Who God Chooses to Use

Who God Chooses to Use

God is his majesty is able to use anyone he chooses. He can use those among us that we may consider to be unqualified. In our sinfulness as humans we would all be disqualified. Fortunately, when we put on that new self by having a relationship with Jesus we become usable. We are in great […]

Living an Unfiltered Life

Living an Unfiltered Life

I’m an amateur photographer and love all the creative things I can do online with the images I share. When I first began experimenting with my photos, I got a little wild with all the different effects. By adding different filters, I could completely change the look of a picture. Where once an image was […]

Seasons of Change | Drawing Close to God

Seasons of Change | Drawing Close to God

I love fall! The colorful leaves, the crisp, cool air, the combines harvesting in the fields, campfires, wiener roasts, apples, pumpkins, warm days and cool nights. Everything about it! The change in seasons reminds me of how we go through various stages of life as we venture from adolescence to adulthood. Within each stage, lies the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, or […]

The Freedom of Transparency

The Freedom of Transparency

The past few years I’ve had a lot more opportunities to share God’s love in public settings…to a lot of people at once…from a stage. As a believer, you might assume that’s a good thing. It probably should be, except for one thing—it’s way out of my comfort zone. As a matter of fact, if […]

Strength Through Trials

Strength Through Trials

My husband and I took to the bike trails recently. We coasted along, drinking in the beauty of the  trees and undergrowth lining the trail. The first couple of miles were smooth sailing, with the wind at our backs and nothing but nature and each other’s company to enjoy. Then came the hills. Each downhill slant met with a challenging uphill grind. An occasional […]

The Post of Ambassador

The Post of Ambassador

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20 I’m constantly amazed at how God chooses to use me in the work He’s doing in this world. It’s humbling and terrifying at the same time. I’ve been looking at this verse, trying to wrap my mind around what […]

Finding True Balance

Finding True Balance

Everywhere we turn we’re being urged to find balance. In advertising we’re given soothing images of  candles, yoga, exercise, places to get away, etc. etc. etc. But I’ve recently begun to ask myself if that is really what living a balanced life is all about. And I’ve come to a startling revelation. A balanced life […]

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

Father’s Day is bittersweet for me this year. It’s the first year I’ve been through this holiday without my dad. I miss him a lot, but one of the things I love is to be told that I resemble him in some way. When he was alive, he loved for people to draw comparisons between us. […]

Untethered

Untethered

This time, I will let go of my fears. I will explore new places, I will meet new people. I will float wherever the wind of the Spirit takes me. If you’re an introvert like me, you have engaged in similar conversations with yourself. I would love to own a bold, adventurous spirit, ready to […]

When You’ve Been Hurt

When You’ve Been Hurt

Have you ever had a past hurt resurrect itself in a way that causes hurt to someone else? Recently, a painful relationship from my past resurfaced in an unexpected way, causing me to injure a friend. All the pain and anxiety I’d previously experienced came crashing back, like a tsunami. I’d let the fear of being hurt again […]

And Then There Were Eight

And Then There Were Eight

It’s been less than a year since I began contributing to Putting on the New. I’ve enjoyed getting to meet my new family, so far only online. Most of all, I enjoy sharing my thoughts about God and the Christian life, with the public at large and with my sisters who also contribute to the […]

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 […]

God Uses the Seeds of Failure to Grow Fruit

God Uses the Seeds of Failure to Grow Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Galatians 5:22-23 For me, this verse is tough. Some of the things listed are easy. Some…well…not so much. In my travels this year, I’ve had the opportunity to hear about the spiritual journeys of others. I noticed most of us have […]

An Unscheduled Stop

An Unscheduled Stop

So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again. Numbers 12:15 Miriam’s sin brought the entire nation of Israel to a screeching halt for seven days while God dealt with her and brought her back in line with His will. It […]

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

People have desires. They want what they can’t have, or there’s been no opportunity to follow their dreams. Daily life interferes. According to Irish myth, if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll regain his freedom by granting you three wishes. This universal yearning to make wishes come true is what made The Bucket List, a 2007 […]

Directly Into the Storm

Directly Into the Storm

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the […]

As You Wish

As You Wish

“That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, ‘As you wish,’ what he meant was, ‘I love you.’” So goes the narration early in the movie Princess Bride. It’s been almost thirty years since Princess Bride was released. My sons loved the swashbuckling tale of evil versus good, ugly versus beautiful, […]

The Transforming Breath of God

The Transforming Breath of God

Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations . . . God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. Genesis 17:5, 15. So often we […]