God’s Unexpected Thanksgiving Whispers

By November 24, 2015 20 Comments

This week is Thanksgiving, so I want to pause and spend some time with you on the trail with the redwoods — and share some thoughts about a story Jesus tells us — about an unexpected journey of thanksgiving in Luke 17:11-19.

I created a short Soul Mocha Devotional Video for you. Click the video above and watch this short Soul Mocha Devotional. 

During this special time to reflect on all the ways God has guided us this year, there are also parts of our hearts where things are still in process of becoming formed, shaped, clear or resolved. Like the soil that is being regenerated with the autumn rains and resting after summer harvest, there are spaces in our lives where stories are still taking shape.  We are all on a journey.

We often keep those “on-the-journey” stories quiet during Thanksgiving week, but I believe they are just as beautiful, mysteriously glorious and alive as the finished stories of gratitude we often do share. Because in these on-the-journey stories, there stands Jesus with us. Present. He becomes intimately real in our wrestling as we listen for His voice and His hand gently guides us, drawing us near.

As we prepare to remember our blessings — let’s sit down at God’s table of the soul — the table set within each of us, remembering all parts of us on-the-journey — are welcomed, beloved and being made new with Jesus. 

“You prepare a table before me… You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows.” Psalms 23:5

May it be a quiet, restful, beautiful and glorious love affair with Jesus, as we look across the table, wherever the journey finds us this week.  And may the words in today’s Soul Mocha Devotional bring you closer to Jesus and his love for you. As is.

A Soul Mocha Devotional

For those who prefer to read today’s Soul Mocha Devotional in words…

I wanted to share a story we often hear a lot during this season, but look at it from some different viewpoints.  You know the story of the 10 lepers and how one went back to thank Jesus for how he had healed him?

As I look at other parts of the story, it’s very interesting to see Jesus was actually on his way to Jerusalem — when he had to go through Samaria.

So, he was actually on a journey when this opportunity came up unexpectedly and he stopped ot take time to heal these 10 lepers.

What’s interesting is that a lot of times Jesus healed people by touching them.

But, in this case — oddly enough — he told them to go do something.

Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest — even though as they left Jesus to go, they weren’t healed.

And it got me thinking: is there something God’s asking me to do, even though I don’t feel like I’m not ready to do it — or I feel I’m not in any condition to do them because of x,y or z?

And yet, God still places things on our hearts, as he gently whispers and says —

I want you to do this.  

This is where I want you to go journey.

And it’s in doing what Jesus encouraged them to go do that they were healed.

So I just thought it was interesting, as I am thinking of things to be thankful for – I asked myself:

Are there things that God has put on my heart — and things that even though I don’t feel prepared — I am thankful he is continuing to speak to me about them?

Sometimes, the seeds of thankfulness in us can only be watered when we dare to step out and go where Jesus calls us to go.

We become changed by the journey.

So, I’m curious for you:  are there are also things God’s prompted on your heart that he’s encouraging you to do?

Lastly, I just want to say, wherever this week finds you — because Thanksgiving and the holidays brings up so many different part of our lives – relationships, friendships, or family dynamics – that are still on the journey. They may not look exactly like the way we’d want them to be.

Whether we’re married, singles, or parents, there are many seasons part of life that are changing. We are changing.   Can we share those stories as well — and not just the finished stories of things we’ve already received, but stories of on-the-journey.

I call them on-the-journey stories. We can be thankful for those too.

Because Jesus is with us in them. And he gives us hope.

So, as long as we hear Jesus with us, we can confident that we can thank God for our journeys, however they look. I hope you have a wonderful week with Thanksgiving and I’ll be thinking of all of us.

What’s up ahead for you?  What is God placing on your heart this week of Thanksgiving?

Pull up a chair.  Click to comment. I’d love to hear about your journey.  

soul mocha paris

Paris Attacks: Hope & Comfort When We Feel Vulnerable & Hopeless

By On November 17, 2015

Yesterday, I woke up with so many thoughts tumbling on my heart about the Paris attacks, I decided to take you on my morning walk and say hi from California on a cool, autumn… Read More


The One Whisper God Longs To Make New In You Today

By On November 10, 2015

{my images are free goodies for you to enjoy, pin & share} “Poetry and prayer are closest kin. In poetry, we say it; in prayer, we become what we say.” Eugene Peterson.… Read More


5 Ways To Free Your Heart to Say Yes

By On October 3, 2015

Has God led you to make a decision — about an idea or a direction He’s put on your heart — but you’ve felt frozen by what is the best choice? I’ve… Read More


One of the Best Ways to Experience God When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

By On September 3, 2015

When you don’t feel like praying, how can you still savor God’s presence? I’d like to share one of the best ways that helps me experience God’s presence when I find it hard… Read More

1 Comment

Why It’s Time to Set Our Hearts Free Even If We Want to Run Away (FREE PRINTABLE)

By On September 2, 2015

{scroll down to download today’s beautiful printable. my images are free goodies for you to enjoy, pin & share.} Sometimes, you know you’re called to do one thing. But, you run in… Read More

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 3.28.24 PM

Why We Need to Say YES Even If We’re Afraid (My Interview With Josh Wilson & Frequency.fm) #ThatWasThenThisIsNow

By On August 24, 2015

Have you ever felt like running away — from what you’ve been afraid to do — even though you suspect it’s what you’re called to do? I’ve been trying to push away some… Read More

Be real

Four Movements To Be Yourself and Be At Rest

By On August 13, 2015

I stood there. The door had slammed in front of me. It didn’t matter what I said or what I did. What mattered was that she was mad. I would have to… Read More

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 11.15.57 AM

7 Promises from God for When You Feel Troubled

By On August 10, 2015

We live in a world that is good at problem solving. Have a problem, just Google your question and a slew of search results offer you a different approach. Our world rewards productivity… Read More

Each of us is created with beauty in mind, to reflect God's artistic imprint.

Why It’s Good to Waste Some Time To Feed Your Soul

By On August 6, 2015

It was our second playdate. Technically, it was my four-year-old son CJ’s playdate.  I was there visiting with his mom at the breakfast table, sipping water. I had just met my mommy… Read More


Break Free of Stress & Refresh Your Soul (An ebook Sale $1.99)

By On August 2, 2015

Looking for a mid-summer read to refresh your soul?   Today, my publisher Revell is offering a Special Limited $1.99 ebook Sale for my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest! … Read More

Joy may feel risky but joy is God-centered.

Is Your Joy Safe? 3 Misconceptions about Joy

By On July 30, 2015

We all long to experience joy. Do we opt for safe joy when Jesus offers full joy? When I was a little girl, I didn’t wear that many dresses. On the occasions… Read More

buy your copy today







Subscribe to my Blog

Subscibe Form Here….


Because some days you need a double shot of faith