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 […]

The One Thing You Already Have to Give

The One Thing You Already Have to Give

I’d been invited to a new friend’s house for coffee, and for days ahead of time, I agonized over whether I should bring something with me. Pastries? Flowers? I’m always appreciative of someone willingly opening their house to me, and she was providing coffee. I wanted to offer her a gift as well, some token […]

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 […]

In All Your Getting – Get an Understanding

In All Your Getting – Get an Understanding

The word of God says, “wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7 KJV). The day after the recent Presidential election, I was in a meeting where we were encouraged to share our feelings, thoughts and reflections about the election results. I did not feel led […]

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 […]

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

“I’m cold,” I told my husband. A “fixer,” he immediately rose from his comfortable recliner and turned up the heat. “I could have done that,” I said. “I just wanted you to know how I felt.”  Too often, we approach our suffering Christian friends in much the same manner. We seek the quick fix. Instead […]

Where’s Your Investment?

Where’s Your Investment?

Investing is an interesting concept. Most associate investing with finances but the truth is there are many ways that we can invest that don’t involve money at all. Jesus did it all the time. He invested in others. He spent His time committed to meeting others where they were, encouraging them when He could and […]

Love One Another

Love One Another

  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.                                         […]

Occasionally Use Words

Occasionally Use Words

There is a quote I like, one that I go back to often, that says: “Preach the gospel always. Occasionally use words.” This quote has been incorrectly attributed to Francis of Assisi, and others, and honestly, I don’t know where it came from and don’t need to know. It speaks to me even if it […]

Summer of Dreams

Summer of Dreams

The summer has come–at least for most of us. To some this may only mean a change in weather. For others it means kid are out of school. Others still will face the reality of a few months of a break before classes start again. No matter where you are or what stage of life […]

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 […]

Goodbye Friend, I Will See You In Heaven

Goodbye Friend, I Will See You In Heaven

Two weeks ago my friend of 20 years passed away. Suddenly. Too quick for any of us to get a grip on the thought that she could be gone, let alone absorb the fact that it was true. It still, even today, seems impossible that I can speak about her in the past tense. She […]

Friends to Help Us Put on the New

Friends to Help Us Put on the New

Without friends, putting on the new would be SO much more difficult. Just this morning,  I spoke with a friend who’s going through a rough time. Someone in her family, in response to a recent lung cancer diagnosis, is going through chemotherapy. Helplessness stalks my friend, who normally can juggle ridiculous amounts of stress. The […]

The Price of Encouragement

The Price of Encouragement

All right ladies, I’m going to be candid with you. Sometimes being an introvert is really hard. Can I get an amen? I won’t use my introvertedness (yeah, made that word up) as an excuse to stay home, but I will admit that it’s hard to walk into a room with a bunch of new […]

The Cost of Friendship

The Cost of Friendship

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves We often take friends for granted. They are there for you when you need them, provide great (and free) advice, and are usually your […]

Memories For A New Year

Memories For A New Year

I don’t know if it’s just me, but coming home for Christmas tends to bring out my introspective side. The minute I walk through the door of my childhood home, the memories flood over me, wrapping me in warm blankets of familiarity and coaxing a settled smile to my lips. Home. A word. A place. […]

The Nastiness of Gossip

The Nastiness of Gossip

A few years ago we were playing Apples to Apples. Have you played this game? It’s so fun. One of the things I like best about it is that you can play it with a variety of people and different ages. We were playing and my 10-year old (at the time) niece played the card […]

Paralyzed With Indecision

Paralyzed With Indecision

 Ruth 1: 19-21 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they to Bethlehem the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with […]