"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

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!

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