Answering the phone I join in on the conversations, trying to choose my words carefully, and failing.

Why do I join in on such talk?  How can the joining of bitter water and sweet water stay pure and sweet?

Entering into redemption, through repentance, He bends and listens to my confessions.

And the joining is Grace.

I join my friends for lunch and we pray for each other and those who have offend us, blessing as we are commanded, not as we always feel.  His presence enters in  encouraging  our prayers.

And the joining is Mercy.

“Can you join me in prayer?”  The preacher asked

We bow our heads, and I think of joining Him.

The one who intercedes for us night and day.

The one who joins us by His spirit.

I am joined to His suffering, and His righteousness and  His heir.

I am join by His spirit in Matrimony to my husband a reflection of the marriage to come.

And the joining is Holy.


Linking today with Lisa-Jo and Graceful for a Friday get together and we join our hearts together in our love of writing, love of community, love of friendship and love of the Lord.


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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