Monthly Archives: March 2017

March 24, 2017 girls


Hope you have a cup of coffee if you plan to read through this one, DearOne! There’s this group of about a dozen extra special chickees, most that came into my life when they were in about 5th-6th grade, mmmm, maybe about 10-15 years ago. They were wide eyed and nervous and had no idea their teacher was shaking, too. They are all young women now – you wouldn’t even believe some of the bizarre life storms we’ve walked through together … and, oh – how they have grown me. 

When I get a call or a message – especially a wee-hour tap from one of them- “Ang, pray for …” my protective cells throw me into full throttle. These girls own my heart as much as my own blood babies. That’s the place these thoughts come from – and, this is from one of those taps:

Ok, baby girl. This is for you. 

There’s no PAUSE button for life. It would be easier, when we are working through pain, if we could hide away. We feel pressure to be “on” when all we feel is broken. We are in the midst of emotional processing, but don’t have the luxury of becoming invisible. We only want to stay hidden with our hurt: 

but, not. an. option. 

Here is the only option: you’re going to have to process in public. Some folks are good at that. I don’t have a poker face, though. Some of us, when we’re going through a personal issue, no matter how hard we try, people know it and it’s grueling.

If we know God, we know we’ll get through it, but in times like that, what we feel we need most is time. Just give us some time and maybe some space. Then, only then, we’ll move back into normal life and begin pouring into others again. The reality is, for most of us, we don’t have that luxury. Life doesn’t stop.

When we’re hurting, our body’s instinct is to heal itself. However, there is a trap that many fall into. . .its something we’re doing that hurts us more than it heals us. It is self-preservation. . . Here’s what that looks like in real life: We’re having a legitimate struggle, and it hurts. We’re finding that it’s PAINFUL to serve and to be seen in pain. We definitely don’t want to pour into others, because after all, what do we have to give out? We step away from visibility at all costs and then begins the downward spiral — the process of shutting down.

Our focus shifts from the outward and serving others, to the inward and serving our pain. And, if we’re not careful, we isolate, it’s our natural tendency. What we don’t realize, in the moment, is that this very process that we set up to heal ourselves is counterproductive, and sometimes even dangerous. Have you ever witnessed someone choking? On instinct, they actually run away from others!

It’s important for us to get help during struggles. I know that God’s heart for us is to not suffer alone. It’s also God’s heart that we have longevity and not burn out. So please, do what’s necessary to stay or get back to “emotionally healthy”, but in the meantime, keep pouring out to others.

The Bible says that “the generous will prosper, and he that refreshes others will he himself be refreshed”. (Proverbs 11:25). 


That means that you being refreshed is directly connected to you refreshing others.

In Matthew 14, Jesus encountered a situation of his own. He had just found out that his cousin, John the Baptist, had been beheaded. The news was shocking to the entire community. It was unforeseen by the people and it was unjust. Jesus was tight with John. It was like losing a brother. The Bible says that when Jesus heard the news, he went into a boat to be alone. He was grieving. Soon after a large crowd began to form around him. I think it’s safe to assume they were shouting to him to come minister to them. They were desperate.

When I read that passage, I don’t know about you, but I struggle with that. I think, “For heavens sake, people, let the man grieve!” 

But what Jesus did was totally different. He looked to them and had compassion on them. He went to them and healed many.

Some of Jesus’ greatest miracles happened shortly after that. We read that He multiplied the food and fed 5000 (plus women and children) and walked on the water.

I had a situation arise a few months ago in my own life, and maybe this has happened to you – the Lord began to touch me during a quiet time in a public place. He began revealing some things from my life that needed healing. It was a deep moment for me. I was alone, with my face on the carpet, having a powerful moment with Jesus. Finally, I got up – a dear one stopped me and we began sharing with one another what God was doing in both of us. We were both crying uncontrollably. I should add, this is not our normal default. For us, this was a rare, but extremely defining moment in both of our lives.

Then, as I’m talking mid-sentence, it was like someone cut the music – I get a tap on my shoulder. “Can you pray over me?” I’m looking at her, totally caught off guard, broken, undone, with mascara running off my face.

Everything in me wanted to say “no”. 

After all, I was mid-emotional-event and how dare she interrupt this obviously impactful moment I’m having? See the mascara?! 

But I heard the Lord say to me, “Pray for her”. I looked to her and I smiled, I genuinely smiled, and said, “Okay, you got it”. I finished up my conversation with my friend and prayed with her with my whole heart, my full attention and with compassion. The Lord began to refresh me and I felt my capacity to love increase soon after. Love grew. 

Thinking this through … I realized that I would rather have someone that is BROKEN but has the Holy Spirit praying for me, than someone who “has it all together” but doesn’t have the Holy Spirit.

So today, if that’s you, dig deep, pull on the strength of the Holy Spirit and press in. This is how you get over yourself and your ‘stuff’. Reach past your comfort zone, God will reward you richly.

In His love and light,


Wake up. 
Press on. 

Pour out. 


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March 23, 2017 return


Good morning, DearOne. 

Sweet little weenie dog, Ellie, loves the creek. She’s a long-hair so Luke and I ‘pruned’ her – gave her a haircut to help with detangling her when she comes back up from the pond. She wandered around for a day like she was embarrassed. 

That happens to us when we get pruned, too, doesn’t it. We wander in some strange way for some strange reason we don’t even know … only to get our wings clipped when The Most High sends someone or something to redirect us. 

His ways are right. 

There, right there, is where strong choice is made … drive off into the sunset forever … in shame, 

or wade deeply into the dense forest of the soul, 

wade in and let His current carry you back to His ways … 

carry you to The Rock where you climb to the top and sit, and face full into the wind. 

When we choose to come back to Him we come into the space He has created specifically for us – it’s just you and me, Lord … with a space of big sky to call our own, a tree to throw our arms around, the Rock to press our cheek against, rescued. Redeemed. 

“My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.”

‭‭James‬ ‭5:19-20‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Wake up. 

Come back to Christ. 


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March 23, 2017 


Good morning, DearHeart!

You know, I was blessed to be raised Southern Baptist – back when the words like “hell”, “Satan”, “damnation”, and “lake of eternal fire” were still heard from the pulpit … back when the Gospel didn’t get watered down. Back when speaking the truth was greater than the fear of being “politically correct” and stepping on toes. (I better stop before I get on my soapbox!)(oh gee. I’m there. My fire is already rising! Lol)

I’m pretty simple minded and get easily tangled up in my shorts on deep theological teachings. (About 5 years ago Russ sent dad a fairly theological book to read and make margin notes, then sent it to me to do the same. I haven’t got past page 3!) 

Life gets tough enough. Who needs a complicated religion to hold on to in these days, too … ?!

I’ve learned my God is One who is not too complicated at all. In fact, He bleeds along with us; He sits with us in our agony and weeps … not causing us our distress but providing a steady, Holy presence in it. 

This used to leave me with a nagging question of why my Creator won’t always remove certain burdens from me. Having been held by Him through my darkest hours, has allowed space to be brushed by wing tips. It is in His presence that my eyes open to new perspectives. His perspectives. When we allow Him, He guides us to better see the open opportunity provided in tragedy.

Paul writes:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

This isn’t a heavenly insurance policy exempting us from anything unpleasant, but the promise that if we choose to respond to all things from a place of our Father’s love and goodness … that we—not necessarily our circumstances—will grow closer into Him through it. 

And, that simplicity is all the insurance that I need. 

Wake up. 

Holy, steady Presence. 

Notice Him – even here. 


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March 21, 2017 wind


“When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain, And brings out the wind from His storehouses.” Jeremiah‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬
Good morning, DearOne. 

Verses that are full of POWER pull my heart straight into attention. Even more so, when God’s Word uses nature to make His point. 

What’s on your heart this morn? You know, deep down, that the very heart-thing on your mind is where God’s power is at work, right? Yes. That’s where The Holy is crafting … in His way of diving down further, into the center of your ‘deal’ … diving down, then coming up behind the issue, laying out different perspectives for your understanding – for your healing. 

He allows you time in your deal to practice calling unto Him – calling Him into you with powerful whirlwind-like attributes – a central force of determination, which … when focused, rather than scattered gives tremendous energy. That is Him. That is your Savior, Beloved. 

Powerful beyond measure. 

Powerful on your behalf. 

The Holy Spirit, moving in you, with His fierce attitude at the ready. 

When you choose to empty yourself of all of your humanness, and make eye contact with your Creator, then that ‘deal’, that issue, that place of pain haunting you shivers in weakness. It shutters and its skin ripples across its muscles … and, in inferiority, the enemy agrees to become the victim to the Power of the winds of the Holy. 

You are so much more than you think you are. 

Allow Him to rise in you, and let Him come alive in you. 
Wake up. 

Summons the Wind of the Holy. 


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March 9, 2017 opener


“After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭10:7

So, good morn, DearOne!

Today is opening day for our FCB HS Mustang Baseball team. Baseball season is our Lewis all-time favorite. As Dale and I (and our village) have raised our sons, it is through these seasons we have witnessed the greatest growth curves in them. Instincts heighten. 

Strategy and play mix. 

Our Creator has placed within each of us a wildish nature that offers up the ability to see what is before us by focusing in – using all of our senses, including intuition. 

Through stopping. 






It is in the full-on arena of the competition that the Almighty refines us as we get very still in the battle – to perceive threats, pleasure, danger. We hear Him and claim 

our voice,

our values,

our clear seeing,

our recovery,

our victory. 

It is here that we take it all in, rock it to and fro, and step up to the plate again, over and over. 

Wake up. 

Step up to the plate. 

Photo cred: Tricia Pierce

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March 8, 2017 fiery


“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” Romans‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Good morn, FaithfulHeart, 
Doubt comes. 

It’s not failure to doubt. 

It’s not a lessening. It’s real. 

And, it’s a reminder to shore up and nourish your faith. 

How? It comes by going right back to the Word. 


Listening to your Creator. 

Asking Christ to refuel you through your reading. 

Asking Him again, to show up to you. Even tho you already know He is here. 

Faith isn’t so much something you have or don’t have, as much as … it’s something you do. 

And, when you do it a while, it becomes habit – the fog lifts, focus happens, and He guides you back on track. Then, once again – You find you’ve become the very carrier of His Light that you have longed for. 

Wake up. 

Light up in pure, fiery resolve. 

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March 7, 2017 liv


“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” PSALM‬ ‭139:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬
Good morning, SweetSoul,

Ever notice, some things are so touching, so tender, they hurt: late night watching the first snow, the quiet of the mountains, a newborn calf on a still, spring morning, watching Oklahoma sunsets from across the creek, all of the phases of the moon, and you. 

Fearfully made. 

Wonderfully made. 

My soul knows. 

Wake up. 

Notice amazing souls. 

Pure gifts. 


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March 3, 2017 white-hot ready 


‘For The Lord will be your confidence.’ Proverbs 3:26

Good morning, ReadySoul! 
I heard you. “Their guys won, but they don’t even look excited. Neither do the fans .”

No. Do you know why? Because, our team is in the heat of this battle. We have unfinished business and we know that the conflict gets a whole lot hotter before victory can come. The road is long and the fire is white-hot. 

Laser beam focus on the actions to get through the 

next skirmish will yield another marker toward the goal. We are not there yet. What battle is pending today?

Allow yourself to feel The Lord Almighty, Miraculous, coursing into you.

Close your eyes to feel His grip …


tighter still, 

lifting you, 

holding you.

Feel the earth below your feet as He stands you on His strong foundation.

Feel His air rushing into your lungs, 

radiating LIFE, 

and POWER, 

and STRENGTH with movement of His air, every breath. Stronger still. 

Ah, Beloved. Feel the presence of your soul … His great river of life …His force of rapid currents strengthening your body with each second.

Prepare for battle and deliver. You are an empowered and sparking fire … readied by the presence of His Holy Spirit.

Lord, take us over.
Wake up. 

Burn white-hot ready. 


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March 2, 2017 rise


It’s playoff time. That pretty much consumes that certain ripple of energy that streams in the background of every other thought process and every other thing we do here. It also marks the rise of the “yes”. 

Seasons, in the arena of life get intense. 

They get heavy. 

They pound. 

They try to slam our game plan. 

They try to crush our Spirit. 

And, through the chaos and resilience, the seasons hammer you and me into brand new shapes. 

To get to the greater “yes”, to excel into new territories means full-tilt reliance on The Almighty. Because, it is only in Him that we garner needed courage to say “no” to all of the enemy’s chaotic distractions. On the other side of saying ‘no’, are all the things you and I are dying to say ‘YES’ to. 

And, from that heavy place, well … that is where we rise. 
“The burdens laid upon us were so great and so heavy that we gave up all hope of staying alive. We felt that the death sentence had been passed on us. But this happened so that we should rely, not on ourselves, but only on God, who raises the dead.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭
Wake up. 



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March 1, 2017 victory veil


“The LORD takes pleasure in his people; he honours the humble with victory.” Psalms‬ ‭149:4‬ ‭GNB‬‬
Good morning, DearOne. 

Life turns on a dime. The call comes in and the expected norm scrambles into jibberish. When a heart sledges such a clean break, how do you know when to accept it and move on? You don’t. 

You can’t persuade a heart to abandon its status any more than you can convince a raging wildfire to turn to ash. The burn must run its course. 

Know this when your course gets routed:

your Creator’s eye is solidly on you,

His focus is fine-tuned,

His angel armies surround, even when you don’t see them, they are there. 

And, if ever you wonder if it is time to move on, that is the simple mark of your free-will. That’s the place you know that you already have. 

The Almighty veils you with fresh victory here and continues to move you on. 
Wake up. 

Be veiled in victory. 


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