Guarding Your Heart

Guarding Your Heart

Have you ever said to someone, what you put in is what you get out? Usually we are talking about how the amount of effort we apply affects the results we receive. But it can also represent the type of seeds we plant inside our hearts and the outcome of those seeds. The Bible says, […]

On The Road Together

On The Road Together

One of my favorite things to do when driving a longer distance and especially in summertime is to check out the many different state license plates. Whenever my family takes a road trip, I keep track of every state to see how many we can find. It’s always fun to catch the “not often seen” […]

Road Trips

Road Trips

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. When I was a child, road trips with my dad were always … interesting. As long as he let Mom navigate from the passenger side with a map, things were just fine. But there were times when he ignored her directions. […]

God Is Still in Control

God Is Still in Control

I hear mumbling, questioning, and uncertainty when individuals discuss the new administration taking residence at the White House and the violence happening around us; wherever you live. It is not segregated to the inner city, as many proclaim – violence, murder, assaults, thefts, and much more is occurring in the suburbs, churches, businesses, and banks. […]

The Rough Work of Healing

The Rough Work of Healing

I notice the bandages on his knee after dinner. “Did you hurt yourself at school?” I ask my seven-year-old son. He wears shorts almost exclusively now that the temperature is reliably 50 degrees and warmer. “Yeah, I fell on the way out to recess,” he says with a shrug. No, he didn’t cry, he tells us. “We need […]

How Do We Handle Change?

How Do We Handle Change?

Things have changed in my life. That’s no surprise, since they have in yours as well. There isn’t a person on the planet who isn’t affected by change of some kind, whether radical or gradual. Some changes are forced upon us and can be difficult to handle. Loved ones leave us, and our lives must […]

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Last summer, Tree Swallows attempted to take over our Bluebird house, so my husband put a bucket over the house in hopes of them leaving. Instead, they patiently sat atop it, waiting, I suppose, for it to reappear. They never gave up! We all face disappointments in life that knock us down and make us […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?  After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much.  The Bible highlights God’s powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.  Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.  And […]

A Glimpse of Heaven

A Glimpse of Heaven

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of going to the Outcry Tour. It’s a wonderful concert featuring, Elevation Worship, Lauren Daigle, Jesus Culture, and even a couple of pastors. I’ve been to this concert before, but this time, I noticed something. For some reason, I paid attention to all the people standing in […]

God is Not a One-Hit Wonder

God is Not a One-Hit Wonder

If I asked you to name some songs that are one-hit wonders, I’m sure you can come up with several. And then we wonder if these bands/singers will ever create another hit. We wonder if they will regroup and release another smash hit. This makes me think about whether or not we treat God as […]

“Help My Unbelief”

“Help My Unbelief”

“I hope for the best, but expect the worst. Then I’m not disappointed,” Mom used to joke. We all knew it was just a joke because our mother was a woman of prayer. When my father was nearing the end of his life, I stayed with Mom for a short time, sharing her bed in […]

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 […]

God’s Timing Is Always Best

God’s Timing Is Always Best

We moved across states recently, which I think I mentioned in another post. Let me tell you it wasn’t without some bumps. First we had a month, so that should be enough time, right? We sure thought so. Plus, we were moving back home…to our home state of Indiana. That meant we had family close […]

Protest an Easter Egg Hunt?

Protest an Easter Egg Hunt?

We’re just a few days after Easter, but I still can’t get something out of my mind. The Saturday before Easter my church always has an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. We include a presentation of the gospel and lunch. It has always been a fun family event. This past Saturday as we pulled […]

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]

Ahh, Massage

Ahh, Massage

My husband and I lounge on the sofa, watching television, enjoying together time. He massages my feet. Do I jerk away and say, “Don’t do that?” Not on your life! After supper at the end of a long work day, I offer my husband a back rub. Does he turn me down? No way! My […]

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

A month or so ago, my husband and I decided it was time to start the home buying process. We connected with a realtor who came highly recommended by a friend. She pointed us to a lender so we could get the paperwork started and get an idea of how much house we could afford. […]

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 […]