A Simple Joy

A Simple Joy

It’s snowing. I hate wind and cold, but I love sitting in my warm, cozy house, watching my yard become a beautiful snow globe scene. A simple joy. When my husband arrives home from work, I’ll tell him what’s for dinner, and he’ll smile. He loves my cooking, and dinner time is always a pleasurable […]

UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS

UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD (Proverbs 21: 30 – 31).   We were sure the double-wide trailer was an answer to prayer, a solution for our overcrowded living situation. Located […]

Kept and Being Kept

Kept and Being Kept

What does it mean to be “kept” by God?  And what then are the implications of us being “our sister’s’ keeper?”  This was the topic of our church ladies’ meeting last week.  As I prepared to lead the discussion, I sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to consider there might be two groups of ladies […]

Seeds of Faith

Seeds of Faith

I hold seeds in my hand. I’ve always held seeds. Seeds of hope. Seeds of heartache. Seeds of destiny. Seeds of disappointment. They’re all mixed together in a rough and tumble way because that’s how life happens sometimes. It gets rough and tumbly. Yet this time it’s different. This time I look at these seeds […]

For God So Loved the World…

For God So Loved the World…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.                 John 3:16 NIV Happy 2018! As we begin another year given to us by the great Lord our God, let us pause to remember how much Jehovah loves us. He […]

A Tapestry of Truth

A Tapestry of Truth

“Every ‘ism’ isolates one strand from the rich fabric of truth.” That’s a quote from the book our small group is studying–Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey. This week we talked about materialism, romanticism, empiricism and rationalism. Each one of these “isms” takes a thread of God’s truth and builds an entire belief system and explanation […]

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 […]

Your Voice Is Important

Your Voice Is Important

When you’re an average, ordinary person like me, it’s easy to feel discouraged. Other people seem to do great things, like write best-selling novels or start a ministry that raises thousands and thousands of dollars for a worthy cause. In contrast, my efforts at making a difference in the world seem minuscule. Like maybe no […]

Be Love: My 2018 Phrase

Be Love: My 2018 Phrase

Happy New Year! I always enjoy getting to write the first post of the New Year for Putting on the New. It allows me to share my phrase for the year. But more than that, it allows me to reflect and pray on what my phrase should be. As the years have passed I’ve noticed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Togetherness

Togetherness

Merry Christmas! From the very beginning of the world, God said it was not good for man to be alone. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.””  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬ So after Adam came Eve and a family […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace     there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne     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 […]