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I hate transition! I absolutely dislike change!


Am I the only one? I doubt it. History has shown me that change is normal .. it comes with life. And, frankly, change is sometimes a good thing. When we are in transition, we are more likely to seek His face for wisdom. We look to the Word of God for guidance.  When we are experiencing a time of change, we allow Him to prune us of all areas in our lives which we need to shed.

I am a list maker and I like to have my life planned out. But, to be honest, I agree with Joyce Meyers when she says that she thinks God must sit up there and laugh at us when we have a plan. I had to giggle when heard that because I can have everything planned down to a ‘T’ and in reality, do I really have anything under control? Do I control the weather? Do I even have a clue on what is happening next? He alone knows if I will even be breathing in this next second!

Frankly, why do I feel the need for control? I know that in reality, only He has control. I can not even predict if I will breathe in the next second! I have a huge need for security and I bet, I am not alone.

Where do you run when life seems rocky and unsure? Do you run to your close friend or your spouse? One is very blessed to have someone close to run to.  These people are true treasures from His throne. He gives us people we can share life with and find community and this is so important! To walk through life with the joy and companionship of a close and trusted friend is precious.

When times of ‘chaos’ come, I have learned to run to Him. Run to Him in worship. Turn on the worship music, rest in His presence and allow Him to speak to me … even when it is a time of repentance. If there needs to be a pruning in my soul, this can be a most welcome time of healing.  When there is a lot of change going on, this is a time of growth if I allow Him to work in my heart. Do I allow Him to rid me of areas that need trimming? Is He actually answering a prayer? I have recently prayed to go deeper with Him… hmmmm… He is hearing my hearts cry.

As I realize this, now I must ask, “Am I teachable?” I pray that I am.  Take me deeper, Lord, take me deeper.

As I pray this, I am wondering, anyone  want to go deeper in His Word? Come and join us on and request to join! In the next few weeks, we will be starting a new bible study. Beth Moore’s A Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place or possibly her newest study on 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

In His love,




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Psalm 130

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Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
O Lord, hear my voice
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits.
and in His word I put my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
Psalm 130


Oh, this is my heart’s cry today. There has been just a bit too much of life today. So, I have Jesus Culture blaring, grabbed my Bible and I am soaking up His Word. It is  a balm to my soul and a light unto my feet. As I read, I am convinced that I am a sinner, one who desperately needs a Savior.I am never where I want to be. I always fall short. But, He knows I will struggle and I will fall.  His grace is ever abundant and His grace is sufficient for all my needs. All we need is to call out to El Roi, the God who hears. Just as He heard the cry of Hagar in the desert, He will hear our cry. As a friend in our House Church said this past week, ‘our faith if little, but His faithfulness is great’.  I am grateful He hears my cries, even as insignificant as I am that the God who speaks worlds into creation, that is beyond comprehension, hears my cry. And He hears yours too.

 Psalm 130

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A Rose by Any Other Name…

A Rose by Any Other Name


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Sometimes, Life is just HARD!

Sometimes, there is no earthly reason why somethings happen. Like recently, our church lost a dear woman of God. Lost? Well, she’s not lost but rejoicing at His feet.  But, isn’t that how we feel? We feel that we lost out on a real treasure and we want to shake our fists at the sky and ask, “what for?’

King Solomon wrote this famous passage towards the end of his life. He had it all. He was the wealthiest king Israel ever had. He asked and received the gift of wisdom and was probably the wisest person to ever live. He wrote these words …..
1  There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
2  A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3  A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4  A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5  A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6  A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7  A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
8  A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

We serve a Sovereign God. He alone knows what will happen and there is nothing that passes Him unnoticed. Nothing surprises Him.  He alone is sitting on the throne of eternity and He does know best. Even when it hurts. Especially when He calls someone precious to us to worship Him at His feet.

Someone I consider to be one of the wisest people I know, someone who loves the Lord deeply, grounded in God’s Word and someone I consider a mentor has said He was mad at God when he heard of our “Precious Rose” passing. Some people might find that heretical but I believe He is big enough to handle our anger, our confusion and angst when we lose someone. I bet He might even welcome it if it were to bring us closer in relationship with Him. He desires a freshness, a mask-free truth in our walk with Him. What can we hide from Him anyways? I found comfort in this. It only speaks more of what I learned from ‘our Rose.”

I have been writing on restoration and what I learned at that retreat came from this “rose”. She was  one of  the speakers and she opened her heart and spoke freely about all that Jesus has done for her and what He can do for each one who calls out to Him. She left an eternal mark on my heart. It’s time to be real. It’s time to be a rose.

Ever been to a wedding where the flower girl throws out rose petals? That is how this “Rose” lived out His grace around us. She was spread out, the fragrance of her life was sweet and there was always another handful of sweet-smelling grace to be thrown out so others could be blessed.

I have no wise and wonderful words on why God takes people home before their time… or better said, before we would say it’s time…only that He knows. He knows best. And there is a time for everything under the sun. But, I do know He has a purpose for each of us and He calls us all to shed those bugs and thorns and allow the dew of His presence to open the Rose that He created us to be.  Let’s keep moving in our walks of restoration.


 A Rose by Any Other Name...

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Count it all Joy!

Count it all Joy!

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 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2–4, NASB).

One of those days?

Ever have one of those days? Those weeks or even one of those Years?  It seems like nothing is ever going to go your way?  Ever wonder if you are having to keep learning the same lesson over and over again? Like the Israelites marching around Mt. Sinai, we can be stubborn and thick-headed and unwilling to learn the lesson the first time.

I love the book of James. It is filled with nuggets and whenever I’m having one of those days, I always seem to stumble  this verse.  This actually reads well with where I’ve been stuck lately, John 15. See, I know I need pruning from time to time and how we all grow during times of trial. He can and does use everything to help us grow into maturity.

But, this passage seems to fly in the face of our flesh. And it should if we ever hope to grow into maturity. Going through a difficult, horrible trial is never pleasurable or desirable but these troubles, these events that shake our world to pieces it seems are only there to make us stronger.

Being made strong

Several years ago, my husband and I went through a situation which could have torn our lives to shreds. And if we did not have the Lord Jesus, it probably would have.  He alone walked with us. He alone was our strength and there truly was a joy that did not leave even when things were at its darkest.  His promises proved to always be true and even though it was  a terrible ordeal, I am not the same today as I was then. I am better for it for I know who I serve. I have been pruned.

As I go through another trial, I have peace of heart that is unshakable. I am being pruned and yes it hurts but I will be fruitful. One thing I have learned is, the more we are tried, the more we grow into His likeness. And isn’t that our goal? To be made into His likeness, perfect and complete lacking in nothing? Our Abba Father will not allow us to go through anything that we cannot handle…without Hi and that is the key. We must stay attached to the One who can handle all things, the One who gives us strength to do all things for those who are in Christ Jesus. We must stay ‘abiding in Him’.

So, consider it all joy when you are going through a trial. You will come out better for it!

 Count it all Joy!

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Liberty is..The List

Liberty is…The List

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The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
2  To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3  To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Is 61:1–3). 

As Fourth of July comes, a common theme emerges.  Yes, Liberty, Freedom has been a theme of my heart since my retreat.

So some thoughts that randomly come to mind..

Liberty is…Finding Peace of Mind through Jesus Christ.  This comes from following His Word.

Liberty is…Knowing who we are in Christ. We are free to be who He created us to be.

Liberty is…Being open to worship in such a manner that we could care less who is watching. Just knowing He loves our worship is enough.

Liberty is…Being bold to love all who come into our lives. Even the stranger at the check out line or standing on the side of the street with a sign. Love Well.

Liberty is…Being forgiven.

Liberty is…Loving much.

Liberty is…Being Christlike

Liberty is…Walking in obedience even when it is scary. We can trust Who holds our future.

Liberty is…Being free of any guilt or regret. Letting go of all condemnation and sin a leaving it at the foot of the cross.

Liberty is… Allowing the God of Grace to restore the ancient ruins of our souls and being made into a new creation.

Liberty is…. Jesus Christ!

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