Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

We might think we’re OK or even worthy enough to say…”lookin’ good!”  As long as we don’t look in the mirror, we can imagine and believe whatever we want.  Oh, how quickly that changes when we see our reflection.  But we can’t ignore what’s in the mirror, can we?  After all, the mirror doesn’t lie.  […]

Forgiveness that Leads to Thanksgiving

Forgiveness that Leads to Thanksgiving

We may have passed the day of Thanksgiving, but I think the holiday season is a prime time to live out the act of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving: the expression of gratitude, especially to God. (source) This time of year is generally filled with discussions about what we’re thankful for. I know at my family Thanksgiving dinner […]

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 […]

The Lord Goes Before Me and Watches Over Me

The Lord Goes Before Me and Watches Over Me

In the last week and a half I’ve had five doctors’ appointments and a medical procedure. Most of the appointments were check-ups. All of the results were good. Yet discouragement dogged me. I was frustrated and felt like an antique that needed refinished. In the midst of doctor visits, I had to go to work […]

The Scab Picker

The Scab Picker

Lord, I placed this issue in Your hands, why aren’t You taking care of it? Ah, Peggy, how can I, when you keep taking it back? Ever found yourself in that situation? For some reason, we can’t just commit a problem to the Lord and simply let it go. We worry on it. It gnaws […]

Truthful, Not Hurtful

Truthful, Not Hurtful

We’ve got this saying in our house that goes “Be truthful, not hurtful.” It’s something we remind ourselves about when we’re having a discussion or handling touchy situations with others.

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

Father’s Day is bittersweet for me this year. It’s the first year I’ve been through this holiday without my dad. I miss him a lot, but one of the things I love is to be told that I resemble him in some way. When he was alive, he loved for people to draw comparisons between us. […]

When You’ve Been Hurt

When You’ve Been Hurt

Have you ever had a past hurt resurrect itself in a way that causes hurt to someone else? Recently, a painful relationship from my past resurfaced in an unexpected way, causing me to injure a friend. All the pain and anxiety I’d previously experienced came crashing back, like a tsunami. I’d let the fear of being hurt again […]

Washed Clean by Christ

Washed Clean by Christ

Have you ever noticed we humans have a tendency toward the negative? Give us a white wall with a small mark on it, and our eyes will naturally train toward the speck. We notice fuzzies in the carpet, dust on the furniture, and a ding in the car door. But we don’t stop there. We’re hard on ourselves as well. […]

An Unscheduled Stop

An Unscheduled Stop

So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again. Numbers 12:15 Miriam’s sin brought the entire nation of Israel to a screeching halt for seven days while God dealt with her and brought her back in line with His will. It […]

Forgiveness Isn’t Easy

Forgiveness Isn’t Easy

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25 KJV God forgave us and asked us to forgive others. Sounds good, but when we face it in our lives, we can’t believe how hard it is. Real […]

The Comfort of Music

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even before I started piano lessons at age six, the sound of music filled our home constantly. When spending an evening, or a Sunday afternoon at home, the record-player filled the house with beautiful classical music. Besides that, Daddy played […]

It Was For Us

It Was For Us

In this season of required gaiety and cheer, we might not normally consider why Jesus came as a human infant. Ultimately, it was to resurrect, and before that was possible, he had to die. In between, he gave us lessons on how to live. But in the midst of what life brings, the Psalmist cries, […]

Slow to Anger

Slow to Anger

How many times have we held onto anger or hurt? Someone says or does something that upsets us, and we take all of it in. We tell them we forgive them with our mouths and on the inside, where no one but God can see, we wrap our hands around the situation. We’re like a […]

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?!

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?!

A few months ago I had the privilege of speaking to a group of high school girls. The theme of my topic was “You are the Salt of the Earth” and I spoke from the stance of young ladies remaining pure and celibate prior to marriage; encouraging them to make a commitment to not have […]

Tea Anyone?

Tea Anyone?

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a ladies tea honoring victims, or should I say survivors of domestic violence. I initially thought that this would simply be a foofoo dainty event where a bunch of women would be all gussied up eating tea sandwiches and sipping tea. I was in for […]

Run Don’t Walk Back to God

Run Don’t Walk Back to God

The other night I was sitting with my husband and I turned on Wednesday’s with Beth Moore. I should know better than to turn her on unless I want a smack upside the head. Now I say that in a nice way, because each time I watch her there’s a fresh word from God. It […]

Convinced

Convinced

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced… (v. 38)             My Uncle Jim started college as a pre-seminary student. He later became a salesman. Years after my own experience with faith, I asked him why he didn’t become a pastor. “Others in the class kept saying things like, ‘Jesus told me this,’ or ‘I heard God’s […]