A gift of waiting part 2


The days of waiting continue.


The burdens for those I love grow heavier. The withdrawal from the Prednisone grows harder to bear in my body. And the cry for “Mercy, Lord Jesus!” echoes in my heart today with these simple words.




Thick rustles cover song

almost breathing but

tendril was sweet

between rose blooms

bright sun shines with

wild color above


pain and lament were heavy

as baffled I fell

breath was labored

life ebbed before my eyes


yet under the cover so deep

raises a soft twitter

tendrils of hope dance

when my ears hear the song


a bird so young downy fluff

trembles in hunger until

father swoops in full of care

tenderly feeding with grace


my own heart trembles in song

between the rose blooms

“Feed me, my Father

Tenderly with Your grace”



“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” Luke 13:34 NIV


May I pray with you today?


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending Your own son, Jesus, to come to feed us Your grace. Forgive us for all of those days when we have resisted Your offer. Forgive us for holding ourselves apart from Your grace, for trying to make it on our own. We know that we have no strength inside of us now. We feel the weight of our own humanity–our deep need for Your grace. We long now to be fed by You, our dear Father of mercy and grace. We long to know that intimate touch of Your food given to us. Thank You for the gift of Your creation, those birds of the air, given to teach us more about You.

In the Name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,



“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7 NIV




I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51 NIV



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31 thoughts on “A gift of waiting part 2

  1. So incredibly tender and vulnerable my sister. I love the picture of the Father bord feeding his young, and his you related that to our needing fed His grace, His strength. Oh yes feeling the weight of my humanity today as parenting challenges me as the boys grow their independence. Love you, Bettie. Asking Our Lord to be so very compassionate to you today as the medicine vacates your physical body.

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    1. Dear Julie,
      Oh how thankful I am that He sees our humanity, our weaknesses, and meets us in the trembling that we feel right there. Thank you for your dear prayers, and I am praying for you today too. May the Lord carry you through those moments of parenting, as that Father loving us His children so deeply.

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  2. So beautiful, Bettie! How you captured the hunger of our hearts through the fluttered feeding of the baby bird among the roses. Yes, we do tremble with hunger. Soul hunger. And only our Heavenly Father can fill this need. May He fill you til you want no more. Singing with you as you wait, dear sister. Much love, Melissa


    1. Dear Melissa,
      Thank you for your precious prayer, and these sweet words: “Singing with you as you wait.” What a beautiful thought, as we wait and sing together before our Heavenly Father. Soul hunger, being met so deeply by Him. Much love and hugs for you.

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  3. What a beautiful inspiration you always are, Bettie. God has wired us to be hungry for HIM, and nothing else will satisfy. I am sorry for your pain and meds that don’t work, but your gratitude in all things bring HIM glory, and I know that your success in that endeavor is a blessing to you. Thanks for being that LIGHT! Love you. Let’s chat soon.

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    1. Dear Debbie,
      Thank you for all of the encouragement that you bring also, dear friend! He finds such precious ways to show us His glory, doesn’t He? His miracles jolt us awake to find Him dwelling right here. May we lift our hunger to Him each moment. Blessings and hugs to you, and yes, it will be good to chat again soon. xoxo


  4. Beautiful Bettie! My He continue to tenderly feed you with His love, care, and peace. That sparrows feet may be sore and tender on that branch yet still looks up to fed by Father, never forgotten and always cared for.

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    1. Dear Lynn,
      Thank you for your sweet insight, and thoughts about that little baby bird. Even in the tender and sore moments, we can trust our Father’s care and feeding of us. He indeed is just such a Gentle Father, always faithful. Blessings to you dear friend.

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  5. What lovely words Bettie, it makes me think of how the cardinals in my rose bush fed their babies, they were always bringing something and sometimes the male fed the female. I am writing about angels this summer, may we all breathe and rest better in their presence and His.

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca. Aren’t those birds and creatures such gifts from God all around us? I love how He teaches us such beauty as we watch them. He has made all things beautiful in His time! And yes, may we keep our hearts open to see how He protects and watches over us in so many ways, including those angels that serve and do His bidding. Blessings to you!

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  6. Dear, precious Bettie! I am SO sorry to know of your difficult days! Oh, my heart truly goes out to you, and I am praying for you, my friend. May the loving arms of Jesus tenderly hold you close, and may He lay His healing hand upon you. Much love to you.

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    1. Dear Cheryl,
      Thank you so very much for your tender prayers! They mean so, so much to me! And I have been praying for you and your family thru the difficult days also. I hope to be able to email you soon, dear friend, I have missed being able to keep up with you too. Your words and thoughts are always such blessings. Love to you!


    1. Dear Wendi,
      Thank you so much for your sweet words. Just knowing that you care means so much. I know you understand how deep those pains can go, and yet how much deeper are the comforts that Christ brings us. Thank you for being a part of that comfort to me. I pray that same comfort for you my friend!

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