Are You Using Your Freedom As an Opportunity for the Flesh?

Are You Using Your Freedom As an Opportunity for the Flesh?

Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (ESV) Freedom – –           The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. The power to […]

Worry Versus Trust

Worry Versus Trust

Have you ever noticed when you pray for something like patience or faith, instead of just giving us those virtues, God puts us in situations that require us to use them? Our sermon Sunday at church dealt with worry. After half an hour of being inspired to entrust everything into God’s capable hands, I thought, […]

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

Lately I’ve been thinking about one sin in particular that is so widespread, I would go so far as to say that it is the most common sin.  It’s even pervasive among Christians!  I’m ashamed to say that there have been times in my life when I’ve fallen into this specific sin, barely realizing that […]

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Squawking and screeching filled the air as the mother mockingbird warned us of her displeasure at our presence near her home. Knowing her alarm was not sounded without reason, I looked around for a nest nearby. Clumps of woven straw stuck out among the green leaves of the maple branches she had chosen to raise […]

Yes, But…

Yes, But…

Sometimes the path ahead looks too steep or uncertain to continue. We all face fears, doubts, worries, regrets. We may be facing obstacles that seem too big, trying to overcome mistakes that seem too costly, or dealing with people who seem impossible to please. Whatever the situation, these two little words can help: Yes, but… […]

When Jesus Comes Over

When Jesus Comes Over

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, […]

Dear Self-Doubt, I Hate You

Dear Self-Doubt, I Hate You

Dear Self-Doubt, I hate you. I could probably end my letter to you right now, but where’s the fun in that? Seriously, you’re the worst. I hate it when you come creeping into my heart after I see one of my friends on Facebook living their perfect little life. I know how dumb it is. […]

Press

Press

There are times when our life resembles a battlefield. Utter chaos seems to rein around us. Sickness prevails. Finances collapse. Relationships are collapsing. In the midst of it, we’re left standing there with a decision to make. Do we wilt or do we press forward? “I press toward the mark for the prize of the […]

The Tenderness of Jesus

The Tenderness of Jesus

  The most striking revelation of Jesus Christ in my life is the revelation of his tenderness. For most of my life, the holiness and power of Jesus dominated my perception of him.  He is a friend, but he is well above me – this I knew.  His ways are not my ways – of […]

Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with my small group. And one of the sermons was about Sowing and Reaping based on Galatians 6:7-10. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own […]

We are the Light

We are the Light

I’m a news junkie. I will admit, I pay way more attention to the news than the average person. This comes with many pros and cons because I can easily become bummed by all the negativity I see every day. But it also makes me more aware of the plight of other nears and far […]

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 […]

Something New…

Something New…

Change is so difficult, but in order to find the light we must risk the darkness with God. There are often many reasons why the masses never experience prosperity or reach the Promised Land, let alone dwell there. It boils down to fear and while we cling to how it was and how it used […]

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 […]

God and Sticky Notes

God and Sticky Notes

I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. – Isaiah 49:15b-16a (NLT) I should buy stock in the sticky note industry. The only trouble is, I’d be losing any profit I’d make because I may be one of the biggest purchasers of the product. 🙂 I […]

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 […]

Subjectivity

Subjectivity

Are you influenced by book reviews? No, I don’t mean reviews of your books. What I’m asking is … do big name endorsements help you decide to buy a particular book? When you browse through a bookstore, what prompts you to reach for a book? I read a lot. A LOT. And I do book reviews, […]