Is it worth it, does it matter, do you matter…

I want to encourage you. You, who feel as if it doesn’t matter what you do…you, who wonder if you are on the right track because it’s gets so hard sometimes. You – who thought all along, you’ve been doing the right thing, keeping your nose to the grind, doing what God has called you to do…even though most days, you wonder if it’s worth it. It would be easier to give up. It would be easier to seek an easier road. One that isn’t so twisted and treacherous. But maybe God didn’t call you to easy. Maybe God called you to exactly what you’ve been doing. You wonder why, by now, things aren’t easier, a lot easier.  You wonder at times, what’s the point. Why do you care so much. Does anyone else? It...

Does God see me? What your eyes cannot see.

Does God see me? What your eyes cannot see.

Last night I stood at the door and watched in amazement as the woods, the fields, meadows, trees, grass and sky were lighting up…literally. Does God see me? I’ve never in all my life seen so many lightening bugs (fire flies to some of you) out, active and brilliant. It was as if  the paparazzi had been unleased and millions of flashes were going off simultaneously. It was stunning. Try as I might, I couldn’t capture it on my phone video. And I almost missed it…I just happen to get home late and looked up and I am so glad that I did. I stood out there for a long time and it never died down. There all around me and I wasn’t even aware of the magnificence around me. There is also, surrounding me on any given moment…no matter how...

What if the Queen showed up in sweatpants and washed my feet…

Imagine if the British royalty decided to dwell among the common folk…to the point where they absolutely left the palaces, servants, privileges, perks and exceptional education and service. Most likely, it wouldn’t happen. Not that they don’t the heart for it…I don’t know them, but it’s unlikely for so many reasons. And the folks dwelling in the White House…how about if they decided they’d like to move in and among those who are struggling to make ends meet, in the not-so-good part of town.  Get past the security details of it all and we can’t even fathom a president who would be willing to leave all that comes with the honor of that powerful position. People usually want to move up. Rarely do they want to go...

How we dwell in the if-only…

You may have some real needs in your life right now: your car to be repaired, a need for food in the pantry, health issues that plague your body, maybe you or your husband has lost a job….these are real needs. What about that bigger, cleaner, more organized, more spacious home you’ve been dreaming about? What about the vision of that sleek car that never has french fries on the floorboard or mud on the back seat where your kid has placed his moody shoes? What about a husband that finally gets that you do not want him to fix your problems, but simply listen to them, take you out on a date and understand your emotional make-up without thinking your just “moody.” Or, if only your child would stop being so whiny, your husband would make more...

God Doesn’t Give Me More Than I Can Handle??

Someone might tell you when you feel like the world is caving in that God will not give you more than you can handle. I don’t know who came up with that originally but why wouldn’t God give you more than you can handle? It happens to me all the time – life gets incredibly hard, people make it difficult, disappoint comes and things seem to pile one upon the other until a breaking point…”I can’t handle this alone, I need you, God to step in.” If God only gave me what I could handle on my own then why in the world would I ever recognize my vast need for him? Beyond my need for redemption, beyond my need for forgiveness for my sins, I am weak and fragile in this harsh world and without God, I don’t stand a...

May friendship, encouragement and grace abound!