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

Lord, Be a Balm of Gilead to My Wounded Soul

Lord, Be a Balm of Gilead to My Wounded Soul

Lord, I need Your Balm of Gilead. The arrows have been swift and hot lately. The battle between good and evil, righteousness and ungodliness is raging and I feel like I’m caught in the middle.

But You, Lord, are a shield about me. When I stay in Your presence, I am protected. But when my stubbornness leads me astray, I step away from Your shelter.

And the flaming arrow hits its mark.

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The Boundless Love of God…I’m the Apple of His Eye

The Boundless Love of God…I’m the Apple of His Eye

I cradled my infant daughter close to my breast, her silken fingers wrapped around mine. I felt each breath as her tiny chest rose and fell, filling me with wonder at the boundless love of God.

Our eyes locked. I studied her baby blues, looking deep into her soul. As my gaze steadied, I noticed my reflection staring back at me.

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God of Hope, Fill Me With the Hope Only You Can Give

God of Hope, Fill Me With the Hope Only You Can Give

Lord, You are my portion, therefore I hope in You — You are all that I need, the giver of all things. You are the God of hope. Will You fill me anew?

Many are the afflictions of the righteous as evil seems to be unleashed in this world. Anger, violence, corruption, poverty, and disease are today’s norm. Decency and morality have been shoved to the side. Kindness is growing dim.

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How Great Thou Art, Lord! May I Never Forget

How Great Thou Art, Lord! May I Never Forget

Lord, You are perfect in power, tender in love. You are my God, my Savior, and my Lord. How great Thou art! Oh, how I love to think about Your greatness — may I never forget who You are.

When I consider the heavens and the works of Your hands, I am humbled and overcome with awe. You are magnificent … and yet You call me daughter.

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When God is Our Refuge, He Races Over Heaven to Help

When God is Our Refuge, He Races Over Heaven to Help

A ridge of ominous clouds the color of charcoal hung low on the horizon. Heavy with rain. Laden with warm, humid air. Forecasters warned of ferocious winds that would surely howl across our beloved mountains, hurling flooding rains, and toppling trees and power lines in their wake. I sought comfort in the knowledge that God is my refuge.

As I peered out the window toward the setting sun, the wall of clouds darkened, shadowed by the twilight.

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I Will Sing of Your Mercy Lord, Even if Life is Hard

I Will Sing of Your Mercy Lord, Even if Life is Hard

Lord, You are wonderful. Your mercy is great, reaching to the highest mountain and stretching into the deepest valley. I will sing of Your mercy forever, even in the difficult places.

For You are good! You cannot not be good. Your eyes are upon Your children seeking those who need to be encouraged.

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I Found Myself in Stillness Even in the Rushing Wind

I Found Myself in Stillness Even in the Rushing Wind

The rushing wind swept through the treetops like the sound of crashing waves, its power witnessed in the bending of branches and the tousling of the leaves. Yet I found myself in stillness. Far below the forest canopy, I walked in a broad patch of sunshine without the slightest breeze.

In fact, I knew the rushing wind was present only because I heard its whistle and saw its effects above me.

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O Lamb of God, I Come to You to Find Rest

O Lamb of God, I Come to You to Find Rest

Lord, You are great and greatly to be praised. You are the precious Lamb of God, slain for me so that I might live for all of eternity with You.

May I never take You for granted. May I never be so self-absorbed that I fail to see You in my difficult places.

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