What to Do with the Cares of Your Heart

Recently I was reading Psalms during a wait and I’ve just soaked myself in the Psalms lately. It seems I read one and then just keep going and pretty soon, I’ve read ten or fifteen without stopping.

God’s Word is so relevant and current. Each time I read, I find myself thinking “Wow, that was for today.”

Psalm 94:19 fed my soul in particular:

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

I identify with the first part of the verse because it seems that the cares of my heart are many quite often. There’s a lot happening in our world today. And just ask my husband, I have a lot of cares in my heart.

I care for people who write to me here on the blog.

I care for people I pass on the street.

I care for the families who have children with MPS, the same disease as my Taylor girl, and I pray for them, often not knowing the words to say.

I care for my children as they learn to make good decisions.

I care for Taylor as we walk the road of suffering while she fights a terminal neurologically degenerative disease.

I’ve only listed some of my cares. But I know you have many cares too.

Heartache, disease, disaster, depression, financial problems, marital problems, family problems…

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do with the cares of your heart.

But the Psalmist writes:

Care and cheer can coexist in our soul when we place our faith and trust in the promises of God’s Word.

I just wanted to share this simple encouragement with you today. For extra encouragement, check out this list of verses for trusting God in tough times or this list of verses for when you are struggling to understand God’s plan.

Have a thriving Thursday!



A Prayer of Thanks for My Church

Recently as I worked on writing my book scheduled to be released in September 2015, I was reflecting on the influence that church has played in my life. No, it hasn’t all been perfect. As my pastor reminded us on Sunday, the church is not really the building; the church is people. And we all know people are imperfect. How in the world is the church ever going to be perfect then? Only in Heaven. But I’m so thankful for the churches I’ve been blessed to be a part of during my lifetime so far. From tiny one hundred member rosters to the 4,000 people attending each weekend at Cypress Church, God has used his people to keep me close to him and grow in my faith. I’m incredibly thankful for that. So today I’m scribbling a prayer of thanks for my church. Maybe you can share it with your church family too.

Dear Father,
Today I thank you for my church.
While some might think of doors and windows,
I’m praising you for spirits and hearts.
The people whose lives you’ve intersected
Are remarkable through your grace.
I can’t praise you enough for the unique way
You’ve blended the talents of individuals
Into beautiful masterpieces of joy.
May we love one another to the fullest
And be evidence of your ultimate love
To advance the work of your kingdom.

a prayer of thanks for my church

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Bloggers, our Whimsical Wednesday linkup is being posted a bit late and I apologize for that. I’m headed to Dallas today for the Logos Women’s Ministry Summit and I just got a bit behind on all that needed to be done. I’ll be looking at your posts on my layover this afternoon; so be sure to link up and share all the encouragement you have for us this Whimsical Wednesday!


Bible Reading Challenge Check-In

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Happy Monday! I pray that you are having a good week and have been able to take time to spend in God’s Word. I can hardly believe that we are already to the Bible reading challenge check-in again this week!

Last Monday I decided to make a Bible purchase. I’ve been reading the Olive Tree Bible app daily for the Bible reading challenge this entire year, but I’ve found that when I spend extra time reading it, especially when outdoors, my eyes are feeling very strained.

Just to be able to enjoy reading more, I bought a simple, but pretty ESV Bible at Lifeway. I didn’t own a paper English Standard Version Bible and really wanted continuity to the reading. This Bible is a Thinline, so it fits in my purse, but it’s still large enough to read without a magnifying class. It is only 1 in. thick and comes in several beautiful colors.

The above photo is the one I chose. I personally believe that the actual color of this Bible is much brighter than the photo shown below. Anyhoo, I thought I’d let you know that you can order this Bible and there are some very pretty options:

ESV Thinline Bible, TruTone, Wild Rose, Floral Design, Red Letter Text

ESV Thinline Bible (TruTone, SkyBlue, Ivy Design)

ESV Thinline Bible (TruTone, Chocolate/Blue, Paisley Band)

I really love this Bible since it is just what I was looking for. While I wanted to provide all the links above to you so you could see the detail, I also wanted to tell you that I was so shocked that this Bible only cost me $10 at Lifeway! Can you believe it? I tried to find it on their website and they don’t offer it there.

But I just had to tell you about it. Making this purchase has enabled me to read my Bible for longer periods outdoors, which is really great for me right now with the kids spending a lot of time at the park and pool. This Bible is also a beautiful gift Bible and at that price of $10 at Lifeway, you can’t beat it!

So- that was my Bible reading adventure this week!

How are you doing? I want to hear! Will you leave a comment to share your experience?

Have a great day!