Updated Prayer: Heart “Transplants” Needed

A heavy burden for prayer is on my heart. Last night I came across a prayer in the Bible that is so relevant for our times and challenges today that I experienced goosebumps and suddenly had the thought that I should write my own prayer. Daniel wrote his prayer (Daniel 9:1-19) around 538 BC after he learned from the prophet Jeremiah that Jerusalem would be desolate for seventy years.  (It was.  History confirms that they were defeated by the Babylonians.  Most of the people were carried away to Babylon.)  He was hurting for his country and his people. Like Daniel, … Continue reading Updated Prayer: Heart “Transplants” Needed

125 Shirts in the Closet

This morning I read in Acts 3 about the early Christians taking care of each other.  Not one of their number (and it was over 5000) was in need of anything, because they all shared what they had.  Those who had much liquified some of their holdings in order to help provide for those who had little. It’s not a coincidence that after reading that story I had the idea to take stock of my closet. It’s the BermudaTriangle of my house and desperately needs organizing.  There are nineteen pairs of shoes and 125 shirts and sweaters.  Not including my … Continue reading 125 Shirts in the Closet

Blue Parakeets and Skeletons in the Closet

It is fascinating to watch God weave the events of our lives so that “coincidences” pop up all over the place. Mind you, I don’t believe in coincidences because, in my mind, our omnipresent Creator already knows every thought before we think it and every action before we move. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord . You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to … Continue reading Blue Parakeets and Skeletons in the Closet

Digging Into the Closet

I live in a small town of barely more than 10,000 people.  There are, however, not one but two self-storage businesses within a five mile radius.  Imagine my surprise to see red earth and bulldozers in a field less than two miles away from my home with a “Coming Soon: Self Storage” sign affixed to a newly erected construction fence.  Soon there will be three self-storage businesses that will be happy to hold on to my stuff. I guess my mind is on storage “crap” today because I am getting up the nerve to clean out the dreaded CLOSET UNDER … Continue reading Digging Into the Closet

Loving With Actions

It is with great joy that I introduce the newest member of our “family.” Zulma is a beautiful ten year old girl who lives in Guatemala. She has two brothers and two sisters and lives with her mom and her dad. Her dad is an agriculture worker, and her mom stays home to take care of the family. Recently our family took the step of sponsoring a child — Zulma — through World Vision. Those who have been following this blog know of our trouble to have more children and our struggles with should we or shouldn’t we adopt (me … Continue reading Loving With Actions