Never Alone: The God Who Sees

This beautiful song and video by Kathie Lee Gifford and Nicole C. Mullens contains a powerful message.

God saw the burdens of Hagar, Ruth, David, and Mary Magdalene. And He sees ours, as well. No pain is too deep for the Great Physician to heal.

Trust Him. He sees.

 

May you be blessed as you reflect on the One Who knows you best.

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

Perspective and Praise

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“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?

Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt’?

Have you ever given orders to the morning,
    or shown the dawn its place,
that it might take the earth by the edges
    and shake the wicked out of it?
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
    its features stand out like those of a garment.
The wicked are denied their light,
    and their upraised arm is broken.

Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.”

Job 38:4-18

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Oh Father, Your long-ago words to Job humble me today. I am in awe of Your majesty! I lift my voice in the song of David,

Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Psalm 103:20-22

Have a  blessed week as you consider the magnificence of our Creator God!

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

(Photo taken in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona)

Create and Renew

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Father God, my heart longs for a pure heart and a truly steadfast spirit. I want to be firm and resolute in faithfulness to You. But I know this is only possible through a consistent, faithful pursuit of Your heart and mind. Help me, Lord! May I not be shaken by the world’s temptations and its lure of shallow living. Give me an unquenchable thirst for a life of holiness—a life anchored in Your mercy, power, and limitless love. I love You, Jesus. You alone are worthy of worship and praise!

Have a blessed week serving the God of restoration and renewal!

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

All Things–For the Good

Delays, delays!

A recent 4 1/2–hour flight from Austin, TX to Raleigh, NC morphed into nearly 12 hours.

The problem?

Severe thunderstorms rocked the South and interfered with dozens of flights. Exhausted travelers and flight crews worked to maintain cheerful attitudes (Um, a handful of flyers gave up trying).

Upon takeoff, the flight was bumpy and the seat belt signs remained engaged. I tried not to worry as volatile air currents seemed to have their way with our aircraft.

(The whole flying thing seems illogical to me anyway. I mean, really. Shooting through the air in a metal tube? Mercy.)

But then something amazing happened.  Continue reading

I Will Yet Praise Him

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Father God, once again we are reminded of the fallen state of our country. Our hearts ache for the terror experienced by our leaders. I pray for the families of those involved, that they will know Your presence and will seek the peace You provide. Oh Father, heal our land. Convict Your people to continue in prayer for our country—today and always. And please use this experience to draw our leaders closer to You and to each other. Thank you, Jesus, for what You are going to do. In Your precious, Holy Name.

Praying for our beloved country,

Leigh Ann

The Conversation

untitled (4)I  had an interesting conversation the other day.

 It went something like this:

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still.

Me: Um, what?

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still and know.

Me: Um, I am still, Lord. I’m sitting on the couch, watching TV and surfing the web.

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still and know that I am God.

Me: Seriously, Lord. I’m not moving a muscle (besides my fingers). It’s been a crazy-long day and I need some down time. So, yeah. I’m taking a break. Totally still.  Continue reading

Sweet Refreshment

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Do you have a favorite refreshment on a warm spring or summer day? A glass of iced tea, maybe? A dip in the pool? A front-porch swing?

I like to walk under the oak trees in our yard and close my eyes against the wind—to leave technology behind and pause to listen to nature’s symphony.

Our closest neighbors are whippoorwills, tree frogs, cardinals and crickets. Their conversations are fascinating. 

Throw in a Diet Dr. Pepper and call it joy.  Continue reading

Overwhelmed

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On Palm Sunday, I stood beside my sweetheart and joined with other worshipers in singing of the death and resurrection of Jesus. We sang several songs, but one song, one phrase, has continued to echo in my heart.

It’s from Chris Tomlin’s I Will Rise:

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

“And the grave is overwhelmed…”

We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed. Life is messy and stuff happens—sickness, betrayal, loss, financial hardship, (and the list goes on). Sometimes it seems we can’t take one. More. Thing.  Continue reading

The Love of Counting

wordcloud1In The Joy of Counting, we looked at our counting habits—our urge to count everything from social media likes and friends, to calories and cash.

And how this constant numbering can be burdensome and leave us empty (remember the calories-hating thing?)

But there is good news. Our urge to count is not a defect—it’s an inherited trait from our Creator. We just get a little off track from the intended purpose.

Scripture has exciting examples of God counting and it gives us a beautiful picture of His heart.

In addition to our Creator numbering the stars, He also counts…  Continue reading