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Dear Lord, be close, be near… May we trust in You, and have no fear. We take courage… We take ...
It's so easy to eventually discount something we've been waiting to behold within our lives... ...to be discouraged, to lose ...
Sometimes when I'm dealing with our sheep, I ask the Lord to help me to "be a good shepherd(ess) like ...
Heavenly Father, Here I am before You again... Thank You for always being just right here... You're always near. You ...
Life changes fast… I am learningand realizing thingsI never realized in the past. I am becoming empatheticand sympatheticand sensitive… …to ...
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” ...
This is a picture I took of a table of books in a local store… ...witchcraft, divination, the occult is ...
I have lived with Type 1 diabetes for 26 years… …and to be very honest, there’s this underlying concern that ...
I miss sitting down to write and reflect every morning. I really do. But I’ve been so busy living in ...
Good Morning, Heavenly Father. 💝 Thank You for what You're doing in my life that I cannot see... The pieces ...
So I'm going through this thing right now... You see, "writing" has been "what I do"... ...my preferred way of ...
I no longer write on this blog every day... (There, I said it... ...and do you know how much I've ...
I don't think I have ever had such a deep realization... of our desperate need to get back to the ...
I came across a powerful testimony of a young lady who had gotten into new age practices... At first she ...
...but He is complex. A lot of times God does things much differently than we expect. His ways are not ...
"As for God, his way is perfect:The Lord’s word is flawless;he shields all who take refuge in him." -Psalm 18:30 ...
As I'm sitting here at the table this morning, I'm listening to the cheeping sound of around 50-60 baby chicks ...
Sometimes it's like God does these "little" things that get my attention... I see it kind of like like a ...
One of the things I am learning about living life in the midst of facing fears and anxiety, is learning ...
Never underestimate what God can do through me and through you. He wants to surprise us... ✨ with the amazing ...
...that's a question I ask myself sometimes. How did I get here? And why? SO much has changed, and IS ...
This morning I felt prompted to browse through my dream journal... I have to say, I get so excited when ...
I’m learning all KINDS of new things these days… how to live the farm life, how to take care of ...
I think I'm processing through life a little differently these days... So much of what I've written about on this ...
Transitional times can often be challenging times... I think of a "hallway." Often times, hallways don't have windows. Sometimes there ...
I'll be honest... it seems I've been facing a battle within the place of my time of communion with the ...
This morning has been a little different than usual. I pondered whether or not I was to share this on ...
God has been reminding me from time to time, over the last couple of years, of these memories with Him ...
Good Morning, Heavenly Father. 💝 I've come... ...right here before You. And I'm reminded, once again that You have always ...
The other week I slipped into an intense state of anxiety... And then after a little while of getting completely ...
Heavenly Father, I'm struggling... I'm having to work through some things that I never expected would be this much of ...
You know what? Over the last couple of weeks, to be very honest, I have dipped into this "what if, ...
"Things change..." Ha, of course they do. Change can hit us at different levels, in different ways, Sometimes change is ...
There is a phrase that many of us use... "be careful!" I catch myself using it all the time. And ...
I'm in a different kind of "learning season"... And the lessons I am learning are fast-paced, unfamiliar, "jump right in ...
We need... what God places before us to face. For He knows how we need to be shaped. He has ...
There's a lot of pain and sickness in the lives of many of those around us right now... This great ...
"...write about exactly where you are." So where am I? Well, there are some days when the words seem to ...
"My soul, wait silently for God alone,For my expectation is from Him.He only is my rock and my salvation;He is ...
This is what seems to be flowing onto the page this morning... "I chose you, when you didn't think anyone ...
God, I thank You for what You've done... "...For You have done wonderful things;Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth."-Isaiah 25:1 "For You have been ...
"You are the God who works wonders;You have made known Your strength among the peoples."—Psalm 77:14 We don't know how ...
Do you ever find your self wrapped up in a heavy, overbearing, obsessive or worrisome kind of "pressure"? "I've got ...
This morning, I simply want to share a couple of photos from my table... And I want to let you ...
Let's face it... there are things that happen in this life that we do not understand. 💔 "God, how can ...
...and just like that... we've stepped into 2022. ✨ This year... Even in the midst of the screaming voices of ...
So it's been a few days since I've written... It's good to be back. 💖☀️ I'm here to wrap up ...
Think of a time when you've noticed... ...a moment that you've realized... that God has done a transformative work in ...
So I thought the story of "The Small One" might be fitting for this Christmas... There is something about this ...
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night... And maybe you don't recall a dream, but instead ...
Good Morning, Lord... ☀️ How You meet me every morning, like the sunrise... Will You wrap me in Your tender ...
I saw a post on the She Rises Instagram, and I wanted to share it because I feel that it's ...
With all of this talk of donkeys in my life these days... I have become intrigued about their biblical and ...
Well, she's here! Our first donkey... Meet "Flower" the donkey. 🌸 She's a 6 or 7 month old miniature donkey, ...
This may is a different kind of post from me this morning, but I came across a powerful testimony that ...
I came across a video of a lady sharing about a certain kind of "spiritual practice" that she had gotten ...
I love the way God uses the "things of life" that we can compare and contrast... ...these real-life "parables" that ...
Heavenly Father, I sense that You are preparing my heart for this day... Ready my heart, God... that I might ...
This morning as I awoke from sleep... I had Daniel, from the bible, on my mind. While I have been ...
Sometimes the Lord allows us to come very close to the "edge"... ...a place that seems like "certain death" for ...
God is like a Landscape Architect. He designs every plant, so perfectly into place... For He has the perfect landscape ...
Have you ever just automatically "drawn a line" about something that you're not completely sure about? "Let's just decide about ...
I've been reflecting on this year, 2021... What an interesting year. 📆 For me, this year has been filled with ...
God, You have good reason... for the things You ask us to endure through. God, You have GOOD reason... for ...
You know, sometimes it seems like God allows us to live right, smack in the middle of the "danger zone." ...
"The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations."—Psalm 33:11 Do you know ...
I felt it was time to share another donkey update... 😁 If you read on here a week or so ...
Can I be honest? I've been struggling in my mind lately. I've been struggling with some of the things that ...
The thing about panic is... it's hard to escape it while in the midst of facing it. And I might ...
Sometimes it takes a slower, deeper journey to get to where God wants to take us... to get to the ...
Sometimes I slip into this way of thinking, where I try to "figure it all out"... or I begin to ...
You know the little saying that goes, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me" ...
"Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the ...
Here's a quick heart-checker... "...am I thankful right now?" "or am I grumbling?" As God leads me to take an ...
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but ...
I love a clean, orderly house... Or any environment, for that matter. No piles of random things, everything in its ...
Can I be honest? I love writing, I find healing in putting words onto the page... ...but I don't feel ...
Could it be... that the sweetest times, come out of the most challenging times... the hardest times... For it can ...
So I have a little "farm life" update... We've gone from cats, to dogs, to chickens, to turkeys, to fencing ...
“Be still and know that I am God”— Psalm 46:10 This week has been a whirlwind... It's so easy to get ...
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and ...
I love the way the sunlight ignites a tree of fading leaves in the Fall... Dull, dreary browns now sparkle ...
"For there is nothing hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come out into ...
Many times, the things that we're created to do—to put our hands to... ...are things we'd never expect or imagine ...
I was listening to a young lady share about some of the challenges she has faced (and overcome) in her ...
In this journey, I have found that sometimes I need to ask myself... "What is driving me?" Is it fear? ...
God totally wrecked me this morning through a dream... 💖😭 Has that ever happened to you? Let me back up ...
This morning I'm stuck on a dream that I had last year, and in the dream I had a very ...
Sometimes "loving a person" means simply, a kind word spoken, a heartfelt word of appreciation, or just being near to ...
Lord, let us not get hung up in attempting to hang onto "the same"... For we all need transformation, we ...
There is something about the way that God "gets us into things"... And somehow we find ourselves in the middle ...
God gives us glimpses into His heart as we dig into His Word... Is that not mind-blowing? ✨ And I ...
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."—John 1:5 Have you ever noticed what your ...
Have you ever tried holding your breath for as long as you can... ...do you know that "uncomfortable/panicky" feeling when ...
“Feelings come and feelings go,And feelings are deceiving;My warrant is the Word of God--Naught else is worth believing.Though all my ...
There is something about the mystery of God that I love... I used to be tormented by an unhealthy fear ...
The Lord has been speaking to me about "words" this morning... "Words" and "Wisdom" and "Understanding" Sometimes it seems to ...
This morning as I was sitting here at the table, a memory came to mind... ...it was a memory of ...
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I ...
"But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell ...
"The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be ...
This morning it took a little while before I was able to break through the "fog" and the distractions... It ...
When I was a little girl, God put a song deep in my heart. ❤️🎶 But there came a time ...
God knows what He's built inside of us, He knows what He's made us capable of, in Him. Even when ...
There is a Gardner... who tends to the "secret garden" of our hearts. 💗🪴 "The LORD will surely comfort Zion ...
Here's a song for your Monday morning... "Fighting Words" by Ellie Holcomb "Fear is like a broken recordSame old songs ...
Sometimes the best ideas are the ones that seem to sweep in unexpectedly... "Out of the blue." When I'm not ...
Dear Heart, It's okay to be "in-process"... It's okay to be in that "in-between" place. It's okay to be in ...
Felt like the Lord spoke this into my heart this morning, reminding me... "Do not attempt to changewho I've created ...
"For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If ...
Our God is both nearer, and higher than we can comprehend... But He's not watching us from someplace, distantly. No, ...
Dreams and visions can be like "pieces to a puzzle"... ...like "pages to a story"... And when God begins to ...
I love these lines from a song by Jason Upton, "A lifetime can pass byAnd if we don't watch itWe'll ...
Have you ever felt like the "black sheep" in some area or season of your life? Have you ever felt ...
As I look back upon my life... I now see, how Jesus has always been a precious friend to me ...
"...For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”—1 Samuel 16:7 ESV ...
"I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your ...
For most of my life, in many ways, I've felt that I was "in over my head"... Most things don't ...
"The Lord is your keeper;The Lord is your shade atyour right hand."—Psalm 121:5 "Yea, though I walk through the valley ...
"And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people."—Leviticus 26:12"He has told ...
"He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on ...
I love when I get to see a "contrast" that helps me to better understand... This morning I came across ...
Heavenly Father, in this "day of deception" ...let us not be led astray. Oh God, will You lead us in ...
Have you ever noticed when— ....every now and then... a song seems to really strike something deep inside of you? ...
I am growing to LOVE when the Lord "interrupts" me... 😊 Yes, God... please interrupt me! (Oh boy, what have ...
Father, today... as Your people... may we be so in tune with Your Spirit—with Your heart... that everything we say ...
Over the last few years, God has been transforming the way I see testing, trials, challenges, and afflictions... There is ...
This morning I was reminded of the writings of Habakkuk when I came across a video clip of a message ...
I was reading through some scriptures this morning, and I began to notice a "theme"... As I read through these ...
This morning, I am reminded... ...that in the midst of this unstable, chaotic, dark, and constantly-changing world... We have a ...
Well, this morning took a bit of a turn from where I expected this to go... (Constant Reminder to Self: ...
I saw a post yesterday that stirred me up... And when I woke up this morning, I realized that it's ...
I love mornings when it's kind of like a "seek and find adventure" through the living, breathing Word of God ...
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah), Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the ...
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens..."—Ecclesiastes 3:1 Can you feel it? ...
This morning, as I sat down with my coffee and opened my bible, I began to read where I opened ...
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than ...
This morning, I was reminded of a phrase. I kept hearing: "do not retreat" And so I asked the Lord ...
This morning... I am simply thankful that God knows what we need in order that we may grow in Him ...
As I meditate on what this day represents to our country... A tragic day in our history... a day of ...
"Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth— everyone called by My name and created for My glory, whom I ...
Have you ever had something happen in your life... and as this circumstance or situation seems to hit you, ...it ...
Sitting at my dining room table this morning, I slid my open bible a little closer so that I could ...
"The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant."—Psalm 25:14"It is the ...
Well, I just had a mini, Monday meltdown... I made the mistake of hurrying into my day... and I got ...
I had a deeper realization this morning... Do you ever have those? Things you already know... ...but there is still ...
Yesterday we had an opportunity to hike to a secluded, century-old cabin for a photo assignment. This cabin was part ...
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."—John 1:1 "Before the ...
I love to write. But I'll be honest... When my conditions and my surroundings aren't completely ideal, it can be ...
I was having a "heart-to-heart" with the Lord this morning... Sometimes it's like I carry certain things in my heart ...
This morning, I had a deeper realization of... "God, I need You. We need You in this day we are ...
Well, just when I thought there wasn't anything to be written for today... Something came rising up in me to ...
As I was sitting here this morning, asking God what is on His heart for today... I was surprised by ...
We live in a house that was originally built back in the 1920s, I believe. It's been modified multiple times ...
I somehow found myself digging into 2 Corinthians 10 this morning... When we take our thoughts, and concerns, and questions ...
I love when God confirms things... I always get a little giddy when He does that, because I am so ...
"...The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His ...
"I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, the praises of the Lord,According to all that the Lord ...
"From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak; Lead me to the rock ...
"Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan."—1 Kings 17:3 ...
I don't know about you... but sometimes I get caught up in "all the things" that really don't matter in ...
"And when I was burdened with worries, You comforted me and made me feel secure."—Psalm 94:19 I don't know about ...
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"—Psalm 91:1-2 Over the last couple ...
Our Father’s Love King David’s song of praise 103 With my whole heart, with my whole life,    and with my innermost being,    I ...
I've been meditating on this passage of scripture this morning.... "So Jesus answered them by saying, “I assure you and most solemnly ...
...𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒖𝒑 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒙𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒇𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒅 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒏𝒐𝒘—𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 ...
Sitting here this morning, I've been reflecting on some thoughts and conversations. ...life highlights replaying in my mind... Good memories, ...
One of the things that I find myself needing to be on guard against —in my thinking, and in my ...
I went walking through our back yard to feed the animals yesterday morning, when I saw this giant, "multi-spider web-set-up" ...
I'm so thankful... that Jesus so cares for me, that He would guide me back in if I go a ...
Have you ever been afraid... ...of what you might see? Picture this... Terrors of the night, shadows that move in ...
How do you handle a situation... where you feel, "unseen, unheard, unwanted or forgotten?" I haven't always handled it well, ...
"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding..."—Proverbs 2:6"For what can be known about God is plain to ...
At times... I seem to find myself in a state of overwhelm. And all the things start "swirling" around me, ...
I opened up to the story of Balaam in Numbers this morning... Honestly, I almost skipped over it, but I ...
"The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of ...
"The unfolding of Your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple."—Psalm 119:130 Heavenly Father, thank You for leading ...
This morning, I spent some time looking through a couple of my journals from 2018, early 2019. And I've noticed ...
Do you ever feel the "wavering" as your mind gets caught up in "wondering"... Do you ever grow weary in ...
Well, the Lord led me to a rather strange bible story this morning. And I have to admit—I don't remember ...
I've written about this before, but it's on my heart again this morning... I used to be spooky-afraid of God ...
“Am I not a God near at hand”—God’s Decree—    “and not a God far off?Can anyone hide out in a corner    where ...
"And He walks with me and He talks with meAnd He tells me I am his ownAnd the joy we ...
"The Lord is your keeper;the Lord is your shade on your right hand."—Psalm 121:5 ESV Have you ever stopped... and realized that you've been "kept"? Guarded ...
I don't know about you... but sometimes God has to "nudge" me into situations that make me feel "uncomfortable"... I'll ...
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him ...
"In the morning, LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will present my prayer to You and be on the ...
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would ...
"I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches ...
"Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and ...
This morning, I have a few specific people on my heart... ...and also multitudes of people that I do not ...
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed meto bring good news to the ...
"...God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."—1 John 1:5"The eyes of your spirit allow revelation-light to enter into ...
Have you ever just not wanted to be 'you'? ...with all of the challenges and obstacles and struggles that you ...
"Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way ...
I was sitting here this morning, and as I wrote today's date at the top of my journal, I immediately ...
What if discovering my next "assignment"... is as simple... as doing the thing, —being grateful for the thing SEEING the ...
As I was sitting here with the Lord this morning, sharing my heart with Him, and seeking what is on ...
"What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways! He won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share ...
"Trust God with who He's created you to be." ...this is what is on my heart this morning. And it's ...
I was reading in Jeremiah 15 this morning... You know, Jeremiah went through some pretty tough things in his life ...
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to ...
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."—Matthew 5:8 NIV“Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the ...
"We saw him with our very own eyes.    We gazed upon him and heard him speak.    Our hands actually touched him,    the one who ...
What if... what I've been "looking for" "waiting on God for" "thinking I need" ...has really been right here in ...
"We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all ...
"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven..." —Ecclesiastes 3:1 "He changes times and seasons; he removes ...
Sometimes when we go through something... ...and we don't necessarily see it happening to anyone else around us (at least ...
"I will be a true Father to you,    and you will be my beloved sons and daughters,”    says the Lord Yahweh Almighty."—2 ...
"Who can discern his own errors? Cleanse me from my hidden faults."—Psalm 19:12 Have you ever prayed this? He'll do ...
Well, this morning has been "unusual"... 🙃 ...out of my "norm"... You see, I was "kicked out" of my usual ...
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."—Matthew 5:8"Come and see what God has done: he is ...
No coffee for me this morning... ☕️ 😩 ...heading in for some fasting bloodwork labs in a bit. But the ...
"What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we ...
I woke up, wide awake— around 2:22 AM this morning... ...and I couldn't go back to sleep. I immediately thought ...
I am in an interesting place within the season I'm in. And it FEELS like this season may be nearing ...
I want to be honest about something... There is a desire—a struggle that sometimes rises up from within my soul ...
"O God, how extravagant is your cherishing love!    All mankind can find a hiding place    under the shadow of your wings.8 All may ...
“I don’t think the way you think.    The way you work isn’t the way I work.”        God’s Decree.“For as the sky soars ...
"Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move,    so that I can walk onward in your truth    until ...
When God moves... I want to move with Him. I do not want to be left behind in whatever it ...
Do you know how you "know things"... ...and then the Lord takes you into a "deeper knowing" of that particular ...
This morning feels so simple... Short and sweet. 🧁 I don't feel wordy, and that is okay. 😆 Father, thank ...
"So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, ...
"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world ...
Have you ever been so excited and motivated about something that God is doing in your life... "super-charged" ...something that ...
This morning, as I spent some time in prayer about the season I have found myself in, and seeking God ...
We like to see quick results, don't we? I mean, I do. It's one thing to keep at something that ...
"For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to ...
"Test and prove what pleases the Lord. Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them."—Ephesians 5:10-11 The Lord is convicting me this morning ...
Oh, when He writes His words upon my heart... 💖🌊 ✍️ When something He speaks sinks so deeply into my ...
As I came to sit down at the table this morning, I kept hearing this phrase—like it kept interrupting me ...
"I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,your sins like the morning mist.Return to me,for I have redeemed you."—Isaiah ...
"Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted ...
Even in the "quiet"... when I cannot hear You speaking, when I do not understand... I will know... I will ...
Good Morning, Heavenly Father... I come to You... And I open my heart before You. ❤️☀️ Oh these swirling thoughts ...
Have you ever had a situation or circumstance in your life... ...and no one seems to have the answers for ...
...I poured into my journal this morning. 📝✨ It felt good to get these things in my heart out, and ...
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the ...
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."—Psalm 51:10 "Keep your heart with ...
Have you ever paused for a moment... and realized... that you are in "a difference place" "a new, and different ...
There are so many things in my life right now that I never would have dreamed I would love and ...
So I'm sitting here, trying to figure out how I can communicate what is on my heart this morning. Here ...
Have you ever discovered a "dream in your heart"... and it seems near impossible as you look at yourself or ...
Here I am, in this passage of scripture, yet again this morning... "I am doing something brand new, something unheard of.    Even ...
"As you do not know the path of the wind,or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,so you ...
Have you ever lost something that was meaningful to you? Have you ever had something very precious stolen from you? ...
How easy is it to get all wrapped up in "tomorrow"? How easy is it to become obsessed with questions ...
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a ...
Good Morning, Heavenly Father. 💖 How amazing it is to know... That You've chosen us. You've chosen me. You've made ...
"O send out your light and your truth;       let them lead me;let them bring me to your holy ...
I remember a season of my life, where I dealt with horrible, intrusive thoughts... Thoughts that would freak me out ...
I've struggled with social anxiety, in some way, shape, or form, for most of my life... Sometimes it's not so ...
Well, yesterday was an interesting day "on the farm"... 🥺 You may or may not know this, but we've been ...
"In his feathers he shall deliver you and under his wings you shall have refuge; his truth shall surround you ...
"And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from ...
Well, we arrived back home from our camping trip yesterday afternoon. 🏕 It was a much needed time for me ...
So we decided to go on a semi, spur-of-the-moment camping trip for a couple of days. 🏕 I have to ...
Have you ever read a passage of scripture... and all of a sudden, you just feel it? 💓 Something sinks ...
"Teach me Your way, O Lord;I will walk in Your truth;Unite my heart to fear Your name.I will praise You, ...
It's been 8 years since I first dared to ask the Lord if He would heal me... I've dealt with ...
Note to Self: When you open your bible to the exact same spot—no bookmark, 2 days in a row, and ...
I love the way God speaks to me in "my language"... 🌷📸 🌈 And I love the way God leads ...
Have you ever decided not to do something because you just didn't think you had it in yourself to do ...
Have you ever wanted God to just take something away? To remove something out of your life, out of your ...
I love studying and understanding "human behavior"... Perhaps you've heard of the term "mirroring"? It's said that "mirroring" with another ...
How do we face the place of "unknown?" How do we find the courage, the strength and stability that we ...
"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, ...
"When I am afraid,I will put my trust in You."—Psalm 56:3 Did you notice in that verse, that it says ...
Have you ever found yourself in the "place" of being SO hungry to learn... to grasp something to understand... ...that ...
How do I explain... How do I express? The sense of surprise... The joy... The sense of relief... When God ...
Felt like He spoke this into my heart this morning... ...and perhaps, this portion wasn't just for me. "...Thank Me ...
This morning, I'm filled with so. many. questions... Curious questions... Hungry questions... Not, "Why, God, why?" kinds of questions... But ...
Sometimes we have to go through times of "not understanding"—a realization that we just do not understand... And often times, ...
What is it that we've believed... that we would think we want or need to be... "the same"...as everybody else ...
There is a moment... ...when we "break open" before the Lord... Sometimes it takes a little time... and sometimes we ...
This morning as I came before the Lord... I asked Him to wash away something that He led me to ...
Oh God, You are a God... Who longs to share the hidden, unseen things with us. You long to share ...
If we didn't have to live an imperfect life here on the earth... would we truly be able to grasp ...
We often find God in the midst of the inconvenient things. In the midst of pain. In the midst of ...
Who or what do you run to? Have you ever thought about it? We have a Heavenly Father who longs— ...
A long time ago—well actually...not too long ago, in the grand scheme of things... I couldn't see God as a ...
Well... here I find myself writing around 7 PM rather than 7 AM today... The Lord changed a few things ...
As I was in prayer this morning, something began to BURST from within my heart. 💖 Here it is... There ...
This morning I took a journey back through some of my journals from 2016-2018... Every now and then the Lord ...
"I've got you... Yes, you may have to endure through the valley for a little while... but your journey through ...
Have you ever felt as though... you've found yourself in a "shallow" kind of place? —a place without much feeling ...
Can we learn... to be grateful—even for the things that "hinder" us in life? Even for the trials the weaknesses ...
Don't be ashamed of where you are in your journey with Him... Don't be ashamed of walking through the "valley." ...
"...the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of ...
This morning I turned straight to Mark 16:9, and it says... "Now when He rose early on the first day ...
Have you ever gone through something... And then you realize... that now you truly "understand" what it's like to go ...
Have you ever felt as though... God led you up to a place in your life, and it's like you ...
There has been an intense resistance that I've felt this morning... To be honest, even just bringing myself to the ...
Were you ever afraid of the dark as a child? Oh, I was. ...I would call it more of a ...
The moment... when your heart begins to break open before Him... and in that same moment... you can FEEL His ...
Have you ever discovered yourself thinking in this way... "Well, if I can't do ____________ to a certain, acceptable, high-enough ...
Do you tend to start with "simple" and expand into the details, only if they are necessary? Or do you ...
Sometimes it can be a challenge... to "keep on keeping on"... when it comes to something that has "no results" ...
"Why do we do the things that we do?" This question intrigues me... I love digging into the depths of ...
I've been pondering... 🍃 ...we're born— ...and then we dive right into this sinful, broken world... ...but then... we're given ...
“The winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory.”—Richard Sibbes You may ...
I was sitting here this morning— writing, reflecting, talking with the Lord about some things... And He so wonderfully interrupted ...
Well—here I am again... Putting words onto the page... Ever since I began writing on this journal site a couple ...
When I think of the beginning of "Spring"... I think of a time of gentle "unfolding"... A beautiful, and sometimes ...
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."—Psalm 91:1 ...
I remember in the very, very beginning of when I started facing some things in my heart, before the Lord ...
I feel like there is so much changing right now... Things are always changing, but this feels like an intensified, ...
So I'm digging into a new book called, "The Feeler" by James Goll... I remember when I heard him mention ...
There are moments in the process of heart and mind healing, when something is so painfully triggered... And in these ...
Do you ever notice... the feeling when a place within your heart is so touched— and tears (the most renewing, ...
When I see a building—a skyscraper, a town, a city... a garden landscape, or a beautiful home—so perfectly customized for ...
I don't know about you... but I don't like the part of the "process" where I don't get to SEE ...
Do you ever feel as though... you've left something "old"... ...but you haven't quite taken off running into the "new"? ...
I'm learning... in the midst of my struggles... That sometimes God will allow us to remain in these kinds of ...
And He brings His light in... ...into any kind of situation, any kind of heart... revealing what is true... showing ...
Good Morning, Lord. ☀️ How You take care of me... How You know me so well... How You make "good ...
As I sat down at the table this morning, I heard and I felt the tenderness of this: "You—are on ...
Is it strange... That when I'm getting to know a person, what I really I long to learn about them, ...
"...Father...the words don't feel like they're flowing as they usually do..." ...these are the words I've written to Him this ...
It's amazing how much the level of anxiety that I've been experiencing over the last few weeks...has finally begun to ...
I had a moment yesterday... A moment where it suddenly hit me that the house was a "disaster" and I ...
Right now, I'm in a season of learning... just how much our Heavenly Father cares about the heart— the foundational ...
Yesterday at my parents' house, I came across some old journals of mine from around 2000-2003. The "High school years" ...
As I look at Psalm 91—a psalm that God brought into my life in such a powerful and personal way ...
One time I was talking with the Lord about something that I was having a really hard time with, and ...
"You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he ...
I vividly recall a memory... 6th grade I was in the restroom with the other girls and I could not ...
I have a funny little story to tell you... Well, it's not really "funny" but... I'm choosing to look at ...
I woke up around 2:30 AM this morning... ...half asleep... And words were just bursting and flowing into my heart—phrases ...
What if... it's ALL more than worth... going through the thing you're going through... going through the thing that almost ...
"...He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted..."—Luke 4:18 Sometimes there are broken places within us... within our hearts That ...
The sunrise is back... ☺️☀️✨ ...and it's so beautiful, and warm, and hopeful, and glorious this morning. I wish I ...
When you think of the word "struggle"... Do you think of "weakness"? "Oh, so and so must be struggling.... I'm ...
It's not easy to write, so publicly, from the place of being "right here in the middle" "in the hard ...
There's nothing quite like the moments—the encounters... ...when God lets you know... ...in the most precise, and personal way... That ...
Yesterday was "hard"... ...when it shouldn't have been. Have you had days like that? Days when the battle is raging ...
"You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and ...
Good Morning, Heavenly Father 💝🌈 How I love to write about You... How I love to learn about You... ...How ...
God is faithful to remind me... To remind me of His love... To remind me of His truth... To remind ...
As I was sitting here this morning, the plants hanging by my window caught my attention... And as I looked ...
My name... "Heather" It means, "a small, strong, flowering evergreen shrub that grows low to the ground, and, and is ...
Have you ever suddenly noticed something "sour" in your own heart? And then you take notice of the way you've ...
This morning the Lord led me to a verse, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God turned ...
...and then He brings us to the place where we are to take "the next step"... Whether that "step" means ...
I'm realizing that... Sometimes God allows "the hindrances" to remain, for a little while. Sometimes for what seems like a ...
I heard a beautiful quote this morning... "Read your bible......but let your bible read you." Think about it... What happens ...
To be honest... I've been dealing with some things—some unexpected issues in my body. Do you ever feel like your ...
I've been up since 5 AM, just processing some things... Have you ever had moments where you've felt like you've ...
I'm realizing that there is something so beautiful about the way God longs for us to be able to recognize ...
Have you ever found yourself so desperately attempting to grasp for some kind of "understanding"... And then suddenly after a ...
When the Lord wants to teach us something, He knows that sometimes the best way... is to take us right ...
This morning has been quite an adventure that I'm still processing... (Isn't it wonderful and incredible how the Lord can ...
Do you ever feel a bit overwhelmed at "living" out this thing called "life"? ...at really living it? ...at really ...
"Even though you were once distant from him, living in the shadows of your evil thoughts and actions, he reconnected ...
I look forward to watching the sunrise each morning... ☀️ How to describe it? I think of the word, "glorious" ...
"...So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."—Isaiah 61:3 This ...
I absolutely love the way God speaks to us through our dreams. ?✨ I love the way God has prepared ...
"From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part ...
This morning, the Lord is putting a reminder on my heart... "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, ...
Yesterday, the enemy came at me again with these kinds of things... "...you're too much. You just need to go ...
This morning the Lord took me on a journey through my 2019 and 2020 journals again... He's showing me the ...
"Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will ...
No matter what we face... No matter how intimidating the "giant" that stands before us is... No matter what we ...
Our God knows our hearts... "...for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but ...
I came across this quote this morning... "God will let you walk into uncomfortable situations where all you can do ...
"But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of ...
I was the "one"... I was the "one" who hid myself away in bitter silence... I was the "one" who ...
I don't know that I'll be able to convey or explain the sense of excitement that is in my heart ...
I wrestled to be able to write on here this morning... Honestly, as I type these words... I'm still wrestling ...
This morning, I was talking with the Lord about the fact that we are living in such a time of ...
Sometimes God prevents things from happening... ...He puts a stop to an attempt of the enemy... And sometimes... God allows ...
God has a way... ...of doing what needs to be done... He digs into problems to fix them, to heal ...
I have an honest little story to tell you... My alarm went off at the usual 5 AM, I got ...
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."—Colossians 3:2 I am here to ...
He knew it would be this way... Living this life here, in this kind of world, in this day... He ...
What is it about "waiting" that can be so hard? "Therefore, return to your God,Observe kindness and justice,And wait for ...
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."—Matthew 5:8"Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things ...
This morning, I'm zeroing in on the reminders that have been written and established in the scriptures. His Word is ...
To the one who feels all alone in what they are facing... To the one who is suffering in silence ...
I used to think this way... "God, I repent....as sincerely as I know how, You know this! But how can ...
What does "discouragement" really mean? To discourage means “to deprive of confidence, hope or spirit; dishearten, daunt.” Afflict, beat down, ...
I have to admit, it's rather strange for the year of 2020 to have already flown by... There are so ...
"I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds."—Psalm 9:1 ...
How do we become "strengthened"? How do we become "seasoned?" How does a person become "conditioned" to actually be strong, ...
I was sitting here this morning, just feeling thankful for the time I get to share with my heavenly Father ...
First, I have to share a picture of this beautiful candle a couple of dear friends gave to me yesterday ...
This morning has been very strange... I've wrestled for about an hour to "break through".... whatever "this" is—it honestly feels ...
“We should thank God for being with us, not ask Him to be with us (this is always given!).” —Henry ...
"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the ...
Have you ever reflected back upon your life—perhaps through the writings of your journals, maybe from a memory that suddenly ...
It's interesting how the world of social media, has become "a world".... Especially right now, in this time. For some, ...
"...for You have been my help,and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your ...
I find it interesting.... fascinating... That December 21st is officially the "shortest day, and the longest, darkest night" of the ...
I believe one of the things the Lord wants us to keep in our hearts, in our thoughts, readily accessible ...
This morning as I sit here in the stillness.... Feeling thankful for a peaceful home—my Christmas tree all lit up ...
The Lord keeps bringing me to the place in Jeremiah where it says... "'Do not be afraid of their faces, ...
Does "hope" feel impossible for your heart right now? Do you fear "getting your hopes up" because you've been wounded ...
"O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your greatness and power to Your servant. For what god in heaven ...
No matter what kind of uncertainty we face... Even in the midst of a scary "unknown"... ...in the midst of ...
What is it about the Christmas season that seems to help "fuel" our hope? How the story of Jesus reminds ...
I was talking with the Lord about some things in my life right now. Asking Him all the questions, all ...
Did you know, that "In God We Trust" is the official motto of the United States of America? I feel like if the ...
I'm realizing that if God keeps us in a place of "unknown"... ...If what we are seeking still remains a ...
Sometimes, when I come to meet the Lord at the table... I feel a bit "numb" at the start... I ...
The Lord has this beautiful way of leading us into a "heart check" when we need one... And He never, ...
I'm going through this "thing" right now... ...and it ranges from being a minor "hindrance" to "Father! I can't deal ...
My life has been a journey... A process... A lot of my life has been a life of "closing myself ...
"I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."—Psalm ...
This morning, 2 Chronicles 12:14 jumped out at me... "And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart ...
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of something you never thought you'd be going through? Never saw it ...
The thing that's on my heart this morning is very simple... There is hope. "Blessed be the God and Father ...
A reminder of who our God is... ??☀️ The Song of Moses (Exodus 15, The Message Translation) 15 1-8 Then ...
I have a note in my phone that I was reminded of this morning... It was something I had to ...
I woke up around 3 AM this morning, and happened across this from @blessedlifeofficial —I knew I needed to share it ...
"But Lord, I feel like I don't fit in? What if I don't find a place to belong? I feel ...
I'm so thankful that the Holy Spirit has led me into what is true... ?☀️ I'm so thankful that He ...
Have you ever cried out to God and said, "Father! Won't You take this away from me? Please take this ...
I got slammed yesterday... It felt like a sudden burst of harsh wind that hit me...and, honestly, I got a ...
Can I just be honest right now? I felt like I was to write this "right now"... "LIVE on the ...
Whenever you find yourself in the middle of something hard.... Whenever you find yourself in the middle of the pain ...
This morning I am finding rest in the truth... ...that God's Word does not return void. "So will My word ...
I wanted to share this music with you this morning.... As I sat down with the Lord this morning, and ...
The Lord brought me to Psalm 83 this morning. It's an intense Psalm, isn't it? It's very real in the ...
I kind of think I was made to "grow into" my name. "Heather" It means, "flowering." It's a kind of ...
I love this song by Josh Garrels... Wanted to share it on here this morning... because it soothed and encouraged ...
I don't know that I've ever heard God more clearly—in the way of putting a pen to exactly what He ...
Last night, as I was attempting to settle down for the evening, I started "scrolling" Facebook for a little bit ...
I love the stillness of the morning when it's still dark out—knowing that the start of a glorious sunrise is ...
"And the word of the LORD came to me, asking, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” “I see a branch of an almond tree,” I replied. “You have observed correctly,” said the LORD, “for ...
The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked A Psalm of David. 37 Do not fret because ...
I think it deeply pleases God when we ask Him things like, "Father? What do You think about this?What's on ...
Jesus said, “This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; ...
"You are near, O Lord,And all Your commandments are truth."—Psalm 119:151 I'll be honest... I had to really "push through" ...
I'm realizing.... it's sinking in.... ...that when I decided to take God's way, His path, His plan for my life ...
Have you ever had a thought—a sudden "story in your head" of how something seems to be, and based on ...
"Father, what's Your will in this situation? What's Your way? Because knowing You, and knowing me... I know that Your ...
"The moment they began their shouts and praises, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount ...
I think, if there's something 2020 has "taught us"... It's not to believe everything that is presented as "truth".... Not ...
God has this way of allowing us to make certain kinds of mistakes... And then there are the "almost mistakes" ...
"Strengthen the weak hands,And make firm the feeble knees.4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted,“Be strong, do not fear!Behold, your God will come with vengeance,With the recompense of ...
"A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything ...
This is a historic day. It's an important day. I believe it's a "turning-point" day... And while we each have ...
God so joyously works behind the scenes.... it's like I can almost imagine the kind of smile He would have ...
Do you ever feel like you're just really fighting, and wrestling within your soul? ...struggling in the mind, wrestling in ...
This morning, I'm reminded again, and in an even deeper way, that we are created to be "children of light" ...
Father, I see where I am right now… …but You can see where I’m going, You can see where You’re ...
This morning the Lord brought me to a passage in 1 Corinthians 12... the title of the section stood out ...
Sometimes when I wake up, and go to the table to sit with Him... I'll walk in sleepy and tired, ...
Yesterday we watched a historic moment unfold, as Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court... ?☀️ ...
Over the last couple of years, the Lord has taken me deeper, and deeper, and deeper into Psalm 91. ☀️ ...
The Lord has brought my attention to "light" again this morning... And I'm not exactly sure why, but I'm going ...
"...the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of ...
I'm learning to be "on guard"... Not by guarding myself, not "guarded".... but being on guard, in Him—dependent and confident ...
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in ...
Over the last couple of days, I've been thinking back to one of the harshest, darkest seasons of my adult ...
"At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of the multiplication of ...
"Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life."—Proverbs 4:23 Father, You are the One ...
The enemy usually works in very subtle ways... Usually, he doesn't show up wearing his "red devil suit with pitchfork ...
In everything we go through, in everything we endure, in everything that we learn... In every situation that presses us ...
What does it mean to be "strong-willed"? Someone who is strong-willed doesn’t give up easily. A strong-willed person is determined. Perseverance is a good ...
This morning I was reminded of a little children's hymn I used to sing allllll the time, it's a song ...
Have you ever had days when it feels like this is the prayer of your heart? "Jesus.... help!" It's okay ...
When God gave me the URL that started this whole thing back in 2018... "www.lifeinthesecretplace.com" I don't think I had ...
I came across this song as I was listening to Sandra McCracken's new album, and I wanted to just put ...
I'm realizing that so much of our walk with Jesus in this journey of life.... ....is "remembering." Being "reminded" by ...
One of my favorite singer-songwriters, Sandra McCracken has just released new album.... and I dug into it this morning. ?✨ ...
"Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me." —Psalm 51:10 So I've had this ...
Boy, this morning has been an adventure and a journey! It's amazing what all the Lord can take us through ...
I've got good news for you... If you've found yourself living here on this earth today... Then you can know ...
Last night, I came across some old home videos from around 1990... I was between 4-5 years old, my little ...
Be a Pure Container of Christ 20 In a palace you find many kinds of containers and tableware for many different ...
This morning, as I was in prayer, the Lord led me to "Psalm 88"... I was actually in Psalm 69, ...
Why does it surprise me so much, whenever God uses me? When He chooses to do something through me? Why ...
If you've followed along with me in my daily journal, then you've probably read about some of the health issues ...
I love this song... I love the way it tells an ancient story, a story with a surprising twist... it's ...
There are many in this world, within this time, who are living in the place of feeling "trapped and tormented" ...
"Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move,so that I can walk onward in your truthuntil ...
Why is it surprising.... ...the times when God "takes me up" on, "God, do what You want with my life! ...
We find ourselves living in historic times... So much is unfolding right before our eyes! So far, the year 2020 ...
God has this way of turning things around... ✍??☀️ He has this way of making what would seem so unlikely— ...
I've been thinking a lot about the word "hiddenness" lately... There is a kind of "hiddenness" that we sometimes take ...
This world is filled with all kinds of people... And of all the humans God created... He didn't design any ...
Have you ever wondered if God was "holding something back" from you? Or "holding you back" from something? The door ...
As I was listening to a teaching message yesterday, I heard a quote that just jumped out at me and ...
I love it when the Lord leads me to my "archive" of old journals.... and He shows me which ones ...
There's something about a challenge... a hard time, a trial, an inability, inadequacy, insecurity.... rejection, a moment of weakness, a ...
This morning, as I sat down with my Heavenly Father, I just began to share with Him, all the things ...
So I'm not going to apologize for the plethora of metaphors that I've used in this post. ? But don't ...
I was drawn to this passage this morning... Proverbs 8:32-36 in The Passion Translation. I think it paints the most ...
You know, I never was really interested in too much when I was learning in school. I never really was ...
Have you ever had days when you just feel "broken open" before the Lord? I felt like that all morning ...
Have you ever reflected upon your life—a pathway you were on, a direction you were headed.... And you realized... "....my ...
Who knew I'd be writing so much about our home renovations this week... Guess I should have known, because so ...
I used to think that God didn't really actually (literally) speak to us.... ...other than through what He wanted to ...
We have an enemy who wants to see us "build in our own strength" and for our own glory... and ...
Renovations on our bedroom are going nicely this week... We seem to be mostly on track with the planned schedule ...
I love how God can "infuse" us in such a way.... that we are "cleansed" and "nourished" at the same ...
Our Heavenly Father delivers us from so much more than we realize... But when we begin to start "waking up"—when ...
Today we're starting on another small phase of home renovations—at least for the next week. ? Today is "demo day", ...
Confirmation. "God...that thing that I heard, that dream that I had, that thing that I saw, that which I felt ...
This morning as I was sitting here with the Lord, looking at some things with Him, something hit me..... this ...
So I'm still processing some things this morning... Isn't it amazing how God can teach us foundational lessons through our ...
So, you know this verse? "Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of ...
I feel like there is an urgency right now to be aware of our surroundings, and to be aware, and ...
Over the last couple of years, it's like I've been in this time of realization... Realization of just how much ...
I asked the Lord what was on His heart for me to write this morning and I simply heard this ...
My heart is so full this morning...?? As I was reflecting and writing some things down into my journal, suddenly ...
There are some fears that can hide in the deepest, darkest places of our hearts... But He's so faithful to ...
I love it when the Lord just completely wrecks me in my time with Him.... ?❤️ ...when I'm quick to ...