Saturday, June 22, 2013

Five Minute Friday - Strategic Connection

The rhythm of life

Continues to speed up and up and up

It’s such a frantic pace

I can scarcely keep up


Every day…from morning till night

I’m busy, busy, busy

Most of it

Is of no eternal consequence


All around me people seek connection

By Facebook, Twitter, email and cell

Talking to a friend face to face, iPhone in hand

They are disconnected and distracted


Is all this connection glorifying God

Is it putting the Christ and others first

Or have we been bamboozled by the enemy

Who strategically uses anything to keep us from what really matters



Susan Wachtel

June 22, 2013


It’s another Saturday morn and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  Head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Tales from a Gypsy Mama”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blogger Posting Issues Continue

Well  I continue to experience problems with posting to Blogger.  I can login to Blogger without any issues, but when I try to post the page does not come up properly and I can’t take any actions.


So little by little, I’m making the transition over to Word Press.  Thanks to some guidance from Wanda at The Watered Soul, I’m diving in. 


Still learning the Word Press ropes and feel like I’m starting over at square one.  But still hopeful that the Blogger folks will be able to find a fix so I can continue to blog at Blogspot.  The good news is that Word Press is able to import all my posts from Blogger. 


I’ve would love for you to stop by my new Susan’s Blog:


I’ve also transferred over A Poem by Any Other Name:


As I’m able I will continue to post at Blogspot, but until then blog on.  Today I’m trying posting via email…so I’ll see how that goes.


Lord bless…Susan


Susan Wachtel

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.  Awake, my glory!  Awake, lute and harp!  I will awaken the dawn.  Psalm 57:7-8


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lust of the Flesh

Oh Lord, how I am prone
To follow the lust of the flesh

Something that seems good
From man’s perspective and wisdom

It may not be Your will
Or a provision from Your hand

Help me to be discerning
Reject temptation from the enemy

Help me to trust You with open hands
Say and mean it, "Thy will be done"

Susan Wachtel
June 12, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Got Problems?

To all my Christian blogger friends?  Have any of you been having problems posting on Blogger recently?

For the past two weeks, I’ve been trying to go online and post things I’ve written and haven’t been able to do so.  I can access my account, but when I select New Post it takes me to a blank screen and I can do anything. 

Just wondering if anyone else has been experiencing problems?

I reported the problem on Saturday, but haven’t heard anything back.  Today when accessing my account from my laptop computer (a different computer), low and behold I was able to get in and post my Five Minute Friday post.

In the meantime and in between time, I’m considering transitioning over to Word Press.  Still waiting to see if Blogger issues will be resolved.  It has served me well over the past seven years. 

What I discovered during the time I couldn’t post anything, is how much I love to write and miss having that ability to do so.

Let me know if you've experienced problems with Blogger in recent days?

Blog on for the Lord!

Five Minute Friday - Soon Fall Away

From the dawn of a new day
Until the midnight hour
It seems as if I’m in a race

Fast paced
Going, going, going

The shot has been fired
A new day has begun
No time to rest

Oh Lord, I am so weary
More than fatigue
From a restless night’s sleep

It’s a weariness of my mind
Precious little time to think
Meditate on You and Your Word

Instead my day is filled
With things that are perishing
Worthless things of no eternal value

Thoughts, time and attention
On that which will soon fall away
Like chaff blown away in the wind

Lord, help me to desire You above all things
Pursue You diligently
Through the study of Your Word and prayer

May love for You consume me
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit
Give me the mind of Christ

By Susan Wachtel
June 8, 2013

Okay…I confess I took longer than five minutes…but I needed to reflect on what the last few months have been like.  I start each day with reading God’s Word, a devotional and writing in a journal.  I end the day reading the Bible.  I’m in prayer each day and listen to solid Bible teachers in my car and as time permits on my I-pod.  But I must say…even with that, it’s not enough.  The non-stop, fast pace has left me weary.  Thankfully not weariness of my soul…but of my mind and body.  

I’m looking forward to an upcoming vacation.  Where I can rest and draw near to the Lord.  Spend time with and enjoy the gift He has given me in my husband Chris.  

I’m asking for the Lord to show me how to have a balance.  To be a dedicated worker, with quality work, a good attitude and be caring about the people I see each day…but somehow, slow down and spend more time with the Lord.  Write down the things I am thankful for, the verses that jump off the page when I’m reading, the encouragement and conviction of the Holy Spirit and to meditate on the Lord.  

I want to be able to take the time to read more Christian bloggers, the words of precious men and women who love the Lord Jesus and share from their heart, encourage, exhort and challenge their readers.  

I want to be consumed by the Lord, with an unquenchable desire, hunger and thirst for His word and to know Him more and just spend time with Him and reflect on my awesome God.  

How about you precious friend…do you too need more time with the Lord?
It’s another Saturday morn and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Fridaywriting challenge.  Head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Tales from a Gypsy Mama”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.

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