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 Finish Line

… and as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him. II Chronicles 26:5 This verse is referencing Uzziah, a sixteen-year-old who became king and reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem. He started off on the right foot. He did right in the eyes of the Lord, he continued to seek God. And this verse tells us that as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him. But something went horribly wrong because in verse 21 we are told that Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death and cut off from the house of the … Continue reading The Finish Line

Foregone Conclusion

And you shall again obey the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today. Then the Lord your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand. Deuteronomy 30:8 Some time ago, puppies were born, nine of them. Puppy number six was different from the beginning. He was tiny, about 1/3 the size of the others and clearly underdeveloped. Dogs can conceive puppies several days apart and this is what apparently had happened. His litter mates were ready to be born, but he was not. Ready or not, he arrived. I looked him over … Continue reading Foregone Conclusion

The Story I tell Myself

When I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3 … “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible … Continue reading The Story I tell Myself

Secret to Success

  This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Joshua 1:8   Are you prospering right now? Do you have what you need in life for a successful journey? I am not talking about money here, although that could be part of it. I am talking about other things – wisdom, love, joy, contentment. What about your heart? Is it … Continue reading Secret to Success

It Ain’t Over

  But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. Revelation 11:11 This is referring to two witnesses that will prophesy for 1260 days and then they will be killed. Their bodies will lie in the main street of Jerusalem.  For three and a half days, people will come and stare at their bodies but no one will be allowed to bury them.  Then, as the verse above says, God will breathe life into them and they will stand … Continue reading It Ain’t Over

Watch Those Promises

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my Word to perform it”.  Jeremiah 1:12 God doesn’t give His word lightly.  He doesn’t make promises and then change His mind.  I have learned the hard way how difficult it can be to keep promises.  My son reminds me from time to time of promises I’ve made that have slipped my mind.  They don’t slip his mind, let me tell you.  He definitely watches over my word to see me perform it.  I am held accountable for what I promised and I have learned … Continue reading Watch Those Promises

Because Love is Important

At a recent outreach event our church held, kids were given air brush tattoos.  They got to pick from many different stencils.  A little girl chose the heart stencil.  When I asked her why she said, “because love is important.” The more time I spend around children, the more I appreciate the words of Jesus when He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Kids tend to get the simplicity of Jesus’ message.  Love Me, love My Father, love other people.  Simple. Jesus touched people … Continue reading Because Love is Important

Gardening Season

“The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”   Matthew 13:23  Gardening season is upon us here in the Pacific Northwest. Neighbors are out working up their soil and planting seedlings. I am not falling for it this year. I don’t have a green thumb but I have tried almost every year. I think I will learn from my mistakes. This year I will do better. Only to discover that I am really good at starting things and pretty bad at seeing things through … Continue reading Gardening Season