Posts by Ocieanna Fleiss
Fight to Rest: Hope in Rough Times
Sometimes it feels like one thing goes wrong after another after another. Over the past few years big events like a constant battle with finances, my sweet boy being diagnosed with diabetes, the constant heavy challenge of dealing with depressed family members … oh, these sting, deep inner pain. And these “big” things use up…Read More
He Knows My Name
To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (John 10:3 ESV) When I was a child, kids in school called me a really mean name, “Ocie Cow.” It became my identity, and I hated it–hated myself. But Jesus never called me…Read More
The Battle for My Family: A Strategy that’s Helping
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV) I’ve been thinking about how the thief comes after my family. He rails against our peace and joy and love. He hates when my kids rest in Christ. He despises for us to live securely…Read More
I Was On TV!
Here’s the link to the video and the online print story. What a day! One of those days you can only give credit to God’s providential hand. I stayed home from church with my son, which worked out fine because for some reason, I was really tired. Our car broke down the other day, which meant…Read More
When God Seems Far Away
Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan. Ps. 55:1-2 Even though I know God is faithful, and I know he’s loved me through the hills and valleys so far, and…Read More
Do You Love Me That Much? Really?
“You’re here.” My voice cracked. It was almost unbelievable—this earthly reunion brought about by my death. I thought death only brought heavenly reunions. ~from Love Like There’s No Tomorrow It boggles my mind to fathom all the amazing ways God has blessed me since the cardiac arrest tried to steal my forever breaths. Friday evening gray…Read More
Love in the Midst of a Poopy Day
Have you ever had a day like this? Overslept. Didn’t accomplish what I wanted. Things in the house broke. My phone kept sticking and not letting me type. ARGH! Drivers on the rainy roads drove crazy (that may have been because of my grumpy mood). I basically flailed on the edge of losing it all day long.…Read More
Do You Receive Compliments or Brush Them Off?
You walk into a room. A friend smiles. “You look nice today.” What immediately pops to mind? If you’re like many, you belittle the kind words, maybe think, She’s just saying that or I didn’t even put make-up on or She should’ve seen me yesterday. I especially do this when I’m feeling blah about the way…Read More
Happy Life Anniversary to Me!
Five years ago today my heart stopped beating. I’m amazed at the work God has done in my life since death’s grasp snatched me away. This morning I went through a few Facebook posts from past anniversaries of my death, and a pattern arose, like footprints on the path of the loving message he constantly whispers…Read More
Have a Tender Christmas
Not everyone’s as sensitive as I am. I know this. Not everyone deeply longs for a kind look, a friendly face, compassionate eyes. Some are content roaming through the world, minding their own business in a businesslike fashion. God made us all different. He made me tender. I admit, sometimes it’s hard to find these things…Read More