You Are My Sunshine

In my day-to-day, life can seem like a fog that keeps my view of heavenly Father, myself, and others in an obscure blur.  Then, when I least expect it, God’s love comes bursting through the misty numbness lighting up my senses, and illuminating my shadowy heart.  Around this time last year, the Holy Spirit directed a small band of warrior sisters and brothers to petition heaven for reconciliation of ethnic groups in our region by performing a prophetic act.  Our part of the Bible belt has been riddled with racism of one… Read More

Not of This World

In the book of Genesis, we learn right up front that God speaks a thing and then, it is.  In fact, we learn later on, that God “summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do.” (Romans 4:17 NET) That’s not how most of us roll.  But God does.  So, when God speaks to us and calls us by a new name, a new title, or gives us a new command………?    Oh, we can argue about it!  We won’t be the first.  In fact, it will put us… Read More

Hope Among the Thorns!

I love how Holy Spirit has a way of giving us fresh revelation from the same story again and again.  Recently I joined a women’s group at church that is studying Matthew 13:1-10 and Matthew 13:18-23, the Parable of the Sower.  It was my first day with the group and I smiled when I heard what they were studying, because I was saved at around 8 years old through hearing that parable.  It has meant so much to me over the years. I grew up gardening with my Mom in Southern California.  Now when I… Read More

Scarecrow King?

Our family recently watched the video, “Jeremiah.” While I knew about his prophecies, I really had not studied his life or history. Since then, the Lord has been leading me to read the book of Jeremiah as a part of my daily devotions. So I came upon this passage: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Do not act like the other nations, who try to read their future in the stars. Do not be afraid of their predictions, even though other nations are terrified by them. Their ways are futile and foolish…. Read More

A New Map

The Little One crouched down carefully unfolding the map. Early glittering light of day kissed the frozen earth. Icy blades of grass gleamed blue in the early light. The landscape looked like a living kaleidoscope as the pale sun rose higher. The Little One marveled at the visible puff of air from her nostrils, in the cold is the only time to see that mystery of breath making life possible! A miracle every time… Mesmerized by the slowly dissipating cloud of her breath she focused on the map and traced with her… Read More

He Prefers the Stables

Two weeks ago, I found myself on the floor face up with my head under our newly decked Christmas Tree peering up at all the lights and ornaments, giggling, because the large, gaudy Santa ornament that a friend had gifted me with was dangling over my head, with it’s rear blocking my view.  As a child, I found solace this time of the year lying under our Christmas tree gazing at the lights, and pondering what it was like on that special night as I daydreamed with the aid of  our manger… Read More

Whoa! I’m Hot!

Recently I got a text from a friend who was looking for help in being humble or conquering pride.  The conversation was so much fun and the insight had to be from God because it was really good!  You will quickly glean that my friend is awesome and her heart so good.  Here, with permission, is the conversation: Her: Hey Adel!  Do you have any book recommendations on humility/conquering pride? Me: The Bible!  Kidding, kinda.  Let me think on it.  Francis Chan* is pretty awesome at that. Her:  Haha, of course!  Thanks, I can… Read More

Lover?

Love. What is that elusive concept? I feel sometimes I’ve been chasing after whatever that word is all my life. Often I have felt a large deficit, especially in the area of loving myself or feeling loved. A few days ago, upon waking, I found myself longing for love. The Holy Spirit gently pointed to the wall around my heart, and said, “We still need to take that down, love. You thought you had to protect your self from me, others, even yourself, but I want to take the rest of that… Read More

The Poison

My spiritual father has reminded me many times, “Forgive everybody, for everything, all the time.” Yet, as I walk through life observing my brothers and sisters in Christ, I see this plague of the soul, called unforgiveness. Some cling to it like a familiar blanket from childhood days gone by. Others simply don’t give it importance, and play with unforgiveness, like a snake charmer playing the lute to the cobra weaving it’s head out of the basket. But what they don’t realize is in the end it’s bite holds the poison of… Read More

A Chorus of Sisters and Angels

Father, I just had a fun experience with my sisters and some of your angels. I was thinking, how you must feel about four of your daughters, standing at a mirror; some putting on eye make-up, some drying others straightening their hair.   All somewhat groggy…but all singing along with the phone-generated music in soft, sweet, morning voices, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come! With all creation I sing, praise to the King of Kings…” It was a beautiful few moments for me…. Read More