Wednesday, April 3, 2024

God's Timing


I am impatient. 

I wait in grocery lines and pick up my phone and scroll through social media. 

I stop at a red light and pick up my phone and see who called.

I sit on the phone waiting in que for my turn to be helped with a problem.  Instead of waiting, I go to my computer and begin to do other work while I wait. 

I can’t just sit still.

I am impatient.

I believe I am multitasking. 

But if I am being honest. I am impatient.

I want the grocery line to move faster. I want the light to turn green faster.  I want the person on the other side of the phone to pick up faster.

Can you relate?

When I pray, I tend to do the same thing. 

I pray for something.  I want God to move faster too.

I know better. But I will still try.

I rationalize that what I am asking for is urgent.  He knows.  So, He will move fast, right?

I rationalize.

You know what rationalize really means?

Rational - lies.  Moving those thoughts around in my head until they make sense to me.


 Now God move.  In His Timing.

 It is not in my timing.  It is always in HIS.

Sometimes when I pray, He answers right away because it is in His timing.

However - Sometimes He doesn’t.

For example, I recently asked the Lord for some volunteers for a specific position in our marriage ministry.  I woke up the next day and it was filled. 



The next day He showed up.

However, we have been praying for workers in our business for quite a while now.

God’s answer has been quiet.

He said wait.  Not yet.

I need to be patient in the waiting.

God is never late.

God is the God of Just in Time.

He will not be late in bringing the right employees to our business. 

He has a reason why we are waiting.  The timing is not right.  His timing is not right.

I need to be patient.

I need to not force it.

I need to Trust His timing.

The sooner we learn this - the easier life will be.

When the time is right, it will be perfect.

Trust His timing.

Trust Him.

Pray for me as I pray for you!


There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Ecclesiastes 3:1


He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11


More scriptures on God’s timing:


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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Be a Berean...


So many things influence our daily life.  We don’t always notice these things around us.  But they do creep up and influence our decisions.

You might disagree with me but give me a moment here.

You got up this morning and brushed your teeth.  What toothpaste did you use?

You got dressed.  What clothes did you put on?

You then ate breakfast.  What did you eat?

You may have packed a lunch.  What did you pack your lunch in?

You drove to work.  What did you drive?


 Are you starting to see the pattern?


Everything we purchased was influenced by an advertisement, a friend, a billboard

We are influenced by everything around us, even when we don’t realize it.

It is easy to fall for the social media ‘influencers’ if we aren’t careful and not paying attention.

Be a Berean. 

You can listen to the message.  But make sure you research the message and make sure it is biblical based. Don’t let a ‘feel good’ message lead you astray.

There are a TON of good messages on social media.  But there are also a TON of incorrect messages out there. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment.  

Let Him be your Greatest Influencer.

Sometimes I need to take a break from it all and refocus on who is influencing me.  It helps to remove all the ‘noise’ and ask the Holy Spirit for clarity and discernment.

Who is influencing you today?



Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Acts 17:11


And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— '

John 14:16


But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 14:26


But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

John 16:13

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Work in progress


It’s easy to compare our progress with our neighbor’s growth in the Lord.  The problem with that thought is we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes in their life.  Their walk is taking different steps than ours.  Let me repeat that statement in a different way. Their path is not the same as ours.  We are all a Work in Progress.

I was given a cool analogy recently by the Lord I want to share with you here. 

A new believer comes to Christ.  They are a bit rough around the edges.  But then again, aren’t we all when we start this process? 

I know I was 

I know I still am…

That believer is taken in by Christ, flaws and all, and slowly He works on them to become more like HIM.  That is the goal.  Does it happen overnight?  No.  If it did it would destroy us or worse, we might walk away from the pain of the change.

Instead, in His patience with us, God works in and through us each moment of our lives from the time we accept Him into our heart. 

The work is slow and steady. 

Like going along on a train track and there is a slight shift in the track.  Just a small railway junction.  Not too noticeable.  But we continue that path with the small change He made.

Then there is another small junction.  Again.  Another change.

Then another one.

God moves us through tiny bits of change. Like a train going down the track moving with the railway junction ever so slightly to the right or left making those small changes.

Next thing you know the changes are larger when finally, you turn and look behind.

Look HOW FAR YOU CAME??  WOW!  How did that happen?

BUT GOD.  He did it.  One small step at a time.

If we did all of them at once, we would not do any of them.

So, God does them in small increments.

Be patient with each other…

We are all works in progress…

God is not done with you yet…

God is not done with your neighbor yet either. 

Please have patience with them.  Remember they are still a work in progress too.  Next time you start to judge where your Christian brother or sister is in their walk, remember, it is not your job to ‘fix’ them.  They are on the track with the Master.  He’s got this!  He’s got them!  Be patient with their rough edges and flaws.  They haven’t smoothed out yet.  They are a work in progress.

God was patient with you.  Remember?  

So next time you see a set of railroad tracks... remember to be patient with them.


Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32


Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13

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Monday, January 1, 2024

2024 Thoughts...


What if 2024 was your last year?  What would you do differently?

I am sure you have heard the question – “If this was your last day on earth, what would you change?”  I thought about that question a few times over the years.  Each time my answers became more focused. 

I would spend a small amount of time making sure my affairs were in order.  But then I would change my plans for the day.  My focus would be on my husband and those closest to me.  I would pick up the phone and start calling those important to me.  I would then reach out to a neighbor or a family member in need.  I wouldn’t care about the small stuff around the house.  Petty arguments wouldn’t seem so important with only 24 hours left to live.  I would not think about the time - but pack in as much love as I could in those hours before I left this earth.  I would want to spend the last moments with my husband and my God in sweet communion.  Would it be perfect?  No, it probably wouldn’t but it would be with my God and my man and that’s all that would matter.

We might ponder that question above for a while when we hear it, but eventually the daily grind comes into focus and then we would just walk away.  Work, life, stress, gets in the way and next thing you know we lose our true focus – Jesus.

Today I am asking you to take this question a step further. 

Again, what if 2024 was your last year?  What would you do differently?

This could be your year God has been speaking to your heart to step out and finally do what He has called you to.

365 days.

That is the time we have.

We are not guaranteed a day longer than God has planned for us.

You are here for a reason.

You are here on this earth for a purpose.

What is your purpose?

What have you been sitting on that God has called you to do?  What if He is just waiting for your willingness to answer His call?  Someone is waiting for you!  God doesn’t need us to do His will.  He doesn’t need us to do His purpose.  However, we can receive the blessing by being obedient to His calling and be a part of His Plan.

How are you using your 365 days?

Pray for opportunities this year!

Get Ready!

Buckle Up!

God Has A Plan for You!

Will you join me?


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

My Husband's Super Powers...


I woke up in the middle of the night and suddenly realized I had discovered my husband’s superpowers!

Okay, stay with me for a minute.

For those who know me and my husband, you may be thinking you know some of his ‘superpowers’ already, and you might be right.  He is quite the talented man with many gifts.  However, I discovered yet one more of those gifts last night in a crisis.

These past few weeks have been a little stressful for our home.  Burning the candle at both ends would be an understatement.  Clinging to our God and the prayers of those around us has brought us through it all.  We are completely grateful for those who stand in the gap!

So back to my story!

Christmas is normally an event that starts mid-year with an excel spreadsheet and a game plan for me.  However, this year there was no game plan.  In fact, there was no plan.  There was no spreadsheet.  There was only a mad rush to the post office.

This week I was scurrying around the house like an elf on Christmas Eve attempting to get all the cards completed, gifts purchased and staged to be wrapped, then mailed out in time for Christmas.  Time was not my friend this year. 

Last night after a long day at work my husband came home and asked what he could do to help.  I grabbed him and escorted him into the bedroom.  What happened next was not what he expected or planned.

He walked into the bedroom to what could only be explained as a landmine of gifts and boxes stacked all over the bed with my laptop in the middle.  I was in the final stages of wrapping.  Each box had its set of gifts to be wrapped in a section ready to go.  Wrapping paper was poised with tape and scissors in que.  Cards, pens, name tags, and confetti ready to go. 

Yes, confetti for the cards.  Another story for another time.

I asked Carl to assist with the wrapping process so I could get the boxes mailed out in the morning. Without hesitation or complaint, my husband asked me about the process and then proceeded to request tools for his task.  His own scissors and tape.  I agreed but thought it would be easier if we shared.  “How fast would this be?” I thought.  Meh, either way I would do whatever it took to get the job done.

I handed him the first box to wrap and started to organize my space to wrap as well.  Before I could get my personal space set up - Carl handed me his wrapped gift.


I took the gift and proceeded to hand him another to wrap while I put the tag on the wrapped gift and organized the box it would go into.  Before I had a chance to complete my task he handed me the second gift, wrapped.


Now I was starting to get curious. 

I handed him another gift and just watched this time.

In stealth-like fashion, Carl picked up the box, turned it around a few times, cut up a piece of new wrapping paper like it was butter and immediately wrapped the gift like he was at Macy’s wrapping center.  Not only did he wrap it, but it was better than I would have done.

I decided to test him.

I handed him a mug - without a box.  Okay, sir, wrap this!

He did! And he put a bow on the top.

I didn’t have time to wrap even one.  I couldn’t keep up with his wrapping.

So, I decided not to fight the system.

I handed him each gift one by one and organized the boxes.

Systematically he wrapped each gift like a ninja as I barely had time to write the names on the tags and place them carefully in the correct boxes to be mailed.  The next thing I knew, all five boxes were completed and sealed ready to go.  What a BLESSING!

And all these years I have been doing this by myself.  And not well at that because I am not a wrapper...

Carl normally doesn’t have time to assist with this process, but this year has been different.  The business has been slower.  My normally executed plans were thrown in the water with all the pitfalls that came our way this year.  But I would have never discovered my husband’s hidden superpower if all of these things hadn’t occurred.

My husband has never experienced what I do each year for the family.  He just hears about the infamous ‘boxes’ that must be sent out in time for Christmas.  He has never seen the process or been a part of the action.  This year he was.  It was a blessing for him as well.

And now you know his superpowers too…

And next year is going to be different… 😊


Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.


Matthew 18:20

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.


1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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Saturday, December 2, 2023

What I learned from fasting


I know this is a strange topic after Thanksgiving and going into the Christmas season but hang with me for a minute.  In less than 30 days we are looking at a new year, 2024.  Time is flying by faster than we can watch the second hand on a clock.  And as I have aged, I notice the seasons are like a quick movie at the theater.  Wasn’t it just Spring?  Didn’t we just turn the calendar over to 2023?  How is it going to be 2024 so soon?

So maybe it is time, no pun intended, to sit for a moment and take stock of 2023 and see where God wants us in 2024.

Hence, one of my reasons to fast.

Everyone looks at fasting differently.  Some fast for a meal.  Some for a day.  Some for a week or more.  There are many examples in scripture of those who fasted and how God granted supernatural revelation through that practice.  Whichever way you choose to fast, research scripture, pray, and let God’s Spirit lead you each step of the way.  Take fasting seriously and with reverence.  It can be an extraordinary time with Holy God.   You don’t miss out on the blessing.

I fasted for different reasons over the years.  Often to get closer to my God and seek HIS will in a situation.  I recently walked into fasting with a list of requests.  I knew it was time, and there were so many reasons I needed this moment with my Lord.  I asked a friend to pray as I stepped into the moment.  I took my list of concerns to the Throne and closed the door behind me.  I wanted answers.  I wanted clarity.  I wanted time alone.

I fasted each day until dinner.

The first day I didn’t know what to expect.  I just came to my God and said here I am with my list.  After a bit I realized my list wasn’t as important as HIS will.  He listened to me and my fancy list as any father would.  Then He just quietly guided me to HIS will. 

That first day He gave me one simple task.  Nothing earth shattering.  Just one task.  Not an overwhelming task.  In fact, it was so menial that I can barely remember it right now.  All I remember is that I said, “Ok Lord, that is easy I can do that.” And I did it. And I didn’t stress about all the other things on my list.  I just went to bed that night knowing He had them in HIS hands.   

Each day it became easier to hear HIS will.

Each day I would see an answer.  Not to what I asked for, but what I needed.

Each day was a new blessing.

Each day was a new answer.

I came out of fasting different than I walked into it.  I expected to have my list checked off and neatly completed.  Instead, I was changed, once again, to HIS will.  My focus was realigned. My heart was tuned to HIS.  My list was now HIS.  We were now on the same page.  What a concept?

Breaking the fast.

What surprised me the most was my feelings of sadness by the thoughts of breaking my fast.  I didn’t expect those feelings.  Honestly, I expected more feelings of excitement to get back into my normal eating schedule but what happened was the eating desires had dulled and were pushed back by my overwhelming desire to spend more time with my Lord.  The sad feeling was like getting ready to leave an amazing vacation and getting ready to go back to work.  There was work involved in fasting and praying, don’t get me wrong, but there was a sweetness and closeness that spending time with my heavenly Father couldn’t compare to any banquet.

What my heavenly Father left me with before I broke my fast was – “I am always here” “You can come to me anytime just like this” “You don’t need to fast to be this close to Me” “You just need to step away from the distractions.”


Another blog for another time… 😊

Merry Christmas!


Click here for some bible verses about fasting:,in%20secret%2C%20will%20reward%20you.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Thankful for You!

This month I wanted to give back and share how thankful I am…

For You.

Yes, You.

Each day, week, or month I post on social media or here I am blessed by Your words of encouragement and positive feedback.  Your heaven-sent blessings are always timely.  Never underestimate God’s timing.  What most people don’t realize is that I post to remind myself of God’s goodness and to cling to His Word daily as I struggle to get through this crazy world, we live in.  Your words of encouragement are a source of daily blessings.

Knowing my words help others in the process is a bonus blessing for me!

So, once again, I come and say I am grateful for you!  You fill my cup every time I put pen to paper.  You bless me day and night when I open my social media account.  When times are difficult, your encouraging words keep me going, keep me writing.

Thank you, my friend, for always being here.

Because of you, I write these short holy echoes.

You can’t outgive God.  Go out and encourage someone today! 

Happy Thanksgiving!  


1 Thessalonians 5:11  

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Hebrews 10:25  

not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Proverbs 27:17  

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Surprise Blessings!


Sometimes we get caught up in the day-to-day grind, surprise blessings catch us off guard. 

Or is that just me?

I have been so busy doing, doing, doing… Martha comes to mind.  Distracted by all the preparations that need to be made.

Work is busy...
United Marriage Encounter is busy...
Church is busy...
We are busy...
But sometimes we need to just BE STILL.

I like to have all my ‘ducks’ in a row and cross off my ‘to do’ list before I go to bed.  It’s part of the OCD in me.  Everything in its place.  Conquer the day.

You know what I mean?

Again, I get so caught up in DOING, that I often forget God is working also, and my futile attempt at completing something looks like a kindergarten project next to HIS masterpiece.

God doesn’t need me but by His grace He uses me to do His will.  I need that daily reminder.

I was reminded of His power recently.

As I strived to do it ALL, He stepped in and removed a HUGE financial burden of ours.  In an instant.  In a keystroke.  We couldn’t remove that burden in a lifetime.  BUT GOD.

Then - He stepped in again and continued to bless us through answered prayers for one of our sons.

Then - He stepped in AGAIN and blessed us with a once in a lifetime opportunity through United Marriage Encounter.

Three times in three weeks.  While I was scurrying around in my own strength, God stepped in and reminded me WHO was in charge.

I stopped in my tracks and fell on my face in gratitude…

He doesn’t need me. But in His mercy, I can be used by Him. 

I just need to BE STILL. 

I need to remember WHO is in Charge.

I need to be willing.

Thanks for listening…

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,
Luke 10:40-41
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalms 46:10 NIV
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:8
 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
Job 38:4-7

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God's Timing

  I am impatient .   I wait in grocery lines and pick up my phone and scroll through social media.   I stop at a red light and pick up ...