Light’s Next Door Neighbor

My husband and I were asked to come and play for a Christian motorcycle rally this past weekend. The venue was none other than Ely, NV. For those of you who don’t know (I didn’t until I made plans to go), Ely is in the eastern part of the state, not too far from the…

So Good To Be Back

I am full of joy over what happened yesterday. Since February of 2020, due to Covid restrictions, I have not been permitted to enter the facility where I have volunteered for the last six years. Well, yesterday was my first day back with those beautiful people in almost a year and a half. The facility…

Love This Day

Another Mother’s Day in the books! As is our tradition, my husband and boys and I spent the day together outdoors hiking/walking. My oldest son wanted to be there and planned to be, but he was under the weather and was unable to join us. We missed him! I love Mother’s Day. I love that…

Walk With Me

I grew up believing in God. I can’t ever remember a time when He wasn’t in my life to save, love, comfort, guide, teach, convict or correct me. He has rescued me and healed me, been my Restorer and Redeemer. I don’t remember the first time I asked Jesus to come into my heart (I…

Is There A Dog in Here?

I just had my 47th birthday! That morning I awoke with God’s tender reminder of how loved I am. The thoughts of Him covering me through every storm, giving me life and being my Rock and Hope for those 47 years washed over my mind and heart with force. Gratitude is a gift from God….

Always Look Up

I receive the monthly Voice of the Martyrs publication. Reading the accounts of the persecution and heavy trials our brothers and sisters endure around the world because of their faith in Jesus touches my heart in a profound way. So many times I wish to share their stories with others so that we can all…

This Time

I know that we are all wondering what next year will be like, when things get back to normal. Thanksgiving is two days away and I almost can’t believe this year is nearly over. It has been dream-like, though not dreamy. All we have to do is stop and hear for the first time ever…

Solid Rock

There are many perspectives floating, or should I say flying around, these days about all that our country, and the entire world for that matter, is experiencing this pesky year of 2020. At the very beginning of the pandemic, fear of the unknown caused unanswerable questions to run rampant. Then, a little further into the…

He Never Leaves (updated post with song attached)

I wrote the verses to this song (video at the end of this post) some time ago. I found Psalm 13 in the midst of constructing this song and that is where the chorus and bridge/ending came about. I have written honestly about feeling alone and wondering where God is in times of darkness. At…

Peace and Quiet

Oh, man! I am sitting here in my office at home as roofers are tearing the old shake roof away. To say that this is noisy and unnerving falls short of a full description and leaves me tempted to use a zillion additional words to describe the unrest. This is all good. We have wanted…

Do You Love Me?

Nothing feels better than when selflessness is lived out and expressed as genuine love. Why is it so difficult to love that way at all times? It is easier to love without reservation if the reciprocation of that love is guaranteed. How many times do we have an idea to reach out to someone but…

A Hike Commemorated

On a lovely, not too hot at all day in June, my youngest son and I finally hiked the Hunter Creek Trail. We had attempted to hike this trail a few years ago, but one of the hikers who came along with us wanted to only go part of the way. We had no idea…

What Good Is It

What Good Is It What good is it if I gain the WHOLE WORLD If I gain it all And lose my SOUL What good is it if at last I find my purpose on earth But lose my soul What good is it if fear suddenly stops hounding me But I lose my soul…

Who’s In Charge Here?

What do people do when something goes wrong?  They approach whoever’s in charge.  If there is bad service at a restaurant, they ask to speak to the manager.  If they are concerned about an education issue they contact the principal or the school district or even their state’s officials.  When facing a health crisis –…

But for Kindness and Grace

I couldn’t believe what I saw.  Anger gripped me when I read the words written by a Christian in response to a social media post.  The individual who made the initial post is not a believer and is lost and wounded.  The content of the post that was commented on insinuated that God is not…

New Things

Just a quick note before I get to my post.  I have had a good number of comments to my previous blogs that have no name on them.  They are encouraging, and I am always grateful.  I respond with a thank you, but  I would like to know who I’m replying to. Would you include…

I Will Never Forget That (So I’ll Always Remember This)

* This is a repost from September, 2018 One day, when my boys were little, we all took off from home on a walk as we did most days.  This was a relatively new neighborhood for us and we had no established route.  We were headed over to my best friend’s house that was within…

Vessels

Have any of you ever wondered how a particularly difficult situation in your life would turn out?  I know that is a question with an obvious answer, but it helps to get us thinking about the woman in our story and the predicament she was in.  We can pay attention to how it might speak…

When in Doubt

This post will be sort of a two-in-one.  Bear with me.  I had been planning to blog about a trip to Yosemite that we took this past Labor Day weekend.  I could spend time telling about how we had no reservations and looked until a little later than dusk before we finally found a place…

Just the Two of Us

Last week was a first ever experience for me and my husband.  Being a homeschool family for so many years, we got used to and cherished always having our kids with us.  We loved having the freedom to create memories with both planned and impromptu outings – trips to the mountains, lakes , trails, creeks,…

Music Festival Glow

I am still basking in a glow of gratitude from last weekend.  My husband had asked me a year ago if I would be willing to perform at Joshua Fest (an incredible Christian music festival held in Quincy, CA each year) if we were accepted and approved to do so.  In times past I would…

Thank You

It’s time for me to update my blog bio and picture. You can check out the updates at the end of this post. I published my first blog post a year ago this month! What a full year it has been (has it really been a year?)! I have loved, loved, loved pouring into this…

A Breath Away

A friend of mine died yesterday.  I met him at one of the hospitals where I volunteer.  He was a resident there.  I first met him when I was visiting with another resident who has also become a friend.  Before I sang to the larger group at this particular facility I would come and sing…

That Name

I was deeply moved by the all-consuming power and presence of God this past weekend at church.  Yes, church is a place I often feel the presence of God, but this week was something entirely unique.  The hushed gentle breeze that blew through our midst was full of impact in an extraordinary way.  Simply because…

Oh My Heart

This is a sweet little story that is quite simple yet it reminds me once again how deeply loved I am by God. I know that God loves me.  I believe with all my heart in the gospel of Christ and the unfathomable love that has been shown to all mankind.  It shouldn’t be so…

All These Things Will Fall

But there’s far more to life for us.  We’re citizens of high heaven!  We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthly bodies into glorious bodies like his own.  He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it…

This Longing In My Heart

This is the first back-to-school season in 18 years that I will not have one or more of my three kids homeschooling.  I am now the mother of three young adult men! This is most certainly a new season in my life.  One might assume that I feel relief for that responsibility wrapping up or…

Still On The Throne

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  James 1:17 This morning I was going over a song that I wrote some five or six years ago.  This particular song was written in the midst…

I Needed That

My friends and I have discussed the valid need and desire to have women who are older than us pour their wisdom into our lives.  Maybe you’ve had someone or several in your life that have given you that extra breath when you were breathless or dose of coveted wisdom when confounded; words of lifting…

Stay, My Heart

There’s an old song that I used to love to hear and sing when I was a little girl.  “I woke up this mornin’ with my mind stayed on Jesus, hallelujah, hallelujah!”  Have you ever had this happen to you?  Where you wake up and feel His presence and everything else takes second place to…

One Touch

A few years ago I realized how much of my life I had spent striving to do everything right, to impress with my image; truly believing that a good witness for Christ could not have glacier-sized weaknesses.  I was so tired.  My failures brought weariness to my soul, burying me in self-loathing and condemnation.  I…

Bryan

As I prepare for each of my visits to the rehabilitation center I pray for the ministry of God’s love and reconciliation unto Him to provide hope and light to the dear ones staying there.  I never quite know what to expect as each encounter is quite unique.  Sometimes I leave feeling rather unconvinced that…

My Mother I Didn’t Recognize

Recently, I came to an unexpected and intensified awareness of a beauty I have known my whole life.  I suppose we are all likely guilty of taking our blessings for granted, those beautiful life provisions that we’ve grown used to.  I try to keep appropriate stores of awe and gratitude to guard against such things….