Backed into a corner

Lord, your beauties, babies and saints are backed into a corner. We are trying to be a credible resource when the world is tilted and upside down. I just spoke with my friend who incredulously retold the story of her cousin captured, murdered and his body destroyed by the enemy …Muslim, Christian, and governmental chaos…

Leave the window open a crack

For you, dear reader, because yesterday has ended and the sunrise has entered by the time you read this. And for you who are small because you are waking to the sameness of yesterday. Our enemies’ schemes won’t win.  God decides and God wins. When the window slides down to almost closed, we can still…

The lady with no eyebrows

Open our eyes with no eyelashes “I have no eyelashes or eyebrows.  I just feel part dead.  Can you help me draw on some eyebrows at least while I go through this chemotherapy?”  She continued with eyes downcast. At a high-end, anchor department store I spotted her wilted self  near the makeup triage for Lancôme,…

When we were all younger

I am alive and the 5 measurements that remind me that I am alive 5.  I met a stranger in the woods whose black lab pressed his nose into my hand.  The dog left a little, round wet spot on my palm 4.  The sound of my children’s voices soak deep.  They soothe, calm, and…

You might not want to read this.

There is no certainty for today.  In fact, that will be your new normal as a follower of Christ.  Faith carries uncertainty in its arms up the hill of sorrow. Sturdy folk march without stopping when uncertainty is screaming its head off, “Are you sure?  are you sure?” Faith and persevering is standing on God’s…

Don’t lose heart

God takes you very seriously.  He has the universe timed perfectly; yet He will not demand we choose Him or His ways.  Holy power is His by authority. We live in a culture that loves the ideas about love, peace and a higher power, but fuel only the fire of faith…having faith in faith; not…

Jot and tittle, nettles and briers

Little thorns and prickles that grow.  The jot and tittle details.  Some details we would like to not face on a regular basis.  Usually hope can overcome these nettles and briers. There are moments we can not overcome or bounce back so we stand teary-eyed with bleeding palms.  Unfortunately these moments do not come in…

a sturdy folk with sores

“The rich man  lived in luxury every day, while in his driveway, laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed with hunger. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.” And Jesus continues the narrative. “Both men died.  Lazarus escorted by angels to the ‘lap of Abraham.’  The rich man’s destiny:  hell,…

Dawn emerges

“Whatever it may have been, it does not matter; I am here now.” His mercies are new every morning.  Thank the miracle-working God. His love never quits.

No turning back

I am thinking of two specific events recorded in the gospels (John 2) which describe Jesus bearing religious tension and worldly pressure.  Like a vice tightening, he began his submissive walk into “being  lifted up,” for my sin and yours. It is at that wedding when Jesus accompanies his mother.”Dear woman why are you involving…

I wish you were here…

I needed you today.  I am overwhelmed and needed you to be in the room when I walked in.   Jesus, you are more than my friend.  And I needed you so badly today. I wasn’t really in need of a rescue or a miracle, just in need of you. I needed to talk to…