The Wordless Prayer


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Have you ever been stuck in prayer? The words just don’t come. There are internal questions, perhaps confusion about God or your circumstances, and words won’t suffice.

Prayer that often leaves us feeling helpless is when we attempt to move our lips and the result is silent air.

Hannah, a barren woman, desperate for her heart’s desire is a perfect example of the “wordless” prayer. In her overwhelming grief she was in the temple, God’s house, and appeared so out of sorts that Eli the priest questioned her character!

Her sorrow was coming to the surface in an abnormal way. No sound was coming out even though her lips were moving. Eli was sure that she was out of her right mind accusing her of being drunk!

Even today we can find ourselves trapped in our limited understanding of what prayer is. We can judge ourselves or others for the un-sanctified looking prayer.

Haven’t you judged your prayers before? Isn’t there an invisible measuring stick that we somehow use to determine whether our prayers are God-worthy?

There are times, such as Hannah’s situation, that it just doesn’t matter what getting to God looks like anymore!

Suffering is relative. No one person’s pain is less important to God than another’s. Pain is pain. Loss is loss. Disappointment is disappointment. Fear is fear. Confusion is confusion. Who you are and what your story is does not qualify or disqualify you.

For all of us there will be that moment when prayer is elusive and all you can offer to the Lord is a straining breath.

My first experience with this type of prayer was actually not mine. I was at a fifth grade Christian camp, the first I had ever attended. As I wandered the grounds I was drawn to the small white chapel. I began to enter and heard gasping and weeping. So I did what any fifth grader would do, I hid, watched, and listened.

There was a beautiful young woman on her knees, face down, body wracking with sobs that became silent. I now understand Eli’s response to Hannah, this kind of prayer is not pretty! She wept, and writhed in such agony. Her voice would come in waves, but not in words…no these were groans such as I had never witnessed. In this confusing scene, my heart was moved. I began to weep with her even though I knew not why she was so distressed.

In the midst of the chaos a hush came over her, the chapel, and over me! It quickly became holy ground and I didn’t even know what that was! The presence of the Lord was near, oh so near.

I found out later in the week that this beautiful young woman had leukemia. She was 21 and her prognosis was grim, she had already been given her life expectancy statistic. She was anything but a statistic, she was a woman of God, emptying herself before Him, and allowing Him to meet her in her uncertainty, fear, grief, and pain.

Dear friend, are you waiting until you can put your pain and struggles into words before you talk to God? A dear friend just expressed to me as she has faced a tragic situation…what is there to say?

We need to remember Jesus…
Hebrews 4 14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. (The Message)

Jesus understands pain and He wants to be in it with us.

Romans 8 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (NIV)

You see, God doesn’t always use words to express the depths of His heart either.

Come before the Lord, tell Him you don’t have the words, you feel stuck. Ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to enter into prayer. And then…just breathe, and as your trials surface, like Hannah, let the grief, sadness, and disappointment be emptied without thought or reason. Let it be what it is for that moment.

Letting it out is letting God in.

And as I wept with this unknown girl, so Jesus will weep with you and bring His presence to comfort you. He will be the shoulder to cry on without judgment, without need for explanation, for prayer is an “our heart” to “His heart” experience.

Hannah left the temple when her wordless prayer was completed and her spirit emptied out. Here is the result…
1Samuel: 1 12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

At that moment her situation had not changed, but her spirit did. The weight lifted…

Matthew 11 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

What emotions, experiences, failures need to be brought before the Lord that you are unable to verbalize?

The dare to be like Hannah, is to dare to feel and face the hard stuff. Like Hannah, as we empty the burden at the feet of Jesus, we leave lifted and free.

The wordless prayer is holy.

The Thrill of Discovery




Do you long to be known, seen, and understood? I know I do!

I was talking with God and in the middle of confessing that I realize I have been ignoring His nudges to draw near to Him throughout the day.

I have fallen into a pattern of making God wait until I am ready to spend time with Him! Yikes!

Then it happened… I had a sudden realization that God may want to be heard, seen, and understood just as I do…(read more)

**I am a guest blogger at GapGals today! I hope you will follow the link, check out their site, and add your comments to the blog post! Your voice matters!



Much appreciation for your continued support and encouragement as I do this “writer” thing!




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Life is full of so many opportunities, variety, choices, which often lead me to a standstill!

The word “focus” is hysterical for me! Once I am clear I can become laser focused, but until clear I am all over the map. Today’s blogging challenge is really a great exercise for anyone like me! Finding my focus!

What will I write about and never run out of ideas? What am I passionate about and excited to share?

Those two questions sealed the deal for this blog! God

Please don’t run away if you aren’t sure about this God stuff! That is exactly why I want to write about Him. There is no answer in this universe that fulfills every need, every question, every pain, and every hope than God.

The Lord has been a dear friend. His closeness at times catches me by surprise. His tenderness towards me when I am suffering or in pain is astounding. His mercy in times of failure leaves me humble and speechless. His gentle nudging toward good, right, and holy creates hunger to grow!

Life is not easy, but being in the Lord’s presence should be.

It is the “should be” that we need to unpack. For many, the thought of being close to “God” is so foreign and unbelievable.

Our perceptions of God are skewed by our experiences, our world view, and the world.

I am passionate about sharing who I know God to be and how we can grow in intimacy with Him. Why, because I don’t know where I would be today without Him. My life has been filled with trials, illness, disappointments, failures, betrayals, abuse, and the list goes on…But God!

God has always been my refuge, a shelter, a safe place to be me. I know I am seen, understood, accepted right where I am, fully known and fully loved by Him.

There are many tools and practices that have helped me get to this place of friendship with God and I desire to share them and my journey with you.

My goal is that together we can grow in our spirit man and become empowered to be all that we were created to be!

This blog will not be a debate forum, but a place to experience and try new things. The outcome will be unique for each of us.

What is the guarantee? If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us!

Wherever you are this moment in your spiritual journey, are you game to explore further?
Please share something you would love to know about God! Let’s do this together!

Why do I write?


This is the first blog challenge I have ever entered. The word challenge already depicts the last several days, attempts, and fails at writing. The writing prompt today, “Why do I write?”

The real question that I need to be answering is, “Why won’t I write?”

For several years I have heard repeatedly that I am a writer. How can one be a writer if they refuse to write?

Recently a dear mentor shared with a group that I am a “word-smith” and “gifted”.

My life drastically changed over 6 years ago. Since that time my journey has been a series of losses and disappointments. Losing the one thing I knew I was called to do and will not be able to do again, sent me into several years of deep depression.

This blogging challenge is an attempt to follow a new path.

Not only have I been encouraged to write, but there is a deep “knowing” inside that this is the new “call” on my life. Even that has not been enough to compel me to step out.

The question remains, “Why won’t I write?”
Writing is lonely. Leaving a world where I led hundreds in their spiritual journey as a teacher, pastor, mentor, and sister in Christ has left me lonely. With health complexities, a nice way of saying it, I am home most of the time, unable to be around groups of people lest I “catch” something.

I am afraid. What if no one reads what I write? What if it doesn’t matter if I write or not? What if what I write is rejected, as I have been rejected?

Is this really my new purpose?

I have chosen to ignore all of these questions and fears and BE what I believe God has shown me time and again, a writer. Whether a good writer or bad, accepted or rejected, I will write.

It is time to answer the blog challenge question, “Why do I write?”

I write because inspiration swirls around me as a windstorm. Ideas and understandings well up within as I reflect on life, my surroundings, and God. I am beginning to feel the compelling need to record these insights and inspirations afraid that they will be lost if not preserved.

I write because all that I have learned may not be able to be shared from a pulpit, but it can be shared on timeless pages.

I write because my new fear is that I am rebelling against the inward call of God. If I have been entrusted with treasures from His heart and His Word, I must share it as it is not containable.

So, dear friends, perhaps there is one of you that will join me as I share my journey of being a writer.
If my words are never read by human eyes, they are being seen by the One who sees all. This is enough.

I write because I am a writer.

What is hidden inside of you just waiting to take flight that perhaps you are afraid to act on?

I hope you will share it with me in the comments and we can join the adventure together!

Who Do I Believe?


Have there been seasons in your life that you have lost your way? Have you ever been confused, angry, and frustrated with God feeling abandoned by Him?

I have found it to be a dark place when the one safe person I have come to trust and embrace suddenly appears cold and rejecting.

I used the word “appears” because in all reality it is our own perspective that leads us into such darkness and confusion which results in spiritual and emotional bondage.

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God is who He says He is, He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).

He is unchanging and remains faithful in His person-hood. As Christ followers we often end our understanding of “believing” at the cross and salvation then focus on what we believe about Biblical topics.

Our journey of faith must include Who we believe in.

Do we truly know the character of our God, and taking one step further, do we then live out that belief. Who do we believe He is? Do we know Him as our friend, our leader, our confidant, our Savior…?

In 1 John 4:8 the Bible states clearly “God is love”. If then we “feel” unloved by God due to our past or present pain, our feelings are betraying us.

God cannot be unloving nor do unloving things as it would be against His character. That is why verses such as Romans 8:28 (NIV) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”, are not just flippant words but true promises to cling to that match with God’s loving character.

In John 8:12 (NIV) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”      He, the Light, therefore cannot be darkness for they cannot coexist. When you are fighting dark thoughts and feelings they are not from God.

When you see darkness displaying itself in lives around you, on the news, creating fear it is not from the Lord whom is Light. 2Timothy 1:7 confirms “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of love, power, and a sound mind.”

As we continue our quest in intimacy with God we will forever discover the many facets of His character and person-hood. We must then choose to believe Him daily and not allow Satan to mask God with the attributes that he himself is described as.

Satan is the father of lies, the deceiver, he comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the very essence of darkness.

The most hideous thing that Satan can do to a Christian is to steal away our belief in the true character of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If he succeeds, our relationship with God is interrupted. We will then walk in fear, doubt, confusion, and our pain remains unhealed. We begin questioning everything about our life and about God until we no longer trust Him at all.

This is Satan’s plan…interrupt our source of power, comfort, strength, and peace.

If he can twist our perspective of Jesus we will forget His costly love… that He became man, revealed the Father’s heart, died on our behalf, conquered death, forgives our sin, and offers us His inheritance and bloodline into His kingdom for eternity.

But if we stay committed to believing in the One who is who He says He is, we will not lose our way. Trust Him for He is Love.

Unlocking Love



Love is a topic that has been discussed for centuries, well, since the Garden of Eden! Artists have tried to capture it, musicians and lyricists attempt to express it, and we daily wrestle with it.

Our perspective of love drives our lives.

Who we believe we are, the way we view others, our words and deeds are all an out-flow or response to the definition we hold within on the elusive entity called love.

Love originates with God. He designed us in His image and love has been our heart-beat since we entered this world. The desire for love, to be loved, the need for love, and the love affair with the idea of love is innately birthed within us.

God is love. IS love. He doesn’t just give love, but He can be nothing but love. It goes against His divine nature to be anything but love and loving.

So, love originates with God because God is love and love is innately birthed in us because we are created in His image which is love! Pause, think, grasp!


This love comes to life as we call on the name of Jesus, acknowledging our need for Him and His Lordship over all creation. He is the open door to ignite this seed of love that God planted in us. Jesus is God revealed as love on this earth through tangible, purposeful acts. As God’s Son, He came to be the hands and feet of the Father’s heart to mankind.

The forever question still remains, “What is love?”. God is love, but what does that really look like, how is it expressed, and can it be seen not just felt?

For those of us that are Christ followers, we believe that Christ is the ultimate expression of Love. Even for those of us who “know” Jesus, do we really fully grasp love?

Again, what is love?

The best description ever penned is found in the historical document we call the Bible.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails.” 1Cor. 13:4-8

God is love, Jesus is the manifestation of Love on this earth, so this description depicts Jesus. If you dare, read this passage again from the perspective that this describes the heart and DNA of God.

“Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Jesus never fails.”             (1Cor. 13:4-8 paraphrased)

The reason this is a dare, is because we filter our perspective of God through our experience not based on truth. I know we can debate, even Christ followers will argue with some of these attributes because life in this world has been painful and evil seems to abound with victory. The Bible is a proven historical document based on factual evidence and in it’s pages we discover God, thereby we discover Love.

So what does this all mean in regards to our lives and our pursuit of love.

Movies, sitcoms, books, authors, and more all paint a picture of love as romance and  increasingly as lust and sex.

Stay with me…

If the seed of love in each of us is breathed into life as we acknowledge and proclaim Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we are created in His likeness and filled with His Spirit, then the conclusion is that His love should be oozing out of us and match His character.


Here is the last dare for today…

Are you oozing love in its true form? Test it out…

“I am patient, I am kind. I do not envy, I do not boast, I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered, I keep no record of wrongs. I do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. I always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere. The love of God through me never fails.”                                                         (1Cor. 13:4-8 paraphrased)

Now the true wrestling begins for all of us.

(photos from Constant Commons)



Messy Love


I so enjoy the ease of Jesus as He fishes, prays in the garden, eats with His friends, and touches the hurting. In the Bible we also see that Jesus is not just an ordinary man. He calms a raging storm, quiets demons and casts them out with a word, and the ultimate victory and power was through His defeat of death and Satan by overcoming the curse of sin on the cross once and for all!

As much as I enjoy my daily chatter with the Lord throughout my tasks there are times God draws me into a place where I am overwhelmed by the deity of Jesus.

He is Great and Mighty, I am not.
He is All Powerful, I am not.
He is the King of Kings, I am certainly not.

This makes His interaction with everyday people exceptional and incredible. It makes His interaction with me, astounding!

There are a few times in the Gospels where people are on their faces at the feet of Jesus. They are there because they know who He is, when others around them did not. They are on their faces out of overwhelming gratitude and humility to His grace and gentle kindness.

They respond to His love, His forgiveness, His mercy…they understand brokenness, and they understand the second chance that has been given.

They are on their faces because they are compelled to worship Him.

This particular story breaks me, moves me, and changes me…

Luke 7:36-50
Jesus was having dinner with an important religious leader. A woman that was a renowned sinner quietly entered the party beside Jesus. Right in front of everyone she begins to pour the most costly of perfumes on His feet, her weeping wets his feet washing them with her tears, and with great tenderness she wipes his feet with her hair. Let’s admit it, if this happened at one of our parties we would all be a little uncomfortable.

When the religious leader saw this he had a “holy” fit and began to publicly embarrass this woman as well as try to entrap Jesus for allowing her to touch him in such a way.

And this was Jesus’ beautiful answer for all to hear, as she continued her uninterrupted act of extravagant love in the midst of hostile accusations and threats…

40 Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Oh? Tell me.”

41-42 “Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?”

43-47 Simon answered, “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.”

“That’s right,” said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”

She was compelled to worship, and it was messy.

She knew how much she had been forgiven and by whom. She couldn’t hold back. It was uncomfortable for people around her, it was uncomfortable for the “religious”, but it was not uncomfortable for Jesus.

He basked in her messy abandoned worship.

He loved her love.

I pray I remember daily how much I have been forgiven.
I pray I cannot help but give my all with deep gratitude at my Savior’s feet for all He has done for me no matter how messy my love may look to others.

Jesus loves our messy love.

Prayer Exercise:
Get a pair of Sandals or Shoes and place them on the floor.
Time to get on your face…lay at the sandals.
Imagine that these are Jesus’ feet…
What mercy has He extended to you?
What forgiveness have you received?
Take a moment and allow your position on the floor to remind you of your need to remain mindful, humble, and aware of the deity, Lordship, and Kingship of Jesus

God changed my sight…

The gifts given to the Body of Believers are to edify and build up so that we are no longer children being tossed about, but become mature. I am a teacher and I want to use that gift to edify and build up the church. God has been laying on my heart to begin to share on my blog the lessons He has taught me through the years. I pray that you are encouraged in some way…

Throughout my 35+ years of following the teachings of Jesus I have made many mistakes.


The greatest mistakes I have made have been against the Body of Christ or His Bride, as Jesus lovingly calls us. In my youthful zeal I was sure that my perspective was “right” and others needed to heed to my input. I had a volunteer position and then a part-time staff position, but I was going to be heard.

It came from a heart that truly wanted to serve the Lord. I tend to be very “righteous” oriented. No gray, black and white only. I really thought that there were definitely “wrong” ways of doing church. As I grew in my knowledge of the Bible I found myself finding verses that were proving my points. God was leading me, this was for sure!

There is this unique thing about the Bible. It doesn’t contradict itself. So if God is love, He cannot be hateful. If God is pure, He cannot be impure. If God is truth, He cannot lie.  If the Bible teaches to put away all hatred, envy, divisions of every kind, where does me proving I am “right” fit in? If the Bible teaches to love others as I would want to be loved, where does slandering, gossiping, bullying, rallying the troops come into play? If the Bible teaches that if someone has sinned against me I am to confront them in love face to face, so where does sharing their sin with everyone else come in?

If the Bible teaches that we are to decrease so that God may increase, then shouldn’t I be increasing in all things “God”. Shouldn’t my life reflect love above all things?

As I have grown in the Lord, my journey has taken me on both sides of God and His love. I have been the gossiper and I have been slandered. I have been unforgiving and I have not been forgiven. I have insisted my preference was of God and I have seen the folly of proving my point at the cost of others.

If Jesus laid down His life for us, to individually spare us from destruction, should we not be in agreement with Him and cease to destroy each other? Jesus trusted the Father with His life and the plan to bear our sins, to save us, to cleanse us, and to make us righteous at the cost of His own dignity, reputation, and self-preservation.

I have learned that when I think others that make decisions for the church are going in a direction I don’t understand, I have to decide if I believe God is bigger. I have to decide if God loves and will sustain His church regardless of our human errors. I have to choose to believe that God is the corrector of man and will work within our conscience. Am I to judge my brother’s or sister’s walk with God? Is it my job to decide if their heart is in the right place, can I know their heart?

I have learned that it is very prideful of me to presume to judge the heart of another. I have learned that if I am really concerned about someone else, am I really concerned for them or for the point or direction I want to be agreed upon? Is my heart truly for those that Jesus died for or for my own personal perspective and preference?

This has been a true journey of mine. I cannot tell you the freedom that comes from believing that God sees all, knows all, and loves all. I am free to love through prayer and even tearful intercession for my church, the leaders, and friends if I truly feel they are off base. Learning to battle for another before the throne of grace is the most freeing thing I have spent my life doing. You see, then I don’t have to be Holy Spirit Junior! Those are shoes I discovered many years ago that I cannot fill!


Is there a mountain you are facing?

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Mountains are majestic and the many times I have driven up to Mammoth to see one of my closest friends, I am always spellbound by the beauty before me. The mountain is not overwhelming to me as I continue my journey to her house, because someone has gone before me and paved a road that leads me straight through the mountain to the other side.

What if I was the first one approaching this mountain and had to find my way through without paved roads or paths cut through the forest?

I have several friends right now that are facing huge mountains that are looming and causing dark shadows which steal light, joy, perspective, and hope. Sometimes mountains are not breathtaking but treacherous.

There have been seasons in my life that I thought I would never make it to the other side. The last few years had me under a shadow of darkness that literally threatened to steal my future, my sanity, my faith, and my life.

Each of us have to walk these roads, cutting through the uncharted territories, and pressing through.  It helps if you have someone that has gone before you to encourage, cheer you on, and speak boldly when you are ready to give up. Your mountains may be of a different sort, but the process is often the same, and the key is always perseverance.

There is a passage of scripture that has brought me hope and encouragement, I pray sharing it with you will do the same.

Isaiah 41: You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth and have called from the corners of it, and said to you, You are My servant—I have chosen you and not cast you off [even though you are exiled].

10 Fear not , for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

11 Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.

12 You shall seek those who contend with you but shall not find them; they who war against you shall be as nothing, as nothing at all.

13 For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!

14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I will help you, says the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

15 Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff.

16 You shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest or whirlwind shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the Lord, you shall glory in the Holy One of Israel.

Throughout the Bible God continues to say in various ways, “Fear Not! I am with you!”  To me it is one of the most encouraging things to hang onto. When what you face is so big that even good friends, all of your resources, and connections cannot help you in any way, God is bigger and is able to get you through to the other side.

I love that He gives a tender picture of taking your hand and leading the way. His hand that holds the universe in His palm. His hand that was nailed and pierced for the sins of the world.

His hand taking your hand and walking alongside up the winding trails, through the overgrown brush, past the trappings of the enemy that seeks to devour, up the steep tiring cliffs that loom above as impossibilities, and He doesn’t let go.

Recently I prayed with someone and we were holding hands, heads bowed, pressing in, and receiving a blessing as the Holy Spirit was present to minister to her pain. When we were done she expressed that at one point she could no longer distinguish where her hand ended and mine began. I happened to experience the same thing.

It was as though our hands were one.

God’s hand has your trembling, feeble, and weak small hand in His, and you are one with Him.

In this passage God leads us straight to the mountain of adversity. On the way He promises to make us “a new, sharp, threshing instrument with teeth”.

This is a journey of pressing past the fear and the pain, enduring the suffering, and knowing when you can’t hold onto Him, He is holding on to you with a fierce determined love.

The outcome: strength, power, authority, and victory! The kind that can only come from a steep climb into darkness and transformation that happens without our knowledge or understanding.

When we think all is lost, God is at work.

So, dear friend, the promise of God is that you will have victory over the mountain you face!

You will, with His presence and power, destroy the darkness you are facing. It will crumble and become like chaff that will blow away in the wind.

I know it’s true. I have lived to tell about it. His Word stands.

May you be encouraged and trust that even though you cannot feel His mighty hand, He has you, He sees you, and He is leading you to victory as you walk one with Him!

May I pray for you?

Father God, we often face obstacles that are so frightening and overwhelming that we are lost, confused, and fearful. Thank you for the promises of this passage of the Bible that paints a beautiful picture of your constancy and faithfulness in our lives. For each one that needs hope in this moment, please shine your light into their darkness. For each one that is weary, please strengthen with your mighty right hand. For each one that is filled with fear, let them hear your words repeated, “do not fear”, and may it resonate deep within their souls. Father, you are the only One that can comfort your children, heal their lives, and deliver them from evil. Thank you for Jesus, the victor over death and darkness. Thank you that you have the final say in all situations. Thank you that we are being transformed in the midst of our struggle, we are being strengthened and sharpened to walk in the victory Jesus died to give us. Help each one to hang on and to keep pressing into You.

In Jesus precious name, I pray.  Amen.

Write Already!

In my attempts to hang with the shiny blogging community, I proceeded to “improve” my site and blogging. The hilarious thing is that it has shut me down for months!

Intimidation at sorting out plug-ins, widgets, and any other silly named thing you can think of in the blogging world has kept me far from the keyboard. Hence the words ceased.

So, I am writing on a blog that does not reflect my personality in any way. At the moment it is truly the best I can do! Come on, you have to laugh with me!

I am putting my perfectionist girl on the shelf, of course after duct taping her mouth shut, and velcro-ing her bottom down! This should deter her from jumping back over here and whispering in my ear, “Are you seriously going to publish this for all to see?”

Instead I have decided that obedience must win out. There is another whisper in my ear of a different kind. Gentle but persistent, “Write.”

Here we begin anew. My hearts desire is that this process that I feel God is spurring me onto will allow our hearts to connect as we walk this road together. You, dear one, have become a burden on my heart.

Women have been a calling, a passion, a must in my life. I have been changed, touched, and ministered to by greater women than I that have come before me and remain in my life today.

God has so graciously given me mercy, tenderness, and full acceptance right where I am. I burn with the desire to lead you to this same heart that I have discovered that beats in the breast of a man, my God, Jesus.

So today I wrote. Perhaps only God saw these words on this page. Obedience tells me that is enough.

May I pray for you?

Lord,                                                                                                                                    Bless this dear sister with joy and hope for her journey. May we grow together in your love and gentle arms. I pray that she will see you, hear you, and know you.
In Jesus Name,  Amen.

Until the next page is written,