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My friend’s parents have both been diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis of her mother came first then that of her father and just weeks apart. My heart breaks because I know the pain of hearing words such as “terminal”, “cancer”, and “chemo therapy”. I remember how scared and angry I felt.
I talked to her this week. My sad attempt to comfort her turned into encouragement for me. She said, “ You know… I can see God all in this.” Her mother is not a believer but in the midst of this time of shock and hurt she is reading the devotional Jesus Calling. My friend told me, “He is being glorified through the whole thing.” I only wish I had seen the good in the sickness and death of my parents. I didn’t. Not at the time.However my spiritual eyes are being opened now by this sister in Christ as she stands firm, BELIEVING He’s got this too.
There’s comfort, hope and encouragement in music. Casting Crowns’ He’s Already There is speaking volumes to me. Verse two reiterates God’s plan and purpose for each one of us even while in the valley of the shadow of death.
From where You’re standing
Lord, You see a grand design
That You imagined
When You breathed me into life
And all the chaos
Comes together in Your hands
Like a masterpiece
Of Your picture perfect plans.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
My friend exudes peace and overflows with hope and it is only by His power and love that she does so. As I type this morning I praise Him for putting before me a precious woman of God who is setting a godly example of faith for me and so many others. As much as my heart hurts for her I am filled with hope KNOWING that when life throws me another curve ball He’s already there and has the situation in hand… His hands.
Thank you sweet lady for living out the life of Jesus before me.
Thank you friends because I feel confident in your prayers.
I’m in a different season of life right now than I’ve ever been in before. I’m getting close to 50 and my husband and I are experiencing health issues. My grown children have their problems and of course I want to fix everything for them. I recently had surgery and I am having a hard time […][Continue reading...]
This is a post I wrote over a year ago but I think it bears printing again. Enjoy. Wonder Woman! I remember watching her as a child and I always wanted a pair of those bracelets she wore. With those bracelets she could defeat any bad guy that came up against her. Wonder Woman was […][Continue reading...]
(2 minute devo) What do you do when things don’t turn out like you thought they would? You’ve been praying and seeking God and you were expecting the best but right now it doesn’t seem like the best. I’m struggling with this now. I thought this situation would be different and better by now. After all, I really […][Continue reading...]
His love is not a human love it is a God-sized love that has no conditions or boundaries. In fact He crosses human boundaries to get to me every day. There was a time in my life when I walked away like the prodigal, thinking I knew how best to live my life. He waited […][Continue reading...]
This week I will face a challenge different from any I’ve ever faced. I’m so thankful that God is my strength in every way. He gives enough grace for each day. He gives enough of everything for every situation. Some days I need more physical strength than others and He provides. Some days I need mental and emotional […][Continue reading...]
2 Chronicles 20: 5-9 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so […][Continue reading...]
God speaks. In those quiet moments through His word. In the voices of family and friends, pastors and teachers. In a song on the radio. In the clanging of the windchimes. In the brilliant sunlight on this beautiful autumn day. Through email, Facebook, e-books, blog posts, the telephone and snail mail. In the calamity and […][Continue reading...]
Welcome to your home away from home. Come here with a good cup of coffee and sit a spell. You’ll find refreshing devotionals, Bible study lessons, posts from some of my favorite teachers, leaders and friends. And…. there’s inspiration, encouragement and lots of love and support. You’ll get news about church and religious culture and ideas […][Continue reading...]
I’ve been captured by You. Thank God You caught me when You did. I was on my way down for the last time, but You swooped in and saved me from destruction. The enemy had me imprisoned, chained to the wall and You stormed the cell doors and broke those chains forever. I followed the […][Continue reading...]
Today’s 2 minute devo is the featured article Captured over at Christian Women’s Online Network. It will actually take closer to 4 minutes to read. Sorry. But you probably won’t regret it. When I began to write I wasn’t really sure what was going to come out of it. But as I wrote it poured onto the page. I will never […][Continue reading...]
I fell behind on the 31 Days Of 2 Min. Devos. Surprised are you? Not if you know me. I procrastinate. Sad to say but true. I know I have things to do but I often wait to the last minute to do them. It’s hard to keep up with life’s demands sometimes isn’t it? […][Continue reading...]
1- Forgiveness has nothing to do with whether or not the person DESERVES forgiveness. 2- Forgiveness is not saying what the person did or did not do is right. 3- Forgiveness is taking the person off our hook and putting them on God’s hook. 4- We are cutting them loose from our backs and giving […][Continue reading...]
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13 As […][Continue reading...]
Matthew26:39 And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” I’ve read this verse many times but today I felt a lump in my throat as I meditated on this […][Continue reading...]
And we are His portion and He is our prize, Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes, If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking. Oh He loves us, oh how He loves us… I love this song. This truth changed my life about six years ago. I had been a daughter […][Continue reading...]
Do I see Christ in every single thing? I ask myself that question a whole lot lately. I’ll say that if you sit and over analyze it, it seems almost weird. For example, upon emptying the dishwasher (which I hate with a passion by the way) or brushing my hair (ahem, not always on the top of […][Continue reading...]
Welcome back to my sweet friend Rhea Riddles. I so love to read her writings. There is something peaceful about her words. Enjoy and visit Rhea http://rbriddle-blog.blogspot.com . You won’t be sorry. This autumn day we have been on the road for four hours or so now and soon we will exit this death-deifying […][Continue reading...]
I’m so glad you stopped by today. What an honor that you would read our posts. I hope you won’t mind checking out my article over at Christian Women’s Online Network today Jesus is the One Who Names the Nameless. The woman who wept at Jesus’ feet has so much to teach us.[Continue reading...]
How much do we talk and how much do we actually “DO”? I mean, let’s face it – it’s a legitimate question. From our jobs, to house work, to grocery shopping, to fitness, to adventures we dream about taking. The easy part of all of those is SAYING we are going to do it. […][Continue reading...]
I’m linking up with Audra at Rediscovering Domesticity. “I just don’t know who I am anymore, especially separate from him.” I knew how she felt because I had been in that place myself. There was a time I needed my husband so much that nothing else mattered. My whole world revolved around him and his […][Continue reading...]
God speaks. All the time. You know, for much of my life – during trials and hardship – I’ve posed the question I think every believer has at one point in their life – “why is He so quiet? When am I going to hear from Him?” What we are looking for is an answer, […][Continue reading...]
“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 Are you in a discipleship relationship? Over the past few years, I have learned so much about discipleship – what it means, what it does and why it […][Continue reading...]
Just For Me In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two […][Continue reading...]
One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 49:16. “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before me.” I love this scripture – it gives me comfort and it gives me joy and it keeps me focused on HOPE. In the past few years I have grown […][Continue reading...]
As I sit here wondering what the outcome of this situation will be I am comforted by the words of Jesus, “Let not your heart be troubled… John 14:1 I’ll admit not being troubled is hard sometimes but knowing that He is “already there”, beautiful song by Casting Crowns, gives me security. Now looking back […][Continue reading...]
Today is my sweet little girl Merrin’s birthday. She’s four as of today. And she acts every bit of 12. From talking about boys (already) to having a sassy little attitude that I would imagine rivals that of any 15 year old, she has the sweetest spirit and the greatest smile. As I reflect back […][Continue reading...]
Yeah ya’ll Heather got married! And she’s back with a word that hits where it hurts. But opens our eyes to the truth. Have you ever been jealous of someone else? Ever sat and wondered why someone else is so much more blessed than you? Felt sorry for yourself or like you can’t do […][Continue reading...]
Okay I’m over at Christian Women’s Online again today with my latest article Got Anxiety? Got Worry? Get The Answer. What happens when uncertainties hit us square in the head? Often we become worried and focus on the “what ifs”. Go to this link and find the answer to your questions. And check out all the […][Continue reading...]
1981 In the year 1979 a young 15-year-old girl went on a blind double date with a good looking, long-haired, popular guy from school. She really didn’t know how to act as this was her first date. They went to a drive-in movie where they saw Meatballs starring Bill Murray. After this date the two […][Continue reading...]
When we know who God is to us it enables us to trust and love Him. How can we trust someone we don’t know? It’s imperative that we realize who our Father is and just how much He loves us. So today I’m declaring who my God is to me…. and you. Gen. 15:1 He is our […][Continue reading...]
I sat in my oversized chair in my newly painted office. Feeling a lack of peace and uncertainty I needed to know God was in control of my circumstances. I wanted to know it was going to be okay. I was desperate to know He was true to His Word and that His love was strong. When I opened […][Continue reading...]
Today I am just thankful. Thankful for life. Thankful for grace and mercy. Thankful I know Jesus. Do you ever wonder how anyone makes it through every day life without Jesus? Think about the worst storm in your life – the most horrid of circumstances you can imagine. What got you through […][Continue reading...]
The past week has been a tough one for me. I’m going to be honest, I’ve just plain struggled – with everything. Struggled with stress, with work, with being nice to my friends, with respecting and loving my soon to be husband, with being pleasant with my kids, with desiring to teach my women’s group, with […][Continue reading...]
Yep I’m over at Christian Women’s Online Network today. Check out this post and be sure and look around while you’re there. http://christianwomenonline.net/2012/07/10/body-soul-and-spirit/[Continue reading...]
One of my most popular posts is Does The Holy Spirit Convict Of Sin Or Not? Not too many comment on it but it is read ALOT. Although readers are not talking to me about it I often wonder what they (you) really think about it. I mean after all it’s not a teaching we hear from the pulpit too […][Continue reading...]
Today, July 4, 2012, we celebrate our great country and independence and freedom. What a tremendous opportunity we have in the United States of America – to live totally free. The adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 marks when we were set free as a nation – independent from the Kingdom of […][Continue reading...]
“Father, Let this be the best vacation we have ever had. Let us make memories we’ll have for a lifetime.” This was my prayer the morning we packed up and left on the 6 hour drive to Myrtle Beach. After being on hiatus for a few days it’s a little difficult getting back into the swing of […][Continue reading...]
I’ve heard it said “obedience is all that matters.” I can agree with this statement and then part of me disagrees with this statement. Let me explain why. Obedience to the calling of Christ in every single moment of every single day – allowing Him to do what He wants to accomplish through you – IS […][Continue reading...]
I am so incredibly thankful for the people in my life. I can’t even put into words how humbled and amazed I am that God would bless me (first and foremost) with His love and His grace, but secondly with the love and grace of my family and friends. I haven’t always been the […][Continue reading...]
1- He loved to sit on the porch and listen to the rain. 2- Storms never frightened him. He even went outside when a tornado was close to see if he could get a glimpse. Mama had me and my brother huddled in the stairway of the basement. I was always afraid a tornado would take […][Continue reading...]
We are all in the process of leaving a legacy here on earth. What kind of legacy are we building for our families? To all the dads reading, are you modeling the love of Christ in your homes? As we approach Father’s Day, my prayer is that fathers are making a huge impact for the […][Continue reading...]
I share this with you because I know many of you can relate. I share this as a tribute to my mother. I share this to allow you to see me as I am. I found a letter stuffed in the back of a drawer yesterday. It was the letter my mama wrote to me […][Continue reading...]
Mercy seems like such a simple word. It goes with Grace, right? Grace and Mercy! Well, I didn’t always really understand what that meant. I mean, I get the definitions. Traditionally, Grace is getting something that we do not deserve (for example, blessings). Mercy is not getting something negative that we do deserve (for example, […][Continue reading...]
Mary followed Jesus everywhere. She was a disciple and believed His words. She loved her Savior deeply for more reasons than one but the miracle He did in her was a life changer. Mary was possessed by 7 evil spirits. Her life was chaos and turmoil. She was tormented mentally, physically and emotionally for years. I’ve […][Continue reading...]
I have not felt it today – just NOT feeling it at all. I don’t know what to write about. All of my experiences seems kinda “ehhh” or “whatever” and then I feel like it’s not anything impactful and how can that be used and so on and so on into the pit we go, […][Continue reading...]
Today as I prayed the word “rest” came out as in “Father let me rest in You this day.” Some folks think when I say “rest in Jesus and let Him do the work” that I mean sit down and be lazy. Of course I would never suggest such a thing. Rest in this context […][Continue reading...]
You are answering my prayer I know You are . Thank You for Your warm love while I wait. I KNOW You care about every bit of my life. Yet I wonder how, because I make such messes. I know You are moving in the situation but I do not understand how just yet. All I know […][Continue reading...]
The day I threw one of my husband’s prized golf clubs across the living room I knew there was a real problem. Common sense told me that was a bad idea. However my hand reached over, pulled it out of the golf bag and threw it! Not at him per say but in his direction. […][Continue reading...]