Welcome to Poetry Tuesday. I pray these simple words bless you today. Birthing Oh there are days I turn away Believing your love It’s too painful To bear. Days the weight Of love breaks And my cries And sighs Long for days Of old. Days of striving free Of numbing Of no pain I … More Turn Toward
Welcome to Poetry Tuesday. Today, I’m sharing my poem in a video. Below are the Scriptures this poem was inspired by. I wrote it several months ago, but am only just beginning to understand what the LORD was revealing to me: the stunning miracle of being covered by His hem, the living, saving and transforming … More Hem: Covering Us
Colossians 4: 6 ESV Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Welcome to Devouring the Light Thursday, where we gather to pray through a Promise of God’s Word. Before you read my reflections upon today’s Word, take a moment to prayerfully … More Presence: Where can I flee from Your Presence?
Following God we are guaranteed pain. In fact, a lot of it. But we are also promised the everpresent help, love and grace of our Savior. 2 Corinthians 1:5 ESV For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. When I was younger I couldn’t understand this … More Strong – In my weakness, I AM Strong
Deuteronomy 6: 4 NLT “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a] 6:4 Or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one. Welcome to Devouring the Light Thursday, where we pray through a Promise from God’s Word. Before you read my reflections from the Word above, coming from my own prayerful seeking, take a moment … More Hear – The Voice Preparing the Way
Isaiah 30: 15 ESV For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling, 2 Samuel 14: 14 All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the … More Return: In returning and rest you shall be saved
Welcome to Devouring the Light Thursday, where we gather to pray through a Promise from God’s Word. Psalm 84:11 New International Version (NIV) For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Before you read my reflections, take a moment to sit with … More Give Thanks – for the LORD has been good to you
Hello Joy of the Spirit Within friends, This post is a bit different from the usual offering. I am writing to alert you to some changes in data protection which affect how you might receive Joy of the Spirit Within emails. It has primary relevance to those who subscribe to receive my blog posts by … More General Data Protection Regulation (EU)
Ephesians 2: 8 (ESV) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Recently, through the wind and waves of PTSD, as I saw and was overwhelmed by the most awful flashbacks, I turned it all inwards. I used my rational understanding … More Temple – To God Alone Arise
Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt comes the week of Kate’s release of her book A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging. I have ordered my copy and can’t wait for it to arrive! Congratulations, Kate! Here goes my response to the prompt . . . This year, I see God teaching me to release … More Release
Matthew 18: 3 (NIV) And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Forever Stays A Poem by Anna Louise Smit Ashamed, I walk Clothed of dark, Despair And yet, I know My living Hope. I know The blessings Before … More Forever Stays
John 16: 8 – 11 (ESV) And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. … More Saturday Share at Lisa’s
Welcome to Devouring the Light Thursday, where we pray Scripture into our week, asking God to speak. May God bless you with sweet revelations of His love this Easter. And may His hope take the loss and suffering residing in your heart captive. May He gift you beautiful visions of heaven, bringing tears of expectant … More Arms Outstretched
I wrote this a few days ago, as I sat with the One Word “heals” in: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147: 3) and asked the Lord to speak to my heart. Father God, anoint these words with Your precious oil. Bind and balm wounds. Hold so near. Wrap in … More Whole: in fullness, new
Colossians 1: 18 – 20 (MSG) 18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but … More grace – the power of forgiveness
Luke 12:15 (AMP) Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.” May God speak to your heart here today. Before you read what I heard God whisper … More free – to let go and be held
Welcome to Poetry Tuesday! I have a surprise for you today 😊. Come listen: If you’re interested in the Scriptures that led to these words, have a look at: Isaiah 44: 3 – 4 John 12:24 Luke 12: 15 Joel 2: 24 – 26 Joel 3: 18 Jeremiah 31:12 Matthew 9: 17 And this worship … More Rain of Promise
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) [. . . ] be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”[a] Footnotes: Hebrews 13:5Deut. 31:6 Welcome to Thursday’s Devouring the Light, where we pray a Promise from God’s Word each week. Before you read the revelations God brought me, take a … More Free to Sing and Dance
In Worship Raise I choose Behold My Joy And my Delight. It’s at Your feet, I rest A garden closed A spring yet locked A fountain sealed. Living streams Within me flow Gurgling strong I wait. I know You here Even as my shame And pain now beckon, call I hear Your Voice there still. … More In Worship Raise
Are there days you get so tired? So tired from the weight you carry to the Lord in prayer each day? The weight of loved ones heavy on your heart? Days there just don’t seem to be any words left to pray? Then, I pray these words penned from that place of weariness are a … More Tired
Ecclesiastes 3: 13 (KJB) And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. Today, let’s come before the LORD in prayer. Let’s pray this Scripture aloud and listen for His Word to us. What invitation is He holding out to you? Before you … More Oh the Joy!
Jude 1: 24 – 25 24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. … More Freshly Squeezed
Today, as we gather to Devour the Light of God’s Word let’s sit with this Scripture. Let’s pray it aloud over ourselves and wait for what God wants to speak to us in our unique situation: Jeremiah 15: 16 (NIV) When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, … More My Heart’s Delight
Exodus 35: 25 All the skilled women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue and purple and scarlet material and in fine linen. Exodus 36: 35 (ESV) He made the veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; with cherubim skillfully worked into it he … More Weaving to Life
ALL THINGS NEW by Anna Smit Behold, I am making all things new He speaks, deep unto deep My eyes they turn There below. Reeds are swaying Rustling wind Waters green, there below Basket woven, her hands Release. My heart it grips I see my own Precious gift From my own hands, Taken. No, … More Guest Post: All Things New
This is for all the Mamas of Prodigals. The Mamas losing faith. For the ones weary of praying and not seeing a breakthrough. This is for the Mamas doing battle on their knees. For all the Mamas who see their kids’ awful sin and just don’t understand. For all the Mamas who have raised their … More Praise His Holy Name
Each week I will be sharing a poem the LORD gifts me. I pray that together with Devouring the Light Thursdays, Poetry Tuesdays will strengthen you by the power of the Word of our God and the Holy Spirit in you. May each word I write give glory to His Name alone. LITTLE GIRL, … More Poetry Tuesday: Little Girl, Mine
Recently, I sensed God asking me to release the blog Beloved Prodigal I opened in September last year with the prayers and support of dear friends. And as I layed it in God’s hands and passed the baton on to the Team that the LORD has gathered around me in the past months, I have also sensed … More Faith Working Through Love
Oh how excited I am to join the FMF Community again after more than a year away! That is a privilege too. But today, as I was hit by the return of the waves of PTSD, God revealed another mighty privilege He has given me: to SPEAK, even as the winds and waves crash. The … More The Privilege of the Word in Us
http://wp.me/p97J6K-4 Come visit my new blog – BelovedProdigal.com Let’s unite in faith, hope and love to see God call His children – our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, grandchildren, in-laws and friends – Home. Our Prodigals are BELOVED of Christ and this is our gathering place to boldly declare and witness the unfolding of … More Welcome! Let’s Gather to Praise our God!
John 17: 3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. Dear faithful readers, returning here after a month away my heart is both heavy and filled with joy. Heavy, because I am returning to tell you that I will be laying down … More A Goodbye and Call to Wholeness
Tomorrow, I’ll be going on a social media fast for the remainder of this month. I have much to reflect on and listen and talk to God about after a powerful and inspiring week at Mary DeMuth’s writer intensive in Switzerland at the beginning of October and a beautiful month of publishing others’ testimonies in … More Prayer – An Invitation into His Heart
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 | NIV Faith comes from the listening. Hearing the Word spoken to us. And that’s not just a one-time affair, but a relationship of listening, acting and growing in our faith. A few weeks ago, I … More Listen … and Grow
If you’ve been following along with me, you’ll know I’ve been digging deeply into the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand, ever since heeding the call to get up past midnight to go read the story with fresh eyes. Today, I want to look at this passage from the account in Mark: “Then he … More Let’s Set the Dark Alight
The last few posts, I’ve shared some of what God has been revealing to me through His miracle of feeding the five thousand. Today, I’d like to rest upon this passage: ‘Taking the five loaves and two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to … More Give Him Your Not-Enough, All of It!
Today, I’m joining the Five Minute Friday writers around the world, writing in response to Kate Motaung’s prompt: heal. “They all ate and were satisfied.” Mark 6: 42 (NIV) I have sat with this verse for a long time, after God called me there. And what I see is this: where we ingest and digest … More Healing for the Diseased Heart
My last two posts – Daring Questions and The Invitation of Challenging Questions – both came in response to a little whisper that I heard late one night, in my bed, past midnight. I was praying for a friend and I distinctly heard: go read the story of me feeding the five thousand. When you … More Go and see!
In my last post, Daring Questions, I shared about how daring to ask even deeply disturbing questions of God, invites Him to show us the truth of His Word in our lives in a very personal way. But what about when others question us, question our faith, question the validity of what we believe in … More The Invitation of Challenging Questions
Do we always dare to both receive and ask the anguished, heartbreaking and deeply disturbing questions? The question in the Bible that has perhaps the biggest potential to grow and challenge us is Jesus’ question to Peter: Mark 8: 29 NIV “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” And I’m … More Daring Questions
Excuse my longer than five minutes post today…my heart was taken where it was called today: Daniel 6: 23 (NIV) The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted (Hebrew root- … More Loyal: He’s Holding You Tight