Right Now


Good morning all! Boy, have I been busy! Too busy. Right now, there is not a lot of margin in my life and it’s a pretty difficult way to live.


???????????????????????????????In my circle, there are people who have received difficult diagnosis news; surgeries have incapacitated some; marriages are dissolving; jobs are being lost. And here I sit with my “job security” and complaining about being busy.


But amid all my busyness, a good friend shared a passage of Scripture with me that means the world to me today. I pray that you too will find encouragement from these words of Jesus.


“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 – NIV)


My friend didn’t share this verse from the NIV, but from the Message and it really brought perspective to my life.


“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:34 – The Message)


Regardless of what is going on in your life right now, pay attention…give your entire attention…to what He is doing. Right now.


So right now, in my life, I have many irons in the fire, but what is it that I can do today? Right now? I can be a friend to those who are facing a difficult decision or announcement. I can be a supporter of those who are hurting and healing. I can listen to those who don’t have another “ear” in their life. I can be the best wife and mom and grandmother and daughter and sister that I can be today.


And maybe, just maybe, I can put aside my busyness for one day to stop and notice what is going on around me today. To be honest, nothing is more important than what God is up to right now.


What about you? Are you too busy to notice what God is doing in your life and the lives of others right now? If so, I might suggest you join me on this “busyness fasting day.” I’ll enjoy the beauty of the mountains, another nice fall day, a phone call or two to catch up with friends and family, a prayer walk with my Creator and whatever else might cross my path because I’m not so busy today.


Let’s do this. Right now!


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




“What Salvation’s Done for Me” – Monday Musical Musings


Have you ever heard someone tell their story of salvation that is amazing? How God took them from the pits of sin to walk with Him in marvelous joy? Hearing (or maybe seeing) about the transformation that has brought them from darkness into God’s beautiful light?


IMAG1492I love hearing these stories. We read about several of these accounts in Scripture (the woman at the well or the demon-possessed man who lived among the tombs to name a couple) that help us to understand God’s amazing grace.


I don’t have a story like either of these people or like some of the people I have encountered through my life. But what my story does have is the same outcome. Transformation. Sanctification. A grace-filled life that is devoted to Jesus.


Regardless of what our back story is, we all are a testimony of what salvation has done for us. And that is the message of today’s song. And I don’t know about you, but I praise God every day that I live on this side of salvation. I am thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice so that I might live in the shadow of the cross.


As you read through these lyrics, you may find glimpses of you and your life. If so, I pray that your path has led you to salvation. I pray that each person who reads this today is able to recount the words of the chorus. Oh, it is difficult for us to understand why Jesus did what He did, but we can also be thankful for the gift of salvation that His sacrifice gave. And then, just like that, each of us can tell another what salvation has done us.


Take a look at the lyrics and then listen to this beauty. I’ll be praying for you today!


“What Salvation’s Done for Me”[i]


I used to be so lonesome, I never had a friend
Always looking out for number one
Didn’t know where I was going, didn’t care where I had been
The life I lived had me on the run
One day Jesus found me and took my sin away
He showed me what I thought I’d never see
He put me in His family, and He’s with me to this day
Let me tell you what salvation’s done for me

I used to be a blind man, but now my vision’s clear
Mercy came and drove the shame from me
There’s peace of mind with Jesus that drives out every fear
I’m stronger than I thought I’d ever be
I can’t tell you why He loves me, as bad as I had been
Why I’m worthy of this life of victory
I know I’m not a scholar just a sinner saved by grace
But I can tell you what salvation’s done for me


One day when life is over, I’ll go to my reward
Where Heaven waits for those who have been set free
With saints from all the ages, in the presence of our Lord
This is what salvation’s done for me


Click here to listen to this calming, peaceful song by the Booth Brothers.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



[i] “What Salvation’s Done for Me,” words and music by Diane Wilkinson and Rusty Golden, Rusty Golden Music, Christian Taylor Music, 2006.


A Few Words

I suspect you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to today. Well it’s been a little busy. Working. Running errands. Being creative. But now it’s time for me to get down to business.


I’m going to share some of my new favorite passages of Scripture found on Pinterest. I pray that you will find exactly what you need today. Blessings upon your evening!
























Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




A Scaredy-Cat


I am not a brave person. I am easily frightened. I cannot watch horror movies or any television program with even hints of a scary segment. I dread the month of October because of the TV ads for scary Halloween shows. I wind up closing my eyes and even muting the television for most of the commercials in October. I work very hard to keep images of anything scary from joining the brain cells in my head. If I do, I can guarantee a nightmare is close behind.


???????????????????????????????I don’t know why I am this way. It could be that I’ve been frightened far too many times when younger and simply don’t want to feel that way again. Or it could be that I am a scaredy-cat at heart. I think I fit that definition.


Whatever the case, I’m not brave.


But Scripture calls those in the service of the King to be brave.


In the Old Testament, warriors were given the status of being brave. 2 Chronicles 5:24 speaks of the heads of the Half-Tribe of Manasseh as being brave.


2 Chronicles 14:8 tells of Asa’s army and that they were brave fighting men.


We see in 1 Samuel 14:52, Saul took a mighty or brave man into his service as he saw them.


In 1 Samuel 16:18 (NIV), David was described by a servant. “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”


Joshua was commanded to be “strong and courageous” on multiple occasions before leading Israel into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, 18). He in turn told the men of Israel to be “strong and courageous” (Joshua 10:25).


In the New Testament we see some encouragement to be brave. As Jesus spoke to His Disciples, He said these words. “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 – NIV) The New Century Version translates “take heart” as “be brave.” Be brave when troubles surround you.


As Paul encouraged the Corinthian Church, he wrote these words. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – NIV)


We can take these words as advice for ourselves. To be brave and courageous when troubles come our way.


And here’s the good news. God is with us through it all. Regardless of what we’re going through, He will be there to strengthen, lead and surround us with His love. Just like the men of the Old Testament and the early believers, we can depend on victory because God is with us.


There is no reason to be afraid or fearful. Johns tells us that in 1 John 4:18 (NIV). “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” You see, God is love and when we are in Him, there is nothing to fear.


I am not saying that I will watch a frightening program this October…I’m 100% certain that I won’t. What I am saying is that when troubles come, I will look to God for His strength and I will face it boldly because my God is with me.


When speaking the Gospel, I will not back down. I will be fearless because my God is with me.


When I am being attacked for my faith and belief in God, I will be strong and courageous, because my God is with me.


Will you join me? Are you willing to speak and live boldly for the cause of Christ? I pray that you are. I pray that collectively, with God’s help, we can take back what Satan has stolen. I pray that others will see Jesus shining through us as we go about our day-to-day lives. I pray that God will honor our efforts as we share His Gospel with those we speak with.


Be bold. Be courageous. Be brave. Be fearless. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b – NIV)


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




“Good News from Jerusalem” – Monday Musical Musings


Don’t you love hearing good news. The birth of a baby. A job promotion. Health issues resolved. The return of a friend or loved one. A good day at school. These are all things we love to hear and are excited when we are the recipients of such news.


IMAG1492Sometimes when we hear such news, it is difficult for us to contain our joy. I know for me, that after hearing good news, as I thought of the news, a smile would break and sometimes I’d almost be giddy with excitement. Maybe you’ve experienced such joy.


I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for those who heard the good news from Jerusalem when Jesus rose from the dead. There were plenty of emotions in those moments, but eventually, these hearers must have broken out in jubilation. Their Friend, Teacher, Leader, Messiah had returned to life and His victory was theirs.


The good news for you and me is that His victory is ours as well. So today, let’s celebrate! There is “Good News from Jerusalem” and it is for each one of us. Here are the lyrics to this song and there’s a link after for you to listen to this uplifting piece.


“Good News from Jerusalem”[i]


Jesus was a man who was not like any other
He preached about judgement and a kingdom soon to come
Oh the people had never heard words like these
He stirred up the scribes and the Pharisees
so they began to plot against God’s one and only son


They led Him before the courts and the house of Pilate
In a trial they mocked and condemned this righteous man
Pilate listened to the crowd and he knew they lied
but when he heard the people cry “Crucify”
He tried but he couldn’t was the blood from his guilty hands


Jesus died on a lonely hill they called Mount Calvary
They laid Him in a tomb and a stone sealed Him inside
but three days later when the women came
shocked and excited when they reached His grave
they ran back to town and everybody heard them cry


Good news from Jerusalem
The cross on the hill where the debt was paid
An empty tomb where His body laid
A small upper room where they saw He was glorified
Good news from Jerusalem
He’s alive. He’s alive. He’s alive
Good news from Jerusalem
He’s alive. He’s alive. He’s alive


Two thousand years have passed since He ascended
Oh wars rage on in a world so lost in sin
Troubles and trials on every hand
Peace is coming to the promised land
When the King comes back we’ll shout it again and again


Good news from Jerusalem
A sign in the sky every eye can see
A crown that will last for eternity
A throne for a King who had long been prophesied
Good news from Jerusalem
He’s alive. He’s alive. He’s alive

Good news. Good news. He’s alive.


Click here to listen to glorious song!


The good news from Jerusalem is still energizing, uplifting and relevant in our world today. Now that you know the good news, who will you share this good news with? It’s too good to keep to yourself!


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



[i] “Good News from Jerusalem,” words and music by Jerry Salley and Diane Wilkinson, Universal Music/Brentwood Benson Tunes/Lasso the Moon Music, 2011.

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