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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Purest Faith

Purest Faith

When circumstances are exactly the opposite of what we hope for, it becomes impossible for us to envision that things could ever change.  It is hard to trust God. There are no more “props” or “crutches” to hold our faith up.  What are props and crutches?  Anything that we lean on besides God.  It could […]

One Important Piece

One Important Piece

I love to talk about the transformed mind because I feel it’s such a critical component of our ongoing sanctification. Romans 12:2 tells us to not let our minds be imprinted by the world, but rather to be transformed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. And one important piece of developing this […]

The Trusting Butterfly

The Trusting Butterfly

Butterflies are very unique. They start off as a minuscule egg, change into a caterpillar where they go through five different stages of growth and development, then the caterpillar spins a silk pad around itself which it attaches to something and it slowly sheds its skin leaving only an exoskeleton inside of which the adult […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]