Shining in Dark Places

Shining in Dark Places

Do you ever get a bit down due to the darkness in our world? Yep, I’m with you. Recently I transferred in my school system. I went from working with Pre-K students to interpreting for a hard of hearing student at the high school. There were enough sad stories associated with my four-and-five-year-olds to keep […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Gateway to Greater Joy

The Gateway to Greater Joy

   Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB The rhythmic cadence of my feet pounding the platform of the treadmill felt more like a death march. I stared numbly at the pale blue basement wall, adorned with photos of people I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. We’ve all heard of them. Once in a while they break through the myriad of bad news–the murders, kidnappings, jail breaks, natural disasters, political turmoil, civic unrest–and bring a bit of sunshine into our lives. Like the 19-year-old waiter who received a $1000 tip because he took time to […]

You Matter

You Matter

  Do you remember the way it felt when that super-popular girl said you weren’t invited? The way your heart literally hurt when Kurt McClaine said he wanted to stay single for the rest of eighth grade.  That sophomore girl on the bus with the great hair who laughed at the new shoes you loved […]

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Derek Prince wrote a biographical tribute to his wife entitled Appointment in Jerusalem. Not only did he chronicle Lydia’s early years as a missionary in Palestine starting in the late 1920s, he shared her testimony detailing the events God engineered that led to her divine appointment. God had ambitious plans for her! As usual, He […]

Steering Wheels and Potholders

Steering Wheels and Potholders

As a preschooler, my daddy would let me “drive” the car. “Horrors!” exclaims the younger generation, while the children of the Fifties smile at golden memories. But yes, perfectly good parents allowed their little ones to imitate such grown-up behaviors as baking cakes and driving. This is how it was done. I would sit on […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Choosing To Be a Slave

Choosing To Be a Slave

Slave. The word is ugly in any language. To be forced to call another person “master,” to be denied the freedom of choice in every matter of life—who you marry, where you live, your vocation—is anathema, a cursed thing. With man’s inhumanity toward man, slavery has existed for ages. In some cultures, like ancient Rome, […]

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

It’s amazing how the Lord speaks into our hearts through Scripture. I must have read Psalm 77 dozens of times over the years, yet never did it strike me so vividly as it did this week. When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they became trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians. Seeing the onslaught of charioteers at […]

Workout

Workout

21, 22, 23, 24…. I kept going. I wanted to do 50 bicep curls on the weight machine at the fitness club.  I had my earbuds in and was listening to a podcast sermon.  48, 49, 50…. Next was the tricep weight machine for another 50.  Then, I worked on my abdominal muscles and my […]

Guarding Your Heart

Guarding Your Heart

Have you ever said to someone, what you put in is what you get out? Usually we are talking about how the amount of effort we apply affects the results we receive. But it can also represent the type of seeds we plant inside our hearts and the outcome of those seeds. The Bible says, […]