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Your last sentence proved just how small you've gotten..."it takes a lot of energy to be still." True. That.

Love the pic of baby Levi!

Loving you from Virginia!


Your new nephew is perfect...I love his name, Levi. If I'd had a third boy that would have been his name, too!

Cindy Cruse

You are doing such a great work! I am inspired by your posts and was touched by your desire to be small. I've never really thought about it that way but, it is inviting to me.

It does take a lot of work to be still!

Hope you have a wonderful week doing His work!

Gail @ Pandemonium in the Parsonage

This is a completely tangential comment. My 3 daughters have the same pajamas as your little miss. A little miss who looked completely precious holding that bundle of baby love.

Marla Taviano

Hooray for a BIG God and a little Levi! Love you, friend!


Trying to heal from the hurt of leaving my church of ten years. I would have thought by now (almost a year) I would be done, but it seems I am not. This weekend revealed old wounds that run deep. Yep, that is what I am going to do this week:)


Regarding feeling small, let me share one of my long-time favorite verses, John 3:30: He must become greater; I must become less. (Please note that this is from LESlie)

I have been focusing on how big God is lately as well. I read Job 26:14 this past week and love it! ". . . Who can understand the thunder of His power?"

I have missed you! But I understand busy and baby holding: I have been chasing around getting my 15-year-old to her activities, and third grandchild is due this week!


Good afternoon. I have my Memory Monday post up.

God bless as you continue your study. Teaching is not for the faint of heart, that's for sure. I'm preparing to speak at a luncheon on May 1st, and I feel too small for the task. Lots of adversity in my life right now, so the Lord has humbled me in preparation for this task.

Holly @ Crownlaiddown

I am good and in a good IS hard to wait. I hope to see you this summer, friend!

Congrats to your sister and family...praise God for this new addition!

Kathleen  Jaeger

My oldest son is Levi! How wonderful that you are enjoying a baby Levi, too! Although, it seems awhile since he was that little since he is 11 now.

Thanks for sharing about feeling small and knowing that God is working through you then. I always learn most when people share what's really going on. Thanks!

Lisa notes...

"It takes a lot of energy to be still." That has stuck with me today. Very profound, Joanne!

I'm glad your study has gone well in Psalm 23. It sounds so profitable.

My week's verse is here about biting my tongue and speaking gifts of grace. Hard to do sometimes...

Helen at A Work of Heart

Hard places reveal the soft lap of God...praying you are finding your way often as is needed.

We won't go away...take the time you need.

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