• God's Loving Directive

    God’s Character: Love and Equality

    Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  Our topic today is from Numbers, chapter twenty-seven. Herein lies the question. The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph.  The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah.  They came forward and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, “Our father died in the wilderness.  He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no…

  • Willing To Be Wrong

    Are You Willing To Be Wrong?

    In my quest to contemplate in 2021 (Your Word For 2021), I stepped out of my comfort zone.  I contemplated the possibility that my beliefs could be wrong.  Admitting to being wrong requires humility. The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4) You might argue that my experience was wrong, but you can’t say it didn’t happen.  It was real.  And, I believe, it was good.  Maybe not exactly fair, but I learned early that life isn’t fair. You know I’ve been quiet about beliefs other than Christianity.  I don’t share my political views or chosen type of religion.  (Sometimes I…

  • Amaze God With Your Faith

    Amazing Jesus With Your Faith

    Do you want to astonish Jesus? It seems my trust is constantly tested.  You, too?  Satan never fails to jab hubs and I regularly with fear on several fronts.  You know it, if you read my recent post, When The Hits Just Keep Coming. And, aren’t we all reeling with the continual changes to our lives made by our politicians, behaviors of fellow citizens?  (There is so much I want to say about all of it, but where would I begin?)  Behind it all, Satan celebrates. Are your main tools to fight the enemy like mine – with prayer and daily Bible reading?  For the last ten or so years,…

  • Hits Keep Coming

    When The Hits Just Keep Coming

    I haven’t said it here yet . . . Happy New Year! But is it?  Can you honestly wish others a happy new year when your world feels like it’s crumbling? When in a tough season, new year tidings are hard to give – and receive.  Much like Christmas merry-wishes, too.  We don’t “feel it” when we’re in the valley.  Or when dear loved ones are experiencing trouble.  Their pain can hurt our heart as much as or even more than our own troubles. I think of you often between publishing blog posts.  I wonder about your season of life – about whether it’s a tough one for you right…

  • The Sparrow In His Care

    Embracing Another Test of Trust

    Happy Monday!  First thing, I want to remind you to register for the SPIRITUAL SEEDS PLANNER PACKAGE GIVEAWAY!  while there’s still time.  The winner will be announced in only three more days, so today and tomorrow are the final days to register.  It’s quick and easy to register! And now for today’s point.  It never fails.  When I make a commitment to show up and be present for you, things seem to fall apart.  With many plans last week to share about the Spiritual Seeds Planner and giveaway, things couldn’t happen the way I’d planned.  And further, the week brought so many varied emotions! Monday brought an unexpected continuation of…

  • Spiritual Seeds Planner Giveaway

    Spiritual Seeds Planner Package GIVEAWAY!

    Welcome, December!!!  There are exciting things in store for us – this month and next year! You all have been very patient with me, and I thank you.  I apologize for not being present throughout 2020 to encourage you in every phase of our nationally turbulent season.  I thought of you as I prepared for Thanksgiving visitors last week and wondered how you were doing.  I prayed for all of you who might be in a very personal and specific (beyond COVID19 quarantine stuff) tough season. How hard it is to have a thankful posture when in a tough season!  As sister embracers, we must remember that God is for…

  • Spiritual Seeds Planners

    How To Make Plans For 2021 (After Our 2020 Unexplainable Year!)

    That’s a current questions, isn’t it?  After most all of our plans for 2020 were debunked, what’s the use of making plans for 2021?  Should we even buy a planner?  I wondered about that, too. As you know, I’ve had little to plan for these last three years – other than doctor visits.  Cancer requires living in three-month increments.  From scan to scan.  Just when you settle into a routine, the next scan can totally change the schedule of things.  I’ve kept a calendar, of course.  A day planner, or rather, a weekly planner type.  Nothing long-term. When illness came, I stopped using planners for making intentional life plans.  You…

  • Your Rain

    What Is Your RAIN?

    All the evidence I needed. . . . Rain was coming!!! You may know I take a girl’s trip each year with a group of high-school friends.  This being the year we all turn sixty (yikes!), we planned an especially distinctive trip.  All spring, Covid19 created a looming question over the entire plan.  Just in the nick of time, things opened back up to the point where our trip could happen . . . exactly at the entrance to summer season . . . cautiously. With a new plan altered from the original flight reservations, hubs drove me (with his motorcycle in tow by trailer) to Dallas to connect with…

  • Losing my mojo?

    Lost My Mo-Jo?

    Happy October first! I’m thrilled to be back with you after a loooong summer off.  Here in the south, summer season lasts until Halloween or after.  Ask anyone who tried wearing a furry costume on Halloween and swealted (sweated and melted) completely while cruising the neighborhood for tricks or treats. How are you doing?  Did you enjoy your summer, even when in partial quarantine?  I hope so!  For those of you who have been around a while, I didn’t mean to cause alarm that maybe my health took a bad turn.  Praise the Lord!  He is managing my health wonderfully through various avenues. When the thought first came to me…

  • Restoring God's temple in you

    Restoring NORMAL

    It’s Faithfulness Friday time again!  Could you use a fresh examination of God’s faithfulness in this current quarantine season?  Are you still practicing physical distancing? The social aspect of distancing (or not) is handled through various social media outlets.  Do you spend time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.?  No distancing there! Just as with our church, yours is probably reaching out in new ways for on-line sermons and gatherings through video, Facebook Live, and/or Zoom sessions.  It’s been a lot of fun getting together in new ways, and it’s certainly better than nothing.  Even a screen view of our friends is better than no view at all. We say we…

  • meat and coronavirus

    Some Comparisons Between Meat and Coronavirus

    Happy Faithfulness Friday!  You’ll find this Faithfulness Friday post to be different from the others so far.  Today’s faithfulness passages are from Numbers 11. The difference between this post and the others is that I took the opportunity to discuss things on Facebook Live yesterday rather than putting it all in print for you today.  I put on mascara, which doesn’t make much difference, but mascara made me feel better – more put-together and fully dressed. Side note:  Are you going without makeup these days, wearing your pj’s or yoga pants all day?  Do tell! Back to our topic today, you’ll want to read the entire eleventh chapter of Numbers…

  • A time for everything

    It’s Not Fatal

    Welcome to Faithfulness Friday! While many live in fear of the Coronavirus that, for some, is fatal, God keeps telling me to shout, “Arise, church!  Stand in awe!  Be expectantly amazed as your Father demonstrates His power and His provision in troubling days.  God is refining us, His children, to stand boldly for His name’s sake.  Yes, stand in awe as the Lord displays His glory!” Do you live in expectation of the good God will bring?  He is faithfully stretching us, bending us to seek new ways to reach others in community for the explosion of His church and the gospel.  May we be faithful to the Lord and…

  • The Paradigm

    A Book You Won’t Want to Miss – and Why

    I didn’t start out expecting to give you book reviews, but what I just finished hearing on Audible is one you won’t want to miss. It seems that people are lost without the regular activities of normal life.  Things are definitely NOT normal right now, are they?  The Covid-19 epidemic has us in a quandary.  Fingernails tapping on the counter.  What to do.  What to do…. Listening to books on tape was something I used to do while cleaning house.  Cleaning house isn’t an all-day activity for me anymore, nor even for half a day.  In small snippets of time, I do laundry, cook, or run the vacuum, and then…

  • Psalm 91

    Messianic Psalm of Life

    Welcome to this week’s Faithfulness Friday! Since last week’s Faithfulness Friday post, Psalm 90, A Psalm of Death, I noticed people in the on-line world examining Psalm 91 more intently.  Psalm 91 is identified in some commentaries as the Psalm of Life.  As we saw last week, there is much about life in the 90th Psalm, too. While in these weeks of an altered life, staying home in seclusion and hopefully protected from the spread of Covid-19, we get so much encouragement from the psalms.  Psalm 91 provides comfort, revealing God’s protection for His children when encountering the dangers of life. This psalm also reveals the coming Messiah, our Lord…

  • Season of Seclusion

    6 Points About This Season Of Seclusion

    This could have been a Facebook LIVE discussion and would have if I didn’t have this cough.  Not the coronavirus cough – but one that followed me home from New Orleans last month, our combined Valentine and 30th anniversary excursion.  I’m not really sick, just coughing.  On some days (like today), it’s a lot.  So, was the trip worth it all?  Given what we know now of what may have been lurking then, I’d say no. I hope you are (like me) staying home as much as absolutely possible.  What is your present consecutive quarantine day?  (This is my 7th.)  Self-quarantine has been my life to a certain degree over…