Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:5 (NIV) Let us reflect this morning on what a mighty God we serve! He is awesome, magnificent, great, wonderful, forgiving, loving, patient, kind, compassionate, merciful, good, and blesses us with all of his wonderful spiritual gifts, fruit of the Spirit, […]

“And Your Household”

“And Your Household”

It was an hour before my flight was to take off for Phoenix, my sister-in-Christ and I were praying before she saw me off through the security checkpoint at the airport. I hadn’t slept in over 24 hours and neither had my phone as texts and phone calls flooded my time for two days straight. […]

Deleting Stupid

Deleting Stupid

This past week in our small group we got to talking about how we need to extend a bit more grace to ourselves. One of the men in the group had dropped a plastic water jug on his tile floor. The jug broke . . .and so did his self-control. I’m guessing you know the […]

Letting Go of the Past

Letting Go of the Past

When my husband was undergoing a course of treatment in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, it was a trying time for us. The hospital was 120 miles away from our home. We are not city folks, so we made the trip on Monday morning for the first treatment of the […]

Taking Off Our Masks

Taking Off Our Masks

They say “character” is who we are when no one’s looking. But the real question is–who are we when others are looking? Are we the same person at work as we are at church? Do we treat our family members with the same respect and patience as we do our friends? When life gets tough, do we give […]

Scuttled…But Very Useful

Scuttled…But Very Useful

Has life stalled for you because of a health issue or a financial problem?  Life’s distractions can make us feel unproductive for the Lord.  But the other day, I watched a WWII program about the invasion of France on D-Day and was fascinated by the ingenious plan of the Allies to turn damaged ships into useful tools. […]

God’s Service Department

God’s Service Department

“Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The rumble of engines filled the air as I walked through the service department of the local Harley dealer with my husband while waiting for our motorcycle to be repaired. Some bikes were lined up waiting […]

The Challenge to Speak Up

The Challenge to Speak Up

A few weeks ago we received a brief handwritten note from a stranger. The writer explained that she had been in a minor accident with my son. (His fault.) She was not writing to complain, however, but to compliment us on his behavior during the incident. My first reaction after reading the note was the […]

Exclusivity

Exclusivity

Friends, there’s been something on my heart these past few weeks. It’s something that I hear a lot from non-believers and even from some believers. It’s exclusivity. There are some believers who refuse to hang around non-believers. I get it. I’ve seen arguments on why it’s right: don’t be unequally yoke, don’t let bad corrupt good, […]

Shifting Perspective

Shifting Perspective

The story is told of a man who was tired of the problems in his life. He climbed up a tree to eat the last banana he had and planned to take his life after. But while he was in the tree, he ate his banana and dropped the peel to the ground. Another man […]

Admit It!

Admit It!

I honestly used to believe that most of the people around me, particularly Christians, had their lives pretty much under control. I thought I was the oddball in the group. When trouble came, as it does in every life, my first reaction was to hide it—hide it and look cool. Whenever a conversation with a […]

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, […]

Drama

Drama

I’ve never been a drama queen. In fact, I’m happy if I’m not anywhere near drama and will do whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t find me. But unfortunately in this day and age, drama isn’t always avoidable. It crops up in our families, at work, and in our surroundings. The point is […]

Moving Chaos and God

Moving Chaos and God

  My family is in the middle of an out of state move. Can we say crazy time? Oh, my, yes it sure is. We’ve known for a month for sure and in that time we’ve been purging tons of stuff. I’m sure our trash men just love us. Maybe I should bake them cookies […]

Worry is a Verb

Worry is a Verb

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” [Matthew 6:27] Jesus spoke these words during His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, chapters 5,6, and 7. This is where He tells us not to worry about our lives; what to eat, what to drink, or what we will wear. He points […]

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 […]