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 […]

Brave Enough to Be

Brave Enough to Be

“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” -Carol Moseley-Braun Who am I? I’ve been asking myself this question for a while. The answer arrives in waves, evolutions, and revolutions. I know I’m not what the world wants me to be. I’m more. Yet when […]

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 […]

Is God Holding Out On Me?

Is God Holding Out On Me?

We all may have asked this question, especially when there is something that we really want or need and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us.  God has the power to provide so why doesn’t He just give us the thing we’re hoping or praying for?  If we’re not careful, our thoughts might […]

Broken Crayons Still Color Beautiful Pictures

Broken Crayons Still Color Beautiful Pictures

New crayons have a unique smell. They remind me of the first day of school when everything is new and clean. The waxy points are sharp, and the paper wrappers are unmarred. After a few weeks of use, the crayon box shows wear and the color’s sharp points have worn to a rounded nub. But […]

The Power of Small Steps

The Power of Small Steps

Our world is so big and so broken that some days I can’t see how my paltry efforts make a difference. Some days my dreams seem so out of reach that I don’t see how I will ever get there. All too often I feel overwhelmed because there are too many options, too many needs, […]

How to Know You’re Going to Heaven

How to Know You’re Going to Heaven

  She looks at me through watery eyes, her grief seeping through her pores like something souring. She tells me she just wants to know for sure that she’ll see him again – the brother she lost too soon.  She says he professed belief in God.  He was a good person.  She wants to know […]

Am I Fearful or Am I Trusting?

Am I Fearful or Am I Trusting?

I’m not struggling with fear. I wouldn’t call it that. It’s more of an uncertainty about the future. I’m not really sure where things are headed. When you come right down to it, maybe I’m not trusting God. There’s an adventure I’m embarking on. I’ve made a commitment of time, effort and money that I’m […]

Ordinary Men and Women

Ordinary Men and Women

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 (NIV)   This is one of my favorite verses in the New Testament. My preacher spoke on this passage on Sunday. I’ve […]

Desire Married to Expectation = Hope

Desire Married to Expectation = Hope

If we desire something… Expect it to appear any day… We have hope. Let’s imagine that you desire a new automobile. You awake every morning expecting it to be parked in your driveway. But you have not researched cars or test-driven any vehicles. You do not know what model, make and year you desire. What […]

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Several things came to mind for this blog, but the following won out. Soon I will be moving from this house, this neighborhood, and from this state. I am entering a new chapter of my life. I am returning to my ‘roots’ in northeastern Tennessee, where ancestors settled in early 1800. But I want to […]

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

When I was a little girl, I attended an after school Bible club across the street.  One day, as the program was ending, the leader told all of the kids to line up to pray with her and ask Jesus into our hearts.  Since it appeared that we weren’t going to go home for dinner […]

Are You Ready for His Return?

Are You Ready for His Return?

  Sunday evening I slip out for some fresh air, and the Pennsylvania sky is drab – a monotone grey sheet has settled upon us, and days of sunshine will continue to be rare until the summer solstice comes with promises for better days. A few oak trees cling to weathered tawny leaves, but every […]

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Every year I promise myself, this time, I will adjust to winter much better this year. However,  every year it gets harder and harder to endure the winds, cold, rain, sleet, and snow –no matter how many cute outfits I put together. Winter can be harsh, but when I saw the sun peek her face […]

God Knows Our Hearts

God Knows Our Hearts

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your […]

Love Like a Hurricane

Love Like a Hurricane

I did a double take when the worship team sang, “Oh How He Loves Us.” A beautifully written song, I wondered at the line that likened God’s love to a hurricane. Really? Isn’t a hurricane destructive? How could this be true? I believe that God’s justice is like a mighty wind. He is sovereign, and […]

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, […]