Fits of Rage

Fits of Rage

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God………………………..Galatians 5:19-21 […]

The Third Commandment

The Third Commandment

I’ve starterd reading the Bible through again, and this time, I have a jump on the New Year. Since I finished reading the study Bible I was using last time (which took me over three years!), I got started early on the version I had chosen for this year, my mom’s large print Good News […]

Deliberate Practice While We Wait for Blessings

Deliberate Practice While We Wait for Blessings

It’s been an interesting couple of years for me. After a decade of freelance writing I took my hobby of painting and developed a business from it. Being in these two creative worlds has allowed me to see how fragile we are as creatives, how much we long for certain achievements or ways to find […]

Lessons from a Stray Cat

Lessons from a Stray Cat

About two months after our elderly cat died, my husband and I were outside enjoying the flower beds when a cat we’d never seen before materialized at the edge of the yard. Naturally, I walked over to say hello. The little gray cat let me approach and seemed eager for my attentions—so eager she followed […]

Waiting on God to Answer Our Prayers

Waiting on God to Answer Our Prayers

You would think that after all of the times I’ve prayed and waited for God to answer, I would be an expert by now! I’m not, although I’m much better at it than I used to be. Usually when I think I’ve waited long enough, I’m ready for the next thing in life or I’ve […]

Lord, Get Me Out of This

Lord, Get Me Out of This

Daniel is one of my favorite heroes in the Bible. Since I teach weight loss classes in church, we talk about Daniel’s decision to serve God in his eating. He ate vegetables and drank water, so that he might be allowed to refrain from meat offered first to idols.   Prove your servants, I beseech […]

Lessons from Wet Reeds

Lessons from Wet Reeds

The other day, as I was making a basket, I realized that weaving baskets brings me fact-to-face with some of my struggles in life, things like patience and perseverance. Maybe some of you can relate: A little planning makes a big difference. When it comes to projects, I like to jump right in and start […]

Struggles

Struggles

Struggles. Who’s not had them? Please raise your hand high because I’d love to talk to you. In my home recently there have been some struggling going on. The twins have had a bad couple of months. Certain weather patterns (rain, full moons and eclipses). All of those and I’m sure other things as well […]

I’m Tired of Waiting!!!

I’m Tired of Waiting!!!

  I’m talking about publishing in this, but you can apply it to anything.     Back in the day when I first dreamed of getting an agent and getting published, it seemed an insurmountable effort. We had to wait—wait for an agent to believe in us enough to sign us. Wait for a publisher […]

God’s Sense of Humor

God’s Sense of Humor

I’m pretty sure God has a good sense of humor because I remember being a young believer and wife, and praying to God for patience while dealing with my daughters. Well, fast-forward to a few years later and we had our twins. I felt pretty good handling four small children at once while being many […]

Are You Patient?

Are You Patient?

For years, I never connected patience with obedience. This was in the days when I thought I had to work for God’s love. Then I finally realized that I couldn’t work for it, and when I did what a blessing that realization was. We can hope for things, but we don’t always get them. Sometimes […]