August 12, 2018

A Breath of Fresh Air


It has been a long hot summer in Dallas and also a busy one as I’ve worked hard to finish all the pre-publication work and line everything up to market and promote my book coming out in October. It would be quite easy to keep working and never take a break because my to-do list is long. 

Something has to give. There is this whisper in my heart telling me what I need. A deep cleansing breath of fresh air! 

Why does a deliberate and deep cleansing breath of fresh air feel so good? 

So relaxing and invigorating at the same time
So peaceful and energizing all at once 

I know exactly how good it feels because after a long morning of working without a break, I decided what I needed was to step outside and breathe some fresh air.

I took some water out to the birdbath. Snipped a few spent blooms off the petunias, zinnias and marigolds and other flowers around my yard. I listened to the chirping of sparrows high up in the top of the big oak tree waiting for me to leave so they could drink the fresh cool water in their birdbath before the hot summer sun warmed up their water supply. 

Just a moment to gaze at blue skies overhead
Just a moment to watch a white billowing cloud 

Just a few minutes to enjoy the simple pleasures around me and those few minutes made all the difference. My attitude was much improved when I returned to the keyboard on my laptop. I worked with much more zeal than before I treated myself to a few refreshing moments outside.


Yes, my heart knew exactly what it needed. Oh the satisfying breathing in of beauty all around me. Fresh air is a balm for my soul. That is why it feels so good! This deep, cleansing breath of fresh air was God’s goodness to me today and I am thankful.


Psalm 107:8-9 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. 

Do you need a breath of fresh air today?

August 8, 2018

Light Fall On Me



Can you see it? I caught the morning sunlight falling on this crepe myrtle tree, lighting up one corner while the others remain dark and shadowy. Do you see the difference the light makes?

Oh Father in Heaven,
Please may that difference be seen in me as Your light shines in me. May the glory of Your light fall and shine through me today. Amen.



Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

August 5, 2018

The Shaping of a Life


Isaiah 64:8  
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.

This clay vase was a wedding gift in 1983. Yes, thirty five years ago and I enjoy it as much today as I did then. And every time I gaze at it, I am reminded of this verse in Isaiah. God is our potter, and we are clay in His hands.

Sometimes we don’t think about it this way, but our lives are continually being shaped in the hands of a perfect and Holy God. When you stop and consider it, I hope you will conclude as I have—there is no better place to be than in God’s hands and in His will.

We can trust Him with what He is building out of our lives. We can trust the direction He is taking us—even when it isn’t always clear where we are headed. He is carefully and intricately molding us into His image and day by day we grow to look more like Him. 

It is significantly important we make the choice to willingly submit ourselves into the hands of the Potter and let Him work in us the plan and purpose He has ordained for our lives. If we resist His leading and working in us we will obstruct and/or prolong what He knows is best.

We need to embrace the work He is accomplishing as we are given the privilege of being vessels of honor for Him. This purpose He has for us is for His purpose in the world. 

As He shapes our lives into the destiny uniquely designed for us we can rest assured His goal for us is all part of His master plan. The Potter knows precisely what He is doing. He is shaping something beautiful out of our lives. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ecclesiastes 3:11a He has made everything beautiful in its time.


I have received a draft copy of my book cover which I have long waited to be able to share with you. Only 8 weeks until release date...October 1st.