You woke me up this morning, Lord, five minutes before the alarm went off.  I was tired, but grateful. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back… If He comes suddenly, do not let Him find you sleeping.”  (Mark 13:35a,36b) I got dressed and left for the drive into town.  My weekly rendezvous with walkers and runners in training for the Madison 4 Miler later this summer. This morning, our goal was 1.75 miles.  I headed out, walking at a brisk pace with three other women.  It didn’t take long before one started to lag behind.  She dropped back, and was… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Seeking Intimacy, Climbing Higher.

I used to like to ride my bike with my earphones on.  Singing songs of praise to You, Lord.  Filling my heart with worship. Then I realized: Although it was good that I was sending my heartfelt thoughts to You, I was not receiving whatver You might want to send to me.  So I opted instead to ride my bike in silence… so I could hear from You. “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live, and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.  For the Lord is your life…”  Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a) That was my prayer this… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Empowering Life.

I made the most amazing discovery today, Lord.  Fresh raspberries are DELICIOUS!!! At least the ones here on our mountain are.  We have wild raspberry bushes everywhere.  A few days ago, the red berries started to pop into view.  I was almost reluctant to pick any.  Why?  Because I never liked rasberries before!  They always tasted bitter to me.  But these?  Sweeter than honey!  Fresh off the bush?  AMAZING!!! These are wild, Lord.  We didn’t plant them or cultivate them.  We didn’t fertilize them or prune them.  We just discovered them.  A surprise Gift I didn’t even realize I would want. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Overflowing Joy.

Oh, Abba… I see enough of the nightly news to know there’s been a change in the overall atmosphere.  I sense it in our own country and around the world, too… for many different reasons.  And I’m wondering what You want me to do about it. Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, defined a “tipping point” as a particular moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a theshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Are we nearing a “tipping point” in our culture, Lord, when it comes to openly advocating positions based on Biblical standards?  Are we nearing a “tipping point” on the world stage when it comes to… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Inspiring Courage.

You showed me a powerful truth today, Lord, in a way that helped me grasp it like never before. You have called me to some priceless work.  The work of encouraging my clients to draw near to You, so You can help them break free from fears, blocks and limiting beliefs — whatever holds them back from finding and embracing the Life You have dreamed for them. I love how You prepare me for this (and any) work — through gentle whispers or not-so-gentle 2×4’s.  Whatever will get my attention so You can help me break free from my own. Today, You taught me a powerful truth about Freedom. The 13th Amendment to our Constitution abolished slavery in… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Discovering Hope, Climbing Higher.

My dear husband woke me up this morning with these words:  “The sun is up.  It’s time for gardening.” The torrential rains have passed.  It’s time to weed again… and to thin out the overcrowding. Sometimes too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.  When order becomes overwhelm, and there’s not enough space for each plant to flourish. “I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Gardener.  He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”  (John 15:1-2) We are seeing some flowers and eagerly watching… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Overflowing Joy.

Maybe I’ll think about that… tomorrow.  That’s what the character Scarlett O’Hara said in the classic movie, “Gone with the Wind.” But when does “tomorrow” get here?  Today is where we live…. or at least, where we have the opportunity to live. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24) I felt a little like Scarlett today.  I had so many plans for today.  So many “wish to do” and “want to do” plans.  So many Good Intentions.  But my “get up and go” got up and went. I was busy enough.  Mostly with things not on my original “To… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Climbing Higher.

We were supposed to walk or run this morning.  The 30+ women who are preparing for the Madison 4-Miler at the end of August.  The main event in our community to raise money for Breast Cancer Care at the University of Virginia. It started raining last night.  It rained — hard — all night long.  It was raining even harder this morning. The organizers had said when we started three weeks ago that we would meet — and walk or run — every Saturday morning, rain or shine.  We had experienced the “shine” our first two weekends.  Today was our first encounter with the rain.  And it was RAIN — the… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Discovering Hope.

I CAN NOT… make it, break it, take it. I CAN NOT… do it, be it, see my way through it. I CAN NOT measure up.  I CAN NOT live it down. I CAN NOT… sort it out or work it out. I CAN NOT prove it. I CAN NOT change “it” — whatever has power over me.  The person.  The problem.  The past. I CAN NOT change me. I CAN NOT stand it anymore. I WILL NOT — I DARE NOT — even try. What is worse, Lord?  Is there something behind or beneath every CAN NOT, WILL NOT and DARE NOT? What about “I AM NOT”? I AM… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Inspiring Courage, Climbing Higher.

Good News, gift-wrapped in GREAT NEWS.  That was Your first “One-of-a-Kind Gift” to me today, Lord! I came off the mountain this morning, back into cell phone range, for the first time in two days.  I turned off Airplane Mode and received notification that I had a voicemail message from Highlands Regional Medical Center in Florida. How odd, I thought.  So I listened to the message.  Last night, at about 9:00 PM, a staff member from the Emergency Room in that hospital called my cell phone.  The message was that a female “friend” of mine (no name given) was in the ER at that very moment.  My friend had asked the ER… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Embracing Love.