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April 20, 2020


Good morning, DearHeart.

I question God a lot.

Sometimes, I think He is ok with it-maybe even humored by it. (Girl, you have the gall to question Me after I brought you through that last pickle?!). Sometimes, I know, He’d rather I simply trust Him. (Ang, I know what I’m doing. This will turn out to be for your deliverance, child).

We all want to live a life full of meaning. What is meaningful for me may look differently for you.





We are each placed here on the planet earth for a reason. There is something we are to do and our lives will seem empty, until we begin to engage our hearts and do it.

“From one human being He created all races on earth and made them live throughout the whole earth. He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where they would live.” Acts 17:26 GNB

God wants us to be ourselves and do good for He has positioned us, so we are able to make a difference. He has handcrafted our lives – very individually, and it takes a lifetime to accomplish His work in us. It emerges from a small and exquisite piecing together of our inner and outer lives …



woven together every day,

every week,

every month,

come summer,

come winter,

the same. The overall magnificence takes many years. It cannot be fast-forwarded.

Take some moments today to consider this place that you find yourself today. Take it in, pandemic and all. Know that in this place, in these emotions, in these callings, you have been placed here specifically by our Maker. This, too, has purpose – and, by it you are being moved deeper into His will.

Wake up.

Ponder this place.


April 15, 2020 authentic


Good morning, DearHeart.

Do you have stories that stay with you?

Plain, everyday stories?

Bizarre stories that you’ve lived?

Those that you’ve heard?

Crucifixion size stories?

Experiences are moments of magic that become little chapters in your head … and, because they stick around they have a purpose and a life of their own. They stick because your Creator uses them to prove His point in you … through you. When you dress down out of the demands of what others are saying you

-should be,

-ought to do,

-must have

… there you will find authentic, one-of-a-kind, treasures that are your own stories. And, if you begin to tell your unique stories, then The God of the Angel Armies draws people to Him through you.

Your faith grows when you share Him.

Authenticity is magnetic.

‘For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (2 Peter 1:8 HCSB)

Wake up.

Zone in on your story.

Tell it.


September 27, 2019 dreaming


Good morning, DearHeart.

I dreamed Alana had two more sons to add to her 4 grown sons. I woke up giggling. Why do we dream the things we dream?

From the sleep, our body relaxes and then rattles back into morning. I believe each dream – even the bizarre ones – come to shake us from the day’s to-do list and make us take a glimpse at our deeper, endless world. Each dream of the night, deep, daring, deliberate, serves to point us into desire for our union with the Holy One. We dream of reunion. We return from a rest of being born and reborn, night after night, with mud caked to the soles of our feet, our hair smelling like the damp earth, our sleep shirt singed on the edge from the campfire.

From the night-land, we step into day clothes and into day lives.

We sit behind a wheel,

behind a screen,

behind a stove,

in front of a boss,

a teacher,

a customer.

We breathe the life of the Savior into every encounter if we so choose … our creations, our corporate world, our decisions, our art, our plans, our education, our industry, our rights, our freedoms, our duties. We breathe Him there. We set our hearts into Him by deliberate choice. The Creator-driven life is not only sustainable in our world, He sustains all worlds.

“And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:11-15 ESV

Wake up.

Dream again.


November 30, 2018 disappointment


Good morning, DearOne. This little fella really wanted us to share our chips and salsa yesterday. He was disappointed when the waiter ran him off.

The other day I read a quote about disappointment that stuck with me by Ann Voskamp:

“God appoints people who do disappoint – to point to a God who never disappoints.”

Who of us has not been disappointed by those we thought would always stand by us?

And who of us has not disappointed others?

Yet I do not think I have ever thought in terms that they were appointed to disappoint. Since reading this quote, I have not been able to stop thinking about it.

The statement is so true. There has not been a time in my life when disappointed by a person that I have not turned to God. In my hurt & woundedness, there was no other place for me to go but to God. Why? Because He & He alone will never disappoint me.

He will never let me down.

I think the psalmist, David, expressed is so beautifully…

“Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them. They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted in you and were never disgraced.”

Psalms 22:4-5

We need to let those who have disappointed us, off the hook. Seriously.

And quite frankly, I want to be let off the hook.

I want to be forgiven for disappointing my friends & family. Can it be that disappointment is a gift that is disguised?  Perhaps in disappointing us, they have done exactly what God called them to do … they pointed us to Him. And He will never disappoint.

Wake up.

Let it go.


July 27, 2018 lit


Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” (Ezra 10:4 ESV)

Good morning, StrongSoul-

More everyday, I am convinced that the world we wake up in is not the same as the world we went to sleep in. Have you noticed? In the blink of an eye things




From lives changed, or lost, or elections, or technology, or chaos interrupting daily routines … it is enough to knock us on our keister and send life spiraling into the unknown. We’re left behind, standing in wonder … ‘what just happened here?’

This, Dearheart, this is where you and I are called by our Creator to step in. Perhaps one of the greatest things we can do in the chaos of the hours is STAND and show the Light of our souls. Simply stand.

Allow yourself to be moved by the change from yesterday to today. Struggling souls catch light from those who walk fully lit- and have the courage to show it.

A path you will cross today needs the Light you carry.

He will be a gift to them.

Shine on.

Wake up.

Stand and shine.


January 9, 2018 big thing praying


“I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” Ephesians‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭NLT

Good morning, DearOne.

Have you noticed that when you bump up your prayer efforts when you’re going through a really hard time, making sure to pray about all manner of things, you will see all manner of answers? And, even if God is saying “not yet” regarding The Big Thing you’re asking for… He WILL say “yes” to other things. There is an order. And a process in which He works and delivers.

And when He does say “not yet”, then His “yeses” to other things will both reassure you and build your faith that He is hearing your prayer about The Big Thing, and in time He will move to bring resolution. You can trust Him here. Especially when what you are praying for is the hard stuff – where you have no control for the choices others make. Keep in mind – someone’s mental illness is not your mental illness.

-Their threats do not need to be your triggers;

-their choices are not your “I should’ve been more ___.”

Do this: As you pray, send them love, not suffering over their suffering. Send them light. Send them respect for the journey they have chosen — it’s not your journey. Their mistakes are part of their story, just as you own yours.

Not everyone is help-able. When you are “trying” to be of service to someone — from paying for groceries, to literally trying to save their life — you have to leave a lot of room for the Holy Spirit to move in them. (Get outta His way).

You cannot know what someone’s soul is choosing, or why. That is their choice and goes with their story. You don’t know. Let it go. It doesn’t belong to you.

You’ve got to know and continue to pray for what keeps you well … MORE than well —



lit up,


What you need for you and what others need from you is your light (not your guilt).

Wake up.

Send them love.


January 1, 2018 set your gaze


“GOD is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.” Deuteronomy 31:8 Msg

Good day for a fresh start, Dearheart.

Start where you are.



That’s progress. And, purpose.

Start here. Now.

Even if this is one of those days when you feel anxiety rising – redirect the anxiety into anticipation and excitement.

You know that tingling feeling of the Holy Spirit that you get when you’re listening to someone who inspires you to your core? Maybe it happens when you’re with a friend or mentor, or listening to a keynote at an event. Afterwards you feel on fire for days, maybe even weeks. You go into super-productivity mode because you want to make big things happen for yourself and your loves. I live for that feeling. That feeling is what fuels my relationships.

My career.

Our farming and businesses.

That’s why I surround myself with amazing people who keep me filled up with passion, inspiration, strength.

I know following Him will light a spark in you that ignites a blazing fire. I know that if God Most High leads you and me to it, He will stay right in front just a few feet where my gaze and your gaze can settle on Him. He will part the drowning waters, walking us across on dry and safe land. Look at us, you and me, we have a sure and steady history with Him. We can trust Him with this new year, too.

Here we go, 2018.

Wake up.

Set your gaze on Him.


December 14, 2016 will vs expectation 


God with us. Set your will in His. 

“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.” John‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Good morning, Beloved. 

We focus on the Christ child. The birth we celebrate this season is the marking point of being shifted. If you dared to be so brave, you brave soul, you would admit that you, too, have felt Him stir. 

Allow Him to have His way, (as Mary did),

and will His way into being (like Joseph). 

The Holy Spirit comes and plants seeds of sparks, seeds of possible, not impossible…and He guides you and me with authority. 

Alone, I would go cold. 

Or, laugh you off at the audacity. 

Or, hide away. 

‘Expectation’ is not confirmation of what is to come. It’s not manifestation of an expected end. It’s a distraction, really. 

A distraction from today. 

But, ‘will’, ‘will’ is different. 

Because, will happens when you choose to fully show up in today, as Mary and Joseph did, you focus on the give, not the get. It doesn’t really matter that the meeting went off track, or that the outcome was … different (it created a new beginning). The net gain of a new perspective, of the shift is this:

show up,



move on. 

Lay down the expectation, and feel the shift.

Anxiety drains away. 

Streaming calm fills in. Shifted. 

Expectations shrink me from God’s best for me. They weigh me down with worry and formulas and analyses, ‘if/then’, and ‘what/if’s’. 

But, God’s will be done … there’s my paintbrush,

my oil,

my secret potion,

my sanity. 

Like Mary and Joseph … I’m most interested the power of will, His planted sparks, His best that is lying in front of me. 

What expectations are consuming your shine? Let them go. 

Let them go. 

Wake up. 

Will His way in you. 

(Thy will be done). 


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April 26, 2016 ten new


“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Good morning BlessedOne.
Think about this day and as you prepare – ask your Creator’s blessing to cover it. Give the hours of this day YOUR blessing, too. 

You have a Divine role to play as you will experience all brand new minutes. You will see brand new colors, behaviors, have new talks with others, and with yourself. Find new experiences. 

Find new blessings in what would otherwise be regular, ordinary, mundane. 

Open yourself up to changes that the Holy Spirit is orchestrating in you. 

Thank Him for your gifts, 

for your creativity, 

for allowing you a chance to share with those you love. Celebrate your own creativity today – fresh ideas … all gifts from God Most High. He has empowered you with specific gifts to give that can only go through you … things you don’t see – 

like the power of your smile, 

the touching of a hand, 

a simple kind word. 

You don’t realize your power on others – you are a channel of His Holiness; ask Him to pour ten new gifts into you – and ask your Maker to make them invisible to you but for these new gifts to be a blessing to others …


and gentle, 

and needed. 

Wake up. 

Open up. 

Receive more of Him with gentle intention. 


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April 21, 2016 still


“Lord God of Hosts, who is strong like You, Lord? Your faithfulness surrounds You. You rule the raging sea; when its waves surge, You still them.” Psalms‬ ‭89:8-9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
Hello, MightyOne,

Years ago I made a list of my life’s years and wrote down the best and most significant event I could remember of each year. It was humbling. Looking back over the list, I was struck by the fact that nearly everything on the list had turned out for my good, yet was directly or indirectly the result of some failure, or loss, or disappointment that made me look at my situation differently. In hind site, nearly everything that I considered at the time to be loss turned out to be the loss of an old way of life that was in process of gaining something new. It seemed at the time of each juncture, that my God was out of the picture, nowhere to be found, far, far away … when actually, He was closer than ever … just simply coming in from a different direction. Unexpected. The emptiness of the time was an emptying of old patterns and habits and trains of thought that He used for me to see that the road I was on was no longer working to serve Him. 

He revealed new. 




He gave new guidance to yield more promising results. And, He developed in me a sense of trust, deeper than ever, that sealed in His boldness and empowerment to follow Him into uncharted territory. 

I still add to that list every single year. And, His work in our lives still comes from every possible surprising direction. He blows my mind. His faithfulness overwhelms me. 
Wake up. 

He’s closer than you think. 

Be bolder. 


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