When the Pain Causes You to Shuffle

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“You okay?”

I watched the love of my life rub his knee and wince. Some seven weeks earlier, he was in surgery to repair his acl and torn meniscus. There was more damage on his knee than the doctor realized. The recovery was slow.

Letting out a slow and careful sigh he responded, “Yeah. I’m okay.” Only I knew he wasn’t. I knew he was in pain. I know when he’s mad. I know when he’s sad, and I know when he’s not telling the truth…

Join me today at The Internet Cafe. Click HERE to read the rest of my devotion.

**There are some strange things going on at the Cafe with the formatting on their site and the words look really tiny. But you should still be able to read it. Just bust out your magnifying glass. ;)

 

 

Carol

When Rejection Comes

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It was the strongest rejection letter I’d ever received. 

Each word struck something deep in me and burned like little open nicks on your fingers when the sanitizer hits them.

The letter was anything but polite. It oozed with snarky condescension – and it was from a Christian editor…

Join me today at the Internet Cafe. Click HERE to read the rest of my devotion.

Carol

Here I Am!

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It’s rained for the past week at my house, and I have to admit the rain makes me want to do nothing. And maybe that’s okay. Because most of the time, I’m running and rushing challenging myself to see how many items I can check off my to-do list.

That doesn’t sound so bad, right? The problem with a do-er like me is sometimes I need to focus on what’s being done instead of the fact that it’s getting done. Make sense?

God’s really been talking to that do-er in me this new year. At each year’s end I spend some time in prayer and in God’s Word asking God what verse He would like me to focus on in the coming year – one verse to meditate on during the coming days and months.

This year God gave me Psalm 46:10, Be still and know that I am God. At first I told God, “Nuh-uh. That’s not it.” But He persisted. You see even in Godly things, I often try too much. I work to make things happen, but God is reminding me that if He calls me to do something, He will work out the details to make it happen. I just need to be still sometimes.

So, you haven’t seen me much since Christmas because, dear friends, I have been focusing on being still. Oh, I’m still writing – a LOT. Just not necessarily here. God has opened lots of doors for new opportunities. Before you go getting worried, I’m not leaving this blog.

Just don’t worry if you go for a few days or a week without hearing from me here. I’m just sitting somewhere trying to be still – probably with the world’s cutest three-year old in my lap. :)

But I do have a double treat for you today. Consider it a bonus for waiting so long. I wrote more about being still and how God really brought that verse home for me on the Internet Cafe today. Click HERE to read that devotion called Be Still and Know.

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Then I wrote about boundaries today at 5 Minutes for Faith in a post called When It’s Time to Back Away. Click HERE to read that devotion.

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I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment or drop me a line letting me know what God is teaching you this year.

 

*Rain photo credit

Carol

When You Forget the Words

We were in the middle of the prayer when she cried out. My husband paused, and we squeezed open our eyes a little to see what the problem was.

“I wanted to do Thank You Father.” My three-year-old pouted. We asked our eight-year-old if she wanted to pray, but forgot to offer the opportunity to the littlest member of our family. By this time our youngest child, Grace, was in tears…

Join me at the Cafe today. Grab a cup of coffee and click HERE to read the rest of my devotion.

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*Forgive me if I’ve been posting infrequently. Our family has all been sick and now we are knee deep in preparing for Christmas. In light of what happened on Friday in Newtown, CT, I’m spending more time taking in every moment with my family. Please don’t forget to pray for the families in mourning.

Carol

When the Puzzle Doesn’t Fit

“Hmmm,” my little girl mused as she stared at a picture of Big Bird and wondered where her piece of the puzzle would fit.

I watched from a short distance away as my three-year-old daughter pushed and smacked the pieces of her puzzle. She had just graduated from the wooden ones, where each piece has a separate place, to the puzzles whose pieces work together to create a picture.

The longer she slid that one piece around on the table looking for its spot, the more frustrated she became. Finally, after selecting where she thought it went, she began the work of fitting the shapes together. She pushed and grunted, until finally she screamed…

Join me at the Internet Cafe today. Click HERE to read the rest of my devotion.

 

Carol