Proverbs 16:24 "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Words are powerful! They bring sweetness or mayhem, joy or pain. Our words can uplift and encourage or knock down and well, discourage. (Deep huh?) I was thinking about this scripture today. A bee wanders around from flower to … Continue reading Give me some Sweetness!
I was 18 years old and had a brief crisis of faith. I'd been raised in church and had served God faithfully the majority of my life. Life is still "life" and sometimes hits us with curve balls we don't expect. It just so happened for me that all those curve balls knocked me flat. … Continue reading I Had an Unplanned Pregnancy and I Gave My Baby Away
Who do you say that I am? The phrase hangs heavy in the air like Florida humidity stealing my breath on a summer day. Do you see me over the glimmer reflecting in your eyes? Trappings shine blinding, stealing the senses. Am I enough? Thunder roars from clouds opening. Light splits earth and air. You … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Long days roll in like floods and wear at the workings of the soul. The heart aches at absence. The mind picks and claws for meaning. I wait for you. You don't see me anymore behind the other things that draw your gaze. I am lost to whisper I will not allow silence to steal … Continue reading On Days When I Feel Alone
God of all goodness, breathe on us today. In mercy we find new beginnings. In love, we find rest. In you, we find peace. Blanket our souls with the wonder of who you are And we will find shelter in you, our comforter
"I have spent too many hours concerning myself with others."
I am a bit of a book hoarder. I'm in recovery these days since I've found my overwhelming large book collection drives my husband bonkers. Honestly, I can't say that I've read every book in my book collection. There are some I've picked up over the years either as a gift or at a conference, … Continue reading The Beauty of Revisiting
Hope springs from accepting where I’ve been and deciding to move forward.
Maybe if we as a church would spend more time focusing on the person next to us than we do on our own problems or even on what we think we have to offer, things might be different. Maybe if we quit waiting on the Pastor or church leadership to do all the work and instead we step up and fill in the gaps, the ministry would be more effective. Josiah found himself in the book of the law that day and it changed him. It caused him to realize his utility was not just as a ruler, but as an encourager. He led a nation to repentance through service. Perhaps it’s time we follow his example. So often, we’ve looked at all of the things we think exclude others from ministry rather than finding their gifting and encouraging them in it. As we encourage and equip them, they draw closer to Christ and the negatives often fall away. We all have rough edges that need to be sanded down over time. Let’s stop focusing on the edges so much and start advocating for the heart. Let’s stop condoning sinfulness in church while casting stones at the folks outside. Let’s restore true worship again where we lose ourselves in wonder at a God who sees us, broken and fallible, and adores us anyway. Let’s follow his lead and radically love those we deem despicable. Maybe we can begin to see their hearts instead of their actions. Maybe we can find the person, whom God loves unconditionally, instead of focusing on the outside appearance. We believe God saves us through faith and not through our works, yet we judge the works of those who haven’t yet come to know Him and forget to love. If you want to change the world, do it…one word of encouragement at a time.
There's a canvas where purpose meets potential and I find myself painting there. Blank before me the beginning of yet another chapter...one I didn't ask for. I sit on the edge of now, waiting, breathing in, breathing out, feeling the quiet as substance filling the caverns of fear. I take in my hand and my … Continue reading Masterpiece