In Deuteronomy 30:19-20 God gives us a hint, “choose life”. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.

What does choosing life look like to you today? What adventure or challenge is set before you? 2 Timothy 1:7 (msg) God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. NKJ uses Fear vs. power, love and sound mind.

Do not be afraid. Fear keeps us stifled. God wants us bold! Go after your dream, God puts those desires in us so that we can chase them. Chase Away!

Running after my abundant life ~Susie