Feeling Trapped? Just Whinny.


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A horse whinnied.

I dashed into the house, set my coffee cup on the counter, grabbed my keys, stuck my feet into my boots, and raced out the door to the barn.

I called out to my son as I left, “Reecie must be trapped in a stall again.”

As I crossed the arena toward the pasture gate, I could see all three of my horses grazing at the back of the pasture. Nobody was stuck in a stall this time.

What the …? Who whinnied? And why? My questions went unanswered. Expecting food, the horses started walking toward the barn. I fed them a small lunch and refilled their buckets with fresh water. After cleaning an area of the barn, I put hay in front of each of them. Gave them a stroke in their favorite spots—Holly’s shoulder, Reecie’s face, behind ChaCha’s ear and headed back to the house.

A horse called. I responded.

A HORSE called, I responded.

Huh, a horse CALLED, and I responded. When I heard the horse, I didn’t stop to wonder if it was my horse, a neighbor’s horse, did it really need me, was it talking to other horses. I just went.

How much more does God respond when WE call? Even better, He knows who calls, and why. He shows up to attend to our needs, to offer comfort, to be there when we need Him.

Feeling trapped? Just whinny. God hears.

“But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; The Lord hears when I call to Him,” Psalm 4:3 (NASB).



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Axe Heads Float?

Are you pondering what 2019 will bring?
I am.

Are you thinking about resolutions to make or changes to your lifestyle to incorporate?
I am.

Do you consult God during these mental exercises?
I do.

This morning, I read 2 Kings 6:1-7 (NASB). I’ve read the Bible through often, but I always learn something new. Or at least see something familiar in a new way. That’s what happened to me today.

The passage describes sons of the prophets who want to relocate to another area and build new homes for themselves. They invite Elisha, the prophet, to accompany them and he agrees. As they are cutting wood to build their homes one of the axe heads falls off and into the water. Sunken beneath the surface. He cries out to Elisha, “Alas my master! For it was borrowed.”

Elisha asks, “Where did it fall?” When the man showed him, Elisha cut off a stick and tossed it into the water causing the axe head (iron) to float. Amazing, right?
Then Elisha tells the man to “’Take it up for yourself.’ So he put out his hand and took it.” (2 Kings 6:7 NASB)

Ponder with me –

  • Everything is within the reach of God. And, through His power—we can reach it too
  • We cannot sink so low that God won’t bring us to the surface, if we ask
  • Our lives are “borrowed”, but in our case the owner Himself reaches out His hand, restores us, and returns us to an “unbroken” state

Pray with me –

Father bless us with new visions and understanding as we seek to know You more fully through Your written word. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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One-on-One Time

Yesterday, in her own way, Reecie (my horse) asked for some one-on-one time. Yes, I was on my phone, playing a game, while at the barn. What a waste. Thank you Reecie for letting me know you wanted to be with me. Thank you God for bringing this post to my attention. At just the time I needed it.

Dazzled By The Son

We call it “One-Oh Time” in our house.

My littlest coined the phrase a while back. In was her baby-talk way of asking me to spend “one-on-one time” with her. We laughed at the cute expression, but it stuck. Now we all use the term for our special mommy-and-me times.

One-Oh TimeWe started this practice of one-on-one time a few years ago during a particularly frustrating parenting season. My days were spent correcting and instructing, yet the negative behavior continued. My husband suggested that maybe our kids needed some focused alone time with me – just the two of us having fun together.

Sure enough, it made a world of difference…

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7 Life Lessons from Bugs of Fire and Light

Life lessons taught by God through His creation–

Big Sister Knows

A few years ago, Robby and I had the pleasure of joining our friends Paul and Mary in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It was during the month of May, and I was thrilled to experience something that had been on my bucket list for years: to see the fireflies. Since I’m from the South, I’m quite familiar with fireflies (aka lightning bugs), but I had read that these amazing insects would gather by the thousands in certain areas in the mountains. Not only would they signal to one another by flashing on and off, but they would actually blink in unison. I could only imagine what a field looked like with thousands of lightning bugs blinking on and off throughout the night.

So when Paul and Mary asked us if we wanted to share their cabin for a few days and join them in watching the lightning bugs, we jumped at the…

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When Depression Moves In

Depression – if you, or a loved one, struggles with depression, please read Meredith’s words of encouragement.

Dazzled By The Son

What happened to my joy?

The question tugged at the corners of my soul as I trudged through each day. A dark cloud hovered over every waking moment. And sleep? That was a struggle, too. I had one bed-wetter and another child with night-terrors, so the sleep I did get was often fragmented and restless.

How I hated mornings. I dreaded facing a new day.

How can I be a good mom when I feel so sad, so weary, so…depressed?

(For the rest of the story, hop over to CBN where I’m sharing today about my walk through depression and the hope I’ve found along the way.)

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and welcome you to join the conversation by leaving a comment below.

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When I Forget…God is Faithful 

On Questions Without Answers

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A Tale of Three Doors

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I’m in a season with new doors. Not the opportune kind, I’m talking literal doors here. Gift of a Hand Carved Door Hubby and I bought a new house and to our delight, it came…

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What is trust?

Once again I’m amazed by God’s perfect timing. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Maybe it’ll be perfect for some of my readers too.

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How is it that after many years of having put my trust in God, I still find myself needing to learn to trust him? In scripture, the answer is very simple: “whatever is not from faith is sin,” (Romans 14:23b NKJV). In daily life, many arguments and what-ifs fog the clear path set before us. Each difficult situation we face has its own battery of objections, fears, and save-face actions to deal with. The simplest response to tough situations (trust in the Lord) becomes the hardest in the face of how our peers and family interpret our action or inaction.

Things trust is not or at least not intended to be:

1. Fatalistic. Trusting is not as passive as it may appear to be to others. My resume must be one of the top ones for bizarre. In fact, I remember telling the Lord that very thing once. I was…

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The Caterpillar’s Destiny

If we could see into the future, what would we change?

Would we make better choices about what we eat if we KNEW we were going to get fat, or have a heart attack?
Would we try harder at work, if we KNEW that go-getter would be promoted earlier? Would we worry more? Worry less?

Part of the future we do KNOW. As believers in God and his inerrant word, we can see our world is not the final destination. We know because we’ve been promised a home with Him. We are Heirs/His children.

“And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him,” Romans 8:17(NASB).

We’re created in His image to fulfill His purpose. His purpose of Love, Mercy, Grace, and Glory.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” Genesis 1:27 (NASB).

Have you ever stopped to wonder what a caterpillar would think – if he KNEW what he was destined to become? Every monarch caterpillar is “made in the image” of a monarch butterfly. But, there’s growth, there’s a burial, there’s a resurrection. Not from the dead, but from the pupae.

The next time I begin to worry about what I will face in the future, I’m going to think about the humble, lowly caterpillar. Then, I’m going to reflect on the glorious future which awaits.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB).


Ponder this – what if the caterpillar knew her destiny?

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Science and Faith: Hand in Hand


My friend told me the other day,
“We are Science, and Faith, two sides of the same coin.”

That evening, I thought, “On the one hand is Science
and on the other, Faith –

And then I visualized this

Science and Faith, brought together in
prayer — what wonders God works.

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Book Review – The Business of Coaching with Horses

Formerly an Equine Specialist certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), I was curious about what this author had to say on the topic of using horses in therapy.

Schelli Whitehouse’s enthusiasm for people, coaching, and horses shines through the pages of this book.

If you’ve ever stopped to think about entering the field of having horses as therapy or growth in learning partners, this book can help guide you in the right direction.

Inside, Schelli gives the link to her accompanying workbook providing the full benefit of her coaching.

Schelli’s personable format makes this book a “coaching conversation” rather than a textbook style “how-to”. Very refreshing.

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