Warrior Princess Fire Dance

Warrior Princess Fire Dance

Warrior Princess  Fire Dance Have I ever shared with you that I picture myself as a warrior princess? If I’m a Christian soldier and I’m a child of the king, that makes me a warrior and a princess. In God’s eyes, I am His beautiful daughter, and I am ready to fight my Father’s enemies […]

A Brick Short of a Load

A Brick Short of a Load

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17b – 19 […]

Emotional Truth

Emotional Truth

As women, we may have no influence so naturally persuasive as our emotions.  I live in a home with three precious teenage daughters, and let me just say there are days when I wouldn’t blame my husband if he went and pitched a tent out in the woods beside our house!  Scripture tells us that: […]

God Can Use our Animals to Teach Us ~ Part 1

God Can Use our Animals to Teach Us ~ Part 1

God has blessed me with amazing animals and, from stories I’ve read and heard, others feel the same about their own critters. When I was fifteen years old, I learned a lesson in compassion. Our family dog Laddie (pictured above with me when I was ten) became poisoned by consuming dead salmon along our creek. […]

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense […]

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) As we approach Thanksgiving Day, the day set aside to give thanks for our crops, jobs, families, etc, let’s not forget to express gratitude for this great “Salvation.” Give thanks in all situations – good or […]

Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are

Never be afraid to be who you are. Even when people walk away. Even when it seems easier to follow their way. Never be afraid to be who you are. Never be afraid to be who you are. Even when the world shouts and screams. Even when it appears as if they can shatter your […]

My Mother’s Wisdom

My Mother’s Wisdom

My mom passed away six years ago. Today would have been her 100th birthday. How I wish she was still here so I could bake her traditional birthday meal of lasagna and German chocolate cake. Every year I wonder if the angels bake special birthday meals in heaven, but I’m guessing that day doesn’t mean […]

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

My least favorite part of this time of year isn’t the holiday bustle, the cold chill in the air, or the threat of slick roads. Instead, it’s the myriad of germs that seem to find their way into my system repeatedly over the span of fall and winter months. My work as a school library […]

Take Off The Mask

Take Off The Mask

A few days ago, on Halloween, I went to work dressed up as a Lumberjack.  I put on a hat, sunglasses, a fluffy beard, plaid shirt, jeans and boots.  I stuffed the shirt with a pillow to create a big belly.  I laughed because I knew there was no possible way that anyone would recognize […]

Thankfulness Brings a New Perspective

Thankfulness Brings a New Perspective

Despite the technology available today there are those who despair that their gadget doesn’t do what they want it to, or they don’t have the latest one on the market. Years ago, these inventions didn’t exist and we lived without them and our life went on. This is an example of how human nature is […]

The Diversion

The Diversion

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. – Ephesians 2:10 ESV Recently I found myself in the throes of anxiety. For several months, I’ve been in a very busy season. When an unexpected obligation popped up, it sent me into […]

The Identity Thief

The Identity Thief

Who you are is not defined by what you do. Or what you fail to do. So many of us struggle with the lie that our value is based on our performance. We fear to make mistakes because we think that means we are a failure. Because we fear to make mistakes, we stay within […]

For When You Need a Second Chance

For When You Need a Second Chance

  I’ve lived much of my life behind masks. My masks look like confidence, strength, and security.  There are times when being confident, strong and secure are best, even when we don’t feel like it.  When I step into a job interview, meet with an executive to seal a high-stakes deal, or walk into a […]

All You Need Is…

All You Need Is…

I write and speak about my journey from bitterness to joy and abundant life, and encourage others that they too can break free from these sinful habits. One step in that process is to replace the bitterness with love. The people we were harboring bitterness against now become objects of our love. How is this […]

As a Christian…

As a Christian…

It started with an email. She said she had picked up my business card from an art exhibit I had done a while back, and wanted to “talk to me about my needs” for financial planning. A sales email. But it ended in a way that has begun to bother me. It said, “As a […]

Rejoice Evermore (I Thessalonians 6:16)

Rejoice Evermore (I Thessalonians 6:16)

    For many folks, summer is a time of relaxation, time to be outside enjoying nature, resting from the busy part of the year when school activities take much of our spare time. My children and some of my grandchildren are grown. My husband is retired, and, while we still are busy—whenever we want […]

Obedience At All Costs

Obedience At All Costs

“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice.” 1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)  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 […]