• All Writings,  Life

    In the Same Boat

    I came across a very familiar story in the book of Mark and it caught my interest again, but in a new way. The disciples were in a boat arguing with each other over which one of them forgot to pack the lunch for the trip; all they had with them in the boat was one loaf of bread… …and…

  • All Writings

    Winter Wreath of Peace

    During the holiday season, Madelaine Singleton and I presented a wreath that bore spiritual significance with each of its elements. (See my post: Christmas Wreath of Hope). Now, we would like to share our Winter Wreath of Peace. Our hope is that you can easily construct one for yourself and be reminded every day of God’s life-giving truths even in…

  • All Writings,  Visualize Verses

    His Wings, My Refuge

    For some reason, I have had a picture on my mind, one that I drew years ago for my kids when they were all “in the nest”. I dug it up from a journal and want to share it today in hopes that it is a blessing to you. The verse that goes with this picture is Matthew 23:37: Jesus…

  • All Writings

    Living vs. Stagnant

    While I was walking the country roads the other day with my friend, I spotted a stagnant pool of water. It had just rained heavily the day before so a flowing stream was actively moving right alongside of this mirky pool. Because I am a visual learner, I love to picture Scripture. Jesus tells us: He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, “From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:37) Ahh, did you catch the…

  • All Writings,  Celebrating Christmas

    The Long Awaited Suddenly

    When thinking of the age-old Christmas story, one of the most familiar portions of Scripture is when the angel greets the shepherds in the darkness of the night. This passage is read so repeatedly each year that the event becomes a common scene in our minds. But goodness, how uncommon this real-life event must have been! First, one angel, then,…

  • All Writings,  Celebrating Christmas

    Christmas Wreath of Hope

    My friend and interior decorator Madelaine Singleton and I just got back from Mississippi and Florida where we presented the Christmas Wreath of Hope to a few local groups. Through Scripture, I told the purposeful meaning behind each decorative element that Madelaine used in her wreath demonstration. It was a pleasure to share this symbolic message. As we journeyed along…

  • 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…

  • Meaning of the Title

    A Drink of Water for the Journey of Life

    In naming this new blog-site, friends have asked, “Why this title? Don’t you think it might be a little difficult to find?” I fully realize “respite” is not a common word, nor an easy one to spell. However, the Lord laid this name, “Respite for the Weary,” on my heart long before I knew I would have a blog-site (or…

  • All Writings,  Life,  Prayer

    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.…

  • All Writings

    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…