Tuesday, October 25, 2016


When I was grieving the death of my child  and the end of my marriage over 20 years ago, some people told me that Christians are not supposed to grieve, but I know that I grieved, and questioned God.

At Golgotha, even Jesus Christ called out to His Father with a question "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me" (Mark 15:34b).

I don't think God gets upset by our honest questions. Even though I may not receive an answer this side of eternity for some of my questions, as long as I am pouring out my heart to God, that means I still believe in Him and I know He hears me!

He will be patient with us on our journey of faith. He is the lily of our darkest valley, our safe haven in the storm, and the sunshine after the rain. He is all we need.

Hear my cry, O God;
Attend unto my prayer.
From the ends of the earth
will I cry unto Thee.
When my heart is overwhelmed
Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Sure Hope

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future surely as He has the past. 
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Catharina Schlegel, born on  October 22, 1697, penned these words that spoke to me so clearly this morning. With so many changes on the horizon, I can trust that God is still on the throne, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Incredibly gorgeous Saturday in southern Indiana.
An old hymn came to mind as I walked at the park:

Walking in sunlight all of my journey,
over the mountains, through the deep vale;
Jesus has said, "I’ll never forsake thee,"
promise divine that never can fail.
Henry Zelley

Friday, October 21, 2016

My Decorator Was Here

 Kaedyn visited me this week and decorated my bedroom window. 

Here is the Bible passage she is memorizing this week:

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—
our faith.
1 John 5:3-4

It was so refreshing to see her joy and childlike faith after all the ugliness in the news the past few days. I pray for our nation, especially the children.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Crisp and Sunny Mornin'

A strong breeze was really bringing down the leaves yesterday. Thunderstorms are predicted for next two days. Seems, just when the color is the brightest, the wind and rain bring them down. Oh, well, time for sweaters and umbrellas!

Here's a stanza from Indiana native James Whitcomb Riley's 
"When the Frost is on the Punkin":
They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere 
When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here— 
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees, 
And the mumble of the hummin’-birds and buzzin’ of the bees; 
But the air’s so appetizin’; and the landscape through the haze 
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days 
Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock— 
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.