Christmas Presence

For Ashley, a post from Christmas past…   “Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me,” Psalm 51:11 NKJV Many people who celebrate Christmas and even some who don’t find themselves rushing around with too much to do and too little time to do it thisContinue reading “Christmas Presence”

Goodwill to Men…Crossing the Bridge with Susan and Andy

He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:16-19 NIV  Then the womanContinue reading “Goodwill to Men…Crossing the Bridge with Susan and Andy”

Imperfect!

The faded hydrangea is no longer the dewy sweet pink of weeks ago. It is drier, faded and splotchy. When faded and speckled they have a different kind of beauty all their own.   Our society would have us yearn for perpetual youth. However, like the faded hydrangea, I’m still hanging on! How many times do weContinue reading “Imperfect!”

Dead Wood, New Life!

It dawned on me just recently why I love spring so much. I certainly enjoy the beauty of flowers and fresh green leaves. Warmer temperatures are also a plus. Yet, since I’ve learned to make gardening less of a chore and more of a joy, it is the promise for new life that makes me appreciate springContinue reading “Dead Wood, New Life!”

Give It Up!

Give up self-sufficiency Give in to Christ and be set free God knows our faults, yet loves us still Our hurts and pains are His to heal   Give up your sorrows, give up your fears Look back no more on your lost years Give up dwelling on past mistakes Enjoy life! Give yourself aContinue reading “Give It Up!”

Survive or Thrive?

Winter is very much underway. Still, I am ever hopeful and looking forward to spring. The transition to my “personal spring” will require me to cut off a few “dead things,” and work a bit harder.  The promise of renewal encourages me to look forward to good things in my future. Do I know whatContinue reading “Survive or Thrive?”

What Are You Searching For?

Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the Lord God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken. Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. Amos 5:14 NKJV “Seek good, notContinue reading “What Are You Searching For?”

One Last Look…

We tend to begin the New Year with resolutions, proclamations, and prayers. My usual pray more, eat less, blah, blah, blah, makes me mindful of what is possible in 2015. I’m all for looking forward to new and better, yet I do think it’s wise to reflect on the things in last year I amContinue reading “One Last Look…”

Burning Bush!

And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush [was] not consumed.  Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does notContinue reading “Burning Bush!”

Turning Points!

We all have times in our lives when we can look back and reflect on events or places where our lives took a specific turn in a singular direction. For some people this turning point is a positive, maybe a birth, a marriage or a graduation. Or perhaps it is directly related to a personContinue reading “Turning Points!”