Truthful, Not Hurtful

Truthful, Not Hurtful

We’ve got this saying in our house that goes “Be truthful, not hurtful.” It’s something we remind ourselves about when we’re having a discussion or handling touchy situations with others.

Finding Your Niche in God’s Kingdom

Finding Your Niche in God’s Kingdom

Last year, my family moved our membership to a small, rural church with less than fifty active members. We love the family atmosphere of the small congregation. A month or so after we started attending, a plea was made for someone to make a new church directory. I had been praying for a way to get involved and get […]

What’s In Your Backyard?

What’s In Your Backyard?

If asked, I’m not sure if I could list everything that’s in my yard.  I’ve looked out the window so many times that there are some things I don’t even see or notice anymore.  Things just start collecting, such as an empty flower pot or an overgrown plant, and sit there for a long time […]

Do Not Be Surprised…

Do Not Be Surprised…

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, […]

Daddy’s Tears

Daddy’s Tears

I used to sing. Choir, trios, duets, mixed quartets, and solos. I loved to sing, and I had a ‘big’ voice . . . didn’t need a microphone most times. Those days are gone, now, as is the voice. Oh, I can still sing, but don’t ‘perform’ anymore. A few days ago, someone on a […]

Finding True Balance

Finding True Balance

Everywhere we turn we’re being urged to find balance. In advertising we’re given soothing images of  candles, yoga, exercise, places to get away, etc. etc. etc. But I’ve recently begun to ask myself if that is really what living a balanced life is all about. And I’ve come to a startling revelation. A balanced life […]

Untethered

Untethered

This time, I will let go of my fears. I will explore new places, I will meet new people. I will float wherever the wind of the Spirit takes me. If you’re an introvert like me, you have engaged in similar conversations with yourself. I would love to own a bold, adventurous spirit, ready to […]

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my tongue rejoices, my body will rest secure. Psalm 16:8-9   David’s life is filled with conflict, tragedy, and disappointment. Yet, His hope remained steadfast in God. Within these verses we find the Psalmist’s secret behind his positive […]

Learning God’s Ways

Learning God’s Ways

After years of getting to know my husband, I can finally say that I have come to understand his ways.  I know what makes him happy, how he thinks and how he handles things.  I will even go as far as to say that I understand the “why” behind what he does.  I understand his motives, […]

Child of Light

Child of Light

People said to us many times, “God must have a special plan in place for him.” I remember thinking, God has a special plan for each of us doesn’t He? And what if he would have died, does that mean God’s plan was any less special for him? Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “For I know the […]

Counting It All Joy

Counting It All Joy

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4, NASB)   What do you do when you encounter a hiccup along your life journey? […]

A Few Great Blessings With A Few Gray Hairs

A Few Great Blessings With A Few Gray Hairs

There were white splotches on my arms and hands.  After painting our bedroom all morning, I finally took a shower.  As I was drying my hair I noticed some white streaks on the top of my head.  Some paint must have dripped on my hair… but how could it fall in such perfect stripes…?  Before […]

God Has The First And Last Word

God Has The First And Last Word

For some reason, it just makes me chuckle when I read about a meaningful or unique discovery made by scientists or university geniuses that the Bible had already logged on its pages thousands of years earlier.  No matter what humans set out to do, they can’t seem to disprove or outsmart the God of the […]

An Inheritance

An Inheritance

My blood pumped through my veins and my breathing sped up as my daughter and I climbed the hill to visit The Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, North Carolina. I may have been out of breath from climbing, but I was also excited to step into the life of this excellent writer and poet. […]

As You Wish

As You Wish

“That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, ‘As you wish,’ what he meant was, ‘I love you.’” So goes the narration early in the movie Princess Bride. It’s been almost thirty years since Princess Bride was released. My sons loved the swashbuckling tale of evil versus good, ugly versus beautiful, […]

Reversal of Destiny

Reversal of Destiny

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if God would turn a difficult situation around for us, turning it upside down, like He did in the Old Testament with Joseph, Moses, David, Ruth and Queen Esther?  When I read in the Bible that God intervened and turned a bad situation around, I write in my Bible, “Reversal of […]

To Whom I Belong

  “On the days I feel inadequate, unloved, and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and straiten my crown.”-Anonymous I tucked myself into the theater seat between two of my daughters. Lily James, a beautiful British actress, danced across the screen as Cinderella. I knew the story, read it time and again, yet I […]

Winter of Our Content

Winter of Our Content

  The Winter of our Discontent. Those five words have been tossed about in various contexts within the English language for centuries. John Steinbeck enshrined the phrase in the title of his final novel, and he borrowed the line from Shakespeare. For those who suffer from light deprivation in the season when the earth tilts […]