Living Word

I have been a ferocious word reader since kindergarten, and it would have been earlier but I couldn’t read until then. I did ask people to read to me a lot as a toddler though. 浪

I was once asked why I read so much. I think in part it was a natural consequence to being the child of two avid readers who modelled reading every night before bed, in part a coping strategy to being lonely as a child, and in part because I love to learn.

I find reading thrilling, relaxing and informative all rolled into one.

But no book is quite like the Word.

Because the Word comes alive in ways that no other book could compete with. Not even Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, L.M. Montgomery or Louisa May Alcott, my constant companions growing up.

The Word actually becomes a part of you if you let it. It’s invitation is clear: to come, encounter the Living One, and be changed for the better on the journey you will start taking with God – Abba Father, Jesus Christ & Holy Spirit.

The Word cuts through the chains of bondage, reveals deep rooted lies, and highlights the wrong we try to hide within. Yet it also restores what was lost, binds up what was broken, heals what has been hurt, and pours out the unconditional love every one of us searches for.

So my go to most mornings is the Word. Because I need to come fully alive in the wee hours before work, and nothing quite opens your eyes like living Truth.

The Psalms & Gospels are my most read books in the Word, followed by Ruth, Esther & Isaiah 61. How about you?

#psalmmyheart #wordnerd #bookworm #writeHER

Gratitude – #singanewpsalm

“All my words fall short, I got nothing new. How could I express all my gratitude? I could sing these songs as I often do. But every song must end and You never do.

CHORUS: So I throw up my hands and praise You again and again ’cause all that I have is a hallelujah, hallelujah. And I know it’s not much but I’ve nothing else fit for a King except for a heart singing hallelujah, hallelujah.

I’ve got one response, I’ve got just one move. With my arm stretched wide I will worship You.

Repeat Chorus

So come on, my soul. Oh, don’t you get shy on me. Lift up your song ’cause you’ve got a lion inside of those lungs. Get up and praise the Lord, praise the Lord!

Repeat Chorus to end.”

GRATITUDE by Brandon Lake

Listen & watch it here:

#wotshipHymn#singanewpsalm#psalmmyheart

How you doing this season?

It’s been a few days now that things are overflowing, and not my tea or coffee pots 🤪

Intentionality helps remind me that I can say no to something good, because I am okay with letting other people use their gifts too!

What are you needing to let go of this season?

#pointstoponder

Never out of Your sight

🌿”God, investigate my life: get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to You; even from a distance, You know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of Your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and You’re there, then up ahead and You’re there, too— Your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid Your Spirit? To be out of Your sight? If I climb to the sky, You’re there!  If I go underground, You’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— You’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, He even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to You; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to You.”

📖Psalm 139:1-12 MSG

#neveroutofyoursight
#psalmmyheart
#sharingHope

Wherever I Go 🎶

🎵”Well I sweat in the heat of the battle and I fought through the dust & the shadows. Oh, You never left my side, never left my side, no. And I stood at the top of the world, I swam through the depths of my soul. No matter what I find, no matter what I find, oh. Drought or famine, high and low…

Chorus: Wherever I go – oh, You’re gonna find me there. Wherever I go – oh, You’re right beside me there. In the rising flame, even in the pouring rain, even in the flood, I’m safe oh oh oh. You go wherever I go, wherever I go!

You hold all the pieces together, You bring me strength in the desert. Oh, You defend my soul, You defend my soul. No height, no depth, no grave – nothing on earth can keep You away. Oh, You’re my only hope, You’re my only hope. Life and death, this truth I know…

Repeat Chorus to end.”

🎶WHEREVER I GO by Dan Bremnes

Watch & listen here:
https://youtu.be/S15mk_5nTdY

#worshipHymn #singanewpsalm #psalmmyheart

Chatting more about one aspect of community which needs more discussion

Today has been a rough day mentally so far.

My sister in law would have been 50 years old today. The one I was the most like, with our mutual loves of administration, organization & cats.

Mental illness took her from us far too early, yet I know I will see her again one day. Which doesn’t mean that she isn’t missed at every holiday, celebration or milestone in our family.

One aspect of community which doesn’t get talked about enough is mental wellness. And we need to. Coz many of us have hidden our emotions away for far too long. Whether childhood trauma, abuse, hormonal or chemical imbalances – we all need to hear that even if we are struggling, we matter & have value to our community.

My support circle is fully aware that I am not perfect, but I always try to be present any time they need me, even if it is by phone or text as I am too far away.

Coz when one of us is hurting, we all are when community matters. Knowing someone cares helps.

@wondherful is one voice of someone making a difference in the mental wellness battle. Her story is super inspiring.

The book Redefining Anxiety by @johndelony was super helpful to me as well as refreshingly honest.

@itsjuliwilson & @kaylasteck are widows who have lost their husbands to mental illness. Their feeds on Instagram talk about the struggles of being the ones left behind.

Speaking with a counselor or excellent physician can be helpful. I have done so regularly with one or the other, and in one season both, as well as maintained a few close relationships where we can tell each other anything, and know we are loved just as we are.

If mental illness has affected your circle of family and/or friends, leave a 💙 in the comments, and please know that you are not alone.

I helped get a friend who overdosed in high school to hospital in time to make a difference. My boyfriend at the time’s good friend did not speak up, and didn’t make it through his battle. I have been acutely aware of the battle for mental wellness since I was a young teen.

If mental illness is currently affecting you personally, leave a 🙏. Please know that I have been there (depression & anxiety) and there is no judgment here, friend. I will pray you will find the right community to best support you. And know that I’m sending you a 🫂 and will keep you in my prayers.