Sharing: A Place of Quiet Prayer

The headlines shouted across the glaring screen, and my heart dropped lower than I thought it could go. It seemed that for a moment I felt the weight and the sadness of the world crashing upon me. But in the next moment I heard a whisper, stronger than the weight, deeper than the sadness: “Then, … Continue reading Sharing: A Place of Quiet Prayer

Praying: Fear Turned To Trust

We hear so many words telling us to just “trust God more.”  But is it really that easy? When the foundations of our lives have spun off-kilter, what then? How can trust be considered from a place of such upset? The Cambridge-English Dictionary gives us the definition for the word “trust” as: “to believe that … Continue reading Praying: Fear Turned To Trust

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

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

Mercy: Sunlight on Frozen Lake

Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”John 8:12 AMP "Sunlight On Frozen Lake In Wisconsin" --bg Have you felt the chill of winter even though the Groundhog predicted an early … Continue reading Mercy: Sunlight on Frozen Lake

Prayer Prompt: Refuge and Strength in God

Refuge Support, sustain, uphold, carry: what do these words all have in common? Aren’t they words that speak about something that is weak, something that is small, something that needs to be held?  There are so many times in the journey with chronic illness when we are left feeling the depth of our smallness. Sometimes … Continue reading Prayer Prompt: Refuge and Strength in God

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

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