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Disrespecting Your Parents May Send You To Hell

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Disrespecting Your Parents May Send You To Hell


My mother and I were talking one Monday morning. Our total conversation wasn’t one that I can remember now. I was twenty-one and home for a couple of days. Mom was seated at the table doing the family bills and I was standing with my back touching the kitchen door jamb talking to her. Out of nowhere my father suddenly appeared and got in my face. In the sternest voice he had ever used in talking to me, he said to me, “If you won’t respect her as your mother, respect her as my wife!” His eyes were stern and had fire in them. I couldn’t think of one thing I’d said that could be considered disrespectful, but he had.


All I could say was, “Yes sir!” To this day I have no clue what I’d said that triggered that moment. Or even if he had correctly heard our conversation. It doesn’t matter. Although I have no memory of ever disrespecting my mother or my father… it was a lesson never to be forgotten. I cried, and apologized, neither knowing then nor now what words were said that were disrespectful.


It’s scary to realize that God pays attention to how you treat your Mom and Dad. He may use your parental honor, or lack thereof, as a gauge for how long He even chooses to let you live. Showing your parents honor is a biblical command and requirement.


Treating Your Parents With Respect And Honor May Give You A Longer Life

Exo. 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Eph. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)


Jesus Said To Let Them Die And Go To Hell

(“Let them die the death.” That means temporal and eternal death.)


Moses Said To Kill A Child That Cursed Their Parents

Exodus 21:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.


Jesus Repeated What Moses Said

Matt. 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

Mar. 7:10  For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

If the disrespectful child was worthy of being stoned to death… then no one should ever expect to see that person in heaven. If God thinks they should be removed from the earth, then surely heaven would not be an option for them.



Strongs G2551

From a compound of G2556 nad G3056; to revile: – curse, speak evil of.


John Gill:

“And he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death; temporal and eternal: and which is a positive command of God, made as a fence for the former; and is to be understood, not only of giving abusive language to parents, but of slighting, as the Hebrew word signifies, and neglecting them, taking no notice of them, when needy and in distress, to supply their wants.”


Ham’s Actions Caused His Son To Live With A Curse

Don’t make your children suffer and be cursed because of your disrespect for your parents.



Died a horrible death



He brought grief of mind to his parents by his choice of a wife. He refused their advice. God even hated him. Gen 26:35


Showing Respect By Obeying Your Parents Pleases God

Col. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.


Showing Disrespect Brings Judgment

Pro 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.


If You Show Disrespect To Your Parents, God Will Put Your Lights Out.

Prov. 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.


Did You Know?

If you are disrespectful with your words to anyone, including your parents, that the Apostle Paul said that no one is to even go to McDonald’s or eat with you, lest your bad spirit get off on them. Because you are a railer.

1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.


Railer – Webster

(n.) One who rails; one who scoffs, insults, censures, or reproaches with opprobrious language.

(“Opprobrious: expressing scorn or criticism, abusive, vituperative, derogatory, disparaging, denigratory, pejorative, deprecatory, insulting, offensive, defamatory, vitriolic, libelous, venomous;”)


The Prodigal Son Showed Disrespect To His Father

*By leaving as he did.

*By living as he lived.

*By squandering his inheritance and birthright.


However, the story has a most beautiful ending because the prodigal was willing to humble himself, repent and make amends. The merciful father was quick to forgive and restore his son back into the family.

Gentle Reader…

Do you need to humble yourself and apologize to your mom or dad? Do it today. You really need to, you know. Please don’t wait! Please!



Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 18, 2018 at 5:44 pm

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Puzzle Prayer Time

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Puzzle Prayer Time

The beautiful white-haired grandma sat silently beside me as our car rolled down the Interstate. Marcia Starr Ballestero, my devoted wife of fifty years, was letting her thoughts and heart focus on the needs of a family member.

Puzzle Prayer TimeSmall talk between us had died out when she picked up her iPad. From the corner of my eye I could see that she was doing it again. She does it at home too, almost every day.

She was going through her camera roll and albums looking for a specific photo. That’s her pattern. Today she chose one of our children and their spouse. Some times she chooses a picture of just one person, other times it may be a couple or even their whole family. Once in a while she chooses a picture of us.

The selected photo is then imported into her jigsaw puzzle app. Her gentle fingers begin to move over the hundreds of pieces. She moves them here and there trying to make them fit where she thinks they should go.

Her puzzles may last an hour or two, sometimes longer. The attraction she has for puzzles isn’t so much her love for games, but it actually is part of her family prayer time.

As she moves each piece of the puzzle into place, she is praying silently. She is praying for every aspect of their life. She prays for their soul, their marriage, their health, their finances and their home.

I do my best not to interrupt her puzzle prayer time. She methodically attempts to make pieces fit in place. Often she gets it right the first time. Other times not. When it becomes a trial and error project, it is like real-life to her. Her prayer focus is on the missing pieces in that person’s picture. Loving fingers slide over the face, sometimes the heart and then lingers a moment.

  • I wonder, is she praying for their heart?
  • Is she praying for them to make right decisions?
  • Is she praying for God to keep them safe?
  • I never ask.

When she is finished, she will hold the photo up for me to see. When I compliment her on the beautiful picture, she smiles. I know that there was a lot of love and prayer put into that puzzle. How much? Only God and her know.

No one else in our family knows about this. Our children and grandchildren do not even know. But heaven knows that there is a loving Mother and Grandmother who is trying to make the pictures of her family turn out right by asking for God’s help to find the missing pieces and put them in the right place.


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October 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

The Desire To Be Cherished

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The Desire To Be Cherished

“They do not love that do not show their love.” – Shakespeare


It’s A Basic Life Need

Cherish – Definition:

  1. To hold Dear:
  2. To Cultivate with Care and Affection
  3. To Nurture
  4. To Treasure, Prize, Value
  5. To Feel And Show Affection For


Babies Desire To Be Cherished And Held.

babykissThey cry often for their Mama’s touch. Children run to her to be comforted.


When Babies Are Not Cherished:

I read a few years ago about Romanian orphans who were given only the basic nourishment and hygiene. Soon the babies became withdrawn and unresponsive. They may be forever emotionally damaged… much like adults who are not cherished. They will almost always exhibit emotional problems and act out.


All Children Desire to Be Cherished.

Every child remembers if they were loved. Everyone remembers how their parents treated him or her when they were young. Not being cherished is something most difficult to survive.


Little Kids Ask Their Parents.

Am I your favorite? Who do you love the most? How much do you love me? They are putting out feelers attempting to assure themselves that they are cherished.


Teenagers Desire To Be Cherished.

They dream about it. They sing about it. They listen to music about it. They want to be loved. They want someone to cherish them. To complicate the matter, their hormones rage out of control during the process.

Some girls never feel cherished by their father, so they seek elsewhere for male approval. They never felt cherished at home, so they look for someone to validate and approve of them. They want to be cherished.

Sadly, the title of the song: “Looking for Love In All The Wrong Places,” has more truth than fiction.


During Courtship Both Parties Practice Cherishing The Other Person.

  • They say sweet things.
  • They do sweet things.
  • Treat each other with tenderness.
  • The boy courts the girl and brings flowers and candy.
  • They overlook each other’s imperfections.


My Father-In-Law, the late William R. Starr, gave me some wise insight before I even asked his daughter out on a first date. He said, “Men love with their eyes, but Women love with their ears.”

Dad Starr was telling me in man-talk, that a woman wants to hear that she was cherished! He was a very wise man.


All Husbands And Wives Desire To Be Cherished

Every woman wants to know she’s #1. So does every man. When you hold your wife in your arms and tell Happy_Married_Coupleher that you love her, she wants to feel your words coming from your heart, and not just your mouth.

If you are a wise man, you will NEVER stop courting your wife and affirming your love for her and expressing it often. The words, “I love you!” have a very short shelf life. You need to say it everyday.

Flowers, cards, candy, dates and accomplishing ‘honey-do-lists’ with a smile, sure helps keep life wonderful at home.


Every Prospective Groom Says, “Will You Marry Me?”… Hoping he will be cherished and loved.

Every Prospective Bride Says, “Yes”… Hoping she will be cherished and loved.


To The Wife:

Don’t settle for less than being cherished. Likewise, cherish him. It’s a two-way street.


To The Husband:

Sir, you are to love your wife As Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. You won’t easily give your life for someone you don’t cherish. The Lord meant for the husband to cherish his wife with his very own life. It’s really not hard.


Jacob Cherished Rachel.

He worked seven years to get her as his wife, and was given the wrong one. The Bible just says: “It seemed but a few days, for the love he had for her.”


David Never Cherished Michal

He always referred her to as “Saul’s Daughter.” He never said that he loved her. He never referred to her as his wife. That may be a reason why she acted out so badly.


Proverbs 31 Wife

Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.


“He Praiseth Her”: The word praiseth here is – Halal

HALAL – haw-lal’;

  1. To shine; hence
  2. To make a show, (let every one know)
  3. To be (clamorously) foolish; (enjoy with enthusiasm)
  4. To rave; (to go on and on with excited appreciation)
  5. To boast, (brag in public)
  6. To celebrate, (honor every achievement)
  7. To foolishly glory, (go overboard in expressing praise)
  8. To sing, (to express your emotion as deeply as possible, sing His praises.)
  9. To praise, (to say every nice thing you can)
  10. To rage, (to be wild about)

When joined with abbreviated form of God’s name “Yahweh” = Hallelujah. That’s where the word Hallelujah comes from. (Saying Hallelujah like saying 10,000 praises to Jehovah)

When a man goes to this extent, of ‘Halal-ing” his wife, she will feel cherished and will perform unbelievable things for her home and family because she knows she has the backing of the man she loves.

In like manner, when the same man goes to this extent to Halal The Lord Jesus… there is no telling what the Lord will do for him.


Not Everyone Has Been Cherished In Life, But There Is Great News!


God Cherishes His People.


They Are The Apple of His Eye

Zech. 2:8   For thus saith the LORD of hosts… he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

  • (Warning: Don’t mess with any one the Lord cherishes!)


God Protected Israel In Goshen

  • Egyptian Dogs wouldn’t bark against the Israelites.
  • No Plagues came nigh them.


God Protected Israel In The Wilderness

  • Provided in wilderness.
  • No sickness.
  • No one’s clothes wore out.


God’s Desire To Be Cherished By Man

Yes, you say you love the Lord, but do you cherish him? Jesus wants to know for sure that you cherish Him before He can use you.


Jesus to Peter

John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

John 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.



Psalm 137:5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Psalm 137:6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

He was saying he loved God’s house more than anything in the world. David also said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

He cherished the things of God! God said that David was a man after His own heart. Was David perfect? Oh no. He was a long ways away from perfect. But the way he cherished everything about God, made God smile upon him.


The Jealousy of God – Is Another Way Of Saying He Just Wants To Be Cherished.

2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.


God Desires Man To Cherish Him

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

The Lord knows the difference between lip service and heartfelt expressions of love.

  1. Men that cherish God – Worship
  2. Men that cherish God – Come to His House


My Visit To See Marcia In 1965

Before our engagement, in the early stages of our courtship, I once closed a revival service on Sunday night in Fort Worth, TX and drove 24 hours straight through to Albion, MI… just to see a little Miss Marcia June Starr for one hour. I arrived after 10:30pm, left before midnight and drove two hours back to my home in South Bend, IN. It’s never a sacrifice to see the one you love.


You’re Not Faithful To God’s House?

Don’t tell me you cherish God and you can’t make it to church. You don’t cherish Him if you layout of church! It’s never a sacrifice to see the one you love.

Like David, we should all say, “I was glad when they said unto me let us go unto the house of the Lord.”


Jacob Cherished The Birth Right 

Jacob had major character flaws I’m sure. But he cherished the same Birthright that Esau despised, so God chose to love Jacob and discard Esau.

God cherished Jacob and said, ‘Jacob Have I loved, and Esau have I hated.’

Make God love you too by cherishing those things, which are Godly and eternal.


Don’t Tell Me You Cherish The Lord Jesus…

  1. If You Don’t Pay Tithes.
  2. If You Hate Holiness.
  3. If You Aren’t Faithful To His House.
  4. If You Don’t Pray.
  5. If You Don’t Worship.
  6. If You Bring Disunity To His Church.
  7. If You Rebel Against His Word.


  1. Sing Like You Cherish Him.
  2. Pray Like You Cherish Him.
  3. Talk Like You Cherish Him.
  4. Dress Like You Cherish Him.


God is Jealous Of What You Cherish.

Amp Bible 1 John 2:15 Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.


You Don’t Cherish The Lord If…

  • If Someone Has To Beg You To Come To Church
  • If Someone Has To Beg You To Worship
  • If Someone Has To Beg You To Pray


Think about the words the next time you sing: “So, I’ll Cherish The Old Rugged Cross”


The Old Rugged Cross

George Bennard 1913


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

   The emblem of suff’ring and shame;

   And I love that old cross where the dearest and best

   For a world of lost sinners was slain.




So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

       Till my trophies at last I lay down;

       I will cling to the old rugged cross,

       And exchange it some day for a crown.


Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

   Has a wondrous attraction for me;

   For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above

   To bear it to dark Calvary.


In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

   A wondrous beauty I see,

   For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

   To pardon and sanctify me.


To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;

   Its shame and reproach gladly bear;

   Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,

   Where His glory forever I’ll share.


The Lord Cherished Us Even In Our Sins.

John 3:16    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


We love Him because He first loved us!


Here’s Your Homework For Today:

Tell Jesus that you love Him! Tell Him from your heart that you love Him. Yes, this very moment… say, “Jesus, I love you with all my heart!” Put your heart into it. He can tell.

Next, go tell your spouse and your family that you love them. Put your heart into it. They can tell.


Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

What Makes A Mother Happy?

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What Makes A Mother Happy

3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.


Here are some brilliant answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions!!

Why Did God Make Mothers?

  • She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
  • Mostly to clean the house.

How Did God Make Mothers?

  • He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
  • Magic plus super powers, and a lot of stirring.
  • God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What Ingredients Are Mothers Made Of?

  • God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
  • They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why Did God Give You Your Mother And Not Some Other Mom?

  • We’re related.
  • God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s Moms like me.

What Kind Of Little Girl Was Your Mom?

  • My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
  • I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
  • They say she used to be nice.

What Did Mom Need To Know About Dad Before She Married Him?

  • His last name.
  • She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
  • Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why Did Your Mom Marry Your Dad?

  • My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
  • She got too old to do anything else with him.
  • My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s The Boss At Your House?

  • Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because Dad’s such a goof ball.
  • Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
  • I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What’s The Difference Between Moms And Dads?

  • Moms work at work and work at home, and Dads just go to work at work.
  • Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
  • Dads are taller and stronger, but Moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.
  • Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What Does Your Mom Do In Her Spare Time?

  • Mothers don’t do spare time.
  • To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What Would It Take To Make Your Mom Perfect?

  • On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
  • Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

If You Could Change One Thing About Your Mom, What Would It Be?

  • She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
  • I’d make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
  • I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.


Things My Mother Taught Me

  • Kisses make everything better


    My Precious Mother, Content Gleason Ballestero

  • Tell the truth – honesty best policy
  • Clean-up my room
  • Be respectful – Adults, rich or poor
  • Be kind
  • Cleanliness is next to godliness
  • No shame in being poor, but there is in being dirty.
  • How to forgive
  • Importance of having my will broken
  • Clothes don’t make the person
  • The person makes the clothes.
  • Pretty is as Pretty does
  • Share
  • Money is not everything
  • Family is God’s greatest gift, 2nd only to the Holy Ghost

She Taught Me To Respect Her House

She Taught Me The Importance Of Prayer

  • That prayer changes things
  • That prayer changes people
  • That she loved me enough to pray for me
  • She taught me about God
  • She taught me to respect God’s Word – Don’t play with the Bible
  • She taught me to respect God’s house

She Taught Me Jesus Could

  • Heal me


    My Precious Mother-In-Love, June Starr Davis

  • Save me
  • Deliver me
  • Help me
  • Forgive me

She Taught Me To Put God First

She Taught Me That Jesus Loves Me


Mother’s Never Stop Worrying About Their Children

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Soul

Mother’s Never Stop Loving

Mother’s Never Stop Praying



What Makes A Mother Happy?

3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.


For Her Children To:

  • Love her
  • Honor her
  • Respect her
  • Obey her

To Have Her Children Become Responsible Citizens

What Makes A Mother Happy?

  • When she walked down the aisle to dedicate you
  • When you walked down the aisle at graduation
  • When you walked down the aisle in marriage
  • When you walked down the aisle and gave your life to God

She’ll Thank You For The:

  • Flowers
  • Gifts
  • Card
  • Sweet Words
  • Help around the house
  • Phone calls

But Her Greatest Joy Is When Your Heart Gets Right With God

Her Greatest Joy Is When You Obey God’s Word In Acts 2:38

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Repent Of Your Sins

Be Baptized In Jesus Name

Receive The Holy Ghost, Speaking In Tongues


A Prayer For Mothers Day

  • God, it is mothers’ day.
  • It’s the day we set aside to honor our Mothers


1. We Pray For Your Blessing On All New Mothers:

  • Be near to new mothers.
  • Through the Demands of new motherhood
  • Sleep deprivation, weariness.

2. We Pray For Your Blessing On Mothers Who Have Lost A Child.

  • Through miscarriage or death
  • Through adoption
  • Through abortion
  • Or Through the breakdown of a relationship.
  • Be near to those mothers
  • Grant them peace and strength in their sadness and pain.

3. We Pray For Your Blessing On Mothers Who Long For A Better Relationship With Their Child

  • Would you to heal the rifts in their lives,
  • Help them to know how reach out and to let go appropriately.

4. We Pray For Your Blessing On Women Who Parent Alone

  • Thank you for their courage
  • Help them as they seek to be both mother and father to their precious children.
  • Place others alongside them to help and encourage them.

5. We Pray For Your Blessing On Women Who Long To Be Mothers.

  • Comfort them, heal them, sustain them, be near them.
  • We pray for babies for them, in your time.

6. We Pray For Your Blessing On All Mothers Today.

  • Give them an ever-growing love for their children.
  • May they raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord.


God, We Thank You For Our Mothers

  • For the women who bore us and birthed us
  • For the women who fed us and cared for us
  • For the women who and disciplined us and loved us

Thank You For Our Mothers, And Bless Them All Today

You Don’t Have A Godly Heritage? Start One Today.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

Happy Mother’s Day To My Wife, Marcia June Starr Ballestero

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Happy Mother’s Day To My Wife, Marcia June Starr Ballestero


From the first moment we knew you would be a Mother, you began to blossom into all that a wonderful mother should be.

You and your lovely sisters brag on you Mother and hold her up as the ultimate yardstick of measurement, and rightly so. No one would dream of disagreeing. Your Mother’s memory is hollowed in all of our hearts and thoughts.

She freely gifted you with her beauty, her wisdom, her ways, and her warmth. I am so saddened that she is not here for us to enjoy today.

Yet, I fear my darling that you may not have looked at yourself as your husband, your children and all their families have looked at you. I’m not sure at all that you even know how wonderful you really are.

You have received the ultimate of motherhood guidance from your Mom, and then you have continued on, taking everything to a higher level.

No one can measure up to you. I want you to know that I think that you are the best Mother in the world.

And, I love you with all my heart!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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May 12, 2013 at 12:26 am

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The Lady Buffalo Hunter!

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The Lady Buffalo Hunter!

Since the 1800’s, buffalo hunters have always been a special breed, and in a class by themselves. They are independent folks, tough and capable. Such is the story of a real lady whose respectable and proper breeding did not quench her desire to hunt buffalo.

It was common knowledge that she was a better shot than anyone in her family, including her husband and her grown son. One Shot, One Kill was her hunting record.

She had already killed several deer. No one even faintly knew about her considering to hunting buffalo. She never confided that wish to her husband, her friends, her sisters or her children. They only found out about it later when officials published the news of a drawing.

This aspiring lady buffalo hunter was born on the west coast so the climate in Utah where she currently resided was much harsher. She lived in Salt Lake City and braved the winter snows like a trooper.

She was 52, when she went down to the Department of Natural Resources and placed her name in the buffalo hunt drawing. The State of Utah had authorized ten buffalo tags to be issued to control the herd, and over 1,000,000 hunters applied.


The Henry Mountains, Utah. Elevation 11,522 ft.

Her name was one of the ten drawn, and she was ecstatic! She was told that the special license only permitted her to hunt for buffalo in the Henry Mountains. She was the only lady hunter to apply.

The day of the hunt found her over 10,000 feet high on the mountain in a blinding snowstorm. This was to be only a one-day hunt. It would not be canceled because of bad weather. She put on warm boots, gloves and her hunter orange coat. She was serious. She not only was going to hunt for her buffalo, she was going to eat it too. That would be her winter meat.

Forgotten now were her trademark lacy handkerchiefs, her beautiful hairdo and her dressy dresses. She allowed her ‘earthy other side’ to surface… And surface it did.

In the blinding snow at dusk, she stood on the mountainside and finally saw in her scope what made her heart pound. She saw the shadowy forms of buffalo. They were moving rapidly, she made her choice and squeezed the trigger on her Browning Automatic 300 Winchester Mag. One shot was all it took. The buffalo cow went down.

The next morning, her husband loaded her prize buffalo into the bed of their pickup and they headed home. She affectionately named her buffalo cow, “Henrietta” in honor of the Henry Mountains.

Does the lady buffalo hunter have a name? Absolutely!

Some of her close friends like Bro. Verbal Bean, Bro. Roger Evans, and Bro. Robert Cavaness Sr. referred to her as “Buffalo Hunter, Connie.” And now, you can too.

(BTW, the buffalo meat was delicious, and it lasted our whole family for a whole year!)

Lord, What A Lady!!

(Thanks Mom for the memories!)


Content Faith (Connie) Ballestero with her Buffalo ‘Henrietta’

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February 12, 2013 at 2:43 am

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The June Starr Davis Memorial Presentation

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Today is the Funeral of our beloved Mother, June Starr Davis. On behalf of our family, I thank each of you for the sweet words of affection and love you expressed about her. Your prayers for all of us at this time have been deeply appreciated. Thank You!

For the benefit of family and friends unable to come, I am posting here the PowerPoint with 496 of her pictures that will be shown.

The original Presentation was 1.62 GB.  This blog limits my upload size, so I had to reduced the resolution of the Mp4 file and made it small enough to post it here. The Original PowerPoint with full resolution is also included here. You may download either, or watch on-line

Thank You For Your Love And Prayers Today As We Celebrate The Life Of Our Mother.

Martyn Ballestero


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June Davis

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March 16, 2012 at 11:08 am

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Audio – Sis. Connie Ballestero’s Going Home Service

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Many thanks to Pastor Larry Booker for making this audio available. He wanted to make sure that this was upload so it could be listened to online or downloaded.



Sis Ballestero Going Home Service 01-19-2012 Thur PM_Mix

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Memorial Service Program

Mom’s Funeral Memorial

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January 21, 2012 at 12:00 am

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Mama Planned Her Own Funeral

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My Mother planned her own funeral service. She even helped design and put together her Memorial Brochure. I know that sounds macabre, but she did.

Quite a few years ago years ago, something was said, during one of my visits, about dying. I brought up the uncomfortable point that as an evangelist, I would no-doubt be preaching somewhere far away when she died. We both knew, that there may not be a lot of time to put together a nice Memorial keepsake she would like for others to remember her by. I suggested maybe we could put together a draft, so there wouldn’t be a lot of work to do later.

I said, “Mom, what picture would you like on the front of your Memorial Brochure? She looked with me through hundred of pictures and finally chose the one she liked. Then we started with planning the ceremony. When we finished, Mom read it and smiled.

The brochure that will be passed out at the funeral, is the one my Mother read first.



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January 19, 2012 at 1:45 am

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Mom’s Memorial Presentation

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Today is our Mother’s (Content Ballestero) viewing. On behalf of our family I thank each of you for the sweet words of affection and love you expressed for our Mother. Your prayers for all of us at this time have been deeply appreciated. Thank You!

For the benefit of family and friends unable to come, I am posting here the PowerPoint with 338 of her pictures that will be shown tonight.

The original Presentation was 1.12 GB.  This website limits my upload size, so I had to reduced the resolution of the Mp4 file to post it here. The Original PowerPoint with full resolution is also included here. You may download either, or watch on-line

Thank You For Your Love And Prayers

Martyn Ballestero

Mom’s Memorial Presentation


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Mom’s Memorial Presentation 2

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January 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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