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Hear What He Says

Last week I shared the verse about having ears to listen.  This is another take on listening to God…but this emphasizes not just the hearing, but the understanding of what God tells us.

Those of us who truly belong to Christ understand that we are to follow what God says.  I think God is whispering to a lot of people trying to pull them closer to Him, but they don’t hear it, or they don’t understand what and why.  But as followers we know the “code” God is using to get deeper into our hearts.  We hear Him all the time.  And we get it. The who, the what, they why.  And we know that even though we are small as a bird compared to His great vastness, He is taking the time to shine His love and care on us each individually.  We know we belong.

Now our task is to help others understand they belong as well.


Love all

Happy Valentine’s day.  This may seem like a strange verse for today, but it not about Eros love, but Agape love.  As so many people celebrate the first kind, it is an even better day to show agape to all people we come in contact with.  No matter who they are, their circumstances, their opinions or beliefs.  We are to fulfill the law of Christ…love one another as I have loved you.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Take on one another’s burdens, care for each other in the deepest and most self less ways we can.

This is hard.  It really is.  But Jesus knew what He was talking about.


An Escape

I love this verse!  Especially when I am having a bad day and it just doesn’t seem like I am going to make it to the end of that particular struggle, or it looks like there are just more on the horizon.

Our faith helps us believe that God will not test us without giving us some escape.  It may only be for a few seconds, it may be longer, it may be for eternity when we get close to Him in heaven.  No matter what, as we endure we have hope in Him, we know He is carrying us, and that in the end He will point us in the right direction.  That He will make a way, even if it is just a little pocket, that will help us feel the strength of His love.


By Day Commands Love

Isn’t it lovely to know that God is with us all hours of the day?  Waking and sleeping He is always with us.  He is always working toward us finding approval, encouraging us to find approval, pulling us closer to His approval.  He is whispering and singing over us.  We, too, should then whisper and sing His praises.


Healing wings

I like to think of those good things we were clinging yesterday like this illustration.  For those of us who take the time to revere God’s name and be thankful for the goodness we will rise up into the sky–the dawn of a new day or the setting of one accomplished–on the wings of angels.  He heals us–of our sins, what we have done or left undone.  Each and every day He heals our hearts, minds, and bodies.  He pulls us close to Him and gives us hope for the next thing–in this life and in the next.



I am a cling wrap flunkie.  No matter whether it is a brand name, knockoff, whatever–I can’t get that thin film of plastic to stick to anything.  That is unless, I wrap the whole darn thing ten times so it looks like some monster shrink wrapped thing.

But I can cling to God.  Like that piece of lint or the dog hair or a burr that refuses to come off my favorite clothing.   I know that He is what is strong and good in my life.  He is what gives me hope in this wide world.

Do you cling to what is good?  Or do you brush it aside and focus on the bad things that happened in your day?  Uplifting quotes to make your bad day so much better: perspective in five minutes:

I found this on Pinterest and it made me smile.  We all know people that milk that bad stuff.  That go looking  for it.  Today I challenge you to find 3 good things in your experiences and cling to them.



Let’s pray today:

God, we come before you humbly in awe of your works and thankful that you inspired humans to record them so that we may learn about your greatness, your vastness, your amazing love.  Remind us to open your record often, clear our schedules, lead us to put you first, and open our hears and minds to understand the gift of the scriptures.  Let your words sink deep into our hears so that we would believe and recognize their importance in our own lives.  Bless all those who find comfort and discernment on its pages.

with praise to you Christ,



Great Works

This verse refers to ALL the works of God…but I am going to focus on the ones recorded in the Bible.

Studying the Bible is so different from just reading it.  I have never read the Bible all the way through.  But I spend every morning reading and digging deeper into selected texts.  I read commentaries and histories and other studies to help me understand the poetry, context, deeper meanings.  There are so many layers to the words and stories of the Bible!  We can take them at face value, but we can get so much more out of those simple words in a not so simple book when we take the time to understand them, apply them to our own thoughts and emotions, and enjoy them in a bigger context.  We can find that they will point to things in our daily life, or we might find that we will have to wait for heaven to enjoy the full meaning and promise of those phrases.

Nothing is ever simple with God.  That is for sure.  I mean, look at the complex world He created!  Why would His inspired texts be any different?  He knew, and planned, to make His works something that would take careful consideration so that we would melt it into our hearts, brains, and the very fibers of our beings.  And He knew that when we take the time to dig deep into them we would truly delight in His works.


All scripture

The Bible.  It can be such a blessing when it is used the right way.  When it is used as a teaching tool.  When it is used for hope and love.  When it is respected. When it is used in context.

God inspired people to write down important things for us to learn.  God inspired people to record true events.  God inspired a how-to book that would equip us for good work.  God inspired a book that proves He is in control, knows all, and He is the only one allowed to judge us in the end.

I had a college professor who did his best to find all of the incongruencies with history, different translations, and point out all of the human fallacies associated with the Bible.   He got to me for a long time.

Until I realized.  He forgot to enjoy the inspired aspect of the Bible.  He forgot to respect its poetry and teachings that would last for an eternity that would outlast any human tinkering.  He forgot to lecture on studying the deeper meanings of the Bible.  He forgot that God is so much bigger and awesome and creative–that He would never reveal everything.

We are so blessed to have such a record of so many inspired writers.


Whole heart, soul, mind and strength


At the center of it all is God–He created it all, He planned it all, He will redeem us all.  When we keep His love in the forefront of our minds it is so much easier to be obedient to His word with sheer gratitude for all He is and does.

To many of us are leaving our love for God out of our everyday conversations.  We love Him–but is it with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength?

Or only when His love conforms to our opinions?

While we are all really good at sharing our opinions, we are not always good at stepping back and critiquing our own words. We are not always good about considering their impact.    Often we think because it is our opinion, our story, our understanding that it is the only and right way.  We too often forget that everyone has a different story and understanding of reality.

Before you share your thoughts practice the pause…go to God.  Ask Him to work through your love for Him to fill your mind and soul.  Ask Him to give you strength to fill your heart and words with His love.  Then  share His love through your words.  So that others can find hope through a deep love of God as well.





I am not one to pray for specific things or answers.  I pray more for what I know God can provide for sure:  strength, patience, peace, vision, love, all that good stuff.  Because I have come to understand over the years that I am not going to get what I want right away, but in His time.  But I can get immediately what God wants for my soul, the things only He can provide, the things that are always with me if I only recognize that He is by my side standing with me.  Do you understand this?  Let’s all take just a minute today to pray that we can feel God standing beside us feeling His power work in our souls to help us cope with the ways of humans, the truth that we are on Earth and out of control, and that we need only trust in Jesus and His plan.


Blessed Under Trial


This is one of my favorites from this year’s calendar.

Sometimes when we are in the midst of trials, feel jailed in our own world, locked up in stress, sadness, chaos, anxiety–whatever it is–it is really hard to feel blessed and feel God.  Those are the times when we might be questioning the most.  And in those times we must remember God never promised to save us from trials here on Earth.  Our blessings in faith will come later–we will spend this very short time on Earth in trial, but we will spend eternity in His loving arms, in peace.

We just have to look for the peace, and the little reminders from God in the midst of it all.


Friends and wine


How perfect is this at this time in my life????  I am writing this during one of my last weeks in Illinois (working ahead so there are posts when I am away from computers).  And I am enjoying wine with a lot of old friends.    Many times this year I enjoyed the opportunity to break bread and share drinks with old friends from other states, other seasons.  Each time, we sat and talked like we had never been separated.  Not only did it make me cherish those friends more, but it comforted me as I readied to leave friends in Illinois.  For I knew, I will never abandon them, I just won’t see them as often.   And I knew I would be returning to friends in Iowa.

This verse comforts me as I prepare to make new friends as well.  When we moved to Illinois I had this crazy notion that I needed to make friends immediately, ones that I could share everything with.  I don’t feel that way this time.  I understand what the writer means–it is okay to let new friendships ripen on the vine and let them age until they can be fully enjoyed.  I can’t expect too much too soon.  And I shouldn’t forsake the old while waiting on the new.

Hopefully this comforts some of my old friends as well.  You will always have places in my heart, and in my home wherever that may be.


Remember the end


I think this is pretty darn true.  If I would stop and consider how my actions are going to impact the future, I might make some different decisions.  Too often, I think we as humans only consider the here and now, and we forget to consider how sins of today might change our tomorrows.  How they might affect our eternity.

I do believe that God has plans for us on a day to day basis.  I do think He affects the minutae of our days.  But more so, I know that His plans are for the end of our lives.  He wants us in the here and now, but He really wants us to plan for the end– when we have the chance, and the choice, to be with Him.  Our life on earth is so tiny in comparison to the option of spending eternity with Jesus.

How is what we are doing today affecting that future?




If you can’t read my chicken scratch here are the words of Sirach 6:14-17 on wisdom–

Come to her with all your soul and keep her ways with all your might.  Search out and seek and she will become known to you and when you get a hold of her do not let go for at last you will find the rest she gives and she will be changed into joy for you.  She will become a strong defense and her collar a glorious robe.  her yoke a golden ornament and her bonds a purple cord.  you will wear her like a glorious robe.  

I already had this sketch with the long skirt covered in a garden, and when I read these verses I knew that they belonged with her.  Each of the flowers reminded me of a different bit of wisdom, a memory, an opportunity, whether good or bad, to learn and grow.  To turn the bad ones into beautiful  chances to grow in joy.

I want to wear wisdom as a glorious robe.  I want to seek out wisdom and let it hold me until it fills me with joy.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  How different would our world be if everyone looked at wisdom this way?  If we let learning change our hearts for good, instead of bitterness and anger?  If we all cloaked ourselves in the gloriousness of love?

I am praying for that.  For all of us.


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