UNLOCKING SECRETS

~WELCOME TO MY JOURNAL~

My journal — my hidden place with the Lord — holds so many secrets, unlocking so many places that have freed my heart. It’s my holy hope that opening these pages together, we will unlock places where we wrestle, be tackled with answers, opened to the truth and left immersed in God’s perfect love, grace and mercy.
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No Nametag Needed

It was the exchange of peace during our church service, a time to pretty much say hi to the people around you. We always sat near the same people, in our unspoken assigned seats. I reached my hand out to a very familiar face I’d met before, one I saw on a weekly basis. He … Continue readingNo Nametag Needed

Be Still

To be still is to be motionless and unmoving, it’s a picture of a place of deep silence as I see it ~ and this was the kind I was seeking the other day. But me, be still? If you know me, you would know I go a mile a minute, it’s no joke. Yet, … Continue readingBe Still

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Come as a child

Before our first child arrived, we prepared in advance by researching the best equipment to travel safely, the softest sheets to sleep soundly and the precautions to ensure his well-being. We were embarking on new territory and prepared as best we could, but honestly, we had to learn as we went along. We really took … Continue readingCome as a child

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Going Without Knowing

It’s morning and I’m looking out over my back yard at the frost covering the blades of grass and I feel the need to share that I have cold feet. Cold feet ~ These are the kind that question, they back out, hesitate and lose their nerve to walk forward. The image depicts an absence … Continue readingGoing Without Knowing

Diving In

Hello 2021! How do you feel about it? Anticipation? Fear? Ho-hum? Excited? Whatever it is, it’s unknown territory, and like it or not, we are diving in! Makes me think about jumping off the diving board when I was a kid. My mom or dad would tread water in the deep end and I would … Continue readingDiving In

Christmas Sparks Joy, Invites Hope

Christmas for me surfaces a mix of emotion. Joy bubbles up big time, yet suffering places also seem to surface in magnitude, maybe not outwardly, but deep down I feel them. Do you know what I mean? Behind our family picture, I rejoice big time! But don’t be fooled, there’s no perfect family. I acknowledge the … Continue readingChristmas Sparks Joy, Invites Hope

Gramma Got Run Over?

Poor grandma, she got run over by a reindeer? Who came up with this song? I’ve never been run over by a reindeer, but I’ve been run over by the world; some heartbreaks & some real disappointments. I know I am not alone. Grandpa & Grandma believed in reindeer. I believe we’ve all been run over! … Continue readingGramma Got Run Over?

It Was On a Silent Holy Night

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12) “We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. Like the blind groping along the wall, … Continue readingIt Was On a Silent Holy Night

Misty Morning Thanksgiving Song

Morning by morning our moods shift and our circumstances waiver, yet, the Son never changes and is still worthy of all our praise. The Son is the object of our Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is tied to the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. There is always a reason to sing.  A misty morning song … Continue readingMisty Morning Thanksgiving Song

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Hi, I’m Lori

Behind any of my words is a girl who has not always walked the straight and narrow. One who has hit some dead ends, sharp turns, heartaches of regret and challenges. Behind any of my words is a heart that desires to share the windy road; for us to know and discover God’s ultimate desire. That whatever path we find ourselves on, it’ll stir us and lead us home to His safe embrace.

Life is better when we travel together. 

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