Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate on Thee in the night watches, For Thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me. Psalm 63: 6-8 What are the thoughts that run through your mind when you lay down to sleep at night?  Mine used to be tormenting.  And to be honest here, sometimes, they still are. I would review my day trying to find the link between something I ate or didn’t eat, some supplement I took or didn’t take, … Continue reading Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

The Wise Men

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 1:10-11 This, of course, is referring to the story of the wise men coming to visit Jesus. We celebrated Christmas by telling the messages of advent for the weeks leading up to Christmas. Up to this point in the story of the coming of Jesus, the message was about the gifts Jesus brought into our lives – hope, … Continue reading The Wise Men

Born in a Manger

When I lived in Montana, I had an old barn on the property. It housed chickens and provided shelter for horses and goats. It was filled with bales of straw and had a rope swing hanging from the high beam. My daughters loved to play in that old barn. It probably wasn’t terribly sanitary despite the hours I spent shoveling out unsanitary things; animals being animals and doing what animals do. I would never have called it clean. Certainly not company ready clean. Certainly not clean enough for a baby to be born in, other than a colt. And definitely not … Continue reading Born in a Manger

Glimpses of Heaven

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,your kingdom come,your will be done,    on earth as it is in heaven”… Matthew 6: 9-10 Years ago, when I was part of an intercessory prayer team, a mother asked us to pray for her daughter.  Her little girl was 4 and couldn’t walk.  She had numerous other issues and I forget what the diagnosis was but the prognosis was that she didn’t have long to live.  We prayed and then shared what we believed God had given us for this little girl.  Everyone shared that they saw … Continue reading Glimpses of Heaven

Facing the Fear

… Fear not … Genesis 15:1 When my two loved one’s diagnoses of cancer came and the ramifications of it started setting in, I found myself wallowing in fear. To my credit, I did bring to my remembrance scriptures that addressed fear such as “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” and “fear not.” How many times is “fear not” written in the Bible? Actually, I just looked that up and the answer is 365. I guess God knew fear would be an issue for us. To my discredit, I have … Continue reading Facing the Fear

Casting My Cares

  Casting the whole of your care, all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. I Peter 5:7 One day when my husband and son were planning to go casting at a local pond. They both have new fly rods and have been waiting anxiously to try them out. They don’t have fishing licenses so they can only work on casting. I decided that in their absence, I would practice casting as well. I don’t need to leave home to do this, nor do … Continue reading Casting My Cares

Perfect Storm? Perfect Peace!

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.  But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”   Mark 4:39-40 I grew up in Houston, Texas and we spent summers in Galveston.  Hurricane season was nothing to be taken lightly down there.  But as a kid, I remember some fun things about them.  I remember playing in the streets when the water in them was flooded to knee deep.  Once driving from Galveston to … Continue reading Perfect Storm? Perfect Peace!

Peace, Love and…

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Kids at work the other day asked me if I had been a hippie. I don’t know what brought up that discussion; I just walked into it. I asked if they knew what a hippie was and they did not, so I tried explaining to them what that movement had been about. I felt it wise to leave out sex and drugs … Continue reading Peace, Love and…

A Change of Perspective

  Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! II Thessalonians 3:16 Recently, two young Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door. They asked the question, “what would you change if you could change one thing about this world?”  I answered that I would change people’s perception of God, which in turn would change their perception of themselves. The story comes to mind of Gideon. Gideon lived in turbulent times. For seven years, the Midianite invasions left them stripped of crops and livestock and Israel was starving. They cried out … Continue reading A Change of Perspective

Detour Ahead

   For I believe God. Acts 27:25 Traversing from point A to point B should be easy enough. Should be, but we all know that this straight-line trajectory isn’t always so easy. Even with GPS, we can still find ourselves heading the wrong way. Sometimes detours are just a misunderstanding of directions and other times the path is blocked by things beyond our control. Detours happen. Unannounced, unplanned, unwarranted. This happened to Paul and the people on board the ship with him when they encountered a storm so terrible it “blotted out the sun and the stars, until at last … Continue reading Detour Ahead