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 […]

Rainbow of Truth

Rainbow of Truth

Time for a science lesson today. If you’re one of those people (I’m raising my hand) whose mind spins at the mention of math or science, bear with me. This is Linda, the language and creative arts person, who’s discovered something wonderful in the world of science! If an object reflects no light, it appears […]

Taking Possession

Taking Possession

Our family has been living in our new home for nearly seven weeks now. The seven months before our move was filled with searching for the perfect home, and attempting to make the home we were living in look as perfect as possible to prospective buyers. That’s a lot of “perfect,” isn’t it? By the […]

On My Walmart Bench

On My Walmart Bench

When my daughter and I are grocery shopping and I am through first, I wait for her on my Walmart Bench. I’m sure every Walmart store has one. Over there by the wall and on your way out the door. I make the most of my waiting time. Sometimes I sneak a check on my […]

The question the kids were really asking

The question the kids were really asking

One by one, the kids trickled into the small room, shoes off, yellow sheets in hand. It was Health Screening Day at the school, and a crowd of volunteers gathered and recorded heights and weights, and administered vision tests. I stood off to the side, writing the numbers on the yellow sheets, then entering them […]

The Need for Transformation

The Need for Transformation

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2) NIV. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of […]

Shine Like Stars

Shine Like Stars

Earlier this week, in a message to the Putting on the New contributors, Cherie Burbach encouraged each of us to remember how important our voices are right now in a world filled with hatred. The visual that came to mind as I read it was of each of us as small points of light in […]