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 Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

After years and years of teaching in elementary schools, I’ve overheard plenty of kid conversations in the classroom and on the playground. They’re not shy talking about their home lives. For example (my thoughts in parentheses): “My mom never lets me do anything fun.” (Good for her—if that means he can’t go out to play […]

The Equality of Easter

The Equality of Easter

How do you know if you are equal to other Christians? Do you look at your fellow parishioners’ clothing and judge whether it is more elegant than yours? Do you measure another’s ability to sing, play an instrument, or teach Sunday school and determine your worth in comparison? We have all envied someone else’s talent, […]

When Have You Gone Too Far?

When Have You Gone Too Far?

Love, trust, betrayal. There’s an ongoing argument in my family. I’m going deep here, and I very much desire reader input. Here’s the question up for debate: if a person fits the parameters of Luke 9:62 and/or Hebrews 10:26, are they consigned to hell with no hope of reconciliation with God? Have they gone too […]

EGR

EGR

Recently, my women’s Bible Study was puzzled at one member’s comments about an individual needing EGR. What did she mean by EGR? Well, she explained how this person in her church always differed with everyone else’s opinion in meetings, often very annoyingly so. How it had to be his way or the highway. How there […]

The Light of God’s Love

The Light of God’s Love

With our recent political activities causing much dissension and anger, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by watching too many news reports or talk shows. Even if we are not engaging in disruptive behavior, our emotions can become involved if we do not take the time to recognize what is happening in our feelings. February is […]

The People Who Can’t Accept Your Forgiveness

The People Who Can’t Accept Your Forgiveness

Have you ever had someone you forgave just not seem to accept your forgiveness? Forgiveness is such an awesome concept that I don’t think many of us really understand it or accept it as much as we should. It’s one of the things that, as a relationships writer, I get asked about a lot. I’ve […]

Dropping the Trash

Dropping the Trash

I don’t have to haul my trash to the curb like some folks do. Where I live, the city has strategically placed dumpsters in alleys and behind businesses. Since I live outside the city limit on a county highway, I’m not near an alley. I haul my trash to town and drop it in any […]

The Real Comfort of Christmas

The Real Comfort of Christmas

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for… Isaiah 40:1-2 Our hearts long for comfort at Christmas. I remember the comfort of waking up one Christmas as a child and finding it had snowed three feet during the night, […]

The Scab Picker

The Scab Picker

Lord, I placed this issue in Your hands, why aren’t You taking care of it? Ah, Peggy, how can I, when you keep taking it back? Ever found yourself in that situation? For some reason, we can’t just commit a problem to the Lord and simply let it go. We worry on it. It gnaws […]

One Prayer Can Change Everything

One Prayer Can Change Everything

God is full of surprises.  Once in a while He does something so unpredictable that it goes against all of our expectations.  For example, have you ever prayed one simple prayer and God surprised you by answering it immediately?  No persistence, pleading or fasting.  No getting on your knees or adding your request to the […]

When You’ve Been Hurt

When You’ve Been Hurt

Have you ever had a past hurt resurrect itself in a way that causes hurt to someone else? Recently, a painful relationship from my past resurfaced in an unexpected way, causing me to injure a friend. All the pain and anxiety I’d previously experienced came crashing back, like a tsunami. I’d let the fear of being hurt again […]

When Christians Discourage

We’ve all had discouragement come our way. People who have good intentions, and some who don’t. When I think of being discouraged, I expect it to come from people who don’t know me, who don’t love me, who are only out to cause me harm. David in the book of Psalms said if only the […]

Washed Clean by Christ

Washed Clean by Christ

Have you ever noticed we humans have a tendency toward the negative? Give us a white wall with a small mark on it, and our eyes will naturally train toward the speck. We notice fuzzies in the carpet, dust on the furniture, and a ding in the car door. But we don’t stop there. We’re hard on ourselves as well. […]

The Comfort of Music

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even before I started piano lessons at age six, the sound of music filled our home constantly. When spending an evening, or a Sunday afternoon at home, the record-player filled the house with beautiful classical music. Besides that, Daddy played […]

Make Something Beautiful

Make Something Beautiful

  How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. –Rom 10:15 NIV God will make something beautiful. I must make something beautiful. In 2016. These three words are my 2016 words from God. God and I will be putting on something new, “making something beautiful,” and I especially will be doing my […]

When Resolutions Go Awry

When Resolutions Go Awry

Words flew out of my mouth like sparks from a wood burning stove. Not pretty words. They carried the heat of my anger from the deepest root of my hair down to the tip of my longest toenail. Good thing I uttered the broken phrases under my breath so my husband would not waken to […]

Second Chances

Second Chances

I am overwhelmed with gratitude every day because I have a God who gives grace and forgiveness. Growing up in church, I learned  a lot about the rules. Do this, don’t do that. In the midst of those teachings, I heard of God’s love for me. But being a shy, quiet, rule follower, my focus […]