I didn’t plan to go there.  I normally don’t frequent Arts & Crafts shows.  But this day was different… wasn’t it, Lord? I was there with friends.  We had all wandered off in different directions.  Suddenly, one friend called me over to a particular booth. He knows how much I love You, Lord.  When I got to the booth, I understood why he had called me over. The artist was a frail, old man.  A woodcarver.  Labors of love that must take hours.  Much of what he makes honors You, Lord — scriptures, praying hands, crosses and more. I saw this heart.  And, in it, I saw Your heart.  In… Read more »

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Yes, Lord… You have filled my cup to overflowing with Your Love in the past 24 hours!  Even against all odds! I love the mountains we were in last night, Lord… even though we were miles from home, in a place with no cell phone signal, no landline and no Internet! It was end of a long, challenging day.  And I had every opportunity to thank You for yesterday’s “God-incidences,” but no opportunity to post them here.  Oh well, I thought. Then You whispered, “Tomorrow is another day.” Right You were, as always.  Here we are.  Yesterday’s “tomorrow” has become Today! “… His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning;… Read more »

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Six hours on the road.  Over 400 miles behind us.  At least 75 miles to go, at speeds ranging from 55 to 70 miles per hour. Suddenly… BAM!!! An explosion near the right front bumper!  It was the tire.  Smoke pouring forth as we maintained control of the car while slowing down and pulling off the highway. I have never seen anything like it.  The tire was ripped apart.  Burning HOT to the touch.  No puncture from a nail.  The tire had literally exploded. Clearly, Lord, You kept us safe  We were in heavy traffic, with cars flying past us at breakneck speeds.  But You did much more than “just” keep… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Overflowing Joy.

I hadn’t talked with him in months. I have almost learned not to call.  Whenever I do, it seems, he isn’t there.  Whenever I leave a voicemail message, he doesn’t call back. But today?  I had one of those “heart promptings” I knew was from You, Lord:  “Call him.” So I did. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a Voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”  (Isaiah 30:21) I didn’t stop to think.  I didn’t stop to convince myself of the futility of my attempt.  I just dialed. “Do not merely listen to The Word and so deceive… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Discovering Hope.

Our vegetable garden has been a daily Labor of Love since May.  I’m beginning to get a better sense of how You must feel as our Gardener, Abba.  Your generous investment in us.  Your joyful anticipation of The Results. Every aspect of this garden is such a profound metaphor testifying to Your cultivation of our lives. “Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.”  (Psalm 1:1a,2-3) The backbreaking work that… Read more »

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An avalanche changes the landscape.  Tiny changes at and below the surface cause a shift in what had appeared to be frozen solid.  The shift, combined with gravity, builds momentum until nothing is the same. And it all starts with a single snowflake. Not unlike what happened today, Lord… except that this avalanche had changed the “landscape” in somene’s heart.  All because of You, Lord. “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from… Read more »

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How did I ever get on this topic, Lord?  Is it because the new Pampered Chef garlic press arrived today?  My favorite garlic press in the whole world!  I don’t know.  But it did get me thinking about recipes… Seven Recipes for Failure in Life: 1)  Ready, Fire, Aim! 2)  Talking before you think. 3)  Leaping before you look. 4)  Counting unhatched chickens. 5)  Grocery shopping when hungry. 6)  Putting first things last. 7)  Playing with fire. I’m sure there are many more!  These are just the ones that came immediately to mind. But You always have the last word… don’t You, Lord?  At least, if we will let You!… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Empowering Life.

Something happened today that took me back twenty years.  I know it was all Your doing, Lord. Twenty years ago, I was active in the Total Quality Movement in corporate America.  It was quite a time, Lord, helping corporate leaders consider how to engage their employees in seeking the highest possible quality in their processes and results.  By Your grace, I even co-authored a book about how to implement “Total Quality” in managing a company’s most important asset — its human resources. One of the key productivity tools introduced at the time was called “Just In Time” Manufacturing.  It was a way of designing and coordinating systems to ensure the delivery of necessary materials… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Discovering Hope.

More and more, the world seems to be turning upside-down, Lord. Long ago, Doubting Thomas said he wouldn’t believe You had risen from the dead.  Not until he saw for himself the wounds in Your wrists and side.  You were so kind to him, Lord.  You came to him and encouraged him to touch your wounds. Then You told him to stop doubting and believe (John 10:27). Doubting Thomas.  The “poster child” for the expression:  “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  Yet an equally profound truth appears when we switch two key words in that sentence: “I’ll see it when I believe it.” Belief is a powerful force in the… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Inspiring Courage.

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.