Deleting Stupid

Deleting Stupid

This past week in our small group we got to talking about how we need to extend a bit more grace to ourselves. One of the men in the group had dropped a plastic water jug on his tile floor. The jug broke . . .and so did his self-control. I’m guessing you know the […]

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 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, […]

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Lately, I have been musing about things like growing older, the real inner me, and how can I age with chutzpah, but graceful chutzpah! Would that we knew our authentic self when we are young, but I think it takes some age before we know who we really are. Then, some of us never hear the […]

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 […]

The Real Thing

The Real Thing

Is it real or fake?  It looks just like a real diamond.  At a glance, it’s hard to tell if a beautiful, glittery gem is a true diamond or an imitation, a copy-cat of a genuine stone.  There are imitation Christians out there too, and they may look very similar to the real thing.  But […]

Grow in Grace

Grow in Grace

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”_____________________2nd Peter 3:18 (NKJV) What do I mean when I say ‘grace?’ My Holman’s pocket Bible dictionary defines grace as ‘undeserved acceptance and love received from another.’ The most spectacular example of […]

Aging Grace-full-y

Aging Grace-full-y

I’ve always had a fascination for objects that have been around a long time. I pick up a silver spoon, slanted at the tip from years of stirring, and wonder about my grandmother’s favorite dishes, about the incredible meals she made from next to nothing when times were tough and her pastor husband hadn’t been […]

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 […]

Intentional Obedience and Deliberate Grace

Intentional Obedience and Deliberate Grace

I felt vulnerable, targeted, and attacked. I’d been secretly slandered, and I wanted to retreat. To hide in my room and self-protect. And for a while, I did, until God’s gentle Spirit nudged me out of hiding. More than that, He called me to healing. To a new level of freedom, and He landed me […]

The Light Shines Through the Darkness

The Light Shines Through the Darkness

This Good Friday, as we remember and honor Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for you and for me, I hope we also recognize that we are blessed to see the light that shines through the darkness of this day. It’s important we acknowledge the darkness that Good Friday represents and the magnitude of all that […]

In the Tank

In the Tank

Life is good. You’re sitting around the house one day and get a notion. “Why don’t we get a fish tank?” A trip to the local pet store reveals an interesting revelation: a multitude of choices surround one categorical fact. It’s a lot of work. Undaunted, you load your car with a ton of paraphernalia […]

Winter of Our Content

Winter of Our Content

  The Winter of our Discontent. Those five words have been tossed about in various contexts within the English language for centuries. John Steinbeck enshrined the phrase in the title of his final novel, and he borrowed the line from Shakespeare. For those who suffer from light deprivation in the season when the earth tilts […]

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 […]

The First Christmas Gift

The First Christmas Gift

What has happened to Christmas? When did God’s birthday warp into something so CRAZY? People are trampling each other at Wal-Mart! All to beat out the next guy and find that great Christmas Gift. Have we forgotten what it’s all about? Of course, I’m one to talk… Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas. People […]

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 […]

God’s Sweet Fire

God’s Sweet Fire

Mark 9:49 “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. God’s Fire. Every Christian yearns for it. It’s all-consuming, exhilarating…and cleansing. But what happens at its searing touch? Does one draw away in tears, crying out at the Father in agony? Or worse…anger. Is this a familiar tale? […]

When (I Feel Like) I’m Hard to Love

When (I Feel Like) I’m Hard to Love

Early last month our family was having A DAY. You know, the kind where nothing goes as planned and it just goes downhill from there. It was a Sunday morning, which is rarely a relaxing laidback time. It’s more of a sprint to church after we’ve let ourselves sleep in longer than intended. On this […]