The Spigot

As my husband, Gary,  watched from a distance the way I served others, he often described it this way: “You get to help people, who’s cups are depleted or empty, place themselves under the spigot of God and His Word so that He can fill them, restore them, guide them and use them.” 

Through these bi-weekly posts, move your cup under the spigot of God to receive encouragement in life and truth from God’s Word to live the full life offered by Jesus (John 10:10).

Humility

Humility

(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth) Numbers...

Held

Held

I marvel at the ways God meets my soul when I spend time with Eve. I look forward to Tuesdays when...

Rocks

Rocks

Last fall while Gary and I travelled, Grace stayed at A Dog's Word, a local dog kennel. While...

Time

Time

Last year seemed to fly by. Yet when I reflected before welcoming 2024, I realized the number of...

Sick

Sick

I laid in bed and starred at the bedside table. Sickness claimed my body and I struggled to get...

Pasalubong

Pasalubong

What spurs on your journey with Jesus? Today I found that when I connect with fellow followers of...

Seeds

Seeds

Two large garden boxes compose a part of the landscape for our yard. Situated on the south side of...

Seek

Seek

What do the Highlights magazine "Hidden Objects" page, the "I spy" game, and "Where's Waldo" have...

Color

Color

Growing up I enjoyed coloring. I remember creating craft projects with a multitude of crayon...

Crushed

Crushed

When Grace runs in the yard to catch the bouncing ball she often crushes the plants in her way....

Solidarity

Solidarity

Where do I begin? I find myself wondering what direction God wants me to take for this Spigot? The...

Lost

Lost

Black Rock Retreat occupies nearly 130 acres near Lancaster, PA. The grounds include two dining...

Ball

Ball

Grace eagerly sat by the garage door awaiting her first adventure of the day. Her posture...

Mud

Mud

In the past week rain has soaked the soil in Denver, Colorado. Typically, we don’t get a lot of...

Become

Become

We slept for the first night in the place God provided for us on April 5. The new house represents...

Place

Place

Since we sold the townhouse in the summer of 2021, I have prayed for God to lead us to the next...

Perplexed

Perplexed

A New Year approaches! I look forward to the week between December 25 and January 1. During those...

Glow

Glow

Grace and I walk a wooded path a few times each day. On cool days, we love to soak up the sunshine...

Weary

Weary

Sunday marked the beginning of Advent - the weeks of waiting leading to Christmas. I took some...

Push

Push

The season of fall in Colorado seemed to extend longer than in past years. Trees exhibited an...

Welcome

Welcome

Have you ever had one of those days when your mind and heart felt foggy? Or, when thinking clearly...

Mirror

Mirror

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Not long ago when I took out the household trash...

Friendship

Friendship

Amongst God’s many gifts, I thank God for friends. On Saturday some friends, Randy and Lori, came...

Birdy

Birdy

Snow blew in the air and the temperatures dropped, but for Grace, the heat arose within her little...

Ponder

Ponder

I poured some olive oil in the pan as it rested on top of the red-hot burner. My son-in-law...

Grace

Grace

With gratitude to God we welcomed Grace St. Catherine into our hearts and home on November 21,...

Prepare

Prepare

The fall is a season of preparation. Animals in the forest prepare for winter by gathering and...

Lament

Lament

The cloud settled upon my soul. God’s presence enveloped me as I sat with shock in the realization...

Jehoshaphat

Jehoshaphat

I continue to rest and reflect on Jehoshaphat’s story from 2 Chronicles 19-20. These rich inspired...

Waiting

Waiting

Last weekend I walked a prayer trail. Located just outside of Sedalia, CO a colleague created a...

Bubbling

Bubbling

“Alexa, turn on bubbling brook.” This last week Gary and I took care of our grand puppies. Sammy...

Senseless

Senseless

It was the strangest experience. Last week I tested positive for covid. After taking a ten day...

Fresh

Fresh

While gathering with friends from the east coast I gleaned a new word. Fresh. We sat around the...

Tape

Tape

I have been using a lot of packaging tape lately. We are in the process of selling our townhouse...

Covering

Covering

Did you know that chickens run wild on the island of Kauai? They are everywhere. How did this come...

Hope

Hope

Have you ever thought about the number of times you use the word hope? Think about it. Reflect on...

Downsize

Downsize

My mom and dad determined it was time to downsize from their large home into something smaller....

Repair

Repair

Nestled between layers of bubble wrap and paper towels, seashells of varying shapes, sizes, and...

Puzzle

Puzzle

I thought building a puzzle offered a fun entertaining activity. Puzzles have been popular amongst...

Wind

Wind

Last week the weather went a little crazy. A cold front arrived blowing out the warm Colorado air....

Trim

Trim

Not long ago as I left home for scheduled appointments, I noticed Gary talking with a local...

Bruised

Bruised

While walking Joy, I noticed the grasses and reeds along the park path. Covering the open space,...

Reflector

Reflector

Darkness surrounded the car as I drove through the barren wilderness of Nevada. Interstate 80...

Hybrid

Hybrid

The search is over! We sat at a table with a plexiglass barrier positioned in the center. On the...

Moving

Moving

Boxes of all sizes and weights adorned the upstairs landing of our town house. After nearly twenty...

Restless

Restless

This new season of COVID19 has challenged every one of us in different ways. While we each...

Delight

Delight

Sunshine beamed through the stained-glass windows of the stone chapel as the young bride, escorted...

Play

Play

Do you enjoy silly movies, telling jokes, and playing games? When was the last time you exprienced...

Presents

Presents

The beaming bride-to-be sat on the round ottoman opening presents. Surprises awaited to fill her...

Vows

Vows

The dimly lit church highlighted the center aisle and the platform at its end. Dressed in a finely...

Clouds

Clouds

On a recent airline flight, I gazed through the window pane and marveled at the variety of clouds...

Broad

Broad

The park across the street from our neighborhood is getting a makeover. A new entrance, an...

YES

YES

March has been a historic month for the Hoag household. On March 2, under the San Diego drizzling...

Beg

Beg

I love when God gets my attention by sending me a message through multiple channels. The other day...

Home

Home

The mid-afternoon sun shone brightly as I slowly followed the signs for “Arrivals." My heart beat...

Turn

Turn

Yesterday afternoon Sophie and I took a wrong turn. Since she and I enjoy looking at different...

Invasive

Invasive

What comes to mind when you hear the word invasive? I think of the weeds in the grass out the door...

Stitches

Stitches

I got six stitches and a nice black eye last week. The more dramatic story involves Sherwood...

Dream

Dream

Believe it or not, dreams come true in places other than Disneyland.  While some dreams take us to...

Step

Step

Imagine standing on the shore of a rushing river. What do you see? How do you feel? Consider the...

Hope

Hope

“Hope Patrol” dominated my past two weeks. Because our son, Sammy, has been extra busy with work...

Money

Money

Several years ago my husband, Gary, and I enjoyed watching a TV show where the theme song was “For...

Devoted? … Devoted!

Devoted? … Devoted!

According to Merriam-Webster, devotion is “the act of prayer or private worship.” Devotion reveals...