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 […]

A Heart for the Lost

A Heart for the Lost

I’ve been a believer in Jesus for many years. Gone to church most of my life. Been involved in service and volunteered to work with youth and teach since I was fifteen. I’m good right. I talk about peace, love, and hope. Attend services on Sunday and even invite others to worship. I love Jesus […]

Changing Focus

Changing Focus

There I was, desperately agonizing over things that were drastically out of my control, and I was sinking. It was one of those moments where you feel sick because you can’t see a way out. You don’t believe that the answer will come to you because you can’t visualize it. You realize you don’t know what […]

Evidence

Evidence

My husband and I recently watched the movie, God’s Not Dead 2. It’s one of those movies that makes you think and ponder long after the final credits have rolled. One main thought has been…if I were on trial for my faith, how much evidence could be shown to support it? Would the scale be […]

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 […]

Considering Thy Neighbor

Considering Thy Neighbor

John Donne in his poem, No Man is an Island, penned, “no man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main”. Written in 1624, and amazingly, it is still as relevant today. Our lives as human beings are as intertwined as freshly cooked spaghetti. […]

Do Not Be Surprised…

Do Not Be Surprised…

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, […]

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 […]

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

My youngest grandchild turned two yesterday. She’s is a delightful little girl filled with joy and an adventurous spirit. She’s learning to use her words and one of her favorites right now seems to be “No!” She says it in a quiet little voice like she’s testing the waters. I know her mommy and daddy […]

Covered in Dust

Covered in Dust

Back in  Jesus’ day, a rabbi and his students were very close. When a rabbi took a disciple, that disciple gave up the life he had formerly known. That student was linked to this rabbi for the rest of his life. For years, he would live with the rabbi, eat when the rabbi ate, sleep […]

Learning God’s Ways

Learning God’s Ways

After years of getting to know my husband, I can finally say that I have come to understand his ways.  I know what makes him happy, how he thinks and how he handles things.  I will even go as far as to say that I understand the “why” behind what he does.  I understand his motives, […]

The Seven “I AM” Statements of Jesus

The Seven “I AM” Statements of Jesus

I saw a meme on Facebook that caught my attention. The Seven “I AM” statements of Jesus. I never thought about this before. He tells us right there in scripture just who He is. We just have to have a willing heart to listen to him. Praise God for these statements. Let’s take a look […]

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 […]

Are You Producing Fruit?

Are You Producing Fruit?

“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no […]

Spring Time And God Making Us New

Spring Time And God Making Us New

Spring time is always an amazing time. Everything is blooming and  coming back to life after the long winter. Winters can be hard and depressing, so seeing all the colors and feeling the warm weather can lift your spirit a lot. It is one of my favorite times of the years.  I just love to […]

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. […]

An Inheritance

An Inheritance

My blood pumped through my veins and my breathing sped up as my daughter and I climbed the hill to visit The Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, North Carolina. I may have been out of breath from climbing, but I was also excited to step into the life of this excellent writer and poet. […]

The Cross We Must Bear…

The Cross We Must Bear…

“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good– except God alone. You know the commandments: “Do not murder, do not […]