Friday, February 5, 2010

Morning Praise

It’s early in the morning and the alarm clock is buzzing, but it’s you who opened my ears to hear.

As I wipe away the sleep from my weary eyes, I’m grateful that you gave me sight to see the morning sunshine.

Opening my mouth to yawn, I have to thank you for giving me a voice to call on your name.

As I stretch my arms out, I also stretch out to you in praise for another day.

Standing on my feet, I acknowledge that it is by your power that my legs are able to support me.

Even though my walk is slow due to morning stiffness, I still rejoice because I can move.

The pain I feel in my body everyday sometimes seems unbearable, but because of your grace I'm able to endure.

Though my aging mind is not as sharp as it used to be – memories fading, misplaced items and forgetfulness, I still have the mind to know where my help comes from.

Your grace and mercy is what gets me through each day. Though I don’t deserve your favor, I thank you Lord that you keep blessing me in spite of my imperfections. Until tomorrow…

May your joy abound.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Thanksgiving Prayer

I really enjoy this time of the year. The stunning fall colors and autumn landscape is both beautiful and majestic to me. The slower pace of the season allows me time to cuddle up with a good book or do some creative writing. One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving – I enjoy spending time with family and friends and enjoying a delicious meal together. However, what I enjoy most about this holiday is reflecting on the many blessings the Lord has given me.

So, before I prepare the turkey and all the trimmings, before I welcome guests to my home, and before we sit down to eat our Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy each other’s company, I thought I should at least take time out to whisper a prayer of thanks for God’s many blessings.

Lord, I thank you for how you kept me and my family this past year.
I thank you for my husband and children and parents who are still here with me to enjoy.

I thank you Father, that I never seen a day that I didn’t have food to eat or a place to sleep.

Lord, I thank you that even though sometimes our finances were limited, you provided unexpected blessings that got us through the challenging times.

I thank you that despite my physical ailments, you provided relief for my pain, and gave me strength to endure.

I thank you Father, for the encouragers and positive people in my life who inspire me and support me in my life’s journey.

Lord, I thank you that you didn’t allow the haters and the agitators to unnerve me and knock me off my game.

I thank you that you allowed me to just be me.

I thank you most of all O God, that you gave your Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins that I may be saved and be in your family eternally.

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your joy abound.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Heart's Desire

I read this today in my devotion from "Crosswalk" and thought I would share this hoping it would help someone as it has helped me.

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 NIV

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...Rather than seeing this as a way to get our wish list granted, let's see it for what it really is -- an invitation to seek a love relationship with God above all other things. In finding him, we will find our priorities properly aligned and our hearts tuned to know what is really valuable and what is not. Then we will see that what we have in him is our heart's greatest desire.

MY PRAYER...Awesome and Gracious Father, I confess to you that so often my heart is full of selfish things. But in moments like these, Father, I recognize that you are what I most need and your will is my heart's desire. Please kindle your Spirit in me so that I may see through any selfish, deception that would rob me of having you first in my life. Forgive me when I'm petty, selfish and shallow. May I know you as much as is possible for a mortal to know you, not so that I may be full, but that you may be honored. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

May your joy abound.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Domestic Violence Awareness

It’s been a while since I blogged. I have been pretty busy with the many activities that fill my day. One of the activities I have been working with recently is A Better Way Ministry, a faith based organization that works with churches and social service agencies to create awareness about Domestic and Family Violence. With October being the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I thought I should share some startling statistics that many may not be aware:

According to the American Institute on Domestic Violence:

· 85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female.

· Over 500,000 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year.

· 5.3 million women are abused each year.

· 1,232 women are killed each year by an intimate partner.

· Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.

· Women are more likely to be attacked by someone they know rather than by a stranger.

Domestic Violence is a pattern of violence or intimidation in an intimate relationship by one partner against another, designed to establish power and control over the victim. It may include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, economic abuse, isolation, threats or stalking. (source

Domestic Violence not only affects women, but men are also affected.

If you or someone you know may be a victim of Domestic Violence, please contact your local social service agency or call the National Crisis Hotline at (1-866-937-9922).

May your joy abound.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Power of Forgiveness

I am so pleased to introduce to my blog readers a book that has been written by a dear friend. This Christian fiction book is entitled “Journey to Jordan” by Donna Deloney. This is her first novel, and I tell you... she has done a great job with it. I was fortunate to have read the rough drafts of the first chapters years ago when we worked together in Chicago. To see it finally completed and on the bookshelves is a great joy. If you are looking for a good Christian fiction book to read, I highly recommend this one.

This book tells of a moving story about forgiveness and faith in God. Forgiveness is something that we all struggle with from time to time, however, the bible tells us: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15) Holding on to painful memories, past indiscretions and hurtful experiences not only rob us of our joy, but of our closeness to God. Forgiving others of past wrongdoings and sometimes even forgiving ourselves, free us to have a more intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Congratulations Donna on your accomplishment with this book and thank you for sharing a life lesson on the power of forgiveness.

May your joy abound.

“Journey to Jordan” can be ordered through or through the publisher at

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Time to Relax

Okay fellow bloggers. It’s been awhile since my last post. Business and church commitments as well as summer activities have kept me quite busy these days. Summer is supposed to be a relaxing season, but for me it seems to be the busiest. However, I did manage to get in a quick vacation with my family. We spent some time recently in Wisconsin Dells at the Kalahari Resort. Wow did we have a fabulous time, as you can tell by the pictures. An escape from the daily pressures of life was just what we needed to be revived.

I’m thankful that my husband was able to take time away from his pastoral duties to spend quality time with his family. I’m thankful that my daughter Courtney and her little girl Jayla were able to join us on this trip. We truly enjoyed this special time with them. I’m also thankful for a well-behaved son Jared who truly enjoyed the water park.

Most of all, I thank you Lord that you allowed our family to share this enjoyable time together so that we could be refreshed for the ministry you have placed us in.

May your joy abound.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Shine Your Light

I have been praying a lot lately concerning some goals that I want to accomplish. The wheels are constantly spinning in my head. My brain is overflowing with creative ideas, but there is a roadblock. What’s stopping me? … Me. I’m the roadblock. I thought I was holding off because of fear of failure, because of fear of opposition, because of fear of the unknown. But, in reality it’s something much deeper and yet so simple.

I came across a famous quote the other day which really resonated in my soul. I hope it will bless you as it has blessed me.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
*A Return to Love - Marianne Williamson

I encourage you, child of God, to grab hold of your dreams, your goals, your life ambitions and pursue those things that please God. “Let you light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify the father in Heaven.” Matt 5:16.

I’m letting my light shine… how about you?

May your joy abound.