God Pursues You When You’re Ignoring Him

God Pursues You When You’re Ignoring Him

  She pressed a steaming cup to her lips and uttered something about ignoring God. Compassionate glances were exchanged across the table. Compassion and empathy. Because every woman at that table understood her plight. It’s the human condition: We tend to forget about God. Sometimes it’s intentional, like when we’re angry, but other times, we […]

Decluttering and Relationships

Decluttering and Relationships

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the neat/clean freak one in my marriage. I don’t want my home to be a pigsty, but I don’t mind a little clutter here and there. In the past eight to nine months, though, my husband and I have been on a huge decluttering and trying-to-live-minimally […]

A Surrendered Heart

A Surrendered Heart

When I was a kid in my little country church, kneeling to pray on cushions at the altar was a regular thing. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp why everyone was kneeling. While observing this practice, my mind would often wander to what everyone was praying about for so long. I knew if I […]

Living At the Well

Living At the Well

I’ve been studying through John in my morning Bible reading and I came to the well-known passage of the woman at the well in John chapter 4: So [Jesus] came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, […]

Is My Name Written There?

Is My Name Written There?

There are large parts of the Bible that consists of lists. Some of them involve directions on building the tabernacle and, later, the temple, some are laws that the Israelites were to follow. In some passages, fighting men are detailed with the jobs they are to do, and some spots just list the various families […]

What is Church to You?

What is Church to You?

This brings me to an experience I had as I attended a very small church in Orlando, Florida several years ago. I have always been open to any size church; my only condition was that I needed to feel moved in my heart through the Word of God, I needed my spiritual food. As I […]

Too Much Sharing!

Too Much Sharing!

Oh that our world would realize that it’s not necessary or even okay to share every single thing happening in our lives! I recently traveled for work and spent quite a bit of time in an airport killing time before my return flight.  As I sat in a cubbie to charge my phone, a young […]

One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your ‘to do’ list? Wishing there was more than 24 hours in a day? Even an abundance of good things can be wearing. I’m on the brink of a few doors possibly opening in my writing career. While I’m excited about the possibility, it also has meant some unexpected […]

A Shining Light

A Shining Light

“[…] children of God […] in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:15 – NKJV It is Monday as I write this, and I’ve been . . . writing. As part of ACFW’s Novel Track Writing accountability loop—where we each set a specific monthly […]

In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

Continuing from last month: Let’s turn to 1st Thessalonians 4:13 – 14 and read what it says: 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that […]

World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

Today is World Storytelling Day. I remember going to the bookstore where my mother worked and listening to a storyteller. She had collected and written down stories from other countries, such as Africa. I could sit there all day taking in those tales. I bought her book and learned some of those stories so I […]

Pain Transformed

Pain Transformed

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3 Deep in the cavernous darkness of the stony cold mountain a miracle is happening. Unseen and hidden away, the elements of darkness are being transformed in their very essence […]

Am I Skydiving or Flying

Am I Skydiving or Flying

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, Ephesians 3:20 Sometimes (more often than not) I get caught up in the process of life. I’m an analytical sort of person, and I’m definitely a planner. With every […]

It’s Time to Pray

It’s Time to Pray

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 1 Samuel 12:23 (KJV)   Every Wednesday on my facebook page I post a prayer meeting, like the ones that most of us grew up with on […]

Evil Can’t Touch Me

Evil Can’t Touch Me

In an era of global terrorism, and with our neighborhoods overrun with drugs and crime, the title for this post appears naïve, foolish, even idiotic. But remember Job? He said the same thing. Job, the man who lost everything except his wife and his life, agreed with his friends that evil couldn’t touch him. Evil […]

To Thine Own Self Be True

To Thine Own Self Be True

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) I couldn’t understand it. I had mimicked her stance to perfection. Yet, when I swung at the golf ball, it sailed far to the right or far to the left. Rarely […]

The Valuation of Jesus

The Valuation of Jesus

My husband worked as a real estate valuation analyst for a few years in between pastoring, being a used car salesman (yes, you read that right!) and being a pastor again. He learned a lot about what brings value to real property, and was able to assign a dollar figure to potential properties his company […]

Sir Wallace, a Gift from God

Sir Wallace, a Gift from God

When my son, Joshua, died on March 16, 2004, I discovered God cares about even the smallest matters. Up until then, I’d always been told God did not have time nor cared about giving us little blessings. They either happened or not. God was not involved in these matters. But I had been puzzled all […]