"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

APOLOGY to READERS who followed a SEARCH to HERE & didn't find it

On July 18, 2017, I drafted almost 3000 blog posts that I had published since 2008 when I began blogging, rather than edit each one. So if you clicked here from somewhere else and ended up with the post unavailable or error, I am sorry but this is why. It'd be too much work for me to go back and fix them. There's an explanation on 7/19/17 as I'm still learning.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Come along*with me 
on a
40 Day Journey
Toward the
Power of Easter


Chris Tiegreen's devotional
"The Promise of Lent"

starting today on
Ash Wednesday
for the next 40 days
minus Sundays
celebrated as 
Resurrection "breaks" 
in this 40 day period

Here's the book description from Tyndale:

The Promise of Lent Devotional
Though Lent is a time of remembering Christ's sacrifice, it is not a season of sorrow. This 40-day period is for reorienting our hearts toward Jesus as we move through darkness into light. It is a time of anticipation, the buildup before a celebration of history's most momentous event. 
This is the purpose of The Promise of Lent Devotional. You'll read about death and new life, temptation and the power to overcome it, and ultimately the transformative power of Jesus. When you gaze at God's true nature—his sacrificial love and Jesus' glorious resurrection—everything changes. The past loses its sting, the tomb's stone rolls away, and your heart will awaken to faith again and again."

Genesis 3:17-19

"Creatures of Dust"
Day 1

"...For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.' "NLT Genesis 3:19b


"Lord, remind me of my frail condition during this season. Remind me even more how You overcame it. May this be a time of deep repentance and even deeper gratitude."~Chris Tiegreen

* of course, to actually come along with me, you'd need your own copy of the devotional in order to read the major part of what Chris Tiegreen so passionately shares day after day. I will only be giving glimpses into "The Promise of Lent..."


"How often do you think about your mortality? In what ways can those thoughts encourage your faith rather than undermine it?" C. Tiegreen

In the Church that I was raised in, Lent always seemed like such a sorrowful time, and emotionally drained me ... it was way too heavy as a child, a teen, and even a young adult for me, far too ritualistic as well, rather than from the heart and filled with the hope of the coming Resurrection. It did give me a good foundation for my faith and understanding of Jesus Christ's suffering and death, but somehow I missed "The Promise ... and the Power of Easter" (I now call Resurrection Sunday). 

Instead of dreading Lent as I once did, in the new churches I have been a part of for the major portion of my life, I now look forward to these 40 days in a new way that deepens and enriches a healthier balance between the pain & suffering with a celebration & joy of Christ's redemption work on the Cross and His Resurrection Power over sin and death. I am more willing to readily do some of those traditional, foundational disciplines to refresh, restore and renew my Christian journey and gratitude of all the Promises Jesus fulfilled and gave so that I might live freely and fully in the understanding of His sacrifice for any I might endure ... He overcame and gives me the power to do the same from 'the ashes to ashes' ... I've come to see the beauty in the 'ashes' and the remembrance of the body & blood of Jesus, shed for all of us so that we might have eternal life, a light and truth worth seeking and living, being our true self that we were created to be and rejoice, not be shamed into being part of His Story, His Glory, His Resurrection - unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ day after day, because of our belief in the "Promise of Lent..." 

I probably think more of my mortality now more than ever since I'm aging and feeling it and seeing others around me face issues of their health and mortality but it most certainly encourages my faith, seeking to strengthen my beliefs in Him and His Word through examining myself and looking deeply at His Promises, not just check off reading from His Word but actually searching, hungering and thirsting for more of Jesus in my life and in me. When you have an eternity to look forward to ... there's a new sense of urgency to see others saved and know that Jesus made it possible to live forever with Him and others who accept this and their names are written in the Book of the Lamb just for believing and confessing Jesus' victory over our sin and death, so that we might live more like Him as overcomers, filled with compassion for others and power to do the same by the Holy Spirit, in the Name of Jesus. Only through Jesus Christ can we come to the Father. All glory, honor and praise only belongs to Almighty God, our Lord forever!

Looking forward 
The Promise of Lent

Added Note: as Ash Wednesday was just about here, I had to return to truthfully report that I may not be doing this devotional, because I found out that I had done it here before and also because I have a couple of YouVersion Lenten plans that I'll be doing "Journeying with Jesus"is one, but mostly I wanted to share that there is another journey that I have found because of my personal situation that I decided may be the best for me at this time (totally unrelated to Lent, but not to the Cross and Jesus). It's one of many books that I have not yet gotten around to reading and believe that I should read and do (for many reasons) however it's not a 40 day plan - it's a 60 day journey "Grace for the Unexpected Journey" by Deborah Barr. Quite possibly I will still try to read again "The Promise of Lent" by Chris Tiegreen to keep me on the Lenten journey as well yet somehow I sense God prompting me to seek His aMazing Grace as I draw closer to Jesus this Lent, facing many unexpected days or turns in my life ... as I look at God's PROMISES and my promise to Him.

Another great book for Lent by Dr. Brian Simmons (author of TPT) is "Grace and Hope", which I shared back in 2016, Feb.26 but it's one of the drafted blog posts, no longer available here. 

I have also started a 30 day Prayer Challenge by Debbie McDaniel at iBelieve (dot) com "Fighting Fear and Anxiety with the Promises of God" and completed the 5 day sample at You Version, which I personally found to be relevant, helpful and much better than the pdf but both work well together. There's also a 40 day Easter Devotional that you could sign up for at iBelieve, if you don't already have one.  I guess we are never short of opportunities to journey and experience more of Jesus through Lent. FaithGateway (Study Gateway) will be featuring Max Lucado's newest book "Jesus...The God Who Knows Your Name" for their next OBS (Online Bible Study) starting March 2nd - April 12th, 2020. You can't go wrong with a study by Max Lucado, his books, studies and video teachings are always the best, in my opinion. And focusing on "JESUS..." has to be the BEST way to experience The Promise of Lent - the Resurrection!

Sunday, February 23, 2020



February 23-29


Just in case you missed any of the
February Promises

Promises for the week of

Ash Wednesday
I will begin
"The Promise of Lent"
by Brian Simmons
{for the next 40 days of Lent, Sundays aren't included}
so I may be able to continue these posts on Sunday
but if not, by now you should know that you can see a
Promise and a beautiful Scripture Image
{I think there even is a Facebook page with the Promise of the Day}

I will be continuing in my other
as able
{especially the One Year ones}

Sunday, February 16, 2020



February 16-22


       Promises for the week of

I was a little sidetracked this past week somewhat, when I encountered something (at the end of my video teaching in the OBS of "Trustworthy") that somehow I totally missed last year from Lysa TerKeurst, both at You Tube and on a podcast at P31, (Spotify too) as well as on Lysa's blog (the most recent one). I cannot imagine how these all slipped by me, but I am so thankful I came across them now and am able to view, listen, read (over and over again). Hopefully most of you, don't or won't need all of these, as I do, but there are some that perhaps some of you will benefit from at least the one dealing with anxiety or maybe trust issues and all of us need the forgiveness one. 

But sadly, I must admit that 'me and my household' have to deal with the others. Let me just say this was 'timely' with all the love and marital relationship stuff leading up to Valentine's Day (not celebrated in this household or even acknowledged by one) {but I bought myself a little red rose plant and some chocolate in Reese's peanut butter cups} so "therapy and theology" was really helpful for me to have this week as a divergence, and very beneficial, but actually I think it was God opening an old wound and giving me better understanding on this topic, and so much more that I have needed for almost 50 years. The one I am most focused on for now is ... "broken promises ... " not for me, but for my other half. Perhaps part of the cause for my prodigal wanderings & blatant, unfaithful sin. That part, I do need to own and have confessed. 

Never would I ever have thought that this is where my One Word for 2020 of "Promises" would lead me but this is how our God works and pours out His love and compassion to help us through our MESS(es) whether it's in our marriages or our relationships, God always has a greater purpose. So this has given me a really new perspective and way to reflect on my One Word of Promises, not just God's Promises or Praying God's Promises, yet our own promises to others or one another. I thought about whether I would be so open and vulnerable with these links and this topic, but for now, this will have to suffice. As often on this blog, I have steered clear of sharing anything that involves revealing others' private info, which will remain so unless I am given permission or no longer need to be concerned about respecting privacy of others.

Anyways ... God's Promises are not broken
Still I continue with my books and *YV reading plans on

{hoping I get back to finish the Bible Promises here below with the scriptures}
21 days of 100 in a book by Shanna Noel, from Dayspring

9. God is with you.Jn.14:26;Phil.1:21;Rom.5:8;Gal.2:20
10.God has overcome.Rom.15:13;Phil.4:7;Jn.16:33 ...
11.God will guide you.Ps.31:3;Ps.23:4;Is.58:11;1Pe1:6-7
12.God is watching you.Ps.3:5;Is.41:10;Ps.33:18;Rom.8
13.God understands.Mt.4:1;Mt.9:36;Mt.26:39;Heb.4:15
14.God draws near to you.Lk.5:20;Jn.15:14;Jam.4:8 ...
15.God's peace is perfect.Is.32:17;Jn.14:27;Ps.119:165...
16.God's ways are not our ways.Is.55:8;
17.God has set you free.
18.God's Word will stand forever.
19.God delivers you through trials.
20.God is your friend.
21.God is an anchor for the soul.

I shared the 1st 8 days of the 21 days of this plan back here

Sunday, February 9, 2020



I changed my decision and am posting this new week's Promises here (linking here and at the end to last week's first week of February Promises)

February 9-15

February 16-22

begins on the 26th
I have another book planned
"The Promise of Lent"
as I mentioned in last week's blog

February 23-29

I am continuing primarily with these 3 books, but occasionally I'm able to read from the other ones too, if only I would stop getting new books (lol). I could not resist adding this new one since I couldn't get the new book released on February 4th, I was thrilled to add this one of PROMISES in my Kindle... 

"Promises for a Fruitful Life"

Who doesn't want a Fruitful Life or even better to know 
God's Promises for this?

This is a booklet that you can use over and over as you face various situations, helping "you find new hope for Kingdom building", "drawn from passages and Scriptures Beth Moore brings to light in Chasing Vines."

 ... for the February 1-8 Promises ...

{just click on the dates to see}

Sunday, February 2, 2020



February 1-8
from 365promises

I am seated in the heavens and My kingdom reigns over all.
Psalms 103:19

All My plans will be fulfilled, for I know the end from the beginning.
Isaiah 46:10

I knew you before you were born and I designed you for My purposes.
Jeremiah 1:5

You are holy and free from blame because of Jesus Christ’s death.
Colossians 1:21-22

I have blotted out your sins and dissolved them like the mist.
Isaiah 44:22

I have sealed you with My Spirit to guarantee your coming inheritance.
Ephesians 1:13-14

I will be a real Father to you.
2 Corinthians 6:18

I will look after you and teach you the way that is best.
Psalm 32:8

February 9-15

I intended to post every Sunday as I did in January with the February PROMISES and continue sharing from one or all of my books and devotionals on God's PROMISES but You Version came up with a 21 day challenge plus I'm still trying to catch up and continue with 2 online studies that are so good and helpful -

... yet ALL this has interrupted my plans before LENT begins, BUT the worst part is that my blog posts are receiving SPAM (15 or more of the same place and comment) so I've had to put comment modification or whatever that is that I verify comments, hopefully to stop them before they appear ... 

Therefore, I'm going to change my format ... maybe my day or time  ... and if all goes well, I will just repost this each week with that week's PROMISES from 365 and whatever else I have time to share in the blank boxes below. Of course, this will make this post very long as the weeks go on so I might have to just change the box with that week's PROMISES.

February 16-22

begins on the 26th
I have another book planned
"The Promise of Lent"
as I mentioned in last week's blog

February 23-29

I also have a 21 Day Plan with You Version of Bible Promises... from Dayspring, by Shanna Noel, Illustrated Faith founder, which of course is a sample of her book "100 Days of Bible Promises" so at least I'll share these 8 days of the 21 of the 100

1. God's Grace is Sufficient

2.God Brings New Mercies Every Day 

3. God Supplies All Your Needs

4. God's Word is Alive

5. God Doesn't Change

6. God's Love is Always There

7. God Brings Goodness in All Things

8. God Died for You

We'll see how this goes, but expect more


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I do appreciate you so much!

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