• Clarity and Peace

    “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources, He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.  Then, Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him.  Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3: 16 – 17(NLT) Hard to believe my brother, Billy, made his transition over a month ago.  I have lost a child, another brother, both parents, relatives, and friends.  But Billy’s death hit me the hardest.  Still not quite sure why.  I guess it is because I was not ready. I realize when it comes to the death of those I love, I am never…

  • Come Away for A While

    “Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile…’ ” Mark 6:31 (NLT)   I have been in a fog for a while. I wanted to get away from everything, the news, the pandemic, the sadness, the deaths.  I wanted to clear my head; find my joy, my peace, again. So, for the past few months, I have been rooted in my favorite chair on the front porch. Most days, I sit down around 11:00 am with a mind to read my devotionals, pray, meditate. I always have a list of “to do’s” I want to tackle after my readings. Well, 2:00 pm rolls…

  • The Power of One

    “Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as He has promised.” Joshua 23:10 (NLT)   Today, as I blanket myself in numbness watching the pain that engulfs our country, the idea it only takes one comes to mind.  It only takes one to shock our country into compassion. George Floyd was the one.  While he was not the only senseless murder of a person of color; he was the one. The one who the world watched in horror as his life ebbed away with a knee on his neck and the person inflicting this horrendous…

  • Answered Prayers

    “So, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire…Their hair was not burned, their robes were not burned, and they didn’t even smell like smoke!” Daniel 3…26-…27 (NCV)  Billy came home Wednesday, May 13, after a 31-day hospital stay. Look at the picture below. Cheryl took it as soon as he got home from the hospital.  He is sitting outside enjoying a meal of steamed fish and grits prepared by his wife.  As my mom would say, “he looks like new money.” He does not even look like he has been through ongoing dialysis and two surgeries: his gallbladder and his foot.   I was overjoyed and amazed when I…

  • Kind of Tired of Being Scared.

    “As for me, I look to the Lord for help.  I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me. For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. The Lord will bring me into the light, and I will see His righteousness.” Micah 7: 7-9 (NLT)   I find no matter how much faith I have and no matter how much I believe in the promises of a good God; I still get scared. You know how it is when you want to be strong, but fear keeps creeping in?  I believe in the…

  • God’s Got This

     “Don’t be afraid! Stand still and you will see the Lord save you today…You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.” (Exodus 14: 13-14 NCV)     I talked to Billy Sunday morning. He is recovering from surgery and said, “the past few days have been rough. But I think the worse is over.” I agree with him. I must believe what Billy thinks; the worse is over.  This scripture came to me as I was praying over Billy, “Don’t be afraid! Stand still and you will see the Lord save you today…You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.” (Exodus 14:…

  • Hanging in There

    “The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up.” Psalm 94: 18-19 (MSG)   Thanks so much for all your prayers for Billy. Sometimes, when I ask Billy how he is doing he says, “I’m hanging in here.” But when I talked to him recently, he talked about tests and procedures he had gone through. Then, he commented, “I don’t want to be a woe is me.” I was surprised. In our household, “woe is me” refers to someone who constantly complains and feels sorry for themselves.…

  • I Fell Yesterday: This is what happened.

    “The wise are patient; they will be honored if they ignore insults.” Proverbs 19:11 (NCV) The package wasn’t delivered yesterday. I went to the mailbox at 3:15 pm and discovered mail had been delivered, but not the box.  I called the post office, no answer. I quickly decided this was not a battle to be fought.  The box wasn’t delivered; I wanted it.  I didn’t even know what was in it as my daughter and I had recently made several online purchases.  So, at 3:40 pm, I headed to the post office.  I gave the clerk my slip, he brought back a large box with sticky stuff all over it.…

  • I Fell Yesterday

    “We all make many mistakes.  If people never said anything wrong, they would be perfect and able to control their entire selves, too.” James 3: 2 (NCV)   Lord knows, I’m not perfect. I slipped and fell yesterday.  Not in the physical sense, but I’m not sure what sense it was.  The more I think about it, I slipped into nonsense.  This is what happened.  The day started out beautifully.  I sipped on Pu-Erh tea, read devotionals on the front porch.  My daughter, Angel, joined me before she started working at the dining room table.  My husband, Larry, had gone to mow a lawn.  Rise, our dog was outside.  Perfect…

  • Update: God is so Good and God’s Grace

    “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14 (NIV) Just want to share an update about my brother, Billy aka Gum.  He was released from the hospital last week and is doing well.  In fact, I talked to him yesterday morning and he was his usual positive self.  In the midst of talking he asked, “Are you outside?”  I said, “Yes, why?”  He said, “I can hear the birds singing in the background.”  Now, we have lived in a rural area since 1998 and I guess I take the sound of nature, birds, crickets, owls,…

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