Arise and Shine: Beloved, You are Mine, Intro

For the past 4 years now, I have been writing and creating a book with my dear friend, Anna Smit. This week we are beginning the process of releasing these words, as the Lord guides us, step by step on Anna’s site: Shalom Aleh. I would be so honored if you would join me there today, for the opening intro. As the chapters are released, I hope to re-blog them here, to share God’s precious ways that He has moved upon our hearts

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Arise & Shine

Life is hard, so very hard. Oh yes, we know the truths of God’s beautiful Word, don’t we? But there are days the darkness presses in. Days our hearts, our minds, our souls struggle to breathe, to believe.

Where do we go on those days? When waves of crashing grief pull us under? When triggers of our past rip open deep wounds and leave us gasping for air? When it feels as if someone has strapped us into a frightening rollercoaster and our screams cannot escape?

Is there a place for us, for us wounded and broken, for us who have been told if we’d “just trust God at His Word” our storms would subside? For us, who run to hide behind closed doors, ashamed, weeping and fearful?

These are questions Bettie Gilbert, Anna Smit and their friends have wrestled through, lashed by the winds and waves of physical…

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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

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

God in the Garden

    A few weeks ago, I began a writing course with Flourish Writers, called "The Power of Story." Part of the exercises of looking for God in our own stories has been to write our Personal Timeline, marking both the negative and positive experiences. As my friend, Anna Smit, and I have been sharing … Continue reading God in the Garden

Treasures from the Sands

When the season of Lent coincides with my own season of pain, there can seem to be nothing left that I might offer to the ONE who bore so much for me. The questions came at me one morning this week as I felt the weight of my weaknesses bearing down once more. The answer … Continue reading Treasures from the Sands

Endless Lack or Holy Fullness, Part 2

   This post is not one of my normal writings. This last week has been extremely rough, with trials knocking me flat. And yet, this week has been one of the most beautiful times for me, as moments of GRACE from the hand of my Jesus have slipped in around me all unaware. And I would … Continue reading Endless Lack or Holy Fullness, Part 2

The Blessing of Life After Death

A little over a year ago, my dear friend Anna Smit asked me to pray with her about a website that she felt the Lord was asking her to open. It would be a space where those who had traveled a prodigal path, and those who were praying for loved ones on a prodigal path, … Continue reading The Blessing of Life After Death