Yesterday I used these verses from Isaiah 61 to speak of God’s favor and delight for us. But there is more to the story! “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,… Read More Day 85 – Thankful for joy!
More friends are dying, And we’re why-oh-whying, In Heaven they’re HI!-ing, So glad to see each other again! Why are we crying, Continually trying To keep them from flying To more beauty than we’ve ever seen? Up there no more sighing, No more aye-aye-aying, No more me-oh-mying, Reuniting with gone-before kin! No more they’re good-bying,… Read More Heaven Poem – Day 45
Scripture is full of examples of prayers that others have prayed, which God apparently thought were so important for us to know about that He had them written down for us to read all these centuries and even millennia later! Sometimes, when we sit down and read these, the words fit our situation perfectly, and… Read More Scripture prayers #9
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
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
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
Today I closed a chapter of my life and opened another. It may not seem all that important to some, but to me it did strange things to my emotions. I didn’t even sleep well in anticipation of the big change. I mean, am I the only one alive that is sad to say goodbye… Read More New Chapters of Life
“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
“There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains…. “They stumbled and there was none to help. “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. “He brought them out of the darkness and the shadow of death… Read More Then they cried #1
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
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?
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
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
A breaking heart feels so alone— Tearing, aching, grieving groans Where contentment once abode Darkness now has come. He clutches at his aching chest; The agony won’t let him rest, His sobs are filled with gnawing “why’s” As in his hopelessness he cries To One who listens in the skies. And as the tears tumble… Read More Broken Heart