Failure Is Not An Option

Failure Is Not An Option

Another failed business venture stared me in the face. Throughout the years, my husband and I have tried various multi-level marketing trends to make extra money. None ever made us rich and I let feelings of failure loom over me telling me nothing would ever work out. My last venture I tried had been with […]

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 Imagine with me the scene that day. A woman has been caught in the act of adultery. In biblical times, it’s a crime punishable […]

Reaching for the Prize

Reaching for the Prize

My five-year-old granddaughter, Molly, needed her crayon box for a school project. To prevent her two-year-old sister from decorating the walls with crayon masterpieces, the box sat on top of the fireplace mantle waaaaay over the heads of both girls. Since Molly didn’t ask for my help, I waited to see how she would manage […]

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

I love that God infused the change of seasons within creation. Each season has a beauty all its own. Yet each also has its down side. Spring holds the beauty of new growth, yet harbors the threat of storms and severe weather. Summer supplies ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, yet wields an abundance of […]

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Depression is an overwhelming malady in our society today. Television commercials abound with promises of new drugs to elevate mood and make your day better. Too many people want quick fixes for their problems while ignoring the root cause of their issues. Medication for depression may alter body chemicals, but the pill cannot make someone […]

Persistent Patience

Persistent Patience

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Ps 37:7  I heard this phrase several years ago and it stuck with me. Patience, to me, has always seemed like a passive endeavor. Truthfully I equated times of […]

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

Have you ever compared how we maintain important relationships when distance separates us to how we maintain our relationship with the Savior? Here are two of our common earthly relationships: Father/Child. When my dad deployed to Vietnam, a wonderful invention called the tape player allowed us to communicate beyond the written word. Small reels of […]

Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. We’ve all heard of them. Once in a while they break through the myriad of bad news–the murders, kidnappings, jail breaks, natural disasters, political turmoil, civic unrest–and bring a bit of sunshine into our lives. Like the 19-year-old waiter who received a $1000 tip because he took time to […]

Follow Me

Follow Me

Follow me. Two words that hold much longing in the heart of the modern man who desires to have people following him on his various social media channels. I recently read an article about how far people go to have followers on Instagram. One guy went as far as to create a life he really […]

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Derek Prince wrote a biographical tribute to his wife entitled Appointment in Jerusalem. Not only did he chronicle Lydia’s early years as a missionary in Palestine starting in the late 1920s, he shared her testimony detailing the events God engineered that led to her divine appointment. God had ambitious plans for her! As usual, He […]

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 We live in the midst of a material world. Everywhere […]

Steering Wheels and Potholders

Steering Wheels and Potholders

As a preschooler, my daddy would let me “drive” the car. “Horrors!” exclaims the younger generation, while the children of the Fifties smile at golden memories. But yes, perfectly good parents allowed their little ones to imitate such grown-up behaviors as baking cakes and driving. This is how it was done. I would sit on […]

Worry Versus Trust

Worry Versus Trust

Have you ever noticed when you pray for something like patience or faith, instead of just giving us those virtues, God puts us in situations that require us to use them? Our sermon Sunday at church dealt with worry. After half an hour of being inspired to entrust everything into God’s capable hands, I thought, […]

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Squawking and screeching filled the air as the mother mockingbird warned us of her displeasure at our presence near her home. Knowing her alarm was not sounded without reason, I looked around for a nest nearby. Clumps of woven straw stuck out among the green leaves of the maple branches she had chosen to raise […]

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

A few years ago, I came to the point of a computer crisis. My current computer became a serious source of irritation in my life. Not just the ordinary, I-hate-technology moments we all have, but a big I’m-going-to-have-to-wipe-the-hard-drive-and-start-over sort of situation. To be fair, it wasn’t even a real computer, it was a netbook. I’d […]

Choosing To Be a Slave

Choosing To Be a Slave

Slave. The word is ugly in any language. To be forced to call another person “master,” to be denied the freedom of choice in every matter of life—who you marry, where you live, your vocation—is anathema, a cursed thing. With man’s inhumanity toward man, slavery has existed for ages. In some cultures, like ancient Rome, […]

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

It’s amazing how the Lord speaks into our hearts through Scripture. I must have read Psalm 77 dozens of times over the years, yet never did it strike me so vividly as it did this week. When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they became trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians. Seeing the onslaught of charioteers at […]

The Hands of Jesus

The Hands of Jesus

When I think of Jesus, the image that comes to mind is often hands. I see them as he ministered and as He sacrificed everything for us through His death on the cross. But as I reflect on those precious hands, I realize the story of our Savior’s hands begin much earlier. I believe we […]