deuteronomy, testing, difficulties, trials, Lake Zakher, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain

Remember, Remember, Remember

Remember, remember, remember . . . oh, and do not forget! It has amazed me how many times the Lord says the words “remember” or “do not forget.” Whenever reading the Old Testament, I often seek to understand the application for us as believers today. Many of the admonitions to remember…

sun, september 11, pondering, trees

Price of Freedom

Many thoughts go through my mind every September 11 . . . as I am sure it does for many of you. We think about where we were and what our circumstances were and where our loved ones were. We think about those we lost…and our friends who lost loved ones….and even strangers we have met who lost loved ones…

Compassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting

Learning from the Best

Though Jesus was never a physical parent on earth, I would say He knows a thing or two about parenting! He is God; He is Shepherd; He is Creator; He is Love. Recently, I opened theCompassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting Word asking the Lord to direct my steps and give me wisdom in parenting. The following very familiar verses were viewed with a new perspective.

Jamie's feet

Thirty-Four Minutes

Thirty-four minutes is a poem written upon the birth and death of my second grand child. Great reflection for anyone who has lost a child or has experienced a miscarriage or still birth. Grief, loss, love.

my great aunt

Five Reasons My Great Aunt is Cooler Than Yours

  5. She’s turning 90 years old soon and daily uses a computer, an IPad, and a smart phone. 4. She uses Facebook to keep up with all her children, grand-children, great grandchildren, grand-nieces (me), and even my children and grandchildren (and remembers all of their names). 3. She Skypes with me when I’m living…

hope, faith, inspiration, scripture


Originally posted on Responding In Faith…:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; (Hebrews 10:23 NASB) Hope…certainties that will happen but haven’t yet been revealed by God! We must believe in the promises of God because He is faithful. This is what we cling to…

field, Thailand, Fathers

Loved No Less

(An adopted child’s Father’s Day tribute.) We often hear about birthmothers and the need (especially around Mother’s Day) for an adopted child to have time to think about, pray for, or send a card and picture to the birthmother. We do not often hear about Father’s Day and biological or “birth” fathers. Maybe because in…

pregnancy, labor, waiting

Ketchup and Traffic Lights

Heinz ketchup used to have a commercial jingle that talked about anticipation making us wait. Traffic lights make us wait. Both are red. Therefore, red must equal waiting. Red could also describe paper cuts in the “paper pregnancy” of the adoption journey!

dark night, starless night, city lights

A Thousand for One

  A thousand crystal glasses crashing to the floor A thousand piercing needles poking, stabbing, more A thousand years of hunger leaving lonely longings A thousand pounds of pressure coming on so strongly A thousand starless nights A thousand blinding lights (breathe, just breathe) A thousand warriors wielding blades that slash the darkness A thousand…

palm trees, Palm Sunday, Hallelujah

The Stately Palm

The Palm   From my bedroom window Between two, white plastered Houses, Stands the stately date palm High above it all— And down the wall, Cascading fuchsia bougainvillea Like a waterfall. Weathering summer heat and Winter winds, The stately palm waves its limbs Shouting Hallelujahs To its Maker The King.   DH Stewart January 2005…

Knowing The Names

This morning in my Bible reading I read the following verse: “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10 (NASB) I asked myself these questions: What does it mean to know God’s name? ********** Which names of God?…

Every Mom Can Blog, Pinterest

Every Mom Can Blog

By: Delana H. Stewart  Every mom can blog . . . but not every mom can blog well. Here are 6 tips for how to improve your blog.  1.       Choose an interesting theme. The theme sets the stage of your blog. Will it read like a newspaper? Will it mostly display photos? How will the…

Hugs, Home, Gates, Gardens

Free Hugs

by: Delana H. Stewart Free Hugs   When we visited Thailand a month or so ago, we went to the Sunday bazaar. Out in front of the gate stood a scraggly-bearded man with a shirt that read “Free Hugs.” He did not seem to be getting many takers, but it reminded me how often we…

stained glass, heart, love

The Keeper of My Heart

Heartsong Three: The Keeper of My Heart How deep the thoughts that flow from me, puzzling, yet freeing. Oh, the wonder of Your love for me, the wonder of it all. To make You love me more, not a thing I can do. Nor anything to cause You to love me less. To see the…

root, plant, orchid

Putting Down Roots

No more moving. No more goodbyes. All my loved ones in one place. Sounds like heaven to me! I was re-reading and contemplating an old post To Be Deracinated, regarding being uprooted. I thought about the joy that will be mine when I reach the place Jesus is preparing for me where I no longer…

windows, glass, colored windows, church windows

A Window of Many Colors

Windows can be for looking through or looking at. Through windows . . . or on windows . . . we can see stories unfold. Sometimes, even words can be windows . . . windows to the soul. Here is a picture of a huge stained glass window in an old church in Beaumont, TX…