Peace on Earth and Hurry Up

Peace on Earth and Hurry Up

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14 Hurry and peace must surely be antonyms. They aren’t listed in my hefty antonym book for writers, but I suspect it is just an omission. John Ortberg shares in his book […]

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   James 1:17 (NIV) Christmas is just around the corner and many of you are busy buying gifts and making preparations for holiday dinners and parties.   Let us not forget the reason […]

Trust God

Trust God

The last few months have been challenging for me but over the last couple of weeks, the word trust has repeatedly come to my mind and heart. It can be difficult to trust because trust requires us to let go of control and to wait–my least favorite thing to do! During my devotion time recently, […]

Fear

Fear

Fear is an insidious thing. Sometimes it can be subtle, creeping up on us unawares. Or it can be an ‘in-your-face’ experience, something frightening we’ve faced and somehow never seem to be able to forget. Or, it can be completely senseless, based on nothing more than our fanciful minds.  “For God has not given us […]

With Suffering Comes Authority

With Suffering Comes Authority

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things…that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21 When we are hurting, we are most comforted by one who understands our pain. One […]

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 […]

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 […]

The B-I-B-L-E

The B-I-B-L-E

The B-I-B-L-E “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the Book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E!” How many of you remember singing that little chorus in Sunday school? You stood, or sat, singing for all you’re worth with bright, happy faces. The Bible. The Word of God. I’ve had many Bibles […]

When I am Afraid

When I am Afraid

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3 I was not sure he would return. My husband had gone to lead a Bible Study in a secret church, in a place where following Jesus was illegal. The little flock that gathered every week to hear the word was […]

Interruptions May Be Divine Appointments In Disguise

Interruptions May Be Divine Appointments In Disguise

“…Then he called out, Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me…Jesus said to him, ‘Have back your site; your faith has healed you.’ He recovered his sight instantly and followed Jesus, praising God. And all the people gave praise to God for what they had seen.”   Luke 18: 38, 42-43 {REB} I was […]

Satisfaction

Satisfaction

Watermelon on a hot day. Clean sheets or a fluffy pillow. Laughter. What do these things have in common? They can all leave us feeling satisfied. However, that feeling of satisfaction is temporary and leaves us wanting more of it or something else that is fleeting and temporary. God created this world with all the […]

Shining in Dark Places

Shining in Dark Places

Do you ever get a bit down due to the darkness in our world? Yep, I’m with you. Recently I transferred in my school system. I went from working with Pre-K students to interpreting for a hard of hearing student at the high school. There were enough sad stories associated with my four-and-five-year-olds to keep […]

Reaching for the Prize

Reaching for the Prize

My five-year-old granddaughter, Molly, needed her crayon box for a school project. To prevent her two-year-old sister from decorating the walls with crayon masterpieces, the box sat on top of the fireplace mantle waaaaay over the heads of both girls. Since Molly didn’t ask for my help, I waited to see how she would manage […]

Rebuilding

Rebuilding

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar Uzziel son of Harhaiaha, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hannahiah, one of the perfume makers, made repairs next to that. They restored Jerusalem… Nehemiah 3:8 The great Rebuilder Nehemiah led the restoration of Jerusalem after its destruction by King Nebuchadnezzar II around 586 B.C. There is something […]

Anticipate and Appreciate the Change in Seasons

Anticipate and Appreciate the Change in Seasons

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 (ESV)   Spring and fall are my favorite seasons of the year. The weather seems to be perfect for walking, gardening, and doing things around the house. I’m not sweltering in the hot sun or […]

3 Ways To Fight Selfishness

3 Ways To Fight Selfishness

One of my favorite authors is Jane Austen, who wrote six novels in the early nineteenth century. She was known for her witty observations about the English manners and society of her time. One famous quote of hers is: Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. As much […]

Directed Steps

Directed Steps

“The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 People have often told me that I am good at planning whether it be parties, corporate events or teaching, I love to plan. I am a detail person and I function best when I know what those details are and […]

Anyone Use a Fresh Wind in your Sails?

Anyone Use a Fresh Wind in your Sails?

School has started back in my area and with a vengeance. This year I have a full time position, which I love and know I was meant to do. However, I haven’t gotten used to the new, extended schedule yet. After church last Sunday, I felt an urging to go to the verse in Psalms […]