My Jesus Is Too Small

My Jesus Is Too Small

I confess that I often forget how big the God of the universe is. I worry, fret, and strive to take control over all things in a feeble attempt to grasp the peace that evades my soul. It slips away all too fast in the vast tides of this thing we call life and suddenly […]

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 […]

Death is Precious?

Death is Precious?

We lost another sweet saint in our church this week. This lady was 82 and suffered from dementia, taking her away from regular church attendance for quite a while now. My pastor/hubby never ceases to amaze me at how he can find just the right words for paying tribute to one of his flock. I’ve […]

Created to Be Salt

Created to Be Salt

When we think of salt, we immediately are drawn to the concept of table salt or sodium chloride. Often, we hear preachers compare THE PROPERTIES OF SALT to the CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE. Of course Our lives should make others thirst for the things of God. Our conduct, tempered with love, ought to make others wonder what […]

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 […]

Worry Versus Trust

Worry Versus Trust

Have you ever noticed when you pray for something like patience or faith, instead of just giving us those virtues, God puts us in situations that require us to use them? Our sermon Sunday at church dealt with worry. After half an hour of being inspired to entrust everything into God’s capable hands, I thought, […]

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

Lately I’ve been thinking about one sin in particular that is so widespread, I would go so far as to say that it is the most common sin.  It’s even pervasive among Christians!  I’m ashamed to say that there have been times in my life when I’ve fallen into this specific sin, barely realizing that […]

Press

Press

There are times when our life resembles a battlefield. Utter chaos seems to rein around us. Sickness prevails. Finances collapse. Relationships are collapsing. In the midst of it, we’re left standing there with a decision to make. Do we wilt or do we press forward? “I press toward the mark for the prize of the […]

Choices

Choices

I dearly love my children. They are all grown and have children of their own, some of whom are also adults now. I have always wanted to be a woman who had an open heart and listening ears, so that others are free to speak to me about their personal concerns. That especially applies to […]

Something New…

Something New…

Change is so difficult, but in order to find the light we must risk the darkness with God. There are often many reasons why the masses never experience prosperity or reach the Promised Land, let alone dwell there. It boils down to fear and while we cling to how it was and how it used […]

Turning Back

Turning Back

There’s the joke most everyone knows about how men hate to stop and ask for directions even when they are hopelessly lost. I guess it’s not so much a joke as it is a truism that people joke about. Men in particular seem to struggle when they can’t find their way. What about you? “Show […]

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

A few years ago, I came to the point of a computer crisis. My current computer became a serious source of irritation in my life. Not just the ordinary, I-hate-technology moments we all have, but a big I’m-going-to-have-to-wipe-the-hard-drive-and-start-over sort of situation. To be fair, it wasn’t even a real computer, it was a netbook. I’d […]

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

It’s amazing how the Lord speaks into our hearts through Scripture. I must have read Psalm 77 dozens of times over the years, yet never did it strike me so vividly as it did this week. When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they became trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians. Seeing the onslaught of charioteers at […]

When We Feel Overwhelmed

When We Feel Overwhelmed

Sometimes we find ourselves facing challenges that seem impossibly large. When I entered the empty nest phase of life, I asked God to show me where he wanted me to give my time now that I was no longer volunteering at school. One of the opportunities that soon came knocking was a plea for help […]

Our Purpose in Life

Our Purpose in Life

There comes a point in every person’s life when we wonder what our purpose in life is. Surely our life isn’t on accident. Surely, we’re here for some reason. There must be some earth shattering, cosmic purpose for our lives other than wandering around aimlessly. Right? Now, I don’t want to make light of things. […]

What’s My Default Setting?

What’s My Default Setting?

My friend Beth was teaching our bible study group from I Timothy 4. Verse 7 says train yourself to be godly. She said, “Be so disciplined in the Word that your automatic response is godliness.” I thought, is that really possible? If I am full to overflowing with God’s Word, I will react well automatically? Without […]

The Remedy for Our Empty and Broken Moments

The Remedy for Our Empty and Broken Moments

  Where do we turn in our empty and broken moments? I’ve been thinking of this often, and one compelling truth comes to mind: The remedy for our emptiness is the fullness of Christ, and the path to the fullness of Christ is through the gateway of our weakness. It seems so paradoxical that the […]

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 […]