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 […]

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 […]

Want To, Ought To, Need To

Want To, Ought To, Need To

“I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2 (NIV) Have you ever watched an unweaned toddler interact with his mother? Of course he wants her hugs, but his newfound, wobbly independence tends to push her away—until he’s hungry. […]

Praying for Single Mothers

Praying for Single Mothers

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5 (NKJV) Happy Sunday Morning – I’m thinking about single parents struggling to raise sons and daughters on their own this morning. The above verses […]

Got Jesus?

Got Jesus?

Recently I “inherited” a shirt with the words “Got Jesus?” across the front of it. The white lettering stands out clearly against the pure black background. As I slipped the shirt on for the first time and started for town, a sobering though struck me. Everyone I came across would read the words and immediately […]

Cease Striving

Cease Striving

We are preparing to move from the home we have known for almost 20 years and venture to a new state almost 1000 miles away. The preparations have been stressful, exhausting and some days downright exasperating! We have yet to sell our current house…stressful; we have yet to finish packing…exhausting; and my husband has yet […]

Praising God Through the Generations

Praising God Through the Generations

Last month I wrote about savoring precious family moments, and I reminisced about my days as a baseball mom. This month, I have to share a recent family moment, one which I hope to remember with joy for the rest of my days. A moment of generations, of love for God and for each other. […]

When God Holds Our Hand

When God Holds Our Hand

I am the Lord your God. I am holding your right hand. And I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13, ICB The International Children’s Bible version of Isaiah 41:13 captures the tone of God’s voice talking to His child, the gentleness of a father leaning down, taking the small, trusting […]

A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) As women come out with the #metoo movement, discussing sexual harassment, assaults, and abuse that has been perpetrated for decades, I thought about the scripture above. There is a season, time, and purpose for everything. This […]

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Before I became an author, I used to travel often to visit my team leaders or attend conferences. Airports are one of the greatest places to people watch. The cross sections of nationalities, cultures, races, body types and personalities provide endless opportunities to marvel at God’s creativity and our human quirkinesses. As I sat in […]

Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

Safe in the Downpour

Safe in the Downpour

by audreycfrank In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8, NIV I awoke with a start to the sound of heavy, driving rain. Drumming the rooftops and pouring over the eaves of my house, it was as if heaven sought to fill up the […]

Romance and Intimacy in the Bible….

Romance and Intimacy in the Bible….

“How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!” Song of Solomon 7:6 (KJV) Readers of the Bible do not expect to find the romance between a man and woman discussed intimately but the Song of Solomon is filled with love and romance. King Solomon expresses his love for the Shulamite woman and […]

Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit sound so simple in concept: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Yet achieving these qualities and walking in them daily is quite another matter. It’s easy to experience peace when life goes smoothly, but a much greater challenge to exude when your doctor shares unwanted […]

When You Need to Run to Someone

When You Need to Run to Someone

He will be the stability of your times. Isaiah 33:6 The trees stood like sentinels watching over me. My vivid nine-year-old imagination could have sworn they parted a little, making a path to show me the way to my hiding place on the high rock. Life at home was scary and I didn’t feel safe. […]

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

I know how to play chess. Which means I understand the objective, I know how the pieces move around the board, and I’m lucky if I can see two moves ahead in the game. Any strategy I devise is usually thwarted by an unexpected move from my opponent. I am not a chess master. People […]

Staying Connected to the Power Source

Staying Connected to the Power Source

I never realized how important staying connected was until my husband and I took a three day, two night trip to Shawnee National Forest for our twentieth wedding Anniversary. Though a mere three and a half hour drive from our home, it was the first time we had left our teenage sons by themselves overnight, […]