Pregnant with Promise and Waiting…

Pregnant with Promise and Waiting…

“When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” In the sixth month, God sent […]

The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road

When my boys were little, I loved taking them for walks into woods to discover all that they held…bugs, big trees, different colored leaves, all of it I found was a great palette for discovering about God’s world. It was a time when we didn’t rush; we took our time to look up close at bark, […]

In the Grave – But Not Dead

In the Grave – But Not Dead

While meditating and reflecting one day, I thought about things that most humans think about  – What happens when we die? Where do we go when we are deceased? Do we go to heaven? Do we go to paradise? Do we stay in the grave? The Apostle Paul says to be absent from the body […]

Life is a Maze – Take the Straight Path

Life is a Maze – Take the Straight Path

Can I get a witness about life being a maze? And there are certainly plenty of voices yelling at you to take their path. But as Christians, we want to make sure we’re on the right path. Recently as I was reading my daily Bible passages, this concept of following the correct path really stuck […]

God’s Misrepresentative

God’s Misrepresentative

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates both day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 Mockery means to imitate or […]

Spiritual Fitness Tracker

Spiritual Fitness Tracker

Everywhere we turn fitness is all the rage. And the newest twist on the trend—keeping track of our personal fitness. We’re wearing jewelry that tracks our steps, our heart rate, and even how many stairs we climb. Beyond that, it reminds us when we need to exercise or at least get up and move. Thinking […]

A Potpouri of Help

A Potpouri of Help

  Sometimes, there are no words to say. Especially when life blindsides you with one hit right after another.   So let’s take a moment to consider the help God is offering:   Bring the difficulties to God.  – Exodus 18:19   When all things seem against us, to drive us to despair, We know […]

When Have You Gone Too Far?

When Have You Gone Too Far?

Love, trust, betrayal. There’s an ongoing argument in my family. I’m going deep here, and I very much desire reader input. Here’s the question up for debate: if a person fits the parameters of Luke 9:62 and/or Hebrews 10:26, are they consigned to hell with no hope of reconciliation with God? Have they gone too […]

The One Thing You Already Have to Give

The One Thing You Already Have to Give

I’d been invited to a new friend’s house for coffee, and for days ahead of time, I agonized over whether I should bring something with me. Pastries? Flowers? I’m always appreciative of someone willingly opening their house to me, and she was providing coffee. I wanted to offer her a gift as well, some token […]

Serve One Another

Serve One Another

Happy second Sunday As you drive to your house of worship this morning; read this post after you’ve returned from service or simply stumble upon this site and read the blog, I’d like you to consider the gifts, skills and talents that you possess and remind you that all of them were given by our […]

In Over My Head

In Over My Head

I recently found myself in a season that had me begging the Lord to send me anywhere or have me do anything other than where he has placed me. I mapped out a route to which I figured was the most doable way to escape the impending tsunami from the earthquake that I felt beneath […]

I Long to See You . . .

I Long to See You . . .

It sounds like a line in a Valentine, doesn’t it? We can imagine a soldier penning “I long to see you” to his true love back home. In truth, these are words straight out of a love letter–a letter written by the Apostle Paul to “all in Rome who are loved by God and called to […]

Getting Rid of Discouragement

Getting Rid of Discouragement

You don’t have to look farther than the 5 o’ clock news to become depressed. Senseless shootings, political unrest, threats of war, natural disasters. The list goes on and on. Discouragement can hang over us like an ominous cloud. It touches each of our lives through financial strain, unexpected illness, job stress, or relational conflict.  So what can we […]

Resisting God

Resisting God

Let’s face it, our human nature is to resist God.  We resist Him without even realizing it!  While I was pondering this, I thought, “Not me, I don’t resist God, I love Him!”  But after considering this a little more deeply, I realized that even after being a Christian for over 30 years, I still […]

The Light of God’s Love

The Light of God’s Love

With our recent political activities causing much dissension and anger, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by watching too many news reports or talk shows. Even if we are not engaging in disruptive behavior, our emotions can become involved if we do not take the time to recognize what is happening in our feelings. February is […]

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. […]

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. […]

Who Is The Master Of Your Fate?

Who Is The Master Of Your Fate?

I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. A line from the poem Invictus (Latin for ‘unconquered’) I have always loved. But recently I looked a little closer at the entire poem and what it was really saying. Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole […]