Just Two Degrees

Just Two Degrees

Two weekends ago I attended my fifth marriage retreat with my hubby. This being the five year anniversary of the retreat, Friday night we had a lovely banquet. Then we even got snowed in. Yep, it started snowing that Friday afternoon and snowed all evening into the next day. The white blanket reached about six […]

The End of the Rope

The End of the Rope

When my husband and I lost our son, Joshua, to suicide, we searched scriptures to answer the questions created by Joshua’s death. Attending church services was no longer enough to sustain us each week. We had come to the end of our rope. This was where our faith in Jesus, such as it was at […]

Proactive Living

Proactive Living

Looking back, I realize how unintentional many of my choices have been.  I thought that my options in life were limited to, “yes, I’ll do this” or “no, I don’t want to do this”.   There were times when I didn’t consider the third option, “what’s ahead for me if I do or don’t do […]

To Live Is Christ

To Live Is Christ

I gave my life to Christ on March 18, 1990. My life changed dramatically. I was no longer the girl who wanted to live in a black painted bedroom, introverted, withdrawn. Christ changed my life. I did a complete 180! My mom, who is not a believer, bought me a Bible. It was King James. But […]

Are You Watching The Signs?

Are You Watching The Signs?

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matt 2:1 & 2). “After they had […]

King of Kings

King of Kings

Merry Christmas! On this day we celebrate the historical birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Prince of peace, Emmanuel~God with us. No other world religion has a god that came to his people other than the one true God that Christians worship. God became flesh through the person of Jesus […]

Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger

[ Christ Born of Mary ] And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was […]

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 […]