Saturday, April 20, 2013


“My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.  You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.  Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, in Your splendor and Your majesty!  And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness…” Psalm 45:1-5a

Yes, Fair Savior ride!
Ride to remind us that the victory is won!

Death has been defeated!

Though that shadow still falls upon us, it is truly an illusion for you have vanquished it for all time!
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know is part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.”  1Corinthians 13:12

Our loss feels so real; and it is, yet not.
 So very temporary.

Another reminder of our frailty and Your sufficiency.
We have had too many reminders as of late.

Another reminder of the victory that has been won.

Help us see You on Your grand charger.

Help us to remember the Name written on Your robe and thigh.
“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”  Revelation 19:16

Oh, God of all comfort and all grace without You we would be without hope.
 However, we do have a sure hope!

Our Victorious God, infuse this hope into every heart that mourns today….

Those who have lost a loved one way too soon….
due to evil’s destructive ways…
due to human error

We long for the day when You wipe away every tear.

Meanwhile, ride on Oh Mighty Victorious Warrior KING!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Only Answer

There is a humorous little story that circulates among Sunday school teachers.  It is how on occasion a child might not be sure what answer you are looking for to your question, but answers anyway because they are sure they cannot be wrong...

With confidence they blurt out JESUS!
No matter the question....

What were the lepers asking for?

Where were they going?

What did the 5000 get to eat?

And are they really wrong?
Truly behind every plea and desire and need Jesus is the answer.
He is the only answer.

This past week has sent me into a tailspin.

My husband has been struggling with increased pain, which has been wearing him out and down.
The doctor's office dropped the ball in responding in a timely, orderly manner and I had to go into battle mode.
Not my favorite pose.
Little did I know the battle that was just over the horizon.....

Then came one prayer request after another.

Pray for my grandson, Zacchi.  He doesn't have much longer; the cancer is spreading fast.

Pray for my friend...pray for my nephew, Drew.  He has been taken from jail to the hospital in need of a shunt to his brain.  They will not tell us anything more and will not allow visitors.

Pray for my son, Tim.  He has been in a serious car accident!  There are injuries to his brain, chest and hip.  Injuries similar to my husband's.  He made it through, so surely Tim will also!

Pray for my son.  (name withheld)  He is suicidal and out of contact with us!

My heart has been so burdened for these precious young men and their families.  It has been one of those times when you indeed pray without ceasing!  I lifted them up to my gracious God confident that he would answer.

A few days ago my friend's son, Tim entered into the Presence of the LORD leaving behind his pregnant wife of three years.

This news hit me hard. 
The fresh realization that life is not safe nor easy, even for a Christian, came over me.
It seemed like all the grief and fears that have come my way were stirred up.

I have been in a miserable, cranky state.

Having brought my struggles to Papa I had felt a measure of peace.
Until the phone rang...

My precious ladies from the rehab were to attend a day of pampering, thanks to ACTS4, which has become a yearly event that previous rehab residents have attended.
We had been talking about it for weeks and they were excited...

Until today when the rehab decided to deny them the privilege.
I had not made a formal request.
My heart is grieving for these dear women who were so looking forward to the day.
I feel as if I have failed them somehow....

What is the answer to...
those concerned for their friend/relative who is struggling with mental or physical health needs and yet beyond their reach?
the family grieving the loss of a strong young man?
another family's ongoing grief as they see their loved one slip away?
the women who need some TLC?
this lady who heart is breaking and then breaking some more?

The answer is JESUS!
 "Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried..."  Isaiah 53:4a
Yes, the only answer is the One who said,
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."  Matthew 11:28
I wanted to climb into bed and pull the covers over my head and still might, but I will imagine that it is His lap that I am curled up on.