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, […]

My Favorite Picture of My Father and Me

My Favorite Picture of My Father and Me

…the beloved of the Lord will live safely by Him; He protects him all the time, and the Lord places him on his chest. -Deuteronomy 33:12, NET I sat upright, my book crashing to the floor beside the bed. That sounds like a train. And it is coming for our house. I leapt to the […]

What Will You Give Up to Trust God?

What Will You Give Up to Trust God?

I adopted a word of the year (“trust”) and have been very mindful about the times I find myself not trusting. A few weeks ago, I had a professional challenge that shook my entire world, and I found myself going back to the word “trust” again and again. I feel like this word was whispered […]

When Christians Discourage

We’ve all had discouragement come our way. People who have good intentions, and some who don’t. When I think of being discouraged, I expect it to come from people who don’t know me, who don’t love me, who are only out to cause me harm. David in the book of Psalms said if only the […]

We Are Called to Obedience

We Are Called to Obedience

Routine is comfortable. Seeing the same people, being in the same environment, not having to worry about what’s expected of you because you already know, these are the things we like because they are familiar. But God doesn’t call us to the familiar or the routine. God calls us out of our comfort zones into […]

Trusting God Means Praying Continually

Trusting God Means Praying Continually

I’m a couple months into my “year of trust” now, and it’s been interesting to me how often I used to spend time on worrying about things. When I find myself obsessing, worrying, wondering…. I turn to God in trust and this means prayer. This means, praying throughout the day. Praying whenever I feel myself […]

Intentional Obedience and Deliberate Grace

Intentional Obedience and Deliberate Grace

I felt vulnerable, targeted, and attacked. I’d been secretly slandered, and I wanted to retreat. To hide in my room and self-protect. And for a while, I did, until God’s gentle Spirit nudged me out of hiding. More than that, He called me to healing. To a new level of freedom, and He landed me […]

What’s Your Percentage?

What’s Your Percentage?

A teacher friend of mine confronted the issue of foul language from her students in class recently. She told them it simply would not be tolerated. One of the students asked if it bothers her because she is a Christian. My friend responded that she is indeed a Christian. Another student asked, “are you a […]

In the Tank

In the Tank

Life is good. You’re sitting around the house one day and get a notion. “Why don’t we get a fish tank?” A trip to the local pet store reveals an interesting revelation: a multitude of choices surround one categorical fact. It’s a lot of work. Undaunted, you load your car with a ton of paraphernalia […]

Placing Trust Everywhere!

Placing Trust Everywhere!

I finally chose the word “trust” for my “word of the year” because I wanted to work on fully trusting God as I should. So I’ve been thinking about that word a lot, and any time I find myself worrying or feeling like God is absent, I start thinking just trust, which then leads me […]