She Has Her Father’s Eyes

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

Father’s Day is bittersweet for me this year. It’s the first year I’ve been through this holiday without my dad. I miss him a lot, but one of the things I love is to be told that I resemble him in some way. When he was alive, he loved for people to draw comparisons between us. […]

When You’ve Been Hurt

When You’ve Been Hurt

Have you ever had a past hurt resurrect itself in a way that causes hurt to someone else? Recently, a painful relationship from my past resurfaced in an unexpected way, causing me to injure a friend. All the pain and anxiety I’d previously experienced came crashing back, like a tsunami. I’d let the fear of being hurt again […]

Washed Clean by Christ

Washed Clean by Christ

Have you ever noticed we humans have a tendency toward the negative? Give us a white wall with a small mark on it, and our eyes will naturally train toward the speck. We notice fuzzies in the carpet, dust on the furniture, and a ding in the car door. But we don’t stop there. We’re hard on ourselves as well. […]

An Unscheduled Stop

An Unscheduled Stop

So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again. Numbers 12:15 Miriam’s sin brought the entire nation of Israel to a screeching halt for seven days while God dealt with her and brought her back in line with His will. It […]

Forgiveness Isn’t Easy

Forgiveness Isn’t Easy

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25 KJV God forgave us and asked us to forgive others. Sounds good, but when we face it in our lives, we can’t believe how hard it is. Real […]

The Comfort of Music

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even before I started piano lessons at age six, the sound of music filled our home constantly. When spending an evening, or a Sunday afternoon at home, the record-player filled the house with beautiful classical music. Besides that, Daddy played […]

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 […]