When Will It End? ~ Hurricane reflections from 2018
I am now living in south Florida, and outer bands of Hurricane Ian passed over us last night. My heart goes out to so many of my friends and family awaiting Ian in central Florida. I was reminded of this devotion I wrote back in 2018 and wanted to share it with you! Stay safe…Read More →
The Story Behind ‘From Weary To Worship
Dear Sister, Hello and welcome to “From Weary To Worship”. I am very glad to meet you here. My name is Kelly Arena and I am, first and foremost, a child of God. My life has been marked by various physical difficulties including a rare genetic disability diagnosed when I was twelve years old that…Read More →
Deepening Bible Reading in 2021
Dear Sister, Do you remember the old hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour?” As someone who lives in chronic pain and has multiple health struggles, I took it upon myself to lovingly re-titled that hymn to “I Need Thee Every Five Mintues!” I thank God that He has drawn my heart closer to His because…Read More →
The Nearness of Jesus
“Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me, I pray Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And fit us for Heaven To live with Thee there” Be near. Stay close. Love me. I want to always be with you. Children have this down…Read More →
Resolution of Reflection
“New Year, New Me” has been a common phrase this past week with the anticipation of the beginning point of 2018. New Year’s Resolutions are popping up everywhere: exercise programs, diet changes, dating and relationship goals, and social media fasts just to name a few. It’s interesting how the act of the earth fully making…Read More →
Waited & Waiting
My favorite Christmas carol is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. During this Advent Season, we are remembering and we are waiting. Not just waiting for the day to celebrate our Savior’s birth, but truly waiting with eager anticipation and a sometimes weariness-hope for the day that our Savior will come again. O come, O come,…Read More →
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How Memorial Day Reminds me to Abide in Jesus
How does Memorial Day remind us to abide in Jesus? What comes to mind when you think about Memorial Day? The weekend is often a celebratory time for families enjoying a long weekend, having a cook-out with friends or playing at the beach. In the midst of the delicious food and time of relaxation, maybe,…Read More →