Keeping Watch

We are pretty sure we have a thief who is waiting until dark to steal from us. Several mornings we’ve gone to the back deck to look for birds to find that the big bird feeder has been ransacked. Emptied of its contents meant for birds, we haven’t been able to find out for sure who it is doing the deed. But most likely it’s raccoons. Whatever it is, we are not amused. Danny nor I want to fill that bird feeder up every morning nor do we want to have to take it down every night. Keeping watch is …

Lost and Found

While at In-service one of my friends found a wedding ring on the counter in one of the bathrooms. She turned it in at the office but they never made an announcement that a ring was waiting for the finder. Lost and found is a great place to go when you aren’t able to find your missing trinket of any kind. Technically it’s no longer lost if it’s been found by someone. But the owner still needs to retrieve it. Then truly the lost item will be found. Oh beloved, when you were lost God retrieved you as most priceless. …

Partnering with Heaven

As Danny leaves the house each work morning I always stand on the porch and wave bye. Personally, I’d like for him to head to work in a brand new truck. He doesn’t want that. He loves the truck he has. He’s not just fine with it, he wants the truck he has. Oh beloved, sometimes we want things for people that they don’t even want. We may even spin our own wheels trying to make it happen for them. We want to see change. We want improvement. We want more for them. God wants you to know this morning …

In the Lord

  At Stella’s recent birthday party, one of our daughter’s friends was relating a story about the field trip Stella’s class took on Friday. It was the end of the trip just before they would head home. Two of Stella’s friends were in a friendly competition to see who could eat their ice cream first. And Stella entered in with “I am SO gonna be LAST!” She was smiling her huge smile and didn’t care a bit. During the party as she opened all her presents, she kept that infectious joy going with excitement about every present. She’s one joyful …

Profusely Blooming

  I’ve noticed that God speaks to me a lot on porches. Anyway… Yesterday I was standing on our front porch admiring the irises blooming. And they have more blooms this year than I’ve ever seen. Then The Lord reminded me that last year all that dirt was excavated so we could replace the retaining wall. I thought back then that all my bills were goners for sure. Oh beloved, you and I are so blessed. Just like those bulbs in their places were heaved up and turned under- we too go through upheavals in life. We think we will …

Love Letters from God

  I still have some of my parents’ cards and letters they wrote one another when my dad worked off shore on drilling rigs. They are mushy and sappy. They have hidden messages in them I’m sure. They talked about their love for one another. They talked about their love for me. I am so thankful that I have those tokens of the love my parents had for one another. Although they were older when they met and married, my dad always told my mother he’d never been loved like she loved him by anyone else. He felt safe in …

Eyes on Jesus Brings Joy!

Since it’s spring break I took the afternoon off to go fishing with one of my daughters and her kiddos. It was a beautiful afternoon. We all had our fishing equipment and we tried several spots around the lake. My daughter caught a nice bass. She cast out, almost hit the walkway with the lure, jerked it into the water and boom she retrieved her prize! No one else caught a fish, nor did we even get a bite. Did the day turn sour? Did the sun quit shining? Did we run home with disappointment and agitation that she was …