December 20, 2017

A Prayer for the Brokenhearted - At Christmas

Heavenly Father,
as we celebrate
the joy of
this season
there may be those
who are sad
heart broken
grieving silently
the presence
separated from
loved ones
and those
held dear

remind us
as we remind them
for sadness
broken hearts
You promise
and comfort
in Jesus name

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds ... May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant. - Psalm 147:3, Psalm 119:76 NIV

Photo: Christmas Tree
Taken at: Christian Broadcasting Network
                   Virginia Beach, Virginia
 Previously shared with: GraceInside

November 20, 2017

A Thanksgiving Prayer

protecting me
i had
no idea
of danger
for family
and forgiving
before i asked
for You
Your presence
Your love
Your word
i am

Oh Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!-Psalm 30:12 NLT
Photo: Veggie Collage
Taken at: Farmers Market, Virginia Beach, Va.
Courtesy of: Skipper Farms, Chesapeake  & Virginia Beach, Va.
Previously posted on: GraceInside

October 28, 2017

My Child,  you have sat awhile with me in the early hours of this morning.  I know you will sit awhile with me before your day ends. Today, during your busy day,  will you also sit awhile with me for a few moments at noon?  I look forward to hearing your voice.
"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." - Mark 6:31 NIV
Photo: Regent University Campus, Virginia Beach, Va.

September 21, 2017

Comprehensive Commitment

Two of the definitions for the word separate in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary are “to sever an association” and “become divided or detached”. Based on these two definitions, one of my favorite Scripture passages would read like this: “for I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to sever an association or become divided or detached from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.1
Now, that’s what I call comprehensive commitment!
1. Romans 8:38-39
Photo – Day Lily Lil’ Red Wagon – Norfolk Botanical Garden
Previously posted 07/10/10/02//2/15

August 12, 2017

The Void

without You
Heavenly Father 
life has a void
thank You Father
as You have filled the void
in our lives
today we ask that as we serve
through us
we will help 
You fill the void in those
You are calling
those You are restoring
who You love,
In Jesus’ name,

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as
you trust in Him. – Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Photo: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, Va.
Previously shared with: GraceInside

July 12, 2017


M erciful and gracious.
O ur hope.
N ever leaves or forsakes us.
D wells in us.
A ble to keep us from falling.
Y ou are great and greatly to be praised … worthy our
Lord, to receive glory, honor, and power.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Exodus 34:6; Psalm 71:5; Hebrews 13:15,
Romans 5:8; Jude 1:24; Psalm 145:3; Revelation 4:11 

Photo: Cloud formation
Taken: Downtown, Norfolk, Va.
Previously shared with: GraceInside

June 14, 2017


Busy schedules and time constraints make fast food drive-thru
lanes an easy option for eating choices. However, on occasion, it is
always a treat to enjoy a dine in restaurant experience, being graciously
waited on, surrounded by a varied assortment of delectable and enriching
food items.
Today, according to Scripture, you and I have the opportunity to wait on
our Heavenly Father to be served with, and receive a varied assortment of
items guaranteed to enrich our souls: strength, peace, wisdom, understanding,
and grace. As we are enriched, let us enjoy and share this great variation with those
around us who may be waiting to be enriched..
 Heavenly Father as we wait on and receive from You, we freely give, what
we will receive, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
 “On thee do I wait all the day … Freely ye have received, freely give.”
Psalm 25:5/Matthew 10:8
Photo: Double-crested Cormorant
Taken at: Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach, Va.
Previously shared with : GraceInside

May 24, 2017


live today
laugh today
love today
as our Heavenly Father would
those around us
who need hope
are depending on it
like grass
will soon wither
we are not promised
life is
live it
those around us
who need hope
are depending on it

The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a
flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more. – Psalm 103:15-16
Photo: Pampas Grass
Taken at: Norfolk Botanical Garden
Also shared with: GraceInside

April 19, 2017


to live to see
another day
to appreciate
its worth
to anticipate
what each minute holds
as we share its value
with expectant lives
around us
floods our hearts
with gratitude
and grace
thank You
Heavenly Father
I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning … I will tell
of all the marvelous things You have done. Psalm 59:16/Psalm 9:1
Photo: Sunrise
Ocean Front, Virginia Beach, Va.
Previously shared with:GraceInside

March 23, 2017


My focus was to photograph the Canada Goose
quietly resting in the mid-afternoon sun. It was after
downloading the photo, I noticed the tiny Killdeer Plover, standing almost in front of the Goose. Its presence added much more meaning to picture than I had expected.
Often in our day, a tiny bit of support, encouragement or Christ like love extended to those around us could
add much more meaning to their life picture than we,
or they are expecting.
Heavenly Father, to be a source of unexpected meaning to lives around us, we are grateful, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Photo: Canada Goose and Killdeer Plover
Taken at: Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach, Va.
Previously shared with: GraceInside

March 1, 2017

Beauty in the Shadow

It glided quietly through the shadows of approaching sunset,and perched in the overhead branches, almost unseen in the approaching twilight. But, nothing could conceal its beauty.
Today’s busyness: appointments, schedule changes,
quick decisions, traffic backups, overseeing projects, technology malfunctions, may have the possibility to conceal the beauty placed by the Great Creator in us, and around us. May our prayer be … Heavenly Father, in the midst of the busyness of
today, let nothing close our eyes to Your beauty,

in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Previously shared with:GraceInside

January 28, 2017

Your Voice

Heavenly Father
as Your voice
Your glory
cover the waters
so thunder
cover this Nation
with Your glory
Your peace,
"The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters." Psalm 29:3
Previously posted 3/14/2012 

January 19, 2017

My Prayer For You

That you will not be afraid because God has not given
you the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind1. That you will know that He loves you with an everlasting love2. That you will understand that you are precious in His sight3. That you will experience His peace, which exceeds anything we can understand4. This is my prayer for you, In Jesus name,
Photos: Formal Gardens, Founders Inn & Spa
1. 2 Timothy 1:7; 2. Jeremiah 31:3; 3. Isaiah 43:4; 4. Philippians 4:7
Previously posted 5/22/12