Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

I love that God infused the change of seasons within creation. Each season has a beauty all its own. Yet each also has its down side. Spring holds the beauty of new growth, yet harbors the threat of storms and severe weather. Summer supplies ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, yet wields an abundance of […]

5 Unforgettable Hours

5 Unforgettable Hours

I just said goodbye to someone.  We knew for a few days that he was at death’s door.  I’ve lived long enough to know that there are times when death is harsh and ugly.  I’ve also experienced times when I’ve felt the Holy Spirit’s presence in the circumstances and He makes it a special time […]

Directed Steps

Directed Steps

“The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 People have often told me that I am good at planning whether it be parties, corporate events or teaching, I love to plan. I am a detail person and I function best when I know what those details are and […]

Eclipse Of The Heart

Eclipse Of The Heart

  On Monday when the eclipse happened it had me thinking of some things. We got about 91% here, so it was a good chunk covered. My kids were super excited about this, okay, well the girls were. My twins didn’t understand what’s going on with them having autism. I explained it best I could […]

My Words Sound Better …

My Words Sound Better …

… because I’m the world’s worst conversationalist. True, unfortunately. As a teen in the 1950’s — remember the TV show Happy Days (1974-1984)? You know, Fonzie and the gang? Well, they really nailed those day’s. Cashmere sweaters, saddle-shoes, duck-tail haircuts, leather jackets, rolled-up sleeves and rolled-down socks, poodle skirts and crinolines  … Only that wasn’t my scene. […]

Behaviors That Can Keep Your Prayers From Being Answered

Behaviors That Can Keep Your Prayers From Being Answered

Your prayers will not be answered if you have: “Unconfessed sin” in your heart. God is Holy and there is a barrier between Him and us when we go to Him with unconfessed sins. Walking in the flesh is another way to keep our prayers from being responded to. Yes, we receive a new nature […]

Anyone Use a Fresh Wind in your Sails?

Anyone Use a Fresh Wind in your Sails?

School has started back in my area and with a vengeance. This year I have a full time position, which I love and know I was meant to do. However, I haven’t gotten used to the new, extended schedule yet. After church last Sunday, I felt an urging to go to the verse in Psalms […]

Persistent Patience

Persistent Patience

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Ps 37:7  I heard this phrase several years ago and it stuck with me. Patience, to me, has always seemed like a passive endeavor. Truthfully I equated times of […]

God Was In the Details

God Was In the Details

My friend agreed to host a high-school Chinese student for the school year. She had had a young Chinese girl in her home before and was looking forward to this experience also. She had even made a trip to China to visit this student after she returned home. However, just days before the new student’s […]

Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. We’ve all heard of them. Once in a while they break through the myriad of bad news–the murders, kidnappings, jail breaks, natural disasters, political turmoil, civic unrest–and bring a bit of sunshine into our lives. Like the 19-year-old waiter who received a $1000 tip because he took time to […]

Purest Faith

Purest Faith

When circumstances are exactly the opposite of what we hope for, it becomes impossible for us to envision that things could ever change.  It is hard to trust God. There are no more “props” or “crutches” to hold our faith up.  What are props and crutches?  Anything that we lean on besides God.  It could […]

Sometimes I just don’t know what to say…

Sometimes I just don’t know what to say…

Some people seem able to say the right thing at the right time in practically every situation. At least it seems that way to me. I used to be intimidated by my very clever sister-in-law who could fill every gap in conversation with a funny story or gentle teasing. I didn’t even try to converse […]

The Trusting Butterfly

The Trusting Butterfly

Butterflies are very unique. They start off as a minuscule egg, change into a caterpillar where they go through five different stages of growth and development, then the caterpillar spins a silk pad around itself which it attaches to something and it slowly sheds its skin leaving only an exoskeleton inside of which the adult […]

Steering Wheels and Potholders

Steering Wheels and Potholders

As a preschooler, my daddy would let me “drive” the car. “Horrors!” exclaims the younger generation, while the children of the Fifties smile at golden memories. But yes, perfectly good parents allowed their little ones to imitate such grown-up behaviors as baking cakes and driving. This is how it was done. I would sit on […]

Are You Using Your Freedom As an Opportunity for the Flesh?

Are You Using Your Freedom As an Opportunity for the Flesh?

Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (ESV) Freedom – –           The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. The power to […]

Worry Versus Trust

Worry Versus Trust

Have you ever noticed when you pray for something like patience or faith, instead of just giving us those virtues, God puts us in situations that require us to use them? Our sermon Sunday at church dealt with worry. After half an hour of being inspired to entrust everything into God’s capable hands, I thought, […]

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Squawking and screeching filled the air as the mother mockingbird warned us of her displeasure at our presence near her home. Knowing her alarm was not sounded without reason, I looked around for a nest nearby. Clumps of woven straw stuck out among the green leaves of the maple branches she had chosen to raise […]

Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with my small group. And one of the sermons was about Sowing and Reaping based on Galatians 6:7-10. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own […]