The Mirror Has Two Faces…

The Mirror Has Two Faces…

“Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods  he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. […]

Setting the Mood

Setting the Mood

Setting the Mood  ambiance: n. The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment. When writing fiction, every scene, every interaction between characters, every descriptive paragraph needs to portray a certain ambiance. In order to write these things effectively, we have to be able to “feel” the mood, don’t you think? So, let’s explore […]

How Do I Pray in Agreement With God’s Will?

How Do I Pray in Agreement With God’s Will?

One way of guaranteeing your prayers will be answered is to pray in agreement with God’s will! Many times, we have already DECIDED how we want the prayer to be answered. We have already determined OUR will in the matter and try to get God to co-sign our prayers. Or we ASSUME what God wants […]

Death is Precious?

Death is Precious?

We lost another sweet saint in our church this week. This lady was 82 and suffered from dementia, taking her away from regular church attendance for quite a while now. My pastor/hubby never ceases to amaze me at how he can find just the right words for paying tribute to one of his flock. I’ve […]

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 We live in the midst of a material world. Everywhere […]

I’m sorry

Life is so crazy busy this summer, I forgot about my post. My apologies. I’ve been busy writing, trying to get a proposal done, piano lessons for the girls, camp, Vacation Bible School and more.   What have you been doing this summer?

Steering Wheels and Potholders

Steering Wheels and Potholders

As a preschooler, my daddy would let me “drive” the car. “Horrors!” exclaims the younger generation, while the children of the Fifties smile at golden memories. But yes, perfectly good parents allowed their little ones to imitate such grown-up behaviors as baking cakes and driving. This is how it was done. I would sit on […]

A Color I Have Never Before Seen

A Color I Have Never Before Seen

But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. -1 Corinthians 2:9-10, NET We […]

Created to Be Salt

Created to Be Salt

When we think of salt, we immediately are drawn to the concept of table salt or sodium chloride. Often, we hear preachers compare THE PROPERTIES OF SALT to the CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE. Of course Our lives should make others thirst for the things of God. Our conduct, tempered with love, ought to make others wonder what […]

A Constant State of Complaint

A Constant State of Complaint

Why is it I do what I hate? Sometimes, my mind is in a constant state of confusion and complaint. I’m not counting my blessings, and I see nothing but dark around me. I must admit, it lasts anywhere from hours to a few days. And I know better, having been a follower of Christ […]

Dude Ranch Summer

Dude Ranch Summer

“Oh, come on, you two can do it! We’re going to.” Such encouragement, or should I say, such gentle pressure, from dear friends is what found us working at a delightful Dude Ranch in beautiful Montana one summer. That experience is a memory not easily forgotten. Below is a link to 63 Ranch. https://63ranch.com/  Realize, […]

What a Wonderful, Terrible, Holy World

What a Wonderful, Terrible, Holy World

“Daddy, some of these are terrifying. The colors are so beautiful.” My friend’s daughter lay nearby on a blanket as fireworks flash-banged in the sky above us. She was right. So many colors filled the sky, and it was breathtaking. I found myself whispering “wow” more times than I could count. I’m not always the […]

Word Power

Word Power

“And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water. And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causes the curse: and the water that causes the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter” (Numbers 5:23-25)   Words have power. In this passage […]

Divine Rest

Divine Rest

But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with […]

The FIRST First

The FIRST First

Teeth brushed. Bed made. Husband kissed. Exercise clothes on. Tea cup in hand. And the battle begins. The author podcast I listened to last week said the only way to make consistent progress on your novel is to make writing the first thing you do every morning. Best time of the day to exercise? Most […]

Are You Using Your Freedom As an Opportunity for the Flesh?

Are You Using Your Freedom As an Opportunity for the Flesh?

Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (ESV) Freedom – –           The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. The power to […]

Worry Versus Trust

Worry Versus Trust

Have you ever noticed when you pray for something like patience or faith, instead of just giving us those virtues, God puts us in situations that require us to use them? Our sermon Sunday at church dealt with worry. After half an hour of being inspired to entrust everything into God’s capable hands, I thought, […]

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

Lately I’ve been thinking about one sin in particular that is so widespread, I would go so far as to say that it is the most common sin.  It’s even pervasive among Christians!  I’m ashamed to say that there have been times in my life when I’ve fallen into this specific sin, barely realizing that […]