A Simple Joy

A Simple Joy

It’s snowing. I hate wind and cold, but I love sitting in my warm, cozy house, watching my yard become a beautiful snow globe scene. A simple joy. When my husband arrives home from work, I’ll tell him what’s for dinner, and he’ll smile. He loves my cooking, and dinner time is always a pleasurable […]

UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS

UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD (Proverbs 21: 30 – 31).   We were sure the double-wide trailer was an answer to prayer, a solution for our overcrowded living situation. Located […]

The Sanctity of Human Life

The Sanctity of Human Life

The sanctity of human life is remembered as we celebrate this cold month of January. The story below is not mine personally, but one with which I closely relate through family and friends. This is for all the young women and men and parents who have been on this journey. God has promised to bind up our […]

When God Says No to our Prayers

When God Says No to our Prayers

Does God only answer select prayers? Or does He answer all of our prayers? Last year, my family diligently prayed for my cousin’s 17 year-old son, who was fighting brain cancer, and a 59 year-old man in our church struggling with liver cancer. Both put up gallant fights, and there were moments of encouragement along […]

The Truth about Messing up and Measuring up

The Truth about Messing up and Measuring up

  My career as a special education teacher was full of highs and lows. While the milestones of teaching a sixteen-year-old to read or helping a fifteen-year-old out of his wheelchair to take his first steps were deeply fulfilling, there were many days of defeat.  There were plenty of days spent simply trying to keep […]

A Musician’s Heart

A Musician’s Heart

My mother-in-law Doris was a gifted church musician. She is now in heaven directing a choir or playing an instrument or maybe just worshipping at Jesus’ feet! Back in the days when the main instruments in church were piano and organ, she was highly sought after for her skills. She recorded an organ album and […]

Fresh Start for the New Year

Fresh Start for the New Year

What are you taking with you into 2018? As I sit here looking at the sparkling lights of our Christmas tree I’ve let my mind wander to the New Year. To the time when the calendar rolls over to the next number, the sparklers are lit, and resolutions are made. It’s a fun time–a freeing […]

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

  The year I started writing words for the world to read, things started falling to pieces all around us. We encountered three bouts with the stomach bug in four months.  The kids were constantly rundown with various viruses.  There were financial strains, serious health scares, and much more. We were about ten months into […]

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

For ten years we were blessed to have our extended family living nearby. We all looked forward to holidays with a houseful of people we loved. Prior to the day, my sister-in-law and I would plan menus and look for new recipes. She is a fabulous cook, so inevitably all the food turned out to […]

Comments on The Hound of Heaven

Comments on The Hound of Heaven

“I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;    I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways    Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears I hid from Him…”   Francis Thompson first published The Hound of Heaven in 1893. It is […]

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 […]

You Gotta Go Deep to Stay Strong

You Gotta Go Deep to Stay Strong

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:3 In years past, we’ve been fortunate to spend the week of Thanksgiving at the beach. We rented a house right on the water and all our […]

A Brick Short of a Load

A Brick Short of a Load

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17b – 19 […]

Take Off The Mask

Take Off The Mask

A few days ago, on Halloween, I went to work dressed up as a Lumberjack.  I put on a hat, sunglasses, a fluffy beard, plaid shirt, jeans and boots.  I stuffed the shirt with a pillow to create a big belly.  I laughed because I knew there was no possible way that anyone would recognize […]

The Diversion

The Diversion

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. – Ephesians 2:10 ESV Recently I found myself in the throes of anxiety. For several months, I’ve been in a very busy season. When an unexpected obligation popped up, it sent me into […]

The Identity Thief

The Identity Thief

Who you are is not defined by what you do. Or what you fail to do. So many of us struggle with the lie that our value is based on our performance. We fear to make mistakes because we think that means we are a failure. Because we fear to make mistakes, we stay within […]

For When You Need a Second Chance

For When You Need a Second Chance

  I’ve lived much of my life behind masks. My masks look like confidence, strength, and security.  There are times when being confident, strong and secure are best, even when we don’t feel like it.  When I step into a job interview, meet with an executive to seal a high-stakes deal, or walk into a […]