up·hold  (p-hld)
tr.v. up·held (-hld), up·hold·ing, up·holds
1. To hold aloft; raise
2. To prevent from falling or sinking; support
3. To maintain or affirm against opposition

"and He (Christ) upholds the universe by the word of His power."
Hebrews 1:3b

"Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life."
Psalm 54:4

Aren't you glad that the God who upholds the entire universe by His word also upholds your very life? I know I am. Without Him, I'd be a puddle. I'd be sinking. I'd be weak. I only have life because He gives and sustains it.  An unspeakable gift.

Thank you, Lord, for upholding my life.

Speaking of life, it's teeming with it around here.
New hens to increase the flock.
Meet Little Sally,




and Miss Daisy.


We're praying that Alice and Miss Mabel will roll out the welcome wagon for the new ladies when the time comes.


New life is budding in the garden. Just the earliest of it.


Strawberry bossoms, herbs,


radishes, a bit of spinach.


The wild grasses are sprouting up. The dog grows and grows.


Blossoms brought inside scent the air

This life. This being upheld.
All gift. All grace.


Edited to add:  Be sure to visit Ashley Ann's blog today, Under the Sycamore,  for an awesome opportunity to serve orphans and specifically the orphanage where her daughter is waiting.  I was thrilled to be able to donate a printable.....go take a look! Pin It


  1. i love the verses that talk about how jesus holds all things together. i SO need these truths because all the time, i sink. all the time, i fall apart, fragmented and scattered. He holds me up, holds me together, and i depend on that grace. thanks for this encouragement.

  2. Great thoughts for a new week. Love your new little babies:)

  3. wish you could be my neighbor and we could garden and sew and chat and cook and on and on...okay, I'll take a neighboring state!?!

  4. I really enjoyed this! Just like Leslie said I fall too everyday. Flailing and helpless I come to Him. Thank u for the lovely post. A reminder of who holds me! Have a blessed day!

  5. We have 3 new baby chicks here!

  6. Thankful that I am upheld and for His words. Your chick-a-dees are the cutest. Can't even get enough. And Winnie is getting so big. He looks so fluffy and purty. ;)


you and your words are a GIFT to me! thank you!