What a roller coaster of a day! This morning, in the pre-dawn hours, I was acknowledging the reality — the ferocity — of the enemy’s activities in our day… AND rejoicing in Your precious promises to see us through. Your precious promises to accomplish what would be impossible in our own strength.  I was crying out to You for the help I (and all of us) so desperately need.  The Help that comes only from You, Lord.  The Help that reassures us of Victory, no matter how difficult — or treacherous — the path ahead of us may appear or be. “… for it is God who works in you to… Read more »

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What a WONDERFUL day it has been!!! An intimate time at Your feet this morning.  A long list of tasks on my work and home “To Do” lists checked off.  Some key actions taken to further “touch” a few of those “Divine Appointments” You have orchestrated.  A happy kitty who, with a fair amount of freedom outside today, chose to explore and enjoy her new territory close to home. [Sigh of relief!]  An 8-mile+ bike ride in 78-degree weather.  Three meals of delicious, healthy food.  Extended quiet times on Sanctuary Hill. Then I got to thinking.  What would a “wonderful” day be in the eyes of others?  Some might think a “wonderful” day… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Empowering Life.

You and I have been in a conversation together for the past ten days.  A life-and-death conversation. This conversation became necessary because I had “let my guard down”… ever so slightly.  As a result, I was beginning to “dabble” in “old patterns.”  “It’s no big deal,” I theorized.  I was wrong.  Suddenly, the “dabbling” became a portal sucking the life out of me.  I’m guessing the feeling is not unlike being sucked into a black hole. The “old patterns” were all about bondage.  Patterns from which You had delivered me, Lord.  Patterns to which I was no longer captive.  So why was I jumping back into them with both feet? I was not in… Read more »

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Lord, Lord, Lord… Aside from just soaking in Your Presence, there’s nothing I enjoy more than the gift of serving You.  By Your Amazing Grace, today You gave me just such an opportunity — a Divine Appointment You had planned long ago. We went to church in the town of Madison this morning.  A Methodist Church.  We looked up the service time on the Internet and promptly got it wrong, so we showed up an hour + 15 minutes early!  Oh, well… We had a wonderful time driving through the back roads, exploring the rolling hills and farms that surround the town.  We made it back to the church just a few… Read more »

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I must say:  Life with You — “walking by faith” — is The Adventure of a Lifetime! What are the metaphors that apply to what happened today?  Something that could radically change my future?  Being thrown a curve ball?  Thrown for a loop?  By something that came out of left field? I like the baseball analogy.  Reminds me of that sage old advice: “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.  [Then I added]  But you dress for every game.” I’m suiting up, Lord.  I’m not quite sure who’s on first or what’s on second… reminds me of that hilarious Three Stooges routine.  At least I know, with You,… Read more »

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Weeds. They had taken over our herb garden in the thirteen+ weeks we were gone.  The herbs had largely disappeared, but the weeds were THRIVING.  Some of them had grown several feet tall… like mini-trees, complete with branches. I spent a fair amount of today pulling those weeds up… and planting new herbs. Out with the bad, in with the good. Maybe that’s what I need to do on the inside, too, Lord.  Pull out the “weeds” (the scraggly, unattractive stuff that’s sapping my “nutrients”) to make room for some new “herbs”… something full of fragrance and flavor. Out with the bad, in with The Good. I have had an “edge” — a measure… Read more »

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Oh, Abba… You’re so Amazing.  Surprising… yet Predictable. “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help… He heard my voice… He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.”  (Psalm 18:6,16) You didn’t wait long to send me Your priceless words of encouragement today.  I wrote the cry of my heart to You last night and this morning, in church, You sang Your Answer to me.  It came in the lyrics of a song by Laura Story.  The song is entitled, “Grace.”  The words convey the miracle of Your Transforming Touch — how You… Read more »

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I know just how You must have felt when You looked into the eyes of those whose hearts were hard towards You. I have looked into so many of those eyes — the windows to the soul — and seen those hard hearts. I saw a lot of them just last night. We were at a black tie dinner with scores of lawyers and their spouses. Some were older and well-established in their careers, others were younger and just getting started. I didn’t, obviously, talk to everyone there… You might have had many of Your lambs present among the wolves assembled in that disconnected “pack.”400-051 vce But it seemed that… Read more »

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Lord, Lord, Lord… You are so KIND to me!!! I went to a luncheon today with lots of women!!! (As You know, we do this once a month, to “network” and encourage each other). There were at least eighty women there today — some I know well and love dearly… some I met today for the first time… others were there today and I still did not meet them! Oh well… there’s always next month!  🙂 Each year, January’s program is not a special speaker… it is an open forum made up of 30-second announcements by anyone who wants to say anything to those present. Many of the members are small business owners, who used today’s opportunity… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Overflowing Joy.

You showed me my heart today. Funny how clearly I could see it… when, at the time, I was driving through a dense fog. I was on my way to Tampa for my second six-month check-up… this one, with the oncologist. The fog was so thick, I could hardly see the road ahead of me. I was listening to a song  by Steve Fry (sung by Steve Green) entitled, “Oh, I Want to Know You More.” I can still hear the words of the chorus: “Oh, I want to know You more! Deep within my soul, I want to know You. Oh, I want to know You! To feel Your… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Seeking Intimacy.