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, […]

God’s Service Department

God’s Service Department

“Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The rumble of engines filled the air as I walked through the service department of the local Harley dealer with my husband while waiting for our motorcycle to be repaired. Some bikes were lined up waiting […]

Worry is a Verb

Worry is a Verb

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” [Matthew 6:27] Jesus spoke these words during His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, chapters 5,6, and 7. This is where He tells us not to worry about our lives; what to eat, what to drink, or what we will wear. He points […]

Said the Sparrow

Said the Sparrow

My mother passed away five years ago. Today would have been her 99th birthday. Last year I wrote a post called As My Mom Thinketh. This year, I want to share a few more nuggets from her 93 years of experience and wisdom. I am blessed to have my mom’s journals, scrapbooks, and calendars with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Peace in the Storms of Life

Peace in the Storms of Life

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the […]

Where is God When I Need Him the Most?

Where is God When I Need Him the Most?

The Israelites were trembling at the edge of the Red Sea with their enemies fast approaching from behind.  The massive sea before them offered no hope of escape.  They were stuck in an impossible situation and needed a miracle!  Recently I discovered a hidden treasure in the Bible regarding this event (Exodus 14) that filled […]

Proactive Worrying

Proactive Worrying

Every once in a while I get caught up in something I call “proactive worrying.” It’s where I think about something from every angle just to “prepare myself” for happens next. Does that sound smart? It isn’t. When I really stop and think about what God wants me to do, there isn’t anything productive about […]

Lord, Get Me Out of This

Lord, Get Me Out of This

Daniel is one of my favorite heroes in the Bible. Since I teach weight loss classes in church, we talk about Daniel’s decision to serve God in his eating. He ate vegetables and drank water, so that he might be allowed to refrain from meat offered first to idols.   Prove your servants, I beseech […]

Fighting the Scarcity Mindset

Fighting the Scarcity Mindset

Do you ever wake up and the first thought in your head is, I didn’t get enough sleep? In the next few hours that thought may be followed by others like: I don’t have enough time to do the breakfast dishes. I wish I had enough money to afford suits like her. I never have […]

He Cares Deeply About You

He Cares Deeply About You

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV. The New Living Translation reads, “Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares about you.” I included both versions of this verse because I liked the images they create. When we “cast” a line, it goes away […]

Learn To Be Content In All Things

Learn To Be Content In All Things

Being content and being thankful can go hand and hand. I am going to turn this on myself for a second because I have a huge problem with always being content. I always work harder and I always want more, never really being content with what I already have. As I was sitting one day […]

The Alarmist

The Alarmist

“O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.”

When God Pulls Back

When God Pulls Back

Recently I have started to read an older book called the Screw Tape Letters. In case you have not read this book, I highly recommend it.  In any case, there was a particular passage that stuck out as I read and it made me think. It says “God withdraws. He leaves the creature (human) to […]

Cast Your Anxieties on Him

Cast Your Anxieties on Him

Got anxiety? Who doesn’t. The lesson I’ve learned these last few years is when you have anxiety about anything, you need to take pause. Anxiety looks different depending on the situation and who you are. When you feel that you’re getting short with people, when you’re stressed out, when worry consumes your thoughts… that’s the […]

Cast Your Anxieties On Him

Cast Your Anxieties On Him

There are two parts to this verse, and each has equal weight. First, we’re told to forget these worries that chew up our present and don’t guarantee us a thing against the future. Then, we’re told we need to do this because He cares for us. Not just because it’s right or it’s good for […]