Worship like the Elephants!

Happy Friday!

Hoping that you are gearing up for a fun-filled weekend with family to celebrate the 4th of July! How did it get to be July already????

So, some of you may know that I’m reading a WONDERFUL Book by Beth Guckenberger called Start With Amen.  (YOU CAN FIND IT HERE)

In Chapter 8, Beth shares a story about a worship experience in Mexico.

“I was spending the day in a marginalized community in Mexico. I had with me twenty or so visitors, and I was trying to train their eyes on the unseen. I told them, “Don’t look at the houses around you. Look instead at their relationships. Don’t ask about food, about how much or how well they’re fed. Ask about provision.”

“This day, however, we were focused on the exchange, on balancing the equation by not giving without receiving. I told them we do a disservice when we give and don’t take. That might seem counterintuitive, but when we give and don’t receive, we subtly say, “You have nothing to offer me.” (And I get away with holding you at arm’s length). It was a beautiful day of tender and vulnerable leaning in, culminating in a worship service.” -Beth Guckenberger

Wow. Have you ever thought about that statement…

When we give and don’t receive, we subtly say -‘You have nothing to offer me.’  

The truth of the matter is, the only thing worth offering, we can ALL have in abundance, when we are bound to our Savior.

The idea that I might extend the message of worthlessness due to circumstance or status hit me hard.  I know that in my pride, I often deny help, when accepting it is always a win-win for all involved.  I often “decide” that the person wanting to help, already has too much on their plate without thinking through the possibility that God has assigned them to the task with good reason. In fact, I do exactly what I accuse others of doing to me…stealing joy.

As we give, we extend what has been extended to us; fulfilling our purpose to love others the way Christ has commissioned. As we receive, we are allowing that call to be completed, receiving provision from the hand of God. Win win.

This story of worship that Beth shares leaves me with the most beautiful image…of coming before the Lord with all you have, with every expectation of meeting Him, heart to heart. And bringing others along!

The analogy of the elephant brought it home for me. Corporate worship has a great purpose, one that completes (forgive my reference) the CIRCLE OF LIFE. As we come to the Lord He desires for us to bring others along…to lead our fellow elephants to the well of living water, like the bull…

Bull elephants release a subsonic sound when they find water. This sound is detectable within a thirty-mile radius. Humans can’t hear it, but elephants can, and they come in response to the call. Once gathered, the elephants naturally begin to tramp on the ground, aware that water is below the surface. As they stomp together, a phenomenon called liquefaction occurs. It’s a scientific concept explaining how the vibration loosens the soil, liquefies the sand, and creates a collapse of the ground that eventually forms a sinkhole full of water. The elephants literally tap into the water table.

With every respect to my fellow worshippers, it felt like the first woman who raised her voice signaled to the rest of us she had found water. As we moved toward her and sensed the water she was promising, the noise got louder, and the ground eventually gave way until we, like elephants, tapped into the living water source and all drank freely.” -Beth Guckenberger

I want to worship like the elephant! Leading others to the well.


Thank you Beth! I’ll never look at an elephant without thinking of the well of Worship!

In Him,



Hello all!

I pray this post finds you in close company with the Lord today.

I had a sweet “cyber-friend” and Sister in Christ, (Sandy ❤️) share with me, the scripture below:

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (ESV)

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,

Sandy wanted to know if I had a Doodle 101 for a perfume bottle to illustrate this beautiful passage. I couldn’t wait to dig into this truth and “see it” in an illustration that would be a constant remainder of the “scent” I COULD and SHOULD leave with others.

I so want to spread the sweet aroma of Christ and not a stinky one that can come from remaining apart from Him in some dark, damp place!

(like my daughter’s old soccer goalie gloves left in the trunk! (Ewwwww!!!)

Some of the symptoms that “arise” from a stinky growth result in an unpleasant smell that can look like this:

-lacking patience with those I love who are closest to me…leaving the aroma of anger, bitterness, & resentment.

-dwelling on the things I “feel ” I’m lacking…leaving the aroma of selfishness or self loathing creating isolation.

-allowing my “feelings” and emotions to rule my day…leaving the scent of selfishness and pride.


Only when I am intentional about dwelling with the Lord each day…purposeful in actively abiding, will I develop the sweet scent of life that will extend and “pour over”  others.

Sandy, thank you for giving me such a wonderful inspiration of truth today! Hope you like this little Doodle!!

I was especially drawn to the  wording found in The Message for these verses.

Let’s leave a sweet scent behind us!

In Him,





Sleeping with Frogs


I haven’t officially posted for quite a few days…here’s why:)

My husband and I have a vacation home near my Daughter’s family in Winter Park CO. We had a trip planned with them…our first time to stay in the summer!  Many of you know that my Dad has been ill, and I almost stayed in Ohio to be with him. BUT, his good sons came to stay and see to his care, along with his constant caregiver Karen, and so off we went to CO. So thankful for my brothers and for Karen!

I thought you might like to see this friendly Moose we ran into boating yesterday! He was actually with some buddies, and it was a thrill for us  to meet them all! He was so unimpressed with us:)

Before I go on, I do have great news…Dad is improving daily and I am sooooooo very grateful!  Again, many thanks to those of you who have been praying!!!!

So, I have to rise very early in the morning to “beat” my granddaughter up, in order to have some quiet time:) I’ve been reading such a AMAZING book by Beth Guckenberger called Start With Amen. I must admit, I have a hard time reading too many pages at once, because my mind and my heart are flooded with images due to the fact that BETH is an AMAZING story teller and writer.

I HIGHLY recommend her book!!!! You can find it here.

Today as I read in Chapter 4, it’s happened again!  Beth brings a new perspective to this chapter in Exodus…personal in application and loaded with great imagery.

Here is an excerpt from the book:

“The book of Exodus records a scene in which Moses, the one God called to rescue his people from slavery, and Pharaoh, the evil ruler holding them captive, squared off with the plagues in the let-my-people-go story:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’” (Ex. 8: 1–4)

I want to imagine myself always on God’s side, fighting for him. But sometimes I choose to align myself with the enemy. It’s usually because I have a habit I don’t want to break, a sin I refuse to confess, or a grudge I would rather hold. Whatever it is, that sin gets in my bed and into my palace. I find it in my oven and in my kneading trough and on my people . . . Eventually, if I go long enough without confessing, I can’t see anything else, and like the frog, it’s everywhere. Then, like Pharaoh, choking on my own poor choices, I must go to the One who has the power to take it all away.

Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.” (Exodus 8: 8–9)

I love how Beth highlights the fact that it was UP TO PHARAOH to ask for Moses to pray to the LOrd to remove those frogs…and instead of asking immediately, he chose to wait! As we read this story, we scratch our heads and wonder why he wouldn’t want to get rid of them as quickly as possible…and then, realize…that’s our constant state, our sin nature, our pride….it causes us to either hold onto what we think we need or think is best, or we find it hard to admit we can’t handle things on our own.

Sometime the frogs are quiet, and they lurk in the basement. We might not realize they are there until there is an infestation…they are everywhere.

It is our responsibility to “go to the ONE who has the power to take them all away.”

What a great “picture” of what our sin becomes…and infestation.

If we don’t remain proactive (abiding daily) we will find ourselves knee deep in frogs.

Let’s all decide to look (calling on the Holy Spirit, our Helper) for those frogs, and then ASK the Lord to take them away!

Thank you Beth, for such a great lesson, straight from God’s Word and through His Spirit!




JULY Bullet Journal Calendar

I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who have been praying for my Dad. He is out of the hospital, but Docs are still a bit baffled by his recurring symptoms. Continuing to seek answers. He has been in so much pain, and it is always hard to see anyone you love experience this…again, thank you sweet Sisters, for your faithful prayers. Our Father meets us in our prayers and always has love to share with us.

Here is July’s Bullet Journal Calendar!

Happy Saturday!


DAY 26 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 26 / John Study / She Reads Truth


“In this last chapter of John’s Gospel, we see the risen Christ doing more of what He’d done all along: love and serve, invite and forgive. In fact, John ends his account of Jesus’ life by stating there were so many more things that Jesus did, “if they were written one by one, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). Volume after volume of love and service. Book after book of invitation and forgiveness.”   -ERIN DAVIS

I really love the story Erin shared about her Jammie breakfast. What a sweet act of service her sister from church extended! But something else touched me about that story…the fact that Erin accepted that unusual request. Like she admitted, it is so often difficult for any of us to accept help…it means being honest about the fact that we actually NEED help. This IS NOT a SHAMEFUL revelation! We ALL DO need help. We need more than help, we need a SAVIOR.

Isn’t it so hard to believe that our GOD, our KING, our SAVIOR and LORD, chooses to SERVE Us?!!!!!! Time and time again, I have to remind myself of this…like pinching myself to wake up, because something is just too good to be true. It would be like one of us showing up at the house of someone who had hurt and betrayed us, to clean their house and make them dinner. I haven’t done that lately:)

How can we accept the precious gift of life and do any less?


The only way that we can serve unselfishly, is through the power of Christ in us. We have to intentionally set aside our STUBBORN will to ASK for it out of love and thanksgiving.

Jesus doesn’t ask us to do anything He hasn’t already done before us.


In serving, we model Jesus, and grow to be more like Him…moving towards the FULLNESS of Joy, He intended for us to experience.

DAY 25 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 25 / John Study / She Reads Truth



I apologize for my random and infrequent posts of late! It has been over a week with my dad in the hospital…every day has been a different experience! The doc’s cannot find the source of his illness/infection, and his symptoms travel up and down like a roller coaster daily.

It’s such a mystery and often a surprise the way the Lord speaks to us through our circumstances when we choose to listen. I hear Him reminding me of His presence in the midst of it all.

Yesterday, I sat and illustrated Amanda Bible William’s analogy using the kite…

Like Thomas, we want a visual proof. We are not convinced until we can “see” things with our human eyes and reason them out with our human minds. Jesus was so patient and full of grace. He knew this about Thomas, about all of us, and He addressed this weakness with love.

He meets us wherever we are, reaches down and picks us up like a Daddy who lifts his child to see beyond the crowd that blocks his/her view.

God is bigger than what we can see or imagine. Aren’t you glad he’s not bound to thinking and acting with our limited resources?!

The wind and the kite…

We can see the effects of the wind that propels the kite upward. We cannot grasp with our sight the wind itself, but we sure can witness the power it has.

We may not know the root of my Dad’s illness but it is present, we witness the “effects” / the symptoms, I liken it to the wounds we bear. They can be buried deep beneath the surface, but their effects too, can be seen. Wounds (of the heart) can fester and remain diseased, changing the way we see ourselves, others and even God. They change the way we process information and influence the choices we make. Keeping them alive and well in the dark, hidden from view, gives them the power to take us to darkest places.

When we allow the Lord to enter beneath the surface, into these dark places, He will take our hand and lead us out…Cure any disease and clear our vision to see the great hope beyond.

When this happens for us, we experience His presence, His faithful provision, healing, and love. Our wounds then change in definition.

Instead of defining who we are (unlovable, unworthy, rejected, betrayed, abandoned, loser, screw up, disappointment) they can identify us…forgiven, worthy, rescued, child of God, victorious, loved…through Christ.

Jesus showed Thomas His wounds…not to define Himself as defeated, rejected, abandoned, and crucified, but to identify  Himself as our Savior,..Victor over Death in the name of Love. Proof, that He was dead but rose to life. This is what we were meant for… to die to ourselves & live as Christ!

As we share our healed wounds we can show others the Glory of God.



If you have wounds that are festering, they will only grow in the dark…uncover them! Allow the Lord to administer His healing power. Share them with a trusted follower of Christ. Bring your wounds to the Healer through prayer and experience new vision, new hope and increased faith.

You may not “see” the Lord in your current circumstance, but if you close your eyes, call His name, He will answer…and provide what you need. Most often, it is something you weren’t even looking for:)

Take a step into the light…He will do the rest.

Bless you,

DAY 24 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 24 / John Study / She Reads Truth


I have to admit, I feel a little “not of this world” today…(and not in the spiritual capacity 😜)

After a week in the hospital with my Dad I’m feeling a little out of sorts. (Poor Daddy) It’s such a strange feeling to stop all “normal” activity, setting aside regular routine for a new one. I’m typically a girl who thrives with change, but upon closer look, I’m realizing I have more “comforting” patterns of behavior than I once thought!

So many face much more extreme seasons of “discomfort” so I’m hesitant to speak mine “out loud” though I am thankful that our

God doesn’t ever miss an opportunity to teach us, especially when we are taken out of any of our comfortable places.

We are not built for comfort. As followers of Christ, we were designed to step out from  “conforming to the world” into the extraordinary life of living “set apart” & different from the rest. When we are “fully” engaged followers, we live with abundant FRUIT. Through the power of the cross, we are able to rise above our sin nature, to extend compassion and grace…modeling our Savior.

Carolyn Denny says this about Jesus:

“In this series of events, John’s Gospel makes one thing clear: our Savior is fundamentally different from this world. His response is never fed by deception or greed or fear, but rather by an otherworldly compassion for His people and command over all circumstances. He will always accomplish His gracious plan, often in unforeseeable ways.”

Jesus says it like this in John 18

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

In Christ, we are not of this world because our ‘CLUTCH PLAYER” entered onto the field (the world) and made the game changing play.

We are to imitate Christ. Play the game as He did. He left us a GREAT COACH in the Holy Spirit!


Who needs you to be a clutch player? Whose game would the Lord have you step into, that you might share the truth in love…and through the power of the Holy Spirit,  mimic the His saving play?