THE CHORDS THAT BIND MY MEMORIES

THE CHORDS THAT BIND MY MEMORIES

    I think I was born singing. At least that’s what my mother always said.  Although I didn’t grow up to be a famous vocalist or musician, song has been an important part of my life, a part of me I cannot deny. Perhaps why, though now in my seventh decade, I still sing […]

The Answer is the Trial

The Answer is the Trial

David knew the definition of “trial” many times in his life. But he also knew, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?” Ps. 27:1 Psalm 27 is a well-known piece of Biblical poetry. I have read […]

Hearing God in the Silence

Hearing God in the Silence

Hearing God in the Silence Moody’s devotional, Today in the Word, recently focused on Hearing God in the Silence. I have kept and reread that issue many times. The devotional reminds us that Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time for silence and a time to speak. Both positive and negative aspects of silence were […]

It Takes Courage to Say “No”

It Takes Courage to Say “No”

Therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him. Esther 1:2 (KJV)  When we read and study the book of Esther, we tend to focus on Esther’s courage of going to the king without being summoned. Vashti was a courageous female also. She was the king’s first wife who was entertaining her […]

You are created to enjoy life and to live in freedom

You are created to enjoy life and to live in freedom

Someone has wisely said ‘If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”. If this is true, and I believe it is, then many of us are victims of indecisiveness. I believe there are a lot of people who don’t know what they want in life or why they exist in the first […]

Can’t trust ’em

Can’t trust ’em

Just go with your gut Trust your heart If it feels good do it Listen to your heart Follow your dreams We see these phrases on wall hangings, social media memes, and T-shirts. It all sounds so nice. They all imply that our emotions can be trusted. After all, your heart would never lead you […]

Strength Under Control

Strength Under Control

Have you ever felt like one of your strengths was beginning to drag you down?  A hard worker turns into a workaholic.  A compassionate person no longer sets healthy boundaries.  Success turns into greed.  When strength and blessings are unbridled or uncontrolled, they can become stumbling blocks or even destroy us.  A wild horse is […]

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

I lost my mother last month. I lost, but she gained. She gained heaven, a body free from suffering, a reunion with my dad and other loved ones, and most of all the welcoming embrace of Jesus. Death is part of life and when we lose loved ones, it hurts. No matter how prepared we […]

Are You Surprised by Opposition?

Are You Surprised by Opposition?

In a recent sermon the pastor made the statement: A Christian should expect to be at odds with their culture. It wasn’t a novel concept, but the bluntness of the statement got me thinking… I sometimes find myself being surprised that the world around me is at such odds with my worldview. I entertain the […]

What If We Got What We Deserved?

What If We Got What We Deserved?

Quite often when someone wrongs or offends us, we tend to look the other way and think, “they will get what’s coming to them … and if I’m lucky I can witness”. I recently heard of a great misfortune that happened to someone who had wronged me. My initial thought was “well he got what […]

How do we see(k) Him?

How do we see(k) Him?

I’ve learned one good lesson from hidden image challenges. You know the ones where you are asked to see the hidden face? Once I do this one thing, I soon find the face. Some find hidden faces challenging to see, others find them easily. I’ve looked at enough of these hidden face images over the […]

Be Content

Be Content

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” I have a tiny problem. Maybe you have it to. It’s called the case of the wants. Your parents may have huffed and sighed when they diagnosed you because every TV commercial that came […]

How to Ravish God’s Heart

How to Ravish God’s Heart

  You have ravished my heart, My sister, my spouse; You have ravished my heart With one look of your eyes Song of Solomon 4:9 NKJV The June air is thin and brisk. It stings my lungs, and I pull my fleece jacket around my neck to keep the chill out.  Towering granite peaks surround […]

He Leads Us

He Leads Us

Last week I attended an event to support some friends who were taking part. I was there with no agenda other than to hear them speak. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see people I knew and engage in some meaningful conversations. I was so blessed, and one woman said I had unexpectedly encouraged her […]

Our Refuge

Our Refuge

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”   ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:1‬ ‭NASB‬‬   I’ve always felt a strong connection to God through nature. I feel close to God when I’m viewing His creation whether blue skies, a starry night, the rolling waves of an ocean […]

Uncontainable Joy

Uncontainable Joy

How joyful is the man the Lord will never charge with sin! Romans 4:8 (HCSB)    When I think about uncontainable joy I think of a puppy – full of cheer, squirming uncontrollably with excitement and love for their master. A few years ago, there was a chocolate lab puppy that I saw from time […]

Who’s Voice Are You Listening To?

Who’s Voice Are You Listening To?

There are so many “voices” and things calling out to us to listen. It seems like every day it changes. Friends, family, social media, work and etc. It can all get confusing at times. The best way to break through this is to get into the Word. I know it can be hard. I’ll be […]

Are You In Need of Direction?

Are You In Need of Direction?

Sometimes you just need to ask for directions. Personally, when I’m on a road trip and find that I’m unfamiliar with where I’m going I normally designate my passenger to take the directions and help me navigate as I drive. Today, there isn’t a person ( that I know of) driving around without a GPS, […]