An Altar

6:40 a.m. and I’ve been a wake for an hour already with thoughts rolling around in my head. I should be sleeping. No kids. Weekend away with my honey. Celebrating Papa’s faithfulness to us. It’s quiet. A preciousness in that word. It’s quiet. My soul is quiet. Three weeks ago, my feet walked this same retreat center as the women of our church converged here for a time away with the Lord. 20 years before that my betrothed and I received vision for our future marriage on these grounds. The land here… Read More

Becoming One

Twenty years ago yesterday at 4:00 p.m., I walked down an aisle, and became a bride.  I had no idea what it meant to be a bride. That evening as we settled into our bridal suite, a hotel off the highway, I fumbled around in the drawer beside our bed to pull out the Gideon Bible.  Beside it lay a single pewter anchor fallen from someone’s bookmark.  I turned it over with my fingers, and heard a popular song running through my head, “The Anchor Holds”.  Immediately, the Holy Spirit spoke these… Read More

How Revival Comes

I wrote this 9 months ago, but felt, with some editing, it deserved a second look.  I hope you think so too: In the little, 2 chapter, Book of Haggai, the Lord says to the people, “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?” (Hag 1:4) 17 years earlier, about a year after their return from Babylon, by order of the pagan King Cyrus of the Persians, the Jewish people they had laid the foundation of the Temple and the first layer of the wall. Cyrus was… Read More

Return to Love

Reconciliation.  So many letters.  Such a big word.  To restore to friendly relationship, to restore harmony, to settle, to resolve.  Even more than that… A return to love.  A restoration of love.  A forgiving and releasing place.  A receiving forgiveness place. I’ve been laying in bed recovering from a virus that’s been weakening my body for a couple of days.  “Eat and rest” was the trumpeted call at a women’s retreat last weekend.  Got that down the last two days.  In my quiet, which is such a rarity, my mind has drifted… Read More

Just Dreaming

If I have one dream for my life, a dream to see fulfilled in my lifetime, it is for my family, and we believers as a united family, to grasp a deep security in our Father’s passionate love for us and for the world.  I dream for us to be overcome by His vast love, so big and so secure that our hearts are broken and set on fire for us to give it away to the waiting World. Jesus did not come to earth, suffer, die and rise again, in order to bring another… Read More

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Katy’s Healing

This is adapted from a post on my personal page earlier this week: This morning I awoke from a dream. In the dream, I was very aware of all of the current difficulties that my daughter, Katy and everyone responsible for her care are dealing with.  To enumerate current problems: Katy was diagnosed almost 12 years ago with Rett Syndrome.  A rare genetic mutation that manifests as a neurological disorder.  As a part of Rett Syndrome, Katy lost the ability to talk.  She lost use of her hands for any useful purpose,… Read More

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