When everything else is stripped away… Give me Jesus. When life doesn’t go according to plan… Give me Jesus. When you stand aghast at life swirling seemingly out of control around you… Give me Jesus. When you simply cannot comprehend … Continue reading
For the love of God, stop. Stop acting like you can control life. Stop pretending you are actually in control. God is. He is the author of life. He numbers our days. Do you want your numbered days to be … Continue reading
My precious sweet grandmother. She’s going to meet Jesus soon. Face to face. Her body is ready. Her spirit and soul are ready. Ready to allow her entry into heaven. As I think about her, I instantly know what she … Continue reading
Jesus is the Rock upon which I stand. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is evermore. Everlasting. Secure. Safe. He stands tall, unmovable, unshakable. Even on stormy days, He stands fixed. On my own, I waver with … Continue reading
In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus. We are nothing without Him. Mere shells devoid of purpose or real change. With Him, everything changes. When we are clothed with His mercy, we give others compassion. When we are … Continue reading
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your … Continue reading
Be still and know that I am God. Quiet your cluttered mind. Remove the noise of life. Stop running around with your list. Be still…… Focus on God. Look back at His faithfulness to you. Believe in your heart the … Continue reading
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and hour justice … Continue reading
Those words were whispered to me today. Stay the course. Trust in God´s plan. Knowing and believing He is in control. Even when you´re confused about what to do… Keep pursuing God. When hope seems to die regarding your precious … Continue reading
Who are you walking towards for comfort? Jesus? Or Satan? We are all walking towards one or the other. Walking towards Jesus will give you life. You may have momentary sorrow as you empty your selfish needs before His feet. … Continue reading
Do you ever wake up and declare this is the day? This is the day I will become saintly. Who God made me to be. I can remember declaring this as a young girl. Several times. It would be my … Continue reading
God is a good, good Father. Love that song. Except something in the song has always bothered me. Is He really perfect in all of His ways? Because when life goes down the toilet, it doesn’t seem so. I become … Continue reading
Ever work yourself into a worried frenzy? Consume your thoughts with worry and then your body simply shuts down? Worst case scenarios play out in your brain and you are completely convinced all heck will break loose? Think about the … Continue reading
Completeness. Perfectly sound. Intact. God promises us His peace. His perfect peace. His shalom. When the waters begin to sway your boat, He is there to speak peace over you. In the stillness of the night, He’s there to cover … Continue reading
Every time a new experience confirms a truth you already know, a layer of trust is laid. Layer upon layer, trust is built over time and these layers cushion us from the blows of life. New relationships create layers of … Continue reading
It’s not about me or you. Life. Our lives are not to be lived for us. Really? Really. Jesus is our focus. Our lives should be lived for Him. To realize His purpose. To be used for His glory. Sometimes … Continue reading
Have you ever asked God to spend your time? To fill it with His desires and needs for you? God has fashioned our brains brilliantly. Capable of so much. Sometimes we have many voices, one louder than the next, all … Continue reading
Jesus says to love your enemy. Even people you don’t particularly like. Jesus says to pray for those who persecute you. People you don’t get along with very well. Or who do you harm. Oh, but I’m justified in my … Continue reading
I lifted my tear stained eyes and looked upon my sweet Lord’s face. Compassion dripped from His eyes as He scooped me into His arms. My child, I love you. I cover you this day with My peace. May you … Continue reading
God is here. He is here in my room at this very moment. He knows my heart. He knows my deepest wishes. He sees every corner – the love for my husband and children…the fragile yet strong self-esteem…the hurt He … Continue reading
How often do your prickles erupt? Once in awhile? When life really goes to pot? When you’ve finally had enough? Or too, too often….? Prickles are easy to spot. In fact, one can feel them rising to the surface. They’re … Continue reading
God is looking for you. You’re a wanted soul. Wanted for redemption. For a relationship with the One true God. Funny, though, because God knows just where to find you. But He has always given us a choice. To surrender … Continue reading
How many burdens do you keep?
How many burdens do you take back after you give them away to God?
When you lay your burden down, giving it to God,
don’t pick it back up.
We are not made to carry them.
We are sheep.
But our Shepherd is made for the job.
He’s willing and happy to do it.
But we have to make a choice.
To lay the burden down.
And leave it at the foot of the cross.
Jesus might not carry it like you think He should.
Don’t ask for it back.
When your mind thinks of that burden, you begin to think of ways to fix it.
That, my friends, is scooping the burden back up.
Every time your thoughts return to that burden, give it back to God.
Thank Him for fixing it for you.
Tell Him you can’t wait to see How he solves it.
He will let you know.
If you instead, keep musing over that issue,
the burden will climb back onto your shoulders.
Worry and fear will once again join you.
Give them to God and stop those thoughts in their tracks.
Smile, knowing God’s in control.
And He has your best in mind.
“Look unto Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:22 Saved, yes, for all of eternity. From the punishment we richly deserve. But I think there’s … Continue reading
Jesus loves me this I know For the Bible tells me so Little ones to Him belong They are weak, but He is strong. Do you know Jesus loves you? Do you really know? He does. With everything He has, … Continue reading
May we press into Jesus so that others see only Him through our hands, our words, and our self. May we focus so intently on Him that we forget our selfish troubles and our attitudes become pure. May we remember … Continue reading
What are yours? Your temptations? Believing the worst about someone because of your own personal wounds? Sneaking off early or wasting time at work because you feel you deserve it? Not correcting the clerk who hands you extra change? Embracing … Continue reading
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15 If you confess with your lips… If your soul longs for God… If your heart knows it needs to … Continue reading
My dear mother shared this verse with me today: “But none of these things move me….” Acts 20:24 Paul goes on to explain his pristine focus on the mission God had entrusted to him. Earthly things didn’t move him. Including … Continue reading
Who am I to question Almighty God? What gives me that right? His ways are above mine. He holds our future in His capable strong hands. Our job is to trust Him with faith like a child. Oh we can … Continue reading
Choose you this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:15 Who is your master? Who are you serving? God? The flesh? Christians are quick to say God, of course. We do lots of business in God’s name. And most of … Continue reading
He has you where He wants you. Jesus. He places us in spots where He can use us. Do you ever wonder why He chose this spot? I do. Sometimes things don’t make sense. Logically. But that’s not our job. … Continue reading
Let not your hearts be troubled…. John 14:1a I find this funny. Funny like haha, yea, right. Oh wait – is God serious? How can I possibly ignore life’s troubles? Well, God didn’t say ignore life’s troubles… Just don’t let … Continue reading
Why not? Have sprinkles on your ice cream? It’s way funner. Ok, more fun. Or how about using your grandmother’s dishes every day instead of only on special occasions? Life is meant to be lived. Not watched from the sidelines. … Continue reading
Pulled the chicken out of the oven and assembled the many dinner plates. Peas, macaroni & cheese, and chicken on my blue dishes looked appetizing. As I said out loud to thin air, “Good job, Amy”, I knew at that … Continue reading
Not literally. I’m talking about spirit crushed, gut wrenching grief. When you are overcome with grief from the very depths of your soul and you cry until you cannot cry anymore. That kind of dead. Times like those are when … Continue reading
I know someone. So full of bitterness, anger, and self pity, she can hardly function. Slightest incident can set off a torrent of panic. Fear of losing control. Of her world. If life doesn’t go her way, she pouts. Complains. … Continue reading
Are you ever amazed at the ugliness inside? At the emotions that pour out of your heart from nowhere? Where on earth did that come from? Is that me? Am I really that selfish? Am I really that insecure? Jealous? … Continue reading
Does God ever confuse you? Leave you baffled? Speechless? Or do you make sense of everything He allows? I don’t. I can’t possibly make sense of some things. So I’m left in a confused state. Left until I decide to … Continue reading
Smiling eyes A helping hand An opened door from a stranger A handsome lunch date Money for groceries A giant beautiful Christmas tree My warm cozy house Baking cookies from my grandmother’s handwritten recipes Music that fills the air The … Continue reading