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In today’s devo I shared how my oldest granddaughter Elle, (who is nestled in my right arm, but on your left), walks into a room and is so delighted to see me that she places her hands on my knees, looks into my face and says, “There you are.”

It’s as if she wants me to know that, even in a crowded room, that her eyes are only on her “Gaga”.

Can I be vulnerable with you?

There are times that things cause me to take my eyes off of God.

It’s not my family. It’s not play.

It’s my work. My work for God.

Ironic, right? 

No matter what I do for God, I don’t want to let that get in the way of my relationship with God.

So, there’s a few things that this girl has to do.



I fell in love God because He changed me, and I fell in love with ministry because I desired that others understand the power of what God could do.

I still am in awe of what takes place when we become believers.

We receive a new identity.  2 Corinthians 5:17

We become God’s masterpiece — His building project — old things pass away and we are made new in Christ. Ephesians 2:10

We become a friend of Christ. John 15:15

We become a child of God. John 1:12

We are given a spirit of power, love, and self-control, and fear is no longer our enemy. 2 Timothy 1:7

Isn’t that amazing? How can I get so busy doing things for my God that I fail to say “there you are” as I thank Him?


Make time for Him

My life is crowded. Is yours, too?

When Elle stops and climbs on my lap and wraps her arms around my neck, she doesn’t care how many people are in the room. She may stay there for a moment or for a while, but she carves out time in the crowded room just for me.

And there’s nothing that delights my heart more.

She’s still not quite three, so in the next few minutes she may be delightful or she might throw an unexpected tantrum, but I know her heartbeat, her sweet and feisty personality. I know that she’s growing into a beautiful woman of character.

Maybe you are a work in progress, too (just like me).

If I can see Elle with my human eyes and heart in this way, how much greater does God know us?

Carve out time in your day — a moment or more. There you are, my Heavenly Father. I see you. Thank you for seeing me. Really seeing me.


Clear the Clutter

To be honest, sometimes people make faith very complicated. Sometimes “those people” are our own selves.

The message of the Gospel is truly simple.

God created us in His own image to be known by Him and to know Him. Genesis 1:26-31

Man messed up. Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Romans 3:23

We tried to fix it and it didn’t work. So Jesus gave Himself up to pay the price of sin. Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 1:3

When we believe, our lives are changed. John 5:24; Romans 10:9-11

Clearing the clutter means that we stop making our faith or relationship with God complicated.

We meet His expectations rather than that of a person or even a tradition.

When we clear the clutter, we are free to rediscover the joy of our salvation and that in itself is a HUGE “there you are” moment.


Unburdened HeartWhat gets in the way of your “there you are” moments with God?

Today I am sharing a copy of my book, The Unburdened Heart, with one of you.

And as always, I am so excited to share a free Chapter with you of the book. 

Just share your thoughts below. Please leave your prayer requests. If you have questions about Christianity, I’d love to listen to them, and perhaps together find the answer.

Or share a “there you are moment” that you’ve had recently.

I can’t wait to see what you have to say.

PS: If you want to tell me how gorgeous my four grandbabies (all under the age of three) are, you get extra points! ♥