Appreciating  scripture and writings about anxiety and JOY, 17NOV – #503



Appreciating  scripture and writings about anxiety and JOY, 17NOV

I thank the Lord that I wrote these pure pep talks over a year ago – really I have found that I have gotten even more busy as time goes – and these pertain even more – but I also find that I am less stressed because I try to listen and discern the Lord’s plans because they are much much better than mine!!!

Today I was thinking at physical therapy that my shoulder recovery made it to only about number 5 on the list of major things going on in my life right now – I figured that God even threw in my car dying and new used car shopping into the mix right now because why not?!!! Might as well process and change up EVERYTHING at once – in this good window of time before Christmas – then girl scout cookie season and then VBS…  Fall is actually my “slow time” HA!!!!! God is a tinkerer of time…

Even though there is much more on my plate – I know that the Lord helps me control how I deal with it – and when – and everything i moderation – and I sample the complexities of life and really it is a picnic in His kingdom with Him telling me that I can handle – and He reminds me of the blessings of life – today one of my physical therapists and his wife had their baby – and yesterday a friend and I talked about His daughter’s improved health – yeah – whew – there are so many good things happening all around us….  My subaru – seems so minimal an issue – and honestly I think God held it together just long enough until my finances opened up some more breathing room this exact week – yeah the timing is crazy God’s hands all over it…

I am eating out of His hands – LOL – funny to think that way – but true – God keeps me tried and true – He is amazing… “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” – and trust me – i have a LOT of JOY right now and try not to say that boastfully – but in truth I have A LOT of JOY following HIM!!!!!




Removing Anxiety with Christ, 23Aug2016

Convergent scriptures God placed in my sight, about being anxious – about learning to be content in all circumstances – and letting God lift us to JOY… Accepting that God has a plan for each of us means we have to work that plan WITH God in mind.

God tells us NOT to be anxious, that’s a tough one… Just as tough as God telling us NOT to be jealous, well that’s really tough if not impossible, because we are human…  Yet we are to strive to remove jealousy and anxiousness…

Two sets of scriptures – telling of how our devotion to God relieves anxiety. . .
Paul letter to Philippians 4:5-7:
“The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

God doubled back HIS reminder to me with the Psalm 94:19:17-19 scripture… Praises from David, the shepherd who became king:
“Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.”

David saw his anxiety lifted not just to PEACE but ultimately to JOY…

God is not JUST saving us away from death and despair – BUT He wants to lift us even higher than that – to JOY.

Paul acknowledges and teaches in his letter to the Philippians (verse 2) that our devotion to Christ is to actually be found within us! Imitating Christ IS the path for us to follow, the LIGHT to find in our LIFE…  we are to emulate Christ’s obedience by taking on the role of the servant – He calls for us to humble ourselves – for us to do everything without grumbling – to serve – to “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill HIS good purpose.”

And Paul acknowledged that he also was STILL WORKING ON THIS!!!
In Philippians 3:12 – “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”….
In Philippians 4:9 – “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ— the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”

Paul was imprisoned and struggled –  and yet Paul was still able to encourage others with his letters: Philippians 1:29-30 ” For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.”

Paul suffered and acknowledges that we all suffer too, but Paul focuses on Jesus’s GIFT of salvation and urges us to as well. The scriptures give the “How” for moving forward and removing anxiety – IT’S CHRIST WORKING IN US: “13 I can do all this through HIM who gives me strength”.

This is NOT easy, it’s not instant, but it is God’s GIFT to us – We are to look to HIM and draw upon HIS strength within us. HIS strength is not external but internal. We are to focus- looking forward, be moved by the HOLY SPIRIT and look for the JOY that comes from devotion.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)


Philippians 4 (NIV) – (Paul writing to the Philippians)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 3:
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Following Paul’s Example
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Philippians 2 (NIV)

Imitating Christ’s Humility
2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Do Everything Without Grumbling
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.;

Philippians 1 (NIV)
Life Worthy of the Gospel
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Psalm 94 (NIV) from David

1 The Lord is a God who avenges.
O God who avenges, shine forth.
2 Rise up, Judge of the earth;
pay back to the proud what they deserve.
3 How long, Lord, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?
4 They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.
5 They crush your people, Lord;
they oppress your inheritance.
6 They slay the widow and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.
7 They say, “The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish?
Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;
he knows that they are futile.
12 Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord,
the one you teach from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,
till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;
he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21 The wicked band together against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23 He will repay them for their sins
and destroy them for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will destroy them.


A Catch, 15NOV – #502



A Catch, 15NOV

Why does literature and life refer to a desirable person as “a catch”? A desirable prospect, a potential suitor, an amazing helper thru life… all considered “a catch”…

It is not even a play on words, but it’s the visual of a catch… There are many fish in the sea, but to get a good one in the net is called “a catch”… in current terms that means a really really good one, someone that you don’t throw back…

But wait!  All fish, of all shapes and sizes, and ocean junk as well, certainly could be caught if the net was of appropriate size and shape…. Are they all considered “a catch” too? Not just particular special folks, but ALL fish folks might become “a catch” to the right person…

the right person…  the right Savior…

Actually that’s EXACTLY what we ALL are in Jesus’s eyes and in Jesus’s net…. We are “a catch”… sweet…. We are all “HIS catch”…. And He will NEVER throw us back!

We are all part of the bride called “the church”… God picks the time and place and leads the dance… Jesus comes in to scoop up “His catch”…

Jesus, a fisher of men, casts His net deep and wide…

Jesus, a fisher of men, sends His disciples to help in the catch….

We are caught… Caught by Jesus…

Disciples learn to help pull in the catch…

The catch is the whole world, it’s HUGE and the time is so very short!!!! So naturally many hands are going to be needed for this greatest catch….

Jesus needs you. Won’t you pitch in and help? …

Let’s go catch…


Luke 5:1-11 (NIV)

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Writing #501, 14NOV


I’ve had a couple people conjecture that my early morning wake ups were hormonal, not spiritual… But even if they were/are coincidences, God certainly makes good use of my time which is His time!!!… 500 writings plus… It’s JOY from the Lord, approaching life thru the eyes of a child and sharing that JOY…

Writing #501, 14NOV

God is SPIRIT and we worship in SPIRIT and in Truth… All our praise is by the Holy Spirit thru us… It’s all His time and we are in it – on Earth – for the time being…. I’m excited to spend this particular phase of time, however long on earth, with fellow children of God – spiritually and emotionally and in person… We are ALL pieces of His AMAZING puzzle!

God is so good…. We are BLESSED!

Just smile when you realize God’s in control… Drink in His water and replenish…

Let your heart smile at the Lord ALWAYS…

SMILES are in SPIRIT and in Truth!

To the Samaritan Woman (John 4):

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

Jesus continued:

23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

Dropped from the Sky, 11NOV – #500



For this writing I had the title for days, I have the AMAZING incidents that prompted it, AMAZING blessings seemingly dropped out of the blue – dropped out of the sky…BUT this particular writing I am not sure is done or even being forced by the Lord to get out thru my fingers… But I will write this time anyway as a THANK YOU to our good Lord – sending my love back up and out to our great God.

I know this writing is number 500. My mind blown away and constantly replaced with His Peace… That’s staggering to me, 500 in nearly 3 years, that’s all in a normal workload for God… Lighting my path… Lord I LOVE you forever and more and more with each step.

“Each new day is a kiss, sent from up above, with an angel’s love” (Joni Mitchell)

Processing and prodding, production and peace…. It is peace all along that God aims to share… It was always about the peace… It’s ALWAYS about PEACE.

Dropped from the Sky, 11NOV

God provides, and sometimes, especially recently, things that God has provided in blessings seemingly have dropped from the sky…

Scripture reminds me that things of the world are evil… want and need and all that…. “Of the world” not of God…. But if God placed us into this world then perhaps we are bound to bump into God sightings, God’s children, God’s spirit… Yeah – how could we not….

I could endlessly tell you what dropped from the sky this week, this month, and especially this year…. But you have similar occurrences I am sure… And suffice it to say, God provides… Don’t worry about what you want or think you need (Matthew 25)… Don’t look to the world (1 John 2)…. Look to God…


But perhaps my biggest failing now and in the past – yes probably ALL our biggest failing – is when we are surprised at how God takes care of us! For me to simply think things have been dropping from the sky in surprise gain (or loss), means that I (we) simply haven’t connected how God works every last detail, and we fail to see His behind the scenes work…. But this is not a surprise; we miss a lot of cues and clues because we are human. AND this is not a surprise, for He’s God for God sake!!!  How to even begin to understand the depth of His LOVE???…. How can we even try to rethink His ways (Job 38)…

How did you do that Lord? How?

Why did you do that for me Lord? Why?

God is God… He’s got no tricks up His sleeve, but a path under our feet… If we walk and watch the path then we are bound to find that He’s been blessing us all along, because He has…. If we look up to anticipate gifts from the sky or sideways to plans of the world then we are likely to trip and fall from the path… So, where do we look? We look straight ahead, we plow ahead (Luke 9:62), and we look for the sure but narrow path….

And we thank the Lord….

And we LOVE this Father of ours…

And we LOVE His ways and His Children…

And we LOVE His Son.

We work for His PEACE.

The lamp is lit, let’s keep walking….


Matthew 6:25

Here is the bottom line: do not worry about your life. Don’t worry about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don’t worry about how you clothe your body. Living is about more than merely eating, and the body is about more than dressing up. 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They do not store food for winter. They don’t plant gardens. They do not sow or reap—and yet, they are always fed because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are even more precious to Him than a beautiful bird. If He looks after them, of course He will look after you. 27 Worrying does not do any good; who here can claim to add even an hour to his life by worrying?

28 Nor should you worry about clothes. Consider the lilies of the field and how they grow. They do not work or weave or sew, and yet their garments are stunning. 29 Even King Solomon, dressed in his most regal garb, was not as lovely as these lilies. 30 And think about grassy fields—the grasses are here now, but they will be dead by winter. And yet God adorns them so radiantly. How much more will He clothe you, you of little faith, you who have no trust?

31 So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? 32 Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. 33 Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.


Job 38 (NIV)

The Lord Speaks

38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy? …. (continued….)

Glorious, 04NOV – #499



Glorious, 04NOV

Oh, an AMAZING passage, it stands for itself…

Being in Christ is experiencing Him taking the veil away… The new glorious ministry of Christ is what removes the veil, we are transformed and we are empowered to share, we are experiencing the SPIRIT who wants to use us to keep spreading this Good News… And we share that no matter the dullness and darkness of situations, Christ wants to lift us all… I pray everyone feels that and knows Christ is there lifting us… He breaks the chains, it’s up to us to shake them off. We rise because He rose… His glory is glorious indeed.

“8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much MORE glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! ”

2nd Corinthians 3 (NIV)

Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The Greater Glory of the New Covenant

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

12 Therefore, since we have such a hope,we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Forty Days, Wait on the Lord, 03Nov – #498



Forty Days, Wait on the Lord, 03Nov

I know my small experience stories of waiting has no weight compared to the disciples plight, but waiting for time to pass or even just waiting on the hermit crab “Christmas” to emerge from his deep underground molting session reminds me about being patient… But what about the enormous waiting on the unknown, what about the disciples waiting for Jesus???

Jesus retreated and THEY WAITED. Jesus was gone for 40 days of fasting retreat in the desert… Did the disciples know if HE would return? Did they fear for Him? Did some drift away? Did some lose hope?

I don’t know how much Jesus told the about His retreat plans, if He told them He was going for short or long times? If He even said anything? Were they worried about Him – both His safety and their situation? I’m not sure the Bible addresses these unknown situations of the disciples fears, some passages do say that Jesus quite often went out to pray alone. I do know Jesus foretold the disciples about His death too but that many times the disciple’s ears were not open… why was that? How did Jesus tell them to not worry? Surely they worried. Humanely they worried.

What did the disciples process about their situation when they were in such a tricky spot?… as they left their families and their livelihood to follow Jesus, what fear did they also carry? What unknowns did they experience? Thankfully they were often able to be with Jesus those many times when He chose quiet prayer. And the disciples even asked Him to teach them how to pray.

How do we process our discipleship as well? How do we pray about each day for ourselves and for others? and for the whole world? AND how do we pray about our own discipleship?… See, we know “the rest of the story”… We know of many of the events of Jesus retreating and returning… unlike the disciples, we already know of Jesus dying and resurrecting, and of His second coming, even if it hasn’t happened yet. We have been gifted the scriptures to instruct us. We have been instructed to pray, be still and keep moving.

40 days… Mountain top times… even short stints of prayer… Even sleeping in a boat during a storm… Jesus needed to rest and retreat… Jesus in His humanness had to process all the human temptations and sufferings by experiencing them… Plus, Jesus knew the end of the story, He had to pre-process as knew He would be taken thru crucifixion after only such a short window of time to teach… He also shared witness of His Father’s suffering – that we here on earth are lost sheep… with so many more lost sheep yet to be born. God weeps for His lost children.

Jesus had to endure so much, so that we would know that He has suffered as much and more than we will ever suffer.

Jesus had to see it, feel it, and still work thru it…

How did his early disciples wait? They were instructed to pray and to move out thru the world.

The disciples – both His closest and His curious onlooker crowds, what did they do when Jesus was away?… Did they know when they would see Him again?

How did they get thru those three days of hiding after Jesus brutal death…

How were the women who went to tend to his dead body in the tomb able to keep moving?… Duty as well as divine courage, enabling God to reveal the resurrection. They did not know what we know. We know the rest of the story…

We know it was part of the divine plan, Jesus wants to bring us home.

The Bible has told us Jesus is coming back at a time point that He doesn’t even know. Do we relax knowing He’s coming? No. Or do we work knowing EVERY DAY that we must pick up our crosses and continue to walk with the Lord. We must look, we must move, we must retreat to pray for guidance…

We must wait… We wait on the Lord…

And we pray…

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standingin the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father,who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 5

Christmas is Waiting, 28OCT – #497


497 Christmas


Surely I was bound to have to write this anyway (this is a first draft for probably a series about Christmas the crab) – then I was asked by the director of the local retreat to share for their newsletter. Who knew that the crab gave me a prop that dropped from the sky to share about my weekend and share the love that God has for us. After the sharing wrap up time the director asked me “do you think you could write something up about finding the crab?” I smiled, and said “yes, yes I think I could”, LOL).  Who knew God would place Christmas the crab in my sight for His will? God did… Who knew I feel drawn to write? God did.  It brings me to tears to know God holds me and directs me, gives me focus and the avenues to share His message. It makes me SMILE bigger than these tremendous flowing tears… It’s God’s LOVE watching and warming our hearts, and we are called to go out to share…

There’s a whole Vacation Bible School Shipwrecked series in my head too that will come out eventually… Christmas the crab has traversed four states so far just in a few weeks, he’s a portable praise to tell a story of being lost then found then cherished.

We are lost and found – and we are ALWAYS CHERISHED!

Christmas is Waiting, 28OCT

How long was Christmas waiting, we don’t know… Maybe he wasn’t waiting at all, he just existed and it was up to us to find him. Maybe our instinctual guidance directed us that way on our walk. We didn’t know it, but apparently God knew we needed to find Christmas. Maybe we just never figure out all the little nuances of life, maybe it’s just fun to listen and watch for God.

A friend and I really enjoyed the walking parts of the retreat – both in the spiritual walking and also in the chance to hit the trails of Camp. A few of us walkers took quiet time to enjoy this exercise which keeps us young physically and young in marvelous appreciation of being spiritually out in God’s great creation.

Camp is an old friend, a compact oasis of retreat facilities and woods in a sheltered setting.  Up the hilly trails, a friend and I took off, a chance to talk. We climbed past the frisbee golf trail, up to where I’ve only traversed on a hay wagon ride during an open house… A fork in the road? Which way to go? She and I discussed and we listened to our instincts and we took a right… Grassy trail towards the road… of course we didn’t want to be late for dinner!

Christmas… What was a Christmas ornament doing out here? I looked and then it MOVED!!! WHAT? The Christmas ornament was no ornament, it was a hermit crab!. How in the world did this floral-painted shiny but muddy hermit crab get out here? In these woods? We could speculate all we want about the camp setting, and who might have thought this crab would be okay in the woods and apparently he was okay for the unknown amount of time…. We even put him back on the trail and let him be. We marveled that we saw this hermit crab but for some reason we didn’t take him with us. We kept walking…

We told the others, who were excited!!! But then we started to think maybe we should have taken him. It was starting to dip in temperatures at night to a seasonal cool, although it had been unusually warm this autumn. We thought he’s not going to survive the winter. We need to go back the next day. Could we find Christmas?

Beautiful Saturday – another spiritual gift of morning and we knew we had just a certain little amount of time before lunch, so we teamed up immediately and up the hill we went. Took a left into that grassy trail covered in gorgeous woods… could we find him? Did he run off? My companion immediately spotted him, like a good grandmother would. Christmas! We found Christmas! Oh YES still alive, still near the same chilly spot… Didn’t want to move? Hunkered down for the cold? Still there, yup, seemingly dropped from the sky.

The people back at camp we’re shocked – half cringed and half clamored to hold the crab – but we all agreed how unusual that the crab was there… how unusual we found the crab (twice)!!! We cherished him, fed him, loved him. Camp crab!

How NOT unusual was the JOY that this little crab brought in an already cherished retreat situation… How NOT unusual was that we, who had been focusing on God’s direction for our lives all weekend, knew it was more than just luck that we had been led to find Christmas the crab. There are no accidents… Why us? Why then? Why not??? It’s just normal for God to tweak the system… God provided us for this crab, and God provides all of creation, including crabs, for us to LOVE and nurture… Scripture tells us to nurture nature, watch over and protect.

In hindsight, it connects to the scripture “If we did not praise, the rocks would cry out”, and this little painted rock moved!

Scripture tells us to walk… And reminds us to always be aware of those around us, we are walking with Jesus even if we don’t know it. God could have walked us right over Christmas the crab too and we could have been distracted and wrapped up in our own problems but it was up to us to notice him. And he moved! Not exactly the same, but similar is how God has placed Jesus in the world for us!!! Jesus came and He is still here for us to notice him. Listening to the Holy Spirit guidance is another gift from God – for us to keep walking as we work for our Father – and are called by the Great Commission to spread the Good News. Jesus came for us – we must pick up on the clues that God puts right in front of us – it is up to each person to accept the gift of Jesus – the kingdom of God is the kingdom of the heart. We can do our gifted job to point Jesus out to others. We can share His LOVE. We pick up the tools that God has given us and we use them with our spiritual gifts for reaching His Children to know Him better in this world.

Christmas is waiting for everyone.

Keep walking.

De Colores

THE STARS!!! 27OCT – #496



The last of the three backlogged retreat writing that had to wait until I had the peace-filled time to write… Blessed…


Off the grid, out of the way of intrusive light pollution, “Oh, the Stars” – I screamed thru my eyes… I screamed in my head… I screamed up… I reached down and grabbed for my phone… GONE… Nope… Facebook, texts and even faith writings had to wait…

No phone, no Subaru, no glue gun…

This camping retreat was seriously roughing it for me. No collection of stuff, no props… And at that moment not even people to whom I could speak to… at that exact star-gazing moment there was nothing…. but there was EVERYTHING… because I had time to pause and I had time of prayer and I had time for praise… I had only LOVE that I could share – and it was pulled straight UP! Thru the stars shined the LIGHT and the LOVE. Thru me the LOVE went right back out.

Oh, those stars!!!… Oh the praise!!!.. To Whom did I call out?

First I instantly and naturally wanted to send my praise to my friends, I just wanted to share this marvelous observation of brilliant stars, but I had no phone to text, hmmm…. So, to Whom could I really call out – in the very moment?

There was ONE and ONLY ONE to whom I should have called praise – so I did –  I had to call out to our Lord…

Praise worthy for only ONE – God who made those very stars – God who immersed me in those stars – God who immersed me in His LOVE.

The Lord loves us in the moment, and we LOVE the moment because of Him.

“All praise and honor are Yours”

Lord, You are so precious, and You make me want to scream Your praise. You are the ONLY ONE I should and could praise. No one else makes it clearer than You Yourself that it is You who holds us in Your hands. You hold us and keep us inside Your time plan.  I know it’s just all from You opening my eyes to see You Lord renewed in my sight. Your stars, Lord, they fill the sky shinier than diamonds. Your colors, Lord, shine on earth so brightly to call out Your splendor. Your people, Lord, Your people shine Your LOVE… Thank You Lord for all these.

Thank You, Lord, for waking me to see…

To see You in all these things….

Thank You for making me sing out Your praise back to YOU.

Lord, help me to also live Your LOVE thru me and back to YOU.

YOU are THE STARS that fills my eyes, YOU are THE SPIRIT that fills my soul.

YOU Lord are LOVE.

Isaiah 42:

This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

“I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not yield my glory to another
or my praise to idols.
See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”

10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth…

Sledgehammer, 24OCT – #495



Sledgehammer, 24OCT

Beginning again… Beginning fresh each day… New or Renewing faith… Paying attention is key to the renewing of one’s calling from the Lord to follow Him… Oh, there are MANY doors wide open, quite a few cracked open… Perhaps too many doors it seems for us to choose from…
Perhaps we are perplexed at the array of opportunities to share our faith – which door to enter first? Step away from some as others also seem to pull on us? Select certain times in each? So many opportunities to share the Good News – so little time… So now what?
What if instead of dilemmas and separate directions, God chooses us to look for a plan – His plan – a plan that doesn’t exclude opportunities… Proceed with wisdom, look for God’s guidance, listen…
Perhaps there are tools already laid out in front of us, which we ourselves must take action with… Perhaps these tools include a sledgehammer and a chisel…

What if so many doors are open because it’s our job to knock some holes into the walls between those rooms – what if it’s our job to connect the rooms…

Sledgehammer?… well, maybe test the wall first and use a small chisel and a listening device and start digging, poking, aerating, and then decide whether the situation is ready for a sledgehammer… Perhaps others will join you on both sides and hand break away the barriers… Let God’s plan drive the process… He’s the one with the big picture plan.

I’m talking about combining different areas of your life callings and making less barriers and more common spaces between situations… Can you think of any rooms within in your life callings?
Sharing faith at work, or in school situations, or in public – like the hallway of a medical building? With a crowd of scared kids on a camping trip – telling them angels are watching over them? Or ordering a bagel and chiming into the conversation behind you where this guy says to the hysterical women in the other end: “Give it to Jesus…” then when you agree and call out to him in line, he hands you the phone and you also try to calm the distraught woman….. “Give it to Jesus”… Opportunities… Sharing… It’s about being aware in the present…

Grab your sledgehammer, see how the light peaks thru the holes?.., these walls disappear and the global church connects where it didn’t before… Then hands are free to join across the barriers… The voices too…
Jesus gives you the tools, so that you can find the way… “It is in your power to act”. The way is sharing in new ways… The way of the Lord is the way of wisdom.

Open the walls… Let the barriers fall… Pray for wisdom…
Pray for the wholeness of God’s children.

Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom, get understanding;  do not forget my words or turn away from them.  Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;  love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Proverbs 910  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.11  For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.

Proverbs 313  Blessed are those who find wisdom those who gain understanding, 14  for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place. 20  by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,  and the clouds let drop the dew. 21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,  preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22  they will be life for you, …. 26 for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. 27  Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

Michael Card lyrics:

The Way of Wisdom starts out
With a step of holy fear
And it makes its way alone
By every good word that you hear
It has to do with passion
And it has to do with pain
It has to do with One
Who has both died and rose again