Category Archives: Strength in Him


Going down deep

They stretch down

Reaching for a better footing

Reaching for life and sustenance


It takes a while

At first I felt like a small tree on the edge of a cliff

I wanted to be strong

I wanted to not just grow big,

But I wanted to grow deep

Gain strength that would sustain me in the storms

No matter my size or where it was I was growing

tree on a ledge

Close to the edge but what a view

Just to reach down and accept the water and nutrients that keep me going

It’s what matters

It’s what makes for green and growing inner core

Leaves and fruit possibly

But without the roots going down and soaking up the life-giving nutrients,

How can there be change on the outside?



It’s a Friday and I’m joining in with Lisa-Jo and all the rest to write for 5 minutes with a one-word prompt – but without over thinking and deleting.  Join us?


On Bravery…and something’s coming!

I told a friend in an email last week “I’m getting braver and braver.”

I’ve always laughed at the idea of me being brave because I am an introvert and quiet (well, at least until I get to know you!).

Sure, I made choices to marry and have children young, go to another country and learn to live and work there.

But I did it while shaking in my boots half the time! Much of the time I was a real scaredy cat!

I would want to run away from public speaking as we prepared to go overseas. Thanking my God in heaven every time that “opportunity” came up that my husband was great at it and didn’t mind getting up to talk for us.

Even in sharing what I’ve learned with other young women who would come into my home on a regular basis in Peru I found myself chickening out often times. How do I really know what I am talking about? How can I tell them with certainty that what I have to share is something they need to know?

So “getting braver” for me has been surprising at first and yet I realize with delight that to stand on Truth and believe brings a peace and a confidence that surpasses my fears. Even in my uncertainties I can stand on something completely sure.
As I learn to let go of lies that try so hard to keep me trapped, I find I can go ahead and speak TRUTH right out loud! Or even just allow myself to believe them and KNOW they are true!

Like for instance, here’s a statement of standing on truth, believing and being brave if I’ve ever read one:

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

When I believe this and stand on it, I am letting go of lies to the contrary and God does things I never thought possible.

Well, duh! It’s because it’s in HIS strength!

So here I am jumping into some new things that I’d never thought I’d do. Ever.

And because I don’t have to do it in my own strength,

Because I don’t have to have it all together to do it…I feel braver.

The freedom found in this is moving me forward and helping me believe more in this God who “loves me and gave himself for me”.

Believe that He really IS the God of the impossible!

Tomorrow something is coming to my blog and more than that, into my life. Really it’s already a part of my life!

I can’t wait to share it with you, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow!

It’s totally God’s idea, He nudged me to get involved and I am just along for the ride! I look forward to this and share it with you because it really has nothing to do with me and I can’t wait to just let Him take HIS idea and run with it!


“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:19



My mind tries to focus as:

the neighbor uses his leaf blower right outside the window

my 9 year old son asks for a cinnamon and sugar tortilla

my 5 year old daughter comes in the room to tell me something and ask me questions

something about rats on a game she plays with her brother…

birds are singing outside

cars drive by on the street

neighbor kids playing


my to do list seems very long this week and the week is about over

the laundry piles high

the stack of invoices to process seems just as tall

people to feed

cleaning to do



focus on the gifts

focus on the fact that I can’t do it alone

I need my Father’s strength

I need his wisdom

He gives it

He never stops



Today I am joining in on Five Minute Friday with Lisa Jo and many more – about a word.

Set a timer, type for 5 minutes without editing or over thinking or backtracking.

Loving this community of women who are connecting over one word – every week. Join us?