Very Special Delivery!

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Her email appeared in my inbox last Sunday night. No subject line. A name I didn’t recognize. How many such emails have I deleted, Lord, in these days of hackers sending viruses to crash the hard drives of the unsuspecting? It is only by Your grace that I opened this one, Lord. A Very Special Delivery! And I will be eternally grateful.  She had picked up my book, Victory in The Valley, at a Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in a major city hundreds of miles from where I live. I have no idea how it got there, Lord. I only know it was another Very Special Delivery… by Your hand. She had received a… Read more »

Believing What We Cannot See

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I was told to expect 250. Far fewer came. More than I could count on two hands… but not much more. The precise number You had hand-picked to be there, Lord. The perfect number. The event organizer came to me as we were about to start. Concern and disappointment lined her face. I couldn’t help but think… If only one person on the planet — past, present or future — needed Your sacrifice on the Cross, You would have given Yourself gladly. Even for one. So we lifted it all to You… and I began to speak. Because You had called each of us there by name. On that particular… Read more »

My Magnificent Meltdown

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It happened just yesterday. I was taking down our Christmas decorations. It wasn’t that I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I purposely left our decorations up for most of January. I’m never in any hurry to bid Christmas goodbye. Thankfully You, Lord, and everything this holiday means stays in my heart all year round. I hadn’t planned it… the fact that my taking ornaments off the tree would turn into a worship service. It just… happened. Isn’t that always the case, Lord, when we set our hearts on You? I had decided to play worship music as I worked. You and I had experienced such a sweet time of… Read more »

The Atheist I Love

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When did we first meet, Lord? Six years ago? He and his wife bought a nearby home. Snowbirds escaping the cold north for a few months each year. Until sickness and other maladies kept them away. We took full advantage of their early winters here. It didn’t take long for his wife and I to discover we are Forever Family. It’s amazing, Lord, how Your Holy Spirit bears witness so quickly. So we avoid time we might otherwise spend on superficial talk and jump right into the deep end of the pool. Where You are waiting… to take us deeper, still.  🙂 Nor did it take long to discover he… Read more »

Dressed to Kill… !!!

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I don’t mean that colloquial expression: “All dolled up in fancy clothes.” I mean dressed to turn something alive into something dead. Dressed to kill that something, literally. Once and for all. Thanks to You, Lord, this happened to me twice today. Concerning two enemies that needed to be put out of my misery. One was a large stump in our backyard. It started as a little weed a few years ago. From sheer neglect on my part, it grew into a large tree with multiple branches. An unwelcome squatter overshadowing a whole section of lawn. Hurricane Irma took care of some of it in September. What she started with high winds, we… Read more »

Blessing My Socks Off!

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It was one of those offhand remarks. A “by the way” comment added to the end of an hour-long conversation. A “by the way” comment that went off in my spirit like fireworks! All because of You, Lord. You and Your Amazing Grace. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) You had given me an assignment, Lord. A small one. Seemingly inconsequential, but profoundly impactful. I knew You had assigned it to me. But soon, I had the sense You had also assigned it to one of my… Read more »

Divine Security

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It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime Divine Appointments. No human being could orchestrate it. No “blind luck” or “coincidence” could explain it. And, by Your Grace, Lord… it happened to me. My husband and I were traveling over the holidays. Flying from state-to-state on a Christmas “tour” designed to reconnect us with beloved family in two faraway places. That’s where I ran into Your Divine Security. I was TSA-Preferred Check, as I now seem to be every time I travel by plane. It’s actually quite convenient. Security lines are shorter and move faster, since TSA-Preferred passengers do not have to remove their shoes, belts, coats, laptops, etc. Some people apply… Read more »

My Christmas Assignment

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I didn’t have a Need List that day, Lord… or even a Wish List. I wasn’t coming to you as a Kosmic Kris Kringle. I just wanted to be with You. It was early, well before dawn. I tiptoed through the house into the guest bedroom. Where my War Room (prayer closet) is. But I didn’t suit up for battle. Instead, I did something I hardly ever do. I crawled up on the guest bed. I covered my whole body with a soft blanket… even my head. And I closed my eyes. Like a baby in a womb. So I could focus on You, Abba… without distraction. To be present… Read more »

Surprised by JOY!

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Yes, Lord… Tis the season to be JOY-FULL! How better to spread the WONDER and BLESSING of this most precious season than to BE a living testimony of that priceless hymn? “Joy to the world! The Lord has come!” Your Spirit came on me suddenly as my day of travel began, making my JOY Mission abundantly clear. And You filled me with encouraging words, smiles, hugs (and even a few tangible gifts!) for the van drivers, airport workers, flight attendants and passengers I met along the way. All of them strangers. Until You, Lord, brought us together… … the newlyweds on their way to a loved one’s college graduation… …… Read more »

What? When? Where? How?

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I’ve been struggling with this post, Lord. Son-day is a time for reflection about my recent encounters with You. One in particular stood out to me the moment it happened. Somehow, I knew instantly it would become the subject of today’s post… … even though I haven’t yet fully grasped all the ways You want to change me through it. I was out of town, in a restaurant with two friends. I love them both, Lord. And we all express love for You… at least, on some level. Only You know fully what is in each of our hearts. Our waiter came. Two things were obvious. 1) He was friendly… Read more »