• Lamentations 3.22 by EmbraceThisSeason.com

    How A Cheapened “I Love You” Negates True Compassion

    Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. (Psalms 51:1) Flippant I love you’s seem to have taken over.  Rather than saving them for meaningful encounters, we spread I love you’s all over the place, nearly thoughtlessly – especially during Valentine season.  Do you “heart” Facebook posts often?  I do (even when Like is sufficient). When something rings true spiritually or if the post involves people for whom I feel affection, I’m super-quick to click the heart.  How about you? There is absolutely nothing wrong with spreading the love.  But, I just wonder if we’ve cheapened the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • TO BE or NOT TO BE in 2019?

    TO BE or NOT TO BE in 2019

    Happy New Year!  It felt good to flip over my calendar this morning to a fresh new day, new month, and brand new year.  I hope you enjoyed your holidays (holy days) with family and friends.  I so enjoyed the chats with you on my Tree of Hope  post.  You continue to bless me with your sweet, supportive comments, prayers, and encouragements. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I continually ponder and pray about what God has for me next.  How about you? Surely you know that you are gifted with many talents.  Even if you think you lack talent for anything much, God equipped you with specific…

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    Christmas Blessings

    Merry Christmas! If you came to be with me here from my blog at the former Curtain Queen Creates, you might remember Rocky Henriques.  He’s a preacher and author who offered us his Kindle e-book freebies from time to time.  I still enjoy his books! Rocky is very giving and offered to help me with needs like designing book covers in the past.  I visited his Facebook page here recently, where he shared this wonderful image at no charge for non-profit use.  Of course I took him up on the offer so I could share it with you.  😉 Image Source With the addition of L-O-V-E, this image Rocky designed…

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    Tree of Hope

    Are you ready for Christmas?  I am this year, but that wasn’t the case last Christmas.  Our daughter decorated the entire house for Christmas last December, which was wonderful!  But things were hard.  Different.  Everything was a struggle. Large sections of lights on our thirteen-year-old artificial tree were lifeless.  Working lights had to be strung.  I said to forget it and not fool with it – to not have a tree at all.  It was beyond me.  With years of decking our halls when often no family members took part, I was ready to join the ranks of the others and do the same.  Details didn’t matter anymore.  December days…

  • LACKING in LOVING and Leaving The Church

    There’s a story of D.L. Moody directing his Sunday School class in Chicago long ago.  A boy in his class walked several miles to that church for Sunday School rather than attending a church closer to his home.  Someone asked him why he walked so far to the church over there  when he didn’t have to. His reply is why we should treat others among us carefully and lovingly.  His reply demonstrates why people leave a particular church and never go back.  It might even prove why people are leaving the church, period.  His reply: Because they love a feller over there. Think about that.  Is your church loving of…

  • What Would You Do?

    What Would You Do If Faced With ISIS?

    Have you ever wondered how you would react if an enemy held a gun to your face and demanded that you renounce Jesus Christ or die? Early in my faith, I questioned my ability to stand strong.  My faith in the Lord had not fully developed yet.  It isn’t always easy to predict what we’d do in that moment when faced with possible torture and probable death.  Do or die.  What would it be? It’s quite possible that you know without doubt what you would do.  I now know and thank our Lord for many tough seasons of preparation!  Trials are the refining seasons some of us (me!) need for…

  • 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…

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    The Blesser

    Are you thankful October is here?  And for cooler temperatures?  Fall is my favorite season of the year.  Each day begins with praise to the Lord for His goodness, His Lordship, His gorgeous creation…the intricate design in the leaves…pumpkins…apples and cinnamon, and on and on it goes.  I savor my Lord as I end my time of praise and head to the kitchen for a soothing and delicious turmeric/ginger/cinnamon latte. How I wish you could join me for one of these completely sweet, warming, better-than-pumpkin-fall-goodness-in-a-mug fall treats! It is healing, anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting, blood sugar reducing, hormone balancing, pain relieving, plus many more benefits.  I’m thankful God has brought many…

  • Sticks and Stones

    Words Matter To Our Core

    Since my last post about damaging thought patterns, God hasn’t left me alone about the next step in the process (His process) for Christian perseverance and strength in the tough seasons.  Isn’t God a pest sometimes?  (Couldn’t do without it, though. 🙂 ) He has been showing me that, as a female who vents (don’t we all?) with mostly my mom, I am so vulnerable in this area of discussion today. We can thank the Lord for smacking us around  sometimes, can’t we?  I surely can.  We need (I needed) another wake-up call about words in my life, both silent and spoken. Here’s our wake-up call for this week. There…