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

Remembering the Fabrics of My Life

The fabrics lie folded and stacked in my closet, next to the threads and the needles, and the unfinished projects. A lifetime of sewing is huddled there together, as a sort of memorial, stories interwoven through the warp and weft of my memories and the God-moments of my life. Some fabrics are rough, easily wrinkled … Continue reading Remembering the Fabrics of My Life

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

Simple Gratitude

My plans for "Thanksgiving" had loomed large before me this fall. Appointments with Specialists with the accompanying tests and procedures did little to alleviate the weakness that had become all too familiar. How could I celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, and more importantly, how could I celebrate the gift of being thankful when I felt … Continue reading Simple Gratitude

God Will Take Care Of You

  You might remember a prayer request that I shared last spring for my sister-in-law, Joyce, who had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Today I am sharing a beautiful Thanksgiving story of how God met her and my brother this fall in a very special way.   (Photo taken in 2015 … Continue reading God Will Take Care Of You

Joy Comes in the Morning

    Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5 ESV   Throughout my years of reading the Scriptures, this verse has been one of my favorites. It has brought such a comfort into so many hard places. When night fell it seemed that the problems always loomed much … Continue reading Joy Comes in the Morning

The Gift of His Coming

Again my heart is so thankful for all of the prayers that have been lifted up for me.  Last week another procedure was on the schedule: my Ophthalmologist was finally ready to remove the small cyst on my upper eyelid. Praise God, the procedure went so smoothly, with no allergic reactions this time. 3 doses … Continue reading The Gift of His Coming

Chronic Joy Ministry

    Have you ever heard that still small voice of God asking something of you that felt impossible? Throughout my journey with Chronic Illness, every time that I have wanted to curl up in my safe corner and stay hidden away, Jesus has called me to open my heart and be honest in the … Continue reading Chronic Joy Ministry

A Spring Never Failing

    (photo taken at Como Park Conservatory, St. Paul, MN, 2014)   The therapist pushed gently on my back and at the same time rested her hand above my heart.  And I heard the Lord ask me to give Him my heart.  Like Peter, I was hurt by the question. "Lord, you know I … Continue reading A Spring Never Failing