I WON'T BACK DOWN

Sunday, October 28, 2018

MOD KNIT LACY CHRISTMAS TREE KITCHEN TOWEL


I saw this lovely antique edging in one of my pattern books and just had to try to work it along the hemline of one of MOD knitted kitchen towels ;-)

MOD KNIT LACY CHRISTMAS TREE KITCHEN TOWEL.

The lacy edging actually works up quite quickly despite the lengthy pattern instructions.

Materials: cotton yarn in Dark Green & Mistletoe Ombre, #10 knitting needles, crochet hook #J, tapestry needle, large button

Pattern: CHRISTMAS TREE EDGING: CO 16 sts and k 1 row.

ROW 1: Yo, k2 tog, k 1, yo, k 10, yo, k2 tog, k1.

ROW 2: K2, yo, k2 tog, k 12, p1.

ROW 3: Yo, k2 tog, k 1, yo, k2 tog, yo, k 9, yo,  k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 4: k 2, yo, k2 tog, k 13, p 1.

ROW 5: Yo, k2 tog, k 1, (yo, k2 tog) twice, yo, k 8, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 6: K 2, yo, k2 tog, k 14, p 1.

ROW 7: Yo, k2 tog, k 1, (yo, k2 tog) 3 times, yo, k 7, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 8: K 2, yo, k2 tog, k 15, p 1.

ROW 9: Yo, k2 tog, k 1, (yo, k2 tog) 4 times, yo, k 6, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 10: K 2, yo, k2 tog, k 16, p 1.

ROW 11: Yo, k2 tog, k 1, (yo, k2 tog) 5 times, yo, k 5, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 12: K 2, yo, k2 tog, k 17, p 1.

ROW 13: Yo, k2 tog, k 1, (yo, k2 tog) 6 times, yo, k 4, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 14: k 2, yo, k2 tog, k 18, p 1.

ROW 15: Yo, k2 tog, k 1, (yo, k2 tog) 7 times, yo, k 3, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 16: K 2, yo, k2 tog, k 19, p 1.

ROW 17: Yo, (k2 tog) twice, (yo, k2 tog) 7 times, k 3, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROWS 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, & 30: Repeat rows – 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, & 2.

ROW 19: Yo, (k2 tog) twice, (yo, k2 tog) 6 times, k 4, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 21: Yo, (k2 tog) twice, (yo, k2 tog) 5 times, K 5, yo, K2 tog, k 1.

ROW 23: Yo, (K2 tog) twice, (yo, k2 tog) 4 times, k 6, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 25: Yo, (k2 tog) twice, (yo, k2 tog) 3 times, k 7, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 27: Yo, (k2 tog) twice, (yo, k2 tog) twice, k 8, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 29: Yo, (k2 tog) twice, yo, k2 tog, k 9, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 31: Yo, (k2 tog) twice, k10, yo, k2 tog, k 1.

ROW 32: K 2, yo, k2 tog, k 11, p 1.

Repeat rows 1 thru 32 for lacy pattern.

CHRISTMAS TREE EDGING; rows 1 thru 32

CHRISTMAS TREE EDGING; 2 panels worked …

I have found that the easiest way to stay on track with the lengthy edging is to write the rows down on notebook paper and check them off as they are completed. Ditto for the number of knitted towel rows.

Keeping track …

Instructions for kitchen towel design, co 16 sts and work 3 rows garter st. Then begin lacy Christmas Tree Edging pattern for a repeat of 4 panels (rows 1 thru 32) end with 3 rows garter st and BO with row 4 garter stitch. Drop dark green yarn and attach mistletoe ombre yarn.

Lay lacy edging horizontally for towel hemline. With crochet hook, pick up and draw mistletoe ombre through each st and slide onto a knitting needle (68 sts).

P one row.

Begin knitting the towel in st st. for a total of 48 rows (including the 16 rows of edging).

ROW 49: K 5 st sts for border edge, dec 3 sts tog to last 5 sts – k st st to end of row.

ROW 50: P 5 sts for border edge, dec 2 sts tog to last 5 sts – p remaining sts to end.

Crochet Towel Topper: With crochet hook, sc across sts slipping them off knitting needle as you work along. Turn.

Dec along each side edge until 7 sc remain; turn and ch 1 each row.

Work 14 rows of 7 sc.

Sl st across 3 sc, ch 8, sl st across sc to end for buttonhole. Turn and work 10 dc’s in buttonhole loop, sl st to end. Add a picot trim if desired. Sew button in place. Done! :-D


Earlier in the month I designed and crafted these 2 kitchen towels too for October and November, but didn’t have time to write the instructions out. Sorry – things have been pretty hectic around here … but they are pretty simple to calculate though. Just CO 72 sts and work for a total of 49 rows to complete the towel ‘body’; and figure in a pattern such as ‘window pane check’ shown in MOD “Candy Corn” towel … and along the 14 row hemline of MOD “Fall Colors” towel. The Candy Corn towel was worked entirely in the window pane pattern – the Fall Colors towel was worked using row 2 of the window pane check pattern along the upper hemline, as well as a leaf graph I found on Pinterest and drew to fit my towel calculations. The decreased finish up for both towels is the same as written above; ditto for the towel topper instructions ;-)

MOD CANDY CORN KITCHEN TOWEL. Window Pane Check Pattern. 72 sts.

Pattern: WINDOW PANE CHECK: Multiple of 8 sts + 1.

ROW 1 (WS): and all other WS rows – purl.

ROW 2: P 1, *K 1, p1; repeat from *

ROWS 4, 8, & 12: knit.

ROWS 6 & 10: P 1, *K 7, p 1; repeat from *

Repeat rows 1 to 12 for pattern.


I patterned my Fall Colors Kitchen Towel after a visit to our favorite Park where the colors were popping recently …

MOD FALL COLORS KITCHEN TOWEL Set.
FALL COLORS TOWEL LEAF GRAPH

Friday, October 26, 2018

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ACTS ~ Chapters 20


Parts of the Book of Acts reads like a 3rd person narrative. And it is. The Book of Acts is the 2nd part of a 2-park work that begins in the Gospel book of the Evangelist Luke (the 3rd Gospel in the New Covenant), dating around 80-90 A.D. The author is of course Luke, a disciple of Paul – Titus was Luke’s brother.

There are 3 instances in the Book of Acts in which Luke includes himself in his narrative of happenings – today’s chapter is one such instance.

There is also argument as to whether Luke was a doctor of medicine … or a doctor of The Law – I lean towards the 2nd argument, chiefly because Yeshua is The Great Physician and He is to Whom one is pointed for healing. NO WHERE IN SCRIPTURE are Christians TOLD TO SEEK OUT DOCTORS for healing, for ONLY Yeshua can heal what ails us – doctors of medicine may be able to tell us what they think may be wrong with us, but only Yeshua can heal us. And yet there are times – mentioned in the New Covenant – where Yeshua does not immediately heal people in order that the magnificence of Elohei is eventually revealed. The ONLY time physicians are mentioned at all in Scripture is to point to Yeshua as our all in all (Luke 5:31-32; John 5:1-9), and to point out that doctors of medicine are failures when it comes to healing people of anything (Luke 8:43-48). Christians are specifically told to avoid sciences – which are linked with myths and fables (1 Timothy 6:19-21). I do not ... and will not ... argue these points with anyone; I didn't even answer my own sister's hostile arguments when she went at us recently: she and her husband treat doctors like gods - Hubs and I KNOW Who our God IS; and therein lies the difference in how we view doctors; and knowledge.

On a personal note, my husband and I are experiencing that healing delay I mentioned at present even though we trust Elohei 100% and expect His Will for us and our situation. Yes, my husband IS presently in a hospital attended to by medical staff (basically as a precaution for my legal safety IF a NR order is called for), and also to put a name to what ails him so we know what to specifically PRAY FOR. We KNOW Elohei is ultimately in control of the entire situation and circumstantial outcome regardless of the medical staff surrounding him. We know that either Hubs will be healed by Yeshua’s work on Calvary, or … he will have surgery and be a witness in that regard to someone who needs to witness the power of Elohei in Hub’s unpleasant and frustrating ordeal. We do not know why we go through trials and tribulations, we only know that we are never alone, and that Elohei has it ALL under control. We do not try to explain it to others … our friends and fellow Believers do not need an explanation; and Job’s-comforters-mockers and unbelievers won’t hear us anyway. We just rest 100% on the promises and faithfulness of Elohei, brought to fruition through the sacrifices of Yeshua.

And remember while reading this study that when Paul is talking about ‘the Jews’, he is referring to the religiously pious hypocrites that are ethnic Jews and not true Jews in accordance to Elohei’s Chosen Own – Paul himself was a Jew as well as a Gentile (his mother was a Jewess), and the early Church was primarily made up of Jews, with Gentiles being adopted into the Faith through grace extended to them by faith in Yeshua. Paul is not condemning Jews – he is condemning hypocritical religiosity and racial hatred aimed towards himself and the Brethren.

~Val


THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Acts ~ Chapter 20

When the uproar had ceased, Paul called his disciples to him, said goodbye to them and took leave to go to Macedonia. When he had passed through those parts and had given them much encouraging advice, he went on to Greece. There he stayed 3 months. Then, as he was about to take a ship for Syria, he discovered that the Jews had made a plot against him, and so he decided to return by way of Macedonia. The following were his fellow travelers as far as the province of Asia: Sopater of Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus of Thessalonica, Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; also Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia. These had gone on ahead and waited for us at Troas.

After the Festival of Unleavened Bread (Passover) we set sail from Philippi and came to them at Troas. It took us 5 days to get there and we remained a whole week. On the 1st day of the week, when the disciples had met to break bread, Paul preached to them, since he expected to leave the next day. He continued talking till midnight. There were many lights in the upper room where they were assembled. In the window there sat a young man named Eutychus. As Paul kept on preaching, he sank into a heavy sleep. At last, overcome by sleep, he fell from the 3rd story down to the ground, where he was picked up for dead. Paul hastened down and bent over him and took him in his arms, and said, “Don’t be alarmed, for there is still life in him!” So he went up again, broke bread and ate, after which he conversed with them a long time, even till daybreak, and then he departed. And they took the young man home again, alive, which cheered them greatly.

We went on ahead of Paul, took ship and sailed to Assos, where we were to take him on board. He had planned it that way, as he intended to go that far on foot. When we came to Assos and met him there, we took him aboard and proceeded to Mitylene. And going from there by ship, we arrived on the following day opposite Chios. On the 2nd day we stopped at Samos, then tarried at Trogyllium, and the 3rd day we arrived at Miletus. Paul had decided to pass by Ephesus so as not to spend much time in the province of Asia. He wanted to hurry on so that he could, if possible, be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.

From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, summoning the elders of the congregation to come to him. And when they were come to him he spoke to them: “From the first day that I came to the province of Asia, you know how I conducted myself all the time. I served The Lord with all humility and with tears through the trials that came upon me because of the wicked plots of the Jews. I never failed to tell you everything that would be profitable to you, and I taught you in public and from house to house. I preached to Jew and Greek alike about turning back to Elohei and believing in Adonai Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. And now, as you can see, I am on my way to Jerusalem, compelled to do so by the Ruach, and I have no idea of what will befall me there. Except this, that in every city I come to, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh tells me chains and afflictions await me. But I am not much concerned about that, nor do I value my life as precious to myself, except that I should like with joy to finish my course, the work that Adonai Yeshua gave me to do, namely, to preach the whole Gospel of the grace of Elohei.

And now I am quite sure that no one of you, among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom of Elohei, will ever see my face again. Therefore I testify before you on this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you. For I never shrank form telling you the whole purpose of Elohim. Keep watch, therefore, over yourselves, and over the whole flock of which the Ruach Ha’Kodesh has made you shepherds, to feed The Church of Elohei which He purchased for Himself with His own blood. Yes, I well know that monstrous wolves will come in among you after my departure, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own number, too, men will rise up and teach false doctrines so as to get disciples to follow them. So I say, be on the watch. And remember the 3 years I continued to admonish every one of you, night and day, even with tears.

And now, brethren, I commit you to Elohim and His gracious Word which can build you up and give you your inheritance among all the saints. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You all know that with my hands I earned enough to care for my own wants and for those who were with me. In all things I have showed you that by working like this we can help those who are weak. And let us remember the words that Adonai Yeshua Himself spoke, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.””

When he had finished his talk, he kneeled with the others and prayed. They all wept a great deal, and they embraced Paul and kissed him. The thing that grieved them most of all, was that he had said that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.




Monday, October 22, 2018

PEAR PIE Recipe


BIL Kerry just came by with a big bag of fresh picked Asian Pears from his property.

Aren’t they beauts?


And they taste as good as they look too ;-)

We’ll keep a few out to eat fresh … and I’ll pare, cut, and freeze the rest for Pear Pies this Winter. ((((YUMMY!!!!))))  :-)

I had a tried-and-true recipe on hand for Pear Pie that I have used for years, but I sent the Recipe Book it was in home with my granddaughter the other day, so I had to track this one down online. It’s basically the same. If you have never eaten a pear pie before, you have been missing a taste-bud delight ;-)


Friday, October 19, 2018

Something Biblical is Going On!



1: Tangible and undeniable proof that the prophet Isaiah actually existed? (((YES!))) “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light." (Luke 8:17)

2: “Intelligent Life” (aka: chipping) as described by the ‘World Economic Forum 2018’ is a very scary thing, from what this fella is saying! The way it is described is anything BUT enlightening … as he continues praising it, it becomes very obvious that “Intelligent Life” it is actually Luciferin in its design and usage. And he says we are a mere 5 … maybe 10 years away from having the technology to “go inside the body” with it. Life … real life … as we know it today, will then cease to exist: the Big Brother scare of the 1960’s (the now touted ‘intelligent life’ chip) will literally be living inside your skin, constantly monitoring your every move and reporting it to the elites (a dictatorship) who will then decide your fate: “those who control the data control the future; not just of humanity, but of the future of life itself”! But Christians ALREADY KNOW THIS … as what seems ‘new’ today was FORETOLD THOUSANDS of years ago: and that is why real Christians will never be chipped to become mindless sheeple, easily controlled by a governing power forced to obey a {dear leader who can with the flick of his pinky HACK YOUR DNA DATA – chipped people will, in essence, be nothing more than flesh and blood robots}; if someone claiming to be a Christian is chipped, they are not – nor have they ever been – a real Christian: by their chips you will know who the interloping wolves are.

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now restrains it will continue until he is taken out of the way. And the lawless one will be revealed, whom Adonai Yeshua will slay with the breath of His mouth and abolish by the majesty of His arrival …” (2 Thessalonians 2:7)

3: I waited my whole life (from the time I was 8 years old - I am now 62 years old) to hear America’s President acknowledge Israel as a sovereign Nation … and to see Jerusalem declared the Capitol of Israel. I cried the day President Trump announced “our American Embassy would be moved to Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel.”

4: The Rapture of the Saints and the imminent Return of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is closer than ever before. Maranatha.

5: This video is the 3rd in a series - give a listen to the first two videos:



Thursday, October 18, 2018

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ACTS ~ Chapters 19



THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Acts ~ Chapter 19

And it happened while Apollos was in Corinth that Paul (Saul), having passed through the interior districts, came down to Ephesus, where he met some disciples. He asked them, “When you became Believers, did you receive the Ruach Ha’Kodesh?” ‘No’, they answered, ‘we have not even heard that there is a Ruach Ha’Kodesh. “What baptism did you receive?” he asked them. ‘John’s baptism,’ they answered. Then Paul said, “Yes, John baptized with a baptism of repentance, but he told the people also to believe in Him, Who was to come after Him – that is, Yeshua, the Mashiach.”

When they heard this, they were baptized in the Name of Adonai Yeshua. And when Paul laid hands on them, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh came down on them and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. There were in all about 12 of them.

He went into the synagogue and for 3 months he spoke freely, reasoning with them and trying to convince them in matters concerning the kingdom of Elohei. But since some had hardened themselves and would not believe, besides speaking abusively of the Way of Adonai before the people, he left them, keeping his disciples apart, and taught every day in the school of Tyrannus. This he continued for 2 years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the Word of Adonai Yeshua.

Elohei also worked remarkable miracles by the hands of Paul. Thus when handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

Then some traveling Jewish exorcists (who practiced casting out evil spirits) tried to use the Name of Adonai Yeshua over those who were demon-possessed by saying, ‘I command you by Yeshua, Whom Paul preaches”. There was a Jewish high priest named Skeva who had 7 sons who were trying to do this. The evil spirit answering said, ‘I know Yeshua, and am acquainted with Paul, but who are you?’ Then the demon-possessed man jumped at them, got the better of them, and overpowered them, so that they fled from the house naked and wounded. This became known to all the residents of Ephesus, bot Jew and Greek. In consequence, fear fell upon all and the Name of Adonai Yeshua was held in high honor. Many Believers came forward to confess their evil deeds and give an accounting of them. And also many who practiced the magic arts collected their books and burned them in public. When they estimated their value they found that they came to about $85,000.

Thus the Word of Adonai Yeshua increased mightily and prevailed. After these events, Paul resolved in the Ruach to go to Jerusalem again by way of Macedonia and Greece, adding, “And after I have been there, I must also see Rome.” So he sent 2 of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed on in the province of Asia a while longer.

At this time a great riot arose in regard to the new Way of life. A man by the name of Demetrious, a silver-smith, had a business of making silver shrines of Artemis (Diana), a business that brought a good profit to the work men. He called his workmen together, and also others in the same trade, and said, ‘Men, you know that it is from this business that we gain our wealth. But now you see and hear that this man Paul has turned away a great many people, not only here at Ephesus but in almost the whole of the province of Asia, by his preaching that the things that are made by the hands of men are not gods at all. There is a real danger, therefore, not only that our business will fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis (Diana) will count for nothing. And so she whom all Asia and the whole world worship will have all her grandeur destroyed.’ The men became furious when they heard this, and shouted, ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!’ The whole city was filled with the uproar. They seized Gaius and Aristarchus, 2 of Paul’s fellow travelers from Macedonia, and in a mob rush took them to the theatre. It was Paul’s intention to press the crowd, but his disciples would not hear of it. Some of the town officials, too, being on friendly footing with him, sent word to him requesting him not to venture into the theatre. Meanwhile, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the meeting was in confusion and most of them had no idea as to why they had come together.

The Jews then pushed Alexander to the front, and someone in the crowd asked him to speak. But as soon as he was recognized a Jew, they all cried out with one voice, ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!’ But the city clerk (Alexander) managed to quiet the mob and made a speech: ‘Men of Ephesus, who is there who does not know that the city of Ephesus is the temple-keeper of the great goddess Artemis, and of her image that fell down from the sky? Since these facts cannot be contradicted, you must be calm and do nothing rash. You have now brought here these men. They are not guilty of robbing temples or defaming your goddess. Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen can take legal action if they have any charge to bring against them, for we do have courts and judges; let them go to law. And if you want some other matter cleared up, it should be settled in the regular assembly. We are really in danger of being accused of rioting today and we cannot give any justifiable reason whatsoever for having put on this demonstration.’ With these words he dismissed the crowd.



CHILLING


We had surprise visit from relatives yesterday afternoon, and while showing them around outside I noticed that the creep ron next door (the neighbor alongside us that has been snarkily bitching to the park manager here all summer long about the possibility of ‘future trespass’ from my tomato plants and patio apple trees) had the nerve to lay HIS tomato cages AGAINST MY planter boxes when he pulled all his crappy garden mess: that was TWO WEEKS AGO! And he never even bothered to pick up his cages. The hypocritical jerk is so secure in the knowledge that the manager will do nothing, that he didn’t see the need to cover his trespassing tracks. So, I took a picture of the belligerent infraction (so the manager could not deny and flippantly dismiss the bold violation) and Hubs walked it straight to the manager’s office this morning when the door opened and filed a complaint …

ron's tomato cages propped against MY Planter boxes. Pretty nervy hutzpah!

The manager did try to dismiss our complaint, but Hubs pointed to the picture which made her excuses invalid and backed her into a corner (in a nice way; my gentle giant does not like aggressive confrontation, and when he has to confront people, he is as kind and gentle as possible; but also very firm because by the time a confrontation is needed he has reached his limit with nonsense), insisting it be dealt with today. Good boy ;-) The atmosphere in the office may have been a bit on the chilly side when he left it, BUT the manager needs to understand that we are not going to be jerked around by her or the jerk next door anymore, and it is up to HER to change the atmosphere around here – she wanted the job, now she needs to DO her job and make ron toe the line he is insisting everyone else adhere to. Miserable cretens.

That attended to, we drove to Lexington Park and enjoyed a quarter mile walk there. The walk was invigorating; and the chilling breeze which carried the brisk nip off the river wasn’t too hard to bear when surrounded by all the brilliant Fall colors tucked here and there among the evergreens:

1.4 mile Loop we have been walking this week.

At the junction shown in the pic above, we sat for a couple minutes just enjoying the peace and quiet – and watching the squirrels – before resuming our leisurely walk, and I nearly stepped on this oval mushroom nestled among the fallen leaves …


Toadstool at Lexington Park - looks like a turtle shell. LOL

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A TIME FOR BUILDING – A TIME FOR CUTTING



Once again I have separated myself from my sister and her husband. This time, I am thinking the cut will be permanent because their behavior has not changed, but rather worsened.


Both have serious issues with being honest, upright, Christian … despite david supposedly having a ministering license, and ramona acting as a minister’s wife. I say {supposedly having a ministering license} because I, personally, have never seen the license ramona brags about – BUT I HAVE, over the span of 25 years in which they have “been ministering” – seen their mistreatment of those they {help}, heard their own recounts (and the recounting of others) of their ‘persecutions’, and listened to their whining about how they are continually ‘misunderstood’ … ramona even posted on her FB Page a song by that name.
I have known my sister all of her life. I have never known her to be a Christian example. Ever. She talks a good game though. I really don’t know her husband at all, though they have been together for 41 years – I never wanted to know him because he is a self centered and mean-spirited cad, who treats ramona and anyone else in his path terrible. They BOTH like to instigate trouble and whip up flames of self destruction. Doesn’t sound – or look like – Christian behavior to me: or to anyone else, for that matter.
My husband has recently undergone a very serious stint in ER and ICU. They, along with our children and grandchildren, visited him in the hospital and stayed with me off and on at our home. The difference being that ramona and david claim to be Christians ...and claim to be ministers. They act the part; but they are only acting the part: in truth, they are snake oil salespeople selling something they don’t believe in themselves.
And to add injury to insult, they lied to us; boldfaced and continuously. But, you know, liars aren’t very intelligent; and they aren’t as slick as they believe themselves to be. Liars always trip themselves up if you give them enough rope to hang themselves with. And that is exactly what happened here over the weekend. They can’t help themselves. They are hypocritical backstabbing braggarts. It’s sad. And more than a bit angering.
They show up in people’s lives “to help” when help is desperately needed … and eventually, always, end up causing more harm than the actual situation where help is needed. I, personally know of a situation where a young couple expecting a baby depended on their {help} and was royally shafted, leading to a break with Christians altogether because of the experience they had with ramona and david. This young couple had recently moved to the Grays Harbor area and had no income; ramona’s mother took them in as borders, and ramona hired the young man to help david (david is a cedar beaver – he cuts cedar and makes shingle bundles for a living). This young man was a city boy – never been in the woods at all in his entire life; he was expecting david to help him learn what needed to be done – instead david takes him into the woods, has him aimlessly running up and down through deep gullies an entire week, brings him home exhausted every night, and then REFUSES TO PAY HIM! Why? In david’s own words: “i didn’t hire him – ramona did. I don't owe him anything”. Unbelievable. That young couple depended on that paycheck that was never given; they left the area shortly thereafter and because of the rotten experience they had with rotten {Christians, aka: ramona and david}, they will never trust Christians again. And it is like that with EVERY person david has “working for him”: the only person he has paid to date is his SIL, and that is currently going south.
ramona and david want the praise that goes with being {church leaders} without the responsibilities. They are both incapable of honesty, integrity, and/or accountability – to Christ, or as Ambassadors of the Body of Christ. And they are terrible and disastrous witnesses to the world at large. Their basic behavior has not changed, but rather worsened over the years as arrogant cockiness and a feeling of untouchableness settles over their troubled and troubling lives. Self-righteousness has taken root and they personally absolve themselves of responsibility to treat others with the dignity, grace, and/or mercy they expect to be given them.
Many times, over the years, Hubs and I have tried to accept their parody of repentance and unity, BUT eventually they slip up and are recognized at face value … which is always shoddy and stinking rotten with total disregard for authority – ANY authority – be that authority government or civil level, and even Elohim’s, as they continue their self-serving sinful ways leaving chaos behind in their disastrous wakes.
The main issue continues to be one of trust. Even when forgiveness is open-handedly given by those they callously offend (and angrily rejected by them!), trustworthiness is questionable given their effective team manipulation using many deceptive methods. This continual behavior is evidence of deep moral character flaws; and character does not change overnight. Unfortunately, their flaws have been going on for decades and they see “no reason to change for anyone”. It is my solid conviction, especially after following this weekend’s bold deception, that any further dealings with them would be the height of ridiculous and personal folly. What happened to Ananias and his wife, as recorded in Acts 5 gives an insight into Adonai’s attitude concerning dishonesty.
Their high-mindedness and virulent disdain towards others is obnoxious and smells offensive in the nostrils of Elohim. Respect of persons and Christian behavior has been an obvious flaw in dealing with these 2 for decades. They cut ties with ANY Christian Fellowship because they simply cannot get along with anyone! And after personally experiencing their inexcusable behavior, our recommendation is this: without question, david and ramona (as his helpmate) should be disqualified from ANY extra-local ministry. At present david would not even qualify as an elder or a deacon in ANY Body of Believers. Their personal behavior has proven them untrustworthy with the young and weak. Their lying has proven them untrustworthy. Their high-minded manipulation has proven them to be incapable of unity – be it with leadership or otherwise. One cannot build one’s own ‘ministry’ and the Body of Christ at the same time – it is either one or the other.
Because ramona is my sister and david is my BIL, I held on longer than was wise. I have felt for some time … and recent events have proven to me … that ramona and david put their {ministry} and personal concerns ahead of the welfare of others; I truly believe that IF there is a pastor's license in david's possession, it was gotten as a means of attaining $$$$$ the easy way, and there was at one time a {church} taking place in their home that didn't last long. And their angry responses to suggested Christian disciplines polarize and divide. They will not recognize the need for forgiveness and repentance.
Because they do not realize they need to repent and begin behaving as they expect others to treat them – and because they refuse and do not understand the need for forgiveness which leads to repentance, I have decided to cull them from my life (which is biblically correct action given the situation and circumstances): they are no longer welcome in my home, they are blocked from my FB Page, and their phone numbers have been deleted from my Contacts Address Book. For all intents and purposes, they no longer exist; though they are, of course, a physical entity on this earth as long as they still breathe.
What they did over the weekend was bad. Very bad. They can’t help themselves. They are hypocritical backstabbing braggarts.
And I'm also thinking she will be on he FB Page whining and crying about how {persecuted} they are.
Typical ramona.

We are done with them. I am thinking permanently.