Turning Back

Turning Back

There’s the joke most everyone knows about how men hate to stop and ask for directions even when they are hopelessly lost. I guess it’s not so much a joke as it is a truism that people joke about. Men in particular seem to struggle when they can’t find their way. What about you? “Show […]

God and Sticky Notes

God and Sticky Notes

I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. – Isaiah 49:15b-16a (NLT) I should buy stock in the sticky note industry. The only trouble is, I’d be losing any profit I’d make because I may be one of the biggest purchasers of the product. 🙂 I […]

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

I’m doing a Bible study and something struck out at me when we were studying in Matthew 14 28-33. Here’s what it says. 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward […]

Subjectivity

Subjectivity

Are you influenced by book reviews? No, I don’t mean reviews of your books. What I’m asking is … do big name endorsements help you decide to buy a particular book? When you browse through a bookstore, what prompts you to reach for a book? I read a lot. A LOT. And I do book reviews, […]

How to Guarantee Your Prayers Will Be Answered

How to Guarantee Your Prayers Will Be Answered

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t want their prayers answered when they pray? Of course not———- We pray because we have a need. We ask because we want God to hear and answer our prayers. PRAY-ERS – We don’t want to wander around in the “Christian Book Store” for hours hoping we’ll find a […]

You’re Starting the NT with That?

You’re Starting the NT with That?

Matthew 1:1-17 English Standard Version (ESV) The Genealogy of Jesus Christ 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah […]

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

A few years ago, I came to the point of a computer crisis. My current computer became a serious source of irritation in my life. Not just the ordinary, I-hate-technology moments we all have, but a big I’m-going-to-have-to-wipe-the-hard-drive-and-start-over sort of situation. To be fair, it wasn’t even a real computer, it was a netbook. I’d […]

Leaning on the Promises

Leaning on the Promises

Today, let’s focus on the promises of God:   God isn’t a man, and He doesn’t lie. It’s impossible for God to lie. Has He said, and will He do it? Or has He spoken and He won’t make it good? He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. There hasn’t failed […]

Secure on Father’s Day

Secure on Father’s Day

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12 by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar Rested. Protected. Carried. These are the images of my Father that comfort my soul. I am so often weary, exhausted with the […]

Choosing To Be a Slave

Choosing To Be a Slave

Slave. The word is ugly in any language. To be forced to call another person “master,” to be denied the freedom of choice in every matter of life—who you marry, where you live, your vocation—is anathema, a cursed thing. With man’s inhumanity toward man, slavery has existed for ages. In some cultures, like ancient Rome, […]

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13 NIV).     I dropped my salt shaker into a bowl of water and vinegar.  If it had only been water on the top […]

The Friend Above All Friends

The Friend Above All Friends

Most of us have had it happen…that weird moment when we realize we weren’t invited to the party or the trip or the get-together. Friends whom we thought really valued us… just…didn’t invite us…for whatever reason. Maybe they even tried to hide the event from us? We may never know. Being left out, no matter […]

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

  A girlfriend just sent this. At first, I also laughed also, but think the professor is really on to something.   An Interesting Thing about Friendship They Teach It at Stanford: In an evening class at Stanford University, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection — the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker […]

The Regular Practice of Pruning {and the price of neglect}

The Regular Practice of Pruning {and the price of neglect}

Long before we lived here, someone planted an ornamental pear tree right outside the kitchen window. In our years of inhabiting this place, it has been home to squirrels scampering up and down its trunk, frolicking in the branches. Most mornings, it sings, or rather the birds perched on its branches sing and fill the […]

Come to the Light – Christ Jesus

Come to the Light – Christ Jesus

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes […]

God’s Golden Gift

God’s Golden Gift

Now it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, that Shishak the king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. He took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king’s house, and he took everything, even taking all the shields of gold which Solomon had made. So King […]

When We Walk With Our Lord

When We Walk With Our Lord

Looking at our circumstances, we don’t see God; yet He is there and is the only planner and executor of all our dreams and aspirations. God revealed this truth to great men like David. Those who lived in David’s time or who read about him in the scriptures might have attributed much of what he […]

Just Sit

Just Sit

Earlier this week I was talking to some writer friends about my first zipline experience and the post I wrote for my blog about the lessons God taught me. Thought I’d share a few today.   In 2015, we were blessed to take part in a mission trip to Belize. Most of our ministering took place […]