Reaching for the Prize

Reaching for the Prize

My five-year-old granddaughter, Molly, needed her crayon box for a school project. To prevent her two-year-old sister from decorating the walls with crayon masterpieces, the box sat on top of the fireplace mantle waaaaay over the heads of both girls. Since Molly didn’t ask for my help, I waited to see how she would manage […]

The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14 KJV).   Body image is an American fanaticism that has spawned billions dollar industries to address human fears of imperfection. We pay top dollar to put curl into hair that is […]

Can God Repeat History With a Twist?

Can God Repeat History With a Twist?

I’ve kept up with the weather reports of monsterous hurricane Irma. A fellow Christian said the eye of Irma even looks evil. As I write this, my real-time weather map shows winds up to 130 mph at the coast of Florida. All appears evil. Some may perish. Homes will be destroyed. But, as I learned […]

Mapping Your Journey

Mapping Your Journey

                           Mapping Your Journey              At church, we have been looking at the life of Moses, in a series of impactful sermons called Mapping Your Journey. While Moses’ past included roots of a blessed covenant with God, life for his people was drenched […]

A Tale of Two Shoes

A Tale of Two Shoes

Exhibit A (on the left): My old running shoes. My toes busted holes in them because I thought I was still a size 8. I was running with sore toes and thinking something was wrong with my feet. Exhibit B (on the right): My new running shoes. They are a size 9.5, but my feet […]

What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

My days are full. Writing deadline. Grandkids. Time with hubby. Bible Studies. Yet in the midst of the busyness I often wonder if I’m doing enough. I try to start each day asking God to make me aware of needs around me. But when those needs edge into my time, I get irritated. I want […]

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

I love that God infused the change of seasons within creation. Each season has a beauty all its own. Yet each also has its down side. Spring holds the beauty of new growth, yet harbors the threat of storms and severe weather. Summer supplies ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, yet wields an abundance of […]

5 Unforgettable Hours

5 Unforgettable Hours

I just said goodbye to someone.  We knew for a few days that he was at death’s door.  I’ve lived long enough to know that there are times when death is harsh and ugly.  I’ve also experienced times when I’ve felt the Holy Spirit’s presence in the circumstances and He makes it a special time […]

Doing My Little Bit of Good

Doing My Little Bit of Good

Our world is filled with tensions, hatred, abuse, violence. Even if we don’t see it in our own backyards, we can sense it all around us. It rears its ugly head everywhere, even when I click on a #motivation hashtag hoping for words of encouragement and instead find political rants. We know the antidote to […]

When You Just Can’t

When You Just Can’t

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.                  –Isaiah 41:10 This season of my life, I’ve felt in over my head. […]

Where Are Your Feet Taking You?

Where Are Your Feet Taking You?

As the summer seems to come to a close (at least here where I reside) I can’t help but think of the emphasis that I’ve placed on my feet. The only time they become an accessory is in the summertime after finding the prettiest bubblegum shades of polish, to compliment my chocolate skin tone. The […]

Directed Steps

Directed Steps

“The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 People have often told me that I am good at planning whether it be parties, corporate events or teaching, I love to plan. I am a detail person and I function best when I know what those details are and […]

Eclipse Of The Heart

Eclipse Of The Heart

  On Monday when the eclipse happened it had me thinking of some things. We got about 91% here, so it was a good chunk covered. My kids were super excited about this, okay, well the girls were. My twins didn’t understand what’s going on with them having autism. I explained it best I could […]

Behaviors That Can Keep Your Prayers From Being Answered

Behaviors That Can Keep Your Prayers From Being Answered

Your prayers will not be answered if you have: “Unconfessed sin” in your heart. God is Holy and there is a barrier between Him and us when we go to Him with unconfessed sins. Walking in the flesh is another way to keep our prayers from being responded to. Yes, we receive a new nature […]

Anyone Use a Fresh Wind in your Sails?

Anyone Use a Fresh Wind in your Sails?

School has started back in my area and with a vengeance. This year I have a full time position, which I love and know I was meant to do. However, I haven’t gotten used to the new, extended schedule yet. After church last Sunday, I felt an urging to go to the verse in Psalms […]

But First, Praise

But First, Praise

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. -2 Chronicles 20:22, NIV The rain was so heavy I had to slow the car to a crawl. The wipers flew across the windshield at high […]

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

Have you ever compared how we maintain important relationships when distance separates us to how we maintain our relationship with the Savior? Here are two of our common earthly relationships: Father/Child. When my dad deployed to Vietnam, a wonderful invention called the tape player allowed us to communicate beyond the written word. Small reels of […]

Second Hand Spirituality

Second Hand Spirituality

Which do you think is more rewarding? To see a movie for yourself or to experience the cinema from a friend’s viewpoint? Most of us would opt for the first-hand experience. Can we truly know a person without a personal encounter? Without real-time, “getting-to-know” that person, we will make assumptions based on what someone else […]