Last week I went to a funeral. Now mind you, I’ve been to quite a few funerals in the past 15ish years, but this one was different. This was the funeral of the patriarch of a large family, many of them family friends since my youth. I believe this was the most emotionally painful funeral… Read More Storms of emotional pain
One super, freezing cold morning, a number of years ago,when everybody else was staying indoors as much as possible, I put on double, triple and even quadruple layers of warm, winter clothing and went for a walk around the track at the local college. Needless to say, I was the only one walking the… Read More God’s “Just-Because” Surprises
The room was small and dimly lit. One bare bulb hung above the door reflecting off the white walls. I had come to this place surrounded by fields of grain, in the middle of nowhere, during the daylight hours, but night had fallen, and with it, a thick, inky, impenetrable black darkness under a moonless… Read More Safe in Him
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
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
1. A friend warms the heart Her smile gives to my heart wings To fly up on high. 2. A friend wraps your heart In lace and in soft velvet And cradles it close. 3. A friend is a hearth Love’s flame brightens the dark night And melts frozen hearts. 4. Friends are a fortress… Read More Friendship Haiku
Hello! Welcome to Worship with me! Please join me in this prayer to God, and if you would like, please write your prayer of worship in the comments below so that I can join you in your additional praises! Dear Lord, Thank You that by Your grace I am in You! Thank You that You… Read More Worship with me #26
I stand in the the midst of deep darkness. But I am not in the darkness myself. The LORD is my light. He cuts through the inky darkness from high above me, shining like a brilliant shaft of clean, white light, like a spotlight from heaven that does not diminish in its intensity as it… Read More God is De-Light-ful
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
Welcome to Worship with me! I invite you to pray this with me: Lord, I thank You that when we go through tough times, You are right there with us to carry us through. I thank You for these opportunities to trust You and to run to You for help, knowing that there is no… Read More Worship with me #13
Night has fallen, and My hands have stopped their trembling. But inside, my heart trembles still. I left a part of myself Back in that classroom with you, My dear friend. My heart weeps with you For a dear, suffering man, And his courageous wife. The thought of what they face Brings tears to my… Read More Rest in the Storm
When I was younger, I had a really hard time understanding what holiness was. I knew God was Holy, Holy, Holy. And I knew that we were supposed to try to be holy. But I found all of that really confusing. Somehow, in trying to piece it all together, I got the idea that God… Read More What is Holiness?
Can you believe that we are at week 9 of “Worship with me” already? God is so awesome! We can never run out of things to praise Him for! Let’s lift up our prayers of praise! At the end of this prayer, I’d love to have you add your own praises in the comments so… Read More Worship with me #9
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?
Not long ago I was chosen to sing the tenor voice in a duet to be performed with the choir at our church. My duet partner and I practiced our parts separately, each with our own CD, for weeks before we arranged to practice together. On the evening that we met to practice, we decided… Read More The Lord is my “Chauffeur”?
I remember as a child waking up one night with the poison ivy on my leg itching like crazy! I crept quietly through the dark to the medicine cabinet where I knew I would find the poison ivy aerosol spray. Still in the dark, I grabbed it and began spraying it on the poison ivy. … Read More Turn on the Light! Mistakes made in the dark
I don’t like to travel through life in the darkness. Do you? It seems to me that we generally do not like the unknown. When the way is flooded with light from the sun, ah! now we love that! But when everything is visible, it is so much easier to get distracted by all that… Read More In Times of Darkness
It’s so dark. It’s so dank. The air is heavy, The atmosphere oppressive in this grotto, The dungeon of despair, And of hopelessness. I have some friends down there. They sit on the filthy floor among many others in the gloom, Some hugging their knees, All of them with their backs against the cold, stone… Read More Rescue from the Dungeon of Despair
I’m walking up a mountain in the dark. (Do you ever feel like that’s what you are doing?) Bit-by-bit I inch forward with only enough dim light to put one foot in front of the other as I climb slowly, ever upward. At the bottom of the mountain, quite some distance behind me, the city… Read More Uphill Struggle
Gethsemane Dark Depressing But God is with me. Tears flow freely Sobs burst forth from A grieving heart. “Father, if You will, Let this cup pass from me; Yet not my will But Yours be done.” The sobs continue And the tears. Which is the most difficult, Gethsemane or Calvary itself? My friend has in… Read More Gethsemane