... Even the worst heartaches can become heartstrings to God's hope, comfort, encouragement, joy, peace and love...

Welcome! As a fan of the cartoon character Maxine, I enjoy her witty remarks. But when I
read my blogs & other writing to her, she's not very responsive- even when I'm wearing my bunny slippers like hers! She just doesn't get it!
Although she's funnier than I am, I do pray that this site will bring encouragement to your day! I'd love to hear from you! Unlike Maxine, you can leave me a message via the Comments. Shalom, Connie


Monday, March 20, 2017

Sharing Other's Gifts With You

Today I am starting Darlene Schacht's online 3 week study* of the Book of Esther, the only book in the Bible that does not mention God.
And yet... there is no doubt of who's invisible hand is at work. 

God had a plan to save the Jews
From Haman’s wicked scheme: to use
Not Shimei, nor Abihail,
Nor mighty armies to assail
The Persian palace walls, but me,
A Jewish orphan girl, to free
The sons of Israel from death.
And even now it takes my breath
Away to think about the ways
Of God, and how from ancient days
He planned it all, and ruled the world,
Right down to how my hair was curled...

From John Piper's Esther Poem

  You can download the PDF of this book including the beautiful illustrations at:       

*You'll find her study at:

Selah ~ consider joining me. It's starts today and is FREE.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Precious Masterpiece
I saw a lovely teacup
in a little shop one day,
It was so magnificent,
it took my breath away.
And as I held it in my hands,
I thought I heard it speak...
"You know I started out as clay
unshaped, quite plain and weak.
"But the Master molded me,
and by supreme design,
The agonizing process
made each detail divine.
"Then quite unexpectedly,
He put me through the fire,
And when I thought I'd bear no more,
He let the flames go higher.
"But each and every moment
brought me closer still
To my place of purpose
within His perfect will.
"I grew stronger through the pain
while on the molding stand,
And even through the furnace,
I could feel His loving hand.
"Now I'm strong and beautiful -
just what He had in mind,
And I'm His precious masterpiece...
a special one-of-a-kind."

 ~ Rita S. Beer