• Sayings That Aren't Biblical

    What We Say To The Hurting That Isn’t Actually Biblical

    When you’re in a tough season, people struggle to know what to say.  They want to comfort you, and they search for words that will bless you.  Bless their hearts!  They truly mean to help you . . . but sometimes miss the mark.  Some have the gift of speaking loving truths into your life at just the right moment.  But not all. What’s wrong with being honest?  Why not say “I don’t have a clue what you are going through, but I am praying God will fix it.”  Or, “I’m praying for you in your pain and grief.”  (Or, we could do like my friend in this post.) Personally,…

  • Blessing Your Prodigal

    How To Bless Others – Even Your Prodigal

    Blessings are the words of life.  So, why wouldn’t we pray blessings for others?  With whom are you most concerned in your current hard circumstance or season?  I suspect that if someone has harmed you in some way in your current season, they could benefit from prayers of blessing – whether you think they deserve it or not. We can bless or we can curse, and of course, we would never want to curse anyone.  So, we choose to bless, extending prayers of mercy and grace on the behalf of others – including the prodigal if you have one. The prodigal can benefit greatly from your prayers of  blessing –…

  • 5 Points to Ponder When Faced With A Good HIDER

    5 Points To Ponder When Faced With A Good HIDER

    In last week’s post, I mentioned that I added my new California flight friend to my prayers.  Although I prejudged her for her reaction to my story about Emmie (as explained in that post), we never know what others are going through.  What hard things in her life was she possibly struggling to get through?  How could I tell? While tough seasons give us a tender heart for others, before that eventually kicks in, our own pain can dull our senses.  A pain bucket that’s filled to the rim can cause us to block any pain from outside sources above what we’re already dealing with on our own. Your subconscious…

  • How To Reach Your Prodigal On THEIR Turf

    “Many in the church today are being held captive spiritually, not because of the enemy’s power, but because we do not clearly understand our authority and calling in Christ…  As we begin to understand the hope of His calling, we will begin to walk in an abundant life of freedom and power.” Angie Weaver That quote is so true!  We have more power than many of us realize. When crying out to God for answers to your prayers for your prodigal, why not go directly to the source of the trouble?  I don’t mean physically going to the places where they hang out.  Nor to stand face to face with…

  • Time for Jesus

    Making Time for Time With Jesus

    What sort of season are you in right now?  I know winter and possibly snow season, but in your life.  Is it snowy in your life . . . cold . . . lonely . . . a hard time right now?  If so, I picture you staying inside, huddling by the fire, drinking warm cups of tea.  Are you taking time to be with the Lord?  Our tendency is to turn to God when we are in a season of suffering. If you happen to be in a good season right now, I picture you in a season of joyful sledding . . . laughter . . . friends…

  • BAKED ZUCCHINI ZITI

    Healthful Baked Zucchini Ziti

    So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) There is more to this pasta dish than meets the eye.  This zucchini ziti is not meatless.  You can choose ground beef or turkey – or even ground deer.  The American diet is overloaded with sugars and simple carbs and, worst of all, it’s lacking in ample quantities of veggies.  We are the most healthy when we eat foods close to the way God created them, adding in more vegetables to our meals whenever possible.    Zucchini is the health star of this dish! Why Zucchini is a Health…

  • How to Know God Will Do It

    But, WILL He? How to Know God WILL Do It

    Will He?  That was my question.  For months. Soon after our prodigal season began, a very close friend (and 2 AM sister) sent me the book, He is Able by Priscilla Shirer.  It’s a great book for recounting all the ways that anything is possible with God!  All the while . . . I had another question. I Know God is Able. But, WILL He? You might ask, “Will He what?”  And my answer would have been. “WILL God answer my plea?  WILL He bring our daughter back?” If you read last week’s (shameless) post  He First Loved Us In The Hard Seasons and my continual tears for months, today’s…

  • three little BAFFLING words @EmbraceThisSeason.com

    He First Loved Us In The Hard Seasons

    It was a Sunday morning.  Just like all the other Sundays during that hard season, I stood during our morning worship welcome time with my eyes cast downward, trying to hide my tear-streaked face. Poor choir!  Our third-row-pew afforded the choir members an up-front-and-personal view of raw emotion so visible that I know it grew somewhat irritating and tiresome for them to endure every Sunday.  Week after week turned into month upon month.  When would it end? That’s the way it is with a prodigal season of shame, sadness, and indescribable grief.  Well, that’s the way it was for me, at least.  If you’ve experienced a season of brutal betrayal,…

  • Health Limits Us

    How Anything But Optimal Health Limits Us In All Seasons

    Neighbors, Welcome Into My Kitchen! Excuse me while I freshen things for company.  I have my face on this morning, so no more Instagram pictures  like I shared last weekend, surrounded by Christmas clutter sans make-up.  (Horrors!  And, please follow me.)  Dusting my hands off now with Christmas decor all boxed up (woohoo!).  All I lack now is bribing hubs to pack away the Christmas Tree of Hope. A question for you:  As you look back at the long line of hills and valleys of your life, through hard seasons and celebratory times, can you agree that you needed God’s strength most of all and also good health?  As Christians,…

  • How To BE Without BEing Stressed!

    I’m afraid that I may have left you with the wrong impression in my last post (TO BE or NOT TO BE in 2019).  Did you take it that I said you should BE something spectacular?  To pile onto your already-filled-plate to BE more?  To BE better?  Maybe even to outBE others?  What pressure! Part of BEing who God wants us to BE is BEing at rest in Him. BEing at peace.  BEing content to simply BE who He calls us to BE. Yesterday This morning in my happy place (where it’s just God and me, alone without distraction), I was reading the passages and questions from a 50-day personal…

  • HOW DID THEY KNOW?

    How Did They Know?

    Did you have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend?  Oh, I hope so! Both of our kids were home for a full four days of blessings…so refreshing after last year’s Thanksgiving day alone.  At that time, I was walking like a drunk person and was too embarrassed to go anywhere much besides church.  I sent my family to enjoy turkey and the trimmings at a tailgate we were invited to attend before their Mississippi State University football game. While alone, I went on-line and researched all about Multiple Sclerosis.  I’d had the thought years earlier that my symptoms could be MS related but didn’t think they were bad enough to mean anything…

  • 2 Cor. 1.4

    Lysa Terkeurst – More Than My Virtual Friend

    Does it grieve you to see others in pain?  I am filled with love, compassion, and thankfulness all at the same time today.  Let me explain.  Lysa Terkeurst (whose name I always struggled to spell) is someone many of you know from her best-selling books, speaking engagements at Christian women events, and all things Proverbs 31 Ministries. I’ve grown alongside Lysa for the past fifteen years at least, as we are in the same stage with our now-grown children.  While raising her kids, she taught me to give the Best Yes, my fave from her completely inspiring writings.   She came out publicly recently with her personal story of life-shattering…

  • Give Thanks

    Hey, Friend! About Your Thanksgiving Thankfulness…

    Do you look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings with excitement?  Or, do you have a little bit of dread tucked inside the deep recesses of your heart?  Holidays can be extra testy if you or a family member has illness, if you have a prodigal, or when you face any number of other issues.  It could be that you have just a regular ol’ normal  dysfunctional family. While I pondered this year’s festivities at my house, I wondered how it will be for you.  Thanksgiving isn’t always like the Hallmark cards and movies with happy endings, all tied up in a nice pretty bow.  I’ve already begun streaming those…

  • A Step in Faith

    Steps in Faith

    A friend at church recently commented that I didn’t have my walking stick with me.  I told him I’d chunked  it!  At the time, I’d decided to keep the stick in my car rather than in my hand because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).  Can I get an AMEN? Granted, I’m not in a wheelchair.  I’m blessed to have only needed a stick for steadying my steps.    I’m NOT saying you need to chunk your stick necessarily if you need one to keep you from falling.  And definitely don’t chunk your wheel chair if you need it! Today, I’m sharing something God…

  • A New Understanding

    A New Understanding

    If you have a prodigal, perhaps you are praying each day from the list of verses in my Prodigal Scripture Prayers download.  Now that my prodigal has returned, I pray alongside others with prodigals.  It is amazing to see God work – and it’s wonderful to see these young people return to their families and to the Lord. This passage in particular stuck in my mind after studying it and letting its meaning soak in. So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you.  We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.  Then the…