New Year Hope Breathers

Were you devastated from heartaches or losses of one kind or another as you closed out 2022? Has it continued into 2023? I’m so sorry. No matter what you’re suffering, I pray God strengthens you with His measureless grace and pours His peace into Your hurting heart.

🦋 “God has a heart. And it hurts.
Not with just a few drops of ache,
not just with a slow drip of sadness —
His whole massive heart fills, swells,
burns with this raw, relentless pain.”
Ann Voskamp

God’s Grace Is Immeasurable

“So here’s what I’ve learned through it all:
Leave all your cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord,
and measureless grace will strengthen you.”
Psalm 55:22 TPT

As I look back to 2022, God truly has been generous with His boundless love and His all-sufficient grace. Does that mean it was free sailing without any struggles? Not at all.

There will always be trials on this earth, but God has promised His measureless grace to get through them. I am such a worrier and feel so helpless to “fix” things, but God is infinitely patient with me. I continue this life-long learning process of more deeply trusting God and leaving all worries and troubles in His Hands. To repeatedly surrender my heart and past, present, and future life and that of others to Him and His faithful love and infinite and powerful grace. To remember to relinquish the things I can’t change and to believe they are better off in God’s hands than mine. But also to seek His wisdom, guidance, and strength to have courage to make a difference wherever He places me.

The Lord Himself goes before you
and will be with you; 
He will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 31:8

Nature Retreat

I’m so grateful to receive photos from warmer climates during these cold and snowy winter months! The first 6 photos are of Arizona birds from my brother. 🙂 The rest of the photos are ones my niece took recently on her trip to Hawaii to visit her daughter who lives on the Big Island and studies and rescues sea turtles. 🙂

American Robin
Bridled Titmouse
Hermit Thrush
Arizona Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Burrowing Owls
Love this view with the lighthouse!
Another Ocean View
Sea Turtles
Green Sea Turtles
Waimea Canyon

Boundless Love

“As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.”
(Psalm 103:11 NIV)

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.” (Ephesians 3:18 NLT)


We are but a speck in the vast universe. How can God even notice us? Can His love reach the depth of our sins? Can His love penetrate to the deep pain of sins against us?

Just how vast is Jesus’ love? The ocean is so wide and long that we can’t see the end of it. Scientists work hard to find the deepest part of it, but that is still nothing compared to the depth of Jesus’ love. And looking up to the heavens, it is endless. And yet, Jesus’ love is still more. No bottom, no horizon, no limit.

Boundless love. Never confined to human limitations and more than enough for every person. Sometimes as parents or grandparents, we try to pay equal attention to every child, but we are so limited. The more children or grandchildren there are, the more difficult it is. We may grow exhausted trying to spread our time around. And yet, God never grows weary. He can spend His full attention on each one of us at the same time! As St. Augustine put it – “God loves every person as if there were no one else to love.” Amazing, isn’t it?

Yes! His inexhaustible love has the power to reach the most remote part of this world or of every heart, to forgive the most horrifying sin, and to heal the most excruciating soul pain.

God’s boundless love! As arching sky
Above us when we wake and sleep,

Above us when we smile and weep,
Above us when we live and die.

God’s tireless love! Beside the cot
Of her sick child the mother sleeps.
Our heavenly Father ever keeps
Unweary watch—and slumbers not.

God’s changeless love! The wand’ring one
Forsakes, forgets, dishonors; yet,
Repenting, going home, is met
With no reproach—“Welcome, My son!”

God’s mighty love! On Calvary’s height,
Suff’ring to save us from our sin,
To bring God’s wide dominion in,
And fill our lives with joy and light.

God’s endless love! What will it be
When earthly shadows flee away,
For all eternity’s bright day
Th’unfolding of that love to see!

~ Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901)


  1. Have you ever felt like your sin is too big for God to forgive or your pain is too devastating for God to heal? How did you feel and what did you do in these situations?
  2. According to Ephesians 3:18, we need “power” to understand the magnitude of God’s love. Read Ephesians 3:16. Describe the resources God has to empower us with inner strength through His Spirit.
  3. What does Matthew 19:26 tell us about God’s unlimited power?