Adjust our Thinking

Years ago, I heard a knock at the door. Opened it and there were a couple of ladies on the porch. I didn’t know them but they were nicely dressed and looked harmless enough. One of them said something like, “Usted es de la familia Pérez?” I said, “Yes.” Then she continues on…en español. Did I mention that we lived in the U.S. at the time? That this was not Guatemala but St. Joseph, Mo? And, even if she believed a Hispanic family to be living at the home, the moment I opened the door she had to have noticed that clearly I am not Hispanic–red hair, freckles, super pale skin. Did I mention Spanish was not her native tongue either? She was not Hispanic anymore than I am. And yet, she proceeded to talk in Spanish, even after my answer had been in English. I remember standing there, grinning inside, thinking, “Are we really going to do this?”(Talk in Spanish when clearly we both speak English.) You’ve possibly guessed that she was a Jehovah’s Witness and we did finish our conversation in Spanish (grin). My guess is she knocked at that door with the intent to share with someone in Spanish and, by golly, she was going to witness in Spanish! Continue reading

Heart, Mind, Resolve

Dishwashers and Surrender

I’m going to be candid here…I started writing this morning after praying a bit. Here’s how that one started “I LOVE the Bible.” Now, I probably will finish writing that at some point…but God (kindly) led me in a different direction. And this new direction is a little different…um, it’s about struggling to, uh (tapping fingernails on table), about struggling to trust (cough) God. Yeaaahh. Can we please go back to how much I LOVE the Bible? PleaseContinue reading

God, Mind


When God asks us to let go of a person (parent, spouse, sibling, friend, co-worker, etc.)– maybe the type of relationship we had or planned to have with them, who we wished them to be, or what path we wished they would choose–and trust Him, I think there is only one possible way to do that. Or at least for me there is only one way–I must be convinced that God “has” them. Sometimes I think I’m pretty awesome and that they kind of need me too. Truth is…they don’t. Ouch! 😉 Because, apparently, I think quite highly of Continue reading

Heart, Mind, Prayer

Just want You

Ok, Lord. Here we are. My heart, in Your presence. I’m here to bless You. Sometimes I just want to sit with You. I don’t want any THING, I just want YOU. I just want You. Just to be in Your presence. Just a glimpse into the glorious future You have prepared for me. Where we will be together–no hindrances. I am overwhelmed with emotions as the reality of You sinks in. Continue reading

Freedom, Mind, Resolve


I’m declaring this right now–Jesus reigns. My heart has been divided lately–enough! NO MORE! I have been knocked to the ground. Helplessly covering my head and curled up while I have been beaten almost to my very core. Closing my eyes and wondering, “Is this really where I’m at? How’d I get here?” I couldn’t get up. Haven’t been able to get away from those fists and feet attacking me. From those chains being wrapped around and around. I think it’s because without fully realizing it, I’ve been trying to do things on my own. Thinking, subconsciously, that I should just be able to figure this out. But when I cry, “J E S U S!” and reach up my hand, it meets His and He LIFTS ME UP. And I did. “JESUS!” When you are down, sometimes you can’t get up. Call on Jesus. Our hope lies only in Him. (Hebrews 4:15-16; John 16:33) Continue reading