Outside My Window, Illinois 2021 The Soil of His Planting The soil is my heart Lordbut my heart belongs to You ...The seeds of faith were plantedby YouWhen You came to dwellwithin As I watch the garden atmy windowspring up new with lusciousdewy, greenSo too, You watch Your plantingAnd cause Your seeds solusciousRinging, singing, springing … Continue reading Living Water: Our Story, Chapter 8
Moving day had finally come. After 17 years, we were leaving Wisconsin. And we were leaving, not in strength for a bigger and better home, but in weakness as we had become so aware of our physical ill health. The picture before me only emphasized what I had come to know: I had never been … Continue reading Weakness: Our Story, Chapter 7
Awake, my soul!Awake, harp and lyre!I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;I will sing of you among the peoples. Psalm 57:8-9 NIV POETRY AND MUSIC OF THE PSALMS I paused as I read the poetry and let the music of God’s verse seep down deep into my soul. The … Continue reading Sharing: Psalms as Prayers and Songs
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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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?
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Isaiah 35:1 Rescued Blooms in Wisconsin The tulips shone brightly in the morning sun as I opened the window blinds, and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Tulip bulbs are notorious for slowly fading and eventually dying out. But this one bulb that I had rescued from alongside the road many years ago had … Continue reading Our Story: Chapter 4
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.Psalm 46:1 The silence echoed throughout the house as I felt the aloneness that I knew would be coming. My husband was in post-surgery recovery at our oldest son’s home, and our daughter had finally agreed with my urging that I would be fine … Continue reading Sharing: Finding God’s Upholding Strength
AN INVITATION FROM JESUS – COME PRAY IN SIMPLE SILENCE Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 THE WORLD IS NOISY The headlines shouted … Continue reading Sharing: A Place of Quiet Prayer
As the snowstorm raged across most of this entire country, I was at home alone, wondering and praying for my husband. He was moving through heavy medical tests in snowy Chicago and meeting with specialists to discuss the results of those tests. What would they tell him? Would our lives be turned upside down yet … Continue reading Our Story, Chapter 2
He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” Colossians 2:14-15 NLT During this Lenten season, I paused again, with so many others … Continue reading Sharing: A Lenten Prayer Prompt
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LOVE? My chair where I spend the bulk of my day is on the far side of the room and directly behind the chair where my husband spends the bulk of his days working at his computer. I sense his tension when the stress level rises. I try to pray … Continue reading Sharing: Praying for the True Meaning of Love