Dear Heavenly Father, You are the best Father in the world! There is no one like You! You are powerful, the Almighty, mighty to save! You are perfect and holy; there is no fault in You! You are wonderful, ready and willing to move Heaven and Earth on our behalf when we come to you… Read More Worship with me #36
My oldest daughter was 9 when her father abandoned us. For many people, being abandoned by their father has a tendency to drive them away from faith in God. My daughter had already believed on Jesus in a little-child sort of way. Her faith could have been shattered. I’ll let you her tell you in… Read More From Abandoned to Accepted
“All the days of the afflicted are bad, BUT a cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15. NASB (emphasis mine) A sweet, petite, elderly lady in our church lost her husband about a month-and-a-half ago. She was understandably very sad. But very soon afterwards, she decided that she was going to be an encourager… Read More Finding Joy Even in the Hard Times
Have you ever noticed how a little variety in life keeps things, even routines, from getting boring? Sometimes even meal planning can get so routine that we get tired of eating the same thing again and again. The other day my daughter and I were driving to the store to get candy for our church’s… Read More Mix It Up!
Visiting the old neighborhood, Streets that once seemed spacious, Narrow now. Grass that once was meticulously mowed, Wild and unkempt. Trees growing in the ditches. At the old school house swings that were sufficient, Now so small, Water fountains once used with ease Now require stooping over so far. Parking lot of the little church… Read More Nostalgia
Welcome back to Worship with me! God is worthy of our praise! Please join me in recognizing how great He is! Thank You, Lord, for being so kind to us! Lord, compared to You who are so big and vast, we are like little specks before You. And yet we are specks that You love… Read More Worship with me #35
Thank You, Lord, for the sunshine after the rain and for Your sunshine that breaks through the clouds in our hearts. Thank You for warm clothes and fuzzy blankets that keep us warm on cold days and for the warmth of Your love in our hearts that brings us joy even in the midst of… Read More Worship with me #34
Everybody who has experienced grief grieves in a different way. There is no one-size-fits-all grief plan, “How to Grieve 101”. When I became a single parent of three, the grief was intense. But I had to push through and start a new life in a new (yet not-so-new) place. I remember, on occasion, wiping tears… Read More Slow Grief
A few weeks ago I finally went out to the apple tree in our back yard and picked and knocked down the rest of the apples. I had not been able to get to them because of the tyranny of the urgent that caring for my mom had brought in addition to all my other… Read More Rotten to the Core?
Demons hanging in the rafters Darkness hides their raucous laughter Cackling up there hideously At the humble on his knees. Lurking, waiting in the eaves To attack the heart that grieves, “Let’s get him while he’s down,” they say, “Before he actually starts to pray.” And in the adjoining chamber Conspire conniving fellows three Plotting… Read More Rescue
Lord, it’s been a rough couple of months, but I thank You for being with me all the way. Circumstances have overwhelmed me often, leaving me distracted, clumsy, sleep-deprived, and sometimes depressed or fighting for a little sanity like a drowning person fights for another gulp of fresh air. But I thank You for Your… Read More Worship with me #33
I am embarrassed to admit how long it has been since the gifted young Christian author at Teen Meet God nominated me for this Sunshine Blogger Award. You’ll have to click on the link to her page to find out! She also has a second blog called Shaes Days that you might want to check… Read More Sunshine Blogger Award
I try so hard and struggle In this race of life for God I pedal hard, get going fast, As I travel down the road. But then I turn a corner And I lose a little steam, Pedal harder once again To do well for my team. Even when the sun is shining, And the… Read More Life’s Race
Thank You, Lord, that You understand our suffering and our grief, for You also suffered greatly, and You can sympathize with our pain and heartache.… Read More Worship with me #32
We usually think of where we live as being a physical place. However, sometimes we can be in that physical place, but our minds are a thousand miles away! We are bodily in that place, but our minds and emotions are in another place and even in another period of time! I think it’s safe… Read More Where Do I Dwell?
Today I thought I’d mix it up a bit. Sometimes, when we want to worship God, it seems like there is something in the way. I’ve made up a sample prayer of confession and used it for a long time; going through this prayer helps me without fail to return to that open communication with… Read More Confession is Part of Worship
A few weeks ago I started participating in a Bible study on Biblical hospitality. The book is by an author that I have not read yet, Jen Schmidt, and I am enjoying it very much! Before starting this study, I had been concerned that maybe I was being disobedient to God’s call for us to… Read More Hospitality the Jesus Way
The giver is more important than the gift, which is more important than the wrapping paper. … Read More Worship with me #31
This summer I spent some time reading and pondering over several of the Psalms. As I was reading Psalm 37, I noticed in verse 7, “Rest (Be still) IN the LORD.“ IN Imagine yourself small and surrounded by His strong, loving arms that He wraps around you. IN In other words, remain IN or intimate… Read More “In” the LORD
Hi, friends! Welcome to Worship with me #30! I have been SO stressed lately with all the extra trips I’ve had to make to my mom’s house to talk with the visiting nurses and physical therapists, etc., that this is the second week that I thought about not writing this post. But even in our… Read More Worship with me #30 – In the Overwhelm