For God so loved the world…
John 3:16 NIV

Framed and hanging in the personal hallway of God’s heart is a family portrait of all of us; those children named in His book and gathered from every place He spoke into existence; a Father’s pride and joy He can’t help himself from looking,

Because God so loved the world.

A God who holds the world in His hands;

In His hands are the depths of the earth…
Psalm 95:4 NIV

An omnipresent God whose arms they reach from east to the west in a Father’s embrace.

And yet, from the millions and billions of namesakes seated in His family portrait…Crowd at sports arena

An all knowing God…

Is so intimately aware of me…

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Aware of my days.
Aware of my thoughts.
Aware when I sleep.
Aware when I rise.
Aware of my ways.
Aware of my words.
Aware of my presence.


All this knowledge is too wonderful for me;
(Psalm 139)

An all knowing God…

Who numbers and names the stars.
(Psalms 147:4)

Who sees the sparrows that fall.
(Matthew 10:29)

Because God so loved the world
That he gave his one and only Son,
That whoever believes in him
Shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 NIV

He sees me…He sees you…

An intimate God we serve.

He saw me as I sat in a packed church sanctuary one evening just a week ago (from this writing).

Among the crowd of hundreds God saw me…God saw you.

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Speaking that evening was an evangelist anointed in the prophetic gifting, who travels the world unveiling the heart of God, ministering to the sick, ministering to the broken and hardened hearts of others.

Throughout the evening, God revealed himself in many ways through the prophetic gifting of this evangelist; through encouragement, healing, words of knowledge.

God saw me…God saw you among the crowds.

A personal God aware of me…aware of you…

Who spoke through a man who knew us not.

To one woman standing, the crowd and evangelist they laughed as he saw chickens too many to gather; a vision only God could have known as this wife and her husband had been praying in faith for a farm.

A Heavenly Father leaned in and touched the wounds of brokenness in marriages and individuals with His healing salve of love that night.

Prophetic words of encouragement were spoken to some which could have only been written from a pen in God’s hand, as they were so specific to the ones receiving.

In awe, God moved in our midst.

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Caught off guard, the evangelist began calling out ailments one after the other, and for those in need to stand in faith to receive their healing.

Struggling not with health, I sat and believed for others in prayer.

But then God saw me.

Among the crowd of hundreds He saw me.

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Somebody with a left eye issue please stand and receive your healing.”

In great thanksgiving, I stood in faith to receive my healing.

Alarmed days earlier, I began experiencing blurred vision in my left eye when looking afar and communicated this to my husband the need to see an optometrist.

An attentive Father noticed.

Just like that, the vision of my left eye was clear again.

I basked in the joy as a little girl at Christmas that evening one week ago.

An all knowing God so intimately aware of me…

He sees me…He sees you…

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me…
Psalm 139:6 NIV


When you least expect it, God reveals himself
in the noticing.

In the obvious, in the subtle, when we’re not looking, and sadly,
When we fail to notice at all,
God is always faithful to
reveal Himself
in the noticing.

In these trying times the world is experiencing together, God is still a personal God and intimately aware of us individually in the smallest of our details, those too minute for even the strongest magnification; yet God sees it all and wants to reveal Himself
in the noticing.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Psalms 139:1-3 NIV

Which is why I shouldn’t have been taken off guard by the surprise of God, as I am fully aware that he knows me, perceives my thoughts and is familiar with all my ways, continuing to find me in the back roads, the hidden intersections of my life, and even down the aisles of the grocery store,

revealing Himself in the noticing.

Recently I found myself walking a bit slower than usual down the aisles of the grocery store, a gaper in a fog I suppose, stunned and close to tears at the barrenness of the shelves.

Shelves usually full of food unless a holiday is approaching.
A scarcity I’ve never seen in my lifetime.

Panic didn’t set in, yet I could see the unsettledness written on so many faces of the other shoppers.

As a mother I wanted to reach out and hug each passerby, especially the young parents with children in their cart, parents I imagined were fretting about “tomorrow”.

As a grandmother who has rocked ten grandchildren through their endless sleepless nights, I longed to comfort these moms and dads and remind them that everything is going to be alright.

Yet quite honestly, the barren shelves that afternoon were bothering me too.

In the noticing though,

God scattered “words of encouragement” throughout the store by someone thoughtful, words painted on rocks and left behind on shelves for shoppers to find, a word God knew
I needed in the noticing.

While rock hunting is not a new idea, as I have personally stumbled upon these decorated stones in the town park and rocks our grandchildren have found hidden by next door neighbors.

But this particular day God gave me a “now word”, a “word in due season” on a shelf at the grocery store, just waiting beside the few boxes of mac-n-cheese left behind for me to discover.

A word God gave me in the noticing was BELIEVE.
IMG_7231Lord, in the noticing

You know me….
You perceive my thoughts….
You are familiar with all my ways….
Psalms 139:1-3 NIV

Lord, in the noticing you saw a weak moment of doubt in me, and now you were encouraging me to remember what I BELIEVE.

In this new pandemic storm unlike no other, boats all over the world seem tossed against the rage of the ocean, taking in and overwhelmed by the “waters of the unexpected”, whose compasses seem to have lost direction, leaving some to feel abandoned, stranded and lost at sea.

But in my boat and in the noticing,
God, you are encouraging me to remember what

When boats are calm, it’s easy to say what we BELIEVE when
sailing waters that are sound asleep.

But when the tides wake up with a fierce headache and vessels everywhere are tossed in the sea of its anger, we have to firmly know what we BELIEVE, as our lives depend on it.

What I BELIEVE is God controls the storm.

The disciples experienced this first hand as Jesus calmed the fierce storm that held their boat captive and stirred their fears of drowning.
Witnessing this miracle the disciples in their amazement replied,

“Who is this?
He commands even the winds and the waters,
and they obey him.”
Luke 8:25 NIV

What I BELIEVE during these unexpected times when so many have lost their jobs or successes, the world will come to realize when provisions miraculously continue, that God has been their provider all this time.

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
Psalm 37:25 NIV

What I BELIEVE in this great time of sickness, God still heals. God longs for our faith to arise, to reach out for the “hem of Jesus’ garment” as the woman with the issue of blood did for her healing.

“Who touched me? Jesus asked….
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me;
I know that power has gone out from me.”
Then he (Jesus) said to her,
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Luke 8:45-48 NIV

What I BELIEVE in this great time of lack,
People have revealed themselves full of generosity.

What I BELIEVE during these times mandated to our homes is a gift,
As families preoccupied and disconnected from the distractions of work, school, sports and play, needed to find their way back home and reconnect with those that they love.

What I BELIEVE is prayer is powerful, that prayer is bringing neighborhoods to their balcony’s, prayer is filling hospital parking lots of cars filled with people, all humbling themselves and calling on God to have mercy on them, seeking his face to heal their lands.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV      

What I BELIEVE that however painful during this great time of grief and sad goodbyes, we still have great HOPE of eternal life with the Lord for those who know Him as Lord, for those who:

…declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10 NIV

 In the noticing

God knows us….
He perceives our thoughts….
God is familiar with all our ways….
Psalms 139:1-3 NIV

If you feel abandoned,
If you are feeling alone,
If you are worried about tomorrow,

God is noticing.

You are not abandoned,
You are not alone,
God has tomorrow already prepared.

Find calm in the storm,
As the winds and waters obey Him.
(Luke 8:25 NIV)

Determine to BELIEVE.

Find calm
In a loving God
Who Notices.