Encouragement, Listening to God

A Bump in the Road {Frustrations in the Middle}

I think I hit a bump in the road this week. The journey continues.  The road seems long.  The end is ...well, I'm not sure!  Heaven--sure; but earth ...that's another story.  Earth bound trains leave me in frustrated stations.  Destinations unknown. It seems people continue to be mean and ornery and don't do what I… Continue reading A Bump in the Road {Frustrations in the Middle}

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Encouragement, Faith, Listening to God

Some Thoughts from the Morning of Surgery

They told me to arrive by 8:30 a.m. with surgery scheduled to follow around 10:30.  No food or drink after midnight as if it might be your last good meal!  No morning coffee...ughhhh.  Sticky note reminder on the counter.  Medicine restrictions a week before and three weeks after surgery. Typically, as soon as my feet… Continue reading Some Thoughts from the Morning of Surgery

Encouragement, Listening to God

When You Need a Breakthrough

I had a dream ... This particular dream involved a lady humbly praying as she walked around what seemed to be a small town.  She came to the grave site of my husband's Grandfather Martin  and while praying, he came back to life!  He joined us at the house we were in and talked with… Continue reading When You Need a Breakthrough

Encouragement, God's Love, Holy Spirit, Listening to God, social justice

A “Sermon on the Couch” from a Homeless Friend {More Stories From Our Front Porch}

It was a cold, April morning and I had barely opened my eyes when I heard an obnoxious knock on the door around 6:45 a.m.  It was a homeless friend of our's.   I had set my alarm for an early rise to prepare for a Bible lesson to be shared later that day.  I didn't… Continue reading A “Sermon on the Couch” from a Homeless Friend {More Stories From Our Front Porch}

Encouragement, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Listening to God

Led Into the Wilderness…

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry." (from Matthew 4 NLT) "Led by the Spirit into the wilderness..."  Why on earth would the Holy Spirit lead Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by… Continue reading Led Into the Wilderness…

Encouragement, Faith, Following Jesus, Life, Listening to God

Where Do I Start? {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}

The conversation from yesterday's post continued today.  A friend and I talked about the injustice we see in our country ...the oppression of the poor ...the political climate ...the documentary, 13th...strong opinions...bitter ranting...lack of diversity in many churches. The issues  are  so widespread and  so overwhelming that inevitably the question has to surface -- "Where do… Continue reading Where Do I Start? {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}

Encouragement, Following Jesus, Listening to God, loving others

Church {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}

As long as I can remember, I've been going to church.  Father's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, Easter ...and all the other Sundays in between.  My Dad was a pastor, my husband is a pastor, and I still love to go to church! I found life in being in community with other believers at church today.… Continue reading Church {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}