It Was For Us

It Was For Us

In this season of required gaiety and cheer, we might not normally consider why Jesus came as a human infant. Ultimately, it was to resurrect, and before that was possible, he had to die. In between, he gave us lessons on how to live. But in the midst of what life brings, the Psalmist cries, […]

Slow to Anger

Slow to Anger

How many times have we held onto anger or hurt? Someone says or does something that upsets us, and we take all of it in. We tell them we forgive them with our mouths and on the inside, where no one but God can see, we wrap our hands around the situation. We’re like a […]

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?!

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?!

A few months ago I had the privilege of speaking to a group of high school girls. The theme of my topic was “You are the Salt of the Earth” and I spoke from the stance of young ladies remaining pure and celibate prior to marriage; encouraging them to make a commitment to not have […]

Tea Anyone?

Tea Anyone?

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a ladies tea honoring victims, or should I say survivors of domestic violence. I initially thought that this would simply be a foofoo dainty event where a bunch of women would be all gussied up eating tea sandwiches and sipping tea. I was in for […]

Run Don’t Walk Back to God

Run Don’t Walk Back to God

The other night I was sitting with my husband and I turned on Wednesday’s with Beth Moore. I should know better than to turn her on unless I want a smack upside the head. Now I say that in a nice way, because each time I watch her there’s a fresh word from God. It […]

Convinced

Convinced

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced… (v. 38)             My Uncle Jim started college as a pre-seminary student. He later became a salesman. Years after my own experience with faith, I asked him why he didn’t become a pastor. “Others in the class kept saying things like, ‘Jesus told me this,’ or ‘I heard God’s […]

No Dream Is Too Big For God

No Dream Is Too Big For God

I was watching a program on one of the religious networks. I cannot remember what network it was but I thought the speaker said something very interesting. And that is, that God often communicates with people in through pictures. Many of the prophets saw visions and the book of Revelations was done through vision. God […]

A New Year and A Fresh Start

A New Year and A Fresh Start

A new year and a fresh start. Isn’t that a great feeling? Or do you dread it? I know some years I love it a little more than other times. And this got me to thinking. This thing called a fresh start. Isn’t this just what God gives us after we are saved? You’re shiny […]

Unexpected Gifts

Unexpected Gifts

We’ve all gotten them at one time or other. The gift that disappointed. The one that ends up in a garage sale or donated to the thrift store. The one we worry about keeping long enough we don’t offend the giver. The one that hurts deep inside because it wasn’t what we had hoped for. […]

Learn To Be Content In All Things

Learn To Be Content In All Things

Being content and being thankful can go hand and hand. I am going to turn this on myself for a second because I have a huge problem with always being content. I always work harder and I always want more, never really being content with what I already have. As I was sitting one day […]

3 Steps Toward De-cluttering Bogged Down Relationships

3 Steps Toward De-cluttering Bogged Down Relationships

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39 I’m de-cluttering my house. Slowly. Between various responsibilities it has taken awhile to complete my self-assigned task. I started upstairs and moved items that needed to be culled downstairs to await further action. A couple of weekends ago, I spent a day sorting, but stopped about 2/3 the way […]

Accepted in the Beloved

Accepted in the Beloved

Ephesians 1:6 KJV To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.   One of the elderly ladies in our church claimed this as her very favorite verse in the Bible. She was a war bride, marrying her American sweetheart whom she met in England during […]

Redemption

Redemption

Lillian here. I’m praying all is well in your world. As I was trying to come up with a topic for this month’s post, I was also working on promos for my upcoming release, REDEMPTION.  I wasn’t having much luck when it came to me. Talk about redemption—not the book but the act itself. Dictionary.com […]

Forgiving the Unforgivable

Forgiving the Unforgivable

As Christians, we are called to forgive those who trespass against us; if we do not forgive others, our Father will not forgive us our sins (Matthew 6:15, NIV). In the Amplified Bible Version, the scripture says, “For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and […]

The Freeing Power of Forgiveness

The Freeing Power of Forgiveness

I’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness. People misunderstand it sometimes. At least, I used to misunderstand it. I used to think that when I forgave I was letting someone “off the hook.” But as I got older, I realized the freeing power of forgiveness and how much it lifts the burdens of anger and […]

Loving the Difficult Person

Loving the Difficult Person

I’m pretty sure we all have them in our life. That irritating person. That person who has it out for us. That person who is mean toward us. That person who wants our job. When I was young and new to town, I received a hate note from another girl at my church. Instead of […]

The Most Important Choices of My Christian Life

The Most Important Choices of My Christian Life

One of the things that has always amazed me is God’s commitment to free will. He wanted us to make choices, not just follow him because we were forced to. In the Christian life, we make choices all the time, but some choices seem bigger than others. These three have transformed my life completely.

“Be ye perfect”

“Be ye perfect”

Matthew 5:47-48  And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.  If we’re persnickety worker bees, like some people we know who like to clean, we’re challenged to meet the expectations of […]