How Do We Handle Change?

How Do We Handle Change?

Things have changed in my life. That’s no surprise, since they have in yours as well. There isn’t a person on the planet who isn’t affected by change of some kind, whether radical or gradual. Some changes are forced upon us and can be difficult to handle. Loved ones leave us, and our lives must […]

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Last summer, Tree Swallows attempted to take over our Bluebird house, so my husband put a bucket over the house in hopes of them leaving. Instead, they patiently sat atop it, waiting, I suppose, for it to reappear. They never gave up! We all face disappointments in life that knock us down and make us […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?  After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much.  The Bible highlights God’s powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.  Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.  And […]

God is Not a One-Hit Wonder

God is Not a One-Hit Wonder

If I asked you to name some songs that are one-hit wonders, I’m sure you can come up with several. And then we wonder if these bands/singers will ever create another hit. We wonder if they will regroup and release another smash hit. This makes me think about whether or not we treat God as […]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Just the words, New Beginnings, can bring about many different feelings. For some it might bring excitement and anticipation, for others anxiety and fear,  and for others dread. Of course these feelings may vary based on the situation or circumstances but sometimes even the same circumstances result in different feelings because of our perspective. Is it […]

Hope Springs

Hope Springs

I’ve been writing for many years and have always dreamed of seeing my full-length books in print. There have been many ups and downs in the process. Times where my books have gone before the pub board, only to have a negative response. I’ve often been told that editors like my writing, but my book […]

How Does Your [Writers] Garden Grow?

How Does Your [Writers] Garden Grow?

Are you, like me, dealing with a bad case of spring fever? Although spring ‘officially’ arrived over a month ago, we here in NW Wisconsin … well … we have roughly six months of winter, and  everything else crammed into the next six months. Anyway, this is the time of year when many folks are […]

Holy Week

Holy Week

                                                      Holy Week I have been studying the book of John in Bible Study Fellowship and you may know that this apostle gives a most compassionate and heart-rending story […]

The Equality of Easter

The Equality of Easter

How do you know if you are equal to other Christians? Do you look at your fellow parishioners’ clothing and judge whether it is more elegant than yours? Do you measure another’s ability to sing, play an instrument, or teach Sunday school and determine your worth in comparison? We have all envied someone else’s talent, […]

The Best Part of Spring

The Best Part of Spring

There’s something invigorating about spring, about new life erupting from the dormant earth. I love the vibrant colors that come alive almost overnight. It’s amazing how God can take a lifeless, gray limb and make it bud and blossom. Dead, brown grass suddenly greens. Flowers shoot up out of the ground, adding substance and beauty to […]

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Jesus told His followers that if they prayed for anything in His name, He would do it for them.  Wow – anything?  What a great promise to cling to when we need or want something.  But if we understood what it really means to pray “in Jesus’ name”, we might not be so quick to […]

Is My Name Written There?

Is My Name Written There?

There are large parts of the Bible that consists of lists. Some of them involve directions on building the tabernacle and, later, the temple, some are laws that the Israelites were to follow. In some passages, fighting men are detailed with the jobs they are to do, and some spots just list the various families […]

In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

Continuing from last month: Let’s turn to 1st Thessalonians 4:13 – 14 and read what it says: 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that […]

World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

Today is World Storytelling Day. I remember going to the bookstore where my mother worked and listening to a storyteller. She had collected and written down stories from other countries, such as Africa. I could sit there all day taking in those tales. I bought her book and learned some of those stories so I […]

Pain Transformed

Pain Transformed

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3 Deep in the cavernous darkness of the stony cold mountain a miracle is happening. Unseen and hidden away, the elements of darkness are being transformed in their very essence […]

Sir Wallace, a Gift from God

Sir Wallace, a Gift from God

When my son, Joshua, died on March 16, 2004, I discovered God cares about even the smallest matters. Up until then, I’d always been told God did not have time nor cared about giving us little blessings. They either happened or not. God was not involved in these matters. But I had been puzzled all […]

The Element of Surprise

The Element of Surprise

My husband watches the sky. Even when he’s driving, which sometimes is a little bit concerning. He watches large birds as they soar overhead. “I know they’re probably turkey vultures,” he says. “But maybe one time they’ll be hawks. Or eagles.” He looks up with a sense of anticipation. That maybe this time, the expected will […]

“And Your Household”

“And Your Household”

It was an hour before my flight was to take off for Phoenix, my sister-in-Christ and I were praying before she saw me off through the security checkpoint at the airport. I hadn’t slept in over 24 hours and neither had my phone as texts and phone calls flooded my time for two days straight. […]