A Grace-Filled Gift

September has always been my favorite month. I love the crisp, clear, blue-sky days. My husband and I have our Anniversary at the end of the month. Our daughter's Birthday comes at mid-month. And then just 2 days later, my own Birthday falls. But this year, I have faced this month with a kind of … Continue reading A Grace-Filled Gift

Every Breath Counts

The breath goes in and leaves again My soul is so aware In ways I've not felt when It was commonplace My days were commonplace I thought Moving here and going there Whenever I chose But the moments have stilled Inside alone stretching ahead Questioning my worth When time feels muffled And the question comes … Continue reading Every Breath Counts

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

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-Sight

Have you ever felt hidden and unseen?     Over these many months, now years,  of medication failures I have felt the pain of being minimized and unseen. And yet, God has placed such comfort for me in surprising places. When we walked into the office of my small-town General Physician last week, the nurse … Continue reading God-Sight

Delighting in Weaknesses

Not long ago a friend and I were pondering the mystery of how Christ opens our hearts to His strength in our weaknesses, how He transforms us in the deepest of places. From that pondering came a story, an allegory from my own past. May Jesus bless you as you read the story of my … Continue reading Delighting in Weaknesses

The Bowed Down Ones

    Her pain weighed her down Unable to stand She yet pressed in, At the Temple She bowed low.   “Daughter,” He cried, “Arise, be made whole!” Out of the crowd gathered There at the courts He called her forth.   Jesus saw her shame As the Pharisees Condemned Sited the rules To quench … Continue reading The Bowed Down Ones

He Will Carry Us

    Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave … Continue reading He Will Carry Us

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