Establish your hearts…

One week ago, I had just finished the last study with a group of friends on the Book of James.  He was Christ’s kin, he started out an unbeliever, but then a visit from a resurrected brother gave him a heart transplant. It’s been a challenging study, addressing such things as the untamable tongue, the definition ofContinue reading “Establish your hearts…”

Layers of Mercy

Last week, as school was concluding, weddings were in the works, small homeschool group graduation was cresting, I was brought to a standstill. My husband got the call, motioned me over, Hannah had been in a wreck, she was okay, she had rolled multiple times. She was two hours away and I was already reachingContinue reading “Layers of Mercy”

It is a new day in Christ

Romans 5: 1-11 J.B. Phillips New Testament 5 1-2 Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happyContinue reading “It is a new day in Christ”

The Valley Song.

Entering the valley, deepest depths, coldest darks, Sudden sounds, a breaking branch, adrenaline does rush, Midnight black blinds the eyes, His hand leadeth thee. Tempting lies speak the words, this, the valley of despair, Frightening journey, unknown dangers creep and rouse, Not meant to see the end, fearful hold does clutch His hem. Further in,Continue reading “The Valley Song.”

Facing fears. (Part two)

My friend, Julie, gave me a book for Christmas. Just in time for me to read before flying out to Oregon.  Just in time to confront a few fears.  Just in time to learn to walk in liberty. I had read Angie Smith’s book, Bring the Rain, about the loss of her daughter shortly followingContinue reading “Facing fears. (Part two)”

Facing fears. (Part one)

A text shows up in my phone.  “When are you going?” It had been on my heart.  I silently whisper, “Lord, if You want me to go, make a way.” I ask our church to pray if I am supposed to go, now, at this time. The men, later that evening, say yes.  Complete agreement.Continue reading “Facing fears. (Part one)”

This present pain.

This morning, it is crisp and cold.  A wintry sort of day.  One of my morning’s readings laying open to Faber speaking of “serving Jesus out of love, in the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life.” Impaled by this truth, I take a drink from my glass of kefir.  Its sour, sweetness tangy on myContinue reading “This present pain.”

Psalm 102

Like the desert owl of the wilderness, A quiet vigil I do keep. Awakening through the night, murmuring prayers in my sleep. Utter pain, pure petition, Our hearts cry out to You. In severe trials, Your promises stand true. We lean in, not away, We push towards, drawn to You. Your mercy we harvest, graceContinue reading “Psalm 102”