Shifting Perspective

Shifting Perspective

The story is told of a man who was tired of the problems in his life. He climbed up a tree to eat the last banana he had and planned to take his life after. But while he was in the tree, he ate his banana and dropped the peel to the ground. Another man […]

The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road

When my boys were little, I loved taking them for walks into woods to discover all that they held…bugs, big trees, different colored leaves, all of it I found was a great palette for discovering about God’s world. It was a time when we didn’t rush; we took our time to look up close at bark, […]

Life is a Maze – Take the Straight Path

Life is a Maze – Take the Straight Path

Can I get a witness about life being a maze? And there are certainly plenty of voices yelling at you to take their path. But as Christians, we want to make sure we’re on the right path. Recently as I was reading my daily Bible passages, this concept of following the correct path really stuck […]

In Over My Head

In Over My Head

I recently found myself in a season that had me begging the Lord to send me anywhere or have me do anything other than where he has placed me. I mapped out a route to which I figured was the most doable way to escape the impending tsunami from the earthquake that I felt beneath […]

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 […]

Let Go and Give God Control

Let Go and Give God Control

I love the message in Carrie Underwood’s popular song, Jesus Take the Wheel. The lyrics are a potent reminder that we are totally dependent on God’s grace and mercy. Often we like to fool ourselves into thinking we’ve got our lives under control, when in reality, one twist of events or tragic incident can turn our lives upside […]

After Salvation: How Optimists and Pessimists Handle Sin

After Salvation: How Optimists and Pessimists Handle Sin

Christians recognize their need for a Savior because everyone sins. They embrace the gift of salvation Jesus offers, amazed that Christ loved us so much He died in our place for the sins we’ve committed. But how do Christians react to sinful acts committed after their salvation? Optimists and pessimists. Each reacts to her own […]

The Best Word In The Bible

The Best Word In The Bible

Do you have a favorite word in the Bible?  We may have different ideas about which is the very best word in the entire Bible.  Love, salvation, blessing, joy, peace, hope… and I’m sure there are many more!  Nevertheless, there is one word that encompasses all of the words that I just listed.  It’s a […]

Shaken

Shaken

How do you respond when your world is shaken? When life throws you a devastating blow, do you stay in the mire of the struggle or do you pick yourself up and keep going? I recently finished reading Tim Tebow’s new book which comes out tomorrow called Shaken, and I’ve been thinking about this topic. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

What’s In Your Backyard?

What’s In Your Backyard?

If asked, I’m not sure if I could list everything that’s in my yard.  I’ve looked out the window so many times that there are some things I don’t even see or notice anymore.  Things just start collecting, such as an empty flower pot or an overgrown plant, and sit there for a long time […]

No One’s Perfect

No One’s Perfect

As a writer, I do my best to create true-to-life novel characters. In order to connect with readers, it’s essential they can relate. No one’s perfect. Neither should novel characters be perfect. As I reflected on this, I recalled a story of two women, one a Christian, the other a non-believer. So eager to portray the Christian life […]

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 […]

Brokenness

Brokenness

What do you do when something of yours gets a crack or breaks, let’s say a glass or a bowl? I know for me it usually ends up in the garbage. I don’t want anyone to cut their mouths on a broken glass and cracked bowls inevitably leak milk or other liquids so that’s no […]