You Gotta Go Deep to Stay Strong

You Gotta Go Deep to Stay Strong

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:3 In years past, we’ve been fortunate to spend the week of Thanksgiving at the beach. We rented a house right on the water and all our […]

Don’t Put God in the Macaroni and Cheese!

Don’t Put God in the Macaroni and Cheese!

My husband is a pastor. The church is small, and unable to pay a preacher any wages, so to support the family, he works fulltime outside the home. Right now, he’s employed by Walmart, in the deli department. His job varies, depending on the day and mood of the managers, sometimes he does freight, sometimes […]

Warrior Princess Fire Dance

Warrior Princess Fire Dance

Warrior Princess  Fire Dance Have I ever shared with you that I picture myself as a warrior princess? If I’m a Christian soldier and I’m a child of the king, that makes me a warrior and a princess. In God’s eyes, I am His beautiful daughter, and I am ready to fight my Father’s enemies […]

Emotional Truth

Emotional Truth

As women, we may have no influence so naturally persuasive as our emotions.  I live in a home with three precious teenage daughters, and let me just say there are days when I wouldn’t blame my husband if he went and pitched a tent out in the woods beside our house!  Scripture tells us that: […]

God Can Use our Animals to Teach Us ~ Part 1

God Can Use our Animals to Teach Us ~ Part 1

God has blessed me with amazing animals and, from stories I’ve read and heard, others feel the same about their own critters. When I was fifteen years old, I learned a lesson in compassion. Our family dog Laddie (pictured above with me when I was ten) became poisoned by consuming dead salmon along our creek. […]

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense […]

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) As we approach Thanksgiving Day, the day set aside to give thanks for our crops, jobs, families, etc, let’s not forget to express gratitude for this great “Salvation.” Give thanks in all situations – good or […]

Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are

Never be afraid to be who you are. Even when people walk away. Even when it seems easier to follow their way. Never be afraid to be who you are. Never be afraid to be who you are. Even when the world shouts and screams. Even when it appears as if they can shatter your […]

My Mother’s Wisdom

My Mother’s Wisdom

My mom passed away six years ago. Today would have been her 100th birthday. How I wish she was still here so I could bake her traditional birthday meal of lasagna and German chocolate cake. Every year I wonder if the angels bake special birthday meals in heaven, but I’m guessing that day doesn’t mean […]

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

My least favorite part of this time of year isn’t the holiday bustle, the cold chill in the air, or the threat of slick roads. Instead, it’s the myriad of germs that seem to find their way into my system repeatedly over the span of fall and winter months. My work as a school library […]

Take Off The Mask

Take Off The Mask

A few days ago, on Halloween, I went to work dressed up as a Lumberjack.  I put on a hat, sunglasses, a fluffy beard, plaid shirt, jeans and boots.  I stuffed the shirt with a pillow to create a big belly.  I laughed because I knew there was no possible way that anyone would recognize […]

For When You Need a Second Chance

For When You Need a Second Chance

  I’ve lived much of my life behind masks. My masks look like confidence, strength, and security.  There are times when being confident, strong and secure are best, even when we don’t feel like it.  When I step into a job interview, meet with an executive to seal a high-stakes deal, or walk into a […]

All You Need Is…

All You Need Is…

I write and speak about my journey from bitterness to joy and abundant life, and encourage others that they too can break free from these sinful habits. One step in that process is to replace the bitterness with love. The people we were harboring bitterness against now become objects of our love. How is this […]

Obedience At All Costs

Obedience At All Costs

“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice.” 1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)  Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to […]

Pumpkin Gospel

Pumpkin Gospel

Who else loves pumpkins? I sure do as do my kids. Each fall I used this to teach my children about the Pumpkin Gospel. Have you heard of this? I heard it from  Liz Curtis Higgs Bible truth: We become a new creation through Jesus and can let His light shine in and through our lives. This […]

Use Your Crayons

Use Your Crayons

On the small board beside my desk I have several inspirational quotes. One of them stood out recently, and I wanted to share it with you. Color Christ with the crayons God gives you. At first glance you might scrunch your forehead and exclaim, What? But take a few moments and really think on this […]

Am I Entangled or Established

Am I Entangled or Established

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 I tend to be just a bit ADD when it comes to life. (I’m like the dog in the movie UP…”Squirrel!”) The […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you will see PINK popping up everywhere. At Walmart, where employees pledge a certain amount to breast cancer treatment and are allowed to forego the Navy blue or white in favor of pink. To your favorite hair salon which might donate a portion of it’s earnings to […]