The Invitations

Birthdays come no matter how we feel.  Young and energetic, or weary and worn-out, those years add up!  And while we know we should be thankful for every breath that comes our way, if we would be honest, I think each one of us has had a year or two when we just weren't sure … Continue reading The Invitations

Holy Ground

groundedhere in this sandquick sandit feelsdays run togetherwhen dutieslong stilledecho the hallschanging plansi follow thesunmete out mymomentsseeking afirmness wanting astrength ilose my clenchingfind what wasmissing seek what islosinglife laid downLORD of the moment heholds me beneathwhere groundshiftsi watch him plantseeds inmy feet standinggroundsand shiftingand life ishere bloomingwatered from wellspringing upHOLY GROUND “'Do not come any closer,' God said. 'Take … Continue reading Holy Ground

52 Commands of Jesus for Children

  (In exchange for my review, the author provided this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  All opinions are purely my own)"Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: 'God authorized and commanded me … Continue reading 52 Commands of Jesus for Children

Jewels in His Hand

The amethyst bloomson this Catmintin my gardenwere shining likebeautiful jewelsthis morning.And last night's versewas made all the morereal for me:The Lord their God will save his people on that day    as a shepherd saves his flock.They will sparkle in his land    like jewels in a crown. Zechariah 9:16 NIVInto a week filled with both weariness and blessings, and an … Continue reading Jewels in His Hand

When Worry Wastes Beauty

The springtime sun revealed the sad state of our yard this weekend.  And while my husband mowed the lawn for the first time this year, I tried to be thankful for the abilities that are still mine, and enjoy the small containers that I had filled with pansies.  They were my Mom's favorite spring flowers, … Continue reading When Worry Wastes Beauty

In Awe of Wonders

The early morning quiet was shattered by the pounding of hail on the roof, and I knew my sleep was finished. So I turned on the light and checked outside: sure enough, there were the little white balls, bouncing in the pouring rain.  Even though fatigue still had the better of me, I put on … Continue reading In Awe of Wonders

After the Fire

It was a cloudy, grey day, but my heart longed to hear the early spring birds that were gathered at the lakeside, so we drove again to our favorite spot. What a difference there was at the lake this week!The Park Districthad managed their"controlled burn"over most of the land there.The Land CriesThe burned over landaches in chagrin, … Continue reading After the Fire

The Secret of His Presence

My thoughts this weekhave been filled with eternity. A dear friend just left this earth,and now there is a void in my heartand in the hearts of all who loved her.Are you missing someone dear?Can we face sorrow together?I Miss YouYour death leaves a holeYou have found the secret placeBut my heart still burns --Bettie GilbertAnd while … Continue reading The Secret of His Presence

Ice Melt

I have been waiting all winter for these days. The time when the ice on the lake in our little town begins its receding has come early this year.  What a beautiful day to stand in the sun warmth and see the ice actually melting!Has God been waiting and watching me, preparing the way for … Continue reading Ice Melt

Darkness Becomes Light

In the dark of winter, I am so grateful for the gift of electricity and the light it brings. But come February, my soul is weary of both the dim shadows and the glaring reflections those electric lights bring. I am ready for the warmth of the sun!So when the word prompts given by Ronovan … Continue reading Darkness Becomes Light