My Jesus Is Too Small

My Jesus Is Too Small

I confess that I often forget how big the God of the universe is. I worry, fret, and strive to take control over all things in a feeble attempt to grasp the peace that evades my soul. It slips away all too fast in the vast tides of this thing we call life and suddenly […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?  After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much.  The Bible highlights God’s powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.  Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.  And […]

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

My life has been in one of those everything-happening-at-once phases. Family events, including a graduation and an out-of-state wedding, plus a fundraiser for the local library and other obligations. Individually, each event is a good thing, something to look forward to. But when so many are squashed into a few short weeks, it gets to […]

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Jesus told His followers that if they prayed for anything in His name, He would do it for them.  Wow – anything?  What a great promise to cling to when we need or want something.  But if we understood what it really means to pray “in Jesus’ name”, we might not be so quick to […]

A Surrendered Heart

A Surrendered Heart

When I was a kid in my little country church, kneeling to pray on cushions at the altar was a regular thing. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp why everyone was kneeling. While observing this practice, my mind would often wander to what everyone was praying about for so long. I knew if I […]

It’s Time to Pray

It’s Time to Pray

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 1 Samuel 12:23 (KJV)   Every Wednesday on my facebook page I post a prayer meeting, like the ones that most of us grew up with on […]

Getting Rid of Discouragement

Getting Rid of Discouragement

You don’t have to look farther than the 5 o’ clock news to become depressed. Senseless shootings, political unrest, threats of war, natural disasters. The list goes on and on. Discouragement can hang over us like an ominous cloud. It touches each of our lives through financial strain, unexpected illness, job stress, or relational conflict.  So what can we […]

Resisting God

Resisting God

Let’s face it, our human nature is to resist God.  We resist Him without even realizing it!  While I was pondering this, I thought, “Not me, I don’t resist God, I love Him!”  But after considering this a little more deeply, I realized that even after being a Christian for over 30 years, I still […]

Under the Weather

Under the Weather

I’ve been under the weather for the past week and a half. I can’t even remember when I’ve been this sick and for this long. I’m past the achy body and sleeping for hours on end, but there still is something lingering in my head and sinuses. Throughout my time of being sick, I’ve had […]

Prayer and Praying

Prayer and Praying

NOTE: The below is an adaptation of a document I wrote for my late husband back in 1996—a baby Christian at the time—when he was seeking to know more about my faith and beliefs. For some reason, I felt led to share it here today. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ “Oh, God,” you hear someone say. […]

Love and Prayer Are the Answer

Love and Prayer Are the Answer

Today is Election Day, the day when we, the citizens of America exercise our right to choose our government leaders. From the most powerful world leader, the President of the United States, to county commissioners and other local offices in the smallest towns, to state amendment and local issues placed in the hands of each […]

Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud

I’m sure you know some amazing believers, right? Those people who just live Jesus in their every day lives. I have quite a few of those people in my life. And today, I wanted to highlight a few who are giving up their lives of comfort here in America. Because let’s face it, we do […]

Is God Talking To Me?

Is God Talking To Me?

I’ve asked myself this question many times, especially when I’ve been praying for an answer or some issue has been weighing me down.  When I read a Bible passage that comes alive, jumps off the page and speaks right to my need, I feel so encouraged.  There is nothing quite as invigorating as knowing that […]

When You Don’t Know How To Face the Day

When You Don’t Know How To Face the Day

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11) I was overwhelmed with sorrow. Someone I loved was facing terminal illness, and my heart was weighed down with the reality of pending loss. I wanted to crawl into a […]

He Is Faithful Even When My Heart Breaks

He Is Faithful Even When My Heart Breaks

Children love balloons. My grandson played with a red one in his living room. We batted back and forth as we tried to keep the plastic orb from hitting the ground. As we played our game, he repeated his mama’s warning that “balloons might burst, but it’s okay.” A few seconds later, sure enough, we […]

Finding Time to Pray

Finding Time to Pray

“Finding Time to Pray? I’m trying to accomplish a bazillion other things!” Isn’t that the challenge of our modern life? It is for me. It used to bother me that I didn’t set aside an entire hour to read the Bible and write lengthy prayers in my journal. It used to bother me that I […]

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 […]

Are You Disconnected?

Are You Disconnected?

Disconnected. What does that mean to you? In our culture, we remain connected to the world around us 24/7. We can’t imagine days of waiting for a letter, or months to travel internationally. I’m old enough to remember the days before computers and cell phones. Even then, we had radios, television, and home phones. My […]