• Devotional,  Encouragement,  Fighting Fear

    Say What? {Day 29}

    {Photo credit A.L. from Unsplash.com} {Day 29} “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9 NLT   I’ll never forget the day in 2019, when I pounded widely on my steering wheel, yelling out to God. Looking a tad crazy didn’t faze me anymore, even if I was sitting at a stop light. And I’m sure the cars next to me imagined this mom must have gone nuts. But I no longer cared. Truly. I know. Not the most peaceful type of action a strong believer should admit to, right? But sometimes my…

  • Devotional,  Encouragement,  Fighting Fear

    Who Stands Beside You? {Day 28}

     {Day 28}   “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.” ~ Zechariah 3:1 NIV   “Saints are formed in the crucible.” At least, that’s what my inner healing counselor said after I wept away at the current difficulty facing us. Saints, she said, are Christians set apart for God’s special purpose, and their purifying trial that they walk through (their crucible) leads to the creation of something new. Leaning in, she said that the fire scorching my skin (my husband’s unexplainable health issues) only grew my faith, and I should consider that…

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    Living Between Two Gardens {Day 27}

    {Day 27} “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33 NIV   I’ve looked, but I’ve yet to find it. You know. That profound verse in Scripture that reassure us that we will live perfect lives here on earth, free from any conflict. This dreamy ideal hasn’t lined any page of the Bible. If it did, I’d have these words tattooed along my arm, and I’m not a tattoo-type of gal. But for this type of promise, I’d ink away any part of my body, because I long for…

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    Sickness Brings Freedom? {Day 26}

    {Day 26} “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.   Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT   In my mid-forties, I grew a goose-egg sized knot out of the center of my chest. (You guys, I can’t make these medical oddities up.) But here it was, protruding inches below my neck for all to see. And of course, I wasted time imagining this growth was another tumor, since it was directly above where my first growth had mushroomed back in 1998. The good news is that after another CT scan,…

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    Starstruck, Anyone? {Day 25}

    {Day 25} “In the [reverent] fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will [always] have a place of refuge.” ~ Proverbs 14:26 AMP   I remember the day I met Jerry B. Jenkins. You guys. Jerry.      B.      Jenkins. Some of you crinkled your nose, didn’t you? If you’ve never heard of Mr. Jenkins, let me just tell you, he’s a successful Christian writer that co-authored the uber-popular Left Behind series. So for a speaker-turned-writer like me, meeting him in 2010 at his Writing for the Soul Conference felt like shaking the hand of Will Smith, Ryan Reynolds, or Reese Witherspoon. Yep. Pick your favorite celebrity, and…