While I was immersed in last month's #31Days of Listeningwith Chronic Illness,you may remember the two words that my friendshared with me:Winter Wheat,and the post I wrote about it here. There were notes I had taken then,while I researched,that my heart tucked awayto be held in a silent hugbecause they felt too personal. But then that same friend … Continue reading Winter Wheat: Part 2
Wow! God has helped us to travel all the way toDAY 31in this #31Days of Listening with Chronic Illness! Along the way, we've listened to find peace,to find rest,to hear the voices of those around us,and to seek to hear our Lord's voice more clearly. I've been surprised at the rememberingthat God has stirred up,at the ways … Continue reading Day 31: Letting Go so that We Can Listen
My man and I took our Grandpuppy,Pepper the Schnauzer(she's actually the face for my #Write31Days Challenge Thumbnail below!)for a very short walk yesterday.As I stood watching the two of them,thinking that my days of long hikesare only a memory now,I can still be thankful for the gracethat allows me to take a short walknow and … Continue reading Day 30: Glean and Listen Part 4
The weekend is here, and I should be energized! Instead I am drained and weary, and longing for rest. Has it been a long weekfor you as well? Then I pray that the words I utter to our Lordwill draw you in so that you can hear the words that He, Himself,has spoken to us."Dear Jesus,our days have … Continue reading Day 29: What to do When it’s Hard to Listen
"Hello-o-o-o,Is anyone listening to me?Did you hear a word that I said?!"Wow.I think I may have said that a timeor two(or many more)when my children were young.There were days when I felt like I was talking to a wallfor all the good it did me.And then there were the days when little lips repeated whatI knew … Continue reading Day 28: Who is Listening?
Five years ago today . . . Does your phone or tablet have that app?You know, the one that shows your picturesfrom a previous year,hoping that you will share them all over again?Well, this morning when I saw where I was five years ago today,I heard a whisper from my Lord's heartbeat,"Write about my compassion." And I knew … Continue reading Day 27: Listen for HIS Heartbeat
"How can you just pray abouteverything?"I've had many people ask me that over the years. Often times they will followthe first questionwith this thought:"Oh, I could never pray like you do.You must have some special connectionwith God."And both of these questions have beenasked just as often by Jesus-followersas by those not part of the Faith.So … Continue reading Day 26: Does God Listen?
I love spring flowers.So, when I had a sudden burst of energy this morning,I used up all my allotment of said energyto plant some spring bulbs. And as I strained and struggled with the task that would have been but a minor choreonly a few years ago,I remembered the words that a good friendhad shared with me … Continue reading Day 25: Listen through the Slow and Cold
Have you ever felt that nothing you are doingis making any difference?Perhaps you have felt that you are doing everythingyou know to do,and yet the results have turned outfar below your expectations? Or, what if you are in the place where nothing makes senseand there seems to be nowhereto turn for any answer? You are not alone, … Continue reading Day 24: Listen for Instructions
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV) Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.As promised last week, I have compiled a list of a few Online Christian Communitiesfor those with Chronic Illness. These ministries have blessed mebecause God has created us to be inCOMMUNITYwith each other. We need each … Continue reading Day 23: Glean and Listen Part 3