Grandad’s Training

I was in the midst of scanning childhood photos my mom had compiled into an album for me some time ago. The resulting sketch personalized and lent realism to the picture of my granddad, sister and me. I sat on grandad’s lap to play,       Engrossed in “Birdy fly away.” And when I heard his…

Beach Blessing

In early 2010 I joined the celebration of this sweet wedding on the beach in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was such a poignant picture of the Holy Spirit showing up to bless this union between two imperfect people brought together by God’s grace. They were ministers at a local congregation. I added the dove…

Fish Story

It’s astounding when God sets before you a serendipitous day! Undeniably God ordained! Oh, it’s not the bigness of that expression of His love; it is, instead, the utter inability to explain it in human terms. More than coincidence, it is God showing up gently and sweetly, reminding you that He not only puts up…

Nectar

When I got my Canon 20D camera, my apartment complex fence seemed a logical beginning for my new photography hobby. After chasing the hummingbird for quite a span, I decided to set up a tripod and wait. An interminable hour later the elusive creature chose to extract the nectar from the flower I was focused…

Wrestling to Rest

It’s not in our own strength we conquer this day;       It’s only in Him we will find the best way. Surrender and worship: the key to His best.       It’s only in this way we enter His rest.

My Heart’s Home

Oh, give me a heart with sole solace in You;       Convinced that there’s no other one to pursue. And give me a soul that endures wrenching loss;       Assured of the healing that comes from Your Cross. And help me to rise from my pity and pain;       Releasing the need of assigning the…

Joy vs. Happiness

JOY is BEING God’s possession! Happiness is having possessions. WhittledWord for 4/15/2015

Amazing Grace!

  Oh Lord, let me surrender to Your promise,        While clinging to the knowledge of Your love. Let me not become a doubting Thomas,       Demanding daily manna from above. Instead, let me revel in both good and bad;       Resisting judging how a thing is so. Resting in the wisdom of my Father,…

How’s That Working Out!

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do…

Perspective

Help me SEE what You SAY before I SAY what I SEE! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians…

Whittled Words

My Poem that became the basis for my writing! Whittled words, fitly fashioned;        Hesitant but impassioned. Breath of God, humble desire;       Touch these words with holy fire. In 1998, while navigating a challenging life event, I crafted this poem that now serves as a poignant reminder, guideline, and overarching description of my writing:…

Diplomacy Deficit

The phrase “I have a diplomacy deficit!” was conceived in 2007 as my diplomatic description of my not so secret struggle with “foot and mouth” disease! “Open mouth, insert foot!” I am seldom guilty of saying too little, and much more prone to say too much. So I have a diplomacy deficit! How about you?…

Ready Writer

My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer… Psalm 45:1 King James Version Lord, when I languish in laziness, let me leap toward liveliness. Let me not rest in reason, but wrestle for righteousness. Give…

Can I trust Him?

Can I trust when I don’t see my way?       Can I trust Him if just for today? Can I set all my “learning” aside;      While believing, He surely will guide? It is good that my mind will craft plans;      That will surely keep busy my hands. For it’s He Who my steps…

Butterfly Wishes

Was it better walled in comfort’s womb?       Wrapped so warmly there, a hopeful tomb? Waiting, workless, fed by unseen hands,       Placed so timely by the Master’s plans. Moses’ desert bush by flaming words,       Set his heart aglow, for he had heard. Jacob’s wrestling angel in his night,       Timely set his soul…

The Revealing, Healing God

Thursday night at a weekly singles meeting, I went up to receive communion, anointing with oil and prayer. I hobbled into the meeting with severe pain in my right hip area. I had suddenly developed what I believe to have been severe tendonitis in the right hip the day before. The reason I concluded that…

Muddling Through

Like David, the Psalmist I’m glad when I hear, “Let’s go to the house of the Lord.” In the context of a nearly sleepless night, I decided to “attend” Menlo Church online to listen to John Ortberg. His sermon describes the “church” process as one of coming out of the huddle (gathering together in Shalom)…

Heaven. Can’t Wait!

Several public personalities passed recently. Prominently, at 92, Barbara Bush, wife of our 41st President, George HW Bush. Knowing how beloved she was, and having observed her public persona for decades, triggered a more pronounced sense of loss. On a personal plain, the father of one of my daughter’s best friends lost his battle with…