The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14 KJV).   Body image is an American fanaticism that has spawned billions dollar industries to address human fears of imperfection. We pay top dollar to put curl into hair that is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Purest Faith

Purest Faith

When circumstances are exactly the opposite of what we hope for, it becomes impossible for us to envision that things could ever change.  It is hard to trust God. There are no more “props” or “crutches” to hold our faith up.  What are props and crutches?  Anything that we lean on besides God.  It could […]

One Important Piece

One Important Piece

I love to talk about the transformed mind because I feel it’s such a critical component of our ongoing sanctification. Romans 12:2 tells us to not let our minds be imprinted by the world, but rather to be transformed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. And one important piece of developing this […]

The Trusting Butterfly

The Trusting Butterfly

Butterflies are very unique. They start off as a minuscule egg, change into a caterpillar where they go through five different stages of growth and development, then the caterpillar spins a silk pad around itself which it attaches to something and it slowly sheds its skin leaving only an exoskeleton inside of which the adult […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

Lately I’ve been thinking about one sin in particular that is so widespread, I would go so far as to say that it is the most common sin.  It’s even pervasive among Christians!  I’m ashamed to say that there have been times in my life when I’ve fallen into this specific sin, barely realizing that […]

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 […]

When We Feel Overwhelmed

When We Feel Overwhelmed

Sometimes we find ourselves facing challenges that seem impossibly large. When I entered the empty nest phase of life, I asked God to show me where he wanted me to give my time now that I was no longer volunteering at school. One of the opportunities that soon came knocking was a plea for help […]

What’s My Default Setting?

What’s My Default Setting?

My friend Beth was teaching our bible study group from I Timothy 4. Verse 7 says train yourself to be godly. She said, “Be so disciplined in the Word that your automatic response is godliness.” I thought, is that really possible? If I am full to overflowing with God’s Word, I will react well automatically? Without […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?  After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much.  The Bible highlights God’s powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.  Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.  And […]

The God Who Sees Me

The God Who Sees Me

Have you ever found yourself going through a difficult season where you begin to doubt whether God sees you? In the darkness of your situation you find it hard to believe that there is actually a God watching over you and has compassion about your situation? In our season of pain it can be difficult […]

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Jesus told His followers that if they prayed for anything in His name, He would do it for them.  Wow – anything?  What a great promise to cling to when we need or want something.  But if we understood what it really means to pray “in Jesus’ name”, we might not be so quick to […]

Taking Off Our Masks

Taking Off Our Masks

They say “character” is who we are when no one’s looking. But the real question is–who are we when others are looking? Are we the same person at work as we are at church? Do we treat our family members with the same respect and patience as we do our friends? When life gets tough, do we give […]

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, […]