Category: beyond the veil

A Prayer When You Don’t Feel Worthy Even Though God Says You Are

O Lord my God, how can You love me so? You are holy, perfect, magnificent and I … I am a sinner. Your sanctification is at work in me — and I’m thankful — but I still fall short on so many levels. Some days I don’t feel worthy of such remarkable love.

Yet You say I am worthy — I am Your child. Your Beloved. Your Special Treasure.

How is it that You see me like this rather than the imperfect woman that I am?

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A Voice As Gentle as a Zephyr

My spirit awakened within me as I read these words from My Utmost for His Highest. I read them over and over. Slowly. With great concentration. I didn’t want to miss what God wanted to show me.

The air had been still as I sat on my porch, even though I knew storms were brewing from the west. But as I considered the wisdom of Oswald Chambers, a soft gentle breeze began to blow, stirring the air ahead of the storm.

I sat quietly before the Lord and considered His ways.

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A Prayer For Strength When Your Heart Begins to Fail

O Lord, You are my God, my light and my salvation. I have placed my hope in You and You have never failed me. This I know.

Even still, my heart is failing me. I am weary and often overwhelmed because I look past Your loving gaze and see only my circumstances. I rush ahead of You into the darkened path rather than staying within the light of Your Word and the strength of Your presence.

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When the Great I AM Becomes Your ‘He Is’

Dawn awakens with shades of lavender and apricot, glorious brushstrokes from the hand of God. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to be, but today — today is the moment in which we live and is the timeframe of the Great I AM. His grace IS sufficient. Great IS His faithfulness. He IS a very present help in times of trouble.

He is.

Right now. Each moment of each new day.

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A Prayer When You Know What to Do but You Don’t Want to Do It

Lord, I’m so thankful I belong to You and You belong to me. What a miracle to realize that the Creator of the Universe knows my name, knows my worries, my fears, my doubts.

You are my Sure Place — my anchor in this raging storm.

I love You with all my heart, but this sanctification is hard.

Why do I do the things I don’t want to do and don’t do the things I do want to do? I’m not a bad person.

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The Lord Has His Way in the Storm. Really?

I sat on the front porch, Bible in hand, enjoying my quiet time with the Lord as I poured out my heart to Him. I noticed a storm cloud coming over the ridge. Dark. Ominous. The wind kicked up bringing refreshing cool air with its breeze.

I went back to reading. Praying. Crying out to the Lord.

From the corner of my eye a bright light flashed. Immediately the earth trembled with roaring thunder.

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With Spirit Parched, God’s Grace Rains Down

We awoke to cool mountain air this morning. Rain peppered down on earth parched by two weeks of an unbearable July heatwave. The air felt fresh. Birds sang. Hummingbirds darted around their sugar water in a feeding frenzy.

It was delightful.

My goodness, what a difference a day makes.

What a difference God’s grace makes!

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A Prayer to be Set Apart for God When Life Feels Like a Mess

O Lord, You are my God. You are my Redeemer, my Counselor, my Prince of Peace. You are my Savior and my Lord. I yearn to be set apart for Your glory — to be a light in the darkness, the sweet aroma of Christ for those I encounter along the way.

These are the desires of my heart.

But my life feels like a mess.

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I Didn’t Want To But God, in His Goodness, Knew It

Have you ever had one of those days? But God …

Shadows laced together like interlocking fingers carpeting the trail beneath my feet. Blue chicory mingled with fuchsia-painted sweet pea among the boulders heralding my hike.

A cool breeze rubbed against my neck stiff with tension and whispered for me to look up to the sky wrought with glory.

But I didn’t want to.

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A Prayer to Find Jesus in These Ridiculous Circumstances

Lord, I know You are with me. Always! Regardless of my circumstances, You promised to never leave me nor forsake me. Even King David said “Where can I flee from Your Spirit?”

I know You are faithful to fulfill Your Word. I trust You.

But right now, in the middle of this chaos, this crazy detour, this very difficult place, I cannot sense Your Presence. Although I know You’re here I need to feel the touch of Your hand.

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A Chosen Dwelling Place Beneath the Eaves

The birdhouse hangs in the corner of my porch beneath the eaves, its teal blue paint bringing the color of heavenly places a little closer. Twigs jut out from the circular opening, evidence of a home for momma bird’s little ones.

In the ancient juniper next to the house, daddy bird sings his heart out. Day in and day out, rain or shine, blustery or calm, I hear him in the branches — his song fills the air with praise and perhaps love for his beloved nestled in the twigs.

My heart smiles.

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