“Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.” Proverbs 4:25-27 MSG

The past 48 hours have been more than a bit of a whirlwind for my emotions. No parent likes to see their kids hurting, no matter the reason. My heart is also hurting for friends who have lost loved ones, have very sick family members, and those feeling the strain of not quite enough finances.

I may not have had much time to jot my thoughts down in my journal, but God has been quietly but powerfully impacting and realigning my focus in these chaotic days.

A friend I grew up with in church years ago taught me a lesson which I have never forgotten about the Word, and prayer. One day, he opened his bible,and began praying back the words of the passage back to God as a prayer, and inserting himself in where appropriate to make it heartfelt yet honest. His focus while in the Word was the Living Word. Connecting relationally, worshiping earnestly, in the moment yet inviting God beyond time into the right now. (Thanks David!)

There are two classics I will share with you today, in the hopes that if you too are feeling in over your head and weary in the storm about you? Sit at His feet, worship Him, and pray His Word back to Him.


“Come Thou Fount” by Bob Fitts, circa 1996. https://youtu.be/qo4JjCprFnE


Psalm 91, in any version. Read it out loud with this twist: either put your name in where it refers to “you,” or say “I” or “me”, whichever feels more natural. Make it your genuine prayer by continuing to pray to Him after the last verse, in gratitude, or by asking Him to make the truths of these verses come alive in your life.

We steer where we stare, friend. Keep your eyes fixed on His. He will not only get you through, He will be beside you as you go.


focus Mar 20

when God redirects your focus, 6 ways to be prepared

Last night, I ended up at the emergency department with my eldest, due to a freak kitchen accident. Grinding sea salt. (And yes, you read that right!)

The pop sound we heard led to several minutes of “what should we do” conversation between everyone else in the house.

I heard Him say, “Go to emerge.”

And with a sigh, I obeyed. (And I am clearly depending on God to get me up at 5:30am this morning to catch my bus to get to work on time!)

We learned a few important lessons that I feel prompted to share.

1. Be prepared to wait.

2. Be prepared to be around sicker people than you are (which also can lead to point #1.)

3. Be prepared with appropriate clothing. I did have an extra shirt on which saved my daughter’s high school band sweater from being cut to make room for the cast (we are still not too sure til Friday exactly what is going on, refer again to point #1.) However, I was in my evening sweat/jammies, and forgot to wear my undies. Much to my daughter’s embarrassment. (I assure you, I did NOT let anyone else know that, but several people must have thought us weirdos for our random giggling as we waited. But now everyone who reads this will know.... 😂)

4. Be prepared to have unusual conversations with other people. We met a nice gal who was bucked off & kicked by her horse, saw a man with a walking cast and a rare Italian name, a few vomiters, and a nurse with a similar sense of humour.

5. Be prepared for the unexpected. Like hurting yourself grinding fresh sea salt. (We are still laughing hysterically even now at the looks on the doctor & nurse’s faces when we shared how this occured. My #gingersnap set a new standard for kitchen injuries!)

6. Be prepared to meet God in the messy, hysterical situation. I had a clear sense He was with us as we walked in to the ER, again. Each time, I learn something new about His care for us as I lean into Him when I focus on doing what He asks me to do!

PS. Photo shared with permission. What you can’t see is the wide smile as we giggled about our umpteenth ER photo. (it’s tradition!)


Where are you staring?

“We steer where we stare.” – Lysa TerKeurst⠀

It isn’t very often a few words can grab hold of me so powerfully, so when they do? I pay attention.⠀

This week, I am going to take a closer look at #focus, and how it impacts our future. I hope you’ll join me!⠀


Seeking joy in the middle of the storms

This week, I have shared three ways I make my faith a priority, especially in the stormy seasons or hardest of days.

  • Seeking Him in worship
  • Seeking Him in the Word
  • Seeking Him in prayer

And today, let me share the fourth way, which may come as a shock to some of you.

Seeking Him for joy.

When I discovered the Word makes promises such as “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10), and saw how Jesus was able to minister so much yet remain confident in who He was and what He was called to do despite opposition, I realized there must be value in joy.

And one of the outer expressions of joy is laughter.

Laughter is health boosting to our bodies, and minds. Helping us to face harder days with a joy that can only come by seeking God, and taking a positive stance.

The act of laughing:

  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Burns calories
  • Eleviates pain
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Improves immune function
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Improves blood flow
(Read the full ‘8 Health Benefits to Laughter’ article referred to here: https://dailyhealthpost.com/8-health-benefits-of-laughter/)

Basically? Almost every benefit you can get from a jog or run, laughter can release within you!

So I choose daily to read the comics (Calvin & Hobbes are still a fave!) or funny book (Carla Laureano is a good fun dialogue writer), watch a (clean) comedy dvd or YouTube video (Tim Hawkins & the Skit Guys are family faves) or a movie which makes me laugh (Taxi and Ant-Man are good ones for me!).

Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging!

But more than that, I ask Holy Spirit within me to help me to lean on His joy to be my strength when I feel especially weak.

Try adding laughter and seeking joy to your situation, friend, with His help. He may surprise you with how He uplifts and equips you as you invite Him to move in this way!

#hopefortheharddays #seekjoy

Seek Him in prayer

As I have shared over the past month, I have been battling for my health on three fronts lately. One hindering my breathing, one impacting me deep within, and one affecting my right hand (and yes, that is the hand I predominantly write with.)

The bad sinus congestion left me with a cold air induced asthma, which is almost gone due to the arrival of spring.

The internal one has been successfully corrected due to a required replacement.

But I have been struggling the most this past week with the burn on my hand, which has not healed as well as expected despite following usual protocols.

I have been bringing all of these to God in prayer, often multiple times a day, and can honestly say He has guided me towards health as I followed His lead. Not as swiftly as I would like, but healing me nevertheless.

My hand has been the most painful, as I cannot do most things without it. And I never realized how much I took that ability for granted until this burn hit. I have been pressing in all the more as I seek His help to battle this discomfort, pain and frustration.

Today, I felt prompted to go get my hand checked out (2 weeks post burn). And last night, it apparently turned towards infection for which I am now taking medication.

I am thankful that God pours out not only His help and healing, but His strength to keep me going during life’s inevitable battles.

Friend, He is ready to do the same for you too!

“Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!” 1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV

#hopefortheharddays #praypraypray

Look to His Word

When things get stormy, my mood starts to sink, or a situation starts to stink, I run to His promises to help keep my head above water, and my eyes fixed on truth.⠀

One verse which has been a life preserver to me over the years is Jeremiah 29:11. Written by a prophet who saw people running away from God to false ones, as his nation sunk into moral chaos before being overrun by Babylon.⠀

Yet he still held on to Hope, and the promise of what he heard God say was to come, even when the darkness looked like it was ahead.

Draw comfort from His Word. It is full of verses which can uplift, speak light and peace into you, and guide you when you aren’t sure which way to go.⠀

For God never changes. His love is endless, His faithfulness never failing, His mercy new every morning. He will never leave you or forsake you, even when you cannot sense or see Him. He stands true, full of goodness, and shines light into every situation into which we welcome Him. The hope we find in Him will never failing, friend.⠀

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ – Jeremiah 29:11 ⠀

#hopefortheharddays #HisWord

pressing in with praise

On the days when I am not feeling particularly hopeful, I find it very uplifting for my spirit to connect with God through worship. In particular, songs which proclaim His goodness & power, and His promise for good things to yet to come for me.

One of the newest songs to be on my lips is “Praise Before My Breakthrough” by Bryan & Katie Torwalt. And let me just say, on the worst of days, I either keep worship music such as this song on constantly, whether via cd or my phone, or keep singing the song lyrics under my breath at work throughout the day.

Looking for a breakthrough in your life? Keep praising Him, friend, and pressing in to His Presence.

Praise invites Him to open up the heavens to free us, heal us, restore us and bless us!

“I’ll praise before my breakthrough ‘Til my song becomes my triumph I will sing because I trust You I will bring my heart, I will lift my song He who came in power, He will come again He who heals the sick, won’t He move again He who raised the dead, won’t He raise again And I will sing, I will sing!”

#hopefortheharddays #praiseHymn

praise before my breakthrough