Monday Mrng Musings V

“How is it that some can accept as simple FACT that GOD Loves them?” Why Can’t I?

My Struggle is Real! More so on some days than on others…

The reasons we create in our minds for which God loves us can be a stone tied around our spirit and become a barrier to entering His Presence with boldness and confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)

I have more to say… tomorrow? The Cyclone in my mind is spinning this morning. Give me a day – or two – let’s see if it begins to make enough sense to share. But in the meantime,

Whatcha think??

Do YOU Know this struggle?

Share with us!

Rythyms of GRACE 


I sometimes think my Mom taught me about GRACE while I was still in the womb. I can just imagine seeing her caress the bump that was my first home, saying: “Jimmy, God Loves You!”

Living and growing up in a Pastor’s home, I certainly knew the word. I memorized the scriptures. I could quote all the common definitions and popular acrostics like: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

Unfortunately, my experiential understanding and application of GRACE was SHORT-SIGHTED. I could accept and live in His GRACE when I felt deserving of it – or, if I knew I was coming into a time of desperate need of it. And pursued it.

It was in my times of personal failure that I seemed to lose my awareness of His GRACE. When I felt I was failing to “live up to my potential.”  Or when “my best” seemed to fall short.

It was always easy to see GRACE working for me when life was smiling. But where was GRACE in the dark? When I needed it the most, why did God and His GRACE seem to hide in the shadows? What cruel God liked to play Hide’nSeek with me?

Slowly, I’ve come to learn that GRACE doesn’t depend upon my… my… my… Hmm, D’ya know what, GRACE doesn’t depend upon ME… AT ALL!

I depend upon (His) GRACE!!
All Day, Every Day!

It’s NOT Blind Love…

It’s HIS Choice!

We’re afraid. We think we need to Hide

…From HIM

So often we want to, we try to

We think we might be able to – HIDE

We think (hope) He doesn’t know

We think if He knew He’d make us leave

Pssst… Guess What… He already knows!

EVERYTHING about you

And He Loves You!

Not – “Anyway…”

Not – “In Spite of…”

Not – “Unless you…”

Or – “Until…”

Not – “_____…” #FillInTheBlank

He Simply Loves You!! Period

”The One Who Knows You Best


There IS NO Need to Hide!

There is no PLACE to hide!


1 John 4:10

GoAhead – Take A Step!

Sometimes (Perhaps – Usually? – more often than we wish) we have to
“Just Take That BabyStep” – Without the understanding we’ll gain after taking The Step.

P.S. Sometimes the Path to Understanding is an even longer Process.

But in order to take tomorrow’s BabyStep,
we may need to be where
Today’s Step will take us.

BabyStep after
BabyStep after
BabyStep from
Here to “There”
By Faith

Morning Reminders

As I was reading JESUS CALLING this morning, this scripture from Ps the 139: 1-4 was attached:

You have searched me, Lord, and 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. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:1–4

That’s become (1of) my favorites! It dawns on me (again) – The Lord looks at us with eyes of Love, Mercy and Grace. NOT judgement and condemnation.

One phrase I remember hearing countless times growing up (in a Pastor’s home) was: “Be careful, Jimmy, God’s watching you!” Unfortunately I usually thought of it as a warning that if I did something wrong, I’d “get zapped.” I didn’t always recognize it as a promise about His Love for me. I’ve since learned the difference, but I don’t always walk in the difference. I now understand; He keeps His eyes on me, but it’s because He desires to protect, guide and comfort me.

Now that Im old,(er) I remember the difference. He reminds me – it usually happens best in these early moments when it’s just Him and I, when we’re the only ones in the house up and awake.

LORD, You Know what this day holds (for us)! You Know the temptation to fear as we approach the coming hours. ThkQ for this assurance – You Knew the days assigned to us before we lived our first one. (v.16) ThkQ for your Promise to ‘Never leave us, Never forsake us!’”

Keep us aware of Your Presence as we step into this day. Amen!

Today’s Jesus Calling: (March 17)

“COME TO ME FOR UNDERSTANDING since I know you far better than you know yourself. I comprehend you in all your complexity; no detail of your life is hidden from Me. I view you through eyes of grace, so don’t be afraid of My intimate awareness. Allow the Light of My healing Presence to shine into the deepest recesses of your being—cleansing, healing, refreshing, and renewing you. Trust Me enough to accept the full forgiveness that I offer you continually. This great gift, which cost Me My Life, is yours for all eternity. Forgiveness is at the very core of My abiding Presence. I will never leave you or forsake you.

When no one else seems to understand you, simply draw closer to Me. Rejoice in the One who understands you completely and loves you perfectly. As I fill you with My Love, you become a reservoir of love, overflowing into the lives of other people.”

O Lord, you have searched me and 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. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
—Psalm 139:1–4

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
—2 Corinthians 1:21–22

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
—Joshua 1:5

SARAH YOUNG ‘n I agree – 10.28

As is my usual daily practice, I opened the JESUS CALLING app on my iPhone this morning and was reminded of my post from last Tuesday.

“LINGER IN MY PRESENCE A WHILE. Rein in your impulses to plunge into the day’s activities. Beginning your day alone with Me is essential preparation… your time of being still in My Presence equips you for the day ahead….”

(That’s all I can legally share, due to copyright laws.)      But – the JESUS CALLING app can be purchased in the App Store for only $10.99. It includes the scriptures for the day as well as the text of the day. A GREAT Way to start your day! I now use the app more than hardback.

The original title for this post was: “JESUS CALLING agrees with me!”     But then that began to sound very arrogant on my part, so I changed it. Upon further consideration, I realize – we both agree with HIM! – the original author! Starting the day in My Quiet Place makes a huge difference! EVERY time!!

T.B.T. # 16


I’m a bit dismayed as I look back and remember this post from 4 years ago! 😪  Some of the lessons I was being taught then have yet to be properly applied to my everyday practices.

That’s part of the reason my Favorite Recovery Word is PROCESS.  I’m not what I was, I’m not what I will be, but “For Today, Just For Today, I can BE What HE Desires For Me.”   O’Course, without the work done in that time, our lives would be so different today. That’s a good thing! 😆 A  Very Good Thing! 🥰

Something I HAVE learned better since that point is we have to be (very) careful about comparing TODAY with YESTERDAY or TOMORROW. We run the risk of losing the JOY laid out for us on THIS Day.