Some Whining From Here In the Middle

Some Whining From Here In the Middle

I’m feeling out of sorts today. I feel, sometimes, like I don’t understand the world or what I’m supposed to do in it. I don’t get why people do and say certain things. I don’t always get why *I* feel the need to do or say certain things. And on top of it all, I’ve […]

End the Year with a Bang

End the Year with a Bang

It’s December 1st. The first day of the last month of the year. There’s something about this month that strikes us. Of course, Christmas is coming and Christmas enthusiast are out in full force. I mean, some of them have been singing holiday cheer since Halloween. But that’s not what gets us. There’s something about […]

Led to a Stable

Led to a Stable

I love the Christmas Season. I can’t help it. As a child, I believed in Santa with all of my heart. When I found out he didn’t exist, my heart broke and Christmas lost its magic. Then, I became a Christ-follower. And Christmas took on a whole new meaning. I recently read a devotion by […]

Thanking the Ones Near and Dear to Us

Thanking the Ones Near and Dear to Us

A current trend being popularized by YouTube vloggers is creating videos about thing they are grateful for over a period of time. This may be a reaction to many studies suggesting our physical health improves when we openly express gratitude. Naming what we are grateful for reminds us things are not as bad as our […]

Forgiveness that Leads to Thanksgiving

Forgiveness that Leads to Thanksgiving

We may have passed the day of Thanksgiving, but I think the holiday season is a prime time to live out the act of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving: the expression of gratitude, especially to God. (source) This time of year is generally filled with discussions about what we’re thankful for. I know at my family Thanksgiving dinner […]

Friendship, How Sweet It Is…

Friendship, How Sweet It Is…

I had the pleasure of hanging out with one of my friends from high school. I couldn’t believe how much we had in common twenty years later. Where did the time go, and what have I been doing with it? That is another post, but for this one I want to talk about friendships. As […]

Cubs and Answered Prayer

Cubs and Answered Prayer

Years ago our church was holding a series of evangelistic meetings and the guest speaker had an idea. He suggested that we all sign up to pray for an hour during g next twenty-four hours in the hopes that some of the people coming to the meetings would make decisions for God. Maybe folks would even […]

Come Before Him With Thanksgiving

Come Before Him With Thanksgiving

As we gather together with family and friends over Thanksgiving, it brings to mind the importance of praising our Heavenly Father for the many blessings He has given us. Last week our church held “A Night of Worship” and it was an amazing night of incredible praise for our God and King. Church staff anticipated there […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Praying you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, remembering God’s abundant blessings in your life this past year.

Thanksgiving In Your Heart

Thanksgiving In Your Heart

This week in the USA on Thursday is Thanksgiving. I love, love this holiday. Family comes together and sometimes we only see them at this time and at Christmas. The smells and the food. There’s nothing like it. Coming around a fire as family members, a lot of times grandmas are cooking up a storm […]

Gather Together

Gather Together

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 [NKJV]

Cockiness Can Lead to Sinfulness

Cockiness Can Lead to Sinfulness

We’ve all dealt with temptations and if you haven’t, just keep living… I’ve had many temptations in my lifetime, some that I was able to avoid; some that I yielded to, and some that caught me off guard. I try to remember my mistakes so that I do not repeat them. You’ve probably heard your […]

Have You Considered My Servant, Paula?

Have You Considered My Servant, Paula?

Have you ever experienced a time when things just pile on and you’re wondering why? Most of us have this happen from time to time. Let me be completely honest with you, dear reader. I’ve just come through a time like this when I wondered what in the world I could gain spiritually. But God […]

An Unusual Gratitude

An Unusual Gratitude

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19 Every year, my family and I spend the month of November writing down what we are thankful for. In the beginning, when we lived far away from home in the Arab world, I simply cut the paper which […]

Watch Your Language—Don’t Despise What God Esteems

Watch Your Language—Don’t Despise What God Esteems

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24 I love words. I take joy in reading a book where the author transports me to another place. I love movies and plays where the dialogue pierces my heart with healing truth. Most of all, I love it […]

What State Do You Live In?

What State Do You Live In?

    As I write this, we are just coming into the Thanksgiving holiday. I will not lie. This year, Thanksgiving won’t be the same. We were missing our Coastie. He is stationed on the opposite side of the country from us. But despite the empty place at the table, we have so much to […]

After Salvation: How Optimists and Pessimists Handle Sin

After Salvation: How Optimists and Pessimists Handle Sin

Christians recognize their need for a Savior because everyone sins. They embrace the gift of salvation Jesus offers, amazed that Christ loved us so much He died in our place for the sins we’ve committed. But how do Christians react to sinful acts committed after their salvation? Optimists and pessimists. Each reacts to her own […]

It’s a Good Thing I Love You

It’s a Good Thing I Love You

As we approach Thanksgiving, I examine so many blessings in my life. Besides the gift of faith, I am most thankful for those whom God has allowed me to love while here on this earth, including my husband of almost thirty-nine years, our marriage characterized as “an adventure around every corner.” Change is something that […]