His Eye Is on the Sparrow

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

God does not reject or forget us. Ever.

There may be seasons when we FEEL like He is silent or distant, but our feelings are not to be trusted over the facts about God’s character! He never forgets about us or takes a break from caring about every single detail of our lives! He is near us and loves us so much that He is constantly working in our lives, teaching us to become more and more like Christ. What an amazing God.❤️

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

3 Quick Prayers for When You Feel Overwhelmed

Dear Jesus, I am overwhelmed. My mind is racing as I contemplate my to-do list and decide where to start. Reveal what I should prioritize, and give me the wisdom to know if there is something I should clear from my schedule. Bring clarity to my mind. Help me feel confident about my choices regarding how to spend my time. Help me put forth my best effort in all my upcoming responsibilities.  Thank You for caring about even the most minor details of my life and for being beside me every step of the way. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Dear Jesus, my schedule seems almost unmanageable right now. I feel unprepared to tackle my numerous appointments, commitments, and obligations. Remind me that You will give me the ability to accomplish all You have called me to do. Keep me encouraged through complicated times. Please take away the fatigue I am experiencing. Refresh and revive my soul. Energize me as I complete my tasks. Thank You for being who You are. I am grateful for Your promise never to fail or forsake me. You are so good, and You have good plans for me. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Dear Jesus, keeping a positive mindset with all the chaos and confusion around me is challenging. When I fix my eyes on the world’s problems, please help me focus on You instead. I am so grateful that You promise us peace beyond our understanding. Empower me to embrace Your perfect peace and allow it to radiate from my speech and actions. Direct my thoughts, guide my decisions, and help me calmly respond to crisis situations as they occur. Thank You for the blessing of Your nearness and for loving me so perfectly. In Your name I pray, Amen.

More Original Piano Pieces – Digital Sheet Music

Hello, Friends!

I am excited to share my seventh original piano piece, It Was Always You, with all of you!

In two previous posts, I shared the information about my first three pieces. This post will include all seven! They are all available from musicnotes.com, priced at $5.99.

I hope you’ll consider adding these pieces to your sheet music collection!

  1. Here is the newest piece: It Was Always You Click here to purchase
It Was Always You

2. Learning to Leap Click here to purchase

Learning to Leap

3. Radiant Once Again Click here to purchase

Radiant Once Again

4. Beginnings Click here to purchase


Below are the first three pieces that were available:

5. Return to the Promise Click here to purchase (transcribed by mysheetmusictranscriptions.com)

Return to the Promise

6. Glimpses of Light Click here to purchase (transcribed by SteveAhomusic.com)

Glimpses of Light

7. Hope Restored Click here to purchase (transcribed by SteveAhoMusic.com)

Hope Restored

Your Faith is Something Else

One day we will all stand before God. I secretly hope that when I have the beyond-words experience of standing in His presence, He will tell me my faith was something else.

Okay, not so much a secret anymore, but allow me to tell you why that phrase appeals to me.

The account of the Canaanite woman who approached Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter is found in Matthew 15:21-28. 

She cried out for Jesus to help her, and His disciples urged Him to send her away. This is when Jesus reminded them that God had sent Him to take care of the lost sheep of Israel first. 

The Canaanite woman could have felt ignored and given up. Instead, she knelt before Jesus and again asked for help. This time, He responded directly to her with a reminder that the Israelites were to take precedence. He said, “It’s not right to take bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to dogs.” This comment would likely be perceived as an insult in today’s context. However, He was using this example to explain the priorities of His ministry, and the Greek word He used for a dog was not a derogatory term. And remember, this is Jesus we are talking about; insulting her would not be His intent. In verse 27 (ESV), she quickly remarked, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” And Jesus’ reply? “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” Scripture tells us her daughter was healed at that instant. 

Using the word ‘great’ to characterize the Canaanite woman’s faith is high praise from Jesus! Countless Bible versions of this passage use that same adjective. Still, I will always be enthralled by the Message version’s wording for this particular account: “Oh, woman, your faith is something else.” 

How did the Canaanite woman’s faith attain the ‘something else’ label? Even though Jesus did not immediately acknowledge or answer her request, she stayed focused on what she knew: that Jesus was a healer who had performed miracles for numerous people. She did not allow doubt, social norms, or onlookers’ reactions to prevent her from confidently and boldly begging Jesus to attend to her non-Israelite daughter. The Canaanite woman set a powerful example of staying strong in her faith while pressing for recognition and resolution for her suffering daughter.

There are reasons God does not answer all of our pleas right away. God loves us so much that He has a masterfully-designed plan for each of our lives that teaches us to become more Christlike. Sometimes those life lessons require a wait. It is up to us to decide how our faith will be affected by waiting. With His help, we can learn to wait well.

I aspire to live out a great faith like the Canaanite woman did. A faith that trusts there is a growth opportunity attached to the wait. A faith that persists and perseveres. A faith that God will specifically describe as “something else” when I someday stand before Him. I acknowledge that intentional prayer and work are required before I earn that compliment. Today is the perfect day to begin.

Setting Our Minds

Before a sprinting race begins, we typically expect to hear specific instructions: On your mark and Set, followed by the starter’s gun. Imagine if the starter omitted the set command. Runners would potentially begin with a split-second of confused hesitation rather than a confident take-off. A slow, unsure start causes a disadvantage and can negatively affect the race’s outcome.

Similarly, when you and I are at the starting line of a personal race, such as a new assignment or adventure, it is valuable to purposely set our minds. Focusing our energy and effort on the task before us is vital if we desire to do our best. Setting our minds will positively affect the following steps and, ultimately, the outcome.

Philippians 4:8 provides a complete list of what to set our minds on specifically. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Romans 8:6 reminds us that what and Who we set our minds on makes a life and death difference! “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” 

Prayerful intentionality is required to remove thoughts from our minds that do not belong in these categories. Before we start our next pursuit, let us encourage each other to set our minds on what is most beneficial by thinking about who God is, who He created us to be, and how we can glorify Him through the races we run.

Prayer: Lord, may we not rush into any endeavors before deciding to set our minds on You. Please give us the ability to be focused and intentional. May we not breeze mindlessly through life moments and subsequently miss opportunities to glorify You. Help us honor You in all we do as we strive to put You first in our lives. In Your holy name, Amen.

A Few Thoughts From Ladies Bible Study

For the last few months, I have had the privilege of leading a Ladies’ Bible Study at my church. When the former leader asked me to consider taking her place because she would be moving out of state, I prayed and soon believed God gave me the green light to say yes. Confidence in my Bible-Study-leading skills did not accompany that belief; however, God reminded me that He never puts a task in front of us without promising to give us the ability to fulfill it as He walks right beside us.

As I gain experience facilitating our weekly Bible Study, I also gain knowledge and insight from the dear ladies who attend each Tuesday morning. We have been studying different names and attributes of God. I want to share a few of the thought-provoking points from our discussions, and I pray it is meaningful to you!

The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:1-51: David willingly stepped up to fight Goliath, who was brazenly mocking the Israelite soldiers and their God. (Isn’t it surprising and disappointing that absolutely nobody in the army was willing to put themselves out there as David did?)

David’s eyes were not on himself. He did not think he could defeat the giant using his own strength and implementing his own methods. His eyes were not on Goliath either. If he had dwelled on the fact that Goliath was almost 10 feet tall, nearly 400 pounds, and was wearing a coat of armor well over 100 pounds, he would not have had the courage to take on that intimidating giant.

Where were David’s eyes? They were on God – His almighty, all-powerful God who protected him when he fought a bear and a lion. His eyes were on the God he had complete confidence in to help him in this wildly daunting feat.

The story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22:1-14: What did Abraham think when God commanded him to take Isaac to Mt. Moriah? I had never noticed before that in verse 5, Abraham tells the men with them to stay there with the donkey, as he and Isaac were going to worship, and then they would be back. They would both be back. Clearly, he was obedient to God; he had the knife raised above Isaac when God told him to stop. Immediately he saw the ram caught in the thicket, which became the sacrifice instead of his son. He must have had a good feeling that God would somehow give his son back or not have him go through with it, or…something, because he said they would both be back. There is faith in God, and then there is FAITH in God! Abraham had incredible faith and trusted God’s ways, even when they did not make sense in a human way of thinking. 

God provided at the very last second – when things looked the darkest. Again, Abraham had the knife raised in the air, ready to follow the command that God had given him. And at that moment, God said stop. God came through. Again. God provided. Again. And that story is not just for that time and that place. It is a promise of continued providence for all believers.

Your Good is So Good – Romans 8:28

I’m so excited to share the song I wrote recently! “Your Good is So Good” is based on Romans 8:28.

✝️ Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

❤️I’ve always loved and believed this Romans 8:28! But there have been times I’ve wondered why certain situations turned out the way they did and thought, “God, You promised all things would work together for good, and this doesn’t seem good.” But I am learning that we can always, without question, trust His definition of good. From here on out, if his definition of good is different than mine, I’m going to do my best to trust His!

🥰 As always, I would love to hear your feedback, and if the message in this song resonates with you, please share this video!

🎸Side Note: I changed my piano to a guitar setting when I recorded the accompaniment, because that’s how I kept hearing it in my head!

Your Good is So Good

Bloom Where You Are Planted – new vlog

Hello, friends! I’m praying for you to feel extra hopeful and encouraged in your faith today.

This vlog is an encouragement to bloom where you are planted at this time – even if it is somewhere you weren’t expecting to be!

To view my most recent vlog, please click the link: https://youtu.be/FnhvDAFetnk

Wholehearted Faith

When a Biblical figure earns a mention in Hebrews 11 (also known as the Bible’s faith chapter), it is worth diving into their story and contemplating what we can learn from it. 

Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

When we turn the page to Genesis to read Noah’s part of the story, we discover that he had found favor in God’s eyes and that Noah had deemed God worthy of wholehearted faith. 

Noah had never seen rain or floodwaters, but when God told him a flood was coming that would destroy all living creatures, he believed Him. When God said something, Noah believed it without requiring visual evidence or further clarification.

God gave Noah precise directions concerning the measurements and materials to use in the ark’s construction, and he followed them to the letter. Genesis 6:22 says, “Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” And Genesis 7:5 says, “And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.” Noah had no interest in cutting corners or half-heartedly attempting to complete his assignment.

It might have seemed ludicrous to the typical bystander when Noah built a gigantic ark. If Noah had been motivated by people’s reactions, this story could have gone in a different direction. However, as we have found, Noah’s motivation was wholehearted faith. And that wholehearted faith produced wholehearted obedience. 

Noah’s wholehearted way of living had history-changing, life-altering results:

  • His family was saved and blessed.
  • The world was repopulated.
  • The relationship between God and man resumed. 

Although God may not command us to build a gigantic ark anytime soon, if we respond to Him with wholehearted faith and obedience, we will see history-changing, life-altering results in our own lives.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to see who You truly are and that You are worthy of our wholehearted faith and obedience. Give us the desire and courage to follow You wholeheartedly. Amen.

Quick Word of Encouragement

I’m a little out of my comfort zone, but this is my attempt at a “vlog.” 😉😊

It’s a quick encouraging message that I hope you can relate to and have experienced in your life.

As always, let me know if you were encouraged. I would love to hear from you!

God bless you, friends!

Quick Word of Encouragement