How Do We Handle Change?

How Do We Handle Change?

Things have changed in my life. That’s no surprise, since they have in yours as well. There isn’t a person on the planet who isn’t affected by change of some kind, whether radical or gradual. Some changes are forced upon us and can be difficult to handle. Loved ones leave us, and our lives must […]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Just the words, New Beginnings, can bring about many different feelings. For some it might bring excitement and anticipation, for others anxiety and fear,  and for others dread. Of course these feelings may vary based on the situation or circumstances but sometimes even the same circumstances result in different feelings because of our perspective. Is it […]

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 […]

Scuttled…But Very Useful

Scuttled…But Very Useful

Has life stalled for you because of a health issue or a financial problem?  Life’s distractions can make us feel unproductive for the Lord.  But the other day, I watched a WWII program about the invasion of France on D-Day and was fascinated by the ingenious plan of the Allies to turn damaged ships into useful tools. […]

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 […]

Proactive Living

Proactive Living

Looking back, I realize how unintentional many of my choices have been.  I thought that my options in life were limited to, “yes, I’ll do this” or “no, I don’t want to do this”.   There were times when I didn’t consider the third option, “what’s ahead for me if I do or don’t do […]

Taking Risks by Trusting Others

Taking Risks by Trusting Others

When it comes to a big production, how much are we willing to risk? We started planning for our Christmas Ever service way back in July. By September we had a first draft of the script. An entire team of writers, actors, musicians and technical people was involved in fine-tuning the ideas, envisioning the staging, […]

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Lately, I have been musing about things like growing older, the real inner me, and how can I age with chutzpah, but graceful chutzpah! Would that we knew our authentic self when we are young, but I think it takes some age before we know who we really are. Then, some of us never hear the […]

Where’s Your Hope?

Where’s Your Hope?

“From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth – he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army, no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a […]

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 […]

Letting Go Requires Trust

Letting Go Requires Trust

It isn’t easy to let go of our children at any age. And yet, that’s exactly what we parents are supposed to do. Our goal, since the day our babies are born, is to raise them in such a way that they will grow up to be independent, capable adults. We know this, but it […]

In My Weakness

In My Weakness

“But he said to me, ” My grace us sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake , I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in […]

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 […]

Heading Into New Territory

Heading Into New Territory

Most of us don’t like uncertainty. Especially when we have to make big decisions. But uncertainty is a fact of life. We cannot move forward on our life journeys without the guts to make decisions in spite of not knowing FOR SURE that we are making the right ones. I have been watching this struggle […]

Surrender, not for the weak of Heart

Surrender, not for the weak of Heart

My family and I are called overseas to serve the Lord. We received our calling in 2013 and were appointed with our sending agency in April of 2014. Our goal was to raise 100% of our support by this August. January 2016 hit, and I began to feel the stress of raising 70% in less […]

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, […]

How’s Your Cross This Year? Otherwise Known as Your Annual Spiritual Check-Up

How’s Your Cross This Year? Otherwise Known as Your Annual Spiritual Check-Up

  I “enjoyed” my annual physical check-up this week. My doctor is one of the sweetest personalities I’ve ever met, close in age to my sons. She’s like the daughter I never had, so I’ll admit it: I love going to the doctor. With a gentle smile, she asks her professional questions (FYI : I […]

Is There More To Life?

Is There More To Life?

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde *Alarm goes off* *Gets up* *Eats* *Sits in traffic* *Gets to work* *Sits down* (5 mins later) *Looks at watch* *Cool, only 40 more years to go* (unknown) I couldn’t help chuckling when I saw this quote, […]