Category Archives: thoughts by Marilyn Ehle

I’m Here, God

“The Lord takes pleasure in his people…“ Psalm 149:4 It seems silly to announce my presence to God, and yet almost every morning when I settle into the rocker after coffee, I find myself spontaneously whispering, “I’m here, God.” Do … Continue reading

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Stop Talking!

“Be silent before the LORD, all humanity, for He is springing into action from His holy dwelling.” Zechariah 2:13 (NLT) In a cartoon by Bill Keane, children are standing outside in awe at a scene in their backyard made ever … Continue reading

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Spiritual Sunglasses

The psalmist prayed, “Open my eyes…” and the hymn writer penned, “Open my eyes, illumine me…” How different will be my viewpoint of the people and world around me when my prayer is the same. Continue reading

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The Danger of Strength

Success and strength can become dangerous when uncoupled from reliance upon our Creator God, when we assume autonomy instead of recognition that all we are and all we accomplish are from the hand of a gracious God. Continue reading

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God Knows My Name

“Jesus said to her, “Mary”  John 20:16 His resurrection would soon be known to and believed by many. Two of His close followers would rush to the tomb when they heard the report of its emptiness. But it is Mary … Continue reading

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Who Can I Trust?

“My soul finds rest in God alone. He alone is my rock.” Psalm 62:1 Fidelity. Security. Trust.  It’s no surprise that many institutions through which we invest millions of dollars have names signifying certainty or confidence. Why would we allow … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Jesus Walk Away

“…he passed straight through the crowd and walked away.”  Luke 4:30 His message was too straightforward. He spoke soul-piercing truth. Machinations and motives were publicly revealed by his message. All the people in the place of worship were furious at … Continue reading

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The Power of Choice

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.”  John 14:1 It’s just the way I am. I can’t help it. I’m a worrier by nature. I’m too old to change. Do any of those phrases sound familiar to you? … Continue reading

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Sacred Saturday

It’s not always easy to go about the daily rituals when the heart is heavy, Lord, but I thank you for the balm those rituals bring to sorrowing souls. Thank you for being a God of the daily. I love you. Continue reading

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Atrophying or Absorbing?

God is looking for people who are thirsty. In my own life am I absorbing (earnestly desiring to understand) or am I atrophying (withering)? Continue reading

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Be Still

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 Why I can choose to be still in the midst of turmoil: Be still! The Lord Almighty is with us. Continue reading

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February 15th Love

February 15th Love – by Marilyn Ehle. Thank you, Father, that your love doesn’t depend on my worth or my reactions, that you loved me from before the beginning of time, that your love can fill all the empty spaces of my heart. Continue reading

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Dry Towels and Thirsty Souls

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit”. Jeremiah 17:7-8 Continue reading

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Leaving the Nets

Sometimes in the groping dark of my not knowing I am exhausted with the struggle to believe in you, O God. Your ways are not our ways. Your ways are extraordinary. Madeleine LâEngle Continue reading

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Letting Go and Pressing On

How do we move on when our spirits have been wounded, or our families disrupted? “…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, … Continue reading

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