Do you long to hear the words, “I love you”?

Maybe you are blessed to hear them often. Do you hear them as often when you mess up? I hope so. Do you doubt when you have hurt those you love, when you snap at them and say mean things… does it seem like you just might hear them a tiny bit less.  What about if you lie, cheat, steal or whatever sin you deem as worse than another?

Well I have some very important news for you…God is abounding in love!

Abounding?  Does that word seem a bit unused or odd?  How about the words teeming, abundant or bountiful?  God’s love is teeming, abundant and bountiful!  But not only a characteristic of God it is God’s love to YOU and to ME!

Yes!  When we are good (meaning when we “behave”) and when we are bad!  When we hurt people, when we hurt God.

The scriptures below are in the NIV version and they ALL describe God’s love as ABOUNDING!  Ah such good news!  Remember that friends!  God loves you in the good and the bad.  God loves you not because of what you have done. God loves you because that is who is IS.

Because I want to be sure you read those verses about God’s love I will write them below.  They are good, they will help you see God for who he is and for who you are NOT.  You are not powerful enough to stop God’s love for you, no matter what you do.


Go today believing that God loves you.

With Love,


Psalm 86:5. “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”

Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Numbers 14:18a “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion…”

Joel 2:13 “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”


Why does God allow pain?

“I DON’T KNOW”,  I respond in anger.  I don’t want to be in pain…EVER!

It is miserable.  It often causes tears.  It can take hours from our days and years from our lives. You can see it on our faces and in the way we walk, sit or stand.  Most of our energy is spent just trying to make it through the day let alone try to be nice to anyone.

We spend time, energy and lots of money trying to… Make. It. Go. Away!

I am young (or at least I like to think I am) and  I hope I have many years left on earth to make a difference…umm…well…maybe I hope that.  Honestly though somedays it is pretty hard to go on.  Oh don’t worry— I am not considering anything drastic!  What I am talking about is Heaven.

Because you know what?

Revelation 21:4 is says…

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (KJ21)

Doesn’t that sound marvelous? Don’t you long for such a time and place?  I know I do!

I also know that God has a purpose for your life and for mine.  God is all knowing and for some reason he allows pain in our lives. Physical pain and emotional pain.  I don’t pretend to have all the answers or even some of the answers.  But since I am not as young as I like to think I am, I’ll admit that in my many years on earth God has taught me a thing or two.

I can’t speak for your lives but I know in mine God uses my pain to draw me near to him.  If left on my own on the days I feel good I don’t think I need God.  Well, I at least don’t ACT like I need God.  I go around trying to manage my life with my own power without asking for help.  Without leaning on God. Without asking him what he would like me to do with my life.  Maybe that’s just me, maybe you don’t do that.  If that is the case I applaud you and your faith.  You are a bigger person than I am. But, if you are like me and you do try to do it all yourself then you know what I am talking about.

So what are we to do?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

Give thanks..ok easy! But give thanks in ALL circumstances…HARD! Sometimes nearly impossible it seems.  If I try to do it on my own then yes, it IS impossible.  But with God’s power all things are possible. Even giving thanks for our pain.

Today I hurt and today I will give thanks.  I will look for God’s will in this difficult situation I am in.  I hope you will do the same friend.  I continue to pray for you daily.  I don’t know you now but someday I will stand next to you while God himself is wiping the tears from our eyes.




Unease, worry, anxiety, dread, and horror

These are all synonyms for the word fear.  Seems strange to me.  In my opinion there is a big difference between unease and horror.

Perhaps something happens and you start out feeling uneasy and sometimes, thankfully, it ends there.  The situation calms down, a solution is found and there isn’t a need for another word.

Unfortunately, at times unease can build to worry, anxiety, dread and even horror.

Many things come to mind that might cause such a response… bills you can’t pay, a loss of a job, an illness, a divorce or the death of someone who lights your world.  This list is endless.

As I describe these scenarios I feel my emotions build just imagining the pain.  So I am going to switch gears and switch them fast!  I want to talk about another set of synonyms…

Harmony, tranquility, quiet, stillness….all wonderful words that mean PEACE.

Today I want to encourage you to read Matthew 8:23-27 in any version you wish.  I have chosen the NIV. The NIV is special to me because it was the version of the bible that I owned when I first met Jesus.  I have absolute faith that no matter the version God can speak to you in the moment you need to hear his voice.

Please read below and then I’ll pick back up afterwards.

Matthew 8:23-27 NIV

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Can you even IMAGINE?  A storm sweeping over a boat you are in?  I am sure your synonym for fear would be on the side of HORROR not merely unease.  Don’t you think?

Are you currently going through something that makes you afraid?  Do you need someone to calm your storm and save you?

Just remember that at a moments notice God can speak the word to save you.  If he choses to let you go through the storm please remember he’s in the boat with you!

I am praying for you today.  I don’t know your name but God does.  He knows the storm you are in and he is holding your hand.

With Love



There sure is a lot of hate all around lately. It makes me feel afraid.  How do you feel these days? Angry, stressed, afraid  or all of the above?

I have been spending a lot less time on Facebook in recent days and more time in the Bible.  I find that the more I realize my need for a savior the more I find one. THE one.  Oh my goodness how we all need Him.

Please join me in the search for assurance.  Here are some great scriptures to help us find our way to Him.

Psalm 91:4-7

    He will cover you with his feathers,

    and under his wings you will find refuge;

    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

    You will not fear the terror of night,

    nor the arrow that flies by day,

    nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

    nor the plague that destroys at midday.

    A thousand may fall at your side,

    ten thousand at your right hand,

    but it will not come near you.
Here’s another…
Isaiah 41: 9-10 NIV

I took you from the ends of the earth,

    from its farthest corners I called you.

I said, ‘You are my servant’;

    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

So do not fear, for I am with you;

    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

God chose us, he does not reject us and he will help us.  He will hold us up.

That is good news.  I don’t know who reads these words I share but friends know that I am praying for you.  See you tomorrow.



Sometimes the word wisdom is lost on me.  It seems so vague or I think it is given only to people like Solomon.  On the other hand, the terms knowledge, insight and judgement sound like things that I want.

Yesterday in my post about faith I learned that God longs to give to those who ask for what they need or want. Today in James I read the same message— ASK!  Ask God for what you need.

It’s good news for me and I bet it’s good news for you too.  The news that the very nature of God is to give to everyone who asks.  He doesn’t care if you have asked one time or a thousand times.  He doesn’t care because he doesn’t keep score.

So today I will take that advice.  I will take God at His word and I will ask him for what I need.  I will bask in the knowledge that I love a God who loves me and loved me first.


But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask. 

 James 1:5 Common English Bible


Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.  Matthew 8:13 NKJV

As you have believed, so let it be done for you. I needed to take a moment to let that sink in.  As. you. have. BELIEVED!

Too often I hear familiar faith scriptures and they pass on by me without too much thought.  But today I read Matthew 8 and verse 13 struck me.  Maybe I had never read it in this version or maybe (probably) God wanted to get my attention.  I am glad he did because I am struggling.  Would you by chance be struggling too? Surely I am not the only one…

Maybe you are struggling with your health like I am.   Maybe it’s a relationship that needs work. Maybe it’s fear.  Fear of a situation in your life, your country or your world.

I just almost don’t know what to write.  I want to stop typing in this moment and go read more scriptures to get some sort of instructions!  I mean, really!  If I ask God he might do what I ask?— so exciting, so scary and so very underused, misunderstood and passed over.

Friends please go pick up your bible with me and look for more on faith. You will surely hear more from me on this topic in the very near future.

Thank you for coming along on this journey with me.

— With Love,


God is on your side

Dear Friends,

Today’s blog post is different than most.  I feel led to share this scripture from James without a lot of words to go along with it.

My message is simple.  God is on your side.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.