A Prayer for Rest

Psalm 46:1-3 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

Blessed Savior,

This world is in turmoil, a medical crisis has overtaken our consciousness and life is upended. I don't know what to do and I don't know what's going to happen. 

Lord, I just want control over all of this and that is simply not possible now. Actually, when I am honest with myself, I have control over very little in my life or the world. So I pray You to help me open my hands and release my will into Yours.

You are with us, even in this current storm. And You can use this, to shape our will and strengthen our faith.

May this current suffering develop in us deeper compassion for others and to easily distinguish between needs and desires. I want to examine…

We Have A Winner!

The winner of Female in Motion's February Birthday contest is...Nancy! Sorry, I don't know her last name. She made comments on two of my blog posts last month.

If your name is Nancy and you commented on my posts in Blogger, please email me at with your contact information so I can send you the $25 Target gift card.
Thank you to Blair, Shi'Linn, Nancy Anderson, Deb and Shelia for commenting on Female in Motion blog posts during the month of February. I deeply appreciate your reading and taking the time to comment.

Until next week, friends!
Notable Quote:
"Let's be the heroines in our own wild, imperfect, glorious stories. Never the understudies for someone else's."--Holley Gerth

The Final Garden: Paradise

Revelation 21:1-4 (KJV) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The New Jerusalem

In the Bible, Revelation 21 and 22 reveal the beauty of our final garden, Paradise. Scripture describes the return of the Tree of Life. From the Garden of Eden in Genesis, where Adam and Eve were banished after eating the tree's fruit, to the New Jerusalem, where it spans both sides of…

The Garden Tomb

John 19:38-42 (KJV) And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.  

Near Golgotha, where Our Savior was crucified, lies the Garden tomb. This sepulcher was chosen because it was close, convenient and available. The Sabbath was coming and they needed to bury Jesus. 

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, t…

His Happy Place

Matthew 26:36-40 (KJV) Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

The Garden of Gethsemane is the place where our Savior prayed all night before His crucifixion.

Jesus visited this garden often. It was His happy place. He went there with His disciples, but even more, He spent time there alone in prayer with the Father.

Some Bible scholars call Gethsemane the Garden of Rejection, on several co…

In the Garden

Genesis 2:8-15 (KJV)  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.  The name of the first is Pison: thatis it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;  And the gold of that land  is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.  And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.  And the name of the third river isHiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

When they were young, the Hubster and I took our daug…

A Monkey with Soft Fur

On a Christmas long ago, I received a very special gift—a stuffed monkey with soft fur. It was something I dearly wanted.
When I made my Christmas wish list that year, I asked for just a few things: the new Partridge Family album, a diary (I was always filling up those things!), and a stuffed brown monkey with soft fur on his face; not a sock monkey. I was very specific on that point.
What I didn’t know, until years later, was that my mom had a heck of a time finding that little monkey. She trudged to store after store, all over Wichita, trying to find one with fur on his face.
My mom and dad, who were great parents, always gave me good gifts. They were very generous and loving. If parents give their children nice presents, how much more would our Heavenly Father give us if we ask Him?
What gift would you ask for this Christmas?
Notable Quote:
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, n…