How could running out of gas end up filling me to overflowing, Lord??? We had everything we needed yesterday… or so we thought.  A beautiful day.  A favorite get-away.  A heart for adventure!  A bait bucket full of live shrimp.  A stash of cold waters.   A tube of sun block.  A couple of wide-brimmed hats.  A navigation chart.  A First Mate adept at reading navigation charts.  A brand new gas gauge.  A tank at least half full… Wait a minute… A brand new gas gauge?  Untested?  Unfamiliar? 400-101 vce Yes.  And, as it turns out… unreliable. Funny thing about gas tanks.  No grey area.  You either have gas, or you don’t.  We… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Overflowing Joy.

Sometimes, you just know. You know you are lost… and there is no way home.  There is no “home” You know you are broken… and you can’t be fixed.  There is no “whole.” You know you are caught… and there is no way out.  There is no “way.” But then… Suddenly, gradually, impossibly, wonderfully… You KNOW you are Found.  At Home, in a place you’ve never been before. You KNOW you are Forgiven.  By One who knows the worst of you.  One who wants His best for you. You KNOW you are Healed.  From the inside out.  No more band-aids and painkillers.  No more masks and silent screams. You KNOW you are Loved…. Read more »

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We were fishing today in one of our favorite places in the whole world.  The weather was beautiful.  The whole setting was so peaceful.  A sanctuary of Your design.  Breathtaking.  It didn’t matter that we were not catching a single fish.  We were fishing for fun.  I saw others there fishing for survival. An osprey flying nearby, a huge fish caught in its talons.  A lone pelican gliding overhead, surveying the water.  Then suddenly, with a slight change in the angle of his wings, he came to an abrupt halt in mid-air.  Diving into the water like a missile, with pinpoint precision.  Today’s results?  Successful.  Efficient.  Nourishing. I spoke recently… Read more »

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It’s 11:58 PM. Almost midnight. Another day about to end. Nothing to write.100-105 dumps Waiting…  Listening… Nothing heard. Is this like a watched pot that never boils? [Deep sigh.] Tomorrow is another day.  If You’re willing, that is. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion,210-260 pdf therefore I will wait for Him.” Until tomorrow, then… Waiting…  Listening… Abba’s Girl  

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Sometimes, there are no words to say. There is just me… and You. Just longing… and Loving. Just being… and Knowing. Just two… becoming One. Sometimes… like Now. Now… and Forever. Lost… no, Found. In the Silence… In the Stillness… Where emptiness is Filled… And darkness Flees… And joy Finds… Home. Abba’s Girl  

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There are concealed weapons and Revealed Weapons… aren’t there, Lord? I did something today I never imagined I would ever do.  I completed a firearms safety training course!  It consisted of two parts — classroom instruction and hands-on shooting range practice.  For the first time in my life, I held a handgun and fired 6 rounds.  I guess I didn’t do too badly for a “newbie”:  TWO bull’s eyes and two more close to the bull’s eye line! On Monday, I could take my certificate to the county tax collector’s office, pay a fee and initiate the fingerprint and background check process.  Within 60 days, I could have a concealed weapons… Read more »

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Why is the shower such a place of revelation, Lord? Are there “pores” in the mind that somehow become unclogged, even as the body’s pores are scrubbed clean?  Are there moments, of Your choosing, when You actually change our deep well water into Living Water out of Your well that is deeper still? It’s a mystery.  All I know is, this morning I had a dramatic moment of clarity. I met a woman in Savannah a few weeks ago.  We made a clear connection, spirit to spirit.  We both knew it was one of those “divine appointments” You wanted us to nurture into the future.200-101 vce  We shared a wonderful follow-up phone call last… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Overflowing Joy.

A wounded warrior… made whole. That’s who I met tonight.  A law enforcement officer who faces danger every day in the line of duty.  A public servant who risks his life to protect others.  Survivor of a life-threatening attack by an enemy that operates by stealth. Cancer. He told his story tonight to those who had gathered to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS).  He said it was the greatest honor ever afforded him — the opportunity to help save even one life by telling his story.  His story was full of information and encouragement.  Information is power,300-207 vce after all… or so the saying goes.  Information can help… Read more »

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What do I know about INTIMACY, Lord? As one whose innocence was taken from her at a tender age, I became “fluent” in another language altogether.  A language that had no such word to convey the essence of a close, familiar, affectionate, loving, personal relationship with another. My fluent “Heart Speak” embodied, instead, the essence of other words. Horror.  Hiding.  Hatred.  Helpless.  Hopeless.  Hell on Earth (to name but a few). “The cords of death entangled me, the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.  The cords of the grave encircled around me; the snares of death confronted me.”  (Psalm 18:4-5) When did I begin to believe there could be more?  When You… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Seeking Intimacy.

You certainly sent me to an unexpected place today, Lord — the U.S. Army website, to learn about Special Forces Soldiers. I learned they are the specialized ‘minutemen’ of the Army — highly trained and ready to go anywhere at a moment’s notice. Their missions are sensitive in nature and often classified, ranging from Counter-Terrorism to Humanitarian Efforts to Unconventional Warfare.  Their training includes:  land navigation, small unit tactics, weapons handling, live fire training, and survival. Not unlike Christians… right, Lord? Except the battlefield we fight on is the battlefield of the mind… which informs the heart, which spills out into words spoken and actions taken.200-125 dumps “A good man brings good… Read more »

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