• All Writings,  Marriage

    His Bride

    On July 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm, Maggie Marie Baxter became Maggie Marie Gilmer. Her utmost heart’s desire at her wedding was for all those attending to understand and know that the ceremony that they were witnessing was an acting visual of God and His great love for each one of them. In Scripture we are called “the bride of Christ.” Here are some of His beautiful promises straight from His longing heart. Allow them to wash over you today. Become His bride all over again. Live in His love. For your Maker is your husband–the Lord Almighty is His name–the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is…

  • All Writings,  Life

    The Healthy Habit of Casting

    A bible verse that I revisit over and over again is this one: …casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.   (I Peter 5:7) And this one: Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you… (Psalm 55:22) The word “cast” means to throw forcefully in a specified direction. In these two verses, we are given the simple instruction to throw all our anxieties and burdens off of our hearts and minds, into the direction of the Lord, who will then take them upon Himself. I wish this straightforward instruction was as simple to obey. Why do I hold onto things I cannnot control? For example,…

  • All Writings,  Giftings,  Life

    Waiting is Beautiful

    Have you ever felt like you have obeyed the Lord by taking a giant leap of faith, and now you’re just waiting to land on solid ground? You know you have been called to do something but you just don’t know the details of that call; so, you… just… wait… on the Lord… and His… perfect… timing.Waiting is beautiful to the Lord. It puts us in a place of complete dependence on Him, which pleases Him, because He can then do His work in us.  Yes, while we humanly wait, He supernaturally works.  Hear His promise:Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up…

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    The Joy of Forgiveness

    July’s intense heat made me think about many many years ago (maybe about 15 years ago), when I took my young kids to a water park with a friend and her kids. First, let me tell you, I have an aversion to water parks, so this was definitely an act of sacrificial love on my part! My friend Sharon and I put our kids on the buddy system and off they went to conquer the slides in the refreshing water. There was one particular water attraction in which a HUGE bucket filled up with water and then eventually poured out all over those who were waiting in anticipation underneath. When…

  • All Writings,  Life

    Learning to Soar

    In Scripture, God uses so many beautiful analogies to encourage His children. I recently read this verse which compares an eagle and its young to God and his own children: (He cared for them)…like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. Deut. 32:11 
The eagle is a magnificent bird. Its hollow lightweight frame is covered with 7000 feathers that allows it to soar as high as 2 miles above the ground. But the eagle doesn’t start with knowing how to fly; it has to be taught in its early stages of life. Once the…

  • All Writings,  Prayer

    A Powerful Gift

    What can I give my President? What can I give my country? Prayer. I sit with a group of women once a month who have committed to pray for the President, Vice President and their wives. This group, formed by Lori Rydberg and April Eshleman, called the Glove Club (representing Melania’s glove underneath the Bible during the inauguration ceremony), has opened my eyes to the powerful gift that each one of us can give Donald and Melania Trump and Mike and Karen Pence on a daily basis. I’m humbled and excited to say that we are using my devotional book,The Heartbeat of God, as the daily guide for our prayers.…

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    Consider the Daylily (again)

    I left town for a short weekend trip and came back to a nice surprise in my backyard: daylilys are a blooming! I wrote a post about them a couple of years ago that I’ll reshare today: 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…

  • All Writings,  Giftings

    Filling the Shoes

    Over the past couple of weekends we have had an influx of visitors in and out of our home. From family, to friends, and friends of friends, the beds have been full and the table has been surrounded. Observing the diversity of people and the use of their unique passions fills my cup to overflowing. I love seeing God at work in so many different ways THROUGH His people. As I was tidying up a bit this morning, I came across a pair of one of our guest’s shoes. I immeditately knew to whom they belonged, and I smiled as I thought of her extraordinary individuality. From this happy thought,…

  • All Writings,  Marriage

    Choice Words

    Words. Choice words. Words can hurt, words can heal. Words can tear down, words can build up. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Pr. 18:21 In heated relational situations, is my tongue like a machete that swings with vast and defining blows? Or is it like a surgeon’s scalpel, that makes a small and accurate incision for the purpose of healing and hope? Words. Choice words. Words can destroy, words can restore. Words can confuse, words can infuse. Words can deform, words can transform. “Lord, help me with my words. Make my words, Your words. May I pause and pray and hear Your voice telling me…

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    Philanthropy houses The Heartbeat of God

    I wanted to let each of you know that my devotional book, The Heartbeat of God, is now being sold at a wonderful boutique called Philanthropy, in these three locations: Franklin TN, Houston TX, and Orlando FL. This store’s motto is “fashion with compassion”; with this statement alone, one can see this is not your usual every-day retail store. See their website’s words of description: “Philanthropy is the recognized leader in cause-driven retailing. We curate and design our own apparel, home and gift products with purpose, passion, style, and quality offering our customers a unique platform for giving through our commitment to give a minimum of 10% of every sale…