Spring, a Blogging Break, and Easter Blessings

Spring is finally here! The robins are back! The temperatures are warming up, though there is still snow left to melt.

It’s awesome to see the birds check out nesting spots and to hear their joyous songs again. But joy often coexists with sadness, doesn’t it? Spring is so welcome after a long, dreary winter, but now we’re getting flooding in our midwestern city like we’ve never experienced before. Huge ice chunks had to be taken off of roads after the flooding receded. There are still many in the parks and areas around the river. Some roads and bridges are washed out or crumbled. Homes are damaged. It’s going to take a lot of time, work, and money to recover.

Now with the snow melting quickly north and west of here, people are preparing for even worst flooding this week. Oodles of sandbags have been set up to protect homes and businesses. The Falls and the bike trails have been closed off, and anyone who goes past the barricades will be fined. It’s for our safety, but you wouldn’t believe how many people ignore the warnings.

The Falls are really roaring lately. It has receded some, and we hope it doesn’t get higher than this.

On another note, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging. An overwhelming feeling has been creeping up on me. Last week I needed to just back up and allow myself grace. I felt God whispering to me to rest and not be so hard on myself that each Tuesday I MUST have a blog post ready.

After some prayerful consideration, I feel I need some time to refresh and renew my body, mind, and spirit. I also need to recalibrate where I’m going with this blog. I may only do two Tuesdays a month and I may alter my end-of-the month posts. I’m uncertain yet, but I’m asking God to guide me.

I hope to return on May 7. Meanwhile, I pray you all have a Spirit-filled, Glorious Easter!

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
by Casting Crowns

“Now may God,
the inspiration and fountain of hope,
fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy
and perfect peace as you trust in Him.
And may the power of the Holy Spirit
continually surround your life with His
super-abundance until you radiate with hope!”
Romans 15:13 TPT

Summer Break Time

Dear Readers,

I’m feeling the need to unplug again this summer. It’s time to take a step back to renew, replenish, and refocus my body, mind, and soul. I’m not certain yet how long, whether 1, 2, or 3 months. I may write a post once in a while, but only if I feel the nudge to do so. I’m going to try let go of the pressure I place on myself to “perform” each week with a blog post. I want to let myself float and go with the flow of where God leads me. 🙂

If you aren’t signed up to receive new blog posts, you’re welcome to sign up in the right-hand column, so you will know whenever I do post again. 🙂

I’ve been getting some news about some General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect this month. But as I research it, I don’t think it applies to this website. I understand it applies to businesses who sell to Europeans. I am definitely not a business, and I don’t sell anything to anyone. 🙂 I also understand WordPress has GDPR-ized their privacy policy.

Just in case you’re not aware of it though, when you sign up to “follow” me, WordPress does collect your emails, and I can see them. But I assure you it is strictly for the purpose of delivering new posts to your email. I highly respect your privacy and never, ever share your email with anyone else.

Whether or not I post, you all will remain in my heart and prayers. Even if you are silent readers, I care about you. Feel free to roam around this site, whether to read old posts or to check out the various pages of ABCs of Jesus’ Love, Hope Harbor, Books, Quotes, and Nature Retreat.

You are always welcome to email me (email in the right-hand column) if you have a prayer request, need someone to care, or just want to keep in touch.

Above all, God cares about you. He is always accessible and available 24/7. He loves you so very much and longs for you to let go and allow Him to love you.


I AM WITH YOU

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“I am with you when things are going good,
when the way is bright and clear,
I am with you My child when life looks bleak,
and your vision is blurred with tears.
I am with you when Happiness fills your heart,
when the sun is shining bright,
I am by your side when you feel alone,
and you’re surrounded by darkest night.
I am with you when you have many friends,
when others for you care,
I am always with you when you’re alone,
your loneliness to share.
I am with you when you’re radiant with health,
when you don’t lack a thing,
I am next to you when you’re in pain,
I am there to comfort bring.
My child, I will always be there for you,
remember that I care,
Remember that you’re not alone,
I am there to your sorrows share!
I will always be with you til the end of the world,
I’ll be there each step of the way,
I am with you every moment, each hour,
and each and every day.”
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.”
2 Corinthians 13:14


“He Will Carry You”
by Scott Wesley Brown

Time to Restore, Replenish, and Refocus

Dear Readers,

When I begin to feel overwhelmed and have to put more pressure on myself to write a weekly blog post, I am learning I need to let go and withdraw into rest in body, mind, and soul. Also that I shouldn’t feel guilty about doing so. So I have decided to take a break from blogging this summer. I need to spend some time allowing God to restore, replenish, and refocus my heart and mind. I’m not sure how long, but for sure the month of June and possibly even July. I am going to try to relax, let go of my grip on my own agenda, and allow God to lead me into His plan.

Meanwhile, you all will remain in my heart and prayers. Even if you are silent readers, I care about you. You are always welcome to email me (email in the right-hand column) if you have a prayer request, need someone to care, or just want to chat.

Above all, God cares about you. He is always available 24/7. He loves you so very much and longs for you to let go and allow Him to love you.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.”
2 Corinthians 13:14

“Lion”
by Rebecca St. James

“This is not a dream that I’m living
This is just a world of Your own
You took me from all that I knew
Shown me how it feels to hope
With You with me, facing tomorrow together
I can learn to fly
Feels like I’m living in a lion’s mouth, but the lion is (an angel)”

May the God of all hope
heal your heart,
free you to fly,
and fill you with His joy!