Shaking the Holiday Blues

Shaking the Holiday Blues

CHRISTMAS! We all have expectations of what Christmas ought to be. For some of us, the very thought of breaking out decorations, and gathering with family to share in the story of Christ’s birth makes us shimmer with excitement. While others cower at the thought of traipsing through crowded stores and crawling along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I tend […]

Mary’s Journal

Mary’s Journal

In the month of Nissan Today we lost the Son of God. After Passover, we left Jerusalem with relatives thinking Jesus was with some of our group. How could we be so blind and not see His desire for the scriptures and the Temple? How could we choose the Temple as the last place to […]

Where is Mary?

Where is Mary?

Nativity sets come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  Mine is made of hand-carved olive wood from Israel. But that’s not what makes it so unusual. Take a closer look. Can you spot what I mean? Right in the middle, where he belongs, is baby Jesus in the manger, surrounded by sheep and cattle, bearded […]

Led to a Stable

Led to a Stable

I love the Christmas Season. I can’t help it. As a child, I believed in Santa with all of my heart. When I found out he didn’t exist, my heart broke and Christmas lost its magic. Then, I became a Christ-follower. And Christmas took on a whole new meaning. I recently read a devotion by […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Praying you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, remembering God’s abundant blessings in your life this past year.

Have You Considered My Servant, Paula?

Have You Considered My Servant, Paula?

Have you ever experienced a time when things just pile on and you’re wondering why? Most of us have this happen from time to time. Let me be completely honest with you, dear reader. I’ve just come through a time like this when I wondered what in the world I could gain spiritually. But God […]

My Mother Named Me, and God Knows Me

My Mother Named Me, and God Knows Me

I’m the first born of nine children, and my mother gave me her dad’s name but spelled Gene. I love my mother, who passed away twenty-two years ago, but my mother struggled with addictions and insanity. She was not the model of womanhood. But God gave me several women in my life as examples of […]

Love and Prayer Are the Answer

Love and Prayer Are the Answer

Today is Election Day, the day when we, the citizens of America exercise our right to choose our government leaders. From the most powerful world leader, the President of the United States, to county commissioners and other local offices in the smallest towns, to state amendment and local issues placed in the hands of each […]

The Best Word In The Bible

The Best Word In The Bible

Do you have a favorite word in the Bible?  We may have different ideas about which is the very best word in the entire Bible.  Love, salvation, blessing, joy, peace, hope… and I’m sure there are many more!  Nevertheless, there is one word that encompasses all of the words that I just listed.  It’s a […]

A Heart for the Lost

A Heart for the Lost

I’ve been a believer in Jesus for many years. Gone to church most of my life. Been involved in service and volunteered to work with youth and teach since I was fifteen. I’m good right. I talk about peace, love, and hope. Attend services on Sunday and even invite others to worship. I love Jesus […]

Changing Focus

Changing Focus

There I was, desperately agonizing over things that were drastically out of my control, and I was sinking. It was one of those moments where you feel sick because you can’t see a way out. You don’t believe that the answer will come to you because you can’t visualize it. You realize you don’t know what […]

Shaken

Shaken

How do you respond when your world is shaken? When life throws you a devastating blow, do you stay in the mire of the struggle or do you pick yourself up and keep going? I recently finished reading Tim Tebow’s new book which comes out tomorrow called Shaken, and I’ve been thinking about this topic. […]

Are You a Dreamer?

Are You a Dreamer?

Sunday afternoon, in an attempt to relax, I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a movie starring Ben Stiller. The main character, Mitty, is a day dreamer. To escape his ordinary life he allowed his imagination to take him on a climb up a snow covered mountain, rescue a beautiful woman and her dog […]

Evidence

Evidence

My husband and I recently watched the movie, God’s Not Dead 2. It’s one of those movies that makes you think and ponder long after the final credits have rolled. One main thought has been…if I were on trial for my faith, how much evidence could be shown to support it? Would the scale be […]

Second Chances

Second Chances

A week or so ago I saw a post on an email loop I belong to about an underlying theme of her novels . . . forgiveness.  That made me think. I’ve never given a deep consideration to a theme for my writing. But the more I thought about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I […]

The Real Thing

The Real Thing

Is it real or fake?  It looks just like a real diamond.  At a glance, it’s hard to tell if a beautiful, glittery gem is a true diamond or an imitation, a copy-cat of a genuine stone.  There are imitation Christians out there too, and they may look very similar to the real thing.  But […]

Grow in Grace

Grow in Grace

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”_____________________2nd Peter 3:18 (NKJV) What do I mean when I say ‘grace?’ My Holman’s pocket Bible dictionary defines grace as ‘undeserved acceptance and love received from another.’ The most spectacular example of […]

Love One Another

Love One Another

  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.                                         […]