Releasing A Gift

https://youtu.be/E-slhR4IugY Almost 40 years ago a gift was created. The present lay wrapped and waiting to be given. It was taken out of its hiding place and examined from time to time. Was the gift adequate? Were there other touches that could make it more palatable? Would there be a way to present it? Perhaps … Continue reading Releasing A Gift

Sharing: Let Christ Turn Bitterness Into Compassion

The memes and the quips scrolled by me faster than I could keep up. It seemed that everyone had something to say about self-isolation, quarantine, lock-down and the restrictions that were suddenly, with very little warning, thrust upon us. And I hit the "like" button more times than I could count ... Finally the rest … Continue reading Sharing: Let Christ Turn Bitterness Into Compassion

Praying: Our Savior Teaches Us How to Pray

Praying When we truly face the shape of our hearts, we can be overwhelmed by the lack that we feel. Sinful, weak, and weary are thoughts that easily come to mind as we carry such weights from our days. But we have a Father who loved us so deeply that He sent His Son to … Continue reading Praying: Our Savior Teaches Us How to Pray

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

He is Always on Time

my crown-of-thorns plant "Thorns" I see the thorn-bush set in my path And I ponder the way ahead Can I make my way cleanly around Or must I offer my arms to be torn in the passing? I look for tools to cut away the brambles And I find them waiting for my use Can … Continue reading He is Always on Time

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: Christ’s Intercession Within Us

The words of the prayer have echoed through my heart for decades now, lifted to Heaven by my Mother. Her prayer was based upon some of the same Scriptures that my dear friend, Anna Smit has offered through her study of the life of Simon Peter. When Anna asked me several weeks ago if I … Continue reading Sharing: Christ’s Intercession Within Us

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