Category: Nan Jones author and speaker

How to Recognize God’s Abiding Presence

A song in the wind whistled through the pines. Looking up, I took in the majesty of a September sky. I could hear the wind’s song — like a melody played on the strings of a violin. Soft and low. Its moan reflected the cry in my heart — the need for peace and reassurance. I needed to recognize God’s abiding presence.

As pavement transitioned to gravel, and pastureland spread wide, three bluebirds swooped low, crossing my path.

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What Difference Does the Grace of God Make?

When I consider the ways of God, I often think about His grace – what difference does the grace of God make in my life?

Recently, we awoke to cool mountain air. Rain peppered down on earth parched by two weeks of a hot late summer. The air felt fresh. Birds sang, praising their Creator for the refreshing rain.

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Why Should I Thank God for My Thorns?

Streams in the Desert lay open next to my Bible, its pages dog-eared and underlined, with scribbled notes in margins after years of repeated use. This is my seventh year pouring over these life-changing words, and yet this sweet devotional spoke fresh to me again this morning. I had to ask myself, “Why should I thank God for my thorns?”

George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland once said, ‘My dear God, I have never thanked You for my thorns … ‘

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You Are My Strength, So Why Am I Discouraged? ~ A Prayer

Lord, You are my strength and my song. In the night seasons, You come to me and the light of Your glory permeates my darkness and settles my soul. Your presence is so real to me — Your love so palpable.

Why am I discouraged? Why is my soul disquieted within me, weary from a steady stream of events in this fallen world?

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How to Be Still to Hear God in My Difficult Place

Curled up on the couch, I watched the sun rise over the ridge. Fresh, cool air streamed in through the open window awakening my senses, drawing my attention to the One who loves me. I cradled my coffee cup and sipped from its warm goodness. I’m learning how to be still and quiet my spirit when I’m seeking the Lord.

Stirring deep in my spirit came a song, “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand. I am tired, I am weak, I am worn … “

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Help Me Hear You God, There’s Too Much Noise ~ A Prayer

Lord, You are my God — my Father. I am Your child who adores You. I long to know You more. I yearn to understand the depth of Your love. I want to hear You, God, but there is so much noise, so many distractions, a mountain of responsibilities.

Help me, Lord. Help me shut out the noise and seek You first above all things.

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