I have some big needs in my world!  Some places where if Jesus doesn’t show up I feel like my ship just might be going down!  I can’t be the only one who in this place!  The place where if one more thing goes downhill I might have to crawl back into bed and wait until tomorrow to see if things are better!  I can’t be the only one!

It’s in this place where God settles my heart into Isaiah 9:6 . . . . when I need Him to send me some help, some relief, He hears my cry and sends me just what I need!!  But as typical with my precious Lord, what He sends isn’t what I expected, or what I thought I needed . . . . but it is PERFECT!!

For unto us is born, to us a son is given

And the government will be on His shoulders

And He will be called




PRINCE OF PEACE     (Isaiah 9:6)

He sent me a baby in a manger.

But not just an ordinary baby . . . .

As I look at this list, describing Jesus, I am in AWE!!  Here is everything I need!!  In the swirling details of my life, when I’m not sure what to do next or where to go, I desperately need an amazing counselor to listen to my heart, help advise me of where to go and what to do!!  Someone who will take the time to sit with me, pray with me and open my eyes to things I wasn’t seeing!  Someone who isn’t in the position for what they get out of it, but purely for the sake of helping me in my journey!  And He comes with an all-knowing wisdom that defies what anyone on earth can offer!

He also sent me a God that is not just able to do some stuff, but he can do anything!  He is not weak, or intimidated or mousy . . . . He is MIGHTY!  I need a God that can still move mountains on my behalf and can still do miracles and can still heal and set captives free!!  I don’t need a god that sits on a shelf, but a God that moves about in the world and can not just be there for me, but for everyone that calls on His name!  He is the God that is greater than all and mightier than all and surpasses them all!  There is no god like OUR GREAT GOD!!

And yet I need a Father who is both strong and tender to come and be with me!  Not just for today, but for all my tomorrows as well!  This Father is staying here FOREVER!  He is a Father unlike any father on earth!  He is so much more than what our eyes have seen in a father, and He will never leave, never disappoint, never disrespect,  never walk out, never hurt, never abuse, never forget, never turn His head, never stop loving!  We are the focus of this Father’s heart!  His love for us is more than our finite minds can comprehend!  But His love for us is there, and it’s everlasting . . . . just like He is!!  And He can be my strong father to fight for me, or He can be my tender Father to hold me in the midst of my storms!  Wahtever I need, I have a Father who adores me, that will never leave me, that will never forget me and will always be with me!

And in the midst of this crazy world I need peace!  But not just a temporary peace, I need peace in the center of my soul, where turmoil tends to breed and breath, I need peace!  And this baby not only offers peace, but He is the Prince of Peace!  Now that is some serious peace!!  My heart just breathed a sigh of relief as I considered the truth of the peace He offers to me!  This means that in the middle of my mess I can know that if I turn towards Him I will find the peace I am looking for!  But I have got to turn into the peace that He offers and not away from it!

But how about you?  Where do you need this baby in the manger to show up for you?  Where do you need His wonderful counseling?  In what places in your world do you need a mighty God to show up for you?  In what moments does your heart need the father to come, settle in and never leave you?  And where is it that you need some peace?!

We need to look no further than that precious baby in the manger!  HE IS TRULY ALL WE NEED!!


What I’m Excited About Today


The day after Thanksgiving my fabulous prayer warrior and husband are hopping on a plane and heading to Orlando Florida!!  WOOT WOOT!!!!!  I have been invited to speak at REAL Life Church in Clermont, Fla. on Dec. 1 at their Women’s Christmas Event:

Real Women’s Christmas Event

Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ladies! Mark your calendars for the annual Real Women’s Christmas event, The Gift, on Monday, December 1st, at 7:00pm in the Main Auditorium. This year, author Gail Ramesh will be joining us as our guest speaker. Contact Christina Tennyson at cmtennyson@getreallife.com for more information. Childcare will be provided.

So what does this mean for me?  I am spending my days firming up my talk and trying to figure out what to wear to an event on Dec. 1 in Florida!!  As I sit here at my favorite coffee shop the ground is covered with snow and more is coming down.  On Dec. 1 here in Michigan that means two words:  BUNDLE UP!!!!  But what does that mean for Florida?!?!  I can’t even begin to think about short sleeves in this weather!!!  This is my biggest dilemma about this trip!!  And of course if I wanted something new, I won’t be buying it here . . . . we only have wool sweaters and thick fleece-lined leggings!!

I LAUGH as I type this . . . . with all the TRUE TRAGEDIES in the world this is really NO BIG DEAL!!!!!!  I GET THAT!!!!  However, I still have to maneuver through these waters!!  A wool sweater just can’t go with me to Florida!!

And yet God draws my heart to what really matters . . . . . as Mandisa says, it’s not the gospel of Vogue that matters, but our truest beauty that comes from the INSIDE, where Jesus resides!!!

My heart runs back to Psalm 45:11  –  (my own paraphrase)  My King is ENTHRALLED with MY BEAUTY!!

I love that the Word doesn’t say He WILL BE enthralled with my beauty WHEN . . . . . I lose weight, get my hair done, buy new clothes, get a make-over, change my eating habits, etc.  It says that He is TODAY, RIGHT WHERE I AM, ENTHRALLED WITH THE BEAUTY I POSSESS TODAY!!!!!

Girls, we have got to stop thinking we are going to be beautiful tomorrow . . . . . our KING is totally HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH US AND OUR BEAUTY TODAY . . . . right where we are . . . . . just who we are today!!!!!  Enjoy His attention . . . enjoy His affections . . . . enjoy HIM as He enjoys YOU and YOUR BEAUTY!!!!!

So today I am going to spend some time with my favorite Book . . . God’s Word . . . and let that clothe my heart with the beauty of His Spoken Word!!!  I am going to let that be the lavish beauty upon my heart!!!  Later today I’ll have to poke through my closet and see what I can find that might work in 72 degrees and trust Jesus for the perfect outfit that will go with the TRUEST BEAUTY of my heart!!!!

If you are in Clermont on Dec. 1 I would LOVE for you to come and say hello – you can see what Jesus put together out of my closet and tell me if it works!! =  )