Change

Change

One of the most frequent phrases in novels is “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” That is certainly true of recent southern Wisconsin weather. When I woke up early this morning, the sky was bright, even though the hour was early. Now, two hours later, clouds have gathered and it is dark […]

Go In the Strength That You Have

Go In the Strength That You Have

Go in the strength you have… Am I not sending you? Judges 6:14, NIV When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, Gideon was fighting for survival. He was hard at the unglamorous work of protecting his family’s resources from their enemies. It was not exactly a day for visitors, not to mention a […]

A Tantrum Averted

A Tantrum Averted

Normally, shopping invigorates me. Not this day. Not when I started from a point of exhaustion. With looming deadlines and a conference to prepare for, this might be my only opportunity to purchase needed items. Hubs graciously went with me. Disinterested in women’s clothes, he wandered. Only, I’d forgotten my phone. After making a couple […]

Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling

God tells us not to resist or run from the difficulties of our lives but to come to Him for understanding and resolution. I am confident that 100% of us are dealing with difficult situations. I’d like to share a unique devotional I recently received. It is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. The past few […]

How Do We Handle Change?

How Do We Handle Change?

Things have changed in my life. That’s no surprise, since they have in yours as well. There isn’t a person on the planet who isn’t affected by change of some kind, whether radical or gradual. Some changes are forced upon us and can be difficult to handle. Loved ones leave us, and our lives must […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?  After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much.  The Bible highlights God’s powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.  Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.  And […]

Lessons from Biblical Mothers

Lessons from Biblical Mothers

Mother’s Day will be celebrated in just a few days. We will be remembering our own mothers and receiving accolades from our children for years of love and sacrifice. These gifts and words are appreciated more they we can express but can also bring on thoughts of all the mistakes we have made while raising […]

I Just Can’t, God

I Just Can’t, God

Do you ever find yourself saying that sometimes? “God, I… just… can’t.” The younger me (and sometimes, even the current me) prays that with a sense of defeat. This sentiment would come at times when: I was working for people who didn’t appreciate me, so I felt sadness ruling my heart I would dread dealing […]

One Who is Loved by God

One Who is Loved by God

We’ve all been presented with the question, “What do you want to be remembered for when your time is up?” I could go on all day about characteristics and attributes that I hope I am known for when I die. I would love to make an impact and leave an amazing legacy. I want to […]

God is Not a One-Hit Wonder

God is Not a One-Hit Wonder

If I asked you to name some songs that are one-hit wonders, I’m sure you can come up with several. And then we wonder if these bands/singers will ever create another hit. We wonder if they will regroup and release another smash hit. This makes me think about whether or not we treat God as […]

“Help My Unbelief”

“Help My Unbelief”

“I hope for the best, but expect the worst. Then I’m not disappointed,” Mom used to joke. We all knew it was just a joke because our mother was a woman of prayer. When my father was nearing the end of his life, I stayed with Mom for a short time, sharing her bed in […]

Hope Springs

Hope Springs

I’ve been writing for many years and have always dreamed of seeing my full-length books in print. There have been many ups and downs in the process. Times where my books have gone before the pub board, only to have a negative response. I’ve often been told that editors like my writing, but my book […]

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]

Ahh, Massage

Ahh, Massage

My husband and I lounge on the sofa, watching television, enjoying together time. He massages my feet. Do I jerk away and say, “Don’t do that?” Not on your life! After supper at the end of a long work day, I offer my husband a back rub. Does he turn me down? No way! My […]

Where Love Began

Where Love Began

Luke 22:19 – And he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” I laughed out loud as I watched the video of my grandson’s first attempt to walk. He struck out a few feet. Kaboom. He […]

Counting It All Joy

Counting It All Joy

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4, NASB) What do you do when you encounter a hiccup along your life journey? You […]

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 […]

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 […]