Hiding Something?

Hiding Something?

A friend of mine has developed shingles. This is a very harsh illness that generally springs up during high stress times for those who have had chicken pox. Her physician told her as long as it’s covered up no one should catch it from her. Aren’t we like that? We have hard times, disturbing diagnoses or family troubles. We may share with close friends or family and we hope they will join us in prayer for healing. And it’s as though you hear the enemy say “as long as you keep it covered up”. Oh beloved nobody is totally immune …

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

When I was a girl my dad had great expectations for me. I sang with Dinah Shore when her show aired. I danced with Lawrence Welk dancers. I dressed up when Sing Along with Mitch Miller was on. He thought surely I’d be famous. Maybe even Carnegie Hall was not too far fetched a place I’d go. We all have our ideas of what success looks like for our children. We surely want them to pay their bills, own a home and have a family. We want them to grow up and be nice people. Going to church is always …

New View, New You

New View, New You

One of our daughters got a new camera setup for Christmas. It’s got all the bells and whistles. She is sure enjoying photography like never before. They went out to the lake one afternoon and she took pictures of what appeared to be a group of egrets flying. The camera captures details that the naked eye cannot see by just observing. When she got home she realized it was birds of another feather. The camera caught something amazing. She had an “old” camera which is a pretty awesome camera itself. But she doesn’t want to go back to what she …

Running Everywhere?

Running Everywhere?

I made a quick run to the mega mart last night after 9 pm. I’m not one to get out at night especially when it’s cold. But two things were needed and I made the offer to fetch them. First I searched for another item in case they had it. No luck. The items I did get were at opposite ends of the huge building so I ran all over the place to get them. I’m the first to admit that when I find myself in need, I often run all over the place trying to find the peace, comfort, …

Radical Encounters

Radical Encounters

      One of the first faith books I read as a new Christian was What Happens When Women Pray by Evelyn Christianson. The mission of Evelyn’s ministry didn’t start out to be worldwide, but that’s where it is. Evelyn just had a radical encounter with Christ and then went on to share that radical encounter with others.   That’s what we do. We share the encounter we have had. Good or bad, we all share from what we know. Evelyn could not have written a book on prayer if she hadn’t experienced it. None of us can share …

A New Direction

A New Direction

Retirement was an adjustment.  My husband was retired from public life but had a growing business he could operate from home.  He was not used to “a now at home all day wife” and I was not used to a husband that hung around all the time.  But that is a story for another day.  Somehow, however, we managed to carve out the togetherness factor and do what was needed to be together and still stay out of each others way. The one thing that seemed to be a constant theme for weeks was a statement for my heart and …

Write the Word 1

Write the Word 1

Write the Word: WORD [Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc.]   Do you want your children to be prosperous and successful? It’s not a trick question, but it’s not one we usually discuss in Sunday School or Bible Study. As parents, we do want our children to: Land a good job Graduate from college, or trade school, or whatever training they need, debt-free Pay their own bills Own their own home and pay off their mortgage early When we think on the topic of finances and vocation, other worthy goals might come to mind: some metrics we may associate with “prosperity and …

Write the Word 2

Write the Word 2

    Psalm 119: Words on the WORD Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc.   {Inspiration from Psalm 119: Part 2 of 3}   It was just too difficult to choose only ten verses to pray back to God from the many wonderful ones found in Psalm 119! Here are more prayer prompts from scripture, to guide you in praying for those you love: Psalm 119: 4 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. O God, let Your Word be the first priority for my children when they need advice and counsel. Psalm 119: 30 I have chosen the way …

Write the Word Rest

Write the Word Rest

  I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119: 16   Do you find delight in the Word of God? Do you want to? Will you choose to make the Psalmist’s words both your proclamation and your petition? Will you ask the Spirit of God to help you make the Word of God your daily priority? As you and I will ourselves to “not neglect the Word,” our just-do-it commitment will be transformed to delight. Our have-to will become a want-to.  As God’s Word becomes your delight, I’m convinced blessing upon blessing will roll back …

Pray the Word

Pray the Word

Psalm 119: Words on the WORD Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc. If you are writing along with us monthly, welcome to Write the WORD, Part II. With 150 verses to choose from, there were too many for only one monthly bookmark! Whether you’ve been journaling along with us for months or are just now joining, I pray you will be blessed by these words on the WORD. Inevitably, when I’m challenging others to incorporate God’s Word into their daily lives, I will land in Psalm 119. I can think of no better passage to extol the benefits and blessings of reading …

Pray the Word 2

Pray the Word 2

  Inspiration from Psalm 119: Part 2 of 3       It was just too difficult to choose only ten verses to pray back to God from the many wonderful ones found in Psalm 119! Here are more prayer prompts from scripture, to guide you in praying for those you love: Psalm 119: 4 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. O God, let Your Word be the first priority for my children when they need advice and counsel. Psalm 119: 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. …

Pray the Word 3

Pray the Word 3

      I hope you have been writing and praying God’s Word from Psalm 119. Below is the final set of ten verses, with prayers inspired by this rich chapter. Please join with me in praying God’s Words back to Him for those we love and cherish. Psalm 119: 60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Lord, help my children to understand that delayed obedience is disobedience. Give me wisdom to teach them this truth so they will be adults who hasten to obey You and Your Word. Psalm 119: 71 It was good for …