Category Archives: Spiritual



God’s creation is an amazing thing.

People are also God’s creation.

Yet God created mankind to have a relationship with each one.

He loves us as individuals.

He has a purpose and a plan for each one of us.

The longer I walk with the Lord the more I see Him working.

This winter has been a season of deep teaching for me and for our family.

I’ve been in some difficult circumstances in the past and these weeks have matched the emotional growth of past trials.

I’ve been reading the book of James.

Several verses have stood out for me to meditate on.

” My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience, but let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing,” James 1:2-4 NKJV

What this verse has been teaching me in this season is to rest in the arms of Jesus, no matter the circumstances.

Yes, I can have peace even when life around me is falling apart.

Yes, I can have peace even when I am helplessly watching my children suffer.

Yes, I can have peace when I’m uncertain of tomorrow, for tomorrow Jesus will still be with me.

As I’ve walk through these days of trial God has shown me the depth of His great care.

He is holding each one of us.

He is providing every breath I breathe.

He is the reason I can rest and have peace in the trial.

Dear reader, I must give you a warning.

If you are anything like me, when struggles come you look to work harder, or try more, or simply want to “fix” it quick so life can be better.

However, in this season God has taught me how futile that truly is.

Many times He has wanted to use a trial to teach me something and I was so focused on getting it “fixed” I learned nothing.

When in a trial there truly can be joy in learning.

To walk through an extreme difficulty and knowing God is hold you, watching Him work out every detail is incredible.

And it’s not over yet.

We are still in the midst of the trial, but I have peace and joy knowing God is holding us.

Whatever you are walking through today, relinquish control into Jesus’ capable hands.

“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4: 6b-8a

Rest in His arms.

He’s holding you.




She’s cast free!

Praise the Lord!

The doctor carefully explained her arm would feel weak and sore from lack of use.

However, that cast was a needed thing.

Her broken arm had to be kept inside the cast to protect it from further injury.

What a wonderful reminder.

The Bible gives us guidelines to live by.

We as Christians are supposed to be involved in one another’s lives.

We are to allow our fellow believers to hold us accountable.

Yet how easy it is to be distant, closed off, even with those who love us.

Although we may separate from others in an effort to protect ourselves from further harm we must realize that separation can cause atrophy.

Unless Jesus is inside our hearts and speaking daily into our lives a slow decline will occur.

Unless we as Christians are open and honest about our daily struggles with one another we can become blind to ourselves and our choices.

Am I suggesting that we post all our imperfections on the church website?

Absolutely NOT.

The Bible doesn’t say that either.

What it does say is to have relationships with other believers which are safe and honorable.

Relationship which encourages and sharpens the character of each.

This kind of relationship can only thrive with Jesus in the center.

Which is why no matter the circumstances, we have to have Jesus.

Jesus must be inside our hearts and lives and relationships.

Only He can heal.

Just like Anne’s arm our emotions are weak and prone to hurt, but with the Bible to guide and direct, with godly friends to comfort and exhort,(and each of these gifts are from God) we can grow stronger.

Jesus makes all the difference.

Allow Him to heal those things which might be hurting.

Let Him inside your heart today.

Out of focus


This is a chalk drawing one of my students drew today and asked me to take a picture of.

Just in case you are not sure what it is: it’s a puppy in a yard, flying a kite and the box is a picture frame.

I had a momentary giggle inwardly as she explained the art work.

I could clearly see the puppy in the yard, flying the kite.

Yet, children are wonderful reminders to check if our lives are in focus.

Another student days ago had made several poor choices in a row.

After discovering what his poor choices led to he laid his head on the table and said something like:

“My life is horrible!

I leaned down and gently spoke to him.

“Honey, you are making bad choices. If you will make good choices and use your time wisely things will get better.”

He nodded and wiped his little eyes and tried to amend his day.

The truth of the moment has hung with me.

If I make good choices and use my time wisely things will go well.

Easily spoken, but not always easy to do.

Self gets in the way.

Trials knaw at the joy like mice eating holes in a grain sack.

What seemed like a good choice turns out to be flat failure because the choice wasn’t bathed in prayer.

Words rip through one’s emotion like a serrated knife through tissue paper.

And it’s so easy to be out of focus.

Where do we find it?

God’s Word: the Bible.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ” James 1:5 NASB

Dear Lord,
  Please help me to stay in focus. Show me what Your will is for each day. No matter what the day holds help me to view it from a place of rest and peace drawn from my relationship with You, Jesus. Thank You for reminding me to make wise choices and to use my time wisely.

Singular love


My mother has raised sheep for many years.

Countless nights did we spend in the barn or pasture with a flashlight trying to help a ewe and lamb or lambs.

Yet, it has been a blessing when reading the Bible.

I have been able to understand the scriptures about our Good Shepherd better because I’ve been in the field with sheep.

Psalm 23 is my life chapter.

Through good times and difficult ones I’ve found great comfort in the words “The LORD is my shepherd…”

The parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:10-13) has always made sense since I’ve stayed out far past my desired time searching the pastures for a sheep which didn’t come in.

Yet the truth of these scriptures was reiterated in a quote I read.

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” Augustine

Jesus would have died for me if I was the only sinner.

Yet He loves us all and died for each and every person.

How incredible the singular love God has for each one.

What an amazing awesome God He is!

Praising the Lord when…


Those moments happen.

This was one of them.

I knew I wanted to use this frame as part of the decor for the bathroom.

It’s been a table decoration at Sis’s grad party.

Before that it was part of the bedroom decor.

With all the room changes after Sis moved it’s been sitting in a corner waiting for me to figure out what to do with it.

Then I had one of those moments.

I was painting and cooking.

(Not a good plan by the way.)

Something needed my attention in the kitchen so I put down my roller.

When I came back it was there.

An awful run right in the middle of the wall.

I tried to fix it and…

Well, to put it simply I was unable.

Next option: cover it.

So you probably figured out this frame is useful, cute, and covering a major mistake.

Just like my life.

Jesus takes my messes and makes beautiful useful lessons.

So I’m praising the Lord when I mess up and He makes new.

What’s next?


Our pastor just started teaching on the book of Job.

It’s a  book full of meaning and for me it’s full of precious lessons.

Years ago when I was 13 my dad was very sick.

He kept going to the Veteran’s hospital because they couldn’t seem to find out what was wrong.

It was 1990 and we’d just moved from California to Oregon.

I can tell you that wasn’t an ideal time to be from the Sunny State.

At least not where we were because a lot of families were suffering from job loss due to the Spotted Owl.

Mom was working every evening at a new job with a nearby school. We often came home to a cold empty house.

Dad came home on the weekends and on one of those I remember he prayed for our meal.

I’d only seen my dad cry once before.

I remembered so clearly. He’d told me someone he loved had died.

Later, I’d learned it was his first wife.

They’d been divorced for many many years, but she’d committed suicide and, understandably, it had hit him hard.

Now he was crying, praying, and he mentioned Job.

I remember he talked about how Job couldn’t understand the trials he was walking through and neither could my dad, but he was telling the Lord he would trust Him.

Dad did eventually get out of the hospital and he didn’t pass away until 1999.

Yet that prayer of my father’s impacted me.

At the time I didn’t have a clue about the book but I determined to read it.

I did and struggled.

At 13 it didn’t make sense.

What was going on that God would allow one terrible thing after another?

Who were these friends of Job’s?

Were they right?

I mean doing wrong things leads to ugly consequences…

Yet the end of the book was clear.

God is so much bigger and better and more aware of the details of life than we can truly understand.

And we can trust Him, even in the midst of terrible tragedy, pain, loss.

I remember thinking that must be what my dad was talking about when he was praying.

I’ve read Job many times since then.

I’m always encouraged by Job’s response to his tragedy:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Job 2:21

I’ve been through a few trials since I was 13.

My dad’s death in a freak accident is one of them.

My own struggle with illness and the reality of my own mortality is another.

Recently I’ve been praying for a friend whose experienced one tragedy after another this year.

We were chatting about all she’s gone through.

“It’s like, what’s next?”

I am sure Job felt the same way.

The fact is I don’t know what is next, nor does my friend.

Job didn’t know either.

He trusted God that no matter what.

I’m praying that for my friend.

No matter what is next, we can trust the LORD.



They’d never been there before. 

Sis had seen San Francisco only on movies and they were there together, walking into a brand new memory.

They were picking up some friends from the airport.

I was praying for them while they were away.

I enjoyed listening to all they saw and experienced when they came back.

I was happy for them.

Since this is their first year of marriage everything they do is a new.

As I pondered this another perspective dawned on me.

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ causes us to be new.

” Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17

Every single day is an opportunity for those who walk in Christ to walk in the newness of Jesus’ salvation.

Each day I am given the gift of another day to live as a child of God Almighty, resting in the comfort of Jesus’ salvation, while called to redeem the time.

If I look at each day as an opportunity.

If I truly understand how present the Lord is in my life.

If I trust Him as He deserves.

What a wonderful gift each day is!

How lovely, every day is a new!