• casting your cares

    Casting Your Cares

    What do you do when all you hear is no after no from God?  Have you been there?  We can get weary in any season of life when we get continual answers of no.  And, in a tough season, you think the solution (for which you plead through prayer) would be the perfect ending.  The happy ending of a Hallmark™ movie. And . . . by the way, God, how about now?  Please? Since waiting in expectation of God working things out according to your plan is unrealistic (He IS God, after all), why not cast your cares onto Him and no longer worry about those problems that seem to…

  • Fight Your GIANT

    Tune Your Ears, Why?

    Oh, friends, as I sit here catching up on my reading and Bible studying after a trip detour to Baton Rouge this past week, I want to share with you a snippet of confirmation I’m getting from scripture about God’s faithfulness.  When in a hard season, we need to open our ears. He awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I did not turn back. (Isaiah 50:4-5) To elaborate on my trip last week, here’s a little background.  I spent about ten wonderful days with my parents (who spoiled me rotten!) while hubs was out of…

  • A Season Embracer

    A Season(ed) EMBRACER

    Fall is my favorite season, but there are many things in every seasons that I enjoy.  What is your favorite season of the year?  Do you normally embrace that season, your favorite, regardless of the storm in your personal life? There are a bazillion seasons of life we can either embrace or relinquish, reject, or denounce.  I don’t know of a more difficult area to embrace than a tough season of life.  When something is horridly painful, how can we embrace it as if it were a good thing of which to hold tightly? Not to be sacrilegious by changing God’s Word, but temporarily substitute the word trees with the…

  • The Name God Gives You

    God Names Us As The Thing Before He Equips Us For And Transforms Us Into That Thing

    Does God tickle you in the way He works sometimes?  I swanee (clearly a southern term, y’all), how I enjoy His sense of humor!  When God places a certain verse in front of you time and time again, all in different settings, from separate sources, within the time frame of only a couple of days, whether in a tough season or a triumphant one, sometimes I want to say, OK, God. I got it!  🙂 I’ve been reviewing Annie Downs’ book, 100 Days to Brave, a second time and read this verse again recently regarding Gideon. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord…

  • Confident Hope

    As a Christian, Why Can I Not Handle This Better?

    In the hardest season of my entire life (our prodigal season), I was a total mess.  In that test of faith, I failed. If I could go back to that time, of course I would handle it differently now – on this side of God’s beautifully-crafted miracle.  Hindsight gives us 20/20 vision.  Right?  While I struggled to not cry through each day for months and months, I wondered, I’m a Christian.  Why can I not handle this better? Have you ever thought this same thing?  If not, possibly you can at least relate.  Of course we are hurting during tough seasons like that, but I learned a lot from my…

  • Zeph 3.17

    The Unacknowledged YESes

    In your current season, do you feel you are stuck in a pattern of hearing no from God?  No to this, no to that.  Does no seem to be His only answer lately?  Are you having a pity-party over that? Or, maybe you have a huge, over-arching longing to which you hear a continual no.  Or at least no, not yet. No, your prodigal hasn’t returned. No, your illness hasn’t vanished. No, your marriage isn’t mended. No, your finances are still nothing but a mess. Either way, many of us may be experiencing a constant stream of noes in our lives right now, and the Lord wants to change our perspective.…

  • Sit With Your Friend

    Sit With Your Friend

    In a season of change (possibly a very tough season), your friend needs you.  She may need you to sit with her, to maybe even cry with her.  She may not ask for it.  She may not even know she needs it.  But it will be balm to her. Your friend doesn’t need you to discount her need to accept the change – that letting go.  Don’t say, “Oh, well … that’s in the past.”  Or don’t say, “Here today, gone tomorrow!”  No.  She needs time to sit and soak and grieve and cry and say good-bye to what was.  The former things are sometimes hard to let go of…

  • Sewing Courses on Udemy

    Online Courses Set Free

    “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.  To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.  Then he went away.” Matthew 25:14-15 In my last post (A Season of Letting Go), I explained this summer season as a time of letting go.  Part of that process of getting most old things out of sight and out of mind is with finding ways to put those things to bed, so to speak.  To let them rest but with a productive end.  Yes, Goodwill or Salvation Army stores are…

  • Isaiah 55.8

    Things That Go Bump In The Night

    Can you hear it? You know, the thoughts, fears, and worries that awaken you at night.  The fear that looms so large you can’t go back to sleep.  That one concern on your mind seems so much worse in the dark.  It grows larger and larger by the minute.  And, then it goes bump.  (If nothing else, the bump is in your imagination.)  The bump gives way to continual chewing on the doubts and fears.  Examining them.  Stewing over them.  And you wish you could turn it off and stop thinking about it! When we were young, it was monsters in the dark that scared us.  Now it’s our thoughts…

  • The Power of Understanding

    The Power of Understanding . . .

    Have you ever encountered someone who asked how you were doing and then they dismissed your honesty?  You usually say “fine” and then go on about your day, but that one time with someone you know well, you chose differently.  Finally for once, you chose to be honest about your “fine-ness”. You exposed yourself and were a little vulnerable.  And it blew up in your face.  Stunned you.  You weren’t understood.  Did you feel that person didn’t care to even try to understand?  Where was their empathy?  Why should we expect empathy, even from other Christians?  Humans have the innate ability of letting us down.  I’m not saying we shouldn’t…

  • Journey To Brave

    The Journey To Brave

    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7 God wants us to be brave, not timid.  2 Timothy 1:7 has become a favorite verse since sudden changes in my life occurred eighteen months ago. On June 16th, I posted on Instagram a picture of Annie F. Downs’ book, 100 Days to Brave.  And so it began.  I was four days into it when I shared my recent favorite books and Bible studies.  I wanted so much to tell you about this book at that time.  But I’d barely begun. Still only a fourth of the way through,…

  • Book Title Reveal

    I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day as we paused to ponder the gifts of life and service from our military service men and women.  It’s hard to imagine our thanks being enough for the sacrifice of so many. Thank you all who added to my list of hard seasons we face in life (in this post).  After adding your suggestions to my list, it grew from fourteen to twenty one!  You’ll see the finalized list in the book when it’s finished (hopefully later this year). God first gave me this book title in January of 2015, only it was to say “Scared to Sacred (with the stroke of…

  • Looking Back on Life's Road

    What’s Your Tough Season Score?

    I’ve missed you!  I apologize for being quiet for longer than usual.  Yes, we got our daughter “graduated” and moved to another state for her internship.  We had fun celebrations with her!  Soon after, I had a ten-day jaunt to see family and friends.  So, you can see that my absence was for good reasons.  But, I did miss you and I’m happy to be back – hopefully with a more evenly-spaced blog posting schedule.  😉 Part of my time away was for our high-school girl’s trip we take each year – a group of seven women of which I’m blessed to be included.  I tasted new recipes from some…

  • Embracing Spring . . .

    Embracing Joy in the Hard Seasons

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! When it comes to embracing seasons, we don’t want to miss out on the beauty of our calendar seasons when we are in the midst of a hard season of life.  We can get so bogged down with the tough seasons that the beauty in our surroundings can escape us if we’re not intentional with our focus. After missing the joy of spring last year, I was somehow surprised at the blessing of our daughter visiting two weeks ago and planting my porch pots with beautiful flowers.  I wasn’t able to do that last year, and I’d nearly forgotten how much I…

  • Are You One of THOSE People_

    Are You One Of THOSE People?

    Not too long ago, I realized I might be one of THOSE people.  Do you know to whom I’m referring?  Those people are extremists about whatever is their thing.  Whatever your area or thing, are you afraid people see you as one of those? It occurs to me that, when people don’t quite understand why we do the things we do, they may see us as extremists.  When we are serious enough about our Christianity, our health, or any other area of life, to make serious changes in our actions, people notice.  As the saying goes . . . Actions speak louder than words. There was a time in my…