Seeking God’s Direction

Seeking God’s Direction

It’s been three weeks since I released a novella. Things have been a little busy as I work on blog interviews, promotions, etc. It’s been a lot of fun but also a bit overwhelming too. The question I’m often asked is what am I working on next, and do I have the next novella written […]

The Seven “I AM” Statements of Jesus

The Seven “I AM” Statements of Jesus

I saw a meme on Facebook that caught my attention. The Seven “I AM” statements of Jesus. I never thought about this before. He tells us right there in scripture just who He is. We just have to have a willing heart to listen to him. Praise God for these statements. Let’s take a look […]

Somethings Just Belong Together…

Somethings Just Belong Together…

You should never see salt without pepper, peanut butter without jelly, nor coffee without cream, because in life I have learned that there is always a Yin to the Yang why? Because somethings just belong together. Isn’t it wonderful that when you think of one, you are instantly compelled to think of the other? I […]

Got Any Rivers?

Got Any Rivers?

Life gets tough, sometimes. Things go wrong. We get frustrated. We feel we’ve lost control. Ever felt like that? Maybe even thought about quitting, Giving up? Not just about writing . . . about anything we’re attempting to do, or want to do. There’s a river to cross, giants to face, or a mountain to […]

Put on Your War Clothes

Put on Your War Clothes

Imagine this: You pull dirty linen off of your thirteen year old son’s bed to wash and a marijuana joint falls from under his pillow. A week later your sister tells you that your two ten year old girls dressed up like teens, acted out an erotic scene from a movie, and posted on you-tube. […]

A Call to be Urgent and Intentional

A Call to be Urgent and Intentional

Lately a sobering reality has been set in front of me that tugs at my mommy-heart. If the statistics continue to follow the trend they are now, within the group of those born after 9/11, only one out of ten will be saved and have a relationship with Christ. Despite stating the obvious, this means […]

God Always Keeps His Promises

God Always Keeps His Promises

  If you’ve been reading my blog posts for the past year or so, you know I’ve been struggling with my oldest son. We’ve been through a lot with him, court appearances, picking him up from jail, job losses, bailing his car out of the impound yard… and so much more. A line from a […]

And Then There Were Eight

And Then There Were Eight

It’s been less than a year since I began contributing to Putting on the New. I’ve enjoyed getting to meet my new family, so far only online. Most of all, I enjoy sharing my thoughts about God and the Christian life, with the public at large and with my sisters who also contribute to the […]

Failure Begets Opportunity

Failure Begets Opportunity

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21). The golfer sets up his tee on the challenging par five green. After analyzing the situation and visualizing his play, he readies for his drive. Keeping his eye on the ball, he swings. However, he mistakenly speeds […]

Distinguished by Love

Distinguished by Love

I have been walking with God for 33 years now, and I am amazed more now than ever by how gracious my Lord is. I’m also amazed, at times, at how un-gracious we, as God’s people, can be. A handful of years ago, I was driving through my neighborhood in Pennsylvania when I saw the […]

The Rock That is Higher

The Rock That is Higher

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. -Psalm 61:1-3 I once lived in an […]

If Comfort Does Not Come

If Comfort Does Not Come

For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God. 1 Chronicles 12:22 ESV Do well-meaning people encourage you to “get over” the loss of a loved one? If we’re in prayer about our loss, God will show us when we’re ready […]

The Gap Problem

The Gap Problem

I recently heard a sermon on the Gap Problem within churches. It went something like this. We become a Christian at Point A and live until Point B. Point B could be at our death or when Jesus returns. The Gap Problem is what we do between these points. It’s sort of like the question: […]

The Dirt on the Gospel

The Dirt on the Gospel

“Would you like to join us? You don’t have to eat alone.” The man wasn’t a member of our congregation. He was there to speak later in the evening about his experience living in a transitional community. All I could tell about him was that he didn’t know anyone and he was a veteran. He […]

Counting It All Joy

Counting It All Joy

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4, NASB)   What do you do when you encounter a hiccup along your life journey? […]

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

My birthday is in two days! I love birthdays and so does God! Our physical birthdays are good but our spiritual birthday is beyond awesome! I told you that God loves birthdays but maybe you thought I was just using literary license to make a point but I wasn’t.  The Bible says there is a celebration […]

Facing the Unknown

Facing the Unknown

Some years back, two of my sons and a friend were camping in Missouri. One night, they heard a rustling in the brush. The noise grew louder, closer. And then it stopped. The next night around dusk, they heard it again. What was it? You can imagine the campfire talk: “It could be a wild […]

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. 2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. 3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. Song of Solomon 2: 1-3 (KJV) I had a birthday a couple of months ago […]