Category Archives: Life

January 10, 2020 weather panic

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Do you get panicked over the weather or just let it roll? I don’t get as excited about weather changes as the local news people, but I do take notice. The cattle get fed a little differently, gas is handy for the generator; when we know change is coming we prepare.

While we breathe today, tucked safely in the center of our Oklahoma plains, many hearts are bracing themselves for a few days of “predicted” winter weather warfare.

If nothing else, the change sparks conversation.

For some, Chaos. Fear. It is hard to wrap our minds around the chaos of fear…unless we think back to our own days of being unsettled.

I believe God’s ways are right even when the storm comes. And, when we’ve done all that we can do, perhaps the next best way to prepare is to pray for the safety of another.

Give your prayers away freely today. Lift each person your eyes take in …

Family.

Friends.

Teachers.

Authority people.

News anchors.

Wind blown people.

Farmers you pass on the road.

Churches you pass by.

Walmart people.

Sonic car-hops.

Mailman.

The person in the car with you.

Bank people.

Hair stylist people.

Law enforcement people.

People sporting smiles.

People with forehead creases.

Whomever catches your eye today-whisper a prayer for them.

“The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives.” (Matthew 10:1 The Message)

Wake up.

Pray for people.

Really pray for them.

Go.

January 9, 2020 Zeus

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Good morning, DearHeart.

This is Zeus the Beagle. He and his brother, Beau, were rescued by Levi and Holly as pups. The beags love the farm. They would always leave out early-early chasing rabbits. And, they’d usually be back by noon, sleep a while, and go out for their evening hunt. One day, about 3 months ago, Beau didn’t come back and that has been a heartbreaker for all of us, especially Zeus. He no longer hunts. He stays within about 50 feet of the house at all times. He’s getting used to his new life, but nothing for him has been easy since. He has just begun to play with Ellie, the dachshund. And, we get so excited when he does – a glimpse of joy.

We are like that – life events change us. I’ve been searching scripture high and low, and I can’t find a single verse that promises our days on earth are going to get easier.

But, He does promise to protect us on the journey. The space between today and eternity with Him will be rocky. We may fall a few times. We will get hurt in this process of living.

But, my God is faithful.

He will provide exactly what you need to get through each day…this day. And, along the way, He will deliver a joy or two … or overflowing.

‘and while My Glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.’ (Exodus 33:22 ESV)

Wake up.

Feel His shelter.

Go.

January 8, 2020 God knows us

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I’ve been writing birthdays and dates and “to-do’s” in a new calendar. Sometimes, if I look at the whole month at once, it overwhelms me and I think there is no way I can do this. So, I’ve learned to look at only about a day and a half ahead – to keep it manageable in my brain, and as a reminder that it will turn out alright. We get caught up in the hours and sometimes we forget … as believers, God knows us. Around each one, God Almighty has a cocooned us with a certain shield of His light that is connected directly to His heart. We don’t escape it. He can pick us out anytime, anyplace.

‘God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones:

God knows who belongs to Him’

2 Timothy 2:19 MSG

He knows us. We are written on the palm of His hands. He never leaves us.

As we walk thru a crowd, He knows.

Those serving in the military, He knows.

Families heartbroken with loss, He knows.

Thru the happiest days, He knows.

Running thru a hailstorm, He knows.

Watching a ballgame, He knows.

Sleeping thru the night, He knows.

On important phone calls, He knows.

Shopping, He knows.

Picking out a new puppy, He knows.

Starting the car, He knows.

Showing kindness, He knows.

When we are not appreciated, He knows.

When we get slighted, He knows.

When we get a hug of thanks, He knows.

When we are scraping the ice, He knows.

When we are writing out checks, He knows.

When we are exercising, He knows.

_________ (write in your own), He knows.

He knows all who have confessed, “yes Jesus, you are my Savior, the Son of God-the One who knows me. Thank you, Father.”

Wake up.

Walk with Him.

He knows your steps.

God’s got this.

Go.

January 7, 2020 light shine

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Good morning, DearHeart.

More and more 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 too?

In the blink of an eye things

really

do

change.

From the mass inflow of information, to world events, to mass change brought by new daily routines … it is enough to knock us on our gourd and send life spiraling into the unknown.

This … 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 is

STAND UP,

and show the Light of our souls.

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.

The Holy Spirit will be a gift to them as He radiates through you.

“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭ESV

Wake up.

Shine on.

Go.

January 6, 2020 in the meantime

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I asked Dale a few days ago what he would remember most about last year, he said “Rush. (our grandson was born). And, it was the year that all three sons moved.” True. They all live in different homes than they did a year ago. Life happens and shapes us one day at a time. Even if you think back to December 6th, think of all the events that have happened in the past month; from the smallest memory to the largest – our lives constantly change … constantly grow. You are not the same person you were even a month ago. Go further, and consider God’s presence in the process. Consider Him in the crazy hustle and in the quiet waiting times. When you reflect you see Him. Those same ebbs and flows will come today, this month, this year. Pause in those waiting times – from there, you can feel His presence. Even when you think He is not moving, He is aligning chains of events in your life and in the lives of others that must happen to move you. Distract yourself in those waiting times with presence. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it seems to be continuously out of reach – take a deep breath and say to yourself, “there is so much right here that I have been waiting for”. When you look, you will see it is so true. Thank you, God.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Wake up.

Praise Him.

Praise His ways.

Go.

November 25, 2019 morning

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Good morning, DearHeart.

God loves impossible situations. Over and over God’s word shares the insanely bizarre pickles of His followers, yet God doesn’t leave. He stills them. They panic, He stills them more … He stills you and me out of our panic until we can hear Him.

This time of year my guys hunt very early and late in the evening. One of my favorite parts of them hunting is listening to their stories of what animals and birds they see and hear from their deer stands. As we wake each morning, there is an entire creation coming alive … stirring in the woods, venturing out … tentative … stretching … sniffing the air, then sniffing the earth beneath their feet.

They get still and God pulls them into His care.

In the intimacy of the new sunrise , a settling of hearts and emotions pulls us to His stillness. He reminds us He is near. He reminds us Who He is, and who we are in His presence:

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”

‭‭Job‬ ‭38:4-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Picture that.

When we think our chaos will consume us, a new sunrise offers an invitation for our eyes to open to the deeper invitation of one day’s gift, one day at a time, with the Giver of all good gifts.

When He speaks, stars spew from His lips … you can trust that all around you … around your broken places … the shadows are trembling in the light of His presence on this new day. God’s got a plan.

Wake up.

Your shadows are trembling.

Your eyes rise with confidence.

Go.

November 26, 2019 language

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Good morning, DearHeart.

There is something so sacred, so deeply holy about the way Of God toward His people. He speaks to the very innermost part of our heart- in our heart’s unique language.

“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.” Luke‬ ‭5:4-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When God spoke to the wise men, He spoke to them through the stars. When He spoke to a young shepherd, He used the language through sheep. When He spoke to these seasoned fishermen, He used the language of fish. God loves our tribes. It is not by accident that He has individually set us in our place, so He can meet us right where we are. He can speak to us in our own language that our hearts can understand most clearly. This place in which you find yourself today is the place where holiness breaks into your familiar world and speaks to the language of your heart. The mundane is not so mundane after all. In case you are wondering … you are right where you belong. Do not take that lightly.

Wake up.

Notice God’s intentions.

Go.

November 21, 2019 brothers

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Have you been told, and do you really know that you are a work in progress? Sometimes, I think we approach God with small thoughts of ourselves. We are maybe ashamed, or heavy, or guilt laden for … being human, … making human error, … thinking human thoughts.

I grew up with brothers, have mostly male cousins (I’m the only girl grand on Dad’s side of the family), and I raised boys to men. I’m really, really partial to the brother stories in God’s Word. One of my favorite is when Andrew meets Jesus and knows he will follow Christ forever, but first he went back and got his brother, Simon:

“Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ” ). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter” ).” John 1:41-42 NLT

Jesus laid eyes on the Peter, a young rowdy fisherman. Not an ordinary glance, not just any eyes, He looked at Peter with God-eyes … the eyes of a Maker who knew what He created him for before He placed him in his mother’s womb. He saw Peter’s future … “upon this rock I will build my church”. Jesus also knew how messy the process would be for Peter to go from here to there. Because Christ knew the end of Peter’s story,

knew his legacy,

knew his impact to the Kingdom,

Jesus set a Covenant in place with him, and

told him who he really was.

Jesus changes everything.

He tells us who we are … “I know this is who you’ve been, who you think you are, but this is who I see you to be. No matter your failures or accomplishments … they pale in comparison to who God Almighty says you are.

You are His.

You are fully known to Him.

He sees you becoming.

He is with you, holding you, fighting for you.

What a freeing place to start.

Wake up.

See yourself through His eyes.

Go.

November 20, 2019 Chex

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I am a homebody. Deluxe. Home is my place of peace.

I’ve always been compelled to bring a certain level of comfort to our home … a place where our sons and their families come as a place of refuge and peace … an escape, like my mom & dad created for us – a home that Steve, and Russ, and I, and our kids still run to.

My guys were in and out this past weekend. Luke came through and smelled Aunt Norma Lee’s recipe for ‘trash’ (Chex mix) baking in the oven and said, ‘It smells like fall in here – I love this time of year!’ I totally agree. Deer season begins next weekend and there are certain sounds and smells and traditions that invite them in. It is intentional.

I want my home to be a safe haven for my family, for Dale to gladly anticipate coming home each day. I want my home to be

-relaxing; a refuge from this busy life;

-warm and loving, so that my man and my family feel my love before they even see me;

-a place of tranquility and peace, a place that is conducive to learning of God’s unconditional love for them.

-a place free of clutter so our minds can likewise be free of clutter. (I’m working on this one, lol).

-to be inviting and welcoming. I want to share God’s love with those coming into our house by how our home feels; not stuffy and perfect, but rather comfortable and loving. Creating a place we call ‘home’ provides a foundation for reaching, caring for, and loving on others.

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

‭‭Wake up. ‬‬

‭‭Create warmth. ‬‬

‭‭Precious and pleasant. ‬‬

‭‭Go. ‬‬

November 18, 2019 transforming

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Good morning, DearHeart.

When we were in Alaska in 2015, I picked up rocks from this beach in Homer. Those rocks are on my window sill at my kitchen sink. They make me think of that year … my year of so many losses, and of my total dependence on God. He held me steady when my life had grown so heavy, I couldn’t stand on my own.

He held me up.

He holds me now.

His constant presence has transformed me in so many ways over the years, but even more so through the trials. Like those smooth rocks that had been transformed on that pebbled beach, under a painted sky where the waves at the shore swayed

back and forth,

steady like a heartbeat,

soothing and smoothing.

The rocks remind me of how the saving love of Jesus covers heartbreaking inadequacy, and the messiness of human brokenness. Those rocks sing the song of redemption. They represent the intensity of His life-saving power through the journey. Christ showed me who I was through His eyes, and that He was all I needed. Can you see yourself through the eyes of the God who made you? Are you willing to to take the journey that leads to being transformed by His presence?

“Take a good look at God’s wonders – they’ll take your breath away.” Psalm 66:5 Msg

Wake up.

Allow transform.

Go.