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 […]

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

We might think we’re OK or even worthy enough to say…”lookin’ good!”  As long as we don’t look in the mirror, we can imagine and believe whatever we want.  Oh, how quickly that changes when we see our reflection.  But we can’t ignore what’s in the mirror, can we?  After all, the mirror doesn’t lie.  […]

Led to a Stable

Led to a Stable

I love the Christmas Season. I can’t help it. As a child, I believed in Santa with all of my heart. When I found out he didn’t exist, my heart broke and Christmas lost its magic. Then, I became a Christ-follower. And Christmas took on a whole new meaning. I recently read a devotion by […]

Passing on the Blessings

Passing on the Blessings

I enjoy watching the variety of birds that feed at my feeders. At times, I’ve counted nearly fifty Goldfinches clamoring for a spot or scavenging for seeds that have fallen to the ground. I’m amazed how, in a few short weeks, their bright, yellow feathers of summer are replaced by the dull, brown plumage of winter. This God-given […]

The Best Word In The Bible

The Best Word In The Bible

Do you have a favorite word in the Bible?  We may have different ideas about which is the very best word in the entire Bible.  Love, salvation, blessing, joy, peace, hope… and I’m sure there are many more!  Nevertheless, there is one word that encompasses all of the words that I just listed.  It’s a […]

Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud

I’m sure you know some amazing believers, right? Those people who just live Jesus in their every day lives. I have quite a few of those people in my life. And today, I wanted to highlight a few who are giving up their lives of comfort here in America. Because let’s face it, we do […]

Defining Family

Defining Family

My mother-in-law, Phyllis, passed away this past Friday. My husband and I were blessed to know it was coming and were able to be with her at her passing which was very peaceful. Although she had suffered with Alzheimer’s for the last 8 or so years, she was still able to interact with us in her own […]

Something New, Something Old

Something New, Something Old

My husband passed away unexpectedly two years ago. His ashes have resided on the top shelf in my closet, but in a couple of weeks he will be interred in our family cemetery, which cousins and I have reclaimed  through much effort, including court appearances. This is a bittersweet, yet joyous, time for me. Bittersweet […]

Seasons of Change | Drawing Close to God

Seasons of Change | Drawing Close to God

I love fall! The colorful leaves, the crisp, cool air, the combines harvesting in the fields, campfires, wiener roasts, apples, pumpkins, warm days and cool nights. Everything about it! The change in seasons reminds me of how we go through various stages of life as we venture from adolescence to adulthood. Within each stage, lies the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, or […]