• All Writings,  Life

    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…

  • All Writings,  Marriage

    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…

  • All Writings,  Life

    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…

  • All Writings,  Life

    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…

  • All Writings,  Life

    Two Are Knocking, One Can Enter

    This year, I felt lead to read through the Bible. It may take me longer than a year, but I started at Genesis 1 and am slowly working my way through the living pages. A verse that has been stuck in my mind for weeks now is this: …Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it (Genesis 4:7). I recently learned that the word crouching in this verse is much like that of a roaring lion. These words were spoken by the Lord to Cain, who was angry because the Lord accepted Abel’s sacrifice and not his own. God graciously came to Cain and gave…

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    A Word for the Year

    For years now, I have joined in with many others who have started the New Year with a selected word to claim for the next 12 months. For me personally, this word is not necessarily humanly picked; rather, through thoughtful prayer, I feel as if it is divinely planted. Eventually, at some point, the word just comes to me, and my heart knows, “this is it.” I encourage you to think and pray about a word for the year. Allow the Lord to speak to your heart. One friend of mine has chosen the word “good”. Another friend has chosen the word “listen”. I have yet another friend who has…

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    A Christmas Devotional

    Are you looking for a Christmas Devotional for yourself, personally, or for your family?  I invite you to read Who Is this Jesus? And Why Did He Come? This booklet is a simple, consice 25-day devotional, starting on December 1st, that will point you and your family to the heart of the Christmas Season: JESUS…Who HE IS, and Why HE CAME. Each day holds one truth to ponder in order to keep your Savior on the forefront of your mind and in the center of this season.  Check out this FREE ON-LINE devotional on my website: www.respitefortheweary.com . (See the picture of the devotional cover on the sidebar and click.) May you and your family be…

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    The Glorious Fall

    I grew up in the deep southern woods of Mississippi–lots and lots of pine trees towered over our home. So when I moved “way up here” in Tennessee, the colorful fall season took me by surprise. Year after year, I am mesmerized by the radiant reds, the fiery oranges, and the brilliant golds that are bursting from the trees and bushes–incredible, breath-taking beauty. I’m sure I am not the first to correlate God’s seasons with His love story: Fall represents His dying for us on the cross. Winter represents His burial, enclosed in a death that we will never have to endure. Spring represents His resurrection… a newness of life…

  • All Writings,  Life

    You Were Made for This

    Creation reflects the creator. When you see a wonderful work of art, or watch an awesome movie, or read an incredible book, you naturally applaud the one who “birthed” the masterpiece. Now look around you. Whether you’re in the mountain range of Colorado, or by the oceanside of the Florida beaches, or in the hills and valleys of Tennessee, a majestic Creator can be applauded. All of His creation praises Him! I love how Scripture attests to this truth: Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the…