Giving God’s Word

A few weeks ago, an opportunity arose just at the time I was praying to give a special gift for our oldest Granddaughter's 10th Birthday. Biblegateway.com offered a chance for all of its BloggerGrid members to review their newest Journaling Bible for girls ages 8 - 12. Wow! I thought! This opportunity could be sent … Continue reading Giving God’s Word

Sharing: Lifting Shame in Our Praying

Anxiety and Shame in Chronic Illness The day was sunny and beautiful as we drove into the parking lot, but I did not feel much beauty in my heart. In fact, sudden tears rose unbidden to the surface as the medical center came into view. I had been to this same parking lot many times … Continue reading Sharing: Lifting Shame in Our Praying

Touch: When God Steps In

As I have been reading Michele Cushatt's latest book, Relentless, a question arose this week that left my heart uncovered and bare: Where have you seen the touch of God, this incarnate God coming to earth, through the touch of others in your life through the years? A poem was stirred as I remembered ... … Continue reading Touch: When God Steps In

Sharing: This Light and Momentary Pain

Grace In Snow On this pathway tread with pain Lord have mercy Lord be kind I offer my words shed with tears Lord have mercy Lord be kind He receives my thoughts covered in weakness He has such mercy His is so kind --bg A few weeks ago my friend Mandy, from Mandy and Michele, … Continue reading Sharing: This Light and Momentary Pain

Mercy: Sunlight on Frozen Lake

Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”John 8:12 AMP "Sunlight On Frozen Lake In Wisconsin" --bg Have you felt the chill of winter even though the Groundhog predicted an early … Continue reading Mercy: Sunlight on Frozen Lake

Prayer Prompt: Refuge and Strength in God

Refuge Support, sustain, uphold, carry: what do these words all have in common? Aren’t they words that speak about something that is weak, something that is small, something that needs to be held?  There are so many times in the journey with chronic illness when we are left feeling the depth of our smallness. Sometimes … Continue reading Prayer Prompt: Refuge and Strength in God

Step-by-Step: Walking in Line

Cadence Step by step rhythm Flowed around me I was floundering Flipping Feet-tripping Marching Band season Called me joining I was engaging Entrancing Heart-lifting The years tick-tocked Music and rhythm I finally was moving Marching Mind-dancing And the Spirit breathed Wind of God I was stepping Soaring Soul-syncing Holy Spirit carry me Step by step … Continue reading Step-by-Step: Walking in Line

WITH-ness: A New Word

A memory flooded to the surface recently. I had been praying for release to be able to share my #OneWord for this New Year. Every time I began a post, I heard the whisper, "Not yet, you'll know when it's time." And so I waited. Others were posting their words for the year, and I … Continue reading WITH-ness: A New Word

Chronic Joy Ministry: A Prayer Prompt

Dwelling The Cambridge English Dictionary gives us a simple definition for the word dwelling: a place where people live. And yet, we each also dwell within these physical forms–our human bodies that are inherently lonely. No one else can feel the precise emotions we feel. No other person can hear the words that rumble around … Continue reading Chronic Joy Ministry: A Prayer Prompt

Waiting With Jesus

I thought I had learned quite a bit about waiting by now. I've shared four different posts here with the word "wait" somehow linked in the title. God must know that I have a hard time waiting.     But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. … Continue reading Waiting With Jesus