I remember Christmases when we experienced a lost loved one, unemployment, or even a miscarriage.
Empty Hearts, Empty wallets, Empty wombs
All have the potential to steal the light of this festive time.
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 Have you ever heard of a drupe? It is a fruit with a significant-sized pit like a peach or nectarine, even a cherry.…Read More
He knows about everyone, everywhere. Everything about us is bare and wide open to the all-seeing eyes of our living God; nothing can be hidden from him to whom we must explain all that we have done. Hebrews 4:13 TLB Shopping with my son as a toddler was an adventure. He did not like to…Read More
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7 When I was a young bride, we moved from Michigan to Maryland to begin our new life together. My husband’s family was in California, mine was in Michigan, so we were truly by ourselves in this unfamiliar place. We…Read More
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 Have you ever had a conversation with someone and afterward, couldn’t recall what was discussed? Perhaps you…Read More
Hi Friend! Instead of just a devotion this month, I wanted my December post to be full of presents for you. So if you will check the end of this message, you will find my links to free downloads, free devotions, a free conference, and access to three recent podcasts where I was the guest!…Read More
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Colossians 3:17 MSG It was early in the morning and I walked out to get my morning coffee. Sitting on the counter was a delicious…Read More
Then she took Esau’s best clothes—they were there in the house—and instructed Jacob to put them on. And she made him a pair of gloves from the hairy skin of the young goats, and fastened a strip of the hide around his neck; then she gave him the meat, with its rich aroma, and some fresh-baked…Read More
I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:18-19 “You’ll love it. The view is gorgeous! It’s just beyond that,” my sister-in-law said pointing to the silhouette of a gnarly tree on the horizon. We had been…Read More
It started me thinking about the many times I experience other situations where I feel completely discombobulated and out of sorts. Sometimes I wish I had a place or a way to recombobulate and regroup.Read More