Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Last summer, Tree Swallows attempted to take over our Bluebird house, so my husband put a bucket over the house in hopes of them leaving. Instead, they patiently sat atop it, waiting, I suppose, for it to reappear. They never gave up! We all face disappointments in life that knock us down and make us […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?  After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much.  The Bible highlights God’s powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.  Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.  And […]

The Most Important Thing in Your Life

The Most Important Thing in Your Life

  It took me years to really pin it down. At first, I was sure success was the most important thing in life. Later, when that seemed vain, I convinced myself that serving others tirelessly would create the sense of purpose I longed for. It worked. Until burnout hit. And then illness struck, and I […]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Just the words, New Beginnings, can bring about many different feelings. For some it might bring excitement and anticipation, for others anxiety and fear,  and for others dread. Of course these feelings may vary based on the situation or circumstances but sometimes even the same circumstances result in different feelings because of our perspective. Is it […]

Hope Springs

Hope Springs

I’ve been writing for many years and have always dreamed of seeing my full-length books in print. There have been many ups and downs in the process. Times where my books have gone before the pub board, only to have a negative response. I’ve often been told that editors like my writing, but my book […]

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Jesus told His followers that if they prayed for anything in His name, He would do it for them.  Wow – anything?  What a great promise to cling to when we need or want something.  But if we understood what it really means to pray “in Jesus’ name”, we might not be so quick to […]

Too Much Sharing!

Too Much Sharing!

Oh that our world would realize that it’s not necessary or even okay to share every single thing happening in our lives! I recently traveled for work and spent quite a bit of time in an airport killing time before my return flight.  As I sat in a cubbie to charge my phone, a young […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

Getting Rid of Discouragement

Getting Rid of Discouragement

You don’t have to look farther than the 5 o’ clock news to become depressed. Senseless shootings, political unrest, threats of war, natural disasters. The list goes on and on. Discouragement can hang over us like an ominous cloud. It touches each of our lives through financial strain, unexpected illness, job stress, or relational conflict.  So what can we […]

Resisting God

Resisting God

Let’s face it, our human nature is to resist God.  We resist Him without even realizing it!  While I was pondering this, I thought, “Not me, I don’t resist God, I love Him!”  But after considering this a little more deeply, I realized that even after being a Christian for over 30 years, I still […]

Let Go and Give God Control

Let Go and Give God Control

I love the message in Carrie Underwood’s popular song, Jesus Take the Wheel. The lyrics are a potent reminder that we are totally dependent on God’s grace and mercy. Often we like to fool ourselves into thinking we’ve got our lives under control, when in reality, one twist of events or tragic incident can turn our lives upside […]

Proactive Living

Proactive Living

Looking back, I realize how unintentional many of my choices have been.  I thought that my options in life were limited to, “yes, I’ll do this” or “no, I don’t want to do this”.   There were times when I didn’t consider the third option, “what’s ahead for me if I do or don’t do […]

To Live Is Christ

To Live Is Christ

I gave my life to Christ on March 18, 1990. My life changed dramatically. I was no longer the girl who wanted to live in a black painted bedroom, introverted, withdrawn. Christ changed my life. I did a complete 180! My mom, who is not a believer, bought me a Bible. It was King James. But […]

Victory over Loneliness

Victory over Loneliness

Have you seen the lonely chair? This is a chair that is designed to offer you the comforts of a hug if you do not have someone to hug you. It is supposed to wrap you in a bear hug of sorts, bringing to you the warmth of a human hug. While I have never […]

Shaking the Holiday Blues

Shaking the Holiday Blues

CHRISTMAS! We all have expectations of what Christmas ought to be. For some of us, the very thought of breaking out decorations, and gathering with family to share in the story of Christ’s birth makes us shimmer with excitement. While others cower at the thought of traipsing through crowded stores and crawling along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I tend […]