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”
An appropriate reflection of God’s faithfulness from last spring: our hope is among us, found only in Him …
I rounded the bend along the country road, my shoulders sagging beneath the heavy burdens of my heart. Hope was missing. Despair flourishing … my feet merely shuffled along. My thoughts were many — fears of an unknown future exploding within the darkened corners of my mind.
Lord, You are the very air I breathe, my Life-Giver. Breathe on me anew. The road is long and valley deep. My heart hurts, my strength is gone, and the stress takes my breath away.
But then I sense You drawing near, gently lifting my chin so that our eyes meet and I remember. I remember I am not alone in the struggle.
Six hundred thousand men plus women and children tramped across the desert sands in the dead of night. Their sojourn in Egypt had ended after 430 years. Pharaoh sent them out in haste following the 10th plague: Death of the Firstborn.
Familiar story, right?
But have you ever noticed verse 41 in this passage of Scripture found in Exodus 12? “God kept watch all night, watching over the Israelites as He brought them out of Egypt.”
Lord, You are tender and compassionate when Your child is hurting. You are faithful to draw near when we need to hear Your heartbeat — the reassurance that You are with us. When darkness closes in, You are my song in the night. I am not alone.
I will lift my eyes to You, Lord, from whence comes my help. I will rejoice in God my Savior because You are the strength of my heart.
The sky reflected the conflict and turmoil of our nation. Dark billowing clouds rolled all about me. Their ebb and flow was not one massive blanket of darkness, but came in segments. Light — brilliant, not just ordinary light — burst through here and there, parting the sky and revealing the blues of heaven.
And to the east, a rainbow. Just a glimpse. But I saw it.
Lord, You are the Sovereign God. You reign victorious over all the earth. You are steadfast. Faithful. True. You are mine and I am Yours. Please help me walk in these truths when I am crushed in spirit and overwhelmed with despair.
You promise to draw near to those who are crushed in spirit. Open our eyes that we might see You. Awaken our hearts to recognize Your Presence. Let faith arise in us.
Lord, You are sovereign. You are good. You hung the stars in place and told the ocean how far it could come. You know the number of hairs on my head and call me by name. So why do I worry? Why do I feel such anxiety over the future?
Search my anxious thoughts, Lord, and bathe them in Your peace, washing away its power over me.
Lord, You have taught me about Your sovereignty — Your authority over all things. I’m learning to trust in the knowledge that You really do have a master plan, that everything will work together for the good of those who love You. So why do I often feel like I have to “hurry up and wait” for the appointed time — YOUR appointed time?
Your timing is perfect. Mine is not.
Lord, You ARE the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace. You are all things to all people … if only we would believe and take You at Your Word. Your Word never fails. It is sharper than a two-edged sword, dividing spirit and soul, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. Your Word has taught me that surely I must place my hope in Christ alone.
While the world is crumbling, You are our sure place.