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 […]

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 […]

Decluttering and Relationships

Decluttering and Relationships

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the neat/clean freak one in my marriage. I don’t want my home to be a pigsty, but I don’t mind a little clutter here and there. In the past eight to nine months, though, my husband and I have been on a huge decluttering and trying-to-live-minimally […]

What is Church to You?

What is Church to You?

This brings me to an experience I had as I attended a very small church in Orlando, Florida several years ago. I have always been open to any size church; my only condition was that I needed to feel moved in my heart through the Word of God, I needed my spiritual food. As I […]

Resisting God

Resisting God

Let’s face it, our human nature is to resist God.  We resist Him without even realizing it!  While I was pondering this, I thought, “Not me, I don’t resist God, I love Him!”  But after considering this a little more deeply, I realized that even after being a Christian for over 30 years, I still […]

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 […]

Aren’t All Religions the Same?

Aren’t All Religions the Same?

A while back, a member of my secular writers’ group asked me the question in the above title. He followed it up with a second question. “Don’t all religions teach the same thing—don’t kill, cheat, steal; be nice?” I answered his second question first. “Yes. Every religion I’ve learned about basically follows the Ten Commandments. […]

End the Year with a Bang

End the Year with a Bang

It’s December 1st. The first day of the last month of the year. There’s something about this month that strikes us. Of course, Christmas is coming and Christmas enthusiast are out in full force. I mean, some of them have been singing holiday cheer since Halloween. But that’s not what gets us. There’s something about […]

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Lately, I have been musing about things like growing older, the real inner me, and how can I age with chutzpah, but graceful chutzpah! Would that we knew our authentic self when we are young, but I think it takes some age before we know who we really are. Then, some of us never hear the […]

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 […]

Kick Up Your Heels and Dance!

Kick Up Your Heels and Dance!

When you know that you are doing what God asks of you in your life, there is a certain feeling and warmth that comes along with a response of obedience. Intuition is built in, for a reason. However,  many times we can’t believe the things we are sensing or feeling, and we find ourselves disregarding […]

Something New, Something Old

Something New, Something Old

My husband passed away unexpectedly two years ago. His ashes have resided on the top shelf in my closet, but in a couple of weeks he will be interred in our family cemetery, which cousins and I have reclaimed  through much effort, including court appearances. This is a bittersweet, yet joyous, time for me. Bittersweet […]

Seasons of Change | Drawing Close to God

Seasons of Change | Drawing Close to God

I love fall! The colorful leaves, the crisp, cool air, the combines harvesting in the fields, campfires, wiener roasts, apples, pumpkins, warm days and cool nights. Everything about it! The change in seasons reminds me of how we go through various stages of life as we venture from adolescence to adulthood. Within each stage, lies the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, or […]

Still Thankful…Anyway

Still Thankful…Anyway

I HAVE A NO GOOD, NASTY, HORRIBLE, DRIPPY, YUCKY COLD!—and I thank Jesus for it. Sounds hypocritical, doesn’t it? Probably because it is. “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thess. 5:18) When I thank God for a week of sickness that I don’t enjoy […]

Recipe for Joy

Recipe for Joy

I love looking at recipes. Imagining the flavors that can be produced through a dozen or so ingredients and a little time spent in the kitchen can be stimulating. Five minutes on Pinterest and I can have a month’s worth of meals pinned to my “food is a gift” board. Oh, and desserts! Don’t even […]

The Labyrinth: A Sacred Walk

The Labyrinth: A Sacred Walk

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/labyrinths-photos_n_4326303.html First click the link above to view various, amazing labyrinths. It was like love at first sight I must say. My relationship with the labyrinth, that is. I had known and read extensively about labyrinths long before I walked my first one. What exactly is a labyrinth? A labyrinth is a circular course leading […]

Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

It’s dark. Clouds are gathering overhead. There’s a storm brewing, and not just a natural one. No, there’s a war about to take place. The men of Rohan, elves, one dwarf, and Aragorn stand for battle.  Below them, Uruk-hai, ten thousand strong, have forged together to destroy the race of man. “Your friends are with […]