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Snow Covered Big Cedar Lodge

Our spring break trip to Big Cedar Lodge was unexpectly snow covered and BEAUTIFUL!!  The chapel looked like it belonged in a winder wonderland.  The earth was silent as the snow muffled all sound.

Registration!!  We can’t wait for our week at Big Cedar Lodge to begin!

We have always come to Big Cedar Lodge in the summer time so we have never had the pleasure of experiencing it in the snow!

We were able to watch the snow covered bridge as we sat waiting to get into Devil’s Pool Restaurant for dinner.

Wow, what beauty to behold! Breathing in the crisp, cold air and taking in the beauty of the snow against the blue sky and the silence of everything except nature.  This is my happy place.

It’s her happy place too, see that big smile…

and his too!


I am not an affiliate for Big Cedar Lodge, I just love it!

 

Way, Truth, Life

When I was 14 I accepted Jesus into my heart to be my Lord and Savior.  Here is my story.

When I was 5 or 6 years old my family and I watched a show on TV that dismantled my security and instilled within me a deep fear.  The scene that is imprinted in my memory was about a little boy my age standing in the blowing snow at his mother’s graveside following her funeral. He laid a rose on her casket before she was lowered into the ground to be buried and returned home where he sat on his bed in his cold, grey, drafty room…alone, lonely. Tears streamed, my heart ached and fear planted itself deep within my heart.  Fear that I’d lose my mom.  I felt his pain as if it was my own.

Over time this fear grew extending its tenticales around my sense of security suffocating it until security was snuffed out.  At night I had trouble falling asleep for fear that my parents would die leaving me alone and lonely.  Every night at bedtime my heart raced, my stomach felt sick and the scene of the little boy standing at his mother’s graveside flashed through my mind.  I was not afraid that I would die but that I would live and my parents would die leaving me in this world alone.  To aleviate this fear, my mind created a belief that some people never experienced death and my family was one of the lucky ones that would live forever.  My young mind was at work trying to cope with this fear by building resilance through a skewed belief system.

Several years later…

Even though I attended church with my family, I had very little, if any, experience reading the Bible.  In our church having a personal relationship with Jesus was not discussed.  Every prayer said in church was read from a book together as a congregation.  Being “saved” was not in the vocabulary that was used in our church.

The summer of my 14th birthday my aunt invited me to go to Falls Creek, a summer church camp, with my cousin and her youth group.  I had conflicting emotions about going.  I was excited about spending time with my family and meeting new friends but was really nervous about being at a church camp because of my inexperience with the Bible.  I thought, “what if they ask me to look something up in the Bible, how in the world would I know how to do that and worse yet, what if they ask me to do that in front of a bunch of people?”  This anxiety propelled me into thinking that that if I was going to church camp I better know something about the Bible.  So I got out our family Bible (which was huge), opened it and began to read. The verse I randomly turned to was “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one come to the father but through me.”  Panic struck me as I stopped reading and thought “I have NO idea what that means!” Feeling defeated I quickly shut the Bible and put it away. And off to camp I went feeling nervous and unequipped.

Each day at Falls Creek there is a morning, afternoon, and evening tabernacle service.  At one of the evening services a pastor named Baily Smith was speaking about the difference between wheat and tares discussed in the gospels.  People who had a personal relationship with Jesus were wheat and would one day be harvested by Jesus to live eternally with him in heaven.  People without a personal relationship with Jesus were tares who lived among the wheat but would not be harvested with the wheat  because they did not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  I knew that I was a tare.  I had not ever asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.  It was so clear to me that at that moment that  I did not have eternal life with Jesus. I desperately wanted to be counted as wheat, I wanted eternal life with Jesus more than anything.

During the invitation I stood at the edge of the row paralized with fear wanting to go forward but afraid of drawing  attention to myself.  As the invitation continued with prayer and song, people kept going forward to profess their faith in Jesus.  I stood there silently telling myself, I’ll go forward after the next person passes me. Then without realizing it, I stepped out into the isle and began to walk forward to the front of the tabernacle to profess my faith in Jesus.  As I was walking it felt surreal as if it wasn’t me that stepped out into the isle but that I was being led. Thankfully my aunt met me at the front and prayed with me as I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior.  Tears spilled from my eyes as my heart was filled with joy.  I was elated, free, and euphoric…the feeling of a reedemed life that just stepped out of the clutches of death and into eternal life.

When we returned from camp we had a share night at church. During our rehersal for share night the youth pastor assigned each youth person a passage from the Bible that they would to read aloud to the congregation. The youth pastor assigned to me the verse John 4:16.  When I looked it up in the Bible I read “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but through me.”  Amazement filled my heart when I realized that was very same verse that I had read in my quest to” know something” about the Bible before going to church camp.  The very verse whose meaning was once so foreign to me was now full of meaning.  I felt the personal touch of God.  Awe filled my heart as I realized how God had His hand on me all along drawing me to Him, creating an experience for me that undeniably illustrated His power and desire to have an intimate relationship with me.  He was now in charge as I bowed my life before Him as King, my King.

Like a pebble making ripples in water, my committment to Jesus rippled through our family. I started attending a youth group regularly at another church.  Eventually my parents came to watch one of our youth group programs and they were drawn to start attending church regularly.  Later, as a teenager my sister gave her life to Christ. In the summers I began going on mission trips and continued to attend Falls Creek with my cousin’s youth group.  My faith grew and shaped my life. As a college student and single young adulthood years I worked at Kanakuk Kamp in the K-2 office during the summers with a group of people who all loved Jesus and wanted to walk with Him just as I did (the best job ever!).

As I reflected on this experience  as an adult, I remembered my childhood fear of my parents dying and of my created belief that my family would be one of the lucky ones that would get to live forever, I discovered that my belief wasn’t so crazy at all.  Most of my family will live forever with Jesus in heaven because they too have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  I am praying that God will draw my dad just as He did myself to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior.   If you feel compelled, please pray for my father’s salvation too.

 

My Prayer

Praying the word of God aligns my heart with His.  We have been studying Revelation in Bible Study Fellowship this year and my prayer has been for God to give me His wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him as I work through Revelation.  God is faithful.January 2016 iphone 333I deeply moved moved through the study of Revelation 5:6-10 and my heart has deepened with response to prayer.  When Jesus, the Lamb of God, was slain for my sin the response of the heavenly host closest to God in His throne room fell flat before Him in reverence holding a harp in one hand and a golden bowl containing the prayers of God’s people up to Him.  I am humbled and amazed that every word I utter to God in prayer is so deeply important to Him that my words would be delivered to Him in a golden bowl by His holy, heavenly beings who are flat before Him in reverence and complete submission.  Beautiful.

Ice, Ice Baby

So far this winter we have had TWO, count them TWO ice storms.  The ice is beautiful and leaves God’s creation looking like an ice castle.  When you step outside it is very, very quiet with the occasional popping of breaking tree branches.December 20115 1026

The ice also leaves us without electricity and living like our Pioneer ancestors, well except for the generator. We hunker down with each other and work puzzles, play cards and reconnect.  Maybe God sends the ice to get us to slow down and enjoy each other without the intrusion of our electronic devices.  December 20115 1027

It looks like the movie Frozen!December 20115 1041

Summer Girl Lovers

imageSummer brings out the best in the Pevehouse girls. John refers to me as either “School Monica” or “Summer Monica” because my demeanor is markedly different…scheduled and driven vs. relaxed and easy going. The same is true for Ashlyn, our daughter.  She loves to swim in the pool so, in her mind, going to school seems to GET IN THE WAY of her desire to hang out in the sun and the pool.  During the summer I tend to take care of myself and my family better because I get to get off the demanding, high speed treadmill of life.  Here’s to Summer Monica!

Lew Wentz Pool

Iphone pictures 11-16-14 405The Wentz Pool is one of the most stunning swimming pools in Oklahoma.  It was built by Lew Wentz who was an early 1900’s oilman and philanthropist.  He came to Oklahoma by way of John McCaskey, a wealthy investor in the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch in Ponca City.  By the end of 1927 Mr. Wentz was making one million dollars a month and was considered one of the seven richest men in the nation along with individuals such as Henry Ford, J.D. Rockerfeller and J. P. Morgan.

Mr. Wentz was not only an oilman but also lived a life of service. He organized and provided funding for the Oklahoma Crippled Children’s Society, built a public Olympic size swimming pool and golf course for Ponca City and established a boys and girls camp (Wentz Camp) in Ponca City. All of these facilities remain in operation to this day.  Mr. Wentz never married and his residence was primarily a suite at the Arcade Hotel in Ponca City, OK.  His giving lives on and on!

 

The Great Salt Plains

We have been exploring a few of the State Parks of Oklahoma each summer.  Last summer our familiy took the girls on a daytrip to the Great Salt Plains State Park in Jet, Oklahoma.  It’s name describes it all….great….salt….plains.  The state park is actually miles and miles of flat land that looks like it is covered with a slight dusting of snow that is really salt.  The salt is from the ocean that once covered the land in prehistroic times.  The cool thing for the girls to do was to dig for salt crystals, in cool looking shades, of course.

imageIt was really beutiful to drive up to the plains covered in white salt and a cloudless, blue sky. See, it does look like a slight dusting of snow except it is 100 degrees and hot! Thank goodness we remembered to bring sunscreen and ice cold water!image

It was so interesting to see the thin, white layer of salt on top of the ground flake off as the girls dug for crystals.  The sand contains about 1/3 of the salt that the ocean contains and these freshly dug holes will soon become dusted with a thin layer salt within a few days.  What a fun, informative trip.       image

Breathe Easy

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I grew up on a farm where the pace of life was a little slower, the relationships a little deeper, and time to think, ponder, and savor was a little richer.  I often miss those days growing up out in the country where views like this blooming canola field are in abundance.  I breathe easier when I am out here communing with God’s creation.