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. […]

Friendship, How Sweet It Is…

Friendship, How Sweet It Is…

I had the pleasure of hanging out with one of my friends from high school. I couldn’t believe how much we had in common twenty years later. Where did the time go, and what have I been doing with it? That is another post, but for this one I want to talk about friendships. As […]

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Lately, I have been musing about things like growing older, the real inner me, and how can I age with chutzpah, but graceful chutzpah! Would that we knew our authentic self when we are young, but I think it takes some age before we know who we really are. Then, some of us never hear the […]

Deliberate Practice While We Wait for Blessings

Deliberate Practice While We Wait for Blessings

It’s been an interesting couple of years for me. After a decade of freelance writing I took my hobby of painting and developed a business from it. Being in these two creative worlds has allowed me to see how fragile we are as creatives, how much we long for certain achievements or ways to find […]

Important November Days

Important November Days

November brings some important dates to recognize in the next few days. November 6 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. According to Christian Freedom International, more than 200 million Christians face persecution in 105 of the 196 countries of the world. November 11 is Veteran’s Day. We recognize the sacrifices made […]

How Trust Has Played Out in My Working Life

How Trust Has Played Out in My Working Life

This year, the word I’ve focused on is “trust.” Ironically, I never had trust issues with family or friends or my husband. Only God. At the beginning of the year, I saw myself as someone that didn’t trust God enough. He has worked on me, not just this year but every year in this area. […]

The Door of My Lips

The Door of My Lips

Do you enjoy hearing morsels of gossip? Do you repeat conversations disclosed to you in confidence? Do you preface tale telling with “we need to pray for sister so and so” because she is really going through?  If so, we should pray as King David prayed in Psalm 141: 3 “Set a guard over my […]

Rotten Roots

Rotten Roots

  “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9 NKJV).  Our country is hurting. The airwaves have reverberated with news accounts of killing rampages in schools, parking lots, movie theaters, and homes. Interviewed witnesses react in surprise at the actions of the perpetrator because problems […]

In My Weakness

In My Weakness

“But he said to me, ” My grace us sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake , I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in […]

It’ll Cost Ya

It’ll Cost Ya

I’m not what you would call a big spender. Though, to be honest, I’m not all that good at saving either. I’m happiest when we can pay our bills and have a little left over for fun. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a post about budgeting or planning for your financial future.) Investing? That’s a whole […]

Lord, I Want To See…

Lord, I Want To See…

“As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, ” Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought […]

Love One Another

Love One Another

  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.                                         […]

Simplify

Simplify

My husband and I recently vacationed in cool Ruidosa, NM, a refreshing change to our hot Wichita Falls, TX home. One day we visited Ruidosa Downs and watched the beautiful horse races.   When Jesus walked on earth, He used the creations of God to teach lessons on Christianity. The day we watched this race, […]

End of an Era

End of an Era

It’s been a busy few weeks as I’ve been sorting through 16+ years of accumulated home school materials. I’m working on getting things together for a ‘retirement yard sale’. 🙂 Now, it actually has been four years since I finished home educating my two sons all the way through high school graduation, but I finally […]

Answered prayer

Answered prayer

This past month I was at International Christian Retail Sales (ICRS) in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a l-o-n-g drive up, almost ten hours! And by the time we arrived it was pretty late at night. It was so good to get to bed and rest, but at the same time kind of scary knowing I had […]

Comfort Food…

Comfort Food…

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalms 34:8 I just love to eat and most times when I am feeling not so swell, I look forward to going into my refrigerator or cupboards searching for something sweet to devour. My favorite thing to eat […]

What Will You Give Up to Trust God?

What Will You Give Up to Trust God?

I adopted a word of the year (“trust”) and have been very mindful about the times I find myself not trusting. A few weeks ago, I had a professional challenge that shook my entire world, and I found myself going back to the word “trust” again and again. I feel like this word was whispered […]

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

What is your purpose? This question used to be an obsession for me, but it’s one I think a lot of writers focus on. We connect with God creatively when we write and we so earnestly want to “add to the kingdom.” We want people to read our words to embrace belief, grow in their […]