The Sanctity of Human Life

The Sanctity of Human Life

The sanctity of human life is remembered as we celebrate this cold month of January. The story below is not mine personally, but one with which I closely relate through family and friends. This is for all the young women and men and parents who have been on this journey. God has promised to bind up our […]

For God So Loved the World…

For God So Loved the World…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.                 John 3:16 NIV Happy 2018! As we begin another year given to us by the great Lord our God, let us pause to remember how much Jehovah loves us. He […]

When God Says No to our Prayers

When God Says No to our Prayers

Does God only answer select prayers? Or does He answer all of our prayers? Last year, my family diligently prayed for my cousin’s 17 year-old son, who was fighting brain cancer, and a 59 year-old man in our church struggling with liver cancer. Both put up gallant fights, and there were moments of encouragement along […]

Going Deeper

Going Deeper

Would you like to go deeper into God’s Word?  I’d like to share a couple of ways that I try to dig deeper into the treasure of truth in the Bible when I’m spending time studying and praying.  Read on for a couple of examples that might be helpful to you! While reading the familiar […]

Fruit of the Vine

Fruit of the Vine

Within a few days after Christmas, perhaps after the new year, when the Christmas cards quit coming, we have a new kind of mail. No, I’m not talking about all the bills that were generated by over-zealous buying. I’m talking about the gardening catalogs. I usually study the colorful photos of flowers, trees, vegetables and […]

Togetherness

Togetherness

Merry Christmas! From the very beginning of the world, God said it was not good for man to be alone. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.””  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬ So after Adam came Eve and a family […]

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   James 1:17 (NIV) Christmas is just around the corner and many of you are busy buying gifts and making preparations for holiday dinners and parties.   Let us not forget the reason […]

Trust God

Trust God

The last few months have been challenging for me but over the last couple of weeks, the word trust has repeatedly come to my mind and heart. It can be difficult to trust because trust requires us to let go of control and to wait–my least favorite thing to do! During my devotion time recently, […]

Fear

Fear

Fear is an insidious thing. Sometimes it can be subtle, creeping up on us unawares. Or it can be an ‘in-your-face’ experience, something frightening we’ve faced and somehow never seem to be able to forget. Or, it can be completely senseless, based on nothing more than our fanciful minds.  “For God has not given us […]

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) As we approach Thanksgiving Day, the day set aside to give thanks for our crops, jobs, families, etc, let’s not forget to express gratitude for this great “Salvation.” Give thanks in all situations – good or […]

Rejoice Evermore (I Thessalonians 6:16)

Rejoice Evermore (I Thessalonians 6:16)

    For many folks, summer is a time of relaxation, time to be outside enjoying nature, resting from the busy part of the year when school activities take much of our spare time. My children and some of my grandchildren are grown. My husband is retired, and, while we still are busy—whenever we want […]

The B-I-B-L-E

The B-I-B-L-E

The B-I-B-L-E “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the Book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E!” How many of you remember singing that little chorus in Sunday school? You stood, or sat, singing for all you’re worth with bright, happy faces. The Bible. The Word of God. I’ve had many Bibles […]

Interruptions May Be Divine Appointments In Disguise

Interruptions May Be Divine Appointments In Disguise

“…Then he called out, Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me…Jesus said to him, ‘Have back your site; your faith has healed you.’ He recovered his sight instantly and followed Jesus, praising God. And all the people gave praise to God for what they had seen.”   Luke 18: 38, 42-43 {REB} I was […]

Satisfaction

Satisfaction

Watermelon on a hot day. Clean sheets or a fluffy pillow. Laughter. What do these things have in common? They can all leave us feeling satisfied. However, that feeling of satisfaction is temporary and leaves us wanting more of it or something else that is fleeting and temporary. God created this world with all the […]

Shining in Dark Places

Shining in Dark Places

Do you ever get a bit down due to the darkness in our world? Yep, I’m with you. Recently I transferred in my school system. I went from working with Pre-K students to interpreting for a hard of hearing student at the high school. There were enough sad stories associated with my four-and-five-year-olds to keep […]

Reaching for the Prize

Reaching for the Prize

My five-year-old granddaughter, Molly, needed her crayon box for a school project. To prevent her two-year-old sister from decorating the walls with crayon masterpieces, the box sat on top of the fireplace mantle waaaaay over the heads of both girls. Since Molly didn’t ask for my help, I waited to see how she would manage […]

Anticipate and Appreciate the Change in Seasons

Anticipate and Appreciate the Change in Seasons

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 (ESV)   Spring and fall are my favorite seasons of the year. The weather seems to be perfect for walking, gardening, and doing things around the house. I’m not sweltering in the hot sun or […]

3 Ways To Fight Selfishness

3 Ways To Fight Selfishness

One of my favorite authors is Jane Austen, who wrote six novels in the early nineteenth century. She was known for her witty observations about the English manners and society of her time. One famous quote of hers is: Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. As much […]