• All Writings,  Life,  Missions,  Prayer

    Marathon Moments

    My sister Peggy Lively and I just completed our 16th marathon in our 16th state. We have high hopes of completing one in all 50 states. We are often asked, “Why in the world are y’all doing this crazy thing?”. Honestly, we just fell into it. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word “fall” when talking about marathons. But truly, we’ve sorta gone into this adventure blindly (hmmm, another poor word for safely accomplishing 26.2 miles). Before my first marathon, I had never run in ANY race. Well, I do remember the three-legged race on field day in elementary school, and that wasn’t very pretty, at all. Peggy and I can’t…

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    Face Planting

    Recently, I read two passages of Scripture that had the same idea in it, yet their meaning was completely opposite. The first phrase is found in I Samuel 16:49 which speaks of David killing the giant Goliath: And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. The second phrase that caught my attention was when I flipped to the passage found in Ezekiel 1:26-28 which gives details of the prophet’s personal encounter with the glory of God: …there was the likeness of…

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    Rest: the Craving of our Souls

    I wanted to let you know that Soul Sisters, a women’s devotional group that I co-lead, now has a website. Our heart’s desire is to encourage women in God’s word each day, as well as to pray for one another. If you’re looking for a daily lift in His word (M-F), check outwww.SoulSistersMinistry.com. Here is a sample devotional: Free to Rest Read: Matthew 11: 25-30; Philippians 1:6 “If we are not free to rest, we will either burn out or the work will be about our agenda, not God’s. In a society of to-dos and goals and ambitions, the Father asks us to rest assured. He wants us to stop…

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    Consider the Daylily

    Many years ago, I bought some daylily bulbs from a friend of a dear friend. I picked a special place in my backyard near a stone wall to plant them; and then, I waited. The first bloom was a huge celebratory moment for me (I do NOT have a green thumb in the least, so anything that grows in my yard is a minor miracle). Now, every summer I look forward to the re-birthing of these radiant flowers. What’s crazy to me is that this flower’s bloom only lasts one day, hence the name day-lily. It’s as if this particular plant embraces this fact however, and puts a hundred percent of…

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    Now and Then

    I recently had some recurring thoughts that made me look for a post I wrote many years ago… Every now and then, I think about the now…and then. The other morning the thought about the present-day and the unseen-future came to mind when I stepped outside with puppy-Juliet for her “morning duty.” Most of our outings together at this wee-morning hour still possess the remnant of night-time, with the black sky and the twinkling stars. However, for about three mornings in a row, our scenery was different; instead of a clear nightly sky, Juliet and I were greeted with a dense white fog. When standing on my front porch, I…

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    From Manure, Comes Gold

    I was having a converstaion with a young friend of mine who has been struggling emotionally, physically, and spiritually the last couple of years. He’s an awesome kid, but he has just kinda gotten stuck with some “smelly stuff” that he, on his own, hasn’t been able to shake from his heart and mind. I shared a recent analogy with him that the Lord so sweetly shared with me: We have a driveway that runs through the middle of our two fenced fields. One of the fields has cows grazing on it, the other does not. Interestingly, the field that the cows are calling home, now has a blanket of…

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    A NEW BOOK: 25 Years, 25 Lessons: Letters to a Bride from a Seasoned Wife

    I am pleased to announce my NEW BOOK: 25 Years, 25 Lessons: Letters to a Bride from a Seasoned Wife This decorative coffee table book is for any married woman. It provides foundational insights to newly weds, and it offers basic reminders to those who have been married for decades. The pages are full of beautiful images accompanied with Scripture based letters concerning on-going lessons that I have learned in my own marriage. Some topics are: be an encourager, put on love, and laughter. I invite you to be blessed by God’s directive word within the pages of this book. 25 Years, 25 Lessons can be purchased on-line: www.amazon.com or…

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    God has put Me in a Box!

    There is a familiar expression, “You can’t put God in a box.” Agreed. The God of the Universe can never fit in a man-made contraption comprised of mere ideas and speculations concerning His character. If you want to know God, read His word; there, you will find Him. And there, if your heart is humbly willing, He will never stop amazing you with His unbound grace and free flowing love.BUT, God can “put us in a box.” Listen to His words of truth:For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  I Cor. 3:11You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your…

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    The Puzzle Working God

    Our lives can be compared to one large puzzle, with God Himself being the puzzle-worker. All the pieces are present from the beginning, and there is a beautiful masterpiece waiting to be put together by its Creator. He knows where each piece fits, and He knows exactly when to put it in its place. Every piece is different in shape and markings; some are bright and full of color, while others are drab and dreary, serving as a neccessary backdrop to the revealed glory by its side. Do you trust your Puzzle-Working God? In other words, do you undoubtedly believe that God knows best in both the timing and the order of your days?…

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    March to the Cross

    art by: Celia VanMaarth Some of you are already aware of the March to the Cross on-line devotional study, but some are not, so I wanted to let you know… I am a co-leader of a closed Facebook group called Soul Sisters. Our purpose is to encourage women in God’s word and prayer. We have just started a scripture based study called MARCH TO THE CROSS: A JOURNEY WITH JESUS. The study runs from March 1- April 1, Easter Sunday.All you need is your Bible and journal.Devotional posts will be provided M-F and Easter weekend. If you are interested in joining Soul Sisters to be encouraged in God’s word with…