Faith Through Sickness

Faith Through Sickness

“Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.” Psalms 103:20 (NLT) On more than one occasion I have gone to bed perfectly healthy on Saturday night and awoke Sunday morning with stomach pain, headache, or just not feeling well. During those times I have […]

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. […]

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 […]

The Power Within You

The Power Within You

Attention all Christians:  This is a reminder that the amazing, powerful Holy Spirit lives inside of you!  Why do we need to be reminded?  Because as we go through life’s ups and downs, we may forget…. or take for granted …. or simply not understand the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. […]

A Sweet Truth

A Sweet Truth

My husband keeps bees and last week the family gathered to help process the honey crop. We got about 170 pounds of honey from three hives—a bountiful harvest. For fun, my husband shared some bee statistics with us. Apparently honey bees fly over fifty-thousand miles to produce one pound of honey, and a single bee […]

For When You Wish You Were Different

For When You Wish You Were Different

  A photo of an Olympic sprinter greeted me every morning when I opened my locker as a teen. She had great abs.  I kept the photo there to inspire myself to strive for abs like hers, and every afternoon I went home and did 1,280 crunches.  You don’t forget a number like that. I […]

Should I Fight Anger?

Should I Fight Anger?

Some psychologists say that it’s unhealthy to stuff down your feelings. They advocate freely expressing your anger. If you are upset, communicate it to others! Otherwise you’ll be emotionally blocked and paralyzed. Our culture tells us we have a “right” to be heard, and they protest in the streets to express their outrage. Anger is […]

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 […]

Dealing with Bitterness

Dealing with Bitterness

“Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.” ~Hebrews 12:14-15 (HCSB) There’s a good chance that at some point in your Christian walk, […]

Fear Is A Liar

Fear Is A Liar

Fear is such a horrible thing to experience. This month has been of the times where it has crept up into my life and my family’s. I’m telling you can freak you out faster than a medical issue that your not sure what’s happening. It was tough and super scary for all of us. Okay, […]

Seize Your Hope

Seize Your Hope

What kind of hope do you have?  Is it a feeling of waiting expectantly for a certain event to happen?  Or, is it wanting something so much that you anticipate it… pin your hopes on it?   Having hope is a good feeling.  It gives us something to hold onto while we’re waiting for what we […]

Trials of a Clay Pot

Trials of a Clay Pot

Most of us have heard the analogies of God as the potter and us as the clay through sermons and books. But recently the story came to visual life as a talented art teacher was speaking at my church and while he taught he created clay vessels on his potter’s wheel. As he twirled the […]

Forgive, As the Lord Forgave You

Forgive, As the Lord Forgave You

For me, forgiving those who have trespassed against me can be hard; especially, if the treatment is unprovoked or unwarranted. When faced with difficult moments in life that require I forgive someone for treating me wrong, I’m always reminded of Colossians 3:13, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a […]

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 […]

When Your Ministry becomes Your Idol

When Your Ministry becomes Your Idol

  It’s a rainy spring morning when a well-known women’s ministry publishes my heart-felt blog post. I’ve written for this site once in the past, and I know what this day will entail.  My own web site will receive more visits in one day than I normally receive in two weeks.  I’ll spend hours responding […]

Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

Bloom … No Matter What

Bloom … No Matter What

 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11 [KJV] You’ve all heard it … seen it … BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED. Yes? Every time I come across it, the above verse comes too mind. The Apostle Paul, despite everything he experienced. found […]

God Is On Our Side and Fights Our Battles For Us

God Is On Our Side and Fights Our Battles For Us

 Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)  “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”  Most, if not all of you, have seen pictures of slaves shackled and chained. And no doubt your heart went out to them. Now, imagine Lucifer bound in chains, tattered, bleeding, and defeated ambling behind […]