A warm welcome to you! Thank you for stopping by. As you read through my pages, I believe you will find that I am just like you—a woman who loves the Lord and cherishes His grace. And, like you, I sometimes grow weary from the journey. I have experienced many difficult places in my life—a brother’s suicide, my mom’s young death, cancer, a prodigal child, extensive unemployment. There have been times when I thought I couldn’t go on. But, God…don’t you love that? But God carried me through and opened my eyes to see Him in my midst. He opened my ears to hear His sweet whispers of love.

Take hope in the knowledge that you are cherished by the One who made you—you are sheltered in the shadow of His wing, close to His heart. It is my prayer that as we get to know one another you, too, will see beyond the veil and will learn to say, “Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord”

With joy,
Nan

Finding God’s Presence ~ The Soulful Melody of a Babbling Brook

In the shade of an old chestnut tree the brook babbled with a soulful melody. Cascading across mountain stones, notes of endurance sang out a song of peace. The water seemed alive with perseverance and strength — tenacity — as it carried a timeless breath of life across the mountain hollar.

I thought of the Lord as I sat on the carpet of moss along the brook’s edge.

I thought of His Living Water that flows within us, satisfying our soulful thirst that only the Lord can quench.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ All We Are is Dust in The Wind. Really?

“All we are is dust in the wind …”

The lyrics drifted through my mind as the four-part harmony rose and fell into beautiful melody. All afternoon the tune from my teenage years replayed in my thoughts.

I decided to find it on youtube and explore the lyrics. Never before had I realized what a song of hopelessness Dust in The Wind is!

I began to pray and ask the Lord why He had drawn me to this song, especially in the midst of very difficult, chaotic days — why point me to hopelessness?

But then I realized something profound and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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A Prayer When You Want to Climb Out of the Pit

Lord, thank You for hearing us when we cry out to You. Your mercy is great; Your love amazing. We praise You Lord for You alone are worthy of our praise. You are a great God. Thank You for calling us Your own.

Each day comes with its own challenges and sometimes the challenges come to us like rapid fire. And sometimes we don’t dodge quick enough and we get hit, knocked to our knees, face in the sand.

And we don’t like it.

In fact, we get tired in the fight.

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A Prayer When You Don’t Know Which Way to Go

Lord, You are my way, my truth, my life. You Are.

The closer I walk with You, the easier I find my way because my eyes are opened to see You leading, my heart is awakened to recognize You, and my ears are opened to hear You saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Thank You, Lord

You make it sound so simple in Your instruction, and I suppose it is, but for us it gets muddy and complicated quite easily!

Why is that Lord?

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Scars Reveal Deep Pain Healed by God’s Grace

The quiet mountain backroad provided safe adventure for skateboarders — my grandson included. No traffic. Perfect curves. Gentle slopes. And a great hill near the end of the road where speed increased as the hill lengthened.

Jamison worked his skateboard magic along this road often.

One day the magic was interrupted.

Nearing the end of the big hill, Jamison encountered gravel that had washed from a driveway during a recent rain. He didn’t anticipate the hazard and wiped out at full speed. Flesh careened across gravel and pavement. Knees, belly, and face displayed evidence of the angry encounter.

He gradually healed, but the scars remain.

And the scars tell his story, especially the part where he picked himself up, overcame his fear, and conquered that hill once again.

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A Prayer When You Need Your Redeemer God

Lord, You are who You say You are. You do what You say You will do. How thankful I am that I can press in and depend upon these truths.

That knowledge calms me and gives me peace.

That knowledge takes my restless thoughts and quenches my fear.

Thank You Lord.

I love how You are teaching me that, not only are You my Savior, but You are my Redeemer God. I’ve known that for awhile, but now I’m beginning to get it in my knower. You truly do redeem all that is lost as we yield ourselves to Your authority — not just our souls … but our thoughts, our hearts, and our wills.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ When Morningsong Broke Through the Silence

I woke early this morning. Grabbing a cup of coffee, I wandered to the couch, sat curled up on the end, and enjoyed a gentle refreshing breeze coming through the open window.

The light of dawn broke through the dark of night.

Morningsong broke through the silence.

Birds.

A delight of my heart.

None were visible, but all were heard.

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A Prayer When the Load is Heavy and You Need a Lifter of Your Head

Lord, You are my Helper. My Keeper. My Waymaker. You are with me wherever I go and for that I am grateful. I have no need of fear of the unknown because my tomorrows are held in Your hand. I humbly give my tomorrows to You because the burden is too great to carry.

I will be strong and courageous because You are with me.

I will be sure-footed because You direct my path.

And on those days my confidence and courage slip — those days when doubt messes with my head — on those days I will look to You. I will trust You to undergird me and lift up my head to behold my miracle.

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