The Sanctity of Human Life

The Sanctity of Human Life

The sanctity of human life is remembered as we celebrate this cold month of January. The story below is not mine personally, but one with which I closely relate through family and friends. This is for all the young women and men and parents who have been on this journey. God has promised to bind up our […]

When God Says No to our Prayers

When God Says No to our Prayers

Does God only answer select prayers? Or does He answer all of our prayers? Last year, my family diligently prayed for my cousin’s 17 year-old son, who was fighting brain cancer, and a 59 year-old man in our church struggling with liver cancer. Both put up gallant fights, and there were moments of encouragement along […]

Going Deeper

Going Deeper

Would you like to go deeper into God’s Word?  I’d like to share a couple of ways that I try to dig deeper into the treasure of truth in the Bible when I’m spending time studying and praying.  Read on for a couple of examples that might be helpful to you! While reading the familiar […]

His Mercies are New Every Morning

His Mercies are New Every Morning

Goal-setting ideas fill pages on magazines and are the topics of talk shows every January. Energetic plans follow for a period of time and then the despair of failure sets in and we give up. We may remember the goals of we didn’t follow through on or the mistakes we made. To keep from wallowing […]

The Truth about Messing up and Measuring up

The Truth about Messing up and Measuring up

  My career as a special education teacher was full of highs and lows. While the milestones of teaching a sixteen-year-old to read or helping a fifteen-year-old out of his wheelchair to take his first steps were deeply fulfilling, there were many days of defeat.  There were plenty of days spent simply trying to keep […]

A Musician’s Heart

A Musician’s Heart

My mother-in-law Doris was a gifted church musician. She is now in heaven directing a choir or playing an instrument or maybe just worshipping at Jesus’ feet! Back in the days when the main instruments in church were piano and organ, she was highly sought after for her skills. She recorded an organ album and […]

Fresh Start for the New Year

Fresh Start for the New Year

What are you taking with you into 2018? As I sit here looking at the sparkling lights of our Christmas tree I’ve let my mind wander to the New Year. To the time when the calendar rolls over to the next number, the sparklers are lit, and resolutions are made. It’s a fun time–a freeing […]

Fruit of the Vine

Fruit of the Vine

Within a few days after Christmas, perhaps after the new year, when the Christmas cards quit coming, we have a new kind of mail. No, I’m not talking about all the bills that were generated by over-zealous buying. I’m talking about the gardening catalogs. I usually study the colorful photos of flowers, trees, vegetables and […]

Christmas Time Hustle and Bustle

Christmas Time Hustle and Bustle

The hustle and bustle is in full swing. I’m sure y’all have noticed. We went out today and oh my goodness. The city streets are packed. Where I live there was a mile at least of traffic to just get near Walmart. Oh man! Once we got there parking was way out there. I didn’t […]

What Do You Do When the Devil Is Trying to Eat You Up?

What Do You Do When the Devil Is Trying to Eat You Up?

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1st Peter 5:8 (ESV)  Isn’t it interesting and eye-opening to learn that the devil walks around, like a roaring lion, looking for someone to demolish? A lion roars to intimidate his enemies – and that’s exactly what Abaddon does – walks […]

Where’s Jesus?

Where’s Jesus?

Every year at this time I remember a story a lady at my church told about her grandson. When he was young, he would visit her house at Christmas time and go directly for the nativity. He might stand and play with the characters for a while, but inevitably he would carry baby Jesus around […]

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that […]

The Sweetest Craving

The Sweetest Craving

I’ve noticed lately that because there is so much candy around, I’ve begun to snack on tasty chocolate things.  I’ve always been able to resist sweets, but lately I’ve indulged when I see these treats.  I didn’t think much of it until a few weeks ago, early afternoon, I felt this sudden craving for chocolate. […]

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

I recently saw a news report about a teenager in Florida who started a club at school called, “We Dine Together”. The purpose of this club is to enure that no student eats alone during lunch time. This story moved me to tears. My heart went out to the young man who said he knew […]

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

  The year I started writing words for the world to read, things started falling to pieces all around us. We encountered three bouts with the stomach bug in four months.  The kids were constantly rundown with various viruses.  There were financial strains, serious health scares, and much more. We were about ten months into […]

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

For ten years we were blessed to have our extended family living nearby. We all looked forward to holidays with a houseful of people we loved. Prior to the day, my sister-in-law and I would plan menus and look for new recipes. She is a fabulous cook, so inevitably all the food turned out to […]

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Not caring is a trend in today’s culture. It’s just not “in” to feel something or express those feelings. It’s easy to go around saying “yeah, whatever”, never getting too deep, and hoping that you don’t have to share something that actually affects you because that would be very un-cool (and potentially offensive). Or maybe […]

Trust God

Trust God

The last few months have been challenging for me but over the last couple of weeks, the word trust has repeatedly come to my mind and heart. It can be difficult to trust because trust requires us to let go of control and to wait–my least favorite thing to do! During my devotion time recently, […]