Courage and Earthly Things

It’s 19 days “post op” (from Knee Replacement Surgery) and this is the picture and scripture that I kept before me during these days. God does show up in the earthly things. I have learned more about myself and I suspect some of that learning will show up in future posts. God has been with…

Earthly things like surgery and God’s Voice

“There is no time, no place, no event so earthly that God cannot be there, speaking through them. These moments where earth is crammed with heaven. . . will go unnoticed| unless we realize the meek and the unassuming way that| God characteristically comes.” Ken Gire, Windows of the Soul Grand Rapids; Zondervan, 1996, 44)…

Something profound . . .

There is something profound about being the only one left in one’s biological family of origin. Some years I think about it more than others, but this past week I have very aware that nine years ago my brother and I spent our last day together. It was August 5,2005 – two months and 27…

Be Still . . . Be Quiet

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 Sometimes what my soul needs is to sit quietly. Absorbing the sounds of rippling water, I have no agenda no prayer requests. I have been eyeing this quiet nook a couple times a week, all summer long. Often I have considered how I might get…

Still Water, Lilies and Trust

There it was, right in front of me. exquisite beauty in the waning daylight still water and brilliant yellow lilies And all I could think of were the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:28 & 29 “Consider: the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin, yet I tell you, even…

Red Floaty Things and Grace

From my chair a good 50 yards away I see it – a bright red spot in the middle of the mess of algae along the shore of the lake. They tell me they don’t put chemicals in the lake anymore, so while the fish are coming back and the lake is actually healthier in…

Today’s Experience

Losing an elderly parent “when it’s time” . . . It’s a strange unpredictable mix of feelings It’s hard to file these feelings into folders marked Grief Gladness Relief Sadness It’s more like the “curious blend” I referenced here on this blog a couple of weeks ago the day after my dad died. Confusing at…

God Speaks Without Words

This morning the reading from Psalms was this passage from Psalm 19 and I remembered the displays of God’s greatness I have seen at my lake. And I share them here with Lishsa Epperson and the “Give Me Grace” Community. Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his…