About Me

Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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My book, From the Pound to the Palace, is available for $10
from Proverbs 31 Ministries.


Pound to Palace


My book, Little Halos, is available for $5.99 from Proverbs
31 Ministries.


Little Halos


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Las diferencias se pueden usar para lo bien



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Conocí a mi esposo en la Universidad. Era muy joven. Tenia solo dieciocho anos. En muy poco tiempo me enamore de él. 

Me encantó su inteligencia, su autoestima, y como me trataba con respeto.

Pasamos mucho tiempo hablando por teléfono, conociéndonos uno a otro. 

En tres años nos casamos. 

Otra vez, en muy poco tiempo, me pregunté, “¿Por qué me casé con esta persona extraña? 

¡Ni lo conocía!   

¡Éramos tan diferentes!

Yo divertida. Él serio.


A mí me gusta hablar y hablar. ¡A él le gusta el silencio!  

Yo quiero pasar la noche bailando. Él desea mas quedarse quieto. 

Yo quería salir a pasear, rodeada de gente. Él estaba contento solo. 

Yo soy extrovertida.  Él es introvertido.

¡Somos tan diferentes!

Traté de cambiarlo. No tuve éxito en esa tarea. 

Poco a poco los dos nos fuimos en direcciones diferentes. 

No estaba feliz y no sabía cómo se iba a terminar esta relación. 

Me había casado con un joven quien me robó el corazón. Ahora sentí como si me hubiera robado mi vida. No estaba contenta. No me casé para vivir con un desconocido.

Después de muchos años, por la gracia de Dios, mi mamá me presento con un estudio de la personalidad.

Aprendí que todos somos diferentes. Dios nos hizo así.  Aprendí que las parejas casi siempre atraen a una persona opuesta. Dios nos hizo de esta manera para complementar el uno al otro.

Las fuerzas de mi esposo me ayudan a mí. Y los poderes que yo tengo son para su bien.  Juntos somos una pareja poderosa con muchos dones.

En la Biblia leemos sobre el primer matrimonio, la primera pareja:

15 El Señor Dios puso al hombre en el jardín de Edén para que se ocupara de él y lo custodiara… 18 Después, el Señor Dios dijo: «No es bueno que el hombre esté solo. Haré una ayuda ideal para él». El Señor Dios formó de la tierra todos los animales salvajes y todas las aves del cielo… pero aún no había una ayuda ideal para él.
21 Entonces el Señor Dios hizo que el hombre cayera en un profundo sueño. Mientras el hombre dormía, el Señor Dios le sacó una de sus costillas y cerró la abertura. Dios hizo de la costilla a una mujer, y la presentó al hombre.
23 «¡Al fin! —exclamó el hombre—.
¡Esta es hueso de mis huesos
    y carne de mi carne!
Ella será llamada “mujer”
    porque fue tomada del hombre».
24 Esto explica por qué el hombre deja a su padre y a su madre, y se une a su esposa, y los dos se convierten en uno solo.    (Genesis 2: 15-24 NTV)

Mira lo que hizo Dios: creó al hombre y le dio un trabajo. Pero necesitaba alguien quien le ayudara. ¿Será porque el hombre no tenía todos los dones necesarios para custodiar el jardín? No lo sé exactamente, pero Dios formó a la mujer para complementar el hombre, no para ser la misma persona.

Por eso somos diferentes. La diferencia fue puesta allí dentro de un matrimonio no para destruir sino para construir. 

Cuando me fijé de esta verdad empecé a averiguar las fortalezas de mi esposo y las mías. Yo estaba en su vida para ayudarle a él y él en la mía para ayudarme a mí. Cuando me di cuenta de esta idea, vi por primera vez que sus debilidades eran mis fortalezas  y él llenaba los huecos en mi vida donde yo no experimentaba mucho éxito.  

Juntos somos una pareja poderosa. 

Entender esta enseñanza- en como las personalidades diferentes, se usan para lo bien, cambio mi modo de ver mi matrimonio y vivir con gente que no entendía. 

Acabamos de celebrar cuarenta y un años de estarnos casados. ¡No puedo imaginarme casada con ningún otro! 

Decidí buscar lo bien en mi esposo para mi bien. Y cuando veo algo que no me guste, pues cierro los ojos y le pido al Señor que me muestre como puedo ayudarle a mi esposo en una manera respetosa y amorosa.  

Para mas sobre las personalidades únicas vuelva a visitarme en mi página los sábados. 

Mientras tanto- busque lo bueno en tu pareja y deja que Dios te muestre lo bien en tu matrimonio. Él es fiel. Nunca te dejará sola. 




Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My surfing soul


While sitting on the beach, enjoying the sunrise, a surfer’s routine inspired me. 

He floated onto a sunbeam where he turned his face toward the sun. Actually he focused on the incoming waves, waiting to catch the perfect swell. 

His activity captured my morning meditations. 

I had arrived on the beach to worship God, to sit still, and learn from his majestic nature.   

I enjoy a sunrise because it reminds me to turn my gaze toward the Son at the beginning of each day.            I wait, wondering what message God has for me.. 

This day, it was the surfer whose life on the surf caught my attention and spoke to me. 

He paddled onto the sun beam where he stopped for a moment. As I pondering his position I thought of my own pose- intentionally stopping at the beginning of my day to get my bearings. Was this what the surfer had in mind- getting his bearings? 

Then, at the right moment, he turned his surfboard and began paddling. He paddled with the waves, making the swells and curls of the wave work with him, instead of against him. What appeared to me to be massive threats and challenges, the surfer turned into paths upon which to enjoy his day. 

I wondered, “What if every day each one of us ‘paddled’ out to meet Jesus and stood in the brilliance of His presence for just a few moments. Then, when we were forced to meet life head on and take on the challenges and threats—what if we stood up confidently, and confronted our obstacles,  turning them into pathways toward joy rather than allowing them to become avenues toward grief, distress, and disaster.

I looked at the powerful waves. I heard their thunderous crash against the shore and watched as sand, shells, and life churned to the surface. Waves pack powerful energy with enough force to destroy, demolish, and devastate.  Yet this surfer showed no hesitation as he faced the dominating force on the beach. 
He took control of the potential destroyer, stood up with confidence, and “walked” on water. 

The surfer mesmerized me as, time and time again, he paddled out to the sun’s rays cast on the surface of the ocean, sat a while, contemplated his surroundings, joined the challenge, and rode the waves into land. 

Freedom from fear! Joy in the journey. That is what I observed. 

Do I want to live in freedom filled with joy each day? Of course I do. Do I want to conquer and use each day’s forces in my favor. Yes! Is it possible? I now believe so – without a doubt.

How?

1-Position myself each morning in God’s light. 

2-Wait for the opportune moment.

3-When the challenge arrives, as it surely will, join it and make it work for me, rather than against me.

4-With God at my back, stand tall. 

(I can do this because as I positioned myself earlier He frilled me with the perfect amount of strength, courage, and wisdom to stand up to any challenge.) 

5-The ride of a lifetime begins as I take authority in Jesus’ name over my obstacles. 

Suddenly, although I am sitting on the beach,

                        My soul surfs! 




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Is 41 years a long time?

                       Congratulations to us! 
 Yes 41 years is a long time - but worth the work and time. We have built many memories, I don't knwo where to begin. Just want to say- stick with your man. There is no one else like him. He still has the same qualities that made him attractive when you first met. ...and  when tempted to focus on  weaknesses remember his strengths. That is what makes him the man you love!  Today marks the beginning of another couple of decades together! 




Monday, August 13, 2012

What is a good neighbor?


While sitting on the bench outside my garage, putting on my socks and shoes – getting ready for a walk, I heard a stranger calling me.

“Meow. Meow.” 

I turned around to see where the voice was coming from and noticed one of the neighborhood cats, a pretty little gray cat. Almost desperately she called and called as she climbed the hill in my back yard, approaching me. Then she walked right up to my legs circling, talking, wagging her tail and telling me -  something I didn’t understand.

I am a dog person so I don’t regularly communicate with feline friends, even when they are neighbors. But this little girl was persistent. She would not leave me alone. She wanted something! 

My husband and I took off on our walk and the cat followed us as if we had invited her. She continued to talk. We came to the corner and she rounded it with us. We headed to the next corner and she hopped in front of us leading the way. Pretty soon she couldn’t keep up with our gate and we left her behind. She kept talking,  or crying.  I am not sure which and with one last desperate sprint attempted to catch up to us. Then she gave up.

We forgot about her.

She didn’t forget about us. She was waiting s when we arrived at our first corner and home she went with us, still talking! 

“What does she want?” I asked my husband, not that he is a regular cat communicator.
“I think she is hungry. I haven’t seen her family home this week.”  

That thought pierced my heart.

“Oh no!”

I found some snacks for her and poured a bit of milk into a saucer. She lapped it up and just like a dog wagged her tail. 

Takes a community to care for all the neighbors amongst us.   

We were not created to walk life's long trails alone. It is fine to reach out and ask for help. It honors others. It shows a gentle and humble heart.  This little cat
humbled me. It gave me great pleasure to help her.  I'll do so again - given the chance!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cycle of life


It makes me happy to know that life is a cycle. I like that I can anticipate new beginnings. I get bored easily so I like change.

I am also comforted by the fact that nothing stays the same. 

If I am unhappy, the cycle of life will keep rolling and soon the situation will change. Nothing lasts forever. 

If I am content- yeah, it’s a good feeling and I’ll milk the moment for everything it’s worth. 

Today change came for me- 

Summer vacay slipped away

New school year began. 

Into my classroom I retreated to begin a new year for my students.

I am sad the summer is over. I so enjoyed the rest, relaxation, retreat, family, travel, and long lazy days. I absolutely took full advantage of every minute: read many books, spaced out on full moons and magnificent sun rises, took many walks, sat for long hours with friends and family, slept when I wanted to, and rejoiced because I am a teacher and I am in love with my work!  

But now it’s time unpack the boxes I packed in May. Time to slap educational maps and charts on walls. Time to put together lesson plans. Time to anticipate the faces of my students appearing at the door to my classroom.

That will happen in just a week.

WOW! Where did the time go?




Friday, July 27, 2012

Prayer for the long trail

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Sometimes I find myself without words! It's true- I have nothing to say.

Speachless.

Not because I am amazed, but because I've prayed, and begged, and cried, and prayed some more.I have nothing left to say. I'm spent.

That's when I pray God's Word.

Psalm 57: 1- 3 & 6-11

Fill in the blank with your name or the name of a loved one~

1 Have mercy on (me)___________________________, O God, have mercy!
    I look to you for protection.
Hide (me) _______________beneath the shadow of your wings   until the danger passes by.
2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for (me) __________________________.
3 Send help from heaven to rescue (me) __________________.

 My God, (I trust that you)  will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.

Because I know (my life)  _________'s life is in your hands today, I can sing your praises.

.Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens! May your glory shine over all the earth.

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song.
I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations.
10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.May your glory shine over all the earth.

Father, watch over me and ________________ today. filling us with strength to accomplish your will and peace for the journey. In Jesus' Name, Amen 

Shine!



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Who am I?


Throughout the entire conference ( Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks annual event for women called to speak, write, lead) I found myself asking…

“Who am I ~ that I’ve been so blessed to sit in the gorgeous conference center listening to such powerful teaching?”

“Who am I to sit at this abundant  table, eating this amazing meal, surrounded by these lovely ladies?”

“Who am I, I mean I don’t deserve this, to return to my posh hotel room and crawl into this cloud of a bed?”

“Who am I that God would paint a picture outside my window, call me to sit for a quiet moment with Him and then speak directly to me through His Word?” (scroll down to see the picture God painted for me)

Who am I?

That the God of the universe would shower His love on me

Who am I?

If you want to know yourself, become acquainted with your Creator, the one who formed and fashioned you as you grew inside your mother’s womb, the one who knew you before you were born. 

I walked into the prayer room during the conference, found my name, and took a few little notes about the name of God where my name had been placed.


                                             Jehovah Mekaddishken 

This morning I became more deeply acquainted with God, growing more confident in who I am meant to be, how I’m designed to act, behave, react. 

Before taking  notes on the different Bible verses that describe God’s character I wrote,
”Having been created in God’s image- filled with the breath of God, I understand and believe that He has placed His attributes in me!” 

              You know- like my parents’ DNA all over who I am and what I look like. 

Who am I?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing thought. 

But true, if I BELIEVE God’s Word.

When I found my name in the prayer room, placed on the name of God- Jehovah Mekadishken, my heart lept. I knew I was about to embark on another spiritual journey, one that would draw me closer to Him, one that would give me courage to continue maneuvering through life’s long trails. 
 
This morning I read the many verses that address God’s holiness. Doing so gave me a deeper insight to Who God is and confirmed in my heart – 

Who I am---

Sanctified, set apart, chosen, Holy to God, member of a royal priesthood, one who has been cleansed…

Today I know who I am, I just have to live it out.   

Shine!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hope for today and tomorrow

Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. Luke 1:78-79

Shine!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Off the road and nearly home again!


My mid-summer travels are coming to an end as I find myself hours away from home!  

I have mixed emotions- after having spent time with family, who I see once, maybe twice a year. I long to keep the memories flowing. Yet, I am excited to get back to my house, my friends, my fun summer routines.

One of my routines, a conference I have attended for 10 years, is She Speaks, the Proverbs 31 speakers’ and writers’ annual event. That is next on my agenda. I must admit, I am excited and anxious…

Excited because I know what to expect!

--Seeing and spending time with all my P31 team mates- many I have not seen since last year. They are the most amazing women- godly, loving, gracious, talented, and fun loving. We meet a week from Wednesday to prepare for She Speaks!   

--Meeting with my Latina sisters to plan for our portion of the conference.

--Watching hundreds of beautiful and excited women arrive at the Embassy Suites. Welcoming them and encouraging each one.

--Worshipping and praising my Lord with a room full of incredibly gifted ladies.

--Learning from others who have much to share and teach me about ministry, listening to God, and following His calling.

--Becoming acquainted with the ladies of my speaker evaluation group. The stories we share, the way our experiences move each other, the encouragement we give one another, and the closeness we all experience create deep friendships that last forever! And I LOVE collecting friends.

--Finally, to hear the inspirational talks given by women who have perfected and polished their presentations, is always a highlight for me. When God’s Word is creatively communicated and I am challenged to change and grow in my spiritual walk, I know my time has been well spent.

Anxious because time is drawing nigh and I have a lot to do this next week.

So, as I prepare to welcome my sisters to this grand and life-changing event, I ask God to lay a foundation upon which to stand.

Psalm 37:5-7  is God’s perfect Word for each of us as we make final preparations for our soon and very soon gathering: 

 Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
 and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.  Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.

I know some of you are reading this and you are among the hundreds who will be here in Charlotte next week. Trust Him, be still and 

Shine,


Monday, July 2, 2012
This entry is a continuation of a devotional to be posted July 3 at Proverbs 31 Ministries

Several hours after leaving home, on our way to our annual visit to see family, my husband and I moaned when we noticed the traffic slowing. The Tahoe crested a hill and, laid out in front of us on the interstate, we saw, not cars and trucks steadily moving as they should, but a parking lot!

Oh no!

Cars rapidly coming to a halt on the interstate is never a good sign.

Thankfully, we had just made the move to an i phone. Although I detest the thought of a detour, my heart raced to see if my new toy would prove to be as trusty as everyone had claimed it would be. I remembered the ‘map’ app. Since I had only owned my phone for three days I didn’t expect much. But, hey, what could I loose. I touched the little map. The screen popped into view. I spotted a pulsing dot.

“Oh look,” I said to Campbell (my husband).

He, being savvy of all things techy, responded, “Yeah, get us out of this mess.”

That is when I got nervous, not sure I had any idea what to do with my new plaything.

One look at the screen caused my heart to turn cartwheels. The tiny ball pulsated right there on the highway where we were sitting in bumper to bumper traffic.

It didn’t take me long at all to realize the bouncing dot was sending me a message. I noticed an exit nearby, and I saw an alternate route, highlighted in bright yellow.

We rerouted, based on the screen’s diversion.

I wonder, if Jesus were alive today, would he talk with His disciples as they took a road trip? “Consider the i phone. Like I said, ‘I am the way.’ Turn to me when life’s detours present themselves. I “will show you a way out so you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13b (NLT)

So many lessons to be learned when our routes are redirected:
     1. Don’t let the excuse, “I’m not familiar with the Bible,”keep you from opening and reading.
     2. Trust the pages of God’s word to help you find the way to go.
     3. When you do find the direction, obey, and follow.
     4.  Remember to praise God and His Word for His marvelous and amazing ways.


The next time you find yourself forced onto an alternate route, thank God first. Believe He has allowed this circumstance to protect you, introduce you to a new and better way, or to teach you lessons you might not have otherwise learned.

If you have experienced God’s rerouting of your life, I’m sure others would love to read about your adventure. Please share it with us in the comment section to encourage or be encouraged. Remember, while you are traveling through life,

Shine,


Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This morning I did the unthinkable! Something I long to do. Something I have disciplined myself not to do- watch a lot of TV.

I made my cup of coffee and sat down to post the weekly Spanish blog P31 devotional. While doing so, I mindlessly watched GMA.

During a brief moment, when I looked up to the TV, little Dannielynn’s face flashed on the screen. I remember years ago she had been the center of a custody battle after the tragic death of her famed mother’s death. Dannielynn’s mother is Ana Nicole Smith 5 year old daughter.

Robin Roberts was interviewing the young father who had won the custody battle. I stopped to watch the rest of the interview.

She is growing up and asking the hard questions – just as our children grow up and make challenging remarks.

“Why did my mother have to die?”

“Where is my mother?”

“When can I see her?”

Her daddy’s answer? “If you are good you can see her in heaven.”

Sweet answer,but is it true?

If we are GOOD do we go to heaven?

What is “good”?

How good does one have to be?

Can a person EVER be good enough?

This is all so confusing. Anna Nicole was a beautiful woman, but some would say she wasn’t “good.” She lived a questionable lifestyle… to some people’s way of thinking. When little Dannielynn grows up and reads the stories she might find out her mother, as beautiful and sweet and kind as she was, didn’t always make good choices.

How confused will she be?

The Bible is not confusing about getting into heaven.

John 3:16 clearly lays out God’s plan. He loved me, and you, so much that he sent His Son, Jesus, to buy us back from the world that constantly tempts us to make bad choices. We are not told to be good. We are told, “Whoever believes in Him, that is Jesus, will have eternal life.”

Believe or be good. No one can ever be good enough, but we can believe that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through” His Son.

Let’s not confuse our children by telling them they have to be good to get to heaven. Let’s teach them to believe.

Shine,


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In the garden

 
                                                    Holy Week Reflection
                                                             A tender moment: 

Knowing His fate, Jesus prayed for me. He prayed for you. 

He asked God: 

Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. 

 - Tender moment followed by
 - Trial
 - Torture
 -   Tragedy

Only a god like God. He loves us 

Passionately 

Shine