Psalm Pieces

I have always loved Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. What a beautiful, visual reminder of our love for God, how we strive to become closer to Him.

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Where do you go for spiritual guidance? I love to walk in nature, surrounded by trees, water, blue skies and a warm breeze. There, I find peace of heart and mind, quieting my soul. He speaks to me, reaches out to me, touches the scarred places. He heals and renews my spirit.

Be like the deer this week, walk silently on the path, open your heart to receive all that God lovingly wants to rain down on you.

Enjoy these beautiful notes and sound!

Pieces of Recovery

A little over three weeks ago I had my left knee replaced. It’s been quite a recovery process. Today is the first day that I am motivated. The previous days and weeks have been ‘forced.’ PT cracks the whip and my husband reminds me that I must do more than I think I can, and then there is the necessary self guilt; if I don’t rehab well, the surgery won’t have been a success.

I’ve been inspired to praise God with music the past few days. And a friend shared a mighty scripture with me; Corinthians 1:3-5 (I’m using The Message Bible version).

The Rescue

3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

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May you receive the powerful healing of Christ. He restores and loves!

Pieces to Pray

Do you pray every day? With your morning coffee or before bed?

Do you have a “prayer closet?” (a private, quiet place where you go specifically to pray).

Do you use contemplative prayer or meditation? Maybe you journal or write poetry. Color or create art? Sing, lifting your voice to God?

There is no specific or better way to pray. THAT you do, is all that matters.

When I pray, I try to incorporate a lot of gratitude into my words.

“Holy Father, you are my friend and guardian. Thank You for being kind and comforting in times of darkness and hurt. Thank You for the sunshine and warmth on my skin. I appreciate all that I have, and for the gentle prods to forgive easier, not speak in anger and to love without ceasing. Help me to keep my eyes on You and my heart open to Your instruction.” Amen.

Pieces of Peace

It’s Sunday morning, I’m home watching the leaves drop from the tree out front. There is a slight breeze, the sky is dotted with clouds. It’s a peaceful day. Sometimes this is my church.

There is a quietness to the day, it fills my heart and soul. It reminds me that even though the last week has been hard, I’m still loved by my Heavenly Father. He envelopes me in kindness and comfort.

And as a new week begins, remind me that You are already there. Today, I say thanks for peace and grace.

Facebook Pieces

Today, October 4, 2021 at 4:46 p.m. CST Facebook is STILL down. And Instagram and Whatsapp if you use those. I’ve been in FB withdrawal, anxious to post a really cool pic and ask for prayers for an appointment I have tomorrow and I’ve realized that I don’t know how to reach out to (A LOT) of people without access to FB. And of course this gives me a pause about how dependent I AM on FB.

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It’s a vicious cycle. I had a friend who NEVER WAS on FB. I can’t even fathom that. I have other friends who periodically deactivate their accounts, but eventually come back. And a handful who are never ever on FB, no recent posts, no cute pics of their rabbits or updates on their lives, and for those people – I have to text or IM or maybe actually call (yegads, I do not like to talk on the phone, but do for certain people).

So maybe when this post lands in your mailbox you’ll know I really like you (or you like me because you subscribed to this blog), but either way:

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Sparkling Pieces

I recently watched the documentary on Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker.  I put her first because even though he was the preacher, she was the main act.  She did have a beautiful voice and maybe for a time, didn’t know exactly what was going on.  They lived an extraordinary and very wealthy life.  They were “out there” weren’t they?

Most of the world (like you and I), live a simple, ordinary life.  We do not wear fur coats (nor would we!), we do not attend red carpet events, and we keep track of expenses with an app or an old-fashioned check register.

God loves every single person on this earth.  He loves every type of person.  No matter their standing in life, political beliefs, even if they have murdered someone.  Because He is God; no one can love any one person more than He can. 

In our ordinary life, is faith.  We live here temporarily; our afterlife is the Kingdom of God where there will be more riches and gold than we could ever imagine.  We will dance on floors embedded with jewels we’ve never seen before.  And we will not be ordinary citizens any longer!

Revelation 21:18-20

The wall was made of jasper, and the city itself was made of pure gold, as clear as glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with all kinds of precious stones. The first foundation stone was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh yellow quartz, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chalcedony, the eleventh turquoise, the twelfth amethyst.

Revelation 21:21

The twelve gates were twelve pearls; each gate was made from a single pearl. The street of the city was of pure gold, transparent as glass.

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Grieving Pieces

Last month I shared the loss of my friend Carol who passed away after battling cancer, the death of her husband and her zest for life. I think the latter is what is the most sad. We’ve had another loss in our family; the kids’ mom, my husband’s first wife. She also was tired of the pain and being a burden on her kids (a mother is never a burden).

Grieving is so difficult no matter what stage you are in. My mother died in 1978, she was 53 years old and I was 14. It’s been 43 years since I’ve seen her. The hope that she is with Jesus soothes my broken heart.

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Matthew 5:12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! for a tremendous reward awaits you up in heaven.

1 Peter 1:4 And God has reserved for his children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you…

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Yesterday, an acquaintance shared the story of an 103 year old woman who; in excellent health asked in her daily prayer: “Jesus, did you forget about me?” She was heaven-bound a few months later. Jesus never forgets us, but it’s all in His time, not ours.

May you be blessed while grieving, may your heart heal with the balm of God’s love. Peace.

A big sigh

Have you ever sat in your chair or stared out the window and just did a big sigh? I’ve been doing this frequently. I don’t know what it means. My friend passed away last week, I’ve been certainly grieving the loss, while planning the Celebration of Life (what an oxymoron)! But overall I feel disconnected and have a need to stay unusually busy.

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I wonder if God sighs when He looks at our chaotic lives. Does He ask Himself; “I gave these human beings a good heart and mind, why do they worry and create so much tension for themselves?”

True Pieces

I’ve been away from the blog for awhile, as I’ve been caring for a friend who has several health concerns and is now in hospice. A few days ago I was tasked with the job of finding caregivers and hospice and arranging for med delivery and all sorts of things that weren’t in my wheelhouse. Never in my life have I been so grateful for the internet! 🙂

What I did find after a long day of phone calls and appointments, was the grace of God. He literally put the pieces together, and it was not lost on me that I needed to update the blog and be thankful for the sense of humor Jesus shares with me on occasion. Pieces in relation to this blog and the book, do not just mean scraps of paper; now they are true pieces; almost like parts of a puzzle that fit together; primarily when I let God take charge; instead of me.

Growth Pieces

As we walk in faith, growth builds our spiritual character.

I remember as a young child, attending Sunday school, how fun it was singing “Jesus Loves Me,” and learning about Noah. Or making macaroni necklaces at camp. As I was confirmed into my Lutheran church, there was a lot of scripture memorization and being able to ask the Pastor serious life questions. I doubt any of us did, maybe out of embarrassment or just the times (1975). For most of us in our confirmation class, it was a rite of passage. An obligation. I don’t recall it changing my life in any way. Three years later my mother died. This shock to my system, faith, and reality began a 25 year journey of anger towards God. I occasionally attended church, but my heart wasn’t in it. Any religion or spirituality became non-existent.

God never gave up on me. He met me where I was. God’s grace saved me.

I’ve had a lot of stops and starts on this journey. But each day I know who I am (a child of God), I know that my steps are blessedly marked and that I have an eternal home.

Keep growing, changing, believing, seeing, letting go, forgiving (yourself), and trust in the will of God, He will never leave you alone. And remember, He is a life changer, second chance bringer and breaker of chains.

May you be blessed this week!