Ask Me What I Mean

“I find God to be both old and new.”  Mary Ann Young Robinson


This is what Charles Spurgeon had to say one Sunday morning in 1891.

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The new life that God gives us is exceedingly active. I have never read that we are to lie down and sleep in the newness of life. It is true I have met with persons who professed to have been saved, and therefore they took matters easily, and made themselves religiously comfortable in idleness. I greatly question whether you have new life if you do not walk. God’s children are not of a sluggish race. There is vigor and fervency about them. They cannot sleep, as do others. The new life is akin to the life of angels, and angels do not spend the day in slumber or sloth. I never heard of sluggish angels. They are as flames of fire. The new life in a Christian is quick, energetic, forceful. The new life produces a holy walk as soon as it is created. If you have been born unto God, you have cast off your lethargy, and are ready to run the race set before you. You may happen to be dull and sleepy occasionally through disease; but you will not choose this. When in spiritual health, you will glow with divine ardor, and burn with holy fervency, delighting yourself in serving the Lord.

I also am considering what the scripture has to say to us. Always something new. Refining something old. It’s exciting.



Back to Blessing in “Streams of Mercy”



I was so glad to return to the town of Blessing, just as Anji Baard Moen did, after the death of her husband while living in Norway. Blessing was where she grew up, had her first love, developed friendships, so it wasn’t hard to leave her mother-in-law’s harsh home where children were little more than objects in the room.

The threat she lived with, though, was that her mother-in-law would not share any family money with her if she would decide to remarry and give her children a father. How selfish, but Anji worked hard and wasn’t sure she would want to remarry. She set her mind to teaching, and writing articles for the Blessing Gazette, but while doing that, met an Anglican Priest that became her friend.

Thomas Devlin, an Irish minister, was the main editor. Single, fun, and sensitive, Anji began to look at him differently and wondered if he was experiencing some of the same feelings. He came for dinner, enjoyed her children and finally asked to court her.

A circus train came through the town exposing Blessing to Diphtheria. Thorliff, a very loved member of the community and Doctor Astrid’s brother, lost his wife, Elizabeth, to the disease, but recovered himself to take care of his children. Anji was grieved to see him suffer as he was her first love as young people in this town.

Then the church call came…it was too far away. He knew he was called and yet was drawn to Anji and she couldn’t face leaving Blessing for the second time. Thomas went to have an appointment near Chicago to find out if this was where the Lord was calling him. The distance softened both Anji and Thomas’s heart preparing them for future ministry. After Anji had a heart to heart talk to Thorliff about the past, she realized how she must move forward in her life.

Ingebord, still a vital widow in the town, is a support system for many. Her medical training of Astrid pays off. She becomes the main stay of the hospital, assisted by Miriam, now living in Blessing married to Tryve.

The colorful characters of Blessing come to life again as Lauraine Snelling presents a new tale of community, love, suffering and perseverance.

“Taken” by Dee Henderson

What I like about Dee Henderson’s writing is that you really feel like you are there. The flow is very good and she knows when to change from scene to scene well. The story was a good Christian fiction story in the sense that your teenager could read without your worry. It does show that Christians can make decisions that do not muddy their lives when following the Lord’s mandate. I expected a little more mystery woven around her family and added suspense, since this is the type book it is supposed to be based on the title. The main character’s progress through her trial may have been a little too progressive too fast, but some of it was based on her own personality and the personal time in taking photos and traveling as opposed to being kept somewhere in seclusion. I enjoyed reading it very much and this was the second one of hers I have read so far. I look forward to more of this talented writer. Compelling Cover.



Mary Robinson, Boise, ID

This book was provided by Bethany Books and the comments are my own opinions.

“Finding (Kelli) Me” by Kathryn Cushman

Screen shot 2015-03-30 at 9.49.44 PMWhat if you were 24, thought your name had always been Kelli, was told your mother and siblings died in a fire, and suddenly figured you lived about as far as you can get from a possible real family? When Kelli Huddleston’s father and step-mother died from a car accident, she was forced to uncover new info from a safe her dad always kept locked in a private room. Photos, letters and other info shocked Kelli into making plans for a fast trip across country to find out the truth. Kelli went to a small town she read about in Tennessee and it didn’t take much time to meet some of her family anonymously including her father’s old friend. But what would she do with this info was the question. Would she now hurt other people like she was hurt? Her mother was lovely, kind, and nurturing with a lovely voice. Kelli didn’t know she took after her mother because she was told her voice was so bad that she never sang. Never had the courage to let anyone hear her. Her sister was longing for a friend and she and Kelli bonded rather quickly. Kelli was forming intense relationships. It would be natural for her to run and go back to her old life. But what would that do to her inside and what would it do to the new people she loved?  Kelli knew now what she would do. And she did it. See how that turned out. A great read and interesting mystery of love and forgiveness. I read this straight through it was so exciting!

This book was provided by Bethany/Baker Books for review. The opinions are my own.

The Continued Saga of Blessing, “A Harvest of Hope”, by Laurine Snelling

I felt like I was right beside Miriam as she traveled back to the town of Blessing where she knew Trygve was anxiously awaiting her return. Her heart still hadn’t convinced her that she loved him, although she did adore him and wondered what the funny feelings she had stirring in her stomach were all about. She left brothers and sisters behind in the city and a mother just freshly put in the grave. Although excited, it was scary. Her family had to rough it in a tenement with no parent. She would live and work around large families that had lived in and around Blessing for many years in a community built mostly of their own faith. A very good student nurse, Miriam would contribute greatly wherever she was, but Blessing needed her and she had a contract to fulfill. She had already been here once, being taught by two women doctors that were being received for their strength, love and expertise more than most. Once she arrived and was shown her own sweet room with a window, ate in the Dining Hall, and felt the warmth of Trygve’s looks, she knew she was where she should be. She was becoming a woman, but had no one to explain these things that she was experiencing. Then she received letters from her siblings which was a special surprise. She hadn’t been there long before there was dangerous accident, a tragedy, that left one dead and others injured. Tempers flared regarding the accident, the bank’s inability to loan money for construction, and prejudice towards the poor tent people who yearned to become part of the town and find work to thrive. Through diversity Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 9.07.22 PMand loss, Blessing still claimed the bond that had always been there, and in the middle of it, Miriam declared her love to her beau Trygve! She would finish her contract, possibly soon marry and find a way to bring her sweet family to the town that was a “Blessing”. I have read several books about this town and the people and it is a very sweet saga. I enjoy the writings of Lauraine Snelling, her style, and the people she introduces that I usually like. I feel like I have been to North Dakota myself while gleaning from the everyday lives of the people who lived there.

This book was provided to me by Bethany Books. These opinions are my own from the reading of this novel.

Hearing The Lord Each Day

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By Mary Young Robinson


Psalm 147: 3-5  (ESV)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of stars; He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.”


Healing. I thought I had made much more progress than was evident and understood what true healing meant. And then so unexpected, I felt an old wound surge with a twinge of pain that I thought was forever gone. Was I wrong? Was I still plagued with the same old despair and sin that I thought I gave to God?

On a particular Sunday morning I began to wonder about being healed and if it really was a forever state.   Does emotional and spiritual healing come and go? Sometimes triggers I have felt in life seemed like a “recall”. Of course, memories are sometimes joyful and sometimes sad. I felt dumped on this morning.

Cruising towards the church, I approached the uphill parking lot. Already a little late and hurrying up the drive, I knew that the Holy Spirit was touching me. There was a sore feeling pressing in my soul at first, but it wasn’t a bad thing.

What I sensed at that moment was that He wanted me to remember some things for a reason. He wanted to remind me of where I had been and where I was now. He showed me that no matter what pain I feel or felt in the past, that He is always with me, and helping me with the process. No matter how long it takes!

Encouragement filled me. I was reminded that I should never try to second-guess God’s reasons. Even though it is my own desire to let go of particular pain in my life, whether physical, spiritual or emotional, it may not be God’s plan to relieve me of it fully. Or, He might not take the pain away for a long time. He has His reasons for allowing me to feel and remember things. And knowing that He is in control, gives me peace.

People usually mean well when they inquire about our journey, but God may have a plan that no one suspects for us. If you stay depressed and it is affecting your life in a dramatic way, then maybe talking to a Pastor or Christian Counselor is a good idea. Otherwise, serve your Lord, pray and minister to someone and trust Christ to meet your needs based in His timing.

“Where Trust Lies”, by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Screen shot 2015-02-28 at 8.44.12 PMBeth Thatcher enjoyed a wonderful year in Coal Valley teaching children but she was homesick for her family and looked forward to special time with her mother. New feelings for a Canadian Mountie named Jarrick were locked in her heart and she hoped to be able to spend time thinking over her future, sharing with her mother and resting up at their beautiful home. She left the Leftbridge station with a bouquet of flowers, but only saved a few petals and hid them in her handkerchief for a keepsake and not to alarm her family too soon. Beth was exhausted when she arrived in Toronto, but was glad when she heard her youngest sister, Julie, calling for her and viewed her father waving her over towards him. His arms were around her and she felt safe. While driving to the house in a Roll’s Royce, Beth sensed something untold in the car. Soon they arrived where her older sister was waiting with her little boy for the reunion. JW, her nephew, toddled towards her and Beth rallied in seeing how much he had grown. Beth had forgotten that Julie had met Jarrick when she came to visit once and Julie started asking questions before she was ready to comment. But it didn’t take long for the new home secret to come out and Beth was not hoping for something like this. A luxurious cruise vacation had been planned and they would all leave within the week. Travel? And her father wouldn’t be able to meet them until later in the trip. She loved seeing everyone, but she had been dreaming of her summer at home. She was still waiting to hear if she would be called back as a teacher for the next school year. Little did she know that this summer she would become Julie’s nursemaid out in the world of romance when they left shore. And more than romance, danger calls to a young debutant with fearless anticipation. God is working in the background in lives, but there will be many lessons for all before life settles down again for this family.

Are You A Doctor? What Is A Doctor?



Someone told me I wasn’t a doctor. Well, I don’t have credentials for a Medical Doctor, or a Registered Nurse, or  a license for a medical business practice. I was a Home-Health Assistant in Tucson and a Home-Health Aide in Boise, now I have a certificate of being Disabled. I have a few friends that call me a “Google Queen” because of my time on my MAC and keen interest in medical ideas, natural medicine, vitamins, minerals and prescription drugs. I looked up the word “doctor” for definitions and these are some I found: physician, teacher, troubleshooter, restorer, healer or healing influence, a learned man, rescuer, treats, repairs, applies remedies, medicine man, honorary titles and promotes human health. I bet I fit a few of these so maybe I will name myself Fishy (from Physician) Teacher/Rescuer.

When I was 12 years old, my mother went from being a full-time homemaker to stepping into the work field as a Nurses Aide, then a Ward Clerk for almost twenty years until retirement. She enjoyed her work; clerical, doctor’s orders, assisting the LPN to order medicines, taking patient histories, and sometimes helping at the death-bed. I believe her faith and compassion was used while she also had a social element to her job.

When I was a teen, she began to call me into her work a bit, after school. Since I had been a precocious child, choosing old ladies to sit beside on the city bus when I was 5, she knew I would be good at talking to patients when they were bored. I am not sure if I entertained them or they entertained me, but I did enjoy that. It is no surprise that I eventually did work with home-bound patients, and years later oversaw her own care (giving B-12 shots) into the world of Vascular Dementia until she passed at ninety-six years old.

In 1997 I had a MCI (heart attack) with Angioplasty and Stent Implant. I was life-flighted from Sun Valley, Idaho to St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise. I feel fortunate to have done pretty well since then although my Cholesterol and Triglycerides have silently crept up too high. In addition to having TMJ and other joint issues, I developed Degenerative Disc Disease after suffering with a herniated disc for over 20 years. Fortunately, I found a great office for Pain Management at St. Al’s in Boise.

As I endeavor to find new solutions to my own maladies, I also study for ways I might be able to help others with their own health journey, mostly close friends and relatives. I read online sites from natural doctors, medical doctors, health forums, pharmacists, drug reports, pain solution stories, naturapathic and holistic doctors, integrative doctors, Face Book groups, etc. I not only enjoy learning but have discovered things that have helped me a lot and apply to how I ask questions when I do go to the doctors.

Today was an exciting day as I read facts from research from a retired flight doctor at NASA regarding Heart Disease. Then I moved to another major controversial subject in the medical community, Statins. It wasn’t long before I found a fabulous video with a Pharmacist who explained exactly how antidepressants work and why you might not really want to take them.  Wow! Talk about hyped up! (no pun intended)

So, here I am: a Fishy Teacher/Rescuer. Maybe you don’t really want any advice. I can live with that. And I do polish my nails so that probably gives me away as not being a “real” doctor. However, don’t discourage me from learning, because whether it is from a school, online, classes, books or whatever, I am having a wonderful time and I really am learning from educated and learned people…and I don’t have to have a degree or paper to convince myself that what I am learning is beneficial and important.





God Leads Hannah To Open The Door

I didn’t realize until I started reading this novel, that I read Book I and II several years go. As I remembered the characters I was so glad I was going to read the conclusion of the dilemma between Hannah and Sarah, sisters, Paul her closest friend, Luke her brother, and Daed who never acted as if he believed in her or that what she had told him about a delicate yet horrid happening was true. Hannah was a young girl, pure in heart, but soiled as a teen. Sadly, she is given very poor advice that leaves her scarred and scared and she leaves her hometown. She is convinced she will never be accepted and that her friend will never really trust her. Her sister, Sarah, becomes emotionally sick, but no one understands what is wrong with her and she doesn’t get help before she hurts herself and others. This is a story that takes many twists and turns, but these are what teach each of them about the wrongs that take place over a few years. Hannah separates herself from her community and her church for a period of time, but a love for others will bring her back to face her ghosts. Even though she thinks she has already found a new live in another city, Hannah will truly find herself again and the door will open where she left it almost shut. Restoration is sweet and she helps others while she is being shown the most important needs of all. A great story and I enjoyed it very much.

This book was supplied by Bloggin’ For Books/WaterBrook for review and the opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID

“WHERE TREETOPS GLISTEN”, Novellas by Goyer, Putman, Sundin

I gave this book a 5 star as all the stories were heart-warming and fun.

Sarah Sundin tells the first story with the introduction to the Turner family in Indiana. Grandma Louise plays a sweet and needed lady with the stories played around her adult grand-children. It is the day of Pearl Harbor and hearts are broken as always in war-time. Abigail is working her way through college when she is set up with a blind date. Fate has it for her to meet him in another way besides the blind date and what a surprise. They are both drawn into each others family by a mystery in his hometown. But then there is Pete, the brother pilot who is hoping to be home for Christmas. Christmas has been different since the loss of his brother. But he makes it and finds a little girl standing in front of a department store window by herself. Quite grown-up for a small girls with braids, he rescues her and takes her home on the bus. He is in for a surprise when he meets her mother. Lovely sister, Merry, wants badly to help on the war front. She becomes a nurse and is sent miles away from Lafayette. She left home with a broken heart but grows spiritually and emotionally as she reaches out to the injured at a hospital near Germany. She has hard days but never loses her hope for the future. Can’t tell anymore as the stories are too sweet! You need to read this one before Christmas!

This book was given to me by Water Brook Books for review. These opinions are my own. Mary Young Robinson, Boise, ID (less)