The Deeps Broke Open


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In studying the book of Proverbs I am becoming more and more aware that YES, Proverbs offers wisdom (truth)…God breathed sound advice and application …

BUT, for me (someone with only a RIGHT brain 🙂 )Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 6.53.16 AM it offers great imagery…vivid PICTURES of the principles described.

I am a visual learner, and for me, this brings God’s word to life in a way that grabs many senses.

What an amazing God.  His word IS alive. I am experiencing that more fully and I am in awe.




In Him





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I’ve been working in my Proverbs Journible.  

It’s CRAZY how much pertinent truth lies in this incredible book.  Oh, if I could LIVE each day following just a portion of the wisdom that lies within these pages.

In Chapter 3, God’s word describes wisdom as she:)  After reading many commentaries, there seems to be more of a literary explanation for this…meaning Solomon was not truly defining wisdom as a female.

Sorry girls, we cannot use this to support our belief that we are the wiser gender:)

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I love the imagery in this chapter…”She is the tree of life…By her the Lord founded the earth and by understanding He established the heavens…By His knowledge the deeps broke open and the clouds drop dew.”

Wisdom gives…

profit better than gold, long life, riches and honor, pleasantness, peace, blessing, life for your soul…”nothing you desire can compare with her.”

Years ago, God revealed to me the heart of Solomon…and since then, I have prayed for wisdom.  BUT, not just wisdom for the sake of knowledge, but as Solomon prayed…He desired wisdom for a specific purpose…TO BETTER LOVE HIS PEOPLE.  Solomon wanted to govern fairly…with a Godly compass of what was right… what was good and what was evil.

His heart was not seeking power, but the ability to righteously serve.  God honored that request, for that is the root of our Father’s heart.. LOVE.

And so it is seen in scripture…Solomon was the wisest King.

Consider praying for wisdom in order to better love YOUR people:)



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Good Morning!

This is a “Doodle request” for my sweet friend and “personal assistant” Linda:)

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I have been out of town for about a week, visiting my daughter and her family with my husband and last little chick… he has now flown out of the nest.

It was a hard day.  I guess we are really empty nester’s  now.

I love my kids so…I love all kids really.  God has blessed me with this heart and I desire to be obedient in all He has called me to do.

But, I know that He also calls me to release my children to His care.  I have learned this over the years…they are His.  Thankful for that.  We are called to “train up” the children our Father has entrusted to us…knowing that He alone is their safety net…their source of life.

This is difficult to live out in the midst of the child rearing years.  We want to guide and direct their paths…but we fall short when we lead…it’s more important to trust and to remain obedient, falling under God’s authority.  It is a daily tug of war…but one that provides great fruit for us all as we lean in hard…letting our tight grasp release to our Creator.

Some days (especially during the “teen years”) I would often literally step away from conflict and pray.  “God please give me the patience to trust you in this, to follow your lead Holy Spirit… please give me the temperament to speak with love FIRST.”

Praying for the confidence in knowing that no matter what “misguided choices” they may make, that God is faithful and will reveal Himself to them in His perfect timing…leading them home.

I must commit them to their Father in heaven…daily…no matter how grown up and independent they become:)

Our sweet little grandson Ethan, is back in the hospital struggling.

As difficult and heart breaking as this journey has been…I know that our Father has not abandoned this child.  But in my flesh, I must commit this little one and his parents again to His care alone.

Our Savior has made a way for us…this is not our home.

So, we will continue to listen to what our Loving Father teaches us…finding both peace and a grateful heart in our obedience and praise.

If you are reading this, and would be so generous to pray for Ethan and his precious parents I would be so grateful.

In Him,


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So THANKFUL our stains are not permanent.

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“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

-Isaiah 1:18

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In Him,


The Gospel Life

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Our church, Rivers Crossing Community Church, just started a new series this week entitled “The Gospel Life.” 

Gospel is the translation of the Greek noun euangelion “good news,” and the verb euangelizo , meaning “to bring or announce good news.”

Both words are derived from the noun angelos, “messenger.”

That is our Commission…our Holy assignment…to be messengers of the Good news.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed”

 – Luke 4:18

As I sat and listened to a great message and introduction to this series on the Gospel, in front of me, sat a young man…and the back of his t-shirt read

“Love your City”

How perfect is God’s timing…

As I sat in God’s presence, I was continually drawn to the back of this shirt and the idea that the heart of “The Gospel” is not just to HEAR the good news, but to PROCLAIM it…

to anyone who will listen…to any place we find ourselves…our city.

 “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” -Jeremiah 29:7

A simple message, yet one we tend to set aside for others.  Those who are called to the inner city missions, the homeless shelters, the children’s homes…not our schools, our work place, the local grocery store or our suburban neighborhoods…

BUT, when any of us live without the love, power an light given to us by our creator we are most certainly POOR…the poorest of the poor.

I love this quote from Francis of Assisi, (shared in the morning sermon)

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

We can’t just preach the good news…we must live it.

Father, help me to live the Gospel wherever I am.

In Him,