My Uneasy Relationship with Ash Wednesday

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time might remember me writing about my difficulty attending my first Ash Wednesday Service. Since writing this, I have also buried my Dad.  I still haven’t been to another Ash Wednesday service.  I will spend time with Jesus each day and see where…

Sacred Spaces

I am part of an online group of women who are what I like to call, “of a certain age.” I think it’s women over 50 and on this my 68th birthday, I am reminded I qualify with flying colors. Each week there is a word for us to ponder on or maybe even blog…

Be Still . . . Be Quiet

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

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…

How to Memorize When You Can’t Memorize?

Ephesians 1:3,4 How blessed is God. And what a blessing he is. He is the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ. And he takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid the earth’s foundation He had us in mind, and had Settled on us the focus of his love…

Taste/See

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Sitting by the lake with my granola bar and my half decaf/half hot water/extra milk/two Splenda coffee God reminds of something I already know. He’s like that when we pay attention. He likes to speak to…

Ps 42:8 A Prayer to the God of my life

Psalm 42 has long been a favorite of mine. Over the years, this is where I go when “my soul is cast down”. A couple weeks ago I paraphrased Psalm 42:1 in my own words. (CLICK HERE.) As I continued spending time in this short Psalm, I was taken with verse 8. And well, I…

Engaging my heart with God through scripture

Linking with Diana Trautwein (Just Wondering ) for the conclusion of  “Living the Questions” Series.  This week the question is “What do I do with all the hard/weird stuff in the Bible.”    I am with Diana on this – even though there is hard/weird stuff in the Bible,  I am willing to let the hard…

you knew my path

My friend always told me “God doesn’t waste suffering . . .  if we cooperate.” To Cooperate with God: to struggle, to keep an open, honest communication with Him about all that concerns me and the ones I love. I wrote the following letter to God 5 years after my brother got lost in the…