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

When a Rhythmic Chirp Accompanied The Lord’s Prayer

When a Rhythmic Chirp Accompanied The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer filled my living room as Joshua Aaron, a Messianic Jew, sang in Hebrew. I closed my eyes and worshiped the Lord. The space quickly became sacred in the stillness of the morning.

I became aware of a chirp — steady, rhythmic, like a staccato note released to the beat of Joshua’s song. Opening my eyes, I saw a cardinal perched on the edge of my bird feeder, its brilliant scarlet feathers glistening in the soft sunlight. The cardinal had joined in the worship

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Whom Have I in Heaven But You, O Lord?

Whom Have I in Heaven But You, O Lord?

Father, I adore You. You are the All-Sufficient God who meets my insufficiencies and supplies all my needs. Your grace is sufficient, Your love is steadfast — unfailing. Whom have I in heaven, but You?

There is none like You, Lord. You hung the stars in place. You spoke into the darkness and there was light. You created the earth as You hovered over the chaos. Even when I throw a tantrum like a frustrated child, You don’t condemn me.

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God’s Promise of a New Day Stirred Within Her

God’s Promise of a New Day Stirred Within Her

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.

The morning glory was alone in the solitude of the sunrise, her vine trailing along the meadow gate’s weathered wood. And though her beauty stood in stark contrast to the splintered wood and determined weeds that pushed their way into the fertile soil beneath her roots, she waited for the Lord to rouse Himself from His holy dwelling.

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The Earth is Shaking. Still I Trust You, Abba Father

The Earth is Shaking. Still I Trust You, Abba Father

Father, even though the earth be removed, and the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling — EVEN SO I will trust You. You are my refuge, my Abba Father.

Rise up, O God, and scatter Your enemies. This world has gone crazy, but You remain. You never change. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. There is no shadow of turning with You

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I Found Church in the Middle of a Country Road

I Found Church in the Middle of a Country Road

I passed beneath the pine canopy just before the clearing up ahead. Stepping into the open space, the sky beckoned me to look up. Right there in the middle of a country road, sunshine kissed my face and brought a smile to my weary soul.

Heavy thoughts weighed me down. Too many unanswered questions. An onslaught of flaming arrows seemed to be targeting me left and right … life had been hard.

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Lord, You are My Blessed Assurance — Regardless!

Lord, You are My Blessed Assurance — Regardless!

Father, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. Regardless of the world condition, regardless of the evil plans of man, I find peace because of You — You are my blessed assurance, not the world systems. Your love will never fail me.

When I consider the heavens and the work of Your hands, I am overwhelmed by Your majesty. Indeed, You hold the whole world in Your hands and orchestrate the days of our lives.

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Uncertain Days Rattled My Soul, But God …

Uncertain Days Rattled My Soul, But God …

The porch swing comforted me with its steady, peaceful rhythm. Uncertain days were taking a toll on my heart and mind. Fear of the unknown hounded me, and the rise of evil in this world rattled my soul.

I looked toward the ridge where the sun began its evening descent. Magenta began rising above the trees. Lavender and apricot clouds tossed their petals across the wide expanse as the North Star made its appearance. Soon a multitude of stars — glistening diamonds — would make their presence known against an indigo sky.

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Great Are You Lord and Greatly to Be Praised, Even If

Great Are You Lord and Greatly to Be Praised, Even If

Father, You are high and lifted up. Your majesty fills the heavens and Your glory covers the earth. Great are You, Lord and greatly to be praised! Indeed, all praise is due Your Name … even if.

Thank You for teaching me this. Thank You for teaching me that I can trust You, especially in the difficult places when I don’t understand.

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The God of Israel Was, Still Is and Forever Will Be

The God of Israel Was, Still Is and Forever Will Be

On this cool spring morning, while praying for Israel, I played worship music recorded on the streets of Jerusalem by Christians and Messianic Jews. The lyrics from Isaiah 61 filled my room:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”

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