Shining in Dark Places

Shining in Dark Places

Do you ever get a bit down due to the darkness in our world? Yep, I’m with you. Recently I transferred in my school system. I went from working with Pre-K students to interpreting for a hard of hearing student at the high school. There were enough sad stories associated with my four-and-five-year-olds to keep […]

Mapping Your Journey

Mapping Your Journey

                           Mapping Your Journey              At church, we have been looking at the life of Moses, in a series of impactful sermons called Mapping Your Journey. While Moses’ past included roots of a blessed covenant with God, life for his people was drenched […]

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Depression is an overwhelming malady in our society today. Television commercials abound with promises of new drugs to elevate mood and make your day better. Too many people want quick fixes for their problems while ignoring the root cause of their issues. Medication for depression may alter body chemicals, but the pill cannot make someone […]

Keep Your Eyes on the Clouds

Keep Your Eyes on the Clouds

My husband and I were heading to Tennessee early this month to visit our daughter and her family for a short vacation. We have had lots of storms in southern Wisconsin, with floods in some areas and many downed trees in our town and surrounding areas. The day we left home, more storms were forecast, […]

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (HCSB) With the end of August rapidly approaching, my mind starts focusing on the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Perhaps […]

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dusty, cracked and void of any moisture, the bones lying in the valley Ezekiel peered across had no hope. How could something so dead ever live again? (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Even the buzzards had given up on having another morsel of food from the stick-like remains lying on the parched earth. Can these bones live? Ezekiel […]

You Matter

You Matter

  Do you remember the way it felt when that super-popular girl said you weren’t invited? The way your heart literally hurt when Kurt McClaine said he wanted to stay single for the rest of eighth grade.  That sophomore girl on the bus with the great hair who laughed at the new shoes you loved […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Constant State of Complaint

A Constant State of Complaint

Why is it I do what I hate? Sometimes, my mind is in a constant state of confusion and complaint. I’m not counting my blessings, and I see nothing but dark around me. I must admit, it lasts anywhere from hours to a few days. And I know better, having been a follower of Christ […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Tenderness of Jesus

The Tenderness of Jesus

  The most striking revelation of Jesus Christ in my life is the revelation of his tenderness. For most of my life, the holiness and power of Jesus dominated my perception of him.  He is a friend, but he is well above me – this I knew.  His ways are not my ways – of […]

We are the Light

We are the Light

I’m a news junkie. I will admit, I pay way more attention to the news than the average person. This comes with many pros and cons because I can easily become bummed by all the negativity I see every day. But it also makes me more aware of the plight of other nears and far […]

God and Sticky Notes

God and Sticky Notes

I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. – Isaiah 49:15b-16a (NLT) I should buy stock in the sticky note industry. The only trouble is, I’d be losing any profit I’d make because I may be one of the biggest purchasers of the product. 🙂 I […]

You’re Starting the NT with That?

You’re Starting the NT with That?

Matthew 1:1-17 English Standard Version (ESV) The Genealogy of Jesus Christ 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah […]

The Friend Above All Friends

The Friend Above All Friends

Most of us have had it happen…that weird moment when we realize we weren’t invited to the party or the trip or the get-together. Friends whom we thought really valued us… just…didn’t invite us…for whatever reason. Maybe they even tried to hide the event from us? We may never know. Being left out, no matter […]

Come to the Light – Christ Jesus

Come to the Light – Christ Jesus

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes […]