Eternal Father,  today’s youngest generation is facing more darkness and evil than ever as they grow up. I always try to do as You say and keep my eyes on things that are lovely and pure and holy…but I cannot be blind to the very real threat of darkness and evil. What really makes me want to fight is when evil comes after vulnerable children. That just brings out the warrior in me! For my grandkids, great grandkids, children I have cared for, children in my church, children who have no idea what a church is or for that matter who Jesus is, children who are born into drugs, alcohol, violence, abuse…kids who face the pure evilness of “Momo” and other predators! I want to fight for them! I want to call today’s parents to stand up and fight, protect and teach their children to turn to You in this dark world.

                TV was still relatively new when I was a preschooler. You always knew who the good guy and bad guys were…and the good guy always won. Thing are so mixed up now that evil is held in high standards far too often. Now, there is a slew of dark and evil entertainment readily available to the tiniest people. I am always amazed how these tots can learn to swipe apps before they can speak. As the “Momo” character has been brought out into the open—as this evil character tellls little people to kill themselves and gives them specific directions on how to do it, my heart cries out to today’s parents to stand up and let their children become their mission to bring Your word, Your light, Your kingdom into this dark world. Lord, shake up today’s generation who are now parents and have them pray for, teach, protect and stand guard for the souls of their children (and generations to come).

                Father, You are the best parent there is. You know we have to pass through this hard world, but You give us Jesus Christ to overcome the evil in this world. You know we can’t be left alone to fight this fight through our own weak power. I will forever be Your daughter, who needs You. Father, I pray for those who are now parents to stand guard and protect the precious children You have entrusted to their care. I pray that You teach them to turn to You everyday by praying with them and for them. I pray You equip the parents for the hard job of parenting that takes tremendous sacrifice. You know all about that!  Raise up parents who will raise up their children full of Jesus Christ— with Your discernment between right and wrong, Your word in their hearts ready to fight any battle, Your strength and godly perseverance to overcome this world. Let them model Godly parenting so these little people will know how to parent their children. I lift this generation of parents and children to You and pray that they bow before You realizing their need for You.

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”  Deuteronomy 6:5-7

“We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God…”    Psalm 78:

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”  (Jesus’ words in Luke 11:13

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Prayer Prompt-

Father God, Help me as a parent or grandparent to teach the next generation to turn to You…



Glorious Father,   there are times I get calls, texts or questions asking for my counsel. Maybe it’s because they mistake my wrinkles for wisdom. Perhaps it’s because I am a writer. I hope it might be because they get a little glimpse of Jesus in me. I know it’s not because I’m so wise. It always throws me off when I am asked for advice because I have lived long enough to know my weaknesses, inadequacies, and the vast wisdom I lack—especially when compared to You, Lord. When asked for advice, I try to let them know that I am not nearly insightful enough to tell them what to do—but I know who is…

                That’s why I try to pray with them as soon as I can after listening to their dilemma without much comment. I dare not trust my own judgement, ideas, thoughts unless Your word specifically makes a clear statement about their particular situation. Lord, You alone, know their heart and motivation and everyone else involved. You alone, know the history and Your plans for the lives of each person concerned. You alone, know how the challenge they currently face will mold and form them for the work You have ahead of them. You alone, know the eternal results of the issue they are seeking advice for. What if, in my own well-meaning counsel, I mess with Your eternal work?

                Father God, it seems the very best thing I can do is to stop and lift them and their entire situation before You. It seems the wisest thing I can do is to trust You to work through them and what they are facing. What if my soft-heartedness wants to relieve them of suffering when that is exactly what they need to endure for a season? What if I build them up to make them feel good when You are trying to help them realize their sinfulness? What if I was to shame them for mistakes without the hope of Your lavish grace?

                Lord God Almighty, let my wisdom begin and end with You. You know all things. You have power over all things. Yet in Your unmatched wisdom, You wait for us to come to You in each and every situation. Father, I come to You, the very source of all wisdom. Thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ to give me the wisdom to know to bring all things to You—and to encourage others to, as well.

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.”    Psalm 111:10

“If any of You lacks wisdom, he should ask GOD, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”    James 1:5

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out!  Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”    Romans 11:33-36

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Prayer Prompt-

Father God, do I come to You for wisdom and counsel?


Most Glorious Father,  when I hear my grandson practice on his guitar, I can’t help but remember hearing his young grandpa (my first husband who went to heaven before experiencing being a grandfather on this earth) play his acoustic guitar pretty much every single day of his adult life. I first began listening to my young husband’s missed chords and runs–yet through much practice, it developed into the rich music that continues to bless my soul. I watch two of my grandchildren practice their MMA moves and stand amazed at how those repeated stances/exercises have incorporated confidence, grace and assurance in their young lives. I recently experienced a Broadway musical with another granddaughter, and wondered how much practice it took to make that singing, acting and dancing look so effortless. No one but You, Lord, and those who practice know what it truly takes.

                Lord, I may think of how great I could be as a musician, cook, gardener, artist…but until I am willing to put what I know into practice, I will never obtain anything near perfection. Last night it seems You led me present a lesson on what Your word says about practicing. As always, the teacher learns more than the class. Thank You for all the amazing yet challenging opportunities You have presented me with to practice love, obedience, faith, forgiveness, grace, hospitality, hope…

                Amazing growth takes place when I do not just hear Your word but actually put it into practice.  It is not always easy. My guitar-playing grandson has had to give up other things he might want to pursue to grow musically. His fingers have to play despite the pain. He does more than just study chords and music theory, he is practicing to improve. I can look at the situations I have gone through where it was challenging to love and forgive…yet the more I do it, the better I get at it. I’m still practicing, though!

                Father, I realize that all the practicing in the world will not give me eternal life. I can never get “good enough” through my own efforts no matter how much I work at it.  First, I need to accept Jesus’ holy sacrifice to give me the holy eternal life You have called me to. With Jesus Christ in me- making me a new creation- I can practice what You call me to. As I practice and obey, I can grow in perfect holiness and maturity in Jesus Christ.  I will keep on practicing, Lord!

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“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”  James 1:22-25

“My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.”  Ezekiel 33:31-32

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”  Philippians 4:8-9

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, what do I need to practice?


Heavenly Father,  my heart, mind and soul are prone to wander. Even when I sit down with the intentions of spending quiet time completely devoted to You…even when I am writing to You—which helps me stay focused on You, my Lord God Almighty, the One who gives me life, joy, peace, purpose and love beyond comprehension.  Lord, I am so incredibly grateful that You love me anyway…that You know my weakness and understand my desire to spend time just with You. What a joy to set this time apart to attempt to focus more fully on You. Please forgive my wandering heart and mind. I need You more than I can express. I even need Your help to love You in the way You deserve.

                 I fully believe Your thoughts never leave me—although I will never comprehend how You can be there so completely and intimately for each of us at the same time. You created us with the capacity to love You and others more fully though we are so easily distracted, and far too often we are not content to simply sit quietly with You. If we can learn to overcome our wandering hearts and minds, and learn to be still and quiet in Your presence—we will be so richly blessed. I want to bless You, Lord, with my full attention.

                Lord, You never leave me or wander away from me. You will always love me more. It is my desire to love You with all my feeble heart, mind and soul. I have discovered the more
I set this focused time alone with You, the more I grow in my love for You. I’m so glad You understand me better than I do. You love even my humble attempts to love and honor You. How can I ever thank You for wanting a true relationship with me so much that You sent Jesus to die for my sins so I can come freely to You—any time or anywhere–today and for all eternity.

                Lord, like the good Shepherd You are, pull me back when I am prone to wander. Help me to be still and listen to Your voice above all the clamoring voices of this earth. There is so much trying to get may attention. Help me keep my eyes—my whole being focused on You. Thank You for being patient with me as I grow in being able to rest in Your presence and love You the way You love me.

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“O Lord, you have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.”   Psalm 139:1-3

“How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with You….Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:17-18, 23-24

“…because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ ” Hebrews 13:5

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, forgive me when I wander from You by…




Dear Friends,     I heard a sweet second-hand report about someone I have known most of my life who just lost her husband less than a month ago.  The person told me how her mother was reading and interacting with the book My Forever Memories of You which I designed to help people go through their own personal grief in their own way—in the comfort of their own home. Not only was her mom reading in it, but she was spending time writing her own thoughts, memories and prayers in the book. I couldn’t help but get tears in my eyes. This report was even better than hearing it from the person themselves because someone could see how it was helping their mother through her most challenging trial. That was my hope and prayer. I think of my own grief and years of being there for others in their grief. It was an answer to the prayers I prayed as I wrote the book for those who would be going through it in the future. I wrote it like it was for one dear friend who was grieving. I prayed for that unknown yet much-loved friend as I wrote each page. God gave me a glimpse of one of those friends.

Not my book—but Yours

                It is not often I get to hear how someone has made it their own book. That is what it was designed for- for someone to read excerpts from my grief to jump start them into sharing their own: to be able to tell their own precious story in their own words. To write down the blessings, regrets, memories, joy and sorrow that all come from realizing in an entirely new way what their loved one meant to them and how they continue to influence their life. It was created like a very intimate grief sharing group between the person, me and the Lord. It is my hope that my love and God’s love will help them be brave enough to embrace and heal from their intense grief. Most people who are in the midst of grieving do not have enough energy to let the writer know if the book is helping. That’s good! Because, this book is truly meant to become their own personal story- not mine. Yet, the Lord is so good. He knew I needed to see an answer to the book being truly used.

Holding my Friends up to You:

                Father, I pray for each friend who is a part of this group, who is or will make My Forever Memories of You their own memory book, and anyone who happens to read this grief blog.  I may or may not have met them personally, but I know You know them more intimately than anyone else ever could.  I know I can hold them up to You and You are the One who can help them. Thank You, Lord, for never ever leaving us alone. Thank You that we can share our innermost thoughts with You and You hear them and bring about beauty, healing and eternal hope—even from the deepest grief. In Jesus’ precious name, the One who is acquainted with grief.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”   Joshua 1:5



Most Holy Father,  I’ve heard that it only takes one spark to set a whole forest on fire. It also only takes a tiny spark of hatred to start a genocide…or one little spark of juicy gossip to destroy another life. On the flip side, I have seen for myself how a tiny spark of God’s love can do more good than we can ever imagine. I choose to spread sparks of Your love. I can’t help but think of an eight-year-old friend of mine who moved away. I used to care for her when she was little. Whenever she saw me, she would immediately burst into dance while singing a Christian song, “Lord, let me be a soul on FIRE!” Her spark set me on fire!

                It doesn’t have to be a song! It can be a smile, a compliment, a hug, a prayer, a small gift, holding the door, helping carry groceries in, sending a note, a phone call or text, a sticky note, listening, really listening, a welcoming “Hi!”… When I was young, I’m sure I thought I needed to be and do something huge for the Lord like my young friend who wanted to be a star. Perhaps all these little “sparks” spread and do much bigger things than any huge thing I can imagine. Your love is so powerful, Lord, that once we experience it, we want to pass it on. It only takes a spark to build Your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven!

                I can’t help but sing this “Pass it on” song which was sung at our wedding, (lyrics by Kurt Kaiser):

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going

And soon all those around, can warm up in glowing

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it, you spread His love to everyone

You want to pass it on

What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding

The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it, you want to sing

“It’s fresh like spring”; you want to pass it on

I wish for you my friend, this happiness that I’ve found

You can depend on Him, it matters not where you’re bound

I’ll shout it from the mountain top – PRAISE GOD

I want the world to know; the Lord of love has come to me

I want to pass it on”

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“We love because He first loved us.”   1 John 4:19

“For our God is a consuming fire.”  Hebrews 12:29

“The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people. They will sparkle in His land like jewels in a crown.”  Zechariah 9:16

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Prayer Prompt-Father, set me on fire with Your Son Jesus Christ living in me and use me to throw off sparks for You…

Heavenly Father,  I recall my dad talking to me one time about “investing” in his children. It hit me the wrong way when I first heard him use the term “investing” when speaking of my brothers and me. At the time, being a very young adult, that word seemed a little cold and calculating—probably because I had only heard it in reference to money. But I am beginning to understand my daddy’s investment…

                Yesterday was my last day of a 25-plus-year career I had spent investing in the lives of little people. I spent at least fifteen years loving, nurturing and teaching other people’s children through my in-home Child Care. Then I just chose to leave a job where I continued to love on countless precious little ones from 6 weeks old to six years old in a wonderful Child Care Center. That’s a lot of noses and bottoms which have been wiped, dirty bedding laundered, meals prepared and dishes washed , boo-boos treated, temper tantrums calmed, tears hugged away, silly songs sang, books read over and over, bubbles blown and popped, potty training with accidents and success, teaching to share and take turns, helping them learn to be caring and respectful, helping them realize responsibility, discoveries about butterflies, plants, dinosaurs, weather, firemen, building and art… (and their families loved and prayed for!)

                Most of those little people who run to hug me when I walk into the room will not remember me 5-10 years from now…but I know the other teachers and I have invested more than they will ever know into their lives. Then there are my own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! For over 34 years, I had children underage at home. Now there are grandkids in and out of my care on a regular basis. Even when they are not in my presence, I am still investing love by praying for them daily. As my children and grandchildren have grown to be amazing big people, I am blown away that my little investments had even a tiny impact on who they are and who they influence! The more I invest (even in seemingly insignificant ways) the pay-off is occurring in eternal dividends I can’t even begin to count. Just a little peek makes me realize I am so richly blessed!

                Father, You invested in us first! You knew there wouldn’t always be immediate return for the precious investment of Your Son Jesus Christ. No one understood the price of Your loving investment poured out for us when it was occurring. We still cannot count the riches of how Jesus’ life, death and resurrection continues to grow, flourish and multiply in our lives and those we touch! Father, thank You so much for investing in us when we didn’t deserve it, understand it, or even acknowledge what You’ve done for us. Lord, help me be one that keeps passing Your great blessings along. The more we invest, the richer we discover we’ve become spiritually.

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”    John 3:16

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:9-12

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, how am I investing the Love You have poured into me?

Heavenly Father, Stories are everywhere! I have to laugh thinking back to when I first began writing to be published. I was a little afraid to write my stories because once I wrote them, I thought I would run out of things to write about! That was probably about 25 years ago. I have discovered there are more stories than I can possibly write! And they are all Your stories, Lord! I love to see Your stories unfold. I am amazed at every turn of the page! Sure, there is conflict in life…but what kind of story would it be without something to overcome?!

My sweet daughter just sent me a whole group of old photos. Each and every on is filled with incredible stories written in the lives of every face I dearly love. Several friends of mine are grieving the loss of a loved one…but oh! What stories of their lives together- even if they seem to have been cut short. This is Black History month and I am inspired by all the stories of unknown heroes who impacted so many people with true stories of bravery, hardship and overcoming. I love the true adventures of everyday lives I read about in the Bible- the greatest collection of stories throughout history. I just got to hear the story of my dear friends who went to Costa Rica to serve Your people there.

My son’s former Highschool coach contacted me out of the blue to check on my son after 10 years. Something he read reminded him of his former football player. He wanted to see how he was doing. He was interested to see how his story was turning out. One of my younger Christian sisters is giving her testimony tonight. As we talked, we agreed there are so many testimonies of how personally involved You are in our lives. We each have an entire novel of short stories which testify of Your loving involvement in our lives.

The greatest story of all is the way You sent Your own Son Jesus to save us and give us the amazing gift of eternal life with You though we have sinned against You. It is the same incredible story yet it is written in each of our lives in such different ways. You are the Author of our story. You often have to wait until we relinquish the pen and quit trying to write our own story. Yours is so much better. Father, edit my life. Delete what needs to be cut out. Write Your story the way You want with Your pen dipped in the precious blood of Jesus. I can’t wait to see what’s next- in my story, in my children and grandchildren’s stories and in everyone around me.  It’s is truly Your Story. That’s why they call it HIS-story. It is the story that never ends!

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“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”  John 21:25

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endure such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 12:2-3

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Prayer Prompt-

Heavenly Father, write Your story in my life…