The lush greenery and quiet brought calmness as I deeply inhaled. As I walked with my friend along the path, she pointed out different landmarks and the history of the land we walked. Pausing, she pointed out the high stump of a tree trunk near the shore of the stream that ran through the property. … Continue reading Tangled
Tears filled my eyes as I knelt on the floor in my office, heavy-hearted with frustration and a sense of failure. I had been earnestly praying for something for years, but nothing seemed to have changed. What’s the point, I thought. It seemed hopeless and I wondered if I was not praying right, frequent enough, … Continue reading Glimmers
The sign over His head said it in three different languages. A mere twenty-four hours before, the people had proclaimed and wanted it. The leaders had feared it and plotted to stop it. What had happened? How did things change so quickly? Life can change in the blink of an eye. What looked like a … Continue reading King of the Jews
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.” Psalm 84:6-7 NIV With … Continue reading Cracked Jars
Out of the pitch black of a hidden chamber, within the large cavern, the bristle-haired spindly legs slowly tapped out unseen by the young couple. The beam from their flashlight could not reach far enough to see the abnormally huge bulbous body that those legs dragged out behind them. As the giant radiation mutated black … Continue reading Shields Up!
Our blue van disappeared around the bend in the dirt road, with my family safe inside. The quiet of the clearing pressed in on me as it sunk in that I was all alone and defenceless. Looking at the flat tire on the tent trailer sitting behind me, I wondered how long it would take … Continue reading Black Fly Lies
My husband and I had just returned from visiting my Mom’s gravesite, and my heart felt heavy with loss. My eyes were focused on the gravel path, which crunched beneath our feet as we briskly moved along it. Suddenly, on bright red, wide-spread wings, a Cardinal swooped across in front of us and landed in … Continue reading Scented Cuts
4:24 a.m. That is the time my watch blinks out in the dark, when I finally crack open one eye in defeat and give up trying to get back to sleep. I have tossed and turned for an hour battling racing, anxious thoughts about the future and the past, with prayer and memorized verses. Knowing, … Continue reading Weak
Chip, ugly, chip, hurt Chip, lazy, chip, remorse Chip, stupid, chip, pain Chip, less than, the chisel goes deep. Chip, loser, chip anger Chip fat, chip fear Chip, old, chip forgotten Chip, unwanted, scarred rock tossed aside. Drip, God, drip, mercy Drip, Jesus, drip, love Drip, Spirit, drip, Truth Drip, more than, living water smooths. … Continue reading Chisel and Water
"Finally , be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:10 When my three sons were young, they all played football in the city league. My oldest son had asked to play shortly before … Continue reading Gear Up!