And Not to Yield

And Not to Yield

Old age hath yet his honor and his toil: Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note may yet be done… Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not no that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One […]

Treasure Incorruptible

Treasure Incorruptible

No eye has seen, no ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Cor. 2:9 Several years ago, two dear family members lost much of what they had in this world…their home, a solid business… The recession of 2007-2009 came like a tsunami. But these […]

EGR

EGR

Recently, my women’s Bible Study was puzzled at one member’s comments about an individual needing EGR. What did she mean by EGR? Well, she explained how this person in her church always differed with everyone else’s opinion in meetings, often very annoyingly so. How it had to be his way or the highway. How there […]

Getting Rid of Discouragement

Getting Rid of Discouragement

You don’t have to look farther than the 5 o’ clock news to become depressed. Senseless shootings, political unrest, threats of war, natural disasters. The list goes on and on. Discouragement can hang over us like an ominous cloud. It touches each of our lives through financial strain, unexpected illness, job stress, or relational conflict.  So what can we […]

Resisting God

Resisting God

Let’s face it, our human nature is to resist God.  We resist Him without even realizing it!  While I was pondering this, I thought, “Not me, I don’t resist God, I love Him!”  But after considering this a little more deeply, I realized that even after being a Christian for over 30 years, I still […]

The Frustrating World of Social Media

The Frustrating World of Social Media

Every so often I hear grumblings from my Christian sisters and brothers about how sick they are of social media. And I get this. Social media can be a wonderful tool to spread the light but it can also be a place to quickly burn yourself out. There is too much of everything there: too […]

To Esteem

To Esteem

I’ve been watching other people’s behavior for a while now. As a writer, I think it’s part of my writer brain searching for characteristics to give my characters or the desire for story ideas. What I’ve seen breaks my heart. Some people are walking around like they are better than “them.” You know, the person(s) who […]

Think About It!

Think About It!

Television, newspaper, and junk mail ads bombard us every day with products that are supposed to make our lives better. Some products are good and others are not. It is up to us to decide what we want to spend our money on. Sometimes we throw our money away, but sometimes we get very good […]

Under the Weather

Under the Weather

I’ve been under the weather for the past week and a half. I can’t even remember when I’ve been this sick and for this long. I’m past the achy body and sleeping for hours on end, but there still is something lingering in my head and sinuses. Throughout my time of being sick, I’ve had […]

The Open Door

The Open Door

As we begin another year, we will commit to – “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts; and be thankful.” For some of us, 2016 was a very good year, for others it was a traumatic year, and for many it was a life changing year. Whatever your position in 2016 – wonderful, […]

Tears in a Bottle

Tears in a Bottle

Tears in a Bottle The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.  Psalm 16:6  The winter months start a whole slew of birthdays and anniversaries in my family. My uncle was born near Thanksgiving, two aunts’ birthdays and mine are in December, two anniversaries—my parents and my husband’s and […]

From Here to There and In-between

From Here to There and In-between

A few months ago, my husband and I decided we were simply too far away from our children and grandchildren. We put the house on the market, and it sold within twenty-four hours. And so, a whirlwind of activity has transpired to get ready for our big move in a few days’ time. We liked […]

The End of the Rope

The End of the Rope

When my husband and I lost our son, Joshua, to suicide, we searched scriptures to answer the questions created by Joshua’s death. Attending church services was no longer enough to sustain us each week. We had come to the end of our rope. This was where our faith in Jesus, such as it was at […]

Shaped on the Anvil

Shaped on the Anvil

Several of my ancestral grandfathers were blacksmiths. That job seemed to be a skill or an art, if you will, passed down from generation to generation.  Many years ago, the black- smith was an essential member of the community. His skill, fire, hammer and anvil forged tools needed to survive more easily.  Of course, with […]

Meditation for the New Year

Meditation for the New Year

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)  Meditation for the New Year: …Don’t give up because you are not seeing the fruits of your labor. …Do not get tired or grow weary of doing good deeds because others do […]

Let Go and Give God Control

Let Go and Give God Control

I love the message in Carrie Underwood’s popular song, Jesus Take the Wheel. The lyrics are a potent reminder that we are totally dependent on God’s grace and mercy. Often we like to fool ourselves into thinking we’ve got our lives under control, when in reality, one twist of events or tragic incident can turn our lives upside […]

Proactive Living

Proactive Living

Looking back, I realize how unintentional many of my choices have been.  I thought that my options in life were limited to, “yes, I’ll do this” or “no, I don’t want to do this”.   There were times when I didn’t consider the third option, “what’s ahead for me if I do or don’t do […]

The Hard Times Have a Purpose

The Hard Times Have a Purpose

I’ve been putting my writing and art “out there,” into the world online for over a decade now. And while I get lots of wonderful comments, I also get some “haters.” Not just negative people, but people that attack me for my beliefs, my looks, my work… whatever they can find. It’s never easy when […]