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 […]

But First, Praise

But First, Praise

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. -2 Chronicles 20:22, NIV The rain was so heavy I had to slow the car to a crawl. The wipers flew across the windshield at high […]

Jehovah Wants the Best for You – Health, Wealth, Anointing

Jehovah Wants the Best for You – Health, Wealth, Anointing

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3rd John: 2 (NIV) Happy Second Sunday… The scripture above tells me that our God wants us to prosper in every area of our lives – physically, mentally, and […]

Sometimes I just don’t know what to say…

Sometimes I just don’t know what to say…

Some people seem able to say the right thing at the right time in practically every situation. At least it seems that way to me. I used to be intimidated by my very clever sister-in-law who could fill every gap in conversation with a funny story or gentle teasing. I didn’t even try to converse […]

The Trusting Butterfly

The Trusting Butterfly

Butterflies are very unique. They start off as a minuscule egg, change into a caterpillar where they go through five different stages of growth and development, then the caterpillar spins a silk pad around itself which it attaches to something and it slowly sheds its skin leaving only an exoskeleton inside of which the adult […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dear Self-Doubt, I Hate You

Dear Self-Doubt, I Hate You

Dear Self-Doubt, I hate you. I could probably end my letter to you right now, but where’s the fun in that? Seriously, you’re the worst. I hate it when you come creeping into my heart after I see one of my friends on Facebook living their perfect little life. I know how dumb it is. […]

Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with my small group. And one of the sermons was about Sowing and Reaping based on Galatians 6:7-10. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own […]