This morning one of my sons said something which reminded me that there is a thin line between complaining and telling negative parts of our stories. He indicated that it consisted of this idea: “What are you going to do about it?” Every year multitudes of people make New Year’s resolutions to change something that… Read More Day 252 – Thankful for freedom to choose
During the first couple of months of the shelter-in-place directive, I found my heart stirred by the magnitude of people who were out of work and how that would affect them and their families. I also became aware of people I knew who had become ill with COVID-19, and concern rose up in my heart… Read More Day 236- Thankful God helps us notice the needy
Wednesday morning was one of those mornings where so many things went wrong. I was practicing a song on the piano that I needed to record, and I couldn’t seem to get it right. I needed to record it and then burn a CD, but every time I started recording, the screen would turn off… Read More Day 139- Thankful when things work
Today I was revisited by voices of the past that still sometimes come to the present. These voices say, “You are not worth my time. If you’re not doing it our way, then you’re doing it wrong, and therefore are not worthy of our attention.” This took me back to years gone by, to painful… Read More Day 119 – Thankful I can build on a Firm Foundation
Do you ever get discouraged because it seems like you are not important? Truth be told, most people probably feel that way at some time in their life. I’ve been there, too, and still hear that little lying “voice” in the back of my mind once in a while. When I came back from France… Read More Day 88 Thankful for the value and importance of one
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail, They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23 NASB I love these verses! It’s so comforting to meditate on how faithful our loving God is! His love never runs out! His… Read More Day 37 – Thankful that God’s mercy never ceases
Many of us have been privy to a conversation where a child insulted someone and was scolded, “Now Johnny, that was not very kind…” And, of course, if someone does something mean, we would call that action unkind. But are inconsiderate, mischievous, and hateful actions and words the only ways of being unkind? What is… Read More The Opposite of Kindness
Dear Lord, Thank You that You are God on peaceful days, when life is calm. Thank You that You are still God on our frenzied days, when life is hectic and we are overwhelmed! Thank You that You are God in the country and God in the city. You are God when we are single… Read More Worship with me #48
I’m writing this open letter as if to a sister, it could be a blood sister, an adopted sister, a spiritual sister, excetera. I think many of you can relate, as you also have someone in your life who comes to mind when you read this. Perhaps it is a friend, a spouse, a neighbor,… Read More Open Letter to a Loved One – when misunderstandings happen
Dear Lord, Here we are again, bowing before You, recognizing that You are more huge than we can ever conceive, that You are truly righteous, and that you keep your eye on us as an act of love. We praise You that You choose to look at us through the blood of Christ’s sacrifice and… Read More Worship with me #44
I grew up going to Sunday School and memorizing Bible verses. Perhaps many of you can relate. And when I learned each verse, I understood it with a child’s understanding. As I got older, I made the mistake of thinking that I understood various verses without digging more in depth to see if there was… Read More What is the Beginning of Wisdom?
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!
Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You absorbed the bitter punishment for my sin. As You hung up there on the cross, all my sins and the sins of the whole world were laid on You. The physical and spiritual and even mental agony must have been terrible. For You, who knew no sin, became sin… Read More Worship with me #37
Is Jesus Lord of all? The short answer is yes. The Bible says He is, so, of course He is! But what does “Lord” even mean? In the New Testament, almost every time we see the word “Lord”, it is from the Greek word, “Kurios”, which means “supreme in authority”. * So, yes, as Christians… Read More Is Jesus Lord of All?
Many people have their own secret spot where they go for peace and quiet. God offers us that secret place with Him no matter where we are! We can take our hearts and spirits in silence to that secret place with Him and just BE with Him, whether we have anything to say to Him at the moment or not!… Read More The Secret Place
They march across the bed In various colors and hues; The army of the Mismatched Socks In reds, yellows, greens, browns, and blues. Their partners have been lost, (Hmm, that sounds familiar.) Some temporarily, And some are gone forever. But how could they be gone? By what stroke of fate have they fled? These are… Read More Army of Mismatched Socks
Head tilted forward, Black fedora hiding forehead, White-rimmed glasses With opaque yellow lenses Masking the eyes, Hiding the anima, Of the mannequin-faced persona Facing me here In this white, sterile place. Shadows behind her As she steps into the light, Her hand tips the fedora Like a salute As she strides toward me. Then she… Read More Masked Mortals Moved to Hope
Hello everybody! How is it going with you today? I hope it’s going well. But you know as well as I do that sometimes life can be a struggle, and sometimes it seems like we’re losing. Please join me in this prayer that recognizes God for His patience and mercy and love for us in… Read More Worship with me #22
Have you ever felt like some people are extremely hard to love? I’m guessing most of you can think of at least one person like that (if not, just give it a few years!) Several days ago, I started reading a really good book by Max Lucado called A Love Worth Giving, and already a few… Read More Steps toward Love
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