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 ~ Hope Reflected. Healing Reminded.

The preacher spoke of her act of worship, her gesture of humility. He spoke of her offering to the One she loved — how she fell at His feet much like we fall at the foot of the cross to receive His mercy and grace. As the preacher spoke, I felt my spirit stirring within me. The Lord beckoned me to the altar to give Him that which is of utmost worth to me — my broken heart.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ A Prayer to See and Know His Glory

Lord, I give You praise, for You alone are worthy of all praise. The heavens and earth declare Your glory — and so do I. You are magnificent. Wonderful. And holy. And still we can come before You boldly to receive mercy and grace in our time of need. We can run to You as a child runs to her father, leaping into his strong arms for safety, comfort or to share a giggle.

How incredible that is!

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Faith Notes~ Deborah Clack. When Chronic Illness Opened My Eyes to See

I have the joy of introducing my new friend, Deborah Clack. We’ve never met in person (in fact, we just met on Twitter a few weeks ago) but I feel like I already know her and I think you’ll feel the same. She is precious. Like me, Deborah suffers from a chronic illness, but because she is so special, even the doctors can’t figure her’s out! But during her darkness moments — those moments that torment and twist our faith into a knot — she has found God’s faithfulness. It’s an honor to feature Deborah on Faith Notes.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Even When I Don’t Want To

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.

I wanted to stay buried in my thoughts and yield to my enemy rather than look to my Savior.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ A Prayer When You Need Light in Your Darkness

Lord, You are the light in my darkness, my constant refuge who changes not — I love to sing Your praises and tell of Your faithfulness. I ask that You keep my footsteps within Your beacon of light as I take each step into my tomorrows. Open my ears to hear Your voice clearly. I’m trusting You to make the crooked places straight again, the broken places whole.

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Faith Notes ~ Larry Timm. Finding God in the Midst of His Daughter’s Cancer

I’m so excited to launch Faith Notes today! This will be a page to encourage you and give you strength for the journey, a page to counter the lie of the enemy that says we are alone in our struggles and no one could ever understand what we are going through. Yes, he lies to each of us trying to convince us that we have been abandoned by the One who loves us and no one cares. Each Friday I will feature someone who wants to share their story to help others.

Today I have the honor of hosting Larry Timm. Larry is a husband, father, pastor, and an author with my publisher, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. His debut novel, Murder for Emily’s Sake, released this past May. Like me, Larry’s heart’s desire is to encourage others through his pain as he and his wife have found the faithfulness of their God through an extremely painful time while their daughter, Jayne, battles cancer.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ When the Child of God Feels Trapped in The Enemy’s Clutch

In front of them, water ebbed and flowed as a menacing threat to their safety and freedom. Pharaoh and his army approached from the rear. The children of God were trapped and had one of three options: surrender, fight, or trust God.

The feelings of entrapment can be overwhelming. Frightening. Merciless.

But we belong to a merciful God who sees us and knows all about it — a God who loves us fiercely.

A God who will stand between us and our enemy.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Listen to The Silence of The Morning Glory

Sunlight glistened in drops of dew as the morning glory awakened to the dawn. Night had transitioned to day as she waited to herald her Creator. Even though the night poured ebony ink across the meadow where she rested, God’s promise of a new day stirred within her. She waited in silence, petals closed like a shield against the chill of darkness, waiting for God’s glory to paint the sky.

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