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 […]

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 […]

Aren’t All Religions the Same?

Aren’t All Religions the Same?

A while back, a member of my secular writers’ group asked me the question in the above title. He followed it up with a second question. “Don’t all religions teach the same thing—don’t kill, cheat, steal; be nice?” I answered his second question first. “Yes. Every religion I’ve learned about basically follows the Ten Commandments. […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Who God Chooses to Use

Who God Chooses to Use

God is his majesty is able to use anyone he chooses. He can use those among us that we may consider to be unqualified. In our sinfulness as humans we would all be disqualified. Fortunately, when we put on that new self by having a relationship with Jesus we become usable. We are in great […]

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 […]

Foolish Fears

Foolish Fears

My daughter is terrified of sunflowers. Not just the ones that grow wild and tall on the plains and have centers that contain hundreds of seeds that could possibly be mistaken for insects. I’m talking about any sunflowers.  Literally. One time when we were traveling together, we stopped at a convenience store to use the […]

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.                                         […]

No One’s Perfect

No One’s Perfect

As a writer, I do my best to create true-to-life novel characters. In order to connect with readers, it’s essential they can relate. No one’s perfect. Neither should novel characters be perfect. As I reflected on this, I recalled a story of two women, one a Christian, the other a non-believer. So eager to portray the Christian life […]

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 […]

Brokenness

Brokenness

What do you do when something of yours gets a crack or breaks, let’s say a glass or a bowl? I know for me it usually ends up in the garbage. I don’t want anyone to cut their mouths on a broken glass and cracked bowls inevitably leak milk or other liquids so that’s no […]

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 […]

Child of Light

Child of Light

People said to us many times, “God must have a special plan in place for him.” I remember thinking, God has a special plan for each of us doesn’t He? And what if he would have died, does that mean God’s plan was any less special for him? Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “For I know the […]

Satan’s Most Subtle Weapons

Satan’s Most Subtle Weapons

His ways are very subtle. But then, if his tactics were obvious, we wouldn’t fall for them. He’s the father of lies. The master of deception. He weaves in just enough truth to make his lies believable.  Of course, I’m referring to Satan and his scheme to draw us away from God. His most affective methods are not those which blatantly try to […]

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

I came to Jesus very, very young. Or should I say, he came to me that way. I was a toddler. I didn’t know what was happening. I have some memories of this and things people have told me, and based on these things the story is that one day I had this fascination with […]

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. […]

As You Wish

As You Wish

“That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, ‘As you wish,’ what he meant was, ‘I love you.’” So goes the narration early in the movie Princess Bride. It’s been almost thirty years since Princess Bride was released. My sons loved the swashbuckling tale of evil versus good, ugly versus beautiful, […]