It happened again. I woke up way before I should have, way before I’d gotten enough sleep, and lay there awake in the darkness. Sound familiar? Then negative thoughts started running through my mind, and I was unable to corral them all. So, after about 45 minutes, I got up, got my Bible, opened it… Read More Day 42 – Thankful for the comfort of God’s word
You know, we have so much for which to be thankful. We could probably sit down and write 50 or a hundred things in one sitting if we really tried. But sometimes when everything seems gray and cold and we become wearied by the trials of life, a fog seems to descend on our spirit,… Read More Day 8 of 365 Days of Thanks
Good morning, Lord! Today I want to thank You for another safe trip, for sunshine with comfortable temperatures, and for letting us know about the detour around the segment of the highway that was super-delayed due to an accident. I pray for those who were in the accident that you will bring them healing and… Read More Worship with me #60
Hi, and welcome! 🙂 I was debating over whether I should continue the “Worship with me” series in this new year, and I discovered that I personally need to keep the awesomeness of the Lord before me. So, I decided to continue writing down my words of worship and sharing them with you. Please feel… Read More Worship with me #42
God is big enough, strong enough, compassionate enough, and near enough to each of His children, and He will carry us through all the difficulties of our lives.… Read More Thank you for your prayers!
This is a reblog of a worship prayer that I wrote more than two years ago before I started the “Worship with me” series, so most of you have not read it yet. “Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! Who redeems… Read More Worship with me #41
Welcome to Worship with me! Please join me in lifting up this prayer of worship to God. 😊 🙏 Thank You, Lord, that YOU love me unconditionally. No one else is able to do that perfectly, but You are able! Thank You that You will NEVER abuse us, not physically, not emotionally, not psychologically. You… Read More Worship with me #39
Do you ever feel like you signed up for a race, perhaps even a marathon, and someone decided to set up hurdles and high jumps on the track? That’s what I’ve been feeling like the last couple of years. There are numerous hurdles that have been placed in front of me, some of them by… Read More Hurdles in the Race of Life
“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
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
Hello! Welcome to Worship with me! If you’ve been joining with me every week, I’ve enjoyed so much these times together! And if you’re joining me for the first time, I’m so glad you’re here, too! Please feel free to pray this prayer with me, adding to it anything the Lord lays on your heart… Read More Worship with me #23
“Lord, I just can’t hang on another minute!” Yes, my child, oh yes you can. Just reach out and take My hand; Watch that minute stretch like a rubber band.” The minute becomes a week, a year. In circumstances I thought I couldn’t bear, He came down and held me near, Whispered softly in my… Read More Stretching Time
Is the word of God just a bunch of quotable quotes or a bag of ancient dry bones? According to first Timothy 3:16 it is profitable for doctrine (which is another way of saying “teaching”) and is also profitable for reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. But is that all it’s good for? I believe… Read More Living Words
On the mountaintop again, dancing, accepted, Engulfed in the sunshine of His love! The breeze catches my hair as I look at Him shyly with a happy, radiant smile! What a joy to be accepted by Him who loves me most! The valley below is almost forgotten, beautiful in the distance, but Your love draws… Read More My Love, My Delight!
Soft, gentle rain Gray skies above Bringing God’s love, Brings life to the earth, Maturity from new birth Soft, gentle rain. This is a poem I wrote in the spring of 1992 during a very difficult time of my life. Many plants and bulbs and seeds lie dormant during the winter months, but the… Read More Soft, Gentle Rain
When I was younger, Lamentations was NOT my go-to book of the Bible, except for chapter 3:22, 23, the verses that must have inspired the old hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. All the negativity and lamenting and sadness and depression found in this book seemed so overwhelming, and since it has a lot of poetic… Read More Eat Dirt?
Have you ever done or said something you wish you had never done or said? If so, you are probably thinking about it right now. That question was like a mind trigger that unlocked a memory you would rather forget. The Lord has allowed a couple of these mind triggers to hit me in the… Read More Overcoming Guilty Feelings
I don’t have to dwell in the problems and in the fear and anxiety that they cause. I am dwelling in Him who is the problem solver.… Read More Overcoming Fear – Part 2
We probably all have met someone in our lifetime that talks nonstop. As a mom, I am a part of the ranks of moms throughout the centuries who have had at least one child who loved to chatter nonstop. Recently, one of my children was having one of those very talkative days, and I was… Read More Do You Want to Hear Jesus?
I wonder if Jesus is interceding for me to wake up and spend more time with the Lord? I have been lax in this area of getting up early for such a long time, that I’m a bit shocked that I’m suddenly waking up so early. But does it have to be another nightmare? (Sorry… Read More Where to Run When Everything is Falling Apart
This evening I was thinking about various times of my life when I have had a good cry. I’ve always had an extreme sense of justice vs. injustice, and sometimes as a child, when I would get in trouble, I would feel like I was being unjustly punished. We were allowed to cry, but if… Read More Joy comes in the morning
“Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy.” Psalm 103:1,4 (AMPC) O LORD, You beautify my life with Your covenant love and Your… Read More Psalm of Ruth when the evil one spoke lies over her through the mouth of others
The other day I looked up a French word that popped into my head just like that. Tracasser. Tracasser means to worry or bother, and the reflexive form means to worry or fret. Interestingly, for me at least, “trac” is another French word that means stage fright or nerves. And “casser” is a word which… Read More Cast anxieties on Him Who cares for you
Words are powerful tools. They can build up or tear down. They can paint a picture of a glorious sunrise or paint a picture of doom. Recently, Satan has been really trying to get at me through the negative, cutting, falsely accusing, slanderous words of certain individuals. And sometimes, I admit, he has been quite… Read More Power of Words
I am weak. A lot of people view me as strong, but the strength they actually see in me is God’s strength. Me? On my own, I am weak. Sometimes I forget that, but then the Lord reminds me by allowing some trial like the one I mentioned in my last post, Saul vs. David… Read More Beneficial Weakness – Where my Strength Begins