Patience, Experience, Hope

Patience, Experience, Hope

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” – Romans 5:3-5 KJV Must of us do not […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hunger Warning Signs

Hunger Warning Signs

Our body is a well run machine. Like late models, it has a built in warning system, waiting to alert us to possible trouble. If we are tuned into our body, we know when something is not quite right. In fact, hunger works in just the same way. We may become sluggish. Get a headache. […]

Divine Rest

Divine Rest

But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with […]

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 […]

When We Feel Overwhelmed

When We Feel Overwhelmed

Sometimes we find ourselves facing challenges that seem impossibly large. When I entered the empty nest phase of life, I asked God to show me where he wanted me to give my time now that I was no longer volunteering at school. One of the opportunities that soon came knocking was a plea for help […]

Our Purpose in Life

Our Purpose in Life

There comes a point in every person’s life when we wonder what our purpose in life is. Surely our life isn’t on accident. Surely, we’re here for some reason. There must be some earth shattering, cosmic purpose for our lives other than wandering around aimlessly. Right? Now, I don’t want to make light of things. […]

Treasure Incorruptible

Treasure Incorruptible

No eye has seen, no ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Cor. 2:9 Several years ago, two dear family members lost much of what they had in this world…their home, a solid business… The recession of 2007-2009 came like a tsunami. But these […]

Some Whining From Here In the Middle

Some Whining From Here In the Middle

I’m feeling out of sorts today. I feel, sometimes, like I don’t understand the world or what I’m supposed to do in it. I don’t get why people do and say certain things. I don’t always get why *I* feel the need to do or say certain things. And on top of it all, I’ve […]

What’s Behind the Closed Door

What’s Behind the Closed Door

For we wanted to come to you — certainly I, Paul, did, again and again — but Satan stopped us (1 Thessalonians 2:18 NIV).   Paul desperately wanted to see this Thessalonian church. He apparently was distressed over their welfare.  For whatever reason he felt compelled to return to Thessalonica, circumstances prevented his going, circumstances […]

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Have you ever had that moment in Church where the pastor says something that sparks something in you? A question regarding your faith, actions, or words? I had such a moment recently. The pastor was talking about grace and maturity. While listening to him I asked myself: How would I treat people if I had a […]

Better Me Than Dead

Better Me Than Dead

Psalm 70:4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”   Dodging traffic and sniffing dogs, I continued the daily grind going house to house with a not so happy spirit. I was hired by a local school district to conduct its yearly […]