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Monday, May 8, 2017


Earth Psalms

This isn't a book review

it's just a very strong gift recommendation

for you or someone you love

maybe for this

Mother's Day


any special day or just a day that you'll make special for them



I just happened upon it at our nearby public library and I wish I could keep it checked out to read one each week of the year (because there are 52 beautiful devotions and reflections!!!) You can check out some at Francine Rivers website!

Unique Environments
[image credit: Francine Rivers]

every one is this awesome

pointing us to our


I'd love to be "gifting" this book to each of us!

For now,
I'll be content with my library version before it's due
(in two weeks???-not use to this again yet)

{Very impressed that someone requested or chose this
along with some other really great choices
although I am far from short on books to read,
I couldn't pass this one up!}

Each devotional is personalized lessons in nature
starting with a scripture verse, 
followed by "Reflect, Apply, Connect (prayer)" sections
ending with a Psalm
however what makes it unique are the exquisite
photographs throughout the 208 pages
plus often a part of a hymn or song

You have to have the hardbound copy to hold
because the Kindle version 
just does not do justice
to the images

Of course, the real Artist is God and His handiwork in nature!

"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they (we) can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So (we) they have no excuse for not knowing God."Intro

lines up perfectly with the online study of reading Psalms with the book

"Redeemed ..."


Angela Thomas-Pharr


"... God speaks through nature"
(the rest of the title of "Earth Psalms: reflections on how ...)

this is clearly shown in this book and words

You do realize another selling or buying point for me
in any devotional are the prayers
here is a sample of one
that goes with her #16 devotion 
of my life verse
2 Timothy 1:7

"Dear God, so often I feel like a turtle,
retreating into my shell because it's safe.
But making safety my first priority won't lead to growth.
I don't want to miss the opportunities around me
because I'm too afraid to take a risk.
You have given me a spirit of courage.
Please help me to trust You,
to trust Your love for me and Your good plans for my life.
Help me to move forward in courage."

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


the day has finally arrived when I have no


not because

I've stopped


not because

I'm not


not even because

I haven't heard any wonderful



I have and I most definitely am




and every day


"Worship is Life"

God is so worthy of us living lives of worship!

in wonder and in awe


this precious family was certainly out for a 


and then a


but it was my 4 furry family members

that caused them to take a dive into cold waters


before I leave this


let me share this playlist from one of my


You Version reading plan


"Labyrinth by David Baloche"

which fits with my theme for today

(see not at the end)


As I continue reading my daily reading plans, a couple of studies, and books, one which I need to review - long ago, I must share at least that this particular book (which I will be giving a 'highly recommended' 4-5 star rating, meaning it's so worth getting, especially at this price) - so I'm sharing the email in its entirety with a sample of her writing that I received today from the author, Esther Fleece announcing the $1.99 Kindle monthly ebook deal of 

INFO: No More Faking Fine is on the Kindle Monthly eBook Deal! Please purchase for you or a friend at the discounted rate of $1.99. Sale starts today and goes until the end of the day, May 31st.
They say grief happens sometimes in threes-when difficult things pile up on one other. My friend recently got into a car accident that totaled her car. The following day she was rear-ended in her rental car. Her third car that the week was hit by a rock in her line of vision causing her to replace the windshield (on a rental car)!

Have you experienced moments in life when hard things keep piling up?

This has been quite a year from me. Coming out of a forced season of rest from the Lord, the “go” throttle has been full on. A romantic relationship turning into engagement. A short engagement turning into wedding planning in the midst of a book launch. Taking my things out of storage after three years and saying goodbye, moving, unpacking, finding community, and renovating a house. All the good took more out of me than I expected. Turning a house into a home and preparing my heart to be a bride were all full time jobs. Not to mention my real full time job of writing, editing, marketing and launching my life work in No More Faking Fine.

And while the “new” and “change” and happy things piled up, so did the sad.

A rejection from a lifelong mentor. Hurtful texts from people I considered friends. False accusations. Questions of my character. A lost speaking engagement due to a slanderous accusation. Grieving the loss of my biological dad. Wedding planning in a city without family or friends around.
Remember when I said every change requires a lament? Sometimes the good piles up – and sometimes so does the hard.
And so I am stepping away for a little while. I’m not stepping away out of surrender; not stepping away out of sadness, or a scandal or being burned out. Simply stepping away because I know it is what my heart needs as I long to sit and seek and to be with Him.
And to be with God not for what I can get out of Him, but rather to be near to Him. I don’t want to learn from God only so that I can teach it to others, I want to learn from God because I know He is infinitely wise and I am in need of Him. We all need seasons of work and seasons of rest.
As I was contemplating a season away, God showed me where there are seasons of work, and seasons to stop working in the biblical Calendar. The Festival of Trumpets and The Festival Tabernacles (Numbers 29) give us these examples.

“On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets. As an aroma pleasing to the Lord,” Numbers 29:1-2

There is so much to celebrate with the launch of this book. Your support has helped it to reach people I could never dream of it reaching. God’s name has been lifted up. He has shown Himself to us as a God who hears us (1 John 5:14) and concerns Himself with our cries.
It’s tempting when we launch into something new for God to want to carry that work in a way that burns us out. I’ve lost count of how many interviews I have done since January. Unsure of how many thousands of people I have spoken with since the book tour began seven months ago. Not even sure how many states I’ve traveled to. And while I am grateful for these opportunities, I can also see why it is easy for Christian leaders and speakers to turn into narcissists. Constantly talking about what we learned and what we did and what we are going to do next. Any message that is focused on us without a time to pause is dangerous territory.
So I am remembering to pause again. There will always be places to go, people to see, work to do, but now is the time to rest. I want to give thanks for what He has already done, not always looking ahead when I can thank Him today.

“On the tenth day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly. You must deny yourselves and do not work.” Numbers 29:7

I will continue to update you here (via e-mail) once a month. Unlike many authors with ministries or full time staffs, it’s just me! So thank you for your understanding and for your prayers. And by all means – please continue to share (& live!) the message of No More Faking Fine.

“The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

Psalm 126:3

Reflection Question:
1. What would it look like for you to pause from work every seven months to consider what God has done?
2. Contemplate how you can incorporate rest into your busy calendar
Recommended Reading:
1. The Festival of Weeks: Numbers 28:26
2. The Festival of Trumpets: Numbers 29:1
3. The Day of Atonement: Numbers 29:7
4. The Festival of Tabernacles: Numbers 29:12
Almighty God, please help me to work hard for you, and rest well, recognizing both seasons are gifts from you. Help me to pause so I can remember the work you have done, and refresh myself in You for the work You are calling me to do. I acknowledge that I am limited, and I need your help to pause. Thank you for being limitless and I rely on this to help me in every area. Thank you God, for all the gifts you have given to me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Author & Speaker

"Worship is Life" (actually is a book written) by Pastor Todd Marshall (which I was fortunate to hear speak this past Fri. at our AG EQUIP Conference, Fri. & Sat.). Pastor Todd and his wife Brenda were my choir directors and youth leaders at my RLC (home church -which has now changed to another one closer to home, yet I still consider RLC my church). Please check out their website, ministry and book!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

"REDEEMED ... " ~ 7

Redeemed - Bible Study BookWEEK 2 
"When Love Never Fails" 
Day 6 - Day 12
(pages 34-65) in the Bible study book
Session 2 "Redeemed for a Life with God"

for next Session 3 
"Redeemed for the Praise of His Glory"
*RED print from Angela's "Redeemed..."

"The First Sinner"

Psalms 16-18

Image result for Psalm 16-18

My Bible reading in my Healing devotional
(this fits better with Day 6 "Redeemed...")

Psalm 32:1-2

"Forgive me, God, for how I have been disobedient to You. Change my heart, and give me control over my words and actions. Thank You for Your amazing grace."

I have not decided if I will daily continue sharing


yet my


prayers that I usually record in a journal sometimes
with personal continuations spoken, whispered or
in groanings/muffled tears, etc. does help

so we'll see where the Spirit leads

Friday, April 28, 2017

"REDEEMED ... " ~ 6

Redeemed - Bible Study BookWEEK 2 
"When Love Never Fails" 
Day 6 - Day 12
(pages 34-65) in the Bible study book
Session 2 "Redeemed for a Life with God"

for next Session 3 
"Redeemed for the Praise of His Glory"
*RED print from Angela's "Redeemed..."

Day 6
"Losing Paradise"

 Psalms 13-15

Angela's heart desire for us in this study:

  • To know more about what we believe - to know more about being redeemed
  • To become better image-bearers than we've ever been - to live everyday lives that are actually being redeemed

much is covered on the "garden" paradise, disobedience and then 
we are asked to consider our own relationship with God
which I'll be doing today like every Friday


My reading in my HEALING devotional

Mark 8:23-25

" Lord, it's always in hindsight that I'm able to understand how You've worked in my life. Fill me with Your Spirit today that I may trust Your ways in the here and now, knowing You are with me wherever I go."

What do you think, should I continue like this or stick just to Angela's book?

Weigh in on this in the comments, please.


Not related directly to this study, however it may be, and kinda related to the FaithGateway OBS of "You are Free" (book and study by Rebekah Lyons) and directly related to "Your Daily Prayer" which I make mine when I receive them from iBelieve (dot) com in my emails, especially when they apply to me and my own life or those I know ... so the one I received yesterday was exactly that. I am not sure if I have other publicly shared this on my blog (as Rebekah has in her book or I heard her share),but there have been times in my life that I experienced panic attacks; and as most, did not even know what it was, thinking that I was having a heart attack or something like that ... I do not know why this prayer and article along with a You Version Bible Reading plan, surfaced at this time. yet I do trust that God has a reason (I added one of the songs on Weds.) ...

... and today I am adding another song from Labyrinth because it's a well loved Psalm which shows up on Day 9 of "Redeemed ..." plus the Daily Prayer to overcome panic (or other) attacks (with a few personal adjustments)
"...There’s a prayer I pray on the mornings after an intense panic attack, and I want to share this prayer with you today, as an example of how you might trust in God to be your strength and help you overcome. {me too}
Lord, I come to You and I thank You for drawing near to me when I draw near to You. To think that You are mindful of me — it overwhelms my soul. But Lord, today my spirit is heavy and my body is weak. I cannot bear the weight of this anxiety and panic any longer. I recognize I can’t get through this alone, and I pray against the very active enemy who is trying to shake my faith and tear us apart. Help me stand strong in You. Fortify these weary bones and remind me of the truth that this pain and panic will not last forever. It will pass.
Fill me with Your joy, peace and perseverance, Father. Restore my soul and break the chains of anxiety and panic that bind me. I trust You with my panic and I know that You have the power to take it all away. But even if You don’t, I know I don’t have to be a slave to my fear. I can rest in the shadow of Your wings and I will rise and overcome by Your unwavering strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen."~Lauren Gaskill, iBelieve (Lauren's blog)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"REDEEMED ... " ~ 5

Redeemed - Bible Study BookWEEK 1 

"When Love Makes a Promise" 

Day 1 - Day 5 
(pages 15-31) in the Bible study book

Session 2 
"Redeemed for a Life with God"
*RED print from Angela's "Redeemed..."

Day 5

Psalms 10-12

(leaving this open in case something from study should be added here)

Read, Meditate, Pray

Other Scriptures: Galatians 4:4b-5; Psalm 69:18

My reading in my HEALING devotional

Malachi 4:2
"Jesus,  I do not thank You enough for the freedom I have in You. You have paid for my sin in full by going to the cross. You have healed me with Your love. Because of this, I will praise You all of my days."

[image credit: mine on YV]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"REDEEMED ... " ~ 4

Redeemed - Bible Study BookWEEK 1 

"When Love Makes a Promise" 

Day 1 - Day 5 

(pages 15-31) in the Bible study book

Session 2 
"Redeemed for a Life with God"
*RED print from Angela's "Redeemed..."

Day 4

Psalms 7-9

today and Day 5, tomorrow, in the book "Redeemed..." tells us to Read, Meditate and Pray ...

 Other Scriptures: Isaiah 41:14; 2 Peter 1:4

Respond in Prayer


My reading in my HEALING devotional

Lamentations 3:21-22

"Though my plans are not always the same as Yours, Lord, I take comfort in knowing that Your plans are best for me. Thank You for intervening in my life and keeping me close to You."

Today's RX:

"You'll go further in life in the strength of the Lord."

Perhaps you thought that I had forgotten about my "Walk On Weds." or leaning into to hear His "Whisper On Weds." however the weather is rainy and temps are quite low here so although I am not taking a "walk" ... I do believe I am hearing Him as He whispers Words of healing as I draw near and closer, being "redeemed" each day a little more through His Love and His Promises. Then I opened to a YV plan that "speaks to my heart" and another Labyrinth (which is similar to "Maze" as in my titlesoftly sends waves over me ... listen (but even better watch) because it takes us through a beautiful "walk" with Matthew 11:28  "Come to Me" so I come and Jesus speaks to my heart.

I can't help but be thankful for how God weaves and connects
with me (us) as we seek Him with all of our being

in the calm

I come




along with me

for another

Walk On Weds.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"REDEEMED ... " ~ 3

Redeemed - Bible Study BookWEEK 1 

"When Love Makes a Promise" 

Day 1 - Day 5 

(pages 15-31) in the Bible study book

Session 2 
"Redeemed for a Life with God"
*RED print from Angela's "Redeemed..."

Day 3

Psalms 5-6

(leaving this open in case something from study should be added here)


My reading in my HEALING devotional
"Vital Signs of Faith"
Matthew 9:2-7

"Father, There are seasons when my spiritual well-being goes unchecked, and I don't take the steps needed to get well. Place it on my heart to pray and be in Your Word during these times, so that my faith may continue to grow."

Today's RX:
"Check your spiritual vital signs today.
Is your heart beating for God?
Is the fire of faith burning in your belly?
Has the blood of Jesus washed away the burden of your sin?

Monday, April 24, 2017

"REDEEMED ... " ~ 2

I have not decided for sure how I am going to continue this, since I've already gone through the Psalms in the first 40 days of this year - certainly not because I couldn't stand to go through the Psalms again and there most certainly are the best book of examples and prompts for PRAYERS, praise, laments, songs ... I just feel drawn to use my yearly devotional at this time on HEALING and the readings vary. I searched and thought about choosing another book in the Bible and following through as Angela does with Psalms ... but I just could not decide on which: Romans? Hebrews? Isaiah? Exodus? so I'm going with my devotional.

Redeemed - Bible Study BookWEEK 1 

"When Love Makes a Promise" 

Day 1 - Day 5 

(pages 15-31) in the Bible study book

Session 2 
"Redeemed for a Life with God"
* RED print from Angela's "Redeemed..."

Day 2

Psalms 3-4

(leaving this open in case something from study should be added here)


My reading in my HEALING devotional

Proverbs 12:25
Today's RX: "Trust God and live today by faith, 
moment by moment.
Let God worry about tomorrow."

"God, when I'm anxious and worried, help me to remember the promise You give in Jeremiah 29:11 - that You have plans to prosper me, not to harm me; plans for hope and a bright future. Thank You Lord for faithfully providing for me."


back to 

"Redeemed ..."

"Take a minute and jot down some of the ways you have felt
in over your spiritual head in the past. 
Understanding the Bible? Theology? ... 

How would you describe knowing God right now?
Is it:

__ He's becoming more clear. I'm learning to trust Him and see where God wants me to go!
__I'm in a God-fog. I truly want a real relationship, but I can't seem to find my way.
__I have no idea what you're talking about.

While we're taking a look inside,
what about your soul today?

__ filled with meaning and purpose for my life
__ being healed
__ wounded. hurting. lonely.
__ empty and bored, or empty and distressed"~
Angela Thomas-Pharr (p.21) "Redeemed..."

Friday, April 21, 2017

"REDEEMED..." ~ 1

Perhaps you remember that back in January 2017, I shared this book cover with posts on "40 Days of Prayer" because the pdf was being offered to start the year in prayer and reading the Psalms, which I did and loved, so I immediately went and purchased the book by Angela Thomas-Pharr and could not wait for this study to start ... so I'm back on my "knees again".

Intro with Angela - Get Familiar with group and study

the Study is divided into 6 weeks or 7 Sessions with the one above

Redeemed - Bible Study BookWEEK 1 

"When Love Makes a Promise" 

Day 1 - Day 5 
(pages 15-31) in the Bible study book

Session 2 

"Redeemed for a Life with God"

Reading Day 1 today

"Beginning with Prayer"

Psalms 1-2

{*I hope I'll be back with more - there are so many other scriptures and 
wonderful points, but I wanted to start and commit publicly the following}

"Today, April 21st (20th), I am beginning 40 days of prayer (again). The date of my 40th day will be June 1st I long to be redeemed."

Sincerely committed,

I am making a Redeemed decision.

I will be making this Redeemed journey.

I will become the Redeemed, being Redeemed constantly.

Here are some words to help you begin your prayer journey too:

Father, You are ...

Father, forgive me ...

Father, redeem me ...

Father, be near to me ...

Father, be glorified in me ...


{since this is my Friday offline, 
I have no problem spending my time with God
in part on this prayer journey and the Psalms}

If I don't make it back to share more
from Day 1,
you can always go to the LifeWay Women blog
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This is a little bit of where reading these 2 Psalms leads me

re-posting this one, because this will be part of my prayer focus
"We are Made Righteous"
I had to read this because my first question was about the
"way of the righteous"

"how we become righteous"
(not sure we do)

since I really need the Lord to watch over me and others
Picking about the Psalms as I read and verse 6 is the key to Psalm 1 for me

Psalm 2 seems to be on the obedience to God

and encourages us to pray for our leaders

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