• Spider Webs, Fingertips…. Age Old Wisdom

    “Their confidence hangs by a thread. They are leaning on a spider’s web.” Job 8:14 (NLT)  The other night, I walked outside smack dab into a spider web. The web was large, strong, and wrapped around my face, entangling my glasses. I started laughing to keep from freaking out as I tried to remove the web. As I was swatting it, I thought about my mom, Essie Mae Brown Chever, and her spider web episode. According to mom, as a young girl, hoeing weeds in the field, she accidentally chopped off the tip of her finger. How this happened, I do not remember. All I know is when she explained it,…

  • When Plans Change, Part 3 (A White Chevy Pick-up Truck)

    “Here I am sending an angel ahead of you to keep you on the road and to bring you into the place that I have prepared.”  Exodus 23:20 (NWT)    I believe God sends Angels to minister to us when we need it the most. This happened on the way to Larry’s neurosurgeon appointment. Traveling down Hwy 26, a large cardboard box blew into the path of my car. I could not stop; I drove over it. The box got lodged underneath the car. I kept driving looking for a safe place to pull over. Thinking, now I must crawl under the car to dislodge this box. Larry cannot do…

  • When Plans Change, Part 2

    “You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.” Job 22:28 (NLT)    Sitting in the waiting room during Larry’s MRI, thoughts swirl in my head….” Well, God it looks like the trip I was so excited about is not going to happen.” The words slipped out of my mouth. I did not even bother to look around to see if anyone heard me talking to myself. Being concerned about what others think was the last thing on my mind. At that moment, my disappointment and Larry’s MRI results was all that mattered.   Slowly, I opened the devotionals I bought…

  • When Plans Change, Part 1

    “People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord’s plan will happen.” (Proverbs 19:21 NCV)  Finally, after two years, we were heading to Nova Scotia again to visit family and friends. My heart welled with excitement. I pictured myself sitting on the deck of our rented cottage looking at the Bay of Fundy; playing Monday night bingo with my niece Kris, her partner, Susan, my sister, Arie; sitting outside fellowshipping with our friends, Joe and Lucie. After the isolation of Covid-19, after working through my husband’s diagnosis; it was liberating to think about three glorious weeks with friends, family, and the magnificent Bay of Fundy. I was confident…

  • Prayers, Rainbows, Lilies

    “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.”  Psalm 39:7 (NLT)  I’ve been praying a lot lately. Not that prayer is new to me; it isn’t. But sometimes it seems like every breath is a prayer and, at times, the breathing can be labored. Deep inhales; even deeper exhales. I wonder when or if certain prayers will be answered. I know God is good. In my heart, I know He hears and answers prayers. In my head, at times, it feels as if these heartfelt prayers will never be answered. Then, guilt tries to step in.   I am blessed. I have a caring, loving family. Loving, supportive friends.…

  • Come and Sit

      “…Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile…” Mark 6:31 (NLT) Although retired, I always have things to do; decluttering, cooking, paying bills, running errands, keeping appointments…. Recently, I had just gone over my “To Do” list for the day; online church, wash a load of clothes, bake pumpkin blueberry muffins and boil eggs for the upcoming week’s breakfasts, write blog, make salad for dinner.  As I leave the pole barn armed with salad fixings (we have an outside refrigerator), I hear, “Put that up, come back and sit with me so we can talk.” I stop, look back.  Larry, my husband,  is sitting on…

  • Nehemiah Challenge, Part 2

    “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)   I started my Nehemiah Challenge last week and quickly discovered without a plan, I could not get much accomplished. Nehemiah had a plan to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. I realized, to be successful with my decluttering, I, too, needed a plan. First, I checked out the areas I wanted to tackle; bedrooms, bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, front porch, back porch, laundry room and pantry. Then, I got my calendar and counted out fifty-two (52) days from the day I started. I started, October 26, 2020, fifty-two (52) days later is…

  • “My Nehemiah Challenge”

    “So, on October 2* the wall was finished – just fifty-two days after we begun…. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God” Nehemiah 6:15…16(NLT) The longer I put off doing what I know I should do; the deeper I dig myself into a hole.  I sort of get paralyzed and move farther  away from necessary chores.  Before I know it, days turn to weeks, to months, to years. But, lately with all the deaths and the lingering quarantine, I am reminded this precious life is not a dress rehearsal. I need to stop procrastinating and light a fire under my “you know what.” If…

  • 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…

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