Admit It!

Admit It!

I honestly used to believe that most of the people around me, particularly Christians, had their lives pretty much under control. I thought I was the oddball in the group. When trouble came, as it does in every life, my first reaction was to hide it—hide it and look cool. Whenever a conversation with a […]

The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road

When my boys were little, I loved taking them for walks into woods to discover all that they held…bugs, big trees, different colored leaves, all of it I found was a great palette for discovering about God’s world. It was a time when we didn’t rush; we took our time to look up close at bark, […]

Drama

Drama

I’ve never been a drama queen. In fact, I’m happy if I’m not anywhere near drama and will do whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t find me. But unfortunately in this day and age, drama isn’t always avoidable. It crops up in our families, at work, and in our surroundings. The point is […]

Moving Chaos and God

Moving Chaos and God

  My family is in the middle of an out of state move. Can we say crazy time? Oh, my, yes it sure is. We’ve known for a month for sure and in that time we’ve been purging tons of stuff. I’m sure our trash men just love us. Maybe I should bake them cookies […]

Life is a Maze – Take the Straight Path

Life is a Maze – Take the Straight Path

Can I get a witness about life being a maze? And there are certainly plenty of voices yelling at you to take their path. But as Christians, we want to make sure we’re on the right path. Recently as I was reading my daily Bible passages, this concept of following the correct path really stuck […]

EGR

EGR

Recently, my women’s Bible Study was puzzled at one member’s comments about an individual needing EGR. What did she mean by EGR? Well, she explained how this person in her church always differed with everyone else’s opinion in meetings, often very annoyingly so. How it had to be his way or the highway. How there […]

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 […]

The Light of God’s Love

The Light of God’s Love

With our recent political activities causing much dissension and anger, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by watching too many news reports or talk shows. Even if we are not engaging in disruptive behavior, our emotions can become involved if we do not take the time to recognize what is happening in our feelings. February is […]

A Child’s Prayer

A Child’s Prayer

After my daughter’s dance class a few nights ago, she hurried out of class and excitedly told me that she had been promoted to pointe in her ballet class.  In the world of ballet, a promotion to pointe level is a major milestone. My daughter has been talking about being on pointe for months now. […]

A Testimony of Work and Rest

A Testimony of Work and Rest

As my first post as an author on Putting on the New, I thought it would be good to share parts of my testimony, so you can get to know me a little better. Perhaps you will resonate with parts of my story. I grew up in a Christian household with loving, but strict parents. […]

Think About It!

Think About It!

Television, newspaper, and junk mail ads bombard us every day with products that are supposed to make our lives better. Some products are good and others are not. It is up to us to decide what we want to spend our money on. Sometimes we throw our money away, but sometimes we get very good […]

The Fear Of The Lord

The Fear Of The Lord

I started doing a Bible Study this week on Wisdom. It’s with a big ministry. Somethings have stood out to me, that I’ve not seen or thought about before. Crazy, how God does that, right? We at times may want to think we have wisdom and know more than we do.  Sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t. […]

It is not what’s on the outside that matters most…

It is not what’s on the outside that matters most…

It is so hard being a woman, because from the top of our heads to the bottom of our feet there seems to always be something to do. If I am not shaving my legs, I am doing my hair and if I am not putting on make-up I am picking out an outfit. Honestly, […]

The Open Door

The Open Door

As we begin another year, we will commit to – “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts; and be thankful.” For some of us, 2016 was a very good year, for others it was a traumatic year, and for many it was a life changing year. Whatever your position in 2016 – wonderful, […]

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 […]

Shaped on the Anvil

Shaped on the Anvil

Several of my ancestral grandfathers were blacksmiths. That job seemed to be a skill or an art, if you will, passed down from generation to generation.  Many years ago, the black- smith was an essential member of the community. His skill, fire, hammer and anvil forged tools needed to survive more easily.  Of course, with […]

Dropping the Trash

Dropping the Trash

I don’t have to haul my trash to the curb like some folks do. Where I live, the city has strategically placed dumpsters in alleys and behind businesses. Since I live outside the city limit on a county highway, I’m not near an alley. I haul my trash to town and drop it in any […]