With Us


The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Psalm 46:7


I have been working like a mad woman around the house.  If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that we bought a hundred year old fixer-upper house a year ago.  The house was unlivable when purchased and miraculous changes have occurred in our property since then.  The newest project is to restore the sun porch.  I have been staining and putting polyurethane on bead board that will be the new ceiling in the sun porch; it will be awesome!  I have had 56 boards to stain and poly; it has not gone easily, to say the least, and multiple mishaps have occurred, creating stress and filling my mind with, “Okay, what do I do now?  How do I fix this?  How will that work?”  My mind and being were filled with the tasks at hand.

A couple days ago as I worked in the garage for hours, I caught something out of the corner of my eye.  I took a quick glance and got back to work, but I “felt” a tapping on my shoulder….a “Hey, pay attention!”  I turned my head again and really looked at the leaf on the garage floor and  then I thought, “Where did this come from?  I have had the doors shut this whole time.  How did you get in here, little guy?”  I am weird that way…talking to a leaf!  And then I looked at the beauty of the leaf, its simple declaration of the glory of our Lord.  I stopped working and I said out loud in that polyurethane haze of fumes infested garage, “Thank you, Lord, for reminding me that You are here.  When I all I could see was the sea of boards needing to be done, You gently reminded me of your presence and adjusted my visual horizon.”

I love the gentleness of our God.  I love that He is a gentleman that does not push and shove His way into our lives, but sends us reminder gifts of His love and devotion.  I love that our God is with us even in a garage filled to overflowing with wall to wall bead board where He finds what little space is left to wait for us, to show us His beauty, to show us His glory and grace.  He is with us; watch for Him.

Feeling Blessed,


Let’s Go!


And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Luke 2:8-15


“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel…”  We hear that line of scripture every Christmas; it is very poetic BUT have you ever really considered the sight those shepherds saw and experienced?  A GREAT COMPANY of the heavenly host; not just one angel or a couple, but a crowd….a mass body of heavenly beings!!!!!!  I think that would be something that I would have to talk about A LOT!  I imagine that I would have had a hard time moving on from that spot after being a witness to a heavenly host.  I would have been asking everyone around me, “Did you just see what I saw?  Were my ears playing tricks on me or did I really hear them singing?”  The thought may have been, “We should just build us a camp and stay here in case they come back.  I want to experience that again!”  BUT what did those amazing shepherds say?  “Let’s go…”

The shepherds did not get tripped up by the experience but listened to the experience that promised a bounty of blessing.  The angels returned to heaven and the shepherds headed for Bethlehem, “Let’s go!”

I want to be like those shepherds that move on from glory to more glory.

Christians, we must stop trying to duplicate in worship and in life, but move on to Bethlehem to see the Lord.  Our worship, our lives, should always be in motion towards the Lord.  The shepherds knew that the experience of the host of angels was only a direction sign pointing the way to the ultimate and eternal Experience, Jesus Christ the LORD.



p.s.  39 years ago today I gave my life to the Lord…..what a ride it has been!!!!!

Keeping Watch


And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

Luke 2:8

Sitting in church this past Sunday I noticed that we had inadvertently left a chair up on the chancel; a solitary chair facing out toward the congregation.  At first I thought, “oops”, and then I thought, “Oh, very appropriate, the guest of honor, Jesus, has a place to sit and be with us.”

Then this morning I began to read the events of the birth of Christ as written by Luke.  A shepherds job is to care for and protect his sheep.  The shepherds had to keep sharp vigil at night when darkness would add to the advantage of the predator attempting to make a meal out of one of the sheep.  Jesus, the Great Shepherd is with us in the “darkness” of life.  Shepherds feed and water their flocks in the light and protect during the darkness.  Don’t you find that interesting?   We are fed IN the light and protected FROM the dark.  Lots of symbolic metaphors there.  Please share your thoughts.

Blessings and Peace,