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

A Prayer When You Don’t Want to Fret Anymore

Lord, return me to a place of peace. Forgive me for stepping out of Your peace, for it is available to me always. You, Lord, remain faithful. But I shift my focus and my thoughts on the obstacles and difficult places — I choose to fret —  and soon forget that You are the Great God, Ruler of all things.

You teach us to trust You, to know that our relationship with You is founded in great love — a love that surpasses all understanding.

Therefore, trust can be and should be a natural response.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ How to Counter the Enemy’s Attack

Huddled beneath the covers wishing the morning away, I recognized His sweet whisper, “I am for you, not against you. You are my child. You have not been forsaken.” I squeezed my eyes and scrunched up my face because, although I believed what the Lord was speaking to me, my reality felt very different.

I felt alone in many ways.

I definitely felt overwhelmed. Heavy-laden. Crumpling beneath life’s burdens.

But again, He said, “I am for you, not against you.”

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A Prayer When Battles Rage and Endurance Wanes

Lord, I’m so thankful for Your mighty power that moves mountains for me, that guards me fiercely in the battles, that parts the Red Sea when I would otherwise drown. You are mighty!

And Your love is steadfast and true.

I depend on the strength of Your love. Thank You.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the strength to take another step. The battles rage around me — fiery darts bouncing loudly off my shield of faith, my legs bogged down with the weight pressing against my shoulders.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ The Juxtapositions Creating Dew, Grace, and Hope

The morning dew lay heavy upon the grass, glistening drops of refreshment clinging to each blade. In each tiny globe of moisture, the light of a new day reflected like glitter scattered across the field.

I thought of how the dew was formed — the warm air rising from the earth clashing with the cooler air of descending darkness.

I thought of the juxtaposition of one season to another — the warmth of summer wrestling with the chill of fall much like the dark of night softens to morning light.

And I thought of God’s grace — His mercies new every morning, especially it seems, in the clash of life’s seasons, the juxtapositions that challenge our faith.

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A Prayer When Finding Truth Isn’t as Easy as it Seems

Lord, You are the great God,mighty and true. All of Your ways are perfect. All of Your ways are righteous and just. You  are the God of Truth.

There is so much deception permeating our world. It clutters our minds and veils our knowledge of You and Your ways. May it never be, Lord!

Stir within us the gift of discernment that we might walk sure in Your ways. Keep our feet on the path of truth — our eyes on You, our ears open to Your voice of instruction.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ What Does Your Path to God Look Like?

Matthew took my hand and hoisted me onto the boulder at the top of the ridge. From the heights we could see the path curling like a ribbon on its way up the mountain slope. It wound its way around fallen logs and through thickets of painful briers.

The forest sheltered portions of the path from the blazing sun, its shade providing respite along the steep climb. I thought of the moss-laden stones sprinkled like emeralds and the patches of wild flowers — oh! the flowers — dotting the hillside with crimson and gold.

Far above this glorious sight, looking perhaps from a smidgen of God’s perspective, I could see the beauty of it all.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Where is God in the Flames of Affliction?

I struck the match and pressed its flame against the candle wick. Within moments, a globe of fire consumed the string and burned bright. I watched as the flame grew stronger, melting the aromatic candle.

The more melting occurred, the stronger the fragrance — the farther its reach as the aroma of Caramel Pecan permeated the room.

Closing my eyes, I leaned back and sat still, waiting on the Lord, for I knew He wanted to show me something.

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A Prayer to Stir Our Deepest Longing For Jesus

O God, You are my God. You are my Refuge, my Strong-Tower. You are the One on whom I depend because You are faithful and trustworthy. My heart feels battered, my spirit worn, but You are my strength — the One on whom I lean for support.

You tell us to come to You when we are weary and heavy-laden. That’s how I feel Lord — heavy-laden, carrying burdens that are not mine to carry.

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