The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

Have you ever compared how we maintain important relationships when distance separates us to how we maintain our relationship with the Savior? Here are two of our common earthly relationships: Father/Child. When my dad deployed to Vietnam, a wonderful invention called the tape player allowed us to communicate beyond the written word. Small reels of […]

Second Hand Spirituality

Second Hand Spirituality

Which do you think is more rewarding? To see a movie for yourself or to experience the cinema from a friend’s viewpoint? Most of us would opt for the first-hand experience. Can we truly know a person without a personal encounter? Without real-time, “getting-to-know” that person, we will make assumptions based on what someone else […]

One Final Yes

One Final Yes

I was beginning to refer to 2017 as “The Year of the No.” I am not kidding, friends. Everything I was hoping and praying for was met with a “no” on every side. Homes we tried to purchase, changes in people’s lives that were dramatically affecting them, health issues, spiritual issues. It just seemed like […]

Understanding the Perfect Will of God for Us

Understanding the Perfect Will of God for Us

The perfect will of God is the decreed, unchangeable, foreordained will that God has for us. It cannot be changed, neither can it be altered. This is the will of God that we are all called to allow to control our lives. The perfect will of God is not a walk in the park. It’s […]

Beauty After the Storm

Beauty After the Storm

“The rains came down and the floods came up”–it’s a line from a song I used to sing with my kids. A couple of weeks ago in our corner of Wisconsin, the rains came down, over-saturated the ground, broke a dam, and the floods came up. I snapped the sunset picture above on the eve […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where Do We Draw the Line?

Where Do We Draw the Line?

I recently selected a *book for our book club that several people chose not to read because it contained occasional foul language. None of us endorse crude language, but while some decided swearing in books was unacceptable, others chose not to allow a few unpleasant words to hinder them from exploring the author’s thoughts on […]

Hunger Warning Signs

Hunger Warning Signs

Our body is a well run machine. Like late models, it has a built in warning system, waiting to alert us to possible trouble. If we are tuned into our body, we know when something is not quite right. In fact, hunger works in just the same way. We may become sluggish. Get a headache. […]

One Important Piece

One Important Piece

I love to talk about the transformed mind because I feel it’s such a critical component of our ongoing sanctification. Romans 12:2 tells us to not let our minds be imprinted by the world, but rather to be transformed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. And one important piece of developing this […]

You Matter

You Matter

  Do you remember the way it felt when that super-popular girl said you weren’t invited? The way your heart literally hurt when Kurt McClaine said he wanted to stay single for the rest of eighth grade.  That sophomore girl on the bus with the great hair who laughed at the new shoes you loved […]

Follow Me

Follow Me

Follow me. Two words that hold much longing in the heart of the modern man who desires to have people following him on his various social media channels. I recently read an article about how far people go to have followers on Instagram. One guy went as far as to create a life he really […]

My Jesus Is Too Small

My Jesus Is Too Small

I confess that I often forget how big the God of the universe is. I worry, fret, and strive to take control over all things in a feeble attempt to grasp the peace that evades my soul. It slips away all too fast in the vast tides of this thing we call life and suddenly […]

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 […]

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Derek Prince wrote a biographical tribute to his wife entitled Appointment in Jerusalem. Not only did he chronicle Lydia’s early years as a missionary in Palestine starting in the late 1920s, he shared her testimony detailing the events God engineered that led to her divine appointment. God had ambitious plans for her! As usual, He […]

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 We live in the midst of a material world. Everywhere […]

I’m sorry

Life is so crazy busy this summer, I forgot about my post. My apologies. I’ve been busy writing, trying to get a proposal done, piano lessons for the girls, camp, Vacation Bible School and more.   What have you been doing this summer?