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 […]

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dusty, cracked and void of any moisture, the bones lying in the valley Ezekiel peered across had no hope. How could something so dead ever live again? (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Even the buzzards had given up on having another morsel of food from the stick-like remains lying on the parched earth. Can these bones live? Ezekiel […]

How Do I Pray in Agreement With God’s Will?

How Do I Pray in Agreement With God’s Will?

One way of guaranteeing your prayers will be answered is to pray in agreement with God’s will! Many times, we have already DECIDED how we want the prayer to be answered. We have already determined OUR will in the matter and try to get God to co-sign our prayers. Or we ASSUME what God wants […]

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 […]

Turning Back

Turning Back

There’s the joke most everyone knows about how men hate to stop and ask for directions even when they are hopelessly lost. I guess it’s not so much a joke as it is a truism that people joke about. Men in particular seem to struggle when they can’t find their way. What about you? “Show […]

How to Guarantee Your Prayers Will Be Answered

How to Guarantee Your Prayers Will Be Answered

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t want their prayers answered when they pray? Of course not———- We pray because we have a need. We ask because we want God to hear and answer our prayers. PRAY-ERS – We don’t want to wander around in the “Christian Book Store” for hours hoping we’ll find a […]

Secure on Father’s Day

Secure on Father’s Day

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12 by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar Rested. Protected. Carried. These are the images of my Father that comfort my soul. I am so often weary, exhausted with the […]

Taking the Plunge Against Fear

Taking the Plunge Against Fear

Years ago, my husband and sons talked me into taking diving lessons. This wasn’t my first choice of a hobby. My mother had almost drowned when she was a teenager and her fear of the water had been translated to me. She was so cautious watching my brothers and I she would hardly let us […]

Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling

God tells us not to resist or run from the difficulties of our lives but to come to Him for understanding and resolution. I am confident that 100% of us are dealing with difficult situations. I’d like to share a unique devotional I recently received. It is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. The past few […]

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 […]

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

My life has been in one of those everything-happening-at-once phases. Family events, including a graduation and an out-of-state wedding, plus a fundraiser for the local library and other obligations. Individually, each event is a good thing, something to look forward to. But when so many are squashed into a few short weeks, it gets to […]

The Most Important Thing in Your Life

The Most Important Thing in Your Life

  It took me years to really pin it down. At first, I was sure success was the most important thing in life. Later, when that seemed vain, I convinced myself that serving others tirelessly would create the sense of purpose I longed for. It worked. Until burnout hit. And then illness struck, and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Jesus told His followers that if they prayed for anything in His name, He would do it for them.  Wow – anything?  What a great promise to cling to when we need or want something.  But if we understood what it really means to pray “in Jesus’ name”, we might not be so quick to […]

It’s Time to Pray

It’s Time to Pray

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 1 Samuel 12:23 (KJV)   Every Wednesday on my facebook page I post a prayer meeting, like the ones that most of us grew up with on […]

Worry is a Verb

Worry is a Verb

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” [Matthew 6:27] Jesus spoke these words during His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, chapters 5,6, and 7. This is where He tells us not to worry about our lives; what to eat, what to drink, or what we will wear. He points […]

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. […]