Prayer Walking Our Nation


Rosh Hashanah 2015 ushered in a Jubilee year, a fiftieth year in God’s ordained calendar.   This Hebraic year of 5776 is the 700th Jubilee year observed since Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land!  “…. you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land.  And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.” (Leviticus 25:10)  In Jubilee all slaves were released, debts were cancelled, families and inheritances were restored, and property returned.  2016 will be a year of Jubilee blessing and release!
Historically, Jubilee years birthed the end of 1400 years of Muslim rule over Jerusalem in 1917.   The victory took place on October 31, 1917 – the exact date of the 400-year anniversary of Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church and started the Reformation.   2017 is the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.  It is interesting for us in America that Leviticus 25:10 is inscribed on America’s  Liberty Bell. Let it be a mandate from the Lord for us all to speak and decree over our nations God’s blessings, release and restoration!
In this year of Jubilee there is a call to pray all the postal codes in the United States.   I determined to organize prayer-walking teams for the small towns of the region in Colorado where we live.  Shortly thereafter, we were asked to write a short article for the Kneeling Army newsletter.  We pray that this missive will expand the Jubilee call to prayer into Canada and beyond as we join together to see God’s will done on the earth as it is in heaven through our prayers.
Because God has decreed that the church is to display his wisdom to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places; and because of Christ and our faith in him, we come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.  This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Where two or three believers are gathered, Christ’s presence, power and authority are promised.  Prayer-walking is simply two or more believers walking with Jesus throughout our cities and declaring His heart for the city and its people aloud.  Prayer-walking is praying on site with insight.
Two fundamentals in prayer-walking are praying the Scriptures and praying with the Spirit of God.  It is easy to know God’s heart through His Word.  The Lord’s heart is for redemption.  His purpose is for the nations of the earth to honor and glorify Him.  He is the Lord of the Harvest and will partner with those who pray His heart.
Pray blessing on the neighborhoods and businesses that you walk through. Praise the Lord and give Him a thank offering for the blessings He is pouring out through your prayers for each city, family, prodigal and nation.  Ask for repentant hearts to turn to God and pray for mercy.  Agree with others on the team.  Report results and impressions of team members at the end of the prayer walk in anticipation of what God is planning or has done for the next prayer walk.

How to Search Pinterest

You’ve decided it’s time for Grandma to leave the 20th century and to step into the 21st, computer-savvy, information age.  You will be amazed at the wealth of information that can enrich your everyday life.  One of my favorite resources for my various interests is Pinterest.


After signing up for this treasure trove of ideas (see previous post), you will be presented with a page of colorful pins on topics that you choose.  You can pin any of those presented by moving your computer mouse over the pin and clicking on the “pin it” icon.  However, if you are looking for a particular subject, move your cursor to the top of the page to the space that says “Search.” Click in the search bar and type in the topic that you want to pursue.  For Christmas I did very specific searches for my grandchildren like:  “most popular gifts for 11 year old girls,” “how to make lip balm,” and “Mindware catalog.”  The resulting searches gave Mrs. Claus all kinds of advice and “how to” instructions for great Christmas gifts for Grandma’s pride and joys.  Have fun!



Earthing: Getting Grounded for Better Health

Friends recently introduced us to the investigation of Earthing.  For those of you, like myself, who have never heard of Earthing, a brief explanation is necessary.  The hypothesis is that our bodies’ electrical systems require charging. Free radicals existing in our systems are molecules missing an electron which cause aging and inflammation throughout our bodies.  If free electrons are provided, the free radicals attach an electron and eliminate the inflammation produced in our bodies. So how can electrons be supplied?

The answer proposed by Clinton Ober, Steven Sinatra and Zucker Martin in Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? is that human beings until recently spent much of their time in close contact with the ground.  They walked on it, slept on it, sat on it, and made contact with the electrons that charge the earth’s surface. These electrons migrated through the soles of the feet and the body’s surface area so that people were recharged.  Electron transfer from the Earth through the body has shown a reduction of internal organ tension and inflammation. Chronic pain, stiffness, stress, and a variety of symptoms are reduced.  Reports of Earthing experiments have been written up in several medical journals.

The hypothesis is that modern man has insulated himself and lost touch with the earth.  We spend most of our time in buildings, cars and beds which replace “grounding time” with “insulated time.”  Even our rubber and synthetic soled shoes insulate against the recharging benefits of contact with the Earth.  Reconnecting to the Earth works surprisingly quickly to reenergize fatigued bodies and reduce pain.

Enthused with a health alternative for aching joints and poor sleeping patterns, we purchased a few items from the local hardware store and set up our own experiment with Earthing.  With only a couple of nights sleeping “grounded” we experienced a more restful night’s sleep and are experiencing a new “well-being” and reduced joint pain.  Here’s our homemade “Earthing” experiment.

Using a GRT-3500 outlet tester, we discovered our outlets are not grounded (house built in 1923) which excluded an indoor system. The alternative was an outdoor ground rod system.

To ground ourselves we drove a foot long copper tube into the frozen ground under our bedroom window.  (Colorado’s weather in winter is one reason we couldn’t just run around the yard barefoot to recharge our bodies and needed an indoor alternative.)

earthing ground

We attached a 30 foot, two-wire lamp cord to the copper rod with a hose clamp and ran the cord up and through TV antenna hole in wall of our bedroom.  At the bed we split the two wire cord into single copper strands, one for each of us.  We soldered alligator clips to each of the lamp wire cords.  My husband fashioned rings from 16 gauge copper wire to fit our respective fingers. For sleeping grounded, we attached the alligator clips to the rings.earthing rings

The copper supplies the conductive highway for the electrons to travel from the ground and into our bodies.  Voila!  We are grounded and are experiencing positive health results.  Investigate this health resource straight from the Earth to you.

In the mail we received Earthing mats from that are 10″ x 27″.  These fit at the bottom of your bed and connect with the copper wires to provide all night grounding while you sleep. You could also use them as a floor mat under your feet at your office desk during the work day if you devised or bought a portable Earthing kit. I’ll update future results in our Earthing health experiment as time reveals results.


How to Sign up for Pinterest

Pinterest is a social media bulletin board that allows members to explore various interests from the everyday tasks of cooking and gardening to the more exotic trends in fashion or travel. It is a goldmine of tips, techniques, and ideas for the inquisitive mind.


The process of joining Pinterest is relatively simple if you are connected to the internet and have an email address or a Facebook account.  You are five steps from enjoying the world of Pinterest.

  1.  Type into your web browser.
  2.  The sign-up page will appear and ask if you want to sign-up with your email address or your Facebook account.  Type in the address of your choice and then create a password that will allow you to access your account.
  3. Fill out the form following your password creation with your name, age and gender.
  4. Click on box at bottom of page that says, “Come on in.”  At this point Pinterest will display a number of pictures representing interests and ask that you check at least five subjects which will become your pinterest boards.  You can choose more than five.  Clicking on these topic selections will open hundreds of “pins” on the “interest” that you are pursuing.
  5. Finally, you might like to add the “Pinterest button” to your web browser so that you can pin pictures, articles or websites to your pinterest account.

Happy pinning!

Grandma’s Christmas Kits

As a grandmother I enjoy spoiling my grandchildren with activities and gifts that teach, amuse, inspire and create a fun-filled adventure.  In my quest for ideas I discovered a rich resource on Pinterest.  However, as a grandmother, I also discovered that there is a learning curve to climb in order to access and create gift kits and activities.  lip gloss kitFor those of us born before 1985 and the advent of personal computers,  I found it laughable to create a list of “how-to’s” that grandma had to learn in order to create this gift for a nine year old granddaughter.

  • how to sign up for Pinterest
  • how to search Pinterest for gifts for 9 year old girls
  • how to find recipes for lip gloss
  • how to order kit components from
  • how to make labels from mailing labels
  • how to insert graphics into a mailing label
  • how to use You Tube learning tutorials for inserting graphics into mailing labels

So to all the grandma’s out there, persevere.  To live is to learn.  Here’s to life!  Here’s to learning!  Merry Christmas.

How to Create an Electronic Journal

My journal causes me to examine my life, rejoice over its beauty, and to adjust my heart so that I live a life with no regrets.

My lovely daughters and I on a Girl's Day Outing

I started journaling late in life in 2010.  I had spent years writing in notebooks that were stashed in various desks, cupboards and filing cabinets until a mentor (one who shares insights, best practices, and their talent) taught me the brilliance of storing all my wandering fancies in one place.  Each morning presents a new adventure to explore this wonderful world and its people, and I love to capture the fleeting “now” in an ongoing chronicle of life neatly contained in a computer file simply titled 2015 Journal.  I sit first thing in the morning before a computer screen drinking my morning coffee, as I read the day’s scripture reading, and write as I am inspired. As the year draws to its close, I anticipate printing the year’s memoir and taking it to the local FedEx Kinkos or UPS Store to be spiral bound.

My journal causes me to examine my life, rejoice over its beauty, and to adjust my heart so that I live a life with no regrets. Spiritually, my writing stimulates me to develop a listening attitude and communication with the Lord. Rereading entries encourages gratitude and faith as I revisit the blessings, testimonies and God incidents throughout the pages. My journals are color coded and red is the color of answered prayers.  For instance, my brother Pete  called one afternoon with a Praise Report!!! Screenings had detected that he had 50% blockages in both of is carotid arteries. He had gone for more tests. The results stated that there were no blockages and very little narrowing of his arteries. Praise, God, that prayer thing works. Hopefully my journals will provide a written legacy of faith for future generations.

I also record the dreams that I feel are God-directed in my journal.  I have a notebook by my bed that I use to write down dreams given in the middle of the night. Dream sequences are colored purple which causes them to stand out for future re-reading. Dreams are important instructions and insights from that Lord that I do not want to overlook. Psalm 16:7 instructs on the importance of dreams when David writes, ” I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” Journaling has led me into learning more about dream interpretation and listening to the Lord as He speaks to me through the words and pictures of dreams.

Mentally, my journal provides education on subjects and interests I am pursuing.  My mentor when I started journaling was Joseph Peck, the Journal Guy, He offers a free 30 day guide with a daily email to inspire personal journals and freely shares tips and insights about journaling.  Presently I’m investigating topics like blogging, marketing, and publishing online.  I insert tips, techniques and good ideas for future use into my journal pages.  My journal has also become an exercise book for writing prose and poetry, my creative outlet about life.

The journal is organized chronologically and gives a daily record of activities.  Quarterly, I list the goals that I have for the next three months.  A study of Harvard graduates found that after two years, the 3 percent who had written goals achieved more financially than the other 97 percent combined!” Extrapolating from this, only 3 percent of people set written goals and those who do earn on average more than 30x as much as those who don’t.

And throughout the year it becomes my weight diary.  Each quarter I determine to lose 10 pounds.  This quarter I’ve only got 15 to go.

One of my goals has always been to be a better letter writer. The journal makes it easy to cut and paste a letter diary that my mother loves to read.  Since she is affected by short-term memory loss, a printed letter can be re-read while a phone conversation is forgotten in minutes.  It’s easy to attach the journal letter with snapshots included to an email and let it wing through the ether to friends and family far away.

An unexpected outcome of journaling was a book that was compiled from a challenge I accepted to study the words of Jesus for 150 days.  After the first month I decided to share my study in book format and so published The Jesus Quest: Meditations on the Words of Jesus which is available on

You never know where you might end up on your journal adventure.  Let me encourage you to begin.  It will be a breakthrough to many avenues in your life.

Dr. Mary Ellen Schoonover