Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell
where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the
Spirit. John 3:8

I love the Holy Spirit! It amazes me that Christ's Spirit is with us at all times- to comfort, to teach, to talk to us. I just need to be more open to talk to Him and listen to His subtle ways of speaking to me:) So, lately I am quieting my heart more. This means more constant prayers throughout the day about how to spend my time and prayers for help with the daily grind. This also means not worrying or being anxious. Being sensitive to Him also means not shrugging off the ideas that come to my mind throughout the day and obeying His gentle promptings. Like, "don't do that". Or, "I was wrong, I should say sorry". Or, not being able to get someone out of my head. Yes, I should pray for them and call.

Also to help me follow the Holy Spirit, I purpose throughout my daily routine to sing a song in my heart and keep a Scripture in my thoughts to keep me focused on Him. Yes, with the Holy Spirit's more constant presence and help I find a more satisfied and meaningful day. I pray that you and I would know God's helper, the Holy Spirit, in real and tangible and constant ways that bring new joy and life.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Aren't children running such an image of God's freedom? I wrote a poem to the Lord and you.

I am not free when I carry my doubts, my worries, my woe.
I am not free when I walk head hung down and hope is low.
I am not free when my mind is filled with thoughts of me.
So, I pause to think, Lord when am I truly free?
I am free when my life echoes Your praise,
I am free when You are the Center of my days.
I am free when I live in obedience and trust,
I am free when I deny greed, envy, and lust.
I am free when I cast off shame, regret, and pain,
I am free when I allow Your will to reign,
I am free when I live my life only through You,
Yes, I want to be completely free, how about you?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


The other day while praying God spoke to my heart. Don't you love it when that happens?

I was feeling overwhelmed with how far it seems our culture has come from God. (That is another post:) I also felt frustrated at my life and wondering how I can effect what seems void of God. God spoke to me that He is my editor. Now I have limited dealings with magazine and book editors, but I understood. Not only is He able to forgive and erase my mistakes, but He helps me write the story of my life. He corrects, He guides, He edits my life as He desires it to be read. He cares more than I do how my life is lived and read by others! He even knows the plot from beginning to end. And best of all, I am not in it alone! He is always there to help me. Suddenly after understanding all of that, I felt better, encouraged, and equipped for the task of life as I know it- sometimes difficult, most of the time challenging... always purposeful and satisfying in Him! (Normally I do WFW, but I am finding I can't always do so on Wednesdays, so I may start posting on Tuesdays some instead:)

Saturday, September 12, 2009


I recently received two awards and want to say thank you to Kat at Heart to Heart for the prayer warriors award and Sitka at All God's Creatures for the Humane Award. I love Kat and Andrea (Sitka's mom). Both ladies honor the Lord in their lives and writing and have special God-inspired blogs that bless so many! Today I honor those who pray for blog needs. I am truly blessed by those who do. I also honor Sitka, an amazing dog, who ministers in such a unique and vital way! (Rosel at Off the Beaten Trek created the Awesome Prayer Warrior award.) Love and blessings,

Thursday, September 10, 2009


"What are you thankful for today? Stop by Sonya's blog, Truth 4 The Journey, to find out how to share your gratitude and see what others are thanking God for today." (I am in between classes at work and it won't let me post the picture for TT here.


1. God's love- unfailing and unending!

2. God's rest- merciful and faithful!

3. God's provision- timely and sufficient!

4. God's heart- tender and inviting!

5. God's care- inspiring and refreshing!

And, I am thankful for each new day with all that God does! Love to all,

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


My Pastor shared several Sundays ago that "God is a weight lifter"; He knows how to carry our weights- our baggage and worries. As we give our cares to the Lord, He arms us with His strength and makes our way perfect. II Samuel 22:33

You can participate in WFW at Lori's site.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


"What are you thankful for today? Stop by Sonya's blog, Truth 4 The Journey, to find out how to share your gratitude and see what others are thanking God for today."

I chose the fall theme... because here definitely it has felt more like fall with cooler weather.

1. I am thankful for changing seasons and in particular for my favorite season, fall.

2. I am thankful for fun outings during the fall such as the state fair and fall festivals on Oct 31st.

3. I am thankful for the cooler weather. Though I thrive in hot weather, I love getting bundled up and the feel of cool air on my face. (I also love a good bon fire, roasted marshmallows, and hot cider during the fall.)

4. I am thankful for the changing leaves. God certainly knows how to create a beautiful landscape.

5. Lastly, I am thankful for Thanksgiving time with family gatherings and thankful hearts. I'm also thank for a four day weekend during Thanksgiving for me and my husband. Yes, I love the fall season that approaches us. And, I am thankful for all God gives us to enjoy and that seasons come and go. GOD BLESS YOU ALL TODAY!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I want to warn you that I am going to talk about a kidnapping story briefly, so you can choose not to read if this topic would disturb you. And, please bear with me. My WFW is long today:)

Recently, a world event caused me to question. An 11 year old girl, Jaycee Dugard, was kidnapped in 1991 and recently discovered (found) alive and physically well. (She was kidnapped by religious zealots from what I understand.) After hearing about this, I questioned some things on a deeper level and truthfully, I dealt with some fear. (I will spare you the details of what happened during those 18 years in case you don't want to know.)

Certainy everyone can agree that the Devil is in control of such evil as kidnapping and abuse. But, I must say after hearing about the Dugard lady (now 29) I entertained the age old question, "Where was God? And, where is God in the midst of horrible suffering?" Granted I fully believe that sin opened the door to that evil. My response has always been, "everyone chooses life or death and unfortunately, we all feel the effects of a fallen world with evil." But, I asked myself recently- in my heart of hearts- is that just a cliche response? What do I really believe?
I read this article that comforted and quieted my heart. Where is God? (Weekly Sermon, Bruce Wells Mar 14, 2009) I want to share excerpts here today.

"Don't murder yourself for asking the question 'Why?'. If we had time this week we could turn to the Lord Jesus Christ when He was on the cross, and some of the most famous words that He spoke were these: 'My God! My God! Why? Why hast Thou forsaken Me?'. To the onlookers of that time, as well as to those who first read the story, it seems that God did forsake Jesus, so we obviously conclude that He will forsake us as well in our darkest moments. Yet, upon continued observation of the events that unfolded after the crucifixion, the truth was revealed that nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even death (Romans 8:37-39). After Jesus was crucified, He was glorified (1 Peter 1:21). From this example alone we can be assured that even when we do not feel God’s presence in the midst of our pain, we can still believe His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5)." God showed me that Jaycee's return is a picture of His heart, His desire (not the events that transpired prior).

My Pastor also gave this incredible message and the thread to me was God's goodness. God was asking me, "Will you trust in my goodness?"

I have 100% tasted and seen the Lord's goodness in my own life, no question. And, no matter what I see or hear or experience, I will choose to believe God is great and, GOD IS GOOD! Psalm 34:8 "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." God's ending will prevail (even when we don't yet see it).

Bruce Wells summed it up for me with this:
"When Sir Harry Lauder lost his only son - he was killed in World War I - he turned to his best friend and he said this, and I quote: 'When a man comes to a thing like this there are just three ways out of it. There is drink, there is despair, and there is God. By His grace the last is for me'."
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42)
And, today, I ask you to please pray for the Dugard family and all involved - that God would show who He really is and that they would experience His salvation (health, peace, and wholeness). And pray for us, the Church, that our prayers would be fervent, our love tangible, and our faith even greater- to see God work miracles in the midst of despair.
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