Tuesday, April 15, 2014


WHAT MUST IT BE LIKE TO BE  YOU.....







LORD?!!!





All the great power you possess ~
The miracles you’ve performed ~
The position of authority you hold~
the ability to change hearts and minds, heal the sick,
turn water into wine, walk on water; 
even raise yourself from the dead!

You breathe life into all living beings and even stop all breath if you so choose. You hold it ALL ~  life and death, day and night, this world and all eternity in your mighty hand; yet you chose to lower yourself to our level as human to human for our eyes to see and our hearts to love and our minds to learn from.

While you walked among us you conversed, taught, gave of yourself, worked, rested, ate and drank, laughed and cried, held the sick in your arms and touched and healed the leper!


YOU, this fearless, majestic, eternal savior...
chose to become more like us for a short time,
so that we might see that there is nothing about us that you do not know - you have felt it all...experienced it all...
from love, acceptance, respect, and kindness,
to heartache, blame, abuse and rejection...

Then you took it ALL....
All our self centered, flesh serving, rebellious acts
upon yourself...
and paid the price for the sins you did NOT commit.
You were covered in filth as you carried the cross 
to the place of your murder...WILLINGLY! 
That cross was covered with your blood...
yet, in your darkest moment you cried out in compassion,
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.

Before your head dropped, you gasped “It IS Finished.”
Your lifeless body was then placed in the grave.
And because you are Lord,
You walked out of the guarded tomb and finally...
ascended to the Father’s right hand.








You returned to your position of authority!

YOU HAVE ALL POWER IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH!

You did all of this for the inhabitants of the world...to set us free and give us the choice to LIVE! And if I would have been the only inhabitant you still would have done it all---for me!

You promised me a place in all eternity with you. But why?
I don’t deserve it? And to this I hear you say...

that is the point, my dear princess...you have been forgiven...this is grace...this is why it is called a gift...take the gift and humble yourself before the Lord as you receive the birthright I bought for you.

Your life is worth the price I paid. You are loved!

 
Oh, Lord...You reign in heaven and earth and in my heart ~ There is no word to describe the gratitude I feel!

As I shake my head in awe, I wonder....

What must it be like to be YOU....

LORD!!!



"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8


 
”That whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have Eternal Life.”
John 3:15








Friday, March 28, 2014

As The Willow Weeps


After this winter, I'm sure those of us who have had to brave the snowy polar vortex can relate to the cries of the earth as it "weeps for spring".  I published this poem three years ago.  Although that winter wasn't as harsh as this year, it reminded me that the hope for spring is on-going.  We got past that winter and enjoyed spring and summer, and then another and yet another!   We will get past this one too.  There is hope!  There is always hope!   




AS THE WILLOW WEEPS



Tall trees grounded,

firm foundation,

roots stable in the earth's floor -

fierce winds

snatch tossing limbs,

as they break from the solid core.



fixed branches...

reach for the sun -

praising heaven, open wide...

springtime showers have begun,

outstretched fingers grasp for life!

 


now the willow hangs its head,

docile limbs weighed down,

yielding to the ground,

as if all hope is dead.





 "No! Not So!" - the red bird sings!

 think of pure and lovely things!

sweet as the kiss of the morning dew,

and the warmth of the sun embracing you...




have faith dear willow - do not cry,

or hide your face from grace...

have faith that spring will soon arrive,

and heaven's breath 

brings forth new life! 

                                                    

the time is near ~ we can expect...
                                                                      
though birthing pains persist...            
                       
remember this...

our eyes are not on what is seen...

As the willow weeps for spring!

(written by Lorraine Brown, copyright 2011)





Friday, February 14, 2014

ROMANCE





R   O   M   A   N   C   E  


"For you have set my heart free"





How do you describe it?   What makes you pursue it? 

Where do we find it?

How do we make it last?







D E S I R E

"So now the stage is set,
feel your own heart beating in your chest"






I M A G I N A T I O N
                                                           
    "this life's not over yet"






H O P E 
     
"so get up on our feet and do our best"





C O U R A G E

"we play against the fear"






T R I U M P H

"we play against the reasons not to try"






G L O R Y

"we're playing for the tears burning in the happy angel's eyes" *



~



B R E A T H L E S S    E X P E C T A T I O N



~

 

THE SCENT OF A FLOWER

 NOT YET FOUND




~




True Love” in persistent pursuit of our hearts



~




THE ECHO OF A TUNE NOT YET HEARD





whispering softly in our ears



~


THE NEWS FROM A COUNTRY

NOT YET VISITED


~


An invitation...



FROM  THE  ROMANCER  OF OUR  SOUL…



TO EXPERIENCE HIS UNFATHOMABLE LOVE!



~




WOOING   US   INTO   A   ROMANCE   LIKE   NO   OTHER...








 T H E



  S A C R E D



   R O M A N C E





~




“Delight yourself in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart”
(Psalm 37:4)






“O GOD, YOU ARE MY GOD,

EARNESTLY  I  SEEK YOU;

MY SOUL THIRSTS FOR YOU,

MY BODY LONGS FOR YOU

IN A DRY AND WEARY LAND,

    WHERE THERE IS NO WATER.”


     (Psalm 63:1)






A book?  Yes!  

Friends, if you haven't read "The Sacred Romance" and you want to experience the intensity and reality of  true love...

I encourage you to pick up a copy of  

"The Sacred Romance"  by John Eldredge and Brent Curtis!

Get ready to be swept off your feet ~

The words flow like silk across each page. 


This is a book for those who long for romance and 
desire a deeper realization of 


UNCONDITIONAL   LOVE! 




"So now the stage is set, feel your own heart beating in your chest"





P.S...our sweet Bella Jaime is giving another Eldredge book away on her blog...check it out!!!
   http://mangia-bella.blogspot.com/


*quotes and inspiration from "The Sacred Romance" by John Eldredge and Brent Curtis;
lyrics from "Show the Way" by David Wilcox; Bible verses, NIV



Monday, February 3, 2014



LOVE, LOVE, LOVE... 




    













HOW DO YOU SPELL IT?  











SO MANY TYPES  OF   ...   







EROS ~ (Romantic Love)               

STORGE  ~ (Affection/ Brotherly Love - fondness due to familiarity)

AGAPE ~ (Unconditional Love - caring regardless of circumstances = GOD's LOVE)  

PHILIA  ~ (Friendship Love)  ~ Friendship is the strong bond existing between people who share common interest or activity. 

                                               ~


 "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” 
                                                  (C.S. Lewis "The Four Loves")

















 
February is considered the month of Love by many.   
My prayer is that LOVE would be at the center
of  'every month',  of 'every day'!

Today, I'm focusing on Friendship Love...and the deep gratitude I have for the gift of my sweet friend Jaime Carrillo.  Jaime asked me to be a guest blogger on her delicious blog "Mangiabella"!  

I'm honored to have been able to share a little bit of my heart on her blog....  and  my special recipe which spells LOVE...    

FIND OUT WHAT IT IS ~ CLICK HERE:  "Lovely Lava Cake"







Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Un-Plugged For New Year's!


New Year’s Eve....Ten degrees and snowy...

Around 1:00 as we lounged, just finishing lunch ~ cookies in the oven ~ checking e-mail, facebook, and watching another episode of h.g.t.v. house hunters, (simultaneously) ~ our recreation was abruptly interrupted as silence fell over the condo—power outage or too much use of power?



Greg picked up the phone to call down to the front desk to inquire but the phone was dead – oops, forgot the phone is hooked up to the modem! Thankful for cell phones, he was able to contact them via android. “Yes sir, we are aware of the outage in part of the building and our engineers are looking into it now. We hope to have the power restored shortly.”


“O.k.” I thought...” “It’s time to get fully dressed (get out of my fleecies) in case we have to vacate for some reason.” I pulled on tights, warm socks and a couple extra layers for warmth and I settled back into my chair. Husband began to nod off in sitting position; dog curled up inside her warm blanket...all was very very calm! I realized that I was enjoying the sound of silence. Free from the hum of appliances, background noise and computer keyboards, along with visual ping pong from tablet to t.v. to texts, I was forced to realize there is life without electronic toys! Of course I could have used the tablet or droid, but turned them off to conserve their batteries (just in case).

I decided to take advantage of a great opportunity to sit quietly with the Good Book. Seriously friends, does it take a power outage to get us to slow down and open the bible for some “real-time” conversation with God? I guess that’s what it took for me today...a reminder that I need to plug in to The Actual Power Source!

I randomly opened up the word to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4, verse 11 and beheld the direct word of God as it jumped off the page:


“MAKE IT YOUR AMBITION TO LEAD A QUIET LIFE"

I’m as serious as serious can be! This is exactly what I saw, heard and felt (simultaneously) with the noise removed and the peace of God speaking VOLUMES into my forcibly calmed soul!!!

Well then, let me read on because I know He has more to tell me and with all the clamor removed, I can hear Him LOUD AND CLEAR; SOFT AND GENTLE; STRONG AND POWERFUL; guiding my path into the year ahead ~~~


My New Years Resolution:
“MAKE IT MY AMBITION TO LEAD A QUIET LIFE!!!

 

THANKFUL FOR THE TRUE POWER SOURCE, I WAIT...PATIENTLY...AS I PLUG IN TO HIM AND RECHARGE!



“Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act.”  
Psalm 37:7 (a)


WISHING YOU A CALM YET POWERFUL NEW YEAR!




Thursday, March 28, 2013



WHAT MUST IT BE LIKE TO BE  YOU.....







LORD?!!!





All the great power you possess ~
The miracles you’ve performed ~
The position of authority you hold~
the ability to change hearts and minds, heal the sick,
turn water into wine, walk on water; 
even raise yourself from the dead!

You breathe life into all living beings and even stop all breath if you so choose. You hold it ALL ~  life and death, day and night, this world and all eternity in your mighty hand; yet you chose to lower yourself to our level as human to human for our eyes to see and our hearts to love and our minds to learn from.

While you walked among us you conversed, taught, gave of yourself, worked, rested, ate and drank, laughed and cried, held the sick in your arms and touched and healed the leper!


YOU, this fearless, majestic, eternal savior...
chose to become more like us for a short time,
so that we might see that there is nothing about us that you do not know - you have felt it all...experienced it all...
from love, acceptance, respect, and kindness,
to heartache, blame, abuse and rejection...

Then you took it ALL....
All our self centered, flesh serving, rebellious acts
upon yourself...
and paid the price for the sins you did NOT commit.
You were covered in filth as you carried the cross 
to the place of your murder...WILLINGLY! 
That cross was covered with your blood...
yet, in your darkest moment you cried out in compassion,
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.

Before your head dropped, you gasped “It IS Finished.”
Your lifeless body was then placed in the grave.
And because you are Lord,
You walked out of the guarded tomb and finally...
ascended to the Father’s right hand.








You returned to your position of authority!

YOU HAVE ALL POWER IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH!

You did all of this for the inhabitants of the world...to set us free and give us the choice to LIVE! And if I would have been the only inhabitant you still would have done it all---for me!

You promised me a place in all eternity with you. But why?
I don’t deserve it? And to this I hear you say...

that is the point, my dear princess...you have been forgiven...this is grace...this is why it is called a gift...take the gift and humble yourself before the Lord as you receive the birthright I bought for you.

Your life is worth the price I paid. You are loved!

 
Oh, Lord...You reign in heaven and earth and in my heart ~ There is no word to describe the gratitude I feel!

As I shake my head in awe, I wonder....

What must it be like to be YOU....

LORD!!!



"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8


 
”That whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have Eternal Life.”
John 3:15







Sunday, December 23, 2012



P E A C E   B E   W I T H   Y O U !





As Christmas arrives, I thank God for the many blessings I have and for the salvation which is possible because of His sacrifice for me! I also pray for comfort and mercy on those grieving loss this year.

The compassionate video below was created by my friend Harry. I do hope you will click the link to watch. As you see the precious faces, please remember their loved ones in your prayers.  

Merry Christmas!

May the fullness of Christ's Love be known to you!






Saturday, December 15, 2012

Vern's Light Display



This crafty light display is just one of many fascinating masterpieces from our friend Vern's Christmas light show which he displays each year outside his home. Through the years Vern has been creating these gems with his very own hands, using pipes to construct the frames and his display has grown to be quite spectacular!  As I drove friends past his amazing winter wonderland, we took numerous photos. I didn't get a good panoramic shot, but loved this one because it really tells his story well. It is a replica of one of his several antique cars he lovingly cares for and still exhibits at various car shows in several states....even now in his 90’s!


Vern gets a kick out of entertaining passersby with Christmas music playing softly in the background. If you open your car window, you can sing along with the carols as you marvel at his handiwork.  He has even constructed mailboxes which look like the real deal where children can drop off their wish lists. I'm not sure if he still does this, but there was a time when he would drive to Santa Claus, IN to postmark his handwritten replies to the letters Santa received.  What a jolly soul he is!  I often wonder if perhaps he just might be Santa! ;)                    
                  
Vern's love of friends, family and neighbors is evident by his acts of kindness and his sense of humor lights up our hearts

just like the December sky outside his
home for the holidays!



VERN’S LIGHT DISPLAY


When December comes,

The sky shines bright

The little drummer boy drums, 

Rudolph leads us through the night,

And under the twinkling sky we see...

The wonderland of Oaksbury!




Snow people and the candy shop,                                      

Ice rinks, dolls dressed up for play,                             

Cause all passing cars to stop,

Enchanted by Vern’s light display!


All made by just one crafty soul,

Assembled with his hands by day...

By night his vision casts its glow,                                         

A thousand lights show us the way...



Just one man so strong and proud,

He need not say a word,

To each of us his hope abounds,

His love is clearly heard...




And we think of Vern not only during Christmas season,                  

But every day throughout the year,                                             


For oh so many reasons...


He always lends a helping hand and always with a smile,

If you ask him for a favor, he goes the extra mile...




A tower of strength, his roots run deep

Like the mighty oaks which line our streets...   

                                         

His life is an example

to all who know him well,          
                 
And each of us have precious

memories we tell... 
                                          




Vern's light display at Christmastime 

Draws crowds from miles away...   
 



But the sparkle from his smile

Warms us each and every day!




(written by Lorraine Brown)

                                                                               








Monday, October 22, 2012

Two chicks and an Old Hen



Once upon a time there were two chicks...
the love of food...and an Old Hen... 

One chick in Washington State and the other in Chicago! Separated by the miles, yet drawn together by similar interests...


          
Deanna Morauski with Joey Fatone





Lorraine Brown with Joey Fatone
                                                                                           
YES That's Joey Fatone...(of "N Sync", boy band fame, movie star, dancing with the stars, star of My Family Recipe Rocks...and all around really great guy!)


The two chicks....my friend Deanna and me (Lorraine) ....united by a  love for cooking, baking, laughter, miniature dachshunds, and God! Our paths were originally led together a few years ago by a cooking contest where we learned of one another through our home made cooking videos featuring our original weekly recipes in an on line cooking extravaganza. Since then, we've been sharing recipes via facebook and our blogs.

Last year about this time, I had the thrill of opening my home to the crew of a new show,  My Family Recipe Rocks with host Joey Fatone , and this year Deanna had that same thrill.  I'm wearing a great big grin as I recall the excitement of my experience and I continue to share in the fun now as Deanna's episode is about to air! 

~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~

Meet my buddy Deanna Morauski...

Deanna’s love for baking and cooking began as she sat upon a baker’s stool as a little girl. Her love for people grew in the midst of church potlucks. She expresses her loves today creatively through speaking, writing for her foodie blog, television appearances as well as hosting guests, including celebrities, at her award-winning inn... The Old Hen Bed & Breakfast, Squanalme, Washington.

Deanna makes me giggle with her quick wit and I love the fact that she is just so real! As far apart as we are, it’s amazing at how technology has made it feel like she is right here. Well, one thing is definitely missing....I really want to sit face to face....hear her voice...see her smile...experience the warmth and coziness of her B&B, gobble up the delicious food she prepares, and laugh out loud  together in person! Until then...I’ll be so delighted to watch her in action in her kitchen with Joey Fatone by her side, cooking up a storm!  I can’t wait to see her episode air!

You can see Deanna on Joey Fatone's new show "My Family Recipe Rocks" on the Live Well Network this month on October 27th. She will be making four scrumptious recipes throughout an entire episode filmed at her B&B, The Old Hen.  Follow along on her Facebook page or on Twitter for updates .

Here’s a preview of Deanna’s Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe:







A perfect comforting, hot dish that goes well with any meal!

Servings: 12


Ingredients:


2.5 pounds of russet potatoes

1 large yellow onion

1 cup milk

1 cup heavy cream

¾ cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 1/2 teaspoons of pepper

1 cup sour cream

5 cups grated cheddar cheese (divided)



Directions:


Rinse and scrub about potatoes until clean.

Prepare a large bowl by filling with cold water and a couple of teaspoons of salt. Set aside.

Cut potatoes in quarters along the length of the potato. Cut out any undesirable spots.

Using a mandolin or… the quicker and easier food processor, slice potatoes thinly.

Place slices into cold salt water after each potato to prevent browning. Slice yellow onion thinly and place into a very large separate bowl.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Pour milk and heavy whipping cream into a medium bowl. Whisk flour into cream mixture.

Add salt and pepper and whisk again.

Drain water from potatoes.

Next, place sliced potatoes, cream mixture. Add sour cream and 3 cups of grated cheddar cheese into the large bowl with onions. Using hands, combine all of these ingredients very well.

Prepare baking dish (size 9 x 13 inches or comparable) by spraying with non-stick spray or smearing well with butter.

Place a layer of potato mixture into baking dish. Then, from the remaining 2 cups of cheddar, place a layer of cheddar cheese. Make about 3 layers total with cheese between each layer then pour any remaining cream mixture over potatoes.

Finally, layer top with remaining cheese. Loosely cover potatoes with foil for the first 1-½ hours of baking so the top layer doesn’t over bake. Remove foil after 1 ½ hours. Bake for about two hours total or until a fork poked into middle of potatoes comes out easily.

It’s a good idea to put a baking sheet on the oven shelf underneath your scalloped potatoes in case they overflow.

For a fancier flavor, you can add some Gruyere or Comté cheeses in place of some of the cheddar, 1/4 cup of white wine in place of 1/4 cup of the milk, or add freshly chopped herbs or ham.

Serve while steamy hot.

**I can't wait to see her remaining three recipes**



(Deanna's episode is scheduled to air at 8:00 central (9:00 eastern and pacific) on Saturday October 27th...and mine will re-air at 10:00 central (11:00 eastern and pacific) that same night! :)

you can check your listings for Live Well Network to find the accurate times in your area.







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