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Oh Happy Day

23 Mar

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

Tune In

20 Mar

My Take

DiVoran Lites

God TALKS With Text

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

Psalm 91

16 Mar

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Psalm 91-God’s take on the Coronavirus

Paraphrase by DiVoran with thanks to Sid Roth

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Beloved,

I am your only God. 

Put all your confidence in me.

I am the hope that helps you and the Stronghold that shelters you.

 I rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy. 

I protect you from false accusation and every deadly curse an enemy

Would like to put on you. 

My arms wrap around you and protect you.

Run in under my covering and hide.

 My arms of faithfulness shield you and keep you from harm. 

Whether by day or night, you need not have a fear of the spirit of darkness. 

Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed

 you remain unscathed and unharmed. 

You will be only a spectator as the wicked perish in judgement. 

Living within my shadow, you will always be shielded from harm.

 Evil cannot prevail against you and disease cannot affect you. 

I send special angels with orders to protect you wherever you go.

They defend you from all harm. 

If you walk into a trap your angels are there to keep you from stumbling 

And get you out of it. 

When you walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness

 you trample all evil beneath your feet.

Because you are my great love and lover,

 I protect you and set you high up in a safe and secure place.

 Every time you pray, I answer.

 In time of pressure and trouble you will feel my presence.

 I am your glorious hero.

 I give you the feast of a full life and see to it that you enjoy the fullness of my salvation. 

I am the Lord your God, and you are my beloved. 

My banner over you is love. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nKx_kU_yxw How to stop the Coronavirus in its tracks, by Sid Roth

My Child

9 Mar

My Take

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Wise and gentle correction from earthly fathers help children grow up straight and good. I am your heavenly father. I correct you too. Even when it seems that I have been harsh, my actions are always more helpful and fair that those of the best earthly father. You can trust that I am working everything out for the best. When you obtain the tools to help you understand the peaceful way to live, you find true wisdom and a fountain of blessing. 

When I do correct you, you must never take it lightly and never be upset about it. If you are upset, you may tell me and we’ll work it out together. When you are afraid or disappointed or angry about something, you will do well to thank me for it. In that way revelation will come to you, soothe your bruises and set you free from worry and mental pain. Don’t fight me or question me but yield to me and you will find the gates of Heaven opening to pour understanding into your spirit.  

Hold on to loyal love and don’t let go. Be faithful to all you’ve read in the Bible and been taught.  Let your life be shaped by integrity with truth written upon your heart. That’s how you find favor and understanding.

Wisdom gives the ability to take raw facts and draw right conclusions and meaning from them. My discipline comes from my passionate love for you.

No One Ever Cared for Me like Jesus

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

Mourning

6 Mar

My Take

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Reblogged from Rebekah Lyn Books

Violet Mourning

Sticks and Stones

2 Mar

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When I was a child and other children called me names, mother always said to ignore them or say: “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  Mother was trying to comfort me and at the time I accepted the words as true even though there was a niggling in the back of my mind about them.

Lately, the Lord has let me see and hear many of the names I have been called since about high school. There’s a grand array of them. And although some are crude, others are clever and have a bit more color to them.

Maybe everyone calls other people by unsavory names. I’m sure I do, but blessedly, I’m not being reminded of my sins in this area at this time. That would be heavy to bear. Besides, Jesus washed away all our sins, he threw them as far as the east is from the west never to think of them again.  

Robert Burns said in one of his poems, (the one that has the lady with a flea on her hat) “Oh that we could see ourselves as other people see us.” Uhh, how about changing that to: oh, that we could see ourselves as God sees us?

I’ve been reading some wonderful scripture today. It’s from Psalm 91 and it says: “The uncompromisingly righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful: they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon-majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and spiritual vitality and rich in trust, love, and contentment. They are living memorials to show that I, the Lord am upright and faithful to my promises; I am your rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Me.” (Rom. 9:14). 

Now, isn’t that wonderful? Wouldn’t you rather hear something like that about yourself than being called bad names? I would. Of course, I will be treated as I treat others, so I’m sure I’ve got a ways to go. But anyhow for peace of mind and encouragement, we can’t beat the love and approval of God our Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit the messenger. 

I forgive all the people who have called me by unsavory names over these many years. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I pray you will forgive me for the times when I have hurt you.

Heavenly Father, thank you for blessing us with showers of love every single day we live and even when we die.

Showers of Blessing

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

God Hears

28 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Reblogged from Rebekah Lyn Books

#4 God Hears Final with Text

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

Into The Light Again Part 2

26 Feb

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

As far as accidents is concerned, the Navy has also said that during that same time period, approximately 250 aircraft were lost in Lake Michigan, for multiple reasons, (only 21 pilots were lost).  It should be noted that the U.S. Coast Guard was tasked with the job of providing “crash boats” that followed the carriers for the purpose of rescuing any downed pilots who had to ditch in the lake.

U.S. Coast Guard “Crash Boat”

To date only about 75 of those aircraft have been found and recovered from the bottom of the lake.  As it happens, several years ago, the Valiant Air Command (VAC) Warbird Museum in Florida, where I volunteer as a tour guide, received an F4F Wildcat (FM-1 #414994) fighter aircraft that was recovered from the lake in1993, and restored it to static display condition.  When recovered the aircraft was in remarkably good condition after having sat 300’ underwater on the bottom of Lake Michigan for almost 50 years.  The aircraft’s paint was still blue and the insignias were still clearly readable.

    An F4F Wildcat Fighter Recovery from Lake Michigan

The restoration took five years of loving care by the VAC’s volunteer mechanics.  Most of the restoration crew at the VAC were ex-Grumman employees who had built these aircraft during WWII.  Then after the war, when they retired, many of them had moved to central Florida, and when they heard about our restoration, they wanted to be a part of the project.  They did an absolutely fabulous restoration job, and the aircraft looks like it just came off the assembly line.  

      F4F Wildcat Fighter (414994) Static Display at VAC

While the restoration crew was hard at work, they thought they would try and find out who the pilot was, flying the aircraft the day it ended up in the lake, and what had happened to him.  They did some research, and discovered that he didn’t go down with the aircraft, that his name was Ensign William E. “Dixie” Howell, that he had survived the war, he was still alive (then age 75), and he lived in the small town of Ocala in Central Florida.

      F4F Pilot Ensign W. E. “Dixie” Howell

When the restoration was complete, the museum decided to invite “Dixie” to the dedication ceremony there at the VAC in 1997.  The first thing “Dixie” said when he saw the aircraft was, “I can’t believe it.  That aircraft looks better now than it did the day I crashed it in the lake!”  They took a picture of “Dixie” in the cockpit with a big smile on his face.  I can just imagine how he must have felt.  Here he was looking at the aircraft that he thought he would never see again, much less be able to sit in the cockpit at the controls.  The picture, in his mind, must have been of the last thing he saw as he exited that aircraft after he ditched in Lake Michigan in 1943.   And now he was sitting in that same cockpit 54 years later.  What a memorable occasion that must have been for “Dixie.”

    Dixie & F4F Wildcat (414994) Meet Again

Recently the VAC museum acquired its second Great Lakes recovery aircraft on temporary loan from the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL.  This SBD-5 (436291) was recovered by the Navy in 1993 and restored to static display condition by the Naval Aviation Museum before it was loaned to the VAC museum in 2019.  WWII aircraft recoveries from cold fresh water lakes has always made for easier restorations than those from the world’s warm salt water oceans, because of the rapid growth of the coral and the arthropod population in the warmer waters.

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SBD-5 (436291) Static Display at VAC

However, indications from recent Lake Michigan recoveries show that in the last ten years or so, the Zebra & Quagga Mussels (arthropods) have invaded the lake, and are attaching themselves to the derelict aircraft structures, and many other things.  The mussel’s secretion attacks and eats away the paint and even the aluminum metal aircraft structural surfaces.  This makes it much more difficult (and expensive) to restore the aircraft to static condition.  This is especially true with those restorations where the aircraft is being restored back to its original flight condition.  

The next time you are in the Central Florida area, be sure to make one of your stops the VAC Warbird Museum and take a look at our beautifully restored aircraft, some of which are seeing the light-of-day again, for the first time, after many years in the cold dark waters of Lake Michigan.

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Bill is a retired Mechanical engineer living with his wonderful artist/writer wife, DiVoran, of 61 years in Titusville, Florida. He was born and raised in the Southwest, did a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, attended Northrop University in Southern California and ended up working on America’s Manned Space Program for 35 years. He currently is retired and spends most of his time building and flying R/C model airplanes, traveling, writing blogs about his travels for Word Press and supporting his wife’s hobbies with framing, editing and marketing.  He also volunteers with a local church Car Care Ministry and as a tour guide at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum there in Titusville.  Bill has two wonderful children, two outstanding grandchildren, and a loving sister and her husband, all of whom also live in Central Florida, so he and DiVoran are rewarded by having family close to spend lots of quality time with.

 

Bill

 

One of Bill’s favorite Scriptures is:  John 10:10

Thoughts

24 Feb

My Take

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I started going to Sunday School when I was five years old. That means I’ve been going to church for a very long time. That was where I learned, “Jesus Loves Me, This I know” and believed it. 

It seems like I’ve been praying for most of my life as well. But until I was in my thirties, I never knew the most important thing a Christian must know. Of course, the Atonement is the most important, but without the knowledge that we have the mind of Christ, we’re not going far with our Christian experience. 

That one most important thing is that we allow the Holy Spirit to tell us what, when, where, why, and how to pray, and the way to do that is to be still and acknowledge that God is God…not me. 

In the seventies, during a time of upheaval in our family, I did a lot of thinking, talking, and studying about how to be smart and sane in order to work out some of our problems. I didn’t even know how to pray about them except to beg God over and over for help. Then one day I read a scripture in a devotional booklet that clicked on the light.  

“My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.

I was astonished. I had always trusted that I could eventually figure things out, get counseling, or beg God long and hard enough that he would change things for me. Suddenly, Someone higher was in charge. Oh, I took over time and time again…I still do. But now I know a better way and eventually get around to letting Him be the boss.  That’s when things began to make sense and to give me the grace of belief, peace, and a sound mind.  

I ask Him what He thinks, and my mind opens to His wisdom and love.  Good things happen. 

Mark Batterson in Draw the Circle says,” All we have to do is follow the script of Holy Scripture and the improvisation of the Holy Spirit. We can’t create divine appointments. All we can do is keep them,” and “We can’t plan God-ordained opportunities. All we can do is seize them.” 

For out of him, the sustainer of everything, came everything, and now everything finds fulfillment in him. May all praise and honor be given to him forever! Amen .Romans 11-36

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

Please Lord Give Us Wisdom

21 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Reblogged from Rebekah Lyn Books

Please Lord Give Us Wisdom Black

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

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