I first read the book “Hinds Feet on High Places” in my teenage years. In my morning meditation I was pleased to come across Habakkuk 3:19; The Lord God is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.
It reminded me how much I enjoyed this book and have since ordered. I hope the copy I receive is well loved with dog eared corners.
Hannah Hurnard wrote this book in 1955, it has since been revised. If you haven’t, I encourage you to find at your local library or online.
Below are the various covers the book has seen in 65 years!
I think every blogger on the planet is writing about the tragic and strange times we are living in. I miss seeing the smiles on people. Masks may keep us safe, but they are a deterrent to social interaction. Although I can say with a smile I know quite a few people who like masks for this exact reason! 🙂
And then, the social distancing. It makes me feel like I’m standing on hopscotch squares waiting for my turn. Although that was a lot more fun!
Life has we know it, is unlikely to change any time soon. And when it does, it will look very different and I’m sure it will be strict going forward. As the world changes, we are to remain steadfast in our faith and be a beacon for those who cannot see the light.
Our own light will dim at times, and as the flight attendant says: “In the event of emergency, put your oxygen mask on first.” Self care is important so that you can care for others without burning out.
Be kind to yourself. God has this!
The Pieces book was written from scraps of paper (pieces). Living through Covid19, we are learning all kinds of new words. Social/physical distancing. Stay safe at home. Coronavirus. Flatten the curve. Pandemic. Self quarantine. Face mask. Ventilator. And my NOT favorite: PPE (personal protective equipment) i.e. mask, specialized clothing or equipment.
We have a friend living in Iowa, who’s neighborhood is a “petri dish.” She has been in a serious quarantine situation for 9 weeks!
There is a prayer going through social media and many church emails for the end of this virus. Would you like to pray it with me? I’m sure you know it by heart, it’s The Lord’s Prayer:
There is also a specific prayer for people on the front line, medical staff, healthcare workers, support staff.
We cherish our relationship with Jesus, don’t we? We are absolutely certain He is the reason we are alive today. He is why we have hope, more importantly; a heavenly home.
Have you ever told Jesus you loved Him? I realized after this concept came to me in a morning devotion, that I really hadn’t. Maybe when I was a kid, singing “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” But as an adult, no – I’m sure I never had. I am thankful, grateful, appreciative. I am in awe of His great works, and how He gets to the heart of even the most stubborn. But this – no.
When we have dinner together at home, I now end our prayer with “we love you.” And when I’m having my own prayer time, I am consciously aware of these words. But there are other (and powerful) ways to tell Jesus you love Him.
1. Put Him first.
2. Talk to Him first.
3. Trust in Him.
4. Forgive and move on.
5. Be an open book. (This one is harder because it shows the world who we really are in Christ.)
6. Show compassion to every person you encounter. You simply cannot know how much they need Jesus!
Check out the entire book of James, walking in faith is the theme!
This is one of my favorite childhood memory hymns. Read the lyrics, enjoy and hum to yourself! The video is below pic! Happy Easter!
- Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
- Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
- Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!
- Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
- Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
- King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!
These verses are repeated three times. Isn’t it lovely? Written for Steve Green Ministries
Find Us Faithful
O may all who come behind us, find us faithful.
May the fire of our devotion, light their way.
May the footprints that we leave; lead them to believe.
And the lives that we live, inspire them to obey.
I have a variety of pics on my desk, one rotates often as I come across memories I want to see more often than in a photo album (or phone). For the past month it has been of my dad and I, taken in 1991. We were visiting my brother in Amsterdam and it was also six weeks since my pacemaker surgery. We are standing in big, yellow Dutch shoes at a farm of some sort.
These shoes were everywhere! Made mostly of wood, but there were also plastic and concrete types, ready to be stood in.
I have quite a few good memories of this trip; shopping at the Christmas markets in Germany, riding the train, having lunch at McDonald’s (except for the Coke, it tasted the same), eating authentic Dutch and German food, traveling to the many castles that dot the country side, etc. But more than all of the experiences; it was time with my father. It was the last trip we would make together; he died two years later.
God worked miracles in our relationship. He was a tough parent. I imagine it was his Norwegian/North Dakota upbringing. I “never understood” him throughout my entire life; until this trip. He was vulnerable, a word I never thought I’d use to describe him. He was also funny. We shared meals and laughter and he often took my arm for support. God mended the fences without words; we just became comfortable with each other. It was an incredible blessing.
Never give up on the people in your life. I have a friend who hasn’t seen her grandchildren in many years; it’s heart breaking. Yet, she continues to pray. And praise. And that, is the best solution to any request. Ask, believe, and be grateful.
I pray a lot in my personal life, but rarely at meals. This was a not-open-for-discussion subject when I was a child. We said “grace” at every meal. As I grew up; solo and married, it was a forgotten importance.
A friend of mine prays at every meal, just like when I was a kid. When we (she and I) go out to eat, or gather at one or the others’ homes, we pray. Oftentimes she “makes” me pray. I’ve gotten now – where I either have a prayer ready; or take her hand and start the prayer. It’s amazing how habits can drop and start again.
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, let these gifts to us be blessed. (Traditional prayer before a meal in my childhood home).
What prayerful habits need to be restarted in your life? Pray on it! God is always listening!
I found my first “Pieces Journal,” dated January 22, 2014. It seems so long ago, but it also shows me the walk I’ve taken along Jesus; is just a moment a time, and my faith has continued to grow; year after year. I’d like to share with you some of the earlier “scraps of paper, devotions and musings” from my journal. May you find your own special “pieces.”
It’s in the act of faith that courage becomes reality and the Lord’s grace rushes in to supply divine power.
Dear God, I want to be gracious and lovely in Your sight. Open to receiving. Take me away from the things that waste my time and rob me of meditative time with You.
I am encouraged by the mighty works of God. “Prayer” has become a powerful word in my vocabulary, and one that gives meaning to my life. I pray for HOPE, what a beautiful gift; and, it is free!!! He walks with me in the garden of my life. We talk, I learn, I am blessed to know Him as my Father, and Friend.
Keep your defense strong, trust in God. Pray when anxiety seeps in.
Take it to God. When you are low or upset, even when it feels contrary to do so; tell Him, share your heart.
I see so many parallels in my past and current life; except now I am grateful for all of it – the hard, hurtful times along with the peaceful. I believe it’s more than ‘equal parts,’ rather how Jesus wants to live in me; “Grateful for all of the pieces.” In this way, everything is a subject for witnessing.
Impossible situations are opportunities for the Lord to teach us valuable lessons that we’d never learn any other way.
I’ve learned over the past 4.5 months, that what God needs from us, when we are down and out, is to draw closer to Him, than our friends. He wants ALL of us, He wants our focus on Him, so we can learn how beneficial it is, to know our Savior. To trust that He has our back, that we can lean on him during the incredibly tough times.
I’ve been dealing with ovarian cancer since late August. I’ve had body parts removed, including a big tumor, I’ve experienced chemotherapy; and it’s AWFUL. I’m starting to have more good than bad days, but through it all; even a few pity parties, I’ve been in very close contact with Jesus, I’ve never looked forward, only today, believing that He is with me every step of the way, through every decision that was made, to every time I curled up in a ball and wanted to die from pain. It was then, He was with me the most, I literally felt the spirit of God, wrapping me up in His love and compassion. And for that, I will always be grateful.
What has been difficult for you lately? Are you complaining to your friends or expecting them to be your “soft place to land?” They cannot ever be that, because your Heavenly Father is the only one with those powers.
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.