Monthly Archives: October 2019

October 31, 2019 look for Him


Good morning, DearHeart.

What do people do who have no hope? Who get so caught up in the ails of their struggles and guilt and shame that they cannot see the light? Or, fail to know, even as they see death and despair and depression all around, that this is temporary and He is coming again?

A-ha moments are priceless.



God makes us ask ourselves questions when He intends to unravel them. He gives us needs that He alone can quench, and awakens spaces and empty places that He alone will fulfill. Any state of haze that rises up in you and me is always fertile ground for a spiritual ripening, leading to a new revelation – a place of an ‘a-ha’ moment. Lightening flashes.

His Holy sparks expand from the east to the west; and God suddenly shows up in the middle of your mess.

Right there, in that spark-filled place, we get a glimpse of His coming.

Eternity is coming.

“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

Matthew 24:27 HCSB

Wake up.

Watch for Him to show up today.


October 30, 2019 courage


Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you.’ 1 Chronicles 28:20

Good morning StrongOne.

Listen. Do you hear the calm voice in your panicked heart? Overwhelmed, and confused, and scared, and pulled into the breath of a windstorm – can you hear the Voice of Holy Thunder in the distance?

The job seems agonizing and the work too huge for someone like you.

You do not know why, but you are back again, at that place that calls for your help, your hands, your feet, your heart — for the rest of your life. Your bones whisper with His Spirit. You know how He moves. You and I know we try to take our spiritual understandings with both, a dose of serious and a dose of good humor – that He would assign someone like you or me to such a task. Ha. That He would gift us in such a way as to do the work. Really? Yes, really. He has. He did. He expects. Begin.

October 29, 2019 grouping


Good morning, DearHeart.

Every newly formed group-relationship is quirky.

Have you noticed?

No matter how alike or diverse, it takes on a personality of its own as a whole. Yet within? Well, there are still individuals – with individual strengths – with individual thoughts. God must have a quirky side to Him, when He puts groups together…






Political parties.



…all placed together where love is meant to work, each person transforming the other. The strengths and power of each untangled and shared in the process. Each individual giving each other’s heart a drum; and each then receives knowledge of the most complicated rhythms and emotions to run the flow as well.

We question.

God winks.

Time, experience, and trust remind us that through each relationship, He will nourish and grow us into Him to the end of our days.

“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”

Philippians 2:1-2 NLT

Wake up.

Notice your coveys.

Be nourished.


October 28, 2019 step behind


Good morning, DearHeart.

I’m a slow walker.

Always trying to get ahead, but tangle when getting caught up.

A half a beat behind.



Hurry. Stay focused. Catch up.

Get ahead. It seems endless.

I’m over here watching butterflies. And, keep getting trapped in comparing my “comfortable clutter” living to another’s that looks better-homes-and-gardens-picture-perfect.

So, determined, I enter the outer ring with determination to get to the center – go there, get there, another place – not where I am.

Always a half a beat behind.

Beating myself up for not being

further along,

or more together,

or better able.

And, then I hear the sound of the slide.


Forward movement punctuating progress.

Realizing the presence of moment. The ‘now-place’ where God Most High has placed me. Not too far behind. Not yet entwined in tomorrow. But, precisely in the midst of His current presence.


This moment.


A mid-course correction.

Sliding in step with His beat, not a half-step behind. Just in this place. In His presence.

Not overwhelmed with the


or the need-tos,

or the ought-tos.

I look down at all that I have.

Two feet. Two hands.

Punctuating on the moment…between history and tomorrow.

And, in His presence, He becomes my heartbeat.

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” Psalms 95:6 ESV

This beat chooses moment by moment in the still of her Savior. With the driving force of He-Is-All-I-Need.

His agenda.

Not mine.

And, in this moment, He has made me whole. Again.

His plan.

His progress.

His timing.

He has me right where I need to be.

“So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.” 1 Corinthians 9:26 ESV

Wake up.

Feel your God given heartbeat. Bow down.

You’re in the center of His will.


October 21, 2019 testimony


Good morning, DearHeart.

This weekend my kids either moved or helped each other move into new homes. It was crazy. And, it is a new beginning in the stories of their lives.

Growing up in the church, I remember there being a portion of the service dedicated to “testimonies” – when people were given opportunity to share stories about how God was at work in their life.

Testimonies – our stories – they matter.

“And they have defeated him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11, NLT)

Our testimonies, our stories, become the means by which we overcome and defeat the enemy of our souls. Satan would love for nothing better than to destroy or mar our testimonies.

He works at trying to make our testimonies ineffective because He knows they wield a powerful effect when combined with God’s Word. Our stories can encourage others, infusing them with hope, as they hear of God’s work in our lives.

May our stories tell not of our own achievements but of God’s power at work in, and through, our situations.

“Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the results of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.” (Smith Wigglesworth)

When we share our stories, people unite with each other and with our Maker. You know that tingling feeling you get when you hear a story that resonates within? Your story does the same to others. Start where you are and share your heart and watch Love settle into the cracked places to seal bridges to unity.

“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”

John 17:23 NLT

Wake up.

Share your story.


October 16, 2019 Holly


Good morning, DearHeart.

I post and repost a lot about my artist girl, Dani (Bryan’s wife), but not so much about my Holly. She’s my steady constant and a quieter force of nature. Levi’s little family has been living with us while building their house. They will be moving out this weekend. You know how crazy I am about my sons … God had me wait for the gift of my girls, and oh what a gift! I’m selfish – I don’t want them to go. The moment I met her, I knew my daughter-in-law, Holly, was the one for Levi. And, the one for us. It was a simple introduction at a high school basketball game. When she shook my hand – something clicked, and I knew. This past ten months of living under the same roof has been everything you can imagine. Sometimes awkward, sometimes messy, sometimes side-splitting laughter, lots of knowing glances, and a whole lot of growth for us all.

Holly has a gift of leveling any situation with a practical perspective and common sense. She’s a God-loving wife, mother, 3rd grade teacher … she is raising a precious strong-willed daughter, birthed a precious son in June, she is working on her Master’s, all while building a house and living with her in-laws! She’s a tough warrior. And, using my dad’s terms, “she’s got a head full of brains.” Not only is she beautiful, she has a natural warmth, easy and constant. This season has marked us all for the better. My girls have my heart. And, if my eyes seem swollen and are leaking next week, you’ll know why. I’m so happy for them as this new part of their life begins in their new home. But, I’d be fine if they didn’t go. ❤️

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Wake up.

Love your peeps.


October 15, 2019 outside


Good morning, DearOne.

My sons grew up outdoors. They are more at home outside than they are inside. My man is rarely inside before thirty minutes past dark.

They lock in on a sense of wonder in nature. They know the trees and the leaves and the trails and the markings at our rural Oklahoma home. They know the space so well that they could likely wake from a month’s long sleep, look around, and tell you their location by looking at the trees.

These were spiritual disciplines they practiced without even knowing. Our world ablaze with a wonder would send some into orbit – close to terror … our Creator’s wildness filling every detail of space. A school of the beasts, large and small. We dance with the Divine out here, because when we notice His hand in the life all around, He turns us on to a wild freedom.

God governs our nature and in our human perspective, we realize it’s not always all about us, it’s about the whole of His creation. Everything cycles and blooms and drops leaves over and over again according to His timing. His ways are right.

This is the place where I feel a chord of deep humility rising in loving kinship with His creation … a place where together, we’re responding to the lure of God’s glory.

Today, can you simply choose to place every thought in the hands of our Savior, knowing this cycle is part of the Divine?

‘But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:25, 28 NLT

Wake up.

God called you to this day.



October 7, 2019 lap


Good morning, DearHeart.

Time in the Word is time in the lap of the Almighty.

When the list gets unruly, to-do thoughts begin shooting impossible darts, then you are in need of some ‘time’. Even the slightest prayer, rockets you straight into the control room of the universe. Yes, straight into the very heart of your Creator. Do not put limits on Him. Maybe, you need to be reminded …

The One who loves you is:

SOVEREIGN, with the right to do as He pleases:

‘He said, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Exodus 33:19

OMNIPOTENT, He is all powerful: ‘For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Luke 1:37

OMNIPRESENT, He is everywhere, in Peter’s view, ‘that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, Acts 3:19

OMNISCIENT, He knows everything … past, present, future: ‘I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.’ Isaiah 46:10

HOLY, and He is holy in you and me … personally, privately: ‘for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.’ 1 Peter 1:16

Soak a while in the God who surrounds you.

Wake up.

Be surrounded.


October 3, 2018 blooming


Good morning, DearHeart.

When we owned the flower shop, we would have the occasional need to put flowers in warmer water to get their blooms to open. When it began to be slightly, or partially, or half open, even then we would say that it is ‘blooming’.

Sometimes, when we face tough times we gather strength, not perfect strength, but enough strength to serve us through the difficult days. Maybe ‘moderate’ strength. Even if it is only 50% strength, and not enough to be fully confident, when we ask the power of the Holy to help, then that partial becomes enough.

Be confident in that strength.

Cover your mind, mood, and emotions so saturated with the extra strength of the Holy Spirit that bitterness, harsh-filled voices, and aggressive body language slide right past you.

They own their issues. Not you. You have your own stuff to work out. God is dealing with their bitterness on a level not meant for you or me to understand.

Be respectful.

Be obedient and gentle with God’s child. But, be careful to not be slammed down by the enemy’s psychotic attempt to destroy your peace through a troubled soul.

That is not for you or me to judge.

You are in the shelter of GOD ALMIGHTY. DearOne, you don’t have to react back to them with the same bitterness they deliver to you. You are fueled by supernatural power.

Be strong. Fire the stabs they deliver as far as the east is from the west. And, pray that take up their ownership of peace with the Creator.

Remember, we call a flower “blooming” whether it is half open or in full bloom.

‘Watch out, brothers, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that departs from the living God. But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.’ Hebrews 3:12-13

Wake up.

Bloom in your strength.


October 2, 2019 prayer


Good morning, DearHeart. Sometimes, no matter how much it hurts, God calls us to set boundaries from the attacks and the attackers. He says:

“Child, this is my battle. Back out. Love like crazy from a distance until I give you the opening to go back in. Let them say what they want to whomever they want. This is My battle.”

Proverbs 19:19 – “Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.”

Be careful. Many times, the best you can do is step back in prayer.

You keep praying for your people, and I will, too.

In reading God’s Word and prayer, I have been called before to sit in SILENCE in order to be in obedience to Him for a while. I didn’t want to – the ego in me wants to fight back. But, the heart in me wants to fix everything – even the parts and the hearts that don’t want to be fixed. Stay steadfast in prayer … prayer is not a substitute for hard work, prayer is the work.

I can tell you the level of peace and freedom since agreeing to His prompting opened me up to let joy in again.

You just keep going right back to His Word as your guide. He is faithful to lead you from there.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. But, sometimes it helps to be reminded, right?

You are here for a reason. They are where they are for a reason. Take a deep breath and pray gratitude prayers and guidance prayers. He is already working out the details. “You supported me because of my integrity and set in in Your presence forever.” Psalm41:12

I love you.

Wake up.

In prayer, lay it at the cross.

Be guided by the Word.