Chewed up, spit out, and stepped on

(This is a sampling of what will be in my devotional book for nurses due to be released in the near future.) Quick breakroom verse: “The next morning Jesus woke up very early. He left the house while it was still dark and went to a place where he could be alone…” For further study later: Luke 4:42, Mark 6:32, Matthew 14:13, Mark 8:13, Luke 5:3 Let’s face it. This is hard work, y’all. Yes, you will hear my Texas come out in this post. Somehow our over-the-top language is the only thing that does our exhaustion justice. I could’ve […]

Encouragement to Persevere

Encouragement to Persevere

Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference. – Max Lucado Praying aloud can be difficult, I agreed with my youngest son. That is why it takes practice. The weird thing is that we feel judged by those who hear us while forgetting that we aren’t talking to them. The One we are talking to is taking in every word with delight. It was one of those in-the-car, early morning times […]

Vulnerable

A friend and I were talking about this topic, recently, as it relates to writing. There are certain places you feel safe. Telling your hopes, dreams, and fears to friends and family, of course, is the safest. Throwing something superficial up on Instagram can be easy. Until you choose to make it public, you can feel pretty confident that your best buds will love what you write in your personal blog. What is it about putting things on Facebook that is so scary? First of all, people on Facebook can be cruel, or in today’s vernacular, “judgy”. Second, everyone you […]

Beautiful truth

But whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may know Christ and be found in Him… This is speaking truth to me this morning.  All of our lives, whether we see it now, are but “rubbish” compared to His surpassing greatness.  And, although Paul is speaking of his accomplishments in this passage, that includes our failures too!  Christ is over […]

Rock of Ages

I have felt such a conviction to be “that” woman who deals graciously with the stuff life throws at us sometimes. How do you become that? We in the US are so spoiled spiritually, with such amazing freedoms to share our faith with others and to worship openly. We are so spoiled materially. We are called upon to minister to the poor and we definitely should – yet we don’t have a concept of poverty in our country. Our poor are classified as a family of four making less than $18800 per year. Sounds bad, right? Yet many of the […]