The Truth About the Hustle

The Truth About the Hustle

The hustle. No, I’m not talking about a song and I’m not talking about anything illegal. I’m talking about a new mentality that’s taking over the workforce. Trust me, it’s a thing. I don’t think I truly understood it until recently. Or, maybe I should put it this way:  I didn’t see its trap until […]

Choices

Choices

I dearly love my children. They are all grown and have children of their own, some of whom are also adults now. I have always wanted to be a woman who had an open heart and listening ears, so that others are free to speak to me about their personal concerns. That especially applies to […]

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 […]

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

I’m doing a Bible study and something struck out at me when we were studying in Matthew 14 28-33. Here’s what it says. 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward […]

You’re Starting the NT with That?

You’re Starting the NT with That?

Matthew 1:1-17 English Standard Version (ESV) The Genealogy of Jesus Christ 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah […]

Leaning on the Promises

Leaning on the Promises

Today, let’s focus on the promises of God:   God isn’t a man, and He doesn’t lie. It’s impossible for God to lie. Has He said, and will He do it? Or has He spoken and He won’t make it good? He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. There hasn’t failed […]

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 […]

Choosing To Be a Slave

Choosing To Be a Slave

Slave. The word is ugly in any language. To be forced to call another person “master,” to be denied the freedom of choice in every matter of life—who you marry, where you live, your vocation—is anathema, a cursed thing. With man’s inhumanity toward man, slavery has existed for ages. In some cultures, like ancient Rome, […]

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13 NIV).     I dropped my salt shaker into a bowl of water and vinegar.  If it had only been water on the top […]

The Friend Above All Friends

The Friend Above All Friends

Most of us have had it happen…that weird moment when we realize we weren’t invited to the party or the trip or the get-together. Friends whom we thought really valued us… just…didn’t invite us…for whatever reason. Maybe they even tried to hide the event from us? We may never know. Being left out, no matter […]

The Regular Practice of Pruning {and the price of neglect}

The Regular Practice of Pruning {and the price of neglect}

Long before we lived here, someone planted an ornamental pear tree right outside the kitchen window. In our years of inhabiting this place, it has been home to squirrels scampering up and down its trunk, frolicking in the branches. Most mornings, it sings, or rather the birds perched on its branches sing and fill the […]

God’s Golden Gift

God’s Golden Gift

Now it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, that Shishak the king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. He took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king’s house, and he took everything, even taking all the shields of gold which Solomon had made. So King […]

When We Walk With Our Lord

When We Walk With Our Lord

Looking at our circumstances, we don’t see God; yet He is there and is the only planner and executor of all our dreams and aspirations. God revealed this truth to great men like David. Those who lived in David’s time or who read about him in the scriptures might have attributed much of what he […]

Just Sit

Just Sit

Earlier this week I was talking to some writer friends about my first zipline experience and the post I wrote for my blog about the lessons God taught me. Thought I’d share a few today.   In 2015, we were blessed to take part in a mission trip to Belize. Most of our ministering took place […]

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

It’s amazing how the Lord speaks into our hearts through Scripture. I must have read Psalm 77 dozens of times over the years, yet never did it strike me so vividly as it did this week. When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they became trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians. Seeing the onslaught of charioteers at […]

A New Body

A New Body

Earlier this week my grandfather passed away. His death was not a complete shock, since his health had been declining for the past few months. These last couple of days have been a whirlwind for me and I don’t know if I’ve fully processed his demise. I am comforted in knowing that as the word […]

What’s My Default Setting?

What’s My Default Setting?

My friend Beth was teaching our bible study group from I Timothy 4. Verse 7 says train yourself to be godly. She said, “Be so disciplined in the Word that your automatic response is godliness.” I thought, is that really possible? If I am full to overflowing with God’s Word, I will react well automatically? Without […]

The Remedy for Our Empty and Broken Moments

The Remedy for Our Empty and Broken Moments

  Where do we turn in our empty and broken moments? I’ve been thinking of this often, and one compelling truth comes to mind: The remedy for our emptiness is the fullness of Christ, and the path to the fullness of Christ is through the gateway of our weakness. It seems so paradoxical that the […]